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. 


10:12 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Temporary Layoffs At Chrysler Plant

Credit Susan Stephens

325 workers at the Chrysler assembly plant in Belvidere have received temporary layoff notices.

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5:29 am
Wed February 26, 2014

NIU Included In Digital Manufacturing Lab

Credit NIU Today

Northern Illinois University will play a role in the digital manufacturing lab announced for the city of Chicago.

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Health Care
6:57 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Illinois Gets A "D" For Emergency Care

In its most recent report, the American College of Emergency Physicians gives Illinois a low grade for its overall emergency care environment.

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6:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Boosting Your Winter Vocabulary


Northern Illinois is experiencing a brief warm-up this week. But it still seems there is no end in sight to the brutal winter that has pummeled the region. Despite the inconveniences, the endless cycle of snow and cold temperatures has brought some seldom used weather terms to the surface.

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6:30 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Learning From Flood Disasters

Northern Illinois is no stranger to floods. Last year, several counties were declared federal disaster areas because of damage from rising waters. With spring right around the corner, some officials want to make sure they’re better prepared to deal with the situation, should there be more flooding this year and beyond.

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6:23 am
Tue February 11, 2014

'Act Of God' Provision Available For Schools With Lots Of Snow Days

Credit NPR

Illinois school districts might be forced to use a state exemption to help deal with all the snow days that are piling up.

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6:11 am
Fri February 7, 2014

LaSalle County Is Getting Another Sand Mine

The latest project was approved by the village of Utica. The decision could spur legal action from opponents.

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6:33 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Illinois' Jobs Outlook Has A Lot Of Moving Parts

Jeremy Groves

Making sense of Illinois’ jobs outlook isn’t exactly easy these days. So says an economist from Northern Illinois University. There’s information that says the state still lags behind the national economic recovery. But there are also occasional nuggets of good news to consider.

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6:15 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Illinois Manufacturers Hope Slide Is Over

After promising growth in 2011 and 2012, Illinois manufacturers were left disappointed by a slowdown in 2013.

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6:35 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Sharing WWII Memories Long Distance

Roger Craigmile holds a keepsake from his father's WWII unit

Children of military veterans sometimes don’t learn much about their parents’ service until after their passing. That’s the case for a northern Illinois man, who is now sharing records about his father’s World War II unit with another person halfway across the country.

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