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Ongoing budget talks at the Illinois Statehouse have shown no real sign of progress.

This week, Senate Democrats pressed Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration this week to explain its proposal to shift pension costs to local school districts.

Facing significant budget challenges, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider another major academic reorganization proposal.

There will be some changes coming to Washington County Hospital in Nashville.

The hospital board of directors has signed a management agreement with SSM Health to carry out the day-to-day operations.

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Herrin Police

Herrin Police say a man is in custody, after he tried to get away from a traffic stop by speeding through a cemetery.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should immediately ban e-cigarette flavors like candy and cookies that can appeal to young people.

This comes in the wake of warnings that teens and children are increasingly using the smoking devices.

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Illinois lawmakers recognized some special guests in the chambers Wednesday: Sister Jean Delores Schmidt and a few of the Loyola Ramblers.

The Loyola Ramblers busted a lot of brackets and captured the hearts of many when the men’s basketball team, as an 11 seed, made it all the way to the Final Four in the NCAA March Madness tournament.

Carbondale Police are searching for a man wanted for an attempted abduction Wednesday morning.

Officers say while walking to school on the north side of East College Street, a teenage girl saw a man near The Fields Apartments complex at 700 South Lewis Lane. The man called out to her, but she ignored him. He then ran across the street and grabbed her around the waist.

Reaction from Illinois Congressional Delegation to President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal falls mainly along party lines.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says Americans did their part to drop off a record number of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.

With time against them, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and top  leaders met again Tuesday morning to talk about adopting a budget before next month.

Murphysboro Police hope they have solved the mystery of who has been committing a rash of home and auto burglaries in town.

Chief of Police Chad Roberts says 14 home and auto burglaries were reported in the southwestern and northern parts of town during the week of April 16th and again on April 29th.

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One of the strongest weather events in the region's history occurred nine years ago Tuesday.

On May 8th, 2009, a storm system classified as a Derecho brought widespread damaging winds from 70 to 90 mph to a corridor through southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.

With a new enrollment manager in place, SIUC's CEO thinks change is on the horizon.

A Williamson County man is dead after an accident in Ferne Clyffe State Park over the weekend.

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SIU-Carbondale and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will team up to conduct strategic planning studies of two IDNR sites in southwestern Illinois.

The sites are the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta and Pyramid State Park in Perry County.

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lllinois' 3 million Medicaid users will soon have more access to mental health and substance abuse treatments.

Officials in Washington, D.C. ok’d a new state program that sets aside about $2 billion in Medicaid funds for the services.

A Saline County resident is dead following an ATV crash.

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SIU-Carbondale Monday named its first women's soccer head coach in school history.

Grant Williams will lead the newly created program as it prepares for competition in the fall of 2019 and entry into the Missouri Valley Conference in 2020.

IDOT Will Be Busy Expanding I-57.

May 7, 2018

With road construction season ramping up drivers on I-57 in southern Illinois will be seeing a lot of road work.  Carrie Nelson, IDOT District 9 Program Development Engineer says the goal is to make I-57 safer.  IDOT plans to install a cable median barrier in Jefferson county, which should be completed sometime next year.  Nelson says another project in the works, is expanding  I-57 to  six lanes from the I-24 junction south of Marion to Mt.

The Illinois Senate passed a measure that is designed to shed more light on fracking.

The bill would close loopholes in the state's regulation and provide the public with information about well locations and chemicals to be used in the fracking process.

Ameren has agreed to disclose its plans to reduce the environmental and health risks of coal ash in Illinois and Missouri.

Company shareholders narrowly approved a proposal requiring Ameren to disclose any water contamination at its current and former coal plants during its annual meeting in Peoria Thursday.

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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says so many kids today are specializing in just one sport, that the number of overuse injuries is reaching numbers never before seen.

An Illinois bill would allow veterans organizations to install gambling machines in communities that would otherwise prohibit them.

The Illinois House and Senate passed a measure Thursday that would require the governor to disclose his total office staff ... and pay them all from his own payroll.

It started as an initiative called the "Truth in Hiring Act" ... which came from Comptroller Susana Mendoza, a Democrat up for re-election.

A central Illinois lawmaker is working with Attorney General Lisa Madigan to protect student loan borrowers from losing professional licenses as they work to pay off their debt.

SIU-C Introduces New Enrollment Manager

May 2, 2018
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In the midst of an enrollment crisis, SIU-C Chancellor Carlo Montemagno filled a position that had been vacant for years.

Jennifer DeHaemers will be the associate chancellor for enrollment at SIU-C.

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A Chicago area man has been convicted of crimes in Carbondale.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 44-year old Arthur Eckles Jr., of Calumet City has been found guilty of armed robbery and aggravated robbery.

The City of Carbondale is asking for the public's help to name and create a logo for an upcoming Halloween event.

The contest is open to all southern Illinois artists and Saluki graduates.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker says he is encouraged about the future of a Port District in Cairo.

Senator Dale Fowler joined local officials Monday in Illinois' southernmost city to hear presentations from businesses out of New Orleans, Florida and Kentucky.

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