WNIJ News
6:10 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Jesse Jackson returns to Rockford

Rockford, IL – A group of ministers is calling for the federal government to intervene after a grand jury cleared two Rockford police officers in the shooting of an unarmed man in a daycare center. Susan Stephens reports.

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WNIJ News
5:32 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Thomson prison hearing

Sterling, IL – It could be another year before Guantanamo Bay detainees are moved to a prison in northwest Illinois and that's only if plans to sell the prison to the federal government go smoothly. Susan Stephens reports:


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WNIJ News
4:53 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Harmonicas at EIGERlab

Rockford, IL – Rockford officials are working to help up-and-coming high tech entrepreneurs. The city's economic development council plans to take over operatonis at Eiger Lab, a research incubator. WNIJ's Susan Stephens explains how this could lure more manufacturing ventures to the area.

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WNIJ News
3:28 am
Tue December 15, 2009

Future of our region

DeKalb, IL – Imagine if today's forecast high was 40, not 10. Imagine taking a high speed train to your office in Green Bay. And imagine calling yourself one of 50-million residents of a place known as the Lakefront Megapolitan area. That's the world researchers and city planners had in mind when they met for a conference on "returning prosperity to our region" at Northern Illinois University. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:

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WNIJ News
7:25 pm
Fri December 4, 2009

NIU's finances crippled by state budget crisis.

NIU President John Peters

DeKalb, IL – The DeKalb-area's largest employer is suffering a cash-flow crisis. That was the description offered by Northern Illinois University President, John Peters. Among other things, Peters has ordered a hiring freeze. He says the goal is to conserve cash, so that NIU can continue to meet payroll. We hear now from WNIJ's, Christopher Hosken, about how the school got into this mess:


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WNIJ News
3:52 pm
Fri December 4, 2009

Donald Fraser's Mendelssohn Club premiere

Donald Fraser

Rockford, IL – A world renowned composer who now calls Rockford home has written a new piece for the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. The Holiday Gala Concert also features the composer's most famous work. WNIJ's Guy Stephens has the story.

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WNIJ News
3:54 pm
Wed November 25, 2009

A.P. report shows major punishment disparity in Illinois public schools

DeKalb, IL – The racial gap in Illinois is widening, when it comes to punishment in public schools. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, has more:

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WNIJ News
3:55 pm
Tue November 24, 2009

Racial factor tied to Chief Grady probe

DeKalb, IL – Officials at Northern Illinois University have received a final report from an independent panel, set-up to examine misconduct allegations against campus police chief, Donald Grady. University officials aren't saying when they might arrive at a decision about what to do, if anything, to Grady. The report stems from claims made by a student journalist, that he was threatened by the chief. Meanwhile, WNIJ's, Christopher Hosken, reports, there is an underlying issue tied to the situation:

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WNIJ News
3:56 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Expert weighs in on possible transfer of Gitmo detainees to Illinois

Rockford, IL – The public debate continues...over whether Gitmo detainees should be transferred to Northwestern Illinois. That could happen...IF the federal government buys the state prison in Thomson. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, spoke with, Thomas Alisankus, a criminal justice professor at Rock Valley College. They discussed safety concerns and other questions surrounding the proposal:

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WNIJ News
7:20 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

Gitmo detainees to NW Illinois?

Thompson, IL – A state prison in northwest Illinois has been sitting mostly empty since it was built in 2001. Now federal officials are considering buying the Thomson prison. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.

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