Dixon, IL – People all around the globe, including some in northern Illinois, staged protests against BP this weekend over the massive oil spill in the Gulf. About a dozen people endured the rain before being baked by the sun at a gas station in Dixon. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken was there.
Dixon, IL – Several Illinois cities, including Dixon, Carol Stream and Chicago, will take part Saturday in a global event titled Worldwide Protest BP Day. 48 cities across five continents, and more than half-a-million people have already signed up. Budding activist Jay Vonbruchhaeuser is organizing protestors in Dixon. He says anyone, anywhere, can get involved. He invites people to come to his protest in Dixon or get some friends together, make up some signs, and walk to their local BP station.
DeKalb, IL – Illinois' public universities now have an extra tool to stay afloat, while waiting on delayed state payments. Governor, Pat Quinn, has signed a measure, giving schools the option to borrow money. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, reports, Northern Illinois University remains lukewarm about the idea of taking out a loan:
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Rockford, IL – For nearly two decades, history fans searching for the home of The Rockford Peaches were bound to be disappointed. Only the brick ticket booths were still standing at the site of Beyer Stadium, where women played professional baseball from 1943 to 1954. This weekend, a few dozen former players returned to find the field looking a lot more familiar. WNIJ's Susan Stephens was there.
DeKalb, IL – Illinoisans are bracing for another round of unwanted national attention today as jury selection begins in the trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich. One national expert, however, sees this as an important business opportunity for the state.
J.P. Donlon says every state has at least a little corruption to clean up. But the editor of Chief Executive Magazine says Illinois' reputation puts it near the top of the corruption heap, thanks in part to Blagojevich.
Rockford, IL – When you want to borrow a book, you can get it, no matter how small your library. That's because Illinois has nine regional library systems. They share books, services, and support; all funded by state dollars. And that's not a safe place to be in this current state budget crisis. WNIJ's Susan Stephens has more.
Springfield, IL – Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, says he won't sign legislation, that would have allowed the state's public universities to borrow money. Instead, the governor wants to include them in a broader spending bill for state government. Some universities sought the ability to borrow, as they wait for money held up because of the state's $13-billion dollar deficit. Northern Illinois University president, John Peters, has said he would only use it as a last resort.
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DeKalb, IL – Illinois wants its school children to get healthy food from local farms. Officials with a new state program are looking for the public's input on how to make that happen. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports.
DeKalb, IL – Back in the 1930's, raw milk was relocated to the back alleys of the U.S. dairy industry. That's when pasteurization became a standard practice. Now, raw milk is making a comeback. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, visited a farm in the western suburbs of Chicago, to get an idea of where this movement is headed: