DeKalb, IL – Illinois lawmakers have a week to solve or delay some enormous issues before they head home for the summer. The Spring legislative session ends Friday, and lawmakers are nowhere near agreement on how to bridge an estimated 13-billion dollar budget deficit.
Elgin, IL – Larger class sizes. That's a concern in many school districts across the country, as education funding remains scarce in the wake of the recession. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, looked at the problem in Northern Illinois. His first stop was a grade school in Elgin:
DeKalb, IL – The overhaul of the federal student loan program has left financial aid offices scrambling to make sure their schools are ready for the new system. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports two area institutions have already made the switch in a seemingly smooth fashion.
Rockford, IL – The TEA Party Express national bus tour pulled into downtown Rockford yesterday, its only stop in northern Illinois. More than one-thousand people showed up in Davis Park for the rally. WNIJ's Susan Stephens was there.
DeKalb, IL – The president of Northern Illinois University is painting a grim budget outlook for the coming fiscal year. John Peters says the university might have to consider laying off more than 250 employees, and nearly 90 student workers, if state funding continues to dry up. The reductions could take the form of temporary layoffs, reduced work weeks, permanent elimination of positions, or a combination of all those options. The school says the plan falls under a worst-case scenario.
DeKalb, IL – The weekend raid of a Michigan-based militia has raised some eyebrows about the current state of these anti-government groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports a recent surge of organizations like "Hutaree." WNIJ's, Mike Moen, discussed the matter with, Bill Dyson, a retired FBI agent, who once headed Chicago's terrorism task force:
DeKalb, IL – The new health care law will be good for Illinois in the long run. But it could cost more in the near term. That's according to NIU public health professor James Ciesla. He spoke with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.