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The Hidden World Of Spam

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Do you ever read the spam that fills your e-mail box?

While spam is still a huge problem, e-mail services have become more adept at managing it and preventing it from reaching our inboxes.

Spammers have evolved, though, and in the numbers game that is marketing, getting even one percent of one percent of one percent might pay off when you’re hitting tens of thousands of mailboxes.

Occasionally, just for fun, I’ll open up the Junk Folder in my personal account and see what’s what.

It’s a wild ride and these are just a few actual examples:

3M Expanding In DeKalb

Oct 2, 2015
Jessie Schlacks

One of the world's largest manufacturers held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for a large new facility in DeKalb.

The new 3M distribution center will be located near the company’s warehouses on DeKalb's south side.

Darcie Peters, manager of 3M’s DeKalb campus, says the company will be more efficient with the new facility.

Business leaders say this could help create new jobs in the future for DeKalb.

It is expected to be completed by next August.

Illinois State Museum / state of Illinois

As Illinois enters a second quarter without a budget in place, Governor Bruce Rauner put the blame on legislators.  He made the remarks Friday following a manufacturing event in Effingham.

Rauner, a Republican, says his administration will keep essential services going as the impasse continues ... and warned that it could last awhile longer.

A preview of the 2015-2016 Rockford Symphony Orchestra season with WNIU's Eric Hradecky and RSO music director Steve Larsen. An original WNIU Northern Public Radio production.

"Encore" on WNIU is sponsored in part by 1st Step Chiropractic and the Illinois Arts Council.


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, across the nation and in Illinois.

The 'Natural Way' To Make Choices

Oct 2, 2015

  Netflix recommends movies based on a complex algorithm, but it seems to mostly pick movies which have actors in moves you’ve already watched. The cast is the last thing I’m interested in; I rarely take a Netflix recommendation.

Pandora’s business model is to play new music based on songs it knows you already like. I’d say they hit about 15% of the time, about the same as any random radio station. Sometimes I like to “thumbs down” three or four songs in a row just to see what Pandora comes up with as it flails around trying to please me.

Katherine Johnson / Flicker

The Illinois State Fair ended in August.  But many who worked there are still owed money. 

 The annual Springfield summertime event  is a celebration of agriculture and more.  But this year, the state warned vendors they might have to wait to get paid.  Turns out, that wasn't an idle threat.  Tim Landis is a reporter for the State Journal-Register newspaper, which tallied up the outstanding bills.  Among them, paying the sculptor of the fair's most well known symbol: 

State of Illinois

Former Governor Pat Quinn made a rare public appearance in Champaign as the state entered its fourth month without a budget.


Two months after Republican Governor Bruce Rauner ousted Quinn last November, the state's income tax automatically decreased, along with it, state revenue for this year.


The longer the state's budget impasse goes on, the bigger the gap will get between what the state's spending and the state's bringing in.


Illinois Solar Tour

Hoping to boost interest in renewable energy, the Illinois Solar Energy Association will hold its annual Solar Tour on Saturday, Oct. 3. About 90 homes and businesses across the state will hold open houses, including DeKalb, Rockford, Malta, and Woodstock.

Former high school science teacher, Brian Prybil, did several years of research, and waited for the prices to fall, before he installed solar panels on the roof of his home in Moline three years ago. And he's now saving about $1,000 a year in power bills.

Mumps Case Reported At NIU

Oct 1, 2015

The DeKalb County Health Department confirms a Northern Illinois University student has a lab-confirmed case of mumps. According to a Campus Update, the DeKalb County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health and NIU Health Services are working together to provide information to the community about symptoms of mumps, and how it is transmitted.  

If an individual is vaccinated against mumps, the risk of getting mumps is very low. However, it is possible to get mumps, regardless of your age or vaccination status.