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. 


Online Sales Tax
6:14 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Brick, Mortar Retailers Praise Illinois Online Sales Tax

Credit Flickr user 401(K) 2012 / "Money" (CC v. 2.0)

Brick and mortar retailers in Illinois are rejoicing.

That's after Amazon announced it would soon comply with a new state law, forcing the online retail giant to collect a sales-tax.

But some worry about the law's unintended consequences.

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5:21 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Decision Nearing On Proposed Transmission Line

State regulators will soon decide on an energy project for northern Illinois.

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6:30 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Rochelle A Victim Of Its Own Success?

Credit wnij

Picture a town that can attract jobs, but not residents. That’s the case for Rochelle, which is in the middle of an industrial boom. But local leaders say they need to address stagnant population growth.

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Public Safety
6:44 am
Thu September 18, 2014

With Police Standards Under Scrutiny, Rockford Learns From High Profile Case

Credit Rockford Police Department

There are calls for tougher training standards following this summer's police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. But some departments have already been forced to address the issue based on incidents in their own jurisdiction.

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5:38 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Illinois Looks To Reduce Railroad Deaths

Railroad fatalities are a major concern in Illinois. The state hopes a new safety campaign will help to prevent more deaths from occurring.

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6:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Illinois Police Departments Consider Body Cameras, But Legal Questions Remain

The recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri have renewed calls for police officers to wear body cameras. Those discussions are happening in some Illinois communities.

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5:59 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Ready Or Not, Common Core Enters First Test Year In Illinois

Illinois educators say they’re entering a critical phase for implementing common core standards. School districts have spent the last few years training teachers, while introducing these new learning methods. Classrooms are now gearing up for the first true year of measuring progress.

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7:35 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Quinn Vetoes Speed Limit Bill; Override Vote Expected

Credit wnij.org

Governor Pat Quinn this week vetoed legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit to 70 miles-an-hour on suburban interstates.

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6:44 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Government Consolidation Law Called A Good First Step

State Rep. Jack Franks

Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a bill that enables certain local taxing bodies to merge or dissolve.

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7:48 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Elgin Escape Prompts Calls For Review Of Transfer Procedures

State Rep. Anna Moeller
Credit ilga.org

A northern Illinois lawmaker wants an investigation of procedures at state-run mental health facilities.

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