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30 April
Tuesday
 
none BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 5-1-13
  • Hawthorne’s Backyard & Grill
  • Little Details
  • Changarro Cocina
  • Fireground Supply Inc.

 

none D33 "News Bites"  - April 22 through April 26, 2013
  • We Go Run, Volunteer Packet on Websites
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Press Releases
  • D33 on TV

[District 33's link is screwed up again.  The current issue is not up there yet. - Bob]

  • Teacher Appreciation Week in District 33
    none"Tuesday, May 7, 2013 has been designated as National Teacher Day, and West Chicago Elementary School District 33 is joining other districts across the nation to thank and acknowledge teachers, as well as all District 33 staff, for their commitment and contribution to the education of our children and to our public schools."
  • 5th Annual Wellness Walk
    "District 33 students and staff joined with members of the community, including West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda and Deputy Chief Mike Upplegger of the West Chicago Police Department, to walk in the 5th Annual Wellness Walk. Cadence Health commemorated this 5 year milestone with a generous donation of We Can Walk Every Day wristbands for all students and community members that walked at least one mile on this day."
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
none"WeGo Drama at Community High School continues their 2012-13 season with the musical farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart (of M*A*S*H* fame)."
Celebrating Superhero Week
none"It’s Superhero Week, and our Youth Services Department will be celebrating all week with fun programs for kids. There’s a Superhero Training Course, a Superhero Drawing program, and more. For a complete list of events, check out our website at www.westchicago.lib.il.us."
Unveiling of Historic Artifact
none"History will be revealed when a commemorative marble stone is removed from the façade of a building located at 101 East Washington Street in downtown West Chicago. The space behind the stone holds a memento embedded by the building's original owner Mike Day when he constructed it in 1951."
American Red Cross Cleanup Kits
none"This week, the City of West Chicago assisted residents of the Town & Country Apartments who were affected by last week’s flood. Volunteers from the West Chicago Emergency Services Disaster Agency and the Police Department distributed 19 cleanup kits to the first floor residents who received flood water in their apartments from last week’s storm. The cleanup kits were provided by the American Red Cross and contained basic supplies to help them clean and disinfect their homes."
2013 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places: Joel Wiant House - LandMarks Illinois
"The 1869 Wiant House represents the height of West Chicago’s history as a major railroad junction. Lived in for nearly a century by important local families, this unusual red brick Second Empire-style house is now threatened with demolition... After granting several continuances, the Commission has set the public hearing for June 4th. In the event that the Commission again denies the City’s request to demolish the property, the City Council will have the opportunity to reverse its decision. In the meantime local advocates are seeking a possible buyer."
none Flood assessment teams pour through DuPage neighborhoods
"Marquita Hynes, a FEMA spokeswoman, said the teams — which have representatives from FEMA, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the federal Small Business Administration — are collecting data "to give an overall snapshot of information" that state officials will use to decide if they should ask President Barack Obama for a disaster declaration.  Residents cannot apply for individual relief through FEMA until a disaster declaration is issued."
none State agency begins flood damage assessments today
"Typically, FEMA will make a decision several weeks after the state agency's report is submitted, Thompson said. The process from today until then could be weeks, or months.  But that doesn't mean those affected by the flood shouldn't start fixing up.  "If they can, start making those repairs so they can get back into their home," Thompson said. "Just keep the receipts and have those, so if there is a federal disaster declaration, they'll have the documentation (to apply for federal grants or loans)."  Thompson also recommended taking pictures of damage and lost possessions."
none FutureGen 2.0 gets favorable environmental review
none"The FutureGen 2.0 carbon-storage project would not significantly affect the air, land or water in Morgan and surrounding counties, the U.S. Department of Energy has concluded in a draft environmental analysis.  DOE also proposes in the report to follow through with a $1 billion federal commitment to the $1.65 billion clean-coal project. A final environmental analysis and a decision on continued funding is expected this fall."
Illinois Senate gun bill to get overhaul
Dang Wabbit"To gun-rights advocates, "shall issue" means an applicant gets a permit if he or she passes a background check and gets the requisite training. Raoul's initial legislation, however, is closer to a "may issue" law in that it would require an applicant to provide state police with "a proper reason for carrying a firearm" and prove that he or she "is a responsible person of good moral character" whose permit would be "consistent with public safety.""
none The Myth of America's Tech-Talent Shortage - The Atlantic
none"Often, it comes down to a matter of age: Companies frequently save money by hiring a young, less experienced immigrant instead of an older American who would command a higher salary. And because the bureaucratic hurdles make it difficult for H1-B holders to switch jobs, guest workers have notorious difficulty bargaining for promotions or raises. They also can't go off and start their own businesses, as they'd lose their visa. Unlike green card holders, they're professionally chained in place. The program has also fed the pernicious growth of IT outsourcing firms. These companies use H1-B visas to import low cost tech workers by the thousands, who they hire out to American corporations as substitutes for better-paid, in-house staff."
none Guns don't offer protection – whatever the National Rifle Association says - Guardian
Dang Wabbit"Gun aficionados often frame the debate in terms of protection, but it is vital to realise that the vast majority of rape and murder victims are not harmed by nefarious strangers, but by people they know, and often love – friends, family members, lovers. Far from protecting people and keeping families safe, the sad truth is that firearms are often used in episodes of domestic violence. The John Hopkins centre for gun policy research has some sobering facts on this; women living in a home with one or more guns were three times more likely to be murdered; for women who had been abused by their partner, their risk of being murdered rose fivefold if the partner owned a gun."
Obama's Judicial Nominees Blocked On All Sides By Senate Republicans - Huffington Post
none"It's hardly news that the judicial nomination process is gummed up. Democrats regularly blast Republicans for blocking Obama's nominees after they clear the Senate Judiciary Committee with broad support, making them wait an average of 116 days for a confirmation vote. That's three times longer than the average wait for President George W. Bush's nominees. But these obstacles come at the end of the nomination process. It's now clear that there's a serious problem at the beginning, too.  It turns out that since Obama took office, senators from some states -- particularly those represented by two Republicans -- have simply refused to make recommendations,"
27&28 April
WeekEnd
 
none This Week in West Chicago
none Senate: Let DuPage leaders eliminate governments
none"The plan backed by DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin doesn't touch the controversial recent idea of consolidating the county's forest preserve district with the county government.  But it would give Cronin and the county board the authority to eliminate districts like the Century Hill Lighting District, Downers Grove Sanitary District, Highland Hills Sanitary District, Salt Creek Sanitary District and West Chicago Mosquito Abatement District."
No decision yet on federal funding for DuPage cleanup
"The county must surpass a $3.16 million threshold in total flood damage costs — and the state must surpass $17.6 million — for municipalities to qualify for federal funds. Gervino said he's confident that will occur. If a disaster declaration is made, it could be another couple weeks until federal officials begin sending money to individual towns, Gervino said."
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  • Quinn defends $98 million grant to charter school group
    none"In order for the money to flow again, the state is requiring UNO to pay for an audit of money it has already received and hire a third party to determine whether the contracts awarded “constituted an actual conflict of interest.”  The organization plans to soon announce some key changes in an effort to clean up its reputation, including adding new board members in an effort to limit the influence of UNO CEO Juan Rangel"none
  • State turns off UNO money spigot after charter school scandal
    ""Right now the funding is suspended," said Sandra Jones, spokeswoman for the state agency that distributes the money. "All they have to do is comply with the letter and the funding will start again."  The state's move comes as the beleaguered organization mulls more steps to clean up its reputation, potentially including new board members."
none Flooding follows drought for Illinois farmers
none"Federal agricultural officials find themselves monitoring Illinois levees just weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported the state led the nation with more than $2.9 billion in crop losses from last summer’s heat and drought.  But flooded fields and high water become an issue only if the conditions linger well into spring, Scherrie Giamanco, executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Springfield, said Thursday."
Quinn wants attorney general to drop back-pay lawsuit
none"But Madigan's office said Thursday the attorney general won't dissolve the legal action until her lawyers know whether lawmakers will agree to find $140 million to pay the back wages that are at the center of the wrangling. Quinn and the employees' union settled the dispute at the bargaining table, and the Democratic governor says prolonging the lawsuit holds up $900 million in health care savings."
none Why Going to Church Is Good for You - New York Times
"Healthy behavior is no doubt another part. Certainly many churchgoers struggle with behaviors they would like to change, but on average, regular church attendees drink less, smoke less, use fewer recreational drugs and are less sexually promiscuous than others."
7 Experts Who Want to Reframe the Boston Bombing Media Coverage -
"Finally, we are not paying enough attention to the gender of the perpetrators of violence. What makes the Tsarnayev brothers more like Dylan Klebold and Adam Lanza than Osama Bin Laden is their social position as marginalized, troubled, angry young men. That they are also Muslim and, to some extent, frame their response to their frustrations in terms of Islam, may be less important than gender. There has been very little discussion of Klebold's or Lanza's religion."
none Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever - Rolling Stone
none"But these numbers are supposed to reflect interbank-loan prices derived in a real, competitive market. Saying the Libor submission process is not competitive is sort of like pointing out that bank robbers obeyed the speed limit on the way to the heist. It's the silliest kind of legal sophistry.
25 April
Thursday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 25 Apr 2013
  • Road Construction and Other Public Works Projects
  • Making Your Money Work Smarter!
  • Wellness Walk Day Friday, April 26
  • Second Annual Honor Flight Fundraiser
  • Kruse House Museum Opens
none New Superintendent Welcome Reception
none"Staff, students, and community members are invited and encouraged to attend a welcome reception to meet Dr. Douglas Domeracki, incoming Superintendent of Community High School District 94, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 3:30 until 5:00 pm.  The reception will be held in the Learning Resource Center at the High School (326 Joliet Street, West Chicago). Enter via Entrance H on the south side of the building.  Please join us in welcoming the District’s new leader to the We-Go community."
  • After the Flood: What West Chicago Residents Need to Know
    none"Following the 5.5 inch rainfall on April 17 – 18, 2013, the City of West Chicago experienced numerous road closures and localized flooding. Many homes had water in basements or other living areas. In addition to destroyed property there are a number of health hazards that can occur in flooded homes. Please visit the Protect DuPage website to download information on these hazards."
  • Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program
    "The Illinois Department of Transportation's (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety is making the effort to do that through the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) which will help Illinois maximize the effect of sustained, stepped-up, year-long traffic enforcement."

     

 

none No decision yet on federal funding for DuPage cleanup
none"The Illinois Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday extended a deadline for municipalities, townships, park districts and other governmental entities to submit expense forms to the county's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for costs related to the massive flood cleanup. Those forms originally were due Wednesday, but agencies now have until May 1 to submit their requests to the county. Wednesday also was the deadline for individual homeowners to submit forms to cover their uninsured losses as a result of the floods."
Dupage forest officials consider pay cut
none"How far they go to reduce their own salaries and benefits remains to be seen.  Commissioner Shannon Burns is suggesting the six commissioners cut their annual salaries from $53,500 to $50,079, which is the same amount DuPage County Board members receive. "Our salaries and benefits should be equal (to county board members) because the work we do is equal," Burns said."
none Key Republican rips federal purchase of Illinois prison
"A Republican congressman from Virginia who chairs a key appropriations panel lashed out Wednesday over the federal government’s purchase of a vacant Illinois prison, telling Attorney General Eric Holder that he “really created a mess with your bailing out the state of Illinois with the Thomson prison purchase.”"

 

Illinois Senate OKs 70 mph highway speed limit
none"Illinois motorists would be able to legally drive 70 mph on interstate highways and tollways under legislation the Senate passed Tuesday.  The measure would allow Cook County, the suburban collar counties and two counties near St. Louis to opt out in areas where local officials did not think the higher speed would be appropriate. The current top speed on Illinois interstates is 65 mph."
none Gov. Quinn gives flood affected businesses paperwork relief
none"Gov. Pat Quinn announced that Illinois businesses and individuals in flood disaster zones who have to file monthly, quarterly or annual returns will have until Oct. 31 to file those returns.  The announcement affects returns that were due on or after April 19.  "Families and businesses across Illinois need time to focus on rebuilding their businesses, homes and lives," Quinn said in a news release. "Once families have recovered, they can pull together the necessary paperwork to file and pay their taxes.""
none Illinois Senate panel advances 'puppy lemon' law
none"The Senate Executive Committee voted 8-5 Wednesday in favor of a bill described as a "puppy lemon law."  The legislation would allow people who buy a dog or cat at a pet store to get a replacement or a refund if the animal needs veterinary care for certain illnesses or conditions within 20 days of purchase. The buyer also could seek damages for the cost of veterinary care."
Illinois Senate votes to crack down on social media mob attacks
none"Lawmakers said the bill approved 52-0 on Wednesday was in response to recent incidents in Chicago. Groups of young people have descended on Michigan Avenue and other locations to attack or rob victims... The bill would allow a judge to impose an extended sentence if someone used electronic communication in a mob action. It now moves to the Illinois House."
   
none Washington Unions Raise the Barn to Feed the Hungry - AFL-CIO
none"Here is a great story about unions giving back and making a big difference in their community from David Groves, editor for the Washington State Labor Council’s (WSLC‘s) news site The Stand. Groves reports on the Central Washington Building and Construction Trades Council’s (CWBCTC's) volunteer efforts that provided 100% of the labor to build a 14,000-square-foot warehouse for Second Harvest, a network of 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers throughout eastern Washington and north Idaho."
none Religion & Mental Health: New Study Links Belief In 'Punitive God' To Emotional Problems - Huffington Post
"“Quite simply, the notion is that belief in a benevolent God will reduce the sense that the world is threatening at the neural level, because God will protect you from harm,” study co-author Dr. Neva Silton, professor of psychology at Marymount Manhattan College, told The Huffington Post in an email. “The angry God not only fails to provide protection, he/she may actually pose a threat of harm.”"
none Secret Tape: Top GOP Consultant Luntz Calls Limbaugh "Problematic"- Mother Jones
none"And they get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it's really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It's only on the Republican side…[inaudible]. [Democrats have] got every other source of news on their side. And so that is a lot of what's driving it. If you take—Marco Rubio's getting his ass kicked. Who's my Rubio fan here? We talked about it. He's getting destroyed! By Mark Levin, by Rush Limbaugh, and a few others. He's trying to find a legitimate, long-term effective solution to immigration that isn't the traditional Republican approach, and talk radio is killing him. That's what's causing this thing underneath. And too many politicians in Washington are playing coy."
The real hoaxers of climate change - Daily Kosd
nonenone"It would be comforting if they were all backwoods types where modern communications don't reach and the key industry is meth manufacture. But the Speaker of the House from urban Ohio is on board with denial, showing off his keen understanding of biology by making mouth-farts about how humans can't be causing climate change because cows emit CO2 via their digestive systems. Instead of the methane they actually do."
23 April
Tuesday
 
none Reserve Your Spot for Bowling with Shining Light
" Cinco De Mayo Crazy & Cosmic Bowling to Support Shining Light's Mission
Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM..
 Ticket price ($25 single, $45 couple, $90 for four) includes:
  • 3 games of bowling
  • Shoes
  • Festive food (Chips and salsa, pico de gallo, tacos, quesadillas, etc.)
El Día de los niños (Children’s Day)
none"This month, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) celebrates the 17th anniversary of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/BookDay), also known as Día. On Saturday, April 27, the West Chicago Public Library District will join hundreds of libraries from across the country in this multicultural celebration."
  • Information on Recent Flood Damage
    "Due to heavy rainfall and flooding on April 17 - 18, 2013 in DuPage County and the West Chicago area, the County was declared a state disaster area by the State of Illinois. As part of the process to seek a federal disaster declaration, the City must collect information on the extent of flooding and damage and forward this to the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management."
  • Warning to Parents
    none"The City of West Chicago Police Department has issued a warning to parents of school age children to be aware of a dangerous new prank which involves a common ingredient found in most home food pantries - cinnamon.
  • Painting Exhibit - Chicago Jazz Scene
    none"Artist Lewis Achenbach captures live free jazz performances in a unique style of art which he refers to as “documentary painting.” His collection of paintings, titled “Prestissimo, Preciosismo,” consists of various musicians as seen and heard in intimate clubs throughout Chicago during the last year. His exhibit will be on display from May 2 – 31, 2013 at Gallery 200, 200 Main Street, West Chicago."
  • New Downtown West Chicago Business
    none" Little Details is the name of her new store opening in downtown West Chicago, the city that Rubio has called home for the past 16 years. Located at 100 Arbor Avenue, the business will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday,April 27, 2013 and Sunday, April 28, 2013 with refreshments and a special 10% discount on purchases made at the opening. The store will open at 10:30 a.m. and West Chicago Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda will cut the ceremonial ribbon on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. "
none Storm cleanup to cost millions in DuPage
none "But they're confident the tally will surpass the $3.16 million threshold DuPage needs to qualify for federal assistance. Illinois also is expected to meet its threshold of $17.6 million.  If both things happen, municipalities, townships and other governmental entities in DuPage won't get stuck with the tab for their cleanup efforts and uninsured losses.  "That is just for public assistance, which is the assistance to taxing entities," said David Gervino, emergency management coordinator for DuPage Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "It has nothing to do with assistance to homeowners.""
none New law gives senior citizens bigger tax break
"The law increased the senior homestead exemption from $4,000 to $5,000, which could potentially save seniors more than $200 a year. The change goes into effect immediately for residents of Cook County, and will be valid on 2012 property tax bills that will be mailed out later this year.  For the state's remaining counties, the change will be applied to bills covering the 2013 tax year, which will be issued in 2014. Property taxes are paid one year behind in Illinois."
Illinois looking at different concealed carry rules for Cook County
Dang Wabbit"People who want to carry a concealed weapon in Chicago and elsewhere in Cook County would get an extra layer of scrutiny under legislation being drafted in the Illinois Senate, according to the authors of the proposal.  The legislation is aimed at balancing the desire of many gun owners to have a statewide concealed carry permit and avoid running into a patchwork of local laws throughout the state that could be confusing for law enforcement and for gun owners."
none Wisconsin public schools scored better than private voucher schools in standardized achievement tests - Political Carnival
nonenone"Previously I’ve posted that Walker’s budget funds school vouchers and charter schools “leaving public schools on life support” followed by Oops! Three Wisconsin voucher schools got state money after losing accreditation. He claims he wants more “choice,” but does Wisconsin spend more per student on vouchers than public schools?  Now it looks like public schools are getting the last laugh. Students who go to private schools, aka voucher schools, in both Milwaukee and Racine got lower standardized achievement test scores than the kids in Milwaukee Public Schools and the Racine Unified School District."
none In Pakistan, a rare Christian retaliation against Muslim violence - Christian Science Monitor
"Earlier this month, in what observers and locals characterize as a very rare occurrence, Christians in the Francisabad neighborhood of Gujranwala stood their ground when a group of Muslims from nearby settlements began attacking their property.  Mobs have stormed through Christian settlements in the central Punjab province with increasing frequency in the last few years, fueled by extremist right-wing sentiment and often using the pretext of blasphemy allegations to justify their actions."
none Who Is Defending Austerity Now? - The Atlantic
"Now, Reinhart and Rogoff's Excel imbroglio hasn't exactly set off a new Keynesian moment. Governments aren't going to suddenly take advantage of zero interest rates to start spending more to put people back to work. Stimulus is still a four-letter word. Indeed, the euro zone, Britain, and, to a lesser extent, the United States, are still focussed on reducing deficits above all else. But there's a greater recognition that trying to cut deficits isn't enough to cut debt burdens. You need growth too. In other words, people are remembering that there's a denominator in the debt-to-GDP ratio."
Deported While Unconscious: American Hospitals Quietly Deport Hundreds Of Undocumented Patients - TPM
"The men had health insurance from jobs at one of the nation’s largest pork producers. But neither had legal permission to live in the U.S., nor was it clear whether their insurance would pay for the long-term rehabilitation they needed.  So Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines took matters into its own hands: After consulting with the patients’ families, it quietly loaded the two comatose men onto a private jet that flew them back to Mexico, effectively deporting them without consulting any court or federal agency."
20&21 April
WeekEnd
Marijuana LeafMarijuana LeafMarijuana LeafMarijuana LeafHappy 4-20
 ... do you know where your kids are?
none This Week in West Chicago

22  7pm» City Public Affairs Com
23  4pm» Tween Scene
24  10am» Homeschool Connections
25  4pm» Mad Science
      7pm» City Finance Com
      7pm» Knit Night
27  1pm» Children’s Book Day/El Dia De Los Niño

noneAfter Prom ticket sales extended through April 22nd.
"Attention all students going to prom. We are extending after prom ticket sales to Monday, April 22nd. We have 38 seats open. After these are sold, sales will close. Make sure to bring signed waiver. Tickets on sale during lunch hours in Commons. Monday is your LAST chance."
District 33 - "News Bites" April 15 through April 18, 2013
  • noneTown Hall/Board Meeting Rescheduled
  • Dual Language Open House
  • Girls in the Game Super Saturday Event,
NOTICE OF SPECIAL METTING OF THE WEST CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT
  • none830 W HAWTHORNE LANE, WEST CHICAGO, IL 60185
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
  • 6:30 P.M.
  • NOTICE OF MEETING LOCATION CHANGE
    • none"The members of the West Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners of West Chicago, Illinois, have changed the location of their regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners set to be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the West Chicago Park District Administration Offices, 157 West Washington Street, West Chicago, Illinois. Said Board of Park Commissioners Meeting will instead be held at the Dyer Maintenance Facility, 830 W Hawthorne Lane, West Chicago, Illinois."
  • NOTICE OF MEETING LOCATION CHANGE
    • "The members of the West Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners of West Chicago, Illinois, have changed the location their regular Committee of the Whole meeting set to be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the West Chicago Park District Administration Offices, 157 West Washington Street, West Chicago, Illinois. Said Committee of the Whole meeting will instead be held at the Dyer Maintenance Facility, 830 W Hawthorne Lane, West Chicago, Illinois."
  • PAWS (Promoting Awareness of Wildcat Success) Recipients for the month of April, 2013
    none"Congratulations to the P.A.W.S. Award Winners. They have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their classroom, school, or community. These students are recognized for their leadership and good works
  • Foreign Language Honor Society Inductees
    "The Community High School District 94 World Languages Division is proud to induct students into the French, German, and Spanish Language Honor Societies. The CHS World Languages communicative philosophy emphasizes target language use and development of all modalities to increase students’ second language ability and exposure/"

 

none Winfield flooding issues continues
"The village declared a state of emergency on Thursday, when flooding throughout the community resulted in a handful of residents being evacuated from their homes.  Barrett said the amount of flooding is the worst officials have seen in more than 20 years.  "It's not that it was the biggest storm event," Barrett said. "But the ground was already wet when the rain started.""
none Veterans foundation donates money to Honor Flight program
none"On behalf of the DuPage Veterans Foundation, DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin and Crystal Kwasman of West Chicago presented Honor Flight Chicago with a check last week for $55,012 to fund a flight of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C."
none Illinois could toughen speed rules for school zones
none"The Illinois House has approved legislation that would require drivers to slow to 20 mph in a school zone any time a child is nearby, regardless of whether school is in session.  The measure is aimed at toughening the current school zone law, which calls for drivers to reduce their speed only from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days."
Flooding forces sewage to be diverted into Lake Michigan
none"Rains of greater than 2.5 inches a day, the amount that can force runoff into Lake Michigan, are expected to increase by 50 percent by 2039, according to a study by scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Texas Tech University. By the end of the century, the number of big storms could jump by a whopping 160 percent."
[... and does anybody know how many Asian Carp made it into Laike Michigan. - Bob]
none Illinois Senate OKs bill to regulate use of drones
none"The bill, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Biss, would require authorities to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to collect information. Lawmakers voted 52-1 to send the measure to the House. Biss, an Evanston Democrat, said his proposal will help maintain people’s reasonable expectation of privacy.  The legislative measure also prohibits law enforcement agencies from using armed drones."
none Facebook charging users $1 to message 'strangers,' more for celebrities - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
""The system of paying to message non-friends in their inbox is designed to prevent spam while acknowledging th at sometimes you might want to hear from people outside your immediate social circle," Facebook's response said.  A Facebook spokeswoman elaborated on this in an email to me: "People will see a prompt to pay if that message would otherwise go to the recipient's other folder (if they aren't connected to that person)."  In other words, you can pay to circumvent someone's spam filter."
none Real Faces of the Minimum Wage - Truth Out
"It’s a retro-fantasy where corporate stinginess creates minority jobs, working parents can’t possibly be impoverished, and nobody gets hurt except kids who drive Dad’s convertible and top up their allowances with a minimum-wage job slinging burgers. But then, you probably need to resort to fantasy arguments when you’re arguing against a minimum-wage increase supported by nearly three-quarters of the voting public. Here’s the truth: Most minimum-wage workers are adults, the majority of them are women, and many are parents who are trying to raise their children on poverty wages."
none Syria's Christian Minority Lives in Fear of Kidnapping and Street Battles - Atlantic
"Those still left in the city feel defenseless among the current vacuum of authority. Despite a truce currently in place, the constant presence of heavily armed rebel soldiers from different warring factions does little to assuage their fears. "There are so many battles in this city, I don't feel safe. There is no one in charge, no government," Abdulahad says. "I am afraid of anyone with a gun.""
none After Calling Sandy Aid Wasteful, Ted Cruz Asks For All Available Resources for Texas - Politicus USA
none"Furthermore, Rick Ungar, writing at Forbes, pointed out that the “pork” came from having to bribe red state Republicans — including Texas — in order to get the package passed over their filibuster, “However, as it turns out, the pork portions of the Senate bill were not earmarked to benefit Democratic members of the upper chamber of Congress…"  The answer can be found in a quick review of the states that are set to benefit from the Senate’s extra-special benevolence—states including Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana.”
Mitch McConnell Hit With Ethics Complaint Over Leaked Ashley Judd Tape - Voice 4 America
"Republican Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky has been hit with an ethics complaint for possibly violating federal law by using taxpayer-funded resources to dig up dirt on political opponents. After the release of the Ashley Judd tape, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington(CREW) has asked the Senate ethics committee and the FBI to investigate."
18 April
Thursday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 18 Apr 2013
  • Senior and Disabled Transportation Service
  • Game Day USA West Chicago Preseason Championships Tournament
  • Michael Browning Memorial Scholarship Run
  • Annual Free Recycling Event
  • Dual Language All-Day Kindergarten Open House
none D94 school closing due to weather
none"Due to street closures  and a forecast of storms to arrive this afternoon, Community High School District 94 will dismiss students at 12:10 p.m. today, April 18.    All after school activities and athletic events are cancelled."
Bowl with Shining Light or Sponsor A Client Family
none"Join Shining Light on May 5th to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with Crazy and Cosmic Bowling! Guests will enjoy 3 games of bowling and festive food. "
Tickets to After Prom still available for one more day.
none"Tickets to “Sail Away” on the Spirit of Chicago for After Prom are still available for one more day. Tickets can be purchased in the Commons on Friday, April 19, 2013.  Please make checks out to CHS-ANL for $40 per ticket. "
  • UPDATE On Road Closures Due to Heavy Rainfall
    none"The West Chicago Police Department has updated a list of road closures as of 4:00 p.m. due to flooding from recent rainfall."
  • West Chicago Supports Attempt to Break World Record
    "Sims Recycling Solutions, the global leader in electronics reuse and recycling, will host a free electronics collection event to encourage West Chicago residents to recycle their electronics. All items collected for recycling will be safely and responsibly recycled by Sims Recycling Solutions."
none Road closures in West Chicago
"According to information provided by the West Chicago Police Department, the roads that are closed due to flooding from recent rainfall are:
  • Roosevelt Road, from Joliet Street to Wegner
  • Town Road, from Forest Avenue to Roosevelt
  • Downs Drive, from Kress Road to Industrial Drive
  • Arbor Avenue at Hawthorne Lane
  • Ingalton Avenue at Hawthorne Lane"
West Chicago museum exhibit looks at gardening through art and artifacts
none"The West Chicago City Museum hopes to encourage that interest with its exhibit "Earth to Table," which opens Saturday, April 20, at 132 Main St. Part artwork, part artifacts, the exhibit looks at West Chicago's history as a gardening community and offers resources for those seeking locally grown food today."
Flooding shuts down DuPage government
none"This is the first time the county campus has been closed since a severe snowstorm in February 2011.  "Before that, I don't recall it ever closing because of weather," said Berlin, who has worked in the state's attorney's office for nine years."
none Medical marijuana bill OK with Illinois House
Marijuana Leaf"The 61-57 vote for a four-year pilot program was cheered by supporters who say the House has long been the highest hurdle for legalization; the Senate has previously passed similar legislation and Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday he was “open-minded” about the proposal."
Retired cop drops gun, shoots self at Des Plaines school
Dang Wabbit"Police and school officials said the man was carrying his licensed, loaded gun inside a fanny pack Monday evening at Iroquois School, and that the gun went off and a bullet struck him in the leg after he dropped the pack... No one else was injured, and police did not file charges because no laws were broken, Kushner said."
none Medical marijuana, sex education bills pass Illinois House
none"“If we could pass this bill and offer some relief to people who are in chronic pain, we should do it,” Mell said after silencing the chamber with her own dramatic story.  The move came on a busy legislative day when state lawmakers also waded into the volatile issue of teaching sex education in public schools."
none Gov. Pat Quinn unveils $12B, 6-year plan for roads, bridges
nonenone" The Illinois Department of Transportation's long-range transit-improvement plans run five or more years at a time, with an annual update that marks the progress of ongoing work or identifies new priorities.  This edition details work on 2,142 miles of highway and 517 bridges scheduled for repair or replacement. It also outlines the beginning or continued jobs to improve Chicago Transit Authority commuter lines; passenger rail service from Chicago to the Quad Cities and Chicago to Dubuque, Iowa; and improvements to key air freight depots in Rockford and Peoria."
Illinois House erupts over 'may issue' gun bill
Dang Wabbit"Anyone who doubts the division in Illinois over gun control need look no further than the state House on Wednesday, where a pro-gun Republican — goaded by a Democrat — exploded during debate over whether the state should adopt a concealed carry law similar to New York's. It put the presiding officer in the virtually unprecedented position of yelling for order and threatening to call doormen, presumably to remove overheated Republican Rep. Mike Bost, who calmed down once, only to blow up a again after a snarky response from his tormenter."
none Senators and Unions Call for Obama to Intervene in Patriot Coal Bankruptcy - In These Times
none"To the UMWA, that loss is only one piece of the grave threat posed by the Patriot Coal bankruptcy. The miners union has filed suit claiming that Arch Coal and Peabody Energy designed Patriot Coal to fail—then shifted over a billion dollars in pension and retiree health care debts to Patriot as a ploy to get out of those obligations. The UMWA fears if Peabody and Arch get away with spinning off their obligations to a company designed to collapse, more coal companies will take similar measures."
none High Schooler Protests ‘Slut-Shaming’ Abstinence Assembly Despite Alleged Threats From Her Principal - Think Progress
none"A West Virginia high school student is filing an injunction against her principal, who she claims is threatening to punish her for speaking out against a factually inaccurate abstinence assembly at her school. Katelyn Campbell, who is the student body vice president at George Washington High School, alleges her principal threatened to call the college where she’s been accepted to report that she has “bad character.”"
none Shocking Paper Claims That Microsoft Excel Coding Error Is Behind The Reinhart-Rogoff Study On Debt - Business Insider
none"They find that three main issues stand out. First, Reinhart and Rogoff selectively exclude years of high debt and average growth. Second, they use a debatable method to weight the countries. Third, there also appears to be a coding error that excludes high-debt and average-growth countries. All three bias in favor of their result, and without them you don't get their controversial result."
16 April
Tuesday

 

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 Celebrating National Library Week @ the Library
none"This week, the West Chicago Public Library District joins libraries in communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers."
  • D33 All-Day Dual Language Kindergarten
    none"West Chicago Elementary School District 33 has been chosen to be featured on the Univision Special Segment Con el pie derecho to discuss the new All-Day Dual Language Kindergarten option for the 2013/2014 school year. The segment will air on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10pm."
  • District 33 Celebrates Week of the Young Child
    none"The week of April 14 through April 20, 2013 has been designated as the Week of the Young Child by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Week of the Young Child is a time to focus on the needs of young children and their families and to emphasize the crucial role that adults play in giving children the foundation needed to succeed in school and beyond. This year’s theme is “Early Years are LearningYears”"
  • Girls in the Game
    "Girls in the Game, a nonprofit organization, will partner with UPS to host a Super Saturday event at Gary Elementary School, 130 E. Forest Avenue, West Chicago, on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 9am-12pm."
  • District 33 - NewsBites
    • Press Releases
    • D33 Featured on TV News Broadcast, and more...
    • Town Hall Meeting
    • Opportunity to Serve
    • Kindergarten Registration
    • Girls in the Game
  • WCCHS Qualifies for State Economics Competition!
    "Congratulations to Community High School for being the regional champions in the Illinois Personal Finance Challenge and qualifying for the state finals!"
  • High School Jazz Band Returns
    none"These jazz band members traveled to Taufkirchn (Vils) Germany on a trip that was coordinated through the West Chicago Sister Cities organization. The students, along with Steve Govertson, high school band instructor, James Wallace, middle school band instructor, and Becky Hall, parent and chaperone, were paired up with host families for the week."
  • CHS Students Elect Action over Apathy
    "The CHS Social Studies Department hosted a Candidate Forum for contenders in the West Chicago Mayoral Race and the Community High School District 94 Board of Education on Wednesday, April 3rd. Candidates for Benjamin District 25, West Chicago District 33, and Winfield District 34 participated in a meet-and-greet prior to the Candidate Forum."
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
    none"WeGo Drama at Community High School continues their 2012-13 season with the musical farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart (of M*A*S*H* fame)."
  • PeaceBuilder of the Month for March 2013
    "Ashley Bannon is currently a senior at Community High School. Ashley received the PeaceBuilder Award for assisting others, her great attitude towards school, and her desire to improve the atmosphere of those around her."
  • PARK DISTRICT TAGS TREES FOR ARBOR DAY
    nonenone"Fluttering in Chicago area this Earth Day and Arbor Day will be thousands of tree tags. The West Chicago Park District’s parks department joined teams from the Morton Arboretum and volunteers from America In Bloom to hang tags at Reed-Keppler Park promoting the value of and benefits of urban trees."
  • annual 80 and Over Community Celebration
    "Join our community celebration on Sunday, May 5,
    2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post 300, 123 Main St., West
    Chicago, IL as we honor residents who are 80 and over. Light refreshments will be
    served."
1st Annual Michael Browning Memorial Scholarship Run to Remember
none"The 1st Annual Michael Browning Memorial Scholarship Run to Remember, scheduled on April 20, 2013, marks the anniversary of the fateful day that took his life and will support the scholarship fund that assists students pursuing a career in criminal justice. All proceeds raised will go toward the fund."
Grant-funding Opportunity
none"DuPage County, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), and the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC) have partnered to provide fully funded E3 technical assistance to DuPage facilities."
none Quinn touts tax-form donations for military families
none"Those grants came from the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund, a decade-old program that provides money to the relatives of Illinois National Guard members and military reservists who are summoned to active duty.  Some of the program’s funding comes from the check-off boxes on Illinois tax returns, where people can choose to donate to several causes."
Illinois Republicans fail to oust party chairman over gay marriage
nonenone"The plan for a succession committee was approved as the Illinois Republican State Central Committee met behind closed doors for nearly three hours at the Tinley Park Convention Center while a raucous group of about 50 social conservative and tea party activists were kept away by police. The move appears to provide Brady with an exit strategy to leave the post he has held since August 2009."
none High cost of interest on unpaid bills
none"If the state can’t pay its bills on time — after 90 days — private vendors become eligible for interest on the overdue amount. That accrues month after month until the bill gets paid.  It’s just “another way that taxpayers are paying for years of financial mismanagement,” Topinka said. “Those dollars are being flushed away and taxpayers receive nothing in return. It is the equivalent of a consumer maxing out his or her credit cards and then paying hundreds or thousands of dollars each month in interest payments alone.”"
MarketWatch Sims Recycling Solutions Plans Global Earth Day Promotions
none"Throughout the month of April, Sims Recycling Solutions, the global leader in electronics reuse and recycling, will host and sponsor several electronics collection events around the world in celebration of Earth Day, which will be officially observed on Monday, April 22, 2013. These events will take place in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, India, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States0
What They Think

 

