A southern Illinois lawmaker is launching a program to help children placed in emergency foster care.

State Representative Dave Severin says far too often, these children are removed from their homes in an undignified manner.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Officials with the SIU Alumni Association and other school officials broke ground Thursday on the Saluki Alumni Plaza on the Carbondale campus.

SIU-C Interim Chancellor John Dunn says it's significant this is occurring during the University's 150th anniversary celebration.

WUSI-TV Service Outage

Oct 17, 2019

WUSI-TV, Olney, IL will be off the air to change its transmission on Friday, October 18th at approximately 6:00 a.m. The service interruption is likely to take several hours before the work is completed. We regret the inconvenience for our viewers. Viewers who receive WUSI with an over the air antenna will need to rescan their television sets once we return to the air. Viewers who receive WUSI via cable or satellite will not be affected.


Scientists are conducting more and more studies on how nature affects the brain and how it can improve some health issues. WSIU's Brad Palmer has this report.

Shawnee Forest

Two open houses this month will discuss the recently released recreation fee proposal at the Shawnee National Forest.

The forest's Laura Lecher says the fee proposal was announced last August because recreation funding has declined over the past ten years.


A Danville man is set to go to trial later this year for robbing a bank in Centralia.

The U.S. attorney for Southern Illinois says 21-year-old Aaron Moss is the only defendant named in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury.

SIU Salukis

The SIU men's and women's basketball teams held their annual Media Day Wednesday at the newly named Banterra Center.

The Frontier Independent Professional Baseball League is joining forces with the Can-Am League starting with the 2020 season.

Members of the Frontier League - which includes the Southern Illinois Miners - and the new teams from the Can-Am League will make up the 14-team circuit.

SIU Salukis

Former SIU men's basketball coach Barry Hinson is back in college basketball.

Sports Illustrated reports the 38-year coaching veteran is returning to his alma mater, Oklahoma State, as an analyst.

Illinois News Connection

New research says discrimination and segregation continue to plague Illinois and other Midwestern states.

According to the report "Race in the Heartland," while more black Americans live in the 12-state Midwestern region, equity metrics here are worse than in other states.


Officials in public safety, healthcare and other service providers in southern Illinois will come together at the 9th annual regional disaster conference.

The Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition is hosting the Weathering the Storm Conference on Wednesday.

Live Blog: October Democratic Debate - 10/15/19

Oct 15, 2019
Democratic Debates
Angela Hsieh / NPR

Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins Tue, Oct. 15 at 7pm (central). 

Peabody Energy

A southern Illinois coal mine is expected to close before the end of the calendar year.

Peabody Energy announced Monday the Arclar Complex in Saline County should stop production by the middle of December.


A republican who ran unsuccessfully for the 115th District Illinois House seat in 2018 is throwing his hat into the ring again.

Semi-retired optometrist and owner of Von Jakob Winery, Paul Jacobs, is seeking the nomination, this time for an open seat since incumbent Terri Bryant is running for state senate.

The out-migration from Illinois has been highly publicized.

Now, an internet article has some statistics to support the talk.

First responders, Emergency Managers, Community leaders and individuals across the world will participate in the 5th Annual Great Central U.S. Shakeout on October 17th.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost says the current impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is a political move - and not the same as the impeachment of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Human Services Providers Voice Concerns to Lawmakers.

Oct 11, 2019

Lawmakers Paul Schimpf, Terri Bryant, Dave Severin and Patrick Windhorst met with Directors and operators of human services providers at a listening forum at John A. Logan College on Friday, to hear the concerns of those at the ground level of providing valuable support for those with disabilities.

Ameren Unveils Driver Safety Program

Oct 11, 2019

Ameren Illinois and Driver’s Education Association are teaming up to roll out a new safety curriculum for new drivers.


After member schools of the Illinois High School Association last year narrowly approved a districting format for high school football teams, a new proposal is being floated.

The Chicago Sun-Times has obtained a copy of a new playoff proposal that's expected to be sent to the IHSA in the next few days.

Eight Massac County residents have been arrested on illegal drug distribution charges.

Associated Press

Major League Baseball players rarely play their entire career with the same team, even the best of the best.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson takes a look at how fans often have their hearts broken when their favorite players end up on a different team.

Southern Illinois Republican Congressman John Shimkus says he no longer supports President Donald Trump after his ``terrible and despicable'' decision to pull American troops from Syria.


Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens says he has decided not to run for the 115th District State House of Representative's seat.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A jury has found a Carbondale man guilty in a shooting incident earlier this year.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 28-year-old Jody Pullen faces a potential sentence of 31 to 55 years in prison.

Murphysboro students and teachers will be back in the classroom Thursday, as a tentative deal was announced late Wednesday night between the teachers' union and District 186.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has released a five-year economic plan for Illinois that builds on the state's strongest sectors such as agriculture, health care and transportation.


A fundraising campaign is underway for the support staff in the Murphysboro School District.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Two Centralia residents have been arrested in connection to a burglary this past summer at Woodlawn High School.

Another negotiating session between the Murphysboro School District #186 Administrators,  and the Murphysboro Teacher's Union, is planned for 5:00PM this (Wednesday) afternoon.