We continue our “Community Close-Up” series with a proposed change to the educational structure in Freeport.
At Center Elementary School, some third grade students each have what are called “choice boards.” They get to choose when they will do each activity during the week, and then highlight each box when they complete a task.
As you head off Interstate 39 and drive west toward Mendota, the sign inviting you to the city’s annual summer sweet corn festival reminds you that you’re in farm country. The big Del Monte processing plant further in confirms that. But manufacturing has long been a big part of Mendota’s economy, too. So R.R. Donnelley was hailed back in 1992 when it bought a closed local printing plant, adding high-skilled, high-wage jobs to the community.
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.
We continue our occasional series “Community Close-Up” in Oregon, Illinois. For the past nine years: large sculptures have been popping up around town. They are part of a decade-long effort to expand the city’s tradition of art.
In our latest Community Close-Up, we look at Elgin. Like most cities, this suburb is faced with a variety of infrastructure needs and challenges. City officials say even one of their points of pride, the public water system, will need attention in the years to come.
We continue our series "Community Close-Up" in a city trying to capitalize on its prime location. Rochelle sits along Lincoln Highway near I-39 and I-88, earning it the nickname as the "Hub City." City leaders hope recent upgrades and business opportunities will attract people to this city at the crossroads.
We continue our series "Community Close-Up" with a look at a milestone in Aurora. For the first time since 1946, the city ended the year without a single murder. Now some city leaders want to reward officers for the achievement.
Pablo Korona is a Rockford native and filmmaker. He’s taken charge of a movement called “Our City, Our Story,” a grassroots effort to showcase the stories behind the city. Every Tuesday, Korona releases a new mini-documentary on his website.
This story originally aired during the summer of 2012.
In the first of a two-part series, WNIJ’s Jenna Dooley finds out what it means to live in Rockford.
Michelle and Lawrence Boyd hit a road block in raising seven children when Lawrence lost his job after 17 years. They found a fixer-upper on Park Avenue near downtown Rockford a little more than two years ago. Michelle said it had a new roof and a new furnace, enough to house her growing family: