Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Mayor Cole Walks on the Wild Side
Monday, September 29, 2008
Rep. Costello Votes NO!
Here's Rep. Costello's reasoning for voting against the bailout
I wanted to share with you the statement I released today following the House vote on the economic bailout bill.
“I voted against this unprecedented bailout because we are moving too quickly to rush this proposal through and have not adequately considered other approaches to solving the problem of bad debt and tight credit. I have not been convinced that it is imperative we act right now, or that this proposal will solve the problem as indicated. In fact, numerous economists insist that the Paulson approach will not work. And I resent being told by the investment bankers in the Bush administration and on Wall Street - the very people that have railed against government oversight in the financial industry for years - that the taxpayers must come to their rescue. What is essential is that Wall Street help pay for any program to heal the economy. $700 billion is too much to ask taxpayers to bear without a requisite sacrifice from the industry that bears much of the responsibility for bringing us to this point. Now that the bill has failed, we should remain calm and proceed to consider other alternatives."
Jerry F. Costello
12th District of Illinois
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Labels: Planning Commission
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sounds Like Fired to Me
"He was never fired," Goldman said. "You know the line, 'Until the fat lady sings, nothing happens.' Well, until I render a decision, nothing matters really. Then that decision stands."
However, this statement by interim Provost Don Rice sounds pretty clear to me:In the letter, Rice wrote, "As Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor, I am responsible for making assessments that affect the University as a whole. I understand and accept that you will be disappointed by my decision and, of course, I regret having to communicate the outcome of my review to you. However, please know that I wish you well in your future endeavors."
According to the article, if SIUC's faculty union had not filed a grievance on Prof. Simon's firing within 10 days, Provost Rice's decision would have been final. The references to offers and counteroffers made at the June 10th hearing sure don't sound like "working through a good, amiicable resolution", nor does it indicate there was "no question Simon would continue teaching on campus".
Thursday, September 25, 2008
TIF property sale pending
I wonder what business it will be? Anyone care to spill the beans or speculate?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Rep Costello on Bailout
I thought you would be interested in seeing the statement I made last Friday, September 19, concerning the proposed legislation to combat the current economic crisis.
“I have participated today in conference calls with Treasury Secretary Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke and my colleagues regarding proposals to create a government entity to purchase the bad debt that continues to damage our capital markets and the overall economy. While I support measures taken to insure money market funds, I will reserve judgment on the proposed legislation until we see the details in the coming days.
Jerry F. Costello
12th District of Illinois
Carbondale City Councilman Chris Wissmann Seeks Reelection
For Immediate Release
Carbondale City Councilman Chris Wissmann officially announced his candidacy for reelection today.
Chris Wissmann, elected in 2003 to a two-year term and reelected in 2005 to a full four-year term, has identified several issues where city-council action can continue to move Carbondale in a positive, progressive direction:
Violent crime: The Carbondale City Council, with support from Chris Wissmann, has taken steps to improve public safety by voting to expand and reorganize the police department to better and more quickly respond to criminal activity. The council, led in part by Chris Wissmann, has also voted to increase the monetary rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of perpetrators of unsolved crimes. Chris Wissmann, however, believes that families and neighborhoods can bring to bear enormous influences that could well prevent crime in the first place- by looking after each other and instilling in individuals a sense of personal responsibility to and respect for the community. The city can play a stronger and more proactive role in helping citizens organize neighborhood associations and watch groups, and otherwise empowering them to make their own city safer.
Ameren and energy: As if environmental considerations aren't enough, Chris Wissmann believes that recent, prolonged power outages and Ameren's unjustifiable and painful rate increases require that Carbondale explore incentives to help make promising residential alternative-energy technologies more affordable and widespread.
Job retention and attraction: Between globalization and the information age, the nature of work in the United States is changing, and with broadband-connected home computers the very term "place of employment" is becoming obsolete. As manufacturing jobs leave America, and consolidation in the retail sector results in a decreasing pool of companies available to enter Carbondale, Chris Wissmann believes that the city needs to foster the development of smaller, home-based and service employers. Chris Wissmann cites as a good example the Artist Relocation Project in Paducah, Kentucky, which has transformed a concentration of dangerous slums into a vibrant neighborhood that significantly contributes to that city's economy and great reputation. Pursuing such businesses may require alterations to Carbondale's zoning code and the increased granting of variances and special uses- often controversial in Carbondale, but changes that Chris Wissmann feels our citizens may need to accept if they want better job opportunities in the city.
Government-television programming: Chris Wissmann believes that the city needs to expand programming on its GOV-16 cable-television channel to address and provide information about community issues ranging from home and personal safety to landlord-tenant-neighborhood relations to various city programs. The city can do this by working with SIU professors and students to provide practical learning opportunities while receiving low-cost programming.
If thirteen or more candidates file for the three open City Council positions, a primary will take place Tuesday, February 24, 2009. The Consolidated Election takes place April 7, 2009.
For more information about Chris Wissmann's reelection campaign, please call him at home at (618) 549-2653 or email him at <email@example.com>. Please do not call him at his place of work.
Yes to new jobs in the TIF district.
Yes to a pioneering antidiscrimination ordinance covering sexual orientation.
Yes to owner-occupied new-home construction incentives.
Yes to preferences for local bidders.
Yes to saving the Eurma Hayes Center's daycare center.
No to Enterprise Zone expansion for low-wage employers.
Yes to expanding and reorganizing the police force.
Yes to community-cleanup and summer-jobs programs.
Yes to incentives to convert rental units to owner-occupied homes.
Yes to the rental-property inspection program.
Yes to the city's truancy ordinance.
Yes to strict new animal-control provisions.
No to increases in tow-truck fees.
Chris Wissmann's Campaign Biography
Chris Wissmann, who won election to the Carbondale City Council in April 2003, was born in Carbondale in June 1969 at the old Holden Hospital.
When Chris was born, his father, Jack, was completing his bachelor degree at SIU (his mother, Kay, was a 1962 alumna). The Wissmanns wanted to stay in Carbondale to raise their family- but as with so many others, Jack and Kay could not find decent work opportunities in Carbondale. They were forced to relocate to the Chicago area, then north-central Illinois, to raise Chris and their second son, Aaron.
Chris returned to Carbondale to attend SIU in 1987, and has remained a Carbondale resident ever since. While still a college junior, Chris cofounded the Nightlife newspaper in 1990, which he continues to edit and co-own. Chris earned his radio/television degree in 1991.
All of Chris's immediate family- Chris, his parents, and his brother Aaron- graduated from SIU.
Chris married SIU alum Jesslyn Jobe in 1999. They own their own home on Walkup Avenue, where the happy couple live with their German wire-haired pointer, Cappuccino "Cappy" Latté.
In addition to working to improve the community through his work on the city council and his editorship of Nightlife, Chris serves on the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale and WIDB boards of directors. He was appointed to the board of the Southern Illinois American Civil Liberties Union in 2003, and has served as a Democrat Precinct Committeeman since 1996.
So far this year, the district's expenses, including the cost of maintenance, is about $5,000 less than its revenue. Renfro said she sees that gap closing.
"We feel like the projections, over 12 months, the budget will cover expenditures," she said.
Maybe golf course economics is different but if your expenses are $5000 less than revenues, why would you want that gap to close?
Monday, September 22, 2008
Lance Jack's Burger Bar
Will it last? Parking is darned inconvenient and you've got lousy visibility coming out of the alley onto S. Illinois. However, Carmen's did well there for twenty years, so it can support a restaurant. Success really depends on if the burgers are good enough to draw traffic to the area and if he stays open late enough to take advantage of the evening bar traffic. Since Rally's/ Zipp's closed many moons ago, there're no places specializing in either good or fast burgers in downtown.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
City Council Members Unsure
Capitalism - Can you Digg it?
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Rained Out Pig Out
People stuck it out for awhile, hoping the rain would slack off. I had several of Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp's fans asking if the band was going to play. All I oculd tell them was the band would still play if the rain quit. However, it kept up until 9:15 or so, and, as the weather reports (the same ones that gave only a 30% chance of rain for the evening) said to expect the rain to continue until about 2 a.m., Main Street decided to call it a night. When I left, John John's BBQ stand was the only vendor open still hoping for a few last customers and there were a few diehards in the beer tent. According to my rain gauge, we got about an inch and a half last night and it looks like it's sprinkling out again, not boding well for today's events. Hopefully, today's weather will be better, thoguth it's sprinkling out slightly as I type this.
Labels: Pig Out
Friday, September 19, 2008
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Pig Out Starts Today
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Wanna Be a Councilman?
In April 2009, the City of Carbondale will hold an election to select three City Council Members for four-year terms. Information and petition forms will be available in the City Clerk’s Office beginning on September 16, 2008.
Monday, September 15, 2008
We Made News of the Weird
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
new banner graphic
Meanwhile I'm cleaning up the template, ... guess it's time to remove some bloggers' names from the blog roll, some who haven't published here for months, or years. Perhaps some new bloggers will join us. ... Thanks to Scott T. and DaveX for keeping Bytelife biting.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Glad They Changed the Sign
Labels: downtown Carbondale
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Chancellor Goldman on WSIU
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
New BBQ Place Coming
Saturday, September 6, 2008
East Side in Transistion
Kevin Baity, assistant city manager for economic development, said Friday that the west side's commercial presence is merely in a state of transition.
"We have some businesses that, because of the economy, have closed. Another closed because of the lack of a lease," he said. "And we have a few entities who believe they want to be in the east side such as Aldi, who like to shadow big box stores."
Baity said renovations at the Royal Plaza Inn and developments in the works on the five-acre Mugsy's property are more indicative of what's happening on the west side than empty stores.
"West Side Center (between Subway and Ward Chrysler) is fully occupied and Murdale is 85 to 90 percent occupied," he said. "Kroger and, if it closes, Aldi, when you get looking, those are the only large buildings that are vacant."
Since Kroger West closed in October, Aldi's was one of the last grocery staples on that side of town. Assistant City Manager Kevin Baity said he was concerned the absence of shopping options would lead new residents on the west side to take their business to the new Murphysboro Wal-Mart, which opened in March.
"You hate to see a business leave one section of town and move to another," Baity said. "We just hope that they will work with the realtor of their choice and the city and not put too many restrictions on the building they will be leaving behind."
Now, more than ever, people need to arm themselves with a questioning attitude and a disrespect for official propaganda.
Thursday, Sept. 11th, the Muddy Independent Media Center at 214 N. Washington, will show 9-11 truth videos from noon to 9pm, interspersed, no doubt, with rousing discussions. On Friday, Sept 12th, at 7pm, the usual time for videos, Muddy Media will show "Improbable Collapse", followed by a discussion.
Pastry with the press, Sept. 17
The Southern Illinoisan cares about the Carbondale community. ... That's why [they] are inviting the public to participate in a Coffee and Conversation session at the Carbondale Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17. The Southern Illinoisan will provide free coffee and breakfast pastries and introduce staff members from the newspaper and Web site.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Enrollment Drops Again
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Missed This Bit
Association members first voted to seek a new university to house the Grant works at a May 2 meeting in St. Louis, according to a letter from Williams to Carlson. Williams, who is also chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, wrote that Carlson's proposal to create a vision for the future of the project was unrealistic.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
More on Simon Affair
The association's attorney, James Williams, wrote to Carlson April 9, raising concerns that someone had forged Simon's signature on payment documents from the association.
"We expect your prompt attention to this matter because someone is signing Dr. Simon's name without his authority," the attorney wrote.
In an April 14 response, Carlson said he asked two association employees if they forged Simon's signature. Both said no, and one indicated that she had watched Simon sign the documents in question.
Harriet Simon said her late husband denied signing the documents. She said he was not satisfied with Carlson's investigation into the matter.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Free Market in Action
Animal Ordinance on Agenda
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