WNIJ news – The head of Rockford Public Schools delivered a speech Thursday, that called attention to racial issues within the district. There was also a statement about a large fine from the state. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports on what officials in Springfield are saying about that claim:
DeKalb, IL – Amtrak service from Chicago to Rockford to Dubuque, Iowa will stop in Genoa, NOT Belvidere. Today, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the route Amtrak will take when passenger rail service is restored to the area for the first time in nearly thirty years. State Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig says the route through the northern DeKalb County town of Genoa was chosen over Belvidere because it offers "the best deal for travelers and taxpayers." Daily service could begin in early 2014.
Granville, IL – Friday is the last day on the job for State Senator Gary Dahl. The Republican from Granville is in his sixth year representing the 38th district, which includes much of LaSalle County. He turned seventy this past Sunday and decided it was time to spend more time with his family and his trucking business. But he also told WNIJ's Susan Stephens there was more behind his decision.
DeKalb, IL – The right to enter a same-sex civil union in Illinois will soon become a reality. And that's welcome news for the head of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender Resource Center at Northern Illinois University. Molly Holmes spoke with WNIJ's Susan Stephens about the impact of the legislation that passed during this week's veto session in Springfield.
Rockford, IL – The Rockford Choral Union presents "The Messiah" Saturday & Sunday, November 27 & 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church. It's the 65th year the Choral Union has presented George Frideric Handel's massive oratorio. WNIJ's Guy Stephens has more.