Illinois continues to try to expand testing capacity across the state.

During the daily briefing on Friday, Governor J-B Pritzker said that includes rural areas.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Jackson County jury returned guilty verdicts on a Carbondale man for his involvement in a shooting incident last summer.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says the jury convicted 32-year-old Dennis Higgins, Jr. on Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon.

Carbondale Police

A Carbondale woman is sentenced for first-degree murder.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 44-year-old Rebecca Valentine pleaded guilty and received a 25-year prison term. She is not eligible for early release or good time credit and must serve 100-percent of the sentence.

The U.S. Treasury now officially certifies three areas of Carbondale as federal Qualified Opportunity Zones.

Carbondale Economic Development director Steven Mitchell says this is a new program established in the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

Carbondale Plans a Halloween Festival

Mar 16, 2018

After Shadowfest for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Carbondale officials are planning another large scale event - a Halloween festival.

Amy Fox, the City of Carbondale's Public Relations Officer, says though Halloween parties got out of hand years ago, the city is under new management and they're moving forward with the festival.

Carbondale Main Street, the City of Carbondale and the Southern Illinois University School of Architecture are asking the community for design ideas for the new event venue on Washington Street.

Meghan Cole, the executive director for Carbondale Main Street says the first meeting, which was on Tuesday, was productive.

A Carbondale resident has won a big prize from the Illinois Lottery.

Buelah Simmons won 750-thousand dollars on a scratch-off ticket called Ultimate Crossword.


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

The City of Carbondale demolished Sidetracks on Tuesday.

Two years after his death, a special prosecutor appointed to review the circumstances behind Pravin Varughese's death, is now expected to release the findings of his investigation.

The NBC television affiliate in Chicago reported the news on Friday, the two-year anniversary of when Varughese went missing.