Employee Wellness Clinic Model Spreading Across Rockford

Oct 21, 2016
Chase Cavanaugh/WNIJ

When it comes to health benefits, employers typically have two options. Either they work with an insurance company to coordinate benefits or, as is the case with Rockford’s city government, the employer self-insures and takes responsibility for any claims made.

City officials noticed that, even with insurance and high-quality regional medical care, workers were still getting sick. Mayor Larry Morrissey says this led to an effort to improve employee health and wellness, keeping in mind the constraints of a municipal budget.

Sessions from Studio A - Piece of Cake

Oct 20, 2016
Carl Nelson

Piece of Cake performing "Somebody" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Piece of Cake on the web at Bandcamp and Facebook.

State of Illinois

Social service providers want the Illinois Supreme Court to intervene in their legal battle to force immediate payment on state contracts.


The Pay Now Illinois coalition filed a request Thursday with the state's highest court.

Nearly 100 groups sued in May over fallout from the budget stalemate, which is in its second year. The providers said they were owed roughly $160 million because the state didn't honor contracts.

The coalition says a partial spending plan that expires in January is insufficient.

Flickr user / kristin_a (Meringue Bake Shop) "Vote!" (CC BY 2.0)

After receiving inquiries, the Illinois State Board of Elections has issued an alert to assure voters of the integrity of the upcoming election.

It comes as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to claim that the election is "rigged."

In last night's debate, Trump was cagey about whether he'll accept the outcome on November 8th.

The board's assistant director, Jim Tenuto, says tampering with electronic voting machines or coordinating a statewide effort to cheat would be difficult, given that elections are locally-managed.

The latest data shows the number of unemployed Illinois residents is at its lowest since September of 2007.

But officials with Governor Bruce Rauner's administration say Illinois is still lagging when it comes to job growth.

Bob Gough, with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says the state has nearly 40,000 fewer jobs than peak employment, in pre-recession fall 2011.