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April 17, 2013 -- "See Something, Say Something” On SIU Campus in Light of Bombing.

CARBONDALE, IL--While the images from Monday’s bombing on the Boston Marathon finish line have shocked people around the world, it has also sparked a national conversation on safety in our public places.

Here at SIU, Lieutenant Russ Thomas is working towards keeping the campus safe and preparing incase an emergency does happen.

Even though SIU might not be the top threat for many around the world, Officer Thomas says, “There is always a threat… We don’t worry about it, but we still practice (in case of an emergency.)”

Campuses have had a long history of violence, such as the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Northern Illinois University in 2008.

Even SIU was the target of a recent bomb threat last fall that targeted the “towers” residential halls.

Officer Thomas says that even when these attacks can target schools around the country, the best way to keep the campus safe is to remember the phrase “See Something, Say Something.”

He argues that it is the students responsibility that if a student seeing anything suspicious on campus, that they report it immediately to SIU police.

With every student vigilant, he says that then we can keep SIU safe.

Austin Bean

Evening Edition Reporter


April 16, 2013 -- Club Allows SIU Students To See Through The Eyes of Children

CARBONDALE, IL--The Boys and Girls club helps young people to focus and realize their full potential. It also is a place for. The boys and Girls club of Carbondale is open for children ages six to eighteen. Randy Osborn, executive director of the BGCC, believes kids from underprivileged background can especially benefit from the organization.

“So were anxious to have all kids in here, but it is designed so that no child is unable to attend based on their ability to pay. It costs eighteen dollars a year to be a club member.”

Programs in the BGCC provide an atmosphere that advocate learning and creativity. Some kids like Analah Thomas, appreciate the security they feel while they are there.

“I feel safe because they watch over us. They don't let us do stuff that we're not supposed to do.”

The staff is composed of volunteers who are college graduates as well as some people who are still working towards degrees. Majority of the six hundred volunteers are SIU students. BGCC teacher, Derrick Glenn, believes it is a rewarding experience.

“If you want to gain experience this is something that you might want to consider. Because it is real, you get to see the kids in their settings. Sometimes they aren't the best kids, but you have to learn how to deal with them. You have to learn how to accept them for who they are.”

Osborn says that for the last couple of weeks, SIU has geared four events toward the boys and girls club. The last, was this past Saturday that involved a glow in the dark 5k run.

“We're raising our budget every year so it is critical for us to have a strong group of partners that just help support and invest in the children.”

The money raised for the BGCC goes toward the continuance of its many programs. Osborn hopes to see the children from the Carbondale chapter succeed in the future.

“We're just excited to see them stick around and come into the club, and learn what it means to be a club member. Then they can start to mature, and start to show that their characters are strong and they're doing better in school.”

Chelsea Cunningham

Evening Edition Reporter


April 15, 2013 -- Spring In Motion!

CARBONDALE, IL--Saturday was a great day just to get outside and have some fun in the sun. One girl talks about how she enjoyed Saturday's festivities. "I got on the bouncy house and then I played soccer,” says eight-year-old Iyonna Jackson.

The fitness centers are a great new asset to the Superblock Park and members of SIH Community Outreach and Carbondale Park District hopes that families will use these facilities as a way to have fun and stay healthy.

"SIH also helped to mark some walking paths out here,” said Kathy Renfro, Executive Director of Carbondale Park District. “Families can have a soccer game maybe practice and the rest of the family can get out and walk or have a nice workout on these fit stations," he continued.

Although healthy eating and exercise are important ways to stay healthy members of SIH Healthcare would also like to remind people of another healthy habit; Not smoking.

SIH Community Benefits Manager, Amy Wright, explained how they came up with the idea for a smoke-free poster challenge to present to local area schools.

"We really just want to get the word out through our children that these areas need to be smoke-free and so a poster contest was done and they had over 80 entries and they narrowed it down to 15 winners and we were able to get them some recognition today."

I was able to speak with two 14-years-old winners, Faith, from Giant City School and Alex, from Murphysboro Middle School, and they were very proud of their posters, but more so of the message they deliver.

“They're going to hang them in public places wherever it says "Don't Smoke", like mine is in a park and hers is going to be a playground,” says Alex. “Just a little reminder I guess...don't smoke!"

This was the seventh annual event sponsored by Southern Illinois Healthcare with the Kohl’s Cares Grant.

Jasmine Wiley

Evening Edition Reporter


April 15, 2013 -- Customers of a Carbondale Grocery Store May Be Victims of Fraud.

ST. LOUIS, MO-- St. Louis based Schnuck's Food & Pharmacy is now saying that 2.4 million customer credit cards and debit cards have been compromised over a three-month period.

The company confirms their Carbondale store is among the stores affected. Fraudulent charges have come from all around the world.

The company became aware of the problem back in December, and some customers are questioning why they were not informed earlier.

CEO Scott Schnuck says that "over the past few weeks we identified how the attack occurred, blocked it from continuing and today I can report that we have determined the scope."

If you are worried you may be a victim, the company has set up a help line at 1-(888)-414-8022

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April 11, 2013 -- Jackson County Schools Face Budget Cuts, Layoffs.

JACKSON COUNTY, IL--Voters shot down referendums in two different Jackson County school districts, which would have increased funding.

There could be fewer kids on the playground at unity point school district because an increase in property taxes for school funding was rejected. Giant City’s referendum was also rejected and they could face cuts. The Giant City School District had already made cuts in case the referendum wasn't passed.

Giant City Superintendant Belinda Hill stated that they “have eliminated [their] softball and baseball programs, cut four teachers in the spring and are not replacing three teachers, so seven teachers all together."

Hill went on ton say their spending has been the same since 2009 but they are receiving less funding, despite rising prices across the board.

"So even though we're trying to be physically responsible, we still don't have the money to pay the bills," Hill said.

The unity point school district wanted an increase in property taxes to support operating expenses. Without the extra funds, cuts will have to be made in other areas.

Superintendent Lori James-Gross said, "there could be loss of our pre-kindergarten program; there could be loss of our athletic programs, and extracurricular programs. These things that are part of the support that we provide to our regular academic curriculum."

No programming cuts have been made yet, but 18 people have already been laid off through attrition. Both schools say they will have to do some creative planning to maintain the standard.

Hill stated that "basically I'm just counting on our staff to work together with me, so that we can provide the best education here at Giant City."

Unity point was looking for a 0.75% increase for the 2012 levy year. Giant City was looking for a 0.85% increase.

Krista Burris

Evening Edition Producer


April 11, 2013 -- 48% of Women Prefer to Live With Men before Marriage.

CARBONDALE, IL-- More young people are avoiding a rush to the altar. But that's not keeping them from living together.

Centers for disease control and prevention released a survey reporting 48 percent of young women prefer to live with someone before marriage.

Some experts say living together is a way for couples to test the water before entering matrimony.

SIU student Samantha Eubanks thinks it is better in order to learn more about a person.

"A lot of the people have decided to take that step, you can tell you learn more about them. You see what they are like when you are not around, what they do, and their habits.”

47% of college women surveyed said they prefer living together before tying the knot.

Some SIU students agree living together can be helpful as long as the relationship is healthy.

"If it’s taking away from your studies then no, but if you have somebody here with you, it’s always good to have someone in your corner. It could possibly be harmful and at the same time be helpful. It depends on the type of person, and type of couple they are."

Darren Sherkat, SIU Sociology Professor does not see any major consequences for this type of relationship while in school.

"In most modern universities where we have diverse populations as far as age structure, it can be common for students to be living together with a partner. And there are unlikely to be consequences in terms of student outcomes, whether or not they graduate, or marital outcomes, or relationship outcomes."

The survey showed 40 percent of people in relationships without marriage walked down the aisle in three years.

Taylor Baril

Evening Edition Reporter


April 10, 2013 -- SIU Theater Department Hosts Annual Day Full of Theater and Fun.

CARBONDALE, IL--The SIU Carbondale theatre department put on its annual "Drama Days" for students throughout the region.

The event which is put on by the theatre department students gives prospective college students the ability to experiment with a variety of different parts of the program up close and personal through various workshops.

Associate professor of Theatre Susan Patrick Benson explains what the event is aimed at accomplishing each year.

"We really want to push theatre forward into building audiences forward in the future...having people interested in theatre, especially live theatre...musical theatre...and we want them to keep an interest in it and we think if we bring them here and show them what it's about and it will keep them interested and possibly even future artists, they'll be our future audience members."

Growing up here in Southern Illinois, senior musical theatre major Angie Fisher described the event as being something that she will never forget going to in high school.

"There’s so much to theater that I didn't even realize cause I understood the performance, and I understood there were technical aspects...but I didn't really know what they were."

One of the events involved was the shop set, where students learned about what it took to build sets. Students had relays in the shop that let them practice with costume changes, lighting, and painting.

Kayla Rathbun, one of the students participating described her favorite part of the day.

The event brings in students from all around the region from the states of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.

The event will take place tomorrow for its second day right here on the SIU campus.

Landon Mcreynolds

Evening Edition Producer


April 10, 2013 -- New Municipal Positions Elected Despite Low Turnout

CARBONDALE, IL-- Cities across Southern Illinois held municipal elections on Tuesday, and Carbondale voters had their eye on the city council elections.

Three current member’s seats, Corene McDaniel, Chris Wissmann, and Lee Fronabarger, will expire this month.

Lee Fronabarger ran for re-election and won, and joining him on the board will be newcomers Carolin Harvey and Jessica Bradshaw, beating out 9 other candidates.

Even though Bradshaw won’t be sworn in until next month, she is already planning on using tax cuts, like “TIFF” cuts, in the downtown strip to bring more businesses and jobs.

“I think it’s important to use that to benefit our community… I think it could work really well for us here,” Bradshaw told River Region.

While many in Carbondale closely watched this election, only about 20% of registered voters in Jackson County showed up.

Although this number seems low, the percentile is actually above average for municipal elections, which can sometime be as low as 16%.... or lower.

Yet Bradshaw says that despite the low turnout, she is excited to start working with the city council when she swears in next month.

Austin Bean

Evening Edition Reporter


April 10, 2013 -- Domestic Dispute Escalates to Police Chase.

CARBONDALE, IL-- Police arrested 22 year old Deangelis Chambers at about 11:40 a.m. at an apartment complex on North Robert A. Stalls Avenue.

Carbondale police chief Jody O'guinn said officers responded to a domestic dispute call two hours earlier.

