Johnny Cather

Student News Reporter

Johnny graduated from Wheaton North High School in 2011. He began studying broadcasting at the College of Dupage after high school and transferred to Western Illinois University in 2013, and plans to graduate next spring. Johnny has worked for WGEM in Quincy as a sports photographer, as well as WIU’s News3 as an anchor and reporter. Johnny enjoys watching and playing hockey (Go Blackhawks!), movies, and hanging out with friends and family.

Johnny hopes to get into TV entertainment after graduating from WIU.

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The Western Illinois Regional Council is hosting the Kathy Simmons 5K next month in support of domestic violence victims.


Health departments across Illinois are adopting a new method for evaluating food establishments.

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Illinois Director of Tourism Cory Jobe visited Macomb this week to provide some insight into what he called the department's success.


More than 750,000 Ameren Illinois customers can expect to see "advanced meters" installed in their homes by 2019.

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Former U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is in the running for the Democratic presidential nomination, but he has labeled himself as a democratic socialist.  Some potential voters have found that label confusing.

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The second Democratic presidential debate took place at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa over the weekend. The campus is home to more than 4,000 full-time students and that's important to the candidates because young adults in Iowa vote 12% more frequently than the national average of 45%.


The Center for Public Integrity has released the results of what it calls, “a data-driven assessment of state laws and practices that are meant to deter corruption while promoting transparency and accountability.”

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The Humane Society of McDonough County is doubling down on what it called an overwhelmingly successful fundraiser from 2014.


The Western Illinois Regional Council is now accepting applications from those who feel they need financial assistance to pay winter energy bills.

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has confirmed nearly 50 cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in white-tailed deer so far in 2015 and more are expected in the coming months.

The Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath, Illinois has become something of a global phenomenon in recent years. Betty DeFord created the competition roughly a decade ago in an attempt to rid the town's river of an invasive species that's rapidly taking over.


The 13th annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture will be held this week by the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Illinois University. It’s seen as an opportunity to show a commitment to liberal arts programming.


State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) said two pieces of legislation she promoted this year grew out of concerns brought to her.  Governor Bruce Rauner signed both bills into law this month.


Western Illinois University will begin offering a minor in Queer Studies minor this fall.

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The Miller-Hunt Virology Lab at Western Illinois University confirmed that pools of mosquitoes in Macomb and Colchester have tested positive for the West Nile virus.