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. 


5:32 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Economic Development In Northern Illinois

Economic development is the focus of WNIJ’s latest collaboration with the Rockford Register Star. WNIJ’s Mike Moen and the Register Star’s Chuck Sweeny recently discussed the topic with 16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger and Jason Anderson, who's the economic development director for the city of Rochelle.

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6:18 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Mixed Jobs News In Illinois

Illinois' jobless rate is still well above the national average. The state's rate for August was 9.2 percent. But there were some positive signs within the numbers.

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UPDATED 12:00 pm
5:25 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Kinzinger Questions GOP Efforts On Obamacare

Update: Congressman Kinzinger voted with his party today to defund the Affordable Care Act and issued the following statement:

“House Republicans today voted to fully fund the federal government while at the same time protecting the American people from the ravages of the President’s unworkable healthcare law. It is now up to our colleagues in the Senate to continue this fight.”

Original story, which aired during Morning Edition on WNIJ, 9/20/13

A Republican congressman from northern Illinois doesn't agree with his party's efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act.

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6:39 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Replacement Named For Sacia

Brian Stewart
Credit Freeport Journal Standard

A replacement is now in place for Jim Sacia. The Republican state Representative is retiring after serving the 89th District for the past decade.

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5:34 am
Thu September 19, 2013

EPA Continues Work In Wedron

Wedron, IL
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

This week, the U.S. EPA updated residents in the unincorporated town of Wedron about its next step to protect them from contaminated groundwater. Several private wells in this LaSalle County community have tested positive for elevated levels of benzene.

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6:32 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Medicaid Purge In Illinois On Hold

Credit state of Illinois

Illinois' attempts to remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid rolls are being delayed. It comes amid a legal fight between the state and its largest public employees' union over who should actually do the work.

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6:57 am
Tue September 17, 2013

New Building For Homeless Vets In Northern Illinois

New housing for disabled, homeless Veterans in northern Illinois will soon be available. 

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6:33 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Former NIU Police Chief Still Challenging Firing

Credit NIU

Don Grady is still fighting his dismissal as NIU's police chief. Earlier this year, the university fired Grady amid a department scandal. Top officials were accused of mishandling evidence in a rape case against a former officer.

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Public Safety
6:33 am
Fri September 13, 2013

County Jails Look To Other Facilities For Extra Beds

Inside the DeKalb County jail

Crowded jails are still a problem for a number of county lock-ups in northern Illinois. Some have expanded their facilities to get a handle on inmate populations. Others have to rely on jails in neighboring counties for extra space. But the practice of shifting overflow inmates presents challenges.

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5:06 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Volunteers Sought For Cancer Study

The American Cancer Society is conducting its third major prevention study.  Northern Illinois residents are being asked to participate in the nationwide survey.

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