Rockford, IL – There's more than music at Rockford's On the Waterfront Festival. And we're not talking about food and carnival rides. It's the second year for the On the Waterfront Film Festival, featuring short movies by local filmmakers. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with the festival's organizer, Jason Ssg.
DeKalb, IL – Monday, August 29, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon for the Illinois Fiber Resources Group, or iFiber for short. The public/private project will create a broadband network covering nine counties in northwest Illinois . John Lewis chairs the project. He spoke with WNIJ's Guy Stephens
DeKalb – One of the nation's top telecommunications executives visited DeKalb last week. Maggie Wilderotter is the Chairman & CEO of Frontier Communications. She spoke with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about the personal qualities that make an executive...and grooming the next generation of female business leaders.
Machesney Park IL – Roland Christen, founder and president of Astro-Physics Inc., took issue with remarks made by U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Egan) in an interview with WNIJ and compiled his own thoughts from the viewpoint of a small manufacturer.
WNIJ news – This week, WNIJ aired discussions with U.S. House members from our listening area about ongoing budget issues in Washington. Most federal lawmakers from the area are Republican. We reached out to the only two sitting Democrats who represent the area, but they both declined. We did talk with former Democratic Congressman, Bill Foster, who once represented the 14th District and is making another run for Congress. He spoke with WNIJ's Mike Moen:
Sandwich, IL – The so-called "Congressional Super Committee" has a few weeks before its work begins: it is tasked with the unenviable job of cutting one-and-a-half trillion dollars from the federal budget. No one from Illinois was appointed to the 12-member panel: so WNIJ asked Congressmen from our listening area to weigh in on where they think the deep cuts should begin. For the fourth part of our series, WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with 14th district Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren.
WNIJ news – In the latest of our interviews with Congressional representatives from the WNIJ listening area, we talk with Bobby Schilling, the freshman Republican from the 17th district. WNIJ's Victor Yehling asked him what he thinks about the agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling:
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.