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A long-fought battle between state government and the AFSCME union came to the forefront again Thursday.

State government workers from the union rallied at the capitol to call for periodic raises they say the state owes them.

Illinois lawmakers are turning to marijuana to fight opioid abuse.

The Senate voted Thursday to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale won’t renew the contract for Athletic Director Tommy Bell, and instead says former Football Coach Jerry Kill will take over.

The Illinois General Assembly was unable to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a measure to license gun shops. The deadline passed Wednesday.

A longtime southern Illinois school administrator is running for state senate as a democrat.

Steve Webb is superintendent of the Goreville school district. He wants to challenge incumbent republican Dale Fowler.

SIH Breaks Ground on Urgent Care Facility

Apr 25, 2018
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Southern Illinois Healthcare is bringing an urgent care facility to Marion.

System administrators say the hours of the new facility will work better for working people than traditions primary care locations.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is seeking volunteers with graduate degrees to serve as adjunct faculty.

During a Senate budget hearing Tuesday in Springfield, many of the questions for SIU System President Randy Dunn focused on a bill to split the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.

Dunn claims the expense of splitting SIU Edwardsville from the Carbondale Campus would create little to no extra cost.

People caught texting and driving on Illinois roadways could risk losing their licenses under a measure being considered by state lawmakers.

The Illinois Senate is voting to give home care workers a raise.

Workers in the state's Community Care Program make about 11 dollars an hour. Senator Mattie Hunter of Chicago is sponsoring the bill bringing them up to nearly 20 dollars an hour starting July first, saying they play a vital role in caring for the elderly.

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Turning around SIU-Carbondale's declining enrollment is now in the hands of a woman who helped boost the numbers at another Midwest university.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has won another term as chair of the state Democratic Party - which works to elect Democrats to office.

Madigan says he's encouraged by the support he's getting from the party's committee members - even after one member voted against him.

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Illinois State Police say tractor-trailers collided Tuesday morning on Interstate 57 in Jefferson County.

Troopers say the accident occurred at 10:23 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the interstate at milepost 85.

The CEO of SIU Carbondale says despite challenges on his campus, he believes calls to disband the SIU System are premature.

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The International Foodservice Distributors Association recognized southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost.

Bost is a recipient of the 2018 Thomas Jefferson Award. The bi-annual award recognizes legislators whose voting record indicates strong support of policies that enable the U.S. foodservice distribution industry to create jobs, expand, and contribute to their local communities.

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The third trip for the Honor Flight of Southern Illinois takes place Tuesday.

Honor Flight board member Hope Patterson says 68 veterans will be heading to Washington, D.C.

When was the last time you cleaned out your inbox or scrubbed the apps on your phone that you don't use?

With spring cleaning on the minds of many, tech experts say home computers also need cleaning - that is, the email inbox and hard drive.

Illinois State Police are urging Firearm Owners Identification card holders to apply early as many come up for renewal.

Illinois officials say they delivered personal data involving more than 4,000 people to incorrect addresses.

A statement Friday indicated that 4,136 clients of the Departments of Human Services or Healthcare and Family Services Friday have been notified of the breach.

The Illinois House Friday failed to pass legislation meant to protect health insurance benefits under Obamacare.

The measure would prevent Illinois from seeking waivers from the federal law's requirements - like the one that say insurance companies cannot exclude people with pre-existing conditions.

Fatal Crash in Jackson County

Apr 20, 2018

One person was killed in a single vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Jackson County.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash on Highway 51 near Traux Traer Road in Elkville.

Legislation that would separate SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville has passed out of a House Committee.

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Two unions at SIU-Carbondale say they are owed contractually required pay raises.

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Another candidate is complicating Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s reelection campaign.

Thursday, state Senator Sam McCann, a Republican from Plainview, announced a third-party bid for the state’s top office. 

Midcontinent Student Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers
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Hundreds of Engineering students are gathering at SIU this weekend for an annual conference.

It’s been almost a decade since SIU hosted the Midcontinent Student Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Event organizer Larissa Root says over the next few days’ students from 14 universities will participate in presentations, networking sessions, and competitions.

“These students have worked very hard over the past year on their project weather that be putting together a steel bridge or a canoe made out of concrete.”

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The issue of school safety remains a hot topic as another academic year winds down.

Wednesday, Baysinger Architects in Marion hosted a School Building Safety Lunch and Learn for area school and law enforcement officials.

The sponsor of a proposal to ban Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football tells The Associated Press the measure lacks the votes to pass this session.

Democratic Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills says a House floor would fall short. She will focus on educating people about the dangers of "repeated ... hits to the youth brain."

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The Illinois Department of Corrections transferred the first 20 offenders to the new Life Skills Re-entry Center in Murphysboro on Monday. WSIU's Brad Palmer reports.

The new Life Skills Re-entry Center in Murphysboro is now open.

At last month's graduation ceremony for the first class of cadets to provide security at the facility, Governor Bruce Rauner said the goal is to stop the revolving door to prison.

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Making sure students are prepared for life after high school is a key part of education-including for students in special education classes. Collin Dorsey reports.

With April being Autism Awareness Month, the West Frankfort School district is working to make sure their students in special education classes are prepared for life after high school.

This Thursday at the Rend Lake Visitor's Center several groups are offering a free workshop on the opioid crisis.  The public event starts at 6:00PM and will include a documentary featuring addicts talking about their problem, plus a discussion with a panel of local experts.  The evening will also include Narcan training provided by the Egyptian Health Department.

Amber Anderson with the Egyptian Area Agency of Aging says the problem is widespread and  not limited to any one social or economic group.  The partners in this community event are the Franklin/Williamson Healthy Communities Coalition, the Egyptian Health Department and the SIU School of Medicine's Center for Rural  Health and Social Service Development. 

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