Senator Fawghourne Clears Up the Terry Schiavo Situation

 Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

Date Source  
31 Mar Rep Hastert House Speaker Dennis Hastert on the Death of Terri Schiavo
In the end the Speaker gets it right... no courts, no accusations, no protesters, no grandstanding... just we are sad.
30 Mar Elementary
District 33
Policy Manual Online!
"Just wanted to make you aware the Board Policy Manual is now on the web site... Happy reading!"
West Chicago High School Board of Education Meeting March 15, 2005 Volume 5, Issue 7
29 Mar Governor
Small and Emerging Businesses
“... an upcoming conference to provide new and emerging business owners, particularly small, female, and minority-owned businesses, a chance to get information on doing business with the State of Illinois."
"The first innovative effort of the network is a new IEN Web site,, which features a free business needs assessment and a referral within 24 hours for personalized, face-to-face assistance."
28 Mar Governor
State Police Elder Abuse Squad
"Gov. Rod Blagojevich today announced the creation of a special, statewide unit dedicated to fight financial exploitation and abuses against the elderly."
27 Mar LIBERTY SUBURBAN CHICAGO NEWSPAPERS Community Education Center opens next week in W. Chicago
"Both COD and (Community High School) District 94 have the purpose of providing unduplicated service as a primary source of ESL,"
"Station Kall, West Chicago's pioneer broadcasting station, was on the air for most of the day this past week from its studios located near the intersection of Depot and Galena streets."
26 Mar Governor
Grants to help Local Communities Preserve History
"Alton, Carbondale, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Glenview, Hinsdale, Jacksonville, Lemont, Mt. Carroll, Oak Park, Rock Island, Springfield and Urbana been selected to receive Certified Local Government grants from federal funds made available through the state for local historic preservation projects."
25 Mar City of West Chicago West Chicago Media Update 3-25-05
"Residents would pay a monthly fee directly to the garbage hauler, which will be billed quarterly; the rate structure currently being discussed is senior 35-gallon rate ($5.50); regular 35-gallon rate ($10.50) and 95-gallon rate ($18.50). "
"The St. Charles East newspaper, the X-Ray, was named one of the top 10 student newspapers in the Chicago region by the Chicago Headline Club, a society of professional journalists. The X-Ray won fourth place in the “overall student newspaper” category. "

Ladies Auxiliary

Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 2  March 2005
"We’re proud to announce that Sister Betty Mertes was selected as the Lion’s Club Citizen of the Year in West Chicago."
West Chicagoans bask in glow  of $74 million river rehab deal
"We’ll apply the same standard to the riverbed as to the residential areas and the park.”
City’s leaders hope cleanup  can help turn town’s reputation
"With Wednesday’s historic signing of an agreement that sets in motion the final phase of the thorium cleanup, West Chicago officials say the city is poised to stamp out any remaining stigma from the contamination."
23 Mar City of West Chicago The City is now posting the Channel 17 TV schedule at .
22 Mar West Chicago High School


Voluntary Tax Compliance Initiative Results in $135 Million from Tax Evaders
"The Voluntary Compliance Program allowed taxpayers who underreported their taxable income because they were using tax shelters to come forward and pay the associated Illinois Income Tax liability without incurring any new penalties."
Rep Hastert Speaker Hastert on the 2005 Social Security and Medicare Trust Fund Reports
“Medicare on the other hand is in slightly better financial shape. The prescription drug benefit Congress passed in 2003 had certain cost containment measures that have helped restrain spending over time."
"To raise awareness about and understanding of District 303’s April 5, 2005 building referendum, this space will feature factual referendum information over the next few weeks."
Sen Peter Roskam Campaign against $7 billion tax hike will continue
“What we are up against is very real and if we do nothing – then we could be looking at a substantial increase in income taxes without any protections from future property tax hikes."
21 Mar Elementary
District 33
The regular meeting of the Board of Education was held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, March 17, 2005.
Gov. Blagojevich denounces NARC video game
"The Safe Games Illinois Act, which passed in the House by a margin of 91 to 19 last week, would make Illinois the first state in the nation to ban the sale and rental of violent and sexually explicit video games to children."
Rep Hastert Speaker Hastert Remarks on the Schiavo Act
“Today, we have the opportunity to give a woman another chance to live. It is our turn to fulfill the promises etched in the Declaration of Independence to make life more perfect for the pursuit of life."
20 Mar Sen Peter Roskam SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW
"Roadblocks to medical malpractice reform, a question of state-funded stem cell research and an expansion of gambling were all part of a tumultuous week of Senate action capped by a stunning display of political gamesmanship,"
District 33
Key Communicator's Message
"The Board of Education of West Chicago Elementary School District #33 voted last evening to accept the resignation of Pioneer School principal Dr. Joy Packard-Higgins."
City of West Chicago Media Update
17 Mar Sen Peter Roskam Roskam looking for more names of soldiers to send ‘Project Voices’ CD
“'Project Voices,' is an initiative to link recorded greetings from local residents to US troops in Iraq." 
Rep Hastert Joint Statement with Tom Delay 
“It’s unconscionable that Senate Democrats led by Senators Harry Reid and Ron Wyden would not allow a vote to move forward on critical legislation the House passed last night to save and protect Terri Schiavo’s life."
"Delivering on his commitment to build upon the homeland security industry throughout Illinois, Gov. Rod Blagojevich today announced $200,000 in Opportunity Returns grants for two companies on the verge of rapid growth."
16 Mar Governor
Landmark Video Game Legislation
"Governor Rod Blagojevich today praised the Illinois House of Representatives for passing The Safe Games Illinois Act, House Bill 4023. The bill would make Illinois the first state in the nation to ban the sale and rental of violent and sexually explicit video games to children."


"It has come to our attention that one of the primary needs for many of our families is coats for their children. In cooperation with many local agencies we will be identifying those families in need and providing them with new or gently used coats."
WC Public Library West Chicago Public Library Presents: Authors in the Afternoon.
In celebration of National Library Month in April, Adult Services will host local author presentations and book signings on Fridays at 2 pm."
15 Mar Rep Hastert Congressional Art Contest
“We have learned over the years that this district is home to many talented and creative young artists,” Hastert said. “This competition provides an opportunity to showcase those abilities, and I look forward to seeing this year’s entries.”
Effort to Fight Gun Trafficking
"In a new effort to stop the flow of illegal guns into Illinois, Governor Rod Blagojevich today announced the creation of an elite gun trafficking police unit that will work with federal authorities and law enforcement agencies from two other states ..."
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14 Mar Washington Post Does Speaker Hastert Still Have Complete Confidence in Tom Delay
"DeLay's legal defense fund received contributions from two of the new ethics committee members, Smith and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). The committee admonished DeLay three times last year. Republican leaders later sought the rule changes that made it more difficult to bring new ethics charges against Republicans."
Wheaton Academy Ryan Hall  and Juliana Wilhoit Receive All State Recognition
"Wheaton Academy’s Mock Trial Team Competed at the annual State Tournament, sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association in Springfield, Illinois on March 3-5."
12 Mar Governor
House Judiciary Committee unanimously approves video game legislation
"Gov. Rod Blagojevich today applauded the House Judiciary Committee on Civil Law for bringing Illinois one step closer to becoming the first state in the nation to ban the sale and rental of violent and sexually explicit video games to children under 18."
Teen births hit record low in 2003
"Crediting extensive community outreach and prevention efforts, Gov. Rod Blagojevich today announced the number of babies born to Illinois teenagers in 2003 declined - for the ninth straight year."
Rep Hastert Speaker Hastert Applauds President Bush for Remarks on a National Energy Policy
"These sources of energy are renewable, safe for the environment and important to the family farmers and the economy in Illinois and throughout the Midwest."
11 Mar West Chicago Police Dept.

News Alert

Sen Peter Roskam Senate Week in Review: March 8-10, 2005
West Chicago High School Ball Horticultural Company Donation to Community High School
"Ball Horticultural Company has a strong history of support for Community High School, especially for the Botany/Horticulture program. They have made significant contributions of resources and expertise. "
CHS Wins 1st Place in State LifeSmarts Competition
"Community High School in West Chicago finished in first place in the 9th annual Illinois LifeSmarts competition."
Mr. Wildcat Competition at Community High School
"Nine senior male contestants will compete for the title of Mr. Wildcat. Performances by the contestants, cheerleaders and the We-Go Jazz Band will also be presented."
CHS Pep Club held a "Pep Rally" at West Chicago Terrace Feb. 18. Poms and cheerleaders performed and taught cheers. The visit ended with refreshments and dancing.
City of West Chicago Media Update
No New Taxes, 3rd Parking Lot, Refuse Collection, Ruse Entry Scam, $22,500 to High School, LifeSmarts Competition, Park District Adds Day Camps
LIBERTY SUBURBAN CHICAGO NEWSPAPERS  Judge upholds Wayne Township Electoral Board decision
"Democratic candidates Frank Bellino, Charles Francis and John Ryvold Jr. will have their names placed on the Tuesday, April 5, ballot."
Dist. 94 to Vote on Artificial Turf for Football Field
"Funding for the artificial turf, which is estimated to cost approximately $600,000 ..."
New museum registrar Brian Reis
"I have always liked history and find that you see a view of the world through anthropology, relics, photographs and more."
10 Mar WC Public Library Annual Spring Egg Roll
Puppet Shows
Sen Peter Roskam

Protections Against Identity Theft
“If state government agencies can do something to help honest people protect themselves, then they should do it."

09 Mar February Mixer Held at Comfort Inn in Geneva
February Mixer Held at Pal Joey's
08 Mar West Chicago High School CHS Drafting Students Take Honors in Regional Competition
"This is the first time our students have place first in two of the seven competitions"
WC Public Library Trivial Pursuit™ Challenge and Cake Decorating
06 Mar Nick Dzierzanowski Volume IX of Notes from Nick!
"I want to personally thank Dr. Erwin, Superintendent of School District 303 and Dave Thomas, Director of the West Chicago Park District for their cooperation and support they have given to our City in helping us solve this huge problem."
West Chicago Police Dept. Police News Stats for Feb 01-15
PoliceNews Stats for Feb 16-28
05 Mar Sen Peter Roskam

Senate Week in Review:
February 28 – March 3

District 33
Good News!
"For the 2005-2006 school year, class size maximums will continue at the 2004-2005 level of 30 in Kindergarten, 32 in grades 1 & 2, and 34 in grades 3 - 8."
WC Public Library

West Chicago Public Library Adult Service Programs for spring '05.

04 Mar City of West Chicago Media Update
D33 Health Insurance, Immigration Mural, Youth in Business and Industry Day, LifeSmarts, Referendum Vote on April 5, International Week, Immersion, We-Go Run
03 Mar West Chicago High School CHS Students Inducted into Foreign Language Honor Societies
"Membership in these Honor Societies represents outstanding achievement in at least two years of study of a foreign language, academic excellence in all other classes and the intent to continue the study of foreign language."
Sen Peter Roskam

Senate hearing focuses on medical malpractice reform
“This is an issue that affects us all because it is about access to health care."

Rep Hastert

Speaker Hastert Remarks on the Continuity of Congress
"We have changed the rules of the House to allow it to function if members are incapacitated."

House Passes Job Training Improvement Act
“Our economy has created over 2.2 million jobs over the last year, but the hard reality is some folks are still looking for work.”
IDOT to spearhead statewide safety initiative
"Governor Rod Blagojevich today announced the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will develop the state’s first-ever Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan (CHSP). "
Gov. Blagojevich opens Illinois State Fairgrounds to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum visitors
"The Museum will officially open to the public on April 19th, following three days of public events. The fairgrounds will open beginning April 1st to accommodate Museum visitors."
02 Mar At 3:15 am on Wednesday, March 02, Harma Flood passed away in Chelsea, MI. Present were her eldest son Ted Lemon and her husband Bill Flood.  She is survived by her other three sons, Bob, Dan, and Glen Lemon, their wives, thirteen grandchildren and their spouses, and six great grandchildren.  Although the last decade was marred by Parkinson's disease, she had a good life including 25 years as a teacher in northern Michigan.  She passed quietly and is in a better place.
West Chicago Police Dept. Commendations to Police Department
West Chicago Sister City Traditional Irish Boiled Dinner
"...serving the home cooked corned beef with cabbage, potato, carrots, bread and sherbet, along with some coffee or tea..."
West Chicago High School

Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl
to Perform at  West Chicago High School on March 11

District 33
We-Go Run (and Walk) for Education
"The race will start and finish at Community High School's Memorial Stadium on Sunday, May 1, 2005, beginning at 8:00 am."
01 Mar West Chicago Police Dept.

E-mails Purporting to Come from the FBI are Phony
"The FBI today warned the public to avoid falling victim to an on-going mass e-mail scheme wherein computer users receive unsolicited e-mails purportedly sent by the FBI."

West Chicago High School

Ninth Annual Illinois Lifesmarts State Competition.

International Week Small Group Presentations
"International Week is made possible by a grant from the Target Foundation through the Warrenville SuperTarget."

Professional Performances
District 33

Wegner School Announces Spring Musical
"Based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Ugly Duckling," Honk! is the story of Ugly, whose odd looks instantly provokes prejudice from his family and neighbors."

Sen Peter Roskam

Roskam proposes state contract reforms
“This Governor likes to push things to the outer edge,”

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