DeKalb – NIU President John Peters says higher education in the U-S is in an era of tremendous change and uncertainty. Yesterday (Thursday), during his eleventh State of the University Address, Peters detailed his plan for navigating this new era. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken reports.
WNIJ – This year's lineup for the On The Waterfront festival includes the Cary Sheley Little Big Band. Nowadays, the leader of this nine-piece outfit calls Rockford his home. But, at one time Sheley was playing on some of the biggest stages his genre has to offer. He spoke with WNIJ's, Mike Moen:
Rockford – It's impossible to understand blues singer Candye Kane without unearthing her past. Surviving a wretched childhood, plus a stint in the porn industry, these experiences saturate the songs she writes. Hear WNIJ's Christopher Hosken chat with Candye Kane.
Rockford, IL – Rockford's On the Waterfront Festival is just a few days away, so we continue our sampler of some of the bands playing on the Left Bank Stage with a look at "Here Come the Mummies." This high-energy funk band out of Nashville wraps up the festival on Sunday night.
The only thing stranger than the name of the band is well, the band. Its members have managed to hide their true identities behind mummy bandages for more than a decade.
WNIJ – Illinois is looking to delinquent taxpayers to bring in some much needed revenue. A Tax Amnesty Program is set to launch this fall. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, spoke with, Sue Hofer, of the Department of Revenue about the plan:
Rockford, IL – A Chinese solar panel manufacturer sees a bright future in northern Illinois. The company cut the ribbon on its new Rockford plant last week while claiming a four million dollar federal grant. And now it's looking for ways to guarantee solar energy is the renewable energy of choice in the future. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
DeKalb – A jury has convicted Rod Blagojevich of lying to federal investigators. Prosecutors are likely to retry the former Governor. One thing is certain: Many Illinoisans will remember Blagojevich for the annual ethics training they must take. Commentator Diana Swanson has been thinking about this aspect of Blagojevich's legacy...and how it relates to our political choices. Swanson is a professor of Women's Studies and English at Northern Illinois University.
DeKalb, IL – The jurors are beginning to talk, the defense promises an appeal, and federal prosecutors are preparing for a re-trial. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial isn't ending with the jury's ruling of "guilty" on one count of lying to the FBI. There's also the long-term effect of the former governor's scandal on the people of Illinois. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.