Jerry Mathers

Fans of the 1950's and 60's television show Leave It To Beaver may want to make plans to attend this fall's Comic Con in Cape Girardeau.

St. Louis Public Radio

The Major League Baseball season is scheduled to start April 1.

When the pandemic forced baseball to delay the start of its 2020 season until July, fans weren’t allowed in the ballparks.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says that broke a streak for him dating back to the 1940’s.

Missouri's only abortion provider says it is performing fewer abortions because state restrictions are prompting many women to drive to a nearby clinic in Illinois.


2020 was a year that many people want to forget – in large part thanks to a deadly pandemic – which killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at how America’s pastime was not spared the suffering.

On Chicago’s Southwest side, a colorful mural pays tribute to America’s essential workers. It features three of the community’s very own: Rosalinda, a retail clerk; Javier, a postal carrier and Juan, a butcher shop worker. Underneath their portraits are the words El Corazon de Chicago: The heart of Chicago.

Illinois News Connection

Like many other observances in 2020, Adoption Awareness Month in Illinois is taking place in the virtual world.

Throughout the month of November, Illinoisans are being encouraged to share their connections to adoption by displaying coloring sheets in their windows created with their kids, and sharing pictures on social media.

City of Carbondale

The City of Carbondale plans to re-stripe the boat launch and parking area at Cedar Lake next week.

The Lake Management Supervisor says the work should be completed in one day and will happen between Monday, November 16, and Friday, November 20, depending on the weather.

The pandemic has forced numerous faith leaders out of the pulpit and into the homes of many via computer screens and other devices. But for some worshipers, internet sermons just aren’t enough.

The King James version of the Bible said, “And he said unto them, ‘Go ye unto all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’” That’s Mark 16:15. 

Sen. Dale Fowler

A popular visitor area in southern Illinois is getting a new attraction.

Local officials broke ground this week on an amphitheater project in the Vienna Community Park. It will be named after Vienna's Director of Tourism Phil Morris.

Marching Terriers

Much of the attention involving the cancellation or postponement of events at the high school and college levels has focused on sports. But, in this commentary, Pete Peterson reminds us not to forget about the band members and theater performers who are also being stymied by the COVID-19 crisis.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with southern Illinois Live 2 Lead Facilitator Russ Williams about this year's event, and the effects of COVID-19 on the annual series.

A human service agency in southern Illinois is now operating under a new name.

As of Wednesday, Family Counseling Center is known as Arrowleaf. CEO Sherrie Crabb says the 46-year-old agency outgrew the old name.

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A Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher threw a no-hitter 50 years ago, but it was what he said after the game that made headlines.

In this latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson remembers Dock Ellis, who had an outrageous personality and was outraged about racial injustice.

Marion Unit 2 Schools

With the new school year about to start, one area high school plans to honor the graduates from last year's class.

Marion High School will have a traditional commencement ceremony August 7 at the football stadium.

Reading Baseball: Antiques Roadshow

Jul 24, 2020
Pete Peterson

Antiques Roadshow is a popular program on PBS.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about a special piece of baseball memorabilia he would like to get appraised on the show.

Bald Knob Cross

In a year in which COVID-19 has hit its operation hard, Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Union County is holding a Day of Giving next month.

Some local advocacy groups are hoping to raise awareness of racism by participating in a Blackout Tuesday event, on Tuesday at the First Christian Church of Carbondale.  

Perry County Health Dept.

Perry County in southeast Missouri is strongly discouraging social gatherings of any kind after it jumped into the top 10 counties in the State of Missouri for the highest number positive cases of COVID-19 per capita.

Illinois Farm Bureau

WSIU's Brad Palmer reports on a campaign to highlight Illinois agricultural diversity and raises consumer awareness statewide, nationwide, and globally of the foods raised and sold in southern Illinois and throughout the state.


This week non-profit agencies in eight southern Illinois counties will receive 400-thousand dollars to help with relief from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds will be distributed in 61 different grants throughout the week.

In the midst of protests this week, there were plenty of messages sent along on social media about looting.  In some areas, those messages were just outright wrong. 

There were many incidents of vandalism and looting across Illinois. There were also false reports.  In some towns, the violence was non-existent. Some posted and passed along rumors of busloads of people coming to towns to loot. They were not.  

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and Dr. Linda Flowers, the President of the Carbondale Branch of the NAACP, issued a joint statement Wednesday saying while they can't undo what happened recently in Minnesota, the city can "... control how we respond to it, and hopefully prevent it from ever happening in Carbondale." 

Monica Tichenor

More than 100 people gathered at Carbondale's Turley Park on Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd, as well as racial injustice across the country.

Volunteers Needed To Comfort Isolated Seniors

May 25, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 order many homebound seniors are even more isolated.  And, for many,  any mail they get is mostly just bills. 

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has created a mutual aid fund that will give out grants of up to $500 for Illinoisans who are homeless, have been without a home or are at risk of being unsheltered.

CCH grassroots leaders – people who have experienced homelessness and work in partnership with CCH staff – run the fund and will decide what requests should be supported.

Keep Carbondale Beautiful Spring Clean Up Challenge

Apr 27, 2020
Keep Carbondale Beautiful

One local organization is asking residents to take part in a challenge for this year's spring cleanup. 

Anna Fire and Rescue Dept.

A southern Illinois fire department is trying to make birthdays brighter for local residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Anna Fire and Rescue Department is offering to send a fire truck -- with its lights on -- to help local residents celebrate their birthdays during the Shelter at Home order.

The Illinois Humanities series “The Country and the City: Common Ground in the Prairie State” addresses issues affecting both rural and urban Illinoisans. As part of the series, we get two perspectives from Illinois communities nearly 400 miles apart.

Carla Redd is an assistant deputy chief with the Rockford Police Department. Rockford is a historically industrial, ethnically diverse city near Illinois' northern boundary.

Women's Center
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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Rachel Brenningmeyer of The Women's Center and Actor/Director Emily Haymans Cook about the upcoming performances of The Vagina Monologues.

Australia Wildlife Warriors

The Shawnee School District in Wolf Lake is partnering with a local business to raise money for the displaced and injured Australian animals caught up in the bushfires.

School officials say they will be sending all money raised to the Australia Wildlife Zoo Hospital.