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8/3/04 – The head of the Rockford Area Arts Council is retiring after seventeen years on the job. Susan Williams has given the arts organization six months notice. She spoke with WNIJ's Susan Stephens.

Chicago – A Chicago bicyclist starts a 25-thousand-mile adventure alone across three continents. Stephan Wanger traded life as a corporate mover and shaker for life as a solitary cyclist, all in the name of charity. WNIJ's Simone Orendain prepared this profile.

Rockford, IL – There's a new theater group in Rockford. Artists Ensemble of Rockford plans to present its first season this Fall. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports.

Rockford, IL – It's the last day of school for the Rockford Public Schools. And at least one student is looking forward to repeating the fourth grade next year. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

Rockford, IL – The Village of Maple Park is reeling after its mayor and eight others were arrested last Friday (May 28) on charges of taking part in an illegal gambling operation. Some in the village want to mayor to resign. But as WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports, many residents are upset that the state targeted their town.

St. Charles, IL – State lawmakers will have to approve a budget by the end of the month. As part of the governor's proposed cuts this year, the Illinois Department of Corrections budget will be 92-million dollars smaller. It plans to close two facilities to save. One of them is an Illinois Youth Center that some call a one of a kind facility. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

Utica Tornado

May 19, 2004

Utica, IL – Eight people were killed by the tornado that swept through Utica on April 20th. Rescue teams using heavy equipment and shovels found the last of the victims in the rubble of a restaurant that collapsed: those who died were seeking refuge in the building's basement. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on how residents are beginning to cope.

Rockford, IL – Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated Magazine named Rockford the top sportstown in Illinois. But Sports Illustrated's senior contributing writer, Frank DeFord apparently had little to do with that designation. WNIJ's Chris Lehman spoke with Deford during his recent visit to the Forest City...

St. Charles, IL – A juvenile corrections facility in St. Charles could be around for just six more months, if the state decides to close it down. The move is part of the Department of Corrections' 92-million dollar cost savings plan. But opponents say there won't be any savings. WNIJ's Simone Orendain has the first part in a series about the Illinois Youth Center.

St. Charles, IL – The Illinois Department of Corrections will be working with a budget that's 92-million dollars less next year. It plans to close an Illinois Youth Center west of Chicago, as a cost saving measure. And this concerns families, employees, state lawmakers and the surrounding community. WNIJ's Simone Orendain has the third and final part of this series.

DeKalb, IL – Cavel International says its horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb will re-open soon. A fire took the facility offline two years ago. In the meantime, debate has heated up over whether horses should be killed for their meat. WNIJ's Chris Lehman spoke with two horse owners who stand on opposite sides of the issue.

Sycamore, IL – The bordering cities of DeKalb and Sycamore coexist peacefully. The two cities aren't just headed by mayors, they're run by managers. And both city managers say things weren't always peaceful when it came to economic interests. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

Chicago, IL – A documentary on post-9/11 immigration follows the struggles of Pakistani immigrants in Chicago.

Beloit, Wisconsin – It's been nearly forty years since singer Arlo Guthrie was inspired to write "Alice's Restaurant." The long-monologue-of-a-song was a hit in the Woodstock-era, but don't expect him to play it if you see him in concert. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports. (note: Arlo Guthrie performed at Beloit College on April 13th, 2004.)

DeKalb, Il – As the Baby Boom generation approaches retirement age, experts say cases of elder abuse could increase significantly. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...

Rockford, IL – A world-renowed classical guitar player is on tour and headed to Hawaii. She made a stop in Rockford and performed for people with AIDS and HIV. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

Rockford, IL – A world-renowed classical guitar player is on tour and headed to Hawaii this week. Last week, she made a stop in Rockford and performed for people with AIDS and HIV. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

DeKalb, IL – Politicians would like to think voters are well-informed when they step into the polling booths. But sometimes, people cast their vote based on the candidates stance on just one emotionally-charged issue. WNIJ's Susan Stephens wraps up our series on the candidates for U-S Senate with a look at where the Democrats stand on some of the hot-button issues.

DeKalb, IL – The Illinois House seat in the 70th district is up for grabs this fall. But before voters can decide on a candidate from the different parties, they'll have to pick a Republican next week. WNIJ's Simone Orendain has this profile of one of the Republicans, Joe Wiegand.

DeKalb, IL – The seven Democrats running for U-S differ on some issues. Each can cite different reasons why they are the one best suited to take on a Republican in the general election this fall. But the candidates largely agree on one issue: the way President Bush has handled the war in Iraq.

DeKalb, IL – Two DeKalb couty Republicans seek their party's nomination for State Representative in next week's primary. The 70th district includes all of DeKalb County, and parts of Ogle and LaSalle counties. Incumbent Bob Pritchard has held the job since last December. He was appointed to fill out the remainder of the term for the late State Representative David Wirsing. Now, Pritchard is being challenged by fellow Republican Joe Wiegand. Chris Lehman has this profile.

DeKalb, IL – The field of 15 candidates running for one of Illinois' U-S senate seats narrows down to two once this primary wraps up. You've seen the debates and lots of advertising. And with recent allegations of drug use and domestic problems... you thought you knew everything there was to know about them. But we dug a little deeper and asked them to share something about themselves that few people know. Simone Orendain has their responses.

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.

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