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.

A total of 27 seats in the Illinois General Assembly representing northern Illinois will be on the ballot in 2018, but there will be only six contests in the March primary.

Five of them are for Illinois House seats, with the biggest field in the 67th District in Rockford. Six Democrats are seeking the nomination for the seat being vacated by State Rep. Litesa Wallace. No Republican has filed in that race.

Metaphorically speaking, the rural towns that make up north-central and northwest Illinois are pleading for all of us to turn off our computers, tablets, and smartphones this holiday shopping season.

As citizens of our communities, we play a very powerful role in whether our towns prosper or diminish. One of the worst things we can do is not support our local retail sector because we buy most gifts online.

Paula Garrett

Paula Garrett has a history with Memphis and its music – which made her the natural choice to report on the inaugural MEMPHO Music Fest earlier this month.

The festival was the brainchild of another transplanted Memphian named Diego Winegardner, who has worked in finance in New York City for the past couple of decades.

On a visit to his hometown in 2017, he rediscovered a 4,500-acre urban park called Shelby Farms and decided that was the place to pay tribute to the city’s musical heritage.

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Both Illinois and Wisconsin made the top third in a recent ranking of states on energy efficiency.

For National Energy Awareness Month this month, WalletHub gleaned data from several federal sources to calculate Home Energy Efficiency and Auto Energy Efficiency among the 48 contiguous states. Alaska and Hawaii were excluded because of a lack of data.

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The largest locally owned bank in the Rockford area has agreed to be acquired for approximately $181 million in cash and stock.

Alpine Bancorporation, Inc., the parent company of Alpine Bank & Trust Co., is headquartered in Belvidere. It had total assets of $1.3 billion as of June 30.

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