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. 


6:50 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Mixed reaction in Illinois to President's immigrant order

President Obama has signed an executive order that will stop the deportation of certain immigrants who moved to the U.S. when they were young. The controversial move is drawing praise and criticism in Illinois.

25-year old Alaa Mukahhal has a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois. Her family moved to the state from Kuwait when she was a young child. But she’s still not an American citizen, and she’s currently in the midst of deportation proceedings:

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7:07 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Fruit shortage predicted for local farmers markets

Some local fruit growers say a warm March followed by frosts in April has killed most of their crops. They say that could result in  fewer apples, peaches and cherries this summer. 

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6:39 am
Thu June 14, 2012

It's not a drought, but northern Illinois needs rain

Dry weather has been the norm for the region. Forecasters say the precipitation expected next week might not be enough to reach truly healthy levels.

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6:55 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Obama administration: No terrorism suspects will be held at Thomson

Concerns over the sort of inmates that would be housed at the Illinois prison have delayed efforts by the federal government to purchase it from the state. U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder tried to calm those fears Tuesday.

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6:45 am
Wed June 13, 2012

New anti-gang law will benefit DeKalb

DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell

A newly signed law aimed at weeding out gang leaders in larger cities like Chicago will be beneficial in DeKalb County as well, the chief prosecutor believes.

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6:38 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Governor signs anti-gang law

Illinois Governor signs bill that targets street gang leaders

Illinois has become the latest state to adopt its version of the RICO Act. Local prosecutors now have the power to go after street gangs as criminal organizations.

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7:19 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Dixon sues auditors over stolen funds

The northern Illinois city has decided to take legal action in response to the Rita Crundwell case. The lawsuit says the accounting firms the city was using should have noticed that millions of dollars had gone missing.

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6:57 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Illinois schools face deep cuts

Illinois schools would see $200 million in cuts in the budget approved by state lawmakers last week. An Associated Press analysis says if the governor signs the budget, Illinois would fall further behind in providing basic education funding for each student.

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6:52 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Air cargo wars: RFD vs ORD

Chicago-Rockford International Airport

An aviation expert says Chicago's plan to bolster air cargo capacity at O'Hare International could have a negative effect on surrounding airports. He says Rockford's airport could be among those affected.

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6:05 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Illinois tax revenue up 7.9% over last May

An increase was expected. But the revenue manager for the state's forecasting commission says income and sales taxes are exceeding expectations.

Jim Muschinske says it's too early to detect what's behind the 7.9 percent increase last month over May 2011 in revenues from personal income taxes.

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