State of Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday signed four pieces of legislation related to public safety.

One encourages police officers to seek mental health treatment, without jeopardizing their career.

A Perry County man was seriously hurt when his concrete truck left the road, hit an embankment and overturned.

One of the nation's largest providers of oxygen and other respiratory therapy services to patients in the home has paid $5.25 million to resolve a lawsuit.


A Chester man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a southern Illinois police officer who crashed during a 2016 high-speed chase.

A potential referendum on gun control in Williamson County won’t end up on the ballot this fall, after Commissioners there failed to bring it to a vote.


WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson continues his series on the Illinois Bicentennial.

In this edition, Pete takes exception with some of the public's choices in a list of the state's top ten authors.

SIU Move-In Weekend is Underway

Aug 16, 2018

Traffic is noticeably busier in Carbondale and the SIU-C campus as students move in for the upcoming fall semester.

Mayor Mike Henry even helped with the move-in along with plenty of other volunteers.


A southern Illinois man just took part in his 18th PGA Championship.

But, last week's tournament at Bellerive Country Club was extra special for Jesse Barge, the retired PGA Professional and Director of Golf Operations at Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion.

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The United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Illinois has invested in southern Illinois through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program.  At a media event on Thursday August 16th at John A. Logan College, a $1.5 million capital investment was awarded to the non-profit Champion Community Investments, and was  recognized as another example of the strong bond between the two partners.

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A staff member for Republican Congressman Rodney Davis’ campaign was arrested Wednesday night. He’s been charged with aggravated battery at a campaign event for Davis’ opponent. He was fired Thursday.


A pharmacist and drug store owner in Red Bud admits to defrauding the government and private insurers.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law several bills last week -- that proponents claim will reduce the state’s teacher shortage.

The state’s largest teachers union - the Illinois Education Association - says the legislation doesn’t do enough to solve the problem.

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The most recent Simon Review published by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows data refuting public perception of budgeting in Illinois. WSIU's Amelia Blakely talks with co-author John Jackson.

A five-year-old boy was killed in Carbondale Monday night after being hit by a vehicle.

Carbondale Police say the incident occurred around 8 p.m. in the 500 block of North Wall Street.

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A Mt. Vernon man is accused of shooting two others at a local apartment complex.

Mt. Vernon Police say 26-year-old Kandy Collard is also charged with Home Invasion and two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm in connection with the shooting at Garden Glen Apartments.

A town hall meeting in southern Illinois has been scheduled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss the agency's health care system.

Spokesman Kevin Harris says the Wednesday event in Mount Vernon is being held in light of the new leadership at Veteran Affairs.


The SIU football team scrimmages Thursday evening and those who attend can help a local organization at the same time.

The football Salukis are collecting diapers for the Women's Center.

It'll be several months before SIU Trustees settle on a new President for the system.

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A new defense attorney for the man convicted in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University Carbondale student has won a delay in his sentencing as he aims to have the conviction thrown out.

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A recent Supreme Court decision limiting regulations for anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers in California could affect patients in Illinois.

In the California case — known as NIFLA v. Becerra — operators of self-described crisis pregnancy centers argued that requiring facilities to post information about services available through other healthcare providers, including abortion, violated their free speech.


A southern Illinois man had one of the best views of Tiger Woods' electrifying performance Sunday at the PGA Championship in St. Louis.

A 10-week-old southeast Missouri girl has died after being left inside a hot vehicle.

A southeast Missouri county is dealing with a salmonella outbreak.

A Kansas man has been indicted on charges that he fired the shots that wounded a southern Illinois police officer during a chase two years ago.

A Jackson County grand jury returned the indictment Thursday against 24-year-old Alex B. Karcher of Salina, Kansas, on felony charges of aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Karcher is charged with firing several shots at Carbondale Officer Trey Harris. Officials say one shot wounded Harris in the eye, causing him to lose vision.

Saturday, August 11th 2018, marks an awareness day for utilities across the country.

Meteor Shower Peaks.

Aug 10, 2018

The Perseid  meteor shower promises some spectacular views across the night sky this weekend. Illinois Public Media’s Anna Casey has more about this celestial event, and where you can watch.

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Summer’s winding down and that means the school year is starting.

The Illinois State Police along with county and city police want to remind drivers to be alert in school zones.

Officials Work On Tweaking Evidence-Based School Funding.

Aug 9, 2018
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Two regional superintendents were recently tasked with recommending ways the state can funnel new money to schools for at-risk students. Lee Gaines has this report.

Gender Pay Equity In Springfield.

Aug 9, 2018

Democrats are once again pressing Illinois’ Republican governor on the issue of equal pay for women. Brian Mackey has more.

Carbondale Announces Temporary Road Closures.

Aug 8, 2018

The City of Carbondale advises motorists that, due to repair work at the Canadian National Railroad crossing, between Illinois Avenue and Washington street, College street will be closed until Thursday August 9th, 2018 at 3:00PM.