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I’d like to extend hearty congratulations to the local businesses and individuals nominated as 2013 reader favorites in our inaugural edition of The Southern Illinoisan’s Readers’ Choice Awards. This special section honors the top three organizations from four main groups: Food, Entertainment, Goods & Services, and People. Voters came out in great numbers – 64,586 votes were cast across the region.


Adam Lawler ....................................................................18 Back Yard Burger ............................................................... 6 Eccentrics ...........................................................................16 Giant City School ............................................................18 Great Boars of Fire .......................................................... 11 H & R Block .......................................................................... 8 Justin Settle DMD ...........................................................15 Larry’s House of Cakes .................................................... 4 Leigh Bedokis Photography ........................................10 Pinch Penny Pub ............................................................... 3 Old National Bank ...........................................................13 Sergio’s ................................................................................. 5 SIH ........................................................................................20 TJ’s Fine Jewelry ..............................................................16 Voss Heating & A/C.........................................................14 Zeigler Auto Body ...........................................................12

The overall winner in each category was given the opportunity to describe their business in greater detail, as well as to thank the voters for their support. Category winners were also given a certificate to proudly display in their establishment. We congratulate and honor all our local businesses and the effort they make in providing the goods and services for our region. Locally owned businesses build strong communities, create local jobs, enhance the economy and enrich the lives of those who work and live here. We hope you enjoyed participating in the The Southern Illinoisan’s Readers’ Choice Awards as much as we did in putting it together. Thank you to all who took part in the voting rounds, and once again, congratulations to the 2013 Readers’ Choice winners!


Bob Williams, Publisher The Southern Illinoisan



2013 readers' choice for

places for food ‌ est Asian B Restaurant First Place Fujiyama

Honorable Mention John Brown’s on the Square 1000 Tower Square Plz, Marion, (618) 997-2909

715 N Giant City Rd #11, Carbondale, (618) 549-2000 3000 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 993-9686

Best Breakfast

Runner-Up Thai Taste

901 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 351-9897 Harbaugh’s Cafe is a full service restaurant serving breakfast and lunch daily. Harbaugh’s Cafe offers healthy menu choices using fresh ingredients and offers homemade soups and unique lunch specials Monday thru Friday.

100 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 457-6900

Honorable Mention Hunan 710 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-1108

Best Bar First Place Pinch Penny Pub 700 E Grand Ave, Carbondale, (618) 549-3348 Pinch Penny Pub & Beer Garden is proud to be a Southern Illinois institution for over 41 years. Pinch Penny is the perfect place to meet friends for a drink or a bite, the perfect place to watch the big game and the only place to relax outside in our spacious beer garden. Amongst offering a full bar we also feature 20 domestic, micro and import beers on draft and several dozens more in bottles. Pinch features live bands on the weekends in the Beer Garden. With our friendly staff and large parking lot Pinch Penny Pub is your place for any get together or celebration! Thanks for choosing us as the Best Bar in Southern Illinois!

Runner-Up The Cellar 101 W Monroe St, Carbondale, (618) 529-9510

First Place Harbaugh’s

Runner-Up Mary Lou’s Grill 114 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 457-5084

Honorable Mention Cracker Barrel 2602 W Main St, Marion, (618) 993-6306

Best Chicken Wings First Place Buffalo Wild Wings 1435 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-4686 It all started with one restaurant in Columbus, OH in 1982. But really, all you need to know “About Us” is these three things: Wings, Beer, Sports. Why do those three things matter to us so much? Because that’s what our fans want, and that’s what we’re all about-making our fans happy. Buffalo Wild Wings is the ultimate place to get together with your friends, watch sports, drink beer and eat wings.

T hank You!

Honorable Mention Thai Taste 100 S Illinois Ave , Carbondale, (618) 457-6900

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Pinch Penny Pub

Best Bar


2807 Outer Dr, Marion, (618) 993-1983



Copper Dragon And Best Waitress In All Of Southern Illinois:




Runner-Up Backyard Burgers

2724 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 993-3939 1365 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-2187

32 N 17th St, Murphysboro, (618) 684-3722 2700 17th St, Marion, (618) 998-1114


First Place Fat Patties

Honorable Mention Steak ‘n Shake

Runner-Up 17th Street Bar & Grill


Best Burgers 611 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 529-3287

There you have it. If you love wings, beer and sports like we do, then this is the place for you.

Sports Bar

Best Place to Hear Live Music

Ashley from Pinch Penny Pub




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FOOD BEST FRIED CHICKEN First Place Giant City Lodge 460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, (618) 457-4921 Historic Giant City Lodge is found in the heart of Illinois’ most scenic park. They serve delicious home-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily in a unique rustic setting that creates an atmosphere easy to relax and celebrate any occasion with family and friends. The Lodge is home to the famous all you can eat Family Style Fried Chicken Dinner, which is offered at lunch and dinner every day. The Kelley family has been privileged to serve you since 1981. For 34 years, they’ve strived to be dependable and a place you feel at

home. A business that is large enough to serve you, and small enough to know you. The Kelleys are grateful for those who voted and all who support the Lodge!

Runner-Up Bottoms Up Bar and Grill 3683 Neunert Rd, Jacob, (618) 763-4615

Honorable Mention KFC 1039 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-3306 515 Walnut St, Murphysboro, (618) 684-3303 1404 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 997-3121



First Place Cummare’s Italian Restaurant

First Place Tequila’s

1023 Chestnut St, Murphysboro, (618) 687-3700 Cummare’s Restaurant in Murphysboro, Illinois, is a family owned Italian restaurant. The owners are always present and clients can count on homemade Italian food that is consistently tasty. We stand out from other Italian restaurants because our food is made with the finest ingredients in our small kitchen. We offer delicious salads and desserts along with our entree selections. Our clients especially enjoy our fine selection of Sicilian wines. From pizza to lasagna to wines from Sicily, those who frequent our restaurant or first time visitors will delight in our ethnic recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Each week Cummare’s offers specialty dishes along with our standard menu. Hand-tossed pizzas, fruitti de mare, various pastas, meat specialties and also vegetarian dishes can be topped with bolognese, marinara or Alfredo sauces that are made daily in our kitchen.

Runner-Up Bennie’s 309 N Market St, Marion, (618) 997-6736

Honorable Mention Italian Village 405 S Washington St, Carbondale, (618) 319-4156 905 S. Court St., Marion

(618) 993-3906

1807 W. Main St., Carbondale Located in Murdale Shopping Center

(618) 519-9378

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100 N Glenview Dr, Carbondale, (618) 457-4026 1906 Coolidge Ave, Marion, (618) 997-0162

Runner-Up Sergio’s Mexican Restaurant 203 N Williams St., Murphysboro, (618) 684-6254 1400 S 16th St., Herrin, (618) 942-8085 1330 W. McCord, Centralia, (618) 533-5801

Honorable Mention Tres Hombres 119 N Washington St, Carbondale, (618) 457-3308

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT First Place The Newell House 201 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 549-6400 Newell House would like to thank all of our loyal customers who took the time to vote in the Readers’ Choice Awards. There are many terrific restaurants in the region, and we are humbled to be considered among them. Southern Illinois is a special place, and we are honored and grateful to be a part of this community. We would also like to thank our staff for all of their hard work throughout the year. A special thanks to our Executive Chef, Mark Fontana, and the dedicated, professional kitchen team he has assembled. Without their continued commitment to improve every day, none of our success would be possible. We are looking forward to another exciting year in 2014. Thank you!


FOOD Runner-Up Mary’s


509 South Park Avenue, Herrin, (618) 942-2742

First Place Wendy’s

Honorable Mention Tom’s Place 17107 Hwy 51, De Soto, (618) 867-3033

BEST PLACE FOR BBQ First Place 17th Street Bar & Grill 32 N 17th St, Murphysboro, (618) 684-3722 2700 17th St, Marion, (618) 998-1114 Barbecue is a way of life at 17th Street and the restaurant is a community gathering place where guests become family and return time and again. They share the gospel of barbecue and their delicious food at catered celebrations, and at barbecue events all over the country. Their barbecue is rooted in history and family, and smoked using local apple wood and their famous Magic Dust. At 17th Street, barbecue is a culture, not a concept. Supporting and shining a spotlight on Southern Illinois through numerous features media appearances and named best barbecue by media outlets from Bon Appetit and Travel and Leisure to Food Network and Travel Channel. Pitmaster Mike Mills has devoted his life to the pits and is considered by his peers a true pioneer, legend, and leading force in the barbecue world.

Runner-Up Bandana’s 309 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 490-1777

500 E Walnut St, Carbondale, (618) 351-9183 1128 N Carbon St, Marion, (618) 993-6565 As a customer at a Wendy’s restaurant, you can count on many things: a friendly crew; a bright, relaxed atmosphere; clean tables; and a variety of menu choices. The most important thing our customers can rely on is great-tasting food. They know the hamburgers will be fresh, never frozen; the salads crisp and fresh; and the chili rich and meaty. They expect the Frosty™ to be cool and creamy; the fries hot and crispy; the chicken tender and flavorful. When everyday people sort through all the ‘spin’ there is one quick-service restaurant that is ‘A Cut Above’… that’s Wendy’s … we stand for honest food … higher quality, fresh, wholesome food … prepared when you order it … prepared by Wendy’s kind of people … people that believe this is My Wendy’s … we do it Dave’s Way … we don’t cut corners.

Runner-Up Steak ‘n Shake 2724 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 993-3939 1365 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-2187



First Place Gloria Jean’s

First Place Larry’s House of Cakes

1237 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-3153

Runner-Up Longbranch 100 E Jackson St, Carbondale, (618) 529-4488

Honorable Mention Starbucks 501 N Giant City Rd, Carbondale, (618) 457-5313 608 W Walnut St, Carbondale, (618) 453-5530

1807 W Main St, Carbondale, (618) 519-9378 905 S Court St, Marion, (618) 993-3906 Larry’s House of Cakes has been helping Southern Illinois Live the Sweet Life for over 50 years! Whether it is a daily indulgence by treating yourself to a cupcake or brownie; or celebrating a special occasion like a new birth or a retirement, we are honored & proud to be a part of turning your daily moments into lasting memories! Our business is a family-owned business that provides fresh, quality pastries at a reasonable price. We give our customers a personalize touch by decorating

Thank You!

Honorable Mention 17th Street Bar & Grill 32 N 17th St, Murphysboro, (618) 684-3722 2700 17th St, Marion, (618) 998-1114

Honorable Mention Pat’s BBQ 1514 7th St Exd, Murphysboro, (618) 687-4227

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FOOD their pastries to their specific needs and desires. It is our goal to be your life-long baker helping you celebrate birthdays, graduations, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, retirements, and all the other blessings life brings your way!

Runner-Up Cool Spoons 695 N Giant City Rd, Carbondale, (618) 529-5030

Honorable Mention Dairy Queen

the best in Southern Illinois. Fresh ingredients, classic recipes, and consistently good customer service are all things that come to mind, however, none of these things matter without one very important piece to our cheesy puzzle; you! We only need two words to describe what makes our restaurant the best place for pizza in Southern Illinois, “Our Customers”. Thank you all for your patronage. We look forward to serving you great food for many years to come!

Runner-Up Walt’s Pizza

508 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 457-5346 1700 Walnut St, Murphysboro, (618) 684-3313 201 E Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 998-0262 2200 W Main St, Marion, (618) 997-5180

BEST PLACE FOR PIZZA First Place Quatro’s Deep Pan Pizza 218 W Freeman St, Carbondale, (618) 549-5326 Thank you for voting Quatro’s Pizza as The Best Place for Pizza in Southern Illinois! We were asked to write 120 words describing what makes our pizza place

213 S Court St, Marion, (618) 993-8668

BEST PLACE FOR SANDWICHES First Place McAlister’s Deli 1382 East Main Street, Carbondale, (618) 319-4028 2704 17th St, Marion, (618) 997-1300

Runner-Up Jimmy John’s

BEST PLACE FOR SOUP First Place Panera Bread 1126 E Walnut St, Carbondale, (618) 457-5755

Runner-Up McAlister’s Deli 1382 East Main Street, Carbondale, (618) 319-4028 2704 17th St, Marion, (618) 997-1300

Honorable Mention Longbranch Coffeehouse 100 E Jackson St, Carbondale, (618) 529-4488

First Place Red Lobster 2900 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 993-6996

Runner-Up Whaler’s Catch

Honorable Mention Panera Bread

Honorable Mention Crazy Joe’s Fish House

123 N 2nd St, Paducah, (270) 444-7701

693 Suchman Rd, Ava, (618) 763-4417

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Runner-Up Pinch Penny Pub 700 E Grand Ave, Carbondale, (618) 549-3348

Honorable Mention Chili’s 1240 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-8083

BEST WINERY First Place Blue Sky Vineyard


1382 East Main Street, Carbondale, (618) 549-3334

1126 E Walnut St, Carbondale, (618) 457-5755

to get together with your friends, watch sports, drink beer and eat wings. There you have it. If you love wings, beer and sports like we do, then this is the place for you.

1435 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-4686 It all started with one restaurant in Columbus, OH in 1982. But really, all you need to know “About Us” is these three things: Wings, Beer, Sports. Why do those three things matter to us so much? Because that’s what our fans want, and that’s what we’re all about-making our fans happy. Buffalo Wild Wings is the ultimate place

3150 S Rocky Comfort Rd, Makanda, (618) 995-9463 First and foremost, thank you to all who took the time to vote and who see us as their favorite winery. We strive to offer a beautiful venue where it’s easy to spend time with friends while enjoying some of the best wines Illinois has to offer. We also take pride in our other amenities including great food, great music and great service. We appreciate and visit all of the local wineries just as many of your readers do. As wineries, we pride ourselves in our differences and realize that what makes us unique is also what makes us a comprehensive whole. I think our attention to detail in every regard (building, atmosphere, product) is what sets us apart from our neighbors.

Runner-Up Rustle Hill Winery 8595 Hwy 51, Cobden, (618) 893-2700

Honorable Mention Von Jakob Winery & Brewery 1309 Sadler Rd, Pomona, (618) 893-4500 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass, (618) 893-4600


2013 readers' choice for

Entertainment Best Bowling Alley First Place S.I. Bowl 10240 Samuel Rd, Carterville, (618) 985-3755 We are a family fun center with 32 lanes of bowling, 4 lanes of small ball bowling, billiards, arcade and sand volleyball. We also have a café and a large sports bar with gaming machines. We host great birthday parties, fundraisers, and team building events. There’s something for everyone at SI Bowl. For kids just beginning, there’s small ball bowling. For seasoned league bowlers, find the league that fits you. Arcade games for the young and old alike, there’s lots of fun every time you walk inside SI Bowl. SI Volleys also creates excitement during the summer months.

Runner-Up Herrin Bowl 625 N Pershing St, Energy, (618) 942-4091

Honorable Mention SIUC Student Center Bowling and Billiards Student Center, Carbondale, (618) 453-2803

Best Local Golf Course First Place Crab Orchard Golf Club 901 W Grand Ave, Carterville, (618) 985-2321 Crab Orchard Golf Club is an 18 hole golf course that has established itself as one of the best in the area. It features a full service golf shop, Clubhouse restaurant (open to public) with special meetings rooms available, and range. Services include individual and group lessons by PGA Professionals, custom club fitting, club repair, and junior golf. Crab Orchard Golf Club presents

players a fabulous product for the price. Whether a player chooses to become a member or play on a regular basis, the course provides a fun challenge. The staff at COGC is the most distinguished in the area having played in many national Championships and winning awards in teaching, club fitting, and tournament administration.

Runner-Up Hickory Ridge 2727 Glenn Rd, Carbondale, (618) 529-4386

Honorable Mention Kokopelli Golf Club 1527 Champions Dr, Marion, (618) 997-5656

Best Local Website First Place thesouthern.com 710 N Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 529-5454 The Southern Illinoisan’s website, www.thesouthern.com, reaches more than 425,000 unique visitors each month and receives an average of 80,000 page view each day. That’s 2.4 million page views each month. Our staff keeps the site updated with breaking news as it happens and other relevant articles. We offer photo galleries, slideshows, timelines, videos and other features that keep readers engaged.

Runner-Up wsiltv.com 1416 Country Aire Drive, Carterville, (618) 985-2333

Honorable Mention eccentricsboutique.com 308 E Plaza Dr, Carterville, (618) 681-2177

Best Place for a Wedding Reception First Place Blue Sky Vineyard 3150 S Rocky Comfort Rd, Makanda, (618) 995-9463 We are so proud to have been chosen as Southern Illinois’ favorite place to have a wedding. Thanks to everyone who voted! Whether it be a wedding, a family reunion or business meeting, Blue Sky is an unparalleled venue. We offer customized packages to suit your needs and an experienced and friendly events team to assist with the planning. With the natural beauty of the Shawnee Hills, we offer a location as memorable as the moment. Our events team takes pride in knowing that they can make your special day one to remember. Our caring attention to detail in every regard makes your day effortless, so you can spend it with family and friends, enjoying the special moments.

Runner-Up Walker’s Bluff 14400 Meridian Rd, Carterville, (618) 985-8463

Honorable Mention Field of Dreams Banquet Facility 145 Lexi Lane, De Soto, (618) 457-7888

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ENTERTAINMENT BEST PLACE FOR KIDS PARTY First Place Extreme Kids 1109 N Railroad St, Marion, (618) 997-3505 Extreme Kids is a one of a kind place where kids can run, jump, climb, play, and learn. We offer classes in gymnastics, tumbling, dance, karate, and Zumba. We also offer extreme bounce sessions, birthday parties, and field trips. We are always changing and expanding to meet the needs of our customers. Our staff is highly trained and love kids. Just an all-around fun place to be!

First Place Pirate Pete’s 800C, 3000 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 997-4353 Proud to be selected as #1 with 2013’s BEST awards, Pirate Pete’s continues to serve Southern Illinois as your Premiere Family Entertainment Center! AVAST, YE MATEYS- Be on the lookout for our NEW PIRATE’S PLAYPLACE, THEMED

PARTIES, & LAZER-TAG! Coming soon: brick-oven pizza buffet, FRI-SUN. We also offer libations for scallywags 21 and over. COME IN AND JOIN THE FUN! Not only does Pirate Pete’s offer fun for all ages, we offer a banquet hall for special events -aside from our ever popular birthday rooms. Finding something FUN for every member of the family is possible here at Pirate Pete’s. Whether it’s PIZZA & GAMES with the family, or LAZER-TAG and ICE-COLD BEER with ‘yer best mateys, Pirate Pete’s is here to meet your entertainment expectations.

Honorable Mention The Science Center 1237 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-5431

BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC First Place Walker’s Bluff 14400 Meridian Rd, Carterville, (618) 985-8463 Fine dining, award winning wines and unique shopping are only a few

of the things you will experience when you visit Walker’s Bluff. Our extraordinary grounds and venues are designed to provide our guests with multiple options to enjoy. Family friendly activities, spectacular events and concerts, hosted by our creative and attentive staff, make for cherished memories. Walker’s Bluff is a family business, owned and operated by Cynde and David Bunch. Their vision included creating an environment that would support employment opportunities and bring growth to Southern Illinois. We are unique and strive to delight our guests. Attention to detail, extraordinary customer service and a variety of family focused events are among our differentiators.

Runner-Up Rustle Hill Winery 8595 Hwy 51, Cobden, (618) 893-2700

We pride ourselves on providing quality services Open 12 months a year to serve you 628 East Walnut, Eastgate Shopping Center, Carbondale



First Place Z100 99.9 1431 Country Aire Dr Carterville, (618) 985-4843

Runner-Up CIL-FM 101.5 1431 Country Aire Drive, Carterville, (618) 985-4843

Honorable Mention WSIU 91.9 1100 Lincoln Dr—Ste 1003, Carbondale, (618) 453-4343


First Place AMC Showplace 8, Carbondale

1416 Country Aire Drive, Carterville, (618) 985-2333 WSIL is the ABC television affiliate serving southern Illinois, southeast Missouri and western Kentucky, broadcasting in full-time, full-power high definition. Three times in the last four years, the Illinois Broadcasters Association has honored WSIL-TV as the Illinois Medium Market Station of the Year and for three straight years Illinois Associated Press has named WSIL’s News 3 the state’s best newscast.

1263 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 549-6505

Runner-Up KFVS 12 (CBS)

Runner-Up AMC Centre 8, Marion

310 Broadway, P.O. Box 100, Cape Girardeau, (573) 335-1212 500 E. Plaza Drive, Suite #2, Carterville, (618) 985-6300

Honorable Mention Copper Dragon 700 E Grand Ave, Carbondale, (618) 549-2319


3107 Civic Cir Blvd, Marion, (618) 993-5102

to our Loyal Clients


Honorable Mention AMC University Place 8, Carbondale 1370 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-5156

Honorable Mention WSIU 8 (PBS) 1100 Lincoln Dr Ste 1003, Carbondale, (618) 453-4343

3000 West DeYoung, Illinois Star Center Mall, Marion



2013 readers' choice for

goods & services Best Apartment Complex

First Place Zeigler Body Shop

1101 E Grand Ave, Carbondale, (618) 549-1700

1901 Princeton Ave, Marion, (618) 997-6095 Zeigler Auto Body LLC. specializes in high quality auto body repair using the latest technology. We have the knowledge and experience to repair all makes and models of vehicles. We work with all insurance claims and companies, as well as those out-of-pocket repairs. We have been exclusively family owned and operated for 3 generations and have been in business for 61 years. We take pride in our work and strive to do the best job possible in an efficient manner. We have awesome customers who continue to refer their friends and family to us which keeps our business growing. Thank you for letting us serve you and thanks for your votes!

Best Auto Body Shop

Runner-Up Stewart Auto Body

First Place The Reserve at Saluki Pointe 500 Saluki Blvd, Carbondale, (618) 529-3500

Runner-Up The Pointe at SIU 900 E Park St, Carbondale, (618) 529-6444

Honorable Mention Aspen Court

First Place Vogler Ford 1170 E Main, Carbondale, (618) 457-8135 Vogler Ford Collision Center offers quality collision repair and assistance from towing or pick-up to working with insurance companies. We are a full service collision center on most makes and models. We also strive to generate an easy process for our customers by offering great customer service, by dealing with all insurance companies, and by always offering free estimates. With 125 combined years of trained and committed technicians, we strive to complete all necessary repairs to customer satisfaction. We will set up rental vehicles through your insurance company or offer a great rate through Vogler Ford. We work as a team and guarantee all work is done professionally. Come see us for quality collision repair.

215 N 9th St, Murphysboro, (618) 687-2011

Honorable Mention Auffenberg of Carbondale 1015 E Walnut St, Carbondale, (618) 457-3391

Best Automotive/ Repair Shop First Place Marion Ford 1910 West Coolidge Avenue, Marion, (618) 993-2161 Marion Ford Service Advisors, Clerks and Technicians are a group of hard working, caring individuals. They are constantly training and learning ways to keep your car in perfect working order. When your vehicle needs a repair, they understand that it is both inconvenient and stressful. They strive to keep you updated throughout the entire process, from diagnosis through the repairs. They can also offer a shuttle to get

you to work on time, or pick you up, or offer loaner and rental cars. Contact Marion Ford for more information: (618) 993-2161.

Runner-Up Today’s Technology 1235 E Walnut St, Carbondale, (618) 457-2151

Honorable Mention Gator Automotive 1240 North Reed Station Rd, Carbondale, (618) 457-7181

Best Bank First Place Old National Bank 509 S University Ave, Carbondale, (618) 457-3700 915 W Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-8980 300 S Division St, Carterville, (618) 985-5032 102 N Chestnut St, De Soto, (618) 867-3334 2 E Locust, Harrisburg, (618) 252-5800 719 Rollie Dr, Harrisburg, (618) 253-1260 2306 Williamson County Pkwy, Marion, (618) 997-7400 1709 Walnut St, Murphysboro, (618) 565-1366 Old National believes that supporting business and economic development improves the quality of life for all of us. With products ranging from personal and business banking to insurance, investments and wealth management, we’re your bank for all of life’s financial needs. However, being a community bank is about far more than meeting the financial needs of families and businesses. At Old National Bank, it’s about passion for community service and a deep commitment to servant leadership. Thank you for choosing us as Best Bank in the Southern Illinoisan Readers’ Choice Best of 2013 Awards!

Runner-Up First Southern Bank 301 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 549-3621 2500 W Murphysboro Rd, Carbondale, (618) 549-4802 505 Commerce Drive, Carterville, (618) 985-3700 628 Front Street, Grand Tower, (618) 565-2394 109 East Walnut, Murphysboro, (618) 687-2639

Honorable Mention Bank of Herrin 101 S Park Ave, Herrin, (618) 942-6666 1001 S. Division St., Carterville, (618) 985-4848

Best Barber Shop First Place SportClips 1254 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 351-8746 At Sport Clips, our mission is to “create a championship haircut experience for men and boys in an exciting sports themed environment.” We offer quality male hair care services, and are known for our “MVP Experience” that includes a precision haircut, invigorating scalp massage with Tea Tree shampoo, a classic barbershopstyle hot steamed towel treatment, and a relaxing neck and shoulder massage. Haircut, Steamed Towel, Shampoo and More. Get away from it all and experience the Sport Clips MVP! Enjoy a precision haircut followed by an invigorating scalp massage with Tea Tree shampoo, a classic barbershop-style hot steamed towel treatment and a relaxing neck and shoulder treatment. You’ll leave feeling like a new man – and it only takes 20 minutes.

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GOODS & SERVICES Runner-Up Gibb’s


customers always get the best cuts of meat, quality produce, and can assist you with special requests and orders. Keeping it local isn’t just a catch phrase for us; we support our local neighborhoods and our local producers. Our global selection of groceries is complemented by numerous local flavors-from meats and cheeses to fresh produce and a fine selection of brews and wines. Arnold’s Market – “Meat good food”.

First Place Arnold’s Market

Runner-Up Louie’s P&R

1903 Walnut St, Murphysboro, (618) 684-3288

Honorable Mention Brent’s Barber Shop 104 W Cherry St, Herrin, (618) 942-8855

2141 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 529-5191 Locally owned and operated since 1972, Arnold’s Market carries choice cuts of meat, organic, local, and gourmet items, along with everyday staples. Arnold’s friendly and knowledgeable staff ensures

120 E Walnut St, Herrin, (618) 942-3394

Honorable Mention Small’s Food Store 1005 E Main St, Marion, (618) 993-2735

BEST CATERER First Place Great Boars of Fire 820 Kratzinger Hollow Rd, Cobden, (618) 833-5858 “Great Boars of Fire provided the wonderful-tasting food we have come to expect from them,” is the sentiment we strive for each time we cater. “Our food is unsurpassed and all the people we work with are Class Acts,” says owner Dave (& Bob) Fombelle. We appreciate you, the customer, call and let us demonstrate why so many voted for Great Boars of Fire/The Blue Boar as “Best Catering”. When you have the best product, the best staff, and great coaches – you’ve just devised a winning combination. Great Boars of Fire has been recognized here and across the country for feeding our Ribs to the Rams and plating meals for the masses (tens of thousands) when disasters strike. It’s an obvious choice: Great Boars of Fire.

Runner-Up Southern Illinois Area Credit Union 4384 N Illinois St, Swansea, (618) 234-5021

Honorable Mention GenFed 800 S 42nd St, Mt Vernon, (618) 244-1077

Runner-Up 17th Street Bar & Grill


32 N 17th St, Murphysboro, (618) 684-3722 2700 17th St, Marion, (618) 998-1114

First Place Petco

Honorable Mention Crystal’s Catering 301 E Cherry St, Herrin, (618) 988-2019

BEST CREDIT UNION First Place SIU Credit Union 1217 W Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-3595 2809 Outer Dr, Marion, (618) 993-5244 300 N Pershing St, Energy, (618) 942-8261 As a full-service financial institution, SIU Credit Union proudly serves the financial needs of over 34,000+ members at our 6 locations. SIUCU offers Free Checking, better rates on deposits, as well as lower rates


on loans and credit cards. We also offer time saving and convenient products such as Online Banking, Bill Pay, eStatements, and Mobile Apps. As a financial co-operative, SIU Credit Union strives to follow in the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.” Like credit unions across the country, SIUCU is committed to our communities, offering financial services to underserved populations, engaging youth in financial education, supporting charitable activities and returning profits to our members.

1312 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-5249 We’re a leading specialty retailer of premium pet food, supplies, services and companion animals. We’re advocates for animals who are focused on delivering outstanding customer service in a fun, convenient shopping environment. We achieve all of this by employing knowledgeable, pet-loving people we can find to offer pets and pet parents a wide range of products and services to meet every need. Our vision says it all: Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World.® Because we firmly believe that life is better with a pet. We believe the bond we share with pets enriches our lives, strengthens our communities and makes the world a healthier, happier place for all. We believe all pets deserve loving homes, the best nutrition and a high quality of life.


GOODS & SERVICES Runner-Up Sudzy Paws 116 E Plaza Dr, Carterville, (618) 681-2152

Honorable Mention Doggie Stylez 1010 W Main St, Marion, (618) 889-4712

BEST DRY CLEANER First Place Fox’s Cleaners 1102 W Main St, Marion, (618) 993-5053

Runner-Up Horstman’s Cleaners 303 S University Ave, Carbondale, (618) 319-4395

Honorable Mention Custom Cleaners 1803 W Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-8244

BEST FITNESS CENTER First Place SIU Student Recreation Center 300 E Grand Ave, Carbondale, (618) 453-1277 Recreational Sports and Services (RSS) located within the Student Recreation Center offers a wide variety of programs and services including over 50 classes weekly for group fitness, yoga, Pilates, and dance. Boxing, martial arts, swimming lessons, and programs for children and families are also offered. The Student Recreation Center offers an Olympic-size, indoor swimming pool, 2 weight rooms, 6 basketball courts, 2 walking/jogging tracks, and many multi-purpose rooms. Our outdoor facilities include areas for softball, soccer, Frisbee golf, football, and many other sports. Our facilities and programs meet the needs of not only SIU students but also a

very diverse population. Programs for persons with disabilities, youth and families, and international participants are available. Our indoor facilities, as well as our outdoor facilities, are wheelchair accessible for participants and spectators alike.

Runner-Up Gold’s Gym 2421 W Main St, Carbondale, (877) 465-3703 2500 Williamson County Pkwy, Marion, (877) 465-3703

Honorable Mention Great Shapes 2121 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 529-4404

Honorable Mention Vigiano’s 2002 Bittle Pl, Marion, (618) 997-0197

Honorable Mention Southside Lumber 1300 S Park, Herrin, (618) 942-3111

BEST FLORIST First Place Jerry’s Flower Shoppe 16 W Freeman St, Carbondale, (618) 549-3560

Runner-Up Etcetera 1200 N Market St, Marion, (877) 837-8538

Honorable Mention We 3 Girls 509 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 997-3818

BEST FUNERAL First Place Pettett Funeral Home 1418 South St, Murphysboro, (618) 684-2101

Runner-Up Meredith Funeral Home 300 S University Ave, Carbondale, (618) 457-4139

Honorable Mention Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home 322 N Division St, Carterville, (618) 985-2131

BEST FLOORING STORE First Place Niemann’s American Flooring 3903 W Ernestine Ln, Marion, (618) 997-6521 138 Niemann, Murphysboro, (618) 687-2231 Niemann’s American Flooring is owned and operated in Marion and Murphysboro, providing Southern Illinois with affordable flooring options including carpet, hardwood, and sustainable flooring, all backed by superior customer service ! Our staff can assist with your project from the initial consultation, to providing onsite measuring and estimate, and with the complete installation. Visit our flooring showrooms to check out our available flooring options!

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Runner-Up Distinctive Flooring 10543 Illinois 149, Murphysboro, (618) 684-5320


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First Place Furniture King

First Place Eccentrics Boutique

First Place Hairbangers

First Place Murdale True Value

306 S Pershing St, Energy, (618) 988-9808 Hairbangers Salon and Spa aims to provide a family friendly Salon with a relaxing feel and the comfort of being at home. We are open Tues-Sat with walk-ins always welcome. Our services include men’s and women’s haircuts, color services, manicures, pedicures and waxing. Our customers are our top priority. Stop in and check us out! With a staff of 10 hairstylists ranging from 21 years of age and up, we have over 100 years of experience. We strive to educate our stylists and use the best products our industry has to offer. Keeping fresh young stylists in our salon allows us to stay in touch with the latest in men’s and women’s fashion.

1915 W Main Murdale Shpg Center, Carbondale, (618) 529-3400 Murdale True Value is four stores in one a hardware store, appliance store, lock and locksmith and rental store. We belong to two buying group True Value and Brand Source Appliances which give us buying power and also creates synergies to keep expenses down. We provide products and services to make your project easier to accomplish by combining rental equipment, products and knowledge. Murdale True Value is locally owned and supports the community with many local events and helps raise money for local causes. We have a wide selection of products and services and specialize in those hard to find items. The team members take a variety of training classes and are ready to assist our customers on their projects. We are dedicated to giving “Customer Delight” not just customer satisfaction. We strive to make a difference in our community to make it a great place to live, work and play.

2075 Sweets Dr, Carbondale, (618) 549-8332 Furniture King is a full line furniture and mattress store featuring over 30 manufacturers. We provide the most knowledgeable sales staff in the area and offer free design service to our customers. We have the area’s largest selection of La-Z-Boy, Broyhill, Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Vaughan Bassett. And also feature Tempur-Pedic and SD by Ashley. Newly featuring a Smith-Brothers Gallery. Our business prides itself on quality, service, affordable price and knowledge of merchandise to help our customers select the right merchandise for their wants and needs. We are also very invested in the community. Locally owned and operated for over 35 years.

308 E Plaza Dr, Carterville, (618) 681-2177 We offer a variety of fashion accessories and unique gift items for women. We are pleased to announce we are now carrying Kate Spade and Lily Pulitzer. Customers can find a one-of-a-kind custom jewelry piece or a unique bath bomb in our boutique. The gift items range in price so that we have an item for any budget. New products arrive daily, so our inventory is constantly changing. We are always searching for new and unique product lines. Many of our lines are exclusive to Eccentrics Boutique and can’t be found anywhere else in Southern Illinois. We also have a website where customers can shop 24/7: www.eccentricsboutique.com

Runner-Up ER Brown Furniture

Runner-Up The Apple Tree

401 E Main St, West Frankfort, (618) 932-2012

2015 W Main St # 105, Carbondale, (618) 549-1031

Honorable Mention Ashley Furniture

Honorable Mention Tickled Pink

715 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 351-8844

1821 W Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-5444

Runner-Up Lush Aveda Salon 701 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, (618) 549-5874

Honorable Mention PHD Salon 706 Eagle Pass Dr, Carterville, (618) 985-2400

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Honorable Mention Sarah’s Hair Design 301 N Park Ave, Herrin, (618) 942-6764

Runner-Up Menards 2500 Blue Heron Dr, Marion, (618) 993-0982

Honorable Mention Ace Hardware 635 N Pershing St, Energy, (618) 942-8900 1131 N Carbon St, Marion, (618) 997-7000 103 W Poplar St, West Frankfort, (618) 937-4261

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Runner-Up Pass One Hour 208 Rushing Dr, Herrin, (618) 997-6471

First Place Voss Heating and Air Honorable Mention Fowler Heating & Cooling 724 N 17th St, Murphysboro,

423 S Court St, Marion, (618) 997-5288 (618) 684-6959 Voss Heating & Air Conditioning is a family business with over 40 years of expe- BEST HOME REMODELER rience in making your home or business a comfortable place. If a problem with your First Place EA Knight heating or air conditioning system should arise, the Voss Team will do whatever it 1300 Pin Oak Dr, Carterville, takes to correct it. (618) 985-3000 Voss Heating & Air Conditioning employees are professionally trained in all aspects Runner-Up Fager Builders of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, 1298 N 7th St, Murphysboro, humidity and sheet metal fabrication. We (618) 687-1162 also regularly participate in ongoing factory training classes in new equipment as well as review proper service techniques and trends.

Honorable Mention Jason Bailey—PHM 112 W Broadway Blvd, Johnston City, (618) 988-0099

However, people should not mistake our not being pushy of not wanting their business. We’re very laid back, but at the same time, we’ll do anything to make our customers happy customers for life.


Runner-Up Your Jeweler

First Place TJ’s Fine Jewelry 1010 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 351-1200 We go out of our way to provide the best jewelry. TJ regularly makes trips to markets in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York to find the latest designs and trends. The new expanded showroom allows us to offer more inventory and better selection for southern Illinois. Our mission is to educate and help customers gain knowledge of the products, as well as to earn their trust and business.

209 W Commercial Dr, Carterville, (618) 985-8331

Honorable Mention Kay Jewelers 1215 E Main St #1070, Carbondale, (618) 457-8915

Why Old National Bank? Because you’ve voted us #1. Recently, Old National has received some prestigious awards like… • World's Most Ethical Companies and Ethics Inside Certification by the Ethisphere Institute • 4-Star rating by Bauer Financial Plus, 100% of our associates have helped make Southern Illinois a better place to live and work by… • Donating more than 7,500 volunteer hours in 2013 in support of nonprofit organizations • Raising nearly $183,000 to benefit charities by hosting 100 Men Who Cook And the award that means the most is the one voted on by our clients and the community, because you’re at the heart of all we do. Thank you for choosing us as Best Bank in the Southern Illinoisian Readers’ Choice Best of 2013 Awards! Serving the Southern Illinois area with 11 locations. 1-800-731-2265



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First Place Eccentrics Boutique

First Place Kohl’s

308 E Plaza Dr, Carterville, (618) 681-2177 Eccentrics Boutique is a stylish and friendly women’s fashion clothing and accessory store located off Route 13 in Carterville, Il. We are constantly researching new trends and clothing lines to bring to Southern Illinois. You will find classic, trendy, and casual styles with many options you could normally only find in big cities. Not only is fashion a priority, our customer service is essential to Eccentrics Boutique. We take great pride in making each and every customer happy with their shopping experience. We are a full-service apparel shop that offers alterations and assistance putting together a complete look that is perfect for you. We also have a website where customers can shop 24/7: www.eccentricsboutique.com

Runner-Up McKinney’s Western Store 802 Halfway Rd, Marion, (618) 997-6974

Honorable Mention Perfectly Posh

625 N Giant City Rd, Carbondale, (618) 351-9873 Kohl’s mission is to be the leading family-focused, value-oriented, specialty department store offering quality exclusive and national brand merchandise to the customer in an environment that is convenient, friendly and exciting. Kohl’s offers Unbeatable Savings Opportunities such as: Kohl’s Cash®, Night Owls and Early Birds, Kohl’s Charge, and Shoppers 60+. Kohl’s offers many customer friendly policies too. Kohl’s commitment to customers has been recognized by the National Retail Federation for the past seven years on its list of retailers that offer the best customer service. Kohl’s has ranked among the top retailers in the University of Michigan’s customer satisfaction survey for 10 consecutive years. Kohl’s was ranked by Forbes and the Reputation Institute as the most reputable department store on their annual list of the Most Reputable Companies.

Runner-Up Dillard’s 3000 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 993-6000

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Honorable Mention Macy’s 1237 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-4400

BEST NURSERY/ LANDSCAPER First Place Plantscape 720 N 33rd St, Herrin, (618) 942-4865 Plantscape Nursery is southern Illinois’ most complete garden center and includes a retail nursery covering three acres and a 10 acre tree farm. Curving walkways among plants, display beds, and outdoor music and fountains create a garden oasis for customers. Services include landscape design and consultation, paver and natural stone patios and walkways, retaining walls, night lighting, lawn irrigation, and all landscaping services including planting and delivery. Education is a priority. To help customers be successful in landscaping, gardening, and attracting birds and wildlife, we present educational seminars, publish an informative newsletter and employ a knowledgeable staff. We provide the very best gardening and landscape products and services for both professionals and homeowners and offer the area’s best selection of organic products, large trees, statuary, and wild bird products.

Runner-Up Changing Seasons Landscape Center 3915 W Ernestine Ln, Marion, (618) 997-6897

Honorable Mention Earthwork 208 W Monroe St, Carbondale, (618) 549-3230

BEST PET SHOP First Place Petco 1312 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 529-5249 We’re a leading specialty retailer of

premium pet food, supplies, services and companion animals. We’re advocates for animals who are focused on delivering outstanding customer service in a fun, convenient shopping environment. We achieve all of this by employing knowledgeable, pet-loving people we can find to offer pets and pet parents a wide range of products and services to meet every need. Our vision says it all: Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World.® Because we firmly believe that life is better with a pet. We believe the bond we share with pets enriches our lives, strengthens our communities and makes the world a healthier, happier place for all. We believe all pets deserve loving homes, the best nutrition and a high quality of life.

Runner-Up PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) 139 E Vienna St, Anna, (618) 833-3647

Honorable Mention Dee’s Pets 11426 Illinois 37, Marion, (618) 997-3849

Honorable Mention Fish Tales 408 S Pershing St, Energy, (618) 942-3474

BEST PHARMACY First Place Walgreens 206 S Wall St, Carbondale, (618) 457-4104 1600 W Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-8397 1710 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 998-1603 503 Walnut St, Murphysboro, (618) 565-2329 Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, and health and wellness services across the nation each day. The core, fundamental strengths of our company, developed over more than a century, include the best, most convenient store network in America and our trusted and iconic brand.


GOODS & SERVICES Walgreens believe in today and the work we are doing, in tomorrow and the work we hope to do, and in the sure reward the future holds. We believe in courtesy, in kindness, in generosity, in cheer, in friendship, and in honest competition.

Runner-Up Kroger 503 Walnut St, Murphysboro, (618) 565-2329 501 N Giant City Rd, Carbondale, (618) 549-9743

Runner-Up Ike Honda 4407 W Deyoung St, Marion, (800) 455-2277

Honorable Mention Marion Ford 1910 West Coolidge Ave, Marion, (618) 993-2161



First Place Prairie Living at Chautauqua

1314 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-0449 628 E Walnut St, Carbondale, (618) 457-0449 3000 W Deyoung St, Marion, (618) 997-4541 1303 Enterprise Way, Marion, (618) 997-1411 1404 Walnut St, Murphysboro, IL (618) 687-1531

First Place H&R Block

955 Villa Ct, Carbondale, (618) 351-7955

Runner-Up Liberty Village of Marion/Parkway Manor


3116 Williamson County Pkwy.Marion, (618) 993-8600

2431 W Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-0491

First Place Century 21 House of Realty


1009 N Carbon St, Marion, (618) 997-6495 We are a real estate brokerage firm with more than 40 broker associates providing property owners with real estate assistance throughout southern Illinois. Our vision is to be the indispensable source for real estate assistance throughout southern Illinois, guided by professional REALTORS®, marketing systems and support services that result in our customer wanting to be our client for life. With multiple offices throughout the region, we can provide unmatched exposure to our clients through the myriad of marketing systems available to assist in the sale or purchase of real estate property.

