Even though a state budget was finally passed earlier this summer, the process for paying allocated funds is not automatic. Social service agencies are waiting for money owed to them by the state.

Sessions from Studio A - Helen Gillet

Aug 17, 2017
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Helen Gillet performs "Slow Drag Pavageau" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Helen Gillet performs "Kibi" in WNIJ's Studio A.
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Northern Illinois University

NIU is giving a crash course on the United States to a collection of new Fulbright scholars this week.

The Fulbright program was created in 1946 to provide scholarships to international students interested in studying in America, and for U.S. citizens to do the same abroad. This week, Northern Illinois University is holding a “gateway orientation” for 65 foreign students who will study across the country. Stephanie Brown, Associate Director of the NIU Student and Faculty Office, said the campus provides a broad base for students preparing to study across the U.S.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has officially completed his 15-month prison sentence and is no longer being monitored by law enforcement.

Bureau of Prisons records indicate that Wednesday was the end of Hastert's period in federal custody. The Lake County Sheriff's Office says it stopped its electronic monitoring of the 75-year-old Wednesday morning. He now begins two years of probation.

Hastert pleaded guilty to banking violations in a hush-money case that revealed he sexually abused at least four high school students. 

State of Illinois

Rochelle Middle School teacher Vic Worthington and his students were named “Illinoisans of the Day” Tuesday for helping an injured farmer by creating a prosthetic hand.

The announcement was made on Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair by Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Director of Agriculture Raymond Poe.