Strong Communities Program
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The Illinois Housing Development Authority is distributing $10 Million across the state through the Strong Communities Program.

The Strong Communities Program will distribute grants to local government agencies to renovate vacant and run-down properties and allow them to be bought to make them productive and taxable.

Due to a number of students and staff in the Harrisburg School District testing positive for COVID-19, students will go to full-time remote learning starting Thursday.

COVID-19 exposures have forced the closure of two SIH facilities in Saline County on Monday (August 31).


WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Natalie Fry, the principal and curriculum coordinator at Harrisburg East Side Intermediate School, about distance learning and the uncertainty for schools in the fall.

Golden Apple

A southern Illinois school administrator has received a statewide award.

Natalie Fry, the principal at East Side Intermediate School in Harrisburg, is a recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Carbondale Turley Park
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The spread of COVID-19 has forced park districts around the state to make some changes.

Many people consider Memorial Day the official beginning of summer, marking the start of youth ball leagues, summer camps, and the opening of community pools.

For park districts in the region the summer of 2020 is becoming one of uncertainty and revamping form the spread of COVID-19.

Harrisburg Hopes To Open Public Pool This Summer

May 5, 2020
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Harrisburg parks are open, but facilities remain closed from the stay at home order.

Harrisburg Park District Executive Director Blake Emery says ball leagues and the opening of the city pool can’t happen at least until the end of May

Two Tornado Anniversaries Close Out February

Feb 28, 2020
National Weather Service

Even though we're still in the final weeks of winter, this is the anniversary of two recent tornado outbreaks in the region.

A southern Illinois project did not win the Governor's Hometown Cup Award.

A Summer Food Service Program provided by the Harrisburg School District was one of four finalists for the award, which involves the best projects in each of the four population divisions across the state.

A Summer Food Service Program provided by the Harrisburg School District is one of four finalists for the Governor's Hometown Cup Award, which involves the best projects in each of the four population divisions across the state.

Program coordinator Valerie Hodges says they served over 12,000 meals to Harrisburg and surrounding communities last summer. She says the need is growing all the time.

Three southern Illinois projects will receive Governor's Hometown Awards next week.

An older woman in a hospital bed, next to a younger woman wearing a mask and gown.
Donna Patton


Two years ago, Donna Patton became one of the nearly 800,000 Americans who suffer a stroke each year. She still remembers waking up from surgery and hearing the reaction from her medical team.


“He just said, ‘do you believe in a higher entity?’” she recalled. “And I said, ‘I sure do.’ He said, ‘you should, because luck's been on your side all day long.’”


The Leap Day Harrisburg Tornado: 4 Years After

Feb 29, 2016
National Weather Service

On February 29th, 2012 an EF-4 Tornado touched down on Harrisburg Illinois.  The twister caused widespread damage and claimed eight lives that day.   WSIU Radio visits with two of the first responders from that day, Captain John Quisenberry and Fire Chief John Gunning of the Harrisburg Fire Department.


Miners from all over the region rallied in Harrisburg Thursday night, hoping to raise awareness of the effects recent energy proposals have had on their industry.

Illinois' Congressional delegation is trying to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to revise how it distributes aid after natural disasters. As WUIS has previously reported, the lawmakers tried before to no avail.

When a tornado touched down in southern Illinois several years ago, devastating the small town of Harrisburg, FEMA turned down Illinois' request for disaster assistance.

Harrisburg Mayor Dies

Aug 8, 2014

The mayor of Harrisburg has died of brain cancer.


A southern Illinois community hit by two natural disasters in one year is getting some long-awaited good news.

2012 Year in Review

Dec 31, 2012

The Illinois Radio Network has compiled its list of Top Stories for 2012. While some are statewide or even national issues, others hit close to home. Here are the stories:

1: Harrisburg Tornado

2: 2012 Drought

3: Facility Closures

4: Pensions

5: Congress

6: Corruption

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

Southern Illinois tornado victims may find it easier to rebuild after this year's deadly tornado... as legislation in Springfield aimed at holding the line on property taxes advances.

The Illinois State Bar Association is offering up some advice and services for people affected by severe weather and other disasters.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

Illinois officials are offering  Harrisburg and other southern Illinois communities hit by February's deadly tornado $13 Million in state and small business aid.

Gov. Pat Quinn says nine southern Illinois counties struck by deadly storms are eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration aid.

Quinn's announcement came yesterday, a day after the state's appeal for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was denied.

Hundreds of homes in southern Illinois counties were damaged or destroyed by the Feb. 29 storms that killed seven people in Harrisburg, a town of 9,000 in Saline County.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller has the latest local news and weather to start your day.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.



Recovery efforts are continuing in southern Illinois as Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are due to assess damage from last week's deadly storms.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller starts your work week with the region's news and weather.