Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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Oct 31 Cable Com
Channel 17
Late But Not Forgotten...
Sorry about the schedule going up late this week... but face it, folks.  Cablecom is not a fantasticly funded multinational media giant... just a group of your neighbors trying to do something good. 
  DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Public Information Sessions cancelled, will be rescheduled...
City of WestChicago Seasonal Leaf Collection Continues
"Seasonal leaf collection continues in the City of West Chicago through November 25, 2006 on regularly scheduled garbage pick-up days."
Watercolorist Phoebe Smith Debuts New Series at Gallery 200
"The exhibit is the first showing of this expressive body of work and will delight visitors with its strong representations of Smith's longing to retain family ties on both sides of the ocean."
West Chicago Police Reinforce Driver Safety
"The West Chicago Police Department has announced that it has received a new $60,750 mini-grant for speed enforcement for the calendar year 2006/2007."
Driver in death of 3 says fault was his
"Authorities took Dogra into custody after he pleaded guilty to aggravated drunken driving for a crash near West Chicago that killed his three passengers.  Dogra, 26, of Wheaton, faces six to 28 years in prison when sentenced Dec. 27. He also is eligible for probation."
Sen Durbin CONFLICT OF INTEREST BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES AND LENDERS
"He said recent incentives from lenders have included all-expenses paid trips, iPods and bonuses based on how much students borrow.  “The first obligation of any college or university is to help its students, not the lenders,” Durbin said."
Speaker
Hastert
Partisan Tripe
Veterans group grades lawmakers
"The report card looked at votes on body armor, death benefits, and expanding the military health care plan to include members of the National Guard and the Reserves. The group assigned lawmakers a grade for each time their votes matched what the group felt was in the best interest of veterans."
Going to the actual ratings  ( at java.org ) one finds:
  • Durbin = A-
  • Obama = B+
  • Dennis Hastert gets Illinois' ONLY F
  • John Kerry = B

Rather than John Kerry apologizing to the troops for how his words have been twisted, Dennis Hastert should apologize for how he and the Republican leadership have been voting.  98% of congressmen scored above Denny.

   
   
   
Oct 30 City of WestChicago CANCELLATION
"The November 7th Plan Commission/Zoning Board meeting has been cancelled."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
  • Wendy's High School Heisman
  • Student Stranger Encounter report
West Chicago
High School
Immigrant Culture Through the Eye of a Lens
""Students will learn about the art of photography," states Miguel Arroyo, who is Welcome Center Director, Project Coordinator and a professional photographer. "They will learn about photography as a career and be able to use photography to tell the story of their lives and their cultures."
WEST CHICAGO HS STUDENT OF THE MONTH
"Julia has kept more than busy during her time at CHS, participating in Basketball, Track and Field, Math Team, National Honors Society, the Powder Puff Committee, Peer Helping, and the Club Swim Team. She also swims on the Varsity Swim Team, coaches swim lessons for the West Chicago Sharks, and serves as a Certified Lifeguard for the Park District."
Parent Conferences
"Community High School's Parent Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2006, between 3:12 P.M. and 8:30 P.M. During those times our teachers, counselors, nurses, and social workers will be available to meet with you personally to discuss your child's progress, or other matters of concern to you."
Neither
"Republican candidate for governor Judy Baar Topinka said Sunday she hopes she can close the gap on Gov. Rod Blagojevich, despite a new poll that shows him with a nine-point lead.  However, the poll bears bad news for booth candidates. While 58 percent of voters think unfavorably of Topinka, 57 percent don't like Blagojevich, either."
Key races near even
"A key pair of traditionally Republican suburban congressional seats are up for grabs, a new Daily Herald/ABC 7 Chicago poll shows — a threatening sign for House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s grip on power if the races turn out to be national barometers."
Man admits to driving drunk in fatal crash
"Dogra was driving on Indian Knoll Road about 1 or 2 a.m. on May 25, 2005, when his car left the road and struck a tree, said Assistant State's Atty. Kevin Halverson. Killed in the accident were Marell Charan, 27, Esther Rao, 22, and Nirav Mehta, 27."
Durbin on political stage, but off-Broadway - Chicago Tribune
"Durbin knows that, which is why he flew back from an East Coast fundraising trip for U.S. Senate Democrats to spend a recent day at town hall meetings and hot dog dinners with Demuzio, who was appointed to fill her late husband's state Senate seat two years ago. When he heard that Republicans were going after the widow of his longtime friend, Durbin said, "I thought to myself, `The heck you will.'"
Sen Durbin Amtrak expansion back on track - WJBC News - Bloomington,IL
"Senator Dick Durbin says the Canadian National Railway came to an agreement with Amtrak last night, after it had announced a previous agreement was invalid. Marc Magliari with Amtrak says the company agreed to study the effects of passenger service on the Canadian freight trains that will share tracks in Illinois."
Sen. Obama Barack Obama - Washingtonian.com
"“Honestly—tell you the truth—I really tried to get Bono this weekend,” Harkin told the crowd. “I settled for the second biggest rock star in America.”  The crowd came to its feet cheering as a smiling Barack Obama rose."
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Sycamore Pumpkin Fest Parade Roundup
"This afternoon in Sycamore at the Pumpkin Fest Parade, Laesch supporters marched down the street shouting "Vote for Change!" The entire parade route was filed with purple as Laesch signs could be seen everywhere proudly displayed by the local progressive patriots."
Republicans leave Hastert out of advertisement in Lee County, IL
"Today, the Lee County Republicans took an advertisement in the local paper, the Dixon Telegraph.  Somehow, the Republicans conveniently forgot to mention the third most powerful political figure in America, Dennis Hastert."
Speaker
Hastert
Speaker Dennis Hastert makes it to Cagle's Cartoons
Chris Britt, Springfield, IL -- The State Journal-Register
Hastert Missing From Campaign - ABC News
"Now, two weeks before the Nov. 7 midterm elections, the speaker is a symbol of the scandal — and, as such, a potential liability — for many of his endangered rank-and-file Republicans fighting to win re-election in a campaign environment favoring Democrats."
Just where does the "buck" stop? - Montrose Daily Press - Montrose,CO
"It's obvious in the Hastert case that loose lips sink ships. It's just too bad he couldn't bite the bullet and take one for the team. But despite being stuck with not enough room to swing a cat, Hastert has rolled with the punches and everything seems to now be hunky dory on Capitol Hill."
Saving, Investing
[Speaker Hastert continues to use his government website to campaign against Rep Pelosi, who still is not campaigning in this district. - Bob]
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich awards more than $3 million for more classrooms at Southwestern Illinois College Sam Wolf Granite City Campus
Gov. Blagojevich awards $6.8 million for National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Field Station on the Mississippi River
Gov. Blagojevich launches Keep Warm Illinois campaign to prepare Illinoisans for this winter’s high home heating costs
Gov. Blagojevich announces $1 million grant to Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago to help build the nation’s first-ever Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research
Governor Blagojevich orders responsible recycling of surplus government electronic equipment
Tammy Duckworth IL-06: Duckworth's Closing Ad: "I'm Proud Of My Service" - TPMCafe
"She served our country when called, and suffered severe injuries for her country, but now sees that the GOP leadership is refusing to recognize that the Iraq war is a disaster. Duckworth looks directly into the camera, and says: "I'm proud of my service in Iraq, and the sacrifice I made when our country called. But two years later, things are even worse.""
Sen Peter Roskam Suburbs to Chicago: Butt out of our congressional elections - Chicago Tribune
"The Illinois Democratic Network, or IllinoisDemNet as it calls itself on its Web site, is proud to be transporting campaigners from Chicago (and Evanston) to work for Democrats in congressional races from the Wisconsin line to as far south as Joliet."
Levine plea deal is politically educational - Chicago Sun-Times
"There is one commercial, though, that left me scratching my head. Peter Roskam, the Republican running in the 6th Congressional District, ends his latest spot with the tag line, "We need a change in Washington." Mind you, he is a Republican running to replace a Republican, Henry Hyde, who is retiring. And Washington is run by Republicans from the White House to the Senate to the House. What change does he have in mind?"
You're Being Microtargeted - TomPaine.com - Washington,D.C.
"The Republican mailings that accused Duckworth of supporting “immigration policies that would reward illegal aliens for sneaking across our borders” wound up in the hands of a local immigrants-rights group, which then sent them directly to the Chicago Sun-Times , gaining a platform to pressure the Republican candidate in that district, Peter Roskam, to renounce the mailings."
Oct 29 Gov. wants minimum wage hike
"Blagojevich said legislation would be introduced during next month's veto session to raise the minimum wage $1, to $7.50 an hour.  "We will stay there as long as it takes to get it done; if that means goin' past the veto session, we'll do that too," said Blagojevich,"
Bush takes on Democrats
"Until the Indiana campaign stop, all of Bush's approximately 90 political events in the 2005-2006 election season were fundraisers with donors willing to pay a high price to see him.  The rally was the president's first free appearance and came in the final stretch of an election that will determine whether Republicans retain their majorities in the House and Senate."
Taxing bodies give money to political campaigns
"The Illinois State Board of Elections lists more than a half dozen taxing bodies in DuPage, Will and suburban Cook counties as campaign contributors.  In every local case, the money and in-kind donations went to Republican candidates."
Giving praise to those who give
“If people can experience history, they can understand its relevance,” Bombard said. “History is the bedrock on which we all build. If we don’t know what makes up our bedrock, we don’t know where to start.”
Far from border, immigration may decide 2 Congress seats
"Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, and Rep. Melissa Bean, a Democrat and the 8th District incumbent, have tried to shore up their immigration-enforcement credentials by calling for the deployment of thousands more border patrol agents."
Sen Durbin Durbin Presses for Amtrak - WIFR - Rockford,IL
"Senator Dick Durbin says he's ready to flex federal legislative muscle if there's no resolution by Monday to Amtrak's snagged expansion from Chicago to other parts of the state."
Sen. Obama Barack Obama Opens Texas Book Festival - CBS 42 - Austin,TX
"Senator Barack Obama, D-Illinois, gave the keynote address at the Texas Book Festival in Austin Saturday morning."
GREG MATHIS: Obama/Kerry best presidential ticket for Democrats - Chicago Defender - IL
"Obama, once a community organizer and civil rights attorney, spent many years fighting for the needs of the poor. In his current role as a US Senator, he focuses on bringing jobs and economic growths to Illinois.  Obama understands the needs of the average American and has worked tirelessly to make sure they have access to the opportunities they need to succeed. "
Speaker
Hastert
Time to throw out the Republican Congress - Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA
"The floor of Congress never was a place for the faint of heart, but after 1994, it became a very ugly place, indeed. Partisanship was on the rise after the 1994 mid-term elections and the installation of the first Republican-controlled Congress in four decades. Warfare now reigns supreme, and it is not a pretty picture. We now have one-party government, and the American people are witnessing the consequences of this. Party concerns and right-wing ideology have taken precedence over institutional concerns and responsibilities. Procedural processes, i.e., the body of normative policies and internal regulations that are intended to provide for a fair and open legislative process, were simply tossed out the window after 1994. The Republican Congress does not deliberate over legislation; instead, it essentially takes dictation from the White House and the Republican National Committee."
Ethics panel hears from Hastert - Detroit Free Press
"Hastert has denied any Republican knew of the messages from Foley to former pages. His office has described only how Republicans handled an incident last fall involving "over friendly" e-mails to a former page from Louisiana.  The time line that Hastert and his staff have given conflicts with the accounts of others."
No Foley report imminent - HeraldNet - Everett,WA
"The investigation's quick pace had raised hopes among some Democrats that the committee could release its finding in the coming days, fulfilling a pledge from the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Howard Berman, Calif., that the probe would be wrapped up in "weeks, not months.""
[I think back to the Senate investigation of Pre-war intelligence.  Phase I, which could not blame the administration occurred before an election.  Phase II was postponed until after the election, when the argument became, "Why bother?' as it was never completed. - Bob]
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
ISU grad feels good facing Hastert - Bloomington Pantagraph - IL
"Though many see it as a David versus Goliath contest, political newcomer John Laesch, who is challenging Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert in the 14th Congressional district of Illinois, likes his chances."
Tammy Duckworth Roskam and Duckworth vie for Hyde's seat in western suburb
 - Kansas City Star - MO
"The former Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot, who lost both legs when her aircraft was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, won the group's endorsement this fall after impressing endorsement committee members with her "passion and conviction, her life's experience in the military," said Ted Street, the group's [Illinois Fraternal Order of Police] president."
Oct 28 An election waged on two fronts
"On the other front, the former Yorkville school teacher faces unprecedented scrutiny in the media following a series of congressional scandals that have bolstered his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 7 election, former Navy intelligence analyst John Laesch of Newark... "My race against Nancy Pelosi is an ongoing thing," Hastert told The Beacon News editorial board this week."
[I don't know how Denny is polling in San Francisco, but it sounds here like the wheels are coming off his firetruck. - Bob]
Speaker
Hastert
Republicans’ Economic Policies
"President Bush’s tax cuts have taken about 10 million people off the income tax rolls, and the Department of Treasury estimates that if the[y] expire, roughly 5 million people will be pushed back on them."
[Dead people, people who have "expired:", should neither be forced to work nor taxed. - Bob]
Investigators Say Speaker’s Aide Hindered Inquiry of Hill Security Contracts - CQ TODAY
"Two former House committee investigators who were examining Capitol Hill security upgrades said a senior aide to Speaker J. Dennis Hastert hindered their efforts before they were abruptly ordered to stop their probe last year.  The former Appropriations Committee investigators said Ted Van Der Meid, Hastert’s chief counsel, resisted from the start the inquiry, which began with concerns about mismanagement of a secret security office and later probed allegations of bid-rigging and kickbacks from contractors to a Defense Department employee."
Hastert Earns An "F" - Drum Major Institute
"The third annual congressional scorecard from the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy evaluates each member of the U.S. House and Senate based on their 2005 votes on select legislation of significance to current and aspiring middle-class Americans."
STAY THE COURSE!!! - Olberman on CNN
Most Ridiculous Moment? - Washington Post
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
sweet: John Kerry taunts Hastert: ``Too late now, Denny.''  - Chicago Sun Times
"In an e-mail to his potent three-million name list of supporters, Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, taunted the speaker, under fire for being slow to act in the Mark Foley cyberspace page sex scandal."
Foley scandal puts spotlight on House race - Dixon Telegraph
"I think it is impossible for him not to have known what was going on. Several reps and aides have said 'We told Hastert's office and he didn't do anything,'" Laesch said. "I think it is disappointing that he steps in front of the camera and says the opposite."
Furor Over Cheney Remark on Tactics for Terror Suspects - New York Times
"The questioning was set off when Mr. Cheney was interviewed Tuesday by Scott Hennen, a conservative radio talk show host in Fargo, N.D. “Would you agree that a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?” Mr. Hennen asked.  “Well, it’s a no-brainer for me,” Mr. Cheney replied. “But for a while there I was criticized as being the vice president for torture..."
Oct 27 DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATe Oct 26
  • Board of Education special meeting
  • Public Information Sessions
  • FOCUS
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE OCT 27
Friday potpourri...
West Chicago 'Painted Lady' has a lot of class
"Upon hearing their house at 241 E. Washington St. in West Chicago was the Grand Prize winner in the 20th annual "Chicago's Finest Painted Ladies" competition, homeowners Bob and Marcie Schulien were in somewhat of a state of shock. Accepting the special plaque and framed photograph of the home at the awards dinner celebration, held Oct. 19 in Chicago, Marcie said, "We are so honored and we thank family, friends, members of the historic commission and neighbors for their assistance in the project.""
Sins of antiquity
"Audiences entering West Chicago Community High School’s auditorium for “Lute Song” may expect the usual fare of light-hearted comedy or love story.  Instead, they will get a 15th century tragedy that deals with the heady issues of classism, sexism, feminism, family duty and national honor — all in the context of another culture that many of the actors know only through books."
Man pleads guilty, avoids prison
"Daniel Clarke, 22, of 2417 Elm Road, pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor battery. He was given probation. As part of the plea, he will not be able to possess any type of firearm or have any contact with the woman."
Hastert: GOP will keep the House
Speaker
Hastert
"Hastert addressed questions about a $2 million profit on land he sold near the Prairie Parkway after earmarking $207 million in federal transportation dollars for the project. He said he didn't have any information that wasn't available to the public and stated: "I bought property because I thought it was a good investment.""
2 teens killed in separate crashes
"Hadessa A. Flora, 17, of Batavia, an outgoing junior at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, was killed when her car hit the side of a large garbage truck at Illinois Highway 25 and Banbury Road in Kane County."
Hastert aide meets Foley panel in private
"An aide to House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Wednesday went before ethics investigators in private to explain how the office handled complaints about then-Rep. Mark Foley's behavior toward former pages."
Sen Durbin East St. Louis Senior High School to get $300,000 tech grant - Belleville News-Democrat - Belleville,IL
"We are most appreciative of Senator Durbin's diligent effort to aid the students of our school district," said East St. Louis School District 189 Superintendent Theresa Saunders in a statement. "The grant will play a pivotal role in assisting our young people in fulfilling their vast potential."
Durbin praises agreement that will allow Amtrak expansion - ABC7Chicago.com
"Amtrak and Canadian National Railway Co. have reached an agreement that will allow expanded passenger service across Illinois to begin next week as scheduled."
Sen. Obama Could this man be the first black president of America? - Times Online - UK
"Mr Obama’s political trajectory is reaching such giddy heights that his thoughts are already turning from the current elections to the presidential race in 2008. In a weekend interview he acknowledged that he had changed his mind and was now thinking about a bid for the White House."
LIVE from BCC: A roaring welcome - Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog - Redmond,WA
"Senator Obama was the last of the three prime speakers to address the audience. He seemed awed by the sheer size of the rally. "What a crowd. I'm just excited to be back in Washington. Governor, thank you so much for welcoming us here."""
Speaker
Hastert
More Campaign Information on Government Website:
Today's Briefings - The Mountain Press - Sevierville,TN,
"Hastert, R-Ill., hasn't been out campaigning for fellow Republicans this fall during the ethics investigation [of Republican pedophile Mark Foley], but Tennessee's 1st District is friendly territory. The district hasn't sent a Democrat to Congress since 1881."
Midterms: Rushing to judgment - Guardian Unlimited
"The fallout from Foleygate continues, with House Speaker Dennis Hastert appearing before the four-member panel investigating the Capitol Hill sex scandal. The Swamp has a clip of Denny's perp walk; he was only slightly more talkative when he made his exit several hours later."
[This is the only video I have seen on the web of Denny's trip to the Ethics Committee questioning. - Bob]
Pat Toomey - Christian Science Monitor - Boston,MA
"Toomey was careful when talking about the political fate of House Speaker Dennis Hastert. "I don't want to make a prediction about Denny Hastert. As a general matter I will say this: I think Republicans are certainly likely to lose seats. After the election I will say I think there will be new faces at high levels of the House leadership," Toomey said."
Foley Email Leak Linked To HRC Employee - 365Gay.com
"An HRC spokesperson confirmed to 365Gay.com that the employee had been fired for "misusing" the organization's computer system. The worker's involvement became known earlier this week and he was let go the same day.  Copies of the emails sent by Foley were sent to several newspapers in the summer, but none of the papers, including the Miami Herald, picked up on them. After the emails were posted on stopsexpredators.blogspot.com ABC news began to probe into them.  After ABC began running stories the rest of the media followed, resulting in both a criminal probe of Foley and a House ethics committee investigation."
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Little known Democrat challenges Hastert in 14th District - ABC7
"Hastert is under intense criticism for the handling of the congressional page scandal and the growing unpopularity of the war in Iraq. That's giving a little-known Democrat on the ticket more leverage as voters head to the polls."
[Notice the video off to the right. - Bob]
Governor
Blagojevich
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"he Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich's Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, October 27, 2006."
Tammy Duckworth IL-06 Duckworth regains lead against Roskam - TPMCafe - New York,NY
"A poll taken in the Sixth Congressional District from October 23-24 by Bennett, Petts and Blumenthal found that Tammy Duckworth's campaign to change Congress has withstood millions of dollars in negative ads.  The poll of 400 voters shows Duckworth holding a 44-43 percent lead over her opponent, Peter Roskam."
IL-06: Roskam Distorting Duckworth's Social Security Position - TPMCafe
"The basis for Roskam's attack is this line from an Oct. 6th Daily Herald article: "Duckworth has said she’d consider raising the retirement age." Guess what? Turns out the paper misquoted her. The next day, as the Duckworth campaign notes, the Herald ran a correction, saying she'd only consider raising it for workers who are not yet paying into the system."
Sen Peter
Roskam
Immigration Activists Call Roskam Ads 'Racist' - NBC5.com
""We are asking the Republican Congressional Committee to pull all these racist, cynical ads," said one activist at the news conference.  The activists were surrounded by immigrants from many countries including Poland and Ireland, NBC5's Rob Elgas reported."
Oct 26 West Chicago
Historical Society
Hidden Codes to the Freedom of Slaves Through the Underground Railroad
"The West Chicago Historical Society is presenting a talk about Pre-Civil War, Quilts: Hidden Codes to the Freedom of Slaves Through the Underground Railroad, presented by Dr. Clarice C. Boswell."
Proton therapy center in works
"That’s the same therapy Northern Illinois University has pledged to bring to West Chicago’s DuPage National Technology Park by 2011. It unveiled plans Wednesday to build a cancer treatment and research facility at the tech park."
Walk down Spooky Trail, if you dare
"These are just two of the bone-chilling scenarios put together by West Chicago Park District staff as part of the 25th annual Spooky Trail.  From 6 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, preschoolers will be invited to walk down the one-third of a mile that makes up the spooky trail at Reed-Keppler Park Nature Trail. Volunteers staffing the trail will take off masks so children aren’t too scared."
At Home in West Chicago - Merle Burleigh
  • Humanitarian Service Project
  • "Lute Song"
  • poetry reading at Gallery 200

  • St. Michael's United Church of Christ 100th Anniversary

Dr. John Yancey builds on a 20-year team effort
"Celebrating his 20th year of dental practice in West Chicago, Dr. John Yancey said, "It almost seems like yesterday. As we have grown, so has the community." In 1986 Yancey, as a young dentist seeking a place to put his roots down for a solo family practice of general dentistry, found purchasing Dr. Francis Minor's practice the perfect fit. "He had been a dentist in the community for 33 years.""
Humanitarian project outgrows WC home
"A positive growth in service projects for the needy causes the Humanitarian Service Project to move from West Chicago to a larger facility, 465 Randy Road in Carol Stream. "We just outgrew this space," said director Heather Bury."
Outsider ads are Cat in the Hat of campaigns
"The ad baldly distorted Roskam's objections to an anthology textbook that sparked controversy in DuPage County and around the nation in the early 1990s. His objections had nothing to do with Seuss, Wilder or King, and everything to do with writings that some parents felt glorified violence and the occult."
Outsider ads are Cat in the Hat of campaigns
"Candidates tend to say it's not when challenged on a particular commercial, as Roskam did Monday during a debate at WTTW-Ch. 11 when moderator Carol Marin asked if he were "comfortable with the tenor and tone" of a Republican Party spot that absurdly, even viciously distorted Duckworth's position on immigration reform."
Speaker
Hastert
Not as Bad Today but still More Campaign than Information
As Rebutal ... the following Videos:
  • Second Ad - VoteVets
    This group is targetting representatives who followed Hastert and the Republican leadership in repeatedly voting against veterans benefits.
     
  • Stay The Course - DNC
    This ad takes Bush to task for flip flopping on his tag line, "Stay the Course."
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Second New Commerical!
"Here is a sneak peek of our second commercial that will be running on local TV stations soon in the Chicagoland TV Market. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to help fund our first commercial! Your contributions are still greatly appreciated as it will allow us to purchase more ad time for this second piece!"
Sen Peter Roskam Todd Beamer's father stumps for Roskam - Pioneer Local
""We need to recognize the consequences of failure. We cannot fail," Roskam said.  Roskam said he unambiguously supports the Patriot Act and legislation that enables domestic surveillance."
Roskam Running to Replace an Icon
"We've just come from a photo op with Chairman Hyde at the Marion Joy Rehabilitation Center, where the eighty-two year-old conservative icon, now confined to a wheelchair, pulled his former staffer close after the cameras had gone to offer some cheerful words of encouragement."
Tammy Duckworth Duckworth sweeps endorsements from major newspapers
"Sixth District Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth has now swept the endorsements of the area’s major newspapers, picking up the backing of the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday and the Pioneer Press today.   In recent weeks, Duckworth had also won the endorsements of the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald."
Oct 25 WC
Police
Dept.
arrest of Edgar Eduardo Rubio Andrare
"Through the course of the investigation, Andrare was linked to spray-painting graffiti at Pioneer School as well as on 15 Motor Vehicles in three apartment complexes in West Chicago."
West Chicago, Winfield talk about parcel’s future
"The resolution rejects a November 2002 plan commission recommendation that proposed rezoning property along the thoroughfare to allow for commercial and retail projects.  The move, however, was too late for several homeowners in the area who have since pursued annexation agreements with West Chicago under the condition that the city not change their residential zoning."
6th District race heats up with stem cell debate
"“We have the opportunity to save lives and create new lives,” Fox said during the rally in Wheaton. He added that 70 percent of Americans favor embryonic stem cell research as a means to treating diseases such as Parkinson’s and diabetes.  “We need to claim this and say, yes, we have the technology and know-how. If America doesn’t do this — who will?”  Roskam opposes embryonic stem cell research..."
Actor says stem cell issue personal, not political
"Asked if his character in “Family Ties” Alex P. Keaton would approve, Fox said yes.  “It’s a nonpartisan problem that needs a bipartisan solution,” he said. “People on both sides of the aisle are in favor of it.”  In fact, Fox said he’s supported lawmakers such as Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who favors the policy."
W. Chicago getting NIU cancer center
“I think this will have the biggest impact as an anchor, as a draw,” said West Chicago Mayor Michael Fortner, who is also an NIU physicist. “It will be a benefit to the whole region, and it’s a great addition to the city and park. It’s an exciting project.”
Church coalition wants end to war
“I was timid to say anything in the very early days of the war,” said Griebler, who was at a different church at that time. “I prayed for peace, but I didn’t want to ruffle any feathers.”
NIU planning high-tech cancer treatment center
"Only five proton centers exist in the nation, said John Lewis, associate vice president for university outreach at NIU. The center, which is being funded with federal, state and private funds, is expected to open in 2011 in the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago."
Illionois Senators DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR ROCKFORD FLOODING
“The Governor’s appeal is based on additional information provided by the State of Illinois and the City of Rockford that indicates that the damage to the private sector was of such severity and magnitude that effective recovery is beyond the capability of the State and local governments.”
Speaker
Hastert
Hastert Urges Quick Action on Foley - Forbes
"But Hastert's appearance followed that of Reynolds, who has said he learned of Foley's inappropriate e-mails to the Louisiana teen last spring and discussed the matter with Hastert.  Hastert has said he didn't recall that conversation. He has also assured conservative activist Paul Weyrich that Majority Leader John Boehner was wrong when Boehner said he and Hastert discussed Foley's problems last spring."
Denny Posts Two More Partisan Campaign Statements on government Owned web site.
Governor
Blagojevich
state business with small Illinois firms nearly tripled last year
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating jobs and providing services in communities all over our state.  But for too long, complicated procurement rules and bureaucracy essentially excluded small businesses from opportunities to win business with the state."
Sen Peter Roskam victim's dad supports Roskam's stance on Iraq - Chicago Suburban News
"A father who lost his son during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks said he supports Republican Congressional candidate Peter Roskam's stance on the war on terror and shares Roskam's belief that the country needs to stay the course and complete the mission in Iraq."
Roskam vows funding for Bartlett's 'quiet zone' - Suburban Chicago News
"Roskam said he supports adult and umbilical cord stem cell research but has fought against embryonic stem cell research in the Illinois Senate.  He conceded it's a difficult issue, "because one human life is cast aside for the benefit of another.""
Tammy Duckworth Michael J. Fox brings push for stem cell research to Illinois  - Bellview News Democrat
"Fox was in suburban Chicago for a rally with Democrat Tammy Duckworth and others with chronic or debilitating conditions to showcase their support for stem cell research.  "We need brave, smart, energetic people to step up and lead right now," Fox told a cheering crowd of about 300 people."
Our Choices for the U.S. House  - Chicago Sun-Times
"In the 6th District, the seat Henry Hyde has held for 32 years, we choose Tammy Duckworth. She may have drawn attention initially because she is a disabled Iraq war veteran who has spoken out against the war -- and who, though lacking political experience, was promoted by powerful Democrats over her seasoned primary opponent, Christine Cegelis. But Duckworth has grown as a candidate, demonstrating an increasingly impressive grasp of a wide range of issues."
Oct 24 City of WestChicago Museum Director to Receive Prestigious Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award
"Ms. Bombard has nourished an appreciation for West Chicago's storied past through the administration of compelling exhibits like "Immigration: Building a Community," educational programs like Tales Tombstones Tell and special events like the Currier-Reed Lawn Party and Heritage Days, which capture the essence of the West Chicago experience."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Attendance Area Reassignments, new superintendent's message, and more...
They came from outer space!
"As part of their solar system curriculum, third-graders were wowed by meteorites that gravity tore out of Mars’ rings and were sent spinning through the universe — eventually crashing as flaming balls on the Earth’s surface and cooling for thousands of years."
Batavia to extend fiber-optic system
"The Batavia city council’s public utilities committee voted Monday to spend $40,000 on a project to link its fiber-optic line with the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago."
Final debate focuses on the war
"Duckworth accused Roskam of “backing off two weeks before the election” from his earlier rhetoric on the war to match President Bush’s recently evolving stance.  Roskam previously has agreed with Bush’s plan to “stay the course” and stressed it’s important to “finish well” in Iraq. On Monday, Roskam found himself saying it was a mistake the U.S. didn’t go in with full force in Iraq. Last week, Roskam agreed with Duckworth’s call for quarterly status reports to Congress on Iraqi troop training."
Q&A: Illinois House, District 95
"In November, voters will have a chance to select a state representative for the 95th District of the Illinois House of Representatives, where there is no incumbent. Republican Mike Fortner of West Chicago faces Democrat Dirk Enger of Winfield."
Clinton stumps for Bean, Duckworth
"Former President Bill Clinton helped raise about $800,000 for Democrats Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean at a lunchtime fundraiser attended by about 600 people, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Jen Psaki said."
Republicans worry they will pay for unpopular war
"The GOP doubts, coupled with widespread Democratic opposition to Bush's strategy, put intense pressure on the White House to do something differently.  Bush has stopped saying he is staying the course because that suggested he was locked into a losing policy. Now Bush asserts that he is constantly switching tactics."
Clinton delivers a boost
"About 600 supporters attended the event, sponsored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, that was expected to raise about $800,000 to be split three ways between Bean, Duckworth and the DCCC."
Hollywood star stumps in Illinois race
"In a day on the 6th Congressional District campaign trail that accentuated the two candidates' different strategies, Democrat Tammy Duckworth rallied with actor Michael J. Fox to push for federal funding for embryonic stem cell research while Republican Peter Roskam toured four towns to discuss local transportation needs."
Britain takes notice of Illinois race
"But after Democrat Tammy Duckworth, who lost both legs while serving in the military in Iraq, said she agreed "absolutely" with Gen. Richard Dannatt, the British army chief who recently declared that the presence of coalition troops is making matters worse in Iraq, The Sunday Times wrote an admiring story about her campaign."
Michael J. Fox stumps for Duckworth
"About 300 people turned out in Wheaton to hear actor Michael J. Fox tout the congressional candidacy of Democrat Tammy Duckworth.  Today's appearance by Fox ratcheted up the star power of the Duckworth campaign, in the west suburban 6th Congressional District. On Monday, former President Bill Clinton attended a fund-raiser for her in Chicago."
Sen Durbin DURBIN, COLLEAGUES SAY CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY MUST HONOR ITS AGREEMENTS WITH AMTRAK
“We were notified last week that CN will no longer agree to allow one of the additional roundtrips to St. Louis via Joliet, is threatening to withhold access to the Carbondale route, and may seek to terminate all of the newly added trains in Illinois after just one year."
Sen. Obama Senator Obama's Office Responds to Misleading Harper's Magazine Story
"While we do not doubt the integrity or the intelligence of the piece's author, Ken Silverstein, we feel that our side of the story was not fairly presented. Below are some misleading passages from the piece, and some facts we believe will help tell the full story."
"I inhaled "that was the point." - Raw Story
"That was what Illinois Senator Barack Obama, currently on a book tour that may or may not segue into a run for the 2008 presidency, said to New Yorker editor David Remnick this afternoon at the American Magazine Conference, after Remnick asked Obama whether or not his admission of drug use in the book would become problematic if he does, if fact, run for president. "
Speaker
Hastert
Scott Palmer emerging from almost six and a half hours of testimony
"And it makes sense, since Palmer seems to be the vortex of the leadership fibbing." [Last time I saw a face like that it had 12 points and dated does. Is this what Denny means by "The buck stops here"?- Bob]
National Digest - Baltimore Sun
"The House ethics committee questioned Speaker Dennis Hastert's top aide for more than six hours yesterday, as investigators tried to determine whether Hastert's office knew at least three years ago of Rep. Mark Foley's come-ons to male pages."
Hastert appears before Foley ethics panel - MSNBC
"The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives went before investigators Tuesday in the Capitol Hill sex scandal that has rocked his party..."
House Ethics Committee Meeting
"I answered every question they asked fully and to the best of my ability."
Speaker: A Democrat Majority Would Raise Taxes on America’s Seniors
[This is absolutely the most misleading, irresponsible, partisan, extremist post I have ever seen at the Speaker's website.  It is campaign flapdoodle.  I think it borders on using government money (ie: the government website) for campaigning and if not illegal, it should be. - Bob]
Governor
Blagojevich
Prairie Bluff Preserve in Northeastern Illinois
“Protecting Prairie Bluff Preserve means protecting water quality and habitats for threatened and endangered species.  It also provides more recreational opportunities in Northeastern Illinois,”
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
“Lead poisoning can cause serious health and development problems in children, but it’s very preventable. We’re hoping, especially during this week, that people take a good look around their homes, daycare centers and schools for potential sources of lead poisoning, and eliminate them in order to protect our kids,”
Tammy Duckworth Who really cut and ran? - Quad City Times - Davenport,IA
"Bush called the Democrats — including FDR and Truman — cowards who cut and run. Tell that to Tammy Duckworth running for representative in Illinois, a Democrat and against the war. She lost both legs in Iraq protecting Bush, his daughters and Cheney. She never ducked her duty, cut or ran."
Oct 23 West Chicago
High School
$500 Grant for Science Collection
"Community High School District 94 has received a $500 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program to support the school's Science Collection in the Learning Resource Center."
DISTRICT #94 RE-DEDICATES MEMORIAL FIELD
"Community High School is proud to rededicate Memorial Field in honor of and appreciation to the Men and Women of the Armed Forces who preserve the freedoms of our Nation.
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Eighty-one D. 303 high school students named AP Scholars
Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Com Schedule Posted
Pull the trigger, camera will find you in West Chicago
"At a cost of more than $40,000, seven cameras that can identify the sound of gunshots — then zoom in on the shooter — will be placed in and around the West Chicago Metra station, Police Chief Stephen Kuhn said."
Hopefuls’ split is clear on education
"But, Roskam said, “a child of faith should be able to pray in school and student-initiated types of activities are certainly appropriate.”  Duckworth said he believes in separation of church and state but doesn’t object to allowing a moment of silence for students to quietly pray or reflect."
Sen Durbin DURBIN QUESTIONS APPOINTMENT OF NEW MINE SAFETY CHIEF
“I believe, as do many other Senators, that Mr. Stickler’s statements at his confirmation hearing are an insult to the 40 families who have lost miners in accidents this year, many of which could have been prevented. His statements are also deeply troubling to the thousands of miners who rely on MSHA to help keep them safe in a difficult and dangerous occupation that is vital to the American economy."
Bill sets sights on making education affordable - Western Courier - Macomb,IL
"Since this cut, Democrats have fought to keep education as a top priority. In April, our own Illinois Senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, introduced the Reverse the Raid on Student Aid Act of 2006 (RRSA Act). Durbin and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), who introduced similar legislation in the House, said their new bill reflects the kind of serious investment that America must make if it wants to ensure college access for all students and remain the world's economic leader."
Sen. Obama Obama Says He Is Considering Running for President - New York Times
"Senator Barack Obama, the first-term Illinois Democrat who has rapidly emerged this year as one of the most popular figures in his party, said today that he was considering running for the White House in 2008,"
Speaker
Hastert
Turmoil in Hastert's Office as Key Staff Testifies - ABC News
"The investigation of how the Republican leadership handled the issue has provoked turmoil and finger-pointing in Hastert's office, congressional sources say.  Some of Hastert's principal aides have hired criminal defense lawyers to represent them during the investigation."
Foley singled out "hot" boys: report
"Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record) made friends with a wide circle of teenaged House of Representatives pages, then singled out "hot" boys to write to, The Washington Post reported on Sunday."
Plan to Raise Taxes
“Fluctuating gas prices can place undue burdens on small business owners who may feel the pinch both in the shipping and purchasing of their goods."
Hastert Press Release Found to be Political Dirty Trick
Oct 22 War of words
"The chief justice of Illinois’ Supreme Court says he’s been defamed. A reporter wants to keep his sources secret. Other high court justices want to keep their conversations secret. It’s a libel trial that may shape how the media and the judiciary behave."
Books, immigration topic of 6 Dist. row
"The national Democrats started airing a TV ad Tuesday critical of 6th Congressional District Republican Peter Roskam for what they say was his effort to keep schoolchildren from reading Dr. Seuss and Laura Ingalls Wilder.  The first of $2.3 million in attack ads by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee comes as Democrat Tammy Duckworth is set to debut her own ad today featuring U.S. Sen. Barack Obama defending her position on illegal immigration."
Green Party candidate persists in longshot bid
"Win or lose, the stakes are high: If Whitney gets at least 5 percent of the vote Nov. 7, the Green Party automatically becomes an established party in Illinois. It would no longer face the hurdle of having to collect 25,000 signatures to qualify for the next ballot."
Governor's race could come down to who is least unpopular
"Polls show most voters feel Blagojevich has broken his promise to clean up state government. They also show even her fellow Republicans have deep doubts about Topinka.  Those doubts mean this could be the year that a third-party candidate -- in this case, Rich Whitney of the Green Party -- gets 5 percent of the vote and qualifies his party for easy access to the ballot next time."
Revving up the base in Rolling Meadows
"Now that's a real interesting group that would come out and cover the 6th Congressional District," Roskam observed. "Al Jazeera has an interest in who wins in the 6th Congressional District? I'm telling ya, let's send them an answer, whaddya say?"
[Come on, Peter!  This is a helluva charge to hurl at a disabled vet. - Bob]
Sen. Obama Bush Reviews Iraq War Strategy as Violence Mounts (Update3) - Bloomberg
"Democrats such as Senator Barack Obama of Illinois say the U.S. needs to press the Iraqis to take charge of their security. ``We need to be phasing down our troop levels,'' Obama said in an interview. The U.S. also should tell regional powers such as Iran and Syria to ``get involved'' in preventing a failure in Iraq, Obama said."
Speaker
Hastert
How Foley Skirted Rules To Pursue Relationships - Washington Post
"Two years later, when he contacted Foley for advice on D.C. hotels, the congressman wrote back: "You could always stay at my place. I'm always here, I'm always lonely, and I'm always up for oral sex.""
What happened to America, GOP? - Napa Valley Register - Napa,CA
"Hastert is refusing to take responsibility for managing his own office. He refuses to address the most basic questions, such as “How did I contribute to this? Why wouldn’t my staff report this serious information to me? Did I not get my message out to my team? Is there something about my management style that created this environment where my staff does not bring forth all concerns and issues?” I mean, I would ask those questions. Wouldn’t you?"
Boehner repeats he told Hastert about Foley - CBS 47 - Fresno,CA,
"Boehner told reporters today after his testimony before the House Ethics Committee that he stood by statements he'd told Speaker Dennis Hastert of Mark Foley's overly friendly e-mails to a former page. "
House GOP revamps TV ad campaign plans - Jordan Falls News - Jordan Falls,Iowa
""In all probability Speaker Hastert will be replaced next year, whether it‘s because the Democrats take over or it‘s because Republicans retain control and they decide he‘s been Speaker long enough," said Paul Weyrich."
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Top Tier Fighting Dem Vets and Other Races that Matter Hotlist - TPMCafe
"He has gone from an underdog and "Quixotic" candidate to a competitive challenger with polls showing most people believe Hastert knew earlier and engaged in a cover-up...This race has still not quite made the grade as a top tier race, but has the makings of such as the tide continues to turn in our favor. And John Laesch believes he can take down the speaker."
Sen Peter Roskam Roskam's DeLay Connectkon Revisited - TPM
"Of course, last April, as DeLay started swirling toward the court house, Roskam said he really never kept in touch. He told the Sun-Times he "not had any contact with [DeLay] essentially for 20 years.""
[I missed this back in March... but it was used as reference info today. - Bob]
Tammy Duckworth IL-06: Soldier's Sister Sends Out Wrenching Email About Duckworth - TPMCafe
"The most important thing about the Iraq war is not what people are saying to pollsters about whether the Republicans pulled off the trick of conflating it with the "broader war on terror," as pundits keep wondering. The war is not something that can simply be pushed or pulled or manipulated in the minds of Americans with just the right Rovian stunt, stage set or talking point."
Democrat fighting to hold lead in Illinois House race - Los Angeles Times
"Regardless of the discrepancy in campaign funds, political experts agree that the race will be close. A Reuters/Zogby poll released early this month showed Duckworth with an edge over Roskam, 43% to 38%.  Duckworth, whose wounds and war service inspired her to seek office — she lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down in Iraq in 2004 — is among eight Iraq and Afghanistan veterans running for Congress. Five are Democrats in Republican districts considered to be vulnerable."
Media Pushes Idea That We've Yet To See Full Force Of GOP Attacks -  TPM Election Central
  • "IL-06Chi. TribuneOct 20Roskam (R) 43%, Duckworth (D)"
  • "IL-08 Chi. Tribune Oct 20 Bean (D) 50%, McSweeney (R) 31%"
  • "IL-GOV Rasmussen Oct 19 Blagojevich (D) 44%, Topinka (R) 36%"
End of the culture war - The Guardian, London
"As Christians battle Sodomites under the crashing Republican big tent, several high-wire acts have fallen to earth. Last week Bob Ney, of Ohio, pleaded guilty to bribery, caught in the web of Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. This week the wacky Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania, renowned for his personal hunt for WMD in Iraq, came under investigation for corrupt practices; the FBI has also raided his lobbyist daughter."
Oct 21 One less on council  a plus to West Chicago mayor
"The plan is for Alan Murphy to resign as the council’s sole at-large alderman so Fortner can appoint Murphy as 4th Ward alderman."
Development helps lift West Chicago image
"Gateway Centre consists of several buildings housing stores and one- and two-bedroom condominiums along the north and south sides of Main Street. A Domino's Pizza shop, a bakery and a music store already have opened, and plans are in the works for a medical clinic and a dentist, said James Madden, who owns Gateway Development."
Oct 20 Elementary
District 33
A Night of Giving at Stratford Square Mall
"Here is a great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping!
Indian Knoll School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is a proud participant
in the 4th annual Night of Giving at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale."
WegoWeb 1st ANNUAL WIMI RIDE
Frede Falls, the manager at WIMI in Hurley/Ironwood took some photos/video at peak color up north during a motorcycle ride.  It is a long download, but if you have broadband, you might find it pretty.
At Home in West Chicago
  • Unique Fall Productions
  • Immigration: Building a Community
  • Kyle Knapp, an acoustic guitarist
  • Spookarnival
Middle school gym floor to be replaced
"Recent rains and subsequent flooding have left a permanent impression on the largest gym floor at West Chicago Middle School.  Much of the maple floor has warped and is pocked with dips and rises; all of it will have to be replaced."
Candidates tussle over Iraq, North Korea
"Both Republican Peter Roskam and Democrat Tammy Duckworth said it’s important for China to exert leverage to restrict North Korea’s nuclear capability.  “We absolutely have to stand firm and say we will not accept a nuclear North Korea,” said Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates resident and Illinois Army National Guard pilot who was wounded in Iraq."
Sen. Obama Obama kicks off tour on home turf - Chicago Maroon
"Hundreds of Hyde Park residents and Chicagoans began lining up outside 57th Street Books at 5 a.m. to meet Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as he signed his new book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream."
Speaker
Hastert
Leak of the National Intelligence Estimate
"“It is my hope that no one on the House Intelligence Committee chose to leak the National Intelligence Estimate for political gain."
John Yang and Brian Ross Report: - ABC
"The Republican source said Trandahl planned to name Ted Van Der Meid, the speaker's counsel and floor manager, as the person who was briefed on a regular basis about any issue that arose in the page program, including a "problem group of members and staff who spent too much time socializing with pages outside of official duties." One of whom was Mark Foley."
Ex-House Clerk Testifies to Panel in Foley Case - NY Times
"People close to the case, who asked not to be identified because of the continuing investigation, said Mr. Trandahl’s version of events would corroborate that the speaker’s office had been advised of complaints about Mr. Foley’s behavior for at least three years. Mr. Hastert’s office has denied that assertion..."
Republican Woes Lead to Feuding by Conservatives - NY Times
"In an interview this week, Mr. Armey said catering to Dr. Dobson and his allies had led the party to abandon budget-cutting. And he said Christian conservatives could cost Republicans seats around the country, especially in Ohio.  “The Republicans are talking about things like gay marriage and so forth, and the Democrats are talking about the things people care about, like how do I pay my bills?” he said."
News release by House speaker pours fuel on fire - Houston Chronicle
"So there was groaning again on Thursday when House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., issued a news release that was headlined: "Gas prices continue to fall during a Republican majority."  "Oh, that just fuels it," Jim Glassman, senior economist for JP Morgan Chase in New York, said with a laugh. "That will just reinforce suspicions. ... Leave well enough alone, for God's sake.""
Voices: Hastert should go - Joplin Globe - Joplin,MO
"Early indications suggest a Republican bloodbath as missteps and misstatements continue to add insult to injury, sustaining once again the idea that absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Our leaders need to brush egos aside and show some backbone. Speaker Hastert needs to step down."
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Race for State Speaker of the House - WIFR - Rockford,IL
"Democrat Jonathan John Laesch had only about 14-thousand dollars.  He is a carpenter.  Even if Hastert easily wins his own seat in northern Illinois, outside Chicago's suburbs, as political strategists generally assume, the former champion high school wrestling coach still could be a big loser on Election Day.
Governor
Blagojevich
the graduation of 61 correctional officer cadets from the Illinois Department of Corrections’ training academy
“These new officers will help improve our prison system. With the training they just completed, they will be better prepared to keep our correctional facilities safe and secure,”
Sen Peter Roskam Roskam Has The Cash Lead In 6th District Race - WBBM780 - Chicago
"According to Roskam's latest campaign finance report, the state senator from Wheaton had $1.5 million as of September 30th.  His Democratic opponent, wounded Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, had about $206,000."
Tammy Duckworth Congressional Races Iraq amputee vivid champion of Dems' hopes - San Francisco Chronicle
"The 38-year-old still attends occasional weekend sessions as an Illinois National Guard major. She said that if not for her wounds, she would like to return to duty in the Iraq war she believes has been botched by President Bush and the Republican Congress."
Voters' unease over Iraq puts major ahead on US battlefield - Vancouver Sun (subscription) - British Columbia
"It's just past the lunch-hour rush at Maxfield's Pancake House in suburban Chicago and U.S. Army major Tammy Duckworth is working the room, shaking hands and talking politics."
HUGE! Bush Guts Posse Comitatus, Grabs National Guard! - Daily Kos
"What that means is that the federal government can't use federal troops -- or federalized state troops (which is what this outrage is about) -- as a national law enforcement posse to enforce the law, except under certain exceptions.  You probably already know the term for putting an area under military law enforcement control: it's called "martial law.""
Oct 19 Nick Dzierzanowski Notes From Nick Volume XVII
"If you do not live in the Cornerstone Lakes neighborhood and want to donate items, please contact either Heather Stout 443-4779, or me, and arrange for the items to be picked up. If you want to volunteer, please contact Heather."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
Board of Education meeting, school improvement initiatives, and more...
West Chicago manufacturer cited by EPA
"In preliminary findings announced Wednesday, the EPA alleges MAPEI violated the Clean Air Act and state regulations over 10 years by building new process units without getting state construction permits."
Conflicting laws leave referendum in limbo
"Paul Hinds, DuPage County’s deputy clerk, said that based on new tax cap legislation passed this summer, he’s doubtful the Winfield Township roads referendum is worded correctly."
Hopefuls differ on minimum wage
“It is absolutely disgusting we have not raised the minimum wage in nine years,” the Hoffman Estates resident said. “You should not have people who work full-time living below the poverty level.”
Hastert recently hosted Web safety talks, but experts disagree ...
"Less than two months ago, House Speaker Dennis Hastert convened a panel of Internet safety experts in St. Charles to discuss dangers of the electronic age.  Now the nation’s third-most-powerful politician finds himself in the hot seat amid a scandal involving the very type of behavior he warned against."
Roskam, Duckworth trade blows in debate
"Frequently trading shots and eliciting heated responses from a large audience, Peter Roskam, a Republican state senator, and Tammy Duckworth, a Democratic Iraq War veteran, debated more than a dozen issues last week during their first joint appearance open to the public."
'Tales Tombstones Tell'
"With a chill in the air, The West Chicago City Museum presented for the 17th time, "Tales Tombstones Tell" Oct. 13 at Oakwood Cemetery. Alison Chapin (below) spins the story of the Norris family of West Chicago near their grave stones."
CHS and WA thespians prep for the footlights
"Both Community High School and Wheaton Academy are having unique fall productions. The high school presents "Lute Song" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 26 to 28, in the Weyrauch Memorial Auditorium."
"The Academy's student art festival is held in conjunction with Project, Least."
'Prescription' fires to be set
"Part of the reason that the District conducts prescription fires is to remove non-native and invasive species, which in turn helps native species to thrive. Native plants have evolved to co-exist with fire and have a natural advantage."
Sen Durbin Wolfowitz's World Bank rewards countries that crush workers
"Now this week, thanks to a group of Democratic senators, we find out that the World Bank under Paul Wolfowitz is working to reward countries that deliberately ignore basic international labor standards.  According to a scathing letter released by Sens. Durbin, Dorgan, Sarbanes, Biden, Dodd and Akaka: ..."
Durbin meets mayors on Amtrak expansion - KHQA - Quincy,IL
"Durbin met with the mayors to discuss a planned expansion of passenger rail service set to begin at the end of the month. The mayors also met with Amtrak President Alex Kummant."
Sen. Obama Illinois' Obama continues to shine bright - Washington Times
"Halfway through the gathering, a man reportedly stood up and stated: "Congress hasn't done a damn thing this year. I'm tired of the politicians blaming each other. We should throw them all out and start over!"  "Including me?" Obama asked. The response was a chorus of "no's.""
Speaker
Hastert
Clerk Fingers Hastert Staffer
"That brings to two the number of staffers in Hastert's office who allegedly knew about Foley's pursuit of House pages before last fall. According to Kirk Fordham, Foley's former chief of staff, Trandahl also alerted Hastert's chief of staff Scott Palmer about Foley's behavior."
Gas Prices Continue to Fall
“Today’s tumbling gas prices are giving Americans relief at the pump and it’s giving them more money to spend on their families."
[Gas was $1.28 per gallon in 2001.  What will it rise to after the election? - Bob]
And a quick survey of the Speaker's national press ...
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Why Democrats Can Take Back Congress - Oct 19 - Beyond Chron - San Francisco,CA
"This year, Army veteran John Laesch is running against the House Speaker in a heavily-Republican district on a platform critical of the President’s War on Terror. While he is still ten points behind in the polls, Hastert’s meltdown over the Foley scandal has given Laesch a tremendous opening that might cause an upset. I can assure you that the Democrat who challenged Hastert in 2000 (and only got 26% of the vote) would not have had the smarts, resources, or savvy to seize such an opportunity. "
Governor
Blagojevich
Governor Blagojevich kicks off All Kids’ Days
"But until every child has health insurance, there’s more work to do, and that’s why we’re working with the Children’s Defense Fund and over 500 religious organizations to help ensure that more kids get the health care they need,”
Sen Peter Roskam Illegal immigrants used as pawns in heated campaign rhetoric - Chicago Sun-Times
"In an attempt to stave off a strong challenge from Duckworth for the long-held Republican seat, Roskam and the National Republican Campaign Committee have saturated the local airwaves with campaign commercials that attempt to exploit immigration concerns and fears. A steady stream of campaign mailings employs the same scare tactics."
IL-06: Obama Slams Roskam In Duckworth Immigration Ad - TPMCafe - New York,NY
"Right now the GOP and House candidate Peter Roskam are betting that attacking Dem Tammy Duckworth on immigration is their last-ditch route to victory. Both the NRCC and the Roskam campaign are running ads claiming Duckworth -- who maintains a slim lead in polls -- supports "amnesty" and Social Security for illegals."
Congressional candidate campaigns door-to-door in Lombard - Lombardian - Lombard,IL
"It's not a poll or an anonymous phone call during dinner time, it is a real live conversation with someone," said Roskam. "I find it helpful, as a candidate, to get a clear picture of what people's priorities are and for them to be able to meet me and size me up as well."
Tammy Duckworth Candidate Duckworth sounds call to aid injured vets - MarineTimes.com - Springfield,VA
"Duckworth’s speech had been arranged before she announced she was running for Congress as a Democrat for the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill. AmVets officials said her speech was not a political endorsement or even meant to be political in any way, and she refused to answer campaign-related questions when meeting with reporters after her lunchtime speech."
Oct 18 VFW Auxiliary Veterans’ Day Observance
"...the public is invited and encouraged to attend a Veterans’ Day observance at the Post, located at 431 Neltnor Boulevard, West Chicago, on Saturday, November 11, 2006, at 10:30 am."
Elementary
District 33
Water Damage to West Chicago Middle School Big Gym Floor
"The maple gym floor was initially damaged by the first bout of bad weather that occurred the weekend of September 22."
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
High school volleyball co-champs, and more...
Internet crackdown approved
"Policies now give administrators the right to monitor the Internet for abuse by both personnel and students, even if a complaint has not been filed or if the person did the posting at home.  All e-mail and material will be open to scrutiny by the district."
Hopefuls differ on minimum wage
"“It is absolutely disgusting we have not raised the minimum wage in nine years,” the Hoffman Estates resident [Candidate Duckworth] said. “You should not have people who work full-time living below the poverty level.”"
Indicted candidate killed in car wreck
"Police said Schepp, 36, was driving a 2006 Dodge Charger quickly south on Eola Road about 10:35 a.m. They said he hit a concrete pedestrian bridge support head-on, and his vehicle caught fire on impact.  Schepp was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene."
County panel can’t say yes, can’t say no
"A couple’s request to classify their home as a religious place of worship has divided DuPage County Board members to the point of indecision.  Hersh Khetarpal and her husband, Mike, are seeking a county permit classifying their property, on St. Charles Road between West Chicago and Carol Stream, as a spiritual teaching facility."
Obama kicks off brand new book-signing tour in Chicago
"While a U.S. senator with a new book might be expected to draw a big crowd in his hometown, Tuesday's book-signings at 57th Street Books in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and at a Borders bookstore downtown were something else entirely. After all, Obama, a top Democratic party campaigner and fundraiser, is the hottest commodity in American politics."
Man charged with running over woman OK for trial
"A West Chicago man who received three months of mental health treatment for schizophrenia at a state facility was ruled fit Monday to stand trial to face charges of stealing a truck last winter and running over a 71-year old woman who was out feeding wild birds with her husband."
For Congress: Duckworth or
Chicago Tribune endorses Duckworth
"Tammy Duckworth would shake up the comfy, entrenched politicians in Washington, and she is endorsed."
Sen Durbin Durbin keeping tabs on tritium aftermath - Morris Daily Herald - Morris,IL
"This and previous spills over the past decade highlighted the need to conduct a thorough study of the level of contaminants in the drinking water supply, and to closely monitor local wells."
Speaker
Hastert
Ex-House Clerk May Be a Key in Foley’s Case
"As the House ethics committee pursues its investigation, few accounts are more crucial than Mr. Trandahl’s in determining whether Republican leaders acted with enough urgency. He is scheduled to testify to the committee on Thursday, when he could corroborate — or contradict — accusations that Speaker J. Dennis Hastert’s office knew about Mr. Foley’s behavior at least three years ago."
The GOP Hypocrite of the Week: Dennis Hastert- Buzz Flash
" And what's a team without a leader, in this case the former high school wrestling coach, Dennis Hastert.  You can tell why Bush has a place in his heart for Hastert: here's a guy who knows how to mouth the words "accept responsibility" for the cameras, but uses every finger pointing scam in the world to evade accountability."
Why has CNN devoted 50 times as much coverage to Harry Reid's land deal as Dennis Hastert's? -  Media Matters
"Seventeen different CNN transcripts in the Nexis database include mention of the Reid land deal ...  By comparison, CNN has aired only 65 words about a land deal in which House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) made nearly $2 million, a story which was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times on June 15."
Wash. Post reported on "comparisons" of Hastert and Reid land deals, ignored key contrasts - Media Matters
"But in equating the two deals, Weisman ignored a key difference repeatedly highlighted by Media Matters for America: While there are allegations that Hastert used his congressional office to increase the value of his real estate, there is no evidence that Reid used his position of authority to affect the value of the land in question."
12,000+ Dow
“Today's record setting stock market rally is proof that Republican economic policies of tax relief work."
[Any man willing to accept credit for the Dow (which is 17% down when corrected for inflation) should be able to do something about protecting pages to the congress. - Bob]
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
IL-14 : John Laesch will take down Hastert, do not forget or omit that! - DailyKos
"Anybody remember George Nethercutt? The guy that ran and lost against Patty Murray in '04? 10 years ago he took out former Democratic speaker of the house Tom Foley. There is precedent for this, and let me tell you this, I know John Laesch and if anybody can do it he can. Hastert, and all his power and pork are on the run, as long as we have his back."
Top 10 Reasons to Help Fire Hastert - Selfish Hedonist
"Even Hastert's defenders acknowledge that his top priority as speaker has been protecting the GOP majority, not investigating the president or his own caucus."
Governor
Blagojevich
ICCB creates homeland security committee
"The ICCB feels that forming this committee is a critical preventative measure to prepare for emergency situations at both the local and statewide level,” said Guy Alongi, chairman of the ICCB."
 
Oct 17 Elementary
District 33
District #33 Announces Second District-wide Family Night October 25
"Taking Care of Your Family: A night about respect and safety, the second in the series, will take place on Wednesday, October 25 in the cafeteria at West Chicago Middle School beginning at 6:00 pm."
WC Public Library October/November 2006 Programs
"The West Chicago Public Library District and Family Shelter Service of Wheaton present a series of three workshops on domestic violence awareness and prevention. All will be presented in English one night and Spanish another."
WC City Museum The Elmhurst Maennerchor Performs
"They will be giving a free concert at the West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, in West Chicago on Friday, October 20, 2006 at 7 p.m."
City of WestChicago Community Invited to Trick or Treat Downtown
"Downtown West Chicago businesses, designated by a pumpkin in their window, will once again host the annual trick or treat for the community's little ghosts and goblins. The activity, which is scheduled on Saturday, October 28th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., is part of the Horribly Fun Halloween Happenings, sponsored by the West Chicago Park District."
Fine line splits thoughts on Iraq
"Neither Republican Peter Roskam nor Democrat Tammy Duckworth backs such a quick troop withdrawal. Nor do they advocate putting a firm timeline on removing U.S. troops from Iraq.  Instead, the two split on the war along a finer line: Duckworth wants to bring U.S. soldiers home as their Iraqi counterparts are “trained up,” while Roskam supports President Bush’s desire to “finish well.”"
Sen Durbin DURBIN HOSTS STATEWIDE RAIL SUMMIT
“I want to commend the State of Illinois for entering into a historic partnership with Amtrak to provide new jobs and new service for riders from Chicago to Quincy to Carbondale.”
Sen. Obama Two New Books Making Waves: One on Bush Hypocrisy to Christians, One by Political Rock Star Obama - About - News & Issues - New York,NY
"The other newly-published book creating a splash is the long-awaited second book by Senator Barack Obama, "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.""
Speaker
Hastert
Signing of Terrorist Tribunal Legislation
"These terrorist tribunals will allow the suspected terrorists to address the charges against them, with legal defense provided by the U.S. government. In addition, classified evidence is protected from disclosure to the accused terrorists."
[This is the law responding to the Supreme Court objecting to the administration ignoring the Geneva Conventions. - Bob]
Governor
Blagojevich
FUTUREGEN FOR ILLINOIS TASK FORCE
"Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today unveiled the FutureGen for Illinois Task Force, a group of respected leaders from across the state to serve as advocates to help bring this $1 billion, coal-to-energy facility to Illinois.  Task force members include leaders from government, energy, the environment, business, labor and higher education."
Sen Peter Roskam Spending May Not Decide Races - Wall Street Journal
"Ms. Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, has raised roughly $2.8 million. But she spent the bulk of it in September on television ads responding to negative commercials against her by the House Republican committee. Heading into the home stretch, she now reports having $206,000 in the bank while her Republican opponent, Peter Roskam, has $1.5 million."
Tammy Duckworth

 

For candidates, the bottom line may not always be what it seems - Belleville News-Democrat - Belleville,IL
"Glunz said the Duckworth campaign earlier this month had $1 million worth of what she called "positive" television ads featuring the former Army helicopter pilot.  She added that each of the campaigns in the 6th Congressional District has its own strategy for victory in terms of when is best to buy TV ads."
Oct 16 City of WestChicago City Council Meeting Agenda Posted
Monday Oct 16, 2006 at 7:00 PM at City Hall
Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals
Tuesday Oct 17,2006 at 7:00 PM at City Hall
Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Com Schedule Posted
DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
  • Haines Middle School named NCLB Blue Ribbon School
  • St. Charles East and North high school girls tennis players
  • The Special Education Parent Group
House speaker, Bush spokesman at fundraiser
"White House Press Secretary Tony Snow headlined a House Speaker Dennis Hastert fundraiser Saturday evening, praising increased domestic security, the U.S. economy and President Bush. "
Sen Durbin Recommendations under review in wake of tritium spills - Morris Daily Herald
"Also that Exelon has conducted three public information forums since the tritium spillages came to light. In addition, the village of Godley and U. S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, conducted informational meetings."
Sen. Obama Run, Barack, run - Guardian Unlimited - UK
"He certainly wants to help the most disadvantaged members of society, and unlike most Democrats, he publicly opposed the Iraq war before it was fought, making a brave speech suggesting that he could not support "a dumb war, a rash war" and fearing "that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.""
Speaker
Hastert
Can any leader say, 'My bad'? - Albany Times Union - Albany,NY
"When Mark Foley is caught sending lecherous e-mail to a teenage page, the now-ex congressman blames alcoholism and alleged molestation by a parish priest. When Democrats and some Republicans blame House Speaker Dennis Hastert for ignoring warnings about Foley, Hastert insists he handled the matter properly -- but leaves open the possibility that his aides did not."
Foley fallout: Rethinking sex in politics - San Jose Mercury News
"A number of high-ranking GOP staffers are gay, including several players in the scandal, such as Foley's former chief of staff, Kirk Fordham, and Jeff Trandahl, former clerk of the House. Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., who said he warned Speaker Dennis Hastert's staff about Foley's interest in pages, is also gay."
Foley's 'red flags' didn't raise enough eyebrows - DetNews.com - Detroit,MI
"Fordham says that when he heard from Trandahl about the dorm visit, he decided to do something unusual for a congressional chief of staff: alert the Republican leadership to Foley's behavior. Fordham has said he went to Scott Palmer, the chief of staff for Speaker Hastert, and asked Palmer to talk to Foley."
Hastert event postponed for fear of protests, Garrett says - NorthJersey.com - Hackensack,NJ,
"Embattled House Speaker Dennis Hastert will not be munching on hors d'oeuvres or posing for photos today in Englewood.  Instead the fund-raising event for Rep. Scott Garrett, R-Wantage, has been postponed to an undetermined date, Garrett said Sunday.  Garrett had drawn criticism from his opponent, Democrat Paul Aronsohn, who said Hastert's appearance sent the wrong message to the public. "
[Sorry, folks, but what is lower than not being wanted in Hackensack? - Bob]
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Available cash for congressional candidates on Sept. 30 - Belleville News-Democrat - Belleville,IL
"14. Republican Rep. Dennis Hastert, not immediately available. Democrat John Laesch, $13,295."
[This doesn't sound like enough money to overcome a 10 point lead.  If you see a sudden burst of Hastert lawn signs or he starts TV ads with his reputed $4 Million on hand, it means Denny's polling shows it is closer. - Bob]
Governor
Blagojevich
expansion of Black Crown Marsh Natural Area
“Protecting Black Crown Marsh will not only safeguard water quality and protect habitats for rare, threatened and endangered species, but will expand trails and provide people in Northeast Illinois more opportunities to hunt,”
Early Childhood Summit
“Both science and common sense tell us that a good, early start makes a big difference in how our children grow up. Preschool for All gives every three- and four-year-old the same chance to begin learning early and to prepare for success in school and life,”
Sen Peter Roskam Highlights of key US House races - Reuters
"ILLINOIS 6 - Polls show a tight suburban Chicago race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Henry Hyde. Democrat Tammy Duckworth, a veteran who lost both legs in Iraq, accused Republican Peter Roskam of being a rubber stamp for the National Rifle Association."
Don't quote us on that - Chicago Tribune
"Roskam's ad refers to a Sept. 23 story that mentions Duckworth's support for the U.S. Senate's immigration bill. The story says the bill "would allow illegal immigrants to apply for citizenship after learning English, staying employed for a prescribed length of time and paying a fine and back taxes." Not a word about welfare or Social Security. Roskam may think that's a fair extrapolation, and he's free to make that case. But those statements are coming from his campaign, and his ads shouldn't suggest otherwise."
Tammy Duckworth Duckworth picks up key newspaper endorsement
“I’m honored to receive the Daily Herald endorsement.  I’m pleased that they’ve noted my commitment to bring change to Congress, and that my views match the mainstream values of the people of this community,”
Daily Herald Endorses Duckworth  - Daily Herald
"Duckworth is a moderate Democrat on social issues and has clear disagreement with the administration on the war. She believes our troops can start to come home if the administration puts money and its efforts in training Iraqi troops to handle their own security. She seeks accountability on the war from the administration to Congress on a regular basis."
Duckworth says Congress is swimming in pork
“Members of Congress have been diving into the process of earmarking even though we are drowning in red ink,” she continued.  “This isn’t just a matter of fiscal responsibility, it’s also fundamental to ending the culture of corruption we’ve seen in Washington in recent years.”
Oct 15 West Chicago
High School
Newsletter from Guidance
"The following information is to keep you abreast of important information and activities that will occur during the 2006-07 school year."
FRESHMAN ... SOPHOMORES ... JUNIORS
For the open 6th District House seat: Duckworth
[The Daily Herald endorses Tammy Duckworth in the race against Republican Peter Roskam.  When this has a stable web address, I will Post it. - Bob]
Early voting to hit DuPage malls
"Early voting kicks off Monday morning at 18 locations throughout DuPage — nearly twice the sites as used during the March primary.  Along with the expected mix of municipal centers and township offices, DuPage’s early voting spots include Westfield Fox Valley in Aurora and Stratford Square in Bloomingdale."
Duckworth takes aim at Roskam gun record
"Duckworth said Roskam is too closely allied with the National Rifle Association for the district’s tastes. “Basically, whatever the NRA wants, Peter Roskam will vote for it,” she said."
On the campaign trail with Peter Roskam
""But if you walk when it's raining - people think you're an idiot."  On this particular fall day, the sun is shining on the Republican candidate for the 6th Congressional District.  It's a nice break in an election that's turning into a dogfight. Roskam should have had it easy."
Hastert and Snow steer away from controversy
"But Snow and Hastert weren't talking about the congressional page scandal about which the speaker has answered endless questions for two weeks.  Both Hastert and Snow skirted the sensational questions about Hastert's knowledge of the scandal ..."
Sen Durbin

 

Democrats denounce administration approach to North Korea - WTVM - Columbus,GA
"Illinois Senator Richard Durbin says North Korea's recent test is "clear evidence of the failure" of the president's approach to non-proliferation.  In a conference call with reporters, Durbin charged the administration with giving up on the "successful diplomacy" that he says the Clinton administration had with North Korea."
Sen. Obama Obama's book hints at future presidential run - San Jose Mercury News
""The Audacity of Hope" offers readers - and voters across the nation - an upbeat view of the country's potential and a political biography that concentrates on the senator's core values while providing a broad sense of how he would handle the great issues of the moment."
freeSpeech: Barack Obama - CBS News
"We don't have to settle for this future.  We should replace more of the oil we use with alternative fuels like ethanol, and we can even make a deal with our auto companies. If they make more fuel-efficient cars, the government will help them pay for their retiree health care costs."
The Democrats' New Face - TIME
"There's a sly hipster syncopation to his cadence, "Been stuck there for a while." But the folksiness pretty much disappears when he starts answering questions. Obama's actual speaking style is quietly conversational, low in rhetoric-saturated fat; there is no harrumph to him."
Speaker
Hastert
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Bits and Pieces Good News - Winston-Salem Journal (subscription) - Winston-Salem,NC
"U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has his hands full, all of a sudden, back in the 14th District of Illinois, where his Democratic challenger, John Laesch, is surging because of the Mark Foley scandal and Hastert's failure to adequately address the matter."
Sen Peter Roskam
Tammy Duckworth
Oct 14 3 hurt in 3-car crash
"Sollenberger and Trevino’s passenger, Eveardo Trevino-Garza, 30, of West Chicago, were taken to Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva with non-life-threatening injuries, police said."
Museum unveils math initiative
"Charter One Bank gave the museum a $15,000 grant to bring more than 600 kindergartners from West Chicago Elementary District 33 to the Naperville facility for the new Kindergarten Math Initiative."
Board candidate faces multiple charges
"A Kane County grand jury approved charges of 14 counts of criminal sexual assault, 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful delivery of alcohol to a minor against Brent Schepp, 36, of 414 Linden Ave., on Aurora’s east side."
Candidate reportedly has dropped out of the race
"Charges against GOP Kane County Board candidate Brett Schepp apparently have forced him to drop out of his race for the 3rd District seat."
ANOTHER SEX SCANDAL
"Brent Schepp, 36, of the 400 block of Linden Avenue, Aurora, was named in a 26-count indictment Friday, accusing him of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, both felonies, as well as a misdemeanor charge of providing alcohol to minors,..."
Judge says Ryan must go to prison
"Prosecutors had opposed any appeal bond for Ryan. Such bonds are very unusual. Judges are supposed to grant appeal bonds only if there is substantial likelihood that a higher court will throw out the verdict."
New House polls will show looming Democratic landslide
"The new Majority Watch from Constituent Dynamics will be released in a few minutes. Based on 63 polls of 48 districts of 1,000 likely voters each, they will show Democrats currently ahead in the House by 19 seats, 224-205, or the exact, 19-seat margin of the Republican Majority after the 2002 elections. It is also a significant increase from the 219-214 seat lead for Democrats found in the Majority Watch polling from late August and early September."
  • IL-06: Duckworth (D) 47%--47% Roskam (R)
  • IL-14: Hastert (R) 52%--42% Leasch (D)
Oct 13 DISTRICT 303 EDUCATION PARTNERS UPDATE
  • STC North Homecoming
  • "On Broadyway"

 

A half-century in America
"Now retired, the couple lives in West Chicago; both are naturalized U.S. citizens.  “When we came, it was understood that English was the language of the land, and I think that should still be the case,” he says. “When people come to this country, they ought to assimilate and become citizens, or at least speak English. I think that’s a minimum requirement.”"
Plea deal for shooter of pellet rifle
"He also is accused of hitting her with the butt of the high-powered pellet rifle while his friend Daniel Clarke, of West Chicago, restrained her. Clarke, who has pleaded not guilty, is scheduled to appear in court later this month."
Bush backs Denny
"About 300 Republican supporters whooped, whistled and hollered as Bush, Hastert and local House candidates David McSweeney and Peter Roskam took the stage at the $1,000-a-ticket event at the Chicago Hilton."
Protesters 'clean up' outside Hastert's office
"Schirmer and other members of the local chapter of a women's antiwar group, CodePink, playfully mimicked a list of housewife chores Thursday morning, using a host of props in their signature color.  They swept under a pink rug with a pink broom, aired pink lingerie on a clothesline with pink clothespins, and ironed a pink sheet representing "pressing problems" on a pink ironing board.
John Kerry backs Laesch
"Calling President Bush's visit to Chicago with Hastert a "meeting of the 'no accountability' caucus," Kerry, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, wrote: "Too late now, Denny. We've had enough. That's why we've added John Laesch, your Democratic opponent and a former Navy intelligence analyst to our October slate of veterans running for Congress.""
Sen Durbin DR. MUHAMMAD YUNUS WINS THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
"Thirty years later, Dr. Yunus's theory of microenterprise is now a phenomenon which has touched 100 million people around the world. It is hard to think of any single idea in our lifetime which has lifted up so many people.”
Sen. Obama Legislation to Honor the Legacy of Katherine Dunham
"Born in Glen Ellyn Illinois on June 22, 1909, Katherine Dunham was one of the first African Americans to attend the University of Chicago where she eventually earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in Anthropology. Dunham achieved broad critical acclaim both in the United States and abroad for her performances starring in, directing and choreographing multiple musicals, operas and cabarets."
Speaker
Hastert
Joint Statement on Bob Ney
“Bob Ney must be punished for the criminal actions he has acknowledged. He betrayed his oath of office and violated the trust of those he represented in the House."
Port Security Act
"The SAFE Port Act provides the funds to put in place a comprehensive strategy for protecting our ports, addressing potential threats before they are delivered here – in addition to providing new port systems that will improve container tracking capabilities.”
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
appearance on the Ed Schultz Show!
[This is the audio of another interview with the midwest's own talk show host, Ed Schultz, the golfing, tail gating, truck driving, hunting and fishing good-old-boy from Bismark.ND who bills himself as a 'hard drive to left center field."
Governor
Blagojevich
reduction in medical malpractice insurance rates in Illinois
“I signed the medical malpractice reform law to keep doctors in our state and make health care more accessible and more affordable.  Just one year later, we are seeing dramatic results."
Illinois’ wrap around prescription drug coverage for Medicare Part D
“We knew that for so many seniors, the drug costs that fall out of their plan and into the donut hole could be devastating,” said Gov. Blagojevich.  “Through Illinois Cares Rx, we have filled the gaps in coverage created by the federal Medicare program, to make sure that no senior or person with disabilities in Illinois is left behind.”
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich's Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, October 13, 2006 for: Army Spc.Kristofer C. Walker, United States Army"
Tammy Duckworth AFL-CIO Endorses Duckworth
"Will Advocate for Working Families.
Duckworth opposed sending our jobs overseas with CAFTA and supports relieving the Alternative Minimum Tax that unfairly increases the taxes of thousands of working families."
Mike Fortner Businesses and candidates share ideas
"At the breakfast the business leaders divided into three groups to talk issues one-on-one with the candidates. Mike Fortner was able to discuss issues of state spending, fees on businesses, health care costs, and education for the modern workforce."
Jobless man asks judge for jail time - CNN.com
"He pleaded guilty to robbery, and a court-ordered psychological exam found him competent.  "It's a pretty sad story when someone feels that's their only alternative," said defense attorney Jeremy W. Dodgion, who described Bowers as "a charming old man.""
Oct 12 Tammy Duckworth: Bad pants, fashion tips all part of a day on the campaign trail
"Usually Duckworth is in the office by now. But the rookie politician spent the weekend on National Guard duty at Camp Lincoln in Springfield and doesn’t start her campaign day until an 11 a.m. event."
Let facts guide Foley probe in House
"So the public is left to trust that the committee will act on the facts impartially. Act on the facts decisively. Act on the facts without worrying about the political fallout.  To, in the end, live up to their congressional oath to discharge their duties of their office “without … purpose of evasion.”"
WC Alderman Nancy Kifer Assian resigns
"Assian recently has been in conflict with the majority of the council on some issues. One of the controversies concerned the passage of the amendment of the city's comprehensive plan, voicing her opinion that some of the designated zoning was not in the best interests of persons, owning property."
GOP candidates see Dems as roadblock to progress
"As individuals, we can work together for the good of all," Ramey said. "It's bringing together the leaderships that must be done."
Property taxes, electricity power state House debate
"Fortner, the mayor of West Chicago and a physics professor at Northern Illinois University, said Illinois should look at a mix of sales and property taxes, and maybe a uniform Internet sales tax, to fund public schools."
Speaker
Hastert
Record Setting Dow
"Today's record setting stock market comes right after news that Republicans have cut the deficit in half three years ahead of schedule."
[In fairness, the Dow would have to be up by another 17% to be a record in inflation corrected dollars. How's that working out for you? - Bob]
The Foley Coverup Timeline - Think Progress
"Subsequently, it’s become clear that Congressional leadership “knew for months about e-mail traffic between Representative Mark Foley and a former teenage page, but kept the matter secret and allowed Mr. Foley to remain head of a Congressional caucus on children’s issues.” Here is a timeline of the coverup, based on published reports:"
[I like this one... what happened, when it happened, and a link to the original document... no spin ... no weasel words. - Bob]
HOW ROVE TWISTED FOLEY'S ARM: - The Plank - The New Republic
"He said, 'The White House made it very clear I have to run,'" explains Foley's friend, adding that Foley told him that the White House promised that if Foley served for two more years it would "enhance his success" as a lobbyist. "I said, 'I thought you wanted out of this?' And he said, 'I do, but they're scared of losing the House and the thought of two years of Congressional hearings, so I have two more years of duty.'"
Governor
Blagojevich
Blagojevich Announces Funds To Promote Illinois Food Products In Foreign Markets
Gov. Blagojevich announces Lights on Afterschool events to highlight afterschool programs for youth
Oct 11 WC City Museum Antique Discovery Returns to West Chicago
"Ms.Dahlberg will identify and evaluate china and glassware, textiles, clothing and accessories, silver and other metals, dolls, toys and games, small tools, portable pieces of furniture, paper collections (books, postcards) and artwork."
Elementary
District 33
Currier Rummage/Bake Sale
"Students and teachers chose this type of project to raise funds to pay for a field trip to see the King Tut exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. "
Man charged with home invasion
"“I can only imagine the terror that this little girl must have felt as she was awoken in the middle of the night by an armed intruder intending to harm her,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett said in a statement."
Hastert turns to economy
"Hastert thanked the chamber for its hospitality and "for allowing me to bring some other guests with me, my close friends," he said, waving toward the rows of TV cameras representing everyone from CLTV to CNN."
Blagojevich, Topinka clash over gun control
""She's in the tank for the NRA and it's very disheartening," Blagojevich said of Topinka.  The federal ban on assault weapons expired in 2004 when Congress decided not to renew it. Since then, Blagojevich and others have pushed for a statewide ban."
No charges filed in incident between justice, columnist 
"Page's column alleged Thomas was "out to nail her" and "she'll never get by Thomas, he's out for blood," according to the lawsuit.  Power said the case is scheduled to go to jury trial Oct. 23.  "I expect the evidence will show Justice Thomas was defamed, that is what the lawsuit is about," he said."
Gun law heats up race for Congress
"After a series of school shootings nationwide, Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth called Tuesday for "sensible" gun laws while accusing her Republican opponent, state Sen. Peter Roskam, of being a "rubber stamp" for the National Rifle Association."
Chicago
Sun Times
Stranger Danger:  Hastert duped into letting stranger inside
"Hastert literally let his guard down and allowed in his house a hustling, self-promoting evangelist little known in this country, the Houston-based K.A. Paul, who at 7:30 a.m. arrived at the speaker's home with a camera-wielding associate."
Sen Durbin DURBIN DISCUSSES HIS RECENT VISIST TO IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN
“Our troops have done a tremendous job securing government centers and travel routes within the Green Zone. Insurgent attacks against our troops within the Green Zone have decreased since I visited last year, but the civil war outside those fortified enclaves threatens to wipe away much of the progress we have made.”
DURBIN SECURES $300,000 FOR LIBRARY AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER AT CRISTO REY HIGH SCHOOL
Sen. Obama Honoring the Legacy of Illinois Congressman Lane Evans
"U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today announced that he has introduced legislation to help prepare for the looming veterans care crisis as millions of troops deployed as part of the Global War on Terror return home from battle."
Speaker
Hastert
Foley Cruising in His BMW; Another Dorm Visit in 2000
""I would turn on my instant messenger, and he would be online at all hours of the day or night. The talk would quickly turn sexual," he said. He says Foley requested that he send photos of himself performing sexual acts."
Comments on Border Security
"Every year nearly one million illegal immigrants cross into America.  This is a clear threat to our safety.  Some of these people are coming for work, but countless others are drug dealers, gang members, and even terrorists."
Deficit Cut in Half Three Years
"Note: The FY2006 deficit is down to $248 billion, $71 billion less than the deficit last year and $175 billion less than estimated just nine months ago.  As a share of GDP, the deficit is under 2 percent, comfortably below the 40 year historical average.  Both OMB and CBO credit the improved deficit totals to surging federal receipts.  In 2006, revenues grew by 12 percent on top of a 14.5 percent increase in revenues in 2005."
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Foley scandal a boon for Hastert’s opponent - The Hill
"Fifty-two percent of those surveyed said Hastert should resign while 31 percent said he should remain as Speaker. Seventeen percent had no opinion... The poll also showed that Democrats are now seen as more ethical than Republicans, a stunning development for the GOP, which in recent years has branded itself as the party of traditional moral values.
Tammy Duckworth Duckworth joins FOP and Brady Campaign to address wave of gun violence in schools
“While I support President Bush’s summit meeting on these tragic school shootings, it seems strange to address school shootings and not allow any discussion of gun laws,” Duckworth said.  “But that’s what happens when politics trumps public policy.  We need members of Congress who are willing to stand up to the gun lobby on behalf of sensible laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands and military-style weapons off our streets.”
Duckworth says Congress needs new batters at the plate
"Sixth District Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth today announced the winner of her “Outrageous Earmark of the Week” award:  $50,000 for the Capitol Hill Baseball and Softball League in the 2006 Transportation/Treasury/HUD Appropriations bill (HR 3058). "
Oct 10
West Chicago
Police Dept.

 

Update on 09 Oct West Chicago Community Alert:
"Chief Stephen Kuhn of the West Chicago Police Department announced today the arrest of Alejandro De La Salle M/W 29 years of age for one (1) count of Home Invasion."
Argonne’s aiming  to aid in major crisis
"By next summer, Argonne National Laboratories hopes to open a 40,000-square-foot research facility in West Chicago that would be used to develop more efficient engines and vehicle designs, and possibly a blueprint for evacuating Chicago in a major catastrophe."
W. Chicago garage fire injures two kids
"There was minor smoke and water damage throughout the townhouse. The fire took about 20 minutes to extinguish, Lakics said.  The children were taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield by ambulance."
One man’s fight to slow speeders
"It’s terrifying because it’s not a dream. Nicole and Devin were killed one year ago today along with 27-year-old Matthew A. Lane of Wheaton, when their cars crashed along Fabyan just east of the Kane County border."
$1 million bond in home invasion
"De La Salle entered the girl's bedroom, and believing it was his former girlfriend sleeping, attempted to tape her mouth shut, prosecutors said. When the girl screamed, De La Salle realized his mistake and ran from the house, prosecutors said."
Walgreens stores check out machines for DVD rentals
"Oak Brook-based McDonald's has been testing the Redbox machines in its restaurants for the past four years. Walgreens is experimenting with Redbox at 19 stores in greater Houston and at nine Chicago stores and 10 suburban locations: West Chicago, Bellwood, Glen Ellyn, Hillside, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Norridge, Oak Brook, Oak Park and Park Ridge."
GOP worries about impact of page scandal on Nov. 7
"Putnam, who heads the Republican Policy Committee, sought to make the case that Hastert's office "acted proactively, they acted aggressively, and within hours of the explicit e-mails coming to light, they demanded Foley's resignation.""
[I wish some clever reporter had noticed Foley's resignation was hours before the emails were disclosed. Calling for the resignation of somebody who had already resigned is hardly aggressive.- Bob]
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"In this area, there is another race that has generated a more interest in recent weeks. Usually, U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, the speaker of the House, is safe in this largely Republican area. He probably still is, but people will be watching to see if the questions raised about his role in a Congressional page scandal will give a boost at all to his Democratic challenger, John Laesch."
Speaker
Hastert
Exclusive WegoWeb Expose
It has been a tough couple of weeks for Speaker Hastert's office.  Apologizing up front and early, we have posted this absolutely exclusive bit of evidence, that the major media outlets have not yet discovered.
Hastert Vows To Build On Thriving Economy
“We recognize that often, government can best assist our nation’s small businesses by staying out of the way, and avoiding the temptation to over-regulate and over-tax,”
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)

 

Can Democrat John Laesch Take Down Hastert? - Fold / Spindle / Mutilate 2.0
"He’s convinced he can win; his campaign’s most recent internal poll, taken before Foleygate, put support for Hastert at 55 percent. And at any rate, running has already been worth it—in May he got engaged to his campaign manager, a former ex-girlfriend and former Republican who he’d encountered on the campaign trail. “I got through the primary, and I got the girl,” he says, “so now I’ve just gotta to take down the speaker.”"
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich’s proposal to ban junk food in Illinois elementary and middle schools wins final approval
“Ask any parent if they want their child drinking soda and eating candy at school – and they’ll say no.  Good nutrition isn’t candy, soda, pizza and chips.  This was a long hard fight."
Oct 09 West Chicago
Police Dept.
West Chicago Community Alert:
"The offender gained entry into the residence by breaking through a window screen in the front of the residence and entering through the unlocked front window. Once in the residence, the offender used tape and attempted to place it over the victim's mouth."
These winners have something to crow about
"Fifth-grade students at Benjamin Middle School in West Chicago teamed up under the guidance of art teacher Lynette Wright to create “Cars Racing to Success,” a papier-mache display of race cars.  “We all worked on our own car,” 10-year-old Scott Wiest said."
Motorcyclists donate to toy drive
"Leather-clad bikers brought donations of toys and food for local charities to the Batavia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197. Many have been making the ride for two decades.  It was the 20th annual ABATE Toy Run, an event that combines philanthropy and politics with a big party."
The McCain Game
"Roskam has tried to score big-time political points this fall by blasting Duckworth for supporting the Senate version of immigration reform, a measure sponsored by McCain."
Sen Durbin Senators meet with Soldiers, wish them luck on mission - Blackanthem.com - Clinton Township,MI
"The Senators were emphatic in their appreciation for the Soldiers’ service and their important relief and humanitarian assistance mission in Pakistan.  “They wished us luck and asked where we were all from,” said Army Corp. Charlette Henager, a petroleum supply specialist and Reservist from Colorado ."
Speaker
Hastert
North Korean Claim of Nuclear Test
"“This is a desperate act of a criminal regime.  We are neither threatened nor impressed, but resolved to restore stability to the Pacific Rim."
Hastert Told of Foley Problem in 2003? - TPM
"As early as 1997, Foley began sending sexually explicit messages to a page; other pages have come forward from the 1998, 2000, and 2002 classes saying that they also received explicit messages.  The first reported intervention with Foley came in 2000 from Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), who had a private meeting with him after a page alerted Kolbe that Foley had sent him inappropriate messages."
Hastert Slides in SurveyUSA poll
  • Resign from Congress: 45%
  • Resign Leadership only: 25%
  • Remain Speaker: 26%
Lawmaker Saw Foley Messages In 2000 - Washington Post
"The revelation pushes back by at least five years the date when a member of Congress has acknowledged learning of Foley's behavior with former pages."
Sunday morning Foley roundup - TPM
"The "trusted lieutenants" now embroiled in the mess are compared to Richard Nixon's win-at-all-costs sycophants who squashed political problems for the impeached president:"
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Hastert's long-shot Dem opponent suddenly has media spotlight - Chicago Sun-Times
"Sign squabbles are part of the normal political tit-for-tat, so the exchange wasn't that out of the ordinary until Roberts betrayed the real source of his irritation, asking if Laesch authorized his supporter to call Hastert a "pedophile enabler" -- fighting words in this former hometown of Illinois' most powerful politician.  Laesch, small of stature and polite to a fault, was nonplussed. He denied it."
Scandal hits home - Northern Star Online - DeKalb,IL
"Hastert cares more about protecting his political power than protecting kids," Laesch said after condemning Hastert's actions on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. "I thought this election was going to be about a referendum on Iraq. I didn't think a sex scandal would be involved."
Sen Peter Roskam Roskam: Concerns about Social Security exaggerated
"Roskam did acknowledge that "over the long run, if you look at the numbers we'll have to be very active to make sure social security is protected.""
IL-06: Roskam Featured Guest At Fundraiser Headlined By Hastert  - TPM
"Peter Roskam -- the GOP candidate who suggested that Dem vet amputee Tammy Duckworth wanted to "cut and run" from Iraq -- doesn't appear to be letting Foleygate prevent him from enjoying the fundraising help of Speaker Dennis Hastert."
Oct 08 Conflicting laws leave Winfield Twp. referendum in limbo
"The agency is asking voters for approval to increase its tax rate 2 cents to help maintain roads in unincorporated portions of West Chicago, Winfield and Warrenville. If the request passes, township officials estimate the tax hike will cost the owner of a $300,000 home about $20 more next year."
Duckworth cautious on security issue
"Speaking to the Daily Herald editorial board, the 6th Congressional District candidate did not take a definitive stand on how she would have voted on last week’s House measure to set up rules for interrogating and trying terrorism suspects.  “I don’t know how I would have voted for it,” said Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran from Hoffman Estates. “I want to say I would vote yes, but with the caveat that I still want to come back and look at it and change it, because I am deeply troubled by (certain aspects).”"
Scare tactics
"Diane Langhorst, TransWorld’s marketing director, said the show is the best place to predict new products you’ll see at local stores, at Pumpkin Farms like Sonny Acres in West Chicago, or at commercial haunted houses like Eleventh Hour in Elmhurst."
Chicago
Sun Times
Bush will back Hastert in Chicago visit
"Still worried that he is a liability, Hastert is revising what had been a packed October campaign schedule. Thursday, I reported exclusively that Hastert had about 30 events penciled in for the weeks before the Nov. 7 elections. After the Foley scandal broke, Rep. Ron Lewis (R-Ky.) scratched a Tuesday fund-raiser with the speaker in Kentucky. I was told that was not going to be an isolated instance."
Sen. Obama Obama stumps for McCaskill in tight Senate race with Talent - ABC7Chicago.com
"Obama was in Kansas City headlining a rally for Senate candidate Claire McCaskill. He told a crowd of about one-thousand people to get out and work for the Democratic Party.  The crowd interrupted Illinois' junior senator with calls of "Obama for President." "
Too Soon for Obama - Los Angeles Times
"Obama is easily more intelligent, sophisticated and charismatic than 99% of the politicians I've come across," and, just for good measure, notes that "Bill Clinton is the only one I can think of who combines all three talents in similar proportions." Adding to the Obama mystique, Oprah Winfrey advised those seeking to draft her into the race to "take [that] energy and put it in Barack Obama."
Speaker
Hastert
Hastert's Constituents Call For A Resignation - WQAD - Moline,IL
""If I was a parent that had one of those pages there and it happened, I would be so upset.  In fact I'm upset for the parents, because you'd think in congress they'd be safe and not subject to harassment like that," says voter Marilyn Logan."
Foley Scandal: Another Former Page Comes Forward -- From Iraq - TPM MuckRaker
"According to the story, Lewis' office got the call from the former page on Oct. 2. The next day, the congressman cancelled his Oct. 10 fundraiser with House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL)."
Ex-Page Tells of Foley Liaison Los Angeles Times
"The former page, who agreed to discuss his relationship with Foley with the Los Angeles Times on the condition that he not be identified, said his electronic correspondence with Foley began after he finished the respected Capitol Hill page program for high school juniors. His sexual encounter was in the fall of 2000, he said. At the time, he was 21 and a graduate of a rural Northeastern college."
Ex-page says he, Foley had sex - Baltimore Sun
"In the messages, Maf54 described how years earlier, when the young man was a page, he had ogled the teen while the page was working near the congressman. Maf54 also offers speculation and observations about the sexual attributes of other males who were in the same page class."
Second Source Tells ABC of Earlier Role by Hastert's Office - ABC News
"This corroborates the account of Kirk Fordham, Foley's former chief of staff, who said he had gone to Palmer to seek the intervention of the Speaker's office to try to change Foley's behavior. Earlier, Palmer said that "what Kirk Fordham said happened didn't happen.""
Bush Balks at Criteria for FEMA Director
"Lawmakers in both parties -- Democrats more harshly than Republicans -- said Bush was ignoring precedent and neglecting lessons of the bungled response to Katrina."
Oct 07 Speaker
Hastert
SurveyUSA:   What Should Hastert Do?
  • 27% Remain as Speaker
  • 10% Not Sure
  • 20% Resign as Speaker
  • 43% Resign from Congress

[That means 63%, almost 2 of 3, think he should spend more time fishing. - Bob]

Kean calls for Hastert's resignation - Assoc Press
"This disturbing situation is another reason why the public holds the Congress in such low esteem, the culture of protecting each other has eroded Congress and the public's faith in government and the system needs reform,"
Staffer Cites Earlier Role by Hastert's Office - Washington Post
"The staff member's account buttresses the position of Foley's onetime chief of staff, Kirk Fordham, who said earlier this week that he had appealed to Palmer in 2003 or earlier to intervene, after Fordham's own efforts to stop Foley's behavior had failed."
Increasing desperation - Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald
"There is a palpable desperation among Republicans as a result of the Foley scandal and related election troubles, which is giving rise to a significant increase in their willingness to peddle blatantly dishonest and irrational claims in order to save themselves."
Denny's Man - The Nation
"After rebuking Tom DeLay three times, Hastert purged three Republicans from the committee and replaced the old chairman, Rep. Joel Hefley (news, bio, voting record), with Hastings. The committee didn't function for the next year, even as scandal after scandal gripped Washington."
Dem candidate jabs GOP over Foley matter - Associated Press
"If a teacher did this and the principal was told but did nothing, once the community found out, that principal would be fired."
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Q: Who’s Running Against Hastert in Illinois? A: 32-Year Old Vet with Intelligence Credentials You Say?  - Mother Jones
"Anti-war, anti-pedophilia sentiment isn’t the only thing going for Laesch in Illinois District 14. Locally, he says, Republicans have been less outraged by the sex scandal than revelations that Hastert used a federal road project to pad his bank account."
Hastert aide with local ties  in spotlight
"Palmer issued a statement through Hastert’s office, saying simply “What Kirk Fordham said did not happen.”  This week, Hastert softened his harsh denials of Republican wrongdoing, stating, “If it’s members of my staff that didn’t do the job, we will act appropriately.”"
`I'm deeply sorry' - Hastert contrite over Foley scandal
"The Chicago Tribune interview last night--the George Soros defense--was viewed as incredibly inept," a national Republican official said. "It could have been written by [comedian] Jon Stewart."
Sen Peter Roskam Republicans circle their wagons around House Speaker Hastert - San Jose Mercury News
"But for now, President Bush is planning to stand alongside Hastert, the Illinois Republican, in Chicago on Thursday at a fundraiser for the congressional campaigns of State Sen. Peter Roskam and David McSweeney. Roskam, who faces Democrat Tammy Duckworth, and McSweeney, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Melissa Bean, say they "have no problem" appearing with Hastert and believe the campaign will quickly turn to matters they consider more pressing than a Washington scandal."
Tammy Duckworth NRCC Spends Nearly $8 Million in One Day on Tight Races - New York Times
"Illinois’ 6th (Republican state Sen. Peter Roskam vs. Democrat Tammy Duckworth, an injured Iraq war veteran, for the seat Republican Rep. Henry J. Hyde left open to retire): $639,858 on issue ad placement and mailings."
Democrats New Message is Throw the Bums Out - CBS2 Chicago
"But one Illinois congressional hopeful says politics is the problem.  "This is just another time the leaders in Congress continue to play politics before they look at the well-being of the American people," said Congressional nominee Tammy Duckworth."
White House aide to Rove resigns - Associated Press
"Corruption and scandal are major issues going into the Nov. 7 elections. Ralston's resignation followed accusations that her contacts with Abramoff showed he was closer to Rove and Bush than the White House has been willing to acknowledge."
Oct 06 At Home in West Chicago
  • Artober Fest artists' reception
  • National Fire Prevention Week
  • 19th annual DuKane/A. B.A.T.E. Toy & Food Run
  • "Mexicans in Chicago," opening
Dist. 33 tightens school security
"The district plans to install electronic buzzers on main school doors, locks on all classroom doors and surveillance cameras at various places in and outside buildings."
Roskam: Concerns about Social Security exaggerated
"Speaking during a Daily Herald editorial board interview, Roskam questioned the looming shortfall predicted by economists.  “I just think that we’ve got to develop a national consensus before anything is moved forward,” said Roskam, a state senator."
Rapper remembered as murder investigation continues
"The night of the shooting, Lovings and some friends were supposed to attend a singing performance by his 21-year-old girlfriend, Aimee Beutke of West Chicago.  When Lovings failed to show up at the Buffalo Grove club, Beutke rushed to Rolling Meadows, where she was greeted by police tape cordoning off the condominium complex."
St. Charles, West Chicago schools beef up security
" Erwin's message said district staff members have had additional training to "recognize strangers, ensure that only those people with legitimate business get into our schools and quickly secure our buildings when the need arises."  Also, West Chicago Elementary School District 33 recently underwent extensive facilities assessments by the city's Police and Fire Departments."
Sen Durbin Shays, Farrell react sternly to latest DC scandal - Westport Minuteman - Westport,CT
"The New York Times quotes Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois as saying that the people officially responsible for the pages were not asking the hard questions "right away."  House speaker Hastert admits he "Could have, should have, would have," looked into matters more closely. "
Rep Hastert Gas Prices Drop And Stock Market Hits All-Time Highs
"September’s lower unemployment rate, steady job growth, and increased hourly earnings comes on the heels of a record-setting week on Wall Street."
Dow Jones Down 17 Percent from Peak Once Inflation is Taken Into Account -  Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
"The Dow Jones Industrial Average, adjusted for inflation, is down 17 percent from its all-time high on January 14, 2000.[1]  It would need to rise another 2,378 points to set a new record, adjusted for inflation."
Positive Jobs Numbers Show Need for Change, Pelosi Says - CNSNews.com,
"But Pelosi said the economy is bad for most Americans, because "the cost of everything from housing, to health care, to energy is making it harder than ever to make ends meet, tightening the middle-class squeeze," Pelosi said. "The Dow is up, but people's retirements are less secure than ever.""
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
'The buck stops here' - Kane County Chronicle
"This week, a former aide to ex-Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., said he told Hastert's office about Foley's alleged inappropriate behavior toward teenage male congressional pages three years ago. Foley, who resigned, has admitted to sending sexually explicit e-mails and text messages."
'The buck stops here' - The Courier News
" Hastert's Democratic opponent in the Nov. 7 election, Newark Navy veteran John Laesch, seized the opportunity to bolster his own campaign in the national media spotlight.  "I think it's a little late for him to be taking responsibility," Laesch told reporters after Hastert's press conference. "Where was all this responsibility 11 months ago? That's what the American people need to be asking.""
Sen Peter Roskam Hastert takes responsibility for page scandal, but will not resign - Kansas City Star
""We were going to have a tough time as it is, even though things had really turned around the last three weeks," LaHood said. "But let's face it, all of us are facing questions from our constituents. . . . I do think people like Peter Roskam and David McSweeney and Andrea Zinga - this presents a real problem for them.""
Tammy Duckworth Anti-immigrant lawmakers vulnerable in November - People's Weekly World
"The Republican, Peter Roskam, is viciously anti-immigrant, while the Democrat, Tammie Duckworth, is open to legalization for the undocumented."
Oct 05 Elementary
District 33
School Security/Student Safety Changes in all District #33 Schools
"Working together, we can create a safe environment for students and staff, while still maintaining a fun learning environment."
District 303 Education Partners Update for October 5, 2006
The District 303 Board of Education will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday October 10, 2006 in the St. Charles North High School auditorium.
  • The Board of Education will not receive attendance area adjustment models at this meeting. Rather, our consultant will review current enrollment figures and five-year projections with the Board.
  • Please also note that this meeting has been moved to accommodate the larger audience that is expected. Here is the full Board meeting agenda: http://www.d303.org/Board/mtgagenda101006.htm
West Chicago moves into future with a new seal
"The design elements signify various aspects of the community. "The locomotive is the prominent symbol of the city. Positioned in as coming head-on, it represents the strength and surety of direction, with the date of 1849, recognizing "the establishment of West Chicago," she said."
Friday the 13th beckons tombstone tale visitors
"Although Friday the 13th is fraught with many superstitions, this Friday, Oct. 13, the 17th Annual "Tales Tombstones Tell," cemetery walk, hosted by the West Chicago City Museum at Oakwood Cemetery, focuses on the factual and intriguing lives of persons, who once were a vibrant pulse of the community. The cemetery, located at Oakwood Avenue and York Street, was established in 1858."
Duckworth, Roskam to debate at COD Oct. 12
"The forum will be held at the COD Student Resource Center 2800, 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The free forum is open to the public; tickets are not required for admission."
W. Chicago, Lisle aren’t looking at law
"As thousands rallied for and against a proposed crackdown on illegal immigrants in Carpentersville, a village trustee told reporters other communities had called to voice support for the move — among them, West Chicago and Lisle."
In the mood
"At Sonny Acres Farm in West Chicago, families spend October weekends piling pumpkins into wagons, hopping onto haunted hayrides and posing children for photos next to wooden cut-outs of ghosts, vampires and pumpkins."
Ex-County Board chairman slams Hastert
"I think part of the government is about checks and balances," McCoy said. "With Republicans in control of all the branches, I don't really think you see the checks and balances between the executive branch and the legislative branch that the people expect and that's really the strength of our government and Constitution."
ASK TOM WHY
" Why do tornadoes turn clockwise instead of counterclockwise?  Sarah Sniegowski, St. Isadore School, West Chicago, Ill.

Dear Sarah,Winds spiral in clockwise fashion in only 5-10 percent of tornadoes, and counterclockwise in 90-95 percent.The direction of tornadic air motion is dominated by the Coriolis effect, a phenomenon which dictates that motions in the Northern Hemisphere always experience a deflection to the right of the intended path."

Ex-Aide To Foley Cites '03 Warnings - Washington Post
"The fact is, even prior to the existence of the Foley e-mail exchanges, I had more than one conversation with senior staff at the highest levels of the House of Representatives, asking them to intervene when I was informed of Mr. Foley's inappropriate behavior," said Fordham, who was Foley's chief of staff for 10 years."
Longtime Republican was source of e-mails - The Hill
"These revelations mean that Republicans who are calling for probes to discover what Democratic leaders and staff knew about Foley’s improper exchanges with under-age pages will likely be unable to show that the opposition party orchestrated the scandal now roiling the GOP just a month away from the midterm elections."
Former page shares his Foley instant messages
"Vivyan continued communicating with Foley by instant message for the next eight years. He says he didn't want to ruin his connection to a powerful Washington personality, and thus never cut off the correspondence."
Sen. Obama Obama Again Calls for Independent Ethics Commission
"This Congress has truly shaken the American people's faith in government, as day after day they hear stories about far-reaching corruption, abhorrent and inappropriate sexual behavior by a Congressman, and a House leadership that seems more interested in partisan politics than protecting young people."
Senators Criticize Bush Administration’s Failure to Monitor Communications of Deadly Terrorists in U.S. Custody
"In a report released yesterday, the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Glenn Fine concluded that “the [Federal Bureau of Prisons] BOP has not ensured that mail for terrorist and other high-risk inmates on its monitoring lists is consistently read and analyzed to detect terrorism, criminal activities, or other inappropriate behavior.”"
Rep Hastert Comments from Today’s Media Availability
“We will do everything possible to make the program safe for the kids while they are in our care in Washington, DC and to make sure we can be a resource for their parents once they return home.   We are looking for a person of high caliber to advise us on the Page Program."
Ethics Committee Announcement
“Any person who is found guilty of improper conduct involving sexual contact or communication with a page should immediately resign, be fired, or be subjected to a vote of expulsion."
Page Program Tip Line Number
“All information will be collected and maintained.  Information concerning the Foley matter or other similar activities will be shared with the appropriate authorities.  Experts and professionals will be consulted who specialize in these kinds of matters for recommendations on the monitoring, handling and response to these calls.”
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Laesch: Hastert should resign as speaker
"Hastert cares more about protecting his political power than protecting kids," Laesch said after condemning Hastert's actions on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. "I thought this election was going to be about a referendum on Iraq. I didn't think a sex scandal would be involved."
Hastert Barely Clings To Power As Scandal Rages - AlaskaReport - Juneau,AK
"I think that this issue has defined the clearest difference between myself and Mr. Hastert, that being I stand for honesty and integrity, and I'll let the voters decide where he stands."
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov Blagojevich calls on President to reverse stance on drug importation
"As more and more Americans support the concept of prescription drug reimportation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still refuses to re-evaluate its position and give U.S. citizens access to the global marketplace.  I urge you to reverse their position,”
Sen Peter Roskam Just how radical can he get? - TPMCafe - New York,NY
"Peter Roskam the Republican candidate to replace Henry Hyde in the IL 6th congressional district is a pretty radical guy. Hyde himself is known to be about as far rightwing as you can get. But lil Petey climbs so far out on that bending radical rightwing limb that it just might snap off under him."
U.S. loosens control over Net oversight body
"The Commerce Department agreed Friday to loosen its control over the agency that manages the Internet address system, a move that experts called a big step toward private-sector control."
[I wish I had gotten some help from Speaker Hastert about www.dotkid.org/ back a year ago when I was trying to tell him/staff about this stuff.  - Bob]
Oct 04 Elementary
District 33
West Chicago Middle School/District Office Experience Power Outage
"Without a time frame for power restoration, a decision was made to close the Middle School. Unfortunately, the timing was such that many students were already on their way to school. "
District 303 Education Partners Update for October 4, 2006
  • Boys Basketball Booster Golf Outing
October Activities
  • Volunteers for Spooky Trail
  • Spooky Trail
  • Halloween Parade
City of West Chicago Antique Discovery Returns to West Chicago
"Learn the value of that treasured family heirloom when Antique Discovery returns to West Chicago, Sunday, October 15, 2006 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Fox Community Center located at 306 Main Street. "
Tales Tombstones Tell
"The highly anticipated annual event shares the life stories of selected former residents buried in Oakwood through the retelling of their experiences by volunteer actors. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue every 10 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 7:45 p.m."
Hastert rebuffs calls to resign
"He added, however, that in retrospect, in terms of "Monday morning quarterbacking, yeah, I would have done it different."  Hastert spent the first two days of the election recess handling calls from colleagues in Congress and reporters across the country."
Hastert contradicted by House No. 2
"Hastert sought to blame Democrats for leaking sexually explicit computer instant messages between Foley and former pages from 2003.  "We have a story to tell, and the Democrats have -- in my view have -- put this thing forward to try to block us from telling the story. They're trying to put us on defense," Hastert said."
Sen. Obama Legislation to Get Dangerous Lead Out of Child Care Facilities
"For decades, we've known that lead is poisonous to young children, but 30 years after we banned lead from paint, millions of children are still at risk when they're in day care or at school,"
Finally, a Republican scandal that may stick - New York Daily News
"Now, if YOU knew all this, would you quietly ask the potential predator to lay off and then hope for the best? And - just asking - if you knew your neighbor was an ice-pick enthusiast, would you quietly ask him to please not hang around the playground and then hope for the best?"
Alexander backs off claim Hastert knew
"Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., the congressman who sponsored the page at the heart of the recent Capitol Hill sex scandal furor and initially said Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., "knew about the e-mails that we knew about," including one in which Foley asked the page to send his picture, has now backed off that comment, saying he discussed the e-mails with Hastert's aides, not the speaker himself."
[You have to be monitoring this stuff to appreciate how quickly the spin control (counter sping?) is responding to this stuff today.  If they had spent 1/1000 of this enertgy on protecting the kids, this whole thing would be different. - Bob]
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Laesch campaign sees new life
"People here are pretty practical and pretty astute. They can’t watch that kind of parsing of words in response to every new revelation without coming to the conclusion that Hastert is covering up his involvement by either turning a blind eye to Foley’s activities to maintain his power, or negligently failing to ensure the safety of children under his care. People just flat don’t believe his spin on this."
impact of Hastert's involvement in the Foley sex scandal - The Ed Schultz Show
This is an MP3 audio of the Oct 4th interview by national radio talkshow host, Ed Schultz who appears on WCPT at 850 AM.
Governor
Blagojevich
new state Internet Crimes Unit dedicated solely to combating online crime
“As if parents didn’t have enough to worry about, now they have to worry about criminals and sex predators going after their children on the Internet too.  We’re not going to tolerate that.  That’s why we’re creating a new Internet Crimes Unit at the State Police that will approach Internet crime the same way we approach organized crime, narcotics and other major crimes."
Tammy Duckworth Results in key House races: Reuters poll
"ILLINOIS 6 - Democrat Tammy Duckworth, a veteran who lost both her legs in Iraq, leads Republican Peter Roskam 43-38 percent in suburban Chicago battle to replace retiring Republican Rep. Henry Hyde."
Religious Right strangely silent about Foley - AlterNet
"So there you have it -- the true face of the Religious Right measured in deeds and not words.  They'll go out of their way to rally their followers to keep gay people from getting married, boycott corporations acknowledging that right, demonize legislators and judges who dare keep Church away from State and even attack children's-television characters.  But nary a word about a Republican Congressman, who is co-chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus, trolling for teen sex partners among Congressional pages, and being protected via a cover-up by the House Republican leadership."
[In fairness. go to Christianity Today, a more mainstream source than those mentioned by Geiger ... and whose editor tells me to be skeptical about the media coverage of churches and religion. In the first article, Killer of Amish Was 'Angry at God', it is the second topic.- Bob]
Oct 03 District 303 Education Partners Update for October 3, 2006
  • superintendent’s message regarding school security
  • Special career night for middle school students
  • Dinner and auction being hosted by the Wasco Elementary School PTO
  • “Parent University” being held next Thursday, October 12, 2006
Did Hastert do enough?
""I don't think this is so much about Foley as it is about the handling of this," Rick Davis, a Republican strategist, said Monday as the drama rocked the House GOP five weeks before midterm elections, much to Democrats' delight.  "The question becomes who's getting thrown overboard besides Foley to get this to go away," said Tony Fabrizio, another GOP consultant."
Hastert, Laesch move swiftly in wake of scandal
"We are here today to ask, 'Why did Dennis Hastert and Republican leaders try to cover this story up when they are always politicizing family values on the campaign trail?'"
West Chicago  alderman  calls it quits
“I feel that I can no longer effectively represent the citizens of the 4th Ward and the city of West Chicago,”
W. Chicago unveils new seal
"“It’s important to recognize the milestones in our history,” Mayor Michael Fortner said. “This is about getting people to take notice of us.”  The new seal, created at a cost of about $10,000, is part of the city’s campaign to recast its image, he said."
Students spend a day living the Civil War
"On Sept. 22, the students spent the day on the field behind the school in an unincorporated area near West Chicago with members of First Illinois Light Artillery, Co. B. The local Civil War re-enactor group set up a half-dozen stations used to teach kids about civilian life, music, medicine and warfare."
Foley scandal puts Hastert at risk
"Investigation is inevitable, and Democrats are not about to let this story slip quietly away. Not when it contains elements — hypocrisy, abuse of power, self-indulgence, misplaced priorities, lack of accountability — that Americans detest most about Washington."
Sen Durbin Halliburton Plays Patriotism Card for Legal Immunity - ePluribus Media
"Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) characterized this waiver: "We'll give you a medal if you promise not to sue us." (read more on the hearing, listen to the hearing, and/or see the letter and form). The employee who received the litigation waiver reportedly refused to sign it, but received the Medal and sued, along with other families, anyway."
Local Democrats want answers - Joliet Herald News
"On Monday, the office of U.S. Sen. Barak Obama, D-Ill., released a two-paragraph statement on Foley's resignation. The state's other senator, Richard Durbin, who is the second-highest ranking Democrat, criticized Republicans over the weekend, saying they failed to protect pages after they learned about the allegations."
Sen. Obama Bush signs Obama's first bill into law - Daily Illini - Champaign,IL
"When President Bush signed the bill into law last Tuesday, the freshman lawmaker scored his first solo victory in his longtime campaign to increase government accountability.  It was a big day for Obama, D-Ill., who has partnered with other senators on previous acts but never authored successful legislation himself."
Rep Hastert Scrubbed Information... but WHY?
Speaker Hastert sponsored a meeting on internet safety at the St.Charles School.  It is still the front page of the St. Charles North High School website... but the reverence (found with a google search) at his web site has disappeared. 
  • Google:  "Hastert Web meeting St. Charles"
  • HASTERT TAPS NATIONAL EXPERTS TO 'KEEP KIDS SAFE IN CYBERSPACE'
    "Congressman J. Dennis Hastert on Tuesday announced that he will bring together a panel of national experts for an August 29 Community Meeting to provide tips and information for parents to protect their children on the Internet."
  • New There's safety in Web-savvy parents - Chicago Daily Herald
    "Brought together by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, the panel armed parents with tips to protect children online and to share the nation's efforts to address the increasing "parallels between the physical world and the online world," as one MySpace representative put it."
A short list of the kind of press the Speaker is getting today...the papers are swamped with Hastert articles and they all come down to Rep. Rahm Emanuel's phrase, "to protect a member, not to protect a child."
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
"Hands on Hastert" is "hands off Foley"
"My point here is that Dennis Hastert is a pretty hands-on guy who is playing a very Reaganesque, "I forgot what happened" role."
Laesch calling for Hastert resignation in wake of scandal - Dekalb Daily Chronicle
“Anyone who knows an Internet sex predator may be stalking children under their care and allows almost a year to go by without taking steps to secure the safety of those children should be held accountable,” Laesch said. “Hastert should resign.”
Governor
Blagojevich
First Lady Patricia Blagojevich presents Governor’s PATH Awards to Korean American Community Services leaders for their dedication to Chicago’s Korean community
Gov. Blagojevich Announces Opportunity Returns Grants to Encourage Agricultural Innovation
Sen Peter Roskam Roskam backs Speaker Hastert - Chicago Tribune
"You had a member of Congress who was betraying the trust of parents, and that's fundamentally where the responsibility lies," Roskam said. "The second question then is, 'Were there failures that left that child in jeopardy? Yes. But the point is, where were the failures and who was responsible?"
In the cut & run - UI The Daily Iowan
"Meanwhile, back at slime and cockamamie, not that we had left them, exactly, Republican congressional candidate Peter Roskam in Illinois' 6th District (in the western suburbs of Chicago; it includes Lombard and environs) has plunged to a whole new toxic-waste-site level of muck and mire. In a Sept. 22 debate (aired Sept. 24 on WBBM), he charged that his opponent, Tammy Duckworth, wanted to "cut and run" from Iraq... What makes Roskam's attack far beyond the pale of ordinary scuz is this: Democrat opponent Duckworth is a veteran of the Iraq war; she was a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. On Nov. 12, 2004, while flying a mission in Iraq, an RPG exploded under her feet, and she lost both of her legs."
Tammy Duckworth War vet turned candidate attacks Bush on Iraq - Boston Herald
"An Illinois congressional candidate who lost both of her legs during combat in Iraq says President Bush has no real strategy for securing that nation.  Former Army Captain Tammy Duckworth said in the Democratic Party’s weekly radio address that the president’s refrains like “stay the course” are used to win elections, but “won’t help us accomplish our mission in Iraq.” "
Oct 02 Cable Com
Channel 17
Channel 17 Schedule
  • City Council (LIVE)
  • Wildcat Football (taped 9/29/06)
  • Saturday Matinee WCCHS Homecoming Football (taped 10/6/06)
  • various other local productions
Hastert asks for criminal probe into Foley e-mail
"Anyone who knows an Internet sex predator may be stalking children under their care and allows almost a year to go by without taking steps to secure the safety of those children should be held accountable," Laesch said.
Sen Durbin BI-PARTISAN RESPECT FOR THE FUNERALS OF FALLEN HEROES ACT
“This legislation has been carefully drawn to respect not only our veterans but also our constitutional freedoms,” Durbin added. “It addresses conduct, not content, a critical element in protecting our freedoms of expression.”
Sen. Obama Obama Bill to Protect Charitable and Religious Donations from Bankruptcy Passes Senate
"And in a country where 37 million citizens live in poverty, we should be encouraging charitable giving, not limiting it. This bill will clarify that the Bankruptcy bill passed by Congress last year - a bill I voted against - did not change the law to prioritize creditors over religious institutions and charities."
Obama Statement on Rep. Mark Foley Resignation
"These revelations are shocking and abhorrent. Congress has a duty to protect the young students who work on Capitol Hill, and these serious allegations of misconduct should have been fully investigated the minute they were discovered months ago."
Rep Hastert GOPers Join Dems to Call for Leadership's Ouster - TPM
"[M]embers from both parties are suggesting Hastert and House Majority Leader John Boehner quit. . . .
Rep. Christopher Shays (R., Conn.) said any leader who had been aware of Mr. Foley’s behavior and failed to take action should step down. 'If they knew or should have known the extent of this problem, they should not serve in leadership,' he said over the weekend.
Former page: We knew about Foley 'for years' - TCPalm Florida News
""It was more like, 'Hey, look at this,' " said Loraditch, 21, who served in the page program in the 2001-02 session. "I don't think the people in question felt that uncomfortable. It was more, 'Ooh, look at that creepy guy.'  "It was definitely crossing-the-line stuff. The instant message stuff, and stuff I've seen and heard about, definitely couldn't be misconstrued" as merely "friendly" or innocent, Loraditch said."
Transcript of Q&A with Speaker Hastert on the Mark Foley Matter
  • Q You are not disputing Mr. Reynold's remarks?
  • Mr. Hastert. No. If Reynolds told me, it was in a line of things when we were in the middle of another crisis this spring. So I just don't recall or remember that.
Comments from Speaker Dennis Hastert on Congressman Mark Foley Matter
“Since I’ve been Speaker we have moved aggressively to insure the safety of these kids. We constructed new living quarters with state of the art security systems. We have added even more adult supervision. But we obviously need to do more, including providing assistance to these kids after they return home."
John Laesch
(candidate for
 US 14th)
Response to Hastert/Foley Pagegate Scandal
"We know that Dennis Hastert has been the "cover-up" guy for everything that is wrong in Washington. Hastert has been cleaning up messes all the way from this Wednesday's "get out of jail free" detainee bill that he gave to George Bush to gutting house ethics rules after Tom DeLay was indicted... It is time for both of these gentlemen to do the right thing for America and resign."
John Laesch discusses the Mark Foley Sex scandal and Hastert's role in the coverup.
[MP3 audio file of broadcast]
John Laesch discusses the Mark Foley sex scandal and Hastert's role in the coverup.
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Ed Schultz asks Oprah Winfrey to support John Laesch.
[MP3 audio file of broadcast]
Governor
Blagojevich
Illinois Century Network
"Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced significant improvements to the State’s communications backbone – the Illinois Century Network – which results in more bandwidth, higher speeds and lower costs to nearly 8,000 schools, universities, libraries, law enforcement agencies and other institutions across the state. "
Sen Peter Roskam Taxes split Duckworth, Roskam - Daily Herald
"I'm going to be focused on the middle income taxpayers first," said Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran from Hoffman Estates.  Republican Peter Roskam argues Duckworth's opposition to certain tax cuts means she actually favors tax increases. He also boasts that he's "unambiguous" on the issue because he supports making all the major Bush tax cuts permanent.
Oct 01 WC Public Library October/November 2006 Programs
"Books for Lunch meets at the West Chicago Public Library District on Thursday October 5th at noon. Bring a bag lunch and join us for an entertaining afternoon as we gather and listen to a speaker."
Hastert's Living A Lie - The Nation
"Congressman Tom Reynolds, who chairs the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, revealed on Saturday that he had informed Hastert months ago about concerns regarding Foley's habit of sending sexually suggestive – "strip down and get naked" -- e-mails and instant messages to male congressional pages.  Congressman Rodney Alexander, the Louisiana Republican who brought those concerns to the attention of party leaders after learning about Foley's e-mails from the family of a former page in 2005, has confirmed that his office contacted Hastert's office regarding the matter."
Foleygate, the scandal that dare not speak its name
"When you see Majority Leaders and Speakers and Committee chairs calling each other liars in public you know that the underlying story is very bad, that the system of coordination and hierarchy has broken down and that each player believes he's in a fight for his life."
Handy Timeline Of Foleygate Scandal - TPM
"Reynolds [NRCC chief]  tells Hastert about Reynolds' conversation with Alexander [the page's Congressman, GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander] about the emails ( according to Reynolds). Though Hastert later claims he has no "explicit recollection" of the conversation, he also says he has "no reason to dispute" Reynolds' recollection."
Agencies consider whether Foley should face charges - Florida News
""Rodney Alexander brought to my attention the existence of e-mails between Mark Foley and a former page of Mr. Alexander's," Reynolds said in a statement Saturday. "Despite the fact that I had not seen the e-mails in question, and Mr. Alexander told me that the parents didn't want the matter pursued, I told the Speaker of the conversation Mr. Alexander had with me."
INTERNAL REVIEW OF CONTACTS WITH THE OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER REGARDING THE CONGRESSMAN MARK FOLEY MATTER
Although not yet (12:30 PM 2006 Oct 01) available at the Speaker's website, TPM has posted the text, including "In fact, no one was ever made aware of any sexually explicit email or text messages at any time."  For this to be true, a lot of Republicans have to be lying about the Speaker.
40 OFFICIALS OF THE VALUES PARTY WHO PLEADED OR WERE FOUND GUILTY OF CHILD SEX CRIMES - Uban Dictionary
"Evil members of the Republican Party and supporters thereof who have abused children despite their high-and-mighty crusades for the return to moral values."
Joint Statement on the Foley Matter
“In addition, we have asked the Committee on Standards to consider and recommend specific rules governing communications and contacts between Members and House Pages.”
Man in custody after standoff
"The 35-year-old man, who held police, including a SWAT team, at bay at a home on the 200 block of Church Street, had shouted to authorities that he would “light them up” if they attempted to make entry, officials said."
West Chicago turns 100*
"That’s why the milestone —though being marked in town with little fanfare besides the unveiling a new, art deco-style crest and city flag Monday —still is a significant one."
GARDEN CLIPPINGS
"A mum is not just a mum, if purchased from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Fall Open House of We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center, 1055 W. Washington St., West Chicago. It helps to provide work and training for people with disabilities at the non-profit greenhouse, where staff and volunteers guide disabled team members in potting, watering and other tasks."
Journal-News
Dayton, OH
SMART move in sight 
"In an effort to escape bankruptcy, a judge granted approval this week to a motion by SMART Papers to auction off its Illinois paper converting operation.  The company will likely move part of that West Chicago, Ill., operation to a warehouse in Monroe if the judge continues to approve the process."
Tammy Duckworth DEMOCRATIC RADIO RESPONSE BY TAMMY DUCKWORTH - Federal News Service
"Almost two years ago, the Black Hawk helicopter I was co-piloting in Iraq was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. When I woke up at Walter Reed Army Medical Center ten days later, my husband Bryan told me that I had lost both my legs.  Despite that, I don't regret my service for a minute. I was honored to serve when my country called. In fact, I'm still an active member of the National Guard."
The Tyranny of the Detainee Bill - Huffington Post
"The GOP is gearing up for a mass round of duplicity in the style of the campaign against Max Cleland. Exemplary of the coming wave is Peter Roskam, who last week accused Tammy Duckworth of being a "cut-and-run" Democrat, a confusing charge to Ms. Duckworth, who lost both her legs fighting the war in Iraq that Roskam and the rest of his part are so in love with."
Duckworth: Bush has slogans, not strategies on Iraq - Chicago Tribune
"... accusing Bush of taking "his eye off Al Qaeda in Afghanistan to invade Iraq." The result, she said, was an overstretched military and a squandering of world support after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."
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