Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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31 March Rep.Randy Ramey

 

Ramey Appears on MSNBC National Broadcast
[At approximately 11:10 on Saturday, March 31,2007, Illinois Representative Randy Ramey was interviewed by Contessa Brewer concerning issuing driver's licenses to illegal aliens.  Randy argued that the state should not extend driving privileges to persons who broke the law to enter the country. - Bob]
Little bit of old Batavia is gone
“The small guy, as we’ve seen in other professions — the butcher, the grocer and now the druggist — in metro areas it’s just impossible to be competitive with the big guys,” said Royce, a 58-year-old West Chicago resident who’s owned Rachielles for 27 years."
Elected officials caught in loophole
“It was one of the things I saw as a municipal official in the last couple elections,” he [Rep Fortner]  said. “It fixes the language that became problematic when we switched to provisional ballots.”
Sen Durbin Durbin on Amtrak - WIFR - Rockford,IL
"There are three Amtrak route options. All three travel from Chicago to Rockford then Galena and end in Dubuque. The Rockford Airport and Belvidere are each mentioned once and Elgin twice in the plan. The trains would run round-trip daily. And would cost 20-dollars and less than two hours of time to ride from Rockford to Chicago."
SEN. DURBIN INTRODUCES PAUL SIMON STUDY ABROAD FOUNDATION ACT - Decatur Tribune - Decatur,IL
"Durbin’s bill, the Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act, was inspired by the work of the late Senator Paul Simon and is based on recommendations published by the bipartisan Lincoln Study Abroad Commission."
Sen. Obama Nine events for Obama slated for Saturday - Honolulu Advertiser
"Brian Schatz, spokesman for the Hawai'i for Obama Campaign, calls the rallies a "new and exciting element of old-fashioned grass-roots politics. It's community-based, with use of Web technology, all driven by a very special candidate."
Spanish edition of Obama's 'Audacity of Hope' to come out in June - WQAD - Moline,IL
"Vintage Espanol will publish "La Audacia de la Esperanza" in June with a first printing of 50-thousand. A spokesman for Vintage says it will be the imprint's biggest book of the year in Spanish."
USAs: Disruption of Corruption Investigation via Committee? Chiara ...
ePluribus Media
"House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana are among those whose names have surfaced in recent months as a Senate committee, federal investigators and the media have delved into the controversy."
Escape from LA - Economist - UK
"Meanwhile, the number of illegal immigrants went up by 50% in the mostly suburban Illinois constituency of Dennis Hastert, the former Republican speaker of the House of Representatives. Indeed, across America, where comparisons are possible, Democratic districts added undocumented residents at half the rate of Republican ones. That helps to explain why Republican candidates talked so much about illegal immigration before last year's mid-term elections."
Rep Peter Roskam Congressman Peter Roskam joins Armenian Caucus - Yerkir - Yerevan,Armenia
“We welcome Congressman Roskam’s membership in the Armenian Caucus and looking forward to working with him on issues relevant to our community.”

 

   
Pentagon's WSH hires firm in aftermath of Walt Reed scandal - PR Week
"The Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), a provider of operational support to several Department of Defense agencies, has hired a PR agency on behalf of the President's Commission on Care for Americas' Returning Wounded Warriors in the aftermath of the controversy that has erupted over conditions at Walter Reed hospital."
[Somehow the purchase of additional disinfectant would seem more reasonable to me.  It's not the press... it's the mold and red tape. - Bob]
30 March Rep.Randy Ramey

 

Ramey’s Bill Promotes Accountability, Funding for Motorcycle Safety Programs
"With motorcycle injuries and fatalities on the rise, State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) has passed a bill that will ensure motorcycle safety programs are adequately funded as proposed in the state budget."
City of
West Chicago
Agenda Posted for April 2nd City Council Meeting
  • Franciscan Way PUD
  • Drug Paraphenalia
  • Warrenville's Animal Pound
  • Blooming Fest
  • We-Go-Run 5K/10K Run
  • Hawthorne Lane Reconstruction

[This meeting will begin at 7:30 AM rather than the normal 7:00PM at City Hall. - Bob]

WinfieldTownship
Two Dates to Remember:
  • Early voting has started and ends April 12th
  • Annual Township Meeting is April 10th.

Keep fire protection services strong
"Our fire district needs a “yes” from each voter. I have a personal stake in fire protection. So do you. You never know when you and your family may dial 911. Will the men/women and equipment quickly reach you no matter where you live? Will each fire station be fully staffed? Fire protection is an investment for home and community. The district has been and continues to be good stewards of their funds... Martha Joy Noble"
[Since the letters to the editor disappear in 24 hours, a copy has been saved here. - Bob]
School scores ISAT success
"Pioneer Elementary School in West Chicago, an Illinois Honor Roll school in 2004, had 13 percent fewer students pass the 2006 ISAT test. About 70 percent of pupils passed, compared with more than 82 percent in 2005.  Two other West Chicago Elementary School District 33 schools -- Gary and Currier Elementary Schools -- also had a smaller percentage of pupils pass the test."
Sen Durbin LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE MISSISSIPPI RIVER NAVIGATION AND ECOSYSTEM
"Passing WRDA will mean over 50,000 new jobs for the region, shorter shipping times, and improved business for Midwest producers along the river,"
Sen. Obama Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act
"U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today called on President Bush to improve medical care for wounded service members by supporting the passage of the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act, legislation he introduced with Senator McCaskill in February."
Community Kickoff for National Call to Action Day
"Through a combination of supporters signing up online and through the campaign staff, more than 5,000 Community Kickoffs will take place in homes, libraries, coffee shops and other gathering places including events in Iowa, New Hampshire, New York City, Alaska, Idaho and Hawaii."
Governor
Blagojevich
Blagojevich Administration unveils new Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket, Two for the Dough
“As this war continues, Illinois is going to see more and more of it’s state’s military heroes returning home with an injury, with PTSD, or with trouble transitioning back to civilian life. Our job as citizens is to help our veterans in everyway possible. And buying this lottery ticket does exactly that,” said IDVA Director L. Tammy Duckworth.
Illinois Senator Steps Up to Fight for .50 Caliber Ban -  GunGuys.com
"It’s a question of safety vs. fun, of security vs. “the .50 thrill.” There’s no reason a small group of people thrilled by shooting small animals with a large gun should be able to undermine our national security. We need a .50 caliber ban, and legislators in Illinois and elsewhere should agree."
March 29 Rep.Randy Ramey Gross Receipts Tax Forum
"Representatives Randy Ramey and Mike Fortner invite the business community to a Forum on Gross Receipts Tax.  The Representatives will be providing information about the proposed Gross Receipts Tax and are encouraging a brief discussion with business leaders. "
Merle Berle

 

City Council Adopts FY07 budget
"During the public hearing March 19 on the 2007-08 proposed budget, City Treasurer Don Earley presented a short profile of the city."
W. Chicago restaurant is new home to jazz trio
"The Bruce Oscar Trio, led by renowned jazz pianist and vocalist Bruce Oscar of Carol Stream, now performs from 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Italian eatery.  After a15-year run at the recently closed Viking Steak House in Winfield, new Tivoli owner Tom Fawell was pleased to get the jazz combo over to his space."
Duckworth addresses the needs of amputee veterans
"Duckworth said amputee patients under care of the federal Veterans Affairs Department are not receiving the same high-tech treatments their counterparts are getting at Walter Reed.  Explaining why the VA is lacking in high-tech prosthetic equipment, she told the Senate's Veterans' Affairs Committee it is expensive and most VA personnel are not trained on the equipment, even that which has been on the market for several years."
Starbucks brews up first coffee haven in West Chicago
"The new store features a convenient drive-through, an outdoor patio, wireless Internet access, upholstered furniture, and café tables and chairs. In addition to beverages, the store will carry specialty coffee beans, warm breakfast sandwiches, lunch items, pastries and merchandise, including coffee and espresso machines."
Longtime police officer may be next chief
“I have not been interviewing candidates. I believe in promoting from within,” Kwasman said. “We have more than competent people here and I think you get better service from employees by doing it.”
Eggs will be rolling in West Chicago
"The club has organized the spring event for about 10 years. Friends of the Library was created about 12 years ago, when a new library was built, Zarate said.  The Egg Roll is free and materials will be provided. A puppet show for all ages will follow at 1:15 p.m., said Melody Coleman, library administrator."
Administrators weigh pros and cons as high schools consider banning electronics
“The benefits are outweighed by the negatives,” said Josh Chambers, assistant principal for administrative services, who believes banning electronics at school is the best route. “As the items become more powerful, it’s going to become very difficult to determine which have some benefits and which don’t. It’s a difficult situation.”
Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Presents Excellence in ...
Lawn & Landscape - Cleveland,OH
"The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Ball Horticultural Co. in West Chicago for its more than 100 years of contributions to the landscape industry and not only with quality plants, new varieties and research.  Ball is generous to students, active with schools, and fosters the need for understanding business as well as horticulture.  Ball has promoted industry education by hosting three ILCA Summer Field Day events, giving contractors onsite access to their gardens."
Sen Durbin SENATE PASSES DURBIN, COBURN, LEAHY & CORNYN GENOCIDE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT
DURBIN WELCOMES TUSKEGEE AIRMEN
SENATE PASSES DURBIN AMENDMENT TO PREVENT CUTS IN MEDICAID PAYMENTS TO HOSPITALS
DURBIN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION DESIGNATING "ADOPT A SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH"
STARK, CAMP, DURBIN AND GRASSLEY INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HONOR ORGAN DONORS
Illionois Senators

 

Obama, Durbin Push to Help 183rd - Springfield Journal-Register
"Under the senators' proposal, the operations center would give the Illinois Air National Guard a chance to plan missions for other Air Force units. These units would include other Air National Guard units, as well as active duty Air Force squadrons."
Sen. Obama Senate Republicans Reject Emergency Funding for Wounded Soldiers
“Senate Republicans voted to continue the War in Iraq indefinitely, but they rejected essential funding to provide medical treatment for our brave soldiers who return home bearing the scars of war,”
Obama Renews Call for Gonzales to be Replaced as Attorney General
"Mr. Sampson’s testimony underscores my concern that Attorney General Gonzales subverted justice to promote a political agenda. I renew my call for Alberto Gonzales to be replaced as Attorney General with an advocate who will defend and promote the rights and liberties of the American people.”
Obama Calls for Investigation of Long-Term Care
"U.S. Senator Barack Obama today wrote a letter to the head of the Government Accountability Office calling for an investigation into long-term care following a report in the New York Times of a high number of claims being denied, and practices that make it “difficult – if not impossible – for policyholders to get paid.”
The Entourage Is Gone. The Jet Is Gone. But for the Ex-Speaker ... - New York Times
"On the House floor, members still stop to ask Mr. Hastert’s advice or inquire about his health — he recently had gallbladder surgery, which helped him to lose more than 50 pounds — and he gives them his customary slap on the back before taking a seat, usually toward the back of the chamber."
March 28 Merle Berle Out and About in West Chicago
Merle Berle's popular column again appears here.  Please feel free to print off a copy and give it to your friends or neighbors who can no longer find it in the "Paper formerly Known as the West Chicago Press."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
Millner Visits with DuPage Children’s Museum
"State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream) receives a firsthand look at the work being done by the DuPage Children’s Museum during the annual Museum Day at the Illinois Capitol Wednesday, March 28."
West Chicago fire, Roselle park ballots
"It’s a request voters should approve. We recommend a yes vote to the district’s ballot proposition to raise its tax rate from 55 to 65 cents for four years.  Funds from the tax hike would be used to construct two new stations and hire 12 new firefighters/paramedics."
[I am assured that the cost on a $300K home would be only about $100. - Bob]
Dist. 33 looks into middle school expansion
“Personally, I would love to see it happen, but the community has to be informed and shouldn’t feel like it was pressured,” Superintendent Ed Leman said. “I want to give them the opportunity to consider the idea and give us an idea if they want it or not.”
For school board in St. Charles
"Yes, the same group that’s caused concern in several ways over recent years did so again recently with a boundary process that split the board and enraged some residents.  Because of that, and other public disputes between board members, 10 candidates filed for three 4-year openings. Two notable board adversaries are vying for the one 2-year spot."
[The editorial page will disappear in 24 hours. A copy appears at For school board in St. Charles .
Sen Durbin DURBIN, HAGEL: GLOBAL WARMING POSES SERIOUS THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY
DURBIN MEETS WITH ENERGY SECRETARY BODMAN TO STRESS ADVANTAGES OF AWARDING FUTUREGEN TO ILLINOIS
DURBIN MEETS WITH ILLINOIS FARMERS UNION TO DISCUSS THE 2007 FARM BILL AND OTHER PRIORITIES
Illionois Senators DURBIN, OBAMA ASK PENTAGON TO LOCATE AIR OPERATIONS CENTER AT 183RD FIGHTER WING IN SPRINGFIELD
Governor
Blagojevich
$240,000 for Innovative Agribusiness Ventures
“These grants will help fund the development of new agricultural products and innovative production practices that will keep the industry competitive, growing and creating better jobs for more people.”
IDNR urges boaters and anglers to enroll in a free boating safety course before heading out on the water
Kerry Shipmates, Dodd Come Out Strong Against Fox Nomination - bobgeiger.com
"In our judgment, those who finance smears and lies of combat veterans don’t deserve to represent America on the world stage. We think too highly of the country we defended in combat to trust America in the hands of someone who would so casually bankroll lies about our combat records,"
March 27 Elementary
District 33
Kindergarten Registration for the 2007-2008 School Year
"Kindergarten registration, for children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2007 and live within the boundaries of West Chicago Elementary School District #33, will take place during the month of April at each neighborhood elementary school. "
Pioneer School 5th Graders Conducting New Toy Drive
"Students in Mrs. Correa's fifth grade class at Pioneer School in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 are conducting a new toy drive April 2 - April 13 to help sick children who have been hospitalized."
West Chicago Lacrosse Hosts Huge Multifamily Garage Sale
"West Chicago Lacrosse Club is hosting a huge multifamily indoor garage sale on Saturday, April 14, 2007 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the VWF Post 6791, 431 N. Neltnor Blvd. (Route 59) in West Chicago. "
Landlords may pay the price for  scofflaw tenants
"It would give landlords the authority to evict tenants if they, members of their household or their guests engage in criminal activity or violate city code four or more times in a six-month period.  “This is one of many fixes we need to accomplish in this city,” Acting Mayor Mike Kwasman said. “The law-abiding citizens shouldn’t worry about anything. People who break the law should worry.”"
Will schools ever see a red cent under governor’s proposed plan?
“The budget needs a perpetual budget stream, otherwise it’s all rhetoric,” he said, adding that a lease might make more sense than an outright sale.  Still, Leman has concerns that the gross receipts tax, which he said puts the burden on the backs of businesses, will only drive corporations out of Illinois and make schools more dependent on property tax."
Sen Durbin DURBIN INTRODUCES PAUL SIMON STUDY ABROAD FOUNDATION ACT
"Senator Paul Simon was one our nation's great public servants," said Durbin. "He had a vision -- to strengthen the role of the U.S. as a world leader by investing in the education of our young people. The international study abroad program we are introducing is based on his vision and advances his work."
Immigration Reform: Americans First? - BusinessWeek
"One key point Durbin is considering is whether companies that want to bring workers into the country on a temporary work visa should be required to try to hire American workers before considering non-U.S. laborers."
Sen. Obama Obama Opposes Effort to Keep U.S. Troops in Iraq Indefinitely
"No, it has not been a failure of resolve that has led us to this chaos, but a failure of strategy – a strategy that has only strengthened Iran’s strategic position; increased threats posed by terrorist organizations; reduced U.S. credibility and influence around the world; and placed Israel and other nations friendly to the United States in the region in greater peril."
Obama- McCaskill Initiative Would Improve Treatment for Servicemembers
"... introducing an amendment to the Iraq supplemental bill that would improve care for servicemembers at active duty military hospitals by adding caseworkers and mental health counselors, reducing bureaucratic hurdles, establishing a women’s mental health treatment program and providing a comprehensive mental health study to ensure that the needs of returning soldiers are met."
Governor
Blagojevich
Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce Endorses Governor Blagojevich's Tax Fairness Plan
"And while they have paid more, the wealthiest corporations in our state have paid less and less.  It’s a system that for decades has been unfair to the small and medium-sized companies across the state that don’t have fancy accountants or powerful lobbyists."
Governor Blagojevich assails Big Business' efforts to retain special tax loopholes by distorting truth about his Tax Fairness Plan
“What the sponsors of this ad deliberately don't tell you is that the average individual taxpayer in Illinois pays ten times more in state income taxes than thousands of the wealthiest businesses.  Now that we're asking those businesses to pay their fair share so regular working families can afford healthcare and can send their children to quality schools, big business is resorting to distortions and scare tactics,”
Counting the cost - Guardian, UK
"The figures have now been vindicated by the government's own advisers. It's time we held our leaders to account for the 650,000 Iraqi dead... Scientists at the UK's Department for International Development thought differently. They concluded that the study's methods were "tried and tested". Indeed, the Hopkins approach would likely lead to an "underestimation of mortality"."
March 26
School recognized nationally for AIDS ministry in Africa
"Five years ago, a group of student leaders at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago got together and decided that they were meant to do something big — but they didn’t know what, or even how."
Board relations, space issues key to hopefuls for 2-year Dist. 303 term
"The Daily Herald asked St. Charles school board candidates to share their views on pertinent issues with readers.  The district includes St. Charles and parts of South Elgin and West Chicago."
Wegolb-
The New Guy

 

Good news
"Who says the local media is biased against West Chicago? Sunday's Sun-Times pumps Gateway Centre as a real estate investment."
Bad news (Crime blotter)
"Tom J. Wingstedt, 19, 336 E. Pomeroy St., West Chicago, was arrested and charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor after an incident at 8:47 p.m. Saturday on the 100 block of Kane Street, in which he danced in the street near cars, according to police reports"
West Chicago festival name returns to village roots
"In 2005 and 2006, the city paid an event planner to run the event. But city officials found that by paying the Chamber $110,000 to coordinate Railroad Days, the city will save about $25,000 from last year’s cost.  And festival-goers may get a lot more bang out of those bucks. Sabathne said they plan to spend $109,752 on entertainment and recruit sponsors to pay for the Chamber’s time and expense."
Sen Durbin DURBIN AND DELAURO PRESS FDA FOR ANSWERS ON PET FOOD SAFETY
"Many cats, dogs and other pets, considered members of the family are now suffering as a result of a flawed pet food inspection system," said Durbin. "Congresswoman DeLauro and I have once again reached out to FDA to work on eliminating the vulnerabilities that are affecting food safety."
Illinois Soybean Farmers Support International School Feeding Program - Prairie Farmer - IL
"This intersection of commerce and conscience was the driving force for Illinois soybean farmers and others to support the McGovern-Dole Program and to form WISHH, a program that helps deliver U.S. high-protein soy to international feeding programs."
Governor
Blagojevich
186 Illinois communities honored with Tree City USA designation
"The Tree City USA program promotes tree planting and care programs in urban areas and calls public attention to the economic, health and aesthetic benefits trees offer.  Citizen participation in community reforestation and beautification efforts is encouraged through this program."
March 24&25 Cable Com
Channel 17

 

Cable Schedule Posted
"Be sure to watch West Chicago's State of the City Address being shown after each rebroadast of the City council meeting. Also, catch Classic CableCom television when we show three editions of the program 'Safety and You'. Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce, Channel 17 is broadcasting this year's fashion show 'Over the Rainbow' this week. Tune in and enjoy the variety only found on CableCom, West Chicago's Channel 17."
Schedule debate continues at Community High School
"The board decided to go ahead, but pressure to postpone continued over the past few weeks after Community High learned it had, for the second year in a row, met the Adequate Yearly Progress standards of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, known as AYP."
Suburban reps split on war spending
"Freshman Republican Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton, who narrowly defeated Democratic war veteran Tammy Duckworth last November, continued his support of the Bush administration on the war by voting “no.”"
[This bill included $100 Billion in funding for the occupation of Iraq and $3.6 Billion in Veteran's benefits. - Bob]
Sen Durbin Unblemished veteran senator ensnared in growing prosectuor scandal ... - Las Cruces Sun-News - Las Cruces,NM
"What Senator Domenici did under what circumstances, I don't know, so I'm not going to judge him," Durbin said. "I just think it's inappropriate for a member of Congress to contact a U.S. attorney or a prosecutor and to urge a prosecution in a political context."
Durbin calls for creation of Lincoln heritage area - Herald & Review - Decatur,IL
"The legislation could bring up to $10 million over 10 years to the region for preservation, education and economic development, according to a news release from Durbin's office."
Sen. Obama Candidates Outline Ideas for Universal Health Care - New York Times
"Senator Barack Obama of Illinois appeared less conversant with the details of health policy and sometimes found himself on the defensive, trying to explain why he had yet to offer a detailed plan to cover all Americans.  “The most important challenge is to build a political consensus around the need to solve this problem,” Mr. Obama said. "
New files: Gonzales approved firings - Chicago Tribune
 
Rep Peter Roskam House GOP starts fundraising for vulnerable members - The Hill - Washington,DC
"Freshman Peter Roskam (Ill.), who narrowly defeated Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth last year to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Henry Hyde (R), is the only freshman member listed.  The Capitol Club fundraiser will be held on April 25 and feature Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) as the special guest, with a minimum contribution of $1,000. Money raised is divided evenly among the participating members."
March 23 West Chicago
High School
West Chicago High School Report Card  Available on School Website
"The 2006 School Report Card for Community High School District 94 is now available on the school website at www.d94.org"
[eNews 94] More summer opportunities
"More summer opportunities received by the Counseling Office - if you would like further information, please use the contact listed."
WegoWeb

 

"New Guy" Now Blogging at WegoWeb
A new, and at this time anonymous writer, will be blogging at WegoWeb about local issues.  The name of the column, "Wegolb" should tell you something about how he'll be seeing things differently.  You'll want to check it out. 
Sen Durbin LEGISLATION TO PRESSURE IRAN TO DISMANTLE NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM
"Iran's leaders face a choice between the peaceful development of nuclear power for their citizens or the dangerous development of nuclear weapons," said Durbin. "This legislation provides pressure and incentives to help them choose the path to peace and nuclear non-proliferation."
NEWS CONFERENCE WITH SENATOR RICHARD DURBIN (D-IL); SENATOR ARLEN ... - Federal News Service
"I think a lot of people in America on both sides of the fence have a sneaky feeling that our democracy is in real trouble, and it's no surprise. Take a look at what's going on in Washington today. But take a good, hard, honest look at the political money chase that has really spiraled out of control."
Sen. Obama Obama Calls for Housing Summit on Foreclosures
"We cannot sit on the sidelines while increasing numbers of Americans lose their homes," Obama said in a letter to Bernanke and Paulson.  An estimated 1.5 million homeowners are expected to face foreclosure in 2007, a 20 percent to 25 percent increase over last year, according to research firm RealtyTrac."
Obama Initiative Advances Clean Energy Future
“To the counter the threat climate change poses to America’s future, we must invest in clean, domestically produced energy that leaves no environmental footprint,” said Senator Obama. “Carbon sequestration is a first step we can take to solving the climate crisis by limiting the emissions of existing plants.”
Obama Lauds Progress in Certifying E85 Pumps
“UL’s announcement brings us one step closer to giving drivers across the country the choice between powering their cars with home grown fuel from the Midwest, instead of imported oil from the Middle East,”
Obama Urges Bernanke, Paulson to Fight Foreclosures, Hold Homeownership Summit
"We cannot sit on the sidelines while increasing numbers of American families face the risk of losing their homes. And while neither the government nor the private sector acting alone is capable of quickly balancing the important interests in widespread access to credit and responsible lending, both must act and act quickly."
Rep Peter Roskam ROSKAM STATEMENT ON THE IRAQ SUPPLEMENTAL SPENDING BILL
“This spending bill should have gone to provide nothing more than the necessary funding to provide our troops with the resources they need to complete their missions successfully and come home safely and soon."
NEW BUDGET IS THE DEFINITION OF TAX AND SPEND
"In addition, the budget fails to fix the alternative minimum tax (AMT), which severely hurts middle class families. Democrats need to realize that fostering a strong, growing economy is the best means of raising revenue, not raiding the pocketbooks of Americans."
Governor
Blagojevich
Illinois Federation of Teachers endorses Governor Blagojevich's Helping Kids Learn plan
“Our schools have been chronically underfunded for decades. Our Helping Kids Learn plan is not just an investment in schools, it’s an investment in our future, in our children,”
O'Reilly ordered Wiehl's mike cut after mishearing her on U.S. attorney issue
"After ordering Wiehl's microphone cut, O'Reilly added: "I'll scold my own people here 'cause they're not -- she's not telling you the truth. There is a transcript. Every word [White House senior adviser] Karl Rove and anybody else said would be on paper.""
March 22 West Chicago
High School
School Board Candidates Forum April 4th
"The Junior Statesman of America Club of West Chicago Community High School will be sponsoring a School Board Candidates Forum on Wednesday, April 4th at West Chicago Community High School, 320 Joliet Street, West Chicago. All candidates from district 25, 33, 34 and 94 have been invited. "
RECEPTION FOR THE NEW CHS PRINCIPAL
"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 pm to 5:15pm in the Learning Resource Center."
WC Public Library West Chicago Public Library District April 2007 Press Release
"Please join us for an exciting program, Around the World in Sixty Minutes - A Journey to Sacred Places on 6 Continents, on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 7:00 p.m."
Merle Berle Central Main Street Redevelopment
"The plan calls for a blend of housing, a mixed business use with the possibly a cluster of restaurants depending upon the site and the provision of parking."
State of the City Address
"They say seeing is believing! You may have heard West Chicago is the fastest growing suburb in DuPage County, but this past year proof of the fact is all around us,"
Out and About in West Chicago
[For those have noticed that Merle's popular column at the Press was missing this week, you will please notice that it will still appear in its entirety here (and the city web site) albeit with a slightly different name and format and with a different financial arrangement that we will discuss at length later.   - Bob]
Church welcomes public to egg hunt
"This year, 15,000 chocolate and candy eggs will dot the sprawling 20-acre lawn of Community Fellowship Church in West Chicago.  And, for the fourth year in a row, the church is inviting kids ages 2 to 11 to come hunt them up at no cost, and with no registration required."
Man admits abduction try, sentenced to probation
"A Glendale Heights man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the attempted abduction of two 11-year-old girls last year in West Chicago and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.  Miguel Lara, 36, of the 1700 block of President Street also was sentenced to 2 years' probation."
Obama's church asks reporters to play by the rules
"...the church adopted "policies and procedures for use with outside media sources." Any breach of the rules will lead to the reporter's immediate ouster from the church and the confiscation of all interview notes and photos."
Sen Durbin POTENTIAL CUTS IN MEDICAID PAYMENTS TO HOSPITALS
"Without this amendment, Cook County Hospital and other hospitals throughout the state of Illinois could face restricted payments as soon as September under Medicaid, a program that provides basic services to the uninsured and those with limited insurance,"
ADDITIONAL SHORTAGE OF NURSES
"Illinois is one of many states suffering from nursing shortages. With 40,000 nurses in the state, many will be unable to join unions and collectively bargain, salary levels will be at risk and working conditions will be in question, driving more people to leave the profession and discouraging others from becoming nurses."
UN SANCTIONS AGAINST SUDANESE GOVERNMENT
"If the Security Council does not act, the United States should engage with our allies to create a coalition that will impose economic penalties on the Sudanese government."
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HERITAGE AREA
"Designating the land between the rivers as a heritage area will help us preserve the beauty, history and culture of this land for visiting families to enjoy year after year."
Sen. Obama Obama Urges Bernanke, Paulson to Fight Foreclosures, Hold Homeownership Summit
"We cannot sit on the sidelines while increasing numbers of American families face the risk of losing their homes. And while neither the government nor the private sector acting alone is capable of quickly balancing the important interests in widespread access to credit and responsible lending, both must act and act quickly."
On Elizabeth Edwards
"Today, Michelle and I join every American in sending our thoughts and prayers to Elizabeth and John and the entire Edwards family. We all admire Elizabeth's strength and determination and the deep love they so obviously share."
Obama defends votes in favor of Iraq funding - Boston Globe
"I have been very clear even as a candidate that, once we were in, that we were going to have some responsibility to make it work as best we could, and more importantly that our troops had the best resources they needed to get home safely," Obama, an Illinois Democrat, told reporters in a conference call. "So I don't think there is any contradiction there."
Rep Peter Roskam From statehouse to village green, Americans stand for peace - People's Weekly World
"Bloomingdale, Ill.: Over 150 protestors demonstrated for an end to the war at the office of GOP Rep. Peter Roskam, March 17. The office is in the heart of DuPage County, the bastion of the state Republican Party. Support for the war has steeply eroded here. Nearly every passing automobile honked its support of demonstrators."
Governor
Blagojevich
State Public Health Director issues consumer warning
"Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, today issued a warning about the dangers of consuming illegally manufactured Mexican-style cheeses, such as queso fresco or queso cotija.  The warning came after a sample of Mexican-style cheeses from a grocery store in Kane County tested positive for Salmonella.  The manufacturer of the Salmonella-contaminated cheese in Kane County has not been clearly identified."
Decatur area community leaders gather to discuss Governor Blagojevich's Investing in Families Initiatives
Over 50 Rockford business groups, advocate organizations, individuals endorse Governor Blagojevich's Investing in Families Initiatives
March 21 midnight cruise of Lake Michigan
"The All Night Long After Prom Committee is pleased to announce its 13th annual after prom event - a midnight cruise of Lake Michigan aboard the Odyssey cruise ship! "
Dist. 94 leader wants a ban  on electronics
"“My concern is that these devices are more and more becoming a distraction in the classroom,” Board President Tony Reyes said.  Member Gordon Cole concurred, calling iPods and cell phones “a temptation.” District 94 staff is also spending too much time tracking down iPods and other devices that have been stolen or have gone missing, Reyes said."
Man sentenced for trying to lure girls
"A Glendale Heights man pleaded guilty today to the attempted abduction of two 11-year-old girls last year in West Chicago and was sentenced to 180 days in jail."
Sen Durbin DURBIN, DOLE, EMERSON & McGOVERN SEEK TO EXPAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM
"This program, named for former Senators George McGovern and Bob Dole, provides school lunches to children in impoverished countries. Today's bill would reauthorize the McGovern-Dole program and provide it with additional funding so that it is restored to its original level of $300 million by 2012."
ABRAHAM LINCOLN NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
"Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln," said Durbin. "This state shaped his character from youth to adulthood. Designating a National Heritage Area will allow us to bind together the elements of Lincoln's life in Illinois. We want to tell the whole Lincoln story to our students, families and visitors."
POSTAGE STAMP TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF DOWN SYNDROME
"The United States Postal Service has raised awareness for many worthy causes. We hope this legislation will move rapidly to a Senate vote, sending a strong message that the time has come to issue a stamp encouraging greater understanding and acceptance of people with this common genetic condition."
It's Time to Clean the Green from Elections - AlterNet - San Francisco,CA,
"That's why yesterday's introduction of the bipartisan Fair Elections Now Act by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) is as timely as it is necessary. Modeled after successful "Clean Elections"-style public financing laws at the state level, the bill would level the playing field and put voters in charge."
Sen. Obama Remarks of Senator Barack Obama on the Iraq War
"The sacrifices of war are immeasurable. Too many have returned from Iraq with that soldier’s story – with broken bodies and shattered nerves and wounds that even the best care may not heal. Too many of our best have come home shrouded in the flag they loved. Too many moms and dads and husbands and wives have answered that knock on the door that’s the hardest for any loved one to hear."
Time to bring this conflict to a responsible end
"We must begin a phased redeployment of our forces starting May 1st, with the goal of removing all combat forces by March 30th, 2008. Letting the Iraqis know that we will not be there forever is our last, best hope to pressure the Iraqis to take ownership of their country and bring an end to their conflict."
A Message from David Plouffe
"At the end of the day, each of you will decide how best to express yourselves in the town square of the Internet, which is helping to rekindle America's civic life.  As you do, I urge you to continue to keep it positive -- on what we can achieve together to changes our politics and steer it away from the destructive tactics that have dominated Washington and our elections for too long. "
Hastert Opening Statement to Al Gore
"Thus, it is my strong belief that the only sensible proposal to both help our environment and provide the electricity we need to fuel our economy is to increase our reliance upon nuclear power."
DeLay offers view on why GOP lost '06 elections - Seattle Times - Seattle,WA
"I consider George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Denny Hastert all to be good men," DeLay writes, "but there is not an articulate voice among them."
Rep Peter Roskam Roskam Video Newsletter on Walter Reed
"Today I want to talk about a recent trip I took to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center…"
'Katie Couric' rule comes up again, this time in Congress - MarketWatch
"Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., on Wednesday sought to add to an executive-compensation bill a measure that would require disclosure of the pay of as many as three non-executive employees whose total compensation for the last fiscal year was greater than that of any of the company's top five officers."
Governor
Blagojevich
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, March 26, 2007 for: Lance Corporal Raymond J. Holzhauer, United States Marine Corps"
Cunningham, Under Investigation, Signed Letter Criticizing Prosecutor - TPM Muckraker
"Four months after the San Diego United States Attorney's office launched an investigation into whether he had accepted bribes from defense contractors, and little more than a month before he pled guilty to those charges, Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA) signed on to a letter criticizing U.S. Attorney Carol Lam's "lax" handling of immigration crimes."
March 20 Elementary
District 33
Kindergarten Registration for the 2007-2008 School Year
"Kindergarten registration, for children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2007 and live within the boundaries of West Chicago Elementary School District 33, will take place during the month of April at each neighborhood elementary school."
City of
West Chicago
Downtown West Chicago to Host Annual Garden Festival
"West Chicago will be blooming again on Saturday, May 19, 2007, with the 7th Annual Blooming Fest, the city's downtown garden festival and signature spring event which includes a benefit 5k Run/Walk and 2k Family Fun Run for We Grow Dreams."
Sen Durbin LEGISLATION TO HELP COLLEGE STUDENTS MANAGE TEXTBOOK COSTS
"This bill, known as the College Textbook Affordability Act, would help students manage costs by requiring publishers and colleges receiving federal assistance to print the price of textbooks and supplemental materials in the course schedule so students could take that into account when selecting classes."
BILLS TO REFORM FINANCING OF CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS
"Today the amount of money spent in top ten competitive Senate races averages $34 million per campaign - double what it was just four years ago. It takes a mountain of money - about $7 million on average - even to lose a Senate campaign. This is not sustainable,"
Sen. Obama Time to bring this conflict to a responsible end
"When I opposed this invasion in 2002, I said that I am not against all wars, but dumb wars, and I believed that authorizing this conflict would lead to a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.  This is sadly where we find ourselves today. There is no military solution to this war."
Rep Fortner House Nears Committee Deadline
"This week is the final week for House bills to be acted on by committees of the House. I've added updates on my bills posted earlier and added articles on a couple more bills that are now out of committee."
Medicaid Reimbursement for Neutron and Proton Therapy
"Proton therapy has a similar story with a long history. There isn't a facility at Fermilab today, but the lab designed and built the proton therapy facility in Loma Linda, California 20 years ago. That technology can be used to build a facility here as well. But again like neutron therapy, even though private insurance covers this type of cancer treatment, Illinois doesn't recognize this type of facility for Medicaid patients."
Governor
Blagojevich
Dozens of African-American ministers endorse Governor Blagojevich’s plan to expand access to healthcare, invest more money in schools, bring about tax fairness
Governor Blagojevich announces launch of Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Web site
March 19 WegoWeb

 

Late Winter Collage
The pictures for this collage were taken on March 10th.  Starting at 50 degrees in Hurley, WI,  pictures were taken east on M28 to the lakeshore near Marquette, the Sceney stretch and across to the eastern end... where, of course, near blizzard conditions turned it too dark and too windy for a video to show much..
Calling for change
"Roughly 100 people joined the Landecks at the rally, in which participants later marched to the office of U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, to protest the war.  The event is a sign that since 2003 public opinion recently has shifted against the war, said David Martin of the West Suburban Faith-based Peace Coalition."
Sen. Obama Obama Works to Expand Use of Biofuels Nationwide
“While the biofuels industry will soon produce enough ethanol to make higher fuel blends widely available to consumers, and automakers have steadily increased the production of Flexible Fuel Vehicles, just over 1,000 retailers across the nation carry E85 pumps. UL certification will remove one of the last remaining roadblocks to the widespread installation of dual fuel pumps that give motorists the choice between renewable fuels and traditional gasoline.”
Rep Hastert

 

For a real judicial lesson, call these guys
"Rodger Heaton, currently the U.S. attorney of the Central District in Illinois, who was made in the post-Fitzgerald era and is the pick of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert.  In one of his first public acts, Heaton had dinner at the Sangamon Club in Springfield with Republican Combine power brokers Big Bill Cellini and Rove's buddy, Big Bob Kjellander, until recently the treasurer of the Republican National Committee. Bill and Bob are also identified in federal documents in the Illinois pension fund scandal as Individual A and Individual K, although they haven't been indicted."
Rep Fortner Allow Counties to Collect Fees for Child Advocacy
"Domestic violence shelters are able to get part of their funds from court cases related to violence, but counties have no similar provision for their Child Advocacy Centers. The initial idea was to allow counties collect fees from criminal and civil cases related to children"
Protect Funding for Domestic Violence Shelters
"As with many funds, the requests vary from year to year, and the excess funds one year would go to support programs in the next year. The administration currently is able to take these funds for general purposes in a procedure called a "chargeback", commonly called a fund sweep."
Deny Licenses to Young Gang Members
"If a minor is convicted of a crime related to gang activity, they would lose their license and not be able to get a license until they turn 21. If they don't yet have a license they wouldn't be able to get one until they turn 18."
Governor
Blagojevich
Momentum for Gov. Blagojevich’s FY2008 budget proposal continues to build
"As groups across the state continue to voice support for the Governor’s budget proposal, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley over the weekend urged the Illinois General Assembly to carefully look at the Governor’s proposed budget. Mayor Daley said the plan warrants close examination and that he supports the Governor’s proposal to increase education funding."
March 18 Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"Get a copy of the agenda from the West Chicago City web site and follow along as you watch the City Counsil meeting LIVE Monday night at 7PM. There are 3 hours of programs to interest the Hispanic community starting at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For a little bit of West Chicago history, catch West Chicago, Little Railroad Town this week. All this and more on CableCom, West Chicago Channel 17."
West Chicago mayor
"Kwasman is endorsed.  He was a very good councilman and has all the skill, experience and vision to be a very good mayor. Much more so than Woodward, who has not made a strong case for election."
[Currently on the opinion page, this item will be lost in 24 hours.  A link to a copy will then be provided. - Bob]
Briefs:Anti-war vigils, rally set: - (scroll to 5th item)
"At 3:30 p.m., the group will march to U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam's office and hold a vigil. DAWN also will hold a candlelight peace vigil from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Main and Duane streets in downtown Glen Ellyn"
Days left to register to vote: 3
"After March 20, grace-period registration will be allowed only at your county elections office through April 3."
Sen. Obama US must continue piling pressure on Mugabe By Senator Barack Obama - Saylac.com - Djibouti
"Mr President, the events of the last few days in Zimbabwe are outrageous and warrant universal condemnation. It is time for the government of Robert Mugabe to cease its repressive and divisive actions, and to allow Zimbabweans to pursue their hopes for legitimate political change and opportunity."
2008: Top O’ the Day - New York Times
“He couldn’t sit back and wait for the answers to come to him,” said Maya Soetoro-Ng, the child of Mr. Obama’s mother from another marriage, who remains close to him. “He had to pursue those answers actively. People from very far-away places collide here, and cultures collide, and there is a blending and negotiation that is constant.”
NBC "TODAY" INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL), DEMOCRATIC ... - Federal News Service
" MS. VIEIRA: Democratic Senator Barack Obama serves on the Homeland Security Committee, and he is also running for president.  Senator Obama, good morning to you, sir."
Rep Hastert Former speaker takes in the Palace WRESTLING TICKER - Detroit Free Press
"This sport has sustained for thousands of years," he said. "It is the oldest sport. But it is (sustained) by a set of rules and sportsmanship parameters that are really upheld and are outstanding."
[It was a long way from HS wrestling to the WWE atmosphere of Hastert's House... all of it downhill. - Bob]
Uproar hits Fla. Confederate flag show
"Hurst says he has discussed the possibility of taking legal action against the museum, although he's reluctant to give Sims more publicity.  Florida statutes say it's unlawful to "deface, defile or contemptuously abuse" the Confederate flag, but say it's also illegal to prevent the display of the flag "for decorative or patriotic purposes."
[The US flag can be burned but the Confederate flag is protected... what is wrong with this picture? - Bob]
March 17 WegoWeb

 

Pictures from Coffee with the Mayor
Another Saturday morning, another opportunity to sit down with the mayor and various government officials to discuss concerns and problem... and they provided the coffee and donuts.
Fired workers demand pay
"About 80 protesters present Friday alleged that, on March 5, WinCup Inc., a manufacturer of cups for restaurants that include McDonald’s Corp., fired without notice or stated cause more than 100 employees — all of whom are Latino."
Rep Fortner HB 255 - Limiting Legislative Pay Raises
"House Bill 255 would fix this problem and put the legislature on the same footing as other employees. If the legislature says no to a raise, then it will really mean no. They wouldn't be able to collect past raises from before that vote, only the raises that come after."
HB 256 - TIF Incentives for Transit Oriented Development
"A TOD recognizes that certain types of businesses and residences work well near a train station, bus hub, or express bus stop. When planned in advance there are long-term benefits to the community both for local shopping and reduced congestion from residents who live near public transit. In the suburbs it can sometimes be difficult to entice development of this type when open fields are nearby."
White House did NOT investigate Plame Outing
"Taken as a whole, the testimony at today's hearing described breach after breach of national security requirements at the White House. The first breach was the disclosure of Ms. 'Wilson's identity. Other breaches included the failure of Mr. Rove and other offrcials to report their disclosures as required by law, the failure of the White House to initiate the prompt investigation required by the executive order, and the failure of the White House to suspend the security clearances of the implicated officials."
March 16 Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner

 

Millner bills move forward in the Senate
"Clearing up the state’s criminal code, punishing those who sexually exploit children and providing police with more help in the fight against child pornography were among the bills sponsored by State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream) which moved through the legislative process the week of March 12 in the Illinois Senate."
Sen Durbin Elections and Politics Must Be ‘Clean’ of Special Interests - Daily Californian - Berkeley,CA
"We spoke loudly and clearly that it was time for reform. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois has heard that call and now is standing up to the powers that have controlled Washington for too long."
Sen. Obama Support for Barack Obama Surges - Toronto Daily News - Toronto,ON,Canada
"Senator Barack Obama has increased his support substantially since a previous poll in early February, and his support is now almost as strong as that for Senator Hillary Clinton, new Harris Poll found."
the Phony 'Voter Fraud' Angle - Brad Blog
"The point behind the effort is solely to push for disenfranchising laws and restrictions in an effort to keep legitimate voters away from the polls in our democracy. If you read only one page of this report, "The Politics of Voter Fraud," it will be well worth your time!"
March 15 Elementary
District 33
CERTIFIED AND CLASSIFIED STAFF POSITION TABLE UPDATED
Dr. B. Clark has provided me with an updated tally of employees, by category, for District 33.  This includes the totals from 1997 to this year and is the same document the board uses to analyze how/why/where the payroll is growing or shrinking.
City of
West Chicago
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission Zoning Board of Appeals has been cancelled.
West Chicago High School names its student of the month
"They said Katie’s commitment to academics and involvement in extracurricular activities is exemplary. Her coaches suggest she “epitomizes the term student-athlete” and even at an involved level, she has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average, securing her status at the top."
West Chicago Chamber Web site is not all serious business
"Take time to visit the new West Chicago Chamber of Commerce Web site, www.westchicagochamber.com. It provides information, not only relevant to chamber members, but also to residents in the community."
Lawmakers push for West Chicago water tax relief
"However, Kwasman said not only are residents paying higher water rates to West Chicago so that the city’s debt can be paid, they are also paying additional sales tax to the DuPage Water Commission for a service they have never had and will never receive."
West Chicago District 33 makes the grade on state report cards
"West Chicago Elementary School District 33 students met or exceeded state expectations in math and reading in state standardized tests. If they do the same on the 2007 tests being taken this week, the district will be removed from the state’s academic watch list."
At Home in West Chicago - Merle Burleigh
"The West Chicago Fire Protection District is holding informational meetings concerning the referendum to construct two new fire stations and to provide extra firefighter-paramedics."
Sen Durbin DURBIN MEETS WITH QUAD CITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP TO DISCUSS REGIONAL PRIORITIES
STATEMENT OF U.S. SENATOR DICK DURBIN REGARDING TODAY'S BID BY INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE
DURBIN ASKS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO INTERNATIONAL FOOD AID PROGRAMS AT AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS HEARING
DURBIN, COBURN, LEAHY & CORNYN INTRODUCE BIPARTSIAN GENOCIDE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT
DURBIN NOMINATES NOBEL PEACE PRIZE RECIPIENT MUHAMMAD YUNUS FOR CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL
Sen. Obama Obama, Murkowski, Allen Introduce Bill to Ban Export of Mercury
“While the United States has become more vigilant in collecting and containing mercury, it remains one of the leading exporters of this dangerous product. This legislation would cause the U.S. to lead by example, encouraging other nations to protect public health by eliminating their dependence on mercury.”
Hastert Statement on Climate Change: State and Local Perspectives
"The different paths followed by state and local jurisdictions can help us to understand which policies may work best or not at all. "
DeLay's Wrath - The Conservative Voice
"Even DeLay's handpicked speaker succeeding Gingrich, J. Dennis Hastert, is accused along with Gingrich and Armey of opening the door to the Democratic purge of him.  DeLay is an angry man after being driven from the leadership, from Congress and, so far, from public life by "a concerted effort to destroy me legally, financially and personally" through a 2005 indictment in Texas."
Governor
Blagojevich
IDOT, ISP, Secretary of State Police team with local police To Step up alcohol enforcement for St. Patrick’s Day
2007 spring trout fishing season opens April 7
March 14 Elementary
District 33
Family Night ... Taking Care of Your Family
"This event is made possible by WeGo Together for Kids SS/HS funding"
W. Chicago to get tough on violations
“Our community will not be compromised. … Whether it is liquor license violations such as selling alcohol to minors, parking tickets, landlords who blatantly ignore the city’s over-occupancy regulations, or property owners and businesses not maintaining their properties to the standards that West Chicagoans expect and deserve,”
Wetzel
Chronicle
Baumrucker and Ferguson
"Robert and Nancy Baumrucker of West Chicago, Ill., are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Baumrucker, to Melvin Ferguson Jr., son of Melvin and Sandra Ferguson of Middlebourne."
Sen Durbin BILL TO TRANSFER RESPONSIBILITY FOR AGRICULTURE INSPECTIONS FROM DHS BACK TO USDA
"When inspection rates at key American points of entry decrease, the threat of infestation dramatically increases," said Durbin. "We owe it to the American people to make sure our government is doing all it can to control the spread of invasive species."
FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN SUDAN, TRADE RELATIONS & BUDGET
"The United States must do everything in its power to stop the genocide in Darfur," Durbin said. "This genocide has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people and displaced millions of Darfurians."
FAMILY BASED SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR METH
"Family-based treatment for substance abuse acknowledges the important connection between a parent and a child," Durbin said. "Many parents cannot successfully utilize substance abuse and mental health services if their children are excluded"
Sen. Obama Remarks of Senator Barack Obama - IAFF Meeting - Business Wire
"It is a noble calling what you do. You know that. I know that. This country knows that. But sometimes Washington forgets. They praise your work. They cheer you on when you race up the stairs. But when it’s time for you to get health care or buy the radios and equipment you need, those supporters disappear like a puff of smoke."
Rep Hastert Statement of Congressman Hastert on Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission
"With the tremendous evolution in the provision of audio and video services by broadcast, cable, satellite, Internet, and now even telephone companies, we must update our laws to reflect changes in the media marketplace.  Allowing the market to work will lead to new innovative products."
on Climate Change and the Auto Industry
"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."
Hastert e-mail questioned work of Charlton in Arizona - Arizona Daily Star
"The earliest e-mail references to Charlton are of complaints by then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., who asked in a July meeting with President Bush why an assistant U.S. attorney in Arizona would not prosecute marijuana possession cases dealing with amounts less than 500 pounds."
Governor
Blagojevich
$270,000 In Sustainable Agriculture Grants To Encourage Enviromentally-Friendly Agricultural Innovation
“These grants will help ensure they continue to practice the most modern production techniques and our natural resources are conserved for generations of farmers to come.”
Illinois recognized as national leader for commitment to early childhood education
“Preschool for All is a top priority of ours because we know how much quality teaching and learning at an early age helps kids succeed in the future,” said Gov. Blagojevich.  “We’re doing the right thing for the future of our children and the future of Illinois by making quality preschool available to all of our children.”
March 13 Roskam criticizes Walter Reed, blames GOP
"U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam Monday joined a growing chorus seeking better treatment for wounded veterans and blamed his party’s leaders for poor conditions in military hospitals.  The 6th District Republican from Wheaton toured the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus with a group of fellow congressmen and described a “shabby” atmosphere in some buildings."
WegoWeb Plan for inspecting all cargo containers - Daily Herald
"A possible solution to this would be to enlarge customs forces so that there is 100 percent examination of all containers. Right away you can hear the howls of protest about the cost. Not an unreasonable protest.  Suggest that the cost for this enlargement of customs and security personnel and facilities be paid for by a fee levied on each container."
Local woman runs Boston Marathon for cancer-inflicted family
"Kendra Hoepper of West Chicago is running the Boston Marathon next month while also gathering donations until the race for mother and son, Sheila and Christian Meyer, who are both suffering from rare, incurable cancers."
Spanish-speaking and Hispanic foster homes too scarce
"Too many kids have lost their identity," said Jimenez, who is based in Aurora. "A lot of Hispanics don't speak Spanish because they're put in foster care. (Agencies) are not recruiting, and the ones you'd like to get may not have the proper documents."
Sen Durbin SENATOR DURBIN ASKS AMERICAN EAGLE TO WORK WITH GREAT LAKES AVIATION TO GET SERVICE STARTED IMMEDIATELY
"While I am happy to see that the Department of Transportation has named Great Lakes Aviation as the new carrier for Marion and Quincy flights to St. Louis, we need to do everything possible to make sure that Great Lakes doesn't experience any delays in beginning service and that they have all the help they need to get off the ground and in the air right away,"
DURBIN CHAIRS CONFIRMATION HEARING FOR JUDGE FREDERICK KAPALA
"Mr. Kapala has been nominated to fill the sole federal judgeship in Rockford, IL. Kapala's name was sent to the President for his consideration by former Speaker Dennis Hastert in consultation with Durbin and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)."
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on White House Involvement in the Firing of U.S. Attorneys
"I opposed Mr. Gonzalez's nomination, in part, because he had shown in his role as White House Counsel a penchant for subverting justice to serve the President's political goals, and I feared that in an Attorney General. Sadly, the latest revelations underscore my concern."
Obama Statement on the Elections in Northern Ireland
"I urge the DUP to join with Sinn Fein and the other parties and fulfill its obligation to restore the Assembly and the Executive. The people of Northern Ireland deserve their own government and the political leaders owe them that. Hope has new momentum. It must not be lost."
Governor
Blagojevich
Veterans’ Affairs Director reminds residents of easy way to assist state’s war heroes
IDNR awards Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants
Partnership for a Drug-Free Illinois calls on media, parents to unite in preventing illegal drug use
IDOT Appoints Veteran Engineer to Lead Highway Region 2 Covering Northern Illinois
March 12 West Chicago
High School
WEST CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 94 ACHIEVES STATE ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS AGAIN
"We know that Community High School has many outstanding qualities, and that the school is so much more than a single test score, but the standard or measure by which we are being judged has been accomplished. Unfortunately, this test score does continue to be the one measure by which all school's will be judged."
Rep Hastert Hastert honors service academy nominees
"Hastert, a Plano Republican, nominated 21 young men and women from his 14th Congressional District for appointments to the nation's military academies. Most of the nominees are 18-year-olds and will graduate from area high schools this spring."
`Cost of war' too much for Walter Reed, vet says
"Her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey, also a National Guard major, was with her during her long months of rehabilitation.  "He wasn't going to put up with any bureaucracy," she said. "But it's really different for the 19-year-old who has a brain injury and six months in the Army. He doesn't understand the system.""
Episcopal church may go own way
"If Resurrection follows through on its plans, the congregation will be the first in the Chicago Episcopal Diocese to leave the national church over issues that are also threatening to split the global Anglican Communion, to which Episcopalians belong.  Because the diocese owns the church building, if Resurrection leaves it would have to abandon its current facilities, including the altar carved by a member, the sanctuary and an upgraded sound system."
Sen Durbin DURBIN CONVENES FORUM TO DISCUSS QUALITY OF CARE FOR IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN VETERANS
"In the wake of the Walter Reed scandal," Durbin said, "it is clear far more veterans than previously acknowledged are facing these problems. More needs to be done to provide the treatment and benefits these veterans need to make the transition from active military to civilian life as smooth as possible."
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on Kiley Resignation
"The Bush Administration has always been quick to send our troops to battle, but slow and complacent when it comes to addressing the poor conditions, bureaucracy, and neglect that plague military and VA hospitals. We should not assume the system has been reformed just because it is under new management."
Obama says US must withdraw from Iraq - Gulf News - Dubai,United Arab Emirates
"We have to be honest that, in the absence of these changes, if these changes aren't made, there is not much we can do" to help the Iraqi people, he added.
Angry Democrats pursue Fox over Obama remark - The Australian - Sydney,Australia
"The choice of Fox News as the broadcaster of the Nevada debate had already angered Democratic activists, who gathered 265,000 signatures for an online petition, calling it "a mouthpiece for the Republican Party" and urging Nevada officials to cancel."
Rep Hastert Hastert To Host Reception For Military Academy Nominees
"Invited to the reception are 22 nominees representing the following communities:  Aurora, Bartlett, Batavia, DeKalb, Dixon, Elburn, Geneva, Hampshire, North Aurora, Oswego, St. Charles and West Chicago."
Rep Peter Roskam ROSKAM ANNOUNCES STUDENT ART CONTEST
"One finalist from the district will have the opportunity to display their artwork in the walkway connecting the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol for one year, where it will be viewed by Members of Congress and thousands of visitors."
The Army is ordering injured troops to go to Iraq - TPM Muckraker
"Jenkins and other soldiers claim that the division and brigade surgeons summarily downgraded soldiers' profiles, without even a medical exam, in order to deploy them to Iraq. It is a claim division officials deny."
March 10&11 Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"Tune in to see the crazy adventure the Rez Youth Group has making a video for church from the song 'Pressing On'. Also, enjoy 2 or 3 hours of WCCHS and WCMS variety shows every night this week. The most fun on TV is right here in West Chicago on CableCom Channel 17!"
Rep.Randy Ramey Governor Funding ‘Shaky’, Proposes Largest Tax Increase on Businesses
"Like last year’s budget address, State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) said Gov. Blagojevich is good at providing well-intentioned ideas to expand healthcare and increase education funding, but specific details regarding how to fund the initiatives are either non-existent or built upon already financially shaky ground."
Sen Durbin New genocide measure due in US Senate next week - Turkish Daily News - Ankara, Turkey
"Illinois Senator Richard Durbin's intention was first reported by the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. A spokesperson at Durbin's office could not be reached, but both Turkish and Armenian sources confirmed that the move was expected to come at some point next week, most likely with a news conference.  Durbin, the Democratic Party's number two leader in the Senate, is known as a staunch supporter of the Armenian cause."
Sen. Obama Obama's wife airs dirty laundry at NYC fundraiser - WQAD - Moline,IL
"Michelle Obama told roaring audience members she sometimes wishes she could live with the same character she sees on T-V. She called that man "Barack Obama the phenomenon."  She said the Barack Obama at her house has trouble putting his socks with the dirty clothes. And he doesn't do a better job than their five-year-old daughter at making his bed."
Rep Hastert With Bush's Support, Our Troops Don't Need Enemies - OpEdNews - Newtown,PA
"[These cuts] could mean the loss of 19,000 nurses, equating to the loss of 6.6 million outpatient visits or more than three-quarters of a million hospital bed days. ...Congress will be reaching into the pockets of our nation's service-connected veterans, including combat disabled veterans, and robbing them and their survivors of a portion of their compensation." --Edward Heath, National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, in a letter to then-Speaker of the House of Representative, Dennis Hastert, 3/17/03"
March 09 West Chicago
High School
WEST CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 94
"The faculty and administration of Community High School District 94 would like to congratulate Katie McLeland for being chosen Student of the Month for February 2007."
Seven Wonders of Illinois - Please Vote
"Thank you all for your votes, but the competition is stiff. Please vote again ( and again and again). We've slipped back into a tie. "

http://www.enjoyillinois.com/sevenwonders/

Murder charges may come
"DuPage County State’s Attorney Joseph Birkett confirmed Thursday he will likely upgrade criminal charges in light of the wife’s recent death.  Mireille Ellberg, 72, died late last week at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, nearly 14 months after her assailant beat and ran over the woman while fleeing."
Lose a coach, keep a mentor
"The good news for the whole Wheaton Academy community is because Huber is vacating the soccer post, it means he can dedicate more time to his myriad activities as dean of spiritual life at the school."
New task for Duckworth?
"Reports on deplorable outpatient care for soldiers at Walter Reed prompted the president to form a commission to analyze health services provided for returning soldiers.  “If not me, I think someone who’s been a patient as a result of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq should be on the commission,” Duckworth said."
West Chicago Middle School names honor roll
West Chicago Park candidate challenge thrown out
"Saar said the allegations would not stand up in court if the issue went before a judge, so the case was dismissed.  The West Chicago Park Board has two, six-year seats up for election Tuesday, April 17.  The candidates are incumbents Frank Lenertz and Don Voelz, and newcomer Rick Orr."
West Chicago police chief will leave April 30
"In a statement sent out by Kwasman, he said Kuhn is retiring to pursue other interests, including teaching. He will remain with the department until April 30, using a combination of accrued and unpaid leave. Kwasman said the severance provisions of Kuhn’s contract were not invoked by the city."
West Chicago seeks public input to downtown redevelopment
"Before proceeding further with redevelopment plans, the city is holding two public meetings at 7 p.m. March 12, and Monday, April 9, at City Hall, 425 Main St. The optional plans for all six sites are available for viewing at 6:30 p.m."
[This is funny.  Three days before this meeting and no press release, no pictures, and no maps.  How hard is staff working to make sure that pesky public will show up at this meeting? - Bob]
West Chicago to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
"The West Chicago Sister Cities is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day traditional Irish boiled dinner Saturday, March 17, at the American Legion Hall, 123 Main St. Social hour is at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m."
Candlelight vigil slated for missing musician
"Family and friends have scheduled a candlelight vigil Saturday at 6 p.m. at Brian's Charhouse, 27W371 North Ave. in West Chicago.  The place is a favorite haunt of Spira, a talented blues guitarist who often plays at the restaurant with a group called the Rabble Rousers."
Sen Durbin 2nd DOWNSTATE REGIONS AIR SERVICE SHUTDOWN
"Today's shutdown, the second in a week, confirms my fears. Regions Air cannot provide even the most basic air service, let alone the reliable service our downstate communities deserve."
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT ON THE PATRIOT ACT
"I voted for the original Patriot Act in 2001 and I voted to reauthorize it last year, because I believe we should give the government all the tools it needs to fight terrorism. However, I continue to believe that the Patriot Act must include reasonable checks and balances to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans."
Sen. Obama Senate Leadership Adopts Iraq Legislation with Same Goal for Redeployment as Obama Plan
“The leadership’s decision to set a March 31, 2008 target date for the redeployment of American troops from Iraq is a major step forward in changing the President’s failed Iraq policy,”
Statement of Senator Obama on Latin America
"That a desire for fundamental change has been expressed through the ballot box is an enormous stride forward. Too often, change in the Americas has occurred in an anti-democratic fashion. Those days must permanently be put to rest. All citizens of the Americas have a fundamental right to live in freedom, and to express themselves through robust democratic institutions."
Rep Peter Roskam $3m given for Illinois hydrogen production - Fuel Cell Today - UK
"... Congressman Roskam said that he was pleased to be involved in "cutting edge" alternative energy production.  "The Gas Technology Institute is a leader in developing technology that will help us lessen our dependence on foreign sources of energy and keep our environment healthy for future generations," he said."
   
March 08 Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
Millner’s Salvia Divinorum and West Chicago Water Tax Bills Pass Senate
"An effort to curb the use of a dangerous hallucinogen and a measure to provide tax relief to residents of West Chicago were among the bills passed Thursday, March 7 by the Illinois Senate. Both measures, sponsored by State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream), passed the Senate unanimously on a 57-0-0 vote."
W. Chicago budget closer to final passage
"The budget includes an unspecified amount of money for the planning and acquiring of property for a new city hall, and $20,000 for the redevelopment of land at the southwest corner of Route 59 and Main Street. Another $35,000 is allocated for city's sole planned personnel hire of fiscal 2007 — a new part-time assistant to the city’s marketing communications coordinator."
Sen Durbin DURBIN INTRODUCES SUDAN DIVESTMENT BILL TO PRESSURE KHARTOUM GOVERNMENT
"Durbin's legislation affirms that it is the sense of Congress that states and other entities should be permitted to divest their assets of certain holdings as an expression of opposition to the genocide and polices of the Khartoum government. It also expresses the sense of government that such divestment laws are consistent with the Constitution."
Sen. Obama Growing Momentum Behind Obama, Thompson, Murphy Redeployment Plan
“Because of the President’s failed strategy, and despite the valiant efforts of our troops, our military options in Iraq have been exhausted,” said Senator Barack Obama. “The American people and the new Congressional majority, along with some wise Republicans, agree that we should begin to redeploy our troops from Iraq so that a political solution can be found.”
Selma Voting Rights March Commemoration
"The previous generation, the Moses generation, pointed the way. They took us 90% of the way there. We still got that 10% in order to cross over to the other side. So the question, I guess, that I have today is what's called of us in this Joshua generation? What do we do in order to fulfill that legacy; to fulfill the obligations and the debt that we owe to those who allowed us to be here today?"
Rep Hastert Statement on Carbon Capture and Sequestration
"Carbon capture and sequestration is new technology. It has never been attempted on the scale required to alter the climate-effecting emissions which accompany the generation of electricity. Initially, it will be expensive, although the price may drop as we gain experience. But in the short-term, make no mistake; it will increase the price of electricity."
Climate Change
"I’d like to learn about the limits of our ability to attribute greenhouse gas emissions to global warming and what is needed to improve that ability.   I’d like to learn more about where the latest research is leading and how that might be changing the assumptions scientists have had about the issue."
[Sounds like Denny thinks global warming is causing green house gasses. - Bob]
Governor
Blagojevich
Chicago Public Schools Chief Arne Duncan and Chicago Teachers Union Back Governor Blagojevich’s Helping Kids Learn plan
“We have an obligation to our children.  We owe them a fully-funded, well-rounded, state-of-the-art education, and we can achieve that with new teachers, new classrooms, new materials, and investment that shows they are a priority and our future,”
March 07 West Chicago
High School
Upcoming presentation for juniors - Maura Bridges
"On Tuesday, March 13th during 3rd hour, juniors will have the opportunity to participate in a special presentation. That presentation, "Making Your College Search Count", provides second-semester high school juniors with crucial information on how to conduct an effective college search. The program covers every aspect of the college search from visiting schools to the application process. It provides students with a working plan that makes the process of choosing a college more manageable. Students who are interested should sign up in the Counseling office before the assembly."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
Millner calls Governor’s Address a Good Conversation Starter
“Unlike previous years, he took time to detail how he proposes to fund his far-reaching programs, but I’m not sure the idea of taxing business, borrowing even more against our future, and selling off state assets is the best way to go,”
Teachers union says it’s left out in Dist. 94
"Teachers union President Barb Laimins told the board that union members, by a vote of 104-4, had ratified a position paper earlier in the day.  She read the paper, which declared teachers’ frustration with the board’s recent decisions to institute a new schedule over the union’s protest and revamp the administration of school departments."
W. Chicago police chief unlikely to return to post
"In response to a Daily Herald inquiry, City Administrator Michael Guttman said via e-mail Saturday that Kuhn “will be announcing his retirement as West Chicago chief of police effective April 30, 2007, in order to pursue other interests, including teaching.”  But there’s no indication Kuhn has put such plans in writing. And in an interview last week, Guttman acknowledged Kuhn is under no obligation to resign by April 30."
Judge: Homatas can present evidence
"A Wayne man accused of killing a mother and her unborn child in a drunken driving accident will be allowed to present evidence that his friend may have been the real driver."
Hastert to host spring reception
" U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert will host his 20th annual Hastert for Congress Spring Reception March 26 in Aurora.  The reception will be at 5:30 p.m. in the new Grand Gallery of the Paramount Theatre on Galena Boulevard in downtown Aurora."
Trial set in DUI collision that killed 2, unborn child
"Gary Johnson, who is defending Homatas, plans to argue that Chiariello was driving Homatas' SUV when it struck Simmons' vehicle. The friends had been at a West Chicago strip club before the incident, and Chiariello told at least two club employees that he would drive his intoxicated friend home, Johnson said."
Sen Durbin DURBIN MEETS WITH ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU LEADERS TO DISCUSS FARM BILL BUDGET, ETHANOL & WRDA
"Illinois farm land is among the most productive in the world," said Durbin. "It is important to Illinoisans that we work together to pass a Farm Bill and ensure we have adequate shipping routes to get our agricultural products to market."
BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS INTRODUCE THE AFRICAN HEALTH CAPACITY INVESTMENT ACT OF 2007
"Increased funding from governments and private donors to expand health services holds the promise of saving millions of lives in Africa. But, a severe shortage of health workers on the ground represents a tight bottleneck slowing the flow of resources to patients who need them,"
DURBIN ASKS PRESIDENT BUSH TO APPOINT DUCKWORTH TO COMMISSION LOOKING INTO VETERANS CARE
"Durbin said Duckworth had insight and experiences that would add greatly to the work of the commission."
Sen. Obama Obama Bill Would Make Election Fraud and Voter Intimidation Publishable by Law
"It’s hard to imagine that we even need a bill like this. But, unfortunately, there are people who will stop at nothing to try to deceive voters and keep them away from the polls. What’s worse, these practices often target and exploit vulnerable populations, such as minorities, the disabled, or the poor."
Obama, Gutierrez, Schakowsky Bill Would Send Immigration Fee Hikes Back To Drawing Board
“Setting sky high immigration application fees could deter immigrants from following a legal path citizenship, sending those that played by the rules into the shadows.”
Obama Offers Explanation of Stock Purchases - New York Times
“At no point did I know what stocks were held,” Mr. Obama told reporters. “And at no point did I direct how those stocks were invested.”
Governor
Blagojevich
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, March 14, 2007 for Staff Sgt. Paul M. Latourney, United States Army"
Governor Blagojevich continues his fight for middle class families in his Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Address
"Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today delivered his Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Address, launching his second term with a bold agenda for Illinois’ middle class families that will give everyone access to affordable healthcare, improve education, and relieve the tax burden on individuals by asking big businesses to pay their fair share."
March 06 West Chicago Police Dept. WEST CHICAGO FIRE DISTRICT REFERENDUM INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS
"The West Chicago Fire Protection District is holding informational meetings concerning the April 17, 2007 referendum to construct two new fire stations and to provide additional firefighter-medics."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
Millner sponsors efforts to reform Illinois’ Criminal Code
"State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream) is sponsoring two measures in the Illinois Senate aimed at ensuring the state’s criminal statutes are clearer, necessary and more effective."
Seven Wonders of Illinois - Please Vote
"1700 acres of trees & plants; a remarkable Children's Garden, internationally acclaimed research, first-rate educational programming for kids to graduate students, a reliable and ready source of plant information, volumes of treasures at the Library, chicken wild rice soup and theater hikes, fall color and daffodils, the yule log and caramel apples........... you might say we are one of wonders of Illinois."
Hastert appoints Blacksmith as press secretary
"Blacksmith has worked for Hastert's office for five years as a field representative, a job she will continue to hold in addition to her press secretary duties. In those five years, she's served as a liaison to the Hispanic community in Hastert's 14th District..."
Sen Durbin JOINT RESOLUTION TO GRANT POSTHUMOUS HONORARY CITIZENSHIP TO CASIMIR PULASKI
""Casimir Pulaski made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of American freedom," Durbin said. "When we think of our nation's struggle for freedom in its early years, we also must think of Casimir Pulaski and his brave contributions to our nation's birth.""
Sen. Obama Obama, Biden Sponsor Bill With Tax Breaks for Auto Fuel Gains - Bloomberg
"The proposal includes ``generous tax incentives'' to retool parts and U.S. plants to meet the tougher standards, Obama, an Illinois Democrat, said in a statement today. The legislation would allow different standards for different types of vehicles, rather than an average for an automaker's entire fleet of models."
Obama Initiative Would Greatly Increase Risk Based Homeland Security Funding
“States that face the greatest threats should receive the most funding, to secure their infrastructure and prepare their first responders. A flea market on a roadside and a metropolitan transit system do not carry the same risks, and they should not be treated equally."
Rep Hastert

 

Two FBI Whistleblowers Confirm Illegal Wiretapping of Govt Officials, Support Sibel Edmonds Claims - Daily Kos
"Edmonds’ complaint included allegations of illegal activities by Turkish organizations and their agents in the United States, and the involvement of certain elected and appointed U.S. officials in the Department of State, Pentagon, and the U.S. Congress in these activities. In its September 2005 issue, Vanity Fair ran a comprehensive piece on Edmonds’ case by reporter David Rose, in which several former and current congressional and Justice Department officials identified former House Speaker Dennis Hastert as being involved in illegal activities with the Turkish organizations and personnel targeted in FBI investigations."
Group alleges FBI abused wiretaps to spy on government officials - Raw Story
"A 2002 complaint by FBI Special Agent Gilbert Graham alleges that an FBI task force on which he was serving used counterintelligence wiretaps in order to primarily spy on US government officials."
Rep Peter Roskam Congressional panel hears testimony about Great Lakes pollution - Janesville Gazette - Janesville,WI
"While Ullrich urged comprehensive Great Lakes restoration legislation, Roskam cautioned against "waiting for perfect."  "The 'perfect' is the enemy of the 'good,"' he said."
Governor
Blagojevich
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, March 8, 2007 for Army Pfc. Daniel Zizumbo, United States Army."
March 05 More negative spin on West Chicago
"What started out as a positive news article ended up, once again, with the Daily Herald pointing to West Chicago in a negative manner. West Chicago and the fine citizens who live here deserve better."
Pond hockey rookies bring home trophy
"Brest, a 30-year-old Aurora resident, and McMahon, 38, of West Chicago were part of a four-man team that took first place in its division in the second annual National Pond Hockey Tournament Feb. 16-18 in Eagle River, Wis."
Sen Durbin AMTRAK PROVIDES STUDY TO RESTORE STATE-SUPPORTED RAIL SERVICE TO ROCKFORD AND NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS
"Chicago-Rockford travel times of about two hours and Chicago-Dubuque travel times of less than 4.5 hours are possible and would be competitive with automobile driving, dependant on the choice of routes, agreements with host railroads and required infrastructure improvements."
Duckworth Nominated To Investigate Walter Reed - CBS2 Chicago
“She's a great booster and proponent of Walter Reed and all the work they did for her and Brian all the months she was there, but I think she understands the shortcomings of the system as well,"
Sen. Obama Senators Reintroduce Initiative to Reduce Gasoline Consumption by Half a Trillion Gallons
“Energy is fundamentally reshaping the power balance in the world, largely to the detriment of the United States. The hundreds of billions of dollars spent on oil imports each year weakens the U.S. economy, enriches hostile regimes, and is used by some to support terrorism."
Obama Steps Up For Wounded Troops - BobGeiger.com
"In the wake of the scandal surrounding the conditions endured by some Veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) introduced two pieces of legislation last week to create a more suitable level of care for wounded troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan."
Bill Would Reform Treatment of Wounded Vets - Army Times
"Called the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act, the bill would mandate housing standards for the wounded, overhaul disability review boards, require one caseworker for every 20 recovering service members, extend job protections for service members to include family members who are at their side during recovery, demand that an ombudsmen be available around the clock by phone and in any hospital with more than 100 patients, and create a new independent oversight board to monitor how recovering service members are treated."
Obama: Redistribute Anti-Terror Millions - 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 State Secrets Privilege Was Used to Cover Up Corruption and ... - OpEdNews - Newtown,PA
"In its September 2005 issue, Vanity Fair ran a comprehensive piece on Edmonds’ case by reporter David Rose, in which several former and current congressional and Justice Department officials identified former House Speaker Dennis Hastert as being involved in illegal activities with the Turkish organizations and personnel targeted in FBI investigations."
Republicans fail to serve vets - Beacon Newspaper (subscription) - Miami,FL
"The survey showed that 13 members received failing grades, and all were Republicans. Among them was Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, the leader of the Republicans and the House of Representatives until 2007."
March 04 Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"Tune in to Channel 17 on Tuesday and Thursday this week at 7pm for WCCHS Jazz Nights. Enjoy the WCCHS Jazz band by itself, with the NIU Jazz band and other local high school bands. In honor of the upcoming Chamber of Commerce fashion show, watch previous fashion shows on Wednesday and Friday at 6 & 7pm. Also, there's a new edition of the Derek & Rob X-Perience on Wednesday and Friday nights."
Searching for new funds
"State Rep. Michael Fortner, a West Chicago Republican, introduced legislation recently that would allow each county to vote on whether to add a $5 fee onto criminal and civil court filings. The money would go only to child advocacy centers."
Daffodils, tulips, pansies, oh my!
"Among the returning exhibitors are  ... gazebo specialists Leisure Woods of Genoa, who never stint on color, with Cypress Group Landscaping of West Chicago, and the Arthritis Foundation, whose garden showing ways for disabled people to garden was a highlight of the 2006 Navy Pier show."
Sen Durbin St. Louis air service to resume; Regions Air says it has ... - Herald & Review - Decatur,IL
"Saturday's cancellations came after U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, last week called for better air service to Decatur Airport and other downstate communities.  Earlier Saturday, Vallier, a Mount Zion native, had said in a phone interview that he ex­;pected to have the procedural issues that caused the cancellations resolved quickly."
Sen. Obama Obama Tangles With Online Pervert - The Smoking Gun - USA
"Senator Barack Obama is threatening legal action against a self-described pedophile who has posted photos of the Democratic politician's young daughters on a web site that purports to handicap the 2008 presidential campaign by evaluating the "cuteness" of underage daughters and granddaughters of White House aspirants."
Committee subpoenas former Walter Reed chief - The Army Times
"The memo signed by Garibaldi requests more federal employees because the hospital mission had grown “significantly” during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It states that medical command did not concur with their request for more people.  “Without favorable consideration of these requests,” Garibaldi wrote, “[Walter Reed Army Medical Center] Base Operations and patient care services are at risk of mission failure.”
March 03 Rx For Conifers
"Did you know that conifers provide more measurable environmental benefits than deciduous trees? Conifers have the most leaf surface area and therefore are most effective and intercepting rainfall, and are effective at filtering particulate pollution and sequestering CO2."
Durbin earns top ranking in study as most liberal senator
"Illinois' senior senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, was ranked last year's most liberal member of the U.S. Senate in a study released Friday by National Journal, a non-partisan magazine that covers politics and has issued annual ideological rankings of senators since 1981."
Sen Durbin Environment : Senator Levin Introduces Bipartisan Bills to Combat ... - All American Patriots (press release) - Taeby,NA,Sweden
"This legislation would not interfere with existing state regulations of Asian carp, and permits to transport or purchase live Asian carp could be issued for scientific, medical or educational purposes.  In addition to Levin, Voinovich and Feingold, other cosponsors of the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act include Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Norm Coleman, R-Minn., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Richard Durbin, D-Ill."
Sen. Obama Obama Had Slaveowning Kin - New York Times
“It is a true measure of progress that the descendant of a slave owner would come to marry a student from Kenya and produce a son who would grow up to be a candidate for president of the United States,” Mr. Burton said."
Obama Introduces Bill to Rank State Election Practices and Performance - VoteTrustUSA - Berkeley,CA
“We are all familiar with the problems of long lines, lost ballots, and voters improperly turned away from the polls during recent elections,” Obama said. “To prevent these problems, we need nonpartisan, objective information about how well election processes around the country are working.”
Rep Hastert A Better Way on Presidential Succession - Washington Post
"Pelosi takes a military plane because the speaker of the House is second in line to succeed the president, behind only the vice president. That's what drove the Department of Homeland Security to demand the extra level of security for then-Speaker Dennis Hastert. But should the speaker of the House even be in the line of succession?"
March 02 Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner
Millner announces new District office
“By moving to Bloomingdale we will allow everyone easier access to the office and take a big step forward in our efforts to become a “one-stop-shop” for the needs of people in the district,”
Teen home plans dropped by group
"Aldermen responded by asking for more information, including the statistics for other area transitional living facilities housing the 17- to 21-year-old age group.  “If we want to properly compare, we need more information,” 1st Ward Alderman James Biefuss said this week. “They have to make their own decisions.”"
West Chicago High School post-prom committee hosts St. Patrick’s bash
"The committee is planning a St. Patrick’s Day Bash & Silent Action for Saturday, March 17, to bring the community together to support a safe after-prom experience for junior and senior high school students and their dates."
Merle Burleigh shares insights on West Chicago
"The West Chicago’s Chamber of Commerce’s annual spring fashion show with this year’s theme of “Over the Rainbow” is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Courtyard Restaurant, 3S520 Route 59, Warrenville."
West Chicago resident to appear on reality TV show
"Reyes, a former Carol Stream resident who moved recently to West Chicago, now has the chance to be recognized for his obsession by more than just his friends, as he and friend Charles “Chuck” Aguilar of Romeoville are one of 12 teams of drivers competing on the upcoming Spike TV series “Bullrun.”"
West DuPage news briefs
Door shuts on group-home plan
 "There's just a general public safety concern," Ald. James Beifuss said. "What is the impact on the neighborhood if you allow that?"  Beifuss said West Chicago police checked on the number of police calls at ChildServ's group homes and found they've had "hundreds of calls."
Sen. Obama McCain and Obama in Deal on Public Financing - The New York Times
"The promises by Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Mr. Obama, Democrat of Illinois, are an effort to resuscitate part of the ailing public financing system for presidential campaigns.  In every election since Watergate, candidates have received limited sums of taxpayer money on the condition that they abstain from raising or spending any more."
Governor
Blagojevich
2006 attendance at Illinois state parks the largest since 2002
“Millions of people and families from Illinois and across the nation enjoy every year the beauty of our state parks and the many activities they offer. This great boost in tourism also helps strengthen the economy of the state’s regions,”
First Lady Patricia Blagojevich celebrates 10th Anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America Day by announcing March selections for her Children’s Reading Club
Fussillade Of Stand-Alone Stories Slammed Obama For "Gaffe." So What About McCain? - The Horse's Mouth
"Maybe we'll see a bunch of stand-alone stories on this tomorrow. Maybe we'll hear lots of similar denunciations of McCain's blunder in the next 12 to 24 hours. Or maybe not. Maybe instead we'll be reminded yet again of the media's default setting: On military matters, Dems are presumed to be politically vulnerable, while Republicans -- particularly McCain -- are presumed to be politically infallible."
March 01 West Chicago
High School
Game Show Competition Teaches Local Teens LifeSmarts
"LifeSmarts, a program of the National Consumers League, is a consumer education competition that tests teens in grades 9-12 about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities."
W. Chicago High gets past test hurdle
"The Illinois State Board of Education informed Community High School District 94 administrators Wednesday that the school has met the Adequate Yearly Progress standards as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act."
The store is wanted
"Bisio said the neighboring municipalities of Geneva and West Chicago also have approached the company about possibly bringing the tax- and job-producing development to their towns.  “It’s not something that we’ve explored to date. But we certainly appreciate the invitations, so to speak,” Bisio said. “It’s nice to be wanted.” "
W. Chicago man called a ‘stand-up guy’
"Hundreds of motorists may have gaped at the aftermath, but his family and friends knew the man in the crumpled SUV: Hector Alduen Jr., a happy father and bowling champion with Puerto Rican pride and a determination to give his family all he could."
Public says West Chicago firemen make great chili
“We look at creativity, presentation, taste and uniformity,” explained Burns. “John and I, who have been judges most years, have noticed much progression with the fire departments’ chili. All are much better.”
Kane County may drop DC lobbying firm
"Wyatt said the Legislative Committee will act as its own lobbyist. Wyatt, McConnaughay and other board members will try to make at least three trips to Washington this year instead of the usual one.  In the past several years, Kane County has lobbied hard for dollars from Washington for everything from road projects to drug court funding to farmland preservation money."
Sen Durbin Sen. Durbin's Big Week - Washington Post
"And where, you ask, do the lives of Ms. Williams and Sen. Durbin intersect?  "At the crossroads of Kennedy and Hollywood," Durbin spokesman Joe Shoemaker says."
Sen. Obama The presidency - no experience needed? - USA TODAY
"Those who chide Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for the slenderness of his curriculum vitae should heed the historical record, which shows that vast prior experience is no guarantee of a successful presidency and limited previous experience does not portend failure. The record also suggests that there is no particular connection between prior experience and performance in the White House."
Obama handled attack of the Clintonistas with character, composure - Quad-City Times
"It's not clear to me why I'd be apologizing for someone else's remark," he said. This was, his campaign said, a private matter between Hillary Clinton and someone who once supported her husband but who now seems committed not to support her."
Rep Hastert Statement By Congressman J. Dennis Hastert On H.R. 800
"The current system in place for union elections is fair. The NLRB has detailed procedures in place to ensure a fair election free of fraud where workers can cast their vote in private without fear of coercion from business or labor."
Governor
Blagojevich
IDVA announces free annual hunting and fishing licenses available for disabled veterans
"Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Acting Director L. Tammy Duckworth today announced that the annual free hunting and fishing licenses for disabled veterans are available.  IDVA is reminding disabled veterans that the 2006 Illinois issued hunting and fishing license will expire on March 31st."
Gov. Blagojevich launches “Illinois Covered” Web site
“The healthcare crisis in the United States is very real and very far-reaching.  It’s not just low-income families that have trouble getting or keeping health coverage; it’s middle-class families, hard-working entrepreneurs, and small businesses.  The cost of healthcare is growing at twice the rate of inflation, leaving more and more people behind every year,”
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