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.

HUD

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $109 million in grants Thursday to homeless programs across Illinois, and a fair amount of those funds were disbursed around northern Illinois. 

"U-Haul" by Flickr user Laura D'Alessandro / (CC x 2.0)

The state's continued net loss in population is affecting the workforce.

 

U.S. Census Bureau statistics show Illinois lost population since the beginning of the decade, and about 33,000 people left in the past year. 

 

Rockford Public Schools

Illinois public schools face a teacher shortage, and officials increasingly are turning to substitutes when full-time educators are unavailable. But what effects does this have on education, particularly when substitutes themselves are becoming harder to find? In this week’s Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Chase Cavanaugh looks for some of the answers.

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.49. This is identical to last week's average. 

AAA reports the most expensive gasoline is in the city of Chicago, at a price of $2.86 per gallon. In contrast, the cheapest gas is in Quincy, at $2.25 per gallon. 

Rockford's average price is $2.40 per gallon. This is 4 cents cheaper than last week. 

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.49. This is identical to last week's price. 

AAA reports the most expensive gas is in the City of Chicago, at $2.88 per gallon.  By contrast, the cheapest gas is in Decatur, at $2.27 per gallon. 

Rockford's average gas price is $2.44 per gallon. This is 3 cents cheaper than last week. 

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