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.

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Work continues to turn a northern Illinois mobile home park into a forest preserve.

What do you see now if you drive along Illinois 64 as you leave Sycamore?

A park.

It used to have 125 mobile homes.

But the area is prone to flooding. Last fall, more than 300 residents from Sycamore’s Evergreen Village mobile home park were relocated.

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Yep...it's that time again. The city’s annual Groundhog Days.

The northern Illinois community square served as the focal point of the 90s movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray. In the movie, Murray's character re-lives the same day over and over again.

Ever since then, residents and tourists congregate in the town square every year to re-live places made famous by the movie.

Organizer Rick Bellairs says most of the activities are free, including a Groundhog Day Dinner and Dance.

DeKalb County residents got the chance to learn more about the recent deal between two northern Illinois health systems.

Late last year, KishHealth System joined Northwestern Medicine. It wasn’t a cash deal. For Northwestern, it could mean more patient referrals. For Kish, greater access to services among six hospitals and 90 facilities. State health regulators approved the deal last fall.

KishHealth discontinued in-patient mental health services several years ago. That will not change under the new system. DeKalb resident Donna Bennett says that’s a problem.

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The DeKalb Public Library re-opened to the public Monday morning beginning with a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting. 

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The theme of the day is "Community." 

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Library Director Dee Coover says the expansion focuses on more than books.

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is again offering free income tax preparation and filing. It's the seventh year for the program. It starts Jan. 15th and will continue through April 18th. The sites offer free tax assistance for families with income less than $50,000 and individuals with income less than $25,000.

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237 positions are currently filled at the Thomson facility. According to a spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons, 13 additional positions have been selected and are expected to report within the next few months, bringing the total staff to 250.

There are currently 104 minimum security inmates housed at the institution.

Thomson Village President Vicky Trager:

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The DeKalb Public Library will re-open to the public on Monday, January 18th at 9:00 a.m. beginning with a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting. 

According to a release, at 10:00 a.m., there will be a strolling magician and students from NIU’s Black Male Initiative group reading to children in the Children’s department.

At 11:00 a.m. in the Zimmerman Room, DeKalb’s Police Chief Lowery, Dan Kenney, Pastor Joe Mitchell, and a representative from Safe Passage will be a part of a panel discussion to talk about non-violence in the community. 

UPDATE: 1/8/16: The request to move the case from Chicago's Eastern Division to Rockford's Western Division has been granted. Jackson's attorney, Alejandro Caffarelli confirmed the decision to WNIJ.

Background

Keith Jackson has been NIU’s Comptroller since 1999. He was placed on paid administrative leave, and filed a federal wrongful-termination lawsuit Oct. 2 against Northern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees, President Doug Baker, and former interim CFO Nancy Suttenfield.

Navigating the business side of farming can be challenging for women who may be kept at a distance in major decision-making, or if they are setting out in the career on their own. Annie's Project courses offered through the University of Illinois Extension try to empower women to improve skills as partners and sole operators of farms.

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Rockford aldermen delayed a vote surrounding a proposed affordable housing development on the city's east side. The New Towne project involves 49 units intended to replace some government subsidized units on the city's west side.

Rockford Register-Star: A closer look at New Towne's $240K-a-unit price tag for affordable housing in Rockford

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