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.

The DeKalb Dist. 428 school board will consider a resolution Tuesday night to approve a settlement agreement and release with Superintendent Doug Moeller.

Moeller has been on paid leave since a district principal requested an emergency stalking order in September. 

We continue WNIJ’s Friday Forum, in which we interview politicians and others whose decisions affect you. This morning, we check in with two new county board chairmen in northern Illinois. We’ll hear how the two men will attempt to transform their campaign platforms into action plans.

Scott Desavouret

People watching the inauguration from home got a close-up view of the speeches. For those near the National Mall, it provided a different perspective. Correspondent Scott Desavouret of Malta, Ill. is in Washington D.C. and says protest chants were greeted this morning with counter chants of "USA."

It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday honoring the birth and life of the civil rights leader

Amirius Clinton is the president of the NAACP chapter at NIU. He says the day is not just a day off work or out of school, but an opportunity to remember King's character.

The local chapter experienced a rebirth on campus last semester. Clinton says the group spent that time helping students register to vote.

Jenna Dooley

It’s Tommy Whetsel Day in Ogle County. He may not be a familiar name, but he’s sure been a familiar face in the community.

His wake-up call today was a siren.

At 6:40 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30th, Tom Whetsel was escorted to Byron's County Market in a fire truck. The flashy pick-up meant it wasn't just any other day on the job. It was in celebration of a career spanning three generations of co-workers.

Whetsel arrived on time, as has been his custom, and even took his daily 9:00 a.m. break in the back of the store.