local government

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.

Mayors from communities all over Illinois are hoping to find common ground with Gov. Bruce Rauner - after the new state CEO proposed cutting the Local Government Distributive Fund by half next year.

A statewide task force looking at ways to improve local government efficiency through consolidation and reducing unfunded mandates held its latest meeting in Carbondale.

WSIU Radio

The League of Women Voters of Jackson County hosted a candidate's forum for the candidates running for Mayor of Carbondale.  The forum was recorded live on Wednesday, March 25th at the Carbodale Civic Center.

WSIU Radio

The League of Women Voters of Jackson County hosted a candidate's forum for the candidates running for Carbondale City Council.  The forum was recorded live on Wednesday, March 18th at the Carbondale Civic Center.

Carbondale Park District

Construction of the new Super Splash Park Outdoor Aquatics Center in Carbondale is on track to open as scheduled in May.

City of Carbondale

The City of Carbondale is in pretty good fiscal shape right now, but that will not be the case in five years unless steps are made to correct a troubling trend.

A Carbondale businessman will be allowed to remain on the ballot for Mayor.

WSIU Radio

Acting Carbondale Mayor Don Monty says he will not run for Office in 2015.

WSIU Radio

The Carbondale Varsity Center for the Arts is getting ready to move in to its next phase of a three and a half million dollar renovation.

Carbondale Splash Park Construction Begins Soon

Jul 23, 2014
Carbondale Park District

Construction on Carbondale's Super Splash Park Outdoor Aquatic Center will be underway soon.


The Carbondale City Council will consider a plan to allow archery deer hunting around Cedar Lake.