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3:04 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Illinois could take a 94-billion dollar hit under one plan to reform health care

Congressman Aaron Schock speaks out against the Affordable Care Act during a stop in Rockford Friday, April 13th.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The debate over health care is picking up steam as we move closer to the fall election. A report by a health care advocacy group says over the next decade, Illinois could lose 94-billion dollars in federal funding for Medicaid, Medicare, and premium tax credits under the most recent Republican budget proposal.

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Law
1:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

N. Illinois Lawyers Prepare for Cameras

ISBA President John Locallo
WNIJ

The head of the Illinois' largest organization for lawyers says the group supports allowing cameras in courtrooms. Illinois has been one of only 14 states where cameras were limited or prohibited in trial courtrooms. The Illinois Supreme Court approved a pilot program allowing media coverage in January.  John Locallo is President of the Illinois State Bar Association.  Speaking in Freeport, he says the new policy is another step toward transparency/

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Sports
11:37 pm
Sun April 15, 2012

The science of baseball (plus extras)

Susan Stephens WNIJ

Baseball season is well-underway. For St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra, that means it’s time to talk about the science behind America’s national pastime. Washington University aerospace engineer David Peters was happy to join in.

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Government
6:44 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Tax Filing Deadline Approaches

Taxpayers have some extra time this year to file their state and federal tax returns. The annual April 15th deadline falls on a Sunday. The following day, Monday, April 16th is a holiday in the District of Columbia. That means this year's deadline falls on Tuesday, April 17th. Officials say more people are filing online. You can file your state income tax return for free at www.tax.Illinois.gov 

Community
6:30 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Mendota Residents Lament Plant Closing

Many residents of a small LaSalle County town are still in shock after news that one of its largest employers will be closing its doors next month.

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Business
10:05 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Rockford hospital merger is off

Plans by OSF St. Anthony Medical Center to acquire Rockford Health System have been called off, just days before officials from both sides were to testify at a Federal Trade Commission hearing in Washington, D.C.  

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Courts
1:20 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

McCullough found not guilty in 50-year-old rape case

DeKalb County Courthouse, Sycamore, Illinois
Susan Stephens

 

The DeKalb County State's Attorney lashed out at a judge Thursday, after a Seattle man was acquitted of rape charges. 

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Environment
8:33 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Illinois Officials Target Gypsy Moths

Illinois officials are trying to combat the spread of gypsy moths responsible for weakening and killing trees in northern areas of the state.  The department uses federal funds to spray bacteria and in some cases...pheremones to confuse the male moths during mating. Nancy Williams with the Illinois Department of Agriculture says the program is not intended to kill off all of the moths, but to at least slow their spread. 

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Arts
4:37 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Drums out front at NIU Spring Concert

Composer and percussionist Victor Lewis

Northern Illinois University's Jazz Ensemble invited two percussionists to perform with them at Thursday's Spring Concert.  The headliner is Victor Lewis, an internationally renowned recording artist.  He'll share the stage with Robert Chappell, NIU Presidential Teaching Professor, who's retiring after 30 years with the music department.  Ensemble director Ron Carter sat down with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad to talk about this evening of music.

Arts
1:09 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Ira Glass talks ethics, Mad Men, and his St. Charles visit

 

“This American Life” creator and host Ira Glass pulls back the curtain on his popular public radio show this Saturday at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles. 

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