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Documents show the former SIU system president might have hindered student recruitment efforts for the Carbondale campus by not approving a mailing list purchase.

The Southern Illinoisan reports emails show then-President Randy Dunn didn't take action during his final two months in office on spending $499,000 to buy contact information for students who've taken the SAT, ACT and other standardized tests.

Dunn resigned in July after criticism over his proposal to shift $5 million in state funding from the Carbondale campus to Edwardsville.

The inspector general for Cook County says Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker engaged in a ``scheme to defraud'' taxpayers to get $330,000 in property tax breaks on a Chicago mansion.

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State wildlife crews have poisoned a central Illinois lake as part of a plan to kill off the carp that have overrun it and restock it with game fish.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources biologists on Monday spread a compound toxic to fish around the 30-acre Eureka Lake.

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The president of Southeast Missouri State University is apologizing after he was captured on video drinking from a beer bong at a tailgate party in Carbondale.

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One year ago Thursday, a student at Mattoon High School brought a gun to the school cafeteria and shot another students.

Students are still healing.

Insurance giant State Farm has reached a $250 million preliminary settlement of a federal class-action lawsuit claiming the company funneled money to the campaign of a candidate for the Illinois Supreme Court.

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The Cape Girardeau City Council approved a resolution to accept a bronze sculpture of a black, Civil War-era Union soldier to be placed in a city park.

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A prosecutor says a southern Illinois physician charged with killing his estranged wife and destroying her body will have his trial delayed because of questions over his fitness to stand trial.

More than 17 times as many University of Illinois students registered to hear a campus speech by former President Barack Obama as there are seats in the auditorium.

Obama is scheduled to speak Friday at Foellinger Auditorium in Urbana. The News-Gazette reports 22,611 students registered before a ticket lottery portal closed last Friday for the some 1,300 available seats.

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A bronze statue of an African American Civil War-era Union soldier could be placed in southeast Missouri.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the statue would be located in Cape Girardeau's Ivers Square to honor the area's former slaves who joined the Union Army.

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The Trump administration has proposed a major rollback in Obama-era restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The plan announced Tuesday gives the states more discretion in choosing how to regulate pollution from the plants.

Lawmakers are summoning University of Illinois officials to Springfield to discuss a new public-private innovation center near downtown Chicago.

Missouri authorities are investigating a potential connection between an ongoing salmonella outbreak and a church picnic.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the number of people confirmed sick in Perry County Missouri has risen to 50.

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A Chester man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a southern Illinois police officer who crashed during a 2016 high-speed chase.

A town hall meeting in southern Illinois has been scheduled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss the agency's health care system.

Spokesman Kevin Harris says the Wednesday event in Mount Vernon is being held in light of the new leadership at Veteran Affairs.

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A new defense attorney for the man convicted in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University Carbondale student has won a delay in his sentencing as he aims to have the conviction thrown out.

A 10-week-old southeast Missouri girl has died after being left inside a hot vehicle.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed laws designed to cut back on a growing and costly backlog in determining Medicaid eligibility for nursing home residents.

Checks have been sent out to more than 900 Illinois workers to cover back pay owed since 2011.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the checks were issued to Department of Public Health workers.

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A report by a watchdog says the federal government could have done more to intervene in Alexander County while residents were stuck with mice, mold and lead paint in public housing.

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President Donald Trump will be visiting a Metro East steel mill that is boosting production as he faces opposition to his imposition of tariffs in international trade disputes.

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A southern Illinois pastor says he still hasn't received reward money for a tip he gave two years ago to the FBI and police about a man accused of shooting an officer.

The American Red Cross says there's an urgent need for people to donate blood following the Fourth of July holiday.

The Red Cross says in a statement Monday it's facing an emergency blood shortage because donations lagged during the holiday week.

The stepmother of a man charged with murder is calling on him to surrender to police after escaping from southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend.

The White County sheriff's office says 24-year-old Zachery Shock was among three men who used a pipe to break through an outside wall early Saturday of the jail in Carmi.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall in southern Illinois to discuss the agency's health care system.

Spokesman Kevin Harris says Wednesday's town hall in Harrisburg is designed to solicit feedback from veterans, their families and other beneficiaries of the health care system.

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Authorities are continuing to search for two men who they say escaped from a southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend with a third man who's been captured.

The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with giving step increases to unionized state workers.

The State Journal-Register reports that the board has rejected a request from Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to hold another hearing about the issue before money is paid out.

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The new king of the sport of kings is from southern Illinois.

Mt. Vernon native Kenny Troutt's Winstar Farms is the primary owner of Triple Crown winner Justify.

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The trial of a man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student continues in Jackson County.

In opening statements Wednesday, Special Prosecutor David Robinson told the jury Gaege Bethune committed two crimes in February 2014 - aggravated battery and robbery. Those crimes led to the death of Pravin Varughese.

The founder of a faith-based college in southern Illinois says a lack of cooperation from the U.S. Department of Education contributed to the school's permanent closure.

Morthland College officials announced the institution's closure last week, citing a lack of funding.

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