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
7:04 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Public retirees, students, city officials get capitol attention

Three bills stand out among those receiving attention Wednesday in the Illinois Legislature.  One has to do with health-insurance costs for state retirees.  Another is in response to the comptroller scandal in Dixon.  The third seeks to end the scandal-plagued legislative scholarship program. 

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Business
7:31 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Illinois hospitals face struggles to stay on firm financial ground

Rockford-based Swedish American Health System has announced layoffs and job position eliminations to stay in the black,  citing potential reductions to reimbursement rates under the state's Medicaid program. 

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Local
6:28 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Winnebago-Boone courts could add depth to camera project

Winnebago County Courthouse

The Illinois Supreme Court's decision to add these two northern Illinois counties to its cameras in courts program is being viewed as a stepping stone for the effort. 

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Business
7:39 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Belvidere plant ready to turn out new Dodge Dart

Official production of the new Dodge Dart is being launched in northern Illinois this week.  The model is being assembled at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere. 

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Education
8:19 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Pritchard: Schools need transportation flexibility

Illinois lawmakers could consider a proposal this spring that would change how school districts are reimbursed for transportation costs. The state board of education is in the process of drawing up the plan. One idea being floated is to allow school districts to charge students to ride the bus.

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Government
8:31 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Reports say Medicaid cuts would cost Illinois jobs

A pair of separate reports criticized proposed cuts to Illinois' Medicaid program.  Governor Pat Quinn wants to reduce program spending by $2-billion dollars, and raise cigarette taxes to close the rest of the Medicaid budget shortfall.

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Local
6:51 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Winnebago County gets earful on proposed landfill expansion

Rockford Register Star

Owners of Rockford-area landfill are seeking approval to add more than 200 acres.  Experts and members of the public are getting their chance to voice their opinions. 

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Government
7:32 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Electric vehicle charging stations: Good government investment?

An emerging car market presents governmental bodies with the potential need to provide the necessary infrastructure.  But, is there enough demand yet for public investment of charging stations? 

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Government
7:16 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Doctors, GOP don't like Governor's proposed Medicaid cuts

Republican lawmakers have criticized parts of Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close a $2.7 billion gap in Illinois' Medicaid program, which includes a $1 per pack increase in Illinois’ cigarette tax. 

And doctors say Quinn's proposed cuts to reimbursement rates for medical services would be devastating.  Laura Shea, president of the Sangamon County Medical Society, says doctors already get less money from the state for treating public aid patients than they do for patients with private insurance.

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Education
7:09 am
Fri April 20, 2012

School District Consolidation

Some northern Illinois school districts are part of voluntary downsizing efforts identified in a commission's report that was issued this week. 

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