NIU President's Lecture Series
4:48 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Election Topics: Money, Media, Prognostication, Post-Mortem

Richard Hasen, UC Irvine, and Bradley Smith, former FEC commissioner
  • Matt Streb talks about the series with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad

As candidates head into the final 60 days before the election, Northern Illinois University will spotlight the issues which have helped to shape the political forum for this year’s presidential election.

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More Trash?
2:25 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Appellate Court Weighing Case Against DeKalb Landfill Expansion

Members of "Stop the Mega-Dump" plot their next move on the steps of the Second District Appellate Court in Elgin.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The proposed expansion of the DeKalb County landfill is now in the hands of three appellate court judges.

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Kathleen Savio case
3:11 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Drew Peterson Convicted Of Murder

Drew Peterson

Former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson has been convicted of murdering his third wife.

Jurors returned a guilty verdict this afternoon against the former  Bolingbrook police sergeant in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio.

The 58-year-old Peterson faces a maximum 60-year prison term.

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NIU shakeup
11:45 am
Thu September 6, 2012

UPDATE: NIU Official Allegedly Had University Custodian Clean His Home


More details are surfacing into the reasons two senior NIU administrators resigned in July for allegations of misconduct. John Gordon, director of the university's Convocation Center, allegedly had a university custodian go at least four times in the past year to his home to clean, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Illinois Tollway
11:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Worst Toll Scofflaws Will Face Lawsuits

Total owed is more than $300 million

Illinois Tollway toll violators, who collectively owe more than $300 million in tolls and initial fines, will be pursued in court, beginning tomorrow.

Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said the agency has sent these violators at least five notices, called them at least four times and offered them multiple opportunities to enter a settlement agreement with the option to use a payment plan to settle the debt.

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10:30 am
Thu September 6, 2012

DeKalb County Reports First West Nile Virus Case

The first case of West Nile virus in DeKalb County has been reported to the county health department.  A 59-year-old male county resident was diagnosed recently, a department spokesperson said.

“This is not unexpected,” said Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator at the DeKalb County Health Department, “due to the fact that there have been cases diagnosed throughout Illinois and the United States, and we know that mosquitoes in our area are infected.”

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6:09 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Charlotte's Web To Become Part Of Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center

After more than 40 years in Rockford as an independent organization, Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts is becoming a division of the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.  

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts has long been known for presenting an eclectic mix of folk, blues and other types of ‘roots’ music. For most of its 128 years, the focus of what is now the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has been classical music.

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8:43 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Prosecutor Bolsters Anti-Bullying Efforts

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon

Efforts to strengthen Illinois' anti-bullying policies for schools recently failed in the legislature. Supporters say the bill could be revived this fall. In the meantime, a northern Illinois prosecutor is taking steps to prevent students from harassing their peers. 

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Update on Hospital Shooting
10:36 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Two dead in Sycamore hospital shooting

Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, IL
Kindred Hospital

Sycamore police say it appears one or both  of the two people found dead in a Sycamore hospital Tuesday died of self-inflicted gun shot wounds. The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in a patient's room after shots were heard in Kindred Hospital, an acute care facility. 

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Local government revenue
1:48 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Will Sycamore join the video gaming roster?

Video gambling is on the agenda for the Sycamore City Council tonight, a week after DeKalb approved allowing machines in qualifying establishments.

Several bars and fraternal organizations have indicated their interest to City Manager Brian Gregory, while three restaurants and a winery have said they are not interested. Officials have estimated the city could realize almost $100,000 annually from the machines, although Mayor Ken Mundy believes that number is high.

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