Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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Feb 28 West Chicago
High School
Unjustified criticism of District 94 board
"The editorial seemed to be going out of its way to make the District 94 school board look autocratic for promoting fast-paced changes even if the changes are working well.  For the record, our board listens to staff, teachers, students, parents and takes comments under advisement while acting in the best interest of educating students, given limited resources."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
bill to make hallucinogenic herb illegal passes committee
"Senator Millner’s bill to make Salvia Divinorum a Schedule I controlled substance passed the Senate Judiciary – Criminal Law Committee late afternoon Wednesday, Feb. 28. The bill would add the easily attainable herb to the highest level of controlled substances in Illinois, which are prohibited under almost all circumstances."
Late test scores hit diverse Dist. 33 schools hard
“Things are out of sync,” Superintendent Ed Leman said. “We’re making our best guesses instead of really solidly informed decisions. We have a sense of what we need and what we want, but the hard data gives a greater confidence."
W. Chicago teen home plans dropped by group
"Childserv, an organization that houses children in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, this week withdrew its proposal for two group homes that would house teenage state wards in West Chicago apartments or townhouses."
Landmarks group cites 'most endangered'
"After a brief stop at a warehouse in West Chicago, the ship was moved to Geneva's Good Templar Park in 1996.  Its wood now faded to a brittle gray-brown, the ship sits raised a foot off the ground, and a short metal staircase allows visitors to peer inside."
"Today, only one-third of our critically ill citizens are treated by physicians and nurses specifically trained to manage their complex health issues, "said Durbin. "This legislation will help us zero in on the problem, bring more of these high demand doctors to the patients that need them, and encourage more doctors to be trained to treat critical care patients."
"While most cities and states have evacuation plans, the lack of training drills makes it difficult to address problems that can take place during actual disasters," said Durbin. "With this legislation we can help states like Illinois plan evacuation drills and work out solutions to problems before lives are at risk in a real emergency."
Sen. Obama Obama Wants to Change Security Funding - Associated Press
"Obama wants states that have a bigger risk from the terrorist threat to get more of federal homeland security dollars _ also a recommendation from the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks. That's an unpopular idea among lawmakers from smaller states who would lose funding on the switch."
Rep Hastert Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee Hearing
"Reducing gasoline consumption, in part by strengthening CAFÉ standards, addresses America’s need for energy security and must be part of our deliberations on energy and environmental policy."
"This project will evaluate new processes to produce hydrogen from renewable biomass with high efficiency and low cost using a hydrogen-selective membrane. The proposed membrane gasifier can potentially reduce the hydrogen product cost by more than 40% over the conventional biomass gasification technology."
“While we want to encourage foreign investment to keep businesses growing and keep Americans working, we need to make sure we don’t sacrifice our national security in the process,”
State Fire Marshal’s Office strives to ensure safety of elevators, other conveyances in Illinois
Deer hunters donate 72,000 pounds of venison to food banks, charities during 2006-07 Deer Season
Feb 27 City of
West Chicago
Renowned Artist Robert C. Korta Shows Work at West Chicago's Gallery 200
"West Chicago, Illinois: February 23, 2007 - Gallery 200, downtown West
Chicago's destination for the arts at 200 Main Street, welcomes local
artist Robert C. Korta as the featured artist for the month of March."
DuPage Airport says it’s a big economic contributor
“The authority is a unique entity — a high-end aviator, a golf course and an advanced technological park — one of the most significant in North America, and with continued development, it is forecast that the DAA will increase its contribution to the local economy to $1.6 million in 2011,” he said.
Public says West Chicago firemen make great chili
"Event organizers say the real winners of the Firehouse Chili Fest are the children attending the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Burn Camp. Between the ticket sales, raffles and a $1,000 donation from Veterans of Foreign War Post 6791, a total of $2,400 was donated to the camp."
West Chicago teachers not happy about big changes
“It was important to have these changes in place for the new school year and get them started with the new principal,” said School Board President Tony Reyes.
The board approved adding an eighth period for teachers and students to work together on goals, Reyes said.  “The class will meet for a half-hour advisory period, plus discuss current events,” he said."
District 94 begins negotiations for teacher contracts
"Previous boards overspent by almost a $1 million a year and we had to cease this practice. Balancing a budget is a struggle as costs continue to rise, but, at the same time we want to maintain a high quality education for our students.”
West Chicago woman sentenced to prison in DUI death
"The sentence stems from allegations that at about 8:45 p.m. April 29 Rodriguez, who was driving northbound on Route 59 in West Chicago, suddenly turned her vehicle into southbound traffic near Conde Street.  Unable to take evasive action, a southbound pick-up truck collided with the passenger’s side of Rodriguez’s vehicle, critically injuring Rodriguez’s passenger, 40-year-old Gladys Gonzalez. Gonzalez was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital."
"Durbin's legislation would eliminate the rule requiring that the survivor be enrolled in school full-time and would increase the benefit to $80,000. Benefits could be used towards a variety of educational assistance programs, including degree and certificate programs, apprenticeships, on-the-job training, institutional courses, correspondence courses, special educational assistance and farm cooperative programs."
"Senator Barack Obama is running for president as one of the few candidates who opposed the Iraq war from the beginning, a simple position unburdened by expressions of regret or decisions over whether to apologize for initially supporting the invasion."
Obama is the candidate, Iraq is the issue - Northern Star Online - DeKalb,IL
"The current political climate is choppy at best. Reeling from the congressional elections of last year, the country still has an anti-Republican, or, more truthfully, an anti-Bush, sentimentality. Perhaps the adage to best describe this situation is: Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it."
Rep Hastert Ethics task force will operate privately - for now - The Hill - Washington,DC
"... pointing to the nearly yearlong period when the ethics committee wasn’t functioning after former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) ousted Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.), its independent-minded chairman who presided over three rebukes of then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas).  “I’ve watched it over the years and right now there’s so much money involved in [the political system] that we need an outside entity to control it,” Castle said."
Illinois Products Expo To Feature Homemade Foods and Wine From Illinois Companies
Nursing Home Violations For The Month Of September
Feb 26 Resurrection leaving Episcopal church
"We believe that we are being true to the core beliefs of the Christian faith and the Anglican Communion, and that the Episcopal Church has departed from them. It is leaving. We are not. Therefore, in conscience, on December 12, 2006, the Vestry of Resurrection voted to begin negotiations with the Diocese of Chicago to disassociate from the Episcopal Church and seek other Anglican oversight. It was a difficult and agonizing decision, but we believe it was right and necessary."
West Chicago
High School
West Chicago HS's Division Head Proposal
"Taken together, these changes point toward a re-definition of the leadership role expected and needed from chairs.  The proposed re-definition has been appropriately conceived by the continuing and incoming administration using the above change factors along with the input received from staff, including members of the Teachers’ Association, and other districts in the 2001 study"
West Chicago HS's Proposed Schedule Change
"On November 1, 2005, the Board approved a motion that reads in part: “That a form of flexible, floating schedule, or some modified alternative acceptable to the Board, be implemented effective with the 2007-08 school year.” In the same motion, the Board created a Schedule Collaboration Committee to plan the implementation of a schedule acceptable to the Board."
"The state-of-the-art plane we're welcoming today reinforces and strengthens the presence of the 932nd Airlift Wing here at Scott Air Force Base. The transition from the C-9 to the C-40 mission will help keep more than 1,000 reservists and civilians employed at 932nd Airlift Wing."
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, March 2, 2007 for: Army Sgt. Pedro J. Colon, United States Army"
Thrills, spills on Copper Peak
"Coming down can be an experience with locked-up brakes and plenty of momentum, he said.  Robiadek agreed, although his sled was rolling down.  "That one was just going like a barrel down that hill," he said."
Feb 25 Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"It's another week of winter concerts on Channel 17. With the exception of a few regular programs, we're broadcasting nothing but winter concerts from WCCHS. You'll see choirs, bands and orchestras! Tune in all week and enjoy some of the finest music programs on tv."
Bowlathon helps greenhouse grow
"It may not be gardening season just yet, but there’s more than plants already growing at We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center in West Chicago. "
Peace group urges Hastert to vote 'no' on war escalation
"With three officers standing guard outside and one inside U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert's Batavia office, a group of war protesters Thursday tried to hand the congressman letters opposing the Iraq war and sending more troops into combat."
Sen Durbin Durbin discusses broadband service - Springfield State Journal Register - Springfield,IL
"I think we left with a common purpose - to try to find a way to bring these resources together to make sure that all of downstate Illinois has the best broadband Internet access as possible, as quickly as possible," Durbin said.
Sen. Obama Barack Obama Gets Key Indian American Endorsements - San Leandro India West - San Leandro,CA
"Now Chandra, who was defeated in the primary last year, has joined some heavyweights in the Indian American community - including San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris - who have jumped early on the "Barack Obama for President" bandwagon."
Proposal by Obama on Public Financing Appears to Gain - New York Times
"But Mr. Obama, campaigning on pledges to clean up politics, argued in his filing with the commission that the public financing system had insulated candidates from a corrupting dependence on big donors. He asserted that the system could be preserved for the general election through bipartisan agreement if party nominees returned early contributions."
Feb 24 West Chicago
High School
"Community High School District 94, in West Chicago, will be hosting a community wide reception to welcome their new principal Dr. Moses Cheng and his wife Anne. This reception is scheduled for Thursday, April 12th from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center at the high school. The high school is located at 326 Joliet Street in West Chicago. Please arrive at entrance H, located on the far south side of the building."
"The Wildcat Booster Club is sponsoring the first WEGO Chili-fest which will be held on Thursday, March 1st, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., in the cafeteria.  The purpose of this event is to foster school spirit and raise funds to place a mural over Entrance “C” of Community High School.  Door prizes, bean bag toss (bags) and karokee will be part of this special evening too!  Tickets: $5.00 per person (available for sale on Thursdays in Commons during lunch hours)."
WC Public Library March 2007 Press Release - West Chicago Public Library District
  • Arbor Avenue Antiques of West Chicago
  • Fresh Flower Arranging
Earlier learning, not so foreign
"One way to get around the time crunch is to offer an immersion program that involves a partial or full day of learning other subjects in a foreign language. Some districts offer a dual, or two-way, immersion in which native English speakers are in class with students who speak another language.  West Chicago Elementary District 33 is in its sixth year of a dual-language program at Gary Elementary School."
school superintendents can cross state lines to PLAY System
"... the Illinois system allows employees who retire to collect benefits as long as they are not working in public education in Illinois. Superintendents and teachers are free to go to another state, earn a salary and continue collecting their retirements."
Feb 23 West Chicago Police Dept.


West Chicago Police Make Arrests
"Over several months the 4 suspects were allegedly responsible for defacing approximately 27 various businesses and residential areas. They were allegedly responsible for thousands of dollars worth of damages. "
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March Events:
  • Chicago Bulls vs. LA Clippers
  • Chicago Shamrox Pro LaCrosse vs. Edmonton Rush
  • W.A.G. “Annie Get Your Gun”
  • W.A.G. Sign Says Gone Fishin’
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner sponsored legislation extends assessment caps for Cook County
"Known as “The 7% Solution” the measure, Senate Bill 13, will cap the annual assessment increase in Cook County at 7% for another three years. The bill also contains provisions for homestead related relief for returning veterans."
Worshippers will get chance to visit new church site
"St. John Lutheran Church and School, long a fixture at the corner of Main Street and Seminary Avenue, is buying the Wheaton Bible Church property one block to the north. Wheaton Bible Church will vacate the site next year when the congregation moves to its new, 46-acre campus off North Avenue near West Chicago."
Former alderman truly left his mark on West Chicago
"As an artist and one of the city’s alderman, Mr. Peterson carved the big, heavy wooden city seal that hangs above the dais in City Hall. In addition to his elected duties, Mr. Peterson also was a founding member of the Friends of the West Chicago History Museum and past commander of American Legion Post 300 in West Chicago."
bald eagles are finding areas to roost along Fox
"But Kirk cautioned that the window for catching a glimpse of the birds is closing, as the eagles have begun plotting their return trips to the North Woods, where open water and, in turn, warm prey abound."
20 acres added to preserve
"The DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission agreed Tuesday to buy 20 acres near West Chicago at a fraction of its appraised value from a longtime advocate for conservation causes in the county."
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 Tuesday, February 27, 2007 for: Army Pfc. Ryan C. Garbs, United States Army"
Roar returns: Copper Peak Hill Climb to be contested for first time since 2003
"Snowmobiles are plenty powerful enough to drive straight up Chippewa Hill at Copper Peak, said Don Flint, a Copper Peak board member.  The challenge when drivers have to navigate up the 600-foot hill with a 37 percent grade with the twists and turns of a slalom ski race, dodging gates. Very few make it up, Flint said."
Feb 22 Dist. 94 waiting on ‘report card’
"Other Illinois districts received their AYP report card months ago. Community High’s status has been “suppressed,” Rieck said, because the testing company “has made some kind of error.”  “They may have lost one test sheet from a student,” Rieck said. “That could be the difference between making AYP and not.”


Governor Blagojevich announces state’s acquisition of Franklin Life complex in Springfield
"Purchasing AIG’s current facilities – commonly known as the Franklin Life complex – will allow state property management experts to consolidate many Illinois State Police functions being managed throughout the capital city, and transition additional agencies into the remaining space as an important initiative that will increase efficiency and reduce administrative costs."


Updating is cancelled
Sorry folks.  My temperature is 102.6 and this is a one man project.  There is nobody to take over and I don't feel up to working on it tonight.  If I feel better tomorrow, I will catch up. - Bob
Feb 21 Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
“I anticipate this committee will review some of the most controversial and important legislation this session. I pledge to use my background and training to consider each and every measure carefully while keeping my constituents, and how the legislation will affect them, foremost in my mind.”
Forest preserve has seniors in mind
"DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioners Tuesday agreed to purchase 20 acres and a residence near West Chicago that would be used as a environmental education center for older adults."
Sen Durbin Ready or Not? -
"Durbin says he is deeply concerned about Guard readiness on the homefront. He says the Illinois Guard's supply of Humvees and light trucks is just over a third of what the Guard should have to be at full readiness. It has less than half the number of heavy trucks it should have, about a tenth of its night vision goggles and GPS receivers, and less than half of the radios it needs for full readiness."
