NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, JAPAN – Our group of 24 alumni and friends of NIU is safe and warm and together. The earthquake hit just moments after we landed at Narita International Airport. I was seated in the back of the plane so I know everyone was off the plane and walking through the Terminal on the way to Customs when we felt the floor moving.
Rockford, IL – Rockford mayor Larry Morrissey delivered his annual State of the City address last night to an enthusiastic crowd at the Coronado Theatre. His theme was "sustainability:" he made it clear that the city had to solve its own problems instead of relying on state and federal support. Morrissey also wants to get more involved in the public school system: WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
Rochelle, IL – This isn't the first time that U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Edward Schrank took on a challenge he never envisioned. Until recently, Schrank had no interest in business, much less owning and running one. But now he's preparing for the grand opening of a Sears store in Rochelle that he won in a nation-wide contest. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken has this profile.
WNIJ news – This week, a delegation of Illinois farmers is headed to South America to explore new opportunities to sell their corn and soybeans. The trip also highlights some of their concerns as they follow their harvest from field to market. Ron Schoenholz raises his crops near Paw Paw in Lee County. He spoke to WNIJ's, Guy Stephens, about why he's going on the Illinois Farm Bureau's Market Study Tour:
Rockford, IL – It was a long and emotion-filled night for public school students, parents, and teachers. More than 400 people attended the marathon meeting where the Rockford School Board finalized last week's decision to close six schools. It notified hundreds of untenured teachers that they may lose their jobs. And then, when it came to voting on another round of cuts including eliminating specialized programs the board delivered a real surprise. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
WNIJ news – Cities across the U.S. are taking a closer look at their ambulance service these days. Rising costs and a tight economy are forcing some cities to find more savings in the EMS arena. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, has more on how the situation is playing out in northern Illinois: