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6:39 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Rockford's State of the City

Rockford, IL – Rockford mayor Larry Morrissey delivered his annual State of the City address last night to an enthusiastic crowd at the Coronado Theatre. His theme was "sustainability:" he made it clear that the city had to solve its own problems instead of relying on state and federal support. Morrissey also wants to get more involved in the public school system: WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.

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WNIJ News
6:24 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Veteran wins a store in Rochelle

Rochelle, IL – This isn't the first time that U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Edward Schrank took on a challenge he never envisioned. Until recently, Schrank had no interest in business, much less owning and running one. But now he's preparing for the grand opening of a Sears store in Rochelle that he won in a nation-wide contest. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken has this profile.

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WNIJ News
7:52 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Illinois abolishes death penalty

WNIJ news – Illinois has joined 15 other states in abolishing the death penalty. The measure was signed into law this week. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, has more:

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WNIJ News
7:49 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Radical Islam hearing

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7:46 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Illinois farmers head to South America

WNIJ news – This week, a delegation of Illinois farmers is headed to South America to explore new opportunities to sell their corn and soybeans. The trip also highlights some of their concerns as they follow their harvest from field to market. Ron Schoenholz raises his crops near Paw Paw in Lee County. He spoke to WNIJ's, Guy Stephens, about why he's going on the Illinois Farm Bureau's Market Study Tour:

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WNIJ News
6:52 am
Thu March 10, 2011

The Progressive editor on Islam hearings

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WNIJ News
7:26 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Rockford Public School programs saved

Rockford, IL – It was a long and emotion-filled night for public school students, parents, and teachers. More than 400 people attended the marathon meeting where the Rockford School Board finalized last week's decision to close six schools. It notified hundreds of untenured teachers that they may lose their jobs. And then, when it came to voting on another round of cuts including eliminating specialized programs the board delivered a real surprise. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.

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WNIJ News
7:24 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Budget problems for ambulance service providers

WNIJ news – Cities across the U.S. are taking a closer look at their ambulance service these days. Rising costs and a tight economy are forcing some cities to find more savings in the EMS arena. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, has more on how the situation is playing out in northern Illinois:

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WNIJ News
10:59 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Rockford's Muslim community opens its new mosque this weekend

Rockford, Illinois – The Rockford-area Muslim community celebrates its first prayers in a newly-built mosque at 12:30 p.m. today (Friday, March 4). The local Muslim community is very diverse and steadily growing. Conservative estimates put the current number of Muslim families living in Rockford at about 300. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken prepared this report.

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WNIJ News
7:51 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Rockford school board votes to close schools

WNIJ news – Students in the Rockford school district face big changes next fall. That's after the board of education voted to close six schools to help address the district's budget deficit. The action came during a special meeting, which attracted hundreds of parents and students. The board also decided to eliminate eight assistant principals. Additional cuts were held over for the next meeting.


Schools slated for closure:


Jackson Elementary

Stiles Elementary

New Milford Elementary

Summerdale Elementary

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