Government

Demand high, supplies low
2:32 am
Wed July 30, 2014

High-Priced Salt Forces Illinois Cities To Think Snow In July

Credit Larry Stephens

Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find salt – at a reasonable price – for next winter. 

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Question ruled unconstitutional
7:28 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Right To Vote For Term Limits This Fall Gets Expedited Appeal

Credit WNIJ

The question of term limits will get its day in court, in time for this fall’s election. An Illinois appellate court agreed to hear an expedited appeal from supporters of a term limits referendum, led by Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner.

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Sales Unlikely This Year
6:59 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Medical Marijuana Growers Could Apply For Illinois Permits Soon

Credit Caveman 92223 / Flickr

Qualifying patients are a step closer to getting medical marijuana in Illinois. 

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Transform Rockford
7:59 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Top 25 By '25: Ambitious Vision For Rockford

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Energy was high at the Coronado Theater last night: it has been more than seven months since Transform Rockford held its first community rally there, asking people to help create an ambitious plan for the city. 

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Rockford Federal Courthouse namesake
1:56 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Federal Judge Roszkowski Remembered As A "Great American"

Federal Judge Stanley Roszkowski speaks at the dedication of federal courthouse named in his honor in 2011.
Credit Nels Akerland / U.S. General Services Administration

Funeral services for federal judge Stanley Roszkowski are set for Saturday in Rockford. The man who helped establish a permanent federal court in Rockford died Monday at the age of 91. 

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term limits and redistricting
1:21 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Judge Rejects Fall Ballot Questions; Remap Group Won't Appeal

Cook County Judge Mary Mikva ruled today that three signature-driven ballot measures don't meet constitutional requirements and cannot be on this fall's general election ballot. 

Two of the measures call for legislative term limits, and another asks for the formation of an independent commission to oversee the state's political map-drawing process. 

Attorneys for advocates of the term limits measures say they will appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court next week.

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NIU ethics investigation
8:15 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Report Sheds Light On NIU Ethics Probe

Credit NIU

A newly released report by the Illinois Inspector General’s office sheds some light on an ethics investigation at Northern Illinois University. 

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Attorney General at NIU
5:15 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Stepping Up To Fight Consumer Fraud And ID Theft

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan speaks with reporters at Northern Illinois University.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Mountains of personal information have been stolen from some of the world’s largest corporations this year. That’s one of the reasons behind Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s push to educate local leaders on consumer fraud and ID theft

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Income tax hike kicked down the road?
5:50 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

House Approves 2015 Illinois Budget

Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, presents budget legislation Tuesday in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Illinois House members went from “doomsday” to “middle-of-the-road” when they approved a scaled-back budget for 2015. 

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DeKalb County Community Gardens Project
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Connecting Communities With Plants: NIU's 'Communiversity' Gardens

DCCG's Heath Johnson and DeKalb Mayor John Rey on the verge of a handshake as NIU President Doug Baker looks on.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

It has been a big week for DeKalb County Community Gardens: the three year old not-for-profit won a 20-thousand dollar grant from the organics company Seeds for Change. And Thursday, they broke ground on the “Communiversity Garden,” a collaboration with Northern Illinois University.

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