Honorable Mention Liberty Village of Carbondale

Honorable Mention CVS

First Place Vogler Ford 1170 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-8135 Vogler Motor Company is a full-service auto dealership that offers new Ford, Lincoln and Mazda vehicles. We also carry one of the area’s largest inventories of preowned cars. We have been serving the auto needs of Southern Illinois since 1923. When you shop for an automobile at Vogler, first thing you will notice is that we aren’t a high-pressure store. We don’t believe in treating people that way. Also, our sales staff is largely made up of veteran salespeople who have been with us for years. It is very common for our salespeople to work for us for their entire working career. We often celebrate 10, 15, 20 and more year anniversaries with our company. That is one key difference that takes away a lot of the hassles you find in buying a car at some places. When you can deal with someone you’ve bought from in the past, things just go smoother.

Runner-Up RE/MAX Realty Professionals 635 E Walnut St, Carbondale, (618) 549-9222

Honorable Mention Coldwell Banker Preferred Realty 100 E Plaza Dr, Carterville, (618) 985-4242

2950 Westridge Pl, Carbondale, (618) 351-6557

BEST TATTOO PARLOR First Place Tuff Luck Tattoos 2355 Sweets Dr #2, Carbondale, (618) 549-2034

Runner-Up Sarah Gibbons 15217 Harris School Road, Johnston City, (618) 983-5929

Honorable Mention Randy Youngblood 305 N 16th St, Herrin, (618) 988-1665

Honorable Mention Swinford Tax 108 W Cherry St, Herrin, (618) 942-6649

Runner-Up Unique Ink 1411 W Main St, Marion, (618) 993-5050

Honorable Mention Karma Tattoos 100 N Glenview Dr, Carbondale, (618) 529-4809

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We are honored to be named Top Dentist and thank all who voted for us.


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Best Auctioneer First Place Doerr Auction Service 345 Porter Ave, Vergennes, (618) 684-6315 Committed to providing our customers the highest quality of service, Doerr Auction is completely state of the art, with a large, modern, climate-controlled facility in Vergennes, and a totally inclusive traveling auction unit. We offer live and online auctions, internet marketing, computerized multi-par real estate system to maximize land tracts, and live feed video projections on a large multimedia screen. Cutting edge equipment and approaches, backed by 60 years of

experience, Doerr Auction & Realty is a family-run, customer-oriented business that is willing to go the distance for you and your auction needs. With extensive experience in real estate, estates, collectables, antiques, farm machinery, restaurant equipment, and business liquidations, Doerr Auction & Realty is ready to serve you!

Runner-Up Canning Auction Service 2049 Illinois 13 Business, Murphysboro, (618) 684-2331

Honorable Mention Joe Ollis 400 New Hope Rd, Buncombe, (618) 833-2227

Best Car Salesperson First Place Bill Manis (Vogler Ford) 1170 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-8135 Vogler Motor Company is a new car dealership. We offer new Ford, Lincoln and Mazda vehicles and a complete lineup of pre-owned cars, trucks, vans and suv’s. We have been serving Southern Illinois since 1923. Bill Manis is a fixture at Vogler. He began his automotive career in 1990 and Vogler is the only place he’s ever sold cars. He is consistently a top producer and as most of his customers will attest,

he goes the extra mile to make sure they have all the information they need to make an informed, yet unpressured decision. He remembers what it’s like to be on the other side of the desk and tries to treat every single customer like a member of his own family.

Runner-Up Andy Pettigrew (Vic Koenig) 1040 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 319-4667

Honorable Mention Greg Thompson (Vogler Ford) 1170 E Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-8135

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PEOPLE BEST CHIROPRACTOR First Place Dr. John McConnaughy (McConnaughy Chiropractic) 1027 S Division St, Carterville, (618) 985-4344 We are a natural healing profession, that help’s teach patients to correct the cause of their bodies pain. We work with them to create a more efficient and healthy body. Chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and various forms of physical therapy are used as needed, to aid in out patients quick recovery. Increased quality of life is our goal. Our office staff are caring, knowledgeable people, that work hard to give patients what they need. We treat them the way we would want to be treated in another doctor’s office. Happy face’s and on-time care, are two priorities we work to give every patient. Please remember— if you wear out your body, where are you going to live?

Runner-Up Dr. Michael Bradley (Bradley Chiropractic) 2306 W Main St, Marion, (618) 997-5959

Honorable Mention Dr. Angela Baxter (Alternative Healthcare) 1508 Sioux Dr #B, Marion, 62959, (618) 993-9910

BEST DENTIST First Place Dr. Justin Settle 1129 N Carbon St, Marion, (618) 997-6405 Dr. Settle and his staff strive to provide the best quality dental care in a pleasant and friendly environment. We offer exceptionally kind and gentle dentistry in a relaxed surrounding. Our

team of professionals will make your visit comfortable and enjoyable. Our services include: Preventive Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Removable Prosthetics, and Botox/Juvederm. At Justin Settle DMD, we strive to provide our patients with quality care, comfort, and convenience. Our goal is to build a lifelong relationship with each patient. We want to get to know you personally, understand your dental needs and concerns, and develop a dental care program that meets your individual goals. Our exceptional and experienced staff, partner with our patients to provide the healthiest, most beautiful smiles dentistry can offer with an emphasis on affordability and anxiety free.

Runner-Up Dr. Donald Summerlin (Aloha Dental) 1240 N Cedar Ct, Carbondale, (618) 549-7621

Honorable Mention Dr. Geoffrey Partlow (Carbondale General Dentistry) 1001 N Beadle Dr, Carbondale, (618) 457-2626’

BEST DOCTOR First Place Dr. Tandy Korte 2601 West Main, Carbondale, (618) 549-5361 Dr. Korte is a Board Certified Pediatrician who has practiced in the Carbondale area for 12 years. She belongs to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. Dr. Korte is readily available to all of her patients. She has an acute understanding of the difficulties for


parents with multiple children and the importance of meeting all of their children’s healthcare needs.

Runner-Up Dr. Jeffrey Parks

and medical/surgical treatments at their Marion Retina Institute.

Runner-Up Dr. Paul Jacobs (Jacobs & Crabtree)

405 Rushing Dr, Herrin, (618) 993-3300

1001 N Beadle Dr #40, Carbondale, (618) 529-4817

Honorable Mention Dr. Brian McElheny

Honorable Mention Dr. Chase Rudolph (Complete Family Eyecare)

207 W Jackson St, Carbondale, (618) 457-6787

BEST EYE DOCTOR First Place Dr. Ahmad (Marion Eye Center) 1200 W Deyoung Street, Marion, (618) 993-5686 The founder of Marion Eye Centers and Optical, Dr. M. Ahmad, came to southern Illinois in 1974. He brought with him a vision of bringing quality, cutting-edge and compassionate eye care to the residents of southern Illinois. Under his guidance, the practice has grown to 33 locations throughout southern Illinois and southeast Missouri, including 30 highly skilled eye care providers with a dedicated support staff of over 300. Utilizing innovative and proven diagnostic technology and treatments, the staff at Marion Eye Center treats virtually every eye condition, including the need for eyeglasses or contacts, no-stitch clear corneal cataract surgery, advanced retinal laser, glaucoma, eye plastic surgery, pediatric eye care and laser vision correction including iLasik,

2813 S. Park Ave, Herrin, (618) 942-5465

BEST INSURANCE AGENT First Place Dave Anderson (State Farm) 720 S Park Ave, Herrin, (618) 942-7337 My office provides personal and business insurance and financial services for our customers throughout Southern Illinois. My team and I will be the best choice for consumers for all their insurance and financial service needs. We do this by exceeding their expectations of the service they require. We always put our client’s best interest first.

Runner-Up Patty Koenig (Country Financial) 220 N 10th St, Murphysboro, (618) 684-5327

Honorable Mention Bob Bahr (State Farm) 2015 W Main St, Carbondale, (618) 457-2113


PEOPLE BEST LAWYER First Place Adam Lawler 1600 W Main St, Marion, (618) 993-2222 Our law firm offers a full range of legal services including personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, DUI, real estate, estate planning, business law and probate. We take pride in our professional yet personalized approach to representation. We deliver quality representation and give to our clients the attention, service and representation they deserve. We are local attorneys obsessed with providing the best value possible to our clients. We believe that in order

to do more we have to become more. We therefore constantly challenge our team to stay up to date with the latest case law, strategies and technology to constantly remain cutting edge. Please visit our website or call today (618) 993-2222.

Runner-Up Winter Campenella 144 S. Division, Carterville, (618)924-6717

Honorable Mention Jay Shaffer 111 W Main Street, Marion, (618) 997-5611



First Place Murphy 500

First Place Leigh Bedokis Photography

Murphysboro, IL Rob Baril (618) 924-0019 We are Murphy500 from Murphysboro IL. We are a country band consisting of members Justin Easton, Rob Baril, and Seth George. We play top 40 country and original music. We play throughout southern Illinois. What really sets us apart is the live shows. We have an extremely energetic live show that we put everything in to each and every time we play. We have a great time and we love what we do, and we feel that energy is felt by the crowd and makes our shows what they are. Currently, we are in the studio working out our first EP that should be released in the next month or two.

Runner-Up Jackson Junction Murphysboro, IL Bill Quigley (618) 521-1259

Honorable Mention The Swamp Tigers

The Giant City School Board and Staff would like to say

Carbondale, IL theswamptigers@gmail.com

135 South Division, Carterville, (618) 985-6016 Leigh Bedokis Photography specializes in portraits and weddings. We photograph maternity, newborn, children, family and commercial photography. We have two children’s clubs; Sprouting Up which captures the first year of a baby’s life and Growing On which captures the next five years. We also do custom design items. We love photographing all those special moments you want to capture in life. We LOVE our clients! We know that there are many options out there and capturing the most important moments in life cannot be taken for granted. We appreciate our clients so much. We strive to go above and beyond. We want everyone’s experience to be perfect. We strive for our customer service and response to calls and emails to be the best around.

Runner-Up Jenn Fortune Photography 104 E Monroe St, Unit D, Herrin, (773) 234-1881

“Congratulations, to Brooke Crombar!” for her selection as

Reader’s Choice

Teacher of the year We are proud of you! Reader’s Choice- Brooke Crombar Mrs. Brooke Crombar has been a teacher at Giant City School for the last fourteen years. Brooke has taught mostly third grade but this year moved to a multiage third/fourth grade room at Giant City. Throughout her career she had displayed many traits of a truly GREAT teacher. Her care, compassion and professionalism make her stand out to students and parents. Brooke always displays a great attitude with her students and serves on several school committees. She helps promote good behavior in students through her involvement in P.R.I.D.E. She definitely goes the extra mile to make her students feel welcome and secure about their learning. Giant City School is honored to have Brooke Crombar on our staff.


Thank You Southern Illinois! We Appreciate Your Support. Adam B. Lawler David W. Lawler





PEOPLE Honorable Mention French’s Studio 821 S Park Ave # 1, Herrin, (618) 942-5328

BEST POLITICIAN First Place Mike Bost 300 E. Main, Carbondale, (618) 457-5787

Runner-Up John Bradley 501 W Deyoung St #5, Marion, (618) 997-9697

Honorable Mention Gary Forby

know we are working hard for you.

Runner-Up Tyler Patton (Paul Wilson Realty) 1007 W Main St, Marion, (618) 997-1371

Honorable Mention Rich Davis (Century 21 House of Realty) 1009 North Carbon Street, Town & Country Village, Marion, (618) 997-6495


903 West Washington, Suite 417, Benton, (618) 439-2504

First Place Brooke Crombar (Giant City School)


Makanda, (618) 457-5391 Mrs. Brooke Crombar has been a teacher at Giant City School for the last fourteen years. Brooke has taught mostly third grade but this year moved to a multiage third/fourth grade room at Giant City. Throughout her career she had displayed many traits of a truly GREAT teacher. Her care, compassion and professionalism make her stand out to students and parents. Brooke always displays a great attitude with her students and serves on several school committees. She

First Place Judy Davis (Coldwell Banker Preferred Realty) 100 West Plaza Drive Carterville, (618) 985-4242 As a broker for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, I work (more than) full time to make sure your home buying/ selling process goes smoothly. It is so important to me that my clients know that their needs and wants come first. I love to see the happiness that occurs when buyers find ‘their’ home or when sellers can move on to the next phase of their lives. Those of us at Coldwell Banker Preferred Realty in Carterville really work as a team to provide the best service, whether you’re selling or buying a home. We are here from start to finish and then.. even after the sale! You will be treated with respect and honesty and you will


helps promote good behavior in students through her involvement in P.R.I.D.E. She definitely goes the extra mile to make her students feel welcome and secure about their learning. Giant City School is honored to have Brooke Crombar on our staff.

surgical procedures but because our clients have busy schedules all other visits are first come first serve walk-in. We not only care for our patients we also care for our clients. We try to personalize each visit so our clients and patients both have a good experience.

Runner-Up Cindy Bisching (Marion High School)

Runner-Up Dr. Richard Harper (Central Hospital for Animals)

1501 S Carbon St, Marion, (618) 993-8196

Honorable Mention Jay Lentz (Hamilton County Senior High) McLeansboro, (618) 643-2328

BEST VETERINARIAN First Place Dr. T.O. Miller 1022 M 6th St, Murphysboro, (618) 684-4066 Miller Veterinary Clinic has two veterinarians, Dr. T.O. Miller and Dr. Sarah Landers, and four assistants. Our caseload is 90% small /10% large animal. We provide in house bloodwork, dental cleanings, video otoscopy, an electrosurgical unit and CO2 laser for surgical procedures, and a Class IV Therapy laser. We offer grooming on Thursday by appointment. We schedule

695 N Giant City Rd, Carbondale, (618) 549-4738

Honorable Mention Dr. Jennifer Armstrong (Creekside Veterinary Clinic) 9351 Old Highway 13, Murphysboro, (618) 687-1766

Honorable Mention Dr. Michael Troop 12737 Sarilda Ln, Marion, (618) 964-1864

BEST WAITER/ WAITRESS First Place Ashley (Pinch Penny Pub) 700 E Grand Ave, Carbondale, (618) 549-3348

Runner-Up Rachel (Chuck’s BBQ) 1420 S Park Ave, Herrin, (618) 988-6566

Honorable Mention Megan (Subway) 1201 W Main St, Carbondale, (618) 549-4020 1181 Rendleman Rd, Carbondale, (618) 457-7827


We want to congratulate the top 3 winners in the Best Doctor category of the Reader's Choice Awards:

Dr. Brian McElheny

Dr. Jeffrey Parks

Dr. Tandy Korte

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