The new Republican health care legislation in Congress could cost Illinois $40 billion dollars in federal funding over the next decade. That’s according to the recent report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Democratic state senators Wednesday rejected a push by Republicans to give Governor Bruce Rauner extraordinary budget powers.

It would've let Rauner cut spending across government -with few areas of government off limits ... such as elementary education and debt payments.  At a hearing, Democratic Senator Don Harmon pushed Rauner's budget director, Scott Harry, to say just what the governor planned to cut.

New on DVD this week is the 2016 Sci-Fi adventure film Passengers.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.   Passengers is available at a movie store near you.

Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.   You can hear more SIU Reviews here.

WSIU News: AM Update (3/15/2017)

Mar 15, 2017

Good morning, on this Wednesday March 15th, 2017.  Hard to believe Spring arrives in just six days.  Your mid-week forecast calls for Sunny but cold today, high reaching 39 degrees.

WSIU Almanac: March 15th, 2017.

Mar 15, 2017

The Southern 7 Health Department is offering a free public support group for those with diabetes.  For more information visit:

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has jumped another hurdle in his push to reduce the cost of home health-care. But, some people affected by the change are warning of dire consequences.

K-L Cleeton runs a video production company from his parents’ home in Effingham. His parents work for him, but not to grab coffee at his film shoots.

Cairo Police

A seven count superseding indictment has been returned against three people connected with a 2014 bank robbery in Cairo.

Quilts Are More Than For Keeping Warm.

Mar 14, 2017
Photograph courtesy of Jamey Walston, Exhibit Curator.

A display of quilts celebrating and telling family history is on display at Wabash Valley College's Brubeck Arts Center.  The exhibit, titled "Stitch in Time" runs through April 21st, 2017.

On Sunday, March 19th, 2017, the Mt. Carmel Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a reception at 3:00PM in the Brubeck gallery.

WSIU News: AM Update (3/14/17)

Mar 14, 2017

We'll see cold conditions today, Tuesday March 14th, 2017.  For today, mostly cloudy skies with the high reaching 35.

Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has filed paperwork to ensure a new deputy governor isn't paid from an insurance fund that is $4 billion behind on medical payments.

Mug Shot
Carbondale Police Department

A Carbondale man is wanted for murder in connection to a shooting on the city's northeast side Thursday evening.

Education leaders from all over the state converged on Carbondale Friday, trying to move the issue of education funding forward in Illinois.

Reading Baseball's Pete Peterson celebrates Women's History Month by highlighting sportswriter Claire Smith.

Carbondale Police are looking for suspects and answers after a shooting Thursday afternoon.

Students at Murphysboro High School were sent home early Thursday after the school received a bomb threat.

According to the district's Facebook page, school officials were alerted to the threat at around 1 p.m. and students were dismissed soon after that.

A Randolph County man is dead and three other southern Illinois residents were hurt in a three-vehicle accident in Perry County.

The Perry County Sheriff's office says the accident occurred around 6:30 Thursday morning on State Route 154.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office arranged to pay half of the salary for the political ally he hired last month from an employee health care account that is $4 billion behind on paying bills.

Republican Leslie Munger is one of Rauner's deputy governors. Documents reviewed by The Associated Press show that half her $138,000 salary is set to come from health insurance premiums paid by state employees.

SIU Reviews: Get Out

Mar 9, 2017

Get Out is a 2017 satirical horror film about a white woman who takes her African American boyfriend home to meet her family.  As film critic Walter Metz explains, it's not your average scary movie; but one that takes aim at the stereotypes that influence perception.    Note: This edition of SIU Reviews contains major plot spoilers which you may not want to know before seeing the movie.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is taking her case over state employee pay to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Madigan is asking the justices to review a lower court order that’s kept state workers getting paid during the 20-month budget stalemate.

A group of concerned citizens wants the City of Carbondale to protect immigrants in the community.

Group spokesperson Natalie Long says members proposed an ordinance during Tuesday's City Council meeting.


Tornado victims in Perry County Missouri are getting some help from an unexpected source.

Tuesday night, a St. Louis television station (KSDK) conducted a phone-a-thon with representatives of the United Way of Southeast Missouri. The event raised 18-thousand dollars to help in the recovery effort.

Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police are searching for a suspect wanted for the burglary of a local business.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, citing the actions of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, is pushing for the elimination of statutes of limitations on child abuse and assault crimes.

Carbondale Police Department

Carbondale Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a potential suspect in a recent arson.

After the death of a University of Illinois student, school and community leaders want to know how they can curb binge drinking at the annual "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day" event.

Illinois Senate Democrats are asking state agency heads to answer for Governor Bruce Rauner's decision to pull votes off the "grand bargain."

The governor's own budget proposal depends on the grand bargain - otherwise it's short by $4.6 billion dollars.


Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois wouldn't do very well under congressional Republicans' new health care proposal.

Some conservative groups have also criticized the House GOP's new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.


A former SIU Track and Field standout who jumped onto the world stage at last summer's Olympic Games is getting financial help in her training for upcoming competitions.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has filed a lawsuit over the way Illinois' comptroller is handling employee pay.

The lawsuit filed Monday in St. Clair County Circuit Court says Democratic Comptroller Suzanna Mendoza is violating a 2015 court order.

Revised Travel Order Annotation

Mar 6, 2017
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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries.