Illinois' senior U.S. senator is considering a run for governor.

Dick Durbin said Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that he's focusing on the presidential race, and will make an announcement when the election's over.

The Illinois Attorney General's office says a settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is final and the plaintiffs can't back out even if no paperwork was signed.

Rendleman Orchards
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

While most people are taking time off in the summer to relax and take vacations, local orchard farmers are keeping very busy.

Rendleman Orchard in Union County is in the middle of harvesting vegetables and peaches during their 143rd season.


A Southern Illinois University Carbondale alumnus is the 10th Illinois state historian.

Trustees of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency appointed Samuel Wheeler on Tuesday.

Pearl Franz / WSIU

This week's installment of the Listening Project features long-time southern Illinois coal miner Jack McReynolds.  The West Frankfort native recalls his first days on the job back in 1960 at the Orient #5 Mine in Franklin County.  Jack's story was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Benton Public Library.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her father's job ... as speaker of the Illinois House ... IS a factor in whether she'd ever run for governor.

Madigan did not elaborate. But she stepped back from a possible 20-14 bid, saying it would not be good for Illinois to have two members of the same family in those positions.

The American Red Cross is urging area residents to donate blood and platelets throughout the rest of the summer.

Red Cross spokesman Joe Zydlo says blood supplies are usually lower in June and early July, but he says they are significantly lower this year...partly due to unfortunate timing.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jonathon Moore, a member of Carbondale's Black Love Adjoining Communities Collectively - or BLACC - the local Black Lives Matter organization.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has already said he plans to run for re-election in two years.

Democrats don't have a single obvious candidate for governor.

Illinois voters like labor unions, but generally find Governor Bruce Rauner's approach to labor negotiations to be unfavorable, according to a new poll.

Top-ranking Republican state Rep. Ron Sandack from suburban Chicago says he is resigning from the Illinois House, citing "cyber security issues."

book cover for The Jaguar Man
Central Recovery Press

The Jaguar Man is the latest from  Author and documentary playwright Lara Naughton.  It's a memoir that chronicles a harrowing event that took place in her life while on vacation in Belize.  WSIU's Jeff Williams talked with Naughton about the book, the experience, and her journey of healing in this edition of In The Author's Voice.

Randy Dunn

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about the university's new Diversity Initiative:

movie poster for Star Trek Beyond
Paramount Pictures

The latest voyage of the Starship Enterprise has arrived in theaters.  Star Trek Beyond marks the 13th installment of the Star Trek movie franchise. In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the film that is based on the original work of Gene Roddenberry.

Star Trek Beyond is currently playing at a theater near you.   Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

In 1841, parts of Clay and Lawrence Counties were taken to create a new community – Richland County, and more specifically, the city of Olney. Fast forward 175 years, and people are ready to show off the area’s successes and look to the future.

IL State Board of Elections

Illinois election officials say hackers attacked the state's voter registration system last week and it was shut off as a precaution.

The Illinois Republican Party has revoked the GOP convention credentials of Trump delegate for making racist comments and threats of violence of a Facebook posting.

New Community Group Erases Carbondale Graffiti.

Jul 21, 2016
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

A newly-formed community action group known as Black Love Adjoining Communities Collectively (BLACC) , began their mission to decrease racial tension in Carbondale recently by erasing some racist graffiti which was spray-painted recently on a building near the Historic Town Square District in Carbondale.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

State Representative candidate Marsha Griffin spent the day walking in the shoes of a local home healthcare worker to see firsthand how a new overtime policy is impacting them.

Pearl Franz / WSIU

This week WSIU's Listening Project features a history lesson with Bob Rea, President of the Franklin County Historic Preservation Society.   Bob talks about how coal became king in Franklin county and also describe some little know history that dates back more than 300 years.


A judge has ruled that a voter referendum seeking to change the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is unconstitutional for the November ballot. 

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

During his visit to southern Illinois Tuesday to sign Molly's Law, Governor Bruce Rauner toured SIU's Transportation Education Center at the Southern Illinois Airport.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner visited southern Illinois Tuesday to sign legislation known as Molly's Law.

The two new laws strengthen Illinois' Freedom of Information Act, including fines for those who fail to comply with court orders, and extend the time a victim's family has to file a wrongful death lawsuit from two to five years.

Freshman Congressman Mike Bost thinks Republicans will rally behind Donald Trump by the time this week is over, despite a rocky start to the Republican National Convention.


The Illinois Department of Public Health and Environmental Protection Agency are teaming up to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois.


Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation banning the sale of synthetic drugs known as ``bath salts'' in Illinois.

Houston Chronicle

The former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals has been sentenced to nearly four years in jail for hacking the Houston Astros' player personnel database.

More than 10-percent of Illinoisans are living with a disability, and this week the focus is on making sure they get an equal chance to vote.

movie poser for Ghostbusters
Columbia Pictures

The wait is finally over for the reboot of the 1984 supernatural comedy classic Ghostbusters.  Much has been written, said, and blogged about the film that features an all female cast as the specter chasing crew.Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the 2016 remake for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Ghostbusters is playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz is a professor for Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. 

National Guard members and reservists now will be able to obtain Illinois driver's licenses identifying them as veterans.

Illinois lawmakers approved a measure last year allowing veterans to obtain the special identification by providing a certificate of release or discharge from active duty. But some National Guard members and reservists couldn't provide that paperwork.