DeKalb, IL – On Saturday, March 8th, voters in Illinois' 14th Congressional District will decide whether Republican Jim Oberweis or Democrat Bill Foster gets to fill out the remainder of retired Congressman Dennis Hastert's term.
It's been a short and contentious campaign, with the candidates spending a few million dollars of their own money and their national party's funds. Today, the first of two reports on what 14th district residents can expect from their next Congressman.
DeKalb, IL – Voters in the 14th congressional district went to the polls Saturday, March 8th, to fill the vacancy left by Dennis Hastert's resignation. Sharon Holmes is the DeKalb County Clerk. In a career that spans decades, she says this is the first Saturday election she's ever had to run. WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke to her the Thursday before about the special election, beginning with why it was necessary.
DeKalb, IL – Students are back in class at Northern Illinois University. Events are going on as scheduled. And except for the makeshift memorials dotting the campus, NIU looks a lot like it did two weeks ago in the days BEFORE five students were killed by a gunman in their classroom.
DeKalb, IL – Michael Gentile teaches documentary film-making. His office was in Cole Hall, which is now closed after a gunman opened fire there, killing five students and himself. Gentile talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about moving his office out of Cole Hall, and how he's preparing for the resumption of classes on February 25th.
DeKalb, IL – There's a welcome sight on the campus of Northern Illinois University: students carrying books and rushing off to class. It's the first day of classes since February 14th, the day five students were killed in a lecture hall at NIU. Sunday, the university hosted a memorial service that was not only to honor the victims of the shooting, but to help the comunity move on. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:
DeKalb, IL – It's the first day back at work for Northern Illinois University's faculty and staff, five days after a gunman killed five students and injured 16 others. NIU employees will be trained this week to help students, who return to campus next Monday. But even with the help of 300 volunteer counselors, it won't be an easy task.
WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with Patty Rieman. She was teaching an education class on campus Thursday when she learned of the shooting.
DeKalb, IL – It was a long weekend of candlelight vigils and remembrance services around Northern Illinois University. It has been four days since a former NIU student burst intp a classroom and shot 22 people...including himself. WNIJ's Susan Stephens looks at the ways people coped with the tragedy over the weekend.
DeKalb, IL – Illinois' primary is just about a month away and candidates in the 14th Congressional District are pushing their names for their party's nomination. That is, almost all of the candidates. There's still one who's an unknown not only to voters, but also to the other candidates, political insiders, and even elections officials. WNIJ's Tony Arnold has been trying to track him down for months now and has this report on his hunt for the political dark horse of the 14th District.
DeKalb, IL – Republican Dennis Hastert says he'll retire from Congress before the end of the year. He leaves behind a long legacy in both Illinois and U-S politics. Hastert was the Speaker of the House longer than any other Republican in history. He also leaves behind victories over eleven Democratic opponents. WNIJ's Tony Arnold reports on Hastert's power in Illinois' 14th Congressional District and the Democrats who have gone up against him.
Oxford, WI – He's been called Secretary of State and Governor - now his title is federal prisoner 16627-424. Illinois Republican George Ryan reported to federal prison in rural Wisconsin Wednesday. WNIJ's Tony Arnold reports.