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."

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says its survey crews have now confirmed 18 tornados struck north central and northeast Illinois Wednesday night (June 22) during storms that traversed the state.  The NWS says the number could still be revised upward.

The NWS says damage surveys indicate two confirmed tornados qualified to be rated EF-2: at Pontiac, with top wind speeds estimated at 115-125 mph, and Marseilles-Seneca, with top wind speeds estimated at 116 mph. 

DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, DeKalb County Community Foundation

The Give Local DeKalb County campaign raised more money for local nonprofits this year than ever before, despite some technical problems.  

A total of $428,297 was raised for 68 local nonprofit organizations that participated in this year's event. That’s double what was raised last year.  

Lynette Spencer is executive director of the nonprofit Adventure Works of DeKalb and chair of the Give Local DeKalb County committee. She says the response to the campaign is gratifying. And with the state budget impasse, the money is especially needed.  


A dozen health centers in Illinois, including two in Kane County, and eight health centers in Wisconsin, including one in Beloit, have been awarded federal funding to broaden access to dental care. 

Nearly $4.4 million in support was announced Thursday by U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to fund new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides and technicians at 12 Illinois health centers.  The eight Wisconsin centers received nearly $2.8 million from the program.

Timber Lake Playhouse

 A professional theater company in northern Illinois’ Carroll County is seeking high schoolers interested in a career in the theater for a paid apprenticeship program this summer. 

Timber Lake Playhouse, near Mt. Carroll, received a grant through the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts that will fund four paid positions.

Dan Danielowski is the company’s executive director. He says the apprenticeships provide valuable experience.

Lake County Sheriff's Office

A judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss felony charges against the widow of a Lake County police officer who authorities say staged his suicide. 

Melodie Gliniewicz was charged after her husband, Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, died Sept. 1. Authorities say he staged his suicide because he feared discovery of his embezzlement from a youth program.

Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti said in her ruling that Gliniewicz's widow was legally accountable for funds misappropriated from Fox Lake Explorer Post 300.