Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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31 Oct Merle Berle

Around and About in West Chicago - 31 Oct 2007

  • Brian Reis
  • Community Day coupon booklets for Carson's
  • "Crafts and Treasures" Holiday Bazaar
  • Spooky Trail
  • "Building a Community: Creating a Dialogue about Mexican Contributions to West Chicago."
Miles Kostel October 28, 2007
"Memorial visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Williams-Woodward Funeral Home, 820 Pine St., West Chicago. Memorial service Thursday 10 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation appreciated."
Sen.
Randy Hultren

 

College Illinois! begins annual enrollment period
"Families interested in investing in their children’s future while protecting themselves against tuition inflation can now begin to enroll in College Illinois!, the state’s 529 prepaid tuition program, according to State Sen. Randy Hultgren (R-Wheaton)."
Angry West Chicago residents seek answers from EPA
"At a meeting called to discuss the issue, a dozen frustrated homeowners grilled federal Environmental Protection Agency officials about why their homes may need to be dug up for the third time in three decades."
The briefs - Learn to arrange your fall flowers
"The West Chicago Public Library will present a fall flower arranging program with Peggy Garvin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library, 118 W. Washington, West Chicago. The basket will be filled with silk flowers, dried pods and leaves. The fee is $15. Participants should bring a garden pruner. For details, call (630) 231-1552, ext. 4."
District master plan to include a long list of improvements
"The district will host two public forums in the coming months to help gain feedback about what residents want from the district. Previous forums and surveys have already identified several areas in need of improvement and the district plans to move forward with up to $1.5 million in renovations, including aquatic center improvements, a skate park, a splash pad and playgrounds."

D33 misses AYP mark despite strong showing
"Students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency at the middle school scored well below the reading standards set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education, even as other subgroups in the school and all elementary schools met the AYP standards in both reading and math for the second straight year."

Sen Durbin

 

Senate Democrats Discuss Consumer Safety
"This year alone, more than 20 million toys have been recalled because they pose hazards to children. The CPSC, which is responsible for overseeing the safety of more than 15,000 consumer goods, employs fewer than 425 full-time staff, relies on antiquated testing facilities and employs just one full-time toy tester. "
Durbin Calls on Federal Government to Take an Active Role in Reducing Community and Healthcare-Associated Infections
"Durbin’s legislation addresses key needs with five specific initiatives."
Sen. Obama Time To End Debate On Yucca, Find Alternatives
"But we cannot deny that nuclear power is – and likely will remain – an important source of electricity for many years to come. How we deal with the dangerous byproduct of nuclear reactors is a critical question that has yet to be resolved."
bill to toughen current anti-meth law
“Anhydrous ammonia is useful as a fertilizer; unfortunately it is also an ingredient for methamphetamine production and becomes extremely dangerous when it’s not handled properly,” said Gov. Blagojevich.  “We must do what we can to stop the spread of meth addiction and trafficking in our communities, and to protect the public from the dangers associated with obtaining the ingredients for meth."
30 Oct  

Cable Com
Channel 17

 

Cable Schedule Posted
Tune into Channel 17 this week for music!  We've got jazz and variety. Channel 17 is the place to see local music performances.
West Chicago
High School
WeGo 2 Africa In Need of Art & Craft Supplies
"WeGo 2 Africa needs donations of fleece for blankets as well as fabric, stuffing, yarn, needles, thread and buttons for the Rag Doll Project. Also various art supplies (i.e. paints, brushes) are needed for the Classroom Visual Project."
Becky
Hall
Community Day at Carson's November 10th
"The West Chicago City Museum has Community Day coupon booklets available for $5.00. These booklets are good on Saturday, November 10th, and include the following coupons:"
DuPage County filings
"Filing opened Monday for the Feb. 5 Illinois primary. Here are the candidates who filed Monday to run for DuPage County offices and the judicial sub-circuits in the Northwest suburbs. Filing will be open for one week, closing Nov. 5. An asterisk next to a candidate's name denotes an incumbent...
CORONER ... Republican: *Peter Siekmann, West Chicago"
Armed and Ready aims to protect vets at home
"Colonel Huber (left) speaks with Military Assistance Program member Richard Flately with at the Armed and Ready Seminar at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Leon Richardt Post 6791 in West Chicago Oct. 27. Armed and Ready aims to ensure veterans receive benefits promised to them."
Local hopefuls filing for primary
"Democrats running include Navy veteran John Laesch of St. Charles, former Fermilab scientist Bill Foster of Geneva, Geneva-based business attorney Jotham Stein and Joseph Serra, also of Geneva, who works in cellular communications."
Lauzen shells out big bucks to nab Hastert ally
"Joining the Lauzen team at a $5,000-a-month salary is Denny Wiggins, Kane County's GOP chairman. Wiggins, who also sits on the Illinois Republican State Central Committee, has been involved in Republican politics for 45 years, much of it in leadership roles in the county. He also was strongly aligned with Hastert."
Sen Durbin Durbin Receives Award for Legislative Initiatives to Address Nationwide Nursing Shortage
Durbin Meets with Illinois Corn Growers to Discuss Agricultural Priorities
Durbin: Senate Reauthorizes Amtrak for 6 Years
Sen. Obama Obama Opposes Mukasey Nomination
“While his legal credentials are strong, his views on two critical and related matters are, in my view, disqualifying. We don't need another attorney general who believes that the President enjoys an unwritten right to secretly ignore any law or abridge our constitutional freedoms simply by invoking national security. And we don't need another attorney general who looks the other way on issues as profound as torture."
Obama Demands Answers on Blackwater Immunity Deal
"However, a full investigation and prosecution will be difficult when all of the Blackwater guards – both in the vehicle convoy involved in the shooting and the helicopters above – were apparently given immunity by investigators from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, an arm of the State Department."
Statement of Senator Barack Obama on Nomination of Dr. James Peake as VA Secretary
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"...  to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Illinois State Police Trooper Brian McMillen"
State public health director offers safety tips for parents and kids this Halloween
Get Ready For More Advertising On Your Cell Phone - SkyDeck
“Unless you provide us [Verizon Wireless] with notice that you wish to opt out within 30 days of receiving this letter, we will assume that you give the Verizon Companies the right to share your CPNI with the authorized companies as described above.”
29 Oct NOVEMBER 2007 PRESS RELEASE
"Please join us for a Fall Flower Arranging program on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 7:00 p.m."
Collage of Hurley's Late Color
At "peak color" the landscape is overwhelmed with the orange and red of the hardwoods.  Hurley has a second color season, the ambers and yellows of the poplars and tamaracks.  These pictures were taken on Oct 24th and 25th in stormy late afternoon and bright mid-morning. You can compare with 27 Aug 2007 and 01 Oct 2007.  Notice how long the color season lasts up there. - Bob
Democrats will have primary for chance to unseat Roskam
"The 6th District Congressional race officially became interesting Wednesday.  State official and veteran Army Reserve colonel Jill Morgenthaler announced her candidacy as a Democrat for Congress."
Illegals and crime don't mix
"Reliable statistics on crime by undocumented immigrants are hard to come by. But the Chicago Sun-Times has learned that less than 4 percent of the adults in Illinois prisons have been identified as illegal immigrants. And as of mid-July, less than 3 percent of the inmates in Cook County Jail were illegals."
Lincoln Courier
Lincoln,IL
Firm brings textile recycling to area
" The somebody Bruns referred to is U'SAgain, a recycling company dedicated to keeping textiles out of landfills, providing clothing to Third World countries and creating jobs for people of various skill and responsibility levels.  "I'm sure we will place more bins in the area," said Eunsil Drew, a U'SAgain public relations spokeswoman and fundraising coordinator in the West Chicago office."
Sen Durbin Reducing Community And Healthcare-Associated Infections
"Durbin’s measure would require the federal government to develop best practices guidelines for hospital internal infection control plans. Hospitals would then be required to review their existing infection control plans for compliance with these guidelines to improve the health and safety of patients, healthcare workers, and the public."
Sen. Obama New Obama Ad: We Need An Honest Conversation about Social Security
"Obama for America today released a new television ad about the need to have an honest conversation about the future of Social Security. The ad entitled "Wind" starts airing in Iowa today and can be found at www.iowa.barackobama.com/iawind."
Rep Hastert

 

Hastert to Step Down Soon, Sources Say - Washington Post
"Hastert's office would not confirm his departure. "He has consistently said that he would continue to serve as long as he is effective, and that is still the case today," said spokesman Brad Hahn. "There are different discussions taking place, but no decisions have been made."
Gov. Blagojevich signs law to improve consumer services at Illinois pharmacies
"In another effort to improve customer service, the Act gives pharmacy chains options to more quickly and efficiently fill patient prescriptions when the pharmacy is very busy by permitting prescription orders to be filled at a central location and then delivered back to the pharmacy where the patient brought their prescription."
27&28 Oct 12-year sentence in triple-fatal DUI crash
"Jan Hutchens wanted an apology from and a lengthy prison term for John Homatas, who killed her daughter, her daughter's unborn child and another man in a drunken-driving crash in 2006.  She got neither Friday."
A family tradition
"Sonny Acres does nothing halfway. Halloween and Thanksgiving aren't just about pumpkins and Puritans. They are also about popcorn balls; sweet corn; haunted hayrides; train rides; petting zoos; haunted houses; mazes; barrels of newly harvested apples; and dozens of other touches that make the holidays feel like holidays."
Committees, summit welcome additions
"St. Charles schools have had plenty of committees in the past but recently created a new layer -- business and services, curriculum and instruction, policy, and community relations -- in order to get more input, more discussion and better plans. Summit 303 is the name for what will be a series of community gatherings that invite participation in the processes that affect how children in the district will be taught."
Driver in '06 crash that killed 2 gets 12 years
""I expect anyone who's remorseful, at that time, to make a statement," she told reporters outside the courtroom. "It just shows me I was right all along" about Homatas' character."
Dems lash out at GOP on war, health program
"Though they rarely mentioned the president by name, candidates Jotham Stein, John Laesch and Bill Foster attacked his policies on health care and the Iraq war Tuesday at a Kane County Democrats forum at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva."
Man gets 12 years in fatal DUI crash
"Simmons, who was eight months' pregnant, was returning home from her job in Elgin. Simmons, her fetus, and John Chiariello, 25, of St. Charles, a passenger in Homatas’ Jeep, were killed. Homatas had been drinking at a West Chicago club just prior to the crash."
GOP chief hired for campaign
"Wiggins will be paid $5,000 a month as an organizer, said Lauzen, R-Aurora.  “In 45 years, I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a candidate in a primary,” Wiggins said. “However, I think it’s crucial that we keep this seat in Republican hands.”
Wayne man gets 12 years for drunken crash that killed pregnant woman, friend
"Homatas and Chiariello, 25, of St. Charles, had spent the night partying with friends at a West Chicago strip club and were en route to the Elgin riverboat casino.  Simmons, who was eight months pregnant, was on her way home to Yorkville from her job at the casino."
Buyers look for conservation payback
"Like Coveny, Court Airhart, president of Airhart Construction in West Chicago, said his company also is focused on building energy--efficient homes.  "There's a whole approach to building a healthy, energy-efficient home. It goes from the thickness of the walls, to house wrap, to high-quality, energy efficient windows, to caulking and preventing air penetration," he said."
Los Angeles
Times
Fate of Great Lakes' water looks fluid
"The Waukesha conflict stems from the city's being outside the vast Great Lakes Basin, which means the Lake Michigan water it would use would not be returned to the lake; it would drain into the Fox River and ultimately find its way down the Mississippi and into the Gulf of Mexico"
[Like western Chicago suburbs that get Lake MIchigan water. - Bob]
Sen Durbin

 

Bush to let more senators see surveillance memos - Boston Globe
"Another Judiciary Committee member, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the number two Senate Democrat, said he won't vote on the measure without first seeing the legal memos. Intelligence Committee members were allowed to see the memos before their vote."
Torture stance raises doubts about AG candidate - Chicago Tribune
"For those of us who care about torture, his answer on waterboarding is very important," Durbin said in an interview Friday. "I was looking for something different from Judge Mukasey, but so far his answers have been disappointing."
Sen. Obama

 

Obama Says US Must Reach Out to ‘Friend and Foe Alike’ to Reclaim Role - New York Times
"By saying in the commercial that the United States should “start reaching out to friend and foe alike,” he is restating his position on negotiating with countries unfriendly to the United States, while highlighting a foreign policy approach that may be tonally different from Mrs. Clinton’s."
Rep Hastert

 

Revealed: the little-known device used to block Democrats - Guardian Unlimited
"Indeed, Republicans stopped the majority of Democratic MTRs under Mr Gingrich and former speaker Dennis Hastert by treating the votes as purely political. Even if the minority's alternative plan had merit, Republican leaders urged solidarity, and the motion's defeat, as a matter of party loyalty."
Rep Peter Roskam

 

Morgenthaler May Announce Thursday - Des Plaines Journal
"U.S. Army Reserve Col. Jill Morgenthaler may announce as early as today (Thursday) that she will challenge Republican Peter Roskam for the 6th Congressional Dist. spot held for years by Henry Hyde."
Sen. Craig will argue against constitutionality of his bust - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This is the first time Craig's attorneys have raised that issue. However, an earlier friend-of-the-court filing by the American Civil Liberties Union argued that Craig's foot-tapping and hand gesture under a stall divider at the Minneapolis airport are protected by the First Amendment."
The Evangelical Crackup - NY Times
"Hybels, founder of the Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago, is very possibly the single-most-influential pastor in America; in the last 15 years, his Willow Creek Association has grown to include more than 12,000 churches. Many invite their staff members and lay leaders to participate by telecast in Willow Creek’s annual leadership conferences, creating a virtual gathering of tens of thousands."
26 Oct W. Chicagoans weary of work on key roadway
"To me, it seems totally disorganized," resident Kris Campagna said. "I can't believe it has taken them this long to do this little stretch of work. Do they not know what they're doing?"  Robert E. Flatter, the city's public works director, said problems often arise with this kind of work.
Your guide to arts and crafts
"Faith Community Church Bazaar: Nov. 2 and 3: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 910 Main St., West Chicago. Handcrafted gifts and household items, holiday decorations, attic treasures, bake sale, coffee shop. Benefits mission work. (630) 231-8230."
HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS: A list of our picks for scary fun - Horribly Fun Halloween
"The West Chicago Park District and public library have teamed up to provide a weekend of thrills, candy and entertainment."
Wayne man gets 12 years for drunken crash that killed pregnant woman, friend
"Homatas and Chiariello, 25, of St. Charles, had spent the night partying with friends at a West Chicago strip club and were en route to the Elgin riverboat casino."
Sen Durbin Durbin Bill To Help End Hunger Added To Farm Bill
"Durbin's proposal increases federal resources available to locally-based organizations working to end hunger in their communities. Additionally, the legislation reaffirms the goal of cutting food insecurity and ending hunger in the United States and requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide status reports on the progress toward that goal."
Illionois Senators

 

Obama, Durbin Ask Blackwater For Answers On Classification Of Workers
"In September, Senators Obama and Durbin, along with Senators Kennedy and Murray, introduced S.2044, The Independent Contractor Proper Classification Act of 2007, which will close a tax loophole that allows employers to classify a worker an "independent contractor" instead of an "employee" to avoid paying employment taxes and workers compensation for their workers."
Sen. Obama on Bush Meeting With President of the Congo
"Obama has also called for a special envoy to resolve ongoing violence, and urged the Administration to strengthen the U.N. peacekeeping force. Earlier this month, Obama asked Secretary Rice to address what the United States government is doing to help curb increasing violence against women in the DRC, and is still awaiting a reply."
Comprehensive Bill to Strengthen Nation's Middle Schools
"Middle school is a critical time in a student's educational and social development. It is important to reach at-risk students early, before they experience a decline in grades and attendance."
THIS MUST BE INVESTIGATED
"*  Why was nothing done to improve FDNY radio performance for seven years after a clear need was demonstrated in the 1993 World Trade Center attack?
*  When new radios were finally ordered, why did the city award a contract to Motorola without a competitive bidding process?"
The New Right-Wing Smear Machine - The Nation
"We've all become familiar with the ways the Republican noise machine transmits lurid bits of misinformation and tendentious attacks from the conservative fringe into the heart of American political discourse, the process by which a slightly misdelivered joke by John Kerry attracts the ire of Rush Limbaugh and ends up on the front page of the New York Times."
25 Oct West Chicago
High School
WeGo Play Soccer
"WeGo Play Soccer is a new Community High School initiative! This initiative continues to support the WeGo To Africa schools that CHS has built in Angola. Soccer is a sport enjoyed around the world, but some in Angola find playing difficult due to the lack of soccer equipment. Please help support WeGo Play Soccer by donating new, or gently used, soccer equipment such as soccer balls, pads or cleats. Financial donations are also greatly appreciated. Your donations can be dropped off at Entrance A or by contacting Mrs. Haas at 630/876-6459, mhaas@d94.org, 326 Joliet, West Chicago, IL 60185. Thank you for helping!"
Historical society to host quilt program
"This year's program theme [McHenry County Historical Society's] relates to the new exhibit on the 1920s called "Arrival: the 1920s." Schley Brandt of West Chicago, relying on her 20 years of quilt teaching experience and quilts from her own collection, plans to divide her presentation into two parts."
Briefs: Veterans seminar
"The West Chicago Veterans of Foreign Wars Leon Richardt Post 6791, 431 N. Neltnor Blvd., will host a seminar at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for military men and women who have returned from serving abroad. There will be information on resume writing, job placement, benefits, career development, and job availability. Guests include Susan Seloover from the Illinois VFW Department and Mac McKelvey of the Illinois Veterans Outreach Program. To make a reservation, call (877) 842-6258."
Police beat
"Four teenagers were cited for illegal consumption/possession of alcohol by a minor at 10:45 p.m. Monday on the 500 block of Wing Lane, police said. Charged were West Chicago resident Lauren A. Richards, 18, of 2936 Andrus Drive, and St. Charles residents Michael R. Albrecht, 18, of 1800 Forest Ridge Road; Robyn J. Nicolay, 19, of 1100 Geneva Road No. 25A; and Molly C. Ourada, 19, of 445 Persimmon Drive, according to a police report. Each teen was released without bond and given a Nov. 15 court date."
West Chicago man convicted in home invasion
"Alejandro De La Salle, 30, 317 E. Blair St., West Chicago, was convicted Tuesday in DuPage County Circuit Court of charges including 12 counts of home invasion, a Class X felony. Judge Michael Burke made the ruling."
West Chicago man convicted of attacking girl who was mistaken for his girlfriend
"A West Chicago man who told police he wanted to attack a former girlfriend with scissors for ignoring him was convicted Tuesday of mistakenly attacking an 11-year-old girl instead."
Religion events in the west suburbs - WEST CHICAGO
"The women of First United Methodist Church and First Congregational Church of West Chicago will hold their annual holiday bazaar and luncheon from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at First United Methodist Church, 643 E. Washington St. It will feature handmade gifts and home decor, a bake sale and items made by artisans in Latin America. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $7. Admission to the bazaar is free. Call 630-231-3344."
Sen Durbin

 

Durbin Food Safety Proposal Included in Farm Bill
"Strengthening our ability to protect our nation's food supply is vital to the health and security of our country," Durbin said. "I thank Senator Harkin for including this important provision in this year's Farm Bill and look forward to working with my colleagues to comprehensively reform our country's food safety arrangement."
Sen. Obama Statement on Committee Passage of the Farm Bill
"I applaud Chairman Harkin for his tireless efforts on this bill, and for gaining important ground on many of the priorities for our family farmers."
Bill to Help Black Farmers Passed Agriculture Committee
"For far too long, this country's hardworking black farmers were disenfranchised and discriminated against by our own government. And the Pigford settlement was an important first step in righting nearly two decades of discrimination by the USDA."
Statement from Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich
"I applaud members of Congress for not giving up on the fight to save SCHIP, and for coming together across party lines to approve a plan that supports state efforts to make sure children have access to the healthcare they need."
Illinois organizations receive awards for environmental protection achievements
Illinois Department of Corrections to conduct Operation Safe Spirits
In Need of Protection - TPM
"In this tumultuous political climate, Blackwater Worldwide has taken center stage, our services and ethics aggressively challenged with misinformation and fabrications. Letters, e-mails and calls to your elected Congressional representatives can and will create a positive impact by influencing the manner in which they gather and present information."
[See also Contractors Could Leave Iraq in Wake of Immunity Change . - Bob]
24 Oct Sen.
Randy Hultren
Lack of action on budget vetoes disappointing
"State Sen. Randy Hultgren (R-Wheaton) says that time has run out for the Illinois Senate to address the Governor's vetoes of key components in the state budget, meaning local communities, nursing homes, and other groups and organizations will not receive crucial funding for projects and operation costs."
Merle Berle

 

Around and About in West Chicago - 24 Oct 2007
  • Faith Community Annual Christmas Bazaar
  • United Methodist and Congregational Women Annual Holiday Bazaar
  • Turner School Annual Spookarnival
  • Lions Club annual Fall Pancake Breakfast
Central DuPage Hospital gets OK to build 202-bed wing
"Despite concerns about the project's size and scope, the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board Tuesday approved the hospital's plans to build a 202-bed wing on its sprawling Winfield campus ... The project will be financed by a combination of bonds and nearly $82 million in cash and securities.
Hoffman squad cars to go even higher-tech
"The system allows video to be wirelessly uploaded to a computer server stored at the police station over a 4.9 Ghz frequency.  Computer equipment utilizing that frequency isn't available to civilians, giving police a secure channel to transmit potentially sensitive information wirelessly ... The equipment provider, Recon Vision Corp. of Lombard, is also working with the West Chicago police."
District falls short of AYP goal
"The report, conducted by the Illinois State Board of Education, shows roughly half the juniors tested last year met or exceeded federal standards on the math and reading portions of the Prairie State Achievement Examination. But federal guidelines this year required a 55 percent achievement rate in both tests to meet the Annual Yearly Progress goal. The report also indicated that white students were almost twice as likely to meet standards as Latino students."
Imprisoned man indicted in '96 murder of child
"Mark A. Downs, also known as Mark Garcia, 31, was indicted Oct. 12 on two counts of first degree murder for his alleged involvement in Nicholas "Nico" Contreras' death.  The boy had recently celebrated his sixth birthday and was asleep in a bed with his 8-year-old cousin at his grandmother's home at about 5 a.m. Nov. 10, 1996, when he was shot twice in the back. He died instantly."
HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS: A list of our picks for scary fun
  • Horribly Fun Halloween
  • Spookarnival
West Chicago's Harper brings sweet treat back to Winfield
"Erin Harper left the real estate business behind in June when he decided to take a risk and start a new career selling kettle corn at local fairs and festivals."
Man faces 60-year sentence for attack on 11-year-old
"A West Chicago man faces up to 60 years in prison for attacking an 11-year-old girl he mistakenly thought was his former girlfriend.  Thirty-year-old Alejandro DeLaSalle will be sentenced later this year by DuPage Circuit Judge Michael Burke, who convicted him Tuesday of home invasion, unlawful restraint and burglary."
Sen Durbin

 

$6.65 Million in Health and Education Projects for Illinois
"The Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 appropriations bill for the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations includes funding for the following projects:"
Training More American Nurses
"U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced Senate approval of his legislation to address one of the major causes of the nationwide nursing shortage - an insufficient number of nurse educators - by providing grants to colleges to improve their ability to educate nursing students."
Sen. Obama

 

Dream Act
"We should not punish undocumented children who were brought to this country illegally through no choice of their own by keeping them in the shadows. The DREAM Act would have given these young people the opportunity to earn a degree or serve in our military, and eventually become legalized citizens."
Obama Statement on the Confirmation of Leslie Southwick
"As a Mississippi state court judge, Southwick has shown hostility toward civil rights and a disregard for equal rights for minorities, women, gays and lesbians. During his hearing before the Senate, Southwick could not find one case - in his 7,000 opinions - in which he sided with a civil rights plaintiff in a non-unanimous verdict."
Dems Give Mukasey a Waterboarding Primer
"In response to Michael Mukasey's professed ignorance as to what waterboarding is, all eight Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have sent Mukasey a detailed primer on the centuries-old torture technique. It includes some surprising historical details: did you know, for instance, that during the occupation of Japan, the U.S. prosecuted Japanese soldiers who waterboarded U.S. POWs?"
23 Oct West Chicago
High School

 

SPIRIT WEAR T-SHIRT RECALL
"There has been a RECALL. Anyone that purchased a WHITE LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT from Spirit Wear can return their misprinted T-Shirt for a new one. Please bring the misprinted T-Shirt to any football or basketball game and you will receive a corrected shirt immediately. If you do not attend the games please contact Gayle Driscoll at 630/712-4490 or e-mail her at gtdriscoll@earthlink.net and she will make arrangements to get you a NEW corrected T-Shirt!!"
Man convicted of West Chicago home invasion
"Jilted by his girlfriend, Alejandro De La Salle told police he planned to break into her home armed with scissors, tape and a cord.  The drunken man targeted the wrong house, though, and instead terrorized an 11-year-old West Chicago girl who awoke to an assailant in her bedroom."
Rep Peter Roskam6th District race starting to heat up
"Two Democrats are eyeing a run at incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, including a top state official with a military background.  Retired U.S. Army Reserve Col. Jill Morgenthaler of Des Plaines is expected to announce soon whether she'll take the plunge and numerous political insiders predict her answer will be "yes.""
Health Department, Convalescent Center feel pain of budget proposal
"It will probably mean a large scale-back, if not the elimination, of our dental program," she said. "We’re the only place in the county that provides emergency dental care and screenings for children who don't otherwise have them."
Naperville
Sun
5 Questions: Mike Justice
"A 1975 graduate of West Chicago High School, he went on to earn a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1979."
West Chicago man convicted of attacking girl who was mistaken for his girlfriend
"The girl, wearing Mickey Mouse pajamas, was awakened at 2:15 a.m. on Oct. 9, 2006, by a man holding her head down and attempting to place tape over her mouth. When the girl screamed, the man fled."
Sen Durbin Costs for Prescription Drugs
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) along with U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Marion Berry (AR-01) today introduced the Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act.  The bill creates a Medicare administered prescription drug plan to provide seniors an alternative to the privately administered prescription drug plans currently offered under Part D."
Bipartisan DREAM Act
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today urged Senate colleagues to come together and support the DREAM Act, a narrowly tailored, bipartisan measure which would permit a select group of undocumented students to become permanent residents if they came here as children, are long-term U.S. residents, have good moral character, and attend college or enlist in the military for at least two years."
Sen. Obama Obama, Bond Demand Pentagon Report on PTSD Cases
"U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Christopher Bond (R-MO) sent the following letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, requesting a full accounting of service members' psychological injuries, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), since October 2001. The senators also requested a detailed report on how the military monitors other psychological injuries."
YELLOWSTONE SCRAMBLING TO STOP CELL TOWER AT PARK GATEWAY
"The National Park Service provides no guidance or assistance to its superintendents who are left to cope, tower-by-tower, with a widening web of wireless scaffolds," Ruch concluded, noting that currently only one of the nearly 400 national park units has a plan for cell tower siting. "Even today, our national parks consider the cacophony of ring tones to be part of the natural soundscape."
Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on Web - NY Times
"Many prominent libraries have accepted Google’s offer — including the New York Public Library and libraries at the University of Michigan, Harvard, Stanford and Oxford. Google expects to scan 15 million books from those collections over the next decade.  But the resistance from some libraries, like the Boston Public Library and the Smithsonian Institution, suggests that many in the academic and nonprofit world are intent on pursuing a vision of the Web as a global repository of knowledge that is free of business interests or restrictions."
22 Oct WEST CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT ANNOUNCES FINAL MASTER PLAN MEETINGS
"The West Chicago Park District is in the midst of a Master Plan process, one which is the first such plan in the last 15 years. Critical to this is the participation of the community. While several meetings have been held, the District has announced two more opportunities to attend this year."
Sen. Obama

 

FCC Policies Must Encourage Media Ownership Diversity
"According to press accounts, following an insufficient 30-day review, the FCC intends to modify existing ownership rules by allowing greater media market consolidation. This would allow large media outlets to become larger, potentially cutting out small business, women and minority-owned firms."
Appointment of Dr. Susan Orr as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs at HHS
"Her troubling history of opposing federal funding for these programs threatens the right of women and families to access these important resources. Family planning programs serve millions of low-income Americans annually and provide affordable and accessible reproductive health services."
Rep Peter Roskam

 

ROSKAM AND KIRK FUNDING THE EMERALD ASH BORER FIGHT
"For example, one in six trees are threatened in Mount Prospect, with a projected cost upwards of three million dollars to deal with this problem. It is my hope that Congress will act quickly to make this assistance available as soon as possible. Here there is a great opportunity for the federal and local governments to work together for the benefit of our communities."
ISBE & IDOT team up to stress importance of school bus safety
"While school buses are the safest way for students to be transported, accidents do occur," said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. "Many accidents involving school buses occur as a result of motorists who attempt to pass a stopped school bus with flashing red warning lights while students load or unload."
Inch by Inch, Great Lakes Shrink, and Cargo Carriers Face Losses - NY Times
"The picture is just as serious in the upper Great Lakes and is particularly grave in Lake Superior, where water levels have hovered below average since 1998 and, based on provisional data, set record lows in August and September. It is the longest stretch of below-average readings at Lake Superior since the Corps of Engineers started tracking the Great Lakes' levels in 1918."
20&21 Oct Elementary
District 33

 

Family Night - Taking Care of Your Family
"A Night of Caring for Your Mind and Body - October 25, 2007 - For all families living in West Chicago - Held in the Cafeteria at West Chicago Middle School."
City of
West
Chicago

 

Community Invited to Trick or Treat Downtown
"Downtown West Chicago businesses designated by a pumpkin in their window, will once again host the annual trick or treat for the community's little ghosts and goblins. The activity, which is scheduled on Saturday, October 27th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., is part of the Horribly Fun Halloween Happenings, sponsored by the West Chicago Park District."
'I will not vote for this'
"Board member Pam Rion of Bloomingdale recognized a sticker won't be wildly popular, but "we can't do anything else," she said.  "It's time for political courage," Rion said. "I'm willing to take the plunge because Springfield let us down."  While some are renewing calls to ask voters to approve a sales tax increase to fund public safety, "referendums are not guaranteed," board member Jim Zay of Carol Stream said.  He, too, called a vehicle sticker an option worth considering.
Kaneland teen band's 15 minutes fizzles out
"Nathaniel Strayve, 18, drove from West Chicago to catch the premiere with his best friends.  Others without rides ran for blocks in the bitter 50-degree weather just to make it in time.  "I can't feel my arm," one boy said, as he rushed in to join the viewing party."
Burns asks for party debates in 14th District
"In an e-mail this week, Burns invited his three Republican opponents -- State Sen. Chris Lauzen of Aurora, dairy magnate Jim Oberweis of Aurora, and entertainment promoter Rudy Clai of North Aurora -- to organize and commit to four debates before the Feb. 5 primary election."
Reports say former House Speaker Dennis Hastert likely to resign
"Roll Call quoted anonymous Republican sources as saying that the resignation was probable, but the Kane County Chronicle was unable to independently verify the report.  If Hastert were to resign, a special election would be held to fill his seat for the remainder of his term."
Sen. Obama

 

Poll: Barack Obama VS. the Top Republicans - Associated Content - Denver,CO
"While Obama had to catch up and pass Giuliani, the situation with Thompson is different. Obama has had a lead over him every time Rasmussen had paired them up. In a total of six out of the last seven polls, going back to July of this year, Thompson has trailed by anywhere from 4 to 7%."
Obama Calls for Ouster of Official After Remark - New York Times
"Senator Barack Obama said the leader of the civil rights division of the Justice Department should step down after suggesting that minority voters were not widely disenfranchised by laws requiring photo identification because many members of minorities died before reaching old age."
Breaking News: Former Speaker Hastert to resign - Los Angeles Times
"The Roll Call newspaper in Washington reported on its website this evening that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois intends to resign his House seat later this year.  The subscription-only site said Hastert, who had already announced he would not seek reelection in 2008, was calling friends and associates today and telling them of his decision."
Rep Peter Roskam Misrepresenting child health plan - Chicago Daily Herald
"Why is Peter Roskam misrepresenting the contents of this legislation? Why is Roskam punishing the weakest among us? Namely poor children."
Panel Approves Eavesdropping Compromise - NY Times
"But passage in the committee came with one unexpected hitch. In an interview after the closed session, Mr. Wyden said he had succeeded, by a vote of 9 to 6, in adding an amendment that would offer additional protections by requiring that the government get a warrant whenever it wanted to wiretap an American outside the country, like an American soldier based overseas or a business person.  "The individual freedom of an American shouldn't depend on their physical geography," he said."
19 Oct WEST CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT SEEKS INPUT
"As part of the West Chicago Park District Master Plan process, Winning Systems Inc. will be conducting a survey of West Chicago recreational interests and needs. This input will go a long way in determining the future of the Park District. Questions will range from your evaluation of parks to facility needs."
West Chicago
High School
Board Briefs are posted
  • Enrollment Projections
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Special Education Study
  • Edline Discussion
  • ACT SCORES
City of
West
Chicago
Free Electronics Recycling Event
"West Chicago, Illinois: October 18, 2007 - The Environmental Commission of the City of West Chicago wants the public to know about a free electronics recycling event held at SIMS (formerly United Recycling Industries), located at 1600 Harvester in West Chicago between 8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m on Saturday, October 27, 2007.
        Acceptable items include: computers and computer systems, printers, ink jet cartridges, CDs, diskettes, data cartridges, cassette tapes, video tapes, cell phones, TVs (no consoles), small home applicances, scrap metal, telephones, VCRs, fax machines, scanners answering machines and electronic games.  For more information, call (630) 231-6060."
Nickelodeon star helps give prizes to W. Chicago kids
"On the day they graduate from high school in 2020, the 38 students may remember how camera crews, parents and younger siblings crowded Mendoza's classroom.  They might recall how they looked at each other in confusion as Nickelodeon star Erin Sanders announced that their teacher had won a $1,000 college bond for each of them."
Non-profit gets statewide attention for W. Chicago work
"For free, the kids attend after-school sessions four days a week from 2:45 to 5 p.m., then get bused home. They get tutoring, take classes in drug and violence prevention and nutrition, and receive a snack. There is also a summer program for elementary-age students."
Ex-House Speaker Hastert to step down
"Speaking to two reporters Thursday in Washington, Hastert would not confirm or deny the resignation reports. Asked if he plans to resign before his term ends, he said, "not at this time.""
Sources: Hastert to step down early
"His final term ends in January of 2009, but reports from The Associated Press Thursday cited anonymous Republican aides who say Hastert will end his term before that date."
Chicago
Sun-Times
Hastert May Quit House by Thanksgiving
"The early departure of Hastert, who already announced he was not seeking re-election, would trigger a special election. That could create political chaos in the 14th Congressional District, where two primary elections could be held at the same time -- to nominate candidates to run to fill the vacancy and to nominate contenders for the full term."
Sen Durbin Executive Order Increasing Sanctions in Burma
"I'm pleased with the President's announcement today and urge Congress to do what we can to support greater economic sanctions against the brutal dictatorship in Burma."
Illionois Senators

 

Durbin and Obama Unsatisfied with VA Response
"On August 31, the Department of Veterans Affairs suspended all inpatient surgeries at the medical center due to an unusual increase in deaths. Four top hospital officials have been reassigned until an Inspector General investigation is completed.
Declaration for Three Illinois Counties
"Although the power is back on, and the storms are long gone, residents and business owners are still facing a mountain of challenges. This Presidential disaster declaration will now start the process of matching needs with money,"
Sen. Obama Justice Department Must Fire Voting Rights Official
"On October 5, 2007, Tanner argued that photo identification requirements for voting cause problems for the elderly. However, he argued that such requirements do not disenfranchise minority voters because "Our society is such that minorities don't become elderly the way white people do; they die first." Video of Tanner's comments are here."
Obama, Harkin: Raising Renewable Fuel Standard Boosts Our Rural Economy
"Despite a boom in production of ethanol by small plants across the country, most consumers around the country have been unable to fill up their cars and trucks with E85 gasoline because of problems in the distribution of ethanol and obstacles to greater ethanol distribution by oil companies."
Governor
Blagojevich

 

Governor Blagojevich announces Cook, Knox and Warren counties added to federal disaster declaration for reimbursement to local governments affected by late August flooding
Gov. Blagojevich announces state inspection program ensures highest-quality breast cancer detection tests
ISAC Launches Trailblazing New Student Loan Program
AP Tests Comcast's File-Sharing Filter
"We picked the Bible for the test because it's not protected by copyright and the file is a convenient size.  In two out of three tries, the transfer was blocked. In the third, the transfer started only after a 10-minute delay. When we tried to upload files that were in demand by a wider number of BitTorrent users, those connections were also blocked."
18 Oct West Chicago
High School

 

COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL REPORT CARD AVAILABLE ON SCHOOL WEBSITE
"The School Report Card presents information on Community High School and also compares the high school's statistics with statewide and national figures."
City of
West
Chicago

 

ComEd Prepares for Severe Weather
"Anticipating a severe storm today, the City of West Chicago has learned that ComEd is taking steps to prepare for potential weather-related outages and, in addition to activating its Emergency Operations Center, has issued the following information:
  *  As of 7:00 a.m., 9,338 customers have been affected by the storm. As of 7:00 a.m., 2,160 customers are currently without service. The estimated time of restorations will be provided following a thorough damage assessment. ComEd customers should contact 1-800-Edison-1 to report interruptions to service.
*  Downed power lines present potentially dangerous situations. Stay clear of such lines and report them to ComEd as soon as possible."
Community High School misses AYP mark
"A significant number of students, for some reason or other, take the first day of testing much more seriously than second day testing," he said. "We've found examples of 20 students that scored considerably above state average on the ACT and then blew off the second day."
Reports: Hastert to announce retirement
"The Web site of Washington D.C.-based newspaper Roll Call cites sources as saying there will be a special election to succeed Hastert, and that the former house speaker might announce his resignation today. The Web site www.politico.com says Hastert will leave sometime in December, but will not make an announcement today."
Urge Roskam to override Bush veto
"The House needs 25 Republicans to switch their votes from "nay" to "aye" in order to override the president's veto. The override vote may be taken today. Peter Roskam needs to hear from his constituency that we want him to be among those Republicans."
Roskam campaign donations taper off
"He started off with $544,735, spent $85,314 and ended up with $609,752.  It's not bad, except when you examine the same filing period in 2006. In three months, Roskam raised $592,533 and had a total of $1.5 million in hand."
Make an exchange, in name of justice
"Work out a trade; Noriega for Peterson. The French come out the best. They get a class-one criminal, we get a psycho punk, but justice would be served in the long run.
Gordon S. Brand"
New: Second man charged in 6-year-old's murder
"Mark Downs, 31, of 1800 block of Mulberry Drive, Montgomery, was charged Friday with murder for the Nov. 10, 1996, death of 6-year-old Nicholas "Nico" Contreras, according to the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.  Downs lived in West Chicago in 1996, but is currently being held in the Big Muddy River Prison in Carbondale, Illinois."
ASK TOM WHY
"Dear Tom,
What is the difference between partly cloudy and partly sunny? Is it a matter of how many clouds there are in the sky?
Jack Gilliam, West Chicago, Ill."
Sen Durbin

 

State Inaction Puts South Suburban Airport Plans in Jeopardy
"I fully support the development and construction of this airport. I helped secure an expedited environmental review from the federal government and facilitated the return of the project to the national priority list for federal funding."
Durbin Shines as a Rep Of Illinois and Justice - Southwest News-Herald - Chicago,IL
"We have about five Republicans who will join us but that still is far short of what we need to override one of President Bush's vetoes," Durbin said. "I believe the people spoke in the last election and they want to bring our soldiers home and we continue to work toward that goal."
Sen. Obama Obama Demands Investigation into Subprime Loan Discrimination
"Black families are paying more for home loans than similarly situated white families. Effective action to address this disparity is long overdue. I call upon the FTC to investigate the marketing practices of subprime lenders and the brokers of subprime loans to determine if minority borrowers have been the victims of discrimination."
SCHIP Vote
"Four million American children were denied basic health coverage today because Washington politicians failed to stand up to this President's disgraceful veto."
Rep Hastert

 

Ex-House Speaker Hastert leaving early: source - Reuters
"Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert will resign before his term ends and possibly in December, a House aide said on Thursday, ending a 20-year career that soured when Republicans lost control of Congress last November."
17 Oct Gertrude Krueger - October 16, 2007
"Gertrude P. Krueger nee Berglund, 87, a fifty-two year resident of West Chicago, IL, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2007... She was a longtime member of St. Michael's United Church of Christ in West Chicago where she was very active in the choir and other church activities."
Friends of the
West Chicago
Library
Board Opennings
"The Friends of the West Chicago Library have openings on their board of directors. The Friends raise money to help provide the extras that make our library such a wonderful community resource. Some of the things they have supported in the past include prizes for some of the reading programs.  The committment is not intensive: board meetings are held seven times a year, on the third Tuesday of October, November, January, February, March, and April. The main activity is the book sale, usually held in March.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Friends, or joining the board, contact Marion Zarate at (630) 231 3469."
District 94 holds off on changing sports conferences
"After a long discussion, board members informally agreed to vote in two weeks to officially express their interest in joining a new athletic conference."
Police beat
"Maria D. Salazar, 19, of 447 Church St., West Chicago, was arrested at 8 p.m. Sunday and charged with retail theft after stealing $125 in items from Kohl's, 3840 E. Main St., police said. Salazar was released with a Nov. 15 court date."
Sen Durbin Decision to Suspend Doctor's License
"Just as Dr. Veizaga-Mendez is entitled to a fair hearing, the patients being treated in Illinois are entitled to peace of mind," said Durbin. "The Department took the right action in suspending his license as the investigation into the deaths at the Marion VA Medical Center continues."
Illionois Senators

 

Durbin, Obama, Emanuel Call for Public Hearing on IDEM Permit for US Steel
"In [a public hearing], the EPA can explain its objection to the IDEM action and consider the concerns of regional stakeholders. Options can be discussed, in a fully open way that would best meet U.S. Steel's business needs without threatening the Lake with increased levels of pollution,"
Sen. Obama Obama Calls on Mukasey to Address Racial Discrimination, Protecting Civil Rights
"Unfortunately, this Administration - and your predecessors as Attorney General - have a poor track record in the area of investigating discrimination against racial minorities, while inexplicably focusing resources on a few, exceptional cases involving white victims."
Obama Statement Honoring the Awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama
Governor
Blagojevich
Illinois Lottery launches Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program to help problem gamblers
16 Oct Mayor
Mike
Kwasman
Mayor's Comments from September 15, 2007
"Since National Breast Cancer Awareness Month's inception, mammography use has doubled, and breast cancer death rates have declined. Still, many women do not utilize mammography at regular intervals."
City moves to block Lightspeed
"The ordinance passed by the West Chicago City Council mandates that new utilities preserve open space and the character of existing neighborhoods, protect against visual or physical obstructions, and do no environmental damage, among other things."
Police Beat
"Aubrie D. Guerra, 19, of 920 Rosewood Drive, West Chicago, was arrested at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 5 and charged with felony retail theft after stealing $495 in clothes from Von Maur, 3810 E. Main St., according to a police report."
Lauzen, Foster are in the lead with congressional race funds
"The race to fill Rep. Dennis Hastert's shoes in the 14th Congressional District will likely have as much to do with money as it will issues. And on that score, two of the eight candidates have pulled ahead of the pack, according to information filed with the Federal Election Commission."
Bristol forum gives audience quick look at GOP candidates
"In the abridged version, Chris Lauzen is a staunch conservative, Kevin Burns is a consensus-building moderate, Jim Oberweis is a deep-pocketed businessman and Rudy Clai is a hip civil servant."
Sen Durbin

 

Report of Cook County Bureau of Health Services Review Committee
"The health professionals and civic leaders who accepted the challenge to review the critical issues facing the Cook County Bureau of Health Services have produced a comprehensive, professional and honest analysis."
China Loses Congressional Republicans Over Tainted-Toy Trade - Bloomberg
"Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois tried for a decade to require companies to report contamination of their food supply within 24 hours. The measure never gained traction until fears about Chinese seafood and toothpaste emerged; Congress passed it last month, and Bush signed it."
Illionois Senators

 

Durbin And Obama Seek Assurances During Investigation Of Dr. Veizaga-Mendez
"While we commend the IDFPR for initiating an investigation of Dr. Veizaga-Mendez, we understand that the next hearing in this investigation is not anticipated until December 2007 and would like to know what action the Department is taking to protect the health and safety of patients in Illinois during the course of this investigation,"
Sen. Obama 'Real Leadership for Rural America' Agenda
"Because rural values are quintessential American values: hard work and innovation. Rugged independence joined with a belief in community that says that I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper."
Obama Appeal: 'Close the Gap' - New York Times
"In an overnight appeal to supporters, Senator Barack Obama seems to be embracing his position as an underdog by conceding that he is lagging behind Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in fund-raising and time is running short to catch up."
Armenian resolution tests our conscience - Cincinnati Post
"However, the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, refused to bring the resolution before the full House for a vote, so it died aborning.  Why did the Speaker do that? Some in the Armenian-American community and at least one investigative journalist ascribe a dark motive to him. In my view, the reason is more prosaic. It is power politics."
[For background on allegations, see Speaker Hastert Should Come Clean By Disclosing All Contributions - Bob]
Governor
Blagojevich
Mortgage Fraud Task Force has shut down mortgage company in DuPage fraud ring
"Mortgage fraud hurts communities across the state and we’re working hard to protect homeowners and families seeking to own their own homes in Illinois. Working with local law enforcement agencies should send a message that we won't tolerate unlawful activities that interfere with a fair housing market," said Gov. Blagojevich.
Gov. Blagojevich announces U.S. Rt. 67 Web site to highlight progress on key corridor for Western Illinois
Illinois Lottery launches Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program to help problem gamblers
Randi Rhodes is the Victim of a Violent Attack
"Pointing out that Rhodes was wearing a jogging suit and displayed no purse or jewelry, Elliott speculated that "this does not appear to me to be a standard grab the money and run mugging.""
The Truth About Wal-Mart and Food Safety
"The truth is that Wal-Mart is putting profits over people - again - by blocking laws requiring disclosure of where food comes from. Instead of looking out for consumer safety, Wal-Mart is watching its own bottom line."
15 Oct Trinity
Lutheran
Church

 

Annual Oktoberfest at Trinity Lutheran Church
Live entertainment by Jerry's Happy Wanderers ... German Meal ... and a good time for all ... at Trinity's annual Oktoberfest.

 

West Chicago comes together to create park
"The spirit of these people is really something," Director of Community Relations Becky Koltz said. "The rain didn't deter them. The cold didn't deter them. They just keep going."
Vexed by thorium, looking for help
"Doroteo and Paula Garza were planning to spend a lifetime in their West Chicago home, a block away from the former Kerr-McGee Co. factory where Doroteo worked for decades."
Marketing
"Aspen Marketing Services, based in West Chicago, promoted Will Hakes to president of Aspen Analytics and Garrin Kapecki to president of its B2B and financial services sectors."
Sen. Obama Obama Calls on Blackwater to Testify Before Senate
"Although the House Oversight Committee shed some light on Blackwater's practices and the State Department's relationship with Blackwater, there are still many issues involving Blackwater that merit further oversight. These issues include: the lack of transparency associated with the hiring and conduct of private security contractors; the lack of accountability over their actions; the State Department's role in covering up previous incidents in which Blackwater guards shot at Iraqi civilians; and the impact of the contractors' behavior on our efforts to win hearts and minds in Iraq and Afghanistan. All of these issues, I believe, merit further investigation by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee."
Governor
Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich Announces Trade Show To Promote Illinois Food Products
Illinois celebrates Earth Science Week
"WHEREAS,  Earth Science Week is an opportunity to seek a greater understanding and appreciation of the value of earth science research and its application and relevance to our daily lives, as well as for science teachers at all levels throughout the State of Illinois to undertake lessons and activities with their students directed toward the study of earth science:"
13&14 Oct
Local lawmakers supporting the moment of silence:
"Robert A. "Bob" Biggins, Elmhurst Republican; Linda Chapa-LaVia, Aurora Democrat; Fred Crespo, Hoffman Estates Democrat; Tom Cross, Oswego Republican (House Republican leader); Mike Fortner, West Chicago Republican; Brent Hassert, Romeoville Republican;..."
And then there were 8 ...
"The number of candidates vying for the former House speaker's seat has grown to eight with the announcement that Democrat Joe Serra, 46, of Geneva is joining the race...."I am very concerned about the direction that the country's taking, and I'm just not sure that the guys who are in Washington today are taking care of the people's business," said Serra, a location finder for wireless towers and antennae."
PetZone donates medical masks
"Pet Zone of Winfield had an in-store fundraiser to purchase medical animal oxygen recovery masks for the fire departments in Winfield, Wheaton, West Chicago, and Carol Stream.  Each department will receive three masks for use in rescuing pets from fires or other emergencies where an oxygen mask is needed to treat an animal.  The store raised a total of $250 to purchase the masks."
FREE PIZZA PARTY FOR SIGNATURE GATHERERS THIS SATURDAY
"COME MEET US AT PANERA BREAD IN ELMHURST (southwest corner of York and North)  11:00 A.M. We will have all the materials you need.  Pizza served at 2:00 after canvassing at Two Brothers 128 Park Ave (just south of the tracks and west of York)."
Sen Durbin Durbin: Override veto of kids' insurance bill - Joliet Herald News
"Health insurance is a major challenge for many families," Durbin said. "So 15 million children across America don't have health insurance on a regular basis.  I urge all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle: Don't look at this as any kind of a political fight. Look at this as a fight for kids."
Sen. Obama Looming primaries draw campus political activists - Chicago Maroon
"He's the only one who has a clear path or really bold objectives with what he wants to do with foreign policy," Rosby said. "He wants to move beyond 20th-century conventions and talk to leaders that past presidents wouldn't have."
12 Oct City of
West Chicago

 

City Council Agenda
The agenda for the West Chicago City Council meeting on Monday, 15 Oct 2007, has been posted on the city website.
WinCup owners' attempt to have suit thrown out is dismissed
"The lawsuit, filed in early September, claims WinCup violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires employers to give employees 60 days notice in the case of termination. The lawsuit seeks back payment for those 60 days, punitive damages and attorney fees."
West Chicago resident takes over as new Oakbrook Terrace parks chief
"We're a bit behind other park districts," she said. "I've always believed that if you go somewhere, you leave it in the same or better condition. Change is good as long as it's good change."
Pioneer teacher has a 'Day Made Better'
"She was surprised when a room full of people entered her classroom, including the principal. Chassee was chosen as the winner of 'A Day Made Better' award, which is Office Max's nationwide campaign that honors teachers with $1,200 in school supplies."
Illionois Senators

 

US Steel Wastewater Permit that Violates Conditions of Clean Water Act
"Lake Michigan is our Grand Canyon, our Yellowstone, and we hope that you will join us in working to protect the lake. It is our understanding that US Steel has been working to come into compliance with clean water requirements at the Gary, Indiana facility for over a decade. We strongly oppose any efforts that might lead to an increase in the pollutants the Gary Works discharges into the Grand Calumet River, which feeds into Lake Michigan."
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on Sudan
"As one of the principal guarantors of the Comprehensive Peace Accord that ended over twenty years of war between north and south Sudan, the Bush Administration needs to rededicate itself to saving this treaty."
Obama Statement on Former Vice President Gore's Nobel Peace Prize
"By having the courage to challenge the skeptics in Washington and lead on the climate crisis facing our planet, Al Gore has advanced the cause of peace and richly deserves this reward."
Governor
Blagojevich
Statement from Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
"The bad news, and what they won't tell you, is at a time when the city of Chicago is considering the largest property tax increase in history, the legislators voted to begin phasing out property tax relief in the second year and completely take it away in the third year.  That's going backward, not forward."
Governor Blagojevich reminds seniors and residents with disabilities about winter heating assistance grants
11 Oct Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 10 Oct 2007
  • Community Build Day
  • Trinity Lutheran Church October Fest
  • First Adjudication Hearing Date
  • Lions Club Firewood Sale
City of
West Chicago

 

NOTICE
"THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED PLAN COMMISSION/ZONING BOARD
OF APPEALS MEETING OF TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2007
HAS BEEN CANCELLED."
West Chicago campus could triple in size
"The College of DuPage is planning to triple the size of its West Chicago campus, hoping in turn to accept an additional 1,000 students annually.  That means the site can expand beyond primarily English as a Second Language courses and add regular college credit classes."
Briefs: West Chicago alert
"The West Chicago Police Department has declared a community alert after a man approached two children riding bikes Oct. 8 and asked them to get in his car."
Cop say man reportedly tried to lure 2 children
"Police in West Chicago have issued a community alert after a suspicious man reportedly tried to lure two children into his pickup truck or sport-utility vehicle."
Illionois Senators

 

Durbin, Obama Question VA Oversight
"It appears the VA's efforts to discover the truth about Dr. Veizaga-Mendez, his past professional history, and the circumstances surrounding his license forfeiture were far from adequate and may have put the veterans seeking care at Marion in danger,"
Sen. Obama Obama Asks Rice to Address Violence Against Women in the Congo
"U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today wrote to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressing his concerns about the growing number of systematic sexual assaults against women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since armed conflicts erupted again there six weeks ago"
Governor
Blagojevich
$2.8 million to help seniors and residents with disabilities remain independent in their own homes
"Seniors and people with disabilities should be able to stay in their own homes and communities and live safely and independently.  This funding will help them make basic, but necessary, home improvements so that they can remain living in their own homes and avoid having to move to nursing homes or other institutions,"
Blackwater Is Soaked
"The colonel, who was involved in a follow-up investigation and spoke on the condition he not be named, said the Blackwater guards disarmed the U.S. Army soldiers and made them lie on the ground at gunpoint until they could disentangle the SUV. His account was confirmed by the head of another private security company."
10 Oct City of
West Chicago

 

Community Alert - Suspicious Incident Reported
"The West Chicago Police Department has issued a community alert as a result of a recent suspicious incident. Members of the department responded on Monday, October 8, 2007 at approximately 3:50 p.m., to the area of Center and Fulton Street for a suspicious incident call."
[I apologize for this being delayed... but the city didn't send it to me until 3:45PM Wed.  I posted within minutes of seeing the email. - Bob]
Just for seniors
"West Chicago Gold Card: A senior citizen's Gold Card Program for local residents ages 55 and older is offered by Community High School District 94, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago. The Gold Card entitles senior citizens to attend most district-sponsored events offered at Community High School for free. Applications are available at the district office. For details, call Deanne Simpson at (630) 876-6210."
DuPage County forest preserve notes
"Foundation for school: The program Webster, McGuffey and Ray will offer a look at the history of American education and the three authors whose works influenced it from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays through October at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. For details, call (630) 876-5900."
Sen Durbin Durbin, Emanuel Call on BP to Publicly Commit to Protecting the Great Lakes
"As we discussed in our meeting and mentioned in our previous letter, since your company does not intend to amend the NPDES permit or otherwise codify plans to operate under the previous permit, we urge you to consider a public declaration to show BP's public commitment to protecting the Great Lakes."
Sen. Obama Obama Calls for Investigation into Violations by Private Medicare Insurers
"According to an analysis by the New York Times, tens of thousands of Medicare recipients have been the victims of deceptive sales practices by these private insurance companies, had claims improperly denied or denied without explanation, and received poor customer service in trying to get their questions answered."
Obama Statement on Racial Tensions at Columbia University
"This incident, along with the case in Jena, Louisiana, is a grave reminder that the signs and symbols of Jim Crow racism continue to burden America. And while we have made tremendous progress, clearly there is still more work to do to heal the scars of the past."
GOP Future Rests On A House Of Cards - CBS News
"In fact, at least one third of Illinois's 19 House seats could be up for grabs next year, experts say. Hastert's and LaHood's departures were predicted, but Weller's was a surprise for many, and Democrats have been itching to contest the seat."
Governor
Blagojevich
State issues reminder of workplace protections during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
"Domestic Violence Awareness Month gives the Illinois Department of Labor an opportunity to highlight VESSA, a significant labor law specifically designed to protect victims of domestic or sexual violence from employment discrimination."
Family under fire: Rush and Co. hit on healthcare - Baltimore Sun
"If federal funds were required [they] could die for all I care. Let the parents get second jobs, let their state foot the bill or let them seek help from private charities. ... I would hire a team of PIs and find out exactly how much their parents made and where they spent every nickel. Then I'd do everything possible to destroy their lives with that info."
09 Oct West Chicago
High School
ULTRA FOODS FOR EDUCATION DOLLARS
"Community High School District 94 is registered as a participant in the ULTRA FOODS FOR EDUCATION DOLLARS program. 5% of total purchases made at Ultra between October 1st, 2007 and December 30th, 2007 will be returned to participating schools. There are several ways you can donate your Ultra receipts. You, or your student, can drop off the receipts at the guard stations at entrances A, H or C. Receipts can also be dropped off in the CHS administrative office located at entrance H. Also, receipts can be mailed to: CHS, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago, IL 60185, Attention Dan McCarthy. The Ultra Food Stores participating in this promotion are located in Wheaton, Hanover Park, Lombard, Downers Grove, Joliet and Chicago. We truly appreciate your commitment to Community High School's students!"
City could restrict campers, big boats
"On an increasing number of West Chicago streets, big campers and behemoth boats block the view of homes, officials say.  Under zoning code changes discussed by the Development Committee Monday, the city will relegate those vehicles to paved areas in backyards -- with no exception."
Future of cigarette tax uncertain
"Officials have predicted there will be an estimated $20 million shortfall in next year’s budget unless the county finds a new source of revenue. Over the past several months, the county has pinned its hopes on a new $1-per-pack cigarette tax being debated in Springfield."
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on Private Equity Firms
"If there was ever a doubt that Washington lobbyists don't actually represent real Americans, it's the fact that they stopped leaders of both parties from requiring elite investment firms to pay their fair share of taxes, even as middle-class families struggle to pay theirs."
Governor
Blagojevich

 

Pennsylvania endorses Illinois' bid for FutureGen
Gov. Blagojevich launches new statewide helpline for victims of domestic violence
Illinois Department on Aging honors all long-term care residents during Residents Rights Week in Illinois
08 Oct Operation Turn DuPage Blue
"Help Operation Turn DuPage Blue to break the stranglehold of one-party government in DuPage County. We need people in every precinct to talk with their Democratic neighbors and let them know they are not alone! You too can make a difference, so PLEASE call or write today otdb@ameritech.net or (630) 699-5071. Find out more about our volunteer grass roots organization at www.turndupageblue.com. You can stop feeling upset about the bad news from our nation's capital, and do something about it."
The King reigns at Scarecrow Fest
"West Chicago's Benjamin Middle School chalked up a prize for the eighth year in a row, this year taking first place in the Children's category.  "It was a lot of teamwork," said teacher Lynette Wright, explaining that 100 students worked on the school's "Happy Halloween" entry made of paper mache."
Bilingual education doesn't make sense
"We have seen this occur in our government over and over again. What was not a problem, or already had a very common sense solution, gets changed or added to with someone's idea that this is a "necessary" addition to the system. The end result is an unnecessary complication that actually inhibits progress and does a disservice to the very people it was designed to help."
From the Armed Forces
"Air Force Airman Nathan D. Oelslager has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Daniel and Virginia Oelslager of West Chicago and a 2006 graduate of Community High School, West Chicago."
Dozens rally for children
"Bley was one of about 50 people Thursday night in front of U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert's district office in downtown Batavia as part of a rally for children's health care.  The rally, which was peaceful, was sponsored by MoveOn.org."
Fermilab and Fermi: Top 10 science feats
"Fermilab physicist, Jacobo Konigsberg, who was involved in the top quark project, called the discovery "an important achievement in science that went directly into the rewriting of basic textbook science -- and it was accomplished at Fermilab.""
Immigrants' dream nightmare for critics
"I know I am here illegally," she said, "but it wasn't my fault. I was only 7 when my parents brought me here. I'm just trying my best to make a difference in this society that I've been raised in."
Sen Durbin Durbin, Specter aim for deal on bankruptcy code - The Hill
"After discussions on sponsoring legislation jointly had stalled, Durbin and Specter on Wednesday introduced separate bills to use the bankruptcy code to help avert a wave of foreclosures in the sub-prime mortgage market."
Durbin: Accused Doctor Led To Spike In VA Deaths - WBBM780
"Durbin says surgeries performed by Doctor Jose Veizaga-Mendez resulted in a spike of deaths at the VA Medical Center in southern Illinois, which also serves veterans in southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky."
Sen. Obama Obama Discusses Plan to Improve Veterans Care - Press Media Wire
"It's not enough to lay a wreath on Memorial Day, or to make a speech on Veteran's Day," Obama said. "When a veteran is denied health care, we are all dishonored. When 400,000 veterans are stuck on a waiting list for claims, we need a new sense of urgency in this country. And when we've got young veterans of a misguided war in Iraq sleeping on the streets of our cities and towns, we need a change in Washington."
Experts Praise Barack Obama's Energy Remarks
"Senator Obama's speech is a thoughtful and passionate call to arms, which will summon the best of the American character to meet the truly daunting challenges of climate change and energy security."
Rep Hastert Absent lawmakers owe explanations - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne,IN
"Other lawmakers are battling life-threatening health issues and have been away from their Washington offices for weeks or months at a time. (Former Speaker Dennis Hastert has missed 231 votes this year because of ill health."
Rep Peter Roskam HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE RADIO ADDRESS BY REP. PETER ROSKAM (R-IL) - Federal News Service
"After serving 13 years in the Illinois state legislature, I chose to run for Congress because, in part, I was tired with the amount of wasteful spending in Washington and the lack of transparency in the spending process. ..."
06&07 Oct Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"After the replay of last week's City Council meeting on Monday night, watch an underdog's valiant attempt to overcome insurmountable odds as Channel 17 rebroadcasts the WCCHS Wildcats taking on Naperville Central from last Friday night. You may not like the outcome but you'll love the heart shown by the Wildcat team.  Tuesday and Thursday nights on Channel 17 are devoted to art this week, while Wednesday and Friday are devoted to fashion. Don't forget to catch the COD produced programs 'Images' and 'Career Paths' for the insight only they can bring.
Please let us know if you have any ideas, compliments, donations or free time at cablecom17@yahoo.com. We'd love to hear from you!
West Chicago
High School

 

West Chicago High School has posted
Gordon
Brand

 

A couple of Gordon Brand letters to the editor previously not posted

[They were buried in my briefcase ... and discovered during much needed cleaning.  Sorry - Bob]

District 94 board president itching to abandon the DVC
"Now Reyes says that within the next few months the board will vote to notify the conference of Community High's intent to leave.  "I think the majority of the board agrees we could do our kids a better service by finding a conference where they'll be more competitive," he said."
Deer make fall travel treacherous
"They are beautiful animals and they are the Illinois state mammal," Blaine said. "They certainly have their place here. We're just having some unfortunate interactions with them -- unfortunate for them and for us."

 

Great pumpkin patches
"Sonny Acres Farm
29W310 North Ave., West Chicago; 630-231-9515, SonnyAcres.com
Families with older children may enjoy Sonny Acres because parking and admission are free. Tickets are sold for attractions, concessions and food."
CSTV.com
New York,NY
Panthers Fall To Illinois State To Open 2007-08 Season
"A pair of freshmen starting off there collegiate careers, Caitlin Krengel (West Chicago, Ill./West Chicago) and Josie Itzen also placed well for the Panthers. Krengel finished second in the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly while Itzen took second in the 200 IM as well as the aforementioned 100-yard freestyle."
Catholic Explorer
Romeoville,IL
CCHD awards funds, receives thanks
"We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center, a West Chicago organization that offers job opportunities and training to people with disabilities, secured a $10,000 grant from CCHD. An employee at the unique greenhouse, Rob Wiesenthal accepted the money on behalf of the workers with special needs. “Thank you very much. I appreciate it very much … we all do.”"
The People vs. the Profiteers - Vanity Fair
"Americans working in Iraq for Halliburton spin-off KBR have been outraged by the massive fraud they saw there. Dozens are suing the giant military contractor, on the taxpayers' behalf. Whose side is the Justice Department on?"
05 Oct Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John
Millner

 

Bipartisan Budget veto override should get Senate vote
"In a continuation of his call for a bipartisan solution to the problems that have caused the longest regular session in Illinois history, State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream) is urging Senate Democrats and Republicans to join together in a push for a vote to override the Governor’s recent budgetary vetoes."
Merle Burleigh Link
WeboWeb's  link in the right column is now two links, one to her old columns and the other to current column on the city's site.
District 94 leaders edging toward leaving DVC
"I think the majority of the board agrees we could do our kids a better service by finding a conference where they'll be more competitive," he said.  After the vote, the school will apply to other conferences, Reyes said. If unsuccessful in joining an established one, Community High will work with other schools to create a new conference, he said."
City OKs annexation of St. Andrews property; golf course will follow
"The vote marks the end of a three-month argument between nearby residents and the city over who should control the property, which is owned by St. Andrews Golf and Country Club. Residents are concerned wetlands could be destroyed if the property is developed.  “This will definitely be a benefit to the city not only for our planning, because it’s part of our comprehensive plan, but also for our taxes,” 3rd Ward Alderman Ruben Pineda said."
Sen Durbin Override Of Bush Veto On Children's Health Insurance Bill
"The bipartisan legislation, which reflects a House-Senate compromise but was vetoed by the President on Wednesday, would provide health care to more than 10 million low-income children, including 154,000 newly insured low-income children in Illinois."
Sen. Obama Obama, Harkin write to Bush about USDA stance on black farmers
"Whether a funding limitation is advisable, "we cannot sit by aware of injustice and do nothing," said the letter. "That may be the USDA approach, but it is not an approach that Congress can continue to tolerate.""
Plan to Improve Veterans Care and Help Get Homeless Veterans Off the Streets
"When a veteran is denied health care, we are all dishonored. When 400,000 veterans are stuck on a waiting list for claims, we need a new sense of urgency in this country. And when we've got young veterans of a misguided war in Iraq sleeping on the streets of our cities and towns, we need a change in Washington."
Rep Fortner Mass Transit Still Unresolved
"This cuts the price of gasoline and would generate about $480 million statewide. If the amount raised in the RTA region went to the RTA it would generate about $320 million which would meet the amount that transit needed from the sales tax proposal, including a significant portion of the state match on new local revenue."
Governor
Blagojevich

 

Governor Blagojevich signs law to further restrict child sex offenders, methamphetamine producers
Nurse Practice Act
"The Act expands the scope of practice for APNs working at hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Centers (ASTC), allowing them to practice through the use of privileging and credentialing without the need for a written collaborative agreement with a licensed physician. The law also expands the types and dosages of drugs that an APN may prescribe so long as there is a collaborative agreement or the treatment is at a hospital or ASTC."
04 Oct Letter to the Editor - Gordon Brand
"On the 1st, the Washington-Wood Streets railroad grade crossing in West Chicago will be closed for three weeks while being repaired and replaced.  The purpose is fine, the crossings are deteriorating.  However, the citizens in the southwest quadrant of the city are being deprived of round the clock of fast response of emergency vehicles to the endangerment of life and property."
Merle Burleigh Link
For people having a hard time finding Merle Burleigh's column on the City website, just click this link, Merle Burleigh, and then put it in your favorites list.  Remember that my link in the right column is to her old columns and her current column is now exclusive at the city's site.
Sen.
Randy Hultren

 

`Hultgren encourages local residents to voice their opinion
"As lawmakers wrap up what has been the longest legislative session in Illinois' history and begin to prepare legislative proposals for the 2008 Spring Session, State Sen. Randy Hultgren (R-Wheaton) is asking area residents to complete an online survey, and share their opinions on important Illinois issues."
City of
West Chicago

 

Construction Notice:  Railroad Crossing at Washington and Wood Street Closed
"West Chicago, Illinois: October 4, 2007 - Due to an upgrade of the grade road crossing on Wood Street and Washington Street by the Union Pacific and EJ&E Railroads, Washington and Wood Street are closed at the railroad crossing. Appropriate signage has been posted to direct/detour traffic. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of October."
COMMUNITY BRIEFING
"The goal is for a city to control its borders and destiny," said West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman after the City Council vote Monday evening. "This is a way of protecting the property owners already within our borders."
Sen Durbin Senate Approves $3 Million for Troops to Nurse Teachers Program
Senate Approves Over $152 Million in Defense Funding for Projects in Illinois
Durbin Urges Senate Agriculture Committee to Strengthen Nutrition Title in 2007 Farm Bill
Sen. Obama Obama Announces Plan to Honor Sacrifices of National Guard and Reservists as President
"It's time to use the Guard and Reserves responsibly," Obama said. "No more unpredictable deployments. No more extended tours. No more failures to plan, to communicate down the chain of command, or to reset the equipment that we've left in Iraq."
Torture and secrecy betray core American values
"The secret authorization of brutal interrogations is an outrageous betrayal of our core values, and a grave danger to our security."
New Rules for Contractors Are Urged by 2 Democrats - New York Times
"Two leading Democratic presidential hopefuls seized on the Blackwater case yesterday to call for more accountability in using security contractors for security and military missions."
National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War
"Anderson's orders, and the orders of 1,161 other Minnesota guard members, were written for 729 days.  Had they been written for 730 days, just one day more, the soldiers would receive those benefits to pay for school.  "Which would be allowing the soldiers an extra $500 to $800 a month," Anderson said."
03 Oct English as Second Language
"Illinois school takes hard look at bilingual education"
[Thanks to Gary Saake of http://datair.com for having sent the link along. The video clip focuses on comments by board president Tony Reyes and teacher Mary McCarter. - Bob]
Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 03 Oct 2007
  • We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center Fall Fest
  • Wheaton Academy Homecoming
  • EJ&E and UP Railroads Closing Hawthorne Lane
  • Volunteers Needed for "Community Build Day"
Rep.Randy Ramey October E-Newsletter
"Mass transit is an important issue to thousands of Illinois families. An equally important issue that goes hand-in-hand in developing mass transit is establishing a capital plan. It is critical to address infrastructure needs such as road and bridge repair to keep our families safe on the roads and combat our growing gridlock problem."
Ramey Votes to Override Governor's Budget Vetoes
"State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) joined his fellow lawmakers as they voted to restore funding to millions of dollars in projects that were vetoed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich."
Judith Leonard - October 2, 2007
"Judy A. Leonard nee Weltman, 64, a fifty year resident of West Chicago, IL; passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield."
Peak Color hits the North Woods
No, these pictures were not stolen from an upstate New Hampshire or Vermont Chamber of Commerce brochure.   Jim Hantula of Larson Realty in Hurley sent some pictures of the changing colors in the north woods.  It's got to be the prettiest season of the year.
[For those interested, check Jim Hantula's Listings. - Bob]
County considers law requiring water pollution-preventing features for new home construction
"Committee Chairman James Zay, District 6, of Carol Stream said federal laws require the county to enact measures to ensure water quality.  "This is what we call an unfunded mandate from the federal government," Zay said. "If we don't enact this, we're going to be subject to fines.""
WEST CHICAGO: City annexes land eyed by forest panel
"The goal is for a city to control its borders and destiny," said West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman after the City Council vote Monday evening. "This is a way of protecting the property owners already within our borders."
Sen Durbin Durbin, Coburn Bill to Deny Safe Haven to War Criminals who Exploit Child Soldiers
"The use of children as combatants is one of the most despicable human rights violations in the world today and affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of boys and girls who are used as combatants, porters, human mine detectors and sex slaves. The power to prosecute and punish those who violate the law will send a clear signal that the U.S. will in no way tolerate this abhorrent practice."
Durbin Introduces Bill to Help Hundreds of Thousands of Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure
"Durbin's bill, The Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, will allow these families, as a last resort, to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and work with a judge and the lender to modify the mortgage so families can make affordable payments and keep their homes."
Sen. Obama Legislation Introduced to Ban Lead in Toys for Young Children
"The health of our children is a top priority, and we must take every step required to protect them from these dangerous products. The extraordinary scale of this challenge demands meaningful and innovative solutions to prevent lead-contaminated toys from harming our children."
Obama Statement on North Korea Announcement
"It remains clear, however, that while this is an important step in the right direction, more remains to be done to ensure complete and irreversible disarmament of North Korea's nuclear program."
The White House vs. mother's milk - LA Times
"According to a recent story in the Washington Post, the multibillion-dollar baby formula industry pressured the Department of Health and Human Services to weaken a 2004 public-service campaign promoting breast-feeding -- and it worked, even though the science supported the other side."
02 Oct Fox News Segment
I have received a heads up from Martin Swinney about a segment on Fox by Brit Hume that included an interview with Tony Reyes.  If anyone can come up with a link to the video, I would appreciate if you would send it to lemon@wegoweb.net.  Thankyou - Bob
[Tony's name has been fixed. Sorry.]
Cable Com
Channel 17
Cable Schedule Posted
"Watch Channel 17 this Tuesday and Thursday to learn some of the history of West Chicago. Wednesday and Friday are the nights to catch the most recent City Council meeting and programs on reading and art. Don't forget the Saturday Matinee at noon where you can catch Friday night's WCCHS Wildcat Varsity football game. CableCom Channel 17 wants to thank all of our viewers for tuning in."
WinfieldTownship
WINFIELD TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Winfield Township will be holding its Board of Trustees Meeting at at 7:00 p.m. at the township office at 130 Arbor Avenue
West Chicago on October 8, 2007. 
Elementary
District 33

 

District 33 Featured on Television!
"West Chicago Elementary School District 33 will be featured on the U.S. Department of Education's television broadcast Education News Parents Can Use. The program titled Reducing School Violence: Keeping Children Safe and Ready to Learn will air live on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 7:00 pm on WDCB-TV (College of DuPage) on Comcast channel 18."
City of
West Chicago

 

Artoberfest Includes an Artist Membership Drive for Gallery 200
"Old Friends, New Friends is the name of the month-long membership drive that is underway and invites participation from new artists, not only from West Chicago, but also from the surrounding area."
Tales Tombstones Tell Offers a Unique Approach to History
"The interesting lives include that of an English immigrant who sailed to the U.S. in 1849 at the age of 12 and who later became known for building many of the early homes in West Chicago; a German immigrant who had ties to the railroad and then as one of the first Main Street merchants; and a woman whose life touched so many people with her fine character that she received a glowing eulogy at her death."
Kids invited to enter poster contest
"A detailed copy of all the rules and other details can be obtained from the authority's office at (630) 960-3970 or at www.pamcani.org. Some of the local locations are:
West Chicago: Action Plumbing, 1050 W. Washington Road, (630) 293-0475."
New program offers students career path
"MRI Institute and Consulting, 1887 N. Neltnor Blvd., is a unique program, according to program coordinator Quincy Cherman. Most schools that certify MRI technologists require a background in radiology technology, but the institute’s program focuses solely on MRIs. As the demand for MRIs grows, hospitals and clinics have started looking for technologists with those specialized skills."
Sen Durbin Durbin Makes Commitment to Improving Safety at Midway Airport
"Today's NTSB report makes it clear that the EMAS technology the Illinois Congressional Delegation worked to install in 2006 was a much needed improvement to Midway’s runway and could have helped prevent future accidents like the one that ended in the tragic death of Joshua Woods."
Durbin Discusses Need for Impact Aid with Representatives from Illinois Schools
"Many local school districts across the U.S. cover areas that include federally owned land exempt from local taxes which fund public schools. Impact Aid fills this gap in funding to make sure that no student is left behind."
Illionois Senators

 

Durbin, Obama, Hare Introduce Bill to Improve Student Behavior in Schools
"Good behavior is a skill that can be learned and should be taught. Unfortunately, in many cases, children do not receive this lesson at home. Illinois is one state that has developed a system to address this problem in the classroom."
Sen. Obama Experts Praise Barack Obama on...
"National leadership requires decisive judgments ahead of -- and not years behind -- critical events. On Iraq, Obama was right, others were dead wrong."
[Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser for President Jimmy Carter]
Obama Again Challenges Conventional Washington Thinking
"I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war," said Obama in his October 2nd speech. "...A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics."
Governor
Blagojevich
IEMA now accepting applications for $36.4 million in grants to public safety agencies for interoperable communications
Illinois Receives $13.9 Million to Expand Drug Treatment and Recovery Options
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/ballmer_peak.png
This link to a cartoon is offered without comment or explanation. - Bob
01 Oct Happy Birthday, Sharon!
Yes, she is 39 again... with "again" being some indeterminate period of time now significantly longer than a year.  Don't ask her how long an "again" is... unless you like scar tissue. - Bob
Nature's color display peaking - Ironwood Globe
"The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources late last week said Hurley colors were 50 to 75 percent complete, with the peak a week or two away.  Colors at Manitowish Waters had already reached the peak stage and Winter, Wis., was past peak stage."
All fun and games for these students
"Some students, like 19-year-old Nick Thielman of West Chicago, already have programming experience.  Thielman's affinity for making changes to existing games has made him part of the modification, or "mod" community. Modders add new characters, weapons or skill levels to existing video games to keep them fresh."
Sen. Obama the Situation in Burma
"A regime that claims to be impervious to international criticism has moved to close off media and communications access to stem the flow of those images out of the country. The generals apparently believe that, without pictures, the world will eventually lose interest and move on. We must not allow this to happen."
Obama, Bond Hail New Safeguards on Military Personality Disorder Discharges, Urge Further Action
"With thousands of American service members suffering day in and day out from the less visible wounds of war, reports that the Pentagon has improperly diagnosed and discharged service members with personality disorders are deeply disturbing,"
Pentagon: Mental Illnesses 'Pre-Existing' - UPI
"Sens. Christopher Bond, R-Mo., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., have inserted language in a defense authorization bill to make it harder to discharge troops on those grounds, and to require a review of procedures by the Government Accountability Office."
Governor
Blagojevich

 

Governor Blagojevich announces Disaster Unemployment Assistance for workers affected by flooding in six Northeastern Illinois counties
Gov. Blagojevich signs new law encouraging land conservation stewardship
Statement from Deputy Governor Sheila Nix