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WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with SIU-Carbondale Debate Coach and CNN contributor Todd Graham about how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did in Monday night's first presidential debate.

Campsite reservations are now open for those hoping to camp out and watch the solar eclipse in southern Illinois next summer.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Tim Schweizer says you should probably reserve your spot now if you want to get a good seat to view the total solar eclipse on August 21st.

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This week on the Listening Project longtime Benton resident Rose Savko talks about growing up with the old Benton Public Library and how important the library was to her. 

Rose's story was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Benton Public Library.

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On growing up during the Great Depression:

Rose talks about growing up in Benton during the depression in the 1930's.

On how her father came to southern Illinois from Italy:

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Illinois’ state superintendent of schools has publicly criticized the federal Department of Education for micromanaging state agencies. When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, it had something rare these days -- bipartisan support.  That’s largely because it replaced No Child Left Behind, which was widely unpopular.

A proposed change to Illinois' constitution would ensure the state has a solid stream of cash going to fund road projects.

Voters will decide if the state should put constraints on money raised through license plate fees and motor fuel taxes ... by forbidding that money to be used on other needs.

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The Jackson County Health Department is recommending the Flu shot for those over the age of six months.  For complete information visit:  http://www.jchdonline.org/index.php/component/content/article?id=185:general-information-about-shots-immunizations-or-vaccinations

Authorities say five people were shot, one of them fatally, in two separate overnight shootings within minutes of each other in Champaign.

An Illinois man accused of kidnapping his 13-year-old step-daughter and her 3-week-old baby has been arrested at a makeshift campsite in West Virginia.

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The two candidates vying for southern Illinois' 115th district State House seat discussed a number of issues including state pension reform and higher education funding during a forum Thursday night in Carbondale.

The Chicago Cubs are favorites to win their first World Series championship since 1908.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how the Fall Classic came about, just a few years before the Cubs last title.

Illinois' Public Health Director has been ordered to add post-operative chronic pain as a qualifying condition for the state medical marijuana program.

Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen has given Nirav Shah thirty days to act.

Governor Bruce Rauner came into office as a big advocate of charters schools.

He promoted the idea again this week during a Facebook live forum, when he seemed to tie school choice to  the state budget.

A unique fundraiser is coming up this weekend in Carbondale.

It will be a dance party, featuring the social dance styles of the Middle East.

The Union County Treasurer says his office has uncovered gross mismanagement of a county insurance program.

Darren Bailey says estimates show the decade-long mismanagement has cost taxpayers between 15 and 20-thousand dollars.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale has challenges to address, but it's CEO says the campus has many strengths that will help it through difficult times.

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With less than a year left until the solar eclipse, many people are asking, "what's the big deal?" with this event, and wonder, "just what's so important?" WSIU's Erin Frey reports.

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Governor Bruce Rauner remains optimistic a balanced budget agreement will come in sooner than later.

During a Facebook live stream Tuesday, Rauner addressed the inevitable question about when Illinois will have a full year's budget.

Authorities have determined a bomb threat at Herrin High School was not credible.

The Herrin Police Department says it was notified Monday that someone threatened to set off a bomb at the school Tuesday.

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WSIU's Brad Palmer interviews former Saluki and 2016 Team USA Summer Olympian Deanna Price.

Fossil-fuel companies Murray Energy and Southern Company paid for private meetings with Republican state attorneys general to discuss opposition to the EPA's Clean Power Plan less than two weeks before the same officials asked a federal judge to block the measure.

That's according to documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy.

In just under a year, much of our region will be the focus of a rare solar eclipse.

A lot of planning is going into preparing for an influx of thousands of people from around the world.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has eliminated a state Transportation Department position that he says was central to a patronage hiring scandal stretching back more than a decade.

SIU-Carbondale graduate Deanna Price finished 8th in the hammer throw at the Summer Olympics in Rio.

But, without some unfortunate luck, she believes she could've finished in medal contention.

SIU Police are investigating a sexual assault on the Carbondale campus.

Illinois education officials are beginning to draft legislation that would prohibit school districts from dropping students from enrollment lists because they don't meet minimum academic and attendance standards.

Illinois State Board of Education officials say that current state law increases the chance that at-risk students will drop out of school.

A group of social service providers that sued the state over lack of payment are pushing forward with their case. But the coalition has shrunk.

The Pay Now Coalition used to have nearly one hundred members. Now fewer than fifty have signed on to appeal a judge's recent dismissal of their lawsuit.

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Former Southern Illinois University president Glenn Poshard has been voted onto the board of trustees of John A. Logan College.

SIU's annual Constitution Day program will hit on a hot topic.

This year's event will focus on equal justice and the constitution.

Before he was governor, Bruce Rauner was a private equity investor -- he became rich by keeping a sharp eye on his investments.

But, Rauner says he is NOT taking the same approach to politics.

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A physician who treated U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk after his 2012 stroke says the Illinois Republican ``has made a full cognitive recovery.''

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday the newspaper requested medical records from Kirk and his re-election challenger, Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

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