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The Illinois Student Assistance Commission reports a drop in submitted financial aid applications compared to 2015, but also says it may be too soon to tell.

That’s because the FAFSA filing period for next school year opened early on Oct. 1, rather than January.

Those who apply will use their 2015 tax information and will not need to update it with their 2016 taxes.

How Did This Happen?

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I don’t know about you but I’m still having a hard time wrapping my brain around the events of the last month.

Think back with me. It was truly an incredible night that night, wasn’t it?

Across the country, people were tuning in as the competition went on. Tensions growing with each passing minute. The back and forth. The ups and downs.  How, indeed, would it turn out?

Well, we know now how it turned out.  Many of us woke up that morning asking, “Has this really happened? Was this just a dream?”

Ahil Nishanthan Gunasekaran, Sidharth Pandey, Darshan Patil

Voter turnout dipped nationally this election cycle, but it appears there were slight gains in some northern Illinois counties.

WNIJ took a closer look at turnout in DeKalb, LaSalle, and Winnebago counties compared with 2012. 

Firearm Deer Season Begins In Illinois And Wisconsin

Nov 19, 2016

Hunters with guns can start shooting deer this weekend.

Illinois has its first deer-hunting season from Friday to Sunday, while Wisconsin’s firearm season runs from this Saturday through next Sunday.

A project manager with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the fall has been uncharacteristically warm, but hunters should expect to see the same level of success as in previous years. He notes that white-tailed deer will be on the move, as it is mating season.

HUD Says Illinois Homelessness Declined in 2016

Nov 19, 2016

The US Department of Housing And Urban Development says homelessness declined in Illinois this year.

Homelessness is about 20% lower in Illinois than in 2010, but more than 11,000 people are homeless on a single night in Illinois this year.t. That same data shows a similar decline in veteran homelessness, and a 36-percent drop in homeless families.

HUD compiled the numbers from national estimates, as well as a “snapshot” of homelessness on a single night last January.