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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Senate Bill 1 approved
3:33 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Illinois Legislature Approves Pension Overhaul Plan

The House tally on the pension bill.
Credit Amanda Vinicky / WUIS/IPR

Illinois lawmakers approved a pension overhaul Tuesday. The Senate passed the plan 30 - 24, and the House approved it on a 62 - 53 vote. Governor Pat Quinn has indicated he will sign this bill, which is intended to save $160-billion over the next three decades. 

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Breaking
1:04 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Legislative Leaders Reach Deal On Pensions

Credit Illinois.gov

Legislative leaders have reportedly reached a deal to solve the state's pension crisis. That's according to Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan. 

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Rockford Arts
5:58 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Rockford's Next Artists Thriving Outside The Mainstream

Jesus Correa at Kortman Gallery in Rockford
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Art is a tough way to make a living. Ask any musician, writer, sculptor, or actor. Following your passion often means spending more time than you’d like doing something else to pay the bills. Today, we wrap up our series on arts adapting in Rockford with a look at some of the people creating their art just outside the mainstream. 

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Governor signs Marriage equality law
6:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Right To Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Law In Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn's signature on the document making same-sex marriage legal in Illinois.
Credit @GovernorQuinn, Twitter

Governor Pat Quinn took many pens in hand this afternoon and signed the same-sex marriage bill into law. The signing ceremony was held at the University of Illinois - Chicago Forum, on a desk brought up from Springfield. That desk is said to have been used by President Abraham Lincoln to write his first inaugural address. 

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Rita Crundwell Case
6:12 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Ex-Dixon Comptroller's 20-Year Sentence Upheld

Rita Crundwell leaves the federal courthouse in Rockford with her attorneys after initially pleading "not guilty" in May 2012.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Bad news for former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell today: a federal appeals court upheld her nearly 20-year prison sentence.

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Battling Real And Perceived Negatives
6:11 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Community-Wide Response Is Key To "Transform Rockford"

Credit transformrockford.org

A growing group of Rockford residents is trying to combat their hometown’s reputation as a “miserable place”…while tackling some of the city’s biggest problems. About a thousand people showed up in the Coronado Theater last night for “Transform Rockford’s” first public meeting.

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President Doug Baker
3:18 am
Thu November 14, 2013

The Inauguration of NIU's 12th President

NIU President Doug Baker delivers his inaugural speech.
Diane Drake WNIJ

Wednesday was a day for celebrations at Northern Illinois University…even before the undefeated Huskies crushed Ball State, 48 to 27. It was Inauguration Day for NIU president Doug Baker, and student achievement was the focus.

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John La Tourette returns for inauguration
2:54 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Former NIU President "Enthusiastic" About School's New Leader

Retired NIU President John La Tourette visits campus
Susan Stephens WNIJ

An important figure in Northern Illinois University’s history is back on campus today to celebrate the school’s future. NIU’s tenth president John La Tourette will attend the inauguration of the 12th president, Doug Baker. 

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Education
12:25 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Inauguration Week At NIU

Dr. Dana Stover and Dr. Doug Baker
Credit Diane Drake / WNIJ

It’s inauguration week at Northern Illinois University. Doug Baker will be welcomed as NIU’s 12th president in ceremonies throughout the week…even though he’s held the position for more than four months now. 

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Election 2014
1:08 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Governor Quinn Picks Former Chicago Schools Chief As Running Mate

Paul Vallas (2007 photo)
Credit Center on Innovation and Improvement / centerii.org

Former Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas is Governor Pat Quinn's choice for Lieutenant Governor. 

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