Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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30 Apr Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"Spring has sprung! Watch more Spring concerts this week on Channel 17. Catch a new episode of the Derek & Rob X-Perience playing Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Also, don't miss a rebroadcast of one of CableCom's most popular series from a few years ago, Food, Fun & Whatever."
West Chicago
High School
West Chicago HS Offers Free ESL, Citizenship, & GED Courses
"The Adult Education Program at West Chicago Community High School is offering free ESL (English as a Second Language) as well as Citizenship and GED classes."
Small Gary School fire illuminates bigger problem
"West Chicago firefighters received a report of a bathroom fire at Gary School, 130 E. Forest Ave., April 16, Deputy Chief Robert Hodge said. When crews arrived just minutes later, they were startled to find students sitting quietly at their desks with no sign of an evacuation in progress."
Sen. Obama Can Obama's substance match his style? - Newsweek
"Barack Obama is a man of grace. With his eloquent language and compelling life story, he has crafted two best-selling books and can deliver campaign rhetoric with deftness. At town-hall meetings, he looks pensive as he carefully answers voters' questions, like the law lecturer he used to be"
Calif. Democrats warm for Clinton, wild for Obama - Boston Globe
"More than 2,000 party activists frequently rose to their feet in cheers as Obama, who has served just two years in the U.S. Senate, talked about his desire to end the war in Iraq and usher in a new political era in Washington."
Rep Hastert Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute to Host 3rd Annual ... - Hispanic PR Wire
"This year, CHLI presents its CHLI Leadership in Public Service Award to former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives J. Dennis Hastert and the CHLI Leadership in International Relations Award to IMF Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato."
More Donations To Democrats - Wall Street Journal
"Illinois Rep. Dennis Hastert, the former House Speaker, and Republican Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio haven't received any donations from AT&T for their re-election efforts, even though both Republicans have been reliable supporters of the company's legislative efforts."


safety initiatives on campuses throughout Illinois
“We have a responsibility to do everything possible to ensure the safety of all students, from elementary and secondary schools to colleges and universities,”
29 Apr Rep.Randy Ramey


Ramey Passes Bill to Extend Life of West Chicago TIF District
"A bill sponsored by State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) will allow the City of West Chicago to extend the life of its Tax Increment Financing District—a move that will spur additional economic development projects in the city."
Good day, good deeds
"Volunteers visited every school in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 and Queen Bee School District 16, as well as agencies including World Relief, Wheaton Youth Outreach and Family Shelter Service."
Raids stoke immigrant ire
"Marchers -- from Muslims angry about FBI interrogations, to teens ditching school, to illegal immigrants recently fired from a West Chicago plastic cup factory -- will head along Washington Boulevard to Daley Plaza, where the rally is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m."
Sen Durbin Durbin Introduces Campus Safety Bill - WREX-TV - Rockford,IL
"The bill, titled the Campus Law Enforcement Emergency Response Act of 2007, authorizes the department of education to give grants to colleges and universities to beef-up safety measures. Five million dollars would be provided for the first year of operation and it would be allocated to schools nationwide."
Attorney General Awards
"In September, Coughlin was honored for his work on fraud and white collar crime. By the following April, he was out because of his alleged connections to the one of the largest white collar crime investigations in DOJ's history. Only in the Gonzales Justice Department."
28 Apr West Chicago may see its biggest kindergarten class ever
“We’re trying to think about what happened six years ago that might have caused this,” district spokeswoman Becky Koltz said. “Or, it might just be that we did a better job advertising and people are showing up now to register.”
‘Extreme makeover’ — Earth Day edition
"In an effort to help clean the environment and celebrate Earth Day, volunteers spent two hours cleaning up downtown.  The event was sponsored and organized by U’SAgain LLC, a textile recycling company at 1600 Downs Drive, West Chicago."
Sen. Obama Senator Barack Obama Makes Rounds Around Charleston - WCIV - Mt. Pleasant,SC
""I just came because I do not know much about him, but am interested to hear what he has to say," said Molly Ogle.  The senator felt this was the best way for voters to better understand him.  The day started with a $1,000 plate private luncheon where he met with 100 people already committing their vote.  It continued with a visit to a downtown law office with friend and supporter David Pearlman."
Spending Bills May Be Democrats’ Plan B - Congressional Quarterly
"Republicans including Jerry Lewis of California, who is the top House GOP appropriator, and former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert complained that Democrats have already have gone too far by packing so much into the war supplemental spending bill.  “If you start to move everything on appropriations, you break down the institution,” said Hastert, R-Ill."
27 Apr West Chicago
High School
"The Aquatics Program, at Community High School in West Chicago, is announcing their 2007 summer swim offerings. We will be hosting swim lessons, diving lessons, and adult lap swimming programs at the District #94 pool."
Maura Bridges, Counseling Dept Chair at West Chicgo HS lists three opportunities for summer study.
City of
West Chicago


Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled
The regularly scheduled meeting of the West Chicago Planning Commission Zoning Board of Appeals scheduled for May 1, 2007 has been canceled.  The next scheduled meeting is for May 15th.
Economic Interest Statements
"Each year, selected persons involved in government (Illinois Governmental Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 420 / 4A-101) are required to file Statements of Economic Interest with the DuPage County Clerk's Office.  Earlier this year, these statements were mailed to the selected City of West Chicago Officials informing them of their obligation to file.  The deadline is Tuesday, May 1, 2007."
W. Chicago playground to serve as a memorial
"Center staff has taken the lead in the project since the preschool just opened in September and still doesn’t have a parent-teacher organization. They’ve settled on a location and, recently, the district won a $5,000 private grant to build the park."
Bone marrow drive to aid Carol Stream man in remission
"Dick Youngwith will mark his triumph over cancer May 11 by stepping off from West Chicago’s Community High School to lead the annual Relay For Life."
Longtime park employees to bid farewell
"The Park District staff is going to feel the loss of the Thomas and Krauch as well.  “They are almost like parental figures for us here, very inspirational. Whatever happens and wherever they go I do hope all of our paths meet again. We'll miss them dearly,” said Park District employee Anna Rosalez."
titusonenine Barbara Brown-Taylor Offers some Thoughts
By kendall
"The decision of the Church of the Resurrection in West Chicago to disassociate from the diocese was a respectful one, said David Skidmore, diocese canon for communications."
Sen Durbin 250000 children are serving in armed conflict - - Nepal
"Yesterday, Senator Durbin chaired a Senate hearing on child soldiers, where he used a video produced by HRW (featuring the acclaimed author of A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah) to make a compelling case for the bill. Of 10 governments worldwide implicated in the recruitment or use of child soldiers, 9 currently receive US military assistance."
Sen. Obama Poll: Obama won debate - SurveyUSA
"U.S. Senator Barack Obama emerged a clear winner in tonight's debate among 8 Democratic candidates for President of the United States, according to a SurveyUSA poll of 403 South Carolina debate watchers."
26 Apr Thank you from Don Voelz
"I wish to thank all those folks who went out and voted. I especially want to thank my neighbors and friends who cast their ballots for me. Many people helped me in my campaign and I want to particularly thank all those who walked their neighborhoods campaigning for me."
West Chicago
High School
"In their continued support of this effort, the West Chicago VFW is sponsoring Ms. Daneels to go to Africa. For the past several years Ms. Daneels has been the school liaison to the VFW."
The April 20th article had a few typos.  These have now been corrected.  I apologize.
Rep.Randy Ramey


IDOT Announces $73.3 Million for New Road Projects
"Illinois Route 25 will be the focus of several road improvements in 2008 with many more projects slated to occur in the 55th District for the next five years, announced State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream)."
He's on a mission to capture best shot
"Here is a nice article from this week's issue of the Chicago Daily Herald about a long time DuPage Airport tenant, Aerial Images Photography of Illinois."
Proposed tax way to save farmland
"The tax would be capped at 0.05 percent of the county’s equalized assessed valuation... State reps. Randy Ramey, a West Chicago Republican, and Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, sponsored the legislation. It was introduced last month."
Four plead guilty to selling counterfeit Rockwell software
"Eric Neil Barber of Manila, Ark.; Phillip Buchanan of Hampton, Ga.; Wendell Jay Davis of Las Vegas; and Craig J. Svetska, of West Chicago, Ill., entered the pleas before U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller, U.S. attorney Steven M. Biskupic said in a news release."
"Schools must develop and test procedures for responding to large-scale threats and dangerous incidents on their campuses."
"The GAO determined that in fiscal year 2006, carbon emissions from legislative branch operations was 316,00 metric tons, an amount equal to that of over 57,000 cars, marking a nearly 4 percent increase from the average emissions levels from 1998 - 2001."
"Today, we sent the President a bill that gives him a chance to answer the prayers of American warriors, fathers, mothers, wives and husbands by changing the course of this war and bringing our soldiers home in a responsible way."
Sen. Obama Supplemental Bill that Sets a Target Redeployment Date
“We are one signature away from ending the Iraq War. President Bush must listen to the will of the American people and sign this bill so that our troops can come home.”
Rep Hastert Hispanics becoming electoral force in South, Midwest - Politico - Washington,DC
"He [Dennis Hastert] has represented the 14th District since 1987, and President Bush carried it by 11 points in 2004.  But the Hispanic population there is 22 percent, making up 10.7 percent of the eligible vote, the largest of all Illinois districts outside Chicago."
Gov. Blagojevich announces former lottery superintendent memorialized with Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure Grant Fund
25 Apr Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago
  • Earth Day
  • Illinois Prairie Path Clean Up
  • Arbor Day
  • Early Learning Center Bowling
  • Booster Club's annual Plant Sale
  • And many other events and activities.
West Chicago
High School
"On Saturday, May 5th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the First Annual Kermes, Fun Fair, Festival will be held in Commons at Community High School."
Workers flex muscles
"The burgeoning West Chicago movement began March 16 when fired workers besieged the WinCup Holdings Inc. plant in West Chicago.  Two weeks before, the Georgia-based manufacturer had dismissed more than 100 workers, all Latinos, from the factory."
"Marjorie R. "Marje" Locke, age 89, of Wheaton, formerly West Chicago and Glen Ellyn, died Monday, April 23, 2007, beloved wife of the late Judge Philip F. Locke; loving mother of Philip F. Locke Jr. and the late Jan Locke; cherished grandmother of Philip F. III, Brenley (Marc) Elias, Jessica (Chris) Monlux and Jamie Locke; and great-grandchildren, Grayson and Lauren Elias."
"Judge Kapala is an outstanding public servant in the Rockford community. He has a reputation for fairness and is an excellent choice for the U.S. district court. I was happy to join my colleagues in submitting his name to the President to fill this important vacancy and look forward to guiding his nomination on the Senate floor."
Illionois Senators


"On the heels of reports that the housing market experienced its worst sales-month in 18 years and foreclosures are up 47% compared to last year, Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today reintroduced the STOP FRAUD Act, legislation that combats mortgage fraud and abuse."
Sen. Obama Initiatives Would Make America More Competitive by Investing in Diversity
“Through mentoring and expanded summer education programs, we can guarantee that all students and professionals have the opportunity to lead America to its next big breakthrough.”
Obama Reintroduces Legislation on Mortgage Fraud - Reuters
"As the number of foreclosures skyrockets and the housing market becomes more vulnerable, we must establish stiff penalties to deter fraud and protect consumers against abusive lending practices,"
Obama Outlines His Foreign Policy Views - New York Times
“America cannot meet the threats of this century alone, but the world cannot meet them without America,” Mr. Obama said. “We must neither retreat from the world nor try to bully it into submission — we must lead the world, by deed and example.”
Rep Hastert Opening Statement at Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee Hearing
"I have always believed good energy policy is good environmental policy; and that the reverse is also true, good environmental policy should be good energy policy. Increasing the use of alternative transportation fuels accomplishes just that; it provides our Nation with greater energy independence while, at the same time, offering a positive environmental impact."
Amid FBI investigation, Renzi steps down from 2 more panels - The Hill
"Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), the former Speaker, also drew scrutiny when he turned a $2 million profit in 2005 from selling land just five and a half miles from a highway project for which he had secured an earmark."
Hastert Accepting Entries For 2007 Art Competition
Rep Peter Roskam


We Only Have One Commander in Chief for a Reason
"It is true that our mission in Iraq has shifted. We were successful in removing the evil regime of Saddam Hussein. That was our primary objective. Now we are faced with a new mission and a new objective – ensuring a safe, secure, self-governing Iraq."
Gov. Blagojevich announces 2007 Student Historians of the Year
“These bright and talented students dug into Illinois history and produced thoughtful and insightful essays,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “Their work will give other Illinois students a better appreciation of our state’s rich heritage.”
800 teachers from throughout Illinois rally in support of increasing state funding for colleges and universities
"These investments would be made possible through the Governor’s Tax Fairness Plan that will usher in a sweeping transformation of the state’s tax system that would shift the tax burden away from individuals, who have been carrying an increasing share of the burden over the past thirty years, to large businesses, which have paid little to no income tax."
24 Apr Wayne


Thank you to supporters
"I would like to thank all of our friends who supported me in the Mayoral election on the 17th. Your confidence means so much to me. My only regret is that I am unable to serve you and all of our citizens. I hope to have that chance again in the future." - Wayne Woodward
West Chicago
High School


"The world premiere of the independent film "Lost Along The Way" will debut on Saturday, May 5th, 7:00 p.m., in the Weyrauch Auditorium at Community High School in West Chicago. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Sharon Bokker Scholarship Fund at District #94."
WC City Museum


Jane Addams' Hull House and the Immigrant Experience
"On Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm., the West Chicago City Museum presents Dr. Bridget K. O'Rourke and a program about Hull House and its service to immigrants... The public is invited to attend this free program at the Museum, 132 Main Street in West Chicago. For more information, please call (630) 231-3376 or email"
New Maintenance Provider Travel Express Aviation Maintenance
"Adding to the most comprehensive aviation and business services in the entire region, DuPage Airport welcomes new maintenance provider Travel Express Aviation Maintenance (TEAM) ."
W. Chicago embarks on beautifying efforts
“I didn’t move here to be in a cement city,” Kwasman said. “We need to be able to get to places within the community without cars, and we need to beautify the city.”
"Durbin, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, convened the hearing, entitled "Casualties of War: Child Soldiers and the Law," to address the persistent use of child soldiers, a practice widely acknowledged as a war crime. The hearing will focus on gaps in U.S. law that make it more difficult to hold accountable individuals and governments that recruit or use child soldiers."
"Our homes and businesses need affordable access to high speed internet connections, in the same way our homes and businesses need traditional utility services," said Durbin. "Yet, for too many people living in small communities today, broadband access is still not a reality."
Dairy Industry, Other Groups Support Senator Durbin's Call to ... - Food Ingredients First (press release) - Duiven,Netherlands
"Senator Richard Durbin announced his support for U.S. sugar policy reform and its inclusion in the 2007 Farm Bill. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and more than 75 other organizations and companies joined the senator's call for reform and issued a statement asking Congress to revise the current sugar program."
Sen. Obama Statement on Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald
"America lost a leader and a dear friend today. We'll remember Juanita Millender-McDonald as a trailblazer for women and African Americans and a tireless advocate for social justice. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband, James, and their children."
accepting applications for habitat restoration and enhancement projects
"The Illinois Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) will be accepting applications for habitat restoration and enhancement projects in the Lower Sangamon River Watershed through June 1."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich’s  Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, April 27, 2007 for: PFC Lucas V. Starcevich, United States Army"
23 Apr West Chicago
High School
""Into The Woods," a Steven Sondheim musical, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday May 17th, Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th in the Weyrauch Auditorium at Community High School in West Chicago."
West Chicago Sister City Sophie Scholl, The Final Days
"West Chicago Sister Cities presents "Sophie Scholl, The Final Days" at 7:00 PM on 5/11/07 at Wheaton Academy's Arts Center. This is a FREE event. Film's running time is 120 minutes; it is in German with English subtitles."
10 places to be on your guard in DuPage
"#3: Route 59 and North Avenue, West Chicago
Police say they are making a difference at this crossroads, where 65 crashes occurred. It’s on pace to have fewer accidents this year.  Cmdr. Laz Perez, West Chicago police spokesman, attributes that to officers writing more citations and conducting highly organized “wolf pack” patrols, with several squad cars hunting down speeders."
"Recent reports indicate that in addition to the contaminated wheat gluten found during the first wave of pet food recalls, contaminated shipments of rice protein and corn gluten have been used for pet food and could have entered the human food supply."
Sen. Obama Barack Obama Unveils Initiative to Combat Global Warming
"This is our generation's moment to save future generations from global catastrophe by creating a market for clean-burning fuels that can stop the dangerous transformation of our climate,"
safe environment for kids that walk or bike to school
"... $23 million is available to fund projects that encourage and enable students to safely walk and bike to school. The new Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) is a federally funded initiative that will fund projects in Illinois schools and communities over the next three years."
Campaign against alleged voter fraud fuels political tempest
"For six years, the Bush administration, aided by Justice Department political appointees, has pursued an aggressive legal effort to restrict voter turnout in key battleground states in ways that favor Republican political candidates."
22 Apr Cable Com
Channel 17


Cable Schedule Posted
"With the weather turning so nice this weekend, our thoughts turned to... Railroad Days! See the music, activities and parade from RR Days '02 this week on Channel 17. Tune in to catch Middle and high School Spring concerts this week, also."
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey Bill Changes Location Rules for Adult Entertainment
Springfield, IL…Any new adult entertainment businesses will not be able to operate within one mile of a school, park, or church in DuPage or suburban Cook counties as a result of a bill that was passed by State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream).
It's spring, really
"May 19: The West Chicago Garden Club, Main and Galena Streets, West Chicago, offers locally grown annuals, perennials and bushes. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 630-585-4005."
"Marguerite was a lifelong animal and wildlife lover and philanthropist. She supported and volunteered at Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin, IL, for many years and was active in pet therapy work. She was also active in dog obedience training. She volunteered for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America and prepared flower arrangements of the Congregational Church in Geneva."
Sen Durbin AARP Illinois Congressional Vote Alert: Senators Durbin and Obama ... - Insurance News Net - Harrisburg,PA
""AARP commends Illinois Senators Durbin and Obama for standing up to the powerful drug companies and supporting this bill -- it's unfortunate a minority of the Senate was able to block the bill from going forward," said Bob Gallo, State Director for AARP Illinois."
Sen. Obama More Earthly Ideas - New York Times
"Senator Barack Obama announced his National Low Carbon Fuel Standard while in New Hampshire on Friday. The standard would mandate that transportation fuels have 5 percent less carbon by 2015 and 10 percent less by 2020. Mr. Obama added that the standard would reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil by about 30 billion gallons by 2020."
Obama comforts woman fearful for her nephew in Iraq - WIS - Columbia,SC
"Her voice breaking with sobs, she told the presidential hopeful that she has a nephew heading to Iraq. She asked Obama, "when am I going to be able to breathe?"  The crowd applauded, and Obama -- momentarily caught off guard -- promised that as president, he would get U-S troops out of Iraq. The crowd applauded loudly."
GOP Troubles May Hurt Bid To Retake Congress in 2008
"Ethics troubles loomed large last year in the Democrats' sweep of Congress. Republicans lost seats in Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Ohio, North Carolina and Montana, where ethical lapses were decisive. And Democrats will use the new ethics charges to remind voters why they pushed out the Republicans, said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee."
21 Apr Dist. 94 gets new look after election
"Tuesday’s election saw voters retain board Vice President John Jensen, who got the most votes of the eight candidates. But fellow incumbent Charles Jacques, an attorney appointed to the board in October, was jettisoned.  “I think (voters) wanted a change in the board,” Campos said. “They’re unhappy with something. I think they wanted a different perspective.”
Go green today
"Electronics recycling: Electronic items will be accepted for recycling from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at United Recycling Industries, 1600 Harvester, West Chicago. Acceptable items include old computers, televisions, scrap metal, telephones, VCRs, fax machines, scanners, answering machines, printers and electronic games. For details, call (630) 231-6060."
Route 59 not on road plan
"Acting Transportation Secretary Milt Sees said this week that 75 percent of the state program is for road and bridge maintenance rather than congestion mitigation and system expansion, like that being sought for Route 59 in the Aurora-Naperville area."
La Porte, Ben T.
"... loving father of Arlene (Jack) Dittbenner, Elaine (Edward) Walen and the late Marilyn Kelecich; grandfather of nine; great-grandfather of nine; great-great grandfather of one. Visitation Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Norris-Walen Funeral Home, 132 Fremont St., West Chicago."


Airships Over North America, 1896-97 By RDB(RDB)
[I usually try to steer clear of alien sighting stories, but couldn't get past a turn of the century report with a local twist.  Please just enjoy it... don't camp out expecting a return to DuPage County Airport. - Bob]
Sen Durbin Intentional Spiking Suspected in Chinese Ingredients - Consumer Affairs
"It is unacceptable that the Chinese government is blocking our food safety inspectors from entering their country and examining facilities that are suspected of providing contaminated pet food to American consumers,"
Sen. Obama Obama: Change gun laws for mentally ill - MSNBC
"In an interview with the syndicated radio program "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" Obama said gun laws have to change to prevent the type of killings seen this week at Virginia Tech and on a daily basis in urban areas. The senator says "some common sense" changes are needed."
From CQ Today: Liberal House Democrats Worried About Speaker  - - Washington,DC
"When he was Speaker, J. Dennis Hastert kept peace with the conservative base of his Republican caucus by moving through the House only bills backed by a “majority of the majority.”  Now, liberal Democrats are wondering aloud why one of their own, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., does not commit to the same guiding principle as leader of the new House majority."
20 Apr West Chicago
High School
"The Lincoln Laureate is a high honor, awarded to senior students at each of the four-year, degree-granting institutions in Illinois for overall excellence in both curricular and extra-curricular programs. At Elmhurst College, preference is given to those students who, like Abraham Lincoln himself, have overcome significant obstacles on their journeys to success."
" Newly elected Mayor Mike Kwasman is moving quickly to establish new programs and services in West Chicago.  The City Council Monday approved a new staff position Kwasman proposed for a communications ombudsman and marketing assistant."
Sen. Obama Senators Urge GAO to Study the Military's Mental Health Care
"Recent reports suggest that the Department of Defense is ill-equipped to effectively screen and diagnose the increasing number of service members who are suffering from mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder,”
Why Were Soldiers With PTSD Discharged? - Army Times
“I’m especially troubled by reports of some DoD commanders downplaying the serious mental health conditions confronting service members returning home from Iraq,” Obama said in a statement, “and then redeploying those troops without proper treatment."
Cantwell, Hatch, Obama Announce Plan to Promote Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
“We have the technology, but we must provide incentives for consumers and manufacturers so that it is made available to the driving public. Producing electric vehicles and energy efficient technology could help the U.S. auto industry regain its competitive edge.”
“While this is a well intentioned protection of consumer privacy for financial institutions that share consumer information, this creates the unintended mandate to force smaller banks to spend money every year drafting, printing and mailing privacy statements to consumers when their information has not been shared, nor has their private policy been changed. Furthermore, consumers don’t want these notices, most find the notices annoying and bothersome, rather than beneficial,”
19 Apr Merle Berle


Winning Candidates Look to the Future
"As all prepare for new responsibilities in the future, the various candidates remembered to remove their political signs from locations in the community. To me, this demonstrates their true commitment of responsibility to serve the constituents in the districts. "
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner bills move forward in the Senate
"Measures aimed at banning a dangerous hallucinogen and cracking down on predators who target children were among the bills sponsored by State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream) which moved forward in the Illinois Senate on Thursday, April 19."
West Chicago mayor says he received a ‘mandate’
“They gave me a mandate. They showed me their trust,” Kwasman said Wednesday. “For those who didn’t vote for me, I hope to earn their trust.”
Strike cost a wash  for city
"But the city didn’t pay striking workers’ salaries or benefits during the strike and would have spent a similar amount on those expenses, Mayor Mike Kwasman said.  “We didn’t want to miss a beat and still deliver the quality services,” he said. “This is the cost of doing business.”"
Revue to help fund choir’s trip to Vatican
"In June, members of St. Mary’s Parish Church choir will take what, for some, is the ultimate stage for a Catholic singing groups: Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome.  To defray the cost of the trip, the group is holding a fundraising performance at West Chicago Middle School at 3 p.m. Sunday."
Sen. Obama Obama Response to Supreme Court Decision
"As Justice Ginsburg emphasized in her dissenting opinion, this ruling signals an alarming willingness on the part of the conservative majority to disregard its prior rulings respecting a woman's medical concerns and the very personal decisions between a doctor and patient."
Gov. Blagojevich announces Dr. Christopher Koch as new State School Superintendent
"Chris is the right person to lead our schools as we propose historic funding increases that will improve the quality of our education system, while raising the bar for accountability and building needed infrastructure.”
IDVA announces annual hunting and fishing licenses for disabled veterans now permanent
State employees donate more than $3 million to meet social service needs
18 Apr City of
West Chicago
West Chicago to Celebrate Earth Day on April 21st
"West Chicagoans will be doing their part to help beautify their community with an Earth Day activity on Saturday, April 21, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. that will focus on a spring clean-up of Main Street in the community’s historic downtown."
Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago
  • Employer Leadership Awards
  • "Put the Nuns in Charge"
  • Coffee with the Mayor
  • Volunteer Earth Day Clean Up
  • Wildcat Sticks and Stones Classic Lacrosse Tournament
  • and much more.


Election Results:
"The following election results were reported as of 11:25 on election evening.  "Congratulations" to the winners and "Thank you" to their opponents.  Uncontested races are not reported."
Tax increases don’t fare well among voters
  • "WEST CHICAGO FIRE DIST. - A quest to build two new fire stations sparked enthusiasm from voters. West Chicago voters agreed to raise the tax rate by 10 cents for construction and hiring new firefighters — PAGE 21"
  • "WINFIELD TOWNSHIP - Residents paved over a proposal to raise taxes to make road improvements — PAGE 21"
Bad day for tax increase pitches in Winfield Twp.
"More than 67 percent of township voters rejected the same request in November. Tuesday's result was the township's sixth such failed effort in the past decade."
Breeder shares tales of puppy tails
"Her book is full of incidents of the hundreds of puppies they’ve raised and sold from their kennel RuffMeTuff, a distinguished name for show Scotties in the Midwest. Their showcase is full of the trophies won at competitions all over the United States."
30-year wait worth it for West Chicago Fire district
"The money will be used to construct a new north side fire station on Atlantic Drive. The staff and equipment that currently reside in the leased facilities on DuPage Airport property will move to this new facility once construction is complete. Along with the new north side station, land will be purchased to construct a new and centrally located south side fire station near Roosevelt Road."
""We've got two years of work to do, and it starts tomorrow," Kwasman said. "We are building for the future."  The challenger, Woodward, said "It was a very open and honest race. Hopefully this will raise some questions for the city to look at in the future.""
Sen. Obama Produce Hybrids, Lower Health Care Costs
“The Health Care for Hybrids Act will reduce our dependence on oil while providing automakers with resources to invest in the future of their industry. Producing energy efficient technology could help the U.S. auto industry regain its competitive edge.”
Allowing Medicare to Negotiate Lower Rx Drug Prices
"Once again, a minority of the Senate has allowed the power and the profits of the pharmaceutical industry to trump good policy and the will of the American people.”
Obama backs Armenian genocide allegations - Today's Zaman - Istanbul,Turkey
"For those who aren't aware, there was a genocide that did take place against the Armenian people. It is one of these situations where we have seen a constant denial on the part of the Turkish government and others that this occurred. It has become a sore spot diplomatically."
Rep Hastert Congressional Members Dole Out Big Bucks to DC Firms - The BLT - Washington,D.C
"But Foley is far from alone among members of Congress in running up hefty legal bills. Davis, who gathered numbers from recently released Federal Election Commission filings, notes that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert dropped a cool $70,000 for advice from McKenna Long & Aldridge after facing a congressional ethics investigation into his handling of the Foley matter."
Rep Peter Roskam Congressman Peter Roskam's Weekly Column
"Where does the money go? Bridges to nowhere, rainforests in Iowa and hundreds of programs the federal government has little to no right to finance with your money."
Governor Blagojevich's Illinois Covered plan
"The Senate Public Health and Human Services Committee today heard testimony from top healthcare officials from around the state on the urgent need for Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s historic “Illinois Covered” plan to give every Illinoisan access to affordable and quality health coverage."
Blagojevich's plan for record investment in education
“Illinois’ corporate income tax system is littered with loopholes that allow big business to escape paying their fair share for healthcare, education and other services that government is expected to provide.  As a result, our schools are under-funded; millions lack access to quality affordable health coverage and the burden on working people is at a breaking point."
National Dems Predicting Gains In Suburban Districts In 2008 - Election Central, TPM Cafe
"In the interview, Vogel laid out a bunch of reasons for this trend, including the decline of the taxes issue as a potent weapon for the GOP, gas prices and other "middle class squeeze" issues that preoccupy suburbanites, and the realization that the GOP has made a fiscal mess of the country -- "a huge issue for independent voters in suburban districts," Vogel says."
3 killed in Turkey Bible attack - Houston Chronicle
"Assailants on Wednesday slit the throats of three employees of a publishing house that distributes Bibles, the latest in a series of attacks targeting Turkey's small Christian minority."
17 Apr WegoWeb


Election Results:
"The following election results were reported as of 11:25 on election evening.  "Congratulations" to the winners and "Thank you" to their opponents.  Uncontested races are not reported."
District 33
We Go Run (and Walk) for Education
"District 33 Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTO's) are racing to the finish line planning We Go Run, a 5K run/walk (3.1 miles), 10K run (6.2 miles), and children's races (1-mile run ages 6 - 12 and 100 yard Kids Dash ages 8 and under)."
West Chicago
High School
"The faculty and administration of Community High School District #94 in West Chicago would like to congratulate Dave Thomas for being chosen Student of the Month for April 2007."
"Failing to recognize and plan for the geopolitical consequences of global warming would be a serious mistake. This intelligence assessment will guide policymakers in protecting our national security and averting potential international crises."
"In 2005, the Department of Education became so concerned with the level of data mining that a letter was sent to database users warning against improper use of the system. Some fear that lenders were not only violating these laws but were also giving unauthorized access to marketing firms, collection agencies and loan brokerage firms."
Sen. Obama Leaving a quiet impression - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The reason we don't do anything about it is not technical . . . it's because our politics is broken. We've given up believing we can change things. So we turn away . . . and start worrying about ourselves."
Voice of the Reader 4-15 - The Southern - Carbondale,IL
"Who are Jayme Siemer and Paul Sorenson? According to, Jayme Siemer was paid $1372.00 bi-weekly by the Republican Party for the 2006 election cycle from July 14 through November 15. Paul Sorenson is still listed on the website for former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert as a staff member with several areas of responsibility, including the Washington intern program."
Hastert still raising money despite uncertain future - WJBC News - Bloomington,IL
"A campaign finance report shows the suburban Chicago Republican raised about $280,000 for his personal fund in the first quarter of this year. But after paying operating expenses, he only had about $59,000 at the end of March."
Rep Fortner


Is No News Good News?
Rep. Fortner's website has again gone a full month without new material.  I would have thought he would try to keep us informed... a vote he was proud of, a speech/comment he thought important... something he was working on.  I'd tell you how to send an email to mention it to him, but the address appears neither on his blog or his legislative website.
Honoring Virginia Tech Victims
"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 Tuesday, April 17, 2007 through sunset on Sunday, April 22, 2007 for: Victims of the Tragedy at Virginia Tech"
16 Apr West Chicago
High School
""Into The Woods," a Steven Sondheim musical, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday May 17th, Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th in the Weyrauch Auditorium at Community High School in West Chicago."
WC Public Library April 2007 Press Release addition
"Please bring the whole family and help us welcome an exciting and educational musical ensemble, “Sones de Mexico,” on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 7:00 p.m."
April vote many times ignored
"On Tuesday, the local politicians will be picked to make decisions affecting our municipalities, schools and property tax bills.  Yet election officials in DuPage and Will counties are expecting no more than 25 percent of the eligible voters to show up at the polls... And West Chicago acting Mayor Michael Kwasman is trying to fend off a challenge from former Alderman Wayne Woodward."
Herald's West Chicago Endorsements:
  • WEST CHICAGO DISTRICT 33 Dave Barclay, Martin Swinney, Deborah Ramsey
  • WEST CHICAGO H.S. DISTRICT 94 (Three 4-year terms) Ruben Campos, Charles T. Jacques, John Jensen (One 2-year term) Tammie Murphy
  • WEST CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT Frank P. Lenertz, Rick Orr
  • MAYOR Michael Kwasman

Vote for the Candidate of your choice, but VOTE!

Sen. Obama Obama Statement on the Tragedy at Virginia Tech
“Today, we are a grieving and shocked nation. Violence has once again taken too many young people from this world. In Blacksburg, they were daughters. They were sons. They were our nation’s new leaders. We mourn them. We will miss them, and we pray for their families and the injured fighting for their lives.”
Obama Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day
“As those terrible events recede in history, and the generation of survivors ages, the burden on all of us to keep the torch of memory lit grows with each passing year.”
newly expanded income limits for Illinois Cares Rx
“The federal drug prescription program doesn’t protect all of our seniors. In fact, it leaves significant gaps that force them to pay more for their prescriptions than they should,”
return of expanded seven-day schedule for many of Illinois' historic sites
“Opening our state’s historic sites seven days per week during the tourist season is a win-win situation.  Tourists from around the world can experience our history no matter which day they visit, and these people will also spend time and money in nearby communities,”
State above national average in volunteerism
“Volunteers have been an invaluable resource in times of disaster and they dedicate their time and efforts to make our state a better place to live every day of the year,” said Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Secretary Carol L. Adams. Ph.D.
15 Apr Ballot question recommendations for consolidated election
  • "West Chicago Fire Protection District: Raise tax rate from 55 cents to 65 cents for new stations and hire firefighters. $130 per $300,000 home. — Yes"
  • "Winfield Township: 2-cent rate increase per $100 assessed valuation to improve roads. $20 per $300,000 home. — No"
Support firefighters in Tuesday election
"Passage of this referendum will benefit everyone by improving protection and reducing time needed for a fire engine or ambulance to arrive at our homes or places of business. Additional firefighters and paramedics is an outcome we all will benefit from. - Jim Grobe"
Sen Durbin Firm delayed reporting tainted pet food, senator says - - Canada
"Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois told a Senate subcommittee yesterday that Menu Foods, based in Streetsville, waited almost 3O weeks to inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after first noticing test animals were getting sick and refusing to eat their food."
The Fantasy Behind the Scandal - New York Times
"The more we learn about the White House’s purge of United States attorneys, the more a single thread runs through it: the Bush administration’s campaign to transform the minor problem of voter fraud into a supposed national scourge."
14 Apr Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"Get out and vote on Tuesday! In case you're still undecided, the Mayoral Candidate Forum will be shown one more time on Monday at 8pm or after the City Council meeting broadcast live. Believe it or not, Spring is here. To celebrate, catch Middle School and High School Spring concerts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings."
WC Public Library April Programs at the West Chicago Library
  • Don’t Forget! Tips for Improving Memory
  • Butterflies: Magic in the Garden
Church makes the split
"...  the inclusion of gays was only the latest in a pattern of troubling turns by church leaders.  The congregation disagrees with opinions voiced recently by Episcopalian officials that Jesus’ resurrection could be a metaphor, and that other religions might also offer a path to God, Koch said.  “The Episcopal Church has been changing the way it had been reading scripture,” he said."
"Congress has a responsibility to provide oversight of the Commission's actions and hold them to the highest standards of integrity and credibility."
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined elected officials and community leaders to celebrate the official opening of Cima, a job training and business development center housed in the Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center at Wilbur Wright College."
Making Elections Fair - The Nation
"That's why Illinois's senior Senator, Dick Durbin--the number-two Democrat in the Senate--has introduced the first bipartisan bill to publicly finance federal races, modeled after successful "clean election" laws at the state and local levels."
Sen. Obama Obama takes heat for remarks on Iraq - Raw Story
"Competitors with Senator Obama for the Democratic nomination took aim at the Illinois Democrat in a Tuesday night candidates' forum hosted by  "This is not the time for political calculation, this is the time for political courage," said former Senator John Edwards in at the forum."
Apparently defending Imus, Dietl hammered at Obama's middle name - Media Matters for America
"Later in the discussion, syndicated columnist Dick Morris responded to Dietl's smear, saying, "His first name is Senator, his next name is Barack, and his last name is Obama, Bo." Dietl responded by asking Morris, "What's his middle name, though? What's his middle name? What's his middle name?" Morris then told Dietl that he was "attempting the same racist garbage that you do all over the place" and that "[y]ou're injecting that because you know it's prejudicial.""
13 Apr WegoWeb


Frank & Annmarie Danes Endorse Sitting Board Members
"Mr. Barclay, Ms. Ramsey, and Mr. Swinney have proven to us that they have the best interests of our children and community in mind. They should be permitted to continue their services to the district.   We heartily endorse their re-election as a team and encourage the voters of District 33 to do the same."
West Chicago
High School
WeGo 2 Africa Fundraiser
"Geography students in Mrs. Haas' classes are running the Sponsor an Angolan campaign, where a one-time $10 donation can send an Angolan schoolchild to the school in Sakutopi, Angola we funded last year."

"Community High School's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) were honored with numerous awards at both the State and Regional Leadership Conferences. Eighteen team members joined over 900 students at the State Conference. West Chicago's FBLA competed individually and as teams."
A dog of a day: Lock keys in car, then get arrested
"Michael Case took his dog for a walk in a DuPage County forest preserve more than two years ago.  On Thursday, that stroll briefly landed the West Chicago-area man in jail."
"The event will feature representatives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of State and the Illinois Attorney General’s office and will be held at the Council Chambers of the Village of Glendale Heights from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m."
Governor Blagojevich announces new partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to better prepare students for college and workplace
“I am excited that the Gates Foundation shares our goal, and supports our efforts to improve expectations, student achievement and build a stronger, more successful Illinois in the future.”
12 Apr City of
West Chicago
Artist Anni Holm to Exhibit Work at West Chicago City Museum
"West Chicago artist Anni Holm takes a different look at immigration having emigrated from Denmark to the Chicago area eight years ago. Her artwork investigates the challenges that face non-U.S. citizens that arrive to study, to work or establish themselves as residents of this country."
Don Earley Vote for progressive candidate for mayor - Daily Herald
"Mike simply will not allow things to be business as usual. He has taken the same common sense approach utilized in his business and applied it to government, saving taxpayers significant sums of money."
West Chicago
High School
"Beginning at 7 p.m. CareerVision, a local agency that specializes in career exploration, will present “How to Choose a Motivating College Major”. Following the CareerVision presentation CHS counselors Susan Cisek and Samirah Grande will share information that was presented to our sophomore students during their English class. "
Controversy over: Cheerleading coach’s contract renewed
"The large crowd waited outside for nearly an hour while the board privately questioned Rohrdanz. When the meeting resumed, Reyes announced, to cheers, the board had decided the coach’s contract would be renewed. A unanimous vote settled the matter."
U.N. official visits West Chicago
"Jaap E. Doek, the chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, took questions from a dozen staffers of the organization he helped found, the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect."
There is nothing to post from the West Chicago Press this week... literally nothing that is both new and specific to West Chicago.  Is the printed copy also barren?
"The FDA's response to this situation has been wholly inadequate - we need to establish standardized inspections, impose penalties on companies who delay reporting health problems and increase communication between the FDA and the state inspectors so that we can catch potential problems more quickly."
Sen. Obama In Letter to Bush, Obama Raises Concerns Over VA Nominee
"Before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee considers Dr. Kussman’s nomination, I ask that you direct VA Secretary James Nicholson to release all other reports, recommendations, briefings, and actions performed by the Seamless Transition Task Force."
Obama Calls for Hearing on Election Fraud
"The original draft of the report, as written by expert researchers Job Serebrov and Tova Wang and based in part on interviews with a bipartisan group of election experts, indicates that there is strong agreement that there is little voter fraud occurring at the polling place on Election Day. However, the report, as released by the EAC in December 2006, indicates instead that there is “a great deal of debate on the pervasiveness of fraud.”"
Did Rove Want WI U.S.A. on Purge List? - TPM MuckRaker
"Biskupic's task force pursued a range of cases -- eighteen prosecutions total. The US Attorney's office prosecuted fourteen individuals. Four were indicted on charges of double voting, all of whom were either acquitted or had charges dismissed. Eight felons were indicted for unlawfully voting. Five of these individuals were eventually acquitted; the others were convicted and sentenced to punishments ranging from fines to probation."
11 Apr WC City Museum annual meeting of the Friends of the West Chicago City Museum
"The annual meeting of the Friends of the West Chicago City Museum is Thursday, April 26th, at 6:30 p.m. at the City Museum. There will be a presentation on Hull House at 7:00 p.m.  Following the meeting, and following the presentation, refreshments will be served at Gallery 200, two doors down."
Endorsement of Karla Bruce
"I also have had several conversations with her that have led me to believe that she is able to look at the big picture and consider what is best for the district as a whole. While considering her positions carefully, she is clearly an independent thinker."
Endorsement of Tammy Murphy
"Tammie has been active in the community through the support of her children in school events and her husband's efforts in city government.  As a former employee at the high school, she has an insider's knowledge of some of the issues."
Merle Berle


Out and About in West Chicago - 11 April 2007
New Director of the Park District, Gallery 200, LaCrosse Club, "Forties Bebop & Swing Music", "Put the Nuns in Charge", Coffee with the Mayor, Volunteer Earth Day Clean Up
Fire district merits ‘yes’ to its request
"I support the district’s referendum and encourage all residents of West Chicago to do the same. Vote “yes” on Tuesday. Help the district protect what is most important to all of us."
New firehouses will decrease response times
"The department’s proposal: build two new stations on the north and south sides of town. The district already owns property on which one could be built; the proposed referendum includes the cost of purchasing another plot of land."
West Chicago names new park district chief
"The district announced Tuesday that Gary Major, who’s the park district chief in southwest suburban Worth, succeeds Dave Thomas, who steps down June 1 after 28 years at the helm of the West Chicago Park District."
Archery plan  not shot down
“Look at all the other projects the district has on its plate,” Commissioner Roger Kotecki of Warrenville said. “I wouldn’t put money into it other than demolishing unsafe structures.”
2 battle to lead West Chicago
"When West Chicago faced the prospect in 2003 of DuPage County locating a waste transfer station in the city, Kwasman helped organize city officials and public outcry against the measure.  Woodward, by contrast, voted in favor of the project because "it would have brought in $800,000 a year in taxes. We'd get 10 cents for every ton that passes through there," he said recently."

"Without the air service that these downstate communities have come to rely on, basic travel, tourism and economic development has been disrupted,"
Sen. Obama Obama Renews Support for Embryonic Stem Cell Research
"I am frustrated by the opposition this bill has generated and saddened that we are preventing the advancement of important science that could potentially impact millions of suffering Americans."
Obama Files Bill to Help Homeless Veterans - POST-DISPATCH
"An estimated 200,000 homeless veterans of American wars sleep on the street on any given night, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Officials told the Post-Dispatch that some 300 veterans of the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan have filtered through their homeless assistance system but acknowledge that the number could be much higher."
Corn Growers Vote To Increase Checkoff Provision of the Illinois Corn Marketing Act
IDNR awards 14 additional Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants
Sixth warmest March on record in Illinois
10 Apr WegoWeb


Annual Winfield Township Meeting
The annual meeting for Winfield Township was held at 8PM tonight at City Hall.  Attendance was less than 100 people from sixteen square miles including much of West Chicago and parts of Winfield and Warrenville.
West Chicago
High School
Welcome Reception for New Principal!
"Please join us at a reception welcoming Dr. Moses Cheng to Community High School. Dr. Cheng will begin his new responsibilities as principal on July 1, 2007.  The reception will be held in the Learning Resource Center at Community High School on Thursday, April 12, 2007 from 3:15 to 5:15. Please enter the building via Entrance H, on the south end of the building.  Light refreshments will be served."
Rep.Randy Ramey April E-Newsletter
"As your representative in the 55th District, I am constantly looking for new ways to reach out to constituents with news of what is happening in Springfield.  I am excited to inform you that I am beginning a new service by sending out a monthly E-newsletter."
Sen. Obama Senators Introduce Bill to Provide Housing for Homeless Veterans
“As long as there are veterans or veteran family members searching for shelter on the streets, and as long as there are wounded service members receiving substandard medical care, we have failed in our duty to honor the commitment of the brave men and women who chose to serve. We must provide our returning heroes and their families with every resource they need to rebuild their lives.”
Rep Hastert White House advisor says most Illinois seats are safe for Dems - WJBC News - Bloomington,IL
"n contrast, three Illinois Republicans show up on his list of the seats the GOP will have to work hardest to protect, including that of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, if he were to retire. The other seats are held by Representatives Peter Roskam and Mark Kirk."
Rep Peter Roskam FUEL OF THE FUTURE ARRIVES TODAY - Daily Herald
"The state’s first publicly accessible hydrogen fueling station is expected to open today at the Gas Technology Institute, 1700 S. Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines. Several researchers and dignitaries, including Congressman Peter J. Roskam, an Illinois Republican, will unveil the station and fill up a GM prototype vehicle."
“The work GTI has done right here in the Sixth District of Illinois is a huge step towards making hydrogen-fueled vehicles more mainstream. Increased use of alternative energy will lessen our dependence on oil – which represents an environmental and national security problem.”
AFSCME backs Gov. Blagojevich's plan for tax fairness
“For too long, some of the wealthiest corporations in our state have paid little or no state income taxes while working families have paid more and more.  Now we have the unique opportunity to make a fundamental change that will ensure that everyone pays their fair share,”
the 26th Annual Home Town Awards
"Because these deeds too often go unrecognized, we are encouraging people throughout the state to take this opportunity to nominate the efforts of their friends, colleagues and neighbors for the 2007 Home Town Awards,"
Md. first to approve move to sidestep national Electoral College
"Raskin, a Democrat, said he hoped Maryland's support for the idea will start a national discussion and "kick off an insurrection among spectator states - the states that are completely bypassed and sidelined" during presidential campaigns.  "Going by the national popular vote will reawaken politics in every part of the country," Raskin said."
09 Apr Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"For those who couldn't attend the '07 Mayoral Candidate Forum held last Thursday, Channel 17 has just what you need. Tune in to Channel 17 Monday, Wednesday or Friday evening to see the entire forum as it happened. This is one program you'll need to see before the election."
Q&A: West Chicago Mayor
"When Mike Fortner became State Representative of the 95th District, he left the seat of West Chicago mayor open for the next two years.  The city council filled that role with 5th Ward Alderman Mike Kwasman. Wayne T. Woodward got in the race, saying the city deserved options. "
Ten seek four-year seats on St. Charles District 303 board
"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."
Big Rock ministry fills need, shoe boxes
"Judy Stanley, Samaritan's Purse coordinator for the West Chicago collection center, said Mackie and her husband, Ed, ran her first relay station for Operation Christmas Child 10 years ago."
"Witnesses (see below for full list) will include FDA officials who will be questioned on the timeline of the investigation, the source of the contamination, and the agency's regulatory and inspection responsibilities."
CIA and the Pentagon urged to assess warming's effect on security - International Herald Tribune - France
"The measure, sponsored by Senator Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican, and Senator Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, comes as other international bodies are taking steps to designate global warming as a high international priority."
Sen. Obama Recall of Children's Items Leads to Reintroduce Lead Legislation - The Times of Northwest Indiana
"Obama, D-Ill., did not specify a parts-per-million limit in his original lead free bill. His new legislation will ban any product aimed at children younger than 6 containing more than "trace amounts" of lead."
Obama Calls on IRS to Protect Taxpayers’ Privacy
"When the federal government demands sensitive personal and financial information from taxpayers in order to assess or verify tax liability, the government has a duty to protect and safeguard that information.  And yet, as the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported last month, IRS officials have failed to respond adequately to the loss or theft of hundreds of computers containing sensitive information."
Rep Peter Roskam Congressman Roskam to Open Hydrogen Fueling Station at GTI - Fuel Cell Works
"Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) will be on hand to open the first hydrogen fueling station in the State of Illinois and will fill up a hydrogen-powered vehicle at the new station located at Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in Des Plaines on Tuesday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. CST."
Gov. Blagojevich announces State of Illinois’ April “Veteran of the Month”
“Not only do veterans bravely serve our country in defense of our freedoms.  Some of them, like Robert Foster, continue to work on behalf of others, stepping up to the plate when help is needed,” said Gov. Blagojevich.  “Through his many organization affiliations, Mr. Foster is a strong advocate for our state’s military heroes and their families.”
PAUL KRUGMAN: Sweet Little Lies - Welcome to Pottersville
"There’s a lot of talk now about a case in Wisconsin, where the Bush-appointed U.S. attorney prosecuted the state’s purchasing supervisor over charges that a court recently dismissed after just 26 minutes of oral testimony, with one judge calling the evidence “beyond thin.” But by then the accusations had done their job: the unjustly accused official had served almost four months in prison, and the case figured prominently in attack ads alleging corruption in the Democratic governor’s administration."
08 Apr Mayor
Question 1: How does your background and experience prepare you to lead West Chicago?
"In addition, I have been a Trustee for the West Chicago Fire District, a member of the plan commission, a member of the environmental commission, and coordinator for the major portion of the Railroad Day’s events."


Question 4: In what direction do you plan to take West Chicago?
"I haven't been an alderman for 6 years but I still get calls about sewer backups that happen on a regular basis (on the cities property) and they do not get dug up and corrected, barking dogs and other things but they get put off unless you have connections."
Question 5: What would be your first plan of action, if you become mayor?
"I would also like to keep the momentum going on making Main Street more attractive from Route 59 to and including Fremont to the Fire station. It was started during Mayor Lakics term and needs to be moved forward."
"James R. "Jim" Roberts, age 59, of Lombard, IL. A graduate of Tinley Park High School. U.S. Army Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division, life member of the V.F.W. Employed by National Lift Truck, then Allen Equipment, Rental Service Corporation and most recently for Lift Works, West Chicago, IL. Member of Operating Engineers Local 150...."
Eileen McCracken: 1924 - 2007  Family always came first
"She just had a knack for making everything look effortless," said Tom McCracken, her husband of 58 years and chairman of Oak Bank in Chicago and DuPage National Bank in Hinsdale and West Chicago. "I never had to worry about what was going on at home because she always had things under control."
Sen. Obama 2 Years After Big Speech, a Lower Key for Obama - New York Times
"Senator Barack Obama is not big on what he calls red-meat applause lines when he campaigns in small communities like this one, 45 miles northeast of Des Moines. He does not tell many jokes. He talks in even, measured tones, and at times is so low-key that he lulls his audiences into long, if respectful, silences."
Obama moving cautiously on health care plan - WLUC-TV - Negaunee,MI
"But at a campaign event today in Iowa, Obama did acknowledge he's moving cautiously in assembling a health care proposal so that he can build the political support needed to move the plan forward if he's elected president."
Obama to unveil housing program for veterans - WLUC-TV - Negaunee,MI
"Obama's proposed program will be called Homes for Heroes. It would set up grant and voucher programs to encourage development of affordable housing targeted for veterans."
CNN gives Bush administration a "big wet kiss"
"The media blasted Pelosi for "violat[ing] a long-held understanding that the United States should speak with one official voice abroad" without noting that, according to Republican Congressman David Hobson, who accompanied her on the trip, Pelosi did no such thing. Nor did many news outlets note the fact that when he was speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert urged Colombian military officials to circumvent the Clinton administration and work directly with the Republican Congress. In other words: The media criticized Pelosi for something that even a Republican member of Congress says she did not do, while ignoring the fact that Hastert did do it."
07 Apr Senator
"Yes.  It sets a quorum for the township meeting, depending on the population of the township.  If a meeting had enough people in attendance (highly unlikely), its actions would be binding, just like they are now.  If the attendance is smaller, more draconian measures would be merely recommendations to the board, albeit one they might be well advised to follow at the next election.  Some actions at the meeting would result in items being submitted as referendums. "
Wayne T. Woodward


Question 2: How will you keep the tax rate as low a possible?
"The income increases on a yearly basis because of the growth of new houses, etc and we should be able to maintain or lower our taxes and still give employees a cost of living increase."
Question 3: What can be done to improve the image of West Chicago?
"We have had a steady decreace in gang problems, and that helps keep us out of the newspapers. Our neighborhoods look better than when I was a kid because of peoples pride of ownership, which is good."
City’s water tax near  death
"State legislation that would eliminate a quarter-cent sales tax in West Chicago appears heading toward approval now that the water group collecting the tax isn’t putting up a fight.  A proposal to eliminate the DuPage Water Commission’s sales tax in West Chicago has passed the Illinois House with a unanimous vote, State Rep. Randy Ramey said."
W. Chicago candidate’s war chest grows
"Kwasman said the imbalance has less to do with his opponent and more to do with the contacts he’s cultivated from being active in local politics for most of the last decade.  Businesses are backing Kwasman because they believe he can “build West Chicago in a responsible mode,” he said."
Campaign flier draws mixed reactions
"The flier features a Volkswagen symbol, but it isn’t the specific logo of the new Fox Valley Volkswagen dealership in West Chicago, said its owner, Emir C. Abinion.  “If it were my logo, I’d be fine with it,” he said. “Mike Kwasman was instrumental with getting this franchise into town.”  Abinion said the dealership looked at three towns but chose West Chicago in part because Kwasman made it easy to do business with the city."
Wolfowitz Accused of Nepotism at World Bank -
"A controversial raise for a World Bank employee who has been romantically involved with the Bank’s President Paul Wolfowitz was not the work of the Bank’s Ethics Committee, as originally alleged by Wolfowitz’s office, according to the watchdog group that leaked the information."
06 Apr Wayne T. Woodward Introductory Comments from Mayoral Debate
"My parents moved here in 1928. I married my highschool sweetheart, Sandy and we have 4 married daughters and 11 grandkids with one more coming in May. My goal is to make West Chicago a better place for all our families to live in and call home."
Question 1:How does your background and experience prepare you to lead West Chicago?
"I know the importance of communicating with your customer and that is what the citizens of West Chicago are and we as city employees work for them."
Mayor hopefuls give forum some spark
“If you’re talking about the city council working together so that all the gears turn in the same direction and things get done, we are guilty as charged,” he said. “If you’re talking about corruption, I’ll be the first one to go with you to the state’s attorney’s office to prosecute.”
[In fairness, I should disclose that I have often worked with the folks at 4 the People, including volunteering to write their website. - Bob]
Immigrant doesn’t let obstacles stand in her way
"The 14-year-old Spanish speaker, who arrived alone in West Chicago from Mexico with $60 in her pocket, didn’t understand the instructor’s English and didn’t know that she was supposed to switch classes... Now an Elmhurst College senior, Cortes in October was named one of 48 Lincoln Academy laureates for overcoming financial obstacles to become an academic leader.
Educators look into helping your kids earlier
"Community educators said in addition to income, language and transportation also are barriers when trying to meet the early education needs of all families... In addition to Woodridge, the Illinois Facilities Fund is meeting with educators in West Chicago."
Sen Durbin Rove has something to say on Illinois races - WQAD - Moline,IL
"Thanks to an unintentionally public display of some sensitive paperwork, President Bush's political adviser Karl Rove has revealed his thinking on the 2008 congressional elections. And it isn't pretty for Illinois Republicans.  Rove predicts they won't be able to mount a competitive campaign to unseat Senator Dick Durbin -- the Senate's second-highest ranking Democrat."
Durbin wants hearings on pet food recall - WJBC News - Bloomington,IL
"Senator Dick Durbin says there will be congressional hearings about the ongoing investigation and the regulatory mechanisms in the pet food industry in light of a widespread recall. Bloomington-Normal Veterinarian Ron Nord says that's a good thing because there's still so much we don't know about what's causing the problem."
Sen. Obama


Obama moving cautiously on health care plan - WIS - Columbia,SC
"But at a campaign event Thursday in Iowa, Obama did acknowledge he's moving cautiously in assembling a health care proposal so that he can build the political support needed to move the plan forward if he's elected president."
Politics On the Web; Younger Audiences Prefer Barack Obama - RTO Online - Scott City,MO
"With 33 percent of visitors to under the age of 35, as compared 19 percent of visitors to, Senator Obama’s site is clearly attracting a younger online audience. Most notably, visitors between the ages of 18-24 were 48 percent more likely than average to visit Obama’s site, indicating a strong affinity for Senator Obama among the college-aged crowd."
Wash. Post left out full extent of Hastert's circumvention of Clinton admin. in working directly with Colombians - Media Matters
"But Hastert allegedly went further, urging Colombian military officials to circumvent the administration and work directly with Congress, even assuring them that he would work to reduce the impact of legal restrictions that Colombia objected to."
staff shake-up in the Minneapolis US Attorney's office
"... we noted that the simultaneous resignations of all four top officials in the office came just after what the Star-Tribune called a "visit to the office by a representative from the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorney in Washington.""
05 Apr Elementary
District 33


Floating_an_Idea - Supt Ed Lehman
  • What are we talking about?
  • Why are we talking about this?
  • When would this occur?
  • Go/No-go questions we'll have to answer before deciding to proceed
West Chicago
High School
"The faculty and administration of Community High School District 94 would like to congratulate Jessica Fernandez for being chosen Student of the Month for March 2007."
W. Chicago names new police chief
}Deputy Chief Don Goncher, who has served on the West Chicago force since 1979 and has been leading it in Kuhn’s absence, will officially become chief on May 1.  Acting Mayor Mike Kwasman said that, instead of conducting an outside search, he looked within the department to find someone who would make the best chief."
West Chicago District 33
"Incumbents David Barclay, Deborah Ramsey and Martin Swinney, who was appointed to his post 1¨ years ago, are assets to the district and therefore are endorsed."
Ten seek four-year seats on St. Charles District 303 board
"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."
Roskam blasts governor’s tax plan
"Roskam said he suspects if the business tax becomes law, neighboring states would put up signs inviting companies to cross the border for lower taxes. Roskam, a state senator until last year, suggested Blagojevich live within the state’s means instead of proposing massive new government spending."
Loose Horse Becomes Traffic Disruption in West Chicago - WBBM
"The DuPage County Sheriff responded. By the time a deputy arrived, the horse had either been wrangled or had pranced off to further freedom.  But, for a few minutes, morning commuters had something different to look out for."
Horses Block Traffic In West Chicago -
"It was not immediately learned where the horses came from or if there was a stable nearby.  Ironically, West Chicago was not the only place in the country where horses were caught loose on area roads Thursday morning."

Graphix Products and Douglas Shaw and Associates to Present "Making a Difference
"Two non-profit industry consultants, Graphix Products and Douglas Shaw and Associates, are teaming up to present "Making a Difference: A Round-Table Discussion for the Non-Profit Industry" on April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in West Chicago, Illinois."

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Results-Based Discussion to Focus on Ways to Maximize Fund-Raising
"Speakers include Doug Shaw, President/CEO/Founder of Douglas Shaw and Associates; and Jason Tews and Chris Tews of Graphix Products. All non-profit development, marketing and communications directors may attend the presentation at no charge."
"The FDA's response to this situation has been tragically slow. Pet owners deserve answers. The uncertainty about what is safe to feed their pets has gone on far too long. I want to learn exactly when the FDA knew about the contamination, who is inspecting pet food manufacturing plants, and whether we need to force the FDA to update their regulations to protect our pets"
Durbin says Bush needs to take global warming seriously - WJBC News - Bloomington,IL
"Senator Dick Durbin says President Bush still doesn't understand the consequences of global warming, even after the Supreme Court's ruling this week that carbon dioxide and other greenhouses gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act. "
Bush v. the United States Constitution, Again - Middle East Online - London,UK
"House and Senate leaders have a long history of being regular travelers abroad, and they have sometimes overstepped their boundaries. Famously, according to documents obtained by the National Security Archives at George Washington University, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, secretly advised Colombian authorities to ignore the human rights requirements that had been attached to US military aid allocations made to Colombia during the Clinton years."
Merle Berle Out and About in West Chicago
Schedule of activities and services, American Legion's annual Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Brunch, West Chicago Police Chief, Toy Drive, West Chicago Fire Protection District, annual Town Meeting, Senior Expo
West Chicago
High School
West Chicago HS Seeks Nominees for Hall of Honor
"The Board of Education of Community High School District 94 has established a Hall of Honor to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the school, community or society."
Booster Club Plant Sale
"The CHS Wildcat Booster Club will be holding its annual Plant Sale at the BARN OWL, 1N583 Gary Avenue in Carol Stream. The Barn Owl will donate ten percent of purchases made between May 5th and May 13th to the Wildcat Booster Club when the purchaser presents a Wildcat Booster Coupon."


Annual Team Trish Poker Run
This is a fundraiser by Bartlett's fire department for a member facing large hospital bills for cancer treatment.
Disputing married couple accused of brawl
"On Monday during a telephone conversation with Harry Tinsley, Sara Tinsley threw the lizards against a wall and threatened to kill them, police said. She then stabbed the lizards, named Fred and Ethel, police said."
Herald Endorses Murphy, Jensen, Jacques, and Campos in Dstrict 94
"The choice is difficult because all the candidates are likable and bring value to the table. But it’s also difficult because some incumbents sound weary and most of the challengers struggle to present a compelling argument for what sets them apart."
Sen Durbin


Durbin: Vets return from war to fight VA bureaucracy -
"US Senator Dick Durbin Tuesday met with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at the North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder."
Sen. Obama Obama Announces Legislation that Bans Children’s Products containing Lead
“As a parent of two young children, it's frightening to think that a toy or a lunchbox I purchase for one of my daughters could unknowingly expose her to toxic lead. Our policy should be clear: if a children’s product contains lead, it shouldn’t ever reach the shelves.”
Obama Backs Citizenship Promotion Bill - The Associated Press
"Legislation introduced by Obama with Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Jan Schakowsky, also Illinois Democrats, would require the federal government to freeze application fees at current levels.  The bill also calls for $80 million a year to promote citizenship and provide grants to community groups that assist immigrants in becoming citizens."
03 Apr West Chicago cop hurt in I-88 crash
"A West Chicago police officer remains in critical condition today after he was thrown from his motorcycle and crashed through another vehicle Monday night.  Justin Wienrank, 24, of Elgin, was following a white American Taxi van on the eastbound Reagan Memorial Tollway in the Naperville area when it suddenly braked amid traffic, state police said."
"Our immigration policy should seek to complement our U.S. workforce, not replace it," Durbin said. "Some employers have abused the H-1B and L-1 temporary work visa programs, using them to bypass qualified American job applicants. This bill will set up safeguards for American workers, and provide much-needed oversight and enforcement of employers who fail to abide by the law."
Sen. Obama Obama Built Donor Network From Roots Up - New York Times
"A look at his 2004 Senate race shows how he laid the foundation for his current fund-raising drive. Even as he cultivated an image as an unconventional candidate devoted to the people, not the establishment, he systematically built a sophisticated, and in many ways quite conventional, money machine."
Is Obama Becoming Black-Lite? - Black Star News - New York,NY
"If one of Obama’s advisors told him not to allow Rev. Wright to open his announcement, then this was his chance to put his white underlings in his or her or their place. I mean even going so far as to go Nat Turner/Ike Turner on them and let them know that while he takes all suggestions under advisement, the final decision belongs to him ... But you know the old saying, hindsight is 20 million votes."
Motorists Urged to Slow Down in Work Zones As 2007 Highway Construction Season Kicks Off
IDNR announces 2007 Firearm Deer Season Permit online applications available today
Gov. Blagojevich announces $2.5 million in grants to combat West Nile virus
02 Apr Elementary
District 33
Early Learning Center Holds Fundraiser for Memorial Playground
"The Early Learning Center of West Chicago Elementary School District 33 is hosting a Bowling Fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, 2007 from 9:30 AM to Noon at Bowling Green Sports Center,..."
West Chicago/Geneva Lacrosse Host Largest Tournament in Illinois
"Teams from Wisconsin and Missouri will be joining local lacrosse teams for this tournament. Participating teams at the Varsity level include: Champaign Centennial, Fox (MO), Green Bay Metro (WI), Madison Regents (WI), Marian Catholic, Naperville Central, Naperville North, Wheaton-Warrenville South, St. Viator, Sun Prairie (WI), and host teams Geneva and West Chicago."
Rep.Randy Ramey Ramey: Water Bill Saves Taxpayer Money to County
"State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) has passed a bill in the House that will prohibit West Chicago residents from being taxed additionally by the county water commission especially since the municipality has its own water system in place."
Sen Durbin Durbin aims to help college students with textbook expenses - WJBC News - Bloomington,IL
"Every year, textbook publishers introduce new editions to persuade professors to use their new pricey versions, sometimes with only an added or deleted chapter or a costly CD-ROM. It's pushing the average price for textbooks and supplies to nearly 900 a year -- something Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois told ISU students is just too much."
Former House Leaders Weigh In on FBI Case - Washington Post
"Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), former House minority leader Robert Michel (R-Ill.) and Scott Palmer, former chief of staff for Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), are among those who have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, backing Jefferson's argument that the controversial FBI raid on his office last May was unconstitutional."
Investing in Families budget plan
"The proposed budget includes the Illinois Covered plan to provide affordable comprehensive insurance to all Illinoisans, the Helping Kids Learn plan to invest an additional $10 billion in Illinois schools over the next four years, the Tax Fairness Plan that requires big wealthy businesses to pay their fair share and gives the middle class the relief it deserves, and a plan to address the state’s long-time pension deficit and ensure secure retirements for thousands of workers."
Governor Blagojevich's Investing in Families bus tour
"During the second stop of his weeklong Investing in Families bus tour, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich visited Cafe Magdalena in Elgin today to talk about how his ambitious budget proposal will benefit small businesses."
01 Apr Senator
West Chicago Press Loses Local Coverage
"I remember when it was a true local banner.  It had an office in that building right there and a history of a hundred years of service to the citizens of West Chicago.  Now it's a little bitty part of GateHouse Media Inc... and even their last truly West Chicago reporter isn't there."
Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"Grab your coffee and catch a special LIVE Monday morning edition of the City Council meeting at 7:30am. The rebroadcast will be at the usual time of 7PM Monday evening. We're finishing our look back at the CableCom Classic series 'Safety & You' with three half hour editions shown Tuesday and Thursday. Also, three WCCHS dance programs will be shown Wednesday and Friday nights. To help our viewers enjoy Easter Sunday, we're broadcasting three Easter editions of 'Music and the Spoken Word' followed by locally produced 'Holy Week '95' all shown Sunday morning."
City of
West Chicago
  • The regularly scheduled City Council meeting for tomorrow, April 2nd will be at 7:30 AM.
  • The regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission for Tuesday, April 3, 2007, has been cancelled.
Answered prayers
"Morgan and her husband, Jamal, received keys to their first home Saturday — a two-story, three-bedroom house in West Chicago. The young couple, who expect to welcome their third child into the world next week, couldn’t afford this home under normal circumstances.  But with a little help from their friends at the DuPage Habitat for Humanity, their dream came true."
How can private wells be better protected?
"As suburban sprawl continues, landfills once situated in remote areas now rub shoulders with subdivisions and strip malls.  That’s not the only problem lurking beneath the soil.  Leaking underground gasoline tanks. Industrial sites with a history of dumping liquid wastes. All pose potential threats to groundwater."
"Congresswoman DeLauro and I have once again reached out to FDA to work on eliminating the vulnerabilities that are affecting food safety. Last week, we asked FDA to quickly provide us with a report of what FDA has done to address the recent recall, and what needs to be done to make real improvements to the system of overseeing pet food safety."
Swing State Project - Swing State Project - New York,USA
"Illinois (Senator Richard Durbin): The IL-GOP is reduced to begging wealthy conservatives to martyr themselves in a self-funded campaign to prevent Durbin from having a total cake-walk re-election.  NRSC success or failure so far?  Failure."
Following the Races - Senate 2008 Guru
" Hence the Illinois GOP's search for a self-funding hopeful. Given the lack of a farm team, that's become the natural option.  Not looking too good for the IL-GOP."
Sen. Obama Obama's online backers meet to forge offline force - Boston Globe
"Senator Barack Obama of Illinois rallied thousands of voters in cities and towns across the country yesterday, part of an effort to ensure that the surge of interest in his campaign will translate into an army of supporters when Democrats begin casting votes 10 months from now."
Director of Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Lt. Governor announce plan to immediately compensate the families of Illinois heroes killed in the line of duty
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