Illinois' top lawmakers say budget talks are on the verge of collapse with the deadline for next year's budget just four days away.

Soon after taking office, Gov. Bruce Rauner set a goal of  cutting Illinois' prison population by a quarter over the next decade. But the current budget crisis has cut off funding for programs that could be key to meeting his target.  

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Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer vacation season.  The U.S. Travel Association says Americans will take nearly 1.7-billion leisure trips this year.  Some of those trips could be as close as a local state park or as far away as a cross country excursion.  A free travel planning website, Gogobot, can help you decide where to go and what to do while you're on vacation.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with travel expert Krista Canfield about the website and this year's trending vacation destinations.

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Child safety advocates say summer is a great time to get outside and play – but they also warn it’s a time to be careful, especially around water.

Negotiations to end Illinois' 11-month budget stalemate appear to be going nowhere after the latest meeting between legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The Jackson County Coroner’s Office says an autopsy is scheduled for Friday, after a man was found dead in Carbondale Thursday evening.

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Major street flooding was reported in parts of the region on Thursday afternoon.

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a case involving not-for-profit hospitals and their tax-exempt status.

The Jackson County coroner has identified the inmate found dead Thursday morning in his cell at the Jackson County Jail.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police are looking for a person they say is a habitual runaway.

Officers say 17-year old Tyron Williamson hasn’t been seen since Sunday (May 22nd). He was last wearing army fatigue pants and a dark hoodie.

Williamson is described as African-American, six-feet tall and 160 pounds. Police say he might be in the Carbondale, Marion, or Cape Girardeau areas.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200.

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