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.


Black History Month
12:26 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Slideshow: Civil Rights Buttons On Display in Rockford

Civil Rights Button Display at Just Goods in Rockford
Jenna Dooley WNIJ

The Rockford Peace & Justice Action Committee has put together a display of political pins from the civil rights era in honor of Black History Month.

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DeKalb County
11:51 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Education Board Looking for Trustees

Credit DeKalb County

There’s a scramble in DeKalb County to fill four trustee vacancies on the Regional Board of Education. Trustees decide questions of school transfers and district consolidations.

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6:35 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Presentation Highlights Experiences of "Black Rockfordians"

The book, Black Rockfordians, was published in 2007.

Estelle Black was born and raised in Rockford.  Several years ago, she shared her life experience for an oral history project chronicling  66 African Americans who have lived in the Forest City for 25 years or more.

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Rita Crundwell
5:06 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Crundwell Liquidation Nearly Complete

Credit Jenna Dooley

The U.S. Marshals Service has liquidated nearly all of the assets of Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon comptroller who admitted embezzling vast sums from the city. One of the final sales will be her personal jewelry collection. The jewelry sale, scheduled Feb. 23 in Texas, will be simulcast to reach a wider audience.

When all is said and done, the city of Dixon will only recoup a fraction of the $53 million taken from the city's coffers over the last two decades.

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5:15 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Former Officer Sues NIU Board and Grady

Credit DeKalb County

A former campus police officer is suing the NIU Board of Trustees and Police Chief Don Grady. Andrew Rifkin filed the lawsuit Jan. 22 in DeKalb County. Rifkin was charged in 2011 with sexually assaulting a student. Those charges were later dropped.

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Deer Hunting
4:17 am
Fri January 18, 2013

The Hunt Is On In Illinois This Weekend


The final days of deer season are at hand. Firearm deer season runs 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset January 18-20. According to a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, hunters are limited to taking no more than two antlered deer in all seasons.

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8:06 am
Wed January 16, 2013

DeKalb Lowers Fine for Pot Possession

Credit city of DeKalb

The DeKalb City Council has trimmed the fine for marijuana possession. If a person is caught with less than one-tenth of an ounce of the drug, they can choose to mail-in a $350 fine instead of going to court.

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Community Close-Up 2013
6:34 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Aurora Takes Pride In Murder-Free 2012

Credit Jenna Dooley/pixlr

We continue our series "Community Close-Up" with a look at a milestone in Aurora.  For the first time since 1946, the city ended the year without a single murder. Now some city leaders want to reward officers for the achievement.

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NIU Coffee Fund
10:02 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Six "Coffee Fund" Employees Return to Work

Credit NIU

Five of the employees returned to work last Wednesday, another returned on Monday. According to university spokesman Paul Palian, NIU's Office of the General Counsel has reviewed the records, university policies and reports related to the employees who were placed on paid administrative leave during the police investigation of the coffee fund case.

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Rita Crundwell
4:48 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Crundwell's Properties Sell for $3 million

Rita Crundwell's primary Dixon residence
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

The U.S. Marshals Service has entered deals for more than $3 million with buyers on the sale of three of five properties owned by Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Ill. She pleaded guilty to a federal charge of fraud in November.

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