DeKalb, IL – A report based on newly-released Census numbers shows poverty is on the rise in Illinois. Over the past eight years, the number people living in poverty jumped by nearly a quarter million.
WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with one of the people behind that report: Amy Rynell is with the Chicago-based Social Impact Research Center.
DeKalb, IL – In the 1960s, Tom Lehrer's satirical songs achieved cult status on college campuses. Now, a new generation of students has a chance to experience his biting wit. Northern Illinois University's School of Theatre and Dance is presenting "Tomfoolery," a revue of Tom Lehrer's songs, September 24-October 4. WNIJ's Guy Stephens has more:
Rockford, IL – For the second Saturday in a row, people marched in the streets of Rockford because of tensions heightened by last month's police shooting of a man in a church daycare center.
Last Saturday, Reverend Jesse Jackson led what was billed as a "Unity March" for justice, jobs, and education. This weekend, the march was in support of the police officers involved in the shooting. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:
DeKalb, IL – Small business owners are paying attention to the health-care debate, and what it means for them. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, discussed the issue with the owner of a long-time business in downtown DeKalb:
Rockford, IL – Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey is heading to China this Saturday. It's the tenth anniversary of Rockford's sister-city relationship with Changzhou. He will continue to look for business opportunities between the cities.
DeKalb, IL – Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb is in the process of formally closing its' inpatient mental health unit. Those in need will soon have to drive to facilities as far away as Rockford. Advocates for the mentally ill say the most vulnerable will be hit hardest. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken reports.
Rockford, IL – Reverend Jesse Jackson led Saturday's march in Rockford. It started at a school, wound past Rockford's police headquarters, and ended in a park near the church where Mark Barmore was shot and killed last month. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:
Rockford, IL – In recent weeks, there's been an outcry over the proposed shutdown of Rockford's Lewis Lemon Library. Supporters continue their fight, to prevent the facility from closing. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, talked with a key decision maker, and some library patrons, who describe how essential the building is to their neighborhood: