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.


5:48 am
Thu February 13, 2014

DeKalb Back To "Comfortable" Supply Of Road Salt

In late January, DeKalb city officials announced they would have to conserve road salt as they waited for another shipment from the state. That meant only applying salt on major roads and not residential streets. At that time, the city had a supply of 250 tons of salt with an additional 800 tons on order. DeKalb Public Works Director T.J. Moore says the supply has since been replenished.

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4:14 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Consultant To Present Findings From Cortland School Incident

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Dozens of students and staff at Cortland Elementary School received medical treatment Jan. 14 after complaining of nausea.

The smell from Waste Management's nearby landfill entered the school's ventilation system after  a construction worker unearthed old garbage. The company says strong winds carried the odor to the school.

DeKalb school district Assistant Superintendent Doug Moeller says a certified industrial hygienist will present the findings of his investigation Thursday night (2/6/14).

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6:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Local Municipalities Cash In On Video Gaming

Video gaming terminals at Mike and Denise's Pizzeria in Aurora, IL
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Video gaming has been underway for more than a year in Illinois. Many communities are benefiting from the law, while others are still figuring out how to manage a growing demand for new machines.

If proceeds from video gaming were a coconut cream pie, Illinois municipalities would only get a taste. But if you added up those nibbles every month, it may be enough to notice an increasing waistline.

In December alone, Illinois municipalities that offer video gaming shared $1.8 million.

Video Gaming Grows Steadily

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5:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Prophetstown Fire: Six Months Later

A downtown Prophetstown building after the fire (taken July 2013)
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Six months ago this week, residents in Prophetstown woke up to find part of their downtown destroyed by fire.  In July, broken glass and rubble replaced familiar businesses. Eight buildings in all were destroyed. Authorities say the fire was set in a recycling bin behind a restaurant. Two half-brothers are charged with arson. The will have another hearing next week in Whiteside County.

Mayor Steve Swanson says things are moving along smoothly.

"I think by the first of May we will see some nails being pounded here," Swanson said.

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State Football Finals
10:57 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Estimated IHSA Impact For DeKalb: $800K

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The estimates are in for last year's Illinois High School Association state football championships held Nov. 29-30 at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

Daily Chronicle - IHSA Destination DeKalb Economic Impact Recap

Debbie Armstrong, Executive Director for the DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau, provided WNIJ the recap of revenue generated from the event. It includes:

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11:15 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Slideshow: Secretary of State White Presents Check For DeKalb Library Expansion

Secretary of State Jesse White presents the $11.6 million library expansion check to DeKalb Library Director Dee Coover
Jenna Dooley WNIJ

DeKalb library officials welcomed a visit from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White Monday morning.

5:34 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Ambulance Stolen In Rockford, Recovered In McHenry County

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An ambulance stolen Wednesday afternoon from Rockford Memorial Hospital has been found.  It was taken from the Emergency Room parking lot.

An investigation found the suspect, later identified as 51-year-old Paul Chandler, got into the ambulance while it was parked unattended. A paramedic and nurse attempted to stop him. He drove the ambulance at them. He then drove away.

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Election 2014
6:41 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Selling A Sales Tax To Voters

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A measure before Stephenson County voters this spring could provide more than a million dollars to area school districts. It's a way to raise revenue that hasn't been embraced in all Illinois counties that have attempted to get it on the ballot.

Boone County Prepares For Boost In Sales Tax Revenue

In the mid-1990s, Boone County saw a population boom and the schools became crowded. As a result, the Belvidere School District built new schools.

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6:48 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Federal Funds Available To Hire Coordinators For Employment Program

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $57 million in grants to help residents receiving assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program to gain access to employment opportunities.

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8:22 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Water Damage At Burpee Museum Of Natural History

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The Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford is expected to reopen Saturday morning after a devastating water pipe break. There was a water line break in the Mahlburg Auditorium. It flooded the auditorium and the Ordovician Sea exhibit area, then "rained down through the floor" onto the collections in the basement, according to executive director Maureen Mall. 

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