Bill Would Separate SIU’s Carbondale, Edwardsville Campuses

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A bill has been introduced in the Illinois Legislature that would separate Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses. The Southern Illinoisan reports Democratic State Rep. Jay Hoffman of Swansea filed legislation Thursday that would abolish the SIU Board of Trustees and appoint new boards for each campus. The move comes

WISH 98.9’s Withers Named 2018 Illinois Broadcaster of the Year

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Broadcasters Association has bestowed their most prestigious award upon a local broadcaster. Dana Withers is the 2018 recipient of the IBA/Vincent T. Wasilewski Broadcaster of the Year award. Withers is the president of Withers Broadcasting and Dana Communications, owner of WISH-FM 98.9 and many others in the region. Withers is a

Carbondale Man Sentenced for Drug and Firearm Offenses

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – A Carbondale man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to federal prison for drug and firearm offenses. According to court records, 47-year-old Alphonso Pierre Allison, who had previously pled guilty to a three-count superseding indictment charging conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and heroin, unlawful distribution of heroin, and unlawful possession of

SIU May Reallocate Funds from Carbondale to Edwardsville

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University officials are considering a proposal that would reallocate state funding from Carbondale to Edwardsville to reflect enrollment changes at the two campuses. The proposal’s initial phase would give Edwardsville about $5.1 million in funding for the upcoming fiscal year. The SIU Board of Trustees will consider the proposal

Tornado Touchdowns Confirmed in Southern Illinois

CARTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — National Weather Service surveys have confirmed four tornadoes in southern Illinois after a round of storms Tuesday. Weather service officials say an EF-1 tornado touched down in Williamson County with wind speeds up to 105 mph, damaging one to two dozen homes, hundreds of trees and snapping power poles. Williamson County

IDNR Awards Biodiversity Field Trip Grants to Schools

SPRINGFIELD (Apr. 5, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Thursday announced $107,000 in Biodiversity Field Trip Grants that make it possible for 9,800 students from 35 counties to visit areas of the state where they can learn about nature and conservation this summer.   The grants, coordinated by