WNIJ news – Northern Illinois residents continue to survey damage, after a rare November tornado touched down in parts of Winnebago and Boone Counties. A Rockford School District school bus was blown over, resulting in minor injuries for the five students who were on board. Several homes and the village hall suffered significant damage in Caledonia. Boone County officials continue damage assessments in the village, in hopes of determining whether it is necessary to ask for state assistance.
DeKalb, IL – Opponents of the proposed expansion of the DeKalb County landfill get their day in court Monday -- or at least their day in a court-like setting. The Illinois Pollution Control Board hosts a public hearing at the DeKalb County Health Department. Pollution Control Board spokesperson Connie Newman says people can give testimony under oath as time allows. They can also submit their comments in print or at the Board's website, http://www.ipcb.state.il.us/COOL/external
DeKalb, IL – The film "on the edge" makes its DeKalb debut this weekend (NOV.20). The hour-long documentary focuses on the lives of seven homeless women as they tell the stories of their fall from housing and independence, the traumatic effects on their children and their struggles to escape homelessness.
WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with the film's director, NIU Communications Professor Laura Vazquez. The film will be shown at 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon (Nov.20) at NIU's Wirtz Hall.
WNIJ news – Illinois Firearm Deer Season Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5
Illinois Firearm Deer Season opens this weekend Friday through Sunday, Nov. 19-21 and concludes Dec. 2-5. More than 370,000 permits have been issued so far. For information on remaining permits, check the IDNR website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/Deer.aspx. Legal hunting hours for the firearm deer season are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
DeKalb, IL – Students, teachers, and administrators filled a DeKalb meeting room this week to let the State Board of Education know which programs are most important to them. WNIJ's Susan Stephens was there:
Belvidere, IL – Many police departments across the country offer ordinary citizens a chance to learn how the police do their work. The departments see it as a way to fight crime and connect with the community. WNIJ's Guy Stephens visited a Citizens Police Academy in Belvidere and has this report:
WNIJ news – Residents in Illinois' 8th Congressional District now know who their next Congressman will be. After a hard fought race, incubment Democrat, Melissa Bean, has conceded to her Republican opponent. Bean's announcement follows a final tally of absentee and provisional ballots, which gave GOP nominee, Joe Walsh, a lead of 290 votes. With Walsh's victory, the district now goes back to Republican control, six years after Bean defeated longtime GOP Congressman, Phil Crane.
Rockford, IL – Carpenter's Place in Rockford has helped transform the lives of many homeless people. The outreach center has been growing and evolving since it opened. This week, its creator is being recognized as a social innovator. WNIJ's Cameron Bren reports.
WNIJ news – Bill Brady has conceded the tight race for Illinois governor. The Republican nominee made the announcement during a Friday afternoon speech from his hometown of Bloomington. Brady's campaign had been hoping absentee and other ballots would help the state Senator overcome Pat Quinn's slim lead of more than 19-thousand votes. But, Brady acknowledged Friday it would be impossible to defeat the Democratic governor.