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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Officials from across northwest Illinois met in Rockford Wednesday to discuss creating a uniform building code across the region.

City officials says there were around thirty people in attendance.  One of those was Dennis Sweeney, Executive Vice President of the Home Builders of the Greater Rockford Area.  He says there were officials from DeKalb and Dixon as well as Freeport and Rockford at the meeting.  Sweeney says everyone likes the idea of one set of standards across communities in the region.   

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Spring is in the air, and that means more large trucks and farm machinery on the roads.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott says as the snow melts and the ground thaws, the softer ground makes roads more susceptible to damage.  To protect them, many side roads are closed to semitrailers until the soil dries and stabilizes.

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The Rockford Dance Company closes its current season with performances this weekend at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.  It also finishes the company’s first season under its new artistic director.

On a Monday night, under the watchful eye of Artistic Director Wayland Anderson, a half-dozen members of the Rockford Dance Company practice a number from his interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Rachel Hackler has been with the company for four years.  She’s stoked.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the Democrats aren’t making a serious effort to solve the state’s budget woes. 

A Democratic proposal to sweep money from several state accounts and use it to fund daycare subsidies and other programs that are running out of money has passed out of committee in the state legislature.

But Rauner says the measure is a distraction, not an answer to the problem.

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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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