WNIJ news – Several schools could close under a budget proposal from the superintendent of the Rockford Public School District. LaVonne Sheffield says the move is needed to help erase a projected deficit of $50 million dollars. Under the plan, seven buildings would be shuttered, and nearly 300 staff members would lose their jobs. Sheffield says district schools are below capacity, and that keeping all of them open is something they can't afford. The board of education is expected to vote on the proposal by early March.
WNIJ news – Efforts to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy are ongoing. Supporters of the move secured a major victory last month, when Congress gave its consent. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, spoke with a pair of openly gay graduate students from Northern Illinois University, who served under the policy. They discussed their experience, and how it affects them today:
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DeKalb – This weekend's Bears-Packers game is the latest chapter in a great rivalry. But what happens when that rivalry is in the home? WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU clinical psychologist Mark Matuszewski ahead of the division championship.