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.

Greg Kelm, Commander of VFW Post 1461, was organizing this year’s Veterans Day parade when a local scout master notified him that, unlike in years past, school would be in session that day.

“Without the bands, without the scouts, without the students that come to the parade … we figured this year, there would be no sense having the parade,” Kelm said.

The latest online auction for Rita Crundwell's belongings is now over. According to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service, the auction brought in $46,000. The highest sold item was an English saddle for $2,040. The former Dixon comptroller is now behind bars after stealing millions of dollars from the city to support her lavish lifestyle.

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Hundreds of students representing Northern Illinois University and several other Chicago-area schools gathered Thursday night to call for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and lawmakers to agree on a budget.

The students and community leaders spoke out against cuts to MAP grants, social services, and the halt in construction of the Stevens Building, which housed NIU's School of Theater and Dance.

Rauner served as the  keynote speaker at Thursday night's DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation annual fundraiser.

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Northern Illinois University students will rally Thursday to bring attention to the state’s budget impasse.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is the keynote speaker at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation Dinner.

Before he takes the stage, students, staff, and other community leaders will be in the center of campus calling for awareness of cuts to MAP grants, social services, and the halt in construction of the Stevens Building.

People have been learning a lot lately about how lawmakers view Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan, but what do people think back home in his district? Tim Bremel is host of “Your Talk Show” on WCLO in Janesville.

How do constituents view Congressman Ryan?

An Indiana man has been charged with stealing money from Grubsteakers, the Illinois 64 restaurant destroyed by the April 9 tornado that ripped through the area.

Michael G. McDonald, 67, of Whiting, Ind, was arrested Oct. 21, by Rochelle Police on an Ogle County warrant.

According to a news release, the arrest resulted from an investigation into theft of money from the former Grubsteakers restaurant.

The investigation found that McDonald was a patron inside Grubsteakers when the tornado struck; he is accused of stealing approximately $1,000 from the cash register.

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A northern Illinois congressman is not throwing his name into consideration for the Speaker of the House, but he does have a few suggestions.

Republican Representative Randy Hultgren says before his colleagues pick a leader, they need to be “leadable.”

“I would love to see Trey Gowdy do it. I think he is a really good guy... very smart.... [and has] great background as a prosecutor.”

He also supports Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, but says he doesn’t blame either if they aren’t up to it.

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A northern Illinois community college will receive more than a million dollars in federal funds to help students earn their degrees.

This is the first time Kishwaukee College received the TRIO grant. It will be spread out over five years. It’s intended to put support services in place to help first-generation, low-income students. It can also be used for students facing academic or physical disabilities. The grant will serve 140 students through tutoring and counseling students to help them navigate college through to graduation.

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It’s been six months since a deadly tornado hit Fairdale, Illinois. Some residents are ready to rebuild, while others prefer not to start new memories there.

85-year-old Clem Schultz is back in Fairdale with his dog, a white Shepard. He’s meeting his former neighbor Joe Wiegand. For the past several years, Wiegand has traveled the country as a well-known Teddy Roosevelt repriser. He still owned property in Fairdale.

Clem wants to show Joe a video he took of the tornado from the upper level of his house:

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Northern Illinois University’s former Controller is suing the university to get his job back.

The federal lawsuit, filed Oct. 2 in Northern District of Illinois Court names NIU President Doug Baker, the Board of Trustees, and then-CFO Nancy Suttenfield as defendants.

Plaintiff Keith Jackson, of Hinckley, claims he has been barred from campus by Baker and Suttenfield and placed on involuntary, “administrative” leave pending his termination early next year.

In 2012, Jackson was charged during the so-called “Coffee Fund” scandal.