Medicare Open Enrollment Ends Next Week

Nov 28, 2016

  Medicare’s annual open enrollment ends December 7th.   State insurance program director Sandy Leith says it’s a good time for residents to review their coverage.  


"If you do nothing, and your plan is still going to be there in 2017, then you'll wake up January 1 in the same plan and that's fine. We just want to make sure everybody does a check-up annually to make sure that their Medicare health plans and drug plans work best for them."


WNIJ's Gas Price Monday: November 28, 2016

Nov 28, 2016
Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.12.  This is two cents higher than last week's average, according to AAA.  

The most expensive gas is in the city of Chicago, at $2.52 per gallon.  By contrast, the state's cheapest gas can be found in Danville, at $1.91 per gallon.  

Rockford's average per-gallon gasoline price is $2.07.  This is nine cents more expensive than last week's average.   

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to demand legislators lower what businesses have to pay for injured workers.  

House Democrats scheduled a hearing on the subject Monday, and yet Rauner's fellow Republicans wanted nothing to do with it.

When is a company on the hook to compensate an injured worker, and for how much?

Legislation encapsulating Gov. Rauner's preferred plan has sat idle, for a year-and-a-half.

But after he recently asked Democratic leaders to take another look at his bill; the House obliged and scheduled a hearing on it.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University has been at the center of several court cases this year.  

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by an NIU biology professor claimed he was denied salary increases in-line with similarly situated non-Indian faculty members.

Court documents alleged the university "willfully and deliberately" subjected the professor to discrimination on the basis of his race since he was hired in 1983.

STD Cases Spike In Winnebago County

Nov 28, 2016

The Winnebago County Health Department released its annual report for 2015, which includes the number of reportable diseases in the county.

There were more than 1,700 cases of Chlamydia in Winnebago County last year, compared to 339 the year before

Gonorrhea also rose by several hundred cases, compared to 2014.