An older woman in a hospital bed, next to a younger woman wearing a mask and gown.
Donna Patton


Two years ago, Donna Patton became one of the nearly 800,000 Americans who suffer a stroke each year. She still remembers waking up from surgery and hearing the reaction from her medical team.


“He just said, ‘do you believe in a higher entity?’” she recalled. “And I said, ‘I sure do.’ He said, ‘you should, because luck's been on your side all day long.’”


The Leap Day Harrisburg Tornado: 4 Years After

Feb 29, 2016
National Weather Service

On February 29th, 2012 an EF-4 Tornado touched down on Harrisburg Illinois.  The twister caused widespread damage and claimed eight lives that day.   WSIU Radio visits with two of the first responders from that day, Captain John Quisenberry and Fire Chief John Gunning of the Harrisburg Fire Department.


Miners from all over the region rallied in Harrisburg Thursday night, hoping to raise awareness of the effects recent energy proposals have had on their industry.

Illinois' Congressional delegation is trying to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to revise how it distributes aid after natural disasters. As WUIS has previously reported, the lawmakers tried before to no avail.

When a tornado touched down in southern Illinois several years ago, devastating the small town of Harrisburg, FEMA turned down Illinois' request for disaster assistance.

Harrisburg Mayor Dies

Aug 8, 2014

The mayor of Harrisburg has died of brain cancer.


A southern Illinois community hit by two natural disasters in one year is getting some long-awaited good news.

2012 Year in Review

Dec 31, 2012

The Illinois Radio Network has compiled its list of Top Stories for 2012. While some are statewide or even national issues, others hit close to home. Here are the stories:

1: Harrisburg Tornado

2: 2012 Drought

3: Facility Closures

4: Pensions

5: Congress

6: Corruption

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

Southern Illinois tornado victims may find it easier to rebuild after this year's deadly tornado... as legislation in Springfield aimed at holding the line on property taxes advances.

The Illinois State Bar Association is offering up some advice and services for people affected by severe weather and other disasters.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

Illinois officials are offering  Harrisburg and other southern Illinois communities hit by February's deadly tornado $13 Million in state and small business aid.

Gov. Pat Quinn says nine southern Illinois counties struck by deadly storms are eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration aid.

Quinn's announcement came yesterday, a day after the state's appeal for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was denied.

Hundreds of homes in southern Illinois counties were damaged or destroyed by the Feb. 29 storms that killed seven people in Harrisburg, a town of 9,000 in Saline County.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller has the latest local news and weather to start your day.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.



Recovery efforts are continuing in southern Illinois as Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are due to assess damage from last week's deadly storms.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller starts your work week with the region's news and weather.