Jennifer Fuller

WSIU's award winning reporter bringing you the morning news, local political talk and market forecasts.

Jennifer Fuller joined the WSIU family at a very young age- as both a viewer and a listener! Growing up in Carterville, Jennifer enjoyed WSIU's PBS programming as a child and young adult, and then became even more involved when she attended SIUC and worked for both the radio and TV stations as a student.

Jennifer's love for news and public affairs led her to Springfield after college, where she earned her Master's Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield, and interned with the Illinois Radio Network. After that, she was an award-winning anchor and reporter for WTAX-AM in Springfield, covering education, medicine and political issues for the capitol city.

Following her time in Springfield, Jennifer returned home to southern Illinois, where she rejoined WSIU as a News Producer and Morning Anchor. She expanded and continued the Morning Conversation program, interviewing leaders in politics, education, medicine, arts and many other areas from all over the region and all over the world. You can hear her interviews each Tuesday morning at 8:30am.

Jennifer is heavily involved in many organizations, including the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, where she currently serves as President. She is also a local Girl Scout leader, and volunteers her time at her church and in other community groups and events.

SIU President Randy Dunn says an increase in funding for higher education included in the proposed state budget is a welcome addition for colleges and universities.

SIU Trustees have come out in opposition to a series of bills that would change how the school is structured and governed, but the conflict between campuses isn't over.

SIU President Randy Dunn says he won't resign - but acknowledges it will take some time to bring opposing groups back together within the university's system.


  Southern Illinoisans who've been conserving or going without running water over the last 24 hours are getting good news Friday morning.

The Rend Lake Conservancy District says a bypass around its broken man was completed overnight, and water flow is slowly increasing in the line.

A patch of the original break is expected to be finished Friday, and crews will boost the water flow throughout the day.

(Updated: 11:00am 5/18/2018) -- The broken water line at the Rend Lake Conservancy District has been repaired.

The Intercity Water Plant is pumping water into the system with two high service pumps. The lake intake and the treatment plant have returned to service.

The system will be on a boil water order until Intercity Water receives test results showing the water is safe to drink.

Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department emergency preparedness director Ronda Koch says residents need to let their water run for a couple of minutes before boiling it.

 

With a new enrollment manager in place, SIUC's CEO thinks change is on the horizon.

The CEO of SIU Carbondale says despite challenges on his campus, he believes calls to disband the SIU System are premature.


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Legislation that would separate SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville passed out of a House Committee Thursday. Representative Jay Hoffman's bill would create a separate board for SIUC and SIUE, and it would have the School of Medicine be a part of Edwardsville's structure. Hoffman says his proposal would boost both campuses.

 

Higher-education leaders are watching Springfield closely as lawmakers consider what to do about next year’s budget.

Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn says there are lots of political options on the table.

 

"You hear discussion that maybe there could be a full-budget bill, and then the governor would have to decide what he wants to do with that," Dunn said. "Would the governor once again veto a bill that he doesn't like as he heads into a re-election? I don't know."

 

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An Illinois Congressman says President Trump’s plan to put a tariff on steel and aluminum imports could have widespread effects. Congressman John Shimkus’ district doesn’t cover the steel mills along the Mississippi River that have struggled in recent years, but he lives near them. 

An investigation into hiring at SIU Carbondale is being elevated to the Illinois Office of the Executive Inspector General.

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Governor Bruce Rauner delivers his annual State of the State address this week. Political watchers expect it to focus on issues critical to this year's elections.

Political analyst and Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor says in an election year, leaders in Springfield try to play it safe – they don't want to upset their base or any potential swing voters. He expects this year's State of the State address to follow that trend.

Advocates for the poor in Illinois are pushing state lawmakers and the Rauner administration to act quickly on a program that funds hospital care.

Safety Net Hospitals provide care for thousands of people who rely on Medicaid. Through the state's assessment program, hospitals in Illinois are taxed – and then that money is used to access federal matching funds.

State Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie points to Hardin County Hospital in her deep southern Illinois district. She says a loss of funding for that facility would be devastating on multiple levels.

SIU Carbondale's proposed reorganization faced stiff opposition at last week's Board of Trustees Meeting. In this edition of WSIU InFocus, System President Randy Dunn talks about what comes next.

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A southern Illinois congressman says his chamber's passage of legislation addressing floodplains is overdue - and needs to be sent to the president's desk.

Representative Mike Bost says the bill, which reforms FEMA's floodplain insurance program, is a much-needed update. He says numerous property owners in his district would benefit from it.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza about the state's record bill backlog, and other financial issues.


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Governor Bruce Rauner's decision to sign House Bill 40 may have political implications for him in next year's election.

SIU Trustees have approved pay raises for the Edwardsville campus... but the move is drawing criticism.

The plan, which provides for a two-percent increase for last fiscal year along with a two-percent bump for this fiscal year, covers non-represented employees for now, but some bargaining units will have to wait for open contract negotiations to finish.

As Illinois begins its Bicentennial countdown Saturday, the co-chair of the bicentennial committee says the celebration of Illinois offers unique opportunities in this part of the state.

About 14,000 people filled Southern Illinois University's Saluki Stadium in Carbondale to watch Monday's total solar eclipse.


The state's budget impasse may soon affect more than just overall funding for higher education.


The shooting at a republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia is hitting a southern Illinois congressman hard. Republican John Shimkus is a roommate of Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, who was shot during the incident. Shimkus - who was not at the practice - says it feels as if a brother was shot.

In a unanimous decision, Trustees have approved a plan to allow SIU Carbondale to borrow up to $35 million from SIU Edwardsville.

Just days after Moody's warned of a potential credit downgrade for Illinois' public universities, Standard & Poor's took action to lower the credit of a couple - and placed three on a negative watch list.


SIU Trustees are discussing what to do about the cash crunch on the Carbondale campus as they meet this week.

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SIU Trustees are discussing what to do about the cash crunch on the Carbondale campus as they meet this week.

In their working session today, President Randy Dunn laid out the proposal he announced last week – one that includes $30 million in cuts to SIUC and borrowing from SIU Edwardsville.

Dunn says the state’s budget crisis is negatively affecting the Carbondale campus, but it also has problems of its own.

SIU President Randy Dunn says Governor Rauner's Budget Address gives him hope that a compromise may be on the horizon when it comes to a state spending plan.

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Illinois' Senior U.S. Senator continues his fight against the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary today. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin took to his chamber’s floor this morning to voice his opposition to President Trump’s pick for Education Secretary.

 

A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale finds Hillary Clinton and Tammy Duckworth leading their respective races.

Governor Bruce Rauner says there are still serious issues facing the state, and he hopes a compromise can be reached so that Illinois can move forward soon.

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