Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

Date... Source Click on blue hyperlink to see article.
30 Nov West Chicago ready to take over DUI prosecutions
“The biggest savings is going to be overtime, less court time for officers,” she said. “We also anticipate we’ll see a rise in successful DUI prosecutions.”
Reckless homicide case set for trial
"The West Chicago family began to doubt Julio Herrara’s death was a typical accident after his son drove the road and found no obstructions or glare that would have blocked the driver’s view of the motorcycle."
Rep.Randy Ramey Bill to Allow DUI Fines to Purchase Crime Prevention Equipment
“Why limit a department’s authority to spend this money where they might need it most? Let’s give the officials the power to say where they can best use these additional revenues.”
Survival stories - Dave Exner
"...the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and the seahorses are simply struggling to exist, often in the face of forces they themselves cannot control. They need help from outside their immediate environments by people who care about their well being and their future."
Sen Durbin SENATORS CALL ON PRESIDENT BUSH TO ADDRESS SERIOUS CONCERNS RAISED IN GAO REPORT ON TERRORIST FINANCING
“The financing of terrorist activities is unquestionably a matter of critical national security, and we know that the coordination of our efforts has not been an easy task to undertake…"
Senator Nelson peppered with complaints - St. Petersburg Times
"Under terms of Nelson's bill, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., seniors would have until the end of 2006 to enroll in a plan. They also could change plans within the first year without paying a penalty."
Sen. Obama Obama Questions Justice Department Ruling to Pre-Approve Restrictive Georgia Voter ID Law
"It is troubling that despite the objections of four out of five its own career employees, the Department of Justice would pre-approve a law that would make it more difficult for minority, disabled, elderly and low-income Americans to vote,"
And the poor get stuffed again - Seattle Post Intelligencer
""We got through the first round," said House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois. "You've got to get through the first round before you get to the championship."  That is quite a statement that afflicting the afflicted and comforting the comfortable is worthy of a title trophy."
Governor
Blagojevich
Keep Warm Illinois Leadership Summit
"The campaign’s efforts, including clothing drives, energy saving workshops, winter assistance days, and statewide warming centers, are coordinated by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Energy Assistance, the Illinois Departments on Aging, Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), Human Services (IDHS), Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency."
29 Nov West Chicago
High School
West Chicago High School's Legislative Semester
"The Congressional sessions are the culmination of a full semester's re-creation of the legislative process and experience for each senior. They have been praised by legislators and parents and have been recognized as a Program of Excellence at Community High School. "
Nishant Patel Named November Student of the Month
"He came to the United States only three years ago and has mastered the language while achieving an induction into the National Honor Society, maintaining honor roll status, earning the math department Blue Ribbon Award and the Bilingual Scholastic Award. "
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Board of Education meeting synopsis and special meeting agenda...
Sen Durbin DURBIN CALLS ON HHS TO WARN SENIORS ENROLLING IN MEDICARE DRUG BENEFIT ABOUT CHANGING DRUG PRICES
“While millions of American seniors are busy trying to figure out which drug plan best meets their needs and fits within their budget, the drug prices are changing,”
New role leaves Illinois National Guard short of equipment - KWQC-TV - Davenport,IA,
"U-S Senator Dick Durbin and Governor Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'uh-vich) are urging the federal government to provide more money to boost equipment levels."
NY Times repeated false claim that Hastert "simultaneously" praised Murtha - Media Matters for America
"A November 28 New York Times article by reporter Carl Hulse cited a false claim by a spokesman for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL): that Hastert "expressed his strong respect" for Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA) "while simultaneously differing" with Murtha's call for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. In fact, the two events were not simultaneous."
The Free Market's Fair-weather Friends - Free Liberal - Woodbridge, VA
"But we need markets unhampered in bad times as well as the good. What we don't need? Fair-weather friends, bad-weather enemies like Frist and Hastert."
Congress urged to act on pensions - CNN/Money
"The Financial Services Roundtable, which includes major banks, insurance and investment companies that manage pension plan assets, wrote to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, urging the legislation be dealt with as soon as House members return to Washington from recess next week."
28 Nov Elementary
District 33
Meeting Agenda for DEC 1, 2005 Regular Meeting
West Chicago
High School
CHS Students' We-Go to Africa Project to Build School in Angola
"Ten thousand dollars of the amount raised will be used to build a school in Angola. Any remaining money will be used to buy books and other items needed for a child to attend school. "
Driving over railroad crossings
"If there isn't enough room to safely and completely cross the tracks, stop before the tracks, and proceed when it is safe.  Donald E. Dieckmann "
Sen Durbin

 

DURBIN ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR DECATUR PROJECT TO OFFER HOUSING TO CHRONICALLY HOMELESS 11/28/05 
"Some of these folks need help from their neighbors to get headed in the right direction again. We are their neighbors. A real roof over their head will give them a chance for a job and a better tomorrow,”
DURBIN ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDING FOR U of I AG RESEARCH
"Durbin has developed a record for supporting the University’s agriculture program, securing $3.5 million in fiscal year 2005 and $2.8 million in fiscal year 2004."
Governor
Blagojevich
Over 120 State Facilities Available as Warming Centers to Help Illinoisans Stay Warm, Lower Heating Bills
"{The Warming Centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay warm and comfortable if they turn down their thermostats during the day to lower their heating bills."
Hastert Disputes Comments
"Dennis Hastert - the speaker of the House who never served - accused Jack Murtha of being a coward," Mr. Kerry said as he listed Republican attacks on Mr. Murtha.
A culture of corruption - The Register-Guard - Eugene,Oregon
"The Associated Press reported last week that 33 members of Congress who had contacted the Interior Department to ask that it block the opening of an Indian casino in Louisiana had also collected donations from Abramoff, who represented a competing tribe. The list is bipartisan and high-powered, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid."
The Medicare prescription mess - The State - Columbia,SC
"Republicans deserve the backlash, because their motives were so blatantly political. President Bush embraced congressional demands for a big drug benefit from, among others, House Speaker Dennis Hastert."
27 Nov WDCRC Holiday Fundraiser at Ten Thousand Villages
"Please come join us while we enjoy world music and refreshments, and find Treasures from around the world for yourself and your Holiday gift list."
West Chicago
High School
Teacher Recognition Dinner and Dance
"It's time to show our Appreciation!!
We are planning a "spectacular event" to honor those teachers and administrators whose kindness and support helped to shape our lives!!"
Cable Com Schedule Posted
The schedule for local access TV is posted.  You can always find the link to their current schedule by clicking on "Local Access" button underneath the advertisers in the far right frame.
26 Nov West Chicago
Press
West Chicago Toys for Tots seeks local generosity
"We work with Wayne and Winfield townships and ministries," he said. "These groups have the resources to do the screening so that the toys are given to the underprivileged children."
Remembering all of those who need our help
"Wayne Township has a Christmas Sharing program, which involves "Adopt-A-Family" and Humanitarian Project, sponsored my members of the Senior Center."
WegoWeb Shop with a Cop
Just a reminder of a charity I have mentioned before.
Working
for
Change
Rev. Pat Robertson: Dead end or no end in sight?
"But, as Ted Olsen, the editor of Christianity Today's invaluable Weblog, pointed out two days after the initial incident, in a story entitled "Why You Can't Stop Pat Robertson," the controversial televangelist had gone down the assassination road several times over the past few years."
25 Nov Sen Durbin Holding Out - New York Sun
"One of those senators, Richard Durbin, lifted his hold only last week after gaining from Mr. Gray an apology for having aired the ads."
Sen. Obama Obama picked as most likely to become president - Rockford Register Star
"National Journal, a respected Washington weekly magazine covering politics and government, asked 101 members of Congress and 137 lobbyists, former government officials and other political insiders which politician has the greatest potential to become president in 20 years."
Iraq: Hopes for a process of reconciliation - Monday Morning - Beirut,Lebanon
“The American people don’t care about whether the White House is losing another political war; they care about whether America is winning the war in Iraq so we can bring our troops home”
Money trail on the Hill - Washington Times
"The AP reported House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, raised $21,500 for a political action committee at Mr. Abramoff's restaurant. Seven days later, the gentleman from Illinois wrote to Mrs. Norton against the Louisiana casino."
Harsh debate on Iraq hitting home - Miami Herald
"''Democrats and Republicans are locked in a death grip for control of the House, and the incivility is not going to change until the leadership of both parties acts as adults,''"
24 Nov WegoWeb Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
West Chicago companies  selected for NASA program
"Two West Chicago companies — Epsilon Lambda Electronics Corp. and Vega Wave Systems Inc. — will receive up to $70,000 each from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for research in its Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)."
Sen Durbin DOT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
"This $300 million grant will allow the city of Chicago to redesign their runways, which will create jobs, spur economic development and drastically reduce delays."
Sen. Obama Moving Forward in Iraq
"And so as the war rages on and the insurgency festers - as another father weeps over a flag-draped casket and another wife feeds her husband the dinner he can't fix for himself - it is our duty to ask ourselves hard questions. What do we want to accomplish now that we are in Iraq, and what is possible to accomplish?"
Senator Barack Obama to Distribute Thanksgiving Turkeys - All American Patriots (press release) - Taeby,NA,Sweden
"Recent events have provided a stark reminder that 38 million people nationwide are not sure if they can afford their next meal. For thousands of people right here in Cook County, that is also the case, where good men and women are struggling to provide their families with the dignity and comfort they deserve."
Rep Hastert House Happenings for This Week
"We want them to feel free to get out there and spend and keep the economy moving. I know one Illinoisan who’ll probably be out there in all those early morning sales – Jean Hastert! I’ll be the guy behind her carrying the bags, and probably buying a few things myself."
ABRAMOFF'S PAY HOUSE HASTERT - Free Market News Network
"In June 2003, House Speaker Dennis Hastert sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton urging her to act in favor of clients of the scandal-plagued lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported yesterday that investigators believe that Abramoff and his staff provided the congressmen with the letter's text."
House leader pledges to give back 9/11 funds - Newsday
"The pledge by Hastert is the latest in a year-long tug-of-war over the money, originally meant to cover increased worker compensation costs stemming from the 2001 terrorist attacks."
23 Nov WegoWeb Former Alderman Tom Merrion Injured in Auto Accident
Tom's son reports that Tom is in Intensive Care at Lutheran General Hospital and adds "He got pretty banged up,  He is on a ventiltor,  It looks like he broke a few ribs and puntured a lung."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE/Thanksgiving edition...
Board of Education will meet , Jodie Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award, and NEW PHOTOS
Rift between the governing, paying grows
"Noble enough words had they not been followed by a $3,100-per-year congressional pay raise and the start of a two-week vacation, while action on bills to curb spending and cut taxes was postponed."
22 Nov W. Chicago supervisor with ‘amazing heart’ dies at 28
"Instead of joining the crowd, a young Joseph M. Nicoloff immediately told the other kids to knock it off."
Sen. Obama Illinois vets targeted in legislation - Newsday
Veterans in Illinois have been shortchanged by the VA for decades simply because of where they live. This legislation is an important step toward righting that wrong by notifying veterans that they may not have received the benefits that they earned, and explaining to them their right to request a review of their claims."
Obama's national appeal rallies an army of backers - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"There he is," Buffett says with a wide grin, pulling Obama toward him with a hearty handshake. "You're the hottest ticket in town today."
Governor
Blagojevich
Illinois Soybean Association awards Gov. Blagojevich for continued support of biofuels
“Governor Blagojevich’s support has been critical in our work to make biodiesel more widely available,”
21 Nov Elementary
District 33
What's Happening at District 33 Board Meetings
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
"Some news as we inch closer to Turkey day ... student-directed One-Act plays ... NEW PHOTOS
Sen Durbin DURBIN SECURES VICTORIES FOR ILLINOIS VETERANS IN SPENDING BILL
DURBIN SAYS SENATE MUST PLACE HEALTH OF CHILDREN AHEAD OF INCREASING WEALTH OF RICHEST AMERICANS
BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION HONORS 1.5 MILLION VICTIMS OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
$187 MILLION IN TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING FUNDING FOR ILLINOIS
Sen. Obama Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Bills Introduced in Congress - Autochanne
"Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) introduced S.2045, which would require all US marketed vehicles to be manufactured as Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) within 10 years. FFVs can use both regular gasoline and E-85 renewable fuel (fuel with 85 percent ethanol content). The bill would require 10 percent of vehicles sold in the United States be FFVs within 18 months of its passage as law."
Coincidence or influence? - Denver Post
"Typically, the lawmakers said the timing of donations was a coincidence and that they wrote letters because they opposed the expansion of tribal gambling. A spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who received more than $100,000 in donations from 2001 to 2004, told AP, "We've always opposed these things, in our back yard, in our state, someplace else.""
Governor
Blagojevich

 

more non-stop toll lanes to ease Thanksgiving holiday travel
“Getting to family get-togethers or the shopping malls this holiday season will be easier and smoother for commuters and holiday travelers."
20 Nov WegoWeb Shop with a Cop
This just struck me as a a holiday charity some of you might like to participate in.
Lawmakers to get $3,100 pay raise - Columbia Daily Tribune
""The Republicans are taking food out of the mouths of children to give tax cuts to America’s wealthiest. This is not a statement of America’s values," said the Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California."
Hayworth led GOP charge - AZ Central.com
"Saying he'd already spoken that morning with House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., Hayworth suggested to his colleagues that they go on the offensive..."
19 Nov West Chicago hopes for historic partnership
"The three-story brick Italianate-style structure at 200 Main St. also was the site of town meetings back when West Chicago was known as the village of Turner.  City leaders are now looking to form a partnership with a private firm to renovate and restore the 1878 building."
Dist. 25 not sold on AC  for schools
"The school board will meet Monday to consider whether to expand air-conditioning throughout both its elementary and middle schools."
Sen Peter Roskam SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: Nov. 14-18
"A new law limiting the purchase of cold medicines will prevent Illinois from becoming a favorite shopping site for out-of-town methamphetamine makers, according to State Senator Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton)."
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey supports bill to make referendum process easier for taxpayers to understand
“The current formula that is used by school districts to explain their tax hikes and what they will mean to taxpayers is very confusing and often times it does not actually represent the amount of money that taxpayers will pay,”
Speaker Hastert Comments On Iraq and Economic Security
“We have to remain on the offensive."
House Happenings for This Week
"You know, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have taken to saying lately ‘we can do better.’ Well, I say let the states do better."
Governor
Blagojevich
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY OF CHICAGO
“Investing in projects that are expanding the computer and electronics recycling industry is a savvy way to help protect our environment while growing the local economy."
18 Nov City’s Frosty Fest to kick off the holiday season
"Santa Claus is coming to West Chicago, and a big welcome is planned at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 at Community High School, 326 Joliet St."
West Chicago
Press
Young, old alike remember veterans
"Today we recognize the millions of Americans from all walks of life, who have served their country in war and peace. Men and women, who have given us -- through their sacrifice, courage and dedication -- the freedom and opportunity to live in a nation unique among nations,"
A time for remembrance this Thanksgiving and Around and About
Frosty Fest skates into West Chicago Dec. 3
West Chicago's Frosty Fest rings in the holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Community High School, 326 Joliet St., concluding with Santa and Mayor Michael Fortner lighting the community Christmas tree in front of the Fox Community Center, 306 Main St.
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Pre-Thanksgiving break edition...
West Chicago
High School
West Chicago HS and Wheaton Academy Provide Joint Learning Experience
"We see great value in working together and hope to develop other joint activities throughout the year."
City of West Chicago West Chicago Media Update 11-18-05
17 Nov DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE/Board of Education special meeting synopsis...
"The Board of Education last night asked for information about building a middle school only, before voting on a possible March 2006 referendum. "
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey Co-sponsors Bill to Protect University Independence
“That university, as well as any other public university in this state, deserves the same rights and respect as any public institution in this state."
City of West Chicago Agenda for City Council Meeting Monday, Nov 21, 2005
 
Sen Durbin NEW COURTHOUSE IN ROCKFORD
“Judges, law enforcement officers and the citizens of Rockford who depend on the courthouse have made a convincing case for this investment and we can now begin construction.”
Hastert Saddened by Rep. Murtha’s Comments
"They would prefer that the United States surrender to the terrorists who would harm innocent Americans. To add insult to injury, this is done while the President is on foreign soil."

Lemon adds... Denny, Bu$h is in Asia but again skipping Vietnam.  Rep Murtha has been there.  People listed on the Chicken Hawk Politician's Platoon should speak respectfully about 37 year Jar Heads.

Karen Haas Nominated to be Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives
Hastert among lawmakers who pressured against tribal casino - KLFY - Lafayette,LA
"An Associated Press review of records and correspondence shows House Speaker Dennis Hastert was among nearly three dozen members of Congress who pressed the government to reject the Jena tribe of Choctaw Indians' request for a casino while collecting donations from rival tribes and their lobbyist."
Lawmakers Acted on Heels of Abramoff Gifts - The Tribune-Democrat
"House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., held a fundraiser at Abramoff's Signatures restaurant in Washington on June 3, 2003, that collected at least $21,500 for Hastert's Keep Our Majority political action committee from the lobbyist's firm and tribal clients."
Governor
Blagojevich
landmark HIV/AIDS awareness initiative
"As young people and African-Americans continue to be infected with HIV and AIDS at an alarming rate, it is critical that we redouble our efforts to promote education, prevention, and testing,"
16 Nov Dist. 94 mulls idea of block schedule
"The move would allow the district to eliminate eight teacher positions, either through attrition or layoffs, saving at least $400,000 a year. For the 2005-06 school year, the district has a $1.4 million deficit and some say the shortfall could reach $3 million next year."
West Chicago Police Dept. Mini-Grant enforcement period
"The officers working this detail wrote thirty-two tickets: one arrest for DUI, three citations for other alcohol related violations,..."
Sen Durbin

 

DURBIN SAYS SENATE VOTE CLEARLY CALLS FOR CHANGE IN IRAQ POLICY
DURBIN ASKS AMTRAK BOARD TO EXPLAIN THE DISMISSAL OF AMTRAK PRESIDENT AND CEO
DURBIN MEASURE ASSURES LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR RESERVIST VETERANS APPLYING FOR FEDERAL JOBS
DURBIN: MORE THAN $4 MILLION FOR ILLINOIS PROJECTS APPROVED BY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
Sen. Obama Obama Passes Amendments to Protect Troops from Avian Flu, Improve Their Health Care
"When pandemic flu strikes, many of our military and civilian personnel will be at high risk for infection, particularly those deployed in Asia where avian flu now poses the greatest risk,"
Governor
Blagojevich
efforts to expand access to preschool
"... we’ve provided more funding for early childhood education because we know that access to a quality pre-school program can directly improve a child’s chances at long-term success,”
energy workshops on Saturday
“Menards is proud to be a participant with Gov. Blagojevich’s Keep Warm Illinois winter savings promotion."
meth-manufacturers ingredients
"By signing this law, we’re making it much harder for meth-manufacturers to find the ingredients they need to make meth."
15 Nov DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Board of Education meeting synopsis, and special meeting...
Sen Durbin MEDICARE DRUG PLAN TOO CONFUSING
“Seniors in Illinois are frustrated and many are angry; they don’t see a lot of benefit in this so-called prescription drug benefit."
$195 MILLION FOR ILLINOIS PROJECTS
"Durbin worked to include this funding for Illinois in the Fiscal Year 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which was approved by the Senate late last night."
Lewis and Clark make history at Fort Defiance - The Southern - Carbondale,IL
"The grant that funds this project was made possible largely because of the efforts of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin,"
Sen. Obama Spoils Go to Party Most Apt to Adapt - Los Angeles Times
"Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) recently offered an innovative deal in which Washington would relieve the auto companies of some of their retiree healthcare costs in return for the companies accepting higher fuel-economy standards."
Governor
Blagojevich
comprehensive health coverage for every child in Illinois
“Today marks a major achievement for Illinois families who are doing everything they’re supposed to do – working hard, paying their taxes, raising their families – but still can’t afford health insurance for their children."
GOP loses control in Congress - Connecticut Post
"Call it a midgetority. Republicans, who remain in the majority on Capitol Hill, are no longer in control.  President Bush, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert have squandered whatever political capital they gained from the 2004 elections."
Misplaced outrage - USA Today
"The GOP grandstanding reinforces that outrage. It is an effort to intimidate anyone who dares expose important but politically embarrassing information."
GOP RIGHT-WINGER MOVES TO STRIP - ILCA Online
"In a proposal being considered by House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Rep. Thomas Tancredo (R-Colo.) wants to bar citizenship from any children born in the U.S. to undocumented workers. Tancredo alleges undocumented mothers have 300,000-500,000 babies each year. He did not cite Hispanics by name, but left that implication."
For Bush, trust has dwindled - Times Herald-Record
"Last week's leak controversy was no different. While Bush remained mum on the secret prisons, his main water carriers in Congress, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, rushed to call for an investigation – not of the existence of the prisons and whether they were used for torture, but to find out who leaked the information."
14 Oct West Chicago Police Dept. POLICE NEWS ALERT
"I am very proud of this woman for making a quick police report. She stated she wanted the police to be aware of this incident."
Elementary
District 33
Meeting Agenda for Nov 17, 2005 Regular Meeting
West Chicago
High School
Midnight Madness at CHS on November 16th
"The cheerleaders and pom pons will perform, but that's not all. There will be games and prizes and entertainment for all ages."
CHS MADRIGAL DINNER & TEA DECEMBER
"Lords and ladies are invited to begin their holiday revels with two madrigal events sponsored by the Community High School Music Department and the Music Boosters Club."
CHS OFFERS GOLD CARD PROGRAM & HOLIDAY CONCERT FOR SENIORS
"Residents of School District 94 who are 55 years of age or older are eligible for a lifetime Gold Card which entitles them to attend most district-sponsored events held at Community High School free of charge."
West Chicago's Frosty Fest to be Held Saturday, December 3, 2005
"West Chicago's Frosty Fest will be held from 11:00 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2005. The day will begin when Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus leave the West Chicago Police Department at 325 Spencer Street at 10:45 a.m."
A Link Sent by a reader in Arizona Obama, Pederson call for lower education costs
"But it was nice to have a little piece of Illinois here for a change... From today's on campus State Press, this article link on Senator Obama's visit on Saturday. Darby Shaw (1962)."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
Two Senate Bills headed to Governor can make a real difference
"As a former Police Chief, I think these two bills are tangible, effective ways of addressing two very important crime-related problems in Illinois, and I am proud to support them. "
Sen Durbin $220,000 FOR HEALTH CLINIC AT COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
“The new Rural Health Clinic will provide residents of the Staunton area with a modernized facility and more comprehensive medical care.”
UNITED AIRLINES SERVICE FROM ROCKFORD TO DENVER
"Over the course of the past year, Durbin set up meetings between community and airline officials and personally encouraged United Airlines CEO Glenn Tilton to enter the Rockford market."
Governor
Blagojevich
Keep Warm Illinois home energy workshops
“Home heating costs are threatening to break the budget for households across Illinois and our nation, but everyone can lower monthly bills by conserving energy and weatherizing their homes."
Open Road Tolling
"Our tollway system was intended to make it easier and faster for drivers to get where they’re going.  But it became slower and less efficient over the years, as more people began using it."
DeLay's lawyers sought deal to let him keep GOP post
"DeLay sat on the committee's board, signed fundraising solicitations, participated in at least one conference call about its spending plans, telephoned potential contributors and appeared at fundraising events."
12 Oct Collage of Veteran's Day Ceremonies at American Legion Hall
Secret prisons generate hate - Arizona Republic
"If Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert had any moral fiber they would focus on why the United States government has become so immoral that it runs secret prisons to torture people."
Seniors Benefit From Strengthened Medicare
"To take advantage of the coverage, seniors must choose a prescription drug plan and then enroll between November 15, 2005 and May 15, 2006. Those who join by December 31, 2005 will see coverage begin January 1, 2006."
MASSACHUSETTS
INSTITUTE OF
TECHNOLOGY
MIT A LIKELY PLACE FROM WHICH THE WC TECH PARK CAN RECRUIT
"Engineers at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology have published results showing that tinfoil helmets, prized in many circles for an assumed capacity to resist mind control rays from aliens and governments, may actually amplify the controlling signals."
Crain's
Chicago
Business
RiverGlass gets $1M contract from IL State Police
"It’s the first seven-figure contract for RiverGlass Inc., a West Chicago firm founded two years ago by researchers at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana and partially funded by Illinois Ventures, a Chicago-based seed capital firm affiliated with the university."
11 Oct Students get a chance to job shadow professionals
"Nearly 35 students from Community High School in West Chicago got the opportunity to sample chosen careers recently on Youth in Careers Day."
West Chicago
Press
A veteran's legacy West Chicago man's war diaries bring 'Big J' to life
"A farm boy at birth and a farm boy at the time of his death, West Chicago's Victor Feltes spent his mid years defending his country as he sailed the world's oceans."
Fire District's File for Life could save your life
"When responding, they can check the refrigerator for the file and start handling the medical emergency without having to ask many questions,"
Business remains the backbone of West Chicago
"We all are a working team to make West Chicago a desirable destination,"
Sen Durbin SENATE MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE MILITARY RETIREMENT SYSTEM MORE EQUITABLE FOR GUARD AND RESERVE
DURBIN STATEMENT REGARDING DISMISSAL OF AMTRAK PRESIDENT
WIN FOR VETERANS AS ILL-ADVISED REVIEW OF 72,000 PTSD CASES IS SUSPENDED
SENATE APPROVES DURBIN/BAYH MEASURE TO HELP NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE COPE WITH LOSS OF INCOME DURING LONG DEPLOYMENTS
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich named Outstanding Elected Official of the Year by Illinois Campaign for Better Healthcare
Gov. Blagojevich announces the winners of the 2005 annual Governor’s Home Town awards
First Lady Patti Blagojevich honors women business leaders in Illinois
Disabled
American
Veterans
Veterans Lash Out at Loss of Voice on Capitol Hill
"Chairman Buyer recently announced that veterans service organizations will no longer have the opportunity to present testimony before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees."
10 Oct American Legion REMINDER: Veteran's Day Ceremony
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month... a time set aside by the nation to honor those who have served in the armed forces... and all citizens of West Chicago are invited to the Legion to pay their respects at the American Legion Hall.\
  Frosty Fest Schedule
The complete schedule of activities at the high school and down town
West Chicago
High School
Community High School Report Card Available on School Website
"The 2005 School Report Card for Community High School District 94 is now available on the school website at" http://www.d94.org/reportcard/ReportCard2005.pdf.
Key Club Sponsors Record-Breaking Blood Drive
"One hundred forty-seven units of blood were donated by 170 students and members of the faculty and staff."
Affordable Pre-school Offered at Community High School
"Child Development students, under the direct supervision of CHS Child Development teacher Patti Kozlowski, will provide the pre-school sessions for children ages three to five years old."
Creative Action to Resolve Educational and Funding Challenges
"After serious consideration, the Board has decided that a revised student schedule would better meet student needs than the one currently in place."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Late night Thursday edition...
West Chicago Sister City

