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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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.

Illinois farmers ended the season with wet fields.

This is the final weekly Crop Progress and Condition report for 2015.  Weekly reports resume again in April.

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A Freeport man will bring Abe Lincoln to life Thursday to deliver the Gettysburg Address at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. George Buss assumes the role after Jim Getty portrayed the 16th President for four decades. Getty died in September.

Lincoln delivered the address on Nov. 19, 1863.

The address will be read live on YouTube; the ceremony to commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the Gettysburg Address begins at 9 a.m (central)

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University of Illinois trustees are scheduled to vote Thursday on a resolution urging state lawmakers to agree on a budget. The impasse has been weighing on the minds of many public university leaders.

Illinois has been without a budget since July, putting pressure on the state's universities to dip into cash reserves. It also worries students who rely on MAP grants.

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker says he has made several trips to Springfield, and joins other university leaders in keeping a close eye on lawmakers and the governor.