DeKalb, IL – Music fans might recognize the name Michael Gulezian. He's performed his solo acoustic guitar music on public radio programs like "A Prairie Home Companion," "World Cafe," and "Echoes." But you may not know that for the past eight years, he's been spending time with students at Northern Illinois University's Fine Arts House, giving advice and getting inspiration in return. WNIJ's Andy Mitchell has this story.
DeKalb, IL – When the communist movement called the Khmer Rouge took over the South Asian country of Cambodia in the mid 1970s, it led to one of the worst genocides of the 20th century. Now, five of the movement's leaders are finally being put on trial, and as Andy Mitchell reports, it's thanks, in part, to people at NIU.
Rockford, IL – The likely next superintendent of Rockford Public Schools is heading back home to Louisiana, but says she'll return soon to learn about the community. Dr. LaVonne Sheffield wrapped up three days of schools tours and meetings with parents, teachers, and community leaders. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with her.
Rockford, IL – A bill will be voted on today (2/26) by a state senate committee aimed at easing requirements for political candidates to run for office. Both the sponsor of this bill and its chief opponent are Winnebago County Republicans. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken reports.
DeKalb, IL – The proton cancer treatment centers being built side by side in DuPage County are not immune to the effects of the current economic meltdown. How has financing and construction been impacted? The question is easier asked than answered when it comes to the facility associated with Northern Illinois University. W-N-I-J's Christopher Hosken reports.
DeKalb, IL – The 4th Annual Beloit International Film Festival gets underway tonight (2/19/09) runs through the weekend. More than 150 films will be shown throughout the city. WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with the festival's executive director, Rod Beaudoin (BOE-dwin). Guy began by asking him to describe the purpose of the festival:
You can find a link to the Festival's website at wnij.org.
DeKalb, IL – Saturday marks one year since five students were shot and killed in a classroom at Northern Illinois University. WNIJ's Andy Mitchell was a reporter at NIU's student newspaper then. The anniversary observances are bringing up a lot of mixed emotions for him.