The democratic nominee in the 12th congressional district is out with a plan he calls Saving Southern Illinois.
Brendan Kelly says it's broken down into ten areas because these are the most pressing concerns he's heard from constituents as he traveled throughout the district.

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State and local tourism officials gathered at Rendleman Orchards Farm Market on Wednesday July 18th, 2018 to honor the centennial farm with a plaque and admission into the Illinois Made Program.  

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the region's weather for Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

New research from the University of Illinois finds products of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism show anti-cancer properties in mice.

We have a better picture of the money fight that’s happening in the race for Illinois governor.


Both of the major party candidates have largely funded their own campaigns. They’re both really rich.

100 fire departments across the state are splitting more than two million dollars in fire safety grants.

State Fire Marshal Matt Perez says departments will use the money for things like safety equipment, protective clothing and breathing apparatuses. He says these small equipment grants are a huge help.

SIU Board of Trustees
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The SIU Board of Trustees met Monday in Edwardsville to vote on a separation agreement with SIU System President Randy Dunn and to appoint an Interim President. 

SIU Salukis

SIU has a new Director of Track and Field and Cross Country.

Saluki Athletics Monday welcomed Ohio State associate head coach Rosalind Joseph to Carbondale.

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A southern Illinois pastor says he still hasn't received reward money for a tip he gave two years ago to the FBI and police about a man accused of shooting an officer.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a pair of gun-related bills into law Monday.

One measure allows a judge to order police to take away someone’s guns and registration for up to six months - if that person is thought to be a threat to others.

There are Illinois connections in Friday's indictments related to Russian hacking around the 2016 elections.

The indictment accuses Russian military intelligence of hacking the website of an unnamed state board of elections, identified only as “SBOE 1.”

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SIU Trustees will meet in special session Monday to vote on a separation agreement for System President Randy Dunn.

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The first ever Puppy Boot Camp Graduation was held on Friday July 13th, 2018 at the DuQuoin Impact Incarceration Facility.  Four former shelter dogs, who have already been adopted, were sucessfully trained by inmates at the Camp.

New Funding for Cairo Emergency Room

Jul 13, 2018
The Senator and board members gather for an announcement.
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The city of Cairo is one step closer to having emergency medical care.

Nearly $2.4 million has been dedicated to furthering construction on an emergency medical wing at Cairo's mega-clinic. 

State Senator Dale Fowler was instrumental in helping secure the funds. 

"Obviously this is about economic development," he said. "It’s about creating more jobs, they’re going to be able to expand their operation to about 100 jobs now and of course it will create infrastructure and construction jobs. But most importantly, this endeavor and this expansion will save lives."

Illinois has traditionally used a competitive grant process to parcel out money for preschools.

In the past, that competition was limited to programs that had a history of getting state funds.

Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

Five people were arrested in Mt. Vernon on drug related charges.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office High Risk Team served a drug search warrant early Thursday morning at a residence on South 24th Street in Mt. Vernon.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the region's weather for Friday, July 13, 2018.

Farmers are entering their 5th year of low crop prices ... and now soybeans have reached a 10-year low, in part due to Chinese tariffs.

Economists say this could be a pivotal year for Illinois farmers.

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Thursday passed legislation designed to reform hiring for Human Resources positions at VA facilities.

As the summer campaign season heats up for the November elections, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute released town hall meeting guidelines in effort to encourage open and vigorous dialogue between the public and policy makers.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Jackson County woman faces a five-count indictment related to the death of her husband.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says the indictment claims 54-year-old Carmen Stonemark of DeSoto hired a man to kill her husband, 76-year-old Frank Stonemark.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Carbondale man is headed to prison after violating terms of his probation.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 27-year-old James Moody received a three and-a-half year prison sentence.

SIU Salukis

The SIU men's basketball team not only had a successful season on the court with 20 wins, it also got the job done in the classroom.

The Salukis were among a small number of Division I programs to earn the Team Academic Excellence Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the region's weather for Thursday, July 12, 2018.

The faculty at SIU-Carbondale is working with the administration this summer on a reorganization plan for the campus.

Faculty Senate President Jonathan Bean says his group is studying both faculty and administration proposals and working on modifications.

Governor Bruce Rauner profited from a health care firm that works with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detention centers – according to a recent report from Politico.

Jackson Co. Health Dept.

The Jackson County Health Department is looking for Jackson County residents using private well water to participate in free water testing.

Director of the Division of Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness Bart Hagston says the research project is gathering data on the presence of lead in private water wells.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the region's weather for Wednesday, July 11, 2018.


The SIU-Carbondale Faculty Senate says the system needs new leadership.

The group Tuesday issued a no-confidence vote in SIU President Randy Dunn.

Faculty Senate President Jonathan Bean says the organization wanted to make a strong statement to the community and the Board of Trustees.

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Southern Illinois' two republican congressmen back President Trump's new Supreme Court nominee.

In written statements, Murphysboro's Mike Bost says Judge Brett Kavanaugh is highly qualified and will interpret the U.S. Constitution in the spirit of the Founders.

Collinsville's John Shimkus says Kavanaugh is exactly the kind of judge needed on the Supreme Court because he bases decisions on the Constitution and the rule of law.