Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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28 Feb Sen Peter Roskam Senate approves Roskam bill increasing the penalties for impersonating police officers
"Police impersonators traumatize their victims and do not provide any explanation for what they are doing. In many cases, these impersonators inflict physical harm on their victims."
Sen Durbin SENIORS DEMANDING CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO FIX MEDICARE DRUG BENEFIT
“Senior after senior has told me this new prescription drug law is a complicated mess that has them confused and worried. For too many seniors in Illinois, the ‘D’ in Medicare Part D now stands for disappointment and disaster,”
DURBIN QUESTIONS WHETHER ADMINISTRATION FOLLOWED LAW DURING REVIEW OF DUBAI PORTS WORLD DEAL
“I write to request an explanation as to why ... you did not adhere to the processes that have been established by law for reviewing commercial transactions that might impact the national security of the United States,”
Senate Panel Votes to Force Trip Disclosure, Curb Earmark Abuse - Bloomberg
"The committee also approved an amendment offered by Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin to prevent senators from pressuring lobbying firms to hire people from one political party. Durbin said he was referring to the ``K Street Project,'' a decade-long Republican effort to get lobbying firms to hire Republicans and to contribute to Republican candidates and causes."
Sen. Obama Energy Security is National Security
"But all we really need to know about the danger of our oil addiction comes directly from the mouths of our enemies:  "[Oil] is the umbilical cord and lifeline of the crusader community." These are the words of Al Qaeda."
Speaker Hastert Praises Surging Economic Growth
“This economy is like a heavyweight boxing champ: strong, sturdy and still swinging."
Molly Ivins: Con games - CNN
"Here's a lovely example of how it works: Just before Christmas last year, in a spectacular example of a straight power play, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert pulled off a backroom legislative deal to protect pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits. The language was slipped into a Defense Department appropriations bill at the last minute without the approval of members of the House-Senate conference committee meeting on the bill."
Governor
Blagojevich
school district reorganization legislation wins senate committee approval
"It gives local voters more control over how their school districts are run, and gives them more choices for how to ensure that their districts are run efficiently.”
ATF Shuts Down NRA Board Member’s Gun Shop After He “Loses” Hundreds of Weapons - Gun Guys
"The ATF has shut down a gun store in Baltimore County, Maryland for refusing to account for hundreds of guns since 1997. But this isn’t just any old gun store– it’s owned by an NRA board member."
27 Feb West Chicago
High School
Teachers “Sumo” to Raise Money for Angolan School
 “The WeGo 2 Africa project is not only building a school for community in rural Angola, but building a sense of community in our own school as students and staff work together to accomplish our goal.”
West Chicago Heritage Days
Preparations for Heritage Days, the successor to RailRoad Days, are beginning.  Start Making plans for the first weekend after the 4th of July.  Parade applications are available NOW.
Elementary
District 33
Agenda
"The agenda for the March 2 meeting of the Board of Education of District #33 is now posted"
City of West Chicago Mayor's Transportation Task Force meeting for Wednesday, March 01,  has been cancelled for lack of a quorum.
West Chicago Media Update 2-27-06
"West Chicago Heritage Days – Talent Show Auditions, 7th Annual Blooming Fest Downtown Garden Festival, Gallery 200 Features Local Artist Exhibits, Public Library Hosts Events
Scholarship honoring officer seeks funding
"Now, police officers are asking residents and business owners to help replenish a scholarship fund set up after the 23-year-old was killed in the line of duty April 20, 1992."
Sen Durbin Lobbying to help a wartorn country - Daily Northwestern - Evanston,IL
“The situation in east Congo is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world and most Americans don’t know it.”
Sen. Obama Call for Greater Security at Chemical Plants
"These chemical plants represent some of the most attractive targets for terrorists looking to cause widespread death and destruction. Unfortunately, at many of the chemical plants in our nation, the security is light, the facilities are easily entered, and the contents are deadly."
Senator Barack Obama to Deliver Major Speech on Energy - U.S. Newswire
"Senator Obama's remarks will focus on a plan to make America independent of risky foreign sources of oil and will follow a speech by U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman."
Oversight Trip to Hurricane Ravaged Gulf Coast
"“It is also important for us to get a first-hand look to ensure that federal dollars are being wisely spent and that help is getting to the families, small businesses and organizations that need it."
Young: Which Einstein devised this? - Waco Tribune Herald - Waco,TX
"The final vote in the House was 220-215. But that was only after it appeared defeated, 218-216. With that public relations calamity in the offing, House Speaker Dennis Hastert refused to close the vote for more than two hours while then Majority Leader Tom DeLay went after Republican nays."
Democrats honor chairman Guethle - Aurora Beacon News - Aurora,IL
"The result has been strong performances by Democrats at all levels, particularly in Aurora, where 57 percent of the 2004 presidential vote wen to John Kerry and the relatively unknown Ruben Zamora won almost as many votes as U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert last year."
Governor
Blagojevich
grants to local governments for historic preservation projects
“These grant funds will help preserve these communities’ heritage as well as improve the quality of life for current and future generations.”
Grammy award winning recording artist Common joins state effort to reduce African American infant mortality rate
26 Feb Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Com Schedule Posted
Candidates not bothered by Hastert’s D.C. position
“Hastert doesn’t represent this district,” he said. “There are cities within our district that are paying lobbyists to lobby him on their behalf. That’s his job.”
The pollution problem
"Most recently, however, officials discovered traces of vinyl chloride in 23 Wayne Township wells. In nine of those cases, the levels of the gas, used to make plastics, were above government-recommended safety levels."
CLEMENTS: A wacky week in GOP politics - Lufkin Daily News - Lufkin,TX
"If Frist and Hastert – party loyalists, not opposition Democrats – are the voices of sanity and pragmatism, look twice at Bush's motivation in this deal."
A storm in any port - Ocala.com - Ocala,FL
"You can't manage the ports without knowing what the Coast Guard and other federal agencies are doing about security. And it's precisely that information, in the wrong hands, that could be used to sneak dangerous materiel or manpower into the country. Which is why House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and every Republican governor on the East Coast (except Jeb Bush!) opposes the port deal."
25 Feb Final House endorsements
"55th District (far west suburbs): Carol Stream Trustee Pamela Joy Fenner says her strength is in consensus-building. She is endorsed over Rep. Randy Ramey, who was appointed in 2005 because of his excellent insider connections (he's former Senate President James "Pate" Philip's stepson), and attorney Matt Fuesting of West Chicago."
Sen Durbin Women encouraged to 'love your heart' - Morris Daily Herald - Morris,IL
"Matter-of-fact, the issue is raising so much attention that U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is co-sponsoring federal legislation to improve prevention of, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke among women."
Remember the Dream Act - El Diario (New York) - NY
"The federal Dream Act, re-introduced last November by one of its original sponsors, Senator Richard Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, aims to change these inequalities. After graduating from high school, students may apply for conditional status, allowing them to reside legally in the U.S. for six years and be eligible for financial aid."
Durbin plans to evaluate port security CHICAGO - nwitimes.com - Munster,IN
"The increased scrutiny by Durbin and his staff coincides with the controversial proposed sale of terminals at six U.S. ports to Dubai Ports World, a company owned by the United Arab Emirates."
Sen. Obama Obama backs young candidate for state treasurer - ABC7Chicago.com
"But Giannoulias has one of the most valuable political allies a relatively unknown newcomer could ask for, superstar Senator Barack Obama, and enough money to take full advantage of the relationship in the final weeks of the Democratic primary race."
Our View -- Keep pressure on for lobbying reform - Mankato Free Press - Mankato,MN
"House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., has promised lawmakers that they will be allowed to offer amendments in multiple committees before the legislation is put up for a vote.  Since lawmakers will get a chance to water down any rules seen as too strict, do not expect any sweeping legislation."
2 groups to discuss immigration reform - Joliet Herald News - Joliet,IL
"On Sunday, the Minutemen plan to rally in front of House Speaker Dennis Hastert's office on north River Street in Batavia to show their support for a House bill that would make illegal immigrants guilty of a federal crime, and would fine companies who hire them... At the same time Sunday, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights plans to rally at Hastert's office to voice its support for the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act,"
24 Feb WC Public Library March Special Events
Self-Defense for Women, Laughter League, and Between the Lines
Friends of the West Chicago Library Book Sale
118 W West Washington Street, West Chicago, Il.
  Friday March 3rd 9 am to 4 am
  Saturday March 4th 9am to 4 pm
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Friday potpourri...
Scholarship  honoring officer seeks funding
"Michael Browning gave his life nearly 14 years ago to help make West Chicago safer.  Now, police officers are asking residents and business owners to help replenish a scholarship fund set up after the 23-year-old was killed in the line of duty April 20, 1992."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
MILLNER’S BILL TO HELP RELIEVE NURSING SHORTAGE PASSES SENATE
" This bill will allow Illinois regulators to accept their foreign training and provide a low-cost way to quickly bolster the state’s nursing rolls with qualified people,”
Sen Peter Roskam Senate Week in Review: January 9 – 13
"Lawmakers were busy this week attending committees and approving a number of bills, reported State Senator Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton), but the daily legislative routine was interrupted by the Auditor General’s revelations of drastically embellished job creation numbers and gross misrepresentation in job growth by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)."
Sen Durbin DURBIN STATEMENT ON UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT ATTENDANTS’ PENSION RATIFICATION
“We all want to help United succeed. Sacrifices have been made from every corner of the United family over the course of the last several years to keep the airline strong. United’s return from bankruptcy is remarkable.”
Sen. Obama Federal Cuts that Would Hurt Ability to Keep Our Communities Safe
"Obama also noted that the President's Budget cuts the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program by 80 percent. In 2005, COPS provided $7.4 million for hiring police officers in more than 60 Illinois Communities."
Governor
Blagojevich
$10.5 Billion Multi-Year Highway Improvement Program
“Our multi year plan does what it’s supposed to do: maintain roads and bridges. But we cannot rely on that alone. Last Spring, Congress passed a federal transportation bill that provides several billion dollars in new funds for Illinois."
23 Feb Rep.Randy Ramey disconnection in U46
"We need to ensure disconnection is both beneficial to our children and yet safeguards the financial interests of the residents of school district U-46 in Bartlett, Carol Stream and Wayne."
Ramey Bill to Protect Citizens’ Identity from State Employee Tampering Passes House
“Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes and this bill outlines where we can make improvements on the state level.”
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
SENATE APPROVES MILLNER’S POLICE CAMERA BILL
“Police should have every tool they can at their disposal,” Millner said. “This bill will give police another way to fight crime and an added level of security.”
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Referendum, Lit. Fest. survey, high school honor rolls, and more...
High school to pay tribute to its teachers at dinner
“This is our chance to show our appreciation for those who went above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in our lives,” said Ruben Pineda, event chairman.
Sen Durbin DURBIN OFFERS “MEDICARE DRUG HONEST PRICING ACT”
"The Senator introduced legislation last week designed to protect seniors and people with disabilities from the fluctuating drug prices and formulary changes that threaten to wreak havoc on their budgets."
WHITE HOUSE REPORT ON FEDERAL RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA
"With hurricane season less than four months away, time is running short for the Administration to convince Americans that it has learned its lessons after the Katrina disaster.”"
Sen. Obama Reaction to White House Report on Hurricane Katrina
"The White House is finally acknowledging just how delinquent its response to Hurricane Katrina really was."
Plan to Outsource U.S. Ports to United Arab Emirates
"Over four years after the worst terrorist attack in our history, not only are we failing to inspect 95% of the cargo that arrives at U.S. ports, but now we're allowing our port security to be outsourced to foreign governments."
Toward Election Reform - American Enterprise Institute - Washington,DC
“"Every name should be registered, every machine should be working, and every single vote should count,” which he claimed were not fulfilled in the last two presidential elections. He emphasized the need to remove politics from the debate and urged that now is the time for election reform."
Cameron misrepresented Harman-Collins port ownership proposal to ... - Media Matters for America
"KRAUTHAMMER: ...  it looks like demagoguery on the part of the Democrats, and it surely is.
LIASSON: Well, they've got a lot of company. When you have Bill Frist and Dennis Hastert, I think don't think the Democrats are leading this charge at all."
Bush's Port Jihad - FrontPage magazine.com - Los Angeles,CA
"It’s shaping up to be a major political battle: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and House Majority Leader John Boehner have all lined up against President Bush’s plan to turn over operation of six major American ports to a company based in the United Arab Emirates."
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich’s “Less Red Tape” legislation to ease burden on local schools and teachers wins Senate committee approval
Gov. Blagojevich applauds State Senate for passing legislation to protect cell phone records and other private information from identity thieves
22 Feb Polluted wells shock Wayne Twp.
"Recent tests of private wells near Bartlett and West Chicago by the DuPage County Health Department, showed 18 out of 27 contained traces of vinyl chloride, a potentially harmful chemical used to make plastics."
(It is important for WC residents to understand this involves shallow wells in unincorporated areas ... not city water.  - Bob)
Some relief in Dist. 94 budget forecast
“We have a lot of work to do,” Cole said. “I think this is a good place to start. It’s four or five months before the board has seen (budget) numbers before.”
Sen Durbin DURBIN SAYS DUBAI PORT DEAL MUST BE HALTED UNTIL CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW AND APPROVAL
“There is strong bipartisan support for immediate review of the deal approved by the Bush Administration to turn over the operations of six major U.S. ports to a company based in the Middle East."
GOP Senator eyes public financing bill - The Hill - Washington,DC
"Voinovich (R-Ohio) told The Hill that he has met with Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) to discuss collaboration on the public-financing pitch Durbin is crafting with Sen. Chris Dodd (Conn.), the Rules Committee’s ranking Democrat. Snagging the endorsement of Voinovich, who last year bucked his party by opposing the confirmation of U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and has so far taken a supporting role in the GOP’s push for lobbying reform, could give the public-financing concept considerable momentum."
Sen. Obama on Administration's Approval of Plan to Outsource U.S. Ports to United Arab Emirates
"Over four years after the worst terrorist attack in our history, not only are we failing to inspect 95% of the cargo that arrives at U.S. ports, but now we're allowing our port security to be outsourced to foreign governments."
Congress in bind over ethics rules, enforcement - Duluth News Tribune - Duluth,MN
"The topic will be pulled onto the front burner when Congress returns after this week's Presidents Day recess. The Senate rules committee plans to take up reform proposals, including Obama's, which would create a nine-member ethics commission of former lawmakers and judges to investigate complaints against members."
World of lobbying is alive, well - San Jose Mercury News - CA
In late January, House Republicans, led by Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois, offered up a cluster of measures they said would help curb the influence of lobbyists, including tighter rules on privately funded travel and gifts - in other words, matters that when they are made public are most likely to embarrass members even if they often have little impact on legislation. The fruit doesn't hang much lower.
$221K says budget typo won't go away - The Hill - Washington,DC
"The House and Senate need not pass the same bill for a version of the legislation to become law, according to Republican leaders.  But that is not how the top brass viewed things three years ago, when both chambers authorized $221,000 to revise and publish a new edition of “How Our Laws Are Made,” a House parliamentarian’s report on the legislative process that originated in 1953."
Governor
Blagojevich
new research linking stem cells to cancer
"Through IRMI, researchers would be able to take a closer look at these stem cells identified in tumors and hopefully make significant strides forward in the battle against cancer,” wrote the Governor and the Comptroller. 
21 Feb West Chicago welcomes bank to Tower Station
“What it shows is that we’ve put in a place a good set of procedures. We’re bringing business in and it’s working,”
Sen Durbin DURBIN, MANZULLO DISCUSS ECONOMIC IMPACT OF ROCKFORD’S FEDERAL COURTHOUSE
“Judges, law enforcement officers and the citizens of Rockford who depend on the courthouse have made a convincing case for this investment and the construction is within reach.”
DURBIN MEASURE WOULD HELP PROTECT ILLINOIS SENIORS FROM ID THEFT
"Durbin noted a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showed that “there are significant gaps in federal law and agency oversight with regard to the sharing of Social Security numbers.”"
Honest pricing for prescriptions - WHOI - Peoria,IL
"We ended up with a system that has disapointed a lot of people. Some people say the D in Part D stands for disappointment.  Others say it stands for disaster,"
Durbin: Spend more on mine safety - Springfield State Journal Register
"Durbin held up an orange “personal emergency device” that allows miners to receive messages from the surface and also tracks where they are in a mine.  “Some of these state initiatives clearly should be federal initiatives, too,” he said."
Sen. Obama More on way out, warns Raila - Standard - Nairobi,Kenya
"Earlier, Raila and US Ambassador Mr William Bellamy presided over the renaming of two schools after US senator Barrack Obama at Nyang’oma Kogelo village in the district."
Moratorium and Review of Seaports Deal
"Finally, this proposal may require additional Congressional action in order to ensure that we are fully protecting Americans at home. I know we are both committed to fighting the global War on Terror."
House cools on lobbying reform - Chicago Tribune
"Hastert has promised Republican lawmakers that any reform plan would go through "regular order," allowing representatives to offer amendments in as many as five committees before legislation reaches the floor."
Since the Turkish money is now under the radar, the Speaker has paid the bill at felon Abramoff's restaurant and pledged to give Abramoff money to charity, and the Kane County lobbyist isn't making headway, we return to the DeLay as monkey on his back becaused Denny has placed DeLay on the important Appropriations Committee and a committee that oversees the Justice Dept that is currently investigating DeLay's Abramoff connection.
20 Feb Sen Durbin Durbin eyes Medicare changes - Edwardsville Intelligencer - Edwardsville,IL
"U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin visited Evers Pharmacy in Collinsville to talk about legislation he introduced in the Senate Friday morning to alleviate some of the restrictions of Medicare Part D, the new prescription drug program ."
Veterans called upon to serve again - Guardian Unlimited - UK
"None of the Band of Brothers has as much publicity and heavyweight backing as the one sister among them. Ms Duckworth was talent-scouted by Illinois' senior senator, Richard Durbin, and is being talked up by the state's junior senator and the Democrat's most popular rising star, Barack Obama."
Sen. Obama Barack Obama appearance draws large crowds in Memphis - WMC-TV - Memphis,TN
"It was clear, Obama's support of Ford inspired those in the room. "I was standing there watching the two of them on the podium. I said this would be such a fantastic thing for our country," said Malak Kotbe."
THE BOROWITZ REPORT - Columbus Dispatch - Columbus,OH
"But even as Halliburton began gearing up for the daunting task, an unlikely critic of the plan, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., questioned the wisdom of even attempting to rebuild Cheney."
Youth Being Mobilized Around Immigration Debate - U.S. Newswire
"Following the Chicago training, students will stage a "Diplomas Not Death" vigil outside the district office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert in Batavia, Ill., shedding light on the numerous deaths along the border and the lack of opportunities for undocumented high school graduates."
18&19 Feb Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Com Schedule Posted
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey Bill to Include Pets in State Emergency Plans Passes House
"I wanted to make sure that when we discuss emergency plans for this state, we include pets in the equation. Animals shouldn't be left to die."
Sen Durbin NASA and NOAA Open Science Policies Not Matched at EPA - Environment News Service
"Legislation that would grant scientists the right to openly discuss their findings is pending before both houses of Congress. California Representative Henry Waxman, a Democrat, introduced HR 839 in the House, and Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, also a Democrat, introduced S 1358 in the Senate."
Durbin pitches drug pricing proposal during Decatur stop - Herald & Review - Decatur,I
"This law was written by the pharmaceutical companies and the insurance companies. They wanted to make sure at the end of the day, they would do well," Durbin said. "Unfortunately, at the end of the day, senior citizens are not doing as well as they should."
Sen. Obama Specter Denies Funneling Money for Lobbyist - New York Times
"Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, said he had introduced a bill to create an independent commission outside of Congress that could investigate possible improprieties."
Generational Gap Revealed - The Cypress Chronicle - Cypress,CA
"Fletcher says he is caught between two generations and sees a riff between older and younger African Americans. Not content with black leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Fletcher is a fan of Illinois senator Barack Obama, a Democrat.  “I like Obama; he’s from my generation,” said Fletcher. “He speaks for me.”
House rejects probe of budget error - MarketWatch
"She accused House Republican leaders of knowingly sending the bill to the floor despite knowledge of the error. "Republican leaders chose to ignore House rules, precedents and even the Constitution itself," Pelosi added.
But House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., denied that he had been aware of the change before the House budget vote. "
Budget glitch ignites partisan battle in House - San Francisco Chronicle
"If such an investigation were authorized, it could end up focusing on House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.,..."
Emergencies crowd out long-term aid - Baltimore Sun
"The Food for Peace budget has hovered around $1.7 billion the past two years. The development portion, however, has been shrinking. The Coalition for Food Aid sent House Speaker Dennis Hastert a letter this month asking for $500 million in development funds next year."
Error Could Make Loan Cuts Invalid - Georgetown University The Hoya - Washington,DC
"Many Democrats in the House alleged that the difference between the two versions of the bill did not arise accidentally. They said that House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) knew of the discrepancy and chose not to correct the version of the bill because doing so might have hurt its chances of passage in the House."
17 Feb DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Presidents' Day edition...
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey Bill to Tighten Sex Offender Tracking Passes House
“I feel good knowing that we’re taking another step to help protect people in our community from those who have been convicted of violent sexual crimes.”
Sen Peter Roskam SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: Feb. 13– 17, 2006
"A budget plan based on higher spending, deeper debt and pension raids; a Senate Republican ethics reform package to curb state contract abuse, and legislation protecting homeowners by more strictly defining government’s use of eminent domain are among the measures considered by the Illinois Senate during the week of Feb. 13-17,"
Sen Durbin DURBIN MEETS WITH SEC. CHERTOFF REGARDING ILLINOIS HOMELAND SECURITY NEEDS AND CHICAGO SECURITY ISSUES
“Emergency management officials from Illinois have told me that the priorities in the President's budget could undermine efforts to protect the people of our state,”
Sen. Obama Obama Criticizes White House Plan to Cut Benefits to Nuclear Weapons Workers
"If these press reports are true, the White House's plan demonstrates a startling lack of compassion for workers who sacrificed their health to provide for our national security. "
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama Ethics Commission Press Conference
"Because for all the noise we've heard from the media about the bribes accepted by Congressman Duke Cunningham, the thousands of dollars in free meals accepted by other congressmen, and the "K Street Project" that filled lobbying firms with former Republican staffers, we've heard only silence from the very place that should have caught these ethics violations in the first place - the House Ethics Committee."
House Happenings for This Week
Speaker Hastert's last weekly blog entry was four weeks ago. 
Hastert Applauds House Passage of Iran Resolution
"The Iranian government has blatantly ignored its international obligations and the Paris Agreement and instead headed down a path of dangerous, deadly destruction."
Governor
Blagojevich
Governor's 2006 Budget Address
  Audio      
  Video 56K 150K 300K
16 Feb Wildcat Youth Football and Cheerleading
"Registration is going on now through April 1st for Wildcat Youth Football and Cheerleading. Flag football is available for 6 & 7 year olds"
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
SCHAUMBURG STUDENTS MEET WITH SEN MILLNER
"The annual demonstration day at the Capitol is hosted by the Illinois Computing Educators and is aimed at showing legislators from across the state how students in their districts are using technology in their everyday lives and studies."
Rep.Randy Ramey Compromise Needed to get Finances Back on Track
"I think the Governor has some really good ideas here but the fact of the matter is we're in the middle of a financial crisis so it's difficult for me to approve of all these measures when I know already we can't afford it,"
Hoping for a shot in the arm
“This is something different. This is bringing a new group of people to downtown West Chicago,” he said, also noting that an art gallery at 200 Main St. has also recently opened. “Downtown is changing rapidly to serve all people’s needs.”
W. Chicago gallery is showing off creative side
"West Chicago is getting in touch with its creative side.  An artists co-op in downtown is drawing a crowd, so to speak.  And just down the street, dozens of photographers from West Chicago have their work on display through April 29 at the city museum, 132 Main St."
Fire stations to compete in annual chili cook-off
"Firefighters from West Chicago, Winfield, Addison, Wheaton and Batavia will share their zesty secret recipes for chili with anyone who isn’t afraid of heartburn."
West Chicago
Press
Teams, sponsors sought to help fight cancer
"Wayne Lofton, office manager of the West Chicago Chamber, is working on getting teams. Signed up in the team formation process are the city of West Chicago, Daniel and Associates Real Estate, Jeanne Ward and Heidi Colliander."
West Chicago woman digs to get right answers
"After an accident, illness or stay in a hospital, persons often are faced with an overwhelming amount of bills from various sectors, confusion of what truly is owed and what portion of the bill is included in their insurance coverage."
Sen Durbin Lobbyist, former NC senator, at private lunch of GOP senators - Winston-Salem Journal
"His timing is suspect, to be there just as the big bill came to the floor," Durbin said. "It raises questions as to whether the Republican leadership should have thought twice."
Illionois Senators

 

Obama, Durbin propose federal mortgage reforms - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"Obama and the bill's co-sponsor, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), said they were moved to act by a recent Tribune series on mortgage fraud, in which swindlers use high-tech identity theft and face-to-face scams to wrest control of homes, then secure hefty bank loans that go unpaid."
Sen. Obama Obama Criticizes "Accounting Gimmicks" in Veterans Budget
"Last year, we found out that the VA was short $1.2 billion dollars for 2005 because of budget tricks and accounting problems," Senator Obama said. "Given the VA's history of stunning budget shortfalls, we owe our veterans an honest accounting of this budget request."
Senator Obama to hold press conference to discuss Ethics ... - Raw Story - Cambridge,MA
"U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) Thursday will hold a press conference to discuss legislation he has introduced to create a congressional ethics enforcement commission to receive complaints from the public on alleged ethics violations by members of Congress, staff, and lobbyists."
House Hamas Resolution
"Time and time again, Hamas has shown that it prefers terrorism against innocent civilians to pursue its political aims, and the United States should play no role in assisting a majority terrorist parliament."
Hastert's cousin guilty of having a gun in car - Chicago Tribune
"Police discovered an unloaded semiautomatic handgun in the rear passenger area and charged him with the weapons violations and a misdemeanor drug charge for possessing a small amount of marijuana."
Minutemen plan meeting in Elgin, rally in Batavia - Elgin Courier News
"The next day, the Minutemen plan to rally in front of U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's office in Batavia, to show their support for a House bill that would make illegal immigrants guilty of a federal crime and would fine companies that hire them."
15 Feb Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
PROMISE AND PITFALLS IN THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET ADDRESS
"Millner says the Governor’s proposal to provide universal preschool to Illinois children is a laudable one, but he would like to hear more about how the Governor plans to pay for the idea."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Referendum update, state athletes, and new community column...
Proceed with caution at Higgins and Roselle
"Intersections in Gurnee, West Chicago, Elmhurst and Oakbrook Terrace also made the list."
Memorable milestone
"West Chicago girls basketball coach Kim Wallner received her 300th career win in an awesome way — an upset victory in the postseason."
Sen Durbin DURBIN, DEMOCRATS OFFER PRESCRIPTION FOR CHANGE TO MEDICARE DRUG BILL
"“What they have today is a confusing benefit, a law that prohibits Medicare from negotiating with pharmaceutical companies and a plan that guarantees drug companies billions of dollars in profits."
EPA Continues To Screen All Interviews With Scientists - YubaNet - Nevada City,CA
"Scientists often fall outside the coverage of whistleblower protection laws and thus, scientists who violate agency gag rules may be punished for insubordination. Corrective legislation (HR 839 by Representative Waxman and S 1358 by Senator Richard Durbin) that would grant scientists the right to openly discuss their findings is pending before both houses of Congress."
Sen. Obama Hoyer Attends the 25th Annual Black History Month Breakfast ... - Southern Maryland Online
"Senator Obama, the only African American serving in the United States Senate, expressed his gratitude for being invited to participate this year. “With the recent passing of Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King, it’s more important than ever to teach our children about the struggles and the progress made by the civil rights heroes who came before us,”"
Governor
Blagojevich
Governor Blagojevich proposes preschool for all in Fiscal Year 2007 budget
"Budgets are more than a series of numbers.  They’re moral documents that reflect your priorities.”"
NEW FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT
"In 2005, production revenue increased to an estimated $94 million, which led to approximately 15,000 people being hired by various film and television projects."
Perks issue at boiling point - The Tribune-Democrat - Johnstown,PA
"Most privately funded trips, meals and gifts are intended to influence somebody for something that may or may not be in the best interests of the nation.  By the way, Hastert and Boehner are both members of the same party."
Denny's Taking Care of the Home Folks
14 Feb West Chicago
High School
Hispanic Outreach Seminars
"Community High School will present a series of Hispanic Outreach Seminars for educators, students and parents over the next several weeks. Nationally acclaimed consultant Dr. Lourdes Ferrer will present the seminars. "
Free ESL Classes Offered at Community High School
"Adults who want to learn how to speak English can take tuition-free classes from 7:00 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Community High School District 94..."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
"Referendum update, Board synopsis, kindergarten registration, gifted program, and more..."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
WITNESS PROTECTION AND POLICE CAMERA BILLS
"Senator Millner (shown at left) was joined by DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett (right) in presenting Senate Bills 2374 and 2427."
WITNESS PROTECTION AND POLICE CAMERA BILLS
"Two bills approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today will protect witness statements and create common sense exceptions to police video usage rules according to their sponsor, State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream). "
Ford, GM battle perceptions
""They come in thinking we are going out of business, and we have to get rid of the fear factor," said John Czech, a salesman from Haggerty Ford in West Chicago who was working the Ford display."
Sen Durbin ANTI-TERRORISM, DISASTER AND FIRST RESPONDER FUNDING
“The administration’s insistence on billions of dollars in new tax breaks for the wealthy is driving up our national debt and forcing deep cuts in critical security and disaster preparedness programs in Illinois."
Sen. Obama Morris greets Obama - JOLIET HERALD NEWS
"There are a lot of good ideas in Washington and a lot of smart people in Washington. It seems like sometimes there is a disconnect between the priorities in Washington and the priorities of the folks I'm meeting back home in Illinois,"
Hastert Hails Best Retail Sales Gains in Six Years
"... today’s retail numbers show that the U.S. economy is surging forward with a strength that’s creating jobs, growing businesses and sending consumers into the stores at a record rate."
Hastert Launches Mental Health Court
"Fueled by $250,000 in federal funding secured by Hastert, the Kane County Treatment Alternative Court will provide mental health services as an alternative to jail for select defendants charged with misdemeanors or non-violent, low-level felonies."
Hastert In The Crosshairs? - TomPaine.com - Washington,D.C
"Now that Tom DeLay is sidelined, will someone start digging into House Speaker Dennis Hastert's dealings with lobbyists? That's the buzz from watchdog groups and echoed in yesterday's Washington Post."
13Feb Elementary
District 33
Agenda for Feb 16th Board Meeting Posted
Board Briefs for Feb 2nd Meeting
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Animals in Emergencies
“I want to make sure that when we discuss emergency plans for this state, we include pets in the equation. Animals shouldn’t be left to die.”
WINFIELD TOWNSHIP DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION Congressional Candidate Forum
"WINFIELD TOWNSHIP DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION Is pleased to Invite you to a Congressional Candidate Forum for our 3 Congressional Districts, Dist 6, Dist 13 and Dist 14."
Sen Durbin DURBIN STATEMENT REGARDING WHITE SOX VISIT TO THE WHITE HOUSE
“Today in Washington, the “W” in George W. Bush stands for White Sox. We thank the President for honoring our World Champions and hope to make this an annual visit.”
Sen. Obama The Exquisite Dilemma of Being Obama - TIME
"When Oprah Winfrey has declared you "more than a politician," when you've had dinner with Bill Gates and Steven Spielberg and received 300 speaking invitations a week, things are going well for you as a freshman Senator"
We should wonder when private groups pay for Congress’ trips - Chester Daily Local Online - Chester,PA
" U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert recently proposed banning all such trips, an idea met by resistance from his peers...  But we can and should control who pays for what when our representatives do leave their cubbyholes.
DeLay unlikely to seek a return to leadership - U.S. News & World Report
"There had been indications that he would seek a return, but his allies said that he will instead act as a superdiplomat and whip for Boehner and House Speaker Dennis Hastert."
11&12 Feb Sen Peter Roskam Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption
“As a society, I think it is important to establish policies that allow our elder citizens to remain as independent as possible,”
SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: Feb. 6 – 10
"Legislation extending property tax relief to senior citizens, allowing for the creation of compost farms in Illinois, and toughening criminal sentencing standards, passed through the Senate during a busy session week, according to State Senator Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton)."
Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Com Schedule Posted
There is a new broadcast of Senator Obama's recent town hall meeting on the schedule.  There are things happening at Comcast... and you could be a part of it by volunteering.
Sen Durbin Colorado Senator Wayne Allard Supported Armenian Genocide ... - PanARMENIAN.Net - Yerevan,Armenia
"S. Res. 320, which was introduced last November by Senator John Ensign (R-NV) and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL), calls on the President to "ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding" of the "Armenian Genocide" and to "accurately characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1,500,000 Armenians as genocide" in the President's annual message."
Sen. Obama Senator Obama scoops coveted award - Standard - Nairobi,Kenya
"Senator Barrack Obama yesterday scooped the prestigious Grammy music award for the Best Spoken Word Album."
Stopping Dangerous Weapons Proliferation Highest US Priority - Washington File - Washington,DC
"Lugar and Senator Barack Obama introduced a new bill in November 2005 titled the “Cooperative Proliferation Detection and Interdiction Assistance and Conventional Threat Reduction Act (S. 1949).”  The legislation, modeled after the 1991 Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, seeks to destroy surplus conventional weapons and to intercept conventional weapons and materials used to produce weapons of mass destruction before they reach the wrong hands."
Governor
Blagojevich
Dominick’s and Clear Channel Radio join forces to help pre-register children for Gov. Blagojevich’s All Kids health care plan
“ALL KIDS" goes into effect July 1, so the next challenge is making sure that each and every family trying to get by without coverage for their kids knows about ALL KIDS and enrolls their children in the program,”
Bush seeks to rally scandal-rocked Republicans - Reuters
Bush again asserted that the domestic surveillance program was legal, and he drew support from House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who told reporters, "There are adequate protections."
NASCAR Launches Effort to Boost Diversity - DiversityInc.com
"The plan announced Wednesday in Washington, D.C., with the help of House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., includes working with historically black universities to teach NASCAR's technical curriculum by linking them to the Universal Technical Institute, a multi-campus program used by the racing body."
10 Feb DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Referendum update, Board of Ed. meeting, lit. fest, and last reminder for jazz event..
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Referendum forums slated, North cheerleaders, East wind ensemble, and more...
Rep.Randy Ramey Budget Needs to be Reasonable; Not Based on Raiding Pensions, Futures
" I would like to change our way of thinking and allow the public to trust that they will have the safety of their pensions to rely on when it comes time for them to retire.”
Maine Township grad returns to run high schools
"In 1991 Morris became superintendent of Community High School District 94 in West Chicago, a post he held until 1996, when he left for Iowa to lead the Dubuque Community School District. He returned in 1999 to lead the Elmhurst district."
Sen Durbin FRAUDULENT SALE AND USE OF PRIVATE PHONE RECORDS
“The sale and fraudulent transfer of these records needs to be punishable as a true criminal offense, subject to jail time and fines."
Governor
Blagojevich
State’s First Lottery Ticket to Support Veterans
“The funds generated from Veterans Cash will help veterans get the services and benefits they have earned.”
First Lady announces new partnership with Alexian Brothers Hospital Network to promote All Kids
09 Feb West Chicago teen fatally hit by train
"The train struck Hobday about a half-mile from the high school.  He was not crossing the tracks at an intersection and he may have been trying to take a shortcut to downtown West Chicago, officials said."
West Chicago
High School
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
"Community High School will present its winter play, "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 16; Friday, February 17; and Saturday, February 18 in the Weyrauch Auditorium. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students and may be purchased at the door or from cast members."

Winfield United
for a
Better Community

Comprehensive Plan Meeting
"Terry Pastica will speak on Comprehensive Plans, in general.  This meeting is a time for citizens of Winfield to learn the value and import of municipalities comprehensive plan..."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
SENATE PASSES MILLNER’S SENTENCING LOOPHOLE BILL
“The current law is really unfair to the families of victims. I hope the House takes up this important cause by passing the bill and sending it on to the Governor as soon as possible.”
SENTENCING LOOPHOLE BILL
"Millner introduced the legislation, which requires judges to base the amount of time an offender has spent in jail on the actual days spent in confinement rather then the duration of their term."
MILLNER MEETS WITH ST. CHARLES MAIN STREET ORGANIZATION
"Several Main Street representatives from across the state were in Springfield Thursday lobbying the legislature for funding, and displaying the good work they are doing on behalf of their cities. "
West Chicago
Press
Kelly Mateas is CHS student of the month
"Community High School District 94 in West Chicago has chosen Kelly Mateas as Student of the Month for January."
Sen Durbin RURAL REPORT CARD
“Sadly, this budget continues to provide tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans at the expense of working American families - especially those in rural areas."
COMPANIES THAT CHEAT TAXPAYERS SHOULD NOT BE AWARDED GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS
“The American people will not stand for war profiteering or tragedy profiteering, nor will they tolerate the same firms that have misused Iraq construction funds being rewarded with no-bid contracts to rebuild the Gulf Coast.”
Shakedown on K Street - BusinessWeek
"Unless and until we stop the outrageous expense of political campaigning in America, we're going to continue to be beholden to those who are well-off and well-connected,"
Sen. Obama Opening Statement of Senator Barack Obama Foreign Relations Committee regarding Lugar-Obama legislation S.1949.
"First, it enhances our ability, working with friends and allies, to detect and intercept illegal shipments of weapons and materials of mass destruction. Second, the bill bolsters ongoing efforts to destroy conventional weapons such as lightweight anti-aircraft missiles."
Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Discuss Lugar-Obama Bill to Keep Weapons Out of Terrorists' Hands
"In their letter to Secretary Rice, Senators Obama and Lugar said that the Nunn-Lugar program is a successful model that should be expanded to better secure conventional weapons caches that have fueled insurgencies across the globe and to better intercept and seize smuggled weapons of mass destruction."
Governor
Blagojevich
reduce early grade class sizes in Fiscal Year 2007
“Smaller classes mean more individual attention for students. For teachers, it means spending less time on discipline and more time on instruction,”
Chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee
"Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) today issued the following statement regarding the Steering Committee’s choice of Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) as the Chairman for the Education and the Workforce Committee:"
Hastert, Frist said to rig bill for drug firms - Gallatin News Examiner - Gallatin,TN
"Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert engineered a backroom legislative maneuver to protect pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits, say witnesses to the pre-Christmas power play."
Hastert, Frist said to rig bill for drug firms - Gallatin News Examiner - Gallatin,TN
"Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert engineered a backroom legislative maneuver to protect pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits, say witnesses to the pre-Christmas power play."
08 Feb West Chicago
High School
West Chicago HS students receive $7,500 in VFW awards
"The West Chicago VFW Post 6791 and the VFW Auxiliary presented $7,500 in cash awards last nights to 15 Community High School students who competed in the Voice of Democracy contest."
CHS offers Wildcat Preschool
Community High School's Wildcat Preschool will be offered for 12 weeks beginning Tuesday, February 28.  Some of the Child Development students who run the program are bilingual.
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
New referendum "Just the Facts," Literature Fest, and North High Student for a Day...
Freight train strikes, kills teenager
"Authorities identified the victim as Kyle Hobday, 17, of West Chicago.  Information on how the teen was struck was not immediately available, ..."
Husband sues drivers in crash that killed 2
"Based on a review of the scene, witnesses' statements and an examination of the vehicles in the crash, police investigators maintain that Lane was driving at an "excessive speed" that caused him to lose control.  But investigators did not charge Aguilar, who was driving a Chrysler 300, in the crash."
Sen Durbin ILLINOIS LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY INNOVATION
"Finding cleaner ways to generate power using coal will help ensure our country’s energy security."
FUTURE OF ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD UNITS
“The Administration’s proposed cutbacks of the Guard would result in the loss of up to 1,000 of Illinois’ 9,500 Army National Guard members. This loss would significantly handicap the Illinois Guard’s ability to respond to everything from natural disasters to terrorist attacks,”
Gonzales says "Just Trust Us" - Progressive.org - Madison,WI
"Not so, said Durbin, who pointed out his own recent experience with classified briefings before the Iraq war: "I sat a few feet from here and listened to meager evidence of weapons of mass destruction," he said. Based on those briefings, he said, he voted against the war. Fat lot of good that did."
Cohn: Bush Mouthpiece Defends Illegal Spying - Scoop.co.nz (press release) - New Zealand
"Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) said, "Our greatest fear is that this president will go far beyond" the NSA program and "comb through thousands of ordinary Americans' email.""
Sen. Obama Plan to Reduce Lobbyist Influence and Clean Up Washington
"We can pass all the new ethics rules in the world, but if we don't establish a body that can monitor and enforce those rules, it'll be easy to break them. That's why this bill calls for a nonpartisan, independent Congressional Ethics Enforcement Commission."
Obama: 'I think his feelings got bruised' - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"If people are not serious about this, we'll know soon enough. And that is the ultimate measure of who is posturing and who is sincere,"
John McCain's Letter Bomba To Obama - The Moderate Voice
"Read the entire letter yourself. We're only including a few parts because the snark started to melt our computer screen:"
Governor
Blagojevich
major changes to help more than 1 million professionals in Illinois get their licenses faster
“Just because it has always taken months to process applications doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.  If we can tear down the tollbooths, give every child access to health insurance, and eliminate record budget deficits without raising taxes, we can cut the time it takes to process licenses,”
Alabama Church Fires
“The fact that anyone would commit these horrible crimes against places of worship is incomprehensible to me. Whether these crimes are motivated against race or religion, I hope authorities move swiftly in their investigation to bring these lawbreakers to justice. To the parishioners at each of the churches, our thoughts and prayers are with you."
EXCLUSIVE: Sibel Edmonds Rebukes Dennis Hastert Attorney's ... - Brad Blog - USA
"Rose's article reports that Hastert's campaign received nearly $500,000 in such "un-itemized contributions" between 1996 and 2000. By contrast, Tom DeLay (R-TX), one of the House's best fundraisers, received just under $100,000 in such contributions."
Capitol Hill Cool to Some Bush Budget Cuts - San Francisco Chronicle
"Both Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., were quick to applaud Bush's overall budget proposals on Monday, but their aides declined repeated requests over two days for comments on the president's suggested change in Social Security."
Under the Radar
(An interesting but under covered story)
Bush's Social Security Sleight of Hand
"His plan would let people set up private accounts starting in 2010 and would divert more than $700 billion of Social Security tax revenues to pay for them over the first seven years."
07 Feb West Chicago
High School
CHS Receives Grants from Aerospace Education Foundation and the CHS Education Foundation to Fund Rocket Project
"Community High School District 94 has received a mini-grant from the Aerospace Education Foundation grant. The $250 grant was matched by a grant from the Community High School Education Foundation for a total of $500."
 
W. Chicago suspends city tax on natural gas
"The three-month suspension will run from April 1 through the end of June. Although customers would not see a savings until their May utility bills, West Chicago  Mayor Michael Fortner said it was still important to help ease some of the “sticker shock” from heating bills."
Carjacking suspect faces attempted murder charge
"A West Chicago man being held in lieu of $2 million bail in a Jan. 8 carjacking where a 71-year-old woman was run over also was charged with attempted first-degree murder."
Sen. Obama Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain Exchange Letters on Ethics Reform
"s you know, Senator Harry Reid and others in the Democratic Caucus have taken an important step by introducing S. 2180, the Honest Leadership Act, which imposes many of the same disclosure requirements for lobbyists that you have proposed, while also strengthening enforcement, eliminating "pay to play" schemes, and imposing more restrictive rules on meals, gifts, and travel that Members and their staff can receive from special interests that advocate before Congress. This bill, which now has the support of 40 members of the Democratic Caucus, represents a significant step in addressing many of the worst aspects of corruption that have come to light as a result of the Justice Department investigation of Jack Abramoff."
Governor
Blagojevich
plan to address nursing shortage
“Nurses play an essential role – they’re on the frontlines and have the most direct and continuing contact with patients.  We have to find ways to fill the nursing shortage, and this new legislation will help us get there.”
06 Feb DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Referendum, Ed. Foundation Jazz Event, and bond issues...

(The explanation of bond issues addresses concerns in a recent Daily Herald series... and does so nicely. - Bob)

New garden show snags big design firms
"The Park District, with help from Ball Horticultural Co., the multinational plant breeder based in West Chicago, will create an entrance garden along Monroe Drive that will remain after the tented gardens go away, according to Foxgrover."
Sen Durbin DURBIN SAYS PRESIDENT’S BUDGET IS “OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE NEEDS OF ILLINOIS AND THE NATION”
“The 9/11 Commission and the Bush administration warn that we are still at high risk of terrorist attack, yet the President’s budget cuts homeland security grants to states and funding for police and firefighters.”
Durbin: Energy a concern for budget - Springfield State Journal Register
"U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants to see the president's 2007 budget proposal not only push the issue of energy research but also strengthen assistance for low-income families struggling to pay heating bills."
Sen. Obama Illinois lagging in veterans benefits - DAILY SOUTHTOWN
"It makes me angry and it's discouraging to thousands of veterans in Illinois who have served their country," said Sen. Barack Obama, (D-Ill.). "We can't afford what appears to be mismanagement of a program that is vital in making sure veterans can support themselves."
Obama Statement on the 2007 Budget
"After years of shelling out billions in taxpayer dollars to well-connected and well-financed special interests, the President is facing a debt so large that he cannot afford the promises he's made to the American people."
Comments on President’s Budget Proposal
"Make no mistake: this House of Representatives will keep a sharp eye on controlling spending throughout this budget process."
Potomac Fever: Campaign cash flows, even with no election - Des Moines Register
"Lamberti has been boosted by more than $80,000 in donations from Republican incumbents in the House and their PACs, including Nussle and Speaker Dennis Hastert."
Super Bowl XL Commercials
For those who missed the SuperBowl yesterday, here is a site with links to all the commercials.
05 Feb Cable Com
Channel 17

 

Cable Com Schedule Posted
There is a new broadcast of Senator Obama's recent town hall meeting on the schedule.  There are things happening at Comcast... and you could be a part of it by volunteering.
Under the Radar
(An interesting but under covered story)
Customs `camps' cause for concern - Press Telegram, Long Beach, CA
"... the story said the federal government had awarded a $385 million contract for the construction of "temporary detention facilities." These would be used, the story said, in the event of an "immigration emergency.""
04 Feb Bachfest Chorale brings sacred music to audiences
"The 28 members of all ages are from DuPage County towns including Addison, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Itasca Lombard, Villa Park and West Chicago and surrounding communities."
Sen Durbin PASSAGE OF MINE SAFETY LEGISLATION
"We have more than 3,500 miners in Illinois. We owe it to them and to their families to ensure all 25 mines in operation in Illinois are well equipped and adequately prepared."
Memo Says Cuts, Rx Benefit Straining SSA - Brocktown News - NV
"Waxman told Hastert that the agency is considering closing offices for certain periods to allow staff to complete other work. He asked that the appropriate congressional committees investigate."
Under the Radar
(An interesting but under covered story)
White House may have destroyed evidence in Plame investigation
"The New York Daily News reported this week that special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald wrote in a letter to lawyers for former vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby that numerous emails from 2003 are missing from White House computer archives."
03 Feb Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
MILLNER, SENATE REPUBLICANS TO HOST INFORMATIONAL PENSION SEMINAR
“This pension forum is a way for teachers, state employees and Illinois taxpayers to learn more about the changes that regretfully took place and find out what they can do to protect the state’s retirement systems.”
DISTRICT 303 NEWS
Late night Thursday or early Friday edition...
Sen Peter Roskam SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3
"Committee votes and proposals defending property taxpayers, imposing stricter ethics reforms in state government and ending the “Shakedown Justice” culture in Illinois highlighted action this week in the Illinois Senate,"
Sen Durbin Compromise health insurance measure heads to Bush - WQAD - Moline,IL
"Last September, Durbin engineered a compromise that offered a better deal for Illinoisans. Durbin __ the Senate's second-highest ranking Democrat __ had blocked the original bill for seven months.  At stake was more than 300 (m) million dollars in funding for high-risk health insurance pools that provide coverage for those with medical conditions that make it impossible to get coverage in the regular market."
Sen. Obama Obama comes down on Akaka's side - Honolulu Star-Bulletin
"U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, an Illinois Democrat who has been called "Hawaii's third senator," has rejected U.S. Rep. Ed Case's attempt to unseat U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka.  Case called Obama on Wednesday and asked whom he is supporting in the Hawaii Democratic primary. Obama said he is backing Akaka."
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich urges Bush to veto Health Care Cuts
“During your State of the Union Address, you said that ‘our government has a responsibility to provide health care for the poor and the elderly.’  Signing legislation that raises the cost of health care for working families by permitting states to impose new or higher premiums and medical fees would contradict the beliefs you expressed to the entire nation just a few days ago.”
First Lady Patti Blagojevich and Healthcare partners host Women’s Healthy Heart Month event; Experts coach women on heart-healthy eating and fitness
Hastert Hails Skyrocketing Job Growth
"Payroll employment has increased for 29 consecutive months, adding over 4.7 million jobs, and the unemployment rate has fallen significantly over that period from 6.3 percent in June 2003, to the current rate of 4.7 percent."
Multimillion dollar Abramoff client gave $50,000 to GOP after meeting with Bush, DeLay, Hastert and Lott
"Three months later, in April, Fitial met Bush a second time. He also met then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS). Then he stopped in for visit with Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL)."
What corruption? - Houston Chronicle
"A first test of Boehner will be the role he plays in developing the lobbying reform package promised by House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Disclosure of the Republicans' full proposal has been delayed, in part because of members' resistance to anything that will keep them out of the trough."
Lobbyist culture requires large reforms - University of Evansville Crescent online - Indiana
"House Speaker Dennis Hastert has already shown his view of oversight leadership. When the House ethics committee finally began investigating complaints about DeLay, Hastert neutered the committee and booted its chairman."
02 Feb 6th Annual Ladies' Night Out Announced
"Proceeds will provide, for the 13th consecutive year, an adult chaperoned, substance-free all night after prom event. This is made possible through the generous contributions of concerned parents, business owners, and community members."
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey is sponsoring House Bill 4438
“This is an important issue because there is so much personal destruction that can result from an offender taking someone else’s identity or using someone’s personal information to commit crimes,”
West Chicago
Press
Neighbors come to aid of grieving family
"But now the walls are scorched by fire, with the second story most seriously damaged. And the laughter is gone as Noe and Maria Alanis now face life without their children, Natalie, 7, and Noe Jr., 3."
Three stand out at WC chamber's dinner
Upon receiving the award, Holmes said, "I am deeply humbled. West Chicago is truly my home. I think of the community as a whole, followed by my business."
"Since 1924, I have worked hard to be a part of West Chicago and contributing to the community," Marziani said. "Pearl has always been a part of this. The chamber has been an important segment of my life throughout the years."
Kudos to the Chamber of Commerce
"“The most important thing that my family got from moving to West Chicago was Tom Marziani,” said Wegner."
Identity theft, fraud are topics for seminar
"That motivated Wayne and Winfield townships to unite and sponsor an Identity Theft and Fraud Seminar, which will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wayne Township Senior Center, 27W031 North Ave., West Chicago."
Sen Durbin DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RELEASES FUNDS FOR JUDICIAL PROTECTION
“We are pleased to inform you that… the USMS (United States Marshall Service) awarded a $3.5 million contract to purchase and install home intrusion detection systems in the homes of federal judges."
DURBIN’S EFFORTS PAYOFF FOR UNINSURED IN ILLNOIS
“I could not stand idly by when the earlier bill would have resulted in hundreds of Illinoisans losing their health insurance. The Senate took an important step forward last night by passing a formula that is more fair to Illinois and other large states.”
DURBIN CALLS ON TUNA INDUSTRY TO ADDRESS MERCURY LEVELS
“It is unacceptable, given the risks associated with mercury poisoning, that the FDA does not have a routine testing program for this.
Sen. Obama Obama to Propose Aid for Katrina Children
"This achieves two goals. First, it helps keep a promise the President made to rebuild the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina," Obama said. "Second, in a $70 billion bill laden with tax cuts for the wealthy and well-connected, it sets aside less than 1 percent for our neediest children."
Obama Demands Answers on Illinois’ Last-in-the-Nation Job Placement Rate for Veterans
“Given the federal government’s troubling history of not paying Illinois veterans the disability pay that they have earned, I’m especially concerned that we are also failing to help our veterans find good jobs,” said Obama. “When veterans turn to us to help them find a job, it’s simply unacceptable that too often they’re told, ‘Sorry, we can’t help you’.”
Governor
Blagojevich
expansion at LaSalle Veterans’ Home
“The federal government may have turned its back on our veterans by short-changing them on the disability and health care benefits they’ve earned, but we are doing things differently in Illinois. We owe it to the men and women who bravely put their lives on the line in defense of our freedoms and our liberties,”
Big Phonies - The Stakeholder
"Hastert just looked at the date Democrats scheduled for release, scheduled his own press conference, and threw some stuff out there. There was an initial embarassment for all concerned when Shadegg, the supposed reformer of the lot, came out pro-junket in contrary to Hastert's proposal. Now we find that it was all a farce, with even the most modest of their measures being rejected by the rank & file out of hand."
Dems Don't Know Jack - AlterNet
"The analysis shows that when Abramoff took on his tribal clients, the majority of them dramatically ratcheted up donations to Republicans. Meanwhile, donations to Democrats from the same clients either dropped, remained largely static or, in two cases, rose by a far smaller percentage than the ones to Republicans did. This pattern suggests that whatever money went to Democrats, rather than having been steered by Abramoff, may have largely been money the tribes would have given anyway."
PRESS DIGEST - Washington Post - Feb. 2 - Reuters
“The federal government may have turned its back on our veterans by short-changing them on the disability and health care benefits they’ve earned, but we are doing things differently in Illinois. We owe it to the men and women who bravely put their lives on the line in defense of our freedoms and our liberties,”
The Hastert Solution: Use Massive Oil Profits to Buy Ads For Oil - Think Progress - Washington,DC
"Hastert reiterated a request he made to ExxonMobil last year to take some profit “and use it to communicate to the American public about what [oil companies] are doing,”"
Comments on PATRIOT Act Extension, Passage of Deficit Reduction Act
"Our citizens have said they don’t want to see waste in the federal government, so this bill includes $40 billion in mandatory savings."
Under the Radar
(An interesting but under covered story)
'St. Jack' and the Bullies in the Pulpit - Washington Post
"Danforth urged GOP moderates to show that "we, too, have strongly held Christian convictions, that we speak from the depths of our beliefs, and that our approach to politics is at least as faithful as that of those who are more conservative.""
01 Feb Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
MILLNER INTERVIEWED FOR CHICAGO CABLE’S ‘NEWSMAKERS’ PROGRAM
"Newsmakers is a five-minute interview segment featuring elected officials and community leaders sharing their thoughts on current issues. It airs 55 minutes after the hour daily on CNN Headline News."
Sugar Grove man gets 5 years for DUI death
“This case screams this is a dangerous man, and not because he drinks but because he doesn’t care how it affects others,”
IMSA students give a shocking show
"Seven students from the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora recently gave a witty, entertaining and engaging presentation on the basics of electricity for a group of second- through fifth-grade students."
Benjamin to host its fun fair Saturday
"The Benjamin-Evergreen PTA is hosting the 16th annual school festival."
Laughable message
"I hope the joke's on all of them come November."
William Hooper, West Chicago "
Funeral set for brother, sister killed in home fire
"Visitation has been set for 3 to 8 p.m. at Norris-Whalen Funeral Home, 132 Fremont St., West Chicago. The funeral will be held at the funeral home immediately following the visitation."
Sen Durbin RESPONSE TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
“The White House told us before the speech that the President was going to spend significant time addressing the problem of health care. Instead, the ideas we heard tonight were mostly recycled concepts like health savings accounts. Health savings accounts offer high costs, high risks and low benefits to consumers.”
Sen. Obama FAA and controller union wrangle
"John Carr, union president, said in a teleconference yesterday that Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), will introduce a bill to create a three-step process for resolving an impasse."
Obama Calls on Congressional Leadership to Immediately Pass Meaningful Ethics Reform
"We need to prove to the American people that we are committed to reform, and if the President is unwilling to lead on this issue, then Congress must show him the way by passing meaningful reform legislation immediately."
Response to the President's State of the Union Address
"Because after five years of the same timid solutions to great national challenges, Americans are more anxious about their future and more uncertain about the direction of the country we love."
Potential clean-up position - Washington Times
"Then Speaker Dennis Hastert must carry out the needed reforms. A nice, well-liked man, Mr. Hastert has presided over an explosion in government spending while supporting earmarks that helped cause that explosion. If he will not or cannot end earmarks and control spending, he must be replaced."
(Recall Saipan is a factor in the DeLay Scandal... including charges about slave labor, prostitution, and forced abortions. - Bob)
Report: Blunt won't commit to vote on NMI delegate bill - Saipan Tribune - Saipan,Northern Mariana
"Last year, the island's lobbyist, Dan Mattoon, a former aide to Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), said Hastert told him the bill should be given "full consideration.""
Speaker Applauds President’s State of the Union Message
"House Republicans are committed to working on these and other proposals with President Bush. Together, we can ensure that all of our citizens have access to the American Dream of peace and prosperity.”"
Governor
Blagojevich

 

GOV. BLAGOJEVICH CELEBRATES LAUNCH OF THE DODGE CALIBER AT THE CHRYSLER GROUP’S NEWLY RETOOLED BELVIDERE ASSEMBLY PLANT
   
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