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The Illinois State Comptroller is voicing an optimistic, yet cautious message now that the two-year-old state budget impasse is over.

Susana Mendoza says the bond rating agencies can rest assured the state can continue honoring its commitments to bond-holders and the pension funds.

SIU's President says now that Illinois has a budget, SIUC will no longer have to borrow from SIUE.

Even though the Illinois House voted to override the governor's veto to give the state its first budget since 2015, the state's bonds may still reach "junk" status, according to Moody's Investors Service.

In a press release, Moody's says they've placed the state's rating "under review for possible downgrade."

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Amanda Vinicky

The Illinois Capitol Building was on lockdown for about two hours Thursday afternoon as authorities investigated a "hazmat situation."

Capitol Police Sgt. Mike Moore says authorities were called because of the presence of an unknown substance.

Illinois' two-year budget impasse is over.

The Illinois House Thursday afternoon overrode Governor Bruce Rauner's veto ... giving final approval to a spending plan and tax increase. From the Statehouse, Brian Mackey reports.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Sarah Patrick, the new Administrator at the Jackson County Public Health Department, about her background and plans for the agency.

Illinois House lawmakers intend to attempt an override of a budget-package veto in that chamber Thursday.

Deputy majority leader Representative Lou Lang says Democrats will attempt to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the $36 billion spending plan when enough members show up to vote.

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As the Illinois budget battle continues, WSIU radio recently talked with Centerstone CEO, John Markley about what impact the lack of a budget is having on his operation.  Centerstone is a behavioral healthcare provider in Illinois.

Richland County Health Office Coping With No Budget.

Jul 5, 2017

Illinois is in the beginning of its third year without an agreed-upon spending plan.  One health provider, the Richland County Health Office, says it is coping with the stalemate.  And, to make matters worse, one State of Illinois Insurance Company is two years behind in paying the office for services rendered.

A package of legislation aimed at ending a two-year Illinois budget standoff is back to the House.

The Illinois Senate has approved an income tax increase to raise $5 billion a year aimed at ending the nation's longest state budget crisis since at least the Great Depression.

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Reboot Illinois

Two bond rating agencies say Illinois is on the right path with the budget plan passed Sunday in the state House of Representatives.

Speaker Michael Madigan says that’s good news.

Southern Illinois University's president is serving as the Carbondale campus chancellor again.

It’s not yet clear whether the Illinois Senate has the votes needed to pass the budget approved Sunday night by the House of Representatives.

 

The Senate has adjourned for the day Monday without taking up the House measures.

A Herrin man is in custody after a deadly shooting.

Police say they responded to a Herrin residence shortly before 1 p.m. Friday after a report of a shooting.

June 30th Is The Last Day For The University Museum.

Jun 30, 2017
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Back on June 8th, 2017,  Carbondale Chancellor Brad Colwell announced that, starting on July 1st, the University Museum would close.

In front of the Museum at Faner Hall this morning as well–wishers placed flowers and notes of support for those let go, the lone staff member,  Susannah Munson, will spend time preparing the 70–thousand plus items for safe  storage. The Outgoing Curator of Exhibits, Alison Erazmus said that southern Illinois has lost an important educational resource.

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Union County

WSIU Radio's Jordan Maddox interviews Union County Treasurer Darren Bailey about the release of his annual report called "Where Do My Taxes Go?"

House lawmakers are taking a big step towards ending the budget impasse.

The House voted 90 to 25 for an amendment containing a full year budget. Speaker Mike Madigan says it's a good sign...but notes there are still details to hammer out and a vote on the actual bill must still be taken.

Carbondale Police are investigating a fatal stabbing.

Officers say they responded to the 300 block of Crestview Lane in the eastern part of town around 6:20 Thursday evening.

Ameren Illinois says because of a new state law its customers are saving on their electric bill.

The Future Energy Jobs Act went into effect on June 1st and is expected to reduce Ameren Illinois residential customers' future bills by an average of $1.69 per month over 10 years.

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The Rucker Archive

The United States entered World War I one hundred years ago.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at how the First World War affected America's pastime.
 

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, co-author, with his son Stephen, of  The Slide: Leyland, Bonds and the Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates and editor of  The St. Louis Baseball Reader.
 

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The Chicago Democrat reiterated Thursday that revenue to pay for the Democrats' plan would rely on an income-tax hike but no legislation has been filed.

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As Illinois’ top political leaders struggle to end a two year budget standoff, one of them has announced she’s resigning.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno is stepping down effective Saturday. That’s the first day of Illinois' new budget year — and would be the third without a real budget unless she and the other legislative leaders cut a deal.

The Illinois House has approved a plan to keep emergency 911 call centers funded past June 30.

But the measure includes fee hikes opposed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Student Health Services

SIU Carbondale's Convenient Care faculty/staff clinic will close on Saturday, July 1.

The clinic opened in late 2012 and provided medical care for acute minor illnesses such as earaches and bladder infections and for minor trauma such as cuts and sprains.

Seniors in southern Illinois are calling on Illinois legislators to halt Governor Bruce Rauner's plan to change senior care.

Rauner's proposal will change the Community Care Program, slashing a possible 120 million dollars and calling it the Community Reinvestment Program.

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Just over a year  after ground was broken in rural Carbondale, the Gary Sinise Foundation, on Thursday, June 29th, 2017,  turned over the keys of a high-tech, specially adapted smart home to Sargeant First Class Jared Bullock.  The Metropolis native was serving as a member of the Army’s Green Berets in Afghanistan, in November of 2013, when he lost his right leg and most of his right arm after an IED exploded under his ATV.  Today  Sgt.

Just three days remain until the end of Illinois’ budget year. There were no outward signs of progress Wednesday, but Republicans and Democrats say they’re still talking.

Democrats in the Illinois House voted on several of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s priorities, like a property tax freeze. But they were the Democratic versions of those ideas, and Republicans say they don’t go far enough.

A DeKalb County Board member is suing the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees over President Doug Baker’s severance package.

Amtrak Says Its Trains Can Get You to the Eclipse

Jun 28, 2017

If you're planning a trip to Carbondale for the total solar eclipse on August 21st, you might consider riding the train.

Amtrak still has open seats at a discount rate for the eclipse weekend. Whether you're coming from the north or south, Amtrak's Media Relations Officer Marc Magliari says Amtrak is the way to go.

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