Once the officers made contact with the suspect, he fled and led officers on a short chase that ended back at the same apartment. Chambers then barricaded himself in the apartment. Family members of chambers tried to coax him out of the apartment safely, but he wouldn't respond.

The tactical units tried to break down the back door, but weren't successful because the door was barricaded with a couch.

Police shot pepper spray grenades into the home and arrested the suspect. More shots were fired and no one was injured. Chambers was charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest, among other charges.

Ralph Monroe

Evening Edition Reporter


April 9, 2013 -- Carbondale City Council Race Heats Up

CARBONDALE, IL--Three Carbondale city council members have expiring terms this month, leaving three open spots for election.

Corene McDaniel and Chris Wissmann will be leaving the council this month, while Lee Fronabarger is running for re-election.

Along with Fronabarger, 11 other community members are campaigning, including longtime residents and an SIU graduate student. The candidates are running on issues including SIU enrollment, biking and pedestrian safety, and even the proposed Carbondale water park.

The polls close at 7 pm, and we will have the latest coverage tomorrow night on WSIU River Region at 5 o’clock.

Austin Bean

Evening Edition Reporter


April 9, 2013 -- Local Election Ballots Can Offer New Changes for Voters

MARION, IL-- Local Elections are underway all across the Southern Illinois region. In Carbondale, people are voting for the city council positions. In Jackson County, voters are able to choose new trustees for the board of John A. Logan.

In Williamson County today, Election Officials Say the turnout was Low. This is typical for most local races. However, Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes says voters face some important decisions.

“We only had one school that had an issue on the ballot, and that was Giant City. This only affected a small percentage of Williamson County. That's mostly in Selene or Jackson County. We have about eight or nine questions for the electrical aggregations. You're seeing that up, and all the counties are having those questions on the ballots now.”

Electrical aggregation is the issue that will allow Williamson County voters to choose a cheaper electrical carrier. 

Chelsea Cunningham

Evening Edition Reporter


April 4, 2013 -- Filling Up Your Tank?

CARBONDALE, IL-- Gas prices. Typically all you hear about is how they are constantly going up, but in recent studies gas prices have been shown to be going down.

To too many people, gas prices are a constant concern.

However others feel that whether the prices increase or decrease they don't notice much of a difference.

It’s not uncommon to find people who bite the bullet and ignore prices altogether, simply because to them, it’s a necessary expense.

According to a recent study done by Gas Buddy, Americans paid 30 cents a gallon less for gasoline in the most recent Easter weekend than they paid over the same period in 2012.

The average was around $3.64 a gallon as opposed to the average last year, which was $3.93.

Even though the prices have decreased some feel to make the prices drop more we must take deeper measures, with factors such as federal legislation, and minimum wage policies coming up.

According to, the lowest gas price is Carbondale reported was $3.63 a gallon.

Meredith Hackler

Evening Edition Reporter


April 4, 2013 -- FIRE!! Anna Illinois Fire Destroys Home and Kills its Owner.

UNION COUNTY, IL-- One person was killed in a union county house fire that erupted early this morning in Anna.

71-year-old Larry Abernathy was still inside his Anna home when neighbors saw fire from his front door.

"About 9:00 the neighbor came over next door, out of breath and pounding on the door, said the house was on fire,” said Jackie Dent, another neighbor of Abernathy.

“We ran outside and when we got out the front of their house was just hardly in flames. I moved the vehicles around to the back so the fire truck could get through and by the time I got back up front within two minutes the whole front of the house was engulfed in flames."

Dent went on to say authorities were called and arrived at the home within minutes.

Anna Police Chief said the fire had not reached Abernathy, but he had already passed away before firefighters were able to reach him.

Fire Chief Mike Stoner arrived on the scene and "After a quick knock down of the fire, we did discover there was an individual inside. […]

“The coroner did do an investigation and his findings were that he did die of smoke inhalation. He was in an area of the building that wasn't hit by the fire…”

Stoner said the investigation by the State Fire Marshall was inconclusive but no foul play was found.

Abernathy’s house was completely destroyed in the fire.

Taylor Baril

Evening Edition Reporter


April 3, 2013 -- Is Adderall Being Overprescribed?

CARBONDALE, IL-- The number of A.D.D. medication prescriptions are rising but does everyone actually need it?

A.D.D. or Attention Deficit Disorder is defined as a disorder characterized by a short attention span, impulsivity and in some cases hyperactivity. The rise in the number of young adults taking A.D.D. medication who aren't prescribed it is becoming alarming.

Medications used to treat A.D.D., like Adderall for example, are very commonly used to help college students focus or stay up all night to do homework. When bought illegally by those who don't actually need the medication, just one of these pills usually goes for three to five dollars.

Just how easy is it to obtain Adderall for the average college student?

"Now it's easy to get. I know like three people who could give it to me in a second,” says SIU student Allison Matyus.

She is talking about Adderall and how students buy pills from students who get legal prescriptions.

Health experts say the drug is overused--legally and illegally.

"There's other ways we can teach studying you know...time management...there's a lot of things we can do it's just we want the problem to be solved and typically we use a pill in this culture for that and I think that's problematic,” states SIU counselor Chris Julian-Fralish.

According to a national survey on drug use, 1 in 5 college students admit to using the drug and do not have A.D.D. and ninety-six percent of pharmacies have reported an Adderall shortage in recent months.

