WNIJ news – Three tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois Sunday night. That's according to the National Weather Service. Officials say the twisters hit near Stillman Valley, Adeline and Polo. Meanwhile, clean up efforts continue in the Rockford-area, which saw most of the storm damage. Com-ed says as of Tuesday morning, fewer than one thousand customers remain without power. Rockford School District officials have closed Kennedy Middle School for the rest of the academic year. The school, which was slated for closure due to budget cuts, lost part of its roof.
WNIJ news – The public now has a chance to see proposed changes for Illinois Senate boundaries. The Senate redistricting committee has posted its proposed map. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on how DeKalb County would be affected:
DeKalb – Illinois lawmakers are debating a measure that would overhaul pensions for teachers and other state workers. The bill is controversial because it would affect current employees. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks about this bill with Dave Urbanek, spokesman for the Teachers Retirement System.
WNIJ news – Concerns have been raised about the wet spring and its effect on the corn planting season. The concern is especially being felt in Southern Illinois, where communities have dealt with widespread flooding. WNIJ's Mike Moen has more on how the situation is playing out in Northern Illinois:
Rockford, IL – Illinois is getting another large chunk of federal funding for high-speed rail. The 268-million dollar grant announced Monday will be used to purchase locomotives and passenger cars capable of handling high-speed travel.
But northern Illinois is still a long way from moving rail passengers at speeds exceeding 200 or even 100 miles per hour. That was one of a number of transportation subjects at yesterday's Tri-State Alliance Summit in Rockford. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
Illinois – The death of Osama bin Laden comes at a time when Byron residents Kirk and Gretchen Catherwood continue to mourn the loss of their son Alec, a 19-year-old Marine Lance Corporal assigned as a rifleman to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was killed in combat Afghanistan last fall.
WNIJ's Mike Moen asked his mother where she was when she first heard that Osama bin Laden had died and what she felt at that moment.