Holiday Gift Guide Features Southern Illinois Businesses

Dec 11, 2020
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If you’re looking to buy local this season, the Illinois Made holiday gift guide can help

Several southern Illinois businesses made the list, with online shopping options to let people buy safely during the pandemic.

George Majka from Pomona Winery said the pandemic has been tough, since a lot of the business is based on wine tastings of the company’s wines, which are unique because none are made from grapes. But there are still options for people looking to buy local wine for the holidays.

Illinois' governor stresses dealing with the spread of COVID-19 while trying to prevent more devastation to the state's economy is a challenge, but linked together.

In his briefing Monday, Governor J-B Pritzker said the most important thing to do for the economy is to fight the virus.

The Illinois Department of Labor is launching free COVID-19 safety training for small businesses in the state.

State labor director Michael Kleinik says the “Back to Business Illinois” program helps businesses protect their workers and customers as the pandemic continues.

Illinois has awarded the first round of emergency funding to small businesses to help them during the pandemic.  

Illinois businesses hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are starting to receive grants from the state.

46-million dollars in Business Interruption Grants -- or BIG -- are being released now.

The Southern Five Regional Planning District and Development Commission has been awarded a $550,000 federal grant.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with 40 Below Joe creator Curt Jones about his new endeavor, along with ties to Southern Illinois University and plans for the future.

Local Business Owners Prepare for Next Phase

Jun 25, 2020

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While the state's stay-at-home order continues, many restaurants sit empty. 

Lack of Foot Traffic is Hurting Local Restaurants

May 14, 2020

While the state’s stay-at-home order appears to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the lack of foot traffic is hurting businesses.

Southern Illinois Strong

A Southern Illinois fundraiser to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic announced its first round of grant recipients.


Carbondale Main Street is asking consumers to fill out a survey.

City of Carbondale spokesperson Roni LeForge says it's designed to give local businesses an idea of when people might be feel comfortable enough to return to some more normal activities.


More and more small business owners across Illinois are pushing to convince Governor J-B Pritzker to re-open parts of the economy in places where there are relatively few COVID-19 cases.

The Murphysboro City Council will be holding a special City Council Meeting this evening to consider the Murphysboro Economic Relief COVID-19 Event.

Mayor Will Stephens says this program would be City funded, and would provide economic relief of up to a thousand dollars for small business owners in Murphysboro.

Many frontline employees will be able to get worker's compensation if they contract COVID-19 under a new emergency rule. 

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WSIU Recently talked with Carbondale Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jennifer Olson about the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on local businesses.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost is hosting a telephone town hall meeting with small business owners in Randolph County.

Petition Asks For Tax Moratorium

Mar 31, 2020

As restaurants continue to see their sales drop, because of the COVID-19 stay at home order, one southern Illinois couple is calling on a Tax Moratorium in the City of Carbondale.

Illinois’ closure of bars and dine-in restaurants has Springfield businesses worried as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread throughout the state.

Brent Schwoerer of Engrained Brewery, on the west side of Springfield, said his major concern is the survival of his employees.

Carbondale, Ill. – Steve Payne has been a good neighbor in Carbondale for nearly 45 years. While still in college, he purchased Quatro’s Deep Pan Pizza, which continues to be a local favorite today. In honor of Payne’s growing contributions to community organizations, and the top-notch Quatro’s pizza, he has received a 'Neighborly' Award. Inspired by educator and all-around great neighbor, Fred Rogers, this campaign recognizes role models in the community.

Local businesses and entrepreneurs who are interested in becoming vendors for the proposed casino and resort at Walker's Bluff can attend workshops to help get started.

Bringing a university presence to the downtown area has been under discussion for years.  But the latest concept dwarfs what has been on the drawing board previously. 

The out-migration from Illinois has been highly publicized.

Now, an internet article has some statistics to support the talk.

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The Illinois Manufacturers' Association continued its statewide Manufacturing Matters Illinois tour Wednesday in Carbondale.

The tour is designed to highlight a new study about the role manufacturing plays in the Illinois economy.

Logan Chase wants his customers to know what they’re smoking.

“If I see something that I've never tried before,” he said, “I take it upon myself to try it.”

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tried to convince business groups Wednesday to accept his graduated income tax plan. 

Illinois lawmakers are moving forward with a measure that aims to keep your digital devices from secretely recording you without consent. The bill is called the KIDS Act, which stands for Keeping Internet Devices Safe.

Gilster-Mary Lee

A southern Illinois business owner says a 15-dollar minimum wage in Illinois would devastate his company.

Don Welge is president and CEO of Gilster-Mary Lee, a family-held food manufacturer headquartered in Chester.


SIU-C is doing what it can to get prospective students on campus to help boost enrollment.

On Wednesday, the College of Business welcomed 400 high school and community college students within a two-hour radius of Carbondale.

Architectural Digest

After recently being called the most boring city in Missouri by the website Business Insider, Cape Girardeau has found its way on to a more favorable list.

Architectural Digest has named the River City the prettiest town in the Show Me State.