Chase Cavanaugh

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.  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.

State of Illinois

Dixon Police Officer Mark Dallas was honored today by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for bringing a safe end to a school shooting two weeks ago.

On May 16, a young man brought a rifle to Dixon High School graduation practice and fired several shots at the gymnasium. Resource Officer Dallas responded and fired back, wounding the shooter in the shoulder. 

Gov. Rauner said Dallas’s actions prevented loss of life, and declared May 30 "Mark Dallas Day."   Dallas said he was humbled by the honor and called for the training of more resource officers. 

The Rockford Public Schools Board will vote on several changes to next year's Student Code of Conduct at Tuesday night's regular meeting.

Democratic challenger Sara Dady and incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger found some agreement and some differences on issues affecting the 16th Illinois Congressional District during their first appearance together Monday.

Opioids

Both candidates agreed that the opioid epidemic is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by government, law enforcement, and health services.  But Dady stressed that the federal government should provide ten years of full funding so local agencies can carry out treatment efforts.

niu.edu / afscme.org

The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of a collective bargaining agreement Thursday with AFSCME Local 1890.

The five-year contract provides union members an immediate 3% wage raise and various job-related protections. Barbara Andree is President of the NIU Operating Staff Council. She says the agreement makes up for stagnant clerical worker pay.

FEMA

The sewage treatment plant at Marseilles is receiving two new upgrades to deal with potential flooding.

Wastewater Superintendent Jason Rix says the first of these is a floodwall providing five extra feet of clearance, which is still above the highest recorded level for floodwaters in 500 years. 

“We are putting in a roughly 1200 linear foot wall essentially, made of corrugated steel, and it will protect us from any flooding from the Illinois River," he said.

This comes after two near-floodings in 2008 and 2013 when the plant was saved by judicious use of sandbags. 

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