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Veterans Legal Aid Network Launches.

Nov 9, 2017
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A new legal consortium has been launched in Illinois to help Illinois veterans with legal issues, as they transition from soldier to civilian.  The Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network is available to any Illinois veteran, active duty veteran, National Guard member , or Reservist.  The program also helps dependents.

As long as the applying veteran does not have a dishonorable discharge, they can call a special toll-free telephone number:   855-452-3526.  The toll-free hotline is staffed by attorneys Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 4:30PM.

Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza is applauding passage of the Debt Transparency Act and reductions in the state's massive bill backlog.

The Cambria Village Board will vote Thursday on a proposed residential Tax Increment Financing District.

Village President Steve Gottschalk says this will help Cambria improve its infrastructure, streets, water and sewer lines.

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One of the four men accused in the 2011 killing of a Mt. Vernon cab driver has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department says 25-year-old Mark Taylor of Mt. Vernon will be sentenced to prison in the shooting death of 75-year-old Charles Ellis.

The Illinois Senate is voting to extend the statute of limitations for misconduct claims in the legislature.

The Illinois Department of Revenue is announcing details about the recently enacted Illinois tax-credit scholarship program.

The Invest in Kids initiative provides a tax credit to individuals or businesses donating towards scholarships for low-income students to go to private school.

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The Franklin County town of Orient is celebrating its 100th birthday.

The Fifth District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon has ruled that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration should be paying unionized state workers scheduled increases promised by contract.

The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on Tuesday for the final days of its fall session after spending last week wrestling a sexual-harassment quandary.

The new Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale is a familiar face.

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Governor Bruce Rauner has declared a “harvest emergency” across Illinois.

The designation means trucks carrying grain can exceed weight limits by 10 percent.

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The Illinois General Assembly has finally chosen someone to investigate ethics complaints against state legislators and staff. The position had been vacant for nearly three years.

The Legacy of Rend Lake and Southern Illinois.

Nov 3, 2017

As Illinois looks forward to its Bicentennial Celebration, starting on December 3rd, WSIU's Jordan Maddox tells us the story of how a man-made lake, which almost never got built, contributed to the growth of southern Illinois.

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The third annual Women's Health Naturally Expo is coming up later this month in Carbondale.

The all-day event includes vendor booths, demonstrations and face-to-face meetings with over 30 natural healthcare practitioners.

The company planning to conduct a hydraulic fracturing operation in White County has decided to withdraw its application.

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Two programs at SIU-Carbondale that help students with leadership and career awareness are once again getting financial support from AT&T.

AT&T Illinois vice president Jim Maurer visited the Carbondale campus Thursday to deliver a 50-thousand dollar award for the Rising Scholars Program and Metro East Leadership Weekend.

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A Williamson County teenager was killed when an Amtrak train hit his vehicle in Jackson County.

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An investigation continues into a bomb threat Wednesday at a Union County business.

A Secretary of State Bomb Disposal Unit neutralized the device that appeared to be hazardous in nature at Clark and Sons Salvage in rural Cobden.

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A legendary late night snack stop in Carbondale is re-opening soon under new ownership.

Winston Mezo, better known as Winston the Bagel Man, shut down his business cart this past spring.

Veterans Courts will soon be an option for some offenses in courthouses across Illinois.

Marion To Host Colt Pony League World Series

Oct 30, 2017
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For the last 47 years the Colt Pony League World Series has been  held in Lafayette, Indiana.  But starting in August, the World Series will be held in Marion.

SIU's President says he's watching the progress of a campus reorganization plan for the Carbondale campus, but not taking sides on it.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is joining a crowded field attempting to become the state's next attorney general.

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For those of you adept at lip-reading, you probably notice Major League Baseball players can use crude language at times.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about his introduction to swearing in baseball at a very young age and how baseball still takes him back to the language of his upbringing.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is backing an effort to expand background checks for firearms.

The Illinois House approved a measure Thursday that prohibits fees for freezing your credit.

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The Illinois House Thursday tried - and failed - to ban the gun modification known as a "bump stock."

The legislation was a response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The Illinois House dealt a series of rebukes to Governor Bruce Rauner Wednesday.

Republicans joined Democrats to override nearly a dozen of the governor’s vetoes.

Some of the nation’s largest school districts have reported computers being hacked.

These attacks are also happening closer to home.

A national fishing tournament series is coming to southern Illinois.

Lake of Egypt will host a 2017 Kayak Bass Fishing Trail Event Series Tournament this weekend.

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