What are the long term or short term effects of Adderall?

"Some cardiovascular issues, whether it's short or long term rapid heart rate ensues because it is a stimulant. In some severe cases it can cause psychosis and that may also be due to a lack of sleep as well but there are some delusional aspects to abuse of this drug,” says Fralish.

Studies have also found that individuals abusing Adderall who didn't need it were also: eight times more likely to have used cocaine and tranquilizers and ninety percent of those abusing Adderall were reported binge drinkers.

Other risks of Adderall abuse include seizure, hypertension, stroke, heart attack, aggressive behavior and even death.

Experts say it's for these reasons that students should think twice before taking Adderall when it isn’t prescribed to them.

Jenna Buchholz

Evening Edition Reporter


April 3, 2013 -- Marion VA Medical Center Offers Home for Vets

CARBONDALE, IL-- A local medical center and health group is helping our nation's protectors by bringing new innovative residential housing to help homeless veterans. Today in Marion a crowd got together for a ribbon cutting ceremony, something unique for veterans.

The Marion VA Medical Center and the group will provide homes for 16 veterans in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky.

But it is more importantly a partnership between both of those groups and the veterans who need a way to go back and reenter life in a way that they can be healthier, happier, and have hope again. Now that the ribbon is cut, vets can start living again.

A veteran present today was a marine and victim of a car accident. He now has a new home.

“What's really great is it is not just someplace to rest your head, it is a place where you can receive the education, counseling and resources that you need in order to become whole again.”

Currently, 14 veterans have been identified as potential residents for the new home.

Also, there was an open house, reception, and celebration held this morning. For more information on the new veteran home, call 618-997-5311, or visit


Evening Edition News


April 3, 2013 -- SIU Board Member Walks Out of Trustee Meeting Today

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CARBONDALE, IL-- The SIU board of trustees meeting ended in shock, when two members of the board walked out.

Trustee Marquita Wiley and SIU Edwardsville Student Trustee David Hamilton left the meeting just before the board was ready to take its annual vote for the election of officers.

Wiley told WSIU radio her reasoning for walking out saying, "I feel very strongly that it is absolutely adamant that we have a full complement of the board at the time we elect a chairman."

The election was just the first item of business. The agenda also included discussion on tuition and fee increases for the fall semester on both the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses.


Evening Edition News


April 3, 2013 -- How Would You Respond to Someone Having A Heart Attack?

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CARBONDALE, IL-- Memorial hospital in Carbondale teamed with the prairie state heart program to perform mock heart attack drills at university mall.

The drill highlighted EMS early treatment from the field. Cardiac disease risk factors and prevention was addressed. There was an emphasis about the importance of calling 911.

This was the third annual heart attack drill.

"Yearly, we do a community drill and the point of the drill is, number one, to let people know what our capabilities are with paramedics and the ambulances, as well as what we can do at the hospital for definitive treatment for heart attack".

Robinson says you should call 911 when someone appears to be having a heart attack. Quick action can save a life.

Evening Edition News


April 2, 2013 -- New Plays to Premier on Campus

CARBONDALE, IL-- Three new plays will premier this weekend as a part of the “Big Muddy New Play Festival.”

Graduate and Undergrad students at SIU are producing their plays for a class within the Department of Theater. Some of the plays being showcased deal with subjects including the supernatural, alcoholism, and even superheroes.

Lindsay Greer is the Graduate student who wrote “Ghostlight” and “In A Kingdom Not Too Far Away,” both which will be performed on Sunday afternoon.

She says that even though she is excited for the premier, "I don't consider [this play] to be completely finished or polished.”

She believes that her play is “…something I will be continually working on, so I see it as a definite work in progress."

The plays will premier this Thursday, April 4th at 7:30 pm in the Moe Theater and will continue through the weekend. For more information, visit SIU Playwriting’s Facebook page at

Austin Bean

Evening Edition Reporter


April 2, 2013 -- Stunning Numbers Show How Many Children In Illinois Suffer Abuse

CARBONDALE, IL-- It is estimated that one out of every five children will be abused before they reach age 18. Evening Edition Reporter Jessica Anderson looks at child abuse prevention in Southern Illinois.

125,000 children are abused are neglected each year in Illinois alone. Wendy McDaniel, a children’s advocate in the women's center domestic violence program in Carbondale says prevention is everyone's responsibility.

McDaniel stated that it should be common knowledge to take responsibility and get a hold of the DCFS if you notice a problem that any child has “even if you don't work with children and you [are] just walking by. If you are a stranger and you see the abuse you always call".

Illinois Department of Child and Family Services receive a report of an abused child every five minutes. Up to eighty percent of abuse and neglect goes unreported. McDaniel says this statistic is something that needs to change.

"I believe the parents have to change because if the kids are growing up in domestic violence they either become a victim or they become the abuser so it's like a circle, that's nonstop".

"This year, the theme for child abuse prevention month is "Every child matters, get involved" and that is exactly what McDaniel encourages you to do.

"I think it's great, I think it's great because everybody needs to be involved to make this community or this world a better world for the children you know and stop the abuse" McDaniel went on to say.

For more information on the warning signs of child abuse visit the department of child and family services website.

Jessica Anderson

Evening Edition Reporter


April 2, 2013 -- Architecture Exhibit Provides an Extraordinary Experience

CARBONDALE, IL-- An incredibly rare opportunity at an annual event took place on campus today.

Doctor Buckminister Fuller, architect and inventor once made his home here in Carbondale. It was during this time that he patented many of his designs, which have since been deemed art. His daughter has since donated some of his most intriguing works, which were unveiled at today’s exhibit.

I spoke with SIU Professor of Architecture, Dr. Jon Davey to get some insight about the significance of this one-of-a-kind art exhibit.

"This exhibit, 12 around 1, is a gift from Allegra Fuller, Buckminster Fuller's daughter... and I think Stanford's the only other place that has them, So this is a rare gift from Allegra back to the University.

Bucky is a critical piece of the History if Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is someone that has made his mark here and we should be very proud of him. He is also the only person that I know from Southern Illinois University that made the cover of Time Magazine and he even has a stamp with his face on it."

The Bucky celebrations continue throughout the month of April. Later this week, the Buckminster Fuller R-S-O is hosting the Fuller Future Festival, which runs the fourth through the sixth.

Jasmine Wiley

Evening Edition Reporter


April 2, 2013 -- Governor Pat Quinn Advocates Job Opportunities For Veterans

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CARBONDALE, IL-- Illinois governor pat Quinn says he wants to help veterans and increase cyber security.

A statewide competition for cyber security jobs is open to anyone. It will consist of three online tests. Top competitors will be eligible for further training in cyber security field.

"The pentagon and the cyber command is ramping up to hire 4,000 people in the next several years," says SIU Systems Technology Assistant Professor Tom Imboden.

Professor Imboden went on to explain how the challenge is targeted on veterans, saying “it is both to get back to them as well to bring them from a military service to another government job doing cyber security”.

The competition will be held by a not-for-profit foundation called Cyber Aces. Visit for more information.

Joselyn Arteaga

Evening Edition Reporter


April 1, 2013 -- Small Businesses Stand Tall in Tough Economy

CARBONDALE, IL-- The economy has made it tough for some Carbondale businesses to stay open in recent years due to a declining base of customers.

Experts say the main reason that the local businesses are closing is SIU declining enrollment. The number of university students in Carbondale is at the lowest level in a decade at a little over 17,000.

In one month, six restaurants or bars have either closed, or changed ownership. One business that was affected by the recent times was El Greco, a restaurant on the Carbondale strip that has served gyros and other items to patrons for the last 40 years.

SIU Hospitality Chair Gary Apgar says that it is harder for small business to survive when jobs and government funding is declining.

However, not all small businesses are struggling but they have found new ways to compete.

Larry's House of Cakes, a Carbondale bakery, has served the Southern Illinois community for the last fifty years with their baked goods that are a city staple.

Southern Que is the second of many small businesses that are still standing. It has been open since 2008 and credits their food, catering, and affordable prices as a way to keep customer coming in.

“It takes a good deal of marketing (to operate this business)” says owner Sidney Longwood. 

Ken Blow

Evening Edition Reporter


April 1, 2013 -- Proposal on the Docket to Legalize Online Gambling

CARBONDALE, IL-- Illinois could soon see a gambling expansion if state lawmakers have their way.

Along with adding five new casinos, a new proposal could make Illinois the fourth state to legalize internet gambling. State legislators have seen it all before; proposals that would give Illinois new casinos, slot machines in airports, and internet gambling.

Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed similar legislation twice in the past few years, but this time lawmakers are hopeful that Quinn is more open to the idea. The governor even mentioned gaming in his annual budget address, saying revenues could be used toward teacher pensions.

Paul Simon Public Policy institute professor John Jackson says one of the most controversial proponents of the new proposal is the legalization of online gaming.

"Supporters say that people are doing all kinds of internet gambling now, that its mostly off shore companies so why not state regulate and tax that action that's going on anyway" Jackson told River Region today.

Supporters also say that people cross state lines to gamble at various river boats when that money could be kept in Illinois.

"Critics of course would say that Marion or Indiana would also have more of the disadvantages, more of the addictions, more of the people who steal and do whatever they have to do to feed that addiction. There are even public officials who have gambling addictions".

A portion of the revenue would be given to treatment programs for problem gamblers while the majority would be sent to the general revenue fund and could help with the state deficit.

Last year, Illinois became the first state to sell lottery tickets online.

Haley O’Connor

Evening Edition Reporter


March 27, 2013 -- SIU Students Give Their All to Get a Job

CARBONDALE, IL-- Students and alumni got a chance today to connect with potential employers at the SIU and John A Logan College Career Fairs.

SIU and John A Logan College are back with their annual career fairs attempting to help those within the community obtain and keep a job.

The fairs have been helping students and the community at large for over two decades.

It ran from 9am to 2pm and attendees had to come formally dressed SIU's careers fair director Michelle Garrett explained why its beneficial to show yourself at career fairs rather than just applying online.

Garret says "If you really catch the attention of a recruiter they can flag you and...that personal connection is so important when it comes to making an impact with an employer."

Professional pictures can be taken at the fair, while applying for a variety of different jobs from the supermarket manager to becoming a police officer. Lisa Hudgens director of careers services at JALC go in-depth with us about what are the main things employers are looking for when hiring new employee’s.

Career services have several career fairs throughout the year. Students are always advised to attend.

Isaiah Proffit

Evening Edition Reporter


March 27, 2013 -- Over 70% of Humane Society Animals Face Certain Death

CARBONDALE, IL-- The humane society tries to find homes for thousands of potential pets each year here in Southern Illinois.

Evening Edition found there are far more animals than people who want to adopt pets. At the humane society of Southern Illinois each pet has its own story. This shelter takes in roughly thirty six hundred pets per year and is forced to euthanize around twenty five hundred of them. That means around seventy percent of the animals taken in are forced to be euthanized.

However, Chelsea Tehandon of the humane society did have some good news.

“Our euthanasia rates have dropped considerably. We now work with a lot of the no kill shelters in the area and they'll pull from us and then we have our own adoption program that is fully stocked as you can see, lots of children and as soon as we have space we fill it up.”

No kill shelters like St. Francis care in Murphysboro offer stray or abandoned animals a safe haven until adopted. Veterinarian and executive director of the St. Francis animal shelter Dr. Kay Creese explains their shelter's main job, saying “we have the animal shelter so we house about 106 animals right now and we get them fixed up, vaccinated, spayed and neutered and get them into new homes.”

The euthanasia of these stray animals by the humane society may seem cruel but Dr. Creese said it best. They serve a function. There are too many unwanted dogs and cats and somebody has to do what they do. These dogs and cats are just looking for homes but with the amount of pets being handed to these facilities it is impossible for them to keep up. Dr. Creese had some parting advice to pet owners out there.

"In my opinion the key to it is people need to be responsible and spay and neuter their pets. If we can get more spayed and neutered every year the less litters of puppies and kittens there's going to be the less strays there's going to be."

If you're interested in adopting any of the at-danger animals in this area you can contact the humane society of Southern Illinois at(618)-457-2362, or you can visit them at their location on highway 13 between Carbondale and Murphysboro.

Zach Zeibert

Evening Edition Reporter


March 26, 2013 -- Local Organization Voices Opinion on Gay Marriage Legislation.

CARBONDALE, IL-- Evening Edition wanted to find out what local activists had to say about the Supreme Court hearings. The LGBTQ Resource Center Coordinator, Wendy Weindhold, says that the efforts need to be spread around.

“There are a lot of people who are actively questioning why it is that gay marriage is the issue that we are putting all of our efforts into. That is important too. We need to ask who is setting the agenda. Who is deciding what the places are where we put our efforts are?”

Jasmin Creek, a graduate student at SIU, calls herself queer. She also thinks that gay marriage is not the only problem.

“I think that there is something missing from the dialogue surrounding this. I think that we need to ask ourselves why in the LGBTQ community we're focusing on marriage and not on the many other issues that are affecting queer people today.”

Other students such as, Landon Brooks at the LGBTQ Center, agree.

The LGBTQ Center is open on campus Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Chelsea Cunningham

Evening Edition Reporter


March 26, 2013 -- Local Commercialism Redefining the “True Meaning of Easter”?

CARBONDALE, IL-- More than 2 million Christians will celebrate Easter this week, and many shops are preparing for this busy holiday.

Jerry Moore, owner of Jerry’s Flower Boutique in Downtown Carbondale, says this time of year he is always busy with orders for the weekend.

"As the weekend goes on, we'll be swamped with orders for center pieces and plants, and all kinds of things…" Jerry Moore told River Region on Tuesday Night.

For almost 50 years, his shop has always been full of season decorations. Yet across town, the Newman Catholic Student Center is sticking with Catholic traditions by celebrating, with very little decorations.

Newman Center Director Tim Taylor told us that before the Good Friday business, the altar is bare. There are no decorations at all. “It's just – again – to feel that loss for what Christ gave up for us."

Yet for the Easter Vigil, all the decorations return. "You have flowers, and plants and water and a fountain. You know, just the whole restoration of our new life with Christ."

For many churches like the Newman center, Easter is a very important holiday. Yet, there is a worry that the meaning of Easter may be override by commercial aspects.

Tim Taylor understands the worries. "I do feel like it's more important to come to the Holy Thursday service, to come to the Good Friday service, to come to the Easter Sunday service than it is to spend the night, shopping for candy, or putting together your Easter baskets or whatever.”

Yet Tim also admits that as a father, “I also know that's a part of what is expected on that Easter morning."

And while commercialism may be a big part of the Easter season, Tim does not blame that for any loss of faith during the holiday.

"I don't think the problem is that there is too much of a over commercialization of Easter, I think it's easy for us to lose our prayerfulness during that hectic time."

Austin Bean

Evening Edition Reporter


March 25, 2013 -- Sequestration Cuts Detrimental to Airports in Southern Illinois

CARBONDALE, IL-- Two airports in Southern Illinois are among dozens in the country that will lose their air traffic control towers under budget cuts that have hit the FAA.

The Williamson county regional airport in Marion will be losing their tower along with the Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro, which is a staple for Southern Illinois University’s School of Aviation.

The majority of the air traffic controllers will be losing their jobs including 28 year veteran controller Gary Whitney who says the closure will dramatically affect the aviation program and the airport itself.

"You can imagine the students flying without a controlled environment here at the airport without the tower being open, it's going to be complete chaos...the 28 years I’ve been doing this, I’ve got to find a whole new career, i have to start a new, at what, I have no idea, so, i mean, for all of us, there are 7 of us here, it's termination for us."

All of the airports affected are going to remain open with pilots coordinating take offs and landings among themselves through a long established procedure.

The FAA is being forced to cut over six hundred million dollars under the federal cuts known as sequestration.

Devin Kidd

Evening Edition Reporter


March 25, 2013 -- First Annual Feminist Film Festival Gives Women a Voice

CARBONDALE, IL-- Filmmakers from around the world had the opportunity to show their artwork in Carbondale. SIU’s student production club Cinethesia had its first annual feminist film festival.

The event took place at the historic varsity theater.

Committee member Honna Veercamp told us that the ideals of Cinethesia are the same as her own.

“Feminism and social justice are issues that are lifelong important issues to me. That's an organization that is addressing these issues.”

The all-day event had screenings of short films to feature films. Filmmakers chose formats ranging from experimental to narrative.

South Korean Filmmaker Sanglim Han explained how her heritage influenced her film.

“My work is focused on my experience of being stereotyped, judged, defined, and vice versa.”

A discussion forum addressed issues women face in the world as filmmakers.

“It's really hard for women to get out there. A lot of it has to do with the economics. It's expensive to make films when you're not in grad school or when you're not in undergrad.”

The Vice President of Cinethesia Stacey Calvert says that female filmmakers are making steps in the right direction.

“Hopefully with new technology, and cameras being more accessible, we'll hear more from these communities, especially the people who didn't have a voice in the past.”

Chelsea Cunningham



March 21, 2013 -- Shocking Crime Numbers on SIU Campus

CARBONDALE, IL-- Student safety is high priority at SIU, but how safe is it for students to walk across campus once the sun goes down? Some students believe staying safe can be as easy as using the buddy system, and that actually can do more than you may think.

2012 crime statistics aren't available yet, but according to the crime figures of 2011, there were eighty-seven crimes committed on campus that year.

The majority of crimes were in the residence halls, but nine were committed outdoors. Seven of which were after dark. Two crimes happened here near the SIU recreation center. The grounds just outside the student Rec Center may appear harmless during the day, but the area was the site of two different robberies.

One robbery occurred at 11:45 at night, while the other was at 1:30 in the morning.

Other crimes include four aggravated assaults, three of which were near residence halls. There was also one forced sex offense near the east side of Faner hall.

One student believes walking after dark is safe as long as you take some precautions.

SIUC Campus reccomends that students use what’s reffered to as “The Brightway Path” After Dark, and SIU Police Lieutenant Allen agrees.

“…stay in the lighted areas, and when [you’re] going from place to place at night, go in a group. Go two, three, four at a time, [don’t] go by yourself. A single person is an easy victim.

There are also emergency call boxes throughout campus and on each residence hall to alert authorities during an emergency.

More here...

Krista Burris



March 20, 2013 -- Century-Old Historic Building Returns To Community as Restaurant.

MARION, IL-- A unique restaurant has just opened in a building that has sat empty on Marion's town square.

The Vault Café opened this week and has enjoyed quite a bit of success in its first week. It's unique because the restaurant is located in an old bank from nearly 100 years ago.

The bank opened in 1914 and closed around 1930. Since then, residents have waited for the chance to enter the iconic building and see what exactly is inside.

The Vault Café officially opened on Monday and is open daily from the hours of 9 a-m to 2 p-m on the Marion town square.

Zach Zieberd

Evening Edition Reporter


March 20, 2013 -- Texting and Driving Impact Increases in Illinois

CARBONDALE, IL-- A bad habit on the road could be a growing danger for you and your family. Distracted Driving is to blame for thousands of deaths each year. The commercial just shown is one of the campaigns that is trying to raise awareness about distracted driving.

An estimated twenty-four percent of all traffic crashes, which is about one 1.2 million, are linked to motorist texting or talking on cell phones. Other slogans like "drive now text later" and "stop the texts stop the wrecks" are showing up on billboards all around the state.

Keith Miley of the Illinois department of transportation d discussed some of the issues with River Region News today.

“We’re really concerned about distracted driving in the state of Illinois.” Said Miley, “Especially through our construction and maintenance work zones.” Miley reminds that doing so is prohibited by state law.

A person is twenty three times more likely to be involved in a traffic crash while texting and driving. While it is illegal to text or talk while operating a vehicle, many today are still doing so.

Miley thinks there will be a reduction of distracted drivers soon.

“As the enforcement continues and people are aware you will get a ticket for this kind of activity, they're heeding those warnings. my hope is that the problem will reduce.”

In two 2011 alone, more than three thousand deaths occurred due to distracted drivers.

Kyle Osborne



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March 19, 2013 -- Former Winner of ‘Mr. SIU’ Passes Away, Leaves Legacy

CARBONDALE, IL-- A traffic accident has killed a well-known recent grad of SIU. The former winner of the Mr. SIU Bodybuilding Competition died on Saturday. Ryan Ahle dedicated his life to human perfection and bodybuilding. Tim Chezem, the president of SIU's fitness club and a friend of Ahle says this is something everyone admired about him.

Michael Moeller, the director of the competition says "one thing that Ahle was really dedicated to was bodybuilding. He led the lifestyle, so he was very passionate about what he did.

Police reports indicate that Ahle was only a few miles from his hometown when he lost control of his vehicle, flipped his car, and was then projected from the driver's seat.

