P Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

Date... Source Click on blue hyperlink to see article.
02  Jan City of West Chicago Gallery 200 opens and hosts watercolor class
" “Adventures in Watercolor” classes will be offered on Saturday afternoons (January 7 and 21, and February 4 and 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.) at the newly opened Gallery 200, located in the historic Ripley Hotel building at 200 Main Street in West Chicago."
01 Jan

Happy New Year!!!

Tragic crash prompts laws on supervision
"In October, Matthew Alan Lane lost control of his 1995 Ferrari, triggering a three-car crash in West Chicago that killed himself, a young mother and her 4-year-old son, according to police reports."
31 Dec Decoding terms
"Come on Tribune, admit your mistake in supporting this corrupt presidency. "
Sen Durbin Counseling service to grow with $100,000 grant - Edwardsville Intelligencer
"The bill, called the Science-State-Justice-Commerce Appropriations bill, was recently signed by President George W. Bush.  Senator Richard Durbin and Representatives Jerry Costello and John Shimkus strongly supported the bill. "
Sen. Obama Historical Figures at Odds With Pols in Name Game - Washington Post
"Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), wrote Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). He asked Obama, the only black senator, to lead an effort to "get this historic legislation enacted expeditiously." Obama had sponsored legislation to place a statue of Parks in the Capitol."
Person of the year in black economic development - East Texas Review - Longview,TX
"Other end-of-the-year lists might name Senator Barack Obama for his success in ascending to the highest levels of Congress in January 2005..."
Obama's 'One America' - Freeport Journal Standard - Freeport,IL
"While Obama - the only black U.S. senator now serving and only the fifth in the nation's history - has proven himself a champion of progressive causes in the Senate, he also has revealed himself a populist and a pragmatist committed to reflecting the values of the heartland state he represents"
Rep Hastert Will 2006 Go Out With A Bang Or Go Out With A Whimper?
TheDay (subscription) - New London,CT
"Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is increasingly clueless and House Speaker Dennis Hastert is drifting without the hardball tactics of indicted Majority Leader Tom DeLay."
A Congress Carol haunts Capitol Hill - Virginian Pilot - Norfolk,VA
"As he pulled his nightcap about his ears and settled into bed, Hastert heard the clanking of heavy chains and looked up, stunned to see the pale apparition of Newt Gingrich gliding through the room."
The Montreal Talks: A Lot of Hot Air - E/The Environmental Magazine - Norwalk,CT
"Watson has no real background in climate science (he has a Ph.D. in physics from Iowa State and a long history as an aide to conservative Republican Congressman and current House Speaker Dennis Hastert before being appointed as climate negotiator—at the urging of ExxonMobil)."
Communicard expands into healthcare market - Austin Business Journal - Austin,TX
"These centers are a vital component in meeting the health care needs of our community - but they can only be effective if people are aware of their services,"
Reid calls Congress 'corrupt' - North Lake Tahoe Bonanza - Incline Village,NV
"Not only corrupt ethically, but corrupt in not having institutional respect for what our founding fathers established ... Whatever the White House wants, they try to deliver,"
29 Dec WegoWeb


Due to difficulty finding good internet access in the UP OF michigan, the next update will be Dec 31st at the latest.
27 Dec Quarrel turns into tragedy
"Robert Miller, a 76-year-old resident of an unincorporated area near West Chicago, told police he saw something in the road and tried to swerve his Buick LaSabre to avoid it. But it happened too quickly and Miller’s car struck Grant’s body, police said."
Sen. Obama Policy Adrift on Darfur - Washington Post
"Yet, despite American engagement, Darfur's humanitarian, security and political conditions are deteriorating. If the United States does not change its approach to Darfur, an already grim situation is likely to spiral out of control."
significant jump in child support collections in 2005
"Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that child support collections resulting from state-gathered employment records have increased by nearly 57 percent in the last year as a result of his New Hire Initiative, and child support collections overall have grown by just over 10 percent. Over the past two years,"
Gov. Blagojevich celebrates the third night of Chanukah by lighting menorah at Bernard Horwich Jewish Community Center
Kane County
STC schools continue referendum money hunt
"Some school board members said feel that they don't have enough time to find the support, while others remain confident the close margin in the last vote shows the backing is there."
26 Dec Sen Durbin Thwarting terrorists is top priority - Baltimore Sun
"He has no legal basis for spying on Americans without court approval," said Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, in response to Vice President Dick Cheney's defense of the practice, argued, "I think the vice president ought to reread the Constitution."
Sen. Obama Q&A with Michelle Obama - Chicago Tribune
"We made a good decision to stay in Chicago, to remain based in Chicago, so that has kept our family stable. There has been very little transition for me and the girls."
Obama's freshman year - Chicago Tribune
"{The Florida Democratic Party had agreed to push back its fundraising banquet by more than an hour to accommodate Obama. Initially he declined one of the hottest political invitations of the season so he could attend another event: a ballet back home in Chicago starring his daughters, Malia and Sasha."
Saturday's Our View Demand debate on Patriot Act - Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil
"Sensenbrenner had the support of the White House and Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., in holding out for the one-month extension."
Christmas Alive And Thriving - Hartford Courant
"If House Speaker Dennis Hastert wants to waste his powder ordering the Capitol Holiday Tree to be called the Capitol Christmas Tree, that's his prerogative. Those who want to call their community tree a holiday tree don't need Mr. Hastert's intervention. Their freedom to do so is guaranteed by the Constitution."
Donors Underwrite DeLay's Deluxe Lifestyle - Herald News Daily - Williston,ND
"House Speaker Dennis Hastert , R-Ill., comes closest ..."It‘s excessive, it‘s obscene, it distorts someone‘s ability to have good judgment," said Shays, a longtime critic of DeLay.'"
Bush's actions dwarf Watergate - Arizona Republic - Phoenix,AZ
"The only questions are whether or not the Senate will have the guts to do its job and how soon before J. Dennis Hastert (speaker of the House) is sworn in as president."
24 Dec

Due to the holiday, this site will not be updated until Dec 26th.

23 Dec City of West Chicago West Chicago Police Department receives mini-grant alcohol program
"The enforcement period for the mini-grant alcohol program is from December 19, 2005 through January 1, 2006."
West Chicago Police Department investigates armed robbery
"Anyone with further information about this armed robbery can contact Detective Calabrese at 630-293-2222."
West Chicago Police Department investigates serious crash
"The preliminary investigation shows a 2000 Ford Explorer, driven by 25 year old Adan Lozano of St. Charles, was driving southbound Powis Road. "
Police believe alcohol factored in head-on crash
"Sgt. Chris Woodill said authorities have not filed any charges but believe alcohol was a factor in the crash."
Keep Warm Illinois campaign receives $500,000 grant from Northern Illinois Energy Project
“With record natural gas prices, Illinois households will face skyrocketing home heating costs this winter. The grant from the Northern Illinois Energy Project will allow us to help 55,000 more households cut their heating bills,”
22 Dec Still shopping?
"Fredericka Howard, chairwoman of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission, said the city’s Gallery 200 offers prints of familiar landscapes, works by local artists and even some exotic wooden jewelry. Featured works, starting around $20, include pastels, watercolors, oil paintings, colored pencil portraits and ceramics."
Sen Durbin Spy program spurs debate over the balance of powers - Boston Globe
"Democrats said they were deeply troubled by the surveillance program, and contended the president had no authority to approve it.  ''He has no legal basis for spying on Americans without court approval," said Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the number two Democrat in the Senate."
New Report: Pennsylvanians to Spend $328 Million More in 2006 Due ... - PennEnvironment - Philadelphia,PA
"PennEnvironment specifically called on Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation to support bills sponsored by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Christopher Shays (R-CT) to raise gas mileage standards to 40 miles per gallon over the next 10 years."
“Virginia Kendall is an extraordinary woman who will make a great contribution to the federal judiciary” said Durbin. “Along with Senator Obama and Speaker Dennis Hastert, I strongly supported her nomination."
Sen. Obama NY Senators Are Pushed on Immigration - New York Sun
"Last week, Senator Obama, a Democrat of Illinois, and Senator Martinez, a Republican of Florida, signed on to McCain-Kennedy, saying they supported combining the bill with some of the measures in Senator Hagel's proposal"
Many services open to veterans throughout the county - MidWeek - DeKalb,IL
" In particular, new U.S. Senator Barack Obama, D-Chicago, called for quick action.  One result is a Veterans Commission office now open and located at the DeKalb County Health Department, in the nursing home building off Annie Glidden Road."
Rep Hastert US Speaker Hastert, Bobby Jindal to visit India - Hindustan Times - India
"... for his (Hastert's) specific stance, you would have to contact him. But I do know that he is approaching it very positively because of the high regard he has for India and the appreciation that he has of contributions of Indian Americans to making America a better place,"
Durbin, Obama criticize House leadership on blocking ag relief - Dekalb Daily Chronicle
"A spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., defended the move to reject the $1.6 billion proposal, saying that the emergency relief intended in a pending defense spending measure was supposed to be only for the victims of Hurricane Katrina."
Action Still Required in Late-Year Session - Washington Post
"Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said he didn't trust the Senate to act swiftly no matter how long the extension, so he pushed for one as short as possible. He said the White House and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., concurred."
Over 21 Million Registered to Receive Benefits
(I provide the above link but don't quote it because he fails to mention that this includes only about one million people who have managed to do it on their own.  The rest of the paperwork has been submitted by nursing homes and HMOs.)
Letter From Hastert to Leader Pelosi
(Again I refuse to quote, although the link takes you to his comments.  The monkey wrench was tossed into the machine by Republican Congressman Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin... who is not mentioned in the letter.)
new Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety
"Carl served the people of this state very well, not only as my Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety, but as a state senator, state representative and state’s attorney,”"
21 Dec Elementary
District 33
Board Briefs
The summary of action/discussion of the Dec 15th meeting of the Board of Education of Elementary District 33 is now available at the district website.
Happy Holiday edition...
"Cracking down on the illegal manufacture of the dangerous street drug methamphetamine, better protecting consumers from the devastating financial effects of identity theft, and strengthening registration laws for convicted sex offenders are among the hundreds of new laws that take effect in January,"
Robbers threaten 2 clerks, steal cash
"Two masked men entered the store, which was open at the time. One carried a black handgun and a can of pepper spray or mace while the other was not armed, police said."
Farm offers glimpse at Christmas past
"For a glimpse of Christmas as it was celebrated in DuPage County in the 1890s, visit Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago’s living history museum."
Sen Durbin Farm relief backers ask 'fair shake' - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"A spokesman for Durbin, Joe Shoemaker, said Bonjean is wrong. Shoemaker said Johanns requested disaster assistance for farmers, as did Illinois farm groups. He said at least four members of the Illinois delegation--Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, Durbin, and GOP Reps. Ray LaHood and John Shimkus--asked for the money."
Sen. Obama Democrats assail wiretaps - Peoria Journal Star
"Once we have more information we'll know to what degree our laws were circumvented," Obama said. "But regardless, I am certain that we can do the intelligence gathering we need to do without eroding the civil liberties our founding fathers intended."
Obama Introduces Legislation to Create a Postage Stamp Honoring the Legacy of Rosa Parks
"Rosa Parks will be remembered decades from now because of her courage and her commitment to doing what's right," said Obama. "I believe we should continue to honor her legacy by issuing a postage stamp in her honor."
Final Third Quarter GDP Number
"House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) released the following statement in response to the Commerce Department’s report today showing that the economy grew at a 4.1 percent pace in the third quarter, from July to September."
(Down from 6.2% last year.)
Hastert, Munson Team to Breakdown Barriers to Health Care
"Munson has created a new bilingual communication tool to raise awareness of Federally Qualified Health Centers, which are designed specifically to serve uninsured and underinsured patients."
Gov. Blagojevich announces completion of rehabilitation work on Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) will make ride for motorists smoother and safer
Illinois Department of Corrections graduates nineteen new parole agents to support public safety efforts in Illinois communities
WegoWeb AFL-CIO Cites No West Chicago Companies as Outsourcing.
One Company is listed as laying off workers as a result of foreign trade, 2 listed for OSHA violations and only one for unfair labor violations.
“Simply calling the figure related to a particular plan an ‘estimate’ is not enough. It doesn’t warn seniors about the continued shift in prices. Many seniors have already chosen their plans and are not aware that the prices may have increased or decreased.”
"We’ve had the worst drought in 105 years in some parts of my state. Every county but one in Illinois has been designated a disaster area by the Secretary of Agriculture.”
Cheney returns hastily to US for Senate vote - Financial Times - London,England
“It’s high noon. It’s a showdown. It’s a question of who will flinch first,” said Richard Durbin, Democratic senator from Illinois, calling it an outrage that Republicans were using the military spending bill as a political vehicle.
Sen. Obama Bush's agenda hinges on result of 2006 congressional election - Monsters and Critics.com
"I think we have a tailwind, given the problems the president has had and with regard to issues that are on the minds of voters, but victory will not fall in our laps,"
Donors Underwrite DeLay's Luxury Lifestyle - Forbes
"House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., comes closest to rivaling DeLay's travels, reporting fundraisers at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Florida, the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, Hawaii, the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the Waterfall Resort in Alaska. Hastert's groups also paid for dozens of corporate jet flights and restaurant meals."
House budget targets social programs - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"... 'a bill that I labeled as lousy, at the end of the day, their inability to correct deficiencies in funding for child support enforcement and Medicaid eligibility caused me to keep my word and vote no.'  House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois, who backed the bill enthusiastically, said it restrains federal spending and reforms government programs."
Hastert, Gutierrez Tout Strong Economy
“We must now work together to build upon that success, and continue to create conditions that allow the economy to thrive.”
Open Road Tolling Lanes Now Available at Nine Toll Plazas on Illinois Tollway
"The conversion of the Tollway’s traditional toll plazas to a barrier-free system allows I-PASS users to travel at highway speeds while their tolls are collected electronically by a monotube overhead, reducing congestion and travel times. Vehicles without I-PASS or that need to exit shortly after the plaza will pull right into smaller traditional toll plazas where they can pay cash to toll collectors or use I-PASS, and not impact the free-flow of traffic on the mainline."
19 Dec W. Chicago gallery a well-kept secret
"Gallery 200 is a new, contemporary gallery that’s blooming with the help of the Cultural Arts Commission in a building that the city of West Chicago is letting the group use. Local artwork is featured on the first floor of the building located at 200 Main St."
Sen Peter Roskam Senate Week in Review: Dec. 12-16
"A bill signed into law this week will require school districts to disclose how much money they make from vending machines, class rings, and other contracts, according to Senator Peter Roskam"
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that a Senate-House conference committee has approved $281.5 million in federal funding to assist defense related facilities and projects across Illinois."
Sen. Obama Dangerous Moves by Bush, and the Need for the People to Act In ... - Revolutionary Worker Online
"Senator Barack Obama said the goal is to make sure there is nothing stopping the government from "investigat[ing] suspicious activity (our emphasis)."
House Happenings for This Week
"We’ve gotten a lot of bills to the President. And we’ve seen them become law. Like CAFTA (the Central America Free Trade Agreement). It’s going to open more foreign markets in Central America and help our farmers and businesses."
Statement on House Republicans’ Year of Accomplishments
"One of our top priorities when Congress reconvenes will be to pass the conference report on tax reconciliation legislation that has worked to keep our economy going."
Three major bills passed as House wraps up work - GovExec.com - USA
"Obey said conferees were assured in writing Sunday that it would not be included in the final version, but language was inserted after conferees signed off ... Obey was particularly critical of Hastert and Frist, calling them "a couple of musclemen in the Congress that think that they have the right to have everyone else do their bidding."
18 Dec Sen Durbin Congress pushes back, hard, against Bush - Christian Science Monitor - Boston,MA
"Several senators cited disclosures of a secret US eavesdropping program in that morning's New York Times as the basis for their "no" vote. Democrats say as many as eight votes were swayed by the report. "We had 12 'possible leaners' going into the vote," says Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the Democratic whip."
US woman pilot, shot down over Iraq, plans to anti-Bush run for ... - CBC News - Canada
"The idea to run blossomed this year after she attended the state of the union address as a guest of U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, and later testified before veteran affairs committees on Capitol Hill."
Sen. Obama Democrats' rising star takes first year carefully - Burlington Hawk Eye - IA -
""There are unique pressures associated with (all the attention) and we were mindful of that," said David Axelrod, a political consultant for Obama. "Barack's greatest concern was being a good colleague, doing the work, and not being viewed as a kind of pin–up.""
Katrina deal reached - Biloxi Sun Herald - MS
"Talks had stalled, with House negotiators sticking to their lower offer of $24 billion. Despite the late hour, Barbour phoned Hastert and got the ball moving again, a GOP aide said."
Checklist of Action on Hastert's Colleague, the alleged felon, Tom Delay.  (See Denny, we are not forgetting.)
Admonished by House
Booked ... print and mug shot
Shame and Remorse
Additional Documents at Public Citizen
17 Dec Sen Durbin PATRIOT UPDATE - TPMCafe - New York,NY
"Thank you, Senator Feingold, for fighting this awful conference report. Also, mad props to Sens. Reid and Durbin for keeping the caucus mostly united on this ..."
Red District, Blue Candidate, Purple Heart - New York Times
"She was one of very few women flying combat missions in Iraq, until her Black Hawk was felled on Nov. 12, 2004. In between more than two dozen operations (she says she lost count) while at Walter Reed, she testified before Congress about military health care benefits and was a guest of Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, at this year's State of the Union address."
ACLU Praises Senate For Standing for Freedom, Rejecting White - ACLU
"Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), who was the lone Senator to oppose the Patriot Act in 2001, and John Sununu (R-NH) led the Senate’s opposition. Others instrumental in the vote against the cloture motion were Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Harry Reid (D-NV), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Larry Craig (R-ID), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ken Salazar (D-CO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Max Baucus (D-MT), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Carl Levin (D-MI)."
Sen. Obama Clooney Already Backing Obama Presidential Bid - CBS2 Chicago
''Of course he doesn't want to right now; he just wants to be a senator for Illinois,''
STATE DEPT. TESTS REPRESENTATIVES - Free Market News Network - Pompano Beach,FL
"In another example, Democratic Senator Barack Obama was asked to meet with Indonesian officials at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, however that visit has been delayed indefinitely because the State Department didn’t approve of his political positions. "
Speaker Hastert Touts a Session of Republican Accomplishments
“Over the next few days, members of Congress will head home to their families and constituents. Our work continues throughout the weekend."
House Action to Secure America’s Borders
"Further aids are the increased penalties for those who smuggle illegal entrants and decreasing the effort necessary to deport alien gang members."
Protest extending House's holiday break - Albany Times Union
"Speaker Dennis Hastert has extended the holiday break for the U.S. House of Representatives until Jan. 31, which is two weeks longer than their usual vacation, and just after voting themselves a raise, no less."
Congress: The Grinch that Stole the Holidays? - AFL-CIO - Washington,D.C
"Speaking at a Dec. 14 news conference in front of the Capitol holiday tree, Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) recalled that when the tree was lit, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) urged lawmakers to “spend time reflecting on the true reason for the season.”"
Iraq vets making a run for Congress - Chicago Tribune
"Republicans contend the Duckworth candidacy is an effort by Emanuel to boost his own standing nationally among his colleagues by trying to make a strong showing in the back yard of the nation's top congressional Republican, U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Oswego."
16 Dec WC Public Library WC Press Error on Library Closure Dates
In the December 15 issue of the Press there is a mistake on page 9.
The West Chicago Public Library closure dates are incorrect. We will
be closed the following dates: Sat Dec 24, Sun Dec 25, Mon Dec 26, Sat Dec 31, Sun Jan 1, Mon Jan 2. 
District 33
Approved minutes
Approved minutes of the December 1, 2005 meeting of the Board of Education are posted at the District 33 website.
City of West Chicago

December 19th City Council Agenda
Auto Repair Facility, 321 Main Street Redevelopment Plan and Project, Subdivision Deviation for DuPage National Bank, Zway Realty Lease, DuPage County Sheriff Mutual Aid Agreement.

West Chicago
High School
CHS Students Make Headway in Raising Funds to Build School in Angola
"One way that Community High School's Community Leadership class is making progress toward its goal of raising $10,000 to build a school in Angola is by getting other students involved in the drive."
Holiday pictures, and more...
"We now have assurances from the U.S. Marshals Service that they are moving forward to ensure that this money is allocated immediately for the installation and maintenance of security systems in the homes of federal judges.”
Sen. Obama Statement on the PATRIOT Act
"This legislation would have simply required federal agents to convince a judge that a search of sensitive personal information is reasonable and somehow connected to terrorism or espionage."
Immigration issues highlight split among Republicans - USA Today
"We're trying to move the immigration debate towards the sensible center,"
on Iraqi Resolution
“This week’s elections have set the course: freedom and democracy are being delivered to the Iraqi people in the form of ballot boxes and a jailed dictator. The Iraqi people should be commended for their bravery and determination to be free."
Passage of the Pension Protection Act
“One can just look at the latest news reports to see how badly broken our nation’s pension system is."
Fifty-one new officers added to State Police frontline
"During the six and half months they spent at our Training Academy, cadets received the rigorous, specialized training necessary for them to immediately begin their careers of protecting and serving the citizens of our state."
15 Dec West Chicago
High School
Wildcat Chronicle Awarded First Place by National Scholastic Press Association
"The staff earned 300 out of 300 possible points for their work. The categories included writing/reporting, editing, photography, art/graphics, layout/design, and technical production. "
Board of Education meeting synopsis, and East High toy auction...
West Chicago
WC police seek help from residents
"The West Chicago Police Department is currently investigating two suspicious incidents involving a green vehicle..."
WC's 'Dusty' has a home
"Dusty and Rosenwinkel have been partners since 2000. Dusty has been diagnosed with degenerative spinal myelopathy and other spinal condition, causing his retirement."
Sen Durbin Lincoln penny bill passes Congress - Leaderland News - Ogden,IL
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), co-chair of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, today announced the passage of legislation which will issue a series of one-cent coins to honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln."
Hastert Comments on the Iraqi Elections
“These elections were a victory for freedom and democracy and a sign of the accomplishments of U.S. forces in Iraq."
Report Is Another Sign of the Strength of the U.S. Economy
"Even energy prices, which still have a long way to go, saw a record 8 percent decrease."
Speaker Urges Senate Action on the PATRIOT Act
"It also includes new oversight measures so that security and liberty remain balanced. A short-term extension is irresponsible."
Reactions align with party lines - Aurora Beacon News
"It's not bad intelligence that took us to war, it's the doctrine of preemptive strike, and that Dennis Hastert and the rest of Congress wrote a blank check back in 2002,"
Someone Wake Up The House Ethics Committee - Yankton Daily Press - Yankton,SD
"Somebody wake the ethics committee. The U.S. House is burning. It's been a long slumber for the ethics panel, which nodded off shortly after House Speaker Dennis Hastert banished its chairman for being too willing to reprimand then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay for various misdeeds."
junk food ban in Illinois elementary and middle schools
"Removing junk food and soda from Illinois schools is one more way we can help our children stay healthy,"
education programs at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
"The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum has been a beacon of culture and education for thousands of Latinos in Illinois, helping children and adults stay in touch with their roots and traditions, while also showcasing the best of contemporary Latino art,"
Board of Education Referendum decision...
“From modest Midwestern roots, Lincoln rose to the Presidency through his intelligence, integrity and commitment to the nation that he loved. To honor the 200th anniversary of his birth, this special series of coins will pay tribute to his life and work.”
Speaker Applauds Passage of the PATRIOT Act
"This bill ensures that our law enforcement keep the tools they already have in place to root out and prosecute terrorists, and it renews important information sharing provisions between government agencies."
Speaker Hastert Recognizes Rep. Dingell’s 50 Years as a Member of Congress
“For half a century, John has walked the halls of the Capitol doing the business of the people of Southeast Michigan. And I must say the Congress is a better place because we have a man like John Dingell."
Hastert moves to block Specter and Harkin-named facilities - The Hill - Washington,DC
"I believe it is a fitting tribute to memorialize her in this way. Therefore, it is my hope that you will lead the effort in the Senate to get this historic legislation enacted expeditiously."
Chairmen defy GOP leadership - The Hill - Washington,DC
"Committee chairmen in the House have defied and frustrated leadership officials this year by publicly questioning their decisions and, at times, voting against high-profile bills."
13 Dec West Chicago
High School
Lora Vodicka Named CHS December Student of the Month
"After college, she plans to teach high school English and direct plays and musicals. Lora is a resident of West Chicago. "
"The intent of the exchange is to further examine the complex issues surrounding child abuse, its prosecution and the resources required for helping survivors. This year the forum will also concentrate on domestic violence and dating violence. "
Board of Education meeting synopsis, and more...
Kane County
'Torture' ends for victim's family
"As part of the plea agreement, Hummell, 44, of Sugar Grove, could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison, or could receive probation."
Sen Peter Roskam Roskam might be alone in GOP primary, but Democrats packed - Daily Herald
"In the 6th Congressional District being vacated by the retiring Hyde, Wheaton resident Roskam escaped a challenge from John Vivoda, Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 board president."
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today one-year-old Patrycja Zimkowska has been approved for “humanitarian parole,” which means her United States adoption can continue without further trips to Poland and she can stay in the U.S. to receive urgent medical care at Children’s Memorial Hospital."
Sen. Obama Obama asks Senate to Increase Oversight on Great Lakes Restoration Process
"This restoration process has been delayed for far too long and Congress must act immediately build on the efforts of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration."
Obama and Salazar ask administration to correct Medicare Part D - MONMOUTH DAILY REVIEW ATLAS
"Given the enormous health and financial implications, Americans have every right to expect that the benefit plan will be implemented in an efficient, comprehensible and fair manner,"
The Abramoff primer: Four scandals, 25 players, one sad episode for American democracy - Working for Change
"REP. DENNIS HASTERT: Northern Illinois Republican, House Majority Leader. Held a fundraiser at Abramoff's Signatures restaurant in D.C. in June 2003 that collected at least $21,500 for Hastert's Keep Our Majority PAC from Abramoff's firm and tribal clients."
Hastert beats economy drum - Daily Herald
"While Republicans maintain the tax cuts have revved up a sluggish economy, Democrats say the cuts for investment income — and much of the GOP’s economic agenda — exacerbated budget deficits and ignored average workers."
Durbin and Emanuel introduce legislation to help states provide access to health insurance for all children
“Every child should have a chance to grow up healthy.  Starting in July, the quarter-of-a million children in Illinois who don’t have health insurance right now will finally have a way to go to the doctor when they get sick, or to the dentist when they have a cavity, or to an eye-doctor if they need glasses,”
12 Dec West Chicago
High School
CHS Students Participate in "Beyond Einstein" webcast from Fermilab with Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman
"The show featured interviews with young physicists, fun physics demonstrations and live music. "
Election season starts today with first day to file papers
"Two-term West Chicago Mayor Michael Fortner is seeking the 95th District House seat. But Milton Township GOP official Pam Mitroff has said she’s the ideal candidate to replace Hultgren, because she already has experience working with state lawmakers."
Scottish society gets ready for Robert Burns dance
"On Jan. 28, the Elgin Scottish Society celebrates its 102nd Robert Burns Supper and Dance from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at St. Andrew’s Country Club on Route 59, a half-mile north of Route 64, in West Chicago."
Sen Durbin Durbin returns from trip to Africa - WQAD - Moline,IL
"Senator Dick Durbin says the United States needs to reach out to impoverished and war-torn countries in Africa.  Durbin just spent ten days touring Congo, Rwanda and Kenya with U-S Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas."
Critics of USA Patriot Act 'compromise' deserve further hearing - Allentown Morning Call
"But the coalition's concerns about fishing expeditions got a boost last week when a bipartisan group of six senators issued a statement critical of the compromise: Republican Sens. Larry E. Craig of Idaho, John E. Sununu of New Hampshire and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Democratic Senators Russell D. Feingold of Wisconsin, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Ken Salazar of Colorado."
Sen. Obama US Senator to visit Bahrain - Gulf Daily News - Manama,Bahrain
"He will be leaving the US to travel to Iraq on January 4 and will be stopping in Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and Israel on the way."
Oil, water and political fireworks - Chicago Tribune
"When Vanity Fair's September issue included a sensational and unproven accusation that House Speaker Dennis Hastert accepted a bribe to sideline a measure criticizing the Turkish government, the irate Republican leader and his staff immediately suspected the handiwork of a political enemy."
The Rea$on For the $eason: House Speaker Hastert To Go Shopping on Camera - Think Progress - Washington,DC
"Over the weekend, Pope Benedict warned that “rampant materialism” was “polluting the spirit of Christmas.”"
“Opportunity Returns is about making the kinds of investments in companies and communities that are most critical to fostering a more vibrant local economy and creating and retaining quality jobs."
program to help working families in immigrant and minority communities buy homes
“Buying a home is a key first step for many working families to start realizing the American Dream. But when you are paid in cash, or you can’t open a checking account or establish a credit history, applying for a mortgage loan is a lot more difficult,”
11 Dec City of West Chicago West Chicago Information Bulletin
"The West Chicago Police Department is currently investigating two suspicious incidents involving a green vehicle. On each of the incidents, the suspect approached the female and asked if they wanted to make some money."
Sen Peter Roskam SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: Dec. 5-9
"This week, a comprehensive law providing tough new reforms in the payday loan industry took effect and the Governor signed several laws cracking down on motor fuel theft, identification card violations and vandalism of security, fire and life safety systems,..."
Sen. Obama Obama says Republicans practice "Social Darwinism" - Reuters AlertNet - London,England
"It's called the 'Ownership society' in Washington. This isn't the first time this philosophy has appeared. It used to be called Social Darwinism,"
Obama: Maybe Midway Crash Shows Need For Third Airport - WBBM780 - Chicago,USA
"But he did indicate if Midway has to host too many flights to meet passenger travel requirements, that would then stand as a reason for moving ahead with a third airport in the Kankakee area."
Ethics committee? What ethics committee? - TheNewsTribune.com
"It’s been a long slumber for the ethics panel, which nodded off shortly after House Speaker Dennis Hastert banished its chairman for being too willing to reprimand then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay for various misdeeds."
Too late to teach good ethics - Birmingham News
"U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert wants members of the House to have additional ethics training, and that's probably not a bad idea. By the time somebody gets into Congress, though, it's probably too late to teach good ethical conduct."
Candidates start races on Monday - Aurora Beacon News
"Already, two candidates, John Laesch, a Naval Intelligence analyst from Yorkville, and Ruben Zamora, an Auroran who challenged Hastert two years ago, have said they will file in the Democratic primary."
10 Dec Underwater adventures
"But when he tried scuba diving, he found his sport, said his mother, Maureen Lamperis of West Chicago. “He really loves it,” Lamperis said. “He does love to swim underwater, but he had not done scuba diving. This was another adventure.”"
Sen Durbin Two years after his death, friends continue to follow Simon's Example - The Southern - Carbondale
"Those of us who were fortunate enough to stand with him and learn from his life consider it a rare privilege," Durbin said. "Illinois and the nation have been well served by his caring and clear thinking. His passion for ethical conduct improved government at every level on which he served."
Sen. Obama Obama plans first trip to Iraq next month
"Obama says the U.S. also needs to be prepared to support the Iraqi elections' outcome, even if it's not what the administration might be hoping for."
A Democrat in demand - St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg,FL
"He is the only African-American senator, and he has addressed some issues dear to black leaders, such as lead poisoning and opposing a Georgia requirement that voters to show photo identification."
KENNY JOHNSON: Steppin' Out - Chicago Defender - IL
"Never seen him at any poetry slams? That's because this spoken word is the CD version of his autobiography, "Dreams From My Father." Tune in Feb. 8 to root for your favorite stars and see if our senator becomes Grammy Award-Winner Barack Obama!"
All Kids Pre-Registration campaign
"Parents can pre-register their children in All Kids today to help expedite the application process, so that this time next year, instead of worrying about how to afford their child’s health care coverage, they will be celebrating the holidays.”"
House Speaker Suggests Ethics Refresher- NY Times
"Mr. Hastert's proposal indicates that senior Republicans, who have previously dismissed criticism of House conduct and links to lobbyists as politically motivated, are taking the question more seriously."
Speaker Hastert is listed based on an unconfirmed allegation... and ex-Governor Ryan is not... Go figure.
Briefly put - Roanoke Times - Roanoke,VA
"Since when did lying, cheating and stealing become "nuances" requiring merely remedial instruction?"
A Conspiracy Christmas - Washington Date Line - Washington,DC
"You know the holiday spirit is in short supply when the president who’s a born-again Christian gets trashed for being insufficiently religious.  Or when, with all the scandals on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Dennis Hastert becomes a profile in courage for deciding that the Capitol Christmas Tree be called just that -- and not a “holiday tree.” "
09 Dec Elementary
District 33
District 33 School Board Regular Meeting
The agenda for the Thursday Dec 15th meeting is now posted at the district web site as a PDF file..
  • Snowy weekend edition...
  • Gifted/Talented Coordinator
  • Haines Middle School’s Lynn Pittner and Norton Creek Elementary School’s Jenni Iwanski, who presented at a recent conference
Sen. Obama Obama and Salazar Ask Administration to Correct Medicare Part D Misinformation, Improve Preparedness, and Outline Steps to Prevent Fraud
"Two years after the enactment of this bill, we are deeply troubled by recent newspaper reports and complaints we have received from constituents that highlight flaws in the implementation of the Medicare drug benefit."
House Happenings for This Week
"And that’s where I’m going to close today – with our troops – and reminding everyone to pray for our men and women in the armed forces this Christmas season. A lot of them will be away from their families this year."
Comments on the Lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree
"With its festive lights and ornaments, it serves as a point of reflection and celebration – on both the blessings of life and the importance of the sacred birth."

(Christians are asked to notice that Speaker Hastert successfully avoids saying "Happy Holidays" but with the name of the file, http://speaker.house.gov/library/misc/051208XmasTreeLighting.shtml , has committed a worse faux pas.  He replaced the Christ in Christmas with the X.)

08 Dec West Chicago
Former West Chicago alderman mourned
"There is only one thing that you truly own, that is your name. It takes a lifetime to build a good name, but only a few seconds to destroy." He added that this describes Merrion's outlook on life. "He spent his life building a good name. He was the best and I miss him terribly."
Take a little time to relax in this rushed season
"These moments of relaxation give you the momentum to continue with the preparation for the holiday season."
15 are arrested in Aurora drug sting
"Three others charged with the same offenses were at large. They are Richard Swain, 35, of West Chicago; Ismael Garza, 36, of Aurora; and Reginald Boston, 35, of Chicago."
District 33
Key Communicator Message-Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
"Karen Brogan, Stephanie Drake, and Tina Steidl are among nearly 7,300 teachers nationwide who earned this distinction this year. Adrienne Johnson was the first to receive this honor in District #33 in 2002."
Board of Education meeting, snow info and more...
Sen. Obama Politics, 2005: Observations From The Cheap Seats - GOPUSA - Pearland,TX
"Honorable mentions would be Illinois Senator Barrack Obama, who has a good sense of timing about him, and Senator John McCain, whose recent bill that ... sorry! McCain, of course, is a Republican."
Obama nominated for Grammy - Chicago Tribune
"The other nominees in the Spoken Word category include Garrison Keillor for "The Adventures of Guy Noir;" Al Franken for "The Al Franken Show Party Album;" Sean Pean for "Bob Dylan Chronicles - Volume One;" George Carlin for "When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?""
Speaker Applauds Passage of Tax Relief Bill
“This tax relief bill is the fuel necessary to keep the engine of economic growth humming. Republican tax policies have led to strong growth."
The Republicans wish a Happy Birthday to Convicted felon Duke Cunningham
Until the page gets sanitized, you can find it at the bottom of the right hand column under upcoming events.  You're doing a heckuva job, Dukester.
Hastert Shuts Down Congress For DeLay’s Trial
"Hastert makes it clear that, in his view, giving DeLay one last shot to hold on to his leadership post is more important than doing work for the American people."
It's politics as usual in a House of silence - San Diego Union Tribune
"While it's easy to judge that Cunningham's 'behavior is unacceptable' and he should be punished, as the Speaker has said, it's a lot more difficult, and much more essential, to look each other in the eye and see shades of the Duke-Stir in all of us. The 'culture of corruption' is more than a catchy alliterative phrase we hear daily in Democratic diatribes. It's an apt description of the Faustian compromises, if not bargains, all of us make every day."
Mantle of scandal worn by GOP was Dems' a decade ago - Scripps Howard News Service
"The Associated Press has reported that three dozen lawmakers accepted campaign contributions from Abramoff and two of his tribal clients. Many of the lawmakers _ including House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.,..."
07 Dec Ex-alderman dies from crash
"A former West Chicago alderman who died Monday of injuries suffered in a five-car crash last month was remembered for his work in the community and with children."
State Scholars, "Rimers" goes to state, and more...
Speaker Hastert Comments on Rep. Cunningham
"Congressman Cunningham is a war hero whose service to defending America had built a deep respect for him on Capitol Hill."
Speaker Hastert Reaction to Gov. Dean’s Comments
Sec Rumsfeld "We're not going to win against the insurgency. The Iraqi people are going to win against the insurgency."
pResident Bush When the interviewer asked "Can we win it?", Bush replied: "I don't think you can win IT."
Gov Dean “The idea that the United States is going to win the war in Iraq is just plain wrong.”
All Kids Pre-Registration Campaign; Forms available through new hotline, website and at local shopping centers
"Families can now call 1-866-ALL-KIDS to receive a pre-registration form by mail, and starting January 1, 2006, families will be able to pre-register for All Kids online at www.allkidscovered.com."
06 Dec Former W. Chicago alderman dies weeks after car accident
“He would always have these larger-than-life stories. ... By golly, they were either true or should have been true."
 Podesta: In Support of Christmas Trees, In Opposition to Budget Cuts Targeting the Vulnerable
"If Speaker Hastert really wants to put Christ back into Christmas, he should start by joining a long list of religious leaders in supporting a budget that isn’t balanced on the back of the poorest and most vulnerable."
05 Dec

WegoWeb regrets to inform you that former alderman and longtime Scoutmaster of Troop 615, Tom Merrion passed away early this morning.  Tentatively, the wake will be  at the Norris Walen Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-9 pm and the funeral at St. Mary's in West Chicago.   Our best wishes go out to his family and many friends.
West Chicago Police Dept. Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert
"The e-mail, which claims to be from the IRS, directs the consumer to a link that requests personal information, such as Social Security number and credit card information."
  • Middle School honor rolls
  • National Honor Society inductees
  • Student-Stranger alert...
West Chicago school choirs tune up for concerts
"The sound of holiday music in West Chicago will begin with West Chicago Elementary District 33 schools’ band concert, directed by George Kosmach, "
Sen Durbin US Senators Visit Rwanda - AllAfrica.com
"Two US senators, Sen. Sam Brownback, a Republican from Kansas and Sen. Richard Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, were in Rwanda on Dec 3rd and 4th, after visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo."
Time to dance for justice. - Kansas City Dos Mundos
"This bill will provide the children of undocumented parents the same privilege that our youth in Kansas already have. We applaud the sponsors of this measure.  They are Richard Durbin (D-IL); and the lead Republican cosponsors, Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN)."
Sen. Obama Junkyard Dogs of War - By R. G. Lugar and B. Obama
"Our bill would launch a major nonproliferation initiative by addressing the growing threat from unsecured conventional weapons and by bolstering a key line of defense against weapons of mass destruction."
Barack Obama in Montgomery to Commemorate Boycott Anniversary
"We still have young men and women who don't have educational opportunity, don't have job opportunities. They're still struggling with issues like substance abuse or incarceration, so we still have a lot of work that remains to be done."
OBAMA SUPPORTED BY  Warren Buffet  - Eurweb.com - Los Angeles,CA
"He has as much potential as anyone I’ve seen to have an important impact over his lifetime on the course that America takes. If he can do an ounce better with me, fine.”
“Tax Relief Creates Jobs”
“Republicans in Congress will continue to do all we can to make sure we pass sound, fiscally responsible economic policies to create jobs for every American who wants one.”
VT Leg., CU and Fed. Rights - Richmond Out in the Mountains
"At the behest of constituent Steve Swayne and his partner Mike Backman of Woodstock, the letter urged House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to extend federal marriage benefits to civil union partners."
Wash. Post's Birnbaum continued to miscast GOP-heavy scandals as BIPARTISAN - Media Matters for America
"According to a February 3 New York Times article, Hastings was picked by House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) to replace Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO) as chairman of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct because Hefley "drew the ire of some fellow Republicans after a series of findings against Mr. DeLay.""
regulators to aggressively enforce new Payday Loan Reform law
“A short-term loan should never lead to long-term financial ruin.  Unfortunately, that’s been happening too often to families all over Illinois."
3&4 Dec City of West Chicago December 5, 2005 City Council Agenda.
Dusty sold to handler, Paving Change Order, Purchase of Lime, and Redevelopment of Grand Lake and Elliot.
West Chicago Media Update 12-2-05
West Chicago Public Library announces upcoming events, Adopt a child with special needs for the holidays, Mark your calendars for Frosty Fest
District 33
Board Briefs of December 1, 2005 Meeting
approved minutes from  Board of Education Meeting on November 17th
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey Sponsors Coat Drive to Benefit Needy Families
"Ramey is sponsoring a winter coat drive that will last the entire month of December. All items that are received will be donated to needy families in Ramey’s 55th district. "
Sen Durbin US senators on visit to Eastern DRC - MONUC.org (press release) - Kinsasha,Democratic Republic of the Congo
“Before we can protect these lands we must preserve the peace,” he said. “We need security. We need to work together to have a Congolese army that works to protect the people. And those who are causing so much pain and so much destruction have to go.”
Sen. Obama Law Banning Dangerous Lead in Toys in Time for the Holiday Season
"Parents should never have to worry that a gift for their children will make them sick. That is why I hope Congress will address this problem before the holiday season by banning these unsafe products."
Obama urges quick passage of toy bill - Journal Star
"Obama's bill, the Lead Free Toys Act of 2005, would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to classify any children's products containing lead as banned products under the Hazardous Substances Act."
Lugar, Obama promote anti-proliferation initiative - BTC News
"Indiana Republican senator Dick Lugar and Illinois Democrat Barrack Obama have introduced legislation that would fund a US effort to secure similar quantities of abandoned armaments elsewhere in the world."
State Department using ideological litmus tests to screen speakers - San Jose Mercury News
"In another instance of apparent politicization, a request by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, to arrange a visit by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who lived in Indonesia when he was young, was delayed for seven months. The visit never occurred."
215,000 Jobs Created in November
"The best thing Congress can do is pass legislation that reduces taxation, regulation and litigation so our job creating small businesses can continue to grow."
Contractor 'knew how to grease the wheels' - San Diego Union Tribune
"House Speaker Dennis Hastert also flew on Wilkes' jet several times, sources say, although Hastert's expense records show no payments for such trips."
Faith groups protest budget bill - Aurora Beacon News
"Hoisting banners with slogans such as "Help the Needy, Not the Greedy," members of more than a dozen faith-based organizations protested Thursday in front of House Speaker Dennis Hastert's office in Batavia."
In Support of Christmas Trees and Against Budget Cuts - Center For American Progress
"If Speaker Hastert really wants to put Christ back into Christmas he might want to start by joining religious leaders such as Reverend David Beckmann (Bread for the World), Reverend John Thomas (UCC), Reverend Jim Winkler (UMC), Reverend Clifton Kirkpatrick (PCUSA), Bishop Mark Hanson (ELCA), and Bishop Frank Griswold (Episcopal Church) in supporting an effort to reverse the House’s plan to cut $50 billion from Medicaid, food stamps and student loans while spending tens of billions of dollars on tax cuts for people earning over a $1 million per year."
Corruption and the politics of pay-to-play - San Francisco Chronicle
"The Associated Press has reported that three dozen lawmakers accepted campaign contributions from Abramoff and two of his tribal clients. Many of the lawmakers -- including House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. -- followed the donations by writing letters to Interior Secretary Gale Norton ..."
Bribery case shows House panel laxness, critics claim - San Diego Union Tribune
"Concerned about the extent of Cunningham's criminal misconduct, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, on Tuesday urged Speaker Dennis Hastert, D-Ill., to create a bipartisan House committee to investigate Cunningham's role involving national security matters."
02 Dec West Chicago Police Dept. POLICE NEWS ALERT
"St Charles is investigating an indecent exposure that occurred yesterday at approximately 1600hrs (4:00 PM)."
"Please be CAREFUL. The Illinois State Police is investigating fraudulent sales and purchases from this individual."
WegoWeb Today was a travel day.  The WC Media Update, a release by Rep Ramey, and the D33 Board Briefs will have to wait till tomorrow morning.  Sorry.
01 Dec Merle Berle Frosty Fest 2005
"The celebration of West Chicago's Frosty Fest Saturday, Dec. 3, brings forth a myriad of activities including art, drama, games and music for both children and adults at the high school, historic downtown West Chicago, the library and park district. "
Board of Education special meeting, and much more...
West Chicago
New WC squad cars make positive statement
"Out of the 20 patrol cars, four now have the new design. Kuhn said two of the four new cars also have another feature. Two have the normal light bars on the roof, but the other two have the emergency lights mounted inside the vehicle."
'Big hearts' of West Chicago feed the hungry
"The chamber in partnership with local agencies and businesses conducted a food and monetary donation drive to contribute to Humanitarian Service Project, Northwest Walk-In Ministries and People's Resource Center."
Keep the wreath lights blue & red this holiday
"The wreaths displayed at the West Chicago Fire Protection District and Police Department buildings have special safety messages for the community."
Visitors from up north
"Organizers of the annual Frosty Fest 2005 on Saturday have cooked up a variety of events at several downtown locations along with Community High School,"
“The U.S. government lacks an integrated strategy to coordinate the delivery of counter-terrorism financing training and technical assistance to countries it deems vulnerable to terrorist financing."
Sen. Obama Law to Place a Statue of Rosa Parks in the U.S. Capitol
"So it is fitting that her legacy, her hopes, and her struggles be immortalized alongside statues of men and women whose hearts she helped change."
Speaker Hastert Praises New Law Commemorating Rosa Parks “To our Country’s Eternal Memory”
“We must never forget the contributions of Rosa Parks. She sparked a new racial consciousness in America and led this nation away from its segregationist history."
World AIDS Day in Illinois
"Illinois also paid tribute to those impacted by HIV/AIDS by dimming lights at the Capitol dome and other state government buildings to coincide with the dimming of lights at the White House."
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