DeKalb, IL – The president of Northern Illinois University is painting a grim budget outlook for the coming fiscal year. John Peters says the university might have to consider laying off more than 250 employees, and nearly 90 student workers, if state funding continues to dry up. The reductions could take the form of temporary layoffs, reduced work weeks, permanent elimination of positions, or a combination of all those options. The school says the plan falls under a worst-case scenario.
DeKalb, IL – The weekend raid of a Michigan-based militia has raised some eyebrows about the current state of these anti-government groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports a recent surge of organizations like "Hutaree." WNIJ's, Mike Moen, discussed the matter with, Bill Dyson, a retired FBI agent, who once headed Chicago's terrorism task force:
DeKalb, IL – The new health care law will be good for Illinois in the long run. But it could cost more in the near term. That's according to NIU public health professor James Ciesla. He spoke with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.
DeKalb, IL – Only one member of the Illinois Congressional delegation broke party ranks in last night's vote on health care. That was Democrat Dan Lipinski of Western Springs. He had pledged to vote against it on pro-life grounds. Other Representatives from northern Illinois had their own reasons for sticking with their parties.
DeKalb, IL – Northern Illinois University's official report detailing the shootings that took place two years ago is stirring up emotions on campus. The 300-page document contains everything from policy manuals to psychological profiles of the gunman who killed five students and injured 19 others. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
DeKalb, IL – Northern Illinois University's official report on the 2008 campus shooting is long, wide-ranging, and offers a few more clues as to why a former student would return to the university to commit murder. NIU President John Peters spoke with WNIJ's Susan Stephens about what's in the report and why it's important.
Rockford/DeKalb – Rockford's unemployment rate nearly doubles the national rate. The combined jobless rate for Winnebago and Boone Counties now stands at nearly 20-percent. Chicago-based economist, Edward Stuart, says it could take six months or longer before Rockford begins to see improvement. He says the recession has been so deep, it will take a lot for the city to pull itself out. Meanwhile eleven out of the top twelve metropolitan areas in Illinois have double-digit unemployment. In DeKalb County, the jobless rate is close to 12-percent.
DeKalb, IL – Fears of layoffs and program cuts haunt Illinois school districts in the face of the state's fiscal crisis. That's why a recent Chicago Tribune analysis of school superintendent salaries raised so many eyebrows. WNIJ's Susan Stephens has more.
DeKalb, IL – Talk to most heroin users and they will tell you it's a highly addictive and destructive drug. In part two of our series on heroin use among young adults, we hear from a recovering addict from Rockford, who went from a comfortable living, to sleeping on park benches. He sat down with WNIJ's..Mike Moen: