Rockton, IL – The U-S invasion of Iraq changed the lives of millions of people in that country. Those in power found themselves on the run. Everyday people rejoiced in their new freedoms, but struggled to survive in the face of the rising insurgency.
But one Iraqi woman's life was affected in a way she never could have imagined. And a young soldier from Illinois played an important role in those life-changing events.
Rockford, IL – The Rockford Airport held its first air show since 1994 this August. Airfest 2005 featured demonstrations by civilian and military flight teams. WNIJ's Chris Lehman rode along with one of the pilots on a practice run.
Rockford, IL – Four new homes for sale in Rockford have been designed to be more accessible to people with special needs. Disability advocates are hopeful it's part of a larger trend. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...
Rockford, IL – School's out and summer camp season is here. It's that time of year when kids get to do things they usually can't do at home, like building fires and making s'mores. For a few dozen kids in Rockford, summer camp means making noise: they're learning what it's like to be in a rock and roll band. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:
Rockford, IL – Rockford's very own dinosaur has been unveiled: "Jane" is standing on her own two fossilized feet for the first time in 66-million years. The Burpee Museum of Natural History is opening its permanent exhibit about the dinosaur that was unearthed in Montana by museum volunteers. The exhibit answers the question paleontologists have debated for the past few years: "just what IS Jane, anyway?" WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
DeKalb, IL – A New York-based singer/songwriter takes on the Blackhawk War, Carl Sandburg, and unemployment in Rockford. Sufjan Stevens' new album is "Come on, Feel the Illinoise." It's the Detroit native's follow-up to his album all about his home state. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with Sufjan Stevens about llinois and his plan to record an album about each of the fifty states.
DeKalb, IL – Illinois lawmakers passed a budget that balances itself by skipping payments to the state's pension systems. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with State Representative Bob Pritchard (R-70) about the bill on its way to the Governor's desk.
DeKalb, IL – The sound of a train blowing its horn is an unavoidable part of life in many towns. Now, the City of DeKalb is taking steps to make trains a little less intrusive on the lives of people who live near the tracks. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...
Rockford, IL – As part of Think Global, our 2005 public radio collaboration, WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with the president of Eclipse Inc., a Rockford manufacturer that has found a way to compete in the global marketplace.