Veto Session
4:39 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Should Illinois Lawmakers Wait For The New Governor?


Governor-elect Bruce Rauner met with the two top Democrats in the state legislature in Chicago yesterday. Once again he’s asking lawmakers to hold off on any major changes until he’s in office in January. Lawmakers are predictably split on that request heading into next week’s veto session.

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4:11 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Wealthy Spending Habits May Surprise You

Ford, Toyota, Honda, Chevy and Nissan--these are the most widely owned car brands by the wealthiest Americans, according to a study by Martini Media.

The study also showed the group shops at Amazon, Target and Wal-Mart.

The objective was to learn more about the wealthy so brands can better target them in digital advertising.

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7:13 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Illinois May Issue Medical Marijuana Licenses By Year's End

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The more than 370 applications to operate medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries in Illinois are being whittled down.  Licenses could be awarded before the end of the year.

The majority of the applications won't be approved.  Illinois will only allow up to 22 cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries.  For those that lose out, it will be costly. 

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Fall Book Bites
6:53 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Prestigious Journal Includes Rockford U. Poet

Susan Azar Porterfield
Credit Dan Klefstad

This week WNIJ is highlighting shorter literary works from northern Illinois authors. Today, we welcome back Susan Azar Porterfield, who has two new poems in the Barrow Street Journal. Poems appearing in this journal often have been selected for the Best American Poetry anthology, including works by former poet laureate Billy Collins.

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6:52 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Computer Glitch Fixed At Motor Vehicle Facilities Statewide

Credit Illinois Secretary of State

UPDATED: 6:03 a.m., Nov. 13

Drivers' license facilities across Illinois are up and running again after a computer glitch Wednesday.

Sec. of State spokesman Henry Haupt says the mainframe computer in Springfield wasn't properly communicating with and recording data entered from the terminals at the facilities. It's fixed now, and Haupt says there are no security concerns.

Customers who couldn't be served without a computer were given courtesy cards they could use on their next visit to get expedited service.


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6:51 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Wisconsin Officials Caution Hunters Before Deer Season Begins

Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin's deer season doesn't start for another week and a half, but state wildlife officials remind hunters to play it safe.

The Department of Natural Resources says hunters should treat every firearm like it's loaded and always point the muzzle in a safe direction.

Wisconsin has seen four gun seasons with no deaths since 1972.

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6:45 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Cold Double-Murder Case Re-Opened Wednesday

Credit State of Illinois

A Winnebago County judge ordered the exhumation of a man shot to death in 1948 Wednesday.

Stanley Skridla's nephew, Steve, hopes the examination of his uncle's body will yield clues to a double homicide that's never been solved.

Veteran's Day
6:39 am
Thu November 13, 2014

93-Year-Old Joliet Veteran Got High School Diploma

A 93-year-old veteran from Joliet finally received his high school diploma after dropping out to join the Navy to help support his family.

Donald Woodard got his diploma during a veterans ceremony Tuesday at a Plainfield nursing home. The event was created by students from Joliet high schools.

6:12 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Chicago Mayor Already Has To-Do List For Rauner

It’s no secret that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor-elect Bruce Rauner have a long standing friendship - even though they stand on opposite sides of the aisle politically.

Take the state income tax debate  - Rauner campaigned on rolling it back - but Emanuel says he supports Governor Pat Quinn’s idea to keep it at 5 percent.

"I support it because you’re going to increase investments in education. I don’t support it, to just buy more gravel and fill in the gravel hole."

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9:48 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Rockford's New Library Director Has Full Plate

Credit Rockford Public Library

The new executive director of the Rockford Public Library is just a week into the job, but she's already got a major project ahead of her.

Lynn Stainbrook previously led the Brown County Library in Green Bay, Wisconsin. There will be plenty of decisions to make in Rockford.  The main library sits on the site of a former gas plant. Coal tar was stored underground. Over time, it seeped into the soil. ComEd is in charge of contamination removal.

But you can't just move a library without some planning.

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