Springfield, IL – On March 21st, Democrats and Republicans will choose their candidates for Governor. Governor Rod Blagojevich has a Democratic challenger, and there are five Republicans seeking their party's nomination. From Springfield, Amanda Vinicky starts our series on where the candidates stand on the issues with this overview.
Springfield, IL – Most of the candidates running for Illinois Governor say the state's fiscal condition has only gotten worse over the past four years. Sean Crawford reports on their proposals to improve the state's financial health in this installment of our series on the gubernatorial candidates and the big campaign issues.
Springfield, IL – There's a sharp difference of opinion among the gubernatorial candidates over the state of health care in Illinois. The incumbent says it's fine ... and touts his accomplishments in expanding access without raising taxes. But others paint a less rosy picture.
Rachel Lippmann continues our series of issue profiles with the candidate's prescriptions for health care in Illinois.
DeKalb, IL – We also talked with the co-president of the Muslim Student Association at Northern Illinois University. Hiba Abdallah wrote a column that appeared in the paper the same day as the cartoons. She says she first heard about the controversial cartoons while watching a television news program. Then she went online to see what all the fuss was about
DeKalb, IL – On February 13, Northern Illinois University's student-run newspaper, the Northern Star, published the 12 controversial Danish cartoons that have sparked protests by Muslims around the world. Muslims object to the depiction of the Prophet Muhammed in the cartoons. The drawings were re-published in several European newspapers, but most American papers have declined to run them.
DeKalb, IL – The City of DeKalb is one step closer to banning smoking in all public places. City Council gave preliminary approval to a smoking ban at Monday's meeting. A final vote will take place February 27. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...
DeKalb, IL – A new report (Troubled Waters) predicts water shortages in Illinois. One of the authors, Scott Goldstein, talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about the possible economic imact of such a shortage. Goldstein also talks about ways to conserve water.
DeKalb, IL – One of Northern Illinois University's most distinguished graduates returned to campus last week. Rukudzo Murapa earned his Masters and Doctoral Degrees at NIU in the 1970's. He's now the Vice Chancellor of Africa University in Zimbabwe.
The school was founded in 1992 by the United Methodist Church. Doctor Murapa spoke with WNIJ's Chris Lehman.
DeKalb, IL – Most stories about farm programs dwell on price supports or export subsidies. But there've also been big changes in farm conservation programs. They've gone beyond fighting soil erosion; concerns about wildlife and the environment are now an important part of the equation. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports: