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
8:06 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Gay Marriage Advocates Lobby Illinois Republicans At Convention

On Tuesday, gay marriage advocates spoke with Illinois Republicans in Tampa. But it’s not clear how their message was received.

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Government
6:26 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Gambling Veto Draws Praise And Criticism

State Senator Dave Syverson and NIU economist Kahn Mohabbat

The city of Rockford was one of five locations that would have been awarded a casino under the bill vetoed by Governor Pat Quinn. Area leaders say they're disappointed in the lost opportunity for economic growth. But they also expressed hope about reviving the gambling effort during the fall veto session.

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Environment
6:38 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Report Grades Illinois Lawmakers On Environmental Votes

The scorecard was issued by the Illinois Environmental Council. The report says overall, each chamber of the General Assembly gets a rating of 68. Twelve lawmakers received a perfect score. 

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Transportation
6:23 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Crews Building First "Green" Tollway Interchange In Northern Illinois

Illinois Tollway Director Kristi Lafleur in Huntley Monday
WNIJ

Work is underway on Illinois' first "green" interchange along the tollway system. Crews are building a full interchange along Interstate 90 and Route 47 in Huntley. The construction work will feature several "green" elements.

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Government
6:14 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Governor Quinn Vetoes Plastic Bags Bill

Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill that would have required a plastic bag recycling program in Illinois. Quinn says the measure would have restricted municipalities from adopting their own rules regarding the use of plastic bags.

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Public health
7:47 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Elgin Man Dies From West Nile Virus

umaa.org

Illinois has recorded its second death this year related to the West Nile virus. Public health officials say the victim is a 64-year-old man from Elgin. The longtime village president of Lombard also died last week from complications of the virus. 

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Business
6:36 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Aerospace Jobs Aplenty In Northern Illinois

The aerospace industry in northern Illinois will have hundreds of jobs to fill in the coming years. That’s due to a major expansion in the Rockford-area.

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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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