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
6:37 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Proposed measure aims to save state funding for day care providers

Sara Feigenholtz

Democratic Representative from Chicago introduces a bill that would prevent a state funding cutoff for child care providers in Illinois. 

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Government
5:36 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Former Dixon comptroller to appear in federal court Monday

Rita Crundwell is scheduled to make an appearance for her arraignment on wire fraud charges.

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Business
10:27 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Web-only: Health care economist discusses financial issues facing Illinois hospitals

Illinois hospitals are bracing for Medicaid reimbursement rate cuts at the state level. This issue entered the spotlight after a Rockford-area health-care provider announced budget cuts. NIU's Jim Ciesla says other hospitals could take similar steps amid uncertainty over state and federal policy matters. 

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Business
8:35 am
Fri May 4, 2012

DeKalb hotel project may prevent business "leakage"

Proposed site of Hampton Inn
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Construction is nearing for an 80-room, four-story Hampton Inn along I-88 and Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. Mayor Kris Povlsen says the hotel may keep visitors from leaving the city to stay overnight in neighboring towns. 

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Business
8:22 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Getting young adults excited about financial jobs

There's a push in northern Illinois to introduce more young people to the world of finance. Some young adults in the Rockford-area will get a chance to learn about such careers. 

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Government
6:37 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Voters to decide on tougher rules for pension increases

A constitutional amendment for Illinois will appear on the November ballot. The proposed change has to do with increasing pension benefits for public workers.

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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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