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.

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Developing
10:12 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Ex.-Gov. Ryan may get a new trial

Former IL Governor George Ryan

Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan say a U.S. Supreme Court decision today could eventually lead to a new trial for their client.

Defense lawyer Albert Alschuler said the high court asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reconsider Ryan's appeal. The high court found the appellate judges erred by not considering aspects of the appeal on their merits.

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Government
10:14 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Winnebago-Boone courts next for cameras and microphones

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride was the keynote speaker at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association's spring 2012 convention.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The 17th Judicial Circuit, comprising Winnebago and Boone Counties in northern Illinois, will be the next courts to permit news media cameras and recording devices during trials.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride announced the action Saturday during an address to the Illinois News Broadcasters Association convention in Macomb. He said the order will be issued today.

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Government
9:23 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Around Illinois – April 27

  • Traveler with rash holds airliner
  • Lead paint problem gets a new focus
  • Rep. Johnson doesn't want ex-staffers to run
  • Manufacturers applaud Senate action
  • Area vet wins Tillman scholarship help
  • Troopers "ramping up" safety concerns
  • The Cash Dash is coming!

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Business
1:17 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Rockford posts biggest unemployment decline

Unemployment in the Rockford metro area dropped from 13.4 percent in March 2011 to 11.7 percent in March 2012 -- the largest decline in any Illinois metropolitan area – according to a government report released Thursday. Statewide unemployment dropped to 9.0 percent.

Unemployment in the city of Rockford also dropped 1.7 points, but it stands at 12.8 percent this year compared to 14.5 percent in March 2011.

The Rockford metro unemployment rate is the highest in the state. The lowest rate is in the Bloomington-Normal metro area at 6.7%. The DeKalb County rate fell 0.6 point to 8.4%

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Around Illinois
11:24 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Around Illinois – April 26

  • What happens to the Illinois 'Amazon Tax' now?
  • A 'surreal' interview with Dixon's mayor
  • How's our neighbor doing on jobs?
  • Chrysler comeback gets an airing
  • Will crime victim rights be strengthened?

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Illinois
12:59 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Around Illinois – April 25

  • More high school math supported
  • Poll sees gaming as a good bet
  • A test for chlorine safety in Rockford
  • Church installs solar panels
  • Did owners keep workers' health, retirement funds?

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Developing
9:51 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Around Illinois - Apr. 24

  • Professor's TV gig expounds on "evil" car
  • How smart is ComEd's meter plan?
  • Unemployment fraud gets strengthened
  • Would you like some medals with that wine?
  • "Illinois" takes Navy attack role
  • Building for the future with girls and LEGOs

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Government
10:41 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Issues around Illinois - Apr. 23

  • MetLife settles questionable practice investigation
  • A new way to train for alcohol awareness
  • Why aren't day-care facilities being inspected?
  • Moving forward on passenger rail service
  • Will expressway finally live up to its name?
  • How can regional agencies improve transportation funding?
  • What's happening to Illinois influence in Congress?

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Developing
11:07 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Other happenings in Illinois …

What did Gov. Pat Quinn propose to do about Medicaid?

How did home sales perform in March?

Where does Illinois rank in creating clean jobs?

Why is Sheila Simon looking for volunteers?

All that -- plus links to more information -- follows ...

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Developing
2:56 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Dixon Mayor's statement on financial scandal

Dixon Mayor James Burke
www.discoverdixon.org

Dixon Mayor James Burke held a news conference Wednesday morning in Dixon, Ill., to address several issues regarding the arrest of City Comptroller Rita A. Crundwell on a federal charge of misappropriating $3.2 million in city funds.

Burke thanked the FBI for its efforts and ann0unced that Crundwell is suspended without pay pending resolution of the charges against her. He said he "literally became sick to my stomach" while meeting with agents on the case.

The mayor declined to answer any questions from reporters in attendance, including WNIJ's Susan Stephens. Here is the text of Mayor Burke's statement:

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