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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.

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

Feb 13, 2013

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:

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. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Reverend Jesse Jackson is the next high-profile activist who plans to visit the northwest Illinois encampment known as “Bainport.” Reverend Al Sharpton spoke to the crowd of protestors based at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds in Freeport Saturday. They’ve pitched their tents across the street from Sensata Technologies, where many of them will see their last day of work two weeks from today.

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