Eastern Illinois University has announced the layoff of 198 civil service employees, blaming the move on the continuing state budget impasse.

The State of Illinois owes Southern Illinois Healthcare over $50 million in overdue bills because of the budget impasse.

A higher-education accrediting agency says the state budget impasse could have ``significant'' consequences for the public colleges and universities in Illinois.

The Illinois State Museum in Springfield plans to re-open by charging admission fees and consolidating departments...if lawmakers go along with the idea.


Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.

Chicago State University is planning to make some big cuts that could come this school year.

Shawnee National Forest Quarter Launch Ceremony

Feb 4, 2016
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

On Thursday February 4th, 2016 the new Garden of the Gods quarter was unveiled at a ceremony at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg.  Officials with the United States Mint, the United States Forest Service and the Shawnee Nation participated in the launch. This is a full recording of the ceremony.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Representitives of the United States Mint, the National Forest Service and members of the Shawnee Tribe officially launched the new Garden of the Gods quarter on February 4th, 2016 at a ceremony at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg.  This new quarter is the 31st quarter released as a part of the America The Beautiful Quarters program.

Mt. Vernon Police

A Mt Vernon man is in jail for Indecent Solicitation of a Child.

The 2015 American Gothic Film Crimson Peak by director Guillermo del Toro comes out on D-V-D February 9th.   Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.