Art Teacher Tries to Bring Programs Back

Feb 20, 2018

When schools are forced to make cuts, the arts are often the first to go, but some are trying to bring those programs back.
Josh Shearer started his teaching career at Century Unit District 100 in Pulaksi County as an art teacher - that program was cut 8 years ago.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Pulaski County man is headed to prison after pleading guilty to firing gunshots in Carbondale last year.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 25-year-old Devante Taylor of Olmstead was sentenced to eight years on the charge of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

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Statewide, over 300 banks, in rural parts of Illinois have signed up to participate in a brand new program designed to boost the economy.  State Treasurer Michael Frerichs unveiled the Community Uplift Program at the Jackson County Farm Bureau earlier today (Tuesday).  Frerichs says that 500 million dollars has been set aside in an account designated for the new initiative, which will prevent  the funds from being used to pay some of the state's backlog of bills.  The money will go to local banks who in turn will use the funds to provide loans to businesses, farmers and for mortgages for first time homebuyers.  The Treasurer says the loans will be made at below market rates.

The only televised debate outside of Chicago between the Democratic candidates for governor has been cancelled.

That's because Democratic candidate JB Pritzker would not commit to attending the debate in Springfield.

The Jackson County Health Department has a new tool to fight the spread of HIV.

It now offers people at risk of the disease a pill called Truvada.

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The annual Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake breakfast is set for February 24th and February 25th  at SIU's Touch of Nature Environmental Center.  Director J-D Tanner says staff started tapping maple trees in January and this weekend visitors can see huge drums boiling off the water to make the syrup.  In addition to seeing up close  how the sap is turned into syrup, attendees will also be able to see a variety of artisans and vendors.  Steve Gariepy  a program coordinator in environmental education, says blacksmiths from the art department at SIU will be on hand as well as a lumber jack demonstration by the Forestry club at SIU.  Tree identification hikes will also take place both days of the festival. 

Victims of workplace sexual harassment have a new resource to lodge their complaints and seek help.

The Illinois Department of Human Rights has launched a sexual harassment hotline.

The recent school shooting in Florida has area schools asking what they can do to better protect their students from a possible attack.

An appellate court has ruled that Democratic attorney general candidate Scott Drury can remain on ballots for the March 20 primary.

A psychiatrist says an Illinois teenager accused in a high school shooting that injured one student in September suffers from a defiance disorder and other conditions for which he can't be treated at the state's Juvenile Justice Department.

Carbondale Police are investigating after two people were shot on East Mill Street just before midnight Thursday.

Investigators say one of the victims - 35 year old Brandon Brooks of Carbondale - was killed, and another has been transferred to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.

New York Times

Mamie Johnson died recently. Most people probably don't know why she is considered a pitching pioneer.

In his annual Black History Month essay, Pete Peterson tells us how Johnson - who wasn't allowed to play in a female professional baseball league - made her mark playing with men in the Negro Leagues.


SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno says he is reimbursing the university for some moving expenses, after what he calls a misunderstanding.

As China's trillion dollar "Road and Belt" infrastructure initiative continues working to re-shape global trade, a new book, Young China, works to bring a new understanding of China to the world - especially of Chinese millennials known as the Restless Generation.   In this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with author Zak Dychtwald about his book and his experience with China and its people.

SCC President Comments on Overspending Accusations

Feb 15, 2018
Shawnee College

Shawnee Community College administration has been accused recently of overspending.

Administration at Shawnee Community College recently came under fire after the purchase of an audio-visual lectern that's cost was nearly fifteen-thousand dollars.

Chicago Tribune

The Illinois Senate president says the General Assembly may have to bypass the governor again to approve a budget this year.

The Democratic candidates for Illinois governor are weighing in on House Speaker Michael Madigan’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against a campaign aide. But, one had to be pressed.

Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida fell on the tenth anniversary of a shooting at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, that killed five students and wounded 17 more.

State Representative Terri Bryant says the activity around the former Murphysboro Youth Center is about to kick into high gear this week.

The Murphysboro republican says a group of employees will start moving in on Friday.

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One of the biggest changes Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed in Wednesday's budget address is making local school districts bear the costs of teacher pensions.

SIU's System CEO says Governor Bruce Rauner's proposal to shift pension and health insurance costs to universities still needs some clarification.
President Randy Dunn says the Governor's call to shift employee pension and health insurance costs from the state to universities is not insignificant. But he says the financial blow will be easier to absorb with the replacement funds Rauner included in the spending plan for next year.

Two men accused of killing a Carbondale musician in 2016 will go to trial next month.

Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he has no plans to resign.

That’s after a campaign worker accused him of not acting quickly when she revealed sexual harassment by a top Madigan aide.

Governor Bruce Rauner will outline his budget proposal for the new fiscal year in his annual address Wednesday.

Passing a budget certainly hasn't been easy the past few years...and the state continues to face many fiscal challenges.

SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno says the hiring scandal on the campus isn’t slowing momentum for his reorganization plan.

A longtime political aide to one of Illinois’ most powerful politicians - House Speaker Michael Madigan - has been fired for sending a woman inappropriate text messages.

A lawyer for Madigan’s political operation declined to name the woman, but said she’s a political consultant.

Scholarships are available for minority students interested in pursuing a career in teaching, according to the Illinois Students Assistance Commission.

Ameren will conduct a planned power outage starting late Tuesday night in the Franklin County village of West City.

Attorneys for Southern Illinois University School of Medicine indicate they will ask a judge to dismiss part of a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination because few female doctors have joined the litigation.