Housing will be a big topic of discussion for SIU Trustees as they meet in Carbondale this week.

Illinois legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner are succeeding more at frustrating each other than at striking a deal to end an 18-month budget impasse that's damaging the state's fiscal health every day.

Williamson Co. Sheriff

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says a teen reported missing earlier this week has been found in Carbondale.

The former treasurer of a union for correctional workers in southern Illinois has been sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars in union dues.

The U.S. attorney for Southern Illinois says 44-year-old Jeffrey Magelitz was sentenced to two years' probation, six months of home detention and 100 hours of community service.

An Alabama man has admitted to robbing a southern Illinois bank.

The U.S. attorney for Southern Illinois says 38-year-old George David Treece pleaded guilty to robbing the Farmers State Bank in Central City in Marion County last August.

Associated Press

New Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza was sworn into office Monday, pledging to work with both parties in sorting out the state's fiscal mess.

Comptroller Mendoza will serve out the remainder of the late Judy Baar Topinka's term and says she plans to honor her legacy. Mendoza wore a red suit once owned by Topinka and took the oath of office on a Topinka family bible.

Exactly how much money did candidates running for office during the November general election spend?

Recent data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics shows that just those trying to win state House and Senate seats raised more than $95 million this election cycle. Illinois ranks second nationally in money raised for state legislative races.

Illinois legislative leaders have made little headway in the latest weekend meeting at Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's offices on a budget deal as Democrats broached the issue of how President-elect Donald Trump's policy's might alter some Illinois' financial calculations.

SIU Reviews: Loving

Dec 3, 2016

The new Jeff Nichols film, Loving, is a bio-pic that tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving.  The Loving's were plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.   Loving is currently in limited release.  It is showing in the St. Louis area.

Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police say a missing teenager is back home.

Officers say they met with 17 year old Cassandra R Brooks on Wednesday at 11:00 p.m. at her residence after learning she voluntarily returned home. The incident is considered to be closed.


Half-a-dozen state representatives have sued the Illinois comptroller for holding up their paychecks during the state budget mess.

The Democratic lawmakers filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court Friday demanding that Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger and Gov. Bruce Rauner ``end unwarranted political pressure.''

Illinois Set To Begin The New Year Without A Budget

Dec 2, 2016

Illinois residents are once again facing the prospect of having their elected leaders not agree on a state budget.


After a full year without a budget - it looks like the state is heading in that direction again.

AFSCME Files Suit Against Gov. Rauner

Dec 1, 2016

The state's largest government labor union is asking a St. Clair County court to force Governor Bruce Rauner back to the bargaining table.

AFSMCE has filed a lawsuit on behalf of some 30-thousand state employees whose terms of employment, as of now anyway, are at Governor Rauner's whims.

Organizers of the Salukis SPEAK discussion series are calling the inaugural run a success.

Seven separate discussions were held during the fall semester on the SIU-Carbondale campus to encourage feedback between students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Some Lawmakers Call For Gov. Rauner To Resume Talks With AFSCME

Nov 30, 2016

Illinois will begin drug and alcohol testing for members of state government's biggest labor union. It would only apply to employees suspected of being impaired on the job.

Deep Divide Remains in Budget Talks

Nov 30, 2016

With just one month until Illinois government loses spending authority, the state's political leaders remain sharply divided on how to unwind the crisis.

Carbondale Police

The search is on for a missing teenager.

Carbondale Police say 17-year-old Cassandra R. Brooks was last seen on Sunday at about 5:40 the 2400 block of South Illinois Avenue.

Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police have released images of potential suspects wanted for spraying graffiti and damaging a window of a local bank building.

Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police are investigating an early morning armed robbery at the Circle K Gas Station on East Walnut in Carbondale.

Officers say the suspect entered the business around 2 a.m. Monday with a handgun and demanded money.

The Tennessean

A team from the Shawnee National Forest may be headed to Tennessee to help battle raging wildfires near the Great Smoky Mountains that have reportedly killed three and forced thousands to evacuate.


Healy Chapel in Aurora says the family of 20-year-old Alex Kierstead will receive friends from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 17th at New England Congregational Church in Aurora. The address is 406 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, IL 60506.


The SIU student who died in last week's house fire in Carbondale has been identified.

Carbondale Police say 20-year-old Alex Kierstead from Aurora was the only person inside the residence on West Freeman Street when the fire occurred in the early morning hours of November 23rd.

Carbondale Police are investigating an early morning armed robbery at the Circle K Gas Station on East Walnut in Carbondale.

Officers say the suspect entered the business around 2 a.m. Monday with a handgun and demanded money. The suspect took some cash and fled on foot.

Credit: Shawnee National Forest

Ducks Unlimited and 20 regional conservation-related partners were recently awarded a one million dollar North American Conservation Act Grant.  With an additional match from Ducks Unlimited and its partners, the total dollar amount for the three state project is $3.87 million.  The money will be used to improve wetlands, including the Oakwood Bottoms area, located beside the Big Muddy River in southern Jackson County Illinois.

Illinois authorities have arrested a man in the death of an 8-year-old Olney girl who went missing last week.

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The University of Illinois is strengthening its ties with Mexico through new academic and research partnerships.

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl was found dead in a Richland County town after she was reported missing.

Have you ever wondered what's inside toothpaste? Or nail polish? Or dry erase markers?    Well, MIT trained chemist and science Educator George Zaidan has.  Ingredients, The Stuff Inside Your Stuff takes a closer look at the science behind everyday things.  WSIU's Jeff Williams talked with Zaidan about the series that is featured on National Geographic's YouTube channel. 

You can watch this season's episodes of Ingredients, The Stuff Inside Your Stuff here.

SIU Student Dies in Carbondale House Fire

Nov 23, 2016
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Carbondale Police say an SIU student died in an early morning house fire.

City officials say the fire in the 700 block on West Freeman Street was reported at about 4:50am Wednesday.

IBHE Awards Emergency Funds to 3 Universities

Nov 23, 2016

The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved $17 million in emergency funding to help three financially-strapped state universities through the end of the year.