WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry after a peaceful vigil in Carbondale calling for an end to racism and police brutality, along with burglaries of several businesses.

Seven Carbondale businesses were burglarized in the overnight hours between Sunday and Monday, and police say they're poring over evidence to find suspects in the cases.

Amelia Blakely

Even the way a farmers market operates has changed since the pandemic started as social-distancing practices become more critical for maintaining public health.

In Carbondale, Illinois the farmers market switched to a drive-thru allowing some local producers to sell their goods in a physically-distant manner with masks and gloves. 

Carbondale Turley Park
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The spread of COVID-19 has forced park districts around the state to make some changes.

Many people consider Memorial Day the official beginning of summer, marking the start of youth ball leagues, summer camps, and the opening of community pools.

For park districts in the region the summer of 2020 is becoming one of uncertainty and revamping form the spread of COVID-19.

University Mall to Reopen Friday

Apr 30, 2020

University Mall will reopen Friday, following retail-to-go guidelines issued by Governor J-B Pritzker’s Executive Order.

Carbondale Police Wanted for Weekend Shooting

Apr 29, 2020
Carbondale Police Department

Carbondale Police are searching for a man involved in a weekend shooting and traffic crash. 

Police say 23 year old Shephen  Moultire of Carbondale is wanted for aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful use of weapons by a felon. 

Summertime Tradition in Carbondale Canceled

Apr 29, 2020
SIU News

The Sunset Concert Series, a summertime tradition in Carbondale for more than four decades, has been canceled for 2020.

Carbondale Park District Facilities Operating  With Modifications
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The spread of COVID-19 has forced park districts in the region to make some changes.

The Carbondale Park District had to make some modifications to how they operate their facilities due to COVID-19.

Poplar Camp Beach

A popular beach at a Carbondale lake will not be opening for the 2020 season. 

Carbondale Police are investigating two separate shootings. 

Amelia Blakely

For many people, Governor JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order means that to stay safe during the COVID-19, you stay home. But for individuals experiencing homelessness, where can they go to protect their health and others?

Carbondale / Carbondale

Carbondale leaders met in special session Monday evening, to officially declare a state of emergency within the city and to discuss how to enforce violations of emergency orders.

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry says he's preparing to take steps to help keep local government operating during the state's Stay at Home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a Facebook live session, Henry says he's strongly considering declaring a State of Emergency because some decisions -- that would normally require City Council approval -- need to be made more quickly.

Carbondale / Carbondale

As consumer spending slows, because of  the Illinois stay at home order,  Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry, says he is concerned about the economic impact.  Henry says they have run projected budgets and says before the COVID-19 situation is all over, the City could see  a million and a half  to two  million  dollar shortfall.  The City recently extended , by 30 days, the deadline local businesses have in paying Food and Beverage taxes and other municipal taxes.

Carbondale Extends Local Tax Deadline

Mar 25, 2020
Carbondale / Carbondale

As Illinois businesses struggle, because of the COVID-19 stay at home order, the city of Carbondale is giving them a break, by adding an extra 30 days to pay local taxes. 

One person is in custody after an hours-long standoff in Carbondale.

Carbondale / Carbondale

Carbondale's Office of Economic Development has compiled a list of resources for businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19.

Carbondale Announces Coronavirus Precautions

Mar 13, 2020
Carbondale / Carbondale

In response to coronavirus, the city of Carbondale has announced efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.

Carbondale City Hall will be closed to the public through the end of the month. Residents who need to pay bills may do so online, via mail or at a dropbox at City Hall. All events planned for the Civic Center or Town Square Pavillion will be canceled, except for voting. The Carbondale City Council meeting scheduled for March 24th is also canceled.

Carbondale Leaders Prep for Coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry, along with City Manager Gary Williams, stopped by the WSIU Studios on Friday, March 13th, 2020.

Carbondale / Carbondale

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams.

Ameila Blakely

American politics are divided and contentious. But, in Carbondale, Illinois there's an eclectic group of friends trying to minimze the divide one Thursday evening at a time.

A Carbondale woman was killed after she was hit at least twice while crossing the street over the weekend.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry.

In this InFocus episode:

  • Discussion of economic impact of Macy's closure
  • Potential opportunities in University Mall and elsewhere
  • Next steps for Carbonale, as Illinois' legal marijuana law takes effect

Carbondale Seeks Input On Wayfinding Master Plan

Dec 20, 2019
Carbondale / Carbondale

The city of Carbondale wants to make it easier to find your way around.

A new project called the Carbondale Wayfinding Master Plan is to make the city more user friendly.

Carbondale Mayor Presents State Of The City Address

Dec 17, 2019
Carbondale Mayor Gives State Of The City Address
Benjy Jeffords

Carbondale Mayor John “Mike” Henry presented his State of the City address Tuesday during the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon.

He highlighted the city’s development and future growth.

What's Next for Carbondale's Iconic "Strip"?

Dec 16, 2019
Jacob Gordon/WSIU

WSIU's Jacob Gordon explores the past, present, and future for South Illinois Avenue in Carbondale, known as "The Strip."

Watch Jacob's story here:

Carbondale / Carbondale

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and Public Information Officer Roni LaForge about new developments in Amtrak's on-time record, the city's new warming center, and upcoming events.

The unemployment rate was down in all of Illinois’ 14 metro areas last month.

Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesperson Rebecca Cisco says significant improvements were seen comparing October of this year to October of 2018...with the Chicago and East St. Louis areas both hitting record lows.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Jackson County jury has found a Carbondale man guilty of Unlawful Possession of Weapons by a Felon, following a three-day trial.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 22-year-old Dayshawn Holmes faces two to ten years in prison.

After two fatal shootings in the Carbondale, Police are increasing foot patrols as well as increasing patrols in squad cars.