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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...

Chicago, IL – What do you do if you have a nationwide concert tour lined up, but no car to get you to your shows? If you're Andru Bemis, you hop a train. WNIJ's Chris Lehman has more:

Sycamore, IL – A watchdog group has been keeping tabs on the circuit court judges that hear domestic violence cases in DeKalb County. They recently unveiled the results in their first report.

Sycamore, IL – Jail officials are trying to keep the peace at the overcrowded DeKalb County Jail. They hope that this spring, voters will approve a sales tax increase to fund a planned expansion.

Carpentersville, IL – This academic year, the Carpentersville school district has a tight budget, smaller staff and fewer programs because a referendum failed last spring. A student films the effects of the change, and gets local reaction for a documentary he's producing.

DeKalb – DeKalb author Amy Timberlake sat down with WNIJ's Chris Lehman to discuss her first children's book, "The Dirty Cowboy". The book is set in the desert southwest, and is based on a story that has been passed down through her family for several generations.

Creston, IL – Some newspapers are proud of their longevity. But as WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports, one local paper is so new, it's catching the people it covers somewhat off guard.

DeKalb, IL – During bad economic times college enrollment usually goes up. This fall, figures at Northern Illinois University showed this trend. The university saw a surge in minority enrollment, particularly among Latinos. But there's a strong chance the Latino students will not complete their degrees. Some school officials are working to stop this phenomenon.

St. Louis, MO – Over the next year, some vampires, werewolves and wraiths will be wiped out of the "world of darkness" as a long-running live action role-playing game comes to an end. Players from around the world have to decide whether they will let their characters die off or they will hang on until the very end.

Genoa, IL – Illinois Air National Guard pilot Brian Slavenas was killed when his helicopter was shot down in Iraq. He was buried in Genoa, Illinois: Slavenas' family held two memorial services for him, each one representing their opposing views of the war. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:

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DeKalb, IL – State Representative David Wirsing will be laid to rest this Friday. The Sycamore Republican died Sunday at his home after suffering an apparent heart attack. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports.

Channahon, IL – Suburban farm families face more pressures than bad weather and poor commodity prices. The Bleuer family of Channahon talks about farmland being sold out from under them, a lack of understanding from new neighbors, and intergenerational issues.

DeKalb, IL – People are drawn to the fresh air and open spaces of country living. But they're often surprised by the smells and slow-moving traffic that come with the territory. Also, urban lawmakers often find themselves making decisions about agriculture without understanding farming issues.

Orangeville, IL – Farming in DuPage and Kendall counties had become so difficult for Kent Smith that he decided to sell the family farm. Now he's happy with his new farm in rural northwest Illinois, near the Wisconsin border.

Wheeling, IL – The Horcher family has farmed in northern Cook County for more than a century. Faced with the challenges of explosive population growth, they are finding success by offering something different to their neighbors.

Orangeville, IL – Farming in DuPage and Kendall counties had become so difficult for Kent Smith that he decided to sell the family farm. Now he s happy with his new farm in rural northwest Illinois, near the Wisconsin border.

Wheeling, IL – The Chicago suburbs continue to sprawl westward, forcing many farmers to either adapt, move, or find a new line of business. WNIJ examines the issues behind these difficult decisions by talking with farm families who found themselves surrounded by subdivisions instead of cornfields.

The Horcher family has farmed in northern Cook County for more than a century. Faced with the challenges of explosive population growth, they are finding success by offering something different to their neighbors.

DeKalb, IL – Construction is underway in DeKalb on a slaughterhouse that will produce horsemeat for human consumption.

DeKalb, IL. – There's a growing trend of people giving more importance to animal spirituality.

Rockford, IL –
Jan Booth - commentary aired 9/2/03
Jan Booth has been teaching elementary school in Northern Illinois for more than 27 years. She also leads teacher training seminars.

Rockford, IL – The Cherry Valley Spritualist Camp Association has been around since 1925. But this is only the second year that board members have opened it to the public.

WNIJ's Simone Orendain observed a psychic reading at the camp and has this story.

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