Saturday, October 30, 2010
"I would say just keep it the same," says Fritzler.
The rationale there is that the city gave the students a chance in 2000 and they blew it. Once bitten, twice shy.
Meanwhile Sidetracks bar manager Bryan Woodruff offers the opposing opinion:
"Give the students, give the population a chance to prove they're different than the people who were here 10 years ago," says Sidetracks bar manager Bryan Woodruff.
Here the rationale is, why punish today's student population for the actions of those a decade ago? Closing the bars and university is a heavy load to place upon those who had nothing to do with the activities of a decade ago.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Just in time for Halloween, the Little Egypt Ghost Society will conduct an investigation of the building from 10 to midnight the evening of Oct 30. Tickets are still available if you wish to participate in the investigation for a donation of $25. You can still reserve a spot by contacting Carbondale Main Street.
Mayor Cole Sets Trick-Or-Treat Hours for Carbondale
Mayor Brad Cole has proclaimed Sunday, October 31, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. as the official "Trick or Treat" hours for Carbondale children.
The Mayor is encouraging residents to indicate their willingness to welcome the children by keeping on their porch and exterior lights. He also urges that "Trick or Treaters" wear reflective clothing or tape and that parents check all treats for potentially harmful objects.
Mayor Cole and the members of the City Council ask the cooperation of all citizens in making this a happy and safe occasion for our community.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Chris Wallace, the City of Carbondale’s Senior Planner, be attending the Next Neighborhood and Housing Action Group meeting, November 3rd , 5pm, City Hall. He will present a power point on “Implementation Plans for the Comprehensive Plan”. Mr. Wallace presented this power point at the last Planning Commission Meeting. The presentation is on the City’s initial focus implementing the Comprehensive Plan—zoning ordinances. The City is in bidding process for selection of a consulting firm to assist in: restructuring and consolidating zoning districts; consistency in zoning ordinances, reviewing land use intensity system and site design standards. Please join, zoning issues are fundamental to preserving and developing safe and healthy neighborhoods.
Monday, October 25, 2010
According to author Jim Loewen, Illinois has the largest number of confirmed sundown towns (approx 440) in the nation, with Anna having signs posted on the outskirts of town as late as 1954.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
There are reports of lights floating along the northern edge of the cemetery, along were railroad tracks used to run. Similar lights have appeared floating along other tracks sections as well, notably along the tracks near Boskydell and the tracks south of Makanda.
Jim Jung, in his book Weird Egypt, also reported seeing a strange catlike creature, running through the brush near Oakland. I haven't heard any reports of similar critters running around in recent years, though.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Does SIUC have high standards when it comes to accepting students?
If I were you, though, I would get rid of the academic elitist undertones I am sensing in your post and visit the campus. Talk to some professors and students and decide if it would be the best school for you. If you absolutely love SIUC, then go! With your stats I'd be shocked if you didn't get enough scholarships to cover at least the majority of your expenses, if not all of them. Just choose the school you think is best for you based on YOU, not statistics found on a website or sheet of paper.
On 10-19-10 at 8:15 p.m., the City of Carbondale Police Department received a report of a person who was the victim of a gunshot wound on 10-18-10 in the 700 block of South Lewis Lane. During the course of the investigation officers arrested Detzuan L. Snowden for aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannabis over 30 grams. Detzuan was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. The victim sought treatment at an out of area hospital and a second victim declined medical treatment. Both victims suffered minor injuries. The investigation subsequently revealed the victim allowed the suspect to shoot him in the foot as the result of a loss of a bet the two of them made years ago. When the suspect shot the victim in the foot, the bullet ricocheted and struck another acquaintance in the foot. The investigation into the incident is continuing.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Letters of interest are sent to the mayor.
2. Mayor reviews letters.
3. In a closed session of the council, the mayor makes his recommendation and shares the names of those that sent letter.
4. At a regular council meeting, a council member can make a motion and another council member can second the motion to accept the mayor’s recommendation.
5. The council votes on the mayor’s recommendation.
6. If the majority vote in favor of the mayor’s recommendation the process is over.
7. If no majority for that person, other motions can be made for other people to fill the vacancy.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Edited to add the time: Starts at 10:30 a.m. Maybe if it goes well, Armstrong will host a nighttime Halloween soundwalk. That would be cool.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Lance Jack said all too often it feels like he is the only person really fighting for Carbondale’s future, which is why he has decided to reapply for his council seat.
Mayor Cole has asked for applications for the seat and, as I read the above, Jack plans to apply for the seat that he vacated on Oct. 5. As far as I can tell from a reading of the appropriate statute, there's nothing stopping him from doing so.
As I've noted before, there are two statues that may apply here. The first, #1below, appears to apply to cities that elect aldermen or councilmen from wards, the other, #2, appears to apply to cities that elect their councilpeople at large or from the city population as a whole. The difference between the two is crucial because, under #1, if the council rejects the mayor's first two choices, the mayor then appoints one of the two rejected applicants to the vacant position. Under statute #2, it appears the council continues to vote on applicants until it approves one. It appears the council will go with a combination of #1 and #2, with Mayor Cole collecting letters of application and forwarding them to council, along with his nomination:
#1 Appointment to fill alderman or trustee vacancy. An appointment by the mayor or president or acting mayor or acting president, as the case may be, of a qualified person as described in Section 3.1-10-5 of this Code to fill a vacancy in the office of alderman or trustee must be made within 60 days after the vacancy occurs. Once the appointment of the qualified person has been forwarded to the corporate authorities, the corporate authorities shall act upon the appointment within 30 days. If the appointment fails to receive the advice and consent of the corporate authorities within 30 days, the mayor or president or acting mayor or acting president shall appoint and forward to the corporate authorities a second qualified person as described in Section 3.1-10-5. Once the appointment of the second qualified person has been forwarded to the corporate authorities, the corporate authorities shall act upon the appointment within 30 days. If the appointment of the second qualified person also fails to receive the advice and consent of the corporate authorities, then the mayor or president or acting mayor or acting president, without the advice and consent of the corporate authorities, may make a temporary appointment from those persons who were appointed but whose appointments failed to receive the advice and consent of the corporate authorities. The person receiving the temporary appointment shall serve until an appointment has received the advice and consent and the appointee has qualified or until a person has been elected and has qualified, whichever first occurs.
#2If a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor or councilman, the remaining members of the council, within 60 days after the vacancy occurs, shall fill the vacancy by appointment of some person to the office for the balance of the unexpired term or until the vacancy is filled by interim election under Section 3.1‑10‑50, and until the successor is elected and has qualified.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Communication and Reports:
A. Education and Technical Assistance Committee
4. Old Business:
A. Street naming
5. New Business:
A. Commission Bylaws - Associate Members
Friday, October 15, 2010
1. Rich Whitney won the debate. He was the only one of the three to propose thought out plans for dealing with the state's debt and many of its other problems.
2. Rich Whitney doesn't have a chance of winning the election. Though he commented on both of the other candidates' responses, they both ignored him, focusing their responses on each other. If they viewed him as a serious threat, Brady or Quinn would have responded to his proposals.
3. I haven't watched TV so have no idea of the state of the commercial discourse but the debate was civil. There were attacks by all three men but they were attacks on each others' policies and the handling of the governor's office, rather than attacks on personal behavior and history.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
8:50 Closing statements.Waiting for a fourth mention of Gov. Blago from Brady. Doesn't happen though.
8:48 Quinn supports a graduated income tax on earnings over $250,000. Brady does not want to see any tax income tax. Whitney supports a graduated tax as well but since it would require a constitutional amendment, refers back to Senate Bill 750.
8:47 Quinn's stance on concealed carry? He does not support it and says we should ban assault weapons. Brady says he supports concealed carry as does Whitney, who would allow any county to opt out.
8:44 How does Quinn's promise not to cut state jobs until 2012 affect govs. ability to do his job. Quinn has gotten concessions from unions to the tune of $300 million and says he inherited the contract that ties the govs' hands. Brady brings up Blago again (that's 3) and says the agreement to not cut jobs was a secret agreement between the union and the governor. Whitney says the deal sold out the people of Illinois and ASCME at the same time.
8:40 Over to farms. What happens if farm subsidies from the federal government get cut? Brady says increase biodiesal production and eliminating bureaucracy and regulation. Whitney calls ethanol a boondoggle and supports moving towards local food production for local consumption. Only 4% of the food consumed in Illinois comes from Illinois. Quinn says he has pushed for farm exports, biodiesal and touts himself as "Mr. Soybean".
8:37 What is the Gov. going to do to lift the poverty rate in southern Illinois. Quinn refers to the Put Illinois to Work program, which employs 26,000. Brady says taking taxpayer dollars to put people to work is not a viable option. Says need to build an environment in Illinois that is business friendly, providing permanent private sector jobs. Whitney wants to establish a State Bank, like that in North Dakota and create a green energy program to create green jobs.
8:33 To Whitney, question about late payments to institutions like SIUC. Refers back to his plan to dig the budget out of its hole, which would get payments back on track. Quinn says he had gotten funding to build more buildings on campuses and supports higher education. No specific references to the late payments. Brady says he won't cut higher education funding, unlike Quinn-Blago administration (2nd mention of Blagoyovich).
8:30 Rebuttals. Quinn leaps on the education issue again. Keeps attacking Brady and ignoring Whitney completely. Brady says Quinn's budget has a lot of back-room expenditures that were passed in secret. Whitney says he's the only one with a plan and that Quinn made the largest cut to education in Ill. history. Brady proposes a 10% cut in state revenue to balance the budget which requires a 40% cut to balance it.
8:26 Where are we going wrong in education? Quinn says we need accountability in education and properly paid teachers. We need more community colleges and more teachers. Brady says Quinn cut over a billion in education funding in the last budget. Whitney says we need a list of things for schools which need more funding and Illinois has one of the lowest rates of funding among the states. Refers back to Senate Bill 750 again.
8:23 Question about Medicare to Whitney, who wants a single payer system to replace the one we have now. Quinn wants to cut waste in the system and taking on insurance companies. Brady just used Reagan's "There you go again" line, says Quinn has failed to root out fraud and abuse.
8:19 Question about cutting mandatory payments i.e. pensions. Brad is pretty noncommittal as to how, and whoops, there's the first mention of Gov. Blagoyovich. Whitney says don't balance the budget by cutting promised pensions. Quinn talks about cuts he has made but no specific details about pensions. Talking about Brady and cuts in education.
8:16 Question to Whitney: how do we bring jobs to all parts of the state. Whitney refers back to his plan to provide free higher education to all citizens of Illinois that want and emphasizing green energy. Quinn brings up his support for the Jobs Recovery Bill and emphasizes the jobs brought to southern Illinois, refers to the STAR bonds program in Marion, notes that Brady voted against the Jobs Recovery Bill. Brady points out Illinois has had a net loss in jobs and that Illinois has lost 200,000 jobs during Quinn's term.
8:12 Next question from Jennifer Fuller: How do we get people back to work? Brady responds that we have to balance the budget and become more business friendly. Whitney says that the private sector does best when there is a strong public infrastructure. He wants to offer free high education to all Illinois citizens. Quinn says that jobs have actually been added during his term of office.
8:05 First question goes to Quinn, asking how he's going to balance the budget. Quinn is pretty non-specific. Brady says he will balance the budget without raising taxes. Whitney brings up actual figures and refers to Senate bill 750 as one way to start turning it around. Also proposes more taxes on riverboat gambling.
8:04 Rich Whitney has a go at it. He says that he's the only candidate with a plan to fix state government.
8:03 Bill Brady is making his statement now. He is saying that if you like the way Illinois government runs now, vote for Quinn.
8 p.m Questioning is Robert Rich, Jennifer Fuller and Rob Crowe I didn't catch. Jak Tichnor is moderator. Pat Quinn gets the opening statement.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Hundley House will host an open house on October 31 from noon until 2. Owner Bill Jones will be on hand to talk with visitors about the history of the house and the latest activity.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Maroney said he believes Carbondale's city government has strayed from its original design and he would act as a CEO, delegating authority to its proper recipients.
The problem, of course, is that acting as the chief executive of a city is significantly different from acting as the chief executive of a business. Delegating authority to proper recipients is much easier when you are the ultimate authority, as Maroney was during his tenure at Memorial Hospital. The mayor, first, has to respond to a number of different publics and, second, has to convince the rest of the city council to agree with any initiatives he wishes to implement.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
However, this statute says, in section g, that the council shall appoint a replacement member, with no mention of the mayor making the appointment. I imaging the council will be seeking the counsel of lawyers before making any decisions regarding how to proceed. Isn't politics fun?
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Mayor Brad Cole will have 60 days to appoint Jack's successor. Cole said he did not have a successor in mind.
However, under provision 65 CS IL 5/5-2-12(6) of Illinois state law, the council selects the replacement, not the mayor:
(g) If a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor or councilman, the remaining members of the council, within 60 days after the vacancy occurs, shall fill the vacancy by appointment of some person to the office for the balance of the unexpired term or until the vacancy is filled by interim election under Section 3.1‑10‑50, and until the successor is elected and has qualified.
The council may choose to leave the selection up to Mayor Cole, but it is not automatically his decision
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
The 2010 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Homecoming Parade is set to begin at 9:30a.m. on Saturday, October 09, 2010. The City of Carbondale Police Department is announcing the parade will require vehicular traffic on Illinois Route 51 (S. Illinois Avenue & S. University Avenue) south of W. Walnut Street to Pleasant Hill Road to be re-routed beginning at 9:00 a.m.
All lanes of traffic on S. Illinois Avenue from Pleasant Hill Road north to Walnut Street and all lanes of S. University Avenue from Walnut Street south to Mill Street will be closed for the parade. The Mill Street underpass will also be closed. E. Mill Street will be blocked off between S. Illinois Avenue to S. Lincoln Street.
The parade will assemble and stage on E. Mill Street between S. Lincoln Street and S. Illinois Avenue. This street will be closed to vehicular traffic.
The detour for northbound traffic will begin at Pleasant Hill Road, where it will turn east and proceed to S. Wall Street. Traffic will turn north onto S. Wall Street and continue to E. Main Street, where it will turn west. Traffic will proceed to N. Illinois Avenue (Route 51) and turn north.
The detour for southbound traffic will begin at W. Walnut Street, where it will turn east and proceed to S. Wall Street. Traffic will turn south onto S. Wall Street and continue to Pleasant Hill Road, where it will turn west. Traffic will proceed to S. Illinois Avenue (Route 51) and turn south.
The parade begins on S. Illinois Avenue at E. Mill Street. The parade will proceed north on S. Illinois Avenue to W. College Street, where it will turn west and travel to S. University Avenue. At S. University Avenue the parade will turn south and will pass the reviewing stand located near Quigley Hall on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The parade will continue south on S. Illinois Avenue to Lincoln Drive, where it will disband. All streets located within the area temporary street closure will remain closed until the entire parade has cleared S. Illinois Avenue.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Incidentally, as of yesterday, 35 people had picked up petitions to get on the ballot for either mayor or city council. You don't have to decide when you pick up the ballot, just when you turn it it, so there's no good idea as of this date, how many people are running for mayor and how many for council. However, it's a good bet that, given the amount of interest and the number of ballots out there ( and how few signatures it takes to get on it), we will see both a primary and a general election.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Resolution Authorizing the Acquisition of Real Estate in Preparation for Demolition
of Unsafe Structure
The first of the general business items is innoucuous, but item 2 should stir up some discussion as it exempts rental property from inspection if it is occupied by the immediate family of the property owner. My question is, how does the city make sure that property is again inspected once the immediate family moves out. Rental property owners were none too happy with the inspection fee to begin with and I don't see them lining up to inform the city that their family has moved out of the property and you need to start inspecting it again:
6. General Business
1. Resolution Commending Willie T. Broadnax for Service to the City of Carbondale
2. Ordinance Amending Title Four (4) Chapter Four (4) of the Carbondale Revised
Code to Exempt Family Owned Homes From Rental Inspection
Consideration of an Application for a Class D1 Liquor License for William D. Jones, an
Individual, d/b/a Hundley House, 601 West Main Street
4. Consideration of an Application for a Class A1 Liquor License for DiMaggio’s Pizza of
Jackson County, LLC d/b/a DiMaggio’s Pizza, 1040 East Walnut Street
5. Consideration of an Application for a Class A1 Liquor License for Melting Pot Inc., d/b/a
Fat Patties, 611B South Illinois Avenue