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.

Chase Cavanaugh / WNIJ News

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner brought his budget ideas to employees at Ingersoll Machine Tools in Rockford Tuesday. 

Rauner said he wanted to improve the business climate in the state by reducing regulations, and most importantly, by cutting income taxes.  

“I introduced a budget that gives you guys a billion dollar income tax cut now and I want to give you an income tax cut every year for the next four years to get the income tax down so it’s reasonable on you,” Rauner said. 

The Rock River Times

The Rockford City Council approved a resolution Monday that would allow residents to recall aldermen and mayors if they go against certain provisions that are part of a bid for home rule.

A referendum on the March 20 ballot asks Rockford residents to grant home rule authority. But the council already has approved provisions to limit how the city raises property taxes and takes on debt.

The Illinois Region 1 Planning Council released a regional plan Wednesday that would encourage increased bicycle and pedestrian traffic in the Rockford area.

The plan incorporates data from many different studies and turns them into recommendations, such as connecting gaps in pedestrian and bike paths, implementing safety campaigns for cyclists, and improving the first and last legs of residential commutes.

Roy Chapman Andrews Society

The Roy Chapman Andrews Society in Beloit is presenting its annual 'Distinguished Explorer' award to Dr. Richard Alley. He’s a Penn State climatologist whose drilling into Antarctic ice led to greater knowledge of global climate change.

Dr. Alley started out studying geology at Ohio State University, but branched into studying glaciers and snowfall while working with a professor over one summer.  The data he gathered, however, was from an "unconventional" source.

Illinois Public Media

The Trump Administration’s appeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program won’t be heard by the Supreme Court.

DACA protects from immediate deportation about 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. President Trump wanted the program shut down by March 5, but the ruling means that Trump’s challenge must first go through an appeals court. Immigration attorney Omar Salguero says this means current DACA recipients still have a chance to renew their work permits.