Government and Legislature

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A new community group is pulling together to improve Rockford by making life better for its young minority residents. About one hundred people showed up for the organizational meeting for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

Warming Centers Help People Escape The Cold

Jan 5, 2015
Early Morning Chill by Bryan Alexander/CC BY 2.0

When harsh winter conditions sweep through the northern Illinois area, it brings a reminder to bundle up or stay inside. Several locations throughout the northern Illinois region offer warming centers to get out of the bitter cold. 

These centers provide safe and warm locations during extreme cold temperatures for those without housing as well as those who may not have the resources to heat their homes adequately. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

One of the toughest eavesdropping laws in the nation has been replaced with restrictions supporters call "more reasonable." 

Ban On 'Revenge Porn' Signed Into Law

Dec 30, 2014

Taking a bad breakup to the Internet could result in taking a trip to prison.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law this week that aims to protect against so-called "revenge porn."

"Cyberbullying can have lasting and often devastating effects on a person, especially when it involves the distribution of very personal images," Quinn said in a statement. "This shameful act can be as harmful as any other form of abuse."

Less than half of American kids live in a “traditional” home. That’s according to the most recent Pew Research Center analysis

Forty-six percent of children live with heterosexual parents in their first marriage, compared to 61 percent in 1980. A jump in kids born to unmarried mothers accounts for the shift.

Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

A police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun towards him at a Mobil Gas Station in Berkeley, around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a statement from St. Louis County Police. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Two court rulings this week are being hailed as victories for journalists. 

NLRB Files Labor Charges Against GateHouse Media

Dec 15, 2014
GateHouse Media

Formal labor charges have been filed against GateHouse Media, owner of the Rockford Register Star and Freeport Journal-Standard. The St. Louis-based United Media Guild is negotiating an initial contract for employees at the two papers.

The UMG claims that workers were unfairly targeted because of union activities.

The National Labor Relations Board office in Peoria confirmed investigators found that GateHouse Media threatened to outsource photography work to freelancers and imposed work schedule changes without prior negotiations.

Wisconsin DNR

For the third year in a row, Wisconsin hunters killed more wolves than allowed by law.

Illinois Lottery /

The Illinois Lottery’s contract with a private management company is over. State officials announced Tuesday evening the contract with Northstar Lottery Group has been formally terminated.