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."

Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc.

A federal agency has rejected an application by Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. to build a railroad through northern Illinois from Wisconsin to Indiana. 

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A Northern Illinois University expert on education says the state’s new school funding reform bill marks a paradigm shift in how Illinois treats public schools.

Dr. Kristine Kiracofe is Professor of Educational Administration at NIU. She says the funding reform bill is a really significant change. It means Illinois will no longer have one of the most -- if not the most -- regressive system of education funding in the country. 

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Employees of the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles picketed outside the center Monday to protest what they say is escalating violence against staff and among the youth.

A few dozen juvenile justice specialists and educators gathered along the highway outside the center, waving signs saying “safety first” and “we protect you, who protects us?” while passing cars and trucks honked in response.  Several then told their stories of unprovoked attacks that left them with severe and lingering injuries, while the perpetrators suffered no repercussions.

Illinois Department of Revenue

While Illinois schools wait for a state education funding bill to be hashed out, they’ve gotten news of another financial blow.

river district association

Rockford’s River District Association says it hopes a one-day music festival hosted by a local business Labor Day weekend will be the first of many.

The downtown restaurant District Bar & Grill is putting on its “Off The Waterfront” festival on Saturday, Sept. 2. 

The River District Association, a private non-profit organization, promotes Rockford’s waterfront area through a variety of initiatives. Its president, Josh Albrecht, lauded the event in a news release as something to build on.

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