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.

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.

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.

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.

Jenna Dooley

NIU may be an easy target to illustrate some frustration with the way the Bowl Championship Series are decided. Larger schools with winning records which have played bigger teams were left out.  NIU plays in the Mid-American Conference, and a MAC team has never made it into a BCS bowl. But a lot of things had to go right for the Huskies to get the nod--and they did.

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.

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.

Don't Park There!

Dec 3, 2012
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.

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.

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.

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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