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7:32 am
Wed April 11, 2012

District 205 Leader Gets Contract Extension

 

The Rockford school board has approved a contract extension for the district's interim superintendent. 

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Local
4:39 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Rockford official keeps two elected seats while awaiting law change

The Illinois Attorney General's office says an elected official in northern Illinois has to decide between two jobs.  But Ted Biondo won't give up any elected seat while state lawmakers consider changing a law that would make it legal for him to hold two offices. 

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Local
7:32 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Judge, not jury, will decide McCullough sexual assault case

photo: wikipedia

A DeKalb County judge will rule in a fifty-year-old rape case. Jury selection was expected Monday in the trial of  Jack McCullough, but he opted to forgo the jury trial for a bench trial. He's the Washington-state man accused of sexually assaulting a northern Illinois girl decades ago.

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Local
5:35 am
Mon April 9, 2012

DeKalb, NIU May Partner on Housing Stats

The city of DeKalb is putting together plans with NIU officials to gather housing data for the community.  The research project would include information on factors such as foreclosures, vacancy rates, and code compliance.  Bill Nicklas is NIU’s associate vice president for institutional planning and sustainability.  He says the university is always concerned about the safety and quality of housing in DeKalb.

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Local
5:28 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Judge Halts Rockford Hospital Deal

A federal judge has halted a deal between Rockford Health System and Peoria-based OSF HealthCare until the Federal Trade Commission can review it.

U.S. District Judge Frederick Kapala in Rockford made the ruling Thursday. He is ordering the two health systems to maintain the status quo for now.

The FTC challenged OSF's proposed acquisition of Rockford Health System on antitrust grounds. OSF runs OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Rockford Health operates Rockford Memorial Hospital.

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Government
5:18 am
Fri April 6, 2012

State Audit Finds Problems with FOID Program

Illinois' Firearm Owners Identification program has a heap of problems. That's according to an audit released this week. The state Auditor General says some of those problems put public safety at risk. The report says too often state police don't know when they grant FOID cards if the applicant has a disqualifying mental health condition. The audit also found 70% of revoked registration cards never get back to police. The Illinois State Police says the number of requests for FOID cards has steadily increased over the past few years, but its resources are limited.

Local
11:35 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Rochelle ethanol plant making its own electricity

 

An ethanol plant in Rochelle could serve as a model for other manufacturers looking to save big on their electricity bills. 

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Local
5:19 am
Wed April 4, 2012

The Dodge Dart: Chrysler pushes for perfection from Day One.

Checking the gaps in the body of Chrysler's new Dodge Dart.
Susan Stephens

 

It’s considered conventional wisdom that you should never buy a car in its first year of production: that gives the automaker time to “work the kinks out.” And that’s the kind of thinking Chrysler officials are working to dispel as they prepare to launch the new Dodge Dart in Belvidere. 

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Local
4:47 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Study: 9-1-1 dispatchers at risk for PTSD

Michelle Lily, NIU psychology professor

A new study links indirect exposure to trauma with an increased risk of post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  Northern Illinois University psychology professor Michelle Lily, and research associate Heather Pierce, followed 171 on-the-job emergency dispatchers from 24 states.  Dr. Lily discussed their findings with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.

Health Rankings
12:18 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Area counties top annual Health Rankings list

Northern Illinois county Health Outcomes rankings ranged from 1 to 73 out of 102 counties in the state in the Third Annual County Health Rankings released Tuesday.

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