Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

Date... Source Click on blue hyperlink to see article.
30 Nov West Chicago
High School


"Lords and ladies are invited to begin their holiday revels with two Madrigal events sponsored by the Community High School Music Department and the Music Boosters Club. The Madrigal Dinner will be held at 7pm on Saturday, December 8th and a Madrigal Tea will be held at 3pm on Sunday, December 9th."

City of


West Chicago Honors Frosty Fest Essay Contest Winners
"Holiday excitement came early to four West Chicago elementary schools when City of West Chicago Mayor Michael Kwasman paid a visit to announce the winners of a City sponsored essay contest and to extend a personal invitation to each to help him light the official tree in downtown West Chicago"
[You can jump directly to the essays by clicking on 2007 Favorite Things Essay - Bob]
'America's going to miss him' - Daily Herald
"Brilliant orator. Principled partisan. Author of the Hyde Amendment limiting abortion funding. Leader of the effort to impeach President Clinton. A divisive figure with powerful convictions who nonetheless built bipartisan bridges.  Republican Henry Hyde, the suburbs' own Congressional institution, died Thursday at 83, of heart failure. Hyde never fully recovered from triple-bypass surgery in July."

Hyde's local influence - Daily Herald
"Recent transportation projects -- $11.4 million for Irving Park Road realignment; $1.7 million for pedestrian tunnel in Winfield; $400,000 for DuPage River Greenway Trail; $300,000 for Illinois Prairie Path Bridge in Glen Ellyn"

A legacy built on fighting abortion - Daily Herald
"If there had been a few people outside the gates of Auschwitz … maybe a few less people would have been incinerated," he said from the stand in 1998, likening abortion to the Holocaust."

Son: Hyde stood behind Constitution - Daily Herald
"I hope history remembers my dad as a champion of the United States Constitution and for what it stands -- the values, the morality, the optimism. And, because of that support of the Constitution that also includes his support for the right to life, honesty in government and traditional American values."

Longtime staffers say Hyde was a friend, mentor - Daily Herald
"Stratman recalled how in the middle of impeachment hearings, Hyde as chairman of the Judiciary was raked over the coals by Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California.  After Waters' time ran out, Republicans urged Hyde to cut his critic off. Instead, he leaned into the microphone and said, "I grant additional time for the lady from California to finish her attack on me," Stratman recalled."

Rep.Randy Ramey Representative Randy Ramey’s Anual Winter Coat Drive
"All items that are received will be donated to the needy families in Representative Ramey’s district. Please help those that need a helping hand this winter. Representative Ramey and his staff would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season."


Witness testifies beating was failed mob rite
"Reardon, formerly of West Chicago, said it was the last week in October 2000 when Conrad approached them outside a Carol Stream restaurant and asked for a ride.  Reardon said Ewing left after dropping them off at Pratt's Wayne Woods, off Munger Road near Bartlett. He said Adamo told Conrad they could buy drugs there but after walking deeper into the woods instead beat Conrad with a tire iron.
Police beat
"A 37-year-old West Chicago man told police he was robbed of $1,000 and a cell phone by two men at 8 p.m. Monday at Grace and May streets."
D94 seeks to increase drivers' ed fees
"The district will also ask for waiver from a new law that prohibits counting simulators as required behind-the-wheel hours. Dan Johnson, division head of the Drivers’ Education program, said discontinuing the use of simulators would reduce the number of students the program could instruct from 240 per year to about 140."
Suburbs slow railroad-line purchase
"The $300 million purchase of the Elgin, Joliet &Eastern Railway Co. would allow Canadian National to route its trains around Chicago and avoid the city's rail congestion."
Sen Durbin Durbin, Emanuel Continue Commitment To Protecting The Great Lakes
“We are concerned that these alleged violations are at odds with your company’s commitment to preserving the environment, and would like to better understand the circumstances surrounding the violations and what plans BP has to bring the Whiting refinery into compliance… As we have previously discussed, economic development and environmental stewardship can and should go hand in hand.”
Durbin Renews Fight For Impact Aid Funding Following President's Veto
“Changing the federal funding calculation will protect North Chicago schools from losing their heavily impacted status,” Durbin said. “And it will help to assure that the children of Navy families have the best educational opportunities.”
Rep Hastert


Ambassador Hastert? Tipsville . . . - Chicago Sun-Times
"The ice cream man: Sneed hears rumbles via Washington wags Hastert may endorse perennial GOP candidate Jim Oberweis to fill his vacated congressional seat."


Gov. Blagojevich announces World AIDS Day in Illinois prevention and awareness efforts
29 Nov Former Illinois Rep. Hyde dies - TPM
"Former Rep. Henry Hyde, the Illinois Republican who steered the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton and championed government restrictions on the funding of abortions, has died. He was 83."

Former Illinois Rep. Henry Hyde is dead at 83 - LA Times
"Hyde retired from Congress at the end of the last session. Earlier this month, President Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House praised Hyde, a leading foe of abortion, as a "powerful defender of life" and an advocate for a strong national defense."

Henry Hyde dies at 83 - Chicago Tribune
"The news was confirmed by the office of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ill.). Hyde, 83, had triple-bypass heart surgery in July and had been in failing health."

Former U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde dies - West Chicago Press
“The clarity of his thoughts, the wisdom of his foresight and the principled values he espoused were unmatched. It is an honor to succeed him in Congress; however, there is no replacing Henry.”

"I normally do not promote a business' sales, but I thought some not-for-profits could benefit from this. Also I like the Operation Home-front project, which I am including in column for next week."

[Incidentally, as usual, a day after the city's posting,  Around and About in West Chicago - 28 Nov 2007 is now at the archives - Bob].

$2.85 million gift kick starts Wheaton Academy's fund raising drive
"An anonymous donor, whose mother graduated from the private Christian high school, has donated $2.85 million to support the academy's current $12.8 million fundraising campaign.  "It's awesome to think that this is the largest financial gift the academy has ever received, and it's going to help so many people," said Nikki Daniels, the academy's development director."
Democratic delegate candidates
"These are Democrats seeking election as national convention delegates in the Daily Herald's circulation area."
Police beat
"Vincent A. Battista Jr., 38, of 2953 Davenport Drive, West Chicago, was arrested at 2:46 a.m. Nov. 20 and charged with improper lane usage and two counts of drunken driving after crashing a vehicle into a ditch on the 4200 block of East Main Street, police said. Battista was released on $3,000 bond with a Dec. 13 court date."
Pedestrian incident near Geneva causes Metra delays
"Metra trains were halted during the afternoon rush hour on the Union Pacific West Line because of an incident involving a pedestrian near Geneva, according to the Metra Web site."
Sen. Obama on the Passing of Former Congressman Henry Hyde
“Henry Hyde honorably served the people of Illinois and the entire nation for 40 years. A distinguished veteran, Congressman Hyde will be remembered for his leadership in helping to create the Millennium Challenge Corporation and fighting the spread of AIDS around the world."


Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"... to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Former U.S. Congressman Henry Hyde"

Shameless Plug -Upcoming Events - About_Ironnwood

  • Long John Snowshoe Run, 5:40 p.m., prior to the Jack Frost Parade, start line at Lahti 's on Aurora St , 906/932-5223
  • Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Ironwood, Live on Charter, Cable with hosts, Chuck Gervasio & Laura Keller
  • Gogebic Range Band Concert, after Jack Frost parade, Ironwood Memorial Building

[For anyone thinking about checking out the north woods, this list might have something of interest on it. - Bob]

Hiram Wurf ActBlue And State Rep Candidate Daniel Biss In NYT
“Daniel Biss, a University of Chicago math professor, has raised $51,000 through ActBlue for his 2008 race for the Illinois House. His campaign Web site links donors to ActBlue, where his page features a YouTube video of supporter endorsements."
28 Nov Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 21 Nov 2007
  • Frosty Fest
  • Library's Books for Lunch program, "Just What is American Food? Cookbooks and American Cultural Identity,"
  • 19th annual "Adopt-A-Family"
  • ninth annual Breakfast with Santa
District 33
District 33 Emergency Notification System
"Attached is a letter being sent home this week to all District 33 families explaining our new emergency phone notification system, which will be tested the week of December 3, 2007."
Randy Hultren
Take steps to prepare before traveling this winter season
"The holiday season in Illinois often brings more than just good cheer. With the advent of winter, the threat of severe weather becomes a concern for drivers—particularly as thousands of motorists hit the highways to visit family and friends. With this in mind, State Sen. Randy Hultgren (R-Wheaton) is reminding Illinois residents that it is important to travel with care and to adequately prepare for winter driving."
Lawsuit against W. Chicago factory dropped
"The workers alleged they were let go without 60 days notice as required under federal law.  But today, a representative answering the telephone at Working Hands Legal Clinic, which represented the workers, confirmed the suit has been dropped."
Hut, hut, (cable bill) hike
“By sponsoring this legislation, we are not saying that cable or (the) NFL is correct,” Ramey said. “We are proposing a fair way to end these disputes so that our constituents are no longer shut out of programming they should have access to.”
Revamped ramps to rule at park
"The district plans to construct a $125,000 state-of-the-art skateboard park to replace the aging one in Reed-Keppler Park. The proposal is one of the first in a series of planned facilities upgrades, totaling more than $1.7 million.  “It (current skatepark) was great when it was put in but we’re at another level,” Park District Director Gary Major said."
Kentucky bus crash claims life of local man
"Raul Lopez, 58, was one of an estimated 47 people on a Tornado Bus Line bus traveling from Chicago to Dallas along Interstate 40 when it crashed at about 10 p.m., according to Kentucky State Police."
Hastert's office still here to help
"The operations of the 14th Congressional District fell under the jurisdiction of the clerk of the House of Representatives Tuesday, after Hastert resigned Monday night.  "Whatever services the congressman's office has been providing, they will still be able to do that. It just won't be in a partisan way," said House Clerk Lorraine C. Miller."
Texas visitor to Chicago died in bus crash
"More than a dozen people remained hospitalized Tuesday in Arkansas and Tennessee, about eight of them in critical condition. Police have not determined the cause of the crash.  Also killed were Raul Lopez, 58, of West Chicago ..."
Rep Hastert


