Northern Illinois

Lincoln Was Here: Connecting The Dots In Northern Illinois

Apr 22, 2015
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago. He was shot while attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Tourists to Illinois often head to Springfield to learn more about the 16th President. That’s not the only place to learn about his life and legacy. Susan Stephens and Jenna Dooley set out to trace his steps across northern Illinois.

James Gathany / CDC

Two elderly women in northern Illinois have died after contracting West Nile virus.

Rural Poverty Highlighted In New Report

Jul 3, 2014
New York Times

Poverty is prevalent in rural areas across the U.S. That’s according to a published report, which says it’s not just an urban issue. Some northern Illinois ranked near the middle, while others fared better in the rankings.

Heat Related Closings

Aug 27, 2013

Tuesday's extreme heat is resulting in some weather-related closings. That includes an early dismissal for the Rockford Public School district.

Heroin Message Not Getting Through

Jun 24, 2013

In 2010, WNIJ aired a series on the alarming number of heroin deaths in northern Illinois. The primary concern centered on teens and young adults. Despite efforts to curb use of the drug, the situation is getting worse in some areas. Observers say parental intervention is vital to stopping the spread of heroin. But getting the message through can be a struggle.

The federal judicial system in northern Illinois could be another victim of a drawn-out sequester. Court officials and prosecutors say they will feel the pinch.

The Impact Of Federal Cuts In Northern Illinois

Feb 22, 2013

The deadline is looming for automatic spending cuts at the federal level. While lawmakers wrangle over ways to avoid the so-called sequester, those who rely on federal funding are wondering how they would be affected. That includes companies, agencies and many others in northern Illinois.

Dry weather has been the norm for the region. Forecasters say the precipitation expected next week might not be enough to reach truly healthy levels.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Leaders from throughout northern Illinois pitched their most important transportation projects to two Congressmen yesterday. Republicans Don Manzullo and Bobby Schilling will recommend priorities for federal transportation funding to Governor Pat Quinn’s office. 

Road Projects Take Shape

Apr 3, 2012


With the weather warming up, construction crews are preparing for some big projects in northern Illinois.