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Storm cleanup
6:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Power Out For Thousands in Northwest Illinois After Monday's Storms

ComEd map of power outages, as of Tuesday evening.
Credit ComEd

Several thousand residents in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties remain without power after severe storms that blew through the region overnight late Monday and early Tuesday. 

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Government
5:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Quinn Signs Bill Restoring Medicaid Cuts

Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation to restore Medicaid cuts made two years ago to save money.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
11:19 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rockford Deacon Arrives In D.C., Plans Thursday Event

Ness being greeted by Bishop Dorsey McConnell on the steps of Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh
Credit Shelter Care Ministries

The director of a Rockford social service agency has completed a 900-mile walk to Washington D.C.

It was no April Fools' Day joke. Deacon Lou Ness has been walking every day since April First with a mission to make it to the nation's capital. It was part of an effort to raise awareness for poverty in local communities. She's the director of Rockford's Shelter Care Ministries. She finished what she started this weekend.

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Business
6:32 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rockford Fastpitch "'Shark Tank' Without The Bite"

Credit Eigerlab

Rockford’s EIGERlab hosts its 8th annual Fastpitch Competition Wednesday, June 18, at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine at Rockford.

EIGERlab Marketing Coodinator Sherry Pritz compares Fastpitch to the television show “Shark Tank,” where entrants pitch their ideas for a new product or process to a panel of investors.

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-Illinois
9:51 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Area Museums Get State Grants For Capital Projects

Credit State of Illinois

Several Northern Illinois museums will be receiving capital investment grants from the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program as part of the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program. 

In a release Saturday, June 14, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the grants will help the museums better fulfill their mission and help the state's economy.

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Agriculture
8:00 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Illinois Corn Growers: River Improvements Vital To Midwest Farmers

Credit WNIJ

Agriculture groups say a bill signed by President Obama this week is a step toward vital upgrades for the nation’s aging lock and dam system. But they also say there is more work to do. 

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Illinois
7:00 am
Sat June 14, 2014

State Senator Looks At Future For Shuttered Correctional Center

Senator Jason Barickman
Credit ilga.gov

After touring the shuttered Dwight Correctional Center this week, Senator Jason Barickman says portions have the potential to be used again somehow.

The Bloomington Republican says the state first needs time to determine possible functions and cost options for the former women’s facility that closed in early 2013.

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-Illinois
5:45 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Rockford Garden Tops in North America

Credit Anderson Japanese Gardens

Anderson Japanese Gardens has been chosen the highest quality Japanese Gardens in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine (The Journal of Japanese Gardening) in a recent ranking.  According to a press release from Anderson, a panel of 41 Japanese garden specialists considered over 300 public Japanese gardens and ranked the gardens based on defined characteristics including subtleness, natural beauty, moderation and human scale.

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Arts
6:40 am
Fri June 13, 2014

DeKalb Author Waxes Poetic In Prose

Joe Gastiger, author of Loose Talk.
Credit Dan Klefstad

Joseph Gastiger writes prose poems, a hybrid form that reads like fiction but uses poetic imagery. He prefers writing this type for two reasons.

"I found it made certain stories in my life more available," he says, "rather than break whatever it was I was trying to say into lines."

In an interview with WNIJ, Gastiger said the form allowed his sentences to flow more easily, and led to more surprises. The other reason:

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Illinois
6:35 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Rauner Unveils Cost-Cutting Measures, Quinn Camp Reacts

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s re-election campaign is ripping into his Republican opponent’s plan to save the state money.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner proposed 10 things he’d do as governor.

Those include cuts to the Attorney General and Comptroller’s offices. He also called a few construction projects recently approved by the legislature "wasteful spending."

Rauner repeated a common campaign theme.

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