WNIJ news – Residents in Illinois' 8th Congressional District now know who their next Congressman will be. After a hard fought race, incubment Democrat, Melissa Bean, has conceded to her Republican opponent. Bean's announcement follows a final tally of absentee and provisional ballots, which gave GOP nominee, Joe Walsh, a lead of 290 votes. With Walsh's victory, the district now goes back to Republican control, six years after Bean defeated longtime GOP Congressman, Phil Crane.
Rockford, IL – Carpenter's Place in Rockford has helped transform the lives of many homeless people. The outreach center has been growing and evolving since it opened. This week, its creator is being recognized as a social innovator. WNIJ's Cameron Bren reports.
WNIJ news – Bill Brady has conceded the tight race for Illinois governor. The Republican nominee made the announcement during a Friday afternoon speech from his hometown of Bloomington. Brady's campaign had been hoping absentee and other ballots would help the state Senator overcome Pat Quinn's slim lead of more than 19-thousand votes. But, Brady acknowledged Friday it would be impossible to defeat the Democratic governor.
WNIJ news – Election day in Illinois brought some key victories for Republicans, along with a top race still undecided. In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat, Pat Quinn, was leading Republican challenger, Bill Brady, by less than half a percentage point. That's with 99-percent of precincts reporting. Quinn was predicting victory, while acknowledging there were more votes to count. Brady wasn't ready to concede, saying the race won't be decided until later today at the earliest.
A news conference has been scheduled by DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen for 8:00 pm Friday. He heads the major crimes task force investigating the killing of Northern Illinois Freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller. Feithen and DeKalb County State's Attorney John Farrell will discuss what Feithen is calling a "major development."
DeKalb, IL – The public could get some information and some comfort at today's events centering on Northern Illinois University student Antinette Keller. Keller disappeared 12 days ago. Police are calling her case a "death investigation," but have provided few details so far.
Heightened security continues today at Northern Illinois University. Police announced over the weekend a body had been found in a thickly wooded area near campus. It's the same park where 18-year-old Antinette Keller had told friends she was going when she was last seen October 14th. They also said the missing person's case had been re-classified as a death investigation.