Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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Jan 31 Speed limit reduced on Route 59 stretch
"Acting West Chicago Mayor Michael Kwasman said he pushed for the change with the help of state Reps. Randy Ramey and John Millner, both Republicans from Carol Stream.  “There have been terrible accidents on 59,” Kwasman said. “We’ve got to lower it down.”"
Hastert 'restless' after gall bladder surgery
"Hastert's press secretary, Brad Hahn, confirmed that Hastert had his gall bladder removed Friday, and is still in the hospital recuperating. He is expected to make a full recovery, Hahn said, although no time has been set for his release."
“Today prosecutors and public defenders offices are having serious difficulty hiring and retaining good lawyers because students are leaving law school with mortgage-sized student loan debts,”
Illinois Guard Units Short on Equipment - WREX-TV - Rockford,IL
"It [GAO Report] showed Illinois with about 45 percent of its authorized inventory as of November -- eighth-worst among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and three U-S territories.  Senator Dick Durbin says the report confirmed his worst fears. He says the shortfall could handicap the Illinois Guard's ability to respond to everything from natural disasters to terrorist attacks."
“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that in 2000 this country was 110,000 short of the number of nurses needed to adequately provide quality health care. By 2005, the shortage had doubled to 219,000 and by 2020, we will be more than 1 million nurses short,” Durbin said. “Our bill will strike at the heart of the problem by giving colleges all across the country the ability to train more nurses.”
“We need to make sure these students, from families serving the U.S. Navy in wartime, have access to quality public education,” said Durbin. “This legislation will ensure that schools serving the Great Lakes Naval Training Center will receive the funding and flexibility they need to distribute federal assistance among the impacted schools.”
Sen. Obama Floor Statement on Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007
"The American people have waited and the American people have been patient. We have given chance after chance for a resolution that has not come, and, more importantly, watched with horror and grief the tragic loss of thousands of brave young American soldiers.  The time for waiting in Iraq is over. The days of our open-ended commitment must come to a close. And the need to bring this war to an end is here."
Gov. Blagojevich appoints labor policy advisor Catherine Shannon as Director of the Illinois Department of Labor
Super Bowl Blitz on Drinking and Driving
"Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that the Illinois State Police (ISP) and 41 local police agencies are teaming up this coming weekend to mount an all-out blitz against drinking and driving. The effort is paid for by Traffic Safety funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)."
$100,000 grant to help Citizen Corps Councils prepare communities for emergencies
"Funds for the grant come from fees paid for special “America Remembers” vehicle license plates, which pay tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks."
First Lady Patricia Blagojevich urges women to get the facts about heart disease during Women’s Healthy Heart Month in Illinois
Jan 30 West Chicago
High School
West Chicago HS January STUDENT OF THE MONTH
"The faculty and administration of Community High School District 94, in West Chicago, would like to congratulate Matt Claude for being chosen Student of the Month for January."
W. Chicago armed robber at large
“The clerk delayed phoning police for four to five minutes,” West Chicago Police Commander Lazaro Perez said. “Our response time was less than a minute.”  But by that time the man had fled and couldn’t be found in the immediate area, he said."
The mamas and the mamas: Snacktime to Stratocasters
"Each band picks a name, chooses a song list and meets weekly for instruction and rehearsals. The program culminates in a live performance at Synergy Entertainment Complex in West Chicago."
“We, along with many of our colleagues in Congress, have been working for two years to secure emergency assistance for agricultural producers who have experienced serious losses due to circumstances that are beyond their control.”
Bush In Illinois - WIFR - Rockford,IL
"But the reality on main street America is that people are struggling. We're loosing manufacturing jobs, not enforcing our trade agreements, and we are not giving the kind of help to working families across America that they need."
IL Ag Roundtable Meets with Sen. Durbin - Illinois Farm Bureau - Bloomington,IL
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Tuesday hosted a meeting with agriculture leaders from across the state of Illinois to discuss top agriculture priorities in the state. Topics of discussion included the 2007 Farm Bill, lock and dam construction on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers and the need for new livestock regulations."
Sen. Obama Obama Offers Plan to Stop Escalation of Iraq War, Begin Phased Redeployment of Troops
"Our troops have preformed brilliantly in Iraq, but no amount of American soldiers can solve the political differences at the heart of somebody else's civil war," Obama said. "That's why I have introduced a plan to not only stop the escalation of this war, but begin a phased redeployment that can pressure the Iraqis to finally reach a political settlement and reduce the violence."
Senators at Louisiana Hearing Criticize Federal Recovery Aid - The Ledger - Lakeland,FL
“There’s not a sense of urgency out of this White House to get this done,” Mr. Obama said. He spoke of his hometown of Chicago’s recovery from the great fire of 1871 as an effort of national will, and suggested it could be done again.  Mr. Obama wondered about “whether we’re in danger of actually forgetting New Orleans,” adding, “That’s shameful.”
Rep Hastert Rep. Dennis Hastert Recovering From Surgery - - West Palm Beach,FL
"Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is recovering from surgery to remove his gall bladder, his office said Tuesday.  A short statement from the 65-year-old Republican's office provided no details, and did not specify when the surgery took place, adding only that Hastert had the surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. It did not indicate whether he had been released."
"And so I rise in proud support today of this notion of singling out veterans and it's an area where so many times in our public life today there is a great deal at strife it seems among us."
Jan 29 West Chicago Police Dept. West Chicago Police Respond to Armed Robbery
"Officers from the West Chicago Police Department responded to a reported Armed Robbery on Sunday, January 28, 2007 at approximately 8:48 PM, at the Marathon Gas Station located at 139 W. Washington Street."
West Chicago
High School
"As a follow up to a previous email, the Fox Valley Financial Aid night at Geneva High School is this Thursday, February 1st starting at 7 p.m.
There will be two presentations:"
"In celebration of the UCC's 50th anniversary Rev. Dr. Jane Fisler Hoffman will be speaking about her work with the Illinois Conference and the Angola Partnership. The goals of the partnership are to establish relationships, share material abundance and learn from the Angolans."
City of
West Chicago
Candidate Petitions
"Following is the status for nominating petitions as of 1:30 pm today for the following people:"
Sen Durbin Senator Targets Surplus Sales to Iran - Ledger Independent - Maysville,KY
"The Oregon Democrat's legislation would ban the Defense Department from selling surplus F-14 parts and prohibit buyers who have already acquired surplus Tomcat parts from exporting them. Wyden's bill, the Stop Arming Iran Act, is co-sponsored by the Senate's No. 2 lawmaker, Democratic Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois."

"The U.S. military retired its F-14s last fall. That leaves only Iran _ which bought the fighter jet in the 1970s when it was a U.S. ally _ flying the planes."

Sen. Obama Story about Obama's youthful schooling offers lessons at start of ... - International Herald Tribune - France
"One of the things that's dangerous about a presidential campaign when it comes to the facts is the echo chamber, where one news organization reports a story and it's not true, and one outlet picks it up, another picks it up and another," Feist said. "Before long the public assumes that it's true even when it's not."
Obama’s Muslim link being used to discredit him - Daily Times - Lahore,Pakistan
"The newspaper writes under the heading ‘Sticks, Stones and Mr Obama’ that “misleading aspersions” continue to be cast about the senator’s background, which only makes the perpetrators look bad. Noting that it has become a “fad” among conservatives to refer to the junior senator from Illinois by his full name: Barack Hussein Obama, the Post observes that “this would be merely juvenile if it weren’t so contemptible”."
Governor Blagojevich asks President Bush for federal assistance for 26 counties hit hard by December ice storm
“In fact, in less than a year, communities across our state have dealt with tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding and record snowfalls.  We deployed our state resources to help out these communities, but they also need federal assistance.  I’m hoping the federal government takes all of this into account as they review our request.”
Illinois Dept. of Revenue encourages people to file taxes for free online
Department on Aging seeks nominations for 2007 Illinois Senior Hall of Fame
WegoWeb Air America Rescued - Huffington Post
"Air America CEO Scott Elberg confirmed the sale. "This is a great thing, for our affiliates, the company, the audience and every employee in our organization." .... When Franken leaves the network in a few weeks, he'll be replaced by Thom Hartmann, who already has a syndicated show on the network's lineup."
Jan 28 Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
Have you ever considered watching on a Tuesday?
  • 6:00 PM COD Images
  • 6:30 PM COD Career Paths
  • 7:00 PM Storytellers
  • 8:00 PM Dave in DuPage
  • 9:00 PM Scardo's Rock Show


Acting Mayor Mike Kwasman's campaign website is up and running.
"Thank you for visiting my official Website.  I am running for Mayor because I have the experience, leadership, and vision to improve our City and make it the best community in DuPage County for us to live and raise our families."
Kane looks at options for transportation funds
County officials will look at:
  • Increasing the gas tax from 2 cents to 4 cents a gallon.
  • Making new bridges over the Fox River toll bridges.
  • Putting together a new transportation impact fee formula.
Illinois' Fallen - Legacy
This is a listing of obituaries for the soldiers from Illinois who have died in the war on terror. 
Jan 27&28 Chicago
Sun Times
Obama continues pushback on smear. Letter of support from religious leaders.
"Many of you have seen hateful emails, blog postings and reports circulating on the Internet and in the media about Senator Barack Obama and his religious upbringing. These outrageous charges began as reports of his potential candidacy for President emerged and, as has become a shameful custom of modern politics, it has swirled through cyberspace with a vengeance and now has been picked up as fact by Fox News and some partisan commentators.:"
Sen Durbin Durbin speaks on education - WHOI - Peoria,IL
"Senator Durbin plans to re-introduce the Homeland Security Education Act.  It provides scholarships to students pursuing math and science degrees -- and in exchange, students must teach in a high-need or low-income school."
Sen. Obama Obama Aims Health Care Coverage For All Americans Within Six Years - All Headline News
"Obama said the previous plans that have guaranteed to bring down the health care costs and coverage for all have failed. He said the history has seen promises on several health care initiatives collapsing "under the weight of Washington politics," leaving the people to struggle with exploding health care costs."
Democratic Senator Barack Obama Launches Aggressive Counter-Attack - Buzzle - Costa Mesa,CA
"In an interview with a Chicago television station, Mr Obama denounced what he called a "climate of smear", intended to scupper his run for the White House in 2008. "When I was six, I attended an Indonesian public school where a bunch of the kids were Muslim, because the country is 90% Muslim," he said.  "The notion that somehow, at the age of six or seven, I was being trained for something other than math, science and reading, is ludicrous." "
Rep Hastert Congress aims to warn TV shoppers - CNet
"The digital TV education bill, chiefly sponsored by Republicans Joe Barton, Fred Upton, and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, also calls for federal regulators to establish a public outreach program, devise energy standards for set-top converter boxes, and make progress reports to Congress on its consumer education efforts."
Rep Peter Roskam Roskam settling in as new Illinois Congressman - Villa Park Review - Lombard,IL
"The reception for the new members at the White House and the dinner with the then- Speaker of the House, that was definitely the 'wow' stuff," said Roskam. "We also had presentations on computers, software and staff. It was a lot of information that was all really helpful."
Jan 26 City of
West Chicago
West Chicago's 'Coffee With the Mayor' a Success
"The atmosphere was comfortable as residents dropped in at City Hall throughout the morning last Saturday for a cup of coffee and conversation with Acting Mayor Michael Kwasman, other elected officials and members of the West Chicago Fire District."
West Chicago's Gallery 200 Welcomes the Work of Mike Bodnar
"February's featured artist will be West Chicagoan Mike Bodnar, a retired development engineer and inventor. A native of the Ukraine, Bodnar is a completely self-taught folk artist, who has been painting for 16 years."
Crafters Wanted for West Chicago's Blooming Fest
"Last year 40 crafters enjoyed the generous turnout of people who flocked downtown to participate in the many activities the festival provided; including a 5K Run/Walk, a 2K Family Fun Run, and a wildly popular plant sale."
WC Public Library February 2007 Press Release
  • Books for Lunch on Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. will feature Luanne Bombard ...
  • The Chocolate! program is back by popular demand ...
"The West Suburban Faith Based Peace Coalition programs are committed to building peace and community through feeding our souls, our faith, and our hunger for peacemaking. You are invited to join us in a conversation about peace, bring a dish to share and enjoy the evening."
West Chicago chooses its new football coach, might leave DVC
“I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be mentored by Bob Stone,” Walters said. “To be taught by him for the last 10 years was an amazing experience. He’s been like my football father.”
Overcrowding stirs tension in suburbs
"Families had accused inspectors of heavy-handed tactics such as entering the homes of Spanish-speaking residents without an interpreter and conducting predawn inspections without warrants.  Other municipalities, including West Chicago and Addison, reached agreements in recent years over similar complaints."
Sen. Obama The Time has come for Universal Health Care
"We have come so far in the debate on health care in this country, but now we must finally answer the call first issued by Truman, advanced by Johnson, and fought for by so many leaders and Americans throughout the last century. The time has come for universal health care in America."
Governor Blagojevich names Milt Sees acting Secretary of Transportation
Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame supports programs, scholarships for youth
Partial Sale of State's Student Loan Portfolio Complete
Jan 25 Family sues restaurant, estate after fatal accident
"But on his way back to the house his luck took a turn for the worse. A Honda Civic crossed the center line on Route 47 just north of Green Street and struck the West Chicago man’s Oldsmobile head- on, police said. Finley, 44, and the driver of the Civic, Daniel R. Porter, 31, of Blackberry Township, died instantly."
Districts share preschool program space
"A cooperative lease agreement between West Chicago Elementary School District 33 and Winfield Elementary School District 34 will help expand the preschool program for District 33 residents."
District 33 discusses dual language program Feb. 8
"West Chicago Elementary School District 33 offers students entering kindergarten the chance to be literate in reading, writing and speaking in both English and Spanish by the end of sixth grade. Parents are invited to a dual language informational meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Gary School, 130 E. Forest Ave. in West Chicago."
Rep. Ramey offers state scholarships
"State Rep. Randy Ramey, R-55th District, of Carol Stream, has appointed an independent committee to award the scholarships based on work experience, academics, financial need, extra curricular activities and community service."
Budget freeze chills Argonne, Fermilab
"Things could get even worse for Fermilab, said spokesman Kurt Reisselmann. Fermilab employees are considering a month-long, unpaid furlough this summer, "probably in July."  "So what we are all looking at is a long unpaid vacation," Reisselmann said. "But at this time we are still considering it a contingency plan." "
“Judges should always feel secure in their courtrooms and safe at home. We owe it to them, and to their families, to do everything we can to protect them.”
“From its founding and its historic Bill of Rights, America has always been committed to human rights,” Durbin said. “The Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee will give members of the Senate an opportunity to work together to maintain America’s leadership in protecting fundamental human rights.”
Sen. Obama Debunked Insight Magazine and Fox News Smear Campaign
"All of the claims about Senator Obama raised in the Insight Magazine piece were thoroughly debunked by CNN, which, instead of relying on unnamed sources, sent a reporter to Obama’s former school in Jakarta to check the facts."
Rep Peter Roskam ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 6
“While I support investment in renewable energy sources and decreasing our dependence on oil, it is unwise to do so at the expense of our national security, the American worker and the American taxpayer."
“Whether as one of the more than 60,000 professionals working in finance or as a consumer, every resident of the Sixth District is impacted by the ebb and flow of the financial services industry.”
“I believe it will make the post-graduation transition a little easier for some of our graduates. The next step for this Congress should be some reforms that will increase the accessibility and affordability of education to all current and prospective students.”
law extending “Good Samaritan” protection
“Every second counts when someone is seriously injured.  Quick thinking by Good Samaritans can prevent some injuries from becoming more serious or even save lives,” said Gov. Blagojevich.  “I’m happy to sign a law that encourages even more trained Good Samaritans to come forward by relieving concerns that they could face lawsuits if they help those who need it.”
Illinois landowners, wildlife groups encouraged to apply for Wildlife Conservation Grants
Helping Lara Logan - Media channel dot org
"The segment in question–”Battle for Haifa Street”–is a piece of first-rate journalism but one that only appears on the CBS News website–and has never been broadcast. It is a gritty, realistic look at life on the very mean streets of Baghdad, and includes interviews with civilians who complain that the US military presence is only making their lives worse and the situation more deadly."
Jan 24 West Chicago
High School
W. Chicago High may table plan for extra period
"The district plans to go from a seven- to an eight-period schedule that will allow for an additional class where students will work with an adviser. The change would also entail six lunch periods, up from five."
Sen Durbin SOTU: The Daily Durbin? - New York Times
“At the urging of my staff, I’m going to be involved in blogging tonight. I’ve blogged once before, but it was in the privacy of my home. This will be in full few of the United States Senate and Capitol.”
Sen. Obama Response to the President's State of the Union Address
"But the last election proved that politics-by-slogan and poll-tested sound bites aren't going to cut it with the American people anymore, and that's why the real test of leadership is not what the President said to Congress tonight, but how he works with Congress to find real solutions to the problems we face."
Obama's Religion and Schooling - New York Times
"All of the claims about Senator Obama’s faith and education raised in the Insight Magazine story and repeated on Fox News are false. Senator Obama was raised in a secular household in Indonesia by his stepfather and mother. Obama’s stepfather worked for a U.S. oil company, and sent his stepson to two years of Catholic school, as well as two years of public school. As Obama described it, “Without the money to go to the international school that most expatriate children attended, I went to local Indonesian schools and ran the streets with the children of farmers, servants, tailors, and clerks.”"
Hastert Applauds President's State of the Union Message
“This is not a time for partisanship. While members of Congress may disagree on specific policy questions, we have a responsibility to find common ground and come together to meet these objectives for our nation.”
DeLay warns former colleagues against endorsing presidential ... - The Hill
"DeLay issued his words of warning hours after former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) publicly endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.  “I’m a little surprised that Hastert endorsed this early,” DeLay said in an interview. “It’s not usually what Denny does — he’s usually very methodical and thinks things through, although he may have already in the last few months.”"
Rifts Cloud Climate Plan In US House - Free Internet Press - New York,NY
"In the old Congress, with J. Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) as speaker of the House, the "majority of the majority" ruled. Policies were hashed out inside the GOP caucus, which was dominated by conservatives; Hastert's team then pressured the entire caucus to back them. The result was a steady tack to the right - and eventually, electoral disaster, especially for GOP moderates.  Pelosi has promised a more open and bipartisan process and has said she will not drag her caucus to the left, but global warming could be a telling test."
new IDOT effort to create more opportunities for small and minority road contractors
“Our goal is to make sure small and minority contractors have a fair shot at winning contracts.  This new program gives smaller companies that are breaking into the business an opportunity to succeed by working with larger contractors that have succeeded in the business and are willing to share their knowledge,”
Jan 23 West Chicago
High School
"This event is significant because it allows our school, and community, to recognize the dedication and skill of the speech team as well as allowing many prospective high school and middle school students the ability to see if they would like to join next year."
City of
West Chicago
City of West Chicago Set for Special Census
"Following successful recruitment efforts which yielded more than 80 interested candidates for the City of West Chicago's Special Census, the U.S. Census Bureau will move ahead with plans to count residents in the Prestonfield and Prince Crossing Farms subdivisions, the new senior apartments on Route 64 and Gateway Centre in the downtown. The Special Census is planned to begin around February 1, 2007."
Warrenville will match its clout against Naperville’s
"Being the last of a few aldermen to suggest the idea of working with other communities, Schultz got stuck with the job. The committee appointed him to contact other officials in Wheaton, West Chicago, and North Aurora, among other cities, to talk about working together to protect their interests."
“Instead of a plan to make health care more affordable, the President proposed a new health care tax on workers. His plan could actually reduce or eliminate health coverage for millions of Americans.  A year after the President said America is ‘addicted to oil,’ we're still parked in the same spot with the engine running.
Honoring Former President Gerald R. Ford
"The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich’s Office to return the flags at State occupied buildings to full-staff at sunset on January 25, 2007."
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 Thursday, January 25, 2007 for:  Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer A. Valdivia, United States Navy"
Jan 22 West Chicago
High School
"Along with teachers Mrs. Kozlowski and Ms. Kozie, high school Child Development students and student assistants will participate acting as cooperative teachers. Your child will be learning in a safe and fun environment."
Youth Football and Cheerleading Registration
"The West Chicago Park District has Youth Football and Cheerleading registration going on now. All participants ages 5 to 14 are eligible to play. No experience is necessary. Registration hours are Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the park district office, 157 W Washington. On Saturday 3rd and 10th at the Park District Office, you can meet the coaches and ask specific questions about the program. For more information, please contact the West Chicago Park District at (630) 231-9474."
Youth Baseball and Softball Registration
The West Chicago Park District has Youth Baseball and Softball registration going on now at the district office, 157 West Washington St. All participants ages 5 to 14 can find a league to participate in. Registration hours are Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Birth certificates are required if they are not on file at the district. Early bird registration deadline is March 1st. Opening Day is April 21st at Reed Keppler Park. For more information, please contact the West Chicago Park District at (630) 231-9474.
The Park District has also had the following items added to the Calendar ...
  • Chili Fest
  • Daddy Daughter Date Night Sock Hop
  • February Flurry
  • Mud Volleyball
Rep Fortner Fund Raiser at Mill Race Inn.
Newly elected State Representative Mike Fortner will be hosting a fund raiser in the Mallard Room of the Mill Race Inn on Thursday, January 25th.
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
“There has been a growing call from people all over the district to address this issue in an open and fair way,” Millner said. “I know there has been a lot of debate about this for a very long time, so I feel it is appropriate to move this legislation forward so we can put the question to the voters.”
Woman charged with DUI in crash that injured two others
"Her vehicle drove into the path of a Pontiac Bonneville driven by Timothy G. James of West Chicago.  James was going south on Route 59 through the intersection with a green light when the cars hit head-on, police said."
Sen Durbin Durbin exchanges thoughts on 2007 Farm Bill with locals during ... - Herald & Review - Decatur,IL
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, was in attendance, along with representatives of trade associations, state agencies, environmental and energy advocacy groups and agriculture economists to discuss agriculture issues concerning the new farm bill.  "We are facing several things that are going to really decide our future. The first is the budget," Durbin said. "We have a serious budget problem.""
Rep Hastert How quickly people forget past partisanship -
"I truly hope Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not emulate the tactics of former Speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich once the 100 Hours platform is passed and will set a better example of bipartisan collaboration than was ever demonstrated by her two predecessors."
Jan 21 Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
The week starts Monday with:
  • 6:00 PM Storytellers
  • 6:30 PM Derek & Rob X-Perience
  • 7:00 PM City Council (1/15/07)
  • 8:00 PM Where Do the Children Play
  • 8:15 PM Heritage Days Parade '06 (raw footage)
Where’s the downtown resurgence?
"The months-long housing slump is now threatening the big bets of mayors and real estate planners who are banking on citylike housing and businesses to rejuvenate their decaying downtowns.  Eyeing the early success of suburbs like Arlington Heights, more than a dozen suburbs have put bets on the table — including Palatine, Mount Prospect, Elgin, West Chicago, St. Charles, Lake Zurich and Mundelein."
Jan 20 Sen. Obama Right-wing media figures claim Clinton behind Obama/Muslim smears - Media Matters for America - Washington,DC
"On December 13, Jason Zengerle, editor of The Plank, the weblog of The New Republic, predicted that Republicans would "launch a savage and despicable whispering campaign against the guy (Barack Hussein Obama, etc.) and then blame it all on Hillary.""
Rep Hastert House overhauls oversight of page program - USA Today
"The report also harshly criticized former speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., saying the evidence showed he was told of the problem months before he acknowledged learning of Foley's questionable e-mails to a former Louisiana page. It rejected Hastert's contention that he couldn't recall separate warnings from two House Republican leaders."
Oil-drilling fee would fund solar, ethanol work - Chicago Sun-Times
"''Increasing taxes on our nation's energy industry means one thing -- more reliance on foreign oil and gasoline,'' said Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.)."
Former Bush Iraq Chief to Face Nemesis?
"During his time as head of the U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority, Bremer was stalked by the United States' top fraud-buster in Iraq, Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The two were like the cartoon Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote: Bowen -- Mr. Coyote -- would come after Bremer with ever more devastating reports of fraud, mismanagement, abuse and utter chaos within Bremer's operations; yet Bremer had a road-runner-like ability to escape every time."
Jan 19 Elementary
District 33
District 33 announces Dual Language Informational Meeting
"District 33 offers a unique opportunity for students entering Kindergarten. Now in its 6th year, the Dual Language Program offers students the chance to be literate in reading, writing, and speaking in both English and Spanish by the end of 6th grade. This program is housed at Gary School."
Lack of Feedback From 2006 State Assessments
"The West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Board of Education adopted a resolution at its December 14, 2006 meeting. This resolution was initiated by the Board of Education in response to the lengthy delay in receiving results from the 2006 State Assessments."
District 33 Foundation for Educational Excellence Announces New Trustees
"Trustees that were seated at the Foundation's re-organizational meeting held on Wednesday, January 17 are; Scott Fank, Sharon Finlon, Dan Fors, Ed Fuentes, Greg Kauth, Mary Beth Taylor, and Karina Villa."
Wegner School Hosts Silent Auction March 9, 2007
"The Silent Auction is a fundraiser to provide Wegner School students with supplemental programs, supplies, and activities. The entire school is participating in providing items for the Silent Auction by creating classroom themed baskets."
Former alderman joins race for W. Chicago mayor
"“I thought I’d get my fingers back in the pie again,” said Woodward, 63. “I hate to see a race where there’s no opposition.”
Kwasman agreed a contested race is “the American way.”  “I’m looking forward to debating him,” Kwasman said."
“Today is a new day in the Senate: No more secret earmarks; no more gifts and trips paid for by special interests; no more ‘pay-to-play’ schemes like the notorious K Street project; and no more leaving government service and cashing in immediately on your contacts and experience as a lobbyist."
Sen. Obama Senate Ethics Reform Package
"This historic reform is an enormous step toward restoring the people's faith in government," Obama said. "It will ban the practice of lobbyists currying favor with politicians by giving them free meals and gifts, or by providing subsidized flights on corporate jets, and will require greater disclosure of the huge campaign contributions they collect from their friends and clients. I am very proud to have helped lead this fight with Senator Feingold, and am proud of what the Senate, under Senator Reid's leadership, has accomplished."
$1.9 million in no-interest loans available for fire trucks
“Firefighters depend on trucks and equipment to respond to their communities in emergencies,” said Gov. Blagojevich.  “This program has already helped more than 60 departments get new fire trucks, and now we’re making more money available to help even more fire departments buy the equipment they need.”
Lt. Governor Quinn, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Lake County Forest Preserve District secure $350,000 federal grant for management of coastal habitat along Lake Michigan
PAUL KRUGMAN: Surging and Purging - Pottersville
"Previously, new U.S. attorneys needed Senate confirmation within 120 days or federal district courts would name replacements. But as part of a conference committee reconciling House and Senate versions of the revised Patriot Act, Mr. Specter slipped in a clause eliminating that rule."
Jan 18 Heritage Days changes hands
"West Chicago aldermen this week unanimously approved a contract for up to $110,000 with the local chamber of commerce to manage Heritage Days, formerly known as Railroad Days."
Officials reconsider group home zoning ordinances
"Childserv targeted West Chicago for its proximity to transportation, West Chicago Community High School and industrial and downtown business areas that could offer jobs.  “West Chicago also has a diverse population, so the youth that come wouldn’t feel like they’re standing out,” Becker said."
A board divided on house’s future
"DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioners Tuesday agreed to hire Knight Architects and Engineers for $7,300 to draft plans and hire contractors to fix the Baker House’s crumbling foundation. Water has penetrated the stone and mortar, causing deterioration. Repairs could cost about $24,000."
Grants to enhance literacy at Turner
"First, Turner was awarded a $1,000 grant for books from the Forest Life Member Club of the AT&T Pioneers, a group of active and retired employees who volunteer their time to enhance their home communities.  Two classrooms will share the $1,000 grant to purchase books for classroom libraries. "
Push for a wider Rt. 59
“It’s a unique challenge with every single state leader living within seven miles of each other in Chicago,” Hultgren said. “So we need to band together as suburban legislators and say, ‘We have real needs out here."
Sworn in Fortner, Hultgren take state offices early
"Former West Chicago Mayor Michael Fortner and Randy Hultgren of Winfield were sworn into their new state offices early Jan. 4 by Illinois Chief Justice Bob Thomas."
Candidates pull packets for West Chicago elections
"As time draws near for filing petitions for the Tuesday, April 17 election of officials for West Chicago City Council, library, park and school districts, interested individuals have been picking up election packets and circulating petitions."
WC Fire District plans tax hike request
"It includes the construction of a new (south side) station at an undesignated location on Roosevelt Road and providing equipment and manpower, plus the relocation of the station located on Powis Road to district-owned property on Atlantic Drive," said Fire Chief Ron Ackerman.
West Chicago still seeks census takers
"The city is seeking individuals to work for the special census, scheduled to begin in February."
“The carp approaching the northern section of the Illinois River and Lake Michigan have no natural predators. This invasive species threatens both the native fish and natural wildlife of the lake and in turn, the economy of the entire Great Lakes region,”
“The longer Republicans fight the sunlight of ethics reform, the harder it will be for them to escape from the shadow of Jack Abramoff,”
Lee Leads Bipartisan Effort to Protect Almost $ 1 Billion in AIDS ... - California Chronicle - Los Angeles
"Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) are leading a bipartisan, bicameral effort to prevent the passage of a Continuing Resolution to fund the government at last year's level from eliminating almost $1 billion to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS."
Reforms Omit Lobbyists Married to Lawmakers - Washington Post
"Senate Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin's wife, Loretta Durbin, runs a lobbying firm called Government Affairs Specialists. But Durbin's office said she limits her lobbying to their home state of Illinois and recuses herself from any federal matters that could affect her husband's work in the Senate."
Sen. Obama Everyone is covering Obama Announcement:
Rep Hastert Past speaker's a shadow of his former self - St. Petersburg Times
"And so Hastert has kept a low profile. During votes, he lurks at the back of the House floor, looking like he would rather be someplace else. When Republicans hold news conferences to denounce their new Democratic masters, or to offer alternative plans, Hastert is nowhere in sight."
Reps. Kennedy, Ramstad Promote Mental Health Parity Bill - Kaiser - Washington,DC
"Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) blocked the measure several times and suggested that mandates would increase premiums and that market forces could force insurance companies to provide mental health parity. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has promised Kennedy and Ramstad that the legislation will receive a House vote after the bill passes through committees."


2006 safest year on Illinois roadways in more than 80 years
“We had one primary goal in mind when we signed a law giving police the power to pull drivers over for not wearing safety belts - saving lives. Now, only three and a half years later, we recorded the fewest fatalities on Illinois roadways since 1924."


MySpace to Add Parental Notifications - PC Magazine
"Parents will be able to use the software, named "Zephyr," to find out what name, age and location their children use to represent themselves on MySpace, the Journal said.  It would not allow parents to read their children's e-mail or see their profile pages, and it would alert children that their information was being shared, the paper reported."
Jan 17 Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey’s December Coat Drive Surpasses Last Year’s Results
“It continues to amaze me how generous people have been through the holiday season,” Ramey said. “I am proud of the fact that residents are taking time to recognize those in our community who do not have as much as others.”
2007-2008 General Assembly Scholarship Program
"Illinois State Representative Randy Ramey has appointed an independent committee that has been entrusted to award the scholarships based on the criteria set forth: work experience, academic standing, financial need, extra curricular activities and community service. All will be considered equally when establishing the scholarship recipients. "
Rep. Ramey Officially Sworn-In to Serve 55th District
“I am honored to continue serving the people in the 55th district,” Ramey said. “It’s been a very fun and productive year in which I had many new laws pass. My goal is to remain an ardent man of the people by listening and addressing their needs and concerns.”
Site for ex-offenders to get more review
"Child Serv, of Chicago, wants to operate a small residence that would provide living quarters for up to eight disadvantaged youths between ages 17 and 21. The plan requires a zoning amendment to allow transitional living facilities as well as a special-use permit.  Some aldermen were concerned that such a home should exclude those who might be serving criminal probation."
"Today, we had a great victory on the House floor,” said Durbin. “I commend Congressman Miller and his colleagues in the House for passing legislation that will insure that the cost of a college education is still within reach.”
“The battle against EAB begins in our backyards,” Durbin said. “Homeowners, business owners and local officials are on the front lines of this battle. We all need to pitch in."
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on Iraq
"Last week, after being told by President Bush that his plan to escalate this war would be well-planned, well-coordinated, and well-supported by the Iraqi government, we find out in this week's New York Times that none of this is true. Military officials tell us that there is no clear chain of command between Iraqis and U.S. commanders and no real indication that the Iraqis even want such a partnership."
Jan 16 Forum series will address affordable housing in DuPage
"We want to help workers in DuPage County -- firefighters, police officers, teachers and clergy, in particular -- be able to live in the same community in which they work,"
Men found homeless shelter for fellow veterans
"We want our veterans to be a part of the community, to be accepted not only because they're homeless veterans and they served this nation but because they're downtown and they can use the facilities. They can be just like we are because they are like us," said Enger.
“Amtrak provides quick, cost-effective, and reliable public ground transportation to 30 communities and more than 3 million people in Illinois. It’s now up to us, as lawmakers, to pass this reauthorization measure and subsequent appropriations bills to provide Amtrak with sufficient funds to keep things on track.”
“This is an opportunity for a new generation of leaders to step forward to remake America, combining the great traditions and values we share with a bold, hopeful vision of tomorrow.”
Sen. Obama Video on his decision to form a Presidential Exploratory Committee

"The decisions that have been made in Washington these past six years, and the problems that have been ignored, have put our country in a precarious place. Our economy is changing rapidly, and that means profound changes for working people. Many of you have shared with me your stories about skyrocketing health care bills, the pensions you've lost and your struggles to pay for college for your kids. Our continued dependence on oil has put our security and our very planet at risk. And we're still mired in a tragic and costly war that should have never been waged."
National/International response to Obama's Announcement
Rep Hastert Trial to take Cheney aide down memory lane - The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
"By his own account, Lewis "Scooter" Libby was a busy man on July 10, 2003.  That day, according to his calendar, he had a senior staff meeting; an intelligence briefing with his boss, Vice-President Dick Cheney; a CIA briefing; and lunch with Mr Cheney and then House speaker Dennis Hastert. He was reviewing more than a dozen terrorist threats and checking up on trouble spots around the globe, such as North Korea's increasing plans to develop nuclear weapons.
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 Wednesday, January 17, 2007 for: Senior Airman Daniel B. Miller Jr., United States Air Force"
Jan 15 Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
At 6:00 PM on Friday, January 19th, Cable Com will broadcast the raw footage shot during Heritage Days (formerly Rail Road Days) this summer.
Tenants lining up for DuPage national tech park
"More than 50 of the park’s vast 450 developable acres have been leased. Among those who’ve committed ... Pella Corp. ...  Argonne National Laboratories ... Northern Illinois University ... CenterPoint Properties ... Cyber Continuity Center ..."
First week, first votes
"For freshman Republican Peter Roskam of Wheaton, it meant sticking to his conservative guns despite winning by only a narrow margin last fall.  With Democrats pushing four high-profile, populist measures, Roskam voted for one of them. He backed the implementation of the rest of the 9/11 Commission recommendations, but voted against lifting a ban on federal stem cell research funding, an increase in the minimum wage and allowing the federal government to negotiate discounts with drug companies for Medicaid."
ILLINOIS STYLE: Fluffy cat is a refugee from Mideast violence
"Best Friends sent a representative to interview Chambers at his home and eventually Chambers agreed to adopt Stone. Best Friends staff member Juliette Watt flew Stone in her private airplane to DuPage Airport in West Chicago, where Chambers picked up his newfound feline friend Nov. 26. "

You Can Build a School in Africa for $12,500
"Initially we are involved in a number of schools. And there are several more becoming involved, including Prosser Academy, a Chicago public school.  The ones who have been involved to date have been New Trier, Wheeling High School and West Chicago Community High School."
Sen. Obama Senator Obama lands on "Most Admired'' Gallup poll
"Leading Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill,. was named one of the most admired men in the nation in a recent Gallup poll. Ranked ahead of Obama were presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. In the poll taken in mid-December, the 88-year-old evangelist Billy Graham came in first."
Obama a hit as he honors King in Harvey - Chicago Sun Times
"If I recall Dr. King, he wasn't hanging out in Manhattan. Dr. King was not in Beverly Hills. Folks said 'Why are you going to Harvey? Harvey has lots a problems.' I said that why I'm going to Harvey."
ABC shut down blogger who criticized violent rhetoric on one of its radio stations - Media Matters
"The letter demanded that the owner of the site "remove the content immediately." Soon after, according to Spocko, his Internet service provider shut down his blog."
Jan 14 Sen Durbin Driving The Hearse Blindfolded - - Washington,DC
“And we have given the Iraqis so much,” Durbin stated.” We have deposed their dictator. We dug him out of a hole in the ground and forced him to face the courts of his own people. We've given the Iraqi people a chance to draft their own constitution, hold their own free elections and establish their own government.”
Students nominated to academies - The Register-Mail - Galesburg,IL
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has released the names of the young men and women whom he has nominated to attend the U.S. service academies."
Sen. Obama Obama's charm lost on America's black activists - The Sunday Times - UK
"The unexpected coolness between the old civil rights guard and the new Democratic hopeful has added an intriguing twist to the budding rivalry between Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton, who hopes to emulate her husband, former president Bill Clinton, in attracting support from black voters."
Rep Hastert US Jewish lobby warns Turkish MFA: Even we might not be able to ... - Turkish Daily News
"For one thing, newly elected Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will be taking up the bill, which was last year abandoned by Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert after President Bush interfered. This is why the genocide bill which made its way to the House of Representatives last year is almost sure to be sent to the Senate after being voted on in the House."
Rep Peter Roskam Roskam Appointed To House Financial Committee - Des Plaines Journal
""The committee has a huge impact on our district," Roskam told the Journal Wednesday mentioning the existence of Allstate and Zurich American insurance offices. "It's a fairly significant committee. I've been active in those issues while I was in the General Assembly."
AARP Illinois Key Vote News Alert; AARP Applauds US ... - PR Newswire
""Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act"
passed the U.S. House of Representatives today with a vote of 225-170-10 and
now moves to the Senate.  H.R. 4 gives the Secretary of Health and Human
Services (HHS) the authority to leverage Medicare's significant buying power
to lower drug costs for Medicare.  AARP supports the passage of this
[AARP supported this bill while Rep. Roskam voted against it and Rep Hastert did not record a vote. - Bob]
US strikes on al-Qa'ida chiefs kill nomads
"Oxfam yesterday confirmed at least 70 nomads in the Afmadow district near the border with Kenya had been killed. The nomads were bombed at night and during the day while searching for water sources. Meanwhile, the US ambassador to Kenya has acknowledged that the onslaught on Islamist fighters failed to kill any of the three prime targets wanted for their alleged role in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam."
Jan 13 Looking to drain its surplus, water commission listens to requests for rebates
"West Chicago, which doesn’t use lake water, is seeking the return of more than $1 million in sales tax revenue that the commission has collected from the city."
[Demand for return of tax money mistakenly collected is not like asking for help doing local projects. - Bob]
Learn more about Buddhist philosophy
"“Why Bad Things Happen To Good People,” a discussion presented by members of the Myogyogji Buddhist Temple in West Chicago, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at College of DuPage, SRC Rooms 1450 A and B, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn."
Escalation Scoreboard: Seven GOP Senators Opposed, Nine More Skeptical - TPM Cafe
"So we're keeping track here at Election Central of which GOP Senators have passed judgment on the plan and what they've said. Here's the tally as it stands now: Seven Republicans firmly against and nine more expressing reluctance or skepticism."
Jan 12 Elementary
District 33
"A registration Open House will be held on February 2, 2007 from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM at the Early Learning Center, 300 E. Forest Avenue, West Chicago. Doors open at 8:00 AM. Numbers will be given."
W. Chicago fire district likely to ask voters for two stations
"One new station would be built on the city’s north side on Atlantic Drive, where the district already owns property. The other would be somewhere in the Roosevelt Road area, on West Chicago’s south side.  A mid-1990s study concluded that the two sites would provide the best fire coverage of the district’s 26 square miles."
Sen. Obama Lugar-Obama Nonproliferation Legislation Signed into Law by the President
"The Nunn-Lugar program has effectively disposed of thousands of weapons of mass destruction, but we must do far more to keep deadly conventional weapons like anti-aircraft missiles out of the hands of terrorists."
Obama Statement on President's Call for Troop Escalation in Iraq
"Tonight, against all military advice to the contrary, the President announced his intention to plunge us ever deeper into the quagmire of Iraq. I have no doubt that the President is sincere in believing that his strategy is the right one. But escalation has already been tried and it has already failed, because no amount of American forces can solve the political differences that lie at the heart of somebody else's civil war."
Gov. Blagojevich accepts friendly wager with Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire
Planning moves forward to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday in 2009
environmental performance of state’s vehicle fleet
"“This bill will help further the progress we’ve made in recent years in building one of the largest green fleets in the nation.  By using biofuels to fuel state cars and trucks, we’re helping the environment and supporting our farmers,”"
Jan 11 Stop by Jan. 20 and have coffee with city officials
"It is an open meeting and no city business will be conducted. It is a way of making ourselves available and learn what is on the people's minds and their concerns,"
West Chicago invests in census
"City officials say there are now 1,600 more residents since conducting a special census just two years ago. State revenue reimbursements from motor fuel, use and income taxes are based on the last official count."
"Durbin will be the Chairman of the new subcommittee, which will have jurisdiction over the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Small Business Administration, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, GSA, the U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Printing and Engraving among others."
"The Republican-led Congress allowed an increase on student loan interest rates to go into effect last year. The higher interest rates are costing some of our nation’s neediest students the opportunity to get a college education,”
“As Congress considers our future course in Iraq, we remain committed to providing our soldiers every resource they need to fight effectively and come home safely. But it is time to begin the orderly redeployment of our troops so that they can begin coming home soon.”
Illionois Senators Durbin, Obama Critical Of Bush Policy On Iraq - WIFR - Rockford,IL
"U-S Senator Dick Durbin is the number two Democrat in the Senate, and he responded today to citizens' questions. Durbin noted that he met yesterday with President Bush to discuss Iraq, and Durbin says "the swagger is gone."  Fellow Democrat Barack Obama cited another meeting."
Sen. Obama Carl Cameron Uses Photo of Barack Obama on the Beach in an ... - News Hounds - Newport Beach,CA
"Carl Cameron went along with this tactic last night (1/9) during "Special Report" when he filed a report from Manchester, New Hampshire on the primary scheduled to take place there January 22, 2008. The report, which discussed the chances of both parties frontrunners, chose to use the recent photo of Barack Obama on the beach, in an attempt to trivialize him, when his candidacy was discussed."
Rep Peter Roskam IL-06 Press event. Come put pressure on Peter Roskam today - TPMCafe
"Citizen Action will be joined by Sierra Club and Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans. This is a non-partisan, issue-based event, but obviously, our goal is to highlight that Roskam opposes these mainstream proposals."
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 Monday, January 15, 2007 for: Army PFC William R. Newgard, United States Army
Jan 10 Elementary
District 33
Turner School Recipient of $1,000 Grant and Dictionaries
"West Chicago Elementary School District 33 proudly announces that Turner School is the recipient of two projects aimed at enhancing literacy. Turner was awarded a $1,000 grant for books from the Forest Life Member Club of the AT&T Pioneers, and through the Dictionary Project, every 3rd grade student will receive a dictionary at an assembly this week. "
West Chicago
High School
"Jenna inherited her outlook on life from a softball coach who once told her that "you can be tall, short, fat, skinny, or deformed, but if you know what you want and you are willing to fly for it, there's nothing that can stand in your way.""
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
"State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream) took the oath of office today with the rest of the entering class of legislators, officially beginning the 95th Illinois General Assembly."
Fire  district to seek tax hike
"“Our No. 1 issue is accessing the south and southwest sides of district,” Fire Chief Ron Ackerman said. “The response times are longer than what we feel comfortable with.”  The five-member board will meet to determine the specifics of their tax-increase request at 9 a.m. Thursday at Fire Station 1 at 200 Fremont St."
Rep Fortner Mike Fortner Takes the Oath
"The extra six days do matter to residents of our districts. There are three more days of the current legislature scheduled on the 7th, 8th and 9th. By taking office early, it insures representation in both chambers on any votes that may take place. As a bonus, it does give me a few days of seniority over any new members who are sworn in on January 10."
Campaign photo shows Bush with Abramoff
"A previous photo of Bush and the disgraced lobbyist surfaced last year but Abramoff was in the background, slightly blurry.  "This is the one they didn't want you to see," Sloan said."
[Click here to see the actual photo. - Bob]
Jan 09
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Transportation has selected United Airlines to be the first airline to offer direct daily service between Dulles International Airport, outside Washington, DC, and Beijing Capital International Airport."
"The committee assignment will also give Durbin a greater hand in shaping the commodities title of the 2007 Farm Bill when it is debated later this year."
Sen. Obama Senate begins work on ethics bill
"The ethics legislation, based on a bill that stalled in the last Congress, would ban gifts and travel paid for by lobbyists, slow the movement of former senators to lobbying jobs, require lobbyists to provide more information on their activities and oblige senators to be more open about their special projects, or earmarks."
Rep Hastert Remarks at the FuNeral for Gerald R. Ford
"In this sacred place, the president now lies in state under the Statue of Freedom.  On the way here, we paused at the door to the House of Representatives, and in that place, the people's house, where Gerald Ford served for a quarter of a century, he was known simply as the gentleman from Michigan."
[I confess... I shortened the title so I had an excuse for correcting the spelling error. - Bob]
Late-Winter Firearm Deer Season set to begin
"The Late-Winter Firearm Deer Season, open Jan. 12-14, 2007, is an antlerless-only season designed to help increase the harvest of female deer, thus helping to better manage the state’s deer population."
Jan 08 West Chicago
High School

"This is a reminder of Wednesday, January 10th’s FAFSA Night. Mr. Ward Rau, CHS counselor, will present information for SENIOR parents and their students regarding the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is required to seek financial aid. He will guide you through the steps for completing the form – whether you choose to file the paper form or electronically. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Weyrach Auditorium. Please use entrance H."

WC Public Library Library Schedule for January, February 2007
"Four talented musicians, Ruth Cavanagh, Susan Conant, Jose Posada, and Clarice Cast, create a terrific mix of Latin flavored world music featuring guitar and a variety of percussion and wind instruments. Bring the whole family and join us for an exciting evening!"
new website up and running
"Winfield Township is pleased to offer our new website. We hope that you find the information helpful and useful. Please feel free to browse through all the different options of the website. If you have any questions or comments, we would be happy to hear from you."
Three hospitalized after W. Chicago crash
"West Chicago fire officials extricated a person from a pickup truck that was wedged between a car and an SUV, West Chicago Fire Chief Ron Ackerman said."
Suburban census seeks to boost revenue
"Officials say it will cost roughly $40,000 to survey residences in the downtown Gateway Centre, new apartments on Illinois Highway 64 and the Prestonfield and Prince Crossing Farms subdivisions.  In return, West Chicago should realize about $90,000 more in state revenue reimbursements, officials said."
Schedules for new Amtrak Routes
"Attached please find a two-page public service message from the Illinois Department of Transportation with schedules for the 8 new Amtrak trains serving Illinois."
[PDF file sent by Illinois Department of Transportation - Bob]
"Although things are returning to normal, residents and business owners in Northern Illinois are still picking up the pieces. This small business disaster assistance will now make affordable loans available to those with the most serious needs,"
Gov. Blagojevich sworn in for second term at Inauguration Ceremony in Springfield
“I stand before you as your Governor, once again, humbled by your trust and committed to meet the challenges ahead.  There are no words that can prope rly express my gratitude for the great honor you have given me. I will do my best and work as hard as I can to keep my faith with you."
Jan 07 Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
Monday's lineup includes:
  • Derek & Rob X-Perience
  • Help Your Child Read (Eng/Sp)
  • City Council (12/18/06)
  • Safety and You
Heartache to hope: A roadmap to safety
"These teens from our communities were killed in Chicago-area crashes involving teenage drivers in 2006. Thirty-five were drivers; 24 were passengers. Here are their faces, their names, their hometowns and the dates of the crashes ... Nick Jannotti, 18 West Chicago Aug. 26"
Second Body Found
"The body of 42-year-old Constance Soukup was found in the river Friday morning -- only a day after another body was pulled out of the water in North Aurora."
Rep Hastert She'll have to turn other chic - San Jose Mercury News
"People will be watching her diet - she apparently eats a shocking amount of chocolate - when all anyone worried about with previous House speakers was their appetite for pork.  Her hair, her hemlines, her heels: All are being buzzed about. No one would have ever thought to ask former Speaker Dennis Hastert what designer he was wearing, even if he hadn't been a total schlub."
Jan 06 City of
West Chicago
West Chicago Invites Community to 'Coffee With the Mayor'
"Residents of West Chicago can enjoy a cup of coffee and one-on-one conversation with Acting Mayor Michael B. Kwasman and other elected officials when the City launches 'Coffee With the Mayor' on Saturday, January 20, 2007."
Two new lawsuits name club in fatal DUI crash
"After workers at a West Chicago-area strip club watched one drunken patron vomit in the bathroom a year ago, they pulled his car forward and let him get behind the wheel, according to lawsuits filed on behalf of two people who died in a head-on crash."
Sen Durbin Top 10 for a More Perfect Union - Yahoo! News
"Senator Richard Durbin and Representative George Miller's Reverse the Raid on Student Aid Act (S 2573 and HR 5150) would cut interest rates on college loans for student and parent borrowers. The legislation would save $5,600 for the typical student borrower, who currently graduates with $17,500 in student-loan debt."
Sen. Obama Obama to Headline Big Fundraiser - Washington Post
"Sen. Obama is an admirer of Gov. Kaine's and believes that Gov. Kaine is somebody who demonstrates that working together to get something done is not just a slogan,"
A Heckuva Claim - Washington Post Editorial
"If Mr. Bush believes neither Mr. Mankiw nor the Congressional Budget Office, he should at least respect his own Treasury. Prodded by the White House, Treasury economists have calculated how much extra growth would result from making the Bush tax cuts permanent."
Jan 05 W. Chicago hopes census equals cash
"Since West Chicago’s last special census, the Prestonfield subdivision of 221 homes was constructed at the southwest corner of Routes 59 and 64 ,the Gateway Centre condos came up downtown and senior housing was added on Route 64. The Prince Crossing Farms subdivision, still under construction at Hawthorne Lane and Prince Crossing, will add 90 homes. Each new house brings an estimated 3¨ more people to town."
Hastert leaves legacy  to college
"Hastert will donate his Congressional papers to Wheaton College, the college announced Thursday ... The papers, which typically include various forms of correspondence and other records, will help illuminate Hastert’s work and strategy in Congress."
Wheaton’s Roskam sworn into office
“Right now, I’m reading a history of the House of Representatives, and when you read and contemplate the caliber of people who have served in the House — Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. Gerald Ford, he was a House guy,” he said. “That’s one of the things that was going through my mind.”
Bond at $200,000 for car chase suspect
"Todd A. Bremer, 31, of Diamond, Ill., in Grundy County, remained in the DuPage County Jail late Thursday afternoon — a day after he took authorities on a two-county chase through four towns and Fermilab."
No vote taken on shelter for kids
"DuPage County Zoning Board of Appeals members delayed voting on a request by Heartland Human Care Services Inc. for a conditional use permit to locate a temporary home for up to 30 children on Hobson Road near Route 53 in Lisle Township."
[I post this one because a group home proposed by ChildServ is pending in WC also. - Bob]
Piles come from miles and miles
"That means that new landfills are developed farther and farther from population centers where land is available. ... As one landfill closes its doors, that space has to be replaced."
Female body found floating in Fox River
"Batavia firefighters, with help from the Geneva and North Aurora fire departments, recovered the body at about 8:45 a.m. from the West Side of the river, near Route 31 and Fabyan Parkway."
Sen. Obama Legislation to Increase Availability and Use of Renewable Fuels, Decrease U.S. Dependence on Foreign Oil
"To become truly energy independent, we need not only to increase domestic production of renewable fuels like ethanol, but also make sure that the pumps are widely available to distribute the fuel and that automakers produce more vehicles that can use the fuel,"
Jan 04 Police chief on leave, not leaving
“Steve Kuhn is still an active employee,” City Administrator Michael Guttman said. “He has not resigned, and I have been given no direction to terminate his contract.”
Police chase spans counties
"Authorities arrested Todd A. Bremer, 31, of Diamond, Ill., after a chase that began in Winfield in DuPage County, crossed into Kane County and Fermilab, and ended at a North Aurora police roadblock along Butterfield Road."
Swanson says she will keep West Chicago in her heart
""At that time the crime rate was high, and it was felt that an ongoing service to families and individuals would be more intensive than what officers could do beyond the initial call. They (victims) could reach out to the department for help," she said.  Understanding the importance of such a unit, Michael Kwasman, now acting mayor, along with other citizens formed Citizens for Police Protection to raise funds to establish the position."
Merle Berle


Megan Malone hopes to make state geography bee
"Indian Knoll School held its final competition for the National Geographic Geography Bee Dec. 18. The finalists were 4th grader Brendan Walsh, 5th graders Sam Ayers, Rafael Duran and Alyssa Ushman, and 6th graders Amy Bartyzel and Megan Malone."
"For the first time in eight years, the Yorkville legislator will return to being a rank-and-file representative, with positions on the Energy and Commerce committees where he served during most of the 1990s."
“Direct flights from Springfield to Dulles will add a new dimension to air travel in central Illinois," Durbin said. “The potential benefits for downstate residents and businesses are substantial. Expanding service is good news for air travelers, tourists and local businesses.”
Sen. Obama A Chance To Change The Game
"The votes hadn't even been counted in November before we heard reports that corporations were already recruiting lobbyists with Democratic connections to carry their water in the next Congress.  That's why it's not enough to just change the players. We have to change the game."
Jan 03 Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey’s Inaugural Year Produces New Laws to Start Jan. 1
“This has been an exciting year for me as I learn more about our lawmaking process,” Ramey said. “I’ve had a chance to introduce my first bill and debate on several key issues that are now going to become new laws in Illinois.”
CNN mixes up Obama, Osama
"Though I'd note that the 's' and 'b' keys aren't all that close to each other, I assume it was just an unfortunate mistake, and don't think there was any truly malicious intent," Vietor said.
Technology Center students take top spots at tourney
First: Jose Ortiz, Community High School in West Chicago"
Five from Rosary part of Aurora art display
"The following Marmion students ranked in the top 10 percent of the state’s 144,000 high school graduating seniors to receive this honor:  ...  Adam Leuer of West Chicago, ..."
Wash. Post noted that GOP based "Minority Bill of Rights" on 2004 Pelosi Plan - Media Matters for America - Washington,DC
"But absent from the Post article was any mention of the Republican leadership's immediate dismissal of Pelosi's 2004 proposal. Indeed, as the weblog TPM Muckraker noted, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) refused even to consider the Democratic proposal."
tickets now available for “Celebrate! Illinois 2007” Inaugural Ball
"We will not only celebrate four more years of making things better for working families and communities – we’ll honor these communities, their contributions and achievements,”
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 Saturday, January 6, 2007 for: Army Capt. Travis L. Patriquin, United States Army"
Jan 02 City of
West Chicago
Special Census to Document West Chicago's Growth
"We are still short of Special Census workers and in need of more exposure for this important project."
Winter blahs? There are plenty of ways to heat up the cold months
"St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in West Chicago hosts the aptly named Eskimo Open on Sunday, Jan. 7, when golfers can trade their golf spikes for snow boots and hit the links.  Warmer temperatures and moderate snowfall often attract around 100 golfers to the Eskimo event."
Gallery 200 honors CDH photogs
"The Community High School Photo Club will hold a Photo Exhibition at Gallery 200 in West Chicago from Friday, Jan. 12, through Sunday, Jan. 28."
Christmas spirit flows from local classrooms
"A giving holiday spirit teemed in our local schools by students and staff, brightening the holidays for many."
Dr. Moses Cheng picked to lead Community H.S.
"At the Dec. 19 meeting of West Chicago's District 94 Board of Education, Cheng was officially appointed as principal, replacing John Highland, who is retiring. Cheng will officially take over the helm of the school on Monday, July 2."
Less is so much more for Rebecca
"Rebecca Karales looks through her closet as she chooses between a new brown and gold blouse and a silky maroon V-neck, both size 8, to wear on a first date.  Also in the closet in her West Chicago home hangs a work shirt from a couple of years ago--size 3X."
Sen. Obama CNN apologizes for mistaken headline - WANE - Ft Wayne,IN
"C-N-N is apologizing for mistakenly promoting a story on the search for Osama bin Laden with the headline "Where's Obama?"  The network calls it a "bad typographical error" by its graphics department."
CNN confuses Obama with Osama - Edmonton Sun - Edmonton,Alberta
“We want to apologize for that bad typo,” Blitzer said. “We also want to apologize personally to Senator Barack Obama. I’m going to be making a call to him later this morning to offer my personal apology.”
QuickPoll Today's question:  Wanted: Your views on Hastert
"As the Dennis Hastert era comes to an end, we're looking for your reflections -- both positive and negative -- on what Hastert's leadership has meant for the Fox Valley and the nation."
House GOP: Don't Hurt Us -- Please - TPMmuckraker
"An ironic case in point: When Pelosi made her proposal to protect Democrats in 2004, GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert (IL) refused to entertain the idea, let alone reply to her correspondence.  One can only assume that McHenry, Cantor and Price are hoping for a more sympathetic audience with Pelosi than the one she received then."
Immigrant reforms key - Atlanta Journal Constitution
"Gone from power, as well, is former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), who made the biggest miscalculation of all last year on immigration reform. When the Senate sent the House a broader and more effective reform measure, Hastert capitulated to Sensenbrenner and other right-wing members of his party, refusing to appoint a conference committee to resolve the differences between the two chambers."
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, January 5, 2007 for: Army Sgt. Jason C. Denfrund, United States Army"
Jan 01 WegoWeb Happy New Year
Sen. Obama Obama statement on the execution of Saddam Hussein
"Today the Iraqi people have found justice in the death of a dictator who brutalized, tortured, and killed thousands of innocent men, women, and children. But to find the lasting peace that has eluded their nation since his downfall, the Iraqi leadership and the government must work harder to find a political solution to their burgeoning civil war so that Saddam's iron-handed brutality is not replaced by endless chaos, conflict and bloodshed."
Obama's switch from 'no' to 'maybe' - Springfield State Journal Register
"The genie's out of the bottle," said Scott Kair of Danville, an early Obama supporter. "It started sneaking out in Boston, and every time he speaks in public or writes a book ... we're not going to be able to put it back in the bottle."
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