Government

Rita Crundwell Case
5:51 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Ideas Abound For Dixon's $40-Million

Dixon's Finance Director Paula Meyer and Police Chief Danny Langloss lead the town hall meeting.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

About 200 people showed up for a town hall meeting in Dixon last night to hear more about the financial state of their city…and offer suggestions on how to spend nearly 40-million dollars.

aired 10/11/13

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Rita Crundwell Case
4:45 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Dixon: How Would YOU Spend $40-million?

Dark clouds moving out of Dixon?
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The city of Dixon has an unusual problem: how to spend $40 million. Citizens get their say tonight.

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Government
9:21 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

No Progress After Meeting, Boehner Reports

Credit Karen Bleier /AFP/Getty Images

Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, stepped out of the White House this evening after a 90-minute meeting with President Obama and reported no progress.

"They will not negotiate," Boehner said. "All we are asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people on Obamacare."

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Same Sex Marriage
3:08 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Lawsuit Against Same Sex Marriage Ban Moves Forward

Same sex couples participated in civil union ceremonies on the courthouse lawn in Sycamore in 2011.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A judge today threw out a challenge to a lawsuit filed by supporters of same-sex marriage. 25 same-sex couples are suing the state because they were denied marriage licenses.  They’re challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.  

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Government
1:19 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown Passes Senate

The Senate has voted to approve a "continuing resolution" to keep the federal government functioning past a Monday night deadline, but it first voted to strip out a provision that would have defunded Obamacare.

The bill is certain to meet a roadblock in the GOP-dominated House, where key members have vowed to reinstate language aimed at derailing the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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Rita Crundwell Case
3:12 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Dixon Takes $40-Million Settlement With Auditors And Bank

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Dixon City Council approved a $40-million settlement with auditors and Fifth Third Bank at a special meeting today. The out-of-court settlement was reached on Friday with the companies the city blames for allowing former comptroller Rita Crundwell to embezzle $54-million over twenty years. 

aired 9/26/13 WNIJ

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Still no curriculum
3:30 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Illinois Concealed Carry Trainers In Place

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

There are now 54 concealed carry instructors approved by the Illinois State Police. Anyone who wants to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon has to put in sixteen hours in the classroom and shooting range with an official instructor.                 

aired WNIJ 9/25/13

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Misuse of Stimulus Funds
4:39 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Rockford Must Send $300K Back To The Feds

Credit city of Rockford

Rockford will give nearly $300,000 in stimulus money back to the federal government. Investigations by the city and the Office of the Inspector General found that Rockford’s Human Services Department improperly used Community Block Grant funds in 2009 and 2010. 

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WNIJ and Rockford Register Star collaboration
4:25 am
Fri August 30, 2013

What Fixing Illinois Pensions Means To You

Susan Stephens, Steve Cunningham, Dave Syverson, and Chuck Sweeny talk pension reform at Riverfront Museum Park.
Credit Victor Yehling / WNIJ

Illinoisans continue to struggle along in the state with the “worst in the nation“ public pension system.    Now, the cries for reform are louder than ever as the deficit continues to snowball.

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Fort Hood shooting
1:19 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Hasan Found Guilty On All Counts

In this photo released by the Bell County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Maj. Nidal Hasan is seen in a booking photo after being moved to the Bell County Jail on April 9, 2010 in Belton, Texas.
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A military jury has returned a guilty verdict against Maj. Nidal Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, has been convicted on all counts.

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