Reports also indicated that Ahle was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chezem says it was a deep loss for everyone who knew him.

"You never really know who you actually inspire and motivate so you know if you check out his Facebook and you know look at the posts um there's a lot of individuals that you know even said themselves, he was very motivating you know um just by being in the gym and seeing him around and stuff like that being an inspiration."

One person in particular that Ahle inspired was his friend and competitor Michael Moeller and he says that Ahle's personality was contagious to everyone around him.

Moeller said "It's one of those things, people didn't even know him. I'd be at a party, at the bar, or in class and someone would start talking about diet, nutrition, working-out, and” Ryan’s name would come up. “when I think Mr. SIU, I think Ryan."

Even though Ahle has passed, Moeller says he will never be forgotten.

"His legacy will live on through everyone he helped and I guess every time it storms, I expect the thunder to be a little louder from Ryan upstairs."

Chezem and Moeller both said they plan to honor Ahle's life during the annual 'Mr. SIU' competition next month.

Jessica Anderson

Evening Edition Reporter


March 5, 2013 -- National Storm Preparedness Week

CARBONDALE, IL-- According to the national weather service, Southern Illinois is part of 'tornado alley' and this time of year can be especially dangerous. Rod Sievers, a member of SIU's all hazards committee says southern Illinois can have some of the most unpredictable weather.

"You know it comes and goes, I mean it seems like some seasons we have more storms than other seasons, the best thing to do is to be prepared, know what to watch, and just be aware of your surroundings."

Every year in the US severe weather causes nearly 500 deaths and more than $14 billion in damage according to the national weather service. Sievers says it's best to be on alert when a storm rolls around.

"Well they should tune in to their local radio or TV stations, just about everyone around here has some sort of a warning or message they would put out in case a warning was issued, you know, go to the basement, that's always a wise thing to do if you hear the tornado sirens go off."

Along with these precautions the national weather service recommends that you make sure you have flashlights and extra batteries on hand as well as a weather radio...and most importantly to always use common sense when encountering a storm.

Jessica Anderson



March 5, 2013 -- Monumental Mayor

MARION, IL-- Marion Mayor Robert Butler is being honored with a life-size statue for the half-century that he has been in office, but he says he didn't have any input on the likeness of the monument.

The 86-year-old was surprised to say the least when the idea was presented to him. "Not only surprised, but humbled, and honored", says Mayor Butler. When asked what he thought was his greatest accomplishment during his 50 years in office he says it's hard to just pick one.

" The Marion Cultural and Civic Center was a major accomplishment. We had a 6-million-dollar flood control project that cured most of the flooding problem in Marion.”

Mayor Butler says he wants the statue not to be a reminder of his legacy, but the growth and hospitality of his humble city.

"I hope that it will be looked upon as a symbol of the growth and the friendliness of the city of Marion."

Mayor Butler will be retiring in two years at the end this term. He took office in April of 1963 and the statue will be dedicated on April 16th on the Marion tower square; just in time for his fifty-year anniversary.

Jasmine Wiley Reporter


Feb 28, 2013 - New Twist in the SIU Trustee Drama.

board of trustees

CARBONDALE, IL -- There weren't enough trustees present for a quorum Thursday, the day after the Illinois Senate rejected the Governor's appointment of three new trustees.

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Feb 27, 2013 - Quinn's Picks for SIU Trustees Denied.

Governor Quinn

CARBONDALE, IL -- There's been a stunning development with the governor's appointment of three new people to the SIU board of trustees.

The Illinois senate has rejected the governor's nominations by a unanimous vote of zero to twenty-three. Thirty-two senators didn't take a side and voted 'present'.

The democratic-controlled senate didn't provide a single vote on democratic governor Pat Quinn's picks for the SIU board.

Alton Democratic Senator William Haine says Quinn did not seek senate advice on the appointees, as the state constitution requires.

The SIU trustees are scheduled to meet tomorrow in Edwardsville.

Loreto Cruz III

Web Producer


Feb 27, 2013 - Tunnel of Oppression Returns to SIU

CARBONDALE, IL -- An emotional depiction of oppression has returned to the SIU campus. The sixth annual 'Tunnel of Oppression' lets visitors experience how various groups feel mistreated and oppressed.

Student volunteers show how some in our society are treated unjustly.

Alfred Jackson, the BTO advisor says "what [they] are trying to do is to try and get people to understand that we are all in this together and that regardless of what form of oppression or discrimination that's taking place, if it affects one group it affects us all."

SIU Student Courtney Taylor says that "one scene that really stuck out to [her] was the 'gun control room'. They had a body (covered in blood) that really spoke to me... because that's been a very big up and coming issue in the U.S"

"Most of the time people worry about how they're oppressed, but they never focus on how they oppress other people."

If you're interested in attending, it's located at Grinnel Hall on the east side of SIU campus...

You can make reservations by calling (618)-536-2054

Landon McReynolds


Feb 26, 2913 - Summer and Fall Registration Starts March 19th, 2013.

Carbondale, IL -- Advisement appointments can help keep your college career on track. More and more college students today are burdened with student loan debt.

Many times it’s because they take longer than four years to graduate.

Experts say getting good advising can prepare students for taking the right courses at the right time.

However, SIU advisors told Evening Edition that students miss appointments and are not organized.

Chelsea Cunningham