Southern Illinois University Carbondale is hosting a vigil Friday evening in memory of Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.


The St. Louis Cardinals failed to make the playoffs this season, but maybe the franchise's biggest loss was when Red Schoendienst passed away in June after 67 years with the organization.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tell us about the unlikely way in which Schoendienst became the team's manager in the mid-1960's.

Illinois Gubernatorial Debate - 10/11/18

Oct 11, 2018

WGEM-TV in Quincy will host a one-hour debate between candidates for Illinois Governor on October 11, 2018 at 7 p.m.

A Cairo man is dead following a shooting on the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge at Cape Girardeau.

Illinois State Police say 26-year-old Dalvin Taylor was a passenger in a vehicle that was hit by gunfire from another vehicle on Sunday.

News of SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's death spread quickly Thursday, and leaders say he'll be remembered as a tireless leader for the school.


Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno has died.

Families Invited To Race And Raise Money.

Oct 11, 2018

The Second Annual Community Fun and Fitness Relays are planned for Sunday October 14th, 2018 at 2:00PM at the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex.


A southern Illinois congressional candidate spoke to reporters Wednesday about what he calls the false attacks on his record.

Twelfth district democratic nominee Brendan Kelly was joined in Belleville by law enforcement, victims' advocates and fellow prosecutors.

The St. Clair County prosecutor says the ad is misleading and plain wrong.

Kelly says southern Illinois voters deserve better.


Teachers in the Murphysboro School District have a new contract.

The Board of Education Tuesday night ratified the new deal. The teachers did the same last week.


A southern Illinois lawmaker is heralding what he calls a key investment in the future economic development of the region.

State Senator Dale Fowler of Harrisburg says a million dollars in capital funding has been released for the proposed river port terminal in Cairo.


In an effort to encourage a more positive outlook for children in the community, the Hardin County Sheriff's Department says it has created a Junior Deputy Program in the elementary school.

To help prevent blood shortages this winter, the American Red Cross is trying a new approach.
The Red Cross is calling for winter heroes to host blood drives.

October and November Means Garlic.

Oct 9, 2018

Even though most gardens are winding down this time of year, Garlic can be planted now for harvest later this summer.

Jerri Locke is an author, singer and playwright from Tamms Illinois.  In this interview she talks about the positive message in her new production "The Blues & Hip Hopera".


Documents show the former SIU system president might have hindered student recruitment efforts for the Carbondale campus by not approving a mailing list purchase.

The Southern Illinoisan reports emails show then-President Randy Dunn didn't take action during his final two months in office on spending $499,000 to buy contact information for students who've taken the SAT, ACT and other standardized tests.

Dunn resigned in July after criticism over his proposal to shift $5 million in state funding from the Carbondale campus to Edwardsville.

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The Senate is taking a procedural vote on whether or not to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination forward. Watch the proceedings on the Senate floor live.

Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

A 10th and final defendant has been sentenced in connection with a 2017 murder in Mt. Vernon.

Police say Deon Frazier was sentenced to four years in prison for attempted robbery and attempted home invasion in the attempted robbery and shooting death of Deandray Jackson.


Researchers from the U.S., Canada and France are sharing the Nobel Prize for Physics.

Their work involves methods to create ultra-fast laser pulses.


Teachers in the Murphysboro School District said yes Wednesday to a new one-year contract agreement with the administration.

Murphysboro Education Association spokesperson Melinda Pierson says the new deal includes a pay increase and some help from the district in offsetting the teachers' health insurance costs.

A new statewide poll shows Republican President Donald Trump may weigh down Illinois’ GOP candidates in the midterm election.

An older woman in a hospital bed, next to a younger woman wearing a mask and gown.
Donna Patton


Two years ago, Donna Patton became one of the nearly 800,000 Americans who suffer a stroke each year. She still remembers waking up from surgery and hearing the reaction from her medical team.


“He just said, ‘do you believe in a higher entity?’” she recalled. “And I said, ‘I sure do.’ He said, ‘you should, because luck's been on your side all day long.’”


IDHR and SIU-C Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Oct 3, 2018

The Illinois Department of Human Rights and SIU recognized those who promote fairness and equality for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Former ACLU President, Nadine Strossen spoke at the SIU School of Law on Wednesday about the importance of freedom of speech. 
Strossen says she has supported that freedom, even when the speech was not popular.

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The Magnolia Manor in Cairo, Illinois is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was built in the late 1800s by a wealthy businessman who made his fortune selling flour all over the world.  In this feature, we hear about how this house, built as a testament to the rich resources found in southern Illinois, impacted the world, and still draws visitors today.


Eight schools in Union County are receiving federal grant funds to improve school safety.

The 357-thousand dollars are awarded through the School Violence Prevention Program in the Department of Justice.

The inspector general for Cook County says Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker engaged in a ``scheme to defraud'' taxpayers to get $330,000 in property tax breaks on a Chicago mansion.


Documentary filmmaker and discoverer of a lost ancient city in the Honduran jungle is coming back to his alma mater this evening to share his story.


A national test for Wireless Emergency Alert and Emergency Alert System capabilities will take place Wednesday afternoon.

FEMA and the FCC will jointly conduct the nationwide test to assess if the infrastructure is ready to distribute a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

Interviewees and program host stand together for a group photo.
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Relive fond memories of Illinois' historic Du Quoin State Fair with a special broadcast produced by WSIU Public Television as part of the Illinois Bicentennial 1818-2018 celebration.  Du Quoin State Fair Memories airs Sunday, October 14th at 3 p.m. and Monday, October 22nd at 9 p.m. on WSIU TV.