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:
DeKalb, IL – During last week's budget address, Governor Pat Quinn proposed an overall increase in state aid to schools. But he also wants to slash other areas of education funding. WNIJ's Susan Stephens looks at where those controversial cuts could take place.
WNIJ news – There's a push in Springfield to raise Illinois' minimum wage. The plan calls for a gradual increase before the rate would level off at more than ten dollars an hour, making it highest in the nation. How would that affect the state's economy? WNIJ's, Mike Moen, reports, the debate is far from settled:
Dixon, IL – Saturday, February 19th, in the Historic Dixon Theatre, the Dixon Municipal Band gives concerts featuring the world premiere of David Holsinger's "Reagan of Illinois." The piece is a portrait, in words and music, of the city's most famous son as a young man growing up in Illinois. WNIJ's Guy Stephens has more.
Sycamore, IL – The man accused of murdering Northern Illinois University student Toni Keller will plead "not guilty" at 1:30 next Tuesday, February 22nd, in a DeKalb County courtroom. That's according to William Curl's attorney, Rebecca Harris. She says psychiatric evaluations have convinced her that he is fit to stand trial.
DeKalb – President Obama's budget proposal includes a 50 percent reduction in funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with Lowell Tosch, who helps distribute LIHEAP money to residents of DeKalb and Kane counties.
DeKalb, IL – About 200 people gathered on the campus of Northern Illinois University Monday. The school paused to mark the three-year observance of a deadly campus shooting. WNIJ's, Christopher Hosken, was there and filed this report: