southern Illinois

County Sues Abbott Laboratories for Drug Addiction

Apr 20, 2017

A county in Southern Illinois beset by drug addiction is suing Chicago-area Abbott Laboratories for its alleged role in the opioid epidemic.  The lawsuit claims drug manufacturers Abbott Laboratories and Purdue Pharma knew prescription opioids were addictive - but aggressively marketed them anyway.  St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly filed the lawsuit today.

Illinois officials have discovered a devastating fungus that can kill popular landscape shrubbery.  Illinois Department of Agriculture Officials say the Boxwood blight was first found in Illinois near Chicago last year.  Agriculture authorities now say a landscape company owner about 290 miles southwest of Chicago near Breese found it in his shrubs. The owner thinks the fungus was in plants from out of state.  Boxwood blight affects only certain plants that are popular as landscaping material around the state. 

Illinois Issues: Frackonomics

Dec 16, 2016

A few years ago, Illinois adopted regulations for high-volume horizontal fracking, but it was slow to get the permitting process up and running.

Those in southern Illinois who were hoping for an economic boom have since seen the promise of fracking go bust.

CARBONDALE - Southern Illinois residents continue to lack easy access to hospitals with trauma centers that offer specialized care for severe injuries.

Officials have announced plans to relocate a federal spy agency to a new site in St. Louis rather than across the Mississippi River in southern Illinois.

Downstate legislators are banding together in an effort to revive the market for Illinois coal.  It comes as the renewable and nuclear industries are asking for legislative intervention.

Police in Granite City are looking for the person who stole an unmarked squad car and struck a police officer with it causing minor injuries.

Blue-green algae could show up in IL

Sep 30, 2015

Visitors to the Ohio River in southern Illinois are being cautioned about potential toxins from blue-green algae. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued the warning Tuesday. The agencies are working with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission following reports of an algal bloom in the river. A bloom hasn't yet been confirmed near Illinois, but conditions could lead to one. Toxins from the algae can cause rashes, vomiting and coughing.

New service to Las Vegas is the latest gamble at a little-used southern Illinois airport.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports the first positive test for West Nile virus this year was found in mosquitoes collected in southern Illinois.

Elected leaders in 11 southern Illinois cities are rallying against proposed state budget cuts they say would "devastate" local governments.

Thousands of sex crimes reported to police in southern Illinois aren't being prosecuted, even though most victims can identify their attackers.

Mother Jones Monument to get upgrades

Jun 16, 2014
Illinois AFL-CIO

   A labor group hopes that efforts to upgrade a nearly 80-year old monument in downstate Illinois will also bring a history lesson to new generations.  

George Harrison's 1963 visit to Il to be commemorated

Sep 20, 2013

Just before he became one of the most famous people on earth, George Harrison traveled to southern Illinois. This month is the 50th anniversary of that trip to the town of Benton.  Harrison was here to visit his sister, who had moved to the community.  Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford has this interview on Harrison's time spent in the state and an effort to commemorate the occasion: