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
7:32 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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Local
7:05 am
Fri April 20, 2012

State 'multiplies' Winnebago Co. taxes

Winnebago County non-farm taxpayers are getting a bit of a kick from the State of Illinois annual review of property assessments. 

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Local
6:06 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Creek Name Conjures Emotions About Race and History

Bureau County Republican

 

The name of a waterway in northern Illinois is stirring up emotions about racial progress. 

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Courts
1:20 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

McCullough found not guilty in 50-year-old rape case

DeKalb County Courthouse, Sycamore, Illinois
Susan Stephens

 

The DeKalb County State's Attorney lashed out at a judge Thursday, after a Seattle man was acquitted of rape charges. 

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Government
7:44 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Illinois' Township Governments Make Their Case

 

The performance of township governments in Illinois was on display Tuesday night.

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Education
7:32 am
Wed April 11, 2012

District 205 Leader Gets Contract Extension

 

The Rockford school board has approved a contract extension for the district's interim superintendent. 

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Local
4:39 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Rockford official keeps two elected seats while awaiting law change

The Illinois Attorney General's office says an elected official in northern Illinois has to decide between two jobs.  But Ted Biondo won't give up any elected seat while state lawmakers consider changing a law that would make it legal for him to hold two offices. 

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Local
5:35 am
Mon April 9, 2012

DeKalb, NIU May Partner on Housing Stats

The city of DeKalb is putting together plans with NIU officials to gather housing data for the community.  The research project would include information on factors such as foreclosures, vacancy rates, and code compliance.  Bill Nicklas is NIU’s associate vice president for institutional planning and sustainability.  He says the university is always concerned about the safety and quality of housing in DeKalb.

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