Press Releases/Announcements from local sources

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31 Mar  

West Chicago
Historical Society

W.C.Historical Society's Spring Show 
"West Chicago Historical Society proudly presents "Great First Ladies," starring professional actress & vocalist Jenny Lind. She will entertain, educate & amaze with her fabulous portrayal of 4 women of the White House who shaped history."
West Chicago
High School
"The faculty and administration of Community High School District #94 in West Chicago would like to congratulate Tim Schuda, of Carol Stream, for being chosen Student of the Month for February 2008."
Heavy Snow & Strong Winds In the Forecast
"Snow will diminish some after midnight tonight... but will continue through Tuesday morning. In addition... blustery north winds from late tonight through Tuesday morning will produce areas of blowing snow. When the snow ends early Tuesday afternoon... expect total accumulations of 7 to 12 inches... with the greatest amounts south of M-28."
[This item should be of interest to those who noticed yesterday's U.P. snowmobile season extended - Bob]
Channel 17 Programming Schedule for Mar. 31 - Apr. 06, 2008
  • Monday   6:00 PM City Council (3/17/08)
  • Tuesday   6:00 PM COD Images
  • Thursday   6:00 PM COD Career Paths
Foster delivers party response
"The Geneva Democrat, recently elected to fill the remainder of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's term, said Saturday he's enjoyed spending the past two weeks meeting with area movers and shakers and greeting people in his 14th Congressional District."
Burns is just fine, thank you
"Nothing can happen unless Oberweis steps aside, and he's not done anything publicly to suggest he would. But disappointment with the dairy and investment businessman and concerns about a November rerun in the 14th Congressional District contest have prompted the wind to blow around names of potential replacements -- should one ever be needed.  And why else would "Kevin Burns" and "Congress" be uttered in the same sentence again?"
Anglers get ready DuPage stocking ponds
"More than 2,500 rainbow trout were released into Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville last week, having just made the trek from Harrietta Hills Trout Farm in Michigan ... The Illinois Department of Natural Resources funds the stocking of Silver Lake each spring. This year the fish are going for $2.85 a pound, LeBrose said."
Arbor Week recognizes growing importance of planting trees
"As tree-planting grows in importance, the Arboretum is expanding its tree celebration with "Arbor Week," running from Earth Day, April 22, through Arbor Day, April 25, and concluding on April 27. Arbor Day is the nation's oldest environmental holiday, and the Arboretum's signature holiday."
Another Wave of H-1Bs on the Way - BusinessWeek
"U.S. tech worker advocate groups—as well as Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)—argue that an economic downturn is a bad time to call for more work visas.  But tech executives say the faltering economy creates the need for more, not fewer, H-1B visas. Without access to more workers in the global labor pool, U.S. companies will be less competitive."
Illinois senator concerned about Heparin -
"Sen. Dick Durbin is calling for a review of the way the U.S. government inspects and certifies drugs made in China.  Concerns were raised over the blood thinning drug Heparin after the Food and Drug Administration announced that it caused an allergic reaction in more than 700 people, some of whom died."
Texas Prosecutes Little Old Ladies for Voter Fraud
"Today, Ray and Johnson have criminal records for breaking Texas election law and faced travel restrictions during a six-month probation. Gloria Meeks is in a nursing home after having a stroke, prompted in part, her friends say, by state police who investigated her -- including spying on Meeks while she bathed -- and then questioned her about helping McDonald and others to vote. Hinojosa, meanwhile, has left Texas.  Their crime: not signing their name, address and signature on the back of the ballots they mailed for their senior neighbors, and carrying envelopes containing those ballots to the mailbox."

29&30 Mar

Democrats put Foster out front
"House Democrats are wasting little time showcasing their latest seat gain in the U.S. House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tabbed newly elected 14th District Rep. Bill Foster of Geneva to deliver today's Democratic response to President Bush's weekly radio remarks."
DuPage Co. religion notes
"Resurrection Catholic Community will present two Generations of Faith from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Friday or 2 to 4:45 p.m. April 6 at the church, Route 59 and Army Trail Road, West Chicago. Each presentation features the film "Mary - The Yes That Saved the World." For details, call Barbara Miller at (630) 289-5400, ext. 208."
The inside pitch on DuPage Co. baseball, softball
"Here's the list of senior baseball players who will continue their careers at Division I college programs: ... and West Chicago shortstop Barrett Serrato (Purdue)."
Foster delivers party response
"He said Congress must work to strengthen the economy, offer affordable health care and conserve energy. He talked about the impact of increasing college tuition costs, a mortgage crisis and the Iraq war.  Democrats are fighting to cut taxes and have pledged to put middle-class families first, he said in his speech."
Foster tapes radio address
"In an interview Friday after Foster taped the radio message, he said he was “honored” and welcomed the chance to address the country on issues that he focuses on during his campaign.  Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Foster was chosen because he was “a practical problem-solver who is committed to working in a bipartisan way.”"
The Southern - Carbondale,IL Durbin speaks to John A. Logan class
"Durbin was in attendance to talk to the students about what it meant to be the Senate Majority Whip and explained the history of the position and its importance.  He also covered other hot political issues and made no attempt to hide his support for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for president. He said Obama's intelligence, charisma and ability to bring people together make him a no-brainer for the position."
Ironwood Globe
Ironwood, MI
U.P. snowmobile season extended
"A lingering, dense snow pack over most of the Upper Peninsula has led Department of Natural Resources officials to extend grants to groom state-managed snowmobile trails through April 6. The usual date to conclude trail grooming is March 31.  "The U.P. has been blessed with late snowfall and continuing cold weather, so the trails have remained in great shape over most of the region, and that's great news for snowmobilers looking for a wonderful place to enjoy another ride before they put their machines away for the season," said Steve Kubisiak, MDNR Recreation and Trails coordinator."
The audacity of unity - The Daily Star - Dhaka, Bangladesh
"Senator Obama publicly denounced the remarks made by Reverend Wright, and said that they could widen the racial divide and denigrate the goodness of the nation. While distancing himself from the fiery sermons of the pastor, Senator Obama pointedly refused to distance himself from the pastor when he said: "As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community.""
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday 28 Mar 08
28 Mar  
Sad News
"This is the update posted by the pastor of my daughter, Laura, and her husband, Mark. Although I was expecting this, it is hard when you see it confirmed. I cry when I try to tell people. Would it be possible for you to post the information on your Web site?"
[I'm sure Merle's many friends in West Chicago will be praying for Shawn, Merle, and the entire family. - Bob]


"NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN To the legal voters, residents of the Town of Winfield in the County of DuPage and State of Illinois, that the Annual Town Meeting of said Town will take place on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 Being the second Tuesday of said month at the hour of 8:00 p.m. at the West Chicago City Hall located at 475 Main Street in West Chicago, Illinois, for the transaction of the miscellaneous business of the said town; and after a Moderator having been elected, will proceed to hear and consider reports of officers, and decide on such measures as may, in pursuance of law, come before the meeting; and especially to consider and decide the following: "
West Chicago
High School


"Community High School District #94 in West Chicago finished in first place in the 12th annual Illinois LifeSmarts Competition. Members of the team included: Captain Paul Warkins of West Chicago; Ian Letts of Winfield; Doug Sills of Winfield; Kara Wolfe of Carol Stream; and Joann Kaczmarczyk of West Chicago."
JOB FAIR April 14-18 In the Commons during all lunch hours
"Does your son or daughter need a job for the summer or even beyond? If so, encourage them to talk to the HR representatives that will be in the Commons discussing job openings and distributing job applications all week long! Some of the companies that will be in attendance are: Caterpillar, UPS, Fifth Third Bank, In the Swim, College Pro Painters, Daily Herald, Monarch Landing, and more! Don't let your student miss out on this great opportunity.  Additionally, if your firm would like to participate in the Job Fair, contact Peggy Peach at for more information.
Augustino's Celebrates Earth Hour
"Sunday, March 29th between 8PM and 9PM has been officially dubbed Earth Hour and Augustino's is joining millions around the world by participating! ... At Augustino's in Carol Stream and West Chicago, we'll be contributing by dining by candlelight.""
Estonian teachers do cultural exchange in W. Chicago
""I was impressed with the creativity of the teachers at the high school," said Reet Kandimaa, a teacher in Tartu, Estonia, who spent the week sitting in on geography, sociology and history classes at the school informing students about Estonian culture.  "The students asked very good questions.""
Claudia Ann "Dorothy Honey" (Honeyman) Hanson
"Born March 18, 1929, in Cicero, Ill., the oldest of the 11 children of Claude Charles and Alice Ann (nee Pouzar) Honeyman, she passed away peacefully Saturday evening, Saturday, March 22, 2008, at her son's home in Grain Valley, Mo. Claudia and her family moved to the Fox Valley area, where she attended school, graduated from St. Charles High School in 1947, lived, worked, married and raised her family. Claudia led a busy and active life that included her family, friends, plants and gardening, frog gigging, flea marketing and treasure hunting."
Youth hockey association racks up several state titles
""Eight of the 12 players are from St. Charles and Geneva," said Rutili. "Two guys live in Aurora, while the other two are from Elgin and West Chicago."  According to Rutili, winning the state title was an added bonus."
School contractor faces fire at hearing
[I include this because you might hear clutter about it and I have confirmed that nether D94 nor D33 use this vendor. - Bob]
Hate crime prompts lesson in tolerance, discrimination
"For many educators, special moments arise in the classroom that lend themselves to life-changing lessons for students and teachers alike.  For St. Charles School District administrators, that moment came last week when a 14-year-old student wrote a racial epithet on the inside of his ex-girlfriend's locker and created a picture depicting a lynching on a school computer."
Illinois' kids fare better, but problems remain
"Preschool attendance surged to nearly 90,000 students in 2007 from less than 10,000 in 1987, said the "Illinois Kids Count" report released Thursday by Voices for Illinois Children.  Another improvement was an expansion of public health insurance to more than 1.3 million of the state's 3 million children, according to the report. It also cites a sharp decline of children living in foster care, to about 17,000 in 2006 from a peak of 50,000 in 1997."
Today's latest stories Fri Mar 28, 2008, 01:48 PM CDT

[Since they've all but taken West Chicago out of their paper, shouldn't they now take "West Chicago" out of their name?   - Bob]

Hastert: Nasty Primary Will Lead To Democratic Win
"When asked if Oberweis should step down and let some new blood take on democrat Bill Foster in the November election, Hastert said that's up to Oberweis to decide along with how he may retool his campaign."
Obama Encourages President to Urge Tibet Resolution
"The United States has many issues for which China's cooperation is important, including denuclearization of North Korea, ending Iran's nuclear program, stopping the genocide in Darfur, confronting repression in Burma, and combating global warming. However, it is important that we give high priority to the plight of Tibetans and make clear to President Hu that the way in which China treats all Chinese citizens, including Tibetans, profoundly affects how China is viewed in the United States and throughout the international community."
Wright Wrongly Receives Far More Coverage than Coe, Hagee and Parsley - Talk To Action
"While Senator Clinton cannot necessarily be held responsible for Coe's views -- she has been a member of this very, very small elite fundamentalist group since the early 90s:  Almost as long as Obama has been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ. But she refuses to talk about it at all, let alone explain her relationship to Coe and his shocking views. and the media seem to be neglecting to look into it."

27 Mar

Registration Site for the RTA’s Reduced Fare Card
"The West Chicago Park District’s motto, “Creating Community,” is on track as the district is now a registration site for the RTA’s reduced fare card for persons 65 and over. The card entitles the individual to free transit on fixed routes operated by the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace."
West Chicago
High School


"The faculty and administration of Community High School District #94 in West Chicago would like to congratulate Sarah Pierpoint, of Carol Stream, for being chosen Student of the Month for January 2008."
Education Foundation Thanks Sponsors
"The Community High School D94 Education Foundation wishes to thank the following sponsors of our second annual Wildcat Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament."
Art Club Selling Prom Flowers
"The Community High School District 94 Art Club will be selling Prom Flowers for the 2008 Prom. Boutonnieres will cost 7.00 and Corsages will cost 10.00."
Prom Flowers Order Form
Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright Video on You Tube
Anybody who watches TV has seen the infamous footage, but any fair person should invest 10 minutes to view this video and decide for themselves whether the "Chickens Coming Home to Roost" clip fairly represents what Wright was saying and comes off as the quote of Ambassador Peck that it was.  The intemporate "GD America" clip is also less shocking in context.  Though still uneasy with swearing in Church, I don't think I would have walked out. I would personally appreciate it if you would all check it out. - Bob
PS.  You could also read the first sermon here.
No simple solution to overcrowding
"An effective solution, the group said, also would factor in an affordable housing component, improved occupancy codes, educational programs on housing, mediation of neighbor disputes, proactive efforts to involve Latinos in local government, and collaborative outreach to increase civic participation among Latinos."
WIU increases security after note about on-campus shooting
"Junior Courtney Voelz of West Chicago was in her advertising class when she got the text message from the school.  "One girl told the teacher she had just gotten a text message from the school and then pretty soon, everyone started getting the text," Voelz said."
Anniversary workday at West Chicago prairie March 29
"Celebrate this restoration success-story milestone by lending a hand removing invasive plants during a stewardship group workday at the prairie on March 29 from 9 a.m. to noon.  “This is a great opportunity to reflect on how much has been accomplished over the years,” said Steve Sentoff, president of the West Chicago Prairie Stewardship Group."
Political consultant guilty of fraud in 2005 Milton Township
"During the two-day bench trial, McCulloch testified that he was a political consultant for 22 years and once worked for former U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert and U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). In January 2005, he collected nominating petitions for Milton Township Assessor Jim Gumm, who withdrew from the race when it was discovered that the petitions contained hundreds of possible forgeries."

26 Mar

Around and About in West Chicago - 26 Mar 2008
  • Collection of Yard Waste Material
  • Crafter/Vendor for Blooming Fest, Saturday, May 17
  • St. Mary’s Parish School is holding its First Alumni Reunion
  • Rotary Club-sponsored trip to Guatemala
District 33


Kindergarten Registration for the 2008-2009 School Year
"Kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2008 and live within the boundaries of West Chicago Elementary School District 33, will take place during the month of April at each neighborhood elementary school."
West Chicago
High School


"Adults who want to learn how to speak English can take tuition-free classes from 7:00 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. on Monday & Wednesday and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at Community High School District #94 in West Chicago"
"The West Chicago District #94 Community High School Adult Education Program, 326 Joliet Street in West Chicago, will be offering FREE Citizenship Preparation Classes starting Monday, April 7, 2008. Classes will meet on Monday & Wednesday and Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m."
Carolyn Mueller
"Visitation Wednesday 4 to 8 PM at Williams-Woodward Funeral Home 820 Pine St. West Chicago (corner of Rt. 59). Eastern Star Services Wednesday 7 :30 PM conducted by the LaGrange Chapter 201, which she was a member for 50 yrs. Funeral Services Thursday 10:00 AM at the Funeral Home."
Browning remembered as ‘positive, happy-go-lucky’
"“He was basically a happy, real positive, happy-go-lucky type person,” Johns said of her brother, William Browning, 46, of St. Charles, who died after a car crash Saturday in DeKalb County.  Browning, who grew up in West Chicago and lived for many years in DeKalb, moved to St. Charles about two years ago."
Browning, William Lawrence "Bill"
"He grew up in West Chicago. He later lived in Sycamore, DeKalb and in St. Charles for the past two years. He attended West Chicago Community High School. Bill was an avid fan of the Northern Illinois University Huskies, Chicago Bears football and NASCAR racing ... He is also survived by his aunt and uncle, Nancy and Donald Smith..."
Donald R. Hayward
"Donald graduated from West Chicago High School and participated on the football team. He was a veteran and served in the Navy. After returning from duty, Donald attended and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy. After graduation, he married Marie Vondrasek and together owned and operated Hayward Pharmacy in South Elgin."
Latino advocacy group: Code enforcement won't prevent crowding
""(Ramping up enforcement is) a risky and ineffective approach," stated the report released Tuesday by Chicago-based Latinos United.  "It tends to hold occupants responsible for overcrowding instead of exploitative landlords, and sends a clear message to Latinos that they are not welcome."  Moreover, the report found, tenants and homeowners can easily avoid detection by hiding evidence of the number of people living in a building."
Suburban Journals
Town and Country,MO
Mueller wins poetry award
"Other winners from Illinois include: Dana Humen from High Land Middle School in Libertyville; Tara Marie Krkljes from Mary Seat of Wisdom School in Park Ridge; Pilar Bonilla from West Chicago Middle School in West Chicago ...
Facebook Activism Adopted
"It started with no money, no formal organization, no staff - just a Facebook page “Students for the Illinois Marriage Equality Bill” - and over 8,000 student activists signed on. State Representative Greg Harris, an advocate of Civil Unions recognized that these self-organized, grassroots voices represented an important part of an activist movement to support his House Bill 1826, historic legislation to extend basic legal protections to committed opposite-sex, same-sex and senior couples in Illinois by creating civil unions."
[I see no significant change in their web site (yet?), but they are ratcheting up their use of email.  They have a very full April calendar. - Bob]
Durbin Asks FDA for Information Regarding Tainted Drug
“First it was deadly pet food, then antifreeze in toothpaste and toys with dangerous lead paint. Now Chinese labs are shipping lethal drugs to our hospitals,” Durbin said. “The FDA must step in immediately to protect American families from this latest Chinese export threat.”
Durbin: 'US should bring water to the world' - WJBC News - Bloomington,IL
Durbin says he does not believe "bringing water to the world" would require a major shift of resources, but he does say more research is necessary.  He points out much of the world's water is salt water and thus not suitable for drinking. As for fresh water, Durbin says 70 percent of it is used for agricultural purposes, and more can be done to conserve its use."
Crack Down on Capital Pirates
"For many years, Robert Morgenthau has warned America that the nexus of capitalism and criminality poses a serious threat to our prosperity, security and growth. Now in the wake of the collapse of Bear Stearns, which pushed global markets still closer to the brink, perhaps the nation will listen to the Manhattan district attorney, whose scrutinizing gaze is fixed on targets well beyond New York."

25 Mar

Student's efforts helping others garners award
"Chelsea M. Steck, a senior at West Chicago's Community High School, received first place in the Union League Club of Chicago's annual Democracy in Action Award with a $1,750 prize. She was nominated by faculty members at her school because of the advocacy initiatives she's involved with and for her three volunteer trips to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina relief work. Her local activities include volunteering as an election judge, mentoring political refugee children through World Relief and volunteering at the People's Resource Center to help the homeless."
DuPage society calendar
"The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of West Chicago/Warrenville begins at 6 p.m. May 30 at Community High School, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago. For details, visit"
Forest Preserve notes
"Spring cleaning:ŒKline Creek Farm will feature Spring Cleaning house tours on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through April 14 at the farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. The tours are free. For details, call (630) 876-5900."
Railway says buyout would mean less trains for some towns
"Officials in these towns, along with U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-6th District, of Wheaton and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., have said that this would place an unfair burden on the communities. Among the concerns are traffic congestion, pedestrian safety and the environmental impact."
Falls Church,VA
New Cancer Center
"The facility would be known as the Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center, LLC, and would be built in the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago, about 35 miles west of Chicago   Only five proton therapy centers exist across the nation. Patients often travel hundreds or thousands of miles to receive this form of specialized cancer treatment."
Barack Obama: The Beer - Newsweek
"According to Sixpoint brewmaster Shane Welch, "Hop Obama is an indefinable ale that doesn't adhere to traditional style guidelines"--"in keeping with the Illinois senator's unifying theme." My goal: to find out, by sampling a pint (or two, or three) whether Welch's description was "just words"--a smart marketing scheme--or whether Hop Obama was actually "Obamaesque." All in the name of reporting, of course. The things I do for Newsweek."

24 Mar

DuPage County in 60 seconds - West Chicago family night
"Wego Together for Kids, an event for all West Chicago families, is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at West Chicago Middle School, 238 E. Hazel St. The evening begins with dinner. Anyone attending is asked to bring a salad or fruit dish to share. The program at 7 p.m. focuses on Internet safety for parents and fifth- through eighth-graders. There also will be a "Safety Smarts" program for pre-kindergarten through fourth grade."
DuPage County family calendar
"St. Mary's Parish will hold an open house for its preschool, kindergarten and school tours from 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 147 Garden St., West Chicago. For details, call (630) 231-1776."
Metra, Canadian National spar over rail line they both covet
"Metra is asking regulators to impose several conditions on Canadian National's proposed purchase of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway that Metra says are needed to protect its on-time service, schedules on current lines and future expansion.  The conditions include giving Metra control over key junctions along the line and confining freight operations to off-peak hours."
Officials concerned about Amtrak service to Chicago
"Passenger service is booming in Champaign, with a record 129,959 people either boarding or disembarking from one of the six daily Amtrak trains during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari... Canadian National has indicated it would eventually like to abandon that section of rail, which is prime south Loop development property near Lake Michigan. But abandonment would leave Amtrak without an efficient route into Union Station and could lead to substantial delays."
Firms find skilled-worker visas too hard to get - Boston Globe
"Republican US Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democratic US Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois have filed legislation to reform the L-1 and H-1b programs. Their bill would require companies to pay a prevailing wage to L-1 visa employees and would forbid the use of L-1 visas by outsourcing companies."

In case you missed it ...
"Rep. Foster has been in the news a lot lately, and we wanted to share some of those stories you didn't get a chance to read. Bill has been busy working hard for the people of the 14th Congressional District!"

Keeping the Promise
"Despite a high veterans’ unemployment rate and the demonstrated successes of the program, Congress incomprehensibly cut funding for Helmets to Hardhats by 80 percent, from $5.4 million to $990,000 last year – exemplifying the misplaced priorities for which Washington is infamous."
[Is this a move to separate himself from the partisan Republicans in the House?- Bob]
22&23 Mar  
West Chicago Public Access Playback Mar 24 - Mar 30
  • Mon  6:00 PM  City Council (3/17/08)
  • Wed  7:00 PM  Jazz Night
  • Thur  6:00 PM  COD Career Paths
  • Sun  10:00 AM  Music and the Spoken Word
Parks will get upgrades in West Chicago
"The park's name also will be changed during renovations to Turtle Splash.  "We felt it needed more of an identity, a theme aspect," said Gary Major, the park district's executive director."
[It appears to be yesterday's article with a new title. - Bob]
Fire damages West Chicago factory
"The fire was reported at 9 p.m. at 1351 Hawthorn Lane, at a plant that makes Styrofoam cups and other items, said West Chicago fire Lt. Dennis Keefe.  The fire was limited to the machine. No one was injured, Keefe said."
Lights out -- for an hour to save energy
"From 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday, buildings that normally light up skylines from Bangkok to Schaumburg to Copenhagen will be dimmed. Landmarks such as the Sears Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge will seem to disappear into the night as non-essential lighting is turned off.  The hope is the darkened skylines will not only symbolize energy reduction but spark real, sustained conservation."
Innovator, scientist and now, politician
"Jackson, who worked with Foster at Fermilab, worked on his former colleague's campaign even though he is a Republican. He said despite disagreeing with Foster on issues, he believes in the congressman who was "the ideas guy" in their work.  "You never know what the government is going to be facing, and what you want is a certain philosophy and character," Jackson said. "He's got two important things: intelligence and honesty. Those are rare qualities.""
Hastert gets job advising Naper tech firm
"The former Speaker of the U.S. House is serving as a strategic adviser for Goeken Group Corp., a lighting technology and health-care information development company. He will educate the public on the company's energy-efficient lighting products and other services, according to a statement released by Goeken this week.  Hastert will be "an influential part of our growth strategy for the company," said CEO Jack Goeken."
Hastert to join company in 'strategic adviser' role
"Goeken Group Corp. comprises four subsidiary companies. One designs environmentally friendly lighting. Another makes Personal Guardian, a hand-held device that lets a person call for help in an emergency ... Campaign finance disclosure records from the Federal Elections Commission show that Jack Goeken and Sandra Goeken-Miles gave a combined $5,600 to Hastert’s campaigns between 2000 and 2006. The records identify both Goeken and Goeken-Miles as working for Goeken Group Corp."
Transcript: Sen. Richard Durbin On Barack Obama's Leadership - National Journal - Washington,DC
"Well, I can tell you from my point of view -- and I think that Senator Obama shares this point of view -- the Iraqis are not going to stand up and make the hard decisions necessary to govern and defend their own country as long as they can lean on the American military. We have literally lost 3,992 American lives as of this taping and sadly more will follow."
WHAT’S NEW - 21 Mar 08
Girl In Red Phone Ad Denounces Hillary And Her "Politics Of Fear" - TPM
"They had a little fun making this one, clearly. Knowles says that Hillary "wanted to scare you into voting for her" by cutting a scary ad with frightful blue tinting and a narrator with a "scratchy voice.""

21 Mar

Merle Burleigh Gets New Picture
Merle has been teasing me for a week about the picture I use for her column.  I tried to hold out for a HS graduation picture or something from the 60's with bell bottoms and love beads, but found this one on the bulletin board at the post office.  Hopefully, you will be able to recognize her. -Bob
img0.gif (5087 bytes)Reminder of Easter Services:
"Good Friday at 7pm ... Easter Vigil is Saturday at 5:30pm ... and Easter Sunday Sunrise Service is 6:30am followed by Easter Breakfast ... second service at 9am.  Everyone is welcome to attend."
Chamber leader urges more monitoring of state government
"Whitley was blunt in raising several red flags regarding the state legislature's effect on the state's economic climate during a breakfast meeting presentation at Eagle Brook Country Club hosted by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce for members of Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles and West Chicago chambers."
West Chicago to give facelift to local parks, aquatic center
"The park district plans to make about $2 million in improvements to the 13-year-old outdoor waterpark by installing a 200-foot-long slide, expanding the park's concessions area and adding more play features."
The briefs - Sign up now for safety class
"Champion Youth Outreach, a nonprofit organization, will present a safety awareness and self defense class Wednesdays, April 9 to June 4, at Gary School, 130 E. Forest Ave., West Chicago.  New students can register at 6:45 p.m. for class from 7 to 7:40 p.m. Returning students can register at 7:30 p.m. for class from 7:45 to 8:25 p.m.  The fee is $59 for nine weeks or $7 per class. For details, visit or call (847) 759-0576."
Jamestown Sun -
Illinois polls an early warning for Republicans
"Hastert announced his retirement midterm, presumably to give a fellow Republican the advantage of running as an incumbent in November when a downdraft from the presidential election could sweep away additional, marginal GOP seats. But Illinois’ 14th is hardly what you could call a marginal Republican district.  Hastert, the longest-serving GOP House speaker in history, prevailed there in 10 elections. Losing his seat, an aide to a top GOP lawmaker told The Politico, “is like the toppling of the Saddam statue in Baghdad for Republicans.”"
Halvorson, Durbin highlight concerns about sale of EJ&E - Morris Daily Herald - Morris,IL
"“I think it is essential that we work together to see that each community affected by the deal has its concerns addressed. I look forward to bringing about a workable solution by keeping an open dialogue between Canadian National and community leaders,” Senator Durbin said."
Sen. Dick Durbin Says US Needs to Improve International Image - WREX-TV - Rockford,IL
"He says changing leaders is the only way to not only stop terrorism but also to develop allies to help fight terrorism in the future.  Durbin says immediate steps would include drawing down troops in Iraq, closing down the Guantanamo Bay detention center and publicly renouncing its torture policy."
After the Speech - New York Times
“The good news for Obama is that his numbers have stopped falling since his speech on Tuesday. The bad news is that they haven’t bounced back.”

20 Mar

South Elgin Receives Bike Path Safety Funding
"The Village of South Elgin has received $100,000 in state funding for bicycle safety improvements as a result of a member initiative project requested by State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream)."
Local Legislators Hold Forum for Parents with Autistic Children
"To a full room of parents, State Representatives Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) and Franco Coladipietro (R-Bloomingdale), State Senator Randy Hultgren (R-Wheaton) along with State Senator Carole Pankau (R-Itasca) held their second legislative forum on Monday for parents with autistic children."
District 33


Kindergarten Registration for the 2008-2009 School Year
"Kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2008 and live within the boundaries of West Chicago Elementary School District 33, will take place during the month of April at each neighborhood elementary school."
A Night of Keeping Your Family Safe Through Communication and Knowledge
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
For all families living in West Chicago
Held in the Cafeteria at West Chicago Middle School
West Chicago
High School


"During the month of March sixty four Community High School students were inducted into the French, German, and Spanish National Honor Societies. Membership in these Honor Societies represents outstanding achievement in at least two years of study of a foreign language, academic excellence in all other classes and the intent to continue the study of a foreign language."
"Community High School District #94 in West Chicago Girls’ softball team will be holding it’s Second Annual Parent’s Night Out bowling fundraiser on Friday, March 28th. The event will be held at the Wheaton Bowl (located at 2031 N. Gary Ave Wheaton, IL) beginning at 8pm. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes 3 games of bowling, a raffle, and a pizza/dessert buffet. Proceeds from this event benefit the softball program.  Please contact Sue Taddeucci to make reservations at or by phone: (630) 347-7907.  The coaching staff cordially invites West Chicago community members, faculty/staff members, former softball players, and supporters of Wildcat athletics to attend this event."
Protesters call for end to 'unjust war'
"Organizers of the Batavia Council MoveOn, part of a national organization, said they were joining tens of thousands of people across the country to honor the 3,992 U.S. soldiers that have died and the 29,314 soldiers wounded in Iraq.  Of the 143 soldiers killed in Iraq from Illinois, four were from Aurora."
Wayne builds case against EJ&E buyout
"Wayne residents and several political leaders gathered Wednesday to discuss potential effects of the acquisition, which has been meeting resistance from affected suburbs including West Chicago, Naperville, Warrenville, Aurora, and Barrington.  Elected officials, including newly elected Congressman Bill Foster, Congressional candidate Jim Oberweis, state Rep. Randy Ramey, DuPage County Board member Pam Rion, West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman, and St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitt were present for the meeting."
Geneva to outsource brush pickup
"Owners of single-family homes will pay $1.70 per month for the curbside service, or a total of $20.40 per year.  Presently, brush pickup is paid for by property taxes.  Instead of having Geneva public-works employees collect brush, the city hired Kramer Tree Service of West Chicago to do it."
Bartlett's efforts to leave U-46 are 'languishing'
"Village officials said they remain committed to forming an independent district out of U-46's southeast quadrant. It would likely corral 10,000 students -- about a quarter of U-46's enrollment -- from Bartlett and parts of neighboring Carol Stream, Wayne and West Chicago."
Parents scrambling for bilingual classes
"Across the Chicago suburbs, especially in areas with increasingly diverse populations, school districts are turning to "dual-language" initiatives. Municipalities from Oswego to West Chicago to Elgin have programs up and running, many with long waiting lists."
Estonian headmaster visits Elk Grove Village students
"He and three other Estonian educators will spend this week touring Chicago and visiting classes in Elk Grove Village and West Chicago through a program paid for by a California-based non-profit, the Center for Civic Education, and the U.S. Department of Education."
"Central DuPage Hospital is the first DuPage County hospital to receive this prestigious award. Thomson evaluates key measures of clinical, operational and financial performance of over 3,000 hospitals nationwide in designating their Top 100."
Trade Summit in Will County to Promote Economic Growth in Illinois
“To our friends and partners, distinguished international trade commissioners we say, ‘welcome to Illinois and Will County. We mean business,’” Senator Durbin said. “On an even playing field, Will County businesses can compete against any company, anywhere, whether you are looking for corn, or state-of-the-art nanotechnology. With fair trade agreements, we can all enjoy genuine shared prosperity.”
Obama Statement on Downstate Illinois Flooding
"I offer my deepest condolences to the victims of this week's dangerous flooding in southern Illinois and throughout America's heartland. In the days ahead, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that these downstate communities can rebuild as quickly as possible."
Obama speech captivates Americans - International Herald Tribune - France
"Interest in the speech was intense: Transcripts of it zoomed to the No. 1 or 2 spots on the most-e-mailed lists of virtually every major U.S. newspaper or broadcast Web site. USA Today, for example, said that an article on the speech attracted more comments in 12 hours - 7,502 - than any article ever."
Gov. Blagojevich proclaims March Nutrition Month, recognizes organizations dedicated to improving the health of Illinoisans
U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, SIU President Glenn Poshard launch listening tour in support of Gov. Blagojevich’s Illinois Works plan

19 Mar

Around and About in West Chicago - 19 Mar 2008
  • Schedule of activities and worship services planned by local churches from Good Friday through Easter Sunday
  • Cook’s Night out
  • City Museum and West Chicago Park District bus trip to the Chicago History Museum
  • Welcoming Reception for 10 exchange students
West Chicago
High School


Enhanced Security Measures for the Remainder of the 2007-2008 School Year
"For the remainder of the school year, we will be maintaining the enhanced security measures that were implemented the week following the threat situation."
Meet the Principal: Jean Peterson
" What's the worst influence on today's youth? Parents who want to be their friends and not parent, video games and no rules.
Thing that makes today's students distinct? The numerous opportunities and choices they have to develop into caring, unique citizens.
If I could change one thing about the world it would be … less violent and more peaceful. They would care about others."
'Robocall' revolt may end pesty calls
"These automated calls, or "robocalls," are an inexpensive tool campaigns use to get out the vote, or get their message out to thousands of people at once.  But some people speculate that the abundance of these recorded calls may have contributed to low voter turnout in the recent special election in the 14th Congressional District.  Now, a trio of House Republicans want those calls to stop."
Keeping up with ... West Chicago's Jackie Vavrek
"Vavrek spent her formative years competing for the Chicago Sharks, a suburban club team, and was even coached for a time by her sister, Jennifer, who is 12 years older. At West Chicago High School, she made her mark by winning the state 50 freestyle title in each of her last three years."
London, UK
hakia Licenses Its Ontological Semantic Technology to RiverGlass Inc.
"RiverGlass, Inc. ( is a leading provider of advanced real-time analytics and intelligent web information collection and analysis solutions. The company was formed in 2003 to commercialize eight years of grant funded research at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois."
Upcoming Webcast - Tree Boards and Commissions - Urban Natural Resources Institute
"Please plan to join us for the March 2008 edition of the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station's Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI) Informational Webcast, which aims to bring to you up to date on the work of Forest Service scientists, and our cooperators, who are working on urban natural resource research and development projects."
Durbin: Feds Need To Step Up For Homeowners - WBBM780
"Durbin says the federal government needs a more aggressive policy to fend off home foreclosures.  He suggests more counseling services, more disclosure for those about to buy a home and changing bankruptcy laws to allow people to keep their homes as they wipe clean their financial slate."
Mr. Obama’s Profile in Courage -  New York Times
"We can't know how effective Mr. Obama's words will be with those who will not draw the distinction between faith and politics that he drew, or who will reject his frank talk about race. What is evident, though, is that he not only cleared the air over a particular controversy - he raised the discussion to a higher plane."
On the Fifth Anniversary of the Iraq War
"Today marks the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.  We are proud of the work our fine men and women in uniform have accomplished in the field. They have done everything we have asked of them. We are forever indebted to their service and the sacrifice their families have made."
Earth Hour 2008
"World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour is catching on across America following the tremendous success of last year's event in Sydney, Australia. This global phenomenon will spread across six continents in 2008, including hundreds of communities like yours in the United States."

18 Mar

Stations of the Cross Collage
On Monday March 17th the 3rd and 4th grade students of St. Mary’s School in West Chicago performed  the Stations of the Cross which recall the events leading up to and including the crucifixion of Christ
Rail chief says takeover impact overstated
"And critics should wait for results of the environmental study before demanding train-crossing upgrades, CN President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison said in a statement.  He said diverting freight traffic to the EJ&E line could actually mean fewer road-level crossings overall and a better environmental impact on the Chicago region."
Meet Pioneer Principal Gloria Trejo
"If you could change one thing about the world it would be … eliminate ALL religions. All the negativity that exists in today's society is due to religious beliefs: wars, hatred, racism. If the world believed in solely one religion, we would be working together in creating positive and innovative changes in the world."
Gloria Trejo Clarification posted on the Daily Herald's blog
"I apologize to those I may have offended by my comments in today's Meet the
Principal article. I am a believer in God and did not intend to do anything
but state that many wars have religious roots, and suggest a solution. I am
frustrated that we can't, as a global society, seem to accept each other's
differences. My message simply should have said that we all need to find a
way to get along and to see our differences as positive rather than
negative. Gloria Trejo."
W. Chicago students learn about farming
"Indian Knoll Elementary students from West Chicago took part in the the 2008 Ag Education Expo at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton."
DuPage Co. library calendar
"Appraisers from Arbor Avenue Antiques will be available to do informal assessments of your items at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Chicago Public Library, 118 W. Washington St. There is a limit of two items per person, and all items must be small enough to be carried into the library. Registration is required. For details, call Adult Services at (630) 231-1552, ext. 4. For specific questions about items, call Eileen or Greg at Arbor Avenue Antiques at (630) 293-3930."
McCain, Hastert weigh in on 14th District loss
"We just had a loss of Denny Hastert's seat out in Illinois," McCain said. "The Republican candidate out there, I am told, had very strong anti-immigrant rhetoric also, so I would hope that many of our Republican candidates would understand the political practicalities of this issue."
Parents scrambling for bilingual classes
"Across the Chicago suburbs, especially in areas with increasingly diverse populations, school districts are turning to "dual-language" initiatives. Municipalities from Oswego to West Chicago to Elgin have programs up and running, many with long waiting lists."
Sale ain't over till it's closed
"For further insulation a seller needn't stop marketing a home when he accepts a purchase contract, says Cindy Banks, an agent with Re/Max Cornerstone in West Chicago. She keeps records of buyers interested in a property but continues to show that property in many instances. "You've got to track the leads in case [the buyer's financing] crashes and burns.""
U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, SIU President Glenn Poshard launch listening tour in support of Gov. Blagojevich’s Illinois Works plan
Gov. Blagojevich announces 2008 State Fair theme: “A Family Tradition”

17 Mar

West Chicago
High School


"Community High School District #94 in West Chicago Girls’ softball team will be holding it’s Second Annual Parent’s Night Out bowling fundraiser on Friday, March 28th."
Happy St. Baldrick's Day... oh... and that other one also.
Today is a travel day and updating will mostly occurr later this evening.  Sorry.  - Bob
DuPage Co. religion notes
"Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at 7 p.m. at the church, 331 George St., West Chicago. The Easter vigil is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with Easter services at 6:30 and 9 a.m. For details, call (630) 231-1175."
Not all Republicans frowning these days
"One such person is Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, who managed to escape the 14th Congressional District race before it got really nasty. Not only did he show grace in bowing out upon Dennis Hastert's endorsement of Jim Oberweis, but Hastert said nice things about him. At the very least, Burns looked like a team player."
Star Online
Proposed proton therapy center may be
"Two proton therapy centers are scheduled to open in 2010 in DuPage County, one of which is tied to NIU.  Central DuPage Hospital, located in Winfield, shares a border with West Chicago, which would make the only two proton therapy centers in Illinois in neighboring towns."
Illinois GOP's failures are so stunning that party must be rebuilt
"Jim Oberweis perhaps should quit now as the Republican candidate in the 14th Congressional District -- former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's district -- before he sets some kind of record for most congressional elections lost in a single year.  If Oberweis stays in the race and loses, it will be the fifth time in as many tries that he has failed to get elected to a major office. Oberweis' ego has embarrassed the party enough ..."
[I know I promised no political coverage, but the call for Oberweiss to withdraw is too shocking to ignore.  Please don't complain.  I still have to read all the political crud that I'm not posting.  Sympathy would be in order. - Bob]
Geek Goes To Congress: Foster Takes Hastert's Seat - InformationWeek - Manhasset,NY
"Foster's resume is enough to impress even the sharpest technology insiders, business leaders, and policy observers. He is credited with making headway with experiments in particle physics, managing multimillion-dollar projects, designing and building advanced electronics, superconducting magnets, and analog and digital integrated circuits.  Foster helped build, design and test the IMB Proton Decay Detector, a cube that detects proton decay in a salt mine beneath Lake Erie, which also led to the first observation of a supernova's neutrino burst."
Durbin Recognizes CN Progress, Continues Effort for Grand Crossing Funding Agreement
“It is promising that Canadian National has agreed to cap the cost to Amtrak for use of the St. Charles Air Line Route. At the same time, Amtrak and I share a concern over CN’s lack of commitment to funding the Grand Crossing Route construction to ensure the continued success of Amtrak service in and out of Chicago."
Durbin Announces $2.4 Million for Counseling to Aid Illinois Homeowners at Risk of Foreclosure
Durbin and Bipartisan Group of Senators Request More Funding for Fermilab and Argonne
Durbin, Obama Statement Regarding CME Acquisition of NYMEX
"Two years ago, NYMEX began using the CME Globex® electronic trading platform, and the full merger of the two exchanges will provide further integration and streamlined services for customers of each exchange. The combined entity will create a world class exchange for financial, agricultural, energy, and other futures products that will be better able to compete with exchanges from around the world."


'Obama Yes We Can' Hitting the Airwaves in Support of Democratic ... - Newswire Today - London,UK
"Recently honored by BMI's 3 Million Play Club for crafting the monster rock anthem "All Right Now" by the legendary 70s rock band Free, Andy Fraser’s new single is poised to take the airwaves and iPods alike by storm during the dramatic run up to this year’s historic presidential election.  With a catchy beat, hypnotic melody and uplifting lyrics, "Obama, Yes We Can" supports the Senator’s resounding message of hope, change and unity."
[The video, on You Tube, can be viewed by clicking here. - Bob]
US Makes Cents, but Pays Too Much for It - RedOrbit - Dallas,TX
""It seems to me that the Mint has been the leader in slowing down changes to coin composition," said Rep. Peter Roskam, R- Ill., who introduced a bill last year that would have mandated a cheaper make-up for the penny.  Paul called the current proposal an unconstitutional delegation of power and a symbol of "how far we have fallen" in monetary policy. America, he said, has failed to maintain a gold standard or silver standard for its currency.  "Now," he said, "we cannot even maintain a zinc standard.""

15&16 Mar

Helen Legoo - March 16, 2008
"Helen H. Legoo, age 75, loving mother of Linda (Gary) Szczesny, Albert (Regina) Legoo; loving grandmother of 5; great-grandmother of 6; dear sister of Echo Hedberg and Frank (Karen) Hjelm."
Mark your Calendar
Friday May 30th Golf Outing and Dinner Fundraiser for Trinity Lutheran Daycare and Pre-School ...keep an eye open for more details!!!
St. Mary's School to do live Stations of the Cross
"This Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week as Christians world-wide prepare for the celebration of Easter. On Monday March 17th the 3rd and 4th grade students of St. Mary’s School in West Chicago will perform the Stations of the Cross which recall the events leading up to and including the crucifixion of Christ."
West Chicago Public Access Playback
  • Mon7:00 PM City Council (LIVE)
  • Tues 6:00 PM COD Images
  • Wed 6:30 PM COD Images
  • Fri 6:00 PM City Council (3/17/08)
Scammers operate under guise of IRS
"Another is the "paper-check phone call" which has someone claiming to be an IRS employee and says the IRS sent a check to the individual being called. The caller states because the check has not been cashed, they want to verify the individual's bank account number."
A room with a view … for now
"He inherited 14th District predecessor Dennis Hastert's office suite while he completes the 21-year congressional veteran's term.  "I got some ribbing from colleagues," Foster told reporters during a Friday news teleconference. "I probably should tape up the window so I won't go into shock and depression when I get jammed into the basement of some other office building next January."'
DuPage Co. religion notes
  • "Water's Edge Bible Church will hold Easter services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at 209 S. Oakwood Ave., West Chicago. Call (630) 231-1210.
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at 7 p.m. at the church, 331 George St., West Chicago. The Easter vigil is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with Easter services at 6:30 and 9 a.m. For details, call (630) 231-1175."
Obama's Rezko narrative
"When we endorsed Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination Jan. 27, we said we had formed our opinions of him during 12 years of scrutiny. We concluded that the professional judgment and personal decency with which he has managed himself and his ambition distinguish him.  Nothing Obama said in our editorial board room Friday diminishes that verdict."
At Last, a Techie in the House - eWeek - New York, NY
"Foster apparently has some serious coding skills, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune last month. In 2006, Foster helped propel a Pennsylvania Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, to a narrow victory by cracking the code of the get-out-the-vote process through a software program he wrote. He had the unofficial title "campaign physicist.""
Muslim nations condemn terrorism - LA Times
"Leaders of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, which represents 1.5 billion Muslims across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, made the "Dakar Declaration" after a two-day summit in Senegal.  "We continue to strongly condemn all forms of extremism and dogmatism which are incompatible with Islam, a religion of moderation and peaceful coexistence," the declaration said."

14 Mar

West Chicago
High School


Augustino's Cook's Night Out -- Fundraiser - CHANGE OF LOCATION
"COOK’S NIGHT OUT Will be held at: Augustinos’ Rock and Roll Deli, 300 W. North Avenue, West Chicago ... Phone: 630/293-8602 ... Fax: 650/293-4580
Wednesday – March 19, 2008 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Dine-in or Carry Out

15% of your order will be given to
Community High School District 94.

Call ahead and place a phone or fax order and Augustino’s will have it ready when you get there or dine in!  Please tell your friends, neighbors and other family members so they can participate and help support: West Chicago Pep Club and Cheerleaders. We are raising money for a new mascot costume and cheerleading competition mats.  Additional flyers will be available at Augustino’s on March 19th behind the counter…just ask!"

An active public servant, no matter where he lived
"During his political career he served as a West Chicago alderman, school board member for West Chicago Community High School District 94 and later for the Kane County Regional Board of Schools.  "He was well respected in town," said Don Earley, former West Chicago alderman and present day treasurer. "He was always a happy-go-lucky fella. He always had a smile for everybody.""
Haul out the Rezko scorecard
"Illinois Minority House leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, and DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett, a Republican, were named on the list alongside high-profile politicians such as Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and former GOP Gov. Jim Edgar."
WDSRA’s Windy City Warriors Place Fourth at Nationals
"The Warriors won their first two games against the Houston Hotwheels and Wisconsin’s Mad City Badgers. Once in the final four, they lost to the Charlotte Bobcats. The final playoff game against the Grand Rapids Pacers was tight with it coming down to the last 2 minutes of the game. The Pacers beat out the Warriors by three points. A total of 16 teams qualified for nationals."
Durbin: Homeowners Need Help, Not the Banks that Created the Housing Crisis
“In fact, a report released by the Georgetown Law Center said that allowing these changes will have ‘zero’ effect on interest rates. The President’s statements today are simply inaccurate.”  “It is clear that as this crisis continues to worsen, the Bush Administration is running on empty with no new ideas and is unwilling to show the kind of leadership that we need to turn this economy around.”
Senate Confirms Former Macomb Mayor to Amtrak Board
Kerry, Obama, Ellsworth, Emanuel Introduce "Fair Share Act of 2008"
"Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) are introducing the "Fair Share Act of 2008," today with Reps. Brad Ellsworth (IN) and Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) The reform will close the loophole that recently has allowed the defense contractor KBR Inc. to fleece the American taxpayer by almost $100 million a year."
Ellsworth, Towns, Obama Bill to Require Federal Contractors to Pay Taxes Clears First Hurdle
"In numerous studies, the GAO found that thousands of federal contractors held tax debts totaling over $3 billion. Many of these businesses failed to forward payroll taxes withheld from their employees and other taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Failure to submit payroll taxes is a felony under the law. Moreover, some companies even redirected payroll taxes for personal gain. These companies were contractors for numerous federal agencies."
President weakens espionage oversight - The Boston Globe
"Almost 32 years to the day after President Ford created an independent Intelligence Oversight Board made up of private citizens with top-level clearances to ferret out illegal spying activities, President Bush issued an executive order that stripped the board of much of its authority.  The White House did not say why it was necessary to change the rules governing the board when it issued Bush's order late last month. But critics say Bush's order is consistent with a pattern of steps by the administration that have systematically scaled back Watergate-era intelligence reforms."
Happy Pi Day!

13 Mar

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."
Reminder:  Coffee with The Mayor
I have been asked to remind you that coffee with the mayor is from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at City Hall, 475 Main St.  This is an opportunity to sit down with the mayor (and often other city officials) in an informal setting to discuss your concerns or problems.  Good governance requires more than officials willing to  listen ... it requires people who will take the time out to talk. - Bob
Harry Lally - March 12, 2008
"Funeral Monday 10:30 a.m. at Williams-Woodward Funeral Home 820 Pine St. (Rte. 59 and Pine Sts.) West Chicago. Visitation Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery."
Oak Brook
Business Ledger


NIU gets approval for proton facility
"After expressing doubts about the ability of Northern Illinois University to build a proton cancer treatment and research facility in 24 months, the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board has approved the project.  But the approval at a Feb. 26 hearing in Chicago came with the condition that NIU officials make quarterly reports on the $160 million center scheduled to be built on 13 acres at the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago."
Obama Hails Passage of the Second Chance Act
"Everyday, far too many Americans are lost in the criminal justice system and end up in prison. A recent report found that more than 1.6 million Americans -- 1 in every 100 -- are behind bars. With a lack of job training and support programs, many fail to ever be fully rehabilitated or to find meaningful employment, and go on to commit more crimes. This is wrong, and we must do more to help them achieve a second chance and break this cycle."
Foster Casts Deciding Ethics Vote - Daily Kos
"The House approved it last night, 229-182, with most Democrats in favor and most Republicans opposed. That margin is deceptive: Before final passage, the bill first had to clear a much closer procedural vote, which gave House members a chance to kill the idea without, technically, voting against it.  The bill survived that test by a single vote, with Foster voting in favor."
Bill Foster's March 8 Victory Speech
"I want to say thank you to the voters of this district for putting your trust in me. I’ve lived here for over twenty years, and as I campaigned I was even more encouraged and inspired with the strength, courage and decentness of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike. One of the great lessons that I’ve learned in this campaign is that I really DO like people – it’s only the scientists that drive me crazy."
First day, swing vote for new Rep. Bill Foster - Baltimore Sun
"It didn't take long for Bill Foster to make an impact in Congress.  Foster, a Democratic scientist/businessman, won a special election Saturday to replace retired former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) in the House. He was sworn into his seat representing the exurban 14th Congressional District on Tuesday afternoon. By evening, he was casting what was arguably the deciding vote on a white-hot ethics bill."
Two Week Moratorium on Political Articles
For those who think I am going back on my promise not to cover politics, I am using the same politics/governance distinction that allows me to post Obama's press releases without bothering with the releases from his campaign office.  It is a distinction I wish more politicians understood. - Bob
Illinois Environmental Protect Agency to strengthen drinking water protections
“Safe drinking water is the highest priority.  Even though reports indicate the concentration of unregulated chemicals found in the nation’s water sources was low, we can’t take any chances.  The additional research we do now and the steps we take today will help us further protect our health and the health of our children,” said Gov. Blagojevich.

12 Mar

Around and About in West Chicago - 12 Mar 2008
  • Schedule of Activities and Worship Services
  • Friends of the Library annual Egg Roll
  • Dual Language Informational Meeting
  • American Legion Post 300 Easter Egg Hunt
West Chicago
High School


"The West Chicago VFW Post 6791 and the Ladies’ Auxiliary awarded over $8000 in prize money to Community High School District #94 students who entered the annual Voice of Democracy Competition."
West Chicago High School Honors Foreign Language Honor Society Inductees
"On March 4, Sixty four Community High School students were inducted into the French, German, and Spanish National Honor Societies. Membership in these Honor Societies represents outstanding achievement in at least two years of study of a foreign language, academic excellence in all other classes and the intent to continue the study of a foreign language."
Foster sworn into Congress
"I am a scientist, not a politician," he said. "When it comes to the issues that we face in this nation, I plan on approaching them as a scientist. And that means examining the facts, listening to both sides and doing what's right for the people of Illinois and America."
Police beat
"Eduardo Escalante, 18, 816 Oak St., West Chicago, was charged with felony retail theft Saturday in connection with his work as a cashier at Target, 3885 E. Main St. Escalante rang up items at reduced prices for family and friends between Feb. 23 and March 8."
Mr. Foster goes to Washington
"Surrounded by members of the Illinois delegation on the House floor, new Rep. Foster took the oath of office from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who then welcomed him to the 110th Congress.  After brief remarks from Illinois Rep. Jerry Costello, Foster made his first address to the House to commend the work of retired Rep. Dennis Hastert and restated campaign pledges to work with both sides of the aisle and bring a scientific approach to decision-making."
Forest Preserve begins cutting out infested trees
"The Kane County Forest Preserve District Tuesday began removing 100 ash trees from the Campton Forest Preserve at Town Hall Road and Route 64.  The trees are infested with the emerald ash borer, a small, metallic green bug whose larvae feast on the trunks of ash trees."
One center approved, one to go: Second of two proposed cancer therapy centers still in limbo
"Northern Illinois University won state approval in late February for its proposed $160 million proton therapy center at West Chicago’s DuPage National Technology Park. Meanwhile, the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board is scheduled to make a decision during an April 8 and 9 meeting on whether to allow Central DuPage Hospital to build a similar facility about 11 miles away."
Forest Preserve District looks to buy Warrenville retreat house
"After 70 years of ministering to area Roman Catholics, the Sisters of the Cenacle are looking to sell their retreat house in Warrenville and have found a potential buyer in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County."
Campaign signs still up long after Super Tuesday
"County Board member Jim Zay, R-6th District, of Carol Stream estimated that he put up 2,000 signs during his successful campaign for the Republican nomination to retain his seat.  He has been collecting signs since the day after the primary, and still has about two dozen to pick up, he said.  The weather was a major factor,” Zay said. “You’d put signs up and then a day later, they’d be plowed under.”"
Kane County to permit cameras at shared intersections
"Several intersections along Randall Road from Aurora to Elgin are likely candidates for camera enforcement, said Phil Bus, who oversees the county Division of Transportation.  "This is an important step forward," Bus said. It lets municipalities such as St. Charles proceed with proposals to install traffic surveillance cameras that tie into the county's signal systems, he said."
Durbin Comments on Earmark Proposals
"I announce publicly every project I am able to add to the appropriations bill -- these are important and needed projects that create jobs, strengthen the economy, protect our national security and improve the quality of life for residents of my state and I would gladly defend any if they are challenged. If you're suffering from insomnia, please go to my website and read through the detailed information available on every earmark request I have made. If you have a fax machine, load it with paper, I will send you every press release I put out as those projects for my state were approved. My approach to earmarks is fully transparent, fully open, with full disclosure."
Durbin Meets with Illinois Corn Growers to Discuss Agricultural Priorities
Durbin Meets with Col. Sinkler to Discuss Rockford Keith Creek Feasibility Study
Obama Cosponsors One-Year Moratorium on All Congressional Earmarks
"However, even with all of these reforms, I have come to believe that the system is broken. We can no longer accept a process that doles out earmarks based on a member of Congress' seniority, rather than the merit of the project. We can no longer accept an earmarks process that has become so complicated to navigate that a municipality or non-profit group has to hire high-priced D.C. lobbyists to do it. And we can no longer accept an earmarks process in which many of the projects being funded fail to address the real needs of our country."

11 Mar

West Chicago Police Dept. LOCAL SCAM - BEWARE
"There have been some yellow "delivery notices" left in residents doorways claiming that there is a delivery. There is a telephone number (800)-913-7437 on the ticket to contact for re-delivery. Do not call this number; you do not have a package. They are trying to sell water purifiers. We checked this phone number through Google and there are many complaints ranging all the way north from Crystal Lake to as far south as Plainfield. Some of our residents stated that after they call back, the solicitors will not leave them alone. Therefore, it is best not to call the number.  If you have any questions, Please call me at 630.293.2222 ext 227"
Sgt. Leo Aviles, West Chicago Police Department
Karen Ostrowski - March 10, 2008
"Karen R. Ostrowski nee Weiland, 76, a thirty-two year resident of West Chicago, IL, passed away Monday, March 10, 2008 at home. She was born February 4, 1932 in Chicago, IL and raised there also. She loved gardening and bird watching, and in her younger years she enjoyed painting and sketching."
Edward Quarzenski - March 10, 2008
"Edward F. Quarzenski,65, a longtime West Chicago resident, passed away Monday, March 10, 2008. Visitation Thursday, March 13, 2008 from 3:00 p.m. until time of service 8:00 p.m. at Williams-Woodward Funeral Home..."
Foster to Be Sworn In at 3:45 pm EDT
"Following his historic special election victory Saturday, scientist and businessman Bill Foster will be sworn in as the U.S. Representative from Illinois' 14th Congressional District this afternoon, Tuesday, March 11, on the House floor.  Foster will deliver remarks immediately following the swearing-in, and he will be available to the media at approximately 4:00 pm EDT inside the Speaker's Ceremonial Chamber."
Central DuPage Hospital Heliport
"The battle between Central DuPage Hospital and the Village of Winfield over the Frank’s Finer Foods property has heated up again. At the August 16 village board meeting the hospital requested permission to submit a proposal for a temporary heliport to the plan commission for consideration."
Second thoughts after loss in Dist. 14
"But defeats -- even slim ones -- in his county, Kane; in his supporter Denny Hastert's county, Kendall; and the traditionally Republican DuPage were immediate fodder for Democrats predicting a growing blue coup.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called the 5-percentage-point win by Bill Foster "a stunning rejection of the Bush administration, its Republican allies and presidential nominee John McCain."
CN offers to pay for overpasses in EJ & E bid
"The Canadian National Railway is offering to spend $40 million for overpa sses in Chicago suburbs that face major increases in freight train traffic under its plan to purchase the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway."
DuPage election judges waiting on primary paychecks
""Anyone that's doing election judging for the money is in the wrong business."  The election commission will pay nearly $300,000 to the 2,175 election judges who worked the primary. That works out to nearly $136 per judge.  The base pay for an election judge is $95, Nelson said."
Many issues at heart of decisive Foster win
"There's little doubt, either, that many voters were put off by aggressive and nasty ads in this race, many of them belonging to Oberweis. In fact, Foster's greatest appeal might have been his nonconfrontational personality, which provided a nice counterpoint to the nasty partisanship that dulled Hastert's luster as a leader at the end."
Republicans ponder their lost election
""One of two things is true," Pascoe said. "Either we had a problem with our message, or a problem with organization.""
Laesch withdraws request for recount
"Laesch had also filed a Freedom of Information Act request, seeking information about election day irregularities, and asking for background information on election employees. That request has also been withdrawn.  In a statement posted to his Web site Monday, Laesch said his decision was based on consultation with his senior campaign staff, and was made in light of Saturday's election results."
Register Star
Election shocker in Hastert district troubling for GOP
"Tom Cross of Oswego, the state House Republican leader, attributes Saturday’s outcome partly to changing demographics, partly to Oberweis’ negative campaigning, and partly to a bitter GOP primary.  “Also, you can’t discount the fact that there is a dislike out there for (President) Bush and the Iraq war. But I have to tell you, at the end of the day, though, I still thought Oberweis was going to win,” said Cross of Oswego."
State Blue
IL - 14 Bragging rights
"Putting as money much into Republican open seats with lower winning margins in Illinois as the RNCC put into this losing race would take more than it has on hand. Never mind the other 49 states."
IL-14 Goes Blue
"City of Aurora: 65% to 35%
Bureau: 47% to 53%
Henry County: 38% to 62%
DeKalb: 56% to 44%
DuPage County: 50.6% to 49.4%
Kane County: 51% to 49%
Kendall: 50.3% to 49.7%
Lee: 44% to 56%
Whiteside: 55% to 45%"
The End of Election Coverage
With today's coverage,  I declare a two week moratorium on election coverage.  I'm tired of it.  For the next two weeks, I'd rather link to a bio of Britney. - Bob
Canadian National Commitment to Amtrak Falls Short, Lacks Funding for Rail Modernization
“First, CN must allow Amtrak’s continued use of the Air Line Route at no additional cost until the Grand Crossing Route is complete to avoid undue taxpayer burden for this service. Second, CN must commit to funding the Grand Crossing Route construction to ensure the continued success of Amtrak service in and out of Chicago.”
Swiftboating Obama: A Look Inside Bogus Rightwing Claims He Has Terror Ties - Pensito
"Now that he is the putative Democratic nominee, here is a look at another potentially Swiftboat-able part of his record — his tenuous connections to Michael Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn, who were members of the Weather Underground in the Vietnam War era — and his one-time professional relationship with Dr. Rashid Khalidi, a one-time PLO media director.  Ayers was a prominent constituent in Obama’s state senate district.  Ayers and Dorhn were involved in the planning and execution of violent protests 40 years ago:"

10 Mar

West Chicago
High School

"District #94’s FBLA students participated in the Northern Area Conference bringing home 15 top ten awards including 7 trophies and 1 regional champion!"
Input Solicited for Athletic Director Hiring Process
"Community High School is seeking applicants to fill the Athletic Director position for the 2008/09 school year. The District invites staff and community members to provide input as to those qualities being sought in the new Director."
Karen Ostrowski - March 10, 2008
"Karen R. Ostrowski nee Weiland, 76, a thirty-two year resident of West Chicago, IL, passed away Monday, March 10, 2008 at home. She was born February 4, 1932 in Chicago, IL and raised there also. She loved gardening and bird watching, and in her younger years she enjoyed painting and sketching."
Ramey Sponsors Bill to Nix Sales Tax on Memorial Day Weekend Purchases
"State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) is sponsoring legislation that will give families a break from paying sales tax on certain products they purchase over the 4-day Memorial Day weekend.
“At a time when many families might be spending less of their earned income due to an unstable changing economic climate, this is one way the state can provide an added boost to families who are struggling to keep up with rising property taxes, gasoline costs and food prices,” Ramey said."
West Chicago Public Access Playback Mar 3- Mar 9
  • Mon 6:00 PM City Council (3/3/08)
  • Tues 6:30 PM COD Career Paths
  • Wed 7:30 PM WC Student Art Show '94
Kruse House docents needed
"It's time for the West Chicago Historical Society to schedule docents for the seasonal opening of the Kruse House Museum on Main Street in West Chicago."
DuPage Co. families calendar
"West Chicago's Community High School will present an All Night Long St. Patrick's Day Bash and auction beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at Klein Creek Golf Club, 1N333 Pleasant Hill Road, Winfield. The event will benefit a safe after-prom event for students. Tickets are $20 per person, $25 at the door. Donations will be accepted. For details, call (630) 202-9654."
Irregularities in special election?
"Amy Tauchman, new political director of the DuPage Democratic Party, said there are only 14 14th District precincts in DuPage County. The majority of the district is in Kane County.  "They should shut down the touch-screen booths rather than allow this subliminal advertising," Tauchman said."
Forest preserves to stock lakes with trout
"Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville will be stocked with about 2,600 fish, Deep Quarry Lake at West Branch Forest Preserve in Bartlett with about 2,200 fish and Grove Lake at Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve in Wood Dale with about 350 fish."
One expensive election
"With 50,026 votes cast in Saturday's election, that translates to about $9.75 per vote. Still, Cunningham knows the bottom line is about fostering the electoral process, not making or saving money.  "We can't run elections like a business," he said."
Foster win a big blow to GOP
"But as much as the win by the little-known Foster reflected voters' desire for the elusive political factor of change, the election to finish out the retired Hastert's term that expires in January also was a referendum on Oberweis. And it symbolized the state of a listless GOP in Illinois that finds itself without a power base and plagued by infighting."
ILLINOIS STYLE: Church serves Karen people of Myanmar
""... we only had one or two families arrive," she said, speaking about the number of families that were in the area as of November 2006. "But this year (2007) we've had around 50 families arrive all around the West Chicago area.""
Obama Supports One-Year Moratorium on All Congressional Earmarks
"However, even with all of these reforms, I have come to believe that the system is broken. We can no longer accept a process that doles out earmarks based on a member of Congress' seniority, rather than the merit of the project."

Results from Bill Foster's victory
"March 10, 2008 - 09:06AM ET
U.S. House - District 14 - Special General
(53%) Bill Foster - 52,010 votes
(47%) Jim Oberweis - 46,988 votes"

Illinois Election: Very Bad News for GOP - U.S. News & World Report
"Democrat Bill Foster beat Republican Jim Oberweis in the special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert ... The seats of the former speaker and of former Majority Leader Tom DeLay are now held by Democrats."
Blagojevich administration announces 1.5 million pounds of food delivered for 37,500 families in Illinois

Mass transit use hits 50-year high on pump prices - Reuters
"U.S. mass transit ridership began to surge when gasoline hit the $3 a gallon level in 2005 and has continued to rise steadily ever since as pump prices top record after record, according to a report released on Monday by the American Public Transit Association.  "As people are struggling with the increase in fuel prices, they have to make adjustments, and one of the ways they are doing that is driving less and taking public transportation more," said William Millar, the president of the APTA."

08&09 Mar  
Foster Wins Hastert's Seat - 8:51 pm
According to CNN, the Associated Press has called the Special Election in the IL 14th, the "safe seat" formerly held by Speaker Dennis Hastert, for Bill Forster, the Democratic challenger.  There will be a rematch in November.

DuPage Results: (All precints reporting)

  • Bill Foster 3294 50.60%
  • Jim Oberweis 3216 49.40%

Kane Results: (All precints reporting)

  • Jim Oberweis 24365 48.34%
  • Bill Foster 25661 50.91%
Statement from Bill Foster on Winning the Illnois 14th Congressional District Special Election
"Today the voters of the 14th District were given a national stage on which to speak to the country, and we sent a clear message to everyone in Washington. We demanded change and we demanded it now. We said loud and clear that we wanted an end to the bickering and political posturing. We want reasonable solutions to the problems that we face every day. Today, the people of the 14th District stood up and said loud and clear that they were ready for change." (10:14pm)
"Our lawyer doing legal support for the Foster campaign in DuPage today has discovered that the TSX machines in at least 3 locations display the word REPUBLICAN when the cards are inserted. The ballot is correct but the subliminal effect is disturbing. Remedial efforts by the DuPage Election Commission are forthcoming but the machines were not immediately shut down when this was discovered."
Politico Democrats Pick Up Hastert's Seat in Special March 8th Election
"Oberweis is widely known in the area because of his dairy business. But he was not able to win even in Hastert’s home base of Kendall County, a reliably Republican fast-growing county in exurban Chicago. Voters there favored Foster by a narrow margin.  The loss is a huge psychological blow to the Republican Party, already reeling from a slew of congressional retirements and fundraising woes. Democrats hadn’t contested Hastert’s seat since 1986 and, in Foster, had a political novice running in a traditionally Republican district."
Luis Martinez -  March 7, 2008
"Luis Martinez, 85, a fifty year resident of West Chicago, IL, passed away Friday, March 7, 2008. He was born June 21, 1922 in Puerto Rico. He was formerly employed at the Campbell Soup Mushroom Growing Facility in West Chicago until retirement in 1984."
Marie Gagnon Nicoloff - March 4, 2008
Marie Suzanne Gagnon Nicoloff, age 90, passed away Tuesday March 4, 2008 at St. Anne Center Nursing Home in Rockford, IL. She was born on August 28, 1917 in Dodson, Montana ...She was an active member for most of her life since her initiation on May 16, 1946 of the Order of the Eastern Star Henrietta Chapter #162 of West Chicago. Eastern Star Services will be conducted by them during the Visitation at 7:30 Pm on Thursday."
Foster defeats Oberweis in special election to fill Hastert's seat
"Round One went to the Democrats tonight after Bill Foster defeated Republican Jim Oberweis in the 14th Congressional District special election to replace Dennis Hastert.  Foster triumphed by a little more than 5,000 votes, finishing with 52,010 votes to 46,988 for Oberweis, according to unofficial vote totals."
Dems report 14th D voting irregularities
"Justin Major, a voter protection lawyer for the Foster campaign, observed that the word "Republican" flashed on a touch-screen voting booth at Pioneer School at 615 Kenwood in West Chicago as though it was a primary election. The ballot was normal otherwise and the word came up only on the screen. Paper ballots were also available, and no problems were reported with the use of paper.  Major said the same problem was reported to him by election judges at St. Andrew's Country Club on Route 59 in West Chicago, at Faith Community Church at 910 Main St. in West Chicago, and at Wegner School, 1180 Marcella Lane in West Chicago."
If you're in the 14th Congressional District, it's time to vote ... again
"In case you hadn't noticed from all the TV, radio and mail ads, there is a special election today.  Republican Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove faces Democrat Bill Foster of Geneva. The winner fills out the rest of Dennis Hastert's term as congressman for the 14th District. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m."
Time to spring forward ... a bit earlier than before
"Daylight Saving Time begins tonight, thanks to the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, which moved the start of DST from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March"
14th District without any congressman for a month
"But that swearing-in might not take place for at least a month because of election law.  Saturday's vote is not official until after absentee votes are counted. Election authorities must wait another two weeks for absentee votes and votes from the military overseas to come in."
Round 1 to Foster
"Foster's party entrance befitted the stunning win over perennial GOP bridesmaid Jim Oberweis. He topped Oberweis by just more than 5,000 votes, unofficially, across the 14th Congressional District to fill the remainder of retired Rep. Dennis Hastert's term.  "Back in the lab, this is something we'd call a pretty successful experiment," Foster deadpanned to start a 14-minute victory speech."
Final day FOR 14th
"The DCCC complaint notes that the dairy lawsuit specifically mentions Jim Oberweis' run for Congress, and calls the suit "sham litigation" which "represents illegal corporate expenditures."  The DCCC has asked that the federal commission enforce a standing agreement with Oberweis that he will not cross-pollinate funds, stemming from an FEC finding that he had appeared in dairy ads while running for the U.S. Senate in 2004. Oberweis Dairy paid $21,000 to the FEC in 2007."
Laesch asks for recount in Democratic primary
"Laesch and attorney Richard Means declined to talk specifics about the discovery recount petitions filed Friday, deferring until after today's special election between Foster and Republican Jim Oberweis. Speaking generally, Laesch described the problems as "something different everywhere.""
Race to replace Hastert is in national spotlight
""It's an exceptionally important race," said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), National Republican Congressional Committee chairman. "We're sensitive to the symbolism of Speaker Hastert's seat."  That Foster is even in contention in the 14th Congressional District is further proof of the changing suburban political landscape."
Foster takes seat from GOP
"In a stunning upset Saturday that could be a sign of trouble for Republicans this fall, a little-known Democratic physicist won the special election for a far west suburban congressional seat long held by former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert."
Victory For Residents Of The 14th District - Bill Foster Is Your New Congressman
"Congratulations to the residents of the 14th District, who chose to move forward by electing Bill. Congratulations to Bill, his staff and his volunteers that worked so hard to make this happen."

Yes We Did!
"Tonight, you helped change this country. Tonight, we told America that change is on the way.  Tomorrow morning, we'll post Bill's victory speech and the complete elections results (after we've had a little sleep...)  And then, we'll get right back to work to win in November!

Foster to Thank Voters this Afternoon
Congressman-elect Bill Foster will thank voters in Batavia this morning for his historic victory last night in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Dennis Hastert.
  • 10:30 AM  - Apple Villa Famous Pancake House, 1961 W Wilson St # 1961, Batavia, Ill.
  • 12:30 pm  -- Paul's Family Restaurant, 1300 Lawrence Ave., Elgin
  • 1:30 pm -- Nikarry's Restaurant, 1055 N. Lake St., Aurora

Vote today.
"Don't forget to vote today. If you need to find out where your polling place is, call 630-896-3688.  Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. but don't wait until the last minute!"

New Officers of the DuPage Democratic Party
"Bob Peickert and Michelle Barton were elected this last Wednesday at the Democratic County Convention which was, for the first time, attended by upwards of 300 people. 215 of those in attendance were the actual electors who cast over 24,000 votes for the slate which emerged out of Operation: Turn DuPage Blue"
A Recessionary Job Market - TPM
Had the 450,000 people who left the labor force last month been counted among the unemployed, the jobless rate would have been 5.1% instead of 4.8%.  Most industries shed jobs last month; a measure of industry hiring activity is at its lowest level in almost five years."

07 Mar

Smoking License Bill dies in Committee
HB 4184, a proposed bill that would allow taverns to buy licenses to allow smoking introduced by Rep Randy Ramey(R-55) died in committee on Wednesday. Asked fo comment, he stated, " yes, the smoking license went up in smoke."  When asked if he would resubmit, he said,  " Yes, with more info on revenue loss and business closings."
Area police learn from accident expert
"Haight is conducting a five-session seminar for St. Charles police and other area departments with his partner, Jerry Eubanks, and he completed the hands-on session in windy, cold conditions Thursday at the DuPage Airport in West Chicago."
West Chicago High continues tight security following threat
"The threat indicated that an act of violence would occur Wednesday or Thursday. By the close of school Thursday, no incident was reported. A rumor that weapons had been placed in the school’s lockers also proved false.  “We know that there have been very similar incidents in high schools in the area,” said Kim Chambers, assistant superintendent of human resources. “We know (a hoax) is a possibility, but it’s something we can’t take lightly. For the safety of the students, we feel compelled to take this seriously.”"
Forest Preserve District won’t sell land to railroad
"The railroad hoped to buy a 1-acre section of Pratt’s Wayne Woods Forest Preserve to build a spur connecting the east-west running Canadian National line with the north-south running EJ&E line, both of which run through the forest preserve in far-western DuPage County. The proposed spur would have been built just east of Powis Road."
Arrest in '81 slaying reopens wounds
"Albert, who worked the overnight shift as a packager at a General Mills plant in West Chicago, had resided in Downers Grove before moving to the St. Charles town house, records show."
Illinois rethinks taking driver's licenses for traffic tickets
"Police departments in West Chicago and Wheaton are testing the equipment, and a handful of other police agencies will be online soon. Most in the county are expected to be on board by the end of the year, Kachiroubas said."


Can The GOP Hold Onto Denny Hastert's Seat
"Despite being a historically Republican district that voted 55% for President Bush in 2004, a new SurveyUSA poll shows Foster ahead of Oberweis 52%-47%.  The cash-strapped National Republican Congressional Committee has been forced to invest over $1.2 million, dumping $800,000 into the race last Friday "
Bill Foster Volunteer - Report From The Field
"The campaign had volunteers (and a few hired hands) in the precincts collecting the names of voters pulling Democratic ballots during the February 5th primary. We’ve been digging through that gold mine for a month now making calls, finding more volunteers, and banging on doors. The campaign office is staffed with people who know how to run campaigns. I showed up last Saturday to canvass and the coordinator was late. The other volunteers and I forgave him when I learned that he was organizing 50 painters union members for a canvass in North Aurora."
Bipartisan Consumer Safety Legislation
“Families can sleep a little better tonight knowing there is help on the way.  Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have set aside their differences to reform a watchdog agency that is in desperate need of change. The CPSC will now be looking out for the safety of consumers with new resources and new authority.”
Durbin, Obama Applaud President's Approval of Federal Assistance for Iroquois and Livingston Counties
"“I am glad that the President reversed his decision allowing Iroquois and Livingston counties access to badly needed funding,” said Durbin."

Bill Foster goes nationwide on Air America's Thom Hartmann Show
"Earlier today, Bill Foster appeared on the Thom Hartmann Show - on Air America's national network of progressive talk radio stations, and heard in the Chicagoland on WCPT-AM 850 AM.  Bill was featured on the first of Hartmann's trademark "Take Our Country Back" episodes for 2008."

SurveyUSA: Hillary And Obama Win Electoral College In Distinct Ways - TPM Election Central
"SurveyUSA has a new set of polls out, testing Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in all 50 states. The bottom line: Both candidates would narrowly win the Electoral College, but in very different ways ... After crunching the numbers from these quite dissimilar maps, one finds that Obama would beat McCain 278-260, while Hillary would win by a nearly identical 276-262."

06 Mar

Merle Berleigh Around and About in West Chicago - 06 Mar 2008
  • West Chicago Rotary Club
  • Operation Homefront
  • Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale
  • St. Mary’s School Kindergarten Information Night
West Chicago
High School


Update on Threat Situation for March 6, 2008 - 9:00 a.m.
"The start of the day was very uneventful. Increased security presence from police and D94 staff continued this morning. All students were searched with metal detector wands by police officers before entering the building.  It has come to our attention that rumors of guns being found in lockers are being circulated in the community. These rumors are false. NO guns or weapons were found in our locker search.
Another update will be posted at the end of the day."
To Change Washington, "Real Problems Demand Real Solutions"
"Two days before the special election to fill Dennis Hastert's seat, scientist and businessman Bill Foster underscored his deep roots in the 14th District by standing with former Fermilab colleagues, friends and neighbors at the City Barber Shop in Geneva.  The City Barber Shop is owned by former Newark, Ill. Mayor Roger Ness--a Republican who has endorsed Foster's candidacy.   Real people stood alongside Foster to explain why Foster is the candidate of change in the 14th District."
Durbin: Meeting with Canadian National head 'unproductive'
"Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, and U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean, a Barrington Democrat, assailed Canadian National's plan to spend $300 million to buy the 198-mile EJ&E rail system that runs through the suburbs from Gary, Ind., to Waukegan... "Mr. Harrison was very courteous in meetings, but offered us nothing," Durbin said.
Clearing the truth from the chaff in 14th Dist. campaign
"What can you believe? Is Oberweis a hard-hearted man looking to get elected to anything, firing American workers and sending their jobs to China, willing to smear anybody who opposes him, including fellow Republicans in the primary?  Is Foster going to spend-spend-spend us into the poorhouse, take away your ability to see the doctor of your choice, surrender to terrorists and allow your daughter to get an abortion without telling you about it?"
A new shade of blue in DuPage County
"Operation: Turn DuPage Blue can no longer be considered an offshoot of the county's Democratic Party.  They're running things now.  The splinter group's chairman, Bob Peickert, handily defeated incumbent DuPage County Democratic Party Chairman Rob Bisceglie at Wednesday night's convention in Wheaton."
Again a dubious distinction, again a denial
"Generally, they respond to their civic embarrassment with anger and demand for change.  Not so in Illinois, where the governor responded to yet another dubious state distinction with his patented denial, a response that has now become automatic and is a big reason why the state is now considered among the bottom feeders."
Trial over bus crash that killed West Chicaago man, 3 others, delayed
"Court officials say Felix Badillo Tapia's trial will start no sooner than May Fifth, when a new criminal docket begins in St. Francis County. His trial over the November 25th bus crash was to begin Thursday.  Police say 28-year-old Tapia of Brownsville, Texas, was under the influence of amphetamines at the time of the crash and didn't have a required relief driver with him."
NIU opposes DuPage hospital's bid for proton therapy clinic
"School officials also did their best to paint Central DuPage's partner, Procure Treatment Centers, as a company interested primarily in profiting from the emerging cancer treatment.  "As a lifelong resident of this state, I am disturbed that a for-profit with a Wall Street mentality to health care will bring its operations to Illinois," said Eddie Williams, an executive vice president and chief of operations for the DeKalb university."
Durbin not impressed by would-be EJ&E owners
"After a meeting with Canadian National President E. Hunter Harrison, Durbin said Wednesday that Harrison did not have a plan on how to address traffic and noise concerns in communities like Aurora and could not say if passenger service would be possible on the same railroad."
Kane County Republicans, Democrats take stock of their futures
"The organization also is reeling a bit after seeing, for the first time since the Watergate era, more Democratic ballots taken in a primary than Republican.  Kenyon said after the vote Wednesday the GOP "has to prove our worth. My hope is we can turn as many (independent voters) as possible," he said.  The fact that more Democratic votes were taken Feb. 5 was not lost on the gathering of 128 precinct committeemen."
NIU, hospital spar over cancer facility
"A week after getting state approval to build a proton-therapy cancer-treatment center in West Chicago, Northern Illinois University officials on Wednesday blasted Central DuPage Hospital's plan to build another, arguing it is motivated by greed and the facility is not needed."
Editorial: Meet the Wadsworths
"The flier cops to this trickery in itty bitty print at the bottom. "The four examples above are fictional, and any similarity between these characters and any real people is pure coincidence," it reads.  Pure coincidence? Makes us think any similarity between the Oberweis campaign and the truth is pure coincidence."
Police Blotter
"Rollover: One car rolled over, blocking traffic on Illinois 64 east of St. Charles, but no one was injured when two vehicles collided at the entrance to Pheasant Run Resort about 3:25 p.m. Tuesday. Police said a vehicle driven by Cynthia Helmholz, 49, of West Chicago, tipped over after colliding with a vehicle driven by Michael Edgerton, 65, of Maple Park. Police said Helmholz was charged with failure to stop for a red light."
Durbin Offers Comprehensive Solution to Address Nursing Shortage
“Even as America is experiencing an acute shortage of nurses, qualified students who wish to dedicate their future to nursing are being denied that opportunity,” Durbin said. “Nursing schools last year turned away 40,000 qualified applicants, including 2,000 in Illinois, because they don’t have enough teachers on staff. Unless we address this lack of faculty, the shortage of nurses will only worsen.”
Durbin Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Consumer Safety Legislation
"Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have set aside their differences to reform a watchdog agency that is in desperate need of change. The CPSC will now be looking out for the safety of consumers with new resources and new authority.”
Durbin Resolution to End the Genocide in Darfur Passes in the Senate
“We have allowed the genocide in Darfur to continue for far too long.  We have allowed a brutal regime to repeatedly obstruct and ignore the international community.  It is time, once and for all, to bring an end to the violence in Sudan” Durbin said.
Obama Applauds Passage of Klobuchar Amendment to Ban Corporate-Paid Travel for Federal Regulators
"This agency is tasked with the most critical responsibility of protecting American consumers from dangerous products, and its employees should not accept perks or gifts, like subsidized travel, from those they regulate."
Sun-Times: Endorses Oberweis!
"In recent years, the district has grown more ideologically diverse as suburbs have rolled over farm fields, but Oberweis stands well within the GOP mainstream and would remain a good fit for the district.  Our one great reservation about Oberweis is his persistent tone of rancor and divisiveness."

Seen an Oberweis mailer lately? The Chicago Tribune has
""Pure coincidence? Makes us think any similarity between the Oberweis campaign and the truth is pure coincidence.  He's done this kind of thing before. In 2006, he ran a TV ad that used fake headlines from several newspapers to trash his Republican opponent for governor, Judy Baar Topinka. The ad had the Tribune masthead above a headline that said: "Investigation into Topinka." The Tribune didn't run that headline or those words."

Gov. Blagojevich announces $8.3 million for communities to create Safe Routes to School
“The great thing about this program is that it not only provides resources so that local communities can make it safer for young children to walk and ride to school, but it also has inspired educators, parents and  others to think creatively about how to promote a healthier lifestyle among our young children,” said Gov. Blagojevich.
Watch This Video - TPM
"Hagee says that because the US is supporting that policy God is going to punish America by sending Muslim terrorists to America to create a bloodbath in our streets.  God's going to send jihadists to mount catastrophic terrorist attacks to punish us for supporting the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank. It's certainly a new twist on the war on terror."

05 Mar

West Chicago
High School


"ABSENCES resulting from the threat situation will be excused and will not count towards the absence cap.
Parents need to still call in the absences on the Attendance Line at: 630-876-6336"
Dist. 94 taking precautions
"A $2,500 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of parties involved. Parents who would like to excuse their child from classes are asked to call the attendance line at (630) 876œ6336. Security measures including a increased police and faculty presence will be in place through Friday. For complete information about all the security measures visit the district Web site at"
W. Chicago woman dies from injuries
"Adela Gomez, 25, was struck in the head when the deer came through the windshield, according to Kane County sheriff's police. The impact of the crash split the deer in two.  She was riding in the front passenger seat of a Jeep Cherokee. The accident was at 10:21 p.m. on southbound Route 31 near Elgin Street in St. Charles Township."
DuPage Forest district says no to railway deal
"The vote was a formality. President Dewey Pierotti has insisted since last week that the district can't sell the property to a private entity.  "We can't, and we wouldn't if we could," he said at Tuesday's meeting."
Passenger in SUV that hit deer dies
"A West Chicago woman who was critically injured when a deer crashed through a window of the vehicle in which she was riding has died of her injuries, Kane County Sheriff's Department officials said Tuesday."
Funds approved to fill top post at water plant
"After an unsuccessful two-year search to find a new wastewater-treatment plant superintendent, West Chicago aldermen have approved an emergency $52,200 expenditure to fill the post for two months."
Turtle Splash hits West Chicago this Spring
"The center opened 13 years ago and needed some updates. "We also felt it needed more of an identity, a theme aspect," said parks executive director Gary Major. The new name, Turtle Splash, brings forth an "element of fun and makes it more marketable," such as t-shirts and banners."
Let's moooove on and leave the poor cows alone
"We've had dead cows and sad cows and mean cows and bad cows. Evil cows. Silly cows. Bored cows, boring cows. Cows that look pathetic. Cows that look stoned. Cows that look like loners, and cows that look like snobs.  Once feted throughout all of Chicago via a popular public art exhibit, cows have not received such negative press since Mrs. O'Leary's bovine kicked over a lantern and allegedly started the Great Chicago Fire."
DuPage Democratic Party Leadership Race - Defining The County Party
"Until recently the DuPage Democrats could have adopted It’s My Party as their theme song. In election after election DuPage Democrats watched their candidates abandoned at the voting booth for entrenched Republicans. Now that’s changed."
Durbin Reaffirms Commitment to FEMA Flood Map Amendment in Meeting with Metro East Officials
"“The decision by FEMA to remap according to county instead of by watershed puts residents and businesses on the Illinois side of the river at a clear disadvantage,” said Durbin. “Only in Illinois counties will businesses and low-income residents face higher flood insurance premiums."
Durbin Asks President to Address Tobacco Epidemic By Sending Public Health Treaty to Senate
"In today’s letter, the Members wrote, “The FCTC is a historic opportunity to protect current and future generations both at home and abroad from some of the devastating consequences of tobacco use. The United States must be up to the challenge of turning this opportunity into a reality. We urge you to submit the treaty to the U.S. Senate for ratification as soon as possible.”"
"The SEIU ad cites the WBBM Radio debate of February 22 and a Chicago Tribune article of February 23 as the sources for this claim ... And the Chicago Tribune's article, published the next day, was corrected on February 27 as follows: "A story in the Feb. 23 West edition of the Metro section mischaracterized 14th Congressional District Republican candidate Jim Oberweis' position on health care. While Oberweis advocates replacing the current employer-based health care system with tax incentives that encourage people to buy their own insurance policies, he did not say the system should be eliminated.""
Governor Blagojevich congratulates New Lenox teacher and PATH Award recipient on selection as Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s inaugural Above & Beyond Citizen Honors finalist
Gov. Blagojevich taps former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and SIU Pres. Glenn Poshard to lead coalition aimed at passing capital plan in Illinois

04 Mar

West Chicago
High School

Community High School Response to Possible Threat
"At the end of the school day on Monday, March 3rd, Community High School District 94 received information regarding a possible threat of violence to allegedly occur on Wednesday, March 5th and/or Thursday, March 6th. School officials investigated the situation immediately and into the morning of Tuesday, March 4th with the cooperation of the West Chicago Police Department. The following response will be put into place beginning Wednesday, March 5th in order to ensure the safety of students and staff for the remainder of the week."
Computer Problems?
Yesterday, I had the guy at ComuterGuysUSA (501 W Roosevelt - ph 630-293-5412) drop some additional memory into my laptop.  (I've heard horror stories about it being tougher than on the desktop.)  It's handy having someone here in town... and maybe, if we frequent his shop, when it hits the fan and we need someone, he will be there.  For what its worth, he seemed knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. - Bob
Who should lead DuPage Democrats?
"Riding a wave of popularity that saw more county Democrats cast ballots in the February primary than Republicans for the first time in anyone's memory, local Democratic Chairman Rob Bisceglie is trying to stave off a challenge by the leader of an offshoot group that has been busy recruiting precinct committeemen.  It will be those new committeemen who will decide Wednesday night whether Operation: Turn DuPage Blue Chairman Bob Peickert will succeed Bisceglie. Bisceglie has held the job for less than a year."
Police beat
"A West Chicago woman is in critical condition after a Jeep Cherokee she was riding in hit a deer, at 10:21 p.m. Saturday on Route 31 near Elgin Street in St. Charles Township. Adela Gomez, 25, of 829 Elizabeth St., was taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, as was another passenger, Juan Munoz, 20, of 171 Pearl Road, West Chicago. The deer went through the windshield. The driver of the vehicle, a man, ran away after the crash"
West Chicago woman critically hurt after SUV hits deer
"Three other passengers in the SUV were injured but were treated and released, said Kane County Sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler. He said Gomez was "in extremely critical condition" Monday afternoon at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin."
West Chicago woman still in critical condition after SUV hits deer near South
Passenger dies after SUV hits deer
"A West Chicago woman who was critically injured when a deer crashed through the windshield of the car she was riding in has died of her injuries, Kane County Sheriff's Department officials said Tuesday."
Keeping up with ... Mt. Carmel's Craig Robinson
"For Illinois-Chicago's men's team, which finished third, junior Mike Savegnago (West Chicago) defended his indoor conference pole vault title. Savegnago took first with a top leap of 15-7 and also won the heptathlon with 5,026 points."
BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Tribune Endorses Bill Foster
""So we'll trust Foster when he says he would emphasize transparency, responsibility and bipartisanship in government. He is endorsed."
The Tribune also chastised Oberweis for the false, misleading campaign he has waged:  "[Oberweis'] campaign style has consistently been nasty, smug, condescending . . . and dishonest." "

The Change We Need
"In a new TV ad launching for my campaign today, I’m proud to announce that Illinois Senator Barack Obama has joined the growing number of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats from across my district who’ve become fed up with Washington’s failures and are calling for change."
[Watch the TV ad on YouTube. *- Bob]

Durbin Statement on the Confirmation of Chicago Judge Mark Filip for Deputy Attorney General
"Mark Filip has earned a solid reputation as a district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois and I believe he will make a good Deputy Attorney General.”


Governor Blagojevich urges Veterans to get screened for Traumatic Brain Injury during Brain Injury Awareness Month
"The program also includes a 24-hour toll-free confidential, psychological helpline - 1-866-554-IWAP (4927) - staffed by health professionals to assist veterans, day or night, suffering from symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Information about the program can also be found at"
Why is Obama's skin blacker than normal in Hillary's new attack ad?
"None of the 3 video sources I found showed Obama nearly as black as the Hillary ad does. Click the image above to see a larger version. Look at his lips. Look at his eyebrows. Look at how the red MSNBC background has turned more purple. Clearly the image was darkened. The question is "why.""

03 Mar

Marine Corps League
The Department of Illinois Marine Corps League is having a Shop and Share with Jewel-Osco on March 3ed, 4th, and 5th.  Print out the Identification Slip, shop at Jewel, and present the slip to the checker.  A percentage of your purchase supports League activities.
West Chicago
High School
"Pizza, dessert, raffle prizes, 1 game of traditional bowling, 1 game of scotch doubles and 1 game of crazy bowling!"
Early voting for District 14 US Rep ends at 4:30 today at the county complex.  You have to wonder what budding genius decided that not even having a polling place in the area where people are to vote was a good idea.  I have called several offices to complain... please, take time to do so also. - Bob
Writer dead wrong on 14th Amendment
"The U.S. is one of only a few countries left still foolish enough to grant automatic citizenship to children of illegals, and it is high time we joined the rest of those countries who finally got their heads screwed on straight."
Aurora Beacon Puts Oberweiss on Ice
"As for Jim Oberweis, the Beacon News was kind to him this time - check out what the Beacon News said the last time Oberweis ran for office in 2006 - when they explicitly rejected him."
"Here’s what we had to say two years ago during a second failed run for U.S. Senate: ‘Oberweis has taken a sharp tack to the right, pandering to the conservative extreme of the GOP on abortion and immigration issues and launching a television ad campaign that is all glitz and no substance.’"
Daily Herald: Endorses Oberweis!
"Our nod goes to Oberweis because he could explain and support his views far better than did Foster, and because his views seem more aligned with this longtime Republican district.  But we don't consider either man particularly representative of the district, at least not in their campaign incarnations. When viewed as men and not candidates, neither strikes us as particularly extreme. But as candidates, both seem more reflective of their parties, which are in the hands of extremists these days, not pragmatists."
Elgin Courier News: Endorses Oberweis!
"Thankfully, Oberweis recognizes that government spending is out of control, a looming disaster illustrated in the 43 percent increase in federal spending in the past five years. Worldwide, the dollar is cratering, commodity prices are soaring, deficits are at or near record levels, all because of a government that continues to indebt us at an alarming rate"
[I apologize for not including this one with the rest yesterday... I didn't know it would vary from the Beacon. - Bob]

District newspapers endorse Foster
"Sunday papers trumpeted the endorsements of Bill Foster for the Saturday, March 8 special election. The Aurora Beacon News, DeKalb Daily-Chronicle and Kane County Chronicle -- in addition to the Algonquin Countryside, on Thursday -- recommended Foster because he "would represent a change from politics-as-usual in the 14th Congressional District," noting that "Foster's views are more in line with the mainstream voters of the 14th District."  Click here for excerpts and links to the newspaper endorsements."

Early Voting Ends Monday, March 3!
"In most counties, Monday, March 3 is the last day to early vote. Call (630) 896-2165 for locations and hours.  If you don't make it to the polls tomorrow, don't forget that this Saturday is Election Day. Spread the word!"



cystic fibrosis screening begins today for all Illinois newborns
“Screening newborns for cystic fibrosis allows doctors to diagnose the disease and begin treatment sooner.  Adding this disease to the list we already screen for will help make sure that newborns get the treatment they need to live stronger, healthier lives,”

01&02 Mar

Congress gone NUTS
"Anyone that understands a flat monetary system, our system, knows that most retirement funds lose real value and are not exactly what a person hopes for at the end of their work life."
Cable Com
Channel 17
West Chicago Public Access Playback Mar 3- Mar 9
  • Tues 6:00 PM COD Images
  • Wed 6:00 PM City Council (3/3/08)
  • Thur 7:00 PM Railroad Days '02
APRIL 2008 Events
“The Secret” is Out! Tammy Cook, from Free Speech Speakers Bureau, will present an overview of the bestselling book and popular movie on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Learn how to use the law of attraction to create the life you love. Ms. Cook’s historical documentary is nondenominational in content and includes discussion and handouts."
March E-Newsletter
"The governor recently gave his State of the State Budget Address at the Capitol in Springfield and called on legislators to help him build a strong economy. In his budget proposal, the governor suggested implementing a one-time tax credit of up to $300 for each child under age 17 for Illinois families and eligible for the federal economic stimulus plan that has just been approved."
City of
City Meetings this Week


Foster offers best chance for solutions
" It's quite possible this newspaper has never before backed a Democrat in a 14th Congressional District general election. Given the traditional voting history of the district and former Speaker Dennis Hastert's popularity and political success over the past two decades, the Democratic Party just hasn't provided candidates who would best represent and benefit the residents living here.  That changes today with our endorsement of Bill Foster in the March 8 special election."

 In Our View: It's not an ordinary election year


"It was the conduct of the Republican administration and Congress that led to the Democratic resurgence at the polls two years ago.  And the continued “change” that Democrats, including Foster, pledge is likely to make the November election another referendum on Republicans' performance.  Oberweis hasn't demonstrated a stomach for the kind of change that Washington needs."

It’s no ordinary election year
"Perhaps thinking that 14th District voters count heavily among the 30 percent of Americans who approve of President Bush’s performance, Oberweis continues to have problems being critical of any White House policies... But for the change we need and hope for, Foster is the better candidate."
We choose Foster

"Foster also believes any future Social Security shortfalls can be fixed in a bipartisan manner without drastically changing the program... We don't believe that Oberweis' conservative rhetoric is enough. It would not well represent the 14th District or Algonquin."

With our fingers crossed, Oberweis to replace Hastert
"Thus, we can only hope whoever wins will put listening closely to constituents, not party hacks, at the top of the priority list if they truly want to act for the people.  Our nod goes to Oberweis because he could explain and support his views far better than did Foster, and because his views seem more aligned with this longtime Republican district."
DuPage Co. forest preserve holding up controversial railroad plan
"While a setback, railroad officials said Friday it won't kill their planned $300 million purchase of the EJ&E rail line, which includes a stretch from Joliet to Waukegan.  "We think not," said Jim Kvedaras, Canadian National spokesman. "We're continuing discussions, and if it becomes clearer nothing can be worked out with the forest preserve, we'll explore other alternatives.""
Friends helping West Chicago 8th-grader with leukemia
"Friends of the Perez family helped organize another fundraiser today at Augustino's Rock and Roll Deli in West Chicago.  The restaurant will give 15 percent of its sales from 4 to 10 p.m. to the Perez family to help offset their medical costs."
The cows make another appearance in campaign
"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a campaign mailer this week featuring photographs of dairy cows and GOP 14th Congressional District candidate Jim Oberweis.  "Oberweis says he wants to crack down on employers of illegal immigrants, but illegal immigrants were working at his own dairy stores," the ad states. "Perhaps they thought the cows would keep the secret.""
Briefs: City to set up council
"West Chicago city leaders are hoping to set up a new senior citizen advisory council. Among the topics that would be explored in the council's first year include amenities that attract and retain senior citizens and service enhancements that contribute to increased overall quality of life. Successful programs in other communities will also be explored. For more information, call Rosemary Mackey at (630) 293-2200."
DuPage Co. 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."
Police beat
"Estela Contreras-Onofre, 42, of 113 Main St. Unit F, West Chicago, was cited at 5:01 a.m. Tuesday for driving without a valid license after a two-vehicle crash on the 1800 block of South Kirk Road, police said. No injuries were reported. Contreras-Onofre posted $100 bail and was released with a notice to appear in court March 17."
Threat keeps classrooms near empty in Geneva
"Geneva administrators limited the school to one access point all day, inspected handbags, purses and backpacks and kept them in the main office, limited movement by students, and cut off outside lunches and other reasons to leave the campus."
State health board grants approval to NIU proton beam cancer center
"We have to have treated our first patient in 24 months," said project director John Lewis, associate vice president of NIU. "We hope to do it sooner, but it's going to be a lot of concentrated activity, coordination and collaboration of a lot of people."
Lawmakers blast Canadian National rail plan
"The Illinois Democrats blasted the railroad in a letter Thursday for failing to show "a willingness to meet the needs of the communities" where dozens of freight trains a day will be shifted in order to bypass clogged rail lines in the city."
14th District race heating up
This video is a report by Andy Shaw comparing the two candidates.
Bipartisan Spirit Falters in Fights on Debt Relief - New York Times
"“Their do-nothing leadership will cause this crisis to spiral farther out of control,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois. Mr. Durbin, who had drafted the provision to let bankruptcy judges modify mortgages on a person’s primary residence, said his measure could have helped as many as 600,000 people avoid foreclosure and keep their homes."
Why Latinos in Texas will support Obama - Houston Chronicle
"But younger and well-educated Latinos with little or no memory of the 1972 election, and unconnected to the party bosses and political establishment, are taking a fresh look at the candidates."
"Republicans for Foster" Come Together for Change in 14th
"Republicans for Foster eschewed party allegiances to support Foster because they see him as possessing the experience, background, and roots in the community to represent 14th residents of all political stripes.  Foster - a Democrat -- joined the group of Republicans today at Elgin Community College.  "During this campaign, Republicans and independents who want change and are tired of politics-as-usual have been strongly supporting me," Foster said."
Foster & Sen. Durbin Say "No" to 72
"14th congressional district candidate, U.S. Senator to meet this morning with retirees to discuss Social Security; Oppose Bush & Oberweis' risky privatization schemes and Oberweis' raising retirement age to 72
     (Geneva, IL) - Scientist and businessman Bill Foster will join Illinois' U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Social Security recipients, at Federal Plaza in the Loop, TODAY, 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.""
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Feb 08
Cayman Islands Bank Gets Wikileaks Taken Offline in U.S.- Wired
"The documents purport to provide evidence that the Cayman Islands bank helps customers hide assets and wash funds.  After failing to convince Wikileaks to take down the documents, the bank went after its U.S. hosting service, which responded by agreeing not only to remove the Wikileaks account from Dyndadot's server but also to help prevent Wikileaks from moving its site to a different host."
Vets Break Silence on War Crimes - Common Dreams
"Iraq Veterans Against the War argues that well-publicised incidents of U.S. brutality like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the massacre of an entire family of Iraqis in the town of Haditha are not the isolated incidents perpetrated by “a few bad apples”, as many politicians and military leaders have claimed. They are part of a pattern, the group says, of “an increasingly bloody occupation”."
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