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Gov. Rauner Among 14,000 Eclipse Fans at SIU
By West Kentucky Star Staff
CARBONDALE, IL - About 14,000 people filled Southern Illinois University's Saluki Stadium in Carbondale to watch Monday's total solar eclipse.
 
SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith says some clouds appeared about 6 minutes before the eclipse was to reach totality and ``the entire stadium was cheering the clouds away.'' Goldsmith says during the totality it was very quiet in the stadium but ``at the end of it people were giving each other high fives'' and there was more cheering.
 
Experts have said the eclipse was to reach its great point of duration a few miles south of Carbondale. 
 
The school's event included 20-person suites for $10,000. SIU also had live eclipse video on the stadium scoreboard and marching band performances. Eclipse safety glasses were provided.
 
 Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner attended the viewing event. 

Published 02:54 PM, Monday Aug. 21, 2017
Updated 02:57 PM, Monday Aug. 21, 2017

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