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Saluki Athletics announces Men’s Basketball All-Century team

Dec. 19, 2013

CARBONDALE, Ill. – In conjunction with the Southern Illinoisan and sponsored by the SIU Credit Union, Saluki Athletics is proud to announce the All-Century Men’s Basketball team. Fans cast their vote on-line at throughout the month of November and the first week of December to help select a team of 25 players and four coaches spanning the 100 years of Saluki Basketball (1914-2013). Team members will be recognized at a dinner on Feb. 7 and introduced during halftime of the game versus Missouri State on Feb. 8.

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Wayne Abrams, 1977-80
Played in 109 career games in four seasons…1,426 points (15th)…557 rebounds (18th)…465 assists (2nd)…Second-Team All-MVC (1978-80)…1 NCAA Tournament (Sweet 16)…Saluki Hall of Fame.

Ashraf Amaya, 1990-93
Played in 128 games in four seasons…1,864 points (4th)…1,137 rebounds (2nd)…158 blocks (3rd)…MVC Player of the Year (1992)…Defensive Player of the Year (1992-93)…First-Team All-MVC (1991-93)…1 NCAA Tournament…3 NITs…Saluki Hall of Fame…2 seasons in NBA.

Darren Brooks, 2001-05
Played in 134 career games in four seasons…1,761 points (5th)…673 rebounds (12th)…410 assists (4th)…136 steals (1st)…MVC Player of the Year (2004-05)…MVC Defensive Player of the Year (2004-05)…First-Team All-MVC (2004-05)…4 NCAA Tournaments, 1 Sweet 16…Saluki Hall of Fame.

Seymour Bryson, 1956-59
Played in 100 career games in four seasons…1,529 points (9th)…1,244 rebounds (1st)…First-Team All-IIAC (1957)…Second-Team All-IIAC (1958)…1 Small-College NCAA Tournament…1 NAIA Tournament…Saluki Hall of Fame.

Chris Carr, 1993-95
Played in 93 career games in three seasons…1,251 points (22nd)…539 rebounds (20th)…MVC Player of the Year (1995)…First-Team All-MVC (1995)…3 NCAA Tournaments…Saluki Hall of Fame…8 seasons in NBA.

Jermaine Dearman, 2000-03
Played in 130 career games in four seasons…1,446 points (12th)…802 rebounds (8th)…Second-Team All-MVC (2003)…2 NCAA Tournaments (1 Sweet 16), 1 NIT.

Randal Falker, 2005-08
Played in 137 career games in four seasons…1,315 points (21st)…905 rebounds (6th)…195 blocks (1st)…MVC Defensive Player of the Year (2007)…First-Team All-MVC (2007-08)…3 NCAA Tournaments (1 Sweet 16), 1 NIT.Walt Frazier, 1965, 67
Played in 50 career games in two seasons…884 points…531 rebounds (22nd)…17.7 ppg (8th)…NIT Championship (1967)…1 Small-College NCAA Tournament (1965)…All-American (1967)…Saluki Hall of Fame…13 seasons in NBA.

Dick Garrett, 1967-69
Played in 74 career games in three seasons…1,337 points (20th)…18.1 ppg (6th)…2 NITs (1 NIT Championship)…Saluki Hall of Fame…5 seasons in NBA.

Mike Glenn, 1974-77
Played in 104 career games in four seasons…1,878 points (3rd)… 334 assists (10th)…18.1 ppg (7th)…All-American (1977)…Academic All-American (1976-77)…MVC Player of the Year (1976)…First-Team All-MVC (1976-77)…NCAA Sweet 16 (1977)…Saluki Hall of Fame…10 seasons in NBA.

Shane Hawkins, 1995-98
Played in 120 career games in four seasons…1,384 points (16th), 435 assists (3rd), 314 3FG (1st), 39.0 percent 3FG (9th)…MVC All-Newcomer team (1995)…1 NCAA Tournament.

Nate Hawthorne, 1971-73
Played in 75 games in three seasons…1,001 points (41st)…523 rebounds (24th)…Saluki Hall of Fame…3 seasons in NBA.

Troy Hudson, 1996-97
Played in 55 career games in two seasons…1,164 points (28th)…21.2 ppg (3rd)…227 3FG (3rd)…Second-Team All-MVC (1997)…Saluki Hall of Fame…11 seasons in NBA.

Joe C. Meriweather, 1973-75
Played in 78 career games in three seasons…1,536 points (8th)…1,005 rebounds (3rd)…19.7 ppg (4th)…2.10 blocks per game (1st)…All-American (1975)…Saluki Hall of Fame…1 NIT…11 seasons in NBA.

Steve Middleton, 1986-89
Played in 93 games in four seasons…1,710 points (6th)…240 assists (20)…106 steals (13th)…38.9 percent 3FG percentage (12th)…First-Team All-MVC (1987-88)…Saluki Hall of Fame.

Tom Millikin, 1949-52, 54
Played in 88 games in five seasons…1,092 points (31st)…IIAC Most Valuable Player (1950)…First-Team All-IIAC (1950-51)…Saluki Hall of Fame.

Bryan Mullins, 2006-09
Played in 122 games in 4 seasons…944 points…509 assists (1st)…2.08 steals per game (1st)…127 3FG (11th)…39.0 percent 3FG (11th)…MVC Defensive Player of the Year (2008-09)…Second-Team All-MVC (2008)…Academic All-American (2008-09)…1 NCAA (Sweet 16), 1 NIT.

Matt Shaw, 2005-08
Played in 136 games in 4 seasons…1,363 points (17th)…741 rebounds (9th)…121 3FG (13th)…294 FTs (16th)…3 NCAA Tournaments (1 Sweet 16), 1 NIT.

Rick Shipley, 1988-91
Played in 127 games in four seasons…1,359 points (18th)…983 rebounds (5th)…Second-Team All-MVC (1991)…3 NITs…Saluki Hall of Fame. Greg Starrick, 1970-72
Played in 65 career games in three seasons…1,428 points (14th)…22.0 ppg (2nd)…90 percent FT percentage (1st)…328 FTs (8th)…All-Midwestern Conference (1971)…Saluki Hall of Fame.

Jamaal Tatum, 2004-07
Played in 131 games in four seasons…1,667 points (7th)…309 assists (13th)…220 3FG (4th)…MVC Player of the Year (2007)…First-Team All-MVC (2007)…Second-Team All-MVC (2005)…Academic All-American (2007)…4 NCAA Tournaments, 1 Sweet 16…Saluki Hall of Fame.

Marcus Timmons, 1992-95
Played in 125 games in four seasons…1,434 points ( 13th)…999 rebounds (4th)…343 assists (9th)…123 blocks (4th)…211 steals (3rd)…MVC Defensive Player of the Year (1995)…First-Team All-MVC (1995)…3 NCAA Tournaments, 1 NIT…Saluki Hall of Fame.

Charlie Vaughn, 1959-62
Played in 85 career games in three seasons…2,088 points (1st)…666 rebounds (13th)…All-American (1961)…IIAC Most Valuable Player (1960)…2 Small-College NCAA Tournaments…1 NAIA Tournament…Saluki Hall of Fame…6 seasons in NBA.

Kent Williams, 2000-03
Played in 130 career games in four seasons…2,012 points (2nd), 352 assists (8th)…249 3FG made (2nd)….392 3FG percentage (8th)…2 First-Team All-MVC (2002-03)…1 Second-Team All-MVC (2001)…2 NCAA Tournaments, 1 Sweet 16…1 NIT…Saluki Hall of Fame. Gary Wilson, 1976-79


Jack Hartman, 1963-70
142-64 (.689) overall record in 8 seasons, 4 Small-College NCAA Tournaments, 2 NITs, 1 NIT Championship

Rich Herrin, 1986-98
225-174 (.563) overall record in 13 seasons, 3 NCAA Tournaments, 4 NITs, 2 MVC regular-season titles, 3 MVC Tournament titles, MVC Coach of the Year (1990)

Chris Lowery, 2005-12
137-93 (.596) overall record in 8 seasons, 3 NCAA Tournaments, 1 Sweet 16…3 NCAA Tournament wins — most in school history, 1 NIT, 2 MVC regular-season titles, 1 MVC Tournament title, MVC Coach of the Year (2005, 2007)…Salukis nationally ranked for 11 weeks.

Bruce Weber, 1999-2003
103-54 (.656) overall record in 5 seasons…2 NCAA Tournaments (1 Sweet 16), 2-2 in NCAA Tournament, 1 NIT, 2 MVC regular-season titles, MVC Coach of the Year (2003)…Salukis nationally ranked for 1 week.

Obituary – Melvin Thomas Hamilton – Sesser

Melvin Thomas Hamilton, 88, of Sesser, IL, died Dec. 18, 2013 at 5:20 p.m. at the VA Medical Center, in Marion, IL.

He was born Sept. 12, 1925 in McLeansboro, IL, the son of Warner Hamilton and Ida G. (Turtine) Hamilton.

Mr. Hamilton is the former owner of the Print Shop, in Sesser.  He was a member of North Benton Baptist Church in Benton, IL.

He was a Navy veteran serving during World War II.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by his children, Ralph and Cindy Hamilton of Christopher, IL, Nancy and Lee Kinsey of Sesser, IL, Norma and Daryl Webb of Ewing, IL, Melvin Randal and Katty Hamilton of Pheenix, AL and Richard and Michelle Hamilton of Colorado Springs, CO.  He is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are brothers and sisters, Effie Tevebaugh of McLeansboro, IL, Charles Hamilton of Lincoln, IL, Helen Haynes of Denver, CO and Anna Lee Cox of Cumming, GA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services  will be held Sunday December 22, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL, with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating.

Visitation will be on Saturday December 21, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery, in McLeansboro, IL. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Whittington Church or to The Veteran’s Tribute.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Luechtefeld endorses Brady for governor

State Sen. David Luechtefeld, R-Okawville, announced his support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady on Thursday.

In a news release, Luechtefeld said Brady will “make the tough decisions and follow through on them” to improve Illinois.

Brady also received the endorsement of state Rep. Tom Demmer of Dixon this week.

Brady said he welcomed the support of Demmer and Luechtefeld.

“I’m honored to have both Tom and David on our team,” Brady said in a news release. “They are highly respected in their areas and in the General Assembly.”


(This appeared in the Southern Illinoisan).

Barry Hinson and Marcus Fillyaw press conference transcript

Saluki Media Services

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University men’s basketball head coach Barry Hinson held a press conference this afternoon to discuss remarks he made after last night’s game at Murray State. Starting point guard Marcus Fillyaw also took questions from the media.

Barry Hinson and Marcus Fillyaw

Barry Hinson and Marcus Fillyaw


“I made a mistake last night. In a postgame media conference I singled out an individual on our team. That was very immature of me and I take full responsibility for it. I should not have done it. I apologized to him personally and I apologized to the team for singling out an individual. Now, let me get to the second part. From that point on, anything I said in that press conference I stand by. I believe every word I said. If that ruffles your feathers or ruffles someone else’s then you’re going to have to deal with it — and the other thing, I’m going to have to deal with it. We are 2-8, that’s not a very good record. I’m the head coach of this 2-8 record team. We are 2-8 because I’m the head coach. I take full responsibility for that. We have lost six games by single digits; six by the average of six points. I’m just like everybody else — I’m frustrated, I don’t like losing and I want to win. I don’t accept mediocre, I don’t accept lukewarm, I don’t accept average. I demand excellence out of everyone, including myself. Last night, I didn’t have excellence in a pressroom when I singled out an individual. I’ll try my best to not do it again but I don’t have a speed bump in my mouth as my wife told me and I need one. I am who I am. Saturday night I’m going to come into this press conference and by exactly who I am. I’m not going to change who I am and I’m going to learn from my mistakes. I’m not changing. I’ll change in the area of my immaturity and when I’m wrong. I make no apologies for that. I won’t apologize for being passionate, I will not apologize for being energetic, I will not apologize for accepting mediocrity and I will not apologize for loving my players, coaching them and demanding excellence from them on a daily basis — on or off the floor.”

Q: Were you shocked by the reaction?

“I got a text at 6 a.m. — this is a true story — and it said, ‘Last night’s presser went viral, I’ll handle it.’ I apologize; I thought Mario (Moccia) was going to have to go to the hospital to get antibiotics. I didn’t know what `viral’ and `I’ll handle it’ meant. He said I’ll send you the clip and it dawned on me what he meant by the clip. I got the clip, we listened to it and I asked (my wife) what do you think. She said, ‘you owe an apology to Marcus. The other stuff you were just being you, and I don’t have a problem with that.’ She did make a comment that she could go 4-for-11 instead of 2-for-11. She no doubt said she could get to the free throw line and she does have an excellent shot fake.”

Q: Were you surprised by the nation-wide reaction?

“I’m surprised. I’m really surprised. Let me tell you some things that have happened since today. I got a guy who emailed me and said he heard me on the Dan Patrick Show. He said when you talk about when your players sit at the table and they have lost their job and they have to look at their families and say everything will be ok. He said I’m 54 and I’ve lost my job, but I’m going to sit at my dinner table tonight and tell my family we will be ok. Now if that one small bit helped one guy — fantastic. Somebody asked me in Chicago if this would hurt recruiting. I’ll tell you how this would hurt recruiting. If you have a son that is going to come to SIU and you want that son to behave, have a coach and staff that loves him, play for a community that loves basketball, play in a program that demands excellence, play in a program that wants you to get a degree and to do the very best you can academically, socially, spiritually and athletically then this is the place. If you don’t want any of those things then you don’t need to send him to Southern Illinois because that’s what we are going to do. Also your son is going to play for a head coach that at times acts like an idiot and admits it and I take full responsibility for it. You are going to play for a coach that is a thermometer and not a thermostat. I’m sorry, I don’t regulate. I’m hot and I’m cold. My own play-by-play guy (Mike Reis) educates me all the time. He says you probably shouldn’t say this or you probably shouldn’t say that. I’m learning. I’m glad I’m just 52 and I’m not old yet. I’m learning every day and I’m going to make mistakes. I’m not perfect and I’ve never claimed to be.”

Q: Why should you not criticize your own players if they don’t play well?

“I don’t mind criticizing them as a group. I think times have changed. I think the Internet has changed everything. I didn’t berate my players last night. I just gave the facts. We didn’t play hard. We played soft. If you have a problem with the term momma’s boy, then you can’t come to Southern Illinois. You can’t live in Southern Illinois. We’re tough people down here. We’re agriculture. We’re blue collar. We’re tough-minded folks. I live in Southern Illinois now, so I’m a Southern Illinoisan. So can you criticize your players? Yeah, you can do it in a group, but you can’t do it individually. And I shouldn’t do it individually. I’ll criticize my daughter’s individually or publicly. But I’m open about everything I do. I don’t hide things. I don’t want to hide things. We live in a society where we hide things. We didn’t have a meeting today on what to say or how to say it. We didn’t do those things. We didn’t go through a deal where we said this is what you need to say and this is how you need to say it. I’m not one of those politically correct guys.”

Q: Can you describe your conversation with Marcus this morning?

“I did it in front of the team. I just told Marcus – I looked him right in the eye – and I said Marcus, I apologize. I should not have singled you out. I’m telling you and all of your teammates that I made a mistake. I tell you guys you mess up, but I’ll be the first one to tell you when I mess up. And I messed up. I told every one of them that I don’t apologize for anything else in the press conference.”

Q: What was the players’ reaction?

“I asked them if anybody had an issue with anything I said in the press conference, with the exception of Marcus. I said guys, speak your truth right now because obviously I’m not going to rant back at them since there’s a great chance it might be tweeted. Every one of them said that I was right in what I said. I want you to understand this. Davante Drinkard tweeted something today that was deemed negative, but he has that right. That’s why we live in this country. It’s freedom of speech. He apologized to me for calling me “little man.” Davante, I’m five-foot-eight. I am a little man. That’s part of it. If I’m going to criticize them, and they want to criticize me, that’s fine. Let’s get this straight. I didn’t ask him to take that off. He had a right to say it. He did it. He must’ve pulled it off on his own. I didn’t tell our players anything. I didn’t meet with our players. If we were trying to hide something today, I wouldn’t be visiting with you, and I wouldn’t want Marcus in here. We’re transparent in everything we do.”

Q: Have you faced any repercussions from the SIU administration?

“I was reprimanded for not being smart enough when I singled out a player, and I accepted it. I have an unbelievable boss in our Chancellor. I have a great president in Dr. Poshard, and I have an unbelievable athletic director. I respect every one of them, and they told me do not single out individuals, and I plan not to do it again. And I apologize to them as well. I don’t want to bring any ill favor to our university whatsoever. Quite frankly, of all the responses I’ve received today, I’ve received two negative emails, and the others have been very positive. I even received an email from a mother who said I’d really like you to coach my son. Here’s his video clip, and she also said he’s not a momma’s boy. I took great pride in that.”

Q: Has this taken away from your preparation for Saturday’s game?

“I think it will help us. I hope. I think when we walk out of that tunnel on Saturday, you’re going to see one heck of a crowd. I know I haven’t been here very long, but I’ve embraced being in Southern Illinois, and I just feel like our fans will embrace this moment. They can call me an idiot for being immature and singling out Marcus, and they have every right to do so, but if they want to get on me for being passionate, about being upset about getting beat and being 2-8, of demanding our guys to be something other than mediocre, then I have a problem, but I know that’s not them.”

Q: Do you feel like this could ultimately turn into a positive for the team?

“I hope so. Somebody asked me today if it was calculated. I’m not that smart. I hope what I said in the locker room last night after the game is what prepares us to get ready for this next game.”

Q: After calling the team uncoachable, do you feel like you have their attention?

“I think I’ll answer that question a little bit better after Saturday afternoon. I wasn’t at shooting practice this morning. I was putting out a few fires, but I’ll know a little bit more after practice today. I’ve said this 100 times. I like these guys. I like this team. I think we have a chance to be pretty good. We need a win. That will be the best band-aid that we can get. We need a shot of confidence. I think that will help us more than anything.”

Q: How have players changed from when you first started until now?

“I’m struggling with two things right now with this generation. I’m struggling with the enabling, and I’m struggling with the sense of entitlement. When I used to go home, if I was upset at a teacher or coach, my mom and dad wouldn’t listen to me because the other person’s words were golden. I just don’t see it like that anymore, and I struggle with that a little bit. I struggle that we can’t criticize or be criticized. I got criticized today, and I hope I’m handling it in a respectable manner. If you criticize me for doing something wrong, that I believe against, then I’ll tell you. I’m old school, and I wear that banner. I wear it proudly. Although it gets me in trouble, I’m not going to change. I’m always going to be old school. I’m always going to be that guy who thought viral meant that somebody had a virus.”

Q: You said you’re making the calls for virtually every time down the court. Do you think that’s going to change?

“I hope so. What I’ve tried to do is take the decision process and the stress off them a little bit and make a call offensively to where it helps us. That’s just one of the things that we talked about as a staff, and I made a decision. When you’re 2-8, you want to do everything you can to help these guys. You want to try all sorts of things, and we’re just trying to help nurture them through until we find our way. We have eight guys who have never played Division I basketball, and it’s a little rough on them right now. That’s one of the ways we’re trying to help them.”


Q: Is there anything that you agreed with Coach Hinson about?

“Aside from all the analogies and jokes that he made, I think all of it was true. Right now our team is playing soft and that is a big part of our identity right now and we need to do what we can to change that.”

Q: Did you have a problem with Coach Hinson calling you out personally?

“It wasn’t so much with him calling me out personally, I was just upset with my performance. His statement about me was accurate, it was just embarrassing that the whole world knows.”

Q: How surprised are you that this has taken on a world of its own?

“It is not really a surprise because he is an emotional guy and he always tells us he wears his emotions on his sleeve. I knew he was going to be upset after that game, I was upset, the whole team was upset, so it wasn’t a huge surprise.”

Q: What has been the team’s reaction?

“Some people are shocked. A lot of us are first-year Division I players, so they don’t know particularly how to handle it. The team is looking at it as this is something that we need to change now. He made a statement to the media, everyone is covering it now, and we are in the spotlight and need to make a difference.”

Q: What are you taking away from this?

“I am taking it personally and I hope my teammates do, too. We need to make a change for this program because it is not headed in the right direction.”

Q: How will the team respond?

“Hopefully the team will respond well, we need to play a lot harder and a lot smarter and that starts at practice today.”

Q: What did Coach Hinson say this morning?

“In our meeting he did make an apology to me individually but said he meant everything he said in the press conference and that we need to make changes to get better.”

Q: Coach Hinson said you guys are uncoachable, do you think he has lost your attention?

“I think he has our attention now more than he did before the press conference. The team has taken more interest now. Before that you could say we were uncoachable because we weren’t responding well to anything that they were trying to teach us in practice.”

Q: As an athlete is this the harshest you have been criticized, or is this something you should expect as a DI athlete?

“I have always been criticized, especially as a point guard, because typically you are the leader of the team and the one who should be the most vocal. I have always been criticized but have never had any media attention like this.”

Q: When did you hear about the press conference?

“I heard about it this morning. I saw it on ESPN.”

Q: Have you gotten more text messages today than ever before?

“Oh yeah. No one ever texts me so it has been a wild morning for me.”

Q: What do you think all of this says about SIU?

“It says that we need to improve. Coach Hinson is trying to make that improvement. Two years ago before he got here we weren’t any better than we are now and he is trying to make those changes and we need to start responding to him and help him make those changes. He signed here just like we did.”

Q: What has to be done now to turn this season around?

“A lot of it is playing hard and smart. We have come out almost every game and have had a lead and we let it go by making dumb mistakes or the other team has more effort than us and that is usually the turning points in games.”

Q: Will this change your relationship with Coach Hinson at all?

“No, not at all.”

Q: Why do you think the team has not been responding to Coach Hinson?

“I have no idea. I think it will change now because there is a certain respect factor you have to have with your coach and now that he has gotten our attention I think we will start to respect him more, and we see that he is here to try and help us and we need to listen to him. We don’t have any other choice.”

Q: Who took the comments the hardest on the team?

“I don’t think there was one person who took it the hardest, everyone was affected by it. I don’t think it negatively affected us.”

Q: What was the effort level at practice this morning?

“Effort was good at practice this morning, everyone was focused.”

Q: Do you think this will turn into a positive for the program?

“Well, we can’t get much worse so it has to be a positive.”

Quinn: Time for $10 an hour minimum wage

(This story appeared in Reboot Illinois – — and was written by Matt Dietrich.)

When the story of the 2014 election is written, Dec. 18, 2013, should be marked as an important date on the timeline.

That’s the day that Gov. Pat Quinn threw out the first big challenge to differentiate himself from the four Republicans who want to unseat him on Nov. 4, 2014.

In an appearance at St. Pius V Church in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, Quinn renewed his pledge to raise the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour, which is the fourth highest in the nation and the highest among Illinois’ neighbors, to $10.

“No one should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty,” Quinn said. “This holiday season, it’s important to remember the hundreds of thousands of people across Illinois who are working full time but still trapped in poverty. As multiple studies have shown, this common-sense proposal is good for workers and the economy.”

Raising the minimum wage fizzled in the General Assembly last spring, as businesses voiced overwhelming opposition and Illinois’ unemployment rate hovered just above 9 percent. (It’s now 8.9 percent, good for fourth worst in the nation.)

But Quinn was undeterred. Addressing a crowd of Democratic county chairmen in Springfield in August, Quinn renewed his vow to get the state’s minimum wage into double digits. (Video here.) So Wednesday’s high-profile announcement, coming a month before the General Assembly returns to Springfield, is noteworthy.

No matter who Quinn faces in November, it’s clear he’ll be portraying the election as a choice between him – the populist who represents the little guy – against the “big shots” who put the corporate bottom line first.

The problem is, in this case, it’s doubtful that the current population of minimum wage earners all would benefit from a boost.

David Vite, then head of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, explained why in a Reboot Illinois op-ed last summer. Employers are likely to reduce their minimum wage workforce to make up for the higher wage, Vite wrote.

“While the few employees who earn a wage increase might benefit from a wage hike, those that lose their job are noticeably worse off.

“Strong admonitions are coming from independent analysts too. Illinois has recently been warned of the danger of falling back into recession. According to a 2013 Moody’s Analytics report and cited by the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, Illinois ‘is one of just a handful nationally in danger of falling back into recession,’ and that ‘Illinois has been among the Midwest’s weakest and is underperforming the nation in most economic gauges.’  

“As the job creators in Illinois, we cannot stand idly by and see our beloved state slip back into a recession. Not now. Not ever again.”

State Sen. Kirk Dillard was the first the four Republican hopefuls to pounce on Quinn’s announcement.

“I know families are struggling out there, and times are tough. But Governor Quinn is just trying to cover up the fact that since he’s been governor, our state’s business climate has sunk to historic lows. We need to bring good paying, real jobs back to Illinois — jobs that have a future — jobs that families can build a life on. Raising the minimum wage as an election-year stunt won’t do that,” Dillard said.

This is where the politics gets a little tricky.

In 2006, Dillard was one of eight Republicans in the Illinois Senate to vote for the bill that eventually would bring the state’s minimum wage to its current level. (Sen. Bill Brady and Treasurer Dan Rutherford, then a state senator from Pontiac, both voted no.)

But things were a lot different back then. At the time that vote was taken. Illinois had an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent. From August 2003 through November 2006, unemployment in Illinois declined steadily from 7 to 4.4 percent. By December 2009, it would reach its Great Recession peak of 11.3 percent. We’re still a lot closer to 11.3 percent than we are to 4.4 percent.

Again, back to David Vite:

“The overwhelming number of minimum wage workers is young people, often in their first job. The popular belief that minimum wage workers are poor adults, working full-time and trying to raise a family is largely untrue. Less than 5 percent match that description. Many minimum wage workers actually live in middle-income households.”

Quinn’s taking a risk pushing this issue so strongly now given the tepid support it found during the last session. Will lawmakers be eager to take on this issue months before an election, at a time when Illinois suffers from chronic job troubles?  How will it look for Quinn if he can’t get it passed before the election?

Or, like the tax increase of January 2011, Quinn could keep the minimum wage issue alive throughout the campaign as a prelude to a big push after the election.

But make no mistake: Quinn drew a line this week between his big-picture approach to government – that it exists to help the common folks – and that of his opponents: that those folks will benefit most if government gets out of the way. Look for this line to get wider and wider in the months to come.


See the recent history of Illinois’ growing minimum wage in this infographic.

Concerned about Illinois raising its minimum wage? Let your representatives in Springfield — and Gov. Quinn — know. Our Sound Off tool will look up your legislators and let you send them an email about minimum wage. Your message also will go to Quinn and the four legislative leaders. It’s fast, easy and effective. Click here to get started.

Matthew Dietrich is Reboot’s executive editor. An award-winning journalist, Dietrich is the former editorial page editor of the State Journal Register in Springfield. He believes in holding our politicians accountable. Read Dietrich’s take on the leadership vacuum that sent Illinois sinking. You can find Reboot on Facebook at and on Twitter @rebootillinois.

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Obituary – John D. Glover – Benton

Retired Capt. John D. Glover, USMC, passed away Dec. 13 in Spring Hill, Florida.

John was born in Somerville, TN on Oct. 3, 1931 to Monroe and Emma Glover.

John joined the USMC in December of 1949 and retired from the Marines in 1971.  He served two tours of duty in the Korean War and two tours of duty in Vietnam.  John came to Benton as a Marine Corps Recruiter where he met and married Dolores Cunningham and together they have two sons, John D. Glover, Jr. and Greg Glover.  The Glovers were married for 54 years.

After retiring from the Marines John Worked at the Bank of Ina for 5 years and then went to work for Inland Steel Coal Company where he worked for 10 years. He was also very active in the community, serving on the board of directors for the Franklin Hospital and the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.  He served for five years as president of the Benton Grade School Board.  John was very active in Benton Little League as both a coach and umpire.  John was a Mason.

After retiring from Inland Steel he and his wife Dolores spent winters in Spring Hill, Florida and summers in Benton.

Surviving are his wife Dolores, two sons, John D. Glover, Jr., wife Theresa and son Eric of Naperville, IL and Greg Glover and wife Beth and children Jon and Molly, of Plainfield, IL.  John is also survived by sisters Inez Hill, Grace Jones, Lee Dishman and brother J.R. Ross, sisters-in-law Mary Ann Wellever and Mary Lou Cunningham and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in memory of John Glover to:

HPH Hospice Foundation

ATTN: Donations

12107 Majestic Blvd.

Hudson, FL 34667

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Burton Wills officiating.  Burial with military rites will be conducted by the Benton American Legion and VFW Posts and the National Guard Honor Squad will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.



Saluki women outshoot EIU in 66-60 win

By Scott Gierman 

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CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois’ best shooting effort of the year lifted the Salukis to a 66-60 win over Eastern Illinois Monday night at SIU Arena. However, it was strong offensive rebounding against EIU (3-6) that allowed the Salukis (2-6) to take control late in the contest and tally their second win in their last three games.

Dyana Pierre led SIU with a career-high 20 points along with 10 boards.

Dyana Pierre led SIU with a career-high 20 points along with 10 boards.

The Salukis knocked down a season-high 47.1 percent of their shots and hauled in eight of their 10 offensive boards in the second half.

“Offensive rebounding has been a huge point of emphasis for us all week,” SIU Coach Cindy Stein said. “We only had two at the half, and we talked to them about getting in there and getting some extra points somehow. They did it. They gave an excellent effort to get in there.”

With the score tied at 48-48 and just under 6:00 left in the game, Ariel Haynes’ offensive rebound led to a putback and a chance for a three-point play. Haynes missed the free throw, but Azia Washington cleaned the glass and banked it in extend the lead to 52-48. Southern did not trail the rest of the way.

On the very next possession, Dyana Pierre scored following an offensive rebound to give her her fourth double-double of the season and extend the lead to six points. Pierre finished with a career-high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds.

Southern put together a team effort with four players scoring in double figures. Haynes and Sidney Goinseach had 12, and Washington added 11. That made up for the lack of second-leading scorer Cartaesha Macklin who missed her first game of her career with a medical condition.

“I think a win like this is more important because we are missing so many key elements that we are used to having but they are out,” Stein said. “Knowing that they can win without a Cartaesha MacklinRishonda Napier or Alexus Patterson is huge for this team from a confidence standpoint.”

EIU’s Jordyne Crunk led all scorers and kept the Panthers in the game with a career-high 23 points on nine of 14 shooting from the field. In the second half, she had 17 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

The Salukis started the game hot from outside, hitting four of their first six three-point attempts to take a 12-6 lead into the second media timeout. The Salukis shot a season-high 21 three-pointers and made a season-high seven.

“We have the ability to hit some threes,” Stein said. “Sometimes it is a little tougher on some nights. You should shoot (well) at home. I don’t think we are going to score 100 points on anyone. Sometimes we have to work hard at (shooting), but it gave us a little boost.”

Eastern hit its first two field goals then missed 10 of its next 11 from the field before Crunk’s three-pointer cut the SIU lead to 14-9 with 8:44 left in the half.

SIU stretched the lead to 18-10 before EIU went on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 20-20 with 2:23 left in the half. The Salukis quickly took back the lead on Pierre’s layup, and following Hannah Shore’s made free throw took a 23-22 lead into the half.

Southern Illinois kept EIU leading scorer Sabina Oroszova in check with only 11 points. She entered the game averaging 18.3 points per game after scoring a school-record 38 points in a game earlier this month. However, on Monday, she started the game one-of-eight from the field and had only four points at the half.

“I think Azia Washington did a great job (defending Oroszova),” Stein said. “Azia’s athletic, and she has good length. I think she just challenged every shot. She took her first cut away from her. We switched on her when we needed to, but Azia did a good job.”

The Salukis will try to make keep the momentum going when they host Chicago State on Friday in Carbondale.

“I feel pretty good going into Friday,” Pierre said. “We saw how hard we can play, so Friday we are going to do the same thing.”

Our Universities: Educating a Workforce

In the best cases, technical education is not just training.  In the worst cases, training in literature, history, and mathematics is not always education. Oversimplifications do injustice to both pursuits.
“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them.  Instead give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”
— R. Buckminster Fuller  —

By Walter V. Wendler

California community colleges are pressing to offer four-year degrees. According to a story, Brice Harris, Chancellor of the system’s 112 community colleges in California, assembled a group to study the viability of four-year degrees at the two-year schools in fields with high workforce demands. The group argues this way: The California Master Plan for Higher Education, launched in 1960, was based in part on the premise that jobs and the economy of California are the result of first-rate, post-secondary education.  Baccalaureate workforce education is not being fully addressed by the four-year institutions in California.  The community colleges want to fill the void and offer baccalaureate degrees in select fields.  San Diego Community College Chancellor, Constance Carroll and the committee say workforce training is an important part of higher education’s mission and community colleges are ready and willing to do it.  Universities seem unready and/or unwilling.

Walter V. Wendler

Walter V. Wendler

Over a century ago, Christopher C. Langdell had to argue stridently as Dean of Harvard Law School that professional education was important and had a place at the university.  His impact on American education changed the nature of modern university’s according to Bruce A. Kimball in The Inception of Modern Professional Education.  Langdell pioneered concepts like meritocracy, measuring student performance, and competitive admission. He believed universities should be rigorous. Nobody — faculty, students, administrators, or alumni — liked his ideas. These collected naysayers thought Langdell’s views would change the university.  They were right.
Some fear an emphasis on skills-based education, with measurable results, is training rather than education and not the purpose of the university.  But Langdell’s thinking paralleled the late 19th century land-grant university phenomenon.  Both changed universities into places where performance mattered and knowledge was applied to solve problems. Both encouraged a form of pragmatism.
Universities have the responsibility to prepare educated and trained graduates in disciplines where a two-year degree is insufficient. Knife edge balance of seemingly competing forces creates an educational experience that provides critical thinking while simultaneously preparing graduates for high-demand jobs. Nursing and many health related disciplines, technically demanding occupations such as aviation, public safety, information systems, and other applied arts, sciences and technologies that have an indelible impact on each of us every day are examples.

In Mutual Subversion: A Short History of the Liberal and the Professional in American Higher Education, David F. Labaree points out, “… over the years professional education has gradually subverted liberal education. The counterpoint is that, over the same period of time, liberal education has gradually subverted professional education.”

On the one hand, concerns about turning the university into a trade school are appropriately voiced by academics who value a strong critical mind with the opportunity for diverse applications of knowledge. On the other hand, faculty in workforce preparation areas, in fields where legitimate baccalaureate studies are required, constantly vie for their place at the academic table.   They are frequently seen as second class university citizens by being too narrowly focused.
The disciplines of applied sciences and arts and workforce education have a legitimate place in university life and a role in economic development. It is hard to imagine Harvard, as the 19th century turned into the 20th, without Christopher Langdell’s calls for enhanced professional education. Likewise it’s hard to imagine the U.S. agricultural and machine-based economy without the applied education provided by the land-grant institutions.
If our universities neglect the concept of workforce preparation and specialized technical skill as necessary and worthy pursuits for universities important possibilities go begging.

Obituary – Evadine Lewis – Benton

Evadine Lewis, 89, of Benton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Mount Vernon Countryside Manor.

She was born Sept. 12, 1924, in Rend City, the daughter of Elmer and Eva (Derrington) Veach. She married Floyd Darrel Lewis on Nov. 15, 1942, in St. Louis, and he preceded her in death April 17, 2011.

Mrs. Lewis was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son, Farrel L. Lewis and wife, Linda, of Benton; daughter, Linda E. Bogard of Oldsmar, Fla.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Luther Veach and Kenneth Veach; and sister, Virnetta Sample.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton with Dr. Sammy Simmons and the Rev. Harl Ray Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary – Merle Francine Frye – Benton

BENTON – Merle Francine Frye, 85, of Benton, died at 8:05 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 in the Franklin Hospital in Benton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at Hazel Dell Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser with the Rev. Eric Drake officiating. Her ashes will be buried at a later date.

Mrs. Frye was born on April 28, 1928 in Carbondale, the daughter of Glen and Lillian Hayse. She married Dewey Frye who preceded her in death.

She is survived by three children, James “Butch” Taylor, of Benton, and Linda Taylor Cockrum, of Sesser (children of the late James Taylor); and Darrel Bigham, of Sesser, (son of the late Jack Bigham); and daughter-in-law Jane Taylor. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, Carmen Lampley, Marybelle Taylor and Katie Taylor and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Frye was preceded in death by her parents, by three sisters, Evelyn Hayse, Symantha Risley, Elizabeth McGhee, a brother, Buck Hayse, and a son-in-law Billy Cockrum. She was also preceded in death by brothers-in-law Bill Risley, Jim McGhee, Jack Taylor, Bobby Jo Taylor, Kenneth Lampley, Kenneth Sample, Frank Taylor, Donald Taylor, Curtis Frye, Jack Frye and by sister-in-law Mary Rowlett.

She was loved dearly and will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Research Down Syndrome, 180 West Adams, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60603.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, is in charge of arrangements.