DeKalb, IL – The overhaul of the federal student loan program has left financial aid offices scrambling to make sure their schools are ready for the new system. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports two area institutions have already made the switch in a seemingly smooth fashion.
Rockford, IL – The TEA Party Express national bus tour pulled into downtown Rockford yesterday, its only stop in northern Illinois. More than one-thousand people showed up in Davis Park for the rally. WNIJ's Susan Stephens was there.
DeKalb, IL – The president of Northern Illinois University is painting a grim budget outlook for the coming fiscal year. John Peters says the university might have to consider laying off more than 250 employees, and nearly 90 student workers, if state funding continues to dry up. The reductions could take the form of temporary layoffs, reduced work weeks, permanent elimination of positions, or a combination of all those options. The school says the plan falls under a worst-case scenario.
DeKalb, IL – The weekend raid of a Michigan-based militia has raised some eyebrows about the current state of these anti-government groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports a recent surge of organizations like "Hutaree." WNIJ's, Mike Moen, discussed the matter with, Bill Dyson, a retired FBI agent, who once headed Chicago's terrorism task force: