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SIU will repay almost $2 million to workers

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SIU will pay current and former employees a total of at least $1.7 million after deciding not to fight a recent decision that found the university unfairly bargained with campus labor unions in 2011. The money, which the university accrued as a result of furlough days imposed 2011, will be paid out to about 1,400 current and former employees.

Pool construction passes halfway mark

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Construction on the city’s new outdoor pool now has topped the 50-percent mark, and the project is still on track to open this summer. The outdoor pool, for which the community broke ground in 2013 at the Superblock on Carbondale’s east side, is set to include a lazy river, competition pool, zero-depth entry leisure pool and a concession stand.

Chief: Electrical issue likely led to fire

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The city’s fire chief says an electrical problem was the likely cause of a Monday afternoon fire that scarred an SIU fraternity house. Carbondale Fire Chief John Michalesko said Tuesday that the blaze at 408 W. Mill St. was limited to the attic on the structure’s north side, although the living area below was severely damaged.

Bryant sworn in to her House seat

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The area officially has its first new representative to the Illinois Statehouse in two decades. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro was sworn in Friday as the new representative of the state’s 115th House District, which includes parts of Jackson, Perry, Union and Washington counties and all of Jefferson County.

Henry cleared to stay on ballot

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Carbondale will have a contested election for mayor after all. By a unanimous vote last month, the city’s three-member Municipal Officers Electoral Board shot down an objection to the mayoral candidacy of John “Mike” Henry, clearing the way for Henry to square off with Councilwoman Jane Adams in the April 2015 municipal election.


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