On a sunny afternoon, four residents of the Del Webb retirement community in the northern Illinois village of Huntley are in engaged in a pickleball match. Back and forth they volley using specialized paddles and a wiffle-styled ball. Pickleball is a mix of badminton, tennis and ping pong.
State and federal prosecutors are working together to fight a rise in heroin trafficking. Jack Riley is a special agent in charge of the field division of the Drug Enforcement Agency in Chicago. He tells WNIJ, communities like DeKalb and Rockford aren't immune to the spread of the drug, especially its use among teens. He adds it’s not just a problem in the city of Chicago:
Another heat wave is gripping northern Illinois this week. While the extreme temperatures will create difficult conditions for many residents, a Northern Illinois University professor says residents are in a much better position to prevent heat-related fatalities than was the case more than 15 years ago.
The Department of Defense has announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Michael E. Ristau, 25, of Rockford,died July 13 in Qalat, Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device.