WSIU is joining other Public Radio stations in Illinois to unpack the effect of students leaving the state for college, and what these schools are trying to buck the trend.

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Westbound traffic on many Chicago streets came to a stop between 6:40 and 6:50 p.m. Central Time Monday, as drivers snapped pictures over dashboards, passengers leaned out of windows smart phones in hand and pedestrians set up tripods in the middle of some busy roadways - all so they could capture the incredible image of a burnt orange sun setting exquisitely framed by a canyon of skyscrapers.

The Trump administration will no longer allow migrant families apprehended at the border to enter the U.S. under the immigration policy commonly known as "catch and release."

The policy change was announced Monday by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan in remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C.

Tropical storm advisories have been issued as meteorologists are watching three storms in the Atlantic basin.

The one most likely to hit land soon is Karen, which was degraded to a tropical depression as it slowly rolls toward Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the southeastern Caribbean Sea bringing torrential, life-threatening rainfall and flooding.

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Ribbon Cutting for Rides Mass Transit Center

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Local leaders, including Senator Dale Fowler and Representative Dave Severin, gathered in Marion this morning to cut the ribbon for the new Rides Mass Transit Center.

"Right now, the Rides transit program is up and functional, but this facility will be a better location for people to get to," Severin said. "A lot of times they're maybe hanging out at a convenience store or whatever. This will be a specific location for buses and transit." 

African American Heritage Project Retells Local History

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Amelia Blakely

As time goes on, stories about who people are, where they came from and why make up a region's collective history. When new information is revealed, truths change.

Across southern Illinois, small and rural communities are archiving oral history for historians to have a more complete picture of the past. 

This weekend, (Sat/Sun 9/28 and 9/29)  the area around Carbondale's Town Square Pavilion will be hard to miss, as the huge yellow and blue tent will be the site of the annual Lions Club Pancake Days.  The event raises funds to support  many local non-profits.   Lions Club President Anita Hutton says the pancake event helps the Club to give money to the Carbondale Women's Center, Gumdrops, Good Samaritan Ministries, the Carbondale I Can Read Program and others.

Newly-released tax data from Illinois’ gambling businesses shows an industry in flux. 

How Illinois FFA Adapts To Keep Growing

Sep 21, 2019

Illinois Future Farmers of America set a record last year for membership. They also broke their record for enrollment across all agriculture education. This year, they’re set to surpass both again.

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Climate strikes are going on around the world Friday to demand action be taken to address the climate crisis.

Locally, a few dozen people held their own event on the SIU-Carbondale campus, near Faner Hall.

Harriet Simon

Carbondale, IL – WSIU is pleased to announce Harriet Furst Simon as the new individual recipient of the monthly ‘Good Neighbor’ award as a part of WSIU’s One Region, All Neighbors initiative. Inspired by Fred Rogers, the campaign recognizes people who exemplify kindness and compassion and make a positive impact in their communities.


A second democrat has jumped into the race to oust republican Mike Bost as the U.S. Representative from the 12th congressional district.

Former SIU administrator Ray Lenzi officially launched his campaign on Thursday evening in front of around 30 supporters at Carbondale City Hall.

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Energy-efficiency jobs are booming in Illinois, and the pace is not expected to slow down anytime soon. According to a report released Monday, Illinois added more than 2,500 energy-efficiency jobs in 2018. That's a nearly 3% increase.

The Murphysboro Board of Education and the Murphysboro Education Association are currently in mediation in hopes of avoiding a teacher's strike.

MEA lead negotiator Catlin Langellier says the district has lost more than dozen teachers in the past two years.


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One Campus. Seven Professors Facing Harassment Accusations. Few Consequences.

NPR Illinois and ProPublica found several sexual harassment allegations against University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty that haven’t been publicly reported. Here's a rundown of the accusations, the consequences each faced and their responses. This article was produced in partnership with ProPublica Local Reporting Network .

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