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Two people are in custody in Jefferson County after an explosive device was found inside a residence.

Deputies say at around 7:30 Monday evening, they and other area law enforcement agencies served a search warrant for drugs and explosives on North Stratford Lane in Jefferson County.

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Two southern Illinois facilities are among the top airports in the state according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

IDOT recognized six airports with 2017 Airport of the Year awards.

Eastern Illinois University is taking aggressive measures to recruit new high school students to its campus.

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One of the men involved in a fatal shooting incident last year on West Walnut Street in Carbondale has avoided prison time, at least for now.

Online court records show 22-year-old Dwayne Dunn was sentenced this week to 30 months' probation after pleading guilty to reckless discharge of a firearm.

Democrats in the Illinois Senate Friday made another attempt to meet the demands of Governor Bruce Rauner’s economic agenda.

The Republican governor has said the expense of workers compensation insurance has driven businesses out of the state.

Illinois veterans' advocates are urging Illinois residents to observe a moment of silence on Memorial Day to honor the National Moment of Remembrance.

Illinois House Democrats are taking their time in considering the state budget plan sent them this week by the Senate.

Chicago Rep. Greg Harris is the Democrats' budget negotiator. He says lawmakers' first goal is to review the spending plan and put it in a form the public can understand.

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A southern Illinois man will spend the rest of his life in prison for fatally stabbing two bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery.

Public forums with the two new chancellor candidates at SIU-Carbondale have been scheduled for next month.

Eight performances and two free concerts are planned for the 2017 Du Quoin State Fair.

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Every year online shopping becomes more popular.

A lot of stores are also offering the ability for customers to buy online and pick up in the store.

Now local farmers are trying it out.

A bill that would overhaul the way Illinois funds public schools passed a procedural hurdle Wednesday with bipartisan support.

A federal judge in Chicago Wednesday delayed a ruling on whether the state of Illinois should speed up hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid payments during the budget impasse.

 

Two years ago - Judge Joan Lefkow mandated the state to pay for Medicaid during the budget impasse.

SIU Football Recruit Killed in Indianapolis Shooting

May 24, 2017
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An Indianapolis high school Football star who'd signed with SIU has died after a shooting earlier this month in his hometown.

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On a rural road in Saline County, near the Pope County line, a Civil War Veteran is buried in a well-tended grave along the road.  In this feature, Award-Winning Carrier Mills History teacher Mark Motsinger talks of the significance of the local man who is buried there, John Jasper Fitzgerald.

The Illinois Senate has approved a $5 billion income tax increase to fund what Democrats say would be a balanced, $37.3 billion budget.

A Democratic majority pushed the measures through despite opposition from Republicans.

New legislation aims to keep more students at Illinois colleges and universities.

Democratic Representative Lou Lang says high school grads are leaving Illinois in droves for out of state schools...with up to 35 percent never returning. He says his three-pronged bill could help slow that trend.

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A Pulaski County man has been arrested in connection to a shooting this past weekend in Carbondale.

Carbondale Police say 24-year-old Devante Taylor of Olmsted is charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and No Valid Illinois Firearm Owner's ID.

Several of Illinois' Democratic candidates for governor are calling for president’s Trump’s impeachment. But the state’s senior U-S senator, Dick Durbin, isn’t going there — yet. It began last week with a statement from candidate J.B. Pritzker, who says impeachment is necessary to “preserve our democracy.”
That sentiment was echoed by fellow candidates Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar and state Sen. Daniel Biss, from Evanston.

The Illinois Senate's "grand bargain" budget compromise comes down to three pieces of legislation.

There's a $36.5 billion outline for spending in the fiscal year that begins July 1. The state hasn't had a budget since 2015 because of wrangling between Democratic lawmakers and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Housing Rehab Program Taking Applications

May 22, 2017

A housing repair program will help some low-income homeowners in Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Monroe Counties make needed repairs over the next two years.
 
Robert Schroeder says the state is funding the program at Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council through the Illinois Housing Development Authority - despite the lack of a state budget.

SIU Fisheries Working To Improve River Ecosystems.

May 22, 2017
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The health of the southern Illinois river ecosystems has been in the news recently with IDNR’s announcement that they are re-introducing the native Alligator Gar into several large rivers, including the lower Kaskaskia River.

Dr. Greg Whitledge, with the SIU Center for Fisheries Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences likes the idea of having the Alligator Gar back in its ancestral home.  Even though the Alligator Gar is a large, toothy predator, it will not be able to make a dent in the Asian Carp populations.

Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown To 2017, we visit with Master Educator at Adler Planetarium, Michelle Nichols, who was in Carbondale in early May to work on plans for eclipse activities with other scientists.  In this interview, Michelle visits with WSIU's Kevin Boucher in a conference room overlooking Saluki Stadium, where thousands of scientists will be camped on the big day, studying the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

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Saline County (KS) Sheriff's Office

A Kansas newspaper reports charges were dismissed this week against two men that authorities had alleged were conspiring to kill people in Carbondale.

The Salina Journal reports the prosecutor dismissed charges against 25-year-old Xavier Lewis and 22-year-old Xavier McCray. But, the charges were dismissed in a way that would allow them to be refiled.

Democratic State Senator Andy Manar, of Bunker Hill, is accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of trying to kill his school funding legislation.

He says the administration fed erroneous information to a Republican operative's website.

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St. Louis baseball fans probably have a favorite pitcher over the long history of Major League Baseball in the city.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says you can't assume the greatest pitchers in St. Louis history played for the Cardinals.

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The future of Illinois' official state insect is in doubt.

The Monarch butterfly has seen its population decline by 80 percent over the past ten years, putting it at risk of becoming endangered.

The Illinois Senate has adjourned without taking action on remaining items from the ``grand bargain'' budget compromise.

Democrats who run the chamber had said they might push forward Thursday with remaining items after approving several parts of the compromise on Wednesday.

This time of year, cycling is many people's choice to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

But, a study by Yale researchers in 2006 linked cycling to problems with sexual health and urinary dysfunction. Now, a new team of scientists disputes those results.

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the Illinois High School Association has no obligation to release internal documents.

The court said the IHSA is not subject to Freedom of Information laws, calling it a private non-profit, not a governmental body.  FOIA, as it's often called, allows anyone to request records related to government work.

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