Guy Stephens

WNIJ All Things Considered Host

Guy Stephens is the local host for NPR's All Things Considered 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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Illinois
6:29 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Tens of thousands still without power after Tuesday morning storms

Late Tuesday Afternoon Update:

Tens of thousands of people in northern Illinois were without electricity hours after a fast-moving thunderstorm downed trees and severed power lines.

The early morning storm knocked out power to about 300,000 homes and businesses in the northern part of the state.

Commonwealth Edison said that by mid-afternoon, 91,000 customers were still without electricity, most of them to the west of Chicago.

Company officials expect power will be restored to most of them by Thursday evening or Friday. 

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Business
5:37 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Japanese trainmaker cuts ribbon at Rochelle factory

Guy Stephens WNIJ

A host of public officials and hundreds of invited guests came to Rochelle Thursday to mark the grand opening of Japanese company Nippon Sharyo’s new rail car manufacturing facility there.  

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Arts
6:30 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Charlotte's Web head reflects on 40 years of success

WNIJ

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Over the decades, the Web has presented literally hundreds of artists. And despite always working on a shoestring budget, it has consistently won renown for both the quality and variety of its concerts. It's also survived economic woes that have felled many an arts organization.  Lani Richardson is executive director of the Web.

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Arts
6:30 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Youth Orchestra tackles Beethoven biggie

RSYO Music Director Daniel Black leads his orchestra in performance
Yawen Wu

Sunday, April 29th, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra takes on perhaps the biggest challenge in its 47–year history.

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food and the environment
6:30 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Faith at the end of your fork: a conversation with Anna Lappé

This Saturday, a group of Rockford churches and community organizations hold “Faith at the End of Your Fork,” a day-long series of workshops on making food choices that are healthy and sustainable. 

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Education
6:30 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Cents and Sensibility

As a member of Financial Cents, accounting graduate student Thurston Booth teaches other students financial literacy

Most of the events during Money Smart Week are given by finance professionals. One set of presentations, though, is not being given by a bank officer or a CPA. Northern Illinois University's Financial Cents program employs students to teach their peers what they need to know when it comes to money. Now, during Money Smart Week, they're doing the same thing for the larger community. 

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Community
6:30 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Mendota Residents Lament Plant Closing

Many residents of a small LaSalle County town are still in shock after news that one of its largest employers will be closing its doors next month.

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Business
6:30 am
Thu March 22, 2012

A Farmer Explains the Corn Checkoff

Illinois Corn Growers

Most of the attention in Illinois has been on the primary, but there’s another vote coming up March 28th.  Corn farmers are being asked whether to raise the voluntary corn checkoff rate.  Paul Taylor raises corn in DeKalb County. He’s also a member of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and works with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, which is asking for the increase.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens spoke with Taylor. He began by asking, just what is a checkoff?

 

Politics
5:06 am
Tue March 20, 2012

No Contest(s)

A number of candidates are running unopposed in their party’s primary.  In some cases, there is no one running in the other party’s primary, either. That could mean that, for some candidates, the fall election will be a mere formality.  

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