Rockford, IL – The Janet Wattles Center in Rockford is one of those service providers in limbo as we enter the new state fiscal year. The center coordinates mental health services for people in the Rockford area: it serves 45-hundred adults and 25-hundred children each year. We asked the Janet Wattles Center's president and CEO Frank Ware for his assessment of how the state's financial crisis will affect people with mental illness in the coming fiscal year:
DeKalb, IL – Northern Illinois University can now borrow $29-million dollars while it waits for the state to catch up on its payments. The Board of Trustees reluctantly authorized the short-term loan at its meeting Wednesday morning. The money would be
Rockford, IL – The shooting was justified...but not the events leading up to it. Rockford city leaders released an independent review of last year's police shooting of a man in a church daycare center. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
DeKalb, IL – An iconic Illinois statue will be 100 years old next year. But time has not been kind to the monumental structure known to many as "Black Hawk." A campaign has begun to restore it to its former glory. WNIJ 's Guy Stephens reports.
Dixon, IL – People all around the globe, including some in northern Illinois, staged protests against BP this weekend over the massive oil spill in the Gulf. About a dozen people endured the rain before being baked by the sun at a gas station in Dixon. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken was there.
Dixon, IL – Several Illinois cities, including Dixon, Carol Stream and Chicago, will take part Saturday in a global event titled Worldwide Protest BP Day. 48 cities across five continents, and more than half-a-million people have already signed up. Budding activist Jay Vonbruchhaeuser is organizing protestors in Dixon. He says anyone, anywhere, can get involved. He invites people to come to his protest in Dixon or get some friends together, make up some signs, and walk to their local BP station.
DeKalb, IL – Illinois' public universities now have an extra tool to stay afloat, while waiting on delayed state payments. Governor, Pat Quinn, has signed a measure, giving schools the option to borrow money. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, reports, Northern Illinois University remains lukewarm about the idea of taking out a loan:
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Rockford, IL – For nearly two decades, history fans searching for the home of The Rockford Peaches were bound to be disappointed. Only the brick ticket booths were still standing at the site of Beyer Stadium, where women played professional baseball from 1943 to 1954. This weekend, a few dozen former players returned to find the field looking a lot more familiar. WNIJ's Susan Stephens was there.
DeKalb, IL – Illinoisans are bracing for another round of unwanted national attention today as jury selection begins in the trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich. One national expert, however, sees this as an important business opportunity for the state.
J.P. Donlon says every state has at least a little corruption to clean up. But the editor of Chief Executive Magazine says Illinois' reputation puts it near the top of the corruption heap, thanks in part to Blagojevich.