Rochelle, IL – When you think of cultural diversity, you probably think big city. But it can happen anywhere. Rochelle is a northern Illinois town of about 95-hundred people. It's known as The Hub City, a transportation mecca where rail lines and highways converge. Rochelles place in international business was solidified when Union Pacific Railroad opened its intermodal facility two years ago.
DeKalb, IL – A recent study finds that half of all new teachers leave the profession after five years. A new book explains why, and offers solutions on how to prevent teacher burnout. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad spoke with NIU Professor Larry Johannesson about the book, "Supporting Beginning English Teachers."
Rockford, IL – Congressman Don Manzullo returned recently from his fourth trip to China. The northern Illinois Republican has chaired the U.S./China Interparliamentary Exchange since it was created in 1999. He spoke with WNIJ's Susan Stephens.
Rockford, IL – The relationship between the U.S. and China is changing: China's currency is no longer pegged to the dollar. The sale of Unocal to a Chinese oil company was quashed by Congress. And there will be hearings soon in Washington about movies and music piracy in China. 16th District Congressman Don Manzullo recently returned from a visit to China. He chairs the U.S./China Interparliamentary Exchange. He spoke with WNIJ's Susan Stephens about the future of relations between the two countries.
Rockton, IL – The U-S invasion of Iraq changed the lives of millions of people in that country. Those in power found themselves on the run. Everyday people rejoiced in their new freedoms, but struggled to survive in the face of the rising insurgency.
But one Iraqi woman's life was affected in a way she never could have imagined. And a young soldier from Illinois played an important role in those life-changing events.
Rockford, IL – The Rockford Airport held its first air show since 1994 this August. Airfest 2005 featured demonstrations by civilian and military flight teams. WNIJ's Chris Lehman rode along with one of the pilots on a practice run.
Rockford, IL – Four new homes for sale in Rockford have been designed to be more accessible to people with special needs. Disability advocates are hopeful it's part of a larger trend. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...
Rockford, IL – School's out and summer camp season is here. It's that time of year when kids get to do things they usually can't do at home, like building fires and making s'mores. For a few dozen kids in Rockford, summer camp means making noise: they're learning what it's like to be in a rock and roll band. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:
Rockford, IL – Rockford's very own dinosaur has been unveiled: "Jane" is standing on her own two fossilized feet for the first time in 66-million years. The Burpee Museum of Natural History is opening its permanent exhibit about the dinosaur that was unearthed in Montana by museum volunteers. The exhibit answers the question paleontologists have debated for the past few years: "just what IS Jane, anyway?" WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
DeKalb, IL – A New York-based singer/songwriter takes on the Blackhawk War, Carl Sandburg, and unemployment in Rockford. Sufjan Stevens' new album is "Come on, Feel the Illinoise." It's the Detroit native's follow-up to his album all about his home state. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with Sufjan Stevens about llinois and his plan to record an album about each of the fifty states.