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
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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.

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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.

Illinois’ Comptroller says a major tax hike would be needed to cover the state’s growing debt. 

Leslie Munger says the income tax rate in Illinois would need to double from its current rate to combat the debt. She says Illinois is on pace to spend an additional 6.2-billion dollars more than it brings in.

The lack of a state budget is continuing to affect state universities in Illinois, with some schools planning additional cuts to staff or classes.

Illinois' budget deficit is a billion dollars more than initially predicted.

Comptroller Leslie Munger, who signs checks for the state government, announced Tuesday that Illinois will be more than $6 billion dollars in debt by June 30th. That is, if the state continues its current rate of spending without a budget.

Chicago Tribune

Governor Bruce Rauner and two Illinois lawmakers talked more specifics Tuesday about procurement reform legislation mentioned by the governor last week in his State of the State address.