Railroad crossing on Route 148 in Zeigler closed tomorrow and Thursday

Press release from the Illinois Department of Transportation, District 9 office

CARBONDALE, IL – Jeffrey L. Keirn, Region Five Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation, announces that there will be a road closure at the railroad crossing on IL 148 at the north edge of Zeigler

This will begin Wednesday, July 26 at 8:00 am and concluding on Thursday, July 27 at 5:00 pm, crews from the Union Pacific Railway Company (UPRR) will be performing repairs on the railroad crossing on IL 148.

There will be no traffic permitted through the crossing during the repairs. Motorists should follow the marked detour or seek alternate routes to avoid delays.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

Consumer recall on Bush’s Baked Beans

by Steve Dunford

Several Media sources are reporting there is a recall on Bush’s baked beans because of a canning malfunction in the seams.

The cans that are recalled are 28oz Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans, and original Baked Beans.

If you have any of these cans in your pantry, please throw away, return to your local supermarket, or call the consumer hotline at 1-800-590-3797.

Council Makes Final Payment for Factory Outlet Loop Extension Project


WEST FRANKFORT, IL – (William McPherson, West Frankfort Gazette.  Please Click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

The City Council has made the final payment for the new access roadway on frontage property at the West Frankfort Outlet Mall. The new roadway currently connects the Industrial Park Road into the mall property.

West Frankfort Mayor Tom Jordan announced the final payment estimate for Sierra Bravo Contractors, LLC in the amount of $10,749.19 for the Factory Outlet Loop Extension Project, located next to the new Taco Bell just off of West Main by the West Frankfort Outlet Mall.

Highs in the upper 80’s today, then extreme heat and storms return

Tomorrow Southern Illinois is under a marginal (level 1 of 5) risk of severe weather. We are placed under one for Thursday as well. (Storm Prediction Center, Norman OK)


The Special Weather Statement about the rising heat and humidity issued by the National Weather Service in Paducah has not been changed.  Here is a link to it.  Below, is the seven day forecast for Franklin County.

Here comes the heat again on Wednesday

Detailed Forecast


Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. East wind 5 to 7 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 73. East wind 3 to 6 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the morning.
Wednesday Night
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 76. South southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 6 to 8 mph.
Thursday Night
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. North northeast wind 5 to 8 mph.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. North northeast wind around 7 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 82. North northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 61. North northeast wind 3 to 7 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 84. North northeast wind around 6 mph.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 64. North northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 86. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.









Southern Illinois University Struggling to Update Student Housing

CARBONDALE, IL  – (WMCL Radio.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt.)

Southern Illinois University leaders say they have too many old dorm rooms, but not enough students to build new ones.

Trustees for the Carbondale campus last week said they’re going to have to cancel a planned new housing project because it would lose money.


Reps. Severin Bryant meet with state officials to address wrecks on 57

Press release from State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton)

State Representative Terri Bryant and I were on a conference call with the Illinois State Police District Commander this past Friday about solutions to these concerns.

ISP has increased patrols and is trying to slow people down and increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. We’re working on possible solutions through the Illinois Department of Transportation and IDNR.

Also we are , reviewing options for legislation to make changes in lane regulations and speed in some stretches. In the meantime everyone please be vigilant and slow down

Here comes the heat again on Wednesday

309 PM CDT Mon Jul 24 2017

Advisory: Special Weather statement …Heat and humidity will be a concern into mid week…

…Heat and humidity will be a concern into mid week…

With high temperatures around 90 degrees, heat index values of
100 to 105 degrees are expected Tuesday afternoon across southeast
Missouri, far west Kentucky and extreme southern Illinois. By
Wednesday, afternoon highs will reach the lower to middle 90s.
When combined with high humidity, these conditions will produce
heat indices of at least 100 to 105 degrees across the entire

Heat index values in southeast Mi ssouri, far west Kentucky and
southwest Illinois could reach around 107 degrees Wednesday
afternoon. A heat advisory may be needed Wednesday if forecast
models continue to indicate these conditions.

Anytime it is hot and humid, take extra precautions if you work
or spend time outside. When possible…reschedule strenuous
activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and
symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and
loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
For full details, view this message on the web.


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Tom Miller interviews Governor Bruce Rauner on WJPF

Newsradio WJPF interview with Gov. Bruce Rauner

CARTERVILLE, IL –  Above is the link to Tom Miller’s interview of Governor Bruce Rauner on WJPF.

Here are some highlights.  He had some strong words for Speaker of the House Mike Madigan over holding Illinois hostage with the school funding issue.  He called a special session in the senate for noon today.  He also called out Democrat State Represenatives Brandon Phelps (Norris City) and Jerry Costello II (Smithston) for voting for Madigan.

He discussed the Chicago school bailout.  He said it is not fair to Southern Illinois districts.  The governor will have an amendatory veto to Senate Bill 1, if he hasn’t already.

He also mentioned how there is a Democratic spin that he was the one who raised taxes.  Governor Rauner vetoed the tax increase as well as the spending bill.

The interview is nine minutes long.  It is well worth your time.  – Steve


Real-time Traffic Info on I-57 Project Available on Getting Around Illinois Website

Press Release from Illinois Department of Transportation District 9

CARBONDALE, IL  – As part of its commitment to provide the public with the latest information to plan their trips, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is sharing additional details on travel conditions in the Interstate 57 work zone near Marion through the Getting Around Illinois website.

To access, simply click here and select the “D9” traffic layer. Green cones signify vehicles are moving freely, yellow cones represent moderate reductions in speeds, orange ones show an even greater reduction and red cones indicate traffic is stop and go. Clicking on each cone displays the average rate of speed in which traffic is moving on northbound I-57 and the approaching westbound lanes on Interstate 24. Clicking on the sign icons shows the messages currently being displayed to drivers via digital message boards.

The information is made possible through IDOT’s use of Smart Work Zones. The system utilizes sensors to relay traffic information in advance of a work zone so motorists are aware of any backups and can elect to use detours or seek alternate routes.

The I-57 project is the first time IDOT is expanding the technology to share information with the public online. The project currently consists of reconstructing the northbound lanes from approximately Marion to I-24. The southbound section was completed earlier this year. The entire project is scheduled to be completed this fall.

GettingAroundIllinois.com debuted 10 years ago and relaunched earlier this year in a mobile-friendly format. The site is a one-stop shop for visitors seeking traffic counts, road conditions, weather radar and other travel-related information.

Newsradio WJPF interview with Sen. Dale Fowler

Newsradio WJPF interview with Sen. Dale Fowler


CARTERVILLE, IL  –  Here is a link to an interview Tom Miller, of WJPF conducted with Dale Fowler, State Senator of the 59th District (R-Harrisburg).

The discussion was on Senate Bill 1, in which Governor Rauner will sign an amendatory veto of.  He also goes into Senate Bill 1412, a Republican bill that brings more equity in school financing to Southern Illinois.

Senator Fowler also discusses the ACLU complaint filed against the Harrisburg Youth Center.  Please click on the link above.  It is very informative.