Tim Emmons Memorial Visitors Center
2:11 am
Fri June 20, 2014

New WNIJ/WNIU Visitor Center Honors Former General Manager

The Emmons family -- Jordan, Daniel, and Charlene Emmons and Amy Bradford -- attended the visitor center's dedication Thursday.
John Hill WNIJ

Family, friends, and community members joined Northern Public Radio Thursday evening to dedicate a portion of the station's DeKalb location to Tim Emmons, station manager from 1995 to 2012. 

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'Hear Our Cry' March
5:03 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Slideshow: Rockford Deacon Adds Final Steps To Epic Walk

Lou Ness is greeted by supporters and members of the Washington National Cathedral on June 19, 2014
Jenna Dooley WNIJ

After walking from Rockford to the Washington National Cathedral, Lou Ness still had a few miles left in her.

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Emily Boyer is the Morning Edition host for Tri States Public Radio. She can be heard on-air from 5 to 9 weekdays.

A Florida native, Emily now enjoys calling Illinois home. Emily has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from Eastern Kentucky University. While a student at Eastern, Emily began her radio broadcasting career as a reporter and host of the Weekend Edition on WEKU.FM. She also worked at public radio stations KUNC, in Greeley, CO, and Iowa Public Radio.

Emily discovered her love for news and broadcasting in elementary school while serving as the sports reporter for Eagle Eye TV News. During her free afternoons, Emily enjoys naps, golfing and eating dinner around 4:00pm.

Local
6:21 am
Thu June 19, 2014

500 Jobs Being Cut In McHenry County

About 500 workers in northern Illinois will lose their jobs later this year. That's when printing company Quad-Graphics will close its operations in Woodstock.

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-Illinois
10:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Tim Emmons Memorial Center To Be Dedicated

Tim Emmons, 1958-2012.

Northern Public Radio will dedicate the Emmons Memorial Visitor Center in memory of Tim Emmons this Thursday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m.

Northern Illinois University President, Doug Baker, will speak at the dedication. Other speakers will include Vice President of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development, Anne Kaplan, and Northern Public Radio Director and General Manager, Staci Hoste.

A tour of the station will follow at 6:15 p.m.

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Education
7:12 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The Starting Line For Common Core Training

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

There's a push across the U.S. to align common core standards in classrooms. The standards, which have been adopted by dozens of states, are defined goals for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade.

But the implementation process doesn't just involve making sure veteran teachers are up to speed. Teaching universities face pressure to prepare tomorrow's educators about what they'll encounter.

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Storm cleanup
6:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Power Out For Thousands in Northwest Illinois After Monday's Storms

ComEd map of power outages, as of Tuesday evening.
Credit ComEd

Several thousand residents in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties remain without power after severe storms that blew through the region overnight late Monday and early Tuesday. 

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"Yes For Independent Maps" in court
4:29 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Independent Maps Group Granted More Time To Fight Signature Challenge

A struggling effort to change how Illinois draws its legislative districts will live another day.  Election authorities today voted to give it some extra time to prove it deserves to make it on the November ballot.

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Government
5:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Quinn Signs Bill Restoring Medicaid Cuts

Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation to restore Medicaid cuts made two years ago to save money.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
11:19 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rockford Deacon Arrives In D.C., Plans Thursday Event

Ness being greeted by Bishop Dorsey McConnell on the steps of Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh
Credit Shelter Care Ministries

The director of a Rockford social service agency has completed a 900-mile walk to Washington D.C.

It was no April Fools' Day joke. Deacon Lou Ness has been walking every day since April First with a mission to make it to the nation's capital. It was part of an effort to raise awareness for poverty in local communities. She's the director of Rockford's Shelter Care Ministries. She finished what she started this weekend.

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