WNIJ news – Preparations continue for the Congressional Super Committee, which is tasked with compiling recommendations for trimming the federal deficit. WNIJ news contacted House members from our listening area, to hear what they had to say about issues facing the panel. Victor Yehling asked 16th District Republican, Don Manzullo, how he he sees entitlement programs in this debate:
DeKalb, IL – About fifty people took to the streets of DeKalb yesterday for a "Jobs, Not Cuts" rally. It was part of a national movement to tell Congress to find ways the government can create more American jobs. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
WNIJ news – Efforts continue to restore funding to Illinois' regional school superintendents. These elected officials have been working without a paycheck, since Governor Pat Quinn eliminated their salaries in the new budget. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports, the situation has led some to question the need for these offices, while the superintendents are making the case for why they should stay put:
DeKalb – Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin declared on the Senate floor that the debt ceiling agreement spells the end of Keynesian economics. Is this true? WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU economist Carl Campbell about the philosophy of John Maynard Keynes...and whether it's relevant today.
WNIJ – Rockford's annual State Street Mile race will be held on Saturday, August 6th. That means sections of State Street will be closed. Officials say the road will be closed from the corner of North Wyman Street, east to Water Street, at 3:00 p.m. for set up. Additional closures of East State from Water Street east to the entrance of Swedish-American Hospital at Summit will occur between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.