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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Arts
6:10 am
Thu September 26, 2013

NIU Theater School Adjusts to Season Away From Home

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Northern Illinois University’s Stevens Building is undergoing a long-needed renovation.  The project means that the NIU School of Theatre and Dance will be living in temporary quarters for the next two years.  It’s made putting on a season a lot more complicated.

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Community Close-Up 2013
6:20 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Sandwich Opera House Arts Venue, Civic Center

Our series of Community Close-ups continues with a look at the City of Sandwich, Illinois.  The city is perhaps best known for the Sandwich Fair, which bills itself as the oldest continuing county fair in Illinois.  But what about the rest of the year?  A place in the city’s downtown that has served as a focus of the community for generations. And it’s even older than the fair.

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-Illinois
6:20 am
Fri September 6, 2013

City's Rain Gardens Save Environment, And More

Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ

August 27, the Aurora City Council approved a contract to build a series of rain gardens on the city’s east side. The city is trying to meet federal and state clean water requirements, and believes rain gardens offer a good alternative to traditional methods of water management. As it turns out, that’s not all they do.

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-Illinois
6:20 am
Fri August 16, 2013

GED Program Goes Beyond Academic Help

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Education and training are often cited as the keys to success in today’s job market.  But many lack the high school diploma or General Educational Development certificate that would allow them to pursue those options.  In Rockford, new initiatives by a partnership led by Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois aim to help. They’re about more than the academics.

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Arts
6:20 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Outdoor Art Series: Bridge Of Art Spans Northern Illinois

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Sitting around a table, in a storefront in downtown Fulton, Illinois, several women discuss the window displays they’ve created for the Bridge of Art’s “Amazing Art of Recycling.”

Nancy Kolk created a river scene for her shop, Riverhouse Antiques:

“We took pottery shards to make a walkway which leads to water, and then we added cotton balls represent the pelicans.”

Heather Bennett, executive director of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce, used a different set of materials for her window at the Fulton Journal.

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-Illinois
6:33 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Illinois Community Colleges Find "Green" Jobs Training Programs A Success

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Getting the right training has long been considered key to finding a good job.  But in a changing and still sluggish economy, that often hasn’t been enough to guarantee employment. Green energy programs at some Illinois community colleges, however, are seeing success rates of close to one hundred percent.

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-Illinois
6:20 am
Mon June 3, 2013

For Broadband In Northern Illinois, The Future Is Now

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A push to bring high speed internet access to smaller communities and rural areas was a key part of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package.  One of the first projects to gain funding in Illinois was the DeKalb Advancement of Technology Authority, or DATA.  It was followed soon after by iFiber, a project to bring broadband to counties in north central and northwest Illinois.  Both are now moving from the construction phase to implementation.

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-Illinois
12:02 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Area Airports Win IDOT Awards

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The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics  has recognized several northern Illinois airports for their accomplishments throughout the year, including, according to IDOT, "an outstanding partnership with the state of Illinois and their commitment to customer satisfaction."

Area winners of the "2013 Airport of the Year" include:

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NIU
2:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

NIU Begins Search For New AD

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Northern Illinois University has announced a national search for the position of associate vice president and director of athletics.
A search firm will be utilized to expedite the search process. NIU President John G. Peters made the announcement May 14.

“After extensive consultation with President-Designate Baker and conversations with NCAA and BCS leaders, we’ve become convinced that it is time to launch a national search for a leader for our intercollegiate athletics program. Northern Illinois University enjoys a great reputation nationally.”

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Community Close-Up
4:59 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Princeton: Arts Big In Small Town

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Princeton is the county seat of Bureau County. It’s also the center for cultural activity that seems all out of proportion to its size.

Joni Hunt is Tourism Director for the City of Princeton. She says, no matter how you slice it, there’s a lot going on in this town of 7000.

“We have multiple platforms for artists and thespians and musicians, so it doesn’t matter what age you are, or what type of culture you’re interested in, there’s something for you here.”

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