 

W. C. Sister Cities Volume 1, Issue 5
"Our thanks and appreciation goes out to these wonderful individuals and organizations that have made this exchange one of the most extraordinary in my experience with Sister Cities."
Checklist of Action on Hastert's Colleague, the alleged felon, Tom Delay.
Admonished by House
Indicted
Warrant
Booked ... print and mug shot
Trial
Shame and Remorse
Additional Documents at Public Citizen
Hastert News - Representative J. Dennis Hastert's eNewsletter
"I am excited about the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit and what it will mean for senior citizens who are struggling to cover their monthly medication bills,"
09 Nov
West Chicago Police Dept. POLICE NEWS ALERT
"He was taken into custody after three females ages 14-17 advised that he has been attempting to pick them up at their bus stop in unincorporated St Charles."
City of West Chicago Off Track Betting Proposal Withdrawn
"Staff has received a request to withdraw cases PC 05-35 and PC 05-36 relating to the off track wagering facility text amendment and special use specific to the Stahelin development ..."
W. Chicago bypass plan looks like dead issue
"The finance committee also wants to cancel the contract with Patrick Engineering, a Lisle-based firm it hired for up to $940,000 to study options.  So far, the city has paid the firm about $350,000, City Treasurer Don Earley said."
Spreading hypocrisy  - November 9, 2005 Letter to Editor
"The line has been drawn, it must be drawn, but certainly not by Bill Frist and the criminal GOP."
Sen Durbin Dick Durbin Tees Off  - Huffington Post
"If an elected official deliberately or recklessly misled the American people into believing that there was cause for the invasion of Iraq, that is a serious abuse of power."
Don’t Be Surprised If "The Chalabi Motorcade Speeds Up When They Pass the Department - Think Progress
"While the Department of Justice is actively investigating this man for wrongdoing that could have endangered American troops and American lives, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury are hosting him like some sort of dignitary."
REGARDING DISMISSAL OF AMTRAK PRESIDENT
"Today’s dismissal of Amtrak President and CEO David Gunn by the Amtrak Board of Directors is a clear demonstration that the Bush administration is determined to end Amtrak and seriously curtail passenger rail service in our nation."
Illionois Senators DURBIN, OBAMA, EMANUEL ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR WORLD'S FIRST ETHANOL-TO-HYDROGEN FUELING STATION
"An ethanol-to-hydrogen fueling station is a hat trick for Chicago. It's good energy policy, it's good environmental policy and its good economic policy,"
Sen. Obama "Sex on TV 4" Report
"At the center of it all sits the television, which still consumes the vast majority of our media use - even more so for our children. And as we're spending more free time immersed in this media culture, the amount of questionable content spilling across our screens is growing by the year."
The CIA's Prisons: Hastert, Frist outraged by exactly the wrong thing - Salt Lake Tribune
" It is horrifying to know that House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist aren't demanding to know who authorized such an abomination and why anyone in their right mind would think it would contribute to the security of the United States."
Governor
Blagojevich
$250,000 IN FUNDING TO EXPAND VITAL SERVICES PROVIDED TO FARMERS REELING FROM THE SUMMER’S TERRIBLE DROUGHT
Gov. Blagojevich eliminates statute of limitations on hit-and-run accidents starting today
08 Nov WegoWeb WegoWeb sets New Daily Record
On Nov 5th, WegoWeb set a new record when it had 1722 distinct visitors... breaking former record of 1628 on July 17th.  We thank you for your continued support.
Elementary
District 33
Superintendent Lehman Comments on Dist 33 Report Card
"It must be remembered that the vast majority of students met or exceeded the achievement standard.  The Board of Education, faculty, staff, and administration have already implemented many activities to support all our students, and especially those in the subgroups that did not meet the AYP benchmark."
(Note: Only subgroups in Turner and the Middle School did not meet AYP.)
Salespeople may need to get fingerprint check
"The new West Chicago proposal would have added a $50 fee and a fingerprint and background check all for-profit solicitors and those collecting money or other goods for charitable organizations."
Sen. Obama Legislation to Prevent Election Fraud
"Obama's legislation, the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2005, would make it illegal for anyone to knowingly attempt to prevent others from exercising his or her right to vote by providing deceptive information and would require the Attorney General to fully investigate these allegations."
Sen. Obama calls for mortgage fraud investigation - Chicago Tribune
"In a letter to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Obama questioned whether law enforcement and regulatory agencies have enough resources to enforce lending laws. He pointed to the findings of a Chicago Tribune investigation, which revealed mortgage fraud is disproportionately affecting poor and African-American residents."
The death of compassionate conservatism - SOJOMail
"When it was over, we walked to the rotunda to offer a prayer for our nation and its leaders, that they would do the right thing for people in poverty. Suddenly, we were face to face with Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and took the opportunity to deliver our message directly to him. He listened politely, but offered little response."
Frist, Hastert consider prison leak probe - Boston Globe
"The letter said the leaking of classified information by employees of the U.S. government appeared to have increased in recent years, "establishing a dangerous trend that, if not addressed swiftly and firmly, likely will worsen.""
Drilling Plan Puts Budget In Jeopardy
"But privately, House leaders know that if roughly 15 Republicans join the 202 Democrats and one independent expected to oppose the budget for a variety of reasons, it's dead. A vote is expected Thursday, and leaders are considering pulling the Arctic refuge provisions from the measure."
07 Nov Elementary
District 33
Approved minutes of October 20, 2005
The minutes, approved at the Nov 3rd meeting of the school board are now posted at the district website.
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
The almost-all sports edition...
GARDEN CLIPPINGS
"Russell Zapel of Des Plaines, who has put in more than 2,345 hours at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe since 1994, is one of 45 volunteers statewide named Outstanding Master Gardeners for 2005.  Others included: Fran Cella of Elgin; Barbara Killelea of Midlothian; Cathie Leszinske of West Chicago..."
Sen Durbin Bush opposition to torture ban is grave error, GOP senator says - Boston Globe
"Appearing with Hatch on CBS's ''Face the Nation," Senator Richard Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, said cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of prisoners ''is not what America is all about. Those aren't the values that we're fighting for.""
DURBIN, MAYOR DALEY DEDICATE RICKOVER NAVAL ACADEMY
“Hyman Rickover pushed everyone around him to work harder, achieve more, and develop as individuals. The Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy is designed to have that same effect on every student, which is why Congress agreed to invest in it.”
Governor
Blagojevich

 

$4 MILLION RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT FUND
“Relying more on our homegrown energy sources will not only make our air cleaner to breathe, but will also provide consumers some relief from high gas prices, help make the energy grid more reliable and bring much-needed jobs and economic growth to our rural communities."
House Speaker Rep. Dennis Hastert Caught In Lobbyist Abramoff's Scandal? - Huffington Post
"In June 2003, House Speaker Dennis Hastert sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton urging her to act in favor of clients of the scandal-plagued lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported yesterday that investigators believe that Abramoff and his staff provided the congressmen with the letter's text."
Recent spark shows Democrats on verge of return to Beltway fray - Myrtle Beach Sun News
"From the White House to Congress, Republicans are grappling with legal scandals, political missteps and a rash of bad luck.  Things got so bad for them last week that House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., convened an hours-long pep rally to try to boost GOP spirits."
06 Nov DeLay Uses Campaign Tactics to Fight Charges - Washington Post
""It's been very effective," LaHood said of DeLay's campaign. "People are still afraid of him.""
05 Nov Sen Peter Roskam SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2005
"The nomination of Martin Cohen to head the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) set off a political fire storm in Springfield this week as the Illinois Senate rejected the controversial appointment,"
Elementary
District 33
Board Briefs for Nov 3rd School Board Meeting Now Posted
"The Board of Education reviewed/discussed the following informational items: - 2004-2005 school district report card, including the demographic makeup of the district, and AYP (average yearly progress);"
West Chicago
High School
Community High School Students Sample Careers
"Nearly 35 students from Community High School in West Chicago got the opportunity to sample chosen careers recently on Youth in Careers Day."
City of West Chicago West Chicago Media Update 11-4-05
This is West Chicago Art Contest, Adopt a child with special needs for the holidays, Free Citizenship Prep Classes, Frosty Fest
West
Chicago

Press
District 94 torn in debate over scheduling
"The move would create a new class period, help the district meet increased state and federal mandates and allow it to chip away at a deficit that could hit $3 million next year."
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey sponsors Super Senior Day with Wayne Township
“This is a one-stop-shop where seniors can make a day of it and take care of a few errands at one location.”
Sen Durbin Not your grandparents' military - TPMCafe - New York,NY
"As pressure builds on Congress and the administration to take action, it is worth noting that the GOP-controlled Senate voted against an amendment proposed by Senator Dick Durbin exempting servicemembers from the onerous means test of the bankrutpcy bill."
The CIA's global gulag - uruknet.info - Italy
Summing up the Democrats’ response, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin said he was "troubled" by the Washington Post story. "It’s another element of this administration’s policy and the treatment of detainees and prisoners which I’m afraid will come back to haunt us at a future time."
Sen. Obama Obama says he'll block EPA nomine over lead paint questions
WHO-TV - Des Moines,IA
"Obama says he finds it "unbelievable" that the E-P-A hasn't acted even though its own analysis shows the rules would prevent 28-thousand lead paint-related illnesses each year."
Deft or dopey? - Barre Montpelier Times Argus - Barre,VT
"Neither of Hastert's points, even if accurate, addresses the issue raised by the Democrats. And that issue won't go away as long as American troops are dying in Iraq."
Shameful Delay in the House - The Yellow Line
"So of course, Speaker Dennis Hastert has simply not named the conferees yet - and without conferees, no motion to instruct them can be made."
04 Nov City of West Chicago Agenda for City Council Meeting on Monday Nov 7, 2005
 
West Chicago
Press
West DuPage park briefs
"Thursday, Nove. 23, is a day off of school and the West Chicago Park District is offering a day off trip for children in grades kindergarten through sixth."
Sen Durbin BUDGET THREATENS TO HURT ILLIONIS FARMERS
“I am sorry to say, this budget has the wrong priorities. It increases the burdens on seniors and farmers; cuts health care spending; reduces the availability of affordable housing; and cuts environmental protections. It rewards the special interests instead of standing up for American families”
2005 NATIONAL GUN SURVEY SHOWS TEEN ATTITUDES TOWARD GUNS ARE SHIFTING
"The survey shows that nearly 50% of American teenagers “know someone who has been shot”—an increase of 5% from last year’s survey. Even more troubling, nearly two-thirds (65%) of African-American and 57% of Latino youth agreed with this statement."
BUDGET OUT OF TOUCH WITH REAL NEED OF AMERICA
“We need to make this country work for everyone, not just the privileged, well-connected few.”
LLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD UNITS FACE SERIOUS EQUIPMENT SHORTAGES
"The GAO report showed that, on average, National Guard units have only 34 percent of the equipment they need to be at full readiness, which could leave them vulnerable in a domestic emergency."
Sen. Obama GAO to Determine if Law Providing Opportunities to Blind, Severely Disabled is Being Followed
"This report will seek to shed light on why Lighthouse sales have declined and what we can do to improve the program and others like it across the country. I will also ask President Bush to clearly remind all Federal agencies that purchasing goods from JWOD programs is not just recommended, but required by law.”
Renewable Diesel Standard to Require 2 Billion Gallons of Renewable Diesel by 2015
"Creating a Renewable Diesel Standard will help alleviate diesel costs, create jobs, promote rural development, and help insulate our economy from oil shocks."
Non-Proliferation and Russia: The Challenges Ahead
"... the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons within the borders of the former Soviet Union represent the greatest threat to the security of the United States - a threat we need to think seriously and intelligently about in the months to come."
Comments on the Online Freedom of Speech Act
"The federal government seeks to control and regulate the Internet, but the last thing this Congress should be doing is trying to stifle public debate online."
Governor
Blagojevich
new Illinois Juvenile Justice Department
"We need to do whatever we can to put them on the right path, and the new agency signals our commitment to doing just that."
veto of dangerous legislation that would undermine local gun laws
“Many communities across our state are taking extra steps to protect their residents from gun violence.  I vetoed this legislation because it undermines those efforts to keep their residents safe."
03 Nov American Legion Veteran's Day Ceremony
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month... a time set aside by the nation to honor those who have served in the armed forces... and all citizens of West Chicago are invited to the Legion to pay their respects at the American Legion Hall.
West Chicago
Press
Swing musicians make music all over West Chicago
"Members of the Swing Orchestra Taufkirchen are visiting West Chicago. While here they have volunteered at the Park District Spooky Trail, presented programs at Gary, Indian Knoll and Turner elementary schools and toured various sites in our community and the Chicagoland area."
West Chicago Police Dept. West Chicago Police announces retirement of K-9 Dusty
"Dusty has been accepted into Officer Rosenwinkel’s home and will remain in his care. Dusty has earned and will enjoy a long and happy retirement with our thanks."
West Chicago Police Department receives IDOT mini-grant
"The West Chicago Police Department has received a new IDOT mini-grant for alcohol enforcement program (MAP) for 2005/2006."
Special traffic enforcement initiative nets 24 tickets
"This is the first of many future traffic enforcement initiatives for major roadways," said Mazurek.
West Chicago
High School
Free Citizenship Prep Classes Offered at CHS
"Students can register by coming to the high school at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday evenings."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Late night Thursday edition...
DeLay had better keep an eye on his friends
Denny, You did not attack Tom when it would be the ethical, courageous thing to do. Will you now help help us to defend your friend?  How much have you contributed to his defense fund?
Portly Republicans Squeeze the Poor - New York Observer
"The spectacle of Dennis Hastert, the extra-portly House Speaker, and his well-nourished caucus taking food away from the poor while bragging about their budgetary prowess is beyond disgusting."
02 Nov
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE/November 2, 2005
City of West Chicago  
 
Teachers rail against cuts, extra period
“I predict that the staff at Community High School will ultimately fail under the proposed scenario this evening, not because they are unwilling to adapt to new circumstances, but because this proposal sets us up to fail. If we fail, student needs will not be met. Instruction will suffer and learning will suffer.”
High school’s toy collection to aid hurricane victims
"The council cut a check for $3,000 — money it gets through bake sales and other small fundraisers — to purchase toys. A local Toys R Us also slashed the price of its toys to help with the effort."
 
01 Nov West Chicago Police Dept. special alert from policenews (requires Acrobat)
"We have received a special request from the DuPage County Sheriff's Office to assist in  disseminating this poster out to everyone. They are attempting to identify the little boy on the poster.  Please view poster and if you have any information please contact the number on the poster."
Aldermen need to be sold on solicitor law
"But a measure that would charge a $50 fee and require for-profit solicitors and other groups to supply fingerprints to supplement background checks will be a tough sell for some city officials."
Ryan defense attacks lease testimony
"Webb then showed him the original lease for the Lake Calumet facility and for another commercial driver's license office in West Chicago. Neither lease contained termination clauses."
Sen. Obama Today's meeting concerning Cairo Hospital
"The first step in resolving this matter is getting everyone involved to the table. That's why I asked to convene this meeting today to begin a dialogue about moving this process forward. It is evident that this is going to take all levels of government working together and I am confident that every agency will make a commitment to make sure the problems of Cairo Hospital are addressed."
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