Monday, August 31, 2015

Downtown Free Parking

The city has put "Free Parking" bags on meters in the parking lots in downtown, though onstreet meters still require payment. I was bemused to see that someone has torn off a number of the bags from meters in the Town Square lot. Cannot see a reason why someone would oppose free parking.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Axe Monkey

Axe Monkey recently opened in downtown Carbondale in University Plaza, next to Printing Plant. The business offers rehearsal space and guitar repair by a certified graduate of the Galloup School of Guitar Building and Professional Guitar Repair. Should be an addition welcomed by Carbondale musicians.


Haven't heard of much difficulty with parking after Evolve opened last week so hopefully my fears are overblown. Still, access to the parking behind the storefronts lining the east of S. Illinois needs improvement. The city has an easement to access it  through Reema's from the south, but access from the north end is blocked by Sidetracks.  Access could be improved by eliminating Friendship Park at the intersection of Illinois and Mill, as the city could probably create another 40 spaces there plus offer direct access to the row of parking behind Reema's , but advocates of green space in the downtown area would likely oppose that.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Musical and Boozy Weekend

Looks like 'twil be a weekend of music and alcohol.  PK's, Carbondale's oldest bar, celebrates 60 years this Saturday, Wanda Jackson performs at Turley Park with 11 other bands opening for her and the DuQuoin State Fair opens its gates.

Oh, and Solar Bear takes place at Pinch Penny Pub. Haven't heard as much about it as January's Polar Bear but a lot of students look forward to the event as a kick off to the fall semester.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

60 Years of PK's

The Southern has a gallery of photos of Carbondale's PK's collected over the years, which it posted in honor of the bar's 60 years in business.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sen. Mark Kirk Meeting

In case you would like to express your satisfaction, dissatisfaction or have a problem, Senator Kirk's staff will be at Rep. Mike Bost's office tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

I wanted to make you aware that my staff will hold mobile office hours in your area tomorrow, August 26th at U.S. Congressman Mike Bost's (R-Ill.-12) office located at 300 East Main Street, Hunter Building - Suite 4, Carbondale, Illinois 62901. They will be available from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm to assist you with any problems you may be experiencing with the federal government, including Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, student loans, and immigration.
I look forward to addressing your concerns and making the federal government work better for you and all the people of Illinois.

Monday, August 24, 2015


Traffic does not appear nearly as heavy as it  has during past fall semester starts. Usually I see 4-6 cars turning the wrong direction onto Illinois, Walnut, Main or University by this time of the month and so far none. Here's hoping that trend continues