Jennifer Fuller

Associate Director for News & Public Affairs, Morning Edition Host

WSIU's award winning reporter bringing you the morning news, local political talk and market forecasts.

Jennifer Fuller joined the WSIU family at a very young age- as both a viewer and a listener! Growing up in Carterville, Jennifer enjoyed WSIU's PBS programming as a child and young adult, and then became even more involved when she attended SIUC and worked for both the radio and TV stations as a student.

Jennifer's love for news and public affairs led her to Springfield after college, where she earned her Master's Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield, and interned with the Illinois Radio Network. After that, she was an award-winning anchor and reporter for WTAX-AM in Springfield, covering education, medicine and political issues for the capitol city.

Following her time in Springfield, Jennifer returned home to southern Illinois, where she rejoined WSIU as a News Producer and Morning Anchor. She expanded and continued the Morning Conversation program, interviewing leaders in politics, education, medicine, arts and many other areas from all over the region and all over the world.

Jennifer is heavily involved in many organizations, including the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, where she currently serves as Past President. She also volunteers her time at her church and in other community groups and events.

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Governor JB Pritzker says the state remains on track to enter Phase 3 of his "Restore Illinois" plan at the end of next week. At the same time, another 2,748 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday, along with an additional 110 deaths.

Friday's report brings Illinois total COVID-19 cases to 105,444 and total deaths to 4,715.

LOCAL CASE UPDATES (4:45pm Update)

Effingham County Health Department:

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Illinois' count of positive COVID-19 cases grew by another 2,268 on Thursday, bringing the state's overall total to 102,686.

The day's announcement also added 87 deaths, putting Illinois' death toll at 4,607.

Illinois Public Health officials say 2,388 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, along with an additional 147 deaths in the last 24 hours.

The new cases push Illinois' total positive COVID-19 test results above 100,00 - to 100,418. Total deaths now stand at 4,525.


More than 98,000 Illinoisans have received a positive COVID-19 test result, as the state added 1,545 new cases on Tuesday.

The overall total now stands at 98,030 positive test results out of 621,684 tests performed. Another 146 deaths were also reported on Tuesday, bringing the state's death toll to 4,379.

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Illinois leaders say they're launching new technological resources to trace COVID-19 cases and contacts, as the state logs another 2,294 cases of the novel coronavirus. Illinois now has had 96,485 positive test results.

Another 59 deaths were also reported, bringing the state's death toll to 4,234.

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State officials are blaming a “glitch” in Illinois' new system for processing unemployment benefits for making private information public - but a local lawmaker says she wants answers.


More than 1,700 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Illinois on Sunday, bringing the state's total to 94,191 cases of the novel coronavirus.

Health leaders also reported another 51 deaths associated with COVID-19, pushing the death toll to 4,177.


Illinois reported 2,088 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, along with 74 additional deaths.

The new numbers bring the state's total infections to 92,457, and total deaths to 4,129. Cases have been confirmed in 100 of Illinois' 102 counties.

With more than 2,400 new cases of COVID-19, Illinois surpassed 90,000 infections on Friday.

More than 3,000 Illinois residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, and more than 100 new deaths were also recorded.

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The state Department of Veterans Affairs reports five cases of COVID-19 among residents at the Anna Veterans Home.

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May 13 saw Illinois' COVID-19 cases grow by another 1,667, adding another county reporting infection.

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Illinois' May 12 update included more than 4,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 100 additional deaths.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn about COVID-19's effects on university commencement, along with plans for Fall 2020.

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Illinois' COVID-19 totals continue to grow, and the state says it's keeping a close watch on Veterans Homes.


Illinois recorded 1,656 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state's overall total to 77,741.


More than two-thousand new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Illinois on Saturday, raising the overall total past 75,000.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale is among scores of colleges and universities hosting "virtual" commencement ceremonies or other celebrations to honor graduates, as stay-at-home orders remain in place across the country.

Illinois Public Health Director Doctor Ngoze Ezike announced 2,887 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, with an additional 130 deaths.

The state's total confirmed cases now stands at 76,760, with 3,241 total deaths.

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

Southern Illinois University's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute has launched a new series, with virtual lectures featuring prominent speakers from across the country. In its inaugural  event, Institute Director John Shaw talked with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy.

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Illinois' Public Health Department says another 2,641 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the state, bringing the total positive test results to 70,873.

The state of Illinois is recording 2,270 new cases of COVID-19, with an additional 136 deaths.

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Local lawmakers say while they're pleased to have a better idea of Governor Pritzker's plans when it comes to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, they also want to see more.

Carbondale Park District

The Carbondale Park District is putting 18 full-time employees on what it calls "temporary furlough," as the agency deals with the economic impact of the coronavirus.

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Illinois added 2,122 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and logging 176 deaths in the same 24-hour period.

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The state of Illinois showed an increase in its COVID-19 cases on Monday, with a jump of 2,341 new patients. Forty-six people died in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 2,662.

The Department of Public Health says there have been 63,840 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois. Ninety-seven of the state's 102 counties have reported at least one case of COVID-19.


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Illinois' Department of Public Health announced 2,994 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, on a day when a record number of tests were also performed.

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The state's total number of infections tops 58,500, and the death toll is more than 2,500.

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for Friday, May 1, 2020:

City of Marion

The City of Marion won't be enforcing Governor JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order extension, which takes effect Friday.