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26, 27, 28, 29, 30 Nov

 
Happy Thanksgiving
Across these days, updating of WegoNews will be dependent on access to broadband and time available.  The taxing bodies will not be sending info, the newspapers will be on skeletal staffs, and I will be traveling. 
Quiet zone OK'd along EJ&E line
"The designation of the quiet zone is not related to the proposed purchase of the EJ&E by Canadian National Railway, officials added."
  Injured veterans engaged in new combat - Los Angeles Times
""I was blown up twice in Iraq, and my injuries weren't combat-related?" Dixon said. "It's the most imbecile thing I've ever seen."  Meshell, who is appealing her status, estimates she is losing at least $1,200 a month in benefits. Despite being injured in a combat zone during an enemy mortar attack, she said, her wounds would be considered combat-related only if she had been struck by shrapnel."
 

25 Nov

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 26 November 2008
  • Toys for Tots
  • Adopt-A-Family
  • Ringing the Salvation Army Bell
  • Holiday Giving Tree
  • Annual Winter Coat Drive
  • Support Your Troops Organization

The West Chicago Park District
 Jingle Bell Jaunt
scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6,
has been cancelled.

[Park district Athletic Director, Joe Urban, reports the  cancellation is due to poor registration. - Bob]

West Chicago Park District football
"The goals of the park district, BGFL, and the high school forge forward with the identical goals of teaching the basic fundamentals of the football atmosphere, and at the same time stressing sportsmanship, teamwork, safety and fun."

West Chicago
High School
New Automated Calling System
"On Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 3:15 p.m. we will be activating and testing our new automated calling system called One Call Now. This calling system enables the school to send an automated message to all phone numbers in our database to alert you of important information."
Crisis Lockdown Drill
"This drill will be conducted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 and will involve the West Chicago Police and Fire Departments as well as the possible use of county canine units. During the lockdown drill students will be contained in classrooms, visitors will be prohibited from entering the building, and all hallway travel restricted while law enforcement personnel sweep through the building."
  • 2008 HOLIDAY BAND CONCERT
    "The West Chicago Community High School band program will perform their annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 15th at 7:30pm in Weyrauch Auditorium at the high school. The program will feature the Concert and Symphonic Bands, and will include Holiday favorites as well as other works."
  • 2008 Choir & Orchestra Holiday Concert
    "The West Chicago Community High School Choir and Orchestra will perform their annual Holiday concert on Thursday, December 18th at 7:30pm in Weyrauch Auditorium at the high school. The program will feature many holiday selections, culminating with the combined choir and orchestra performance of "Sleigh Ride"."
Letter dealing with CN rail sale sparks concern
"In the Friday letter to lawmakers who have been critical of CN's plan to buy the EJ&E, Surface Transportation Board officials indicated that "we anticipate that the board will issue a final environmental impact statement sometime in the next few weeks. This will push a final decision in the matter to sometime early in 2009.""
Who needs help in DuPage - West Chicago
"New Life Bilingual Food Pantry, 464 Ann St. Hours: 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday (630) 231-3315. Also, Northwest Pantry at St. Mary's Service Center, 163 Garden St. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon (630) 293-4958. And, Wayne Township Pantry, 27W031 North Ave. Hours: Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (630) 231-7173."
Food demand by the numbers
"The Northern Illinois Food Bank found the food pantries it serves, including DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, saw a 30 percent surge in people looking for assistance."
DuPage County weighs budget cuts
"In response to sales tax revenues that have dropped about 5 percent since August, County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom wants to slash in half the money set aside to fund the debt for his five-year capital improvement plan."
2 GOP congressmen offer ideas on the economy
"Kirk and Roskam said they hoped their views would receive a hearing and possibly find some support among Democrats, who hold the majority in Washington.  "It is our sincere hope that the administration will at least give this a once over" and find some good ideas in it, Kirk said."
Churches get serious about protecting flocks from violence - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"He said most shootings, whether they happen in a school, business or church, end before, or as, police arrive at the scene. So "just sitting and waiting for the good guys to get there is not an option" for church leaders, he said.  Many churches opt to hire professional law enforcement for security. But off-duty cops are expensive."
NATIONAL PARK CULTURAL PRESERVATION PROGRAMS IN TATTERS - Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
"“The Park Service has treated its cultural and historic programs like a dusty attic which requires no attention,” Ruch added, pointing out that earlier this year PEER actually had to sue NPS to protect the Little Bighorn National Battlefield from being marred by construction of a 200-seat theater at the base of Last Stand Hill. “While this NAPA report cites resource shortages, far more damning is its indictment of agency leadership.”"
24 Nov  
Live Nativity and Christmas concert
"St. Mary’s Parish School will present its annual Live Nativity and Christmas concert on Sunday December 7, 2008 on the church campus that is located at 140 Oakwood Street in West Chicago. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 6:15 p.m."
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Nov 17- Nov 23

Wed

6:00 PM

City Council (11/17/08)

 

7:00 PM

Inkredible Inks

 

8:00 PM

The Urban Coyote

 

8:30 PM

Wheaton West Wild Hockey

Award for 2008 National Night Out
"West Chicago was selected as a national award winner, placing 15th out of 53 of the 15,449 communities that were involved in the category for cities with populations of 15,000 - 49,999. The City will receive a special award later this year which will be on display at the West Chicago Police Department."
City of West Chicago Gets Dressed-Up for the Holidays
"The City of West Chicago is preparing for another seasonal celebration downtown. City crews have been busy dressing-up light poles, hanging festive banners and adding a healthy dose of “bling” to the official tree on Main Street in time for Frosty Fest, scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2008."
DuPage County in 60 seconds - Student award winners
"Three West Chicago High School students earned their Stateman's Award pin this month at the SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference in Bolingbrook ... Award winners are: Lauran Hon of Carol Stream and Mayuri Parmar and Emily Tulipano, both of West Chicago. Tulipano also received a first-place ribbon with a team effort for opening and closing ceremonies.
Tri-Cities in 60 seconds - Dist. 33 planning meetings
"Presentations showing how West Chicago Elementary School District 33 plans to handle enrollment growth and meet the needs of 21st century learners will be made at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, and on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the West Chicago Middle School Library, 238 E. Hazel St. Superintendent Ed Leman will explain plans..."
Briefs: Martial arts helps hungry:
"Kim's Black Belt Academy will present safety seminars starting at 3 p.m. today at the academy, 33W624 Roosevelt Road, West Chicago. A youth seminar for ages 5 and older will run from 3 to 4 p.m. and will provide simple hands-on techniques aimed at building confidence and developing coordination."
EJ&E decision could be bad gift to some
" Warning to all those who oppose the Canadian National purchase of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern railroad -- expect a Surface Transportation Board vote in favor of the purchase before Christmas.  Yes, people who live in communities near the tracks, and fear the near doubling of the number of freight trains along the railroad right-of-way, should be prepared for that decision. It has become clear that's the way it's most likely to go."
Last West Chicago Article on Oct 9th
The last article at the West Chicago Press website that was specifically West Chicago in subject occurred on the 9th of October.  Will we make it two full months?  Inquiring minds want to know. - Bob
Roaring 20s Fundraiser Benefits 19th Century CB&Q Depot
"The Friends of the West Chicago City Museum are revived the roaring 20s to raise money for the restoration of the City’s late 19th century Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad depot."
Nativity scene in state park going up as usual - Wisconsin State Journal
"The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation had said a manger scene not accompanied by secular symbols such as a Christmas tree would violate the separation of church and state. The group wrote of its concerns in a series of letters to Ohio Attorney General Nancy Rogers." 
Report: Government prepared to lend $7.4 trillion - Houston Chronicle
"The unprecedented pledge of funds includes $2.8 trillion already tapped by financial institutions in the biggest response to an economic emergency since the New Deal of the 1930s, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The commitment dwarfs the only plan approved by lawmakers, the Treasury Department’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. Federal Reserve lending last week was 1,900 times the weekly average for the three years before the crisis."

 

22&23 Nov

 
Veteran's Day at St. Mary's Parish School
"On November 11th the students participated in a prayer service which included patriotic songs and a presentation of small gifts to a number of veterans who were invited as special guests. The veterans then accompanied the students back to their individual classrooms and shared their memories about their time in military service and their views on patriotism in today's world."
Correction: December 4th Books for Lunch
"Decades of Dresses: Special Occasion Dresses from the 20th Century
Ruth Thomas and Cloe Berg showcase their collections and share their fascination with dress-up clothing from the past. About 20 dresses are modeled."
Kooper’s Kandy Kane Mishap
"It was around Christmas time and an elf names Kooper was delivering Kandy Kanes around the world. When flying over Reed Keppler Park to his surprise the Kandy Kanes went flying out of the sleigh and scattered over the park. Kooper tried to gather as many as he could, but he needs your help."
Holiday events in DuPage County
"West Chicago's annual Frosty Fest will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Main and Washington streets. A parade steps off at 4 p.m. from Main Street and Route 59, then proceeds west on Main Street to the grand tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. at the Fox Community Center."
Briefs: West Chicago earns award:
"West Chicago received the Silver Circle Award from City-County Communications and Marketing Association, a national organization that assists local governments in communicating with residents."
Welcome to real world, CN foes - Terry Tallinn, Wood Dale
"The airport is being expanded into their community; they are not building closer to it. They and other communities will have more cancer-causing agents spread into the atmosphere by more and more pollution causing aircraft. Where is Barrington on that one? Oh yeah, they're too busy worrying about waiting for a train at a road crossing."
SC school referendum gaining support
"More than 500 residents came out this week to hear the final report by Summit 303 and make their wishes known to the School Board. It was the largest group in attendance since the monthly meetings began a year ago.  Summit 303 is the district's "community engagement" program."

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 21 Nov 08

  • DSCOVR: WHAT IS IT THEY DON’T WANT THE WORLD TO SEE?

  • GM VOLT: THE AUTOMOBILE WE SHOULD HAVE HAD.

  • GINKGO BILOBA: A TIP ON WHERE YOU CAN CUT EXPENSES.

  • CANADA: CONSERVATIVE PRIME MINISTER PICKS A CABINET.

'Change' Should Begin in Obama's Heart Says Dr. Alveda King - Christian News Wire
"If the President-elect is successful in his advocacy of the so-called Freedom of Choice Act, he will bring a change that virtually no one but abortion profiteers wants," added Dr. King.  "Not only will this legislation make abortion completely unrestricted everywhere in the country, it will require that we all pay for destroying babies with our tax dollars."
[This is a pretty harsh/far-fetched extrapolation of his statement on abortion which can be found HERE. - Bob]
Credit and Credibility - NOW
"This week, a former managing director at Standard & Poor's speaks out on U.S. television for the first time about how he was pressured to compromise standards in a push for profits. Frank Raiter reveals what was really going on behind closed doors at the credit rating agencies the public relies on to evaluate the safety of their investments."
Georgia Dem Senate Candidate Attacked On Family Safety
"This time, Chambliss and other Republican groups are going after Democratic challenger Jim Martin for being soft on crime and a danger to children, even though Martin's daughter was kidnapped at the age of eight and, subsequently, the Georgia Democrat introduced a wide-variety of legislation to protect families from crime."
A Note to Hurley-philes
For those of you who enjoy the articles at MyHurley about bears the DNR refuses to live trap bears in the city or the wolf shot in nearby dowsntown Montreal, you might enjoy stopping by Deer Hunter's RoundUp (or even the PodCasts of the local deer hunter's radio show).  It includes a page of recipes for venison.
 
21 Nov  
Lindahl quits District 303 school board
"Contacted at his second home in Door County, Wis., Lindahl said now was the right time for him to leave. His wife, Shirley, died last fall after a battle with kidney cancer. The two of them planned on retiring in Door County and had started splitting time between their two homes. Since her death, Lindahl has spent more time in Wisconsin.  "I really felt I couldn't be reliable in two places," he said."
Timeless suburb ages gracefully
"Some teens attend the private St. Francis High School in Wheaton or Wheaton Academy in nearby West Chicago."
The evangelical shift that wasn’t - Politico
"Perhaps most strikingly, the anticipated evangelical shift away from McCain never happened. Despite widespread predictions that many evangelicals would stay home or pull the lever for Obama, McCain managed to collect more white evangelical voters than George W. Bush four years ago."
General Motors to Invest $1 Billion in Brazil Operations -- Money to Come from U.S. Rescue Program -  Latin American Herald Tribune
"According to the president of GM Brazil-Mercosur, Jaime Ardila, the funding will come from the package of financial aid that the manufacturer will receive from the U.S. government and will be used to "complete the renovation of the line of products up to 2012."  "It wouldn't be logical to withdraw the investment from where we're growing, and our goal is to protect investments in emerging markets," he said in a statement published by the business daily Gazeta Mercantil."
Reason that there is not much Here.
I drove down from Hurley, WI today... the first hundred miles were sloppy.  The two above items show you the papers have nothing today.  I have an item from the park district and a correction for the library... I'll get them tomorrow.  I'm beat.  Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash - wherever you are! .
Bob
 

20 Nov

 

West Chicago
High School
SkillsUSA
  • Food Drive
  • Competition Results
Board Briefs - Nov 18, 2008
  • Personnel
  • Approved Policies
  • District Improvement Plan
  • Debt Service Grant
  • Capital Projects Program
Middle School Future Planning Meeting
"Dr. Ed Leman, superintendent of West Chicago Elementary School District 33,
will deliver several presentations showing how the District plans to handle
enrollment growth and meet the needs of our 21st century learners. These
plans include a building addition to bring 6th graders to West Chicago
Middle School. Please stay after the presentation to share questions,
comments, and concerns."
1 crossing needs fix if EJ&E sold
"Only one of Aurora's train crossings on the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway line should have a grade separation -- a bridge or overpass -- if Canadian National brings more trains to the area, federal officials said this week."
Texas state education panel hears evolution debate - Dallas Morning News
"Revisions recommended by a panel of experts this week call for changing the "strengths-and-weaknesses" standard to "strengths and limitations." Another recommendation calls for middle school students to "discuss possible alternative explanations" for scientific concepts.  The latter change brought sharp criticism from the progressive Texas Freedom Network.  "The new draft contains loaded buzzwords that evolution deniers have used repeatedly to launch phony attacks on evolution," said network president Kathy Miller." 
Guest Columnist: Bailing Out Detroit - CQ Politics
"Optimists hope that it can be coupled with conditions designed to help wean the United States off oil and reduce carbon emissions. In return for the bridge loans the automakers should be required to “produce large numbers of affordable, durable, safe, fuel-efficient, low-carbon vehicles within the next five years” and to promise to end their fight against higher carbon emissions standards."
 
 

19 Nov

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 20 November 2008
  • Community Veterans Day Activities
  • Local food Pantries
  • Elementary School District 33 Plans
  • Thanksgiving Eve Church Services
  • West Chicago Sharks Holiday Bazaar
Agency hints at how EJ&E decision will go
"... the transportation board listed some modifications expected to be included in the final report, including identifying a need for grade separations at the EJ&E tracks along Ogden Avenue in Aurora and in Lynwood in the South suburbs, adding Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington and two fire stations in West Chicago as emergency facilities impacted by more freights on the EJ&E, and requiring CN to install turtle crossings to protect endangered species at Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve in northwest DuPage County."
Planners hint at how they'll vote on CN merger brouhaha
"STB staffers stuck to original estimates that the merger would not preclude the proposed STAR line, Metra's plan to run commuter trains along parts of the EJ&E for a suburb-to-suburb system. But they noted it could increase costs for the STAR line from 2 percent to 8 percent."
District 303 forum could gauge public's willingness for tax increase
"St. Charles Unit District 303 residents will literally try to connect the dots tonight on a road map that could see as much as $292 million spent or just a no-cost realignment of curriculum offerings."
Big Three's Uphill Drive - Portfolio Magazine
"It didn't take lawmakers long to focus on one of the hottest issues—executive compensation. And it was a Republican—Peter Roskam, of Illinois, who challenged the auto executives to work for $1 a year."
Opinion: Giving Up on God - Washington Post
"Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.  The choir has become absurdly off-key, and many Republicans know it.  But they need those votes!"
Ark. seizes 21 more kids from evangelist's group - AP
"On Monday, a 14-year-old girl taken by the state during the September raid testified that Alamo molested her, counted a number of young girls as his wives, and coached her and others to say they weren't touched improperly or beaten."
Hagel, Unrestrained, Lashes Into Bush, Rush And The GOP - Huffington Post
"Appearing at a forum at the Johns Hopkins School of Advances International Studies, the outgoing Nebraska Republican leveled harsh criticism at his own party, the lack of intellectual curiosity among some of his colleagues, the Bush administration's handling of nearly every aspect of governance and -- perhaps most bitingly -- the conservative radio voices that often dictate the GOP agenda."
Web Sites That Dig for News Rise as Watchdogs - New York Times
"As America’s newspapers shrink and shed staff, and broadcast news outlets sink in the ratings, a new kind of Web-based news operation has arisen in several cities, forcing the papers to follow the stories they uncover."
The Role of Money in Politics - WI Rep Gary Sherman
"While there is no longer any factual basis for considering large amounts of expenditure by candidates as inherently corrupt, there is still a need to keep an eye on disproportionate expenditures by special interests, especially so-called independent expenditures and sham issue ads.  I hope that good government advocates will join me in this refocus."
[This is a WI member of the State House in Wisconsin who provides me press releases for MyHurley.  I wish our local government officials came up with this kind of thoughtful position paper occasionally. Unlike "local" papers, I would post them ASAP in their entirety and voters could know how they feel about things. - Bob]
 
 

18 Nov

 
JINGLE BELL JAUNT
"The West Chicago Park District will host it’s first annual Jingle Bell Jaunt a 5k run. Proceeds will benefit the newly formed park district foundation, Friends of the West Chicago Park District, NFP."
Raking in the Joy of Service
"West Chicago’s youth volunteers rose to the occasion again this weekend and spent Saturday morning “raking in the joy” of service to their community. Coordinated by the City’s youth committee WeGo Youth, 151 volunteers assisted 30 senior homeowners in clearing leaves from their yards."
A candidate with vision, work ethic
"Tony has a proven track record of creating vision, living with a balanced budget, bringing people together and creatively finding ways to get things done though planning and hard work. Please join me in supporting Tony for village president on April 7."
Focus on the Family eliminating 202 jobs - Colorado Springs Gazette
"The cuts are taking place throughout the organization. The most visible change will be the elimination of the print editions of four of its eight magazines...Plugged In, for example, has seen its print subscriber base dip to 30,000 while its Web site attracts 1 million unique visitors a month, Williams said."
Gov't Finds Child Hunger Rose 50% In 2007 - NewsNet5.com
"Overall, the 36.2 million adults and children who struggled with hunger during the year was up slightly from 35.5 million in 2006. That was 12.2 percent of Americans who didn't have the money or assistance to get enough food to maintain active, healthy lives.  Almost a third of those, 11.9 million adults and children, went hungry at some point. That figure has grown by more than 40 percent since 2000."
Women, minorities, autistic children: Conservative radio's vitriol not reserved for Obama - Media Matters
"Immigrants, female politicians (and women in general), the LGBT community, the poor and homeless, minorities, progressives, unions, college students, and even autistic children were targets of these radio personalities' invective."
[Receiving in small daily doses, we get immune to the magnitude of this cancer that is so visisble in this list. - Bob]

 

17 Nov

 
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Nov 17- Nov 23

Fri

6:00 PM

City Council (11/17/08)

 

7:00 PM

Inkredible Inks

 

8:00 PM

The Urban Coyote

 

8:30 PM

Wheaton West Wild Hockey

City of West Chicago Receives a National Award
"The City of West Chicago was among the communities honored by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA), a national organization founded in 1998 to assist local governments in their efforts to communicate with their citizens."
["Savvy Awards are presented in 10 categories with 31 subcategories.  For judging purposes, Savvy Awards are given for each population group in each category.  Second place Silver Circle Awards and third place Awards of Excellence are awarded in each category." - from the organizations website which doesn't seem to mention West Chicago yet. I tend to wonder when a press release only has quotes from the person writing the press release. - Bob]
Chicago crowd protests Calif. gay marriage ban
""I'm here to stand up for the truth," said Andres Schwartz, a 38-year-old book publisher from the suburb of West Chicago. "This is not about us hating them. There's a standard for what's right and what's wrong. Marriage is supposed to be between a man and a woman.""
With challenge, comes opportunity
"Nearly 250,000 Americans lost their jobs last month alone. At 6.5%, our jobless rate is the worst it has been in 14 years.  Small businesses are at the heart of our economy and must be stimulated.   Representing 99% of all businesses in the nation and 65% of all new jobs, small businesses are often the first to cut jobs in economic downturns."
Obama presidency could have benefits for Illinois - AP
"For his part, Rep. Peter Roskam is hoping an Obama administration means new life for the federal FutureGen clean-coal project in Mattoon, put on hold after the Bush administration complained that costs for the project had soared to $1.8 billion last year.  Obama talked about clean coal initiatives during his campaign. "
Belief Watch: Is Obama the Antichrist? - NewsWeek
"Now Strandberg was receiving up-to-the-minute news from his constituents in Illinois. One of the winning lottery numbers in the president-elect's home state was 666— which, as everyone knows, is the sign of the Beast (also known as the Antichrist). "It is very eerie, and I take it for a sign as to who he really is," wrote one of Strandberg's correspondents."
US, Iraq Sign Troop Withdrawal Pact - Voice of America
"By calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraqi cities by June next year, and all American troops by the end of 2011, the pact overturns a long-standing U.S. policy against setting timelines for leaving the country."
Toxic Trailers Sold to Public as Scrap - CREW
"The government is selling travel trailers to the public that were banned from use as emergency housing in disasters because many had toxic levels of formaldehyde."

 

15&16 Nov

 
Late Night at the City Museum
"The West Chicago City Museum will be hosting "The Gift of Giving," a stage presentation performed by local actors, during their December Late Night at the City Museum, on Friday, December 5, at 7:00 pm. The "Gift of Giving" is based on an O. Henry short story that tells the tale of a newlywed couple, Jim and Della, who seek the perfect gift to present to the other."
High school play Fri & Sat - very funny - Becky Hall
" I just got back from "All in the Timing," a series of one act plays by David Ives, performed at Community High School in West Chicago, and I was heartily amused."
Thank you to the people of Illinois
"For throughout my years in Illinois, I have heard hope as often as I have heard heartache. Where I have seen struggle, I have seen great strength. And in a state as broad and diverse in background and belief as any in our nation, I have found a spirit of unity and purpose that can steer us through the most troubled waters."
PR Web Central Ink Corporation Launches New CICink.com Web Site
"The new CICInk.com features a user-friendly Flash interface that makes it easy for site visitors to find detailed information about the company's many ink products, press blankets, and services, including the Mobile Diagnostic System, which helps CIC customers improve printing performance."

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 14 Nov 08

  • OBAMA: QUICK ACTION EXPECTED TO FOLLOW INAUGURATION.

  • FIRST AMENDMENT: CORRECTING A SUPREME ERROR.

  • FAITH WARS: MAYBE THE WORLD NEEDS A FIRST AMENDMENT.

  • SHOENBORNS FOLLY:  THERE’S A GAP IN HIS THINKING.

Focus puts retailers on a naughty and nice list for Christmas - Colorado Springs Gazette
"The "friendly" retailers are so designated because they prominently use "Merry Christmas" and other Christmas-specific references in their catalogs and in-store promotions. Those on the Christmas-offensive list use secular phrases such as "happy holidays" and have "apparently abandoned" the use of the word "Christmas," Focus said. Christmas-negligent companies "marginalize" their message by using "Christmas" in some cases and "holidays" in others."
[Please note:  the above pictured Christmas tree is Jesus approved and a plastic version that was common landscaping near national franchise hotels/motels in the Bethlehem area during the first century AD.  Merry Christmas! (What ever happened to Thanksgiving?  - Bob]
Your Weekly Address from the President-Elect
"Next week, Congress will meet to address the spreading impact of the economic crisis. I urge them to pass at least a down-payment on a rescue plan that will create jobs, relieve the squeeze on families, and help get the economy growing again,"
Election spurs 'hundreds' of race threats, crimes
"Cross burnings. Schoolchildren chanting "Assassinate Obama." Black figures hung from nooses. Racial epithets scrawled on homes and cars.  Incidents around the country referring to President-elect Barack Obama are dampening the postelection glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn racism that remains in America."

 

14 Nov

 
Friday News and Notes
  • Clarification to Daily Herald Article
  • Summit Awareness Event on Sat., November 15
  • Locks of Love
  • District 303 Students Participate in “The Nutcracker”
  • Cans Across America
New fire stations under way in West Chicago
"The new Station 2, at 1651 Atlantic Drive on the city's north side, will expand upon services offered by the fire engine and ambulance now constantly stationed at DuPage Airport.  Station 3, to be located at 1080 Commerce Drive, will give firefighters better access to the south side of the city."
Local celebrations reinforce a strong sense of community in West Chicago
""Community officials are very active in the community and all the separate entities - library, police and fire departments - do a fine job of working together for the various events. It's great. It shows another side of the community that people don't see - the giving side of town."
Night life calendar - NightSpots
"Tivoli Ristorante: Live jazz and cabaret acts every other Friday and Saturday night. At 956 N. Neltnor Blvd., in the Tower Station Center, West Chicago. Call 630-957-6500. Visit www.tivoli-ristorante.com."
Rep. Foster's Office Accepting Inauguration Ticket Requests
"Constituents from the 14th District can call Rep. Foster’s office at (202) 225-2976 or (630) 406-1114 or send an e-mail to make a request.  Please be prepared to submit your full name, address, phone number, e-mail, number of tickets requested, and names of all other guests."
Illinois
Senate
Republicans
The Comptroller's Report: State faces unprecedented payment backlog
""There can be no doubt that these record-setting payment delays pose a serious danger to the solvency and operations of any institutions that depend on state funding," said Hynes, who predicted the payment delays could rise to 20 weeks by spring. "To call this as an imminent crisis is an understatement.""
[Failure to pay bills is not politics ... it is governance.  This does not bust my moratorium. - Bob]
SC priest: No communion for Obama supporters - Yahoo! News
"A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil.""
Secrets of Talk Radio - former news director reveals how talk show hosts work to get us angry - Milwaukee Magazine
"To succeed, a talk show host must perpetuate the notion that his or her listeners are victims, and the host is the vehicle by which they can become empowered. The host frames virtually every issue in us-versus-them terms. There has to be a bad guy against whom the host will emphatically defend those loyal listeners."
I.O.U.S.A
"By now, you may have heard about our acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A., a film that boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. The film has been a huge hit, getting rave reviews from Roger Ebert and others.  Now, we proudly release a 30-minute condensed version of I.O.U.S.A. designed specifically for watching and sharing on the web - for free."

 

13 Nov

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 13 November 2008
  • Fire Protection District Groundbreaking
  • District 94 Fall Play
  • “Food for Fines” Amnesty Period
  • 4 the People Annual Prayer Breakfast
DECEMBER 2008 PRESS RELEASE
  • Canterbury Carollers
    Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Books for Lunch An Ordinary Woman
    Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Fresh Holiday Centerpiece
    Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Reaching the Summit on Summit 303November 19
"The year-long Summit 303 process reaches its pinnacle with a final community meeting at Charlestowne Mall on November 19 at 7:00 p.m. At that session, community members will have an opportunity to state their individual preferences among the scenarios presented at the Summit 303 meeting in October as well as other options that have been discussed at previous meetings."
District 303 Schools Make Top 50
"In the annual compilation of state-wide test scores by the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, three District 303 schools appear in the Top 50 schools for the state of Illinois. St. Charles North High School was ranked 18th by the Tribune and 22nd by the Sun-Times."
West Chicago Police Respond to Concerns Over Coyote Sightings
"Coyote sightings in West Chicago have caused concern among some members of the community prompting the City of West Chicago Police Department to gather and disseminate information intended to educate the public."
[ See also West Chicago Police Respond to Coyote Concerns from Nov 15th 2007 ... which states "Coyote sightings in West Chicago have caused concern among some members of the community prompting the City of West Chicago Police Department to gather and disseminate information intended to educate the public."  Hmmm... is this press release becoming an annual event, like Frosty Fest and the Halloween Parade? - Bob]
4 trips up Sears Tower stairs—all in one day
"On Sunday, the 22-year-old West Chicago man climbed the stairs at the Sears Tower four times—that's 8,436 steps —voluntarily.  The feat set a record for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which hosts the Go Vertical Chicago event every year as a cancer research fundraiser."
West Chicago Police responds to concerns over coyote sightings
"Coyote sightings in West Chicago have caused concern among some members of the community prompting the City of West Chicago Police Department to gather and disseminate information intended to educate the public."
Author seeks to improve religious literacy
"Americans can name the four Beatles more easily than the four Gospels. Some think Joan of Arc was Noah's wife. And if they know little about Jewish and Christian Scriptures, they know even less about other world religions.  And they often don't know why any of this presents a problem."
Too Poor for Bankruptcy
"To file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy will cost you $1,500, plus court costs, plus the credit counseling - just an extra $100.00 added by the credit card industry in the 2005 bankruptcy legislation. Without the cash you are meat on the street;..."

 

12 Nov

 
Gallery 200 Welcomes Artist Duo in December:

"Kristine Marie Miller & Fredericka Krauss Howard
in a Featured Exhibit Entitled Two Germans
Opening Reception Friday, December 5, 2008 6:00 - 9:00 p.m."

CableCom Correction:
"Please note that the Saturday airing of The Urban Coyote at 10am was omitted in the original schedule. It has been added to this one. Sorry for any inconvenience.  Thanks, John Kruser"
Briefs: District 33 enrollment
"West Chicago Elementary District 33 officials are sponsoring a series of meetings to explain how the district will handle enrollment growth."
  • Appeals court denies CN railway request
    "Harrison's comments came after federal judges this week threw out a request by Canadian National that would have forced the STB to make a decision on a proposed merger with EJ&E before Dec. 31."
  • Couple writes protest song against Canadian National
    " For many, the planned sale of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern rail line to Canadian National Railway Company is nothing to sing about.  But Dan and Jenny Kortmann are hoping a song might help put the brakes on the $300 million deal."
    [Hear the song by clicking HERE. - bob]
Wheaton Academy golfers aim to succeed as "brothers"
"Now Flynn, 16 and Biddle, 17, both attend Wheaton Academy in West Chicago and their efforts are leading the golf squad. Flynn won the Illinois High School Association division 2A state tournament Oct. 18 at Weibring Golf Course in Bloomington. Biddle finished third and the team captured third place honors overall."
Ted Haggard Breaks His Silence - ABC News
"He gave a pair of sermons at a small church in Illinois where the pastor is an old friend of his.  "The first thing I want you to know is I sinned," Haggard began.  Haggard's comments were quite revealing."
Was the Press Really Strongly Biased Against McCain? - Editor and Publisher
"PEJ and the Post can claim that they can only put the tallies out there, they can't control how pundits and reporters interpret or spin them or what they write in their headlines. True enough. But those who produce the findings need to explain clearly, and right at the top, what exactly was tallied, the "horse race" context, and other crucial factors, such as providing a list of which articles were viewed as favorable or unfavorable for a candidate so others can judge their standards."
 
11 Nov The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month ... Not a time to celebrate but a time to remember.  Click "Honoring Our Veterans" to how it should be done.  If you don't have time for the whole pictorial, just check this one.
Deflation - A Time of Economic Instability
"I am afraid that we are going into a period where we will have decreasing revenues in all school districts due to a decline in real estate values and deflation. Deflation is an unfamiliar concept to Americans. Below are a few links to well known, mainline resources, that explain deflation:"
Dist. 204 going paperless, saving trees - and arms
""Obviously I've had a little bit of reluctance moving into the 21st century, but I think the most amazing aspect of this proposal is the transparency aspect," said board member Curt Bradshaw. "This is a tremendous opportunity to provide transparency to our taxpayers and provide them the opportunity to provide us input and advice in advance of the meeting regarding things on the agenda and be able to follow along better during the meeting as well.""
[Dr. Lehmnan, are you noticing?  Even without an active local press, it is possible to get info to your voters. - Bob]
Tri-Cities in 60 seconds - NIU signs proton doctors
"The Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation will supply radiation oncologists to provide proton cancer treatment services at the Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center. The treatment facility is under construction in West Chicago and will be the first in the state to provide proton therapy for cancer patients."
PRLog.Org
Bucuresti,Romania
Main Street Bailout Plan Announced By Gourmet Food Retailer
"In addition to slashing prices, the company simultaneously has launched a new category on its web site called “Buy The Case”. Items offered in this category are comprised exclusively of case lots of some of the most popular products, offered at a discount."
[You can see this business's website at http://www.cybercucina.com/ . - Bob]
Press Still Thinks West Chicago Destroyed in Nuclear Attack
The last article at the Press website that specifically deals with West Chicago is dated 09 Oct ... over a month ago.  Are they in some kind of competition with Rep. Mike Fortner, who last updated his website on 03 July?  Do they still deliver papers here?  Could we get better coverage if they sold the banner to Pravda or Al Jazeera? - Bob
Focus on the Family compares Obama victory to Nazi bombing. - Think Progress
"The author of the e-mail, Focus on the Family Action senior vice president Tom Minnery, told his readers not to despair, saying that the right wing would overcome this situation just as Britons overcame Hitler’s bombing in World War II:"
O'Reilly falsely accused ACLU of remaining silent on government check of Wurzelbacher's records - Media Matters
"In fact, ACLU of Ohio executive director Christine Link wrote in a letter that she "was deeply disturbed to hear that state officials approved the use of government databases to obtain information" Wurzelbacher, and the legal director for the ACLU of Ohio told Media Matters, "We would be very happy to talk to him and see if there's something we could do to pursue redress for this violation of his privacy rights.""
 

 

10 Nov

 
Ground Breaking for New Stations
"On Wednesday November 5, 2008 the members of the Fire District Board of Trustees, Administrative Staff, and Building Committee were joined by local officials and the public to break ground for both new fire stations. The ceremony was held at the Atlantic Drive location for both Fire Stations. The hiring of twelve new personnel and construction of two new facilities was approved by the voters in 2007."
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Nov 10- Nov16

Mon

6:00 PM

City Council (11/3/07)

 

6:30 PM

M&SW Veteran's Day Programs

 

8:00 PM

The Urban Coyote

 

8:30 PM

M&SW Veteran's Day Programs

November E-Newsletter
"The significant downtown in the market and the subsequent instability in the economy have marked the increasing need for the state to approve and implement a capital plan. Such a plan will not only improve crumbling roads, bridges and schools but will also create thousands of jobs. It is my hope that we can work out our differences with Democrats to produce a sound, responsible capital plan for the state of Illinois."
DuPage County in 60 seconds - NIU signs proton doctors
"The Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation will supply radiation oncologists to provide proton cancer treatment services at the Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center.:
House 6th District: Roskam wins comfortably this time
"At his victory party Tuesday night, Roskam thanked his family, staff and volunteers, and spoke of a crossroads facing the nation."
House 14th District: Foster aims to tackle economic issues
"Foster thanked his supporters during a reception Tuesday night at Long Island Sound Banquet Hall in Aurora.  “Together we’ve run a fantastic campaign,” he said. “We won what some thought was an unwinnable race.”"
Obama's win felt at area churches - Detroit Free Press
""I'm extremely disturbed by this election," she said. "It just doesn't seem to matter to the majority of Americans who voted for him. The pro-life movement could be set back 15 to 20 years.""
A Quiet Windfall For U.S. Banks
"In the midst of this late-September drama, the Treasury Department issued a five-sentence notice that attracted almost no public attention.  But corporate tax lawyers quickly realized the enormous implications of the document: Administration officials had just given American banks a windfall of as much as $140 billion. "

 

08&09 Nov

 
District 33 Budget
"Expecting a long and wide ranging discussion of wins/losses by the parties in races across the nation, a complete post election debriefing, I was surprise when Sen. Fawghourne had only one topic on his mind, the Elementary District 33 budget."
Finance Committee Meeting
There will be a meeting of the Finance Committee of the Elementary District 33 School Board on Friday, 14 Nov 2008 at 1 PM in the district office at 312 East Forest Avenue.  This meeting is open to the public. 
Friday, November 7 District 303 News and Notes
  • Summit Awareness Event on Sat., November 15
  • Veterans Day
  • Future Teachers Help “Read For the Record”
  • Norton Creek Going Paperless
Saturday Soapbox: Thanks, judges
"Being an election judge isn't a glamorous, well-paid or exciting job. But it is necessary and important. To everyone who stepped up to assist last Tuesday, we offer a sincere thanks. And to those who voted for the very first time, don't stop now. Stay involved and informed."
EJ&E sale update coming this month
"The federal board charged with deciding on Canadian National Railway's merger proposal wants an update on a study of the deal. On Nov. 18, the Surface Transportation Board is scheduled to hear from environmental analysis officials who are currently working on a final report about the impact of Canadian National's plan to buy 198 miles of Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway tracks."
DUPAGE
DEM PARTY
OUR THANKS AND A NOTE FROM THE CHAIR
"TO EVERY PERSON WHO MADE A CALL, WALKED A BLOCK, PASSED LITERATURE, ANSWERED A PHONE, VISITED A NEIGHBORING STATE, HELPED IN OUR OFFICES, WAS PART OF THE LEGAL TEAM, WORKED AT THE ELECTION COMMISSION ELECTION NIGHT, SUPPORTED A LOCAL CANDIDATE, WAS A CANDIDATE, WE SALUTE YOU!"
Earthtimes
London,UK
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation Signs Long-Term Agreement ...
"The Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation (NMFF) will supply radiation oncologists to provide proton cancer treatment services at the Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center (NIPTRC), according to an agreement announced by NIPTRC and NMFF officials today."
Landscape Management Cleveland,OH EPA honors Ball
"Ball Horticultural Co. has been awarded the 2008 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award. This award is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Chicago Wilderness, which recognizes park districts, municipalities and corporations that make extensive and creative use of native landscaping."

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 07 Nov 08

  1. CHANGE: SCIENCE IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

  2. THE NEW OIL: A DESALINATION PLANT FOR LONDON?

  3. SCIENCE FRICTION: MICHAEL CRICHTON DIES AT 66.

  4. REALITY THERAPY: RICHARD DAWKINS RETIRES FROM OXFORD.

Jewish Law's Meaning of Death Nears Court Fight - Washington Post
"In court papers, the hospital says treating him is "offensive to good medical ethics" because, unlike the highly publicized cases of Terri Schiavo and Karen Ann Quinlan, the boy has no brain activity. His parents, Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn, say their faith does not define death in that way, and they reject the hospital's pronouncements that their son has been dead since Tuesday."
U.S. Supreme Court May be Next Stop for Illinois 'Choose Life' Specialty License Plates
"We are very disappointed that the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago has reversed the decision handed down on January 22, 2007, by U.S. District Court Judge David Coar. Coar affirmed that Illinois violated the First Amendment rights of more than 25,000 Illinois citizens who signed petitions for Illinois' approval and issuance of 'Choose Life' specialty license plates. Proceeds were to be dedicated to funding adoptions throughout Illinois."
Animated short: The economy
"The economic outlook isn't too peachy, according to this newscaster."
"Don't miss Walt Handelsman's animated cartoons. Sign up to be sent an alert when each new animated cartoon is posted online."
Senator wants answers on dangers of burn pits
"Feingold said he read about the issue in a Military Times paper. Another Military Times story showed hazardous waste is a problem throughout Iraq and Afghanistan."

 

07 Nov

 
District 33 Raises - Katrine MaGuire
"I am writing this letter, because I am concerned as a taxpayer and citizen about the financial state of school districts in light of the current economy. This letter is directly related to recent decisions in District 33. However, I urge others to read it as an example of what is common practice at most districts in the Chicagoland area."
District 33 Raises - Dave Barclay
"Teachers pay and School Administrator pay is always controversial and easy to criticize. Our board has expended a lot of time and energy negotiating contracts with several unions this year and I believe the board has negotiated in good faith with the best interests of the community as our objective."
West Chicago Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest
"One hundred nineteen posters were submitted by fifth and sixth grade students from the community of West Chicago as entries to the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. Poster entries were placed on display at the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at West Chicago Middle School on Sunday, November 2, 2008."

FREE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING
This information about a coporate sponsored recycling program was passed along by Representative Ramey's office.

"WASTE MANAGEMENT AND SONY ELECTRONICS TO HOST FREE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENTS AT RR DONNELLEY FACILITIES IN HILLSIDE, ST. CHARLES
Consumer Recycling Event to Raise Awareness of Permanent Drop-off Locations"

Thank You
"All who participated should be thanked for their time, effort and concern. I would like to thank those who worked for my campaign and those that voted for me... but moreso, I also wish to thank those who didn't: my opponents, Broc Montgomery, Dan Kairis, their supporters, and voters."
$374,630 Grant for West Aurora School District
"To address the needs of a growing student enrollment, State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) recently announced that West Aurora School District 129 will receive a Fast Growth Grant awarded by the Illinois State Board of Education. The grant, which totals $374,630, will assist with the challenges the district faces with a rapidly increasing student population."

West Chicago
High School
D94- Board Briefs Posted:
The following issues of the notes on Board of Education Meetings have been posted:
Attack the drunks, not the businesses - John Zwicky, Lombard
"The DuPage County Board continues this trend by fining Diamond's as well as customers for violations of new liquor violations. They should do no such thing.  If the county board wants to attack drunken driving, it should penalize motorists rather than businesses that serve liquor."
22-year-old Dem elected to DuPage board
"Michelassi, a 22-year-old College of DuPage graduate from Aurora, is also the youngest of the candidates elected to the board.  "I'm absolutely floored and humbled and thankful," he said. "I can't even describe the feeling right now.""
Foster handily defeats Oberweis again
"Speaking to an excited crowd at Long Island Sound Banquets in Aurora, Foster thanked supporters and staffers for working toward what he called an improbable victory. Foster is the first Democrat to represent the 14th District in Congress since Watergate, and Tuesday’s victory wins him his first full term in office."
Sorry about this late election coverage... but 3 days worth of the Beacon showed up in my email box this morning. - Bob
For DuPage River, cleanup trickles on
"There was no way around it: The West Branch of the DuPage River had to undergo major disruptions to be cleared of thorium left decades ago by a West Chicago factory. But in the cleanup's wake, DuPage County planners have been determined not only to put the river back together, but to undo other damage caused by a century of human impact in the now-populous suburb."
4 The People Prayer Breakfast
"The Breakfast will start at 8:30 AM, with a call to worship by Rev. David Price, of the First Assembly of God. Later reading and closing will be by Rev. Mr. Luis Saltigerald of St. Mary Church and a concluding prayer by Rev. John Dumke.of St. Andrews Lutheran Church."
Oberweis Thanks Volunteers and Staff
"I want to express my deepest gratitude to the many volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly during this long campaign season. Their dedication has served as an inspiration to me as a candidate.  I would also like to say a special "thank you" to my wife, Julie, and my children and grandchildren for their unending support and love."
Global Survey: Youths See Spiritual Dimension to Life - Christian Science Monitor
""It's how I see good in the world," explains participant Ryan Mooney, a college freshman in Portland, Ore., who is Jewish but spends hours reading the teachings of other faiths. "That all these religions formed by different societies come around to this sentiment of striving toward goodness gives me faith in the world.""
The Bailout: A Far Cry from Socialism - History News Network
"Many of America's first banks were owned partly by either state governments or the national government. These included the first Bank of the United States, established in 1791, in which the federal government held 20 percent of all shares. Among the states, Pennsylvania in particular owned stock in numerous banks, beginning in 1793 with a third of the Bank of Pennsylvania."
Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are - The Onion

 
 

06 Nov

 
Special Meeting of Dist 33 Board Tonight.
  1. After 5% increase for teachers for next year, they will now take up administrative and staff raises... will the board see new budget projections before this vote?
  2. Will the board see the complete Superintendent's contract before approving it?
  3. Will they approve $600,000 for architect fees for an addition to the middle school?  Should they go to referendum first?
  4. Should they still be assuming a 3% per year growth in the EAV, the value of housing and buildings in the district?

There is one of these questions that doesn't scare me.  The answers will be evident tonight.  I don't trust the Press nor the Herald to be there and find out, but if they post an article, the link will be here tomorrow.  Will someone attend, take notes, and email me the answers?  Will the Superintendent email the answers tomorrow?  Inquiring minds want to know. - Bob

"How to work in the real world without compromising your faith."
"In one of his first speeches after his re-election to Illinois' 6th Congressional District in suburban Chicago, Congressman Peter Roskam quietly visited Wheaton Academy Thursday afternoon."
District 33 Announces Future Planning Meeting Schedule
"Dr. Ed Leman, superintendent of West Chicago Elementary School District 33, will deliver several presentations showing how the District plans to handle enrollment growth and meet the needs of our 21st century learners. These plans include a building addition to bring 6th graders to West Chicago Middle School."

 

Around and About in West Chicago - 06 November 2008
  • Latin-Hispanic Café
  • Craft & Treasures Bazaar
  • Veterans’ Day Service
  • Volunteer Appreciation Night
  • 4 the People Annual Prayer Breakfast
Foster echoes Obama's call for patience
"Foster took a victory lap of the 14th Congressional District on Wednesday to thank constituents for giving him a full 2-year term in Congress."
Defeated ballot questions likely to return
"Winfield Township Highway Supervisor Joe Jedlovec said the election "doesn't change anything."  "We still need the money," he said."
Ten things to do this weekend - Roaring 20s Revelry
"The Friends of the West Chicago City Museum are reviving the roaring 20s to raise money for the restoration of the City's late 19th century Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad depot."
Landscape
Management

Cleveland,OH
Ball Horticultural wins environmental award
"Ball Horticultural Company has been awarded the 2008 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award. This award is sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness, which recognizes park districts, municipalities and corporations that make extensive and creative use of native landscaping. The award ceremony will be held as part of the Chicago Wilderness Congress on Thursday, November 13, 2008."
Hands-On: Digital Praise's Christian-Themed 'Guitar Hero' Clone Wired
"Digital Praise's Guitar Praise - Solid Rock adopts the same concept of "playing" rock tunes on an increasingly difficult level. But it inhabits a gentler world where a bad performance gets you mild clapping and gentle suggestions instead of the raucous boos and catcalls that accompany failure in Guitar Hero."
Moratorium on Political Coverage
For the rest of November, we will not cover politics... we will still post to articles about governance.  Except thank yous, we still feel an obligation to cover what they do ...  just not what they say. - Bob

 

05 Nov

 
WEST CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY DISPLAYS THE SPIRIT OF GIVING FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
"Please see the attached Press Release for information on two upcoming Library programs - "Food for Fines" and "Holiday Giving Tree.""
Congratulations Youth Services Team
"The 21st Century Service Award is annually awarded to the library member of the DuPage Library System that best exemplifies service planned to meet the challenges of the future."
First United Methodist Church Chili Fest 2008
"For only a $5 donation enjoy all the chili you would like along with cornbread, dessert & beverage"

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
"Proceeds benefit: MOMS IN SCHOOL A state licensed 501c (3) childcare center for teen parents offering an enriched childcare environment for children (ages 6 weeks-3 years) of students at any area high school."

 

Two Presbyterian congregations vote to break away - Fresno Bee
"After services ended Sunday, First Presbyterian in downtown Fresno and Trinity Presbyterian in Clovis both voted to leave Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) over differences mainly about the authority of Scripture and the possibility of gay leadership in the church."
Morratorium on political coverage ...
If politicians issue thank yous to the voters, they will be posted.  Short of that, readers of these categories will have to wait until December.
   


04 Nov

Long -- but not unbearable -- lines greet suburban voters
"Election officials expected long lines today after a record turnout for early voting across the Chicago area. As many as 80 percent of those registered could vote.  Voters will choose everything from the president to county judges, while Democrats and Republicans wait to see who ends up with control of both the Illinois state house and the U.S. Capitol."
Private Funeral Services for Christine Ann Durbin to be Held Thursday Near Washington, DC
"Chris Durbin, 40, passed away on Saturday from complications related to a congenital heart condition. She is survived by her parents, her husband Marty Johnson and son Alex; brother Paul (and wife Jamie); sister Jennifer (and husband Michael)."
Judge: Caught 'Between Rock and Hard Place' in Prayer Death Case  - WTMJ 620AM
"Marathon County Circuit Judge Vincent Howard says courts in two states have tossed out similar cases while courts in two other states allowed them to go to trial."

 

Obama Effigy Prompts Reflection on Diversity at Christian Campuses - Medill Reports
"“[The students] have said it was a political statement,” Perez said. “The point they were trying to make was that Obama was not good enough to be an Act Six student. That’s what they said afterward. From their perspective, it wasn’t racially motivated.”"
How McCain Could Win - Greg Palast
"Here's an ugly little secret about American democracy: We don't count all the votes. In 2004, based on the data from the US Elections Assistance Commission, 3,006,080 votes were not counted: "spoiled," unreadable and blank ballots; "provisional" ballots rejected; mail-in ballots disqualified."
03 Nov  
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Nov 3- Nov 9
  • Mon 7:00 PM City Council (LIVE)
  • Tues 6:00 PM WeGo Thru The Tube Marathon

West Chicago
High School
Wildcat Preschool Coming in December
"Community High School District 94 in West Chicago would like to invite your eager-to-learn preschoolers to the Wildcat Preschool. The program operates under the supervision of Patti Kozlowski but is run by students enrolled in the Child Development Classes."
CHS Fall Sports Awards Night WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5th, 2008
"Doug Mullaney, Athletic Director, and the entire athletic department invites all students and their parents, staff and administration to our Fall Sports Awards Night on Wednesday, November 5th. Preliminary events will begin at 7:30 pm in the Bishop Gym. It is our hope that you consider attending a night of closure to the fall season and most importantly to celebrate the efforts of our athletes and coaches. We hope to see you then."
Don't skip the undercards on this year's ballot
"Even Republicans have attempted to flip the Obama factor in their favor.  Roskam has sent out mailers encouraging Obama voters to support him. The mailers sparked the Obama campaign to issue a statement endorsing Morgenthaler."
DuPage County in 60 seconds - Police to monitor Election Day polls
"The DuPage County Election Commission have joined forces with sheriff and state's attorney officials to ensure safety and security are maintained this election. To report problems, call either the election commission at (630) 407-5600 or state's attorney's office at (630) 407-8000."
Others can learn from his success
"Kirk epitomizes the values America stands for. Values such as a strong work ethic, moral courage, social entrepreneurship and concern for the human race are qualities that have inspired people all over the world."
Getting the facts straight on CN plan - Buffalo Grove Village Trustees
"Mr. McDonald asserts that improving the limited schedule on the Metra North Central Line is not as important as the still-theoretical STAR line - which has yet to generate ridership projections that would make it viable even to garner approvals for preliminary engineering work."
The "Dangerous Threesome" Argument - Progress Illinois
"This idea that voting for Republican candidates will prevent the "threesome" from overreaching has trickled into some tight congressional races too, especially in districts where Obama is expected to fare well. GOP Rep. Peter Roskam, fearing a 14-point Obama landslide in the 6th District, warned of one-party rule on WLS' Don Wade & Roma In The Morning last Wednesday:"
Businessmen differ on economy in 14th race - Kane County Chronicle
"Foster says his moderate stance appeals to voters in the district who are looking for change.  Dairy magnate and mutual fund manager Oberweis says that there is a “revolt” of traditional Republican policies, but that it’s up to him and other Republicans to rebuild the party and get back to the “basics” of what voters in the district want – “taxpayers keeping their own dollars.”
Foster, Oberweis meet again in 14th Congressional race
"Oberweis said he is running for Congress in the 14th District because he thinks “that Washington is broken. I believe that we need some dramatic change and reform and we aren't getting it."
Churches assess impact of financial crisis - The Christian Century
"During what some call the start of a recession, mainline church officials are assuring pastors and retirees that their pension funds are secure. But the officials are concerned about how the economic woes will affect their operating budgets and ministries."
McCain's name nowhere to be seen at Palin rally = CNN Political Ticker
"But on closer inspection, the GOP nominee’s name was literally nowhere to be found on any of the official campaign signage distributed to supporters at the event... The other sign handed out to supporters read “Florida is Palin Country,” but those signs were neither paid for by the Republican National Committee nor the McCain campaign."
GOP offers scant proof of voter fraud - Politico
"But Ronald Michaelson, a veteran election administrator and member of the McCain-Palin Honest and Open Election Committee, said in an interview that he could not name a single instance in which this had occurred.  “Do we have a documented instance of voting fraud that resulted from a phony registration form? No, I can’t cite one, chapter and verse,” he said."
01&02 Nov  
School district 94 president to shift gears
"Reyes has been the driving force behind the proposed consolidation. Still, he says it's a good time to move on. "It's a good place for me to walk away and say 'I did what I could' and leave it up to the people," he said."
Early voting shatters records, long lines expected come Election Day
"The record turnout is attributed to the fierce presidential campaign, local enthusiasm for Chicago Democrat Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, numerous hot local races and general concern in the public regarding the economy and the Iraq war.  "I don't think there's any way of denying the Obama effect," Orr said."
Breaking down state legislative races - House District 55
"Incumbent Republican Randy Ramey, of Carol Stream supports releasing the 10th gambling license, a Chicago casino and slots at the tracks. His opponent, Green Party candidate Dan J. Kairis of South Elgin, said the actual cost of gambling to the state would need to be studied before expanding licenses."
DuPage Dems trying to break GOP's stranglehold
"Enger is from Winfield and supports more programs for homeless residents and affordable housing ventures.  Zay is a Carol Stream resident who championed new laws this year to prohibit alcohol consumption at strip clubs in the county. Larsen is from Wheaton and believes the county government should focus on core services like public safety and keeping taxes low."
Our picks for Tuesday: DuPage County
 
President Barack Obama (D)
Senate Dick Durbin (D)*
U.S. House 6th District - Jill Morgenthaler (D)
14th District - Bill Foster (D)*
House District 95 - Mike Fortner (R)*
District 55 - Randy Ramey (R)*
DuPage County Board - District 6 James Zay (R)* and Robert Larsen (R)
Winfield Township Should the township raise property taxes to add $200,000 to the road maintenence fund? - No.

West Chicago Essay Contest Sparks Civic Engagement
"Grade school children in West Chicago will once again have an opportunity to articulate their special feelings about their community in the 2nd Annual Favorite Things About West Chicago essay contest, sponsored by the City of West Chicago in conjunction with Frosty Fest."
[This appears to be the city's press release posted by the PR person.  I don't know if I should bother reposting the duplicate, but here it is. - Bob]
Daughter of Illinois Sen. Durbin dies at 40
"Christine Durbin died in a Washington, D.C.-area hospital from complications relating to a congenital heart condition. She had been hospitalized for several weeks, Durbin spokesman Joe Shoemaker said.  Sen. Durbin was with his wife, Loretta Durbin, and family in the Washington, D.C., area on Saturday.  "Most of the family was at her bedside when she passed away," Shoemaker said."

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 31 Oct 08

  • OCTOBER SURPRISE?  THERE’S STILL TIME IF YOU HURRY.

  • ENDORSEMENTS: NOT EVERYONE WAS PLEASED LAST WEEK.

  • HUBBLE: THE SPACE TELESCOPE EMERGES FROM COMA.

  • HYDRINOS: BLACKLIGHT POWER ANNOUNCES CONFIRMATION.

  • PUBLICATION: OLDER SCIENTISTS PUBLISH MORE PAPERS.

Bible park tax plan raises church-state concerns - The Tennessean
""Certainly the business has every right to establish theme parks or other types of businesses and request funding," Weinberg said. "We want to ensure that the tax incentives granted are available to all similarly situated businesses.""
  • Quebec pair prank Palin with faux-Sarkozy phone call - CTV
    ""I see you as a president one day, too," says one of the pranksters to Palin.  "Maybe in eight years," she responds.  The duo, who have a regular show on Montreal radio station CKOI, have also made prank calls over their 10-year history to celebrities like Bill Gates, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears and Sarkozy himself."
  • Quebec comedy duo talks porn and politics with oblivious Sarah Palin - The Canadian Press
    ""I wanted to see how (Palin) was on an intellectual level," Audette said, comparing the latest prank to the duo's crank call with pop idol Britney Spears.  "You can see that she's, well, not really brilliant."  In a statement Saturday, Palin's team said the vice-presidential nominee was "mildly amused" to learn she was the victim of a prank."
  • Listen to the AUDIO.
Boehner stumps for McCain in Oxford - The Miami Student
"In Congress, we have a red button, a green button and a yellow button, alright. Green means 'yes,' red means 'no,' and yellow means you're a chicken shit. And the last thing we need in the White House, in the oval office, behind that big desk, is some chicken who wants to push this yellow button."

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