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A Carbondale bar will have to close its doors for two weeks, after two underage girls were found inside with alcohol.

The Jackson County Board may weigh in on gun legislation in the Illinois General Assembly.

The bills in Springfield include restrictions on the gun buying age, increased waiting periods, magazine bans and gun dealer licensing.

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.

Southern Illinoisan

The former treasurer of the southern Illinois town of Zeigler has admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands in government funds.

The U.S. attorney says 44-year-old Ryan Thorpe pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud and embezzlement.

Mayors around Illinois are asking lawmakers for help to put a Home Rule referendum on the November ballot. 

January 31 is Marion Mayor Bob Butler's last day in office.

The 90-year-old - who has served as the Williamson County's town mayor since 1963 - announced his decision to step down on December 1st. He is one of the longest serving mayors in U.S. history.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

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

Marion Mayor Bob Butler will officially step down from his position at the end of January.

He is one of the longest-serving mayors in United States history, having first taken office in 1963.

Cambria's village board has approved a controversial tax increment financing district - despite vocal opposition from numerous groups.

The district, known as a TIF, would freeze property tax rates for homes throughout the community.

The Cambria Village Board will vote Thursday on a proposed residential Tax Increment Financing District.

Village President Steve Gottschalk says this will help Cambria improve its infrastructure, streets, water and sewer lines.

Rep. Severin's office

The Franklin County town of Orient is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Tuesday night, the Jackson County Board shut down a proposed resolution by the Immigrant Rights Project that would welcome immigrants in Southern Illinois.

Jess Jobe is a volunteer with the project and says it was a disappointing evening.

Carbondale Police

A Carbondale man is facing charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun after a shooting incident at a local bar.

Officers say 32-year-old Jonathan Moore is charged with Unlawful Use of Weapon by a Felon for being in possession of a handgun. He has not yet been charged with the shooting at the Hollywood Lounge on West Jackson Street.

Union County

WSIU Radio's Jordan Maddox interviews Union County Treasurer Darren Bailey about the release of his annual report called "Where Do My Taxes Go?"

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Leaders with the City of Carbondale and SIU-C attended a ribbon cutting Wednesday for the new entrance monument along Route 13 on the east side of town.


A building that housed a well-known bar in Carbondale for nearly three decades is gone.

The City of Carbondale demolished Sidetracks on Tuesday.

Marion leaders have approved a sales tax hike.

City of Carbondale

Those post-card style water bills will soon be a thing of the past for the City of Carbondale.

A group of concerned citizens wants the City of Carbondale to protect immigrants in the community.

Group spokesperson Natalie Long says members proposed an ordinance during Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Franklin County

Franklin County voters will get a chance to decide if they want a sales tax increase to build a new courthouse.

The county's Board of Commissioners approved placing a one percent sales tax increase on the April 4th ballot.

Now that the calendar has flipped to 2017, leaders across the state are wondering what might change when it comes to the budget. But not many are hopeful for a breakthrough anytime soon.

Mayor addresses crowd a City Hall
Brad Palmer / WSIU Radio

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry stressed transparency and greater access for the community during his State of the City address.

Standard and Poor's has upgraded Jackson County's bond rating.

S & P says the upgrade from A-minus to A indicates the county's sustained budgetary improvement and flexibility.

City of Carbondale

The City of Carbondale recently gathered the community's thoughts about architectural design standards for the Downtown area.

The Union County Treasurer says his office has uncovered gross mismanagement of a county insurance program.

Darren Bailey says estimates show the decade-long mismanagement has cost taxpayers between 15 and 20-thousand dollars.

Williamson County is turning to a third party to help it collect 15 million dollars in debt from the past 20 years.

Bill Alstat Passes Away

Aug 22, 2016
Jackson County

A man who has served Jackson County and all of southern Illinois in many ways over the years has passed away.

Bill Alstat died Friday in southeast Missouri.

Union County

Union County has joined some other local governments in southern Illinois with the launch of a tax inquiry and payment site.
Treasurer Darren Bailey says it allows residents and businesses faster and better access to tax information.

photo of Carbondale Civic Center
City of Carbondale

Carbondale city leaders hope to hear from their constituents at a special town hall meeting on Thursday.  The meeting's focus is on safety.   The town hall comes in response to a series of incidents in Carbondale, including shootings, that have left many residents feeling uneasy about safety within the community.   WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talked with Mayor Mike Henry and Interim City Manager Gary Williams about the meeting that will take place Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Carbondale Civic Center.

City of Carbondale

Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity is stepping down.

City officials announced his resignation Thursday morning, saying it is a mutual decision that is in the best interest of the City of Carbondale.