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. 


The Salt
4:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Food Stamp Cuts Leave Rural Areas, And Their Grocers, Reeling

The recent cuts in federal food benefits may be felt most in rural areas and the grocery stores that serve them.

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 5:23 pm

One recent evening, some shoppers at the Countryside Market in Belvidere, Ill., were loading up on staples, like milk and eggs. Others, like Meghan Collins, were trying to plan Thanksgiving on a newly tightened budget.

"My work has been cut," says Collins. "I'm working half the hours I used to work. So yeah, I'm making half of what I made last year."

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6:03 am
Wed November 20, 2013

State Law Trips Up Solar Projects

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Illinois is falling behind its goals when it comes to solar energy on rooftops. Observers say wording in a state law is not helping.

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6:52 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Individual Artists In Rockford Still Making The Scene

Roni Golan inside his Rockford art gallery
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

Throughout November, WNIJ is reporting on the state of the Rockford arts scene. The city has plenty of long-standing arts organizations. But there are also plenty of individual artists trying to carve out a place for themselves.

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Public Safety
3:01 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

NIU Student Arrested After Guns Found In Dorm

Credit NIU Police

NIU officials announced Wednesday that a student was arrested for having firearms inside his dorm room.

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7:54 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Results Are In For New Mental Health Care Model

The facility that houses the Rosecrance triage center
Credit Rosecrance

Local providers are forging ahead with a revised approach to mental health care in northwest Illinois. The system was created after a major state facility was closed.

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11:38 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Willis Tower No Longer Tallest In U.S.

Chicago's Willis Tower has lost its title. One World Trade Center — the New York City skyscraper that now rises from the site of the Twin Towers, destroyed during the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11 — has been declared the tallest building in the U.S. by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

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5:26 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Converting Civil Unions Into Gay Marriages

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The soon-to-be same-sex marriage law in Illinois will not affect civil unions. But gay couples in such a union will have an opportunity to convert their certificate.

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Senate Bill 10
6:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

#15: Illinois Soon To Be Latest Same-Sex Marriage State

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Illinois will be the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage, after the state House and Senate approved  legislation (SB10) today.  Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign it into law, and same-sex couples can marry starting next June.

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Health News
5:52 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Learning Health Insurance-Speak

Veronica Martinez helps an Aurora woman enroll into the health insurance marketplace
Credit WNIJ/Mike Moen

Despite technical obstacles, navigators are still helping people enroll into health-insurance marketplaces. In many communities, that includes helping those who speak little or no English. The northern Illinois region is no exception.

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6:12 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Illinois At The Center Of Nuclear Waste Debate

Credit Exelon Corporation

A U.S. Senate proposal would address the need for a permanent storage site for the nation’s nuclear waste. But an Illinois watchdog has concerns how it might affect the state in the short-term.

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