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Starting on Monday, February 22, the Jackson County Courthouse will be returning to its regular hours of operation.

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

Cheryl LeFevre doesn’t drink the water in Hobart, Oklahoma without a filter. Without a filter, sometimes the water smells like chlorine or rust. Sometimes, it even comes out brown. She has to clean out her filter every two weeks, with what looks like sediment inside. 

As she pours water into a glass from her kitchen on a late afternoon in December, the water comes out clear. She says it still tastes like dirty water and has an aftertaste. 

“Some days it's like this, you know, clear and just fine,” LeFevre says. “And some days it's got all of that gunk in it.” 

Illinois state officials are reminding local governments of a December 1 deadline to submit applications for federal relief from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor J-B Pritzker says he encourages communities -- no matter how small -- to take advantage of the Local CURE funds, which Congress approved in its COVID-19 relief package last spring.

Due to a significant increase in active COVID-19 cases in Jackson County, the City of Carbondale will be closing offices to the public until further notice beginning Tuesday.

City Hall staff will continue working and will be available to assist residents by phone or email. Visit the city's website for a list of departments and contact information. 

The City of Carbondale will hold a public hearing at Tuesday night's remote council meeting regarding the City's intent to designate a resident parking pass system for the following areas:

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about how COVID-19 is affecting the city's financial status.

Nearly 200 cities told the Illinois Municipal League that they expect to bring in less money from taxes on shopping, gaming, gas and other sources due to the coronavirus pandemic. The responses come from a survey conducted between June and July.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams, as the city continues to deal with COVID-19 and prepares for thousands more students to return for classes at SIUC this month.

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Masks are now required in Carbondale - in all public places where distancing isn't possible.

Carbondale City Hall to Reopen June 15

Jun 12, 2020
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Carbondale City Hall is planning to reopen on Monday, June 15.

Face masks or face coverings will be required to enter City Hall, and there will be plexiglass and social distance markers at locations where employees interact with the public.

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.

The Carbondale Public Works Department is joining a statewide effort to raise money for local food pantries.

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The City of Marion won't be enforcing Governor JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order extension, which takes effect Friday.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry after the City Council approved an emergency declaration in response to COVID-19.

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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.

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

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


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.

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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
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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.


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