Jenna Dooley

WNIJ All Things Considered Host

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield.  For 2012, she was named "Newsfinder of the Year" by the Illinois Associated Press. She is also recipient of the 2014 Donald R. Grubb NIU Journalism Alumni Award. She is not afraid to brag at parties that she has met Carl Kasell, Ira Glass, and Garrison Keillor (and has pictures to prove it!) She is the former Recording Secretary for the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Jenna Dooley

Tamir Hargana shared his gift of music with the residents of Oak Crest Retirement Center Tuesday afternoon in DeKalb. Hargana says the public concert was in appreciation for financial support from the Lester K. Smith scholarship fund to continue his studies in DeKalb. The Northern Illinois University graduate student previously attended Inner Mongolia University Arts College, specializing in Mongolian throat singing and the horse head fiddle. At NIU, he helped establish the Northern Wind Trio...

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University has been at the center of several court cases this year. A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by an NIU biology professor claimed he was denied salary increases in-line with similarly situated non-Indian faculty members. Court documents alleged the university "willfully and deliberately" subjected the professor to discrimination on the basis of his race since he was hired in 1983. According to court documents, the case was dismissed without prejudice earlier...

Ahil Nishanthan Gunasekaran, Sidharth Pandey, Darshan Patil

Voter turnout dipped nationally this election cycle, but it appears there were slight gains in some northern Illinois counties. WNIJ took a closer look at turnout in DeKalb, LaSalle, and Winnebago counties compared with 2012. According to unofficial results from county clerk data and figures from the State Board of Elections, voter turnout for DeKalb County topped 72% in 2016 between front runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump compared with 71% in the match-up against then-incumbent Barack...

Joiner History Room

Marlyn Burkart, the founder of Marlyn’s Majorettes died this week. She spent decades teaching young people baton twirling and color guard. In 2009, she served as Grand Marshal of Sycamore’s annual Pumpkin Fest. At that time, the Pumpkin Fest committee lauded Burkart for her years of service to the community, noting her group’s participation at regional sporting events such as the Bulls, White Sox, and Cubs games, and marching in Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Burkart also held local...

staterepwallace.com

Illinois House Democrats lost their supermajority this election. That change means they lose the ability to override a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, says the outcome of Tuesday’s election may not hit the party as hard as some observers may expect. “Well, it was already a precarious supermajority in the first place," Wallace said. "So numerically it was, but not always in terms of the vote. We had about three or four members who may or may not have always gone...

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