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A Chicago area lawmaker plans to introduce a measure aimed at tackling the opioid crisis by providing medical alternatives to prescription painkillers.

Senator Don Harmon of Oak Park sponsors the bill. It lets those prescribed opioids for pain relief get a temporary card to use medical marijuana instead.


A Cessna four-seat one-engine plane crashed while attempting to lift off at the Centralia Municipal Airport Thursday morning.

WJBD Radio reports the Federal Aviation Administration, which is handling the investigation, indicated the aircraft stalled when attempting to depart the airport and crashed on airport property.

SIUC's controversial reorganization plan took the spotlight again Thursday at the university's Board of Trustees meeting - and it shows a growing rift on the Carbondale campus.

Small Plane Crashes in Centralia

Feb 8, 2018

A plane crashed Thursday morning at the Centralia Municipal Airport.

WJBD Radio reports Centralia Police Chief Brian Atchison says the only person in the plane was the pilot and he was taken to SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Early voting is underway in many parts of Illinois despite an ongoing legal battle about whether a Democratic candidate for Attorney General should be on the ballot.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says lawmakers need to approve a supplemental spending bill to ensure the Department of Corrections can get through the rest of the fiscal year.

State officials say preliminary test results show legionella bacteria have been found in the Illinois State Capitol complex.

New students at both SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville will pay more next year.


Wednesday is the 206th anniversary of a major earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging people to prepare for earthquakes.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost has introduced a measure to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to veterans.

A bill has been proposed in the Illinois General Assembly that would put term limits on four legislative positions.

The Illinois Community College Board and some lawmakers have outlined strategies to try to respond to a future of work that will demand advanced skills and training.

SIUC's reorganization proposal took center stage again at Wednesday's working session of the university's Board of Trustees.

School Closings and Delays for Wednesday, February 7, 2018. (Updated 6:30 am)

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A new collaboration between a southern Illinois hospital and a St. Louis health system is designed to provide better care for newborns.

Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion and SSM Cardinal Glennon are using telemedicine to help treat babies in Heartland's neonatal ICU remotely from St. Louis.

Wintry Mix Possible Tuesday Night

Feb 5, 2018
Weather Map
U.S. National Weather Service Paducah

Wintry Precipitation Likely To Cause Travel Impacts Tuesday night into Early Wednesday Morning...   Precipitation is expected to spread northeast across the region late Tuesday afternoon into the evening hours. Sub-freezing temperatures will be located north of the Ohio River as the precipitation arrives. The colder air will progress slowly south into western Kentucky later Tuesday night.   North of the Ohio River and the Cape Girardeau area, a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is expected Tuesday night.

Thousands of college students in Illinois became eligible to receive SNAP benefits at the first of the year, but many don't realize it.

So now a campaign is under way to let the students know about their eligibility so they won't drop out of school because of financial reasons.

Campaign contribution limits were lifted in the Illinois governor’s race months ago, but it’s also happened in several state House races as well.

Illinois has caps for how much you… or a corporation… or a union can give to a candidate. But those caps can be lifted.

Chicago Sun Times

While Illinois early voting begins this week, democrat and Illinois attorney general candidate, Jesse Ruiz, made a campaign stop in Carbondale Monday. 
Ruiz was born to Mexican immigrant parents and lives in Chicago. He studied economics at the University of Illinois.

An investigation into hiring at SIU Carbondale is being elevated to the Illinois Office of the Executive Inspector General.

Chicago Tribune

An Illinois legislator challenging Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for the GOP nomination canceled a fundraising speech by a man who contends whites are intellectually superior to African-Americans.

The Carbondale Police Department is asking for the public's help.


The Daily Egyptian says SIU's Office of Internal Audit, Compliance and Ethics has opened two investigations related to the hirings of Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's daughter and son-in-law.

More than 24,000 families across Illinois were unable to submit applications to the state's new private school scholarship program because the online registration system shut down due to ``extreme demand.''

Officials at SIU-Carbondale say enrollment this spring corresponds with the numbers last fall.

The school says spring enrollment declined 8.81 percent, slightly improving on the 8.96 percent decline in fall 2017.

A Williamson County bar and grill has suddenly closed.

The Frenchman's Widow in Herrin shut its doors on Wednesday so preparations could begin to sell or lease the property. The establishment opened in May 2013.

The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale is letting the community know how much they help areas kids and that they also need some help.

Over the last year The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale saw a 30% increase in members across their 4 sites in town.

Rauner And Lawmakers Tour Carbondale Manufacturer.

Feb 1, 2018
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

At a stop in Carbondale on Thursday, Illinois Republican  Governor Bruce  Rauner repeated his call for lower property taxes and a lower state income tax., in order to attract more businesses.

Crain's Chicago Business

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner used his State of the State Address to call for less spending.  But he was short on details.  

Rauner will be back before the General Assembly in two weeks to lay out his budget ideas.   In this speech, he only hinted at his plan.    


An article in the Daily Egyptian says documents show Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's daughter and son-in-law were hired for university jobs created for them that they never formally applied for and that were never advertised.

Montemagno's daughter, Melissa Germain, and her husband, Jeffrey, began working in newly created positions soon after the chancellor's hiring.