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.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner put his signature today on a bill that redefines how Illinois public schools are funded. But it also will send overdue money to schools starting up the academic year.

Northern Illinois University

Field trips are a hallmark of grade school, often with memorable visits to a local museum, park or business. But not many students get the same opportunity once they reach college.  A group at Northern Illinois University wants to change that.

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.41.  This is 6 cents more expensive than last week. 

AAA reports the most expensive gas is in the City of Chicago, at $2.72 per gallon. By contrast, Danville has the cheapest gas at $2.22.   Rockford's average price is $2.33 per gallon. That's 4 cents higher than last week. 

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.35. This is five cents cheaper than last week.  

AAA reports the most expensive gas is in the City of Chicago, at $2.71 per gallon. By contrast, the cheapest gas can be found in Springfield, at $2.13 per gallon.  

Rockford's average price is $2.29. This is 2 cents cheaper than last week.  

United Way of Rock River Valley / http://www.unitedwayrrv.org/

United Way of the Rock River Valley is bringing fresh produce and meats to two food-disadvantaged Rockford neighborhoods Saturday.

The charity is teaming up with Chicago-based Top Box, which purchases the foods wholesale, and Strong Neighborhood houses, where police live among the community. United Way Vice President Linda Sandquist said the two neighborhoods in question, Midtown and Rural Oaks, are considered food deserts.

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