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Federal authorities continue to investigate Friday's crash at the Williamson County Regional Airport.

Kevin Winstead holds two degrees from Southern Illinois University - and takes pride in being a Saluki. But he says the school has work to do when it comes to diversity and inclusivity on campus.

During her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton violated department policies when she used a personal email account to conduct official business, a new report from the Office of the Inspector General for the State Department found.

The report, which was obtained by NPR's Susan Davis ahead of its public release, reads:

Illinois' Senior U.S. Senator, and 2nd ranking Democrat in the Senate, is responding to rumors he might run for Governor in 2018. WTTW's Chicago Tonight took at look at the potentials, and talked with Sen. Durbin about his plans.

It's been a year since the state Supreme Court found Illinois' big pension law unconstitutional, and an attempt to get a new law passed is stalled.

Lawmakers' goal is to reduce the state's expenses for its vastly underfunded pensions.

The court says it's illegal to do it by reducing an employees' retirement benefits.

Senate President John Cullerton and Governor Bruce Rauner think they have a way around that.

photo of fire at Royal Fiberglass Pools  in Dix, IL
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Multiple southern Illinois fire departments helped fight a fire at Royal Fiberglass Pools in Dix Monday.  Salem Emergency Management officials say they provided mutual aid along with other fire crews including Jefferson County, Mt. Vernon, Centralia, and Kell. The Fire was reported around 9:30 Monday morning.  

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Volunteers and families involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in southern Illinois learned earlier this spring the initiative would be cut - in part because of the state's budget impasse.

A little is good, but some social service providers say they need state funding - and the certainty - that comes with a full budget for this fiscal year.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a rally this Sunday in Paducah.

Billions of dollars in cuts are part of a possible budget for next year. So are higher taxes.

Illinois built up a deficit over the years; the current impasse has only exacerbated it. A bipartisan group of legislators chosen to craft a solution has a potential path for fiscal year 2017.

Members are cagey about sharing details. It's politically sensitive; members say they're hesitant to share details out of respect for their private negotiations.

House Speaker Paul Ryan called his Thursday morning meeting with Donald Trump "encouraging" but didn't signal he is ready just yet to endorse his party's de facto presidential nominee.

"I do believe we are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified to bridge the gaps and differences," Ryan told reporters after the two met at the Republican National Committee headquarters.

In a joint statement after their summit, the two stressed that the party must unite to defeat likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton this fall.

Illinois lawmakers may soon vote to eliminate the state's statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes.

The move comes in response to the 15-month sentence given last month to former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Although Hastert admitted molesting teenage boys he coached decades ago, he could only be sentenced for a financial crime related to his efforts to pay one of his victims millions of dollars in hush money to cover up the crime.

Now that it seems Donald Trump will be his party’s nominee for president, Republicans have a decision to make.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell.

Donald Trump’s rise to the likely Republican presidential nomination means tough choices for senators across the country preparing for re-election bids. NPR’s Jessica Taylor talks with Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson about which senators look to be most affected by distancing themselves, or not, from Trump.

Members of the University Professionals of Illinois chapter at Western Illinois University voted overwhelmingly to defer 3% of their compensation for the next two years. They also agreed to pass up a negotiated 1% salary increase.

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After North Carolina's governor filed a lawsuit asking federal courts to keep in place a controversial law that places limits on transgender access to bathrooms, the U.S. Justice Department responded with a lawsuit of its own.

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SIU students say they want a seat at the table when it comes to crafting a diversity plan for the Carbondale campus, and more input on other matters, too.

Donald Trump is the apparent GOP presidential nominee after his two remaining rivals ended their White House bids.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his campaign Wednesday evening in Columbus. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race Tuesday night after a disappointing loss in Indiana.

The rapid moves in the past 24 hours bring to a close a wild GOP primary season that leaves the one-time unlikely candidate as the party's apparent nominee.

The CEO of SIU-Carbondale is out with a list of initiatives he hopes will make the campus more welcoming.

Brad Colwell says after Monday's student protests and other recent incidents related to racism and the state's budget impasse, it's clear there is much work to do to build understanding and respect between administrators, students, faculty and staff.

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Students at SIU-Carbondale peacefully expressed their concerns about racism and diversity issues during an open forum Monday afternoon on campus.

Reaction From Students Observing the SIU May 2 Protest

May 2, 2016

As the massive crowd paraded across the SIU Carbondale campus, some did not join but observed from a distance.

A crowd of hundreds of people marched across campus, into administration buildings, and everywhere in between.

May 2 Protest Highlights Social Issues, Higher Education Cost

May 2, 2016
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SIU students, community members, and others took to the Carbondale campus Monday to protest increasing costs for higher education, social issues and more.

Nancy Glynn, 27, called it her "NICU diet," but it wasn't about weight loss. It was about financial survival.

When her son, Hunter, was born two months premature, he was 2 pounds, 10 ounces and fighting for his life. Hunter was in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, for more than a month.

SIU students respond to a racist, hate filled video with chalk messages designed to spread love and unity.

 

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Administrators at Southern Illinois University Carbondale say they are vigorously investigating the source of a controversial YouTube video that calls for the lynching and beating of black students.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about passage of SB2059, which gives Illinois colleges and universities some funding for FY2016, as well as allegations of racism on the SIU Carbondale campus.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell.

A group calling itself the May 2 Strike Committee is calling on all SIU-Carbondale students to strike on that first Monday in May.

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