Chadwick, IL – The Superintendent of a small school district in northwest Illinois will be deployed to Afghanistan at the end of March. Roy Webb heads the Chadwick School District and is a colonel in the Iowa National Guard. WNIJ's Abbie Reese was there when his students and teachers sent him off.
Hernando, MS – Most hurricane relief volunteers help out for a week at a time. At the United Methodist Church in Hernando, Mississippi, one week has now turned into a year and a half. The town just south of Memphis has has become a midway point for volunteers coming from the North looking for a place to stay the night. WNIJ's Jenna Wright reports.
DeKalb, IL – DeKalb Mayor Frank Van Buer envisions a downtown that's filled with retirees enjoying the cultural assets provided by Northern Illinois University. The plan includes a thousand condos and more retailers. Ultimately, Mayor Van Buer envisions the downtown stretching east to Peace Road, near Interstate 88. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad asks "Will developers by into this plan?"
DeKalb, IL – Illinois House Republicans have proposed a five billion dollar capital plan to finance highway, school and college construction projects across the state. It would be financed by adding thousands of new gaming positions at the state's casinos. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:
DeKalb, IL – Frigid temperatures are forecast at least through the first weekend in February. Animal advocates want you to take extra care to be sure your pets are warm and safe. WNIJ's Guy Stephens has more:
DeKalb, IL – A new report has some good news, bad news, and a mix of both as it looks at employment in Illinois. WNIJ's Guy Stephens talks with one of the authors of "The State of Working Illinois 2006," Paul Kleppner of NIU's Regional Develoment Institute and Office for Social Policy Research: