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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Sports
4:24 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong Says He Won't Fight Doping Charges

Lance Armstrong
Christophe Ena/AP

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he won't fight accusations of doping from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency any longer, putting at risk his string of titles and his reputation as one of the world's great cyclists.

Here's part of Armstrong's statement:

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Woodward expansion
7:55 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Woodward Expanding Its Rockford Area Base

Governor Pat Quinn was on hand for a major jobs announcement in northern Illinois Thursday morning.  Woodward Incorporated says it will build a second campus in Loves Park. The aerospace manufacturer's local expansion will result in more than 600 new jobs over the next five years. 

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Education
7:11 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Illinois Universities Improve Research Payoff But Lag Behind Other Top States

The Illinois Innovation Index report details research activity at Illinois' universities. The findings were issued this week by several groups, including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.

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Government
6:24 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Clock Is Ticking For Governor Quinn To Act On Gambling Bill

Governor Pat Quinn has until Tuesday to act on the measure that would add five casinos in Illinois, including one for Rockford. The city of Chicago would also get a casino. 

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Education
7:27 am
Wed August 22, 2012

College Illinois gets a reboot

The state's  prepaid tuition program will soon be back in business. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission voted last week to reopen College Illinois on Oct. 1.

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Courts
6:36 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Another lawsuit filed against retiree health insurance law

A class action lawsuit seeks to overturn an Illinois law that calls for retired state workers to pay more for their health insurance.  As part of union agreements, members with long careers in government had their premiums fully covered by the state.  The new law will make them pay a premium.

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Illinois
10:43 am
Tue August 21, 2012

State lawmaker questions Thomson proposal

State Senator Mike Jacobs says it would not be good government policy to give the Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government. That suggestion came in a letter from State Representatives Jim Sacia and Rich Morthland. The two Republicans have sent a letter to Governor Pat Quinn saying that handing over Thomson to the feds would get the ball rolling on creating much needed jobs for the area surrounding Thomson.

NIU investigation
7:10 am
Tue August 21, 2012

NIU welcomes DeKalb County prosecutor monitoring probe

DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell

Northern Illinois University officials announced today that they welcome the scrutiny of DeKalb County State's Atty. Clay Campbell over the so-called "coffee fund" investigation being conducted by the NIU campus police.

In a statement issued Monday, Campbell said his office is "closely monitoring" the situation, citing "various widely reported incidents of alleged misconduct" as reason for his concern.

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Government
7:52 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Lawmaker says Illinois should "give" Thomson prison to federal government

State Representative Jim Sacia

The state of Illinois is still trying to sell Thomson prison to the federal government. One lawmaker wants Governor Pat Quinn to consider giving it away.

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Government
7:44 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Governor, lawmakers look at what's next for pension debate

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to start a campaign to boost support for changes to Illinois' pension systems.  During last week's special session, lawmakers failed to approve a plan that would address the state’s massively underfunded retirement systems.

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