Chase Cavanaugh

Morning Edition Producer/Reporter

Chase started in radio while earning his Master's in diplomacy and international commerce at the University of Kentucky.  He was bitten by the radio bug while volunteering at Radio Eye (a local equivalent to NIRIS) and soon became a reporter at WUKY. After four years of reporting in Kentucky's Bluegrass, Chase traveled north to join WNIJ as Morning Edition producer.  He organizes our morning broadcast, making sure the host is well-supplied with interesting, fresh content.  In addition to his pre-dawn duties, Chase reports on a variety of developments in our broadcast area but is particularly drawn to anything with a political or international connection.  He is also an avid board gamer.

Carl Nelson / WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.49. That's one cent more expensive than last week. 

AAA reports the most expensive gas is found in the City of Chicago, at $2.84 per gallon. In contrast, Decatur has the state's cheapest gas, at $2.21 per gallon.

Rockford's average price is $2.36 per gallon. That's three cents cheaper than last week's average. 

Diane Drake / WNIJ

About 100 Northern Illinois University students, faculty, and staff will have the chance to give direct feedback on their President.

The move is part of what President Doug Baker calls a “360-degree review” of his performance.  He's evaluated annually by the Board of Trustees but, this year, both Baker and university officials want more detailed feedback.

UPS is adding about 240 new jobs at its Rockford air hub. 

The new positions are part of a realignment by UPS, which will be shifting air operations out of Des Moines, Iowa. 

Spokeswoman Christine Hand says the Rockford facility is well equipped to handle the expanded capacity, and the new jobs allow UPS to schedule an additional package sort during the day.  She also notes that Rockford has been a source of high-quality workers. 

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.48.  This is 3 cents cheaper than last week's average. 

AAA reports the most expensive gas can be found in the City of Chicago, at $2.84 per gallon.  Meanwhile, Springfield has the cheapest gas, at $2.22 per gallon. 

Rockford's average price is $2.39 per gallon.  This is 1 cent cheaper than last week's average.

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There's only one week left for Illinois residents to file their taxes.

This year's deadline is April 18, and an estimated 2 million taxpayers are waiting until the last minute to send in their returns.  However, Department of Revenue spokesman Terry Horstman says more have already filed. 

"More than 4 million taxpayers have already filed their 2016 Individual Income tax returns, and have received refunds totaling over $760 million."