Rockford, IL – Rockford area arts fans now have more choices. There's a new acting ensemble in town, and the Coronado Theater recently unveiled its inaugural season. But should a city the size of Rockford have even more cultural offerings? WNIJ's Christopher Hosken examines that question by first recounting the past.
Freeport, IL – The City of Freeport has high hopes for a mammoth complex sitting on the edge of its downtown. The old Rawleigh factory could draw new residents. It could bring tourists to town. It could be the economic salvation for this financially-strapped community. The city has placed these hopes at the feet of locals, whose input will not only influence the master plan, but could attract a developer. WNIJ's Abbie Reese reports.
DeKalb, IL – Slaughtering horses for people to eat is now illegal in Illinois. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the bill into law. That means the only slaughterhouse of this type still running in the United States will have to shut down. WNIJ's Tony Arnold reports.
Shabonna, IL – Life is on hold for many residents of a small DeKalb County town. They're waiting to hear if the federal government will rule that their land is actually the state's only Native American reservation. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.