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
6:11 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Could Municipalities Get Their Own Pension Overhaul?

Joe McCoy of the Illinois Municipal League

Illinois' pension law might serve as a model for an overhaul of local government retirement systems. The Illinois Municipal League says if the law survives a court challenge, they hope lawmakers approve a similar plan that would address rising pension costs for cities.

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Senate Bill 1 approved
3:33 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Illinois Legislature Approves Pension Overhaul Plan

The House tally on the pension bill.
Credit Amanda Vinicky / WUIS/IPR

Illinois lawmakers approved a pension overhaul Tuesday. The Senate passed the plan 30 - 24, and the House approved it on a 62 - 53 vote. Governor Pat Quinn has indicated he will sign this bill, which is intended to save $160-billion over the next three decades. 

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Foreign
6:36 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Manzullo: China Airspace Dispute A Puzzling Move

Don Manzullo

A former northern Illinois congressman says an airspace dispute involving China has the potential to raise international tensions. He also says he’s puzzled as to why the communist nation is angering its neighbors.

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Education
6:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Regional Superintendents Prepare To Downsize Under New Map

Illinois' regional offices of education are moving forward with consolidation efforts.  Some superintendents are continuing with their merger preparations now that the state has approved downsizing plans.

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Sports
6:26 am
Fri November 22, 2013

DeKalb Area Prepares For Football Championship Games

This is the first year Northern Illinois University will host the Illinois High School Association football finals. DeKalb will alternate hosting duties with Champaign-Urbana through the year 2021.

UPDATE: Sycamore did not advance to the finals, with a loss to Montini over the weekend. Lena and Batavia did advance to the championship games.

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Government
6:52 am
Thu November 21, 2013

NIU Workers Talk Pensions With Lawmakers

Credit NIU

Employee councils from NIU co-hosted a forum Wednesday, which included several area state lawmakers. The event was viewed as an opportunity for NIU faculty to offer their thoughts as the General Assembly continues to explore how to fix Illinois' troubled pension system.

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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.
USDA

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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Government
6:03 am
Wed November 20, 2013

State Law Trips Up Solar Projects

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

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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Arts
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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