DeKalb, IL – A new report has some good news, bad news, and a mix of both as it looks at employment in Illinois. WNIJ's Guy Stephens talks with one of the authors of "The State of Working Illinois 2006," Paul Kleppner of NIU's Regional Develoment Institute and Office for Social Policy Research:
Chicago, IL – In the Governor's race, most of the debate on education has focused on how to fund Illinois schools. Democrat Rod Blagoyevich wants to raise billions of dollars for schools by selling or leasing the Lottery. This morning, we'll examine the plans offered by Republican Judy Baar Topinka and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney.
Chicago – Governor Rod Blagoyevich has poured four billion dollars in state money into schools. But the state's financial problems have made it difficult for the Governor to deliver on some parts of his agenda. Jay Field reports from Chicago Public Radio.
DeKalb, IL – The scandal surrounding former Congressman Mark Foley has spread to Speaker Dennis Hastert. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU political scientist Matthew Streb about how the issue could affect control of the House, and Hastert's re-election at home.
DeKalb, IL – The Potawatomi Nation wants to open a bingo parlor on land it owns near Shabbona. The tribe claims sovereignty over the land. That would allow it to bypass state and local restrictions on opening a gaming facility. But the U-S government refutes that claim. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:
DeKalb, IL – Monday, September 25th, was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dmitri Shostakovich. That night, the NIU Philharmonic gave a concert featuring works by the Russian composer. WNIJ's Guy Stephens had this report:
Rockford, IL – An Illinois college student is drawing portraits of all the Illinois soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The set of portraits done so far came to Rockford in late September. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports.