WNIJ news – The northern Illinois region stands to benefit from a capital investment plan announced by the governor. $100-million in funding is being doled out, to help local governments repair potholes, repave roads and replace traffic signals. The money will be distributed through the same formula that's used for the state's Motor Fuel Tax. Local governments in nine counties, including Winnebago, DeKalb and LaSalle, will share more than $6-million dollars of the announced funding. In addition to the infrastructure projects, officials say the move will help spur job growth.
DeKalb, IL – A recent study showed 70% of people who abuse prescription pain medications got them from a friend or relative. Tomorrow is "National Take Back Day." It's a chance to safely get rid of unused or expired drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is leading the effort to get potentially harmful drugs out of medicine cabinets. They're hoping that will keep the drugs out of the hands of people who might abuse them and keep them out of the water supply, since it's common for people to flush leftover drugs.
WNIJ – Jobs are still hard to come by in many sectors of the economy. When it comes to construction, some say things are almost at a standstill. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, looks at how this trade is doing in Northern Illinois:
DeKalb – Victims of sexual assault are most likely to be college-aged. As a new crop of freshmen settles in at Northern Illinois University, WNIJ wanted to know about the counseling services available for victims. Dan Klefstad spoke with Kim Cecil, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Center for Counseling and Student Development.
DeKalb, IL – 68.5 million dollars in federal, state and private money has been awarded to a consortium led by NIU. It's the largest grant in NIU history. The money will be used to create a broadband network in 9 northern Illinois counties: Whiteside, Stephenson, Ogle, Lee, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Winnebago, Boone and LaSalle.
WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with John Lewis, associate vice president for Administration and Outreach at NIU, who led the team that secured the grant.
DeKalb, IL – The amount of unpaid fees in the Dekalb School District has become a problem. Officials are looking at ways to get that money. That includes using a collection agency. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:
DeKalb – State police and local governments will soon get a cash infusion from drivers speeding seatbelt-free. Starting Wednesday in Illinois, the standard fine for going 20-miles-per-hour over the speed limit will jump from 75 to 120-dollars - failing to wear a safety belt, a 60-dollar fine. WNIJ's Christopher Hosken reports.