WNIJ News
7:23 am
Fri April 8, 2011

One-room school replica

Belvidere, Il – One-room school houses can still be found in most states. Experts say scarce funding sometimes makes it difficult to maintain these historic structures. In one northern Illinois community, a volunteer effort is underway to recapture the charm of a country school. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports, the project involves a group of workers far removed from that era:

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WNIJ News
2:42 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Text of resignation message from Superintendent Sheffield

Rockford, IL – Dear Friends,

Change. In 2009, after Barack Obama had ridden the change-we-can-believe-in slogan to the White House, Time magazine ranked "change" as the nation's No. 1 buzzword. "Change," according to Time, had become synonymous with "candidacy" and the first opportunity in 20 years to have a president not named Bush or Clinton.

When a word becomes a buzzword, the word tends to lose its meaning in all the buzz.

Change. To make something different; to alter, shift or switch; to transform.

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WNIJ News
2:32 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Rockford's school chief Sheffield resigns

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WNIJ News
7:27 am
Wed April 6, 2011

More municipal election results

DeKalb, IL –

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WNIJ News
6:34 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Hospitals: Ready for Boomer patients

Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

DeKalb – This year the Baby Boomers started turning 65. Experts say older Boomers will require more health care. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad examines northern Illinois health systems to see how prepared they are for a large number of older patients.

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WNIJ News
1:36 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Referenda results roundup

DeKalb, IL – DeKalb County-
Hinckley
+Fire District Levy Implementation - 56% approved
Increase property tax by .15% to help pay for ambulance service.

Maple Park
-Bond Repayment Rate - rejected
Set the repayment rate for bonds in the village at a rate of $91,000 for 2011 and to have that rate increase by .5 percent in the following years.

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WNIJ News
9:14 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Rural Transit for Boomers

One of the Trans Vac buses in DeKalb County.

DeKalb – How will aging Baby Boomers get around? Those who live in cities can use buses and light rail. But many rural Boomers will have a harder time keeping medical appointments or going to the grocery store. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad reports on the growing number of rural bus services in northern Illinois.

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WNIJ News
1:06 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Consolidated Election Referenda

Carroll County -
County Wide -
School Sales Tax Implementation
This measure seeks to implement a sales tax in the county set at a rate of 1 percent in order to benefit school facility needs. If this measure is approved, it would still need to be implemented by the Carroll County Board and they could choose to set the tax at or below the 1 percent mark. The money from this tax addition would be given to the schools based on their enrollment numbers.
DeKalb County-
Hinckley -
Fire District Levy Implementation

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WNIJ News
5:08 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Rural communities and aging Boomers

DeKalb – How can rural communities meet the needs of aging Baby Boomers? WNIJ's Dan Klefstad begins a three-part series on this issue. In Part One, a development expert discusses solutions involving public transportation and health care.

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WNIJ News
8:52 am
Fri April 1, 2011

The need for flood insurance

WNIJ news – The state of Illinois says property owners need to find out if they're financially protected in the event of a flood. Residents are being encouraged to consider expanding their insurance coverage. WNIJ's, Caitlin Ketel, has more:

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