WNIJ news – A prominent activist paid a visit to Northern Illinois University this week. Former Army National Guard Lieutenant, Daniel Choi, discussed the repeal of the military's ban on gays. WNIJ's Caitlin Ketel has more:
WNIJ news – Members of Congress are back in their home districts. In some states, they're hearing from angry constituents who are voicing their displeasure with the budget plan being pushed by House Republicans. Freshman GOP Congressman, Randy Hultgren, is hosting town hall meetings for voters in Illinois' 14th district. He spoke with WNIJ's Mike Moen:
WNIJ news – The buzzword is "transparency" at a state-wide series of redistricting hearings. On Tuesday, a panel of Illinois House members hosted one of these meetings in Rockford. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:
WNIJ news – A half-dozen Northern Illinois residents are gathering information about their incomes with the hope of winning a grant to fix up their homes. These Machesney Park homeowners were selected in a village raffle to apply for government assistance. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken has more:
DeKalb – Jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker will play a series of concerts with the NIU Jazz Ensemble and lead clinics with area high school musicians. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with Brecker and NIU Ensemble director Ron Carter. Brecker's tour includes a concert tonight at the Holmes Student Center. There's also a clinic and concert with the NIU Ensemble at Lisle High School this Saturday, April 16th.
Belvidere, Il – One-room school houses can still be found in most states. Experts say scarce funding sometimes makes it difficult to maintain these historic structures. In one northern Illinois community, a volunteer effort is underway to recapture the charm of a country school. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports, the project involves a group of workers far removed from that era: