WNIJ news – Illinois Firearm Deer Season Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5
Illinois Firearm Deer Season opens this weekend Friday through Sunday, Nov. 19-21 and concludes Dec. 2-5. More than 370,000 permits have been issued so far. For information on remaining permits, check the IDNR website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/Deer.aspx. Legal hunting hours for the firearm deer season are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
DeKalb, IL – Students, teachers, and administrators filled a DeKalb meeting room this week to let the State Board of Education know which programs are most important to them. WNIJ's Susan Stephens was there:
Belvidere, IL – Many police departments across the country offer ordinary citizens a chance to learn how the police do their work. The departments see it as a way to fight crime and connect with the community. WNIJ's Guy Stephens visited a Citizens Police Academy in Belvidere and has this report:
WNIJ news – Residents in Illinois' 8th Congressional District now know who their next Congressman will be. After a hard fought race, incubment Democrat, Melissa Bean, has conceded to her Republican opponent. Bean's announcement follows a final tally of absentee and provisional ballots, which gave GOP nominee, Joe Walsh, a lead of 290 votes. With Walsh's victory, the district now goes back to Republican control, six years after Bean defeated longtime GOP Congressman, Phil Crane.
Rockford, IL – Carpenter's Place in Rockford has helped transform the lives of many homeless people. The outreach center has been growing and evolving since it opened. This week, its creator is being recognized as a social innovator. WNIJ's Cameron Bren reports.
WNIJ news – Bill Brady has conceded the tight race for Illinois governor. The Republican nominee made the announcement during a Friday afternoon speech from his hometown of Bloomington. Brady's campaign had been hoping absentee and other ballots would help the state Senator overcome Pat Quinn's slim lead of more than 19-thousand votes. But, Brady acknowledged Friday it would be impossible to defeat the Democratic governor.
WNIJ news – Election day in Illinois brought some key victories for Republicans, along with a top race still undecided. In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat, Pat Quinn, was leading Republican challenger, Bill Brady, by less than half a percentage point. That's with 99-percent of precincts reporting. Quinn was predicting victory, while acknowledging there were more votes to count. Brady wasn't ready to concede, saying the race won't be decided until later today at the earliest.
A news conference has been scheduled by DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen for 8:00 pm Friday. He heads the major crimes task force investigating the killing of Northern Illinois Freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller. Feithen and DeKalb County State's Attorney John Farrell will discuss what Feithen is calling a "major development."