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.


NIU Sports
7:39 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Several Huskies NFL-Bound

Jordan Lynch during NIU's Homecoming Game against Akron (October 2013)
Credit NIU Athletics

On Sunday, the Chicago Bears agreed to terms with nine undrafted free agents, including former Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch. He finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting last season.

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4:52 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Schnucks Closing Two Rockford Stores

Credit Schnucks

Grocery-chain Schnucks is closing two Rockford locations. The company says the stores at South Alpine and Rural Street will close at the end of May. More than a hundred workers will be offered positions at neighboring Schnucks stores. 

In addition to the store closings, Schnucks closed the in-store restaurants within its two largest stores at East State and at Loves Park. 

From a news release:

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DeKalb County
4:17 am
Mon April 28, 2014

What's Next For Evergreen Village Residents?

Kim Doty's home in the Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

DeKalb County officials are scheduling one-on-one interviews with residents of the Evergreen Village mobile home park. It is the next step to move them out of the flood-prone area.

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Community Close-Up
6:39 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Elburn's Place At The End Of The Line

We continue our occasional series "Community Close-Up" in a village in transition. Since 2006, Elburn has been the last stop on the Metra line to and from Chicago. 

Annette Collier is one of those riders willing to sit on a train for an hour and a half.

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Rita Crundwell
6:16 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Dixon's Lesson: 'Trust, But Verify,' BGA Tells Municipalities

Rita Crundwell and her attorneys leave federal court in Rockford (May 2012)
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It's been two years since FBI agents arrested Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell. She's in prison for stealing $53 million over the course of two decades. Since the incident, the Better Government Association has been working to educate other municipalities about how to prevent such fraud.  BGA investigator Pat McCraney  says the guiding principle should be "trust, but verify."

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'Hear Our Cry' March
9:47 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Two Weeks In: Rockford Deacon Continues Walk To Washington

Photo of Ness leaving April 1, 2014 from Rockford with her cart.
Credit Elizabeth Holmertz

Despite sore feet and colder temperatures, the Reverend Lou Ness is still walking. She's gone about 160 miles over the past two weeks. She started at Shelter Care Ministries in Rockford where she's the Executive Director.

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6:33 am
Mon April 7, 2014 CEO To Bring Message To NIU

Nancy Lublin

Are you Team Crunchy or Team Smooth? That's just one of the current questions at intended to spark interest in an effort to collect peanut butter for local food banks. According to the website, the campaigns are designed to "Make the World Suck Less." CEO Nancy Lublin says social media makes organizing community events a lot easier and less expensive.

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6:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Rockford Team Claims National Wheelchair Basketball Title

Credit Rockford Park District

Rockford's youth wheelchair basketball team won its first national title over the weekend. According to a news release from the Rockford Park District, the Junior Chariots won the Junior Varsity Division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament Saturday in Kentucky. 

About the Team

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9:34 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Job Openings Posted For Thomson Prison

Jenna Dooley WNIJ

Hiring is underway for the long-shuttered Thomson Prison in northwest Illinois.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Chris Burke confirmed to WNIJ Friday morning that there are 15 job openings for Thomson through He did not have specifics of those positions.

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5:07 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Flanagan South Pipeline To Be Ready By Summer

Construction of Flanagan South Pipeline in Livingston County, Illinois (Summer 2013)
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

A 600-mile oil pipeline is nearing completion in Illinois. When it's done, the Flanagan South project from Canada-based Enbridge is expected to carry 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It crosses several states, starting near Pontiac, Illinois to a hub in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Construction began in August of 2013. Enbridge spokeswoman Katie Lange says the pipeline should be in service by the summer.

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