Pension bill sent to Gov. Quinn for signature

A bill aimed at fixing Illinois’ hundred billion dollar pension crisis is before Gov. Pat Quinn. A spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton said Wednesday that the bill had been sent to Quinn. The move came a day after the Illinois General ... Continue Reading →

SIU takes second consecutive road loss

In their second trip away from home, the women of Saluki basketball weren’t able to make crucial shots, resulting in their largest point-loss of the season. Matched against a strong team with a 4-1 record, the University of Illinois defeated SIU ... Continue Reading →

Illinois People’s Action claims IDNR created a biased task force

A task force formed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to address the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act has elicited negative reactions from some southern Illinoisians. The Illinois People’s Action group, a faith-based community organization ... Continue Reading →

Bridges in Illinois, nation show signs of falling down

Crossing bridges in the country might not be as safe as it would seem these days. A study on the federal National Bridge Inventory shows that of 607,380 bridges, 7,795 in the country, 200 in illinois, are classified as both structurally deficient and ... Continue Reading →

Salukis bend but don’t break

Although the SIU football team came up short Saturday, dropping their season opener against Illinois 42-34, I predict the Salukis may have gained some new fans with their resilient performance. Despite the loss, the Salukis showed us when their backs ... Continue Reading →

Mounds community debates mold, school’s future

  The future of a southern Illinois elementary school and its students were discussed at a board meeting Wednesday at Meridian High School. The Meridian Elementary School in Mounds was closed this summer because of mold found inside the building ... Continue Reading →

Root Beer Saloon renowned for rarity

  Cynthia Lucas, co-owner of Root Beer Saloon in Alto Pass, pours a root beer from the tap Sunday. Lucas has co-owned the saloon with Michael Blank for 13 years and said the idea for the Root Beer Saloon came to mind when Alto Pass was a dry town. ... Continue Reading →

Close games make or break Dawgs

The Salukis have lost 16 games by three runs or less this season, and the team looks to improve on late-game errors for these final 11 games. It seems every time the Salukis are close to sealing a win, there is some extraordinary error or play that deflates ... Continue Reading →

Lambert on a throwing roll

    Saluki throws coach John Smith said he describes senior thrower J.C. Lambert in two words: old school. “He could have been on my team,” he said. “There are only three or four athletes out here that could have thrown with us in ... Continue Reading →

Legislators propose new pension plan

A bill proposed Wednesday by Illinois legislators would cut annual cost-of-living increases for retirees, make government workers pay more toward their retirement and raise the age when full benefits can be received. Rep. Elaine Nekritz and Rep. Daniel ... Continue Reading →

Ritual of respect

Kevin Britton, 9, of Villa Ridge, tosses American flags into a fire Saturday during a flag retirement ceremony at American Legion Post 178 in Villa Ridge. Ronald Roberts, 25th district commander for the Illinois American Legion, said one of the only ways ... Continue Reading →

Police arrest three on Poplar

Three individuals were arrested after police forced entry into their residence at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The arrests occurred on the 500 block of Poplar Street in Carbondale. Jason Russel from the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, a multi-agency ... Continue Reading →

Illinois farmers suffer major losses

Cornfields in Wolf Lake show signs of wilting Tuesday because of record setting drought that has hit the region. Nearly half of Illinois’ corn crop and 42 percent of soybeans are in very poor condition, according to the National Agricultural Statistics ... Continue Reading →

Bost tirade goes viral

State Rep. Mike Bost’s tirade over the pension reform bill last week has gone viral, with tributes and remixes on YouTube giving the Murphsyboro Republican worldwide exposure. We present here the original video of the outburst, Bost’s interview with ... Continue Reading →
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