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31 Dec Happy New Year!  Designate a Driver!!!!
Around and About in West Chicago - 30 December 2008
  • U.S. Surface Board of Transportation
  • West Chicago Park District Fitness Fair
  • Volunteer Blood Donors Month
  • West Chicago Moms’ Playgroup
  • St. Mary’s Church Concert Choir CD
Orange and Black Bulletin
This weekly newsletter is sent weekly as a PDF... but I can't find it posted on the district website.  You can use the link above to receive it weekly. - Bob
Who, what was top news in '08
Foster, EJ&E, smoking ban, vets honors and conviction in Nico death
  • Foster goes to Washington
  •  EJ&E sale on track:
West Chicago man charged in burglary of Campton Hills pizza eatery
"Police said Mark Jendrzejczyk, 37, was taken into custody at his residence after police found his car abandoned near the eatery, where a glass window had been smashed and cash drawers stolen."
[Again, this should be described as a "Winfield Man". - Bob]
Richard Cizik’s Resignation - Evangelicals for Social Action
"Cizik has not reversed himself and decided to support the redefinition of marriage as gay marriage advocates demand. But he does think (as I do and have argued in The Scandal of Evangelical Politics) that there are some rights that gay couples should be guaranteed–e.g., hospital visitation rights, inheritance of property, etc."
‘Will Rogers Today' - Macon County Times
""The bad part about the whole structure of paying [Senators and Congressmen] is that we name a sum and give them all the same, regardless of ability. No other business in the World has a fixed sum to pay all their employees that same salary... If some efficiency expert would work out a scheme where each one would be paid according to his ability, I think we would save a lot of money." WA #119, March 22, 1925"
At Plant in Coal Ash Spill, Toxic Deposits by the Ton  - NY Times
"The inventory, disclosed by the Tennessee Valley Authority on Monday at the request of The New York Times, showed that in just one year, the plant’s byproducts included 45,000 pounds of arsenic, 49,000 pounds of lead, 1.4 million pounds of barium, 91,000 pounds of chromium and 140,000 pounds of manganese. Those metals can cause cancer, liver damage and neurological complications, among other health problems."
30 Dec  
Campton Hills pizza place burglarized
"A West Chicago man has been charged with burglarizing a Campton Hills pizza parlor over the weekend, police said Monday.  Mark D. Jendrzejczyk, 37, of the 27W300 block of Geneva Street, was arrested Sunday after the early morning break-in at Pizza Cucina, 40W450 Route 64."
[If the Herald had a true local reporter, he/she would notice that this West Chicago mailing address is really an unincorporated address on the northern border of Winfield and thus it is not a WC story. I considered changing the headline to "Possible Herald Reporter Sighting in Winfield."- Bob]
Soldier alleges military pattern of Christian bias - Associated Press
An atheist soldier suing over prayers at military formations claims a larger pattern of religious discrimination exists in the military, citing attempts to convert Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan and an evangelical bias in a suicide prevention manual."
NJ rules against church group in gay rights case - Associated Press
""What this case has always been about from my clients' perspective has been equality," said Larry Lustberg, the lawyer for the couple. He said they will seek an order that requires the pavilion to be "open to all on an equal basis."  Brian Raum, a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based group that represents the Methodist organization, Camp Meeting Association, said his clients would keep pushing back against being forced to allow civil unions on the property."
Starbucks to appeal ruling on labor practices... Nations Restaurant News
"Starbucks officials said they plan to appeal the ruling by Judge Mindy Landow, who found that the Seattle-based coffeehouse giant unfairly imposed work rules, interrogated employees and disciplined or fired workers who supported efforts by the Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW, to organize employees at several Manhattan locations."
A First Hand Account of the TVA Coal Ash Disaster in Kingston, TN
"If a dump truck can hold 20 cubic yards of dirt and ash, it will take 265,000 truck loads to haul away all the ash (they are taking it back to the power plant). If they fill one dump truck trip every 5 minutes and work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it will take about 2.5 years to clean up the spill. TVA has been telling the media it will be cleaned up in about 6 weeks - this is a ludicrous claim."
Sean Hannity: Media Matters' 2008 Misinformer of the Year - Media Matters
"Hannity's "Stop Obama Express" promoted and embellished a vast array of misleading attacks and false claims about Obama. Along the way, he uncritically adopted and promoted countless Republican talking points and played host to numerous credibility-challenged smear artists who painted Obama as a dangerous radical."


29 Dec

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Dec 29- Jan 4


6:00 PM

City Council (12/15/8)


7:00 PM

Yesterday Today


7:30 PM

Judy Gardner Talks Real Estate


8:00 PM

Wheaton West Wild Hockey

Remembering some of DuPage County's notables who died in 2008
  • James A. Hamlin
    "The longtime West Chicago resident and the town's first paid fire chief died in July following a long illness. He began his career in 1954 as a volunteer firefighter and was instrumental in moving the fire department from a volunteer-based force into what is now the West Chicago Fire Protection District. "
  • Rose Volkert
    "A member of the West Chicago City Council from 1998 to 2005, Volkert continued to deliver Christmas cookies to firefighters and police officers after her term ended to show her appreciation for their service. She died of metasticized lung cancer in July."
A little bit of everything in DuPage
  • Kerr-McGee
    "Sandy and Rich Riess filed a lawsuit in August against the real estate agent and sellers of their West Chicago home, claiming they were never informed the house they bought in 2004 was contaminated with radioactive thorium from the now-shuttered Kerr-McGee Chemical Co. factory."
  • Proton Treatment Centers
    "The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board voted against the recommendation of its staff and allowed Central DuPage Hospital and Procure Treatments to build the state's second proton therapy cancer treatment facility in Warrenville. The decision was made over the objections of Northern Illinois University representatives who are building the first proton therapy center in nearby West Chicago."
More than 100 hacked to death in Ugandan church - Associated Press
"Attackers wielding machetes hacked to death dozens of people at a church in remote eastern Congo, witnesses said today, and the Ugandan army accused the Lord's Resistance Army rebels of the massacre.  A European aid worker said more than 100 people are reported to have been killed in the attack the day after Christmas and that the Congolese military put the number dead at 120 to 150."
Buying American-made Toys - Democratic Talk Radio
"One of the first things we can do, starting right after the beginning of the New Year, is to visit as many retail stores as possible and file written complaints about the non-availability of American-made toys this past Christmas. Every Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target and toy store in America should be getting hundreds or thousands of complaints from patriotic Americans."
Strings on auto loans risky for retirees... Sun Herald
"At issue is a condition of the federal loans that calls for General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC to use company stock or the equivalent to pay half, or $10.5 billion, of the cash owed to a union retiree health-care trust.  "It's as if we, as a nation, learned nothing from Enron, essentially risking the health care of retired and active workers in such a cavalier fashion," said Harley Shaiken, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley who specializes in labor issues. "The great Enron lesson was: Don't put all your eggs in one basket. . . . Putting half your eggs in the trust-fund basket is still a high level of risk.""
CBS newsman's $70m lawsuit likely to deal Bush legacy a new blow - The Guardian
"Rather contends not only that his report was true - "What the documents stated has never been denied, by the president or anyone around him," he says - but that CBS succumbed to political pressure from conservatives to get the report discredited and to have him fired."

27&28 Dec



Road Closing
According to DU PAGE COUNTY OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURIITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, (Updated: 12-28-08 / 6:00 AM) "Downs Dr. between Kress Rd. & Industrial" is closed due to flooding.
Trains hit empty car in W. Chicago
"Between 7:15 and 7:20 p.m., a pair of trains crashed into a vacant car on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at Roosevelt Road, just east of Kautz Road, Lt. Jason Day of the West Chicago Fire Protection District said."
Winners, losers and the CN merger
"That's how this CN merger has been. Winners and losers, a situation where it's been impossible to forge a compromise out of that fundamental reality. Lines in the sand drawn by towns that will see less freight traffic vs. towns that will see more.  It's been a nasty battle that has had everyone taking sides, all on the basis of understandable self-interest."
Suburban prosecutors sue gang members for money
"County prosecutors say three lawsuits filed against gang members since 1999 are the first of their kind in Illinois... West Chicago officials say prosecutors' efforts have dramatically reduced gang-related shootings there."
Hundreds of Brazil's eco-warriors at risk of assassination - The Guardian, UK
"The list names Frei Henri des Rosiers, a French priest based in the Amazon town of Xinguara, as a particular target. Police are investigating claims he has a £14,000 price on his head because of his fight against slave labour. Also named are Maria José Dias da Costa, a union leader in the remote town of Rondon do Pará, and an Austrian bishop, Dom Erwin Krautler, who has been under 24-hour police guard for two years because of his battle against developers and child prostitution in his Amazonian diocese."
Over 50 additional foreign farm workers fired, evicted and deported during Christmas season  - UFCW
"The fired workers are in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, championed by the Harper government. As a result of the firings the workers will be evicted from the rental housing provided to them by Rol-Land Farms. The workers were contracted to work for a one- year period but are facing repatriation to Guatemala after only two to four months in the country."
At This Casino, Only the Slots Light Up - New York Times
"Advocates for smoke-free casinos are paying close attention to what happens in Fernley. But Scott Tate, general manager of the Nugget, which with only 10,000 square feet, 174 slots and 2 poker tables is dwarfed by the cavernous palaces of Reno and Las Vegas, makes clear that the ban here is all about business, not necessarily public health.  Marketing research, he says, simply suggested an opening for smoke-free gambling."


26 Dec

Energy bill assistance fo low-income residents available
"In DuPage County, residents who would like to apply for assistance should contact the DuPage County Department of Human Resources at 630-407-6500. More information is available at"
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 26 Dec 08
Florida Woman Says Former Church Plans to Make Her Sins Public - Fox News
"“Your refusal to repent and be restored in your relationship with God and His Church leaves us with no alternative than to carry out the third step of the discipline process,” the letter explained. “In accordance with Matthew 18:17, we intend to ‘tell it to the church.’” ... “I don’t really care what they do to me. But I am concerned about my children sitting in church with their mother being crucified by the church that they trust,” she said. “I am very concerned about how it would affect them.”"
DOL Warns Retaliation on Whistleblowers
 - Labor News
"“Rank and file inspectors expressed concern MSHA higher-ups will try to retaliate against those who provide evidence of the agency’s willingness to compromise safety,” Yarman said. The union “is warning any demotions, transfers or negative performance reports” on the 59 “would be closely monitored.”"
States Cut Medicaid Coverage Further - Washington Post
"With revenue falling at the same time that more people are losing their jobs and private health coverage, states already have pared their programs and many are looking at deeper cuts for the coming year. Already, 19 states -- including Maryland and Virginia -- and the District of Columbia have lowered payments to hospitals and nursing homes, eliminated coverage for some treatments, and forced some recipients out of the insurance program completely."

25 Dec

CN rail deal OK'd; opponentS vow to keep fighting
"West Chicago Mayor Michael Kwasman wasn't shocked by the decision but is still unhappy about the effect it will have on his community.  "We anticipated this result, and we will continue to fight through our Congressmen," he said. "We have a meeting in January, and my guess is the next step would be litigation.""
[See HO Grinch's Whoville Special Train Set by Bachmann Industries. - Bob]
From ashes of a house fire comes woman's 'best Christmas'
"Amid the chaos of the fire, Blau's grandson, Logan Padilla, noticed Blau's ex-sister-in-law hadn't made it out of the townhouse. She has arthritis and has difficulty maneuvering staircases. Logan darted back into the burning townhouse to find her."
Feds OK EJ&E sale
"The $300 million sale of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern rail line to the Canadian National Railway was approved Wednesday, despite a year-long battle by area communities to stop the deal."
Mexican immigrants moving back home amid sour economy
"Renato Bonilla cheered a mention of Chicago as he ambled down the bleachers. The West Chicago man lost his job as a construction worker, and now the bank is foreclosing on his home.  Even with the problems, the legal immigrant isn't considering a permanent return to Mexico."
Luke 2:11 -
  • Douay-Rheims Bible
    "For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David."
  • King James Bible
    For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Matthew 2:1 - The Shooters Bible - NRA
  • "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to ..." give him these assault weapons and cop killer bullets.
Wal-Mart workers unionized at third store in Quebec - NUPGE
"Less than two months after closing a tire and lube shop in Gatineau to get rid of a union, Wal-Mart is now faced with a certification order for 150 employees in the adjacent retail store − located across the Ottawa River from Canada's capital."


24 Dec

Man suspected of trying to lure boy in West Chicago
"West Chicago police are searching for a suspect they say tried to lure a child into his van Monday afternoon, Dec. 22, outside of a food store on the 900 block of North Neltnor Boulevard."
Police hunt for driver who contacted child
"The West Chicago Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred at 2:20 p.m.  Monday in the parking lot of Aldi Food, 978 N. Neltnor Blvd. "
Fitness Station to open in West Chicago
"West Chicago Park District, Illinois – Tuesday, December 23, 2008 for immediate release – On January, 3, 2009 at Noon the West Chicago Park District will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at one of its newest facilities the Fitness Station, located at 103 W. Washington St., in downtown West Chicago. All are invited to attend. For more information contact Leslie DeMoss, at 630-231-9474 or email ."
Durbin Statement on STB Final Approval of Canadian National Acquisition
""I am disappointed in the expedited process used by the STB under pressure from Canadian National. They rushed a decision - giving final approval on Christmas Eve - for a project that has untold negative consequences on communities in our region and on quality of life for affected residents."
God Is a Problem, Sources Say - Wall Street Journal
"When terrorists murdered Christian workers while sparing Muslims in the offices of a Karachi charity in 2002, Mr. Marshall observes, "CNN International contented itself with the opinion that there was 'no indication of a motive.' Would it have said the same if armed men had invaded a multiracial center, separated the black people from the white people, then methodically killed all the blacks and spared all the whites?""
Wal-Mart to Settle 63 Lawsuits Over Wages - Washington Post
"Wal-Mart faced more than 70 wage-and-hour suits, including class actions claiming the company failed to pay for all hours worked or didn't properly compensate workers properly for overtime. The workers claim that Wal-Mart's own records show that hourly employees were cheated. Wal-Mart has denied the allegations."
Activist accused of tainting drilling lease sale - TPM/AP
"Several bidders said they hadn't decided whether they would withdraw their bids. Some said they may reluctantly hold on to their leases — despite the higher cost — out of concern that the parcels might not go up for auction again under President-elect Barack Obama's administration."
23 Dec  


Suspicious Incident - Aldi's
"On Monday 12-22-08, the West Chicago Police Department responded to Aldi Food Store for a reported suspicious incident. Please read the attached Press Release, as well as view the composite drawing, for more information.  Any and all materials contained in this e-mail is for informational purposes only. Do NOT attempt to take any law enforcement action of any kind. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the West Chicago Police Department at 630-293-2222."
Around and About in West Chicago - 23 December 2008
  • Giving Spirit of Staff and Students New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day services
  • West Chicago Park District is hosting a Fitness Fair
  • Volunteer Blood Donors Month
  • West Chicago Lions Club Annual Christmas Luncheon
Foster's 'working as hard as I know how'
"Since March, he's shuttled back and forth between Washington, D.C., and the Fox Valley, continuing to hold his Congress on the Corner meet-and-greets on weekends here while reading and voting on legislation there during the week."
Rural areas feel sharpest sting from winter storms
"Dhuse said when drivers head outside city limits, they feel the brunt of the storm. Along Route 47 into Sugar Grove, he said, is where the weather's impact can truly be felt.  "Hopefully people are smart enough to stay home," he said. "Unless it's an emergency, don't go out.""
Pope marks Galileo anniversary, praises astronomy - Associated Press
"The Catholic Church condemned Galileo in the 17th century for supporting Nicholas Copernicus' discovery that the Earth revolved around the sun; church teaching at the time placed Earth at the center of the universe.  In 1992, Pope John Paul II apologized, saying that the denuncuation was a tragic error. "
Health insurance options limited after job loss - San Francisco Chronicle
"Those who are lucky enough to be married to someone who has job-based insurance probably can be added to their spouse's group policy. Some people may be able to find another job quickly enough to avoid a gap in coverage. But for many, especially older workers or those with pre-existing medical conditions, the options are few."


Franken holds lead over Coleman, but it's not over - Associated Press
"Once the Canvassing Board restores the votes from the final group of 5,000 withdrawn challenges, Franken will have gained 3,191 votes out of the total pool of challenged votes and Coleman will have gained 2,955 votes. That adds up to a 236-vote advantage for Franken, enough to wipe out the 188-vote lead that Coleman had held before the Canvassing Board started ruling on disputed ballots. That was out of almost 3 million votes cast on Nov. 4."

22 Dec

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Dec 22- Dec 28


6:00 PM

Christmas Programs


2:00 PM

Christmas Programs


2:00 PM

Christmas Programs

DuPage County environmental summit Jan. 8
"DuPage County residents who are concerned about the impact of local transportation on the environment are encouraged to attend the sixth annual DuPage Environmental Summit on Jan. 8. The summit will take place at the Krasa Center at Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle. The free event requires registration by Jan. 6."


Who gains, who loses?
"After years under the cloud of the indictment and conviction of former Gov. George Ryan, Republicans are finding themselves on the right side of this major scandal.  Moving forward, the GOP hope voters will give Republicans a second look in elections and they expect to hammer away at Blagojevich's ties to many top Democrats."
Southern Baptist growth plan teeters - The Tennessean
"But critics within the denomination say the new initiative is in danger of failing. Some blame a lack of funding. Others wonder if the mission board leadership is up to the task.  The agency's 2009 budget seems to support the first group's concerns.  Among $130 million in planned expenses are $367,000 in travel for board trustees, $975,000 for technology upgrades and $250,000 for mission board headquarters near Atlanta.  And the national evangelism initiative? That line is blank."
UAW busting, Southern style - LA Times
"At Goldman Sachs, for example, employee compensation made up 71% of total operating expenses in 2007. In the auto industry, by contrast, autoworker compensation makes up less than 10% of the cost of manufacturing a car. Hundreds of billions were given to the financial-services industry with barely a question about compensation; the auto bailout, however, was sunk on this issue alone."
Insecurity drives farm purchases abroad - Christian Science Monitor
"The race for farmland in Cambodia underscores how countries desperate to boost farming amid an ongoing food crisis are turning to global outsourcing, hoping to grow their own food on land abroad. Japan has bought up plots in Brazil, South Korea large tracts in Madagascar, in a trend poised to change global land ownership and agricultural production."

20&21 Dec

Car plows into crane in W. Chicago
"A car traveling east on North Avenue plowed into the back end of a mobile crane working near a construction site on Atlantic Drive, police said. West Chicago firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to free the injured driver and passenger."
  • Dist. 303 referendum opposition battle complacency
    ""A lot of people have told me, 'Hey, don't worry about it. This will never fly.' But that's where the risk is," Litteral said. "If this referendum gets to the ballot, and people don't show up, the district can pack the ballot box with votes from teachers and staff at all the school polling places.""
  • D303 tax increase pricy, unnecessary
    "The fix was in from the beginning. The vast majority of people at all these meetings that "overwhelmingly approved the measure" were employees of District 303. Your school board is about to pass this disaster that will fund repairs or replacement of all 17 schools. It is insane."
Campbell Soup Adopts Gay Agenda - Buzz Flash
"The AFA blusters that Campbell is "helping homosexual activists push their agenda" and trying to convince others "that homosexual parents constitute a family and are worthy of support."
The Top Dozen Insights of Conservatives, 2008 - TPM
"It was a brutal year for the conservative movement, which at long last came crashing down after dominating American politics for nearly 30 years. One small consolation for at least some leading thinkers on the right is that they began to demonstrate perceptiveness that by and large eluded them in preceding years."
Katrina's Hidden Race War - the Nation
"As word spread that the area was dry, desperate people began heading toward the west bank, some walking over bridges, others traveling by boat. The National Guard soon designated the Algiers Point ferry landing an official evacuation site. Rescuers from the Coast Guard and other agencies brought flood victims to the ferry terminal, where soldiers loaded them onto buses headed for Texas. "

19 Dec

  • Schools closing 12.19.08 6:06 AM
    "All District 303 schools are closed today, Friday, December 19 due to weather conditions.  In addition, all after-school activities are cancelled."
Ramey Supports Impeachment Resolution
"State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) joined his colleagues in the House in supporting impeachment proceedings to begin against Gov. Rod Blagojevich as a result of his recent arrest and charges of alleged misconduct and corruption in office."
Friday, December 19 District 303 News and Notes
  • Norton Creek Student Lights West Chicago Municipal Tree
  • Wredling Band Will Be On the Air
  • D303 Well-Represented All-State Production of Hairspray
  • St. Charles East Toys for Tots Auction Raises $10,000 for Mooseheart
  • Wredling Student Council Assists Salvation Army
  • St. Charles East Accepting Nominations for Harrison Achievement Award
  • Upcoming Events
Feds put the brakes on EJ&E quiet zone
"Concerns about the need for warning devices at two Prairie Path crossings have prompted the Federal Railway Administration to deny plans for the quiet zone along the EJ&E tracks stretching along much of Aurora's far East Side.  But that hasn't deterred the efforts of officials in the communities from hoping to establish the zone."
Art and Museum Calendar
"Gallery 200: Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. At 200 Main St., West Chicago. Call 630-293-9550 or visit"
Storm forecast closes schools
"About 11 p.m., snow and freezing rain was reported at DuPage Airport in West Chicago."
Warren, Obama and prayer
"Finally, Warren is among a group of younger evangelicals who, without renouncing traditional views about abortion and sexuality, have expanded their mission to include environmental stewardship and efforts to eradicate poverty and AIDS. It's because of such views that Obama can credibly include him in his effort to bring Americans together despite differences about social issues.
The Top Ten Ethics Scandals of 2008 - Mother Jones
"Why isn't the recent criminal complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on the list? Well, for one, it's not a Washington-centered problem. But Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director, adds that while the Blagojevich case may be the flavor of the week right now, she thinks the scandals on her administration's list will have more of an impact in the long run."
Welfare Rolls See First Climb in Years - Washington Post
"More striking is who is coming onto welfare and why. Here in Florida, as elsewhere, the new face of welfare includes people who have tumbled from the middle class -- and higher -- after losing jobs, savings and self-reliance."

18 Dec

Around and About in West Chicago - 18 December 2008
  • Special Services for Christmas
  • Environmental Analysis in the Final Environmental Impact Statement on the acquisition of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway by the Canadian National Railway
  • High School’s Special Education Transition Program
  • Shining Star Project
  • West Chicago High School Cancells Evening Activities
    "Due to the possible inclement weather, all events and activities scheduled for the afternoon and evening of Thursday, December 18, 2008 have been cancelled." - Dr. Moses Cheng, Principal"
  • "This message is for Friday, December 19, 2008.
    Due to inclement weather, all athletic events and activities scheduled for Friday, December 19, 2008 have been cancelled." - Dr. Moses, Cheng
  • Chamber Manufacture Forum has been rescheduled to Friday, January
West Chicago Park District Community Blood Drive
(Alternative link Park District Community Blood Drive)
"Heartland Blood Center will have their Mobile Coach on hand. To schedule an appointment call the Park District office at 630-231-9474. Contact person Anna Rosalez. Walk-ins are welcome"

West Chicago
High School

All Night Long Fundraiser - March 14, 2009
"On Saturday, March 14, 2009, the CHS “All Night Long” Committee will host their Annual Fundraiser event for the after-prom alternative."

[As close as I can tell, this is a pre-emptive correction of a mistake scheduled to be made in March. - Bob]
History Told Through Quilts at West Chicago's City Museum
"A new exhibit comes to downtown West Chicago’s City Museum in January. Stories in Stitches opens on Friday, January 9, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. during January’s Late Night at the City Museum."
Reasons to support the CN purchase - Harold Downs, Aurora
"Now, communities such as Aurora, Plainfield, Naperville and others have built up so much that large developments back up to the rail line. But that's not EJ&E's fault. The rail line was there first, not the NIMBYs. It is akin to those who buy houses near O'Hare and then complain about the airplane noise."
Briefs: Judge clears Birkett's son
"The marijuana possession case against DuPage County State's Attorney Joseph Birkett's son Nicholas was dismissed Wednesday after a judge granted a motion to supress Nicholas Birkett's statements following the arrest, Naperville prosecutors said. Without the statements, prosecutors were unable to continue the case."
Toys for Tots holding donation drive Friday
"Volunteer and former Marine Chuck Norris said the Toys for Tots program, which collected and delivered more than 3,000 toys last year, has had to turn some needy families away this year.  New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at a variety of Aurora, Montgomery and Geneva locations."

Los Angeles,CA,
Several towns stop fighting Canadian National Railway plan and cut deals
"West Chicago officials said Monday they would never agree to a mitigation package worth about $1.9 million that CN offered.  "West Chicago's quality of life is not up for sale, nor should it be," said Ald. Alan Murphy. "We should not vote to accept their offer.""
Archbishop backs disestablishment (and the Muppets) - The Guardian, London
"I can see that it's by no means the end of the world if the establishment disappears. The strength of it is that the last vestiges of state sanction disappeared, so when you took a vote at the Welsh synod, it didn't have to be nodded through by parliament afterwards. There is a certain integrity to that."
Religious Right to Newsweek: ‘Woe to [You] for Even Printing This’ - Religion Dispatches
"Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber told OneNewsNow, the news service of Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association, “You know, scripture says woe to those who call evil good and good evil, and I say woe to Newsweek for even printing this drivel.” Barber added: “Christ was very clear as to marriage. He said it is between a man and a woman."
Gov't report: Navy has billions in surplus - USA Today
"The Government Accountability Office report says the Navy hasn't heeded repeated warnings since 2001 about longstanding problems with the military's inventory management. The report from the GAO, Congress' non-partisan investigative agency, says the Navy's failure to keep track of changing requirements and a lack of communication among the proper officials led to surpluses of spare parts ranging from submarine sonar sets to engine fan blades for fighter jets."
Echoes of Injustice Travel from Chicago to Iowa: The Story Behind the Republic Window Settlement - Buzz Flash
"It seems that, despite fears of the Illinois Attorney General, Republic's customers aren't much affected by the shutdown of the Chicago factory. A glass trade publication article cites industry dealers as saying they've simply moved their orders from Republic to Echo. Another industry publication is reporting that the former vice president of sales at Republic is now the main contact for"

17 Dec

Police investigating Winfield crash that killed pedestrian
"DuPage County sheriff's police are investigating an accident that killed Fernando L. Gomez, 44, of West Chicago about 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, near County Farm Road and Hawthorne Lane near Winfield."
Cleanup continues on Tuesday's storm
"The Illinois State Police continue to keep their emergency snow plan in place for the highways. The plan states that if motorists are involved in an accident, and the vehicles are still drivable, the people are asked to exchange information and drive to a police station and file a report there."
Roskam's pre-election mailings met deadline, commission says
"Elected federal officials have franking privileges, meaning they can send out informational mailings to constituents free of charge. However, they can't distribute mass mailings of 500 or more 90 days before a general election.  The House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards dismissed the complaint, ruling that Roskam's mass mailings met the deadline. Other leaflets distributed by him numbered 499 or less."
Storm wallops state's roads
"Interstates were at least partially covered with snow and ice from I-70 in Effingham in south-central Illinois to I-39 in Rockford in the far north, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, with clearing work starting in some areas by late afternoon."
Police investigating pedestrian's death near Winfield
"DuPage County sheriff's police are investigating Sunday night's fatal collision between a car and a pedestrian on County Farm Road and Hawthorne Lane near Winfield.  Fernando Gomez, 44, of West Chicago was struck by a tan Buick traveling north."
Several towns stop fighting Canadian National Railway plan and cut deals
"West Chicago officials said Monday they would never agree to a mitigation package worth about $1.9 million that CN offered.  "West Chicago's quality of life is not up for sale, nor should it be," said Ald. Alan Murphy. "We should not vote to accept their offer.""
Crystal Cathedral pastor Schuller resigns - Orange County Register
"The elder Schuller told his congregation in October that his son would no longer be the preacher of the church's weekly "Hour of Power" syndicated TV broadcast. Of late, a guest pastor has preached to the show's 20 million viewers each week.  He told the congregation at the time he did not force out his son, who had preached on the show since January 2006."
Bush Excluded by Latin Summit - Bloomberg
"“A lot of this is designed to stick it in the eye of the U.S.,” says Peter Romero, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere from 1999 to 2001. “But underlying the bluster, there’s a genuine effort to exploit the gap left by a distant and distracted U.S.”"
When Justice Got Bonged: Mary Beth Buchanan Vs. Tommy Chong - Buzz Flash
"But when you consider Buchanan's involvement in the U.S. attorney firing scandal, it's imaginable that she has different reasons behind her "commitment" to her current job.  After being implicated in politically motivated hirings and firings of U.S. attorneys, it seems that she is trying to get fired for political reasons herself. "
[Disclosure: Cheech's daughter's father-in-law is my brother. - Bob]
16 Dec  
Meetings of the West Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners
The Park District specifies their meeting schedule for 2009... citizens are reminded that the meetings are covered by the Open Meetings Act and open to the public to attend. - Bob

West Chicago
High School
Student-of-the-Month for November
"The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Chrissie Rovtar, of West Chicago, for being chosen Student of the Month for November."
303 ENews
Dist. 303 referendum dissident eyes open board seat
"If he's appointed Wednesday night, Brian Litteral will add a dissenting viewpoint to a conversation that, so far, has pointed toward putting a $265 million referendum on the April ballot.  Litteral is a member of Citizens for Fiscal and Academic Responsibility ("
Lawsuit: CN takes premature control of EJ&E
"At issue is a 2003 agreement between Union Pacific and the EJ&E, which gave UP trackage rights along portions of the EJ&E. Union Pacific is accusing Canadian National of exerting control over the EJ&E, preventing UP's use of that line.  "The evidence permits no reasonable conclusion other than EJ&E was acting under outside control from CN," Union Pacific writes."
Dems' split blocks special Senate election
"Then, early Monday night, House Speaker Michael Madigan pulled the idea of a special election -- the purpose of lawmakers showing up Monday -- from consideration. He explained Democratic members are split over whether a special election is appropriate.  The Chicago Democrat says no legislation will be considered until his members come to an agreement, the Associated Press reported."
Holiday happenings at forest preserve
"On these two days, visit with Santa,  climb into the sleigh for a picture, and make an ornament to take home. “An  1890s Christmas” and “Christmas on the Farm” are free, and reservations are  not required. Kline Creek Farm is open Thursday through Monday and will be  closed on Dec. 25 for Christmas Day. For information, call the farm at  630-876-5900."
CHS Students Launch Season of Giving
"“The local VFW and Ladies Auxiliary has been generous in financially supporting educational programs at the high school.  The students in my Community Leadership class wanted to honor their continued service by helping a cause that is important to them, the continued support of those who serve our nation,” explained teacher Mary Ellen Daneels."
Attorney general investigating Planned Parenthood - WorldNow and WTHR
"A pro-life group member posed as a 13-year-old and secretly shot the video at a Bloomington clinic in June. She told an aide she'd been impregnated by a 31-year-old man.  The aide told the woman she could get an abortion in Illinois where parental consent is not needed and to not reveal the father's age."
Veterans Affairs Slammed for Recovering Benefits From Widows - Yahoo News
"Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, D-Hawaii, the chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, confronted the department last week about the problem, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of senior citizens losing pension and disability money received during the month of their spouse's death."

15 Dec

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Dec 15- Dec 21


6:00 PM

COD Images


6:30 PM

COD Inside Studio 180


7:00 PM

Judy Garner Talks Real Estate


7:30 PM

Mannechor Dorfen


8:30 PM


DuPage county in 60 seconds - Buckle up in West Chicago
"West Chicago police issued 130 citations for seat-belt and child-restraint violations during their first Seat Belt Safety Awareness campaign that ran Nov. 14-30. The program was funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation and allowed the department to hire back officers to provide traffic enforcement for child-restraint, seat-belt, speeding and alcohol-related violations. The next campaign runs Dec. 19 to Jan. 4 and the full grant ends Sept. 30, 2009."
Santa's helpers ready for St. Charles East auction
"Every year, students in East's wood shop classes spend months crafting handmade toys, furniture and dozens of other goodies to benefit children at the school near Batavia. The items - typically 50 or so - are sold at a charity auction, with proceeds financing the holiday wish lists of more than 200 Mooseheart students."
Republicans Call For Special Election
"As if Illinois has not been humiliated enough in recent days, Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly appeared on track Monday to deny voters the opportunity to pick a replacement for former U.S. Senator Barack Obama."
"Kill Christians and Destroy Their Institutions" - Catholic World Report
"In the two months following the murder of Lakshmanananda—who, according to obituaries, left behind his wife and two children decades ago to pursue the monastic life—violence in Orissa claimed at least 58 lives and left 50,000 Christians homeless. One hundred Catholic and Protestant church buildings and 4,500 Christian homes were destroyed, the Asian Catholic news agency UCA News reported."
Remember when Detroit 3 came to nation’s rescue, senators? - Detroit Free Press
"Between them, the three Detroit auto companies gave more than $18 million in cash and vehicles to the Katrina relief effort in the ensuing months. No strings attached."


13&14 Dec

January 2009 Press Release
  • The Secrets of Selling on eBay
    Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Digital Television Transition
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The city has posted what one reader calls "a long list of PDF, etc, which require a download of each one."   I link to the Surface Transportation Board version which includes the file size so you can approximate  how long downloading and reading might take. - Bob
State action needed to back railroad project, officials say
"Metra planners updated board directors Friday on the status of the CREATE effort, short for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Project. The program includes 47 railroad improvements ranging from 25 grade separations at highway and rail crossings, double tracking, viaduct improvements and six grade separations between passenger and freight railway tracks."
Briefs: West Chicago Madrigal events
"The Community High School Music Department will present its annual Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 13, and Madrigal Tea at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, both in the commons area at the high school, 326 S. Joliet St., West Chicago. The evening will include food, dancing and performances by the a cappella Chamber Choir and other musicians. Tickets for dinner are $25; tea tickets cost $10. For details, call Joan Happel at (630) 293-5316."
Tiny DuPage County bridge overcomes big problems
"To hear Highway Commissioner Ken Spitz tell it, the $1.27 million project to span 100 feet over the West Branch of the DuPage River had to overcome a hurricane, a flood, Springfield politics and other disasters.  Planning for the two-lane bridge between Prince Crossing and Fair Oaks roads in unincorporated DuPage County near West Chicago began seven years ago."
DuPage Democrats Reject Pay to Play by Blagojevich.
"The Democratic Party of DuPage County came out with an official statement today decrying any “Pay to Play” actions committed by Governor Rod Blagojevich. The DPDC is also calling for Blagojevich to resign in light of the crippling effect these charges are having on the conduct state business."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park - Friday, 12 Dec 08
Moderate Evangelical Richard Cizik's Resignation May Not Stop Broadening of the Evangelical Agenda - US News & World Report
"Cizik has faced years of criticism from the Christian right over his advocacy for combating global warming, with many conservative evangelical leaders questioning the validity of global-warming claims and mankind's role in the process. Many of those leaders saw Cizik's so-called "creation care" activism as a sign of him trying to liberalize a traditionally conservative agenda and distracting from such fights as stopping abortion and gay marriage."
"This is the democrats first opportunity to payoff organized labor after the election. This is a precursor to card check and other items. Republicans should stand firm and take their first shot against organized labor, instead of taking their first blow from it."
Mich. man starts campaign to boycott Alabama products  - - Montgomery Advertiser
"The Web site does not point out specific Alabama products for the boycott, but Babiasz said he has prepared a list and will post it when a family medical emergency passes.  He said the site generated 35,000 hits in its first 48 hours. More than 1,600 people sent him e-mails, with 97 percent of them supporting his position, he said."


12 Dec


West Chicago
High School
CHS Students Launch Season of Giving
"Soldiers who graduated from School District 94 can expect a special treat this coming holiday season. Community High School students have put together dozens of special “WeGo Care Packages” to show their support of the troops."
District 303 Friday News & Notes
  • St. Charles North Teacher Named Biology Teacher of the Year
  • High School All-State Musicians Announced
  • North High School Students Get a Glimpse of the Near Future
  • St. Charles East Accepting Nominations for Harrison Achievement Award
Bridge near West Chicago to reopen
""We fought our way through federal red tape, broken funding promises, utility delays and even a flood," Wayne Township Highway Commissioner Kenneth Spitz said in a written statement. "It always seemed another 'plot twist' arose. But now, the seven-year soap opera is at an end.""
3 vie for open St. Charles school board seat
""We're interested in people who have kept up with Summit 303 so they're up to date and able to deliberate when the board discusses a possible referendum in January," Hewell said, referring to a series of community meetings that culminated this week with a recommendation to rebuild or renovate all of District 303's 17 buildings."
A success story for first-time buyer program
"Since the fall, 15 people are in various stages of the home purchase process, ranging from working to improve their credit scores and undergoing home buyer education to waiting for a closing.  "I think that's a grand slam," said West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman. "In a market where no one is supposed to be buying, how do you get 15 people to buy into the community?""
West Chicago Frosty Fest Provides Star-Studded Evening Downtown
"Emily Rivera and Taylor Keene were on hand to help Mayor Kwasman light the official tree, and stellar performances by local community groups added to the movie-set quality of falling snow, live reindeer, sidewalk fire pits, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus."
Babylon's history swept away in US army sandbags - AFP
"From April 2003 to June 2004, huge gravelled avenues were gouged out around the ruins of the palaces of Nebuchadnezzer in order to set up prefabricated buildings which became home to up to 2,000 troops.  The heliport is only some 300 metres (yards) from the remains of the north palace, and according to Maithem Hamza, vibration from the aircraft caused the base of the temple of Ninmah -- rebuilt by Saddam in the 1980s -- to collapse."
California adopts the most sweeping curbs on greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. - LA Times
"Approved by the state's Air Resources Board in a unanimous vote, the 134-page plan lays out targets for virtually every sector of the economy, including automobiles, refineries, buildings and landfills. It would require a third of California's electricity to come from solar energy, wind farms and other renewable sources -- far more than any state currently requires."

11 Dec

Around and About in West Chicago - 11 December 2008
  • St. Mary’s Parish School Penny War
  • U.S. Marines “Toys for Tots”
  • Tree of Memory ecumenical service
  • Las Posadas
  • Keep the Wreath Red
WC Police Confirming Email Alert Subscriptions
"Police News is an e-mail system launched by the West Chicago Police Department.  When information becomes available, you will automatically receive it via e-mails sent to this e-mail address.  Such information may include, but is not limited to, incidents from within our city or tangent cities, safety tips, upcoming events, and more."
[For more info and to sign up see West Chicago Police Department Offers E-Mail News and Updates. - Bob]
Statement from governor's office
"“Today’s allegations do nothing to impact the services, duties or function of the state. Families will continue to receive healthcare, seniors and persons with disabilities the support and services they need, the hundreds of thousands of unemployed Illinoisans will still receive assistance. Our state will continue to ensure health, safety and economic stability for the citizens of Illinois,” the statement said."
"Are there more to be had? Where’s the role for private capital? Why not replace some of the automakers’ union debt obligations with equity stakes in the company so that they can share in any recovery? These questions go unanswered, but the taxpayer doesn’t go untapped."
Bush talks of belief in God, evolution - AP
"Asked about creation and evolution, Bush said: "I think you can have both. I think evolution can — you're getting me way out of my lane here. I'm just a simple president."
Richard Cizik Resigns from the National Association of Evangelicals - Christianity Today
"Cizik spoke mostly on the environment in a December 2 interview with Terry Gross on National Public Radio's Fresh Air, but he made brief remarks about same-sex civil unions, gay marriage, and his early support of President-elect Barack Obama."
Wal-Mart's Poor Employee Relations Will Cost Retailer $54 Million - Daily Dog
"The company required hourly employees to work off-the-clock during training and denied full rest or meal breaks in violation of state wage-and-hour laws, Hastings, Minnesota, District Judge Robert King Jr. ruled July 1, following a non-jury trial. King said Wal-Mart broke labor laws more than 2 million times and ordered the retailer to give employees $6.5 million in back pay..."


10 Dec

Music is in the air at District 94! - Becky Hall
"December 13th and 14th the chamber choir will be having its annual Madrigal Dinner and Tea on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon... Monday, December 15th, the High School band will be having it's annual Holiday Concert."
Fortner Responds to Governor Blagojevich’s Arrest
"In response to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s criminal charges against Governor Rod Blagojevich, State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) along with his House Republican colleagues called for Speaker Madigan to proceed immediately with impeachment hearings."
International peace contest generates more than 100 posters
"More than 100 students submitted posters for the recent Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. The entries were displayed at the club's pancake breakfast and voted on by about 170 community members who selected their favorite for the theme "Peace Begins with Me.""
[This item was covered in Around and About in West Chicago - 13 November 2008 and by Dist 33 on Nov 7th in West Chicago Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest - Bob]


Gentlemen's club remains in civil suit
"In a decision issued this week, the Illinois 2nd District Appellate Court agreed with a Kane County judge that the owners of Diamonds Gentlemen's Club in West Chicago -- On Stage Productions -- must remain defendants in the suit along with Homatas, 27, of Wayne. Judge F. Keith Brown had denied On Stage's motion to dismiss it from the case."
Rep. Foster Issues Statement on Governor Blagojevich
“Today is a sad day for the state of Illinois, as the allegations that have been presented against the Governor are appalling.  The public trust has been damaged and it is time for the Governor to resign."
  • The Other Side of the $1 Salary
    "Rep. Peter Roskam, of Illinois, asked the CEOs if they would cut their salaries in exchange for federal aid.  "I don't have a position on that today," Wagoner said.  "I understand the intent, but I think where we are is okay," Mulally said. Pressed further, he added: "I think I'm O.K. where I am."
  • Auto execs lining up for your tax dollars
    "The symbolism of highly paid executives flying in private jets to Washington to request your tax dollars is unsettling to say the least.  I asked the execs if they were willing to work for a dollar to show their commitment to turning their corporations around.  This seemed like a reasonable request considering their solicitation. "
Catholic groups launch climate change efforts - Catholic News Service
""Climate change is a reality today affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions in developing countries by exacerbating storms, droughts and natural disasters," said an appeal signed by 92 bishops, archbishops and cardinals."
Media still wedded to $70+ per hour autoworker falsehood despite GM's recent statements to the contrary - Media Matters
"However, GM recently has reportedly pointed out that the figure representing the hourly cost of labor to U.S. automakers -- a cost that GM reportedly puts at $69 -- includes not only current workers' hourly wages and benefits, such as health care and retirement, but also retirement and health-care benefits that U.S. automakers are providing for current retirees, as Media Matters has noted."


