DeKalb, IL – The state reports more jobs are being created than lost, but a new report says incomes in Illinois are falling. The report blames the transfer of manufacturing jobs to the service sector. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU researcher Paul Kleppner about the State of Working Illinois report.
Belvidere, IL – A Boone County woman has a story that's attracting a lot of attention. Tilli Schulze grew up in a tiny village in northern Germany, under Nazi and Communist regimes. She wrote a book called "Tilli's Story: My Thoughts Are Free." Now the second edition of her book is out, AND she has a movie deal. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with Schulze and her co-author Lorna Collier.
DeKalb, IL – After Hurricane Katrina, evacuees from Mississippi and Louisiana spread out across the nation in search of a place to live. Some people have settled into their new communities for good. Others are biding their time until they can go back. WNIJ's Chris Lehman caught up with one evacuee in DeKalb County who's eager to get home. That's because he's running for Congress.
Aurora, IL – November 15th marked the first day that recipients of Medicare could enroll in on of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit plans. 14th district Congressman Dennis Hastert kicked off the enrollment period in Aurora at Prisco Community Center. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports.
DeKalb, IL – NIU Jazz Ensemble director Ron Carter has built a jazz program on the foundation prepared by ensemble founder Ron Modell. After 11 years at the helm he talks about how far he's come, where things stand and how he'd like to continue to train his students to be versatile professionals. The Ensemble's new CD Swinging Every Which Way But Loose will be released at tonights concert.
Rockford, IL – An effort to open a fair-trade store in Rockford is running into some opposition. The opponents of the project don't object to fair-trade. They're objecting to the presence of a social service agency that might share its space with the store. WNIJ's Chris Lehman explains.
DeKalb, IL – NIU economist Stephen Karlson talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about ComEd's proposal to increase its rates, and looks at the proposed "reverse auction" method for buying wholesale power. Karlson also addresses concerns about oversight, and possible antitrust concerns between ComEd and parent company Exelon Generation.