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.

Wisconsin voters go to the polls Tuesday for nonpartisan judicial elections statewide.

They also will decide whether to eliminate one of the state’s constitutional officers.

The most visible contest on the ballot is for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which has a significant conservative majority that can’t be changed by this election.

The conservative candidate is Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, who was appointed three years ago by Governor Scott Walker. He had been a private attorney for nine years.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The Illinois Commerce Commission plans to spend more than $194 million on safety-improvement projects for railroad crossings over the next five fiscal years.

Funding for these projects comes from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF), which was created to help counties, townships and municipalities pay for safety improvements at highway-railroad crossings on local roads and streets only.

WNIJ continues to review important races in the upcoming Illinois Primary Election on March 20.  In this Friday Forum, we take a look at three Illinois Congressional Districts where only one of the Republican incumbents faces a primary challenge. Democrats have several hopefuls in the primary balloting in those districts.

Northern Illinois University Political Science Professor Scot Schraufnagel has noted before that incumbency has its advantages.

That may -- or may not -- be the case in the three Illinois Congressional districts we review today.

WNIJ continues to review important races in the upcoming Illinois Primary Election on March 20.  In this Friday Forum, we take a look at both the 14th Illinois Congressional District, where there is a primary competition, and the 17th District, where there isn’t.

In this Friday Forum, we begin a series of interviews about important Illinois Primary Election races. WNIJ’s Dan Klefstad talked with Northern Illinois University Prof. Scot Schraufnagel, chairman of the Political Science Department, about various statewide and Congressional races. This week, we start with the top of the ballot: the race for Illinois governor.

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