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 returns 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 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.

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Rita Crundwell
2:01 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Slideshow: Rita Crundwell's Dixon Properties

Chandelier in Crundwell Residence
Jenna Dooley

Reporters were offered a glimpse into several properties owned by former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell.

The U.S. Marshals Service will sell the furnishings and other personal property from Rita Crundwell’s residences in Dixon, Ill., and Englewood, Fla., via online auction through Dec. 8 at http://online.professionalauction.com.

The Marshals have received unsolicited offers for three pieces of Crundwell’s real property and are accepting competing offers until Dec. 21.

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Orange Bowl 2013
9:16 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Slideshow: Orange Bowl Pep Rally

Jenna Dooley

The NIU Convocation Center played host Wednesday night to a pep rally for members of the Huskies football team.  Players took the floor during half-time of the NIU Men's Basketball game.

Seasonal Parking Rules
6:35 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Don't Park There!

Credit city of Lake Geneva, WI

The beginning of December marks the start of seasonal parking rules in some northern Illinois communities.  Some of the restrictions are based on snow emergencies, others take effect based on the calendar.

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NIU
10:57 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Huskies Win MAC Championship in 2OT

Credit NIU Today

Coach Dave Doeren to leave NIU for N.C. State

The NIU Huskies defeated No. 17 Kent State in a thriller Friday night at Ford Field in Detroit to claim NIU's second consecutive MAC championship. Fresh off the win, head football coach Dave Doeren announced he has accepted a job at N.C. State.  According to NIU Athletic Director Jeff Compher, Doeren's departure is effective immediately and he will not coach NIU in its bowl game.

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Cold Case Murder
12:43 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

McCullough Sentencing December 10th

Jack D. McCullough
Credit file / DeKalb County Sheriff's Department

Sentencing for Jack McCullough has been moved to early December. The sentencing was supposed to be today, but a lawyer representing McCullough says the defense was not given enough time to prepare.

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Education
6:30 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Augustana College Welcomes Same-Sex Ceremonies

Ascension Chapel
Augustana.edu

Augustana College will now allow same-gender weddings and "blessings of unions" on campus. President Steven Bahls notified faculty, staff and students of the decision to allow same-sex ceremonies after a recommendation from campus chaplains Richard Priggie and Kristen Glass Perez.

The school, located in Rock Island, Ill., is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which issued its Statement on Sexuality in 2009, leaving decisions on same-sex ceremonies up to individual congregations.

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Special Election
6:13 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Candidates Flock to Fill Jackson Seat

Debbe Halvorson
Credit ilga.gov

A dozen potential candidates have emerged since Jesse Jackson Jr. announced his resignation from Congress last week. Debbie Halvorson announced she's running.  She represented the 11th district in Washington before her defeat in 2010.  This year, she ran unsuccessfully in the primary against Jackson for the state's 2nd district seat. NIU political scientist Matt Streb says Halvorson has ground to cover in order to win the special election to replace Jackson.

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DeKalb
5:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

DeKalb Aldermen to Discuss Rental Housing Fee

DeKalb Mayor and Aldermen
Credit city of DeKalb

The DeKalb City Council will once again discuss adding a yearly registration fee for landlords. DeKalb City Manager Mark Biernacki proposed the "Housing Registration and Inspection Bureau"  because, he says, there are growing concerns of crime in some areas of the city. Not all landlords agree they should be lumped in with that characterization.

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Spring Election 2013
6:37 am
Mon November 19, 2012

First Day to File Petitions for Spring Election

DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo

This week is the time for some candidates to file petitions for positions on boards including libraries, park districts, and schools.

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College Football
4:47 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Huskies Claim MAC West Title

Credit NIU

The NIU Huskies won a pivotal football game in DeKalb last night. Quarterback Jordan Lynch threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns to help Northern Illinois beat Toledo 31-24.

With the win, the Huskies claim a spot in the Mid-American Conference championship game later this month in Detroit.

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