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.
DeKalb, IL – Governor Rod Blagojevich's indictment raises a number of important questions for Illinois - such as "Will the Governor be impeached," and "What would impeachment proceedings look like?" For answers, WNIJ's Dan Klefstad turned to Robert Rich - director of the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Rich is an expert on the Illinois constitution. Dan began by asking him "What, if anything, does the Constitution say about a sitting Governor who's been indicted?"
DeKalb, IL – People affected by September's floods who procrastinated and missed the December 2nd deadline to apply for disaster relief are getting a break. The federal government has moved the deadline to December 16th. Officials are urging the public to take advantage of the opportunity. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:
DeKalb, IL – Despite Democratic victories across the nation - and in the Illinois Legislature - Republicans hold a handful of northern Illinois Congressional Districts. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad and NIU political scientist Matt Streb recap Tuesday's congressional races. They'll also look at how Illinois will replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.
DeKalb, IL – Republican congressman Don Manzullo bucks the national trend, and is likely to hold Illinois' 16th District - according to NIU political scientist Matt Streb. Speaking with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad, Streb also updates races in Districts 11 and 10.
DeKalb, IL – Republican incumbent Judy Biggert is likely to keep Illinois' 13th Congressional district. NIU political scientist Matt Streb explains why Democrat Scott Harper and Green party candidate Steve Alesch are having difficulty gaining traction with voters.