WNIJ news – The new Congress includes several freshmen from Illinois. Legislative agendas on Capitol Hill have taken a pause since the Arizona shooting. But as things get back to normal, these lawmakers will have plenty on their plates. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, talked with some of them about their new duties:
Rockford – For the second year in a row, nationally-known artist and Rockford resident Roland Poska (pah-skah) is inviting people tomorrow (Saturday) to sign a declaration against prejudice and violence. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken has the details.
WNIJ news – Illinois' income tax is one step away from going up. Lawmakers have approved a 67-percent hike on personal incomes. The plan also calls for an increase in corporate taxes. Governor, Pat Quinn, supports the plan and is expected to sign the measure. Those who voted for the bill say Illinois is running dangerously close to financial ruin, and that additional revenue is needed right away. Opponents say the tax hike will hurt families, and will also be a jobs killer. Under the proposal, a large portion of the tax hike would expire in four years.
DeKalb, IL – DeKalb County authorities have announced that badly burned human remains, found in a DeKalb park, are that of Northern Illinois University student, Toni Keller. The remains were discovered shortly after Keller was reported missing last fall. 34-year-old, William Curl of DeKalb, has since been charged with murder in connection with Keller's death. He remains jailed on five-million dollars bond. Curl has yet to enter a plea in the case. His defense attorney says she wants results from a psychological exam, before entering a plea.