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
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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Education
7:45 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Talks begin soon on cutting Illinois' regional offices of education

Illinois' association of regional school superintendents will meet next month. Part of the discussion will include how to move forward on eliminating nine regional offices of education.

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Government
7:22 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Illinois reaches temporary deal with state's largest union

Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois' largest public employees union have yet to agree on a new contract for 40, ooo state workers.  But they were able to temporarily extend the current contract, while talks continue.

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Government
6:23 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Illinois ranks high in deaths linked to lack of health insurance

Illinois ranks 6th in the nation when it comes to deaths caused to a lack of health insurance. The findings were issued by Families USA, an advocacy group. The report looked at data between 2005 and 2010. 

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Education
6:33 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Whiteside County could be affected by regional superintendent cut

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a measure that will reduce Illinois' regional offices of education. To avoid elimination, offices must serve at least 61,000 residents. Whiteside County's population is under 59,000.

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Government
6:30 am
Mon June 25, 2012

No clear timetable on state retiree health care changes

Illinois State Senator Pam Althoff, R-Crystal Lake

Retired state workers in Illinois will have to pay more for their health insurance. But it appears it won't be right away. The law signed last week aims to reduce retiree health-care costs. It ends the practice of the state covering the entire premium costs for those with at least 20 years of service.

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Local
5:08 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Singer Center's fate underscores mental health service woes in northern Illinois

Courtesy of Friends of Singer Facebook page
  • Mike Moen's story on the closing on mental health facilities in northern Illinois

Providers and advocates expect Gov. Pat Quinn to follow through on his promise to close the Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford. Quinn first targeted the facility last year and renewed his call to close Singer, along with the Tinley Park Mental Health Hospital, during his budget address in late February.

Fast-forward four months, and Quinn is following through on his promise to shutter facilities.

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Politics
6:20 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Poll says Illinois' small businesses appear to favor health care law

The Illinois-based Campaign for Better Health Care reports that  63% of small business owners said they want the Affordable Care Act kept intact. The figure grows to 68% when respondents learn more details about what's contained in the law. Only 22% of respondents said they want the law overturned.

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Government
7:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Illinois' probation officers brace for more cuts

After years of cutbacks, probation officers were hoping for a funding increase in the new state budget. Instead, they're facing even deeper cuts.

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Government
6:49 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Governor signs pension bill, but it's not the overhaul he wants

Illinois' pensions systems will get more scrutiny under legislation signed by Governor Pat Quinn. The bill calls on the state to hire an independent actuary. 

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