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 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.

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.

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.


The Rockford area is well within the top 10 percent of metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, nationwide when it comes to reflecting the average American community.

The Forest City and its surrounding area ranked 35th out of 379 of the largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas and 14th out of 164 similarly medium-sized MSAs in comparison to the national average.

That’s better than the Peoria area, which used to be considered the typical American community. Peoria came in at 73 in the medium-sized category and 140 overall.

Jack McCullough’s 2012 conviction in the 1957 death of seven-year-old Maria Ridulph should be thrown out, according to a filing by DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack.

The filing made Tuesday is in answer to an amended petition filed Monday by McCullough’s latest attorneys, Gabriel Fuentes and Shaun Van Horn of the Chicago law firm of Jenner and Block.

McCullough was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2012, and his murder conviction was upheld by the Second District Appellate Court in 2015.