Ex-White House Stenographer: With No Official Transcript, Trump Can Muddle The Truth

For five years, Beck Dorey-Stein was Barack Obama's "professional stalker," she says. "His creeper." As a former White House stenographer — a job she found on Craigslist of all places — Dorey-Stein was part of a team responsible for going anywhere the president would go, recording his every public utterance and then transcribing it for posterity. "Especially whenever he spoke with press, he made sure, just like the previous presidents did, that there was a stenographer in the room so that...

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Southern Illinois University Trustees will meet in special session Monday to vote on a separation agreement for System President Randy Dunn.




The agreement spells out that Dunn's employment as President ends July 30th - but that he will be on leave starting July 17th. He'll receive a six-month severance equaling $215,000, and will then be assigned as a visiting professor on the system's Edwardsville campus starting in the Spring of 2019.



The Illinois Commerce Commission won't be issuing a fine in connection to a fatal gas pipeline explosion that killed two men and injured two others in the northern part of the state.

M&R Farms workers operating a tiling plow ruptured the high-pressure pipeline on Dec. 5, causing the explosion near Nachusa, about 95 miles west of Chicago. The workers were installing drainage tile.

Keicher Appointed To Illinois General Assembly

Jul 13, 2018

A Sycamore man will finish out the term for former State Rep. Bob Pritchard.

Members of the Representative Committee of the 70th district selected Republican Jeff Keicher to replace Pritchard in the role. Pritchard recently accepted a seat on the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees after previously announcing he would retire from the General Assembly. Keicher faces Democrat Paul Stoddard in November in the election for a full term. 

The Sound of Science - "Wavy View"

Jul 13, 2018

Welcome to The Sound of Science on WNIJ.

(K) We’re answering listener questions this month and today we have another summer question. Andy asks, “Why do things look wavy when looking at them across the roadway in the summer?”

(P) Great question, Andy. There’s a lot of science in the answer. First, you likely know from experience that the air you are looking through when things look wavy is hotter than the air around it. That’s usually from heat radiating off a dark surface like the road or the hood of your car. Let’s talk about what that does to light speed.

Simon & Schuster

Weeks after he published a book about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a North Carolina author received a call from FBI agents asking about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying about her interactions with the black teen.

Not long after that, Duke University scholar Timothy Tyson said, he turned over interview recordings and other research materials for his 2017 book on the 1955 case that shocked the nation and helped build momentum for the civil rights movement.

"Soybeans" by Flickr User Aerna's Mom / (CC x 2.0)

Farmers are entering their 5th year of low crop prices and now soybeans have reached a 10-year low, in part due to Chinese tariffs. Economists say this could be a pivotal year for farmers in Illinois and across the country.


One of the major stories to come out of Washington D.C. this week was President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. On this week’s Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Jenna Dooley talks with Mitch Pickerill, a political scientist at Northern Illinois University.

Pickerill says the choice of the conservative Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy makes sense politically.

Chicago Park District

The drowning of a 13-year-old girl in Lake Michigan a half-hour after lifeguards at the beach went off duty has triggered a petition that urges Chicago officials to extend lifeguard hours.

Darihanne Torres drowned in a rip current around 7:30 p.m. last Friday. That would have been 90 minutes before lifeguards punched out prior to 2009 when, to save about $700,000 a year, the city's park district cut the hours lifeguards both in the morning and at night.

Officer Cleared In Deadly Rockford Traffic Stop

Jul 12, 2018
Guy Stephens

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Thursday morning that the Rockford Police Officer killed during a traffic stop on Nov. 5, 2017, has been cleared. A Winnebago/Boone County Integrity Task Force investigation into Officer Jaimie Cox’s use of deadly force shows that he was justified when he shot and killed Eddie L. Patterson. According to a news conference held Thursday, the results of the investigation show Officer Jaimie Cox died as a direct result of the actions of Eddie Patterson, Jr.

Daniel Baker / Illinois Public Media

U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is calling on the Trump administration to clarify statements made in June about child separations at the border.

In a press release, Durbin and 3 other U.S. Senators say they’ve sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

The letter questions the accuracy of testimony from Azar last month–when he said HHS has 2,047 separated children in its custody. The following week, Azar told reporters in a conference call there were up to 3,000 children in custody.


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For five years, Beck Dorey-Stein was Barack Obama's "professional stalker," she says. "His creeper."

As a former White House stenographer — a job she found on Craigslist of all places — Dorey-Stein was part of a team responsible for going anywhere the president would go, recording his every public utterance and then transcribing it for posterity.

There's a cycle that starts when the snow melts and the earth thaws high in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. It's a seasonal cycle based on timing and temperature, two variables that climate change is pushing increasingly out of sync.

To the outsider, it can be hard to see: Plants still grow, flowers bud, bears awake, and marmots breed. Broad-tailed hummingbirds still trill around a landscape that evokes the opening scene of The Sound of Music, with flowery meadows and granite peaks.

If you're in the hospital or a doctor's office with a painful problem, you'll likely be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 – with 0 meaning no pain at all and 10 indicating the worst pain you can imagine. But many doctors and nurses say this rating system isn't working and they're trying a new approach.

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