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.  She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb 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 an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.

In 2016, WNIJ News reported on drug overdoses in Winnebago County. Jenna Dooley provides an update on one of the families that was featured in that series.

Last year, Josh Shuga overdosed on heroin. It took several doses of an opioid-reversal drug to save him.

This month, Josh celebrates one year in recovery.

It took several life-changing steps to achieve that milestone.

During a recent telephone conversation with her son, Connie Holmes says a lot has changed in both of their lives.

Jenna Dooley

Northern Illinois University and Rock Valley College are working to expand an engineering degree program designed to keep talent from leaving the state.

This fall will be the third semester for the mechanical engineering partnership between NIU and RVC. It means students can complete a degree without setting foot on NIU’s main campus in DeKalb. Classes are taught at RVC’s Woodward Technology Center by faculty from both schools.

Chase Cavanaugh

The Democrat-backed Senate Bill 1 could increase state funding for all Illinois public schools over the next decade. It’s based on a complex formula to determine each district’s current gap to reach ideal adequacy targets for learning.

A recent murder in Sycamore is bringing attention on domestic violence within the community.

37-year-old Lidia Juarez of DeKalb was found dead in her car outside the Illinois Department of Human Services, where she worked. Her estranged husband -- and a suspect in her death -- was killed in a shootout with police Friday afternoon.

DeKalb County records show Antonio Juarez violated an order of protection earlier this year.

Illinois Department of Public Health

It’s tick season in northern Illinois.

So far this year, there have been no confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Winnebago County. There were eight cases in 2016 and another seven in 2015. No deaths were associated with those confirmed cases.

Todd Marshall, director of environmental health in Winnebago County, says there have been reports of increased tick activity in northern Illinois