Southern Illinois

A supporter of the Midgets mascot attends a school board meeting. (CBS)

Southern Illinois School Keeps Mascot Name That Some Find Offensive

About 500 people gathered at the Freeburg Community High School late Thursday to urge the school board not to dump the name that was coined nearly 100 years ago by a reporter after he watched the school’s short basketball team beat much larger opponents.


Snow-covered trees in the Pioneer Woods Forest Preserve. (Credit: Phyllis Cerny/Cook County Forest Preserve District)

Heavy Snow For Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois could see between 6 and 12 inches of snow as a winter storm moves across the lower section of the state.


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James Leads Loyola Past Southern Illinois, 66-62

Montel James finished with 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Loyola.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2015

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Southern Illinois Uses Late Surge To Beat Loyola

Anthony Beane scored 20 points, including 15 in the final seven minutes.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2015

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Southern Illinois Handles Illinois-Chicago, 67-60

Anthony Beane scored 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.


The Northern Illinois Huskies celebrated after Saturday's win at Northwestern. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Top Dogs: How NIU Has Found Sustained Success

The Huskies’ rise to prominence has been years in the making.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2014

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich walks through a hoard of media toward his house before giving a news conference outside his home March 14, 2012, a day before reporting to prison. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Nearly 90 Percent Say Illinois, Chicago Government Is Corrupt

Nearly 90 percent of Illinois voters believe that corruption is typical in state government, according to a new poll


Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Watch: A Long Line Of Recent Rants, And Boeheim’s Is Just The Latest

Check out some of the best recent rants by coaches and players.

CBS Chicago–02/25/2014

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S. Illinois Edges Loyola 81-76 In OT

Jalen Pendleton had a steal and made two free throws with 6 seconds left in overtime to secure an 81-76 win for Southern Illinois against Loyola of Chicago on Saturday.


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State To Mark Golden Anniversary Of Beatle George Harrison’s Downstate Tour

Fifty years ago this month, Beatle George Harrison took a break from European stardom to go someplace where no one knew him — southern Illinois.

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2013

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Scheelhaase Leads Illini To 42-34 Victory Over SIU

Nathan Scheelhaase threw for career-best 416 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to lead Illinois to a 42-34 win over Southern Illinois. But the Illini had to hang on late to beat the Football Championship Subdivision school.


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Illinois State Routs Southern Illinois 83-47

Tyler Brown scored 16 points and Jackie Carmichael had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Illinois State recorded its most lopsided victory ever over Southern Illinois, 83-47 on Saturday.


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Atheist Activist Goes To Supreme Court To Block State Funding For Cross

Atheist activist Rob Sherman says the U.S. Supreme Court is his last chance to block public funding for repair of a massive cross in Southern Illinois.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2012

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Downstate Museum Honoring Sen. Paul Simon To Close

A Southern Illinois museum that honors the late Illinois U.S. Senator Paul Simon is closing at the end of the month.

CBS Chicago–06/22/2012

Extensive damage after an EF-4 tornado hit Harrisburg, Ill. (Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)(Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Tornado Relief: Discount Tire Begins Aid Campaign For Southern Illinois

In the wake of the destruction left by a massive tornado in downstate Harrisburg, residents in southern Illinois are in desperate need of relief.


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Multiple Tornado Warnings Again In Southern Illinois

Just two days after a tornado killed six people and destroyed dozens of buildings in Southern Illinois, multiple tornado warnings have been issued for the area again.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2012

A resident picks through debris after a tornado touched down  in Harrisburg, Illinois. (Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Six People Dead In Powerful Tornado Downstate

Six downstate residents were killed, and more than 100 others were injured, in a powerful storm with an EF4 tornado slammed southern Illinois early Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–02/29/2012

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SIU-Edwardsville Tips Northern Illinois 64-62

Mark Yelovich’s basket as time ran out gave Southern Illinois-Edwardsville a 64-62 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday.



Downstate Illinois Residents Awoken By Earthquake

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck in southeast Missouri Tuesday morning, and was felt in parts of downstate Illinois.

CBS Chicago–06/07/2011

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Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Southern Counties

Central Illinois and several several southern counties should brace for severe thunderstorms, winds and hail Saturday night.