Business

ComEd Clear Cut
1:32 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Bush By Bush, DeKalb Nature Trail Restoration Is Underway

A lot of workers and some heavy equipment made it possible for more than 400 plantings along the DeKalb Nature Trail in just a few hours.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The DeKalb Nature Trail was replanted Thursday, half a year after ComEd removed most of the growth below its overhead transmission lines.

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Business
5:18 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Northern Illinois Workforce Development Board Expanding

Credit Boone and Winnebago Counties Workforce Investment Board

An organization that oversees job training and workforce development programs in Boone and Winnebago Counties is expanding to include Stephenson County.

John Strandin is a spokesman for the Boone and Winnebago Counties Workforce Investment Board.

Strandin says the Board had worked closely with Stephenson County on workforce issues before, so the two are familiar with each other.  Strandin says, for a number of reasons, this merger makes sense.

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Transportation
8:13 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Reports: American, U.S. Airways Boards Approve Merger

The boards of AMR and US Airways have approved a merger Wednesday night that would create the world largest carrier, The Wall Street Journal is reportingciting "people familiar with the matter."

The paper reports that the merger will be formally announced Thursday.

Earlier today, Bloomberg reported on some of the terms of the deal:

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McHenry County College's Bioneers
4:46 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Economic Quality Over Quantity: What's Our GPI?

Jon Erickson
Credit University of Vermont

McHenry County College kicks off its environmental speakers series tonight at 7:00. The first of the “Bioneers” is ecological economics professor Jon Erickson of the University of Vermont. 

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Economic Development
4:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

LaSalle County Wants You To "Just Hire One"

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

LaSalle County business leaders are looking to a simple idea with a great slogan to turn their economy around.

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Northern Public Radio
12:05 am
Thu January 17, 2013

WNIJ-WNIU DeKalb-Rockford Seeks A Development Director

WNIJ / WNIU, DeKalb-Rockford seeks a Development Director with a passion for public broadcasting to oversee fundraising and community outreach activities. This person coordinates all fundraising and marketing efforts for our network of five radio stations and a radio reading service for the print-impaired. Areas of oversight include annual giving, grants, corporate support and special events, with an emphasis on individual giving. In addition, the Development Department heads up the stations’ marketing and public relations campaigns as well.

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Federal Mandate?
5:57 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Com Ed Clear-Cuts DeKalb Trail To Protect Power Lines

DeKalb Nature Trail, near Sycamore Road, clear-cut beneath Com Ed's transmission lines.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

More than a mile of trees and plants are being mowed to the ground along a DeKalb nature trail. That’s how Com Ed is handling a federal mandate meant to keep trees away from its largest transmission lines. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens reports.

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Nippon Sharyo Secures Major Contract
7:07 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Business Rolling At Rochelle Railcar Maker

Image of the trains to be produced by Nippon Sharyo in Rochelle, IL under four state high speed rail contract.
Guy Stephens WNIJ

It’s official. A railcar maker in Rochelle will build 130 high speed rail cars for the Midwest and California.  Governor Pat Quinn and U-S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the $352-million contract Monday at Nippon Sharyo’s factory in Rochelle.  

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Business
10:08 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Feds Close Citizens First Bank

Citizens First National Bank served customers in Chicago's western suburbs and the LaSalle area.  On Friday, November 2, the FDIC's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency closed the bank, including its branches in Aurora, Genoa, Huntley and Hampshire. It's the FDIC's policy not to give advance notice of a bank's closing.

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"Bainport" Protests
12:25 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Jesse Jackson Among 14 Protesters Arrested In Freeport

The sign towering over the encampment.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Fourteen people, including Reverend Jesse Jackson, were arrested Wednesday afternoon after marching onto the grounds of the Sensata Technologies factory in Freeport. They're protesting the company's decision to move 170 jobs from the northwest Illinois city to China.

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