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The City of Carbondale has hired a new promoter and will have a music festival the weekend before the total solar eclipse.

City Manager Gary Williams says after the deal with the original promoter fell through last month, officials had to move to plan B.

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Leaders with the City of Carbondale and SIU-C attended a ribbon cutting Wednesday for the new entrance monument along Route 13 on the east side of town.

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A building that housed a well-known bar in Carbondale for nearly three decades is gone.

The City of Carbondale demolished Sidetracks on Tuesday.

When officials at SIU-Carbondale announced almost 80 job cuts last week, over 60-percent of them involved civil service workers. Now, the head of the civil service workers union is speaking out.

A federal judge says she'll decide soon whether to order Illinois to pay health-care bills for low-income and other groups even as the state heads into another fiscal year without a budget.

The Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says the state is reducing fees and giving more investment choices to people saving money for college in the state's 529 college savings plans.

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The 4th annual Herbal Medicine Workshop is set for next week in southern Illinois.

A federal appeals court again has rejected a request from former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a rehearing on his request for another resentencing.

The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation intended to make it easier to hold drug dealers accountable when their customers overdose.
 
After eight years in the Army, Evan Rushing had PTSD. One day last year, he drove to St. Louis to buy heroin. It was a bad batch; he overdosed and died.

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Daniel Biss - a Democratic candidate for governor - says Illinois' tax system should be overhauled.

The state senator from Evanston appeared on Illinois Public Radio's WBEZ  Morning Shift program on Monday.

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Two Franklin County residents have been arrested for a burglary at a southern Illinois coal mine.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says 36-year-old Robert Gifford and 35-year-old Jennifer Gifford, both of Sesser, were charged with burglary and theft of over 500-dollars.

Three years after Illinois changed how science would be taught and tested, performance data still isn't available because schools haven't seen science exam scores.

Illinois officials tell the Chicago Tribune science testing and scoring hasn't gone smoothly, largely due to state budget woes.

Operations are getting back to normal at Franklin Hospital, after an evacuation Sunday.

A day after the Illinois General Assembly ended it’s spring session without passing a budget — two bond rating agencies downgraded the state’s credit.

S&P Global Ratings says because of what it calls "unrelenting political brinkmanship … Illinois is now at risk of entering a negative credit spiral.” That means they think there’s a real possibility state government could run out of cash and default on its debt.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation prohibiting the Illinois Department of Corrections from hiring private health care workers.            

Rauner vetoed the measure Friday. He says it's unnecessary because his administration signed an agreement May 22 with the Illinois Nurses Association about subcontracting for nurses. 

Southern Illinois is home to the nation's 8th oldest regional economic development district.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Friday celebrated the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission's 50th anniversary during an event at SIU's Transportation Education Center.

Trump Announcement on Paris Accord, Annotated

Jun 2, 2017
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The United States will withdraw from the international climate agreement known as the Paris Accord, President Trump announced on Thursday. He said the U.S. will negotiate either re-entering the Paris agreement or a work on a new deal that would put American workers first.

Explore Nature This Saturday, In Town.

Jun 2, 2017

On Saturday June 3rd, 2017 the Carbondale non-profit Green Earth Incorporated is holding the Fourth Annual Community Play Day.  In this report, WSIU radio visits with Stephanie Eichholz, the Executive Director of Green Earth.

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Baseball and opera may not seem like a match made in heaven, but there are instances where the two make a good combination.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about two baseball operas, including one he saw for himself.

After missing a key deadline Wednesday night - there is still no deal to end the 2-year-long state budget impasse.

And now - Illinois Senate Democrats say they can’t trust Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to negotiate.

Legislation headed to the governor's desk is designed to help protect students who take out loans for college.

The Student Loan Bill of Rights requires lenders to explain repayment options to struggling borrowers and to inform graduates that they may be eligible to have their loan forgiven under certain circumstances.

Lawmakers have approve funding for 9-1-1 centers throughout Illinois.

The funding mechanism for call centers ends June 30...so this new legislation is needed to keep 9-1-1 up and running.

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A southern Illinois woman survived after her car collided with an Amtrak train.

Leaders at SIU-Carbondale announced some of their plans in an effort to make 19 million dollars in permanent cuts because of the ongoing budget impasse.

The plan includes a reduction in the workforce.

Illinois House Democrats say they will not vote on a state budget on the last scheduled day of the spring legislative session.

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High School students in Franklin County completed building a “Tiny House” this year.

It’s part of a multi-school district construction trades class that’s being revived in Franklin County.

The first signs of West Nile Virus are popping up in Illinois.

The virus has been confirmed in a batch of mosquitoes in Godfrey in Madison County.

Illinois Senate Republicans officially opened their third annual Memorial Day Wall of Remembrance display in the state Capitol Rotunda Tuesday.

Northeastern Illinois University will lay off workers to cope with an Illinois budget impasse that has reduced state funding.

The university announced Tuesday it will eliminate about 180 full-time jobs in the coming weeks.

With the Illinois legislative session scheduled to end on Wednesday, lawmakers were busy trying to deal with some measures still needing action.

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