Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker continues to urge residents not to travel or gather with people outside their household for Thanksgiving.

Pritzker says there is still time to change plans before Thursday's holiday.

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs' “Money Match” program is returning more than a million dollars to thousands of taxpayers.

The program aims to get unclaimed cash to the rightful owner.

Nine candidates filed their nominating petitions for three open seats on the Carbondale City Council.

This means there will not be a primary election in February. A primary required 13 or more candidates to file their petitions by the deadline at the end of business on Monday.


The SIU women’s basketball team open its season on Wednesday.

Eastern Michigan will be the opponent inside Banterra Center for the 1 p.m. matinee.

Newman Center Preparing To Go Meals For Thanksgiving

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Newman Center Preparing To Go Meals For Thanksgiving
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Volunteers were busy at the Newman Center in Carbondale preparing meals for Thanksgiving.

The Newman Center usually DRAWS hundreds or Thanksgiving DINNER.

Heartland Offers New Test For IBS Patients

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Heartland Regional Medical Center is introducing a new, non-invasive tests for patients with irritable bowel syndrome.

The hydrogen breath test works by measuring the amount of gases in the breath after a patient is given a sugar solution.

Doctors estimate between ten and fifteen percent of the population suffers from IBS, which is characterized by abdominal pain and abnormal bowel movements. It’s unknown what causes IBS.

Biden Illustration
Caroline Amedabar | NPR

President-elect Joe Biden is formally announcing his most recent nominees and appointments for his incoming administration. Among his choices are Antony Blinken for secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas for homeland security secretary and Avril Haines for director of national intelligence. Watch his announcement live.  

WSIU News Morning Update (11/24/2020)

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Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the new for this morning, November 24th.


One of the experimental drugs that President Trump received while he was battling COVID-19 has been approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration.

The drug, made by Regeneron, is the second antibody treatment to win emergency use approval from the FDA.

Illinois state officials are reminding local governments of a December 1 deadline to submit applications for federal relief from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor J-B Pritzker says he encourages communities -- no matter how small -- to take advantage of the Local CURE funds, which Congress approved in its COVID-19 relief package last spring.

NPR Illinois

A central Illinois man who pleaded guilty to making a threat against Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to undergo mental health counseling.

U.S. Federal Court

The federal courthouses in the Southern District of Illinois will generally be closed to the public until further notice, except for special settings.

Chief District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel says the additional restrictions for the Benton and East St. Louis courthouses are due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Mike Parson says Missouri's hospitals are struggling to cope with rising COVID-19 cases.

The Newman Center in Carbondale had to make some changes to their Thanksgiving Day meal because of COVID-19 restrictions.

For more than 50 years the Newman Catholic Student Center at Southern Illinois University has opened its doors on Thanksgiving to anyone that doesn’t have a place to go.

OSF Part of National Mask Campaign

Nov 20, 2020
OSF HealthCare

OSF HealthCare is joining 100 of the nation’s top health care systems, representing thousands of hospitals in communities across the U.S. with an urgent plea for all Americans to mask up, because wearing a face mask is our best chance at slowing the surging COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois News Connection

Like many other observances in 2020, Adoption Awareness Month in Illinois is taking place in the virtual world.

Throughout the month of November, Illinoisans are being encouraged to share their connections to adoption by displaying coloring sheets in their windows created with their kids, and sharing pictures on social media.

WSIU News Morning Update (11/20/2020)

Nov 20, 2020

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for November 20th.

WSIU News Morning Update (11/19/2020)

Nov 19, 2020

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for November 19th.

Inside The Blanket Fort
SIU Press

Shady Rest is destroyed in an explosion and four bodies are found at the scene. Soon after, state highway patrolman Lory Price, who remarked that he had seen Charlie Birger, Art Newman, and Connie Ritter driving toward the scene that night, goes missing along with his pregnant wife Ethel. Charlie Birger testifies against the Sheltons in the trial for the Collinsville mail robbery.

