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Church, business closings for Sunday, Jan. 20th

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WSIL -- Due to winter weather and hazardous driving conditions, dozens of churches and businesses will be closed Sunday, January 20th.  

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IDOT working to clear roads

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WSIL -- The Illinois Department of Transportation says they are working diligently to clear southern Illinois roads of ice and snow. 

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Body found in Johnston City

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JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. -- A body has been found at Arrowhead Lake Camp Ground in Williamson County.

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Inmate on the run after escaping Paducah facility

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PADUCAH, Ky. --- Kentucky State Police are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Keaton Correctional Faciliity in Paducah, Kentucky early Saturday morning.

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Marion federal prison workers go unpaid during shutdown

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MARION, Ill. -- Hundreds of employees at the federal prison in Marion are going without pay during the government shutdown.

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Salvation Army holds one-day blitz event

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WSIL -- Even though the holiday season is over, you may have heard a familiar sound Friday. The Salvation Army held a one-day Blitz event for donations. 

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Local business helping pet owners impacted by government shutdown

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WSIL -- A local business is doing what it can to help people impacted by the federal government shutdown. 

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Local prosecutor appointed as associate judge

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WSIL -- A Jackson County Assistant State's Attorney has been appointed to the bench. 

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Illinois women's centers affected by government shutdown Video included

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WSIL -- The historical partial government shutdown is affecting hundreds of thousands of employees, including women's centers across the state. 

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Brandy Hughes' family upset with man over social media post

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ZEIGLER, Ill. -- The grieving family of a woman who was found in the snow of Desel's Mud Ranch in Zeigler Saturday are upset with the man who found her.

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Nearly 20 arrested in prostitution bust

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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. -- Five people from southern Illinois are among 17 people arrested in a prostitution bust in Kentucky.

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A Veteran's monument in Anna gets an upgrade

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ANNA, Ill. -- The American Legion in Anna has recently renovated a veterans' monument bringing it back to what it was supposed to be.

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Nearly a dozen people potentially exposed to a hazardous material Video included

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JEFFERSON CO., Ill. -- Eleven people recover Thursday evening after being rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon for potential exposure to hazardous material. Those patients include mostly first responders and investigators are not yet confirming what that harmful substance was. 

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U.S. Rep. Mike Bost polling constituents about State of the Union

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WSIL -- U.S. Representative Mike Bost, (R) of Murphysboro, wants to know if people in our area believe President Trump should give a State of the Union Address.

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Gun advocates express concern over gun shop licensing bill

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MARION, Ill. -- The new governor of Illinois followed through on a campaign promise to pass tighter gun control laws.

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Schimpf details legislative priorities ahead of 2019

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WSIL -- State Sen. Paul Schimpf, (R) Waterloo, says he'll pursue a few constitutional amendments in the new year.

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CASA of Williamson County needs your help

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MARION, Ill. -- CASA of Williamson County needs more volunteers to serve as advocates for foster kids who need their voices heard.

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Marion Police Chief Announces Retirement

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MARION, Ill. -- Marion Police Chief, Dawn Tondini, will retire the first of April. Tondini has served as Marion's police chief since 2014.

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New law requires gun dealers to get licenses, have video surveillance

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WSIL -- On his second full day in office, Governor JB Pritzker signed a gun control measure that requires state licenses for gun dealers. 

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Suspect uses knife to rob Han's Market

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Carbondale Police say a juvenile suspect used a large knife to hold up a business Thursday.

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PTO president accused of stealing cash from school account

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MCCRACKEN CO., Ky. -- A Paducah woman is accused of stealing $38,000 dollars from a school's PTO bank account. 

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Mother of alleged grooming victim speaks out Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. -- More people are coming forward about accusations against Franklin County substitute teacher, Nicholas Price.

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Franklin County substitute teacher arrested for Grooming Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. -- Nicholas Price, 26, of Ewing, faces charges for 2 counts of felony Grooming and 2 counts of Distributing Harmful Material to a Minor.

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State sells Hardin County Work Camp to county

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HARDIN COUNTY, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Corrections is selling the Hardin County Work Camp to the sheriff's department for $1.

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Help Rendleman Orchards win grant money Video included

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ALTO PASS, Ill. -- The trees at Rendleman Orchards might be bare in January, but there's still lots of work to do around the farm. Much of that work is getting compliant with the new Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) standards.

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Lawsuit partially blames Pinckneyville prison for inmate death

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- The ex-wife of an inmate who died at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center claims jail staffers are partially to blame.

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Herrin workers paint over obscene graffiti on home

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HERRIN, Ill. -- A public works crew in Herrin paints over obscene graffiti on a home in Herrin.

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USDA providing temporary local services amid government shutdown

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WSIL -- Several U.S. Department of Agriculture offices in the tri-state area will temporarily open for limited services beginning Thursday.

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Former Sesser Mayor, State Senator jailed on drug charge Video included

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SESSER, Ill. -- On Tuesday afternoon, police knocked on the door of former mayor Ned Mitchell's home with a search warrant.

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Man convicted of attempted murder gets posthumous exoneration

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WSIL -- Family members of a man who died serving prison time for a crime he didn't commit are now getting closure decades after his death.

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New Microorganism discovered by SIU student, professor Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An undergraduate student at Southern Illinois University, and her professor made a new discovery that may make history.

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Hunter, conservation officer rescue man on Mississippi river Video included

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ALEXANDER CO., Ill. -- On January 5, David Bess was deer hunting at his cabin between Theebes and Olive Branch like he has many times over the past seven years. But that day, he heard a strange noise that caught his attention. 

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Quincy Media now owns WSIL-TV Video included

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WSIL -- As of today, WSIL-TV is officially in the hands of new owners. Quincy Media Incorporated takes over the station that began operations 65 years ago. 

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Murder trial delayed for fitness exam

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- A murder trial in Saline County has been delayed.

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Chocolate is better for your cough than cough syrup: study

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NEW YORK -- It may sound too good to be true, but researchers now say indulging in that piece of chocolate is actually the best cure for your cough. 

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Mt. Vernon Police searching for bank robbery suspect

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MT. VERNON, Ill -- Mt. Vernon Police are looking for a man who robbed the Fifth Third Bank located at 28th and Broadway just before 5:00 p.m.

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Amtrak changes due to track improvements on Jan. 22

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Amtrak passengers should expect delayed departure times on January 22 due to track improvements by Canadian National Railway.

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Pritzker signs orders on union pay increases, transparency

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Governor JB Pritzker takes action on a few topics on his first full day as governor.

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Sikeston DPS investigating homicide

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SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston Department of Public Safety (DPS) is currently working a homicide investigation.

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Opening delayed for Carbondale warming center Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A warming center in Carbondale will likely now open next week. The center was originally scheduled to open this week, but a delivery issue with trailers could delay the opening.

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Trump, GOP blamed for shutdown; no crisis seen: poll

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WSIL (ABC) -- A majority of Americans hold Donald Trump and congressional Republicans mainly responsible for the partial federal shutdown, now the longest in history, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

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Franklin County municipalities join lawsuit against opioid manufacturers Video included

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CHRISTOPHER, Ill. -- Christopher's dispatch center could join other southern Illinois municipalities in a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors and other related companies. 

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A somber reminder to move over while driving Video included

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WSIL --  An Illinois State trooper died this weekend, after being hit by a car while responding to a traffic crash in the Chicago area.

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Officials identify woman found dead in Zeigler Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. -- The Franklin County Sheriff's office has identified the female who was found in rural Zeigler on Saturday January 12, 2019.

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Benton food pantry worried about locals who rely on SNAP Video included

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WSIL -- Vicki Seagle has been volunteering for the Benton West City Ministerial Alliance Food Bank for more than 35 years. She says, right now, the food bank mostly serves young parents with children and the elderly.

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Southern Illinois lawmakers respond to Pritzker inauguration address Video included

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois’ 43rd governor officially takes office. J.B. Pritzker was sworn in Monday in Springfield.

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Frankfort High School principal arrested on DUI

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WSIL -- A local high school principal is on administrative leave, following a DUI arrest Sunday January 13.

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ISP investigates homicide in Alexander County Video included

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TAMMS, Ill. -- Illinois State Police are investigating a homicide after a body was found dead with gunshot wounds. 

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Family members gather search party for missing man Video included

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JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. -- The search continues for 42-year-old Shawn Murphy who went missing from Arrowhead Lake Campground in December. 

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Local business to cater inauguration in Springfield Video included

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A local restaurant is helping Illinois' 43rd governor celebrate his inauguration in Springfield. 

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IDOT monitoring roads as temperatures drop Video included

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WSIL -- Temperatures will drop below freezing Sunday night, but the Illinois Department of Transportation says pre-treated roads should prevent ice. 

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Lieutenant Governor-elect Stratton visits Carbondale Video included

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CARBONDALE -- More than a hundred volunteers spent Saturday morning at the Carbondale Boys and Girls Club, cleaning and painting.  

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Mt. Vernon hosts MABAS training for local agencies Video included

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- MABAS Division 47, the City of Mt. Vernon and agencies from Jefferson, Washington, Wayne and Marion counties conducted a public safety exercise on Saturday.

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Search for man reported missing at Johnston City campground continues

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JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. --  Shawn Murphy was last seen on December 12 at Arrowhead Lake Campground. William Stark, the city's police chief, says he lives at the campsite with a roommate, who was the last person to see him alive that morning. 

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Big plans on the horizon for the Grand Theater in Du Quoin

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There are big plans on the horizon for the Grand Theater in Du Quoin The theater has entertained many visitors since it opened in the early 1900's. 

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Government shutdown impacts local jails

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WSIL -- Local jails aren't receiving any money for housing federal inmates because of the government shutdown.

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Lawyer for man accused of killing wife asks for mental fitness exam

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- The lawyer for a Saline County murder suspect asks for a mental fitness examination.

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Warming center moving locations in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Leaders will open a warming center in town next week, but it will not be at the originally approved location. 

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Search underway for suspect who fired gun at vehicle

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PULASKI CO., Ill. -- Multiple agencies are searching for a suspect who fired shots at a vehicle on Mounds Road off of Interstate 57.

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ISP investigation underway in Alexander County

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ALEXANDER CO., -- Illinois State Police have an investigation underway south of Tamms. 

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Jackson County communities remind drivers about snow routes

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JACKSON CO., Ill. -- Multiple communities are asking drivers to move their cars off of snow routes. 

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Taxpayers now covering cost of emergency alerts Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. -- A service used by many counties in our area to warn residents of alerts will now cost taxpayers

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Du Quoin house a total loss following fire

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DU QUOIN, Ill. -- Firefighters from several agencies including Du Quoin, Christopher, and Dowell battled a house fire on South Mulberry Street after 6:30 p.m. 

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Study on fake news sharing finds one age group shares fake news more than any other

Websites that end in ".com.co" are often fake versions of real news sources," wrote Melissa Zimdars. (abcnews.go.com | abcnews.com.co) Websites that end in ".com.co" are often fake versions of real news sources," wrote Melissa Zimdars. (abcnews.go.com | abcnews.com.co)
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WSIL -- A new study analyzing users' Facebook posts during the 2016 election season identified the age group sharing many of those fake stories is people over 65.

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Full-scale emergency drill planned for Saturday Video included

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- If you're driving through Mt. Vernon Saturday and notice emergency vehicles throughout the area, do not be alarmed.

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More than three-quarters of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck Video included

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WSIL -- The partial government shutdown will become the longest in U.S. history unless the government reopens this weekend.

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TIF revenue to revitalize Granada Theatre Video included

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- The City of Mt. Vernon will distribute more than $213,000 over five years to the historic Granada Theatre.

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IDOT getting ready for winter weather Video included

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. -- The expected wintry weather has prompted the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to begin its routine procedures when snow is expected.

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New law takes dogs away from "reckless" owners

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WSIL -- A new law punishes dog owners who fail to keep their pets from attacking others.

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Prosecutor to continue filing charges for crimes at Harrisburg youth center Video included

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- In late December, Gov. Bruce Rauner commuted the sentences of six men, charged with battery against guards at the Illinois Youth Center in Harrisburg.

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Move your car if parked on a snow route

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- With snow accumulation predicted in the next 24 hours, the city of Murphysboro is reminding residents not to park their vehicles on snow routes.

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Saline County Board appoints new clerk Video included

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SALINE COUNTY, Ill. -- The Saline County Board appointed a new county clerk Wednesday night to finish the term of Roger Craig. 

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Business owners concerned about Carbondale warming centers Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Within the next week, people in Carbondale will have another place to keep warm, but some residents and business owners are upset about the idea of a new warming center in their neighborhood.  

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Drone rules new owners should know Video included

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WSIL -- Now that the holidays are over, it's time to start playing with the toys you received.

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Carbondale police investigating pedestrian vs. car incident

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CARBONDALE, Ill. --- A man is fighting for his life after he was hit by a vehicle in Carbondale Tuesday night.

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Most FDA food inspections not happening under government shutdown

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WASHINGTON (WSB) -- There's concern the partial federal government shutdown could be putting you at risk of getting sick from your food.

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Lawmakers sworn in, Windhorst optimistic Video included

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Wednesday, members of the Illinois House and Senate were sworn in as part of the 101st General Assembly. 

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Monarch butterfly population on the decline Video included

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WSIL -- Each year, Eastern Monarch butterflies migrate from Southern Canada, through the Midwest and East coast to Mexico where they hibernate. 

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Hearing delayed on motion to drop charges in Bethune case

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- New details emerge in the case of a man charged with murdering a SIU student in 2014.

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Man dies in West Frankfort crash

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- One man has died after a car versus motorcycle crash in Franklin County. 

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Police chase leads to crash in Pulaski County

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PULASKI CO., Ill. -- Two people went to the hospital after crashing their car during a police chase.

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Man convicted of robbery gets federal prison time

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MARION, Ill. -- A Williamson County man is headed to federal prison for holding up a gas station in April 2018. 

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Crash on I-57 closes northbound lanes Video included

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WSIL -- Multiple emergency crews are on the scene of crash on Interstate 57 south of the Stiritz overpass. 

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Council approves resource officer for Frankfort School District Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- Students at Frankfort School District will soon see a police officer patrolling their campuses. 

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Illinois House approves 15 percent salary increase for agency directors Video included

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WSIL -- The Illinois House approved a proposal on Tuesday that would increase the salaries of state agency directors by 15 percent. 

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Sears reaches 11th hour deal to stay in business

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CHICAGO -- Sears was facing the possibility of shutting down, until it reached an 11th-hour deal Tuesday to stay open, at least for now. 

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January is National Stalker Awareness Month

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WSIL -- Many might only think of stalking as a person following or tracking another's movements but it's much more than that. The Internet and the latest technology has made it easier for stalkers to prey on others.  

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Woman looking to impress man with her hunting skills ends up in trouble with the law

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MCINTOSH COUNTY, Okla. -- An Oklahoma woman hoping to find a date online, instead found herself with a court date.

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President Trump's Address and Democratic Response

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WSIL-TV -- President Donald Trump addresses the nation at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night to talk about the ongoing government shutdown and funding for the southern border wall.

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New simulation technology helps train firefighters Video included

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HERRIN, Ill. -- New simulation technology is now available to help prepare firefighters for any situation.

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Government shutdown affects southern Illinois Video included

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WSIL -- President Donald Trump and federal lawmakers continue to debate over funding for a wall at the southern border, leaving some agencies in southern Illinois without money.

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Videos appear to show electric scooter rider dragging dog down street

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Viral videos appearing to show a woman on an electric scooter dragging a dog on a Bakersfield street over the weekend have sparked outrage after being posted to social media, and the incident is now the subject of a police investigation.

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USDA extends deadline for program aimed at helping farmers amid trade tensions after shutdown puts it on hold

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WASHINGTON -- The Department of Agriculture will extend the deadline for farmers to apply for assistance to offset losses they were experiencing as a result of trade tensions between the U.S. and other countries because of the government shutdown.

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Law to make dental care more affordable and accessible Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO., Ill. -- The Action for Dental Health Act, which is aimed at improving access to oral health care nationwide, is now law.

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Resident in Veterans' Home tests positive for Legionnaires' disease

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MANTENO, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) says it was notified this morning of a confirmed case of Legionnaires' disease (legionellosis) in a resident of the Manteno Veterans' Home.

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Slow drivers, stay out of the left lane

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- This year, Illinois State Police is going to be targeting slow drivers who stay in the left lane.

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Carterville library competing for $35K

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- You can help a local library win $35,000 from Shark Tank investor, Mark Cuban.

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Surveillance video shows robbery suspect holding long gun Video included

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- The Saline County Sheriff's Office need your help identifying an armed robbery suspect.

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Local drivers speak out against proposed state gas tax increase Video included

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WSIL -- Illinoisans could be paying up to 30 cents more per gallon at the pump if a proposal by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for planning is approved by state lawmakers.

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Recall websites no longer active due to government shutdown

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WSIL -- Due to the government shutdown, agencies that are out to protect your safety are no longer posting important recalls online.

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Shooting in Mt. Vernon under investigation

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- Police are investigating a shooting in Jefferson County. 

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Hamilton County Coal confirms death of miner Video included

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UPDATED: January 7, 2019 4:11 p.m. -- Family members on Facebook identify the miner killed Saturday morning as 55 year-old John Ditterline. 

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Harrisburg man killed in semi vs. tractor crash Video included

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SALINE CO., Ill.  --  The driver of a 1960 Massey Ferguson tractor was airlifted Sunday afternoon, after the tractor was rear-ended by semi truck.  

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Teen airlifted after crash in Saline County Video included

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ELDORADO, Ill. -- Three teenagers were injured in a two-car crash around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.

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Former West Frankfort mayor dies Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- Bob Ellis, a former mayor of West Frankfort, died Saturday afternoon. 

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Karnak man killed in domestic dispute

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KARNAK, Ill. -- A Karnak man is dead following a stabbing during a domestic dispute. 

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Volunteers deliver food baskets in Hurst

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HURST, Ill. -- On Saturday, members of the Hurst ambulance service delivered meals to those in need around the community. 

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2018 Sounds of the Season Schedule

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WSIL -- Each year school choirs from around the region visit the WSIL and WSIU studios to record our 'Sounds of the Season' program.  

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More blood pressure meds recalled due to carcinogen

Over the past few months, numerous recalls of the popular heart drug valsartan have already occurred. Now, generics maker Mylan Pharmaceuticals is adding more products to the list.

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Du Quoin Superintendent named best in the state by IASA

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DU QUOIN, Ill. -- A local superintendent has been named the 2019 Illinois Superintendent of the year.  

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Truth Test: Fact-checking Joe Biden's "Get Out the Vote" rally

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WSIL -- With less than a week to go before election day, several prominent Illinois Democrats campaigned with former Vice President Joe Biden at a get out the vote Rally for congressional candidate Brendan Kelly, but was everything said there true?

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Quincy Media Inc. to acquire WSIL TV

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WSIL -- WSIL TV will soon be under new ownership. Quincy Media, Inc. is acquiring the station. 

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Truth Test: Fact-Checking President Trump's Murphysboro speech Video included

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WSIL -- Thousands of people were in attendance as President Donald Trump campaigned at the Southern Illinois airport Saturday, hoping to boost Congressman Mike Bost’s reelection effort, but was everything the President claimed true?

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The Wall That Heals stops in Paducah, KY

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PADUCAH, KY -- The Wall that Heals is sparking emotions in Paducah.

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Six local veterans among 200 honored by the state

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Bicentennial organizers and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs have named 200 military veterans to honor during the state’s 200th birthday. 

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Free legal assistance available for local veterans

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The SIU School of Law is hosting a free event for veterans in November.

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Follow the Money: Bryant vs. Griffin Video included

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WSIL -- In an election cycle filled with expensive races up and down the ballot, the 115th district is shaping up to be one of the more costly in southern Illinois.  Democrat Marsha Griffin is looking to unseat two term Incumbent Terri Bryant, who has historically been a prolific fundraiser.

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Operation Honor Guard

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Operation Honor Guard helps fund area Honor Guards so they can continue to provide services at military funerals.

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Follow the Money: Natalie Phelps Finnie Video included

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WSIL -- Engaged in one of the most hotly contested house races in the state, Democratic incumbent Natalie Phelps Finnie and Republican Patrick Windhorst are battling it out to represent Illinois' 118th district.

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Coca-cola considers cannabis-infused drinks

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WSIL -- Coca-Cola is making some waves today with news that it's considering a new ingredient: cannabis. 

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