8:35 am
Fri May 4, 2012

DeKalb hotel project may prevent business "leakage"

Proposed site of Hampton Inn
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Construction is nearing for an 80-room, four-story Hampton Inn along I-88 and Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. Mayor Kris Povlsen says the hotel may keep visitors from leaving the city to stay overnight in neighboring towns. 

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8:22 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Getting young adults excited about financial jobs

There's a push in northern Illinois to introduce more young people to the world of finance. Some young adults in the Rockford-area will get a chance to learn about such careers. 

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7:31 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Illinois hospitals face struggles to stay on firm financial ground

Rockford-based Swedish American Health System has announced layoffs and job position eliminations to stay in the black,  citing potential reductions to reimbursement rates under the state's Medicaid program. 

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7:39 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Belvidere plant ready to turn out new Dodge Dart

Official production of the new Dodge Dart is being launched in northern Illinois this week.  The model is being assembled at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere. 

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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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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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6:30 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Mendota Residents Lament Plant Closing

Many residents of a small LaSalle County town are still in shock after news that one of its largest employers will be closing its doors next month.

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10:05 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Rockford hospital merger is off

Plans by OSF St. Anthony Medical Center to acquire Rockford Health System have been called off, just days before officials from both sides were to testify at a Federal Trade Commission hearing in Washington, D.C.  

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6:30 am
Thu March 22, 2012

A Farmer Explains the Corn Checkoff

Illinois Corn Growers

Most of the attention in Illinois has been on the primary, but there’s another vote coming up March 28th.  Corn farmers are being asked whether to raise the voluntary corn checkoff rate.  Paul Taylor raises corn in DeKalb County. He’s also a member of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and works with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, which is asking for the increase.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens spoke with Taylor. He began by asking, just what is a checkoff?


10:09 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Helping Companies Become More Ethical

DEKALB (wnij) - Corporations have a bad image lately.  A corporate ethics speaker says he can help.  Frank Bucaro talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.  © Copyright 2011, wnij