Susan Stephens

WNIJ News Reporter/Producer

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.

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NIU Investigations
5:27 am
Wed November 21, 2012

NIU President Orders Reviews Of Accounting, Police Department

Credit NIU

Northern Illinois University employees received more than a traditional Thanksgiving greeting from their president in their inboxes this week: President John Peters also laid out a series of in-depth reviews the university is planning in response to several recent internal controversies. 

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Nippon Sharyo Secures Major Contract
7:07 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Business Rolling At Rochelle Railcar Maker

Image of the trains to be produced by Nippon Sharyo in Rochelle, IL under four state high speed rail contract.
Guy Stephens WNIJ

It’s official. A railcar maker in Rochelle will build 130 high speed rail cars for the Midwest and California.  Governor Pat Quinn and U-S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the $352-million contract Monday at Nippon Sharyo’s factory in Rochelle.  

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Used Cars
5:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Buyer Beware: Flood-Damaged Vehicles Are On The Market

Debris in engine of a flooded truck in Little Poland, New York City, October 31, 2012.
Credit Juan Monroy / Flickr

Looking for a great deal on a used car? Be careful, warns Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. As many as a quarter-million vehicles damaged in Super-Storm Sandy are hitting the market.

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Landfill Expansion
2:45 am
Fri November 16, 2012

DeKalb Landfill Opponents Try Another Tactic

Cortland residents meet with members of Stop the Mega Dump,
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A group fighting landfill expansion in DeKalb County is going to take a new approach, pulling township government into the case. 

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Rita Crundwell Case
3:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Crundwell Changes Plea To Guilty In Federal Case

Acting U.S. Attorney Gary Shapiro, FBI Acting Special Agent-in-Charge William Monroe, U.S. Marshal Daryl McPherson, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Pedersen and Scott Paccagnini.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell pleaded "guilty" in federal court Wednesday morning.

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Rita Crundwell Case
2:40 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Wanna Buy A Microscope? Latest Crundwell Auction Underway

Rita Crundwell's personalized paint job on trailer that's up for auction this week.
Credit professionalauction.com

UPDATE 11/14/12: The trailer/lab equipment auction yielded $56,450. The trailer went for $31,500.

UPDATE: Crundwell changed plea to guilty: see follow-up stories.

Time is running out for anyone interested in getting a deal on a horse hematology lab. The auctioning of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell’s possessions continues, with a trailer and lab equipment on the on-line block until Wednesday night.

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NIU
4:57 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

NIU Police Chief Grady On Administrative Leave, Not First Time

NIU Today

Deputy Police Chief takes the reins

Northern Illinois University has placed its police chief on administrative leave. Chief Donald Grady and Lt. Kartik Ramakrishnan are facing disciplinary proceedings by the university. Deputy Chief of Police Darren Mitchell, a member of the NIU Police Department since 2000 who also serves as executive director of the Office of Emergency Management and Planning, was named Sunday to take command of the 38-member force until an acting chief is named.

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NIU
8:16 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

NIU President Peters Explains Silence, Urges Unity

Northern Illinois University President John Peters
Credit NIU Media Services

Northern Illinois University President John Peters explains his silence on several controversial matters and asks the campus to stick together. 

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Evidence Mishandled?
10:02 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

NIU Police Defend One Of Their Own

A DeKalb County judge could decide today whether to proceed with a student’s sexual assault case against a former Northern Illinois University police officer. 

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Politics
5:39 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Stadelman And Cabello Win State Legislative Races

Democrats have retained control of the Illinois legislature. In Rockford, a State Senate seat long-held by a Republican went to a Democrat. And a Winnebago County Republican appointed to a State House seat holds on to it.

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