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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.

As National Bike Month gets underway in May, the City of Carbondale is expanding its bike network.

For instance, the multi-use path at University Mall will be extended to Reed Station Road and a traffic study is underway to determine if bike lanes could be added between Main Street and Grand Avenue.

The For Kids' Sake Art Auction wrapped up another year and this year-they've raised over 21 thousand dollars for kids in need in Bangledesh.

Decades ago, deer hunters were required to add blaze orange to their wardrobe to cut down on hunting accidents.

As the law stands, hunters using firearms must wear 4-hundred square inches of blaze orange clothing, along with a blaze orange hat... but lawmakers are considering a new fashion choice: blaze pink.

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On the final day of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Poshard Foundation doled out $100,000 dollars in grants funds.

The money went to 30 southern Illinois agencies serving abused and neglected children.

Carbondale Police say they don't suspect two shootings over the weekend are related.

The incidents sent two victims to St. Louis Hospitals, and happened hours apart... but investigators say there is no evidence the two are connected.

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Carbondale Police have identified the person who died after being hit by a train early Sunday morning.

Officers say 20-year-old Aaron Banez of Chicago- a student at SIU-Carbondale - was hit along the overpass at East Pleasant Hill Road. That area is not a railroad crossing.

100s Of Voices To Sing At Shryock Auditorium

Apr 30, 2018

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana will be presented at SIU Carbondale's Shryock Auditorium on Monday, April 30th, 2018.  The evening will feature the SIU Choral Union, the SIU Concert Choir along with the SIU Wind Ensemble.

To learn more about the SIU Concert Choir visit:  https://cola.siu.edu/music/ensembles/choral.php

SIU-C Awards Green Fund Projects

Apr 28, 2018
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April is Earth Month, and as part of that, Southern Illinois University delivered their sustainability awards.

The monetary awards come from the student Green Fund which students pay into $10 per semester.

Governor Bruce Rauner has a track record of handing the toughest topics to small bipartisan panels of legislators.

These so-called working groups have been tasked with solving the budget, pensions, and criminal justice reform. And weeks after the Florida mass shooting, he formed a working group on public safety. But like the others, that group meets in private.

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A trio of southern Illinois school districts this week learned about how to fund school safety improvements.

Administrators from Vienna District 55, North Wayne District 200 in Cisne and Norris City-Omaha-Enfield District 3 heard about various bond and loan options.

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SIU-Carbondale's Campus Lake will be a busy place Saturday, with two major events planned: the dedication of the renovated Campus Lake boathouse and the 45th annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta.

The head of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs is resigning.

Erica Jeffries has been in charge during multiple Legionnaires' disease outbreaks at a Quincy veterans' home.

It's almost time for the 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.

For the 9th consecutive year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson will be one of the thousands running through the streets of the Steel City. In this special commentary, Pete tells us why this year's marathon will be extra special.

A long-fought battle between state government and the AFSCME union came to the forefront again Thursday.

State government workers from the union rallied at the capitol to call for periodic raises they say the state owes them.

Illinois lawmakers are turning to marijuana to fight opioid abuse.

The Senate voted Thursday to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids.

The SIU-Carbondale athletics department has a new leader.

Former Saluki football coach Jerry Kill is the new head of athletics - at least for the time being.

The Illinois General Assembly was unable to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a measure to license gun shops. The deadline passed Wednesday.

A longtime southern Illinois school administrator is running for state senate as a democrat.

Steve Webb is superintendent of the Goreville school district. He wants to challenge incumbent republican Dale Fowler.

SIH Breaks Ground on Urgent Care Facility

Apr 25, 2018
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Southern Illinois Healthcare is bringing an urgent care facility to Marion.

System administrators say the hours of the new facility will work better for working people than traditions primary care locations.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is seeking volunteers with graduate degrees to serve as adjunct faculty.

During a Senate budget hearing Tuesday in Springfield, many of the questions for SIU System President Randy Dunn focused on a bill to split the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.

Dunn claims the expense of splitting SIU Edwardsville from the Carbondale Campus would create little to no extra cost.

People caught texting and driving on Illinois roadways could risk losing their licenses under a measure being considered by state lawmakers.

The Illinois Senate is voting to give home care workers a raise.

Workers in the state's Community Care Program make about 11 dollars an hour. Senator Mattie Hunter of Chicago is sponsoring the bill bringing them up to nearly 20 dollars an hour starting July first, saying they play a vital role in caring for the elderly.

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Turning around SIU-Carbondale's declining enrollment is now in the hands of a woman who helped boost the numbers at another Midwest university.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has won another term as chair of the state Democratic Party - which works to elect Democrats to office.

Madigan says he's encouraged by the support he's getting from the party's committee members - even after one member voted against him.

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