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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Rockford native and New American Theater founder J.R. Sullivan says he conceived of his Hometown Holiday Show as a celebration of the season, and of his hometown.

He brings the 21st production of his show, featuring Sullivan and a troupe of friends, back to Rockford this weekend, Dec. 10 and 11.

Sullivan says the format mirrors one of the holiday staples at NAT, the company he founded and led for many years.  He says the main show was an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” 

ADP

A new report says Illinois added 8,600 private sector jobs in November. That’s a rebound after two months of much smaller increases.

The increase in the November ADP Regional Employment Report® comes after previous reports showing only 3,600 nonfarm private sector jobs were added in October and 2,100 in September.

Crusader Community Health

Thursday was World AIDS Day. An organization that provides health care for low-income residents in Boone and Winnebago Counties marked the day by launching a campaign to overcome the stigma that prevents some people with HIV from getting the care they need.

The Winnebago County Health Department and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago joined Crusader Community Health to announce the effort.

Republican Frank Haney won the race for Winnebago County Chairman over Democrat John Nelson.  With all precincts reporting, Haney beat Nelson by nearly seven thousand votes.  

Nelson led from the start and for much of the evening.  He amassed a big numerical margin in Rockford but Haney built a lead in the rest of the county as the night wore on to first narrow the gap and then surpass Nelson. 

Incumbent Chairman Scott Christiansen did not seek re-election. 

Landmarks Illinois

Freeport residents voted in favor of changing the city’s form of government from one run by a full-time mayor and city council to one with a city manager running city operations as chief executive.

The measure calling for the change won with 53 percent in favor vs. 47 percent against.  The measure had been backed by a number of businesses and the local chamber of Commerce.  They argued a city the size of Freeport needed a full-time professional running day-to-day operations, and said it would free up the mayor and council to concentrate more on strategic planning.

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