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30&31 Mar

The 5 Gun Safety Regulations
That Even NRA Members Support

 - Think Progress

Mapping the Dead:
Gun Deaths Since Sandy Hook

- Huffington Post

I want it to be almost impossible for any felon  or metally unstable person to get a firearm.  I consider anybody who disagrees with this a gun kook. - Bob
none This Week in West Chicago
Benefit for Joe Stewart - FB
none"FOP Lodge 85, West Chicago PD is hosting a fundraiser for one of their own, Officer Joe Stewart. Joe is a husband, father, police officer, and veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He has spent the better part of his adult life serving his country and his community, and now he's in the fight of his life. Recently diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, he is awaiting a bone marrow donor and is unable to work. We are hosting a spaghetti dinner to help cover his medical and living expenses, so Joe can focus on getting well.
  • Saturday, April 6, 2013  5:00pm
  • Tickets are $12 adult $8 child (4-12)
  • At the door $15 adult $10 child (4-12)
  • Kids under 4 are free

Food is being provided at cost by Franco, who's always been a friend to the PD. His food is fantastic, too!  The address for the VFW is 431 N Neltnor Blvd (Rt 59), West Chicago, IL 60185"

District 94 Board of Education Meeting Agenda April 2, 2013
  • noneRatification - Support Staff Contract
  • Sale of High Ropes Course
  • Literacy Coaches Memorandum of Understanding with the WCHSTA, Inc.
none"Thank you to everyone who had inquired and responded about the event, but due to the Easter weekend and requests to have the date moved to accommodate people, organizers are going to reschedule the Collage Workshop.  A new date will be released soon, and those who were interested will be contacted. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause."
West Chicago Neighbors Respond to Victims of Devastating Fire - City of West Chicago
"Neighbors in the Cornerstone Lakes subdivision in West Chicago are responding to the needs of the victims of a house fire that destroyed the residence and the family’s belongings on Alamance Drive yesterday.  A flier, circulated to area residents, requests gift cards, cash donations, dog food, cat food and any other incidentals to help the family through this devastating time.  Those wishing to make a donation may contact Dawn at (630) 513-5304 or Bonnie at (630) 584-5093."
Mill Street Ironwood, MI... Best Potholes in the State of Michigan - You Tube
This article has nothing to do with West Chicago but I would appreciate it if as many people as possible check it out: 1) It will remind you of how nice it is to have competent local government and 2) A large number of views will embarrass and put pressure on the city government in Ironwood, MI.  This thousand feet of roadway was resurfaced last summer and is in this shape, worse than anything in West Chicago, this spring. - Bob
none Congressman brings Fab Lab pitch to Waubonsee, local manufacturers
none"A Fab Lab is a project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that brings a lab equipped with basic design and fabrication machines and materials and opens it up for public use. Enterprising minds or local inventors can use the lab to create prototypes of products that can either become the foundation to create a new business or a launchpad to an education that local manufactures would find desirable."
none Federal judge OKs Islamic worship center near Naperville
none"But she did find that DuPage County’s “repeated errors, speculation and refusal to impose conditions” under which the project could be approved led her to conclude that the county had wrongly imposed a “substantial burden” on the group’s application and that its denial was “arbitrary and capricious.”"
none Big Biz/Labor Finalize Immigration Pact - TPM
"Under the emerging agreement between business and labor, a new “W” visa program would bring tens of thousands of lower-skilled workers a year to the country. The program would be capped at 200,000 a year, but the number of visas would fluctuate, depending on unemployment rates, job openings, employer demand and data collected by a new federal bureau pushed by the labor movement as an objective monitor of the market.  The workers would be able to change jobs and could seek permanent residency. Under current temporary worker programs, personnel can’t move from employer to employer and have no path to permanent U.S. residence and citizenship."
none Judge gives green light to Islamic center in DuPage Co.- Daily Herald
none"U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer found in her Friday ruling no evidence that the county board denied the permit on the basis of discrimination, but found its decision to be "arbitrary and capricious."  "The county's repeated errors, speculation and refusal to impose conditions support an inference that the county subjected ILC to a substantial burden," the judge found."
none IMF says global subsidies to fossil fuels amount to $1.9 trillion a year … and that’s probably an underestimate - Grist
none"But my focus here is on the other $1.4 trillion, which is IMF’s tally of “the effects of energy consumption on global warming; on public health through the adverse effects on local pollution; on traffic congestion and accidents; and on road damage.” These are the “externalities” you’re always hearing about, and by failing to make fossil fuel companies pay for them, governments are implicitly subsidizing those companies. IMF says calls this under-taxing of fossil fuels “mispricing,” but it’s easier to think of them as indirect subsidies."
Snowflakes, Starflakes, and Swirlflakes - Vihart
28 Mar
none Around and About in West Chicago - 28 Mar 2013
  • Social Studies Dept and League of Women Voters Candidates Foru
  • Senior Fair at American Legion Pos
  • Annual Family & Consumer Science Night
  • Fundraiser for Officer Joe Stewart
  • Tribute to Mayor Michael Kwasman
    none"One year ago, the City of West Chicago lost its visionary mayor, Michael Kwasman. So how do these two anniversaries intersect?  It just so happnoneens that To Kill a Mockingbird was Mayor Kwasman’s favorite book."
  • WeGo for Wellness
    "The sweet smells of zucchini bread wafted through the West Chicago Public Library last Thursday evening as the Library kicked off its “WeGo for Wellness” cooking series with “Breakfast that Rocks!” to a packed house."
  • Detective Takes the Polar Plunge
    none"Earlier this month, West Chicago Police Detective Robbi Peterson and his 9-year old daughter Taylor took the Polar Plunge, jumping into the icy cold water of Loon Lake in Silver Springs State Park outside of Yorkville, to kick start the West Chicago Police Department’s efforts in the annual Torch Run that benefits Special Olympics."
  • College of DuPage Photo X Club
    "An exhibition from the College of DuPage Photo X Club highlights a body of artwork from 14 artists representing students, alumni and local photographers."
    "The Update includes information on the West Nile Virus (WNV), with an overview on the efforts of the District to control nuisance mosquitoes, reduce the potential of mosquito-borne disease transmission and provide a comfortable and healthy atmosphere for district residents."
  • Harriette Elizabeth Hills
    "For the past two years, history has been brought to life in West Chicago through a blog produced by the City Museum. A Sense of Place, published on the City's website, has provided readers with brief capsules of local history in a lively and entertaining format."
none Early voting begins
none"Early voting for the April 9 Consolidated Election begins Monday, March 25 and ends Saturday, April 6. Early voting is available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Early voters must present a valid Illinois driver's license, an Illinois identification card issued by the Secretary of State, or another valid government-issued identification containing their photograph."
none West Chicago police blotter: March 27
  • none"A 20-year-old Elgin man and a 20-year-old St. Charles woman face a variety of charges after being pulled over by police March 3 at Neltnor Boulevard and Dale Avenue."
  • "A 24-year-old West Chicago man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol and improper lane usage after a traffic stop March 10 at Fabyan Parkway and Roosevelt Road."
none U of I supercomputer debuts at 11.6 quadrillion calculations per second
none"Funded by the National Science Foundation through a grant in 2007, the supercomputer project suffered a setback about five years later when IBM Corp. pulled out, citing financial and technical reasons. Eventually, Cray Inc. took over construction of the hardware.  Last year, engineers started installing the equipment in a campus building and then ran tests on the machine, which includes thousands of processors."
none Gun owner ID card wait more than two months
Dang Wabbit" “When people start hearing or thinking that things might be banned, they tend to run out and buy those things while they can,” Tropino suggested as to why FOID card applications might be so high... Last year, the state received 338,614 applications, the highest yearly total on the website chart, which tracks back to 2006. The total for the first three months of 2013 is nearing 188,000, or more than half the applications received for all of 2012."
none When workers die: “And nobody called 911″ - Salon
none"The laborer, assigned to the plant that afternoon in November 2011 by a temporary staffing agency, was showered with the solution after it erupted from the open hatch of a 500-gallon chemical tank he was cleaning. Factory bosses, federal investigators would later contend, refused to call an ambulance as he awaited help, shirtless and screaming. He arrived at Loyola only after first being driven to a clinic by a co-worker."
none The ‘Religious Liberty’ Bullies and Their Fight Against LGBT Equality - Daily Beast
none"Thirty-five years ago, having lost the moral battle for segregation, a small group of evangelicals met to rethink their attitude toward politics. Unlike Catholics and mainline Protestants, evangelicals had tended to stay out of secular politics, believing it to be irredeemable. But with the IRS’s decision to withdraw tax-exempt status from the evangelical Bob Jones University, which discriminated against African-Americans, the Christian right was born. Their mission, they said, was to defend “religious liberty.”"
none Border Drug Busts More Likely To Involve Americans Than Mexicans, Report Says - Huffington Post
Marijuana Leaf"But a new report shows that U.S. citizens are actually the people most likely to be involved in drug smuggling.  The article from the Center for Investigative Reporting released Wednesday finds that three out of four people caught with drugs by the Border Patrol are U.S. citizens, and four out of five drug busts involve an American."
26 Mar
none Community H.S. District 94 and WCHSSSA Reach Tentative Agreement
none"The Community High School District 94 Board of Education and West Chicago High School Support Staff Association (WCHSSSA) have reached a tentative agreement in the negotiations for a successor labor agreement. After a 6 ½ hour bargaining session on Saturday, March 23, 2013, the teams reached settlement on all open issues."
  • Student of the Month for March 2013
    none"The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Sam Rylowicz of Winfield for being selected Student of the Month for March."
  • Thespians Are Sectional Champions
    "The students did incredibly well. Their productions of Frankenstein and Pedro and Me won the IHSA Sectional Championships in Drama and in Group Interpretation. The sectional titles qualify them for the IHSA finals to be held Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, at the University of Illinois-Springfield."
  • District 33 Offering All-day Dual Language Kindergarten Options
    none"Guided by the goals outlined in District 33’s Long Term Strategic Plan developed in 2011 by a group comprised of parents, community members, members of the board of education, local business people, and District 33 administration and staff members, administration began to research the benefits and feasibility of implementing an all-day kindergarten option in District 33."
  • District 33 NewsBites
    • Spring Break
    • School Survey
    • Candidate Forums
Film Screening and Book Discussion
none"The City of West Chicago is distributing free tickets for a tribute event presented by the West Chicago Public Library for Mayor Michael Kwasman on the first anniversary of his passing this April. The film tribute and book discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird on Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. takes place at Wheaton Academy Fine Arts Center."
    none"The City of West Chicago would like residents to know that the West Chicago Citizen Corps is offering another Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course and encourages community-wide participation."
  • Constant Contact All Star
    "The City of West Chicago's launch in 2009 of a free subscriber-based electronic news platform through Constant Contact, an electronic marketing company for small organizations, offered residents and businesses another way to stay connected with City-related news."
Renee Yackey for District 94 Board of Education - FB, Kathe Elliott-Doremus
none"For all you voters in District 94 (West Chicago, Winfield, Carol Stream, Wheaton, Warrenville) - Renee has been in regular attendance for years encouraging the board to keep what is right for kids first and foremost. I encourage you to support her in her bid for a seat on the Board of Education for Community High School District 94."
none Group pulls support for COD candidate accused of harassment
none""We are reluctant to do this, and Frank will continue his candidacy, but we cannot allow these untrue allegations and the negative press to damage the credibility of the faculty or our efforts to improve the COD board," Chris Goergen, director of Friends for Education, the faculty's political action committee, said in a statement. "These allegations are politically motivated to defeat Frank and attack the faculty.""
none West Chicago alderman faces 2 challengers
""The fact that I am young and bilingual allows me to reach out to the majority population of West Chicago residents. Making sure there is a fair representation of the West Chicago population in city council is important to me," she [Rosalinda Delgado] said. "It would be nice to have someone who can reach out to this part of the community and get them involved.""
none Quinn unveils road and bridge projects
none"Quinn hailed the construction program as a way to put people to work.  "When the private economy isn't going at full tilt, and it needs to get going, we've got to make sure we supplement that with our public investment in roads and bridges and water system and rail systems and building schools," Quinn said. "All of this puts people to work and lays a foundation for future economic growth.""
none Quinn wants funding guarantee in pension bill
none"Quinn said whatever is finally approved should include a guarantee that Illinois will meet its annual required contribution.  "The state can never ever again not pay what it should pay every year to the pension account. That's why we're in this situation," he told reporters in Chicago."
Gun bill could further crowd prisons
Dang Wabbit"Experts say it could push thousands more convicts into a packed and financially pressed prison system, costing $100 million more per year. A prison-policy group says it’s largely a Cook County problem that officials there are asking the rest of the state to shoulder. And gun-rights advocates fear it’s a way for Chicago to discourage lawful gun possession in the city."
none New Study Using IRS Tax Data Shows Rich Are Staying Richer, Poor Poorer - Forbes
"Five economists, including one from the U.S. Treasury and two from the Federal Reserve, used data from nearly 34,000 working age households’ 1040s, W-2s and Social Security records to tease out how much of the much discussed rise in income inequality in the U.S. might simply reflect more volatility in earnings, with families having good and bad years.  Their unhappy conclusion: almost all of the rise in inequality is life-long."
none Benefits changes will push children into poverty, says archbishop of Canterbury - Guardian
"Under changes championed by Duncan Smith, rises in welfare payments would be capped at 1% annually for the next three years as part of the government's austerity measures.  In a statement released by Lambeth Palace, Welby said: "As a civilised society, we have a duty to support those among us who are vulnerable and in need. When times are hard, that duty should be felt more than ever, not disappear or diminish. It is essential that we have a welfare system that responds to need and recognises the rising costs of food, fuel and housing."
none Supreme Court Hears 'Pay To Delay' Pharmaceutical Case - NPR
""These deals are unheard of in any other area of the law for a really simple reason," says lawyer Tom Goldstein. "Nobody believes that if you're the only company in the market and a competitor comes along, you can say to them, 'I'll pay you 10, 20, 50, or 100 million dollars to just stay out of the market. That's the opposite of competition." These payments extend monopolies, and "it hurts customers who would benefit from lower drug prices.""
Delay, Deny, Wait Till I Die: 20,000 Veterans Die Waiting For Their Benefits - Common Dreams
"The Bay Citizen and its parent Center for Investigative Reporting found that almost 19,500 veterans died - World War Two veterans from illness or natural causes to Iraq veterans from suicide - while waiting through the backlog, more than triple that of three years ago."
23&24 Mar
none This Week in West Chicago
none Kirk, coalition reintroduces GPS privacy act
nonenone""Congress should set a clear legal standard to safeguard your digital privacy," Kirk said in the video, calling the GPS Act a way to protect one's basic civil rights.  In addition to requiring the government to show probable cause to obtain a warrant, the legislation would create criminal penalties for surreptitiously using an electronic device to track a person's movements that parallel those for wiretapping."
none West Chicago candidates discuss development, finances, train horns
none"None of the faces running for mayor in West Chicago are new to the local political circle.  When voters cast their ballots in April, they'll choose between Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda, 7th ward Alderman Nicholas Dzierzanowski and former alderman Wayne Woodward."
none FAA to close control towers at Waukegan, Gary, Kenosha
"Additional airport towers in Illinois that are staffed by FAA employees also face possible closure or elimination of overnight shifts due to the federal budget sequestration, the FAA said. They include Midway Airport in Chicago, where overnight tower hours could be cut, DuPage Airport in West Chicago, and Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove."
Illinois to take lead in buying high-speed locomotives
none"The Federal Railroad Administration selected IDOT to manage the multistate procurement of at least 35 next-generation locomotives for high-speed rail corridors in Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state, Gov. Pat Quinn said.  The locomotives will be capable of cruising at up to 125 mph, based on a request from California, and they will comply with the most stringent federal EPA emission standards, officials said."
none DuPage Forest Preserve District thinking spring
none"To coincide with the beginning of the spring trout-fishing season, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will open its boat-rental area on Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville for the season at 8 a.m. April 6.  The rental area will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through the end of May."
none Ethanol holding its own in fuel market, consultant says
none" “Some plants were temporarily idled as local corn supplies were more adversely affected by the drought and others have structural economic problems due to location or technology,” he said.  “I would expect 2013 production to be at or above 2012 levels. That’s the real economic story here — stable and growing markets for America’s grain drives hard work and innovation to create a higher economic standard for rural areas,” said Miller."
Research Reveals Almost All Climate Science Denial Books Linked to Conservative Think Tanks - The Contributor
none"Getting a book published helps authors to be seen as 'climate experts' even if they don't have the relevant academic expertise. They get interviewed and quoted by mainstream media and name-dropped by conservative politicians and corporate bosses. "Books confer a sense of legitimacy on their authors and provide them an effective tool for combating findings of climate scientists," the researchers say."
none 98 arrested in union protest on Las Vegas Strip - Big Story
"Culinary Union workers demonstrate along Las Vegas Boulevard outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino while protesting their contract negotiations with Deutsche Bank, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Las Vegas. Nearly 98 protestors were arrested during the demonstration. Workers have been in contract talks with Cosmopolitan Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank for two years. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)"
none The 10 Republicans Who Voted Against The House GOP Budget - TPM
"All four men voted for the significantly more draconian Republican Study Committee alternative on Wednesday. That measure failed 104-132. If it had passed, it would have supplanted the party’s official budget. Nearly all Democrats voted present, to lower the threshold for passage, pitting conservative Republicans against one another, and forcing GOP leadership to orchestrate its failure."
[We have two local representatives, Roskam and Roskam, who are members of RSC but I haven't found how they voted on the RSC budget (CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE: A Fiscal Year 2013 Budget) which who cut Soc Sec, Medicare, and Medicare even more. - Bob]
Rachel Maddow: Fox News Calls Obama ‘Enemy Of Israel’ As Israel Gives Him Highest Award (VIDEO) - Addicting Info
"We are all watching as the Israeli president is saying to President Obama, ‘I know that you would not stop striving for a better world.’ What was running on Fox News instead was a commercial for their new special on President Obama as an enemy of Israel…”"
[The video is really outrageous... not just icing the coverage, Faux News ran an ad for a show claiming Israel hates O'Bama. - Bob]
21 Mar
none Around and About in West Chicago - 21 Mar 2013
  • Retirement of Dr. Ed Lema
  • Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Dinner
  • Schedule of Worship Services and Easter Activities
  • Annual Old-fashioned Egg Roll
  • Early voting for the April 9th Election
TOP 3 ISSUES FOR WEST CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL - Renee Yackey for District 94 Board of Education
"Much of what is reported in local newspapers deals with negative items such as stalled contract talks, and the leaving of the DVC to name some recent issues. We as a school must take the lead in defining who we are and the positive events that are happening at WCHS."
Rep. Bill Foster Statement On House Budget Votes - FB, Bill Foster
none"Estimates show the Ryan plan would decrease economic growth by 1.7 percent and cost two million jobs next year alone. While it creates new corporate tax breaks that we don’t need, it would increase taxes for middle class families by as much as $3,000. And it would end the Medicare guarantee, destroying an essential safety net that seniors rely on."
none COD considers plans to build training center for first responders
nonenone"COD is partnering with West Chicago on the project. Police Chief Laz Perez said he was looking for additional space for officer training when he heard the college was spearheading a project that included shooting ranges.  "There are very few if any ranges in the area," Perez said. "It's hard to get range time. It's not just a West Chicago or College of DuPage issue. If you talk to any of the chiefs in the area, (they'll say) we're bidding for very limited range space.  It's unclear if West Chicago is being considered as a possible site for the facility, but Perez said people should not read too deeply into the city's partnership with COD.""
COD faculty members question campaign contributions to Chairman Carlin
none"Goergen and Goldberg said Carlin received $4,400 in contributions from such firms between Jan. 18, 2008, and March 21, 2012. Carlin was elected to the COD board in 2007... $2,800 from Robert Boller of Wadsworth on March 21, 2012. Boller is CEO of Boller Construction, which received a $671,800 contract for cafeteria renovations at COD in June 2010."
State Senate panel backs letting DuPage cut some governments
none"Agencies that could get review under the proposal include the Century Hill Lighting District, Downers Grove Sanitary District, Highland Hills Sanitary District, Salt Creek Sanitary District and West Chicago Mosquito Abatement District.  Cronin said getting local control to dissolve agencies takes the power out of the hands of state lawmakers who might not want to do it."
COD candidate was fired for sexual harrassment claims
nonenone"A female lifeguard told the college's human resources department in November 2010 that she experienced sexual harassment of a verbal nature from Flores, according to COD President Robert Breuder.  A male student later came to HR to corroborate the lifeguard's claim, and reported he had witnessed "touching" as well, Breuder said.  He also said another female student corroborated the lifeguard's original complaint."
none West Chicago, Wheaton faith communities celebrate new pope
none""I praised him that his will was done in such a wonderful, holy man. It's a wonderful day for people of all faiths and brings us so much hope," the West Chicago resident said. "This was definitely the work of God. I think the new pope being from South America is God telling us that he wants us to focus on getting back to the basics and taking care of the poor.""
none Illinois bill to reduce flame retardants fizzles in committee
none"On a 10-5 vote, an Illinois House committee on Wednesday rejected a measure that would have prohibited manufacturers from selling baby products and upholstered furniture in the state that are made with any of three forms of a flame retardant known as chlorinated tris... One form of chlorinated tris, known as TDCPP, was voluntarily removed from children's pajamas in the late 1970s over cancer concerns. Because it wasn't formally banned, manufacturers can legally add it to other products."

Resident input wanted on water quality
none"The survey asks respondents to assess how likely they are to incorporate habits into their lives in order to improve water quality, as well as what their motivating factors are... To take the survey, go to"

none Illinois unemployment spikes as more join job search
"The Illinois Department of Employment Security said the rate sharply rose to 9.5 percent in February from 9 percent in January. National unemployment fell to 7.7 percent in February.  Department Director Jay Rowell said recent job growth appears to have given unemployed people who had given up job searches reason to head back out again.  Rowell pointed to the fact that the state added a net 12,400 jobs in February."
  • Illinois House approves limits to pension COLAs
    none" House members voted 66-50 to approve House Bill 1165 which limits COLAs to the first $25,000 in pension benefits. The change applies to state employees, downstate teachers, lawmakers and university workers. Judges are not included.  Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, said the automatic 3 percent compounded COLAs to retiree benefits are the single biggest factor driving increased pension costs. Making the change will by itself save the state $100 billion in pension costs over the next three decades, she said."
  • Illinois Senate approves scaled-back pension plan
    "Biss’ bill would limit annual cost-of-living adjustments to retirement benefits, increase employees’ contributions to their pension plans, cap the salary on which a pension can be earned and raise the retirement age. It also would incorporate a mechanism to force the state to make its required pension payments."
none The Union Protester Who Punched Fox News Comedian Steven Crowder Was Acting in Self-Defense, Will Not Be Prosecuted - TPM
none"“It’s pretty clear the person that they wanted to charge was acting in self-defense,” Dunnings said of the union member who apparently slugged Crowder.  .Dunnings questioned why Crowder didn’t initially provide that original footage to Dunnings’ office."
Report Shows Fox News Is Wrong About Green Jobs - Media Matters
none"A Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report released Tuesday finds that green jobs grew four times faster in 2011* than jobs in other sectors, continuing a trend of rapid growth in the U.S. But Fox News is still pushing the narrative that investing in clean energy is a "boondoggle."  The U.S. added more than 150,000 green jobs in 2011, including more than 100,000 construction jobs and 14,000 manufacturing jobs. In total, the green sector now employs more than 3.4 million workers in the U.S."
none Arizona House stalls new tax exemptions for churches - AP
"House leaders moved to stall a vote Thursday on the measure that would allow properties not used for religious worship to avoid taxation... Critics complained the measure would allow a group posing as a religious organization to expand its land holdings on the cheap. Under the measure, any group that calls itself religious could sit on undeveloped lots for years without paying taxes. "
none Brazilian-Made Plastic Solar Panels, a Clean Energy Breakthrough - Inter Press Service
none"What looks like a thin, flexible sheet of regular plastic is actually a solar panel printed with photovoltaic cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. This new material, totally unlike the heavy and costly silicon-based panels commonly used to generate solar power today, was created by scientists at CSEM Brasil, a research institute based in the southeast Brazilian state of Minas Gerais."
19 Mar
none Shining Light's News & Upcoming Events
  • Diapers Needed
  • Crazy & Cosmic Bowling Event
  • $5,000 Matching Grant
  • Run to Support Shining Light
2013 State of the City Address - Mayor Reuben Pineda
"The most significant outcome of this dedicated effort will resonate favorably with our residents and businesses, as it includes no tax or rate increases and also no proposed service reductions. For the sixth year in a row, we have cut our total budget; have not increased the property tax levy in three years; haven’t raised other taxes or utility rates in five years; have had no reductions in the number of services or the quality of services; and have one of the lowest water rates in the area. Further encouragement coming from the financial snapshot of our City is a return of sales tax revenue to about what it was before the economic downturn, signaling a growing consumer confidence."
A FaceBook Comment - Karina Villa
"Working with a team that gives 150% for a child to succeed reminds me of my days at 33. Amazing people exist everywhere!"
none Endorsements: Gunderson, Lauf, Nagel, Saake for Dist. 94 board
none"Gunderson, who is on the right track with his ideas about getting parents more engaged in the education of their children... Each of the newcomers has the ability to effectively serve, but Lauf is especially appealing for her take on the high school's technological needs and her willingness to take a critical look at administrative costs."
[I could not disagree more strongly with the editorial board's endorsement of Gary Saake, who I see as an advocate of vouchers and privatization which I see as antithetical to good public education. - Bob]
Endorsements: Pearson. Scheck, Stibal, Vishanoff for West Chicago Dist. 33 schools
none"We also are impressed by Karina Villa, a challenger for one of the four 4-year seats. Villa, a former social worker in District 33, represents an important demographic for district voters seeking more diversity, and she shares many of the same qualities as the experienced incumbents."
Sanitary district finally disbanded in DuPage
none"Formed in 1983 by residents as a special taxing district to provide sanitary sewer service, the district relinquished its responsibilities to the county two years after its sewer system was installed.  Cronin said the process required to eliminate the sanitary district is an example of why DuPage needs the authority to consolidate some of the 24 local governmental agencies overseen by boards and commissions that he appoints."
New industry: Charging to remove cop mug shots from websites
none"There's a chance your mug shot is already online if you were booked into the Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake or McHenry County jail in the last couple of years — even if your arrest didn't make the daily news ... Critics complain the trending trending business model borders on extortion — but it's not so clear-cut, say legal experts, who see no legal wrongdoing if the photos and information are lawfully obtained."
none Illinois infrastructure fails to make the grade
none"More than 2,300 of the approximately 26,500 bridges in Illinois are considered structurally deficient, which generally requires frequent inspections, makeshift repairs and weight restrictions on vehicles using the bridges... The amount of money needed to upgrade long-ignored infrastructure can be staggering, the report noted. Illinois needs $17.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure improvements over the next 20 years, and $15 billion to modernize drinking water infrastructure over the same period."
none Illinois Lottery says company hired to manage its games owes $20M
none" The private company hired by the Illinois Lottery to manage operations and maximize profits earned $757 million last year. But profits were 11 percent short of projections and now the lottery says Northstar Lottery Group owes it $20 million... The lottery says payment is part of an agreement the two sides signed in 2010 when the lottery was privatized. Northstar is eligible for bonuses if it exceeds goals, but subject to penalties if misses targets"
none Judge dismisses suits challenging retiree health insurance premiums
"State workers who retire with 20 or more years on the job are entitled to premium-free state subsidized health insurance. Legislators and Quinn said it was a benefit the state could no longer afford.  The General Assembly last year passed a bill allowing the state to set health insurance premiums for retirees. The rates were never set while the Quinn administration continued contract talks with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees."
none 9 Out Of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong About This Mind-Blowing Fact - UpWorthy
"This pretty much speaks for itself. At 1:05, I get a rude awakening. At 1:41, he starts talking about you. At 2:24, he says a "bad" word. At 3:50, he kind of breaks my brain. At 4:50, he lets you know how broke you really are. At 5:20, he rubs it in. And at 5:50, he points out that reality isn't close to what we think it is."
none Westboro Equality House: Aaron Jackson Paints Rainbow Home Across From Anti-Gay Church - Huffington Post
none"Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of Planting Peace, a multi-pronged charity that has in the past concentrated on rainforest conservation, opening orphanages and deworming programs, bought a house that sits directly across from the church's compound six months ago. On Tuesday, March 19, he and a team of volunteers are painting it to match the gay pride flag."
none A Decade Of Mistakes: Timeline Of The Iraq War - Think Progress
none"Ten years ago, “Operation: Shock and Awe” launched the war in Iraq. The next ten years would prove to be a calamity of unthinkable proportions, leading to the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians, trillions spent and billions wasted. ThinkProgress has cataloged the entirety in a single timeline, stretching from the early days of the war to the present. The following is just a small sampling:"
16&17 Mar
none This Week in West Chicago
NewsBites - District 33
  • noneDr. Leman
  • Chorus Concert
  • Family Night, Spring Break
  • School Survey
District 94 Meeting Agenda March 19, 2013
  • noneApproval of Financials
  • Board Policy Series ¶9000
  • Renewal of Illinois High School Association Membership

Reminders: Easter services - FB, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, West Chicago
none"Alright. Things to put on the calendar... Last mid-week soup supper and Lenten Service, Wed. the 20th. Then, Saturday the 23rd, church fellowship hall clean-up beginning at 9:00 a.m. March 28,Maundy Thursday Divine Worship at 7:00 p.m., March 29th, Good Friday Worship and then... Easter Worship and breakfast! Please join us."

  • Good Friday Service 7:00 pm

  • Easter Sunday March 31st

    • Divine Service 7:00am

    • Breaskfast 8:00am to 10:00am

    • Divine Service 10:30am

    • Spanish Divine Service 12:00pm

CHS Board of Education Meeting - FB, Barb Laimins
none"Plan to attend this Board of Ed Meeting. At the last meeting, 52 we in attendance, and that was during the heaviest snowfall of the season. Your efforts made a huge difference, causing the board to change its vote regarding the tax abatement issue! Our concern remains with the outsourcing of the school's custodians, some of whom have been employed with the district for more than 30 years. For the security of our children and staff, efficiency of work, and the livelihood of those who have lived in the community while giving service to the school, please make your voices heard. NO OUTSOURCING!"
Endorsement: Delgado for West Chicago Ward 2 alderman
none"She [Rosalinda Delgado] is respectful of the two men she is running against but says her fresh outlook and connection to the Hispanic community especially are needed to move West Chicago forward. Given that a majority of the city and that, by the candidates' accounts, 80 percent of this ward is Hispanic, that connection cannot be underestimated. We agree with Delgado that she represents the future of the city, and we endorse her for Ward 2 alderman."
none FBI: Winfield bank robbed, office buildings locked down
"Witnesses told police the robber was a white male with dark eyes, about 5-feet-11 and 30 to 40 years old. He had his face covered with a black and gray scarf. He wore a dark hat, dark coat and black gloves.  The man didn’t show a weapon, investigators said. No injuries were reported."
none Sun-Times Media makes job cuts
"Sun-Times Media owns the Chicago Sun-Times and a suburban network that includes seven daily papers and 32 weeklies. In December, it announced that it would be closing its suburban offices and consolidating operations in the Sun-Times newsroom at 350 N. Orleans St.  Suburban editors would be asked to move downtown, while reporters could work from the field, according to a staff memo sent at the time by Jim Kirk, editor-in-chief of Sun-Times Media."

DuPage Forest Board against merger with DuPage County
none"Many opposed to the merger maintain that, with the county often focusing on development and the Forest Preserve District primarily focused on conserving open space, an inherent conflict exists.  Pierotti was particularly concerned that the legislation would take the decision out of the hands of local residents and allow legislators far from DuPage County to dictate how the Forest Preserve District manages its affairs."

none Prosecutors: Indiana pastor told girl Jesus sanctioned sexual relationship - Tribune
"A former pastor of a northwest Indiana mega-church who has admitted having a sexual relationship with an underage parishioner exchanged hundreds of text messages with the girl and told her Jesus Christ sanctioned their relationship, prosecutors say."
none CPAC Participant Defends Slavery At Minority Outreach Panel: It Gave ‘Food And Shelter’ To Blacks - Think Progress
none"When asked by ThinkProgress if he’d accept a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites, he said “I’d be fine with that.” He also claimed that African-Americans “should be allowed to vote in Africa,” and that “all the Tea Parties” were concerned with the same racial problems that he was."
How young people are getting poorer, in one chart - Washington Post
none"Eugene Steurle, one of the co-authors of the study, points to a host of reasons for young people’s low net worth. Yes, they took a hit during the recession, but they’ve also been in less of a position to benefit from the recent recovery as they’re less likely to own houses or hold lots of stocks. Instead, Steurle lists other longer-term factors that have contributed to the trend:"
14 Mar
Pi Day
none Around and About in West Chicago - 14 Mar 2013
  • Fraternal Order of Police Spaghetti Dinner
  • WeGo for Wellness
  • St. Patrick’s Day Bunco Bash
  • When Trolleys Rode the Prairie Path
  • Reigning Cats and Dogs…and Bunnies Too
none Details of Support Staff Contract Proposal
none"The Community High School District 94 Board of Education is releasing details of its final contract proposal to the West Chicago High School Support Staff Association. The Association represents support staff employees, including custodial, maintenance, personal care and program assistants, deans’ assistants, administrative assistants, and clerks."
West Chicago Park District E-News and Updates
  • noneFootball and Cheerleading Registration
  • Easter Bunny Home Visits
  • Soup & Bread - Building Community One Pot at a Time
  • Turtle Splash Water Park Season Passes
  • Youth Cooking Classes
  • Spring Break Camp
When Trolleys Rode the Prairie Path - FB


Local Music Night This Friday
none"Each month, talented singers and musicians find a venue in downtown West Chicago at 203 Turner Court in Gallery 200/STUDIO. The intimate space provides a "coffee house" setting for the informal gatherings that are free to the public."
2013 DuPage River Sweep
nonenone"The West Chicago Environmental Commission would like the community to know about an upcoming volunteer opportunity that will make a difference in the quality of water and in the appearance of waterways in and around West Chicago."

Elect Dennis Clark - Winfield Township Highway Commissioner - FB
"I have always strived to make sure that everyone's voice is heard...from running large design and construction projects, to managing an office, to my 8 years on the Winfield Plan Commission. I would like to hear from you; what do you think of the Winfield Township Highway Department; financials, road work, staffing, costs, just another level of government....include what you think would make a better Highway Department, how we can save money, what services should be included and what should be eliminated. I will summarize the responses into groups and provide a report. Thanks for your time."

none House backs older retirement, limit on pension amount
none"House lawmakers voted 76-41 to phase in a higher retirement age for teachers, state workers and lawmakers. The retirement age for a worker would rise by up to five years, depending how old the worker is when the law takes effect. Workers over age 45 wouldn't see an increase.  By a 101-15 vote, they limited how much salary can be counted toward a pension at $113,700."
Taxpayers' pension fund contributions up 172% in 10 years
none"The retirement system pays pensions from funds generated by employee contributions, employer contributions and investment income. Each year, revenues have to meet set funding goals. Unlike the employees, whose contribution rates are generally locked in at 4.5 percent of their salaries, employers are on the hook for any shortfalls. And there have been a lot of shortfalls in the past decade."
Caring in action: Fundraiser helps PADS address changing needs of homeless
none"In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of families and children seeking assistance. Last year we served 1,398 individuals including 236 children and 138 families. These numbers represent a 39 percent increase in the number of children and a 29 percent increase in the number of families served over the previous year"
none Senate committee approves 2 pension proposals
none"One proposal, sponsored by Sen. Dan Biss, D-Evanston, calls for raising some retirement ages to 67, requiring workers to chip in 2 percentage points more from their paychecks and scaling back annual increases in retirement checks. The proposal also would seek to fully fund the systems in 30 years and features provisions covering university employees, rank-and-file state workers, legislators, and downstate and suburban teachers."
Quinn to Lisa Madigan: Appeal conceal carry gun ruling to U.S. Supreme Court
Dang Wabbit"“But I think this is so serious, I believe in gun safety, and I think the people in Illinois believe in gun safety, and to just have a federal court mandate that we should allow loaded weapons, concealed on a person, and allowed in a public place, that’s a pretty, pretty serious matter,” Quinn said.  The attorney general has urged passing a bill in the legislature, where her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, has held debate in the full House. The House is considering legislation that allows concealed weapons as well as many proposals that put restrictions on where they would not be allowed, such as in churches or on public buses and trains."
none Lawmakers add strings to proposed concealed-carry law
Dang Wabbit"Under a string of proposals narrowly approved in the Illinois House Wednesday, firearms owners would be subject to additional hurdles once the state’s first-ever concealed-carry legislation is enacted.  Though all votes are preliminary, the proposals would require owners to register their guns, report lost or stolen firearms to state police within 72 hours and lock up their guns if they live with someone who is mentally ill."
Speaker Madigan supports moratorium on fracking
none"It is unclear how much sway Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, will have over lawmakers’ decisions, especially since more than 50 House members already have signed on to a bill that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — the key to jumpstarting the practice in Illinois. Some suggested his comments might be meant to pressure industry over drilling fees and taxes.  But environmentalists and landowners, who rallied at the Statehouse this week to urge lawmakers to impose a moratorium, said they welcome the support."
none UI student vote favors Chief Illiniwek
"On Wednesday, students delivered oral arguments before a moot court at the College of Law. On one side is a group of students who object to student senate sponsorship of a mascot design contest. And on the other side are students who said the contest was not an official call for a new mascot, but a simple poll. Moreover, they argued, a 2008 student referendum that showed support for Chief Illiniwek was nonbinding. The UI Board of Trustees voted to retire the Chief in 2007 after decades of debate on the subject."
none Labor and Community Groups Protest New TSA Policy Allowing Knives on Planes - AFL-CIO
none"Organizations representing flight attendants, air marshals and other concerned groups protested a new policy, announced by the Transportation Security Administration, that would allow small knives and other potentially dangerous items to be carried on to commercial flights. Labor and community groups say that allowing these items on planes breaks down one of the integral layers keeping the U.S. aviation system secure."
none 14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools - Mother Jones
none""[The Ku Klux] Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians."United States History for Christian Schools, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2001."
Egypt’s Christians fear ‘things will only get worse’ as Islamic fundamentalists gain power - AP
"Around a week before the vote, some 50,000 Islamists marched through the provincial capital, Assiut, chanting that Egypt will be “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” At their head rode several bearded men on horseback with swords in scabbards on their hips, evoking images of early Muslims conquering Christian Egypt in the 7th Century.  They made sure to go through mainly Christian districts of the city, where residents, fearing attacks, shuttered down their stores and stayed in their homes, witnesses said."
none Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study - Reuters
none"The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.  The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University."
12 Mar
none Candidate Forum on April 3rd
none"The Social Studies Department of Community High School District 94 and the League of Woman Voters-Wheaton would like to invite you to a Candidate Forum for candidates running for Districts 25, 33, 34, and 94 school boards as well as candidates for West Chicago mayor on Wednesday, April 3rd."
Veterans Award “Student Voice” at CHS
none"The West Chicago VFW Post 6791 and the Ladies’ Auxiliary awarded over $5700 in prize money to Community High School students who entered the annual Voice of Democracy Competition at the February 19th school board meeting...One hundred and three students from Community High School entered the contest, which is designed to foster patriotism..."
WeGo Sole Steppers Going to Nationals!
none"On March 2, 2013, the Community High School District 94 Sole Steppers placed FIRST in the Co-Ed Division of the State of Illinois Step League.  By placing first, the WeGo Sole Steppers have qualified for the National competition in Nashville, TN over the March 15-17 weekend. "


none No Air Force Thunderbirds for Air & Water Show
none"Because of the cuts, known as sequestration, the Air Force has cancelled air shows and fly-overs that are not related to combat readiness, Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth said Tuesday from the Pentagon.  The Thunderbirds, based at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, had been lined up as one of the headliners of Chicago's lakefront show Aug. 17-18. But the flying team announced recently that its performances would stop April 1."
Man arrested with gun in holster challenging concealed carry ban
Dang Wabbit"Deafalla Haddad was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was pulled over for speeding in November in Schiller Park and informed the officer he was carrying a loaded gun in a waistband holster.  His attorney, Matt Fakhoury, said the case should be dismissed because the law Haddad broke was found to be unconstitutional and because his actions would be legal in any other state."
none $922M earmarked for 2013 Illinois Tollway projects
none"Projects include the start of the $2.2 billion rebuilding and widening of part of Interstate 90, including a new $61 million interchange at Illinois Route 47. The Tollway also will begin construction of new ramps at the interchange of Interstates 294 and 57, break ground on the $3.4 billion Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project and complete repair and maintenance work on other parts of the system."

Medicaid funding changes a concern in DuPage County
none"With 80 percent of the DuPage Convalescence Center’s patients being Medicaid recipients, the hit to the county budget is estimated to be about $2.69 million with the changes. The center currently has 360 beds filled out of an available 368. Its annual expenses are $35 million, of which $15.4 million is paid for by Medicaid revenue.  With the county already making up the difference in what providers currently pay for and the actual costs to provide the care to the tune of $2.4 million, the search is on for ways to make up the deficit. The projected shortfall comes from the managed care groups reimbursing the county less that the actual cost for the of the service the county is providing."

none Pension Action in the Legislature - March 13 and 14 - WeAreOneIllinois
"SB 35 and SB 1 are unfair to public servants who faithfully paid into the pension systems, even as the state skimped on or skipped payments. Further, the coalition believes SB 35 and SB 1 are unconstitutional and will be overturned by the courts -- kicking the can down the road and worsening Illinois' fiscal problems. Alternatively, SB 2404 is a fair, constitutional way to address the state's chronic pension underfunding. Urge your state senators to oppose SB 35 and SB 1 and support SB 2404 instead."
none Guantanamo detainees stage hunger strike after Korans confiscated - Raw Story
none"Twelve lawyers — including Kebriaei of the Center for Constitutional Rights — have sent a letter to the commander of Guantanamo, Rear Admiral John Smith, to denounce “a matter that appears to be rapidly deteriorating and reaching a potentially critical level.”...“We understand that Arabic interpreters employed by the prison have been searching the men’s Korans in ways that constitute desecration according to their religious beliefs, and that guards have been disrespectful during prayer times.”"
none Costco's Profit Soars To $537 Million Just Days After CEO Endorses Minimum Wage Increase  - Huffington Post
none"Costco reported a profit of $537 million last quarter, up from $394 million during the same period last year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The healthy earnings report comes just six days after Jelinik urged lawmakers to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.  “At Costco, we know that paying employees good wages makes good sense for business,” Jelinik said in a statement last week. “Instead of minimizing wages, we know it's a lot more profitable in the long term to minimize employee turnover and maximize employee productivity, commitment and loyalty. We support efforts to increase the federal minimum wage.”
How the US public was defrauded by the hidden cost of the Iraq war - Guardian
"Even after the US withdrawal, Iraq has had to contend with dozens of private security companies, many still under US contract, running operations in contravention of Iraqi law. An estimate in February 2012 revealed there were 109 separate private security companies, with 36,000 men under arms, still operating in Iraq months after the American army had gone home."
09&10 Mar
none This Week in West Chicago
WeGo Walking - West Chicago Public Library
  • noneMarch ~ May, 2013
    Tuesday mornings @ 11am
    Wednesday evenings @ 7 pm
  • Join us for a quick stretch and a brisk walk! A little resh air, exercise, and good company is fun for all ages! We walk in all weather. Please wear appropriate shoes and high visibility attire. Durable strollers are welcome. Walking routes will range from 1.5 to 2.5 miles.
Reminder for Market Day Orders
none"Please help support our student organizations by placing orders with Market Day.  March’s Market Day profits will benefit Skills USA.  The March Market Day pick up will be Thursday, March 14th at 5:00 pm. You must place your order by: Monday, March 11th at 11:00 pm CST. Pick up time is 5:00-5:45 pm in Commons.
St. Patrick's Day Bunco Bash
none"Please help our CHS students 'Sail Away All Night Long' on the Spirit of Chicago for an unforgettable after prom experience!  The All Night Long Committee will once again be hosting a St. Patrick's Day Bunco Bash on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 7pm-9:30pm in Community High School's LRC (library)."
Students' Upcoming Trip to Taufkirchen (Vils), Germany
"West Chicago Sister Cities, an organization that "fosters peace through culture, education and people to people exchanges", recently celebrated the upcoming trip of the Community High School District 94 jazz band to West Chicago's Sister City Taufkirchen (Vils), Germany with a pizza party thrown in the students' honor."
When Trolleys Rode the Prairie Path
none"The West Chicago Historical Society will be offering an entertaining program on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wayne and Helen Fox Community Center, 306 Main Street, that will rekindle memories and bring history alive. When Trolleys Rode the Prairie Path, presented by noted historian Steve Hyett, includes a multi-projector show about the electric interurban railroad affectionately known as the "Roarin' Elgin"."
Collage Workshop
none"The West Chicago City Museum will be hosting a free Collage Workshop as part of its latest exhibit, Rites of Passage on Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Guest artist Rachel Weaver Rivera, founder of Imagine Art Studio, will work with participants who are invited to
bring paper and photo mementoes of some of their life milestones to be pieced together in a creative way."
none St. Charles firm sues for $13M after green roof collapse in 2011
none"The collapse of a 500-foot by 60-foot section of the sloped roof, which contained prairie grasses and other plants, occurred Feb. 13, 2011, and did not injure anyone.  The damage resulted in a $13 million payout from Aquascape's insurance carrier to cover reconstruction and damages to the Wittstock family of Wayne, which owns the company, and the cost to relocate employees for a year while the roof was repaired, attorney Greg Aimonette said."
none Meeting to oust state GOP chair canceled
nonenone"Sources within the GOP state central committee said the group of committee members seeking Brady's ouster had been having difficulty coming up with the required 60 percent of the weighted vote to remove the state chairman... Brady, who has served as chairman for almost four years, highlighted the long-standing strains within the state GOP between its socially moderate and conservative wings in January when he backed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois."
Proposed law would 'make you pay' for buying guns for others
Dang Wabbit"The gun-trafficking bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., would make it a felony to buy a gun from a federally licensed dealer on behalf of any other person, or to buy a gun from a private seller on behalf of someone who is not eligible to own one."
none Illinois settles SEC fraud charge over pensions
"The case revolved around more than $2 billion of municipal bonds sold from 2005 to early 2009 to pay state obligations to public-employee pension programs.  The SEC charged that the state did not adequately inform investors that a 50-year funding plan adopted in 1995 did not adequately cover pension liabilities."
none Loopholes or tax hikes? Quinn, business groups disagree
none"In a second measure, Quinn would raise $100 million by eliminating a link between the state tax code and a federal law that allows tax deductions for “production activities” that Illinois-based companies move to other states. The business community argues the law encourages job creation in the U.S.; Quinn administration officials ask why Illinois tax revenue should suffer for production that occurs elsewhere."
  Yorkville gun rights advocate favors Obama’s tougher gun measures
Dang Wabbit"But when it comes to gun legislation and some of the new provisions being proposed, Winninger may surprise some people who know him well.  “Sometimes you’ve got to have the rules,” he says. The owner of two Yorkville businesses — Action Graphix and the Firearms Safety Academy at 1121 Deer St. — Winninger is no newcomer to gun issues. Winninger is a retired police officer who served 30 years in Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park and Oak Ridge, and six years in the Marine Corps."

State GOP chair may be ousted for defying conservatives and supporting gay marriage
nonenone"Illinois State Republican Chairman Pat Brady may be sacked Saturday for defying his party’s conservative flank in expressing support for legalizing gay marriage.  But did Brady commit a more serious political sin by crossing Democratic powerhouse Michael Madigan by being the architect and lead pitchman for last year’s “Fire Madigan” campaign by the state GOP?  Members of the state Republican central committee plan to convene in closed session Saturday in Tinley Park and could vote to oust Brady in a coup attempt led by state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove)."

none UNO: Union OK for teachers at charter schools - Breaking News
none"“Hopefully, this is representing a sea change that perhaps charter operators will not be hostile to the idea of their teachers wanting a union like they have been all along,” said Brian Harris, president of the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, which represents teachers at 14 charter schools.  UNO officials said the move was made to ensure a better working environment, competitive pay for teachers and a spirit of “collaboration instead of competition and polarization.”"
none Kansas Bill Would Ban Abortion Clinic Employees From ‘Bringing Cupcakes’ To Their Child’s School - Addicting INto
none"Democratic Rep. Emily Perry opposes HB 2253, and pointed out another egregious section in the bill designed “to prohibit parents from going in and volunteering at their child’s school if they work at a place that provides abortion services.” Perry’s claim was later confirmed by Republican Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, who stated that the bill would “prohibit an abortion clinic secretary from ‘bringing cupcakes to’ school for his or her child’s birthday party.”"
none Voter fraud mastermind nabbed in St. Peter, Minnesota - Daily Kos
none"Margaret Schneider of St. Peter, Minnesota has Parkinson's disease, dementia being one of her symptoms. She filled in an absentee ballot last July 13, but forgot she had done it and showed up the next day to vote in person at her polling place. Big mistake, Granny Fraudsalot. She's been charged with a felony:"


Who are Democrats and Republicans representing, anyway? - Sa;pn
nonenone"Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers hugely overestimate the conservatism of the very people they are supposed to represent. In all, the report finds that “conservative politicians systematically believe their constituents are more conservative than they actually are by over 20 percentage points, while liberal politicians also typically overestimate their constituents’ conservatism by several percentage points.” "
07 March
none Around and About in West Chicago - 07 Mar 2013
  • Local Government Week
  • Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale
  • Music Boosters “Cakes & Tunes”
  • Restoration of the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad Depot
  • Winter Band Concert
none Candidate Forum - D94, D33, D25, D34 School Boards & West Chicago Mayor - FB
  • none[When]  Wednesday, April 3, 2013
  • [Time]   6:00pm until 9:00pm
  • [Description]  The League of Women Voters of Wheaton and the Social Studies Department of Community High School will host a forum for candidates for Boards of Education for District 94, 33, and 25 and the Mayor of the City of West Chicago on April 3, 2013 beginning at 6 pm at Community High School, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago, IL.
    • 6 pm - Informal meet and greet for candidates for District 33, 34 and 25 in the LRC.
    • 7 pm - Candidate Forum for District 94 Board of Education in the Auditorium
    • 8 pm - Candidate Forum for Mayor of West Chicago in the Auditorium
  • Gimme Some Hotcakes!
    none"“For only $5.00 per person and $3.00 for seniors and children under 10, it’s a great value and lots of fun”, says Music Booster member Sue Stibal. “This year we have Starbucks coffee and there will be live music provided by the students from our Band, Choir and Orchestra programs.”"
  • French Immersion Day for High School Students
    none"On Saturday, February 16, 2013, approximately 100 persons from 17 area schools participated in an all-day French immersion program where all participants pledged to speak only French from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. French professors from Dominican University in River Forest, AATF organizations, the French Cultural Services, and Dominican University sponsored and supported this effort. TV5Monde donated prizes for everyone who upheld the pledge."
  • West Chicago Named 74th Safest City in America
    none"The City of West Chicago has received the honorable distinction of being named 74th Safest City in America by Location, Inc., creators of the neighborhood research site, NeighborhoodScout. The ranking is based on NeighborhoodScout’s latest research, which uses the total number of Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics and the population of each city."
  • DuPage County Stormwater Management Seeks Input
    none"DuPage County Stormwater Management is encouraging DuPage County residents and business owners to complete a survey regarding water quality in the County’s waterways. The survey asks respondents to assess how likely they to incorporate habits into their lives in order to improve water quality, as well as what their motivating factors are."
none Pensions top $100,000 for 42% of District 211 retired educators
none"More than 7 percent of TRS pensions are $100,000 or more for educators who retired from school districts in suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.  Less than 1 percent of the retired educators in the state's other 96 counties receive pensions of more than $100,000.  Those numbers add ammunition to proposals that would have individual school districts take over more costs of funding their retirees' pensions — costs now handled by the state."
none Expert: Gangs not just an urban problem
"Gang activity in the suburbs has fluctuated in recent years. "I've seen the number of gangs in DuPage County go up and go down," she said. "There was a time when we could count 50 different gangs across our county area."  Officials have fought gang influence in the courtroom, beginning in 1999 when former DuPage County state's attorney Joseph Birkett filed a class action, the first ever such lawsuit in Illinois, against the Satan's Disciples street gang in West Chicago. Other similar suits have been filed."
none Quinn's budget to call for education cuts
none"The $278 million cut to elementary and high school funding would be at least the third straight significant annual reduction from state government to local school districts.... Quinn said ... "And our education, classroom education is going to get cut. And I don't like that, I think that's not the right thing for us to do as a state.
none Quinn challenges lawmakers to fix pension problem
none"“Skyrocketing pension obligations leave our state with no choice but to continue reductions to our core priorities,” Quinn said. “There are significant reductions in this budget I do not want to make and that none of you will want to make either. These reductions are the direct result of the General Assembly’s lack of action on public pension reform.”
none DuPage loses in Chicago rivalry - Chicago Business
"The place may still think of itself as more desirable than Chicago. The sight in the mirror, however, isn't particularly pretty. “DuPage has changed—it's a mature, built-out county,” DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin concedes. “The massive growth is over.”  DuPage has no more private-sector jobs today than it did in 2002, according to Choose DuPage, the county's economic-development agency. Manufacturing employment dropped 30 percent between 2001 and 2012, while payrolls in the finance, insurance and real estate sector were off 8 percent. And jobs in information technology plunged 50 percent as firms such as Lucent Technologies Inc. and Tellabs Inc., which once anchored a telecom corridor in DuPage, imploded."

McDonald's Guest Workers Stage Surprise Strike - The Nation
none"The workers are striking over what they charge are rampant abuses at their stores in Harrisburg and nearby Lemoyne and Camp Hill. According to NGA, the visiting students each paid $3,000 or more for the chance to come and work, and were promised full-time employment; most received only a handful of hours a week, while others worked shifts as long as twenty-five hours straight, without being paid overtime. “Their employer is also their landlord,” said Soni. “They’re earning sub-minimum wages, and then paying it back in rent” to share a room with up to seven co-workers. “Their weekly net pay is actually sometimes brought as low as zero.”"

none Solar Panels Rare Amid the Steeples - New York Times
none"Putting solar panels on the roof poses additional challenges in architecture and aesthetics. In theory, church roofs are an ideal place for solar panels. “There’s a lot of square meters of roof available for solar panels,” said Mr. Geraedts, noting that because most European churches were built east to west, they had south-facing roofs, which is optimal for generating energy in the Northern Hemisphere. But roofs must be sturdy enough, and historic buildings may run into preservation barriers."
05 Mar
  • Uncle Mikey’s What Not Shoppe
  • Chamber of Commerce Installation of Officers
  • Contributing to the West Chicago Park District Chili Fest or Soup & Bread
  • School Closing - FB, Barb Laimins
    none"Just announced at the high school that we are getting out at 1:10!!!!"
  • Early Dismissal Today - Mr. Lalo Ponce, Superintendent
    "Due to the inclement weather, Community High School District 94 is dismissing school at 1:10 p.m. today, Tuesday March 5, 2013.  School buses will be transporting students home who normally ride the bus home from school.  All after school student activities are also cancelled."
  • District 94 - Special BoardMeeting - Agenda March 6, 2013
  • D94 Music Booster Pancake Breakfast - FB. Susan Dieterle Stibal
    • none[When] Saturday, March 9, 2013
    • [Time] 8:00am until 11:00am
    • $5.00 per person
      $3.00 for Seniors & Children under 10
  • Booster Club Monthly Meeting
    • noneMonday, March 4
    • 7:00pm in Room 197
    • This meeting is open to any Parent/Guardian of a West Chicago student(s) as well as staff.  We are always looking for new faces and fresh ideas.
  • You've Been Pawed By a Wildcat Magnet Fund Raiser is Back and Better
         The All Night Long (ANL) After Prom Committee will be back at the high school to sell Paw Print magnets. However, this time we will be giving away $10.00 Chipotle gift cards to 5 lucky students!
         Paw Print magnets will be sold during all lunch periods, from Tuesday (March 5th) through Thursday (March 7th). For every magnet purchased, students can enter their names for a chance to win one of five Chipotle Gift Cards worth $10.00 each! All students are welcomed to join in the fun! This is not just for Juniors and Seniors.
         Magnets can be purchased for a friend or yourself. They can be placed on or in students lockers. Each magnet cost $1.00 and the proceeds from this event, assist in defraying the cost of the After Prom Event on the Spirit of Chicago
none Police: West Chicago man caught sexually assaulting woman
none"Officers were searching the home when they heard a woman cry out words to the effect of "no sex" from behind a closed door,.. Meindl said the victim and the defendant had been at a bar earlier that evening. The woman, who was hospitalized for testing and treatment, told police Ramirez-Alcantar forced himself on her, while "the defendant denied having sex with her — even though officers found him on top of her,""
COD consultant to help school develop ‘brand’
none"COD is spending $290,000 on a consultant to help develop a "brand" for the school as part of an overall effort to increase its profile from simply a community college to what President Robert Breuder calls a "hybrid" institution... "I can't see why we can't be spoken of in the same breath as the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University without intimating that we are something less than," Breuder said."
none Quinn budget preview: cuts, but no new taxes
none"“We have to lay out the facts for the budget of the coming fiscal year,” the governor added. “And definitely the members of the legislature have to come to the realization that pension reform is imperative if we’re going to have a better budget in the future.”  Quinn first called on lawmakers to pass changes to state employee retiree benefits more than a year ago, but talks have yet to land a bill on his desk."
none Vote or no vote, you’re paying for it
none"And then there’s early voting. In DuPage, Saar said the Election Commission spent $2,500 to set up staff in case someone came in to early vote — although not one person came in.  “[It doesn’t matter] if [voter turnout] is 2 percent or 88 percent, some of the costs are baked in,” he said.  Saar said he wasn’t surprised by the low voter turnout, or that no one pulled an absentee ballot or voted early in the DuPage portion of the 9th Ward."
none Illinois House adopts $35B revenue estimate for new budget year
none"On Tuesday, the House adopted resolutions saying they believe the state will collect just over $35 billion in revenue next year from state taxes and federal aid.  That’s the amount the House will use to craft its own spending plan over the coming weeks... The House revenue estimate is about $1 billion higher than the current budget year, but Harris warned representatives not to plan on spending the money for education, health care or other programs."
none Miller & Harkin Introduce Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $10.10 - AFL-CIO
"And they are falling behind because their paychecks aren’t keeping up. Today, 40 percent of Americans make less than what the minimum wage was worth in 1968. This is immoral. And it is economically dangerous. Income inequality threatens the economic security of working families and the strength of our nation. That’s why we are here today – workers and business leaders alike – to say that it’s time for ten-ten."
none Arkansas Senate overrides veto on abortion bill - Associated Press
none"The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to override a veto of a near-ban of abortions starting in the 20th week of pregnancy and backed a separate measure that would outlaw the procedures in most cases beginning in the 12th week... Minutes after overriding Beebe’s veto, the Senate’s voted 26-8 in support of the measure that would outlaw most abortions starting in the 12th week of pregnancy, sending it to Beebe for consideration."
none The Great Ammunition Myth - National Reviedw
Dang Wabbit"A year earlier, the unlikely pair of the Department of Agriculture (320,000 rounds) and the National Weather Service (46,000 rounds) had both put out tenders for ammunition. And slightly less odd, but still staggering, were the FBI’s professed intention to purchase up to 100 million “hollow point” rounds and the Department of Homeland Security’s concurrent request for 450 million rounds. The Department of Education got in on the weapons-supplying spree, too, purchasing “27 Remington Brand Model 870 police 12-gauge shotguns.”"
02&03 March
none This Week in West Chicago
04  7pm» City Council Meeting
05  7pm» District 94 School Board
07  6pm» West Chicago Sister Cities Regular Meeting
       7pm» City Infrastructure Com
       7pm» District 33 School Board
       7pm» Knit Night
D94 Board of Education Meeting - FB Event
Tuesday - 7:00pm
"PLEASE consider attending the March 5th meeting of the High School Board of Education. If you did not receive an agenda you can find it at the school web page: - select Board Of Education and Current Agenda.  There are two items of importance that will be discussed at this meeting:
  1. Abatement from the Debt Service Levy fund. The board members have discussed a refund of additional moneys from 2012 to the taxpayers.
  2. Potential outsourcing of custodial maintenance.  It is imperative that our community stand up for the support staff who are presently working without a contract. Many of these employees are members of the West Chicago community and would experience financial devastation by outsourcing.

[See the agenda at BOE Meeting Agenda March 5, 2013. - Bob]

West Chicago High School Negotiations Hit Impasse after Threat to Outsource Jobs
nonenone"“The threat to subcontract jobs is totally unnecessary, and is making it harder for us to reach an agreement,” said Piszczek of the West Chicago High School Support Staff Association (WCHSSSA).  “We don’t see how the school board can claim to be negotiating in good faith with outsourcing looming over the process.” ... Most of the 17 custodial and maintenance employees whose jobs are threatened by outsourcing are residents of West Chicago, and at least 14 of them graduated from Community High School in West Chicago themselves, or have children who attend or graduated there."


  • Community High School District 94 Support Staff Declares Impasse
    none"At an evening negotiations session on February 28, 2013, the Community High School District 94 Board of Education was informed by the West Chicago High School Support Staff Association that they were declaring an impasse in its ongoing negotiations. The Association represents support staff employees, including custodial, maintenance, personal care and program assistants, deans’ assistants, administrative assistants, and clerks."
  • High School New Superintendent
    "Dr. Douglas Domeracki has accepted the offer to become the new Superintendent at Community High School District 94 effective July 1, 2013. The Board of Education unanimously approved Dr. Domeracki’s contract at a special meeting on Monday, February 25, 2013.":
  • Student-of-the Month for February 2013
    none"The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Gabriela Hernandez of West Chicago for being selected Student of the Month for February."


After the Storm Video 2012 - FB, Tom McAdams
"Those of us who had to deal with the July 1, 2012 West Chicago Storm will remember it for a long time."
none DuPage provides ethics training to other agencies
none"Entities must enter into an intergovernmental agreement with DuPage in order to use the county's ethics commission and investigator general.  The investigator general receives and conducts the initial review of ethics complaints. He also acts as a prosecutor of a complaint if a hearing is conducted. DuPage's bipartisan ethics commission meets on an as-needed basis to review ethics complaints."
none Former West Chicago man gets 10 years for 11th DUI
none"A former West Chicago resident who has racked up 11 drunken-driving convictions was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for a 2012 DUI near Sugar Grove, authorities said.  Michael J. Picon, 42, of Silvis, Ill., had pleaded guilty in January to one count of aggravated DUI and a count of aggravated driving with a revoked license."
Support staff, D94 school board reach impasse
none""The threat to subcontract jobs is totally unnecessary, and is making it harder for us to reach an agreement," Piszczek said, in the release. "We don't see how the school board can claim to be negotiating in good faith with outsourcing looming over the process."  When asked about the possibility of outsourcing jobs, Board Member Tony Molinaro said "nothing is imminent.""
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Lands At Chicago Motor Cars
""A machine like this is definitely a rare find" says Chris Moran, Internet Director at Chicago Motor Cars in West Chicago, IL. "With over 550 horsepower driving all four wheels through the optional eGear sequential transmission, there's no question that it's a thrill ride...""
none Quinn, state workers union reach deal with raises
none"After months of insisting state workers should not receive wage increases, Gov. Pat Quinn has struck a tentative deal with Illinois’ largest employee union that will bump their pay while also requiring them to pay more for health care coverage.  Under the three-year agreement, which must still be voted on by union members, roughly 35,000 employees would forgo raises this fiscal year but receive a 2 percent pay increase in fiscal 2013 and another 2 percent boost in 2014."
  Illinois Senate approves Medicaid expansion
none"Nearly 2.8 million Illinois residents already are covered by Medicaid, the government health program for the poor and disabled.  Starting in 2014, as part of the federal Affordable Care Act, an estimated 342,000 uninsured Illinois residents will be newly eligible for coverage. The expansion would mainly benefit low-income adults who don’t have children at home."
none WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 1 Mar 2013
none Incomes plummet to worst in 20 years - RT
"Personal incomes plummeted in January, the new report adds, with that month’s drop of 3.6 percent being the most significant downward change since January 1993 when Pres. Bill Clinton was just beginning his first term in office. Coupled with a slight surge in spending, the latest news means Americans are largely spending more money than before while saving less."
none The Biblical Pseudo-Archeologists Pillaging the West Bank - The Atlantic
none"Biblical archeology began as a largely evangelical academic movement about 200 years ago. Its most influential advocate, an American scholar named William Albright, spent the early 20th century building what became known as the Albrightian Consensus, the convention that archaeology provides physical evidence for the Old Testament--which, conversely, can be used as historical source material in planning and conducting digs. Initial "proofs" included burned rubble near Jericho, which was attributed to the dramatic story in the Book of Joshua in which the Israelites brought down the city's walls using trumpets. Though Albright's movement was ultimately discredited, it continues to influence new generations of religious scholars who, as one popular adage goes, "hold the Bible in one hand and a spade in the other." "
none Is Rush Limbaugh's Most Loyal Advertiser A Scam? - Daily Kos
none"At the time of the case, Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan said, "Don't be scared into spending your hard-earned money...This is the typical tactic of scam artists."  Lifelock continues peddling their $110/yr ID theft protection in Limbaugh's hate radio circus, despite reports that many of the protection services that it promises can be had for free.
Student debt tripled in eight years - Salon
" Fewer people with student loans are buying homes, according to data in the report. Of borrowers ages 25 to 30 who are taking out new mortgages, the percentage of those with student debt has fallen by half, from nearly 9 percent in 2005 to just above 4 percent in 2012.  The fed report sees a connection, stating, “The higher burden of student loans and higher delinquencies may affect borrowers’ access to other types of credit and the performance of other debt.”"
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