Pete Peterson

Anyone can get caught up in the excitement of a Major League Baseball game.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about how his wife, Anita, let loose at a recent trip to a Pittsburgh Pirates game.

Olmsted Dam Project
LouisvilleUSACE/Flickr / LouisvilleUSACE/Flickr

There are around 200 locks in the rivers across the nation.

Most of them are decades old and needing replaced.

Two of them were officially replaced after taking 30 years to complete.

National Audubon Society

With Labor Day weekend here, many people will be celebrating the last weekend of summer with get-togethers and cookouts.

Late last week, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure that would’ve given Illinois school teachers a base salary of 40-thousand-dollars by the year 20-22.

But, State Senator Andy Manar, who sponsored the legislation, says he’s hoping to save it.


The exact replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is now in place in Perryville, Missouri.

Workers installed the final panel of the granite wall on Tuesday at Missouri's National Veterans Memorial.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The most expensive inland waterway project in U.S. history is set to open later this year.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Olmsted Locks and Dam in southern Illinois is scheduled for Thursday.

Carbondale Police Investigate Weekend Shooting

Aug 27, 2018

Early Saturday morning Carbondale Police say a man arrived at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale with a life-threatening gunshot wound.

Authorities say the victim is a 27-year-old man from Chicago.


In many school districts, students who are unable to pay for lunch can be shamed - or denied lunch.

Senator Steve Stadelman of Rockford says some kids that can't afford a lunch have been made to feel bad by schools requiring them to wear a wristband or handstamp.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus is hoping a new free tuition program will help boost in-state enrollment.   But, officials don’t know how much of a boost the program will provide.

State of Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner signed agriculture bills over the weekend at the DuQuoin State Fair.

One increases truck haul weights for farmers.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner last week vetoed several immigration related proposals ... earning the ire of advocates and some lawmakers in the General Assembly.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill this weekend that would have raised the minimum salary for Illinois public school teachers to $40,000 by 2022.

In his veto message, Rauner says legislation isn’t the best way to raise teacher pay.

A new law mandates the Illinois Department of Public Health to begin screening babies for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA… a neurodegenerative disorder linked to infant death.

SMA is an inherited muscle disorder… it affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord… which limits the patient’s ability to walk, eat, or breathe. Children with the disease typically die before 18 months.

A new Illinois law puts owners of dangerous dogs on alert.

Dogs can already be deemed "dangerous" by authorities...and now owners whose dog has killed another pet and still let them run loose could be punished by the courts.

Part of a national protest will take place in Benton on Sunday to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat after Justice Anthony Kennedy retired. The senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for September 4th.

Governor Bruce Rauner wants changes made to a bill meant to reduce the state’s backlog of Medicaid applications.

State Senator Scott Bennett wants an override of the governor’s amendatory veto in the fall.

SIU's IMAGE Center Holds Open House

Aug 24, 2018
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The Intergrated Microscopy and Graphic Expertise Center held an open house on the SIU Carbondale Campus Friday.

Almost everyone’s used a microscope before, but not one like this.

WSIU InFocus: Dr. Mike Baltz And The Unique Cowbird.

Aug 24, 2018
National Audubon Society

On this edition of WSIU INFOCUS, Ornithologist Dr. Mike Baltz explains the impact of a bird that is taking advantage of forest fragmentation.

SIU Salukis

To say the SIU men's basketball team faces a challenging non-conference schedule might be an understatement.

The Salukis released the schedule Thursday and the season opener is a doozy.

Vienna IGA to Reopen

Aug 23, 2018

Two Vienna natives are planning to re-open the IGA store in the Johnson County town.

Chad and Chance Miles, who currently own Miles Brothers Meats in West Frankfort, will call the store Miles Brothers Foods. It will retain the familiar IGA sign.

A national study comparing general school funding dollars with the amount spent on staff benefits singled out Illinois, and not in a good way.


The study tracked spending on K-12 education for the years 2005 through 2014. And nationwide, spending increased slightly… But spending on benefits for school staff? That increased much more.

The Illinois Constitution was first signed 200 years ago this Sunday, August 26th.

Stuart Lane, executive director of the governor's office of the Illinois Bicentennial says there will be a lot to see.

State of Illinois

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Wednesday signed a package of bills aimed at improving mental health throughout the state, especially in rural and underserved areas. 

It’s like facetiming your doctor… telemedicine allows patients to connect with mental and behavioral health specialists from a distance, and with this new legislation, Medicaid beneficiaries will now have access to these services.

Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration

A bronze statue of an African American Civil War-era Union soldier could be placed in southeast Missouri.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the statue would be located in Cape Girardeau's Ivers Square to honor the area's former slaves who joined the Union Army.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The Trump administration has proposed a major rollback in Obama-era restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The plan announced Tuesday gives the states more discretion in choosing how to regulate pollution from the plants.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Two U.S. congressmen visited the Marion VA Medical Center Tuesday as part of a Veterans Listening Tour.

Congressman Mike Bost of Murphysboro hosted House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Phil Roe from Tennessee to learn more about the effort to reform hiring practices at the facility.

Lawmakers are summoning University of Illinois officials to Springfield to discuss a new public-private innovation center near downtown Chicago.

SIU Edwardsville

Faculty and staff at SIU Edwardsville say they no longer have confidence in the university's board of trustees - and are asking the Illinois General Assembly to put pressure on the board when it comes to distributing state funds.

The Eclipse: One Year and 30-Thousand People Later.

Aug 21, 2018

Exactly one year ago, tens of thousands of visitors came to Carbondale, and the southern Illinois area to witness the Total Solar Eclipse.