Illinois’ struggling social-service agencies lost another round in court Thursday.

An appellate panel in Chicago says Illinois does not have to pay unless the state has a real budget.

A three-judge panel unanimously rejected all of the human service providers' claims.

Illinois social service agencies were in a St. Clair County courtroom Wednesday, trying to convince a judge to make Illinois pay for work they’ve already done.

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The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning was from the Metro East.

The Belleville News Democrat reports two days ago, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville posted an angry tweet about President Donald Trump on Facebook. He also worked on Bernie Sanders presidential campaign last year.

Illinois state Republicans are introducing a new package of bills they say is their effort to end the budget impasse.


The Republicans’ proposal includes some of the same ideas that were sticking points for Democrats, including the length of a property tax freeze and how much to raise income taxes.

Rend Lake Resort to Re-open

Jun 14, 2017
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The Rend Lake Resort closed last December but the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it will soon re-open.

SIU Carbondale Chancellor Search Recap

Jun 14, 2017

SIU Carbondale has been interviewing candidates for the Chancellor position since April.

Two of the original four candidates, Carl Pinkert and Jeff Elwell, withdrew from consideration. 

The four finalist are Current Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell , Oakland University President George Hynd, Fisk University Provost and Vice President Rodney Hanley, and University of Alberta Professor and Ingenuity Lab Founder Carlo Montemagno.

Chancellor's Forum: Dr. Carlo Montemagno

Jun 14, 2017
Dr. Carlo Montemagno
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The sixth and final candidate for SIU Carbondale Chancellor was on campus Wednesday.

Dr. Carlo Montemagno from the University of Alberta answered questions from the hiring committee.

Illinois Public Radio's Maria Altman explores a century of flight at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois.

Children in Illinois are doing better than in recent years, and advocates are calling on state and federal leaders to avoid reversing those gains.

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An appellate court in southern Illinois Tuesday heard arguments in a case related to state government's budget fight.

At issue is whether state workers should continue to be paid during the impasse.

Chancellor's Forum: Dr. Rodney Hanley

Jun 13, 2017
Dr. Rodney Hanley
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It’s Round two for the SIU Carbondale Chancellor Search.

Dr. Rodney Hanley visited campus Tuesday and answered questions from the hiring committee.

Architect of the Capitol

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Tue, June 13 at 1:30 pm (central). 

How Fluorspar Helped Put Hardin County On The Map.

Jun 13, 2017

This Saturday, June 17th, 2017, several lawmakers, families of former Fluorspar miners and others will gather in Rosiclare Illinois for the official unveiling of the Fluorspar Miners' Memorial.  Ahead of the ceremony, WSIU radio visits with a Rosiclare native, Rhonda Belford, who, is the President of the Ohio River Scenic Byway Board.

Illinois courts have played a crucial role in determining how state government spends money during the budget stalemate. Two of those cases have important hearings this week.

The cases involve two groups: one who has been getting paid; and another who hasn’t, but wants to.

A pair of forums in southern Illinois this week are designed to highlight the job opportunities in alternative energy sources.

A new law in Illinois makes 200-million dollars available to build new solar and wind facilities in the state. So, the forums will offer community leaders ideas on how to bring in new energy jobs.


If you watched any of the Stanley Cup Final on television, you may have seen a band performing inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

One of the band members is originally from Tamms and now lives in Anna.

Numerous crashes shut down portions of Interstates 57 and 24 Sunday -- leaving four people dead and several injured.

WSIU Film Critic Walter Metz explores a new generation of Twin Peaks, by looking back at the original series. 

High Tunnel at Shade Tree Farm
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Farmers usually plant in the spring and harvest through the summer and fall, then take the winter off.

Some local farmers have found a way to grow year round.

It’s called High Tunnel Farming.

Due to the ongoing state budget impasse, the museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will close temporarily on July 1.

Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell says budget cuts have reduced the staff to just one person who will maintain the collections.

Illinois lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner have yet to approve funding for K through 12 schools with the new academic year just over two months away.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is urging Democrats to return to Springfield and pass a budget following a federal court ruling requiring the state to pay more toward Medicaid.

Wednesday, a judge ruled in favor of some low income Medicaid patients-who say the state's gotten so late with its healthcare reimbursements that doctors may stop treating them.

Southern Illinois Skies Will Be Busy This Saturday.

Jun 8, 2017
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Pilots from Georgia, Wisconsin, Texas, Utah and Louisiana will bring their home-built airplanes to the Southern Illinois Airport this Saturday to take part in the Fifth Big Muddy Air Race, sanctioned by the Sport Air Racing League. 

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Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago.

Fiscal forecasters for the Illinois General Assembly estimate the state's end-of-year budget deficit will top $6 billion.

A federal judge in Chicago says Illinois isn't in compliance with court orders to promptly pay health-care bills for low-income and other vulnerable groups even as the state heads into a third year without a budget.


The City of Carbondale has hired a new promoter and will have a music festival the weekend before the total solar eclipse.

City Manager Gary Williams says after the deal with the original promoter fell through last month, officials had to move to plan B.

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Leaders with the City of Carbondale and SIU-C attended a ribbon cutting Wednesday for the new entrance monument along Route 13 on the east side of town.


A building that housed a well-known bar in Carbondale for nearly three decades is gone.

The City of Carbondale demolished Sidetracks on Tuesday.

When officials at SIU-Carbondale announced almost 80 job cuts last week, over 60-percent of them involved civil service workers. Now, the head of the civil service workers union is speaking out.