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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Members of the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA) voted Wednesday to ratify their tentative agreement with Kishwaukee College. The college's Board of Trustees followed suit less than two hours later, unanimously approving the contract.

Bargaining teams from both sides agreed to this tentative agreement during an all-day bargaining session called on Jan. 19th. 

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A new community group is pulling together to improve Rockford by making life better for its young minority residents. About one hundred people showed up for the organizational meeting for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

Rockford is taking on a challenge from the White House to address “opportunity gaps” faced by young black men. The “My Brother’s Keeper“ initiative kicks off this afternoon with a community forum. 

Last year, President Obama challenged communities to develop stronger paths to success for all young people. Some of Rockford’s leaders have signed up for the My Brother’s Keeper challenge, focusing on education and violence prevention.

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Rockford has seen a string of shootings, including seven murders, over the past month. That prompted city officials to demonstrate what they are doing about violent crime. 

Kishwaukee College teachers rejected the latest offer from college administrators during a meeting Tuesday.

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Spring semester starts today for Kishwaukee College students. And it appears a teacher strike is less likely, after last night’s negotiations between the union and administrators. 

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SCHOOLS:

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Rockford Public Schools

Belvidere Schools

Dixon Schools start one hour late today

Freeport Schools

Harlem School District is closed today

Hononegah School District

North Boone School District

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One of the toughest eavesdropping laws in the nation has been replaced with restrictions supporters call "more reasonable." 

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Kishwaukee College faculty members voted down a contract proposal from school administrators today after a two-hour meeting.

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Illinois is updating some of its flood maps: and that means some homeowners will need to buy flood insurance for the first time.

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