DeKalb, IL – When Illinois Democrat Barack Obama gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, people across the country took notice. At the time, Obama was unopposed in Illinois' U-S Senate race. The Republican nominee, Jack Ryan left in June amid embarrassing allegations in his divorce records. Now Illinois Republicans are hoping to keep national interest going with the nomination of Maryland conservative Alan Keyes to run against Obama.
Beloit, WI – Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry continues to campaign in the battleground states. He also held a town hall meeting in Beloit, Wisconsin. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports not everyone there was a die-hard Kerry supporter.
7/30/04 – Garrison Keillor is a Democrat. His new book couldn't put it more plainly. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with Keillor: first off, he's pretty excited about the presidential candidate who won his party's nomination.
8/2/04 – U.S. Senate candidate barack Obama is in the middle of a fast-paced, five-day bus tour throughout the state. He's drawing large crowds in cities and small towns: people are eager to see the politician who attracted so much attention at the Democratic National Convention. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on his Sunday stop in DeKalb.
7/29/04 – Mike Crase has been a reporter and columnist for small town newspapers in northern Illinois for 23 years. His recent book, "A Few Thoughts on a Scrap of Paper," is a compilation of some of his favorite columns. He says it helped him deal with some issues in his life: He spoke with WNIJ's Susan Stephens.
8/3/04 – The head of the Rockford Area Arts Council is retiring after seventeen years on the job. Susan Williams has given the arts organization six months notice. She spoke with WNIJ's Susan Stephens.
Chicago – A Chicago bicyclist starts a 25-thousand-mile adventure alone across three continents. Stephan Wanger traded life as a corporate mover and shaker for life as a solitary cyclist, all in the name of charity. WNIJ's Simone Orendain prepared this profile.