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Hollywood Lounge to reopen after a shooting prompted liquor license suspension

Hollywood Lounge to reopen after a shooting prompted liquor license suspension

By Cory Ray
July 19, 2017
Filed under City, News, Uncategorized

The Hollywood Lounge in Carbondale was granted its liquor license back after a shooting prompted the city to suspend its liquor license.

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Jackson County Board failed to pass “safe and welcoming county” resolution for immigrants

Jackson County Board failed to pass “safe and welcoming county” resolution for immigrants

By Cory Ray
July 18, 2017
Filed under City, News

The Jackson County Board was deadlocked Tuesday evening as it failed to adopt a resolution that would proclaim the county as a safe and welcoming community for immigrants.

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Open alcohol allowed downtown for Eclipse Weekend

Open alcohol allowed downtown for Eclipse Weekend

July 18, 2017
Filed under City, News

Open containers of alcohol will be allowed in the Carbondale downtown area for Aug. 18 to 21, according to the City of Carbondale. Alcohol will be allowed from Jackson to Mill Streets as well as between University Avenue and Washington Street. Alcohol will be allowed from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m....

Bethune pleads not guilty to the murder of Pravin Varughese

Bethune pleads not guilty to the murder of Pravin Varughese

By Cory Ray
July 18, 2017
Filed under Campus, Crime, More Headlines, News

Gaege Bethune pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder of SIU student Pravin Varughese on Tuesday. Bethune appeared at the Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro for his arraignment in the murder case for SIU student, Pravin Varughese. He was held under two charges, one count in aggra...

Montemagno hopes to implement a vision for the university and achieve it by 2025

Montemagno hopes to implement a vision for the university and achieve it by 2025

By Cory Ray
July 17, 2017
Filed under Campus, More Headlines, News, Showcase

 Newly-appointed Chancellor Carlo Montemagno proposed what he called the need to discover and implement a vision for the university in his first public address since he was appointed chancellor by the SIU Board of Trustees on July 13. "We have to be successful," he said to a crowd of people on Thursday. "As SIU goes, Southern Illinois is going to go." Specifically, Montemagno said the...

Gaege Bethune released on bond in Varughese murder case

Gaege Bethune released on bond in Varughese murder case

By Branda Mitchell
July 14, 2017
Filed under Campus, City, Crime, More Headlines, News, Showcase

Gaege Bethune posted $100,000 bail and was released from Jackson County Jail on Friday after being indicted Thursday for two counts of first-degree murder. The charges come more than three years after the death of Pravin Varughese, an SIU student whose body was found in the woods near Route 13 on...

Gaege Bethune indicted for the death of Pravin Varughese

Gaege Bethune indicted for the death of Pravin Varughese

By Cory Ray
July 13, 2017
Filed under Campus, More Headlines, News, Showcase

Three and a half years after the death of Pravin Varughese, his mother Lovely Varughese has finally found some solace after Gaege Bethune was indicted for two counts of first-degree murder on Thursday. "Finally, my son has a voice," Lovely Varughese said. "We felt like all of the fight of us trying...

Board votes to implement $26 million cut, Montemagno appointed chancellor

Board votes to implement $26 million cut, Montemagno appointed chancellor

By Cory Ray
July 13, 2017
Filed under Campus, More Headlines, News, Showcase

The SIU Board of Trustees approved a $26 million dollar budget cut called the "Financial Stability Plan" and appointed Carlo Montemagno as the university's first permanent chancellor in three years at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday. The cut is split between a $6.8 million payback by various...

Illinois Comptroller releases $523 million for higher education

Illinois Comptroller releases $523 million for higher education

By Marnie Leonard
July 13, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

The Illinois Comptroller’s Office began issuing overdue payments to state universities and colleges for Monetary Award Program grants and other operations, according to a Thursday press release from Comptroller Susana Mendoza. The payments total $523 million, with $327 million going to state universi...

Details of Financial Stability Plan revealed, seven programs face elimination

Details of Financial Stability Plan revealed, seven programs face elimination

By Cory Ray
July 12, 2017
Filed under Campus, More Headlines, News, Showcase

On Wednesday, SIU President Randy Dunn released the details of the potential "SIU Financial Stability Plan," which would include the closure of up to seven programs, the absorption of the College of Science into one or more colleges, consolidation of individual departments and budget cuts to many other...

Dunn recommends Carlo Montemagno for SIUC chancellor

Dunn recommends Carlo Montemagno for SIUC chancellor

By Marnie Leonard
July 11, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

SIU President Randy Dunn recommended that Carlo Montemagno be appointed permanent chancellor for the system’s Carbondale campus in an email sent to the campus community Tuesday. Montemagno’s appointment is effective August 15 pending approval from the Board of Trustees, Dunn's email said. The board ...

Illinois budget impasse ends, which Dunn says returns ‘stability’ to SIU

Illinois budget impasse ends, which Dunn says returns ‘stability’ to SIU

By Marnie Leonard and Brian Muñoz
July 7, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

The Illinois House voted Thursday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget package veto, giving the state its first budget after more than two historic years of impasse. The spending plan includes a 32 percent permanent income tax increase, hiking the rate from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent. It provi...

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