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.

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

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.


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.

More than two dozen local vendors will take part in an effort to raise money for DeKalb County's domestic violence shelter. The "Last Minute Gifts Market" will be held Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Federated Church of Sycamore, 612 W. State St., Sycamore.

Admission is a donation to Safe Passage. Items for purchase include books, jewelry, food gifts, cosmetics, candles, and handmade goods.

Mark Pietrowski is an organizer of the event and chairs the DeKalb County Board. He says, this time of year, it is important to consider non-profits in the area:

The Winnebago County Health Department has become aware of a false report of a Hepatitis A outbreak associated with a local establishment in Rockford. According to a news release, the Health Department says there is no Hepatitis A outbreak in Winnebago County.

Statement from Winnebago County Health Department Administrator, Dr. Sandra Martell:

The Board of Trustees at Kishwaukee College reached an agreement with Laurie Borowicz, Ed.D., to become the school's next president. 

According to a news release, Borowicz is currently the Vice President of Student Services for Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, WI. Previously, she served as the Dean of K-12 Relations and Student Success at Northcentral Technical College, WI.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s office is now accepting applications for its Citizen Police Academy.

The program started in 1996, and has had more than 500 graduates since then.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott says the 10-week course took a year off last year, but is back with updated information and a “hot topics” session.

Scott says participants benefit from the hands-on structure of the academy: / NIU Athletics

Northern Illinois University’s football team is headed back to Detroit Friday night.

NIU will play in its sixth consecutive Mid-American Conference Championship game. The Huskies face Bowling Green at Ford Field. The game airs on ESPN2.

Speaking at a recent news conference, NIU Coach Rod Carey says the team is excited.

"This was one of the goals all the way along. We are certainly we have the opportunity to get in there and get ourselves a championship," Carey said.

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The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees and President Doug Baker intend to file a Motion to Dismiss a case involving Keith Jackson, who was suspended from his job as university Controller. Additionally, court documents show the defendants want to change the venue from Chicago to Rockford.

A Parties' planning meeting was held Nov. 24 by telephone including Alejandro Caffarelli, representing Keith Jackson, and Helena Wright for the Board of Trustees and President Doug Baker.