DeKalb, IL – Analysts with the credit rating service Moody's recently reaffirmed Northern Illinois University's A-2 score. On a 21-notch scale, N-I-U's A-2 is the sixth best and considered a good rating. W-N-I-J's Christopher Hosken picked over Moody's report and then spoke with one of its' many authors, N-I-U's main finance and facilities operations person, Bob Albanese.
DeKalb, IL – In recent months, conversation about the pair of proton treatment centers being built in DuPage county has shifted. Before, talk was of bulldozers, financing, and which of the two would be finished first. But today, it's all about the state board overseeing the projects. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken explains why.
Rochelle, Il – This school year, the Rochelle Township High School Choir had to learn more than just the notes on the page. As WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports, the May 12th concert was the culmination of a year-long collaborative effort among students and faculty.
DeKalb, IL – Dennis Cesarotti teaches disaster preparedness at NIU. He also helped Chicago's public health department plan for a bird flu pandemic. Cesarotti tells WNIJ's Dan Klefstad that Chicago's plan will help it cope with any flu pandemic, including H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu).
DeKalb, IL – "Donate Life" Month is almost over, but organ donation proponents haven't given up yet. In DeKalb this week, ceremonies were held at NIU, Kishwaukee Hospital, and the drivers license facility to honor people who have pledged to donate their organs. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
DeKalb, IL – Music fans might recognize the name Michael Gulezian. He's performed his solo acoustic guitar music on public radio programs like "A Prairie Home Companion," "World Cafe," and "Echoes." But you may not know that for the past eight years, he's been spending time with students at Northern Illinois University's Fine Arts House, giving advice and getting inspiration in return. WNIJ's Andy Mitchell has this story.
DeKalb, IL – When the communist movement called the Khmer Rouge took over the South Asian country of Cambodia in the mid 1970s, it led to one of the worst genocides of the 20th century. Now, five of the movement's leaders are finally being put on trial, and as Andy Mitchell reports, it's thanks, in part, to people at NIU.
Rockford, IL – The likely next superintendent of Rockford Public Schools is heading back home to Louisiana, but says she'll return soon to learn about the community. Dr. LaVonne Sheffield wrapped up three days of schools tours and meetings with parents, teachers, and community leaders. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with her.