The National Weather Service says a tornado that killed a southeastern Illinois man and caused damage in adjacent Indiana had winds of more than 130 mph.

A weather service survey team determined that Tuesday night's tornado that killed 71-year-old Thomas McCord in Crossville, in White County, was an EF-3 tornado. Those storms carry winds of between 136 mph and 165 mph.

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Governor Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public-employee union. The 4th District Appellate Court sided with AFSCME ... issuing an order prohibiting immediate action by the Republican governor.

The 2016 drama Moonlight won Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. The contemporary African-American coming of age story also won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the award winning movie that is out on DVD this week.

The Illinois Senate has adjourned without pushing its stalled budget compromise further, but a Senate Democrat filed legislation Thursday spelling out services that could be subject to the state sales tax to battle a budget deficit.

Benjy Jeffords, WSIU

Governor Bruce Rauner toured some of the storm-ravaged areas in southern Illinois Thursday.

During his stop in Elkville in Jackson County, the governor said the state will provide all the assistance it can to help tornado victims deal with the disaster.

Clinicians are needed for a new intervention program targeting delinquent youth in southern Illinois.

The Functional Family Therapy team is being developed within the First Judicial Circuit.

Only days removed from attending a training course, members of a southern Illinois coalition put some of their knowledge to work to assist storm victims.
Representatives of the Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition - or SPARC - took part in the Healthcare Coalition Response Leadership course last week at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama.

The Illinois Senate returns to work a day after acrimony over a failed attempt to reach a budget compromise. 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Assessment teams with the National Weather Service in Paducah were out in full force across the region Wednesday to examine the damage from Tuesday night's tornado outbreak.

Speaking at a news conference in Perryville, Missouri Wednesday, warning coordination meteorologist Rich Shanklin said the twister in Perry County, Missouri was substantial, possibly measuring as an EF-2 or EF-3 twister.

Jackson County Tornado Damage
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The last day of February once again brought tornados to Southern Illinois.

Harrisburg endured a lot of damage in 2012…

This time it was a few counties west in Northern Rural Jackson County.

Kevin Boucher, WSIU

One death has been confirmed in Missouri, and possibly two more in Illinois, after an apparent tornado swept across the Show Me state and Illinois Tuesday.

Illinois moved a few inches closer to having a budget Tuesday.

The state Senate began voting on its so-called “grand bargain.”

The deal has changes to business law long favored by Republicans, and a tax hike members of both parties have said is necessary to balance the state budget.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has made it easier to find temporary workers in case a major public-employee union strikes.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees state council says hiring replacements would be illegal.

Democratic Party Response

Feb 28, 2017

Shortly after the president concludes, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address.

Opioid Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit

Feb 28, 2017
Opioid Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Dozens gathered at John A Logan College Tuesday for the 3rd annual Opioid Prescription Drug and heroin Abuse summit.

SIU’s School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine are working to incorporate more information about opioid use and abuse into their curriculum.

President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

Feb 28, 2017
Donald Trump

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 8PM Central Time.

The Illinois Senate could make another run at the so-called Grand Bargain.

Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police are searching for the suspect wanted for the armed robbery of the Kroger Fuel Station on Giant City Road.

The Illinois Senate is expected to continue its work on the so-called "Grand Bargain" this week - and many fear this is the last, best hope for a spending plan.

Good News for Murphysboro's Masonic Home.

Feb 27, 2017
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

At a press conference held on Monday February 27th, 2017, Anthony Cracco, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, announced an agreement to keep the Illinois Masonic Children's Home in Murphysboro open.  The United Methodist Children's Home in Mount Vernon will assume operations of the home.  The officials involved announced there will be no staff changes and current Associate Administrator of the Murphysboro home, Julie O'Connor, will continue to lead the work in Murphysboro.

Thomas Nickell is an 18 year old classical pianist.  This past summer he appeared in recital in London and Italy.  He's also played with orchestras in Spain, Poland, and Japan.   On Sunday he makes is solo debut at Carnegie Hall where he will give the North American premiere of Britain's contemporary composer David Matthew's Piano Concerto, Op. 111, with the the Orchestra of the Swan.  

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Nickell about his music and his upcoming performance for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Beginning on March 6th, the U.S.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau announced a new partnership Thursday to improve cardiothoracic care.

Southeast Health will collaborate with the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis.

A majority of state workers in Illinois' largest public employee union have voted to authorize a strike.

This fall students on the SIU Carbondale campus will spend the first official day of the semester - not in class.

Earthquake Kiosk
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium partnered up to create a new way to educate the public about earthquakes and how to prepare for them.

They created a earthquake information kiosk that's on display at Carbondale's University Mall.

Welcome to this Edition of In The Author's Voice.  In 1980 Jonathan Sanger's first feature film debuted.  That movie was The Elephant Man.   It starred John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and John Gielgud.  It also helped launch the career of director David Lynch.

Jonathan Sanger is out with a new memoir, Making The Elephant Man.   WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Sanger about the book and his career.