09 Dec

Concert Dec 9th cancelled
"Just letting you know that the concert scheduled for the evening of Dec 9th has been cancelled due to the weather.  Information about rescheduling will come at a later time.  Thank you." - Robert.Abraham
Dist. 303 school tax to go to voters
"A yearlong discussion on the future of St. Charles schools culminated Monday with a recommendation to pursue a massive, taxpayer-funded construction project.  If the school board agrees, officials say details of the potentially $292 million referendum request to renovate or rebuild all 17 District 303 schools could be finalized by January."
Local state officials react: "He needs to resign"
"“Today is a sad day for the state of Illinois, as the allegations that have been presented against the governor are appalling," said Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14). " The public trust has been damaged and it is time for the governor to resign."
NIU proton cancer center says it's immune to disclosure laws
""You can track expenditures from NIU to this LLC. If they are right that this LLC is not a public body, once those funds go into that black box we don't get to watch them," Craven said. "I think as a matter of public policy it is awful.""
Advent - A Season of Active Waiting
"During the third Sunday of Advent on 12/14/08, the sermon will be suspended for the Annual Christmas Pageant presented by the Sunday School and Choir.  Cake will be served to celebrate the birth of Christ.  Later that day at 3:00 p.m. a group of carolers will gather at the church to visit shut-ins, sing and deliver home-baked treats."
New Position a Waste of Tax Dollars
"In a letter to County Board Chairman, Robert Schillerstrom, The Democratic Party of DuPage County (DPDC) voiced strong opposition to the newly created position of Ethnic Outreach Coordinator that apparently has been promised to defeated county board member Yolanda Campuzano who finished last in a three person race in District #1."
IL Senate
"Breaking News: ILLINOIS GOV. ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH AND CHIEF OF STAFF ARRESTED From a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice –"
Gay marriage goes before Iowa high court this week - Des Moines Register
""This is the heartland of America - a place where family values are revered," said University of Iowa law professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig, who has signed a court brief supporting gay-marriage rights. "It would be an incredibly strong signal for the Iowa Supreme Court to find that same-sex marriages are legal.""
IL Dems Stand Up for Republic Windows Sit-In Against Bank of America - Buzz Flash
""Over the last several weeks we have been debating in Washington how to spend hundreds of billions of dollars. We have been sending billions of dollars to banks like Bank of America. The reason we sent them the money was to tell them they have to loan this money to companies just like Republic," he [Dubin] said."
Report From The Trenches, Pt. 2 - Talking Points Memo
"In the last round of newspaper purchases, the buyers not only expected unreasonable margins of the papers they were buying, they took out loans based on their expectations. You're seeing the result. The question now is what major U.S. city will become the first to not have a large daily newspaper. My bet's on Miami."
Illinois governor in federal custody on corruption charges - CNN


08 Dec

Time for WC Residents to start reporting on themselves.
I think a measure of how "irrelevant" the West Chicago Press has become can be found at their website today where the top article is a Dec 3rd item about the weather for rush hour.  Any "news source" with a 5 day old weather prediction as their top story has jumped the shark.  They seem to not have noticed Frosty Fest and Koopers Kandy Kane Mishap. If your church or organization has done something of interest, please take the time to write a couple paragraphs about it and send it to WegoNews.  - Bob
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Dec 8- Dec 14
" ... the list of programs for the week on the hottest tv channel to originate from West Chicago."
Campaigns to Educate Motoring Public Deemed Successful
"The West Chicago Police Department announced that Campaign #1 of the Illinois Department of Transportation funded grant was successful in educating the motoring public on Seatbelt Safety and Awareness. The Campaign ran from November 14-30, 2008 and resulted in 130 citations being issued for seatbelt and child restraint violations."
Six towns win awards for their National Night Out events
"The award, sponsored by Target, has been given to Itasca and Wood Dale in the under 15,000 population category. Bartlett, West Chicago, Roselle and Carol Stream won the award in the 15,000 to 49,999 population category."
Suburban lawmakers debate auto industry bailout
""There are still steps that can be taken before we ask the taxpayers to shoulder the burdens of these auto companies," Roskam wrote. He added later that "the last two months have shown us that even in extraordinary times, the sun continues to rise."

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 5 Dec 08

Bill Berkowitz: No Retreat, No Surrender: The Future for the Religious Right - Buzz Flash
"Weeks before Obama takes the oath of office, major Religious Right organizations are monitoring  his every move. Lou Sheldon's organization, Tradition American Values, have established an "Obama Watch."  After Inauguration Day, expect angry press releases, breathless Internet Alerts, nasty blog posts, and urgent fundraising appeals; all done to rebuild and reinvigorate a wounded movement."
Fiore: Greater Georgelandia II
Higher mercury standards, mountain top mining, concealed carry of firearms in National Parks, $700 Billion to his Wall Street buddies... folks, this is getting too bizarre. 



06&07 Dec

Holiday House Decorating Contest
"The deadline to register is Monday, December 16th at 5:00pm. Judging will take place on Wednesday, December 15th, from 7:00—10:00pm. Only 25 entries will be accepted."

Over 50 Children Help Kooper find his missing Kandy Kanes in West Chicago
"West Chicago Park District hosts their first annual Koopers Kandy Kane Mishap at Reed Keppler Park. As the story goes the Kandy Kane mishap started long ago. It was around Christmas time and an elf named Kooper was delivering Kandy Kanes around the world."

Federal regulators green light CN merger with conditions
"Planners also noted that CN could have leased the EJ&E tracks to put freight on instead of going through the STB process.  In terms of quality of life, the report somewhat obviously notes that added freights creating more noise "would annoy residents located near the EJ&E line." But it adds that the problem wasn't likely to be great enough to cause people to move."
Neighbors get frosty waiting for annual West Chicago Christmas tree lighting
"Dozens of neighborhood school children started the parade down Main Street, followed by a fire truck carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus in the ladder basket.  "Check it out, Santa's coming down the street," Rudy Johnson said to his six-year-old son, Griffin, as the pair made their way to the curb. "There he is!""
St. Charles schools boss talks tax hike
"The next two months in St. Charles Unit District 303 will be a time of big decisions and all the emotional vitriol that inevitably comes when the toll of higher taxes is pitted against what school officials say the children deserve."
Gentlemen's club remains in crash suit
"The appellate court ruled that the establishment has a duty to the accident victims, because Homatas was allowed and encouraged to drink to excess and later was made to get in his car and leave.  Craig Brown, one of the lawyers representing the families, called the decision a "vindication.""
Final report on CN deal: It's not that bad
"Writing about air quality, noise and traffic, the study states those increases "would annoy residents" but "are not expected to be great enough to induce a large number of residents to change their behavior or move ..." On property values, the analysis shows the impact "typically would be far less than the amounts claimed by some commenters.""
Lots of bread along 14th District trail
"Bill Foster, a former Fermilab scientist who squared off twice against Republican Jim Oberweis, emerged victorious in the various elections. This battle of millionaires featured deep pockets and spending aplenty, to the combined tune of $9.9 million."
Breakaway Anglicans
"Thanks for Scott Strazzante's photograph and Manya Brachear's story on the Common Cause Partnership of former Episcopalians meeting recently in Wheaton and West Chicago. ... "Conservative" seems to be the current term for social views including the notion that "the Bible gives clear message that homosexuality is a sin." To most of us Episcopalians, the passages usually cited to support that idea of the "sinfulness" of "homosexuality" actually have very different meanings. They are also not representative of the basic teachings of Jesus."
Affordability, community key for W. Chicago
This post is actually a cut and paste job on an article from the Daily Herald ... Nov 14th.  I don't know how the Herald feels about lifting it... or whether the Trib is embarrassed and will take it down.  However, if this site can't do better than this, they are hardly the solution to West Chicago's news problem. - Bob
Laid-off workers won't leave until they get their money
"Union officials said the company failed to give the 60 days' notice required by federal law and that the bank barred the company from paying for the 60-day period or for vacation time earned by employees.  "It's completely shameless that Bank of America took billions in taxpayer dollars and cuts off credit to a company we believe could have stayed in business," United Electrical Workers union official Leah Fried said."
Archbishops hold Canterbury summit over threat of schism - The Times of London
"The Palace said there are “clear guidelines” set out for the creation of new provinces. “Once begun, any of these processes will take years to complete,” it said, making it clear that in the case of the US conservatives no such process had begun."
Your Newspaper? - Talking Points Memo
"A few days the Newspaper Association of America announced that during the third quarter of 2008, newspaper ad revenues dropped 18% vs. the same quarter last year. And that number includes growing online ads. Print ads alone were down 19% and classified ads were off 31%. That's compared to a 7% overall decline last year."
McCain Campaign Spent $110,000 on Palin’s Stylists - The Caucus
"Gov. Sarah Palin’s traveling makeup artist was paid $68,400 and her hair stylist received more than $42,000 for roughly two months of work, according to a new campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission."
[This is over $1500 per day ... every day ... for hair and makeup only ... and the best thing the lady had going for her was a truly pleasant and pleasing smile.  I wonder how much they paid for haircuts for Joe the Plumber. - Bob]


05 Dec

Trinity Lutheran Welcomes You this Holiday Season
Friday, December 5 News and Notes
  • District 303 Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
  • North High School Students Get a Glimpse of the Near Future
  • Parent University to Tackle Homework on Dec. 10
  • Wredling Science Olympiad Coming Dec. 11
  • Toys for Tots Auction at St. Charles East on Dec. 16
  • District 303 Students On Stage at Pheasant Run
  • St. Charles North Key Club Helping to Provide Gifts for Children
Support Toys for Tots
I don't know how this notification to St.Charles businesses became a West Chicago news item, but the WC Police Dept confirms that they are collecting toys at the station at 325 Spencer St.  They are then delivered to DuPage County Marines, not the Kane County group.  I understand that Winfield Twshp and Wayne Twshp distribute some of these toys to local families. - Bob
Essay Contest Sparks Favorite Things About West Chicago
"Emily M. Rivera, a third grader at Indian Knoll School, and Taylor Keene, a second grader at Norton Creek School have been declared winners by Mayor Mike Kwasman just days before the City’s annual seasonal celebration, West Chicago Frosty Fest."
Strip club can't escape lawsuit
"The club's owners had argued they weren't responsible for the Jan. 4, 2006, crash, largely because the business does not serve alcohol, however, patrons are allowed to bring their own alcohol into the club.  In its 31-page decision, the appellate court ruled the establishment had "a duty to both plaintiffs" when it "ejected Homatas (from the club) and placed him behind the wheel, knowing he was intoxicated.""
West Chicago's Frosty Fest gets new ideas
"Throughout the day, these local school groups will also perform: West Chicago School District 33 Band, the West Suburban Home School Band, West Chicago Community High School Chamber Choir. St. Mary's choirs, Youth Jazz Ensemble DuPage, Wheaton Academy Kantorei and Wheaton Academy Jazz Ensemble."
Civil Air Patrol marks 65 years of helping community
"The Fox Valley Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will mark the occasion, inviting the public to a reception at 7:15 p.m. in its space in the Planemaster Hangar at the DuPage Airport, 32W581 Tower Road, West Chicago. Enter off Kautz Road, on the west side of the airport."
Birkett, Illinois state’s attorneys oppose commutation for former Gov. Ryan
"In his role as head of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association, Joseph Birkett sent a letter to the president calling Sen. Dick Durbin’s request “misguided and wrong.”  Ryan was sentenced in 2006 to 6 1/2 years in prison after being convicted on 18 counts of public corruption dating back to his time as secretary of state and stretching through his term as governor."
Emerald ash borer discovered in Yorkville
"The first siting in Illinois occurred west of St. Charles in June 2006. Since then, the state Department of Agriculture has confirmed infestations in Kane, Cook, DuPage, LaSalle, Will and McHenry counties.  Aurora's infestation, which was spotted in mid-November, involved one tree on Liberty Street west of Route 59 in DuPage County."
Cantigny Supports Local Veterns in Need
"Last night’s donations, along with nearly $2,000 in McCormick Foundation matching funds, raised Cantigny’s total for MSHV to more than $10,000 in 2008.  MSHV is wrapping up its second full year of operation at 119 N. West Street in Wheaton. The facility, convenient to public transportation, features sleeping, cooking, study and relaxing spaces for homeless vets. Guests must adhere to high standards while living at the shelter, where the maximum stay is six months."
Salvation Army Captain to be Fired for Marrying Non-Member - WTMJ
""I think it's pretty much set in stone," he sighed. "But I'm hoping and praying that I will be the sacrifice to prepare the road for future officers who have lost a spouse to never again go through what I've gone through."  Despite what the Salvation Army has put him through, Harsh stressed the importance of supporting its mission."
Ban the cluster bomb - LA Times
"In the last 10 years, the United States has used cluster bombs in civilian-populated areas of Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. Israel used them on the villages and olive groves of southern Lebanon... The Bush administration and the Pentagon say that cluster bombs are needed to protect American soldiers"
White House documents found to be altered -
""I think that it raises the question of whether or not we can trust the government to maintain public records of things that were said or done that later prove embarrassing," Althaus said.  A proofreader reviewing an article Althaus co-authored discovered that a previously recorded Web address led to a blank page. Althaus confirmed that the document had been deleted. Related lists of coalition countries also appeared to contradict one another."

04 Dec

December E-Newsletter
  • Veto Session
  • Donate Your Old Coats
  • Women's Advisory Committee Meeting
  • Be Safe This Holiday Season
Ill-eagle activities - Ironwood Daily Globe
""It did not do anything for a few minutes. Then it flapped its wings and staggered head first into my driver's side door, lying against the car. It then staggered/flapped around the back of the car, ending up leaning against the passenger-side rear tire," Tauer said.  DNR officials asked sheriff's department dispatchers to crate the eagle for pickup on Tuesday, the report said."
[Having been told by readers that they are amused by the annual bear problems in the Hurley, WI area and last summer's Timber Wolf incident, I couldn't resist posting this one.  Pictures are available at Superior Chronicle, a community journalism site that also serves the area.  - Bob]
Cold duck dodges deputy
"The department received a call at 7:48 a.m. that a mallard was stuck in a snowbank on County C, near Hakkala Road and the town's water shed.  The duck was "quacking very loud, but could not move," the report said.  Randall immediately went duck hunting, but "had negative contact with the duck in the snowbank," the report said."
Amtrak drops opposition to EJ&E sale
"Amtrak said Wednesday it reached an agreement with Canadian National Railway, which wants to buy the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway line that swings around Chicago. The passenger service had worried CN would abandon or stop maintaining other Chicago-area tracks if it went through with the $300 million sale -- jeopardizing Amtrak's own service between Chicago's Union Station and Champaign, Carbondale and other cities."
Rift splits Episcopalian Church
"The new Anglican Church in North America includes four breakaway Episcopal dioceses, dozens of individual parishes in the U.S. and Canada, and splinter groups that left the Anglican family years ago, members of the new province said at a Wheaton press conference. In total, it will start off with about 700 churches and some 100,000 menbers."
Study: CN rail deal would benefit area
"The 43-page report from Chicago Metropolis 2020 also suggests reduced traffic congestion as a highlight of the CN plan to reroute freight traffic from within Chicago to the EJ&E tracks that stretch from northwest Indiana, through Aurora, to Chicago's northern suburbs."
Birkett considers statewide run in 2010
""We must do a better job mastering the new technologies of grassroots politics -- the Internet, social networking, online fundraising," he said."
Poll: Calif. gay marriage ban driven by religion - Associated Press
"Age and race, meanwhile, were not as strong factors as assumed. According to the poll, 56 percent of voters over age 55 and 57 percent of nonwhite voters cast a yes ballot for the gay marriage ban.  People who identified themselves as practicing Christians were highly likely to support the constitutional amendment, with 85 percent of evangelical Christians, 66 percent of Protestants and 60 percent of Roman Catholics favoring it."
Subpoenas Issued in Special Counsel's Probe of U.S. Attorney Firings - The Public Record
"Fine and Jarrett’s 356-page report “found significant evidence that political partisan considerations were an important factor in the removal of several of the U.S. Attorneys.”  They added that they were unable to fully investigate the firings of the nine U.S. attorneys "because of the refusal by several former key White House officials, including Harriet Miers and Karl Rove, to cooperate with our investigation.""
Suit claims Halliburton, KBR sickened base - Army Times
"A report from Wil Granger, KBR’s water quality manager for Iraq, states that non-potable water used for showering was not disinfected. “This caused an unknown population to be exposed to potentially harmful water for an undetermined amount of time,” according to the report. The report also stated the problems occurred all across Iraq and were not confined to Balad."

