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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) about the 2nd Annual Southern Illinois Made Expo, hosted in Marion July 27-28.

An event this weekend in Marion is billed as a showcase for all that southern Illinois has to offer.

The Southern Illinois Made Expo allows businesses to show off their products, services and destinations produced in the region.

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A patriotic celebration took place the day before Independence Day in Williamson County.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker says his district did very well in the state budget approved over the weekend.

Senator Dale Fowler of Harrisburg says the budget includes lump sum money for ports across the state, including his proposal for a facility at Cairo.

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Southern Illinois Senator Dale Fowler joined a bi-partisan group of lawmakers in Springfield to talk about a measure involving the Walker's Bluff Resort project.

Illinois Capital Bill Faces Bumpy Road

May 6, 2019

1929 was a busy year.

The first car radio is made, sunglasses were invented, Switzerland invented the chainsaw, London installed the first public telephone booth, the first Academy Awards honoring film industry achievement were given out, and Popeye sailed into comic strips.

Locally, after two years of construction, the US 60/62 bridge opened over the Mississippi River connecting Illinois and Missouri.

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Illinois' governor and acting head of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency surveyed the flooding in southernmost Illinois.

After receiving an emergency response briefing in Metropolis Tuesday, Governor J-B Pritzker said state government will be proactive in helping communities deal with natural disasters.

State Senator Dale Fowler is pushing a plan to allow voters to weigh in on a non-partisan system for drawing legislative maps.

The Harrisburg republican says Senate Joint Resolution - Constitutional Amendment 4 would allow a vote on establishing an independent redistricting commission. Fowler says it will increase transparency and provide for hearings to gather public input.

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The new year is right around the corner, and with the fresh start Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker is reaching acrossed party lines to bring job growth throughout the state with his Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee.

State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) says he is extremely honored to be selected for the committee to represent southern Illinois and his constiuents' interests.

"I'm extremely excited that he is looking over party lines," Fowler says. "The election is over, and it's time to get to work."

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The Illinois House Thursday passed a bill to allow Hardin County to buy the shuttered Hardin County Work Camp facility from the State of Illinois for one dollar.

The bill's chief sponsor in the House - Democratic Representative Natalie Phelps-Finnie - says the county will utilize the facility for a new jail that could house up to 100 inmates.

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Republican Illinois Senator Dale Fowler of Harrisburg was re-elected Tuesday night.

He says he's ready to get to work on some Southern Illinois projects like the Cairo River Port Terminal.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker is heralding what he calls a key investment in the future economic development of the region.

State Senator Dale Fowler of Harrisburg says a million dollars in capital funding has been released for the proposed river port terminal in Cairo.

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

One increases truck haul weights for farmers.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker says he is encouraged about the future of a Port District in Cairo.

Senator Dale Fowler joined local officials Monday in Illinois' southernmost city to hear presentations from businesses out of New Orleans, Florida and Kentucky.

A longtime southern Illinois school administrator is running for state senate as a democrat.

Steve Webb is superintendent of the Goreville school district. He wants to challenge incumbent republican Dale Fowler.

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Almost four months after Housing and Urban Development announced it was closing two public housing complexes in Cairo, the head of the federal agency visited the town.

Ben Carson toured the McBride and Elmwood developments Tuesday and then answered questions from some residents at Cairo High School.

A group of lawmakers is trying to boost the economy in Illinois' southernmost city.

This week, State Senator Dale Fowler, representatives with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth as well as Congressman Mike Bost's office met with Delta Regional Authority Chairman Chris Masingill to talk about a proposed port terminal project for Cairo.

State Senator Dale Fowler says he's lending his voice to the call for more help at the troubled Alexander County Housing Authority.

Local lawmakers say they're pleased with what they heard from Governor Bruce Rauner in his State of the State Address.

Three new Republicans will take the oath of office Wednesday, pledging to serve the state and, more specifically, southern Illinois.

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Harrisburg Mayor Dale Fowler will soon serve southeastern Illinois as the State Senator for the 59th District. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller sat down with Fowler to talk about his goals and priorities ahead of inauguration day.