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Many local incumbents will face a primary challenge in next year’s elections.

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Duquesne Athletic Dept.

The SIU Saluki men's basketball team will play in the Las Vegas Classic later this month.

One of its opponents, Duquesne, may be easy to overlook. But as WSIU's Pete Peterson tells us, the Dukes played a pivotal role at the collegiate and professional levels decades ago.

Saluki Athletics and the Carbondale Police Department are extending their Coats for Kids collection dates to include two additional SIU men's basketball games.

Marion Mayor Bob Butler will officially step down from his position at the end of January.

He is one of the longest-serving mayors in United States history, having first taken office in 1963.

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Illinois Dept. of Corrections

The proposed re-purposing of the Illinois Youth Center facility in Murphysboro is taking longer than originally announced.

In October 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner said he wanted to re-open the center as a life skills and a re-entry facility. He expected it to open in about six months. But, 13 months later, the facility remains closed.

SIU Students Unveil Eclipse Film

Nov 30, 2017
Marcia Kuhlman and Malea Bailey.

On Friday December 1st, 2017, on the SIU Campus,  the public can relive the recent eclipse experience  thanks to a film produced by two SIU Students.

Politics
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

The Senate is debating its tax overhaul bill. To pass it, the Republicans need strong party unity and leaders have been working on changes to firm up support among uncommitted lawmakers, as the GOP can only afford two no votes from its party and still pass the legislation. But even if the Senate does pass the bill by the end of the week, it will have to reconcile its version with the House's. Watch the debate unfold.

A Carbondale man is one of the winners in the 2017 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition.

Bryce Berkowitz received third place for his poem entitled  Explain Yourself.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner joined Japan's Consul General to the Midwest at Rend Lake College for a workforce and education roundtable.

They were joined Wednesday by educational leaders, employers and economic development officials from southern Illinois.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police have made an arrest in a series of armed robberies from earlier this year involving food delivery drivers.

Officers says in April, they received three separate reports of armed robberies of restaurant delivery drivers.

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Union County Sheriff's Dept.

The Union County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in finding a fugitive.

Deputies say 40-year-old Bobby Best is wanted for failure to appear on a charge of possession of a stolen firearm and theft.

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says a possible scam is operating in the area involving his agency.

He says local businesses have reported receiving calls from a person who claims they are representing the Williamson County Sheriff's Office to raise money to provide coats for needy children.

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SIU

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute may soon have a new leader.

Journalist and author John Shaw will take over as the next director if approved by the SIU Board of Trustees.

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Southern Illinoisan

Two former officials with the Alexander County Housing Authority face a civil fraud complaint accusing them of using public housing money for personal use.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the complaint Tuesday against former housing authority executive directors James Wilson and Martha Franklin.

Illinois lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on the economic benefits of legalizing recreational marijuana.

Supporters says legalizing pot would raise hundreds of millions of dollars in much needed tax revenue for the state.

Indivisible Carbondale
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

A group known as "Indivisible Carbondale" held a protest and what they're calling an early retirement party for Congressman Mike Bost Monday.

SIU President Randy Dunn talks with WSIU's Brad Palmer about his thoughts on the progress of SIU-Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's academic reorganization plan and the kickoff of Illinois' Bicentennial celebration this weekend.

In several weeks the University of Illinois Extension Service is offering a free public workshop on coping with stress which can accompany this time of year.

Extension Educators Susan Sloop and Alicia Kallal will lead the program on Tuesday December 12th at the Marion Carnegie Library.

Registration is required.  Call 618-993-3304.

Local Leaders And Residents Urge Local Shopping.

Nov 24, 2017

With the Holiday shopping season here, WSIU visits with two people who would like to see more local shopping.

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Secretary of State

Secretary of State Police will target holiday shoppers abusing disability parking at malls statewide, including University Mall in Carbondale.

The enforcement will start on Black Friday since it marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season and is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

A Republican congressman from Illinois says there are benefits for the GOP-led House having President Donald Trump in office.

But , Congressman John Shimkus says the nation's Capital is still getting used to the president's style.

A Carbondale resident has won a big prize from the Illinois Lottery.

Buelah Simmons won 750-thousand dollars on a scratch-off ticket called Ultimate Crossword.

State of Illinois

A former Illinois correctional officer received a four-month prison sentence for choking, punching and kneeing a handcuffed prisoner in 2016.

Honeywell to Idle Metropolis Plant

Nov 20, 2017

Honeywell says it is idling its plant in the southern Illinois city of Metropolis and reducing the workforce by 170 employees along with contractor positions.

When the Illinois General Assembly approved a budget last summer . . . they also agreed to cut back on the state's contribution to the pension systems.  But, this move might have unintended consequences.

The Carbondale Park District has approved a plot of land for the city's first dog park.

The site will be at the southwest corner of Parrish Fields.

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Perry County Emergency Management Agency

Possible tornado damage to a mobile home in Du Quoin on Saturday left one resident trapped in her home for a short time.

Officials at Rend Lake are once again giving the public the chance to get free firewood.  Jordan Haggerty, with the Army Corps of Engineers says the severe storms from this past spring, coupled with the devastation done to trees from the Emerald Ash Borer has created a lot of dead trees.  And this year, starting November 20th and running through March 2nd, of 2018  individuals can get a free permit to get the wood in the North Sandusky Campground.  Haggerty says because of state and federal rules, the wood, especially the Ash, has to stay in the state.  The Corps of Engineers will be cutting much of the wood, and placing it at convenient areas near the road for easy pickup.  This special program is for private users; no commercial use or resale is allowed.

SIU

Southern Illinois University Chancellor Carlo Montemagno has released the second draft of his proposal to revitalize academic programs at the university.

Montemagno says he has received feedback on his first draft from faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members and from that feedback he has made a few changes.

Some changes include the School of Integrated Biological Sciences changing to the School of Biological Sciences with programs taught by School of Medicine Faculty. Anatomy has been removed from this school and Zoology has been added.

There is a proposal to start a School of Sustainability and Earth Sciences with future programs in Ecology and in Fisheries and Wildlife Management.

But one issue the Chancellor has not budged on, is the elimination of the word "department." Instead, the term would be replaced with "division," and along with that change, department chairs will be eliminated. However, he says he's open to finding a way to return to the departments in the future.

The Faculty Senate and Graduate Council will formally weigh in on the proposal before a final version is released in the spring.

A southern Illinois congressman says his chamber's passage of legislation addressing floodplains is overdue - and needs to be sent to the president's desk.

Representative Mike Bost says the bill, which reforms FEMA's floodplain insurance program, is a much-needed update. He says numerous property owners in his district would benefit from it.

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