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Dozens of veterans and volunteers from southern Illinois visited to Washington as a part of the region's second Honor Flight.

The union that represents tenured and tenure-track faculty at SIU Carbondale says a new campus reorganization plan needs more work before it's put in place.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of the past few years bad-mouthing the Illinois economy — saying his agenda would turn things around. But not everyone in his administration is sounding the alarm.

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Two weeks after unveiling his campus reorganization plan, SIUC's CEO says he's getting good feedback from the university community.

State and federal legislators from Illinois are proposing new laws in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Illinois’ new school funding plan — approved in August and hailed as a historic change — relies on the legislature to give every school the same state aid it got last year, plus push another $350 million through a new formula. That $350 million is crucial because it’s the part designed to address the inequity that has plagued Illinois schools for decades.

 

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, a Democrat from Shorewood, wants to make sure lawmakers don't skip that step.

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Dr. Carlo Montemagno delivered his first State of The University Address on Tuesday September 26th, 2017, at Shryock Auditorium. 

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Illinois' two U-S Senators want the Trump Administration to do more to address the housing crisis in Cairo.

The federal government has cut the advertising budget for the Affordable Care Act. A health care group says that means more people have to spread the word about open enrollment. Illinois Public Radio's Mark Schultz has more.

The bill puts Rauner in a tricky position as he prepares to seek re-election--one where a veto would anger those who favor abortion rights, while signing it could alienate conservatives who are opposed. 

Mattoon police say Wednesday’s shooting at Mattoon High School was carried out by one student, who is in custody.

Published reports say one person is in custody after a shooting at Mattoon High School Wednesday morning.

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The Democratic Governors Association is going after Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner ahead of next year's election.

The association launched its Rauner's Broken Record Tour Tuesday in Carbondale and Springfield.

Senate Bill 1 was supposed to help Illinois cure its chronic case of inequitable school funding. The Democrat-sponsored measure has become a partisan controversy that's now preventing state money from being sent to schools.

Legislative leaders yesterday announced they'd achieved compromise, but reports that the deal includes a $75 million tax-credit program for private school tuition scholarships is drawing criticism.

Cairo's Mayor is Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar's choice for Lieutenant Governor in next year's election.

Some Republican lawmakers say the Illinois State House of Representatives may not have the votes to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding bill Wednesday.

The Illinois State Senate spent Sunday in session, where Senators voted 38 to 19 to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the new school funding bill. The override wasn't a surprise, because this new evidence-based funding plan had originally cleared the Senate with a veto-proof majority. The House, however, represents a higher hurdle, where Democrats will need Republicans to vote with them. That vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

 

Sen. Andy Manar, the Bunker Hill Democrat who sponsored the measure, says he'd rather negotiate a compromise.

Another voice is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to work with the budget that was passed over his objections.

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Almost four months after Housing and Urban Development announced it was closing two public housing complexes in Cairo, the head of the federal agency visited the town.

Ben Carson toured the McBride and Elmwood developments Tuesday and then answered questions from some residents at Cairo High School.

Two weeks ahead of the 2017 Solar Eclipse, WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Amy Fox, the Public Relations Officer for the City of Carbondale. The city, along with SIU and other regional entities, are preparing for tens of thousands of visitors for the August 21st event.

Illinois Public Radio Station WBEZ has learned negotiations over school funding in the state have a potential voucher program on the table.

Governor Bruce Rauner complained again Thursday that he still hasn't gotten his hands on Senate Bill 1, the Democrat-sponsored legislation that would change the state's school funding formula.

After the first day of a special session on education, Democratic lawmakers and the Republican Governor Bruce Rauner appear no closer to resolving the dispute that could hold up money for school districts. Rauner continues to demand Democrats send him the funding plan so he can change it and remove additional money for Chicago teacher pensions.

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Sticking to his promise, Governor Bruce Rauner is calling lawmakers back to Springfield to discuss school funding.

SIU Trustees have OK'd a financial stability plan that cuts $26 million from the Carbondale campus, and lays out potential program eliminations for the future.

SIU Trustees are considering a financial sustainability plan for the Carbondale campus that could include changes to the number of colleges and programs on campus.

SIU President Randy Dunn is recommending Carlo Montemagno for the Carbondale campus Chancellor position, and former Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell for a system Vice President position.

The Republican effort to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act could devastate drug treatment clinics by making deep cuts to Medicaid, the government-run insurance for low-income Americans, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said Monday.

After touring Chestnut Health Systems, an opioid addiction clinic in Granite City, Duckworth told reporters that if Republicans succeed in cutting Medicaid, millions would be hurt, among them those undergoing treatment for opioid addiction. She said Congress needs to protect Medicaid and make sure that medications used to treat addiction are affordable.

Illinois’ two-year budget impasse is over. The House of Representatives on Thursday overrode the governor's budget veto, giving final approval to a spending plan and tax increase.

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