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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The Stage Coach Players open their 2015 season March 12 at the Stage Coach Theater in DeKalb with "9 to 5: The Musical.  This musical stage adaptation of the 1980 hit movie will open the Stage Coach Players’ 69th straight season of performances. 

David Hyde is the director for the show. He says the members of the community theater company run the gamut.

NIU

NIU officials are looking at how to deal with a potential cut in state aid.  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget proposes reducing that aid by more than thirty percent.

Allan Phillips is NIU’s incoming vice president of Administration and Finance.  Phillips says the governor’s budget is only the first step in what will be a months-long process.  But he expects there will be a cut in state aid, one big enough to demand a response. He says NIU must be prepared.

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The Rockford University Art Gallery holds its biennial fundraising event, “Heart Art” this Friday, Feb. 20.  The silent art auction gives attendees have a chance to bid on pieces donated by a wide range of artists.

Molly Carter is the director of the Rockford University Art Gallery, and organizer of this year’s Heart Art.  An artist herself, she’s also donated one of her own pieces to the show.  Carter says quite a few people look forward to the event.

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The Rockford University Art Gallery holds its biennial fundraising event, “Heart Art” this Friday, Feb. 20.  The silent art auction gives attendees have a chance to bid on pieces donated by a wide range of artists.

Molly Carter is the director of the Rockford University Art Gallery, and organizer of this year’s Heart Art.  An artist herself, she’s also donated one of her own pieces to the show.  Carter says quite a few people look forward to the event.

HUD

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded nearly $116 million to public housing authorities in Illinois.  The department says the funding will allow agencies to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units.  The Rockford Housing Authority was awarded nearly $3 million, LaSalle County's authority 1.3 million, Aurora's a little more than $1 million, Freeport's nearly $675,000, Whiteside County's more than $429,000 and DeKalb's close to $395,000. 

Christine Swanberg, Trinadora

This weekend, poet Christine Swanberg and Trinadora, musicians Ron Holm and Jannie Nelson, give a Valentine’s Day concert at Rockford’s JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace.  Swanberg explains the theme of the concert.

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Area efforts to combat hunger are the focus of a concert this weekend at NIU. 

“Make Our Garden Grow” will feature NIU, high school and community choruses.  NIU Choral Director Eric Johnson is the man behind the event.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens asked him what he was hoping to accomplish.

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Rockford’s Womanspace celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and, by all accounts, is going strong.  

ISP

The Illinois State Police say more than 91,000 concealed-carry permits have been issued in Illinois since the state began allowing people to carry concealed guns around in public a year ago.

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The NIU Art Museum’s latest exhibition, "Local Visions," features items plucked from the homes of area collectors. 

Peter Olson is the assistant director of the museum, and one of the curators for the show.  He says a couple of years ago, he was thinking of possible themes for an exhibition.

“I’m an artist and my house is full of artwork that I love, and I know a lot of other people who are artists and who have a lot of artwork themselves that inspires them . And that seemed like a great idea for an exhibition.”

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