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."

A chemical spill Monday morning at a Sugar Grove chemical distributor sent 14 people to area hospitals with respiratory problems.

The Sugar Grove Fire Protection District says all the problems were minor.  Fire district officials say chlorine gas was released in the incident at Producers Chemical.  The District says it took about two and a half hours to contain the release and clear the facility.



Illinois added 8,200 private sector jobs in July. That’s according to a report by human resources management firm ADP.  

The report says Illinois added 8,800 service sector jobs in July.  The total number was pulled down by a loss of 600 jobs in areas such as manufacturing, mining and construction.  

Rockford Area Arts Council

The Rockford Area Arts Council’s ArtsPlace wraps up this weekend at Riverfront Museum Park.  Dance pieces, interdisciplinary performances and short films, all created by the students at ArtsPlace, will be presented in several shows. Students’ artwork has also been put on display and for sale.  

Sharon Nesbit-Davis is Education & Community Engagement Director for the Rockford Area Arts Council. She says the summer arts apprenticeship program offers a unique opportunity for area teens.  

Rockford Products LLC

 The CEO of Rockford Products’ parent company on Monday sent a letter to the State of Illinois and the City of Rockford saying that, unless a buyer was found, the facility would close September 30, and its 171 employees would be permanently laid off.

The maker of automotive and industrial fasteners for heavy-duty off-road equipment makers like Deere and Caterpillar blamed a drop in sales as that industry contracts.

Illinois motorists soon will get vehicle registration reminders in the mail again. They also might get something extra with those reminders in the future. 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Monday that he is reinstating the reminders. He also is asking the legislature to allow his office to offer advertising space on them to defray the cost of the mailings.