Two sides have reached verbal agreement on many of the once-thorny contract issues.
University administrators want to end a five-day-old strike at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
SIUC Faculty Association remain on the picket lines.
It was not immediately clear how many members of the Faculty Association union participated in the walkout. That union represents roughly 650 employees.
A fourth union at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has voted to authorize a strike.
80 percent of those voting approved the strike authorization for the Association of Civil Service Employees.
A “sea of kids” mobbed the streets on campus, setting off fireworks, a student described.
Team says Jewel Hampton can play in 2011.
Bears trailed much of game.