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 gasoline is $2.27. This is six cents cheaper than last week's average.

AAA reports the most expensive gas can be found in the City of Chicago, at $2.69 per gallon. By contrast, the cheapest is in Champaign-Urbana at $2.01 per gallon.

Rockford's average gas price is $2.19. This is 5 cents cheaper than last week.

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.33.  This is identical to last week's price.

AAA reports that the most expensive gasoline can be found in the City of Chicago, at $2.73 per gallon. By contrast, Champaign-Urbana has the cheapest gasoline, at $2.06 per gallon. 

Rockford's average price is $2.24 per gallon, which is five cents cheaper than last week's price.

Washington State Department of Agriculture

The Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to spray about 37,000 acres of farmland Wednesday to combat gypsy moths.

Gypsy Moths are a non-native species that feed on over 250 varieties of plants, but are particularly attracted to oak and willow trees.  Large numbers of the moths can defoliate plants, leaving them much more vulnerable to environmental stress.

UPS

UPS is hiring 250 new workers in its air sorting hub at Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

Positions include package handlers, supervisory roles, and tractor-trailer drivers who will support a new day shift. This comes as the shipping company moves air operations from Des Moines, Iowa, to Rockford.  A UPS spokeswoman says the jobs range in pay from $10.20 to $18.75 per hour. 

The Rockford UPS facility is the company's second-largest air hub in terms of sorting capacity. The largest is Worldport, in Louisville, Ky.

The LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office declined to say whether it’s investigating a drug-forfeiture task force.  

Current State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly filed a lawsuit alleging that her predecessor “criminally misused public money” under the SAFE task force.  This group was run by predecessor Brian Towne’s office but later disbanded after Donnelly was elected earlier this year.  

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