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.

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A northern Illinois food assistance program has been drawing heavily on community donations due to the state’s budget impasse.

Colleen Bredeson is the community outreach coordinator for the Voluntary Action Center in Sycamore, which administers the area Meals on Wheels program.

The status hearing scheduled this week involving NIU Controller Keith Jackson and university officials has been reset to Aug. 30.

In 2015, Jackson filed suit for wrongful termination against NIU, the university’s Board of Trustees, President Doug Baker, and former interim CFO Nancy Suttenfield.

The decision to move the status hearing in Rockford follows a motion by the defendants to dismiss the case. Keith Jackson must respond to that motion by May 19. NIU and Baker then must reply by early June. 

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OSHA inspectors conclude the amputation of a 21-year-old's fingers last fall was preventable at Custom Aluminum Products in South Elgin. Federal inspectors found the employer should have installed proper safety guards to keep operator's hands out of the metal press' danger zone.

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The Daily Chronicle recently published a two-part series called “Road to Dismissal” examining letters and emails that take a closer look at how DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack became convinced that the wrong man was behind bars for the death of Maria Ridulph of Sycamore. Jack McCullough has since been released from prison, but some in the community still question his innocence. Eric Olson is editor of the Daily Chronicle and talks about writing the story.

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Illinois Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger recently announced her office will make legislators wait in the growing line of those trying to be paid by the state, which is entering a tenth month without a budget.

Litesa Wallace represents the Rockford-area in the Illinois House. The Democrat took to social media to vent her frustrations with the news.  The single mother says her state pay is her only source of income.

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It’s nearly Tax Day!

Actually, make that Emancipation Day. Haven’t heard of it? The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington D.C. It’s celebrated there April 16 -- which, this year, falls on a Saturday, so the District of Columbia will observe the holiday on Friday, April 15.

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It’s been one year since a deadly tornado struck Fairdale, in northern DeKalb County, killing two women and wreaking havoc in the small unincorporated community.

The last year has been filled with many decisions for the residents, who were left with very little after the storm passed. Now there are new beginnings and new challenges.

The new Fairdale tornado siren fired off earlier this week -- as it will at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.

You've probably heard this routine test in your own community, but Fairdale’s siren wasn’t here before the tornado.

Numbers from Winnebago County Coroner's Office / Data visualization done in collaboration with the ddiLab in the Department of Computer Science at Northern Illinois University

The rate of heroin-related overdose deaths in Winnebago County is among the highest in Illinois.

Deaths involving drugs in the county nearly tripled in the last decade. Longtime County Coroner Sue Fiduccia says that means it's time to think outside the box when it comes to breaking down the stigma surrounding addiction and treatment.

State auditors recently released the latest compliance examination for Northern Illinois University.  Among the findings: The University failed to comply with requirements for tracking its property and equipment.

What exactly does that mean?

NIU could not locate 244 items -- valued at a total of $322,539 -- purchased during the current as well as past fiscal years. They include about 57 computers, servers, CPUs, and other electronic storage devices.

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Early voting is underway in northern Illinois for the state’s primary contests.

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Illinois’ primary is March 15, but many people aren’t waiting until then to cast their ballots.

At Northern Illinois University’s Holmes Student Center, senior journalism major Jazmin Kelley had a very simple reason to vote before next week.

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