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Southern Illinois seeks funding for campuses, highway expansion Southern Illinois seeks funding for campuses, highway expansion

Southern Illinois seeks funding for campuses, highway expansion

Local officials from southern Illinois told state lawmakers Monday their highest priorities in a hoped-for public works package are upgrades to college and university campuses and expansion of regional highways. That expansion would include a proposed “Southwest Illinois Connector” linking the Carbondale and Murphysboro areas to the eastern edge of the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Drug industry takes heat in legislative hearing over spiraling prices Drug industry takes heat in legislative hearing over spiraling prices

Drug industry takes heat in legislative hearing over spiraling prices

Illinois lawmakers heard stories Friday about how the rising cost of prescription drugs is endangering the lives of many of the most vulnerable people in society – the poor, the elderly and people with HIV – while advocates for those people laid the blame squarely at the feet of big businesses.

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