Residents troubled by Arbor District safety

After a string of violence and large parties in the Arbor District of Carbondale, a group of residents are planning to meet with Carbondale City Council to discuss ways to make the area safer for families and non-students. Members of the Arbor District ... Continue Reading →

Morton Grove mayor shows support for Varughese family

On the eight-month anniversary of the death of SIU student Pravin Varughese, Morton Grove Mayor Dan DiMaria held a news conference to show support for the family. “We are a close-knit community in Morton Grove. We pride ourself on family,” ... Continue Reading →

Committee and community collaborate on structural ideas

“Free Wifi” signs are already hanging in the windows of some businesses, but in the next few years one might be able to access it while walking down the strip instead of sipping coffee at Starbucks.   Wireless Internet, a hotel, and improved ... Continue Reading →

O’Guinn releases statement

Former Police Chief Jody O’Guinn released a statement Wednesday explaining the circumstances of his firing. O’Guinn said he does not know the reason Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity fired him. Baity described the justification of his termination ... Continue Reading →

Carbondale police chief fired

The Carbondale chief of police has been fired. City Manager Kevin Baity announced Monday in a press release that he is dismissing Jody O’Guinn from his position and naming Deputy Chief Jeff Grubbs as interim police chief. Grubbs was previously deputy ... Continue Reading →
File photo| Carbondale Police Jody O'Guinn speaks at a press conference Feb. 18
Jennifer Gonzalez · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Carbondale chief of police fired

The Carbondale chief of police has been fired. City Manager Kevin Baity announced this morning in a press release that he is dismissing Jody O’Guinn from his position and naming Deputy Chief Jeff Grubbs as interim police chief. Grubbs was previously ... Continue Reading →

Carbondale gets set for the fourth

As American flags wave in the wind and the feeling of patriotism sweeps through the city like wildfire, people of Carbondale can expect to see a slight change in celebrations Friday night. Residents from all of southern Illinois will come to watch the ... Continue Reading →

New building paves over local businesses

Local business owners are concerned about the lack of parking options where construction has begun at the space 710 Bookstore previously occupied. “Parking over there isn’t that great to begin with,” William Lo, manager of his family-owned Chinese ... Continue Reading →

Carbondale votes to lift Halloween ban

Because of the successful 2013 trial run, three bars on the Strip will be open again on Halloween. The Carbondale City Council voted to lift the restrictions on Hangar 9, Stix and Sidetracks at the May 20 meeting. City Manager Kevin Baity said the expected ... Continue Reading →

City Council increases refuse and recycling fee

Another tax increase is on the way for Carbondale residents.  The Carbondale City Council voted unanimously to approve an increase of just over two percent per year to the refuse and recycling fee. The increase raises the current fee from $14.30 to $14.60 ... Continue Reading →

City to increase sales, hotel tax to tackle budget

Tourists and locals alike will see a tax increase as part of a plan to remedy the city’s nearly $1 million budget deficit. The Carbondale City Council voted to raise both the sales tax and hotel/motel tax as part of its plan to balance the budget. The ... Continue Reading →

City deficit near $1million

The Carbondale budget crisis is more than $200,000 worse than previously expected. City Manager Kevin Baity relayed the bad news to the City Council on Tuesday. Baity said, at the Feb. 11 City Council meeting, the city’s deficit was an estimated $761,000. ... Continue Reading →

Budget woes plague city council

The Carbondale City Council met Tuesday to discuss the city’s upcoming budget problems. City Manager Kevin Baity read his preliminary budget report to the council and said the city is looking at a $731,000 budget shortfall. Baity said the city is looking ... Continue Reading →

Mayor gives state of city B+

Increased sales tax, bike path, downtown redevelopment topics in address Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler reiterated his proposal for an increased sales tax in the city at the annual State of the City Address Tuesday. Fritzler said the city is $200,000 ... Continue Reading →
A road construction crew works on state Route 13 Monday between Marion and Carbondale. According to Illinois Department
of Transportation resident engineer John Eaton, crews are adding a third lane to the highway as part of the IDOT’s plan to ease
congestion. Construction is anticipated to conclude by September 2013.

Roadwork continues into fall semester

Several roads have been repainted or repaired around Carbondale and on campus this summer and the work is continuing. Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity said the repainting of city road stripes happens on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer. However, ... Continue Reading →
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