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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Government
6:05 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Treasurer talks pensions at DeKalb roundtable

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford talks with a constituent at a meeting in DeKalb.
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

The Illinois State Treasurer says lawmakers need to make some progress toward fixing the state’s budget woes, or he says the crisis will get worse. Republican Dan Rutherford was in DeKalb Tuesday to host a roundtable discussion about the state’s finances. He says he doesn’t expect much progress before the November election, although the state’s bond rating is suffering:

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Illinois
12:32 am
Fri July 13, 2012

The foods of summer: Bing's Drive-In

Bing's Drive-In, 3613 South Main St., Rockford
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

Every Friday this month, we’re visiting some of the area’s favorite summer food destinations. Today, we stop at a place where you can eat like it’s 1954: Bing’s Drive-In in Rockford.

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Government
8:01 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

$1.6 billion for Illinois transportation projects

Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

$1.6 billion worth of transportation projects got the go-ahead today when Governor Pat Quinn signed a major capital improvements bill.

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Government
5:43 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Two County Clerks defend gay marriage ban

Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb
Tazewell County website tazewell.com

Two county clerks want to defend Illinois’ ban on gay marriage. A judge may decide whether they can Tuesday.

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Government
5:17 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Gov's pay dispute with AFSCME back to arbitration

WNIJ

A Cook County Circuit Court judge has decided to send a dispute between Governor Pat Quinn and major union back to arbitration.

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Government
6:24 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Gov. Quinn praises high court ruling on Affordable Care Act

Governor Pat Quinn
WNIJ

 

Governor Pat Quinn hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the federal health care law, calling it “a great day for Illinois and a great day for our country.”

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Politics
5:04 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Think tank urges Illinois constitutional change for fairer tax

Center for Tax and Budget Accountability executive director Ralph Martire talks taxes at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford.
Jacqui Stephens WNIJ

The leader of a not-for-profit think tank says now is the time for Illinois citizens to push their legislators toward a more fair tax system.

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Government
12:43 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Rockford's Tapco Building demolition begins

Demolition of Tapco Building in downtown Rockford begins, 6/20/12.
Jacqui Stephens WNIJ
  • Tapco story version 1 as aired on WNIJ 6/20/12.

Demolition began Wednesday on the Tapco Building, one of the crumbling old industrial buildings along Rockford’s downtown riverfront.

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Government
9:49 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Communities open cooling centers to combat heat

Predicted temperatures in the 90s have prompted some local communities to open cooling sites for local residents.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high near 90 degrees today, 92 on Saturday and 86 on Sunday.

Cooling sites offer air-conditioned relief during periods of excessive heat or when an excessive heat advisory or warning is issued by the National Weather Service.

Residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible

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Government
4:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Bus routes are changing and RMTD wants input

The Rockford Mass Transit District's East Side Transfer Center
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Rockford’s bus system may have some big changes in store … but not before its riders get a chance to weigh in.

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