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DeKalb
7:48 am
Fri September 19, 2014

NIU Alum Finds Success As Motivational Speaker

Credit rodneymoyer.com

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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-Illinois
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

Credit WNIJ

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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-Illinois
5:25 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

First Illinois Deaths Related To West Nile Virus In 2014

Credit James Gathany / CDC

Two elderly women in northern Illinois have died after contracting West Nile virus.

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Public Safety
6:44 am
Thu September 18, 2014

With Police Standards Under Scrutiny, Rockford Learns From High Profile Case

Credit Rockford Police Department

There are calls for tougher training standards following this summer's police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. But some departments have already been forced to address the issue based on incidents in their own jurisdiction.

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Preview: 2014-2015 Season
4:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

A Conversation With Rockford Symphony Orchestra Director Steven Larsen

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

 The Rockford Symphony Orchestra opens its 2014-2015 Classics Concert season this Saturday evening at the Coronado Theater in downtown Rockford. 

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-Illinois
5:23 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Kane County Health Dept. Confirms First Human Case Of West Nile Virus This Year

The Kane County Health Department has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the county this year.

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Free Range Radio
1:51 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Rockford Symphony Orchestra Season Preview

Rockford Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director/Conductor Steven Larsen
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

What's on tap for Rockford Symphony Orchestra fans this season? Hear all about it AND and hear a lot of great music during this edition of Free Range Radio.

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Wisconsin
5:31 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Update: Reinstated Wisconsin Voter ID Law Causing Headaches For Election Officials

Credit Ryan Pumroy / WNIJ

Wisconsin voters who received, or plan to use, an absentee ballot will need to show photo ID for their ballot to be counted.

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