WNIJ News
7:26 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Rockford Public School programs saved

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.

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WNIJ News
7:24 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Budget problems for ambulance service providers

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:

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WNIJ News
10:59 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Rockford's Muslim community opens its new mosque this weekend

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.

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WNIJ News
7:51 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Rockford school board votes to close schools

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.


Schools slated for closure:


Jackson Elementary

Stiles Elementary

New Milford Elementary

Summerdale Elementary

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WNIJ News
6:56 am
Fri February 25, 2011

The philosophy behind "rogue" lawmakers

DeKalb – NIU political scientist Matt Streb and WNIJ's Dan Klefstad examine the philosophy behind Wisconsin and Indiana lawmakers who fled their states to avoid casting votes they disagree with.

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WNIJ News
1:08 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Geneva Stories

A listening station is part of the latest exhibit at the Geneva History Center.
Diane Drake

Geneva, IL – Everybody has a story to tell. That's the idea behind the latest exhibit at the Geneva History Center. WNIJ's Susan Stephens has more.

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WNIJ News
9:08 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Moby Dick Rehearsed

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:

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WNIJ News
7:21 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Home buying challenges

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:

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8:38 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Curl pleads "not guilty" to Keller murder

Sycamore, IL – The DeKalb man accused of murdering Northern Illinois University freshman Toni Keller last fall formally pleaded "not guilty" Tuesday.

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WNIJ News
7:33 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Gov. Quinn's proposed school cuts

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.

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