Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

Date... Source Click on blue hyperlink to see article.
30 Sep West Chicago
High School
CHS Legislative Semester Presented as a Model Program
For Encouraging Civic Engagement in High School Youth

"The article "Illinois Civic Mission Coalition to Recognize Democracy Schools" covers the Coalition's efforts to help Illinois high schools meet their civic mission to help youth become engaged citizens."
Elementary
District 33
Oct 6th Board agendas
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
STC North High Homecoming edition...
29 Sep Collage of Chamber Breakfast at DuPage Airport
"Prairie Landing welcomed chamber members to a breakfast meeting on 29 Sept 2005 that will provided information on both the Technology Center and the DuPage Airport."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
September 29 edition...
  students named AP scholars
  National Merit Scholarship Program
  Jodie Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award
Sen Durbin FOR 4th TIME, SENATE PASSES DURBIN AMENDMENT ALLOWING RESERVISTS WHO ARE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO RECEIVE FULL SALARY
“Unfortunately, I have watched on three occasions as this important amendment went into the darkness of a conference committee and disappeared.”
DURBIN: APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROVES MORE THAN $306 MILLION IN DEFENSE FUNDING FOR ILLINOIS
DURBIN WINS VICTORY FOR UNINSURED IN ILLINOIS
"A compromise was reached last night that would help guarantee that Illinois would receive its fair share of federal grants for the operation of high-risk pools."
DURBIN INTRODUCES BILL TO ESTABLISH NEW NATIONAL GASOLINE AND JET FUEL RESERVE
"... require the Department of Energy to hold and manage 40 million barrels of unleaded gasoline and 7.5 million barrels of jet fuel to be used in times of shortages that adversely impact the U.S. economy."
Sen. Obama Obama and Coburn Investigate Possible FEMA Refusal of Free Cruise Ship Offer
"According to an ABC News report today, the Greek government offered to provide cruise ships for free to house hurricane evacuees. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) apparently accepted this offer but never implemented it. Instead, FEMA signed a six-month, $236 million agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines - an agreement that is costing the U.S. government approximately $2,550 per guest per week (assuming the current half-occupancy rate). This amount is four times the price of a seven-day western Caribbean cruise including entertainment and fuel costs."
Governor
Blagojevich
OFFICEMAX IS CONSOLIDATING ITS CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS IN NAPERVILLE
"... is providing an approximately $20 million investment package that is leading to the creation and retention of 1,500 jobs."
AP Washington - DeLay Remains a 'Powerful' Adviser
"Bonjean said Hastert and DeLay -- two longtime allies -- met privately in the Capitol one day after the Texan was charged with a single count of conspiracy by a Texas grand jury investigating alleged violations of state election law."
House Speaker Congratulates Justice John Roberts On His Senate Confirmation
“I applaud Justice John Roberts on his confirmation by the Senate"
House Republican Leaders Comment On DeLay's Removal Because of Indictment for Corruption
"This temporary arrangement will allow us to continue our work until Tom DeLay can resume his duties as Majority Leader.”
28 Sep Matt Fuesting Legislation to Track Sex Offenders
“I’m honored that Senators Petka and Rauschenberger have agreed to sponsor this proposed legislation. This proposal is a significant step towards our ability to monitor convicted sexual offenders in Illinois”
Breaking News... Tom DeLay Indicted
Dear Denny,
Is it time to kick this turkey to the curb and get the monkey off your back? 
Sincerely,
Bob
Sen. Obama $236 Million Cruise Ship Deal Criticized
"When the federal government would actually save millions of dollars by forgoing the status quo and actually sending evacuees on a luxurious six-month cruise it is time to rethink how we are conducting oversight."
Senators Clinton and Obama Introduce Legislation to Increase Patient Safety, Reduce Medical Errors and Malpractice Costs
"Patients and physicians are paying the price for a health care system that discourages the kind of communication needed to find and correct the conditions that lead to medical errors,"
Governor
Blagojevich
Col. Dennis Celletti new Assistant Adjutant General of Illinois Army Guard
"Having the right people in positions of leadership is critically important to ensuring Illinois is prepared to respond to emergencies."
