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A grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Carbondale man with murder.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 24-year-old Judious Kizeart is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery, one count of robbery and one count of criminal cannabis conspiracy.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams and Councilwoman Carolyn Harvey. In this edition, they discuss guidance for renters new to the city, and a potential solar energy project planned for the city's northeast side.

Carbondale Announces Temporary Road Closures.

Aug 8, 2018

The City of Carbondale advises motorists that, due to repair work at the Canadian National Railroad crossing, between Illinois Avenue and Washington street, College street will be closed until Thursday August 9th, 2018 at 3:00PM.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about how Carbondale is preparing for SIUC students' return, as well as how things are changing in the town/gown relationship.

#Carbondale Proud Highlights Positives

Jul 25, 2018

The social media campaign #CarbondaleProud is gaining momentum as residents post pictures and stories highlighting the positives in the community.

#CarbondaleProud member Steve Quinn says lately bad news about Carbondale has overwhelmed the news cycle.

Carbondale's mayor says he's disappointed in SIU President Randy Dunn - and is continuing his push to keep the university system together.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about the release of emails and other documents that show SIU President Randy Dunn worked to boost SIU Edwardsville, at times at the expense of SIU Carbondale.

SIU and SIH Break Ground on New Facility

Jun 19, 2018
People wearing hard hats shovel dirt in groundbreaking ceremony.
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The SIU School of Medicine and Southern Illinois Healthcare came together on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 to break ground on a new clinic and teaching facility in Carbondale. 

The 40,000 square foot building will house medical residents and students in the physician assistant program. It will provide expanded space for teaching and patient care and help provide healthcare to Southern Illinois.  

The number of students who stay to practice in the rural community is much higher than the national average. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about the 2019 Illinois Budget, along with preparations for the 2020 U.S. Census, and more.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale's Amy Fox and General John A. Logan Museum's Mike Jones about the significance of Memorial Day in southern Illinois, 150 years after it was officially recognized.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about the city's relationship in recruitment and retention at SIUC, along with Memorial Day observances for 2018.

The City of Carbondale is asking for the public's help to name and create a logo for an upcoming Halloween event.

The contest is open to all southern Illinois artists and Saluki graduates.

As National Bike Month gets underway in May, the City of Carbondale is expanding its bike network.

For instance, the multi-use path at University Mall will be extended to Reed Station Road and a traffic study is underway to determine if bike lanes could be added between Main Street and Grand Avenue.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about city action that cancelled a potential concert over the weekend due to safety concerns.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry about recent discussions between the city and Carbondale Park District.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about projects in the downtown area, as well as the "Town-Gown" relationship with SIUC.

The Carbondale City Council is directing the town's tourism agency to narrow its focus.

Carbondale Tourism executive director Cinnamon Wheeles -Smith says her organization has been working to attract visitors to town for overnight stays. But, now she says the City Council is wanting it to just get people to town for the day, or hopefully for longer.

Carbondale Police Community Christmas Store
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The Carbondale Police Department and the Victim’s Advocates of Jackson County are making sure some children in Carbondale will have presents to open on Christmas.

For the last 19 years the Carbondale police department makes sure that some kids aren’t left out.

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Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry talked about the strong points and challenges facing the city, at the annual State of The City address on Tuesday December 12th, 2017.  At the top of the plus list, the Mayor unveiled the new logo the city will soon be using to market itself.  He said 50–thousand visitors came to the city for the August eclipse, and he said that worldwide advertising was invaluable.  In 2015 statistics showed the lowest crime rate in the city in over 20 years.  On the down side Henry said budgeting is getting tougher, primarily because the state has recently reduced the city's s

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports on this week's marking of the 25th anniversary of Carbondale's Pyramid Apartments fire.

The Carbondale Park District has approved a plot of land for the city's first dog park.

The site will be at the southwest corner of Parrish Fields.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation showed off one of its new locomotives at the Carbondale station Wednesday.

Illinois has received 12 of the 44-hundred horsepower diesel-electric locomotives  that are also being put on routes in Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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SIU, the City of Carbondale and VFW Post 2605 held a joint Veterans Day ceremony Friday at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Carbondale.

SIUC Chancellor, Carbondale Mayor to Hold Q/A

Oct 9, 2017

On Monday, October 16th, the public can sit down face to face with SIU Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno and Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry for an informal question and answer session. 

Carbondale Fire Station on South Oakland
Benjy jeffords / WSIU

The old Carbondale fire station may have new owners as early as tonight.

The Carbondale City Council is having a public hearing on the sale of the property located at 300 South Oakland Ave.

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About 14,000 people filled Southern Illinois University's Saluki Stadium in Carbondale to watch Monday's total solar eclipse.

One local group is asking for volunteers to pick up litter in Carbondale, in advance of the expected thousands of eclipse visitors. 

Two weeks ahead of the 2017 Solar Eclipse, WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Amy Fox, the Public Relations Officer for the City of Carbondale. The city, along with SIU and other regional entities, are preparing for tens of thousands of visitors for the August 21st event.

A little more than a month from now, Carbondale will play host to tens of thousands of visitors during a total solar eclipse. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about their last-minute preparations.

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Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

When you think of a water park, you likely picture children splashing and having a good time. That’s true for Carbondale’s Super Splash Park, but there’s more to it than that.

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