Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

Date... Source Click on title to see the article at its original site.
31 Dec Norris-Walen
Funeral Home
Dierschow Obituary
"Rhonda L. Dierschow, age 52, of West Chicago, passed away Friday December 28, 2007. She was born on April 17, 1955 in Geneva, IL and resided in West Chicago most of her life."
  DuPage Co. notable newsmakers
  • "the DuPage chapter's biggest project -- a full-scale subdivision -- in West Chicago"
  • "West Chicago resident Sandy Riess raised questions about possible residual buried thorium contamination"
  • "Cary Dittmann, a West Chicago resident, helped organize the Friends of the Fen,"
  • "Stephen L. Kuhn, the former West Chicago police chief, left the post in early 2007 under mysterious circumstances"
  Sen. Obama Statement of Senator Barack Obama on the Expected Veto of the Department of Defense Authorization Act
"For far too long, our wounded warriors and their families have been forced to fight another battle for the care they need to rebuild their lives. This bill would have made important investments in our national defense, including providing an across-the-board pay raise for all uniformed service personnel."
Illinois EPA’s I-RID program protects public health, safety and integrity of the environment
29&30 Dec Thin Ice Is Dangerous and a Risk to the Public and Rescuers.
"According to West Chicago Fire Chief Ron Ackerman, “it takes only a
few seconds for a moment of harmless play to turn tragic. We don’t want to see anyone tragically lost when the situation can be avoided” Added Wheaton Chief Greg Berk, “parents need to take the time to explain to their children the dangers of playing on the ice “"
I sure hope the reason we are not seeing Press reporters and articles written by them is their abduction by little green men from outer space.  The last specifically West Chicago based article on their website was posted on Dec 17th.  I'm sure their staff is smart enough to go to Google Maps and find out how to get here ... and I'd hate to think they are struggling across the stinking deserts of New Mexico following a compass made in China. Perhaps we could suggest a New Year's Resolution... hire a reporter for West Chicago. - Bob
  Woman's legacy enables all ranks of artists to pursue their crafts
"Kimberlee Clark of West Chicago, left, and Darlene Nawrocki of Riverside works with classmates in the Beginning and Intermediate Lampwork Beading class at the Fine..."
    It's your right: Join the political process
"Republicans Jim Oberweis, Chris Lauzen and even Michael Dilger -- a dark horse from Elgin who has yet to speak publicly on his candidacy -- are scheduled to join Democrats John Laesch, Bill Foster, Jotham Stein and Joe Serra.  The event is at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. It is free and open to the public."
  Brothers charged in string of stolen delivery packages
"Two brothers were charged Thursday in connection with a recent string of thefts of packages delivered to area homes.  Shawn Coleman, 18, and Joseph Coleman, 25, both of West Chicago, were charged with two misdemeanor counts of theft in Cook County and one felony count of theft in DuPage County."
  Primary going for blood?
"The GOP race to replace former House Speaker Hastert has become one of name-calling (“career politician” versus “big money, big clout” candidate) and allegations of impropriety in everything from endorsements to campaign hires to football tickets... “Those two just went right at each other, Oberweis in his opening statements, and Lauzen in his,” Laesch said. “I think it’s more of a Republican thing than a Democrat thing.”"
  Cheney Impeachment Cracks Corporate Media - Buzz Flash
"On November 7, the House of Representatives voted to send a resolution of impeachment of Vice President Cheney to the Judiciary Committee. As Members of the House Judiciary Committee, we strongly believe these important hearings should begin."
28 Dec West Chicago dog survives shooting
"A West Chicago pooch has given new meaning to the term Wonder Dog.  Hunter, a 5-year-old shepherd-lab mix, returned home from the vet just a day after being shot in the face by a police officer."
  The top stories for DuPage Co. in 2007
"Thorium testing in West Chicago
Federal Environmental Protection Agency officials acknowledged early this year that residual thorium contamination may remain buried on as many as 100 West Chicago properties. After doing research, the agency reduced that number to 41 residential sites, some of which had been officially cleared as clean. Some properties may need to be dug up for the third time."

"West Chicago parks gets a new director
After leading the West Chicago Park District for decades, Executive Director Dave Thomas and Recreation Director Peggy Krauch retired and handed the reins over to newcomer Gary Major and Leslie DeMoss, respectively."

"High school adopts different schedule
Over the pleas and formal protests of teachers, early this year the West Chicago Community High School District 94 board approved a new eight-period school day schedule, which adds the new "advisory period." The new class is supposed to give students time to be mentored by a specific teacher. This summer, after a lengthy battle, the administration also settled on a new two-year contract with teachers, the first multi-year contract in two years."

    Bus company shut down after crash
"A charter bus company involved in a deadly crash last month must immediately shut down because it is an "imminent hazard to public safety," federal officials said Thursday. A Tornado Bus Co. bus carrying 47 people to Dallas from Chicago crashed along Interstate 40 near Forrest City, Ark., on Nov. 25, killing three people aboard, including passengers Raul Lopez, 58, of West Chicago, and Maria Del Carmen Fuentes Vallejo of Plano."
    Residents can have say on sale of railway
"Meetings have also been scheduled for Jan. 8 in Mundelein, Jan. 19 in Joliet, Jan. 16 in Gary, Ind., Jan. 17 in West Chicago and Jan. 22 in Chicago.
For more information on the proposed sale, visit or call (800) 347-0689."
  Coming of age
"The town has evolved from mostly blue-collar to a mix of people at all income levels," explains Kwasman, a manufacturer's representative by day. "When I ran for mayor, people told me what they wanted built here, and that included restaurants, spas, health clubs, services such as dry cleaners and Starbucks."
  A big year for the IT guy
"The IT guy has long ago shed the nerd image and become the VIP of the office.  And in 2007, at least in the Fox Valley, the people who run Information Technology took it one step further and stepped out from behind the door to the server office, becoming a public face themselves."
[I post this to contrast with the recent WC IT flap and impending lawsuit, which a city official says I will receive information on around Jan 3rd. - Bob]
  Rep Peter Roskam


Illinois representatives use mass mailings to reach constituents -
"Twelve of the state's 19 members spent a combined $586,000 on mass mailings through Sept. 30. More than half of that, or almost $300,000, was spent by just four representatives: Emanuel, Danny Davis of Chicago and suburban Republicans Mark Kirk and Peter Roskam."
  Kansas GOP Chair Sends Email Boasting of Voter Caging - Crooks and Liars
“To date, the Kansas GOP has identified and caged more voters in the last 11 months than the previous two years!” […] has the best comprehensive write-up on how the Republican Party employs caging techniques to suppress the votes of the poor, the deployed, and college students."
27 Dec Support groups - Tops
"The West Chicago chapter meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at First Congregational Church, 525 N. Neltnor Blvd., West Chicago. For details call Donna at (630) 393-6223."
  Hospitals put accelerators on fast track
  • "Some experts say there is a vast need for more proton centers. But others contend that an arms race mentality has taken hold, as medical centers try to be first to take advantage of the prestige -- and the profits -- a proton site could provide."
  • "Two proton therapy facilities are scheduled to open in DuPage County in 2010, and each plans to treat up to 1,500 patients a year:
    •The Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center, to be built by Northern Illinois University, will be located at DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago."
    Forging a worthwhile bond
"Members of the Sharks, the swim team at West Chicago High School, recently participated in a swim-a-thon to raise money to help students in the war-torn country of Angola. They solicited pledges exceeding $500 to assist villagers in Sakutopi."
    on the Assassination of Benazir Bhutto
"I am shocked and saddened by the death of Benazir Bhutto in this terrorist atrocity. She was a respected and resilient advocate for the democratic aspirations of the Pakistani people."
Sen Durbin New Law Extends Prosecutions for Genocide - Human Rights Watch
"The new law supersedes the Genocide Convention Implementation Act, which allowed for the prosecution of only US citizens for participation in genocide abroad. Under the new law, introduced by Senator Richard Durbin, prosecutors can pursue even non-citizens involved in genocide outside the United States. "
Sen. Obama


Senator Barack Obama (Rebroadcast) - On Point Radio - MA
"Now, on the eve of first votes, Obama is super hot in pursuit of the Democratic nomination.  We talked with the senator from Illinois early on, in October 2006, before the midterm elections, and before Oprah."
Illinois and Kentucky amend Ohio River fishing reciprocal agreement
“This new agreement updates those fishing regulations that are uniform to both states and those that vary somewhat between Illinois and Kentucky,” said IDNR Acting Director Sam Flood.  “We want anglers from both states and visitors to our region to enjoy their time fishing the Illinois-Kentucky boundary waters of the Ohio River, while at the same time help to protect and manage this great fishery properly.”
Dec 26 Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 26 Dec 2007
  • Spirit of the Staff and Students at our Local Schools
  • Celebrating New Year's Eve
  • Dec. 17 meeting of City Council
Spreading a little cheer this Christmas
"For the residents of West Chicago Terrace, a long-term nursing facility, it's a chance to see friendly faces and open a gift -- perhaps the only one they'll get all year.  In what has become an annual tradition, roughly 40 families from the West Chicago school handed out homemade cards and presents to the facility's 120 residents on Monday."
Sen. Obama Obama on 'Face the Nation' - Baltimore Sun
"First of all, that was based on polls that we have seen, Bob, over the last several weeks that show me beating ever single Republican and showing that I am the only Democrat that does."
Obama is a friend of the middle class - Nashua Telegraph - Nashua,NH
"Senator Obama knows that it's the American middle class that needs the tax breaks. This is why he would cut taxes for all working Americans, cutting the income tax up to $500 per person and $1,000 for each working family.  His proposal would result in 150 million Americans receiving a tax cut."
Dec 24&25  

22&23 Dec What Kind of World Do You Want
"The band, Five for Fighting, is generously donating $0.49 to Autism Speaks each time this video is viewed. The funding goes toward research studies to help find a cure. When you have a moment, please visit the link below to watch the video and pass it along. They are aiming for 10,000 hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal."
Sent to me by Georgene Werle
Cable Com
Channel 17
Cablecom Schedule Posted ... including:
  • Mon 6:00 PM Christmas in West Chicago
  • Tues 6:00 PM Christmas and the Spoken Word
  • Sun 10:00 AM Music & the Spoken Word
Families share holiday on tape
"West Chicago resident Diana Denton came Friday afternoon to send a message to her nephew, Army Spec. Thomas Stanhope. This will be the second time the Army National Guard soldier will be away from his family for Christmas.  "Any time I can be in touch with him is just great," Denton said. "I just wanted to make sure he knew he was not forgotten. We're still here supporting him.""
Durbin touts new fuel efficiency standards
"Carmakers now are required to lower fuel consumption in most cars and light trucks by 40 percent, raising the fuel efficiency standard to an average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020.  "That's an average," Durbin said, "so some cars will do much better and some won't quite get there.""
Judge rules strip club must stay part of fatal crash suit
"The families sued Homatas and Diamonds, and argue the club also is liable because its workers let Homatas drive after he drank so much that he vomited in the bathroom, court papers show."
Lauzen giving back money from contributor
"The contributor in question is John Burgess, owner of International Profit Associates, a management-consulting firm in Buffalo Grove. The company has had a string of problems dating back to the 1980s, and federal authorities are currently pursuing a sexual-harassment lawsuit against the company on behalf of more than 100 employees."
Pressure on Gov. grows as federal probe moves closer
"Federal prosecutors quoted Blagojevich himself on Friday as telling a witness that he could reward campaign donors with "contracts, legal work, investment banking."  The quote was buried in court papers that brought the probe of state government corruption closer than ever to the governor."
Strip club still in lawsuit
"A gentlemen’s club could have taken precautions that might have changed the outcome of a drunken crash that killed three and landed a man in prison, according to a judge’s ruling."
[The facility is "on the way" to St.Charles. - Bob]
Feds link governor to probe
"Federal prosecutors for the first time brought their corruption investigation to the desk of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, making public Friday the allegations of two convicted insiders who say the governor offered them state business for their political backing."
Elburn Herald Two Republicans, three Democrats vie for Hasterts vacated seat
"Five candidates for the 14th Congressional District seat vacated by former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert met for a “Breakfast with the Candidates” forum at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles to introduce themselves and answer audience questions Friday morning.  Sugar Grove Republican and entrepreneur Jim Oberweis was among the two Republicans and three Democrats at the event, sponsored by several local Chambers of Commerce, including Elburn's."
Sen Durbin Funding increase will help US inspections - WJBC News - BloomingtonIL,
"The increase in funding will allow the agency to hire more inspectors and employees, upgrade testing facilities and make technological improvements. "
Sen. Obama New Obama Ad on Trade Enforcement - New York Times
"Striking a populist tone echoing that of rival John Edwards, Senator Barack Obama is out with a new ad that highlights his position on trade enforcement."
[The site has a link to the video. - Bob]
GOP War Of Words Continues In Race For Hastert's Seat - CBS News
"“He should not take anyone’s goodwill for granted,” said Lauzen in an interview with “I believe that both of us need to conduct ourselves in a way that makes easier for us to support each other.”  The campaign between the two conservative Republicans has turned very negative, with each trading pointed barbs against each other. Oberweis has portrayed Lauzen as a career politician while Lauzen has ridiculed Oberweis’ record of losing his last three statewide elections."
Majority Democrats' Power Checked by GOP - The Associated Press
"The Iraq spending bill came to a vote only because Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., refused to embrace the hardline partisan philosophy of her predecessor. Former Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., allowed major legislation to reach the full House only if it was backed by a "majority of the majority" — meaning, in his case, most Republicans... The "Hastert rule" had marginalized and infuriated Democrats. Pelosi dropped it when she became speaker in January."
21 Dec

"Kathy Reuter, University of Illinois Extension educator, will present Consumer Fraud: Schemes, Scams and Flim Flam during Books for Lunch on Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. She will offer tips to help consumers to protect themselves against fraud and identity theft."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Sen John


New laws posted on Millner Web site.
"I have posted a pretty comprehensive list of the new laws that will go into effect on January 1st. on Sen. Millner's Web site I figured you could pick and choose from the list what you though may be of interest over the next week or so, and pass along the site to readers/viewers/listeners as well so they can take a peek."
Bill Foster has right approach for 14th
"Foster's commitment to fiscal responsibility, coupled with his principled position on immigration that "America must remain a nation of laws," has earned him the scorn of Democratic rival John Laesch, who described him as "Republican light.""
Man gets 20 years in W. Chicago home invasion
"Early on Oct. 9, 2006, police rushed to a home on the 1000 block of Elizabeth Street in West Chicago where a single mother of four children called 911 for help.  An assailant had slashed a screen in the front window, climbed through and crept into the 11-year-old girl's bedroom."
Police beat
"Angel Hernandez, 20, of 614 S. Neltnor Blvd., West Chicago, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane usage and driving without a license, after an accident at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday on the 300 block of State Street, according to a police report. Hernandez, driving north on Crissey Avenue, tried to make a right turn onto State but ended up driving east in the westbound lanes, police said. He then hit a curb, pulled into a driveway on the north side and hit a wood fence repeatedly, coming to stop when he hit a car parked in the driveway, police said. Pieces of the fence damaged another car."
Hispanic students pay price for extended Christmas vacations
"We hear the same excuses in December that we hear during the year," DelReal said. "A relative is sick, or they need to go to a wedding or quinceanera (a girl's 15th birthday party), or this is the only time of year they can see family."  "But in the workplace, you can't just leave for 10 days in one month," he said. "That's the reality. And that's what we try to teach these kids."
Funding 'disaster' threatens Fermilab
"But November's resignation of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, whose old district includes Fermilab, left the lab temporarily without a representative just as budget negotiations were concluding."
Lawsuit to continue against West Chicago strip club linked to fatal crash
"Diamonds Gentleman Club, which does not serve liquor, shares responsibility for patrons who consume their own liquor there, Judge F. Keith Brown ruled. The club should have concluded that driver John Homatas would probably cause the 2004 accident because he was intoxicated, Brown wrote."
Sen Durbin


Durbin's Genocide Accountability Act Becomes Law
“There is no safe haven for the hundreds of thousands of Sudanese who have faced genocide in Darfur and yet without this law, our country could become a safe haven for their killers,”
Durbin: New Fuel Efficiency Standards Signed Into Law
Durbin, Obama, Biggert Call On Bush Administration To Increase Funding At Fermilab
Sen. Obama Senate Democratic Committee Members Urge President to Honor Appropriation and Fully Fund Veterans Department
Obama, Senators Urge Special Review Board for Discharged Military Personnel, Moratorium on Personality Disorder Discharges
“With thousands of American service members suffering every day from the less visible wounds of war, reports that the Pentagon has improperly diagnosed and discharged service members with personality disorders are deeply disturbing,”
Gov. Blagojevich announces $1 million hunger relief initiative to help thousands of Illinois families in need
Hiram Wurf Tea leaves - Kevin Burns IL-14 Moderation Is No Republican Virtue
"Who then is left among Illinois Republican voters? I’d guess it’s disproportionately the far right - especially in primary voting where the bias already exists - because even those moderates who haven’t abandoned the party are likely too disgusted or too dispirited to act forcefully on its behalf."
[I hesitated to post this one.  Believing what Dems say about Republicans is usually as naive as believing what Faux News says about Democrats. - Bob]
Wash. Post's Milbank distorted Clinton quote, while claiming "[i]t was very nearly a case of Too Much Information"
"In fact, Clinton did not refer merely to "what I do when the lights are off," but rather to: "what I do when the lights are off and the cameras are gone," giving examples, neither of which included what Milbank was insinuating."
[Sometimes, the editing of direct quotes is so bad the offender should be fired from the newspaper. - Bob]
20 Dec West Chicago
High School


"Sadie Roberts of West Chicago, a junior at Community High School District #94, has been awarded the September PeaceBuilder of the Month."
Cable Com
Channel 17
Cablecom Schedule Posted ... including:
  • Thursday 7:00 PM CableCom Christmas Programs
  • Friday 6:00 PM City Council (12/17/07)
  • Sunday 10:00 AM    Music and the Spoken Word
Merle Berle


Around and About in West Chicago - 19 Dec 2007
  • Churches in the community are holding special services for Christmas
  • 81 of the 152 families in the Winfield Township Adopt-A-Family program were adopted.
  • Hawthorne Lane is now open for two-way traffic
  • A new restaurant, La Noche
Randy Hultren
Hultgren Congratulates Local Illinois State Scholars
"State Senator Randy Hultgren (R-Wheaton) would like to recognize the more than 600 local high school seniors who were recently named 2008 Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistant Commission (ISAC)."
Man gets 20 years for West Chicago home invasion
"De La Salle, 30, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint, residential burglary and criminal trespass.  DuPage Circuit Judge Michael Burke found the West Chicago man guilty of the 12-felony count indictment in late October. De La Salle faced 30 to 60 years in prison."
West Chicago man gets 20 years for attacking 11-year-old girl
"During the incident, the girl awoke as De La Salle held her down and tried to place tape over her mouth. When she screamed, he fled, said Assistant State's Atty. Helen Kapas."
BLOOMINGDALE: Electronic ticketing plan OKd for police
""Going paperless is a great advantage, but the biggest problems we'll face are making sure our hardware supports the software, plus getting the printers, which are one of the most expensive parts," Goergen said.  DuPage County this year approved the use of computerized ticketing. Wheaton and West Chicago also are using the system."
Sen Durbin Illinois Delegation Asks DOE to Release FutureGen Record of Decision
“We are pleased that this independent council of renowned experts carefully assessed the science and strengths of this Illinois location and favorably affirmed the commitment of state and local resources that were assembled in response to clear federal expectations announced 4 years ago,”
Sen. Obama Obama, Schiff Provision to Create Nuclear Threat Reduction Plan Approved
"This provision requires the President to submit to Congress a comprehensive plan for ensuring that all nuclear weapons and weapons-usable material at vulnerable sites around the world are secure by 2012 from the threats that terrorists have shown they can pose."
Governor Blagojevich reminds veterans, employers hiring veterans to file for new tax exemptions
“We are doing everything we can in Illinois to help make sure that when our service members come home, they have access to quality jobs and receive the benefits they’ve rightfully earned.  These tax credits can certainly help our veterans transition more easily into civilian life,”
Pension Fund Shortages Create Hard Choices - NY Times
"Almost half of the states have been underfunding their retirement plans for public workers and may have to choose in the years ahead between their pension obligations and other public programs, according to a comprehensive study to be released to the public on Wednesday."
19 Dec Mayor


Christmas message
"Last but not least, fellow West Chicagoans, I wish you friendship from your neighbors, Love from your family, And a prayer for peace, God bless us all Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year."
Peace signs
"The contest theme was Peace Around the World. Winner Jobana Paramo of Pioneer School will receive a $100 savings bond and represent the West Chicago Lions Club at the district level of the international contest."
Dist. 94 discusses superintendent search
"One of the biggest responsibilities this board has is to find somebody who is going to lead this school," Reyes said. "We have an opportunity to make sure we do it right."
Quit wailing, start seeing rail partnerships
"Which is why we can only hope it is surprise that keeps area leaders from rushing to Canadian Northern, which obviously has plenty of cash, with plans and proposals for above- or below-grade crossings at the busiest or most dangerous intersections of locomotives and cars. Growth outstripped the modernity of rail crossings in the metro area decades ago and this could be just the chance to fix some of them. At the very least, leaders could attempt to cut deals to stop late-night whistles or promote safer crossings."
Elgin Community College notes
"Fall graduates: The candidates for fall 2007 graduation include:... West Chicago: Anthony C. Beltrame, Nicholas Christensen, Dan P. Gloss and Nicholas Thomas Mourning"
Land of Lincoln's pride
"Participating local suburban firms include ...  Jel-Sert of West Chicago;..."
Homes sales down, prices up in DuPage County
"“2007 is down, but it’s still the fifth best year in the history of real estate,” she said. “It’s strictly normalizing back to what it was before the huge jumps in the last few years.”"
Sen Durbin Durbin Secures Major Funding Increase for CPSC
"Currently, the CPSC is responsible for overseeing the safety of more than 15,000 consumer goods with fewer than 425 full-time staff, just one full-time toy tester and antiquated testing facilities. The increase in funding will allow the agency to hire additional inspectors and other employees, upgrade testing facilities and make critical IT improvements."
Senate Gives Approval to More Than $448 Million in Funding for Illinois Projects
Senate Approves Federal Funding for Asian Carp Barrier
Sen. Obama


Passage of Bill to Require Federal Contractors to Pay Taxes
"U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Representative Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) today praised Congress’ passage of their proposal to withhold federal contracts from companies and grantees that have not paid their federal taxes."
Obama Statement on President Signing Energy Bill into Law
“Our nation’s energy crisis requires bold solutions, and we have taken an important step towards reducing both our dependence on foreign oil and the harmful emission of greenhouse gases. Mirroring a bipartisan proposal I have introduced the past two years, the Energy Bill ends a 20-year stalemate over CAFE standards and raises the fuel economy of cars and trucks to an average of 35 mpg by 2020."


Governor Blagojevich urges Bush Administration to keep commitment to FutureGen
"The State of Illinois and the FutureGen Alliance have upheld our commitments to support FutureGen by dedicating tens of millions of dollars to guarantee its success,” wrote Governor Blagojevich.  “The FutureGen project is too important, nationally and internationally, to be put in jeopardy."
18 Dec Christmas countdown
"If a confectionery construction project is just a little more than you'd like to take on between shopping trips, no worries. You can still check out what other folks have done in the sweet-yet-spicy medium -- no work required. A gingerbread replica of Kline Creek Farm will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays until Dec. 31 at the farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago."
Sen Durbin Durbin Applauds Decision To Locate FutureGen Project In Illinois
“The FutureGen Alliance has made a wise choice in selecting Mattoon, Illinois as the site for this project. Downstate Illinois has the coal, the geology and the commitment needed to make this project a success,” said Durbin. “The success today is a tribute to the community, the state and all those who worked so hard to secure the FutureGen project for Illinois.”
Durbin And Costello Announce That Granite City And Alton Will Soon Be Eligible For CDBG Funds
“Having community development funding available to Alton and Granite City assures that community revitalization projects – new streets, recreation facilities and neighborhood centers – will be able to move forward,”
Durbin Bills to Increase Economic Pressure on Sudan Go to President
“The United States government has acknowledged that genocide is taking place in Darfur but as important as that declaration is, it is not enough,” said Durbin. “We now need to use financial tools where words have failed.”
Sen. Obama FCC Ruling to Expand Media Consolidation
"Last week, Obama joined Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to call on FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin to postpone the vote to modify existing ownership rules. He also joined a bipartisan coalition of senators vowing to nullify the FCC's vote through legislative prerogatives if the Commission moved forward with the vote."
Obama Calls on President to Protect Affordable Housing in New Orleans, Keep Promise to Gulf Coast
IDOT Gives Motorists a Break for Holiday Weekends; Reminds Drivers to Plan Ahead for Winter Travel
Governor Blagojevich celebrates decision to locate FutureGen in Mattoon
“FutureGen’s ‘near zero-emission’ coal-gasification technology holds great promise to revolutionize our nation’s coal industry and ensure that coal continues to be an integral part of our energy future while reducing the greenhouse gases that cause climate change."
Watch the Toxic Toys Jingle
The United Steel Workers are passing around links to this viral video in which children warn of the lead in toys imported from China... to the tune of "Jingle Bells."  Although the message is serious, the kids are precious... I couldn't help grinning. - Bob
17 Dec West Chicago
High School
Booster Club to provide Free Pizza and Soft Drinks to WEGO students attending Varsity B-Ball Game
"Come to the Varsity Boys’ Basketball Game on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:30 p.m. in Bishop Gym!   Beginning at 6:30 p.m. the Wildcat Booster Club will provide free pizza and soft drinks to WEGO Students who attend the Varsity game that evening!  Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game and receive a raffle ticket for prizes to be pulled at halftime! Toys will be donated to the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. "
Battle brewing over EJ&E railroad plans
"The purchase could have a wide-ranging impact across the suburbs, from increasing freight trains in some towns and reducing them in others, to potentially threatening the long-awaited STAR line rail system."
For Persons Wanting Additional Information ...

[Any person in West Chicago living near the EJ&E should look up rail routes for rad waste to Yucca Mountain. - Bob]

Could indictment sink gambling plan?
"-- State Rep. Mike Fortner, a West Chicago Republican
"I'm disgusted with it. I'm really disgusted that people choose people like that to be part of our … system.""
Hastert wants to help Chicago Olympic bid
"The Olympics have never been in the Midwest, never been in the heartland of this country before," Hastert said in an interview broadcast Sunday on WBBM Radio. "If I can be of help and of service, I really want to be able to do that."
Food banks struggle to keep up with demand
"The food bank reports a 735,290 pound decrease in donations this year compared to December 2006. Federal Commodities are down by 31 percent and donated food is down 17 percent from last year.  That means 565,607 meals will not reach hungry people this holiday season, said Samantha Haggerty, spokesperson for the Northern Illinois Food Bank."
Park District moves forward with aquatic center overhaul
“The facility that was built was a wonderful facility and still is a wonderful facility,” Parks Director Gary Major said. “It’s (the project) a realization that the pool is 12 years old and we would like to add some new features that appeal to different age groups.”
Proposed proton center moves forward, faster
"The Dec. 6 announcement to open the Northern Illinois Proton Therapy Facility, planned for 13 acres in DuPage National Technology Park, in 2010 and not 2011 as originally planned, means the facility could open at about the same time or even before a nearly identical facility at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield."
Sen Durbin Durbin Secures Impact Aid Funding for Schools Serving Naval Station Great Lakes
"Nearly $9 million in Impact Aid funding will now be available to North Chicago, Highland Park, Highwood, Glenview and Glenbrook schools,” Durbin said. “This will help to assure that the children of Navy families and the affected school districts continue to have access to the best educational opportunities.”
Durbin Meets with Amtrak Board Nominee Thomas Carper
Sen. Obama Senators Urge Attorney General to Review E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances
"After a Senate hearing made clear that new federal regulations allowing electronic prescribing for controlled substances are badly-needed and long-overdue, 18 senators joined U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in calling on Attorney General Michael Mukasey to review the issue and urged the Drug Enforcement Administration to issue new rules promptly."
on the FISA Bill
“Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies and has cosponsored Senator Dodd's efforts to remove that provision from the FISA bill. Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect."
Passage of Key Veterans, Contractor Provisions in Defense Authorization Bill
"This legislation goes a long way towards providing our wounded warriors with the treatment and facilities they and their families need to heal and rebuild their lives,"
Rep Hastert


Hastert endorses Oberweis to be his successor, in spite of past ... -
"Hastert, in an interview with Chicago's WLS-TV after Thursday's announcement, explained how he had again changed his view of Oberweis, despite the ad.  "Different campaign, different time, different tone," Hastert said."
15&16 Dec West Chicago City Computers
On Wed, Dec 12th, the Cicago Tribune had an article about the West Chicago City computers ... Town says ex-official secretly installed spy software .  Is there somebody other than me that thinks, "$86,000 + $24,000 + $1,2000" adds up to real money?  How many rewrites of the city web site in last five years, at what cost?  How much for the PR person (plus secretary) to run it?   It's four days later... is it time for a definitive and descriptive statement with an official WC city press release? - Bob
Could indictment sink gambling plan?
"With Gov. Rod Blagojevich's gambling point man now accused of placing millions of dollars in illegal bets and breaking the law to cover it up, state lawmakers face the question of whether they're willing to entrust Blagojevich with a massive gambling expansion plan."
Oberwies has no comment on lawsuit from collision
"In the lawsuit, Villalobos contends that Oberweis was making an illegal left turn, did not signal, was speeding and was driving without his glasses at the time of the accident. She said in the lawsuit she was knocked unconscious and sustained neck and back injuries requiring physical therapy."
[It will be difficult for Oberweis supporters to believe he made a left turn, much less an illegal left turn. - Bob]
Hastert-wannabes exchange barbs
"I'm confident that even though I'm a Democrat and maybe many of you here are Republican, what we need is an innovative economy and the only one answer to the question, 'Which candidate … can bring strong economic growth for our future in the 14th Congressional District?'"
Five candidates for Congress sound off on economic woes
"Foster got in on the action as well, taking a shot at Oberweis in his opening statement. Foster jabbed Oberweis for supporting sustained troop levels in Iraq, saying that Oberweis and President George W. Bush are "totally wrong on this, and I could not disagree with you more.""
Mayors tell candidates to make Great Lakes priority
"The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Board of Directors will send questionnaires to the presidential candidates to get their thoughts on the waterways after the primaries, Racine Mayor Gary Becker said Friday as the group met in his city.  It also will work with candidates on both sides to help them understand what's at stake."
Burns calls off campaign
“We knew it was an uphill battle when we jumped into the race back in August, and the incline has gotten more steep,” Burns, a Republican, said Thursday. “In light of the powerful reputation [Hastert] has and his support of Mr. Oberweis, this has made it more difficult.”
It was simply Denny, coming home
"He's had a lot of names, from Coach to Congressman to Speaker, but for most of the people gathered at the Q Center in St. Charles that night, he was simply Denny, coming home."
Sen Durbin


"Republicans have decided it's in their party's interest to prevent Congress from facing the real challenges of our day. They think the less a Democratic-led Congress achieves, the better it's going to be for Republicans in next year's elections, but those elections are 11 months away and America needs help now. ..."
Chicago's Other Senator: Now With More Plumpynuts - Chicagoist
"You'd be hard-pressed to find a worthier cause. But..."plumpynut" is a hilarious word. And getting an e-mail from Durbin urging us to have a "Have a Plumpynut Christmas. A Plumpynut Kwanzaa. A Plumpynut Hannukah. And a great Plumpynut New Year" was just the sort of giggle-inducing email we were looking for on a Friday afternoon that refuses to move along any faster."
Sen. Obama Obama "Undecided" on S. 1959 - The Indypendent - New York,NY
"Senator Barack Obama is “undecided” on the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act (S. 1959), according to a statement released from his Washington, D.C. office.  “Senator Obama has not taken a position on S. 1959. Should the bill be considered by the Homeland Security Committee, he will carefully evaluate it, as he does with all pieces of legislation,” an Obama spokesperson wrote to The Indypendent in a Dec. 13 email."
John Edwards Scares GOP the Most - OpEdNews
"Republicans see Democratic candidate John Edwards as the greatest threat in the 2008 presidential election according to Republican strategist, John Feehery, who was a top aide to former Speaker of the U.S. House Dennis Hastert. "
14 Dec
Hastert wants Oberweis in his job
"We have a lot of commonalties," former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert said as he passed the political torch to congressional hopeful Jim Oberweis in their shared hometown of Aurora Thursday, endorsing the dairy magnate for his 14th Congressional District seat."
Hastert's endorsement leads Geneva mayor to withdraw
"But without the backing of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Kevin Burns felt he couldn't convince voters he's the best man to follow Hastert's footsteps representing the 14th Congressional District.  And so Burns has shelved his dreams of heading to Washington and instead will remain mayor of Geneva."
Briefs: Buckle up in West Chicago
"West Chicago police will begin a new seat belt enforcement crackdown Monday. The special focus will continue through Jan. 1. The effort is designed to make roadways safer by enforcing seat belt violations and educating the public on seat belt safety and awareness."
Hastert to seek precinct post
"Shortly after submitting his resignation last month after serving 21 years as the 14th District's congressman, the former speaker of the U.S. House signed up to run for a third term in the office of Republican precinct committeeman for Little Rock Precinct No. 8."
Tribute paid to Hastert
“You would think a Democratic president serving with a Republican speaker would have a difficult time working together,” Clinton said. “For us, that wasn’t true. During my presidency, we were able to cross party lines repeatedly to get things accomplished for the American people.”
Hopefuls combat confusion
"Laesch, a former Navy intelligence analyst who faced Hastert in 2006, said voters seemed to enjoy the concept of voting twice.  “A lot of people get a chuckle out of it when you’re explaining it to them: ‘This may be your only opportunity unless you move to Chicago,’ ” Laesch said."
Oberweis gets Hastert nod, one less foe in congressional bid
"Republican Jim Oberweis received two pieces of good news in his congressional bid today: an enthusiastic endorsement from retired House Speaker Dennis Hastert and word that a primary opponent was withdrawing from the race."
DuPage wants say on rail merger
"The report states EJ&E traffic now amounts to 4.4 freight trains per day from West Chicago northbound and 10.7 freight trains per day from West Chicago southbound. If acquired by CN, those numbers would increase to 24.4 trains per day northbound and 34.5 southbound."
Plans for rail traffic taking a slowdown
"Freight train traffic on a rail line that cuts through Chicago's outlying suburbs for nearly 200 miles could more than triple because of a proposed acquisition by the Canadian National Railway Corp., but a coalition of town officials has managed to slow the deal."
Public Official A: 'Shots landing all around him'
"But, regardless of that denial and Fitzgerald’s admonishment, this much is clear: The indictments of Hurtgen, Christopher G. Kelly and Abdelhamid “Al” Chaib leave Blagojevich facing a world of political, financial and potentially criminal trouble."
Senate GOP foresaw problems with indicted advisor
"Under ethics legislation adopted almost exactly four years ago, Senate Republicans successfully pushed for new reporting requirements for “special government agents” – non-elected advisors who are not accountable to the taxpayers, but have tremendous influence within the administration."
Sen Durbin Durbin: Passage Of FHA Bill Will Help Families At Risk Of Losing Homes
Durbin's Revenue Protection Program Secured For Farmers In Senate Passed Farm Bill
Durbin Bill To Promote High Speed Internet Access In Rural Areas Included In Farm Bill
Sen. Obama Kerry, Obama to FCC Chairman Martin: Delay Consolidation Vote, Investigate Minority and Women Media Ownership - or Place FCC Funding in Jeopardy
the Farm Bill
“By passing the Farm Bill today, the Senate has taken an important step towards renewing our nation's commitment to our farming communities and a clean energy future. This legislation invests in conservation, nutrition, specialty crops, and rural development. It puts resources into renewable energy and recognizes those family farmers who are working to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. And it includes a packer ban, which is so important for market transparency."
Rep Peter Roskam


"We must give Illinois employers the necessary tools to comply with existing federal immigration laws. I’m hopeful that our Governor and State Legislature will make today’s measures permanent.”
[This makes one wonder which of our taxing bodies has taken this voluntary action. - Bob]


Outstanding senior advocates recognized at 2007 Governor’s Conference on Aging
Illinois State Museum Awarded Federal Grant for Oral History of Illinois Agriculture
13 Dec Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 12 Dec 2007
  • Christmas services
  • The library's "Family Holiday Craft" program
  • Two businesses recently opened
  • West Chicago Council of Governments ... to study the needs of youth in the city
Report: Hastert likes Oberweis as his successor
"Retired House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to endorse dairy magnate Jim Oberweis today for the congressional seat Hastert held for 20 years, ABC 7 Chicago reported on its Web site."
A family-friendly 'Footloose'
"The cast includes 11- to 17- year-olds from the Fox Valley area and beyond. Each child auditioned in September and has been rehearsing since October... West Chicago: Connor Montgomery, Emma Roberts"
Hastert to back Oberweis
"The Oberweis camp has scheduled a "major endorsement" announcement for 10 a.m. starring a "special guest." Oberweis campaign spokesman Bill Pascoe, when asked about Hastert's possible endorsement, would not comment."
Durbin calls for review of air traffic control staffing
"In a meeting with Robert Sturgell, President Bush's nominee to head the Federal Aviation Administration, Durbin cited a recent Government Accountability Office report that indicated O'Hare had the second-highest number of near-collisions between 2001 and 2006 and pointed out the dwindling number of air-traffic controllers in Chicago, Elgin and Aurora are contributing to unsafe conditions."
Pro-choice group backs Foster for Hastert seat
"Planned Parenthood stands with Bill Foster because he stands with the families of Illinois, making sure women have the health care they need and the freedom to make their own choices,"
Durbin seeks interrogation tape disclosure
"In three sharply worded letters delivered Wednesday to CIA Director Michael Hayden, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey, Durbin (D-Ill.) demanded to know whether audio or video recordings of interrogations, possibly involving torture, had been made at the CIA's behest and later provided to the intelligence agency."
Hiram Wurf


Foster SEIU Endorsement In IL-14 Shows Labor Support - Hurts Laesch Campaign
"It’s Foster’s second big union endorsement (AFSCME also endorsed Bill) and strikes a real blow to Democrat John Laesch’s campaign, which recently gained the AFL-CIO endorsement."
Sen Durbin Durbin Asks Interior Secretary to Move Forward with Buffalo Creek Reservoir Project
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) personally called Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne asking him to immediately review a National Park Service decision preventing an important flood protection project in Lake County, Illinois – the Buffalo Creek Reservoir Project – from moving forward."
Sen. Obama Coburn and Obama Announce Launch of Website to Track Federal Spending
“We can’t reduce waste, fraud and abuse without knowing how, where and why Federal money is flowing out the door,” Obama added. “This site will provide a window into the federal budget so all Americans can see how their tax dollars are being spent..."
on Payment Limitations Vote
"This proposal would have ensured that federal payments go to family farmers, instead of large agri-businesses. This amendment also would have helped our rural communities by generating $1 billion to support beginning and minority farmers, as well as rural development, conservation and nutrition programs."
State public health director warns of lead in recalled product
State Agriculture Employees Honored For Outstanding Service
12 Dec Time for Folks to make some calls
I'm sitting here fuming about yesterday's article, VA clinics in Hayward and Rice Lake closed without warning.  They closed the clinic while vets were sitting in the waiting room for appointments.  The image of some vet in a wheel chair being shoved from the waiting into the parking lot as they close the clinic is just too groady.
West Chicago
High School


"Members of the Community High School Swim Team, as well as members of the West Chicago Sharks, participated in a swim-a-thon Sunday, December 2nd to raise money to help students in the war-torn country of Angola."
District 33


West Chicago Middle School First Quarter Honor Roll
The Middle School recognizes students in three categories:
  • Effort Honor Roll
  • Achievement and Effort Honor Roll
  • High Honor Roll

City of


Seatbelt Safety and Awareness Campaign Continues in West Chicago
"West Chicago, Illinois: December 12, 2007 - The West Chicago Police Department announced that Campaign #1 of the Illinois Department of Transportation funded grant was successful in educating the motoring public on Seatbelt Safety and Awareness. The Campaign ran from November 12-25, 2007 and resulted in 220 citations being issued for Seatbelt and Child Restraint violations."
Fond farewell for Hastert
"Three presidents and more than a dozen congressional colleagues were among the well-wishers offering their congratulations to retired U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert via video at a tribute dinner Tuesday night in St. Charles."
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 held at Community High School free of charge, including most athletic and musical events.  Applications are available at the district office. For details or an application, call Deanne Simpson at (630) 876-6210."
Town says ex-official secretly installed spy software
"Attorney Patrick Bond said information technology manager Valerie Becker did not leak any "sensitive" information, like the details of publicly bid contracts, to anyone. The city, however, filed a civil suit against her last month accusing her of violating the terms of a severance package that awarded her $24,000. She had worked for the city for 18 years."
Sen Durbin Durbin Calls for I.G. Investigation Into Air Traffic Controller Fatigue at O'Hare Airport
“Now the report has backed up what I've been hearing directly from air traffic controllers- low staffing levels are contributing to controller fatigue and making our runways less safe. It's time to go into these facilities, start asking tough questions and do everything in our power to make air traffic safer.” 
Illionois Senators


Durbin, Obama, Harkin, Kennedy, Call on HHS Secretary to Protect America's Seniors, Identify Failing Nursing Homes
"According to press accounts, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identified these facilities because of their history of consistent violations of health and safety regulations, such as improper medical care, preventable falls and accidents, serious neglect, and physical abuse."
Durbin and Obama Hail House Introduction of the Veterans’ Health Quality Improvement Act
“Our veterans served this country with honor and they deserve the very best care when they return home. The lapses in care at the Marion facility raise questions as to whether this is a larger problem with the VA's national health system."
Gov. Blagojevich signs legislation requiring life-saving equipment at outdoor fitness and sports facilities
2007 sees ninth warmest fall on record for Illinois
11 Dec West Chicago
High School


Citizenship, ESL & GED Classes
  • ESL, Citizenship, & GED Classes
"The original final exam schedule, distributed at the beginning of the school year, is incorrect. In order to review the final exam schedule please go to the school website,"
"Still looking for the perfect holiday gift? How about adding your personal tile to the WE-GO REMEMBERS wall outside of the Bishop Gym?"
Randy Hultren


IL. Arts Council to Give Grant to Naperville Children's Theater
"State Senator Randy Hultgren (R-Wheaton) will be participating in a check presentation from the Illinois Arts Council to a local children’s theater group."
Sugar-coated memories
"The staff and volunteers at Kline Creek Farm have created an edible replica of the entire farm that is on display with tours on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday to Dec. 31 at the farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago."
The Briefs - Student of the Month honored
"West Chicago's Community High School has announced senior Chelsea Steck as its Student of the Month for November. She was selected for her leadership locally and globally with the WeGo 2 Africa project, her volunteering in the English as a Second Language classes, the school's recycling program and the dance production as well as her community volunteerism."
Upcoming Meetings
  • "Milton Township Democratic Organization 7:15 pm. Bob Peickert, candidate for Dem County Chair will speak at this meeting along with representatives from various Presidential campaigns"
  • "DuPage Democratic Club 7:30 pm, On Thursday, January 11th, the DuPage Democratic Club welcomes Senator Dick Durbin's Aide Kathleen Rooney. Kathleen will talk about the many services available to Illinois citizens out of the constituent offices. Also Elmhurst resident and Biden delegate, James Caffrey. James will talk about Senator Biden's presidential campaign in Illinois. The meeting, which will start at 7:30 PM with a time for socializing and refreshment, will be held at the Lombard Commons, 433 E. St. Charles Road, Lombard. Presentations by our guest speakers will start promptly at 8 PM."
Five file to fill Hastert's House seat
"GOP contenders Chris Lauzen, Jim Oberweis and Kevin Burns and Democrats John Laesch and Bill Foster filed simultaneously. That means a lottery will determine whose name appears first on the ballot.  All five are running in the regular primary as well. Both elections are Feb. 5."
NIU proton center plan advances
"Northern Illinois University’s leadership has given a green light to the university’s plan to build a proton-therapy cancer treatment and research center in West Chicago."
Lawn & Landscape
Cleveland, OH
Illinois Landscaping Company Donates $30000 to Operation Support ...
"Gene and Beverly Grant, owners of Grant & Power Landscaping, presented the volunteers of Operation Support our Troops – IL with a check for $30,000 on Nov. 29... They are located at 700 E. Roosevelt Road, West Chicago, IL, 60185 and their website is"
Hiram Wurf


Parochial Roots - The Trouble Seeing Bill Foster’s Grassroots Campaign
"Democrat Bill Foster’s campaign has raised more money from donors (not including candidate self-funding) than any other Democrat or Republican in the 14th Congressional race. He totally dominated the 3rd quarter for small dollar donations (under $200) collecting more than all other Democratic candidates combined and almost as much as all Democratic and Republican candidates combined."
Sen Durbin Amendment To Require Modernization Of Nation's Food Safety Policies
“In the past 100 years, we've gone from model-Ts to the space shuttle. We have learned more in the past 50 years about how the human body responds to disease and infection than in the previous 500 years. Our food safety laws should be updated and based on modern science."
Announced Food Safety Agreement With China
“Today’s agreement applies to a tiny fraction of the food we import from China. And while it can be expanded, it doesn’t cover nearly enough products to restore our confidence in Chinese goods."
Sen. Obama Obama, Hagel, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Fight Global Poverty
“We can – and must – make it a priority of our foreign policy to commit to eliminating extreme poverty and ensuring every child has food, shelter, and clean drinking water. As we strive to rebuild America’s standing in the world, this legislation will not only commit to reducing global poverty, but will also demonstrate our promise and support to those in the developing world."


Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"... to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Army Private Dewayne L. White, United States Army - Hometown: Country Club Hills, Illinois
10 Dec W. Chicago ministry brings worship, Bible study to people with disabilities
"The West Chicago-based organization was formally launched in 2003, but has been a ministry of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod since 1976... Residents of the homes enjoy the guitar music of the Rev. Don Kretzschmar, the organization's founder, and flute music by Deaconess Jana Knight."
[Members of Trinity Lutheran will remember Jana. - Bob]
DuPage families calendar
"The Wildcat Pom-Pon squad is offering a poms clinic for children age 3 through high school. The clinic will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants should meet outside the dance studio (entrance C) at Community High School, 326 Joliet St. in West Chicago. The group will come together at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 to perform during a halftime at the high school basketball game. Cost is $30 and includes snacks, a T-shirt, shaker pom and a CD of the music for the routines. For details call Jan Bedard at (630) 327-3868."
Masonic emblem now in pieces in Elgin
"“I didn’t really think they would do it,” Cotoure said. “It is too bad that a church that came here and wants to do good things destroys our beautiful building.”  The 16- to 18-inch-thick symbols broke last week as they were being removed by a West Chicago contractor. Construction crews said the symbols showed signs of age and distress before they were removed"
Sen Durbin Durbin and Emanuel Statement on EPA Decision to Hold Hearing on U.S. SteeL PERMIT
“We applaud the EPA for objecting to a permit that would allow the US Steel Gary Works facility to avoid compliance with Clean Water Act standards for another five years. Additional pollutants in Lake Michigan would threaten a national treasure that provides safe drinking water to over one million people. "
Sen. Obama


International Human Rights Day
“Although Franklin Delano Roosevelt did not live to see the enactment of the historic Declaration, it enshrined his “four freedoms”– freedom from want, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from fear. Individuals in the United States and everywhere else were entitled, simply by virtue of being human, to physical and economic security"
Climate Change Negotiations in Bali
"The post-Kyoto climate negotiations that have kicked off in Bali offer an important opportunity for America to re-engage with the rest of the world in taking on one of the greatest challenges of this generation."


Governor Blagojevich declares Morgan County state disaster area following weekend ice storm
Blagojevich Administration Officials launch Governor’s 2nd Annual Conference on Affordable Housing
08&09 Dec Carole Majewski - December 7, 2007
"Born July 26, 1944 in Chicago, IL, she was also raised there. She was a long time employee at Ball Seed Company of West Chicago, IL and a member of St. Mary’s Church of West Chicago. At St. Mary Church, she was long time volunteer with the CCD program. Carole was huge dog lover and an avid gardener and horticulturist."
Notes on Religion
"Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold Advent services at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Dec. 19 at the church, 331 George St., West Chicago. Regular services are at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. Sunday. For details, visit or call (630) 231-1175."
DuPage collegians
"Other graduating students receiving recognition include:"
"Jamie Lynn Hall, marketing departmental scholar "
"Heather Denise Isler, master's, education."
Convicted North Aurora rapist gets 24 years
"Fitzsimmons said Clodfelter would invite his daughter's friends, who were 15 and lived in West Chicago at the time, for sleepovers and parties at his home on John Street. He would provide the girls with alcohol to get them drunk. He later fondled one girl at a sleepover and assaulted another during a St. Patrick's Day party in 2006."
Hastert to be toasted twice by colleagues and friends
"Both events benefit the new J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government and Public Policy at Wheaton College, the Plano Republican's alma mater."
Hastert to be honored at dinners
"It looks like recently retired Congressman Dennis Hastert picked the wrong time to go on a diet.  The former speaker of the House, who made headlines by losing weight during the past year, will be feted at dinners two nights in a row in the coming week by national, state and local peers and fans."
Durbin endorses Foster in primary
"Foster, a former Fermilab physicist, announced the endorsement of the longtime Illinois senator Tuesday.  He said his campaign has courted Durbin’s endorsement for a while, finalizing matters Friday.  “This is clearly the No. 1 endorsement,” Foster said. “Probably the best endorsement you could have in the state of Illinois.”"
Sen Durbin


Durbin Calls on DOJ to Investigate CIA Torture-Tape Destruction - TPM
"But with the revelation that operations chief Jose Rodriguez destroyed recorded evidence of potentially-illegal interrogations, the CIA may have boxed even the Bush Justice Department into a corner. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), the number-two Democrat in the Senate, is calling on DOJ to open an obstruction-of-justice investigation."
Democratic Senator Durbin Chastises `No-Can-Do' Republicans  - Bloomberg
"Sadly, Republicans in Washington are determined to make this a `no-can-do' Congress,'' Durbin said in his party's weekly radio address today in Washington. ``Republicans have decided it's in their party's interest to prevent Congress from facing the real challenges of our day."
Sen. Obama New Obama Ad Airs in Iowa - New York Times
"If any Iowa voters missed Senator Barack Obama’s speech at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Des Moines last month — widely seen as a turning point in his campaign –­ they can catch it on television.  Mr. Obama’s campaign has used footage from the speech for a new 60-second spot to begin airing in Iowa."
Primary dates in NH, Iowa will clash with breaks - Boston Globe
"UNH students will soon disperse to decompress, see family, and nurse New Year's hangovers. When they return from winter break, the Jan. 8 primary will have come and gone, unlike elections past, when Granite State campuses were in session and buzzing with activity."
07 Dec Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
On this day, "a day that will live in infamy," Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor and the US Pacific fleet.  It is a good day to remember the sacrifices of the WWII generation. - Bob
Survey results favorable for Park District
"Nearly 60 percent of respondents said they wanted the district to expand. Of those, about 62 percent are in favor of increasing outdoor facilities and more than 71 percent want to see an indoor recreational center be built. The study comes just before the release of the district’s new master plan, which is expected to include more than $1.7 million in facilities upgrades and new development."
NIU moving ahead on proton therapy center for DuPage
"Northern Illinois University is aiming for a late spring groundbreaking on its planned world-class proton therapy cancer treatment and research center in West Chicago."
Christian News Wire Faith-Based Nonprofits Must Maintain Trust as Grassley Inquiry ...
"Faith-based nonprofit organizations need to make sure they share power within their organizations and are members of outside accountability groups to ensure they maintain the trust of donors as they move forward in future fundraising efforts, Douglas Shaw, chairman and chief executive officer of Douglas Shaw & Associates Inc., advised here today."

[This is anaccessable run down on the weeks scientific news.  Although there is no specific West Chicago hook, I am thinking on posting it weekly. - Bob]

Hiram Wurf


Planned Parenthood Endorses Bill Foster In 14th Congressional
‘Planned Parenthood is proud to endorse Bill Foster for Congress in the 14th District,’ said Steve Trombley of Planned Parenthood Votes Illinois. ‘Planned Parenthood stands with Bill Foster because he stands with the families of Illinois, making sure women have the health care they need and the freedom to make their own choices.’
Sen Durbin Durbin Asks Mukasey to Open Investigation into Destruction of CIA Interrogation Tapes
"I urge you to investigate whether CIA officials who destroyed these videotapes and withheld information about their existence from official proceedings violated the law. . . CIA Director Hayden asserts that the videotapes were destroyed 'in line with the law.' However, it is the Justice Department's role to determine whether the law was violated."
Illionois Senators


Durbin and Obama Join Bipartisan Group of Senators in Calling for FTA Rail Study
"As we begin to consider the next transportation bill, it is important to have a full accounting of what it will take to bring these older rail transit systems to a state of good repair.”
Sen. Obama Obama Op-Ed in Chicago Defender, Austin Weekly News: Former Prisoners Deserve a Second Chance
"There is no question that breaking the law should have consequences, and we have to do more as parents to teach our children that violence is always wrong. But justice must be fair, and punishment must fit the crime. Yet, we still have a system that locks away too many young, first-time, non-violent offenders for the better part of their lives."
on Destruction of CIA Interrogation Tapes
"So we have seen excessive secrecy, indefinite detention, warrantless wire-tapping, and ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ like simulated drowning that qualify as torture through any careful measure of the law or appeal to human decency. For each of these new policies, we have seen dubious legal reasoning that does not stand up to the harsh light of review or the sound judgment of our Constitution."
the Energy Bill
“Once again, partisan, special interest-driven politics have blocked the bold steps necessary to solve our energy crisis. The Energy Bill that was rejected today would have improved the fuel economy of cars and trucks to an average of 35 mpg and provided 36 billion gallons of biofuels in 15 years."
A Historian Against Obama - History News Network
"I agree with the “Historians for Obama” that the situation America faces today is stark.  Ours is a nation soaked in Iraqi blood, shamed by the systematic use of torture, aggressively culpable in global climate change, increasingly unfair in domestic wealth and power distribution.  Our military is strained to the breaking point, our poor and ill increasingly helpless, our environment ravaged by corporate greed.  Seven years of regressive government have left Washington barren of moral authority both at home and in the world.  Simply put, America is in crisis."
Rep Hastert


Another Sexually Charged House Page Scandal - Washington Post
"The congresswoman was referring to the political dustup during the Foley scandal when then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was accused of a cover-up. His staff was reprimanded later by a review panel for failing to communicate information to Democrats on the board about Foley's sexually explicit electronic messages with pages."


Gov. Blagojevich announces $16 million financing to support updates and improvements at Holy Cross Hospital
06 Dec Unions endorse pair of hopefuls
"Every advance in workers' rights, from health benefits, to overtime pay and sick leave, to the five-day work week, has come from the persistence and work of organized labor," Laesch said.
"Bill Foster has been a successful scientist and businessman. Now he wants to use his experience to help change Congress and make government more responsive to working families," AFSCME Executive Director Henry Bayer said in a prepared statement.
Snow causes no major problems in West Chicago
"Schools in the tri-cities, Bartlett and West Chicago opened Wednesday despite 3 to 5 inches of snow that fell across the area late Tuesday and Wednesday morning."
Volunteers ensure presents under the tree for thousands of local children
"Beatriz Angeles of West Chicago (left) and volunteers Flora Spencer of Naperville and Rosemary Smeltzer of Downers Grove select Christmas gifts for Angeles’ two children Dec. 1 at Toy Express in Westmont. The Express collects toy donations throughout DuPage County and invites families in need to “shop” for a Christmas toy for their children."
Sen. Obama Obama Statement on House-Senate Failure to Strengthen Hate Crimes Laws, Guarantee Equality
"Hate crimes are unacceptable. All Americans deserve to live their lives without fear of hate driven attacks. Those who commit such heinous crimes should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, no matter whether those crimes are committed on account of race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, or sexual orientation."
Obama Calls on HHS to Provide List of Failing Nursing Homes
"However, of the 128 worst-performing facilities, only 54 of these nursing homes have been publicly identified; one of these facilities is in my home state of Illinois.[1] The remaining 74 facilities have not been disclosed to the public, even though this information would be invaluable not only to current residents of those facilities but also to potential residents and their family members."
Remembering Pearl Harbor
"Please lower the United States flags and the State flags from sunrise to sunset at all buildings occupied by your agency’s personnel on:
Friday, December 7, 2007
IDNR asks snowmobile operators to ramp up safety efforts as snow falls
“Considerable snowfall near the end of the 2006-2007 snowmobile season resulted in increased activity and an increased number of accidents. Last year, three of the 19 reported snowmobile accidents resulted in fatalities.”
Gov. Blagojevich announces nearly $18 million in grants awarded to enhance emergency communications
05 Dec Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 05 Dec 2007
  • We-Go 2 Africa Project
  • Madrigal Dinner and the Madrigal Tea
  • Holiday School Programs
  • Breakfast with the Candidates
  • "My Favorite Things about West Chicago"
Bensenville, Birkett vow crackdown on 'slums'
"Bernard Kleina, executive director of Hope Fair Housing in Wheaton, said that his organization has helped people with similar problems in communities such as Addison, West Chicago, Aurora and Warrenville."
Durbin endorses Foster; AFL-CIO supports Laesch
""As a scientist and businessman, Bill Foster will be a voice for common sense solutions in Congress," Durbin said in a statement. "I'm proud to lend him my support..."
"The AFL-CIO listed the union carpenter among a group of national and local candidates the organization said "have long track records of standing up for workers' rights, workplace safety, education, healthcare for all, fair trade and corporate accountability.""
Sen Durbin


Durbin Calls for CPSC Reform
"United States Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced four new steps the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) should take immediately to alleviate parent’s concerns about toy safety and to improve the agency’s effectiveness. In a speech at the National Press Club, Durbin also urged the Administration to dramatically increase the neglected agency’s budget and to work with Congressional Democrats to fill three vacant positions on the commission’s governing board."
Durbin's Genocide Accountability Act Sent to President
“There is no safe haven for the hundreds of thousands of Sudanese who have faced genocide in Darfur and yet without this law, our country could become a safe haven for their killers,”
Sen. Obama


Wyden, Obama Introduce “Credit Card Safety Star Act of 2007”
“Consumers need some way to know which credit cards are safe and which ones are most likely to get them into financial trouble with fees, penalties, and charges,”
Obama Statement on the Nomination Hearing of Dr. James Peake to be VA Secretary
“This year we learned of tragic neglect at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a breakdown in quality of care at the Marion VA Center in Illinois that cost lives. Giving our veterans and troops anything less than the very best treatment when they return home is simply unacceptable, and it is long past time our heroes receive compassionate leadership that honors their sacrifice."


2007 Illinois Firearm Deer Season harvest totals 116,708
"The preliminary second-season (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) harvest total was 31,218, compared with the 29,117 deer taken by hunters during the second season last year. This year’s preliminary first-season (Nov. 16-18) deer harvest was 85,490, compared with a first-season harvest of 86,075 in 2006.  The preliminary harvest total includes deer taken in all 98 counties in which firearm deer hunting is permitted, as well as Chain O’Lakes State Park in Lake County."
04 Dec Elementary
District 33


Taking Care of Your Family
  • A night of Fair Family Rules
  • December 4, 2007
  • For all families living in West Chicago
  • Held in the Cafeteria at West Chicago Middle School
Global Warming Solutions
"Global warming is happening, and unless we act fast, and act TOGETHER, the planet we leave for the next generation could be in pretty bad shape. We need your help to deploy global warming solutions on a massive scale throughout Illinois.  Please join Environment Illinois and our partner organizations to learn more about how you can help put the brakes on global warming."
West Chicago
High School


"Community High School District 94 is in the final weeks of participation in the ULTRA FOODS FOR EDUCATION DOLLARS program. Through December 30th five percent of total purchases made at Ultra will be returned to CHS. Please drop off your Ultra receipts at the guard stations at entrances A, H or C. Receipts can also be mailed to: CHS, 326 Joliet, West Chicago, IL 60185, Attention Dan McCarthy. We truly appreciate your commitment to Community High School’s students! Happy Holidays!"
"You are invited to join the Community High School’s Music Department, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday December 20th, for a Holiday Band Concert."
"The Music Department at Community High School in West Chicago will present their Annual Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18th. The concert will feature the mixed Chorus, Women’s Chorale, A Cappella Chamber Choir and the Concert Choir. Both the String Orchestra and the Full Orchestra will be performing."
Special primary to replace Hastert will be same day as regular primary
"Voters in the 14th Congressional District will have the opportunity to cast two ballots Feb. 5, the governor announced Monday.  One will allow them to nominate a candidate to fulfill the remainder of former U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert's term and the other will allow them to nominate a candidate to succeed him."
Services for Hyde start Thursday
"Services for former U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde will begin with a wake from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. John Neumann Church, 2900 E. Main St. in St. Charles.  A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, also at St. John Neumann Church."
Police beat - Kildeer
"Carl E. Ehrhardt, 28, 550 Conde St., West Chicago, was arrested around 7:10 a.m. Nov. 17 and charged with disorderly conduct after he caused a disturbance at a home on the 21500 block of Boschome Drive, police said. A court date was not available."
Special election dates are set
"The special primary for the 14th Congressional District seat will be on Feb. 5, the same date as the previously scheduled primary election, and the special general election is set for March 8.  The total cost of a special election has been estimated at more than $1 million."
What the Futures Say - Talking Points Memo
" So I thought I'd stop over at the Intrade predictions market to see what they have to say. And they don't show much change at all.  Hillary's a bit off her high, which had her probability of winning in the low 70s. But she's now at 67.5% chance of winning. Obama has moved a lot, from 12% in early mid-October to 21.6% now. For what it's worth, as I've said before, I've always thought that Hillary bet was overpriced."
[Rather than the MSM's talking heads, I would suggest tracking the betting line, because they have their money in play and won't just say anything. - Bob]
03 Dec Rep.Randy Ramey December E-Newsletter
"It has been rewarding to spend much-needed time in my legislative district, however, many issues are now reaching the height of discussion that will probably prompt us to return to Springfield as we near the end of the calendar year. I will touch on a few of those issues that are most important as of late."
Advent Services:
  • Dec. 5th, 12th, & 19th at 7:00pm (Soup Supper at 6:00 pm)
  • Christmas Eve Worship 5:30 pm & 11:00 pm
  • Christmas Day Worship 10:00 am

You are reminded that all are welcome to join us for worship services....

  • Saturdays at 5:30 pm
  • Sundays at 9:00 am
  • Sunday School & Adult Bible Class at 10:15 am
West Chicago
High School
Junior Parents
"A quick reminder that the deadline to sign up for the ACT prep course offered at CHS through EXCEL Edge is due by this Friday, December 7th."
Funeral arrangements set for former U.S. Rep. Hyde
"Political colleagues and friends say they will always remember Hyde as a statesman, a consensus builder, a cigar smoker and a man who always liked a good joke."
Crash won't keep immigrants from taking bus to Mexico
"The bus crash will not dim Tornado's popularity, passengers said. Diaz chatted this week with other passengers as they waited for the bus to Morelia, a city in southern Mexico. A Waukegan resident for 29 years, Diaz said he liked the stops at what he called traditional restaurants as well as the price and the speed.  "These guys don't wait around. They just go," Diaz said."
Governor Blagojevich proclaims today “University of Illinois Fighting Illini Day”
Gov. Blagojevich announces Special Elections to replace retiring Congressman Dennis Hastert
"Governor Blagojevich scheduled the Special Primary election on February 5th, 2008, Illinois’ regularly scheduled primary date, as requested by Rep. Hastert to minimize inconvenience to the voters in the counties in the 14th Congressional District.  The Special General Election will be held on March 8th, 2008. The 14th Congressional District includes parts of Kane, Henry, Bureau, Whiteside, Lee, DeKalb, Kendall and DuPage counties."
01&02 Dec
West Chicago
High School


Board: We will live within our means
"By a 4-3 vote, the board rejected a proposal that would have allowed the district to ask for $22.8 million, or 8.21 percent more than what the district received last year, even though state law limits the increase to 5 percent each year.  “The facts are a lot of people in our community are losing their jobs and for us to levy at the highest amount we can doesn’t make sense,” Reyes said."
The Nativity scene
"St. Mary's School students will present a live Nativity at 5:15 and at 5:45 p.m. today at the church, 140 N. Oakwood St., West Chicago. The PTO also is holding a cookie sale. For details, call (630) 562-9660."
Storm pelts suburbs with snow, ice
"A family of six was taken to Central DuPage Hospital after their van rolled over on Roosevelt Road west of Prince Crossing in West Chicago. Their injuries were not life threatening, officials said."
Oberweis talks taxes, economy
"This bill would create an option for taxpayers to switch to a flat income tax rate with no deductions -- 10 percent for those who make up to $50,000 a year and 25 percent for those who make more.  This plan would likely be a boon to wealthier Americans -- those who make more than $77,000 in 2007 will pay at least 28 percent, and as high as 35 percent in federal taxes this year, according to the Internal Revenue Service."
Stein lays out education plan
"Stein's plan involves increasing federal grants and scholarships for students, and forgiving student loans for graduates who serve at least four years in the military, or teach in poorly performing schools, or provide health care in underprivileged areas."
Lauzen details immigration policy
"We don't need to fire up the rotors on the helicopter, fly over and scare people," Lauzen said, adding that Oberweis' prior statements on immigration "disqualify him as a nominee who can achieve something meaningful on immigration."
Sen Durbin Andy Martin attacks Senator Dick Durbin over Chicago rail crash - (Pressemitteilung) - Wien,Austria
"Andy Martin accuses Dick Durbin of over 25 years of inaction in providing dedicated-track high-speed passenger rail service for Illinois"
[OK... it is mud, but I found it telling that the bots had to go to an Austrian website to get the mud. - Bob]
Sen. Obama


USA: Obama Muslim ties: Curse or blessing? - Garowe Online - Garowe,Nugaal,Somalia
"Since launching his quest for the Democratic White House ticket, Obama has been facing a smear campaign going as far as describing him as a Muslim in disguise."
[If they know it in Somalia, perhaps there is no excuse for Americans that don't understand "That dog don't hunt." - Bob]
John Laesch Campaign & Election News - Covering Key Races Around the Country - Swing State Project - New York
"laesch does have the support of the netroots -- especially the netroots outside of illinois.  he also has the benefit of having spent time in every corner of the district.  if the electorate is not that familiar with john, the district's political activists are."
[I wonder if this Bozo thinks it is avant guarde or edgy to not capitalize? - Bob]
Oberweiss Oberweis gets right to business - MidWeek - DeKalb,IL
"Oberweis is running for the congressional seat along with fellow Republicans Chris Lauzen, Kevin Burns and Mike Dilger and Democrats Bill Foster, John Laesch, Jotham Stein and Joe Serra. The primary election for the congressional seat will be held on Feb. 5, 2008."
Worst. Week. Ever.
"All the while, Giuliani and his aides try one defense after another for the Shag Fund scandal, none of which makes any sense.  Don't worry, Rudy, there's always next week."
[And now a scathing viral video at MyTube to dump mockery on top of everything else. - Bob]
Penny Foolish - New York Times
"THE migrant farm workers who harvest tomatoes in South Florida have one of the nation’s most backbreaking jobs. For 10 to 12 hours a day, they pick tomatoes by hand, earning a piece-rate of about 45 cents for every 32-pound bucket. During a typical day each migrant picks, carries and unloads two tons of tomatoes. For their efforts, this holiday season many of them are about to get a 40 percent pay cut."
The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act: A Tutorial in Orwellian Newspeak - After Downing Street
"It begins, “AN ACT - To prevent homegrown terrorism, and for other purposes.”  Those whose pulse did not quicken at “other purposes” have probably not read George Orwell’s essay, “Politics and the English Language,” or they voted for the other George both times."