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Government
9:37 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Dixon mayor says comptroller used pension funds to pay city bills

Rita A. Crundwell

  Two interim comptrollers hired by the City of Dixon have discovered that fired Comptroller Rita Crundwell transferred money out of the police and fire pension funds to pay city bills Dixon Mayor Jim Burke told sauk valley.com about $100,000 was transferred out of the pension fund, which is not supposed to be touched, and into the general fund from which bills are paid.

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Arts
8:57 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Belvidere preacher rides a Harley for Jesus

Robert Kopp's new book
  • Rev. Kopp reads an excerpt from "I Just Wanna Ride."
  • Rev. Kopp discusses the book's subtitle, FTW.
  • Morning Edition version with Steppenwolf intro

Robert Kopp wants you to know something:  Jesus loves you, and he would've ridden a motorcycle back in the day.  The Rev. Dr. Kopp's new book, I Just Wanna Ride (FTW), describes how the biker lifestyle leads to a more authentic faith.  It's the first installment of WNIJ's Summer Book Series.

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Arts
6:30 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Charlotte's Web head reflects on 40 years of success

WNIJ

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Over the decades, the Web has presented literally hundreds of artists. And despite always working on a shoestring budget, it has consistently won renown for both the quality and variety of its concerts. It's also survived economic woes that have felled many an arts organization.  Lani Richardson is executive director of the Web.

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Arts
7:55 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Todd Rundgren brings orchestral sound to Rockford

Rundgren conducting the Metropole Orchestra
Todd Rundgren Metropole Facebook
  • Todd Rundgren explains how he wound up singing in front of an orchestra

The legendary rocker takes a step back from rock shows to perform with RSO June 1 and 2.

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Government
7:08 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Cigarette tax hike goes to governor

Illinois smokers should prepare to spend more money on cigarettes. The proposed dollar-a-pack increase cleared its final legislative hurdle Tuesday. Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the measure.

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Science
6:12 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

How dry we are! Red Flag Warnings explained

Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste
Media Services Northern Illinois University
  • Susan Stephens interviews NIU meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste about Red Flag Warnings and whether he would fire up the grill under those conditions.

A large portion of northern Illinois was under a “red flag warning” Tuesday.  But what does that mean? On Tuesday afternoon, WNIJ’s Susan Stephens called Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste to get an explanation.

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Government
9:53 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Around Illinois – May 29

  • House committee considers university cuts
  • Detention center opponents continue struggle
  • Kirk’s ex-wife files election funding complaint

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Arts
8:12 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Belvidere preacher rides a Harley for Jesus

Cover for the Rev. Robert Kopp's new book
  • Robert Kopp reads an excerpt from "I Just Wanna Ride"
  • Robert Kopp explains his book's subtitle, FTW.
  • Morning Edition version (June 1st, 2012)

Robert Kopp wants you to know something:  Jesus loves you, and he would've ridden a motorcycle back in the day.  The Rev. Dr. Kopp's new book, I Just Wanna Ride (FTW), describes how the biker lifestyle leads to a more authentic faith.  It's the first installment of WNIJ's Summer Book Series.

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Government
7:23 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Extended cell-phone restriction sent to governor

Representative Jerry F. Costello, II

Illinois drivers could soon be banned from talking on cell phones while going through an emergency zone. State lawmakers sent the measure to the governor Monday. 

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Business
4:18 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

JiET A: building an aerospace pipeline in Rockford

JiET A, a new aerospace training collaboration, is introduced May 24th in Rockforard
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A group of Rockford-area educators and business-people think they have an answer to one of the region’s employment problems: they’ve developed a path to take talented students all the way from high school to careers in the aerospace industry.

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