Monday, March 27, 2017

Bost Statement

Here is Rep. Mike Bost's statement regarding the postponement/collapse of the vote on the ACHA. Would like to point out that it took over a year of crossing the country and talking to people before enough support was generated for the ACA to pass. The congress wanted to pass this act with just of two weeks of discussion:

U.S Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement regarding the decision to postpone a vote on the American Health Care Act in Congress:
“Today’s decision to postpone the vote does not dismiss the fact that Obamacare is broken. This law has led to higher costs, fewer choices, and less access to the quality care that people need. These trends just aren’t sustainable. The American Health Care Act was to be the first step in a multi-step process to fix our health care system. I am hopeful that the White House and Congress will continue working to find solutions that restore health care decisions to patients and their doctors and not the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.”

Friday, March 24, 2017

Terri Bryant Survey

In case you are interested in giving feedback to her, our State Representative Terri Bryant has a survey posted on her website soliciting feedback from constituents. Some of the questions do reflect just a wee bit of bias.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Police on St. Patrick's Weekend

Carbondale Police reported no arrests for DUI during their stepped up enforcement over the St. Patrick's Day weekend, though several people did get arrested for not wearing their seatbelts, driving while using a cell phone and speeding.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tree Sale

Want to reforest your lawn. Keep Carbondale Beautiful will sell  native trees and shrubs at the arena this weekend. Just avoid Sweet Gums.

 Keep Carbondale Beautiful will be selling 43 kinds of native trees and shrubs in the SIU Arena Parking Lot, outside the Southern Illinois Home and Garden Expo on Saturday March 25 and Sunday March 26.  Among the highlights are natives that can go from wet to dry – esp. Blackgum, Bald Cypress, and Buttonbush; and plants that provide food, mostly for wildlife, like Chokeberry, Hazelnut, and Elderberry.  There will be seven types of oak, two magnolia, and two viburnum.
Most of the plants come from Forrest-Keeling Nursery, outside of St. Louis.  Others come from Tabor Nursery, south of Carbondale.  All are native to this area and thus are more likely to thrive and to provide food and habitat for wildlife.
The sale is outside the Home Show; no ticket is needed.  The public is invited to use this opportunity to learn more about native plants.  For more information, go to <> or contact KCB at 618-525-5525.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Uber and Lyft

Both Uber and Lyft, seeking to expand their market share, have come to Carbondale and the city council has responded by requiring those wanting to drive for either company to get permits and undergo a background check. Both companies have fought similar regulation in larger markets so will be interesting to see if they choose to comply with the regulations, fight them or abandon Carbondale as a market :

Individuals looking to drive for a transportation network company (TNC) in Carbondale can now pick up an application in the City Clerk’s Office.
Applicants must provide a copy of their Illinois driver’s license, proof of insurance coverage meeting the state requirements outlined in 625 ILCS 57/1 et seq. and pay $45 for a criminal history check.
In addition, a vehicle safety inspection form signed by a City-certified ASE-approved mechanic must be submitted at the time of application. A registry of approved ASE-certified mechanics is available in the Clerk’s Office.
Once those requirements have been met, the City Clerk will issue qualified drivers a TNC license and a vehicle sticker valid through the end of the year. Both items must be present in the vehicle at all times.
Applications are available online at

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mike Bost Town Hall

For those of you who missed Rep. Mike Bost's telephone town hall last Wednesday night, his office has posted it here. Runs about an hour.

Rep. Bost has also posted a form where you can give feedback or your experience with the Affordable Care Act, which is its real name, not Obamacare. I have read incidents where people have in one breath called for the repeal of Obamacare, while in the next breath saying how much the ACA helped them.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

City Council Forum

In case you feel like listening to and quizzing the candidates for city council, the Arbor District will sponsor a forum with them tomorrow at 3 p.m.  Seems like a lot less interest in this election than the last one, perhaps because we don't have a mayor on the ballot:

A reminder that we will be sponsoring a forum for city council candidates on Sunday. Please join us if you can. 

Here are the details:

3:00pm, Sunday March 19, 2017
First Christian Church
306 W Monroe St.
Carbondale, IL 62901