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."

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Illinois motorists soon will get vehicle registration reminders in the mail again. They also might get something extra with those reminders in the future. 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Monday that he is reinstating the reminders. He also is asking the legislature to allow his office to offer advertising space on them to defray the cost of the mailings.

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Eight of Illinois’ 14 metropolitan areas experienced decreases in their over-the-year unemployment rate in June and eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

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Rockford University students present a preview Friday night in the school’s Maddox Theatre of the musical revue they’ll perform in early August at Edinburgh, Scotland’s Fringe Festival.

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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.  

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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. 

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