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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Local
7:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Rockford Hopes Federal Program Will Guide It To Success

Credit Rockford Convention and Visitors Bureau

The White House is moving forward with another round of its Strong Cities, Strong Communities program. The initiative lends federal expertise to struggling areas. The city of Rockford is part of the latest group.

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Government
8:21 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Illinois Lawmakers To Examine Corporate Tax Breaks

State Rep. Jack Franks

A northern Illinois lawmaker will lead a series of public hearings that could change how the state works with businesses on tax breaks.

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Local
9:48 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Illinois EPA Probes Landfill Leak

The Illinois EPA continues to look into this week's incident at Cortland Elementary School.

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Government
6:44 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Illinois Reps. Support Federal Spending Bill

The budget bill that cleared the U.S. House Wednesday received widespread support from Illinois' Congressional delegation.

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Public Safety
4:13 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Video Visitations Become An Option For Inmates And Their Families

Illinois prisons will soon offer video visitations for inmates. A watchdog says it could be beneficial. But it has concerns about how the trend is playing out in county jails.

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Illinois
6:48 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Thaw From Deep Freeze Presents Problems

Credit flickr

The recent swing in temperatures is resulting in a mixed-bag of news for northern Illinois residents.

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Transportation
6:35 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Wait Continues, But There's Still Hope For Amtrak Route

Amtrak is coming off a record year for ridership. And it still hopes to re-establish service in northwest Illinois. That was supposed to happen near the end of this year. But supporters wonder if the project will get off the ground by then. Some also wonder if the new route will attract enough customers to sustain itself.

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Illinois
9:37 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Illinois Officials Urge Residents To Be Safe During Cold Snap

Credit photo credit by Robert Hensley / flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The state of Illinois is offering tips and is taking steps to ensure that residents get the help they may need during this wave of extremely cold weather.

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Environmental
6:18 am
Wed January 8, 2014

McHenry County Faces Water Shortage

Groundwater resources could become strained in one northern Illinois county. The Illinois State Water Survey says McHenry County faces that problem over the next three to four decades.

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Courts
7:04 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Another Pension Lawsuit Is Filed

More Illinois retirees are suing to block changes to the state's pension system. They're fighting a new law that seeks to save billions of dollars by cutting benefits.

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