(GRANITE CITY) U.S. Steel Corporation says it will restart the second of two shuttered blast furnaces at its Granite City Mill, therefore bringing back about 300 workers. The Pittsburgh-based company says the restart of the facility’s first furnace is in progress with about 700 workers recalled to work in the past few weeks. U.S. Steel laid off about 2,000 workers when it idled the two furnaces in 2015. The action come after President Donald Trump’s announcement of greater tariffs on imported steel earlier this year.
(CARBONDALE) Southern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for tomorrow to discuss the future of the school’s president. In fact, the meeting was requested by two of the Board members to consider placing University President Randy Dunn on administrative leave and the appointment of an acting president. Dunn has been the SIU President since 2014 and in recent weeks has been embroiled in a controversy over the funding of the two SIU campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville as he supports the equal division of funds. Dunn has been outspoken about his leadership at SIU.
(NORMAL) More than two dozen Illinois schools have started esports teams as the Illinois High School Association has recognized video gaming as an emerging high school sport. The esports season will run October through January, with practices starting in August as the teams compete in multiplayer games over the internet, however play in person for the state level competition. While the IHSA has not officially sanctioned esports, it is gauging its popularity around the state as a sport that is mostly being recognized in urban areas. The sport is believed to teach sportsmanship, teamwork, and responsibility to those involved.