Southern Illinois http://wkms.org en Illinois Congressman Ken Gray Dies at 89 http://wkms.org/post/illinois-congressman-ken-gray-dies-89 <p>A man who represented southern Illinois for decades in Congress has passed away.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:46:11 +0000 Jennifer Fuller WSIU 42068 at http://wkms.org Illinois Congressman Ken Gray Dies at 89 Illinois Residents Have Highest Rate of Discontent http://wkms.org/post/illinois-residents-have-highest-rate-discontent <p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Half the people in Illinois are eager to move to another state, according to a new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/168770/half-illinois-connecticut-move-elsewhere.aspx" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Gallup poll</a>. The Land of Lincoln has the highest rate of discontentment among the states.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 13:11:32 +0000 Marine Perot 40254 at http://wkms.org Illinois Residents Have Highest Rate of Discontent Pope County Documentarian on The Making of "They Will Endure" http://wkms.org/post/pope-county-documentarian-making-they-will-endure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A few weeks back we heard about holiday activities raising money for a new documentary produced about Pope County and today we meet its producer. The film is titled "They Will Endure," and it covers how the county was settled in the late eighteenth century to the great flood of 1937. </span></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:06:11 +0000 Kate Lochte 37681 at http://wkms.org Pope County Documentarian on The Making of "They Will Endure" Johnson County, IL. Supports Moratorium on Fracking http://wkms.org/post/johnson-county-il-supports-moratorium-fracking <p></p><p>Johnson County has joined other counties in southern Illinois supporting a moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing.</p><p>Vice Chairman Phil Stewart was the one Johnson County Commissioner who did not support the one-year moratorium. He says the area needs the jobs.</p><p><em>“Johnson County is, you know, a poor county, needs some revenue,” Stewart says. “And I think it would help.”</em></p><p>But, Stewart says most of the jobs would be temporary. Tue, 21 May 2013 21:14:51 +0000 Whitney Jones 31721 at http://wkms.org Johnson County, IL. Supports Moratorium on Fracking Southern Illinois County to Discuss Fracking http://wkms.org/post/southern-illinois-county-discuss-fracking <p></p><p></p><p>Some Johnson County Illinois residents are asking their county commissioners to consider supporting a 2-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as oil and gas companies continue to look at southern Illinois land for extraction.&nbsp;</p><p>Johnson County Economic Development Director Ronald Duncan said if fracking begins it could bring some money the county’s way.</p><p><em>“If we take examples of the economic impact that it’s had in other places,” he said.” I’m thinking specifically of southeastern Ohio, the Dakotas. You see this very, very strong impact up front. A lot of people coming to town, a lot of trucks, a lot of lunches sold at the counter. Just the sheer number of people doing that work coming in perhaps could boost the retail trade here in our community significantly.” &nbsp; </em> Wed, 08 May 2013 21:22:00 +0000 Whitney Jones 31570 at http://wkms.org Southern Illinois County to Discuss Fracking Southern IL Sees Sharp Increase in Child Sex Abuse http://wkms.org/post/southern-il-sees-sharp-increase-child-sex-abuse <p></p><p>An Illinois Department of Children and Family Services report shows a 6 percent increase of child sex abuse across the state, but most of the southern counties have a much higher rate. The report compared sex abuse allegations from July 1 to Nov. 30 of this year to the same time period last year. Massac, Hardin, Johnson and Saline counties all had more than twice the state average of reported child sex abuse. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:45:31 +0000 Whitney Jones 26169 at http://wkms.org Southern IL Sees Sharp Increase in Child Sex Abuse Illinois’ 12th Congressional District Debate Tonight http://wkms.org/post/illinois-12th-congressional-district-debate-tonight <p></p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:31:05 +0000 Dave Shinall & The Associated Press 20795 at http://wkms.org Illinois’ 12th Congressional District Debate Tonight