City Attorney's Office


The City Attorney’s Office is responsible for the following:

  • Acting as adviser to the City of Carbondale in matters involving general municipal operations and administration
  • Advising City staff on legal issues
  • Prosecuting ordinance violations
  • Representing the City in legal proceedings
  • Reviewing and preparing legal documents
  • Updating the Carbondale Revised Code

Alternatives to Appearing in Court

If a person commits a City ordinance violation, there are alternative resolutions to appearing in City court, including:

  • Community Service: Perform a certain number of community service work hours at a specified/approved work site and pay only a portion of the set fine as an administrative fee
  • Pay-By-Mail Program: Pay a set administrative fee instead of appearing in court

Make an online payment within ten (10) business days of issuing the Notice to Appear ticket.

Collection of Debts

The City Attorney will take legal action against someone who fails or refuses to pay any outstanding debt to the City. This includes unpaid bills, weed mowing, and dishonored checks.

Ordinance Violations/Traffic Citations

All City of Carbondale Ordinance Violations and Traffic Citations are prosecuted through the First Judicial Circuit Court in Murphysboro, Illinois. All fines can be mailed to or paid in person at the Jackson County Circuit Clerk’s Office in Murphysboro, Illinois. For more information, call 618-687-7300.

Mediacom Complaints

If you have Mediacom service, live within City limits, and have service-related issues with cable television service, you may file an online complaint with the City. We will work with the complainant and Mediacom to ensure quality customer service.