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
7:39 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Residents Trying To Get In Last Word Over Com-Ed Plan

The Hope Reins farm in Kane County
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

State regulators are still collecting comments before they decide on a proposed transmission line for northern Illinois. As the decision draws closer, many residents continue to sound off over the project being pushed by Com-Ed.

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Technology
6:22 am
Fri May 2, 2014

3D Printers Revolutionizing Prosthetic Making

Credit http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

3D printers are making a splash in the world of prosthetics. Those who can’t afford the traditional devices are getting a chance to try a cost-effective alternative. This emerging technology is helping a northern Illinois family.

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Illinois
9:55 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Some Police Departments Shedding Older Facilities For Modern Digs

The DeKalb Police Department is throwing an open house this weekend to celebrate its new headquarters. Of course, staff have already moved into the building. But officials want the public to check out the facility. DeKalb PD joins a list of other departments in northern Illinois to construct new headquarters in recent years.

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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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