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.


4:33 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Dixon Strike Ends After Early Morning Negotiations

Credit Dixon Athletics

Teachers in Dixon will head back to class. The school board and teacher's union reached agreement on a four-year contract early Wednesday morning. Classes will resume Wednesday and students will begin standardized testing by the end of this week. 

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5:26 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Dixon Strike Threatens Student Testing

Credit Dixon Athletics

In Dixon, teachers and the school board remain split on how to resolve a strike.  Members of the Dixon Education Association bargaining team walked out of contract talks Monday. The main sticking point is salary increases. As they two sides stand apart on a contract, students are supposed to be taking standardized tests.

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4:51 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Agents Search NIU Police Department

State Police vehicle parked outside the NIU police department
Credit Mike Moen

The campus police department at Northern Illinois University received a visit from the FBI Wednesday. Officials say they were executing a search warrant.

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Gambling Expansion
4:43 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Rockford Casino Proposal Still In The Works

Rockford Senator Dave Syverson

Lawmakers quickly proposed another plan to add a casino in Rockford and four other locations.  Governor Pat Quinn this week vetoed a gambling expansion plan would have added several new casinos and placed slot machines at horse race tracks. Quinn called the expansion "excessive."

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5:28 am
Thu February 28, 2013

NIU Pays Out 200K In Paid Leave Costs

Credit NIU

Police Chief Don Grady continued to draw a salary after he was placed on leave in November.  His salary at the time was around $205,987.92. Grady and another officer were accused of withholding evidence in a sexual assault case. The charges for that case were initially dropped, but have been re-filed.

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4:57 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Dixon Teachers To Strike This Week

Credit Dixon Athletics

Teachers in Dixon plan to strike Thursday.  In an open letter to the community, the Dixon Education Association says unresolved issues include continued salary freezes and staffing shortages.

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DeKalb County
6:27 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Johnson Ready To Return To Treasurer's Office


UPDATE: 2/19/13 The DeKalb County Board unanimously approved Johnson's nomination. Her tentative start date is March 4.

Christine Johnson says she is prepared to return as DeKalb County's Treasurer.  She led the office from 1994-2011.  Johnson filled out the state Senate term of Brad Burzynski, but was defeated by Senator Dave Syverson in last year's primary in a newly-drawn district. The county board is expected to confirm her selection as treasurer Wednesday night. 

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DeKalb County
6:16 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Former Senator Could Return To County Job

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson was elected to five terms as DeKalb County's Treasurer. In 2011, she headed to Springfield as a state Senator. But she was defeated in last year's primary.

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Community Close-Up 2013
6:36 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Oregon Adds Sculptures To Build On Art Tradition

Jenna Dooley/pixlr WNIJ

We continue our occasional series “Community Close-Up” in Oregon, Illinois.  For the past nine years: large sculptures have been popping up around town.  They are part of a decade-long effort to expand the city’s tradition of art.

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Rockford Diocese
2:48 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Bishop: Pope's Legacy Will Be Of Charity And Truth

Diocese of Rockford Bishop David J. Malloy
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Bishop David Malloy says Pope Benedict XVI will leave a lasting imprint for his "dedication and fidelity to the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church." Malloy spoke to reporters Monday afternoon after the Pope's early morning announcement that he will resign.

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