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.

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.

WalletHub.com

There is good news and not-so-good news about political engagement in Illinois.

The good news is that Illinois ranked first for Voter Accessibility Policies in the study by wallethub.com.

The not-so-good news is that the Prairie State only ranked 23 out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in overall political engagement.

Tuesday is Partisan Primary Day in Wisconsin, where the field of candidates for public office will be narrowed to one per political party for the November general election.

County, state and federal candidates are on the ballot.

What may be the most publicized race involves U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Janesville, who faces a challenge from fellow Republican Paul Nehlen of Williams Bay. Two Democrats – Ryan Solen of Mt. Pleasant and Tom  Breu of Janesville -- are seeking their party’s nomination. Libertarian Jason Lebeck of Janesville is unopposed.

WalletHub.com

Student loan debt in the United States stands at about $1.3 trillion, and it’s growing by more than $2,700 per second, according to a report by MarketWatch.

It’s been a political football in Congress and on the campaign trail as officeholders and candidates debate what should or should not be allowed in financing and refinancing student loans.

Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner painted a bleak picture Monday morning of what could happen if a state budget is not passed before Friday.

But he gave some hope that a solution could be reached when the Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on Wednesday for the first time since the spring legislative session ended in May.

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