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Carbondale Community High School • The Class of 2020 reported scholarships exceeding two million dollars to support their attendance at 40 colleges and universities throughout the country. Campuses that 2020 graduates will attend include Appalachian State University, Clark Atlanta University, Coe College, Columbia University, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois Wesleyan University, John A. Logan College, Murray State University, Oregon State University, Rollins College, Saint Louis University, Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University, Spelman College, Truman State University, University of Alabama, University of Illinois, University of Oregon, University of Utah and Westminster College. Graduates have also committed to serve in the US Coast Guard, US Air Force, US Marines and the US National Guard. • The Class of 2020 celebrated 31 Illinois State Scholars, 3 National Merit Commended students and 2 National Merit Finalists. • Nationally Ranked Scholar Bowl Team

• Nationally Recognized Physics Team • Music Program Top 3 State Finalist Nine Years in a Row (State Champion in 2014) • National Scholastic Art Winners Four Years in a Row (One of only Eight Gold Portfolios Awarded Nationally in 2017) • State Finalists in Speech and History Fair, Science Fair, Science/Engineering Team, and Skills USA and FBLA • Garwin Family Foundation sponsorship of students to pursue rigorous summer academic programs through Boston University, Stanford, The Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and the Rhode Island School of Design. • IHSA All State Academic Team Three of last Five Years

Excellence in Education since 1923 For additional information: Mr. Stephen Murphy, Superintendent Administrative Center 330 South Giant City Rd. • Carbondale, IL 62902 (618) 457-3371 •




To Do Business ............................................................................................... 4 Board of Directors ........................................................................................ 6 To Be Involved ................................................................................................ 7 To Call Home................................................................................................10 To Learn..........................................................................................................11 Who to Call ..................................................................................................14 To Excel ..........................................................................................................16 Good to Know .............................................................................................17 To Thrive.........................................................................................................20 For Community ............................................................................................22 To Play .............................................................................................................23 To Unwind......................................................................................................27 Business Directory ......................................................................................30

Top to bottom: Saluki Flags line Hwy 13 through downtown Carbondale. The Saluki Pride Committee put out the flags on SIU game days, Open Houses, and other campus events to Paint the Town Maroon. The “Welcome to Carbondale” signs sits on the east side of town to greet visitors from near and far. A retired engine and caboose have permanently pulled into the station behind the historic Old Train Depot located in downtown Carbondale. The Depot is also home to the Station Carbondale Train Museum, Carbondale Main Street, and the Chamber office. (Photo by Prescott Doll)

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The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member Renew Secondhand Store with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


he Carbondale Chamber serves the area as a strong non-profit, member driven, professional organization whose primary mission is to advance the interests of business. We strive to provide opportunities for business leaders to educate and promote themselves and their businesses. Additionally, we partner with a wide variety of organizations committed to making Carbondale a great place to live, work, visit, play and invest. Chamber members are people representing businesses who believe in their community and in conducting business the right way. Together they strive to be fully involved in all aspects of the city. They share a bias for action and the understanding that being a member is an investment not only for their business, but also in the quality of life for the entire region. The Chamber is a credible source of information for residents, visitors, people relocating to the area and new and existing businesses. Membership identifies businesses as reputable, trustworthy and invested. The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce


serves the city and the organization’s nearly 500 member-businesses through a variety of programs, services and activities. Major events such as the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet showcase the accomplishments and successes of our businesses. On-going programs include the Chamber’s regular Business Builders Breakfast, Round Pies/ Straight Talk and Networking at Noon series. Additionally, the Chamber regularly participates on the “Talk of the Town” radio program heard every Monday morning on WDBX-FM. The Chamber also stands as a credible source for the latest in information and business news for other local media outlets.

Ten months out of the year, the Chamber hosts a Monthly Membership Luncheon featuring a program on a topic of interest to the Membership. Each Spring and each Fall, Carbondale Chamber works with other Chambers of Commerce in the region to host a Regional Chamber Luncheon. The members that reap the most benefit from membership are often the most active members, those who serve on committees and attend events. The following are just some of the many efforts that are the responsibility of the Chamber’s volunteer committees: The Ambassador & Membership Committee strives to promote member participation, support the mission of recruiting and retaining Chamber membership. Committee members also participate in ribbon cuttings, grand opening ceremonies and after hour events for member businesses. The members of this committee strive to make new and returning members feel welcome at Chamber events. The Saluki Pride Committee partners with Southern Illinois University in recruitment and retention efforts. The committee

participates in activities such as SIU Open Houses, Weeks of Welcome, Dinner in the Dale, Saluki Athletics, Homecoming and International Student Events. This committee is also responsible for the “Dawg Paws” seen on streets and in driveways across town. This committee provides many tools for area businesses to show their Saluki Pride. This committee also supports the Saluki Stay Scholarship that assists SIU juniors and seniors by providing a variety of in-kind gifts from member businesses. Saluki Pride also funds the Chamber Scholarship and the Mayors Scholarship, which are awarded to Carbondale Community High School students committed to attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The Government Affairs Committee, aka the DC Advocacy Committee discusses and researches pertinent state, local and national issues to help the Chamber best represent to governmental bodies the views and opinions of its membership. When appropriate, the committee supports a public stance by the Carbondale Chamber in support, or opposition of, actions being taken in government. Members of this committee have also attended Chamber Day at the State Capitol in Springfield. The nickname DC Advocacy Group is a result of recent trips to Washington DC to advocate for our city and county. These annual trips include area Mayors and City Officials, Chamber members, and representatives from local Unions, Southern Illinois University, and Southern Illinois Healthcare. The Economic Development Committee is comprised of community leaders with a bias for action. Three subcommittees exist within the Economic Development Committee. Each of the committees are focused on an area of Recruitment and Retention. The three areas are: Recruitment and Retention of Businesses, Recruitment and Retention of Residents and Recruitment and Retention of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Students. This committee conducted a Survey to access the needs of the business community. The results of the survey were shared at a luncheon at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek. These results have provided a road map for the work of this group. Accomplishments include hosting a Carbondale Connections event to connect businesspeople with free and low-cost services, establishing new resident welcome bags, and working to better partner with the Southern Illinois University. The Carbondale Young Professionals (CYP) group provides a path for young professionals to live fully by being engaged, shopping local, and participating in events in the Carbondale community. This group provides opportunities for people to build their network of contacts through fun activities and networking events. CYP also provides programing designed to help its members grow in the areas of communication, leadership and management. Lastly, CYP works to join

young professionals together to benefit the Carbondale community through participation in charitable efforts. The Leadership Carbondale Committee plans and executes an eight-month Leadership Course that meets monthly. The class is designed for members of the business community who seek further leadership development and want to learn more about the Carbondale Community. During the mornings of each session, a community leader leads the class through the Positive Leadership Curriculum. The class then travels to a Chamber Member Restaurant for a Lunch and Learn featuring a speaker on the topic of Leadership. The afternoon is reserved for a Field Experience in which the class tours unique locations throughout Carbondale. The class is exposed to a Community Leader who meets with them at each of the locations. They will also complete a class project during the time of their course. Leadership Carbondale culminates with a graduation at our Monthly Membership Luncheon in November. This program had been dormant for some time and resumed in 2018. To date the program graduated 23 participants. The Finance Committee oversees the day to day financials of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce. The Finance Committee provides guidance on high impact financial decisions. They also oversee the budget process and works to ensure that the Chamber is staying within its budget throughout the year. Additionally, the Finance Committee monitors the outsourcing of payroll for office staff and makes recommendations about employee expenses. The Chamber recently added a new Mentoring Program known as LIFT. The LIFT Mentoring Program prepares young adults for the workforce by equipping them with soft skills and needed contacts. The program allows unemployed and underemployed persons to be paired with a series of business leaders who mentor them of over a six-week period. This program is in partnership with Man-Tra-Con Corporation. In addition to the ongoing committees mentioned above, there are two Special Event Committees that meet seasonally for six months leading up to each of the three major Chamber Events: Annual Awards Banquet and the Golf Scramble / Fun Day. These Special Events Committees plan, execute and review results from these large scale events. In addition to our own events, we support a variety of community events including Carbondale Halloween, Hopewell

Brittany Fuqua hits the bullseye at the Carbondale Young Professionals Axe Throwing event held at Backwoods Axe Throwing in Murphysboro!

Missionary Baptist Church Backpack GiveA-Way, the Crime Stoppers Convention, and many more. The Chamber President and CEO along with the Chairman of the Board of Directors attend a monthly meeting with the Chancellor and Chief of Staff of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the Mayor and City Manager of the City of Carbondale. This meeting allows all three parties – City, Chamber, and University – to ensure that we are working in a cooperative manner to best serve all parties. Most of all, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce tirelessly works to promote and support business in the city. From “Shop Southern IL” programs to bulk electrical aggregation efforts to save members money, business expositions and showcases, specialized training sessions and community outreach efforts, the Chamber is in business for business. The Chamber of Commerce is overseen by a Board of Directors consisting of 12 elected members and three appointed members. The three appointed members represent the City, the School District and the University. When quick decisions are needed, the Executive Committee is called into service. The Executive Committee consists of the current Board Chairman, the Past Board Chairman, the Chair-Elect, Treasurer and an additional member appointed by the Chairman.  5


JOLENE FALAT Treasurer First Mid Bank & Trust

JIM JACOBS Past Chairman Jacobs Air Conditioning and Heating

SHANE CARSRUD Banterra Bank DIANE HOOD The Furniture King

TENA BENNETT Chair Elect Southern Illinois University

PASTOR CHRISTOPHER SWIMS Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church AL TAYLOR Memorial Hospital CAROLIN HARVEY City Council, Retired SIUC

JOHN DOSIER First Southern Bank JOHN RATHJEN Vogler Motor Co. STEVE QUINN Northbridge Professional Technologies



AUSTIN LANE Chancellor, Southern Illinois University

STEVE MURPHY Superintendent, Carbondale Community High School



hat does a typical day, or a week, or month in Carbondale look like? Well, sometimes it is best to look at a year to see what keeps us hopping. The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce runs on a paid staff of two people. During the school year, we employ two Southern Illinois University (SIU) Interns at ten hours per week. They primarily work in the areas of graphic design, public relations, special events, and member outreach. Our Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Participants, and countless Volunteers help support and assist us through many efforts and activities. Despite the small numbers, together we are a mighty team. Member Businesses are our heartbeat. Members are included in print directories and other materials and listed and promoted online. We also send them referrals, provide training, and host member events. Member events include ten monthly Membership Luncheons, two Regional Chamber Luncheons, 12 Networking at Noon Lunches, six Round Pies / Straight Talk Lunches, six Business Builder Breakfasts, numerous Business After Hours, and many Ribbon Cuttings. We do our best to connect the business representatives and provide a place for them to promote themselves. In addition to these essential services, we are active in the community in a myriad of ways. The Chamber team works on a number of outside committees including Saluki Start-Up / Weeks of Welcome, Homecoming, Celebrate 618, Carbondale Halloween, City of Carbondale Job Fair, National Small Business Week Committee, Crime Stoppers, Southern Illinois University (SIU) 150th Birthday, Carbondale Proud, Fashion Week, Southern Illinois (SI) Made Expo, The American Heart Association Go Red for Women, Leadership Carbondale, The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Fly-In Event. We frequently work with Carbondale Main Street, Carbondale Tourism, Keep Carbondale Beautiful, Carbondale Park District, Green Earth, the City of Carbondale, and many other organizations to put on events or programs. We have had the opportunity for brainstorming on Trails, Outdoor Recreation, and Local Economy from Illinois Main Street. The Chamber is visible as a Representative of the Business Community. Some of the events attended include the Banterra Center Announcement, Meet the Mayor, Saluki Women’s Excellence Event, Progressive Patio Tour, Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) Gala, EmpowHER Luncheon, Special Olympics Opening Ceremony, Grape Growers & Vintners Alliance Dinner, Saluki

The Saluki Pride Committee paints paws around Carbondale leading to Southern Illinois University. Proceeds from the giant paws help to fund Saluki Stay Scholarships awarded to five SIU juniors or seniors.

Athletics Logo Reveal, SIH Logo Reveal, Mayor’s Cup, Carbondale Community High School Awards Night, Southern Business Journal Leadership Breakfast, Veterans Honor Flight Check Presentation, Governor’s Press Conference at Walker’s Bluff, and the Economic Impact of Human Services Sector Report Release. The Chamber Co-Hosts a variety of off-site events with Carbondale Young Professionals including Hidden Gems at Route 51 Brewing, Music Bingo at Hanger 9, Speed Networking at Bandanna’s Bar-B-Que, and a Leadership Panel at Pagliai’s Pizza. The Chamber staff, along with the committee Chair, and its many volunteers

serve as facilitators for Leadership Carbondale. In addition to assisting with the curriculum, we also help coordinate tours of area entities for the class. Maintaining the network of graduates of the Leadership Carbondale program is also a priority. We also provide speakers for a variety of groups such as Rotary Club, Professional Women’s Networking Group, Southern Illinois University Constituency Relations Committee, Study Circles Neighborhood Groups, Lions Club, College of Business Advisory Board, and Banterra Bank’s Life Scripts class.

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CARBONDALE: A PLACE TO BE INVOLVED As mentioned, the Chamber employs two paid interns. Our office also hosts Participants from our LIFT Mentoring Program. We are a presenter for Jackson CEO (Creating Entrepreneur Opportunities); we are an investor in this youth development program. The SIU College of Business hosts Marketing U each year, and we present at the daylong student event. In partnership with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and Man-Tra-Con, we provided hands-on training for My Tax Illinois and other online programs. A monthly appearance on WDBX’s Talk of the Town is on the calendar. Additionally, our staff has appeared on Everything but the Kitchen Sink on WDBX, and Miller in the Morning on New Radio WJPF. We have also worked with Wither’s Radio. Our team has also made many television appearances on the KFVS-12 and WSIL-TV3. We were also part of a panel for live broadcast on NPR Illinois. We work closely with the Communications and Marketing teams of the City, SIH, SIU, and our Elected officials. Our staff works to continue to learn by attending training such as Workforce Development for Rural Communities, Illinois Manufacturing Association Seminar, Delta I-Fund, Delta Leadership Network Conference, Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Training, Grant Writing Workshop for Apprenticeships, Jackson Growth Accliance Creative Placemaking, Enterprise Excellence, and the Building a Competitive Future workshop. The Chamber has an active role in welcoming prospective and returning students. We staff vendor booths and speak at SIU Open Houses, attend FFA Night, SIU Day, student move-in, and more. We coach at the student Etiquette Dinner. We serve as docents on tour buses for student groups, new staff, and current SIU employees. Our Saluki Pride committee paints Saluki Paws on area roadways and does all they can ‘paint the town maroon’ to boost Saluki Spirit. We meet monthly with the Chancellor and Mayor’s offices to learn how we can continue to partner in support of SIU. The Chamber attended the House Hearing of the funding of Higher Education. While the focus of the work of the Chamber is for the benefit of Carbondale businesses, we are also active at the regional level. Our team attends a Regional Chamber Directors Meeting each quarter. We co-host two luncheons and participate in many other Chambers’ Annual Banquets. The Chamber has also had a role in events in the greater Delta region, of which Southern Illinois is a part. Carbondale Chamber had a significant role 8

Chamber members and guests enjoyed lunch at Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant in Carbondale during the January Networking at Noon event.

in the Shop SI Efforts during the Holidays, serving as social media coordinator. With a staff of two; Volunteers are crucial. Carbondale Chamber of Commerce VOLUNTEERS: • Call on Businesses to Promote Projects & Programs • Pick up Donations, Décor, and other needed Supplies • Make Outreach for New Memberships • Represent the Chamber to Media, on the News • Plan and Develop Programs • Represent the Chamber at Community Events • Paint Paw Prints on Streets • Act as a Welcome Face for Members • Serve as Mentors

•T  each 100% of the Leadership Carbondale Curriculum • Speak and Present at reoccurring Events •S  erve as Board Members, Chairs, and on Committees  et-Up and Tear-Down at Events •S and Meetings •M  ake Follow-Up Phone Calls •D  eliver Welcome Bags to New Residents  rovide Guidance to Other Members •P •A  dvocate for Businesses Without all the support, we would be unable to accomplish many of the things listed above. We bid them a hearty Thank You, and look forward to another great year serving the Carbondale business community, and the community at large.

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CARBONDALE: A PLACE TO CALL HOME By Carbondale Mayor John “Mike” Henry


n recent years, Carbondale leaders have made efforts to ensure downtown developments are our priority. The first two phases of the Illinois Avenue Streetscape Improvements Project are complete and the City has applied for grant funding from the Department of Economic Development and Opportunity to help with Phase 3, which is in the planning stage. In addition to the improvements being made downtown, there are a number of economic development projects taking shape in Carbondale. This includes the following: • The Southern Illinois Multi-Modal Transportation Mayor Henry Center will soon be built in downtown Carbondale. This City received a $13.9M grant from the US Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development program for the new transportation center, which will be located along South Illinois Avenue. • Southern Illinois University announced the development of the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. • Consume Cannabis Company opened in the old Newell House building on East Main Street. This business is the first cannabis dispensary in Carbondale. • Planet Fitness is now open on Giant City Road. The gym shares a building with Kohl’s. • Robin’s Nest of Carbondale held a grand opening and ribbon cutting in the Fall of 2019. The early learning development center is assisting children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. • Starbucks is coming to town! The new free standing coffee shop will open soon in the 1000 block of East Main Street. • Artistic Minds Tattoo Studio moved to a new location on Illinois Avenue. • Legal Smile opened and expanded at Saluki Plaza across from the SIU campus • Phoenix Cycle made renovations to their building downtown. • Buckwater Brew Works and Whiskey Bar opened in early 2020 and is located along East Main Street across from the Bank of Carbondale. • Slabz Skate Shop opened its doors on South Illinois Avenue. The retail shop offers skateboard and longboard products, and skate apparel. • Appliance Wizard moved to Carbondale. They are located on East Walnut Street and will service appliances and sell new and used appliances. This activity indicates that investors and business owners have confidence in Carbondale’s economy and business-friendly attitude, despite the difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic,


The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member Robin’s Nest Learning Center on a chilly January day with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member, Consume Cannabis, located in downtown Carbondale, during their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

the City’s assisted existing businesses by helping them apply for the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Grants. The City submitted 27 applications totaling over $600,000. Business Interruption Grants were also awarded to 18 Carbondale businesses totaling $340,000. Carbondale City staff also led a regional

workforce conference, drawing business and industry professionals from across the region to discuss employee recruitment and retention issues and strategies. As I have said before, “By working together, we are making Carbondale the place that you and I, our children and grandchildren, are proud to call home.”



ducation is a cornerstone of Carbondale at all levels. Each educational institution, from prekindergarten to the university level, offers programs and opportunities to challenge, inspire, and equip students for success. A variety of school systems, both public and private, work to educate students.


Elementary, and Jr. High school students are served by Carbondale Elementary District 95, Giant City School District 130, Unity Point Consolidated School District 140 and the DeSoto Community Consolidated School District 86. Carbondale Elementary District 95 serves students within most of the city limits. The Giant City and Unity Point districts serve students residing south of the Southern Illinois University campus. Nearby DeSoto, to the north of Carbondale, is served by Desoto School. Students from all four districts attend Carbondale Community High School District No. 165. Each district is administered by its own superintendent and board of education. CARBONDALE ELEMENTARY DISTRICT 95 With more than 125 teachers and 30 support staff, Carbondale Elementary District 95 educates more than 1,300 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The district is very proud of the rich cultural diversity of both its student and staff populations, which reflect that of the community as a whole. Many of the staff hold degrees at the master’s or doctoral level, and numerous teachers and specialists have been recognized on the state and national levels as outstanding educators. Facilities, curriculum, and programs are regularly evaluated to assure students are getting the best education possible. Students have regular access to computer laboratories and other technology, to make sure that they are ready to compete in today’s world. Education in the Carbondale Elementary School District is not all about books. Students have the opportunity to explore music, drama, career education, athletics, and foreign languages. Many students participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, including science and history fairs, fine arts, sports, environmental efforts, and more. The district has been honored with national awards for both students and teachers including recognition in history, science, math, and reading and distinguished performance in standardized testing.

Amy Fox‌, The City of Carbondale

Carbondale Elementary School District 95

GIANT CITY SCHOOL Giant City School is located a few miles south of Carbondale off the Giant City Blacktop. Giant City School serves approximately 200 students in a rural, family-style setting. Our highly qualified staff is dedicated to helping all students become well-rounded citizens. This quality elementary school provides a variety of opportunities for students and families from age two through the 8th grade. Giant City offers students an engaging environment that challenges their academic, creative, and intra-personal intelligence. Giant City’s high academic achievement for all students reflects our commitment to creating partnerships with our students and families. Each student benefits from the daily curriculum in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, physical education, and technology. In 2018, Giant City School was awarded as a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence School by the US Department of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education. Giant City School was honored to be named among the top ½ of 1% of all schools in the nation! The Giant City Board of Education demonstrates a continued pursuit of excellence by supporting the district vision: “Inspiring Our Students.” Innovative technological upgrades are evident in every classroom, while Maker Spaces renovations are complete in the Media Center. Creative spaces such as these will let children experiment and invent and create. The Board of Education has worked consistently to maintain a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities for students in the arts, and athletics.

The district offers an on-site daycare that works cooperatively with the Southern Region Early Childhood Program to provide wrap-around services. The district also offers after-school care for school-age students, as well as student care for our community at large, during the summer months. Giant City benefits from several positive communities and parent-led organization partnerships such as Southern Illinois Healthcare, the SIU School of Medicine, the Jackson County Health Department, our own Giant City School Progress Association, and Booster Club. These collaborations extend and enrich the environment provided for our students and families. Giant City feels a strong sense of commitment to our educational mission and is thankful to be a part of such a fantastic community in the Southern Illinois area. DESOTO COMMUNITY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT # 86 The DeSoto Community Consolidated School District #86, better known as DeSoto Grade School (DGS), is a feeder school district to CCHS District 165. The size of DGS makes it an attractive school for many families. There are less than 20 students per class on average. This ideal student to teacher ratio allows students to get excellent hands-on, individualized instruction from 20 certified staff members. The nearly 200 students in grades K-8 have direct access to Chromebooks in a 1:1 environment. In addition to their core classes, DGS students also have opportunities to receive instruction on drones, 3-D printing, gardening, iPad apps,  11

environment where each child feels accepted and supported. This holistic experience produces students with the tools, skills, and confidence to become effective selfadvocates and independent learners able to succeed in school, find fulfilling careers, and lead balanced multifaceted lives. CARBONDALE NEW SCHOOL Carbondale New School is a privately owned and operated school offering quality, progressive education for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. For more than 30 years, Carbondale New School has offered small class sizes which allow children to learn at their own pace. A strong sense of community among faculty, students and parents is a hallmark of the school, which maximizes students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth.

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John A. Logan College graduation.

fine arts, and more. The school’s athletic teams, band, chorus, and Beta club all compete at high levels and represent the district well in their extra-curricular efforts. Teaching students to be problemsolvers and critical thinkers, on their way to becoming productive citizens, is the goal of DeSoto Grade School. This is all accomplished in a caring, loving educational environment daily. UNITY POINT ‌Unity Point offers nearly 700 students pre-k through eighth grade with opportunities to access challenging and current curricula in language arts, math, science, social studies, physical education, art, music, and technology. The district fosters student independent learning lead by dedicated staff with access to resources in both print and technology. Each classroom teacher delivers their instruction through a differentiated approach to learning that best meets students and their individual educational needs. In our current school improvement process, we have set our goals of continuous improvement in both student achievement and whole-child progress. We strongly believe ALL students can learn, and therefore focus on both academic achievement and responsive teaching as the means to ensure the success of our students. CARBONDALE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 165 The success of Carbondale Community High School students and alumni has earned the school recognition and respect as one of Illinois’ top institutions year 12

after year. The most recent graduating class included 34 Illinois State Scholars, 1 National Merit Commended honorees and 2 National Merit Finalists. Graduating seniors earned over $3,000,000 in scholarships to attend 40 universities, as well as pursuing opportunities in the US Army, US Navy, and US Air Force. CCHS offers ten Advanced Placement (AP) and sixteen dual credit courses. The music program has been a Top 3 State Finalist for nine years in a row (winning the State Championship in 2014.) The Scholar Bowl and Physics teams are nationally ranked, and CCHS students have been state finalists in Speech and History Fair, Science Fair, Science/Engineering Team, and Skills USA. CCHS has produced National Scholastic Art winners four years in a row, and CCHS students have been named to the IHSA All-State Academic Team in three of the last five years.


For families desiring a private or parochial education for their students, several options are available. BREHM PREPARATORY SCHOOL Since 1982, Brehm Preparatory School has been empowering students with learning disabilities and differences to recognize and optimize their potential throughout their lives. Brehm’s caring, highly qualified faculty and staff welcome students in grades 6 through 12 into a dynamic new learning environment brimming with optimism. Working quickly to break down barriers, build trust, and rebuild self-confidence, they embrace students in a nurturing

TRINITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Trinity Christian School provides a high standard of academic excellence from a biblical worldview for grades K3 through high school. Trinity’s goal is to provide support to Christian families and their churches in educating students for lifelong learning by emphasizing a classical perspective in education, integrated with the truth of scripture.


JOHN A. LOGAN COLLEGE John A. Logan College is an openadmission, comprehensive community college designed to provide high-quality, affordable educational opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds. Located just minutes east of Carbondale, JALC offers a variety of degree programs in both traditional baccalaureate transfer and occupational programs. John A. Logan College is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) for its dual credit program and designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE2Y) to promote higher education for a growing number of students interested in information assurance and cybersecurity. A particular focus on retraining and continuing education make JALC a leader in adult education. The college serves most of Jackson and Williamson counties as well as parts of three other area counties. Nearly 4,000 students enroll at John A. Logan College each year. John A. Logan College traditionally has one of the lowest tuition rates in Illinois and offers approximately 66 degrees and certifications. Articulation agreements with several universities make transferring credits easy, and scholarship programs, as well as other forms of financial aid, ensure that quality education is affordable.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY More than 220,000 alumni throughout the United States and 126 countries around the globe can’t be wrong. Over more than 150 years, Southern Illinois University has grown from a small teachers’ college to one of the nation’s top comprehensive public research universities. Today SIU is home to nearly 15,000 students from around the world with the goal of quality education at an affordable cost. The University offers a myriad of degree programs leading to associate’s, bachelor’s, masters, doctoral and specialist degrees from eight colleges, a law school, and a medical school. Academic programs include programs in agriculture, art, aviation, business, computer science, education, engineering, forestry, history, journalism, mortuary science, music, radio-television, recreation, science and more — more than 200 majors in all. Extensive student work and research opportunities, study abroad programs, internships and an extern program, which places undergraduates with alumni for one-week mini-internships, give students real-world experience in their chosen fields. Students at SIU excel, both in their chosen fields and also in intercollegiate competitions. From moon-buggy

design and cardboard boats to national championship aviation teams and debate squads, the University and its students are recognized for academic excellence. One of the missions of the University is a commitment to the region. Cooperative efforts between SIU and the community benefit both students and residents. The University serves as a training ground for

business leaders; faculty members often consult and advise local business owners and civic leaders and graduates offer a steady pool of talented and trained workers. The economic impact of SIU cannot be downplayed, nor can the role the institution plays in the community as a center for performing arts, culture, and recreation.  13

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outhern Illinois University’s welcoming reputation extends to the Carbondale community. Whether you’re new to our friendly college town or have been here for years, you’ll find lots to do thanks to your proximity to a major university. From theater to concerts to athletic events, there’s always something happening at SIU. Community members can work out at the Student Recreation Center, explore the outdoors at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, take a class, or benefit from a range of services – including legal, dental hygiene and speech and language clinics. Children can expand their horizons through a variety of summer camps on campus. Learn more at


SIU has evolved since its 1869 founding, and it continues to re-envision itself based on the changing needs of students, employers, and communities. SIU is focusing on interdisciplinary academic programs in areas such as sustainability, healthcare, cybersecurity, and fermentation science as well as strong core programs in business, science, education, the humanities, and social sciences. Programs in agriculture, fine and performing arts, media, health and human services, law, engineering, and transportation are also among the university’s comprehensive academic offerings. The university’s goal is to ensure that graduates have both the professional skills they need to succeed in their field and the communication, cultural, and leadership skills they need to succeed in our global society. As a research university, students also benefit from opportunities to discover new knowledge and flex their creative muscles with guidance from nationally and internationally recognized faculty mentors. SIU faculty members are known for their work in energy, rehabilitation, nutrition, cancer, crop management, consumer behavior, and much, much more. The university combines its research strengths to address some of society’s most pressing challenges and work to translate these intellectual advances to contribute to the economic prosperity of Southern Illinois. Students can develop their research and creative projects, as well. The university awards grants to support promising student projects and will provide tools to explore new ideas. The Southern File Photo

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John Jackson, a professor at SIU since 1969, holds a copy of “Southern Illinois University at 150 Years,” the book that he edited commemorating the university’s 150th anniversary.


SIU continues to develop living-learning communities that bring together students who share similar majors or interests. Each community is unique, allowing students, faculty, and staff to tailor their on-campus living and academic experience. Students can also participate in traditions like the Cardboard Boat Regatta and Watermelon Fest, take in outdoor concerts or movies, jog around Campus Lake, be a part of events like Saluki Con, a sci-fi and comic book convention, or relax and study in the Student Center or Morris Library. They can join one of more than 275 student-run organizations. They can use the climbing wall at the Student Recreation Center or hike at nearby Giant City State Park or the Shawnee National Forest. The university will continue to build a robust campus life – and also engage students in the Carbondale community through volunteer service, internships, and the area’s vibrant live music scene.

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SIU is focused on fulfilling the promise of its mission statement: SIU embraces a unique tradition of access and opportunity, inclusive excellence, innovation in research and creativity, and outstanding teaching focused on nurturing student success. As a nationally-ranked public research university and regional economic catalyst, we create and exchange knowledge to shape future leaders, improve our communities, and transform lives. SIU is undertaking an ambitious revitalization of everything it does while retaining its reputation as a university that welcomes students and faculty from all backgrounds and around the world. SIU is also a place that is deeply interconnected to its community and region, inviting community members to 18

engage in the life of the university. Any member of the Carbondale community can be considered an honorary Saluki, even if

they never attended SIU. So, if you feel at home in Carbondale, join the pack. You’re always welcome.




“It’s fun!”

Why do I love Southern Illinois? Live music seven nights a week. Festivals galore. Creativity on constant display, in art galleries and shops and vendor booths. Locally brewed beer and wine, locally roasted coffee, farmers markets in nearly every town. Theater, performance art, independent film festivals, trivia nights (I host one!), open mic nights, poetry slams, escape rooms, horse and car racing, monster trucks and more … There’s something for everyone here. And there’s never a dull moment.  19



arbondale is the recognized regional leader for healthcare in Southern Illinois. Combining an exceptional level of community commitment and providing an array of specialized health care professionals, residents receive stateof-the-art medical treatment and illness prevention. SIH, a not-for-profit health system, is the region’s second-largest employer with approximately 3,800 physicians, nurses and employees. Headquartered in Carbondale, SIH operates SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, SIH St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro and SIH Herrin Hospital and many outpatient facilities including the Center for Medical Arts in Carbondale and the SIH Cancer Institute in nearby Carterville. With a commitment to caring that goes well beyond the walls of the hospitals, SIH works with other facilities and programs in the region to improve processes that best help patients. They also share in a vast array of charitable and civic causes that center around their mission of improving the health and well-being of all people in the communities they serve.

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SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, a 162-bed facility, is the regional leader in tertiary, high-level services for heart, brain, spine, obstetrics, cancer and roboticassisted surgery. At time of publication, the hospital was also in pursuit of earning Level II trauma center designation. SIH Prairie Heart Institute is headquartered on the hospital campus. Services cover the gamut of heart issues with 10 cardiologists and two cardiothoracic surgeons. The depth and breadth of the team allows Prairie to specialize in a comprehensive list of services including open-heart and vascular surgery, minimally invasive heart valve replacement and other interventional heart and vascular procedures for arrhythmias, chest pain and management of chronic cardiac conditions such as heart failure. The SIH Brain and Spine Institute in Carbondale allows a collective approach to caring for the complex issues of brain and spine. Neurosurgeons, neurologists, stroke specialists, and pain management physicians are all under one roof to allow a cooperative approach to patient care. The program is nationally recognized for its stroke care, and the facility is considered a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The Birthing Center at SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale is a long-standing service of excellence in Southern Illinois,


with more than 2,000 babies born each year. The facility has the region’s only Level II Plus Special Care Nursery for babies with intensive care needs. It also houses the area’s only dedicated pediatric unit. Although situated in Carterville, the SIH Cancer Institute is a service of SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Taking the different elements of the cancer care model, some of which were located at the hospital, the program is now under one beautiful outpatient roof, nestled against the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge. Here patients receive coordinated cancer treatments in a facility that was created in large part to the generous support of the Southern Illinois community. Also, SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale is a teaching hospital, offering on-the-job training to family medicine residents and sports medicine fellows through Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The hospital, parent company SIH, and SIU School of Medicine collaborate to strengthen and expand rural health opportunities. The entities broke ground on a 40,000 square foot family medicine and teaching facility adjacent to the hospital on June 2018. The facility will open in mid-August 2019.

The Center for Medical Arts is SIH’s multi-specialty physician clinic located on the west side of Carbondale. It includes SIH Medical Group specialists in allergy and immunology; family and internal medicine; geriatrics; rheumatology; pediatrics; urology; ear, nose and throat (ENT) and gastroenterology. The facility features on-site lab and imaging; outpatient surgeries are performed at the adjacent Physicians’ Surgery Center. For conditions requiring immediate attention, patients are welcome at the Walk In Clinic where no appointment is necessary.


Shawnee Health Service operates multiple health centers in Carbondale. Shawnee Health Care, Carbondale, at 400 S. Lewis Lane, offers family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, behavioral health, addiction medicine, and chronic disease management. Shawnee Health Care, Same Day offers convenient walk-in care with day, evening, and weekend hours. Shawnee Health Care, Dental, located next door, offers general and pediatric dental services. Terrier Care, a school health center, is located at Carbondale Community High School and serves children of all ages and their parents, faculty, and staff of District 95. Shawnee Health Care, OB/GYN, is a full- service women’s health medical facility, located at 101 S. Wall Street. These centers accept all forms of payment, offer sliding fee discounts, and provide free enrollment assistance in Marketplace Insurance and Medicaid.


Jackson County Health Department is dedicated to promoting health, preventing illness, protecting the environment, and preparing for emergencies. As such, the health department focuses on both individual services (things like immunizations and case management) as well as community services (such as disease surveillance and control). Through its own efforts and in collaboration with community partners, JCHD works to make the entire county, including Carbondale, healthy and fit. For more information, please visit www.


Southern Illinois University’s Student Health Center is a 75,000-square-foot ambulatory health care facility – one of the largest in the nation – that has maintained AAAHC accreditation since 1996. They provide centralized and coordinated medical care by facilitating partnerships between individual students and their health care teams. They use multiple professional disciplines to promote holistic health and comprehensive medical care as the student’s medical home away from home. Student Health Services offers prescription and allergy injections, immunizations, health education, in house laboratory services, confidential HIV testing, reproductive consultation including contraception, specialty consultation referral, treatment and screening for STDs, and women’s and men’s health care.


NeuroRestorative’s flagship location in Carbondale, Illinois, is located across from Southern Illinois University, which provides a unique opportunity for collaborative research efforts and, for some participants,

reintegration into post-secondary education. Founded in 1977, NeuroRestorative Carbondale was the first dedicated afterhospital rehabilitation program in the country for people with brain injury and has continued as a leader in the field for more than 30 years. We offer a continuum of care in nearly 30 community-based settings throughout Carbondale, including single-family homes, supported apartments, day treatment centers, and workshops, schools, and more. Through this continuum and range of program locations, we can help adults, children, and adolescents at all stages of post-acute rehabilitation.


Centerstone offers a full range of mental health services, substance use treatment, and intellectual and developmental disabilities services for children, adults, and families. They are located close to home with offices in Marion, West Frankfort, and in Carbondale at 2307 S. Illinois Avenue. Clients enter into services at Centerstone through the Open Access Assessment, which is offered on a walk-in basis MondayFriday from 8am-3pm. Clients with private insurance or Medicare should call to schedule a time when a paneled assessor is available: 855-608-3560. Plan to allow 1.5 to 2 hours for a therapeutic assessment and discussion of your goals and plans. Through Open Access, clients have access to care with issues such as: • Anger management • Anxiety or stress • Divorce or separation • Depression • Grief and loss • Parenting issues • Postpartum depression • Relationship problems

• Substance use or addiction • Trauma Counseling services utilize a variety of services and supports, including: • The age-appropriate mental health of substance use assessments • Psychiatric services • Art and Play therapy • Community-based services (including at schools) • Family Support • Individual or group counseling • Residential and housing services • Services for adults with intellectual disabilities • Linkage and referral to other services • Trauma-informed care Crisis assessments are also given on a walk-in basis anytime the office is open (typically 8am-5pm). After hours, Centerstone crisis counselors work in hospital ERs to ensure access and linkage to psychiatric supports, and in-patient hospitalization, if necessary. Centerstone is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives. We provide mental health and substance abuse treatment, education and support to communities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee and additionally offer individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities life skills development, employment and housing services. Nationally, we have specialized programs for service members, veterans, and their loved ones, and develop employee assistance programs for businesses of all sizes. Our research institute improves behavioral healthcare through research and technology, and our foundation secures philanthropic resources to support our work. For more information, visit

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have an awesome view of downtown, if that is what you are looking for. My office is in the Historic Train Depot in the center of Carbondale. I am walking distance to Southern Illinois University, so many locallyowned restaurants, as well as art galleries, music venues, and places to pass the time on your walk…so let’s take a walk of my Top Ten List for Visiting Carbondale: Cole 10. Have a Dairy Queen snack in one of less than 40 original historic Dairy Queen drive up buildings left in the US. Have an ice cream, but if you want to have the Carbondale experience, eat on the “front porch” of one of our oldest businesses. We will make room. 9. Arrive on Amtrak. Ok, I may be out of order in our trip here, but the railroad (sometimes quite loud) serves Carbondale very well with three trains to-and-from Chicago each day. The train goes other places too…see for details. I will say it’s a relaxing way to travel and our newest hotel in downtown Carbondale, the Hilton Home2Suites is just across the street. 8. Take a bike ride! Getting back on


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track here (get it? Railroad tracks…bike tracks? Is that a joke) We have a great biking community with three long-standing, locally-owned bike shops in the center of our downtown. Carbondale is a great place to own and ride a bicycle. To learn more about trails and fix-it stations, visit bikecarbondale. com. 7. Pick a park. Any park. We has nine great parks throughout the City and surrounding area. 6. Okay that took us outside of downtown. Our walk made me just want to sit down and enjoy a cold beverage…but luckily, we have several downtown watering holes. Whether you are looking for an excellent Bloody Mary (The Cellar), live music (The Hangar 9), friendly faces (PK’s) a cold beer or shot of whiskey (Buckwater Brew Works & Whiskey House) we have something for everyone. Check out for a comprehensive list. 5. Catch a show at the Varsity Center. The Varsity Center is a historic movie theatre featuring live music and theater, old movies, and good times. 4. Grab a bite. You must be hungry by now. We have GREAT restaurants in Carbondale. If you want deep dish pizza, get Quatro’s. Vegan? Longbranch Café and Bakery. Date

night? Global Gourmet, Underground Public House, or Keeper’s Quarters. Diner food? Asian? Coffee? Sweet treats? We have a list for everyone! 3. Take a walk. WAIT! We are on a walk. No, but seriously, our downtown is pretty walkable. We also have public transportation in the form of busses, taxis, Uber, etc. But our small town with big amenities is easy to get around. 2. Entertain Yourself! Downtown Carbondale has so many public events, free live concerts, and other entertainment, take advantage while you are here. It would be a shame to miss a Brown Bag Concert, Friday Night Fair, or Lights Fantastic Parade…for more information see the events section of this publication. 1. Stay awhile, take more than one day to explore downtown Carbondale. There are so many fabulous views to be had. I’m so lucky I have the view I do. Meghan Cole is the Executive Director of Carbondale Main Street, an organization dedicated to the improvement and promotion of downtown Carbondale. You can reach her at 618-529-8040 or at

CARBONDALE: A PLACE TO PLAY ‌Carbondale offers many vibrant and unique opportunities for entertainment throughout the year. Due to the unusual and unpredictable circumstances of 2020, it is uncertain whether these otherwise annual events will be held. Interested parties should visit event websites and social media for more information. Additionally, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce event calendar ( will be updated as information is received.


Board member, Pastor Christopher Swims, welcomes guests to the ‘Roaring 20s in 2020’ Carbondale Chamber Annual Banquet, held on Feb. 21st at the SIU Student Center Ballrooms.

International Festival Celebrate the diversity, inclusiveness and the cultural wealth of Southern Illinois University and the Carbondale Community with a week full of events from the Parade of Flags, International Food Fair and the Cultural Show. International Festival typically occurs in the first full week of February.

Valentine’s Day Craft Fair Show your loved one how much you care with a hand-made gift purchased at this one-day affair at the SIU Student Center featuring jewelry, art, and crafts. The Craft Shop holds three annual Craft Sales at the SIU Student Center: The Family Weekend Craft Sale, Holiday Craft Sale, and Valentine’s Day Craft Sale. Craft vendors from the community have come together over the last 30 years at these events to sell their professional and quality hand-made wares. All Craft Sales are open to the public.

Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Celebrate success in our community with Carbondale Chamber’s Annual Banquet at the SIU Student Center on the third Friday in February.

Big Muddy Film Festival Every February, films of all genres and styles are screened at this annual festival held at various locations throughout Southern Illinois.

Carbondale Classic Putt-putt your way around downtown Carbondale every March at nine eateries and bars on the third weekend in March.

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CarbondALE Brew Fest This Main Street Carbondale festival partners with SIU Fermentation Science Institute and Southern Illinois Brewers to feature brews from all over the U.S., including local and neighboring states breweries. The Fest typically takes place on the first Friday in May.

Memorial Day at Woodlawn Cemetery

Honor the past service of our veterans, near and far, at a special ceremony on Memorial Day at Woodlawn Cemetery where the very first memorial service was held in Illinois.

SUMMER Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble Get out of the office for a day of networking and fun at our annual Chamber Golf Scramble, held on the first Friday in June at a member golf course. SIU New Student Programs

Saluki Family Weekend invites parents and guests to visit campus and take part in fun festivities.

Outside The Box Music Festival outside-the-box/ This week-long annual music festival, centered around SIU, showcases the extraordinary talent found in Southern Illinois. Many concerts and events are free and open to the public. This festival typically occurs in March.

Experience locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants fresh from the fields and hand-made crafts Saturday mornings at the Westown Shopping Center, April through November and indoors at Carbondale Community High School, December through March. The HumpDay Farmers Market takes place on Wednesdays at the intersection of Washington and Jackson Streets.

Egg Hunt Extravaganza

Fourth Friday Fairs Experience the joy and laughter from scores of children on the hunt for Easter Bunny eggs at Evergreen Park just before Easter.

Cardboard Boat Regatta Head downtown for free live music, crafts, kids’ activities, a food court and lots of familyfriendly fun on the Fourth Friday of May through October.

Chef Clash First Mid-Illinois Bank hosts a unique fundraising event featuring 100 chefs from our local community who prepare their best culinary delights just for you in early June to help raise money for local charities.

Brown Bag Concert Series Bring your own lunch and enjoy free live music at the historic Carbondale Pavilion downtown at noon on Wednesdays in May, June, and July

Southern Illinois Music Festival Musicians from all over the world gather in May and June for more than 30 orchestral music, chamber music, jazz, opera, and ballet performances throughout Southern Illinois. cardboard-boat-regatta.php Catch the Saluki spirit, family fun, and creativity every April as hand-made human-powered boats made of corrugated cardboard traverse a 200-yard course on Southern Illinois University’s Campus Lake.

Civil Service Council Flea Market A spring tradition that takes place every April, the yard sale attracts hundreds of vendors and thousands of bargain hunters. Reserve a space to sell your treasures or browse and buy others one-of-a-kind merchandise.

Farmers Markets:

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A member of the Plant and Services Operations crew stands on the boat during a race at the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta in April.

McLeod Summer Playhouse The professional arm of the SIU Department of Theater, the Summer Playhouse brings topnotch productions to Carbondale at the McLeod Theater in June and July.

McLeod Summer Playhouse

Celebrate 618 This multiple-day summer festival is a collaborative effort between Carbondale Tourism and several nonprofits to celebrate all things 618

Sunset Concert Series Soak up the sun and sounds at this free outdoor concert series on Thursday evenings in June and July from 7 – 9 p.m. Concert locations alternate between Shryock Auditorium, Turley Park and Washington Street.

Independence Day Fireworks Celebrate our nation’s independence with Carbondale’s annual fireworks display. It’s recognized as one of the largest in the area. The exhibition takes place on the campus of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  25

FALL Saluki Comic Con Comic-Con is back!! Southern Illinois University will be hosting the “Saluki Comic-Con” in conjunction with Saluki Family Weekend. It will feature special guests, a wide array of vendors, artists, film screenings, gaming tournaments, and much more.

Saluki Family Weekend It’s a family affair, and you’re invited! Families, Parents, and guests are encouraged to attend and take part in the fun festivities. Go Dawgs!

Family Weekend Craft Fair Show your loved one how much you care with a hand-made gift purchased during Family Weekend featuring jewelry, art, and crafts. The Craft Shop holds three annual Craft Sales at the SIU Student Center: The Family Weekend Craft Sale, Holiday Craft Sale, and Valentine’s Day Craft Sale. Craft vendors from the community have come together over the last 30 years at these events to sell their professional and quality hand-made wares. All Craft Sales are open to the public.

The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race

Rotary Club of Carbondale (Breakfast Group) Community Yard Sale Find great treasures, or sell a few of your own, at this annual community-wide rummage sale in September.

The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race Ready, Set, Go! Pumpkin racers take to the Mill Street Underpass for this new tradition. Build your own pumpkin racer or just come watch the thrills and spills as the gourds go downhill on the Saturday closest to Halloween.

Homecoming at SIU Show your Saluki Spirit and Pride! Celebrate homecoming week. This year’s events will feature a Block Party, Concert, Parade, Tailgate, and Saluki Football.

Murdale Safe Halloween Carbondale Safe Halloween Family event will be held on Oct. 27th at Murdale Shopping center will feature inflatables, food concession (bison burgers/hotdogs), hayrides, Murdale Trick or Treat, Pumpkin Racers assistance, flash mob and more. Event proceeds go to Carbondale Crime Stoppers and Carbondale Boys & Girls Club.

Carbondale Halloween Carbondale Halloween is a 2-day event. Friday’s activities will include a Pumpkin Glow, Jack-OLantern trail hike, outdoor movie, and Fourth Friday Fair. Saturday’s events will consist of a Monster Dash 5K Race, a Downtown Trick or 26

Santa Claus rides on a brightly lit sleigh as he brings up the rear of the Lights Fantastic parade in Carbondale.

Treat, The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race, and Live Music/Entertainment on Washington Street.

WINTER Holiday Craft Fair This two-day Craft Fair held at the SIU Student Center will feature over 100 vendors from the Southern Illinois area showcasing quality handmade art and craftworks. The Craft Shop holds three annual Craft Sales at the SIU Student Center: The Family Weekend Craft Sale,

Holiday Craft Sale, and Valentine’s Day Craft Sale. Craft vendors from the community have come together over the last 30 years at these events to sell their professional and quality hand-made wares. All Craft Sales are open to the public

Lights Fantastic Parade Gather downtown for Carbondale’s annual lighted holiday parade. Enjoy marching bands, lighted floats and a visit from Santa Claus on the first Saturday in December!



isa Ellis, executive director for the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance, didn’t know the organization’s annual conference in late February would be one of the last large events she would host. In the months that followed, the novel coronavirus spread through Illinois, canceling events and closing businesses. Ellis and the IGGVA staff continue to push their project to make rosé Illinois’ official state wine, and “unite” the industry with a common product. They are doing so in unique ways in the era of COVID-19 — including a virtual wine tasting recently hosted for hospitality industry professionals and media from across the state. For the tasting, I received four local wines from a friendly delivery driver who handed me a hefty box at my home. Inside were four wines sent by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance, including a Chambourcin Rosé from August Hill Winery in Utica, a Flyaway Rosé from Kite Hill Vineyards in Carbondale, an Estate Rosé from Walker’s Bluff in Carterville and a Rosato from Alto Vineyards in Alto Pass. Attached was a note from Ellis and Brad Beam, the enology specialist for the IGGVA, welcoming participants to the organization’s first virtual wine tasting,

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along with some simple instructions on chilling the wines and suggestions for pairing. “Should you desire to pair your wines with food, we have the following recommendations: shellfish, especially shrimp (...) barbecue, burgers and pizza; or

spicy Asian and Mexican cuisine,” the note said. I didn’t have to look further than the first line. I decided to make a fresh shrimp ceviche — a Latin seafood dish that is said to have

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originated in Peru, typically made from fresh raw fish cured in fresh citrus juice. I followed a recipe from food blog “Dinner at the Zoo” with some slight modifications. I split the recipe in half after questioning if I could eat 2 pounds of shrimp on my own. After logging into Zoom — a video conferencing platform that has gained traction during the pandemic — I was greeted by Ellis and Beam. The pair explained their push to popularize rosé, the history of wine in Illinois and the impact of the industry before dividing the group into smaller rooms for the wine tasting. Beam said there has been a winery boom through the state, with the number of wineries roughly doubling in the last 10 to 15 years and now racking up to about 165 tasting rooms in Illinois. But, in speaking about the beginnings of the rosé project, Beam noted the grapes grown in northern Illinois and Southern Illinois are unique. “One of the challenges we have as an industry in Illinois is trying to find something that everybody can do and do really really well,” Beam said. He said the group talked about different wine styles about five years ago and the organization ended up picking rosé because Illinois’ grapes “make amazing rosé wine” no matter where in Illinois the winemaker is located. After picking a style of wine, the IGGVA began accepting entries into a rosé staterecognition program through a series of meetings in which there are tastings among peers and professionals to assess each submission, according to Beam. Each subsequent year since the program’s inception, there have been roughly 20 wines submitted with the majority being accepted into the program. To be accepted into the program, a wine can’t be too dark in color, must have fresh fruit and floral aromas, have no faults in the wine, must be 100% Illinois-grown, more than 75% of the wine has to come from red or gray grapes, and it must be crisp and refreshing. Illinois rosé wine has won accolades from across the country, including recognitions in the “Experience Rosé” contest — an international rosé-only wine competition held annually in California. “They heard about what we were doing with the signature rosé style to unite the industry around and they got very excited,” Beam said. He said while initially, some may have believed the Illinois wines wouldn’t stand out in the competition, that was far from the case. In 2018, the first year the organization entered the contest, all of the Illinois wines placed silver or above and four received gold or double gold award designations, according to Beam. He said when he attempts to sneak in a French wine in blind taste tests and for the casual consumer, they often express they love Illinois wines just as much, if not more, than their European counterparts. 28


The wine industry in Illinois has a storied history dating back to the 1850s, according to Ellis. She adds there was a decline after the Great Depression because vintners began pulling their grapes out of the fields to make way for different crops that would be more beneficial at the time. Ellis said Illinois was boasting 12 wineries in the state in the late ‘70s, but since has boomed to 165 tasting rooms — which are in a combination of vineyards and wineries. About 278,000 individuals made over 900,000 trips to Illinois wineries and vineyards last year, according to the 2019 Illinois Wine Economic Impact Study by John Dunham & Associates, which was commissioned by the IGGVA. “In addition to spending in the wineries and vineyards on wine, food, events, etc., these people spent an estimated $1.09 billion in the Illinois economy,” according to the study. The economic activity created by the visitors directly generates about 5,700 fulltime jobs — paying about $167 million in wages and benefits while contributing $381.4 million in economic activity to the state. With the goal in mind to bring awareness to Illinois wineries, the IGGVA launched an interactive map where wine-seekers can find tasting rooms close to them, at illinoiswine. com/visit-a-winery. No matter what is thrown at Illinois winemakers — a global pandemic included — Beam said the industry has been welcoming throughout the years and willing to help one another in tough times. “The spirit of our winemakers (...) hasn’t changed a bit,” Beam said. “They’re very open, they’re very sharing, there’s very much a sense of community.”


Three out of the four wines I received were from Southern Illinois, which boasts a vibrant wine scene, including over roughly two dozen wineries below Interstate 64.

The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, which is between Jackson and Union counties, was designated as a American Viticultural Area in December 2006 — the first in Illinois. An AVA is a designated wine grape-growing region in the United States. Wineries in Southern Illinois have also participated in the Illinois Rosé project in bringing together the industry with fellow winemakers across the state. Brandy Nance, executive director of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, said rosé is a good unifier because it’s something everyone can make with the grapes they grow. “This rosé project is really a great way to get together and say how we can make the best rosé possible whether it’s chambourcin, or cabernet franc or another grape from another region,” Nance said. She said throughout Southern Illinois, and within the wine trail especially, there is “a really great group of people that have a giant passion for wine.” Scott Albert, winemaker at Kite Hill Vineyards in Carbondale, said the key to success in their Flyaway Rosé wine is harvesting grapes earlier in the season because it “preserves acidity” and has more citrus in the aroma versus a later harvest where you “get cherry and strawberry-like characters.” “I think part of the thing about rosé that’s so fun is that it’s really refreshing, and it’s light, and it’s great when it’s hot outside,” Albert said. “I think that earlier picking on it lends itself a little better to that type of wine for that kind of occasion.” Nance said Southern Illinois wineries have brought in people from as far as New Zealand, and the recognition local wineries have received for their rosé in contests has helped. “We are really blessed right here as a region to have a lot of award-winning vineyards and wineries but there is so much to do and so much to see here,” she said. “We’re really making a name for ourselves here in Southern Illinois.”

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Live music at a Chamber Business After Hours event held at the Southern Illinois Airport.

Aris Studios Promotions & Texts LLC 215 ½ W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 203-9216


Carbondale Times 2015 W. Main St. Westowne Center Carbondale (618) 549-2799

Evolve at SIU 710 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 216-7222

Spectrum Reach 2250 Reed Station Pkwy. Suite 101 Carbondale (618) 529-4277


Big Muddy Hogs 300 E. Adams St. Hurst (618) 922-8724 Humpday Farmers Market 2421 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 528-6850 The Farmers Market of Carbondale Westown Shopping Center 2001 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 833-2769

Ambassador Housing 600 West Freeman Street Carbondale (618) 457-2212

Home Rentals 206 W. College St. Suite 11 Carbondale (618) 529-1082 The Pointe at SIU 900 E. Park St. Carbondale (618) 529-6444 Walnut Street & University Mall Apartments 1195 E. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 571-4101

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN & BUILDING White & Borgognoni Architects 212 N. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 529-3691



Sound Core Music 122 S. Illinois Ave Carbondale (618) 457-5641 The Stage Company 418 S Illinois Ave Carbondale (618) 549-3465 Varsity Center for the Arts 418 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-5353

ASSISTED LIVING Century Assisted Living 701 & 703 South Lewis Lane Carbondale (618) 549-9898 Prairie Living at Chautauqua 955 Villa Court Carbondale (618) 519-9600 The Landings at Reed Station Crossing 2100 Reed Station Parkway Carbondale (618) 519-9600


Auffenberg of Carbondale 1015 E. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 457-3391 Auto Credit of Southern Illinois 1100 W. DeYoung St. Marion (618) 997-5800 Bost Truck Service 1134 N. 11th Street Murphysboro (618) 684-3166 Eddies Auto 317 E Main St Carbondale (618) 457-2886 Finish Line Car Wash 750 North Giant City Road Carbondale (270) 559-5912 Holt’s Tire & Auto Center 223 East Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-3383

Today’s Technology Auto Repair 1235 E Walnut Carbondale (618) 457-2151 Vic Koenig Chevrolet, Inc. 1040 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-1000 Vogler Motor Co., Inc. 1170 E. Main Street Carbondale (618) 457-8135


Cape Air 10400 Terminal Drive Marion (618) 997-2266 Southern Illinois Airport Authority 556 N. Airport Rd. Murphysboro (618) 529-1721 Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois 10400 Terminal Dr. Marion (618) 993-3353

First Mid Bank & Trust 509 S. University Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-3700

First Southern Bank 301 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 549-3621 Legence Bank 925 West Main Street Carbondale (618) 297-9860 Regions Bank 816 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 549-2102 SIU Credit Union 395 N. Giant City Road Carbondale (618) 457-3595 The Bank of Carbondale 216 E. Main Street Carbondale (618) 549-2181

BARS / ALCOHOL Buckwater Brew Works and Whiskey House 213 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 549-0282

BUSINESS DIRECTORY Manny’s Spirits Food & Gaming 801 Giant City Road Carbondale (618) 457-7701 Pinch Penny Liquors 700 E. Grand Ave. Carbondale (618) 549-3348 PK’s 308 South Illinois Avenue Carbondale (618) 529-1124 The Cellar 101 West Monroe Street Carbondale (618) 529-9510 Underground Public House 717 S University Ave. Carbondale (618) 490-1586





Universal Glass & Carpet, Inc. 411 N. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 549-3314

Southern Illinois Family Fun (S.I. Bowl) 10240 Samuel Road Carterville (618) 985-3755

Doerr Auction & Realty, Inc. 345 Porter Avenue Vergennes (618) 684-6315

Express Employment Professionals 1301 West Main Street Carbondale (618) 457-1001 Janice Burns Payne & Associates LLC 334 North Illinois Avenue Carbondale (618) 529-9393

Sherwin Williams Paint Company 1360 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 457-8143


Crystal’s Catering & More 301 E. Cherry St. Herrin (618) 988-2019

Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church of Carbondale, IL 400 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-3975

Mary Kay Cosmetics – Tammy Whitlock 2150 Red Row Marion (434) 238-2866

Performa Consultative Services 1152 Cedar Ridge Dr. Carbondale (618) 303-8765

The Sauced Up Smokers 40 Helm Road Murphysboro (618) 559-7012

Rahim’s Beauty Supply Store 110 E. Oak St. Carbondale (618) 529-1222

Saluki Ventures 1740 Innovation Dr. Carbondale


BOOKS & STATIONERY Castle Perilous Games/Books 207 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-5317


Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek 503 Stone Creek Drive Makanda (618) 351-4653 The Lookout at the Lake 13107 Bearden Court Creal Springs (618) 925-3835 Woodland Cabins 299-301 Green Ridge Rd. Carbondale (618) 687-1932

Cornerstone Church 1301 E. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 997-7884

Great Boars of Fire 920 Kratzinger Hollow Rd. Cobden (618) 833-5858 Naomi Ariel 205 S. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 319-0410

Studio Day Spa 879 E. Grand Ave. Carbondale (618) 490-1013

Bald Knob Cross of Peace 3630 Bald Knob Road Alto Pass (618) 713-8516

First United Methodist Church 214 W Main Carbondale (618) 457-2416

PayArc Merchant Payment Solutions P.O. Box 62 Carbondale (618) 201-4479

Salon Euphoria, LLC 701B South Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 549-5874


Garden Grove Event Center 1215 E. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 529-5511

E. Claire Salon 214 S. University Ave. Carbondale (618) 319-0671 LLC 1700 Robinson Hill Road Makanda (618) 713-2896

Thalman Chiropractic 606 A. Eastgate Drive, Suite A Carbondale (618) 549-8228

Presbyterian Child Development Center 310 S. University Carbondale (618) 529-1551 Robin’s Nest Learning Center of Carbondale 312 Wall St. Carbondale (618) 922-8445

CHIROPRACTORS Allied Physicians & Rehab of Southern Ill 1100 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-5172

The Natural Health 701 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 351-9364

The Ridge Church 7530 Old Highway 13 Carbondale (618) 457-0479 University Baptist Church 700 S. Oakland Carbondale (618) 457-0323 Vine Church 1445 S Wall Street Carbondale (618) 351-8463


Shine On A Dime 324 1/2 N. 15th St. Murphysboro (618) 519-0530


United Adjustment Service Inc. 2150 N Illinois Ave Carbondale (618) 529-3812

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS African American Museum of Southern Illinois 1237 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 457-2217

Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter 805 W. DeYoung St. Marion (217) 801-9352 American Red Cross 2430 Myra Dr. Cape Girardeau (573) 576-3737 Better Business Bureau of Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois 3065 William St. Suite 202 Cape Girardeau (573) 803-3190 Boys & Girls Club of Southern Illinois 250 N. Springer Street Carbondale (618) 457-8877 Carbondale Chamber of Commerce 131 S Illinois Ave Carbondale (618) 549-2146

Carbondale Community Arts 304 W. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 457-5100 Carbondale Crimestoppers P.O. Box 521 501 South Washington Carbondale (618) 457-3200 Carbondale Elks 220 W. Jackson St. Carbondale (618) 457-4455 Carbondale Main Street 121 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 529-8040 Carbondale Park District 108 N. Williams Carbondale (618) 529-4147 Carbondale Public Library 405 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 457-0354 Carbondale Tourism 126 S Illinois Ave Carbondale (618) 529-4451 Carbondale Young Professionals 131 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 549-2146

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Cristaudo’s Cafe, Catering, and Bakery 209 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 529-4303 Longbranch Cafe & Bakery 100 E. Jackson Carbondale (618) 529-4488

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY Carterville Chamber of Commerce 120 North Greenbriar Road Carterville (618) 985-6942


City of Carbondale 200 South Illinois Ave Carbondale (618) 549-5302

AES Solar 1804 Supply Road Carterville (618) 893-1717

Dayemi Community Center 218 N. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 559-1317

Bernstein Painting, Inc. 3428 Creek Nation Blacktop Mulkeytown (618) 924-8201

Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. 1400 N Wood Road Murphysboro (618) 549-1200

Clover Roofing Construction 153 Seeker Hill Rd. Murphysboro (618) 687-4824

Food Works P.O. Box 3855 Carbondale (618) 370-3287 Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois #4 Ginger Creek Parkway Glen Carbon (618) 692-0692 Herrin Chamber of Commerce 3 North Park Avenue Herrin (618) 942-5163 Illinois Heartland Library System 1840 Innovation Dr. Suite 107 Carbondale (618) 985-3711 Jackson Growth Alliance PO Box 23 Carbondale (618) 713-9210 Jackson-Union County Habitat for Humanity P.O. Box 1064 Carbondale (618) 457-8480 Keep Carbondale Beautiful, Inc. 1115 W. Sycamore Carbondale (618) 525-5525 Kiwanis Club of Carbondale PO Box 3095 Carbondale (618) 967-3459


A & W Plumbing and Heating Inc 11 Alliance Ave Murphysboro (618) 687-5862

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Walkers pass over the bridge on the Campus Lake trail while taking advantage of a mild May morning at SIU campus in Carbondale.

Marion Chamber of Commerce 2305 West Main Street Marion (618) 997-6311 Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce 1709 Walnut St., Suite A Murphysboro (618) 684-6421 NubAbility Athletics 221 E. Main St. Du Quoin (618) 357-1394 Rotary Club of Carbondale PO Box 3975 Carbondale (618) 549-8051 Rotary Club of Carbondale— Breakfast PO Box 3992 Carbondale (618) 985-9013 Station Carbondale 111 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 867-2203 The Salvation Army of Southern Illinois 906 Tower Square Plaza Marion (618) 993-5854 United Way of Southern Illinois 1800 W. Boulevard Suite D Marion (618) 997-7744


Liason Technologies Inc. 1075 Reed Station Rd. Suite B Carbondale (404) 433-5925 Mayer Networks 608 Eastgate St. Carbondale (618) 529-4922 Northbridge Professional Technologies 578 Future Lane Murphysboro (618) 565-0471 SINC/So.IL.Network Consultants 1170 Cedar Court Carbondale (618) 300-3389 Sprekk Technology Services, LLC 710 S. Illinois Ave. #307 Carbondale (779) 423-9558

CONSTRUCTION / CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT Baine Roofing Co. P. O. Box 383 Carbondale (618) 549-7003

Fager-McGee Comm Construction 347 South Williams St. Murphysboro (618) 687-3900 Ground FX Flooring LLC. 2401 W. Herrin St. Herrin (618) 988-6700

J & L Robinson Devel. & Const. Co. 501 W. Indust. Pk. Rd. Carbondale (618) 549-3391 Ready Mix Solutions LLC 801 W. Industrial Park Rd. Carbondale (618) 889-1837


Applied Research Consultants 1125 Lincoln Drive Department of Psychology Carbondale (618) 453-3536 Mary Kay Cosmetics – Tammy Whitlock 215D Red Row Marion (434) 238-2866 Olive Branch International Educational Services Inc. 2126 W. Meadow Ln. Carbondale (618) 203-4170 Paragon Midwest Consulting 2516 Saddlegate Court Cape Girardeau (573) 651-3389 Performa Consultative Services 1152 Cedar Ridge Dr. Carbondale (618) 303-8765 Saluki Ventures 1740 Innovation Dr. Carbondale

E. T. Simonds Construction Co. PO Box 2107 Carbondale (618) 457-8191 F-W-S Countertops 610 N. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-2326 Ground FX Flooring LLC. 2401 W. Herrin St. Herrin (618) 988-6700 Harry Carter Contracting Firm, LLC 809 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 549-1411 Judge Services 2007 W Meadow Ln Carbondale (618) 525-3406 Samron Midwest Contracting 1510 N. 7th Street Murphysboro (618) 687-5500 Thad Ellet Plumbing 115 N. 16th St. Herrin (618) 985-2021


Dianna Gaultney, DDS 1112 West Main St Carbondale (618) 549-1646 Douglas J. Baker, DDS 305 South Oakland Ave. Carbondale (618) 549-2166

Hudgins Orthodontics 1180 Cedar Court Carbondale (618) 457-7611 Massie Dental 200 N. Giant City Road Carbondale (618) 529-2711 Shawnee Hills Oral Surgery, P.C. 2250 Reed Station Parkway, Suite 201 Carbondale (618) 519-9363 Smile Doctors Braces by Kevin Cook Orthodontics 715 N. Giant City Rd. Suite 3 Carbondale (618) 549-2100 University Place Dental 1366 E. Main Carbondale (618) 549-0208

DISPOSAL SERVICES Republic Services 716 Skyline Dr. Marion (618) 997-9561


Boys & Girls Club of Southern Illinois 250 N. Springer Street Carbondale (618) 457-8877 Brehm Preparatory School 950 South Brehm Lane Carbondale (618) 457-0371 Carbondale Community High School #165 330 S. Giant City Rd. Carbondale (618) 457-4722 Carbondale Elementary School District #95 925 S. Giant City Rd. Carbondale (618) 457-3591 Carbondale New School 1302 E. Pleasant Hill Rd. Carbondale (618) 457-4765

BUSINESS DIRECTORY Jackson CEO 1740 Innovation Drive Carbondale (618) 453-5236 John A. Logan College 700 Logan College Road Carterville (618) 985-3741 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 1231 Lincoln Drive Carbondale (618) 453-4009 Saint Andrew School 723 Mulberry St. Murphysboro (618) 687-2013 SIU—Career Development Center 1263 Lincoln Drive, Suite 0179 Carbondale (618) 453-1045 SIU—College of Business 1025 Lincoln Drive Carbondale (618) 453-3328 SIU—Office of Economic & Regional Dev. 1740 Innovation Drive Carbondale (618) 453-1495 SIU— Student Center 1255 Lincoln Avenue Carbondale (618) 536-3351 SIU Alumni Association Colyer Hall, 2nd floor Carbondale (618) 453-2408 SIU College of Agricultural Sciences 1205 Lincoln Drive Carbondale (618) 453-1764 SIUC 1265 Lincoln Dr. Mail Code 4304 Carbondale (618) 536-3331 SIUC Athletics 118 SIUC Arena Carbondale (618) 453-5338

SIUC Center for International Education 425 Clocktower Dr. Carbondale (618) 453-5774 Smart Starters, Inc. 3301 Country Club Rd. Carbondale (618) 303-1619 Southern Illinois Research Park 1740 Innovation Dr. Suite 103 Carbondale (618) 453-4327 Southern Illinois University Foundation 1235 Douglas Drive Carbondale (618) 453-7174


Asaturian, Eaton & Assoc. P. C. 1440 Old West Main St Carbondale (618) 529-3414 Chastain & Associates LLC 114 East Main Street Benton (618) 435-4400

ENTERTAINMENT Buckwater Brew Works and Whiskey House 213 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 549-0282

Garden Grove Event Center 1215 East Walnut Street Carbondale (618) 529-5511 Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center 2727 W. Glen Road Carbondale (618) 529-4386 Magical Twists 1301 Black Diamond Drive Carbondale (618) 490-1365 Saluki Sports Properties SIU Arena 118 Carbondale (618) 536-5327 Southern Illinois Miners 1000 Miners Drive Marion (618) 998-8499

Chamber member, Cristina Pisoni State Farm, is ready to welcome SIU students back to campus during the 2018 Meet Me On Main event.

