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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Communities across the country hold parades and ceremonies for Memorial Day.  An incomplete list of observances in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin follows. Cities are listed in alphabetical order. Unless otherwise noted (*), the events take place on Monday, May 30.

Algonquin holds a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10:30 a.m.at Riverfront Park, 201 N. Harrison St. The ceremony will include guest speakers and singers, 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps

Target Corporation

Target Corporation announced earlier this year it planned to add hundreds of jobs at its DeKalb distribution center.  As of the end of May, the company is well on its way to that goal.

The DeKalb facility is being converted into what Target calls an upstream distribution center. That means it serves other, regional distribution centers “downstream” in the supply chain.  It will be just one of three in the country.  Mike Milano is senior director of distribution at the DeKalb center. He says the expanded facility now serves a wide territory. 

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Rock Valley College theater director Mike Webb is getting ready for the new summer season of Starlight Theatre. He also was thinking about another season of the college's Studio Theatre in the fall. But Rock Valley recently announced it was dropping Studio Theatre, along with staff layoffs that also affect Starlight. And that has Webb thinking it might be time for him to go as well.

Mercyhealth

Two health systems in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin that merged last year unveiled a new name and logo on Monday to emphasize the unification of their resources into one integrated regional provider.

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Rock Falls’ redevelopment of its riverfront just took an important step forward.  A Holiday Inn Express & Suites built on the former industrial site opened for business Thursday. The hotel’s completion was delayed repeatedly by a number of unrelated factors. But SaukValley.com reports Rock Falls Mayor Bill Wescott thinks it was worth the wait.  Westcott says, after decades cleaning up the former brownfield site, having the hotel up and running is a huge psychological boost to the city, and a boost to its efforts to revitalize the local economy.   

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