Chase Cavanaugh


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.  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.


Northern Illinois University is looking for companies willing to purchase naming rights for its Convocation Center. The facility is the home court for several of the school’s athletic teams. It also holds concerts and other large-scale events.

The university sent out a request for proposals at the end of January and is now holding tours for any interested parties upon request. Associate Athletics Director John Cheney says some local and Chicago-based companies have already expressed interest.

National Weather Service

Plowing crews are hard at work attempting to deal with the continuous snowfall across the WNIJ area.

However, the snowfall wasn't equally distributed.  DeKalb received about 5 inches of snow, while Rockford and Freeport recieved half a foot. The National Weather Service reports snowfall was much higher in other areas, with 10 inches in Aurora, and 8 inches near Naperville. Around 7 to 11 inches were predicted to fall overall.

National Weather Service

Severe winter weather is expected across the WNIJ listening area starting tonight.

The storm system is coming down from Montana and is expected to arrive around the dinner hour this evening.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for DeKalb, Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Lee, McHenry, LaSalle, Grundy, Kane, and Kendall Counties from 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday.  Furthermore, Rockford, South Beloit, and Beloit already have declared snow emergencies.  NIU staff meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste says to expect heavy snowfall overall.

Winnebago County jail

Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney reached an agreement with Sheriff Gary Caruana to hire 10 additional corrections officers at the county jail.

The agreement comes as more than 60 complaints have been filed over allegedly excessive and prolonged prisoner lockdowns resulting from staff cuts Caruana made when his department budget was slashed by $4.3 million this fiscal year.


All companies need to find competent workers to fill their job openings. But sometimes, candidates don’t have adequate training or even an interest in taking the positions. A Rockford-area program is trying to help the local manufacturing sector solve both problems.

When Illinois companies complain that they can’t find new hires, a common explanation is that qualified workers have moved to neighboring states.