Jenna Dooley

WNIJ Morning Edition Producer/Reporter

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 Recording Secretary for the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.


9:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Youth May Hold Key To Grain Bin Safety

Colin Ebbers, 19, of Dakota, Ill. volunteers to be the victim of a grain bin fall during a demonstration by Stateline Farm Rescue, based in Orangeville, Ill.
Jenna Dooley

A 9-year-old boy died in a grain bin this week in southwestern Wisconsin. While every situation is different, agricultural engineers continue to work on new ways to prevent such deaths. Those involved in the training industry say reaching the younger generation will be an important step to prevent entrapments. 


Rescue Tools

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Sexual Assault
5:08 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Washington, NIU Address Campus Sexual Assaults


A new survey of the nation's top colleges and universities will help shape legislation addressing on-campus sexual assaults. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri calls it “disturbing” that 41 percent of the responding institutions said they have not carried out any sexual assault investigations in five years.

“Which means they are saying there has been zero incidents of sexual assault on their campuses. That is hard to believe and obviously very problematic,” McCaskill said.

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5:16 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Taiwanese Students Learn How To "Argue" At NIU Camp

Jenna Dooley WNIJ

There are a lot of summer camps to choose from, with everything from sports to arts and crafts.

Two dozen young students from Taiwan are learning with their American peers how to get their point across. This week, the students are taking part in activities designed around the study and debate of alternative energy.

The students from the National University of Tainan's Affiliated Elementary School will stay in DeKalb through mid-July.

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4:40 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NIU Education Leader Sees Lack Of Diversity

La Vonne Neal
Credit NIU

A Northern Illinois University educator wants to help schools close the achievement gap among students of different cultures. Part of the solution involves attracting more teachers from diverse backgrounds into the profession. Dr. La Vonne Neal, dean of NIU's College of Education, has co-authored a book aimed at that goal.


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'Hear Our Cry' March
5:03 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Slideshow: Rockford Deacon Adds Final Steps To Epic Walk

Lou Ness is greeted by supporters and members of the Washington National Cathedral on June 19, 2014
Jenna Dooley WNIJ

After walking from Rockford to the Washington National Cathedral, Lou Ness still had a few miles left in her.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
11:19 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rockford Deacon Arrives In D.C., Plans Thursday Event

Ness being greeted by Bishop Dorsey McConnell on the steps of Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh
Credit Shelter Care Ministries

The director of a Rockford social service agency has completed a 900-mile walk to Washington D.C.

It was no April Fools' Day joke. Deacon Lou Ness has been walking every day since April First with a mission to make it to the nation's capital. It was part of an effort to raise awareness for poverty in local communities. She's the director of Rockford's Shelter Care Ministries. She finished what she started this weekend.

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5:34 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Lee County Now Allowing Multiple Payments For Real Estate Taxes

Credit WNIJ

Lee County property owners can now pay their real estate taxes in smaller increments.

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DeKalb County
6:05 am
Wed June 4, 2014

DeKalb County Takes Ownership Of Sycamore Mobile Home Park

Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

DeKalb County closed on the Evergreen Village mobile home park on Friday.  The next step is to move people out of more than 100 homes there. The park is prone to frequent flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave DeKalb County a multi-million dollar grant to buy the park and make it a permanent open space. Consultants have now met with more than half of the occupants to determine the value of the homes.

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5:33 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Neighborhood Group Questions Redevelopment Documents

Memorandum of Understanding - College Town Partners
Credit WNIJ

A DeKalb neighborhood group held a news conference this morning related to a proposed partnership between NIU, the city, and several local banks. A spokesperson for Preserve Our Neighborhoods says the confidential agreement was sent to the group anonymously. The document outlines the process of buying homes around John and Harrison streets for redevelopment.

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5:48 am
Mon May 26, 2014

State Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting In DeKalb

Credit DeKalb Co.

Illinois State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in DeKalb over the weekend. A Sheriff's Deputy shot a man at the Suburban Estates apartment complex. According to a news release, the officer shot Hassan Coleman in self-defense. Coleman has non-life threatening injuries. The Sheriff's Office has charges pending against him. 

Coleman did not live at the apartment, but knew people who did. According to the news release, Coleman was armed and threatened police and "engaged in aggressive action."

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