Illinois State Police

An Olney teenager -- wanted for First Degree Murder -- has been arrested in Florida.

Illinois State Police say 18-year-old Rick Meador was arrested at a campground. A 16-year-old female was also taken into custody. She was listed as missing and endangered in connection with the murder investigation.


Grant funding will allow Man-Tra-Con Corporation to collaborate with SIU–Carbondale in addressing the need for aviation maintenance technicians.


Three coal fired power plants in the region are set to be closed over the next several years.

The plan is part of Vistra Energy Corporation's comprehensive plan to accelerate its transition to clean power generation sources and advance efforts to significantly reduce its carbon footprint.

Southeast Missouri State University has seen an uptick in active COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks.

As of Tuesday, Southeast Missouri State University reported 130 active cases. 121 are students and the other nine employees. There are 45 students in quarantine/isolation on the Cape Girardeau campus.

Illinois State Capitol

The Senate Education Committee held its third hearing addressing COVID-19 support in schools today on Wednesday.

The Senate Education Committee held a virtual meeting Wednesday to discuss making sure schools have the proper funding and resources to guarantee students can be successful during this pandemic.


After a member of his staff recently tested positive for COVID-19, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker  Wednesday gave his weekly  briefing from quarantine, and reported nine out of 11 regions have seen positivity rates decline, over the last two weeks.  But  Region one, in the northwest part of the state, has surpassed a positivity rate of eight percent for three days in a row.  As a result, the Governor says, stricter measures will be in force, including no indoor bar service or dining in that region.

Daily COVID Update

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(September 30) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,273 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 35 additional deaths. The overall number of coronavirus cases is 293,274 since the pandemic began, and the death toll stands at 8,672.

Flu Vaccines Still Important During The Pandemic

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A hand giving someone a shot in the arm.
National Institutes of Health

Everyone’s talking about COVID-19, but that doesn’t meant you can forget about the flu. Doctors are reminding people to get their flu shot this season.

Doctor Eric Graham, with Heartland Regional Medical Center, said the symptoms of COVID and flu are very similar. He said that while most people’s attention is focused on COVID-19, people should remember the flu is also a very serious illness.

“I’ve seen some of these influenza viruses, H1N1 especially, it’s a very serious bug and I’ve seen that take down young, healthy adults,” Graham said.

Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois

The state announced Halloween COVID-19 guidance encouraging social distancing while trick-or-treating, and the governor took questions in a virtual news conference Wednesday.

Capitol News Illinois

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker will update the state's reaction and mitigation measures for COVID-19.

WSIU News Morning Update (9/30/2020)

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WSIU News Updates

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for September 30th.

MacMurray College

MacMurray College in central Illinois will put its real estate up for auction in November as it prepares to close at the end of the spring session following 174 years of operation.

City of Carbondale

The City of Carbondale has named an interim Chief of Police.

Deputy Chief Stan Reno will replace Chief of Police Jeff Grubbs, whose last day is Wednesday.

The Women's Center

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Andrea Stephens, the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator for The Women's Center in Carbondale.

WSIU Almanac: September 30th, 2020.

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Murphysboro Main Street is sponsoring the Guest House Market Whitetail Fall Market this coming weekend.


A statue of a 19th century senator from Illinois who owned slaves and was a longtime nemesis of Abraham Lincoln has been moved from the Illinois Capitol’s lawn into storage.

Two people suffered non-life threatening gun shot wounds last weekend in Carbondale.

Carbondale Police say officers responded to the 800 block of West High Street after a report of shots fired just before 3 a.m. Saturday.

Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois

A staffer who recently traveled with Gov. JB Pritzker has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the governor and others to self-isolate for a period of two weeks, his office announced Tuesday.

WSIU News Morning Update (9/29/2020)

Sep 29, 2020
WSIU News Updates

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for September 29th.

Todd Graham, SIU Debate Coach

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Director Todd Graham ahead of the first Presidential Debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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AES Solar
Kevin Boucher / WSIU

The Coal2sol fundraiser wants to give some local nonprofits solar panels.

AES Solar partnered with The Climate Economy Education Inc. to promote the Coal2sol fundraising campaign.

Gallatin County Offers Rapid COVID-19 Test

Sep 28, 2020
Gloved hands putting a swab into a tube.
Mufid Majnun / Unsplash

Residents of Gallatin County won’t have to wait as long for COVID-19 test results, as the Gallatin County Wellness Center is now offering a rapid COVID-19 test for residents.

The rapid COVID test gives results in 15 minutes. Regular COVID tests can take anywhere from 1 day to more than a week to process, depending on the volume of tests being conducted.

This Saturday the non-profit Keep Carbondale Beautiful is sponsoring a native tree and plant sale.  Marisa Szubryt holds a master's degree from the Plant Biology Department at SIU-C  and  says, native plants provide food for many  local creatures, and you don't have to have a huge acreage.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about the university's response and plans surrounding COVID-19, and also recent "Conversations of Understanding" and initiatives combatting racism throughout the system.

WSIU News Morning Update (9/28/2020)

Sep 28, 2020
WSIU News Updates

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for September 28th.

Senate lawmakers are looking at lowering the compulsory school age in Illinois.

Children currently must start attending school by age six, but this week a senate committee discussed lowering to that to five.

InFocus: Covid-19

Sep 27, 2020

When the novel coronavirus arrived in Illinois, it forced dramatic changes to the way we all live and work. In this episode of InFocus, we explore how those changes affected policy, education, healthcare, and the arts. We learn more about organizations that are stepping up to fill the gaps for people who need help.

Union County State's Attorney's Office

A warrant has been issued in Union County for a man accused of solicitation, grooming, and child pornography.

Inside The Blanket Fort
SIU Press

Journey back inside The Blanket Fort to learn more about how Blanket Fort Radio Theater's podcast production of A Knight of Another Sort: Prohibition Days and Charlie Birger by Gary DeNeal is being turned into educational content to help students learn about southern Illinois' rich history during the days of prohibition.

Blanket Fort Radio Theater is a storytelling initative of SIU Press in collaboration with the SIU Creative Writing Program and WSIU Radio.