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
10:01 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Tensions mount in Illinois House over pensions

The Illinois House is divided over a measure that would bring major changes to the state's pension system. The plan was approved by a committee on Tuesday. But it ignited a tense debate on the House floor. 

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Government
7:08 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Cigarette tax hike goes to governor

Illinois smokers should prepare to spend more money on cigarettes. The proposed dollar-a-pack increase cleared its final legislative hurdle Tuesday. Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the measure.

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Government
7:23 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Extended cell-phone restriction sent to governor

Representative Jerry F. Costello, II

Illinois drivers could soon be banned from talking on cell phones while going through an emergency zone. State lawmakers sent the measure to the governor Monday. 

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Government
12:04 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Patrick Fitzgerald's presence felt beyond high profile corruption cases

Paul Logli

A former prosecutor gives the outgoing U.S. Attorney for northern Illinois high marks for his relationship with local law enforcement. 

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Government
8:07 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Anti-bullying measure fails in Illinois legislature

The Illinois Senate has rejected a measure aimed at making schools adopt tougher anti-bullying policies. But supporters may try again.

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Government
7:57 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Illinois House approves changes to eavesdropping law

Howstuffworks.com

 

Current Illinois law makes recording police officers in public a crime. The proposed changes approved 71-45 by the Illinois House would decriminalize such recordings. The bill's sponsors say they've addressed concerns raised by law enforcement.

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Government
7:45 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Scholarship program's demise could bring financial relief to Illinois universities

Public universities are required to hand out tuition waivers awarded by state lawmakers. But a pending law change would end the practice.

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Government
7:09 am
Tue May 22, 2012

End is near for legislative scholarships

Governor Pat Quinn says he plans to sign the measure sent to him by Illinois lawmakers. The bill would eliminate the controversial perk.

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Government
6:41 am
Tue May 22, 2012

NATO recap

Chicago Magazine

Chicago police announce arrest numbers following protests of the conference. City officials are praised for their handling of the event.

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Government
6:33 am
Tue May 22, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Illinois political maps

The suit was brought forward by the League of Women Voters of Illinois. Other challenges to redistricting are still pending.

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