Illinois Catholic Bishops Sued Over Alleged Sex Abuse Cover-Up

UPDATED 4:10 p.m. | The Catholic Church in Illinoishas been suedby four people who claim they were sexually abused by priests and that the church protected the priests by concealing the abuse.

Read More

Rockford artist and owner of The Underground Art Gallery, Roni Golan stopped by the studio today. He spent the morning creating a custom piece, inspired by public radio. And, here's the best news...he's allowing us to offer this amazing painting to one lucky WNIJ listener.

If you missed the excitement of the live painting this morning, check out the highlights below: 

Health care, trade, and the tax overhaul are three of the biggest issues in the race for the 13th Congressional District between incumbent Rodney Davis and challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

The Sound of Science - "Starlings in Flight"

4 hours ago

Sam: Hi I’m Sam Watt from NIU STEM Outreach and this is the Sound of Science on WNIJ. I’m joined in the studio by Kate Powers who’ll help answer a question submitted to us by Elisa.

Kate: Hi Sam. Yeah, Elisa has a question about a spectacular natural phenomenon that occurs right in our own backyard.

S: Elisa asks, “Why do starling birds join up in those large groups and swoop around the sky?”

Northern Illinois University

Tornado frequency has increased over a large swath of the Midwest and decreased in the region known as "Tornado Alley."

The study led by Northern Illinois University professor Victor Gensini shows parts of Texas and Oklahoma remain the most frequent sites for tornadoes. But the numbers have gone down over the past four decades, while there have been more tornadoes in a region running from Illinois and Indiana to Alabama and Mississippi.

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we've been hearing from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. 

Sessions from Studio A - The Sanctified Grumblers

22 hours ago

The Sanctified Grumblers perform "Nancy Jane" Dockside Live at the Prairie Street Brewing Co. in Rockford.

The Sanctified Grumblers perform "Mama's Little Sonny Boy" Dockside Live at the Prairie Street Brewing Co. in Rockford.

Chase Cavanaugh/WNIJ

The 70th House District covers parts of DeKalb, Kane, and Winnebago counties. Since 2003, it's been represented in the General Assembly by Republican Bob Pritchard. Earlier this year, Pritchard resigned from his position to join Northern Illinois University's Board of Trustees.

After participating in the primary, party offiicals picked State Farm insurance agent Jeff Keicher to fill out the term.

You probably don't think of cotton as food.

There's a good reason for that. Farmers grow it mostly for the fluffy white fibers that turn into T-shirts or sheets. Cotton plants do produce seeds, but those seeds are poisonous, at least to humans.

This week, though,the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a new kind of cotton — one that's been genetically engineered so that the seeds are safe to eat.

Illinois lawmakers are trying to gauge whether legalizing sports betting could help the state earn some much-needed revenue.  Experts say the plan has long-term benefits, but only if it’s done right.  

The Democratic candidate for Illinois governor is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit against his campaign — from his own campaign workers.

Ten current and former staffers accuse J.B. Pritzker’s campaign operation of subjecting them to harassment and retaliation. Pritzker denies the accusations.


News From NPR

Editor's note: This story describes graphic allegations of sexual abuse.

The University of Southern California says it has reached a tentative class action settlement agreement worth $215 million over allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by a gynecologist who used to work at its student health center.

Approximately 500 current and former students have accused gynecologist George Tyndall of misconduct, according to The Associated Press.

Last winter, when Chung Soo-young saw a man rushing out of the women's restroom at a chain coffee shop in downtown Seoul, the first thing she did was to scan all stalls in search of a hidden camera. Like many other South Korean women, Chung, 26, constantly worries that she could be secretly filmed in private moments. Her fear spiked, she says, when she saw the intruder and "realized I can actually be a victim."

Copyright 2018 West Virginia Public Broadcasting. To see more, visit West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

40 years ago, horror fans were introduced to the masked killer Michael Myers, stalker of babysitters in a small Illinois town. The film was, of course, Halloween. And it was the debut of Jamie Lee Curtis, who played the bookish babysitter, Laurie Strode — the original "final girl" character who narrowly escapes the slaughter. Curtis appeared in three more sequels and even died in one. She thought she'd left that character behind.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit

More News