Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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29 Feb

Tom Tawney
Item in
Comments in Response to Gene Rennels
"Usually adept at parry and counter thrust, Gene Rennels missed the point of my concern over Jim Oberweis' support for diluting the 14th Amendment."
Your need for speed may cost you during rush hour
"The existing Open Road Tolling technology that automatically deducts money from transponders will ease the transition, officials said... "We would establish tolls strategically so that tolls are directly related to congestion conditions, and people bound from areas where there are fewer travel alternatives are subject to less congestion pricing," Murtha said."
Filing flap in the 14th Congressional District race
"Oberweis failed to file a specific FEC form and notify both his Democratic opponent, Bill Foster, and Democratic party leaders within 24 hours of loaning his campaign more than $350,000 -- a requirement under the so-called Millionaire's Amendment in the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act..."It got filed inaccurately at the FEC," Pascoe said of the campaign disclosure form. "We said, 'Oops, sorry, (and) corrected it on the (FEC) Web site with an amended filing." "
Blue-and-gold steel on ice
"The Wheaton West Wild -- a hockey team comprised of players from Wheaton North, West Chicago and Wheaton Academy -- has reached the quarterfinals of the Blackhawk Cup, Illinois' state tournament for prep hockey."
DuPage reluctance could knock EJ&E deal off track
"Based on our investigation, the Forest Preserve District will not sell, lease or in any way turn over any ... property to Canadian (National Railway)," said district President D. "Dewey" Pierotti Jr. Thursday.  "Number one, under the law, the Forest Preserve District does not have the authority to sell that property to a third party. And number two, more importantly, Canadian (National) does not have the power or authority to condemn the property."
WHAT DO YOU THINK?  Tear down Cole Hall?
"Aside from being a poor use of limited tax dollars, I'd be concerned that it could encourage people to copycat the tragedy for their own "infamy."
L. Brunsen, West Chicago"
In letter, DuPage County forest preserve officials warn of railway sale's effect on land
"Increased train traffic on a line in western DuPage County could severely damage forest preserve plants, animals, air and water, the county's Forest Preserve District told a federal agency in a letter."
ComEd and Natural Landscape Firm Earn Award for Prairie Restoration Effort
"ComEd and natural landscaping contractor Pizzo and Associates, Ltd., have earned an award from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association for the restoration of prairie and wetland property in West Chicago."
League of
Conservation Voters
LCV Endorses Bill Foster For Congress
"The League of Conservation Voters, the independent political voice for the environment, today announced the endorsement of Bill Foster in the March 8th special election to fill the vacancy of Illinois’ 14th Congressional District."
[I have to admit that I didn't find this on my own.  I stumbled on it as I did a background research on an email from the Foster campaign. - Bob]
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier - Charleston,IL,USA DCCC files complaint against Oberweis campaign
"Democrats have asked federal election officials to investigate the Republican running for former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert's seat. ..."
Democrats will not Give up on America Homeowners
“Senate Republicans joined with the Administration and the very people who brought us this mess, the mortgage bankers. Their do-nothing leadership will cause this crisis to spiral farther out of control. It’s that kind of bold, innovative attitude which led Herbert Hoover to do nothing in the Great Depression.”
Durbin demands meeting with railroad CEO - Crain's Chicago Business
“Many communities unaccustomed to and ill-equipped to handle freight traffic are facing a fourfold increase” in trains, the letter said. “This increase will cause significant delays on already congested arterial roads in the collar counties.”
Obama Statement on the Mississippi River Bridge Agreement
"I am relieved that both sides now agree that tolls will not be necessary to partially fund the bridge's construction, which I had opposed from the start. I commend the Governors and Congressman Costello for their determination to make this project a reality."
Area Republicans Gather to Endorse Bill Foster for Congress
"Tomorrow -- Saturday, March 1 -- at a 1:00 pm press conference, a group of Republicans living in Illinois' 14th District will endorse businessman and scientist Bill Foster for Congress in the Saturday, March 8 special election race to replace Dennis Hastert.  Bill Foster's message of change is resonating with Republicans and independents alike. According to a poll released by the Foster campaign this week, Foster leads among independents 47%-25%. "
Foster & Sen. Durbin Say "No" to 72
"Scientist and businessman Bill Foster will join Illinois' U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Social Security recipients, at Federal Plaza in the Loop, TOMORROW, Saturday, March 1, at 11 a.m. to demand that the Social Security not be subjected to unpredictable privatization plans like those advocated by Jim Oberweis and George Bush.  Foster, whose special election to fill the seat vacated by Dennis Hastert is next weekend, Saturday, March 8, also opposes Oberweis' latest proposal to couple his risky privatization plan with raising the retirement age to 72.  Oberweis revealed his latest idea on Wednesday at the Chicago Tribune editorial board endorsement interview." 
Republicans And DuPage - We Want Local Control (But Only When It’s Good For Us)
"Collar counties normally supporting local control appear not to want to be responsible for saying ok to a tax hike they requested that they will benefit from - at least when they can duck it"
Nobel laureate estimates wars' cost at more than $3 trillion - McClatchy Washington Bureau
" Coming up on the fifth anniversary of the invasion, a Nobel laureate now estimates that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are costing America more than $3 trillion.  That estimate from Noble Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz also serves as the title of his new book, "The Three Trillion Dollar War," which hits store shelves Friday."

28 Feb

Letter to the Fence Post
"Mr. Tawney has a long history of many times radically supporting Hispanic, but not necessarily other, immigration issues. I do not always find fault with his positions. However comparing an amendment to or the eradication of the 14th with the horrible beliefs of the Ku Klux Klan goes beyond even what he has postulated previously."
Funeral Hom
Moreno Obituary
"Evaristo “Louie” Moreno, age 70, of West Chicago, passed away Tuesday February 26, 2008."
Police beat
"Joel Yepiz, 28, of 1N373 Route 59, West Chicago, was arrested at 12:24 a.m. Friday on the first block of South Seventh Avenue and charged with speeding 86 mph in a 30 mph zone, illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver, improper lane usage and driving while license suspended, police said. Yepiz also was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants in Aurora, Kane and Will counties, according to a police report. He is scheduled to appear in court March 20."
Listen to your lakes and protect them - Dr. Jeff Boehm
"Our lives are affected everyday by the Great Lakes, and we need to take responsibility for protecting them. If we don't, it is becoming increasingly clear, no one will. Visit to learn about more ways you can help protect our magnificent, yet vulnerable Great Lakes on Great Lakes Day, and every day of the year."
DuPage County announces scholarship grant program
"The grant was secured from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Scholarships can be used for formal education or occupational training. Special consideration will be given to students interested in high-technology fields or other occupations."
County Board approves solid waste plan
"According to the plan, there are adequate waste-handling facilities in the region to continue to accommodate DuPage County for the next five years. This is in part due to a strong recycling rate, especially from residential properties. Redick also noted that without additional transfer stations, the cost of waste disposal is going to continue to increase for residents and businesses."

Taking sharper aim at cancer
"The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board approved the DeKalb university's ambitious plan to build the 130,000-square-foot cancer-treatment and research center in the DuPage National Technology Park."
Turnout poses challenge in Oberweis, Foster race
"I do believe I am very closely aligned with the people of the 14th District," Oberweis, a former investment manager, told the Tribune editorial board Wednesday... "There are very big policy differences [between us]," Foster said. It is about "whether you favor a continuation of George Bush's policies or whether you think things should change."
Bush Vows to Veto a Mortgage Relief Bill - New York Times
"“Avoiding foreclosure can’t be just a part of the proposal, it is the heart of the proposal,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois and sponsor of the Senate measure.  Senate Democrats have narrowed Mr. Durbin’s original bill, tailoring it to people with particular kinds of problems and applying it to existing mortgages rather than to all mortgages in the future."
State GOP Removes Release Targeting Obama From Site  - WKRN - Nashville,TN
"“Any comment that is disparaging to either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is totally inappropriate,” McCain has said.  Just days ago, the state GOP Party posted an article titled "Anti-Semites for Obama" on it’s Web site."
Gov. Blagojevich, Gov. Blunt announce agreement to construct a new Mississippi River Bridge in Metro East
“This new bridge will reduce congestion and make it easier for Illinoisans to get back and forth across the river, whether it’s for work, going to a Cardinals game or any other reason. And, perhaps most importantly – we are not building a toll bridge. I applaud Gov. Blunt and his administration for working with us to make this project a reality.”
Private Medicare Plans’ Cost Questioned
"The report says, “Medicare spends more per beneficiary in Medicare Advantage than it does for beneficiaries in the original Medicare fee-for-service program, at an estimated additional cost to Medicare of $54 billion from 2009 through 2012.”

27 Feb


Merle Berleigh

Around and About in West Chicago - 20 Feb 2008
  • Jane Golchert’s last day as Winfield Township Assistant
  • Wheaton Academy Spring musical
  • Fourth annual Bowling for Diabetes
  • Lions Club 33rd Annual Spring Pancake Breakfast
West Chicago
High School


COOK'S NIGHT OUT -- Fundraiser
NIU gets OK to build proton cancer center
"Members of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, however, noted concerns over whether the university could finish the project within two years -- a key requirement of the approval process -- and questioned whether NIU could secure funding for the nearly $160 million cancer center."
Cancer society's Relay For Life gets ready for new year
"Relay For Life of West Chicago/Warrenville, 6 p.m. May 30 at Community High School, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago"
Police beat
"Gabrielle Fink, 38, of 2495 Lehman Drive, West Chicago, was arrested at 3:47 a.m. Sunday and charged with failure to report an accident after striking a parked car on the first block of South First Avenue, police said. Fink paid $100 bail and was released with a March 27 court date."
Neighbors in the news
"Spencer Kroning, a Commander with the West Chicago Police Department in West Chicago, graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University in Evanston."
Candidates kick in $3.5 million of own money
"The two wealthy businessmen, who square off in the March 8 special general election to fill out retired Rep. Dennis Hastert's term, have combined to spend almost $4.4 million since the race for Congress began last year.  On the flip side, they've run their campaigns on close to $5 million, with about $3.5 million coming in the form of loans from the candidates themselves, the campaign finance report stated."
Foster, Oberweis talk taxes, values
"Congressional hopefuls Bill Foster and Jim Oberweis Tuesday night clashed on the war in Iraq and health care as the special March 8 election draws closer."
Candidates face off in Beacon endorsement interview
"Foster said if he is elected, he would vote for universal or near-universal heath-care coverage... Oberweis disagreed, saying the country needs to move away from employer-based health-care systems and into a more flexible model that allows people to buy the level of health care they want."
Courier News: Candidates ramp up campaign spending
"The two wealthy businessmen, who square off in the March 8 special general election to fill out retired Rep. Dennis Hastert's term, have combined to spend almost $4.4 million since the race for Congress began last year."
Helping OUt
"The fourth annual Bowling for Diabetes will be held from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday at Bowling Green, 30W150 Roosevelt Rd., West Chicago. The event, sponsored by the West Chicago Sons of the American Legion Post 300, will include two games of bowling and appetizers. Cost is $20 per person. Call 630-231-3181."
"In fact, the promise of employment in the United States is the single greatest lure drawing illegal immigrants," Oberweis continued, "and that's why my Plan To Secure America's Borders includes two key provisions -- strengthening verification of worker identity and legal status, and toughening sanctions against employers who hire illegal immigrants."

Vote Early
"Don't wait until Saturday, March 8 to cast your vote for Bill Foster in the Special Election — do it today, and tell your friends and family to do the same. See our list of locations in select counties."

Oberweis Ad Pulled Off Local Stations
"A television commercial by 14th congressional district candidate Jim Oberweis has been pulled from rotation by WGN and NBC-affiliate WMAQ, in response to violations of Federal Communications Commission (FCC)."

Response from Justin Shimkus at the Oberweis campaign...
"When editing the ad, we made a mistake by having Jim's image appear a fraction of a second shorter than what is required. FEC regulations require a 4 second appearance, yet we mistakenly cut it at around 3.7 seconds. The mistake has been corrected and we sent the same ad, only a fraction of a second longer, to the stations to be aired."

Durbin, Harkin, Casey, Brown Urge USDA to Make Recall Information Public
“American families should not have to play guessing games when it the safety of their food,” Durbin said. “Vital information about recalls should be made available immediately to consumers. This rule needs to be implemented quickly so people can make timely decisions at their supermarkets and kitchen tables to protect their families."
Obama Statement on the Passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act
"After more than fourteen years, the Senate took an important step today by voting to reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and comprehensively modernize Native American health care services. With alarming health disparities between the Native American population and the American population as a whole, improvements to Native American health care could not come at a more urgent time."
A Host Disparages Obama, and McCain Quickly Apologizes - New York Times
“It’s my understanding,” he said, “that before I came in here a person who was on the program before I spoke made some disparaging remarks about my two colleagues in the Senate, Senator Obama and Senator Clinton. I have repeatedly stated my respect for Senator Obama and Senator Clinton, that I will treat them with respect. I will call them Senator. We will have a respectful debate, as I have said on hundreds of occasions. I regret any comments that may have been made about these two individuals who are honorable Americans.”
Governor Blagojevich joins NIU officials to announce plans for memorial and new classroom building to replace Cole Hall, site of Feb. 14 shootings

26 Feb

District 33


Family Night Cancelled for Tonight
"Due to inclement weather and low reservation responses, the all-district
Family Night scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, February 26, at West Chicago
Middle School at 6:00 has been cancelled. We apologize for this
inconvenience, but cancelling was unavoidable.  The topic for the evening, Internet Safety, will be incorporated into the next Family Night scheduled for Tuesday, March 25. Please plan to join us then, and be sure to bring the whole family!"
West Chicago
High School
"March 8th is the day for you or your kids to compete in the Second Annual West Chicago Wildcat Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. New this year is the addition of a youth and adult Wheelchair Division. This event is being presented by NorthStar Credit Union in order to benefit the District 94 Community High School Education Foundation."
Foster, Oberweis to appear live on "Chicago Tonight"
  • "Who: Bill Foster, Jim Oberweis
  • What: 14th congressional district candidates appear on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight"
  • When: TONIGHT, Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 pm
  • Where: WTTW Studios, 5400 N St. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625
    Televised live, WTTW, Channel 11"
FACe-TO-face FORUMS ARE DONE in 14th
"Foster's team has not responded to repeated invitations from The Beacon News to set a date for a debate like the ones sponsored by The Beacon News and CBS2 at Aurora University ahead of the primary election. Oberweis did respond to The Beacon debate proposal, and his campaign staff was open to scheduling suggestions."
Kane Democrats cheered by voter interest, turnout
"Durbin recalled a time when Kane County's Democrat Party could gather in the back yard of a supporter. "There was a time when we could gather all the Democrats in a back yard and had plenty of room to spare," he said. "Times have changed.""
2 candidates in 14th District heavily fund own campaigns
"Democrat Foster, 52, of Geneva, has loaned his campaign $1.3 million of the $2 million he had spent as of Feb. 17. Republican Oberweis, 61, of Sugar Grove, provided $2.3 million of the $2.9 million that has made its way into his campaign fund, according to campaign finance reports."
Crain's Chicago Business NIU gets state OK to build cancer treatment center
"NIU officials also confirmed that doctors affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital will oversee patient care at the facility under a tentative agreement that the school expects to finalize within three months."
Poll: Foster Pulls Ahead
"Our new tracking survey of likely special election voters in Illinois' 14th Congressional District continues to show a very tight race to replace Dennis Hastert, but Bill Foster has now taken the lead.  Foster leads Republican Jim Oberweis by 4 points, 45%-41%.  The closeness of the race is highlighted by the generic ballot preference in the district, as 42% prefer a generic Democrat, and 41% prefer a generic Republican. "
Jim Oberweis Believes In Health Care For Cows - Not People
"Jim Oberweis supports health care for all cows in his business. But the Chicago Tribune points out Jim Oberweis is against employers providing health care insurance for people - he says employees should go it alone. Cows get guaranteed health care while people go without. Should we treat cows better than people? Yes, it sounds strange, but you know where Jim Oberweis stands.
[The article provides this link to "The Oberwis Farmer's Pledge". - Bob]
In Painful Past, Hushed Worry About Obama - New York Times
"“I’ve got the best protection in the world,” Mr. Obama, of Illinois, said in an interview, reprising a line he tells supporters who raise the issue with him. “So stop worrying.”  Yet worry they do, with the spring of 1968 seared into their memories, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated in a span of two months."
Analysis Details Missing White House E-mails - Washington Post
"A 2005 technical analysis found that up to 1,000 days of e-mails were missing from White House servers during a 2-1/2 year period, amounting to more than 1 million separate e-mail messages, according to statements from a former White House technology manager released today... McDevitt said in his statements that the analysis included participation by a wide array of government technology officials and outside contractors, and that the full report--which has not been given to Congress--was approximately 250 pages long."

25 Feb

West Chicago
High School
"The ‘All Night Long Committee’ of Community High School District #94 in West Chicago will bring the community together to support a safe After Prom experience for junior and senior high school students and their dates."
Wheaton Academy defeats Maine South & St. Charles North High Schools
"Despite defeating both opponents at the Northwest Suburban Invitational Tournament this past weekend, the legal Warriors from Wheaton Academy just missed placing in the Top Three for the first time all season. Coach Jon Keith commented, “I am really pleased that all of our performances this week were actually better than our last tournament.”"
"State Representatives Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) and Franco Coladipietro (R-Bloomingdale) and State Senator Carole Pankau (R-Itasca) will be hosting a legislative forum on autism. This forum is free and open to the public. In addition to residents sharing their concerns with the representatives, there will be four guest speakers sharing information about existing programs available to local residents."
Cable Com
Channel 17
Cablecom Schedule Posted
  • Tues 6:00 PM COD Images
  • Wed 6:00 PM City Council (2/18/08)
  • Thur 6:00 PM COD Career Paths
EAB Newsletter
"This month's EAB Newsletter discusses the significant shift in monitoring strategy in Illinois. "
DuPage Co. volunteer options
"DuPage County Teen Parent Connection, Inc., is seeking volunteer baby sitters 18 and older.  Volunteers provide care while the child's parents attend support group meetings evenings during the school year at churches in the following locations: Naperville, Roselle, West Chicago and Wheaton. "
DuPage Co. families calendar
"West Chicago's Community High School District 94 Wildcat Preschool has openings at the school, 326 Joliet, West Chicago. Children ages 3½ to 5 must be toilet trained. Sessions begin from 12:20 to 2:05 p.m. Wednesday. The fee is $150 for 36 days. For details, call Patti Kozlowski at (630) 876-6377."
Oberweis wrong on 14th Amendment - Tom Tawney
"Jim Oberweis is wrong to support the diluting of the 14th Amendment and plays to the agenda of the Ku Klux Klan and like-minded white supremacist groups, when he does.  We do not need a congressman who unwittingly or wittingly supports the agenda of white supremacist groups."
The briefs - ComEd recognized
"ComEd and natural landscaping contractor Pizzo & Associates recently received an award from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association for the restoration of prairie and wetland in West Chicago. The roughly 2-acre restored area is located near the Ball Horticultural Co. at 622 Town Road. Since 1994, ComEd has restored more than 300 acres of prairie habitats in its service territory."
Design advice from our own back yard
The Midwest Gardening Symposium at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle March 7 and 8 brings together designers and plant experts from Chicago and the Midwest to speak on "Innovation in the Garden." ... Among the other speakers: Anna Ball, president of Ball Horticultural Co. in West Chicago,..."
Family of missing guitarist marks anniversary of disappearance
"Inside the dimly lit blues club, Chicago Johnny played electric guitar for a few friends and family.  But the music wasn't live. It was an old recording, because John Spira hasn't been seen or heard from in exactly one year."
New HIDTA Designation for Rock Island County
"U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Rock Island County was added to the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) making the county eligible for more funding for equipment, technology and additional resources to combat drug trafficking."



Durbin, Obama and Senate Express Condolences for Those Affected by NIU Shooting
“We stand in solidarity with Northern Illinois University and its students, faculty, staff and administration, as they mourn their losses and as they recover from this tragic incident,”
Obama, Durbin, Johnson Call on the President to Provide Federal Relief for Flooded Illinois Counties
"The Illinois families and businesses affected by January's flooding deserve federal relief to rebuild as quickly as possible," said Senator Obama. "I call on the President to immediately provide grants and loans so these communities can recover."


Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"... fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Cpl. Albert Bitton, United States Army - Hometown: Chicago, Illinois"
Foster and Oberweis Joint Appearance Schedule
"The campaign of Democratic congressional candidate Bill Foster today released a schedule of joint appearances between Foster and Republican Jim Oberweis.  Including last Friday's WBBM-AM radio debate, which aired yesterday, there are six scheduled joint appearances before the Saturday, March 8 special election.  The candidates will appear side-by-side before three editorial boards: the Aurora Beacon News tomorrow, and the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald on Wednesday.  The Beacon News and Tribune will post video of the candidate interviews on their websites.  In addition, the candidates will square off on two more televised forums.  WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" will broadcast live tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 26, at 7:00 pm.  The candidates will sit down at WMAQ studios on Friday morning at 11:00 am for NBC 5's "City Desk," which will air on Sunday morning. "
Clintonite Stabs Obama Supporter
"Ortiz, a Clinton supporter, replied that "Obama was not a realist." While not exactly fighting words, the verbal political tiff led to some mutual choking and punching. And, allegedly, a stabbing in the abdomen."
[This item is provided for those who are getting tired of the rather lengthly presidential campaign.  It could be worse. - Bob]

23&24 Feb



"DuPage County Election Commission 421 N County Farm Rd
Wheaton Office Foyer
Monday thru Friday - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday - 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon
Sunday – 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon"
District 33


Annual Indian Knoll Fun Fair
"The annual Indian Knoll Fun Fair will be held on Friday, March 7 from 6 - 9 pm. This is one of the favorite night for our students. (It ranks just behind Santa Claus paying a visit!) We have games, a Moon Walk, face painting, a raffle, popcorn, baked goods and other yummy food, and a silent auction."
City of
West Chicago to Establish a Senior Citizen Advisory Council
"A new community outreach program in West Chicago, intended to address the needs of senior citizens, will debut in the near future, according to Mayor Michael B. Kwasman. He, along with other City leaders and members of the community, is the driving force behind the initiative to further connect with the senior population in West Chicago."
Linda McGregor - February 19, 2008
"Linda Mary McGregor nee Maderer, age 41, of Warrenville passed away Feb. 19, 2008. Visitation will be held Friday from 3pm until time of service 5 pm at Williams-Woodward Funeral Home 820 Pine Street, West Chicago, IL 60185"
Governor Budget Address Offers No Solutions for State’s Problems
"Stressing the need for the state to have a strong capital bill and cut excessive state spending, State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) was disappointed by Governor Blagojevich’s budget address which lacked specifics in addressing the state’s loss of jobs and our growing deficit."
Foster, Oberweis engage in first debate
"Meeting Friday at WBBM-780 AM's Chicago studio for a taping of the "At Issue" weekly public affairs interview show, the candidates expressed opposition to amnesty for illegal immigrants. Foster, a Democrat, proposed taxing both employers who hire illegal immigrants and illegal immigrants themselves when they apply for citizenship."
Family hasn't given up search for missing St. Charles man
"Among the unanswered questions is whether arson was behind a fire that destroyed Spira's business outside West Chicago, Universal Cable, on Sept. 17, more than six months after he was reported missing. A day before the fire, relatives discovered a 10-by-10-foot banner with Spira's photo and reward information had been vandalized."
Notes on Religion
  • "Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold lent services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 12 at the church, 331 George St., West Chicago. For details, call (630) 231-1175.
  • The First United Methodist and Congregational Church and St. Andrew's Lutheran Church will hold combined services beginning with a light meal at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through March 12 at First Congregational Church, 525 Route 59, West Chicago. For details, call (630) 231-3344."
Briefs: Robbery suspects arrested
"DuPage County sheriff's officers arrested two people suspected of a botched home burglary Friday afternoon on the 0S400 block of Prince Crossing Road near West Chicago. The two suspects are being held in DuPage County jail pending formal charges."
Special election will cost Kane $500,000
"They showed detailed breakout figures that totaled $483,989 to pay for the election to replace former U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Yorkville, who resigned last fall. More than half of the cost is for training and paying the election judges, which comes to a little more than $272,000, Bennett said."
14th Congressional District opponents spar on immigration
"Democratic congressional candidate Bill Foster proposed an "impact fee" for companies that hire people who enter the U.S. illegally and then become guest workers - - an idea Republican foe Jim Oberweis blasted as a tax to allow businesses to break the law."
Daily Chronicle
State planners to hear proposal for NIU's proton cancer research ...
"The treatment and research center is proposed to be the first-of-its-kind in the upper Midwest, using a proton accelerator to treat a variety of cancers. The center would be built in the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago contiguous to the northern boundary of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, which in the late 1980s developed the first proton-therapy accelerator for use in cancer treatment, according to the proton treatment and research center's Web site."
Trib Local C.O.D.'s West Chicago Center Moves to Larger Location
"The college's research was right on target when it was determined that West Chicago had an underserved population," he said. "The WCCEC has helped a large number of adult students to enter, continue or re-enter the world of secondary education. This has been a tremendously successful venture."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 22 Feb 08
In Hastert country, new name rakes it in - Crain's Chicago Business
"So far, Democrat G. William Foster, a former Fermilab physicist and small-business man, has beat his GOP rival, dairy and investment firm executive James D. Oberweis, in the money race by about $100,000, according to Federal Election Commission reports. Each also put roughly $1.4 million of his own funds into the campaign for the March 8 special election.  Mr. Foster has drawn heavily from donors at Fermilab, a major employer in the far west suburban district, as well as from scientists at other national labs and universities across the country. He's even tapped philanthropist William Gates Sr., father of the Microsoft Corp. founder."
China Opportunities Fund (OBCHX)
"... under normal circumstances, invests at least 80% of its net assets in China securities. Currently, China securities include equity securities of companies that are organized under the laws of The People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Singapore. Also, equity securities of companies that have at least 50% of their assets in China or derive at least 50% of their revenues from business activities in China."
Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz
"Berkowitz: "Would you have supported NAFTA if you were there in 1994?" Oberweis: "Yes." Berkowitz: "And CAFTA a few years ago?"  Oberweis: "Yes." Berkowitz: "And you would have no regrets about that?" Oberweis: "No.""
[This links to a You Tube copy of Mr. Oberweis being interviewed by Jeff Berkowitz.  It is a wide ranging conversation where the candidate covers many of his core beliefs. - Bob]
Obama's star rises as whiff of scandal takes shine off McCain - Scotland on Sunday - Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
"IT HAS been a week of contrasting fortunes for the two US presidential front-runners. While Barack Obama has been taken under the wing of a paternal nation after fears were raised he might be the target of an assassination attempt, John McCain's squeaky-clean image has been taking a battering."
Obama pledges to build close ties with India - Sify - Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
"In an article he has written for India Abroad, the Illinois senator has also committed that he will encourage the active engagement and partnership of the Indian American community in "making the change we seek" in US.  "The world's oldest democracy (US) and the world's largest democracy (India) are natural partners, sharing important interests and fundamental democratic values," Obama said in the article for the next edition of the weekly newspaper headquartered in New York."
From the Fact Check Desk: Obama's Army Anecdote
"I called the Obama campaign this morning to chat about this story, and was put in touch with the Army captain in question.  He told me his story, which I found quite credible, though for obvious reasons he asked that I not mention his name or certain identifying information.  Short answer: He backs up Obama's story."

22 Feb

Merle Berleigh Around and About in West Chicago - 20 Feb 2008
  • Ward 2 Alderman Greg Kauth
  • Wheaton Academy Spring musical is “My Fair Lady.”
  • West Chicago Wildcat Classic 3-on-3 Open Basketball Tournament
  • Increased Water and Sewer Bill in each of the next two years

Scholastic Book Fair
Mary's Parish School, 147 Garden Street, will be hosting the Scholastic Book Fair from March 3rd through March 7th. On Wednesday, March 5th, there will be a Family Reading Night from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Mayor Michael Kwasman of West Chicago will be at the event reading a short story at 5:30 followed by West Chicago Police Officer Robyn Nielsen at 6:00 p.m.. They will be followed by other guest readers from the school community. All are welcome to attend. You can get more information by calling the school office at 630-231-1776 for hours and more information.

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. Your children will be learning in a safe and fun environment. They will get ready for kindergarten as they explore the hands-on area, dramatic play, art and much more!"
"This year the CHS Education Foundation welcomes the youth and adult Wheelchair Division to the Second Annual West Chicago Wildcat Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The entry fee for all wheelchair players will be $60. All players will receive a Wildcat Classic T-shirt and each division champion team member will receive a trophy. The adult Wheelchair Division Champion team will receive a cash prize. This event is being presented by NorthStar Credit Union in order to benefit the District #94 Community High School Education Foundation."

City of


School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University Has Graduated Commander Spencer L. Kroning
"The West Chicago Police Department is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Commander Spencer L. Kroning from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University."
Rep.Randy Ramey


State Needs to Look Ahead, Invest in Jobs, Infrastructure, Schools
"With an impending recession already negatively affecting state spending, State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) said Illinois residents cannot be subjected to another tax increase proposal this year."
Briefs: Officer finishes training
"West Chicago police officer Spencer Kronig recently graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University. The 10-week program, which was held in Elmhurst, allows officers to take college-level courses on a variety of topics, including management theory, organizational behavior, budgeting, staffing allocation and personnel deployment."
Durbin comes to town for Foster health-care message
"Citing rising health-care costs and millions of people without insurance, Foster promoted a plan that invests in preventative measures, lower drug prices and a "pooling" of health insurance available to small businesses."
Family marks one-year anniversary of John Spira's disappearance
"Spira, an accomplished blues musician and an aviation and racing enthusiast, was last scene at about 7 p.m. Feb. 23, 2007, at Universal Cable Construction, the business he started more than a decade ago, in unincorporated West Chicago."
Amtrak receives good news on access to CN lines - Salem Times Commoner - IL,
" The letter, dated February 14, assures Durbin that Amtrak will be allowed to continue its use of CN's St. Charles Air Line route indefinitely, until an acceptable alternate route is found.  When CN announced plans to acquire the EJ&E lines, there was concern that Amtrak would no longer be able to use the St. Charles Air Line route, along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and would instead have to travel along the new lines, adding several hours to the travel time of commuters and jeopardizing the Amtrak service for downstate residents traveling to and from Chicago."



Obama, Durbin, Johnson Call on the President to Provide Federal Relief for Flooded Illinois Counties
""The Illinois families and businesses affected by January's flooding deserve federal relief to rebuild as quickly as possible," said Senator Obama. "I call on the President to immediately provide grants and loans so these communities can recover."
Durbin, Foster Say Cut Health Care Costs, Don't End Employers Paying for Health Care
“In 2006, the cost of health insurance increased by 6.9 percent, with the average family paying nearly $12,000 for insurance. It’s clear that our health care system needs to change. I’ll take on the big drug and insurance companies and fight to cut costs for health insurance."
Foster Ties Oberweis to Same Old Failed Policies at Debate
"Foster specifically contrasted his own health care proposal, which would increase access and affordability, with Oberweis' intention to get rid of employer-provided health insurance. Employer-based health insurance covers over 158 million Americans, including nearly 7.5 million Illinoisans. Foster advocates a guaranteed basic level of care combined with additional private insurance."
Media Advisory - Bill Foster for Congress
  • "Who: Bill Foster and Jim Oberweis, nominees for 14th congressional district special election
  • What: The taping of the forum, for WBBM-AM's "At Issue," will take place at 10 AM in Chicago, and will be broadcast on Sunday morning. Members of the media are invited to cover the debate at the WBBM News Radio studios.
  • When: TOMORROW, Friday, February 22, 2008, 10:00 am
  • At Issue" will air at 9:30 am and 9:30 pm, Sunday, February 24, and a podcast will be available at"
overview of the Governor’s - Capitol Connection - 2-22-08
"The analysis provides a summary of the $60 billion-plus budget and the Governor’s proposed tax increases, program expansions and borrowing plans.  The General Funds component of the budget totals $28.9 billion which represents an increase of $1.45 billion, or 5.3%."

21 Feb

West Chicago
High School
Board Briefs for Feb 19th meeting
The District 94 Board Briefs are unofficial minutes/notes of what occurred at a school board meeting used to keep the faculty and staff informed.  They are posted at the District 94 web site to help inform the citizens about what happened.   Official minutes are posted only after approval by the board, typically at the next meeting.
St. Patrick’s Day Bash & Silent Auction Fundraiser
  • 7:00 p.m.Saturday, March 15th, 2008
  • Kline Creek Country Club, 1 N 333 Pleasant Hill Road,
    Winfield, IL
  • Please join us to raise money for the 2008 After Prom Event!
    Please mark your calendars.
  • For tickets contact Becky Koltz at 630-251-0251
  • Tickets are on sale now at Pal Joeys, Sandpiper Restaurant and the State Bank of Illinois!
  • Tickets $20 or $25 at the door.
Roskam insensitive on social justice
"According to the chart, my congressman, Peter Roskam, voted with this social justice lobby just 8 percent of the time. This can be contrasted to past years when his predecessor, Henry Hyde, would vote with Network closer to 50 percent of the time ... What surprises me is that his votes do not seem to reflect the views of the majority of his constituents in Illinois' 6th U.S. District. "
Foster, supporters, give McCain cold shoulder
"I respect Senator McCain and his decades of service for this country, but when it comes to Iraq, I think Senator McCain, President Bush and Jim Oberweis are flat wrong on Iraq,"
Split GOP in Kendall issues call for unity
"At the same time, Kendall County saw an unprecedented 9,600 voters pull Democratic ballots, compared to 11,600 residents who voted Republican.  "We could definitely use more help," Oberweis told KCRCSC members who predominantly favored his primary opponent, State Sen. Chris Lauzen, in the race to succeed former House speaker Dennis Hastert as 14th District congressman. "It doesn't matter whether you voted for me."
14th District vote counting closes today
"Today is the last day for election officials across the 14th Congressional District to count properly cast provisional and absentee ballots for the Feb. 5 primary. Those ballots are what Laesch, unofficially trailing Bill Foster by 355 votes for the Democratic nomination, has hinged his next move on."
Laesch still awaiting results
"Although Bill Foster claimed victory in the Democratic primaries, Laesch has yet to concede in the general primary.  Laesch conceded in the special election Feb. 5.  “We’re just waiting at this point,” Laesch campaign spokesman Alan Nowakowski said. “We’re still awaiting results."
State Rep Paul Froehlich Holds DuPage Board Accountable With HB4717
"What this means in plain English is that if DuPage wants to use the quarter cent sales tax increase County Chair Robert Schillerstrom quietly inserted into the state transportation bill - then the county board has to formally vote for it - and agree to annually report on the taxes it collects. Otherwise they receive no extra money."
Durbin Focuses On Foreclosure Problem During Visit To Central Illinois - WEEK-TV - East Peoria,IL
"There are fewer dollars for police protection, fire protection and all the things you account for in government. So, it has a negative ripple effect all the way down,"
Durbin pushes plan to boost campus safety - Chicago Sun-Times
"While Durbin said no such law could have prevented the killings at NIU in DeKalb or at Virginia Tech, he said the federal government has a "special obligation" to encourage campus safety. He urged Congress to adopt a measure he co-sponsored with Sen. Barack Obama."
Barack Obama - a John Kennedy for our times - Times Online - UK
"It is hard to see who can stop Senator Barack Obama becoming the next President of the United States. He has built up an excitement such as no candidate has created since President Kennedy in 1960. He is, in my view, a better speaker than Kennedy. Like Kennedy, he combines personal magnetism with a strong appeal to American idealism."
Durbin, Foster Say Cut Health Care Costs, Don't End Employers Paying for Health Care
“In 2006, the cost of health insurance increased by 6.9 percent, with the average family paying nearly $12,000 for insurance. It’s clear that our health care system needs to change. I’ll take on the big drug and insurance companies and fight to cut costs for health insurance."
Front-Runners Join Fray Over Hastert's Seat - Wall Street Journal
"The 14th District has long been a Republican stronghold -- with Republicans outnumbering Democrats by about two to one. Mr. Bush won 54% of the vote in the district in 2004.  Even in 2006, when Mr. Hastert was enduring the lowest personal approval ratings of his career in the wake of the Mark Foley-page scandal, he won re-election with 60% of the vote ... A poll taken by the Foster campaign pegged the race at a statistical dead heat."
Media Advisory
"Today scientist and businessman Bill Foster will be joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin at a press conference at the Dreyer Medical Clinic in Aurora to discuss expanding access to health care.  Foster will fight to expand access to health care in Washington; Republican Jim Oberweis says he wants to eliminate employer-based health insurance.
  • Who: Illinois Senator Dick Durbin; scientist and businessman Bill Foster, IL-14 congressional nominee
  • What: Press conference on expanding access to health care    
  • When: TODAY, Thursday, February 21, 2008, 10:00 AM
  • Dreyer Medical Clinic -- West Aurora 1870 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL "
Rep Hastert


Weak Republicans Eager to Stump with McCain - WIS - Columbia,SC
"Whether McCain helps or hurts vulnerable Republicans will be tested in House elections as well. The first real insights into McCain's pull in congressional elections will be a March 8 special election for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's Illinois seat. McCain is holding a $1,000-a-person fundraiser for GOP candidate Jim Oberweis on Wednesday in what has become a surprisingly competitive race."


Governor Blagojevich appeals federal decision not to provide assistance for flood victims in Iroquois, Livingston
“We were disappointed when our request for federal assistance was denied. I urge President Bush to review the new information we’re submitting showing just how extensive flood damage is in Iroquois and Livingston Counties and quickly approve our appeal so people can repairs and return to their homes.”
Business and Labor leaders voice support for Gov. Blagojevich's plan to boost Illinois' economy
“Economic times are getting rough throughout our country.  Families and businesses are struggling to get by.  People are looking to their elected leaders for solutions to get our economy moving again,” said the Governor.  “The plan I announced yesterday will pump billions of dollars back into our economy and put more people to work.  Ultimately, when people are working and their families are doing well, then government is doing well.”
What FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds found in translation  - Dallas Morning News
"Both Mr. Grassley and Mr. Leahy – a Republican and a Democrat, who interviewed her at length in 2002 – attest to Ms. Edmonds' believability. The Department of Justice inspector general investigation into her claims about the translations unit and an internal FBI review confirmed most of her allegations. Former FBI senior counterintelligence officer John Cole has independently confirmed her report of the presence of Pakistani intelligence service penetrations within the FBI translators' pool."
[Some readers might recall that this is the lady that accused Rep. Hastert of accepting $500K of illegal campaign contributions from Turkey.  A Google search shows 29,700 hits. - Bob]

20 Feb

WEST CHICAGO: Early road-salt deal yields sweet savings
"The City Council on Monday approved spending $75,000 for 1,500 tons of it from Cargill Salt of Ohio. At $49 a ton, one-third the going rate for road salt, the expenditure saves residents roughly $150,000.  "Back in early January, we reserved our purchase price for salt when the supply throughout the state was still good," said West Chicago Public Works Director Robert Flatter. "We're hoping we have enough now to get us through the rest of the winter.""
Sen. Durbin and Health Advocates: New Generation of Tobacco Products Threatens Efforts To Reduce Tobacco Use in Illinois
“New tobacco products like candy-flavored cigarettes demonstrate that the tobacco industry continues to find ways to target our kids despite their claims to the contrary,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.  “Tobacco products are the number one cause of preventable death in the United States, yet they are unregulated to protect public health.  That’s why I’m working in Congress to protect Illinois’ children from tobacco addiction by giving the FDA authority over tobacco.”
Does Producing Pennies Make Cents?
"While most other forms of currency costs pennies on the dollar to produce, the one cent coin literally costs pennies on the penny to produce, about 1.7 cents to be exact.  At current production rates, the federal government spends more than $134 million to produce 8 billion pennies annually, a loss of $54 million to the taxpayer. Does this make any sense?"
[I predict that changing this will cost $200 Million... just wanted to put in my two cents. - Bob]
Fiscal Year 2009 budget focused on boosting Illinois' economy and helping working families
“And when times are tough, I believe the best way to fight for families and fight for people is to focus on strengthening the economy.”
Fort Hood soldiers breaking the silence in war in Iraq" - Channel 8 in Austin
"And with the number of soldiers speaking up about their experiences in Iraq via online forums, blogs and pamphlets, some vets feel it's their duty to let the American public know the truth.   "The honest truth is that if the American people knew what was going on over there everyday, they would be raising their voices too. They would be saying, 'Hey, bring those guys home," Sgt. Selena Coppa said."

19 Feb

W. Chicago alderman praised for service
"Kauth, who has served on the city council for the last five years, resigned to take a promotion as a shipping manager for General Electric in Houston.  "West Chicago will always occupy a large part of my heart," Kauth said. "The people here welcomed me with open arms."
[I've always thought of Greg as a thoughtful, well meaning person and regret his departure... but hope he takes his banjo with him. - Bob]
DuPage Co. library calendar
"Kim Tice of Kim's Confections will present a hands-on chocolate workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Chicago Public Library, 118 W. Washington St. Tice will discuss different types of chocolate and teach students how to dip and mold. Participants also will sample a variety of different chocolates. Registration is required. For details, call (630) 231-1552, ext. 4."
Durbin Bill to Help Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure Set for Debate in Senate
"“Home ownership is a pillar of our economy, and an integral part of the American dream.  But the headlines that have filled the newspapers lately have described a nightmare.  Thousands of families are losing their homes, and millions more are at risk of foreclosure.  Whatever the reason that families may find themselves unable to pay their mortgages, the effect of foreclosure is the same: disaster for the family, for the surrounding neighborhood, and for the economy,”"
Durbin: Study Brings Amtrak One Step Closer to Quad Cities
“We now have a feasibility study that shows us that adding rail service between the Quad Cities and Chicago will give businesses and tourists a time competitive and convenient alternative to driving. Amtrak already provides quick, cost-effective, and reliable public ground transportation to 30 communities in the state — it's time to add the Quad Cities to that list.”


18 Feb




Think Snow?
For those West Chicago residents who are getting tired of snow and shoveling, it could be worse.  For West Chicago residents who think snow means snowmobiles, the weather is great in Wisconsin's north woods.  they now have over 100 inches of snow this year.  Current Trail, Ski, Weather Conditions show that it's time for that weekend up north.
After posting the Daily Herald item about Trinity Lutheran's 7 pm Wednesday night Lenten Service, I was reminded/requested to mention that Trinity has a soup supper after their Wednesday night service.  Residents are invited to check out the service and stop down to the basement thereafter for soup and to meet members of the congregation. - Bob
Cable Com
Channel 17
Cablecom Schedule Posted ... including:
  • Tuesday 6:00 PM     COD Images
  • Wednesday 6:00 PM     City Council (2/18/08)
  •  Thursday 6:00 PM COD Career Paths
Wakeup call sent to GOP - Bob Larsen
"I am honored to have been chosen by those same voters to represent the Republican Party on the ballot for county board District 6. I thank each and every one of them for their trust, and I will work hard to earn that trust. I have heard that wakeup call, and I intend to answer it."
Support Ramey's HB5756
"Illinois State Representative Randy Ramey was a guest on WLS Jerry Agar’s show. He spoke about the new legislation he introduced in Springfield last Friday, HB 5756. Representative Ramey stated that local law enforcement would be able to ask the immigration status of a person when they have committed a crime."
Durbin Bill Would Improve Security at U.S. College Campuses
“The tragic events at Northern Illinois University underscore the need for our nation’s colleges and universities to have emergency plans in place,” said Durbin. “From all accounts it appears NIU did everything right in responding quickly and comprehensively to the tragedy.”
[I don't understand this.  Sen.Durbin wants to encode into law measures that at NIU proved to be insufficient. - Bob]
'Meet the Press' transcript for Feb. 17, 2008 - MSNBC
"We've seen record turnouts in the Democratic primaries, and I think there's a, there's a feeling that Barack Obama's captured the imagination of millions of voters across America. That's good for the party and it's good for the country."
Political Memo Obama Adding Detail to His Oratory - New York Times
"Even as he was dismissing Mrs. Clinton’s criticism, he appeared to be taking it at least mildly to heart — a suggestion that as a line of attack, she might be on to something.  Suddenly, he was injecting a few more specifics into his campaign speeches."
Poverty Is Poison - PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times
"...  if a progressive wins this election, it will be by promising to ease the anxiety of the middle class rather than aiding the poor. And for a variety of reasons, health care, not poverty, should be the first priority of a Democratic administration.  But ultimately, let’s hope that the nation turns back to the task it abandoned — that of ending the poverty that still poisons so many American lives."

16&17 Feb

Search for Alumni
"Trinity Lutheran Church and School in West Chicago, IL is looking for past School Alumni.  If you know of anyone that attended the school...even as far back as the early 1940's please call the school office at 630-231-5849.  A Celebration is in the planning stages  and photo's, names and current addresses would be greatly appreciated."
[You could also email by clicking here. - Bob]
"Have you thought about taking a yoga class? Maybe you have tried yoga, but would like to know a little more about this beneficial form of exercise. Join our certified yoga instructor, Terry Riban, for this informational session on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 7:00 p.m."
Funeral Home
Bruce Obituary
"Cecil A. Bruce, age 88, of West Chicago, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2008. He was born on June 21, 1919 in Omaha, Illinois to Herman and Carrie Bruce. Cecil was a decorated WWII US Army Veteran. He received several medals while in the Army which included 3 Overseas Service Bars, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon w/4 Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Silver Star Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal."
Notes on Religion
  • "Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold lent services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 12 at the church, 331 George St., West Chicago. For details, call (630) 231-1175."
  • "The First United Methodist and Congregational Church and St. Andrew's Lutheran Church will hold combined services beginning with a light meal at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through March 12 at First Congregational Church, 525 Route 59, West Chicago. For details, call (630) 231-3344."
They can only hope to contain the ash borer
"Bryon Doerr has been peeling away bark all winter with one mission in mind -- to find signs of emerald ash borer beetles.  The surveyor with Morton Arboretum's trap tree program inspects dozens of trees searching for larvae galleries created by the small, metallic green bugs."
Police beat
"A West Chicago man was taken to Delnor-Community Hospital after an accident at 11:13 p.m. Monday on Averill Road east of Kirk Road. Dain E. Drake, 20, of 870 Brentwood Court, was driving east when he braked for oncoming traffic, but was unable to stop on the snow-covered road. He hit the back of a parked Peterbilt 387 truck."
NIU had plans in place for disaster
"They did a nice job with the automated phone calls and Web site," said NIU sports information director emeritus Michael Korcek, as he waited for an all-clear from the Chick Evans Field House."
Latest news: NIU officials still unsure when classes will restart
“(Administrators) are taking in all the information as they’re getting it,” said Erickson, who did not know when more information about NIU’s future would be made public.  She is steering people to NIU’s Web site,, for more information."
State lawmakers push, pull on gun control following NIU shootings
“I can imagine the fear and the horror if I were giving that lecture and someone broke in with that kind of death and destruction in mind,’’ Fortner said. “So at this time, I think we need to do all we can to make sure that the victims’ families, the students, the faculty and staff, the whole NIU community is in our thoughts and prayers ..."
Chicago Business
Rail exec's traffic fix sidetracked
"But communities along the EJ&E think Mr. Harrison's remedy will only create problems where none exist today. In Barrington, West Chicago, Plainfield and other towns, the EJ&E has been hardly noticed for decades. No more than a few trains a day pass over large portions of the route, which is owned by U.S. Steel Corp.  Houses, schools and fire stations sprang up near the tracks without plans for underpasses or regard for the line's strategic potential for major railroads."
St. Charles East to host night for students with disabilities
"Students and families from St. Charles School District, Batavia, Geneva, Kaneland, Burlington, West Chicago, U-46, and the Mid-Valley Cooperative are invited to attend. Families can receive information from in-state and out-of-state colleges, vocational schools, adult agencies, day and residential programs, recreation and transportation service providers."




Lawmakers propose new Social Security card - United Press International
"U.S. Reps. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Peter Roskam, R-Ill., introduced a bill Tuesday that calls for issuing Social Security cards with photographs, fingerprints, bar codes and other security features, the Chicago Tribune said."
Dirty money requires clean elections - The Rice Thresher - Houston,TX
"So what can be done about this special interest money that gums up our elections? For one, there is the option of public financing for campaigns. Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois has heard voters’ frustrations and now is standing up to the powers that have controlled Washington for too long. On March 15, 2007, Durbin introduced a Senate bill that would create a federal system of what would be called “Clean Elections”..."
"Comment is free, but facts are sacred." -- CP Scott, editor ... - Washington Post
"Two other Democratic senators on the committee, Barbara Boxer (CA), and Richard Durbin (IL), said that Obama had little choice except to go along with Inhofe, in order to keep his legislation alive. Both scoffed at Clinton's claims of a "backroom deal" between Obama and Exelon.  "The choice came down to no bill or a weaker bill," said Boxer, who said she is "neutral" in the presidential campaign. "Barack tried desperately to get it through, but got the best thing he could.""

15 Feb

DuPage County DuPage County Sheriff's Entrance Exam
"Preliminary registration is available at the Personnel Office, Room 3-300, JTK Administration Building, 421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday from February 11 – February 22, 2008. Registration must be returned by 4:00 p.m. February 22, 2008 (no photocopies accepted). A written examination will be held on February 23 at the JTK Administration Building, 421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187."
[Additional information is available at the above WegoWeb Calendar link or at the Sheriff's website. - Bob]
NIU Shooting Coverage
NIU Shooting Coverage
State House pays respects to Hyde, Geo-Karis
"Congressman Hyde gave his call and wanted to get involved," Fortner said. "For someone who had that kind of tenure in the House, I was extremely impressed and I think goes to the kind of character Henry Hyde brought to Congress and the kind of work I'm sure he brought to this body as well."
Christian rock band to raise funds for refugee families
"Although the father, Puday, works at a meat processing plant in West Chicago, the family is getting financial support from Baker Memorial that will enable them to eventually purchase a home.  Adams said he hopes the concert will pave the way for future refugees to settle in the area."
Bipartisan Consumer Safety Legislation
"For too long, families have worried about the safety of their children’s toys. This legislation will help stop dangerous products from reaching store shelves; ensure that recalls are faster and put some bite in the toothless tiger that is the CPSC."
Durbin Bill Would Help Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure
"The law should give American families facing foreclosure the opportunity to negotiate a workout on their mortgages. This bill may help them reach a degree of financial stability -- even when the market cannot,"
Impact of Pending EJ&E Sale on Rail Service
"Further, Durbin cautioned that a purchase by CN of the EJ&E railroad without specific conditions would effectively eliminate a CN rail line critical to the operation of six daily Amtrak trains. This action would put at serious risk Amtrak service to Champaign and Carbondale, one of the fastest growing Amtrak lines in the nation."
Statement of Senator Barack Obama on NIU Shooting
"Today we offer them our prayers, but we must also offer them our determination to do whatever it takes to eradicate this violence from our streets and our schools; from our neighborhoods and our cities. That is our duty as Americans, and that is our solemn obligation as mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, neighbors and friends."
Autism Forum - March 17
"Last year I sponsored a forum on autism, and based on its success I'll be doing that again this year with Rep. Coladipietro. The focus of the talks will be on education and options in the education system. The forum will be on March 17 at 7:00 pm at the Wheaton Community Center."


87 yr-old NH state rep announces fast for impeachment - After Downing Street
"I just got off the phone with Betty Hall. She is the 14-term State of N.H. representative who has introduced to the state house HR 24 to impeach Bush and Cheney. The public Hearing for the resolution is next Tuesday Feb. 19th (the day after President's day).  She is joining the Code Pink fast.  She is 87 years old and refuses to eat again until Conyers begins impeachment proceedings. She told me "I've had a good life. I can't think of any better way to end it."

14 Feb

Pablo Calderon - February 13, 2008
"Pablo Calderon, age 76 a resident of West Chicago for over 30 years. Born in Mexico July 20th,1931. Died Wednesday Feb.13th peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family."
Breaking news: Several people injured in shooting at NIU
"Reports have said the shooter is down but that has not been confirmed by law enforcement officials. Police have established a perimeter around Cole Hall, and 15-20 emergency vehicles were in the area."
Merle Berleigh


Around and About in West Chicago - 13 Feb 2008
  • Shopping Cart “Race Against Hunger”
  • Park District’s Annual Firehouse Chili Fest
  • School District 33 Foundation for Educational Excellence $10,000 College Scholarship Raffle
  • Daily Herald’s “Meet the Principal,” series
Both parties think the 14th District is theirs to take
"Statewide, it's the Democrats who are celebrating the loudest because their turnout was higher across Illinois. Even in Kane County, which sits within the 14th Congressional District and also historically favors the GOP, there were just 524 more Republican than Democratic ballots cast last week. Two years ago in the primary, there were 13,246 more GOP than Democratic ballots cast."
Dist. 25 not planning on merging with nearby school districts
"Benjamin Elementary District 25 won't be participating in any talks of merging with three nearby school districts.  Officials with the two-school district made the announcement Wednesday -- two days after nearby Winfield Elementary District 34 appointed representatives to a joint committee to explore consolidation."
Business Briefs - Jel Sert expansion will add 300 jobs in West Chicago
"The Jel Sert Company is investing $10 million to expand its business operations in West Chicago, as announced by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Well-known for its many consumer food brands including Wyler's powdered drink mix and Royal gelatin and pudding, the Jel Sert Company recently introduced a milk flavoring straw called "Sipahh," which is becoming a favorite of children and their parents nationwide."
Merging schools makes a lot of sense - John C. Smith Jr.
"It just seems to make common sense that with one administration, there will be a better coordination of educational policy that tends to ensure that all students make their way to high school better equipped to be successful there.  And with a potential savings of resources, it should be easier to provide more for all the students without an added burden on the taxpayer."
McCain visit for Oberweis next week
"Oberweis spokesman Bill Pascoe said McCain's appearance is part of an attempt to reach across the aisle and pull in non-Republican voters... "You would be hard-pressed to find a Republican better suited to make an argument to independent and Democratic voters than John McCain," Pascoe said."
Gunman opens fire on NIU campus
"Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb is expecting to treat up to 15 students though none had arrived as of about 3:40 p.m., Hospital supervisor Suzanne Mullis said.  "We don't have any of the details," said Mullis. "Our E.D. (emergency department) has got everybody down there and ready.""
New: Obama endorses Foster
"In a statement released this afternoon, Foster’s campaign said Obama has a forthcoming TV ad that has the Illinois senator saying Foster can “deliver change” in Congress."
McCain to raise cash for Oberweis in race to succeed Hastert
"Republican presidential front-runner John McCain will come to far west suburban Chicago next week to raise money for 14th District Congressional candidate Jim Oberweis as he tries to succeed former House Speaker Dennis Hastert.  McCain is scheduled to appear next Wednesday night on Oberweis’ behalf at Rich Harvest Farms, a private golf course in Sugar Grove."
14th District race may not be GOP rout
"In fact, they're all about getting the people who support your ideas to go to the polls in greater numbers than those who support your opponent's ideas, no matter which ideas the actual majority of people support.  And the greater the number of registered voters inclined to sit out an election -- as they likely will be March 8, which is a Saturday -- the more important that effort becomes."

Obama Says Bill Foster "Can Deliver Change"
"The campaign of scientist and businessman Bill Foster announced that Democratic presidential candidate and Illinois favorite son Barack Obama has cut a broadcast TV ad stating that Foster can "deliver change" in Congress... The 30-second Obama endorsement spot is a positive ad that clearly establishes Foster as the change candidate in the special election

Poll shows 14th District race in dead heat
"This is kind of an earthquake," Foster spokesman Tom Bowen said Tuesday, referring to the traditional GOP foundation across the 14th District. "They should be leading by 10 points ... because he's known by more people and he's Republican."

Illinois Delegation Seeks Bush Review of FutureGen
"“Five years ago, the President assured us that the final decision on FutureGen would be based on science, not politics -- and that's the basis by which Mattoon was chosen,” said Durbin. “Despite the confusing and contradictory positions taken by the Department of Energy, today we are urging the President to stand by his word and support FutureGen in Mattoon.”"
Durbin and Coleman Praise Committee Passage of Legislation to Assist Students in Studying Abroad
“Because of his dream and the committee’s action today, we have an opportunity to send the next generation of Americans out into the world with open minds and they will come back home with new ideas, compassion, and understanding. I hope that the Senate takes advantage of the opportunity with swift passage.”
Obama Statement on Toxic Gulf Coast Trailers
""Today's CDC report confirms our worst fears - the trailers distributed to victims of Hurricane Katrina by the Bush Administration were contaminated with dangerous levels of toxic fumes.  "Every day we learn more and more about the Bush Administration's catastrophic failure to respond to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina."
Obama, Hagel, Cantwell, Smith Hail Committee Passage of the Global Poverty Act
"It must be a priority of American 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 important bill will demonstrate our promise and commitment to those in the developing world."


Honoring Adeline Geo-Karis, Former State Senator
"... to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: The Honorable Adeline Geo-Karis, Former State Senator"
Homeowner’s Assistance Initiative, nation’s most comprehensive statewide program to prevent foreclosures
“The crisis in the sub-prime mortgage market has had a devastating impact on homeowners and entire communities across our country.  In Illinois alone, it is possible that up to 70,000 homeowners will face foreclosure this year."

Judge Rules Ohio Curbs on Voter Registration Drives Unenforceable
"At the time, DeWine said he did not believe that the rules are the problem. He said Blackwell properly drafted the rules to comply with the bill, but that the bill "might need to be fixed because the legislature did not intend to subject registrars to criminal prosecution for first turning their voter registration forms over to a supervisor.""

13 Feb  
Mexico, Illinois join to supply bilingual teachers
"Illinois and Mexican officials have not ironed out the details of the new program, but Illinois has a similar deal with the Spanish government that could provide a model.  The arrangement with Spain has brought about 270 Spanish teachers to Illinois schools. The teachers generally stay for three years."
DuPage leaders revive death penalty debate
"DuPage County State's Attorney Joseph Birkett noted that changes were made to improve the system since the moratorium was imposed eight years ago. State reps. Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst and Randy Ramey of Carol Stream joined him at a morning news conference."
Foster's poll cites 'dead heat' in 14th District
" A poll sponsored by Democrat Bill Foster shows him within striking distance of Republican Jim Oberweis in the 14th Congressional District special election.  The telephone survey of 525 "likely voters," conducted in the five days after the Feb. 5 dual congressional primaries, showed Republican Oberweis leading 45 percent to Foster's 43 percent."
Bargain hunters strike gold at Elgin home store
"Beverly and Carl McFarland of West Chicago come to Elgin's ReStore several times a month searching for inexpensive ways to upgrade their Wisconsin cottage. A few weeks ago, they bought a new dishwasher for $75, and on this trip, the couple were eyeing a floor lamp marked at $7."
Oberweis, Foster duel over Iraq in race to succeed Hastert
"Foster, a former Fermilab physicist and businessman, has said publicly that as a Congressman he would not vote for more money for troops in Iraq unless it came with a timetable for troop withdrawal. Foster has said he is opposed to giving President Bush “blank checks.”"
Durbin, Senators Urge President to Rethink Signing Statement on Darfur Legislation
“While the President’s rhetoric on Darfur has been strong, his actions have not been,” Durbin said. “The administration’s insistence on selectively enforcing laws is unprecedented. We urge the president to remember his position and put real pressure on the Sudanese government to end the genocide in Darfur.”
Durbin, Obama, Emanuel Ask EPA to Perform Comprehensive Review of BP Permits
"The Illinois members were surprised to see that permits were already being issued for the refinery - given that Indiana is still working out a revised State Implementation Plan that is supposed to set higher emissions standards. In today's letter the Illinois members asked the EPA to explain whether or not the recently issued draft air permits will meet the new standards as outlined in the revised State Implementation Plan."
Statement on FISA
"I am proud to stand with Senator Dodd, Senator Feingold and a grassroots movement of Americans who are refusing to let President Bush put protections for special interests ahead of our security and our liberty. There is no reason why telephone companies should be given blanket immunity to cover violations of the rights of the American people - we must reaffirm that no one in this country is above the law."
Rep Peter Roskam


Lenders Move to Stem Foreclosure Tide
"Under the new initiative named Project Lifeline, homeowners will have the opportunity to request a 30 day freeze on foreclosures.  This effort importantly respects the free market and individual debts, while giving both homeowners and lenders additional time to find a way to make the mortgage more affordable."
Is the Future for the Illinois GOP as Bleak as Pundits Say? Yep! - Chicago Daily Observer
"Even 6th Dist. Rep. Peter Roskam could have a real battle on his hands. Though Roskam has been tone-perfect in his first term, the district is competitive enough that a Democratic surge could make him sweat."
American Samoan baby dies after customs holdup in Honolulu airport
"Futi's son, Michael Tony, died Friday at the airport after he, Futi and the nurse, Arizona Veavea, were kept in a locked room after flying nearly five hours from American Samoa so the child could be treated for a birth defect, a hole in his heart, Fried said."

12 Feb

Rep.Randy Ramey


February E-Newsletter
"After several trips to Springfield for comprehensive discussions on several legislative bills, the mass transit issue in Illinois has now been solved, averting a doomsday crisis that was to be enacted Jan. 20 if a funding mechanism was not implemented."
Reboletti, Ramey File “Tough on Crime” Legislative Package
"Responding to the increase in multiple homicides and the recent wave of young children being caught in the cross fire, State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) filed legislation which would lift the moratorium on the death penalty, broaden the scope of defendants eligible for the death penalty and continue to reform the system."
Oberweiss Campaign SEnds Out Smear
Although I have previously, posted any press release sent by a local politician, today, in my email, I received my first press release from the Oberweiss campaign.  I can NOT, in good conscience, propagate an item which I consider a vile smear of his opponent.  I look forward receiving and posting more temperate and reasonable items that explain the Oberweiss position in the future, but hereby state that I will review and evaluate, but not post items from Oberweiss (nor Foster for that matter) which characterize his opponent rather than explain his own positions. - Bob
Foster blasts Oberweis' stance on Iraq
"Lifelong Republican and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Don Cassiday stood alongside Foster at a news conference Monday at Foster's Aurora campaign office to break ranks and endorse Foster.  "I think that Mr. Oberweis' stand of continuing to support the Bush administration in Iraq is very unwise and I think the future of this country depends very heavily on our getting out of there," said Cassiday, an Aurora resident. "That's my reason for supporting Bill." "
Winfield elementary schools open to idea of merging with 3 others
"The idea of consolidating the four districts was proposed last month at a joint meeting by District 94 school board President Tony Reyes... Board members in District 34 were receptive to deliberating the idea, but were openly skeptical of pushing the plan through without an up-to-date study of how consolidation would impact the respective school districts."
DuPage Co. hobby calendar
"Fancywork Day house tours will be offered on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Visitors will learn about knitting, tatting and other crafts used to make decorative items in the 19th century. Admission is free. For details, call (630) 876-5900."
Bill aims to keep sex offenders off MySpace, Facebook
"The main focus of the bill is to require parental permission for minors to set up accounts on social-networking sites and to allow parents to access their children’s accounts. The bill also would require companies to verify the age of those who start accounts on their sites."
Where to warm up in DuPage County
"For more information or heating site locations, call DuPage County Human Services at (630) 407-6500 or (800) 942-9412."
GOP scores 2 wins--for ballot positions, that is
"Monday's lottery also means all Republicans, from presidential candidate to precinct committeeman, will get the higher ballot position in November."
Business Calendar
"Institute of Management Accountants (IMA): Fox River Valley Chapter. Dinner/technical meeting. Feb. 20. "Foreign Assignment: The Net Effect." Shannon Toler, College of DuPage. St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 3N441 Illinois 59, West Chicago."
Durbin and Whitehouse Call for Investigation on Waterboarding
"The Attorney General’s justification for refusing to open an investigation is that, “no one who relied in good faith on the Department’s past advice should be subject to criminal investigation for actions taken in reliance on that advice.” However, this does not address Senator Durbin’s request that “a Justice Department investigation should explore whether waterboarding was authorized and whether those who authorized it violated the law” (our emphasis)."
New Mortgage Aid Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough
“The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider my bill to help families avoid foreclosure as soon as Thursday. I hope the committee will pass the bill quickly so hundreds of thousands of people can keep their homes.”
on the Attempted Assassination of Jose Ramos-Horta
"I send my thoughts and prayers to Ramos-Horta, his family, and the people of East Timor, and I commend the Australian soldiers and medical personnel who cared for the wounded president in Dili and then rushed him to Darwin, where he is receiving critical care."
Obama Demands Pentagon Release Unclassified Study of Postwar Iraq Plan to Congress
"I am troubled by news reports that the U.S. Army suppressed an unclassified study of the planning for postwar Iraq prepared by the RAND Corporation because it was critical of the White House, the Department of Defense, and other government agencies."
Rep Peter Roskam


High-tech Social Security cards may join battle against ID theft - Chicago Tribune
"U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), co-sponsor of the bill, said that more than $49 billion a year is lost because of identity theft. According to a 2005 report by the Government Accountability Office, employers reported the use of 1.4 million Social Security numbers that don't exist."
Gov. Blagojevich launches nation's first Lottery ticket to benefit HIV/AIDS prevention and education
Governor Blagojevich Appoints William A. Brandt, Jr., as Chair of the Illinois Finance Authority
Technological Breakthrough
This strikes me as one of the best things since I invented the 102 button mouse.  It could well revolutionize computing as we now know it.

11 Feb

"State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst), State Representative Randy Ramey (R-West Chicago), DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett and Chief Daniel Bilodeau from the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office - Law Enforcement Bureau will hold a press conference on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at the DuPage County Sheriff’s office."
DuPage Co. hobby calendar
"Fancywork Day house tours will be offered on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Visitors will learn about knitting, tatting and other crafts used to make decorative items in the 19th century. Admission is free. For details, call (630) 876-5900."
Riding the model rails
"Shoppers could stop and enjoy model trains of various sizes Saturday at Rail-Rama at Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles.  The trains were displayed by Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and by Venture Crew 9911, a Boy Scout organization devoted to model railroading. The exhibit runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today."
Legislators React Angrily to VA Findings - The Southern
"The Inspector General's Office of Healthcare Inspections in Washington concluded that the surgical specialty care line at Marion was in disarray. A review of 29 deaths of veteran surgical patients in Fiscal Year 2007 indicated specific problems with the provided quality of care.  These problems included pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative issues. OHI also substantiated allegations of poor medical care involving two non-surgical patients."
IL-14 Bill Foster Comes Out Swinging - Jim Oberweis 10 Years In Iraq Is Too Long
This links to little comment but has Bill Foster's TV ad in which he charges that Oberwiess has this position.  The Chicago Tribune has more here.. - Bob

09&10 Feb

Briefs:  Science Olympiad winners
"Several students were recognized this week at West Chicago Middle School's second annual Science Olympiad. Entrants constructed a Rube Goldberg-style device that could either water a plant or throw a tennis ball 20 feet."
Central DuPage shifts proposed cancer therapy center to Warrenville
"The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board will host a public hearing next month on the Winfield hospital's latest proposal to build the cancer treatment facility in Warrenville's Cantera development... In 2006, Northern Illinois University officials announced plans to build a similar $120 million proton therapy cancer treatment and research center in a West Chicago technology park."
Ain't over till it's over Laesch holding out hope to overcome slim deficit
"Democrat John Laesch knows at least one outstanding vote for him that hasn't appeared in any election totals.  "As of today, my brother's vote has not been counted," Laesch said, referring to Peter Laesch, a sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany."

Is blue barrage here to stay?
"This is unprecedented for a district that historically has voted two-to-one Republican," spokesman Andrew Dupuy said after Foster's victory in the 14th District primary. "The winds of change are blowing in the 14th."  That sentiment also is supported by the national Democratic Congressional Central Committee's intention to back the primary winner as part of its Red to Blue campaign that targets opportunities to capture GOP seats."

'Fabulous turnout' for home makeover expo
"Inside Pheasant Run, close to 4,000 vendors hawked wares from silent garage doors to stove-top grills to square after square of granite countertops.  West Chicagoans Pete and Debbie Mammoser visited the show to browse and left considering new flooring."

Member of SC North drill team dies during practice
" St. Charles North High School students are mourning the death of senior Lauren Laman, who collapsed Friday during drill team practice.  The death was reported Saturday by Kane County Coroner Chuck West, and St. Charles students identified the 18-year-old victim as Laman."

Candidate: It’s not over
"John Laesch said Friday that he wasn’t conceding the Democratic nomination in the 14th Congressional District race until every last vote was counted."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park
Emerald Ash Borer Research Seminar
"This seminar brings together some of the top researchers working with EAB to help arborists, land managers and educators make decisions about management."
Durbin 'disappointed,' but clears way for vote on Chicagoan - Chicago Sun-Times
"Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had put a hold on Filip until he got answers from Filip's boss, Attorney General Michael Mukasey, about whether he planned to investigate U.S. officials who used "waterboarding" techniques on prisoners captured in Afghanistan or Iraq... "I am disappointed in your response, but, as promised, I will lift my objection," Durbin wrote in a letter to Mukasey."
Obama Turns Down Clinton's Debate Offer - WCSH-TV - Portland,ME
"The offical answer is ... we will be keeping our engagement to the people of Bangor, and we are looking forward to it," said Reid Cherlin, the head of the Maine Obama Campaign.
08 Feb  
West Chicago
High School


Board Briefs for the 05 Feb 2008 meeting of the District 94 School Board
"As a follow-up the CHS Board appointed Katherine Doremus and Tony Reyes to serve as its representatives to a “Committee of Ten.” That Committee would hold exploratory discussions to look into the advantages and disadvantages of consolidation."
City of
"Race Against Hunger" Benefits Food Pantries
"Cereal boxes were just some of the items flying off the shelves at Jewel in West Chicago today as Mayor Michael B. Kwasman and Winfield Village President Rudy Czech loaded their shopping carts with as many wheat, corn and soy products they could grab in a 10 minute period for the DuPage County Farm Bureau's (DCFB) "Race Against Hunger." Both men needed multiple carts as they raced up and down aisles amidst the cheers and encouragement of friends and fans."
Town leaders race to benefit area pantries
"Both Kwasman and Czech had plenty of supporters cheering them on as the pair darted between the aisles and filled shopping carts with food.  In total, the pair grabbed more than $2,800 worth of food, which will be donated to both the Milton Township Food Pantry and Northwest DuPage Walk-In Ministries."
Christian Youth Theatre gives a makeover to classic 'Godspell'
"The cast ... West Chicago
Christopher Jordan, Kai Libby, Kali Libby, Karina Libby, Carly Turner, Dustin Turner, Natalie Turner, Annie York, Caroline York"
Home show will feature gardening for the first time
"One of the booths is from We Grow Dreams of West Chicago, a nonprofit greenhouse and garden center that provides jobs and job training for people with disabilities. They'll have plants for sale as well as handcrafted gift items made by the workers."
Let's keep more of us engaged
"The statistics are fairly staggering: A 10-percentage-point jump in voters participating in suburban Cook County, an 18-percentage-point jump in DuPage, a nearly 11-percentage-point jump in Lake, 13-percentage-points in Kane and a 4-point tick in McHenry.  But the heightened participation in democracy cannot be solely attributed to Democratic excitement. There also were significant increases in GOP votes cast in suburban Cook and most collar counties."
Laesch to announce plans for vote count
"County clerks can continue to accept properly submitted absentee ballots until Feb. 19.  "With a vote margin of less than 1 percent separating the candidates, the 14th Congressional general primary is still too close to call," Laesch's campaign said in a statement released Thursday."
Election results for candidates and referendums
UPDATED: More votes cast in DuPage for Democrats in presidential primaries
"DuPage County has long been a stronghold for the Republican Party in the Chicago area and Illinois, but more ballots were cast for Democratic candidates than Republicans in Tuesday’s presidential primaries in the county.  Voters filled out 132,144 ballots for Democratic presidential candidates, while 108,317 were cast for GOP candidates, according to unofficial election results as of Thursday morning."
Zay, Larsen win 6th District GOP primary
“I’m concerned about the way the board is going, with board members against the chairman, the chairman against board members,” Zay said. “That’s not how government is supposed to work. ... We all need to come together.”
Collar county blues: Dems turn out in record numbers
"Democrats in DuPage County have always been on the endangered political species list, but not any more. As "Turn DuPage Blue" becomes a political reality and not just rhetoric on a campaign poster.  "We want to have a voice here. There's no Democrat that's elected in DuPage County to any position," said Bob Peickert, Turn DuPage Blue organization."
DuPage really is turning blue
"It is fairly historic," said Rob Bisceglie, chairman of the DuPage County Democrat Central Committee. "When you look at the numbers, that is a pretty massive flip and I think it speaks volumes to what's happening in the county."
Durbin Asks Union Pacific to Commit to Improving Commuter Rail
"The Lincoln Service along the Union Pacific track from Chicago to St. Louis was late 53 percent of the time during fiscal year 2007. Amazingly, during that same time, ridership increased an impressive 56 percent. Clearly, there is strong demand for passenger train service in Illinois. Even strong demand, though, will not withstand perpetual delays. Lackluster on-time performance leads to lackluster passenger demand. That is an experience we cannot afford."
Obama Statement on the Senate's Passage of the Economic Stimulus Package
"As millions of hardworking Americans face foreclosure, unemployment, and bills they can't pay, it's critical that Republicans and Democrats finally came together to pass a stimulus package that provides immediate tax relief to working families, seniors, and veterans."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Captain David E. Schultz, United States Army - Hometown: Blue Island, Illinois"
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Spc. Matthew F. Straughter, Missouri National Guard - Hometown: Belleville, Illinois"
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Army SSG Robert Wilson, United States Army - Hometown: Taylorville, Illinois"

07 Feb

Jonathon Stein Thank you
"Thank you so much for your support during my Campaign for Congress!  Thanks to every one who volunteered, voted for me, and contributed to my Campaign - You were very generous with your time and contributions, and for that I will always be grateful. I could not have done it without you!"
Consolidation of schools worth a look - Tony Reyes
"Previous consolidation studies have concluded that there are financial opportunities to be realized as a single unit as well as educational benefits for students. Local experts in education such as the Illinois Board of Education, Illinois Association of School Boards and Northern Illinois University, to mention a few, are in agreement that it would be financially prudent as well as educationally beneficial for school districts feeding into a single high school to form a single unit."
DuPage County in a blue state?
"Nearly 55 percent of all voters pulled Democratic ticket ballots Tuesday, according to the DuPage County Election Commission data. More than 132,000 residents voted Democrat to the GOP's 109,132 voters. In all, 242,917 primary ballots were cast."
Laesch holding out for absentee ballots
"Some absentee votes from Tuesday's primary election have yet to be tallied, he said Wednesday, and with less than 400 votes separating him and Bill Foster, it would be too early to concede the Democratic nomination in the 14th Congressional District.  "We are not conceding until all the votes are counted," said Laesch, the party's 2006 nominee who unsuccessfully challenged former U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert. "We will wait and see how it comes out. Stay tuned.""
Republicans in Senate block tax rebate plan
"GOP senators banded together Wednesday to thwart the $205 billion plan, leaving Democrats with a difficult choice either to quickly accept a House bill they have said is inadequate or risk being blamed for delaying a measure designed as a swift shot in the arm for the lagging economy.  The tally was 58-41 to end debate on the Senate measure,..."
[Face it folks... the Republicans held 41 partisan votes in lockstep to continue this, their 63rd FILIBUSTER of this term. Those who do not understand should refer to this.- Bob]
holding pattern
""We're not leaving anything out," Laesch's wife and spokesman, Jennifer, said Wednesday of the campaign's options.  Among Laesch's concerns were the apparent use of incorrect ballots in Aurora, and either a lack of special election ballots or some judges not handing out Democratic ballots in Kendall."
Oberweis challenges Foster on tax pledge
"Americans for Tax Reform was founded in the 1980s by Republicans seeking support for President Ronald Reagan's Tax Reform Act, and their pledge has been signed by President George W. Bush and hundreds of senators, representatives and governors.  The group was linked to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff in 2006."
County’s Democratic primary sees influx of voters
"Also, Cunningham said, there only were about 500 more Republican ballots cast than Democrat ballots. That difference in 2004 was about 13,000... He credited the change to population growth, spirited Democratic campaigns, and an open Congressional seat. House Speaker Dennis Hastert left the office he had held for more than 20 years late last year."
Villa Park
Board approves air conditioning installation at historical museum
"The village board unanimously approved a bid from Bremer Sheet Metal Works Inc. of West Chicago at the Jan. 28 Villa Park Board of Trustees meeting that will result in the installation of air conditioning at the Villa Park Historical Museum."
CIA admits waterboard tactic used - The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
"We used it against these three detainees because of the circumstances at the time," Mr Hayden told the Senate Intelligence Committee.... That prompted Democrat senator Dick Durbin to demand that the Justice Department open a criminal inquiry into whether past use of waterboarding violated any law."
Why I'm Backing Obama - Washington Post
"I am not alone in worrying that my generation will fail to do what my grandfather's did so well: Leave America a better, stronger place than the one it found... It is in this great tradition of crossover voters that I support Barack Obama's candidacy for president. If the Democratic Party chooses Obama as its candidate, this lifelong Republican will work to get him elected and encourage him to seek strategic solutions to meet America's greatest challenges."

06 Feb

Merle Berle Around and About in West Chicago - 06 Feb 2008
  • West Chicago Park District’s annual Firehouse Chili Fest
  • “Race Against Hunger”
  • School District 33 Foundation for Educational Excellence College Scholarship Raffle
  • Surface Transportation Board
West Chicago
High School
Community High School Cancellations - Weds, Feb 6, 2008
"All After School and Evening Activities and Athletics have been CANCELLED for today, Wednesday, February 6, 2008, due to weather conditions. Thank you."
Second Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
"March 8th is the day for you or your kids to compete in the Second Annual West Chicago Wildcat Classic 3-on-3 Open Basketball Tournament. New this year is the addition of a youth and adult Wheelchair Division. This event is being presented by NorthStar Credit Union in order to benefit the District 94 Community High School Education Foundation."
Wheaton Academy Finishes a Strong 2nd in Lake County Tournament
"If they aren’t careful, the Wheaton Academy Mock Trial Team is going to become a serious contender for the March 3rd State Championship in Springfield. For the second week in a row, the legal Warriors from Wheaton took on some of the best teams in the State. After finishing 2nd in the Kane County Tournament last weekend, the Academy moved northeast"
Bristol, Mary E.  - February 3, 2008
"Visitation Friday 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service 7:00 p.m. at Williams-Woodward Funeral Home 820 Pine St. (Rte. 59 & Pine) West Chicago. Interment Private. Memorial contributions to a charity of your choice would be appreciated."
City of
Mayor Michael Kwasman to Compete in the "Race Against Hunger"
"West Chicago Mayor Michael B. Kwasman plans to "score big" in the grocery aisle this week. Laying down an "Official Challenge" to Winfield Village President Rudy F. Czech, the two city leaders will join the "Race Against Hunger" when they participate in the DuPage County Farm Bureau's eleventh annual observance of National Food Check-Out Day on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the Jewel/Osco Store located at 177 East Roosevelt Road."
"DuPage County has finally revealed its true color. Yesterday's election results bear out what many in DuPage County have been whispering for several years now: that grassroots activism coupled with strong Democratic candidates can break the Republican party's stranglehold on the voters of DuPage County."
Mixed bag for DuPage County board GOP races
"An incumbent and a political novice won the GOP primary for two seats in District 6.  Incumbent James Zay had 9,262 votes, while Robert Larsen colected 8,049.  Trailing was Pam Fenner, with 7,774."
Geneva millionaire gets edge for Democratic nomination in 14th Dist.
"Foster, a Geneva millionaire who completely outspent his opponents, campaigned on ending the Iraq war and offering financial incentives for biofuels to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil, among other issues. He referred to himself as a "Paul Simon Democrat" who would reduce the federal budget."
Oberweis declares victory in 14th District GOP race
"Tonight, Republican primary voters have spoken -- and they have chosen someone who understands the economy and what we need to do to spur investment and create jobs," Oberweis said Tuesday.
More suburban voters pick Democrat ballots
"Early results showed nearly 30,000 more Democratic ballots than Republican cast in both Will and Lake Counties. In DuPage County, nearly 16,000 more Democratic ballots were pulled."
  Another war veteran to face Roskam
"Jill Morgenthaler, a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel from Des Plaines, handily won the Democratic primary Tuesday over opponent Stan Jagla, according to unofficial results."
Funds for Winfield Twp. roads rejected
"In order to raise another $200,000 for the Winfield Township Road District, officials asked voters to approve a property tax-rate increase of 2 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation. The additional money would have paid for paving and maintenance projects for 48 miles of roads."
Clout Street: Oberweis victorious in race to succeed Hastert
"With 77 percent of precincts reporting, Oberweis was leading Lauzen 56 percent to 42 percent in the 14th Congressional District ... With 63 percent of the votes counted, Foster and Laesch were neck and neck at 43 percent."
Election officials probe use of 'magic' invisible ink pens in 49th Ward
"Apparently, said city election board spokesman James Allen, the poll workers told incredulous voters—including one spouse of an election judge—that the stylus used for touch-screen voting was actually an inkless pen to fill out paper ballots."
Election 2008 February 06, 2008 - 10:19AM ET
U.S. House - District 14 - Dem Primary
568 of 568 Precincts Reporting - 100%
  Name Party Votes Vote %
  Foster, Bill Dem 31,910 42%
  Laesch, John Dem 31,587 42%
  Serra, Joe Dem 5,947 8%
  Stein, Jotham Dem 5,757 8%

U.S. House - District 14 - GOP Primary
568 of 568 Precincts Reporting - 100%

  Name Party Votes Vote %
X Oberweis, Jim GOP 43,909 56%
  Lauzen, Chris GOP 32,027 41%
  Dilger, Michael GOP 1,826 2%
Uncertainty for Dems
"Locked in a close battle, Bill Foster and John Laesch went deep into the February night Tuesday, unwilling to make any claims about primary election results."
Oberweis chalks up two wins over Lauzen
"Aurora ice cream magnate Jim Oberweis served himself two scoops of success Tuesday night, winning both the regular and special GOP primary elections in the 14th Congressional District."
05 Feb  
Budget may restore funds to Fermilab, Argonne
"Already, Fermilab in Batavia on Friday started rolling furloughs that will mean 1,900 employees lose one week of pay every two months.  Also threatened by the reductions was the International Linear Collider project, an underground tube that sends electrons and positrons -- atomic particles -- smashing into each other at high rates of speed."
EJ&E comments extended
"People interested in weighing in on the Canadian National Railway's acquisition of the EJ&E railroad now have until Feb. 15 to give their opinion. CN hopes to buy the EJ&E, which stretches roughly from Waukegan to Gary, but its plan needs approval from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board first."
Burping dog leads to kids' book
"But Liese Hearth of Aurora doesn't think any of that matters, because she knows Elliot's got a talent that would turn Clifford the Big Red Dog green with envy.  Elliot can burp... Liese (pronounced Lee-za) Hearth has been an art teacher for the past seven years at schools in Chicago, West Chicago and..."
Public comment period extended for railroad merger
"The federal Surface Transportation Board has extended the comment period for the environmental impact statement for the proposed Canadian Railway acquisition of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway to Friday, Feb. 15."

04 Feb

Township Road Problem
"Well, I hope some more voters will reconsider also.  I'll be watching for voters on those stretches today and tomorrow, because they really need to drive thru and take a look before they vote."
District 33


District 33 Announces Science Olympiad Winners
"Problem solving was the goal of the second annual Science Olympiad held at District 33's West Chicago Middle School on Saturday, February 2, 2008. Students who entered the Olympiad constructed a Rube Goldberg device that could either water a plant or throw a tennis ball 20 feet."
West Chicago
High School
When buying your office supplies at Office Depot please consider indicating Community High School District 94’s school ID number (70035133).  In doing so our school will receive credit equal to 5% of the qualified purchase to use for free supplies! If you have any questions regarding this fundraiser please call Dan McCarthy at 630/876-6220, or Thank You!
Come to the Varsity Girls’ Basketball Game on Thursday, February 7th 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 game that evening!
  • Bring a non-perishable food item (no glass containers) to the game and receive a raffle ticket for prizes to be pulled at halftime! Items collected will be donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
  • Our Boys’ Basketball Team will be entertaining us at half-time with a 3 point shooting contest!
City of
Public Comment Period Extended
"The City of West Chicago wishes to inform residents that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) has extended the comment period on the scope of study for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Canadian Railway acquisition of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway to Friday, February 15, 2008."
Rotary clubs get humanitarian grants for Uganda project
"The Rotary Foundation recently awarded $15,000 for this international project and Rotary District 6440 awarded $11,000. These funds, together with the $9,000 combined club contributions of Carol Stream, West Chicago and Wheaton, and thousands of anticipated volunteer hours by the local Ugandans will provide environmentally friendly concrete sanitation facilities for an estimated 5,000 students."
Tax questions dominate ballot
"Winfield Township - Asking voters for a 2-cent tax-rate increase to pay for paving and maintenance projects for 48 miles of township roads."
[Taxpayers are reminded that Township road funds are shared with the City for maintenance of city roads also. - Bob]
Supports merger of CN and EJ&E
"Everything to date in the press has been on the negative side from the towns and villages involved.  I would like to place the following positive items in file:"

Expanded railway use would hurt area
"An effective 20 percent (i.e., ranging from 10 to 40 percent) loss in value for all properties and facilities would equate to a loss of $3 billion through the implementation of the Canadian National Railway proposal."

Mural menagerie
"Since last fall, a group of about 25 students in the newly formed art club have met after school to work on the painted mural. Working for 45-minutes at a time, the students paint the larger scenes sketched out by Durkac and parent Pam Keller, a muralist."
No more excuses: Just vote, baby
"Tomorrow is Primary Election Day in Illinois. For folks around here, it means a ballot doubleheader because of a special congressional election you might have heard about. Couple that with a still-competitive race for presidential nominations, and you'd think we'd see some real interest in exercising democracy's greatest gift."
[I cannot express my disappointment with this.  Your "local newspaper" provides a voter's guide appropriate to all of DuPage county, ignores the Winfield Twshp referendum and ignores that you are in the 14th US. They obviously linked to what they had lying around spending no time or thought on West Chicago.   This is just table scraps and West Chicago deserves better. - Bob]
Business Briefs - West Chicago company to add jobs
"Jel Sert Company is investing $10 million to expand its business operations in West Chicago. This expansion project, supported by industrial revenue bonds issued by the Illinois Finance Authority, will help Jel Sert add 300 new jobs to its West Chicago manufacturing facility."
President's Budget is out of Touch with Needs of Middle Class Americans
“If the President’s State of the Union Address provided Americans with hopeful words, today’s budget proposal is a desperate document. With a failing economy, the lowest approval ratings in history, and less than a year left in office, you would think that the President would be open to new ideas."

02&03 Feb

Merle Berle acquisition of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
"The Surface Transportation Board has extended the comment on the scope of study for the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Canadian National Railway acquisition of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway to Friday, Feb.15. All correspondence should refer to STB Finance Docket No. 35087. The address for written comments is Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20423. Attention: Phillis-Johnson Ball, Environmental Filing, STB Finance Docket No. 35087. For recorded comments, call the toll-free project information line at 1 800-347-0689. Submit electronic Comments to the board¹s website,, under the heading "E_FILING."  Take time to let your opinions on this important issue be to our town be known. "
Additional Sources:
City of
City Council Meeting on Feb 04, 2008
  • Fare Market Value of Land
  • Hotel Tax and Commuter Parking Charges
  • Tax Abatements

Plan Comm. & Zoning Board of Appeals - Cancelled or Rescheduled

Funeral Home
Lantz Death Notice
"Visitation Tuesday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, 0S233 Church, Winfield. Mass 10 a.m."

Bree Obituary
"Alfred P. Bree, of West Chicago, age 97, passed away February 1, 2008 at Aurora Rehab Living Centre in Aurora."

Program for at-risk kids gets a big boost
""We know there's kids in need in our own backyard," she said. "They're the hidden poor, and we want to shine a light on them."  The Gustafson family will donate $2 million to help start the center and the Buffetts contributed $1 million. A consortium of groups launching the project are still working on the remaining $6 million needed for construction and start-up."
The kids aren't alright
"Ambrosio DeJesus-Flores, 39, of West Chicago, was charged earlier this month with identity theft. In Illinois, identity theft is a felony. DeJesus-Flores faces four to 15 years in prison if convicted.  Police say DeJesus-Flores bought the number in Chicago for $200."
Feel free to shovel; you won't be sued
""The general rule in Illinois is that there's no liability by the natural accumulation of ice and snow," Klest said.  Essentially, state law does not require residents to remove snow -- though some towns do require it. But the state also doesn't punish them for doing so if somebody is injured on their property after the fact."
Candidates debate sales tax versus income taxes
"But Pascoe said that the system as written would not generate enough revenue to make up for the lost income tax. Also, the national sales tax would be added to state sales taxes -- all 50 states assess their own sales taxes, up to 9 percent in some states. Those taxes would likely go up if the "hidden cost" savings do not materialize, he said."
Stein takes exception to his altered ads
"The Jotham Stein ad shows the congressional candidate with his arms spread wide, the word "change" floating above his hands.  Three weeks ago, an altered version of the ad showed up on the Stein campaign office fax machine -- "change" replaced with lyrics from the Village People's hit song YMCA -- courtesy of Tom Bowen, the campaign manager for one of Stein's Democratic opponents, Bill Foster. "
IL-14: Bill Foster Interview - Prairie State Blue
"as i was setting up, he talked about how pleased he was with the conduct of the other democratic candidates in this race, and said that it made him proud to be a democrat.  he mentioned each of his democratic opponents by name, relating how each one was much better than lauzen or oberweis, and how important he thought it was to elect a democrat to replace hastert."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park
of Wisconsin
Women's Swimming and Diving Wins Big Ten Quad Duals
"UW’s ‘A’ team of freshman Maggie Meyer (North Oaks, Minn.), sophomore Rosie Morahan (London, England), junior Christine Zwiegers (Somerset West, South Africa) and senior Jackie Vavrek (West Chicago, Ill.) was disqualified on the final lap of the race... Vavrek took home her second victory on the weekend when she placed first in the 50-yard freestyle. Vavrek finished in a time of 23.08 for an NCAA “B” time.
Senior US senator presses mortgage relief bill - Reuters
"I think people are anxious to try to to do what they can to lessen the impact of this housing crisis," said Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate.  Co-sponsored by 10 other Democratic Senators including Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, the bill would allow homeowners to modify their mortgages in bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure."
Obama Wins Endorsement of - New York Times
"The endorsement by MoveOn .org is the first time the group has weighed in during a Democratic primary. In a poll of its members, 1.7 million of whom live in the 22 states holding contests next week, Mr. Obama outpaced Mrs. Clinton 70 percent to 30 percent."
Yes We Can
For those wondering why Obama seems to hit the correct notes with the younger set, you would do well to watch this viral video.  Youngsters who will tune out commercials during today's SuperBowl will be watching all 4 1/2 minutes replete with music icons, that you might not recognize, but they surely will.  Nobody can buy this kind of advertising. - Bob

01 Feb

Weather Closings
Former IT manager sues West Chicago over pay
"The lawsuit further claims Becker installed spy software on computers used by three city employees and failed to upgrade and backup several key computer systems, causing the city more than $117,000 in damages."
[Readers are reminded of the Dec 12th Tribune story, Town says ex-official secretly installed spy software.  WegoWeb has a pending Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the City's lawsuit which has resulted only in the promise that it will be provided. - Bob]
Briefs: West Chicago fundraiser
"The West Chicago Rotary Club will sponsor a charity poker fundraiser Saturday at the West Chicago VFW Hall, 431 N. Neltnor Blvd. The tournaments begin at 4 p.m. For details, contact Chicago Charitable Games at (888) 715-4837."
One month later, smoking ban bad for business?
"They either come in for one or two (drinks), then go to a house party or head over to Wisconsin to smoke," she said. "My business is down about 30 percent, and it can be directly attributed to smoking."
Daily Herald's primary election endorsements
  • Dem US 14th -- Bill Foster
  • Rep US 14th - Jim Oberweis
  • Rep County Board District 6:  Pamela Fenner and James Zay
  • Winfield Township road maintenance: 2-cent rate increase -- No
Republican Senate candidates have little experience but firm opinions
"And while none of the Republicans have won a public election, Durbin has weathered repeated campaigns and easily won re-election six years ago.  "I think they are definitely the underdog," former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar said of the GOP candidates. Other Republicans have said the national party and its checkbook might skip the race."
Letters to Editor:

[I've now tired of letters to the editor.  For the rest of this cycle, I will only post them when they have a WC author. - Bob]

Area gets buried under snow
"A snow plow makes its way through traffic on Washington Street in West Chicago Friday morning. Plows were kept busy Thursday night and Friday as several inches of snow fell on the area."
Harkin, Hagel, Obama Take Action to Prevent Suicide Among Active Duty Soldiers
"The Senators' bill, the Armed Forces Suicide Prevention Act, would direct the Department of Defense (DoD) to create a comprehensive suicide prevention program including annual training for soldiers, improved instruction for field medics and post deployment assistance. The legislation authorizes six million dollars for implementation of the programs."
  Call on Agriculture Committee Leaders to include Pigford Provisions in the Farm Bill Conference Report
"However, as you work to finalize the conference report to H.R. 2419, we want to indicate our particular support for the provisions included by both the House and the Senate versions ensuring that farmers who were denied review of their claims under the Pigford case can obtain a court determination on the merits of their cases."


Gov. Blagojevich urges women to make heart health a priority and lower their risk of heart disease
Some Republicans Supporting Democratic Positions...