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28 Feb & 01 Mar

 
Foster announces $9 million in area HUD grants
""We'll be working across party lines to make sure this money helps the people who are struggling," said U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Democrat representing the 14th district. He made the announcement at his Batavia office with Republicans Karen McConnaughay, chair of the Kane County Board, and DuPage County Board member Dirk Enger at his side."
Union workers rally at Oberweis Dairy
"Members of Teamsters 673 rallied for a fair contract for union workers at the Oberweis Dairy plant Friday. About 69 union workers have been without a contract since Feb. 15. The union has been in negotiations with Oberweis Dairy for four months and have had one vote so far, in which members opposed an agreement, according to a union officer."
New Marketing Director for West Chicago Park District
"“With her expertise, enthusiasm and creativity, we can move forward into promoting the positive aspects of our district, and at the same time, discover other programs and resources the people in the community feel we need.”"
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 27 Feb 09
  • WEIGHT-LOSS: SCIENCE CONFIRMS THE “PHYSICS PLAN“.
  • THE ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE: COMPOUNDING A SUPREME ERROR.
  • NASA: THINGS HAVE NOT GONE WELL IN CLIMATE OBSERVATIONS.
  • BEYOND MARS: JOVIAN MOONS CHOSEN FOR NEXT EXPLORATIONS.
Man stabs son for wearing hat in church
"Police said a 58-year-old man stabbed his teenage son after he refused to take off his hat at church earlier in the day. The father and his 19-year-old son got into an argument on Sunday afternoon. That's when police said the father went to a car, got a knife and stabbed his son in the left buttock and fled."
Solar industry, unions heading for clash on jobs - Las Vegas Sun
"In operation since June 2007, the 64-megawatt Nevada Solar One plant built by Spain-based Acciona was the first solar thermal plant built in 17 years and the largest of its kind in the world. The $260 million construction project hired labor from outside Nevada and in many cases outside the United States.  That became a rallying point for the state AFL-CIO, which had promoted legislation in 2001 that provided $15 million in state incentives for the plant. The union had imagined the incentives would be used to train and hire Nevadans for the high-paying specialized electrical work of hooking up photovoltaic solar panels to homes and businesses."
Right-Wing Tax And Budget Myths - The Progress Report
"As the Center for American Progress's Michael Ettlinger noted, these changes are "going to provoke outrage." But "were this budget to be enacted, it would be by far the most significant progressive step in over forty years," noted CAPAF Fellow Matt Yglesias. Conservatives are already propagating various myths about the budget; The Progress Report offers these debunks:"

 

27 Feb

 
Durbin urges regulator to fight CN appeal
"U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says Canadian National Railway should have to meet a key condition placed on it before its hotly debated acquisition of a nearly 200-mile railway line encircling Chicago."
Carol Stream man dies after setting himself on fire
"A 58-year-old Wal-Mart employee set himself on fire in a Bloomingdale parking lot outside where he worked because, police officials said, he "wanted to die and couldn't take it anymore.""
Community High School promotes success
"Community High School has announced its P.A.W.S. award winners for February."
Man lights himself on fire at Bloomingdale Court
"Police responded to a call at 9:58 p.m. in reference to a person on fire in the parking lot. Upon their arrival, officers located a man lieing on the ground who had been on fire. The fire had been extinguished prior to their arrival."
Dr. George Coutrakon, former Fermilab physicist, to work with proton beam at the Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center
"That accelerator that Fermilab built went to Loma Linda University, where it became the first hospital-based proton therapy cancer center in the nation. Coutrakon went with the accelerator to California, where he has worked as the director of beam operations."
What's going on
"The traveling exhibit Changing Worlds traces the lives of 10 families from Cambodia, Iraq, Mexico, Somalia, Pakistan, Poland, Nicaragua, Palestine, Bosnia and Puerto Rico and offers a look at their stories of change, loss and cultural traditions."
Attorney General Says Special Election Constitutional
"The opinion affirmed that special election legislation sponsored by Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) and others is constitutional. But, less than 24 hours after Madigan offered her approval, Senate Democrats buried the measure in the Senate Executive Committee."
Dobson resigns as chairman of Focus on the Family - Associated Press
"Dobson has a devoted following. His radio broadcast reaches an estimated 1.5 million U.S. listeners daily. Yet critics say his influence is waning, pointing to evangelicals pushing to broaden the movement's agenda beyond abortion, gay marriage and other issues Dobson views as most vital."
Jindal's Katrina Story: A Tall Tale? - TPM Muckraker
"When the storm made landfall on August 29, Jindal was on a foreign trip. His family was evacuated to his parents' house in Baton Rouge, and when he returned, he went straight there to join them. In a September 1st CNN interview given from Baton Rouge, Jindal talked about taking an aerial tour of the disaster area, but didn't mention anything about having been on the ground personally."
Daily Show -- Fox "News" Reports Joe Biden's "Gaffe" - Comedy Central
I couldn't resist posting the link to this.  Jon Stewart mocks Faux News for making Biden's taking a few seconds to remember www.recovery.gov into a major story. In a world of war, pestilence, disease, and poverty, the Faux News coverage was ludicrous.- Bob

 

26 Feb

 
West Chicago Police Alert
"A 19 year-old male reported that on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at approximately 10:05 p.m., he was “pulled over” near the intersection of Kress Road and Downs Drive by a male who was driving a black Ford Crown Victoria. The suspect flashed his high-beams at the witness, prompting him to pull to the side of the road."
West Chicago Sister City

 

St. Patrick's Dinner
"5th Annual St. Patrick's Dinner at American Legion Post 300. Doors open at 6:00 PM with a cash bar and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM. Corned Beef Cabbage with boiled potatoes, boiled carrots, bread, and dessert... We will have a 50/50 raffle, limerick contest, door prizes, entertainment, and more!
Museum Paints History of St. Patrick's Day
"St. Patrick’s Day arrives early on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the West Chicago City Museum. Celebrate the Irish immigrants who helped found and build West Chicago and the railroad that runs through it by painting a traditional blarney stone. Craft Saturday is a drop in event for all ages from 1:00 – 2:00 pm."
West Chicago's Finest Shave Heads
"The West Chicago Police Department has accepted a challenge from the Kane County Sheriff’s Department - one that will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising effort for childhood cancer research."
Real West Chicago police looking for cop imposter
"Police reports said the suspect wore a dark blue police uniform with no name tag or badge, and the uniform shirt displayed what appeared to be a police patch on the left shoulder. The suspect also wore police-style belt with a holster and handcuffs visible, officials said. The witness told police there appeared to be a handgun in the holster."
Durbin urges regulator to fight CN appeal
"Montreal-based CN says railroads have historically paid only up to 10 percent.  But Durbin's office says the Illinois Democrat is urging regulators to defend their decision.  Many residents along the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway line fear increased CN rail traffic will disrupt their lives."
Winfield candidate's experience is tops - John C. Smith Jr.
"An elected official must push the people's agenda, not just his own, determine what the people want accomplished and then get it done. I have known Tony Reyes for over 30 years and I can say that Tony will be this kind of representative for the people of Winfield."
Dick Durbin: Burris should resign - The Swamp
"But Burris, the junior and appointed senator from Illinois, told the senior senator from Illinois and No. 2 Democratic leader in the Senate that he would not resign, Durbin said.  "I told him that under the circumstances, I would resign," Durbin told reporters after an hour-long meeting with Burris. "He said, 'I'm not going to resign.'"
Guns in church bill dies in Arkansas Senate panel - Associated Press
"A state Senate panel has rejected a bill that would allow concealed handguns in Arkansas churches, a proposal that divided religious leaders.  The measure would have removed churches and other houses of worship from the list of places where concealed handguns are banned in Arkansas. Only churches and bars are on that list."
Senate Confirms Solis as Labor Secretary - The Caucus
"Her nomination troubles in some ways represented the deep philosophical divisions between Republicans and Democrats over labor issues. Or more specifically, the qualms on the G.O.P. side about her nomination might be seen as a prelude to the larger fight brewing over legislation that would make joining a union easier. Mrs. Solis enjoyed the strong backing of the big labor unions and her own family’s history as union members."
Justices Uphold Ban On Guns for Abusers - Washington Post
"Excluding domestic abusers convicted under generic battery laws "would frustrate Congress's manifest purpose," Ginsburg said in announcing her decision from the bench. Congress would not have enacted something that "would have been a dead letter in the majority of states from the very moment of its passage.""
On Second Thought Press Release
"It is with great excitement and optimism that I announce today the formation of a new progressive talk radio network. The On Second Thought Radio Network will continue to build upon the foundation laid by our predecessors and will work dilligently to fulfill our fiduciary responsibilities to all investors and principals involved. Equally important, we will, with the millions of faithful progressive listeners across the country, uphold our vision to promote freedom, social justice, economic justice and peace worldwide."

 

25 Feb

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 25 February 2009
  • Bowling for Diabetes
  • Lions Club 34th Annual Spring Pancake Breakfast
  • Lenten Services
  • Local Government Week in Illinois
  • Friends of the West Chicago Public Library Annual Book Sale
$10,000 College Scholarship Raffle
"The Foundation for Educational Excellence for West Chicago Elementary School District 33 announces its $10,000 College Scholarship Raffle. Tickets are $20.00 each and only 1,000 tickets will be sold through April 20, 2009."
briefs: Job workshop slated
"A Job Search Strategies Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Feb. 28, at Community Fellowship Church, 28W240 North Ave., near West Chicago. The workshop is sponsored by the Pathways Ministry of Community Fellowship and will offer instructions on how to best use your time and talent."
Park districts bulk up public fitness centers
"The new Fitness Station in West Chicago boasts many of the features of a private health club: Aerobics classes keep people sweating to the latest music; cardio machines have screens with built-in video games; T-shirts bearing the slogan "Fit Happens" are for sale at the front desk."
Supreme Court to hear Mojave cross case - Los Angeles Times
"The American Civil Liberties Union objected to the cross and filed a suit on behalf of Frank Buono, a Catholic and former Park Service employee. The suit noted that the government had denied a request to have a Buddhist shrine erected near the cross."
UAW urged to OK Ford survival plan: It could set pattern for GM, Chrysler - TradingMarkets
"In return, Ford agreed to recommit to production at all current assembly plants, with the exception of the Twin Cities Assembly Plant, which makes the Ford Ranger compact pickup. Ford has said that plant is to close this year.  The summary also reveals how the UAW and Ford plan to restructure payments to fund a health care trust fund for retirees."
Volcanos and the Levitating Train to Disneyland - ProPublica
  • "The $300 million would go to buy energy-efficient government vehicles, such as hybrid and electric cars."
  • "The $8 billion is for high-speed rail corridors that would connect far-flung cities."
  • "The $140 million goes to the U.S. Geological Survey for a series of construction and repair projects that includes "steam gages and seismic and volcano monitoring systems, national map activities and other critical deferred maintenance," according to the legislation."

 

 

24 Feb

 

WinfieldTownship
WINFIELD TOWNSHIP OPEN HOUSE
"The first full week in March has been designated as “Local Government Week” in Illinois. To commemorate, Winfield Township will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Township Office located at 130 Arbor Avenue in West Chicago. Come ask questions and learn more about township government."
Marketing Director
"Building upon the concept of extended community awareness and involvement, the creation of the new part time position of marketing director leads the West Chicago Park District on the path to achieving this objective. Stepping into this role is Nicole Walker, who has an extensive background in marketing and finance."

West Chicago
High School
$5,500 TO CHS STUDENTS
"The West Chicago VFW Post 6791 and the Ladies’ Auxiliary awarded over $5,500 in prize money to Community High School students who entered the annual Voice of Democracy Competition. Post and Auxiliary members were on hand to present the awards and certificates to the students at the February 3rd school board meeting."
Illinois Capitol Challenge Stock Market Competition
"Students from Community High School in West Chicago were honored in February with a House Resolution for their 1st Place finish in the Stock Market Game. State Representatives Mike Fortner and Randy Ramey honored the students at the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield."
CN asks court for better deal on EJ&E merger
"The Canadian-based railroad filed an appeal Monday with the Washington, D.C., appeals court, saying that conditions imposed by federal regulators would cost it $70 million.  In response, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner called CN's action "a clear indication of the bad faith they've been exhibiting.""
Community High School promotes success
"Faculty members in each division were asked to nominate two students for February. The students and their parents are invited to attend a breakfast ceremony in their honor Tuesday  at Community High School. The nominating teachers and the school's administration will be in attendance to present the awards, say a few words about each student's success, and present a gift."
Ash Wednesday – A Service of Ashes and Reconciliation
"St. Andrew Lutheran Church and the First United Methodist and Congregational Church will join together for a Service of Ashes and Reconciliation on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 7:00 p.m."
Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Tougher Law Proposal
"Now Congressmen Mark Kirk and Peter Roskam are trumpeting a new law proposed by Roskam. It would give the Food and Drug Administration access to any questionable food testing results.  "And if there's adverse information that comes about, that information has to be disclosed," said U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam. "In other words, you can't shop around for a favorable result.""
[If this were a Dem proposal Roskam would be spouting RNC talking points about excessive regulation and beurocrats. - Bob]
Nigeria: Bauchi Crisis Worsens - Nine Lives Lost, 13 Churches Torched So Far - The Vanguard
"Six of the nine persons were killed by gunfire, while the remaining three were hacked down with cutlasses and left in pools of their blood, as tension gripped the entire city on news that crises have erupted in other parts like Yelwa and Muda Lawal."
How you can still buy American... MSN Money
"In 2008, the U.S. trade deficit with China accounted for roughly $73 a month in spending for every man, woman and child in America.  Wal-Mart, widely credited with driving up the volume of low-cost goods imported to the U.S., won't disclose what percentage of its products are made in America other than in the produce aisle (70%). Nor does give it preference to domestic manufacturers, identify its U.S.-made goods or train its employees to find them. Customers have to check the labels."
Florida Nips Fish Pedicures In The Bud - CBS News
"The treatment is popular in Asia and has spread to some U.S. cities. A client sticks feet, hands or other body parts in a bowl or pool, and the small fish chow down on soft decaying skin."
where are the Fox News corrections? - Media Matters
"REP. DAVID OBEY, (D) WISCONSIN: I wish they would make up their mind whether it is mice or rats, neither of which is in this bill if they will read it.  I got it right here. Find it and show it to me, show it to me!"

 

23 Feb

 
Mary Jane Feltes
"Mary Jane Feltes Mary Jane Feltes, a teacher at Wheaton St. Francis High School for 24 years, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at the age of 64, due to heart failure. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Lt. Col. Lorentz Feltes, USAF retired; their three children, David (Louisa), Daniel (Sarah) and Rebecca (David), as well as her beloved grandchildren, Charlie and Matthew; and her best friend and partner in crime, Sue Kolasinski."
March 2009 Press Release
  • Creating a Résumé That Works for You!
  • Yoga Basics Thursday,
  • Digital Photography – Part 2
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Feb 23- Mar1

Wed

6:00 PM

City Council (2/16/09)

 

7:00 PM

Carp Tournament '05

 

7:30 PM

Carp Tournament '04

 

8:00 PM

Falling Into The Music

 

9:00 PM

Got Dance


West Chicago
High School
Auction for After Prom Event
"Join us for the St. Patrick’s Day Auction Benefit for Community High School “All Night Long" After Prom Event Saturday, March 14, 2009 St. Andrews Country Club, West Chicago 7-11pm"
St. Charles East wind ensemble to go electric with guest composer
"The performance of this work and his visit is made possible by the school's dedicated band boosters. His visit and performance include a two-day residency working with the St. Charles East Band students, Bryant will also be presenting to the AP music theory class at the high school."
Fermilab in race for 'God Particle' glory
"After all, the race is the one to find evidence of a hypothetical particle called the Higgs boson, better known as the "God Particle" because it is believed to give mass to matter that makes up the universe.  "This has been the holy grail of high energy physics for the last 30 years," said Joe Lykken, a senior scientist at Fermilab."
Wheaton Academy Girls Keep Ball Rolling
"The Wheaton Academy varsity girls’ basketball team is having the best season the school has ever seen, highlighted by winning the Somanauk tournament, sweeping the competition they faced in Florida, winning the Private School League, and winning the IHSA Regional Championship."
Rep. Peter Roskam could try for Senate
"I think anybody who's gonna put a good race together, Linda, has to have that together by the spring, in order to put the political operation into place, to begin getting around the state. "
Inmate Sues Over Interference With Satanism - CBS News
"A 35-year-old man imprisoned for drug possession has filed a $10 million federal lawsuit against Yellowstone County, alleging jailers interfered with his satanic religious practices while he was in jail. The lawsuit filed by Jason P. Indreland claims county jail staff took from him a religious medallion, denied him access to a "Satanic Bible or Book of Satanic Rituals" and ridiculed and punished him for his religious beliefs."
Deal gives Ford options on health care -  International Herald Tribune
"Ford Motor can substitute its stock for as much as half of its payments into a retiree health care trust under a deal announced Monday by the company and the United Automobile Workers union.  The agreement could form the basis for similar deals with General Motors and Chrysler, which need to cut costs and demonstrate that they can survive under the terms of their loans from the federal government."
Mice Overrun Fla. Courthouse, Fall From Ceiling - CBSNews
"There are so many mice in one Florida county courthouse that they've been seen falling from ceiling tiles.  One judge at the Palm Beach County Courthouse calls it an infestation. Some staffers say they check their handbags for stowaways before leaving the building each day."
[Any good punch lines about "professional courtesy?" - Bob
Spills on the hill - Ironwood Globe
"Many riders didn’t make it to the top and they either rode their sleds down the ski flying under hill or the snowmobiles tumbled down the hill end-to-end. One racer estimated $60,000 worth of snowmobiles were totaled during the competition."
 

21&22 Feb

 
West Chicago grandma distraught over medic's conviction
""He wanted to be a physician's assistant when he came back," said Hazel Leahy of West Chicago. " I don't call that somebody capable of murdering - unless he was pushed into this."
Grandmother: Ill. soldier conviction 'devastating'
"Hazel Leahy, 80, of West Chicago said the situation involving Army Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. is "devastating." "I haven't stopped crying all day," she said regarding Friday's verdict. "I've been telling everybody all day the news. It makes me feel better to talk about it.""
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 20 Feb 09 Washington, DC
  1. LHC: IT WAS MADE TO RUN AND THAT’S WHAT IT’S GONNA DO.
  2. TEVATRON: DELAYING RETIREMENT TO FIND THE HIGGS.
  3. ISS NODE 3: HOW ABOUT UNITY, HARMONY AND ROBOTICALLY?
  4. STIMULUS: $21 BILLION OUT OF $787 BILLION FOR SCIENCE.
Showing up, but not signing up - Columbus Dispatch
"People tend not to worship in the same congregation as loyally as they did in past generations, said David Roozen of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. The baby-boomer generation balked at joining institutions of any sort, and the tendency has become more pronounced among their children, he said."
Iowa House holds vote open for labor bil - Times-Republican
"A measure to require contractors to pay the prevailing wage to workers when they bid on public projects fell one vote short of House approval Friday night, but backers vowed to press on throughout the weekend to find the additional vote.  Backers promised to keep the House in session around the clock throughout the weekend, assigning shifts to hold the speaker's chair through the night. Republicans set up similar shifts to watch out for any more odd developments."
Icy reception for repairmen - THE ARKANSAS LEADER
"Some 100 workers from Pennsylvania, about a third of them African Americans, came down to help the local electric cooperative restore power after the devastating ice storm last month took down just about every power pole in the county. They worked tirelessly clearing trees and putting up poles and lines in the ice and freezing rain to try to speed power to people.  For their trouble, they were harassed and threatened by roving groups of young men shouting racial epithets and pointing guns at them."
Country Roads Parody Video - Head On News
The Head on News is a union backing, freedom defending, internet streaming public service talk radio network based in West Virginia, Florida, Australian and point between that has noticed hits coming off the link that is always in the right column here at MyHurley.  This is the first time I have seen them picked up by Buzz Flash with its national audience. - Bob
Jobless hit with bank fees on benefits - EarthLink
"For hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs during the recession, there's a new twist to their financial pain: Even when they're collecting unemployment benefits, they're paying the bank just to get the money - or even to call customer service to complain about it."
 

20 Feb

 
West Chicago VFW Awards over $5500 to CHS Students
"The West Chicago VFW Post 6791 and the Ladies’ Auxiliary awarded over $5500 in prize money to Community High School students who entered the annual Voice of Democracy Competition at the February 3rd school board meeting."
Custodial Contract - Katrine Maguire
"District 33 had a vote tonight on the Custodian contract that takes effect in June.  It was a two year contract at 4% each year.  Six members of the board were at the meeting .  The motion failed at a vote of three to three.  It is likely to come up for a revote when Deb Ramsey shows up at the next meeting.  By the way, we are already trying to solve a $650,000 deficit for next year"
Referendum Informational Meeting February 26
"The referendum question will ask voters to approve the sale of up to $49,000,000 in bonds to build a substantial addition on to West Chicago Middle School to bring 6th graders there. An additional gym and locker rooms, a new library, and a cafetorium (a cafeteria and auditorium combined) are just some features of the expanded Middle School."

West Chicago
High School
Matt Cuomo - Peace Builder of January, 2009
"Matt Cuomo, of Carol Stream, is currently a Junior at Community High School. Matt received the Peace Builder Award for assisting others in need when no one else would. He is to be commended for his service and desire to improve the atmosphere here at WeGo."
‘RELATING TO YOUR TEEN: STAYING CONNECTED AS WE GROW APART’
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 7 p.m.
  • In English: Weyrauch Auditorium
  • En Espanol: Learning Resource Center
  • Presented by Dr. David Norton & Sylvia Sanchez
Fermilab, European accelerator race for glory
"So, does the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory's Tevatron accelerator have a shot against the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland? It may not be the question all the boys at the end of bar are asking -- but it gets particle physicists psyched. After all, the race is the one to find evidence of a hypothetical particle called the Higgs boson, better known as the "God Particle" because it is believed to give mass to matter that makes up the universe."
Air Angels shuts down Chicago-area operations
"On Thursday, the company announced that "recent and ongoing events lead us to believe that our venture in Illinois is no longer viable," and Air Angels closed its offices at airports in Bolingbrook and West Chicago immediately."
Foreclosed but not forgotten
"Keating said DuPage County, which is eyeing houses in Glendale Heights, West Chicago, Addison and Bensenville, will reach out to community groups and other organizations to spread the word about the stabilization program. They invite would-be buyers to call the county to inquire about the program."
Charities Now Seek Bankruptcy Protection - NY Times
"While no one has compiled data on how many charities have turned to the courts for protection, experts in the field say it has become more common as nonprofits have been pressured by donors to operate more like businesses.  “Our expectation is that this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Diana Aviv..."
The Catholic Crusade Against a Mythical Abortion Bill - Amy Sullivan, Time
"At a time when the United States is gripped by economic uncertainty and faces serious challenges in hot spots around the globe, some American Catholics are finding it both curious and troubling that their church has launched a major campaign against a piece of legislation that doesn't exist and wouldn't have much chance of becoming law even if it did."
Wal-Mart settles wage-hour violation case - Examiner
"Wal-Mart, a notorious union-buster, sweatshop operator and partner with the Communist Party in China has agreed to repay its South Carolina workers $49 million as compensation for wage and hour violations. In a statement the company admits its anti-worker business ethic resulted in this suit but claims it has changed its ways."
Appalachian History Gives New Perspective of How Workers View Jobs... Kansas City Infozine
"“In that society and time period, preaching wasn’t a paid job, so the preachers were also coal miners,” Callahan said. “So, you have coal miners who are preachers looking at the union with the same ideas. In the unions, they are using stories from Exodus and talking about being led out of slavery as a way of showing what the union can do for them. Unfair labor practices were defined in religious terms.”"
Poll Shows Approval Of Obama/Dems Performance On Economy, Disapproval Of GOP - TPM
"Only 30% say Obama hasn't done enough to cooperate with Republicans in Congress -- the GOP base vote, basically -- while 62% say he's doing the right amount and 6% say it's been too much. Flipping it around, only 27% say Republicans have done enough to cooperate with Obama, with 64% saying not enough and 5% saying too much."

 

Climb on! [Copper Peak Snowmobile Race To Be Held] - Ironwood Globe]
"The all-day event is the only one of its kind in the Midwest, Supercynski said, adding that Wyoming is the closest place to hold a similar event where snowmobile riders try to climb a steep hill on their machines.  "The ones that don't make it come down one way or another," Supercynski said. "Sometimes they roll and the fans seem to like that.""
 

19 Feb

 

West Chicago
High School
P.A.W.S. FOR RECOGNITION
"Promoting Awareness of Wildcat Success, or P.A.W.S. is a recognition program at CHS that honors individuals in each Division for their outstanding personal contribution to the classroom, school, or community. Faculty members in each Division were asked to nominate two students for February."
W. Chicago students to stage lesser-known comedy
""I would be surprised if very many people have even heard of it," Berglund said of "Mrs. McThing," which he describes as a "comedy fantasy about mothers and children and what they can learn from each other.""
Election Board rules on objections against COD candidates
"The board meanwhile overruled the objections against Sandy Kim of West Chicago, Tom Wendorf of Glen Ellyn, Kim Savage of Darien, Jeffrey Handel of West Chicago and incumbent Mark Nowak of Addison, which keeps them on the ballot."
Out of touch representatives - Stuart Krohish
"On Feb. 13, Reps. Mark Kirk, Judy Biggert, Don Manzullo and Peter Roskam marched in lock step with every republican member of the House of Representatives to vote "NO" to the economic stimulus and job creation bill."
ND measure says fertilized egg has human rights - Associated Press
"The bill is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended abortion rights nationwide, supporters of the legislation said... The bill declares that "any organism with the genome of homo sapiens" is a person protected by rights granted by the North Dakota Constitution and state laws."
Locals drop immigration... Baxter Bulletin
"According to a recent article in USA Today, some of these saber-rattlers have lost their appetite, moved on to other issues, or simply confronted the economic reality that local enforcement measures cost money — something that is suddenly in short supply."
How to get rid of Roland Burris - Salon - USA
"Sen. Russ Feingold has proposed a constitutional amendment to fix the anomaly in the amendment; but we needn't wait for the tortuous amendment process."

 

18 Feb

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 18 February 2009
  • Coffee with the Mayor
  • Informational Seminar on Internet safety
  • St. Mary’s Concert Choir Pilgrimage to Italy
  • “40 Days of Community”
  • 34th annual Spring Pancake Breakfast
Jerry Vasko
"Vasko, Jerry age 76, of Westchester, beloved husband of Gloria (nee Bejlovec), loving father of Debra (Richard) Jeffery and Laura (Matthew) Fuesting, proud grandfather of Heather and Kelly Jeffery, and Matthew Fuesting Jr.,..."
[This is the father-in-law of City Council member Matt Fuesting. - Bob]

West Chicago
High School
Proposed Textbooks
"IT IS THE POLICY OF THE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 94 BOARD OF EDUCATION TO PLACE ALL TEXTBOOKS THAT ARE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION ON PUBLIC DISPLAY FOR APPROXIMATELY TWENTY-ONE (21) DAYS PRIOR TO FINAL CONSIDERATION BY THE BOARD."
St. Charles East to sponsor transition planning night
"St. Charles East High School will host the fourth annual Post-Secondary Transition Planning Night for students with disabilities and their families from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25."
Residents eligible for DuPage County prescription program
"“DuPage Rx cards may be used by all County residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. It is important to note, however, that the DuPage Rx discount card is not insurance,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Robert J. Schillerstrom."
Stimulus Bill brings hope to the jobless
"In a media teleconference Tuesday, Foster said the targeted spending in the Recovery and Reinvestment Act will benefit local communities. He mentioned transportation and infrastructure investments and has previously mentioned a "significant investment" in science, specifically benefitting Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia and Argonne National Laboratory in Darien."
Man held woman captive, read Bible - MSNBC
"He picked up the woman Wednesday night in Detroit after she told him she had nowhere to stay, and brought her to his home in Toledo, about 55 miles (88 kilometers) away, police told The Toledo Blade newspaper ... The woman told police that after she fell asleep Brisport handcuffed her wrists and ankles, gagged her, undressed her and put her in an adult diaper, then read Bible passages, said police Capt. Ray Carroll."
Hagan key in union fight... Raleigh News & Observer
""I campaigned and said all along that it allows the employees to make the choice," she said. "I also think it will help level the playing field."  Business groups have already hired two Raleigh political consulting firms and TV and radio ads are expected. Americans for Prosperity held rallies in Greensboro and Raleigh."
Where is Your Money Going?
"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be carried out with full transparency and accountability -- and Recovery.gov is the centerpiece of that effort. In a short video, President Obama describes the site and talks about how you'll be able to track the Recovery Act's progress every step of the way."
S___w bankers BACK: switch to a credit union - Professor Smart ...
"Banks are owned by stockholders like any corporation, so if it can make money by screwing its customers, it will--and DOES with ridiculous overdraft charges, late fees, scam mortgages, and reduced in-person service.  Credit unions are owned by their member-customers and employees, so taking care of customers is taking care of owners."
[Although a little blue, this argument deserves to be heard. - Bob]

 

17 Feb

 
Fortner on Chicago Tonight - tonight!
"Mike will be on a panel on tonight's edition of Chicago Tonight on WTTW, discussing the Roland Burris "situation."  7:00 tonight!" - Becky
Middle School Announces 1st Quarter Honor Roll
"The following students made Honor Roll at West Chicago Middle School for the first quarter of the 2008-2009 school year. Students are credited in two areas. The area of Achievement indicates the student's grades average "B" or above.  Students are also graded in the area of Effort, with "1" being the highest grade. Students making High Honor Roll received all A's in achievement and all 1's in effort.
NRPA/USA Football Youth Football Grant Recipient
"The West Chicago Park District was one of over 450 agencies from parks and recreation, schools, and independent youth associations that applied for the NRPA/USA Football Youth Football Grant in partnership with the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) and USA Football."
Why buying local matters even more
"In these tough times, that question is more important than ever.  It's a way of thinking led over the past few years by "localvores" who strive to eat primarily food produced close to home. Motives range from better-tasting food to reduced pollution to support for local farmers, but the overriding message is this: What and where we buy has implications beyond price and convenience.  It's easy to expand that concept well beyond food purchases."
Pitching peanut products
"Food banks across Illinois are chucking thousands of pounds of food containing peanut products recalled in the salmonella outbreak -- a particularly painful process as those same pantries struggle to meet a growing demand to feed families in a floundering economy."
Locals weigh in on what to do with Burris
"His acknowledgement came in a letter to the head of the state House impeachment panel, after Burris testified he had limited contact with Blagojevich associates. Burris has tersely denied he changed his testimony or left out details of what led up to his selection."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Staff Sergeant Jason E. Burkholder, United States Army - Hometown: Marshall, Illinois"
Boycott by Science Group Over Louisiana Law Seen as Door to Teaching Creationism - NY Times
"The group has more than 2,300 members, mostly academics who teach across the spectrum of biological sciences. It said its most recent convention, in Boston last month, brought together more than 1,800 scientists and graduate students for five days."
G.M. Presses Union for Cuts in Health Care - Southwest Florida Herald Tribune
"The plan will outline in considerable detail, over as many as 900 pages, how G.M. will further cut its work force, shutter more factories in North America and reduce its lineup of brands to just four, from eight, according to executives knowledgeable about its contents. The remaining core brands will be Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick.  But G.M.’s plan to shrink its way to profitability will not mean much without an agreement with the U.A.W."
Pat Robertson denounces Rush Limbaugh’s comments: He’s ‘not exactly thinking rationally.’ - Think Progress
"Q: So you don’t subscribe to Rush Limbaugh’s “I hope he fails” school of thought?
ROBERTSON: That was a terrible thing to say. I mean, he’s the president of all the country. If he succeeds, the country succeeds. And if he doesn’t, it hurts us all. Anybody who would pull against our president is not exactly thinking rationally."

 

16 Feb

 
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Feb 16- Feb 22

Tues

6:00 PM

COD Images

 

6:30 PMHer

COD Inside Studio 180

 

7:00 PM

Winter Orchestra Concert

 

8:00 PM

Winter Choir Concert

 

9:00 PM

Community Action At Work

Driver arrested after Bartlett hit-and-run
"Antonio G. Cruz, 25, of the 200 block of Neltnor Boulevard in West Chicago, was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while license suspended, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, Bartlett police said.  Cruz was also issued citations for operations of an uninsured motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, police said."
Thanks for the warning Canadian National
" Except for residents of the "Under a Rock" subdivision, everyone knows by now about increased train traffic coming on the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway tracks.  How could you not? This paper has written exactly 242 stories about Canadians buying miles of tracks to bring more freight-bearing choo-choos to Aurora and Naperville and other communities ringing around Chicago's collar. The arrival of said trains begins officially on March 4, a mere 16 days from today."
Are officials on the road to a Route 59 fix?
"State Sen. Randy Hultgren, R-Wheaton, agreed with Senger, but maintained the "best chance to get it done is now."  On the need for expanding Route 59, there is no disagreement.  "It's not just Naperville that will be affected," said Naperville City Council member Bob Fieseler. "It's a regional issue..."
West Chicago Citizen Corps recruiting for community emergency response training
"Deputy Fire Chief Robert Hodge said, “Everyone that attends the course learns valuable lessons that may change their life. Learning how to bandage an injury, use a fire extinguisher, or lift a heavy object that has trapped someone, may be very useful when an emergency hits your neighborhood.”"
ORDINANCE BANNING ALCOHOL AT ADULT ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES
"DuPage County Board Member Jim Zay (District 6), who spearheaded this initiative, notes that the new ordinance would ensure public safety while not prohibiting an individual’s right to visit an adult establishment. Specifically, the new ordinance curtails the previous practice of establishments allowing patrons to bring in their own alcoholic beverages."
Controversial Election Hearings Continue
"Objections to Nowak's candidacy were not taken-up by fellow board members during the initial hearings.  Nowak himself is chairing one of the two boards looking into other candidate's filings.  The make-up of the boards and the potential conflict of having incumbents determine whether challengers' candidacies should be certified has drawn considerable public criticism."
Hearing Confusion
"THERE HAS BEEN SOME CONFUSION AS TO THE TIME:
TOMORROW'S HEARING IS AT 10:30 A.M. IN SRC 2052 UPSTAIRS FROM THE CAFETERIA AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE RED AND WHITE BUILDING (SRC)."
Liberty University disputing evolution - Lynchburg News & Advance
"“Which penguin gets eaten?” he asks. “The one that’s genetically inferior, or the one that’s in the wrong place at the wrong time?”  That element of chance, he argues, begins to unravel the idea of natural selection, or “survival of the fittest,” a key mechanism in the theory of evolution."
Unions feel betrayed by Obama - 103 JAMZ
"The newspaper said the labor movement, one of Obama's most important support backers, is feeling trepidation, with some union officials and their allies indicating frustration that Obama seemed to call for limits on "buy American" provisions in the recently passed economic stimulus bill."
Fox's Cameron still can't get his recovery act math right - Media Matters
"Cameron then aired a clip of Rep. Jerry Lewis asserting, "Only 11 percent of the appropriations in this bill would be spent by the end of '09, 47 percent would be spent by fiscal year '10, 53 percent would not be spent until after October of 2-11." In doing so, Cameron misleadingly suggested that Lewis had been discussing the entire recovery bill, when Lewis was discussing only the appropriations provisions in the bill. According to the CBO, 74.2 percent of the total package would be spent within 19 months."
WI DNR outdoor report - Ashland Daily Press
"Snowmobile trails are now closed in all but the most northern tier of counties and open trails were rated as poor in all but portions of Douglas, Iron and Marinette counties which continue to report good conditions,according to the Department of Tourism Snow Conditions Report."

 

14&15 Feb

 
Speech at Madison Square Garden (October 31, 1936)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- Miller Center for Public Affairs
  • "First, they sought escape from the personal terror which had stalked them for three years. They wanted the peace that comes from security in their homes: safety for their savings, permanence in their jobs, a fair profit from their enterprise. 
  • Next, they wanted peace in the community, the peace that springs from the ability to meet the needs of community life: schools, playgrounds, parks, sanitation, highways—those things which are expected of solvent local government. They sought escape from disintegration and bankruptcy in local and state affairs. 
  • They also sought peace within the Nation: protection of their currency, fairer wages, the ending of long hours of toil, the abolition of child labor, the elimination of wild-cat speculation, the safety of their children from kidnappers."

[I just thought we need to be reminded.  The audio file is also there. - Bob]

February E-Newsletter
  • Impeachment
  • Opportunities for Money Through Stimulus Package
  • Ideas for Legislation
Sources tell me that the Press has discontinued coverage of West Chicago and 13 other communities.  Even sports coverage will occur only we are playing a team from a covered area, obituaries only if space is available.  It's not much different but was made official to editorial board a month ago.  It's somehow appropriate that, as usual, the Press failed to cover it. - Bob
Metra readies fix for UP West line
"...the UP West line between Chicago and Elburn is among Metra's busiest. At the same time, Chicago is a crucial crossroads for UP, with about 25 percent of its freight traveling through the region.  UP ends up idling freights about six hours a day during peak periods to allow Metra trains quick passage."
Roskam back to same old GOP lines - Vicky FitzMaurice, Villa Park
"... at election time he put Barack Obama's pictures all over his campaign literature, saying that they were on the same team, and anyone who liked Obama should vote for Roskam. Now that everyone's in office, Roskam votes against Obama, argues over minor details, repeats the standard-issue Republican talking points. Now, that's comedy. Or is it tragedy?"
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 13 Feb 09
  • DARWIN: HOMO SAPIENS EVOLVED IN A SAVAGE WORLD.
  • STRESSED: THE APE THAT TALKS OFTEN TELLS LIES.
  • WATERBOARDING: LEON PANETTA CONFIRMED TO HEAD THE CIA.
  • AUTISM: A SPECIAL FEDERAL COURT EXONORATES VACCINES.
  • CENSORSHIP: FIGHT FOR FREEDOM BY BANNING BOOKS?
Donors want financial transparency for churches - Assoc Press
""I'm not giving to pay some executives to pad their pockets," Young said. "I'm giving for people to do God's work. I don't think anybody needs to get paid half million or $1 million a year for running a 501c3 (nonprofit group). I think that would be excessive."  Last year, Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, a ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, investigated six Christian broadcast ministries to find out if they were misusing their money or abusing their nonprofit status."
Fury over furloughs as people can't pay for tabs, permits  - Woodland Daily Democrat
"Californians survived the first day of a historic government shutdown Friday, as drivers stumbled into locked doors at DMV offices, workers' compensation claims adjustors stayed home and callers to the Paid Family Leave program tried in vain to reach live operators.  More than 200,000 state employees were ordered off the job amid a sweeping new furlough program."
Fox News’ Fact-Checker Unable To ‘Separate Fact From Fiction,’ Imagines ‘Phantom Earmarks’ - Think Progress
"Though the claim has been thoroughly debunked, House Republicans continued to attack it on the House floor yesterday. After “a testy exchange” over the fabrication between Rep. David Obey (R-WI) and House Republicans on the House floor yesterday, Fox News’ William Lajeunesse attempted to “separate fact from fiction”:.."
U.P. roads regress to gravel, study reveals - Ironwood Globe
"Michigan's road commissions are being forced to revert from paved to gravel roads because of declining revenues, according to a County Road Association of Michigan study released Friday."
13 Feb  
An Evening of Jazz
"The Education Foundation's 14th annual fundraising event, "An Evening of Jazz", will be held on February 21, 2009 at the Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles.  See the attached letter from the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation for details re: the evening and follow the link to purchase tickets."
DUPAGE
DEM PARTY

 

"Trustee candidate for Addison Township and COD Board as well as Chairman of the 6-year term COD Electoral board, Mark Nowak, admitted to COD COURIER journalist and editor, Juan Garza, that he did not actually circulate the petitions he swore he saw signed AND several of his signers adamantly claim they DID NOT sign it."

Courier investigates objections against signatures
"Nomination petitions must contain at least 50 signatures and be signed by voters in College Districit 502 (COD) “in their own proper person,” according to Illinois Election Code. The objection says 18 of the signatures are not genuine.  “I need 50 signatures to qualify as a candidate, and I got 112 total, of which only 18 are in question in the objection,” said Nowak, an Addison resident."

[2nd Electoral Board Hearing - TUESDAY FEBRUARY 17th 10:30 A.M. - Student Resource Center Room 2052]

DuPage libraries struggle to find candidates
"Of the 15 library board races in DuPage, six don't have enough candidates to fill all the vacancies. That includes West Chicago, where they will lose more than half their board after the April election because no candidates stepped forward to run for the four open seats.  "It's not a lack of interest in public service," said outgoing West Chicago library trustee Marcia Rubenstein, "it's a lack of time to run for office.""
Elizabeth "Betty" Mertes
"Elizabeth "Betty" Mertes a lifelong resident of West Chicago Visitation for Elizabeth "Betty" Mertes, 85, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, at Williams-Woodward Funeral Home, 820 Pine St. (corner of Route 59 and Pine), West Chicago. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home."
[There is a guestbook at the Woodward website. - Bob]
Wildcats draw the line in dramatic win over Tigers
"Behind the arc and at the stripe, West Chicago’s girls basketball team rallied from behind to edge Wheaton Warrenville South 48-47 Thursday in Wheaton.  In the fourth quarter alone, the Wildcats converted 12-of-16 free three attempt to secure the narrow DuPage Valley Conference victory."
DuPage outlaws BYOB at adult businesses
""It's not about the 1st Amendment right to be a strip club. It's that they are bringing liquor in there and they don't have a liquor license," said Zay, who spearheaded the push for the new ordinance, which will take effect in 30 days."
A Hollywood Stimulus Plan: Make More Uplifting Movies - Wall Street Journal
"Once again, family-friendly, uplifting and inspiring movies drew far more viewers in 2008 than films with themes of despair, or leftist political agendas. Sex, drugs and antireligious themes were not automatic sellers, either. Among the 25 top-grossing movies alone, 14 out of 25 had strong or very strong Christian, redemptive and moral content, and nearly all had at least some such content."
Winds Power Jobs Out Paced Coal Power Jobs in 2008 - Head On Radio Network
"Wind industry jobs jumped to 85,000 in 2008, a 70% increase from the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday from the American Wind Energy Association. In contrast, the coal industry employs about 81,000 workers. (Those figures are from a 2007 U.S. Department of Energy report but coal employment has remained steady in recent years though it’s down by nearly 50% since 1986.) Wind industry employment includes 13,000 manufacturing jobs concentrated in regions of the country hard hit by the deindustrialization of the past two decades."
Clinton to face gay, union protest... SignOn San Diego
"Earlier Thursday, eight prominent supporters of organized labor and gay marriage, including San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria, released an open letter to Clinton requesting that he call off or move the speaking engagement."
UN says Israel blocks most Gaza aid - Press TV (Iranian)
"The United Nations strives to provide relief to one million people daily inside a coastal sliver that is home to 1.5 million people, Ban said during a news conference on Tuesday.  Israel, however, is only allowing supplies enough for 30,000 people to get through and only from one crossing, he added."

 

12 Feb

 
West Chicago High Students Awarded for First Place in Stock Market Game
"State Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) and State Rep. Randy Ramey (R- Carol Stream) congratulate the winners of West Chicago Community High School's Stock Market Exchange Team who won first place in The Stock Market Game.State Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) and State Rep. Randy Ramey (R- Carol Stream) congratulate the winners of West Chicago Community High School's Stock Market Exchange Team who won first place in The Stock Market Game."
Construction work to shift lanes on I-88
"Work will resume for the final construction season this week on the Reagan Memorial Tollway as eastbound traffic is shifted to the left to begin prep work for this construction season in the segment between Finley Road and Route 83. Remaining construction is scheduled to wrap up this year."
Kane preserve tested for deer disease
"The state is taking samples of deer tissue in Kane County to test for the fatal Chronic Wasting Disease. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has informed the Kane County Forest Preserve District that it will take samples in the Burlington Forest Preserve to test for the disease, known to be fatal in all incidences in deer, elk and moose."
Woes of warmth - Ironwood Globe
""Currently we have some bare spots in the hill, with very little snow at the top of the hill," Schulz said on Wednesday.  The hill climb may be rescheduled to Feb. 21, weather permitting, with the announcement to be made next Wednesday on Copper Peak's Web site: www.copperpeak.org."
[This is a snowmobile race up a world class ski flying facility... just crazy enough to be worth your while. - Bob]
Diamond Bar church offers aid to octuplets' mom - Whittier Daily News
"The news comes days after reports emerged that Suleman had attended Calvary Chapel in the past.  "She is going through a great difficult time in her life, filled with a lot of anxiety, fear and a lot of stress," Wolins said. "All the ladies in the women's ministry here are just trying to fill a human need." "
Toyota workers seeking pay raise despite losses: report... MarketWatch
"The request marks the fourth straight year that the labor union has demanded a pay increase and comes after Toyota said earlier this month it expects an operating loss of 450 billion yen for the year ending March 31, its first since the 1930s. . The union demanded an increase of 1,500 yen a year earlier."
Thousands of Americans Abroad Got No Ballots - The Caucus
"A major problem, according to a separate survey by the Pew Center on the States, is that 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, send out absentee ballots after the date necessary for military voters to meet required deadlines, and three others allow a scant five-day cushion...  military voters from Alabama, which has been struggling to update its approach, sometimes had to wait 88 days."
Collins Strips Stim Bill Of Whistleblower Protections - TPM Muckraker
"More to the point, the protections were designed to encourage federal workers to point out cases where taxpayer money is subject to waste, fraud, or abuse -- a legitimate concern when Congress spends $800 billion, and one that centrists and Republicans have been particularly exercised about."
Thousands of Congressional Reports Now Available Online - Washington Post
"But on Monday, Wikileaks.org, an online clearinghouse for leaked documents, published thousands of previously unreleased CRS reports. At the same time, the group says it is on track to receive a steady stream of new reports, which it plans to feed to open government groups and directly to consumers via its Web site."

 

