Who's writing the best literature in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin?
That's a question WNIJ's Dan Klefstad tries to answer twice a year. This December, his Winter Book Series will feature works by five authors which, he says, convey a strong sense of place:
"We handle snakes at a Pentecostal gathering in southern Illinois," Klefstad says. "We reconnect with nature at a Michigan cabin. In another, we meet Troilus and Criseyde of ancient Troy, but this time their tragedy plays out in Wisconsin."
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner continues to rake in major contributions since he lifted Illinois' new campaign finance cap last week. While Rauner's opponents are freed from caps as well, he's the been the only one to get such major, and immediate, benefit.
State filings show Illinois' richest man, Ken Griffin, pitching in $250,000 to Rauner's campaign.
It's the second time this week Rauner received a donation worth a quarter of a million dollars.
Previously, those donors could have only give two-percent as much.
Rockford school district officials have confirmed two cases of whooping cough. A letter was sent home this week to families of students at Rolling Green Elementary School and Swan Hillman Elementary School about a case of pertussis found at each school.
Illinois deer hunters will head to the fields this weekend. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the seven-day firearm deer season opens Friday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 24, and will conclude on Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 8.
An Illinois law passed last January could let up to half-a-million undocumented immigrants drive legally for the first time. But many of them are having a hard time signing up for the license. And, now, a Chicago-area sheriff says the state is rolling out the program too slowly.
Employee councils from NIU co-hosted a forum Wednesday, which included several area state lawmakers. The event was viewed as an opportunity for NIU faculty to offer their thoughts as the General Assembly continues to explore how to fix Illinois' troubled pension system.