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The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to be prepared for Monday's eclipse.

For starters... Trooper Joey Watson says you need to plan on a lot of traffic in southern Illinois...especially on Interstate 57, Highway 51 and Route 13.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he does not think President Donald Trump will be a factor in his re-election campaign next year.

Democrats have been tying Rauner to Trump for months.

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Another Illinois legislator will not be seeking re-election.

State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez is from Leland Grove, near Springfield.

NASA Edge Plans To Broadcast Eclipse.

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A team from NASA Edge, An Outreach and Education Unit of NASA, has been in Carbondale for over a week preparing for a four hour broadcast on Monday, August 21st, 2017; the day of the Total Solar Eclipse.

Mark the Eclipse With A Commemorative Stamp

Aug 17, 2017
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There are many different keepsakes available to commemorate the total solar eclipse throughout the southern Illinois region and the nation as a whole. 
 
Mark Saunders with the U.S. Postal Service says they have special stamps and post marks for the eclipse.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says she will likely have to skip another payment to the state's schools.

That's because of a political fight between Democrats in the legislature and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he's running for re-election.

The 83-year-old Democrat has overwhelmingly won the office five times.

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The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is investigating a double homicide in rural Murphysboro.

Deputies say 65-year-old Burl Ritcheson, and his 65-year-old wife Brenda, were found dead inside their home just after midnight on Monday by an adult family member who lived with the couple.

Makanda Boardwalk Preparing for the Eclipse

Aug 17, 2017
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The tiny town of Makanda is the place to be to see the longest totality for the solar eclipse next week.

When you talk about Makanda the first thing that people think of, besides the eclipse, is the boardwalk.

The next generation of Producer, director, and artist David Lynch’s 1990 groundbreaking series Twin Peaks continues to confound viewers and critics alike. SIU Review's film critic Walter Metz continues his look at Twin Peaks: The Return.

Twin Peaks: The Return is currently playing on the Showtime cable network.

Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

WSIU News: PM Update (8/16/2017)

Aug 16, 2017

WSIU's Kevin Boucher reports this afternoon news and weather for Wednesday, August 16th, 2017.

New Campus Chancellor Dr. Carlo Montemagno spent his second official day on the job helping students and their families, move in to Residence Halls on Wednesday.

Law enforcement agencies in southern Illinois are gearing up to keep safety a top priority,  ahead of the influx of eclipse visitors. Union County Sheriff Scott Harvell  stresses cooperation with his neighbors.  Especially, the Jackson County Sheriff's office.

Governor Bruce Rauner has been drumming up opposition to the Democrats' new school funding plan by touting how much more money each district would receive under his version.

You may have heard something about a Total Solar Eclipse in the area on August 21st.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says there is actually a novel that includes a story of an eclipse and America's pastime.

Cairo's Mayor is Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar's choice for Lieutenant Governor in next year's election.

Some Republican lawmakers say the Illinois State House of Representatives may not have the votes to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding bill Wednesday.

Twin Peaks: The Return continues to twist and turn its way through the TV landscape…  And film Critic Walter Metz continues his look at the new Showtime mini-series from director David Lynch.

Twin Peaks: The Return is currently playing on the Showtime cable network. The series is scheduled to run through Labor Day.

Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

School districts are due to receive state funds Thursday, but that can't happen until the lawmakers either override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of Senate Bill 1 or come up with some other plan he will sign.

Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois has secured a substantial amount of FAA funding thanks to a local business.

The Williamson County facility and others like it are required to transport at least 10-thousand passengers each year to be eligible for a million dollars in federal funding.

Mediacom customers in southern Illinois can now get the same product - at a faster speed.

They're offering 1 gigabyte speed, that's 40 times the speed required by the Federal Communications Commission.

New Non-Native Fly Harms Illinois Fruit

Aug 9, 2017
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The U of I Extension service held a public workshop this past Monday for fruit growers, and one of the topics was how to control a small, non-native fruit fly which can cause heavy damage.  According to the Extension Service,  the Spotted-Wing Fruit Fly, is native to east Asia and was first detected in the United States in 2008. 

One local group is asking for volunteers to pick up litter in Carbondale, in advance of the expected thousands of eclipse visitors. 

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Almost four months after Housing and Urban Development announced it was closing two public housing complexes in Cairo, the head of the federal agency visited the town.

Ben Carson toured the McBride and Elmwood developments Tuesday and then answered questions from some residents at Cairo High School.

Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized Democrats' call Monday to borrow money to take a chunk out of a $14.4 billion pile of overdue bills.        

Teacher unions are opposing a draft proposal that would divert tax revenue away from the state to pay tuition for sending students to private schools.

They criticize it as a school voucher program.

A mosquito sample from Union County tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Southern Seven Health Department reports the sample was collected July 17th.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says its continuing to investigate the death of a rural Murphysboro man.

Illinois Public Radio Station WBEZ has learned negotiations over school funding in the state have a potential voucher program on the table.

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