Transform Rockford
5:59 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Lessons For Rockford In Federal Reserve's 'Industrial Cities Initiative'

Credit Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Ten industrial cities in the Midwest share lessons in economic recovery in a new report from the Chicago Federal Reserve. 

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5:58 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Panel Votes To Subpoena Key Figures In Quinn's Anti-Violence Program

Credit State of Illinois

Some of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s former advisers are being subpoenaed to publicly testify about a troubled anti-violence program. 

An audit earlier this year revealed a program meant to reduce violence around Chicago was grossly mismanaged in 2010. 

Now - a panel of lawmakers is calling seven people who used to work for Quinn to testify next month about why the program was so poorly run.

But Democratic State Senator John Mulroe says he doesn’t want the investigation to drag out - in the middle of a heated governor’s race.

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WNIJ Sponsors
10:53 am
Mon June 23, 2014

The Field Of Blues Festival

WNIJ and the Crossroads Blues Society invite you to the “Field of Blues Festival”, Saturday, June 28th!

From swing blues to stone-cold Chicago grooves you'll hear it all from a line-up including John Nemeth, Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones, The Jimmys, Liz Mandeville and The Alex Wilson Band.

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10:07 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Quinn Signs Minimum Wage Ballot Question

Credit League of Women Voters

Voters will get to weigh in on whether Illinois should raise its minimum wage for adults to $10 an hour. Governor Pat Quinn approved the ballot question Sunday. And he wasted no time campaigning on the issue.

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6:25 am
Mon June 23, 2014

4-C: Growing One Child At A Time

Credit 4-C

Community Coordinated Child Care began more than 40 years ago with a referral service for parents searching for child care in and around DeKalb. Since then, both the list of services offered by 4-C and the area it serves has grown tremendously.

On a day last spring at the Children's Learning Center in DeKalb, Curriculum Director Shannon Alamia offers a visitor a quick survey of the the facility.

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6:24 am
Mon June 23, 2014

DeKalb County Embracing Collective Impact Movement

Collective impact is becoming a popular way for communities to address social issues. Instead of working in isolation, various organizations come together to identify key challenges for their residents. The process is now taking shape in DeKalb County.

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"Lifetime of service"
8:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

South Beloit's Mayor Dies At 68

South Beloit Mayor Mike Duffy
Credit South Beloit School District /

South Beloit Mayor Mike Duffy has died at the age of 68. 

He was elected in 2011, following a four-decade career in education. He is being praised for a lifetime of public service, and a commitment to creating a comprehensive land use plan for the city.  

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NIU ethics investigation
8:15 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Report Sheds Light On NIU Ethics Probe

Credit NIU

A newly released report by the Illinois Inspector General’s office sheds some light on an ethics investigation at Northern Illinois University. 

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8:14 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Ex-IBHE Leader ‘Abused Public Resources,’ Got $48,000

Dr. George Reid

A just-released investigation by Illinois' Inspector General's office found that the former head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) abused public resources and wasted state funds, among other findings.

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2014 Summer Book Series
6:31 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Award Winning Memoir "Maps" Author's Journey

In less than a week, Barrie Jean Borich won two big awards this spring for her latest book, Body Geographic.

On May 28, her memoir tied for a gold medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, or IPPYs. Then on June 2 it won a LAMMY, or Lambda Literary Award, which recognizes LGBT authors.

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