DeKalb, IL – Slide guitarist Sonny Landreth comes to Rockford's "On the Waterfront" festival. Born in Mississippi, Landreth considers himself a "Native Stepson" of Louisiana. He explains to WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.
Rochelle, IL – When you think of cultural diversity, you probably think big city. But it can happen anywhere. Rochelle is a northern Illinois town of about 95-hundred people. It's known as The Hub City, a transportation mecca where rail lines and highways converge. Rochelles place in international business was solidified when Union Pacific Railroad opened its intermodal facility two years ago.
DeKalb, IL – A recent study finds that half of all new teachers leave the profession after five years. A new book explains why, and offers solutions on how to prevent teacher burnout. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad spoke with NIU Professor Larry Johannesson about the book, "Supporting Beginning English Teachers."
Rockford, IL – Congressman Don Manzullo returned recently from his fourth trip to China. The northern Illinois Republican has chaired the U.S./China Interparliamentary Exchange since it was created in 1999. He spoke with WNIJ's Susan Stephens.
Rockford, IL – The relationship between the U.S. and China is changing: China's currency is no longer pegged to the dollar. The sale of Unocal to a Chinese oil company was quashed by Congress. And there will be hearings soon in Washington about movies and music piracy in China. 16th District Congressman Don Manzullo recently returned from a visit to China. He chairs the U.S./China Interparliamentary Exchange. He spoke with WNIJ's Susan Stephens about the future of relations between the two countries.
Rockton, IL – The U-S invasion of Iraq changed the lives of millions of people in that country. Those in power found themselves on the run. Everyday people rejoiced in their new freedoms, but struggled to survive in the face of the rising insurgency.
But one Iraqi woman's life was affected in a way she never could have imagined. And a young soldier from Illinois played an important role in those life-changing events.