Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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30 June Train kills woman lying on the tracks
"A West Chicago woman died after she was struck by a freight train Friday.  Brittany F. Orlowski, 22, was hit by a westbound freight train around 3:50 a.m. Friday as she was lying on the southernmost track at Chase Street, Wheaton police said."
Blagojevich should hop aboard Amtrak - Philip A. Weibler
"Let’s try this, Guv: head over to Union Station — that would be in downtown Chicago — and get on Amtrak. There are five trains every day headed for Springfield, leaving at times from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m."
White House 'Duplicity' Over Pork Spending Draws GOP Ire
"These special interest items are often slipped into bills at the last hour -- when not even C-SPAN is watching," Bush said."
29 June Open meeting law violation creates serious trust issue
"First, do they trust the board to reveal the information that they are obligated by law to share? Second, do they trust the board to avoid granting inflated pay or benefits that would heighten the feeling among taxpayers that elected officials are bent on trying to pry money out of their pockets that isn’t vital to providing students a quality education?"
D94 board, teachers reach tentative agreement
"“I think the teachers are going to be pleased with the settlement,” Laimins said.  “There’s good and bad in any settlement but you look at it as the total package.”  The district had previously been operating under a one-year agreement when teachers agreed to take multiple cuts in pay and benefits to help the district balance the budget."
Convicted criminals could have tough time getting jobs at schools
"A new law signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich that allows private schools to do criminal background checks on prospective employers has given educators one more tool to protect children. The measure is not a requirement, but rather an open door through which private schools can choose to walk.  Dean of Faculty at Wheaton Academy Steve Bult praised the movement, but does not know whether Wheaton Academy, in West Chicago, will take advantage of it."
Wayne man guilty in crash
"The three had beers there and drove together to Diamonds Gentlemen's Club in West Chicago, he testified, and while the club does not sell liquor, he and his two friends, plus a third friend, brought and consumed a fifth of vodka."
Sen Durbin Every American Deserves Equal Access to Housing
"Additionally, recent investigations of real estate agents uncovered an 87% rate of racial steering and a 20% rate of denial for African-American and Latino perspective homeowners.  The FHIP funds fair housing organizations and other non-profit groups to provide vital services to their communities."
Durbin's Traumatic Brain Injury Care Bill Moving Forward in Senate
“Too many of our brave service men and women are coming home from war with serious injuries that may be overlooked because they don’t bear any visible wounds or scars,”
Durbin and Illinois Colleagues Take Action to Prevent Spread of Hospital Infections
"According to the results of a major new study, up to 1.2 million hospital patients are infected with drug-resistant infections each year, and MRSA alone results in more than $3 billion a year in additional costs for the Medicare program."
Sen. Obama Obama Secures Funding to Construct Asian Carp Barrier, Update Upper Mississippi Locks
"The Asian Carp Barrier will preserve Lake Michigan’s ecosystem and prevent the foreign species from wiping out other fish and plant populations. Illinois farmers stand to lose millions in exports unless we repair the infrastructure that will allow our corn and our soy to reach their port."
Obama Secures Funding to Strengthen Illinois’ Criminal Justice System, Support At-Risk Teens
The Murdoch Factor - Rozius Unbound
"If there were any justice in the world, Mr. Murdoch, who did more than anyone in the news business to mislead this country into an unjustified, disastrous war, would be a discredited outcast. Instead, he's expanding his empire."
28 June Rep.Randy Ramey


Emergency Budget Doesn’t Benefit Illinois Residents
"Frustrated because Democrats refuse to review a budget proposal that allows the state to operate within its means, Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) voted against a 30-day emergency budget that was presented today in front of the General Asse"
Rep Fortner


30 Day Emergency Budget Passes Houses
"State Representative Mike Fortner (West Chicago) announces that the House has approved a 30 day emergency budget. This short-term budget will keep state services operating at fiscal year 07’ levels. In addition, the House Republicans scored a major victory in ensuring that $77 million for pork projects was not included in the emergency budget."
City of
West Chicago
"DuPage County's 15th Annual 'Take Back The Night' event will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Naperville's Central Park, near the Bandshell, at 104 East Benton in Naperville."
Sen Durbin Chinese Fish Ban
“Today’s announcement reaffirms that ‘Made in China’ is rapidly becoming a warning label for American consumers,”
Durbin, Klobuchar Press for Answers in New Toy Recall
“Recent news about this and other recalls paint a disturbing picture about the safety of products being sold to the American public,” Durbin said. “Toys tainted with lead paint are the latest example of a system of lax inspection and standards not enforced. We need to do better.”
Senator challenges judge over detainee rules - Washington Post
"By testifying under oath that you were not involved in this issue, it appears that you misled me, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the nation,"
Durbin: $3.9 Million for Illinois Projects Approved by Appropriations Committee
Durbin Meets with Chicago Alderman
Sen. Obama Obama, Lugar Secure Funding for Implementation of Nonproliferation Law
"The Appropriations Committee expressed support for the initiative and provided $48 million for Lugar-Obama, $36 million for programs to destroy heavy conventional weapons, $10 million for efforts to intercept weapons and materials of mass destruction, and $2 million for rapid response to proliferation detection and interdiction emergencies."
Obama Statement on the Senate’s Failure to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform
"By failing to pass a bill, we have done nothing to solve the problem of the more than 2,000 immigrants who cross our borders every day and the 12 million undocumented who are already here, nor have we addressed the very real concerns of American citizens who rightly believe we should protect our borders.”
House Transparency Rules Reveal that Pork Projects Tilt Heavily ... - - Washington,DC
"Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) endorsed congressional pork by asking rhetorically, "Who knows best where to put a bridge or a highway or a red light in their district?"[3] Not mayors or city councils, apparently."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich’s Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, June 30, 2007 for: Army Specialist Karen N. Clifton, United States Army"
$2.2 million to help low-income homeowners preserve and remain in their homes
“People shouldn’t be forced to give up their homes because they can’t afford to fix a leaking roof or pay to install lights or windows that will help them save on energy bills."
Mega Passes for the 2007 Illinois State Fair Now Available
27 June Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 27 June 2007
  • Park District Superintendent of Recreation
  • Catholic Daughters of America Garage Sale
  • Annexation of approximately 100 acres
  • First annual Jubilee Celebration, sponsored by Out of Exile Ministries
  • Resignation from the District 33 Board
West Chicago stabbing suspect arrested
"The pair started fist-fighting, then each drew out his belt to snap at the other. At one point, the eventual victim had grabbed both belts and was wielding them like lassos.  That’s when Vega-Cruz pulled out a razor knife, police said. He slashed the victim, cutting an artery in the man’s left forearm, police said."
Mel Hoff set the standard for DuPage County's volunteer preservationists
"When it came to the West Chicago Prairie Forest Preserve, the Warrenville resident was a one-man marketing, administrating and educating machine."
Expert: No way driver switched seats
"There is no way John Homatas and John Chiariello switched seats during a near-head-on collision, an accident reconstruction expert testified Tuesday in Homatas’s reckless homicide trial."

Sen Durbin

Cost of Emerald Ash Borer Prevention
“It has been just over a year since the first Illinois case of Emerald Ash Borer was found in Kane County. Since then, the infestation has worsened,” said Durbin.  “With over 131 million ash trees in Illinois, it’s crucial that we reverse this trend.  The legislation that we introduced today will make the funds available for communities to get ahead of this problem.”
Senators Durbin and Coburn Introduce Human Trafficking Bill
“For the third year in a row, the number of countries who are not doing enough to combat human trafficking has increased.  If these countries won’t prosecute those who engage in human trafficking, the United States should be empowered to bring justice to those traffickers who are in the United States."
Durbin Asks Judge to Recuse Himself from Cases Involving Enemy Combatants
"Durbin also asked Judge Kavanaugh to explain discrepancies between testimony he gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee and recent news accounts of his role in developing rules governing the treatment of detainees."
Sen. Obama


