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.


Orange Bowl
6:24 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Orange Bowl Arrives

Pep rally for Orange Bowl at NIU Convocation Center
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

The NIU Huskies play tonight in the Orange Bowl.  Those who have followed the team through the years have a lot to be excited about.

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5:58 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Preliminary Report Issued in Helicopter Crash

Credit Rockford Health System

Investigators have issued a preliminary report into the fatal medical helicopter crash earlier Dec. 10 near Rochelle. The NTSB report says the pilot notified the dispatch center about weather conditions and said he was aborting the flight. No further communications were received.

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Open Meetings Act
6:10 am
Mon December 24, 2012

State's Attorneys Defend Recent Meetings

Whiteside County's new State’s Attorney is defending a meeting of the County Board’s Democratic majority.  The meeting is being investigated by the Illinois attorney general following a complaint it violated the Open Meetings Act. The DeKalb State's Attorney has followed suit in a similar situation.

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5:09 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Applications Being Accepted for Next NIU President

NIU President John Peters
Credit NIU

Nominations and applications are being accepted for the next president of Northern Illinois University. John Peters will step down at the end of June. Applications for his replacement will be accepted through February 15th.

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Pi Kappa Alpha Death
5:34 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

22 NIU Students Face Arrest In Hazing Death

Twenty-two Northern Illinois University students face arrest in the hazing death of fellow student David Bogenberger.  The 19 year old was found dead in a bed at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house November 2nd. 

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Ogle County
5:47 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Ogle County Board Chairman to Recommend State's Attorney

Ogle County Board Chairman Kim P. Gouker announced he will recommend the appointment of M. Thomas Suits to fill the pending vacancy of Ogle County State’s Attorney.

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NIU Police
6:41 am
Fri December 14, 2012

NIU Police to Collaborate with DeKalb Department

Credit NIU Police

NIU police will work more with DeKalb officers after a high-profile incident within the campus department.  It's been more than a month since a judge determined NIU Police Chief Don Grady and a lieutenant mishandled evidence in a rape case against another officer.

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Open Meetings Act
6:41 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Two Northern Illinois Counties Accused of Possible Meeting Violations

Meetings Under Review in Whiteside and DeKalb Counties

In Whiteside County, Sauk Valley Media is waiting to hear from the Illinois Attorney General’s office.  At issue--whether members of the county board violated the Open Meetings Act.  Late last month, members of the board allegedly threatened to call police when a reporter tried to cover a discussion over the selection of a new board chairman.  Members contend it was a caucus gathering, not a public meeting.

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Election 2013
4:45 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Lawmakers Push Back Filing Deadline

Credit Illinois State Board of Elections

Municipal state workers won't have to work Christmas Eve. The deadline for candidates to file petitions for local offices will now be the day after  Christmas.

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Geographic Policing
7:29 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Rockford Officer to Lead Geographic Policing District

Credit Doug Pann, Linkedin

Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson has named the first Commander of the new Geographic Police Pilot District. Lieutenant Douglas Pann will act as the Commander of the first of three geographic policing districts.  He will  command District II.

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