Victor Yehling

Managing Editor

Victor Yehling is Managing Editor for WNIJ News.  He coordinates the WNIJ news team, assigns stories, offers suggestions, develops project ideas, and generally harasses our outstanding news employees.  He's a relative newcomer, joining WNIJ in July 2010, but he has 15 years prior experience as a newspaper editor and reporter plus a couple of years in TV news.  He also spent time on the dark side, working in public relations and advertising; he claims he's recovering.  Away from the station, he enjoys theater, grandchildren, board games, Kansas City Chiefs football, and preparing for retirement in rural suburban Hagarstown.

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Primary elections are scheduled in a few places in northern Illinois today.


The approval of controversial nominee Betsy DeVos as the next U.S. Secretary of Education took a historical twist Tuesday.

Vice President Mike Pence – barely over two weeks into his term – cast a tie-breaking vote in his Constitutional role as President of the U.S. Senate.

That was the 246th time that a vice president had to resolve a Senate deadlock, but it was the only time such a vote was cast to decide a cabinet appointment.

OK. It’s February. I think it’s safe to say those New Year resolutions have been tucked away — until another New Year rolls around.

It’s OK. Nobody responds well to marching orders anyway. 

Which is why you should try a different approach. Turn that resolution into a “questolution.”

Sorry, I know the word sounds goofy; but it’s a serious concept that is detailed by Warren Berger in his book A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas.

Declaring himself “frustrated by the slow pace of change here in Springfield,” Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner described the State of the State as needing compromise and additional reform to accomplish its goals.

He touted great “strides in ethics reform” since taking office two years ago and “modernizing and streamlining” state government and making information more accessible to citizens.

When Richard Schmack became DeKalb County State’s Attorney in December 2012, his plate already was full of cases.

The 2010 murder of Northern Illinois University freshman Antinette “Toni” Keller still was awaiting resolution, and nine NIU employees were facing charges in what was known as the “coffee fund case.”

Moreover, Jack McCullough was awaiting sentencing for his conviction a couple of months earlier in the 1957 murder of Sycamore schoolgirl Maria Ridulph -- and maintaining that he was innocent of the crime.