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.

Jenna Dooley

Three candidates are challenging an incumbent in the DeKalb mayor's race.  They all have roots in the city and personal connections with DeKalb's largest employer: Northern Illinois University. A major driver to see their name on the ballot is a quest to bring jobs and economic stability to the city.

As host of a recent candidate forum, The House Cafe in downtown DeKalb is often used as an example of an ideal "town and gown" venue.  It has live music and coffee to draw in both students and residents. But it's seen some turnover in ownership in recent years.

It's wordy. It's full of numbers. And it might be on your ballot.

The "Proposition to Increase the Limiting Rate" referendum isn't easy on the eyes, but organizers behind a movement to approve it hope voters can look past the complex ballot language on April 4, 2017.

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It cost thousands of dollars to address Legionnaires’ disease at the LaSalle Veterans' Home.

Last fall, there were more than a dozen cases of respiratory illness at the facility. Of those tested, one case was positive for Legionnaires' disease. The 97-year-old resident had multiple underlying issues.

As we approach the election, we normally hear from candidates who are still in their respective race.

We turn our attention instead to someone who just dropped out. Scott Campbell lives in DeKalb and teaches chemistry in the Rochelle school district. Until recently, he was running for the DeKalb School Board.

He says he feels the current board make-up doesn't reflect the diversity of the student body. He feels by leaving the race, it creates a better chance for minority candidates to be heard.

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Healthcare leaders are voicing concerns about the Republican repeal plan to the Affordable Care Act.

Democrat Dick Durbin is traveling the state to meet with those who would be affected by the House changes.

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