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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Tom Cross for treasurer?
12:37 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Illinois House GOP Leader Wants New Job

Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross at Chicago-Rockford International Airport in 2012.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Illinois House minority leader Tom Cross is telling his Republican colleagues today he plans to run for Illinois treasurer. 

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Governor signs 70 mph limit into law
5:55 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Step On It In 2014: Higher Speed Limit On The Way

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Drivers will be able to legally go five miles an hour faster on most Illinois highways, beginning in January.  Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law increasing the speed limit to 70 miles an hour. 

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Newell Rubbermaid sells Amerock
4:02 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Former Rockford Manufacturer Sold To British Company

The Amerock Building awaits redevelopment in downtown Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A company with a long Rockford history has been sold. The Rockford Register Star reports cabinet hardware manufacturer Amerock was one of the brands recently sold off by Atlanta-based Newell-Rubbermaid to London-based Nova Capital.

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New transmission line in the works
2:45 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Public Cites Farmland, Homes As Biggest Concerns In ComEd Expansion

Participants stuck dots to their biggest areas of concern about the siting of ComEd's proposed transmission line.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Northern Illinois needs a faster, more reliable electrical grid. That’s why Com Ed is being advised to build a 57-mile-long high-power transmission line stretching across four counties. The company that supplies electricity to most of the region is holding open houses about the project it’s calling “The Grand Prairie Gateway.”

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Jack McCullough Working On Appeal
1:49 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Sycamore Cold-Case Murder Back In The News

Credit file / DeKalb County Sheriff's Department

The man serving a life sentence for the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl maintains his innocence and says he’s working on his appeal. 

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Crime Victims Compensation
3:53 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Help For Victims Of Violent Crime

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Victims of violent crime in Illinois can get up to $27,000 to help them deal with the aftermath. But few know they’re eligible for assistance under the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act.

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Governor signs tough new law
3:46 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Medical Marijuana Legal In Illinois In 2014

Credit O'Dea / WikiCommons

  Illinois doctors can start prescribing marijuana next year. Governor Pat Quinn signed a medical marijuana bill into law today, making the state the 20th in the nation to do so.

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New job for John Acardo
5:50 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Three Years And Out: DeKalb County Clerk Resigns

DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder John Acardo, in a 2012 interview with WNIJ.
Credit Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

DeKalb County’s Clerk and Recorder is resigning. John Acardo announced Wednesday he has taken a new job, as Kishwaukee College’s human resources director. 

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Ohio ruling recognizes out-of-state marriage
12:41 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Paving Legal Precedents?

Signs at a civil unions rally in Sycamore, IL
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The latest ruling by a federal judge on same-sex marriage is giving a boost to supporters in Illinois. A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois calls a recent decision allowing an Ohio couple’s same-sex marriage to stand “incredibly humane.” 

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Judge tosses concealed carry lawsuit
3:42 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

No Rush For Concealed Carry: Gun-Rights Activists To Appeal Judge's Ruling

Illinois gun-rights advocates will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that prevents them from immediately carrying concealed weapons in public.

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