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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Politics
12:26 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Kirk Dillard Resigns From Legislature To Lead RTA

Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard has officially stepped down from his post. The Republican will now serve as chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority.

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Environmental
6:03 am
Mon August 4, 2014

25 Years Of Removing Underground Storage Tanks In Illinois

Credit Illinois EPA

In 1989, Illinois established the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program. Officials say the ongoing groundwater contamination probe in the town of Wedron highlights the importance of the program.

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Business
7:58 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Nippon-Sharyo Expands In Rochelle

A scene from Wednesday's announcement at Nippon-Sharyo
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

A northern Illinois manufacturing facility plans to add 90 jobs through an expansion. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the Nippon-Sharyo plant in Rochelle.

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Higher Education
6:11 am
Mon July 28, 2014

NIU Faculty Lending Expertise To Myanmar Universities

NIU's Chris McCord
Credit NIU

Northern Illinois University is ramping up for efforts to help rebuild the university system in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Schools there are trying to recover from decades of oppression.

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Politics
6:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Kinzinger And Bustos Discuss Plane Crash Probe

Rep. Cheri Bustos (left) Rep. Adam Kinzinger (right)

A northern Illinois Congressman wants the international community to freeze the assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Those comments come from 16th District Republican Adam Kinzinger.

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Government
6:45 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Northern Illinois Counties Get Power To Remove Political Appointments

Chris Lauzen

Current state law doesn't allow county governments to remove an appointed official suspected of an ethics violation. But some northern Illinois counties will soon have that power.

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Illinois
6:24 am
Thu July 17, 2014

String Of Drownings Prompts State To Issue Water Safety Reminder

Credit gpb.org

Illinois officials want parents to be more vigilant when young children are playing near the water. The reminder follows a string of drownings in recent weeks.

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Government
6:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Quinn Renews Call For Tighter Gun Laws

Credit WNIJ

Illinois lawmakers are being asked to revisit a bill that would impose tighter gun restrictions. On Sunday, Governor Pat Quinn again called for passage of a measure that would ban the sale or delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition.

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Economic
6:21 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Rural Poverty Highlighted In New Report

Credit New York Times

Poverty is prevalent in rural areas across the U.S. That’s according to a published report, which says it’s not just an urban issue. Some northern Illinois ranked near the middle, while others fared better in the rankings.

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Local
7:20 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Hive Talkin': Sticking With Beekeeping As A Hobby

Carolyn Hudon surveys one of her bee hives
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

Beekeeping is enjoying a nice comeback in many U.S. states, including Illinois. Renewed interest in the hobby is linked to concerns over declining bee populations. Enthusiasts also say curiosity tends to reel people in.

No matter the case, those with experience say that, while beekeeping is rewarding, it’s not an activity you can just buzz into.

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