Office of the 14th Congressional District of Illinois
Formerly the Office of Representative J. Dennis Hastert

"The Washington, D.C. office and the district offices of the Honorable J. Dennis Hastert will continue to serve the people of the 14th Congressional District of Illinois under the supervision of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Representative J. Dennis Hastert resigned effective November 26, 2007. The vacancy became effective November 27, 2007.
See Press Release"


Statement from Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich - On House’s failure to pass Senate Bill 307 – long term funding solution for mass transit
IEMA and State Fire Marshal suggest preparedness and safety gifts for friends and loved ones this holiday season
Hiram Wurf John Laesch Press Conference On Jim Oberweis Immigration ID Card
"Democratic Congressional Candidate John Laesch held a press conference on November 19th (video below). The press conference was mostly about 14th District Republican Candidate Jim Oberweis’ mailing promoting the use of biometric ID cards for employment as a way to combat illegal immigration - a topic picked up by the Daily Herald last Wednesday. Laesch also criticized fellow Democrat Bill Foster for supporting biometric IDs."
Head of Rove Inquiry in Hot Seat Himself
"Bypassing his agency's computer technicians, Mr. Bloch phoned 1-800-905-GEEKS for Geeks on Call, the mobile PC-help service. It dispatched a technician in one of its signature PT Cruiser wagons... Mr. Bloch had his computer's hard disk completely cleansed using a "seven-level" wipe: a thorough scrubbing that conforms to Defense Department data-security standards. The process makes it nearly impossible for forensics experts to restore the data later."
27 Nov Rep Hastert


Hastert submits official resignation letter - Chicago Sun Times (posted here 12:28, 26 Nov 2007)
"Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been saying since this summer that he would leave Congress. The only mystery was exactly when.  The Illinois Republican answered that question Monday in a resignation letter to Gov. Rod Blagojevich that was to be effective at 10:59 p.m. CST."
Hastert's exit could ease election
"Serving for almost 21 years as a representative of the people of the 14th District of Illinois has been a high honor for me," he said in a statement. "I am grateful to them and proud of all that we have been able to accomplish together. But the time has now come to spend more time with my family which sacrificed for so long to enable me to serve."
Hastert officially resigns; governor to schedule special election
"One of eight canddates vying for the 14th Congressional seat will fill in for the Plano Republican until his term expires in January 2009. They are Republicans Kevin Burns, Michael Dilger, Chris Lauzen and Jim Oberweis and Democrats Bill Foster, John Laesch, Joe Serra and Jotham Stein."

City of

'Stocking Stuffer' Program Provides Community Connection
"Adding to the merrymaking of Frosty Fest, and furthering community connection, forty-one downtown West Chicago businesses will be ready to greet children and their families with a holiday treat on Saturday, December 1, 2007 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m."
[And as a special and rare treat, they will have live reindeer, just like Naperville, Elgin, Joliet, Quincy, Sandwich, and Lincoln. - A Jolly fat guy with a white beard who happens to be wearing a red shirt.]]
W. Chicago man, 2 others die in bus crash
"Authorities said the pickup's driver Danny Okurily, 40, of Hot Springs, Ark., was killed, as were two bus passengers, Raul Lopez, 58, of West Chicago, and a second passenger whose name was not immediately released.  State police were still trying at midday Monday to determine the number of people injured."
3 killed in Arkansas bus crash
"A West Chicago man on his way to visit his ailing mother in Mexico was one of three people killed when a Chicago-to-Dallas passenger bus crossed the median and was sandwiched between two trucks on a rain-slicked interstate in eastern Arkansas, officials said."
Sen Durbin


Senator Durbin On Toy Safety: "It Might Just Be A Good Christmas ... - The Consumerist
"Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which recently held hearings about the state of toy safety in the U.S. What did Sen. Durbin take away from those hearings?  That the Consumer Product Safety Commission sucks, of course."
Sen. Obama Why Oprah Won't Help Obama - TIME
"Winfrey's endorsement — and her announcement that she will appear with Obama at campaign events in Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire on December 8 and 9 — helps bring the following four things to Obama: campaign cash, celebrity, excitement and big crowds.  The four things that Obama has on his own in great abundance — without Winfrey's help — are campaign cash, celebrity, excitement and big crowds."
Presto! CNN Edits Pelosi's Quote To Make Her Say Dem Congress "Hasn't Done Anything" - TPM
"As you can see, CNN clipped Pelosi's quote so that she was saying of the Dem Congress: "We haven't done anything." Anything at all. But Pelosi actually said that she was unhappy with Congress because we haven't done anything to end the Iraq War."
[This is outrageous!  Why aren't other networks talking about this obvious breach of journalistic ethics? - Bob]
26 Nov Wheaton Academy Wheaton Academy Announces $2.85 Million Lead Gift to Launch Fundraising Drive
"Wheaton Academy has announced the largest single gift in the private Christian high school’s 154-year history. An anonymous donor has committed $2.85 million in support of Transforming Every Student: The Campaign for Wheaton Academy, a $12.8 million fundraising campaign the Academy publicly launched on October 30."
Suburban Man Among 3 Dead In Bus Crash
"Fifty-eight-year-old Raul Lopez of West Chicago was traveling to Mexico to see his ailing mother.  Lopez's wife, four children and five grandchildren learned Sunday night that he died in the accident."
[This gentleman is the father of Merle Burleigh.'s daughter's significant other.  I'm sure your thoughts and prayers would be appreciated. - Bob]
West Chicago man among 3 killed in Arkansas bus accident
"A West Chicago man was among three killed Sunday when a passenger bus crossed the median on an interstate highway and collided with a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer rig. Fifteen others were injured."
Bill Foster lays out his energy plan
"Foster believes his energy plan (available at draws on both backgrounds, and is both economically sound and environmentally conscious. He calls for more resources to be pumped into alternative energy research and conservation policies, and advocates the long-term development of biofuels.  He also wants the U.S. to lead the world in environmental responsibility, a goal Foster said can be influenced by who Americans elect."

Report: Streams still polluted, but future looks bright
“But we’re confident that we’ve got a good chance to bring those pollution levels down because of the large number of people in DuPage County who have heard the cry to improve the streams.”

Author shares message of hope in first published children’s book
"Irwin, 48, has written about 20 books since her writing career began 15 years ago, and although she has shared her books with local school children since 1996, “Nightmare of Shadows” is her first published children’s book.  The West Chicago resident is a technology assistant at Geneva’s Mill Creek Elementary School."
Sen Durbin Durbin Hosts Roundtable on Gang Violence
"The Gang Abatement and Prevention Act, passed by the full Senate on September 21, 2007, makes a number of gang activities a federal crime, while increasing penalties for existing crimes and increasing funding for prevention and intervention efforts."
Sen. Obama


Indiana Voter ID Law Unconstitutional
“Any law that creates discriminatory barriers to the exercise of this fundamental right should be immediately revoked – including the Indiana voter identification requirement."
Rep Hastert


Trent Lott joins Hastert in sudden retirement; is it all about lobbying? - Democracy Cafe
"So Trent Lott has joined Dennis Hastert with this “sudden” need to retire so quickly. And unlike Hastert, who is leaving with a year left, Lott has 5 YEARS LEFT. Then again, the speculation is that Lott and Hastert aren’t motivated by a better/higher/further calling, well, except for money."
New Broom Coalition asks Fitzgerald to reopen the Plame case
"We believe that further investigation of Scott McClellan's statements and beliefs will provide a legal basis for prosecution of the Bush
administration for threatening the national defense by exposing its undercover CIA agents.  Some have called it a treasonous offense."
"You may work on your own or with family members. Enjoy refreshments as Karin helps you create and decorate a photo memory cube ornament. Your beautiful family keepsake can be hung on your tree or given as a holiday gift."
Fox Valley Soapbox
"In one final sop to his party, Dennis Hastert is likely to leave his U.S. House 14th District seat before the end of the year. That will trigger the need for a special election, likely to be held at exactly the same time the regular primary is held to choose his successor. If anybody doubts why citizens are so fed up with politicians, this is it."
Hastert's departure leaves quite a mess
"Whatever the reason, we deserve better from you than this. There is a huge price tag in dollars, resources and time that has to be paid by all those you are leaving behind.  I would like to tell you how disappointing and frustrating it is to have t o endure this mess you are leaving us, but I don't think you would understand."
The briefs - Club's variety show to benefit charity
"Community High School District 94 Future Business Leaders of America will present "Something's A Foot," a variety show, at 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday in the school's auditorium, 326 Joliet, West Chicago. Students will dance, sing and perform stand-up comedy. Admission costs $2 at the 4 p.m. show, $3 for the 7 p.m. show. Proceeds will benefit March of Dimes. For details, call the school at (630) 876-6200 or visit"
'Tis the season to see green
"Guarinne, of West Chicago, said the outing was planned for a year since he found out last year his nieces had never cut down their own tree ... So Guarrine set to work cutting down the tree, and the girls decided which longer hanging ornaments could decorate the far side of the tree.
Sen Durbin


Just Off Insular Senate Floor, Life of the Uninsured Intrudes - NY Times
"“I wonder how many senators have been in the elevator with Sergio, talked to him, shared a smile with him, but had no idea of the terrible burden he and his mother were carrying,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the Senate Democratic whip, who learned of Mr. Olaya’s problems from an aide."
23 Nov Hairstylists rally to fund homes for Katrina victims
"A dinner party meeting between a West Chicago woman and hair product mogul Vidal Sassoon led to a campaign that raised more than $2 million for charity."
Local tree lightings
"Frosty Fest will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 downtown. The event will include the city's tree lighting, reindeer games and crafts, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Victorian carolers, horse-drawn sleigh rides, the Frosty Procession, puppet shows and more. Free."
Local shoppers brave crowds on Black Friday
"Across the mall, outside of Prime Dollar, Sandra Fessler of West Chicago looked tired as she sat on a bench and waited for her husband to finish his shopping.  “I’m done shopping — I hate the crowds,” Fessler said."
A Phoenix-bound Judy Roberts rises
"Roberts and Fishman play from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Tivoli Ristorante, 956 N. Neltnor Blvd., West Chicago. No cover; 630-957-6500."
We should all be grateful that we get an opportunity today to watch the Lions humiliate the Green Bay Packers.  You should also be grateful that due to the game, updating here will be minimal.
[I would have been better off spending the time surfing the net. - Bob]
Volunteering at local greenhouse turns into whole new career
"For several months now, Staple has been a bona fide staff member at We Grow Dreams, helping to train the workers, teaching them to create portfolios, writing grants, and spreading the word about We Grow Dreams to special education teachers and school districts."
Mutual Ground volunteer making a difference
"For every gift-giving occasion, Carpenter asks them to make a donation to Mutual Ground, a domestic violence shelter in Aurora.  The West Chicago volunteer is perhaps the organization's biggest advocate, eager to share its story with anyone who will listen."
Grant helping put time on Viking boat's side
"The ship's odyssey continued from the shores of Lake Michigan to the banks of the Fox River more than 100 years later, with stops in Chicago's Lincoln Park and a West Chicago warehouse. Now it cannot be moved again unless it's significantly stabilized."
Sen Durbin durbin calls on bush to support head start expansion - All American Patriots
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today visited a local Head Start program to discuss Congressional efforts to increase the program’s funding and next steps in the wake of a veto from President Bush, who has consistently cut Head Start funding in his budgets."
Sen. Obama A Thanksgiving Message from Barack
"On this Thanksgiving, as we spend time with our family and friends, let's all reflect on what we're thankful for in our own lives. And let's remember those who cannot be with their loved ones because they're serving overseas. But let's also do our part to help those who have no place to go for a meal."
Obama Statement on Food Shortage
"As a result of rising costs on everything from health care to gasoline, more and more Americans can't afford to put food on the table. At the same time, pantries are being stretched thin as a result of reduced donations and cuts in government assistance."
Obama unveils $18 billion education plan - MSNBC
"It's pretty popular to bash No Child Left Behind out on the campaign trail, but when it was being debated in Congress four years ago, my colleague Dick Durbin offered a chance to vote so that the law couldn't be enforced unless it was fully funded," Obama said. "A lot of senators, including Senator Edwards and Senator Clinton, passed on that chance. And I believe that was a serious mistake."
Hiram Wurf


Either DuPage Tax (Vehicle Sticker Or Sales) Would Prevent Staff Cuts According To Tribune
"The difference between the revenue from the DuPage vehicle sticker tax ($24 million) that the county board can enact and the DuPage quarter cent sales tax ($40 million) that needs to go to referendum is pretty substantial ($16 million). In neither case does it plug the over $50 million budget shortfall."
[I have been searching for local Dem voices to balance the numerous Rep officials that graciously send me info.  Please feel free to tell me what you think of this guy at - Bob]
Rep Peter Roskam


veteran challenges roskam - Northwest Herald - Crystal Lake,IL
"The 53-year-old Democrat is a former member of Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration.  She says Roskam is “in lock step with President Bush and out of step with [the] district.”  She says the war, immigration and health care are the most important issues to voters. Morganthaler served more than 30 years in the military, including in Iraq."
Senator Kerry Responds to Pickens' Moving the Goalposts
"As I’ve said to you before, I am prepared to prove the lie and marshal all the evidence, the question is whether you are prepared to fulfill your obligation — no variations, no back pedaling, no retreat, no new bets, no changing the subject.  The only thing remaining now is to set the date for our meeting in an appropriate forum..."
21 Nov Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 21 Nov 2007
  • We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center Holiday Open House
  • Norris-Walen Funeral Home Tree of Memory ecumenical service
  • St. Mary's School Live Nativity
  • "A Few of My Favorite Things about West Chicago" essays
District 94 takes stance on debate over levy amounts
"To pass this levy amount would send a message to the taxpayer that we have a desire to take as much possible from the community," Cole said. "We're asking for this money without any documentation showing what we need the money for."
[Dist 94 reduced its reserves over several years... this needs to be rebuilt, but also over a period of years.  It can be done without bankrupting the taxpayer by collecting every dollar possible.  Reyes and Cole seem to have this right. - Bob]
Laesch wants Oberweiss to withdraw ads
""These ads are designed to make people afraid by blaming immigrants and keeping people distracted from the real issues like stagnating wages, unfair trade agreements, out of control health care costs and the war in Iraq," Laesch said in a news conference outside World Relief's Aurora branch."
Possibility of special election doesn't concern candidates
"Like the Republicans, Democrats Bill Foster of Batavia and Jotham Stein of St. Charles said a special election wasn’t of great concern.  “The mechanics get sped up, but it’s something we’re prepared for,” said Tom Bowen, campaign manager for Foster. “It doesn’t change things campaign-wise.”"
Police beat
"The following people were arrested at 2:57 a.m. on Nov. 12 at Route 59 and Bartlett Road after a traffic stop, police said: Nicole Becker, 19, of 2230 Candleberry Lane, Aurora was charged with illegal possession of liquor and illegal lane usage; Drew Krecek, 20, of 27W757 Hickory Lane, West Chicago was charged with illegal possession of liquor; and Kent Monson, 21, of 200 Glen Ellyn Road, Bloomingdale, was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. They have court on Nov. 30."
PR Newswire Kamco Plastics Acquired by KPI Holding Company
"Kamco, a 35-year old custom plastic injection molder and sub-assembly provider owned and operated by Norb Kaiser, specializes in value-added technologies and services for the appliance, automotive and industrial markets. KPI Chair Alicia Campos says, "Kamco will continue serving without disruption all of its customers with skilled employees in the US and in Kamco's facility in Reynosa, Mexico.""
Sen Durbin


GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR GENOCIDAL - District Weekly - Long Beach,CA
"McClatchey News reports, “More than 1,000 people from 85 countries who are accused of such crimes as rape, killings, torture and genocide are living in the United States, according to Department of Homeland Security figures.”  Sen. Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced legislation intended to partially fill in the gaps in U.S. law."
Sen. Obama


Obama Calls for Increased Cafe Standards, Updated RFS in Energy Bill
"In October, Obama joined Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) to introduce legislation to immediately update the RFS to require the production of 18 billion gallons of renewable fuels by 2016 including 3 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol. This legislation recognizes the need for prompt action to update these renewable fuel requirements to provide market certainty to small, local, and farmer-owned ethanol producers."
Obama Calls on Rice to Address Human Rights Violations in Saudi Arabia
"I strongly urge the Department of State to condemn this ruling. Moreover, since your Department is finalizing this year’s country reports on human rights pursuant to Sections 116(d) and 502B(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA), I ask that this unjust case and any efforts to correct this demeaning ruling be given a prominent place in that report."
Rep Hastert


Hastert's Heir - Human Events - Washington,DC
"All signs are, at this point, that the primary front-runner is State Sen. Chris Lauzen, one of the most conservative legislators in Springfield.  Harvard Business School graduate Lauzen was elected to the legislature in 1992 as one of the “Fabulous Five” -- the most right-of-center lawmakers who all proved to be unbossed by moderate GOP Gov. James Edgar. "


Food Stamp Program recognized nationally for effectively reaching those in need
"The rate of participation in Illinois is up to 75 percent according to the most recent surveys for FY05, improving participation six percent from the previous year and 10 percent higher than the national average."
Governor Blagojevich urges fire safety during holiday season and winter months to save lives
20 Nov West Chicago
High School


Indonesian Delegation Visits District 94
"Visiting teachers, administrators and community leaders from Jakarta Indonesia attended District #94 American Government and Community Leadership classes. The Indonesian delegation also visited with the school’s administrators and teachers."
Randy Hultren
Insurance resource available for Illinois consumers
“The Illinois Insurance Hotline is an educational resource designed to help consumers with questions about insurance-related matters,” said Hultgren. “Consumers can use this information to make knowledgeable decisions on insurance issues.”
City of
Community Support for West Chicago's Frosty Fest Takes Event to New Heights
"When was the last time you saw a live reindeer on Main Street? You need wait no longer than Saturday, December 1st when Main Street in West Chicago welcomes two of these enchanting creatures, sure to delight children of all ages, to this year's Frosty Fest."
West Chicago Named 'An Illinois Arts Friendly Community'
"The award recognizes the community as a model of how mayors and other municipal leaders can work with artists, art organizations and volunteers to improve the quality of life for its residents."
Hastert slimming down
"Congressman Dennis Hastert is getting ready for retirement by getting back into fighting shape.  The former House speaker and one-time high school wrestling coach has been working to slim down and says he has 10 more pounds to go before he reaches his "college fighting weight.""
McClellan implicates Bush, Cheney in Plame lie - Salon
"I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff, and the president himself."
19 Nov Alice Herman - November 18, 2007
"Alice M. Herman age 86 a 52 yr. resident of West Chicago. Died peacefully at her on November 18, 2007."
ECC student builds new life after tragedy
"A swarm of news cameras captured Hassan's tears when he learned that his mother's body had been found in a lot near West Chicago, where she'd gone to deliver a pizza."
Frosty Fest to be bigger and better
"City and Park District officials say they’ve organized a Frosty Fest unlike any other. The three-hour event will take place all along the downtown area Dec. 1. Highlights this year include two “elves” brought in with the help of West Chicago Sister Cities. Two live reindeer will also be at the festival."
Two proton therapy centers planned for DuPage County
"Northern Illinois University and Central DuPage Hospital are separately planning to build proton therapy centers in western DuPage County — now with no sites of proton therapy — which might get two of them practically next to each other."
Sen Durbin


Durbin Calls on Bush to Support Head Start Expansion
“Without the services provided by Head Start, many of these children would arrive in kindergarten at a disadvantage,” Durbin said. “Shouldn’t we help every child in this nation put his or her best foot forward?”
Sen. Obama America Has Obligation to Right the Wrongs of Centuries Past
"For decades, African American farmers suffered disenfranchisement and discrimination by they the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). This injustice ran deep and had devastating effects. Because so many of these farmers were denied credit and benefits, the number of African American farmers"
Affordable Family Planning
"For almost 20 years, college health centers could buy prescription drugs, including contraceptives, at an extraordinary discount of some 90 percent. This arrangement was not a subsidy and did not cost taxpayers a dime."


Gov. Blagojevich announces Illinois Public Safety agencies to tighten safety belt enforcement over Thanksgiving holiday
Computer Problems...
I checked the site at about 2PM from the US51 Truck Stop in Merrill... and everything was fine.  When I arrived in West Chicago, the server was under attack,  I couldn't update, and the host couldn't be reached.  I couldn't do anything until 11PM.  Therefore, the update is a bit short.  I will get back at it tomorrow morning.  Sorry. - Bob
17&18 Nov Park district skateboard park
"As the West Chicago Park District rolls toward the construction of a new skateboard park in Reed-Keppler Park this coming spring, there is a link between the old and the new. The common thread is the involvement of persons using the facility. Listening to the youths has been the viable approach and success to the community's skateboard facilities."
City of


City Council Agenda Posted
  • DuPage Senior Citizen Council
  • Arts Friendly Community Award 2007
  • Downtown Rehabilitation Facade Program
  • Popeye's Chicken
  • Temporary Moratorium on Approval of New Banks
  • Liquor License for Mr. Hot Dog
Planning Commission Agenda Posted
Debora Doyle of 825 E. Elmwood seeks variances to allow replacement of a garage less than 3 feet from a lot line and with lot coverage of more than 40% of the lot. 
Burns willing, but opponents aren't
"What is going on with the Republicans in this district? Nothing, that's what. There has not been a single debate, and there are none on the horizon.  There is one Republican candidate who would like to change that because he has put out an official invitation for the other candidates to come together so the public can hear them -- Mayor Kevin Burns."
Urgent dental clinic may become casualty of DuPage budget crisis
"That's out of the price range of the 70-year-old West Chicago resident whose Medicare benefits don't extend to dental work.  The urgent dental clinic schedules 1,800 visits a year. One-third of the patients are children, two-thirds are adults and seniors."
Dropout rates falling
"West Chicago Community High School District 94's rate dove from 9.7 percent in 1998 to just under 2 percent nearly a decade later."
Fleur du jour
"Here's a favorite flower of Jim Nau, manager of The Gardens at Ball, Ball Horticultural Co., West Chicago.
Voters to replace Hastert twice
"Once Hastert's seat is vacant, it needs to be filled by a special election within about four months. Candidates would have less than two months to file to run, and those already in the race to take Hastert's seat say they want a spot on a special ballot."
Yup, that was Denny Lite on page one
"For people who hadn't seen the former speaker in a while there was, well ... how can we say it ... a whole lot less Denny. The former Yorkville wrestling coach went from heavyweight to -- we're guessing here -- a middleweight. But readers had their doubts."
Winners in special elections have edge
"If 14th District Republican Dennis Hastert steps down before Dec. 31 -- as his office announced last week he would -- Illinois voters will have to select someone to serve out his term by the end of April in an early special election.  The victor would win less than a year in office, but history suggests he would also get something much more important: a stranglehold on Hastert's U.S. House seat."
16 Nov West Chicago
High School
Junior Parent Night - November 27th
"On Tuesday after THANKSGIVING BREAK, November 27th, the Counseling department will be presenting a two hour program on post high school planning. This program is designed for parents and their students."
City of
An Evening of Poetry and Music Planned for Gallery 200
"Gallery 200, located at 200 Main Street in West Chicago, welcomes back a poetry and music group that has engaged audiences at several prior Gallery appearances. Award-winning poet Laura Pickard, in association with The Awakenings Project, is hosting the literary and musical offering on Friday, November 30, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m."
Rep Fortner


Cook County Judge Throws Out Medical Malpractice Caps
"In a move that could potentially have devastating implications for doctors across the state, a Cook County judge ruled that medical malpractice caps are unconstitutional. However, State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) believes that the Illinois Supreme Court will uphold the law."
W. Chicago students take on new comedy
"It would be fair to call it a screwball comedy," director and English teacher Mary Hafertepe said. "And it involves romance."  The audience should expect pure, light fun, with a handyman who hits his head and thinks he's a pirate; government agents in disguise; people assuming unnatural accents; and two shy people who find each other."
Hastert confirms he won't finish his term
"The speech marked a rare moment of bipartisan warmth in the House. Most members attended and gave Hastert a long ovation. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, introduced him by his old title, calling him "the distinguished speaker of the House.""
Drug dealer gets 25-year prison term
"Dulceak was arrested June 5 after sheriff's narcotics detectives searched his West Chicago home and found 120 grams of crack cocaine, valued at $12,000, hidden under a grill cover in his yard."
State to examine weak high school test scores
"But Addison School District 4, Keeneyville School District 20 in Hanover Park, West Chicago Elementary School District 33 and Community Consolidated School District 180 in Burr Ridge all failed to make adequate yearly progress due to the reading scores of special education students."
Sen Durbin Durbin, Obama Introduce Legislation To Address Quality Of Care For Nation's Veterans
“We are going to get to the bottom of what happened at Marion because the veterans and their families affected by this tragedy deserve to know the facts. This legislation will help ensure situations like this one won’t happen at other VA facilities.”
Durbin: Illinois Delegation Members Ask For Explanation Of FAA Plans To Expand Capacity At O'Hare
Senators Durbin And Burr Introduce Medical Homes Act
Sen. Obama Iraq Spending Bill
"I will not support funding for a failed policy. It is long past time for the Republicans to stop filibustering a responsible removal of our troops from Iraq, and for the President to stop threatening to veto anything that is not a blank check for his failed strategy."
Farm Bill
"I was disappointed to see that important improvements and solutions for our family farmers in this bill fell victim to partisan politics and obstructionism. Those who stood in the way of this bill stood against our farmers and a clean energy future."
Rep Hastert


Farewell Remarks by Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert -
"Madam Speaker, as Members of Congress we are not here just to vote, but to speak -- to give voice on this floor to the aspirations of our constituents. So this place where we speak -- the well of the House -- is very special to me."


Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"...  fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: PFC Ashley Sietsema, Illinois Army National Guard ... Home Town: River Grove, Illinois"
State surplus auction website offers Municipal Governments service to sell unneeded equipment
State public health department promotes turkey tips for a safe Thanksgiving dinner
15 Nov Elementary
District 33
Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest Winner
"Eighteen posters were submitted by District 33 fifth and sixth grade students as entries to the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. Poster entries were placed on display at the West Chicago Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at West Chicago Middle School on Sunday, November 4, 2007."

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West Chicago Police Respond to Coyote Concerns
"Coyote sightings in West Chicago have caused concern among some members of the community prompting the City of West Chicago Police Department to gather and disseminate information intended to educate the public."
Martin Jagusch -  November 14
"Martin R. Jagusch, 71, of West Chicago. Beloved Husband of Joanne nee May. Loving Father of Laura (Bill) Saunders, Lynda Funderburk, and Brian (Corinne) Jagusch. Fond Grandfather of Jessica, Ryan, Shannon, Taylor, Austin, Bailey, and Parker. Funeral Monday 10:30 a.m..."
Briefs: New W. Chicago contest
"West Chicago has started a new essay contest that challenges elementary-age children to write about their favorite aspects of the city. Essays will be judged in three age categories..."
Police beat:
"Lois A. Tyndall, 46, of 5N689 Tanager Court, St. Charles, was taken to Delnor-Community Hospital after an accident at 9:57 a.m. Monday at Routes 47 and 64 in Campton Township. She was driving a 2003 Honda Civic south on Route 47 and drove through a stop sign, hitting a Ford E150 1999 truck driven by Carolyn A. Pearson, 47, of 3N611 Timberline Drive, West Chicago, police said. Tyndall was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign, police said."
Mayors endorse one of their own
"It has been said all politics are local.  It was in that spirit Wednesday that Mayors Don DeWitte of St. Charles and Jeff Schielke of Batavia endorsed one of their own -- Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns -- for the Republican nomination for the 14th District congressional seat."
Sen Durbin Time for an actual filibuster? - The  Carpetbagger Report
"The typical American doesn’t know about filibusters or cloture votes; all they know is that a Democratic Senate keeps failing to force Bush’s hand and change the existing policy. It’s one of the reasons Congress’ approval rating is as low as it is.  Forcing a real, live filibuster, with Republicans front and center, refusing to allow a vote on a withdrawal measure, would as Durbin put it, “generate attention.” Or, more specifically, highlight exactly who’s responsible for the lack of progress."
Sen. Obama Obama Discusses Work-Family Balance at NH Roundtable - Campaigns & Elections
"Its getting harder and harder for working women to strike that balance between tending to their careers and tending to the well-being of their loved ones," Senator Obama said. "My plan will make a real difference for working families by increasing access to child care, mandating that the minimum wage keep pace with rising prices, and expanding paid leave to meet the needs of working caregivers andparents."
Rep Hastert


Ex-Speaker Hastert's farewell: 'I tried my best'
" During his farewell address, the former high school history teacher and wrestling coach offered one bit of analysis about his tenure in Congress. "I continue to worry about the breakdown of civility in our political discourse," Hastert said. "I tried my best, but I wish I had been more successful."  Although he did not announce the date of his House departure, an aide to Hastert says the former speaker will retire by the end of the year."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"... fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Army Sgt. Joseph M. Vanek, United States Army ... Home Town: Elmhurst, Illinois"
Blagojevich Administration officials launch Homeowner Outreach Days
“The increase in foreclosures is taking a toll on hard working families, neighborhoods and local economies throughout the state,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “This statewide outreach effort will help families by providing them the information and counseling necessary to protect their properties and keep the American Dream of homeownership.”
Election '08 Meets The Great Education Myth - Campaign for America's Future
"That's an understatement, as shown in a stunning new report out today from the good folks at the Economic Policy Institute. Using government data, the think tank finds that "the educational group most vulnerable to offshoring are those with at least a four-year college degree." That vulnerability helps drive down wages for better-educated workers because they know that if they try to demand good pay, their employer could simply pick up and leave."
14 Nov Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 14 Nov 2007
  • Veterans Day ceremony
  • "A Few of My Favorite Things about West Chicago"
  • two ceramic workshops
  • Chili Cook-off
  • Wildcat Preschool
Another Message From Bob Peickert
"We now have 237 precinct committeemen (more when you count the "looped" committeemen) as compared to 122 at this time last year. Everyone who had a part in this should be recognized and given credit."
Grant will keep Geneva relic shipshape
"The ship has been stored at Good Templar off East Side Drive for 12 years. The park is owned by a fraternal organization that promotes temperance. The Chicago Park District wanted it out of Lincoln Park and a Scandinavian heritage organization that assumed control over the ship disbanded, leaving the ship in a West Chicago warehouse."
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County notes
  • Blacksmith:ŒThe blacksmith will demonstrate repair of equipment and the tools of his trade from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. For details, call (630) 876-5900.
  • Holiday candy: The recipes for creating colorful hard candies will be available for visitors from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 24-25 at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Guests will take home recipes. For details, call (630) 876-5900.
Sen Durbin New Report Underscores Need for Durbin Mortgage Foreclosure Bill
"A troubling new housing report, released today by the Center for Responsible Lending forecasts that foreclosures on risky, subprime loans will negatively affect homeowners to the tune of nearly $225 billion in the coming years."
Durbin Holds First Ever Hearing on U.S. Enforcement of Human Rights Law
Durbin Discusses Illinois Priorities in Meeting with Agriculture Secretary Nominee Schafer
Sen. Obama Obama Asks Pentagon to Provide Answers On New Contract Awards to Blackwater
"Press reports indicate Blackwater is one of five military contractors competing for up to $15 billion in contracts over five years to support the Department’s counter-narcotics operations."
Obama, Ohio Leaders Honor First African American Mayor of Cleveland Carl Stokes
“Carl Stokes’ election as the first African American mayor of a major American city inspired future leaders to take on the challenge of public office,”
Gov. Blagojevich urges Illinois seniors to apply for Illinois Cares Rx as open enrollment season begins for Medicare Part D
IDHS celebrates first Worldwide Diabetes Day
Some Amusing Mendacity From Some Self-Described Conservative Media Watchdogs - TPM
"If you're going to present yourself as a conservative media watchdog who claims to be policing accuracy in the media, it's probably not a good idea to blatantly and dishonestly chop quotes from articles that are still readily available in Nexis and online."
13 Nov Elementary
District 33


Preschool Memorial Playground is Open!
"At the end of a cold and rainy day on October 14, 2007, a playground stood where there was once just a patch of grass....."
West Chicago
High School


"Community High School District #94, in West Chicago, would like to invite your preschoolers to the Wildcat Preschool. Along with the CHS teachers the high school students, and student assistants, will participate as cooperative teachers."
"The Future Business Leaders of America is sponsoring this years’ annual variety show “Something’s A Foot.” The show will include 15 student acts that will include singing, dancing, acting and comedy."
The briefs - Grant benefits focus on health
"West Chicago's Community High School District 94 received a grant of $100 for teachers Patty Clifford and Cara Blevins from the DuPage County Farm Bureau. Students will view the video "SuperSize Me" and then discuss healthy meals and preparation of them compared to fast food menus."
Burns: Where are the GOP debates?
"Burns said that he finds it "strange" that his opponents are "unwilling to stand up and discuss issues."  "We need to give the voters the very best opportunity to choose the candidate they feel would best represent them," he said."
Library to take donations for debts
"Now through Nov. 21, residents will receive $1 off their library tab for each canned good donation they bring in. All food items will go to the Illinois Food Bank to help area shelters stock up for the holiday season, administrative librarian Melody Coleman said."
Wildcats to leave DVC at first chance
"Poor athletic performance and dwindling school spirit pushed the Community High School District 94 School Board to vote unanimously Nov. 6 to leave the DVC as soon as the district finds a suitable alternative, Board President Tony Reyes said."
MRSA infection hits West Chicago
"West Chicago High School officials are speeding up sanitation efforts after a student was diagnosed with a drug-resistant strain of staph infection this week ... Health officials said there is no cause for panic but local districts, including West Chicago, began sanitizing after the first reports came out."
Four arrested after crashing stolen car
"The victim saw the stolen car at Aspen Ridge Apartments, 1440 S. Neltnor Blvd., about 30 minutes after reporting the theft and began following the vehicle.  He had just notified police of the situation when the car crashed into a tree on the 100 block of Glen Avenue. Five occupants fled the scene and were all apprehended, uninjured, within 20 minutes."
Sen Durbin Comments On President's Veto Of Healthcare, Education & Veterans Measure
“On the day after Veteran's Day, the President has vetoed a bill to fund health and education programs that would have also provided $23.6 million for the 400,000 homeless veterans in the United States.”
Durbin, Obama: Senate Approves Robert M. Dow For Federal Judgeship In Northern Illinois
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on Bush Veto of Labor – HHS Bill
"This bill makes long overdue investments in America’s future – including cancer research, nurse training, rural health, low-income heating assistance, special education, and job training programs. It’s time Washington starts to honor the priorities of our children, families and workers, and we must oppose this misguided and dangerous veto.”
Obama, McCaskill, Planned Parenthood Fight to Increase Access to Affordable Contraception for Low-Income Women, College Students
Illinois State Fair To Offer Holiday Mega Pass Special
12 Nov

City of


West Chicago Police Make Arrests in Connection With Car Theft
"On Sunday November 11, 2007 at approximately 8:19 a.m., a West Chicago resident reported a car in his care had been stolen. The resident reported that the car was stolen sometime since Friday night, November 9, 2007. Approximately 30 minutes after making the police report, the individual saw the stolen car at the Aspen Ridge Apartments. While following the stolen car, which contained five occupants, the individual called 911."
West Chicago
High School
Letter from the Principal ... student case of MRSA
"We have received confirmation today, November 12, 2007, of a student case of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) at Community High School."
"Today confirmation of a student case of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) was received by Community High School in West Chicago"
Suburban father, son serving in Iraq
"Former West Chicago resident Joe Baker's grandson, Liam Baker, is serving in Iraq, but he didn't expect his son to be sent there, too.  His son, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Baker III, had been retired from the military 12 years when the Army called him back into service at the age of 49."
DuPage Co. families calendar - Operation Christmas Child
"Individuals and groups can fill a shoe box or multiple shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, candy and a letter of encouragement that will be delivered to suffering children around the world for Christmas. Shoe boxes are being collected at Stahelin Properties, 245 Roosevelt Road, West Chicago."
County Board weighs two tax options
"At a special meeting Friday, the board considered creating a $50 vehicle sticker fee and placing a referendum on the Feb. 5 primary ballot asking voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase. It will hold another special meeting Thursday to vote on the proposals."
10&11 Nov West Chicago
High School
"District 94’s Community & Education Partnership Committee sponsored a networking breakfast and “Ethics in Business and the Workplace” panel. This event allowed the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students to network with business leaders in the community as well as to learn about the ethical expectations in the workplace."
From the Armed Forces
"Army Reserve Pvt. Tony S. Morabito has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. Morabito is the son of Perry and Michelle Morabito of West Chicago."
Your guide to arts and crafts
"Catholic Daughters of the Americas, West Chicago Court 432, Crafts and Treasures Bazaar: Today: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., VFW Hall, Route 59, one block north of Walgreens, West Chicago. Featuring 18 crafters, bake sale, used treasures table, lunch, raffle. Free admission. Kathy: (630) 231-2036."
Newly combined church celebrates with holiday tea
"The new church resulted from the merger of two separate congregations in August: West Chicago Bible Church and Water's Edge, which formerly held services at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream.  The tea has been an annual event of West Chicago Bible Church for the past seven years. Mary Whelchel of Glen Ellyn will speak on the topic, "Ordinary Women - Extraordinary Grace, Women in the Lineage of Jesus Christ." "
Naperville woman admits to theft
"West Chicago Deputy Police Chief Laz Perez said Sej was working for a lawn care services company and deposited refunds into her account instead of giving them to customers.  Sej was arrested by Aurora police in October 2003 on misdemeanor theft charges, which were dropped in 2004."
St. Charles parents turn out in force at school forum
"Superintendent Don Schlomann presented information Thursday about Midwestern school districts, all near larger urban centers, with similar demographics but better student achievement results. Those school districts -- including Naperville -- have ideas St. Charles may want to borrow, he added."
Democrats debate in DeKalb
"Jotham Stein, Bill Foster and John Laesch traded barbs, criticism and agreements on issues ranging from Iraq to the future of Northern Illinois University to the crowd at the university’s Altgeld Hall.  Democratic candidate Joe Serra, who filed his petition paperwork Monday, was not at the event."
Rep Hastert Would-be Hastert successors start mudslinging - Politico - Washington,DC
“To know him is not to like him. It’s not only the perception that he runs for everything and still loses, but it’s the comments he makes in the races when it gets hot,” Lauzen said.
Hastert stumping for Bivins - Sauk Valley Newspapers - Dixon,IL
"What might be called the Dennis Hastert farewell tour made a stop in Dixon Friday night, where the former Speaker of the House of Representatives was stumping for state Senate candidate Tim Bivins."
An inspiring mission - China Daily
"The precision of Chang'e I's journey to the moon represents multiple technological breakthroughs, lifting the country's aerospace capabilities to heights assumed possible only in best-case scenarios.  The flight was so smooth that the number of planned in-flight orbit corrections was reduced from three to one. The fuel saved from the two omitted maneuvers could double, or even triple the probe's lifespan..."
[Never forget China has as many honor students as the US has students... and all that Wallmart money. - Bob]
09 Nov West Chicago
High School
Board Briefs Posted for Nov 6th Meeting
  • Personnel
  • Conference Realignment
  • Snow Removal Contract
  • Driver Education Waiver
"The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Jim Miner for being chosen Student of the Month for October."
"Since the 2002 CHS inception of this program Target has donated over $11,000 to our school!"
Diwali -- a bittersweet reminder of Dad a year later
"For Hindus, today is the holiday Diwali -- the day the god Rama rides into town, bringing light and goodness."
[Although not a WC article, it is written by "our reporter", Rupa Shenoy, and was just so nice/pleasant I couldn't resist linking to it. Happy Diwali! - Bob]
The briefs - Dist. 94 teachers receive a grant
"West Chicago's Community High School District 94 received a grant of $100 for teachers Patty Clifford and Cara Blevins from the DuPage County Farm Bureau. Students will view the video "SuperSize Me" and then discuss healthy meals and preparation of them compared to fast food menus."
W. Chicago neighbors banding together against thorium
""We're concerned that knowledge isn't being openly shared and efforts aren't being made to make sure everyone understands what's going on," said member Kathy Bentham, who lives near the former Kerr-McGee plant."
EYSO members playing Sunday
"Members of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra who will perform in Sunday's concerts: ... West Chicago: Paul Hwang, Laurel Kuntz"
Gentleman's club wants out of lawsuit
"Attorneys for Diamonds Gentlemen's Club have argued that because the club does not have a liquor license, it is not liable for the Jan. 4, 2006, crash on Route 25 near South Elgin."
[To be more accurate, this club, which I refer to as the St. Charles Gentleman's Club, is not in the city - Bob]
WCPT is switching frequencies as of November 26 from 850 to 820
"As rumored earlier this week, WCPT in Chicago will move from the current 850AM down to the more powerful 820AM frequency. The move will take place November 26. The new dial location will give the station a daytime signal that covers the entire market, as well as north to Milwaukee and south to Springfield."
Sen Durbin Durbin Pushes For Highest Quality Care For Nation's Veterans
"During the course of the investigation, four top level executives have been relieved of their post, one surgeon has resigned and this week agreed not to practice medicine in the U.S. again, and four others have had their privileges restricted,”
Durbin Praises Congress Override Of The Presidents' WRDA Veto
"The WRDA bill includes Congressional authorization for locks and dam modernization on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers and authorizes specific projects for navigation, ecosystem restoration, and flood and storm damage reduction."
Durbin, Coburn Bill To Deny Safe Haven To War Criminals Who Exploit Child Soldiers Goes To The Floor
“The law provides special protections to children, the most vulnerable members of our society and often the first to be abused during war,” Durbin said. “This bill’s purpose is simple: it ensures that the United States will not be a safe haven for those who’ve exploited children as soldiers"
Sen. Obama


Bill To Prevent Veterans Homelessness
"According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, over the course of 2006, there were approximately 495,400 homeless veterans. Although it may take years for veterans to fall into homelessness, hundreds of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already found themselves in this situation and, based on reported VA estimates, 1,500 seemed at high risk of becoming homeless."
The Pornification of Fox News
"There's plenty of things to criticize about Fox, and pervasive smuttiness standing alone doesn't rise to the same levels of gross journalistic misconduct as so much else of what Fox does."
[These clips of regular Faux News broadcasts may be too smutty and inappropriate for younger or more sensitive viewers. - Bob]
08 Nov Coupon Book ReminderBU - Becky Hall
"The City Museum still has some coupon books left. The Museum is open 11 to 3:30, just stop in.  You get a coupon for $10 off plus six coupons worth 20% off most items. Only $5 and you can save so much more, while supporting your favorite City Museum!"
Kids hear of wartime sacrifices firsthand
"Third-graders Aneri Brahmbhatt of Bartlett and Genna Kowalski of West Chicago do the chicken dance with classmates Wednesday as Korean War veteran Johnny Vargas of Elgin plays the trumpet."
Briefs: New W. Chicago contest
"West Chicago this week started a new essay contest that challenges elementary-age children to write about their favorite aspects of the city. Essays will be judged in three age categories;"
Data centers restoring life to fading sites
"A 62,000-square-foot center that Oak Brook-based Centerpoint Properties Trust is building in West Chicago for about $45 million will be fully operational by spring."
Torture solution - Dave Stone
"We can leave it to Mukasey to judge whether or not the practice of waterboarding constitutes torture, by simply inviting him to test the process himself. If he enjoys the experience, he may, as a future attorney general, invite others to try it."
Sen Durbin Durbin & Cochran Introduce Legislation To Help Organ Transplant Patients
“In 2000, Congress passed critical legislation that provided older or disabled individuals lifetime coverage for immunosuppressive drugs through Medicare,” said Durbin. “Today we are trying to extend that coverage to all patients trying to live healthy lives after organ transplants.”
Durbin Welcomes Oak Park Officials As Special Guests To The Joint Session Of Congress
Sen. Obama Rigorous Review of U.S. Assistance to Pakistan
"In the letter, Obama asks the Committee to continue funding for Pakistan in the Foreign Operations bill in the areas of counter-terrorism funding, public education, health, micro-enterprise development, humanitarian assistance, and democracy and rule of law programs, but temporarily suspend all other funding..."
National labor leaders back Gov. Blagojevich’s Illinois Covered healthcare plan; Commit to pushing for passage in 2008
Governor Blagojevich awards more than $1.4 million in Off-Highway Vehicle Recreational Trail Grants
07 Nov Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 07 Nov 2007
  • Deputy Chief of Support Services
  • Oak Street between Dayton Avenue and Route 38
  • Community Veterans Day Observance
  • Eating Right When Eating Away from Home
  • Middle School Beautification/ Environmental Awareness Committee

City of


Essay Theme Seeks 'Favorite Things About West Chicago' - Contest Winners to Participate in Frosty Fest Tree Lighting
"A Few of My Favorite Things About West Chicago, is the theme of an essay contest for the community's elementary school-aged children announced today by the City of West Chicago."
Dist. 94 says let's leave DuPage Valley Conference
"In a resolution passed unanimously by the district board Tuesday, officials directed the school administration to investigate ways to join a smaller existing athletics conference in the area or to create a new conference. At the same time, though, the resolution is worded carefully to protect West Chicago's seat in the DVC."
Moms start campaign to help people with disabilities find jobs
"Swanson's son, Adam, a District 203 student, works in two Naperville restaurants, as well as at We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center in West Chicago, a business his parents helped start to give people with disabilities more opportunities."
Briefs: Violation enforcement
"The West Chicago Police Department has received more than $44,000 from the state to step up enforcement of traffic violations involving child restraints, seat belts, speeding and alcohol. The grant is part of the Highway Safety Project Program, which is aimed at making Illinois roadways safer and getting everyone to wear their seat belts."
West Chicago mom finishes big race
"During training throughout the summer, Karlson ran on her own during the week and trained with Team World Vision on Saturday mornings in Wheaton. She said Team World Vision made a huge difference for her and the team was encouraging as members kept each other accountable."
Sen. Obama Industry-Funded Travel for Federal Regulators
“This bill works to ensure that we are putting the people's interests ahead of the special interests,” Sen. Obama said. “It’s simply unacceptable that our kids were exposed to lead toys while the very people in charge of keeping products safe were accepting industry-funded trips."
Obama's Plan to Reclaim the American Dream
""Senator Obama has a deep understanding of what has gone wrong for working families in America. More importantly, he has fresh new ideas for how to put these families back on track and how to make government policies work for them." [Elizabeth Warren, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Author, The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle Class Mothers and Fathers are Going Broke]"
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"... fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Air Force Mst. Sgt. Thomas Crowell, United States Air Force ... Home Town: O'Fallon, Illinois"
Governor Blagojevich announces Illinois program designed to help uninsured women live a healthier lifestyle recognized as national model
Blagojevich Administration officials cut ribbon on groundbreaking program to help disabled, homeless veterans
06 Nov Rep.Randy Ramey


Ramey, Molaro Introduce Legislation to Protect Fans from Cable Company-Sports Networks Disputes
"On behalf of sports fans across the state, Representatives Robert Molaro (D-Chicago) Representative Randy Ramey (R-West Chicago) and others introduced legislation today that would improve fans' access to sports channels by resolving a heated dispute between Comcast and NFL Network."
West Chicago
High School


"As you are doing your holiday shopping please remember that Community High School District #94 is registered as a participant in the ULTRA FOODS FOR EDUCATION DOLLARS program."
Join OTDB for a night of Fun to benefit Winfield Township. Saturday November 10th 7:30 @ BOWLING GREEN CENTER in West Chicago. $35 covers appetizer buffet, 3 rounds of bowling with shoes and some left over to support the informative newsletter and other ventures to insure Democrats are represented in Winfield Township. Call 630-699-5071 to say you'll be there TODAY!!"

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City of West Chicago Police Department Receives a Traffic Grant
"The West Chicago Police Department announced today that it will be joining hundreds of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across Illinois in the Highway Safety Project Program."
New BBQ place OK'd, part of W. Chicago rebirth plan
"The West Chicago Texan Bar B Q is expected to open by May with 5,115 square feet done in southwestern style, enough room for 140 patrons and another 44 diners outdoors.  It will include a sit-down bar, banquet facilities and a takeout entrance. The menu will feature southwestern specialties, soups, salads, and 20 different varieties of beer."
D33 Foundation grants back after hiatus
“From the foundation’s standpoint, this is really the heart of what they do,” Koltz said. “Encouraging teachers to come up with innovative ideas, programming that excites kids, this gives them an opportunity to do that.”
Endorsements in full swing
"Although the only endorsement that counts is the endorsement of the voters Feb. 5, many candidates for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Plano, are seeking influential people to put their name to the cause."
U.S., Illinois House races take shape as filing closes
"On the Democrat side, candidates filing for the 14th District primary are Geneva businessman and former Fermilab scientist Bill Foster; Yorkville carpenter John Laesch, who ran against Hastert in the past election; Joe Serra, a small-business owner from Geneva; and attorney Jotham Stein of St. Charles"
Sen Durbin Import Safety Report
“For years, we in Washington have heard the familiar call to ‘get government off my back.’ However, that call has changed. The call I hear most often now is ‘I wish the government had my back once in a while.’”
Legislation To Address Weaknesses In VA Hiring
"The more I learn about circumstances at the Marion VA hospital, the more questions I have about how the Veterans Affairs Department manages staffing and quality control at its hospitals across the country,”
Sen. Obama


Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing On Marion VA Hospital
"While some may argue that the problems at Marion were isolated, I have serious concerns that medical errors, including fatal errors, may have occurred because of more systemic failings in the VA's quality safeguards."
WMRC official named chair of national pollution prevention group
IDOT To Hold Public Meetings On 2007 State Transportation Plan
05 Nov Fire Protection District Agenda Posted - October 25, 2007
Minutes, Financial Reports, Committee Reports, Thank you from UpTime Parts, Thank your from 3M, E-Mail from Chief Colford, E-Mail from Deputy Chief Stott regarding Airport FF Class
Rep.Randy Ramey Budget Implementation Bills Pass Illinois House
"Budget implementation bills authorizing state spending for school districts, human services and countless other state agencies has been approved in the House today, said State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) who voted for the measure."
November E-Newsletter
"My colleagues and I in the House voted to override most of about $460 million of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's vetoes to ensure restored funding to education, human services and other state agencies that would have suffered overwhelming budget cuts."
Former U.S. Rep Henry Hyde awarded nation's highest civilian honor
"Hyde was in a wheelchair, but watched the White House ceremony from Wheaton's Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center, where he is recuperating from open-heart surgery. He was surrounded by about 75 family members, friends and dignitaries."
Changing face of a neighborhood
"The same response is echoed by dozens of people living near the shuttered Kerr-McGee factory, many of whom these days are Latino.  They say no one explained that, during ongoing cleanups that began in the 1980s, the site has been used as a temporary holding facility for contaminated dirt.  No one told them that studies have shown elevated cancer rates in the area."
Candidates talk green game
"For the second time this year, ralliers took the Geneva courthouse lawn calling for governmental action on the climate.  This time, however, they were joined by candidates for the contentious 14th Congressional District race to fill the seat held by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Plano."


Patten Hosts Golf Outing
"Prairie Landing Golf Course was adorned with Caterpillar and turf equipment for the third annual Patton Tractor & Equipment golf event in West Chicago."
Sen Durbin


Durbin Asks U.S. Attorney to Investigate Marion VMAC Charges
"Yesterday my office received a copy of a letter from a number of current and former employees at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Marion, Illinois.  The letter contained allegations of serious misconduct and possible criminal wrongdoing at the Marion VAMC."
Sen. Obama Obama, Kerry, Domenici, Hagel Call on Pentagon to Ensure Quality Care for Returning Service Members with Eye Injuries
"However, based on current available information, there is a lack of comprehensive eye injury data as well as questions about the accuracy of these numbers. In continuing efforts to provide the best available care for our wounded warriors, it is imperative that we have an accurate system of accounting for these eye injuries so there can be sufficient planning and treatment."
Senate Bill Would Outlaw “Caging” as Voter Suppression Tactic
"The Caging Prohibition Act would prohibit challenges to a person’s eligibility to register to vote, or cast a vote, based solely on returned mail or a caging list. The bill would also mandate that anyone who challenges the right of another citizen to vote must set forth the specific grounds for their alleged ineligibility, under penalty of perjury."
$536,000 in AgriFIRST funds available
“The AgriFIRST program gives producers an incentive to expand and develop new agricultural products that will not only improve their bottom line, but also help boost the local economy,”
IEMA encourages people to test homes for radon during Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Blagojevich Administration unveils new Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket, Double Action
03&04 Nov Super pay for superintendents
"But he's not the most experienced high school superintendent. That title goes to Lee Reick, the top administrator in West Chicago's Community High School District 94, whose 29 years convert into a far more conservative deal at $185,524.  It is, however, a one-school district, so when you take into account the daily attendance of 2,132, Reick was paid $87 per student."
Six file to fill Hastert's seat as candidates begin election season
"Republicans Kevin Burns, Chris Lauzen and Jim Oberweis and Democrats Bill Foster, John Laesch and Jotham Stein submitted their petitions when the Illinois State Board of Elections office opened at 8 a.m. A lottery will be held later this month to determine whose name appears first on the Feb. 5 ballot."
Races taking shape for February primary
"The following candidates have filed to be on the ballot in the Feb. 5, 2008, primary election. Filing continues through Monday. Incumbents denoted by (i)."
[14th Congressional District - Dem: Foster, Laesch, Stein - Rep: Burns, Lauzen, Oberweis, Digler ... 48th IL Senate  - Hultgren unopposed ...  55th IL House - Ramey unopposed ... 95th IL House - Fortner unopposed - Bob]
WBBM780 'Missing' Sign Torn Down, Spira Family Stunned
"Last month, Spira's family and friends put up a sign, asking for help in locating him.  Forty-eight hours later, somebody took the sign down. And across the street, the building where Spira worked burned down.  A new sign went up. Yesterday, Spira's sister Stephanie McNeil says that sign was dismantled."
State record set for 1st day campaign filings
"While the wealthy Oberweis said voters are telling him the top issue is illegal immigration, Lauzen said he's been telling voters about his 15-year record as a state lawmaker. On the Democratic side, scientist Bill Foster of Geneva, St. Charles attorney Jotham Stein, and John Laesch of Yorkville, who challenged Hastert last year, filed for spots on the ballot."
Scientists endorse scientist in Hastert primary - Clout Street - Chicago Tribune Blog
"Democrat Bill Foster, running to replace former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert, sought to bolster his science bona fides today by claiming the endorsment of 19 Nobel Prize winners.  Only one, however, showed up at Foster's news conference: Leon Lederman,..."
  Likely nominee chided for Abu Ghraib comment - Politico - Washington,DC,
"“We’re not getting true representation in the district. Republicans and Democrats are trying to score political points against each other, forgetting we’re all Americans.”"
Sen Durbin


IULlinois corn growers discuss priorities with Durbin - Canton Daily Ledger - Canton,IL
"Durbin also discussed the importance of the 2007 Farm Bill. Last week the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a version of the 2007 Farm Bill containing language that creates an optional revenue counter-cyclical program designed to improve the safety net for farmers by replacing current price-support programs with a comprehensive revenue protection program."
Sen. Obama Interview With Barack Obama - New York Times
"The following is a transcript of an interview by Michael Gordon and Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times with Senator Barack Obama, conducted on Wednesday afternoon at his campaign headquarters in Chicago."
02 Nov Elementary
District 33


Education Foundation Awards Mini-Grants
"The West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Foundation for Educational Excellence is pleased to announce its Teacher Mini-grant awards for the 2007-2008 School Year. This year's grant awards total $4,046.85."
State Report Cards Released
"State Report Cards for all District 33 schools, as well as the District Report Card, are now available on our website.  To view the report cards, please click the link below. All report cards are in PDF format."
West Chicago
High School


Students of the Month for September 2007 Stephanie Perez & Liliana Perez
"The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Stephanie and Liliana Perez for being chosen to share the honor of Student of the Month for September. These senior twin sisters pose many individual attributes, most notably, their personal traits, and commitment to service."
"Community High School’s Food & Consumer Science Department was awarded a foods grant from the DuPage County Farm Bureau."

City of


DuPage County Honors Veterans
"West Chicago Mayor Michael Kwasman will be the featured speaker at an upcoming Veteran's Day Observance to be held on Sunday, November 4, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the DuPage Convalescent Center at 400 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton, Illinois. The public is welcome, and encouraged, to attend."
Briefs: Math teacher to be honored
"Keriann Obrochta, an eighth-grade math teacher at Benjamin Middle School near West Chicago, will be honored during the school district's Nov. 12 board meeting. Obrochta received two grants designed to enhance the personal financial literacy skills of eighth-graders."
Bisceglie elected to head DuPage Democrats
"The Democrats will hold another election following the Feb. 5 primary, and it's expected Bisceglie will be challenged by Bob Peickert of Elmhurst.  Peickert is president of Turn DuPage Blue, a Democratic group that's offered itself as an alternative to the traditional organization and is heavily involved in recruiting committeemen."
New tools for crime fighters in Kane
"Departments in Chicago, Palatine, Schaumburg, Tinley Park, Oak Lawn and West Chicago, among others, have been trained in Gottlieb's analysis techniques.  "Typically we train over a thousand people a year ... all around the world," said Gottlieb, who has been teaching crime analysis full time since 1995. But "I still get units who are just starting a crime analysis program."
Sen Durbin


Durbin Statement on Reports that CPSC Traveled on Industry's Dime
“Commissioner Nord has to account to Congress and the American people as to why she participated in so many trips paid for by the very industries she is charged with regulating.”
Durbin Disappointed With Veto Of Bipartisan WRDA; Says Bill Is Essential For Illinois Projects
“Passage of the Water Resources Development Act was years overdue and this veto means yet another delay for important projects in Illinois -- locks and dams on the Mississippi River, flood control projects in Rockford and invasive species control in the Great Lakes river basin, to name a few."
Senators Vow to Stop Industry-Sponsored Trips by Safety Commission; Express Concerns about Conflict-of-Interest
Sen. Obama


Resolution to Halt Rush to War with Iran
"The Iraq War authorization and the recently passed Kyl-Lieberman amendment have opened the door to an attack on Iran, and Congress must now shut that door. We need aggressive diplomacy and economic pressure, which is why I support sanctions on Iran."
Fulfilling Civil Rights Legacy
"Roughly sixty years ago in Clarendon County, Reverend J.A. DeLaine, Harry and Eliza Briggs and others filed a lawsuit that challenged unequal education - a case that became part of Brown v. Board of Education.  Speaking in the Corridor of Shame, Obama will call for America to fix our broken schools, recruit an army of new teachers, and reform our education system to finally fulfill the legacy of Harry and Eliza Briggs."
Revenue Department reports record high number of taxpayers filed online in 2007
State Fire Marshal reminds people to change batteries in smoke alarms when they change their clocks
Prostates and Prejudices - New York Times - Opinon
"The fact is that the prostate affair is part of a pattern: Mr. Giuliani has a habit of saying things, on issues that range from health care to national security, that are demonstrably untrue. And the American people have a right to know that."
01 Nov
‘Staph scare’ could be remedied with simple hand washing
"That won’t be the case at West Chicago High School where athletic equipment has gotten a thorough scrubbing, Athletic Director Bob Stone said. The wrestling mats are cleaned every day and sanitation wipes have been put throughout the weight room and fitness center. Locker rooms were sanitized and cleaning crews will empty and re-sanitize the facilities during Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, Superintendent Lee Rieck said."
State aid to schools ‘held hostage’ in General Assembly
"The General Assembly approved nearly $544 million in education funding in August as part of the 2008 budget, but the budget implementation bill required to make general aid payments to schools has not been passed.  Republican state Reps. Franco Coladipietro, 45th District, of Bloomingdale; Sandra Pihos, 42nd District, of Glen Ellyn; Mike Fortner, 95th District, of West Chicago; and Jim Meyer, 48th District, of Naperville said the bill has fallen victim to the political infighting that has slowed the budget process since the spring."
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. Saturday, Nov. 3, in First United Methodist, 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 for lunch is $7. Admission to the bazaar is free. Call 630-231-3344."
Sen Durbin Farm Bill Negotiation Improves ACR Program
“The improved ACR program that was recently negotiated will save us an additional $1 billion while providing better protection for farmers by protecting revenue rather than merely price as the current system does,”
Impact Aid Funding For Schools Serving The Great Lakes Naval Base
“This change in the federal funding calculation will protect North Chicago schools from losing their heavily impacted status,” Durbin said. “And it will help to assure that the children of Navy families have the best educational opportunities.”
Rep Peter Roskam


“Currently, the penny costs more to produce than it is worth. By merely changing the metallic composition of the penny my legislation will save taxpayers more than $1 billion over the next decade.”
long-term mass transit funding for RTA/CTA
“They’ve also expressed concern that increasing the CTA’s operational funding does nothing to address the CTA’s infrastructure needs – it’s no secret that buses, trains and tracks are in desperate need of repair.  Without those fixes, commuter times are not going to improve."