03 Dec

Around and About in West Chicago - 03 December 2008
  • St. Mary’s Parish School Annual Live Nativity and Cookie Walk
  • Proclamation honoring Daisaku and Kaneka Ikeda
  • West Chicago Park District House Decorating contest
  • 10th annual Breakfast with Santa

West Chicago
High School
"Teaching quality in District 94 has taken a major step forward following yesterday’s announcement by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS®) that Mary Ellen Daneels, a teacher in the Humanities Division at CHS, has achieved National Board Certification® in 2008."
District 33 Key Communicator Message-West Chicago Police News Email Subscription System Announced
The Elementary District has emailed notices to its subscribers about the West Chicago Police email updates.  This was mentioned on Dec 1st as West Chicago Police Department Offers E-Mail News and Updates, but I wanted a chance to repeat it and urge readers to sign up. - Bob
Birkett may run again for statewide office
"Although this year's election cycle ended only a month ago, DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett apparently believes it is not too early to reveal his intentions for the next one.  Birkett on Monday told supporters he's looking at another run for statewide office in 2010."
Don't buy into D303 tax increase - Mark Anderson, St Charles
"Not so long ago, this same District 303 said they needed money for new schools because class size was getting to be a problem. Today, class size is off the table and the new mantra is "rebuild our sagging infrastructure." Last time, it was $86 million; now - $300 million?"
Illinois housing prices, sales plunge
"A 38-year-old single father, Santiago is trying to sell his West Chicago townhouse for only $8,000 more than he paid for it nine years ago and more than $50,000 less than he owes... The town home, which appraised as high as $230,000 a few years ago, is similar to a neighbor's that just sold for $150,000."
Mayor Offers Seasonal Magic
"The West Chicago tradition, which is coordinated by the community’s Park District, departs from the Metra Train Station in downtown West Chicago, on two consecutive Saturdays, December 13th and 20th, and features story-telling, sing-alongs and Santa himself."
Buttars takes aim at stores waging 'war on Christmas' - Salt Lake Tribune
"Rep. David Litvack, a Jewish Democrat who represents part of Salt Lake City, said he's fine with people wishing him a Merry Christmas. However, he wonders if constituents really want their representatives spending time on such matters.  "There are many more pressing issues that we've been elected to address," Litvack said. "We're a nation of many faiths and we as leaders should be finding ways to build common ground and respect, not entrenching one side over another.""
In Courtroom Showdown, Bush Demands Amnesty for Spying Telecoms - Wired
"The government sought to dismiss the original EFF case, and others that followed, on the grounds that they threatened to expose state secrets. Judge Walker has ruled against the government, saying the case could proceed.  The government appealed. But before the appeal was decided, Congress on July 9 gave the president the power to grant immunity to the carriers.  The EFF is now challenging the immunity legislation on the grounds that it seeks to circumvent the Constitution's separation of powers clause, as well as Americans' Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures."


02 Dec


West Chicago
High School
Annual Madrigal Dinner & Tea
"The Community High School Music Department announces its’ annual Madrigal Dinner and Tea. The Madrigal Dinner is to take place Saturday the 13th of December at 7:00pm; while the Tea will take place Sunday the 14th of December at 3:00pm."
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... The performance is free and open to the public."
Office of Rep. Foster Continues to Accept Inauguration Ticket Lottery Requests
"Due to the high volume of requests, an extremely limited number of tickets will be available. If constituents are interested in Inauguration tickets, they can participate in the office lottery by calling Rep. Foster’s office toll free at (866) 777-6670 or e-mailing Rep. Foster’s office at by Friday, December 12, 2008."
GOP Congressmen Kirk & Roskam Hold Economy Brainstorming Session
"Where can Congress spend dollars that will put people back to work right away?" asked Doug Whitley, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. "I think infrastructure will do it."  Investing in wind power, nuclear plants and the "greening" of buildings to make them more energy efficient could also help, he told the two GOP lawmakers."
Atheists put up sign in Capitol building - Seattle Times
"A group of atheists and agnostics has placed a sign at the Capitol building that says, in part: "Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."  The sign, sponsored by the Madison, Wisc.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, is in part a reaction to a Nativity scene put up in the Capitol by a private citizen."
Why texting is too $$$ - Consumer Reports
"Text files are small and cost carriers very little to transmit, so texting is exponentially more expensive to consumers in terms of network space than other cell services. Five hundred text messages contain less data than a 1-minute voice transmission.  Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., also questions text-messaging rates. In letters to the above companies, Kohl, chairman of the Senate's antitrust subcommittee, demanded that wireless carriers explain why they've doubled the cost to customers in near lockstep. Kohl says he's particularly concerned that the rate jump appears not to be based on a rise in the cost of transmitting text messages."


01 Dec

Ramey to Host Annual Winter Coat Drive for Local Families
"Anyone with extra coats or coats that have been "gently worn" can drop them off in several locations throughout the 55th district so that they can be given to less fortunate families. The coat drive will run through the entire month of December and will benefit families within the district."
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Dec 1- Dec 7


6:00 PM

City Council (12/1/07)


7:00 PM

Yesterday Today


7:30 PM

Railroad Days '95

West Chicago Mayor Offers Seasonal Magic to 50 Children
"This year, the Mayor decided to extend an invitation to 50 special guests ~ children from West Chicago’s Neighborhood Resource Centers, who might not otherwise have the opportunity to take the magical ride due to the registration fee. Mayor Kwasman ordered an additional Metra car and, at his own expense, covered all associated costs."
West Chicago Police Department Offers E-Mail News and Updates
"Anyone who resides or works in West Chicago can sign up for the program. To subscribe, e-mail from the e-mail address you would like to register. You will automatically be added to the list and will receive the e-mails as the information becomes available."
'Stocking Stuffer' Program Provides Community Connection
"Among the features of the outdoor celebration are Frosty procession, free horse-drawn sleigh rides, precious photo opportunities with Santa and live reindeer, wondrous voices and music of various community choirs and bands and strolling Victorian carolers."
A not so twisted Web for counties
"They checked for the following information: how to contact officials; meeting schedules and minutes; budgets; how to get public records; details on tax-funded lobbyists; permits and zoning; audits; bids and contracts over $10,000; and local taxes.  Someone took the time to do it, so someone might as well take some time and peruse it."
Illinois housing prices, sales plunge
"October existing-home sales in the Chicago area fell 17.7 percent from a year ago, to 5,397 sales, while the median price dropped 10 percent, to $225,000, the Illinois Association of Realtors reported Monday. That's on top of a sales decline of 19 percent and a 3.1 percent increase in the median sales price during the October 2006-07 period."
Relationship counsellor 'sacked for refusing to work with gay couples' - The Telegraph
"The 47-year-old, from Hanham, Bristol, will claim unfair dismissal on grounds of religious discrimination and accuse his former supervisors of refusing to accommodate his beliefs... Mr McFarlane claims he was harassed and labelled a "homophobe" after his suspension was lifted, and following a further disciplinary hearing, was dismissed on March 18."
Assembly Line - The New Republic
"... average wages for workers at Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors were just $28 per hour as of 2007... While we can't be sure precisely how much those workers make, because the companies don't make the information public, the best estimates suggests the corresponding 2007 figure for these "transplants"--as the foreign-owned factories are known--was somewhere between $20 and $26 per hour, and most likely around $24 or $25. That would put average worker's annual salary at $52,000 a year."
Inaugural H.L. Mencken Club Gathering - Southern Poverty Law Center
"It’s not clear to me that the American people really supported Obama.” The president-elect only got a majority of white votes among 18-to-30-year-olds, according to Brimelow. “What this election shows is that whites vote one way and everybody else votes the other way.”"
2002 Chambliss Senate Race Was Rigged - Market Watch
"Stephen Spoonamore, a cyber security expert and lifelong Republican, has also stated that he believes that the 2002 Georgia Senate race was rigged in favor of Chambliss. "If you look at the case of Saxby Chambliss, that's ridiculous. The man was not elected. He lost that election by five points. Max Cleland won. They flipped the votes, clear as day." Spoon said in another exclusive interview posted on YouTube by VR at"

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