Family Counseling Center, Inc.

A statewide commission that will make recommendations to the Illinois governor and state lawmakers on policies for young people will have a representative from southern Illinois.

Carbondale Police Investigating Retail Theft.

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Carbondale Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in a retail theft on December 3rd  at about 5:00 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods located at 1250 East Main Street in Carbondale.  The suspects, pictured on our website,  concealed merchandise and fled the store in a grey colored Dodge Charger in an unknown direction of travel.   The vehicle did not display any registration plates.  Anyone with information about the suspects’ identities or the incident is encouraged to contact the police department at 618-457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 618-549-COPS. The investigation into the incident is continuing.

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The chairs of the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry are holding a press conference to unveil the articles of impeachment against President Trump. Watch their remarks live.

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is answering lawmakers' questions about his report on the Russia investigation, which was released on Monday. Watch the hearing live.

The non-profit Centerstone, which offers substance abuse and mental health treatment, sponsored a workshop on getting families involved in the substance-abuse treatment process recently.

SIU System Has A New President.

Dec 5, 2019
WSIU Kevin Boucher

The SIU Board of Trustees, meeting at the Carbondale Campus on Thursday,  voted to appoint Daniel Mahony as the next President of the SIU System.

At a news conference on Thursday,  Mahony said that declining enrollment, while a big issue at SIU, is common at  90 percent of Universities all across the United States, and that he would make it a top priority.

American Red Cross Issues Urgent Appeal.

Dec 4, 2019

The American Red Cross is asking for the public to be sure and donate blood.

SIU Trustees appear split on how - and when - to change the way state funding is divided between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.

12/4/2019: House Judiciary Holds Impeachment Hearing

Dec 4, 2019
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The House Judiciary Committee is holding its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry, focused on constitutional grounds for impeachment.

WSIU Kevin Boucher

A six-figure gift to the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute will help get more college students involved in public service.

Southern Illinois University

SIU's Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on the appointment of a new system president.

Associated Press

Missouri officials are buying a piece of equipment that simulates the experience of being in an earthquake to prepare residents for a big temblor in a region that saw one of the most powerful earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains in the 1800's.

SIU Carbondale

A new publication, which bills itself as a leading resource for information on higher education in the U.S., calls SIU-Carbondale a hidden gem.

College Gazette places SIU-C at number eight in its "10 Best Hidden Gem Public Universities in the U.S."

Blessings in Johnson County

Dec 2, 2019
Amelia Blakely

This story was aired on November 29, 2019. 

More than 10% of Johnson County's 12, 899 residents are food insecure, according to Map the Meal Gap 2019 study by Feeding America, a national non-profit organization made of networks of food banks. 

Local residents saw the growing need and are independently organizing to make sure their most vulnerable neighbors are being fed.  

Brenda Kreuter of Vienna, Illinois is the organizer of the two Blessing Boxes in the city which is open to anyone who needs extra food but don't have money to buy it. 


Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens says there are still 47 seats available on the third fan bus headed to Dekalb Friday for the Red Devils' Class 4A State Championship football game.

SIU Salukis

A former baseball Saluki is taking over as the new manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates today announced Derek Shelton will become the franchise's new skipper in 2020.

Illinois Deer Hunters Harvest Fewer Deer.

Nov 27, 2019

Statewide, hunters harvested 8,663 fewer deer in the first Firearm Deer Season, compared to the same season last year.

Dr. Duane Moser

A new form of life has been discovered in water over half a mile underground in the Nevada Desert.

Newman Center
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If you’re still without a place to go for Thanksgiving the Newman Center in Carbondale has a seat for you.

Newman Catholic Student Center has been providing a Thanksgiving Day meal for the last 51 years.

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Minova USA in Marion received some special recognition from the US department of Labor on Tuesday.

Minova’s Marion branch became the 40th business in the state to qualify for the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program by OSHA.

Illinois Secretary of State

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office says a statewide sting to catch drivers abusing disability parking kicks off on Black Friday.

This is the 13th year for the sting, which targets people parking illegally in disability spots at several Illinois shopping malls...including University Mall in Carbondale.

Mt Vernon Police are investigating a shooting... it happened Monday afternoon in the 1700-block of South 12th Street.

Police say they received the call shortly after 3-pm.  Two people were shot. Police say both suspects were taken from the scene to an area hospital.

Central Christian Church
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In 1996 Central Christian Church saw a need in the community to serve Thanksgiving dinner to those without a place to go.

This year they’re preparing for their 23rd annual Thanksgiving dinner.


The Amtrak route between Chicago and Carbondale is the least on-time state-supported passenger rail route in the country … according to Amtrak’s own data.

Amtrak blames the Canadian National Railroad … which owns the tracks … for not giving the passenger trains priority … which is required by law.

Rep. Severin's office

In October, State Representative Dave Severin announced the launch of “Backpacks for Buddies”, a donation drive seeking new backpacks filled with overnight care items to be given to children placed in emergency foster care.

On Friday, the first installment of 45 backpacks were delivered to Severin's office in Marion.

WSIU InFocus: The Story of The Turkey With Mike Baltz.

Nov 25, 2019

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Ornithologist Dr. Mike Baltz sheds some light  on the symbol of the Holiday.

If you’re looking for something new to sooth your binge watching needs over the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, you might want to check out the new Amazon Prime anthology series Modern Love.

It’s based on The New York Times popular column of the same name.   The series debuted in October and features a star studded cast from Tina Fey and Anne Hathaway, to Andy Garcia and Dev Patel.

Film critic Namrata Sathe takes a closer look at Modern Love in this edition of SIU Reviews.


A Jackson County man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to 12 counts of Disorderly Conduct for making Bomb Threats.

The Jackson County State’s Attorney says 37-year-old Justin Bagley of Elkville received a five-year prison sentence.

Last February, officials with the Taber Police Service in Alberta, Canada contacted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department to report businesses and schools in Taber had received several bomb threats within the preceding 48 hours.


More than 25-million dollars in federal funding has been awarded to Illinois communities to replace and rehabilitate buses and their facilities.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program.

Get Prepared for Winter Driving

Nov 22, 2019
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The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that winter is coming. The "Winter Weather - Get It Together" campaign is reminding the public to be careful when traveling during the season.

The department released a list of recommendations: