Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Gets More Good News

The biotech company Moderna released new data Monday morning that strengthens the case for its COVID-19 vaccine. It concludes the vaccine is 94% effective — and strongly protects against serious illness. Based on these latest findings, the company plans to submit an application for emergency use authorization to the Food and Drug Administration today. They build on Moderna's previously reported findings, based on a smaller number of cases detected in its study of about 30,000 volunteers....

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DeKalb, IL – Polls show that voters in Illinois and nation-wide have one thing ontheir minds: jobs. It's no surprise that each candidate in the race for U.S. Senate has a plan to attract jobs to the state.

DeKalb, IL – The eight Republicans and seven Democrats running for U.S. Senate are trying to convince Illinois voters that they deserve to move on to the November election. We continue our look at the Democrats: WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on the issues at the top of each candidate's list of priorities.

Sycamore, IL – Voters in the City of Sycamore will have the chance to cast a vote in favor of slowing the city's growth. A question is on the ballot in this month's primary. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports:

DeKalb, IL – Illinois voters have just over a week left to decide who to vote for in the March 16th Primary. Last week we introduced you to the eight Republicans seeking their party's nomination for the U-S Senate. This week, we'll meet the seven Democrats seeking the office. Today, WNIJ's Chris Lehman asks each of the candidates why they've decided to seek the office.

DeKalb, IL – All this week, the Republicans running for one of Illinois' U.S. Senate seat shared their priorities and ideas about jobs, the war in Iraq, and national security. In our final installment of where the G.O.P. candidates stand, WNIJ's Simone Orendain covers the controversial issues.

DeKalb, IL – The war in Iraq and its aftermath are expected to play a large role in the Fall election. But the range of opinions is much more subtle between candidates in the primary election. In part four of our series on the Republican Senate candidates, WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on where they stand on national security and rebuilding Iraq.

DeKalb, IL – Northern Illinois has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs over the past few years. The eight Republicans running for U-S Senate have a variety of ideas about how to reverse the trend. But as WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports, not all of the candidates are making promises.

DeKalb, IL – We begin a ten-part series on the issues in the U.S. Senate race and where the candidates stand on them. We start with the Republicans. WNIJ's Susan Stephens introduces us to the candidates, and they explain why they think they deserve to represent their party in the Fall Election.

DeKalb, IL – The eight Illinois Republicans running for U-S Senate told us why they want their party's nomination. Today, they're sharing their priorities.

DeKalb, IL – Singer-Piano player Marcia Ball loves Mardi Gras. No matter where she is on Fat Tuesday, the Louisiana native always finds a way to celebrate. WNIJ's Patrick Sheehan has more...

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"I would think you would be able to tell us whether that remains a realistic possibility at this point," he said.

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