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1:19 am
Mon July 2, 2007

Who's eating horse meat?

DeKalb, IL – DeKalb's known for a lot of things - corn, barbed wire, NIU - even Cindy Crawford and most recently, horse slaughter.

WNIJ's Tony Arnold has been following the news surrounding the nation's only plant that slaughters horses for human consumption. And let*s face it, the legal proceedings aren't going to end anytime soon.

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WNIJ News
12:59 am
Mon July 2, 2007

DRIVEN: Angela Valianos

DeKalb, IL – Cavel International in DeKalb is the nation's last slaughterhouse that slaughters horses for human consumption. Illinois' governor signed a bill banning the practice last month. Cavel is currently challenging that ban in federal court. Through it all for the past seven years one private citizen has been watching Cavel as close as anyone else. Today we hear her story. WNIJ's Tony Arnold reports.

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WNIJ News
7:02 am
Fri June 29, 2007

LEGO Art

Rockford, IL – This summer, Rockford's Discovery Center Museum hosts an art exhibit in which every piece is made of LEGOs. WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with the man behind "The Art of the Brick."

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WNIJ News
7:03 am
Thu June 28, 2007

Theater in Rockford

Rockford, IL – Rockford area arts fans now have more choices. There's a new acting ensemble in town, and the Coronado Theater recently unveiled its inaugural season. But should a city the size of Rockford have even more cultural offerings? WNIJ's Christopher Hosken examines that question by first recounting the past.

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WNIJ News
4:40 am
Tue May 29, 2007

Freeport to revitalize Rawleigh complex?

The W.T. Rawleigh Building in Freeport
(photo from Illinois EPA)

Freeport, IL – The City of Freeport has high hopes for a mammoth complex sitting on the edge of its downtown. The old Rawleigh factory could draw new residents. It could bring tourists to town. It could be the economic salvation for this financially-strapped community. The city has placed these hopes at the feet of locals, whose input will not only influence the master plan, but could attract a developer. WNIJ's Abbie Reese reports.

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WNIJ News
4:15 am
Tue May 29, 2007

Horse slaughter outlawed

DeKalb, IL – Slaughtering horses for people to eat is now illegal in Illinois. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the bill into law. That means the only slaughterhouse of this type still running in the United States will have to shut down. WNIJ's Tony Arnold reports.

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WNIJ News
4:04 am
Tue May 29, 2007

Potawatomi gamble on Shabbona

Shabonna, IL – Life is on hold for many residents of a small DeKalb County town. They're waiting to hear if the federal government will rule that their land is actually the state's only Native American reservation. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.

Related link(s):

Prairie Band of the Potawatomi Nation home page

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WNIJ News
3:27 am
Mon May 14, 2007

Controversy hits newly elected Alderman

DeKalb, IL – Monday night, DeKalb will swear in four new city council members. But that*s not without some controversy. The newly elected alderman of DeKalb's Third Ward has been under public scrutiny since last month*s election.

Now more than 100 DeKalb residents are calling for his resignation, before he even takes office. WNIJ*s Tony Arnold reports.

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WNIJ News
5:19 am
Mon April 16, 2007

Proposed Kishwaukee Valley Water Authority to control groundwater

DeKalb, IL – Voters in parts of three Illinois counties will decide who controls their groundwater. WNIJ's Susan Stephens takes a look at the Kishwaukee Valley Water Authority proposal.

Related link:
Kishwaukee Valley Water Authority proposal pro and con (Google video)

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WNIJ News
5:50 am
Tue March 27, 2007

Illinois Superintendent deployed to Afghanistan

Chadwick, IL – The Superintendent of a small school district in northwest Illinois will be deployed to Afghanistan at the end of March. Roy Webb heads the Chadwick School District and is a colonel in the Iowa National Guard. WNIJ's Abbie Reese was there when his students and teachers sent him off.

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