Mike Moen

WNIJ Morning Edition Producer

Mike Moen is the Morning Edition producer and serves as a staff reporter for WNIJ.  Every morning, he works with Dan Klefstad to bring listeners the latest Illinois news.  He also works with the rest of the news staff on developing and producing in-depth stories.  Mike is a Minnesota native who likes movies, history, and baseball. When most people hear his last name, they assume he is 100-percent Scandinavian.  But, believe it or not, he is mostly German. 

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Government
6:45 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Northern Illinois Counties Get Power To Remove Political Appointments

Chris Lauzen

Current state law doesn't allow county governments to remove an appointed official suspected of an ethics violation. But some northern Illinois counties will soon have that power.

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Illinois
6:24 am
Thu July 17, 2014

String Of Drownings Prompts State To Issue Water Safety Reminder

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Illinois officials want parents to be more vigilant when young children are playing near the water. The reminder follows a string of drownings in recent weeks.

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Government
6:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Quinn Renews Call For Tighter Gun Laws

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Illinois lawmakers are being asked to revisit a bill that would impose tighter gun restrictions. On Sunday, Governor Pat Quinn again called for passage of a measure that would ban the sale or delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition.

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Economic
6:21 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Rural Poverty Highlighted In New Report

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Poverty is prevalent in rural areas across the U.S. That’s according to a published report, which says it’s not just an urban issue. Some northern Illinois ranked near the middle, while others fared better in the rankings.

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Local
7:20 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Hive Talkin': Sticking With Beekeeping As A Hobby

Carolyn Hudon surveys one of her bee hives
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Beekeeping is enjoying a nice comeback in many U.S. states, including Illinois. Renewed interest in the hobby is linked to concerns over declining bee populations. Enthusiasts also say curiosity tends to reel people in.

No matter the case, those with experience say that, while beekeeping is rewarding, it’s not an activity you can just buzz into.

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Local
6:04 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Could Rfd Police Court Fight Pave The Way For Similar Complaints?

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In Rockford, a legal fight is brewing between the police chief and union leaders. A legal expert says the case could have implications on how management disputes in other departments are handled.

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Local
6:24 am
Mon June 23, 2014

DeKalb County Embracing Collective Impact Movement

Collective impact is becoming a popular way for communities to address social issues. Instead of working in isolation, various organizations come together to identify key challenges for their residents. The process is now taking shape in DeKalb County.

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Illinois
6:14 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Mixed News For Illinois' Jobs Picture

Illinois' jobless rate is now at 7.5 percent. It's the third consecutive monthly decrease. And it's at its lowest level since 2008.

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Local
6:21 am
Thu June 19, 2014

500 Jobs Being Cut In McHenry County

About 500 workers in northern Illinois will lose their jobs later this year. That's when printing company Quad-Graphics will close its operations in Woodstock.

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Education
7:12 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The Starting Line For Common Core Training

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There's a push across the U.S. to align common core standards in classrooms. The standards, which have been adopted by dozens of states, are defined goals for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade.

But the implementation process doesn't just involve making sure veteran teachers are up to speed. Teaching universities face pressure to prepare tomorrow's educators about what they'll encounter.

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