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.


It cost thousands of dollars to address Legionnaires’ disease at the LaSalle Veterans' Home.

Last fall, there were more than a dozen cases of respiratory illness at the facility. Of those tested, one case was positive for Legionnaires' disease. The 97-year-old resident had multiple underlying issues.

As we approach the election, we normally hear from candidates who are still in their respective race.

We turn our attention instead to someone who just dropped out. Scott Campbell lives in DeKalb and teaches chemistry in the Rochelle school district. Until recently, he was running for the DeKalb School Board.

He says he feels the current board make-up doesn't reflect the diversity of the student body. He feels by leaving the race, it creates a better chance for minority candidates to be heard.

Jenna Dooley

Healthcare leaders are voicing concerns about the Republican repeal plan to the Affordable Care Act.

Democrat Dick Durbin is traveling the state to meet with those who would be affected by the House changes.

Rock Valley College

A group of Rock Valley College students is calling for a halt in a proposal to reduce the number of full-time faculty members.

Rock Valley College announced last week a resolution to reduce the number of faculty members by this fall. According to a news release, the College faces a $1.6 million deficit along with continued loss in state funding and a significant drop in enrollment.

We continue our weekly Friday Forum with a primary preview for an office that doesn't usually get a lot of attention. 




While not considered a glamorous job, the down-ballot Freeport Township Assessor race sure is getting a lot of attention. Just check recent “Letters to the Editor” for proof.