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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Public Safety
6:51 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Investigating Cyber Crime At The Local Level

Victims of internet crimes don’t always know where to turn for help. If there’s money involved, they might call their bank. They can also reach out to federal authorities. But trying to navigate the proper channels can be confusing. Local police can sometimes serve as a first response, even if the perpetrator is thousands of miles away.

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Environmental
5:36 am
Thu April 24, 2014

EPA Probe In Wedron Winding Down

Wedron, IL
Credit Mike Moen

Federal EPA officials say they're close to wrapping up their investigation into a toxic-water case in a small northern Illinois town. The agency says the brutal winter hampered their probe into contaminated groundwater in Wedron. 

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Environmental
6:14 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Illinois DNR Playing Catch-Up With Controlled Burns

Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

The window is closing on the "controlled burn" season for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. In northern Illinois, crews are being forced to race against the clock.

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Rita Crundwell
6:11 am
Thu April 17, 2014

A New Way Of Cutting Checks At Dixon City Hall

It was two years ago this week when one of the biggest cases of municipal fraud in U.S. history began to unfold. Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell was arrested for stealing for more than $50 million from the city. Crundwell is now serving time in federal prison.

In Dixon, city officials continue to implement reforms they hope will prevent similar action in the future.

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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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