Gov. Blagojevich announces recidivism efforts are helping juveniles and other inmates find jobs and rebuild their lives
"Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that juvenile recidivism has dropped by 15 percent, the largest decline on record; more than 50 percent of Sheridan parolees have been able to find and retain jobs; and more incarcerated veterans are receiving the necessary skills and support to help them avoid the cycle of returning to prison again and again for the same mistakes."
Illinois State Board of Education Submits Plan
"The plan, a five-year road map for the State Board of Education, focuses on helping schools meet the needs of their students to prepare them for long-term success after high school."
27 Sep Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
LONG AWAITED PROJECT FUNDING RELEASED
"Many municipalities, with assurance from the state, began building these projects on the faith the state would come through on its end of the deal and now, albeit very late, it is finally happening,”
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey Introduces First Bill ... on Inheritance Tax
“This bill gives us an opportunity to cut some of our state taxes so that we give some relief to hard working people again,”
West Chicago
High School
Nicholas Gorski and Thomas Wood Named Commended Students in 2006 National Merit Scholarship Program;
Carl Johnson Goes On as Semi-Finalist
Homecoming Outdoor Pep Rally Agenda
  Wednesday, September 28, 2005
  Football Stadium/Bishop (rain)
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Board of Education meeting synopsis...
Sen Peter Roskam Sun Times - Hyde district ready for change, Dem says
"Cegelis said that while her district traditionally votes Republican, "I think the country is feeling the need for change.""
Sen Durbin GIVING MEDICARE AUTHORITY TO NEGOTIATE DRUG SAVINGS
"The Veterans Administration has a process for negotiating drug prices that is proven and effective and leverages the buying power of millions of veterans. It’s time to replicate that success so seniors in Illinois and the nation can experience real savings on their prescription drugs.”
Sen. Obama Suspicious Katrina Contracts Highlight Need for CFO Oversight
"Just a few weeks into the most expensive rebuilding effort of all-time, we're already hearing reports of overcharges, underperformance, and mismanagement," said Obama and Coburn. "Finding out after the fact that we're spending taxpayer money on no-bid contracts and sweetheart deals for cruise lines is no way to run a recovery effort.
Governor
Blagojevich
State employees Donated $90,000 to American Red Cross Katrina Fund
“This is the first time in my 12 years with the state that we've coordinated in a concerted, collective way to respond to a disaster, and our employees’ willingness to give was overwhelming,”
26 Sep Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey backs legislation to help hurricane victims
“Anything we can do to show our support as a state is a positive step to rebuild New Orleans and the surrounding areas in the south that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.  The Check-off Fund gives Illinois residents an option to help those in need.”
Cable Com
Channel 17
CableCom Channel 17 Schedule
CableCom is looking for volunteers.  They  are currently desperate for volunteers to cover the school events...WCCHS Band, Choir and Orchestra, the Variety Show, sports, and Middle School activities.  Click cablecom@core.com to contact CableCom about training and volunteering..
Sen. Obama Obama Asks ConocoPhillips to Delay 45-Day Shutdown of Wood River Refinery to Prevent Gas Price Increase
"Although initial indications are that Hurricane Rita did not cause significant additional damage to Gulf Coast refineries, many refineries were shut down prior to the hurricane, and it is expected to take one to two weeks before these plants can begin processing again."
SUN-TIMES - Obama dissent gets thumbs up
"Authenticity is served by thoughtful explanations of why some Democratic senators went one way while others did not, knowing full well that whatever they did, their votes on Roberts wouldn't matter."
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich Directs Law Enforcement, Fire Services, Medical and Emergency Management to Debrief on Hurricane Katrina response to Illinois Terrorism Task Force
Traffic Fatalities Approach 80 year Low as Record Number of Illinois Drivers Buckle Up
State and Private Employers Helping to Find Jobs for hurricane Victims in Illinois
25 Sep Illionois Senators Obama, Durbin Amendment Ensures VA Review of 72,000 PTSD Claims Cannot Revoke or Reduce Benefits
"The VA cannot correct its errors by taking money away from veterans who now depend on that income. Veterans should not now - years later - be punished with a loss of income due to the late discovery by the VA of its own error."
24 Sep Sen Peter Roskam The Week in Reivew from Senator Peter Roskam
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Friday potpourri...
Sen. Obama Hynes - Voice of reason emerges from Katrina's chaos
"But, more important, the fact that he has shown himself to be a voice of reason and man of judicious temperament in the past makes him the perfect spokesman and conciliator in what might otherwise be an irreparably divisive debate about race relations, wealth disparities and crisis management in America."
23 Sep Sen Durbin THE RESIGNATION OF FDA COMMISSIONER CRAWFORD
“The controversy surrounding Vioxx and other pharmaceuticals has exposed weak oversight, conflict of interest and poor management at FDA.”
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich sends Illinois Army National Guard helicopters, crews to Texas to support Hurricane Rita efforts
Rep Hastert Pelosi Statement on Partisan Select Committee on Katrina Response
""I will not appoint any Democrats to participate in this sham. Instead, Democrats have proposed an independent commission, based on the rigorous and effective example of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission."
22 Sep City of West Chicago West Chicago Media Update 9-22-05
Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant, 100 Book Challenge, Homecoming week, Digital Camera/Polaroid Treasure Hunt
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Whole lots of stuff...
Sen. Obama Coburn Hurricane Katrina Oversight Bill Passes Senate Committee Unanimously
"The CFO will also specifically look at whether federal funds are going to people most in need, whether federal funds are going to companies that hire local workers, and the extent to which the federal government is using no-bid and 'cost-plus' contracts."
Increasing Availability and Awareness of Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
"Today, there are two kinds of car companies: those who make fuel-efficient cars and those that will."
Rep Hastert A Letter To The Community From Congressman Denny Hastert
"It is a privilege to represent this strong and caring community in the United States Congress – and I thank all those who have given of themselves to assist with this important effort."
Governor
Blagojevich
Historic Rt. 66 and Illinois River Road
"Our scenic byway provides the gateway for everyone across the country to enjoy the bird-watching, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and camping that Illinois River Country offers."
NEARLY $15 MILLION INTO MAKING ILLINOIS COAL MORE COMPETITVE
“Gov. Blagojevich understands that we must keep Illinois coal competitive by investing in this complex and ever-changing global marketplace,” DCEO Director Jack Lavin said.
21 Sep West Chicago
High School
Patti Kozlowski served as a consultant at the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute
"The team revised both the student level and expert level assessments, including a written/online (cognitive) assessment, a performance/hand-on (psychomotor) assessment, and evaluation criteria."
Sen Durbin DROUGHT ASSISTANCE IN UPCOMING RELIEF MEASURE
“I would like to ask the Senator from Mississippi to include agriculture losses incurred due to Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters – including the drought in the Midwest – in the next Katrina supplemental appropriations bill,”
Rep Hastert Members of the Republican Committee To Review Hurricane Relief Response
“I am pleased that these Members have agreed to serve on the Select Bipartisan Committee investigating the initial relief response to Hurricane Katrina."
Portrait of First African American Congressman
"Despite his skin color, he fought for the freedom of African Americans, American Indians and Chinese."
Governor
Blagojevich
Union Square Park
"Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and other officials broke ground today on Union Square Park, the fifth and final element of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) complex."
20 Sep Elementary
District 33
Board Briefs September 15, 2005.
"The Board of Education reviewed/discussed the following informational items: ..budget "wish list" for the Board's consideration, indicating important items that have been requested to be restored, or new items to be added to the budget ."
Sen. Obama Resolution Opposing Photo ID Requirement for Voting
"... recommends the implementation of a national voter identification requirement - a requirement so incredibly restrictive that you couldn't even prove your identity with a U.S. military photo ID card."
Governor
Blagojevich
$1.6 million in grants for women’s health initiatives
"By making women aware of the major threats to their health, and the keys to prevention, we can help them live longer, healthier lives."
19 Sep
City of West Chicago Antiques Discovery features evaluations by Grace Carolyn Dahlberg
"A fundraiser for the West Chicago City Museum sponsored by the Friends of the West Chicago City Museum is scheduled from 1-4PM, Sunday, October 23, 2005."
West Chicago Police Dept. POLICE NEWS ALERT - Dust-Off product
"I did a little research on this topic, I thought I saw it on the urban legend web page but here is a web site worth looking into. I hope we all learn something from this and really look and see what our children are doing."
Park Press
The latest newsletter from the West Chicago Park District includes Sports Shorts, Kids Korner, Totally Teens and FYI
Sen Peter Roskam Senate Week in Review: Sept. 12-16
"Senator Roskam says, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, many barge freight rates have substantially increased along with gas prices. The high charges have slowed the shipment of Illinois agriculture products, creating storage issues at grain elevators. Many elevators are already out of storage space and some are charging upwards of 60 cents per bushel to store grain."
Sen. Obama The State Journal-Register - Obama's interests broad
"Whoever was in charge planning was so detached from the realities of inner city life in a place like New Orleans that they couldn't conceive of the notion that somebody couldn't load up their SUV, put $100 worth of gas in there, put some sparkling water and drive off to a hotel and check in with a credit card,"
Rep Hastert Hastert was Warned FEMA Was Headed for Disaster
"Funds have been raided, staff have been transferred into other DHS functions without being replaced, slowdowns because of added layers of bureaucracy for nearly all functions have dramatically increased, and there is the constant threat of reprogramming appropriated funds."
Speaker Hastert Heads to Scotland for G8 Meetings
"Over the weekend, he will attend formal sessions of the fourth annual session of G8 Speakers where they will discuss support for emerging parliamentary democracies and the need to balance security with public access."
18 Sep Cable Com
Channel 17
This week's Schedule is posted.
Each Sunday evening, the West Chicago Public Access schedule is posted.  The link is always in the right side column down near the bottom, near the weather and traffic.
West Chicago Police Dept. Digital/Polaroid Camera Treasure Hunt
"When you think you have the clue figured out, snap a picture of the treasure, save it and continue on to the next one. There are plenty of prizes and pizza for all!"
Sen Durbin DURBIN SALUTES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
“Hispanics have the potential to significantly impact society through their hard work, commitment to faith and closely-knit families.”
Sen. Obama Metra Train Derailment in Hyde Park
"I am encouraged by the National Transportation Safety Board's fast response, as well as our city's emergency personnel and look forward to a prompt and thorough investigation into this horrible tragedy."
Governor
Blagojevich
Blagojevich in Federal Crosshairs
"Two separate news organizations, ABC-Channel 7 and WBEZ radio (Chicago’s NPR affiliate) are reporting that their sources have identified Governor Rod Blagojevich as “Public Official A” and top Blagojevich fundraisers Tony Rezko and Chris Kelly as the “two associates.”"
17 Sep West Chicago Police Dept BI-WEEKLY STATS SUMMARY
"This is just a summary. It does not include minor traffic arrests, lock-outs, barking dogs, loud music, motorist assists, or the many other minor service calls"
THE VANISHING OAK - Saving a Living Legacy
"It is estimated that for every 10,000 acorns produced, only one will become a mature oak tree.
Join us to consider how you can help improve this outcome. Property managers, municipal planners, landscape architects/designers, and homeowners, can all benefit from these presentations, gaining specific knowledge and techniques to put into immediate use."
16 Sep Elementary
District 33
Minutes Posted at District Website.
Minutes of regular Board meeting on 01 Sept 2005 including a proposal to start teaching Spanish as a second language after school.
$5.5 Million From Federal Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative
"During the 2005-2006 school year, District 33 will receive $1.5 million in grant funds. If programs are successful, the grant is renewable for up to $2 million per year for the following two years."
AMETEK FOUNDATION FUNDS 100 BOOK CHALLENGE IN WEST CHICAGO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 33
“It will make them feel good to see their company support the community and have a positive impact on young people’s lives.”
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Friday potpourri..."Remember that you can find a synopsis of everything that District 303 students and staff are doing for hurricane survivors on the front page of our website (www.d303.org)"
Rep.Randy Ramey LOCAL LEGISLATORS HOST TASK FORCE HEARING ON RETIREMENT SECURITY
“Helping employers to expand their benefits packages was a key component of the job renewal package we introduced this year, and it will be a continuing goal of our Retirement Security Task Force."
Bible Church Scrapbooking/Craft Night
15 Sep Sen Durbin DURBIN: ILLINOIS MUST BE TREATED FAIRLY IN MEASURE TO HELP UNINSURED
“There is no reason a state like Illinois that has 1.8 million people lacking access to health insurance should suffer a funding cut of 60 percent while a state like South Dakota with 90,000 uninsured people sees its funding more than double. The money should follow the people in need, not be determined by politics.”
Sen. Obama Obama Legislation to Increase Funding to Fight Meth Abuse by Nearly $300 Million Passes Senate
"This extra funding will ensure that meth taskforces across Illinois have the manpower and infrastructure they need to keep this drug off our streets and out of our schools,"
Rep Hastert Republican Conference Ratifies Rep. Peter King as Homeland Security Committee Chairman
“But he was reinvigorated with a passion that I know he will display as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee."
Governor
Blagojevich
New HIV/AIDS Awareness Effort Targeting African Americans
“We have committed additional funding and resources to deal with this ongoing problem and we will take other aggressive steps to reduce HIV among blacks.”
Gov. Blagojevich calls on California Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign legislation that would restrict children’s access to violent and sexually explicit video games
14 Sep VFW Auxiliary Ladies Auxiliary Aids Victims of Katrina Aftermath
" I thought you might like to know about the generosity being shown to these Hurricane Katrina victims who have lost everything."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Board of Education meeting synopsis, National Merit Scholar semifinalists, and more...
Sen Durbin VISIT TO GULF COAST REGION
“It is important to see first-hand what is being done to help and to understand what aspects of the federal response still need to be improved,”
NO END IN SIGHT FOR RISING COST OF HEALTH CARE
"It is time for Congress to take action – it has been more than a decade since lawmakers have made any effort to lower the cost of health care.”
GOUGING AT THE GAS PUMP
“Illinois families have opened their wallets to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, but they should not have their pockets picked by a group of greedy oil producers."
Sen. Obama Hurricane Katrina Oversight Legislation
"If FEMA's track record during the rescue effort and in years before is any indication of how they will perform during the rebuilding that lies ahead, this should concern every taxpayer and every citizen interested in helping the millions of Americans who have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina."
Rep Hastert Speaker Hastert Disappointed With Pledge of Allegiance Ruling
“Today’s ruling by a federal judge who sits in the 9th Circuit is yet another assault on American principles."
Children’s Safety Act
"And in the last week, we have been alarmed to learn that the whereabouts of many sex offenders living in the Gulf States are unknown as a result of Hurricane Katrina."
Governor
Blagojevich
Hurricane Katrina Victim Assistance Hotline
"Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that the state’s Hurricane Katrina Victim Assistance Hotline (800-843-6154) is offering a broader range of services and will be more available each day to the thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims who made their own way to Illinois,"
High School Dropout Rate Hits All Time Low
"The Manhattan Institute’s November 2002 study found that, while Illinois’ graduation rate of 77 percent was higher than the national average of 69 percent, the state’s African-American and Latino students had only a 57 percent graduation rate."
Child Abduction and Exploitation
“The Child Lures program teaches kids how to recognize potential dangers and make smart decisions, which will help them stay safe.”
13 Sep Sen Durbin OPENING STATEMENT FOR NOMINATION HEARING OF JOHN ROBERTS
"You can search every sentence of the Constitution and never find the word "privacy." Yet the Supreme Court has said the concept of privacy was inseparable from our other individual rights and liberties. It is the foundation of many of our other rights."
Illionois Senators $2.6 MILLION DOT GRANT FOR DECATUR AIRPORT
“This grant to Decatur will help the airport serve its customers and carriers effectively.”
Sen. Obama Floodwaters Lift Poverty Debate Into Political Focus
"I think a good place to start would be for both Democrats and Republicans to say ... we are willing to experiment and invest on anything that works,"
Governor
Blagojevich
400 students displaced by Hurricane Katrina enrolled in Illinois schools
"The State Board approved an emergency rule that offers individuals from the area affected by the hurricane a temporary permit for substitute teaching in Illinois schools, provided that they indicate that they have completed a bachelor’s degree."
Rep Hastert HASTERT SUGGESTS RETURNING LOUISIANA PURCHASE TO FRANCE - Borowitz, nationally recognized humorist
“It’s becoming obvious that when we bought the Louisiana Purchase the French were selling us a bill of goods.”
Republican Leader LIES about contributions to Obama... Hastert Left Holding the Money
"Tomasso never gave to the DCCC while Emanuel has been chairman, and he never contributed to Emanuel’s personal campaign funds....“Hastert is exploring options to return the Levine money,” a top GOP aide said."
12 Sep City of West Chicago Tales Tombstones Tell
"Costumed interpreters will reveal the life stories of selected former residents buried in Oakwood. "
Sen Peter Roskam Senate Week in Review: Sept. 5-9
"Senate Republicans also would like to see all four legislative leaders meet before the Veto Session to come up with a plan of action to address the high cost of motor fuel as well as to come to an agreement on what should be done with the increased sales tax receipts from gasoline sales."
Sen Durbin FEMA DIRECTOR’S RESIGNATION
"In appointing a new FEMA Director, the President must find a real professional to take the reins of America’s lead disaster relief agency.”
Sen. Obama Disaster Evacuation Plans Must Account for Society’s Most Vulnerable
"The government did not adequately prepare to evacuate those who could not afford a car, did not adequately prepare to evacuate the elderly, and did not adequately prepare to evacuate those who were too sick to leave their beds."
Judicious Obama turns up volume - Chicago Tribune
"It was apparent on the first day that blacks were disproportionately impacted, and I felt it was important to help frame how we think about that issue,"
10/11 Sep Elementary
District 33
Sept 15, 2005 Board Agenda
The agenda for the meeting is now posted at the District 33 web site.
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Board meeting, policy manual, hurricane info part 4, and more...
Alderman
Dzierzanowski
and
Alderman
Abruzzo
Katrina Relief
"Thanks again for everyone’s generosity. If you still want to drop items off, the address is 2952 Davenport Drive."
Rep Hastert Hastert Lends A Hand To Hurricane Relief Efforts
"Even donations that seem insignificant can mean a world of difference to the families who have lost so much.”
Governor
Blagojevich
State-of-the-Art Transportation Center
"Investing in a research center will build on our strengths and use new technologies to help maximize the return on our road-building dollars and make our roads even safer,”
09 Sep Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen Millner
Rep Ramey
A Call for Help
  • to help collect donations
  • volunteer drivers
West Chicago
High School
CHS Wildcat Chronicle Adds Two New Awards
"I was impressed with the awards considering the students on staff were mostly new to the editorial positions they assumed from seasoned editors and reporters who graduated,"
COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING WEEK
"Homecoming week is fast approaching at Community High School in West Chicago. A full schedule of events will held from Monday, September 26 through Saturday, October 1. This year’s theme is “Disney Movies.” The motto is “The Next 100 Years.”
2005 Homecoming
Schedule of Events
September 23 – October 1, 2005
CHS Student and Staff Photographs in
"Local Vision" Photography Exhibit
Community High School teacher Don Zabelin was featured in "The Newest Math" in Kiplinger's October 2005 issue.
West Chicago Police Dept. POLICE NEWS ALERT
"The goal is to prepare for and respond to emergencies by bringing together local leaders, citizen volunteers and the network of first responder organizations."
City of West Chicago West Chicago Media Update 9-9-05
Homecoming events, Airport website, Car Wash, Wildcat Chronicle, Spooky Trail, Columbus Day lock in
08 Sep City of West Chicago Community Emergency Response Team training offered in West Chicago
"Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a 21 hour training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of an emergency."
Sen Durbin DROUGHT RELIEF
“In some parts of Illinois, this has been the driest season in 105 years. As of this month, 67 percent of Illinois corn was in poor or very poor condition.”
HURRICANE KATRINA EMERGENCY RELIEF PLAN
“Today, our number one priority must be to provide immediate relief to our fellow Americans in crisis. But we still have a responsibility to understand why the initial response to this disaster was so inadequate."
SHIPPING ON MISSISSIPPI RIVER
“Damage to the Port of New Orleans will bring about increases in transportation and fuel costs for producers nationwide and it is not clear that other transportation options can fill the gap,”
Sen. Obama National Emergency Family Locator System
"Senator Obama's bill, the National Emergency Family Locator System Act, would instruct the Department of Homeland Security to create a centralized system that families can use to locate their loved ones in the time of an emergency, and that displaced individuals can use to let their families know their location and that they are safe."
Rep Hastert Republican Leadership Announces Review of Hurricane Relief Response
“Americans deserve answers. We must do all we can to learn from this tragedy, improve the system and protect all of our citizens.”
$52 Billion Hurricane Relief Bill
"We want to ensure that this money intended for relief is not misspent, so we have included $15 million for audits that will safeguard spending and watch for misuse."
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich proclaims September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Rep Hastert Hastert Raises Money While New Orleans Suffers
"“We sort of saw that the Speaker did an event and he continued with his fundraising,” Mackowiak said, referring to a fundraising event House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) held in Indiana Friday morning."
07 Sep West Chicago
High School
Community High School Provides On-line Access for Parents to Track Student Grades, Attendance & School News
Elementary
District 33
Board Briefs
"The above review of action taken by the Board of Education at their regular meeting is provided in an attempt to keep you informed."
A friend of the family in need...
"More information about what our students and staff are doing to help raise money to benefit the Hurricane Katrina evacuees and survivors:"
Senator
Dick Durbin
DURBIN: FEMA DIRECTOR SHOULD RESIGN
“It is clear that Mr. Brown was not prepared to lead the federal rescue and recovery effort necessary to cope with this disaster. As a result of his inexperience and mismanagement, thousands of Americans have suffered."
Sen. Obama Obama visits hurricane victims in Houston with former Presidents Bush and Clinton
"Senator Barack Obama is currently in Houston visiting with survivors of Hurricane Katrina and announcing the creation of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to assist in the long-term hurricane relief efforts."
Rep Hastert Hastert Opens Office To Hurricane Relief Donations
“This is another opportunity for 14th District residents to make a difference, and provide much needed items to families who have lost so much.”
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich, Attorney General Madigan continue legal battle to stop the Pentagon from moving F-16 aircraft from Springfield’s 183rd Fighter Wing
GOV. BLAGOJEVICH PRAISES GROUNDBREAKING FOR SANFILIPPO’S NEW FACILITY BACKED BY $5 MILLION IN OPPORTUNITY RETURNS SUPPORT
06 Sep

Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen Millner
Rep Ramey

Senator John Millner Partners with Northern Illinois Food Bank to Gather Resources for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Effort
Collection Sites for Food Drive Organized by Sen. John Millner
Sen Roskam Contract abuses
"Two Senate Republican Senators say the ethics reforms proposed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich last month are limited and do not begin to address the many contract abuses ..."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
D. 303 hurricane relief, part 2...
Rep Hastert Representative Hastert Finally makes it to the Borowitz Report (satire)
"Hours after the University of Minnesota released its findings, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said that given the high price tag, rebuilding the Bush presidency “doesn’t make sense to me.”"
SPEAKER HASTERT SHOULD COME CLEAN BY DISCLOSING ALL CONTRIBUTIONS
"
The Turkish-US Business Council (TUBC), the counterpart in Turkey of the American Turkish Council, reported on its web site that it hosted the Speaker of the House in Turkey in 2002 (he also visited Turkey in 1997 and 2004);"
05 Sep Sen. Obama Bush, Clinton Announce Hurricane Fund
"Clinton said he and Bush decided to head this new fund not because there was a fear the federal government has not been doing its part to help victims, but to fill in the gaps in government assistance and "help people who would otherwise be overlooked.""
The Illinois Leader DuPage GOP legislator faces stiff primary challenge 
"In addition to the support of the House Republican leadership, Jenisch said he expects to have the backing of DuPage County GOP Chairman and State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Downers Grove) as well as DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom."
04 Sep Sen. Obama On the Death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist
"Justice Rehnquist served our nation admirably and with distinction for more than three decades as a staunch defender of an independent judiciary. He was admired by many, and will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Rep Hastert City Of New Orleans
“My thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of New Orleans who have been so severely affected by Hurricane Katrina. Thousands have seen their lives uprooted due to this unprecedented natural disaster. I will not rest until everyone that has been affected by this disaster has been given proper assistance"
03 Sep Senator
Dick Durbin
DURBIN ANNOUNCES $6 MILLION
FOR U.S. 67 BRIDGE IN BEARDSTOWN
DURBIN VISITS LOOKING FOR LINCOLN SITE
"Durbin plans to use the information to generate support among his colleagues in the Senate for legislation he, Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) and Barack Obama (D-IL) have introduced to establish an Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. The legislation calls for up to $10 million over 10 years to make federal grants available for preservation, education and economic development activities across the Heritage Area."
Rep Hastert Hurricane Katrina Relief - Trivium Publishing
"A still mostly rural county in Illinois, which has its own flood problems, by the way, gets a $120 million porkbarrel bridge to nowhere, but Louisiana can't even get the bare minimum to finish its levees or to save its coastal wetlands that also absorb storm surges with the potential to kill people."
02 Sep WWL
Channel 4 in New Orleans
This, apparently, is a 24/7 commercial free News feed from New Orleans.
Elementary
District 33
District 33 Minutes
At their meeting last night, the District 33 School Board approved their minutes from their 18 Aug 2005 meeting and posted them at their website.
Community High School Alumni Association Announces Homecoming Events
"On Saturday, October 1, Dancin' Through the Decades, an all alumni homecoming dance will be held at 7:00 pm at Synergy, 243 W. Roosevelt Road, West Chicago."
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey applauds task force that will talk options for gas prices
“Consumers in Chicago and the suburbs are spending as much as $3 a gallon, and sometimes more. As lawmakers, we need to address this concern.”
Sen Peter Roskam Senate Week in Review: August 29 – September 1
"The Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team, consisting of ten doctors and specialists trained to handle medical disasters, will also travel to Louisiana to assist in rescue efforts."
Rep Hastert Hastert says rebuilding isn’t sensible
"Lawmakers have to ask themselves if it’s worth sinking possibly billions of federal dollars into rebuilding New Orleans, a low-lying city which would remain a vulnerable hurricane target even after clean up, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Wednesday."

Hastert was against the emergency funding before he was for it
"It is difficult to get a real assessment on the amount of damage done, which makes a special session unlikely. In addition, emergency relief services such as FEMA have billions of dollars at hand to help with the initial relief."

01 Sep DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE/ HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS
"Friends, as we have done with other disasters, our students and staff are stepping up to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina."
Senator
Dick Durbin
ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL’S ACTION TO PROTECT SPRINGFIELD’S AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE
“More importantly, the Department of Defense overstepped their authority by removing the jets and realigning the National Guard base without the permission of the Governor – the commander-in-chief of the Illinois National Guard.”
Illionois Senators DURBIN AND OBAMA URGE BUSH TO REJECT BASE CLOSURE
"In its current form, this is not a report that advances our national interest. We urge you to return it to the Commission to correct these and other fundamental errors.”
Sen. Obama Statement of Senator Barack Obama on Hurricane Katrina
"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Hurricane Katrina and their families. I pledge that I will do everything in my power to ensure that the necessary federal resources are available to rescue and evacuate the survivors and to rebuild the devastated areas of the Gulf Coast."
Rep Hastert Statement From House Speaker Dennis Hastert About City Of New Orleans
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“It is important that when we rebuild this historic city that we consider the safety of the citizens first. I am not advocating that the city be abandoned or relocated. My comments about rebuilding the city were intended to reflect my sincere concern with how the city is rebuilt to ensure the future protection of its citizens and not to suggest that this great and historic city should not be rebuilt."
House Speaker And Senate Majority Leader Call Congress Into Emergency Session
"We also agreed to pass the emergency supplemental by unanimous consent so we can move quickly, and time will not be spent waiting to reconvene our members."
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich opens Illinois public schools to children displaced by Hurricane Katrina
“It will take months and maybe years for their communities in the Gulf States to rebuild. And until they do, if they need us, we will provide a quality education for them in Illinois.”
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