Senate Passes Obama Resolution Condemning Human Rights Violations in Zimbabwe
"The United States must continue to pressure the Mugabe regime to allow Zimbabweans to pursue their hopes for legitimate political change and work with the international community to help all Zimbabweans forge a better future for their nation.”
Veterans’ Affairs Bill Incorporates Obama Proposals to Improve Veterans’ Health Care and Benefits
“I am proud that this package includes my proposals to strengthen hospital quality, expand mental health care coverage for veterans, broaden outreach activities for our Guard members and Reservists, and strengthen VA oversight. Providing the best care for our service members, veterans and their families is one thing about this war we can still get right.”
Obama Statement on Stalled Ethics Reform in Congress
"These cynical partisan maneuverings on ethics reform are exactly what allows the lobbyists and special interests to stand in the way of progress on the issues that matter to the American people. This is why the oil industry continues to hold sway over energy policy and the drug industry has blocked reform that would lower prices for Americans. It is time for Congress to finally pass the strongest possible ethics reforms as soon as possible so that the voices of average Americans are heard in Washington once more."
Rep Fortner GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - June 26, 2007
"State Representative Mike Fortner hosted an outstanding fundraiser at the Prairie Landing Golf Course in West Chicago Monday, June 25.  The approximate 80 attendees included Patti Bellock, Alan Bolds, Kevin Burns, Randy Hultgren, Brett Kotecki, Chris Lauzen, Jim Oberweis, Dennis Reboletti, Leonard Sanchez, Margo Schreiber, and Dan Wagner.  Oberweis brought ice cream and Ramey introduced Fortner."
[I have not been ignoring the former mayor... it has been almost a month since his last blog entry. - Bob]
Gov. Blagojevich signs law making HIV testing a routine part of medical care in Illinois
"We’ll be able to help people who test positive receive proper care earlier than they may have in the past and help reduce the spread of HIV,”
Bill O’Reilly Hoisted On His Own Petard By 16 Year Old
"As for what it’s like being the kid who put a hurting on Bill O’Reilly, Lange says he is getting “a couple hundred Facebook requests a day” and letters from college professors, “just asking me to consider their schools when I apply to college.”"
26 June City of
West Chicago
West Chicago Police Arrest Man in Stabbing Incident
"The West Chicago Police Department announced the arrest of 30 year-old Mariano Vega-Cruz for Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, in connection with an early morning incident on Sunday, June 24, 2007."
City Leader Meets Spiritual Leader at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
"The City of West Chicago was recently honored by an invitation that brought Mayor Michael B. Kwasman to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, the largest stone and marble Hindu temple constructed in the United States and located in Bartlett, Illinois."
W. Chicago gets  serious about tickets   
"“A number of folks have not paid,” he said. “It was a big enough problem that we have to address it in this fashion.”  Goncher successfully proposed that the city begin using the “Denver” boot — a device that is clamped on the wheel of a car, restricting it from being moved. "
Defense: Man’s disclosure suspect
"In the second week of his Kane County trial, Homatas, 25, of Wayne, continues to maintain he was a passenger in the Jan. 4, 2006, crash on Route 25 outside South Elgin. John Chiariello, 26, of St. Charles was driving, said Gary Johnson, one of Homatas’ attorneys. Chiariello was found dead in Homatas’ car."
Sen Durbin Durbin Pushes for Action on Russian Arms Sales to Sudan
"In recent years, and in direct violation of the UN embargo, Russia exported over $34 million in equipment and arms sales to the Sudanese government used to launch attacks on Darfur.  Next week, the President has not only an opportunity, but a responsibility, to call on Putin to immediately reverse his nations' actions and end arms sales to Sudan."
Grassley, Durbin Release New Information on L Visas
"I’d like to know how many American workers these companies hire compared to the number of foreign workers they bring in,” Grassley said.  “American workers deserve the best chance at jobs in this country, and this data makes one question if they are too often overlooked.”
Sen. Obama Obama: Strengthening Workers’ Rights to Organize Shouldn’t be Controversial
“Many middle class workers in Illinois and throughout the nation are losing their jobs to workers overseas who lack fair pay and benefits. In today’s global economy, with new risks and new rules, helping American workers compete and protecting their basic rights to healthcare coverage, retirement benefits, and safe working conditions must be a priority.”
Obama, in New TV Ads, Focuses on His Pre-Senate Years - New York Times
"Mr. Obama is not expected to open a full-fledged advertising push until the fall, aides said, but the campaign will slowly start highlighting his life before he gained national prominence delivering the keynote speech at the Democratic convention in 2004."
Rep Peter Roskam


“The Senate is clearly divided over the immigration debate, but my congressional district is not. My constituents have made it very clear that amnesty is not an option. Until our borders are secured, any attempts to rectify the immigration issue will simply fall short."


Becky's Birthday
My daughter Becky turns 18 today... If you see her around town, please wave, smile, or wish her happy birthday.
Presidential scholars present Bush with letter urging a ban on torture
"President Bush was presented with a letter Monday signed by 50 high school seniors in the Presidential Scholars program urging a halt to "violations of the human rights" of terror suspects held by the United States."
25 June HELP!
The park district really needs volunteers to be scorekeepers and
referees for the popular Railroad Days Mud Volleyball Tournament Saturday
and Sunday, July 14 and 15. Recreation coordinator Anna Rosalez said the 12
persons per hour are required. To offer your assistance or for further
information, call Rosalez at 231-9474.
District 33


Opening on District 33 School Board
"The Board of Education of West Chicago Elementary School District 33 announces a vacancy on the Board to fill a 22-month unexpired term of office. Mr. Joe Lach tendered his resignation at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, June 21. "
Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"Tune in to Channel 17 this week for the programs Mexican Heritage Days and Celebrating Diversity. We're replaying the City Council Meeting from 6/18/07 all week and showing a CableCom Classic program Illinois Reads. There's bound to be something for everyone to watch on Channel 17."
Sen Durbin Durbin: University of Illinois Will Receive $750,000 Grant for Aquatic Research
"... the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has awarded $756,547 in federal grant funding to the University of Illinois to support the research, extension and outreach activities of the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program (IISG)."
Chinese tainted products fuel concerns in US - Taipei Times - Taiwan
"I think we have reached a point unfortunately where `made in China' is now a warning label in the US," said Democratic Senator Richard Durbin, a top campaigner in the US Congress for tighter food safety laws.
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on Today’s Middle Eastern Summit
“Today's summit in Sharm el-Sheikh is encouraging. I support the efforts of Prime Minister Olmert, President Mubarak, and King Abdullah to strengthen President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad – two Palestinian leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to non-violence and achieving peace with Israel. These leaders seek peace and deserve the support of the international community.”
Obama Statement on Vice President Cheney
"Throughout this administration, Vice President Cheney has consistently sought to operate in secrecy and thwart rules designed to ensure the public's right to know how their business is being done. I believe strongly that democracy works best when it does its work in the daylight"
“In the past 6 months, we have seen some of the shine come off the housing market across the nation. Subprime lending has shaken the foundation under many homeowners, threatening foreclosure for too many. Those currently under duress need help in the near term,..."
Webcasters to Go Silent in Protest of Royalty Rate Increase - SaveNetRadio Coalition
"Many webcasters are planning to shut off access to their streams entirely,
while other webcasters plan to replace their music streams with long periods of
silence (or static or ocean sounds or similar) interspersed with occasional brief
public service announcements on the subject."
24 June Rep.Randy Ramey


Ramey Vehicle Abandon Bill Sent to Governor
"Those who violate the law by abandoning their vehicle along Illinois roadways may be prohibited from renewing their license as a result of a new law that has been sent to the Governor, said the bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream)."
View Habitat plan with an open mind
"We hope this plan gets a different reception than the one Habitat received in 1995. Its proposal to build a housing subdivision within the city of West Chicago was rejected. Questions about density were raised. But there’s also no question that an ugly misperception doomed the project."
Sen Durbin


Cleaning Up Congress & Campaigns - Yahoo! News
"As the post-Watergate presidential financing system collapses and Congressional elections grow more expensive by the millions every cycle, Senators Dick Durbin and Arlen Specter believe it's time to fundamentally change the way campaigns are financed and run. Earlier this year they introduced the first bipartisan bill to publicly finance federal races, modeled after successful "clean election" laws at the state and local levels."
Congress may revive bankruptcy protection - Daily Sundial - Northridge,CA,
"Illinois Senator Richard Durbin proposed legislation that would reverse a 2005 decision that prevented students from declaring bankruptcy except under rare circumstances.  The 2005 decision followed legislation signed by President Clinton in 1998 that prevented students from filing for bankruptcy on federal loans."
Sen. Obama


Obama wins as Democratic hopefuls vie in Take Back America straw poll - Raw Story - Cambridge,MA
"Senator Barack Obama won a straw poll conducted at the 2007 Take Back America conference in Washington, DC. The poll was carried out by the political strategy firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and sponsored by the online news site The Politico. Obama received 29% of the 720 votes."
Obama says some conservative religious leaders have 'hijacked' faith - - Canada
"Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and faith started being used to drive us apart," the Democratic presidential candidate said in a 30-minute speech before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.  "Faith got hijacked, partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, all too eager to exploit what divides us," the Illinois senator said. "
Rep Peter Roskam


Earmark blarney - Chicago Tribune
"By making sure we shine a spotlight on all earmarks, we can weed out the wasteful requests, and perhaps prevent them from being offered in the first place."  We couldn't agree more. That's why you'll find the complete list of earmark requests from five Illinois congressmen -- Obama, Democratic Rep. Rahm Emanuel and GOP Reps. Peter Roskam, Judy Biggert and Mark Kirk -- on the Tribune's Web site. We look forward to posting the rest of them."
Summing up the Sides: Farr v. Roskam -
"But to act as if the earmark process is insignificant is really patronizing. It's patting people on the head and saying, off with you, be lively, you get to write your letter to the chairman, and the chairman will make a declaration on whether it's a good idea or a bad idea."
23 June New look for West Branch   
"I thought it was a crazy idea, eviscerating the river from one end to the other,” district Director of Natural Resources John Oldenburg said.  Now, however, he’s convinced the project will leave the waterway healthier and more diverse than before.
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Bill may go into effect unsigned
“It would be nice to get the governor’s signature, and we would all get to stand around and applaud,” said state Sen. John J. Millner of Carol Stream, who sponsored the senate’s version of the proposal. “But in either case the results are the same: The city of West Chicago will get money back. And it won’t have to be double taxed.”
Caught on camera
"This weekend, West Chicago City Museum unveils more than two dozen of Weibler’s iconic railroad photographs in a new exhibit, “Documenting the Rails,” that will run through Sept. 15."
Witness recalls fatal '06 collision
"Simmons, who was driving home from her job at the Elgin riverboat casino, was eight months pregnant. Homatas and Chiariello were en route from a West Chicago strip club to the Elgin riverboat casino the night of the crash. Attorneys for Homatas contend Chiariello was driving."
Growing field of study
" It doesn't take much to sell someone on the career opportunities available at Ball Horticulture in West Chicago.  The immaculately landscaped, 7.5-acre garden boasts more than 3,000 varieties of plants, most of which were developed on the 102-year-old company's grounds."
WBBM-AM Stop Renting Out Porn, Say Protesters
"Longtime West Chicago resident Leta Dean says a neighbor told her “Family Video”, a national video store chain that opened for business on Route 59 near their West Chicago neighborhood, had a back room that rents porn.  She says has stopped going there along with many of her neighbors."
Tractors to order of the day at Ironwood Plastics - Ironwood Globe
"Employees at McDonald's Restaurant were surprised Friday morning when a guy riding a tractor pulled up to the drive-through lane seeking an order of food.  "They said it was the first tractor they served at the new restaurant," said Jim Clement, of Saxon, Wis."
22 June Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner Bills await Governor's Signature
"Legislation providing tax relief for residents of West Chicago, banning a dangerous hallucinogen and combating the emerald ash borer are among the measures sponsored by State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream) awaiting the Governor’s final consideration. "


Hultgren: Governor showing lack of respect to taxpayers
"tate Sen. Randy Hultgren (R-Wheaton) says he is disappointed by Gov. Blagojevich’s lack of respect to Illinois taxpayers as the governor continues to accumulate massive traveling expenses due to his daily trips from Chicago to Springfield."
Teacher contract settlement in sight
“We think this is a contract both sides can be happy with,” school board President Tony Reyes said.  “This is something the negotiation committee feels it can take to the teachers,” union President Barbara Laimins said. “Hopefully, this means the start of peaceful times.”
Family Video's porn angers residents
""I'm not going to start burning books in the middle of the street," he said.  Still, Kwasman said the company has drawn his ire by rebuffing attempts to discuss the matter. Now the mayor is considering a city law that would mandate locked doors or closed-circuit television surveillance that is actively monitored."
[This article was also picked up by Illionois Review. - Bob]
Habitat seeks OK for biggest DuPage project  ever
"The proposed subdivision would sit on three unincorporated acres near Sherman and Pomeroy streets near West Chicago’s southwest side. Habitat officials are asking West Chicago to annex the site.  In the past, several developers have expressed interest in the land but passed because of the amount of infrastructure needed, Community Development Director Joanne Kalchbrenner said."
Witness: Defendant was driving in fatal DUI crash
"The witness, Michael Walker, of St. Charles, took the stand at the trial of John Homatas, 25, charged in Kane County with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in the collision on Illinois Highway 25 near South Elgin on Jan. 4, 2006."
Sen Durbin Durbin Statement on Vice President Cheney's Refusal to Follow Executive Order
"For the Vice President to believe that he has no responsibility to meet this requirement of the law is a dereliction of duty and responsibility to the people of the United States. And for him to attempt to a abolish the agency that was putting pressure on him to follow the law shows that he's gone entirely too far."
Durbin Says New Policy on Smoking in Movies Falls Short of Addressing Problem
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) repeatedly cites tobacco imagery in motion pictures as one reason why teen smoking rates have stopped their historic decline.”
Durbin Announces Senate Appropriations Committee Approval of $2.4 Million for Lincoln Bicentennial
Durbin Statement on Good Manufacturing Practices for Dietary Supplement Makers
Sen. Obama

Obama Applauds Modest First Step on Fuel Economy Standards, Says Bolder Action Needed to Solve Climate Crisis
"Even if we increase fuel efficiency standards to 35 mpg by 2020 – as this bill requires – we cannot allow standards to flatline for another two decades after that. And we must engage in a comprehensive effort to reduce emissions from all transportation fuels, by passing a national low-carbon fuel standard and investing in efficiency.”

Obama Announces Funding for Health Care Research and Illinois Health Services
“While we still must do a lot more to make health care affordable and to expand health coverage to every American, federal investment in these programs is a critical down payment toward improving health care for Illinois residents.”
Obama Statement on Bush Veto of Stem Cell Bill
"By vetoing funding for stem cell research once again, the President is deferring the hopes of millions of Americans who do not have the time to keep waiting for the cure that may save or extend their lives."
"With small businesses of less than 500 employees accounting for 99% of all employers and creating 65% of all new jobs, it is crucial that Congress work to support their continued growth."
Wildlife Preservation Fund Grants
"Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to support 51 projects throughout Illinois that will enhance habitat for wildlife, including the restoration and protection of threatened and endangered species. Funding for the projects comes from Illinois citizens through donations to the Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources."
West Chicago Press eMails purloined
"In documents recovered from a dumpster at GateHouse Media, 1101 W. 31st. St., Suite 100, Downers Grove, reporters for the West Chicago Press reveal the existence of a large, dismal impassable swamp that prevents them from even getting near West Chicago.  'Many men have entered but none have returned' stated a cringing, pale and cowering assignment editor in the corporate offices."
[Actually, this is just smarmy, mean spirited satire inspired by disappointment. - Bob]
21 June Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 21 June 2007
  • Documenting the Rails
  • Movie in the Park
  • Life Line Screenings
  • David Haley has accepted a position with the Central United Methodist Church of Skokie
  • Operation Support Our Troops
  • Shawn is off the medication for the induced coma
City of
West Chicago
City of West Chicago to Host Heartland Blood Center's Blood Drive
"...  the City of West Chicago will be hosting a city-wide blood drive for Heartland Blood Centers on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at City Hall's Council Chambers, 475 Main Street."
Sen Durbin Durbin Announces Nearly $1.8 Million in Commerce Department Grants for Illinois Projects
Durbin Meets with Incoming Commander at Rock Island Arsenal, Major General Robert Radin
Sen. Obama Hagel, Obama, Brown Introduce Bill to Improve VA Services for Blind Veterans
“I am proud to cosponsor this initiative that will strengthen the VA’s ability to provide specialty vision care and rehabilitation to our blinded veterans while encouraging more of our students to enter this honorable line of work,”
Bond, Boxer, Lieberman, Obama Urge Immediate Review of Discharge Process for U.S. Military Personnel
"The use of a personality discharge can result in a loss of disability benefits and medical care from the VA, and can even lead to service members having to repay thousands of dollars in re-enlistment bonuses."
Feingold, Obama Push for Strongest Ethics and Lobbying Reform Bill Possible
“Last November, the American people sent a message to Washington to clean up its act, so it’s important that Congress take tough action on lobbying and ethics reform,”
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, June 27, 2007 for: Army PVT.  First Class Jacob Tracy, United States Army"
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, June 25, 2007 for: Army Captain Joshua (Josh) Eric Steele, United States Army"
Governor’s Campus Security Task Force launches comprehensive effort to enhance campus safety
20 June City of
West Chicago
Surveillance on Bicycle Breaks Case in West Chicago
  • "Adrian Huerta, 20 year-old resident of the 500 block of Continental Dr. in Warrenville.. He was charged with one count of Burglary.
  • Valentin Perez, 18 year-old resident of the 400 block of east Brown St. in West Chicago. He was charged with one count of Criminal Trespass to Vehicle."
Documenting the Rails ~ An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Philip A. Weibler
"A new exhibit opens on June 22, 2007 at the West Chicago City Museum showcasing the talents of local photographer, Philip A. Weibler. Over two dozen of his railroad photographs can be viewed in the exhibit which runs through September 15, 2007."
West Chicago
High School
"Community High School District #94’s Wildcat Chronicle received the Golden Eagle Trophy for the Best In Class 2007 School Newspaper. This honor was awarded by the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association."
WegoWeb Public Hearing on Habitat Continued
Due to a failure to achieve a quorum, Tuesday night's meeting of the Planning Commission and public hearing was continued to 7PM on Tuesday July 17th.  Members of the neighborhood and Habitat for Humanity members met informally for a couple hours discussing the proposed 11 house development and its effects. 
Wanted: Fishermen - Ironwood Globe
"The 4-year-old son of Cyndi and Tony Erspamer of Pine Lake was bitten by a large musky Friday at the lake. Turns out he's just fine, but he would like someone to get "that darn fish out of my lake!""
Quiet determination
"Low-key perseverance was the hallmark of his success, longtime acquaintances of the retired West Chicago orthopedic surgeon say.  Mains “wasn’t out there pounding his chest,” said Brook McDonald, president of The Conservation Foundation. “Doug has a lot of class. Rather than scream and yell, he’d have a cup of coffee with the mayor.”  After months of consistent lobbying, the DuPage County Forest Preserve District finally bought Danada in 1980.
Hunting Midwest haunts
"Matthew Goetz wasn't surprised when he saw a photo capturing a mysterious light at the Cobblestone Road Saloon.  After all, Goetz, owner of the 148-year-old tavern in West Chicago, claims to have witnessed shadowy figures there a dozen times."
Sen Durbin Durbin Calls on Congress to Reform Financing of Congressional Elections
"At a Senate Rules hearing today, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) called on Congress to take meaningful action to restore public confidence in the Congressional elections process and pass The Fair Elections Now Act.  Sen. Durbin’s bill would create a voluntary system that gives Senate candidates the option to stop dialing for dollars and attending fundraisers, without asking taxpayers to completely underwrite the process."
Durbin, Levin Announce Passage of Resolution to Recognize Juneteenth Independence Day
"The day commemorates the arrival of Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended.  African Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest celebrated June 19 as the anniversary of their emancipation."
Durbin Meets with Incoming Commander at Rock Island Arsenal, Major General Robert Radin
Sen. Obama Higher Education Bill
“This comprehensive legislation will not only make college more affordable, it will provide our prospective teachers with the preparation, skills and support they need to serve children in high-needs school districts and invest a new generation of leaders by funding predominately black institutions. America’s teachers and schools deserve our long term commitment so that they can provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed and restore America’s competitiveness.”
Obama Calls for Passage of Employee Free Choice Act
"Today, individual workers in Illinois and throughout the country often don’t have the power to challenge employers who are cutting wages at the same time as they are dropping their healthcare and retirement benefits.”
Obama Statement on Bush Veto of Stem Cell Bill
"By vetoing funding for stem cell research once again, the President is deferring the hopes of millions of Americans who do not have the time to keep waiting for the cure that may save or extend their lives."
Rep Hastert Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee Open Mark-Up Session
"In fact, even with conservative calculations, studies find that if each household replaced just three 60 watt lamps with Light Emitting Diode (LED) Solid State Lighting (SSL) bulbs it would result in an 80% reduction in power.  This would save our country $2.3 billion dollars and have an annual reduction of 33 million tons of carbon dioxide."
Missing Soldier's Wife May Be Deported
"Army Spec. Alex Jimenez, who has been missing since his unit was attacked by insurgents in Iraq on May 12, had petitioned for a green card for his wife, Yaderlin, whom he married in 2004, Boston's WBZ-TV reported Tuesday.  Their attorney, Matthew Kolken, said Yaderlin illegally entered the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2001. Her husband's request for a green card and legal residence status for her alerted authorities to her situation, Kolken said."
19 June Stop on red or you’ll be fined
"Under the new system, cameras will take digital pictures of cars that cross into intersections after stoplights have turned red in that direction.  Those car owners will be sent tickets that won’t appear on their records but will carry a $100 fine. If tickets aren’t paid in 14 days, an additional $100 late fee will be charged."
Sen Durbin Durbin, Obama Ask Department of Labor to Help Displaced Motorola Workers
“Motorola’s decision to close the Urbana-Champaign Design Center will have a significant impact on this downstate community,” said Durbin.  “We must do everything possible so that these employees have all the help they need to find new jobs.”
Durbin Presents Jefferson Award to Richard Daley
Durbin Bill to Name Post Office in Fairbury for Dr. Francis Townshend Clears Final Congressional Hurdle
Sen. Obama Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Proposals
""Achieving energy independence and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions are two of the greatest challenges America faces. With the right technological innovations, coal has the potential to be a cleaner burning, domestic alternative to imported oil. However we are not there yet."
Continued Detention of Aung San Suee Kyi in Burma
"She will spend this day, as she has eleven of her last seventeen birthdays, under house arrest -- the continuing target of a repressive military junta that rules Burma with an iron fist and has mismanaged the country both economically and politically.”
on the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 Settling Contract with Harrah's
"This is a positive step forward, but this is bigger than one contract or negotiation and it is time for other companies to follow suit. I pledged my support for the workers when I met with the negotiating committee two weeks ago and I'll be there with them on the picket line until every worker has a fair contract."

Obama* for the Heart, Edwards for the Head?
"But his appeal was not his policy shopping list. He was promoting himself foremost as an agent of change who can bring about "a new kind of politics." He offered the crowd "a simple truth, a truth I learned all those years ago as an organizer in Chicago...that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.""

"Congress could damage the housing market further by forcing lenders to abandon certain types of loans that consumers may need to refinance themselves in a weak housing market. Tighter regulation will cut off loans to the very people we want to help into homeownership."
[Is it fair to say that he wants to protect predatory lenders? - Bob]
Grandstand concert lineup for DuQuoin State
"Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the grandstand lineup for the 85th annual DuQuoin State Fair. The lineup will feature rock super-star Alice Cooper along with current country music standouts Gary Allan and Joe Nichols. In addition, Chicago-based rock group Chevelle, and the 26th annual Colgate Country Showdown featuring Lorrie Morgan, will be major attractions, along with a gospel music show and the big band sounds of Jerry Ford and his Orchestra."
18 June Merle Berle Plans for Rail Road Days
"The 34th annual West Chicago Railroad Days is right on track, bringing forth fun and entertainment for all ages starting Thursday, July 12, and ending Sunday, July 15, at Reed-Keppler Park. Events include the carnival, demonstrations, entertainment, fine arts display, fireworks and parade, plus a great selection of foods to appeal to all appetites."
Viking ship in need of TLC
"In 1994, an expansion at the zoo resulted in the ship being moved to an industrial site in West Chicago, before finding a home at Good Templar Park a couple years later.  Today, the 114-year-old ship remains largely intact, though the elements have taken their toll and the vessel has been placed on the 2007 list of the 10 most endangered places in Illinois."
Everyone’s ‘dad’
“He has a tremendous passion for Community High School, and he took every occasion to promote it to anyone who was available to listen,” said Superintendent Lee Rieck. “He has never forgotten why he became an educator in the first place.”
Most Recent Article
The most recent local article posted at the West Chicago Press is the 05 June 2007 item about balloon rides during RailRoad Days this year.  If anyone from the Press is reading this, click HERE to see a map that will show you how to get here... occasionally.
Sen Durbin Durbin, Rush Hold Chicago Field Hearing on Consumer Safety and Magnetic Toys
"Durbin and Rush decided to hold the hearing after the Chicago Tribune reported on incidences in which more than two dozen children faced life-threatening injuries from playing with a popular magnetic toy. One child died as a result of the injury."
On Father’s Day, Gov. Blagojevich encourages men to take advantage of state efforts to improve their health and well being
State Fire Marshal urges fireworks safety as part of Governor’s campaign to keep families cool and safe this summer
Investigation Uncovers ‘Extensive Destruction’ Of RNC Emails, Violations Of Records Act
"House investigators have learned that the Bush administration’s use of Republican National Committee email accounts is far greater than previously disclosed — 140,216 emails sent or received by Karl Rove alone — and that the RNC has overseen “extensive destruction” of many of the emails, including all email records for 51 White House officials."
Veteran Homelessness on the Rise
"The report shows female veterans were as much as four times more likely to become homeless than non-veteran women, with male veterans nearly twice as likely to become homeless than non-veterans."
17 June West Chicago
High School
"The first place students are Adam Olson, Nathan Sullivan, and Mike Deimling. Don Zabelin is their teacher and stock market advisor. Representative Michael Fortner congratulated the team by offering House Resolution No. 222 which honors and congratulates the teams’ outstanding accomplishment “as a symbol of our respect.”"
Hastert accepts new role with good humor
""I do have a schedule," he laughs when asked how he fills his time in the minority, and proves it by holding up a printed card that lists his day's events.  He also has a postcard-gorgeous view of the National Mall from his Capitol office, one floor beneath his former suite. "Lower to the ground," Hastert chuckles,..."
16 June Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
This week's schedule is out.  the City Council, StoryTellers, Replays of Football games... it is all there, the fabric of West Chicago. 
City of
West Chicago
City Council Agenda for 18 June 2007 Posted
  • West Chicago HS Student of the Year
  • Sidewalk Program
  • Asphalt on Washington St north of Rt. 38
  • Hawthorne Lane Reconstruction
  • Moratorium on multi-tenant Commercial Buildings
Habitat For Humanity Seeks Approval for 12 house subdivision
Habitat is seeking annexation, rezoning, and approval of a final plat for a 12 lot subdivision on the east side of Sherman between Stimmel and Brown.  They are requesting four deviations regarding infrastructure improvements: two involving storm sewers not being deep enough, one involving use of overhead power lines, and one involving not building sidewalks.  You can read the agenda for the Tuesday June 19th meeting at 7 pm at City Hall.  The thumbnail to the right takes you to a layout from early May of this year.       
EPA takes West Chicago off backburner
"U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials had previously estimated that it would take a year for action to be completed on sites that may have the radioactive material thorium buried underground.  After a Wednesday meeting with city officials, EPA representatives said they would swiftly identify properties in question and report back in early July on their progress, both parties said."
No progress in District 94 contract talks
"The stalemate comes after several incidents of bitter discord between the board and union. In March, teachers ratified a statement declaring their frustration with the board and claiming they weren’t consulted on major decisions they would have to execute, including a new schedule with an additional period."
"JIM FOREMAN ... WEST CHICAGO Track and field ... CLASS RANK 1 of 504 ... COLLEGE: PennsylvaniaIt has the Wharton School of Business and pole vaulting. ... MAJOR: Business."
[Jump to page 5 and scroll to the bottom.  The item continues on page 6. - Bob]
Sen Durbin Bipartisan Legislation Pushes Biodiesel - Carolina-Virginia Farmer - NC
"The National Biodiesel Board praised bipartisan legislation introduced yesterday by Senator Richard Durbin, D-Ill., to ensure that a portion of America's future diesel fuel supply is renewable.  The Biodiesel Promotion and Quality Assurance Act would gradually increase the amount of biodiesel and "bio-based replacement diesel" that refiners blend into diesel to 1.25 billion gallons by 2012."
Durbin comments on Congress, Iraq war - Springfield State Journal Register - Springfield,IL
"It's frustrating for me, and I'm sure for a lot of people who wish that Congress would move quickly," ... But we're not going to stop. We're going to keep the pressure on this administration for an honest appraisal of what's going on in Iraq."
Sen. Obama Media ignore key details in Obama/Rezko letter story - Media Matters for America
"In reporting on this story, however, several media outlets omitted statements included in the Sun-Times article that challenge the paper's assertion that Obama performed a "favor" for Rezko -- specifically, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton's claim that "I don't know that anyone specifically asked him to write this letter," and Rezko's attorney's claim that Rezko "never spoke with, nor sought a letter from, Senator Obama in connection with that project.""
Rep Peter Roskam Financial Disclosures: A Look at Who Got Extensions - Washington Post
"In the House, at least 17 of those receiving extensions were freshmen lawmakers. (One is Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois, whose disclosure forms will be available mid-July at the latest.)"
Illinois' great energy hunt - Chicago Tribune
"Roskam, a freshman Republican who won a tough race last year, has made energy policy a signal issue in Washington. "To advocate for the district is to advocate for a good energy policy," he said, "for three reasons: national security, stewardship and good economic policy.""
Hastert's book not in the money -
" In his latest financial disclosure report, Hastert lists his autobiography as an asset but he declares its value as "indefinite."  As for royalties from Regnery Publishing for the book, "Speaker, Lessons from Forty Years in Coaching and Politics," Hastert says they were zero in 2006."
Dennis Hastert seeks a graceful exit - WAND - Decatur,IL
"His official papers have been packed up and trucked to Wheaton College in Illinois, where he graduated.  Hastert's campaign account showed cash on hand of about $59,000 on March 31st, with debts of about $52,000, suggesting this term will be his last."
Theocrat(s) of the Week - Frederick Clarkson
"George L. Wilson of Children Need Heroes and Drew Heiss of Street Preach are planning to honor Paul Hill in a series of events called "Paul Hill Days" in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 26th - 29th -- "to honor him as God's man and our hero.""
[Paul Jennings Hill was sentence to (and died from) lethal injection for murder. - Bob]
15 June
Sen. Obama Obama Announces More Than $3 Million for Rock Island Arsenal Fire and Police Station
“Making sure our first responders have the facilities, resources, and equipment they need to do their jobs and keep us safe is a critical priority for the Quad Cities region,”
Bayh, Obama Introduce Legislation To Reduce Barriers to Responsible Fatherhood
"The bill would provide fathers with innovative job training services and other economic opportunities, while expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to help non-custodial parents trying to support their families. It would also increase child support enforcement by helping governments collect a projected $13 billion in payments from those who don’t fulfill their parental responsibilities."
"While I support many of the provisions of the 2008 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, I could not in good conscience vote in support of a bill with $2 billion of extraneous spending over last year’s spending levels.”
new funding to expand services for children with developmental disabilities
"It is often a struggle for families who have children with special needs to make sure their kids have the best care possible," said Gov. Blagojevich. "These two new programs will give hundreds more families access to support and services so they can care for their kids at home."
14 June Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 14 May 2007
  • Wisdom Women's Group
  • Movie in the Park
  • David Bailey in Concert
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School
  • Bevy of Bears
City of
West Chicago
Rash of Car Burglaries Prompt West Chicago Police to Issue Warning
" The West Chicago Police Department is requesting assistance from the community related to recent motor vehicle burglaries that have occurred in the Meadowwood subdivision."
Expansion of Full Day Childcare for 2 year olds
"Children participate in planned activities including Art, Story Time, Playground Activities, socialization with other children during freeplay and a Jesus Time.  Trinity has provided a “Mom’s Day Out” Program for the last 4 years. This program is now being expanded:"
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John


Mental Health Court Legislation sent to Governor
"A measure aimed at providing mental health treatment for those who commit non-violent crimes will be sent to the Governor for final approval, according to State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream)."


Hultgren bills await final approval
"A number of bills sponsored by state Sen. Randy Hultgren (R-Wheaton) are just one step away from becoming law, only needing final approval from the Governor. Measures to crack down on sex offenders, increase penalties on video voyeurism, and assist with missing persons reports are among the pieces of legislation waiting to be signed into law."
Longtime principal loved education and to travel
"Toward the end of his 22-year tenure as principal of Turner Elementary School in West Chicago, Kenneth Fry returned from a three-day weekend to answer the typical questions of how he had spent the time off.  “He said, ‘Well, gee, you know, I flew around the world,’æ” said JoAnn Sargent, a Turner teacher."
Oberweis considers bid for Congress
"Though a mix of Republican heavyweights have expressed interest in succeeding Hastert, the former House speaker, only state Sen. Chris Lauzen, R-Aurora, has formed an exploratory committee.  Oberweis said he plans to set up his exploratory committee in the next two weeks."
Sen Durbin Durbin Initiatives Included in New Anti-Gang Bill
Durbin Asks President to Hold GSA Administrator Accountable
Durbin Statement on the Gang Abatement and Prevention Act
Durbin: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves $2 Million for Illinois Bridge
Durbin: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Nearly $163 Million for Military Construction Projects in Illinois
Durbin Meets with Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters
Sen. Obama Obama Low Carbon Fuel Initiative Would Equal Taking 30 Million Cars Off the Road
“If my proposal were to become law, by the year 2015, the carbon emissions in our national fuel supply would be 5 percent less than they are now. By the year 2020, the carbon emissions would be 10 percent less.”
Comprehensive Bill to Improve Health Care for service Members Incorporates Obama, McCaskill Proposals
“This legislation can be further strengthened by adopting other reforms Senator McCaskill and I have proposed, to strengthen protections for service members against improper discharges for mental health conditions, add important new job protections for family members, and require mental health screenings for troops when they come home."
State Fire Marshal’s Office hosts symposium in Springfield on childhood injury prevention program
IDNR completes construction of new skeet fields at WSRC
State public health director warns of Salmonella contamination when handling birds
13 June George “Tim” Akins
"Tim will be remembered by loved ones as a sincere, caring and loving husband, father, uncle, brother and friend. His boisterous but humble nature, quirky personality and eclectic tastes charmed and instilled a spirit of adventure in those around him."
West Chicago wants storefronts filled
"On Monday, the city’s development committee unanimously passed a moratorium on the approval of multi-unit commercial buildings.  The measure is awaiting final approval by the city council."
TCD students show off talents at SkillsUSA
"Here are the Technology Center students from local towns who placed among the top 10 in their 2007 Illinois SkillsUSA contest divisions: ... Carpentry: Nick Klein, fourth place, Glenbard West senior from Glen Ellyn; Jose Ortiz, seventh, Community High School senior from West Chicago."
Daily Globe
Ironwood, MI
Flag Day important to veterans
"Thursday is Flag Day.  That's a pretty important day for many veterans, including Brian Dary, commander of the Hurley American Legion Post 58.  "I think we need to keep in the forefront," he said of the flag. "I feel proud when I see people flying the flag."
Sen Durbin Durbin Introduces Bill to Promote Greater Use, Quality of Biodiesel
“While in its infancy, the biodiesel industry has seen tremendous growth due to the high cost of oil. This bill will create incentives for producers and consumers alike and will allow this important alternative fuel source the chance to become a mainstream alternative to foreign oil.”
Durbin Continues to Work for Traumatic Brain Injury Care
“We are still learning the best treatment options for those suffering from TBI. With the knowledge we gain from increased research we will be able to moderate the impact TBI has on the lives of our veterans and their families."
Durbin Addresses Gas Price Crisis And Call For Higher Fuel Economy Standards
“Two years ago, when the Senate last considered energy policy, I introduced legislation that called for higher fuel economy standards,” said Durbin.  “The Senate wasn’t ready for that bill. Since then, gasoline prices have risen 45%. The Senate should be ready now.  I know the American people are.”
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on Developments in Darfur
“The death toll is mounting daily in Darfur, and the number of civilians being reached by humanitarian organizations is shrinking. Yesterday's reported agreement must translate into real and immediate action to protect civilians on the ground."
Obama to Paulson: Defend American Workers and Businesses by Challenging China’s Currency Manipulation
"Your department’s refusal to take action against China raises serious questions about the Administration’s commitment to protecting the interests of American businesses and American workers."
Interview with Tammy - Nation Multimedia - Bangkok,Thailand
"She also flew more than 200 combat hours as a Blackhawk pilot. It was during a mission in November 2004 in Iraq that a rocket-propelled grenade struck the cockpit of her helicopter and exploded; Duckworth suffered grave injuries, and lost both her legs. The injury changed her life, she said. Later on, she ran for a seat in the US Congress in 2006. She narrowly lost. But don't count her out from the American political scene yet."
Blagojevich Administration Officials Launch 2007 Keep Cool Illinois Campaign to help families stay safe, healthy and cool this summer
12 June West Chicago Police Dept.


"The West Chicago Police Department is requesting your assistance with recent motor vehicle burglaries that have occurred recently in our community. After conducting an analysis of these burglaries a common factor has been identified. The majority of the vehicles that have been targeted in the recent past have been left unlocked."
WegoWeb Mike Baker Health Update
"First thank you for your words of support and well wishes. I go to by surgeon today (Tuesday) and then pre admission session. On Wednesday I will have the procedure. The following is the information on Hospital: Sun Health Boswell Hospital-10401 Thunderbird Blvd. Sun City AZ- phone number 623-977-7211. Nancy will be checking my e-mail when she can. She will reply and give updates to those who e-mail requests. I am hoping to be able to get back and answer my e-mail as soon as possible. Take Care and God Bless.
City of
West Chicago


Construction Update: Hawthorne Lane Reconstruction Project
"The project, which includes the reconstruction of Hawthorne Lane, between Arbor Avenue and Powis Road will turn the existing two (2) lane rural cross section roadway into a three (3) lane urban cross section. Additionally, a ten (10) foot wide asphalt shared use path will be constructed on the south side of Hawthorne Lane."
Deputy Chief Bruce Malkin Graduates from NU's Center for Public Safety
"West Chicago Police Chief Donald Goncher is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Deputy Chief Bruce Malkin from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University."

A. Kenneth Fry, age 78
"A. Kenneth Fry, age 78,of Winfield formerly of West Chicago, passed away June 9, 2007, in Rochelle, Illinois.  He was born on December 3, 1928 in Webster, Iowa.  He loved his family and friends and enjoyed traveling. Ken was a WWII US Marine Corp. Veteran. He was married in 1951 to Minnie and they recently celebrated 56 years together."

Group sends call-out for manpower at homeless shelter
"Looking at the week of June 11, she said that PADS would probably only be open three nights of the seven because it lacked the manpower to operate existing sites.  “If we don’t have a group, we can’t open,” she said.  Most of PADS’ locations are churches or synagogues, while volunteers come from all kinds of groups."
Fish oil showing promise in kids' brain disorders
"I would be much happier if I were able to do equally well on only fish oil," said O'Neill, now a mental-health professional at the DuPage County Health Department and president of The Awakenings Project, a coalition of artists who live with mental illness. "But I can't afford to put my mental health in jeopardy by trying as yet unproven remedies, although the fish oil shows promise."
Sen Durbin Durbin, Levin Introduce Resolution to Recognize Juneteenth Independence Day
"The day commemorates the arrival of Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended.  African Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest celebrated June 19 as the anniversary of their emancipation."
$100,000 Grant for Emerald Ash Borer Initiative
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today commended the USDA Forest Service’s decision to award a Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) grant to the Illinois Conservation Foundation.  The grant will provide $100,000 over two years to help Illinois communities and industries combating the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer."
Sen. Obama


Obama Raises Concerns Over FEC Nominee’s Record of Partisanship
"Unfortunately, Mr. von Spakovsky’s experience both as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Department of Justice and as a Republican appointee to the Fulton County Registration and Election Board in Atlanta, Georgia, do not demonstrate the evenhandedness required of an FEC Commissioner."
Obama Seeks Powell's Advice on Policy Issues - New York Times
"Mr. Powell said he had met twice with Mr. Obama. “I’ve been around this town a long time and I know everybody who is running for office,” Mr. Powell said in an interview on “Meet the Press” on NBC. “And I make myself available to talk about foreign policy matters and military matters with whoever wishes to chat with me.”"
Parkway plans progress, Laesch opposed - Valley Free Press - Sandwich,IL,USA
"After winning about 40 percent of the votes in the 2006 election, he believes he has a better chance in 2008. With Hastert no longer the Speaker, and Democrats with the current majority in Congress, he believes voters will understand they need to vote for a Democrat to be better represented in the district, as far as money appropriation."
Disabled Iraq War veteran brings inspiration to Thais - Nation Multimedia - Bangkok,Thailand
"Duckworth was born on March 12, 1968, in Bangkok and is the daughter of Frank L Duckworth, a marine who served in World War II and the Vietnam War, and Thai mother Lamai Sompornpairin.  Her family moved around Southeast Asia when she was young due to her father's work with the United Nations. "
"The fuel cells will run vehicle systems where an idling engine is currently required, thereby lessening the impact of idling engines. "
Illinois Holds the Infamous Distinction of “Judicial Hellhole”
"Negligent physicians and health care facilities should be held accountable for their actions. However, the outrageous medical liability system has caused the unintended effect of closing the offices of excellent physicians whom provide you and your family with high quality care. Should they be punished for the bad apples in the profession?"
11 June Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"Tune in to Channel 17 this week for a couple theme nights. We have evenings filled with the last four years of the West Chicago Chamber of Commerce Fashion shows. We also have evenings full of National Night Out programs from '01 thru '04 with the addition of a '92 CableCom Classic. "
"David is an exceptionally talented singer and songwriter who has produced 15 CD's and has performed hundreds of concerts in over forty states. Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary has described David as a "Wonderful songwriter!" L.R. Baggs Company states that David is "Among the best recorded acoustic guitarist I have heard!"
West Chicago Police Dept. West Chicago Police Make an Arrest in Residential Burglary
"At approximately 7:24 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2007, West Chicago police were called to a residence in the 300 block of Church Street after a witness observed two suspicious males at the victim's residence."
Gov. Blagojevich launches Men’s Health Week in Illinois by encouraging men to take an active role in their health
“It’s important to make sure our fathers, brothers and grandfathers are taking good care of themselves and the first step in living a healthy lifestyle is education,”
10 June Radiation testing gains steam in West Chicago
"“That’s not good enough,” said West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman, who plans to meet Tuesday with EPA officials.  He said he’ll press the agency for comprehensive information within 30 days."
Editorial - Finish cleanup job in West Chicago
"We can understand the EPA being reluctant to share information if it will unnecessarily alarm people. But West Chicago folks aren’t going to faint with shock over new revelations of thorium contamination. It has been part of the history of the city for over 20 years.  We always thought the plan, over all those years, was to clean up the thorium, not let it stay in place on some properties while others are radiation free, and worry free."
Sen. Obama "The State of Black America Report" Forward by: Senator Barack Obama - Clarksville Online - Clarksville,TN
"The National Urban League , with it’s rich 88-year history, publishes an annual report  that focuses on some of the problems that face Black Americans, as well as looking at solutions to those problems"
Duckworth says she's considering second try for Congress - WQAD - Moline,IL
"She tells the Chicago Sun-Times that she hasn't yet decided what post would allow her to do the most good for veterans -- her current job or a seat in the House.  She says she feels she's been able to do a lot for Illinois vets so far and is, in her words, "actually making things happen.""
America's Secret Obsession - Washington Post
"Excessive secrecy is at the root of multiple scandals -- the phantom weapons of mass destruction, the collapse of Enron, the tragedies traced to Firestone tires and the arthritis drug Vioxx, and more. In this self-proclaimed "Information Age," our country is on the brink of becoming a secretocracy, a place where the right to know is being replaced by the need to know."
09 June WegoWeb EMail from Mike Baker (from Kiwanis and Halloween Parade chairman)
"Dear Friends:
The results of my Angiogram were not good. My Doctor is scheduling my operation (triple bypass) for sometime next week. I will know Monday the date and the time. Looks like it could be a while until we get back north. Take care and God Bless!
Hand over the fees, please:
"The West Chicago Community High School District 94 school board is doing right to give parents a break by putting a $350 cap on the amount of school fees a family has to pay. But don’t you wonder, after looking at your tax bill for your local school district — West Chicago and elsewhere — why you still have to pay hundreds of dollars of fees on top of thousands and thousands of dollars in taxes?"
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

Push for rail safety rolls through Illinois
"The Union Pacific Railroad and Illinois Operation Lifesaver hosted a morning-long train ride from Belvidere to West Chicago on Friday, as a chance to educate folks about the importance of train safety."

08 June State settles on parkway route
"Only $207 million in federal funds and $10 million in state monies are earmarked for the project, and the state must cough up another $46 million before all of the federal money can be used.  Moreover, U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert of Yorkville, who earmarked most of the existing money in the 2005 federal transportation bill, lost the chance to remain speaker of the House late last year after Democrats won a majority of seats."
"Their behavior is beyond description and it is time they take a few courses in anger management and leadership.  Good luck on the rest of the season.
Nancy Klintworth
West Chicago"
Sen Durbin Durbin Announces a Nearly $900,000 DOT Grant for Decatur Airport
Durbin Announces a $2.2 Million Dot Grant For Chicago O'Hare Airport
Sen. Obama Voter Intimidation Targeted By Obama
"Obama said stopping voter intimidation shouldn't be a political debate. And it's one issue that has united him with his chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination _ New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is a co-sponsor of his bill."
In Gag We Trust? - ZNet - Woods Hole,MA
"Edmonds uncovered, for example, a covert relationship between Turkish groups and former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), who reportedly received tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in return for withdrawing the Armenian Genocide Resolution from the House floor in 2000."
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, June 11, 2007 for: Army CPL Jeremiah Costello, United States Army"
IDNR announces 2007 Controlled Pheasant Hunting Program
07 June Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 07 May 2007
  • City Recognition Program
  • Adult Summer Reading Program
  • United Methodist Women Rummage Sale
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Steak Fry
  • Concert with folk artist David Baily
Williams-Woodward Funeral Homes
Sen Durbin Bill to Make Private Student Loans Dischargeable in Bankruptcy
“I don’t think many 17 or 18 year-old students realize the long-term impact of their loan decisions.  Some of these private student loan repayment schedules – with double-digit interest rates – can follow a student borrower from graduation to the grave.”
Bill to Apply Greater Economic Pressure on Sudan
“This is the first time in history that we have called a genocide for what it is. But recognizing this crisis isn’t enough. We must act,”
Sen. Obama


Obama Bill Would Make Election Fraud, Voter Intimidation Illegal
“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, the elderly, or the poor.”
Obama, Emanuel Introduce Bills to Establish Teacher Residency Program
“Even before new teachers enter our classrooms, we must provide them with the skills and support they need to serve children in high-needs school districts. Teaching Residency Programs would not only strengthen our teachers and schools, but would bolster our nation’s competitiveness by providing the best possible training to our next generation of leaders.”
Obama Raises Concerns With Nominee for Surgeon General
"As with other nominees, I will listen to the testimony of Dr. James Holsinger, but this Administration must know that the United States Surgeon General’s office is no place for bigotry or ideology that would trump sound science and good judgment.”
Obama Initiative Would Revisit Radical Changes to Immigration System in Five Years
"For that reason, I come to the floor today, joined by Senators Menendez and Feingold, to offer amendment 1202 to sunset the points system after five years. I am pleased that immigration experts, religious organizations, and immigrant advocacy organizations have all endorsed our amendment.”
Rep Hastert New York Times Op-Ed on Iraq War
[Apparently Denny wants to become the next Oprah and is now posting things as a reading list.  This is a reprint of the Times article, not something done by Speaker Hastert or his staff. - Bob]
Hastert, House Republicans Unveil 21st Century Energy Policy
“We have made significant gains to increase our energy security, but our work is far from complete,” said Hastert, a leader on the Energy and Commerce Committee. “This plan is comprehensive, taking important short-term steps while also laying the groundwork for future-generation energy solutions.”
Agricultural Disaster Declaration Approved
“The loans that this declaration triggers can help them recover.  They can be used not only to pay production costs, but also to refinance existing debt and cover essential family living expenses.”
affordable housing needs of Illinois residents
This conference will help bring about new ideas and strategies to make sure we’re helping working families have a real shot at finding safe, affordable housing where they can raise a family, build equity and become a part of their communities,”
06 June City of
West Chicago
West Chicago's Art Fiesta in the Park Celebrates Hometown Cultural Heritage
"The return of Railroad Days, July 12-15, 2007, also signals the return of West Chicago's Art Fiesta in the Park. For thirteen years, local artists with a West Chicago connection have participated in this highly anticipated event by submitting two works of their art."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner: Measure to Strengthen Child Pornography Law Sent to Governor
"Legislation aimed at providing police with additional tools to track predators who target children has been approved by the General Assembly, according to Chief Co-Sponsor, State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream)."
Restaurant sued by West Chicago crash victim
"Kona Grill, 3051 Butterfield Road, is named in the lawsuit filed Monday by attorneys representing Michele Lubinski, 36. Lubinski’s vehicle was struck by the county-owned vehicle Radostits was driving that afternoon in unincorporated DuPage County near Winfield, according to the state’s attorney’s office."
Sen Durbin Durbin Passes American Workers First Amendment 71-22 On Y-Visa
"This vote in the Senate requires American companies to give American workers the chance to apply. The only way to know what jobs Americans do or don't want is to require Americans be recruited first, and that's just what we've done."
Sen. Obama Obama Campaign Launches Spanish Captioning for Online Videos
""Providing Spanish captioning for videos is just a small step that allows us to connect further with people in the online community."  Currently these videos are LIVE at or"
Rep Peter Roskam Listen to Congressman Roskam on WLS
Click here to listen to Congressman Roskam's Interview on WLS-890 AM.You can hear Congressman Roskam at 7:40am the first Wednesday of every month on the Don Wade & Roma Morning Show.
Governor Blagojevich announces national recognition for Illinois’ seven Scenic Byways
College students begin Governor’s Environmental Corps Summer Internship at Illinois EPA
2007 Summer Job Central: Opportunities for Teens and Young Adults to Gain Valuable Work Experience
Very dry May, 8th warmest on record
05 June ‘You thought it would go away’
"Neltnor, who said she represented the majority of her 30-family, south-side neighborhood, pressed officials to explain how they would help residents with concerns. Mayor Mike Kwasman responded that within the next three weeks the city would attempt to arrange a meeting with the EPA."
Restaurant sued by West Chicago crash victim
"In the lawsuit, Lubinski contends employees of Kona Grill were responsible for serving Radostits drinks that led to her high level of intoxication. She seeks an unspecified amount of money in damages, according to her attorney, Dennis H. Stefanowicz Jr."
Railroad Days adds balloon rides
"The West Chicago Chamber of Commerce has arranged for two hours of hot air balloon rides to kick off the event on July 12. The chamber enlisted the help of Mayor Michael Kwasman, State Rep. Michael Fortner and State Rep. Randy Ramey to promote the rides, courtesy of RE/MAX Cornerstone."
Kids see city’s biggest and loudest trucks
"The sounds of wailing sirens and booming horns permeated the air for two hours as more than 300 children and their families showed up for the fourth annual Touch a Truck Day." In Retrospect, the 7th Lunchtime Lemon Martini was a Terrible Idea
"Jane Radostits, the DuPage County prosecutor who was killed when her state-issued car swerved into oncoming traffic may have had as many as eight drinks before driving on May 11, according to a lawsuit filled yesterday on behalf of Michele Lubinski, 36, of West Chicago. 2007_6_lemondrop.jpg
Lubinski, whose left arm and leg were broken in the crash, is seeking damages from Oak Brook's Kona Grill after lab tests revealed Radostits' blood alcohol level to be .25 percent (three times the legal limit in Illinois)."
Sen. Obama EPA Endorses Obama Proposal to Eliminate Lead From Schools, Child Care Facilities
"“The Environmental Protection Agency took an important step forward today by proposing that those who renovate and repair our schools follow safe lead practices. Requiring mandatory lead-safety training and certification of our schools’ contractors are basic precautions we can take to keep our children healthy and our schools lead-free."
on the Passing of Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas
"I offer my sincerest condolences to his wife Susan and their four children, and pray that they find peace and comfort in the difficult months to come.”
Bringing Charles Taylor to Justice
“Charles Taylor is one of the worst war criminals of the last century. He must answer for the 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and he can't be allowed to pull another stunt like he did today when he walked out of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.”
Rep Peter Roskam Eye on Iran
"... I have become a cosponsor of the bipartisan Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007. This legislation increases economic and political pressure on Iran to persuade the regime to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons."
Centrists wary of push for majority of the majority rule - The Hill - Washington,DC
"Several centrist-to-conservative Democrats say their leadership should continue to reject a majority of the majority rule despite pressure from liberals to impose the rule on several controversial trade measures.  “Call me old-fashioned, but I like majority rules,” said Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), who argues the rule eventually hurt House Republicans when it was used by former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.)."
Court Rebuffs F.C.C. on Fines for Indecency - NY Times
"Adopting an argument made by lawyers for NBC, the judges then cited examples in which Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney had used the same language that would be penalized under the policy. Mr. Bush was caught on videotape last July using a common vulgarity that the commission finds objectionable in a conversation with Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain. Three years ago, Mr. Cheney was widely reported to have muttered an angry obscene version of “get lost” to Senator Patrick Leahy on the floor of the United States Senate."
04 June Mayor
Response to Gordon Brand
Mayor Mike Kwasman responds to the comments by Gordon brand posted on May 31st as "Letter to the Editor - Gordon Brand."  Mike sent this response on June 1st.  The delay was caused by my having to define a new category to facilitate putting it into the blog.


Correction:  Fortner and Ramey Reject Stem Cell Research
In the clip from the Dalily Herald's Lawmakers endorse stem cell research, I erred in associating our reps with the endorsement.  Both Ramey and Fortner voted against the bill.  The quote should have been the later, "opposing state-funded stem cell research :... Mike Fortner, West Chicago Republican...Harry R. Ramey Jr., Carol Stream"  I apologize for the error.
City of
West Chicago
West Chicago's Touch-a-Truck Scores a Home-Run
"The event's creator, Officer Tony Quarto, has brought Touch-a-Truck to life for the past four years after attending a similar event in another community. He calls the effort 'simple fun' for the whole family."
West Chicago Community High School ... News of the year
"•Principal John Highland retired after 27 years of service to CHS
 • New Principal Moses Cheng was chosen to lead CHS beginning in July 2007
 • CHS’s WeGo To Africa group continued to support, through supplies and on-site expertise, the school it built in Africa"
Sen Durbin


Senator Dick Durbin Is Dealing With Immigration Issues - Central Illinois Proud - Peoria-Bloomington,IL
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says more safeguards need to be in place to make sure everyone working in the country is doing so legally.  He's backing the use of new identification cards that will help employers check the legal status of workers."
Sen. Obama


America Is Not Safer Since 9/11
"Senator Obama believes and asserted in the debate that America is less safe since 9/11 largely because the war in Iraq has fueled terrorism around the world. He opposed the war from the beginning and has a plan to end it, bringing all combat troops out of Iraq by March 31, 2008."
Rep Peter Roskam Ensuring Quality Healthcare
"Universal health care is the leading buzzword on Capitol Hill these days.  While the rhetoric sounds admirable, the reality is anything but."
Relief at the Pump in Sight?
"In 1973, America imported 30 percent of its crude oil needs. Today, that number has doubled to more than 60 percent. Our increasing dependence on foreign oil threatens the economic security and stability of our country because of the hostile and unstable regimes that supply us."
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, June 6, 2007 for: Pfc. Robert A. Liggett, United States Army"
steps to help keep budget process moving forward
"Deputy Governor Sheila Nix stood with other top gubernatorial staff today to announce next steps the Blagojevich Administration will take to work with the General Assembly and leaders in order to reach a budget by the end of the state’s fiscal year, June 30th."
03 June Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"Tune in to Channel 17 this week for the City Council meeting live at 7PM on Monday. We also have a brand new edition of the Derek & Rob X-perience. Revisit great CableCom programs like Women in History and Mannenchor Dorfen as they are rebroadcast this week."


Rebecca Lemon Graduates From West Chicago HS.
My daughter, Becky, graduated this afternoon and we had a party this evening.  That's why today's update is late... but it is short because there just wasn't much out there, even for a Sunday. - Bob
Physicist in running to replace Hastert
"Bill Foster, 51, a political newcomer, is a former Fermilab physicist with a doctorate from Harvard University. His priorities are bringing the troops home from Iraq and cutting the national debt.  “A lot of the challenges that our country faces are economic and technical, and as a scientist and businessman, I can help solve them,” Foster told the Daily Herald on Wednesday."
The Speaker's Shift - New York Times
"But what could turn out to be their defining contrast was exhibited on May 24, when Ms. Pelosi allowed the Iraq war spending bill to clear the House with predominantly Republican votes while most Democrats – including her – opposed it. It was a marked departure from the principle that guided Mr. Hastert during his years as speaker.  Mr. Hastert was an advocate of governing the House by a “majority of the majority” – a standard he thought best served the interests of his Republican members and, by extension, the nation."
a little common sense
"If punished, Kokesh could lose out on educational and other benefits he is eligible to receive, and may no longer qualify for job opportunities that require a security clearance.  It's a curious way to support our veterans, isn't it?"
VFW to Corps: Don’t Stifle Freedom of Speech
“This is about First Amendment rights and whether the military can discipline former servicemen who are in the inactive reserves,”
02 June WegoWeb Time to implement windfall profits tax - Gordon S. Brand
"A cure for this scenario would be a windfall profits tax that would be tied to price at the pump. The higher the pump price, the greater the tax."
WC Public Library Summer 2007 Press Release
"The eight week program is called “Reading . . . The Sport of Champions” and includes a free gift with registration, as well as weekly prizes and a grand prize."
Lawmakers endorse stem cell research
"Roll call Lawmakers supporting state-funded stem cell research: ... Mike Fortner, West Chicago Republican; ... Harry R. Ramey Jr., Carol Stream Republican; ..."
[This item is in error.... see correction on June 4th.. - Bob]
State gives go-ahead, sets route for Prairie Parkway
"Only $207 million in federal funds and $10 million in state monies are earmarked for the project, and the state must cough up another $46 million before all the federal money can be used.  Moreover, U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Yorkville, who earmarked most of the existing money in the 2005 federal transportation bill, lost the chance to remain speaker of the House late last year after Democrats won a majority of seats."
Lauzen eyes run for Congress
"State Sen. Chris Lauzen, R-Aurora, plans to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission today, launching an exploratory committee with an eye on the 14th Congressional District seat.  Lauzen will be the first Republican to formally begin amassing support for a run at the office."
Possibly 8 hopefuls for Hastert's seat
“That’s a lot of people running for that post,” Kane County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Guethle said. “I think it’s good, personally. It gets some issues out early and lets people see the candidates.”
Sen Durbin India On Offensive About Visas - Forbes - NY
"Republican Senator Charles Grassley’s and Democratic Senator Richard Durbin’s questions have caused no small measure of consternation in India. Earlier, Indian Commerce Minister Kamal Nath raised the issue with Trade Representative (USTR) Susan Schwab at a G-4 meeting in Brussels, objecting to the fact that the U.S. lawmakers wrote directly to the firms."
Sen. Obama Obama's Inconvenient Truths - TIME
"That kind of conspicuous candor has been part of Obama's campaign since his announcement tour in February. When a questioner at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wanted to know whether he would cut the military budget to make room for other priorities, Obama answered, "Actually, you'll probably see an initial bump in military spending in an Obama Administration" to replace the equipment that has been depleted by the Iraq war and build up the size of the active forces."
01 June Rep.Randy Ramey June E-Newsletter
"May has proved to be a busy month as we near our anticipated scheduled adjournment date for session. Although it is unclear if we will be going into overtime session, we have discussed a number of important issues this past month."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Overtime Session Provides Unique Opportunity for Change
"The Illinois legislature’s May 31 adjournment date has come and gone without a state budget, but State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream) says the stalemate may provide an opportunity for an overall better budget for Illinois citizens."


Statement from State Senator Randy Hultgren
“As budget negotiations continue in the coming days and weeks, I look forward to the opportunity of working with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to develop a budget that meets our current financial obligations before creating new programs, helping Illinois to live within its means.”
West Chicago students win national award for video
"The class from Indian Knoll School won a prestigious National School Boards Association contest sponsored by Apple Computer Inc. that asks students to respond in a 60-second video."
Rail Fan
A Chicago & NorthWestern RR diesel locomotive on display
"I took this photo at the July 1983 West Chicago Railroad Days celebration. Seen here on display, is an EMD roadswitcher with hood doors opened for display, and exposing the diesel prime mover."
[When was the last time the RR had a part in Railroad Days? - Bob]
Sen Durbin Durbin: H1-B Visa Reforms Needed to Protect American Workers
"... “The H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2007” he introduced earlier this year with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have been added to the Kennedy-Kyl immigration reform compromise bill.  Durbin’s legislation would overhaul the H-1B and L-1 visa programs to give priority to American workers and crack down on unscrupulous employers who deprive qualified Americans of high-skill jobs."
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on Pride Month
"It's time to turn the page on the bitterness and bigotry that fill so much of today's LGBT rights debate. The rights of all Americans should be protected -- whether it's at work or anyplace else."
Illinois honors Illinois State Police Officers, Telecommunicator and Forensic Scientist of the Year
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, June 6, 2007 for: Army SPC Francis M. Trussel, United States Army"
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