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Carbondale, IL – A FORMER PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD AT SIU-CARBONDALE PASSED AWAY LAST WEEKEND.

JOHN E. KING, RETIRED PROFESSOR AND CHAIRMAN OF WHAT FORMERLY WAS KNOWN AS THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT SIU-C, PASSED AWAY SUNDAY IN WEST COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA. HE WAS 94.

KING CAME TO THE SIUC CAMPUS IN 1967 AS A VISITING PROFESSOR. HE SERVED AS PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND FOUNDATIONS FROM 1968 TO 1970, BEFORE BECOMING CHAIR OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN 1970. HE RETIRED IN 1983.

Chicago, IL – ILLINOIS STATE TREASURER ALEXI GIANNOULIAS IS SEARCHING FOR APPROXIMATELY $45,000 DOLLARS IN UNCLAIMED MONEY AND PROPERTY FOR JACKSON COUNTY RESIDENTS.

THE 35 CLAIMS WERE FILED JUNE 23RD DURING THE STATE TREASURER'S CASH DASH OUTREACH EVENT AT THE JACKSON COUNTY TREASURER'S OFFICE.

THIS WAS THE FIFTH CASH DASH EVENT HELD BY THE STATE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JACKSON COUNTY TREASURER SHIRLEY BOOKER'S OFFICE. THERE IS CURRENTLY MORE THAN $5 MILLION IN UNCLAIMED MONEY AND PROPERTY OWED TO THE RESIDENTS OF JACKSON COUNTY.

Carbondale, IL – A NEW ERA IN CARBONDALE CITY GOVERNMENT IS UNDERWAY.

ALLEN GILL TOOK OVER TODAY AS THE NEW CITY MANAGER. HE REPLACES JEFF DOHERTY - WHO RETIRED YESTERDAY AFTER SERVING IN THE CITY MANAGER'S POST FOR 16 YEARS.

GILL TAKES OVER AFTER SERVING AS THE CITY MANAGER IN PITTSBURG, KANSAS.

GILL SAYS HE HAS A TRACK RECORD OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SAYS HE'LL PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO HOW THE NATIONAL ECONOMY AFFECTS CARBONDALE.

Springfield, IL – MINIMUM-WAGE WORKERS IN ILLINOIS ARE RECEIVING A $0.25 HOURLY BOOST IN PAY, TO $7.75 PER HOUR.

STATE OFFICIALS SAY THE INCREASE WILL MEAN $520 MORE PER YEAR FOR 650,000 WORKERS.

IT IS THE SECOND IN A FOUR-STEP HIKE IN WAGES ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH IN 2006. THE FINAL STEPS INCREASE THE WAGE TO $8.00 NEXT JULY AND $8.25 IN JULY 2010.

ILLINOIS' PAY RATE IS NEARLY TWO DOLLARS HIGHER THAN THE FEDERAL STANDARD.

Jackson County, IL – Three people were injured in a three vehicle crash near the Jackson-Union county line.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says the accident occurred at 7:44 this morning on Route 51 about two-tenths of a mile north of the Union County line.

Deputies say 17-year-old Joshua Poole of Jonesboro was driving north on Route 51, when his vehicle crossed into the southbound lane and collided head-on with 48-year-old Shiowyun Shih of Carbondale.

Springfield, IL – ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR CHRISTINE RADOGNO [ROW-DOUGH-NYO] IS NOW ONE OF SEVERAL REPUBLICANS EYEING THE GOVERNOR'S SEAT IN 20-10.
SHE SAYS DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF STATE POLITICS HAS LEFT A FISCAL MESS SHE'S COMPELLED TO CLEAN UP.
BUT RADOGNO SAYS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO A BID MAY COME FROM HER OWN PARTY.
RADOGNO HAS REPRESENTED PART OF THE SOUTHWESTERN SUBURBS IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE SINCE 1997.
SHE SAYS SHE WON'T MAKE A FIRM DECISION ABOUT RUNNING UNTIL THE 2008 ELECTION IS OVER.

Springfield, IL – GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCED TODAY (YESTERDAY) A YOUTH JOBS PROGRAM. 10-THOUSAND SUMMER JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS THROUGH THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
TOM GREEN IS A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES. HE SAYS THERE ARE A VARIETY OF JOBS AVAILABLE FOR YOUTHS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 AND 22:

Terre Haute, IN – THE CITY OF TERRE HAUTE INDIANA IS THE SUBJECT OF AN UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY.

THE LONGSTANDING, LIGHTHEARTED FEUD BETWEEN ACTOR/COMEDIAN STEVE MARTIN AND THE CITY OF TERRE HAUTE INDIANA IS THE SUBJECT OF AN UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY.

Springfield, IL – The grandstand concert lineup for the 2008 Du Quoin State Fair is out.

Country singer and 2006 American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler will headline the show on August 27th. The following night it's veteran country group Sawyer Brown. Rock group P-O-D will take to the stage on August 29th and High School Musical star Corbin Bleu on August 30th.

The Du Quoin State Fair runs from August 22nd through September 1st.

Carbondale, IL – HARRISBURG IS IN FOR ABOUT 140 STATE JOBS.
GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH IS ANNOUNCING THIS (Fri) AFTERNOON THAT MOST OF THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S TRAFFIC SAFETY DIVISION WILL RELOCATE FROM SPRINGFIELD.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE PAUL SIMON PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE MIKE LAWRENCE SAYS THE GOVERNOR REALLY DOES NOT HAVE MUCH TO LOSE IN THIS MOVE.

Carbondale, IL – THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CAPE GIRARDEAU.
THE RIVER IS PROJECTED TO RISE TO AROUND 43-FEET BY
WEDNESDAY MORNING THEN BEGIN FALLING. FLOOD STATE IS 32-FEET.
THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE BIG MUDDY RIVER NEAR MURPHYSBORO.
THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE TO 25-POINT-TWO FEET BY
TUESDAY EVENING THEN BEGIN FALLING. THAT COULD MEAN SOME MINOR FLOODING FOR HOUSES JUST DOWNSTREAM OF BRIDGE STREET IN MURPHYSBORO.

Lawrence County, IL – The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for a levee failure along the Wabash River in Lawrence County.
The Warning is in effect until 12:30pm Friday, and focuses on an area 2-3 miles north of St. Francisville.
Officials say the levee along the west side of the Wabash River may fail this morning, sending water into the area to around Illinois Route 1.

Washington, D.C. – A southern Illinois Congressman is behind a bill to improve the rail service offered by Amtrak.

Collinsville Republican John Shimkus voted for the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.

It would require Amtrak to implement an improved accounting and financial reporting system, submit a report on the revenues and costs of each route and to submit a five-year business plan.

Ina, IL – A previously closed campground at Rend Lake is re-opening...
The Army Corps of Engineers released funds that will allow for the opening of the South Marcum campground.
The Corps announced in February that the campground would be closed all season because of funding cuts. But the St. Louis District recently received some funds that were previously collected to pay for a new computer reservation system.
Rend lake will receive $51,500 and Carlyle Lake will receive $15,000.

Crossville, IL – A white county roadway is closed due to flooding.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says Route 14 east of Crossville near the Fox River Bridge will be closed indefinitely until the flood waters recede.

Motorists are urged to follow the marked detour route.

Carbondale – A WHITE COUNTY ROADWAY IS CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.
THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS ROUTE 14 EAST OF CROSSVILLE - NEAR THE FOX RIVER BRIDGE - WILL BE CLOSED INDEFINITELY UNTIL THE FLOOD WATERS RECEDE.
MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO FOLLOW THE MARKED DETOUR ROUTE.

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