Northern Illinois

Courtesy Red Cross

The American Red Cross has set up a reception center to assist residents affected by a weekend fire in Sycamore.

The St. Albans Green apartment complex fire displaced more than 100 people.  

It's one of around two dozen fires the Red Cross has responded to in Dixon, Kankakee, and other locations throughout northern Illinois since last week. 

The Red Cross provided shelter, comfort kits and information about recovery services and health and mental health services to those affected by the fires.

Kinzinger Visits DeKalb On Regional Tour

Aug 1, 2018
Sarah Jesmer

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger is touring parts of his district this week. That included a stop at Northern Illinois University on Tuesday.

The 16th District Republican visited a new lab that recently opened at NIU. Officials hope the hands-on experience for students and researchers will prepare people for labs like Batavia’s Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL.

Kinzinger is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He said he wanted to meet people who interact with federal funding and STEM programs.

Mark Bowler, University of California, Irvine

Rabid bats are more active this time of year and have now found their way across the entire northern Illinois area.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says more than a dozen cases of rabid bats were reported in this year alone. With hibernation season over, state veterinarian Connie Austin says the creatures are being found more often in people's homes. 

"Phone" by Flickr User Jacqui Brown / (CC X 2.0)

DeKalb County residents will be able to get information and find resources, like utility assistance or domestic violence support, by dialing 2-1-1 any time of any day.

More than 80 area organizations have pooled information for the service. 

Lincoln Was Here: Connecting The Dots In Northern Illinois

Apr 22, 2015
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago. He was shot while attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Tourists to Illinois often head to Springfield to learn more about the 16th President. That’s not the only place to learn about his life and legacy. Susan Stephens and Jenna Dooley set out to trace his steps across northern Illinois.

James Gathany / CDC

Two elderly women in northern Illinois have died after contracting West Nile virus.

Rural Poverty Highlighted In New Report

Jul 3, 2014
New York Times

Poverty is prevalent in rural areas across the U.S. That’s according to a published report, which says it’s not just an urban issue. Some northern Illinois ranked near the middle, while others fared better in the rankings.

Heat Related Closings

Aug 27, 2013

Tuesday's extreme heat is resulting in some weather-related closings. That includes an early dismissal for the Rockford Public School district.

Heroin Message Not Getting Through

Jun 24, 2013

In 2010, WNIJ aired a series on the alarming number of heroin deaths in northern Illinois. The primary concern centered on teens and young adults. Despite efforts to curb use of the drug, the situation is getting worse in some areas. Observers say parental intervention is vital to stopping the spread of heroin. But getting the message through can be a struggle.

The federal judicial system in northern Illinois could be another victim of a drawn-out sequester. Court officials and prosecutors say they will feel the pinch.

The Impact Of Federal Cuts In Northern Illinois

Feb 22, 2013

The deadline is looming for automatic spending cuts at the federal level. While lawmakers wrangle over ways to avoid the so-called sequester, those who rely on federal funding are wondering how they would be affected. That includes companies, agencies and many others in northern Illinois.

Dry weather has been the norm for the region. Forecasters say the precipitation expected next week might not be enough to reach truly healthy levels.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Leaders from throughout northern Illinois pitched their most important transportation projects to two Congressmen yesterday. Republicans Don Manzullo and Bobby Schilling will recommend priorities for federal transportation funding to Governor Pat Quinn’s office. 

Road Projects Take Shape

Apr 3, 2012


With the weather warming up, construction crews are preparing for some big projects in northern Illinois. 

Image Overhaul for Goodwill Stores

Feb 24, 2012


Goodwill stores continue to pop up in northern Illinois. 

Surveying Northern Illinois Business Climate

Feb 17, 2012


Several northern Illinois counties are taking part in a wage study, and those behind the effort say the data could lure new businesses to the region.