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2:23 pm
Fri June 4, 2004

4th Grader Asks to Repeat a Grade Next Year

Rockford, IL – It's the last day of school for the Rockford Public Schools. And at least one student is looking forward to repeating the fourth grade next year. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

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2:22 pm
Fri June 4, 2004

Maple Park Gambling Arrests

Rockford, IL – The Village of Maple Park is reeling after its mayor and eight others were arrested last Friday (May 28) on charges of taking part in an illegal gambling operation. Some in the village want to mayor to resign. But as WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports, many residents are upset that the state targeted their town.

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4:43 pm
Wed May 19, 2004

There's Something Unique About I-Y-C St. Charles

St. Charles, IL – State lawmakers will have to approve a budget by the end of the month. As part of the governor's proposed cuts this year, the Illinois Department of Corrections budget will be 92-million dollars smaller. It plans to close two facilities to save. One of them is an Illinois Youth Center that some call a one of a kind facility. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

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3:24 pm
Wed May 19, 2004

Utica Tornado

Utica, IL – Eight people were killed by the tornado that swept through Utica on April 20th. Rescue teams using heavy equipment and shovels found the last of the victims in the rubble of a restaurant that collapsed: those who died were seeking refuge in the building's basement. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on how residents are beginning to cope.

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2:14 pm
Wed May 19, 2004

Frank DeFord Talks Baseball

Rockford, IL – Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated Magazine named Rockford the top sportstown in Illinois. But Sports Illustrated's senior contributing writer, Frank DeFord apparently had little to do with that designation. WNIJ's Chris Lehman spoke with Deford during his recent visit to the Forest City...

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12:56 pm
Wed May 19, 2004

The Numbers Behind the Possible Closure of Youth Center

St. Charles, IL – A juvenile corrections facility in St. Charles could be around for just six more months, if the state decides to close it down. The move is part of the Department of Corrections' 92-million dollar cost savings plan. But opponents say there won't be any savings. WNIJ's Simone Orendain has the first part in a series about the Illinois Youth Center.

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12:41 pm
Wed May 19, 2004

Paying the Price of Saving on Costs at I-Y-C St. Charles

St. Charles, IL – The Illinois Department of Corrections will be working with a budget that's 92-million dollars less next year. It plans to close an Illinois Youth Center west of Chicago, as a cost saving measure. And this concerns families, employees, state lawmakers and the surrounding community. WNIJ's Simone Orendain has the third and final part of this series.

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2:25 pm
Wed May 12, 2004

Horse Slaughter Debate Heats Up

DeKalb, IL – Cavel International says its horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb will re-open soon. A fire took the facility offline two years ago. In the meantime, debate has heated up over whether horses should be killed for their meat. WNIJ's Chris Lehman spoke with two horse owners who stand on opposite sides of the issue.

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9:29 am
Thu May 6, 2004

Business Leaders "Meet the Managers" of DeKalb and Sycamore

Sycamore, IL – The bordering cities of DeKalb and Sycamore coexist peacefully. The two cities aren't just headed by mayors, they're run by managers. And both city managers say things weren't always peaceful when it came to economic interests. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

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4:50 pm
Fri April 16, 2004

Some Chicago Immigrants' Lives Turned Upside Down

Chicago, IL – A documentary on post-9/11 immigration follows the struggles of Pakistani immigrants in Chicago.

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