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.

Parks Foundation

The Illinois Fallen Soldier Tree Memorial at Illini State Park in Marseilles honors soldiers from around the state who have died in war since 2001. The current site includes hundreds of oak trees and a large flag pole.

Organizer Steve Massey says a new fundraising campaign would pay for a sloped concrete mounting to hold memorial bricks with the names, hometown, and branch of service for each fallen soldier.

Susan Stephens

Earlier this year, NPR analyzed the length of wait times for veterans to get appointments and treatment at Veterans Affairs medical facilities. Over the next few days, you will hear a Midwestern perspective on a federal program trying to improve veterans care.

Northern Star

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker recently announced a financial update as the campus continues to struggle with the effects of the statewide budget impasse. The student-run Northern Star newspaper recently reported on an area of the university's finances that doesn't get as much attention.

The Veterans’ and Military Discount Program was supposed to go into effect in 2015. According to the law, it is designed to connect veterans and active-duty service members with merchants who want to offer special discounts and promotions.

State auditors found the program didn't get off the ground.

Jenna Dooley

While you can’t break this bracket, the competition does get dirty.

It’s the 2017 National Collegiate Soils Contest, sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy and hosted this year by Northern Illinois University.

Two dozen college teams are taking to practice pits to test soil for categories that will be judged on Thursday.

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