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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Same-sex couples in DeKalb County don't have to wait until June 1st to get a marriage license. That was the decision approved by a judge today, and means couples can begin applying for licenses immediately.

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Seven local bridges crossing over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Boone, McHenry and Kane counties are scheduled to close in March for removal and  reconstruction as part of the Illinois Tollway’s I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project.  Another will close later in the spring.  It's expected the bridges will remain closed into the fall.  

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Champaign County issued its first marriage license to a same-sex couple Wednesday, the second county in Illinois to do so.  Laura and Marissa Meli are University of Illinois law students who've been a couple for eight years. 

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A DeKalb County Circuit Court judge has ordered Waste Management of Illinois, Inc. to take extra precautions to prevent the release of noxious gases in the wake of a Jan. 14 incident that was blamed for sickening dozens of students and staff at Cortland Elementary School. 

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In some Illinois farm fields this winter, hidden beneath the ice and snow, there are crops farmers have planted that won’t ever go to market, but could ultimately affect the farmers’ bottom line.  Cover crops could have an impact far beyond that.

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Northern Illinois University’s President Doug Baker has called for increasing the school’s ties with Chinese institutions. That would include having more students from China on the DeKalb campus.  In one school within the university, a number are already here -- and have been for a long time.

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A Rockford lawyer and onetime Winnebago County State's Attorney  has been chosen an Associate Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court that serves Winnebago and Boone Counties. Philip J. Nicolosi's selection by a vote of 17th Circuit judges was announced on Monday, December 23.  He fills a vacancy left by the retirement of Associate Judge Gary V. Pumilia.

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Alumni of the NIU Community School of the Arts Sinfonia join current members for a concert Sunday, December 22 at NIU's Boutell Memorial Concert Hall  to mark the School’s 25th anniversary. Deborah Booth has been the School’s director for much of that time. Booth says it started small, and with a particular focus. 

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The Rockford Dance Company has picked a new executive director with local ties.

In its announcement, the Rockford Dance Company's Board of Directors said Carm Cavallaro Rongere's "experience in management leadership, the performing arts, and nonprofit organizations will support the advancement of the mission of the dance company, the school, and the outreach efforts in the greater Rockford Community." 

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