Rockford, IL – Heavy rains from Monday night caused rapid flooding and forced a number of people to evacuate their homes in Rockford area. It was the worst flooding the city's seen since last year when a storm caused similar problems in the exact same neighborhoods. WNIJ's Tony Arnold talked to some residents who are having a bad case of déjà vu.
DeKalb, IL – DeKalb's known for a lot of things - corn, barbed wire, NIU - even Cindy Crawford and most recently, horse slaughter.
WNIJ's Tony Arnold has been following the news surrounding the nation's only plant that slaughters horses for human consumption. And let*s face it, the legal proceedings aren't going to end anytime soon.
DeKalb, IL – Cavel International in DeKalb is the nation's last slaughterhouse that slaughters horses for human consumption. Illinois' governor signed a bill banning the practice last month. Cavel is currently challenging that ban in federal court. Through it all for the past seven years one private citizen has been watching Cavel as close as anyone else. Today we hear her story. WNIJ's Tony Arnold reports.
Rockford, IL – Rockford area arts fans now have more choices. There's a new acting ensemble in town, and the Coronado Theater recently unveiled its inaugural season. But should a city the size of Rockford have even more cultural offerings? WNIJ's Christopher Hosken examines that question by first recounting the past.
Freeport, IL – The City of Freeport has high hopes for a mammoth complex sitting on the edge of its downtown. The old Rawleigh factory could draw new residents. It could bring tourists to town. It could be the economic salvation for this financially-strapped community. The city has placed these hopes at the feet of locals, whose input will not only influence the master plan, but could attract a developer. WNIJ's Abbie Reese reports.
DeKalb, IL – Slaughtering horses for people to eat is now illegal in Illinois. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the bill into law. That means the only slaughterhouse of this type still running in the United States will have to shut down. WNIJ's Tony Arnold reports.
Shabonna, IL – Life is on hold for many residents of a small DeKalb County town. They're waiting to hear if the federal government will rule that their land is actually the state's only Native American reservation. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
DeKalb, IL – Monday night, DeKalb will swear in four new city council members. But that*s not without some controversy. The newly elected alderman of DeKalb's Third Ward has been under public scrutiny since last month*s election.
Now more than 100 DeKalb residents are calling for his resignation, before he even takes office. WNIJ*s Tony Arnold reports.