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 dozen college and high school choral groups from 7 states descend upon Rochelle - Flagg Township High School this weekend for the 3rd annual Vertical Voices Vocal Jazz Festival.  So what’s bringing those students and an acclaimed jazz quartet together in the Hub City?


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $1.4 million Tuesday to homeless housing and service programs in the Rockford area. 

The Tier 1 Continuum of Care grants support efforts to provide housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  

The grants are part of nearly $89 million HUD awarded to more than 360 local programs serving the homeless in Illinois.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released her office's list of the top ten consumer complaints of 2015 on Monday.  Madigan's office says that, for the first time, the annual list includes "education-related complaints" made by student borrowers dealing with problems related to student loans, loan servicers and for-profit schools. Such complaints ranked seventh on the list.  

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The Rockford Symphony Orchestra announced the lineup for its next season Tuesday.  The RSO’s executive director is Julie Thomas.  She’s excited about a special concert, and a special guest performer, added to the 2016-2017 season.

Ogle County Sheriff

The Earlville school board has given a $192,000 severance package to its superintendent, Wade Winekauf, who faces multiple domestic violence charges, including a felony.    

Winekauf was to retire as superintendent of Earlville Community Unit School District 9 in 2018. Under the terms of the agreement with the district's board, Winekauf will instead retire March 11.  

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The NIU School of Theatre and Dance production of “The Lucky Chance” re-sets the 17th century Restoration comedy in 1960s London.

NIU theater professor Stanton Davis is director of the school’s production of “The Lucky Chance.” He says, as the first female professional playwright in Britain, author Aphra Behn is a fascinating figure of history. But that’s not why he chose to stage the play. 

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The fourth online auction of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell’s personal possessions is up and running. It began Tuesday. 

The auction features items from about 200 lots that did not sell in a previous auction, according to Sauk Valley Media. Offerings include leather jackets, sweatshirts, a fur vest, jeans, and a fur coat. The U.S. Marshals Service Asset Forfeiture Division lowered opening bids on the items this go-round in an attempt to attract more buyers.

Visit Beloit

The 11th Annual Beloit International Film Festival begins its 10-day run Friday afternoon.  This year's could be the best yet.

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The Illinois State Board of Education has authorized twenty-nine school districts to sell their local bonds with a federal interest subsidy for construction projects through the U.S. Department of Education's Qualified School Construction Bond program.  The program was created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly referred to as "The Stimulus" or "The Recovery Act," passed at the beginning of President Barack Obama's first term. 

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People interested in owning something that belonged to Dixon’s jailed former comptroller will get another chance.  The U.S. Marshals service will conduct an auction Feb. 23-March 8 of items that didn’t sell in the previous auction of Rita Crundwell’s possessions that ended last week.  Sauk Media reports opening bids will be lowered on the nearly 200 items in hopes of attracting buyers.  Most are women’s clothing, including western shirts, leather jackets, a fur vest and a fur coat.