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
6:34 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Illinois prison workers concerned about safety

The workers say they're worried about a recent spike in violent incidents at state penitentiaries. State officials downplay any possible link between the spike and the governor's plan to close prisons.

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Illinois
6:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Summer food stops: a town favorite in Hampshire

The Chick-n-Dip in Hampshire
WNIJ's Mike Moen

This month, WNIJ is visiting favorite summer food destinations in northern Illinois. Our first top is a drive-in well known for a menu item that serves as a meal and as a social connection.

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Illinois
7:31 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Dry conditions threaten fireworks displays

The fear of drought-driven fires isn’t stopping most Illinois communities from putting on their annual Independence Day celebrations. Last week, several towns, including Plainfield, canceled their municipal fireworks shows because of the hot, dry conditions.

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Education
7:12 am
Tue July 3, 2012

State reduces funding for NIU

NIU's director of state and federal relations, Lori Clark

Illinois' new budget includes a 6% reduction in higher education spending. For Northern Illinois University, that means a cut of more than $6 million.

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Government
11:36 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Illinois' new budget doesn't spare Singer

Courtesy of Friends of Singer Facebook page

Governor Pat Quinn signed Illinois' new spending plan over the weekend. His action included plans to shut down Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center, and use some of that money to increase funding for community-based care.

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World
3:45 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Mexico Returns Former Ruling Party To Power

PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto campaigns in Mexico City
Associated Press

Mexico's old guard sailed back into power after a 12-year hiatus Sunday as the official preliminary vote count handed a victory to Enrique Pena Nieto, whose party was long accused of ruling the country through corruption and patronage.

The second place candidate, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, refused to concede, saying he would wait for a full count.

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Government
6:35 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Quinn signs new Illinois budget

WNIJ

The $33.7 billion dollar budget is $57 million dollars less than the budget lawmakers sent him. As promised, the governor is moving to close several state facilities, including Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center. 

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Government
6:38 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Illinois shifts attention to health care provisions

Governor Pat Quinn says the Supreme Court ruling on health care means Illinois can move forward with implementation of key provisions under the federal law. The governor says Illinois will go along with the expansion of Medicaid. Quinn also says lawmakers need to resume work on setting up an insurance exchange.

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Government
2:44 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

NIU health care economist discusses Supreme Court ruling

Dr. James Ciesla, Ph. D.
www.niu.edu

Northern Illinois University health care economist James Ciesla says it's unclear yet just how many Illinoisans will benefit from the law being allowed to stand.

Ciesla said the Illinois Hospital Association estimates between 1.3 and 1.7 million people are uninsured, “so this ruling most directly affects those people.”

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Government
9:29 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

Enlarge David Goldman/AP

An officer stands outside the Supreme Court as media and the public gather Thursday.

Live updates about the Supreme Court's decision today that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional:

Update at 10:24 a.m. ET. The Lede:

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