Janesville, WI – When a community loses a major employer, there are obvious concerns about the ripple effect on the local economy in terms of numbers. But, how do residents bounce back mentally and emotionally? WNIJ's, Mike Moen, found a mixed bag of feelings when he visited Janesville, which lost a jobs icon more than a-year-and-a half-ago:
Rockford, IL – Grammy-winning singer Kurt Elling returns to his hometown Friday (August 6, 2010). He's putting on a special show at the Coronado Theatre in Rockford to raise money for scholarships for students at St. Paul Lutheran School, his alma mater. WNIJ's Susan Stephens caught up with Elling by phone and asked the New Yorker how it feels being back home.
WNIJ – Fifty-one House Republicans have joined the recently-formed Congressional Tea Party Caucus. The caucus pledges to promote the Tea Party's ideals of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and adherence to the Constitution. But, not every conservative is on board. WNIJ's, Susan Stephens, reports on why Congress members from our region haven't signed on:
Rockford, IL – The impact of the trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich continues to conjure up emotions from just about everyone in Illinois. That includes former judge and Winnebago County State's Attorney Paul Logli.
Rockford – There's free labor to be had in the Rockford/Belvidere area for businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. Businesses looking to sign up can call 815-713-7568. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken has all the details about this youth summer jobs program.
WNIJ – DeKalb Mayor, Kris Povlsen, says undesirable changes are in store for his city if incoming revenues don't begin to match an increasing demand for services. Povlsen delivered his State of The City comments Wednesday. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken filed this report:
Elgin, IL – America's small businesses often have a tough time finding affordable health insurance for their few employees. Democrats in Washington say that's why the healthcare overhaul included tax credits for small companies willing to buy insurance for their workers. But the fine print has many struggling to understand whether they qualify. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken attended a Small Business Resource Fair this week and filed this report.