SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno Dies at Age 62

CARBONDALE, IL (AP) — Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno died Thursday at age 62, the university’s interim president announced. The school didn’t reveal the cause of death. In June, Montemagno revealed in his blog that he was suffering from cancer and was treating it “aggressively.” “This was unexpected. Even though he carried a diagnosis…

State Releases $14 Million for State Park Upgrades

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — State officials have released more than $14 million for improvements to state parks. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that projects are planned for six parks. Kankakee River State Park will receive $1.9 million to reopen campgrounds to visitors. Fort Massac State Park will receive $2.8 million to evaluate and stabilize…