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.
WNIJ news – Northern Illinois residents continue to survey damage, after a rare November tornado touched down in parts of Winnebago and Boone Counties. A Rockford School District school bus was blown over, resulting in minor injuries for the five students who were on board. Several homes and the village hall suffered significant damage in Caledonia. Boone County officials continue damage assessments in the village, in hopes of determining whether it is necessary to ask for state assistance.
DeKalb, IL – Opponents of the proposed expansion of the DeKalb County landfill get their day in court Monday -- or at least their day in a court-like setting. The Illinois Pollution Control Board hosts a public hearing at the DeKalb County Health Department. Pollution Control Board spokesperson Connie Newman says people can give testimony under oath as time allows. They can also submit their comments in print or at the Board's website, http://www.ipcb.state.il.us/COOL/external
DeKalb, IL – The film "on the edge" makes its DeKalb debut this weekend (NOV.20). The hour-long documentary focuses on the lives of seven homeless women as they tell the stories of their fall from housing and independence, the traumatic effects on their children and their struggles to escape homelessness.
WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with the film's director, NIU Communications Professor Laura Vazquez. The film will be shown at 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon (Nov.20) at NIU's Wirtz Hall.