Augustana College

Jennifer Brdlik

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to legalize recreational marijuana to provide an economic boost for the state. At Rock Island’s Augustana College, students have different reasons behind their perspective, but as reporter Natalie Spahn found out, many identify themselves in the "pro" category.

Nelle Conley

Seven years ago, a girls school founded by two Northern Illinois University professors opened its doors to its first eleven students in rural western Kenya. Now, 160 girls attend the school that has a goal of being “good enough for the richest, open to the poorest.” The school added music to its curriculum this year, and that created a mutual opportunity for one DeKalb native. On this week’s Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Susan Stephens sits down with Nelle Conley before she heads back to Kenya.


LaHood: Bipartisanship Will Survive

Aug 31, 2016

  Americans solve problems when they work together. That's the message from Ray LaHood, a former Illinois Congressman and US Transportation Secretary .

He gave a lecture at Augustana College on the subject Tuesday, and wrote about it in a recent book, "Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics."

LaHood says a good example of both parties working together was when Bill Clinton was president. 

Alumni and friends of Augustana College in Rock Island are being asked to help some of its students stay in school during the state budget impasse. The board of trustees is holding a fund drive to support those who may not receive the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants, they need.

Through June 30th, trustees are offering up to 200,000 dollars in matching funds for gifts to the college scholarship fund. Last year, 700 students at the private, liberal arts college were promised 3.1 million dollars. And so far, they've received only partial payment.