Government and Legislature

  • Traveler with rash holds airliner
  • Lead paint problem gets a new focus
  • Rep. Johnson doesn't want ex-staffers to run
  • Manufacturers applaud Senate action
  • Area vet wins Tillman scholarship help
  • Troopers "ramping up" safety concerns
  • The Cash Dash is coming!

  • What happens to the Illinois 'Amazon Tax' now?
  • A 'surreal' interview with Dixon's mayor
  • How's our neighbor doing on jobs?
  • Chrysler comeback gets an airing
  • Will crime victim rights be strengthened?

A pair of separate reports criticized proposed cuts to Illinois' Medicaid program.  Governor Pat Quinn wants to reduce program spending by $2-billion dollars, and raise cigarette taxes to close the rest of the Medicaid budget shortfall.

  • More high school math supported
  • Poll sees gaming as a good bet
  • A test for chlorine safety in Rockford
  • Church installs solar panels
  • Did owners keep workers' health, retirement funds?

Landmarks Illinois

Two northern Illinois structures have made the Landmarks Illinois 2012 list of Ten Most Endangered Places. They are the Freeport City Hall in Freeport and the Fox River Country Day School in Elgin.

The list, now in its 18th year, calls attention to threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship and/or creative reuse plans. The economic downturn, public deficits and a lack of available financing continue to challenge historic sites throughout Illinois.

An emerging car market presents governmental bodies with the potential need to provide the necessary infrastructure.  But, is there enough demand yet for public investment of charging stations? 

  • ... plus a link on the benefits of hindsight

It’s been a week since Dixon’s comptroller was arrested and charged with misappropriating 3.2 million dollars from the city since last fall. A federal complaint also accuses Rita Crundwell of stealing more than 30-million since 2006. One Northern Illinois University accountancy professor says there’s a lot the city could have done to prevent the alleged theft. 

The City of Dixon has fired its comptroller. City Council members voted unanimously today to fire Rita Crundwell, retroactive to the day she was arrested on federal wire fraud charges.

  • MetLife settles questionable practice investigation
  • A new way to train for alcohol awareness
  • Why aren't day-care facilities being inspected?
  • Moving forward on passenger rail service
  • Will expressway finally live up to its name?
  • How can regional agencies improve transportation funding?
  • What's happening to Illinois influence in Congress?

The city of Dixon garnered the world’s attention this week with the arrest of the city’s comptroller. Rita Crundwell was charged in federal court with wire fraud, related to more than 3 million dollars missing from the city’s coffers since last Fall. Federal investigators also accuse her of embezzling more than 30-million dollars from the city over the past six years. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens has been following the story all week. She spoke with Jenna Dooley about the case and what she learned about the 58-year-old Dixon native while talking to people who know her.