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.
Rockford, IL – The ongoing cash flow problems facing Illinois have slowed state reimbursements for many organizations. John Groh is president of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. In this commentary, he offers his take on one way to address the issue:
WNIJ news – Programs that offer deferred prosecution are nothing new. But, they seem to gaining in popularity in northern Illinois. To combat a high jail population, the Winnebago County State's Attorney is considering a rehabilitation program. It would give first-time, non-violent offenders, an alternative to incarceration. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, reports, it would be based on a model that has found success in another county from the region:
DeKalb, IL – Dozens of children will have a happier Christmas this Saturday, thanks to the efforts of one DeKalb man. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with him about his annual toy drive and extraordinary love of music.