Sunday, August 31, 2008
Downtown Free Parking
Friday, August 29, 2008
Waiting for the Other Shoe
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Termination of Contract
Either party may cancel the contract in the event of a default. For purposes of this contract, "event of default" means 1) a breach of any material provision of this agreement, 2) failure to pay any amount due within 10 days of its due date 3) the breach of any representation or warranty, or 4) any voluntary petition by or involuntary petition against either party shall be filed pursuant to any chapter of any bankruptcy code or either party shall make an assignment for the benefit of creditors, or there shall be any other marshaling of the assets and liabilities of either party for the benefit of such party's creditors.
In the event of a default, the non-defaulting party shall notify the defaulting party of the event of default. The defaulting party shall remedy the breach within 10 calendar days. If the default is not remedied in 10 calendar days, the non-defaulting party may cancel the contract by giving 30 days notice in writing of its intention to cancel this contract.
Nothing herein is intended to prevent the non-breaching party from seeking any remedy available to it, including but not limited to specific performance of this agreement.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Well, Ain't That Convenient
"Some people went public when they shouldn't have. It's kind of holier-than-thou - 'the world has a right to know.' No they don't. Not on situations like that," Goldman said.
One of the best known men at SIUC, a nationally known scholar, is accused of sexual harassment after a 40 year tenure at SIUC and ordered to stay off campus and Chancellor Goldman expected it to stay quiet?
Here's a nice tribute to Prof. Simon by a former student. Too bad no one every writes these things until after you pass away.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
1. The charges are supposed to be sexual harassment. Since when did smoking in Neckers Hall (the last point in the list of charges) become sexual harassment? Violation of university policy and state law, sure. Sexual harassment, I don't think so.
2. The first line of the last paragraph reads "This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of the potential allegations." We don't have charges here, we don't even have allegations, we have POTENTIAL allegations.
Monday, August 25, 2008
WORLD PREMIERE, FOLKS
The good people at the OgreOgress label have provided me with a single-use, one-time only copy of a previously unrecorded Cage work-- and my listeners get to hear it first!
The world premiere broadcast of John Cage's "Twenty-Six with Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine" [Eighty-Three] (1991) will air this Saturday, August 30 from 4-6:30 a.m., on WDBX 91.1 FM.
Don't miss it, seriously!
The Thing That Bugs Me....
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Einstein Bros. to C'dale?
1. $1 million in net worth with $400,000 in liquid assets
2. $35,000 franchise fee per store
3. initial investment of approximately $500,000-$900,000
4. royalty fee of 5% of GROSS sales
5. advertising fee of up to 5% of GROSS sales
and 6. past experience in the restaurant industry (doesn't say if working as a counter person at McDonald's counts)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Councilman Jack Arrested
The Southern also says, “ Jack cooperated with officers”. Well, lets praise him for doing what he should have and not condemn him for what he did. First, not giving chemical testing or participating in field sobriety after almost striking a patrol car is not much cooperation to me. How about you?
Friday, August 22, 2008
C'dale and MarionTIF districts
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Interesting View of Growth
This quote (taken out of context of course because it makes it sound worse) is especially good:
“Obviously the university is growing, so it would make sense that employment would grow with it,” said Kathy Blackwell, director of human resources at SIUC.
It looks like most of those new positions are at the Springfield School of Medicine which is showing much more rapid growth than the university as a whole.
$3.5 Million and Counting
Private donations for the first phase of the project rose from $1.6 million at the end of May to a $3.5 million currently, athletic director Mario Moccia said. But a large portion of the $83 million dollar project, which administrators have said will be funded equally by student fees and private donations, remains undetermined.
Student fees will double to pay for part of the project as well:
Staggered increases to student fees for the project are expected to cover half of the total. The student fee for the project increased from $40 to $60 this year while an increase to $80 is scheduled for fall 2009.
Labels: Saluki Way
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Carbondale vs. Marion
Carbondale... ONE Tif District...
Marion... TEN... That's TEN TIMES THE TAX DOLLARS being DIVERTED AWAY from the Taxing Bodies... AND YOU CHicken (and the rest of us...) MAKE UP THAT DIFFERENCE!
Carbondale... ONE Open Meetings Violation... THEIR Council contacts AG's office, who responds with Training and a STERN warning.
Marion... 1,159 violations (Y A W N) and still counting.
Labels: city government
Monday, August 18, 2008
Jerry Costello's Office Hours
I will hold five Open Office Hours in Southern Illinois. No appointment is necessary. Just stop by one of the locations at the date and time listed to meet with me to discuss your issues.
Wednesday, August 20
Thursday, August 21
If you have any questions, please call (618) 233-8026.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Jerry F. Costello
12th District of Illinois
Labels: Jerry Costello
Getting a dental appointment is like pulling teeth
Just being up-front-- unless you've got cash or non-Medicaid insurance, you're going to have a real difficult time finding a dentist in Southern Illinois. How do I know this? I just got off the phone with someone from the Adolescent Health Center in Carbondale-- I'd been calling to try to get my son a dental appointment, and they had told me last week that some openings were going to be made available.
The only catch? Like all services for poorer folks, it was going to be a cattle call, scheduled promptly at 8:30 a.m. this morning. I started calling at 8:29, and actually got through. However, it was about 10 seconds before 8:30, so like a radio show call-in contest, I found myself at the end of a polite hang-up.
82 calls and almost exactly 30 minutes later (I counted, seriously) I got through again. All the appointments were taken, and my son wasn't going to be able to be seen after all. He's got a good smile right now, so I guess the message from all those "I-don't-take-IDPA-insurance" dentists around here is that a toothbrush and floss is good enough. According to the beleagered woman answering the phone, she had more than 125 calls on her voice mail when she walked in-- and the previous woman answering at 8:29 said she had received nearly 400 early calls since 8 a.m. Say what you will, but these numbers speak for themselves-- Southern Illinois is in need of dentists willing to serve Medicaid/IDPA recipients. After all, state-sponsored health care isn't much of a benefit if nobody accepts it!
As for me, I'm a bit too old for the Adolescent Health Center. They do their best, but still had to laugh when I told them that Doral Dental (the "handy" phone service Illinois uses to connect Medicaid recipients with participating physicians) had given me their phone number. They also gave me the phone number of five other dentists who also don't take IDPA for new patients, or at all!
On the other hand, I'm loving the fact that one office told me of their "emergency" openings for those of us with severe tooth pain-- from now, until I try the Tom Hanks-approved ice-skate to the face, I get to call their office each morning and hope someone cancelled.
Drop everything, family! Some better-insured person might practice a bit of that trickle-down economy!
I'm apparently not the only one who noticed. Check a University of Illinois study about availability of dentists in rural populations-- here's a quote:
"More dentists should be recruited to enroll in the Medicaid program. Efforts should be made to increase the number of children treated by currently enrolled dentists. This recommendation includes discussion of: adequate reimbursement rates; outreach to enroll new dentists in Medicaid; increasing participation levels of currently participating dentists."
"A low supply of dentists in rural areas affects the entire rural population, not only Medicaid enrolled children. For Medicaid, as well as uninsured, children, it exacerbates the existing barriers to care. There were 18 rural Illinois counties that had no dentists who participated in Medicaid. The rural region also has few dental specialists, especially pediatric dentists. Also, the rural region had a slightly higher proportion (27%; 178/648) of active dentists who were 55 19 years of age or older. National ADA data show that older dentists treat fewer patient visits per year. the slightly higher proportion of older rural dentists and their estimated lower productivity leads to even further competition among all potential patients for the dentists’ time. As these older dentists retire, and there are not enough new dentists to replace them (see #3 below), it will affect access for all people in their communities, especially those with Medicaid coverage or who are uninsured."
Carterville resident John Flora's "Create-a-Smile" Dental Foundation initiative is also doing great work, helping those who otherwise have no access or ability to afford dental care. CAS receives some of its funding from their thrift store at 115 N. Division St., in Carterville-- and one at 33 Circle in Zeigler. Here's a small portion of what CAS has managed to accomplish:
"1. Purchased a pair of dentures for a woman. 2. Paid for numerous cleanings, oral examinations, and x-rays at John A Logan Dental Hygiene School. 3. Obtained a Root Canal and restorative dental procedure for a 12 year old girl. 4. Help people by referring them to others that might help them. 5. Obtained charity cases for our applicants. 6. Done extensive outreach. 7. Attended various Health Fairs with dental poster and info as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste free to the people who come through the health fair."
You might even consider giving them a tax-deductible donation, eh? Sounds like money well-spent. Maybe you'll help this guy:
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Carbondale offers a variety of housing grants in an effort to encourage lower income and family purchases of homes within the city limits. In a effort to target the grants better, housing inspectors, as noted in the email below, will survey households throughout the city during August.
Housing Surveys to be Conducted in Carbondale for Housing Rehabilitation Program
The City of Carbondale will be conducting a City wide housing survey to determine the target area for future housing rehabilitation grant applications. Information gathered from the housing surveys will provide the City with an accurate picture of the neighborhoods where focus of housing rehabilitation assistance is needed to improve the overall housing stock of the community. The target areas will be based on the greatest concentration of lower-income, owner-occupied households in need of rehabilitation.
City Neighborhood Inspectors will be conducting the door-to-door surveys from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday in the month of August. The housing survey consists of statistical and housing related questions that are required to qualify an area for assistance and should only take about five minutes to complete. The statistical data will include questions such as the number of people living in the home, ethnicity, gross household income, if there are any household members who are physically disabled, if there are any household members who are age 62 or older and the gender of the head of household. The survey will also gather data about the home such as if the home is owner occupied or rental, how many rooms are in the home, the general state of the home and if major improvements are needed.
All information will be used for statistical analysis to determine the housing rehabilitation target area for upcoming grants and will be kept strictly confidential in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-579). Residents are urged to participate as this will be vital in the City’s efforts to continue securing funding to improve and enhance our residential neighborhoods.
For more information, contact:
Khristina Vaughn, Housing Programs Administrator
(618) 549-5302 ext. 346
Friday, August 15, 2008
Free document shred day on Sept. 6
Jackson County Health Department, DataLock and Office Depot are sponsoring a free document shred day for area residents on Saturday, September 6 from 9am - 1pm. The event will be held in the Office Depot parking lot, 1130 E. Walnut Street, Carbondale.
DataLock Document Management Services of Mt. Vernon will be on-site with their mobile shredder to provide the shredding service. This event is open to all area residents; however, businesses, schools, governments and other large paper generators are prohibited. Examples of paper items that residents can bring in for shredding include: Bank Statements, Medical & Insurance Forms, Personal Files, Retired Tax Forms, Receipts and similar documents.
Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed. Assistance will be available to those needing help removing items from their vehicle. All shredded paper is sent to a paper recycling facility where it is turned back into new products, like paper towels.
Information from the Federal Trade Commission on preventing identity theft will also be available to participants.
Solid Waste Manager
Jackson County Health Dept.
618/684-3143, ext. 136
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sexual Harassment Policy
Monday, August 11, 2008
Horizon Boarded Over
On the plus side, looks like a new doctor's office has opened up in the Central Plaza strip mall on Gian City Road
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Obama in southern Illinois
Friday, August 8, 2008
Lots o' New Faculty
Or better yet, catch an early nap-- I have live musical guests for this week's broadcast of "It's Too Damn Early," and you'd be foolish to miss hearing it!
Carbondale Bytelife readers knew about it first, but if you're a little late to the party, why not check out the Flipside article?
The broadcast commences this Saturday morning, from 4-6:30 AM on WDBX 91.1 FM. Trust me, it's easier just to stay awake through Friday!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Crime of the Week?
Update: The above link to the Crime of the Week is no good because the page has been removed from the Carbondale Police website, apparently after the suspect turned himself in.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Housing Legislation email from Costello
I wanted to drop you a note to update you on legislative matters that may be of interest.
- A $7,500 tax credit for first time home buyers.
- Provisions to expand the Federal Housing Administration’s loan limits to increase its market share and promote greater stability in the mortgage market.
- Provisions to better regulate Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Bank System.
- $3.92 billion for state and local governments to purchase abandoned and foreclosed homes and residential property to keep neighborhoods from deteriorating and further reducing home values for everyone.
- A voluntary program where the government will back loans that have been written downby 10-15%. If the home owner sells the house within five years, they must reimburse the government for a portion of the sale. Importantly, this should not help speculators as it can only be used for a mortgage on a primary residence.
- The bill will make the implicit federal backing of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac explicit, providing temporary authority to purchase their stock (expires at end of 2009).
You are invited to sign up for future electronic newsletters. Please feel free to forward this message to friends and neighbors you think might be interested in this issue.
Jerry F. Costello
12th District of Illinois
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Grower's Market on the Square
No Whiskey Tango
Labels: downtown Carbondale
Monday, August 4, 2008
Attention, bored Southern Illinois residents
Dan Godson and Eric Glick Rieman will be performing live August 9th on WDBX 91.1 FM, as guests of "It's Too Damn Early," the flagship experimental music program in Southern Illinois.
The Godston/Glick Rieman Duo explores collaborations with non - human animals ( in this case, snails.) Eric Glick Rieman is co-composer of this set of graphic scores, collaborating with a trio of snails of the species commonly found wild in California gardens and originally introduced by nostalgic French immigrants for meat. With an emphasis on the space between musical events, the Godston/Glick Rieman Duo rides a wave of intensity and extended technique. The duo represents an intersection between the Avant Garde traditions of Post-Jazz (think Anthony Braxton or Roscoe Mitchell) and the heavily art influenced American Experimentalist tradition of John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Pauline Oliveros.
Daniel Godston is a Chicago trumpeter who also plays "small instruments." Unexpected oddiments of tonal flavor emerge from these found objects and create a scintillating landscape of noise.
Eric Glick Rieman is known for his manipulations of the Rhodes electric piano, and he will be performing on a deconstructed/reconstructed instrument. Using rocks, marbles, and other non-traditional means of triggering sounds ( as well as the keyboard), his instrument becomes an access point into an edgy world of experimentation. Glick Rieman has previously worked with Fred Frith, Lesli Dalaba, Stuart Dempster, and Carla Kihlstedt, and performed the work of Phil Minton, Olivia Block, Meredith Monk, and Terry Riley as a member of the Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble.
"It's Too Damn Early" is broadcast from 4-6:30 AM each Saturday morning, with liveblogged commentary at: http://startlingmoniker.wordpress.com
Sunday, August 3, 2008
1000 New Units
Seeing all this development makes it hard to argue that C'dale has a poor economic future since given the current state of the housing market, it's not likely these developers are willing to risk the kind of money they are investing in their properties if they didn't see a significant upside to C'dale's economy. According to their banner, even Lewis Park is investing a million bucks in upgrading their units. Of course, the owners probably wouldn't have done that without all the competition coming from new development.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Been busy much? Us too. The plumbers, electricians, salvage haulers, etc., have been plying their trades at the Varsity Center for the Arts. Among our many volunteers, the cleaners and sorters and tally-ers are still cleaning and sorting and tallying, while the builders are still building.
General work hours are still Wednesdays and Saturday mornings from 9-11, and the builders’ hours are Tuesdays-Thursdays-and-Saturdays from 9-3. (If you just want to drop by for a look around, Weds & Sats are your best bet. Because unlike everyone else, I am always glad to stop working and talk.)
We’ve uncovered most of the terrazo in the restrooms, and might be able to reclaim most of it. Sweet!
What you can’t help but notice in the east theater this week if you should drop by: the floor of the (nonsloping) scene shop has been framed out by our volunteer carpenters, including Bill Crain, Stuart Saken, Lee Brackett, and Loren Cocking. A thirty foot firewall goes up between it and the seats, and the stage goes in front of that. (Audiences won’t ever see or give the scene shop a thought, but we’ll all know it’s there.)
What to do this weekend because it’s too hot to be outside anyway: Go see the musical “Little Women” at McLeod. It’s how to cap a Carbondale summer.
Labels: Varsity Theater
Labels: state government
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