At the Jackson County Sheriff's office, a certain officer will get some new equipment. But, it's not just any officer ... and it's not just any equipment.

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

A procedural move stymied plans to allow SIU Carbondale to borrow from SIU Edwardsville Thursday, but leaders say the idea isn’t dead.

The St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Spanish Mass on Sunday mornings isn't unlike most services.

A young girl plays near the baptismal font, thinking it's a fountain. A elderly woman lines the children up to begin the ceremony. Father Uriel Salamanca steps up to the podium to address a crowd of immigrants.

But in the past months, some Sundays have featured another group of visitors: Lawyers.

Those lawyers were brought in to talk to the immigrants about their rights and what may happen if some are detained for a period of time or even deported.

While the current presidential administration has vocalized goals to deport all undocumented immigrants, some farmers are trying to bring more documented, migrants into the U.S. to work for them.

SIU Trustees are discussing what to do about the cash crunch on the Carbondale campus as they meet this week.

House Democrats are working on a proposal to fund fiscally starving social services and higher education.

The more than 750 million dollar plan uses money sitting in unused special state funds, directing dollars towards state colleges and universities as well as MAP grants.

Seventeen school superintendents sued the state of Illinois Wednesday.  They're asking Governor Bruce Rauner and the state board of education to come up with a funding formula that would help schools meet the state's learning standards.

April 4, 2017 Election Results

Apr 4, 2017

Voters went to the polls on April 4 to select their choices to lead local government bodies, including school boards, city councils, and more. Results are unofficial, and will be finalized later this month:

The Illinois Supreme Court will NOT take up the case of union negotiations in state government — at least not yet.

The administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner says it's gone as far as it can go in negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME.

IDOT And Partners Stress Work Zone Safety

Apr 4, 2017
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

To draw attention to National Work Zone Awareness week, state officials and industry partners held a media event earlier this morning (Tuesday) in a high-traffic spot in Williamson County.  The podium was set up on top of the Wolf Creek Bridge, which is being built across Route 13 just east of Carterville.

Women's Center Facing Closure Without A State Budget

Apr 4, 2017

The Women’s Center in Carbondale has been providing shelter for domestic abuse survivors for forty-five years.

The next few months could be their last.

New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry is out today (Tuesday, April 4, 2017) with his new novel The Lost Order.  It’s the latest in his Cotton Malone series.   WSIU’s Jeff Williams talked with Berry about the story and the real life history of the Knights of the Golden Circle that forms the foundation of the tale…

The Lost Order is published by Minotaur Books.  In The Author's Voice is a series of original interviews from WSIU and is a listener supported service of Southern Illinois University.

The Illinois Senate's leader is promoting legislation he says will protect immigrants from Trump administration actions.

After a national search that identified 31 potential candidates, Southern Illinois University Carbondale has named four finalists for the chancellor's position.

Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar says he will remain in the Illinois Senate rather than run for governor in 2018.

In an emailed statement Friday, the Bunker Hill resident says he plans to continue being "a strong voice for the citizens of Central Illinois" in the Legislature.

Associated Press

For the first time since 1909, the Chicago Cubs enter a Major League Baseball season as the defending champions.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says history shows Cubs fans shouldn't get too excited about a repeat.

The Cubs open defense of their World Series title Sunday, April 2 in St. Louis.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.


Associated Press

Some voters last fall found out Illinois makes it illegal to take a selfie with your ballot. State lawmakers are looking to change that.

Special Museum Visits Carbondale

Mar 30, 2017

A mobile art museum dedicated to discussing social justice, forgiveness, and diversity is visiting Carbondale.

Also called the "Justice Fleet Van," it is an interactive museum providing canvases for people to create their own art.

Potential Cuts Spur Words of Support for SIU

Mar 30, 2017

The head of the SIU-C faculty union says the administration is doing a good job of communicating the financial emergency with his members.

Illinois' budget impasse has prompted another "doomsday scenario" at Southern Illinois University – which could be voted on as early as next week.

Geo-biologist and research scientist Hope Jahren has spent her scientific career studying plants. Her new memoir Lab Girl chronicles her journey of scientific discovery from playing in her father’s lab as a child to her ground breaking research on trees and plants.  It’s an honest and frank look at the life of a research scientist.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Jahren about her work, the book, and trees.

The union that represents full-time tenured faculty at John A. Logan College is publicly backing three candidates in the upcoming Board of Trustees election.

The Logan Illinois Education Association is supporting Becky Borgsmiller, Mandy Little and Glenn Poshard.

A new poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows almost ¾ of Illinoisans surveyed say they would supported the decriminalization of marijuana.

The poll found 74% of the people support or strongly support the decriminalization of pot where people in possession of small amounts for personal consumption would not be prosecuted, but could be fined.

A residence hall at SIU Carbondale won't house students next year - the first step towards demolition and progress towards a new housing area on the east side of campus.

Peach Bud
Flamm Orchards / WSIU

When temperatures dipped into the teens in mid March, area growers grew concerned.

“Well we’ve got some damage in the peaches, but at this point we still have peaches."

A Cook County judge says the state can't withhold payment from Illinois lawmakers in the absence of a budget.

SIU Audit Results

Mar 23, 2017

A new state audit shows SIU has some work to do in keeping records and maintaining some property.

Despite February  job losses in the Transportation, Utilities and the Trade sectors, the February unemployment rate in Illinois declined point three percentage points to 5.4 percent.  According to the latest numbers released today (Thursday) Illinois Department of Employment Security nonfarm payrolls increased by over 25–thousand jobs last month with the biggest growth in the Education and Health Services, Government and Construction areas.  Jeff Mays, IDES Director noted that neighboring states experienced positive growth in manufacturing jobs, Illinois has not.  Illinois's overall 5.4 per

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently announced that he wants to replace guards in prison watchtowers with security cameras, in an effort to cut down on overtime costs for the cash-strapped state.  In this report WSIU radio spoke with  Eddie Caumiant is a Regional Director with AFSCME Council 31, the Union which represents prison guards.

The 2016 fantasy film  Fantastic  Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out on DVD next week.
Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at this spin-off of the Harry Potter series that is written and produced by J-K Rowling.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be available at a movie store near you on Tuesday (3/28).
Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.