Katie Finlon


Katie Finlon is a general assignment reporter for WNIJ News. She got her start in public radio as an intern for the station and has contributed stories for them ever since. Katie earned her master’s degree in audio engineering after realizing that she loved audio editing and production during her WNIJ internship. That degree came after a bachelor’s in communication. Katie also has been Morning Edition producer for the station. Before moving into broadcast, she started her journalism career in print with her college newspaper and other local papers in northern Illinois. When she’s not in the newsroom, Katie loves spending down time with family and friends – preferably over dinner at one of her favorite Italian restaurants.

More than 1,400 Illinois townships will hold their annual town meeting tonight.

More than 170,000 people live in Rockford Township, which is one of the largest townships in Illinois. 

Township Supervisor Jasper St. Angel says the typical number of residents that come to the town meetings is between 10 and 15. St. Angel says he’s not anticipating any controversial issues coming up during this year’s town meeting. He also says Rockford Township is one of the few local governments in the state without debt.

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Some area schools received several significant safety threats following the Parkland, Florida, shooting where 17 people were killed. For this week’s Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Katie Finlon talks with school and law enforcement officials about how they plan to communicate with parents and the public about such threats from here on out.

Northern Illinois newspaper group Shaw Media will purchase The Times, a paper that covers news in Ottawa and Streator.

Flickr user Brent Hoard "ECU School of Education Class Room" (CC BY 2.0)

President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers as a school safety precaution doesn’t sit well with Illinois teachers.

Illinois Federation of Teachers president Dan Montgomery says he has yet to talk to an educator who thinks it’s a good idea. He says this could affect the teacher shortage.

“People are not going to want to go into the profession if the job description includes being a paramilitary officer who may well have to shoot children,” he says.

"Am I Next? Student lie-in at the White House to protest gun laws" by Flickr user Lorie Shaull / (CC x 2.0) /

More than 500 high school students, teachers and parents from a Chicago suburb participated in a walk-out Wednesday protesting gun violence and calling for gun law reform. It came after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Florida last week.


Oak Park and River Forest High School students walked out of class and circled the block for a half hour to call for gun law reform.