Dale Fowler

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Almost four months after Housing and Urban Development announced it was closing two public housing complexes in Cairo, the head of the federal agency visited the town.

Ben Carson toured the McBride and Elmwood developments Tuesday and then answered questions from some residents at Cairo High School.

A group of lawmakers is trying to boost the economy in Illinois' southernmost city.

This week, State Senator Dale Fowler, representatives with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth as well as Congressman Mike Bost's office met with Delta Regional Authority Chairman Chris Masingill to talk about a proposed port terminal project for Cairo.

State Senator Dale Fowler says he's lending his voice to the call for more help at the troubled Alexander County Housing Authority.

Local lawmakers say they're pleased with what they heard from Governor Bruce Rauner in his State of the State Address.

Three new Republicans will take the oath of office Wednesday, pledging to serve the state and, more specifically, southern Illinois.


Harrisburg Mayor Dale Fowler will soon serve southeastern Illinois as the State Senator for the 59th District. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller sat down with Fowler to talk about his goals and priorities ahead of inauguration day.