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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Local
6:59 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Several Northern Illinois Counties Get New Road Project Funds

Illinois is releasing $11-million dollars for road projects in northern Illinois. The money comes from the multi-year "Jobs Now" capital construction program.

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Local
6:28 am
Thu August 21, 2014

New Report Sheds Light On Hunger In Northern Illinois

A new study says 1 in 7 Americans are turning to food banks. The findings come in a national report that also breaks down regional numbers.

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Education
7:36 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Nicklas Will Leave NIU This Fall

Bill Nicklas

A top administrator at Northern Illinois University is stepping down. Bill Nicklas' retirement takes effect November 1st.

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Environmental
8:41 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Illinois Pollution Hearings Begin

Hearings begin this week on how to curb global warming pollution in Illinois. The series of meetings is being led by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

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Government
6:24 am
Mon August 18, 2014

All Illinois Public Colleges And Universities To Be Smoke Free In 2015

Starting next summer, smokers won't be allowed to light up anywhere on Illinois' public colleges and universities. Over the weekend, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Smoke Free Campus Act.

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Higher Education
6:21 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Sweating A College Admissions Test? Some Schools Don't Require It

Credit beloit.edu

Many U.S. colleges and universities are adopting "test-optional" policies when it comes to admitting students. That means SAT and ACT scores are becoming less of a factor in the process. At least one area school is joining the movement.

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Illinois
5:48 am
Tue August 12, 2014

A Shot Of Hope In The Fight Against Heroin

Credit Greg M. Cooper/Alkermes

A new treatment for heroin addicts is being tested by Winnebago County officials. Those participating in the county's drug court can voluntarily try medication aimed at reducing their dependency on opiates.

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Economy
6:28 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Communities Still Doing "Buy-Local" Campaigns. But Do They Work?

Credit rollachamber.org

Are you buying more goods from locally-owned stores? Maybe you patronize a restaurant that's owned by someone you know.  More and more communities are promoting their mom-and-pop businesses, and this month Winnebago County proclaimed August "Buy Local Month." WNIJ's Mike Moen has been talking with people involved in buy-local campaigns about their effectiveness. He discussed what he found with WNIJ’s Dan Klefstad.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Contamination Probe Takes New Direction In Northern Illinois Town

Wedron, IL
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

It appears there are new environmental concerns in a small northern Illinois town dealing with a toxic-water mess. Soil samples are at the center of the latest phase of the investigation in the community of Wedron.

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Government
8:38 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Medical Marijuana Dispensary For Elgin Advances

Credit O'Dea / WikiCommons

City planners in Elgin are giving the green light to a medical marijuana dispensary. The planning and zoning commission approved a proposal that calls for setting up the facility on Elgin's southwest side.

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