5:26 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Blue Cross And Blue Shield, State Farm Partner To Expand Individual Health Coverage

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield and State Farm have partnered together to offer individual health insurance policies.

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6:18 am
Tue September 23, 2014

A Peek Inside Rochelle's Commuter Culture

Passenger Seat: Tim Swanberg. Driver: Nancy Dobbel. Back left: Cindy Blanchard. Back right: Kay Tonaki.
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Rochelle's location near several major interstates makes it easy for commuters to get to and from work. In the second of two reports, we hear from commuters who have decided not to make the move to the city where they work.


Each workday, Tim Swanberg pulls into a paved spot near Nancy Dobbel's Sycamore home at just before 7 a.m. Nancy greets him, and they both don crisp Nippon Sharyo shirts. The third member of their regular carpool is Cindy Blanchard of Cortland.

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Monday's ceremony
6:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Update: NIU's Stevens Building Overhaul Is Halfway There

Governor Pat Quinn and NIU students throw some dirt at the site of the major rehabilitation of Stevens Hall.
Zack Zerndt WNIJ

Northern Illinois University broke ground Monday on the $27 million expansion of the Stevens Building. The renovation of the university’s home of theater, dance, and anthropology has been on the school’s priority list for years.

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Medical Marijuana
5:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Application Period Ends For Illinois Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Growing Centers

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The application period for Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers ended today.

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7:52 am
Mon September 22, 2014

State Officials Break Ground For Veterans Home

State officials broke ground this weekend on the $70.5 million Illinois Veterans Home at Chicago. According to a news release, the 200-bed facility will be the fifth veterans’ home in the state and the first in Chicago.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved federal reimbursement for up to 65 percent of the eligible construction costs on the project. This means as much as $45.8 million of the construction cost could be covered by the federal government. 

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6:30 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Rochelle A Victim Of Its Own Success?

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Picture a town that can attract jobs, but not residents. That’s the case for Rochelle, which is in the middle of an industrial boom. But local leaders say they need to address stagnant population growth.

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7:48 am
Fri September 19, 2014

NIU Alum Finds Success As Motivational Speaker

(From left to right) Anthony Williams, Jr., Rod Moyer, Dave Changnon and Joseph Williams
Katie Finlon WNIJ

Rod Moyer, a Northern Illinois University alumnus, was heavily involved as a student from 1997 to 2002. During that time, he served as president of the Black Student Union and vice-president of the NIU chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and graduated with an Organizational and Corporate Communications major with a marketing minor.

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6:25 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Medical Marijuana Lifts Local Government Hopes

The application process for medical marijuana growing facilities and dispensaries has officially begun. But many applicants have been busy for months lining up sites and getting permits from local governments. Those county boards and municipal councils have been receptive.

Most people’s interaction with the new law will be through the dispensaries which will dole out the medical marijuana. But there’s no doubt that the growing centers, which will also process the plant material for its prescribed use, have drawn the most attention from local officials.

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Election 2014
6:08 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Vallas Takes Aim At Rauner's Tax Stance

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Governor Pat Quinn’s running mate is criticizing Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s support for what Vallas says would be taxes on food and drugs.

Paul Vallas says Rauner’s support for a consumption tax is unfair to middle and working class residents.

“When you tax consumption, when you tax services, you’re not basing those taxes on your ability to pay. You’re imposing those taxes regardless of your ability to pay,” Vallas said.

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Higher Education
5:04 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Supporters Hope Salaita Prevails In Legal Battle Over U of I

Professor Steven Salaita addresses a large crowd of supporters at the University YMCA.
Credit Jim Meadows

A week after the University of Illinois' Board of Trustees voted to not hire Steven Salaita, the professor's supporters are still hopeful he'll prevail over the school in a legal battle.

That includes Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke, who traveled to Urbana at her own expense. She boycotted an invitation from the University to lead an discussion on academic freedom.

Salaita had been hired as a tenured professor at the University, but the offer was rescinded after he made inflammatory comments about Israel on Twitter this summer.

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