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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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.

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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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A Rockford-area lawmaker is part of a group of Illinois legislators calling for budget relief for groups in need.

Many lawmakers and social service organizations have been sounding the alarm.

But this month, members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus called for an end to the budget impasse. They want support for financial aid for college and after-school programs.

Rockford representative Litesa Wallace is a member of the caucus.

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The College of DuPage is the state’s largest community college. 

It serves more than 28,000 students. 

But it has been a tumultuous year for the school.

Trustees voted in the fall to fire President Robert Breuder. He has since filed a lawsuit citing wrongful termination.

This month, Board of Trustees Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton abruptly resigned her post.

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Rockford is the first community to effectively end homelessness among its veteran population as part of a national effort called Zero: 2016. Dozens of communities are participating in the campaign.

Beth Sandor, director of the Zero: 2016 Movement, said, “Rockford had to demonstrate that it was able to house more veterans every month than were homeless in the community.”

To date, Rockford has housed 73 veterans.

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