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.

WNIJ continues its Friday Forum with two state senators and their priorities in the 100th General Assembly. 

Democrat Steve Stadelman and Republican Dave Syverson represent Illinois’ 34th and 35th senate districts respectively.  The 34th district comprises Rockford and its surrounding municipalities, while the 35th encompasses the cities of DeKalb, Sycamore, Genoa, Belvidere, and Rockton.


Nippon Sharyo will lay off 100 employees from its factory in Rochelle.  The rail car manufacturer based its decision on a complication with one of its prototype cars, along with other business considerations. 

Nippon Sharyo says its factory will continue operations so it can meet deadlines for current projects.  The company has operated in Rochelle since 2012.  

Lifescape Community Services

Lifescape Community Services says home-delivery of food for its Meals On Wheels programs will not take place today.  Icy weather conditions mean the meals won't be sent out today in Winnebago, Boon, Ogle, and Lee County.  

Lifescape's adult day program remains open today. However, bus service is delayed by two hours.  

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.43.  This is six cents cheaper than last week's average, according to AAA.  

The state's most expensive gas can be found in the City of Chicago, at $2.80 per gallon.  By contrast, Springfield has the cheapest gas, at $2.26.   

Rockford's average price is $2.35 per gallon.  This is 3 cents cheaper than last week's average.