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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Government
6:30 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Cullerton Says No Pension Vote Until 2013

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

Another top Democrat in Springfield says any action on a pension overhaul will have to wait until early next year. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says a vote on a plan to overhaul the state's troubled pension systems will probably come in January.

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Courts
11:34 am
Thu September 13, 2012

State Rests Its Case At McCullough Trial

Maria Ridulph

The state has rested its case at the bench trial of Jack McCullough. The 72-year-old is accused in a DeKalb County cold case that dates back to 1957. Prosecutors say he kidnapped and murdered 7-year-old Maria Ridulph. 

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Local
10:08 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Regulators Say Yes To Closing Singer

Courtesy of Friends of Singer Facebook page

Illinois regulators have given their consent to the state's plan to close Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center this fall. The decision by the Health Facilities Services and Review Board came in a 5 to 3 vote this week.

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World
6:45 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Protesters Storm U.S. Embassy Compound In Yemen

Chanting "death to America," hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital and burned the American flag on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East.

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Government
2:11 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Illinois To Improve Youth Prisons

The state of Illinois has agreed to improve conditions at youth prisons under a settlement that officials hope will avert a legal battle if a judge agrees to the deal.

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Courts
10:48 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Illinois Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Police Searches

The Illinois Supreme Court is considering whether police are justified in searching a car, when the only evidence of wrongdoing they see is a single bullet. The case before the court stems from a police search in Chicago's South Suburbs.

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Courts
10:09 am
Wed September 12, 2012

McCullough Trial: Day Three Update

A DeKalb County judge is hearing another day of testimony at the Jack McCullough murder trial. The 72-year-old is accused of killing a young Sycamore girl in the late 1950's.

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Courts
9:39 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Sheley Asks Judge To Dismiss Murder Case

Nicholas Sheley says his right to a speedy trial has been violated in his Whiteside County case. Sheley was arrested in 2008 following a killing spree in Illinois and Missouri.

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Courts
12:50 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

McCullough Trial: Day Two Update

Testimony resumed Tuesday morning at the bench trial of Jack McCullough, the man accused of killing a young Sycamore girl more than 50 years ago. WNIJ's Victor Yehling is covering today's proceedings.

He reports that McCullough's younger half sister, Katheran Caulfield, testified today. The woman who was playing with the victim, Maria Ridulph, the night she disappeared also took the witness stand.

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Politics
10:56 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Durbin Not Ready To Endorse Quinn

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Illinois’ senior U.S. Senator is holding off backing Governor Pat Quinn for reelection. Dick Durbin says he’ll wait to make sure Quinn’s actually planning to run in 2014.

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