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Brian Stover raises chickens at his house in rural Marion County, Illinois, just across the road from the Patoka Tank Farm where the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline ends — about 75 miles east of St. Louis.

Retired Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard is taking on another leadership role in higher education.

The organization that represents graduate and professional students on the SIU Carbondale campus wants more from the administration when it comes to protections for international students.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is scheduled to make his third annual budget presentation this Wednesday.

An Illinois court is set to take up a motion filed by the state attorney general to halt state employee paychecks until lawmakers solve Illinois' budget impasse.

SIU Trustees have approved tuition and fee rates for next year, as well as a plan to develop a new housing area on the Carbondale campus.


If you were outside in the Midwest at around 1:30 local time this morning, you might have received quite a shock.

A meteor streaked across the sky in a vivid, bright green flash. It set off sonic booms that were loud enough to shake houses in east-central Wisconsin, as National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Last tells The Two-Way.

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State of Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says his annual budget message this month will be similar to one he delivered last year, asking legislators to work with him on crafting a balanced spending plan or allow him to make cuts of his own.

Beth Purvis serves as Gov. Bruce Rauner's Secretary of Education, and she headed the 25-member commission he tasked with finding a way to make Illinois' school funding more equitable. After six months of meetings, the bipartisan panel adjourned yesterday releasing a report meant to guide lawmakers toward drafting a reform measure. Shortly after that final meeting, Purvis talked to me about the novel test she used with the commission, and why the panel stopped short of endorsing a specific plan.

The SIU-Carbondale Office of Information Technology is putting out an urgent notice to the campus community about an email scam.

Interim Chief Information Officer Scott Bridges says students, faculty and staff at SIU-C are receiving emails telling them their financial aid award letter is available by clicking on Saluki Net or their SIU email account.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has hired former state Comptroller Leslie Munger to serve as a deputy governor.

In a written statement, Rauner says Munger will focus on long-term budgeting and work with human services organizations hit hard by the state budget impasse.

Lawmakers are scrambling to avoid a shutdown of Illinois government that could be looming.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has gone to court to challenge Illinois’ ability to pay state workers when it has no budget. That could close state government.

A group of lawmakers has agreed on a framework for making the way Illinois funds its schools more equitable. But whether it will lead to a long-elusive legislative fix remains to be seen.

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New York Times

A professor at the SIU School of Law says he believes President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court will fit in nicely with the other eight members on the nation's high court.

Assistant professor Ed Dawson says Neil Gorsuch has the sort of resume you'd expect for a nominee to the Supreme Court.

An SIU Law School expert on immigration and refugee cases says President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration and travel from certain countries may violate international treaties.

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