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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
WNIJ news – The NIU School of Theatre and Dance production of Orson Welles' play "Moby Dick Rehearsed" opens this week. Welles' adaptation of the Herman Melville classic adds an interesting twist. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:
WNIJ news – Many analysts say one of the keys to resolving current economic problems is reviving the real estate market. However, slow growth, and bad memories of the housing bust, have caused financial institutions to tighten up lending policies. That has resulted in numerous hurdles for potential buyers to overcome. WNIJ's, Christopher Hosken, introduces us to some new homeowners in Rockford, and talks to them about how they resolved their issues: