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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

After a weekend that saw two fatal shootings, Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams talk with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about the city's image, as well as how to address violent crime.

Carbondale is opting in when it comes to legal marijuana sales, as laws change in 2020.

The city of Murphysboro has join the city of Marion in prohibiting the sale of recreational marijuana.

The Murphysboro City Council voted 6-to-5 Tuesday to oppose the sale of recreational cannabis within the city limits.  Mayor Will Stephens was the tiebreaking vote.

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.

Mayor Will Stephens

Murphysboro's mayor says a strong thunderstorm knocked down trees and contributed to the partial collapse of a downtown building Monday.

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.

Carbondale leaders say they hope the state's new capital construction program will mean progress on plans for a new multi-use transportation hub.

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.

**This is a developing story, check back for updates***

Voters across the region headed to the polls to elect new leaders for cities, villages, schools, and other organizations in the April 2 election.

Carbondale Park District's Website

On April 2nd when voters go to the polls and vote for Mayor and City Council, they will also see a question on the ballot asking if a study should be done to determine if the Carbondale Park District Operations should be merged with the City of Carbondale.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams about the upcoming 2020 census and what it means for southern Illinois.

Carbondale / Carbondale

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams about plans for a new city warming center, along with discussions of allowing alcohol delivery.

A candidate for the Carbondale City Council is withdrawing his petition for the office.

City of Carbondale

The City of Carbondale is giving the gift of free parking this holiday season.

Beginning Monday, December 10, visitors will be able to park at no cost for up to two hours in several locations. You can see the list of free parking lots here.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A Carbondale native is throwing his hat into the ring for mayor.

Nathan Colombo owns a small business called Brand Advocacy Group, which provides digital media services for other local businesses around the region.

Carbondale / Carbondale

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about President Donald Trump's rally at the Southern Illinois Airport, along with a recap of the city's Halloween celebration and more.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams and Economic Development Director Steve Mitchell about planning for President Trump's visit to the Southern Illinois Airport, along with a renewed Halloween celebration in the downtown area.

Amelia Blakely/WSIU

Citing planned civil disobedience, Carbondale's scheduled City Council meeting was cancelled this week. Protests were planned against President Donald Trump's visit.

A potential referendum on gun control in Williamson County won’t end up on the ballot this fall, after Commissioners there failed to bring it to a vote.

#Carbondale Proud Highlights Positives

Jul 25, 2018

The social media campaign #CarbondaleProud is gaining momentum as residents post pictures and stories highlighting the positives in the community.

#CarbondaleProud member Steve Quinn says lately bad news about Carbondale has overwhelmed the news cycle.


If approved by a bankruptcy court, the City of Marion will place a lien on the Illinois Star Centre Mall property.

The mall owners reportedly owe more than two million dollars in special service area assessments, which the City of Marion has had to pay to satisfy a bond.

A Carbondale bar will have to close its doors for two weeks, after two underage girls were found inside with alcohol.

The Jackson County Board may weigh in on gun legislation in the Illinois General Assembly.

The bills in Springfield include restrictions on the gun buying age, increased waiting periods, magazine bans and gun dealer licensing.

The City of Carbondale is asking for the public's help to name and create a logo for an upcoming Halloween event.

The contest is open to all southern Illinois artists and Saluki graduates.

Southern Illinoisan

The former treasurer of the southern Illinois town of Zeigler has admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands in government funds.

The U.S. attorney says 44-year-old Ryan Thorpe pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud and embezzlement.

Mayors around Illinois are asking lawmakers for help to put a Home Rule referendum on the November ballot. 

January 31 is Marion Mayor Bob Butler's last day in office.

The 90-year-old - who has served as the Williamson County's town mayor since 1963 - announced his decision to step down on December 1st. He is one of the longest serving mayors in U.S. history.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry talked about the strong points and challenges facing the city, at the annual State of The City address on Tuesday December 12th, 2017.  At the top of the plus list, the Mayor unveiled the new logo the city will soon be using to market itself.  He said 50–thousand visitors came to the city for the August eclipse, and he said that worldwide advertising was invaluable.  In 2015 statistics showed the lowest crime rate in the city in over 20 years.  On the down side Henry said budgeting is getting tougher, primarily because the state has recently reduced the city's s