Victor Yehling http://northernpublicradio.org en Changing Theater Scene Seeks Larger Audience http://northernpublicradio.org/post/changing-theater-scene-seeks-larger-audience <p>Home-grown theater in Rockford has changed significantly over the past few decades. Theaters have come and gone, and the people who present stage works for local audiences have changed as well.</p><p></p><p>Mike Webb is preparing for the next production in his 29<sup>th</sup> season as Artistic Director of Rock Valley College Theatres. He’ll open “The Wizard of Oz” in December as part of what he calls his “impossible season.”</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:20:10 +0000 Victor Yehling 38874 at http://northernpublicradio.org Changing Theater Scene Seeks Larger Audience Most Counties Fail Online Transparency Test http://northernpublicradio.org/post/most-counties-fail-online-transparency-test <p>Only two Illinois counties in the WNIJ listening area passed <a href="http://illinoispolicy.org/">The Illinois Policy Institute</a> audit of online government transparency.</p><p></p><p>Kane County was the only one to earn a perfect score of 100 points. DeKalb County placed eleventh with 60 point 9 points. Only three of the 102 Illinois counties scored 90 percent or higher.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:30:48 +0000 Victor Yehling 33120 at http://northernpublicradio.org Most Counties Fail Online Transparency Test Ex-Rockford Fire Chief Dies At 67 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/ex-rockford-fire-chief-dies-67-1 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rockford </span>Ald<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. D. William “Bill” Robertson, I-14, who served as Rockford Fire Chief for 17 years before entering politics, died Saturday morning after an extended battle with cancer.</span></p><p>Flags on city buildings were ordered flown at half staff in his honor.</p> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 01:56:21 +0000 Victor Yehling 25940 at http://northernpublicradio.org Ex-Rockford Fire Chief Dies At 67 Ex-Dixon Comptroller Gets 19.5 Years http://northernpublicradio.org/post/ex-dixon-comptroller-gets-195-years <p>Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell was sentenced today to serve 235 months -- 19 years and 7 months -- in prison on one federal count of wire fraud resulting from her embezzlement of more than $53 million in public funds from the City of Dixon.</p><p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:32:03 +0000 Susan Stephens & Victor Yehling 25508 at http://northernpublicradio.org Ex-Dixon Comptroller Gets 19.5 Years Congressional Race: 17th District http://northernpublicradio.org/post/congressional-race-17th-district <p>There are several similarities between the candidates in Illinois’s 17<sup>th</sup> Congressional District, which includes Democratic-leaning chunks from Rockford and Peoria as well as wrapping through the Quad Cities and across rural northwestern Illinois. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:52:00 +0000 Victor Yehling 20061 at http://northernpublicradio.org Congressional Race: 17th District Convicted By His Own Words On All Charges http://northernpublicradio.org/post/convicted-his-own-words-all-charges <p><strong>"Maria's got her justice."</strong></p><p>Jack McCullough heard his guilty verdict Friday in a packed courtroom on the third floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse, less than 10 blocks from where he snatched Maria Ridulph on the snowy evening of Dec. 3, 1957.</p><p>Known in those days as John Tessier, the 72-year-old convicted kidnapper and murderer sat through five days of a bench trial before Judge James Hallock and heard a parade of prosecution witnesses detail circumstantial evidence that tied him to the seven-year-old girl’s disappearance from the corner of Archie Place and Center Cross Street in Sycamore.</p><p> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 02:23:41 +0000 Victor Yehling 18422 at http://northernpublicradio.org Convicted By His Own Words On All Charges Testimony Ends; Defendant Doesn't Testify http://northernpublicradio.org/post/testimony-ends-defendant-doesnt-testify <p>Testimony is over in the murder-kidnap trial of Jack Daniel McCullough, accused of abducting and killing 7-year-old Maria Ridulph from a street corner just three doors from her Sycamore home on the evening of Dec. 3, 1957.</p><p>The child's badly decomposed body was found a few months later in a wooded area off U.S. 20 near Woodbine in Jo Daviess County.</p><p>The defendant's fate is now in the hands of Judge James Hallock.</p><p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:51:24 +0000 Victor Yehling 18358 at http://northernpublicradio.org Testimony Ends; Defendant Doesn't Testify Cellmates, Scientist Take The Spotlight In Trial's Third Day http://northernpublicradio.org/post/cellmates-scientist-take-spotlight-trials-third-day <p>Two inmates and a forensic anthropologist testified Wednesday in the murder-kidnap trial of Jack Daniel McCullough, accused in the disappearance and death of little Maria Ridulph in Sycamore nearly 55 years ago.</p><p>The inmates told slightly different – but not necessarily contradictory – stories of McCullough’s jailhouse conversations about his case, and the scientist explained how she found evidence of deep cutting wounds on the skelton of the 7-year-old victim.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 01:38:04 +0000 Victor Yehling 18308 at http://northernpublicradio.org Cellmates, Scientist Take The Spotlight In Trial's Third Day Half-sisters testify for prosecution in trial's second day. http://northernpublicradio.org/post/half-sisters-testify-prosecution-trials-second-day <p><strong>Playmate recalls the last time she saw Maria Ridulph</strong></p><p>Three half sisters of accused murderer Jack Daniels McCullough testified for the prosecution Tuesday in the 55-year-old disappearance and death of little Maria Ridulph. Two contradicted their parents’ statement that the accused was home that fateful night, and one recalled their mother’s deathbed declaration about the case.</p><p>They were preceded on the stand by Kathy Sigman Chapman, Maria’s playmate on Tuesday evening, December 3, 1957. A member of the prosecution team brought her to the witness stand before the session started. Chapman – with close-cropped grey hair and wearing a dark skirted suit – tested the chair, looked around, chatted briefly with the court stenographer, then smiled and stepped away.</p><p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:50:46 +0000 Victor Yehling 18231 at http://northernpublicradio.org Half-sisters testify for prosecution in trial's second day. Medical community finds good and bad in ruling http://northernpublicradio.org/post/medical-community-finds-good-and-bad-ruling <p>Medical providers are still processing today&#39;s long U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care law.&nbsp; They see positives and negatives in the coming expansion of health care. Doctors and hospitals agree getting health coverage for more people is a good thing.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:27:01 +0000 Victor Yehling 14155 at http://northernpublicradio.org