WNIJ news – Monday, February 14th, is State Senator Brad Burzynski's last day in office. He leaves after serving 20 years in the legislature. The Republican from Rochelle was given a big send-off by his Springfield colleagues last week. WNIJ's, Susan Stephens, spoke with Burzynski about why he's leaving, his legacy, and what he'll miss most:
Rockford, IL – A Rockford filmmaker lives his dream tonight: Travis Legge premieres his first full-length movie in front of a big hometown audience. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
NOTE: Doors open at 7:00 pm Friday, February 11th for the 7:30 showing of "Raymond Did It" at The Sullivan Center, 118 North Main St., Rockford. There are two showings Saturday night in Milwaukee at Alverno College, 3400 S 43rd St. More details at raymonddidit.com
Machesney Park – In Machesney Park, a number of low-income elderly residents are living in substandard housing built half a century ago. However, the village has a program that could help. Interested parties have until this Friday to apply for money to fix up their houses. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken reports.
For information about Machesney Park's HomeForward grant program you can contact Penny Olsen at 815-877-5432.
WNIJ news – Two of Rockford's hospital systems are moving forward on a merger plan. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, talks to one observer about what this proposal could mean for the community's standing among regional health-care providers:
Tampico, IL – The only U-S President born in Illinois would have turned one-hundred this Sunday. So this weekend, the towns that call Ronald Reagan their own are throwing a string of parties to celebrate the nation's 40th president. WNIJ's Susan Stephens visited the town where it all started: Reagan's birthplace, Tampico.
Princeton – Julia Cain is obsessed with hats. The Princeton resident literally has hundreds all over her home. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken introduces us to Cain. Plus, we get to hear about some of her hats on display through this weekend at The Prairie Arts Center Gallery in Princeton.
Fashion:Art of the Hat, featuring the Julia Cain collection at Prairie Arts Center Gallery in Princeton, IL through February 6, 2011
DeKalb, IL – From Illinois State Police as of 3:00 am Wednesday:
Access is restricted at the following locations until further notice:
* I-80 - from IL Route 47 (Morris) to IL Route 26 (Princeton) * I-88 - from IL Route 40 (Rock Falls) to I-80 (Rock Island County) * I-74 - from milepost 51 (Galesburg) to milepost 87 (Peoria) * I-39 - from I-55 to US Route 20 * I-155 - from I-55 to I-74 * I-55 - closed at Lake Shore Drive * I-290 - from St. Charles to I-90 * I-57 - southbound at I-80
WNIJ news – GOP chairmen in Illinois' 35th Senate District have chosen a replacement for, Brad Burzynski. The Republican Senator is retiring in a couple of weeks. DeKalb County Treasurer, Christine Johnson, will fill the remainder of his term. Burzynski recommended Johnson when making his announcement last week.