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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Illinois
6:42 am
Wed March 26, 2014

State Police Issue Numbers On Concealed Carry Requests

It's been nearly a month since Illinois State Police began sending out concealed-carry permits. Thousands of applicants have been approved. But some have also been denied.

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Education
6:15 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Building Trades Programs Not Thriving In Some Schools

Credit npr

Building trades programs can give high school students an opportunity to learn about the construction industry. But some northern Illinois school districts are eliminating the class.

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Election 2014
8:54 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oberweis Wins GOP Senate Primary

Jim Oberweis

State senator and dairy magnate Jim Oberweis says he's ready for a tough race against powerful Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

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Election 2014
6:50 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Illinois Now Lets 17-Year-Olds Vote

A new group of voters is taking part in Illinois' primary election. A recently adopted law aims to get teens more involved with the voting process.

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Education
6:22 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Bleak Financial Outlook For Some School Districts

Streator Superintendent Matt Wilkinson

A northern Illinois school district worries it might not be able to make payroll next year. The comments follow a new report on the financial struggles facing many districts.

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Business
6:11 am
Tue March 11, 2014

How Real Is The Threat To Close Nuke Plants?

Credit Exelon Corporation

One energy analyst says discussion about closing some of Exelon's nuclear power plants in Illinois should be viewed as a real possibility.

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Government
6:23 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Heroin Task Forces Ramp Up Efforts

State Rep. John Cabello

Illinois could soon see new laws aimed at addressing the heroin problem in many parts of the state. Two special panels are in the process of gathering feedback on possible solutions.

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Health
7:40 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Illinois Health Department Worried About Antibiotics Use

Illinois health officials say most antibiotics prescribed in hospitals and nursing homes are unnecessary and their overuse has led to an increase in deadly superbugs.

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Education
6:33 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Jefferson Students Seem Content With Career Academy Choices

Rockford's Jefferson High School continues in its first year of career academies. Students here are getting the first true test of the district’s approach to career-themed learning. WNIJ’s Mike Moen has been hearing from students about their experience. In his latest visit, he found a statistic that surprised just about everyone at the school.

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Legal
6:20 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Illinois Attorney General Says All Counties Can Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

Credit http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/

Illinois' Attorney General is telling county clerks they have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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