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Just A Few Important Words About The 'Declaration Of Independence'

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."It's Independence Day. Let's take a break from parades, patriotic songs and pyrotechnics to think about the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.The line at the top of this post has the words that are probably most remembered. But...
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Local News & Features

The lack of a finalized budget for the state has left a lot of programs unfunded or cut.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget calls for a $16 million - or 40% - reduction to the funds Amtrak receives from the state.

Goat's Rue plant at Dixon Springs State Park
Kevin Boucher

Chris Benda is a Botanist, and the President of the Illinois Native Plant Society, and in this feature he leads a group of hikers on a wildflower hike at Dixon Springs State Park in Pope County Illinois.

4th Of July Celebrations in Southern Illinois

Jul 3, 2015

Here is a listing of some of the many 4th of July activities going on in southern Illinois

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost says the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right puts clergy in a tough spot.

The Murphysboro republican says he doesn't believe the high court's justices should be deciding issues like this because many churches believe same-sex marriage is not right before God and should not be allowed.

Illinois' Attorney General is asking a judge to clarify what the state can and can't pay for, when there's no budget in place.

Lisa Madigan says state law and the constitution place severe constraints that limit the government's ability to pay its bills.

Molly Young

The Illinois Attorney General's Office has determined that State Police "improperly withheld'' public records sought by the father of a 21-year-old Carbondale woman killed in a suspicious shooting.

Molly Young died in March 2012 at the apartment of her ex-boyfriend, a Carbondale police dispatcher.

The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program.

Illinois state government continues to move into shutdown mode.

That’s after representatives failed to pass a one-month spending plan.

Teachers in Carbondale's Elementary School District are unhappy with the leadership there.

The Carbondale Education Association has taken a "no confidence" vote in Superintendent Michael Shimshak. They say his leadership style is divisive, and promotes a lack of trust.

The president of Eastern Illinois University says the school is considering budget-cutting measures including layoffs.         


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Stage Company Presents: "Healin' Home"

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews Director Kevin Purcell and actor Annie Kefalas about the upcoming production of "Healin' Home" at The Stage Company.
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WSIU News Update (7/2/2015)

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports the news for Thursday, July 2.
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Greek Official: 'Grexit' Would Cost Europe A Trillion Euros

Greece's finance minister has accused his nation's creditors of "terrorism" for trying to "instill fear in people" ahead of a referendum on whether to accept the harsh terms of an international bailout designed to keep Athens in the eurozone.Yanis Varoufakis, in an interview with the Spanish daily El Mundo, said that there was too much at stake for his country to be kicked out of Europe's common currency — "as much for Greece as for Europe, I'm sure."The Greek government, led by a leftist...
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