Exelon Generation

Unions co-sponsored a forum on nuclear energy in Illinois.  It's part of an effort to save two nuclear plants that Exelon is attempting to close.  


The company says the plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities are losing money, and it's asking the state to increase electricity rates as a subsidy.   So far, lawmakers haven't taken up that request.  


An Illinois agency says a YouTube glitch was responsible for pornographic footage that was tacked onto a video promoting a state training summit.

Emails obtained by The Associated Press show the Illinois Emergency Management Agency scrambling in late August to disable the video, and its chief of staff ordering an investigation into how the salacious footage was added.

Officially, the agency, insists no one "hijacked" the website to tag the lewd material. Agency spokeswoman Patti Thompson blames the foul-up on an unfortunate but random circumstance created by YouTube.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is defending Hillary Clinton against criticisms that she’s too cozy with Wall Street.

The Democratic presidential nominee's stance on big business came into question in the wake of the release of hacked emails.   

“It is true that Hillary Clinton made speeches -- if these WikiLeaks are accurate, I don’t know that they are — uh, that raise questions about what she felt at the time,"  Durbin said.  "What she said during this campaign on the record makes it clear that she’s not going to treat Wall Street with kid gloves.”

Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order Monday to create the Illinois Competitiveness Council, which will review numerous state regulations -- particularly those that pertain to private enterprise.

Rauner believes state rules stand in the way of entrepreneurs who want to develop and expand their business.  

"Over the last 15 years, Illinois has added 5,000 pages of legislation, thousands of new rules and regulations," Rauner said. "Now, many of these rules and regulations are well-intentioned, but they have unintended consequences that do more damage than good."  

Harvesting History From DeKalb-Area Immigrants

Oct 18, 2016
Jessie Schlacks / WNIJ

Volunteers at the NIU Founder's library are working on a new project called “History Harvest.”

They’re collecting items that symbolize the journey to northern Illinois, which can include photographs, letters, or an oral story.

Undergraduate history students are “digitizing” the collections for the public to see online.

Drew VandeCreek, an organizer of the project, says it’s a collaborative way for students to learn about immigration.