SIU Hall of Chancellors

SIUC's new Interim Chancellor says he wants to push the university forward - and doesn't think his temporary status will hinder that.


One of the nearly 13-hundred candidates to graduate from SIU-Carbondale December 15 believes he has an exciting, if somewhat, uncertain future.

Giovanni Galindo moved to the U.S. from Mexico with his family at the age of six. Now, the 21-year-old is ready to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Cinematography.

Pete Peterson

Christmas is coming, so that means it's time for Pete Peterson's annual holiday edition of Reading Baseball.

The self-proclaimed, fashion challenged retired SIU-Carbondale professor tells us about a certain piece of neckwear he's sure to get under his tree again this year.

In a unanimous vote, SIU Trustees say they support a reorganization of the Carbondale campus.

SIU Trustees are mulling their next steps, after hearing updates on reorganization plans, and from consultants studying their makeup and governing structure.

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is starting to plan his inaugural festivities.

Pritzker and Lt. Gov.-elect Juliana Stratton say they've formed an inaugural committee that will plan events surrounding their January 14th swearing-in ceremony. Events will begin January 12th and 13th. A schedule and ticket information will be available on the committee's website.

A recent poll conducted by the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency on how many people have a working NOAA All-Hazards Radio yielded a response of 50/50.

The agency says it thinks Santa needs to bring a few people some peace of mind this year by giving the gift of a NOAA radio for the Holidays.

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The annual Spirit of Love-Operation 400 Food and Gift Drive will conclude the weekend of Saturday December 15th, 2018 and Sunday December 16th, 2018.  Volunteers have been gathering food and toys for distribution to local families in need.


An elderly Marion County man has been sentenced on five counts of bank fraud.

A candidate for the Carbondale City Council is withdrawing his petition for the office.

SIU Hall of Chancellors

SIU Trustees are set to consider the appointment of John Dunn as Interim Chancellor for the Carbondale campus.

Amelia Blakely

The Poshard Foundation of Abused Children is giving away over 1700 Christmas gifts to children who otherwise wouldn't recieve any.

Amelia Blakely has the story.

SIU interim President Kevin Dorsey says the academic reorganization process on the Carbondale campus is moving forward.

To date, 13 of the 20 proposed schools have been through the campus modification process. Eight of the 13 have been recommended for approval by both the Faculty Senate and Graduate Council. Conversations are continuing regarding the remaining five.

City of Carbondale

The City of Carbondale is giving the gift of free parking this holiday season.

Beginning Monday, December 10, visitors will be able to park at no cost for up to two hours in several locations. You can see the list of free parking lots here.

SafeWater Project to Hold Event in Carmi

Dec 10, 2018

The SafeWater Project is hosting a meeting in southeastern Illinois to talk about potential hazards in groundwater.

Project coordinator Tabitha Tripp says one of the biggest problems in that part of the state involves injection wells associated with the oil and gas industry.

Homecoming is a new psychological thriller web series by Amazon Prime Video that stars Julia Roberts.  SIU Reviews film critic Namrata Sathe delves into the psyche of the series that follows Roberts' character as a former caseworker for Homecoming, a secret government facility.

Namrata Sathe is a fourth year PhD candidate in the College of Mass Communications and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. Her research interests include Hindi cinema, feminist film theory, and gender and sexuality studies.

A shuttered southern Illinois prison is infested with mold, dimming area residents' hopes it may someday reopen.

A Marion man known as "Pork Chop" has been indicted in federal court with drug and gun offenses.


SIU-C is doing what it can to get prospective students on campus to help boost enrollment.

On Wednesday, the College of Business welcomed 400 high school and community college students within a two-hour radius of Carbondale.


The new year is right around the corner, and with the fresh start Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker is reaching acrossed party lines to bring job growth throughout the state with his Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee.

State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) says he is extremely honored to be selected for the committee to represent southern Illinois and his constiuents' interests.

"I'm extremely excited that he is looking over party lines," Fowler says. "The election is over, and it's time to get to work."

Wintry Mix Possible in Region this Weekend

Dec 6, 2018
National Weather Service

Some wintry precipitation is expected this weekend.

The potential is greatest Saturday night. At this time, mostly sleet and snow are forecast, but some light icing is possible.


Most of us have only been exposed to crime scene investigations through television and movies.

But, 20 seniors at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School are spending the school year getting hands-on experience trying to solve the fictitious death of a young woman through a new class called Principles of Biomedical Science.

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On Saturday December 8th, 2018 the oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois will hold the annual Vandalia Statehouse Christmas Open House.

More deer were harvested in Illinois this year compared to 2017.


The historic 1920's Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again.

President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday to help the riverboat that was sidelined a decade ago by a federal law prohibiting overnight excursions on wooden vessels.

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Former President George H.W. Bush was honored with funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The 41st president was eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as a former U.S. senator and a former Canadian prime minister. Dozens of U.S. and world leaders attended the service.


This December marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This Document, created by the then member countries of the United Nations, specifically spells out the qualities of a decent standard of living for people.

Clean Energy Forum at SIU

Dec 4, 2018
Clean Energy Forum
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The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition and Citizens Utility Board held a clean energy forum at SIU today, to discuss the future of clean energy.


Facilitated by a coalition of groups, the event included a presentation and discussion of what Southern Illinois needs to help reach renewable energy goals.


Commemorating World AIDS Day and Fighting HIV

Dec 3, 2018
A group of people in athletic gear running.
Miriam Link-Mullison / Jackson County Health Department


Saturday was the 30th World Aids Day, which the Jackson County Health Department honored with a 5K Santas in Speedos and Bras run. The event invited people to come run dressed as Santa or to brave the cold and sport their speedos and bras.


While the run was a festive event, it also highlighted the department’s work on a very serious issue - helping to prevent HIV in the community by helping patients access a pill that can prevent HIV.



Illinois high school football schedules would change under a proposal Illinois High School Association member schools will vote on over the next couple of weeks.

The proposal would replace conferences with districts arranged by class into eight geographic groups.