DeKalb – Rockford's "On the Waterfront" festival returns this weekend. This year's headliners on the Left Bank Stage include a veteran blues performer, a rising roots music star and the return of musicians wrapped in bandages. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad profiles three of this year's performers.
Rockford, IL – There's more than music at Rockford's On the Waterfront Festival. And we're not talking about food and carnival rides. It's the second year for the On the Waterfront Film Festival, featuring short movies by local filmmakers. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with the festival's organizer, Jason Ssg.
DeKalb, IL – Monday, August 29, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon for the Illinois Fiber Resources Group, or iFiber for short. The public/private project will create a broadband network covering nine counties in northwest Illinois . John Lewis chairs the project. He spoke with WNIJ's Guy Stephens
Note: Wilhelm Furtwangler's last name is typically spelled with an umlaut over the 'a' character. The npr website does not support characters with umlauts over characters. A variation of Furtwangler's name without the umlaut is spelled Furtwaengler.
Wilhelm Furtwaengler's name may be hard for Americans to pronounce, but the reason this great conductor isn't so well-remembered here is that he chose to remain in Germany during WWII, though he was never a member of the Nazi Party, and was exonerated by a postwar tribunal.
DeKalb – One of the nation's top telecommunications executives visited DeKalb last week. Maggie Wilderotter is the Chairman & CEO of Frontier Communications. She spoke with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about the personal qualities that make an executive...and grooming the next generation of female business leaders.
Machesney Park IL – Roland Christen, founder and president of Astro-Physics Inc., took issue with remarks made by U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Egan) in an interview with WNIJ and compiled his own thoughts from the viewpoint of a small manufacturer.
WNIJ news – This week, WNIJ aired discussions with U.S. House members from our listening area about ongoing budget issues in Washington. Most federal lawmakers from the area are Republican. We reached out to the only two sitting Democrats who represent the area, but they both declined. We did talk with former Democratic Congressman, Bill Foster, who once represented the 14th District and is making another run for Congress. He spoke with WNIJ's Mike Moen:
Sandwich, IL – The so-called "Congressional Super Committee" has a few weeks before its work begins: it is tasked with the unenviable job of cutting one-and-a-half trillion dollars from the federal budget. No one from Illinois was appointed to the 12-member panel: so WNIJ asked Congressmen from our listening area to weigh in on where they think the deep cuts should begin. For the fourth part of our series, WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with 14th district Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren.
WNIJ news – In the latest of our interviews with Congressional representatives from the WNIJ listening area, we talk with Bobby Schilling, the freshman Republican from the 17th district. WNIJ's Victor Yehling asked him what he thinks about the agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling: