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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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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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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.

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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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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.


The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has purchased First Presbyterian Church in Rockford.  The building went on sale in January. The funds to buy and renovate the church were given to Mendelssohn by donors.  The center will use the building for new performance and rehearsal space.

Plans to offer flights from Rockford to southwest Florida have fallen through. Chicago-Rockford International Airport director Mike Dunn announced Wednesday that after long and intense negotiations, the airport will NOT be able to provide service to Fort Myers this travel season. 

ComEd says it will delay elements of its grid modernization plan. That's after the Illinois Commerce Commission issued a ruling Wednesday that would prevent the utility from earning its desired profits, as it tries to cover the costs of infrastructure upgrades.


Rochelle-based Nippon Sharyo has been named the intended recipient of a $352 million contract to build 130 bi-level passenger railcars to accommodate high-speed rail expansion in Illinois and two other Midwest states as well as California.