Rockford, IL – The ongoing cash flow problems facing Illinois have slowed state reimbursements for many organizations. John Groh is president of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. In this commentary, he offers his take on one way to address the issue:
WNIJ news – Programs that offer deferred prosecution are nothing new. But, they seem to gaining in popularity in northern Illinois. To combat a high jail population, the Winnebago County State's Attorney is considering a rehabilitation program. It would give first-time, non-violent offenders, an alternative to incarceration. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, reports, it would be based on a model that has found success in another county from the region:
DeKalb, IL – Dozens of children will have a happier Christmas this Saturday, thanks to the efforts of one DeKalb man. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with him about his annual toy drive and extraordinary love of music.
WNIJ news – When Illinois Governor Pat Quinn first proposed increasing the state income tax nearly two years ago, it was to plug a huge hole in the budget. After that failed, Quinn came back last spring with a more modest income tax hike that he called a "surcharge for education." Pegging the money to education was a successful strategy for some past increases. But would that get Illinoisans to support a tax hike this time around? WNIJ's, Guy Stephens, tried to find out:
WNIJ news – This is the third installment of our series on the proposed income-tax hike for Illinois. Governor, Pat Quinn, wants to raise the rate by one-percentage point. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, has more on how this would affect Illinois' ranking among neighboring states:
DeKalb – Former Governor Jim Edgar is responsible for Illinois' current income tax rate. He tells WNIJ's Dan Klefstad why he made permanent the half-percent increases he inherited - increases that were meant to expire. This is Part Two of WNIJ's series on the state's income tax rate.
WNIJ news – The head of Rockford Public Schools delivered a speech Thursday, that called attention to racial issues within the district. There was also a statement about a large fine from the state. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports on what officials in Springfield are saying about that claim: