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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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.

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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.

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It’s summer theater time.  Places that are relatively quiet the rest of the year are churning out productions at a dizzying pace.  That raises a question:  is summer theater somehow different from theater the rest of the year?  

Dexter Brigham founded Festival 56 in Princeton, Illinois, more than a decade ago. He says summer theater is almost a separate genre, with roots that go back to the 19th century, when both actors and audiences were looking for something to do when the Broadway season ended.  

A dispute between airline Allegiant Air and its airport hub in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area should have no impact on its service to the Chicago Rockford International Airport.  That’s according to a spokeswoman for the airline.

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An upswing in the Rockford metropolitan area’s economy over the last several years is reflected favorably in a recent report.  Rockford ranked eighth among the 150 largest metro areas in the country for the highest percentage of new jobs in occupations that pay a living wage.

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The Kishwaukee Valley Art League presents the 44th Annual Northern Illinois Art Show June 6 and 7 in Sycamore.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens spoke with the president of the League recently.  Larry Bond began by explaining why the art show was created.

Larry Bond: “The main reason was, to have an opportunity for local artists to exhibit in the community, for people to see their work, and the monies generated from this particular art show help us fund our projects throughout the year."

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The Kishwaukee Valley Art League presents the 44th Annual Northern Illinois Art Show June 6 and 7 in Sycamore.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens spoke with the president of the League recently.  Larry Bond began by explaining why the art show was created.

Larry Bond: “The main reason was, to have an opportunity for local artists to exhibit in the community, for people to see their work, and the monies generated from this particular art show help us fund our projects throughout the year."

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Sveas Söner (The Sons of Sweden) chorus presents its 125th annual spring concert this Sunday at Bethesda Covenant Church in Rockford.  The director of the male chorus, as it happens, is neither male nor Swedish.

Sherry Dreyfuss says she was a bit surprised when she was approached by Sveas Söner.

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DeKalb County officials say some minor rebuilding has begun in the northern Illinois community of Fairdale in the wake of the April 9 tornado.

Paul Miller is DeKalb County’s Planning and Zoning Director.  He says the county has received applications from Fairdale residents for permits to repair roofs or siding and to replace outbuildings, like sheds.  But, Miller says, the county has not yet received any applications from Fairdale to rebuild homes that were destroyed by the tornado.  Miller says they can't because of the community's zoning.

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The Rockford Christian Fellowship Band observes its 30th anniversary with a concert at 4 P.M. this Sunday, May 17, at First Evangelical Covenant Church in Rockford.  The group calls itself a “Community Concert Band with a Christian Ministry.

It’s a Tuesday night rehearsal at First Evangelical Covenant Church in Rockford, and the members of the Rockford Christian Fellowship Band are warming up.

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