Committee evaluates realistic options

Fresh ideas for downtown Carbondale are budding, but the Downtown Advisory Committee believes it will take financial, public and community responsibility to see these plans through. The Downtown Advisory Committee had its seventh of eight meetings to ... Continue Reading →

Ballot asks about birth control

Other than seeing the usual list of candidates’ names on this year’s ballot, voters will also be asked hot topic questions. As part of this year’s mid-term elections, three referenda questions were on the ballot to poll the opinions of Illinois ... Continue Reading →

Institute discusses water issues

Seventy-one percent of Earth’s surface is covered by water, yet the Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation estimates 748 million people lack access to quality drinking water. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute hosted a lecture ... Continue Reading →

Simon poll shows community concerns

Nearly 600 people responded to the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in one of the largest community surveys it has conducted in recent years. The Jackson/Williamson County Survey was released Wednesday. The Survey Research Office of the Center for State ... Continue Reading →

Pizza and Politics to host 115th district candidates

The 115th Illinois Congressional District will have a new representative for the first time in almost 20 years. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is offering voters the chance to meet the four candidates in a series of Pizza and Politics luncheons. Republican ... Continue Reading →
Sylvia Puente, right, executive director of the Latino Policy Forum, takes a question from David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, after Puente’s Latino Policy in Illinois presentation Monday at the Student Center. Puente discussed what the Forum’s goals are, such as improving education outcomes and just immigration reform for Latinos among other objectives. The Institute hosts a series of discussions and presentations on politics and policy throughout the semester.

Forum speaks to Hispanic students

As the population of the Hispanic community in Illinois rises, more efforts are being made to promote public policy for minorities. The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2012, it was estimated more than 16 percent of the population of Illinois identified ... Continue Reading →

Experts blame GOP split for two-week government shutdown

  Political experts at SIU say the split within the Republican Party is to blame for the government shutdown, now entering its third week. But the Marion Tea Party denies fault and instead blames the president. David Yepsen, the Paul Simon Public ... Continue Reading →

Gay marriage moves forward

The legalization of gay marriage in three states this election may lead other states to consider it, too. Four states had amendments on the ballot related to gay marriage. In three states — Maine, Maryland and Washington — voters approved the legalization ... Continue Reading →

Youth vote increases in election

While overall voting numbers decreased nationwide from last election, youth voter participation went up. Voters between the ages of 18 and 29 represented 19 percent of all ballot casters, which is up 1 percent from the 2008 election, according to data ... Continue Reading →

The man in the bow tie lives on

Barbara Lesar, right, of Carbondale, chats Monday with John S. Jackson, editor of the book “The Essential Paul Simon: Timeless Lessons for Today’s Politics,” next to a caricature of late Illinois politician Paul Simon during a book signing at the ... Continue Reading →

Candidate talks politics over pizza

For Belleville attorney William Enyart, the party has just begun. Enyart, D-Belleville, is a former Illinois National Guard Commander and SIU law alumnus. The nominee for Illinois’ 12th Congressional District spoke Thursday during Pizza and Politics ... Continue Reading →

Democratic congressional nominee Enyart visits campus, kicks off Pizza and Politics

The Democratic nominee for Illinois’ 12th Congressional District will visit the campus today for Pizza and Politics. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, will be the first of three candidates to visit the lobby of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. David ... Continue Reading →

States face health care decisions, time constraints

The Affordable Care Act may now raise more questions than answers for each state since the Supreme Court’s ruling June 28. Because the act gives power to each state to make decisions on Medicaid, insurance exchanges, health plan capacity and private ... Continue Reading →

Health care act affects student insurance pursuit

While students may now have more equal options to obtain health care coverage, obstacles involving taxes, the job market and their wallets may stand in the way. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires most Americans to purchase ... Continue Reading →
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