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Just How Ugly Will The General Election Be? Here's A Preview

The general election unofficially began on Wednesday as Donald Trump became the de facto GOP nominee. And, boy, is it going to be ugly.Likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton premiered an unsurprising line of attack in an online ad against her probable November opponent — throwing back some of the choice words from his now-vanquished Republican rivals just as the real estate mogul now has the daunting task of trying to unite the GOP behind him."Con artist," said Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. ...
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SIU Reviews: Keanu

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The 2016 action-comedy movie Keanu features the Comedy Central duo of Key and Peele.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie and its rather absurd premise for this edition of SIU Reviews.
 
Keanu is currently playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz teaches film studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.  
 

The State of Illinois is being sued for not paying some of its social service contractors.

Lawmakers and the governor have not agreed on a budget in 10 months.

A plan to move Illinois to a graduated income tax is dead.

Wednesday was the final scheduled day for lawmakers to advance it. Instead, the Illinois House adjourned without taking a vote.

Southeast Missouri State University is about to inaugurate its new President.

The daylong event will conclude with the inauguration ceremony for Carlos Vargas Thursday afternoon on the Cape Girardeau campus.

The CEO of SIU-Carbondale is out with a list of initiatives he hopes will make the campus more welcoming.

Brad Colwell says after Monday's student protests and other recent incidents related to racism and the state's budget impasse, it's clear there is much work to do to build understanding and respect between administrators, students, faculty and staff.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Faculty and staff at the SIU School of Law heard Tuesday directly from a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice.

Democratic Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says Merrick Garland would be a good addition to the court because you can't tell what his politics are.

Illinois is one of only eight states with a flat income tax. The reasons can be traced to the state’s first-ever successful attempt at putting an income tax in place.  

An effort to change the current tax structure is underway, but supporters face a fast-approaching deadline.  

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Students at SIU-Carbondale peacefully expressed their concerns about racism and diversity issues during an open forum Monday afternoon on campus.

Reaction From Students Observing the SIU May 2 Protest

May 2, 2016

As the massive crowd paraded across the SIU Carbondale campus, some did not join but observed from a distance.

A crowd of hundreds of people marched across campus, into administration buildings, and everywhere in between.

May 2 Protest Highlights Social Issues, Higher Education Cost

May 2, 2016
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SIU students, community members, and others took to the Carbondale campus Monday to protest increasing costs for higher education, social issues and more.

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Kasich Drops Out Of Presidential Race; Donald Trump Assured GOP Nomination

Donald Trump is the apparent GOP presidential nominee after his two remaining rivals ended their White House bids.Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his campaign Wednesday evening in Columbus. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race Tuesday night after a disappointing loss in Indiana.The rapid moves in the past 24 hours bring to a close a wild GOP primary season that leaves the one-time unlikely candidate as the party's apparent nominee.Trump was widely discounted when he announced his bid...
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Behind The Failure Of The Graduated Income Tax

Despite recent hype over the possibility of legislators putting questions on the November ballot to change the constitution, the Illinois House adjourned Wednesday without even voting on proposed amendments.Their lack of action means voters won't be asked whether they want to change how they're taxed.
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