Rockford, IL – Rockford area arts fans now have more choices. There's a new acting ensemble in town, and the Coronado Theater recently unveiled its inaugural season. But should a city the size of Rockford have even more cultural offerings? WNIJ's Christopher Hosken examines that question by first recounting the past.
Freeport, IL – The City of Freeport has high hopes for a mammoth complex sitting on the edge of its downtown. The old Rawleigh factory could draw new residents. It could bring tourists to town. It could be the economic salvation for this financially-strapped community. The city has placed these hopes at the feet of locals, whose input will not only influence the master plan, but could attract a developer. WNIJ's Abbie Reese reports.
DeKalb, IL – Slaughtering horses for people to eat is now illegal in Illinois. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the bill into law. That means the only slaughterhouse of this type still running in the United States will have to shut down. WNIJ's Tony Arnold reports.
Shabonna, IL – Life is on hold for many residents of a small DeKalb County town. They're waiting to hear if the federal government will rule that their land is actually the state's only Native American reservation. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
DeKalb, IL – Monday night, DeKalb will swear in four new city council members. But that*s not without some controversy. The newly elected alderman of DeKalb's Third Ward has been under public scrutiny since last month*s election.
Now more than 100 DeKalb residents are calling for his resignation, before he even takes office. WNIJ*s Tony Arnold reports.
Chadwick, IL – The Superintendent of a small school district in northwest Illinois will be deployed to Afghanistan at the end of March. Roy Webb heads the Chadwick School District and is a colonel in the Iowa National Guard. WNIJ's Abbie Reese was there when his students and teachers sent him off.
Hernando, MS – Most hurricane relief volunteers help out for a week at a time. At the United Methodist Church in Hernando, Mississippi, one week has now turned into a year and a half. The town just south of Memphis has has become a midway point for volunteers coming from the North looking for a place to stay the night. WNIJ's Jenna Wright reports.
DeKalb, IL – DeKalb Mayor Frank Van Buer envisions a downtown that's filled with retirees enjoying the cultural assets provided by Northern Illinois University. The plan includes a thousand condos and more retailers. Ultimately, Mayor Van Buer envisions the downtown stretching east to Peace Road, near Interstate 88. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad asks "Will developers by into this plan?"