WNIJ News
6:42 am
Mon August 25, 2008

WNIJ starts series on congressional races

DeKalb, IL – During this political season, much of the focus has been on the presidential race. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad changes the focus to the many exciting congressional races in Illinois. Every week until election day, NIU political scientist Matt Streb will join Dan to analyze these races. Their first report is an overview, looking back at the Spring special elections (including IL-14) to see if these races are harbingers of the November election.

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WNIJ News
5:46 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Rockford bluesman "Just part of the band."

Rockford, IL – Rockford bluesman "Barstool Bob" played second guitar for legends like Lonnie Brooks and Otis Rush. Today, he leads his own band - or rather "guides" it. Bob is not your flashy frontman. Instead, he sees himself as part of the band...and expects the other members to follow his example. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with Bob about his new CD, and his upcoming show at "On the Waterfront."

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NIU Proton Treatment Series
10:57 am
Thu July 24, 2008

Battle heats up between ProCure and NIU over proton therapy center building

Battle heats up between ProCure and NIU over proton therapy center building

DeKalb, IL – Private developer ProCure is suing Northern Illinois University. As W-N-I-J's Christopher Hosken explains, this is only the latest twist in a long saga over who should be allowed to build a proton cancer treatment center in Illinois.

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WNIJ News
7:19 am
Wed July 23, 2008

DeKalb Mayor Dies of Cancer

DeKalb Mayor Frank Van Buer

DeKalb, IL – DeKalb Mayor Frank Van Buer lost his battle with cancer Wednesday. He was 74.

Van Buer spent his last days at home with his family...he spent his years at City Hall with other elected officials and developers. Helping downtown DeKalb grow and prosper was a top priority for the mayor. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken and Susan Stephens have this report.

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NIU Proton Treatment Series
10:56 am
Wed July 2, 2008

ProCure and NIU both want proton centers

ProCure and NIU both want proton centers

DeKalb, IL – For nearly a year, Northern Illinois University and private developer ProCure have been pecking at each other over who's best to build the state's first proton cancer treatment center. In the second of a 2-part series, W-N-I-J's Christopher Hosken referees while explaining the opposing arguments.

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NIU Proton Treatment Series
10:55 am
Tue July 1, 2008

How protons help destroy cancer

Photo courtesy Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute

How protons help destroy cancer

DeKalb, IL – Ground was recently broken for a new medical facility in DuPage County. The non-profit 159-million-dollar Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center is the first facility of its kind in the state. W-N-I-J's Christopher Hosken explains how proton therapy works, and introduces us to someone who has used it.

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NIU Proton Treatment Series
10:54 am
Fri June 20, 2008

Groundbreaking for Proton Cancer Therapy Center

Photo courtesy Courtesy of VOA Associates Incorporated

Groundbreaking for Proton Cancer Therapy Center

DuPage County, IL – If all goes as planned, in 2010, DuPage County will have its own proton
cancer treatment center. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken reports.

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WNIJ News
8:22 am
Tue April 22, 2008

Flying the Confederate flag

DeKalb, IL – For the last decade, along a major roadway in DeKalb County, one resident has proudly flown a Confederate flag. Like many others who've seen it, maybe you've ALSO wondered who put THAT thing up, and what are they all about?! Does he, or she, fit the stereotype?! WNIJ's Christopher Hosken provides answers.

A warning, some of the language used in this piece may be considered offensive to some listeners

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4:02 am
Thu April 17, 2008

The Michelangelo Project

Rockford, IL – There's only one place in the U-S to see bronze casts of six of Michelangelo's study models - and that's Rockford. But the exhibit is there for a very limited time. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.

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WNIJ News
4:13 am
Tue March 11, 2008

Republicans lose Hastert's seat

DeKalb, IL – Jim Oberweis failed to keep Dennis Hastert's Congressional seat in Republican hands. During a special election on March 8th, Oberweis lost to Democrat Bill Foster. Foster will fill the rest of Hastert's term. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU political scientist Matt Streb about this symbolic victory for the Democratic party.

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