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Sessions from Studio A - Sarah Eide

7 minutes ago
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Sarah Eide performs "Challenge and Victory" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Sarah Eide online at saraheide.com


The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $109 million in grants Thursday to homeless programs across Illinois, and a fair amount of those funds were disbursed around northern Illinois. 


The parents of a suburban Chicago elementary school student are suing School District 54 in Schaumburg and the state of Illinois for the right to use medical marijuana at school.

The Chicago Tribune reports plaintiffs of the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, who are identified by initials, contend the state's ban on taking the drug at school is unconstitutional. They say it denies the right to due process and violates the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

National Weather Service

The impending winter storm moving into northern Illinois this afternoon has prompted some area schools to announce early closings.

Northern Illinois University is closing all of its campuses -- DeKalb, Rockford, Naperville, Hoffman Estates and Lorado Taft -- at 3 p.m. today.

Rockford Career College closes at 4:00 p.m.

The Rockford Park District has announced closings and cancellations at the following locations:

Heroin Task Force Seeks Support For Rural Communities

12 hours ago

The Congressional Bi-Partisan Heroin Task Force laid out its 2018 agenda aimed at battling drug addiction.

The task force’s 16 priority bills address a wide variety of opioid-related issues, including expanding access to treatment, better ways to detect illegal drugs at the nation’s borders and improved monitoring of prescriptions.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-17, sponsored one of the priority bills, which would require the Department of Agriculture to join the effort against a problem disproportionately affecting rural America.