Susan Stephens

Reporter, All Things Considered Host

Susan’s parents should have known she’d end up in radio: her favorite toys were tape recorders, cameras, notepads, and books. Many years later, she’s an award-winning reporter at her favorite radio station. Formerly WNIJ’s News Director, she asked to return to the role of full-time reporter/anchor/utility player in 2010 (less paperwork, more reporting!). Her #1 goal is to tell the most compelling stories in the fewest words possible…all the better if a little humor can be thrown into the mix.  It should come as no surprise, then, that she can whip up a haiku for any occasion. She also enjoys the Detroit Tigers, learning pioneer skills (Gardening, canning, and the like. Just in case.), traveling with friends, and pretending she’s going to get around to playing her theremin.

This past January, WNIJ started a weekly feature called “The Friday Forum.” The idea was rooted in a survey of our listeners, who indicated they wanted more in-depth state and regional news.

 

So the Friday Forum was born, featuring the WNIJ area's most important issues, decision-makers, and the people are affected by them.

 

Today we review the Friday Forums of 2017, with highlights from each month.

 

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The DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation celebrated its 30th year Thursday night with a dinner featuring a keynote address by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Rauner praised the crowd for being part of what he called one of the best economic development organizations in the state. He also said the area could do a lot better if federal courts rule in his favor by rolling back regulations on businesses.

“​I promise​ ​that ​within​ ​6​ ​months,​ ​I​ ​will​ ​get​ ​literally​ ​dozens​ ​of​ ​manufacturing​ ​plants​ ​to​ ​come​ ​here,” Rauner said.

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‘Tis the season for candidates to circulate their nominating petitions, but another petition is making the rounds in Rockford. It's a request for the city to rename the Morgan Street Bridge to honor Rockford police officers who have died in the line of duty.

David Hale, one of the people behind the petition, was moved to action by the recent death of a Rockford officer.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump held a rally and expo in Rockford Tuesday to celebrate the first year of his presidency.

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Rockford's mayor and police chief met Tuesday with people who are calling for a federal investigation into the deaths of Officer Jaimie Cox and Eddie Patterson. Both were killed in the aftermath of a traffic stop Nov. 5.

The meeting was a result of a march on City Hall Monday by Patterson’s family and supporters, who fear the investigation is biased. Rev. Melvin Brown said he’s planning more protests because he doesn’t trust the Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force to investigate fully.

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