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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Rockford University students present a preview Friday night in the school’s Maddox Theatre of the musical revue they’ll perform in early August at Edinburgh, Scotland’s Fringe Festival.


Illinois is gaining private sector jobs at a slowly increasing pace after a big swing earlier in the year.

Human resources management firm ADP, in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics, Inc., measures changes in nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally adjusted basis.  The June ADP Regional Employment Report® says the state added 7,400 private sector jobs last month. That’s up from 6,300 jobs added in May, and 5,200 added in April.  

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

The Illinois Legislature today passed pieces of a stopgap budget deal between the governor and top legislative leaders to keep the state running and fund schools in the fiscal year that begins Friday.  The bills now head to the desk of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature.

The deal includes money to fund state services, colleges, prisons and road construction for the next six months. It also provides a full year of funding for elementary and secondary education, including money for financially struggling Chicago Public Schools. 

Susan Stephens

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Illinois is $2.48.  That’s ten cents lower than last week’s average, and 44 cents lower than the average a year ago, according to AAA.  AAA says regular unleaded gas in Illinois averaged $2.58 per gallon a week ago, and $2.92 per gallon a year ago.

The highest price is in Chicago, at $2.93 per gallon. The lowest is in Decatur, at $2.20 per gallon. 

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.