A pickup truck struck a building off of Illinois 15 near Eckert's in Belleville. The vehicle went through the door and a window of the building, causing minor structural damage to the business. The driver of the pickup had minor injuries. No one inside the business was hurt.
Kindergarten through eighth-grade students from St. James School in Millstadt gathered on the blacktop to watch the total solar eclipse in Southern Illinois. The 92 students cheered and screamed during totality.
Carbondale welcomed NASA scientists and thousands of visitors to the city on Monday, with the crowd waiting to watch the solar eclipse. The Southern Illinois city, home to SIUC, is in the path of totality for the eclipse.
Junior high school students from Belle Valley, Smithton, Signal Hill and Emge schools traveled to Southern Illinois University Carbondale to launch a weather balloon carrying instruments that study the eclipse. The balloons will travel 21 miles above the earth, pop and the instruments will fall back, where the students hope to find them using GPS and a school bus.
Belleville News-Democrat reporter Kelsey Landis provides updates on the Southern Illinois University eclipse-watching site. SIU in Southern Illinois is in the path of totality for the 2017 total solar eclipse, making it a popular destination for eclipse watchers.
Eclipse watchers gather in the morning at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to watch the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 on Monday, Aug. 21. SIU in Southern Illinois is in the path of totality.