Project Hopes to Help Students with Trauma

Sep 26, 2018

The Illinois Education Association and Partnership for Resilience are teaming up for Resilient Southern Illinois aimed to help students with trauma.

Mary Jane Morris, IEA director of Teaching and Learning says students with Adverse Childhood Experiences risk falling behind in school. Examples of the trauma include verbal, physical and sexual abuse and domestic violence or absence.

New research illustrates the significant impact Medicaid expansion is having in Illinois, especially in rural areas.

According to the findings, among states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, uninsured rates for low-income adults living in rural areas and small towns fell more than three times more than in non-expansion states.


A central Illinois motorcycle club has donated money from a fundraiser to help a southern Illinois service dog organization that benefits military veterans suffering from PTSD.

The Taylorville VFW Riders recently presented officials at This Able Veteran in Carbondale with a 50-thousand dollar check from a Poker Run this past summer.

Ask The Newsroom: The State Of State Parks

Sep 26, 2018
Ranger standing at trailhead.
Kevin Boucher/WSIU

Recently, we received a question from Mark Porter, who wanted to know more about the state of state parks in Illinois. Mark asked:


“What is the governor doing to protect our natural resources in Illinois and what is being done to support the State Parks and county forest preserves?”


Making Art Out Of Steel and Iron

Sep 26, 2018
Courtesy of the Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society

The annual Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society is holding their annual Conference and Art Auction.

Among the events, a public demonstration by reknown metalsmith Rachel David.  Rachel's presentation will be held Friday September 28th, 2018  and Saturday September  29th 2018 in the Pulliam Ironshop.

House Financial Services Housing Subcommittee

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth are calling on Congress to strengthen federal oversight of the housing crisis in Cairo.

They testified Tuesday before a hearing of the House Financial Services Housing Subcommittee. The topic concerned the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's failed oversight of the Alexander County Housing Authority.

Residents and visitors in downtown Carbondale now have access to free Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi is now available along Illinois Avenue between the Town Square Pavilion and Friendship Plaza.

Peoria Journal Star

State wildlife crews have poisoned a central Illinois lake as part of a plan to kill off the carp that have overrun it and restock it with game fish.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources biologists on Monday spread a compound toxic to fish around the 30-acre Eureka Lake.


The president of Southeast Missouri State University is apologizing after he was captured on video drinking from a beer bong at a tailgate party in Carbondale.

Fire at Evergreen Terrace Displaces 14 SIU-C Students

Sep 24, 2018
David Larson, WSIU

Fourteen SIU-Carbondale students are moving out of one of the school's housing units after a Sunday afternoon fire.

The fire at Evergreen Terrace on Pleasant Hill Road damaged apartments in the building including one belonging to Alma Alcala, a junior in Dental Hygiene.

National parks in Illinois and across the nation may be a step closer to getting much needed repairs.

The House Committee on Natural Resources has approved the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (HR 6510), which would use revenue from energy production on public lands to address the $11 billion maintenance backlog at national parks.

SSM Health

A southern Illinois hospital has a new leader.

Washington County Hospital in Nashville has hired Brian Monsma as its new president.


One year ago Thursday, a student at Mattoon High School brought a gun to the school cafeteria and shot another students.

Students are still healing.

Coming to America in 2018: Would you be Welcome?

Sep 20, 2018
Southern Illinois Immigration Project

Local advocacy groups in Carbondale are presenting an interactive game where participants will experience the setbacks, challenges and costs of legally immigrating to the United States.

A federal judge has refused to grant class-action status to a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination against female doctors at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.


The inaugural SIU Day brought in several hundred students from 22 high schools around the southern Illinois region.

A flyer is floating around social media outing a student at SIU-Carbondale as a Nazi sympathizer.

The flyer claims the student is attending school on a scholarship and that students should contact the Financial Aid Department to demand SIU-C revoke the scholarship immediately.

Carbondale Racial Justice Coalition

John A. Logan College is keeping its distance from flyers promoting white supremacy, which were placed on vehicles parked at the school on Tuesday.

The flyers had a bold typed headline that read "It's Alright to be White."

Carbondale Racial Justice Coalition

The Carbondale Racial Justice Coalition says flyers promoting white supremacy were placed on vehicles parked Tuesday at John A. Logan College.

On its Facebook page, the coalition posted a photograph of the flyer that included a headline in bold type that read, "It's Alright to be White."

Senior citizens and people with disabilities can soon start applying for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program - or LIHEAP.

Local agencies will begin scheduling appointments and accepting applications for winter heating assistance on October 1st.


A southern Illinois man will discuss his work to help rescue a youth soccer team from a cave in Thailand.

This past summer, the players and their coach were trapped in a cave due to high water.

Courtesy of The National Park Service.

In order to lessen the chances of fatal bird collisions, the National Park Service recently announced that during the night,  they are shutting off the lights at the famed Gateway Arch.

Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

WSIL reports a judge Monday morning vacated the first-degree murder conviction against Gaege Bethune.

A jury convicted the Eldorado man in June of first-degree murder for the death of former SIU-C student Pravin Varughese.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

In his latest commentary, Ornithologist Dr. Mike Baltz takes a close look at an ancient survival mechanism that birds use to survive:  migration.

Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

A Jackson County jury Thursday found a Murphysboro man guilty of killing his parents in their home last year.

Former St. Louis Cardinal and Los Angeles Dodger player Wally Moon passed away earlier this year. The Arkansas native took advantage of the oddly configured Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to hit dozens of home runs.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how ballplayers at all levels are used to playing on uniquely shaped diamonds.

Governor Bruce Rauner attempted to reset his election campaign Thursday.

Rauner gathered about 65 supporters in a hotel ballroom in downtown Chicago.


Illinois wildlife managers are closely watching for signs of a 100 % fatal disease in deer, known as Chronic Wasting Disease.  The disease eventually renders the native White-Tailed Deer unable to run and to behave normally.


The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday that strengthens infrastructure at America's ports, locks, dams and waterways.

SIU Salukis

For the first time in school history, the Saluki men's golf team is ranked the number one team in the country according to the Golfweek rankings.

SIU's rating is 67.90. Campbell University is second at 68.11 followed in the top five by Indiana, Missouri and Bowling Green.