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Illinois is losing residents.

Common explanations for why include high taxes, unfriendly business policies or the state's growing pension debt.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting 30 years in the making is scheduled for late summer in southern Illinois.

The ceremony at Olmsted Locks and Dam near the confluence of the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers will take place on August 29th.

The U.S. Treasury now officially certifies three areas of Carbondale as federal Qualified Opportunity Zones.

Carbondale Economic Development director Steven Mitchell says this is a new program established in the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

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SIU-Carbondale and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will team up to conduct strategic planning studies of two IDNR sites in southwestern Illinois.

The sites are the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta and Pyramid State Park in Perry County.

Two women wheel a grocery cart across the parking lot to a white van, open the door and shove kids’ toys out of the way.

Federal Food Aid Program Difficult To Navigate, But Crucial Service For Mentally Ill

May 3, 2018

It’s a challenge for people with severe mental illnesses to hold down a job or get the medical help they need. And that extends to when they try to alleviate hunger by getting on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Fearing Deportation, Unauthorized Immigrants Shy Away From Signing Kids Up For Food Aid

May 2, 2018

In the small city of Fort Morgan, Colorado, 33-year-old Verónica delicately stacks cans of food into her mini shopping cart, strolling the narrow aisles of the Rising Up food pantry to gather eggs, milk, apples and an extra-large box of cereal.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker says he is encouraged about the future of a Port District in Cairo.

Senator Dale Fowler joined local officials Monday in Illinois' southernmost city to hear presentations from businesses out of New Orleans, Florida and Kentucky.

There’s a Republican-authored proposal in the next farm bill that would require millions more people to work or volunteer in order to receive federal food assistance.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the biggest federal program aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty that millions of Americans find themselves in — sometimes for a few months, sometimes for several years.

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If the proposal for a resort at Walker's Bluff in southern Illinois is to move forward this legislative session, it will require a new strategy.

Both the gaming sub-committee meeting and House session opened and closed Friday without passing HB 5146 in order to meet the legislature's deadline for substantive bills.

The U.S., Canada and Mexico wrapped up the latest round of negotiations earlier this month over NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.

President Donald Trump has threatened to terminate the trade pact, which he continues to call a bad deal for the U.S. But NAFTA has helped grow the beef industry beyond the U.S. borders, so while some worry about the Trump administration’s wavering commitment to NAFTA, others want more protections.

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A group of regional leaders is voicing its concern about the SIU Board of Trustees consideration of a fund shift between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry organized the gathering Wednesday at the Civic Center.

Bookworm in Carbondale to Close Soon

Apr 11, 2018
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After 17 years in business, the last independent used bookstore in the area is closing.

Bookworn owners Kelly and Carl Rexroad would like to sell the business, but Carl Rexroad says if a buyer is not found, he's unsure when Bookworm will officially close.

Illinois' two U.S. Senators are demanding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provide detailed information regarding its recent decision to shutter two public housing facilities in Thebes.

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An important deadline is coming up next week for Walker's Bluff.

The facility is seeking a gaming license from the state for an on-site casino as part of its proposed resort-expansion, but the $175 million privately-funded project will not proceed without the license -which can't be granted until the required legislation is passed.

A workers compensation attorney from Chicago delivered the keynote address at a symposium on the issue in Marion.

Thursday's event sponsored by Southern Illinois Healthcare brought human resources personnel, business managers and municipal leaders together at Rent One Park.

Carbondale Main Street, the City of Carbondale and the Southern Illinois University School of Architecture are asking the community for design ideas for the new event venue on Washington Street.

Meghan Cole, the executive director for Carbondale Main Street says the first meeting, which was on Tuesday, was productive.

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says President Trump’s plan to put a tariff on steel and aluminum imports could have widespread effects.

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.

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 Carbondale City Council is directing the town's tourism agency to narrow its focus.

Carbondale Tourism executive director Cinnamon Wheeles -Smith says her organization has been working to attract visitors to town for overnight stays. But, now she says the City Council is wanting it to just get people to town for the day, or hopefully for longer.

Hundreds Attend Cairo Job and Resource Fair

Jan 10, 2018
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Job seekers of all ages  mingled with employers and workforce agencies Wednesday at a job and resource fair in Cairo, sponsored by the Alexander County Housing Authority.  

Lisa Childs, Principal of Cairo Junior and Senior High Schools brought several Seniors to the event and they were very eager to get started with life after high school. 

Cairo resident Tyrell  Harris was very optimistic about finding a job.  He also mentioned that there were some social service agencies  at the fair offering transportation solutions to those who do not have reliable transportation. 

Southeast Missouri State University is eliminating some jobs.

University President Carlos Vargas Tuesday announced the need to eliminate 35 to 40 vacant and currently filled staff positions over the next five months due to a nine percent reduction in state appropriations for FY18.

An effort to boost the economy of Cairo is moving forward as we start the New Year.

The Cairo Public Utility Company says the Rauner Family Foundation - a philanthropic vehicle for Governor Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana - helped kickstart the project with a 100-thousand dollar donation.

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Almost two months into his new business, the man who has taken over for Winston the Bagel Man says he is enjoying it.

Brad Preiss purchased the legendary snack stop from Winston Mezo on Halloween and opened up his own business, Winston's Bagels by B-RAD, in early November.

The final reading from the from the University of Illinois' Flash Index supports a description of "slow and steady" for the Illinois economy in 2017.

The December Flash Index measured 104-point-one, down one tenth of a percent from November. Anything over 100 indicates a growing economy.

A Missouri panel is recommending increasing the state's 17-cent fuel tax by 10 cents for gas and 12 cents for diesel to pay for road and bridge work.

The Illinois Community College Board is planning to roll out several alternative ways people can earn their high school equivalency certificate other than passing a test.

The State Journal-Register reports that the board plans to offer the other methods by the fall of 2018 and get more people into the workforce pipeline.

As part of WSIU Radio's look back at some of the top stories of 2017, WSIU's Brad Palmer reports on the housing crisis in Cairo.

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