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.

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Conflict of interest is a hot topic of discussion in modern politics, particularly with the rise of big money and hyper-partisanship. But it’s usually brought up in the context of the legislature and executive branches. However, the judiciary has its own complications.

At the national level, the Supreme Court was intended to be a more moderating influence. These justices are appointed for life and don’t have to face the pressure of running for a new term.

Northern Illinois University

NIU is giving a crash course on the United States to a collection of new Fulbright scholars this week.

The Fulbright program was created in 1946 to provide scholarships to international students interested in studying in America, and for U.S. citizens to do the same abroad. This week, Northern Illinois University is holding a “gateway orientation” for 65 foreign students who will study across the country. Stephanie Brown, Associate Director of the NIU Student and Faculty Office, said the campus provides a broad base for students preparing to study across the U.S.

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The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.40. This is three cents cheaper than last week's average. 

AAA reports the most expensive gas is in the City of Chicago, at $2.72 per gallon. By contrast, the cheapest gasoline is available in Danville, at $2.16 per gallon. Rockford's average per-gallon price is $2.31, which is one cent cheaper than last week.  

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A group of Rochelle residents is being recognized for their engineering work at the Illinois State Fair. 

Back in May, a class of Rochelle middle- and high-school students used a 3-D printer to build a prosthetic hand for local farmer Jack Hubbard.  He had lost the arm in a mechanical accident, and the new hand now lets him avoid his bulky work prosthesis at home and play more easily with his kids. 

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Tourism revenue in Rockford and Winnebago County reached an all-time high last year.

Data from the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau reports visitors spent $353 million and generated $6.2 million in local sales tax. Their data also says tourism spending in Winnebago County rose by 39% since 2009. This was second only to growth in Chicago and Cook County.

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