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
1:06 am
Tue April 24, 2012

NIU fraud expert: what to watch for in the workplace

NIU Professor David Sinason
  • ... plus a link on the benefits of hindsight

It’s been a week since Dixon’s comptroller was arrested and charged with misappropriating 3.2 million dollars from the city since last fall. A federal complaint also accuses Rita Crundwell of stealing more than 30-million since 2006. One Northern Illinois University accountancy professor says there’s a lot the city could have done to prevent the alleged theft. 

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Government
1:53 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Dixon comptroller fired

The City of Dixon has fired its comptroller. City Council members voted unanimously today to fire Rita Crundwell, retroactive to the day she was arrested on federal wire fraud charges.

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Politics
4:03 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Citizens' Caucus in DeKalb chooses Rohl to run in the 16th Congressional

Wanda Rohl speaks at the Citizens' Convention at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A citizens’ convention has chosen a Democratic candidate to run for Congress in the 16th district. But that doesn’t necessarily mean their pick will face Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger this fall.

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Government
7:40 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Dixon reacts to comptroller arrest, media attention

The city of Dixon garnered the world’s attention this week with the arrest of the city’s comptroller. Rita Crundwell was charged in federal court with wire fraud, related to more than 3 million dollars missing from the city’s coffers since last Fall. Federal investigators also accuse her of embezzling more than 30-million dollars from the city over the past six years. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens has been following the story all week. She spoke with Jenna Dooley about the case and what she learned about the 58-year-old Dixon native while talking to people who know her.

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Update: Comptroller fraud
3:00 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Dixon city comptroller out of jail after arrest on federal fraud charges

Entrance to Rita Crundwell's horse farm near Dixon
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Read an interesting twist on this case at www.theatlanticcities.com

DIXON — Rita A. Crundwell, the Dixon city comptroller who was arrested Tuesday on a federal charge of defrauding the City of Dixon of more than $3.2 million in public funds since last fall, was released from federal custody Wednesday. Her freedom while she awaits trial, however, rests on a number of conditions agreed upon by her attorneys, federal prosecutors, and federal magistrate P. Michael Mahoney.

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Politics
3:04 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Illinois could take a 94-billion dollar hit under one plan to reform health care

Congressman Aaron Schock speaks out against the Affordable Care Act during a stop in Rockford Friday, April 13th.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The debate over health care is picking up steam as we move closer to the fall election. A report by a health care advocacy group says over the next decade, Illinois could lose 94-billion dollars in federal funding for Medicaid, Medicare, and premium tax credits under the most recent Republican budget proposal.

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Business
10:05 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Rockford hospital merger is off

Plans by OSF St. Anthony Medical Center to acquire Rockford Health System have been called off, just days before officials from both sides were to testify at a Federal Trade Commission hearing in Washington, D.C.  

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Arts
1:09 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Ira Glass talks ethics, Mad Men, and his St. Charles visit

 

“This American Life” creator and host Ira Glass pulls back the curtain on his popular public radio show this Saturday at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles. 

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Local
11:35 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Rochelle ethanol plant making its own electricity

 

An ethanol plant in Rochelle could serve as a model for other manufacturers looking to save big on their electricity bills. 

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Local
5:19 am
Wed April 4, 2012

The Dodge Dart: Chrysler pushes for perfection from Day One.

Checking the gaps in the body of Chrysler's new Dodge Dart.
Susan Stephens

 

It’s considered conventional wisdom that you should never buy a car in its first year of production: that gives the automaker time to “work the kinks out.” And that’s the kind of thinking Chrysler officials are working to dispel as they prepare to launch the new Dodge Dart in Belvidere. 

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