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.


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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7:55 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The House Cafe Re-Opens In Downtown DeKalb

Jenna Dooley WNIJ

Signs posted in front of the House Cafe greet patrons by boasting "Now With Lighter Doors." That isn't the only change for the longtime coffee shop and performance space. New owner Brian Fausett, a sound engineer, says he also rebuilt the stage, added new artwork, and freshened up a number of menu offerings. The restaurant will also open daily at 6 a.m. 

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'Hear Our Cry' March
4:34 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Deacon On Walk To Washington Navigates Hilly Pennsylvania

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

The Reverend Lou Ness passed the halfway point on her journey to Washington D.C. This week, she passed through Pittsburgh and met with members of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.  She started her walk April First from Shelter Care Ministries in Rockford where she's the executive director.

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4:10 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Spring Means Treatment Time For Emerald Ash Borer

University of IL Extension

There's still time to apply spring treatments against the emerald ash borer.  Colder temperatures slowed the development of ash trees so far this year.

The adult emerald ash borer emerges in mid to late May. Soon after, females lay numerous eggs on the trunk and branches of the ash tree. Peak emergence is in late June.

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5:10 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Circuit Bending Workshop Gives New Sound To Old Toys

A circuit board found inside of a toy robot.
Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Many people have old toys and electronics that are gathering dust.  A workshop today at Northern Illinois University shows students they can breathe new life into these common objects.

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6:02 am
Tue May 13, 2014

"Town-Gown" Relations Vary Through The Years

Credit Jacqui Stephens / WNIJ

The administration at Northern Illinois University is getting pushback from DeKalb residents on the way leaders are communicating campus priorities.

Soon after NIU President Doug Baker arrived on campus last year, a multi-day brainstorm session outlined short-term and long-term priorities for the university.

The former University of Idaho provost has now been to several community meetings to clarify proposals behind his "Eight Bold Ideas."

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NIU Sports
7:39 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Several Huskies NFL-Bound

Jordan Lynch during NIU's Homecoming Game against Akron (October 2013)
Credit NIU Athletics

On Sunday, the Chicago Bears agreed to terms with nine undrafted free agents, including former Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch. He finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting last season.

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