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."


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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10:33 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Update: Negotiations Continue On Lawsuit Against DeKalb County

A lawsuit filed last summer against DeKalb County is still alive. But most of the action is happening behind closed doors.

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5:18 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Northern Illinois Workforce Development Board Expanding

Credit Boone and Winnebago Counties Workforce Investment Board

An organization that oversees job training and workforce development programs in Boone and Winnebago Counties is expanding to include Stephenson County.

John Strandin is a spokesman for the Boone and Winnebago Counties Workforce Investment Board.

Strandin says the Board had worked closely with Stephenson County on workforce issues before, so the two are familiar with each other.  Strandin says, for a number of reasons, this merger makes sense.

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6:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

NIU Conference Showcases Diversity Of Graduate Work, Allows For Connections

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On Saturday, April 27th,  Northern Illinois University’s Graduate Research Association (GSRA) holds its 5th annual Research and Artistry Conference.  The academic event is unique in that it includes work from across many disciplines in the arts and sciences.

Rachel Moran is a master’s student in biology at NIU. She’s also the chair of the Graduate Research Association and helped plan this year’s conference. And she’s a participant. She says this event is a great opportunity for students like herself.

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UPDATE on Hall High School
6:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Two School District Celebrate Passage Of Referendums, But One Still in Doubt

Hall High School in Spring Valley was built in 1914. There have been numerous additions and renovations over the decades, but much of the basic structure remains as it was almost 100 years ago.
Credit Hall High School District 502

Update, 4/23/13

All absentee ballots have been counted...Hall High School referendum supporters have still won. Two absentee ballots from the Hall district were added to the vote totals today: one yes and one no, so the extremely close margin stands. The measure to raise $32-million to build a new high school passed 1,717 - 1,714.

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10:52 am
Mon April 8, 2013

A Conversation With The Founder Of Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival

NIU Professor Laura Vasquez, founder of Reality Bytes
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Laura Vasquez,  professor of media studies in the School of Communication at Northern Illinois University, says she started the Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival a little over a decade ago as a showcase for her students' work, as well as a chance for them to get some real-world experience.

"To learn what was the bar, what other people in college were producing, and how they could learn to tell stories that were engaing, that were well-produced, that were well-shot, and that had an audience."

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Community Close-Up
6:30 am
Fri March 22, 2013

After Big Losses, Mendota Working To Move Forward

A new water tower is one of the infrastructure improvements the city of Mendota is making to attract new businesses.
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As you head off Interstate 39 and drive west toward Mendota, the sign inviting you to the city’s annual summer sweet corn festival reminds you that you’re in farm country. The big Del Monte processing plant further in confirms that. But manufacturing has long been a big part of Mendota’s economy, too. So R.R. Donnelley was hailed back in 1992 when it bought a closed local printing plant, adding high-skilled, high-wage jobs to the community.

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Highlights and Reaction
5:35 am
Thu February 7, 2013

State Of The State 2013

Illinois lawmakers listen to Gov. Pat Quinn during his State of the State address on February 6, 2013
Credit Chris Slaby / Illinois Public Radio

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gave his State of the State address this week. He repeatedly hammered a theme of political courage during his speech to the General Assembly.

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Community Close-Up 2013
6:36 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Rochelle Finds Benefit In Its Nickname


We continue our series "Community Close-Up" in a city trying to capitalize on its prime location.  Rochelle sits along Lincoln Highway near I-39 and I-88, earning it the nickname as the "Hub City."  City leaders hope recent upgrades and business opportunities will attract people to this city at the crossroads.

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Fiscal Cliff
4:05 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Manzullo Talks "Fiscal Cliff"

Don Manzullo
Credit U.S. House

Illinois Congressman Don Manzullo says the House should not take the blame for the looming fiscal cliff.  He says the House passed a tax bill last summer. He faults the Senate for not acting on that bill, or any House proposal, since.  He says a deal could come together very quickly, if both sides agree to work on it.

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