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12:53 am
Tue March 14, 2006

ELECTION '06: The State Budget

ELECTION '06: The State Budget

Springfield, IL – Most of the candidates running for Illinois Governor say the state's fiscal condition has only gotten worse over the past four years. Sean Crawford reports on their proposals to improve the state's financial health in this installment of our series on the gubernatorial candidates and the big campaign issues.

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12:52 am
Tue March 14, 2006

ELECTION '06: Health Care

ELECTION '06: Health Care

Springfield, IL – There's a sharp difference of opinion among the gubernatorial candidates over the state of health care in Illinois. The incumbent says it's fine ... and touts his accomplishments in expanding access without raising taxes. But others paint a less rosy picture.

Rachel Lippmann continues our series of issue profiles with the candidate's prescriptions for health care in Illinois.

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5:28 am
Mon February 27, 2006

Student paper publishes controversial cartoons - Part 2

DeKalb, IL – We also talked with the co-president of the Muslim Student Association at Northern Illinois University. Hiba Abdallah wrote a column that appeared in the paper the same day as the cartoons. She says she first heard about the controversial cartoons while watching a television news program. Then she went online to see what all the fuss was about

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5:27 am
Mon February 27, 2006

Student paper publishes controversial cartoons - Part 1

DeKalb, IL – On February 13, Northern Illinois University's student-run newspaper, the Northern Star, published the 12 controversial Danish cartoons that have sparked protests by Muslims around the world. Muslims object to the depiction of the Prophet Muhammed in the cartoons. The drawings were re-published in several European newspapers, but most American papers have declined to run them.

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5:48 am
Tue February 14, 2006

Smokers face new restrictions

DeKalb, IL – The City of DeKalb is one step closer to banning smoking in all public places. City Council gave preliminary approval to a smoking ban at Monday's meeting. A final vote will take place February 27. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...

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5:02 am
Fri February 10, 2006

Report predicts water shortages in Illinois

DeKalb, IL – A new report (Troubled Waters) predicts water shortages in Illinois. One of the authors, Scott Goldstein, talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about the possible economic imact of such a shortage. Goldstein also talks about ways to conserve water.

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1:09 am
Mon January 30, 2006

NIU grad heads African university

Dr. Rukudzo Murapa, Vice Chancellor of Africa University in Zimbabwe

DeKalb, IL – One of Northern Illinois University's most distinguished graduates returned to campus last week. Rukudzo Murapa earned his Masters and Doctoral Degrees at NIU in the 1970's. He's now the Vice Chancellor of Africa University in Zimbabwe.

The school was founded in 1992 by the United Methodist Church. Doctor Murapa spoke with WNIJ's Chris Lehman.

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1:51 am
Thu January 26, 2006

National Resource Conservation Service makes environment a priority

DeKalb, IL – Most stories about farm programs dwell on price supports or export subsidies. But there've also been big changes in farm conservation programs. They've gone beyond fighting soil erosion; concerns about wildlife and the environment are now an important part of the equation. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:

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2:05 am
Wed January 25, 2006

Commuter rail expansion

Elburn, IL – Two Kane County towns have new commuter rail service. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports on the first day of METRA operations in Elburn and LaFox.

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11:48 am
Tue January 17, 2006

A canned food drive with a twist

Freeport, IL – Many organizations hold canned food drives to help those in need. Recently, a group of people near Freeport held a canned food drive with a twist: they canned the food themselves. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...

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