Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The only 100-percent female owned wood treatment plant in the U.S. is helping out cancer victims in southern Illinois.

Perma Treat of Illinois, located in Marion,  announced a campaign Friday called "Delivering the Power of Pink."

Saluki Food Pantry Helping 100s of Salukis

Oct 21, 2016
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

The Food Pantry at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale has already served 300 students in the two months that it has been open.  And, on Friday morning, Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell and other SIU Officials officially cut the ribbon.  WSIU's Kevin Boucher was there.


As a part of our ongoing feature  "Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown to 2017" we go to a community information planning meeting which was held on October 18th, 2016.  In this report we will hear from Carbondale Tourism, the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and the Development Commission and, officials with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a local business manager.

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The Chicago Cubs are one step away from their first World Series appearance since 1945.

But, in this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how a short story warns a Cubs pennant could mean bad things for all of us.

Two teenagers have been arrested for running a juvenile prostitution ring in Carbondale.

Carbondale Police say 19-year-old Justice N.S. Webb, and 19-year-old Alyssa Walker have each been charged with two counts of promoting juvenile prostitution, with bond for each set at $500,000.

A state agency survey shows nearly 400 state jobs could be relocated to Springfield from elsewhere in Illinois.

Tichenor Named Interim Director of Simon Institute

Oct 20, 2016

Jak Tichenor, whose journalism career with WSIU Public Broadcasting spanned nearly 34 years, will become interim director of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute on Nov. 1. He will replace David Yepsen, who is retiring at the end of this month.

In the midst of campaign season ... a pair of Illinois lawmakers are proposing a new ethics law.

The bipartisan legislation would forbid state agency directors from being in campaign ads and brochures.
Senator Sam McCann, a Republican from Plainview, has no opposition in the general election. But first he had to win a bruising primary.

McCann says constituents complained when the state director of agriculture -  Raymond Poe - appeared in campaign material endorsing his opponent.


One of the four suspects in a tavern robbery that led to a Union County manhunt last month has pleaded guilty.

Carbondale Police have released two surveillance videos of a man they say is suspected in an attempted sexual assault earlier this month.

The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale has been recognized for its sharp increase in daily attendance.

At the Boys and Girls Club of America Midwest Leadership Conference, the Carbondale chapter received the Gateway Impact Award for the highest growth in Average Daily Attendance of any club in the Midwest region.

ELECTION 2016- Illinois 115th District Race

Oct 18, 2016

Next month on November 8th people will head to the polls to elect a new President and local officials.

For the residents of the 115th district in southwest Illinois, they must choose between incumbent Republican Terri Bryant and Democrat Marsha Griffin.

Brian O'Keefe, IPR

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's creating a council that will review state agency rules and regulations with the goal of reducing bureaucracy.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The SIU system is taking a broad approach to its strategic plan moving forward as it waits for direction from the state.

A new poll on the environment from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is surprising even to environmentalists.

Carbondale Police

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the body that was found burning near Piles Fork Creek in Carbondale back in August.

Authorities say 25-year-old Robert Dennis of Carbondale has been charged with one count of Concealment of a Homicidal Death.

Improving The Forest, By Removing Trees

Oct 14, 2016
Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Illinois Department of Conservation, in cooperation with various conservation partners, is conducting a program designed to increase the number of Oak and Hickory trees in a small section of the Trail of Tears State Forest in western Union County.

State of Illinois

The state of Illinois is officially filing for a waiver from the federal government to help provide better mental health services to Medicaid recipients.

The waiver would give the state access to two point seven billion dollars in federal Medicaid funds to restructure how the program handles mentally ill patients. Governor Bruce Rauner says the idea is to create a system that focuses on early intervention and prevention.

A two-day course at SIU-Carbondale next month will allow drone operators to gain Federal Aviation Administration certification to operate unmanned aircraft systems.

Illinois 58th district state senate candidate Sheila Simon was one of three democratic candidates to attend a Coffee and Candidates session Wednesday morning at Carbondale City Hall.

Regular voter registration in Illinois has closed.

The last day was Tuesday.

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This week on WSIU's Listening Project we hear the story of Judy Courter.  Growing up in the late 50's and 60's she recalls the building of Interstate 57 in southern Illinois as well as talks about a personal tie to the construction of Rend Lake.

Chicago Tribune

A new super-PAC that goes by the acronym "LIFT" is spending a million dollars on ads tying Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to Donald Trump.

Most who watched the second presidential debate at Washington University will likely agree there was more jabbing and political rhetoric than substance.

Advocates are hoping the third and final debate will turn out differently.

An innovative new project at the Trail of Tears State Forest in southern Illinois includes cutting down several trees.

You wouldn't think the State Department of Natural Resources would get rid of trees...but DNR Forest Ecologist Ben Snyder says that's exactly what they're doing.

Carbondale Police Department

A Collinsville woman has been arrested in connection with the body that was found burning near Piles Fork Creek in Carbondale back in August.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is finally weighing in on specific comments made by Donald Trump.

Rauner has repeatedly been asked about the presidential campaign - and why he wouldn’t talk about it despite being the state’s top Republican.

Belleville News-Democrat

The democratic candidate in southern Illinois' 12th congressional district says the republican incumbent is not fit for the office.

Challenger C.J. Baricevic says comments made in 2005 by GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump on his treatment of women should have signaled Congressman Mike Bost to withdraw his support of Trump.

SIU President Randy Dunn says the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses will cover MAP grants for students for the spring 2017 semester.

book cover for The Abandoned Heart

Author Laura Benedict's latest "Bliss House" novel hits book stores Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2016).   The Abandoned Heart is the third installment in the series and chronicles the beginning of Bliss House and the sordid tale of it's patriarch, Randolph Bliss.

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Benedict about the book for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

Part 2 - The Abandoned Heart: Continued

Part 3 - Benedict on writing mystery novels