DeKalb, IL – The group known as the Congressional Super-committee has a huge task ahead of it: coming up with one-and-a-half trillion dollars in savings over the next decade. The 12-member committee doesn't include anyone from Illinois so WNIJ news asked several Congressmen from our listening area for their input. Susan Stephens spoke with 8th district Republican Representative Joe Walsh, starting with his take on the debt ceiling controversy.
WNIJ news – Preparations continue for the Congressional Super Committee, which is tasked with compiling recommendations for trimming the federal deficit. WNIJ news contacted House members from our listening area, to hear what they had to say about issues facing the panel. Victor Yehling asked 16th District Republican, Don Manzullo, how he he sees entitlement programs in this debate:
DeKalb, IL – About fifty people took to the streets of DeKalb yesterday for a "Jobs, Not Cuts" rally. It was part of a national movement to tell Congress to find ways the government can create more American jobs. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
WNIJ news – Efforts continue to restore funding to Illinois' regional school superintendents. These elected officials have been working without a paycheck, since Governor Pat Quinn eliminated their salaries in the new budget. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports, the situation has led some to question the need for these offices, while the superintendents are making the case for why they should stay put:
DeKalb – Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin declared on the Senate floor that the debt ceiling agreement spells the end of Keynesian economics. Is this true? WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU economist Carl Campbell about the philosophy of John Maynard Keynes...and whether it's relevant today.
WNIJ – Rockford's annual State Street Mile race will be held on Saturday, August 6th. That means sections of State Street will be closed. Officials say the road will be closed from the corner of North Wyman Street, east to Water Street, at 3:00 p.m. for set up. Additional closures of East State from Water Street east to the entrance of Swedish-American Hospital at Summit will occur between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
WNIJ news – Both Democrats and Republicans in Illinois' Congressional delegation were split in the debt ceiling vote in the House. Adam Kinzinger was one of eight Republicans to support the plan. Republicans Randy Hultgren, Joe Walsh,and Tim Johnson voted against the deal. Kinzinger says although he had to hold his nose to vote, he thinks it's a good first step. But, he says he has two big concerns about the bill. One is a reduction in military spending. Kinzinger says there also needs to be more discussion about changes to entitlement programs.
WNIJ news – Military veterans say it isn't always easy making the transition from life in the service to life on a college campus. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports, Northern Illinois University is trying a new approach to ease that sometimes difficult transition: