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Victoria Lunacek

For some people, their first thought of a nuclear power plant involves cooling towers, meltdowns, and the comically incompetent Homer Simpson. But needless to say, The Simpsons is not an accurate representation of a nuclear power plant. Like coal, oil, and gas plants, nuclear power stations use heat to generate electricity. But they're subject to many more safety precautions because their fuel -- uranium -- is radioactive. 

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For some people, it's easy to schedule a doctor's appointment and get immediate treatment. But for those who don't live close to a hospital or clinic, this can be more difficult. "Telemedicine" is making this process easier.  

Mark Pfeiffer is a Hampshire resident and small business owner who was having difficulty sleeping. He contacted his local physician, who had Pfeiffer take part in a clinical study.

"After that sleep study, they confirmed, yeah, you have sleep apnea, and so they referred me to Dr. Jain at Delnor Hospital," he said.

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An emerging health care approach factors in the lasting effects of trauma.

In 2016, the Winnebago County Health Department asked the community about top health concerns so it could put together a Community Health Improvement Plan. Several issues made it to the top of the list.

Cynthia Hall is the Department’s Director of Strategic Initiatives. 

“And they told us three things," she explained. "Mental health was one of them. Maternal and child health was another, and violence was the third.”

Ottawa Catholic Community

Natural disasters can be devastating for small communities.  Not only can people lose their lives and homes, but vital links to the community can be lost forever.  WNIJ’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on how the village of Naplate is keeping one memory alive. 

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Birds are a common sight throughout Northern Illinois, with many species coming through the area as part of seasonal migration. Some are just stopping by, but others have become more permanent residents. WNIJ’s Chase Cavanaugh takes a look at ways to deal with them.

The Science of Gut Rumbles

Jun 8, 2018

Whoo, that was embarrassing. I accidentally let my borborygmi go. Of course, borborygmi is involuntary, I can’t help it. Borborygmi, the rumbling sound of your gut, doesn’t come from your stomach, nor is it solely because you’re hungry.

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Hepatitis is a well-known disease of the liver and for which people receive vaccines as children. But the shots only combat the A and B variants. In this week’s Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on Hepatitis C and how it’s being managed across northern Illinois.

Hepatitis C attacks the liver just like variants A and B. But the virus is unique enough that no one has developed a vaccine yet. This means much more work needs to be done to screen for cases and get patients into treatment programs.

Spring Into Action 2018

Mar 30, 2018

This April, we're asking listeners to "Spring Into Action" and support the programs they love on WNIJ and WNIU. Our goal is to raise $150,000 from April 2 - 22 without interrupting programs. Donate now to sustain the programs you rely on and grab yourself a branded camping mug, carry-all bag, or pair of "sustainer socks." 

Roy Chapman Andrews Society

The Roy Chapman Andrews Society in Beloit is presenting its annual 'Distinguished Explorer' award to Dr. Richard Alley. He’s a Penn State climatologist whose drilling into Antarctic ice led to greater knowledge of global climate change.

Dr. Alley started out studying geology at Ohio State University, but branched into studying glaciers and snowfall while working with a professor over one summer.  The data he gathered, however, was from an "unconventional" source.

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This WNIJ special originally aired in 2008 and is a compilation of news coverage, commentary, and event audio gathered by WNIJ's news team. Hosted by Bill Drake.

Ready To Add A Photo To Your Story?

Feb 2, 2018
Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Common myths about photo use debunked

It’s okay to use anything that’s online as long as I give credit. FALSE

It’s okay to use something if I asked for permission and didn’t get a response. FALSE

It’s okay to use the image if don’t know / can’t determine who took the photo. FALSE

It’s okay to use anything as long as I’m not making any money off of it. FALSE

Every story needs an image. FALSE

After passing their respective tax overhaul bills, the U.S. House and Senate are trying to reconcile the differences in their legislation. While they do that, President Trump is making a renewed pitch to the American people about the importance of overhauling the tax code. Watch the president’s remarks live.

Live Stream Will Begin at 2pm.

Please click here.

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A recent federal appeals court decision struck down the requirement that minor parties offer a full slate of candidates for statewide or countywide offices, while another court battle looms.

On a windy Sunday in October, Josh Dill spent the afternoon gathering petition signatures for a Democratic candidate for Congress, Dr. David Gill.

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion.

It's festive jazz you can party to all night long. Spirited, improvised and swinging, each segment stops in a Blue Note venue throughout the country and the world!  Listen Sunday, December 31st at 7pm.

Put down those indictments, Robert Mueller — if you're hoping Paul Manafort will sing like a canary, all you have to do is tune in to theThe Capitol Steps' year-end edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday." You might even pick up some classified secrets as he joins the Donald to sing "I'm So Indicted."

This year's New Year’s Day concert from Vienna promises to be an epoch.

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Join us Monday, January 1st, 2018 at 10am on Classical WNIU.

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Federal election law requires states to keep accurate and up-to-date voter registration rolls. But one tool to help them do so is at the center of a partisan debate.

