DeKalb, IL – The DeKalb-area's largest employer is suffering a cash-flow crisis. That was the description offered by Northern Illinois University President, John Peters. Among other things, Peters has ordered a hiring freeze. He says the goal is to conserve cash, so that NIU can continue to meet payroll. We hear now from WNIJ's, Christopher Hosken, about how the school got into this mess:
Rockford, IL – A world renowned composer who now calls Rockford home has written a new piece for the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. The Holiday Gala Concert also features the composer's most famous work. WNIJ's Guy Stephens has the story.
DeKalb, IL – Officials at Northern Illinois University have received a final report from an independent panel, set-up to examine misconduct allegations against campus police chief, Donald Grady. University officials aren't saying when they might arrive at a decision about what to do, if anything, to Grady. The report stems from claims made by a student journalist, that he was threatened by the chief. Meanwhile, WNIJ's, Christopher Hosken, reports, there is an underlying issue tied to the situation:
Rockford, IL – The public debate continues...over whether Gitmo detainees should be transferred to Northwestern Illinois. That could happen...IF the federal government buys the state prison in Thomson. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, spoke with, Thomas Alisankus, a criminal justice professor at Rock Valley College. They discussed safety concerns and other questions surrounding the proposal:
Thompson, IL – A state prison in northwest Illinois has been sitting mostly empty since it was built in 2001. Now federal officials are considering buying the Thomson prison. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
Rockford, IL – Veterans Day looks more like Memorial Day this week as the nation honors the men and women who were killed or wounded in last week's shooting at Fort Hood. They were remembered in Rockford this weekend, along with Illinois service members who have died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
DeKalb, IL – The state's budgeting decisions could put the health care plans of many Northern Illinois University employees at risk. Local doctors have sent a letter to state officials saying they cannot afford to wait much longer for the state to reimburse them for medical services provided to state employees. WNIJ's Mike Moen and Susan Stephens have more on this story.
Naperville, IL – A new law recently approved by a Chicago suburb has brought attention to one man's decade-long protest against city hall. Many call him homeless...but he says his street tent is a way of demonstrating against the city. This new ordinance will force him to take his message elsewhere. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports: