Monday, September 16, 2019

Halloween Concerts

Here is the lineup of concerts for Carbondale Halloween.  Concerts take place in the Washington Street Venue. Not familiar with most of the acts but I know the Jungle Dogs always bring out a good crowd

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Recreational Cannabis Sales

Both Murphysboro and Marion have voted down licensing the sale of recreational cannabis within the city limits. I heard one opponent in Marion say they wanted the city to remain "drug free". Wonder if that means they will target cigarette and alcohol sales next?

Will bet that Carbondale will allow the sale of cannabis in the city limits when it comes up for a vote. After all, council expanded the sales of beer and wine significantly and seems to have no problem with the number of video gaming parlous that have opened in the city.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

West Chautauqua Roundabout

Checked with the city and traffic count at the Chautauqua-McLafferty intersection is 4550 per day, which is a lot busier than I thought. A three vehicle crash took place there in 2013, killing one and sending 5 others to the hospital. This and that lack of visibility of oncoming cars are the main reasons the city decided to put the first roundabout there. The council voted at last Jan. 22nd's meeting to study what could be to improve safety at the intersection and the roundabout is the result

Monday, September 9, 2019

Trick or Treat Hours

Official Carbondale hours for Halloween trick or treating are Oct 31, 5 p.m. -8 p.m. Happily, we have not followed a national trend of designating the last Saturday of the month for Trick or treating. A lot of business, especially, that profit off sales of Halloween merchandise are pushing for the designation of the last Saturday of October as National Trick or Treat Day. Carbondale already does something similar with Trick or Treat on Main Street and Safe Halloween at Murdale and Unofficial Halloween, which always take place on the last Saturday of October and actually give kids two opportunities to run about for candy but I would hate to see 0ct. 31 trick or treating replaced with last Saturday trick or treating

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Roundabout Funding

The city received just over $1.5 million in funding from the state to install a roundabout at the intersection of  Chautauqua and McLafferty on the west side of town, right at the top of the steep hill on West Chautauqua. Not the first place I would think to put a roundabout but limited visibility heading east on Chautauqua up the hill and turning left onto McClafferty could be dangerous, while, at the same time and slowing traffic down at that point would be good.

The city has wanted to test roundabouts for several years now but installing them at places that could really use them, like the 5 way intersection at Illinois, University and Mill would really interfere with traffic flowing through downtown and force the city to implement a roundabout without testing first to figure out the logistics of one. Test one out on a slower traffic section before installing more in higher traffic areas.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Employment Fair

The city will sponsor an Employment fair at the civic center on Wednesday Oct 9th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Various local and regional companies looking to recruit staff will have booths set up to talk with potential employees. Attendees should dress professionally and come with a state ID and resume.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

DuQuoin State Fair

Attendance at grandstand events at the state fair this year was up about 25%, bringing in an extra $97,000 to the fair coffers. Guess that the kerfluffle over Confederate Railroad brought a lot of extra attention to the events at the fair and brought more people out. I had heard of several plans to boycott or otherwise inconvenience fairgoers and it would seem they came to naught.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Enrollment Down

SIUC Chancellor John Dunn announced 10 day enrollment numbers today for SIUC and they do not look good:  11,695. That is less than half when I first came to Carbondale back in 1990 when enrollment peaked at about 24,000

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Railroad Accident

From what I have heard from secondhand sources, a train coming through downtown yesterday afternoon stuck a pedestrian crossing the tracks, killing her. While the police and emergency vehicles investigated the scene, the train naturally remained in place, blocking all crossings in town, leaving the only way to get crosstown through the Mill Street Underpass or Pleasant Hill Overpass.

Apparently the woman had an argument with someone at a restaurant in the northeast area of the square, ran out and failed to notice the oncoming train which hit and killed her. The accident took place just before 6 p.m. and police and emergency personnel were on the scene until about 8 p.m., with the train leaving the scene about 8:15

Monday, September 2, 2019

Accident

Best to avoid driving through downtown Carbondale tonight. A freight train hit a pedestrian at the Est Main railroad crossing just before 6 p.m and all of the crossings in downtown are still blocked an hour and a half later. If you are driving east or west through Carbondale, use either the Mill Street Underpass or Pleasant Hill overpass as all other crossings are blocked. Police and ambulances are on the scene and directing traffic away from the area.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

WSIU

From the PSAs the station has made the past week or so, it appears WSIU will move to an all news/talk format from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. The promos indicate that starting Monday, the station will broadcast 1A at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Fresh Air at 11 a.m. and Think will replace Fresh Air at 2 p.m. For someone who likes the news, like myself, this is great, but I imagine classical music fans will be disappointed.

I certainly did not hear much discussion about this leading up to the announcement. I would think such a change to the schedule must have been in the works for awhile and wonder why they are doing it. Maybe the listenership drops drastically after the end of Morning Edition and picks up noticeably when Here and Now starts.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Amtrak Renovations

Amtrak will start renovating the train depot next week. No idea as to how long they will take but the station will remain open with access during the renovation period. Just be careful when entering and exiting the station.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

We're Number !

SIUC has the number one ranked university arboretum in the state of Illinois. From what I can tell, that means the university does an outstanding job of maintaining and tracking its trees and woody plants.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Solar Bear

In case you missed it, the annual Solar Bear celebration, consisting primary of college students drinking as much as possible, usually at Pinch Penny Pub. PKs had a Friday night event tied into Solar Bear but the house parties seemed fewer in number. Only one house along West Main and a second along West Cherry hosted parties with any significant number of attendees during the day. The number may ramp up tonight though.

Friday, August 23, 2019

City Council Meeting

The city council will meet this Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Quite a bit on the agenda but most of it comes in the form of a consent agenda, meaning that the items on it all get approved at once. A council member may request that council remove an item from the agenda for individual consideration. A couple of things I noticed on the regular agenda:

discussion of adding another TIF district to the city. Would be interested to know how successful TIF districts 1, 2 and 3 are. My reading generally indicates that giving tax benefits to a company to come into a city has little influence on the decision. The business locates in the city if it makes financial sense to do so and giving it a tax break just gives away money that could go to fund city operations instead.This one, from what I understand, focuses on encouraging residential building and is a relatively new form of TIF in the state.

Publishing the Carbondale Comminique.  Not sure how many people read the print form of the Comminique. Maybe moving to a fully digital format would  save the city some money. Not sure it is would be a significant sum though.t

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Lots of Stores Up for Sale

A lot of stores up for sale in the downtown area. Key West was just announced up for sale and Thai Taste, Pagliai's , Hangar 9, Traxx and PK's are all seeking new owners, although the current owners have said they will keep the businesses open until a buyer is found. Stix  and Reema's closed down earlier this summer and Fat Patties shut its doors last December, though it is still up for sale and a GoFundMe campaign is raising money to reopen the burger restaurant as a co-operative. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Trees

According to the city arborist, many of the trees in Carbondale's Historic District (the area bounded by Walnut, Main and Poplar) have reached the end of their lifespan. Ergo the city will replace many of them this fall with smaller trees that blossom and otherwise add visual interest to the area at different times of the year. In addition, while still viable, the Bradford pear trees that were planted years ago are now viewed as invasive and no longer desirable so will likely be removed.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Roundabout

Looks as if the city will install its first roundabout at the intersection of Chautauqua and Briarwood. The city has looked at roundabouts at various locations for roundabouts in the past but never has gone ahead with the project.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

West Oak Street

From what I have heard, SIH/Memorial Hospital has purchased all of the lots and houses on the stretch of West Oak behind the hospital. I would expect to see all of them knocked down in the next couple of years as the hospital needs more room to expand, probably including knocking down the Rain House. site of a murder and at least one accidental death. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Combined City Council/ Park Board Meeting

In case you are free tomorrow night, there is a combined City Council Park Board meeting tomorrow night at the Civic Center, starting at 6 p.m. Looks as if the two groups will devote the major portion of the meeting to a discussion of a merger of the two organizations and what citizens of the community expect of such and what could actually happen. Nothing will likely happen until something is done about the debt load the Park District has on the books as a result of Hickory Ridge Golf Course.

Also on the agenda is a resolution condemning the proposed discharge of waste water by Williamson Energy into the Big Muddy River.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Free Parking

So far the city's experiment with free downtown parking appears to be going well. I have not seen any members of the parking division patrolling the lots and traffic flow in the lots appears as smooth as it was prior to the start of the program. The is costing the city somewhere in the neighborhood of roughly $10,000 per month which was applied to parking lot maintenance, so that money will have to come out of the general fund.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Regions Bank

Regions will consolidate its two Carbondale locations into one at the new location at the corner of Oakland and Main in mid October. Memorial Hospital has already purchased the Regions property on West Main and will likely raze it for either more parking for the facility or adding another building to the Memorial complex. Not sure why the company did not just consolidate the two locations into one. Maybe because the current West Main location is somewhat awkward to access while the East Main location is much smaller.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Friday, August 2, 2019

Steak and Shake Closed

The Carbondale Steak and Shake closed without much fanfare. Sign on the door indicates the company is looking for another franchisee to take over but the company has also been having a lot of financial problems

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Chautauqua Road Reopening

To the relief of those living off Tower Road, the city announced that Chautauqua Road will re-open at 5 p.m. today. Bridge repairs didn't take as long as expected. Now if someone will finish resurfacing South Oakland after all the construction there.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

New Clothing Store

TDA Clothing has opened at the west end of the little strip of stores behind Trax. Have not been in from the logo design, I would guess it will focus on urban design clothing,

Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday Night Fair

Friday Night Fair tonight from 6 to 9 pm at the Town Square Pavilion. Really would like to know how much traffic these events draw into downtown. Whenever I walk by them, attendance seems pretty sparse but as long as Carbondale Main Street keeps hosting them and the various organizations continue to show up, they might as well continue.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. On August 7. The following items are on the agenda:

PC 20-01: Judith Jackson is requesting a Special Use Permit for a Day Care Home II, within an R-1-12, Low Density Residential, zoning district at 905 South Valley Road.

PC 20-02: John Deas is requesting the rezoning of a property from R-1-5, Low Density Residential, to an NB, Neighborhood Business, zoning district at 801 North Almond Street.

Interesting to see the application for a rezoning for a neighborhood business in what is currently a residential area.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Pizza Hut

New Pizza Hut opened this week. Carryout and delivery only. Mildly bemused that, instead of using the old building, they built a new one on East Walnut.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Thai Taste

Another downtown business up for sale. The owner of Thai Taste is moving to San Antonio so needs to sell the restaurant and the building.  Staff and management will remain in place so pretty much a turnkey operation.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Sunset Concert

Looks as if the Sunset Concert program is to slowly transition the shows scheduled for Turley Park to the new downtown concert space at Hwy 13 and Washington. There are 2 concerts scheduled for Turley, 2 for the Shryock step and 2 for the S. Washington space. The S. Washington space actually makes the best location for the concert of the three, at least from a logistical point of view. Since it is next to the street, setting up the stage and portapotties is comparatively easy and there is an abundance of nearby parking as well as places to dine more conveniently than either of the other two venues. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Autopsy Closed

Autopsy, the footwear store located on West Walnut, that shuttered after permit problems with the city regarding events being held there, has completely shut down. The store front is empty, the sign is gone from the front window and there is a "For rent" sign in the space. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Legal Smile

Legal Smile Wellness and Fine Glass has opened up in the University Plaza strip at the south end of Illinois, between Captain's Quarters and Kampus Kuts. Not sure exact what the business is but it does have a sign out in front advertising CBD products.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Carbondale Popluation


In case you are interested, here are the numbers for Carbondale' population based on census counts since 1990. We hit a high that correlated with the high point of SIUC's attendance then slowly worked back up, while the university's attendance consistently worked its way down.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Housing Grants

The City of Carbondale is again offering grants to low income families to help rehab their houses and roofs. Eligible applicants can get up to $45,000 to repair their homes and remove health and safety hazards. Applicants can also seek the $!6,500 grant solely for roof repair. Those interested have to turn in their forms by August 23.

I wonder how closely the city vets these applications. I remember one from a couple of years ago that had the neighbors questioning if they met the low income requirements..

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Free Parking

Well, the city started the downtown free parking program yesterday. Bags cover all of the parking meters and there is at least one sign at the entrance to the town square parking lot announcing "3 hour free parking". Not  sure how the city will enforce that as chalking tires has been ruled an unconstitutional violation of the 4th amendment. Likely have a staff member go around the lots, take photos of the license plates, then swing back around in another 3 hours and ticket those cars still in the same spot. Taking photographs of something in a public venue, such as a parking lot, is just fine.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Free Downtown Parking

Just a reminder that the city council starts its experiment with free downtown parking this Monday. From what I hear, the limit is three hours. Not sure how the city will track that as chalking car tires has been ruled an unconstitutional violation of the 4th amendment. Taking photographs of car license plates remains legal though.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Chautauqua Street Closing

The city announced that West Chautauqua will close from Emerald Lane to Tower Road starting July 1 for bridge repairs. Projected date of reopening is July 31.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Rent Cut

I see a sign in the window of the empty strip of stores behind what is now Trax, offering space for $500 per month. Not exactly the most desirable location, given that customers have to climb a flight of steps to get to any of the store fronts located there. Looks as if a hat shop is going in at one end and a clothing boutique at the other but both have been in the "set up" stage since spring semester and I still do not see any movement towards opening going on.

When Carbondale had 10,000 more students and downtown space was at a premium, I could see those locations being desirable. Hair Brains (I think) and B&L Photo both ran there successfully for years. Today though, anything you put between the store and the customer, like a flight of steps, dissuades the customer from coming in.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Captain D's Ribbon Cutting

Captain D's Seafood, which left Carbondale, if I remember correctly, over 20 years ago, will reopen with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 1 at 10:30 a.m., beating the new Sergio's Cantina which still sits unopened across the street.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Cellar Changes

On the agenda for next week's Liquor Control Commission meeting, a request by long time local bar The Cellar for a change in operations. The agenda does not specify what sort of changes The Cellar is seeking, though.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Reema's Closed

Apparently the move did not work well for Reema's. I stopped by for lunch last week and the doors were shut. Today I learned that the restaurant quietly shut its doors earlier this summer. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Fast Lube Express

happened to drive past the Fast Lube Express, located behind the Woolly Wash on West Main and noticed a sign saying "Closed until Further Notice". By my count, that is at least 3 quick oil change operations that have opened and closed at that location.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Tree Talks

Want to know more about the trees in Carbondale and how to care for the ones in your yard? The city will host tri-annual Tree Talks in the summer, fall and spring, walking tours of Carbondale trees hosted by the City Arborist (Did you know we had one of those? We have an Arboretum as well) the first one takes place in Turley Park this Saturday from 9 to 11. The notice doesn't say where but would bet it starts at the pavilion.

City Council Retreat

No, not that kind of retreat.

The city council will hold a retreat this Wednesday to discuss city issues at the Dayemi Community Center, located on N. Illinois a block north of the town square. From the press release, the public is welcome to attend and listen in to what they are planning, though 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seems an awfully long time. Some of my suggestions: putting into place the commission to discuss merging the Park District with the city, replanting trees along Walnut and Main and making plans to deal with ending the Saluki Sales Tax when it winds down, instead of keeping it in place.

Here is the release:

The Carbondale City Council will hold a day-long Retreat on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Dayemi Community Center located at 218 North Illinois Avenue. The Retreat is intended to encourage the discussion of policy matters in a more informal setting. Public attendance is welcome.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Fireworks

According to this press release from SIUC, Carbondale's fireworks display will move from the Superblock back to the SIUC campus, likely down by the Arena where they took place for a number of years.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cannabis Science at SIUC

Di you know we had a cannabis science initiative program at SIUC? Neither did I. It appears the university plans to offer a degree in cannabis science starting in 2020.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Survey

The Sustainability commission wants your ideas on developing a Sustainable Action Plan for Carbondale. From the press release:


The Sustainability Commission is seeking ideas from the community to help develop a Sustainability Action Plan for Carbondale.

Ideas from individuals who live and work in Carbondale will be crucial in helping the City achieve its goals. Specific areas of interest include Energy in Built Infrastructure, Energy in Transportation, Water Use and Green Infrastructure, Food Production and Consumption, and Waste Reduction.

Reaching sustainability and resilience goals requires measurable reductions in the City’s contribution to greenhouse gases and an increase in its ability to withstand the impact of extreme weather events. However, there are many paths to achieve these measurable goals.

A Sustainability Survey is available in the June/July issue of the Carbondale Communique. It can also be accessed on the Sustainability Commission’s web page. Completed surveys can be dropped off at City Hall or sent by email to sustainability@explorecarbondale.com. The deadline to submit ideas is Friday, August 16.

The Sustainability Commission will begin a community conversation in early fall to discuss the creation of Carbondale’s Sustainability Action Plan in more detail.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Sustainability Action Plan Subcommittee member, Jane Cogie, at (618) 713-7024.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Green Space

Looks as if the Econo Lodge will be coming down by Halloween. Used to be a very nice Days' Inn about 15 -20 years ago but in recent years has had significant problem with Piles Fork Creek flooding and covering the parking lot and water getting inside the first floor rooms. Rather surprised we have not seen any Piles Fork creek flooding this year, given all the rain the area has received.

Plans are to demolish the building and either leave it as greens space, much as has been done with the demolished Sunset Hotel and Boo Jr. bar. or, if the city can get approval, turn it into a park. Unless parking goes in, the location is not a very good one for a park, as there are no residential areas close by.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Vape Store

In another store closing, just noticed that the Vape Store, which was located in the strip that houses Quatro's and Jerry's Flowers, has emptied its storefront there. The west side location remains open though.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Street Bar Closing

According to this post from its show director, the Street Bar on East Main, Carbondale's only bar focused on a gay clientele,  will close soon. No idea exactly when but all bookings for shows in June have been canceled. Since 1990, at least, the location has housed a gay bar under one name or another, interspersed with short stints as a blues club (The B & S Lounge) and a quasi-strip club/steakhouse (The Pony).

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Associated Lumber

It would appear that Associated Lumber has shut down its Carbondale location on West Willow. The space has been empty for a couple of months and there is a "For Sale" sign on the property.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Parking

In case you missed last week's city council meeting, the city council decided, as an experiment to eliminate parking meter charges from July 1 2019 for the next 7 months. From what I understand, people using the downtown parking spaces will only be allowed to park for 3 hours before getting a ticket and no overnight parking will be allowed.

This means the city will forgo the approximate $260000 the meters and tickets generated annually and that went into parking lot maintenance. Money for the maintenance, assuming the program continues, will now come out of the city's general fund.

Friday, May 31, 2019

We're Number 6

For the month of February, the Carbondale-marion region ranked number 6 in the state in terms of job growth, adding about 1200 jobs. The only areas of the state that beat this region were Chicago (of course), Peoria, Lake and Kenosha counties, Elgin and the Rock Island area.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

SIU Arena Naming

In case you missed it, Banterra Bank bought the naming rights to the SIUC Arena for $4 million over the next 10 years, with the possibility of another million if enough people sign up for SIUC credit cards issues by Banterra. I talked with one other banker I know who said that, not only did they not get offered the opportunity to buy the rights to the Arena but were quite glad that SIUC had not approached them as they do not think Banterra will get enough value out of the naming rights to justify a $4 million payment.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Newell House Closing

The Newell House, located at the corner of Main and Washington in downtown Carbondale, announced on its Facebook page that it and the Grotto will shut their doors on June 5th. You still have a week to sample the menu one last time.

Carbondale Memorial Day

Attended the Memorial Day celebration at Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrived about 10;20 and the ceremony only lasted another 15 minutes, just as they were launching the 21 gun salute.

A much shorter ceremony than in past years, it only ran 35 minutes. There were a couple of other changes as well. The VFW Honor Guard had been replaced by one formed from members of the Carbondale Police and Fire Departments. Not sure if they were veterans or not. I only saw one member of the VFW participating in the ceremony, blowing Taps, although other members may have spoke earlier.

The other major change was the elimination of laying of wreaths. In the past, community children, often Scouts, would lay a wreath at various gravesites in the cemetery.  Not this year. Attendance appeared lighter than normal as well.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

TJ's Fine Jewelry

TJ's Fine Jewelry on East Main has morphed again and is now TJ's Fine Jewelry and Repair. Although the press release does not specify, I assume that means jewelry repair. Now that I think about it, I believe that leaves Carbondale with only two jewelers, TJ's and one in the mall. 25 years ago, the community could support four of them, 2 in University Mall and 2 downtown on S. Illinois, Don's Jewelry across from the Amtrak station and one, the name of which escapes me, located where the Carbondale Tourism office is now.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

SIUE Phasing out Nursing Program at Carbondale

Not quite sure why SIUE had a nursing program at SIUC instead of on its own campus but the university is phasing it out. Maybe SIUE does not have a school of medicine and took advantage of the infrastructure at SIUC? Meanwhile, SIUC will start up its own nursing program and transfer current students in SIUE's program over to it. Of course, the transfer program got bollixed  enough, that, according to the article, one student got so much misinformation that she is opting to transfer to another school.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Hot Dog Carts

Looks as if hot dog cards are seeing a resurgence in Carbondale. There is one on the west side of town  in the Westgate Shopping Center parking lot, one downtown parked across from the Civic Center and one in the Lowes parking lot. Guess you would have to try all three of them to find out how each one serves upt its hot dogs.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Re-organizations

It appears the planed re-organization of SIUC is going ahead. I still have never head a good reason for it. Maybe there is one and it is being kept internal. Seems to me the ONLY reason to reorganize the university is to benefit the students. Students come to SIUC to get a degree.They do not particularly care about the department or college is organized. In fact, if they and the university do a good job, how the university is organized should never impact them.

Is the re-organization going to save money, make the university run more efficiently? From everything I have heard, it always sounds as if the upper echelons of SIUC want to reorganize but do not have a reason for doing so.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Students

I have heard that on-campus attendance at SIUC  will be less than 10,000 this fall. I remember when that was what the university expected for summer attendance and we would comment on how empty the town felt.

Monday, May 13, 2019

710 Bookstore Closing

It appears moving to another location was not enough to save 7110 Bookstore. After over 50 years in Carbondale, the business announced it would close its doors at the end of the day on May 25.

710 lost its long time location on S. Illinois when the Evolve apartment complex moved into downtown Carbondale. It first moved a few blocks south into the strip of stores occupied by Harbaugh's Cafe and Kampus Cuts, got rid of most of its textbooks and other school supplies and primarily focused on SIUC apparel. Last year, the store moved again to a second floor location on S. Wall but seems to have not been able to draw traffic there either.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

McCarthy Watch

For those interested in the doings of commencement speaker and doctorate recipient Melissa McCarthy, from what I have heard she has dined at the following places:

Quatro's
Fat Bottom Bettys
Harbaugh's

Kudos to her for eating at local restaurants instead of chains.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Graduation

Just a reminder that tomorrow is SIUC's graduation, meaning that there will be a lot of people driving through town that are not familiar with Carbondale's system of one way streets. I have already seen a couple of cars driving south on Illinois this week.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Save A Lot

Looks as if discount grocer Save A Lot is having financial difficulties and has put itself up for sale. No indication the company intends to declare bankruptcy, though.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Parking

More downtown parking going in where the Huffman Harker Funeral Home used to stand. Probably purchased and installed by Memorial Hospital since I have not seen a press release from the city indicating it is a Carbondale project.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

State Science Fair

the Illinois Junior Academy State Science Fair will probably bring 500+ plus high school students and their families to town this weekend so expect to see a lot of people driving the wrong way on downtown streets.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Oakland Ave Closed

the city will close Oakland Avenue between Walnut and Freeman for the immediate future for replacement of water mains. We are trading off short term inconvenience for long term infrastructure improvement 

Friday, April 26, 2019

National Bike Month Events

Once again, Carbondale pedals furiously into National Bike Month. Here is a list of the events the city has planned.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Free Parking

City council is considering some form of free parking for downtown. Back in the 1990s, most downtown parking was free. However, in order to avoid paying for a parking sticker, a lot of students would park their cars in downtown and leave them for several hours. Putting in parking meters eliminated that problem. Now, with about 10,000 fewer students, this may be less of a problem.

Apparently a lot of businesses have employees that drive to work and need to park. If they do not get out to their parking space before it expires, they get a ticket.

There is a solution currently of course. Employees or their employer could purchase downtown parking passes for the staff from the city but I do not see a lot of people taking advantage of them. The city could also talk with Memorial Hospital about using the hospital's parking garage. If I recall rightly, the hospital has no objection to people parking on the upper floors of the structure. Of course, after parking there, it is still a good 10-15 minutes walk to downtown.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Bob Butler

In case you missed the news, longtime Marion mayor Bob Butler passed away yesterday, about a year after he opted to not run for another term. From the news, he had moved into an assisted living facility after leaving the office. 

Monday, April 22, 2019

Small Maker's Market

In case you want to pick up some items from local crafters and artesians:

Blink Small Maker’s Market is designed to help support and celebrate local artists, crafters, and vintage sellers with monthly pop-up small maker’s markets in downtown Carbondale.
Carbondale, IL May 5th, 2019: Blink: Small Maker’s Market will host its inaugural pop-up market in downtown Carbondale on Sunday, May 5th, 3pm-6pm featuring arts, crafts, vintage, music and more. The market will be held at 101 W. Monroe Street in Carbondale, next to the Old Train Depot and the Cellar.  Blink will be held on the first Sunday of every month in various downtown locations in Carbondale.

The first pop-up market in May will feature local artisans: Brianna Pay, ART Cougar, Kelly Sparks Salchli, Samantha Ronketto,  ILH Studios;  Heady Yeti, Nanna’s Notions, GraceNote Metalworks, and Twisted! By Lisa; and local vintage sellers: GeekBetty Vintage and Goodbirger.
Ellie Burkey will be discussing essential oils during the pop-up and offering an assortment of simple blends, roller balls and rubs.  Twisted! By Lisa will offer a DIY bracelet tutorial for only $5 (ages 10+).  ILH Studios will offer personalized sketches and caricatures.  Shaad Schubert will be playing an acoustic set of original songs.
Free to attend. For more information, email blinkcarbondale@gmail.com

Hwy 127 Open

Highway 127 reopened south of Alto Pass, but only one lane. ITOT has put in place a one lane bypass with a traffic light while the reshoring and rebuilding of the main road takes place. Apparently the rain caused part of the road to start cracking and sliding into the valley below

Thursday, April 18, 2019

What Students Want in a University

I have taught at SEMO for about 20 years and every semester I have made a point of asking my student why they chose to attend it. Admittedly, this is a non-random sample but the overwhelming reason is

Program--students choose to attend SEMO because it offers a particular program or major.

Secondary reasons include:
financial aid package
scholarship
location--either close to home or (less often) far away from home.

I have never had a student yet cite the appearance of the campus or any sports teams or facilities (except those attending on an athletic scholarship) as a reason to attend.

Monday, April 15, 2019

New Businesses In Downtown

Looks as if there are 4 new businesses open or opening soon in downtown Carbondale. As new Crossfit studio has opened in the location vacated by the previous one, just south of the new Reema's location. In the small shopping complex across the street, 2 clothing boutiques have opened and a hat shop has a sign in the window "Opening soon".

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Protestors Calling for Henry's Resignation

A small group of about 25 protesters gathered in City Hall yesterday to call for Mayor Henry to step down following additional information coming out about the incident that took place at the Mayor's home just before the election. Saw another small group of about a dozen outside city hall this afternoon with one of them getting interviewed by someone from Channel 3.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Hibachi Grill

It appears that, according to a post on FB, that SIUC just bought a hibachi grill for one of the dining rooms. Yes, food is important but making sure all of your programs get funded probably takes priority. I think the the students would get along with out grilled food just fine, not so sure about programs.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Mayor's Plans

According to the current Carbondale Communique,here is what Mayor Henry plans to work on during the next year:

Reconstruction of oakland from Walnut to Chautauqua to put in a new water main

Repaving Freeman from Oakland to Glenview

Completing the Highway 13 expansion from Giant City Road to Read Station Road, including a multiuse pedestrian path

Bike/pedestrian path from Oakland to New Era Road

More recreational opportunities at Cedar Lake

Continuing neighborhood based police patrols

Increased number of community events, similar to Halloween.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Furniture King

If you drive by the Furniture King on each Hwy 13, you will see the store windows filled with "Stor Closing" signs. It is only if you look closer, or got a letter in the mail from the store, that you will see at the bottom of the windows in letters only a tenth the size of the store closing ones, "For Remodeling". Not a big fan of this type of marketing as people who drive by are going to see the "Store Closing" signs and that is what they will remember, not the "for remodeling" subtext.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Carbondale Population Over the Decades

with the interest in the upcoming census, I decided to take a look back at the population of Carbondale over the past several censuses

1940--8550 
1950--10,920  +21.7 %
1960--14,670  +25.5%
1970--22,816  +55%
1980--26,414 +15.8 %
1990--27033 +2.3%
2000--25.597  -5.3%
2010--25,902  +1.2%
2017--25,899 (est.)  0.00%

The population of Carbondale doubled between 1950 and 1970, primarily because of people drawn here by SIUC. Not by coincidence, I would bet, the town's population peaked the same year SIUC's did and, while Carbondale has not seen the same decline in numbers than SIUC has, the town is only about 3 times as large as it was prior to WW2.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Election

Looks like a good election if you were an incumbent in Carbondale. Mike Henry won relection as Mayor and Adam Loos and Tom Grant got re-elected to city council. Only Navreet Kang lost his seat to returning councilman Lee Fronabarger. Jane Adams, Kirsten Trimble and Jessica Sergeev all won seats on the Park district board and the resolution calling for exploring merging the Park District into the city passed handily. A major concern of merging the two will be the amount of debt the Park District still bears from Hickory Ridge Golf Course, which will take years to pay off.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Statement by Mike Henry

Mayor Henry posted the following, regarding the domestic incident on his Henry for Carbondale Mayor Page:

By now you may have read in the Daily Egyptian that my wife, Terri, and I had a visit from the police department Sunday night. We had family visiting, and some tensions had arisen, and Terri and I were arguing about it across the room.
Our porch doors were open and our arguing drew the attention of a police foot patrol, who were walking the neighborhood in response to some recent thefts. Ironically, they were doing exactly what they should have been doing as part of the targeted foot patrol policies I have been encouraging.
There was never any violence, or threat of violence. Just some hurt feelings in a difficult family situation.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Domestic Incident

Apparently a "domestic incident" between Mayor Henry and his wife got loud enough last Saturday night to attract the attention of a pair of Carbondale Police officers on foot patrol near the house. No arrests or charges filed but the investigation has been forwarded to the Jackson County States Attorney's office

Election Tomorrow

You can still early vote at the Carbondale civic center today or at your favorite/assigned precinct tomorrow.Seeing a lot of signs for Colombo and a lot of late arriving signs for Henry. Not too many for the individual council candidates, save for Kang.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Nathan Colombo Parking Lot Party

In case you are driving east on Main Street tomorrow and see a crowd in the parking lot at Mike's Music/Campus Comics, mayoral candidate Nathan Colombo is hosting a honk and wave event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Columbo and several of the city council candidate will be there so this is probably your last chance to question them before the election on April 2.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Still Waiting on Henry and Loos

have managed to get statements about their candidacy from all of the city council and mayoral candidates except for Mike Henry and Adam Loos. and have posted them. Hoping I hear from those two before the election.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lee Fronabarger

I contacted former council member and current city council candidate Lee Fronabarger with questions about his candidacy. Here are his  unedited responses

Why did you decide to run?

I decided to run for Carbondale City Council after encouragement from several individuals within the community. And I wanted the opportunity to continue the progress made when I served previously on the Council for six years.

What do you hope to accomplish if you are elected?

Economic development and jobs creation towards a more diversified Carbondale economy is so key to the future of Carbondale and would include the development of a center for Start-Ups/Innovation, as well as Shared Services Space, like a State Approved Certified Kitchen where food products could be prepared for distribution in the local and regional markets.

To increase revenues into the community, I would encourage the city to partner with Carbondale Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, Carbondale Main Street, Carbondale Community Arts, SIU & SIU Athletics, SIH, and CCHS to create events, festivals, day-trips, overnight adventures, conventions and conferences. We need to cycle more money into the local economy.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Jerrold Hennrich

I emailed city council candidate Jerrold Hennrich with 3 questions about his candidacy. Below are his unedited responses

Why are you running for city council?

1. I'm running for City Council because I am sick of the status quo.  I view the position of Councilperson as acting as a steward on behalf of all citizens of Carbondale.  The decisions made by Council directly impact the economic and social viability of the entire region. I believe that I am the best person for the job. 

If elected, what will you work to achieve?

2. If elected,  I plan to oppose tax increases, advocate for a reduction of the police budget, advocate to re-invest in our infrastructure, revise the zoning rules that hinder businesses success and introduce and pass an ordinance that requires council to vote on issues brought to it by petition.

What else would you like voters to know?

3. You can learn more, volunteer or donate at jerrold.org I am always available, though try to call prior to 9 p.m. My cell phone number is 618-353-7027. You can always contact me with issues or concerns.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Navreet Kang

Here is the response I received to several questions I sent to councilman, and candidate for re-election  Navreet Kang. His responses are unedited:

1.  Why are you running for another term on the council?

I have served on the planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals for the City for last 13 years (until 2015), when I got elected to the City Council. I have made contributions to the City Fire Department by bringing in our 4th Arson Dog, bringing funding for an Infra-Red Camera, and provided 110 Canary Home Protection devices to each and every Fire/Policeman. I have lived now in Carbondale for almost 30 years (April 25 will be 30), and this is my home. I find it as my civic duty to contribute in some fashion to this community. 

2. What do you feel you have accomplished during your past council term?

Downtown Redevelopment, Demolition of old Horizon Inn, Development of Downtown Hotel, City has earned the Bike-Friendly City award. Sidewalk/Bike Path  extending from Murdale Shopping Center to Old Hwy 13, Now Bikepaths are almost throughout the city. Every new street will be paved with Bike paths in mind.
We have new more streamlined software for Finance Department, and for the Police. Hired a new (and effective City Manager, Economic Development Director, and New Police Chief). We now have Natural Burials permitted in Carbondale. We have acquired and authorized a bike trail from Oakland Avenue to New Era Road, extending further west toward Murphysboro. New Warming Center was introduced this winter, and I'd like to see a permanent Warming/Cooling Center. We now have See, Click, Fix App available to anyone who wants to report a problem or an issue in Carbondale, pertaining to Code Violations, or just a street light being out. 
We now have online agenda program, thereby saving valuable police time that it took to deliver our Council packages each week, copying paper copies for at least 10 individuals each meeting, etc. saving a lot of money as well as personnel hours. 
We have a new Diversity Officer, as well as an HR Manager. 
We have revised and eased up restrictions on Housing Grants for First-time homebuyers. 20 homeowners were able to take advantage of such programs. 
Security Upgrades within the City Hall and we have a more revamped Website.
We have hired a Public Relations Officer. 
Passed a Block Party Ordinance. Celebrated Halloween with open liquor and brought in a Festival like atmosphere back to Carbondale. Allowed all bars to remain open during Halloween weekend.
Allowed Sidewalk Café's to serve open liquor.
Revamped our Garbage Collection with new Containers issued to each residence, as well as reduce Worker's Comp Claims from those workers, who collect refuse, by  reducing back and other injuries caused by heavy lifting.
We now have self-funded insurance.
We licensed Uber/Lyft into Carbondale
Managed the Solar Eclipse successfully
Expanded trails and recreation areas at Cedar Lake
We are in the process of developing Sustainability Plan.
Mandatory Diversity Training for all employees.


3. What would you like to accomplish if re-elected?


Business and Economic Development by bringing in new industry/businesses.
Maintain a balanced budget, while contributing amounts required to fund Police/Firemen's Pension Fund.
Help SIU bring up Student enrollment
Improve Housing Stock
Improve Community Relations
Improve City Parks and Recreation (Hopefully to merge Park Operations into City Adminstration


4. Is there anything else you would like the voters of Carbondale to know

I am an MBA and M.S. (Agri.). Degree holder, with over 36 years of business and management experience, plus 8 years as a Park District Commissioner, 13 years on the Planning Commission, 13 years on Zoning Board of Appeals, of which I was the Vice-Chair for 3 years, and Chair for 3 years, now almost 4 years as City Councilman. I believe I have what it takes to be an effective motivator and a leader to serve this city.

Navreet Kang
City Councilman
City of Carbondale.Illinois

Thursday, March 21, 2019

$475,000

That is the salary the new basketball coach, who has never had a head coaching position, gets out of the gate at SIUC. About $75,000 a year more than Barry Hinson was receiving.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Regions

Regions Bank will move into a new location at the corner of Main and Oakland once it gets build. From what I hear, both of the other locations will close as the bank consolidates. I would be willing to bet Memorial Hospital tenders an offer for the West Main location, if it has not already, and expands further into that location.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Bright Spot Award to the Landings

The Landing at Reed Station Road, a retirement home focusing on veterans, received a Bright Spot Award from Keep Carbondale Beautiful:

Nominated by the board of Keep Carbondale Beautiful for the March Bright Spot award, The Landings at Reed Station Crossing presents itself as a resort both inside and outside.  Local owners Charlie and Trace Brown followed Trace’s vision for building design as well as landscaping that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Not obvious from the street, the north side of the building has a pond and a gazebo, which allows residents to be outside and enjoy the scenery.

A new development on the property is the garden project. Executive Director Andrew Belt said Home Depot awarded them a grant for the project, which will include fencing, fruit trees and berry bushes, and raised beds with vegetable and herbs, which will be used in the kitchen.  Most importantly, a committee of residents will advise on the garden-to-table concept, and paths and ramps will allow residents to work in the garden. Kristen Bathon, Director of Sales and Marketing, added, “We really want residents to be engaged in this on a daily basis.”

The Keep Carbondale Beautiful, Inc., Board selects businesses or residences to receive the Bright Spot Award for enhancing the beauty of our community by means of revitalization of property, new construction, plantings and beautification, upkeep and maintenance, or rehabilitation.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Renew Illinois Summit

Renew Illinois summit coming to SIUC at the end of the month, with the report going to Governor Pritzker and the state legislature afterwards, meaning nothing will come of it. Hopefully I am just being cynical but it appears that most of these sorts of reports get issued with all sorts of fanfare then quietly expire in the halls of the legislature.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Downtown

Following up on Monday's post, most of the empty storefronts in downtown are located at the south end of Illinois Avenue.  The strip of stores with China Wok, Harbaugh's and Kampus Kuts sits half empty, as does the strip behind Traxx and the strip anchored by The Game Table. Now that I think about it. most of the freestanding buildings in downtown have occupants in them. The only freestanding buildings I can think of that are unoccupied are the old Reema's building and the doctor's office at the corner of college and Illinois. Not sure if that means anything except it may be easier to upgrade a single building rather than an entire strip of them.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Empty Storefronts

Ran into a reader of the blog yesterday who had spent a couple of hours traipsing up Illinois and the downtown side streets. They said they had counted 18 empty storefronts in the downtown area. I can think of 4 between Walnut and Oak, not counting the offices of Marsha Ryan. Now that she has retired, her office building is up for sale. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Tree Sale

Tree sale coming up at the Town Square Pavilion on the 23rd

We all need trees: they filter the water and clean the air; they lower cooling costs and mitigate flooding; they add beauty and value to a property; and they provide habitat and food for fauna.  Start thinking about adding trees and shrubs to your landscape.  Keep Carbondale Beautiful will be selling native trees and shrubs at the Carbondale Town Square Pavilion (northeast corner of Main and Illinois) on Saturday, March 23, from 9 am to 2 pm. 
  
Although KCB will special order other plants, they specialize in those native to the area, which means they are better suited to the local environment, thus more likely to thrive, and provide essential habitat for native birds and butterflies.  Two nurseries supply plants: Forrest Keeling in Missouri has a wide variety of plants.  Tabor Nursery is closer and, for this sale, promises “some really nice black gum, bald cypress, water tupelo, bur oak, cherry bark oak, and water hickory.”

The Keep Carbondale Beautiful website <keepcb.org/tree-sale> lists all the trees that will be for sale, plus suggestions of other natives that are hard to find and can be ordered.  The trees (5-6’ tall) sell for $30 and shrubs for $20 each (all in 3-gallon containers).  Pre-ordered trees get a discount. March 17th is the deadline for all special and pre-orders, which can include non-natives. Contact KCB at 618-525-5525 or keepcb1326@gmail.com.

Friday, March 8, 2019

T. J. 's Fine Jewelry

After having a "Going Out of Business Sale" that lasted for about 2 months, including a signboard counting down the days to closure, T. J. 's Fine Jewelry has apparently reversed course as the store remains open. It would appear that a going out of business sale generated enough business for the store to remain open, at least for the foreseeable future.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tom Grant

I reached out to current city council member and candidate for re-election Tom Grant with some questions about his candidacy. Below are his unedited responses:

Why did you decide to run for another term?

I feel I can still contribute to the community and remain as a voice of reason on the Council.

What do you hope to accomplish/see accomplished if you are elected to a second term?

I hope to see the Founders Park development plan completed and implementation started.

I hope to bring renewable energy solar panels through the middle of town along the railroad tracks. This will help free our dependence on fossil fuels and free up money in the budget for other community improvements.

I hope to assist the formation of private/public partnerships to create new jobs within the community (ie: innovation lab and maker space).

I will work to "right size" our police force and reduce the pension burden to a sustainable level.

I hope to continue the sustainability plan started by the sustainability commission and see it published and implemented.

I hope to assist the City and Park District in finding an equitable solution to the funding of city parks as they are vital to the health and well being of our community.


  
What else, if anything, would you like voters to know?

I love our community.
We have the best of everything and are truly blessed to live in this time and place.
Together, with our hard work, a positive attitude and being helpful to all, we will make Carbondale its best yet!
We have many energetic young people seeking a place to fit in and make a living.
We need to coddle new ideas and embrace new technologies that create jobs and are good for the planet and our citizens. 

Thomas Grant
Council Member and Candidate for Re-election.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Jane Adams on Park District Referendum

Past councilwoman Jane Adams is running for a spot on the Carbondale Park District board. Since one of the items on the ballot is a referendum on merging the Park District into the City, I emailed for her take on the question. Below is her unedited response:


It’s one of the most important items on the April 2 ballot. Short answer:

Kirsten Trimble and I support the question on the Advisory Referendum that will be on the April 2 ballot: “Should the City of Carbondale and the Carbondale Park District explore merging their operations?” 

We need to know more to commit to supporting a merger of the Park District into the City.

Here’s how we see the issues:

For decades the Park District has faced fiscal crises; in response proposals to merge some or all of the District’s operations have been proposed. Discussions between the City and the  Park District regarding continued leasing of City properties by the Park District have made public the massive amount of deferred maintenance and focused attention on the Park District’s inability to adequately maintain the city’s parks. It’s widely recognized that they do a good job with programming, particularly (but not solely) for children. They also do a good job of collaborating with other units of government.

The Park District's financial inability to maintain our parks for public usage has risen to the level of a true crisis. Given the Park District’s virtually complete reliance on property taxes, merging the Park District into the City may turn out to be the only solution. 

The Park District Board of Commissioners has begun collecting the data to help Commissioners (and the public) determine whether there are other solutions or if merger is the best solution. With adequate data and citizen input, I need to weigh all options before making a final determination that merger is the best option.

Here’s our expanded response:

1. Is merger possible? 
Advice from Illinois' leading municipal law firms shows that, despite very restrictive language in theIllinois Constitution, a merger of a Park District and a municipality is still possible. Here’s how it can be done:


  • The Park District can contract with the City to take over Park District operations, including financial management, maintenance, and/or recreational and other programming. The Park District agrees to reimburse the City for some or all the costs of these operations.
  • The Park District continues to levy property taxes and pays down its debt. In the case of the Carbondale Park District, it appears this can be accomplished in 7 years.
  • The Park District asks the City to annex any properties that lie outside the city limits; the City does so.
  • The City Council and Park District Board of Commissioners then submit a binding referendum to the voters seeking a merger of the two taxing bodies. If a majority of those voting approve it, the Park District would cease to exist as a separate taxing body.
2. What would be the benefits? 
From what we currently know, there appear to be more benefits than risks in merging operations:


  • There should be cost savings by eliminating duplication, especially in financial management; maintenance equipment, staff, and management; and some staff duplications in programming. The amount of duplication looks as if it will increase as the City takes over Piles Fork Creek Greenway and Trail from the Park District and as it develops more parks and activities in the Downtown area (Founders Park, Town Square Pavilion, the developing event space on Washington Street, and more). 
  • Due to its larger size, the City can exercise greater financial oversight and eliminate inefficiencies due to inadequate software and number of staff.
  • For the same reason, the City can more easily cover absences of management and other key personnel.
  • Due to its much larger and more diversified budget (a variety of sales taxes as well as property taxes), the City can cover dips in income for which the Park District currently must borrow, at relatively high interest rates, with tax anticipation warrants.
  • The City Manager has stated that all current Park District staff can be integrated into the City staff with a minimum of disruption.

3. What are the risks?
The greatest risk that we see is that the Park District Board of Commissioners currently focuses entirely on the Park District. The public’s ability to influence Park District priorities might lessen in a merger with the City.

4. Proposed next steps.
We believe this risk can be averted in two ways:


  • As long as it remains an elected Board of Commissioners, the Board should undertake strategic planning, set clear priorities, and develop written criteria for accountability. These should guide negotiations between the Park District and the City. Strategic planning and setting of priorities needs to be done whether or not the Park District Commissioners decide to merge their operations with the City.
  • If voters approve merger of the two taxing bodies (after bonds are paid off), The Board should be reconstituted as a Parks and Recreation Commission that meets regularly, advising the City Council on Parks and Recreation Department priorities.

In principle, we believe that fewer units of government lead to lower property taxes. Further, 48 of our 50 states have parks and recreation within City governments. Only Illinois and California have (some) independent park districts. Those 48 states’ municipalities offer residents excellent parks. We can do the same if we choose to take that route.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Candidate Forums

The Arbor District sent out this handy list of upcoming candidate forums as well as candidates:

March 7, Thursday. 6:00 p.m. Civic Center. Mayoral Candidates Forum. Sponsored by Women for Change, Shawnee Group of the Sierra Club, Green Party, Carbondale Community Solar Working Group, Carbondale NAACP
March 19, Tuesday. 7:00 p.m. Civic Center. Carbondale Park District Board of Commissioners Candidates forum. Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Jackson County
March 21, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Civic Center. City Council and Mayor candidates forum. Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Jackson County
March 25, Monday, 6:00 p.m. New Zion Baptist Church. School Board Forum. Sponsored by the Carbondale NAACP

There may also be a forum for John A Logan College board members. If so, we'll send the date, time, and location.

Early voting has begun!

Jackson County Clerk's office, Court House, 8:00-4:00 p.m.

  • February 21 - April 1, (Same day registration permitted with proper identification)
  • Saturday, March 30, 8:00-12:00 noon, Jackson County Clerk's office.
Carbondale Civic Center 9:00 a.m  to 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 18th 
  • Wednesday, March 20th 
  • Wednesday, March 27th
  • Friday, March 29th
POLLING PLACES LISTED HERE

Candidate websites

Candidates for Mayor (in alpha order)


City Council candidates (in alpha order)


Park District Board of Commissioner candidates  (in order they appear on ballot)

 (Jane Adams and Kirsten Trimble are running as a team)