Free Range Radio - 6pm Sunday
6:01 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

There's More To The Story

  

Make plan's to join WNIJ this Sunday night at 6pm, at 89.5 FM or on the web, for Free Range Radio as we unveil another episode of Reveal,  a production of The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

As its website states, Reveal is for anyone interested in stories that break news and change our understanding of how the world works - examining what governments, businesses and communities are doing behind the scenes, hidden from public view.

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Local
6:42 am
Fri March 28, 2014

GE To Close DeKalb Plant

General Electric is moving forward with plans to close its DeKalb plant. In an e-mail, a company spokeswoman says the move will happen sometime  in the first quarter of next year.

Nearly 100 jobs will be affected. G-E says operating costs at the plant are too high. It gave union leaders a chance to submit a cost-cutting proposal aimed at keeping the facility open. But officials say while creative and sincere, the plan did not provide sufficient reductions.

The DeKalb plant, which opened in 1946, produces small motors.

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Illinois
6:40 am
Fri March 28, 2014

With Spring Here, Residents Welcome Back Basic Need

The spring thaw is slowly taking shape in northern Illinois. For most residents, it means saying goodbye to many weeks of freezing temperatures and piles of snow. But for others, it means getting back a basic necessity.

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Health
1:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Illinois Expanded Its Medicaid Program. Missouri Didn’t. How Are Those Choices Working Out?

In his hospital room at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centerville, patient Steven Glispie finishes signing the paperwork to enroll in Medicaid.

For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.

Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.

But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.

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Your Health
12:34 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

How Healthy Is Your County? Check Out This Interactive Survey

Credit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Four counties in northern Illinois are ranked among the healthiest 20 of the state's 102 counties.

That's according to a survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It allows you to measure health outcomes and factors in every U.S. county. It also lets you compare data from one county to another.

For example, if you wanted to know the number of primary care physicians per resident, there's an answer. By the way, the ratio for DeKalb County is 1 doctor per 2,910 residents. For Winnebago County it's 1 per 1,367 residents.

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Budget Address
1:15 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Quinn: Maintain Income Tax, Rebate Property Tax

Gov. Pat Quinn

As expected, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called today to maintain the current "temporary" state income tax rate of 5 percent to fund state programs and proposed a $500 property tax rebate for all homeowners.

Quinn's annual budget address was delayed from its scheduled February date until after the March 18 primary election in which Quinn was nominated for his second full term.

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Illinois
6:42 am
Wed March 26, 2014

State Police Issue Numbers On Concealed Carry Requests

It's been nearly a month since Illinois State Police began sending out concealed-carry permits. Thousands of applicants have been approved. But some have also been denied.

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Courts
6:03 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Payments On The Way In E-book Pricing Settlement

Credit flickr user: kodomut (CC BY 2.0)

Illinois e-book customers are scheduled to receive payments from a court settlement with five major publishers.

U.S. Dept. of Justice: DETAILS OF THE CASE

Illinois Attorney General: Book Publishers Conspired To Overcharge Consumers For e-Books

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Higher Education
5:11 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Former ISU President Charged With Disorderly Conduct

Timothy Flanagan

The McLean County State's Attorney's office has filed a charge of disorderly conduct against former Illinois State University President Tim Flanagan. The case stems from an early December incident involving Flanagan and the then head of grounds over a lawn aeration job at the official university residence.

State's Attorney Jason Chambers says the Class C Misdemeanor is defined as a knowing act in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another or to provoke a breach of the peace.

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Illinois
5:05 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Lawmaker Calls For Graduated Income Tax

Senator Don Harmon
Credit ilga.gov

Advocates have been moving for months to give Illinois a progressive income tax. Instead of the same flat rate for everyone, those who make more would pay more.

Backers of the plan argue most Illinoisans would get a tax cut.

Senator Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, says this provides the state a new choice, instead of extending the 2011 income tax hike or making deep cuts to services.

"We can continue an unfair, regressive tax at 5 percent, or we can cut government services, the services upon which folks rely by 20 percent across-the-board," Harmon said.

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