In Illinois, many Democrats are calling on the state Board of Elections to stop participation in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, or Crosscheck, for short.

 

Illinois is one of about 28 states that share voter registration data with Crosscheck, which uses it to look for voters who are registered at more than one address.

Buying shoes, a new computer or even toilet paper online can be convenient and cheap, but officials in cities across central Illinois say it’s taking a bite out of their budgets.

Volunteer Announcers From STEMfest 2017

Oct 21, 2017
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Listen to the stories of STEMfest from visitors to the WNIJ booth and tune to WNIJ on October 30 and 31 to hear special Station IDs read by these guest announcers. 

The first version of each is how they really sound. The second is a little, uh, wacky, demonstrating what you can do with pitch in an audio editing program. Click on your STEMfest 2017 nickname and give it a listen: 

Arizona

Bananaface:

Bananaface2:

CityGuy

CityGuy2

Derekid

Be A Patron 2017

Oct 20, 2017

Donate to Classical WNIU's fall fundraiser. This October, you will hear all the music you love, but you won't hear any interruptions. We're using regularly scheduled breaks to ask you to give toward the $20,000 goal and sustain the music you love.

Mission Complete: 2017 WNIJ Fall Fundraiser Reaches Goal

Oct 12, 2017

Thank you to everyone who made WNIJ's Mission Possible fundraiser a success! Your support is essential to preserving independent journalism and strong local reporting in our community. The station was able to meet the $150,000 goal with three weeks of interruption-free fundraising, a short pledge drive on Saturday morning and a flurry of online donations over the remainder of the weekend. Thank you for making it possible!

Slideshow: Illinois Gambler 500

Oct 11, 2017
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

The story of the first Illinois Gambler 500 begins a couple weeks ago. I ran into a good friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in probably seven years. His name is Tom. Tom’s an engineer. He’s a gear-head, you might say, a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Tom told me about this road rally called the Gambler 500 or “The Gambler” for short. I immediately knew I had to tag along. What is the Gambler 500? Well, it sounds simple enough. The goal is to drive 500 miles in a car that costs $500.

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Hunting is an activity that crosses state lines, with hunters looking for the best spots for game, and game not even having a concept of political boundaries. But a disease is infecting deer herds in both Illinois and Wisconsin, and it could pose a threat to hunters. 

Chronic Wasting Disease is a malady that’s existed among deer in the region for more than a decade. It was first detected in southern Wisconsin around 2002. Since then, infected herds have spread to at least 19 counties.

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So what’s the difference between a podcast and a radio show, besides where you listen to them?

1) Podcasts have no time constraints. They can go long, they can go short. No one tunes in in the middle of a podcast. No need for self-identifying constantly.

2) Podcasts don’t need to please everyone. They can, and should, target a very specific audience.

Strong Sound!

Sep 18, 2017

STRONG SOUND = STRONGER STORIES

Use of sound sets public radio reporting apart. Always ask yourself what sound you can get as you are planning your story and how it will “take the listener there.” Not just for long, in-depth pieces.

Plan your sound. Discuss with editor. Brainstorm with co-workers. Ask the people you plan to interview what sound epitomizes the issue you are going to talk with them about. Then go to the place and decide for yourself.

Different types of “nat sound”:

Mission Possible 2017

Sep 8, 2017

What is Mission Possible?

It's WNIJ's attempt to raise $150,000 without program interruptions. The mission: eliminate the traditional pledge drive September 2017 to bring you news and information plus your favorite entertainment programs -- uninterrupted.

When?

Now. The campaign began September 8 and runs through Friday, September 29, 2017.

Illinois Issues: Flat Income Tax Vs. Graduated Tax

Aug 28, 2017
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Should the current Illinois flat-rate income-tax system be changed as the state attempts to deal with its continuing budget struggles? 

MIKE KLEMENS: FLAT TAX

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Conflict of interest is a hot topic of discussion in modern politics, particularly with the rise of big money and hyper-partisanship. But it’s usually brought up in the context of the legislature and executive branches. However, the judiciary has its own complications.

At the national level, the Supreme Court was intended to be a more moderating influence. These justices are appointed for life and don’t have to face the pressure of running for a new term.

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In 2011, Aaron Murray bought his first gun at a sporting goods store — a .40 caliber Beretta pistol. He and his wife were fixing up a foreclosed home in a tough neighborhood in the northern suburbs of St. Louis, and he wanted to protect himself.

Two years later, a bullet from his own gun during a home invasion would leave him paralyzed from the waist down.

Every year, as many as 600 people in the St. Louis region survive an assault with a firearm. Those close calls are not only emotionally and financially draining, but they leave many victims with a lifelong disability.

Dan Libman

“The first question,” bicyclist and WNIJ contributor Dan Libman asked, “is ‘What does it stand for?’”

RAGBRAI stands for Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, and 2017 is the 45th year for the event, which began in 1973 with 130 riders. It was the brainchild of Des Moines Register reporter John Karras and columnist Don Kaul, who invited the public to join them on a week-long pedal across the state.

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