Kevin Boucher

Community Engagement Producer, WSIU Radio

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio.  Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.

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Carbondale Police

A Carbondale man is facing charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun after a shooting incident at a local bar.

Officers say 32-year-old Jonathan Moore is charged with Unlawful Use of Weapon by a Felon for being in possession of a handgun. He has not yet been charged with the shooting at the Hollywood Lounge on West Jackson Street.

Jackson County EMA

The Union County Sheriff's Office and the the county emergency management agency wants residents in the Wolf Lake and Ware areas to consider evacuating until the Mississippi River falls to a safe level.

Officials say several sand boils were identified on the levee west of Wolf Lake. Local, state and federal agencies say their non-stop work to stabilize the sand boils appears to be successful, so far.

Kevin Boucher, WSIU

One death has been confirmed in Missouri, and possibly two more in Illinois, after an apparent tornado swept across the Show Me state and Illinois Tuesday.


At a campaign stop in Carbondale Monday, Illinois 58th District Senate Candidate Sheila Simon talked to a group of mostly SIU students on the importance of voting in the Presidential Election. 

Improving The Forest, By Removing Trees

Oct 14, 2016
Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Illinois Department of Conservation, in cooperation with various conservation partners, is conducting a program designed to increase the number of Oak and Hickory trees in a small section of the Trail of Tears State Forest in western Union County.

Illinois 58th district state senate candidate Sheila Simon was one of three democratic candidates to attend a Coffee and Candidates session Wednesday morning at Carbondale City Hall.

photo of Judy Courter

This week on WSIU's Listening Project we hear the story of Judy Courter.  Growing up in the late 50's and 60's she recalls the building of Interstate 57 in southern Illinois as well as talks about a personal tie to the construction of Rend Lake.

Belleville News-Democrat

The democratic candidate in southern Illinois' 12th congressional district says the republican incumbent is not fit for the office.

Challenger C.J. Baricevic says comments made in 2005 by GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump on his treatment of women should have signaled Congressman Mike Bost to withdraw his support of Trump.

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This week on the Listening Project, our story gives us a glimpse of what it was like growing up in southern Illinois during the 1960's as viewed through the eyes of a child.

Mark Stirneman grew up in Christopher, but fondly remembers his visits to the big city of Benton.  Mark sat down with fellow southern Illinois native Jim Muir to recall those days.   Their story was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Benton Public Library.  WSIU’s listening project chronicles the history of our region by connecting people with place through their stories.

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This week on the Listening Project longtime Benton resident Rose Savko talks about growing up with the old Benton Public Library and how important the library was to her. 

Rose's story was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Benton Public Library.

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On growing up during the Great Depression:

Rose talks about growing up in Benton during the depression in the 1930's.

On how her father came to southern Illinois from Italy:

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Today's story comes from Susan Stickel and Mary Eubanks.  Susan is the Director of the Benton Public Library and Mary is a former employee and longtime volunteer.  They recently took part in the Listening Project where they talked about some of the history of the library.  

Their story was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Benton Public Library. 

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Today we continue to explore the history of southern Illinois with the story of 90-year old Jane Campbell-Brown.  Her family has been in the furniture business for nine generations.   She sat down with Jim Muir to talk about growing up in Benton.

Her story was recorded on May 21, 2016 as part of the 100th anniversary of the Benton Public Library. WSIU’s Listening Project chronicles the history of our region by connecting people with place through their stories.   

Pearl Franz / WSIU

Today we continue to explore the history of southern Illinois through the  Listening Project.  Ours story is that of Gene Alexander - a beloved elementary school teacher and principal of more than 30 years in Benton.  Now, at age 81, he's known simply as "Mr. A" - the guy who paints maps of the United States on playgrounds across the region.

Gene Alexander's story was recorded as part of the 100th anniversary of the Benton Public Library.

Pearl Franz / WSIU

From 1960 until 1985 Rich Herrin and the Benton Rangers forged high school basketball history with more than 500 wins, four undefeated seasons and 21 regional tournament titles.  Coach Herrin and four of his former players - Rich Yunkus, Terry Thomas, Hugh Frailey, and Bill Smith - sat down recently to reminisce for this week's edition of WSIU's Listening Project.

Their conversation was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Benton Public Library.

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On getting his players scholarships and jobs...

Good morning.  Today is Friday August 5th, 2016 and here is the latest local news from WSIU radio.

Franklin County Emergency Management Agency

No one was injured in a fiery crash early Monday morning on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois.

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WSIU continues its series on Poverty in southern Illinois.  In this installment, we take a look at the link between poverty and education, and how education can fight poverty.

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Each year SIU Carbondale's School of Art and Design awards the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award to outstanding seniors in the College.

Residents and emergency officials in flood-stricken  Randolph and Alexander counties got the chance to meet with U-S Senator Dick Durbin Wednesday. 

At the  packed Horseshoe Lake Community Center in Olive Branch Durbin was asked when the county could expect  help from Washington.

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In 1991, the LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Natural Area was officially designated as a research site, the nation's 250th such area.  Join IDNR Herpetologist Scott Ballard as he takes us on an informative hike on Snake Road.

The Rend Lake Dam/Spillway Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 16 through 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 17.

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The skies above Marion County will feature floating globes of color this weekend as the Centralia Balloon Fest takes place.


Here is the WSIU Almanac for Monday August 10th, 2015.

Carbondale leaders say they want to know more about a suspended cops-in-schools program.

Sharee Langenstion

Constitutional law attorney and activist Sharee Langenstein says she wants to be southwestern Illinois' next State Senator.

Hardin County Work Camp
AFSCME Council 31

A bipartisan panel of Illinois lawmakers heard hours of testimony Monday from both sides regarding Governor Rauner's desire to close the Hardin County Work Camp.

Katie Bryant/Southern Illinois Birding Group