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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Governor-elect Bruce Rauner met with the two top Democrats in the state legislature in Chicago yesterday. Once again he’s asking lawmakers to hold off on any major changes until he’s in office in January. Lawmakers are predictably split on that request heading into next week’s veto session.

Twelve people in Illinois are being monitored for possible exposure to Ebola. The Chicago Tribune reports they are not being quarantined and are considered at low to medium risk. 

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tells fellow Republicans they have an ``incredible opportunity to lead'' as he heads into his second term. Republicans increased their majority in the state legislature in last week's election. 

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Long-time Illinois Congressman Phil Crane has died. The Republican represented the far northwest suburbs for 35 years. 

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We observe Veterans Day with stories. Stories straight from the mouths of military veterans. 

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Governor-elect Bruce Rauner stopped in Rockford Friday during his statewide "thank you" tour. 

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Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has appointed his transition team: the group of advisers includes former Governor Jim Edgar, Congressman Aaron Schock, and former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley. 

Republicans are in control of the governor's mansion in Illinois for the first time since 2003. But Democrat Pat Quinn isn't prepared to throw in the towel just yet. 

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It was Halloween night, 1938. People were mesmerized, even terrified, by what they heard coming from their radios. The world was being attacked by invaders from space. 

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There's more on your ballot than the races for Illinois Governor and U.S. Senate. Voters will choose their constitutional officers -- Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer. 


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