Health
6:05 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Gene Linked To Stroke, Heart Attack

Researchers identified a gene that may put people at greater risk of stroke. Around one in 10 people in the Caucasian population carry the gene variation.

BBC: Gene Linked To Higher Stroke And Heart Attack Risk

But scientists say lifestyle factors still have the greatest influence on risk. The findings appear in the journal Plos One.

Respected broadcast journalist Ted Koppel is a commentator, occasionally contributing to NPR's midday news and talk show Talk of the Nation where, through conversations with host Neal Conan and callers into the program, Koppel provides analysis, commentary and perspective on the topics and events that shape our world.

His news experience and interests are wide-ranging, spanning topics from national security, values, privacy, health and the media to Iran, Iraq and the Mideast.

67th District Democrat
4:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Jefferson Resigns As Rockford's State Representative

State Representative Chuck Jefferson is flanked by Rockford mayor Larry Morrissey and Governor Pat Quinn in this 2012 photo.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

State Representative Chuck Jefferson surprised constituents and political watchers alike by quietly submitting his resignation. The Rockford Democrat has served in the State House since 2001. 

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Economy
5:36 am
Wed July 2, 2014

"Poaching" Not In Blueprint For Illinois Job Growth

Credit DCEO

Illinois' economy was slow to feel the effects of the Great Recession, and has been slow to recover from it. The state's Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is submitting a five-year plan to the General Assembly, with suggestions for business growth and more state spending.

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Weather
5:25 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Tornado Confirmed In Earlville Monday Night

NWS

The National Weather Service reports six tornadoes touched down in Illinois Monday night. A damage survey confirmed an EF-1 tornado landed near Earlville. The weather service reports peak winds reached 110 mph in northern LaSalle County. 

Education
5:16 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Taiwanese Students Learn How To "Argue" At NIU Camp

Jenna Dooley WNIJ

There are a lot of summer camps to choose from, with everything from sports to arts and crafts.

Two dozen young students from Taiwan are learning with their American peers how to get their point across. This week, the students are taking part in activities designed around the study and debate of alternative energy.

The students from the National University of Tainan's Affiliated Elementary School will stay in DeKalb through mid-July.

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Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

Illinois
5:23 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Limits Power Of Illinois Home Care Worker Unions

Credit supremecourt.gov

An Illinois home care worker argued that being forced to pay union fees violates her first amendment rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court has taken her side.

But it limited its decision to non-traditional public employees-- like home care workers, who are paid by the state but hired and fired by the people they care for.

Paul Kersey works for the Illinois Policy Institute which helped bring the case.

He says today was a big win, but there’s more to be done.

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Illinois
5:16 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Law Designed To Ease School Transfers For Military Families

Credit state of Illinois

Children in military families should have an easier time changing schools when their parents transferring in and out of Illinois. 

Last summer, Tom White retired from the U.S. Army and accepted a post teaching military law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. But instead of moving his family near his work in Illinois, White opted to live in Indiana and commute at least an hour each day.

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