DeKalb, IL – Now that 2010 census-takers have given Americans a chance to mail their responses, the remaining 28-percent are being visited by neighbors with clipboards and questions. To get an update on how the census is progressing, WNIJ's Christopher Hosken spoke with Jim Accurso. Accurso is a spokesman in the Chicago Regional Census Center. Those working at the center are in charge of census collection in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
DeKalb, IL – Incoming freshman and transfer students at Northern Illinois University will see higher tuition rates this fall. A 9.5-percent increase was approved by the Board of Trustees Thursday. The tuition hike could produce nearly $5-million dollars in extra revenue for the school, which is still waiting on more than $43-million dollars in state aid. The board's student trustee says the move is needed in response to the fiscal crisis. But, he also expressed concern about placing the extra burden on students and their families.
Sycamore, IL – The DeKalb County Board has given the go-ahead for Waste Management to expand its landfill operations in Cortland.
The board voted 16 to 8 before a tense overflow crowd at its meeting last night. Cortland resident Lee Anne Brei held a sign opposing the expansion that would lead to waste from 17 counties being hauled to her town. She says residents have had no voice in the process.
Tammy Duckworth receives a doctorate from NIU, aired 5/10/10. (3:29)
DeKalb, IL – Hundreds of students made the transition to graduates at ceremonies at Northern Illinois University this weekend. That includes one famous student who was sidetracked by the war in Iraq. WNIJ's Susan Stephens has more.
DeKalb, IL – Illinois lawmakers have a week to solve or delay some enormous issues before they head home for the summer. The Spring legislative session ends Friday, and lawmakers are nowhere near agreement on how to bridge an estimated 13-billion dollar budget deficit.
Elgin, IL – Larger class sizes. That's a concern in many school districts across the country, as education funding remains scarce in the wake of the recession. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, looked at the problem in Northern Illinois. His first stop was a grade school in Elgin: