Senator Fauwhourne's Interviews

 Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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31 Jul Rep Hastert The Coach Proves He Still Understands Submission Holds
Hey, Denny.  Quit snapping towels at the little guys.  What say you give Tom DeLay a wedgie and move the Republican Party back to the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.  Toss the crooks and get back to the people's work.
Passage of the Energy Bill
"Americans need this legislation to lower their energy costs, to drive economic growth and job creation and to promote greater energy independence."
Hurley stages Iron County Heritage Festival Parade
Ok, it isn't as big as Rail Road Days, and couldn't be as well run, but I just love a parade.  Their Grand Marshal this year was a cow.  They only have one clown.  Their route comes back up Silver Street, like a primitive instant replay... but I still love a parade.
Sen. Obama Feisty U.S. attorney's job safe
(from CHICAGO SUN-TIMES)
"Illinois Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Barack Obama have been on record since January -- before the White House and City Hall probes heated up -- as wanting Patrick Fitzgerald to stay."
Passage Of Legislation to Provide VA $1.5 Billion for Veterans
"The President's proposed budget for the Department of Veterans' Affairs is woefully inadequate," Obama said in February. "It provides no relief to badly overstretched VA facilities across the state, and will force more than 40 thousand Illinois veterans to pay new fees for the health care they were promised. This is unacceptable."
Energy Bill Helps Illinois by Doubling Ethanol Use, Investing in Clean Coal
"It requires that 7.5 billion gallons of ethanol be mixed with gasoline by 2012. That's 7.5 billion gallons of fuel that will be grown in the corn fields of Illinois, and not imported from the deserts of the Middle East."
Governor
Blagojevich
Gun Locks to be Included with Handgun Sales
"The new law requires that any handgun sold or traded in the state of Illinois by a federally licensed firearms dealer must include a safety lock of some kind."
Legislation closing gun show loophole in Illinois
“People who want to purchase firearms at gun shows in Illinois will now go through the same important background checks as people who buy from licensed retail dealers,”
30 Jul charicature.jpg (9859 bytes)Lemon - WegoWeb Local Pols Shown to be Right on Transfer Site
"In DuPage County, 36.8 percent of garbage that would otherwise go into landfills is being recycled. That is far greater than the state expectation of 25 percent of waste being recycled. And that’s great for the environment."
Sen Peter Roskam Senate Week in Review: July 25 – 29
"Anyone selling a firearm at a gun show will now be required to conduct a background check on the potential buyer through the Illinois State Police, "
City of West Chicago West Chicago Media Update 7-29-05
New Resource Center, 10th Anniversary Splash Contest, National Night Out 2005, District 33 announces New Board Member, Start of School Year Information, El Ojo Fino/The Exquisite Eye Photography Exhibit,
29 Jul West Chicago Police Dept. National Night Out 2005
"To celebrate National Night Out, all residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors. "

(Great raffles: Bulls tickets, blackhawk tickets, six flags, tv dvd combo, bicycles.)

Rep Hastert Push on to dump prosecutor
"Hastert's office said the decision rests entirely with Bush and that Hastert has no role whatsoever in whether the prosecutor keeps his job."
Under the Cover of Darkness
"When "the clock ran out on CAFTA late Wednesday night, with the measure apparently headed to a 214-210 defeat," Hayes had delivered on his promise. He had voted no. But, according to Hayes, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) then approached him with a simple offer for a vote switch: "Negotiations are open. Put on the table the things that your district and people need, and we'll get them." "
28 Jul West Chicago Police Dept.

POLICE NEWS ALERT
"The West Chicago Police Department has taken numerous reports of victims, victimized by a lottery scam recently."

Elementary
District 33
Key Communicators Message
"Returning students who did not turn in completed registration forms last May should register at
their neighborhood school immediately."
West Chicago
High School
CHS Education Foundation Hosts We-Go Calypso August 12
"... Community High School Education Foundation presents We-Go Calypso from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at King James Restaurant, 1200 W. Hawthorne in West Chicago."
Senator
Dick Durbin
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR OHARE MODERNIZATION
“Earlier today, the FAA released the final Environmental Impact Statement for O’Hare modernization. After so many years of struggle, construction can now begin as early as September.”
DURBIN STATEMENT REGARDING ILLINOIS DROUGHT
“But the disaster designation is only a first step. If USDA does not devote sufficient funds and efforts to addressing the drought, I am ready to offer legislation to direct any additional funds to Illinois that may be necessary.”
Sen. Obama Supply of Dangerous Methamphetamine
"This tough new law will prevent those who use over-the-counter drugs to make meth and sell it to our children from getting the quantities that they need, helping us get this dangerous drug out of our schools and off the streets."
Rep Hastert Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald under Pressure
Denny Hastert is rumored to want to deny reappointment to Patrick Fitzgerald, the US Prosecutor who is currently investigating the outing of a CIA agent by "highly placed White House sources."
Rep Waxman Writes to Speaker Hastert About $1.5 Billion in PORK for Tom Delay's District and the profit rich Oil Industry.
27 Jul Elementary
District 33
District #33 Announces New Board Member
"Mr. Martin Swinney was chosen to fill the Board seat vacated last month by Mrs. Sharon Jones."
Senator
Dick Durbin
DURBIN STATEMENT REGARDING USDA’S DESIGNATION OF ILLINOIS COUNTIES AS AGRICULTURAL DISASTER AREAS
"It’s the third worst drought we’ve seen in more than a century. Many farmers across the state talk about losing about one third of their corn crop."
Illionois Senators $7 MILLION FOR ILLINOIS PROJECTS
"U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Barack Obama (D-IL) today said that a House/Senate conference committee has approved $7.7 million for Illinois projects. The bill will now go to President Bush to be signed into law."
Rep Hastert E-85 Tax Credit to be Included in Energy Bill
“This tax credit is another way to encourage the use of ethanol, which will benefit the environment, reduce our nation’s dependency on foreign oil – and help our farmers,”
Governor
Blagojevich
Illinois counties as agricultural disaster areas,
“Illinois farms not only supply food for communities across our state, but also across the nation and the world.  This designation is critical in helping Illinois’ farmers and ranchers get back on track and hopefully recover from a devastating season of low crop yield."
26 Jul Senator
Dick Durbin
ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS LEGISLATION
"In the Senate, I have introduced with Senator Blanche Lincoln the Small Business Employers Health Benefits Program Act."
ADMINISTRATION’S PATIENT PROJECTIONS FOR VETERANS’ HEALTH CARE
"The most recent estimate of patients who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan is 103,000. Overall, the VA has underestimated the number of veterans seeking health care in three of the last four years."
DURBIN EARNS PERFECT SCORE FROM NATIONAL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP GROUP
Rep Hastert Speaker Hastert Urges House Passage Of CAFTA
“Let’s face it. Opening foreign markets is good for American workers and it’s good for American business. And we all know, when businesses do well, jobs are created."
Speaker Hastert Wishes the Discovery Astronauts a Successful Mission and a Safe Return
Governor
Blagojevich
Expansion of Workers’ Picketing Rights
"House Bill 1480 allows people involved in labor disputes to picket, post temporary signs, park vehicles and set up tents or other temporary shelter areas for the picketers on public rights of way without having to require a permit."
25 Jul Sen Peter Roskam SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: July 18-22, 2005
"An historic workers’ compensation reform agreement and legislation creating an easily-accessed registry of medical professionals in case of a terrorist attack were among the measures signed into law during the week..."
West Chicago
High School

CHS Students Place Third in Community Service Contest at National SkillsUSA Championship

Sen. Obama Long-Delayed Laws to Protect Kids from Lead Paint
"In 1992, Congress required the EPA to write regulations relating to the dispersal of lead paint by contractors during home remodeling by October, 1996. As of July 2005, these regulations still have not been written."
Rep Hastert Hastert To Meet With Agriculture Secretary Regarding Illinois Drought
"Hastert also plans to address a likely request from the state for Johanns to declare qualifying counties federal disaster areas and to invite the Secretary to Illinois to see the affects of the drought firsthand."
Governor
Blagojevich
Illinois the only state in the nation to protect children from violent and sexually explicit video games
"In December, Governor Blagojevich launched a website for parents, www.safegamesIllinois.org, where they can learn about the effects of violent and sexually explicit video games, report inappropriate video games, and report Illinois retailers that are selling such games to minors."
24 Jul Rep Hastert Wash Post - Hastert Will Seek Another Term as House Speaker
"The most immediate beneficiary is House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), who holds the No. 2 slot in leadership, because it gives him a chance to be cleared by the House ethics committee before the leadership jockeying begins."
23 Jul Rep Hastert The Speaker Could lose his DeLay Picture on these pages
"But just what role the reactivated ethics committee will play in Capitol Hill's hot-blooded political climate remains to be seen."
22 Jul Senator
Dick Durbin
FARMERS FACING DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN ILLINOIS
“The period from March to June of this year was the third driest in Illinois since 1895. Precipitation has been almost 50 percent below average statewide rainfall."
Rep Hastert CIA Retirees Continue to Publicly Spank Rove Defenders.
"I wouldn't be here this morning if President Bush had done the one thing required of him as commander in chief — protect and defend the Constitution,"
Passage of PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
“In this age of terrorism, we must do everything we can to protect innocent Americans."

 

Governor
Blagojevich
ILLINOIS THE TOP STATE IN THE NATION FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY
"Business Facilities has recognized that these investments are paying important scientific and economic dividends. Illinois has all the necessary ingredients to not only lead the nation but also become the biotech capital of the world, "
21 Jul Senator
Dick Durbin
SERIOUS HEALTH EFFECTS OF DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
VETERANS WITH POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
PATRIOT ACT BILL INCLUDES REFORMS PROPOSED BY SENATORS DURBIN AND CRAIG
HHS SECRETARY LEAVITT’S VISIT TO CHICAGO
Illionois Senators COMMITTEE APPROVES $129 MILLION FOR ILLINOIS PROJECTS
COMMITTEE APPROVES MORE THAN $214 MILLION FOR ILLINOIS PROJECTS
Sen. Obama Obama Votes to Add Additional Funding To Armor Military Vehicles
"When we send our troops to war, it is our obligation to make sure that the vehicles they travel in are well armored,"
Technology Key to Cutting Health Care Costs
"And providers too often don't have the information to know what care has worked most effectively and efficiently to make patients healthy."
Rep Hastert Nation’s Strong, Growing Economy
"The Department of Labor’s weekly report showed that 303,000 Americans filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week. It was 34,000 claims lower than the previous week..."
Governor
Blagojevich
Predatory Lenders
“There is ample evidence that communities with a large proportion of sub-prime mortgages have significantly higher foreclosure rates."
20 Jul Rep Hastert Republican partisans scolded by CIA Retirees for Defending Rove
"The disclosure of Ms. Plame's name was a shameful envent in American history and, in our professional judgement, may have damaged U.S. national security..."
Nomination of Judge John G. Roberts for the Supreme Court
“The work of the Supreme Court and the United States Congress is simply too important to become embroiled in obstructionist partisan politics.”
Sen. Obama $37.5 Million to Safeguard Drinking Water from Terrorist Attacks
"Like most Americans, I never want to worry about whether the glass of water my child is drinking has been tampered with by terrorists,"
Governor
Blagojevich
landmark Workers’ Compensation reform
"Businesses currently spend too much money on workers comp and workers don’t receive the benefits they deserve.  This new law addresses both problems,”
19 Jul Sen. Obama Increase in Availability of E85 Ethanol Fuel in Southern Illinois
"U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) Tuesday praised the Metropolis Citgo station for increasing the availability of E85 ethanol fuel in southern Illinois. Metropolis Citgo is only the 8th station south of I-64 to offer E85 fuel."
18 Jul Cable Com
Channel 17
We now are receiving the local access channel's weekly schedule.  A link to it will be in the far right column, underneath our sponsors... just above the link to Merle Burleigh's column from the Press which is on the City's site.
Illionois Senators EPA ACCOUNTING OF DANGERS TO ILLINOISANS AT SUPERFUND SITES
"... concern at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data revealing that at 103 Superfund sites nationwide, “human exposure is currently not under control.” Illinois is number one on the list, with 11 sites where people are at risk for exposure to hazardous contaminates."
(Lemon notes:  West Chicago is on the list.)
Sen. Obama Obama draws on African roots as he steps onto global stage with Sudan (Sun Times)
"I tried to emphasize to the ambassador, stability can't be purchased at the cost of 10,000, 20,000, 100,000 killed.''
Governor
Blagojevich
Drug Importation Program Supply Expansion
"The advocates’ report, released today, shows that the pharmaceutical systems in the two countries (Australia and New Zealand...ed.) are safe and could provide significant savings averaging around 51 percent compared to prices in the United States, which is even better than the savings available from Canada where the same medications cost 32 percent less than in the U.S."
17 Jul RR Days parade winners
charicature.jpg (9859 bytes)Lemon - WegoWeb New Record Activity at WegoWeb
WegoWeb set a new record by recording an average of 864 distinct visitors per day during the month of June.  We also set a new single day record with 1684 distinct visits on July 9th.
New Life Bilingual Church wishes to tell everybody that their Vacation Bible School is July19th - 21st. Also, on the 22nd they are sponsoring a Family Movie Night featuring the movie "Johah".  Call 231-3315 for further information.
16 Jul Governor
Blagojevich
Stiffer Penalties for those who injure or kill emergency management workers
“Whether responding to tornadoes, floods, major vehicle accidents or house fires, emergency management workers are out there on the front lines, often shoulder to shoulder with other first responders like police and firefighters,”
15 Jul City of West Chicago West Chicago Weekly Update 7-15-05
  • City Update Changes Schedule
  • Agendas and Minutes for City Council meetings
  • El Ojo Fino/The Exquisite Eye
  • Aquatic Center Special Events
  • District 303 Bus Drivers
charicature.jpg (9859 bytes)Lemon - WegoWeb Thanks for a great parade are extended to the following Lions Club members...
Luann Bombard, Nan Connelly, John Doyle, Tom Feltes, Mike Fortner, Bob Hodges, John Klingberg, Mike Kwasman, Mary Ann Manna, Rus Radkiewicz, George Tugana, Charlie Wenk, and Don Early
One Last Thankyou
I wish to last, but not least, thank the Park District (and their many workers) and the City of West Chicago (particularly the police) for helping make 2005 another great Rail Road Days. 
Results of Survey of West Chicago Citizens
I add a few comments to the table of values extracted from the raw data by 4 the People.
Senator
Dick Durbin
HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL
“We’ve paid too little attention to rail security over the years and, unfortunately, we missed an opportunity yesterday in the Senate. The bill we passed last night shortchanges millions of the nation’s rail and inter-city transit passengers.”
MASCOUTAH’S MIDAMERICA AIRPORT IS A U.S. PORT OF ENTRY
"Granting MidAmerica port of entry status would give the airport a means to enhance the economy in the Metro East area."
Sen. Obama House approves new river locks
Obama said the lock upgrade will "create jobs, help our farmers move goods down the Mississippi and Illinois rivers and restore the environment."
Governor
Blagojevich
Teenage Drivers and Their passengers
"One new law bans drivers under the age of 18 from using cell phones. A second law requires drivers under 18 to make sure that their teen passengers are properly buckled up in the front and back seats."
14 Jul DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Ed. Foundation awards scholarships...
Elementary
District 33
7-21-05 Board agenda
IX. New Business
  1. mobile classrooms
  2. hazardous bussing
  3. Disposal of unneeded equipment
  4. Extension of downtown TIF district
  5. Middle School tech lab parent meeting
  6. District #33 website content

XII.  B. Approve amendment to superintendent's contract

The full agenda will be linked when it appears at the district website.

Rep Hastert The Recent Terrorist Attacks in London
“America extends its deepest and most sincere condolences to those who lost loved ones in the attacks and we commend the first responders who reacted swiftly and heroically to help victims."
Governor
Blagojevich
Healthier and Environmentally Responsible Schools
“These grants are relatively small investments that can result in a big payoff by creating healthier indoor and outdoor environments for our students,”
13 Jul
Rep Hastert Budget Deficit Falls Nearly $100 Billion
"According to that report, the deficit is now forecast to fall from $412 billion, or 3.6 percent of GDP in 2004, to $333 billion in 2005, 2.7 percent of the GDP."
Governor
Blagojevich
First Lady Patti Blagojevich launches new Website so women can learn how to have their birth control covered by insurance
12 Jul Collage of Chamber of Commerce Luau
Thanks to Randy Dieter for providing most of the pictures from this very successful Chamber event during Rail Road Days.
Illionois Senators DURBIN, OBAMA MEET WITH TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY TO DISCUSS ILLINOIS PRIORITIES
“Amtrak is vitally important to Illinois,” said Durbin. “Unfortunately, the President and his Administration are once again attempting to privatize and eventually eliminate Amtrak rail service."
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich, Comptroller Hynes announce $10 million stem cell research program to fund medical cures
"... Illinois will become the first state in the Midwest, and only the fourth state in the nation, to commit public funds to the life-saving work of stem cell research."
Rep Hastert Just an honest bag man
(Waco Tribune-Herald)
"
For the first time a corporation was admitting it donated to DeLay's PAC, and why? To “access” DeLay."

Denny, the rats are leaving the ship... compromise and get that ethics committee tacking back to the middle.

11 Jul charicature.jpg (9859 bytes)Lemon - WegoWeb
Sen Peter Roskam Senator Roskam to speak to Kiwanis Club members
"State Senator Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) announced today that he will by the featured speaker at the regular Wednesday luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Central DuPage"
Senate Week in Review: July 4 – July 8, 2005
"Protecting the Road Fund, welcoming a new Senator to the Caucus, women’s health issues, and the signing of several tough DUI laws highlighted this week in the Illinois Senate..."
Rep Hastert Voting Rights Act Reauthorization
"The United States has made great strides in the time since, but we want to continue to ensure that all of our citizens are able to vote without intimidation or harassment."
Governor
Blagojevich
GOV. BLAGOJEVICH WILL NOT ALLOW THE PENTAGON TO MOVE F-16s
“Further, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. §18238 and 32 U.S.C. §104(c), my consent is necessary for the actions contemplated by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld with regard to the 183rd Fighter Wing,”
Lifetime Supervision for Most Dangerous Sex Offenders
“There’s nothing more vile than sex offenders.  We have to do everything in our power to keep them away from our children and our communities."
10 Jul Thank you...
to the Volunteers for the RR Days Parade, Mike Kwasman the chairman and all the Lions who helped with the lineup, especially John Klingberg, MaryAnn  Mana, and Don Early. More on this is forthcoming.
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
SkillsUSA, "Roadeo", and NCLB/Military info...
09 Jul Mike Kwasman How can you top this?
"As always the Chamber and the business community showed off our best asset, “the people of West Chicago.
RR Days Fireworks Sponsors
A "thank you" is extended for the local businesses and businessmen and women who have stepped forward to underwrite the cost of this evening's fireworks.  Please glance thru the list and find out who the "good guys" are.

 

Governor
Blagojevich
$1 million to Illinois mass transit to cover added security during Orange alert
"After the cowardly acts of terrorism in London on Thursday, law enforcement and security efforts intensified on our buses, trains and at stations,”
08 Jul Collage of Friday at Rail Road Days in Reed Keppler Park
Music, food, kids, talking with friends... all the things that a small town festival should be.
Reminder: Fireworks in Reed Keppler Park tomorrow, Saturday, after dark.
The collage is actually of the 4th of July fireworks in Hurley, WI, but it should remind you to show up to enjoy the fireworks and music tomorrow night.
City of West Chicago Due to Generator Problems Yesterday
"Railroad Days carnival $15 wristbands scheduled for Thusday, July 7 will now be honored on Friday, July 8."
Senator
Dick Durbin
ETHANOL AND E-85
“Renewable fuels provide for a dependable domestic source of energy that increases fuel supplies, reduces our reliance on foreign oil, and enhances our ability to control our own security and economic future – while helping our farmers by increasing demand for their crops,”
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on London Bombings
"Our hearts go out to the victims of this despicable act of terror. Today, we stand united with our friends in England and the rest of the world with the resolve to defeat those who cowardly target innocent people to further their radical ideologies of hate."
Rep Hastert London Terror Attacks
"Americans extend their deepest sympathies to Prime Minister Tony Blair and the people of London."
5.0 Percent Unemployment Rate
"House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) today praised the June employment report released from the Department of Labor..."
07 Jul Collage of Thursday at Rail Road Days in Reed Keppler Park
Highlights included a community talent show, the Chamber of Commerce multi-city Luau, and the opening of the carnival.
City of West Chicago Get your neighborhood involved in National Night Out 2005
"To celebrate National Night Out, all residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors."
06 Jul Rep Hastert Hastert Announces 2005 Mobile Office Tour
“Our Mobile Offices will be located in City Halls, Libraries, Post Offices and other high-traffic areas in communities throughout the district,”
West Chicago
     1pm-2pm at College of DuPage
05 Jul Jerry Marchese Letter to the Editor:
"Even his kind remarks he made of Lincoln were, at best, patronizing and quite reminiscent of Mark Anthony’s oration about Brutus."
City of West Chicago Agenda for City Council Meeting
 
Governor
Blagojevich
Drunk Driving Penalties
"The far-reaching, tougher DUI safety measures signed into law today by the Governor range from increasing penalties for DUIs involving death to the creation of the aggravated DUI offense."
State Agencies to Conserve Water
“I convened the Drought Response Task Force to evaluate the state’s water resources so that the appropriate water conservation efforts can be implemented.”
04 Jul Sen. Obama Madison.Com publishes Excerpts from Obama Speech at Knox College
"And yet, brick by brick, rail by rail, callused hand by callused hand, people kept dreaming, and building, and working, and marching, and petitioning their government, until they made America a land where the question of our place in history is not answered for us, but by us."
02 Jul Governor
Blagojevich
First year report on racial profiling
“Collecting this data was a good start, but now that we have the data, our job is to make sure that we take every possible step so that everyone is treated fairly, and that’s what we’re doing today.”
New Members to Arts Council and Gaming Board
"Carbondale resident Sheila Simon will join the Arts Council, and the Governor appointed Joe Moore, Jr. and James E. Sullivan to the Gaming Board."
01 July Senator
Dick Durbin
JUSTICE O'CONNOR
"She has been the deciding vote in dozens of 5-4 cases involving some of the most controversial issues in the nation: privacy rights, affirmative action, the separation of church and state, federalism and the power of Congress, the death penalty, and civil rights and liberties."
Sen Peter Roskam Senate Week in Review: June 27 – July 1, 2005
"
New laws taking effect, a new program to photograph drivers speeding in work zones, the signing of a new child support laws and a law prohibiting the state to do business with the Government of Sudan, highlighted this week in the Illinois Senate ..."
Rep Hastert Democratic Members Call on House Speaker to Denounce Threats
4th of July, Apple Pie, Baseball ... it's time to put that weasel in right field to riding the pine and get back to the "We the Peoples'" business.
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