WNIJ – Jobs are still hard to come by in many sectors of the economy. When it comes to construction, some say things are almost at a standstill. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, looks at how this trade is doing in Northern Illinois:
DeKalb – Victims of sexual assault are most likely to be college-aged. As a new crop of freshmen settles in at Northern Illinois University, WNIJ wanted to know about the counseling services available for victims. Dan Klefstad spoke with Kim Cecil, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Center for Counseling and Student Development.
DeKalb, IL – 68.5 million dollars in federal, state and private money has been awarded to a consortium led by NIU. It's the largest grant in NIU history. The money will be used to create a broadband network in 9 northern Illinois counties: Whiteside, Stephenson, Ogle, Lee, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Winnebago, Boone and LaSalle.
WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with John Lewis, associate vice president for Administration and Outreach at NIU, who led the team that secured the grant.
DeKalb, IL – The amount of unpaid fees in the Dekalb School District has become a problem. Officials are looking at ways to get that money. That includes using a collection agency. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:
Rockford, IL – 2010-2011 will be Rockford Symphony Orchestra Music Director Steven Larsen's 20th season at the helm of the orchestra. He spoke with WNIJ's Guy Stephens about the anniversary, how he got the job, milestones, challenges and why he's stayed so long.
DeKalb – State police and local governments will soon get a cash infusion from drivers speeding seatbelt-free. Starting Wednesday in Illinois, the standard fine for going 20-miles-per-hour over the speed limit will jump from 75 to 120-dollars - failing to wear a safety belt, a 60-dollar fine. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken reports.
DeKalb, IL – An incident in late August resulted in the arrest and removal from campus of a Northern Illinois University freshman on sexual assault charges brought by a woman who visited his residence hall. That raised questions about university policy in these circumstances. WNIJ's Victor Yehling takes a look at how the NIU Student Code of Conduct applies in such situations.
DeKalb, IL – Everyone expects a quick, professional response when they call 9-1-1. We expect firefighters to put out the fire and paramedics to save the life of a loved one. But most of us don't know what it takes to save lives and property, from the physical demands to the massive coordination efforts. WNIJ's Susan Stephens got a sample of it with the DeKalb Fire Department's Fire Ops 101 program last week and survived.