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.

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.39. This is four cents cheaper than last week.

AAA reports the most expensive gas can be found in the City of Chicago, at $2.78 per gallon. In contrast, the cheapest gasoline is in Champaign-Urbana, at $2.14 per gallon

Rockford's average price is $2.34 per gallon -- three cents cheaper than last week's average. 

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One of the key participants in the Choice Program is regional hospitals. We continue our examination of this program by talking with managers and administrators at two facilities serving veterans in northern Illinois.

The Choice Program is designed to help veterans who are trying to receive specialist care that is either too far away, or the wait time for an appointment is too long. Veterans interested in the program talk to either their primary doctors or local veterans assistance center. These people then refer the veterans to a regional VA hospital.

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.43.  This is three cents more expensive than last week's price. 

AAA reports the most expensive gas  can be found in the City of Chicago, at $2.79 per gallon. By contrast, Danville has the cheapest gas, at $2.14 per gallon. 

Rockford's average price is $2.37. This is ten cents more expensive than last week.  

Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway will close lanes of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) intermittently next week as overnight work continues on the Illinois 23 Bridge near Marengo.

Crews will place beams overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., necessitating intermittent lane closures.  On Wednesday, westbound I-90 lanes will close intermittently for periods of up to 15 minutes.  The same disruption is expected Thursday, except with eastbound lanes.  The Illinois 23 bridge will remain open during the entire process, but be limited to a single lane of traffic.

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.38 -- two cents higher than last week's average price. 

The most expensive gas in Illinois can be found in the City of Chicago, at $2.75 per gallon. In contrast, Decatur has the cheapest gas, at $2.09 per gallon. 

AAA reports Rockford's average price is $2.26.  This is two cents cheaper than last week.  

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