WNIJ news – GOP chairmen in Illinois' 35th Senate District have chosen a replacement for, Brad Burzynski. The Republican Senator is retiring in a couple of weeks. DeKalb County Treasurer, Christine Johnson, will fill the remainder of his term. Burzynski recommended Johnson when making his announcement last week.
Rock Falls, IL – A 90-year-old former pilot from Rock Falls was recently given a chance to fulfill one of his fondest wishes: seeing the Rock River Valley from the air again. WNIJ's Susan Stephens has more about the flight and the people who made it possible.
WNIJ news – The Illinois Supreme Court says Rahm Emanuel should be on the Chicago mayoral ballot. The decision overturns an appeals court ruling and effectively brings an end to a dispute over whether he meets the residency requirements to run for the office.
WNIJ news – Technology is becoming a key component in snow removal efforts. Many transportation departments in the U.S. either have, or plan to, install their snow plows with GPS devices. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, has more on how one Northern Illinois county is testing the waters with this tool:
WNIJ news – Several schools could close under a budget proposal from the superintendent of the Rockford Public School District. LaVonne Sheffield says the move is needed to help erase a projected deficit of $50 million dollars. Under the plan, seven buildings would be shuttered, and nearly 300 staff members would lose their jobs. Sheffield says district schools are below capacity, and that keeping all of them open is something they can't afford. The board of education is expected to vote on the proposal by early March.
WNIJ news – Efforts to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy are ongoing. Supporters of the move secured a major victory last month, when Congress gave its consent. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, spoke with a pair of openly gay graduate students from Northern Illinois University, who served under the policy. They discussed their experience, and how it affects them today:
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DeKalb – This weekend's Bears-Packers game is the latest chapter in a great rivalry. But what happens when that rivalry is in the home? WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU clinical psychologist Mark Matuszewski ahead of the division championship.