The Southern Illinoisan
The Southern Illinoisan 2016.svg
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Lee Enterprises
PublisherTerra Kerkemeyer
Headquarters710 North Illinois Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62902
United States
Logo of The Southern Illinoisan (August 13, 2014)
Logo of The Southern Illinoisan (August 13, 2014)

The Southern Illinoisan is a daily newspaper based in Carbondale, Illinois, known locally as "The Southern." As of October 2014, it has a daily circulation of 21,270, and a Sunday circulation of 26,958.[1] It is one of the major regional newspaper and media services for southern Illinois.


The Southern Illinoisan was created in 1947 when Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers of Decatur, Illinois, purchased three area newspapers—the Daily Free Press of Carbondale, the Murphysboro Daily Independent and the Herrin Daily Journal—and merged them into a single publication.[2][3] Lee Enterprises purchased the Southern Illinoisan and other Lindsay-Schaub papers in 1979.


  1. ^ "Audiences". Lee Enterprises. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  2. ^ "Lee, Lindsay-Schaub 'compatible'". Decatur Daily Review. January 26, 1979. p. 15.
  3. ^ Hammond, Trevor (January 23, 2015). "The Southern Illinoisan". Fishwrap. Retrieved February 24, 2017.