WNIJ news – Two neighboring counties in northern Illinois are teaming up to improve their economic base. Officials with the newly-created Rockford Region Economic Development District say it's not a duplication of services. They say it was put together with a specific goal in mind. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, has more:
Sycamore, IL – The recession may be officially over, but small businesses are still struggling. Retailers are looking for ways to get customers in the front door: last week, the Chambers of Commerce in Rockford and Sycamore turned to a small business expert with some positive and simple ideas to turn things around. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:
Rockford, IL – Rock Valley College's 2010 Studio Theatre Shakespeare Festival runs October 6-16. Two plays will be featured - The Tempest and Henry VIII. The opening night performance of Henry VIII marks an important milestone for the theater and its director, Michael Webb. It's the final play in Webb's quest to stage the complete works of William Shakespeare at the college. It's taken more than two decades to do so. WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke to Webb recently about achieving his goal.
Rockford, IL – People love their pets. But for many struggling families, the only way to keep food on the table is to give up that beloved companion. As WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports, a service in Rockford aims to keep that from happening.
Rockford – A new exhibit titled "Fine Art Fridges" is on display now at the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford. This exhibit includes a trio of recycled refrigerators re-imagined by Chicago-area artists. ComEd is footing the bill, with the hope that these art pieces will raise awareness about its appliance recycling program. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken visited with "Fine Art Fridges" artists Victoria Lucy and Mike Helbing and filed this report.
WNIJ news – The northern Illinois region stands to benefit from a capital investment plan announced by the governor. $100-million in funding is being doled out, to help local governments repair potholes, repave roads and replace traffic signals. The money will be distributed through the same formula that's used for the state's Motor Fuel Tax. Local governments in nine counties, including Winnebago, DeKalb and LaSalle, will share more than $6-million dollars of the announced funding. In addition to the infrastructure projects, officials say the move will help spur job growth.
DeKalb, IL – A recent study showed 70% of people who abuse prescription pain medications got them from a friend or relative. Tomorrow is "National Take Back Day." It's a chance to safely get rid of unused or expired drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is leading the effort to get potentially harmful drugs out of medicine cabinets. They're hoping that will keep the drugs out of the hands of people who might abuse them and keep them out of the water supply, since it's common for people to flush leftover drugs.
WNIJ – Jobs are still hard to come by in many sectors of the economy. When it comes to construction, some say things are almost at a standstill. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, looks at how this trade is doing in Northern Illinois: