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30 Aug  

Wayne Matejka Roast
On 29 Aug 2008, the Fire Department of West Chicago had a retirement party for 42 year veteran Wayne Matejka. This video roasts him.

West Chicago Police Dept. Continued Roadside Safety Checks Announced
"Campaign # 5 will begin on August 25, 2008 and run through September 7, 2008. A continuing effort will be made citywide to make roadways safer by enforcing these violations and educating the public on seatbelt safety and awareness."
So how many were at CN rail meeting?
"An open house from 4 to 6 p.m. included CN displays and tables where residents could give testimonials for a report to be compiled by the Surface Transportation Board at a later date. Public comment was taken from about 90 people between 6 and 10:40 p.m. It's likely many people elected to only browse the open house and leave before the public meeting, Darch points out."
Tell Me This Monday How Gas Prices Are Affecting You
"I encourage you to stop by the DeKalb Oasis on I-88 this Monday, September 1, 2008, and tell me about how gas prices affect you, your family, or your business."


This is a tough day for DNR,’ spokesman says
“The DNR sustained a 24 percent cut to its operating budget that comes from general revenue funds,” said McCloud. “That’s the fund where salaries come from for 320 state parks, natural areas, state forests and other public properties throughout Illinois” that are managed by DNR."

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 29 Aug 08






GOP Retains Pro-Life Plank That McCain Criticized - Cybercast News
"“We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children. "
Getting Real About Palin - TPM
"The available evidence now suggests that she 1) tried to have an ex-relative fired from his job for personal reasons, something that was clearly inappropriate, and perhaps illegal, though possibly understandable in human terms, 2) fired a state official for not himself acting inappropriately by firing the relative, 3) lied to the public about what happened and 4) continues to lie about what happened."
McCain Goes Affirmative Action - Jack McAfferty on CNN
[I don't know how this is going to go over with middle aged white men who have, at some time, been passed over or been seen as being passed over for a less qualified female or minority worker, or with white women who have lost a job to the younger, sexier new girl on the job, but I think John McCain has pulled a attractive, fresh chippy from the secretarial pool ... and that scares me.  Saying that Miss Wisalla 1984 is the most qualified candidate in the Republican party for VP doesn't pass the smell test. - Bob]
29 Aug  
Ramey Addresses Transportation Board on Canadian RailroadAcquisition of EJ&E Rail Line
"I have spoken at length with local officials that stand to be affected by this proposition and residents who have called and emailed me about their concerns," Ramey said. "I will continue to make my appeals known to the Surface Transportation Board to ensure they weigh this decision carefully. They need to understand the negative impact this will have on dozens of communities."
Mike Kwasman Runs for Another Term as Mayor
"Mayor Kwasman established himself not as a politician but as a statesman who not only has a purpose to keep open communication with his constituents but also looks forward to future generations for all those people who call West Chicago home."

West Chicago
High School
West Chicago HS Introduces New Certified Staff
"Community High School District 94 is proud to introduce its new certified staff members for the 2008/09 school year. Boasting a combined 47 years of experience in the educational field, we look forward to the impact that these new Wildcats will have on our students."
"Women’s Wisdom, a collection of art by women from all walks of life, graces Gallery 200 as the Featured Artist Series continues through the month of September."
Happy Birthday, John McSame!
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Leaders in 14th Congressional District worried about EJ&E sale
"In interviews and statements this week, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis said they oppose the sale because the increased train traffic in the area would delay emergency vehicles, add to traffic gridlock and represent a degradation of the general quality of life for the residents of the district."
Bartlett, nearby suburbs voice their disdain for CN deal
"West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman said his town is now building fire stations, not because of population growth, but in response to where railroad tracks are built to cut down ambulance response time.  "We have no intention to be enslaved by a railroad," he said."
"The 2007 Congressional Ratings cover the voting year 2007, or the first session of the 110th Congress. The entire House of Representatives averaged 30 percent, a 1 point increase from 2006.  Roskam garnered an 81 percent rating, outpacing his fellow Republican colleagues by 21 percentage points."
Conservative Christian Leader and Past Critic of McCain says Palin a Strong Choice
"Conservative Christian leader, Rev. Rob Schenck (pronounced SHANK), who is present at the Nutter Center at Wright State University as a VIP guest of the  McCain campaign, made the following statement on the anticipated announcement of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as Mr. McCain's running mate:"
MSNBC Host Rips AP Reporter's Analysis of Obama Speech - Editor and Publisher
"It is analysis that strikes me as having borne no resemblance to the speech you and I just watched. None whatsoever. And for it to be distributed by the lone national news organization in terms of wire copy to newspapers around the country and web sites is a remarkable failure of that news organization."

28 Aug


West Chicago
High School


Education Foundation Fundraiser: Patio Furniture Sale
"The District 94 Education Foundation is holding a Patio Furniture Sample Sale. This is a great opportunity to save more than 70% on high-end patio furniture samples. See the attached flyer for photos and details. Items are available on a first-come-first served basis, so don't delay! Proceeds will benefit the Foundation, and ultimately the students and staff of Community High School. Thanks to Donna Gabriel and Mallin Patio Furniture for their generous donation."
W. Chicago homeowners sue seller, real estate agent over thorium
"Daily herald on 8-26 published this article, as well as Suburban Life, today 8-28, re: our filing suit against sellers, realtors, brokers, seems to be a new "type" of suit - here is the link:"
14 Illinois counties fail to meet air-quality standards
"Fourteen counties in Illinois — including Cook, DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Will counties — are failing to meet federal standards for the amount of soot in the air, according to a recent announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."
Trucker sexually assaulted 12-year-old Oregon girl, prosecutors say
"Gerald Salb, 61, of Oconomowoc, Wis., left Friday from Portland, Ore., and arrived Tuesday in a West Chicago industrial park, where he was making a delivery, Assistant DuPage County State's Atty. Demetri Demopoulos told Judge Brian Diamond.  Demopoulos said the girl was kept in a sleeping cab in the truck's cab during the ride.  When Salb stopped at the industrial park, the girl escaped and found employees at a nearby business, who called authorities, according to police reports."
Aurora Town Hall Meeting
"September 8th, 2008
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Prisco Community Center
150 W Illinois Avenue
Aurora, IL 60506"
Operation Rescue Condemns Police Brutality Against Peaceful Pro-Life Teens at DNC
"Two young girls were brutally attacked by police Wednesday evening without warning as they were chalking the sidewalk with pro-life messages outside the Westin Hotel, where Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama is staying. The girls were knocked to the ground, kneed in the back, handcuffed, and painfully dragged away."
Good Speeches at Democratic Convention that the networks have ignored

27 Aug

Around and About in West Chicago - 27 August 2008
  • U.S Surface Board of Transportation
  • New Superintendent at District 94
  • Fox Valley Composite Squadron
  • New Teachers Luncheon
  • General Obligation Refunding Bonds

West Chicago
High School
Board Briefs 19 Aug 2008
  • approved the employment of certified staff:
  • District Goals 2008-09
    • improve instruction
    • NCLB strategies
    • pursue staff development
    • long range facilities plan
    • transition in administrative leadership
    • improve communication
  • Food Service Program Bid
  • Security System and Communication Upgrades
Briefs: Deputy fire chief retiring
"Deputy Chief Wayne Matejka is retiring after 42 years with the West Chicago Fire Protection District. An open house in his honor will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Station 1, 200 Freemont St. Matejka joined the district as an on-call volunteer in 1966. In 1972 he was hired as one of the seven full-time paid firefighters and now he is the last of them to retire."
Foster's toughest adjustment? Relentless partisan sparring
"I was very disappointed with the degree of partisanship. I've found it frustrating to be able to have very good conversations with people on both sides of the aisle and then to see, when both Democrats and Republicans file onto the floor of the House of Representatives, that they form up almost like street gangs."
Duckworth to speak on veterans issues at convention
"Former Army Major Duckworth - who lost her legs when her Black Hawk helicopter was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq - will headline a tribute to veterans at the Democratic convention today.  "We need to do a better job taking care of our military," Duckworth said in summing up her speech recently."
Even in Denver, unity escapes state's Democrats
"And will Democrats be able to hang on to the governor's office in 2010? That's another theme running through the delegation, with three potential gubernatorial candidates getting speech time Monday night while the current occupant has been shunned by convention organizers."
West Chicago family sues over contamination
"The lawsuit blames the death of the dogs and some of Rich Riess’ ongoing health problems on the radioactive material. The main contention of the lawsuit is that the sellers, a brother and two sisters who grew up in the house, signed a document stating that they did not know about “any hazardous waste on the real estate.”  “Either they knew it or they should have known,” said Pat Gloor, the Riess family’s attorney. "
Dems hope 'Obamamania' carries over to local races
"Will "Obamamania" deliver two to four more Republican congressional seats in Illinois into the hands of Democrats in November?  Democrats don't want to set expectations that high yet. But they say they feel confident about Foster hanging onto Hastert's seat in his second match-up with Oberweis."
Lego Mania at West Chicago Public Library
"The Lego trains rumbled over the tracks, the Ferris wheel turned, and the kids squealed with glee as over 450 Library patrons enjoyed the Lego Mania displays of local collector Joe Ellenbecker last weekend at the West Chicago Public Library."
Rep. Foster Stands Up for Disabled Veterans
“In 2007, the average processing time for disability benefits claims for veterans was 183 days,” Foster said.  “There is simply no reason that the brave men and women who proudly served our country should have to wait six months to begin receiving the benefits that they deserve.”
Protecting our railways critical to Chicagoland security
"Consider, for example, that although nearly 1.8 million rail carloads of hazardous materials are transported throughout the nation each year, often passing straight through Illinois' 6th Congressional District in the heart of DuPage County, there is no requirement for companies to be able to track the whereabouts or conditions of those loads, nor a mechanism to notify local law enforcement of potentially hazardous material passing through the communities they protect"
"The advertisements - "Burger" and "Barber" - feature Oberweis's adult children speaking of the values their father taught them, and how those values will help make him a good Congressman.  The ads will run for the next several weeks on cable news and broadcast outlets in the Chicagoland area."
Oberweis Unveils New Website
Although it still has the same root URL,, the new site may go 404 depending on how you stored it in your bookmarks.  The same old information has a new look or feel with the only obvious problem being the main menu banner if you are using Mozilla. - Bob
I Was a Stranger - Chriatianity Today
"In verses dealing with welcoming the alien and the stranger, there's no distinction about how they arrived in the country. It's sad that some of the strongest anti-immigration sentiment is coming from conservative Christians who are otherwise "pro-life.""


Bush, Cheney and Rice; Hitler, Himmler and Goebbels -
"If this pig-headed trio of crypto-fascists was to focus on its own country’s deeds, then nobody would have anything to say. It is, after all, up to the people of the USA to vote for whoever they wish to lead them, deceive them, act against their interests, get the country hated in the international community, screw up its economy...whatever turns you on."
Denver Police Brutally Arrest Code Pink Protester - Feminist Peace Network
"The video shows an officer quickly shoving Forrest with the length of his baton, forcing her to the ground with a smack. Later, as she was speaking with reporters, the video shows police coming behind her and dragging her away."

26 Aug

Supt Ed Leman Discusses CNR purchase of EJ&E
"It is difficult for me to understand how business can so casually run roughshod over the clear human safety concerns of community after community up and down the EJ&E line. If concern for human beings isn't enough, maybe we could locate a spotted owl nest near the tracks. Perhaps that would get the attention of the powers that be and stop this clearly harmful purchase."
Ramey Fair Parental Reimbursement Bill Becomes Law
"A bill advocating for a fair and just timeline for parents to receive reimbursements for birthing expenses has been signed into law, said the bill's sponsor, State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream)."
W. Chicago homeowner sues seller, agent over thorium issue
"The suit was filed by Sandy and Rich Riess and Sandy Riess' mother, Jeanette Duda. They are seeking at least $50,000 in restitution on each count. Rich Riess, the suit claims, has had numerous respiratory infections, chest pains and has a growth on his kidney that is being "watched."  At least two of the dogs died from bone cancer. Radiation experts have said thorium concentrates in the bones, but the federal officials aren't connecting the dogs' deaths to thorium."
Kane County might oppose EJ&E plan, but willing to deal
"The Kane County Transportation Committee struggled Monday with how sternly it should word a county resolution that will act as the area's input on the pending sale. DuPage and Will counties have already bashed the deal as some communities would see up to five times as many freight trains rumble through town a day as they do now."
School districts agree to hire a firm on merger
"While that pleased most on the committee reviewing the notion, District 94 board President Tony Reyes, the driving force behind consolidation, was dissatisfied with it, at best.  "I don't want to derail the process," he said, adding that an in-depth look at collaboration is a different review. Superintendents already produced a four-page list of ways in which the districts now collaborate, he said."
County struggles with position on EJ&E purchase
""I fully understand those who are more strongly opposed," said committee Chairman Bill Wyatt, R-Aurora. "If I were the mayor of Aurora or the mayor of Wayne, I'd do the same thing. But we have a little more regional approach. It's going to happen. Those who take an all-or-nothing approach are going to get nothing at all.""
Dems hope 'Obamamania' carries over to local races
"Among candidates who will be showcased at the national convention in Denver this week is rising Democratic star Bill Foster, who represents the Fox Valley.  A Geneva scientist and businessman, Foster shocked the political world in March by winning the Republican seat of former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert from Aurora dairy magnate Jim Oberweis. "
Bats test positive for rabies in DuPage
"Several DuPage County residents with potential exposure to rabies are undergoing preventive treatment measures, according to the county Health Department. Three bats have tested positive for rabies so far this year in DuPage County.  All bats found in living quarters must be captured for rabies testing, not released, due to potential rabies exposure."
Man found not guilty by insanity in murder of elderly West Chicago woman
"Acting DuPage County Chief Judge George Bakalis ruled Friday that Martinez-Villareal is not guilty of the crime because he was legally insane at the time it occurred. He was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated vehicular hijacking, vehicular invasion and aggravated battery of a senior citizen."
2008 Democratic National Convention: Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Brian Schweitzer, Governor of Montana - Denver Post
"After eight years of a White House waiting hand and foot on big oil, John McCain offers more of the same. At a time of skyrocketing fuel prices, when American families are struggling to keep their gas tanks full, John McCain voted 25 times against renewable and alternative energy. Against clean biofuels. Against solar power. Against wind energy."
13 Pro-lifers Arrested at DNC Convention; 2 Roman Catholic Priests, 1 Baptist Pastor; 9 Men and 4 Women go to Jail - Christian News Network
"While being arrested, they said: "Every Christian voter needs to see Obama and Biden for what they are – the most strident supporters of child-killing ever seen in a presidential race."  "Abortion is murder and no faithful Christian, Catholic or Protestant, can vote for Obama…its that simple." "
Michelle Obama Gets an Eyeful of Abortion as Truth Trucks Confront Her at DNC- Christian News Network
"A picture's worth a thousand words, and she definitely got the message today."
[How would you like one of those "truth trucks" parked in front of your church? - Bob]
25 Aug  
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Aug 25- Aug 31
"Channel 17 has new programs this week. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7PM we present 'Yesterday Today', the first in a series of programs produced for CableCom. The first edition of this program gives us an inside look at West Chicago's history at the city museum."
Meeting Notice
  • "Thursday, August 28, 2008
    Bartlett High School
    701 Schick Road
    Bartlett, IL 60103
  • 4-6pm Open House
  • 6-9pm Public Meeting

This meeting is to hear your opinions of the purchase of the EJ&E by Canadian National "

Keep up on the EJ&E Buyout Issue
"The proposal by Canadian National Railway to buy the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern (EJ&E), which would shift freight traffic from the middle of the Chicago metro area to the collar counties, could have a significant impact on residents of District 55. In order to help keep you informed on the issue, there is now a "EJ&E proposal" tab in the Links section. If you have web links or documents you would like to suggest for inclusion, please pass them on."
Local districts balk at Canadian National purchase
"Officials from two local school districts plan to speak out this week against the proposed purchase of Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Co. by Canadian National."
CN needs to do right thing - Tom Manion, Mount Prospect
"Why doesn't CN do the right thing and correct all that's wrong with this situation? I think that CN would find a different attitude surrounding this proposed sale if they would just listen to what the people are saying and what needs to be done in order for the people to feel comfortable with this deal."
Residents driving less may cost counties more
"The county gas tax -- which is 4 cents per gallon in Kane, DuPage and McHenry counties -- is collected by the state but is distributed back to the county that charged it.  Meanwhile, the 19 cents-per-gallon Illinois Motor Fuel Tax is collected at every pump in the state and disbursed to the counties based on the number of registered vehicles in each county."
Young boxers get schooled in West Chicago
"The captain leads the class through stretches and warm-ups. Then the class jumps rope, does punching drills, runs and engages in technical sparring — providing good exercise.  But Guillermo hopes that some of his students will stick with boxing and pursue it at the next level.  “The goal is for a champion or contender to come out of here,” he said during his class on Aug. 16."
WeGo Youth honored with Heritage Award
"WeGo Youth was presented with the Heritage Award by the West Chicago Chamber of Commerce during Monday night’s City Council meeting at City Hall ... This award belongs to the youth of West Chicago and to the volunteers who serve them with dedication, energy and enthusiasm."
James Dobson Calls McCain An Unethical Adulterer, Compares Him To Bill Clinton
"The biggest problem that Dobson would have in backing McCain -- which he has recently hinted at -- is that the reasons he castigated him for in 2000 -- adultery, Keating Five, ethics, violent temper, profane behavior, courting the Log Cabin Republicans, stem cell research, and his acceptance of gambling and alcohol money -- haven't gone away."
Smear Ad
If somebody sent me a link to this thinking that I would believe anything from it or that it would cause me to vote for a Republican, I would be thoroughly insulted.  Why hasn't McCain denounced it? Why haven't my local Republican officials denounced it?   I hope that anyone who views this ad holds it against those who hope to gain from such a smear, those who quietly tolerate this behavior among their friends and followers. - Bob
McCain's Son Sat on Troubled Bank's Board - Wall Street Journal
"Andrew K. McCain, 46, was on the board of Silver State Bancorp for five months before he resigned on July 25 for unspecified "personal reasons," according to a news release issued by the bank at the time... As of June 30, the bank said 14% of its $1.96 billion in total assets were nonperforming, up from 0.75% six months earlier. A year ago, its shares were trading for more than $18 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. They closed Thursday at 83 cents in Nasdaq 4 p.m. trading. The loss restatement was released after the market close."

23&24 Aug

Wayne Matejka - Merle Burleigh
"Deputy Chief Wayne Matejka is retiring after 42 years of service with the West Chicago Fire Protection District. Although many changes occurred during this time, one factor has remained consistent—his devotion to his job. “This is not just a job to me, but a commitment, said Wayne. “I have always wanted to be a firefighter and help people.”" Alfrieda Wentland Bruce.
"Alfrieda Wentland Bruce a 53-year resident of West Chicago The family and friends of Alfrieda Wentland Bruce, formerly of Forest Park, will gather Sunday, Aug. 24, for a 2 p.m. memorial service at Trinity Lutheran Church, 331 George St., West Chicago."
Berkes Obituary
"Robert B. Berkes, age 90, passed away on Thursday, August 21st at Arden Courts Assisted Living in Geneva. Robert was born in West Chicago on March 15, 1918 to Mary and Anthony Berkes. He graduated from St. Mary’s Grade School and was a 1936 graduate of West Chicago High School. After serving in the Army for 4 years, he returned to West Chicago where he began a long career with Northern Illinois Gas Company."
Ash-borer touches off property rights debate in suburbs
""I agree 100 percent that a hazardous tree should come down," he said.  But he thinks homeowners should be allowed to try to treat an infested tree to save it.  The point may be moot anyway: The state has the authority, under the Illinois Pest and Plant Disease Act, to order any property owner to remove a diseased plant or tree."
Voting machine software glitch affects DuPage County
"The problem is that software flaws in the voting machines potentially drop results as they are being uploaded to a central tabulating machine. This problem occurs if multiple machines are uploading simultaneously, Saar said. An investigation uncovered the glitch in Ohio voting machines."
Judge finds man insane in murder case
"A DuPage County judge ruled Friday morning that David Martinez Villareal was legally insane when he attacked an elderly couple out feeding birds in West Chicago.  The ruling means the 24-year-old man will be treated in a high-security state mental institution rather than be sent to prison."
Planned Parenthood wants citizen protection from libel suit
"The league sued Planned Parenthood in October after Aurora's mayor and city council received letters painting the abortion opponents as violent, which the Pro-Life Action League flatly denies, and after an ad with similar claims appeared in a local newspaper. The clinic has since opened."
Man found not guilty by insanity in murder of elderly West Chicago woman
"Acting DuPage County Chief Judge George Bakalis ruled Friday that the 24-year-old West Chicago man is not guilty of the crime because he was legally insane at the time it occurred. He was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated vehicular hijacking, vehicular invasion and aggravated battery of a senior citizen."
WHAT’S NEW -  Friday, 22 Aug 08
Conservatives Grow Wary of Mixing Church, Politics
"That significant shift in conservative thought has brought the country to a tipping point on the question: a slim majority of Americans _ 52 percent _ now think churches should keep out of politics.  That's an eight percentage point increase over 2004 and the first time a majority of Americans has held that opinion since Pew officials started asking the question 12 years ago."
 McCain's faith journey largely unspoken - The PEW Forum
"During much of his time as a senator, McCain has attended North Phoenix Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Arizona where his wife Cindy was baptized in 1991. But McCain has not joined the church, whose Sunday morning service is attended by about 2,200"
"No Nukes" Ad From U.S. Scientists' Group Too "Scary" for Northwest Airlines - BuzzFlash
"The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) placed ads that question nuclear proliferation in both airports of the two cities hosting the major party conventions this fall. The two ads were virtually the same, though changed to specifically apply to one city or another."

22 Aug

District 94 seeks input for superintendent search
"But before he leaves to spend time volunteering and helping his church, Rieck and the school board invite community members to attend focus groups early next month. Attendees will help decide what qualities the district's next leader should have."
[In a telephone call yesterday, Dr. Reick stated that he hasn't done much fishing since he was a kid, has plenty of books to read, and confirmed that he plans to do some volunteer work. - Bob]
Judge finds man insane in murder case
"A DuPage County judge ruled Friday morning that David Martinez Villareal was legally insane when he attacked an elderly couple out feeding birds in West Chicago.  The ruling means the 24-year-old man will be treated in a high-security state mental institution rather than be sent to prison."
Congressman, local mayors launch effort to support EJ&E takeover
"Lipinski said he supports the deal, believing it will benefit the region as a whole.  "The proposed purchase will help improve the quality of life in more than 60 communities," he said. "The CN proposal is a step in the right direction.""
Turning the tables on emerald ash borer
"The result is "Rising from the Ashes: Furniture From Lost Trees," a traveling fine furniture exhibit opening today at The Morton Arboretum.  "It's a wonderful way to show the potential of reclaiming something beautiful from such a tragic loss of trees," said Edith Makra, arborist and community trees advocate at the arboretum."
Wife gets probation for stabbing pet lizards
"Kane County Judge Grant Wegner also ordered Tinsley to undergo an anger management evaluation, pay the $604 bill from an exotic animal hospital and complete 50 hours of community service by helping highway workers collect animal carcasses from the road."
Local teen inspired by mom's battle with lymphoma
"Her mother, Valerie, is Annette’s No. 1 supporter at track and cross country meets. While Valerie celebrates each finish, Annette celebrates each day her mother is alive. Because until May, each day could have been her mother’s last."
Federal government releases data on mortality rates in hospitals
"Here’s a breakdown of hospitals in the western suburbs with the highest and lowest mortality rates in the areas of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia from 2007... Lowest in heart attack mortality: Central DuPage Hospital; 14.1 percent; Winfield"
West Chicago man not guilty in fatal attack on elderly couple by reason of insanity
"DuPage Judge George Bakalis admitted he was troubled by his verdict regarding David Martinez-Villareal, but that the only evidence he was presented at a bench trial this week by mental health experts for both the state and the defense was that Martinez-Villareal was legally insane at the time of the crime."
FDA approves zapping spinach, lettuce to kill E.coli
"Taking a lunch break Thursday at the Sweet Tomatoes salad buffet in Schaumburg, Krista Evans' eyes widened at the thought of irradiated lettuce. "That doesn't sound safe," said Evans, 27, of Lake Zurich. Her friend, Dandy Tomczyk, of West Chicago agreed: "I think of radiation and I think of cancer," she said."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"...  to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Cpl. Anthony G. Mihalo, United States Marine Corps - Hometown: Naperville, Illinois"
Today Pro-life Groups Will Announce Final Plans for Public Demonstrations and Vigils at the Democratic National Convention in Denver - Christian News Wire
"The organizations intend to hold public rallies and vigils in Denver parks, demonstrations throughout the city including Senator Obama's and delegates hotels, prayer and leaving roses at the Pepsi Center, distributing literature and holding major pro-life witnesses at various venues throughout Denver with banners, trucks and cutting edge public events."
California Doctors Can't Refuse Treatment to Gays on Religious Grounds, Court Rules - Los Angeles Times
""The 1st Amendment's right to the free exercise of religion does not exempt defendant physicians here from conforming their conduct to the . . . antidiscrimination requirements," Justice Joyce L. Kennard wrote for the court."
[Would Jesus have refused to give medical care to a gay person.. or a leper?  Would he have been proud of those who would? - Bob]
As the Main Stream Media spends all their air time on having paid hacks speculate on who Obama will select for VP, the following items are not being covered...
  • Company acknowledges voting machine error - AP
    "After Premier blamed the problem solely on antivirus software, officials in Ohio's Butler County kept testing the machines and claimed that there was a problem with the machines themselves. That was later verified by Premier's own testing. The company said the software can cause the error, but that the programming glitch can produce the error even when the software isn't used."
  • McCain's Plan to Privatise Veterans' Health Care
    "Virtually all veterans groups oppose McCain's plan. The Veterans of Foreign Wars' national legislative director has said the VA card would "undermine the entire system".  According to the Centre for Responsive Politics, Democrat Barack Obama has received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas at the time of their contribution than has Republican John McCain."
  • Medical Bills Burden 72 Million Working-Age Adults in U.S.
    "Based on the newer survey, 28 million Americans used all their savings on medical expenses, 21 million built up substantial credit-card debt and 21 million couldn't pay for basics such as food, heat or rent.  ``Working people are struggling to pay their bills and accruing medical debt,'' said Sara Collins, the fund's assistant vice president, in a statement."

21 Aug


West Chicago
High School
$1.3 Million Saved through Sale of Refunding Bonds
"Community High School District 94 taxpayers will save $1,306,069.44 in principal and interest payments through the successful sale of $13,115,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2008. The bonds were originally purchased in 1997 after the successful referendum (November 1997) for an addition to the building, renovation of mechanical systems, new technology and relocation of the athletic stadium."
Wilmette Kicks Some Borer Ash - MSNBC
"If you haven't already seen it, enjoy this video that aired on the Today show (aired nationally, of course) about wood utilization in Illinois.  Wilmette Village President Chris Canning has been swinging bats around our EAB events for at least a year, but hit a home run when he donated the bats to the little league teams. " - Edith Makra. Community Trees Advocate, The Morton Arboretum
DuPage willing to work with CN Railway on Wayne preserve
"To prevent any potential contamination should a spill occur along the tracks, the district might work out a mitigation agreement with CN to ensure the protection of Pratt's Wayne Woods.  Preserve President D. "Dewey" Pierotti Jr. said that by working together the company will have the district's "limited cooperation." "
Congressman Dan Lipinski jumps aboard Canadian National deal
"Lipinski's support is key to the coalition, which plans to back the proposal officially at a news conference Thursday. As the only Chicago-area member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Lipinski helps oversee the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, which will decide on the purchase."
Amtrak equipment shortages limit service growth as ridership climbs
"That's the predicament Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) lashed out at Wednesday as he called for a major reinvestment in Amtrak service and reviving rail-car manufacturing in the U.S. to create thousands of jobs."
Northern Star

Explore and learn during your time here
"We are partners with numerous school districts in our area of Illinois, including DeKalb.  We are building a proton therapy cancer treatment and research center in West Chicago to offer an advanced and highly effective form of radiation therapy currently unavailable in Illinois."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
" the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Cpl. Anthony G. Mihalo, United States Marine Corps - Hometown: Naperville, Illinois"
Now on the Hallmark aisle: Gay marriage cards - Madison Times
"Most states don't recognize gay marriage - but now Hallmark does.  The nation's largest greeting card company is rolling out same-sex wedding cards - featuring two tuxedos, overlapping hearts or intertwined flowers, with best wishes inside. "Two hearts. One promise," one says."
Commentary: Is McCain another George W. Bush? - CNN Politics
"He will leave office with the country $10 trillion in debt, fighting two wars, our international reputation in shambles, our government cloaked in secrecy and suspicion that his entire presidency has been a litany of broken laws and promises, our citizens' faith in our own country ripped to shreds. Yet Bush goes bumbling along, grinning and spewing moronic one-liners, as though nobody understands what a colossal failure he has been.  I fear to the depth of my being that John McCain is just like him."

20 Aug

Passing of Alfrieda Bruce
From an email from Terry, "Mom passed away this morning after her bout with cancer. She was able to assist with her care until last Friday, at which time she became extremely weak, and had a rapid heart rate and breathing. She was unable to get out of bed, or even swallow anything solid. She passed away quietly in her bed at home this morning."
[Alfreida was one of my first WWII generation email buddies... I found her use of the computer amazing. There will be a memorial service followed by a luncheon at Trinity Lutheran Church this Sunday, August 24th starting at 2:00pm.- Bob]
Around and About in West Chicago - 20 August 2008
  • Fire Sunday evening at Main Street apartments
  • Public Meeting by the U.S Surface Board of Transportation
  • Retirements:
    • Deputy Chief Wayne Matejka
    • Police Sergeant Richard Theodore
    • Beth Patten-Nawara

West Chicago
High School
Input Sought on New Superintendent
"A very important step in this process is the identification of the characteristics sought in a new superintendent. This communication is the Board’s invitation to the entire community to help identify these characteristics by attending a focus group and/or completing a Leadership Profile Assessment form."
Announcing my new web site
"On the site you can learn more about federal agency assistance, scheduling a meeting, visiting Washington, D.C., and learning about my voting record and issues important to you.  I hope you have a chance to utilize my new web site by clicking here."
Letter from Wayne Gregory
"The part that really made me feel helpless was the answer from Jim Oberweiss to my question of since Illinois Drivers License Facilities can also register their customers to vote, and the customers can't be asked whether they are US citizens, is it possible that Illinois Elections are allowing non-US Citizens to vote? His answer was YES...non-US Citizens are and have been voting in Illinois."
[This soapbox entry is open for comments. - Bob]
Congressman backs CN takeover of EJ&E
"Third Dist. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski Tuesday came out in favor of the merger and is expected to make an official announcement Thursday.  The Western Springs Democrat is the only local congressman on the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees the Surface Transportation Board, the agency that has the power to rule on CN's request."
Briefs: Foster to meet with seniors
"U.S. Rep. Bill Foster will meet with senior citizens at the Riverain Point Apartments at 2 p.m. today to help explain how to apply for tax rebates. The workshop will run until 3 p.m. at: 200 N. Island Ave. in Batavia."
Forest Preserve District wants CN to contain potential spills; railway wants quick decision on buyout
“One contamination of our groundwater will have a long-term effect,” said John Oldenburg, director of natural resources for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. “One time is too many as far as the Forest Preserve District is concerned.”
In couple's attack, verdict and sentencing hinge on defendant's sanity
"A West Chicago man whose unprovoked 2006 attack on an elderly couple led to the woman's death more than a year later could spend up to 60 years in prison or a mental hospital, depending on how a DuPage County judge rules Friday."
Mr. Foster goes to preschool
"Foster said the book was a childhood favorite.  "It is a story of repetition and has pretty rhymes," he said.  The children seemed to concur with wide eyes and laughter as they sat attentively listening to the man in the pinstripe suit."
DUPAGE DEMOCRATIC PARTY Moving Beyond September 11th and Toward a New Tomorrow!
"But the damage done by the continued insistence on their September 11th point of view has brought us internal despair and international disdain.  It's time for some September 12th thinking AND action."
McCain Tax Plan Gives To Wealthy While 101,000,000 American Households Get Nothing
"McCain Tax Plan Gives To Wealthy While 101,000,000 American Households Get Nothing"


Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Cpl. James Hale, United States Army - Hometown: Naperville, Illinois"
Planned Parenthood Plays Dirty with Legal Battle Against Aurora Pro-Life Citizens - Pro-Life Action League
"The libel lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of Illinois and Director Steve Trombley was filed on October 1, 2007, in response to a letter by Trombley to the mayor and city council of Aurora, Ill., stating that local citizens who opposed the opening of their Aurora facility had "a well-documented history of advocating violence against both persons and property as well as other related criminal activity." These claims were repeated in a full-page ad in The Aurora Beacon News and Planned Parenthood press releases."
Fox & Friends aired McCain's ad of Dems praising him, not DNC response with criticism from many of same Dems - Media Matters
"Earlier, while teasing the segment, guest co-host Dave Briggs stated: "[I]t's 88 days until the election. Are top Democrats pulling for McCain?"  By contrast, the August 8 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe aired both the McCain ad and the DNC's response, and the August 7 edition of MSNBC's Countdown aired clips from both ads."

19 Aug

Bilingual Mass at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at St. Mary’s Church was followed by a festival, including music, dancers, food, games and raffles. Check out the traditional dress of the dancers and musicians at the collage by clicking on the link to the right. - Bob.
Robert L. Mayer - November 7, 1919 - August 16, 2008
"Bob went to Barber School in Chicago and eventually became co-owner of Bob & Louie's Barber Shop in West Chicago for many years. He served in the US Army during WWII and was a longtime member of the VFW Post #6791 and American Legion Post #300 both of West Chicago. Bob enjoyed spending his time outdoors especially gardening and fishing."
Did mental illness lead to attack on elderly West Chicago couple?
"They said Villareal had stopped taking his medication days before the attack after complaining of headaches and, on Jan. 8, 2006, became consumed by voices in his head that ordered him to attack the couple, whom he believed to be murderous descendants of Spaniards involved in the historic conquest of Mexico."
Illegal grilling likely cause of apt. fire that displaced 107 people
"Gupta said residents are told they cannot grill on the decks and city officials said code enforcement officers make routine visits to apartments to warn residents who have grills on decks.  The resident who was grilling will not face any criminal charges, police said. However, he may be cited for violating a city ordinance, officials said."
Many cities restrict apartment barbecues
"Many places abide by a 2001 International Fire Code that stipulates grills be restricted on balconies, decks and patios of multifamily structures unless there are overhead fire sprinklers or the deck and housing material is noncombustible.  West Chicago goes so far as to send code enforcement officers to warn residents who have grills on apartment decks and some are cited with an ordinance violation if they fail to comply, officials said."
Mother charged with abuse of young infant
"The child’s grandmother noticed she appeared to have a black eye and an ear injury Aug. 7, and told Allen to take her to the doctor, Brennan said. After examining the baby, the doctor instructed Allen to take her to the hospital."
West Chicago fire displaces more than 100 residents
"The Red Cross set up a shelter in the apartment complex’s recreation room for displaced residents who did not have another place to stay Sunday night. Seventeen people slept there, a Red Cross spokeswoman said.  By Monday, Aug. 18, afternoon 39 residents had come to the shelter to get clothes or other crucial amenities lost in the blaze."  VIDEO
Churches Pay the Average Senior Pastor More Than $80,000 Per Year
"A recent national survey of pastors and church staff shows the compensation and benefits paid to the average Senior Pastor has risen to $81,113 per year, with the highest 25% of Senior Pastors making more than $97,000 each year."
A road map to wardriving in these times - SF Gate
"The threat may be remote, but there are lesser concerns that security consultants describe. The local sex offender borrowing a neighbor's signal to download child pornography. The local teenager downloading terabytes of movies who would rather cripple a neighbor's bandwidth than Mom and Dad's. Or the random hacker or prankster looking for a server to send spam to millions or threatening messages to the White House."
Putin's Winning Hand: - Information Clearing House
"The city's only hospital was deliberately targeted and destroyed; another war crime. By day's end, over 2,000 people were killed in an operation that was clearly engineered with the assistance of the Bush White House. Bush regards Saakashvilli as his main client in the region; they are friends. He is America's cat's paw in the Caucasus. Saakashvilli's assignment is to try to get Putin to overreact militarily and demonstrate to European allies that Russia still poses a threat to their national security. Fortunately, many Europeans see through the ruse and know that the trouble originates in Washington."
McCain's Mansions - Brave New Films
[Anyone he has heard  McCain and his surrogates calling Obama elitist and uppidy should check out this video. - Bob]

18 Aug

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Aug 18- Aug 24
  • Mon 7:00 PM City Council (LIVE)
  • Tues 7:30 PM Around Our Town
  • Thur 6:00 PM COD Images
  • Fri 7:00 PM Literacy Begins With You
"Republican Congressional Candidate Jim Oberweis will host two town hall meetings this week to provide a platform for residents to talk about the impact of high gas prices and engage in an open discussion of potential solutions to the problem."
More than 100 displaced by West Chicago fire
"No one was injured in the blaze, but 107 occupants of the building were displaced.  The Red Cross set up a shelter inside a local community center near the fire scene for some 30 residents who did not have anywhere else to stay."
More than 100 people displaced by W. Chicago fire
"The fire was reported at 8:52 p.m. at a 24-unit apartment complex at the 800 block of Burr Oak Road, according to a release from the West Chicago Fire Protection District.  The fire was eventually escalated to a third alarm, the release said."
More than 100 displaced by West Chicago fire
"No one was injured in the blaze, but 107 occupants of the building were displaced.  The Red Cross set up a shelter inside a local community center near the fire scene for some 30 residents who did not have anywhere else to stay."
Cantigny fest explores Wheaton park's French connections
""Can" "tee" "nee," said three signs posted at the entrance, reminding everyone of Cantigny's proper pronunciation.  That was just the beginning, however, of a day filled with mimes, magicians, French food, paintings of Parisian scenery, wine tastings and French-themed activities for all ages at the Wheaton park."
State has no Jurisdiction Over Marriage so Marriage License Should not be Required - Christian News Wire
"Pastor David Whitney, a Senior Instructor at "Institute On The Constitution," will be the September speaker in the group's monthly "First Friday" lecture series. His talk will explain why marriage is no business of the government, why there should be no marriage license requirement."
When ballot access goes AWOL - Chicago Tribune
"A report last fall from the commission found that 119,000 military personnel overseas requested ballots in 2006, but the votes of only 57,000 were counted. About 10 percent of the ballots submitted were rejected because they arrived late or contained errors."
Crisis in Georgia Beginning to Turn Into a Big Political Liability for McCain - The Huyffington Post
"Secondly, as the situation in Georgia develops it becomes clearer by the day that the Bush-McCain Iraq policy has severely undercut our diplomatic options as well. Apart from generally poisoning the good will of countries around the world, the Bush-McCain invasion of Iraq lowered the bar for the rest of the world when it comes to justifying the invasion of one country by another."

16&17 Aug

  Pat Henning to be deployed - Merle Burleigh
"Pat Henning is in the Illinois Army National Guard's Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 106th Calvary. A deployment ceremony was held Saturday. Pat said Joe interviewed him and it is supposed to be in St. Charles Republican (He was living there, but is now back here until he leaves for more training.)"
CN seeks split decision on EJ&E rail plan
"CN on Friday announced it is asking the Surface Transportation Board to rule on the transportation merits of the acquisition by Oct. 15 and decide the environmental impacts later - a move merger foes called presumptuous... The railway is also threatening to go to court if it doesn't get an answer from the STB by Sept. 15."
Canadian National seeking compromise
"A week after CN threatened to sue the Surface Transportation Board over its timeline for reviewing the proposed $300 million purchase of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway, CN suggested a compromise: CN would not run additional trains on the EJ&E line until after an environmental review is completed early next year."
Meeting on rail sale far from EJ&E tracks
"The STB applied to use West High in June, but didn't immediately announce any locations for the series of community meetings along the EJ&E line. The forums, which begin Aug. 25, are scheduled for hotels and high schools and will feature a two-hour open house, followed by a three-hour public meeting where residents will have up to three minutes to speak on CN's proposed $300 million purchase."
Child caught in trap
"However, the trap that Wells' niece stepped on is a conibear trap, designed to kill animals, leaving Wells even more confused.  ...  Regardless of the type, Wells would like to see all traps outlawed in residential areas to keep the same thing from happening to other children.  "The board didn't even ask if (my niece) was OK," he said. "I can't believe that (those traps) are legal."
Railway urges quick decision on buyout plan
"The EJ&E’s current owner, U.S. Steel Corp., has said it will not extend its $300 million purchase agreement beyond Dec. 31. The railway is suggesting the federal board maintain its current schedule for evaluating the environment impacts of the proposal."
Journal Star
Woodruff, Metamora sign on in 2010
"Former Morton coach Hal Chiodo is settling in nicely at West Chicago. According to the Chicago Sun-TImes, the program has 120 kids, including 40 seniors."

WHAT’S NEW Friday, 15 Aug 08




Four Americans Stuck in China Airport for Carrying Chinese Bibles - Christian News Wire
"According to Mr. Klein, each of them was fined for 400 US dollars for overweight luggage with the bibles. The Chinese customs officials told the four Americans that their all of their bibles are confiscated as 'illegal religious literatures."
Quebec Wal-Mart Workers Unionize - Washington Post
"The three-year contract covers eight workers in the tire and lube department of a Wal-Mart in Gatineau, Quebec, and increases starting wages from $8.40 to $10.89 an hour. The contract was imposed by the Quebec Labor Relations Board after negotiations between the company and employees fell apart. In its decision, the board called the contract "reasonable, realistic and equitable.""
The Tragic Arkansas Shooting and Conservative Hate Speech - Alternet
"I wanted to make sure that there was no personal connection between the shooter and Bill Gwatney, and apparently there wasn't one. Instead, there are some initial eerie similarities between the shooter Timothy Dale Johnson, and the man who massacred members of the Unitarian church in Knoxville, Tennessee last month."
national security quiz - ACLU
"Learn about more outrageous DHS behaviors by taking the ACLU’s security quiz today.  After you take the quiz, make sure you forward it to your friends and family so they can learn about these measures which are supposed to protect us, but instead strip us of our basic rights with no additional security."

15 Aug

Cocoa Mulch - Snopes
"This is really important information regarding cocoa mulch; it could truly be a matter of life and death for your dog or cat.  Please pass it along to your friends and families."
[A viral eMail concerning this was sent to me by Cathy Weaver and the concern is confirmed at my favorite debunking site. - Bob]
Addressing the energy crisis with bipartisan, comprehensive solutions
"The energy crisis is a complex problem that will not be solved overnight. We need to begin to find a long-term solution that makes business and scientific sense, and this solution must include an expansion of domestic onshore and offshore drilling, an investment in new and existing clean energy alternatives like solar power, deep drilled geothermal power, wind energy, and sensible development of biofuels."
Cantigny to show its French connection
"The event will feature French activities for everyone, including an open air market by Bensidoun USA, French street performers, a special appearance by children's book character Madeline, the Radio Disney Road Crew, a French yard game called Pétanque, face painters, a stilt walker, a magician, wine tasting and a French garden tour. Kids also can learn French words."
Speak out against CN plan for EJ&E
"Congresswoman Melissa Bean immediately recognized the purchase's devastating impact on our 8th District. She pushed federal regulators into requiring an environmental review process that has been critical in getting our objections known. She rallied other members of Congress and got heavy hitters like Senators Obama and Durbin and House Transportation Committee Chairman James Oberstar on our side."
CN backs off railroad lawsuit threat
"In a statement released Friday morning, CN officials said they’ve asked for STB to issue a decision on the transportation merit of its purchases of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway before the end of the year, but to continue an investigation into the environmental impact of the deal. CN’s suggestion would mean no additional trains would run on EJ&E tracks until the environmental impact had been fully investigated."
Mother accused of concealing infant's severe injuries
"Heather Allen, 27, of the 500 block of Fieldcrest Drive, was arrested Wednesday after telling numerous versions of how the injuries occurred, none of which is considered credible by medical personnel, Assistant DuPage County State's Atty. Liam Brennan told Judge Brian Diamond.  The child, who is being treated at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, is expected to survive, but her "prognosis for full mental and physical recovery isn't good," Brennan said."
IL-11 Halvorson Opponent Attacks While She Is With Injured Son
"While State Senator Debbie Halvorson and husband Jim Bush are with their severely injured son at Walter Reed, her millionaire opponent Marty Ozinga decides to attack her with nasty robocalls into the Illinois 11th Congressional District."
Judge says UC can deny religious course credit - San Francisco Chronicle
"Rejecting claims of religious discrimination and stifling of free expression, U.S. District Judge James Otero of Los Angeles said UC's review committees cited legitimate reasons for rejecting the texts - not because they contained religious viewpoints, but because they omitted important topics in science and history and failed to teach critical thinking."
Science Comes to the Aid of Religion
"The intermixed threads combined to give the dates found by the labs ranging between 1260 and 1390 AD. Benford and Marino contend that this expert repair was necessary to disguise an unauthorized relic taken from the corner of the cloth. A paper presented today at the conference by Benford and Marino, and to be published in the July/August issue of the international journal Chemistry Today, provided additional corroborating evidence for the repair theory." 
McCain vs. Obama: The 2008 Summer Olympics -
"John McCain and Barack Obama compete in the 2008 Presidential Summer Olympics to see who will win the gold medal."

14 Aug

Dist. 303 sets new goals after improving ACT scores again
"The goals are part of what the district calls a performance score card. Only one-fifth of the score card relates directly to the grades students bring home or send off on their college applications.  "One of the purposes of the score card is to make sure that people don't think the only thing we focus on is test scores," said Mark Pomplun, director of assessment and accountability."
Decision on Central DuPage's proton therapy center deferred
"The Planning Board made the move in order to more carefully review material submitted by the applicants. The Certificate of Need application to build the proton treatment center is expected to be on the board’s September agenda. "
Wildcat Travel Baseball goes to Cooperstown
"The West Chicago Park District Wildcat 12U team will be participating in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament at Cooperstown Dream Park."
State Senate Republicans to Democrats: Get to work
"Blagojevich scheduled today’s special session, which is supposed to focus on capital construction, at 5 p.m. to accommodate the Democratic Party’s annual “unity” rally this afternoon at the state fair, as well as the party’s other activities.  Republicans will conduct their rally Thursday at the state fair."
Honoring Maureen Murphy, Former State Representative

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: Cpl. Adam T. McKiski, United States Marine Corps - Hometown: Cherry Valley"

A Step Forward on Abortion (by Jim Wallis)
"The platform takes a significant step forward in affirming those whose moral convictions lead them to make a different decision than abortion. It reads, "The Democratic Party also strongly supports a woman's decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre- and post-natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs.""
Yes, Republicans Can - Mother Jones
"He has touched something in me and in a whole lot of friends of mine that have never voted for a Democrat and in a lot of people who honestly would never consider voting for a black man. We all feel that something has to change, and now, for the first time, there's the possibility that something can be different."

13 Aug

Around and About in West Chicago - 13 August 2008
  • Environmental Impact Statement process
  • District 33 Registration
  • Coffee with the Mayor
  • Park District Old-Fashioned Picnic
  • Gallery 200 Kid’s Photo Contest

West Chicago
High School
Free Classes
  • Informe de Prensa Sobre Clases de ESL, Ciudadanía y GED
Hastert had success at earmarking
"The lead story was the sudden wealth of former Congressman Dennis Hastert, who went to Washington with a net worth of about $200,000 and left with about $7 million.  Highlighted was his promoting a highway earmark through his district, to the chagrin of his constituents who opposed it, abutting property he recently acquired and sold at a considerable profit once the earmark bill was signed."
New library reading program studies diversity
"A reading program where neighboring libraries unite to encourage reading is nothing new. But for Warrenville, West Chicago and Winfield, it has a deeper purpose.  In an effort to bridge racial barriers, the libraries started Reading Together 2008 — a program that will have a cultural flavor. Library officials selected a Latin American theme to kick off 2008, beginning with a family fiesta from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the West Chicago Public Library featuring music, dancing and crafts."
Health Planning Board again rejects Edward's proposal to build in Plainfield
"CDH and Procure were seeking a final decision from the board, but the board deferred that until next month, saying it needed more time to review the additional materials submitted in support of the application.  The board issued CDH and Procure a preliminary denial in April, citing its nearness to a proton therapy facility that Northern Illinois University intends to build in the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago."
Four DuPage County school districts consider consolidating
"The study will measure the effects of consolidating with West Chicago Elementary School District 33, Winfield School District 34 and West Chicago High School District 94, all of which have already approved resolutions to join the study.  Although the board is leaning against consolidation, "we are open to information about it," Board President Cyndy Ciolino told the crowd at Monday's board meeting."
School board approved feasiblity study
"The Benjamin School District became the last of four school districts to vote in favor of a feasibility study that will determine whether the districts should consolidate into a a new school district unit."
Alan Keyes, The Wingnut Voice Against McCain, Evil - All Spin Zone
"The sequence of events in Dr. Dobson’s case makes this clear. He said he could not vote for McCain as a matter of principle, but may do so now because McCain is the better choice when compared to Barack Obama. Since Dobson and others denounce Obama as evil, this makes evil the standard of comparison. The true standard disappears. This is an example of moral relativism, pure and simple; a bad example offered to their fellow citizens ..."
 Fox News suffers another debate snub - Media Matters
"In turn, Fox News' ratings woes have opened the door to a much more frank and honest discussion about the news outlet. Like when New York Times media columnist David Carr recently called out Fox News flacks as thugs. And the way MSNBC chief Phil Griffin declared that when it comes to Fox News, "you can't trust a word they say.""
The ‘Veterans’ Vote’ is far from locked up - Crooks and Liars
"But the narrative is incomplete, to put it mildly. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a grade of D for his record of voting against veterans (Obama got a B+), while the Disabled Veterans of America gave McCain a 20% vote rating. The Vietnam Veterans of America compiled a list of key votes, and found McCain voted against the group’s position 15 times and with the group eight times. (Obama, in contrast, voted with the VVA 12 times, and against it only once.)"

12 Aug

Summit 303 Hosts Technology Fair and Community Information Session
"Several exhibitors will showcase the latest educational tools and explain how they work and how they can help improve academic achievement. From smartboards to podcasts to interactive media carts – the number of hi-tech tools available to educators and students is on the rise."
Back to School Tips for Teens
"After a summer of sleeping in, the alarm bell announcing the first day of school can be a rude awakening for teenagers. Heading back to school signals a time of transition: new classes, new teachers, new schedules, and a new social scene."
"You are invited to join State Senator Randy Hultgren on Friday, August 29, 2008 for an all-you-can-eat picnic and great baseball game between Ryne Sandburg's Peoria Chiefs (Cubs affiliate) and the Kane County Cougars. The picnic starts at 5pm at the stadium, the game begins at 6:30pm, and there will be fireworks after the game. Come out for a great way to wrap up a great summer! "
Glaucoma Van Will Provide Free Screenings to Local Residents
"State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) will be hosting the Illinois Eye Institute Glaucoma Van on Monday, August 18 to provide free glaucoma screenings to local residents. Fortner said the Glaucoma Van provides a convenient and affordable way for local citizens to get tested for this potentially serious eye disease."
Worthy salute to peaceful, precious Path
"We salute the volunteers who got the path started in the 1960s and the volunteers who still keep the path clean today. And we think the Illinois Prairie Path is as important to the transportation needs of the western suburbs as the North-South Tollway. While the weekends can bring a good number of people out to the path, we hope even more people discover its beauty and its simplicity of use, whether for recreation or to get from one community to another."
Mayors Join Library Directors to Launch Reading Together-2008
"West Chicago Library Board member Mary Peterson joins West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman and Library Director Melody Coleman in welcoming Dupage Library System staff to the press conference on August 11."
2008 Report on Internet Speeds in All 50 States - Speed Matters
"The Speed Test, which measures the last-mile speed of your Internet connection, shows that the 2008 median real-time download speed in the U.S. is a mere 2.3 megabits per second (mbps). This represents a gain of only 0.4 mbps over last year’s median download speed. It compares to an average download speed in Japan of 63 mbps."
Who Needs Graft when there's just plain Greed?
"It's not quite a done deal -- although the governor and the senate leader would like you to think otherwise.  The Illinois House has already rejected the enormous pay increase, and it will be jettisoned if the Illinois Senate does the same in the upcoming special session.  "
Lindy Scott Weighs In On McCain “The One” Commercial
"His religious quotes are taken totally out of their original context and placed in a setting where the insinuation is not very subtle: ‘Obama could be the Anti-Christ.’ Although a small fringe of fundamentalist Christians might believe this absurdity, these people would not have voted for Obama anyway. I believe [while] McCain is attempting to secure and stir up his right-wing, religious base, he runs the serious risk of turning off the very important independent voters in the middle."
Douglas Shaw Appointed to Board of National Religious Broadcasters - Christian News Wire
"Douglas Shaw, chairman and chief executive officer of Douglas Shaw & Associates (DSA), has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), Bill Skelton, chairman of the NRB's Executive Committee, announced today. Shaw will serve until February 2010."
GAO finding: Majority of corporations pay no taxes. - BuzzFlash
"It's shameful that so many corporations make big profits and pay nothing to support our country. The tax system that allows this wholesale tax avoidance is an embarrassment and unfair to hardworking Americans who pay their fair share of taxes. We need to plug these tax loopholes and put these corporations back on the tax rolls... It's time for the big corporations to pay their fair share."
Lonely Night in Georgia - Slate
"Regardless of what happens next, it is worth asking what the Bush people were thinking when they egged on Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's young, Western-educated president, to apply for NATO membership, send 2,000 of his troops to Iraq as a full-fledged U.S. ally, and receive tactical training and weapons from our military. Did they really think Putin would sit by and see another border state (and former province of the Russian empire) slip away to the West?"
New Book for Obama - New York Times
"“Change We Can Believe In,” to be published by Three Rivers Press, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, will include a foreword by Mr. Obama, various sections written by his staff on issues like health care and national security, and transcripts of Mr. Obama’s better-known speeches."

11 Aug

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Aug 4- Aug 10
  • Mon 7:00 PM City Council (LIVE)
  • Tues 7:00 PM National Night Out Marathon
  • Wed 7:00 PM Railroad Days Parade Night
CN/EJ&E merger needs long view
"Read the more sober assessments of this deal, including the Daily Herald's article, and you will see that this deal is likely to be approved by the Surface Transportation Board.  Knowing this, doesn't it make sense to stop vilifying CN and get the best deal possible for the constituents you say you represent?"
Foster's staff to meet with residents
"Neighborhood Office Hours are scheduled for:
  • Aurora City Hall -- Aug. 11, 18, 25.
  • DeKalb City Hall -- Aug. 12, 19, 26.
  • Oswego Village Hall -- Aug. 14, 21, 28.
  • Campton Hills Village Hall -- Aug. 22.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on each day."

Focus on energy divide
"Oberweis, who lost to Foster by 5,000 votes in March's special election, continues to tour the 14th District with an issue-driven approach that is putting him directly in conversations with voters... Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee launches near daily attacks on Foster's early record on Capitol Hill."
Takes a train to cry
"But solving that congestion isn't CN's job -- they're only beholden to their shareholders, and their current solution works just fine for them.  It's the job of our legislators to come up with -- and fund -- a permanent plan. I hope they take a look at the problem, from both a regional and local perspective."
Build the proton centers
"And that's too close, according to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. In April, the board issued a preliminary rejection of Central DuPage's plan to build.  You remember this board. It's a vestige of a command-and-control era of health care, and this page has argued that it should be disbanded. It squelches competition in the name of managed growth. And this case is the latest evidence of the board's unnecessary intrusions on health care."
An Antichrist Obama in McCain Ad? - Time
"It's not easy to make the infamous Willie Horton ad from the 1988 presidential campaign seem benign. But suggesting that Barack Obama is the Antichrist might just do it.  That's just what some outraged Christian supporters of the Democratic nominee are claiming John McCain's campaign did in an ad called "The One" that was recently released online."

09&10 Aug

Why hall of fame came calling for Prairie Path
"A schoolteacher's idea, viewed as pie-in-the-sky by some, sparked a movement to create a 62-mile path of crushed limestone along the route of an abandoned railroad line. Its founders called the first-of-its-kind trail the Illinois Prairie Path - the first of many to follow.  Today, 45 years later, there are more than 1,500 such "rail trails" nationwide."
200,000 state residents haven't applied for stimulus checks
"Residents have until Oct. 15 to file what Hales described as a "short form" to take advantage of the checks that range between $300 and $600. Because these residents don't file tax returns, the IRS has no way of reaching out to them individually to notify them of their money. However, they are reaching out to AARP agencies in every state and other groups to get the message out."
Consulate cautions Mexican nationals: Have ID at O'Hare
"The consulate has reviewed at least a dozen instances this year in which people traveling from Mexico to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport were detained while U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested family members or acquaintances waiting to pick them up.  In those instances, most arriving from Mexico were either U.S. citizens or had valid documentation such as a visitor's visa, the consulate said. "
Fox Valley seniors due millions from government
"About 5.6 million people in the United States have yet to file their 2007 income tax returns, and have therefore not received their economic stimulus payment.  About 210,000 of those people are in Illinois, and the state's unclaimed stimulus checks total about $63 million. In DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties, about 22,400 checks remain unclaimed, totaling roughly $6.7 million."
Strip tease
"West Chicago resident Kate Keleghan, also at Chinaski's on a recent Monday, is so bacon-brained that she named her cat after the food last year.  "I was pretty much obsessed with it," said Keleghan, 22. "Bacon and toast was almost the only thing I was eating for a while.""
West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Welcomes Students Back to School
"Students new to District 33 may register at their neighborhood school Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM beginning Monday, August 11, 2008"
McCain Campaign Targets Obamessianism - Christianity Today Election 2008
"But that doesn't stop University of Pennsylvania anthropologist John L. Jackson Jr. from claiming that the ad is more than just an effort to paint Obama as the Antichrist -- it's an effort to paint him as Left Behind's Nicolae Carpathia." 
U.S. Attorney Scandal Probe Enters White House Circle
"Federal investigators have obtained documents showing that Kyle Sampson, then-chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and Chris Oprison, then an associate White House counsel, drafted and approved the letter even though they had first-hand knowledge that the assertions were not true. The Justice Department later had to repudiate the Sampson-Oprison letter and sent a new one informing Congress that it could no longer stand by the earlier assertions."

08 Aug

Adult Services Programs at the West Chicago Public Library District.
  • Baseball in the Movies
  • An Immigrant Class
Start of School Information
"West Chicago Elementary School District 33 is pleased to welcome students, parents, and staff back to school for the 2008-2009 school year. Returning students who did not turn in completed registration forms last May should register immediately."
Barn owls to be reintroduced at Fermilab
"The world-renowned particle accelerator at Fermilab is surrounded by more than 1,000 acres of restored prairie, making the lab’s grounds an ideal place to reintroduce the state-endangered barn owl.  Ecologists from Fermilab and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County are teaming to release the birds into the wild and track their progress using satellite transmitters. The district’s Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve the partnership."
National Night Out in West Chicago
"The City of West Chicago  joined neighborhoods nationwide in hosting its own National Night Out. The event is an annual tradition that celebrates the success of communities’ crime, drug and violence prevention programs."
Court date set for Wis. suit over nativity scene - The Capital Times, Madison, WI
"When the city allowed Fradette to install the scene, Schmitt granted requests for other religious displays. Among those installed was a wreath containing a pentacle, a five-pointed star that is an important symbol for the Wicca religion. The wreath was later removed by vandals and not replaced.  A resident sarcastically asked the city to install a pole symbolizing Festivus, a holiday popularized in an episode of TV's "Seinfeld." Another resident asked for a symbol honoring the "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster."  Schmitt then imposed a temporary moratorium on religious symbols."
Dazed and Confused - Veracifier
"TPMtv never wished for it to come to this, but as Josh noted, you have pushed TPMtv to extreme measures with your sleazy ads and shameless campaign. You sir, are old and weird. I know - that's a super hacky line against McCain. Yep, welp..."
[It is sad to see a true American hero being punked by a celebretante... sadder still to see him in meltdown mode.  When will  the Republicans save this man from himself by asking him to withdraw? - Bob]
Family’s Donations to McCain Raise Questions - NY Times
"“He’s like a worse copy than Bush,” Mr. Makhlouf said of Mr. McCain.  When a reporter initially contacted Mr. Makhlouf, he denied giving to the McCain campaign.  After eventually admitting to the donation, Mr. Makhlouf added, “I’m still not going to vote for him.”"
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. David J. Badie, United States Army - Hometown: Rockford, Illinois"

07 Aug

Becky Hall The First United Methodist and Congregational Church Rummage Sale
  • Friday, August 8th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 9th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The church is FULL of cool stuff that the original owners don't want anymore, and it's all priced to sell! Early visitors get the best pickings.

CN to take legal action on EJ&E deal
"CN announced today it will seek "legal relief" to move the deal along after the U.S. Surface Transportation Board denied the company's request for set timetable for when a ruling on the proposed acquisition would happen."
Briefs: Park commissioner resigns
"West Chicago Park District is seeking applicants for an open seat for its board of commissioners after Donna McCormack resigned to move out of the district. The seat is a one-year term from Sept. 9 to April 2009. Interested applicants who live in the district should submit a letter of intent to the attention of Gary Major by Aug. 22. For details, call (630) 231-9474."
CN to pursue legal action to speed up EJ&E decision
"The railway needs approval from the federal Surface Transportation Board before it can buy the EJ&E, but the board is not likely to make a decision before next spring. EJ&E’s current owner, U.S. Steel Corp., has told Canadian National that it will not extend a purchase agreement beyond year’s end, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the railway."
Canadian National threatens suit over delay in EJ&E sale
"According to Karen Phillips, a vice president with CN, the company is over a barrel -- its deal with United States Steel Corporation, owners of the EJ&E, may only be good until Dec. 31.  The stock purchase agreement between the two companies expires on that day, Phillips said Wednesday, and though CN has asked for an extension, U.S. Steel has not granted one."
Republicans keep pushing for energy vote
"He joined a group of Republicans who, without cameras, microphones and BlackBerries, have returned to DC during the August recess to insist that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) allow a vote on energy legislation that includes offshore oil drilling."
[It's hard to take this seriously while the Republican presidential candidate has not been on the floor of the Senate since April 12th and missed over 400 consecutive votes. - Bob]
buzzflash Breaking down the House races
"Here in Illinois, we have quite a few Republican seats that could turn Democratic. Besides the open seats in the 11th District and the 18th District, possible turnovers include Peter Roskam (IL-6), Mark Kirk (IL-10), and Judy Biggert  (IL-13). If Kirk loses his seat, it's a sign of something big for the Democrats."
"A search warrant affidavit unsealed Wednesday says suspect Bruce Ivins may have been referring to the Greendale Baptist Academy in Greendale, Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee.  The affidavit says Ivins was a member of the American Family Association, a conservative Christian ministry that got involved in a 1999 lawsuit on behalf of the parents of a fourth grade student at the school."
GOP Blocks Energy Breaks - Wind Energy News
"On Wednesday, for the fourth time this summer, Republicans stopped the Senate from taking up tax credits to an array of renewable energy producers. Major business groups have implored Congress to act on the tax credits, many which expired at the end of last year or will run out at the end of this year. The Bush White House, citing new taxes and other objections to the bill, threatened a presidential veto."
[This is only one of 90 odd Republican filibusters this session. - Bob]
Mercedes-Benz Sues Hybrid Battery Supplier - CourtHouse News Service
"The plaintiff says it found out later that Cobasys refused to sign the order because its owners, Chevron and Energy Conversion Devices, had cut off funding, leaving the supplier with "no plans or ability to fund its day-to-day operations past that point, much less make the capital investments required to meet its production volume commitments to (Mercedes) and other manufacturers.""

06 Aug


Around and About in West Chicago - 06 August 2008

  • U.S. Surface Transportation Board
  • Community Clothing Closet
  • Park District Old-Fashioned Picnic
  • Maryfest
Park District Board Opening
"The appointed term is from September 9,2008 to April 2009. Applicants for this position must be residents in the West Chicago Park District. Interested persons need to submit a letter, listing their qualifications and a statement of intent to the West Chicago park District, Attn: Gary Major..."
  • Community Health & Wellness Expo
  • State Budget Update
  • Bill Signed Implementing Township Accountability at Meetings
  • Special Thanks
"Republican Congressional Candidate Jim Oberweis will host his third in a series of twelve town hall meetings tomorrow in St. Charles to engage in an open discussion of potential solutions to reduce high gas prices."
Local officials, politicians assail CN rail study
"U.S. Reps. Melissa Bean of Barrington, Bill Foster of Geneva, Judy Biggert of Hinsdale and Don Manzullo of Ogle County hosted a hearing in Chicago on whether the recently released draft study sufficiently identified all local environmental and safety effects of the proposed sale."
Mass transit key to unclogging roads
"And it's expensive. The planning council study estimated that $7.3 billion is wasted each year because of the traffic mess.  That's the cost in wasted gasoline, in recruiting expense to fill jobs left open by high commuting costs, in lost business due to clogged roads, in dollars spent responding to added air pollution."
CN railroad 'assumes' a whole lot
"CN didn't mind most of it. Local pols either wanted more time to digest it or flat out slammed it, including U.S. Rep. Bill Foster. Many of the everyday Joes and Janes most affected if train crossings become parking lots probably don't know what to think about the report because they haven't read it. Frankly, who'd read this whole thing -- or even the 54-page summary -- if they didn't have to?"
Durbin Statement on CN Decision to Seek Legal Relief to Shorten STB Approval Timeline

05 Aug

Obama and the Race Card
With all the talk about Obama playing the race card last week with his comment/joke about his picture on the dollar bill,  people should make sure they see this ad posted by the McCain campaign a full month earlier... on June 27th, where McCain says   Obama doesn't look like a lot of things in the US, including the dollar.  Looks to me like, when whining about the race card, McCain is dealing from the bottom of the deck.  What else is up his sleave?
Illinois Prairie Path lands in hall of fame
"The Illinois Prairie Path this month became the sixth trail inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, which is run by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and honors outstanding rail-to-trail conversions around the country."
Roskam's "Griswold" Family Vacation to Washington
"Meanwhile, most of their Republican colleagues returned home burdened with trying to explain why they blocked efforts to combat high gas prices," the Maryland Democrat said. "Republicans voted against expanding drilling in Alaska, against promoting renewable energy, against establishing the first new vehicle efficiency standards in 32 years, against repealing taxpayer subsidies for major oil companies that are making record profits, against cracking down on price gouging, and against curbing excessive speculation in energy markets."
Daily Kos: State of the Nation
"While he is accusing Obama of using the race card, is he sneaking the ultimate fear card through the back door? How far of a stretch is it for fundamentalist Americans to truly believe that a black liberal with a Muslim name could be the spawn of Satan himself?  Having read the initial book in this series myself and living in the heart of the bible belt, I know the unfortunate truth. Many ultra right wingers have already been preying upon this fear. Now, with this new attack, McCain seems to be attempting to feed that monster."
Multiple Oil Company Executives Gave Huge Contributions To Electing McCain Just Days After Offshore Drilling Reversal - TPM
"Nine of these contributions, seven from Hess executives and two from members of the Hess family, came on the same day, June 24th, the records show. The total collected in the wake of McCain's reversal for the fund, called McCain Victory 2008, from Hess execs and family is $285,000.... The Washington Post reported last week that campaign contributions from oil industry execs rose in a big way in the last half of June, after McCain drew a huge amount of attention by reversing his opposition on June 16th to the federal ban on offshore drilling."

04 Aug

National Night Out
"West Chicago Police Department's National Night Out will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Community High School's west parking lot, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago. Residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening with neighbors, law enforcement officers and elected officials."
Veggie Fest in Naperville
""I want to learn different ways of cooking," said West Chicago's Margaret McKenzie, who last year signed up for a newsletter that provided such tips for the past 12 months.  Veggie Fest, now in its third year, attracted a crowd from across the region."
DuPage Co. religion notes
"Aug. 9 - • The United Methodist and Congregational Women will hold an annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at the church, 643 E. Washington St., West Chicago. The Saturday special from noon to 1 p.m. is fill a paper grocery bag for only $1. For details, call (630) 231-3344."
Police beat
"Ruth M. Cruz, 27, of 124 E. Stimeel St., West Chicago, was arrested July 23 and charged with stealing seven pieces of children's clothing and one baby toy from a Kohl's department store in St. Charles, according to a police report."
Star-Spangled Spectacular at West Chicago Public Library
"The West Chicago Public Library celebrated the summer reading success of its children with a Star-Spangled Spectacular Carnival on Saturday on the Library grounds."
Rep. Foster Supports Bipartisan, Comprehensive Energy Bill
“Like many, I am frustrated by the partisan bickering that has plagued Washington for years and has not solved the number one issue facing our families and our country,” Foster said.  “I am proud to join a group of like-minded legislators that realize the best ideas for our country come together when we work together.”
Rep. Foster Votes for Landmark Higher Education Bill
“In the face of the rising costs of gas, health care, education and even groceries, families are struggling to make ends meet,” Foster said.  “However, no matter how dismal the economic outlook, we need to make sure that qualified students can afford a college education.”
Faith’s Lodge provides solace for grieving families - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"If it sounds maudlin, a little depressing, it is anything but.  There are certainly opportunities for reflection — along a wooded trail marked every few feet with inspirational quotations or on the bridge over a small brook, where families have painted and placed small rocks memorializing their late children.  But there is much living and laughing that goes on here, as well."
Mexican trucking program to be extended for two more years - San Diego Union Tribune,
"Opponents, including the Teamsters Union, contend that Mexican drivers are not held to the same safety standards as U.S. drivers.  The Bush administration began the program last September as the first step in complying with a provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement that requires opening the border to long haul truck traffic.  Congress passed a law last year to end the program, but U.S. transportation officials interpreted it as only applying to future pilot programs."

02&03 Aug

City Museum Summer Camp 'Out of the Ordinary'
"The West Chicago City Museum launched its first-ever half-day camp program to two groups of eager learners. The atmosphere was fun and educational for 25 participating children on July 24 and July 30, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m."
DuPage Co. briefs - Museum program to expand:
"The West Chicago City Museum plans to expand a children's summer camp that lets kids learn more about local history. More than two dozen children participated in this year's program, which was held between July 24 and July 30 at the museum, 132 Main St. For more information about the summer camp, call (630) 231-3376 or visit"
Read this:
"That West Chicago, with its heavy concentration of Hispanics, would start a reading program focusing on three books steeped in Latino culture is a natural. That the communities of Warrenville and Winfield, with considerably smaller Hispanic populations, would join West Chicago, is laudable."
Battle of the beetle hits home - what can you do?
"Other towns also grappling with how best to handle the resulting damage are Algonquin, South Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Campton Township, Algonquin, Glendale Heights, Naperville and unincorporated Kane County. Campton Township, alone, has already lost 400 trees to the ash borer, one expert says.  The beetle is also responsible for killing 15 million trees in the Midwest and has been in the country for six years, emerging first in Detroit."
School leaders say funding answer still elusive
"Donald Schlomann, superintendent of St. Charles Unit District 303, believes that relying less on property taxes would help make school funding more equitable, and that politics is the biggest obstacle to making that happen."
Lawyer suggests Scruggs got witness help from Lott - Business Wire
"''Has it been your custom and habit in prosecuting litigation to have Senator Lott contact and encourage witnesses to give false information?'' State Farm Fire & Casualty Cos. attorney Jim Robie asked, according to a transcript of the deposition.  ''I invoke my Fifth Amendment rights in response to that question,'' Zach Scruggs responded."
Workers' Religious Freedom vs. Patients' Rights - Washington Post
"They are manipulating the system by manipulating the definition of the word 'abortion,' " said Susan F. Wood, a professor at George Washington University who resigned from the Food and Drug Administration over the delays in approving the nonprescription sale of Plan B. "It's another example of this administration's disregard for science and medicine in how agencies make decisions."
'JohnBoy' hits the road to prove cynics wrong - Ironwood Globe
"His ongoing coast-to-coast journey is the result of a debate with one of his South Carolina buddies. They argued about the economy and the state of the world. His friend's position was that this a nation of cynics -- that there was no way in our day and age that Wappenstein would make it by living off the land and depending on the kindness of strangers."


01 Aug

DuPage libraries join reading initiative
"The Warrenville, West Chicago and Winfield public libraries will be promoting three books focused on Latino culture that will be used as the subject of several planned book discussions and cultural events later this fall.  Organizers said the program, called "Reading Together 2008," was organized to get people in the three communities reading and thinking about the same book together. "
CN won't appear at Tuesday's congressional public hearing
"Yet, you and your Congressional colleagues who will be holding the hearing have been consistently outspoken in your opposition to this transaction, and, so far as we can tell ... unwilling to acknowledge in a positive way any of CN's efforts or the benefits this transaction would provide to rail customers and to dozens of the communities in the region," Harrison wrote.
Congressional delegation to hold EJ&E hearing in Chicago
"In a related move, a group of federal legislators from Illinois Thursday proposed a bill that would overhaul the process used by the Surface Transportation Board in reviewing proposed railway acquisitions. The bill would require the board to consider the impact of buyouts on the environment and safety in local communities."
Emerald Ash Borer detected in Burr Ridge
"The USDA positively identified a specimen of adult beetles as Emerald Ash Borers July 30.  While there are no requirements to remove infested Ash trees, the village of Burr Ridge will get rid of the affected Ash trees as soon as it can determine the extent of the beetle’s presence, according to a written statement from the village."
“The recent draft environmental impact study revealed many of those adverse impacts, and this legislation gives such concerns greater weight as the Surface Transportation Board makes its ruling.”


Report: EJ&E tracks won't have to share with STAR Line
"Metra and local elected officials had pushed for the Surface Transportation Board to hold Canadian National to a track-sharing arrangement, but no such requirement was listed in the agency's draft environmental impact statement.  Instead, the statement only acknowledges that Canadian National has "committed to continuing discussions with Metra on the STAR Line" and requests the company "work with Metra to explore all options for service on the proposed STAR Line, including the use of the EJ&E rail line.""
Every sperm is sacred: Draft rules from feds stir - Capitol Times
"For starters, the draft rules, as leaked to and reported in the New York Times, would require clinics to certify that they would not refuse to hire staff who object to abortion and birth control.  But the regulations go a step further by redefining abortion as "any of the various procedures -- including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action -- that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.""
Wal-Mart Warns of Democratic Win - Wall Street Journal
"The Wal-Mart human-resources managers who run the meetings don't specifically tell attendees how to vote in November's election, but make it clear that voting for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama would be tantamount to inviting unions in, according to Wal-Mart employees who attended gatherings in Maryland, Missouri and other states."
Milbank accuses Obama of "hubris" while cropping quotes, making false insinuations, and neglecting basic reporting
"[O]ne leadership aide said the full quote put it into a different context. According to that aide, Obama said, "It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign -- that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It's about America. I have just become a symbol.""

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