As the election is now a little more than three months away, Jak Tichenor, Host of Illinois Lawmakers, talks about how the results of the March Illinois Primary, could mean a very interesting General Election.


An employee at SIU-Carbondale presented his comprehensive plan to increase enrollment at a public meeting this week.

Paralegal Studies interim director Daniel Silver says his five-point plan could bring in more students quickly and help keep them on campus.

Illinois’ agriculture sector has been through trade disruptions in the past …  but what they’re dealing with right NOW ... is different.  

Mark Gebhards is Executive Director of Government Affairs & Commodities with the Illinois Farm Bureau … he says corn and soybean farmers have weathered other trade disagreements … like the tariffs they’re currently facing from China. 

A Congressman from Illinois is working on a bill he says will encourage drug companies to develop new antibiotics.

More than 23,000 Americans a year die from bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.


A report by a watchdog says the federal government could have done more to intervene in Alexander County while residents were stuck with mice, mold and lead paint in public housing.

Benton Police Dept.

Authorities have identified the elderly man wanted in a Franklin County bank robbery.

Benton Police say he is 82-year-old Arthur Bays of Marion. Bays was taken into custody without incident Thursday afternoon in the 1100 block of West Main Street.

A move to ask Williamson County voters how they feel about potential gun legislation failed on Thursday -- though the issue may not be dead.

An idea to promote locally made products and services and bring those together with customers face to face in one place, will come to fruition this weekend at the first ever Southern Illinois Made Expo.  Several years ago, Illinois 59th State Senator Dale Fowler began brainstorming with southern Illinois Chambers of Commerce for ways to make customers aware of products and services which are based in southern Illinois.  Senator Fowler says he is happily surprised at the response from local businesses who have signed up to be at the Marion Pavilion.  Fowler says 100 to 150 local businesses will be set up.  Jennifer Olson, President and CEO of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce says southern Illinois towns should realize that they are not competing with each other for jobs and products, but instead  with the growing cities that the area is losing talented young people  and businesses to.

#Carbondale Proud Highlights Positives

Jul 25, 2018

The social media campaign #CarbondaleProud is gaining momentum as residents post pictures and stories highlighting the positives in the community.

#CarbondaleProud member Steve Quinn says lately bad news about Carbondale has overwhelmed the news cycle.

Cape Girardeau Police

Police are searching for a Cape Girardeau woman wanted for stealing money from a non-profit animal rescue shelter.

Cape Girardeau Police are asking for the public's help in locating 40-year-old Elizabeth Hann.

Carbondale Police

A Carbondale Police officer has been honored for his efforts to stop an active shooter situation last year.

Sergeant Guy Draper was awarded the Chief's Medal of Valor and the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Medal of Valor Wednesday during a ceremony at the Carbondale Public Safety Center.

Carbondale native Treesong's new book is titled "Cli-Fi Plus" and it deals with climate change in a new, and unique way.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Two men are in jail after a police chase Monday night in Jefferson County.

Sheriff's Deputies responded to an address on Park Avenue where shots were reportedly fired at around 8:30 p.m.


If approved by a bankruptcy court, the City of Marion will place a lien on the Illinois Star Centre Mall property.

The mall owners reportedly owe more than two million dollars in special service area assessments, which the City of Marion has had to pay to satisfy a bond.

St. Mary's Raising Funds for ER Renovation

Jul 24, 2018
Patients hand with monitors attached

In Centralia, St. Mary’s Hospital is raising funds to overhaul their emergency department. The campaign is part of a larger effort to update St. Mary's, and focuses specifically on the needs of the emergency department.

President Damon Harbison says the renovation will provide a better experience for patients.

"The emergency room is a place that no one ever wants to be at," he said. "But we want to create an environment that when you do need our services, it is top of the line."

Illinois State Police District 13

Illinois State Police are stepping up efforts to make Interstate 57 as safe as possible.

The Trooper in a Truck detail is now on out on I-57.

A man charged in the 2010 kidnapping and death of a 15-year-old girl in southern Illinois has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center

A social welfare organization says more than half of all Illinois counties are on its poverty-related watch list. 


A longtime SIU School of Law faculty member is the new interim dean.

Cindy Buys begins her interim tenure of the Law School Monday.

Jefferson Rural Fire Protection Dist.

The Waltonville and Woodlawn Fire Departments as well as the Jefferson Rural Fire Protection District are seeking help with some special supplies.

Members of each department recently completed an Active Shooter Training Program in Mt. Vernon. Now, they're asking for donations to purchase active shooter bags to help treat victims in a mass shooting situation.

U.S. Steel Corp.

President Donald Trump will be visiting a Metro East steel mill that is boosting production as he faces opposition to his imposition of tariffs in international trade disputes.

Flickr: Brianna Laugher

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is speaking out against proposed changes to the only federal program that provides funding for birth control. Those changes include a so-called "gag rule" that could affect thousands of Illinois residents.

The organizers of Illinois' bicentennial celebration say it's a time to celebrate the state's influence on music, art, transportation, agriculture and more. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says it's also a good time to recognize the state's impact on sports writing, especially on America's national pastime.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the region's weather for Friday, July 20, 2018.

A series of state laws meant to reduce the number of kids getting kicked out of school appears to have worked.But, they also seem to have magnified racial disparities in school discipline.

Centerstone is teaming up with nine community partners to try to improve the mental health of children and communities in southern Illinois.

A 200-thousand dollar planning grant from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation will help develop a plan for at-risk kids in Jackson, Williamson, Franklin and Perry Counties.

C-SPAN/Rep. Bost's office

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost Thursday recognized a local World War I veteran on the House floor.

Bost says July 19 marks the 100th anniversary of Private Paul Stout's death when the Murphysboro man served on the front lines in France.

Architectural Digest

After recently being called the most boring city in Missouri by the website Business Insider, Cape Girardeau has found its way on to a more favorable list.

Architectural Digest has named the River City the prettiest town in the Show Me State.

Union County Sheriff's Dept.

An escapee from the Pulaski County Detention Center is back in custody.

The Union County Sheriff's Office assisted the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office in apprehending 18-year-old Alexis Chacon Thursday.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the region's weather for Thursday, July 19th.