Northern Illinois

5:25 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

First Illinois Deaths Related To West Nile Virus In 2014

Credit James Gathany / CDC

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

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6:21 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Rural Poverty Highlighted In New Report

Credit 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.

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11:17 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Heat Related Closings

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

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7:05 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Heroin Message Not Getting Through

The Hearts of Hope booth at a local festival

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.

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5:05 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Sequester Will Affect Federal Courts In Northern Illinois

The federal courthouse in Rockford

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.

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6:24 am
Fri February 22, 2013

The Impact Of Federal Cuts In Northern Illinois


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.

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6:39 am
Thu June 14, 2012

It's not a drought, but northern Illinois needs rain

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.

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4:56 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Northern Illinois makes pitch for piece of federal transportation pie

Congressmen Don Manzullo and Bobby Schiller talk about transportation funding at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.
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. 

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12:03 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Road Projects Take Shape


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

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8:54 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Image Overhaul for Goodwill Stores


Goodwill stores continue to pop up in northern Illinois. 

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