Government

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. 


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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.                 


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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.
Credit handout / Getty Images

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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Governor signs 70 mph limit into law
5:55 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Step On It In 2014: Higher Speed Limit On The Way

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Drivers will be able to legally go five miles an hour faster on most Illinois highways, beginning in January.  Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law increasing the speed limit to 70 miles an hour. 

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Crime Victims Compensation
3:53 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Help For Victims Of Violent Crime

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Victims of violent crime in Illinois can get up to $27,000 to help them deal with the aftermath. But few know they’re eligible for assistance under the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act.

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Governor signs tough new law
3:46 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Medical Marijuana Legal In Illinois In 2014

Credit O'Dea / WikiCommons

  Illinois doctors can start prescribing marijuana next year. Governor Pat Quinn signed a medical marijuana bill into law today, making the state the 20th in the nation to do so.

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New job for John Acardo
5:50 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Three Years And Out: DeKalb County Clerk Resigns

DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder John Acardo, in a 2012 interview with WNIJ.
Credit Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

DeKalb County’s Clerk and Recorder is resigning. John Acardo announced Wednesday he has taken a new job, as Kishwaukee College’s human resources director. 

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Ohio ruling recognizes out-of-state marriage
12:41 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Paving Legal Precedents?

Signs at a civil unions rally in Sycamore, IL
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The latest ruling by a federal judge on same-sex marriage is giving a boost to supporters in Illinois. A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois calls a recent decision allowing an Ohio couple’s same-sex marriage to stand “incredibly humane.” 

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