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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Local
11:02 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Rockford teachers strike: no school Thursday in the Rockford School District

Nine hours of contract negotiations between the Rockford School district and its teachers have ended: teachers will hit the picket lines Thursday morning.

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Local
7:36 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Trial of man accused of murdering NIU student Antinette Keller delayed

DeKalb County Courthouse, Sycamore, Illinois.
Susan Stephens

The start of the trial of the DeKalb  man accused of killing Northern Illinois University student Antinette "Toni" Keller  in 2010 has been postponed for a month. 

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Local
6:51 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Partial roof collapse at Rockford's Midway Theater

A portion of Rockford's Midway Theater's roof collapsed Friday.
photo courtesy of the Rockford Fire Department

Rockford's historic Midway Theater, one of the most recognizable buildings in the city's downtown, had a portion of its roof collapse today. Built in 1918 as a movie house, it's the former home of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and was a popular rock venue. Recent plans to rehabilitate the neglected theater have fallen through, and it has stood vacant for several years. 

The large section of roof that fell was in front of the stage. The building's owner is being told by the city to reinforce the structure and begin work on a permanent plan for the theater's future. 

 

Local
3:41 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Illinois Primary election: problems at the polls

 

Nearly a quarter of Illinois counties are finding an unexpected problem at their polling places today: some primary ballots are too big and don’t fit into the scanning machines.

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Local
5:20 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Maple sugaring in Illinois

Maple syrup, hot off the fire
Susan Stephens

Maple sugaring season may stir up romantic images of snowy New England woods: buckets dangle from the trees and folks gather around huge steaming kettles, slowly cooking tree sap down into sweet syrup. But did you know you can make your own maple syrup right here in Illinois? In your own yard? 

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Local
2:54 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Blagojevich's goodbye: good enough for a pardon?

photo: wikipedia

Former governor Rod Blagojevich made his last public speech Wednesday before heading off to federal prison. He may want to change his tune if he’s looking to get out of prison before his 14 year sentence is completed. That’s according to P.S.  Ruckman, a Rock Valley College political science professor and expert on presidential pardons.

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Politics
2:07 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Illinois Senate race in the 34th district: Democrats Lewandowski, Stadelman, and Wilson

There’s a three-way race among Democrats in the 34th State Senate District.

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Politics
3:47 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Illinois House race in the 67th district: Democrats Jefferson and Lind. Story plus full interviews.

This is the first in our series of profiles of candidates running for the state legislature in northern Illinois. We start with the Democrats running for state representative in the 67th district, which covers much of Rockford. 

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Government
5:51 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

The Governor's Budget Address

Governor Pat Quinn delivered his State Budget Address Wednesday, announcing “today, our rendezvous with reality has arrived.”

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Local
5:12 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Federal recommendations on deadly 2009 derailment in Cherry Valley

The National Transportation Safety Board released its final report Tuesday on a deadly 2009 train derailment in Winnebago County.

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