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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says Democrats are finalizing a proposed state budget plan and could present it to minority Republicans as soon as Tuesday.

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A southern Illinois congressman wants to help ease the transition of Cairo residents and other Americans who have been displaced from a public housing authority to a new location.

Fracking Application Delayed

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An measurement error, submitted by the company interested in obtaining a fracking permit for a site in White  County, has caused a setback for the company. 

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The state's budget impasse may soon affect more than just overall funding for higher education.


Southern Illinois Healthcare is notifying more than 600 patients who might be impacted by a breach of their information.

SIH Privacy Officer Marcia Matthias says it was an isolated incident involving the misdirection of data to other HIPPA-governed medical facilities by a third party vendor.

Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal.

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Authorities say a sewer line in southern Illinois broke last month and daily is dumping about 2 million gallons of storm water and sewage into the Mississippi River.

Probation officers, supervisors and support staff of the 20th Judicial Circuit Court Services and Probation have voted to file an intent to strike after working without a contract since December of 2016.

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Postpartum depression can affect women after giving birth.  One program, which begins this Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at Giant City State Park seeks to help sufferers of this with a retreat involving group therapy and nature.

In this report an SIU Graduate Student studying Therapeutic Recreation talks about the program.

Educators across the state are anxiously watching the special session in Springfield.

The lack of a budget for K through 12 schools has some wondering if they'll have to alter their calendars for the upcoming academic year.

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There is a new Regional Superintendent of Schools for Williamson, Franklin, Johnson and Massac counties.

The four county chairmen Thursday unanimously approved Lorie LeQuatte to replace Matt Donkin, who is the new District Superintendent in West Frankfort.

L-S-U Test Launches Eclipse Balloon At Saluki Stadium

Jun 22, 2017
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A team of students and researchers led by Dr. Gregory Guzik, director of the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium at Louisiana State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy made a test flight of a weather balloon recently at Saluki Stadium.  WSIU radio was there with this report.

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State legislators were called back to Springfield last week for a special session in a attempt to pass a budget.

It's the final week of the fiscal year and Illinois is still without a budget.

Principal Charley Cass is preparing for the start of his 7th year at Central Junior High School in West Frankfort.

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Two dozen school teachers from southeast Missouri involved in an eclipse educational project took part in a two-day conference on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

The conference ended Wednesday with a test launch of two tethered high-altitude, helium-filled weather balloons, similar to the ones that will be released on eclipse day, August 21st.

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Two of the four remaining finalists for SIUC Chancellor are bowing out of the search.

Debbie Below with the Southeast Missouri State University Eclipse Committee talks about the plans being made for the big event on the Cape Girardeau campus and the city as a whole.

Architect of the Capitol.

Wednesday is another big day of testimony before two Congressional committees investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Notably, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (under President Obama) is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee.

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown to 2017, WSIU visits with  Jane Herman, Doctor of Optometry at Sears Optical in Marion.

The CEO at Southern Illinois University Carbondale says he remains cautiously hopeful that state lawmakers will reach a deal on a budget for next fiscal year.

A new study finds minimum wage fails to pay the rent in Illinois.  

Missouri Valley Conference basketball coaches are getting ready for the upcoming basketball season.

The coaches provided an update on their preparations during a conference call Tuesday.

The non-profit group Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment, or SAFE, is sponsoring an informational meeting on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 to gather public comments  and input on Woolsey Oil's plans for a fracking operation in Enfield.  The company has applied for a permit to operate a High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing facility near Enfield Illinois, in White county.

As Illinois legislators prepare to return to Springfield this week, Democrats are being attacked in a new TV ad campaign from Governor Bruce Rauner.
 The commercial says (quote) “Madigan’s puppets blocked the budget” (unquote). The ad does NOT mention that Rauner himself blocked Senate attempts at a bipartisan “grand bargain.”

Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Scott Drury is voicing frustrations with his own party as a key part of his campaign.

Drury is the only Democratic state representative who did not vote for Michael Madigan to be House Speaker.

The University of Illinois Extension service is partnering with IDNR and offering a Take The Bait Workshop on Friday June 23rd, 2017 at the Williamson County Extension Office.

House Democrats will take another look at a Senate-approved spending plan next week as a way to end a two-year budget stalemate.

One of the leading Democrats in the Illinois House is resigning. Democratic Representative Elaine Nekritz is stepping down after nearly 15 years in the General Assembly.

She's helped pass major legislation on state pensions and criminal justice - and has a record of working to find bipartisan support for legislation.

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Ameren Illinois Friday donated 50 air conditioner units to help low-income residents deal with the summer heat.

Ameren's senior director of division operations John Barud says the utility wants to be a good community partner by helping those in need cool their homes.

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Sunday is Father's Day.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says baseball is a great way to connect fathers and sons, whether it's on the diamond or in literature.

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Still no official announcement on a new SIUC Chancellor, but leaders at the university say they are moving closer to a final decision.


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