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
6:41 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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Science
4:59 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Private rocket blasts off for Space Station

A first-of-its-kind commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful liftoff early Tuesday, opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.

The SpaceX company made history as its Falcon 9 rocket rose from its seaside launch pad and pierced the pre-dawn sky, aiming for a rendezvous in a few days with the space station. The rocket carried into orbit a capsule named Dragon that is packed with 1,000 pounds of space station provisions.

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Government
7:55 am
Mon May 21, 2012

At NATO Summit, Obama Says 'Hard Days' Ahead For Afghanistan

World leaders are meeting with President Obama in his hometown of Chicago for a two-day NATO summit focused heavily on Afghanistan.

Obama warned of the difficulty ahead as the summit confronted questions about Afghanistan's future. The summit kicked off on Sunday with a meeting between Obama and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, the two key players to determine that future.

"We still have a lot of work to do and there will be great challenges ahead," Obama said. "The loss of life continues in Afghanistan and there will be hard days ahead."

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Local
6:07 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Protesters and police clash at NATO summit in Chicago

Chicago is bracing for another round of demonstrations on the last day of the NATO summit. Protesters say they'll march to Boeing headquarters this morning to voice their opposition to the company's role in the U-S. military. 

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Local
3:56 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Dock diving still a hit with pet owners

Mike Moen WNIJ

More than a decade after they started, dock diving competitions for dogs remain popular. That was evident this weekend as enthusiasts gathered with their pets in northern Illinois.  

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Local
8:38 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Around Illinois -- May 18

  • Huge mulch fire closes part of Hwy 76 north of Belvidere
  • Illinois Human Rights Commission member fails to win new term
  • Complaints about NATO arrests
  • Appeals court backs decision to block pay raises for state workers
  • Former Blago aide ready to serve 10-day sentence

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Business
11:23 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Postal Service moving forward with plans to close Rockford sorting center

Rockford-area residents at January's USPS hearing about the Rockford sorting facility
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The United States Postal Service announced Thursday that it will soon begin consolidating dozens of mail processing facilities across the country. Part of Rockford's operations will be transferred to the Carol Stream distribution center. The other half will be absorbed by the facility in Palatine.

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Government
7:12 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Minimum wage debate resurfaces in Illinois

Senate plan would eventually raise the state wage to $10.55. Critics say the plan would put a squeeze on business owners.

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Education
6:24 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Trying to find common ground on teacher evaluations

Illinois is in the process of bolstering requirements for teacher evaluations. The changes come amid a national discussion about separating guidelines for evaluating special-education teachers.

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