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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Rita Crundwell
6:22 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Total for Sold Crundwell Assets at $7.9 Million

Jenna Dooley WNIJ

U.S. Marshals sold off a substantial amount of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell’s belongings this weekend. The online auctions netted more than $275,000. That money will be added to a growing escrow account that will someday be turned over to the city of Dixon as restitution for the $53 million Crundwell has admitted to stealing from the city.  The U.S. Marshals Service says the latest figures do not include Crundwell’s five real estate holdings and her jewelry collection.

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Jack McCullough
11:33 am
Mon December 10, 2012

McCullough Sentenced to Life in Prison

Clay Campbell, Julie Trevarthen, and Brion Hanley were all part of the prosecution team in the Jack McCullough murder trial.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Jack McCullough was sentenced to life  in prison Monday morning for the murder of Maria Ridulph. The 73-year-old McCullough was convicted earlier this year in a DeKalb County bench trial. He was arrested in 2011 after authorities re-opened the investigation into the 1957 kidnapping and slaying.

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Federal Mandate?
5:57 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Com Ed Clear-Cuts DeKalb Trail To Protect Power Lines

DeKalb Nature Trail, near Sycamore Road, clear-cut beneath Com Ed's transmission lines.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

More than a mile of trees and plants are being mowed to the ground along a DeKalb nature trail. That’s how Com Ed is handling a federal mandate meant to keep trees away from its largest transmission lines. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens reports.

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Government
4:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

DeKalb Park Fans Fight Land Swap Deal

Kiwanis Park, on DeKalb's south side.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A group of residents is trying to stop a land swap deal between a developer and the DeKalb School District. 

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Developing
9:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

McCullough Sentencing Postponed

DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore, Illinois.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

UPDATE: Friday, November 30, 2012 11:10 am

McCullough's sentencing has been rescheduled for Monday, December 10th, at 10:00 am.

Sentencing for convicted killer Jack McCullough has been postponed. The former Sycamore resident was to be sentenced Friday morning at 11:00 for the 1957 kidnapping and murder of seven-year-old Maria Ridulph.

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Disabled Parking Stings
3:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

No Excuse For Parking Abuse: Not Even Black Friday!

The shopping malls are packed already this morning: Black Friday has been underway for hours. Temperatures are short and patience is thin, so be careful where you park.  

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Breaking
1:56 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Resigns

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. has resigned: a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner confirms he has received Jackson's letter of resignation.

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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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