Monday, January 22, 2018

Liquor License Process Modification

Among the agenda items for tomorrow night's City Council meetings is this one calling for modification to the ordinances regarding the Liquor Control Commission in order to streamline the process by which a liquor license gets approved by the city. Of all the problems faced by Carbondale, it seems speeding up the means by which more people can sell liquor doesn't rank very high up there.

Cheerleaders at MLK Breakfast

The univeristy respects what the cheerleaders did, still moved them off the field and out of view of the crowd

Friday, January 19, 2018

March to the Polls

In case you plan to participate in the March to the Polls tomorrow, here is the schedule, courtesy of the Sierra Club:

11:00 a.m. - Welcome and March Lineup. INSIDE Carbondale Civic Center - please be here to make signs, get excited for the march, learn the route and hear important information about the day!

12:00 p.m.- March! (But be early!)

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Table fair and getting involved forum. Carbondale Civic Center. Learn about Women United Network's 10 Actions that will lead to a successful election year. Hear from inspirational speakers. Meet local organizations and get involved in your community.

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Concert/Rally at Hangar 9 with Loose Gravel, Free Range Chicks, & Honey & Tar. Time to celebrate!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Restaurant Tax

Was talking with someone this morning about business in Carbondale and he made a point of saying that the food and beverage tax drives him away from eating in Carbondale when he comes here to shop. He will make purchases at the stores but chooses to leave the city to eat rather than pay a "1% tip to the city" as he put it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Carbondale Board of Tourism Meeting

The Carbondale Tourism Board of Directors will meet, with the City Council in attendance, on Jan. 18 at 5:30 in the city council chambers at the Civic Center, This might be a good opportunity to ask questions about the rebranding, new logo or planning for the next Eclipse.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Rather bemusing seeing city and state snowplows driving along Highways 13 and 51 scrapping back another inch or so of slush from the edge of the road when so many side streets are still snow covered. I can understand the state trucks needing to focus on state highways but maybe the city vehicles could leave 13 and 51 to the state and work on the side streets, which the state won't touch. Or maybe there is something about the pattern that I don't understand.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Winter Storm

Well it appears the winter storm was not quite as bad as predicted. We did get a thin layer of ice and sleet on top of it but the total was less than an inch. Still enough to make driving hazardous though so probably a good thing we had all the closures throughout the region. Clouds are supposed to move out of the area tomorrow, so supposed to be sunny and cold.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Times and Southern

Well that was short lived. Dustin Duncan, who used to report for the Southern Illinoisan, took over the editorship of the Carbondale Times and Nightlife after the two papers sold last year. I see now that he is back reporting at the Illinoisan, and Geoff Ritter, who used to edit the Times, is now on the editorial masthead of both the Times and Nightlife. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Jackson County Mass Transit

In case you want to learn more about the Jackson County Mass Transit service, there is a presentation tonight at the Civic Center at 5 p.m. From the PR

Jackson County Mass Transit Executive Director Ted Gutierrez will share a special presentation at tonight’s Human Relations Commission meeting.
The meeting will be held in Room 112 of the Carbondale Civic Center at 5 p.m.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Wells Fargo

I see the city will authorize payment of a couple of warrants to Wells Fargo at this Tuesday's meeting. Just find it interesting that the city is using them given the negative publicity the firm received over the past year.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Architectural Wonders of Southern Illinois

In case you heard the story of the top 10 architectural wonders of Southern Illinois on WSIU and wondered what they are, no more worries. It took some effort but I did manage to finally find the website that lists all of them from 2013 to 2017

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Winston's Bagels by B-rad

Apparently the bagel business is not that great at night around campus anymore as the gentleman who purchases Winston's Bagels is operating during the day in Murphysboro and Herrin, bypassing Carbondale altogether