Northern Illinois http://northernpublicradio.org en Heat Related Closings http://northernpublicradio.org/post/heat-related-closings <p></p><p>Tuesday's extreme heat is resulting in some weather-related closings. That includes an early dismissal for the Rockford Public School district. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:17:25 +0000 Mike Moen 35204 at http://northernpublicradio.org Heat Related Closings Heroin Message Not Getting Through http://northernpublicradio.org/post/heroin-message-not-getting-through <p></p><p>In 2010, WNIJ aired a series on the alarming number of heroin deaths in northern Illinois. The primary concern centered on teens and young adults. Despite efforts to curb use of the drug, the situation is getting worse in some areas. Observers say parental intervention is vital to stopping the spread of heroin. But getting the message through can be a struggle. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:05:50 +0000 Mike Moen 31922 at http://northernpublicradio.org Heroin Message Not Getting Through Sequester Will Affect Federal Courts In Northern Illinois http://northernpublicradio.org/post/sequester-will-affect-federal-courts-northern-illinois <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 18pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">The federal judicial system in northern Illinois could be another victim of a drawn-out sequester. Court officials and prosecutors say they will feel the pinch. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 18pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:05:32 +0000 Mike Moen 26211 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sequester Will Affect Federal Courts In Northern Illinois The Impact Of Federal Cuts In Northern Illinois http://northernpublicradio.org/post/impact-federal-cuts-northern-illinois <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/02/17/172247486/white-house-warns-of-sequestrations-effects">deadline is looming</a> for automatic spending cuts at the federal level. While lawmakers wrangle over ways to avoid the so-called sequester, those who rely on federal funding are wondering how they would be affected. That includes companies, agencies and many others in northern Illinois. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:24:17 +0000 Mike Moen 25868 at http://northernpublicradio.org The Impact Of Federal Cuts In Northern Illinois It's not a drought, but northern Illinois needs rain http://northernpublicradio.org/post/its-not-drought-northern-illinois-needs-rain <p>Dry weather has been the norm for the region. Forecasters say the precipitation expected next week might not be enough to reach truly healthy levels. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:39:07 +0000 Mike Moen 13325 at http://northernpublicradio.org Northern Illinois makes pitch for piece of federal transportation pie http://northernpublicradio.org/post/northern-illinois-makes-pitch-piece-federal-transportation-pie <p>Leaders from throughout northern Illinois pitched their most important transportation projects to two Congressmen yesterday. Republicans Don Manzullo and Bobby Schilling will recommend priorities for federal transportation funding to Governor Pat Quinn&rsquo;s office.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 May 2012 09:56:25 +0000 Susan Stephens 11100 at http://northernpublicradio.org Northern Illinois makes pitch for piece of federal transportation pie Road Projects Take Shape http://northernpublicradio.org/post/road-projects-take-shape <div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><font size="5">With the weather warming up, construction crews are preparing for some big projects in northern Illinois.&nbsp; Tue, 03 Apr 2012 17:03:54 +0000 Mike Moen 9553 at http://northernpublicradio.org Road Projects Take Shape Image Overhaul for Goodwill Stores http://northernpublicradio.org/post/image-overhaul-goodwill-stores <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Goodwill stores continue to pop up in northern Illinois.&nbsp; Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:54:58 +0000 Mike Moen 7452 at http://northernpublicradio.org Image Overhaul for Goodwill Stores Surveying Northern Illinois Business Climate http://northernpublicradio.org/post/surveying-northern-illinois-business-climate <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Several northern Illinois counties are taking part in a wage study, and those behind the effort say the data could lure new businesses to the region. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:49:59 +0000 Mike Moen 7101 at http://northernpublicradio.org