10 Lawsuits Over COVID-19 Restrictions Merged in Sangamon County Court

Nov 18, 2020
Capitol News Illinois file photo

The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to combine 10 lawsuits challenging indoor dining bans across the state with existing cases in Sangamon County that raise the same legal questions.

The Supreme Court’s order brings a total of 19 cases involving legal challenges to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 related restrictions that are now consolidated in Sangamon County Court before Judge Raylene Grischow.

State COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 11,000

Nov 18, 2020

As the state surpassed 11,000 COVID-19-related deaths Wednesday and the disease became the third leading cause of death in the state, health officials sought to address rumors and conspiracy theories related to the virus.

Egg Allergies No Longer A Reason To Avoid The Flu Shot

Nov 18, 2020

Some people who haven’t been able to get flu shots previously may be able to now.

Dr. Jason West, family physician with Southern Illinois Healthcare, said patients with egg allergies shouldn’t fear getting the flu shot this year.

An Expert Explains How To Understand COVID-19 Data

Nov 18, 2020

With so much data coming out, it can be hard to understand the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Louis University School of Medicine's Timothy Wiemken spoke with WSIU about what some of those numbers mean, and what types of data are most help in understanding the pandemic.

State Representatives Terri Bryant and Dave Severin held a virtual town hall and listening session Tuesday night.

On Tuesday State Representatives Terri Bryant and Dave Severin were live on Facebook for a virtual town hall meeting to update their districts on a variety of topics - and COVID-19 topped the list.

COVID-19 is not stopping the Boy Scouts from supporting local food pantries.  Steve Buhman  with Pack 47 of the Boy Scouts says, instead of collecting those familiar blue bags from door steps, a safer way to get the food is planned.

Midwest Governors Urge Residents to Limit Contact Over Holidays

Nov 17, 2020
Capitol News Illinois

A bipartisan group of governors from seven Midwestern states, including Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, issued a joint plea Tuesday for residents of their states to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19 over the upcoming holiday weekend, even if that means avoiding travel and family get-togethers.

“This Thanksgiving is going to look different than others have before, and it’s because it has to,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said during a virtual joint news conference. “I know that instead of hosting a big, in-person Thanksgiving like I usually do, I’m going to be setting up a Zoom call with my family members.”

Two people are wanted for a robbery late Monday night in Carbondale.

Police responded to the 800 block of East College Street just before midnight and learned the suspects lured the victim to the rear of a building where one of the suspects displayed a handgun, robbed the victim and fled the area.

Capitol News Illinois file photo

Four restaurants in Sangamon County that continued to offer indoor dining in defiance of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 mitigation plan were ordered to shut down temporarily Tuesday.

The order from a Sangamon County judge states that the four restaurants — Charlie Parker’s Diner, D&J Cafe, Sweet Basil Cafe, and Fox Run Restaurant and Lounge — “are prohibited from selling food items,” effective immediately.

State Issues Stricter Mitigations Amid Hospitalization Surge

Nov 17, 2020
Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois

Gov. JB Pritzker announced the entire state would enter Tier 3 of his mitigation plan starting Friday as he noted the best way for Illinoisans to avoid another stay-at-home order was by staying home.

“Tier 3 boils down to this: if you don’t need to do it, don’t,” Gov. JB Pritzker said of leaving the home as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to soar.

COVID Admissions Increase At Local Hospitals

Nov 17, 2020

As COVID-19 cases rise in our region, hospitals are filling up.

Governor JB Pritzker has warned that it will be difficult for hospitals to meet the needs of patients if COVID continues to spread at the current rate.

Locally, Southern Illinois Healthcare hit a record with 54 patients currently admitted due to COVID, up from 45 last week. Since March, SIH has had more than 380 patients hospitalized with COVID. While beds are filling up with the increase in patients, as of now, SIH leaders say they’re able to meet the demand.