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12:07 am
Fri October 13, 2006

The gubenatorial challengers' plans for Illinois schools

Chicago, IL – In the Governor's race, most of the debate on education has focused on how to fund Illinois schools. Democrat Rod Blagoyevich wants to raise billions of dollars for schools by selling or leasing the Lottery. This morning, we'll examine the plans offered by Republican Judy Baar Topinka and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney.

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4:43 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Governor Rod Blagoyevich's plan for Illinois schools

Chicago – Governor Rod Blagoyevich has poured four billion dollars in state money into schools. But the state's financial problems have made it difficult for the Governor to deliver on some parts of his agenda. Jay Field reports from Chicago Public
Radio.

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WNIJ News
6:01 am
Fri October 6, 2006

NIU President Peters gives State of the University address

NIU President Peters gives State of the University address

DeKalb, IL – NIU President John Peters gave the annual State of the University Address in Altgeld Hall on Thursday, October 5. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports that this year's speech was upbeat.

Here is a link to the text of the speech.

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5:40 am
Thu October 5, 2006

Will Hastert survive Foley fallout?

Will Hastert survive Foley fallout?

DeKalb, IL – The scandal surrounding former Congressman Mark Foley has spread to Speaker Dennis Hastert. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU political scientist Matthew Streb about how the issue could affect control of the House, and Hastert's re-election at home.

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7:31 am
Wed September 27, 2006

U.S. denies Potawatomi sovereignty

U.S. denies Potawatomi sovereignty

DeKalb, IL – The Potawatomi Nation wants to open a bingo parlor on land it owns near Shabbona. The tribe claims sovereignty over the land. That would allow it to bypass state and local restrictions on opening a gaming facility. But the U-S government refutes that claim. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:

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5:27 am
Tue September 26, 2006

NIU Philharmonic concert

Brett Mitchell, director of the NIU Philharmonic

NIU Philharmonic concert

DeKalb, IL – Monday, September 25th, was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dmitri Shostakovich. That night, the NIU Philharmonic gave a concert featuring works by the Russian composer. WNIJ's Guy Stephens had this report:

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6:34 am
Wed September 20, 2006

Portrait of a Soldier

Rockford, IL – An Illinois college student is drawing portraits of all the Illinois soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The set of portraits done so far came to Rockford in late September. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports.

Link: Portrait of a Soldier

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2:35 am
Thu August 31, 2006

Ronnie Baker Brooks returns to the Waterfront

Ronnie Baker Brooks returns to theWaterfront

Dan Klefstad

Rockford, IL – Last year, Chicago bluesman Lonnie Brooks performed at On the Waterfront with his two sons. This year, one of those sons returns to the Left Bank Stage. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with Ronnie Baker Brooks.

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5:06 am
Wed August 30, 2006

On The Waterfront '06 - John Lee Hooker Jr.

On The Waterfront '06 ; John Lee Hooker Jr.

Dan Klefstad

Rockford, IL – This Sunday, the son of a blues legend comes to Rockford's "On the Waterfront" festival. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad spoke with John Lee Hooker, Jr.

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6:54 am
Tue August 22, 2006

Spanish weather radio

Spanish weather radio

Chris Lehman

Chicago, IL – Illinois could become one of just three states in the country to have Spanish-language weather radio broadcasts. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...

Link: National Weather Service Chicago

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