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Several Metro East school superintendents are among more than 400 school leaders calling on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature to pass a budget. That’s on top of a lawsuit asking the state to give schools what they were promised.

The administration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says it wants a judge to decide whether state employees who were improperly hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn should keep union contract job protections.

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An Illinois retirement board is terminating former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's state pension.

He'd been collecting about 28-thousand dollars a year for his service in the state legislature.

First responders, doctors, nurses and others on the front line of public safety are presenting the first ever Outdoor Safety Day this Saturday in the grassy front lawn of Franklin Hospital. 

This week (Thursday, April 27, 2017) the Mystery Writers of America holds its 71st Annual Edgar Awards in New York City.   Named after Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgar Awards honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016.   Southern Illinois based author Laura Benedict is a finalist in the Best Short Story category for her work "A Paler Shade of Death."  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Benedict about her nominated story and the Edgar Awards.

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Hundreds of southern Illinoisans crowded into Veterans Memorial Airport Tuesday to welcome home the first-ever Honor Flight from this region.

An SIU-Carbondale student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

The illness is spread by direct contact with saliva or through the coughing or sneezing of those who are infected.

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Three people are in custody and another is being sought following an incident at Kohl's Department Store in Carbondale.

Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle and retail theft at the store around 5:45 Monday afternoon.
As officers arrived in the area, they immediately identified the suspect vehicle and the three suspects.

A new report by a court-appointed watchdog charged with looking into patronage hiring at the Illinois transportation department details how friends and relatives of top Democrats were hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn, even as many had little or no experience.

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The Democratic-controlled Illinois House has approved public funding for all abortions.        

The House voted 62-55 Tuesday to allow state-employee health insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. Medicaid currently covers abortions in limited cases.        

The third finalist for SIU Carbondale Chancellor had his turn in the spotlight today.

Dr. Brad Colwell , the current interim Chancellor, took questions from the hiring committee.

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A law professor, who was involved in the civil rights movement in Cairo, visited SIU-Carbondale Monday to talk about her experiences then.

Carol Pauli is an associate professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law.

She was a schoolteacher and journalist in Alexander County for almost three years in the early 1970's. Pauli is now working on a personal memoir about those times.

The First 100 Days: Trump's Action Plan Annotated

Apr 24, 2017

Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter.

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Every day, Illinois adds another 11 million dollars in new debt.  In a state that has not had a full budget for almost two years it looks like lawmakers will work past the May 31st adjournment date.  Interim director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Jak Tichenor says that not since the great depression has a state gone this far without a budget.  He says it won’t be a quick fix, because of all of the moving parts involved.  Tichenor says, for example, IF the Affordable Care Act is repealed in the future, Illinois will have to pick up the tab for those extra  650-thousand residents

Acoustic Nature Hour Earth Day Special.

Apr 22, 2017
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The Acoustic Nature Hour Earth Day Special is supported locally by First Southern Bank.

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Illinois' senior U.S. senator is trying to help dozens of families in the state's southernmost town.

Dick Durbin traveled to Cairo Friday to see what can be done to find subsidized housing for the nearly 200 families who are losing their homes after HUD soon closes two public housing complexes.

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met Friday with southern Illinois leaders to talk about the impact of proposed federal cuts to transportation.

Durbin says President Trump's plan harshly targets the region.

Carbondale Police arrested three juveniles early Friday morning for a break-in at a local business.

At 4:15 a.m., officers were alerted to a burglary in progress at the S.I. Gymnastics facility, at 742 East Main Street.

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Members of the SIUC Campus community got a chance to hear from their two state senators Thursday.

Details of Illinois senate republicans’ school funding plan were revealed this week.

One week after State Senator Jason Barickman held a press conference to announce his own school funding plan, he filed two amendments totaling 500 pages.

The SIU Social Media Team will host a Facebook Live session to discuss plans the university has for this summer's total solar eclipse.

The session will feature Mat Kaplan, host and producer of WSIU's Planetary Radio, and Michelle Nichols, master educator from Chicago's Adler Planetarium.

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The Illinois House Economic Opportunity Committee hosted a hearing discussing the impact universities have on the communities they surround on Thursday.

The event took place in Carbondale, where Southern Illinois University continues to struggle during the state budget impasse.

Just days after Moody's warned of a potential credit downgrade for Illinois' public universities, Standard & Poor's took action to lower the credit of a couple - and placed three on a negative watch list.

Retired ISP Capt. Will Promote His Book in Murphysboro

Apr 19, 2017

A new author will visit Murphysboro in April.

Retired Illinois State Police Captain Ed Traylor, from rural Waggoner, Illinois, spent 29 years on the force, and wrote a book called The Crossing, a crime thriller about a terrorist attack at the U.S. - Mexican border.

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The second finalist for SIU Carbondale Chancellor visited campus Wednesday.

George Hynd is the current president of Oakland University in Michigan until his contract expires in August this year, which was not renewed.

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In just over five weeks, the 100th Illinois General Assembly is scheduled adjourn and many educators are hoping that  House Bill 2808 will become passed.  The bill  seeks to change the state's 20 year old funding system for public schools.  Currently, local property taxes fund school districts.  Which means that wealthier districts can spend more money per student than less wealthy districts.  House Bill 2808 seeks to drastically alter the funding model by incorporating a new Evidence Based Model which looks at each individual school district's particular  needs to determine how much state

Officials with NASA and SIU-Carbondale are teaming up to offer webinars to area educators about the upcoming total solar eclipse.

The first webinar, a live, hour-long interactive program Wednesday will offer eclipse details and an overview of the two additional webinars scheduled for next week.

Moody's Investors Service says it will review most of Illinois' public universities for potential credit downgrades over the next three months.

An appeals court is considering whether Illinois' imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich should get a third sentencing hearing.

Internet Privacy. Is It Really Private?

Apr 18, 2017

How secure is your computer? Your tablet? Your Cell-phone?  Even with a good anti-virus program and a strong firewall  one  SIU researcher says  you still  could have others invading your privacy.   And on this edition of WSIU INFOCUS, we hear about some free software that can protect our online privacy.

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