Sen. Obama
Clinton-Obama Hollywood Braw - New York Times
“It’s not a very big thing to say, ‘I made a mistake’ on the war, and typical of Hillary Clinton that she can’t,” Mr. Geffen says. “She’s so advised by so many smart advisers who are covering every base. I think that America was better served when the candidates were chosen in smoke-filled rooms.”
Rep Hastert Local Fire Department Awarded Grant
"Offered by the Department of Homeland Security under its Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the grants typically provide 90 percent of funding for improvements to department services, and require a 10 percent local match. Using that formula, the Cortland Fire Protection District was awarded $38,860. "
After two decades, House GOP aide Van Der Meid poised to leave the ... - The Hill - Washington,DC
“I’ve spent my entire career on the Hill — this is a natural time for me to move on,” he said. “I’ve spoken to some people in the private sector and in the [Bush] administration; I’ve received a very positive response.” 
East West Gateway vote in favor of building new lanes across Mississippi River without imposing tolls
“We’ve offered an affordable plan to achieve our goal of relieving congestion across the Mississippi River without charging drivers tolls.  I look forward to meeting with Governor Blunt in the near future so we can work together to make this bridge a reality.”
Illinois preparedness team receives national honors
“We’ve made great strides to make sure our state is prepared for an emergency. Now, other states will have the opportunity to learn from our model to keep people safe,”
Feb 20 City of
West Chicago
Plan Commission/Zoning Board agenda for Tuesday, Feb 20th has been Cancelled
The regular meeting scheduled for this evening has been cancelled.  The text revisions scheduled for hearing will be postponed to the next meeting on March 6th. [ If so much as one of the 500+ people who read this would like to see the changes and calls to tell me so, I will post a draft copy of the proposed text. - Bob]


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Parents sound alarm for autistic children
"Cindi Swanson, of The Arc referral agency, noted that Illinois has money and it just needs to be redirected.  Instead of spending $140,000 per year for one institutionalized person under the current system, the state could spend far less supporting the same individuals living in homes, she said."
NIU expands its nursing program, seeks minorities
"NIU will recruit African-American and Hispanic students from Aurora and Elgin, where their populations are larger and the partnering hospitals are located.  Senior nursing students from the DeKalb campus will travel to the suburban sites on a regular basis to be tutors. The grant also will purchase 40 laptop computers to compensate for the lack of computer labs at the hospitals."
Local hospitals to study retaining veteran nurses
"By 2020, the nurse shortage is expected to increase from its current level of 150,000 to 800,000."
Sen. Obama CNN Again Confuses Osama and Obama - NewsBusters
"On the February 19th edition of Paula Zahn Now, guest host Kyra Phillips, well known for her restroom comments, confused Senator Barack Obama with the world’s most wanted terrorist. When interviewing African American film maker John Ridley on Obama’s standing in the black community, Phillips posed this question.
   Kyra Phillips: "What do you think is Osama bin - is, is Obama - boy that was a terrible slip of the tongue, right? Barack Obama, is he that new leader?""
Illinois a national leader in child support collections through passport denial
“The passport denial program allows us to hold-up deadbeat parents’ ability to travel until they’ve agreed to a plan that fulfills their financial obligation to their children.  It’s one more way we can make sure Illinois’ children get the support they deserve.”
Dick Kay joins Governor’s Administration to assist with healthcare access campaign
Feb 19 More passengers riding Metra, Amtrak in Illinois
"Metra, which operates Chicago's commuter rail system, recorded 84.3 million passenger trips in 2006, the most in the company's history, and a 5.2 percent increase over 2005, officials said.  Meanwhile, passengers increased by 69 percent on newly expanded Amtrak routes between Chicago and St. Louis, Carbondale and Quincy, state officials said."
Sen Durbin Lawmakers renew call for single food safety agency - FoodNavigator-USA - Montpellier,France
"For example, they said, FDA has jurisdiction over frozen cheese pizza, and inspects cheese pizza processors once every 10 years on average.  On the other hand, USDA has responsibility over frozen pepperoni pizza, and inspects such processors daily. "
"The implication is false, and the article is misleading. At no point in the work does Obama take "singular" credit for initiating and leading efforts on the Atlgeld asbestos problem. In fact, those who worked with him confirm that he preferred a background role in the matter, refusing to claim credit or even be in pictures taken of the community group."
Wounded and waiting - Army Times
"In 2001, 10 percent of soldiers going through the medical retirement process received permanent disability benefits. In 2005, with two wars raging, that percentage dropped to 3 percent, according to the Government Accountability Office. Reservists dropped from 16 percent to 5 percent.  Soldiers go to VA to try for more benefits, but the department had a staggering 400,000-case backup on new claims in fiscal 2006, according to VA."
Feb 18 Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"CableCom, West Chicago's Channel 17, is pleased to announce that this week is WCCHS Band Week. With the exception of our regular broadcasts of the City Council Meeting, COD's Images and COD's Career Paths, all programs this week will be WCCHS Band Concerts. Please tune in and enjoy some of the best band music you're ever going to hear. Don't forget to support the WCCHS Music Department by attending the various choir, band and orchestra concerts helt throughout the school year."
Duckworth's anxiety over husband's mission
"Tammy Duckworth knows what it's like to go off to war - and by month's end she'll know what it's like to watch a loved one do the same."
Radio duo is at home  in Batavia
"Not only do they work together, radio show co-hosts Lisa Dent and Ray Stevens live near each other.  Stevens calls Batavia home, while Dent lives just west of town on a farm.  Stevens grew up in nearby West Chicago."
Sen Durbin Report: Poverty Up In Many IL Counties - WREX-TV - Rockford,IL
"It shows that 85 percent of the counties in Illinois had an increase in the number of people in poverty compared to a similar study last year.  The study also shows that nearly 700,000 people in the state live in "extreme poverty." Extreme poverty is defined by households living on an annual income of less than half the poverty line."
Sen. Obama Obama Counters Naysayers - Yahoo! News
"Whatever the motivations for the dismissals of Obama by some South Carolina pols, the senator seems to be doing fine in the state.  He drew a crowd of more than 2,000 in Orangeburg Saturday. And he had a message for the naysayers.  "At every turn in our history, there's been somebody who said we can't," Obama told an overwhelmingly African-America audience at Claflin University."
U.S. Beliefs in Pseudoscience Worry Experts
"People in the U.S. know more about basic science today than they did two decades ago, good news that researchers say is tempered by an unsettling growth in the belief in pseudoscience such as astrology and visits by extraterrestrial aliens."
[Chemistry was easier when I was a kid.  There were fewer elements. - Bob]
Feb 17 West Chicago points to new Starbucks as proof it has arrived
"The new Starbucks is a symbol of the city’s progress, acting Mayor Michael Kwasman said.  “We’ve been told for years, ‘Not in West Chicago.’ Well, it’s here now,” he said. “It means that we have arrived to the retailer that looks at our town as one with spendable income.”
Obama draws crowds, cheers in South Carolina
"Obama was keenly aware of the significance of appearing before a crowd in Columbia just a few days after a black South Carolina legislator said if Obama won the nomination, it would lead to losses for Democrats in Congress and governorships."
Fermilab won't be forced to furlough
"Everyone was very relieved," said spokesman Judy Jackson, noting that it wasn't just the lab employees waiting for word on the budget, but also researchers hoping to use the Tevatron, the lab's massive particle collider, for their experiments."
Plane for Pelosi? No one minded perk for Hastert - Contra Costa Times - CA
"DENNIS HASTERT, the former speaker of the House, didn't fly commercial when he went home to his district in Illinois. He flew securely on a military plane, nonstop, often accompanied by two to three staff members, two members of the Capitol Police and his wife. And no one said a word."
Duckworth's husband Iraq-bound
"While the assignment poses most of the same issues for Duckworth and Bowlsbey as it does for other deployed soldiers and their loved ones, it also creates some unique challenges for the couple, given the sacrifice that Duckworth already has made.  Obviously, not everybody going to Iraq will leave behind a wife who lost both legs and partial use of an arm in a helicopter crash during her own deployment there, though Duckworth doesn't see it as an issue."
Sen Durbin Salmonella Outbreak in Peanut Butter ShowS Food Safety System Flaws  - Infection Control Today - Phoenix,AZ
"Consumers Union commends Senator Richard Durbin and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro for their leadership in introducing the Safe Food Act, a bill that will establish a single food agency with enhanced powers."
Sen. Obama Obama's Identity: Where Do We Start? - AlterNet - San Francisco,CA
"On MSNBC's Chris Matthews Show, Matthews hosted a discussion of Obama's decision to run for President. "No history of Jim Crow, no history of anger, no history of slavery," Matthews opined. "All the bad stuff in our history ain't there with this guy." Not true, I thought. The "bad stuff in our history" rests heavily upon each and every one of us. It shapes us all, whether me, Matthews, Obama, Biden -- or Amadou Diallo, the decent, hard-working Guinean immigrant without any American racial "history," who died in a hail of bullets fired by New York City police officers because he looked like what the officers, groaning with racial "baggage," imagined to be a criminal."
A closer look at Barack Obama's voting record - WHOI - Peoria,IL
"But almost immediately after making the announcement, the junior senator from Illinois faced a big question:  "Whether his voting record actually is in anyway indicative of the policy platforms that he's going to come out with,” said Professor Robert Bradley of Illinois State University."
Feb 16 West Chicago
High School
"The Wildcat Booster Club, of Community High School District 94 in West Chicago, will welcome, at their monthly meeting, the incoming principal Dr. Moses Cheng. This will take place on Monday, March 5th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 197 at Community High School."
City of
West Chicago
City Council Meeting Agenda Posted
The agenda for the West Chicago City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb 19th, has been posted at the city web site.
Plan Commission/Zoning Board agenda for Tuesday, Feb 20th
"The City of West Chicago, 475 Main Street, West Chicago, Illinois 60185 is proposing various text amendments to the City of West Chicago Zoning Ordinance."
[I have read the draft proposal but want to ask, why is there going to be a public hearing about a change in a policy that few have read to text that has not been sent to anybody?  Who has asked for cleaner city ordinances about an "Above Ground Service Facility"? - Bob]
Sen. Obama Iowa AG Miller and Treasurer Fitzgerald Endorse  Obama for President
"Endorsing a candidate this early is no ordinary occurrence in the Iowa caucuses - but Barack Obama is no ordinary candidate. He spoke out in opposition to the war in Iraq before it started, and today he has an aggressive plan to redeploy our troops out of Iraq by the end of March of 2008.
Rep Hastert Failure In Iraq Not An Option
"If we abandon Iraq today, we will leave behind a nation in perpetual instability and embolden the terrorists to expand their operation and better position themselves for attacks against the United States."
House votes to rebuke Bush on troop plan
"Six House members — including former speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. — did not vote."
“If we raise the minimum wage without protecting small businesses, it would create more problems than it would solve,” concluded Roskam. “These employers would have to either raise their prices and pass that onto consumers, layoff employees, or force employees to work fewer hours."
Five Illinois cases of Salmonella possibly related to multi-state peanut butter contamination
First Lady Patricia Blagojevich announces February selections for Children’s Reading Club: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
nearly 1,500 students, teachers, and parents trained to stay safe online
"This program will help prepare our children to avoid potential dangers as they use chat rooms, instant messages, and conduct research online,”


Copper Peak SnowMobile Hill Climb -
"The gates will open at 7:00 a.m. CST.
Competition begins at 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST
Tickets: Adults: $10.00, Students: $5.00 (Age 6 to 14), Free: Age 5 and Under"
Feb 15 Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Lawmakers push to pull plug on W. Chicago tax
"State Sen. John Millner and state Rep. Randy Ramey have introduced identical legislation in the Illinois Senate and House that would eliminate the DuPage Water Commission’s sales tax in West Chicago."
Woman gets prison for fatal car crash
"Rodriguez pleaded guilty last month to aggravated DUI — a felony punishable by probation or three to 14 years in prison. The motorist said she thinks about her friend every day and lives with constant shame."
Bring on the heat West Chicago melts winter blahs with Chili Fest
"The true challenge for people attending is to make the decision as to which recipe is the tastiest. After sampling and discussing, they vote for their favorite, with the winning fire department receiving the People's Choice Award. Last year the true crowd pleaser was West Chicago."
West DuPage news briefs
"The West Chicago Fire Protection District is holding an informational presentation concerning the referendum to construct two new fire stations and to provide extra manpower to staff the stations to help lower emergency response times."
airportteminal.jpg (17939 bytes)Plane lands safely after scare
"A midsize plane was forced to circle the DuPage Airport in West Chicago around midday Thursday, dumping fuel in preparation of an emergency landing, an airport official said.  The plane landed safely and no one was injured, said Mike Masciola, director of business development and marketing for the DuPage Airport Authority."
"Minority neighborhoods, the elderly and low-income communities bear disproportionate environmental risks and hazards and the investments and benefits to fix these problems are not equally distributed. This bill changes that by requiring the EPA to act to protect these communities from additional sources of pollution."
"On January 18, CMS proposed a rule that would impact more than 57 million Americans and 2 million Illinoisans who rely on the Medicaid program, as well as health care providers who deliver essential services to them."
"As the cost of health care, education, housing and utilities continue to rise, month after month, year after year, wages don't keep pace and the number facing poverty grows. There are things we can do to cut poverty in our state and nation."
Sen. Obama Special Report: Is America ready? - ABS CBN News - Philippines
"His racial background, along with his liberal position on issues captured the imagination of Americans, especially those from other ethnic groups. "Barack has a unique background in terms of his own heritage that I think sensitizes him to issues in a way that is not true with other candidates," said Lisa Madigan, Illinois attorney-general."
Is Obama Guilty of Insufficient Blackness?: Margaret Carlson - Bloomberg
"By far, the biggest recent surprise is that it turns out Senator Barack Obama isn't black. I could have sworn he was, observing him at both large and small events. But I don't count. I can check out the relative merits of a venti coffee versus a Golden Arches' decaf, but not who high-profile leaders in the African-American community find acceptable."


Five Illinois cases of Salmonella possibly related to multi-state peanut butter contamination
IDNR encourages students to participate in 2007 Junior Duck Stamp contest
Illinois taxpayers may once again contribute to diabetes research through the Diabetes Research Checkoff Fund
Creationists defeated in Kansas school vote on science teaching - Guardian, UK
"In a 6-4 vote on Tuesday night, the Kansas state board of education deleted language from teaching guidelines that challenged the validity of evolutionary theory, and approved new phrasing in line with mainstream science.  It was seen as a victory for a coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats, science educators and parents who had fought for two years to overturn the earlier guidelines."
Feb 14 How local educators grade   No Child Left Behind act
"In West Chicago Middle School, where I am, we don’t have 10 percent worth of empty seats. I’m not sure where that 10 percent would come from. … Another issue is they are going to force schools that might be performing well to accept 10 percent of the highest at-risk students from other places. That sounds fine, but now you continue to hold that very school accountable to meet all the requirements of No Child Left Behind by adding to its at-risk population."
Historic preservationists formulate plan to move Big Woods School
"AURORA -- City historic preservation officials are hoping to save a 90-year-old one-room schoolhouse on the far East Side from the wrecking ball. But they need some help to do it."
[Has anybody heard anything about the McCauley school lately?  After the water damage, did D33 make repairs? - Bob]
"Today, we are calling on the Administration and the CDC to address a new extremely drug resistant strain of TB that poses a threat both at home and abroad. This is not something that we can afford to drag our feet on; we must act quickly so we can prevent future outbreaks."
"The Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC) at Rock Island Arsenal recently produced 6,500 interim Frag Kit 5 units for use in Iraq and Afghanistan, and maintains the capability to immediately produce additional kits."
Sen. Obama Clinton, Obama spar over Iraq - The Union Leader - Manchester,NH
"I think there's consensus among most Democrats that we shouldn't put more troops in, but I think where the American people are at and what I think good strategy dictates is that we begin the process of redeploying our troops. And that's the critical question that's going to be asked repeatedly I think in this election over the next two years."
Obama's Wife says she won't Stand for Criticism of her Husband - KTTC - Rochester,MN
"She says she's heard it all: "He is not experienced enough, he should wait his turn. He is too young, he is not black enough, he is not white enough ... he is too articulate."  But Michelle Obama calls all of those claims "mere distractions." She says her husband is a leader and that's what this nation needs right now."
Rep Hastert Funds To Aid Area Fire Departments
“The allocation of these dollars will result in improved protection for residents and a safer operating environment for our firefighters.  It is important that we continue to provide them with the resources necessary to respond to emergencies and to ultimately save lives,”
on the Passing of Congressman Charlie Norwood
"From defending our country on the battlefields of Vietnam to working in Congress to make health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans, Charlie Norwood dedicated his life to service – and our nation is better today because of his efforts."
Gov. Blagojevich sets goal to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Illinois
“The impact of global warming in Illinois and around the globe could be devastating, and we can’t wait for the federal government to act because scientists worldwide have warned that we must address climate change within the next decade to avoid serious and irreversible consequences,”
Governor Blagojevich declares February 12-18 as National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week in Illinois
Feb 13 Elementary
District 33
WeGo Together for Kids - Family Night
[This is from a flyer from District 33 and includes schedule and reservation form for an evening at the West Chicago Middle School on Feb 22nd. - Bob]
West Chicago
High School
Tonight's ACT prep course held at CHS has been cancelled
"In light of today's school closing, tonight's ACT prep course has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date.
Maura Bridges, LCPC
Counselor/Department Chairperson"
School Closed
"Community High School District 94 is CLOSED Tuesday, February 13, 2007 due to weather conditions."
Study: Airport, tech park to boost economy
"Now, a new study commissioned by the airport authority projects the DuPage Airport and the tech park under development on its property will add as much as $1.6 billion to the local economy by 2011."
W. Chicago waits to OK child home
"“We’ve been told the last time that you didn’t have any problems,” he said. “Now, per the police department, it seems that there have been hundreds of calls. That raises questions in my mind.”  Biefuss said 250 hours of police time would be a significant drain that may reduce response times in other areas."
"The new STARCOM radios will help firefighters, EMTs, police and other emergency officials communicate with each other no matter where a disaster strikes. It will save lives and help protect Illinoisans. The first phase of federal funding has equipped 2000 first responders with essential radios. Now we must move forward."
"Illinois farmers stand ready and willing to contribute to America's energy security and independence," said Durbin. "When we use our state's agricultural products to create renewable fuels, we reduce our dependence on foreign suppliers while helping our farmers by increasing demand for their crops."
Feb 12 West Chicago
High School
Membership Invitation Wildcat Booster Club
"Attached to this note is a membership application for Boosters. I would ask you to consider becoming a member. The purpose of Wildcat Boosters is to promote unity, camaraderie, sportsmanship, to assist in fundraising, to encourage school and community spirit, and to support extracurricular activities at Community High School."
"Your child will be learning in a safe and fun environment. They will become "little scientists" as they explore the hands-on area, dramatic play, art and more! Some group time lessons will include learning the alphabet, American Sign Language and exploring different cultures around the world."
St. Patrick’s Day Bash & Silent Auction
"This year, more than 500 students will be bussed after Prom to Navy pier to experience a moonlight cruise of Lake Michigan aboard the Odyssey.  Our goal is to subsidize the cost of this event.  How can you help?"
On the move!  Getting from here to there in past St. Charles
"The line went through Elgin from Turner Junction (now West Chicago) instead, which in the end gave Elgin the advantage as the neighboring town grew at a rate St. Charles residents had not thought possible. Realizing their mistake, the village funded a branch line connecting with this new main line."
Sen Durbin Quincy native gets top spot on Durbin's staff - Quincy Herald Whig - Quincy,IL
"Quincy native Pat Souders has been promoted to chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the second highest ranking Democrat in the Senate.  After working on Durbin's staff for almost 16 years, Sounders is moving up to take the place of the man who hired him."
Sen. Obama US senator, Barack Obama has launched his own social network website - Geekzone - New Zealand
"Obama Hussein Barack, a junior U.S. senator from Illinois, the only African American currently serving in the U.S. Senate, and a candidate for the Democratic Party's 2008 presidential nomination (who could potentially be the first ever U.S. "black" President) has launched his own social network website,"
Obama draws record crowd - Boston Globe - Boston,MA
"Obama stood in the middle of a packed gymnasium at the University of New Hampshire of about 2,300 people. In December, he spoke at a rally of 1,500 people in Manchester. Over the weekend, Senator Hillary Clinton’s largest audience was 1,500 at Concord High School."
Howard not sorry for Obama attack - - Wellington,New Zealand
"Labor's censure motion refers to Mr Howard's "false statement" that his comments were directed only at Senator Obama and criticised Mr Howard for damaging the Australia-US alliance."
GOP Fools on the Hill - U.S. News & World Report
"Further checking by the GOP instigators would have revealed that former GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert had use of a jet to fly him to his district in Illinois.  Case dismissed."
Feb 11 Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted including Wed:
  • 6:00 PM WCCHS Winter Choral Concert '03
  • 7:00 PM Derek & Rob X-Perience
  • 7:30 PM Help Your Child Read (Eng/Sp)
  • 8:00 PM City Council (2/5/06)
  • 9:00 PM Dist 33 & 94 Winter Orchestra Concert

Happy Evolution Sunday
Sen. Obama Barack Obama's Full Announcement Speech — On Video - TPM Election Central
"Here's a video of Barack Obama's announcement speech this morning:"
[With OBama now officially in the presidential race, we can expect massive coverage of him.  I reserve the right to balance it with articles about Republican and even other Democratic candidates. - Bob]
Hometown Paper, Chicago Sun-Times, Gives Obama Full Edition Coverage on Sunday. Plenty of Stories and Columns to Choose From. 2/11  - Buzz Flash
Feb 10 West Chicago driver hurt after hitting semi
"The crash occurred at 5:20 a.m. when Jose Mendez, 45, of 639 Parkside in West Chicago, was driving a 1994 Toyota Celica near Kirkland, about 25 miles southeast of Rockford."
From Sat. Opinion Page: Memorial to a heroic cop:
"Nice move by the city of West Chicago, to name the on-off ramp at the southwest intersection of Routes 38 and 59 after former Police Officer Michael Browning. Browning was struck by a car and killed just west of the intersection on April 20, 1992. The 23-year-old rookie cop was trying to stop Ronald Alvine from fleeing in a Corvette he’d just stolen from a local dealership. Alvine is in prison for life. Browning was a hero in his too-short life."
District 94 honors  inspiring teacher
"In the end, the recognition boiled down to the fact that social studies teacher Mary Ellen Daneels worked harder than she had to, more creative than she needed to be, cared more about her students than expected and brought acclaim to the school."
Agency expands services for Latinos
"About five years ago a study showed that West Chicago’s Latino families needed help accessing social services. The Evangelical Child and Family Agency stepped up to the challenge. But a shortage of qualified bilingual staff put the program on hiatus.  That hiatus will end next month when a new staffer is hired, thanks in part to the Alcoa grant, said ECFA representative Dennis Shogren."
Sen. Obama


Obama pledges to 'transform' politics - Financial Times
"Barack Obama, the brightest rising star of US politics, on Saturday officially announced he was running for the White House in 2008, vowing to emulate Abraham Lincoln by unifying a divided nation and building "a more hopeful America"."
Obama ties '08 bid to Lincoln's legacy - Yahoo News
"I know I haven't spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I've been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change," Obama said to some of the loudest applause of his 20-minute speech."
Statement from Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
"I know that Senator Obama will fight to make sure that working families have access to health care, good paying jobs, and opportunities to provide for their children.  Senator Obama supports the very best of these Democratic values; they are values that he and I share, values I know he will fight for."
"Here's the real question: Given the fact that Pelosi has been getting pummeled for days on this non-story, how could any self-respecting reporter or editor see the sergeant-at-arms' statement and not either make it the lede or feature it very prominently in his or her story? Wouldn't basic fairness dictate that?"
Feb 09 West Chicago
High School
3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
"Teams will consist of 3 or 4 players in the following age divisions: 5th and 6th grade, 7th and 8th grade, 9th and 10th grade, 11th and 12th grade, Men’s, Women’s, Senior and Open. School age divisions will have with separate girls and boys teams."
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.”
Global warming: It affects the world, but Illinois?
"In terms of emissions, Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton said Congress should consider the issue. But he wanted assurances no manufacturing jobs would be lost as a result of any policy changes."
DuPage water rate is lowered
"The commission will begin paying the rebates in May, in the form of water credits to each municipality. The amount that each community will receive depends on how much it has paid into the commission, which was formed in the 1980s."
[Hopefully they will not rebate to water users the money paid by West Chicago, that has NEVER received Lake Michigan water. - Bob]
Sen Durbin Midwives Applaud Introduction Of Medicare Equity Legislation - Medical News Today - UK
"The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the nation's oldest women's health organization, applauds Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Rep. Ed Towns (D-NY), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) on the bipartisan introduction of their legislation, the "Midwifery Care Access and Reimbursement Equity Act of 2007,""
Durbin cuts through international red tape - Bloomington Pantagraph - Bloomington,IL
"Ironically, it was Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who cut through the red tape and got us the answers we needed. I didn't even receive return phone calls from our local Republicans. Even Sen. Barack Obama's office called me back, but it was Dick Durbin's office who contacted the U.S. Embassy in Berlin directly.  I wish to thank Sen. Durbin's office for their hard work. I never imagined myself voting for the man, but the next time around I'll campaign for him."
Sen. Obama Obama about to bring out the big gun: his wife - Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
"HER admirers say Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, combines the poise of Jackie Kennedy with the brain of Hillary Clinton and the uncomplicated charm of Laura Bush."
President Bush's Job Performance Continues to be Viewed Negatively - PR Newswire
"U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi begins her service as Speaker of the House in a more positive light than that of Dennis Hastert at the end of his tenure, but not by much.  Representative Hastert had a 27 percent positive and 48 percent negative job performance among U.S. adults in September, 2006, compared to Speaker Pelosi's 38 percent positive job performance and 45 percent negative."
additional monitoring of avian influenza
“Bird flu continues to be a concern in parts of Asia and Europe, and even though we haven’t seen signs of the disease in the U.S., we need to make sure Illinois is in the best possible position to detect the disease early,”
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, February 12, 2007 for Army Capt. Kevin C. Landeck, United States Army.
Paul Krugman: Edwards Gets It Right on Health Insurance - Welcome to Pottersville
"Better still, “Health Markets,” the press release says, “will offer a choice between private insurers and a public insurance plan modeled after Medicare.” This would offer a crucial degree of competition. The public insurance plan would almost certainly be cheaper than anything the private sector offers right now — after all, Medicare has very low overhead. Private insurers would either have to match the public plan’s low premiums, or lose the competition."
Feb 08 W. Chicago names ramp after police hero
"Nearly 15 years after Officer Michael Browning was killed, the West Chicago city council on Monday officially named the on-off ramp at the southwest intersection of Routes 38 and 59 after him."
Dist. 94 OKs controversial restructuring
“We’re trying to do the very best we can with the resources given us by taxpayers. It’s not easy and not often popular,” board President Tony Reyes said. “But we absolutely know we’re doing the right thing.”
West Chicago seeks funds in census
"Census workers braved the sub-zero temperatures this past week to begin going door-to-door in new subdivisions in West Chicago to find out how many new residents the city has due to new construction."
Candidate filing complete
"The following people filed election paperwork by the Monday filing deadline to appear as candidates on the Tuesday, April 17, election ballot."
[Positions will be contested for mayor and on both Dist 33 and Dist 94's school board. - Bob]
West Chicago Park District events
"The West Chicago Park District offers the following programs. The park office is at 157 W. Washington St. For more information, call (630) 231-9474."
"Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today successfully offered an amendment on the House Floor advancing the development of alternative energy while saving $10 million in taxpayer dollars. The amendment was added to H.R. 547, the Advanced Fuels Infrastructure Research and Development Act, and requires that the $10 million to fund three new federal programs created by the legislation comes from previously appropriated monies within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) instead of creating new federal spending. Roskam’s amendment was accepted on the House Floor."
"Roskam initiated the fourth-grade boys for their unofficial term of public service with a handshake and an oath met with giggles. The newly elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives spent the morning at Forest Glen Elementary School in Glen Ellyn giving about 90 students a crash course in congressional dealings to parallel their government unit."
Feb 07 West Chicago Fire Protection District Referendum Information Meeting
The Fire District is hosting a meeting to inform the public on the proposed Fire District Referendum on the ballot for Tuesday, April 17th, 2007.  The meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 15th, at 7pm at the American Legion Hall, 123 Main St. (Downtown).  Questions & Answers will be Provided!
Eight-period schedule approved for District 94
"After five months of planning, teachers preparing the curriculum for the new advisory period told the board at their last meeting on Jan. 23 that the school wasn’t ready. Teacher Sue Junkroski said administration hadn’t determined how students would be assigned to the new class, or what they would be taught."
Naperville wary of clothing drop boxes
"Officials from West Chicago-based U’SA Gain, pronounced “use again,” had located several drop boxes throughout Naperville. The company only had permission from property owners to do so, not permission from the city."
Critic’s passion for music was a lifelong love affair
"Mr. Noble passed away Jan. 31. The former 15-year resident of West Chicago was 66.  “He grew up studying piano, and played the sousaphone in the high school marching band,” said his wife, Martha. “But he always used to say his musical education was primarily studying Fritz Reiner conduct the Chicago Symphony.”
RiverGlass raises funds
"RiverGlass Inc., a data analytics start-up firm with offices in Champaign and West Chicago, raised $4 million in its Series B financing round. The company, a spinout by the University of Illinois, provides software to help companies manage data."


Snowfall in Hurley
This is just a pleasant diversion, a short video.  I happen to think snow on pine branches, particularly Red Pine, are pretty.  It's kinda rough during periods of sub-zero temperatures, but highs in the north woods of Wisconsin and the upper penninsula could be in the teens by this weekend. - Bob
Sen Durbin Conjunction Junction: Stars (and Money) Could Be Aligning for ... - River Cities Reader - Davenport,IA
"And that's where the Quad Cities might fit into Amtrak's plans. The State of Illinois will now formally ask Amtrak to study the possibility of bringing passenger-rail service to the Quad Cities and perhaps beyond, creating a rail corridor between Chicago, this community, Iowa City, Des Moines, and Omaha, Nebraska.  Participants in Durbin's meeting sounded downright optimistic that the Quad Cities could have rail service to Chicago within two years."
Sen. Obama Obama to bypass public financing for presidential run - WQAD - Moline,IL
"An official close to the Obama campaign told The Associated Press today that the Illinois senator has decided to forgo the public funds. The source spoke on condition of anonymity.  Obama's decision follows the lead of his chief rivals. And it allows him to raise and spend unlimited private money."
Rep Hastert Grants To Aid Area Fire Departments
"Presented by the Department of Homeland Security under its Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the grants typically provide 90 percent of funding for improvements to department services, and require a 10 percent local match."
Hastert Accepting Entries For 2007 Art Competition
“The most rewarding thing for me is seeing the artistic talent of the students I represent. I continue to be amazed at the ingenuity and creativity of our young artists,”
Governor Blagojevich unveils new Internet Crimes Unit Web site dedicated to combating online crime
“Children can spend hours on the Internet each day – learning and exploring.  But, while they’re online, they’re prime targets for predators.  That’s why we created a new Internet Crimes Unit at the State Police that approaches Internet crime the same way we approach organized crime, narcotics and other major crimes,”
Feb 06 Meteor spotted streaking across Chicago area skies
"Controllers for DuPage Airport in West Chicago estimated  that the meteor was flying as low as 200 feet above the ground, Johnson said. They had seen meteors before, but never one that flew for so long — an estimated five seconds."
W. Chicago bridge replacement project back on track
"The West Chicago City Council Monday unanimously approved a contract not to exceed $99,999 for the project’s preliminary design.  The existing culvert, a bridge-type structure, arcs over Kress Creek.  “It’s been there for years and is in need of replacement,” Public Works Director Robert E. Flatter said."
"Chicago is the third largest city in the country, yet year after year, we are not included in the 28 cities that receive federal funds for urban search and rescue teams."
Illionois Senators


War Opponents Occupy Congressional Offices - CounterPunch - Petrolia,CA
"The Occupation Project, organized by Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), kicked off at noon, Eastern Time when four people were arrested holding a funeral service in the Chicago office of Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and four more people were arrested in the Chicago office of U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), reading names of Iraqis and U.S. soldiers."
Sen. Obama Obama attacks Bush budget plan - WQAD - Moline,IL
"Senator Barack Obama blasted President Bush's latest spending plan today, branding it as not only unbalanced, but also unworthy of the challenges Americans face as a nation.  The Chicago Democrat says that at a time of rising health care and tuition costs, of middle-class anxiety and persistent poverty, the Bush proposal gives (b) billions of dollars to the wealthy who dont need it."
Obama Headed to Iowa - WOI - West Des Moines,IA
"On Saturday February 11th, he starts in Cedar Rapids at Kennedy High School. Doors open to the public at 3 p.m. The event is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.  Next stop is Waterloo at the Central Middle School Gymnasium. Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. The event starts at 7:30 p.m."
Rep Hastert Federal Dollars On The Way To Illinois For SCHIP
“This redistribution will provide critical funds to serve those children and adults currently receiving benefits from the program.  We must now focus on reauthorizing SCHIP which is set to expire this year.  In doing so we must ensure dollars are directed towards SCHIP’s original intent of covering children most in need.” 
Hastert Commends President on 2008 Budget Proposa
“The President’s budget also continues its commitment to the Department of Energy’s High Energy Physics program, which will uniquely position Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to host the proposed International Linear Collider.”
“It is imperative that the federal government reach a balanced budget without raising taxes on hard-working American families."
Gov. Blagojevich calls on universities and students to join the fight against HIV/AIDS
“Young people and African-Americans continue to be infected with HIV and AIDS at an alarming rate, so we must increase our efforts to promote education, prevention, and testing,”
Feb 05
City of
West Chicago
West Chicago Traffic Safety Update
"eputy Chief James Mazurek of the West Chicago Police Department reports that the first three months of a six month traffic speed grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation has been successful."
Watercolor Workshop Series to Begin at West Chicago's Gallery 200
"West Chicago's Gallery 200, a grassroots artist co-op located on Main Street in the community's historic downtown district, will be offering a unique opportunity to learn watercolor techniques for beginner or intermediate artists aged
8 to 88+. "
An education celebration or Parochial party
"At St. Mary’s School in West Chicago, a demonstration showed children the value of conservation and recycling."
Sen Durbin Durbin discusses school debt legislation - Springfield State Journal Register
""Short of buying every aspiring prosecutor or defender a lottery ticket and hoping for the best, we think that we have to do something affirmative," Durbin said. "... This is about safety in our communities, this is about the safety of neighborhoods and our personal safety. We need a criminal and civil justice system that works.""
Durbin decries No Child Left Behind funding - WQAD - Moline,IL
"The Springfield Democrat says Bush would cut overall funding for the nation's public schools by one-point-five (b) billion dollars, a two-point-six percent reduction from the current fiscal year level that will end in September.  And he warns that for the sixth year in a row, Bush's budget would fail to fully fund the federal No Child Left Behind Program, denying its benefits to an estimated 127 thousand Illinois children."
Sen. Obama Language: A rush of publicity for Obama - International Herald Tribune - France
"'Politics has become so bitter and partisan," Senator Barack Obama said, "so gummed up by money and influence. ..." Though the rest of his sentence petered out into a bureaucratic "big problems that demand solutions," what struck me was the forceful word picture evoked by the verb phrase gummed up."
US Senate hearing highlights inaction and ineptitude - Louisiana Weekly - New Orleans
"The most memorable exchange came when Senator Obama asked FEMA reps why Louisiana needed to pay a matching 10% of its recovery funding, when that match had been dismissed in other major disasters like Hurricane Andrew in Florida and 9-11 in Manhattan. The Representative replied, "That is so communities have a stake in their own recovery."  Obama quipped, "I don't think Louisiana begged for the right to pay the Federal Government a billion dollars." "
Feb 04 Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted Including...
  • Mon 7:00 PM City Council (LIVE)
  • Tues 6:00 PM COD Images
  • Wed 7:00 PM Derek & Rob X-Perience
Family receives dream  of home
"West Chicago may be the location of those homes.  "We’re exploring a piece of property that would allow us to build 11 homes in West Chicago,” Brachle said. “It would be the biggest cluster we’ve ever done.”"
Author to talk peace at potluck on Friday
[WegoWeb first posted this event on Jan 26th, adding it to the calendar on that date.  Unfortunately, this page was posted by the Herald on Friday as I was updating WegoWeb... but appears 2 days later. Sorry. - Bob]
Sen Durbin Senator rallies behind Obama's announcement, troop plan - Springfield State Journal Register - Springfield,IL
""It's been a long time since a son of Illinois stood in the shadow of that Old State Capitol and announced that they would start a journey to Washington," Durbin said Saturday at the Illinois State Library, where he discussed proposed legislation that would repay student loans for law-school graduates."
Rep Hastert Ex-US House Speaker Home After Surgery - - Targu Mures,Romania
"Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., has returned to his home in Plano., Ill., from a Chicago hospital after gallbladder surgery.  Hastert, 65, told Friday's Chicago Tribune he planned to return to his regular duties in Washington as soon as his doctor will permit it."
Feb 03 Sen Durbin A Decider Meets 535 More of ’Em - New York Times
"Tony Snow, the White House press secretary, said the aim is for Mr. Bush to reassure his own party that “he’s still a Republican” and “at the same time find common ground with Democrats.”  The effort has not gone unnoticed. Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, jokes that he has been to the White House so often that, “I’m going to get a coffee cup and leave it there.”"
Sen. Obama Obama's Ruined Homeland - New California Media - San Francisco,CA
"Obama-mania is out of control in the United States, you should get a hit of it in Kenya. When US Senator Barack Obama announced he was considering a presidential bid, it was front-page news in the East African nation where his father was born."
WegoWeb Storms kill all 18 whooping cranes led from Wisconsin - Wassau Daily Herald
"All 18 young whooping cranes led south from central Wisconsin by ultralight aircraft last fall were killed this week in storms that hit Florida, dealing a devastating blow to a project to create a second migratory flock of the endangered birds in North America, a spokesman said."
Feb 02 City of
West Chicago
Freezing Temperatures Bring Tips on Safeguarding Water Pipes
"With sub-zero degree temperatures heading to the western suburbs this weekend, the City of West Chicago wants to remind residents how to avoid frozen water pipes which could lead to significant damage to the home, being left without water and/or costly fees for meter replacement. "
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These are from the Ironwood Globe where they are expecting temperatures about 15 degrees colder. - Bob

Immigration officers posted at jails
"But when he got out of the Orange County jail, he was met by immigration agents bent on deporting the 23-year-old illegal immigrant with $68 in his pocket and few prospects.  "I just probably won't come back," he said about being sent to Tijuana, Mexico. "If I do, I'll keep coming back to prison, and I don't want that.""
Hastert recovering from gall bladder surgery
"A short statement from his office Thursday said only that Hastert returned home from the hospital and that he "is eager to return to his regular schedule in Washington, D.C., upon medical approval to travel." "
Sen Durbin Top US Democrats back Republican senator's resolution against ... - People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
" Richard Durbin, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, also pledged support for Warner's resolution.  "We believe he has now attracted enough bipartisan support for his version that we can use it as the starting point for our debate," he said.  The support from top Democrats for Warner's measure makes it more likely the Senate will approve a resolution that is politically damaging to the president."
Sen. Obama Obama seeks to tighten penalties for voter suppression - WJBC News - Bloomington,IL
"Their proposal would impose penalties of up to five years in prison or a $100,000 fine on people who spread misinformation to keep voters away from the polls."
Obama's the Big Man on Campus - New York Times
“I’ve become a vehicle for your hopes and your dreams, but I can only carry it so far,” Mr. Obama told the jeans-clad throngs, frequently calling them to action as young people. “It’s going to be you who carry it forward.”
Rep Hastert Former House speaker leaves hospital after surgery - WIS - Columbia,SC
"The 65-year-old Republican spent nearly a week in a Chicago hospital after having his gallbladder removed. His office says he's expected to make a full recovery.  Hastert went to the hospital complaining of abdominal pain last Friday. He had an operation the same day."
Statement from Governor On new Global Warming report
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations has just reconfirmed what we already know – that global warming is upon us. The global community is acknowledging the problem and here in Illinois, despite inaction by President Bush, we have begun to address it."
Blagojevich Administration officials announce 51 new officers join State Police frontline with Cadet Class 113 graduation
of America
Click HERE to test your internet connection speed.
"It’s time for that to change—and you can play a part. The Communications Workers of America union has launched a campaign to advocate for high-speed networks. Testing your own speed, even if you are currently using a dial-up connection, will help make the new Speed Matters project a success."
Feb 01 Speed on stretch of Rt. 59 down to 45 mph
"Alarmed by a dangerous stretch of curvy road close to residential subdivisions, West Chicago officials have pulled strings at the state level to get speeds along Route 59 reduced."
[This same article appeared yesterday. -Bob]
Officials: Go wide on Route 59
"But that push might be met with a push back from neighboring Warrenville.  This month, Warrenville 2nd Ward Alderman David Schultz was quoted as wanting to rally support for improvements to his city's own state road, Route 56, or Butterfield Road."
“Congress has been talking about a minimum wage increase for ten years. Talk is cheap but the cost of living isn’t. Congress is now a step closer to delivering relief to millions of hard working Americans stuck at $5.15 an hour.”
Sen. Obama Obama, Schumer seek to tighten penalties for voter suppression - WQAD - Moline,IL
"Their proposal would impose penalties of up to five years in prison or a 100-thousand-dollar fine on people who spread misinformation to keep voters away from the polls."
Obama's Ruined Homeland - The Nation. - New York,NY
"When US Senator Barack Obama announced he was considering a presidential bid, it was front-page news in the East African nation where his father was born. Taxi drivers love to ask Americans what they'd think of having their first Kenyan President."
Rep Hastert Hastert has gall bladder surgery - Sacramento Bee - Sacramento,CA
"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."
Now in majority, Dems lose interest in DRA misstep - The Hill
"The House Republican leadership and the administration contended that the Democrats were trying to make a political mountain out of a clerical molehill. Moreover, they argued, the fact that then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and then-Senate President Pro Tempore Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) certified the correct language before sending the bill to the White House rectified any concerns about the legitimacy of the bill."
Illinois receives an ‘A’ in the fight against childhood obesity
“The consequences of poor eating habits and inactive lifestyles are troubling – ranging from diabetes to heart disease. We’re taking steps here in Illinois – like banning junk food from our elementary and middles schools - to keep our kids healthy.”
Gov. Blagojevich joins Gov. Schwarzenegger, top BP executives to celebrate launch of $500 million biosciences energy research partnership with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, UC-Berkeley
Illinois Gov. Blagojevich and California Gov. Schwarzenegger come together to discuss top issue facing states across the country: access to affordable healthcare
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