This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.
Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.
Rockford, IL – A new federal courthouse in downtown Rockford is taking shape on the city's skyline. It's expected to improve life for those who work in federal courtrooms: some also think it could help revitalize the area. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports.
DeKalb, IL – A just-released study says most all gay middle and high school students in Illinois are bullied by fellow classmates. Anecdotal evidence shows the discrimination doesn't end with a diploma. W-N-I-J's Christopher Hosken reports:
DeKalb, IL – Law enforcement officials are adding their voices to the debate over the Illinois state budget. They say the proposed cuts to social services would make it more difficult to fight and prevent crime. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:
Machesney Park, IL – As the recession continues, many charity organizations have seen a big increase in the number of people they serve. WNIJ's Andy Mitchell spent time at the Northern Illinois Food Bank's mobile pantry to find out how they are weathering the troubled times.
DeKalb, IL – Analysts with the credit rating service Moody's recently reaffirmed Northern Illinois University's A-2 score. On a 21-notch scale, N-I-U's A-2 is the sixth best and considered a good rating. W-N-I-J's Christopher Hosken picked over Moody's report and then spoke with one of its' many authors, N-I-U's main finance and facilities operations person, Bob Albanese.
DeKalb, IL – In recent months, conversation about the pair of proton treatment centers being built in DuPage county has shifted. Before, talk was of bulldozers, financing, and which of the two would be finished first. But today, it's all about the state board overseeing the projects. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken explains why.