Southern lllinois Symphony & Music Festival 1000 S Normal Avenue Carbondale (618) 453-2776

Edward Jones— Brooks Venable Financial Advisor 1130 A E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 549-7799

The Science Center 1237 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-5431

Edward Jones— Kelly Venable Financial Advisor 1075 N. Reed Station Rd. Carbondale (618) 457-7205

Varsity Center for the Arts 418 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-5353

EVENT PLANNING Garden Grove Event Center 1215 E. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 529-5511


Enviro-Tech Termite P. O. Box 2346 Carbondale (618) 529-5594

FINANCIAL & INVESTMENT SERVICES Cash Store 401 E. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 549-9500

First Southern Wealth Management 301 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 519-9411 Forbes Financial Group 1160 Cedar Court Carbondale (618) 529-1940 Liberty Wealth Management, LLC 2250 Reed Station Parkway Ste. 102 Carbondale (618) 351-7526 Murray Patterson Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors 1401 Financial Park Carbondale (618) 351-7850

Sun Loan Company 702 E. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 519-9310 Wells Fargo Advisors 1401 Financial Park Carbondale (618) 457-8145


619 Crossfit 609 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 490-1010 Garden Grove Event Center 1215 East Walnut Street Carbondale (618) 529-5511 Planet Fitness 675 N. Giant City Rd. Carbondale (618) 733-3377 Ultimate Gymnastics and Activities, Inc 220 West Chestnut St Carbondale (618) 351-6296


Touch of Nature 1206 Touch of Nature Road Makanda (618) 453-1121


Crain Funeral Home & Cemeteries 31 Memorial Dr. Murphysboro (618) 687-2500 G. Meredith Funeral Homes, Ltd. 300 S. University Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-4139 Walker Funeral Homes and Crematory PC PO Box 3498 Carbondale (618) 529-3100


Casey’s General Store 150 N. Giant City Road Carbondale (618) 351-0186 Casey’s General Store 905 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 457-8152


Mary Kay Cosmetics – Tammy Whitlock 215D Red Row Marion (434) 238-2866  33


Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center 1740 Innovation Dr. Carbondale (618) 536-2355


A & W Plumbing and Heating Inc 11 Alliance Ave Murphysboro (618) 687-5862

Southern Illinois Airport Authority 556 N. Airport Rd. Murphysboro (618) 529-1721

Automatic Comfort Systems 156 Thomas St. Carbondale (618) 549-1928

Southern Illinois University Foundation 1235 Douglas Drive Carbondale (618) 453-7174

G.L. Morris Refrigeration, Heating & Air 701 W Industrial Road Carbondale (618) 457-0190


Heartland Heating & Air Conditioning 511 Health Dept. Rd. Murphysboro (618) 684-4328

Carbondale Save-A-Lot 301 E. Walnut Carbondale (618) 529-8701

Jacobs Air Conditioning & Heating 2330 N. McRoy Dr. Carbondale (618) 529-2989

Kroger 501 N. Giant City Rd. Carbondale (618) 457-5313


Big Muddy Hogs 300 E. Adams St. Hurst (618) 922-8724

Neighborhood Co-op Grocery 1815 W. Main Carbondale (618) 529-3533 Town Square Market 106 E. Jackson St. Carbondale (618) 529-2312


E-Z Rental Center, Inc. 1817 W. Sycamore St. Carbondale (618) 457-4127 Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. 1170 East Rendleman Road Carbondale (618) 529-8400 Murdale Ace Hardware 1915 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-3400

Allied Physicians & Rehab of Southern Ill 1100 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-5172


Furniture King 2075 Sweets Dr. Carbondale (618) 549-8332 Niemann’s American Flooring 3903 W Ernestine Dr Marion (618) 993-2632 Mattress Firm 1330 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 351-1149


BW Electric & Locating 60 Native Ridge Rd. Carbondale (618) 534-5221


Ribbon Cutting ceremony to welcome new member, Captain D’s, to the Carbondale business community.

F-W-S COUNTERTOPS 610 N. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-2326 Ground FX Flooring LLC. 2401 W. Herrin St. Herrin (618) 988-6700 Kasten 210 Industrial Dr. Carbondale (618) 457-8721 Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. 1170 East Rendleman Road Carbondale (618) 529-8400 Midwest Basement Tech PO Box 38 Brighton (618) 372-7077 Murdale Ace Hardware 1915 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-3400 Sherwin Williams Paint Company 1360 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 457-8143

StraightUp Solar 11696 Lilburn Park Rd. St. Louis (314) 218-2663


Allied Physicians & Rehab of Southern Ill 1100 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-5172 Athletico 900 E. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 319-7540 Centerstone 200 N. Emerald Lane Carbondale (618) 457-6703 Gateway Foundation 1080 E. Park St. Carbondale (618) 529-1151 Heartland Women’s Healthcare 1390 Hope Drive B Carbondale (877) 872-6249 Jackson County Health Department 415 Health Department Road Murphysboro (618) 684-3143

New Horizons Ob/Gyn 305 W Jackson Suite 100 Carbondale (618) 457-0404 Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois 510 Lincoln Dr. Herrin (618) 997-6800 Shawnee Health Service 400 S. Lewis Lane Carbondale (618) 591-9200 SIU Carbondale Family Medicine 300 W. Oak St. Carbondale (618) 536-6621 Southern Illinois Healthcare PO Box 3988 Carbondale (618) 457-5200 SSM Health Maternal Fetal Medicine 900 E. Walnut St. Suite 5 Carbondale (618) 519-9182

HOTELS/MOTELS/ LODGING Best WesternSaluki Inn 801 N. Giant City Rd. Carbondale (618) 351-6611

Hampton Inn 2175 Reed Station Pky. Carbondale (618) 549-6900 Holiday Inn 2300 Reed Station Pkwy. Carbondale (618) 549-2600 Home2 Suites by Hilton Carbondale 200 West Elm Street Carbondale (618) 529-2555 Pine Manor Bed and Breakfast 26 Pine Lake Dr. Carbondale (618) 529-0252 Touch of Nature 1206 Touch of Nature Road Makanda (618) 453-1121


Express Employment Professionals 1301 West Main Street Carbondale (618) 457-1001 HireLevel 3911 W. Ernestine Dr. Marion (618) 993-9675 Man-Tra-Con, Corp. 3000 West DeYoung Street Marion (618) 998-0970

Oliver & Associates, LLC 2250 Reed Station Parkway, Suite 105 Carbondale (618) 529-4105 State Farm Insurance P.O. Box 396 Carbondale (618) 457-2113 Vaughn Insurance Agency, Corp. 105 N Emerald Lane Carbondale (618) 457-0305



Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLC P. O. Box 3747 Carbondale (618) 457-0437 Feirich/Mager/ Green/Ryan P. O. Box 1570 Carbondale (618) 529-3000 LegalShield 255 Twin Spring Loop Anna (618) 997-3500 SI Elder Law 201 W. Main St. Marion (618) 997-3500

Carbondale Times 2015 W. Main St. Westowne Center Carbondale (618) 549-2799 Idea Creative Marketing 201 E Main St. Suite 3C Carbondale (618) 529-0969 Roy Walker Communications, Inc. 441 Church Camp Rd. Makanda (618) 529-3301


Manpower 2015 W. Main Carbondale (618) 457-0414

F-W-S COUNTERTOPS 610 N. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-2326



Venegoni Distributing, Inc P.O. Box 1537 Carbondale (618) 549-4489

TJ’s Fine Jewelry 1010 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 351-1200



Com-Pac International, Inc. PO Box 2707 Carbondale (618) 529-2421

Allied Physicians & Rehab of Southern Ill 1100 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-5172

Intertape Polymer Group 2200 N. McRoy Dr. Carbondale (618) 549-2131

BPL Plasma Inc (CD) 301 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-3241

Pepsi MidAmerica P.O. Box 1070 Marion (618) 997-1377

Crabtree & Merriman Optometry 1001 N. Beadle Dr. #40 Carbondale (618) 529-4817

Bishop and Elwell Insurance PO Box 217 Murphysboro (618) 351-6504 Cherry Insurance Services, Inc. 1729 W Main Carbondale (618) 549-7368 Clemens & Associates, Inc. 1257 E Walnut Street Carbondale (618) 852-91888 Consolidated Insurance Agency, Inc. 312 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 457-0471 Cristina Pisoni, State Farm 600 Eastgate St Carbondale (618) 529-2909 First Mid Insurance Group Inc 151 S. Division St. Carterville (618) 985-4886 IlliniCare Health 1175 E. Main St. Carbondale (866) 329-4701 M & M Insurance Agency, Inc. 539 South Washington St. Du Quoin (618) 542-4831

Midwest Cash 1200 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 985-9272


Thalman Chiropractic 606 A. Eastgate Drive, Suite A Carbondale (618) 549-8228

LANDSCAPING Coleman Lawn 210 E. Walnut Carbondale (618) 529-0181

Kasten 210 Industrial Dr. Carbondale (618) 457-8721 Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. 1170 East Rendleman Road Carbondale (618) 529-8400

LAUNDROMATS Grand Avenue Laundromat 867 East Grand Carbondale (618) 457-2492


Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. 742 N. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 521-0831 Zap Labeler LLC 1809 West Main St #187 Carbondale (800) 617-5251


AlterEgo Marketing 508 S. Park Ave Herrin (618) 967-8637 BNI WIN – Wealth In Networking 2008 Spruce St. Murphysboro (815) 289-8575

Allied Physicians & Rehab of Southern Ill 1100 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-5172 E. Claire Salon 214 S. University Ave. Carbondale (618) 319-0672

Elevate Therapy & Performance, PC 214 Freeman St. Carbondale (618) 549-0225 Harbory Medical Cannabis Dispensary 8195 Express Drive Marion (618) 969-8217 Heartland Women’s Healthcare 1390 Hope Drive B Carbondale (877) 456-2496

Ieso, LLC 3235 New Era Road Murphysboro (618) 457-4818 IlliniCare Health 1175 E. Main St. Carbondale (866) 329-4701 Integrity Healthcare Carbondale 120 N. Tower Road Carbondale (618) 549-3355 Midwest Medical Thermography 218 N. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 559-1317 NeuroRestorative 306 W Mill Carbondale (618) 529-3060 Rassik Complete Recovery 1155 Cedar Court Carbondale (618) 490-1045

Stiles Office Solutions, Inc. 601 Industrial Pk. Rd. Carbondale (618) 529-4950 The Rite Group 5303 Old Cape Rd E Jackson (573) 334-4439

ONLINE RETAIL AthlEATS 515 S. Park Dr. Goreville (618) 201-8609

OPTICAL SERVICES Complete Family Eye Care of Carbondale 1241 East Walnut Carbondale (618) 529-3452

Crabtree & Merriman Optometry 1001 N. Beadle Dr. #40 Carbondale (618) 529-4817

RecoverUs Centers 2250 Reed Station Pkwy Suite 204 Carbondale (618) 519-9444


SIH Medical Group 1239 E Main Carbondale (618) 457-5200

Rendleman Orchards Farm Market 9680 State Highway 127 N Alto Pass (618) 893-2771

Specialized Equine Services and Therapeutic Riding 722 Giant City Road Makanda (618) 529-4110 Work Care Ready Well 220 S. Park Ave Herrin (618) 942-2171


U.S. Bank 120 S. Front Ave. Cobden (618) 893-1164


Staples 1325 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 457-2825

Lipe Orchards & Market 3925 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 549-1263


Garden Grove Event Center 1215 East Walnut Street Carbondale (618) 529-5511 Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek 503 Stone Creek Drive Makanda (618) 351-4653

PAYROLL SERVICES HireLevel 3911 W. Ernestine Dr. Marion (618) 993-9675


E. Claire Salon 214 S. University Ave. Carbondale (618) 319-0672  35

BUSINESS DIRECTORY Studio Day Spa 879 E. Grand Ave. Carbondale (618) 490-1013


Pure Pet 2355 Sweets Dr. Carbondale (618) 490-1222 St. Francis Care 6228 Country Club Rd. Murphysboro (618) 687-2079 Wright-Way RescueAdmissions and Medical Services Campus 8459 Old Hwy 13 Murphysboro (618) 208-1509


Family Drug 2300 W Main St Carbondale (618) 529-5351

PHOTOGRAPHERS/ PHOTO FINISHING/ FRAMING Aimee Wigfall Photography 1740 Innovation Dr. Carbondale (618) 521-1986 J Fortune Photography 115 E. Illinois Ave., Suite 4 Carterville (773) 234-1881 Susan Willis Photography 1919 Hortense St. Murphysboro (314) 282-5632

POOLS AND SPAS Kasten 210 Industrial Dr. Carbondale (618) 457-8721


ATVs and More Inc. DBA Southern Illinois Motorsports 2200 West Ramada Lane Carbondale (618) 549-7397 Black Diamond Harley-Davidson 2400 Williamson County Pkwy. Marion (618) 997-4577


Carbondale Times 2015 W. Main St. Westowne Center Carbondale (618) 549-2799 KBSI Fox 23 4501 W. DeYoung Marion (618) 993-1073 River Radio 1431 Country Aire Dr. Carterville (618) 985-4843 The Daily Egyptian Room 1259, Communications Building 1100 Lincoln Dr. Carbondale 618-536-3311

The Southern Illinoisan 710 N. Illinois Ave Carbondale (618) 529-5454 Town Square Publications 95 W. Algonquin Rd., Suite 300 Arlington Heights, IL (847) 427-4633 WDBX Community Radio 224 N Washington Carbondale (618) 529-5900 Withers Broadcasting 1822 N. Court St. Marion (618) 997-8123 WSIU TV SIUC, Mailcode 6602 Carbondale (618) 453-4343


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The Printing Plant 608 S Illinois Avenue Carbondale (618) 529-3115


