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:
DeKalb, IL – In any given year, officials at Northern Illinois University contract with about 10-thousand local, regional, and national vendors. The university signs purchasing agreements with these businesses to supply NIU staff and students with everything from hygiene products to health insurance. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken examines how NIU's cash crisis is trickling down to its vendors.
Rockford, IL – There's a growing demand for bone marrow transplants to treat a number of different cancers of the blood. The process has gotten simpler, too: WNIJ's Susan Stephens stopped by the Rock River Valley Blood Center to see how it's done.
DeKalb, IL – One student is in custody and another injured following a shooting on the campus of Northern Illinois University. The incident happened early this morning outside a residence hall. University President John Peters says this appears to be an isolated incident.
The victim was shot in the leg. His injuries are described as non-life- threatening. The suspect was apprehended moments after the shooting and remains in police custody. Authorities have yet to announce a motive in the case.
DeKalb, IL – If you didn't say it yourself, you certainly heard it...the question of the day. "Did you feel it?" The earthquake, that is. A magnitude 3.8 quake shook northern Illinois awake around 4 this morning. The epicenter of the smallish quake was near Gilberts, in northern Kane County. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with one of the people who "felt it": Paul Stoddard, a geophysicist at Northern Illinois University.