Community Close-Up

Community Close-Up 2013
6:56 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Prophetstown Residents Sift Through Past, Look To Future

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The fire destroyed the city's historical society. The second floor held vintage clothing, which could not be salvaged. Firefighters were able to rescue some items: papers, pictures and paintings. They arrived in various levels of disrepair at a nearby factory for "historical triage."  Two boys are charged with starting the July 15 blaze.

Charlene Hanson now spends her days organizing black-and-white photos from Prophetstown's past at the nearby Penberthy factory. Box fans are set on full blast to dry out the hundreds of pictures in neat piles around her.

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Community Close-Up 2013
6:12 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Earlville: 150 Years And Counting

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This is an important year for the farming community of Earlville, Illinois.  Residents are preparing for the town’s Sesquicentennial. 

Think there's nothing to do in Earlville on a Friday night? Think again.

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Community Close-Up
6:27 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Close-up: DeKalb And Its Homeless Citizens

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WNIJ's Community Close-up of DeKalb examines how a community supports its most vulnerable members.

About 44,000 people live in DeKalb.  Another 5,000 students live on campus at Northern Illinois University. The city is also host to a growing number of people who sleep in their cars, on their friends’ couches, or in the county’s only homeless shelter: Hope Haven.

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