WNIJ news – Concerns have been raised about the wet spring and its effect on the corn planting season. The concern is especially being felt in Southern Illinois, where communities have dealt with widespread flooding. WNIJ's Mike Moen has more on how the situation is playing out in Northern Illinois:
Rockford, IL – Illinois is getting another large chunk of federal funding for high-speed rail. The 268-million dollar grant announced Monday will be used to purchase locomotives and passenger cars capable of handling high-speed travel.
But northern Illinois is still a long way from moving rail passengers at speeds exceeding 200 or even 100 miles per hour. That was one of a number of transportation subjects at yesterday's Tri-State Alliance Summit in Rockford. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.
Illinois – The death of Osama bin Laden comes at a time when Byron residents Kirk and Gretchen Catherwood continue to mourn the loss of their son Alec, a 19-year-old Marine Lance Corporal assigned as a rifleman to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was killed in combat Afghanistan last fall.
WNIJ's Mike Moen asked his mother where she was when she first heard that Osama bin Laden had died and what she felt at that moment.
WNIJ news – A prominent activist paid a visit to Northern Illinois University this week. Former Army National Guard Lieutenant, Daniel Choi, discussed the repeal of the military's ban on gays. WNIJ's Caitlin Ketel has more:
WNIJ news – Members of Congress are back in their home districts. In some states, they're hearing from angry constituents who are voicing their displeasure with the budget plan being pushed by House Republicans. Freshman GOP Congressman, Randy Hultgren, is hosting town hall meetings for voters in Illinois' 14th district. He spoke with WNIJ's Mike Moen: