Rockford, IL – Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey is heading to China this Saturday. It's the tenth anniversary of Rockford's sister-city relationship with Changzhou. He will continue to look for business opportunities between the cities.
DeKalb, IL – Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb is in the process of formally closing its' inpatient mental health unit. Those in need will soon have to drive to facilities as far away as Rockford. Advocates for the mentally ill say the most vulnerable will be hit hardest. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken reports.
Rockford, IL – Reverend Jesse Jackson led Saturday's march in Rockford. It started at a school, wound past Rockford's police headquarters, and ended in a park near the church where Mark Barmore was shot and killed last month. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:
Rockford, IL – In recent weeks, there's been an outcry over the proposed shutdown of Rockford's Lewis Lemon Library. Supporters continue their fight, to prevent the facility from closing. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, talked with a key decision maker, and some library patrons, who describe how essential the building is to their neighborhood:
Rockford, IL – The investigation continues into the shooting death of a Rockford man more than two weeks ago. 23-year-old Mark Barmore was shot by two police officers in a downtown church daycare center. Barmore was black, and the officers are white. And while the city waits for a special state police task force to finish its independent investigation, community leaders are looking at deeper issues the incident has brought up. WNIJ's Susan Stephens has the latest:
DeKalb/Rockford, IL – Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet appears on the Left Bank Stage Labor Day Sunday at On the Waterfront. For more than three decades the group has blended Cajun traditions with zydeco, jazz, Tex-Mex, country, rock and blues. Their thirty albums have earned numerous accolades, including two Grammy Awards- the latest in 2009 for best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album.
Rockford, IL – We continue our On The Waterfront preview with a chat WNIJ's Christopher Hosken recently had with Janiva Magness. The blues singer will perform at The Left Bank Stage this Sunday night at 6-45 in Rockford. We hear some of Magness' oldest memories about being a foster child, plus some of her newest music from the C-D titled What Love Will Do.
DeKalb, IL – Earlier this week, WNIJ reported on the popularity of community colleges in this struggling economy, and how administrators are meeting the growing demand. We also got feedback from those attending the schools, as a result of the recession. Our own Mike Moen spoke with a student at Kishwaukee College in DeKalb County:
DeKalb, IL – Curtis Salgado is the inspiration for the "Blues Brothers". Salgado performs at Rockford's On the Waterfront festival. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on Salgado's friendship with John Belushi...and his battle with cancer.
Rockford, IL – The Illinois State police are taking an internal investigation out of the hands of the Rockford Police Department. That's after a week of protests sparked by the shooting of an unarmed man in the basement of a church's daycare center. WNIJ's Susan Stephens has more: