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."

Rock Falls Community Development Corporation

A key part of Rock Falls’ riverfront redevelopment plans could be open for business by the end of the year.

A representative of the group building a Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Rock Falls’ downtown riverfront told the city council August 18 that construction on the 68-room hotel could be finished before the end of the year.

Rock Falls Mayor Bill Westcott says the project had to overcome several hurdles, but it will be worth it.

USGenWeb Project

Members of the public get a chance to weigh in on the options for shrinking the number of townships in McHenry County at an open house Tuesday, August 18,  in Woodstock.

The McHenry County Board Chairman convened a task force made up county and township officials earlier this year to look at consolidating the county’s 17 townships.  That came after a group called McHenry County Citizens for Township Consolidation called for a referendum.  They want to reduce the number to eight.

Ogle County Sheriff's Office

The Ogle County Sheriff is looking for man who impersonated one of its officers last week.

Wheaton College will stop providing any health insurance for students to avoid complying with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. The move announced earlier this month takes effect Friday. It affects about 700 students, a quarter of the college’s student population.

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More than 100 part-time instructors at Kishwaukee College are joining the same union as their full-time counterparts.  The Illinois Labor Relations Board has certified that a majority of the college’s adjunct faculty want to form a union with the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

Illinois 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren is co-sponsoring a bill to prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals and groups with religious objections to same-sex marriage. 

The Republican says the First Amendment Defense Act is needed because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.  Hultgren is concerned that those who believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman might themselves become victims of discrimination.  

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Aerospace has long been significant part of the Rockford area economy. Efforts continue to further build up the industry. 

It’s the last Wednesday in May, and a symposium organized by Rockford area Congressman Adam Kinzinger and the Rockford Area Economic Development Corporation, or RAEDC, is taking place at NIU Rockford.  Dozens of local businesses are lined up to meet with representatives of aerospace giant Northrop Grumman.


The Northern Illinois University College of Law was listed as one of the country’s top ten most underrated law schools in a recent study.

Guy Stephens / WNIJ

A lot of people think of poetry as something academic and distant, and not as a part of daily life.  A display in Aurora, Illinois, aims to change that view.


The Illinois Department of Employment Security says May was the fifteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago.  Rates also fell in all of Illinois’s 102 counties. 

Department Director Jeff Mays noted that three metro areas in northeastern Illinois, including the Elgin area at 4.8 percent, Lake-Kenosha and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro areas, had returned to pre-recession unemployment rates.