Women March And Rally In Northern Illinois Snow

Jan 19, 2019
Sarah Jesmer

Marchers in Geneva braved snow and cold for the Fox Valley Women’s March Saturday.

Organizers estimate around 750 attendees packed into downtown Geneva for the march, undeterred by the snow, wind, and 25-degree temperatures.

Speeches and signs carried by marchers touched on topics like sexual misconduct, gun violence, abortion rights, student debt, and the government shutdown. Some attendees even stood on cardboard to keep their feet warm while they cheered and listened to speeches from politicians and activists. 

Jenna Dooley

At FONA International in Geneva, Illinois, scientists develop the next generation of flavors used by companies around the globe. In this week's Friday Forum, WNIJ's Jenna Dooley visits the lab during a recent tour with students from Batavia High School.

It might be the closest thing to working at the Willy Wonka candy factory.

"In the morning it smells like coffee, and in the afternoon it always smells like sweet vanilla or some sort of fruit," according to Katie Sudler, the community education director at FONA.

Credit Flickr user / alamosbasement "old school" (CC BY 2.0)

Hundreds of teachers at a large northern Illinois school district remain on strike.

Earlier this week, hundreds of Geneva teachers, community members and even students rallied outside of the high school.

The main sticking point between the union and school board is how much teachers are paid.

That includes how they are paid throughout their career based on education and experience.

The union says their new deal would give bigger raises to younger, less experienced educators in an effort to attract new teachers.

Steven Andersson

Another Republican State Representative from northern Illinois has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018.

Steven Andersson of Geneva was a leader of the GOP revolt that gave Illinois its first budget in more than two years. He cited an increasingly political and partisan atmosphere in Springfield.

Andersson issued a public statement Wednesday on Facebook.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Several Illinois communities, including Geneva, held vigils Monday night in response to protests in Charlottesville, Va., becoming violent.

About 80 people sang and shared poems at the Geneva vigil organized by resident Jeannie Scown. She says she organized the event because she’s had enough of white nationalist-, neo-Nazi- and Ku Klux Klan-affiliated people being part of President Donald Trump’s cabinet and presidency, even though he’s denied any ties himself.

A man being held by Kane County authorities was killed by a SWAT team Saturday after he took a Geneva hospital nurse hostage. 


Inmate Tywon Salters had been in Kane County custody since April 11, when he was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. He was undergoing treatment at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva under an armed guard on a rotating shift.  


District 304

The Geneva Education Association and the Geneva Board of Education reached a tentative agreement Monday, November 12 at 12:30 a.m. on a new contract. With this tentative Agreement, school will be in session on Monday, November 12.