DeKalb, IL – The overhaul of the federal student loan program has left financial aid offices scrambling to make sure their schools are ready for the new system. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports two area institutions have already made the switch in a seemingly smooth fashion.
Rockford, IL – The TEA Party Express national bus tour pulled into downtown Rockford yesterday, its only stop in northern Illinois. More than one-thousand people showed up in Davis Park for the rally. WNIJ's Susan Stephens was there.
DeKalb, IL – The president of Northern Illinois University is painting a grim budget outlook for the coming fiscal year. John Peters says the university might have to consider laying off more than 250 employees, and nearly 90 student workers, if state funding continues to dry up. The reductions could take the form of temporary layoffs, reduced work weeks, permanent elimination of positions, or a combination of all those options. The school says the plan falls under a worst-case scenario.
DeKalb, IL – The weekend raid of a Michigan-based militia has raised some eyebrows about the current state of these anti-government groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports a recent surge of organizations like "Hutaree." WNIJ's, Mike Moen, discussed the matter with, Bill Dyson, a retired FBI agent, who once headed Chicago's terrorism task force:
DeKalb, IL – The new health care law will be good for Illinois in the long run. But it could cost more in the near term. That's according to NIU public health professor James Ciesla. He spoke with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.
DeKalb, IL – Only one member of the Illinois Congressional delegation broke party ranks in last night's vote on health care. That was Democrat Dan Lipinski of Western Springs. He had pledged to vote against it on pro-life grounds. Other Representatives from northern Illinois had their own reasons for sticking with their parties.
DeKalb, IL – Northern Illinois University's official report detailing the shootings that took place two years ago is stirring up emotions on campus. The 300-page document contains everything from policy manuals to psychological profiles of the gunman who killed five students and injured 19 others. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
DeKalb, IL – Northern Illinois University's official report on the 2008 campus shooting is long, wide-ranging, and offers a few more clues as to why a former student would return to the university to commit murder. NIU President John Peters spoke with WNIJ's Susan Stephens about what's in the report and why it's important.