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.

U.S. Geological Survey

West Nile virus continues to be a threat in northern Illinois.

The temperature may be cooling off, but you'll still want to keep an eye on those mosquitoes. Winnebago County officials confirmed this week that a bird tested positive for West Nile virus. It's the 13th year in a row the virus has been confirmed in the county. The infected bird was found much later than last year.

Map: Bird Cases Of West Nile Virus

Department of Institutional Research

University officials announced a gain of nearly 30 percent among international students. There was also improvement in retaining last year's freshmen. Those numbers limited the university’s enrollment decline to its smallest in five years.   

Still, NIU administrators are looking for better numbers. There's a search for an admissions director and assistant vice president for enrollment management.

According to a news release, President Doug Baker says recruitment and retention will continue to be priorities.

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The Better Business Bureau is alerting school districts across northern Illinois about a billing scam. Nevada-based “Scholastic School Supply” allegedly sent false invoices that billed districts hundreds of dollars for text books that were never requested or received.

According to a news release, information from the BBB serving Southern Nevada finds they received 51 complaints from throughout the country, as well as nearly 2,400 inquiries regarding this scam operation. The Nevada BBB says that complaints continue to rise in increments of as many as 15 per day. 

Northern Illinois officials are getting more details about a digital manufacturing hub scheduled to open in a couple of months.

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDI) is better known as Illinois' Digital Lab. There have been a number of buzz words used to explain the goals of this project including  "intelligent machining," and "operations agility."

Federal regulators have fined Behr Iron and Metal nearly half a million dollars after a worker's death earlier this year at a South Beloit recycling facility.  According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA officials cited the company for one serious and seven willful violations. 

The victim was a 37-year old immigrant. The worker suffered multiple injuries after his arm was caught in a conveyor belt on March 10. 


A longtime faculty member in Northern Illinois University's Department of Accountancy has died. Debra Hopkins, 62, directed the university's CPA Review Program for over two decades. She retired in 2012. A spokesman for NIU confirms Hopkins was the victim of a vehicle crash Monday in Winnebago County.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Video gaming continues to grow in popularity across Illinois. Over the past year, the number of video gaming terminals statewide more than doubled. 

                                                              July 2013                                  July 2014

# Video Gaming Terminals                8,808                                             17,954

Amount Played (statewide)                $328,506,879.49                        $690,954,389.52

Stephenson County Historical Society

The 1933 film "Man's Castle" stars Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young. It's a lesser-known Tracy flick about a homeless woman who falls for his gruff character.

The movie will be shown during this weekend's third annual Spencer Tracy Film Festival at Freeport's Lindo Theatre.  

Why Freeport? Festival organizer Ed Finch says there's a link.

Office of the State of Illinois Comptroller

Vendors who are waiting on money from the state of Illinois have a new way to check on their payments.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka took to social media to unveil her office’s new mobile app.

The loan repayment between Dixon's fire chief and Rita Crundwell has been satisfied, with interest compounded, to the satisfaction of the U.S. government. According to Lynzey Donahue, a spokesperson with the U.S. Marshals Service, the money from Timothy and Diane Shipman will be applied "in partial satisfaction to the restitution order issued by the U.S. District Court in United States v. Crundwell." 

The repayment, along with other money recently recovered, will be transferred to the city of Dixon.