Professor Alleges Funding Issues with SIU President

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Three lawmakers say Southern Illinois University’s president should resign following allegations he tried to move more than $5 million in state appropriations from Carbondale to the Edwardsville campus. Carbondale professor Kathleen Chwalisz said in a Thursday column that documents obtained through public records requests show SIU President Randy Dunn hid the

Rauner Issues Disaster Proclamation Due to Rend Lake Water Main Break

BENTON – Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday issued a disaster proclamation for nine southern Illinois counties affected by a water main break that left cities short of water and forced schools and businesses to close. Rauner’s proclamation covers Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Saline, Washington, White and Williamson counties. His order ensures that state support for

Crash on I-64 in Wayne County Sends Three to Area Hospital

FAIRFIELD – Fatigued driving was a factor in a single vehicle crash on I-64 in Wayne County just after 6:20 Saturday night. According to Illinois State Police, 27-year-old Brooke L. Lewis of East St. Louis was driving her SUV east on I-64 around milepost 112 when her vehicle left the roadway and traveled into the

Home Invasion Reported in Carbondale Friday Night

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating an alleged home invasion. Officers went to the 2800 block of West Kent Drive around 7:50 Friday night and learned that someone unlawfully entered the home, took property and battered the victim. The victim suffered injuries requiring medical treatment. The suspect is described as a white male. Anyone with

Motor Home Driver Killed in Johnson County Crash

GOREVILLE – A fatal accident happened in Johnson County Thursday night. According to Illinois State Police, at 6:50 p.m. a 2004 Monaco coach motor home towing a pickup was heading north on I-57 at milepost 43 when the motor home’s right front tire blew out causing the driver to lose control. The motor home ran

Creal Springs Girl Killed in Jet Ski Accident at Lake of Egypt

LAKE OF EGYPT – A 9-year-old Creal Springs girl has died at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion from injuries sustained in an accident involving a jet ski on the Lake of Egypt. Williamson County Coroner Michael “Junior” Burke says the accident was reported to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office just before 6 Wednesday night.

Water Flowing, But RLCD System Not Yet at Full Capacity

BENTON – Officials from the Rend Lake Conservancy District report that the long awaited bypass is completed and the end of “one very long day is within sight.” At 4 a.m. Friday, RLCD reported that contractors installed the last fittings and energized one pump shortly thereafter. This began the flow of treated water into the

State Rests, Defense Begins in Brian Pheasant Murder Trial

BENTON – The state rested its case in the Brian Pheasant murder trial in Benton Wednesday. The jury spent several hours reading through what was left of the state’s unpublished evidence, then Franklin County State’s Attorney Evan Owens announced the state would rest. For the last week, Owens presented evidence attempting to prove Brian Pheasant