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."

Taxes are a major sticking point in the Illinois budget impasse. Legislative leaders say a tax hike is needed to balance the budget and provide needed services.  The governor says he’s open to a tax hike, but only if the Legislature passes business and political reforms.  A northern Illinois legislator says there’s a way to balance the budget without raising taxes.

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A nationally-recognized ensemble comes to Rockford for a performance this weekend.  It’s also one of the most unique.

It’s Friday night at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, and the St. Luke’s Bottle Band is rehearsing for its upcoming show at Rockford’s First Lutheran Church. 

It’s just one of many the band will give this year, adding to the hundreds the band has given over the past 35 years across the country, on TV and radio. 

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A professional choir based at Northern Illinois University gives a concert Sunday, Oct. 18.  The ensemble gives both its director and its members a chance to go beyond the typical college or church choir experience.

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An NIU Art Museum exhibit examines America’s fraught relationship with guns. 

Susanne Slavick is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie-Mellon University and the curator of the exhibit “Unloaded.”  We’re looking at the piece that confronts you as you enter the exhibition.  Mel Chin’s 2012 work, “Cross for the Unforgiven: the 10th Anniversary Multiple,” is made up of 8 AK47 rifles, barrels cut and welded together.  Slavick says it’s a powerful piece.


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, across the nation and in Illinois.



Caterpillar is cutting as many as 5,000 jobs, and may cut thousands more over the next few years.  The construction and mining equipment maker says it is trying to reduce costs as it deals with downturns in key markets that it serves.


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The NIU Art Museum and the school’s institute for environmental studies are teaming up to deliver a message on sustainability. 

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Local governments work with a wide array of agencies and partnerships for projects within their jurisdictions.  Another organization aims to cross local boundaries for the good of all.

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An Illinois business partnership is getting several million dollars to help create hundreds of apprenticeships in the state.

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Illinois Advanced Apprenticeship Consortium $3.9 million to fund the creation of 600 apprenticeships over the next five years. The apprentices will attend college through an employer sponsorship and be paid for their work during their time in the program. 

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Artists Ensemble Theater is presenting the world premiere of “Jeeves at Sea,” a brand new comedy by Margaret Raether based on characters created by English writer P.G. Wodehouse.  Raether says she took material from two Wodehouse stories for the play.

It’s a bit of a mashup between a Reggie Pepper story, “Rally Around George,” and “Jeeves in the Springtime,” she says.