Victor Yehling

Managing Editor

Victor Yehling is Managing Editor for WNIJ News.  He coordinates the WNIJ news team, assigns stories, offers suggestions, develops project ideas, and generally harasses our outstanding news employees.  He's a relative newcomer, joining WNIJ in July 2010, but he has 15 years prior experience as a newspaper editor and reporter plus a couple of years in TV news.  He also spent time on the dark side, working in public relations and advertising; he claims he's recovering.  Away from the station, he enjoys theater, grandchildren, board games, Kansas City Chiefs football, and preparing for retirement in rural suburban Hagarstown.

Illinois is better than average for working moms, according to a recent study by personal-finance website WalletHub.com, but there definitely is room for improvement in some areas.

Illinois was number 13 in the Child Care category and 17 in Work-Life Balance among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, but only ranked 39 in Professional Opportunities.

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Two new road trip itineraries in Illinois will feature buildings designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who spent the first two decades of his career based in Chicago and Oak Park.

One of the tours heads west across northern Illinois, beginning with four sites in Chicago and two in Oak Park – including the Wright Home and Studio, where he experimented with many of his design ideas – where Wright played a role in creating the building.

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Three Illinois cities rank among the worst 25 cities in the country for violent crime rates.

Rockford is the most dangerous of the three, according to a report by CBS News based on FBI data for 2016, the most recent year available.

A dozen department stores across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin -- including the Bergners store at CherryVale -- may be closing soon following a federal bankruptcy auction held Tuesday.

A group of lienholders and two capital finance firms proffered the winning bid for the assets of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., which operates roughly 250 stores under the names in 23 states in the Midwest, upper Great Plains, and the Northeast.

Wisconsin voters go to the polls Tuesday for nonpartisan judicial elections statewide.

They also will decide whether to eliminate one of the state’s constitutional officers.

The most visible contest on the ballot is for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which has a significant conservative majority that can’t be changed by this election.

The conservative candidate is Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, who was appointed three years ago by Governor Scott Walker. He had been a private attorney for nine years.

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