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Every day, Illinois adds another 11 million dollars in new debt.  In a state that has not had a full budget for almost two years it looks like lawmakers will work past the May 31st adjournment date.  Interim director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Jak Tichenor says that not since the great depression has a state gone this far without a budget.  He says it won’t be a quick fix, because of all of the moving parts involved.  Tichenor says, for example, IF the Affordable Care Act is repealed in the future, Illinois will have to pick up the tab for those extra  650-thousand residents

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with GWU Professor John Sides about his Morton-Kenney Lecture, "Donald Trump: How did he win, and what does it mean?" 

As Illinois remains mired in gridlock and nearing two years without a full budget, voters are pinning the blame on state leaders.

Education leaders from all over the state converged on Carbondale Friday, trying to move the issue of education funding forward in Illinois.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Alumna Tequia Hicks-Delgado about her experiences post-graduation, and her return visit to SIU through the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jak Tichenor and Delio Calzolari about the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute's upcoming Education Funding Forum.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Analyst John Jackson about Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2017 Budget Address.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director and Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about expectations for the 2017 State of the State Address.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor about what lies ahead for the state of Illinois, now that the calendar has rolled over to 2017.

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The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, will visit Southern Illinois University next week.

A day after the historic election of 2016, WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Insititute Analyst John Jackson about what the results mean, and what comes next in the political arena.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director Jak Tichenor about the ramifications of Election 2016 in Illinois.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with retired Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director David Yepsen about the long-lasting effects of Election 2016.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with retiring Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director David Yepsen.

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The Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Land Management is an SIU Carbondale alumnus, and he says his beginnings in southern Illinois helped shape his career.

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Another longtime journalist is taking over the helm of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

A new poll on the environment from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is surprising even to environmentalists.

We’re just over a month away from the election of 2016. It’s a season of campaign advertising, speeches, debates, and of course polling.

Every election cycle, Illinois voters are asked their opinions on a range of issues by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale.

This year, they weighed in on elections for president and U.S. Senate, the popularity state government leaders, and whether Illinois ought to amend its constitution to lock in road-building money.

A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale finds Hillary Clinton and Tammy Duckworth leading their respective races.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director David Yepsen about campaign finance, ahead of a special seminar with the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Morton-Kenney Lecturer Carol Marin.

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The life of a longtime political science professor at SIU-Carbondale is being remembered through a special memorial fund.

Barbara Brown passed away in May. She taught at SIU from 1985 to 2000.

Illinois government has been stuck in a rut for going on 18 months now, and much of the attention has centered on the fight between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratic leaders in the General Assembly.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith, ahead of his visit to SIUC and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Voter turnout during Tuesday's primary election was higher than expected in some areas of southern Illinois.

Several counties had to print additional ballots to accommodate the higher numbers.

A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows most Illinoisans are OK with medical marijuana, but the jury's still out when it comes to recreational use of the drug.

The institute's associate director Delio Calzolari says respondents favor legalizing medical marijuana at about an 82-percent rate, according to the poll.

A newly released poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows Illinois voters are more polarized about the performance of Governor Bruce Rauner.

The 2016 presidential election went under the microscope during a special luncheon on the SIU-Carbondale campus.

Three political experts with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute discussed the candidates and the current nomination battles Monday in the Saluki Stadium Club.

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AT&T is making a monetary contribution to benefit students in two SIU-Carbondale programs.

The telecommunications giant says it's providing the university with an Aspire Grant for Rising Scholars and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute's East St. Louis Metropolitan Leadership Institute.

Sen. Luechtefeld Receives Ralph Dunn Award

Nov 2, 2015

A retiring southern Illinois lawmaker received the Ralph Dunn Public Service Award from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

State Senator Dave Luechtefeld of Okawville accepted the award Monday on the SIU-Carbondale campus.

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