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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Illinois
6:39 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Future Plans Go Off The Tracks In Genoa

The previous Amtrak map for northwest Illinois

Several northern Illinois cities are eager for the return of passenger rail service across parts of the region. But one community is still absorbing the shock of being left out of the planned route.

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Illinois
6:27 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Municipal Aggregation Losing Its Spark

Credit Citizens Utility Board

A consumer group says the market for alternative electricity suppliers in Illinois is changing.

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Education
6:33 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Educators Prepare For Wide Funding Swing In State Budget

Credit Flickr user / alamosbasement "old school" (CC BY 2.0)

Budget battles will soon get underway in Springfield. Several possible scenarios could play out under Illinois’ next spending plan. That includes deciding what to do with the expiring income-tax hike. The situation is leaving educators with more uncertainty than usual.

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Local
6:30 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Setting The Tone For Downtown Redevelopment In Rockford

The city of Rockford is welcoming a large-scale development project. The plan won approval from the city council Monday night. The move is viewed by some as a major step in reshaping the city's downtown.

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Politics
7:13 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Quinn Brings MAP Proposal To NIU

Governor Quinn at NIU

Governor Pat Quinn visited Northern Illinois University Thursday. He was there to promote his plan to boost funding for the state's Monetary Award Program, which provides scholarships to low-income college students.

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Public Safety
6:39 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Guilty Plea In Fatal Shooting Of NIU Student

The man accused of murdering an NIU student in the fall of 2011 will not stand trial.

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Illinois
6:33 am
Wed April 2, 2014

New List Of Endangered Historic Sites In Illinois

Camp Algonquin

Several northern Illinois sites are on the latest list of endangered historic places.

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Government
6:30 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Report Questions Hiring Influences At Metra

Michael Madigan
Credit housedem.state.il.us

A special task force raises new questions about Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his influence on hiring at Metra. The panel, which issued its report Monday, was created after a scandal involving political patronage at the commuter rail agency.

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Politics
6:31 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Replacement Named For Farnham's Seat

Anna Moeller

Democrats now have a replacement for a northern Illinois lawmaker who resigned earlier this month.

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Health Care
6:15 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Illinois Prepares For Last Minute Insurance Crunch

Credit Get Covered Illinois

Illinois officials are making a final push to enroll residents in the state's Health Insurance Marketplace.

Those who don't have coverage must sign up by midnight Monday, or face federal tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act. After that, only people with special circumstances will be able to get coverage that meets the law's requirements. The next enrollment period doesn't begin until November.

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