Alpha Rentals 900 W Sycamore Carbondale (618) 457-8194 Aspen Court Apartments 1101 E. Grand Avenue Carbondale (618) 549-1700 Edgarton Construction & Rental P.O. Box 2263 Carbondale (618) 529-2535

Carbondale Times 2015 W. Main St. Westowne Center Carbondale (618) 549-2799

G & R Property Management 851 East Grand Carbondale (618) 549-4713

Henry Printing, Inc. 975 W Charles Road Carbondale (618) 529-3040

Jennifer Gutierrez— Southern Illinois Living 316 S. Lu Ct. Carbondale (618) 892-2000


Liberty Village of Carbondale 2950 W. Westridge Place Carbondale (618) 351-6557 Milwood Executive Suites 1400 N. Wood Rd. Murphysboro (618) 529-5229 Schilling Property Management 635 East Walnut Carbondale (618) 549-0895 The Pointe at SIU 900 E. Park St. Carbondale 618-529-6444 The Reserve at Saluki Pointe 500 Saluki Blvd. Carbondale (618) 529-3500 Villas of Carbondale 1601 New Era Road Carbondale (618) 549-3200


Arbor District Homes 606 W. Elm Street Carbondale (618) 457-8228 CENTURY 21 House of Realty, Inc. 1400 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 457-3344 Crab Orchard Manufactured Home 136 Court Rd. Carbondale (618) 549-7513 Five Star Realty 626 E. Walnut Carbondale (618) 457-2244 Janet McCreadyRealty Central 1825 W. Main Carbondale (618) 559-1587 New Beginningz Realty 231 W. Main St., Suite 1E Carbondale (618) 529-4663

RE/MAX Above and Beyond 601 E. Walnut Carbondale (618) 549-9222 Realty Central Inc. 1825 W. Main Street Carbondale (618) 457-4663 Sun Valley Property Management 2010 Black Diamond Dr. Carbondale (618) 549-7200 Terri Henry— Century 21, House of Realty, Inc. 1400 W. Main Street Carbondale (618) 924-6616

RECREATION Consume Cannabis Co. 201 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 238-2300

Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center 2727 W. Glen Road Carbondale (618) 529-4386

BUSINESS DIRECTORY Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek 503 Stone Creek Drive Makanda (618) 351-4653

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar 1435 E Main Carbondale (618) 529-4686

NubAbility Athletics 221 E. Main St. Du Quoin (618) 357-1394

Captain D’s 1040 E. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 391-5461

Special Olympics Illinois 1740 Innovation Dr Carbondale (618) 457-2969

Chango’s Bar & Grill 519 S Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-6672


Cimco Recycling Carbondale, Inc. PO Drawer 3250 Carbondale (618) 457-6319 Southern Recycling Center 300 W. Chestnut St. Carbondale (618) 549-2880

REPAIR SERVICES BW Electric & Locating 60 Native Ridge Rd. Carbondale (618) 534-5221

Mid America Service 210 W. Willow St. Carbondale (618) 529-1411 uBreakiFix 859 E. Grand Ave. Carbondale (618) 351-0130

RESTAURANTS 17th Street Bar & Grill 214 N. 17th Street Murphysboro (618) 684-8902 2 Guys Pizza of Carbondale 715 N. Giant City Rd. #8 Carbondale (618) 529-2020 Bridges Italian Village 405 S. Washington St. Carbondale (618) 457-6559 Buckwater Brew Works and Whiskey House 213 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 549-0282

Cool Spoons Frozen Yogurt & Treats 695 N Giant City Rd#2 Carbondale (618) 529-5030 Cristaudo’s Cafe, Catering, and Bakery 209 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 529-4303 Culvers of Carbondale 1525 Reed Station Rd Carbondale (618) 503-9898 Domino’s Pizza 887 E. Grand Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-2333 Don Sol Mexican Grill 715 N. Giant City Rd. Carbondale (618) 351-0002 Don Taco 780 E. Grand Ave. Carbondale (618) 549-3777 Flame Grill & Bar 501 E. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 351-8242 Freddy’s Frozen Custard 500 N. Giant City Rd. Carbondale (618) 490-2085 Fujiyama Japanese Steak House 225 N. Giant City Rd. Carbondale (618) 549-2000 Giant City State Park Lodge 460 Giant City Lodge Rd. Makanda (618) 457-4921

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member Qualls Hats & Co. with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Global Gourmet 102 E. Jackson St. Carbondale (618) 549-0771 Golden Corral 2155 Reed Station Parkway Carbondale (618) 529-1472 Harbaugh’s Café 901 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 351-9897 Hunan, Inc. 710 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-1108 Longbranch Cafe & Bakery 100 E. Jackson Carbondale (618) 529-4488

Moe’s Southwest Grill 715 N. Giant City Road Carbondale (618) 549-4200

Tequilas Mexican Restaurant 100 N Glenview Carbondale (618) 457-4026

Pagliai’s Pizza & Pasta 509 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-0321

Thai Taste Carbondale 100 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-6900

Panera Bread 1126 E Walnut Carbondale (618) 457-5755

Tres Hombres 119 N. Washington St. Carbondale (618) 457-3308

Primo’s Pizza 604 E. Park St. #A Carbondale (618) 351-9999

Underground Public House 717 S University Ave. Carbondale (618) 490-1586

Quatro’s Pizza 218 W. Freeman St. Carbondale (618) 549-5326

McAlister’s Deli 1382 E. Main Street Carbondale (618) 319-4028

Sergio’s Cantina 1160 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-1173

McDonald’s-South 51 1920 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 932-2110

Sunny Street Cafe 900 E. Walnut Carbondale (618) 529-3447

McDonald’sUniversity Place 1396 E. Main Street Carbondale (618) 457-5220

Taco Bell 1410 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 549-8433


Security Alarm Corp. PO Box 665 Salem (618) 548-5768


University Mall 1237 E Main Carbondale (618) 529-3681

University Place 1300 E. Main St. Carbondale (800) 351-1889 Walmart Supercenter 1450 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 457-2033

SIGNS/BANNERS/ SCREEN PRINTING Aris Studios Promotions & Texts LLC 215 ½ W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 203-9216

Carbondale Times 2015 W. Main St. Westowne Center Carbondale (618) 549-2799 Silkworm, Inc. P. O. Box 340 Murphysboro (618) 687-4077 The Printing Plant 608 S Illinois Avenue Carbondale (618) 529-3115

SOCIAL SERVICES Carbondale Elks 220 W. Jackson St. Carbondale (618) 457-4455  37

BUSINESS DIRECTORY Caritas Family Solutions 10286 Fleming Road Carterville (618) 985-2000

The Payne Team CPAs, LLC. 334 N. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 529-9393

Centerstone 200 N. Emerald Lane Carbondale (618) 457-6703


The Women’s Center, Inc. 610 S. Thompson Street Carbondale (618) 549-4807

SPECIALTY RETAIL Black Diamond Harley-Davidson 2400 Williamson County Pkwy. Marion (618) 997-4577

Stack’d Supplements 715 N. Giant City Carbondale (618) 490-1040 The Appliance Wizard 204 E. Walnut St. Carbondale (618) 490-2011


AAA Safe Storage 2524 W Murphysboro Road Carbondale (618) 549-0000 Carbondale Self Storage 707 E. College Carbondale (618) 529-0012

TAX PREPARATION Barnett & Levine LLP 828 E Main St Carbondale (618) 549-5356

Gaertner CPA Group LLC 1130 E. Main St. Carbondale (618) 529-1275 H & R Block 628 E. Walnut Street Carbondale (618) 457-0449 Kerber, Eck and Braeckel, CPAs 3401 Office Park Dr. Marion (618) 529-1040

Jackson County Mass Transit District 602 E. College St. Carbondale (618) 549-0304 Rides Mass Transit District 30 Veterans Dr. Harrisburg (618) 253-8761 Swiph LLC 800 E. Grand Ave. 32F Carbondale (618) 579-8988


Potentia Analytics 1840 Innovation Drive Carbondale (618) 505-2001 RocketJOBS Debbie & Kirk Powell 778 E. Pleasant Hill Rd. Carbondale (618) 305-3370


AT&T Mobility 1236 E. Main Street Carbondale (618) 529-2355 Clearwave Communications 2 N. Vine St. Harrisburg (618) 253-4174 Mediacom Communications Corporation 1603 E. DeYoung St. Marion (618) 305-0231 WBGL 4101 Fieldstone Road Champaign (812) 249-4024

TITLE SERVICES Jackson County Abstract/Title P. O. Box 970 Murphysboro (618) 684-2766


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As her husband Art stands by her, Shirley Murphy of Shelbyville, takes a picture of Diane Davis and Davis’ grandchildren Maddie, 8, and Preston, 5, of Carbondale, in front of the Farm Market at Rendleman Orchards in Alto Pass.


Cape Air 10400 Terminal Drive Marion (618) 997-2266 Next Generation/ Surge 365 525 Archie Jones Street Carbondale (618) 713-9323 TravelPlex Travel & Cruise 2150 W. Main St. Carbondale (618) 549-7347


Carbondale Chamber of Commerce

Prospective students from Northeast Normal University in China visited SIU and the Southern Illinois region.

Carbondale Trophy Company 118 N. Illinois Ave. Carbondale (618) 457-0441

WSIU TV SIUC, Mailcode 6602 Carbondale (618) 453-4343

Homefield Energy 1500 Eastport Plaza Dr Collinsville (888) 451-3911




Ameren Illinois 1800 W. Main St. Marion (618) 993-4623


KFVS 12 500 E. Plaza Dr. Carterville (573) 335-1212 WPSD TV 3000 W. DeYoung Marion (618) 993-1471 WSIL TV 1416 Country Aire Dr. Carterville (618) 985-2333

Affordable Gas & Electric 10749 E. Garden Rd. Mt. Vernon (217) 821-1122

Egyptian Electric Cooperative Assoc. 1732 Finney Road Murphysboro (618) 684-2143

Lakeside Veterinary Hospital 2001 Sweets Dr. Carbondale (618) 529-2236

Alto Vineyards, Ltd. 8515 Hwy 127 Alto Pass (618) 893-4898

Blue Sky Vineyard 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Rd. Makanda (618) 995-9463 Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Association 2865 Hickory Ridge Pomona (618) 967-4097 Von Jakob Vineyard, Ltd 230 Highway 127 Alto Pass (618) 687-1365 Walker’s Bluff, LLC 326 Vermont Road Carterville (618) 956-9900

UNITY POINT MISSION STATEMENT The Unity Point School,our students, our families, and our wider communities embrace the mission to build upon our strong academic standards by providing all students an intellectual, emotional, and social climate that is safe and challenging. Through our varied backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge we model and create an environment for lifelong learning.

UNITY POINT VISION STATEMENT In an effort to fulfill our mission, the Unity Point learning community recognizes and therefore treats individuals as unique and capable of reaching their fullest potential. Therefore.... • Students will demonstrate a responsibility to their individual learning readiness for challenging work,and a respect forone another.

UNITY POINT BELIEF STATEMENTS We believe.... ....all students have the capability to learn. a safe school environment. ....faculty and staff provide lifetime influences to empowerstudentsto become productive and responsible members of society. ....inefficientuseofresourcesand fiscal responsibility to the community.

Thank you for your interest in Unity Point School. On behalf of the school board and administration, I want to welcome you to our district and encourage you to learn more about the outstanding work of our faculty, staff, students and community. Unity Point boasts unique opportunities for students in academics, extracurricular and cultural activities embracing the whole child approach to learning. Our district serves students from nearly 13 different counties representing 11 different languages. Students within Unity Point School District cannot avoid experiencing educational opportunities that are reflective of the world they will experience throughout life. Our Board of Education is committed to high quality instruction, to strong district leadership that is courageous, to providing a safe and secure learning environment, and to sustaining a culture that produces valued results. We believe in the whole child and that ALL students can and must learn! I personally invite you to visit Unity Point School so you may become acquainted with our administration, faculty and staff and experience the engaging environment available for the students in our school community.  39




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