Several months after first being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor of Illinois, Cheri Bustos has decided against it.

Monday, the 17th district congresswoman from East Moline said she will run for re-election next year instead.

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The annual Maple Syrup Festival will be held this weekend, Saturday February 25th, 2017 and Sunday February 26th, 2017 at Touch of Nature south of Carbondale.  In this report we learn the basics of harvesting maple sap to make maple syrup.

SIU's President says candidates for Carbondale campus Chancellor could be on campus soon.

A crash involving three motorcycles shut down a portion of Interstate 64 in southern Illinois Friday for over four hours.

A Carbondale house has been destroyed by fire.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says deputies, the county ambulance service and MPS Fire responded to the fire on Garden Lane in rural Carbondale just before Midnight on Thursday.

Mild February Resulting in Early Flowers

Feb 17, 2017
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Unusually mild temperatures are causing some early spring wildflowers to come to life.  Jennifer Randolph, Natural Resources Coordinator at Giant City State Park says she has already seen Harbinger of Spring in bloom at the park.  "It's a very very tiny little white flower and it's kind of got a little pinkish tint on the inside but they are very small a lot of times you'll have to look under the leaf litter," Randolph adds.

New on DVD this week is the 2016 Sci-Fi drama Arrival.  The movie is nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.  Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Arrival is available at a movie store near you.  Simone Becque is a special contributor to SIU Reviews.  You can hear more reviews here.

A St. Clair County judge Thursday denied Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s attempt to freeze state-worker paychecks without a real state budget.

The budget impasse means the Illinois legislature has not directly approved money to pay state employees since summer 20-15. But a judge’s order has kept the money flowing — and state government from grinding to a halt.

Social service agencies have been among the hardest hit by the ongoing Illinois budget impasse.

There is some optimism in Springfield that a budget compromise may be on the horizon to end the nearly 20-month stalemate.

An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10 percent of their high school's graduating class.

The News-Gazette reports the House Higher Education Committee passed the bill Wednesday despite opposition from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Governor Bruce Rauner has consistently praised the Senate leadership in its bi-partisan approach to create a spending plan called the Grand Bargain.

During his budget address Wednesday, Rauner repeated his call for term limits, worker's compensation and pension reform and reining in state employee health insurance costs.

SIU President Randy Dunn says Governor Rauner's Budget Address gives him hope that a compromise may be on the horizon when it comes to a state spending plan.

Did you know that the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline ends in rural Southern Illinois - about 75 miles east of St. Louis? When completed, the pipeline will flow into the Patoka Tank Farm where crude oil is stored before being sent on to Midwestern refineries. St. Louis Public Radio's Mary Leonard tells us about those who live at the end of the pipeline.

Trump Meets Netanyahu (Annotated)

Feb 15, 2017

This week, the public will get an important glimpse of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, when President Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House for the first time.

Illinois State of the Budget Address (VIDEO)

Feb 15, 2017

Today at noon, Gov. Bruce Rauner will deliver his third annual State of the Budget Address to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly.

Retired Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard is taking on another leadership role in higher education.

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A southwest Illinois school official says he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.

Robert Daiber is the Madison County regional superintendent of schools.

Donald Trump’s presidency has Illinois lawmakers weighing an issue not usually given as much attention in the General Assembly: abortion.

Since the 1970s, Illinois’ abortion laws have stayed mostly the same. Brigid Leahy of Planned Parenthood says legal-abortion advocates are now moving to stem the tide they see coming from Washington.

The organization that represents graduate and professional students on the SIU Carbondale campus wants more from the administration when it comes to protections for international students.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is scheduled to make his third annual budget presentation this Wednesday.

An Illinois court is set to take up a motion filed by the state attorney general to halt state employee paychecks until lawmakers solve Illinois' budget impasse.

New legislation aims to give the public a stronger voice in Illinois elections.

The measure, sponsored by Senator Dan Biss of Evanston, creates a small donor match program for constitutional officers and legislative elections. He says that way, everyday people, not just the wealthy can make an impact in political races.

Bruce Rauner says an undisclosed third party tried to help strike a budget deal between the Illinois governor and his main political rival - House Speaker Michael Madigan.

SIU Trustees have approved tuition and fee rates for next year, as well as a plan to develop a new housing area on the Carbondale campus.

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Lawmakers in the Illinois House want you to be ready for anything... and are declaring October "Zombie Preparedness Month" in Illinois.

Representative Chris Welch of Westchester is leading the charge against the undead, hoping it spurs families into action.

Legislation to keep Illinois government functioning without a full budget stalled Thursday in Springfield.

Democrats and Republicans have dueling proposals to keep paychecks flowing to state employees.

Susana Mendoza
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Illinois  state comptroller Susana Mendoza visited the SIU campus to talk with employees about problems with health insurance.


After an employee was turned away from her healthcare provider she contacted many state office holders to find answers.


WSIU News Updates

Feb 9, 2017

Good morning!  Here is the latest from WSIU, your NPR station.  Winter is still with us, today Sunny to Partly Cloudy with the high reaching only 35 degrees, and steady northwest winds out of the northwest.  Tomorrow, mostly sunny with gusty winds, with the high expected to be around 55 degrees.

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision says it has resolved two lawsuits against a group of affiliated coal mining companies accused of hiring practices that effectively excluded women from working in the underground mines and in other coal production positions.

Two lawsuits alleged that various coal companies didn't hire some applicants for underground and production jobs because of their gender.

The Illinois Senate began voting Wednesday on what’s been called a “grand bargain” to end the state’s 19-month budget fight. But the supposedly bipartisan agreement got ZERO Republican votes.

The Senate was supposed to have voted on the deal several times before now.

Although Republican Leader Christine Radogno has spent weeks negotiating the particulars with Democratic Senate President John Cullerton — fierce opposition from conservative groups has left rank-and-file Republicans reluctant to seal the deal.