New University Museum Exhibit Talks Politics

Aug 8, 2019
Amelia Blakely

The Mitchell Gallery is the largest gallery in Southern Illinois University Carbondale's University Museum, and is now featuring a colorful and vivid art exhibit shining a light on racism, gun violence and cultural oppression that takes place across the globe.

The exhibit is called, "The Voice," and is by Yingzue Zuo, an SIUC Alumnus and a globally presented artist.

University Museum Curator Wes Stoerger said he felt the exhibit displayed important messages during the current political climate. 

Senator Duckworth Holds Town Hall at SIU

Jul 12, 2019
Steph Whiteside/WSIU

The Paul Simon Institute for Public Policy and Senator Tammy Duckworth held a town hall event at SIU on Friday evening. 

The Senator took questions from constituents on a large variety of issues. She repeatedly stressed the importance of bipartisanship when the country is so divided. 

"I have made it my personal guiding principle to be as bipartisan as possible," she said.

A Southern Illinois activist organization - Women United Network - is celebrating the third anniversary of the Women's March this Saturday.

To start the day, there will be a community engagement fair beginning at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Carbondale Civic Center.

"We hope community members will come out and meet organizations that they may be interested in joining," organizer Liz Hunter says. "So they can kick off 2019 with an organization with some hope and plans for volunteering throughout the year."

A national survey this past year showed how in the dark many people are when it comes to understanding who runs their state government and what they’re up to.

Amelia Blakely

Thousands of residents traveled from across the heartland to southern Illinois Saturday to hear and see President Donald Trump.

Trump rallied for incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Bost. Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) and State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) also spoke at the rally, endorsing the Republican Party for the midterm elections before Trump arrived.

Trump began his speech by addressing the shooting in Pittsburg, Pennslyvania in a synagogue that left 11 people dead.

Senator Durbin Visits Cairo Public Housing

Aug 7, 2018
Senator Dick Durbin holds meeting with public housing residents.
Steph Whiteside/WSIU

Senator Dick Durbin met with residents of Cairo public housing on Tuesday, August 7th to discuss the future of the community.

Plans include demolishing two unused complexes as soon as the last residents depart, then clearing the space for future development. HUD authorities will also be doing deferred maintenance on occupied units and working to improve conditions for residents. 

R. Marie Griffith, Director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis will speak about her new book "Moral Combat:  How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics." at the SIU Ballroom on Monday April 16th, 2018.

WSIU/Monica Tichenor

On this edition of WSIU InFocus, we visit with the Interim Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Jak Tichenor, and John Jackson, of the Institute, about what lies ahead for the State of Illinois as lawmakers recently ended the regular Spring Legislative Session without agreeing on a full budget.

While the current presidential administration has vocalized goals to deport all undocumented immigrants, some farmers are trying to bring more documented, migrants into the U.S. to work for them.