Rockford, IL – An effort to open a fair-trade store in Rockford is running into some opposition. The opponents of the project don't object to fair-trade. They're objecting to the presence of a social service agency that might share its space with the store. WNIJ's Chris Lehman explains.
DeKalb, IL – NIU economist Stephen Karlson talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about ComEd's proposal to increase its rates, and looks at the proposed "reverse auction" method for buying wholesale power. Karlson also addresses concerns about oversight, and possible antitrust concerns between ComEd and parent company Exelon Generation.
DeKalb, IL – The Citizen's Utility Board, or CUB, has condemned ComEd's proposal to increase its rates. ComEd wants to raise rates 20 percent, starting in 2007. CUB's executive director, Dave Kolata, talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.
DeKalb, IL – Eight DeKalb County firefighters returned home Wednesday, September 21, after spending two weeks in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Among them was Jim Ruhl. Chris Lehman spoke with him as he was putting away his equipment at DeKalb's Fire Station Number One.
DeKalb, IL – Scientists from around the world will gather in Rockford to discuss Tyrannosaurus Rex. NIU researcher Michael Parrish tells WNIJ's Dan Klefstad that northern Illinois is a hotspot for T-Rex research.
Mendota, IL – Almost 19-hundred U-S soldiers have been killed in the war in Iraq. But more than 14-thousand have been injured. One northern Illinois nurse spent two months this summer treating many of those wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. WNIJ's Chris Lehman spoke with her.
DeKalb, IL – Professor Gustaaf Von Cromphout taught English at Northern Illinois University for thirty-seven years. He died September 1st, 2005, five days after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Mary Shelden of NIU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences remembers the professor who became her colleague.
DeKalb, IL – The words "art gallery" may conjure up images of hushed murmurs and wine and cheese receptions. WNIJ's Chris Lehman visited a gallery in DeKalb that offers art-lovers a chance to mingle in a much more casual environment.
DeKalb, IL – Chicago bluesman Lonnie Brooks plays a special show in Rockford this weekend. He'll reunite with his sons Ronnie and Wayne for the "On the Waterfront" festival. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad has more.