DeKalb – Many farmers use Facebook and Twitter to promote their farms and their produce. But Illinois corn farmers are less likely to do so. Now, the Corn Marketing Board is offering free workshops to get more farmers to talk to consumers about their product. The Board's Tricia Braid talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.
DeKalb, IL – Prosecutors around the state are trying to decide how to proceed on death penalty cases. They're waiting for Governor Pat Quinn to announce whether he'll sign on to the decision by lawmakers to repeal capital punishment. Quinn supports the death penalty, but has kept former Governor George Ryan's moratorium intact. Quinn has more than two months to decide whether to sign. DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell says that makes it difficult to decide how to proceed on some cases.
WNIJ news – The new Congress includes several freshmen from Illinois. Legislative agendas on Capitol Hill have taken a pause since the Arizona shooting. But as things get back to normal, these lawmakers will have plenty on their plates. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, talked with some of them about their new duties:
Rockford – For the second year in a row, nationally-known artist and Rockford resident Roland Poska (pah-skah) is inviting people tomorrow (Saturday) to sign a declaration against prejudice and violence. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken has the details.
WNIJ news – Illinois' income tax is one step away from going up. Lawmakers have approved a 67-percent hike on personal incomes. The plan also calls for an increase in corporate taxes. Governor, Pat Quinn, supports the plan and is expected to sign the measure. Those who voted for the bill say Illinois is running dangerously close to financial ruin, and that additional revenue is needed right away. Opponents say the tax hike will hurt families, and will also be a jobs killer. Under the proposal, a large portion of the tax hike would expire in four years.
DeKalb, IL – DeKalb County authorities have announced that badly burned human remains, found in a DeKalb park, are that of Northern Illinois University student, Toni Keller. The remains were discovered shortly after Keller was reported missing last fall. 34-year-old, William Curl of DeKalb, has since been charged with murder in connection with Keller's death. He remains jailed on five-million dollars bond. Curl has yet to enter a plea in the case. His defense attorney says she wants results from a psychological exam, before entering a plea.
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Rockford, IL – The ongoing cash flow problems facing Illinois have slowed state reimbursements for many organizations. John Groh is president of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. In this commentary, he offers his take on one way to address the issue:
WNIJ news – Programs that offer deferred prosecution are nothing new. But, they seem to gaining in popularity in northern Illinois. To combat a high jail population, the Winnebago County State's Attorney is considering a rehabilitation program. It would give first-time, non-violent offenders, an alternative to incarceration. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, reports, it would be based on a model that has found success in another county from the region: