Guy Stephens

WNIJ Here and Now Host

Guy Stephens is the local host for NPR's Here and Now on WNIJ.  He also produces news stories for the station, and coordinates our online events calendar, PSAs and Arts Calendar announcements.  In each of these ways, Guy helps keep our listening community informed about what's going on, whether on a national or local level.  Guy's degrees are in music, and he spent a number of years as a classical host on WNIU.  In fact, after nearly 20 years with Northern Public Radio, the best description of his job may be "other duties as required."


Illinois is gaining private sector jobs at a slowly increasing pace after a big swing earlier in the year.

Human resources management firm ADP, in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics, Inc., measures changes in nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally adjusted basis.  The June ADP Regional Employment Report® says the state added 7,400 private sector jobs last month. That’s up from 6,300 jobs added in May, and 5,200 added in April.  

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

The Illinois Legislature today passed pieces of a stopgap budget deal between the governor and top legislative leaders to keep the state running and fund schools in the fiscal year that begins Friday.  The bills now head to the desk of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature.

The deal includes money to fund state services, colleges, prisons and road construction for the next six months. It also provides a full year of funding for elementary and secondary education, including money for financially struggling Chicago Public Schools. 

Susan Stephens

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Illinois is $2.48.  That’s ten cents lower than last week’s average, and 44 cents lower than the average a year ago, according to AAA.  AAA says regular unleaded gas in Illinois averaged $2.58 per gallon a week ago, and $2.92 per gallon a year ago.

The highest price is in Chicago, at $2.93 per gallon. The lowest is in Decatur, at $2.20 per gallon. 

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says its survey crews have now confirmed 18 tornados struck north central and northeast Illinois Wednesday night (June 22) during storms that traversed the state.  The NWS says the number could still be revised upward.

The NWS says damage surveys indicate two confirmed tornados qualified to be rated EF-2: at Pontiac, with top wind speeds estimated at 115-125 mph, and Marseilles-Seneca, with top wind speeds estimated at 116 mph. 

DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, DeKalb County Community Foundation

The Give Local DeKalb County campaign raised more money for local nonprofits this year than ever before, despite some technical problems.  

A total of $428,297 was raised for 68 local nonprofit organizations that participated in this year's event. That’s double what was raised last year.  

Lynette Spencer is executive director of the nonprofit Adventure Works of DeKalb and chair of the Give Local DeKalb County committee. She says the response to the campaign is gratifying. And with the state budget impasse, the money is especially needed.  


A dozen health centers in Illinois, including two in Kane County, and eight health centers in Wisconsin, including one in Beloit, have been awarded federal funding to broaden access to dental care. 

Nearly $4.4 million in support was announced Thursday by U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to fund new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides and technicians at 12 Illinois health centers.  The eight Wisconsin centers received nearly $2.8 million from the program.

Timber Lake Playhouse

 A professional theater company in northern Illinois’ Carroll County is seeking high schoolers interested in a career in the theater for a paid apprenticeship program this summer. 

Timber Lake Playhouse, near Mt. Carroll, received a grant through the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts that will fund four paid positions.

Dan Danielowski is the company’s executive director. He says the apprenticeships provide valuable experience.

Lake County Sheriff's Office

A judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss felony charges against the widow of a Lake County police officer who authorities say staged his suicide. 

Melodie Gliniewicz was charged after her husband, Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, died Sept. 1. Authorities say he staged his suicide because he feared discovery of his embezzlement from a youth program.

Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti said in her ruling that Gliniewicz's widow was legally accountable for funds misappropriated from Fox Lake Explorer Post 300.


 The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board on Tuesday officially certified a union for support staff at Rock Valley College. Workers filed paperwork in April with the board indicating the staff’s desire to form a union. Around 140 RVC support staff join the new Rock Valley College Support Staff Association, a local chapter of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers.

Guy Stephens / WNIJ

The protective covering around a towering statue near Oregon has been removed.  But it’s not because the work is finished.  The restoration of the 105-year-old work by sculptor Lorado Taft is on hold. Backers of the repairs worry what will happen to it in the meantime.