Dan Klefstad http://northernpublicradio.org en Series Reveals The Secret Life Of A Food Stamp http://northernpublicradio.org/post/series-reveals-secret-life-food-stamp <p>Marketplace and Slate continue their series <em>The Secret Life of a Food Stamp</em> by asking: What if Wal-Mart paid its employees more?</p><p>Slate's Andrew Bouve produced a <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/secret-life-food-stamp/video-what-if-wal-mart-paid-its-employees-more" target="_blank">video</a> which estimates how much more Wal-Mart might have to charge for some products, if it raised wages high enough so that a typical worker would no longer qualify for food stamps.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:57:41 +0000 Dan Klefstad 45412 at http://northernpublicradio.org Series Reveals The Secret Life Of A Food Stamp How Healthy Is Your County? Check Out This Interactive Survey http://northernpublicradio.org/post/how-healthy-your-county-check-out-interactive-survey <p>Four counties in northern Illinois are ranked among the healthiest 20 of the state's 102 counties.</p><p>That's according to a survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It allows you to measure health outcomes and factors in every U.S. county. It also lets you compare data from one county to another.</p><p>For example, if you wanted to know the number of primary care physicians per resident, there's an answer. By the way, the ratio for DeKalb County is 1 doctor per 2,910 residents. For Winnebago County it's 1 per 1,367 residents.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:34:53 +0000 Dan Klefstad 45126 at http://northernpublicradio.org How Healthy Is Your County? Check Out This Interactive Survey Rematch In Illinois' 14th Congressional District http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rematch-illinois-14th-congressional-district <p>For the second time, Dennis Anderson won the Democratic primary in the 14th U.S. House district. That means he's in a rematch this November with incumbent Randy Hultgren, who defeated Anderson in 2012. The <a href="http://ballotpedia.org/Illinois%27_14th_Congressional_District" target="_blank">district</a> covers McHenry County and reaches into the DeKalb County city of Sycamore.</p><p></p><p>Northern Illinois University political scientist, <a href="http://www.niu.edu/polisci/faculty/profiles/streb1.shtml" target="_blank">Matt Streb</a>, says Anderson again faces an uphill battle:</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:07:45 +0000 Dan Klefstad 44723 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rematch In Illinois' 14th Congressional District Roundup Of Primaries In 14th, 8th And 18th Congress Districts http://northernpublicradio.org/post/roundup-primaries-14th-8th-and-18th-congress-districts <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Click the link above to hear Matt Streb discuss the Democrats competing in the 14th and 18th Congressional Districts, and the Republicans seeking the nomination in the 8th District.</p><p>In the interview, Streb also explains why it's important for underfunded and even unpolished candidates to compete for the right to challenge well-funded and experienced incumbents.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:45:26 +0000 Dan Klefstad 44235 at http://northernpublicradio.org Roundup Of Primaries In 14th, 8th And 18th Congress Districts Onetime Tea Party Favorite Battles Founder of Rockford Party http://northernpublicradio.org/post/onetime-tea-party-favorite-battles-founder-rockford-party <p></p><p>In 2010, political newcomer Adam Kinzinger defeated an incumbent Congresswoman, Debbie Halvorson, in the 11th Congressional District. Halvorson, a conservative Democrat, had high marks from the National Rifle Association. Kinzinger had the nascent Tea Party on his side.</p><p>What a difference four years makes.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:45:45 +0000 Dan Klefstad 44123 at http://northernpublicradio.org Onetime Tea Party Favorite Battles Founder of Rockford Party Streb: Uphill Battle for GOP Senate Nominee http://northernpublicradio.org/post/streb-uphill-battle-gop-senate-nominee <p></p><p></p><p>Whoever wins the Republican primary for U.S. Senate will have an uphill battle this fall, according to Matt Streb. The <a href="http://www.niu.edu/polisci/faculty/profiles/streb1.shtml" target="_blank">political scientist</a> at Northern Illinois University says incumbent Democrat Dick Durbin has $5 million in the bank and is "very popular" in the state.</p><p>Durbin is unopposed in the March 18 primary. The men who would replace him are Jim Oberweis, a state Senator, and West Point graduate Doug Truax.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:44:44 +0000 Dan Klefstad 44063 at http://northernpublicradio.org Streb: Uphill Battle for GOP Senate Nominee Streb: Quinn Will Win Easily Primary Day http://northernpublicradio.org/post/streb-quinn-will-win-easily-primary-day <p>Six months ago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign was in trouble. Attorney General Lisa Madigan was weighing a primary challenge and declared challenger Bill Daley blasted Quinn for failing to solve the state's pension problem.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:43:03 +0000 Dan Klefstad 44028 at http://northernpublicradio.org Streb: Quinn Will Win Easily Primary Day Author, Father Share Brief Reunion In California Surf http://northernpublicradio.org/post/author-father-share-brief-reunion-california-surf <p></p><p>Imagine your father pulling you out of school to tell you he killed a man. How would you react to this news?</p><p><a href="http://www.authorkellydaniels.com/" target="_blank">Kelly Daniels</a> was nine when his father announced he killed a cousin, a drug dealer. The elder Daniels was already a stranger, having left his family months earlier.</p><p>Driving away from the school, his father says, "You can cry if you want."</p><p>Daniels describes his reaction in Chapter 1 of <em>Cloudbreak, California</em>:</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:24:04 +0000 Dan Klefstad 40886 at http://northernpublicradio.org Author, Father Share Brief Reunion In California Surf Poems Spring From Author's Dreams http://northernpublicradio.org/post/poems-spring-authors-dreams <p></p><p>"Noctambulous" means of, pertaining to, or given to sleepwalking, according to Dictionary.com. It is also the first poem in a new collection by Ricardo Mario Am├ęzquita:</p><p></p><p><em>Solid ground&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; floating on sea</em></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:40:18 +0000 Dan Klefstad 40557 at http://northernpublicradio.org Poems Spring From Author's Dreams WNIJ & WNIU Operating At Reduced Power http://northernpublicradio.org/post/wnij-wniu-operating-reduced-power <p></p><p><span class="userContent">Well, it looks like Mr. Icicle got his hands on our main transmitter. The ice coating risks overheating sensitive equipment, so we must operate at reduced power. To get the full WNIJ and WNIU experience, stream us live on our new app. Visit Google Play or the Apple store to download your free mobile app.</span></p><p>Thanks for your patience!</p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 23:22:44 +0000 Dan Klefstad 40810 at http://northernpublicradio.org WNIJ & WNIU Operating At Reduced Power