DeKalb, IL – On Saturday, March 8th, voters in Illinois' 14th Congressional District will decide whether Republican Jim Oberweis or Democrat Bill Foster gets to fill out the remainder of retired Congressman Dennis Hastert's term.
It's been a short and contentious campaign, with the candidates spending a few million dollars of their own money and their national party's funds. Today, the first of two reports on what 14th district residents can expect from their next Congressman.
DeKalb, IL – Voters in the 14th congressional district went to the polls Saturday, March 8th, to fill the vacancy left by Dennis Hastert's resignation. Sharon Holmes is the DeKalb County Clerk. In a career that spans decades, she says this is the first Saturday election she's ever had to run. WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke to her the Thursday before about the special election, beginning with why it was necessary.
DeKalb, IL – Students are back in class at Northern Illinois University. Events are going on as scheduled. And except for the makeshift memorials dotting the campus, NIU looks a lot like it did two weeks ago in the days BEFORE five students were killed by a gunman in their classroom.
DeKalb, IL – Michael Gentile teaches documentary film-making. His office was in Cole Hall, which is now closed after a gunman opened fire there, killing five students and himself. Gentile talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about moving his office out of Cole Hall, and how he's preparing for the resumption of classes on February 25th.
DeKalb, IL – There's a welcome sight on the campus of Northern Illinois University: students carrying books and rushing off to class. It's the first day of classes since February 14th, the day five students were killed in a lecture hall at NIU. Sunday, the university hosted a memorial service that was not only to honor the victims of the shooting, but to help the comunity move on. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports: