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Secretary of State Police will target holiday shoppers abusing disability parking at malls statewide, including University Mall in Carbondale.

The enforcement will start on Black Friday since it marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season and is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

A Republican congressman from Illinois says there are benefits for the GOP-led House having President Donald Trump in office.

But , Congressman John Shimkus says the nation's Capital is still getting used to the president's style.

A Carbondale resident has won a big prize from the Illinois Lottery.

Buelah Simmons won 750-thousand dollars on a scratch-off ticket called Ultimate Crossword.

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A former Illinois correctional officer received a four-month prison sentence for choking, punching and kneeing a handcuffed prisoner in 2016.

Honeywell to Idle Metropolis Plant

Nov 20, 2017

Honeywell says it is idling its plant in the southern Illinois city of Metropolis and reducing the workforce by 170 employees along with contractor positions.

When the Illinois General Assembly approved a budget last summer . . . they also agreed to cut back on the state's contribution to the pension systems.  But, this move might have unintended consequences.

The Carbondale Park District has approved a plot of land for the city's first dog park.

The site will be at the southwest corner of Parrish Fields.

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Possible tornado damage to a mobile home in Du Quoin on Saturday left one resident trapped in her home for a short time.

Officials at Rend Lake are once again giving the public the chance to get free firewood.  Jordan Haggerty, with the Army Corps of Engineers says the severe storms from this past spring, coupled with the devastation done to trees from the Emerald Ash Borer has created a lot of dead trees.  And this year, starting November 20th and running through March 2nd, of 2018  individuals can get a free permit to get the wood in the North Sandusky Campground.  Haggerty says because of state and federal rules, the wood, especially the Ash, has to stay in the state.  The Corps of Engineers will be cutting much of the wood, and placing it at convenient areas near the road for easy pickup.  This special program is for private users; no commercial use or resale is allowed.

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Southern Illinois University Chancellor Carlo Montemagno has released the second draft of his proposal to revitalize academic programs at the university.

Montemagno says he has received feedback on his first draft from faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members and from that feedback he has made a few changes.

Some changes include the School of Integrated Biological Sciences changing to the School of Biological Sciences with programs taught by School of Medicine Faculty. Anatomy has been removed from this school and Zoology has been added.

There is a proposal to start a School of Sustainability and Earth Sciences with future programs in Ecology and in Fisheries and Wildlife Management.

But one issue the Chancellor has not budged on, is the elimination of the word "department." Instead, the term would be replaced with "division," and along with that change, department chairs will be eliminated. However, he says he's open to finding a way to return to the departments in the future.

The Faculty Senate and Graduate Council will formally weigh in on the proposal before a final version is released in the spring.

A southern Illinois congressman says his chamber's passage of legislation addressing floodplains is overdue - and needs to be sent to the president's desk.

Representative Mike Bost says the bill, which reforms FEMA's floodplain insurance program, is a much-needed update. He says numerous property owners in his district would benefit from it.

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A marine biologist and bestselling author is in Carbondale as part of a series of documentaries he's making on the power of water.

Wallace J. Nichols' is basing the series on his book entitled  Blue Mind, which examines the effects of water on our health and well-being.

Governor Bruce Rauner is criticizing Illinois lawmakers for passing “hurried” ethics legislation last week.

As the recent flood of sexual harassment stories reached the Illinois Statehouse, it came out that the job of chief ethics investigator for the legislature had sat vacant for nearly three years.

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Carbondale Police have made an arrest in last weekend's armed robbery of the Staples retail store on East Main Street.

Officers say 33-year-old Tyler Johnson of St. Louis was taken into custody late Monday night at a Carbondale hotel.

WSIU News: AM Update (11/16/2017)

Nov 16, 2017

WSIU's Kevin Boucher takes a look at this morning's news and  weather for Thursday November 16th, 2017.

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On a cold, gray day at the Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and other officials and lawmakers, announced on Wednesday that the IDNR will be constructing an off-highway vehicle trail in the Sahara Woods.

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Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation showed off one of its new locomotives at the Carbondale station Wednesday.

Illinois has received 12 of the 44-hundred horsepower diesel-electric locomotives  that are also being put on routes in Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin.

SIUC's Faculty Senate has approved a resolution against part of Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's reorganization proposal.

Leaders of Carterville's school district have filed suit against the village of Cambria over a controversial taxing district approved last week.

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This is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the SIH Cancer Institute is launching a public information campaign about the importance of screenings.

Longtime Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati has died.

Utilities across the country are taking time this week to warn customers about the threat of scammers.

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A revision to SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's campus reorganization plan is circulating - and he says it takes into account some criticisms and suggested changes.

WATCH: Attorney General Sessions on Capitol Hill - 11/14/17

Nov 14, 2017
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is back on Capitol Hill for a House Judiciary Committee hearing about his oversight of the Justice Department. He is also likely to face questions about Trump campaign contacts with Russia. Watch the hearing live and learn about the key players and terms that will likely be raised.

Live Stream Will Begin at 10am ET.

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Researchers are reporting the first sighting of a wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois in 30 years.

The Phonics of Cairo concert is a joint effort between the Carbondale Park District and the SIU-C Student Center to bring the community and the university together.  WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Carbondale Park District executive director Kathy Renfro about the show that will benefit the park district.

Carbondale Police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery over the weekend at the Staples retail store.

Officers say they were sent to the store at around 6:30 Saturday evening.

While a bachelor's degree isn't the only path to a good job, a new report says Illinois could use some more well-paid, blue-collar jobs.

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With a national focus on gun violence, some Illinois lawmakers say now is the time for change.

Despite recent mass shootings, the legislature's fall veto session ended without any changes to gun laws in the state.

A Grand Tower man is in custody after leading authorities on a slow speed pursuit through the Jackson County community.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says 29-year-old Keith Ticer is jailed on two unrelated warrants, but additional charges are expected.

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