Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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30 June Inflatable pool rules tightened
"“The chance of somebody drowning in these pools still exists,” he said, noting the city hasn’t issued any $75 citations yet and is focusing on educating the public first"
Stanley Dudek
"Mr. Dudek, 89, formerly of West Chicago, a Polish World War II veteran and former prisoner of war who produced paintings included in the collections of many major Chicago-area corporations, died Thursday, June 15, in the DuPage Convalescent Center in Wheaton, after a series of strokes."
Sen Peter Roskam Senate Week in Review June 26 – 30, 2006
"Almost fifty bills were signed into law during the week of June 26 - 30, including measures that provide for more extensive regulation of sex offenders, and new laws intended to reduce teenage truancy and permit Illinois counties to regulate smoking."
"To honor the 200th anniversary of his birth, this special series of $1 commemorative coins will pay tribute to his life and work.”
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today said that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which Durbin is a member, has approved $222.752 million for energy and water-related projects in Illinois."
"Congress and the President must address this human-made crisis today because it is a threat not only to our generation, but generations to come.”
Illionois Senators


“Senator Obama and I wanted to make it clear to the chairman that any plan to create regional nuclear waste sites without any local veto power is unacceptable."
Sen. Obama Obama's Eloquent Faith - Washington Post
"Faith doesn't mean that you don't have doubts," Obama declared. "You need to come to church in the first place precisely because you are first of this world, not apart from it."
Ethics Rules
“Even if this bill doesn’t become law, the Senate should adopt these modest rules to put an end to lobbyist-paid lunches and gifts and start to change the culture in Washington that led to the rise of Jack Abramoff and Duke Cunningham.”
Rep Hastert Sibel's Whistleblowers’ Dirty Dozen
"The following members of Congress, by their action or inaction, have stood against real investigations, hearings, and legislation dealing with government whistleblowers who have exposed waste, fraud, abuse, and or criminal activities within government agencies."
[Denny comes in 4th, behind Hilary Clinton... shouldn't we expect better? - Bob]
disclose, denny
"In Hastert's 2002 filings, there was no mention of the property - no asset, no liability, no transaction, and no mention of his home/farm.  The same is true for the 2003 filing."
Governor Blagojevich visits Peoria area family to kick off his landmark All Kids program
Gov. Blagojevich signs new law to expand affordable housing options for Illinois working families
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th IL)
Coverage will Begin
Starting today, we are sending out the bots to collect and post articles about Rep. Hastert's Democratic opponent for the US House.
29 June Elementary
District 33
Key Communicator Message: Preschool Modular Building Project
"The new preschool center will bring all District #33 preschool classrooms to one location. It will run parallel to the District #33 Office on Forest Avenue to the west, between the District Office and Gary School."
West Chicago
Heritage Days honors Mo, Marian Zarate
"As a first generation Mexican family, they realized the American dream -- working hard, saving money and finally buying a home,"
Area's first Relay for Life seeks teams, sponsors
"On Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16, the two communities will join in the American Cancer Society's first local Relay for Life, that will be held on the Community High School track in West Chicago."
Heritage Days - new name, old fun July 6-9
"Before it was Railroad Days, now it is Heritage Days . But no matter what you call it, it is rapidly approaching. Again many fun activities are planned from Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, July 9."
Around and About (scroll down)
Brush pickup, Council meeting canceled, Trinity Lutheran School, Chamber's Fashion Show, Rotary Club installation, 3V Fishing Club's 16th annual Carp Fishing Tournament
GOP calling ‘big oil’  rallies political stunt
"And in the race to replace Hyde, state Sen. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, received $33,150 so far this year from donors associated with the gas and oil industry. Roskam’s opponent, Democrat Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran from Hoffman Estates, has accepted $1,500 from oil industry-related campaign donors."
" PRAIRIE OAKS FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER: Union Pacific West line to West Chicago
Prairie Oaks Family Aquatic Center, 129 W. National St., West Chicago; 630-231-9474, is about a mile from the West Chicago station. There are cabs in town but you may have to call one from the station."
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • $300,000 to develop permanent exhibits of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the Underground Railroad.
  • acquisition of land tracts from willing sellers within the boundaries of the Shawnee National Forest.
  • and others
"To date, $12 million has been appropriated for the EJ&E Bridge, which is hit by marine vessels more often than any other bridge in America. Repair of the bridge is a priority for the United States Coast Guard."
Sen. Obama Obama, Religion and the Blog Reaction
"After all, the problems of poverty and racism, the uninsured and the unemployed, are not simply technical problems in search of the perfect ten point plan. They are rooted in both societal indifference and individual callousness - in the imperfections of man."
Sen. Barack Obama speaks out on faith and politics - Sojourners Magazine
"But today I'd like to talk about the connection between religion and politics and perhaps offer some thoughts about how we can sort through some of the often bitter arguments over this issue over the last several years."
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Rep Hastert Fastest GDP Growth in 2.5 Years
"Our economy grew at a robust 5.6 percent rate this quarter, the fastest in two and a half years and even stronger than economists projected."
With scandals aplenty, ethics bills waiting - Kansas City Star - MO
"Back in January House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois called for a ban on privately sponsored travel.  He may have been reading the polls. A Washington Post-ABC News survey a few days after Abramoff’s guilty plea found that nearly 60 percent of the public said the case reflected “widespread corruption” in the capital.
Partisans are making it tough for moderates to solve immigration - Fort Wayne News Sentinel
"After that, GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert let his chamber do everything possible to disrupt a compromise with the Senate. He and his leadership team fear the Republican faithful storming the election booths in November over this issue."
DeLay still on Hill - The Hill - Washington,DC
"Since his resignation from the House this month, DeLay has held at least two meetings with his old friend and political ally House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).  The two met yesterday afternoon in Hastert’s office, and last week DeLay attended a regular gathering of former House leaders in the Speaker’s Capitol suite."
43,000 kids enrolled in landmark All Kids program
"Every child deserves the opportunity to grow up healthy, and starting next Saturday, hard working Illinois parents who can’t afford private health insurance will have an affordable option in the All Kids program,"
Torture teachers - Salon
"Now Salon has the first hard proof of that connection, via one document buried among 1,000 pages obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union through the Freedom of Information Act. A March 22, 2005, sworn statement by the former chief of the Interrogation Control Element at Guantánamo said instructors from SERE also taught their methods to interrogators of the prisoners in Cuba."
28 June West Chicago
High School
Four West Chicago HS Students Named Finalists
"Four Community High School students have been chosen as finalists in the 2006 American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)/Lexmark Photo Contest."
Peace march stops at Hastert office on way across Illinois
"There, along with almost 40 other peace advocates, Kelly organized a rally in an attempt to speak with the GOP leader about the war in Iraq.  "Hastert has a unique opportunity to distinguish himself and take a political chance," Kelly said through a loudspeaker."
"Those making a difference
The West Chicago City Museum recently received a $2,000 grant from the Illinois Humanities Council to support programming for the exhibit "Immigration: Building a Community.""
“Republicans cut $12 billion from student aid – the largest single cut in financial aid programs in history to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. The leadership cannot continue to place the burden of paying for tax cuts for the richest Americans on the backs of students from middle class families."
Ike's Vision: Interstates turn 50 - Morris Daily Herald - Morris,IL
"Participants in the two-hour public program at the test road site included U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, who noted the courage it took for Eisenhower and the Congress to pass the legislation because the move instituted a 50 percent increase in the federal tax on gasoline from two cents to three cents."
US military plans Iraqi troop cuts - Globe and Mail - Canada
"But Senator Richard Durbin, deputy leader of the Democrats in the Senate, said the news reports of a phased withdrawal coupled with Mr. al-Maliki's national reconciliation plan are a vindication of Democratic opposition to an open-ended stay."
Outward and upwards - Guardian Unlimited - UK
"One hundred percent of the Democratic caucus believes it's time for change," said Senator Dick Durbin. " One hundred percent of the Republican caucus believes it's time to stay the course."
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on Flag Burning Amendment
"Across America, there are millions who are looking for us to do something about health care, about education, about energy. The Senate will likely be in session for about 50 more days for the rest of this year. To spend the precious time we have left battling an epidemic of flag burning that does not exist is a disservice to our country."
Sen. Obama urges Democrats to court evangelicals - WAVY-TV - Portsmouth,VA
Obama said that if Democrats don't reach out to religious Americans, then ... quote ... "Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons will continue to hold sway."
Rep Hastert free Trips of the folks working for j. Dennis Hastert
"Total cost of 251 office trips: $443,859.58" ... including BOTH the Speaker and his staff.
Hastert: 'Loose lips' kill Americans - MSNBC
"What we're talking about is people who are leaking classified information. It's not news. It's classified information our government is using to fight terrorists," said House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Illinois.
GOP: Find immigration deal, or lose - St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg,FL
"Republican leaders in the U.S. House are playing Americans for fools on immigration. Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., has announced a series of Mexican-bashing sessions thinly disguised as public hearings in cities along the southern border. There isn't much doubt what those staged events will produce after they've whipped up a hand-picked audience with xenophobic rhetoric and dire warnings on terrorism."


Mississippi River Bridge alternative
"The alternative to the proposed 8-lane cable-stayed New Mississippi River Bridge and associated roadways is building an "MLK Bridge Coupler.” This concept utilizes the existing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge along with a new parallel structure as a means to improve river-crossing capacity with available funding."
more flexibility for DUI enforcement
“Having the right equipment is critical to police work, but sometimes you need to increase enforcement or raise awareness to make a difference, especially when it comes to reducing instances of drunk driving.”
Board of Education meeting synopsis, and more...
Sen Peter Roskam 48th District receives Clean Energy grants
"Several facilities throughout the 48th District will share in nearly a half million dollars worth of grants from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to complete projects that reduce pollution, save energy, and increase energy efficiency, according to State Senator Peter Roskam (R- Wheaton)."
Serving the needy, needing space
"So the West Chicago-based not-for-profit organization is looking to expand its offices so it can better serve low-income seniors, families and their children."
Students vie for prize with stories of life’s lessons
"Three of the local winners also won national prizes, including Jessica Klein, a senior at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago; Noura Choudhury, a junior at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton and Jack Millikan, a fourth-grader at Erickson School in Bloomingdale."
"A provision which directs the Architect of the Capitol to install the first ethanol (E-85) fuel pump on the Capitol complex. The provision also requires existing legislative branch flex fuel vehicles to use the ethanol pump and all future legislative branch vehicles to be E-85 compatible and use E-85 fuel."
“Families in Illinois and across America have given their best and their bravest. In order to truly honor the sacrifice of our fallen heroes, we must set a clear path to bring our troops home with their mission truly accomplished."
“Renewable fuels provide us with a dependable domestic source of energy that reduces our reliance on foreign oil and enhances our ability to control our own security and economic future – while helping farmers by increasing demand for their crops."
Sen. Obama Obama Legislation Requiring Air Force Report on Future Plans for 183rd Airborne Passes Senate
"This legislation would require the Air Force to explain to them what future missions are under consideration for the 183rd and what criteria is being used to decide their eventual mission."
Rep Hastert Voting Rights Delay All Too Familiar - - Washington,DC
"But Hastert's latest comments, issued shortly after he abruptly pulled reauthorizing legislation from the floor, rang a bit hollow this time around. Having scheduled a vote to reauthorize the act, Hastert and other GOP leaders buckled to last-minute pressure from a handful of mostly Southern Republicans."
Power Trips, Part 3: The Big Fish - Marketplace - MN
"Senators Bond, Enzi and Gramm are not the only lawmakers who may have run afoul of congressional ethics rules. After an exhaustive search of congressional and campaign records, Marketplace could find no disclosures revealing who paid for the travel and lodging expenses for two of the most powerful men in Washington: Speaker Dennis Hastert and former Majority Leader Trent Lott."
Don't count on immigration overhaul - OCRegister - Orange County,CA
"A technical glitch that prevented the Senate from sending the measure to the House and triggering establishment of a conference committee gave Hastert some wiggle room. And he decided to just make the issue basically go away for a couple of months."
Gov. Blagojevich signs law to make sure medicines on pharmacy shelves are safe
“This law helps make sure that we not only inspect retailers, but wholesalers too.  It’s critical that everyone involved in the supply chain for prescription drugs meet all of the safety requirements,”
Limbaugh Detained At Airport For Drugs
"Limbaugh was returning on a flight from the Dominican Republic when customs officials found a Viagra prescription that did not bear his name."
26 June Heritage Days Parade Update
The line up positions for the parade are now posted.  Check the list and then spot yourself on the map.  Unfortunately, the city and their management company has provided me with no music schedules or other information.
No one hurt in West Chicago fire
"The city’s fire department responded to a structure fire at about 10:30 a.m., and it was extinguished in about 30 minutes, Fire Lt. Dennis Keefe said.  The fire was in an outside wall of a single-family house located at 0N570 Sunset Ave."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
“This bill will not only increase the state’s nursing rolls by allowing qualified people to avoid a lot of red tape, but it will also keep unqualified foreign nurses from practicing in Illinois - because they could no longer slip through the cracks in the current system,” Millner said.
Not your father's cr - - sw - rd
" Angela Rojas of West Chicago prefers print versions.  "Growing up, my sister and I did crossword paperbacks," said the University of Illinois at Chicago junior. Now, she works the Chicago Tribune puzzle while commuting to school, always carrying a pocket dictionary in her bag."
Gov. Blagojevich announces grants to support local emergency planning efforts
“Emergency operations plans drive our response to any emergency, whether it’s a natural disaster like a tornado or flood, or even a terrorist attack,” Blagojevich said. “The better prepared local emergency management agencies are, the better their response to a disaster will be.”
Illinois reports decrease in AIDS cases reported in Illinois in 2005
“I'm delighted that Dr.Whitaker is taking this opportunity to remind us that the 3 percent decrease in infections should be welcomed with a redoubled effort at prevention and testing,” said Danny Davis, U.S. Representative – 7th District.
25 June Cable Com
Channel 17


Access Channel 17
"Here's this week's adventure in Public Access TV!"
  • City Council 6/16/06
  • Literacy Begins With You
  • Dual Language Program
  • Railroad Days Parade '04
Well-paved road to political perdition
"Washington is abuzz with the disclosure that House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) recently made a windfall profit in a real estate venture linked to a highway deal that he personally "earmarked" in Congress. What should concern voters, however, is not that such deals routinely occur, but that they are allowed under the widely ridiculed ethics rules that the members wrote for themselves."
Sen Durbin Terrorists Claim Execution of Abducted Russian Embassy Workers in ... - Men's News Daily - Guerneville,CA
“This [Iraqi] national unity plan calls for beginning the withdrawal of American troops with a timetable,” said Richard Durbin. “That is a position now taken by the Iraqi government, by the Iraqi people, by the American people and by the Democrats, 39 out of 45 in the United States Senate. The only ones who disagree, apparently, are the Republican senators.”
Iraqi PM offers rebels amnesty - - London,UK
"To think of the lives that we have put on the line for the future of this nation and that those who are responsible for killing our soldiers would not be held accountable is not acceptable," Durbin said on ABC television's "This Week" programme.
Opposition to flag-burning amendment unites some in both parties - WKYT - Lexington,KY
"Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin both told A-B-C's "This Week" that they opposed the amendment.  Republicans have been putting pressure on McConnell to vote in favor of the ban, but the Senate majority whip from Kentucky has said he has concerns about the ban infringing on freedom of speech."
Rep Hastert Wrong wing out of ideas on border - Arizona Republic - Phoenix,AZ
"On behalf of the wrong wing of the GOP (nobody should call it "right"), House Speaker Dennis Hastert called hearings around the country "to listen to the American people" on the subject of immigration reform."
Hastert hogties immigration - Robertson County Times - TN
"Clearly, Hastert's announcement is a ploy to delay any effort on immigration for this year, but even knowing his political motive, the idea of having hearings on a bill that has already passed both in the House and Senate is inane."
Disarray on voting rights shows heft of GOP fringe - Houston Chronicle
"Instead Hastert allowed last-minute whining at least momentarily to derail reauthorization of sections of the Voting Rights Act set to expire next year.  This is the same Hastert who last month stood on the steps of the Capitol with Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate to pledge enactment of the measure that has now been set aside."
24 June Sen Durbin Deportation on Hold - - Jefferson City,MO
"Westminster College officials say Marie Gonzalez was notified by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin that she has been granted a year extension to continue her studies."
Durbin says American's can't afford Bush administration's tax cuts - WQAD - Moline,IL
"But Durbin says instead of Cheney's glowing picture of the administration's economic policies, Americans should hold the administration accountable for the nation's rising deficit and debt."
Sen. Obama


Chuck Keller's Blog - TPMCafe - New York,NY
"Barack Obama is a shining star in the Democratic party. He is smart, passionate and has the support of his constituents more than most. His election to the U.S. Senate was a landslide. He has spoken eloquently in the Senate and on the "talking head" shows about the direction the party should be taking in the future."
Rep Hastert Speaking of get-rich-quick schemes - MetroWest Daily News - Framingham,MA
"Hastert didn't want the FBI searching the office of William Jefferson because he was afraid they might search his own office next. And Hastert didn't condemn DeLay and other corrupt Republicans because it turns out he's mired in the same old mud. Indeed, when it comes to corruption in the House of Representatives, the old Greek saying proves true: "The fish stinks from the head down.""
Hastert on the Hastert Highway. - Chicago Sun-Times
"On the ethics side, earmarks -- and the ability of some powerful lawmakers to virtually write projects into law -- are at the center of the investigation of convicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff."
Groups say lawmakers profiting from earmarks - Concord Monitor - Concord,NH
""The sound bites from politicians have always been that they're doing what's best for their districts, but we're starting to see a pattern that looks like they might be doing what's best for their pocketbooks," said Keith Ashdown, vice president of the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense."
Voting Rights Act Nailed To Burning Cross
"Now that the GOP has been caught breaking the Voting Rights law, they have found a way to keep using their expensively obtained “caging” lists: let the law expire next year. If the Voting Rights Act dies in 2007, the 2008 race will be open season on dark-skinned voters."
Board of Education meeting, and more...
Sen Peter Roskam SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: June 19-23
"An initiative requiring young drivers to spend more practice time behind the wheel, a tax checkoff to help municipalities buy defibrillators, and more comprehensive insurance coverage for persons with autism were among the bills signed into law during the week of June 19-23, according to State Sen. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton)."
Despite surplus, Dist. 33 worried about 2007-08
"But the district’s health insurance costs decreased by $1.4 million.  The pleasant surprise eliminated the shortfall and allowed the district to balance its books for the school year that just ended."
[I think somebody should start thinking about rebuilding the reserves that were spent in the last five or six years... the district is not financially healthy until they return to 1980's levels. - Bob]
Midwest expo a mecca for helicopter hobbyists
"When Dwight Shilling took his Kyosho chopper to the field, he created his own buzz. The West Chicago semiprofessional flier routinely places in national competitions and competes for the U.S. in the FAI World Championships, including last year's event in Zamora, Spain."
“Today, we received assurances that if the plant decides to close, the 1,000 workers in Herrin, Illinois will receive critical assistance to help them find new jobs.”
“I am honored to have worked with Secretary Mineta and wish him the best as he prepares to leave the public arena for private life.”
“In Illinois, this type of restoration funding has successfully repaired more than 27,000 acres of wetlands since 1990. The decision by the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide the Wetlands Reserve Program with full funding will help us protect nature’s most productive ecosystem.”
“The $1.5 million approved by the Senate committee will help Illinois officials develop a plan to meet this challenge and avert a potentially devastating situation."
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today said that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved nearly $17.9 million for Illinois agriculture projects. Durbin is a member of the Appropriations Committee."
Sen. Obama on FBI Bust of Terrorist Conspiracy to Blow Up Sears Tower
"We need to make sure our scarce homeland security dollars are distributed according to risk and threat, not pork-barrel politics. Political concerns should be put aside when we are talking about protecting our citizens."
Obama Bill to Help Get Homeless Veterans off the Streets Passes Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
"More than 400,000 will experience homelessness over the course of a year, but our government is doing far too little to help get these veterans off the streets. This legislation will provide some much-needed assistance to these veterans who have sacrificed so much for us."
Rep Hastert Hastert miffed at land debate
"At a GOP fundraiser Monday, Hastert blasted what he called the "unrelenting Democratic media.''  He seems irritated at accusations of personal profit from the "Hastert Highway" and why he did not specifically describe the transactions on his disclosure statement, as required by the House Ethics Manual."
[As one who has voted for more Republicans than Democrats in my life, I am more offended by the Daily Herald's non-coverage, than the many newspapers that cover the alleged scandal. - Bob]
Eminent Domain Executive Order
"This Executive Order will protect property owners by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government. This includes situations in which the taking is for public use with just compensation, and the purpose of benefiting the general public,..."
[I think he got this mixed up. - Bob]
new therapy coverage for autistic children
“New treatments are available to help autistic children and in Illinois, we’re going to make sure that insurance covers them.”
22 June Tan spa stalker gets 8 years
"The couple, Kerry and Dee Seghers, who live near West Chicago, downplayed their involvement.  “We didn’t do anything extraordinary,” the wife said. “We just did what everyone should do.” "
West Chicago
Around and about - fox Community Center hosts an open house June 27
"We would like to see what persons envision for the center to meet the current needs, the concept and importance of the utilizing the center to its full extent."
Destructive emerald ash borer found near St. Charles
"The Illinois Department of Agriculture confirmed the beetle as an emerald ash borer June 15, and began a survey of the area to determine the extent of the infestation. The surveyors will be in the Campton Township area for about a week."
[Readers are reminded of the more extensive coverage from the Aboretum on June 14th, EMERALD ASH BORER CONFIRMED IN ILLINOIS. - Bob]
An administration in search of morals
"In a staggering display of brass-faced gall, Hastert is now claiming a freeway running 5.5 miles from his land is not close enough to affect the price of the farm. Then what did the developer pay the extra $3 million for?"
Ash borer flight seems to stall near Kane County infestation
"After a week of staring at bark and shinnying up trees, authorities have yet to find any signs that the emerald ash borer has spread beyond a handful of yards in Kane County."
Forest preserve bans outside firewood over ash borer fears
"Blackwell Forest Preserve in DuPage County is barring visitors from bringing in their own firewood -- and requiring them to buy it for $3 a bundle from the agency -- because of fears about the tree-destroying emerald ash borer beetle."
Saint Louis
Officials Don't Know What Killed Man Found Dead On Playground
"St. Charles authorities say the body of Matthew Thies, 27, didn't have any signs of foul play or violence.  That leaves them baffled about how it came to be found last Friday sprawled on a park bench at an elementary school just blocks from his home."
Sen Durbin Democrats want change in Iraq, GOP backs Bush(Updated 04:16 pm) - China Post - Taipei,Taiwan
"One hundred percent of the Democratic caucus believes it's time for change. One hundred percent of the Republican caucus believes it's time to stay the course,"
Senator Rallies Support for Student Loan Interest Rate Cut - BankNet 360 - New York,NY
"The legislation is meant to counter the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, which will raise student loan interest rates and cut funding to government programs for low income students effective July 1."
Sen. Obama Floor Statement of Senator Barack Obama on Iraq Debate
"America and the American people have paid a high price for the decision to invade Iraq and myriad mistakes that followed. I believe that history will not judge the authors of this war kindly."
Religious Leaders Commit to Overcoming Poverty - U.S. Newswire
"Local and national clergy, church activists and leaders of faith-based organizations will convene to focus national attention on the rising poverty rate in America. Republican and Democratic political figures, like Senator Barack Obama and Senator Rick Santorum, will address the conference."
Rep Hastert Hastert and Others Defend Land Gains - Washington Post
"Ashdown, of Taxpapers for Common Sense, who has chronicled Hastert's efforts to secure the parkway funding, also remains suspicious. 
"The facts are the facts," he said, "and the facts are, he made a lot of money off this deal, and he was the one who got this earmark."
[This article is getting additional play from Talking Points Memo with sweet earmark deal.  - Bob]
Congressional GOP's cynical ploy - U.S. News & World Report
"House Speaker Dennis Hastert said the nation must stand firm "in its commitment to fight terrorism." Mr. Speaker, we've stood firm for three years even after the president made the mistake of once declaring that major hostilities were over. The war continues, and insurgency remains even as our leaders make false predictions that the end is in sight."
Old habits die hard: Why the earmark is alive and well - Houston Chronicle
"On the day after these votes, reform Republicans in Congress were startled by a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, based on research by the Sunlight Foundation, that House Speaker Dennis Hastert earned $2 million by the 2005 sale of land he purchased in 2004. Hastert last July earmarked $207 million as the first appropriation for the proposed Prairie Parkway,..."
Speaker Hastert's Land Deal Questioned - CBS News
"House Speaker Dennis Hastert denied Thursday that he pushed for federal funding for a proposed highway in northeastern Illinois so he and his wife could reap about $1.8 million from land deals near their home in Kendall County."
legislation requiring teens to spend more time learning how to drive
"House Bill 4768, sponsored by Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago) and Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago), doubles the amount of behind the wheel training teens must have from 25 to 50 hours, and requires that 10 of those hours be driven at night."
21 June Plainfield sets pace in area growth
"Rapidly expanding villages such as McHenry, West Chicago and Oswego, all of which grew more than 10 percent between 2000 and 2005, represent a new frontier for the ever-expanding Chicago area."
“The decision to conduct a study of Godley’s water system is a positive development in our efforts to ensure the safety of Braidwood area residents,”
“There is no more fitting way to permanently and publicly recognize Congressman Evan’s work than to name the Rock Island Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in his honor.”
Rep Hastert Hastert Won't Fess Up To Honest Graft - TPM Muckraker
"Last week, we noted House Speaker Dennis Hastert's (R-IL) sweet real estate deal - a deal that, as many TPM readers pointed out, Tammany Hall pol George Washington Plunkitt would have dismissed as " honest graft." "I seen my opportunities and I took 'em," Hastert might say."
the Voting Rights Act
“This morning we heard from several of our members regarding the expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act, and they asked for more time to discuss and review the bill."
Gov. Blagojevich announces $200 million available to help working families buy their own homes
Gov. Blagojevich signs law to reduce kindergarten through third grade class sizes
20 June West
Garden Walk ... Saturday, June 24th
"There are five porches and five gardens on the walk. You can purchase a ticket for either the porches or the gardens, or a combined ticket giving
you admission to all ten locations."
Cable Com
Channel 17
Access Channel 17's schedule has been posted.
IS THE PARKWAY DRIVING GROWTH? - Joliet Herald News - Joliet,IL
"Members of "Citizens Against the Sprawlway" have gone so far as to criticize Hastert at public meetings for purchasing property a few miles from the parkway's proposed route. Hastert sold some of that land last December for more than three times the original price, making a $2 million profit."
Suburbs pool data as gangs expand
"The CLEAR system is a useful tool, but the information it contains is scant compared with what is available to the Police Department in West Chicago, Police Cmdr. Bruce Malkin said.  "One of the things that we lacked was gang intelligence, so we developed our own [database],""
"The Republican leadership would rather eliminate taxes for the wealthiest Americans instead of working on behalf of Americans looking for a decent wage, for an honest day’s work.”
“Congress can no longer ignore the real solution to ending our dependence on foreign oil and reversing the growing and harmful effects of global warming. The road to energy security, a healthier environment and consumer relief begins with increasing the fuel economy for all cars and trucks.”
Surrendering Not A Solution, Senate Majority Leader Says - KWTX - Waco,TX
"The Democratic proposals, which have not yet been introduced, call for the redeployment to begin this year.  Illinois Senator Richard Durbin says the goal is to "serve notice on the Iraqis that their future has to be in their own hands.""
US plays down Iraqi adviser's forecast of troop withdrawal - Financial Times - London,England
"Senator Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, rejected the surrender imagery, saying: “We have to serve notice on the Iraqis that their future has to be in their own hands.”"
Sen. Obama Will political reporters get it? - GetReligion - Washington,DC
"The article hints twice at Obama’s religious beliefs. Once here:
"Invitations he has turned down included a chance to be Stanford University’s commencement speaker, because he tries to spend Sundays at home in Chicago with his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters."
Rep Hastert Passage of Defense Appropriations Bill
"It fully funds a 2.2 percent military pay raise, effective January 1, 2007, as well as $50 billion in funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and $7.25 million for body armor and other gear our troops need in the field."
GOP's hands caught in the cookie jar - Austin American-Statesman - Austin,TX
"It is an insidious and corrupting practice, yet the congressional leadership seemingly cannot help itself. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and leaders of important committees continue to defend earmarks and punish members who try to prevent them."
Patriotic Pork: Give Me That Old-Time Corruption - Empire Burlesque - Oxford,Oxfordshire,UK
"No sir, with Big Denny Hastert, it's all up front, just like his prodigious belly: "We gonna build this highway I pushed throught right near this land I done bought and, son, we gonna make ourselves a great big pile." That's the American way!"
Real estate deal rewards Hastert - Monsters and - Glasgow,UK
"Hastert is the driving force behind the Prairie Parkway, a proposed federally-funded highway that runs nearby Hastert`s newly acquired property, the newspaper said."
19 June Rep.Randy Ramey Letter to the Editor
"Just last Wednesday, a story surfaced in the Chicago Sun-Times about how payroll records in Springfield containing Social Security Numbers of government workers were found in a state recycling Dumpster accessible to the public."
City of West Chicago Immigration: Building a Community
"West Chicago City Museum receives $2,000 from the
Illinois Humanities Council to provide exhibit programming for
Immigration: Building a Community "
California gang presence felt here
"Sureno 13 gang members were first spotted in the suburbs about a decade ago and their membership continues to grow here, said West Chicago Cmdr. Bruce Malkin, who trains police officers on identifying and dealing with gangs."
Speaker's finances
"Members of the U.S. House and Senate released details of their personal income and holdings this week in annual financial disclosure statements. Highlights of the statement by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Yorkville, include:"
Road to Riches
"From its inception, Davis maintains, the 36-mile outer beltway was advertised as a regional bypass to keep truck traffic off of overburdened local highways and not as an engine for economic development.  "This present map is so far removed from what the project is supposed to have been," Davis said. "I just have to ask, 'Who will benefit from this road?'""
Records reveal Hastert's hand in land deal
"Hastert received five-eighths of the proceeds from the land sale, said Dallas Ingemunson, one of his partners. That indicates a profit of more than $1.5 million for Hastert."
How Hastert benefited from sale
"Instead of cash, Hastert (R-Ill.) took most of his share of the proceeds in land, some of it less than 2 miles from the parcels he and two partners in a land trust sold for nearly $5 million to a developer who plans to build more than 1,500 homes and commercial space on the property near Little Rock and Galena roads in Plano."
Sen Durbin EPA says two polluted sites are no longer threats - Rockford Register Star - Rockford,IL
“It appears nothing has changed at the sites but something has changed at EPA,” Durbin said Thursday..."
Presidential Ambitions Distract Senate - ktla 5 - Los Angeles,CA
""We are driving the Senate while so many of our colleagues are intoxicated with the idea of being president," Durbin said.  The wave of ambition is taking a toll. Critics say the political self-interest of would-be candidates sometimes conflicts with the broader interests of their party and the Senate as a whole."
Sen. Obama The End Of Small Politics - Alternet
"Whether it's the war or Katrina or health care or outsourcing, you'll hear people say that, now, surely we've come to a moment where things have to change. And there are Americans who still believe in an America where anything's possible; they're just not sure that their leaders still do."
Obama leads Illinois lawmakers in income - WQAD - Moline,IL
"Obama reported today that book deals boosted his earnings last year to at least one-point-three-nine (m) million dollars.  Besides his Senate salary, Obama reported income of 378-thousand dollars from book royalties and 847-thousand dollars for a book advance."
Sen. Obama, Rocker Young Are Mutual Fans - The Kindred Times - Utah
"Rocker Neil Young may want Sen. Barack Obama to run for president, but the freshman Democratic senator from Illinois isn‘t having any of it — at least not yet.  The 44-year-old Obama said at a news conference before a fundraiser Saturday that he had read the lyrics. But despite being name-checked by a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Obama said he has no intention of running for president in two years."
African School To Be Named After Obama - WBBM780 - Chicago
"A school in Mali is being built for Illinois Senator Barack Obama. The junior senator was told the news Monday morning at a breakfast that encourages community service."
Rep Hastert Hastert land profits linked to road bill - Monsters and - Glasgow,UK
"The Chicago Tribune said the quick profit came on property bought and sold in three years near the route of a proposed freeway in western Chicago. The property near Plano, Ill., was sold three months after the transportation bill was signed into law."
Hastert on the defensive - National Review Online Blogs
"Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert and two partners turned a profit of more than $3 million on property they accumulated and sold in just over three years near the route of a proposed controversial freeway on the western fringe of suburban Chicago, according to land records and financial disclosure reports released Wednesday."
All Kids partnerships with YMCAs, the Otis Wilson Foundation, and the Chicago Park District
"We want our kids to be healthy and enjoy their summer. But when a child gets injured or becomes ill, we want to make sure they have access to the best healthcare coverage,”
laws strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence and hate crimes
“The effects of crime on a victim can extend well beyond the crime itself,” said Governor Blagojevich.  “These laws are in place to protect people from being victimized again.”
Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway
"Once complete, the new road will allow containers from the Far East to enter the United States through the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, bypassing the Longshoreman’s Union in the process. The Mexican trucks, without the involvement of the Teamsters Union, will drive on what will be the nation’s most modern highway straight into the heart of America. The Mexican trucks will cross border in FAST lanes, checked only electronically by the new “SENTRI” system."
17&18 June Deli plans manly feast in honor of Father’s Day
"Numerous exotic meats will be featured, including Boar Ribs, Prairie Fire Burgers, sausages made from pheasant, alligator and a special mix called the Mountain Man Brat."
Pump and circumstance
"Tim Fritz, sales manager at DuPage Honda-Yamaha in West Chicago, said his store ordered 20 scooters last summer as gas prices spiked.  "We sold them all. Nobody cared what the price was," Fritz said,"
How Hastert benefited from sale
 "If this were some other individual who wasn't in a position of power and influence you would say, `Gee, they were smart, they made some money,'" Strasma said. "In this case it just doesn't look right."
The Lincoln Courier Killer ash borer beetle found in Illinois
"A pest blamed for killing millions of trees across the Midwest has reached Kane County, but is not known to have reached Logan or Mason counties - yet.  "Boy, I hope not," said John Fulton, unit leader of the Logan County Cooperative Extension Service. "It wasn't supposed to be in Kane County."
Sen Peter Roskam Week in Review: June 12 – 16, 2006
"A hearing on the proposed sale of the Illinois Tollway System and a law that will boost environmental standards at nuclear power plants were the focus this week in the Illinois Senate, according to State Sen. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton)."
WegoWeb Stanley Carl Lemon married Sara Jane Pollert at Zion Lutheran Church in Seymour, Indiana June 17, 2006.
16 June Dist. 33 OKs dual language plan
"All three dissenting voters said they supported the program but noted other programs were ranked higher on the staff’s priority list for coming years."
Hastert defends big profit
"So, it has nothing to do with the Prairie Parkway," Hastert said. "I owned land, and I sold it, like millions of people do every day."
Speaker's finances
"Members of the U.S. House and Senate released details of their personal income and holdings this week in annual financial disclosure statements. Highlights of the statement by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Yorkville, include:"
Records reveal Hastert's hand in land deal
"The property near Plano, Ill., was sold three months after the transportation bill was signed into law. It was purchased by a real estate developer who is planning to build more than 1,500 homes on the land."
Rep Hastert The Pictures of Corruption: How Hastert Used Tax Dollars to Turn a $1.5 Million Profit - Sunlight Foundation
"Here’s a graphic timeline explaining how House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) used a federal earmark to turn a $1.5 million profit:"
Hastert Pocketed $1.5 Mil on Real Estate Deal - TPM Muckraker
"Three months after that, in December, Hastert and his partners cashed out, selling the land to a developer for a $3 million total profit."
We will try to stay on top of this... but there is no indictment much less conviction and the Speaker remains "innocent until proven guilty.  It is a long ways from saying he may have done something wrong to being able to prove it in court. - Bob
“The decision by the Bush Administration to issue a blanket order to halt windmill construction throughout the country is unnecessary and may have serious negative economic effects,”
eliminate bureaucratic “red tape” for schools
"When we began reforming the State Board of Education, we focused on getting rid of unnecessary rules and regulations that take attention away from the classroom. By signing this law, we’re eliminating more burdensome regulations so schools can focus on what’s really important – teaching kids,”
High school honor rolls, and electronic survey reminder...
West Chicago dual language program might grow
"That’s where roughly 15 native Spanish-speaking students and 15 English-speaking pupils form a class in which they learn subjects in both languages, with the group staying together through fifth grade"
Beating suspect not fit for trial
"Villareal, 22, will be transported from jail to a state mental hospital for treatment. The psychologist, John Murray, also told authorities he believes there’s a “substantial likelihood” that Villareal will be fit to stand trial within a year."
West Chicago
WC subcontractor is honored
"J & E Duff, Inc., a West Chicago-based subcontractor specializing in commercial, industrial and institutional masonry construction, received an award for its safety program when the Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates (ASA Chicago) held its Annual Meeting and Safety Awards, held June 6."
Man accused in truck death unfit for trial
"When the woman attempted to come to her husband's aid, Martinez-Villareal allegedly got into the truck and drove off, running over the woman's shoulder and the back of her head."
Hastert defends profits from land deals
"When President Bush last summer signed the multiyear transportation bill that included Hastert's Prairie Parkway, he even mentioned the connector road designed for joining two major highways. "
Rep Hastert Hastert's $2M land profit - The Beacon News
"That development would be about three miles west of the intersection of Galena Road and the proposed Prairie Parkway.  The Kendall County Board recently endorsed building an interchange at that location, though IDOT does not plan to build access points at county highways."
Dennis Hastert's Real Estate Investments - Sunlight Foundation
"Hastert's 2005 financial disclosure form, released today, makes no mention of the trust. Hastert lists several real estate transactions in the disclosure, all of which were in fact done by the trust. Kendall County public records show no record of Hastert making the real estate sales he made public today; rather, they were all executed by the trust."
WegoWeb Remember:
Everything so far, the Armenian vote for $500K, the Abramoff fundraiser, and this real estate revelation, are just allegations.  There have been no indictments and the Speaker, like every American,  remains innocent until proven guilty. - Bob
"On this sad day, we observed a moment of silence in the U.S. Senate to honor their sacrifice and devotion to our nation.”
“Nursing schools last year turned away 35,000 qualified applicants, including 1,900 in Illinois, because they don’t have enough teachers on staff.”
Sen. Obama Wrenching Changes on the Line - New York Times
Foreign companies like Honda and Toyota have a double advantage. In the United States, their much newer manufacturing plants have hardly any retirees. Overseas, their workers can rely on national health care systems.
Obama, Coburn Amendment to Require Competitively Bid Katrina Contracts
"Before we spend another dollar in the Gulf Coast, let's make sure we have a system of transparency and accountability in place to ensure that every dollar is being used effectively to help those in need."
Governor Blagojevich Advances K-12 State Aid Payments For Fourth Consecutive Year
“Ultimately, budgets are about priorities.  For us, education is a top priority.  That’s why we’ve advanced the school aid payments every year."
WegoWeb The bot returns have not been posted tonight.  Hopefully tomorrow.
"A destructive, non-native pest that feasts on ash trees has been detected in northern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced today that a beetle found in the yard of a Kane County home east of Lily Lake is an emerald ash borer (EAB)."
W. Chicago development might get a green light
"But a key city council committee has agreed to recommend a reduction in the amount of retail space from 27,000 square feet to 21,300 square feet. The idea is to add more parking instead to lure — hopefully — a 5,000-square-foot restaurant."
Local man to shoot film in, around W. Chicago
"Jeff Manimbo, a resident of West Chicago and on the audio-visual staff at Community High School in West Chicago, will be shooting his first independent film this month in West Chicago, as well as Winfield and Wheaton."
West Nile found in Kane
"It is that time of the year: The confirmation that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus are present in our county emphasizes the fact that people should take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure, regardless of where they live,"
tree killer spotted in St. Charles
"State officials said Tuesday that the dreaded emerald ash borer had been found recently in six trees in The Windings of Ferson Creek, a heavily wooded St. Charles subdivision."
Sen Durbin Pollution sites still awaiting cleanup - Rockford Register Star - Rockford,IL
"That delay — and slow progress at a Belvidere Superfund site — has drawn the ire of Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin and Barack Obama. They say they’re concerned about the potential health threats posed by the two Rock River Valley Superfund sites and have asked the EPA for more information about progress at the sites.  "It worries me,” Durbin said in an interview. “The agency tells me that they cannot assure me these sites are safe.” "
Sen. Obama US Senate candidate addresses Africa-born residents' issues
Minnesota Spokesman Recorder - South Minneapolis,MN
"In spite of Republican heavyweights supporting Kennedy’s campaign, Klobuchar believes her grassroots support — which included only one national star, U.S. Senator Barack Obama — would ensure that in the end Kennedy would be riding a “slow-moving Zamboni.”"
Rep Hastert ThinkFast PM: June 14, 2006 - Think Progress - Washington,DC
"House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) has mixed his private interests with official business. Hastert “has used an Illinois trust to invest in real estate near the proposed route of the Prairie Parkway, a highway project for which he’s secured $207 million in earmarked appropriations.”"
Report: Hastert real estate could climb on earmarks he champions - Raw Story - Cambridge,MA
"The trust has already transferred 138 acres of land to a real estate development firm that has plans to build a 1,600-home community, located just a few miles from the north-south connector Hastert has championed in the House."
legislation to protect legacy of performers
"If you're sold a ticket to see the Supremes, you should see the Supremes. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. But hopefully this new law will stop that from happening,"
STC Education Foundation awards $63K in grants, scholarships, and other support...
Sen Peter Roskam Roskam: DuPage Convalescent Center in line for grant to upgrade facility
"The DuPage Convalescent Center will receive a state grant to update and improve its services to the elderly and disabled, according to State Senator Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton)."
Drive-ins about more than entertainment — about Americana 
"There are about 14 drive-in sites and 18 screens in Illinois, according to 2006 numbers from the United Drive-in Theater Owners Association. Nationally, there are 407 sites and 658 screens.  Besides the Hi-Lite, area residents flock to drive-ins in West Chicago and St. Charles."
Bug that kills ash trees found in Illinois
"It's likely the borer reached Kane County in firewood from an infested area, Goetsch said. Besides the yard where it was discovered, state inspectors found at least six more infested trees within five blocks, as well as evidence of infestation in an adjacent subdivision. "
“One of every six manufacturing jobs in Illinois is tied to exports, and when a major trading partner like China devalues its currency to undercut our products on the world market, our government should act,”
In the letter, the Senators noted that the pension measure “was carefully crafted in such a way so as to not pick winners and losers between those airlines in bankruptcy that are freezing their defined benefit plans and those airlines that want to keep the defined benefit program for their workers.”
Illionois Senators


“The discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in Kane County is troubling news. Illinois has more than 131 million ash trees, with about 20 percent of the trees in the Chicago area,”
Sen. Obama Somber Tone and Protest as UAW Convenes - New York Times
"I need for all of you to fight for the future," Senator Obama continued. "I need all of you to be open to creative ways of doing business. None of us can afford to watch the American auto industry fail. If we've got the courage to succeed, labor will rise again."
Rep Hastert House Lawmakers Accept $3,300 Pay Hike - Washington Post
"This year, Vice President Dick Cheney, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Chief Justice John Roberts receive $212,100. Associate justices receive $203,000. House and Senate party leaders get $183,500."
Emergency Spending Bill
"With this conference report, we demonstrated our commitment to fiscal restraint by trimming pork and meeting the President’s request for true emergency spending."
Republican leaders push for pension reform bill - Washington Post
"Lawmakers said they were still vexed by the most difficult pension issue facing them: the question of how to determine whether a company is at risk of defaulting on its pension obligations and therefore must add funds.Still, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said it had been a "good meeting" and that another would be held on Wednesday."
protecting seniors from abuse and neglect
“These new laws tell those who prey on the elderly and those with disabilities that they will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,”
12 June
Sex assault brings 26-year sentence
"Luis Guillen, 25, of the 600 block of Forest Avenue pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault before Cook County Circuit Judge John Scotillo in Rolling Meadows. Scotillo sentenced Guillen to 13 years on each count."
“our offices continue to receive numerous complaints from doctors, patients, and pharmacists about the inflexible and confusing requirements that have denied access to the drug to thousands of qualified patients during the course of therapy…"
Sen. Obama Obama calls for action against fraud - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"To help shine the spotlight on con artists, the Mortgage Bankers Association and other industry trade groups are backing legislation by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) that would criminalize mortgage fraud at the federal level."
Group Bringing Internet To Low Income Americans - All Headline News - USA
"The Public Internet Channel can do for accessing social services what Yahoo! has done for accessing entertainment or what Craigslist has done for accessing local goods for sale."
Some of All Fears - New York Times - United States
"... And when Senator Barack Obama told The New Yorker that Americans "don't believe that the main lesson of the past five years is that America is an evil hegemon ..."
[Krugman columns are subscription only now. When someone places an open version, I will replace the link. - Bob]
Rep Hastert Ethics reform is a big joke - Salt Lake Tribune
"''Now is the time for action,'' House Speaker Dennis Hastert declared in January, vowing ethics reform in the wake of the corruption convictions of former Rep. Randy ''Duke'' Cunningham and super lobbyist Jack Abramoff.  Apparently, he was kidding. "
Reform Groups Call on Ethics Committee and House to Support Ban on ... - Common Dreams - Portland,ME
"A copy of the House Ethics Committee letter was sent to all House members.  Instead of adopting ''any such procedures to deal with a fundamental House ethics problem,'' the reform groups urged the Committee ''to recommend an end to the serious abuses arising from privately-funded trips for Members.''  According to the letter, ''The Committee could do this by endorsing the ban on privately-funded trips proposed by House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL)."
10&11 June Cable Com
Channel 17
Access Channel 17 Will be featuring this week:
Sen Durbin Durbin urges United to keep headquarters in Illinois - WQAD - Moline,IL
"Durbin says in his letter that if United decides to relocate, it should chose Chicago as its headquarters and not move out of state."
Rep Hastert President Bush's Approval Rating Rises Slightly From All-Time Low - PR Newswire - New York,NY
"In the House, Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert has seen a slight
decrease in his approval ratings. This month they are at 24 percent
positive, down from 26 percent in March, while his negative job rating
is at 56 percent, up from 49 percent."
The Hastert Doctrine a real roadblock - The Courier News - Elgin,IL
"Or, actually, the Hastert Doctrine, which holds that no bill comes to the floor unless it is supported by the majority of the majority. This would be the House GOP's 231-201 majority (with one independent and two vacancies). So even if a bill is supported by Democrats and enough defecting Republicans to ensure passage, it's on life support aborning."
[Local version of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. - Bob]
Immigration debate continues - Chicago Catholic New World
" The meeting came about when a group called “Priests for Justice for Immigrants” tried to present tens of thousands of postcards to Hastert at his Batavia office. The postcards, mostly signed by Catholic parishioners, protested a House bill passed in December that would speed deportations, make it a felony to be or to assist an undocumented immigrant and would call for the construction of more than 700 miles of wall on the U.S.-Mexican border."
Fort Sam lacks cash to pay the light bill
"But the Installation Management Agency, which provides funding to the garrison, reduced the post's budget to $65.9 million — $12.2 million less than last year and $26 million short of the absolute minimum that Martinson needs."
End of year pictures...
Sen Peter Roskam Senate Week in Review: June 5- June 9
"Combating the problem of the dangerously addictive street drug meth was the focus of several Senate bills signed into law by the Governor during the week of June 5-9, according to State Sen. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton)."
W. Chicago artist tells immigration story
"Pridjian doesn’t want you to feel any prescribed emotion when viewing “Pailoun’s Story,” a mixed-media presentation of her mother’s emigration from Turkey to America that was caused by the Armenian genocide."
Retirement may diversify bench
"The state mandates that the next judge come from the area encompassing Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery as well as the eastern parts of Batavia and Geneva and the western edge of West Chicago. Voters in that area will pick the circuit judge who replaces Doyle."

West Chicago


Sailors and Soldiers Monument rededicated
"The 60-foot tall monument is the only designated site in the city that pays homage to all citizens who served in the military and is the focal point of the annual ceremony, sponsored by American Legion Post 300 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791."
Proudly fly your American flag on June 14
"This is the perfect time to find the place at your residence to display the flag or replace the faded or tattered flag you now have. However, the old flag cannot be thrown into the trash as flag etiquette states it should be buried or burned in a private ceremony."
Immigration is spotlighted at WC City Museum
"The common thread of the two new exhibits opening Saturday, Junbe 10, at the West Chicago City Museum, 132, Main St., revolves around a timely topic - immigration."
Subscribe to the Press
"For those long-time subscribers who have not been receiving The Press of late, please call circulation at (630) 368-1144 and you will be able to subscribe at a special rate of $25."
Glendale Heights man accused of luring girls
"Miguel Lara, 34, of the 1700 block of President Street is being held in DuPage County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail on three counts of child abduction."
Sen Durbin Wind farm on hold for wetland conservation - Bloomington Pantagraph - IL
"Sen. Dick Durbin’s office last week cited a “significant wind facility in Bloomington” as being among those being halted by the radar study."
Illionois Senators


"U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that legislation providing $400,000 to operate barriers that prevent invasive species from entering the Great Lakes will soon be singed into law. The funding was included in the Supplemental Appropriations Bill in an amendment offered by Senators Obama and George Voinovich (R-OH)."
Rep Hastert Lobbying Reform Conference Report
"“Today, we asked lobbying reform conferees to complete their final package before the Fourth of July recess. Lobbying and ethics reform remains an important priority for Congress."
Passage of Communications Bill
"Furthermore, it will ensure that the Internet remains an open marketplace and that the FCC does not have unlimited ability to regulate."
Consumer Groups Decry House Passage of Video Bill That Makes Average Consumers Worse Off - Free Press, Washington, DC
"The House passed H.R. 5252, the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act, legislation that allows telephone companies to offer video services in competition with cable companies without negotiating with local communities before doing so. The Act replaces the local process with a federal system that eliminates fundamental state and local consumer protections without requiring comparable federal protections."
Keep Cool Illinois Campaign
“Through the Keep Cool Illinois campaign, we are expanding energy efficiency and assistance outreach to help as many families as possible save energy, save money and stay cool during this summer.”  
08 June The best of 2005-06 in DuPage County
"“We’re not going to commit to a long-term contract until we know what is the long-term (class) schedule,” said Barb Liamins, union president.  Reyes bristled at Liamins’ line in the sand.  “The school schedule is a management right. It’s not within the contract. It’s not a negotiable item,” he said. “They can’t hold us hostage on something that is not theirs to negotiate.”"
Note to Republicans: The party's over
"... but it does draw attention to the large, shambling galoot who is House speaker now, Tom DeLay's enabler for years, a man who, judging by his public mutterances, is about as smart as most high school wrestling coaches. For the past year, Dennis Hastert has been two heartbeats from the presidency. He is a man who seems content just to have a car and driver and three square meals a day. He has succeeded in turning Congress into a branch of the executive branch. If Mr. Hastert becomes the poster boy for the Republican Party, this does not speak well for them as the Party of Ideas."
When siblings move to the 'burbs
"West suburban Naperville has so many Chicago restaurants--that is, Chicago-based restaurant concepts--that I'd suggest renaming the town West Chicago were that name not already taken."
[Perhaps we should sell them the name for the tax revenue from the mall.]
“This bill will ensure that more than 3,500 miners in Illinois, and thousands more across the country, will receive much needed safety equipment and training."
"Sadly, the House has rubber-stamped the President's funding plan that could force closure of some Amtrak routes in Illinois.”
“The elimination of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a testament to the skill, perseverance and dedication of our men and women in uniform and our intelligence community.”
US Congress Rejects Proposal to Ban Gay Marriage - Men's News Daily - Guerneville,CA
“This is not about the preservation of marriage,” said Senator Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat. “This debate is about the preservation of a majority. The Republican majority believes that if they can bring these issues, which fire up their political base, to the floor, that they will have better luck in the November election.”
House conflicted on extra pay for feds called to military duty -
"A spokesman for Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., sponsor of Senate language killed in conference, said the senator may look for another bill to which he could attach the language, or may introduce the bill on its own to match the House's newfound momentum."
Sen. Obama Obama, Durbin back IL’s pitch for Honda plant - ?
"Illinois' senators urged Honda on Wednesday to consider their state as a site for a $400 million automobile plant expected to make 200,000 vehicles a year."
on the Death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
"While this successful attack will not completely end the insurgency in Iraq, it does strike a major blow against al Qaeda and gives hope to the possibility of a secure and stable Iraq."
Senator McCain and Senator Obama Announce Campaign for Nation's ... - U.S. Newswire
"It can be a place on the Internet where people go to easily find services and opportunities in education, employment, civic engagement, and health care that the physical isolation caused by being poor or living in rural communities currently make inaccessible or difficult to find,"
Rep Hastert the Broadcast Decency Act
“We all know the influence that television has on society and especially children. But today’s television has changed. More and more programmers are clogging the airwaves with sex and violence, and there is a rush to see which program can get the most shock value in an episode. "
on the Death of Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
"American troops are serving bravely and admirably to track down terrorists and extremists like al-Zarqawi. Today serves as a reminder that we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude for their service to our nation.”
'Net Neutrality' Seems Likely To Get House Floor Vote - National Journal - Washington,DC
"Until House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., announced Wednesday that a network neutrality vote would be allowed, there was speculation that the House GOP leadership might block the issue from coming to the floor -- to avoid their rank-and-file getting caught in the middle of a battle of rivals sets of powerful interests in an election year. "
Republican Party hard to salvage - Quad City Times - Davenport,IA
"Key players were Rep. Tom DeLay and House Speaker Dennis Hastert who were provided chartered corporate jets for their own use.  Those that have been indicted are cooperating and are providing names of those that participated."
"We’ve come roaring back from the recession that took away so many jobs between 2000 and 2003. We led the nation in job growth in April, more tourists are visiting Illinois than ever, and we continue to keep doing everything possible to bring new businesses and jobs here."
Marriage licenses denied over IDs -
"Even though Maikel Garcia is a citizen and Alicia Garcia is a legal resident, the Davidson County clerk's office would not accept her passport and visa when the couple applied for a marriage license, ..."
Survey, track, and more...
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
"A measure to prevent methamphetamine ingredient trafficking in Illinois was signed into law this week, according to State Senator John Millner (R- Carol Stream), a supporter of the measure. "
Police arrest man they say tried to lure kids
"With the help of an Aurora woman, West Chicago police have arrested a 34-year-old man who they believe tried to lure children into his car three times on May 30.  Miguel A. Lara, of the 1700 block of President Street in Glendale Heights, faces three felony charges of child abduction."
Forest district buys woodland, wetland
"The Forest Preserve Commission voted to buy 5 acres of woodland as well as a wetland on the southern border of the Timber Ridge Forest Preserve east of West Chicago."
Illionois Senators


“I applaud the Governor for reaching out to Honda and am looking forward to working with local, state and federal leaders to bring these 1,500 jobs to Illinois.”
Sen. Obama Remarks by Senator Barack Obama on the Paris Hilton Tax Break
"First of all, let's call this trillion-dollar giveaway what it is - the Paris Hilton Tax Break. It's about giving billions of dollars to billionaire heirs and heiresses at a time when American taxpayers just can't afford it."
[I prefer calling it "Leave No Slutty Heiress Behind. - Bob]
Obama Introduces Bill to Help Get Homeless Veterans Off the Streets
Obama Statement on Vote Against Constitutional Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage
Rep Hastert Brian Bilbray Victory
"“I want to congratulate Brian Bilbray on his victory in a hard fought race where voters clearly sided with local issues of protecting the homeland, growing the economy and securing the borders..."
Bill to Stop Call “Spoofing”
"House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) today praised passage of H.R. 5126, The Truth in Caller I.D. Act, which would prohibit “spoofing” or intentional falsification of the name or number that appears on a consumer’s caller identification (ID) display."
[For more about phones and law breaking, see "GOP Official Faces Sentence in Phone-Jamming". - Bob]
Blagojevich administration calls on federal government to share information with states about recent human avian influenza cases in northern Indonesia
Gov. Blagojevich announces first-year success of State Police Meth Response Teams in the war on methamphetamine
Board of Education meeting synopsis...
Rep.Randy Ramey Governor Signs Ramey Bill to Create Meth Trafficking Law
“Currently, it is illegal to traffic actual methamphetamine, but not the ingredients necessary for making it,” Ramey said. “This bill addresses that problem and targets individuals whose sole purpose is to knowingly make and sell this powerful drug in our communities.”
West Chicago Community High School
This is a list of events and accomplishments like:
"Students, led by the Community Leadership Class, raised more than $10,000 to build a school in Angola, Africa, for their We-Go 2 Africa project. Teachers also held a Sumo wrestling event to raise money."
22nd Annual Fat Tire Tour Da Lake
Those familiar with my love of the scenery of Wisconsin's "north woods" and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan will understand my plugging a bicycle ride up there.  Information on the area is also available at
“With this freedom comes a responsibility to protect our American companies and employees. I made it clear to Ms. Schwab that we must do more to enforce trade laws so that businesses in Illinois, and throughout the country, will have both the protections and opportunities they need as the world market continues to expand.”
Rep Hastert New study finds $50 million in trips given to lawmakers - San Francisco Chronicle
"Earlier this year, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., proposed banning all privately funded travel, saying the system had been abused after several top lawmakers took expensive golfing trips to Scotland paid for by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients.  But Hastert and other GOP leaders have backed off the idea, settling instead for a provision in the recently passed lobbying reform bill that would suspend all privately funded trips through the end of the year. "
A different standard for Pelosi - - Ocala,FL
"Faithful to its pledge to offer "all the news that's fit to print," The New York Times informs us that Pelosi is "subjected to the speculation and analysis about her hair, makeup and clothes that any woman positioned for such a big job must endure." Has she had a facelift? No, she informs the Times, which has yet to raise the question of possible tummy-tucks with Speakers Gingrich or Hastert."
law banning misleading solicitations
"It’s alarming that there are companies out there posing as other companies in order to get consumers to refinance their mortgages."
"After working aggressively for the past three years to land FutureGen, this is another strong statement of why we believe Illinois is the logical choice for this unprecedented initiative.  We have the coal, the geology and the strong support on the federal, state and local level for bringing the world’s cleanest coal plant to Illinois."
No New Refineries -, D.C.
"…. over the past 10 years, domestic refining has increased by an average of 177,000 barrels per day of production each year or the equivalent of building one new, larger than average refinery each year. This fact should assuage some concerns about the fact that no new grassroots refinery has been built in the U.S. in over 30 years."
05 June WegoWeb It is with regret that we inform you that Neil Wind, wife of long time West Chicago alderman Gene Wind, has passed away in Arizona.  Arrangements are being made with the Norris-Whalen funeral home.  As more information becomes available, it will be posted.
Celebrating Porches & Gardens to Help Local Charity
"We Grow Dreams is a not-for-profit organization created to provide training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities through the operation of the We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center. A portion of the profits from the Garden Walk will go to help them!"
[Click here for last year's WC Blooming, also done by the Garden Club]
What a senior year
"Community High School in West Chicago had a memorable year. Seniors will never forget the fun they had at the inaugural homecoming dodge ball tournament, or watching Quin Barclay being crowned Mr. Wildcat."
"Today, as a result of efforts by the City of Chicago and FAA, we have secured $15 million dollars that will be used to make significant improvements to runway safety at Midway airport."
Rep Hastert The Hastert Doctrine peril - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Or, actually, the Hastert Doctrine, which holds that no bill comes to the floor unless it is supported by the majority of the majority. This would be the House GOP's 231-201 majority (with one independent and two vacancies). So even if a bill is supported by Democrats and enough defecting Republicans to ensure passage, it's on life support aborning.  This less resembles majority rule than it does that irksome kid who gets to call the shots in the game because it's his ball. "
Hastert Sees The Light, Iraqis Still In The Dark - Think Progress - Washington,DC
"Hastert must have toured Baghdad at just the right time because Baghdad residents still have an average of just four hours of electricity per day. The pre-war level for Baghdad? 16-24 hours per day."
benefits of umbilical cord blood donations
“Each year, thousands of people are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases.  And while the umbilical cord is normally thrown away after a child is born, it could give hope to someone suffering from leukemia, anemia, or another serious disease."
04 June Cable Com
Channel 17


Access Channel 17 Will be featuring this week:
  • Mon- City council Live
  • Tues- Carp Tournament
  • Wed - Millner and Council ReBroadcast
  • Thurs - WEGO Thru The Tube
Sen Durbin Durbin eyes rising fuel prices - Joliet Herald News - Joliet,IL
"Durbin discussed some possible long-term solutions that would promote alternative fuels and could lead to lower consumption of oil.  He pointed to proposed legislation that sets a nationwide goal of reducing oil consumption by 40 percent by 2020. He said the plan would reduce U.S. use of oil by six million barrels per day."
Sen. Obama Speakers brighten ceremony at UMass-Boston - Boston Globe
"For many students, Obama lent an air of celebrity to the celebration.  ``He is the man," said Daniel Lee , who received a bachelor's degree in political science. ``He is going to be president one day, and here he is talking to us."
Patrick takes on the cynics - Boston Globe
"Like gender, skin color is an unknown factor in the electability equation. At a press conference last week with Patrick and Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, the two men were repeatedly asked a version of this question: Can a black man win the governor's office in Massachusetts? Obama said he doubted race ``will even register," that voters would judge not skin color but whether a candidate was ``looking out for their interests."
Rep Hastert How low can Congress go? - Pascagoula Mississippi Press - Pascagoula,MS
"What happened was, leaders of both parties in the House of Representatives, Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who normally cannot agree on what day of the week it is, issued a joint statement viewing with alarm -- not their colleague's apparent corruption -- but the manner in which the incriminating documents were seized from his office!"
To preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United ... - Winona Daily News - Winona,MN
"It’s talk radio’s dream. An unfolding scandal of constitutional proportion between a deeply divided Congress and an increasingly disconnected president.  Last week, news of an FBI raid on a Louisiana representative’s office shook the foundations of Congress, prompting a rare display of unity between House Republicans and Democrats. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticized the Bush administration for overstepping its constitutional powers and illegally seizing documents from embattled Rep. William Jefferson."
Tammy Duckworth Out of the War, Into a Fierce Battle for Congress - Los Angeles Times - CA
"Fluent in three languages, Duckworth earned a master's degree in international affairs at George Washington University. While pursuing a doctorate in political science at Northern Illinois University, she joined the Illinois Army National Guard.  Her unit was activated and deployed to Iraq in December 2003. Eleven months later, flying above Baghdad, her helicopter was hit with a rocket-launched grenade. It exploded near her feet."
"School's Out for Summer" edition...
WC Public Library CLUE IN . . . READ!
"Please register at the Reference Desk starting Monday, June 5, 2006. Our 8-week program ends on Saturday, July 29, 2006. "
City of West Chicago Next Week's City Meetings and Agendas
Sen Peter Roskam Senate Week in Review: May 29- June 2
"Assessing the risk of selling or leasing state assets and urging the Attorney General to investigate the Governor’s hiring practices was the focus of several Senate lawmakers this week, according to State Senator Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton)."
Sen Durbin Durbin eyes rising fuel prices - Joliet Herald News - Joliet,IL
"He pointed to proposed legislation that sets a nationwide goal of reducing oil consumption by 40 percent by 2020. He said the plan would reduce U.S. use of oil by six million barrels per day. The plan also requires that 50 percent of all vehicles be fully capable of running on ethanol or other fuel alternatives by 2020. Also, gas stations owned by major oil companies would have to make alternative fuels available for sale by 2015."
Sen. Obama Wal-Mart considers dispensing E-85 - Brownfield - Jefferson City,MO
"It’s not clear if there is a connection, but U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) recently sent a letter to Wal-Mart and other large U.S. retailers suggesting that they consider carrying alternative fuels, such as E-85."
Obama: Writes outrageous letter to Stephen Colbert! Read it here. - Chicago Sun-Times
"Celebrity Illinois junior senator, Barack who, the man of moi, tells famous comic that Colbert troublemaker, to use hand sanitizer after shaking hands with Knox College students! How rude!!!!!!  I had to read to the end to realize the letter from Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to comic Stephen Colbert was self-mocking schtick. "
Rep Hastert Weekly News | Christian Views - World Magazine - USA
"Rather than Speaker Hastert's "defense of the enemy," conservatives wanted public ignominy for Democrats who have made crusading against GOP corruption the theme of their campaign to regain control of Capitol Hill. On the other hand, some Democrats were wondering: Do the tentacles of corruption extend to the speaker or other Republicans who could hide behind their defense of Rep. Jefferson?"
Small Job Increase - ABC News
"But if you check Hastert's math with the official figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you'll see he's a bit off.  You'd need a 13-month year to get to more than 2 million new jobs. "
[This item debunks the spin of Denny's press release of yesterday.]
02 June Geneva's Smoking Task Force convenes
"The task force agreed to invite the mayors of St. Charles, Batavia, Elburn and West Chicago to appoint representatives to serve on the task force and also to invite Kane County to participate."
“Windmills have become an important source of clean alternative energy throughout the country. This decision by the Department of Defense and the FAA to halt windmill construction is premature and may have serious negative economic effects,”
“We have a chance to do two things: move seriously toward the goal of energy independence before our economy stalls and to begin to reverse the environmental damage that threatens our way of life."
Illionois Senators


"Our antiquated rail systems could cost Chicago businesses $2 billion and 17,000 jobs over the next twenty years.”
Rep Hastert Speaker Hastert Hails Strong Economy
“The American economy continues to create jobs that are putting paychecks in the pockets of American workers."
Press Conference in Iraq
“I urge the Iraqi people to look forward and not back, to listen to the voices of reconciliation, not division, and to choose unity."
new laws to protect “Good Samaritans” who help injured people
“Good Samaritans should be thanked for helping people who are hurt – not worried about getting sued."
First Lady Patricia Blagojevich announces June selections for Children’s Reading Club: Hugh Lofting’s The Story of Dr. Dolittle and Gene Zion’s Harry the Dirty Dog
01 June West Chicago
West DuPage military news
"Medeiros is the son of Melissa Medeiros and grandson of Carolyn Hout, both of West Chicago."
Around and about
Michael Botts turns off his 28-year water career, World Series trophy, Touch A Truck, Chamber of Commerce's annual golf outing, 13th annual Art Fiesta in the Park
Benjamin moves for chess camp
"Benjamin School District 25 has been a leader in scholastic chess for more than 20 years. This year for the first time, the district will be providing a chess camp for students from kindergarten through grade 12."
Hastert becomes longest-serving GOP Speaker
"The Republican rank-and-file, looking for a change from the high-profile Gingrich, bypassed better-known but more controversial people, including then-Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, and Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas. They chose Hastert as their next leader, in January 1999. "
Rep Hastert Hastert Encourages Job Seekers To Visit 'Working For The Fox Valley'
"Scheduled from 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Erickson Hall Gymnasium, the Fair will feature more than 70 area employers from throughout the region and free workshops with tips on everything from resume writing to interviewing."
Cokie and Steven V. Roberts - Reporter-Times - Martinsville,IN
"But the prospects for sensible legislation are dim. The Senate bill has to be reconciled with the House version, and Speaker Dennis Hastert is a slave to the hard-line ideologues in his own party. If a fair compromise does emerge from a House-Senate conference -- a big if -- Hastert won't allow a floor vote on any measure that is not supported by a majority of House Republicans.  In other words, he is giving veto power over a critical national issue to a block of arch conservatives who are completely unaccountable because they have no fear of losing."
J.Dennis Hastert The Weasel - OpEdNews - USA
"Hastert denied the allegations stating that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is not investigating him.  ABC fired back and defending their story and corrected Hastert, stating that the FBI is doing the investigation, not DOJ."
new consumer protection laws
"The new law will provide consumer protections against property fraud for homeowners who are in default or foreclosure. The bill creates new disclosure requirements for mortgage rescue companies and guarantees that the homeowner will receive a substantial portion of the equity in the home. "
"Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the awarding of almost $16 million in Opportunity Returns support for Triumph Foods, a pork processing company headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, to locate a new, state-of-the-art processing plant in East Moline."
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