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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The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.64.  This is 5 cents more expensive than last week.

AAA reports that the most expensive gas is found in the City of Chicago, at $2.89 per gallon.  By contrast, the lowest per-gallon price is available in Decatur, at $2.42.  Rockford's average price is $2.55 per gallon. This is one cent lower than last week. 

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.59. This is 18 cents higher than last week's average.  

AAA reports the most expensive gas can be found in the City of Chicago, at a price of $2.85 per gallon. By contrast, the cheapest gas can be found in Champaign-Urbana, at $2.42 per gallon. 

Rockford's average price is $2.56 per gallon. This is 23 cents higher than last week.  

"Hurricane Harvey Flooding - 8/26/17 to ?" by Flickr user Jill Carlson (jillcarlson.org) / (CC x 2.0)

Hurricane Harvey has prompted an outpouring of donations, but a common concern is whether these contributions are providing the most bang for the buck.

Paul Logli is President of the United Way of the Rock River Valley. He said since relief efforts are focused on long term recovery, cash donations are the most effective.

“Certainly dry clothing for the people that first come in is important," he said, "but usually the stuff pouring in the area is far in excess of immediate demand and not very usable.”

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner put his signature today on a bill that redefines how Illinois public schools are funded. But it also will send overdue money to schools starting up the academic year.

Northern Illinois University

Field trips are a hallmark of grade school, often with memorable visits to a local museum, park or business. But not many students get the same opportunity once they reach college.  A group at Northern Illinois University wants to change that.

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