Westrom adds new responsibilities at INX International
"In his new position, Mr. Westrom takes over one of the foremost R & D facilities in the industry in West Chicago, Illinois.  He began working for INX International in January of 1988 and has served in many capacities while earning several promotions throughout the years."
none Corporate Tax Cheats on Tax Day: A Descent Into the Circles of Hell - The Contributor
none"Exxon has about 39 percent of its employees, 33 percent of its sales, 40 percent of its long-lived assets, and 70-90 percent of its productive oil and gas wells in the U.S., yet declares only 15 percent of its income as earned here. The company pays only 2.2 percent of its total income in U.S. taxes."
none Evangelical Christians Increasingly Favor Pathway to Legal Status for Immigrants - NY Times
"Two years ago, national evangelical leaders began to speak out in favor of legislation to give legal status to immigrants in the United States illegally. Now, as Congress is about to start a debate on overhauling the immigration system, conservative Christians, once inclined to take a hard line on immigrants they viewed as lawbreakers, are consulting their Bibles and coming around to the pastors’ view."
none Guns are Rarely Used to Kill Criminals or Stop Crimes New VPC Analysis Reveals - Violence Policy Center
Dang Wabbit"In 2010, across the nation there were only 230 justifiable homicides involving a private citizen using a firearm reported to the FBI. That same year, there were 8,275 criminal gun homicides. Using these numbers, in 2010, for every justifiable homicide in the United States involving a gun, guns were used in 36 criminal homicides. This ratio does not take into account the thousands of lives ended in gun suicides (19,392) or unintentional shootings (606) that year."
13&14 April
WeekEnd
 
none This Week in West Chicago
PUBLIC ADVISORY - UP Signal Work THIS WEEKEND
nonenone"Please be advised that Union Pacific Railroad will be performing work to our signal system on our right-of-way at Washington Street starting in the evening on Friday, April 12th, through the morning of Sunday, April 14th. This will be a 24-hour-a-day operation. Flagmen will be present at the Washington Street crossing, and the trains will be sounding their horns due to the crews working close to the track infrastructure to test signal system functionality."
Michael Browning Memorial Run to Remember - FB, West Chicago Park District
nonenoneSaturday, April 20, 2013
"The West Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 85 and The West Chicago Park District are co-hosting The Michael Browning Memorial Run to Remember 5K run / walk. All proceeds will benefit the Michael Browning Memorial Scholarship Fund to assist students pursuing a career in law enforcement or criminal justice."
Armed Forces Day - FB, First Division Museum at Cantigny
none"Free parking and admission. Armed Forces Day is set aside every year to honor our Military. Please join the First Division Museum in honoring our service members and the United States Military with indoor and outdoor activities on May 18th, 2013 beginning at 9am and going until 4pm. This event brings many people and their families from the surrounding communities to Cantigny Park, in order to familiarize the general public with their military by facilitating face to face interactions with service members in a fun and relaxing environment. This interaction will promote greater understanding of the military and service members by the public that they serve."
none Voters can’t try to eliminate DuPage forest board salaries
none"The six board members make $53,500 per year each. Lawmakers who voted against Conroy's plan said the state shouldn't be getting involved with a local issue.  But the board has been a topic for discussion in Springfield on a couple fronts as state Rep. Dennis Reboletti, an Elmhurst Republican, had proposed eliminating the forest board and giving the duties to the DuPage County Board."
none State education chairman calls for funding increase
none"The boost in funds would allow schools to spend at least as much money as the currently recommended level of $6,119 per pupil, what is known as the foundation level. The schools are only getting enough money to cover 89 percent of the foundation funding level in the current fiscal year. Other notable increases in the state board’s recommended budget include an additional $40 million increase in early childhood education, an $11 million increase for bilingual programs, and a nearly $4 million increase to work with the lowest-performing schools. The board also recommended $20 million to improve school security, valued at $5,000 per school."
Illinois House wants voters to abolish lieutenant governor job
none"Opponents maintained the position is needed for a smooth transition in case a governor dies or leaves office, and they argued the annual price tag of running the lieutenant governor’s office could be slashed by lawmakers.  Current Gov. Pat Quinn moved from lieutenant governor to governor when lawmakers booted now-imprisoned Rod Blagojevich from the top job in January 2009."
none Illinois Supreme Court clarifies foreclosure rules
none"“It’s a long, drawn-out process, and this says rules apply to all cases in the system already filed that have not proceeded to final judgment,” Tybor added. “Before foreclosure proceeds to judgment, the lender has to certify that modification was examined, offered or doesn’t apply.”  A 14-member Supreme Court committee began working on the consumer-protection rules more than two years ago in response to complaints of widespread mortgage-foreclosure abuses at the peak of the housing crisis."
Illinois Supreme Court will hear retiree health insurance case
none" In a brief order issued Thursday, the court said it would hear the appeal of all four lawsuits filed trying to block the insurance premiums from taking effect.  By accepting the direct appeal, the cases will skip the appellate court and result in a quicker resolution of the issue."
ilhousegop.org Get To Know Mike Fortner
none"This type of experiment involved collaboration with hundreds of scientists, sometimes with competing views, and this experience has helped me work with the diverse membership of the General Assembly. My 30 years in research has given me the skills to dig beyond the talking points of an issue and collect detailed facts. As a scientist I’m comfortable with math and large numbers and this helps me when dealing with the fiscal affairs of the state."

 

none Paycheck Fairness Act Vote Blocked By House GOP - Huffington Post
none"Recent Census Bureau data shows that full-time working women make 77 cents for every dollar men make per year. The Paycheck Fairness Act, which DeLauro has introduced in eight consecutive Congresses, would expand the Equal Pay Act to close certain loopholes and allow employees to share salary information with their coworkers. It would also require employers to show that pay disparities between their male and female employees are related to job performance, not gender."
none Mosque conversion raises alarm - The Art Newspaper
"The court has ruled that Hagia Sophia is an inalienable part of the foundation of Sultan Mehmed II who first turned the church into a mosque after his conquest of the Empire of Trebizond in 1462.  “A building covenanted as a mosque cannot be used for any other purpose,” says Mazhar Yildirimhan, the head of the directorate’s office in Trabzon. He declined to speculate on whether this would mean covering up nearly half the wall space taken up with figurative Christian art, including the dome depicting a dynamic Christ Pantocrator. “There are modern techniques for masking the walls,” he says."
none Eleven-Year-Old Brings AR-15 To NH State House Rally - TPM
Dang Wabbit"Organized by the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC, the "Honor Your Oath" rally charged that lawmakers who voted to repeal the state's "Stand Your Ground" law last month violated their oaths of office and should be impeached, according to the Union Leader. The rally organizers said the event was not "gun rally." ... As TPM reported Saturday, the New Hampshire State House was closed due to a "threat relative to possible violence" received by police and an email sent out to lawmakers around 3 p.m., shortly after the rally ended."
Rehtaeh Parsons Rape Case Solved By Anonymous in Less Than 2 Hours Despite "No Evidence" - Policy Mic
none"No, you didn't read that wrong. It only took two hours for the vigilante hacker group to show the world just how useless the RCMP (Who led the investigation) are. Rehtaeh's story stirred the so-called "Internet Hate Machine" into action, but it didn't take any kind of hacking to get down to the bones of the case and build the prosecution that the RCMP bungled in a show of failure and incompetence that would make the Three Stooges shake their heads in embarrassment. Once Anonymous made their rage and intent clear, they were flooded with witness testimony..."
11 April
Thursday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 11 Apr 2013
  • Jazz Band visit to Taufkirchen (Vils), Germany
  • 2013 Consolidated election
  • Public Library District’s “Live Out Loud!” Program
  • Annual Town Meetings on Tuesday, April 9th
  • Denial of Certificate of Appropriateness #12-20 for demolition of the Wiant House
none Officers Respond to Shooting
none"On Monday April 1, 2013 at approximately 9:25 p.m., officers from the West Chicago Police Department responded to the 300 block of Barber Street for a report of a shooting."

 

Park District - NEWS, HAPPENINGS, AND MORE
  • noneFootball and Cheerleading Registration
  • Arbor Day Celebration
  • Soup & Bread - Building Community One Pot at a Time
  • Terry Klingberg Honored for 24 Years
  • Community Garage Sale
  • Early Bird Discount for Turtle Splash Ends April 30th
CHS Seeks Nominees for Hall of Honor
none"The Board of Education of Community High School District 94 has established a Hall of Honor to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the school, community or society. Retiring staff members or individuals leaving active involvement in the school district will be eligible for consideration as candidates no sooner than the year following their departure from the school district."
Reminder for Market Day Orders
none" Please help support our student organizations by placing orders with Market Day.  April’s Market Day profits will benefit the LifeSmarts Team. The proceeds from this month’s sale will help defray the cost of their trip to Nationals in Atlanta, GA on April 20-23."

 

Banner Art Project
nonenone"According to John Keeney, artist and member of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission, 31 submissions from sixteen artists have been received, and digital files have been conveyed to Diana Gabriel and Mario Contreras, the husband and wife team behind the Contreras-Gabriel Project (the CG Project), who will serve as jurors of the submitted artwork."
none Pineda is West Chicago's first elected Hispanic mayor
""I'm looking forward to the future of this community. It's bright because we are going to make sure we stay as financially healthy as we have been since 2001," Pineda said late Tuesday from his victory celebration. "If we don't have it, we're not going to spend it. (Former Mayor Mike) Kwasman started us on that path and I'm going to continue with that same train of thought.""
none Bill would up requirements for teen drivers
none"Many young drivers wait until they turn 18 to get their licenses to avoid taking classes, exploiting what supporters of the legislation see as a loophole in the state's graduated driving program. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White wants the bill to change that.  Last year there were 31,979 driver's licenses issued to residents ages 18 to 20, of whom more than 16,000 did not take courses, according to White's office."
none Quinn wants local control on concealed carry gun legislation
Dang Wabbit""I am not excited about this at all," Quinn said about implementing concealed carry. "If this has to happen, it has to have the proper restrictions and limitations... I think we should make sure it's very tight and I think local communities, wherever they are, should have the option to make it as tight as possible in their community."  The idea highlights the geographical divide that largely drives the gun control debate in Illinois. Chicago legislators point to the city's violence in calling for tight restrictions while lawmakers from downstate argue tough rules have done little to prevent crime."
none Quinn won't commit to signing medical marijuana bill
Marijuana Leaf"The Illinois proposal would create a four-year pilot program through which qualified patients could use up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana over a two-week period. The drug would be available only to people with specific medical conditions, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis or HIV/AIDS, and only if their doctors and the Department of Public Health approve."
Congressional report raises doubts about FutureGen
none" The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report by the Congressional Research Service. It says the project's delays raise doubts that it will be able to hit a 2015 deadline to use $1 billion in federal stimulus funding. That makes the bulk of the $1.3 billion project's financing.  The report also questions whether the power industry has incentive to use the carbon-capture technology FutureGen will demonstrate."
none LePage Pressures State Workers to Deny Claims for Jobless Benefits - AFL-CIO
none"At that gathering, LePage scolded about eight administrative hearing officers and their supervisors, complaining that too many cases on appeal from the Bureau of Unemployment were being decided in favor of employees. He said the officers were doing their jobs poorly, sources said."
none GSN Considers Adding Church-Based Dating Show - New York Times
none"The proposed dating show with a religious setting, called “It Takes a Church,” will ask congregations, pastors, friends and family to find a suitable potential mate for a parishioner who is single. Plans call for hourlong episodes if it becomes a series.  The show is a contemporary version of how “the ladies of the church are always trying to fix up the few single” parishioners, Ms. Introcaso-Davis said, and would be “aimed specifically at that new audience” that has been brought to GSN by “The American Bible Challenge.”"
none Now There's Also a Great Garbage Patch in the Great Lakes - US News
"Rios says that preliminary research in Lake Superior and Huron have turned up "big fragments of plastic" but less microplastic, which breaks down from larger fragments. She is continuing to study the other Great Lakes, but says that Erie's size and location make it a logical place to start."
Crossroads GPS to FEC: No Means No - Bloomberg
nonenone"The latest back-and-forth began yesterday, when the FEC sent Crossroads GPS a formal Request For Additional Information (RFAI) asking about its fourth-quarter 2012 report showing more than $50 million in independent expenditures aiding Republican candidates — but no donations.  Donors giving more than $200 “to further the independent expenditures” must be itemized on the documents, FEC campaign finance analyst Christopher Whyrick wrote to Crossroads GPS. “Please amend your report to provide the missing information.”"
   
09 Apr

Election Day
Results

 
West Chicago Election Results - 09 Apr 2013
 
West Chicago Mayor
Wayne T. Woodward 252
Ruben Pineda 1251
N. Dzierzanowski 925
Grade School 33
  Chris Scheck 1589
  Juliann Pearson 1663
  Susan R. Stibal 1809
  Brenda Vishanoff 1761
  Karina Villa 1683
High School 94
  Gary R. Saake 2806
  Rich A. Nagel 2807
  Christy A. Lauf 2297
  Dirk Gunderson 2439
  Mike Wheeland 2278
  Renee Yackey 2778
Winfield Twp Hwy
  Dennis P. Clark 2674
  John S. Dusza 3611
West Chicago Wd 2
  H. Ronald Monroe 40
  Donald F. Earley 142
  Rosalinda Delgado 105
 
  • Rosalinda Delgado - "What a journey! I'm so blessed beyond reason. I lost by 37 votes tonight and that only proves to show that every single vote matters. However, I'm beyond grateful to the great amount of voters that came out to support me and to the other candidates who taught me so much, It's definitely just the start of something bigger! God's plan is always better."

  • Karina Villa - "I am so humbled and proud to say that I am the newest member of District 33's School Board! Thank you to all my supporters. I am excited and ready to hit the ground running and start making positive changes for our schools!
    Thank You All."

  • Kathy Miessler Wheeland - "Mike will not be on the school board....but he sure appreciates all who voted for him!"

  • Pineda for Mayor - "THANK YOU, WEST CHICAGO!"

  • Dennis P. Clark - "I would like to thank all of my supporters for all the hours spent stuffing envelopes, canvassing, putting out signs, picking up signs, helping to strategize, and of course campaign contributors. It was fun working with all of you and I've enjoyed all of the conversations we have had. While we didn't win, I hope that the citizens will think about some of the issues that we brought to light about Winfield Township and the Road District."
  • Don Earley - Just a short note to thank all the folks who helped me in the aldermanic election. Especially wish to thank Ron Monroe and Rose Delgato for the clean campaign by sticking to the issues. Special thanks for all those residents who came out and voted

09 April
Tuesday
 
none Attention everyone wanting to sail away on the Spirit of Chicago after prom:
none"YOU MUST ATTEND PROM IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE POST PROM FESTIVITIES.
TICKETS: Cost for the Spirit of Chicago and coach bus transportation to Chicago is $40 per student. Please write separate checks for prom and post prom. Post prom checks should be made payable to CHS - ANL.
All students attending post prom must have the age appropriate waiver signed before tickets can be purchased. NO exceptions. Waivers were sent home previously in parent information letter.
Tickets will be on sale during lunch hours April 10 through April 19 at the same time as prom ticket sales. As we are limited to selling a maximum of 500 tickets, the first three days of ticket sales (Wed, April 10 - Fri, April 12) will be made to CHS students ONLY. Therefore if your student is bringing a date that is a non CHS student, the date's post prom ticket cannot be purchased until Monday, April 15th. This is to ascertain that CHS students get first priority on tickets sales in case they are sold out."
District 33 "News Bites" 
  • noneNo School, Election Day
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Opportunity to Serve
  • Town Hall Meeting
  • Educare Fundraiser
  • 5K Run/Fitness Walk
Simple Gifts Foundation Golf Outing
  • noneSaturday May 18, 2013
  • Registration 11:15
  • Shotgun Start 1:00
  • Dinner 6:30

"Join us for the Simple Gifts Foundation Golf Outing. This year promises to be our biggest and most exciting event ever!"

Armed Forces Day - FB, First Division Museum at Cantigny
noneSaturday, May 18, 2013 9:00am until 4:00pm
none"Free parking and admission. Armed Forces Day is set aside every year to honor our Military. Please join the First Division Museum in honoring our service members and the United States Military with indoor and outdoor activities on May 18th, 2013 beginning at 9am and going until 4pm. This event brings many people and their families from the surrounding communities to Cantigny Park, in order to familiarize the general public with their military by facilitating face to face interactions with service members in a fun and relaxing environment. This interaction will promote greater understanding of the military and service members by the public that they serve."
Election Day Reminders - FB
  • noneKarina Villa - "13 hours...to RoCk this vote! We-Go, make your voices heard!"
  • Rosalinda Delgado -  "Let's do this West Chicago! Let's win this! Don't forget to go vote! Today is the big day. Remind your husband, wife, sister,brother,boss, co worker, neighbor, teacher, etc. to go exercise their right to vote!"

  • Melissa Birch  - Everyone, please vote today! Polls are open 6am - 7pm! And of course, Vote Pineda for Mayor!
  • Dennis Clark - "Election Day is here and now it's up to all of us to go VOTE! I ask for your vote today. Thank you to all of the citizens of Winfield Township."

  • Colette M. Merrion - "Please vote today and vote for Ruben Pineda !"

  • Randy Ramey - "I voted for Ken Spitz today, if you are in Wayne Township, I hope you do to!"

  • Kathe Elliott-Doremus - "Vote for someone who has shown a positive commitment to District 94 and will work together with the board to continue accomplishing good things for students! Vote Yackey for District 94 Board of Education!"

  • Sandra Cox Woodward  - "HE WANTS:
    TO STOP TRAIN HORNS ON THE CANADIAN NATIONAL.
    TO CONCENTRATE ON BASIC DUTIES OF THE CITY AND NOT TO SPEND MONEY ON OTHER ISSUES...

  Photo of the Week: Keepers Garden - thecontrerasgabrielproject
none"We’re starting a weekly photo series. The first entry is was shot on medium format film by Mario at the Keepers Garden in West Chicago. The community garden received a facelift to begin its third year under the leadership of People Made Visible. This is what it looked like when we founded it in 2011."
none Property values in DuPage drop; taxes don’t
none"Since 1991, a state-imposed cap limits most of those governments to increases of 5 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. But the Consumer Price Index doubled from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 3 percent in 2012. And districts across DuPage sought more money through their levies. When the total tax take is distributed among fewer taxpayers, the increase individuals see is greater. "If there's less people paying for the bill, everybody pays more," said Paul Hinds, DuPage's chief deputy clerk."
none Route 59 widening project will begin with work on interchange at I-88
none"“Route 59 will still be open during construction,” she said before her talk. “But people will just have to plan more time for their trips.”  When completed, the new roadway will have three lanes going each way instead of two, with the construction extending three and a half miles."
none $154 million in additional rail improvements planned
none"Funding for the work was included in approximately $1.4 billion the federal government has awarded Illinois for high-speed rail. The next phase of the work is between Joliet and Wood River.  Amtrak began running 110-mph trains on a section between Dwight and Pontiac last fall, and the goal is for faster speeds on the entire corridor by 2017."
State agrees to ask court for quick retiree insurance review
"Illinois officials have agreed to ask the state Supreme Court to directly hear the appeal of cases challenging the state’s authority to begin charging retirees premiums for their state-subsidized health insurance. If the court agrees, it will lead to a quicker resolution of whether the state can begin charging the premiums."
IOUs ripple through municipalities
none"The state has agreed to provide income tax revenue to municipalities each month, although it cannot make up for three months’ worth of payments skipped in past years. Brad Hahn, spokesman for the Illinois comptroller’s office, acknowledged that the delinquency is unacceptable, but noted that the monthly checks provide some predictability for local governments."
none  
none North Carolina Legislature Chooses Jesus as Official State Lord and Savior - Free Wood Post
“Look, I think it’s fair because no other religion has a Lord and Savior, so it has to be Jesus. I don’t think that’s stepping on anyone’s toes. This legislative body is free at any time to make a state fat guy with his legs crossed or state guy with 72 virgins. But those things just haven’t come up for a vote yet.”
none Dispatches From Exxon’s Spill Zone, Days 3 and 4  - tarsandsblockade.org
none"UPDATE: Correction: We originally reported that Exxon had allegedly pumped diluted bitumen which spilled into the Northwood Subdivision into a nearby wetland. We were mistaken; they power washed it into the nearby wetland via storm drains."
Republican Mocks Single Mothers, Tells His Tenants To Die ASAP - Montana Street Fighter
"In Hagstrom’s closing, he makes five recommendations to his tenants. The first is the most notable and disturbing. He recommends that “you accept that not everyone, including yourself, needs to live as long as they currently do, or as ‘comfortably’ as they currently do.”  That’s right. Go and die as soon as possible."
[The original letter is available HERE. - Bob]
06&07 April
Weekend
 
none This Week in West Chicago
Reminder:  Vote Tuesday - FB, Barb Laimins
none"Hope everyone will take the time to vote on Tuesday. Some very good candidates are volunteering their time to run for city and school district offices. Please take the time to visit candidate websites, wegonews.com, check the Herald endorsements, or talk to your neighbors. Local elections are just as important, or even more important than, national elections. Please vote on Tuesday!"
Bullet voting - FB, Karina Villa
"Bullet voting is when a voter votes for just one candidate, despite having the option to vote for more than one due to a voting system such as approval voting or plurality-at-large voting. A voter helps his or her preferred candidate by not supplying votes to potential rivals. This strategy is encouraged and seen as sometimes beneficial in the systems of limited voting and cumulative voting."
  • Campaign Update - FB, Rosalinda Delgado
    "Last day for early voting! Dropping off some of my voters :) then walking my ward! — at DuPage County Election Commission."

  • ROSALINDA DELGADO for 2nd Ward Alderman
    "I am West Chicago!  Born and raised here, I represent every majority population in the City: American, Female, Hispanic, Bi-lingual and Educated. I have a B.A. in Psychology from Governor’s State University and I am currently a graduate student for their M.A. in Clinical Psychology program. Like many other residents, I intend to make West Chicago my life-time home. I am energetic, compassionate, and involved."
  • Journey To Alderman  - FB, Rosalinda Delgado
    "Thank you for documenting this Maria E. Schweizer! Your work is amazing! A day of walking my ward.. also in this album is Karina Villa."
  • New Campaign Ad - FB, Dennis Clark

    • "One more day until the polls open!"

    • "Go to www.facebook.com/electdennisclark and look at my Daily Herald Questionnaire, my campaign literature, my side by side Winfield Register ad, letter to the editors, etc. Then 'LIKE' Dennis Clark for Winfield Township Highway Commissioner."

    • Carlos Garcia - "Dennis P. Clark is clearly the right choice. Let's make sure everyone goes out and vote."

  • Campaign Yard Signs Stolen - FB, Dennis Clark
    "Campaign yard sign update.....so far the opposition has stolen 40 of my signs....20 on Tuesday night. Please keep a lookout for sign thieves especially on Shaffner, Mack, Galusha, and Geneva Roads. Stealing or defacing a political sign is a misdemeanor with a $500 fine. I called Clifford Brown, the republican chair and town clerk, more than three days ago and have yet to receive a phone call from him. They are taking the signs and leaving the holder and that can cause a hazard. Thank you homeowners who made contributions to replace stolen signs from your yards.  Friday night, more signs were taken from Mack, Shaffner, Williams, Garys Mill and Rt. 59. A police report was filed and they will be patrolling more in that area."

none Joliet Diocese did not detail priest's past, hospital says
"The Joliet Diocese acknowledges church officials allowed a Roman Catholic priest to serve as a hospital chaplain even though the bishop declared him unfit for parish ministry because of "inappropriate behavior" with a boy years earlier. The Rev. Thomas Corbino was not charged with a crime, but Bishop R. Daniel Conlon placed him on "restricted ministry" in 2012 and barred him from having unsupervised interactions with children before he became a part-time volunteer chaplain at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, a diocese spokesman said."
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  • Southern Illinois counties seeing first of fracking rush
    none" Hundreds of thousands of dollars of fees have flowed in recent years into the coffers of Wayne and Hamilton counties from searches of title records, often by out-of-state people seeking prime parcels for exploration.  Locals believe the best is yet to come from the drilling technique commonly called "fracking."  Some environmentalists worry that could pollute. But Gov. Pat Quinn and the industry believe it could create by some estimates some 40,000 jobs.none"
  • Caterpillar laying off more than 400 at Decatur plant
    "Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it will lay off more than 460 employees at its plant in Decatur, part of what the heavy equipment-maker says is an ongoing effort to deal with a slump in the mining business."
   
none Guest Column: Illinois medical marijuana law would serve as model for nation
Marijuana Leaf" Under the proposed four-year pilot program, Illinois patients would be prohibited from growing their own marijuana and would be limited in the amount of marijuana they could receive.  Qualified patients would have to receive certification from their own physician with whom they have a “bona fide” physician-patient relationship. The physician must attest that the patient is suffering from a specified illness or condition, defined in the legislation, and would receive therapeutic benefit with treatment.  The patient’s medical history would be turned over to the Illinois Department of Public Health, which would conduct background checks and issue the patient an ID card only if it verifies the information."
none Mexican Wages Have Fallen Below Chinese Levels - TPM
none"Just a decade ago, Mexico’s prospect of exporting much to China seemed distant. Mexican average labor costs were then almost double China’s.  But a report by a chief economist for Bank of America Merrill Lynch this week estimated that Mexico’s labor costs are now 19.6 percent lower than China’s."
Minnesota Lawmaker Will Live on Minimum Wage - AFL-CIO
none"As legislation to raise the minimum wage to $9.95 makes its way through the Minnesota Legislature, Rep. Jason Metsa (D) is taking up Working America’s challenge to live on Minnesota’s current minimum wage for five days. Says Metsa:
"I can’t possibly know the reality of the day-to-day struggles faced by people living on minimum wage, which is currently $7.25/hour. But as H.F. 92 is considered by my fellow lawmakers, this is an attempt to better understand an economic situation most of us have never been exposed to.""
none Files detail decades of abuse in Joliet Diocese - Chicago Tribune
"Documents show that Imesch and Auxiliary Bishop Roger Kaffer had a disagreement over whether Mullins should be returned to ministry after treatment for a sexual disorder. Kaffer argued that Mullins needed to be removed from ministry, according to the documents, but he said Imesch believed that the priest had been cured of any pedophilia and was ready to resume duties."
none If Election Were Held Today, Democrats Would Win House In A Landslide — And Only Win A 5 Seat Majority - Think Progress
none"The report touts the role GOP gerrymandering played in enabling Republicans to keep the House despite losing the popular vote, citing states like Michigan, where “Michiganders cast over 240,000 more votes for Democratic congressional candidates than Republicans, but still elected a 9-5 Republican delegation to Congress.”  Indeed, Republican gerrymandering was so successful during the last redistricting cycle that Democrats would likely need to win the national popular vote by more than 7 points in order to win the barest of majorities in the House."
In Some States, Gun Rights Trump Orders of Protection - NY Times
Dang Wabbit" In these most volatile of human dramas, they contend, the right to bear arms must give ground to the need to protect a woman’s life. In statehouses across the country, though, the N.R.A. and other gun-rights groups have beaten back legislation mandating the surrender of firearms in domestic violence situations. They argue that gun ownership, as a fundamental constitutional right, should not be stripped away for anything less serious than a felony conviction — and certainly not, as an N.R.A. lobbyist in Washington State put it to legislators, for the “mere issuance of court orders.”"
04 April
Tuesday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 04 Apr 2013
  • Family & Consumer Science Night
  • Keepers Community Garden
  • Fried Chicken Luncheon with the West Chicago Police Department
  • Literacy DuPage
  • Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services 30th Anniversary Annual Luncheon and Silent Auction
  • House Fire on the 2400 Block of Alamance Drive
none School Board Endorsement - FB, Wego Etawc
"ETAWC supports Karina Villa for District 33 Board of Education."

[For more textual information about Ms. Villa, please go to HERE. - Bob]

Mayoral Endorsements - FB
  • ""I look forward to casting my vote for Ruben Pineda on April 9th. He truly has the best interest of the City at heart and is without a doubt the right person for the job." - Mike Buenrostro Sr.
  • "I agree also." - Colette M. Merrion
  • "Well said!" - Melissa Birch
  • "Lovely letter from a remarkable woman in support of a wonderful man - Kwas left big shoes to fill - Ruben Pineda is the man to do it!" - Kathe Elliott-Doremus

Election Info - FB, Dennis P. Clark
"I am running for Winfield Township Highway Commissioner. Have you seen my facebook page at facebook.com/electdennisclark? Go visit and LIKE. Please vote April 9.
none Carrying on West Chicago’s vision
"Ruben Pineda was appointed by the city council to fill the vacancy in the office of mayor following my husband's death. The council knew, like Mayor Kwasman did, that Ruben Pineda has a passion for the city which he has lived in for the past 50 years. I know Mayor Pineda will continue to keep our streets safe, our city finances in good order and continue the vision Mayor Kwasman has for our city. I urge all of my fellow West Chicagoans to join me in supporting Mayor Ruben Pineda."
  • Comments gathered at Face Book about this article"
    • Mike Buenrostro Sr. - Crystal Kwasmans letter speaks volumes. Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda is the right person to carry on Mayor Kwasmans vision for the city. The election is near and Ruben has run his campaign with honesty and integrity. He has not ever made any desperate attempts to sling mud or send out trash mail which unfortunately was done to him. I encourage all my friends and neighbors to support Ruben by voting for him for the Mayor of West Chicago on Tuesday April 9th. Let's keep the city moving in a safe and positive direction that we can all continue to be proud of.

    • Becky Hall - Great letter to the editor - I also support Ruben Pineda for mayor of West Chicago!

For West Chicago students, games part of lesson
none"All proceeds from the event will benefit the David DeJesus Family Foundation, a charity organization created by the Chicago Cubs outfielder to fight ALS. McCarthy hopes at least a few thousand dollars will be raised for the charity.  "It's a great cause, and I think we've created a great event," McCarthy said.  David's wife, Kim, will throw out the first pitch, and the West Chicago Concert Choir will sing the national anthem before the softball and baseball games. By design the event will look much like a minor-league baseball game."
Uncontested races likely mean status quo on local taxes
none"While voters will make key choices in some local races, more than 60 percent of the 2,100-plus races that will be decided in suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties are uncontested, have fewer candidates than seats available or have no candidates at all... "Why are more people coming out to vote for president of either party than they do for their own school board when (the school board) elections have a greater impact on their taxes?" Link asked."
none Business groups blast Quinn's plan to close 'corporate loopholes'
none"Under the proposal, Illinois would decouple from a federal law that provides a tax deduction for production activities that often occur outside the state. Companies based in Illinois would also be taxed on profits earned in another country, and certain businesses would be prevented from establishing a presence outside of Illinois in order to transfer profits there to avoid paying taxes."
none Central DuPage Hospital ousts chaplain following allegations of inappropriate behavior
"In an email, the hospital announced it would no longer use the services offered by Corbino, who served as a volunteer chaplain. The hospital has been receiving pressure from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests group to get rid of Corbino."

Report: Asian carp may have reached Great Lakes
none"Written by experts who pioneered use of genetic data to search for the aggressive fish, the paper disagrees with government scientists who say many of the positive Asian carp DNA hits recorded in or near the lakes in recent years could have come from other sources, such as excrement from birds that fed on carp in distant rivers... Laboratory analysis turned up 58 positive hits for bighead or silver carp in the Chicago Area Waterway System — a network of rivers and canals linked directly to Lake Michigan — and six in western Lake Erie. Some of the Chicago DNA was found in Lake Calumet, where a live bighead carp was caught in 2010."

none Who's Hiring H1-B Visa Workers? It's Not Who You Might Think - NPR
""The top 10 recipients in [the] last fiscal year were all offshore-outsourcers. And they got 40,000 of the 85,000 visas — which is astonishing," he says... He says they use the visas to supply cheaper workers here, but also to smooth the transfer of American jobs to information-technology centers overseas."
none Kidnappers target Christians in Egyptian province - AP
"Ezzat Kromer's resistance to his kidnappers did not last long. One of the masked gunmen fired a round between his feet as he sat behind the wheel of his car and said with chilling calm, "The next one will go into your heart."  The Christian gynecologist says he was bundled into his abductors' vehicle, forced to lie under their feet in the back seat for a 45-minute ride, then dumped in a small cold room while his kidnappers contacted his family over a ransom."
none America Under the Gun - Center for American Progress
Dang Wabbit"Despite this complex web of factors that influence the rate of gun violence, this report finds a clear link between high levels of gun violence and weak state gun laws. Across the key indicators of gun violence that we analyzed, the 10 states with the weakest gun laws collectively have an aggregate level of gun violence that is more than twice as high—104 percent higher, in fact—than the 10 states with the strongest gun laws."
How the Maker of TurboTax Fought Free, Simple Tax Filing - ProPublica
none"The government-prepared return would estimate your taxes using information your employer and bank already send it. Advocates say tens of millions of taxpayers could use such a system each year, saving them a collective $2 billion and 225 million hours in prep costs and time, according to one estimate... So why hasn't it become a reality?  Well, for one thing, it doesn't help that it's been opposed for years by the company behind the most popular consumer tax software — Intuit, maker of TurboTax."
02 Mar
Tuesday
 
none BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 4-3-13
  • Blossom Events
  • McChesney Pub & Grille at Prairie Landing Golf Course
  • John & Tony’s Restaurant Third Anniversary
  • Contributing to Lions Club Spring Pancake Breakfast
none Election Reminder - FB, Ruben Pineda
"We are doing another BLITZ on Sat & Sun. Come one come all. We are going to hit every house hold again one last time before next Tues. We will meet @ the Fox Center (Old Depot) again in downtown W.C.306 Main St. Sat. April 6th, 10a.m. If we hit everything on Sat. that would be awesome!. Remember Election day is next Tuesday the 9th. Please vote.
FYI There is a debate this Wed. the 3rd @ the West Chicago High School. School District debates @ 7 Mayoral @ 8:00."
Reaction to Capaigning - Karina Villa
"The best thing about campaigning is seeing the students participate and be excited about the election!!! Thank you Matt Wood for putting tonight's forum together!!!!"
Reminder of Candidate's Forum - Barb Laimins
none"This is your chance to be an informed voter - Hope to see you there.  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
none Islamic group seeking compensation from DuPage
"Unless circumstances change, Pallmeyer wrote, the county board is expected to order the issuance of the conditional-use permit so the education center can open in what used to be a house.  But the legal battle won't end there.  Vodak says the Irshad Learning Center is seeking "appropriate compensation" from DuPage to pay for the group's legal fees and expenses related to the property dating back to at least 2010."
none Kirk announces support for same-sex marriage
none"In a statement, he wrote: "When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others. "Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back -- government has no place in the middle.""
Despite lawsuit, gun sale tax goes into effect today
Dang Wabbit"The $600,000 the tax is expected to raise this year would help defray the costs of treating indigent gunshot victims at Stroger Hospital, county officials have said. The taxpayer-funded public hospital treats about 670 gunshot victims each year at an average cost of $52,000, Preckwinkle said."
[One should keep in mind Justice Scalia's words in the landmark Heller Decision, "The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons."
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Fermilab faces $36 million budget cut
none"“The (federal) Office of High Energy Physics has given us an estimate of our final budget for this fiscal year — approximately $368 million, 9 percent lower than last year,” Fermilab Director Pier Oddone said.  The 9 percent reduction reflects a $29 million cut that the Office of High Energy Physics had already slated for the laboratory, plus an additional $7 million due to the effects of the federal sequestration budget cuts."

none More crude oil moving by rail
none"According to "Progressive Railroading" magazine, "To get a sense of how quickly the crude-by-rail business has grown for the (Canadian Pacific Railway) consider this: CP moved 500 carloads of crude oil in 2009, 13,000 in 2011 and more than 53,000 in 2012. In January, the railroad reached a 70,000 annual carload run rate for crude oil, a rate met earlier than initially anticipated. With each car holding about 650 barrels, that's a lot of crude."
none Clock ticking on Illinois' 2011 tax increases
none"The $7.5 billion figure was included in the commission’s latest update on Illinois’ economy and revenue outlook.  But the same report pointed out the state ended the fiscal year on June 30, 2012, an estimated $5 billion in the red. Fiscal 2012 was the first full year of receipts from higher taxes."
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  • 284,000 College Graduates Had Minimum-Wage Jobs Last Year - Huffington Post
    "Three-fifths of the jobs lost during the recession paid middle-income wages, while the same share of the jobs created during the recovery are low-wage work, according to an August study from the National Employment Law Project.  The result: Nearly half of the college graduates in the class of 2010 are working in jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree and 38 percent have jobs that don’t even require a high school diploma, according to a January report from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity."
  • Why College Graduates Are Increasingly Working Low Wage Jobs
    "There are now 13.4 million college graduates working for hourly pay, up 19% since the start of the recession... Low-wage occupations accounted for a fifth of job losses during the recession, but they made up 58 percent of the jobs added since the recession’s end, according to a recent study from the National Employment Law Project. Meanwhile, mid-wage occupations, which would generally cater to recent college graduates, made up 60 percent of recession losses and just 22 percent of jobs added since it ended."
none Minister: Christians bring discrimination on themselves - The Jakarta Post
"The controversial minister said that Muslims in several regions where they are members of a minority, such as in Bali, North Sulawesi, and East Nusa Tenggara, have met the same challenges when trying to get permits to build mosques.  “But they don’t talk to the press. They also don’t protest or perform prayers in front of the Presidential Palace. The requirement to obtain such a permit is only administrative, there is no need to turn it into a political issue,” Suryadharma said."
none Walmart's Death Grip on Groceries Is Making Life Worse for Millions of People (Hard Times USA) - Alternet
none"Nationally, the retailer's share of the grocery market now stands at 25 percent. That's up from 4 percent just 16 years ago.  Walmart's tightening grip on the food system is unprecedented in U.S. history.  Even A&P — often referred to as the Walmart of its day — accounted for only about 12 percent of grocery sales at its height in the 1940s.  Its market share was kept in check in part by the federal government, which won an antitrust case against A&P in 1946.  The contrast to today's casual acceptance of Walmart's market power could not be more stark."
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