Friday, October 30, 2009
Update: Apparently the bar closing doesn't extend to liquor sales anymore as Old Town Liquors was open and doing a brisk business around 9:30 this evening.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The City of Carbondale Police Department wants to wish all children a safe and happy Halloween. In order to make Halloween safe and pleasant for everyone, we would like to offer the following Halloween safety recommendations.
- Wear light-colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping and add reflectors.
- Paint faces or make sure your children can see and breath well through face masks.
- Do not trick or treat alone and young children should be accompanied by an adult.
- If you are going to be out during hours of darkness, take a flashlight.
- Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know and which have their porch lights on.
- Walk on the sidewalk and watch for vehicle traffic when crossing the street.
- Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.
- Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
- Children, do not accept rides from strangers.
Remember, volunteers wearing orange safety vests and driving vehicles bearing the "Pumpkin Patrol" logo will be patrolling areas of our community where kids go to "trick or treat". Although we strongly encourage adults to accompany children, the volunteers will identify potential hazards to children and provide a place where children can turn to if they feel threatened. If you have any questions please contact Officer Randy Mathis at 457-3200 ext. 428.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Fritzler was in the middle of a somewhat lengthy statement when I arrived, discussing how he has visited the locations of all 21 homes and how some were in very good condition and some in poor and how maybe we ought to look at the specifics of each location rather than lumping them all together. He also pointed out that when the council last visited the topic, there were 17 homes in non-compliance and 10 of them were no longer there. This means we've found 14 more not in compliance that were overlooked 5 years ago.
Councilman Haynes also spoke on the amendment, mainly in generalities about how the council needed to look at both sides of the matter.
The mayor then asked if anyone on council wished to offer an motion. After some dithering by council members, Lance Jack offered one specifying the removal of the units within 48 months with a payment of $1000 by the city to the owner of homes moved by Jan. 2011. The motion died for lack of a second. Chris Wissmann then commented he could have supported Jack's motion, if the payment date had been 6 months earlier, June 2010, which got me wondering why he didn't second the motion then move to amend.
Mayor Cole then called the city's lawyer to the podium for some questioning. No, under the law this is not considered a taking of property. Yes, Illinois courts have held that cities are within the law in enacting and enforcing ordinances such as this. I did notice several times the mayor employed the questioning technique of, after someone has answered a question, just sitting there and staring at them, saying nothing. Invariably, the questionee will feel compelled to add onto or expand on their answer and the city's lawyer did that several times.
Finally, when no council member would move anything so they could tack action, Mayor Cole, with council's agreement, sent the amendment back to city staff, with the directive to add more specifics to it, including whether there should be an extended cutoff date by which the mobile homes had to be moved and whether some sort of compensation should be paid by the city to the owners. Cole then closed the meeting at 9:14.
John Cage Composition To Receive World Premiere Performance at SIUC
Southern Illinois resident and sound artist DaveX will perform the world premiere of "KNOBS" by John Cage this November 18, at 7:45 p.m., in the SIUC Student Center Auditorium. The performance will be part of "All Together Now," a three-day inter-arts event beginning the same evening.
"KNOBS," a 1971 composition by John Cage and former University of Illinois faculty member Lejaren Hiller; is a highly unique work scored for a recording of an earlier Cage/Hiller composition "HPSCHD" and stereo equipment. As was often the case with Cage's works, the score was generated through random means-- for "KNOBS," Cage and Hiller utilized the State University of New York at Buffalo's (then) state-of-the-art CDC-6400 mainframe, resulting in ten thousand unique and separate score printouts originally included in the LP release of "HPSCHD."
To date, none of these 10,000 scores have been publicly performed.
"After discovering an intact copy of the score in a used LP, I started trying to find out if it had ever been presented," DaveX said. "I was amazed to learn that it hadn't, especially after 38 years!"
"HPSCHD," a recording of which takes center stage in the performance of "KNOBS," is widely-acknowledged as one of Cage's most ambitious works. At its premiere performance in 1969 at the Assembly Hall of Urbana Campus, University of Illinois; "HPSCHD" featured seven harpsichordists, 208 computer-generated tapes, 52 projectors, 64 slide projectors with 6400 slides, 8 movie projectors with 40 movies, a 340 foot circular screen and several 11x40 foot rectangular screens. The performance lasted over five hours, with thousands of persons in attendance.
"These two composers were pioneers," DaveX said. "Cage introduced chance processes in composition, and Hiller helped create one of the first pieces of computer music. Hopefully, this performance will give Southern Illinois a nice introduction to them both."
"KNOBS" starts at 7:45 p.m., November 18, in the SIUC Student Center Auditorium. Admission is free.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Roland W. Burris
Saturday, October 17, 2009
With a crime rate of 84 per one thousand residents, Carbondale has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 12. Within Illinois, more than 90% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Carbondale.
Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 20,700, Carbondale has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Carbondale does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Carbondale.
The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Carbondale does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Carbondale.
From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Carbondale occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Carbondale – such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder – is 1 in 213. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.
In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Carbondale is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Carbondale, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 13, which is a rate of 79 per one thousand population.Wow. And this is from a website people research to find out info about communities before deciding to move there.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Given how much press has been devoted to the loss of the grants, the video shows very few students showing up to testify and what looks like their last opportunity to get their stories before the Commission.
Update: WSIL has their story about the same event here.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
There are at least three sets of spook lights associated with railroad tracks in the Carbondale area. The one closest to town is along the abandoned railroad bed that runs along the northern edge of Oakland Cemetery, located at the north end of Oakland Ave. I've heard stories of people reporting occasional lights along there infrequently since the 1970s.
A second spot to try to catch a railroad spook light is along the tracks running though Makanda south. This one has a story attached to it about a railroad conductor/engineer, who when the train he was on stopped on the tracks, frantically waved his lantern to alert an oncoming train. Unfortunately, the oncoming train didn't halt in time, smashing into the stoppd one. However the engineer/conductor's heroic actions caused it to slow down enough that only he was killed in the accident. Needless to say, this is a common motif found in railroad ghost light stories.
The third light has been reported floating along the tracks running through the Boskydell area. No particular story attatched to this one that I've heard, except that it's supposed to be bad luck to see them. The lights in all three locations appear infrequently, glow yellow or white and float 3-6 feet above the tracks.
President Posahrd's response, two days later (Spet 30) declines the offer for two reasons. First, he expects the state to reinstate MAP grand funding and second, the money from the sales tax enabled the universty to sell bonds funding Saluki Way and "any changing in the intergovernmental agreement would, in all likelihood, affect the University's ability to pay for those bonds."
This works out very well for Mayor Cole. For the people who support the tax going to Saluki Way, it's still in place. For those who want it changed, it's now a matter of record that he approached the university about changing it and it's now President Poshard's doing that the tax still goes to fund Saluki Way, and President Poshard has shown in the past he has enough support at the unversity and state level to weather any criticism he might receive as a result of this.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Residential burglary on East Sycamore.
Residential burglary on S. Beveridge
Armed robbery on South Washington
Residential burglary on West College.
Arrest for use of a stolen credit card.
Property recovered from July burglary.
Property damage on East Grand
Auto burglary on S. Forest.
Residential burglary on North University.
Property damage on South Ash.
Arrests in East College burglary.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Notices of the meeting had gone out to owners of the affected buildings and about 10 people showed up to speak. One woman spoke in favor of the ordinance, since she lived across the street from one of the homes. She said she had been told by Councilman Chris Wissmannn the structure would be moved, but instead new tenants had moved into it. she hope the new amendment would cause the owner to move it as she viewed it as a blight on the neighborhood.
The other attendees all spoke against the amendment. Most appeared to be landlords or their representatives, arguing that the amendment would imposed undue economic hardship on them, as they would lose the rental income from the property until they could relocate it and would have to bear the costs of moving the buildings. They also advanced the argument that the amendment represented an unfair taking of their property by the city without compensation and asked if the city was prepared to compensate them for the costs of moving or loss of rental income.
The only other argument offered was from one woman whose son had lived in the mobile home behind her house for 22 years with a tree growing up over it, making it impossible to move the home without cutting down the tree.
After listening to everyone's statements, three or four times in some cases, the commission voted 4-2, with one abstention by a member who had a financial interest in rental properties in the city, to approve the amendment and pass it along to the city council for a vote at the next meeting.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL COLLECTION ON OCT. 17
A free household chemical collection will be held at Southern Illinois
Airport near Carbondale on Saturday, October 17. This collection
program helps residents safely dispose of old and unwanted household
chemicals. Residents can drop off waste at the site on the date of the
event between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. only.
Items to be accepted at the collection include: paint, paint thinner,
aerosols, household cleaners, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides,
motor oil, antifreeze, old gasoline, batteries of all types, solvents,
polishes, pool chemicals, and lawn chemicals. Also accepted will be
unwanted or outdated medications, both prescription and
over-the-counter. These items should be brought in their original
container, but you may black out all personal information other than the
drug name. Do not bring in controlled substances, needles, syringes or
Citizens are especially encouraged to bring in mercury-containing
devices, such as thermometers, thermostats, and compact fluorescent
bulbs. Mercury is a silver, liquid element that can be harmful to human
health and the environment when such devices are broken or disposed of
Items which will absolutely not be accepted at the collection include:
explosives, ammunition, fireworks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors,
propane tanks, farm machinery oil, electronics, appliances, tires,
radioactive material, and medical waste. No business, industrial,
agricultural or government wastes will be accepted. Eligible
participants wishing to dispose of materials in containers larger than
five gallons should contact Jackson County Health Dept. prior to the
This rain or shine, one-day collection is open to all Illinois
residents. The event is being sponsored by Jackson County Health Dept.
and the Jackson County Board. To get to the collection, from Illinois
Route 13 west of Carbondale, take Airport Road north and follow the
Please contact Jackson County Health Department at 684-3143, ext. 128
for more information, or visit www.RecycleJacksonCounty.org
The council also approved the replacement of the Mugsy McGuire's building on the west side with a new Walgreen's and denied (again) William Hamilton's rezoning request along Black Diamond Drive. Funny, the article says city planners approved the project but, at the last planning commission meeting, the city planners spoke against it and the planning commission voted against the rezoning.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
In the original agreement, Section 3-A-2 gave the city "naming and advertising rights for the renovated Arena." This section is no longer in the April 15 document. I asked Councilman Chris Wissmann what he thought of this and he wasn't particularly concerned, saying he felt people would complain no matter what the city named the Arena. There would be complaints if we named it to honor somebody and didn't get money out of it and complaints if we sold the rights, with the naysayers saying we should have taken the opportunity to honor someone instead.
Section 2 of the agreeement has been extensively rewritten to more closely define what the university is doing with the funds, i.e. paying interest or principal on tax exempt or tax credit bonds or obligations and (quote) "In the event the University notifies the City of an examination of its bonds or obligations by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America, the City will cooperate with the University in defending such examination." (unquote)
Finally, Section 10 originally said that the city was still obligated to make its annual payment, even if the 1/4% sales tax is repealed or there is(quote) "a change to State law or andministrative regulations which modifies the manner in which the Home Rule Sales Tax is collected or paid or the base upon which it is levied." (unquote)
When he emailed Mayor Cole about the changes to the contract, D. Gorton received the following email in reply:
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 10:53 AM
To: Duane Stucky
Subject: Saluki Way Contract