Education
8:56 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Kishwaukee College President Mum On Contract Negotiations

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The Kishwaukee College Education Association is preparing for informational picketing about protracted contract negotiations with the community college in Malta. 

Kishwaukee College President Tom Choice tells WNIJ there is an agreement with the faculty union to not discuss details of negotiations.

Choice says he believes both sides are sincere in their interest in reaching a fair and equitable contract as soon as possible.

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Illinois
8:54 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Rockford Reachout Gives Coats To Released Jail Inmates

Credit John Howard Association of Illinois

When they have served their time, jail inmates are released wearing the clothes they wore when they arrived.

Inmates may check in in shorts, T-shirt and flip-flops in warm weather and remain in jail while seasons change. That could make their wardrobe woefully inadequate.

Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry Director George Hofstetter understands that risk, so he’s providing a simple solution: offer freed inmates a coat.

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Pension
7:10 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Legislation To Stop Felons' Pension Payments Approved

Credit state of Illinois

Illinois lawmakers passed legislation giving the attorney general more power to stop state pension payments to anyone convicted of a felony related to their public service. 

The Senate unanimously approved the measure yesterday. The House approved it last month. 

Politics
7:07 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Illinois House, Senate Approve Eavesdropping Bill

Credit state of Illinois

Illinois lawmakers approved eavesdropping restrictions to replace those the state Supreme Court struck down.

The Senate voted yesterday to prohibit recording private conversations without the consent of everyone involved.

The measure exempts recording police in the line of duty, loud conversations in public or cheering fans at a ballgame. Critics objected the bill does not include provisions for police to wear body cameras.

The measure goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not said if he will sign it.

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Illinois
7:05 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Former Illinois State Rep. Changes Plea In Child Porn Case

Credit Keith Farnham - Illinois General Assembly

A former Illinois state representative changes his plea in a child pornography case today as part of a plea deal.

  

Elgin Democrat Keith Farnham pleaded not guilty earlier this year to possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography. Prosecutors say Farnham possessed videos depicting illegal images of children, some of whom were allegedly under 10.

The defense asked the court to allow Farnham to remain free on electronic monitoring pending sentencing because he requires treatment for bladder cancer, hepatitis and pulmonary fibrosis. 

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Politics
6:36 am
Fri December 5, 2014

State Lawmakers Done For The Year

Credit state of Illinois

State legislators are done with their work until Republican Bruce Rauner becomes governor next month. Members of the House finished their work Wednesday, and after a morning of debate, the Senate adjourned yesterday afternoon.  The General Assembly meets over a two year cycle.  This one is coming to a somewhat lackluster close. Though the House declared itself totally done, Senate President John Cullerton is leaving open the possibility of calling legislators back to Springfield. "But it's not anticipated we'll be having any more action.

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Hunting Season
6:30 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Illinois Legislators Vote For Bobcat Hunting

Credit Flickr user / docentjoyce "Bobcat - Lynx rufus" (CC BY 2.0)

Illinois lawmakers voted to create a bobcat hunting season.

The once-threatened species rebounded to the point the state's Department of Natural Resources says there are too many. Supporters say Illinois needs a bobcat hunting season to manage their growth.

Senator Dave Koehler, a Peoria Democrat, says this is a way to bring their numbers under control.

"Prevent starvation, overaggressive animals from having to survive ... that hunters are really used as part of a management tool."

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Business
2:39 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

"Fight For 15" Celebrates Second Anniversary In Rockford

The “Fight For 15” movement rallied in Rockford again this week as the campaign marked its second anniversary. “We’ve been fighting and we’ve been doing whatever it takes to try and get a living wage,” said local spokesman Denzel Baldwin.

The rally begin at the McDonalds on Auburn Street and migrated to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford. It included workers from industries other than fast-food. “This particular protest we are actually celebrating the Wal-Mart workers and home-care workers.” Baldwin said, “They are joining our campaign.”

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Holiday Music
12:25 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

WNIU Holiday Specials 2014

Tune in to WNIU this season for a hand picked selection of holiday specials. 

Advent Voices, Sunday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

Candles Burning Brightly, Sunday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.

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