Illinois AARP Calls for End to State Budget Crisis

Mar 13, 2018

Leaders of the Illinois AARP say Illinois' budget crisis has gone on for too long and say it's time to put an end to the state's fiscal problems.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday vetoed the only gun-control legislation to reach his desk ... since last month’s shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The legislation would require gun dealers be licensed by the state. Backers say it would help keep guns away from criminals.

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SIU guard Marcus Bartley is on the Academic All-America Division I basketball team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The St. Louis University transfer is a sports administration major with a 4.0 GPA. Bartley was named a third team all-academic team member.

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Illinois hospitals may soon have more money for treating low-income patients. 
Governor Bruce Rauner on Monday signed legislation intended to help them collect billions of dollars.

Feeling a bit drowsy from the effects of "springing forward?"

Legislation filed in Illinois could put an end to your time-change woes. The sponsor, state representative Steve Andersson is a Republican from Geneva, he wants to do away with resetting clocks.

Richland County High School
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In one week Richland County voters must decide if they want to implement a 1% County Schools Facility Sales Tax.

The Richland Co High School opened its doors in 1952, 66 years ago, 66 is also the assessment score it received from BLDD architects` grading the schools physical needs and functionality.

The Democratic Candidates running for the 115th State House of Representative Seat are  Tamiko "T.C." Mueller and Marsha Griffin. 

SIU Museum Re-opens

Mar 8, 2018

The public can now visit the University Museum on SIU's Campus once again.

After being closed due to budget concerns, the Museum officially reopened in Faner Hall.

A workers compensation attorney from Chicago delivered the keynote address at a symposium on the issue in Marion.

Thursday's event sponsored by Southern Illinois Healthcare brought human resources personnel, business managers and municipal leaders together at Rent One Park.

Following an all-night bargaining session, negotiators with the University of Illinois and the union representing graduate workers on the Urbana campus have reached a tentative contract agreement.

The Graduate Employees' Organization - or GEO - announced the news on social media earlier Thursday.

Federal funding is headed to Illinois to help with improvements along Interstate 57 in Williamson County.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is receiving 7.6 million dollars through the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER grant program.

Kids who are prescribed medical marijuana might be allowed to use the drug on school grounds under a Illinois proposal. The legislation would allow parents to give cannabis medication to those kids if and when they need it.

A majority of Illinois voters wants to legalize recreational marijuana according to a new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU.

Director John Shaw says the numbers are significant.

Carbondale Main Street, the City of Carbondale and the Southern Illinois University School of Architecture are asking the community for design ideas for the new event venue on Washington Street.

Meghan Cole, the executive director for Carbondale Main Street says the first meeting, which was on Tuesday, was productive.

A state audit found that Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office failed to collect more than $2 million in federal rebates.

The review released Tuesday found that the Governor's Office of Management and Budget never received $2.4 million in rebates owed for payments the state makes on bond debt.

PUKA School in Carbondale May Close

Mar 6, 2018

Financial woes have one childcare center in Carbondale considering closing its doors.

Since 1975, the PUKA school has provided childcare for families of southern Illinois.

March is National Nutrition Month.

This year's theme is  Go Further With Food in order to achieve the many health benefits that healthy eating habits offer.

A newly formed organization, Unite America, has released its first slate of candidates for public office, including a U.S. Senate hopeful for Missouri.

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says President Trump’s plan to put a tariff on steel and aluminum imports could have widespread effects.

Hardin Co. General Hospital

A southern Illinois hospital says it'll be able to keep its doors open if Governor Bruce Rauner signs a measure into law.

Illinois lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a plan that revamps the way hospitals are paid for treating low-income patients. The current "Hospital Assessment Program" expires in July - and with it billions of dollars in federal matching funds.

Next Wednesday (March 14) is one month since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida … and students across the country are planning another walkout.

Monday, the ACLU of Illinois is encouraging schools to take the opportunity for a "lesson in civics."

Identity theft leads the latest top 10 list of consumer complaints from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.

Madigan says data breaches like the one at Equifax pushed ID theft to the number one complaint received last year.

The U.S. Postal Service has designed a stamp to commemorate Illinois' bicentennial.

The forever stamp celebrates the 200th birthday of the state on December 3rd.

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The first class of cadets to provide security at the newly re-purposed Murphysboro Life Skills Re-entry Center graduated Friday.

The 32 cadets will be ready to go when the facility - formerly known as the Illinois Youth Center - welcomes its first 240 inmates on April 16th.

The push is on in Springfield to pass some sort of gun control measures in the wake of the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day.

Illinois lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a plan that revamps the way hospitals are paid for treating low-income patients.

The current "Hospital Assessment Program" expires in July - and with it billions of dollars in federal matching funds. Some hospitals say they could be forced to close.

SIU Salukis

SIU men's basketball legend Darren Brooks was formally inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame Friday morning during a ceremony in St. Louis.

The St. Louis native is the only player in Valley history to win the league's top player and Defensive Player of the Year honor two times, sweeping the awards in 2004 and 2005.

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Rivalries in sports can increase pressure on coaches and players, but they might be felt strongest by fans.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson - a Pittsburgh native - tells us why he hates the City of Brotherly Love's sports teams.

IL Democratic Gubernatorial Forum (3/1/18)

Mar 1, 2018
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The Democratic candidates for governor met on stage Thursday evening at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics for a forum discussing their respective visions for the future of our state.

Candidates J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, State Sen. Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman and Dr. Robert Marshall participated. The forum was moderated by WBEZ Chicago’s Melba Lara with a panel of three reporters: WBEZ Chicago’s Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold, and POLITICO's Natasha Korecki.

The March primary is less than three weeks away.

The latest Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Poll shows Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Candidate J-B Pritzker leading their respective parties.