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2:12 pm
Wed April 27, 2005

Rockford goes to Washington

Washington, D.C. – Rockford went to Washington Tuesday. A chartered 737 flew from Rockford to the nation's capital and back for a one-day lobbying blitz. WNIJ's Chris Lehman bought a ticket and flew along.

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8:42 pm
Thu April 21, 2005

Flood Inspires Artistic Collaboration

Freeport, IL – The Mississippi River flood of 1993 was one of the worst natural disasters ever for many Midwest communities. A new musical collaboration by three Freeport area artists commemorates the catastrophe and the impact it had on millions of peoples' lives. The work, called "A Gathering of Waters", will premiere this Friday evening, April 22, in Freeport. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...

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2:13 pm
Wed April 13, 2005

Bobby McFerrin, jazz artist AND classical conductor

Rockford, – Bobby McFerrin is known as an innovative and versatile jazz artist. He appears with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra Tuesday night. But he won't just be doing his trademark vocalizations. He conducts the RSO in a program of classical music. He spoke with WNIJ's Guy Stephens.

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2:14 pm
Tue April 12, 2005

Bluesman goes green for Earth Day

DeKalb, IL – Singer-guitarist Tab Benoit has been an exponent of the music of his native Louisiana. Now he's drawing attention to the disappearing wetlands, and how this is threatening the culture that gave birth to the music.

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6:04 pm
Tue March 22, 2005

Chicago Gospel Diva Nominated for Blues Awards

Mavis Staples
Paul Natkin

DeKalb, IL – Chicago gospel singer Mavis Staples is nominated four W.C. Handy Awards. The W.C. Handy Awards are the most prestigious awards in the blues. Staples is the daughter of the late Roebuck "Pops" Staples, leader of the Staple Singers. Just before Easter, 2002, Mavis Staples came into the WNIJ studios for an on-air interview during the Saturday Blues. She talked about her father's influence on her music, and her longtime friendship with singer Mahalia Jackson.

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7:37 pm
Thu March 17, 2005

Illinois United to Protect Social Security

Aurora, IL – On Wednesday (March 16th) representatives of national, state and local advocacy groups gathered outside the Aurora offices of the Social Security Administration to announce their participation in a campaign to defeat President Bush's plans to privatize Social Security. WNIJ's Guy Stephens was there:

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5:17 pm
Wed February 23, 2005

NIU Top Cop has Advice for Rebuilding Iraq's Police

NIU Police Chief Don Grady

DeKalb, IL – Iraq's newly-elected officials will soon begin writing laws. Enforcing those laws will be the job of Iraq's police. But Iraq's cops face the challenge of protecting the community during an insurgency that's been made worse by ethnic and religious differences.
So what kind of police force is the best for the job? Northern Illinois University's police chief helped rebuild Bosnia's police force. In a conversation with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad, Don Grady offers advice on building a multi-ethnic and multi-religious police force.

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1:41 pm
Tue February 8, 2005

Survey Shows Support for Gay Marriage

DeKalb, IL – Nearly two-thirds of Illinoians support some form of legal recognition of gay and lesbian relationships. That's according to a survey soon to be released by NIU's Center for Governmental Studies. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...

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5:42 pm
Fri February 4, 2005

Mapping the Future of Wind Power

MIDWEST WINDPOWER PROJECTS (Detail of Illinois)
Environmental Law and Policy Center

DeKalb, IL – Illinois is poised to become the leader in wind power production in the midwest. That's according to a report from the Environmental Law and Policy Center of Chicago. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...

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5:36 pm
Fri February 4, 2005

Hooters Air Wings its Way to Rockford

Rockford – Hooters Air is now offering non-stop flights to Denver, Las Vegas, and Atlanta. But the name "Hooters Air" evokes a different image than more traditional airlines such as United or American. WNIJ's Chris Lehman rode along on the first Hooters Air flight to Denver to see what it's like to fly on an airline that takes pride in being tacky.

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