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.

Kiwanis Club Raising Funds for Inclusive Playground

Oct 23, 2019
Steph Whiteside/WSIU

The Carbondale Kiwanis Club announced efforts to create an inclusive playground in Carbondale on Wednesday.

The group committed $20,000 to the project, which will install accessible equipment at Turley Park. Carbondale Township is also contributing funds, while the Kiwanis club is seeking help from the community to raise the rest of the money needed for the project.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jane Adams and Lee Fronabarger of Friends of Carbondale Dog Parks about their fundraising project for new facilities in the community.

The Carbondale City Council will meet tonight and one of the actions the council will take is a vote on whether or not to allow the sales of recreational marijuana in the city.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about a potenial incentive program for the city's Arbor District.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Carbondale man is headed to prison after failing to comply with the terms of his probation.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 39-year-old Tarriel Hudson pleaded guilty to Domestic Battery in February 2018. He was sentenced to two years' probation.

Carbondale / Carbondale

The city of Carbondale is exploring the option of adding a residential TIF district to turn rental houses into owner occupied homes.

Ribbon Cutting for SIU Family Medicine Center

Aug 16, 2019
A man in a white coat stands next to a synthetic body showing anatomy.
Steph Whiteside/WSIU

Local leaders gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new SIU Center for Family Medicine in Carbondale on Thursday.

The new facility is a collaboration between Southern Illinois University and Southern Illinois Healthcare. It houses a medical clinic and will be home to the SIU family medicine residency program and the SIU physician assistant program.  Students will learn and practice together, something Chief Resident Sohaib Sajjad says is important for all of them. 

City of Carbondale

Carbondale is receiving one of 16 grants for local projects to improve bike paths across Illinois.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry about the impact of SIUC's students returning for the Fall 2019 semester, and previews a joint meeting between the Carbondale City Council and Carbondale Park District regarding a potential merger.

Carbondale, Park District Merger Study Underway

Jul 2, 2019
Courtesy of the Carbondale Park District.

In the April municipal elections, voters in Carbondale by a wide margin chose to further study the merging of the Carbondale Park District with the City of Carbondale.

A local city commission released a survey to have public input influence a sustainability action plan. WSIU's Amelia Blakely has more.

City of Carbondale

Carbondale's Sustainability Commission is seeking public input to develop an action plan focused on adapting the city to climate change and improving its resilience to extreme weather events.

Sustainability Action Plan Subcommittee member Jane Cogie says the commission was asked by Carbondale's City Manager to create a sustainability action plan that had the input of the local community.

Cogie says this is to ensure equitable changes for local residents who will be impacted the most.

About 40 people attended the EPA's public hearing at Carbondale City Hall on June 12, 2019.Credit Amelia BlakelyEdit | Remove


The Environmental Protection Agency paid Carbondale residents a visit to present the agency's proposal to add about 16 acres to the cleanup plan for the former Koppers Wood-Treating site.

Carbondale Police

The missing 7-year-old girl from Carbondale has been found alive.

Carbondale's mayor says he's moving forward after two domestic incidents this year... and wants his critics to do the same.

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

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Judy Ashby of the RBF Dome Home NFP about their ongoing restoration efforts, along with a fundraiser to help push them into the next phase.

Carbondale / Carbondale

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams. In this segment, discussion of traffic and other upgrades in neighborhoods across the city, along with a new plan to fix problems in how the city billed SIUC for water and sewer services.

Carbondale Police say one person is wanted after a shooting on the city's town square Friday night.