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
6:25 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Medical Marijuana Lifts Local Government Hopes

The application process for medical marijuana growing facilities and dispensaries has officially begun. But many applicants have been busy for months lining up sites and getting permits from local governments. Those county boards and municipal councils have been receptive.

Most people’s interaction with the new law will be through the dispensaries which will dole out the medical marijuana. But there’s no doubt that the growing centers, which will also process the plant material for its prescribed use, have drawn the most attention from local officials.

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-Illinois
5:16 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Musical and Disabilities Center: Different Media, Common Message

Facebook / RVC Starlight Theater

Friday, August 8, the world premiere of a new musical will be presented at Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre as a benefit for a Rockford organization that seeks to break down barriers for disabled adults.  It turns out that there is a strong connection between the theme of the musical “Angel” and the mission of the Barbara Olson Center of Hope.

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Arts
2:59 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Rockford Symphony Names New Conductor For Youth Orchestra

Linc Smelser
Credit Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has chosen Linc Smelser to be the next conductor of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO). The RSO announced the selection Friday.

In the announcement, RSO Music Director Steven Larsen said he was delighted to have Smelser as the RSYO's new conductor.

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term limits and redistricting
1:21 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Judge Rejects Fall Ballot Questions; Remap Group Won't Appeal

Cook County Judge Mary Mikva ruled today that three signature-driven ballot measures don't meet constitutional requirements and cannot be on this fall's general election ballot. 

Two of the measures call for legislative term limits, and another asks for the formation of an independent commission to oversee the state's political map-drawing process. 

Attorneys for advocates of the term limits measures say they will appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court next week.

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Arts
6:20 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Rockford Dance Company's New Director Sees Potential In City

Wayland Anderson
Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ

    

The Rockford Dance Company has a new Artistic Director.  Wayland Anderson has been a lead dancer and choreographer for ballet companies in Texas, Maryland and South Carolina, and co-founded the modern ballet company Dancewordz.  It's been a busy career, but to hear him tell it, it's all perfectly natural.

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Arts
4:31 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Statue's Restoration Is Closer To Becoming A Reality

A warning fence surrounds the base of "The Eternal Indian" -- also known as Black Hawk -- to help protect visitors from falling debris.
Guy Stephens

American sculptor Lorado Taft called it “The Eternal Indian”, but it’s universally known as “Black Hawk.”

Taft constructed the statue out of concrete and colored cement on a bluff overlooking the Rock River near Oregon in 1911. Since then, the years, weather and repairs and restorations of varying quality have taken their toll. 

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-Illinois
6:25 am
Mon June 23, 2014

4-C: Growing One Child At A Time

Credit 4-C

Community Coordinated Child Care began more than 40 years ago with a referral service for parents searching for child care in and around DeKalb. Since then, both the list of services offered by 4-C and the area it serves has grown tremendously.

On a day last spring at the Children's Learning Center in DeKalb, Curriculum Director Shannon Alamia offers a visitor a quick survey of the the facility.

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Business
6:32 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rockford Fastpitch "'Shark Tank' Without The Bite"

Credit Eigerlab

Rockford’s EIGERlab hosts its 8th annual Fastpitch Competition Wednesday, June 18, at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine at Rockford.

EIGERlab Marketing Coodinator Sherry Pritz compares Fastpitch to the television show “Shark Tank,” where entrants pitch their ideas for a new product or process to a panel of investors.

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-Illinois
9:51 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Area Museums Get State Grants For Capital Projects

Credit State of Illinois

Several Northern Illinois museums will be receiving capital investment grants from the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program as part of the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program. 

In a release Saturday, June 14, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the grants will help the museums better fulfill their mission and help the state's economy.

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-Illinois
5:45 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Rockford Garden Tops in North America

Credit Anderson Japanese Gardens

Anderson Japanese Gardens has been chosen the highest quality Japanese Gardens in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine (The Journal of Japanese Gardening) in a recent ranking.  According to a press release from Anderson, a panel of 41 Japanese garden specialists considered over 300 public Japanese gardens and ranked the gardens based on defined characteristics including subtleness, natural beauty, moderation and human scale.

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