Guy Stephens

WNIJ All Things Considered Host

Guy Stephens is the local host for NPR's All Things Considered 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
5:44 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Deal Delays Pension Reform For Higher Ed Workers To 2015

Credit SUAA

The State Universities Annuitants Association, which lobbies to protect the pension benefits of higher education employees, and the Illinois Attorney General have reached a tentative agreement to push the start of pension reform for community college and university workers back until July 2015.  The agreement must still be approved by a Sangamon County judge.

In a release, SUAA Executive Director Linda Brookhart says the deal addresses a critical issue:

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Arts
5:21 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Singer/Songwriters Share More Than A Love Of Music

Susan Werner, left, and Bonnie Koloc
Credit Elgin Community College

Singer/songwriters Bonnie Koloc and Susan Werner come to Elgin Community College’s Arts Center for a concert on Saturday, May 10. The two have a number of things in common.

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-Illinois
1:28 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Update: Kishwaukee College To Reopen; Closed Due To Power Outage

Kishwaukee College in Malta will reopen at 5 p.m..  It was closed Tuesday afternoon due to a power outage, and all daytime classes canceled.  A spokesman for the College says evening classes will be held as scheduled.

-Illinois
12:04 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Update: Aurora Rain Gardens

Workers excavate topsoil from a rain garden being constructed at Douglas and Simms in Aurora. The curbs have already been laid. When construction is done, plantings will sit on a bed of rock, gravel and sand.
Guy Stephens WNIJ

After a long, hard winter, construction has begun in earnest on the city of Aurora's rain garden project.  Rain gardens are being constructed at dozens of intersections in various parts of the city.  Eric Schoeny, Drainage and Underground Coordinator for the City of Aurora, says delays in the bidding process and the onslaught of snow and cold that never let up kept progress to a minimum for several months.  Now, Schoeny says, he expects work to proceed relatively quickly, and a number of rain gardens will be completed in a matter of weeks, with more to follow.

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Arts
6:20 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Retiring Director of NIU Jazz Ensemble Looks Back

Credit NIU

The NIU Jazz Ensemble's annual spring concert April 10 is the final concert at NIU for its director, Ron Carter.  After 20 years at the helm of the nationally-renowned ensemble, and numerous accolades for his work in the field of jazz and jazz education, Carter is retiring.  Surprisingly, Carter says growing up, he had no idea his career would be in jazz.

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Interim president gets the job
5:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New President For Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College's new president, Michael Mastroianni.
Credit Rock Valley College / rockvalleycollege.edu

After a national search, Rock Valley College has gone in-house for its new president.  The College's Board of Trustees today announced it has selected Michael Mastroianni as RVC's sixth president.  

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Arts
6:17 am
Mon March 31, 2014

NIU Production Seeks To Add Layers And Lyricism To Play

Patricia Skarbinski
Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ

The NIU School of Theatre and Dance’s current production is Ketty Fring’s 1958 stage adaptation of Thomas Wolfe’s coming-of-age novel “Look Homeward, Angel.”  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens spoke with the show’s director, Patricia Skarbinski.  The School is mounting its productions away from its home in NIU’s Stevens Building this year while the facility undergoes renovation. Skarbinski says that was just one of the challenges of the show.

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Community Close-Up
6:20 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Community Close-Up: Small Town Not Just Smallville

The northern Illinois town of Plano stood in for Smallville in the Superman movie released in 2013.  While residents have embraced the recognition that came with the film, they want everyone to know the town is more than a Hollywood backdrop.

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Judge rules no more wait
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Now Available In DeKalb County

Civil Union supporters gather on the DeKalb County Courthouse steps during a 2011 rally.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Same-sex couples in DeKalb County don't have to wait until June 1st to get a marriage license. That was the decision approved by a judge today, and means couples can begin applying for licenses immediately.

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I-90 construction
6:06 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Seven Northern Illinois Bridges To Close In March For I-90 Work

Credit Illinois Tollway

Seven local bridges crossing over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Boone, McHenry and Kane counties are scheduled to close in March for removal and  reconstruction as part of the Illinois Tollway’s I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project.  Another will close later in the spring.  It's expected the bridges will remain closed into the fall.  

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