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31 May & 01 June  
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UpComing City Meetings

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Girl hit, killed by freight train
""Just as they crossed Ann Street, they saw some children along the side of the tracks," he said. "They tooted the whistle to make sure they knew the train was there, but the children ran across."  Paramedics took Chew to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield where she was pronounced dead, police said."
  • BG board takes issue with senators
    "CN's proposed shift to the EJ&E would result in fewer trains a day for 80 communities, compared with 34 that would see an increase. Thousands of people in towns that abut the existing CN lines stand to benefit substantially from reductions in rail and highway congestion."
  • Big consumer costs hidden in merger
    "These costs will exceed CN's EJ&E investment in less than five years. Perhaps the communities that will be negatively affected by proposed CN traffic should team with Metra to purchase the EJ&E. Metra can use the rails they need for the Star line, and the remaining corridors could become unprecedented green trails for walking, jogging or cycling."
DuPage Co. religion notes
  • "The First United Methodist and Congregational Church of West Chicago will hold a Country Fair and Barbecue from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at 643 E. Washington St., West Chicago. Donation is $12.50 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-10. The event also includes games and prizes until 8:30 p.m.. A wristband to play the games is $5. For details or tickets, call (630) 231-3344."
  • "Faith Community Church will hold a rummage sale and flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at the church, 910 Main St., West Chicago. A portion of the proceeds will fund a mission trip to Chiapas, Mexico. For details, call (630) 231-0623."
  • Gary United Methodist Church and its affiliate Winfield Community United Methodist Church sponsor a senior high youth fellowship of 50 youth. The youth travel in the United States for construction ministries including Habitat for Humanity. To support their trip, the 11th annual Gary/Winfield Golf Classic is planned July 21 at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club, 3N441 Route 59, West Chicago. Sponsors are sought. For details, call Jeff Whitcomb at (630) 853-1991.
District 25 doesn't deserve criticism
"At no point did the parent discrediting District 25 ever suggest that food from home could be the best choice for his child. He simply expected that the school board take responsibility for his son's health and provide a GUARANTEED peanut-free lunch."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday 30 May 08
John McCain: A legacy of being wrong - Daily Kos

On issue after issue, fact after fact, judgment call after judgment call, McCain has been as wrong as rain."


30 May


West Chicago
High School
"Current hourly Weather Channel models indicate severe storms UNTIL 7:00 PM. Consequently we have moved our Opening Ceremony into the fieldhouse. We will remain in the fieldhouse until we have determined it has, in fact, cleared for the night."


Gallery 200 Features Philatelic Woodcarvings
"The exhibit, Philatelic Woodcarving 1985 - 2003 at Gallery 200, will be a retrospective on the development of the fine craft. The American Philatelic Society has recognized Byrne's work and identified him as the only known active philatelic woodcarver in 2003. The Pan American carvings were exhibited at the Society's headquarters from January 2002 through August 2005."
Bad policies to blame for gas costs, senator says
"Durbin, of Springfield, told the Daily Herald editorial board that Congress erred by failing to follow up on its mid-1970s mandate, issued during that era's energy crisis, that automakers build more fuel-efficient cars. Durbin said lawmakers acquiesced to Detroit's complaints instead of imposing progressively higher mileage standards."
Judge bans moment of silence in all public schools -The Daily Herald
"Before acting, he gave schools throughout the state several weeks to weigh in before he ruled Thursday.  "Not one school district" stepped forward to defend the law, noted Schwartz, whose group opposes the law.  The only district that weighed in was Northbrook Elementary District 27, whose superintendent, David Kroeze, wrote, "We oppose the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act because it imposes an unnecessary and unworkable state mandate which serves no educational purpose."
The briefs - Donate to school in Angola this week
"West Chicago's Community High School is seeking donations of school, recreational and medical supplies to ship to Angola. Clothing of all types, especially warm clothing, blankets, crutches, wheelchairs and playground equipment including soccer balls and hula hoops are needed. Painting materials and drop cloths to decorate classrooms also are requested. Donations can be dropped off during school hours or 6 to 9 p.m. today at the high school, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago. For details, call Mary Ellen Daneels at (630) 876-6453."
Police beat
"John C. Dieckmann, 19, of 29W041 Blair St., West Chicago, was cited for underage drinking at 4:50 p.m. Saturday at a park on the 4000 block of Campton Hills Road, police said."
Illinois Works doesn't work for Kane
"A House resolution still in the Rules Committee urges passage of a capital program to benefit roads and bridges, mass transit and education.  "But that's just a resolution," Wyatt said.  Among the chief sponsors of that resolution are ... Harry Ramey, R-West Chicago; and Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago."
The top gun who was O'Hare
""He was a legitimate American hero at a really desperate time for the United States," says Richard C. Long, director of operations at the Air Classics Museum of Aviation in West Chicago, where the Wildcat is being rehabbed to its World War II condition and colors."
Stamp collectors meet stamp carvings
"A visit to the National Postal Museum in 1995 following a 31-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, was the inspiration for fine artist Richard Byrne's full-time vocation in stamp carving. Byrne, a West Chicago resident and Gallery 200 featured artist..."
MSNBC's Mitchell did not challenge GOP strategist's false assertion that McCain called for Rumsfeld's resignation
"In fact, as his campaign itself has reportedly admitted, McCain did not call for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation. While McCain expressed "no confidence" in Rumsfeld in 2004, he reportedly "said his comments were not a call for Rumsfeld's resignation.""
Military confirms a Marine gave Bible verses to Iraqi Muslims
"Multi-National Force-Iraq is investigating a report that U.S. military personnel in Fallujah handed out material that is religious and evangelical in nature," Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, a U.S. military spokesman, said in a statement e-mailed to McClatchy on Wednesday. "Local commanders are investigating since the military prohibits proselytizing any religion, faith or practices."

29 May

Re-design of Pioneer Park
"The Park District is presenting a re-design of Pioneer Park. which will be submitted for a grant. The presentation is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, in the Administrative office, 157 W. Washington St."

West Chicago
High School
"Community High School District #94 of West Chicago recently honored their ‘Outstanding Business Partnerships’ with Wayne Sills of Sills Associates and Sylvia Wetzel of Bison Gear. They were honored at the Tenth Annual DuPage Area Education to Careers and Technical Preparation Awards Celebration held at the Abbington in Glen Ellyn on May 6th 2008."
'Dine Away Hunger' on June 18
"DuPage County restaurants will donate 10 percent of their sales for June 18 to the People's Resource Center, the county's largest food pantry.
Participating restaurants are:...
     Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli
    300 W. North Ave.,  West Chicago
    (630) 293-8602"
Cell phones can help St. Patrick's build school
"Rosenthal Group recently teamed up with West Chicago's Vertex Wireless for a cell phone recovery program, for which the Rosenthal Group gets $2 to $15 for each recycled phone. The firm has pledged to put 100 percent of that money toward the ongoing multimillion-dollar project to build a new school at St. Patrick's."
Texas AG Abbott Settles Vote Suppression Case  - Lone Star Project
  • "By agreeing to this settlement, the Texas Attorney General has essentially acknowledged that those who have been prosecuted to date for hypertechnical violations of failing to sign a mail ballot envelope did not commit any fraud, as he has falsely claimed for years.
  • The Attorney General's filings in the case also revealed that two of the plaintiffs, Gloria Meeks and Rebecca Minneweather, were no longer under investigation, a point the Attorney General had failed to tell these voters."
McCain's Pastor Problem Foreshadows Conflict - People for the American Way
"McCain’s decision to dump Parsley and Hagee has prompted some warning shots from the Right. “This move may cost him the mainstream evangelical vote. At the very least it will make the Senator suspect to other pastors and millions of unconvinced believers,” wrote Bishop Harry Jackson, who added that the two televangelists have “10 times the outreach muscle” of Barack Obama’s controversial ex-pastor Jeremiah Wright."

28 May

Around and About in West Chicago - 28 May 2008
“We must not only honor those buried here but also those who are buried among the forest of granite markers and in resting places, some without fanfare and some who are only known by God."
Memorial concert brings St. Charles East, North high schools together
"The concert is an unofficial kickoff to the Concert in the Park series. East and North, rivals in everything from academics to athletics, both support the concert and the series.  "It was his vision to bring the two schools together," she said. "He died before he could bring that to pass.""
Cantigny Park notes
"Storytimes: Local librarians will offer outdoor discoveries during storytimes... The West Chicago Public Library will hold a storytime at 11 a.m. June 26. For details or reservations, call (630) 231-1552, ext. 3.  There is no program fee but the parking fee applies."
Pre-Trial Continues for Priests Who Denounce Torture - TruthOUt
"The priests were at the base in Sierra Vista, Arizona as part of a demonstration of over 120 people that gathered on Sunday, November 19, 2006, to protest military training that fosters torture. Frs. Vitale and Kelly were stopped as they approached the military gates. When they were not allowed to go inside to speak with the service men and women being trained, the two men knelt in prayer and were arrested."

27 May

Dr. Pollard to Give Address at Wheaton Academy
"The 2008 Commencement exercises for Wheaton Academy will be on Saturday, May 31, at 10:00 in the morning. The ceremony will be on the lawn directly east of the Fine Arts Center. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move into the Fine Arts Center auditorium."
The briefs - CASA will offer information
"Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA of DuPage County, will hold its next information nights for advocate training at 10 a.m. June 23 at the CASA office, 505 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton in Suite C, third floor; or at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Fox Community Center, 306 Main St., West Chicago. Advocates speak for the abused, neglected and dependent children in the county's juvenile and family court system. For details, call Ruth at (630) 221-0889, ext. 306."
Briefs: Benefit garden walk
"The Tri-Village Garden Club will sponsor its fourth annual benefit Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21, rain or shine. Six gardens in Bartlett, Hanover Park, Streamwood and West Chicago will be showcased."
Thousands of Plants Find New Homes
"The West Chicago Garden Club Plant Sale on May 17th was a huge success.  Thousands of plants found new homes with gardeners from the Western suburbs and beyond!"
$250 Million for Science Funding Included in Supplemental Spending Bill
"“I am proud to join Senator Durbin as we fight to obtain funding for Fermilab.  The bill’s passage in the Senate is a wonderful step forward for our nation’s science programs but I expect that we still have a tough fight ahead.  I strongly urge the House and Senate leadership to include this essential funding in the conference report.” Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14)"
“Our nation is free today because of the selfless sacrifices that thousands of Americans have made in the line of duty.  These men and women are shining examples of the will, determination and spirit of the American people."
message force multipliers - TPM Muckraker
"The Department of Defense inspector general announced last Friday that it was undertaking a investigation of the program, and the Congress' own General Accountability Office has "already begun looking into the program and would give a legal opinion on whether it violated longstanding prohibitions against spending government money to spread propaganda to audiences in the United States.""

26 May


West Chicago
High School


"Community High School District #94’s Wildcat Chronicle has received the coveted Golden Eagle Trophy for the Best In Class 2008 School Newspaper. This honor was awarded by the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press which reviews and rates specific articles, photos, editorials, reviews and columns in addition to entire issues of the school newspaper."
Unbalanced Budget Comes from Dysfunctional Process
"Democrats passed a budget that allows the state to continue functioning past the end of the fiscal year on June 30. The budget—which was introduced in a piece-meal fashion by House Democrats—does not address the state’s backlogged Medicaid bills nor does it provide revenue streams for the various line-item expenses that Democrats are promising agencies and organizations."
West Chicago Public Access Playback - May 26- Jun 1
"CableCom would like to apologize for not being able to show the Memorial Day Ceremonies 2008 at noon on Memorial Day. Showing the tape of the event at noon on Memorial Day has been a long standing tradition for Channel 17. As soon as we can extricate the tape from a certain piece of equipment, we will broadcast the event. Thank you to all our viewers for your patience and understanding."
DuPage County in 60 seconds - Wreck closes North Avenue
"A multicar accident Sunday night in West Chicago shut down North Avenue for more than hour. Paramedics took four victims to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, West Chicago Deputy Fire Chief Hugh Stott said. Details were sparse as of Sunday night, but Stott said the wreck involved at least four vehicles and happened around 8:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of North Avenue, about 100 feet west of Klein Road."
Others can share freight traffic
"I think Obama and the complainers should come on over to my house right along the Union Pacific line and see how it feels to be jarred out of bed on a regular basis when the freight trains hit their brakes and a whole line of cars slams up against one another in the middle of the night on a very regular basis."
Just for seniors
"West Chicago Gold Card: A senior citizen's Gold Card Program for local residents ages 55 and older is offered by Community High School District 94, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago... Applications are available at the district office. For details or an application, call Deanne Simpson at (630) 876-6210." Sun Times: Blagojevich Considering Duckworth For Senate
"The Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday reported that Blagojevich is consider naming Tammy Duckworth to the senator's post if there is a vacancy.  Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran who currently is heading up the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs."
Faux News Joking About Assassinating Obama
I'm sure Faux News will not be playing this repeatedly like a Rev Wright clip, but somebody should notice this... it is worse than anything Hillary ever said. - Bob
Tax Exemptions of Charities Face New Challenges - NY Times
"In a ruling last December that sent tremors through the not-for-profit world, the Minnesota Supreme Court said a small nonprofit day care agency here had to pay property taxes because, in essence, it gave nothing away."

24&25 May

West Nile found in DuPage mosquitoes
"Last year, the first report of West Nile in mosquito samples came on May 7th in DuPage County. Last year 101 cases of West Nile in humans were reported. That included four deaths. The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes that have picked up the virus by feeding on infected birds."
Senate OKs pay-to-play measure
"The doubts could be well-founded. Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office -- a target of the legislation -- quickly indicated the measure in its current form could be in danger.  The Senate voted 56-0 to ban people who have state contracts worth $50,000 or more from giving campaign donations to the officeholder who oversees the contract, something many consider a crown jewel of ethics reform at the state Capitol."
AutoWeek - USA Kimes, noted author and historian, dies at 68
"Beverly Rae Kimes, one of the nation's preeminent automotive authors and historians, died May 12 at a Manhattan hospital after a long illness ... Kimes was born in West Chicago, Illinois, and earned degrees from the University of Illinois and Pennsylvania State University."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday 23 May 08
McCain Courts the Council for National Policy - March 7, 2008
"Fresh off his endorsements from John Hagee and his stumping around Iowa with Rod Parsley, John McCain’s outreach to the Right appears to be picking up steam:

FOX NEWS HAS LEARNED that in New Orleans on Friday John McCain makes a major speech to the influential and little known Council for National Policy. The CNP is an umbrella organization of influential social and religious conservative groups."


23 May

Great Western Freedom 4 benefiting students in C.U.S.D. #303
"On your mark, get set, and “run” into the 4th of July festivities by taking part in the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation’s (GSCEF) first four-mile competitive run fundraiser at LeRoy Oakes.  All proceeds of this run will benefit the students in District 303, please see attached flyer for details."
The briefs - Volunteers for boards sought
"West Chicago Elementary District 33 is seeking to fill a board of education vacancy and a foundation trustee vacancy. Deadline to submit a letter of interest for the board is May 30 to Dave Barclay, Board of Education President, West Chicago Elementary District 33, 312 E. Forest Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185. For details, call Gayl Zuardo at (30) 293-6000, ext. 203."
DuPage Co. Memorial Day observances - West Chicago
"Memorial Day Remembered will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. The event honors fallen soldiers in the manner of the 1890s and Decoration Day, the precursor of Memorial Day. For details, call (630) 876-5900."
  Officials resigned to 'bare-bones spending
"After seven years, money was promised for widening North Avenue at Route 59 near West Chicago.  "We've been waiting for that since Illinois FIRST," Rion said. "I'm grateful for that, although we hoped it would be sooner rather than later.""
Durbin, Foster, Emanuel, Biggert Announce $250 Million for Science Funding Included in Supplemental Spending Bill
“I am proud to join Senator Durbin as we fight to obtain funding for Fermilab.  The bill’s passage in the Senate is a wonderful step forward for our nation’s science programs but I expect that we still have a tough fight ahead.  I strongly urge the House and Senate leadership to include this essential funding in the conference report.” Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14)
Roskam plans Hispanic financial forum in Addison - West Chicago Press
"The forum will address financial and housing issues and options for Hispanic families living in the Sixth Congressional District. Other participants include the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Oxford Bank."


Wausau company to pay workers for commute - Wassau Daily Herald
“I’m concerned about the financial impact the rising price of gasoline is having on all Clover workers and their families," Priebe said in the letter. "As a result, Clover will be implementing a new Company gas benefit program that will help address the rising price of gasoline. Hopefully this new program will help ease some of the financial costs of commuting to and from work.”
McCain Pastor: Islam Is a 'Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil' - ABC News
"At a campaign appearance in Cincinnati, McCain introduced Parsley as "one of the truly great leaders in America, a moral compass, a spiritual guide."  Campaign aides positioned Parsley right behind McCain for photographers, apparently unconcerned about Parsley's well-established denunciations of the Islamic faith in a book "Silent No More" and on DVDs of sermons about Islam."

22 May

City of
Touch-a-Truck: Simple Fun For the Whole Family
"Big trucks hold big interest for children of all ages and the West Chicago Police Department and the West Chicago Park District offer an exciting opportunity to get a birds-eye view of some of the biggest. Touch-a-Truck returns to Reed Keppler Park on Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Turtle Splash Water Park."
W. Dundee woman pleads guilty to stabbing husband's pet lizards
"Attorney Timothy Mahoney intends to keep Tinsley, who has custody of two children, out of prison. He said she was the victim of an abusive marriage, including a violent row that sparked the attack on the lizards.  "It's abhorrent," Mahoney said. "Everything in this woman's background would show that she should get probation.""
DuPage Co. forest preserve board to get raises
"Because half the seats are usually up for election every two years and the state legislature only recently gave forest preserve boards power to set commissioner salaries themselves, the DuPage board was facing a scenario where three of the commissioners were going to be paid less than their colleagues over the next two years if something wasn't done."
Ready to swim?
"Memorial Day weekend signals the traditional start of summer. That means more than just reaching for white shoes to wear with that flowery dress. It's the first weekend when most pools plan to open for the season... Prairie Oaks Family Aquatic Center, 129 W. National St., West Chicago. (630) 231-9474"
From the club
"Zonta Club: The Zonta Club of St. Charles-Geneva-Batavia meets the first Tuesday of each month at Prairie Landing Golf Course in West Chicago... Individuals interested in "Advancing the Status of Women" are welcome to attend. Reservations must be called in to Christie Plotzke at (847) 931-2292 one-week prior to the meeting date."
West Chicago's Blooming Fest Creates Downtown Buzz
"Perfect weather brought out record-breaking crowds to connect with the many unique downtown businesses including a new guitar studio, dance academy and restaurant. Established businesses, some with a decades old history on the charming Main Street, opened their doors wide to welcome new and familiar faces to town. Other West Chicago businesses, independent crafters and not-for-profit businesses were represented, as well."

Lupine JuneFest
Lupine JuneFest will be held from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (rain or shine) at Carow Park on County Road J in Mercer WI. Events include a Chalk Drawing Contest, a Photography Contest, a children's Scavenger Hike, Art & Craft Fair, Classic Vehicle Show, a Hiking Tour of approximately 6 miles, and Biking Tours of 10, 28, 32 or 48 miles. Music will be provided by Nort' Echo Octoberfest Band from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, and by the Gregg Thomas Band from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Raffle tickets. for a chance to win a 7.2 FX TREK BICYCLE, will be available at the park ($5 each or 5 for $20.) For more information call 715-476-2389."

Wife admits she stabbed lizards
"According to a police report, Tinsley admitted attacking the reptiles—two bearded dragon lizards—to get back at her husband, who she said had beaten her the day before."
Menswear: Affordable high-end fashion
""How about showing us regular folks how to look good without going broke?" mother of five Sue Mitchell e-mailed me from West Chicago.  You're on, Sue!"
Rep. Foster Votes to Close Offshore Tax Shelters to Provide for Renewable Energy in America
“Creating common-sense solutions, like closing tax loopholes to invest in renewable energy, is why I came to Washington,” Foster said.  “I am pleased to have voted for legislation that will stop U.S. corporations from using offshore tax shelters to evade their taxes.”
Rep. Foster Votes to Crack Down on OPEC for Price Fixing - WRN News
"During a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Senator Feingold criticized oil company executives for not doing enough to explore alternative energy sources, despite saying three years ago that they were working toward that goal. Feingold cited figures showing Big Oil has spent more on marketing in the past three years than it has on research for renewable energy sources."
The $153 million traffic jam
"With the help of a $153 million federal grant, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Transit Authority hope to get more drivers to leave their cars in the garage. The money will be used to test a plan to provide bus-only lanes during rush hour and to implement a congestion-pricing system on downtown parking. The idea is to make riding the bus more pleasant and driving a car pure hell."
DUPAGE DEMOCRATIC PARTY Memorial Day, a time to reflect and participate.
"PLEASE sign up as a volunteer for the BLUE FEST on July 19th. We need as many volunteers as we can get for this great event. ALL volunteers will be given a staff t-shirt, entry and some meal tickets. Write to to volunteer today."

21 May

Around and About in West Chicago - 15 May 2008
  • Touch A Truck
  • First United Methodist/First Congregational Church Country Fair and Barbecue
  • District 33 Foundation For Educational Excellence Scholarship Winner
  • Fr. Felipe de Jesus Legarreta
Gus Kimball Day
"Designating May 18 2008 as Gus Kimball Day, the mayoral proclamation, read at the May 5 City Council meeting, noted, “Mr. Kimball encouraged the students to do their best, have fun and always demonstrate good sportsmanship because he believed that athletics helped young adults become well-rounded and responsible individuals." - Merle Burleigh
State Budget is a Terrible Lie
“The House Democrat budget doesn’t add up, and we see what’s happened in this year. They failed to fund the promises they made last year to our schools and social service agencies. Autism groups were promised $10 million in last year’s budget, but they currently have only received half of that funding,”
Dist. 94 teens can hit snooze button
"While high school Principal Moses Cheng disputed those claims earlier this month, District 94 officials acknowledged Thursday their decision would cost District 33 about $16,000 because of the need to alter the bus schedule.  The schedule change would also cost District 94 an additional $21,000 in busing costs."
Buying EJ&E won't speed things up
"As a 76-year-old biker, I have crossed some of its grade crossings; the one near the "quaint-looking" village of Wayne comes to mind. Why won't it happen? We have too many roadways, houses - and people in the way. "Hastert"s Highway" between I-88 and I-80 in western Kane County is more likely."
Briefs: High school team honored
"A team of students from West Chicago High School recently were awarded first place in the Regional Stock Market Competition coordinated by the Illinois Council on Economic Education. The students -- West Chicago residents Rogelio Del Muro, Max George and Maribel Ramirez -- also will be recognized with the Annual Cabrera Statewide Award, which includes a trip to New York City to visit the New York Stock Exchange and other notable financial sites."
Coalition: $30 billion needed
""Only 82 cents of every $1 sent to the federal government comes back to Illinois," Hastert said. "We need to do something to get more of our own dollars back."  Members of the group are seeking a consensus for a capital program that would pay for improvements and create an estimated 700,000 jobs statewide."
VIDEO: Students send ‘shipment’ of good to Angola
"Students in the community leadership class spearheaded an effort in 2006 to raise more than $10,000 to help build a school in the war-torn country. This year, students are raising funds to fill a shipping container with school, medical and recreational supplies. The school has raised about $3,000 this year."
Chuck Hagel Takes On McCain, Repeatedly Praises Obama
"You've got the power of impeachment, now that is a very defined measure if you are willing to bring charges against the president at all. You can't just say I disagree with him, let's impeach him," said Hagel. An attack on Iran without Congress' consent, he added, "would bring with it... outstanding political consequences, including for the Republican Party."
GOP exits to cost party millions
Of the 32 Republicans who have resigned or announced plans to retire, 26 have political action committees known as leadership PACs — which members of Congress typically use to make donations to colleagues facing tough campaigns. Those 26 PACs raised $17 million in the last campaign cycle, but only $5.3 million for this election, a USA TODAY analysis of the latest campaign reports filed in March and April shows."
Churches suggest donating stimulus money to charity  - Capital Times
"A number of faith communities and individuals are looking at ways to turn this bit of tax windfall into an act of charity or into a way to support organizations seeking a more just society. As Patrick K. McDonald of Janesville wrote in the May 8 issue of the Catholic Herald-Citizen, which goes to all Catholic households in the Diocese of Madison: "Because this is not money any of us had taken into account when planning our budgets for this year, this is a prime opportunity for each of us to use this money to help those in our society who are most in need.""
20 May  
City of
City of West Chicago Proclamations Seek to Build Awareness
"Multiple Mayoral Proclamations were signed Monday night at West Chicago's City Council Meeting, recognizing local connections to history, organizations and community responsibility.
Leadership on rail traffic is needed - Todd Dietterle, Frankfort
"Several ongoing dynamics continue to forestall a solution. The myopic self-interest of our region's roughly 300 municipalities and 1,000 units of local government preclude a discussion of the common good. While voicing legitimate concerns, the current and growing suburban opposition to the CN-EJ&E buyout smacks of NIMBY."
DuPage society calendar
"Community High School District 94 in West Chicago will collect supplies to be sent to a classroom in Angola, a country in south-central Africa, from 8 a.m. to noon May 24 and from 6 to 9 p.m. May 30 at the school, 326 Joliet St."
The briefs
"Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA of DuPage County, will hold its next information nights for advocate training at 10 a.m. June 23 at the CASA office, 505 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton in Suite C, third floor; or at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Fox Community Center, 306 Main St., West Chicago. Advocates speak for the abused, neglected and dependent children in the county's juvenile and family court system. For details, call Ruth at (630) 221-0889, ext. 306."
Obama speaks out against EJ&E sale
"In a letter to Barrington Village President Karen Darch, Obama expressed his concerns over the planned sale, which would see Canadian National diverting many of its trains from Chicago to tracks running through the suburbs. In some cases, the number of trains running through suburban areas could quadruple if the move is approved."
MetroFi looks to sell Wi-Fi segments
"In Aurora, that includes about 160 antennas (out of a proposed 600 to 900), in pockets on the East Side, West Side and downtown.  In Naperville, MetroFi completed a roughly one-square-mile network that serves the downtown area, according to Don Carlsen, head of the city's technology department. "
[We sit on our existing infrastructure ( PCMag’s broadband report ) as other nations leapfrog ahead of us.- Bob]

From the Pols..
DOJ Audit: FBI Refused to Participate in Torture
"Over 1,000 FBI agents were surveyed for the report, which looks at interrogations in the three years after the 9/11 attacks. Among the claims investigated were whether FBI agents saw interrogators waterboard suspected terrorists, frighten them with military dogs or mistreat the Koran.  The department's inspector general found agents left interviews where harsh tactics were used, and raised concerns with superiors about whether such actions were legal."
Pornification Nation - Christianity Today
"American culture presents women as sexually available anywhere, anytime," Lisa explains. "If you look at fashion, literature, advertising, and entertainment, you see what some experts call the 'pornification' of culture."
[I have included, to the right, what I consider to be one of the most heinous examples... one that bemoans porn while using it to boost its ratings.  You are cautioned that the clip is unacceptable for younger or more sensitive viewers. - Bob]
ACLU Announces Blog of Rights - Coverage of Issues You Care About:
  • The authorization of the use of torture by top Bush administration officials,
  • The fight for due process at Guantánamo Bay,
  • Warrantless wiretapping and domestic surveillance,
  • The continued struggle to ensure equality and civil rights for all Americans.



19 May

West Chicago Public Access Playback - May 19- May 25
"Watch Channel 17 this week as we feature programs from the year 2002. Also, as Monday, May 26, is Memorial Day. CableCom will, once again, be recording West Chicago's official Memorial Day Observance and broadcasting it at noon that day. If you can't make it to the official ceremonies, please tune in to Channel 17 to spend some time in remembrance."
New Orange and Black Listserv
"Pass the word, anyone who is interested in receiving the St. Charles East Orange and Black Bulletin will need to sign up.  The link to signing up is below.  Select the EHS Orange and Black Newsletter and input name and email address. This will take less than a minute.  Patrons may also sign up for other D303 information."
Meet the principal: John Rodriguez
"What's the most innovative program you've seen so far at school?
Extracurricular programs, such as sports, music and clubs I believe are highly underrated for their impact on student achievement. Because students connect with the school and build relationship with those adults that often surpass traditional classrooms. Students learn many qualities while participating in extracurriculars."

From the Pols..
McCain: Fire Charlie Black - MoveOn.Org
"John McCain's chief adviser, lobbyist Charlie Black, worked for some of the world's worst dictators—mass murderers, terrorists, and tyrants. Our new video calls on McCain to fire Charlie Black.  Read the documentation >"
Webb: Bush Would Be First President In History To Veto Benefits For Vets 5/19 - Think Progress
" No president in history has vetoed a benefits bill for those who served. … The Republican party is on the block here, to clearly demonstrate that they value military service or suffer the consequences of losing the support of people who’ve served. … The president has a choice here to show how much he values military service. "

17&18 May

Students to travel to village in Africa
"The West Chicago area evangelical Christian school has donated roughly $600,000 in the past six years, money which has been used to help build a two-room schoolhouse, a medical facility, youth outreach center and several homes.  "The fact that we've been able to sustain this for so many years has really surprised me," said Chip Huber, dean of spiritual and student life at Wheaton Academy"
Lawmakers' odds on adjournment
  • "Rep. Randy Ramey, a Carol Stream Republican
    "I don't know if the rank-and-file members are that organized to tell the leaders 'we're not voting on any budget until we get capital ... These budgets are going to go back and forth; neither of them are going to be balanced budgets. We're not comfortable sending a budget to the Senate that doesn't have the revenue to support it."
  • Sen. John Millner, a Carol Stream Republican
    "We can avoid another long summer session. Hopefully, the parties will come together and get done what needs to be done -- passing a budget, passing a capital plan."
CN Railway wants ruling on EJ&E purchase
"On Tuesday, the Canadian National Railway asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to expedite a ruling on whether to allow the company to buy the EJ&E railroad.  On Friday, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Melissa Bean urged the same regulators to take all the time they need."
DuPage Co. religion notes
"Faith Community Church will hold a rummage sale and flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at the church, 910 Main St., West Chicago. A portion of the proceeds will fund a mission trip to Chiapas, Mexico. For details, call (630) 231-0623."
Media disinvited to event with congressman
"Having not received the news in time, a reporter and photographer for Suburban Life Publications were prohibited from entering the assembly when they arrived at Community High School. The most recent e-mail did not state why an assembly with a public official at a public high school was closed to the media or why the journalists were refused entry to event to which they had been invited."
Winfield’s Gus Kimball Honored By St. Mary’s
"“I love working with kids,” says Mr. Kimball, who along with Ardis, his late wife of 57 years, raised a family of six sons and two daughters. “If you give them the opportunity to participate in things and you help them along, that will turn out to be the secret to their success.”
[The Winfied Register is a local paper available at Winfield stores.  Not all stories are immediately available at their web site- Bob]

From the Pols...
 WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday 16 May 08
Political motives suspected in Hagee's retractions - San Antonio Express-News
" This week he made amends with Catholics. He's also reversed harsh comments about gays and revised his writings about Jesus' role as the Messiah.  These remedial efforts followed intense criticism that multiplied once Hagee, pastor of Cornerstone Church, re-entered the national political stage in February with his endorsement of presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain.  McCain distanced himself from some of Hagee's statements but never rejected the pastor's endorsement."
[I believe there is a name for religious leaders who amend their beliefs to court favor with a political leader. - Bob]
222 at Furman decry Bush invitation - The Charlotte Observer
"Earlier this month, 222 students and faculty members signed and posted on the school's Web site a statement titled "We Object," which outlines objections to the president's visit. The statement cites the war in Iraq and the administration's "obstructing progress on reducing greenhouse gases while favoring billions in tax breaks and subsidies to oil companies that are earning record profits."" 
"ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that will produce investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work will focus exclusively on truly important stories, stories with "moral force." We will do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them."
[The funding and personnel makes me suspect that this will be an interesting and possibly trend setting direction for journalism and blogging. - Bob]

16 May


West Chicago
High School
1998 West Chicago High School Graduate Featured on 60 Minutes on May 18th 2008
"Kirk Johnson, a 1998 CHS graduate, will be featured on 60 Minutes this Sunday, May 18th at 6 p.m. on Channel 2. Kirk’s work with The List Project, which he founded and directs, will be highlighted. The List Project works on resettling, to the USA, those Iraqis who were employees of the U.S. in Iraq during the present war."
Briefs: District 33 board vacancy
"School board vacancy
School officials in West Chicago Elementary District 33 are looking for candidates for an open school board position. The vacant seat is an 11-month term. Interested applicants can pick up an information packet at the district offices, 312 E. Forest Ave., and submit a letter of interest by May 30 to the attention of school board President Dave Barclay. For details on the board vacancy, call Gayle Zuardo at (630) 293-6000, ext. 203."
DuPage Co. fitness calendar
"May 16 -  Trinity Lutheran School in West Chicago will hold its golf outing, dinner and auction fundraiser beginning with golf at noon and dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 30 at St. Andrew's Golf & Country club, 3N441 Route 59, West Chicago. Golf and dinner cost $120 per person; dinner only is $40. Registration deadline is May 16. For details, call Jackie Lesch at (630) 231-5849."
[Please check out link in far right column for additional details. - Bob]
Crafts and bazaars
"Blooming Fest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, downtown West Chicago. Arts and crafts, garden-related items. For information, call Krista, (630) 293-2200, ext. 135. Visit the Web site"
School newspaper places first
"The Wildcat Chronicle has taken home the gold, again.  The Northern Illinois School Press Association (NISPA) awarded the Chronicle the gold certificate and Golden Eagle trophy.  “Once you get the gold certificate, then you are entered into the competition for the Golden Eagle trophy and best in show,” said journalism adviser Laura Kuehn. “This is the second year in a row we have received best in show.”"

From the Pols...



McCain Was for Talking Before He Was Against It: Hypocrisy on Hamas - Washington Post
"McCain answered: "They're the government; sooner or later we are going to have to deal with them, one way or another, and I understand why this administration and previous administrations had such antipathy towards Hamas because of their dedication to violence and the things that they not only espouse but practice, so . . . but it's a new reality in the Middle East."
[The title/link came from Buzz Flash - Bob]

15 May

St. Mary’s School's Artists in Residence Day
" “The artists interact so well with the students and it seems to be a good experience for both,” said Gail West-Hooper, volunteer fine arts chair. Saul agreed, “The youth are enthusiastic with the hands-on-experience and we have fun teaching them a little bit about our art.”  With their hands full of artwork created at this event, 7th graders Matt McClure, Marie Santora and Nick Contreras said this art time is one of the best. Santora emphasized, “This is my favorite special thing at school.” Contreras said, “I am not good at art, but I enjoy this. ” McClure added, “It is fun to try out the different types of art.” " - Merle Burleigh
Around and About in West Chicago - 15 May 2008
"St Mary’s school is hosting the first All-School Reunion Sunday, May 18. Attending will be alumni from the 1940s through this school year. The event honors Gus Kimball, who has been a volunteer coach and Athletic Director for the school for more than 40 years. He created the athletic program in 1960. At age 89, Kimball has decided it is time to retire."

West Chicago
High School


"A team of students from Community High School District #94 in West Chicago were awarded first place in the Regional Stock Market Competition. These students will also be recognized with the Annual Cabrera Statewide Award. The Cabrera Award provides a trip to New York City for the winning student team, and their teacher, so they are able to visit the New York Stock Exchange and other notable financial sites."
Pilot Test for Edline
"The pilot test will include a process by which we automate the posting of available grades through our MIS department on a weekly basis to Edline. Our hope is to provide more frequent grading information on Edline so that you have the opportunity to be informed of your son/daughter’s progress."
"Community High School students are looking for community donations of school, recreational and medical supplies to be sent in a shipping container to the school in Angola, Africa that CHS built. The shipping container is part of the WeGo 2 Africa project that is led by the Community Leadership class."
Summit 303 - TONIGHT
"Join Summit 303 tonight (5/15) for what should prove to be a very educational and lively discussion on school choice.  What is school choice? How does it affect traditional programming and school boundaries? Would school choice fit the educational culture of D303 – is it right for this district? ... Tonight, May 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Charlestowne Mall. Park by the lower level theater entrance and enter under the carousel. We hope to see you there!"
The next time your employer, your bank, your credit card company or a vendor sends you an automated email with a clever "Do Not Reply" email address to prevent you from responding directly, think about giving them a phone call.  The guy at this site receives those emails and all the information, sensitive or not, therein contained.  You might just be sending evil thoughts and dirty words, but important information might be included with it.  It would be far better to call the company on the telephone and politely tell them that their security sucks.
Youths can audition this Sunday for roles in 'Once Upon a Mattress'
"The Noble Fool Theatricals Performing Arts Academy invites local youth ages 11 to 18 to audition for a role in the Youth Ensemble's summer production of "Once Upon a Mattress" at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles."
Hospital states its case for proton center
"The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board rejected the proposal last month because it says the center would be located too close to a similar proton center that's to be built by Northern Illinois University at the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago."
Dist. 200 will pay debt after an 18-year delay
"In a taxation quirk, the county didn't automatically divert the property tax payments to District 33 as part of the tax collection and distribution process.  Instead, the money went to District 200, which had an agreement in place with District 33 to collect the money and reimburse District 33.  But at some point, staff from both districts left or retired and the regularly scheduled payments fell off the books. Only about $90,000 of a total amount of nearly $276,000 was paid out."
GOP Reminds Us It’s Always Good To Check Nobody Else Is Using Your Slogan
"The new House GOP slogan, “the change you deserve,” also happens to be the slogan of anti-depressant Effexor XR - but actually it’s a bit worse. The FDA found an Effexor XR ad “is misleading because it overstates the efficacy of Effexor XR, makes unsubstantiated superiority claims, in addition to other unsubstantiated claims, and minimizes the risks associated with the use of Effexor XR.”"
Rep. Foster Votes for a New American Contract With Our Soldiers
"For them, we call on the economic heroes here at home to help fund the new GI Bill.  By doing so, we ensure that the men and women who fought so valiantly for our country are given the tools they need to succeed when they return home to the land they so dutifully served to protect."
Rep. Foster Votes Against Democratic Budget
“I voted against the Democratic budget because I simply cannot support a bill that contains a massive tax increase of $683 billion, the largest hike in the history of our country.  Neither the Bush Administration nor the Democratic leadership has ever dealt honestly with the true cost of the war in Iraq."
Durbin, Obama Push DOJ for Federal Resources to Combat Gang Violence in Chicago
"In response to a request from U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Barack Obama (D-IL), Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip today announced the Department of Justice (DOJ)'s intention to hold an anti-gang training program this summer in Chicago, Illinois as a component of the Project Safe Neighborhoods."
The Manifesto and the Media (by Jim Wallis)
"The Manifesto itself, while arguing that "evangelical" must be defined first and foremost as a theological term, not a political one, went on to say:

Called by Jesus to be "in" the world but "not of" the world, we are fully engaged in public affairs, but never completely equated with any party, partisan ideology, economic system, class, tribe, or national identity. ..."

More Fun for Lupine Junefest 2008
"Picture the northwoods with perfect spring weather and festooned with glorious full blooming wild flowers, including the unforgettable lupines. Now put yourself in this scenario either biking, hiking, or simply enjoying the perfect spring day in a pristine setting. All this and more is calling you to the 2nd Annual Lupine Junefest that will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2008, beginning in W.S. Carow Park, Mercer."
The Big Race, Continued - The New Republic
"The experiments suggest that Obama should be in a good position to win support from the white women who voted for Hillary Clinton in the primary. These voters will be amenable to supporting a black candidate and least susceptible if the Republicans attempt to play the race card."

14 May

West Chicago
High School
Senior Graduates:
"Get a blanket with a graduation cap design that says your name and date of graduation on it.  Click below for order form:
Warning labels would have 'chilling effect,' critics argue
"Stricter warning labels proposed for toys containing a legal amount of lead would have a "chilling effect" on consumers, one suburban lawmaker argued Tuesday.  "It basically would knock every piece of electronics off the shelves," said state Rep. Mike Fortner, a West Chicago Republican. "
[I guess the university Physics teacher doesn't have many students retarded for life by lead ingested from toys. - Bob]
Fermilab to lay off 140 workers
"But the cut of 140 workers at the Batavia laboratory -- about 7.5 percent of the lab's work force -- will likely be within a month.  Because of early retirements and attrition, the number of layoffs was reduced from 200, which officials had estimated in December, Fermilab spokesman Kurt Riesselman said."
Neighbors in the news
"Mary Murphy, a sophomore at Community High School District 94 in West Chicago, has been chosen to receive a Congress-Bundestag 2008 scholarship."
Son of DuPage County state's attorney cited for drug possession
COD ‘open and safe’ after threat of violence
"The unspecified threat was found in a Building M restroom on the west campus of the Glen Ellyn community college.  “This is a similar type of threat that other college and high school campuses in the Chicago metro area have been receiving over the past several weeks,” a COD press release stated."
"Italian seafood secrets: Chef Troy Tornabeni teaches monkfish osso bucco in a lobster ragout and salt cod stew. $35, $25 members of Cooking with the Best Chefs. 7 p.m. May 27. St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 3N441 Rte. 59, West Chicago. Register, 630-980-6800 or"
Good Paying American Jobs For Americans
"...arguing that the federal government
'could 'have a national policy to make every human-service job a good job - one that pays a living wage with good benefits, and includes adequate training, professional status, and the prospect of advancement - a career rather than casual labor.'"
Rep. Foster Fights to Lower Gas Prices
"“Gas prices are driving businesses off the road and are causing families in the 14th Congressional District of Illinois to postpone or even forego their annual vacations,” Foster said.  “Astronomically high gas prices are placing a tremendous burden on middle class families in Illinois, and I am pleased to support legislation that will immediately give our families a break.”"

Rep. Foster Names Sue Klinkhamer District Director

John McCain's Incoherent Plan - Center for American Progress
"But McCain's cap-and-trade plan involves major new government regulation, spending, and subsidies --while also heavily favoring big business. He refuses to make polluters pay to receive their emissions permits, instead defending a system "equivalent to a government imposed tax that companies levy on their customers but then keep for themselves," a "highly regressive" system of corporate subsidies."

Adding shame to humiliation - Guardian, UK
"Of all the depravity associated with the Bush administration's war in Iraq, nothing has shown this administration's moral bankruptcy and callousness more than its treatment of those ordinary Iraqis fleeing anarchy for any pocket of civility they can find. Almost three million Iraqis find themselves internally displaced, many of them women and children."


13 May

May E-Newsletter
"Several communities in the 55th District are being awarded OSLAD, or Open Space Land Acquisition Development, grants. The grants are part of $18.2 million in state funds for dozens of projects at existing parks and development of new parks and open space in Illinois. Here are a few of the developments that will be taking place in the 55th District:"
District 33


Key Communicator Message - Recent News
"Much has been happening in District 33 in recent days. We have a great deal to share with you..."
"The Partnership Committee of Community High School District #94 in West Chicago sponsored a week long 2008 Job Fair for the students of CHS. Several organizations spent many hours talking with students."
Cooks Night Off Fundraiser
"Our girls softball program is having a "Cooks Night Off" to raise funds for the program. Gianorio’s Pizza, located in the Prairie Trail Center on the corner of Geneva and County Farm Roads in Winfield is donating 15% of the sales to the softball program on Thursday April 24th and Thursday May 15th."
The Pros and Cons of "School Choice"
"Dr. Don Schlomann, Superintendent of Schools, will discuss the various options for choice offered by school districts across the country and provide information to help the group sort out the positives and negatives of choice programs including how school choice can affect traditional programming and school boundaries. "
East Students Brighten Brighton Gardens
"Students in the HOPE (Helping Others Protect Each Other) and Clay Clubs created vases and flower arrangements for residents of Brighton Gardens. Brighton Gardens is a senior citizens residence specializing in assisted living, Alzheimer’s disease, and hospice care."
Wheaton to start cutting down ash trees
"The aggressive option is more costly than the shared cost program. Each removed and replaced tree would cost about $250... Replacing all 764 fair-to-poor ash trees in that manner would tally a bill of $190,000. Wiping out all 6,461 ash trees in the community would cost about $1.6 million."
Neighbors in the news
"Mary Murphy, a sophomore at Community High School District 94 in West Chicago, has been chosen to receive a Congress-Bundestag 2008 scholarship.  As one of 300 students from across the nation to be chosen for the honor, Murphy will study abroad as a guest of the German government for one year. "
DuPage society calendar
"The second annual Owen M. Payton 5K Heart Walk/Run will be Sunday starting from 2N205 Ethel Road, West Chicago. Registration and check-in will be from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and the walk/run begins at 10 a.m."
[OK, it's just a WC mailing address, but no harm - no foul. - Bob]
Dist. 303 to study enrollment -- again
"Superintendent Don Schlomann said he expects the outcome to be "better data" than that of the two previous studies, which were conducted by Northern Illinois University and gave contradictory projections about how many new students the district might see in coming years."
West Chicago Blooming Fest and plant sale
"Gardening is fun and sharing information and plants with other gardeners is more fun. The West Chicago Garden Club plant sale will be a fun place to be on Sat., May 17.  The plant sale runs in conjunction with the West Chicago Blooming Fest."
Beating Clinton - William Hooper
"Note to Hillary Clinton supporters: Do you think it's just coincidence that Rush Limbaugh, the Fox crew and the rest of the righties all support your candidate?
Six hours, no exceptions
"For years, however, some Illinois schools shortchanged students by spending more time on indoor simulators or driving ranges in parking lots. Some Illinois kids were getting as little as 1 hour and 40 minutes behind the wheel with an instructor."
Park Forest
CN Aquisition of EJ&E to Leave Park Forest Cut in Two -
"The story is even worse in the Joliet and Walker, IL, areas, where rail traffic will increase from 18.5 to 42.3 trains per day. Traffic between East Sidling/Eola and West Chicago will increase from 10.7 to 31.6 trains per day."
more than 4,500 times on broadcast nets, cables, NPR
"A Media Matters review found that since January 1, 2002, the analysts named in the Times article -- many identified as having ties to the defense industry -- collectively appeared or were quoted as experts more than 4,500 times on ABC, ABC News Now, CBS, CBS Radio Network, NBC, CNN, CNN Headline News, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and NPR."
7 Myths of Volunteerism
"If we're not making significant progress in drafting the people who already attend our church, who aren't willing to serve, then I've got to think beyond that and say, "Well, there are 500,000 other people out there. They all represent becoming potential volunteers. Obviously, there are a few challenges along the way to drafting them. But the people are there"
[The WC hook to this article is that YOU are part of his 500K potential volunteers. - Bob]

12 May

City Triples Home Rule Sales Tax
  • "Sen. Fawghourne: After joy of cutting the 1/4 cent for water, the city council replaced it with 1/4 cent for infrastructure, and then they added another 1/2 cent for water meters.
  • WegoWeb: So concentrating on the West Chicago part, prior to January of 08, the city had nothing. Then they made it 1/4 cent... and in March TRIPLED that to 3/4 percent effective July 1st. How much money are we talking about? "
West Chicago Public Access Playback - May 12- May18
  • Mon   6:00 PM   City Council (5/5/08)
  • Tues   6:00 PM   COD Images
  • Thur   6:00 PM   COD Career Paths
  • Sat   10:00 AM   The Urban Coyote
Art show coming Wednesday
"Art students at Wheaton Academy will share their works with their family, friends and the community Wednesday.  "Photography has always been a passion of mine," said senior Carolyn Heyd of Elk Grove Village, whose photos will be featured in the school art show."
Disposal service lets you drop off or pick up paint
"In an effort to keep latex paint out of landfills or sewer drains, DuPage County is once again offering a summer-long disposal service for residents.  And anyone wanting free paint of indiscriminate color and finish is welcome to it at the same location.  In its eighth year, the county's latex paint recycling program at the Woodridge Wastewater Treatment Facility at 7900 S. Route 53 is starting June 2."
Oberweis kicks off 'What Went Wrong' tour
"According to Oberweis' new campaign spokesman, David From of Burnham Strategies Group, the idea came from Oberweis. And From said they've learned a lot from the meetings so far. One of the most important lessons, he said, has been that voters haven't gotten to know Jim Oberweis the man -- father, grandfather, community member."
Courier-News: Oberweis plans 'positive' fall rematch
"But Oberweis has another chance this fall to win back former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's seat for Republicans, and he's looking to refocus his campaign to be as appealing to voters as his family dairy's sweets are to the dessert set.  He recently talked about his plans, and pondered some of the reasons he believes he lost last month's special election to Bill Foster, who is filling the remainder of Hastert's term until January."
“We want to thank Congressman Roskam for securing these funds,” said Brinsley Lewis, CEO of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.  “This critical funding will go a long way toward paying for this important project which will greatly benefit area residents.”


U.S. Infrastructure Crumbling, According to Report Card
"... 2005 Report Card for America's Infrastructure - assigning a cumulative grade of D for the nation's infrastructure. The condition of our nation's roads, bridges, drinking water systems and other public works have shown little to no improvement since they were graded an overall D+ in 2001, with some areas sliding toward failing grades."
Evangelicals, Huckabee allied to sink McCain?
"An element of the Christian community is not reconciled to McCain's candidacy but instead regards the prospective presidency of Barack Obama in the nature of a biblical plague visited upon a sinful people. These militants look at former Baptist preacher Huckabee as ''God's candidate'' running for president in 2012."
Presidents Should Not Be Liars - Washington Post On Fairth - Pres. Jimmy Carter
"I do not think the President of the United States should be a liar, and believe that the overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens agree with me. For security reasons, the whole truth cannot always be revealed, but it is quite obvious that lies are seldom made to protect our nation. Almost invariably, the political fortunes of the prevaricator are at stake."

10&11 May

Wheaton school makes exit strategy for duck, ducklings
"When the baby ducks hatched and were ready to leave the nest with their mother, there was no way for them to get out of the courtyard because the baby ducks couldn't fly yet.  So staff and students at Hawthorne watched and waited."
[I know this story has no West Chicago connection, but I wouldn't pass it up.  It is just too precious. - Bob]
32 homes in West Chicago to be tested further for thorium"
"Sandy's property certainly has the most locations for testing," said Riess' attorney, Mark Sargis. "It seems like everyone in the neighborhood is watching to see what happens."  More than 200 locations on the Riess property will be bored down to five feet to scan for radiation and take soil samples."
Best & Brightest
"Erin Linsenmeyer, daughter of Patricia Linsenmeyer, West Chicago, and Timothy Linsenmeyer, Bartlett, earned placement on the dean's honor list at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts and sciences college for women in Atlanta, Ga. To receive this award she had semester GPA of at least 3.7. Linsenmeyer is a graduate of Dunlap Community High."
Blood drive in Wayne
"The Little Home Church by the Wayside in Wayne has scheduled a blood drive from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at 32W128 Army Trail Road. The drive is in conjunction with Heartland Blood Centers based in Aurora"
Another trial delay likely
"A bus driver charged in an interstate bus crash that killed four people, including a West Chicago man, will face trial Tuesday, but his attorney likely will ask to be released from the case, an Arkansas prosecutor said Friday. Prosecutor Fletcher Long said he expected the lawyer representing Felix Badillo Tapia, 28, of Brownsville, Texas, would make the request."

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday   09 May 08




Obama's bracelet a constant reminder of Wisconsin mother, soldier
"And he did so by recalling an incident on the campaign trail in Wisconsin and suggesting that he is strengthened in his resolve to win the nomination and the White House by the memory of "the mother in Wisconsin who gave me a bracelet inscribed with the name of the son she lost in Iraq; the families who pray for their loved ones to come home; the heroes on their third and fourth and fifth tour of duty."
Seeds of Destruction - BOB HERBERT - NYT
"I don’t know if Senator Obama can win the White House. No one knows. But to deliberately convey the idea that most white people — or most working-class white people — are unwilling to give an African-American candidate a fair hearing in a presidential election is a slur against whites."

09 May

Wide Selection of Locally Grown Plants at West Chicago Garden Club
"Gardening is fun and sharing information and plants with other gardeners is more fun. The West Chicago Garden Club plant sale will be a fun place to be on Saturday, May 17th.  The Plant Sale runs from 9:00AM until 2:00PM in conjunction with the West Chicago Blooming Fest which includes many vendors and crafters as-well-as a 5K run/walk and 2K Family Fun Run sponsored by We Grow Dreams. Look for our tent on Galena Street in downtown West Chicago."

West Chicago
High School


Community High School Presents the Musical “Grease”
"The musical ‘Grease’ will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on May 15th, 16th & 17th in the Weyrauch Auditorium at Community High School in West Chicago. This musical, set in a 1950’s high school, will feature the hit songs “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re The One That I Want.”"
Fortner Rejects Pay Raises for Legislators
"State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) points to rising prices at the gas pump and groceries stores as reasons why taxpayer dollars should not be spent on pay raises for legislators and constitutional officers."
Pace adjusts routes in Kane, DuPage counties
"Starting June 9, Pace will expand Route 747 to St. Charles. The bus currently travels between Forest Park and Wheaton. Under the new plans, the bus will primarily use Roosevelt Road and head through West Chicago, finishing at the Charlestowne Mall."
Crafts and bazaars
"Blooming Fest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 17, downtown West Chicago. Crafters are need. All types of crafts and art is welcome, especially garden-related items. Sellers of vegetables, herb plants or seeds only also welcome. For information or an application, call Krista at (630) 293-2200, ext. 135."
Exhibit opens doors to cultural past
“We just don’t know a lot about the Mexican families because they were never fully integrated into the community,” Phalen said. “I think it’s important to bring Mexican community members into the museum and expose them to the overall history, just as it’s important to bring in Anglo community members.”
House antes up for new penny
"Roskam touted the bill's similarity to his penny legislation in a press release. "Congress today took a step in the right direction by reining in one of the billions of dollars in wasteful government spending programs," he said. "Albeit a small step, it marks a common sense solution that will save the hard-earned dollars of Illinois families.""
Energy Secretary on killing FutureGen: 'I did it in order to save ... - WQAD - Moline,IL
"Illinois Senator Dick Durbin peppered Bodman with questions about why the project's price changed so dramatically.  But Bodman couldn't answer.  Many say they think political considerations played a role in the government's sudden move to kill FutureGen."
Durbin Questions Decision to Abandon FutureGen Project in Congressional Hearing
Obama Joins Kerry Resolution on Humanitarian Aid for Burma
"The Senate has passed a resolution introduced by Senator John Kerry and a bipartisan group of 19 Senators urging humanitarian aid to the Burmese people following the devastation of the cyclone and accompanying tidal wave. There are currently 100,000 people dead and tens of thousands missing, with disease spreading rampantly throughout the flooded country."
Senate Ethics Committee Clears David Vitter - TPM MuckRaker
"The committee dismissed the complaint, according to the letter, because "the conduct at issue" occurred before Vitter's run for the Senate, he was not charged criminally, and because it "did not involve use of public office or status for improper purposes.""
'Deafening' silence on analyst story - Politico
"But apparently that’s no longer the case. Indeed, reporter David Barstow’s 7,600-word investigation of the Pentagon’s military analyst program — whereby ex-military talking heads, often with direct ties to contractors, parroted Defense Department talking points on the air — has been noticeably absent from television airwaves since the story broke on April 20. "
Christian leaders question D.C. probe of 'prosperity' televangelists - AP
"Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, sent letters to the six ministries in November seeking answers about spending on private planes, oceanside mansions and board oversight. The committee's Democratic chairman, Sen. Max Baucus, joined Grassley in asking for answers."
[What kind of private jet would Jesus ride? - Bob]

08 May

Around and About in West Chicago - 08 May 2008
  • The City's posting of this seems delayed... Sorry.
  • The Sixth annual Dunkin’ Donuts Rooftop Stakeout
  • National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
  • “Grease,”
  • St. Mary’s School annual school-wide project

West Chicago
High School


"Students from Community High School District #94 in West Chicago were invited to participate in an on-line news forum hosted by Judy Woodruff of the News Hour on PBS. The forum was aired on April 25th, 2008."
City of
2008 State of the City Address
"Through thoughtful assessment, creative planning and fiscally responsible decision-making,  West Chicago is riding the storm and steering its own destiny. Our Economic Development Program is designed to increase and diversify the City’s sales and real estate tax bases, allowing us to become more self-sufficient. We are generating revenues from within the City, thereby reducing our dependency on outside revenue sources."
House votes down officials' pay hikes
"The House and Senate must approve the exact same version of the raise rejection or the increases automatically take effect."
Donate food at mailbox
"Donating food to the local food pantry is as easy as sticking a letter in the mailbox this Saturday.  That's when mail carriers in many towns will pick up food pantry donations placed in bags near mailboxes as they deliver mail and collect outbound pieces."
Water use still under scrutiny
""We would add 2 million people but we wouldn't grow or demand more water use," Loftus said. "This is doable. It's happened in Seattle, it's happened in Boston. This is really our goal."  The worst case scenario envisions a dramatic 59 percent increase in water use, or another 708 million gallons per day."
Police beat
"Michael D. Gunther, 34, of 828 Neltnor Blvd., West Chicago, was charged with possession of marijuana after the car he was a passenger in was stopped near Empire and Burlington roads in Campton Township at 6:50 p.m. Sunday, according to a police report."
Forest Preserve receives grant to build archery facilities
"The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County began offering instructional archery programs in 2006 and had about 300 participants. Last year, about 1,200 people participated. The response has prompted the district to replace the current makeshift range — essentially targets set up in a parking lot — with a permanent range that can accommodate about four times as many archers."
19 schools get pass on driver's ed rule
"Nineteen high schools had sought exemptions from a requirement to provide students with six hours of instructor-supervised street driving. They are: ... West Chicago Community High School"
Hate Radio's Bigotry Against Hispanics
"The nation's leading Hispanic advocacy group, National Council of La Raza, launched a campaign earlier this year decrying right-wing radio for its "rhetoric that demonizes immigrants and Hispanic Americans." "Talk like Savage's, or Limbaugh's or O'Reilly's, has become routine, even systematic, and certainly a big business."
war on greed
"Buyout industry executives with multi-million dollar incomes have been amassing fortunes by exploiting a major tax loophole.  Their tax privileges have robbed the public purse and placed the burden on working- and middle-class taxpayers."

07 May


West Chicago
High School


"The Carol Stream Rotary Club awarded a $2,000 grant to Community High School District #94 at the April 22nd Board of Education meeting. This grant was part of the Carol Stream Cares program developed by the Rotary Club to support student volunteerism. President elect Ann Kennedy, Secretary Robert McNees, International Service Director Jim Baily and member Deb Haude presented the grant to support the WeGo 2 Africa program."
City of
Community Art Banner Project Exhibition
"West Chicago, Illinois: May 6, 2008 - Over the winter, the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission invited artists with a West Chicago connection to submit original flower-themed artwork for consideration for the new Community Art Banner Project."
Feeder district irked by District 94's late-start days
"Two members of West Chicago Elementary District 33 attended Tuesday's District 94 school board meeting to protest the addition of 21 late-start days.  The class days on Monday will begin nearly two hours later than the rest of the week, beginning at 10:01 a.m."
[Readers are reminded that they can comment on this topic at the link at the top of the "Take Five" page. - Bob]
DuPage library calendar
"The Improv Commandos will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the West Chicago Public Library, 118 W. Washington St. The group will perform PG-rated comedy. For details or to register, call (630) 231-1552, ext. 4."
TCD teens are named Skills USA champions
"Television Production teams: Lauren Flinner of Wheaton and Ben Hooson of Carol Stream, first place; Cassandra Callender of Roselle and Paul Yost of Medinah, third; Hazel Kennerley of West Chicago and Gyl Ponce of Indian Head Park, fourth; Timothy Bergeron of Hinsdale and Faizan Hussain of Burr Ridge, fifth."
GlenOaks Hospital to honor Roskam for securing building funds
"Officials from GlenOaks will dedicate a plaque and personally thank Roskam for securing $187,000 in federal funds for the hospital’s new no-wait emergency room. The funds were part of a $55 million appropriation Roskam secured for the Sixth Congressional District in the fiscal year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill signed by President Bush in December,"
John McCain Still Can’t Convert 20-25% Of GOP Primary Voters
"I’ve discussed the prior races, including Pennsylvania, where more than one in four GOP primary voters voted against John McCain, and Mississippi, where one in five voted against him. Last night more than one in four North Carolinians voted against John McCain in the GOP primary - and more than one in five did so in Indiana."
Cancer survivors, supporters set for Relay this May
"West Chicago Community High School will be home to more than  Wildcat students on  May 30 and 31.  The local version of American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will take over the school stadium. "


Gov. Blagojevich announces Community Investment Works; Monumental state plan to reduce youth violence
Gov.Blagojevich announces largest Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign in state history for May
The War in Iraq Costs
"National Priorities Project analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent."
[You can put in Illinois and DuPage Co. and find our bill now approaching $3 Billion. - Bob]
Speaking Out: Jeremiah Wright, Evangelicals' Brother in Christ
"Jeremiah Wright goes to church looking for Jesus. And that's why evangelicals should pay attention to him. This is not to say they should agree with him. But Jeremiah Wright is a serious Christian. He didn't have to be — many gifted black intellectuals have gotten off the bus with the church for having been, as it inarguably has, a slave religion. (Wright has argued with Muslim friends that its track record is no better on slavery.)"
McCain Aides Say Hagee Endorsement Was The Result Of ‘Poor Vetting’ - Think Progress
"Despite Hagee’s radical and bigoted beliefs, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) sought and received Hagee’s endorsement for president — one McCain said he was “very honored” to have. Since then, Hagee’s views have garnered more attention, sparking wider questions as to why McCain would accept such an endorsement."

06 May


West Chicago
High School


Information Regarding MRSA Situation
"Today, May 6, 2008, we received official confirmation that the student does have MRSA... In an effort to be proactive, custodial staff cleaned classrooms used by the student and other areas yesterday evening. In addition, we will be cleaning the tables and chairs in our Commons area tonight."
"The Music Department at Community High School District #94 in West Chicago will present their Annual Spring Band, Choir and Orchestra Concerts during the month of May."
"The faculty and administration of Community High School District #94 in West Chicago would like to congratulate Matt Youngwith for being chosen Student of the Month for April 2008."
Ramey Moves Crucial Immigration Bill to House Floor
"The bill allows officials to check any person entering or leaving the Department of Corrections or Department of Juvenile Justice. If a person is suspected of having an illegal immigration status, state officials must notify the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement."
Cynthia Hilsabeck - May 4, 2008
"She graduated from Glenbard North High School in 1976 and then went on to receive her degree in special education from Illinois State University. She was a member of Waters Edge Bible Church of West Chicago and a master teacher at the Marklund Children’s Home in Bloomingdale, IL."
Proposed Expansion of Service on Bus Route 747
This rather spartan posting at the city's website seems to be a planned bus route thru West Chicago with stops at 38/Joliet Rd, the train station, and 64/59 as it runs from Wheaton to St. Charles.  This really needs additional explanation. - Bob
Retired teacher to serve rest of vacant W. Chicago council term
"Smith said he was approached by Kauth, his former neighbor, earlier this year and urged to consider taking the city council position.  Smith, who has no past political experience, has spent his 38-year teaching career working for St. Charles Unit District 303, and last taught at Thompson Middle School."
Briefs: Route 59 crackdown set
"Illinois State Police and numerous law enforcement agencies will participate in a traffic crackdown Friday along the Route 59 corridor from Joliet to Hoffman Estates. Police said they will aggressively enforce traffic laws to educate the public to the importance of wearing seat belts and driving safely. Participating agencies include police departments from Naperville, Shorewood, Joliet, Plainfield, Aurora, West Chicago,..."
Briefs: District 94 seeks nominees
"West Chicago High School District 94 is seeking nominees for a new Hall of Honor established to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the school, community or society. Nomination letters for the Hall of Honor should be sent to Moses Cheng, Community High School District 94, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago, IL 60185. The deadline for nominations is May 14."


Blagojevich administration launches “Pink Potluck” effort to spread the word about the importance of breast and cervical cancer screenings
A Turbulent Pastor
"After McCain's campaign collapsed last summer, Hagee stuck with the senator, traveling in September to South Carolina, where he introduced McCain at the first stop of the candidate's "No Surrender" comeback tour. In turn, the senator praised Hagee for his strong support for the war in Iraq and was a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of Christians United for Israel, a pro-Israel group that Hagee founded."
Even missionaries botch their facts - Politifact
"We called Davis after investigating the claims and explained we found nothing to substantiate them and in fact, more than enough evidence to disprove them.  He was unmoved.  “I’m not going to argue with you ... I’m just saying that there’s a pattern.”  Yes, there is. A pattern of Pants on Fire wrong."

05 May

West Chicago Public Access Playback ... May 5- May 11
Jacqueline Brauer (August 18, 1933 - May 2, 2008)
"A Winfield resident since 1964, Mrs. Brauer was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church and the Naperville Organ Club. She worked as a health aid for the District 33 schools and as an executive secretary for the DuPage County Health Department. Mrs. Brauer enjoyed flowers and gardening."
Sosulski obituary
"Gina taught for 30 years at College of DuPage. She was a former member of St. Mary’s parish in West Chicago and present member and lector of St. John the Baptist parish in Winfield. She also was involved in P.A.D.S., West Chicago Friends of the Library, and bible study. Gina enjoyed playing pinochle and was an avid reader."
City of
Seatbelt Safety Awareness Continues in West Chicago
"The West Chicago Police Department announced that Campaign #2 of the Illinois Department of Transportation funded grant was successful in educating the motoring public on Seatbelt Safety and Awareness. The Campaign ran from December 17, 2007-January 1, 2008 and resulted in 179 citations being issued for Seatbelt and Child Restraint violations."
An I-PASS loophole allows some to escape extreme tollway fines
"Tollway spokeswoman Joelle McGinnis said violators can have missed tolls placed on an immediate family member's I-PASS account in order to avoid the $20 fines.  The policy is in place, she said, for the sake of misunderstandings within a household when more than one family member is using an I-PASS transponder in more than one car."
Sales tax hike swamps storm-water fee
"“Obviously, with the quarter-cent sales tax, we’re going to be having some additional funds coming in from the general fund,” said County Board member Jim Zay, R-6th District, of Carol Stream, chairman of the board’s Stormwater Committee."
[Readers are reminded of the 1/4 cent sales tax increase passed by the City of West Chicago which you aren't supposed to notice. - Bob]
Congressional Candidate Jill Morgenthaler’s New Website Up In IL-6
"Jill Morgenthaler’s Congressional Campaign in IL-06 has started to pick up momentum with additions/changes in staff, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) designation as a “targeted district” and a solid, if still needing to be ramped up, first full fundraising quarter quarter of over $200,000."
Networks again refuse to go on the record about NY Times' military analyst expose - Media Matters
"ABC, CBS, and NBC have still not reported on any of their news programs The New York Times' revelations about the hidden ties between media military analysts and the Pentagon. Further, the major broadcast networks and cable news networks all reportedly declined to discuss the issue for an NPR report; the networks similarly reportedly declined to participate in an April 24 PBS NewsHour segment on the issue."
An Evangelical Manifesto' criticizes politics of faith -
"Conservative Christian leaders who believe the word "evangelical" has lost its religious meaning plan to release a starkly self-critical document saying the movement has become too political and has diminished the Gospel through its approach to the culture wars."

03&4 May

Marksberry Named Head Girls’ Soccer Coach at Wheaton Academy
"Wheaton Academy has hired a new business/computer science teacher. Along with that hire, they have found their coach to lead the successful girls’ soccer program. Scott Marksberry will replace Dave Underwood as the Wheaton Academy girls’ head soccer coach."
City of
New dog park in W. Chicago
"Beginning at 10 a.m., dog owners can register for a permit to use the dog park -- named "Wiggly Field" -- and participate in a variety of pet-themed activities.  The park's name was submitted by Camille Bahnfleth, a 5-year-old kindergartner at Wegner Elementary in West Chicago."
DuPage County churches team up to make a difference for CareFest
"CareFest volunteers will be serving at more than 20 schools in West Chicago Elementary District 33, Queen Bee Elementary District 16, Carol Stream Elementary District 93, Benjamin Elementary District 25 and West Chicago's Community High School."
Lightning strike leaves many without power for hours in west, northwest suburbs
"Outages were reported, beginning about 11 a.m., in Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Elburn, Elgin, Hanover Park, Roselle, St. Charles, Schaumburg, South Elgin, Streamwood and West Chicago. Lighting struck a tower that services two substations, spokeswoman Judy Rader said."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday 02 May 08
Bush & Cheney reminisce - Walt Handelsman
"These animations were created by Walt Handelsman, Newsday's nationally syndicated Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist."

02 May

Becky Hall New Exhibits at the Museum
"... the West Chicago City Museum is having an Opening for new exhibits TONIGHT, at 6:00 p.m. There will be refreshments at Gallery 200, a few doors down the street."
Lawmakers seek public input on running Congress
"Roskam and several local lawmakers are calling on constituents to e-mail them with proposals for legislation that would benefit the district, which serves Cook and DuPage counties.  No idea's too wacky.  No legislative proposal will be turned away."
Power out for 35,000 in suburbs
"Crews are working to restore power for 35,000 customers after ComEd reported a problem at one of its substations this morning.  The issue arose around 11 a.m. today, and the outage is affecting parts of Bartlett, Elgin, Hanover Park, Roselle, Schaumburg, Streamwood, South Elgin and West Chicago, ComEd spokeswoman Kim Johnson said."

Power restored after lightning strike cut off 35,000 customers

Polar plunge raises money for Special Olympics
"Other plungers that night included Algonquin police officer Chris Filippini, former Glen Ellyn police officer Mary Pocuis of Glendale Heights, North East Multi-Regional Training Facility Deputy Director Tom Reasoner of Lisle, and regional training facility employee Joe Schweihs of West Chicago."
Police beat
"Roberto Soto, 21, 314 Wilson, Apt. C, West Chicago, was arrested at about 2 a.m. April 28 and charged with illegal transportation of alcohol by a minor after a traffic stop at Barrington Road and Maple Avenue, police said."
Arts & Crafts calendar
"Blooming Fest: May 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., downtown West Chicago. Crafters are need. All types of crafts and art is welcome, especially garden-related items. Sellers of vegetables, herb plants or seeds only also welcome. For information or an application, call Krista at (630) 293-2200, ext. 135."
Senate kills recall amendment
"The Senate expanded the House version in its own bill to include judges and local elected officials. They also tied the governor and lieutenant governor together. Advocates reluctantly backed the changes, figuring any recall idea was better than nothing."
Today's DuPage Now newscast
"Welcome to today's DuPage Now video newscast, the county's only daily newscast. It's brought to you by the staff at Suburban Life Publications."
Bush-McCain Challenge -
If you go to this link, you help me qualify for a free bumper sticker which I plan to sneak onto some unsuspecting city pol's bumper to cause abuse and recrimination. - Bob

01 May

Around and About in West Chicago - 30 April 2008
  • National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
  • Installation of Officers of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791
  • We Go Run
  • Water Edge Bible Church Block Party

West Chicago
High School


"Mary Murphy, a sophomore at Community High School District #94 in West Chicago, has been chosen as a recipient of the Congress-Bundestag 2008 Scholarship. As one of 300 students chosen nationally for this honor Mary will live with a German family and study at a German school as a guest of the German government for an entire year. In the history of the Congress-Bundestag Program Mary is Community High School’s 16th student, and the first sophomore, to be chosen for this program."
CHS ESL & GED Summer Classes
  • Informe de Prensa Sobre Clases de ESL, Ciudadanía y GED
Athletic Achievers to be Featured as Wheaton Academy Breaks Ground for New Sports Facility
"Wheaton Academy will feature a former Chicago Bear, the 2007 Division III women’s soccer Player of the Year, and a member of the Brazilian women’s national U-20 soccer team as part of the groundbreaking ceremony for the future Heritage Field House on Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30"
Youth perform 'Oliver!' for seniors
"Cast members in attendance at the event included Katie Bertress of Batavia; Maddy Donatelli, Rebecca Roy and Jenna Soldati of Geneva; Michael Fairbanks of St. Charles; Gabriel Harder of Elgin; Stirling Joyner of Plano; Rebecca Lawler of Carol Stream; Paolo Mazza of West Chicago; Nadia Pelletier of Winfield; Kelsey Pettrone of LaGrange and Leah Richards of Sugar Grove."
Briefs: We Go Run this Sunday
"The fourth annual We Go Run will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at West Chicago High School's Memorial Stadium, 326 Joliet St. The event will include 5K and 10K races, as well as a one-mile run for children. Proceeds benefit all eight West Chicago Elementary District 33 schools. Registration forms are available at District 33 schools, the district office at 312 E. Forest Ave., and online at"
Foster Supports Tax Credits for Those Making Life Better for Our Troops
"The first bill would provide a tax credit of up to $500 for individuals who send care packages, through the America Supports You program’s sanctioned organizations, to non-relative soldiers serving in combat zones. "
Methodists reject SMU Bush Presidential Library 844-20
"SMU Bush Presidential Library Rejection (80089-MH-NonDis)
I hereby petition the UMC General Conference to prevent leasing, selling, or otherwise participating in or supporting the presidential library for George W. Bush at Southern Methodist University."