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Rockford Police Department

On Friday, October 14, 2016 around 1:00 a.m. Rockford Police officers responded to the Clock Tower Resort at 7801 E. State for reports of a shooting

Officers found one person dead and several other victims who had been shot.  Rockford Fire transported the victims to local hospitals for treatment.  Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Guy Raz is a long-time NPR journalist best known as host of the TED Radio Hour.  His latest project is How I Built This, a podcast examining the people behind famous companies and brands. 

WNIJ spoke with Raz about the project and podcasting's role in  public media.

Raz says the idea for How I Built This came from digging into what he considers a renaissance of American creativity. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Imagine a presidential debate that is civil and about issues. That’s what happened Friday at Jefferson High School in Rockford, where students Andrea Stout and Haifa Ali debated. They weren’t pretending to be the current presidential candidates: instead, they represented the platforms of the Republican and Democratic parties.

The two candidates answered questions about immigration, voting rights, higher education, and the economy.

Illinoisans who buy insurance on the health care law's marketplace face steep price increases for next year.

That's been predicted for some time. Now it's official. The Illinois Department of Insurance published an analysis of 2017 health plans Friday based on final price increases approved by state and federal regulators.

Statewide, the average rate increase for the lowest cost "silver" plan is 45 percent. (Silver is a label of a middle-tier plan that's been a popular choice.)

"Dennis Hastert 109th pictorial photo" by United States Congress

A Kendall County judge says he will issue a written decision in 45 days on whether a lawsuit filed against former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert by a sexual abuse victim should be dismissed.

Characterizing the lawsuit as a form of extortion, attorneys for Hastert asked Judge Robert Pilmer to dismiss a lawsuit brought in April by the man who contends Hastert owes him $1.8 million of the $3.5 million promised to keep the man silent.

After hearing arguments Friday from the two sides, Pilmer said he will issue his written opinion before a scheduled Nov. 29 hearing.