Southern Illinois

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. 

Southern Illinois Strong

A Southern Illinois fundraiser to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic announced its first round of grant recipients.

Freeze Warning/Frost Advisory Overnight Friday

May 8, 2020
National Weather Service Paducah

Much of the viewing area is under a freeze warning or frost advisory overnight Friday.

Hands of Hope Foundation

A Southern Illinois  not-for-profit is teaming up with a few local restaurants to help workers on the front line during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Poshard Foundation for Abused Children

We are all staying at home during the state's stay-at-home order, but for some children that's not the safest place to be. 

And that's why one Southern Illinois Foundation is helping companies with families in need. 


As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the state. 

Some residents in the Central and Southern part of the state are frustrated since some of the "hot spots" are in the northern part of the state.

Veterans Airport Welcomes New Fleet

Mar 3, 2020
Courtesy of Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois

Air travelers using Veterans Airport in Marion will be flying in updated planes beginning Wednesday,  as Cape Air unveiled their new Tecnam Traveller.

Airport Manager Doug Kimmel says the new planes will offer more features like air conditioning and USB charging ports.  Kimmel adds the new places will be roomier and seat nine passengers and two crew members. 

A Conversation On Doctors in Rural Illinois In the 1940s

Dec 27, 2019

Harold Bardo grew up in Sparta, Illinois. He later moved to Carbondale working at SIU in several different roles. In March, StoryCorps came to Carbondale to speak with Southern Illinoisans about their lives.

Harold and his wife Lana, talked about growing up in rural Illinois as African-Americans in a time when segregation still ruled much of America.

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Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

A regional organization is looking to bring equality in the STEM field by particpating in the People's Choice Award for the Illinois Impact Challenge.

Kim Vrooman, the Director of Communications and Development at Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, said if the organization is named the People's Choice Award winner it will recieve $250,000 to fund mobile STEM Labs.

A Southern Illinois activist organization - Women United Network - is celebrating the third anniversary of the Women's March this Saturday.

To start the day, there will be a community engagement fair beginning at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Carbondale Civic Center.

"We hope community members will come out and meet organizations that they may be interested in joining," organizer Liz Hunter says. "So they can kick off 2019 with an organization with some hope and plans for volunteering throughout the year."

Amelia Blakely

At Carbondale's City Council meeting Monday night, the council voted to deny the solar company Brightfield a special-use permit that would allow the company to build on the former Kopper's Tie Plant site.

The meeting was well-attended, and Carbondale's residents voiced their disapproval of the special-use permit to the council. City Council members listened to their consituents, and voted to deny the special use permit 6-1.

Amelia Blakely

Thousands of residents traveled from across the heartland to southern Illinois Saturday to hear and see President Donald Trump.

Trump rallied for incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Bost. Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) and State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) also spoke at the rally, endorsing the Republican Party for the midterm elections before Trump arrived.

Trump began his speech by addressing the shooting in Pittsburg, Pennslyvania in a synagogue that left 11 people dead.


Dozens of veterans and volunteers from southern Illinois visited to Washington as a part of the region's second Honor Flight.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

One room in   Building H at John A. Logan College was filled with 100s of toys, collected by the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children and partners Tri-State Business Equipment in Harrisburg and Ameren Illinois.  In all, over 700 new toys were collected and were picked up by case workers with several southern Illinois social service agencies.

Snake Road in Autumn.

Nov 10, 2016
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

The unusually mild weather that we experienced in late October and early November was great for people who enjoy spending time outdoors.  This mild weather also kept the well-known Snake Road closed to vehicle traffic after the original October 31st date.  Even though the road is now open to traffic, here is a visit with Paul Widowski, Wildlife Biologist with the Shawnee National Forest, earlier in November.

Community Health Needs Highlighted At Local Event

Apr 28, 2016
Southern Illinois HealthCare
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

SIH was joined by multiple health organizations Thursday to reveal the findings in their Community Health Needs Assessment.

The goal of the assessment is to determine the most significant health issues in the area and how to improve them.

Investments from the Delta Regional Authority will directly benefit four southern Illinois communities.

The Stone Walls of Southern Illinois, Part 2

Jul 30, 2015
Mark Motsinger

Last week we heard about the existence of numerous prehistoric stone walls in southern Illinois from Mark Motsinger, a History teacher at Carrier Mills High School.  In this feature, Mark tells us more about these structures, which were built before the more well know Cahokia Mounds.  We will also hear about evidence that suggests that there were humans living in southern Illinois between one-thousand and three-thousand B.C.  In the spring of 2014 Mark received the Olive Foster Outstanding Teacher Award by the Illinois State Historical Society.

A new exhibit of photographs explores what makes southern Illinois different from the rest of the state.