DeKalb, IL – Northern Illinois University is a major economic driver in the region and now has the numbers to back its claim. NIU president John Peters released two reports this week: they focus on how NIU affects prosperity in DeKalb County and the region. WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with Peters about the reports and how the state's financial crisis could affect the school.
Springfield, IL – Nearly all health care plans previously offered to state employees and retirees will now be available... at least for the next 90 days. The missing piece, as of Thursday afternoon, is Humana. It's the only medical provider yet to reach a temporary agreement with the state.
WNIJ – Discussion has surfaced in recent months on relaxing residency requirements for municipal workers in some major U.S. cities. The idea was floated during the race for Chicago mayor. It's become a growing debate in Milwaukee. WNIJ's Mike Moen looks at how the situation is playing out in northern Illinois:
DeKalb – A new study says mentally ill people are affected by family members' words and actions. NIU sociologist Fred Markowitz is the lead author of the study. He talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about how stigma affects treatment and recovery.
DeKalb, IL – Dozens of mothers and babies parked themselves in front of a downtown DeKalb business Thursday. They were there to protest an incident this week where a mother says she was kicked out of a store for breastfeeding.
DeKalb – The Congressional map approved by Illinois lawmakers would hurt Freshmen Republicans. How would it affect longtime incumbent Don Manzullo? WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks about the map with NIU political scientist Matt Streb.