Rockford, IL – Chrysler has announced a major expansion at its Belvidere plant. A Northern Illinois University researcher evaluates the impact on the region's economy. Norm Walzer is a senior research scholar at N.I.U.'s Center for Governmental Studies. He spoke with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.
Rockford, IL – Disciplinary action was issued this week by the Rockford Police department, in connection with last year's fatal shooting of an unarmed man. The union says the punishment is too harsh. Others say it doesn't go far enough. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, has more:
Oregon, IL – It was former Governor Blagojevich's decision to close state parks in 2008 that sparked Illinois nature fans into action. That included Aaron Sitze, a teacher who lives in Oregon, Illinois. Sitze remembers that fight as he wonders if it's time to gear up for another.
Rockford, IL – The Janet Wattles Center in Rockford is one of those service providers in limbo as we enter the new state fiscal year. The center coordinates mental health services for people in the Rockford area: it serves 45-hundred adults and 25-hundred children each year. We asked the Janet Wattles Center's president and CEO Frank Ware for his assessment of how the state's financial crisis will affect people with mental illness in the coming fiscal year:
DeKalb, IL – Northern Illinois University can now borrow $29-million dollars while it waits for the state to catch up on its payments. The Board of Trustees reluctantly authorized the short-term loan at its meeting Wednesday morning. The money would be
Rockford, IL – The shooting was justified...but not the events leading up to it. Rockford city leaders released an independent review of last year's police shooting of a man in a church daycare center. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.