Rockford, Illinois – The Rockford-area Muslim community celebrates its first prayers in a newly-built mosque at 12:30 p.m. today (Friday, March 4). The local Muslim community is very diverse and steadily growing. Conservative estimates put the current number of Muslim families living in Rockford at about 300. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken prepared this report.
WNIJ news – Students in the Rockford school district face big changes next fall. That's after the board of education voted to close six schools to help address the district's budget deficit. The action came during a special meeting, which attracted hundreds of parents and students. The board also decided to eliminate eight assistant principals. Additional cuts were held over for the next meeting.
WNIJ news – The NIU School of Theatre and Dance production of Orson Welles' play "Moby Dick Rehearsed" opens this week. Welles' adaptation of the Herman Melville classic adds an interesting twist. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:
WNIJ news – Many analysts say one of the keys to resolving current economic problems is reviving the real estate market. However, slow growth, and bad memories of the housing bust, have caused financial institutions to tighten up lending policies. That has resulted in numerous hurdles for potential buyers to overcome. WNIJ's, Christopher Hosken, introduces us to some new homeowners in Rockford, and talks to them about how they resolved their issues:
DeKalb, IL – During last week's budget address, Governor Pat Quinn proposed an overall increase in state aid to schools. But he also wants to slash other areas of education funding. WNIJ's Susan Stephens looks at where those controversial cuts could take place.
WNIJ news – There's a push in Springfield to raise Illinois' minimum wage. The plan calls for a gradual increase before the rate would level off at more than ten dollars an hour, making it highest in the nation. How would that affect the state's economy? WNIJ's, Mike Moen, reports, the debate is far from settled:
Dixon, IL – Saturday, February 19th, in the Historic Dixon Theatre, the Dixon Municipal Band gives concerts featuring the world premiere of David Holsinger's "Reagan of Illinois." The piece is a portrait, in words and music, of the city's most famous son as a young man growing up in Illinois. WNIJ's Guy Stephens has more.