DeKalb, IL – Herb Holderman is a Vietnam Veteran who also heads DeKalb County's Veterans Assistance Commission. He's been covered medically since 1970 by the federal program that provides insurance for military veterans, plus an additional program some vets qualify for called TriCare. He spoke with WNIJ's Susan Stephens about how it works.
DeKalb, IL – Jennifer Tomkins is a retired NIU faculty member. She's also a native of England. Tomkins relates her experience of the British healthcare system and ponders whether such a system would be good for the U.S.
DeKalb, IL – What do you want from a healthcare overhaul? WNIJ's Dan Klefstad puts this question to a retired NIU faculty member. Jennifer Tomkins discusses her health care plan, and offers suggestions for federal lawmakers as they work to change the nation's healthcare system.
Beloit, WI – Another tender young crop of freshmen is poised to descend upon our nation s college campuses. And that means once again, Beloit College is doing its part to help bridge the culture gap between students and the community. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with Ron Nief. He's co-author of the now-famous annual Mindset List.
DeKalb, IL – If there's any bias that infects all media, it's a slant toward conflict...something there has been a lot of this past week at town hall meetings across America. Red-faced constituents yelling at their legislators has become the norm on cable TV. To try and get at the source of all this anger, WNIJ's Christopher Hosken spoke with some politically active people in DeKalb.
DeKalb, IL – Two proposals are emerging in Congress to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. One proposal would create a public option similar to Medicare. The other would create a system of regional health care cooperatives.
Most Americans are familiar with Medicare, but...cooperatives? What are they, and how would they work? And would a Midwest regional co-op provide better, more efficient care than a public option? WNIJ's Dan Klefstad asked NIU economist Virginia Wilcox-Gok.
Rockford, IL – When Rockford resident Kay Koster began teaching how to play guitars, AND repair them, F-D-R was in the White House. This 91-year-old musical pioneer is STILL playing and fixing all makes and models of guitars and amps. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken has this profile.
Batavia, IL – Things have turned around in the past year for the national physics lab in Batavia. Fermilab faced layoffs, cutbacks, and furloughs a year ago. Now it's getting a huge infusion of federal stimulus money. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports: