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June 30
"West Chicago State Representative Randy Ramey (R-West Chicago) asked local residents to make it their civil duty to donate blood as party of his "Flag Day Blood Drive", which was held last week at his West Chicago office."

West Chicago
High School


"Community High School District #94 has been selected as one of seventeen schools across the nation to act as an official Civic Learning Example. The Civic Mission of Schools initiated a federal drive to instill the importance of civic education in all schools.  CHS has been chosen as a model school to illustrate how to implement civic education. District #94 is the only school in Illinois to have been selected."
"For the 27th consecutive year Community High School District #94 has hosted German Exchange Students from the Simon Marius Gymnasium (college prep high school) in Gunzenhausen, Germany. Eleven students from the Gymnasium visited Community High School with their teacher Anita Dommel."
CN foes claim progress in fight against EJ&E buy
"She [Barrington Mayor Karen Darch] also urged residents to storm the hearings and flood CN representatives with comments, just like they did earlier this year when 2,500 showed up for initial hearings and 3,000 mailed their comments in.  "I think we should try to overwhelm them again," she said.  More than 200 people attended Sunday's rally."
Companies try to fill gaps for veterans
""As much as the military attempts to anticipate the needs that arise as the result of service, it is not always successful at anticipating those needs," said David Cortes, a Chicago businessman and USA Cares donor. "America has a long tradition of filling that void with charitable or nonprofit organizations.""
[I have one reader who will point out to me that this story has no WC hook to it... but it should. - Bob]
Retirees, vets may be missing out on $$$
" Thousands of retirees and veterans in the Fox Valley who may be eligible for a stimulus payment still have not filed their 2007 taxes, according to numbers recently released by the IRS.  The IRS mailed informational packages about the stimulus payment earlier this year to almost 750,000 Illinois residents who receive certain government benefits, IRS spokeswoman Sue Hales said. More than 210,000 of those residents still have not filed their 2007 taxes."
“At a time when gas prices are approaching 5 dollars a gallon, the expansion of mass transit makes all the sense in the world,” continued Roskam.  “Improving the daily lives of Chicagoland residents, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and decreasing pollutants expelled into the air is reason enough to support this important piece of legislation.  It is my hope that we will soon be able to move forward with the STAR Line, one of our area’s most important capital projects.”
Evangelism may be losing its sway - Colorado Springs Gazette
"And Dobson's failure to endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain this year has caused barely a ripple among Republicans.  Moreover, counterattacks on Dobson this week over his comments about Obama have been heated and have included conservative Christians."
Walk across Michigan
"Neil has just completed a walk across Michigan on stilts to raise money for United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan's Assistive Technology Loan Center!  With the help of a 3:1 matching grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education the walk generated over $62,000 dollars for UCP!"
[Coverage of end of 830 mile trek by two local blogs... Ironwood Info and Superior Chronicle - Bob]
Mrs. McCain, San Diego County Would Like a Word - NewsWeek
"Shortly after NEWSWEEK inquired about the matter, the McCain aide e-mailed a receipt dated Friday, June 27, confirming payment by the trust to San Diego County in the amount of $6,744.42. County officials say the trust still owes an additional $1,742 for this year, an amount that is overdue and will go into default July 1. Told of the outstanding $1,742, the aide said: "The trust has paid all bills shown owing as of today and will pay all other bills due."
[If the Media had not given Cindy a pass on releasing only the first two pages of her federal tax return, we could check to see how much she deducted for this and her other 7-10 homes. - Bob]

June 28&29

Robert Czernik -  June 28, 2008
"Robert Lee Czernik, 72, a thirty year resident of West Chicago, IL, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2008 at home. He was born July 24, 1935 in Harvey, IL, and he served in the United States Navy during the Korean War."
Briefs: New athletic director hired
"The West Chicago High School District 94 school board has hired Douglas Mullaney as its athletic director. Mullaney most recently worked as a teacher at Bryan Middle School in Elmhurst, where he served as the school's physical education chairman. He has coached several sports in both the high school and college level. As head baseball coach at York High School, Mullaney lead his team to the Illinois state title in 1993. Mullaney will begin working at West Chicago High School Tuesday."
Weisner will lead group with worries of EJ&E sale
"The Regional Answer to Canadian National, commonly known as TRAC, has approximately 50 communities organized with a common concern about CN's planned purchase of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway's 198-mile line that stretches in a semi-circle from northwest Indiana to Chicago's northern suburbs."
Chef brings culinary expertise to Delnor
"He pointed out that a hospital meal, on average, costs about $2.75, meaning the products put into the meal aren't typically high-end. Sabatini also said that patients' dietary needs -- allergies, low-sodium and low-fat restrictions -- affect meal preparation because they "can't use the same rich ingredients, say, restaurants can.""
[The wife told me that the ladies in OB were enjoying this. - Bob]
DuPage County to site stream research center
"Together with colleges and universities, the center will provide a facility where aquatic species recovery could take place. It's made possible with a $2.9 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Commissioners also will vote Tuesday to provide a $230,000 grant match to help pay for utilities at the site."
Consultant gets probation for fake petition signatures
"Judge Michael Burke placed McCulloch on probation for 2 years and ordered him to do 150 hours of community service work.  Prosecutors had sought a 60-day jail term for McCulloch, who previously worked on behalf of former U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert and U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam."

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 27 Jun 08







Preparing the Battlefield - The New Yorker - Seymour M. Hersh
"United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since last year. These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of “high-value targets” in the President’s war on terror, who may be captured or killed."
An Attack That Came Out of the Ether - Washington Post
"A first group of people published articles that created the basis for the attack. A second group recirculated the claims from those articles without ever having been asked to do so. "No one coordinates the roles," Allen said. Instead the participants swim toward their goal like a school of fish -- moving on their own, but also in unison."
McCain Meets With Billy And Franklin Graham - Election Central Sunday Roundup
"John McCain met today with Billy Graham and his son Franklin, himself an influential Christian, in an opportunity to reach out to Christian conservatives who have tended to mistrust him over the years. Fun fact: In 2003, Franklin Graham looked forward to the Iraq War as an opportunity to spread Christianity in the Middle East."

June 27

State Rep. Fortner honored by group he helped found
"State Rep. Michael Fortner was honored by members of the Metro West Council of Government this week at Elburn Lion Park in Elburn.  "He has a solid understanding of the issues which has informed his work in Springfield," said Mary Randle, the executive director of the non-profit group. "And he's one of our charter members."
Briefs: West Chicago blood drive
"West Chicago will sponsor a blood drive from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 8 for Heartland Blood Center. This year, the drive will be held in an air-conditioned mobile unit that will be parked in the city hall parking lot at 475 Main St. All blood donors will receive a gift card for a free quart of Oberweis ice cream, compliments of Heartland Blood Centers. The card can be redeemed at any Oberweis store. For details, call Rosemary Mackey at (630) 293-2200, ext. 139."
West Chicago school locked down during police search
"A West Chicago private high school and nearby subdivision were locked down for two hours Thursday while police searched for a man with a knife.  After a search of the Forest Trails subdivision and a brief chase, the man was captured at about 12:30 p.m. The man, who was apparently suicidal, lived in the subdivision, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Uplegger."
Deportation drama plays out at Broadview facility
"On a recent Friday morning, Cristina, 29, an illegal immigrant who did not want to be identified by her last name, joined religious leaders and Immigration activists at a weekly prayer circle outside the facility.  Her husband, a former forklift operator, was detained after a traffic stop in West Chicago on his way to the grocery store. He is awaiting deportation at a county jail, while she is scrambling to find a full-time job that will keep her from getting evicted and support her two young sons, who were born here."
U.S. panel hears local officials' concerns about Canadian National rail plan
"They basically told us . . . what we had to look forward to," said West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman, who attended the meeting "The group didn't seem to care so much about transportation as they did about the human environment in terms of the health, safety and welfare of people."
[Folks are reminded that you can comment on the sale of EJ&E at the City Press release posted in Soapbox... see the link at the top of the Take Five Page. - Bob]
GOP Senator Questions Obama's Bipartisanship -- But He Repeatedly Worked With Obama! - TPM Election Central
"Brownback himself sent out a press release in May 2007, touting their co-sponsorship of the "Iran Sanctions Enabling Act," which would increase economic pressure on Iran.  Obama was an official co-sponsor of Brownback's Darfur Peace and Accountability Act in 2006.  Brownback and Obama collaborated to introduce legislation establishing a clear U.S. policy towards the Congo in 2005.


Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich’s Office to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of:Pfc. Dawid Pietrek, United States Marines ... Hometown: Bensenville, Illinois""

June 26


West Chicago
High School
New Athletic Director Hired
"The Board of Education of Community High School District 94 is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Douglas Mullaney to the position of Athletic Director effective July 1, 2008."
Pace Route 747 Extension
"Earlier this month, a change in the Pace 747 Route extended certain weekday trips to the DuPage County Complex, West Chicago and the Charlestowne Mall. Additionally, all remaining weekday and all Saturday trips will end at the Wheaton Metra station."
Viking ship begins much-needed voyage to restoration
"The ship was later moved to a warehouse in West Chicago. Then, the International Order of Good Templars, a temperance group that started in Sweden, offered to house the ship in its park in Geneva."
Chrysantis Appoints CK Nutritional Ingredients Exclusive ...
"Chrysantis, Inc., a leading supplier of raw materials focused on eye health, is pleased to announce the appointment of Toronto-based CK Nutritional Ingredients as exclusive Canadian distributor for its growing range of products.  Based in West Chicago, Illinois, Chrysantis manufactures and markets a line of zeaxanthin ingredients under the EZEyes® trademark name."
Foster Stands Up for 77,000 14th District Taxpayers
“Families in Illinois are struggling in these difficult economic times, and the last thing they need is to be hit with additional taxes,” Foster said.  “One of my first actions in Congress was to introduce legislation that assists in property tax relief, and I am proud to continue my work to reduce the tax burden by voting to responsibly provide tax-relief to our families.”
The Myth of the “Evangelical Crackup”  - First Things
"That megachurch leaders are placed on a pedestal, whether by New York Times reporters or evangelicals themselves, is instructive. What needs emphasis is that megachurch entrepreneurs—with their large congregations, their larger constituencies, and their even larger book sales—may not be the best, or even the legitimate, measurements of Protestant evangelicalism’s health and vibrancy."
Why, on a day with these items, were the networks spending time on the PUBLIC airways on fluff and trivia?
    "He noted in the years since the prosecution and punishment of German and Japanese leaders after World War Two those nation’s leaders changed their countries’ aggressor cultures. One cannot discount contributory cause and effect here, he said.  “For Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Yoo to spend years in jail or go to the gallows for their crimes would be a powerful lesson to future American leaders,” Velvel said."
  • POW/MIA Families Alleged McCain Assault: Senate Ethics Committee Failed to Investigate -
    "He went from a smiling, congenial, happy face to a beet red, totally enraged face in an instant," she said. "I have never seen a senator act in this way. We were all dumbfounded how this happened. He threw his arm up, and she goes flying and Jane [who was in a wheelchair] gets pushed aside as he brushes by her. All I see is people flying and I'm behind him [McCain]... This was assault."
  • Gas could fall to $2 if Congress acts, analysts say - Market Watch
    "The price of retail gasoline could fall by half, to around $2 a gallon, within 30 days of passage of a law to limit speculation in energy-futures markets, four energy analysts told Congress on Monday."

June 25

Around and About in West Chicago - 26 June 2008
  • Annual David Bailey Concert/Benefit
  • Friendship Trek
  • Pace bus
  • District 33 - Newest Board Member
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Proton Cancer Treatment Center
"State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate a state-of-the art center symbolizing healing and hope for those diagnosed with cancer in the proposed Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center"
Read Under the Trees
"The second annual Read Under the Trees summer reading program is well underway giving free books to students throughout the community in West Chicago Elementary School District 33."
Position Opposing Railway Acquistion
"The City of West Chicago reinforced its vehement opposition to the proposed acquisition of the ..."EJ&E") by the Canadian National ... by passing a Resolution at the June 16, 2008 City Council meeting ..."
[Please notice that this item has been opened for comments.  Persons may express their feelings about it by filling out the form underneath the item or just clicking HERE. - Bob]
Dist. 33 appoints educator to school board
"West Chicago Elementary District 33 officials have appointed a local educator to fill a vacant seat on the school district's board.  Brenda Vishanoff, who serves as the director of admissions for Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, will fill the seat vacated by school board member Martin Swinney earlier this year."
Briefs: West Chicago blood drive
"West Chicago will sponsor a blood drive from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 8 for Heartland Blood Center. This year, the drive will be held in an air-conditioned mobile unit that will be parked in the city hall parking lot at 475 Main St. All blood donors will receive a gift card for a free quart of Oberweis ice cream, compliments of Heartland Blood Centers. The card can be redeemed at any Oberweis store. For details, call Rosemary Mackey at (630) 293-2200, ext. 139."
Physicist and professor first proposed building the treatment location
"While many Northern Illinois University staffers led the push for a proton therapy center, one member was noticeably missing at the groundbreaking ceremonies June 19.  Arlene Lennox, who first proposed the idea for a proton therapy treatment center in 2001, died May 24, less than a month before the groundbreaking."
Cantigny Park Celebrates 50 years
"Cantigny Park, the sprawling 500-acre estate of Robert R. McCormick, will celebrate its 50th anniversary from Tuesday, July 1 to Saturday, July 5.  Both the events and parking fee are free during the celebration."
Virus blamed for illnesses linked to golf course
"Food handling and preparation facilities at the Arrowhead Golf Club have been closed since Friday after officials at the Wheaton Park District, which owns the course, were informed of a mounting number of illnesses and realized the sickness was related to the restaurant."
NIU cancer treatment center is great news - Letter - Ken Bourkland, St. Charles
"Being the third largest metropolitan area in the country and the birthplace of proton technology here at Fermilab, West Chicago and the Fox Valley region is the perfect place for the sixth. Now more patients than ever will be able to explore this painless, non-invasive, minimal side-effect treatment option that spared my life and will, undoubtedly, save the lives of countless more."
Foster Announces More Than $2 Million in Grants for Kane County,
"DeKalb received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $407,155, and Kane County also received a CDBG in the amount of $1,245,786.  The CDBG program provides annual grants to States and local units of government to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment."
“As I did last year, I will continue to support passing a clean AMT patch without billions of dollars of economically damaging tax increases.  My constituents sent me to Congress to fight wasteful spending and the tax increases that fuel such irresponsibility and today I did just that.”
Drudge Report of June 2000 Shows Bush Blaming Clinton for High Oil Prices: $20 -$30 a Barrel
"Now that Exxon-Mobil posted record-high earnings, oil is nearing $140 a barrel, and Bush has been in the White House long enough to have affected energy policy, it's no shock that the president's blame game has shifted. So Bush blamed Clinton for gas prices doubling, while prices have increased to record levels under his administration. Bush himself admits that oil prices under his administration have gone up seven-fold!"
McCain has missed every major environmental vote this Congress - The Raw Story
"While McCain has championed legislation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in his speeches, he hasn't voted for it. And while he's opposed drilling in the Arctic, he also refused to support a ban on drilling in a 2005 defense appropriations bill.  The article also fails to mention that McCain ranks last among the 535 members of the current Congress in a rating by the League of Conservation Voters."
Wallis rips Dobson's ripping of Obama - Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Evangelical leader Jim Wallis, author of The Great Awakening and founder of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States, today criticized James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, for distorting Barack Obama's statements on faith and politics at the annual Pentecost Conference in 2006 held by Sojourners."

June 24

EPA to meet one-on-one with W. Chicago residents
"Members of an EPA-hired consulting firm will be at Warrenville city hall from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday interviewing residents living on or near the site of the former Kerr-McGee Co. factory."
Police beat
"David Lee Marshal III, 25, of 0S464 Gunness Drive, West Chicago, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of drug equipment at 11:40 p.m. Sunday on North Richards Street. He is accused of threatening another man with an 18-inch machete."
Fox Valley area military personnel mark milestones
"Navy Ensign William J. Inch , son of Deborah L. and Joel M. Inch of West Chicago, Ill., recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy."
IL Senate


Audit raps health care agency for slow, poor bookkeeping - AP
" State auditors are again battling with Illinois' health care agency over money management, weeks after a scathing rebuke of how the agency oversees payments to Medicaid providers.  Auditor General William Holland's audit released Wednesday found 15 problems with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. That's up from 10 problems he found in the last agency audit. "
Survey Shows U.S. Religious Tolerance
"For example, 70 percent of Americans affiliated with a religion or denomination said they agreed that “many religions can lead to eternal life,” including majorities among Protestants and Catholics. Among evangelical Christians, 57 percent agreed with the statement, and among Catholics, 79 percent did."
Dems Giving McCain a Big Pass
"And I must confess that I'm a little confused why more Democrats are not hitting this preening peacock with the fact that he is as we speak breaking the campaign finance laws and specifically breaking the law on accepting public financing. Having opted into the system and gotten the advantage of it he's now spending freely in defiance of the caps he agreed not to spend over."
Parade Reminder
"So far we have only a few people to walk in parades this summer. Would you choose just one of these dates to join me?  Details are listed below."
  • July 3- Warrenville's 4th of July Parade. Start of parade: 6pm
  • July 4- Wheaton's 4th of July Parade. Start of parade: 10am
  • July 13- West Chicago's Railroad Days Parade. Start of parade: 1pm
  • Sept. 1- Naperville's Last Fling Parade. Start of parade: 10am
  • Sept. 7- Winfield's Good Ole Days Parade. Start of parade: 1pm

June 23

New Board Member Appointed
"Brenda Vishanoff was chosen from a pool of five applicants for the open Board seat with an unexpired term ending in April, 2009. Mrs. Vishanoff holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Peabody Music Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Bachelor of French Horn Performance and a Graduate Performance Diploma in French Horn"
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Jun 23- Jun 29
Wed 6:00 PM City Council (6/16/08)
  7:00 PM How to Homebrew
  8:00 PM Musical Memories of Our Century

And much more...

Heartland Blood Center's Blood Drive
"June 23, 2008: For the third consecutive year, the City of West Chicago will be hosting a summer blood drive for Heartland Blood Center. This year, the drive will be held in a fully equipped and air conditioned mobile unit which will be parked in the City Hall parking lot on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m."
Mercer Centenial June 28-July 6
Trivia/Scavenger hunt, Woods & Blooms Garden Club Tea, Lions Spaghetti dinner, Street Dance,  Pie Sale, Lions Flea Market ... and that's just the first day of this week long event.  You are urged to check the entire schedule by clicking the above link and seeing it all at the Mercer Chamber's web site. - Bob
Midwest worshippers hear good news: River cresting - Ironwood Daily Globe
"They prayed for aid and gave thanks for the volunteers, National Guard soldiers and prison inmates who helped the community of nearly 4,000 in recent days.  "And they all worked," the Rev. Jeanne Webdell said of the volunteers. "They worked for a cause bigger than themselves, worked to help people that most didn't even know.""
Hate Groups' Newest Target - Washington Post
"Neo-Nazi and white power groups acknowledge that they have little ability to derail Obama's candidacy, so instead some have decided to take advantage of its potential. White-power leaders who once feared Obama's campaign have come to regard it as a recruiting tool. The groups now portray his candidacy as a vehicle to disenfranchise whites and polarize America."

21&22 June

Collage: proton cancer therapy centerGround Breaking
City Clerk Nancy Smith took pictures at the June 19th ground breaking of the Proton Cancer Therapy facility to be built at the DuPage National Technology Park.  Former Speaker Dennis Hastert, Northern Illinois University, State of Illinois, DuPage County and West Chicago officials attended.
Viking ship replica renovation begins
"The ship was moved to a warehouse in West Chicago. The council disbanded in 2001, and ownership reverted to the park district. When the warehouse owners wanted it out, the International Order of Good Templars, a temperance group that started in Sweden, offered to house the ship on the grounds of its park in Geneva."
Official urges Will residents to oppose rail sale
"A Will County official is urging residents to write letters opposing the Canadian National Railway's purchase of the Elgin Joliet and Eastern Railway.  The mail might persuade members of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to make decisions that are favorable for Will County, said Lee Ann Goodson, R-Plainfield."
Birkett considering a run for governor
"DuPage County's top prosecutor is considering a run for governor in 2010.  Although he hasn't made an official announcement yet, such aspirations would be DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett's third run at a state position."
McCain Double-Talk on Immigration? - Political Punch
"So she went to the meeting, a room full of 150-200 people. "Sure enough," Pulido says, "his mantra at the meeting was comprehensive immigration reform.' And there were cheers and applause whenever he mentioned comprehensive immigration reform."  "Then he said, 'I bet some of you don't know this -- did you know Spanish was spoken in Arizona before English?' And the crowd roared. I was appalled," Pulido said. "He was pandering to these people -- that's what they wanted to hear.""
Ohio board votes to ax teacher accused of branding
"Freshwater used a science tool known as a high-frequency generator to burn images of a cross on students' arms in December, the report said. Freshwater told investigators he simply was trying to demonstrate the device on several students and described the images as an "X," not a cross. But pictures show a cross, the report said.  Other findings show that Freshwater taught that carbon dating was unreliable to argue against evolution."
Jeb Bush And His Cronies Have Big Plans for Govt.-Funded Religious Schools in Florida - AlterNet
"Some are well-established and fully accredited with a qualified teaching staff and a tradition of educational excellence. Others are small, poorly equipped and devoted to religious indoctrination, not academic accomplishment.  If former Gov. Jeb Bush and his allies have their way, however, all of these schools – and private academies like them around the state – will soon be eligible for massive new streams of public funding, courtesy of the state’s taxpayers."

20 June

Welcome Aboard!
"On Monday June 16, 2008 the Fire District swore in four new firefighter/paramedic candidates. Please join us in congratulating (L-R) Matt Keller, Erik Therkilden, Andy Maxwell and Brendan O'Leary"
Gallery 200 Featured Artist Series Offers Versatility
"Lisa Stapella will exhibit her artistic versatility as the Gallery 200 featured artist through July. Stapella specializes in oil and pastel paintings of landscapes and family moments."
NIU to build cancer treatment center
"Among the politicians in attendance were DuPage County board Chairman Robert Schillerstrom, West Chicago Mayor Michael Kwasman and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert.  "It's just natural that this place become a high-tech park," Hastert said. "It's people coming together to do great things … but when they put on those hard hats and take those shovels, the work won't be done."
Briefs: Proton center plans OK'd
"The West Chicago City Council has approved final plans for Northern Illinois University to build a $159 million proton cancer therapy center in the city's DuPage National Technology Park. University officials from the DeKalb school will join state and local officials Thursday for a groundbreaking at the site of the facility, which is expected to be the first such proton cancer treatment"
House action hailed as solution to Fermilab's funding woes
"U.S. Rep Bill Foster, a former Fermilab employee and ardent supporter of the Batavia laboratory, has pushed for more dollars to support science research since taking office in March. He called the passage of the appropriations bill a "significant step" toward relieving Fermilab's financial woes."
NIU building proton therapy clinic
"Northern Illinois University broke ground Thursday for a $160 million proton therapy cancer treatment center in West Chicago, a project that will be the first of its kind in Illinois and one the school plans to build in less than two years."
“While this bill doesn’t represent exactly what both sides of the aisle want, it does demonstrate the ability and success this Congress has when negotiations include civility and compromise,” continued Congressman Roskam."
Could Bush Be Prosecuted for War Crimes?
"While the United States is a country like any other, its citizens no more special than any others on the planet, Americans still react with surprise at the suggestion that their country could be held responsible for something as heinous as a war crime."
McCain Breaking the Law in Plain Sight
"He's really doing it. McCain opting into public financing, accepted the spending limits and then profited from that opt-in by securing a campaign saving loan. And then he used some clever, but not clever enough lawyering, to opt back out. And the person charged with saying what flies and what doesn't -- the Republican head of the FEC -- said he's not allowed to do that."
An Old Church in an Aging Society
"The median age of PCUSA is 54; the median age in America is 36. Unless you are part of a “Gen X or Y” worship community, your church is probably not that much different in its “aging” process than PCUSA."

19 June

Around and About in West Chicago - 19 June 2008
  • First United Methodist Church/First Congregational Church sponsor an Ice Cream Social
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates
  • 15th Annual Fine Arts Fiesta
  • College of DuPage Documentary Photography class

West Chicago
High School
"The Community High School District #94 ‘PeaceBuilders of the Month’ were honored with the ‘State of Illinois Senate Recognition’. State Senator Randy Hultgren (R-Wheaton) presented the recognitions, from the 95th General Assembly, at a CHS Board of Education meeting."
New Head Football Coach / PE Teacher Hired
"The Board of Education of Community High School District 94 is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Hal Chiodo to the position of physical education teacher and head football coach. Coach Chiodo was hired at the Board’s June 17, 2008 meeting and will assume the post immediately."
Spray and Pay Reward Program
"West Chicago Police Chief Donald Goncher would like to remind the citizens of West Chicago of the Spray and Pay Reward Program . The program is a partnership between the Police Department and the residents of West Chicago for controlling graffiti within the community."
Museum Camp Rescheduled
"Due to popular demand, the West Chicago City Museum has changed the time for their remaining Museum Camp on July 30, 2008 from the afternoon to the morning. "
West Chicago Police, Parks partnership allows kids to Touch-a-Truck
"Kids love trucks.  With that in mind, the West Chicago Police Department and Park District have partnered for the last five years to present their annual Touch-a-Truck event. This year’s event took place May 31, and about 600 children came to check out vehicles from the police, fire and public works departments."
Best entertainment picks for weekend of June 20
"Benefit garden walk Tri-Village Garden Club, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Features six gardens in Bartlett, Hanover Park, Streamwood and West Chicago. $10 advance tickets available at American Chartered Bank, 338 Main St., Bartlett, Bartlett Farmers Market, Town Center on Main St. across from Bartlett Village Hall, and A and A Music Academy, 27 W281 Devon Ave., Hanover Park. Day-of tickets are $12 at the bank. Tickets can be exchanged for required admission brochure on Friday, June 20, at bank or market; or on June 21 at the bank. For more information, call (630) 372-6342,"
Foster Announces Fermilab Funding in Supplemental Bill
"“Since my election to Congress, I have worked tirelessly to ensure that Fermi’s research is fully funded,”... " I am pleased that after talking extensively to leadership and writing letters to the Appropriations Committee about the importance of this funding, the Supplemental Appropriations bill will include funding for Fermilab.”
Foster Backs Needs of District with Transparency
"Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) today highlighted his 100th day in office by fulfilling two of his campaign pledges – to be an advocate for the needs of 14th District families and to reform Washington – by releasing a list of his Appropriations requests.  “I was sent to Washington to serve as an advocate for the 14th District and to also make our government more transparent and accountable,” said Foster."
Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol - Times OnLine
"To be more precise: the genetic alteration of bugs – very, very small ones – so that when they feed on agricultural waste such as woodchips or wheat straw, they do something extraordinary. They excrete crude oil."

18 June

Briefs: Proton center plans OK'd
"University officials from the DeKalb school will join state and local officials Thursday for a groundbreaking at the site of the facility, which is expected to be the first such proton cancer treatment center in the state. Only five such facilities, which use proton beams rather than standard radiation to treat a variety of cancers, exist in the country."
Key lawmaker has doubts on EJ&E sale
""It may be a benefit for downtown Chicago -- removing rail congestion there -- but it poses a huge burden on small communities," said Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat, during a stop in LaGrange with U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, a Western Springs Democrat."
Reasons why there is much discontent - Kenneth Spitz
"We don't seek "change" or "hope" from the self-appointed and the media-anointed. We simply demand that our courts and governments respect our rights as free citizens and act accordingly."
NIU to break ground on $159M proton therapy center
“It’s a visualization of what we’ve been working on for four years,” said NIU board of trustees chair Cherilyn Murer. “We’re thrilled Northern Illinois University has brought this center of technology and research. It will bring another treatment option to cancer patients in the area.”
Dine away hunger for the People's Resource Center
"The volunteer-run program operates simply: Diners eat at participating restaurants on the designated day and the restaurants donate 10% of their sales for the day to the PRC food pantry. Diners need not present any forms or coupons for participation...
Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli
300 W. North Avenue
West Chicago
"Reports show that upwards of 10% of attempted food imports privately tested are found to be contaminated without the FDA’s knowledge, leaving open the possibility a nefarious importer could “shop around” for a lab willing to give it favorable results to gain entry into the U.S."
DNC to Court: Make FEC rule on McCain finance - Buzz Flash
"The FEC currently does not have enough members to constitute a quorum but Chairman David Mason, a Republican, issued a letter to the campaign notifying it that it cannot withdraw without FEC approval. Mason also suggested the possibility that McCain has already benefited from matching funds, which is the position of the DNC, and may not qualify for FEC approval of contract withdrawal. In May, President Bush withdrew Mason's nomination to another term on the FEC, adding another questionable political firing under his belt."
Audit faults KBR's prices - Houston Chronicle
"The overcharges were one element of mismanagement by Houston-based KBR, of three Navy contracts valued at $229 million for cleanup and restoration of Navy facilities damaged after Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Katrina in 2005, the audit said.  Altogether, the audit requested that the Navy seek refunds of at least $8.5 million for "inappropriate" payments to KBR."

17 June


West Chicago
High School
"Priya Shah, Sarah Kimball and Samantha SanMiguel, all of West Chicago, have been selected as the 2008 Outstanding Physics Students at Community High School District #94. Physics teacher, Annette Rubino, presented each student with a Certificate of Achievement and a membership to the American Association of Physics Teachers."
Biggert eyes rail traffic issues
"This is the first time we've seen a merger of this kind in a densely populated area," Biggert said, who added she'd like to get members of the STB out to ride the EJ&E rails. "I have real concerns about it."
West Chicago joins coalition against Canadian National deal
"The decision on whether to allow the freight rail purchase falls to the Surface Transportation Board, a three-member appointed federal regulatory panel that, according to Pineda, has a history of ruling in favor of the rail industry... "Hopefully, we can get something going to slow down or stop the acquisition," Pineda said. "If it were to go through, our quality of life would be severely affected in a negative way.""
Creating a best-selling book
"Agents also can provide an experienced eye on a manuscript or a proposal and help negotiate a better deal, he said. ..  Tim Ursiny, executive coach at Advantage Coaching and Training in West Chicago, credits his nine books for pushing his business past the million-dollar mark."
Neighboring towns share recreational facilities
"An inter-governmental agreement between the West Chicago and Warrenville Park Districts leads to a win-win situation for residents. Each district has an exceptional high quality facility-- West Chicago with its aquatic center and Warrenville with its fitness center."
Foster Stresses Need for Science Funding
“While it is of the utmost importance that Fermilab receives federal funding, it is also important to remember that the entire science community has been hurt by systematic underfunding under the Bush Administration,”



16 June

West Chicago Public Access Playback Jun16- Jun 22
Campaign for Seatbelt Safety and Awareness
"The West Chicago Police Department announced that Campaign #3 of the Illinois Department of Transportation funded grant was successful in educating the motoring public on Seatbelt Safety and Awareness. The Campaign ran from May 19, 2008-June 2, 2008, and resulted in 175 citations being issued for Seatbelt and Child Restraint violations."
Välkommen to Swedish Day
""The main thing is that there are a lot of local groups involved and working together," said Roy Roe, of West Chicago, a member of the Good Templars.  The giant tent that has afforded the ship minimal protection has been repaired, improved and extended. Soon, work will be done to better stabilize the vessel, which sits on a cradle of steel girders."
Letters to the Editor about EJ&E


"Retail theft: Kari A. Baierl, 23, and Jennifer E. Fenneman, 26, both of West Chicago; 10:28 a.m. at Home Depot, 2920 Audrey Ave.; charged with retail theft."
Rep. Foster to Big Oil: What Are You Waiting For?
“Oil and gas companies currently have leases for 68 million acres of land that they are not exploring for oil production,” Foster said.  “We can produce domestic oil now on land that is already leased, but these companies are perfectly content to leave these lands undeveloped, playing games with public resources to continue their record breaking profits.”
"Oberweis, speaking at a gas station in West Chicago where gas passed the $4.00 mark more than a month ago, urged Congress to pass H.R. 3089 as part of an energy policy that explores all of our nation's options - including enhanced domestic exploration and increased use of nuclear energy - to get fuel costs down."
Paul, Barr may be forging an alliance for fall election - Boston Globe
"Signs are emerging of a possible alliance this fall between Ron Paul, the libertarian-minded rebel Republican, and Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee.  Paul was the Libertarian nominee in 1988, and many of his supporters are libertarian-minded on economic and social issues.
New PAC Seeks to Court Christians for Obama - New York Times
"Called “The Matthew 25 Network,” the new organization, which is still in its earliest stages, is being spearheaded by Mara Vanderslice, who was director of religious outreach for the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004 and did similar work for several statewide Democratic candidates, including Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas."

14&15 June

Oberweis, Foster clash on oil exploration
  • "The act also supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Supporters of the drilling, including Oberweis, said they believe increased exploration would yield billions of barrels of domestic oil that would drive down gas prices and reliance on foreign countries."
  • "We can produce domestic oil now on land that is already leased, but these companies are perfectly content to leave these lands undeveloped, playing games with public resources to continue their record-breaking profits," said Foster in a written statement. "Today, I'm sending Big Oil a simple message -- use it or lose it."
NIU to break ground on new cancer center
"University officials from the DeKalb school will join state and local officials Thursday at the future site of the $159 million facility, to be located at the DuPage National Technology Park."
Other campaign measures await
" If legislation banning campaign contributions from big-time state contractors becomes law, it could be a momentum-builder for other ethics reforms that have not gained steam in the General Assembly, advocates say.  That legislation includes:
Storms blow through area
"Winds, estimated at upwards of 60 m.p.h., blew the roof off a house on Irene Road in DeKalb, according to law enforcement officials. A 70 m.p.h. gust was recorded at DuPage Airport in West Chicago."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 13 Jun 08
McCain Cancels Event with Controversial Fundraiser
"ABC's Rick Klein reports: Sen. John McCain on Friday  abruptly cancelled a Monday fundraiser that had been scheduled at the home of a Texas oilman, after ABC News contacted the campaign inquiring about a verbal blunder the Texan made ... a botched attempt at humor in which he compared rape to weather. Within earshot of a reporter, Williams said: “As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”"
Rapture-Ready Evangelicals Impersonate Army Officers
"Thus, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is now officially demanding that those responsible within the penumbra of the Department of Defense, and there are many, including Inspectors General, for the aiding, abetting, and endorsing of USOSC proselytizers, feloniously impersonating active duty U.S. military officers and senior NCOs must be subjected immediately to trial by courts martial. Additionally, MRFF is now likewise demanding that all United States Attorneys whose jurisdictions cover localities where USOSC personnel are illegally wearing their proselytizing-enabling, intentionally confusing military 'uniforms' in blatant violation of Title 10 of the U.S. Code immediately refer these violations to the FBI for aggressive and swift investigation.""

13 June

West Chicago and Warrenville Park District Agreement
"An inter-governmental agreement between the West Chicago and Warrenville Park Districts leads to a win-win situation for residents. Each district has an exceptional high quality facility—West Chicago with its aquatic center and Warrenville with its fitness center."
Arrest in pizza delivery driver's death ruled proper
"Justice, 30, of Sandwich, has pleaded innocent. His defense team argued police, who did not have a warrant, lacked enough evidence to arrest him and that they illegally searched his room.  Prosecutors allege Justice robbed and beat Karen Hassan with a hammer Nov. 2, 2006, as she delivered pizzas near West Chicago."
Lend a hand: How you can help our communities
"For more than 30 years, children and adults with disabilities have been able to go bowling, play softball, take a dance class and so much more thanks to the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association."
Briefs: Parks facilities agreement
"Residents living within the boundaries of either the Warrenville or West Chicago park districts will be able to take advantage of the facilities of both parks agencies at resident rates, thanks to a new agreement passed by the two park districts."
Arrest of man accused in St. Charles woman’s murder stands
"DuPage County circuit Judge Robert Anderson ruled that authorities acted properly when they arrested Bradley M. Justice for the murder of St. Charles resident Karen T. Hassan. Justice, 29, is accused of beating Hassan to death and taking her cell phone and credit cards.
Slaying suspect apologizes for not attending pretrial hearing
" After Justice, who is being held in DuPage County Jail, declined to attend the hearing, DuPage Judge Robert Anderson signed an order allowing deputies to bring the defendant to court by any means necessary.  In his apology, Justice told Anderson he missed breakfast and didn't want to skip lunch."
"Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) addressed the nation today in the House Republican’s Weekly Radio Address, calling on Congress to immediately move forward with solutions to ease the pain at the pump and address the U.S.’s long-term energy crisis. "
Caught Red-Handed - TPM
"Here's video of McCain using the word himself in 2004 and then claiming it's all a bum rap just this morning. For more ins and outs of the policy and terminology issues, see the post below. To take the McCain flimflam straight up, no chaser, watch the vid ..."

12 June

40 years in videotaped West Chicago double gang murder
"Richard Huerta, 25, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the Father's Day 2001 fatal shooting that erupted during a gang fight in the courtyard of the Riverwoods apartment complex off Roosevelt Road."
Briefs: County offers HIV testing
"As part of a national HIV testing campaign, the DuPage County Health Department is offering a series of free tests between June 17 and 27 throughout the county. Testing will be held at two locations June 17. Between noon and 2 p.m. that day, tests will be at West Chicago's middle school at 238 E. Hazel St."
Naperville finds emerald ash borer in South-side trees
"The discovery was made last week in parkway trees at the Ashwood Park Townhome development near 248th Avenue and 103rd Street. The city's forestry team has been scouring a half-mile radius since that time looking at all ash trees for signs of other infestations."
First emerald ash borers discovered in Naperville
"Naperville received confirmation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services that the insect was found in the Ashwood Park Townhome development in southwest Naperville."
Gang member sentenced to prison
"A 25-year-old Lisle man who was videotaped shooting to death two rival gang members has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Richard Huerta pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday."
Dreams, job opportunities bloom at West Chicago greenhouse
"We Grow Dreams in West Chicago nutures more than flowers and plants.  The non-profit provides a constructive learning environment and place of employment  for people with disabilities (team members)."
Dine away hunger for the People's Resource Center
"Support the People’s Resource Center (PRC) food pantry by Eating Out
With “Dine Away Hunger” on Wednesday, June 18.  10% of sales donated to People's Resource Center food pantry.. "
Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli, 300 W. North Avenue, West Chicago, 630-293-8602"
  • Foster Addresses Growing Unemployment
    “I am disappointed that, while the bill gained a majority of votes, it did not receive a full 2/3 majority required by suspension of the rules.”
  • Foster Thanks Veterans for Service
    “It was a privilege to meet this first group of WWII Veterans from Illinois who traveled with the inaugural Honor Flight Chicago and thank them for their service to our country,”
  • Foster Secures $2.4 M for Geneseo Railroad Project
    “Now that the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act has been signed into law, state and local officials can access the $2.4 million in funding that was previously allocated to the Geneseo Railroad Crossing Improvement."
Fox News Changes: "Terrorist Fist Jab" Anchor E.D. Hill Loses Her Show, Laura Ingraham In At 5PM
"Perhaps feeling the ratings heat, Fox News is making changes to its afternoon lineup.  TVNewser reports that E.D. Hill, who hosts "America's Pulse" — and who raised many eyebrows this week after calling Barack and Michelle Obama's fist-pound a "terrorist fist jab" has lost her show:"

11 June

Around and About in West Chicago - 11 June 2008
  • Flag Day
  • Meet the Lincolns
  • U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Community Involvement Plan
  • “Passport to Adventure” program


Trinity Lutheran Church Offers Annual Vacation Bible School
"Trinity Lutheran invites all children from age 3 to 12 years old to come to a faith-filled adventure from Monday, July 7th to Friday July 11th.  “We can’t wait for the friendship trek to begin,” says Kristi Gregory, VBS director. “The kids will uncover fun, faith, and friendship! In doing so, they will experience "
Glenbard East principal named
"Chambers currently is assistant principal for administrative services at West Chicago's high school. He's also worked there as a dean, student support center coordinator and academic skills center coordinator."
  Realtors support EJ&E freight deal
"Public opinion on the purchase, which must be approved by federal regulators, is largely based on whether it means more or fewer trains in a specific community.  But, in an informal poll conducted after the CN presentation Tuesday, 104 out of 121 members of the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers voted in favor of the proposal."
Entertainment lineup set for annual county fair
"Kicking off the opening night of the fair on the grandstand stage will be country act Little Big Town. The second night of the fair will feature the Christian rock sound of Steven Curtis Chapman and Jars of Clay. Fans of Disney’s “High School Musical” will get to see one of the movie’s stars live on the third night of the fair as Corbin Bleu takes the stage."
West Chicago Supports Local Efforts to Promote HIV Education
"Mayor Michael B. Kwasman of the City of West Chicago will issue a proclamation at a City Council meeting on Monday, June 16, 2008, to create greater awareness and to recognize the efforts of DuPage County public and private agencies and organizations to promote and offer HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) testing and education as a lead-in to National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2008."
[Please feel free to compare this with the press release from the city yesterday.  Sometimes we over estimate the role of the press in keeping people informed. - Bob]
Memo outlines Illinois gov's potential impeachment
"The speaker of the Illinois House is circulating a memo outlining how legislative candidates can call for impeachment hearings against the governor, calling corruption during his tenure "a tumor."  A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, who is also chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, said the memo is intended for candidates who have requested more information if voters ask about Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich and potential impeachment."
Sexist Tone in the Media Reaches a Fever Pitch - Women's Media Center
"As the sexist tone in the media reaches a fever pitch, the Women's Media Center created this video to illustrate the problem and send a message to the media: Sexism might sell, but we're not buying it!"
No, Johnny, No: Chuck Berry joins chorus of musicians snubbing McCain's campaign
"When asked why he chose it, he quipped: "It might be because it is the only one [the artist] hasn't complained about us using."  Berry, 81, may not have complained about his song being appropriated by Mr McCain, but he has made it clear he would prefer Barack Obama in the White House."
Bacteria make major evolutionary shift in the lab - NewScientist
"A major evolutionary innovation has unfurled right in front of researchers' eyes. It's the first time evolution has been caught in the act of making such a rare and complex new trait.  And because the species in question is a bacterium, scientists have been able to replay history to show how this evolutionary novelty grew from the accumulation of unpredictable, chance events."

10 June

June E-Newsletter
  • Patriotic Pints for Patients
  • Village of Wayne Pedestrian Safety Project Moves Forward
  • Unbalanced Budget Falls Short
  • Voter Registration

West Chicago
High School
"The faculty and administration of Community High School District #94 would like to congratulate Ryan Scheck, of Wheaton, for being chosen Student of the Month for June 2008."
Reminder: Summit 303 meets on June 12
"On Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. Summit will meet for a presentation and discussion on Early Intervention and Special Education.  Dr. John Knewitz, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, will provide information on prevention, intervention, and special education services available to students in the district."
City of West Chicago Supports Local Efforts to Promote HIV Education
"Mayor Michael B. Kwasman of the City of West Chicago will issue a proclamation at a City Council meeting on Monday, June 16, 2008, to create greater awareness and to recognize the efforts of DuPage County public and private agencies and organizations to promote and offer HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) testing and education as a lead-in to National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2008."
A wreck waiting to happen
"The problem is that the Chicago hub was designed in the mid-1800s, when the area was a comparative backwater of 30,000. Now, 10 million residents sprawl into former rural areas where trains once rolled freely.  The 500 freight trains moving through Chicago each day also have to share tracks with -- and yield to, according to protocol -- 700 daily commuter trains -- including those on the Burlington line that runs from Aurora to Chicago. In contrast, commuter trains in New York City don't share lines with freight."
State taxes add to pain at the gas pump
"And while the federal rate hasn't increased since 1997, the amount drivers pay in state taxes can jump every year -- or even every day -- inching up as the price does.  In Illinois, California, Indiana and Michigan, the amount drivers pay in sales tax has been rising with the overall price of gas."
West Chicago tree climber advances to international competition
"A tree climber from West Chicago has advanced to an international tree-climbing competition for the second year in a row, according to arbor officials.  Todd Kramer won the statewide semifinal contest Saturday in Lisle. The event was sponsored by the Morton Arboretum and the Illinois Arborist Association."
Commute calculator
"West Chicago: About 38 miles
With an average gas price of $4.19, the one-way trip from this western suburb will cost you $7.24. A one-way train ride on Metra's Union Pacific West line to the Ogilvie station would cost $4.75."
Pioneer School Community Problem-Solving Team Places 3rd in International Competition
"The students have been working all year on their Community Problem-Solving project; raising funds and volunteers to update their school playground to make it more appealing and safer for younger students. The actual playground renovation work took place on April 26th."
McCain Camp: Advisor Linked to Abramoff No Longer with Campaign - TPM MuckRaker
"John McCain's campaign has taken down a web page that listed lobbyist Carlos Bonilla as an economic advisor.  Bonilla, a former special assistant to the president for economic policy, was included in today's report about White House ties with Jack Abramoff as one of the White House officials who received tickets from convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's firm. "
Let's clarify Obama deal with Rezko - Chicago Tribune
"After all, there are many fine points to remember in the story of the land deal involving Obama and fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko, and off-the-cuff summaries can blur the truth.  Obama didn't borrow a dime from Rezko to buy—not build—a house three years ago."
Judge orders parents to stand trial in prayer death case - Wisconsin State Journal
"Defense attorneys had argued the complaint did not tell the couple how they caused their daughter's death as their actions - praying, providing food and giving CPR - did not kill her.  An autopsy determined Madeline Neumann - called Kara by her parents - died at the family's rural Weston home on Easter Sunday from undiagnosed diabetes. The girl likely had symptoms for several weeks or months, court records said."

09 June

Ramey Bill Strengthens Sex Offender Registration Laws
"State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) has advocated for stronger sex offender registration laws that will require sexual offenders to report and register with law enforcement agencies within 180 days (rather than one year) from the date of last registration and every 180 days (rather than one year) thereafter."
Blood Drive: Patriotic Pints for Patients
  • Saturday, June 14th - 8 a.m. to Noon
  • 1883 N. Neltnor Blvd., West Chicago
  • Walk-ins Are Always Welcome
  • Photo ID Required
  • Free Ice-Cream Quart with Donation
FOX News Documentary Shows Congressmen Sent Millions in Earmarks to Their Own Families
[OK, so Faux News has finally ripped Denny a new one... how bad does it have to be when even Murdock disapproves of a Republican? - Bob]

West Chicago
High School


Board Briefs
"In its present form, all of the Operating Funds (Education, Operations & Maintenance, Tort, Transportation and Working Cash) are in the black, as required by the State. The non-operating funds are not balanced, primarily due to the roof project in the amount of $546,000."
A taste for the past
"Historic preservation is more than re-creating life on a 1800s farm or restoring old homes to illustrate what life was like when DuPage County was settled.  In West Chicago, it's also about ice cream, neon signs and frosty lettering.  Jeff and Teresa Riner restored the historic Tastee-Freez at 130 Fremont in West Chicago and are open for a second summer season."
VIDEO: Today's DuPage Now newscast
[Hopefully folks who like their DuPage news in this format now have this bookmarked... and I will not post again. - Bob]
Rep. Foster Says No to Tax Increase
“I can’t support a budget, from either party, that raises taxes on the middle class.  This bill hurts families all across the 14th District by eliminating the 10-percent bracket for lower-income taxpayers, reinstating the marriage penalty and increasing taxes on small businesses and investments. "
How to Pick a President
"Voting for Obama's health plan or Hillary's economic scheme or McCain's immigration policy is virtual-reality voting, positing an intriguing alternate world, but having little to do with this one. When it comes to picking a President, Gandhi had it right: "The obligation of accepting a position of power is to be, above all else, a good human being.""
Proposed Report: Jack Abramoff's Contacts with White House Officials
"Chairman Waxman and Ranking Member Davis issued a proposed Committee report on White House contacts with Jack Abramoff that concludes that Mr. Abramoff had personal contact with President Bush, that high-level White House officials held Mr. Abramoff and his associates in high regard and solicited recommendations from them on policy matters, that Mr. Abramoff and his associates influenced some White House actions, and that Mr. Abramoff and his associates offered White House officials expensive tickets and meals."

07&08 June

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Jun 9- Jun 15


6:00 PM


City Council (6/2/08)


7:00 PM


Tornado Safety Seminar '91


6:00 PM


COD Career Paths


6:30 PM


COD Images


7:00 PM


Wildcat Football '07 vs. Glenbard East

Fermilab needs boost from energy bill
"Only simple math is needed to realize that $5 million represents a great gift and wonderful gesture, but it doesn't resolve the lab's funding problems. Only the new energy bill can do that, which is why the most important thing Foster and his colleagues said last week was that the funding measure passed with a veto-proof majority in the Senate."
Animal fat leak wreaks havoc for commuters
"An eastbound Union Pacific freight train carrying a load of animal fat sprung a leak as it passed through DuPage County Friday, dousing intersections between Elmhurst and Lombard with the slippery goo.  Police departments in the area reported numerous crashes that occurred as a result of the substance, also called tallow."
The briefs
"The village of Wayne will have its annual Flag Day parade and community ice cream social Sunday. The parade steps off at 3:30 p.m. from Railroad Street and goes east to the Little Home Church by the Wayside,..."
Pace Announces Service Changes, Route Eliminations
"Route 747 will extend to the DuPage County Complex, West Chicago and the Charlestowne Mall. The schedule for Route 747 will change, and all remaining weekday and all Saturday trips will end at the Wheaton Metra station."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 6 Jun 08

The fight to stop contraception - The Capital Times
"Anti-contraception activism has been working its way up the priority list of the anti-choice movement in the U.S. in recent years and Saturday's campaign will be one of the most organized and visible displays of this broadening agenda.  There is not one pro-life organization in the U.S. that supports contraception."

Mega Church pastor praises Obama nomination - OneNewsNow - Tupelo,MS
"Jakes said in his commentary that it was his hope and prayer that the country does not sink back into political pettiness as the presidential campaign continues. "
McCain Revealed: The Briefing Book
"John McCain said it in his own words: He just doesn’t understand the economy. His economic plan would give big tax breaks to corporations and tax workers’ health care benefi ts. We call on McCain to help turn taround America, not choose corporations over working families."

06 June

Trinity Lutheran Church Golf Outing
"Our golf outing-fundraiser was very successful.  He blessed us with an awesome outcome that we all can be proud of.  All the glory can be given to Him who loves u." - Judy Leeseberg
[Two kinds of golfers need God's help... those facing a 60 foot downhill put that will have two distinct breaks as it passes thu a swale... and those who have missed a nine inch putt for birdie. - Bob]

West Chicago
High School
"The faculty and administration of Community High School District #94 would like to congratulate Lisa Trygar, of Winfield, for being chosen Student of the Month for May 2008."
Civil War Era Summer Lawn Party

"June 14, 2008 1:30 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
Currier Reed House
241 E. Washington Street
West Chicago "

[Yes, this is the third press release from the city about this. - Bob]

Area Legislators Call on Democrats to Release Autism Legislation
"State Representatives Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) and Franco Coladipietro (R-Bloomingdale) today called on Democrats to release legislation which would mandate that insurance companies provide coverage for children with autism. Senate Bill 1900 which unanimously passed the House and Senate was held up on a technicality after the vote."
The briefs - Murder trial set to start
"The trial of a man accused of luring a pizza delivery driver to her death near a West Chicago strip club is expected to begin next week. Former DeKalb County resident Bradley Justice, 30, is accused of ambushing, beating and killing 41-year-old Karen Hassan with a hammer after requesting a pizza be delivered to a secluded parking lot in November 2006."
The briefs - Wayne blood drive:
"A blood drive is planned for 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Resurrection Catholic Church, at Route 59 and Army Trail Road in Wayne. Donors will receive a free quart of ice cream. For more information, call (800) 786-4483."
VIDEO: Today's DuPage Now newscast
"Check back every weekday afternoon for a new newscast that will contain the day's top stories, traffic and weather alerts, upcoming events and more. It's what's happening daily in and around DuPage County."
Hope, in Perspective (by Becky Garrison)
"My prayer is that regardless of who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we can keep singing a hopeful tune. As I've reported elsewhere on the blog, I keep seeing glimpses of the kingdom here on earth that are led not by polticos but by ordinary radicals who are transformed by the words of Jesus Christ."
Old Myths From The Age of Idiocy (The One We're in Now) - Larry Beinhart, Huffington Post
"Old Myth: Religious Faith is a Good Way to Judge a Leader
New Truth: The Way People Deal With Reality, Is the Way to Judge a Leader.
The spectacle of our candidates groveling on TV over how religious they are, is appalling.  "If there is one thing for which we stand in this country, it is for complete religious freedom, and it is an emphatic negation of this right to cross-examine a man on his religion before being willing to support him for office."
Theodore Roosevelt (Republican)"
[Yes, I know that the picture is Lincoln... but he and TR are my two favorite presidents. - Bob]

05 June

Students Place 3rd in International Competition
"A sixth grade student team from West Chicago Elementary School District 33's Pioneer School placed 3rd in the 2008 International Competition for Future Problem Solving this past weekend at Michigan State University."
Ramey Bill Creates Consequences for Escaped Juveniles
"State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) has sent a bill to the governor that creates a criminal charge for escaped juveniles who have been charged with or adjudicated delinquent on a felony or misdemeanor offense."
Wayne gives cash to help rail fight
"Village President Eileen Phipps said Wednesday the money would come from the municipality's general fund and could be used for advertising and litigation costs on behalf of a new coalition of towns battling the sale."
W. Chicago woman's battle inspires friends to help
"West Chicago's Candy Heideman, a nationally ranked dog trainer, has battled cancer for a decade. She's inspired many of her dog-trainer friends to form a Relay for Life fundraiser"
'It makes us all look bad,' lawmaker says of scandal
"I don't think anything's been proven against him as of yet," said state Rep. Randy Ramey, a Carol Stream Republican. "I voted for recall. I think there still has to be more done. If he gets indicted, I think then perhaps that impeachment can go forward. But right now, you can't put anything together in a case to prove any guilt."
Briefs: Fundraisers for toddler
"West Chicago Elementary District 33's Early Learning Center Parent Teacher Organization is accepting donations to help pay funeral expenses for Adrianna Victoria-Chew, the 3-year-old who was killed by a train Saturday. Contributions may be made payable to the ELC PTO and mailed to 300 E. Forest Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185, or dropped off at any District 33 school. In addition, the Early Learning Center and Turner Elementary School have planned a fundraiser for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at McDonald's at Route 59 and Main Street in West Chicago. McDonald's will donate 25 percent of all sales made during this period of time."
"“I was proud to stand up for my district today and will continue to fight against wasteful spending and the tax increases that pay for them.”  The Democratic budget imposes increases in marginal tax rates; elimination of the 10-percent bracket for lower-income taxpayers; higher taxes on marriage, children, small businesses, and estates; and higher tax rates on investments."
Big Top invites singer/songwriters to compete - Ironwood Globe
"BAYFIELD, Wis. -- Big Top Chautauqua will turn the spotlight on singer/songwriters during a four-day festival called Celebration of the Song.  The festival from Aug. 28 through 31 will feature performances by 13 singer/songwriters including Bill Staines, Michael Smith, Bill Isles, Buddy Mondlock, John Smith, Iris DeMent and Greg Brown. It will include a songwriting competition and five free workshops hosted by guest artists."


Obama explains intersection of faith and politics - Christianity Today
I approach my work or I guess my faith is part of everything that I do. And I don’t think there’s a clear separation between my faith and how I try to live my life. And I certainly think that part of my motivation in the work that I do is a belief in what I consider the core precept of Christianity in addition to Christ dying for your sins and that is treating your brothers and sisters as you would have them treat you."

04 June

Around and About in West Chicago - 04 June 2008
  • Civil War Encampment
  • 23rd annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
  • 32nd annual and final Midwest Railroadiana and Transportation Show & Sale
  • Second Annual Metra Safety Poster Contest
Funeral Arrangements/Fundraisers Announced for Preschool Student Adrianna Chew
"This past weekend, a District 33 Early Learning Center student lost her young life in a tragic accident. Adrianna Chew, age 3, was playing with a sibling near the Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern railway tracks on Saturday, and did not get across the tracks before being hit by a train. Visitation will take place on Friday, June 6, 2008 from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Corbin Colonial Funeral Chapel, 5345 W. Madison, in Chicago. The funeral service will take place at the same location beginning at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 7, 2008."

West Chicago
High School
Class of 2009 Seniors and Parents -- Senior Portraits
"Prestige Portraits has been selected as the NEW official senior portrait photographer for Community High School District 94. Prestige will photograph the Class of 2009 at Community High School in June. Click on Link below for more information:
Class of 2009 Senior Portraits"
Summer Football Camp Postponed
"The football camp originally scheduled to start June 11th for grades 10-12 and June 12th for grade 9 has been postponed.  Camp will begin Monday, July 7th.  Please check the Athletic Dept Website -- for further updates on football camp dates and times."
ComEd customers may pay for grid upgrade
"ComEd CEO J. Barry Mitchell says the upgrade, which would include new digital technologies, would allow ComEd to know when an outage occurs without a call from an affected customer. It also would allow remote switching of circuits that now can only be flipped manually."
  • Warrenville OKs project
    "The project is contingent on approval by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning board, which rejected the proposal in April, arguing that the Warrenville site 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. The Winfield hospital is appealing the state board's decision."
  • Oral history project
    "The West Chicago City Museum has received a $10,000 grant from the Illinois Humanities Council to support a traveling exhibit based on the oral histories collected by West Chicago High School students and museum staff."
Libertyville High nurse to lead national group
"Traut was elected to the leadership post by the association's members in April. She will succeed Nancy Petrik, a nurse with West Chicago Elementary District 33, as president-elect."
Measles cases reported across DuPage County
"Seven cases of measles have been reported as of Friday in three separate communities across the county, according to the DuPage County Health Department. From Jan. 1 to May 23, there were 103 reported cases nationwide, the highest number for the same period since 2001, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
DuPage County Forest Preserve District to remove 2 dams
"Small lakes have formed behind both dams and are gradually filling with sediment from upstream, said John Oldenburg, the district's director of natural resources. The sediment, which contains some radioactive thorium from the former Kerr-McGee Corp. factory in West Chicago, will be removed and the riverbanks restored to their original flood plain configuration, Oldenburg said."
Foster Continues Hastert’s Work
“I am pleased that I was able to continue former Speaker Hastert’s efforts to find a solution for the people of Geneseo,” Foster said.  “I want to praise the local officials who diligently brought the problem to our attention so that the $2.4 million in funding that was previously allocated to this project can be used for its original purpose.”
Iditarod to increase race fees, cut back on prize money - Anchorage Daily News
"Because of rising costs, race officials are also capping the number of teams to 100.  They say the entry fee was $3,000 this year and will rise to $4,000 next year.  The race purse is projected to drop from $900,000 this year to $660,000 next year.  The rising cost of fuel has played a role because the trail committee pays for snowmobiles and small planes to support mushers and their teams."
Seven Against the World - Sojourners
"AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis – these three diseases cause more than 90 percent of all deaths from infectious diseases around the world. The United States must continue to be the global leader in combating these pandemics.  A bill that will help fight these diseases passed in the House and has strong presidential support - but seven senators known as the “Coburn Seven” have blocked it from coming to a vote in the U.S. Senate. Take action today to stop these obstructionist senators and unblock this bill."

03 June

West Chicago Public Access Playback Jun 2- Jun 8
"This week, Channel 17 presents the last programs in the Spring Concert Series with Summer fast approaching. We also have a Club Aztecas mini-marathon for your viewing enjoyment. We'd also like to send out our congratulations to all the Graduates!"

West Chicago
High School
DuPage County Health Dept - Measles Information
"Click below to view letter in either English or Spanish:
     Letter from DuPage County Health Department -- In English
     Letter from DuPage County Health Department -- In Spanish
... The DuPage County Health Dept. has requested that the attached letter go out to all DuPage County School families and staff through schools and districts."
Museum Camp Will Offer the Opportunity to Play and Learn
"The West Chicago City Museum will be offering two free half-day camps for children aged 4-14. The camps will be held on Tuesday, July 22 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Wednesday, July 30 from 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. at the Museum, located at 132 Main Street in West Chicago. History-based indoor and outdoor activities will be offered. Children are encouraged to bring a snack and drink of their choice.  Call to register at (630) 231-3376 or stop by the Museum Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. or Saturday from 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Space is limited for each camp."
City Honors Community High School Students
"As part of the City of West Chicago's annual Student Recognition program, twenty-one Community High School students were recognized at the June 2, 2008 City Council meeting."
Funeral services set for West Chicago toddler killed by train
"The toddler was in the care of her grandmother and 15-year-old cousin at the time of the accident, family members said today. The girl's mother, Johnnita, was working at a McDonald's restaurant at the time.  The family is calling for a fence to be installed near the railroad tracks to prevent any future tragedies."
Volunteers wanted
"DuPage County Teen Parent Connection, Inc., is seeking volunteer baby-sitters 18 and older.  Volunteers provide care while the child's parents attend support group meetings evenings during the school year at churches in the following locations: Naperville, Roselle, West Chicago and Wheaton... For details, call (630) 790-8433, ext. 307 or visit
When Communities Come Together
"By the light of hundreds of luminaria, a solitary voice was heard rising above the stillness of the early morning, serenading the participants at the West Chicago/Warrenville Relay For Life held on May 30, 2008."
FitnessNOW for Warrenville and West Chicago residents
"The West Chicago and Warrenville Park Districts have entered into an inter-governmental agreement to allow West Chicago residents the opportunity to purchase memberships to FitnessNOW at resident rates."
Roskam says his district's No. 1 concern is gas prices
"Local businesses such as Plass home appliances, with locations in Elmhurst and Arlington Heights, have held sales based on offering extra purchasing power with the $600 stimulus checks, Roskam said, adding some district residents do not consider the current economic situation to be dire."
Playing Politics with Veteran Benefits
"In what is better known as the "21st Century G.I. Bill," Congress came together to craft a bill, under the leadership of Democrat Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, to expand educational benefits for the men and women of our Armed Forces who have served our nation since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I was proud to advocate for this legislation by becoming an original cosponsor of the House version of this bill, along with 300 of my fellow colleagues."
A 'journey back to ourselves' - Wisconsin State Journal
"Watching Shainah is a teacher who helped introduce Wisconsin to the idea of educating American Indian children almost entirely in their traditional languages.  Fledgling efforts like this northern Wisconsin charter school bring hope, for the first time in more than a generation, that children may again master Wisconsin's threatened native languages, tribal leaders and linguists say."
'Suspect' Judgment - Christianity Today
"By labeling sexual orientation "suspect," the California court indicated that any law based on sexual orientation would be presumed discriminatory.  Thus, the justices subjected Proposition 22—a traditional marriage referendum passed by more than 60 percent of Californians in 2000—to a "strict scrutiny" review, placing a heavy burden on the state to prove the law's necessity. "

02 June

Ramey’s Parenting Bill for Fair Reimbursement Timeline
"State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) has sent a bill to the Governor that allows a fair timeline for parents to receive reimbursements for birthing expenses."
Ramey Strongly Opposes Bloated Spending Plan for FY09
"State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) voted against the final FY09 budget because it is a grossly unbalanced proposal that promises new funding all across the board for organizations and agencies that will never be delivered."
Flag Day at the Currier Reed House
"Celebrate Flag Day in an historic way with the Friends of the West Chicago City Museum on Saturday, June 14, 2008, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. All are invited to a Summer Lawn Party at the Currier Reed home, 241 E. Washington Street in West Chicago."
Museum Receives $10,000 from the Illinois Humanities Council
"The West Chicago City Museum is proud to announce that it has received a grant of $10,000 from the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) to support a traveling exhibit based on the oral histories collected by Community High School students and Museum staff."
W. Chicago child killed by train 'curious'
"When she went to pick up lunch from McDonald's -- Adrianna's favorite -- on Saturday, she told her daughters to stay in the yard.  But about 12:18 p.m., Adrianna, her 8-year-old sister and a third child from the neighborhood were playing in the field near the tracks."
DuPage hobby calendar
"The Catholic Daughters of West Chicago will meet at 6:30 p.m. June 3 at St. Mary's Church, 140 N. Oakwood Ave., West Chicago. Members should bring salad or dessert to pass, as well as their own place setting. The meeting is open to all local Catholic women. For details, call Alice at (630) 231-8158."
3 year old killed by freight train in West Chicago
"Adrianna Victoria-Chew of the 300 block of West Blair Street was killed early Saturday afternoon when she was hit by a southbound Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway freight train, reports said."
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."
3-year-old girl is killed after being hit by freight train in West Chicago
"The girl and two other children had been playing in a field to the east of the railroad tracks when they tried to cross as the train approached. The two other children made it across unharmed, but Adrianna, who was the youngest, did not, according to a release from the West Chicago Police Department."
Oak Brook
Business Ledger
Oak Brook, IL
Possible Fermilab cuts could have major impact
"Fermilab officials remained hopeful that the cuts would be rescinded by a U.S. Senate vote scheduled for late May that would add $100 million to the budget for the Office of Science. Included would be $55 million for fusion energy sciences and $45 million for high energy physics, according to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Another $150 million would go toward federal science research."
Residents meet with Roskam
"Residents spoke to Roskam about everything from community issues to national ones like high gas prices, the war in Iraq and Social Security concerns.  Elmhurst resident Carol Chlystek said she appreciated Roskam’s efforts to connect with the community that he represents."
Illinois Campaign for Political Reform ICPR Statement on Pay-to-Play Legislation  -
"We commend all those who have worked toward consensus, and we urge swift passage by the General Assembly. State government contracts should be awarded on the basis of low prices and high quality performance, and contract decisions should not be based on big bucks contributions to a political campaign."
Memo to Scott McClellan: Here's what happened - Nukes and Spooks
"We confess that here at McClatchy, which purchased Knight Ridder two years ago, we do have a dog in this fight. Our team - Joe Galloway, Clark Hoyt, Jon Landay, Renee Schoof, Warren Strobel, John Walcott, Tish Wells and many others - was, with a few exceptions, the only major news media organization that before the war consistently and aggressively challenged the White House's case for war, and its lack of planning for post-war Iraq."
01 June  
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UpComing City Meetings

Development, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee agendas where not available at time of posting.

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."