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02 Oct  
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Service to Success
"A Free Conference Highlighting the Pathways from Service to Success.
The focus of this event is to educate and share with all veterans the latest in education benefits, veteran-related legislation, and personal and business resources "

West Chicago
High School
"On Saturday, October 11th Kirk Johnson will be honored as the first recipient of the CHS Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement. Kirk, a 1998 CHS graduate, will be recognized at the Homecoming week-end Gala Event sponsored by the CHS Education Foundation."
"CHS District 94 is inviting the community to Family Events Day on Sunday, October 12th. There are many events for people of all ages!"
CN ups offer to $60 million for safety improvements on EJ&E line
"In a final pitch to federal regulators, the Canadian National Railway argued that it has upped the ante by $20 million to fix problems caused by adding more freight trains to a suburban rail line."
Cosley Zoo, Sonny Acres offer folks a plethora of fall fun
"The spicy scent of apple cider, crunching leaves underfoot and the ghoulish sounds of novelty decorations. It's the way we celebrate fall in the suburbs.  Two area attractions kicked off their fall festivities this week, offering families opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while getting into the spirit of Halloween. "
DuPage Co. business calendar
"A Combined Chamber Breakfast with Congressman Peter Roskam is planned from 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 2 at Alta Villa Banquets, 430 N. Addison Road, Addison. Chambers include Addison, Bartlett, Elmhurst, Hanover Park, Wheaton, West Chicago and Wood Dale to discuss housing, economic forecasting and energy."
CN offers $60 million to fight congestion, but agency calls for $150 million
"“Clearly, CN is stepping up to the plate to mitigate significant environmental issues in this case,” Harrison said.  But in a letter filed with the Surface Transpiration Board before Tuesday’s deadline for public comment on the transaction, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning called for CN to contribute $150 million."
MarketWatch Booty Camp Featured on 'The Doctors' TV Show October 2, 2008
"Booty Camp, located in West Chicago, Illinois is owned and was developed by Nurse Wendy Sweeney who is the mother of 6 kids under twelve. Mrs. Sweeney has her nursing degree and is a specialist in Pediatric medicine. She has helped thousands of families and children nationally with potty training and behavior modification."
[Same article appears at International Business Times - New York,NY. - Bob]
Why I voted against the Bush-Paulson bailout
"The plan voted on in the House incorporated watered down aspects of executive compensation limits and a portion of a solution which would use more private capital, but ultimately I was disappointed the Congress could not come together and provide solutions that keep our economy on track without exposing taxpayers to extraordinary risk.  I voted to protect the taxpayer. "
Vote On Bailout Plan Split Among Illinois Reps
"Democrats Melissa Bean, Bill Foster and Luis Gutierrez supported the bill, as did Danny Davis, Rahm Emanuel and Jan Schakowsky. Republicans Ray LaHood and Mark Kirk also voted yes."
Southern Baptists bar women from pulpit, yet open to Palin as VP - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Within the nation's largest Protestant denomination, a woman may not lead a church or a home. But prominent Southern Baptists see nothing wrong with Sarah Palin serving as vice president — or perhaps even commander-in-chief someday.  In other words: A woman can run the White House, just not her own house."
Late Show - George W. Bush: How'd He Do?
"Has President Bush lived up to any of his promises? David Letterman takes a look. "

01 Oct

Activity and Fitness Center
""The building fulfills a need of the park district and probably will generate more foot traffic in the downtown area,” said park district Executive Director Gary Major. “We are going to convert the space into an activity and fitness center for all ages.” Classes include aerobics, Zumba, Silver Sneakers, tumbling, gymnastics and the martial arts classes, currently held at Easton Park Community Center."

West Chicago
High School
"All juniors will be received information about the PSAT/NMSQT during the week of September 29th in their advisory sections. Please review this information with your student in order to determine whether or not they should sign up to take the PSAT/NMSQT."
Ben Stein How Not to Ruin Your Life - Yahoo Finance
"I found an interesting article in the Financial section of Yahoo.  It detailed the provisions of the bill the Congress passed to open off shore drilling. I was wondering how our congressman voted .  It doesn't seem to solve any problems with the imported oil's cost and quantity.  The article was written by Ben Stein a former TV  host and an attorney."

[Thanks to Don Early that linked me to this article.  Regarding how they voted, see the following items which were both posted previously: - Bob]

""I support the action taken by the House of Representatives this afternoon in rejecting a flawed bailout plan that would have put American taxpayers at risk for $700 billion. Had I been a Member of Congress, I would have voted 'no.'"
"We should all be glad that 228 Members of Congress from both parties had the courage to stand up to their party leaders and instead do what they believed was right for their constituents. THAT, in my view, is REAL bipartisanship, and real LEADERSHIP. As a result of their courage, Congress now has an opportunity to revisit the issue and get it right."
Agency wants CN to pony up $150 million to sweeten merger
"Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning leaders Tuesday said CN's plan to move freights from tracks in the city and nearby suburbs onto the EJ&E could have an overall positive effect on the economy and region.  But they told the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, which has authority over the merger, the government needs to get tougher by requiring CN to submit to conditions such as the $150 million fund that would be used for underpasses or overpasses and other safety features."
Targeted West Chicago strip club owner says his place safe
"The subcommittee was convened to discuss the impact of adult businesses in unincorporated parts of the county on adjacent communities. The thrust of the Tuesday's discussion focused on the current practice of allowing patrons of all-nude strip clubs to bring their own liquor to those establishments."
Consider rail merger's community effect - Editorial
"Currently, the STB focuses primarily on whether a proposal meets transportation needs and what its effect will be on the environment. Supporters of the law argue that this leaves out of the equation people who may be most directly affected by the movement of trains through their communities. Those people, they argue, ought at least be considered in the approval process.  And they are right."
Forum tonight on family issues
"Jim Ryan, former Illinois attorney general, will moderate this community forum at the DuPage County Health Department, 111 North County Farm Road, Wheaton. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the forum begins at 7."
Adult business in DuPage may face new restrictions
"Subcommittee members discussed banning all alcohol at such businesses, ordering more staff training on recognizing and dealing with alcohol abuse, or issuing liquor licenses with strict guidelines and regulations.  Representatives from West Chicago and Glendale Heights testified about the negative effects that such an adult business has on area crime and the use of community resources."
Clear debate winner -Kellie Miller, West Chicago"
"McCain's attitude also bothered me because he was smirking, condescending and never even looked at his opponent. In my opinion it is because he knows that Sen. Obama is the better choice for president. And this time I have to agree with John McCain.
"The Illinois Prairie Path, the backbone of a countywide network of regional trails totaling 298 miles, is only the seventh trail system to be inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. The gravel, 63-mile trail running through suburban Chicago is one of the Midwest’s most popular pathways, attracting an estimated 800,000 users a year."
Arte Ambulante Mask-Making Workshop at West Chicago Public Library
"The West Chicago Public Library hosted an art workshop on September 23 presented by the National Museum of Mexican Art.  Adults and children from West Chicago, Warrenville, and Winfield enjoyed a presentation by museum staff designed to help participants understand and appreciate the museum's many artifacts."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Officer Nathaniel Taylor, Jr., Chicago Police Department"
Evangelicals see moral decline in Wall St. woes - Reuters
"Conservative U.S. Christians say the culture has gone to hell and it has taken the economy and Wall Street down with it.  It is a view which outsiders may find puzzling but has wide resonance in the U.S. heartland: the notion that moral decay and a lost sense of responsibility has brought on the worst banking and credit crisis since the Great Depression."
Bush costs prompt exodus to cities
"With growing evidence of an Alaska Native exodus from villages to the city, Mayor Mark Begich and Schools Superintendent Carol Comeau sent a letter to Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday asking her to organize an emergency task force to find ways to stem the migration... Palin was at Sen. John McCain's Arizona ranch Monday preparing for the vice-presidential candidates' debate,..."
Shadegg: Pelosi's Speech Had Nothing to Do With Bailout Defeat - TPM
"The House Republican leadership's explanation that they lost their caucus on the bailout because of Nancy Pelosi's floor speech was transparently false on it face, but Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) removed whatever doubt might have remained this morning on MSNBC:"

30 Sept

Local lawmakers split on failed bailout
"Suburban Republicans, aside from U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk of Highland Park, voted against the bailout. Democrats Melissa Bean of Barrington, Bill Foster of Geneva and Jan Schakowsky of Evanston voted for it.  The votes against the measure included Republicans Peter Roskam of Wheaton, Don Manzullo of Rockford and Judy Biggert of Hinsdale."
The bigger picture in the CN debate - Lake Zurich Trustee Jim Johnson
"Trustee Johnson, I know you have to look out for the good of your community. However, the needs of the region and our country are such that we need to find ways for this to happen.  Take a look at the bigger picture, please."
Rep. Foster Votes to Protect the Economy
"“Nobody likes the situation we are in, and this bill was far from perfect, but today, in an extremely tough and close vote, I supported the Emergency Economic Stabilization bill to ensure the economic hardships facing our middle-class families and small businesses all over the 14th District would not worsen,” Rep. Foster said. “The bill was the tough medicine we needed to get the economy back on solid footing.”"
Rep. Foster Stands Up for Local Communities Against EJ&E Expansion
"Today, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) stood up for his constituents by joining with a bipartisan group of Illinois representatives who spoke out against CN buying EJ&E, in a debate on the House floor and later voted for the Taking Responsible Action for Community Safety (TRACS) Act, which would protect communities in his district and others impacted by railroad acquisitions."
“While action is necessary to keep our economy on track, the heavy-handed push from the Bush Administration and this Democrat majority places too great a burden on taxpayers with no guarantee of success.  The plan voted on in the House incorporated watered down aspects of executive compensation limits and provided for insufficient use of private capital."
" It is important that Congress address this very serious economic crisis that we are facing, but it is equally important that Congress address this situation in a way that will subject taxpayers to the smallest loss possible while doing what is necessary to keep our financial system working in a positive way."
Church rejects complaints against Finnish minister who blessed same-sex couple - HELSINGIN SANOMAT
"The Cathedral Chapter of the Espoo Diocese of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church on Monday rejected complaints submitted to it against Lutheran minister Liisa Tuovinen for officiating at a moment of prayer held on behalf of a female couple in July. The event was held at a parish camp centre in Espoo. "

29 Sept

Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Sgt. Daniel Eshbaugh, United States Army - Hometown:  West Chicago, Illinois"
"Ramey was awarded the endorsement following a rigorous examination process in which candidates were evaluated upon the content of the responses found in their returned questionnaire, their past legislative record on issues of importance to the retired educator, and also by the input of the local units located within their districts."
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Sept 29- Oct 05

Wed  .

6:00 PM

City Council (9/15/08)


7:00 PM

Over The Rainbow


8:00 PM

Singing In The Rain


9:00 PM

The Great Northern Railroad

Closing Reception - Becky Hall
"The City Museum is hosting a Closing Reception to say goodbye to Gudrun Hasle our Danish artist-in-residence on Wednesday, October 1, from 6-8pm. Light refreshments will be served. We would greatly appreciate your continued support and hope that you are able to come see Gudrun's wonderful banner project and express our appreciation for her taking part in our first artist-in-residency program. We hope to see you all there!!! "
New Name ... New URL
For those who have noticed the change in the banner above and are wondering, Yes, WegoWeb has a new name and, although your old link in bookmarks/favorites will continue to work for the next month or so, you might want to start converting to - Bob.
BG's support of rail merger shortsighted - Richard McDonald, Barrington
"It would be a travesty to close the door on this opportunity to connect all Metra and Amtrak lines. Commuter service on the EJ&E would relieve highway congestion in the collar counties and benefit the entire Chicago area."
Congressmen from the suburbs now split on bailout
"My feeling is that before you go to the taxpayers and ask for $700 billion you have to explore every reasonable, conceivable free market based remedy," said U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican whose district includes most of DuPage and parts of northwest Cook counties. "I don't think that has been done."
Bishop says the "worm has turned" after Indian Christians attack Hindu - Times of London
"Beleaguered Christians in India have "run out of cheeks to be struck" a senior Anglican bishop declared yesterday, on hearing reports that a Christian mob had hacked a Hindu to death in the troubled state of Orissa."
Economists say House GOP plan would be ineffective, costly - McClatchy
"The problem with the House GOP plan — which as of late Friday boiled down to a page or two of talking points — is that it doesn't get at what is ailing the U.S. economy right now. That's a lack of confidence that's causing credit markets to seize up and raising the cost of doing business for corporate America, thus threatening jobs."
Pistol Packin' Palin - Walt Handelsman
"Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is gunning for the Democrats."

27&28 Sept

The following question and answer files were candidate answers to questionnaires sent by the Herald and appeared briefly on the Daily Herald website but appear to have been moved or scrubbed.  I am leaving the links in case I can re-find the articles.
  • Q&A with Ramey
    "I am running to continue working for my district. I believe I have been very effective in the short time I have been in office.I have been able to cross the aisle and get my legislation passed."
  • Q&A with Roskam
    "I voted in favor of HR 6074, the Gas Price Relief for Consumers Act, over the objections of President Bush. This legislation would establish a Petroleum Industry Antitrust Task Force in the Department of Justice, to bring accountability to pricing functions in the oil industry."
  • Q&A with Fortner
    "One specific goal is to participate on a new task force was created by the legislature to study the status of nuclear power in the state. I look forward to making a significant contribution though my technical knowledge as a physicist and personal experience in West Chicago with the radioactive thorium cleanup."
  • Q&A with Zay
    "I am working on the elimination of alcohol at Diamonds Adult Club which has become a major safety concern for our residents. I worked very hard with the City of West Chicago to stop the placement of a second waste transfer station in our area."
  • Q&A with Enger
    "The board is supposed to be the eyes ears and voice of this county. I would like to hold town hall meetings at least twice a month and inform the public by newspaper of upcoming votes to get public input. I would like to change the meetings to evenings so that more residents can attend. I would like to downsize the board and have them all take a pay cut and give back perks"
House fails to tighten rules on rail mergers
"The measure gained a majority vote, 243-175, but under special fast-track rules in effect Saturday, a two-thirds majority was needed for approval.  The measure now goes back to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which approved it last week."
Briefs: Adult business hearing set
"Board member Jim Zay called for the special panel in an attempt to better regulate alcohol consumption at locations that allow nude dancing. Currently, county law permits such businesses to allow patrons to bring in their own alcoholic beverages. Zay said the lack of drinking oversight by the businesses has led to fatal car crashes."
Roskam said Congress exploring options to bailout plan
“If you’re advocating the position that you want $700 billion of taxpayer money, the burden is on the proponent of that idea. So far, the proponent has not met that burden,” Roskam said. “I remain unconvinced by the Paulson plan, and I believe my constituents are as well.”
West Chicago Police Alert
"On Sunday September 21, 2008 at approximately 11:15 PM officers from the West Chicago Police Department responded to a residence in the 700 block of Pine Street regarding a sexual assault."
[As of Sunday evening at 7PM, this "alert" has seen 3 hits... I hope nobody is trusting the Trib to provide important, high-speed information about West Chicago. - Bob]
Fall Color Report - Travel Wisconsin
"Our Fall Color Report is your best source for the lowdown on leaf conditions. Reporters from across Wisconsin continuously update this page, so check back often!"
Jack Cafferty on Palin
"I'm 65 and have been covering politics, as you have, for a long time and that is one of the most pathetic pieces of tape I have ever seen for someone aspiring to one of the highest offices..."
The Canadian Solution - Information Clearing House
"A similar subprime crisis has been solved in Canada, without costing the government and Canadian taxpayers a single cent. Although such a solution, i.e. transforming most of the subprime mortgage-back securities into medium term debentures, would have to be adapted to the peculiar American situation, this can be done. "
McCain Wins Debate
"Although the fate of tonight's presidential debate in Mississippi remains very much up in the air, John McCain has apparently already won it -- if you believe an Internet ad an astute reader spotted next to this piece in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal this morning."



26 Sept

New Name ... New URL
For those who have noticed the change in the banner above and are wondering, Yes, WegoWeb has a new name and, although your old link in bookmarks/favorites will continue to work for the next month or so, you might want to start converting to  I'm a bit busy completing the change, but once things slow down, I'll explain why this is happening.  Suffice it to say, the format, goals, features, and look of the site will remain for the near future. - Bob.

West Chicago
High School


CHS Teacher Donald Zabelin Receives 3M Economic Education Excellence Award
"Mr. Donald Zabelin has been selected to receive the 3M Economic Education Excellence Award for 2008. This award is given to recognize educators who have a sustained history of contribution and commitment to economic education. Mr. Zabelin has been a Business Education teacher at Community High School for the past 31 years."
West Chicago's Gallery 200 Celebrates a Birthday
"A birthday party of sorts is happening at 200 Main Street on Friday, October 3, 2008, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The celebration marks the start of the third year of the establishment of Gallery 200 in downtown West Chicago, and the Opening Reception of what has now become an annual month long tradition, Artoberfest."
Dist. 303 wish list for middle and high school tops $176 million
"District 303 officials presented the first half of those projects two weeks ago to the community. Those projects entailed about $116 million of rebuilding or remodeling each of the districts 12 elementary schools. The improvements would include upgrading each school to modern standards of accessibility, air quality, capacity, school programming, safety and parking."
Attacker sought in West Chicago sex assault
"Police in the far west suburb said the man broke into the home at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday and attacked a woman in her 50s. Police would not release other details of the crime.  The suspect was thought to be about 35, 5 foot 7 with a slight to medium build, curly brown hair and a "5 o'clock shadow," authorities said."
Foster: No Blank Check on Bailout - Beacon News
"... Foster explained the initial package proposed by President Bush earlier this week "was dead on arrival" because it lacked oversight and didn't address the salaries of high-ranking officials at firms receiving federal support."
Congressmen from the suburbs now split on bailout - Daily Herald
""My feeling is that before you go to the taxpayers and ask for $700 billion you have to explore every reasonable, conceivable free market based remedy," said U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican whose district includes most of DuPage and parts of northwest Cook counties. "I don't think that has been done.""

Illinois Lawmakers React to Trillion Dollar Bailout
[Links to a Channel 7 video report. - Bob]



Court blocks guv’s health care expansion - Crain's Chicago Business
" The governor sought to expand FamilyCare, a program that insures the parents of children who are eligible for state-federal Medicaid health insurance through a separate program.  He wanted to offer coverage to parents who make up to $83,000 a year for a family of four, with higher-income families paying higher premiums in the taxpayer-subsidized program."
Charity Floods Swing States With Anti-Islam DVD
"It's called Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West. The DVD was made in 2006, before this presidential contest began, and it doesn't even allude to electoral politics.  But, filled with dire warnings about Islamic terrorists, it hit doorsteps seven weeks before Election Day. And critics say it fuels the false whisper campaign that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim."
John McCain's health records must be released - Brave New Films
"John McCain has not yet released his medical records to the public. McCain is 72 years old, and has been diagnosed with invasive melanoma. In May of this year, a small group of selected reporters were allowed to review 1,173 pages of McCain's medical records and were allowed only three hours to do so."

25 Sept

West Chicago Police Dept.
"On Sunday September 21, 2008 at approximately 11:15 PM officers from the West Chicago Police Department responded to a residence in the 700 block of Pine Street regarding a sexual assault."

West Chicago
High School


Community High School Homecoming Week Activities
"Community High School will be celebrating Homecoming with a full schedule of events from Saturday, October 4 through Saturday, October 11. The theme this year is “Where in the World”… will the Olympics be held?"
  • Bill would give communities more say in rail purchases
    "Legislation aimed at making federal regulators pay closer attention to community concerns ...  cleared the U.S. House transportation committee Wednesday.  The next step is a vote in the House but it's uncertain whether the policy will be prioritized given the pending election and financial bailout maelstrom in Congress."
  • Village must keep its focus in CN fight
    "I personally don't like our chances of winning this battle from what I've seen or heard. Perhaps a course of mitigation with the CN might be our best path to success in this battle. The City of Joliet appears to have succeeded in their agreement with the CN." - Bob Schayer, Lake Zurich
W. Chicago police seeking sexual assault suspect
"West Chicago police Thursday released a sketch of a man they said is responsible for a sexual assault earlier in the week.  Police were called to a residence in the 700 block of Pine Street about 11:15 p.m. Sunday regarding the assault and worked with the victim to produce a computer-generated composite of the suspect."
Suspect sought in sexual assault case
"Police responded to a call of a sexual assault in the 700 block of Pine Street at 11:15 p.m. Sunday.  The man is described as a 35-year-old Middle Eastern or Hispanic, 5 foot 7 inches or 5 foot 8 inches tall, of medium to slightly muscular build, with curly hair and wrinkles underneath his eyes."
Rep. Foster Testifies on Financial Rescue Proposal
“With the credit system locked, small and large businesses are being told to prepare contingency plans for what to do if their operating lines of credit are not extended. Banks are refusing to lend to each other at normal rates, or not at all. If nothing is done, and the situation persists for even a few weeks, we will face an economic downturn unprecedented in our lifetimes.”
"As the ranks of Democrats continue to grow in the wake of Obama’s nomination for the Presidency, local Democrats will gather to celebrate the strides they have made over the last four years in DuPage County and to cheer on a man they believe will enable Americans to take their country back from the failed policies of the Republican Party."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"... to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Sgt. Joshua W. Harris, United States Army - Hometown: Romeoville, Illinois"
Palin once blessed to be free from 'witchcraft' - AP
"The video shows Palin standing before Bishop Thomas Muthee in the pulpit of the Wasilla Assembly of God church, holding her hands open as he asked Jesus Christ to keep her safe from "every form of witchcraft."  "Come on, talk to God about this woman. We declare, save her from Satan," Muthee said as two attendants placed their hands on Palin's shoulders. "Make her way my God. Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus. ... Use her to turn this nation the other way around.""
George Fox reacts to effigy depicting Obama - Oregon NEws
"The president of George Fox University this morning denounced the hanging of a likeness of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama on campus along with graffiti aimed at minority recipients of a scholarship program.  President Robin Baker discussed the incident today during the twice-weekly campus service, which was packed. With dozens of Act 6 students and student leaders in front of the stage, he urged students to show that the display, found Tuesday, has no place in Christian ideals."
Keeping Quiet? -
"A new McCain-Palin ad says that "McCain and his congressional allies led" on the financial crisis while Obama was "mum." That's simply not true:  Obama has in fact made several statements about the crisis on Wall Street in recent days, delivering his most specific remarks on how government regulations should be changed on Sept. 22, a day before this ad was released."

24 Sept

Around and About in West Chicago - 25 September 2008
  • Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Walk
  • Hollywood Nights “Fore the Future"
  • Oktoberfest at Trinity Lutheran Church
  • United Methodist and Congregational Men's Oktoberfest Dinner
  • National Fire Prevention Month
Briefs: Procure drops NIU lawsuit
"Procure had filed a petition of discovery against the Northern Illinois University Proton Treatment and Research Center following the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board's approval. The same state agency had planned to initially deny ProCure's facility, which is partnered with Winfield's Central DuPage Hospital. NIU officials said ProCure's legal action was "without merit" and were pleased Procure ended the litigation process."
Suit against NIU cancer center is withdrawn
"Procure, which intends to build a $140 million proton therapy cancer treatment center in Warrenville with Central DuPage Hospital, filed the lawsuit against NIU in Cook County in July, accusing the university of trying to illegally stifle competition. NIU is building a $160 million proton therapy cancer treatment facility in DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Pfc. Leonard J. Gulczynski I, United States Army - Hometown: Carol Stream, Illinois"
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Staff Sgt. Jason A .Vazquez, United States Army - Hometown: Chicago, Illinois"
New book examines why so many are quitting church
"Many believers, she said, are sad or mad -- or both. "They say, 'Listen ... I've done everything. Now I'm in the middle of a mid-life crisis and I'm not getting any answers.' These are the people who are saying, 'I'm out of here.'"  The result of her research is a new book, "Quitting Church," that pours painful experience over a foundation of troubling statistics."
Fury at $2.5bn bonus for Lehman's New York staff
"Barclays is paying $1.75bn for the US operation of Lehman and is keen to retain its best staff. It said it had made no promises to individual staff members about how much they will receive but that the bonus fund would be paid out. In addition to the $2.5bn cash pool, Barclays is also in negotiations with about 30 executives it considers to be Lehman's best assets and plans to offer them contracts worth tens of millions of dollars."
Man held for approaching Sen. Obama's Kenwood home with gun, bulletproof vest  - Chicago Sun Times
"Charges are pending against a man who drove up to the security perimeter around Sen. Barack Obama’s home in Kenwood with a gun on the floor of his car this morning, police said.  The man also had a bulletproof vest in the car, sources said."

23 Sept

Marcella Bollweg - September 23, 2008
"Marcella S. Bollweg nee Fortman, 84, a sixty-three year resident of Warrenville, IL, passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at Wynscape Rehabilitation Center in Wheaton. She was born December 26, 1923 in West Chicago, IL and raised in West Chicago and Wheaton."

West Chicago
High School
"This year’s Homecoming Gala will be held at the Carol Stream Holiday Inn (150 S. Gary Avenue) on Saturday, October 11, 2008 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Special Guest will be Kirk Johnson, the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for his humanitarian achievements in Iraq ("
Roaring 20's Revelry
"Those attending will be transported in time to the era of flappers and the explosion of Jazz, with music and entertainment provided by Sunshine DJ Productions. Steps to the hottest 20's dances will be taught, and party-goers can try out their voices to hits of the period."
District 33 partners with nonprofits to build early learning center
"Some will have the opportunity to attend a new, state-of-the-art early learning center called Educare of West DuPage, which will offer intensive classes for children 5 years old and younger and require heavy parent involvement.  This month, board members from District 33 signed a contract with not-for-profit groups Lifelink Corp., Positive Parenting DuPage and the Gustafson Family Foundation that commits them to a partnership to create and operate the center. The hope is that the center will open by 2010."
Habitat unveils plan for affordable housing neighborhood in DuPage
"The first two houses in the new Pioneer Prairie subdivision at the corner of Sherman and Pomeroy streets should be ready for families by the end of 2009.  "It's going to do nothing but improve the quality of our homes here in West Chicago," Alderman Ruben Pineda said."
Suburban lawmakers get early say on bailout
"U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican whose district includes most of DuPage County and parts of Northwest Cook County, said the number of unanswered questions gives him pause.  "I think the speed at which this is moving has a lot of people concerned," he said of the plan put forward by Paulson over the weekend."

Roskam says he will debate Morgenthaler but won't set a date
"The Elmhurst League of Women Voters expressed disappointment in Roskam's failure to attend its candidate forum and canceled the event rather than hold it with Morgenthaler alone. Elmhurst LWV Director Donna Blue noted that Roskam's debate with wounded war veteran Tammy Duckworth in 2006 garnered much interest from voters."
Study Finds Major Shift in Abortion Demographics
"That translates into approximately 1 percent of white women having an abortion in 2004, compared with 3 percent of Hispanic women and 5 percent of black women. Jones attributed that to the focus on reducing teenage pregnancy and on increasing contraceptive use."
Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1 - Army News
"The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.  “It’s a new modular package of nonlethal capabilities that they’re fielding. They’ve been using pieces of it in Iraq, but this is the first time that these modules were consolidated and this package fielded, and because of this mission we’re undertaking we were the first to get it.”"
September 22, 2008 C-SPAN
Ohio Represntative Marcy Kaptur gives a pretty decent explanation of what is going on with the bail out of the markets.  It is NOT pretty. - Bob

22 Sept

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Sept 22- Sept 28


6:00 PM

City Council (9/15/08)


7:00 PM

Community Action At Work


7:30 PM

Railroad Days '98

Fire District Initiates Twenty Four Hour Staffing of Station Three
"On September 15, 2008 the Fire District initiated round the clock operations in the critical south and southwest areas of the Fire Protection District from Fire Station Three located at 506 Church Street."
[You are reminded that the icon to the left takes you to the Fire Dept site. - Bob]

West Chicago
High School
Family Events Day - Sunday October 12th
CHS District 94 is inviting the community to Family Events Day on Sunday October 12th. There are many events for people of all ages! 
  • A tropical pool party will be held in the CHS indoor pool from noon until 4 p.m. where there will be games and prizes. Please bring a swimsuit and a towel.  
  • Also from noon until 4 p.m. you will be able to play mini-golf , watch family movies in the Weyrauch Auditorium and take tours of the High School which will be conducted by student ambassadors. 

These events are offered for free. Donations will be accepted which will benefit the CHS students through the Education Foundation.

Save Our State Parks
I got the above link in an email from Edith Makra, the urban forester at Morton Arboretum. - Bob


DuPage officials: STB statement wrong
""By law, we can't do that," he said this week. "We couldn't sell it to them if we wanted to. We initially took that legal position."  Pierotti said the STB's statement implied that the district had reached some sort of agreement with CN, which was not the case."
Central DuPage Hospital proton therapy center given state's OK
""We are thrilled with the board's decision and look forward to establishing DuPage County as a nationally renowned center of excellence for cancer treatment," said Luke McGuinness, president and chief executive officer of Central DuPage Hospital, in a written statement."
Do not resuscitate
"In this case, Northern Illinois University got approval from the planning board to build a proton-treatment center in West Chicago and then lobbied heavily to block the facility that was proposed by Central DuPage. NIU nearly won."
Evangelical leader smacks McCain for lack of ‘principle’
"Characterizing the GOP’s presidential nominee as an unprincipled waffler is strong stuff from the man who oversees governmental affairs and is the chief lobbyist of the 30-million-member Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Evangelicals. But Cizik — named this year by TIME magazine one of the world’s 100 most influential people — is no stranger to controversies that come from strong convictions."
Meanwhile, the Other No. 2 Keeps On Punching - NY Times
"As the economy reels, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. — the Other Running Mate — has been absolutely butchering Senator John McCain across the Rust Belt this week. It is not clear who has noticed."
McCain’s Political Style - the American Conservative
"McCain exploits the concept of honor and frames every disagreement in terms of honor and dishonor, so it is particularly revealing that he is willing to launch dishonest and dishonorable attacks, because this drives home how much his concept of honor is intertwined with his own visceral reactions to opponents and with his self-interest. "
Women are on to Palin - Capitol Times, Madison, WI
"What's up with Palin? The governor's overall favorable rating has fallen to just 40 percent in the CBS/New York Times survey -- down four points from last week. Palin's unfavorable rating is up eight points to 30 percent. But the shift is even more dramatic among women, with whom Palin's star has fallen 11 points in one week."

20&21 Sept

District 303's alliance with the public
"The closing of the school for 18 months, transferring students, and subsequent emotional confrontations between residents and school officials left deep scars.  The district was pleased to finally see legal proceedings regarding that crisis come to an end last year, but it doesn't diminish the fact that district administrators will always tread carefully on the topic of district school buildings."
Roskam foe accuses him of ducking public debates
""We made repeated efforts over the past month to contact the campaign by phone and e-mail. They didn't reply to anyone," Blue said.  Morgenthaler accused Roskam of being afraid to debate publicly.  "I have agreed to every debate and joint appearance request that has come our way, and Peter Roskam has continued to hide," said Morgenthaler, also an Iraq War veteran."
Westward halt! Gas prices slow expansion
"Transportation costs are now overtaking housing costs for families," said Mike McLaughlin, transportation director for the Metropolitan Planning Council. "The days of 'I want my 2 acres and to live in the middle of nowhere' may be declining."

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 19 Sep 08






Palin linked electoral success to prayer of Kenyan witchhunter - TimesOnLine
“And I’m thinking, this guy’s really bold, he doesn’t even know what I’m going to do, he doesn’t know what my plans are. And he’s praying not “oh Lord if it be your will may she become governor,” no, he just prayed for it. He said “Lord make a way and let her do this next step. And that’s exactly what happened.”
Truthiness Stages a Comeback - Frank Rich, NY Times
"If you doubt that the big lies are sticking, look at the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll. Half of voters now believe in the daily McCain refrain that Obama will raise their taxes. In fact, Obama proposes raising taxes only on the 1.9 percent of households that make more than $250,000 a year and cutting them for nearly everyone else."
McCain on banking and health - Paul Krugman, New York Times
"So McCain, who now poses as the scourge of Wall Street, was praising financial deregulation like 10 seconds ago — and promising that if we marketize health care, it will perform as well as the financial industry!"

19 Sept

District 33 Key Communicator Message-Educare, Consolidation, and Future Planning
"Board members from the West Chicago Elementary District 33, Lifelink Corporation, Positive Parenting DuPage and the Gustafson Family Foundation, along with local government leaders, have committed to a partnership to build Educare of West DuPage."
NIU continues with proton therapy center construction
"The NIU board of trustees on Thursday unanimously approved an interim financing package for construction, said project spokesman Gary Mack.  Still, long-term financing for the project is up in the air. The group is seeking approval from the Illinois Finance Authority to sell bonds to fund the facility. NIU officials are planning to meet with the finance authority in November."
CN files suit to speed up EJ&E decision
"CN filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., Thursday asking justices to force the Surface Transportation Board to rule on the merger with the EJ&E quickly. If CN doesn't get final approval from federal regulators soon, a deal with the EJ&E's owner, U.S. Steel, will fall through on Dec. 31."
CN Railway takes EJ&E case to court
"The three-member STB, which approves all U.S. rail transactions, has been studying the potential environmental impact of the sale for most of this year, and its final report is expected early next year.  But that's not fast enough for Canadian National, because U.S. Steel Company, which owns the EJ&E, has refused to extend the purchase agreement past the end of December."
4 arrested in melee at WVHS
" Students at Waubonsie Valley High School got some unwanted excitement Thursday night when a fight broke out during Warriorfest, the kickoff event for the school's homecoming week.  Police were called to the scene at 7:45 p.m. for a fight taking place on the school's football field."
"Upon contacting the Department of Economic Development at 630/407-6700, a county building inspector will be sent out to assist in completing the necessary damage report."
"Thousands of cancer patients in need of proton therapy—a form of radiation therapy without many of the short- and long-term side effects— can look forward to having a treatment center available in Illinois with the 4-0 approval by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board (IHFPB) of the Proton Therapy Center of Central DuPage Hospital."
[This article completely disregards the West Chicago Proton facility already being constructed.  Apparently everything DuPage County related, whether WC related or not, will be dumped on this site. - Bob]
"“This newly designed website will give the public a better understanding about their county government and the services we provide,” said Paul Fichtner, Chairman of the County’s Technology Committee."
Alan Greenspan - From Done In A Decade To One In A Hundred
"From paying off the debt in decade to a ‘one in a hundred year’ market crisis, that’s the legacy of Alan Greenspan, George Bush and the GOP that supported them (along with some Democrats who should have known better). Anti-regulation policies have shown themselves bankrupt - and their supporters have left American taxpayers with the bill."
Rep. Foster Responds to Canadian National’s Legal Action Against the STB
“Today we learned the unfortunate, but unsurprising news that Canadian National has taken adversarial legal action against the Surface Transportation Board because the board is not rubber stamping the purchase of the EJ&E railroad sale fast enough."
Murphy: Citizens tired of having Democrats pull the football away
"Comparing Illinois Democrats to the "Peanuts" comic strip character Lucy, Senator Matt Murphy says when it comes to ethics reforms, Illinois citizens are right to feel like Charlie Brown – having the football yanked away ever year."
In Crisis, Wall Street Turns to Prayer
"Last Sunday night many Wall Streeters could not get to sleep. After midnight, an executive at one of Wall Street's leading investment banks, who requested that his name and his company's not be used, lay in bed watching CNBC report that his competitors were going by the wayside. "I was surprised how quickly it had come. By 8 P.M. we knew how Monday would open. I prayed, very selfishly, that my company would not be on the list." He worried "about my family, the economic environment, my church, and community.""
MMS: 49 offshore platforms destroyed by Hurricane Ike - Houston Business Journal
"The 49 platforms, which may have sustained damage without actually sinking, together produced about 13,000 barrels of oil per day, and 84 million cubic feet of natural gas per day... Helicopter flyovers to date have not revealed any shorelines impacted by oil spills."
 FEMA Says No More Ice After Storms - WCIV-TV, Mount Pleasant, SC
"Up to 85 million pounds of ice was wasted following Katrina, costing $12 million. The agency decided in April it would only provide ice in medical emergencies or life threatening situations."

18 Sept

Around and About in West Chicago - 11 September 2008
  • International Day of Peace
  • Eyes Wide Open Illinois
  • Hollywood Nights “Fore the Future,”
  • National Museum of Mexican Art Mask-making Workshop
  • Jessica Inch
  • Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Walk
Mexican Independence Day
My sources cite Alderman Ruben Pineda as stating that this year's celebration and parade will not be rescheduled.  That is unfortunate.  I personally still want to thank the organizers who worked so hard on the event and wish them better luck next year. - Bob
County Flood Assistance Loans Available
"Under the Opportunity Illinois: Disaster Recovery Loan Program, the Treasurer’s Office obtains below-market interest rates for storm victims in declared disaster areas who finance their disaster repairs through participating lenders."

West Chicago
High School
"This year’s Homecoming Gala will be held at the Carol Stream Holiday Inn (150 S. Gary Avenue) on Saturday, October 11, 2008 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Special Guest will be Kirk Johnson, the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for his humanitarian achievements in Iraq ("
"CHS District #94 is inviting the community to Family Events Day on Sunday October 12th. There are many events for people of all ages!"
Reminder: Change in Early Dismissal Date
"Please be reminded that today, Sept. 18th is not an early dismissal. The 1:45 p.m. early dismissal has been changed to tomorrow, Friday Sept. 19th. This change has been reflected on our district calendar that is available on our website."
Tales Tombstones Tell
"History comes alive in Oakwood Cemetery! Mark your calendars now for Friday, October 3, 2008 and the 19th annual Tales Tombstones Tell program presented by the West Chicago City Museum."
DuPage hospital's proton therapy center approved
"The unanimous decision by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board comes just months after the panel announced that it was planning to reject the Winfield hospital's project. In April, board members expressed concerns that Central DuPage's facility would be too close to a proton therapy center that Northern Illinois University is building just miles away."
CN asks court to speed up buyout decision
"Canadian National Railway filed a petition in federal appeals court Thursday asking for a court mandate to speed up a federal regulatory body’s decision on the company’s controversial plan to buy the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway."
Ill. board approves second proton therapy center
"The surprise vote Wednesday allows a facility to be built in Warrenville. That's just nine miles from the proton therapy center Northern Illinois University is building in West Chicago."
State OKs 2nd proton center for DuPage
"The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, which regulates health-care construction, gave NIU approval in February to build Illinois' first proton therapy facility. NIU opposed the Central DuPage project, arguing that there are not enough cancer patients in the Chicago area to support two facilities.  "We're disappointed," John Lewis, executive director of the NIU project, said Wednesday. " - Evergreen,VA Push is on to recycle tossed-aside cell phones
"CollectiveGood sends its end-of-life handsets to Umicore, a Belgian company that reclaims metals from electronics. ReCellular ships its obsolete phones to Sims Recycling Solutions, an Australian conglomerate with facilities in West Chicago and Franklin Park, Ill."
Progress Illinois Six Illinois Republicans Vote Against Compromise Energy Bill
"All 11 Illinois Democrats voted in favor of the measure, as well as GOP Reps. Mark Kirk and Ray Lahood.  Meanwhile, the six remaining Illinois Republicans -- Peter Roskam, Judy Biggert, John Shimkus, Don Manzullo, Tim Johnson, and Jerry Weller -- opposed the bill."
McCain’s Zero Credibility On The Economy
"Here’s my modest suggestion: John McCain could convene a commission right now. He could get a bunch of economists and bankers together, and they could hash out the problem and present him with a plan. Then he could tell us what it is. Then we could decide if we liked it. It would be almost like this election was about selecting someone who will make good policy.”
Megan McArdle, Atlantic Monthly
U.S. Religious Leaders Invite Iranian Dictator to Dinner - Christian News Wire
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been invited to a dinner put on by American religious leaders during his visit to the United Nations, scheduled for September 25. The event is touted as a dialogue by the Mennonite Central Committee, World Council of Churches, and the Quaker group American Friends Service Committee. Representatives of the Episcopal Church and other mainline denominations plan to attend the dinner."
lawsuit -
"“If Van Hollen won’t drop his baseless, hyper-partisan lawsuit, then the Democratic Party has no choice but to intervene to make sure the up to one million eligible Wisconsin voters his suit targets do not lose their right to vote,” said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin."
'Throw the bums out!' — say the bums - Baltimore Sun"So the Republicans have decided to run against themselves. The bums have tiptoed out the back door and circled around to the front and started yelling, "Throw the bums out!""



17 Sept

Indian Knoll School Participates in "Pinwheels for Peace"
"In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 21, 2008, students at Indian Knoll School in West Chicago, IL plan to take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at the school, 0N645 Indian Knoll Road."

West Chicago
High School
Board Briefs - September 16, 2008
  • Engaged the services of the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson and Dr. Thomas Madden to seek Federal funds because of Fermilab. This effort will be done in conjunction with District 33 and Batavia School District 101.
  • Conference Realignment
  • Curricular Changes  -Creative Writing, Community Leadership, Interior Design II , Media Literacy & Composition, Painting 2
Ed Foundation Activities for Homecoming
"The Education Foundation of Community High School District 94 in West Chicago is planning a plethora of events to celebrate Homecoming, 2008 - October 10-12."
Appointment of Jim Jones
"With the appointment of Jim Jones to replace Donna McCormack, a familiar face returns to the West Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners. Jones served on the board for two terms, from 1993 through April 2005."
Becky Hall Seeks Sponsers
"I've stepped up (pun intended) my participation in CROP Walk: this year I'm not just donating, I'm walking!  Your donations will support life-saving programs around the world and locally. You can be the difference in someone's life. Did you know that $25 can supply blankets for a family of five? Or that $150 can buy a hundred chickens and two coops, providing two families with a reliable source of eggs, protein, and most importantly INCOME (leading to self-reliance and a happier outlook on life)? Every little bit helps - if $25 buys five blankets, then $5 will buy one!  You can hand me a check made out to CWS/CROP (or cash), or you can click the link below to donate online.
Click here to visit my personal page.
Financial Assistance for Flood Victims Available
“No one can ever prepare for the devastating affects of a flood,” said Fortner. “So when it happens, many families struggle to find the monetary resources needed to repair damages. This program provides flood victims with some financial relief during this difficult time to help them return home and get back to a normal life.”
Guardian of Small Business Award
"For his commitment to small business, State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) was recently presented with the Guardian of Small Business Award by the Illinois chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business."
September issue of 303 E-News
W. Chicago planners like St. Andrews' plan
"However, more than 60 concerned West Chicago residents attended the public hearing at Wheaton Academy to voice their concerns and oppositions to the project, which entails St. Andrews officials' request to have 210 acres of the golf course zoned for residential use."
Q&A: 1 vs. 2 cancer centers
"Among those awaiting the outcome of the decision by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board are officials with Northern Illinois University, which is building its own proton therapy center at the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago."
Locals push for Route 59 funds
"A $120 million appropriation for expanding Route 59 has long topped the list of Naperville's legislative priorities. Of three different capital bills that have been put on the table, the largest -- a $34 billion bill sponsored by state Rep. Brent Hassert of Romeoville -- does include the funding."
[This could improve traffic south of I88, allowing cars to more quickly and easily get to even worse traffic jams in West Chicago. - Bob]
Oak Brook
Tech Park director not satisfied with 'typical' progress
"Business Ledger news editor Jeremy Stoltz recently spoke with Jack Tenison, executive director of the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago, to discuss the park’s infrastructure, its relationship with Fermi and Argonne National Laboratories, as well as the overall development three years after its opening. Here are excerpts from that question and answer session."
Marriage Proponents Physically Assaulted in Santa Rosa, California - Christian News Wire
"After shouting obscenities at a TFP volunteer, a supporter of same-sex marriage slapped him as he filmed the demonstration. Although he managed to avert the blow, the assailant hit his camera disabling the settings."
[This is at least as bad as beating a young man to death and leaving him hanging on a split rail fence in Wyoming. - Bob]
Empty Seats Greet McCain at Fla. Rally - Washington Post
"Republican presidential nominee John McCain held his first rally without running mate Sarah Palin today, and let's just say there were seats available... There were almost no supporters in any of the cavernous arena's 24 upper-level seating sections, and only eight of the 21 sections downstairs held fans."

16 Sept


West Chicago
High School
Adequate Yearly Progress Notification
"According to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Community High School District 94 is required to notify you of our status in making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Community High School District 94 has not met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the past two consecutive years as determined by student performance on the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) given yearly to Junior students in April."
Golf course makes annexation, zoning request
"A public hearing hosted by the plan commission will be held 7 p.m. today, Sept. 16, at Wheaton Academy, 900 Prince Crossing Road, in West Chicago.  "They are looking to annex the last remaining unincorporated piece of the golf course within city limits," said Jeff Harris, West Chicago's city planner."
Storms force fest cancellations
"knew they had to call off the Lake Park Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition in Roselle, Villa Park's Oktoberfest, Wheaton's Autumn Fest and West Chicago's Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration."
Briefs: West Chicago special garbage pickups
West Chicago residents whose property or homes sustained storm-related damage may discard resulting debris without garbage stickers on their normal pickup day this week, the week of Sept. 15. Additionally, residents may put trash to the curb immediately, without waiting for the normal period of the night before pickup day. The city of West Chicago created these arrangements to help alleviate hardships residents may be facing due to the severity of the weekend storms.
RTA picks apart report on EJ&E
"An RTA staff analysis expected to be sent to the STB before a Sept. 30 deadline suggests federal regulators gave short shrift to the STAR line. The future suburb-to-suburb commuter rail line is intended to travel along EJ&E tracks between Joliet and Hoffman Estates, but the merger could jeopardize the plan."
Family Fiesta at West Chicago Public Library
"Music, dancers, costumes, and Mexican food were in abundance at the Family Fiesta Saturday afternoon at the West Chicago Public Library, which kicked off a two-month long community reading project called "Reading Together-2008.""
IL-13 Democrat Scott Harper Joins DCCC List Of “Emerging Races”
"Late last week 13th District Democratic candidate Scott Harper joined fellow Democrats Jill Morgenthaler in the 6th District and Colleen Callahan in the 18th District on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Emerging Races” list. This list of “Democratic candidates [that] have generated excitement in their districts for their campaigns for change” is seen as a measure of campaign strength..."
Rep. Foster Makes Office Available to Flood Victims
“With this weekend’s flooding, I am opening my office to the families of the 14th District,” Rep. Bill Foster. “If you need to make a call to let loved ones know you are okay, use the Internet to file an insurance claim, or fax forms, my staff and office stand ready to help you.”
A Former Member Testifies to the Dangers and Dysfunctions of the Jehovah's Witnesses - Christian News Wire
""The Spanking Room – A Child's Eye View of the Jehovah's Witnesses" explores the inner-workings of the Kingdom Hall and chronicles a first-hand account of the physical, mental and emotional abuse among Jehovah's Witnesses. It explores how Watchtower doctrine encourages violence against its most helpless members—the children."
The Ugly New McCain - Richard Cohen , Washington Post
"McCain has turned ugly. His dishonesty would be unacceptable in any politician, but McCain has always set his own bar higher than most. He has contempt for most of his colleagues for that very reason: They lie. He tells the truth. He internalizes the code of the McCains -- his grandfather, his father: both admirals of the shining sea. He serves his country differently, that's all -- but just as honorably. No more, though."
John McCain’s 43 Flip-Flops - Think Progress
I like articles that just lay out the quotes (and anti-quotes) and then link to the original sources. - Bob

15 Sept

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Sept 15- Sept 21
"Watch new editions of COD Images and Inside Studio 180 this week. Also, get all the updated info and opinion on the CN train situation from Sen. Millner and Mayor Kwasman as Gene Rennels presents a new edition of Community Action at Work. All this and more on Channel 17 this week. Check your local listings for times and dates."
Special Trash Pick-up Guidelines for Storm-Related Debris
"The City of West Chicago has arranged for residents experiencing storm-related damage to their home or property the abiltiy to discard resulting debris, without the need of garbage stickers, on their normal pick-up day during the week of September 15, 2008."
"Oberweis will discuss his ideas for reducing America's dependency on foreign oil as well as the need to conserve more energy nationwide beginning at 7 p.m. at the AmericInn on Douglas Road."
(Jim Oberweis Town Hall Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2008, Americ Inn, 1050 Douglas Road, Oswego, IL)
DuPage County in 60 seconds - Park district friends formed:
"A new group called the Friends of West Chicago Parks Foundation was created this month. Elected officers are Gary Major, president; Juan Chavez, vice president; Jane Hodgkinson, secretary; and Richard Worzala, treasurer."
Flying the furry skies
"And now a trip to the airport - in this case the DuPage Airport in West Chicago - gets Foolish all geeked up for different reasons.  The Fergusons are a growing number of passengers that take advantage of the PAWSSPORT program offered by the Elgin-based carrier, Valley Air Service."
Weekend flooding affects numerous communities
"“This declaration will enable DuPage County communities affected by this weekend’s floods every available means to secure federal reimbursement for the work they did over the weekend as well as in their damage assessments,” Schillerstrom said."
Drunken driver gets 13 1/2 years in fatal crash
"Siemaszek’s mother, 51-year-old Deborah Atkinson of Lisle, was killed Sept. 22, 2007, last year in a car crash with a drunken driver in West Chicago.  A DuPage County judge sentenced the 25-year-old driver, Luis Alvarez, Tuesday to 13 1/2 years in prison for the fatal crash."
artXposium 2.0 , a multi-media art experience comes to West Chicago
"Local, national and international talent will come together to display a variety of art work ranging from traditional painting and sculpture, to interactive and multimedia installations. Besides the “Grobe’s” location, artXposium 2.0 events and exhibitions will take place at Gallery 200, West Chicago City Museum, West Chicago Public Library District and Orleans Street Gallery, (last mentioned located in St. Charles)."
Younger evangelicals split over Palin  - Capitol Times, Madison
"Strang said he's waiting for the Republicans to talk more about health care and the economy -- and is both intrigued and unmoved by Palin.  "It's a great story, but I don't know what's changed," he said. "She's pro-life, but we already knew the ticket was pro-life. She really doesn't broaden the agenda.""
McCain on FCS: Flip-flop or fib? - Army Times
“McCain’s interpretation of Obama’s position is typical of the way in which the Republicans have twisted Democratic views in order to undercut their opponents and at the same time obscure the past positions of the Republicans,”

13&14 Sept

Mexican Independence Day
I have word from the mayor's office that the Mexican Independence Day celebrations are cancelled.  They are working now on trying to set it up for next Sunday instead.  An announcement is expected Monday morning. - Bob
Garbage Stickers Waived
Mayor Mike Kwasman has informed us that In consideration of cleanup from yesterday's storms, stickers will not be required during garbage pickup this week.
Midwest Institute Park Executives Maintenance Expo
"A great location, expansive viewing and testing grounds provided the perfect digs for the Midwest Institute Park Executives Maintenance Expo Aug. 21 at Reed-Keppler Park. More than 300 persons attended the expo hosted by the West Chicago Park District."
Marguerita Boorsma - September 13, 2008
"Marguerita “Rita” Boorsma nee Crowley passed away on Saturday September 13, 2008. Rita was born in Chicago on January 23, 1930. She was raised by her Irish immigrant parents along with six brothers and sisters."
Barn owls invited to make a home at Fermilab
"The owls, who were born earlier this year at Willowbrook Wildlife Haven in Glen Ellyn, were part of a group of six released Friday at Fermilab and barns in Naperville and Bartlett by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.  It's an effort to restore the population of barn owls, which used to swoop over Illinois prairie and farm fields at night hunting small rodents."
Police beat
"A West Chicago woman was arrested Sept. 2 and charged with retail theft for allegedly stealing two tops, a pair of blue jeans and two pairs of underwear with a total value of about $160 from a Kohl's Department Store in St. Charles, according to a police report"

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 12 Sep 08




Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes - NY Times
"Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials."
The Fact Checker - Washington Post
"John McCain is trying to claim that black is white when he argues that his running mate, Sarah Palin, has not accepted earmarks as Governor of Alaska... Alaska still leads the nation in terms of per capita spending on earmarks, according to Citizens Against Government Waste."

12 Sept

Realtor Training for West Chicago's First-Time Homebuyer Program
"Benefits of the newly created program will be provided, along with information on how to most effectively use this program to assist buyers in the purchase of their first home."
West Chicago fest to celebrate Mexican independence
"This Sunday, the City of West Chicago will celebrate Mexico's independence with a parade and celebration that kick off at Joliet Street and Augusta Avenue. The holiday (which is officially Sept. 15) marks the anniversary of Mexican patriot Miguel Hidalgo's declaration of revolution against Spain."
Kwasman tough in CN takeover fight - David Janaes
"I know I can speak for our entire board when I say: thank you Mike Kwasman. You are demonstrating the first requirement incumbent of a mayor for our city in excellent fashion. By that I mean, doing your best to protect our life safety and overall quality of life."
Tossed aside— what a waste
"CollectiveGood sends its end-of-life handsets to Umicore, a Belgian company that reclaims metals from electronics. ReCellular ships its obsolete phones to Sims Recycling Solutions, an Australian conglomerate with facilities in West Chicago and Franklin Park."
West Chicago Park Distric hosts Parks Maintenance Expo at Reed Keppler Park
"A great location, expansive viewing and testing grounds provided the perfect digs for the Midwest Institute Park Executives Maintenance Expo Aug. 21 at Reed-Keppler Park. More than 300 persons attended the expo hosted by the West Chicago Park District."
Realtor Training for West Chicago's First-Time Homebuyer Program Announced
"Benefits of the newly created program will be provided, along with information on how to most effectively use this program to assist buyers in the purchase of their first home. Interested realtors should contact Kathe Doremus at (630) 547-5804 or (630) 212-7128."
Train wreck in suburbia
"Karen Darch, Barrington’s village president, argues that road traffic will increase and that ambulances and fire-engines could be forced to wait while long trains pass.  Supporters argue that the merger has broader benefits. Although some 30 communities would see more freight traffic, twice as many, including crowded parts of Chicago, would see less."
Forest Leaves -

Oak Park,IL

"Catholic Charities West Region invite golfers to attend the eighth annual "Brighter Futures" golf outing starting at noon Sept. 15 at the Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago. Cost $350 per person. "
Progress Illinois - Chicago,IL Halvorson: Ozinga Supports Controversial EJ&E Sale
"Apart from some suburban mayors, the only prominent Illinois politician to support the idea is Rep. Dan Lipinski.  However, Debbie Halvorson's 11th District congressional campaign released documents yesterday suggesting that her Republican rival, Marty Ozinga, backs the proposal, which is extremely unpopular with many suburban residents."
McCain Voted Against Biden Law Requiring Free Rape Exams - Daily Kos
"In 1994, John McCain voted against legislation -- pushed through Congress by Joe Biden -- that helped put an end to the practice of charging rape victims for sexual assault exams.  Twisted as it may sound, charging victims for a forensic exam was a real problem. For example, as AMERICAblog has documented (and the media is now reporting), when Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, the town charged rape victims for the exams."
Lies To Nowhere - Think Progress
"From the day he nominated Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AZ) to be his vice presidential running mate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his campaign advisers have been repeating the lie that Palin opposed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere."
New Evangelical Poll Shows Golden Rule Moves Attitudes on Torture
"The results of a new poll show that while Southern white evangelicals are more likely to hold a more extreme view on torture than the general public, their views can be changed when reminded of the teachings of Jesus"
[Who would Jesus torture? - Bob]

11 Sep

Around and About in West Chicago - 11 September 2008
  • Mexican Independence Day celebration
  • “Reading Together”
  • Library Program - “An Immigrant Class”
  • DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter
  • National Preparedness Month
Ramey Votes No on Lottery Lease, Yes to Ethics Legislation
"In the one-day special session held Sept. 10, State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) voted against a plan to lease the state’s lottery but voted in favor or restoring important legislation banning pay-to-play politics in Illinois.""
Oktoberfest Dinner to feature Brats, Sauerkraut and Potato Pancakes
"The United Methodist and Congregational Men (UMCM) will host an Oktoberfest Dinner on Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist and Congregational Church."
Community Partnership Results in Proactive Program in West Chicago
"A community partnership between the City of West Chicago, West Chicago Elementary District 33, Lifelink Corporation, Positive Parenting DuPage and the Gustafson Family Foundation will result in a future state-of-the-art facility that will provide education and care for 150 children – from birth to age five – and their families, in West Chicago."
West Chicago mom denies beating baby daughter
"The baby suffered two skull fractures, broken ribs and a head injury. Authorities said her condition is improving at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.  The mother pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony aggravated battery of a child charges when arraigned before DuPage Circuit Judge Kathryn Creswell."
Letter: CN's rail takeover plan needs work
"Agency planners argue that the STB's preliminary analysis of the merger's impact should flesh out how to fix problems posed by more trains going through 15 at-grade crossings on busy roads.  The STB also needs to look more seriously at how freights on the EJ&E would affect plans for a proposed suburb-to-suburb commuter train, known as the STAR line, CMAP recommends."
Feds decision keeps CN debate 'even'
"Regardless of how the issue eventually turns out, the federal Surface Transportation Board made the only logical choice Monday when it rejected Canadian National Railway's request for an early decision on only the transportation merits of its proposal to merge with the EJ&E."
St. Charles schools to fix older campuses
"No air conditioning, questions about mold and general air quality, basic access to schools and classrooms for the disabled, and building security that's behind the curve compared to other districts in the area are all shortcomings district parents have griped about for many years."
Fermilab celebrates particle accelerator
"The test began at 9:30 a.m. CERN time, and since that lab is eight hours ahead of Central Standard Time, excited scientists at Fermilab had to fight off sleep to watch history in the making.  While some simply wore their regular clothes, most, including the lab's director, Dr. Pier Oddone, got into the spirit, donning bedclothes, bedcaps and bathrobes."
Janet C. Rossi, writer and columnist, dies at age 65
"While raising her children, Mrs. Rossi worked as a secretary for various companies, including Gordon Flesch and Ball Horticultural in West Chicago. She began her writing career in the early 1970s as a features freelancer for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times."
ST. CHARLES: No new buildings are planned, district says
"The findings by the NIU Center for Governmental Studies predicted enrollment in the 58-square-mile district might reach 17,290 students by 2014.  District 303 encompasses all of St. Charles and parts of Bartlett, Elburn, South Elgin, Wasco, Wayne and West Chicago."
Rep. Foster Votes for Veterans
“Whether it was the two votes I cast today, or voting for the GI Bill back in June, one of my top priorities in Congress is to improve the lives of our veterans. They should receive the same increases in benefits as Social Security recipients, and their care should not be sacrificed because they live too far from a VA facility,” Rep. Foster said. “Distance should not discourage our wounded warriors from receiving the best care.”
Obama's "Muslim Faith" - Belief Net
"Despite Obama's clear meaning, it's easy to see how it coud be taken out of context and within hours, it sure was.  UPDATE: I'vey posted seven different videos, but YouTube has taken them all down, presumably for copyright violations. Each one cut the clip at the phrase "my muslim faith," and several repeating it the phrase over and over."
[This is nice.  It is incumbent on all Christians to debunk and defeat the lies of the intemperate among us who seem to serve a political, rather than a loving God. - Bob]
Flashback: McCain Ad Attacked Bridge To Nowhere - TPM
"That's right: During the GOP primary, in the fall of last year, none other than John McCain ran an ad attacking both the Bridge to Nowhere, which Palin of course favored, and earmarks for studying the DNA of animals, which Palin requested."

10 Sep

DuPage PADS Orientation Meeting September 18th
"You are invited to come to a PADS orientation meeting Thursday, September 18th at 7:30 PM at First United Methodist and Congregational Church in West Chicago. If you want to know what P.A.D.S. is all about and possibly interested in signing up for a shift – substitutes are always needed – please attend."

West Chicago
High School
Career Exploration Day
"Have your teen pick up a CAREER EXPLORATION DAY APPLICATION in the Guidance Office (or print out the attached application form) and turn it in to Mrs. Peach's mailbox or bring to Room 150 ASAP."
Robert Stewart - September 9, 2008
"Robert W. “Stu” Stewart, 85, a longtime resident of West Chicago, IL, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2008. He was born August 27, 1923 in Monmouth, IL and raised in Long Point, IL. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a member and past commander of the West Chicago American Legion."
Mexican Independence Day Parade & Celebration
"Downtown West Chicago will be host to a spectacular cultural celebration on Sunday, September 14, 2008 when Mexican Independence Day is observed with a dazzling display of color and costume, music and dance, history and tradition and fun for the entire family."
Are those flashy new electronic signs also a hazard?
""The sky's the limit for what advertisers will do to get you to look at their product."  But the federal agency has already identified a safety threshold, finding in a 2006 study that drivers distracted for more than 2 seconds contributed to 22 percent of U.S. crashes. "
[Call your city council rep and ask that they stop this foolishness with their recently altered sign ordinance. - Bob]
13½-year sentence in fatal West Chicago DUI crash
"Alvarez, 25, formerly of Montgomery, faced three to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this summer to aggravated DUI. DuPage Circuit Judge Perry Thompson sentenced him Tuesday in an emotional court hearing.  "This was not an accident," Thompson said. "This was a crime. There are three broken families. They all pay a price in a different way.""
Railway merger opponents speak out in Washington
"Opponents of a merger between rail giant Canadian National and the tiny EJ&E railway told Congress Tuesday federal regulators should make communities a priority when deciding on such transactions - but it's unclear if their testimony will have any effect on the CN issue."
Stolen goods found during routine traffic stop in St. Charles
"An investigation of the other items found in the car is ongoing with the cooperation of the Kane County Sheriff's Department and West Chicago Police to try and identify the owners."
CN: House bill threatens EJ&E purchase
"Under the legislation, Canadian National's proposed purchase would be affected retroactively, requiring the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to reject the plan if any adverse impacts on safety and on affected communities are found to outweigh transportation benefits."
CN rail deal fighters get Hill hearing
"A bipartisan group of suburban Illinois lawmakers has teamed with Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in an attempt to delay or block the Canadian National Railway Co.’s proposed acquisition of the Elgin Joliet & Eastern Railway from U.S. Steel Corp."
Housing crisis affords an opening
"The DuPage affiliate just began a three-year, $4 million fundraising campaign to build an 11-home subdivision in West Chicago it has been planning for two years and five scattered-site houses elsewhere. While it has secured almost $1.5 million in county funds and tax credits, cash and in-kind donations pledged have totaled less than $500,000."
Montgomery man gets 131/2 -year prison term in fatal accident
"Luis Alvarez, 25, of the 800 block of Hill Avenue, pleaded guilty in July to leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality in the Sept. 22, 2007, crash on Illinois Highway 59 near Stimmel Street in West Chicago."
West Chicago Park District Football Pep Rally Kickoff
"Over 600 players, cheerleaders and parents attended this year's event. The Rally ended with a spectaular bon fire."

Pretty Sad - TPM
"The local news in Alaska is willing to play it more straight about Palin's Bridge lie than the prestige networks in the lower 48 ."

Sarah Palin and Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) - You Tube
"This video shows the connection between Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska and the AIP (Alaskan Independence Party) "


Weird Theology in Wasilla: A Look Inside Sarah Palin's Pentecostal Church - AlterNet
"... Wasilla Assembly of God's Head Pastor Ed Kalnins whose sermons espouse such theological concepts as the possession of geographic territories by demonic spirits and the inter-generational transmission of family "curses""

09 Sept

Park District Foundation
"Frank Lenertz, president of the district board of commissioners, said, “For approximately 15 years, we have talked about forming a foundation as an integral part in the future level of activity in the district.” He added this goal often found itself on a detour as the district coped with meeting other challenges. ‘Patience has paid off and, as we step off, we have found an exceptional group of individuals who have volunteered to serve on the foundation.”"
West Chicago Public Access Playback Sept 08- Sept 14
  • 6:00 PM  COD Images
  • 6:30 PM  COD Inside Studio 180
  • 7:00 PM  Judy Gardner Talks Real Estate
  • 7:30 PM  Community Action At Work
  • 8:00 PM  Women In History
Feds refuse to give early decision on part of EJ&E proposal
"The Surface Transportation Board announced Monday it would not split a decision on whether to allow CN to buy the smaller railroad in order to allow the Canadian company to meet a Dec. 31 deadline with the EJ&E's current owner, U.S. Steel.  CN had asked the board to decide in mid-October on the transportation merits of the acquisition and later determine the environmental side of the deal."
DuPage panel takes recall question off the ballot
"Amy Tauchman, executive director of the DuPage County Democratic Party, said the commission should have thrown out the petitions when it was submitted weeks ago. When she spearheaded a campaign a few years ago to get an advisory question on the DuPage ballot condemning the war in Iraq, election commission officials immediately threw it out because of a signature shortage."
Beacon News Doing OnLine Forum on EJ&E CN Deal
"Can’t make it to West High? Join us here for an online forum with reporter Dan Campana, who will offer live coverage, observations, chat and take questions during the meeting. The open house runs from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by the formal public hearing from 6 to 9 p.m."
Feds say CN can't acquire EJ&E early
"CN had asked the board to approve the sale by the end of the year and promised not to increase the number of trains on the EJ&E line until a final environmental impact study was issued."
Durbin Statement on STB Denial of Canadian National Request to Accelerate EJ&E Decision
“Canadian National’s demands for an expedited review were an irresponsible show of force and a clear attempt to silence the Illinoisans that will be affected by their proposed purchase of the EJ&E. I applaud the Surface Transportation Board for today’s decision to put their established evaluation process over corporate interests."
Rep. Foster Announces Award for Kane County to Combat Crime
“Drug use, trafficking and gang activity are toxic to our communities, and we must combat these problems with every available tool. This grant works to crack down on and remove gangs and drugs from our neighborhoods so we can continue to give our children a chance to grow up in a safe environment.”
Honoring Illinois' Fallen - Patriot Day
"Please lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings occupied by your agency’s personnel from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, September 11, 2008."
A New Chapter in the Pro-life Movement - Christian News Wire
"We are closer to victory than ever before, and now is the time to redouble every effort and to push over the finish line. Now is the time to cut off any "dead wood," any projects that aren't bearing fruit, any expenditures and efforts that are not actually moving us toward the goal of ending abortion, and any bureaucracy in our structures that is hindering rather than advancing the mission."
Michael Palin for President - You Tube
"Palin campaigning hard for Vice President, it's time to consider a new contender as the election campaign heats up: former Monty Python member Michael Palin! Neither Democrat nor Republican, he's... british! Learn more at "

08 Sept

  • Creepy Classics
  • How to Raise a Money Smart Child
  • Books for Lunch
Kwosek Obituary
"Gary John Kwosek, age 61, of West Chicago, passed away Monday, September 1, 2008 at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood. He was born on August 2, 1947 in Independence, Wisconsin to Thomas and Vivian Kwosek. Gary served in the US Army during Vietnam and was a member of the VFW Post 6791 of West Chicago."
Report: Poor ignored in debate over EJ&E takeover plan
"The needs of low-income Chicago neighborhoods that would benefit from a railroad merger are being overshadowed by wealthier interests standing to lose from the deal, a recent report concludes.
  • Train traffic should be spread around region - Phyllis O'Neill, Mount Prospect
    "Barrington acts as if they're too good and above everyone else when it comes to trains. Apparently the only trains they want to come into their town are those that will take them to the opera, the theater or high priced restaurants in downtown Chicago."
  • All aboard on Canadian National's assumptions? - Michael Deering, Barrington
    "Barrington, a town that already lives with some 70 trains per day, is composed of nothing more than, as CN puts it, "selfish, not-in-my-backyard" (NIMBY) people. Logically then, the towns from which CN will relocate the trains are also NIMBYs, urging CN to move their traffic elsewhere and out of their own backyards."
Oak Brook
Business Ledger

Oak Brook,IL
IHFPB delays vote on proton therapy center
"The information, which board members did not receive until the public hearing on Aug. 12, includes State Supreme Court cases and challenges the board and its ruling against a second proton therapy treatment center in the state, said Frank Urso, deputy chief counsel for the state agency. " Up For Sale - Christian News Wire
"We are looking for someone/organization to take our turn key semi popular website from this point and move forward with it. Our site is user friendly and fully key-word optimized for generating traffic. This is a great opportunity for someone/organization that has been looking to break into the Christian Online Community & Network."
[Can we suggest putting up some billboards on the temple steps? - Bob]
Alaska Independence Party - Part 1 - You Tube
"Held Oct 3-4 in Chattanooga, TN the 2nd Secessionist Convention excluded no secessionist organization no matter how small. The Alaska Independence Party, of which Dexter Clark is vice-chair, is one of the biggest and most well respected - for good reason!"



06&07 Sept

West Chicago Sister City Open House at West Chicago Public Library
"Our recent donation to the library of German books and DVDs will be on display. A short film featuring our sister city, Taufkirchen, will be available for viewing. Refreshments to include punch and homemade German desserts. Please stop by for a visit!"
Four D303 Grads Earn Perfect SAT Scores; District Scores Increase
"Four students from District 303 high schools posted perfect scores on the 2008 SAT college entrance exam, and overall scores for the district increased from 2007 to 2008 in mathematics, reading, and writing."
George Duda - September 6, 2008
"George C. Duda, 63, beloved husband of Siegrid; dear father of Tanja Denike and Stefanie (Mark) Benjamin; loving grandfather of Kyle, Joie, Alec, Kullen, and Aubrie."
A Train-load of questions
"Here's what you need to know whether you plan to attend, have already commented to the STB or are just plain unsure about what this could mean to the area:"
Oberweis sets three more energy forums
"The first of three upcoming meetings will take place at Aurora's Prisco Community Center at 7 p.m. Monday. A second is scheduled for the Hopkins Park Community Center in Sycamore at 7 p.m. Wednesday, with a third slated for Geneseo City Park at 7 p.m. Thursday."
West Chicago man chooses prison over boot camp
"A West Chicago man declined Friday to be sentenced to 4 months in a boot camp after earlier pleading guilty to stealing packages being delivered to Bartlett homes before Christmas. Instead he accepted a 30-month prison term.  Joseph Coleman, 25, pleaded guilty in June."

Crystal Lake,IL
Congress calls Barrington leader to testify about CN rail purchase
"Darch and Weisner will speak in support of the proposed Taking Responsible Action for Community Safety Act, which would require the Surface Transportation Board to thoroughly consider community impact before approving a rail purchase ... The bill, House Resolution 6707, was co-sponsored by suburban Democratic Reps. Melissa Bean and Bill Foster, and Republican Reps. Don Manzullo, Judy Biggert and Peter Roskam."
Palin Continues to Smear Catholic Action - Catholics for Obama
"This is what Palin and Giuliani were mocking. They were making fun of a young man's decision "to serve a cause greater than himself," in the words of John McCain. They were, therefore, mocking one of their candidate's favorite messages. Obama served the poor for three years, then went to law school. To describe this service--the first thing he did out of college, the sort of service every college-educated American should perform, in some form or other--as anything other than noble is cheap and tawdry and cynical in the extreme."
Sarah Palin's Theocratic End Times - Talk to Action
"In light of Palin's having been vetted, as Max Blumenthal reported by the religious right leaders of the Council for National Policy; Palin's views regarding creationismm; her 100% prolife views (meaning no exceptions for rape and inccest and opposition to stem cell research) her efforts as governor to roll back advances in LGTB civil rights in Alaska; her efforts to censor public library books in Wasilla while she was mayor; as well as he claims that the war in Iraq is "God's plan" and that the proposed gas pipeline is "God's will" suggest that Sarah Palin is by far the most theocratic candidate ever to make it onto a major party ticket." 
Obama, McCain Fail to Qualify for Texas Ballot - Libertarian Party
"The Bob Barr presidential campaign has stated "serious legal consequences" will occur should Senators Barack Obama and John McCain be allowed on the Texas general election ballot after they knowingly missed the state's deadline to file."
Palin's stall - Anchorage Daily News
"Gov. Sarah Palin is taking the wrong approach to Troopergate. She should be practicing the open and transparent, ethical and accountable government she promised when running for governor and boasts about now that she's on the national stage.  Instead, Gov. Palin has begun stonewalling the Legislature's attempt to get the bottom of allegations that she, her family or staff violated ethical or state personnel rules."

05 Sept


West Chicago
High School
WeGo Together for Kids - Parent Literacy Project
"The tutor training teaches people like you to help a neighbor in West Chicago read, write, speak and understand English better. When you share your time as a volunteer tutor, you can build a mutually rewarding one-on-one relationship with a West Chicago S.D. #33 parent who needs your help. "
Upcoming events from the Counseling Department
artXposium 2.0
"West Chicago will open the doors to artXposium 2.0, a 3-day multi-media art experience involving more than 80 artists, September 19-21, 2008. Local, national and international talent will come together to display a variety of art work ranging from traditional painting and sculpture, to interactive and multimedia installations."
What They Think - Lexington,KY Central Ink Corporation Celebrates 75th Year
"According to Richard Breen, company CEO and son of the founder, “Central Ink has always been a family business. We’re not a giant multi-national corporation making decisions in Germany or Tokyo; our headquarters is outside of Chicago, right in the middle of the country.  That keeps us close to our customers so that we can continue to be responsive to their needs"
Suburban heavy-hitter to compete for $250K in long-drive contest
"On a recent visit to St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in West Chicago, Christy was launching balls on the fly into the woods behind a red flower bed berm that was more than 300 yards away. Most need a good downhill road to make 300.  "If I don't hit between 380 and 400 (yards), I'm not happy," Christy said."
Barrington area united against CN
"More than 5,100 homeowners, business owners, Realtors and others dedicated to preserving the safety, economic stability and environmental integrity of our community made it clear to the STB that Canadian National's plans to acquire the EJ&E cannot move forward as presented."
Richard Viguerie: 'Cranky Conservatives' are Responsible for Sarah Palin Pick; Conservatives Who Kept Silent Deserve no Credit for Selection that Saved the GOP
""Those who backed John McCain as the 'lesser of two evils' did no favors to themselves, their movement, or to Senator McCain," said Viguerie, chairman of "He needed to know what conservatives really thought, and he needed to know what had to be done to get conservatives enthusiastically on board his campaign."
Some of Palin's remarks stretch the truth - Anchorage Daily News
"In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation, although she has cut, by more than half, the amount the state sought from Washington this year. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to Gravina Island, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere.""
Sebelius Accuses Palin Of Deceiving Voters - Huffington Post
"There's a disconnect between the way she positions herself as a small-town mayor ... and an inside Washington strategy," Sebelius added. "The kind of persona she is putting forward is very enticing, but I don't think it matches with her positions."
Republicans Use Fake Troops for RNC Video - Vet Voice
"That is, they feel compelled to stage a funeral with actors.  Because to show a real military funeral--with the heaving chests of a broken family clutching a flag-draped coffin containing the pieces of their dead soldier--might just make the funny hat-clad, stupid button-wearing audience blanch."

04 Sept

Around and About in West Chicago - 04 September 2008
  • State Bank of Illinois 100th Anniversary Celebration
  • Fox Valley Composite Squadron
  • Historical Society’s Annual Ice Cream Social
  • Reading Together” Program
West Chicago Sister City Sister City Revised  Website
Check it out.
Plan Your Weekend
"A reception to open "Women's Wisdom" will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 at Gallery 200, 200 Main St., West Chicago. The exhibit, which features art by students in the People's Resource Center Women's Wisdom art class, will be on display through the end of the month. The People's Resource Center is a not-for-profit organization that assists needy residents of DuPage County. Women's Wisdom, created in 1997, is a PRC art enrichment program designed to help women build self-confidence and camaraderie. For details, visit"
Kane refining stand on CN railroad purchase
"Members of the board's Executive Committee Wednesday took up where the Transportation Committee left off debating just how strongly, if at all, the board should join other suburban counties in opposing the Canadian railroad's purchase of the EJ&E."
Reception to salute 'Women's Wisdom' art exhibit
"A variety of media will be on display at the gallery at 200 Main St. in downtown West Chicago, highlighting the mixed-media work of the art program from the People’s Resource Center of Wheaton. The public is invited to join the artists at an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, where entertainment and light refreshments will be served."
Private donation lays foundation for restoring historic home
"The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $32,100 contract to repair the deteriorating foundation of the home. A private, anonymous donor — who is a descendent of the home’s original owner — has pledged $10,000 to make sure the project moves forward."
West Chicago man gets 3 years for attack at gas station
"Robert Hindle, 43, was convicted in July by a DuPage County jury on the assault charges but was acquitted of committing a hate crime. He was alleged to have shouted racial epithets at the men, both Hispanic, during the July 19, 2007, attack."
Progressive Clergy Take on the Religious Right in Ohio
"Recently, the Alliance Defense Fund, the Scottsdale, AZ-based headquarters for the Religious Right's strategic legal ininitiatives, has encouraged mass law breaking by Religious Right-aligned churches in the run up to the 2008 elections. Not content to have one church do it as a test case challenge to the constitutionality of the law, they want to get maximum  political impact along the way." 
September 3, 2008: Sarah Palin Gender Card
In this clip, John Daley savages the hypocracy spewing from Faux News and the McCain campaign, including a clip from Miss Wissala 1984.  It is truly the definitive statement on the sexism charges. - Bob
Noonan, Murphy trash Palin on hot mike: 'It's over' - Politico
""It's over," said Noonan, who then responded to a question of whether Palin is the most qualified Republican woman McCain could have chosen.  "The most qualified? No. I think they went for this — excuse me — political bullshit about narratives," she said. "
Excellent News for Sarah Palin!!!
"Washington Independent digs up example of Palin crowing about bagging a pricey earmark... This earmark, of course, was one John McCain singled out as egregious pork."

03 Sept

Two Upcoming Events - Becky Hall
  • The Kruse House Ice Cream Social is this Saturday! Ice cream, home baked cakes and pies, a silent auction, a beautiful garden - what more can you ask? 
    Be there by 2:00 to get a bidder number for the silent auction and support this beautiful house museum. Don't forget to view the exhibit inside - quilts, including many from the museum's collection.
  • Also, Mike Fortner was on Chicago's NPR station yesterday morning. Here is a link to the story - you can read it or hear it. It starts with Judy Baar Topinka, but the rest is pretty much Mike!
We can't let CN railroad suburbs
"It's simply baffling, especially when Canadian National has stated that within three years after purchasing EJ&E, the number of trains running on those eastern lines will be back to their previous levels.  Mind you, this is freight from China, shipped to a Canadian port, transported by Canadian rail, bypassing Chicago on its way to Memphis and destined for Europe."
DuPage Homeownership Center offers free classes
"At the classes, experts will review different types of mortgages and explain what it takes to qualify for a loan.  They also will provide valuable tips on finding the right home, negotiating the sales contract and hiring professional services such as attorneys and home inspectors."
Foster listens as consumers talk about fuel prices
"“One reason for doing this, quite frankly, is to put a little pressure on Congress to do something about a sensible, compromise energy bill,” he said, seated at a table in the oasis."
Palin And The Alaska Independence Party - The Atlantic
"Its platform calls for the defense of "states rights," to "seek the complete repatriation of the public lands, held by the federal government, to the state and people of Alaska in conformance with Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, of the federal constitution.""
Palin Wants Independent Trooper-Gate Probe Called Off - TPM
"In the latest sign that Sarah Palin's promised cooperation with the Trooper-Gate investigation is failing to materialize, her lawyer is now demanding that the entire case be taken out of the hands of the independent prosecutor hired by Alaska lawmakers, and given over to a state personnel board -- whose three members were appointed by the governor herself." 
New Pro-Life Movie Could Impact Presidential Elections
"This movie tells how Roe v. Wade can be reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Moviegoers were excited or agitated on both sides because the movie shows in dramatic fashion just how flimsy the legal footing stands for Roe. New Justice appointees who believe in Constitutional original intent will likely overturn Roe."



02 Sept

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Sept 01- Sept 07
Two September Summits!
"We’ve reached September and as promised back in March, ATS&R Planners/Architects/Engineers will be presenting their findings on District 303 facilities. Since ATS&R first spoke to Summit they have completed extensive studies of each of the District’s 17 schools and conducted site meetings at each. They have put together a comprehensive study of each facility and in order to effectively present require two meetings."
September E-Newsletter
"A statewide construction program has not been passed in the last nine years and failure to pass one now could result in the loss of $9 billion dollars of matching federal transportation funds that could be used to fix our crumbling roads, bridges and schools. Political infighting on this issue also jeopardizes the opportunity to create thousands of job opportunities at a time when citizens could benefit from additional employment."



National Preparedness Month – September 2008
"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign ( is sponsoring the fifth annual National Preparedness Month in September 2008, with support from more than 2,700 NPM coalition members, including Winfield Township Citizen Corps Council."
Q&A with U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam
"If you go through the Senate Republican ranks, there is an unbelievable amount of talent there. When folks talk about a statewide bench, there is amazing talent in the Illinois Senate - bright people, principled, hard working and articulate. They have not had the level of exposure, but this year, you are going to see some of those folks emerge in the future."
Public Radio
Republicans Learning to Go with the Flow
"But even with nothing going on, Mike Fortner finds the whole thing fascinating. He’s a first term state representative. Before that he was the mayor of the suburb West Chicago, which as you might guess, is west of Chicago."
Evangelical Leader Who Met Palin Says Her Family is None of Our Business
"Mr. Schenck went on to commend Senator Barack Obama for saying families are "off limits" in the presidential campaign:  "Good for Senator Obama. He got it right big time on this one. That was a pro-family position to take. Good for him," Mr. Schenck said."
[Does this "family off limits" criteria extend to Palin's son? - Bob]  Palin's
Palin And The Alaska Independence Party - The Atlantic
"Its platform calls for the defense of "states rights," to "seek the complete repatriation of the public lands, held by the federal government, to the state and people of Alaska in conformance with Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, of the federal constitution.""
Lobbyist Has Abramoff Ties - TPM
"The Washington Post reports today that, while Mayor of Wasilla, Palin oversaw the hiring of a lobbyist, Steven Silver -- a former chief of staff to now-indicted GOP senator Ted Stevens -- to help win federal earmarks for the city.  But Silver appears to have additional ties that could further undercut Palin's image as a squeaky-clean reformer.

01 Sept

Schaefer obituary
"John Schaefer, 93, of West Chicago, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2008 at Westbury Care Center in Lisle. He was born on July 17, 1915 in Chicago, IL and resided in West Chicago since 1950."
Happy Labor Day ...

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.

DuPage County in 60 seconds - West Chicago emergency training
"The seven-week course will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 10 at fire district headquarters, 200 Fremont St. Participants will receive basic training in disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire safety, light search and rescue, and how to be prepared during weather emergencies."
Rail deal threatens Barrington's water - Catherine Quigg, Barrington
"There is a life and death difference between a CN rail spillage of hazardous material in Chicago and one in the Barrington area.  Toxic and carcinogenic liquid chemicals can quickly enter the shallow aquifers and permanently destroy our drinking water. "
Business briefs
"Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center has announced the addition of two prominent physicians to serve on its board.  This month, the NIPTRC said it has named Bharat Mittal and Tara Henderson to the board."
Palin: ‘I Do Not Support the Voucher System’
"In her less than two years as the state's chief executive officer, she was able to increase per-pupil education spending, and she is opposed to sending public money to support private schools through political schemes like vouchers.”
Help Gulf Coast residents and first responders - email from Barrack Obama
"Your financial support will strengthen organizations like the American Red Cross that are evacuating Gulf Coast residents and planning to help communities get back on their feet.  Make a donation to support the American Red Cross today.  At times like this, it is our compassion and resilience that define who we are as a nation."
 Cindy McCain on ABC Today: Palin Has National Security Experience Because Alaska Is Close To Russia
"Asked about Palin's national security experience, Cindy McCain could not come up with anything beyond the fact that, after all, her state is right next to Russia. "You know, the experience that she comes from is, what she has done in government -- and remember that Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia.""

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