11 Feb

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 11 February 2008
  • Community Education Center
  • Yoga, Tea and Chocolate
  • “World Bicycle Relief” Project
  • Daddy Daughter Hollywood Red Carpet Extravaganza
  • Wildcat Preschool
Lice found in West Chicago school
"St. Charles School District 303 sent a letter to parents Monday informing them of two known cases of head lice at Norton Creek in West Chicago. Staff believes the students contracted lice from somewhere outside the school, but did come to school with lice in their hair."
Police beat
  • "Manuel Beltran-Beltran, 19, and Yesenia Ceballos, 17, both of the 200 block of North Neltnor in West Chicago were arrested Saturday. The police report indicates the two attempted to steal two MP3 players and various birthday party favors from the Meijer store, 855 S. Randall Road."
  • "Estela Contreras-Onofre, 43, of the 100 block of Main Street in West Chicago was arrested Thursday and charged with driving without a valid driver's license and driving 59 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to police."
DuPage County rejects plans for massive church complex
"The Wheaton-based Church of the Resurrection was seeking to build a 1,500-seat sanctuary, a smaller chapel, administrative offices and a retreat center for 24 overnight visitors on 21 acres off Purnell Road near Cantigny Drive."
DuPage rejects massive church proposal
Tri-Cities briefs - Girls lacrosse registration
"The club fields junior varsity and varsity teams and is comprised of players from St. Charles East and North high schools. Players of all experience levels are welcome."
Election committee considers objections
"Almost half of the hopefuls for the College of DuPage Board of Trustees are facing objections to their campaigns, the first time in 16 years that any candidate has seen such a challenge."
Proposal would add to Union Pacific lines in Geneva
"A plan to build a third set of railroad tracks on the Union Pacific line through part of Geneva has some city residents concerned about noise, the environment and property encroachment."
Rep. Foster Urges Inclusion of Homebuyer Tax Credit in Economic Recovery Package
“Nationwide, the declining housing market is at the core of our economic troubles,” said Foster.  “By encouraging individuals to pursue responsible homeownership, we can begin to stimulate the housing market and in turn, improve our economy.”
Rep. Foster Now Accepting Nominations for Above & Beyond Citizen Honors
“Our community in the 14th District is full of heroes that are intimately involved in the solving of problems we face every day,” Rep. Foster said. “Nominating someone for the Above & Beyond Citizen Honors is an excellent chance for our citizens to recognize those who set such strong example for the rest of the community.”
GOP Utah gov says he supports civil unions - Assoc Press
""I had many discussions about Amendment 3 with many legal experts who informed me that individual rights, equal rights, could be taken up to the level of civil unions without compromising traditional marriage, which is something I believe in," Huntsman told The Associated Press in an interview. "I believe in the traditional definition of marriage, but I also believe that we can do a better job in enhancing equal rights for more of our citizens.""
The case against Hilda Solis is a war against labor - Buzz Flash
"But so far Republicans haven't been forced to say out loud what they're really thinking: Solis would be good for labor. She'd be good for workers and unions. And that's bad for the GOP."
Fox passes off GOP press release as its own research – typo and all
"In purporting to "take a look back" at how the economic recovery plan "grew, and grew, and grew," Fox News' Jon Scott referenced seven dates, as on-screen graphics cited various news sources from those time periods -- all of which came directly from a Senate Republican Communications Center press release. A Fox News on-screen graphic even reproduced a typo contained in the Republican press release."

 

10 Feb

 
COD candidates' petitions challenged
"College of DuPage Electoral Board hearings will be held Tuesday morning to determine which candidates remain on the ballot for trustee races.  The hearings will be held at 9 a.m. in Room 2052 of the Student Resource Center at the College of DuPage, located at Lambert Road and Fawell Boulevard."
Hastert engages with students, community on environmental policy
"He also talked about how colleges and businesses in every sector can save money by being more energy efficient through a variety of measures and Hastert said that everyone can do the same thing in their own homes ."
Foster named to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“As a staunch advocate of government oversight and accountability, I am eager to serve on this committee,” said Foster. “I look forward to working with Chairman Towns, Ranking Member Issa, and the rest of the Committee to investigate governmental matters and effectively expose and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse.”
Indulgences Return, and Heaven Moves a Step Closer for Catholics - NY Times
"The fact that many Catholics under 50 have never sought one, and never heard of indulgences except in high school European history (Martin Luther denounced the selling of them in 1517 while igniting the Protestant Reformation), simply makes their reintroduction more urgent among church leaders bent on restoring fading traditions of penance in what they see as a self-satisfied world."
Calif. governor sues to furlough more workers - MSNBC
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sued the state's Democratic controller Monday, trying to force furloughs for 15,000 more government workers to address California's $42 billion deficit.  The Republican governor already ordered more than 200,000 state government workers to take two days off each month without pay and projected it would save $1.3 billion through June 2010. The first furlough day was last Friday."
red states get way more federal money than blue states - BuzzFlash
"The states that voted for Barack Obama clearly have been neglected when it comes to federal funds vs. taxes sent to Washington. This stimulus package can do a lot toward making those numbers a bit more balanced. And the ones who are already getting the money are standing in the way."
Big Ice Golf hits Madeline Island Feb. 21 - Ashland Daily Press
"Madeline Island hosts its fifth annual Big Ice Golf event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 21. All proceeds benefit the La Pointe Fire Department. Eighteen local businesses have sponsored each of the course's nine holes.  Seventy-five participants teed it up last year, and ice road conditions are equally promising for this year's tournament."
Injured Deer Stumbles Into Ohio Vet Clinic - CBS News
"Manager Trudi Urie says the wounded doe was hanging out behind the store and then ran through an open door into a stockroom.  Staff members made sure the animal couldn't enter the shop area and called police and a veterinarian."

 

09 Feb

 

West Chicago
High School
Student-of-the Month for January
"The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate David Hiltner for being chosen Student of the Month for January. One of his teachers describes David as an “excellent student leader”’ and that David “understands how to lead by example and also understands when and how to separate himself from the group he is leading.”"
District 303 Friday News & Notes
  • H.S. Drill Teams Raise $74,000 During Kick-A-Thon
  • Check out the d303.org Video Vault
  • Another Important Night for Future North Freshmen
  • East and North Jazz Bands Perform to Assist GSCEF
West Chicago Sister Cit St. Patrick's Dinner
"West Chicago Sister Cities is hosting their 5th Annual St. Patrick's Traditional Irish Boiled Dinner on Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at the American Legion Hall, 123 Main Street."
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Feb 2- Feb 8

Thur

6:00 PM

COD Career Paths

 

6:30 PM

COD Images

 

7:00 PM

West Chicago Little Railroad Town

 

7:30 PM

The Great Northern Railroad

 

8:30 PM

Old Turner Junction

CN ready to move freight but needs limit numbers
"Up to six freight trains a day could move from CN tracks to the EJ&E railroad in early March.  Canadian National officials are still working out details of the transition with the smaller railroad, which it purchased Jan. 31, and promised more specifics soon."
Democrats throw bash to celebrate inroads in DuPage County
"Last year, three Democrats made their way onto the DuPage County Board and Democrats mounted serious challenges in several state representative races.  The fundraiser, sponsored by several labor unions, was billed as a celebration of President Barack Obama's election and it was by many accounts one of the most well-attended DuPage County Democratic events in recent history."
St. Charles girls' lacrosse holding team registration
"The club fields a junior varsity and varsity team and is comprised of players from both St. Charles East and St. Charles North high schools.  The team encourages both experienced players and those with minimal or no experience to join them."
Democrats celebrate their gains in land of GOP
"The Illinois secretary of state joined Gov. Pat Quinn and several other state officials at the Presidents Day Gala held by the Democratic Party of DuPage County at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace. The group celebrated its recent victories in DuPage County, including winning three seats on the County Board. Also attending the event were Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Comptroller Dan Hynes."
How your lawmakers voted
  • Children's Health Insurance
  • Digital TV Delay
  • "Buy American":
  • Tax Cuts
TRANSPARENCY COMMITTEE HOLDS FIRST MEETING
"Redick also announced the creation of a new transparency EMail (transparency@dupageco.org) that will allow the public to share their suggestions on how DuPage County government can be more open and transparent."
EPA begins Will Co. oil spill cleanup
"There is a potential that wildlife could be harmed by the rather large spill, birds or any fish that live along the three-mile stretch of the Des Plaines River that has been contaminated. But the U.S. EPA says its investigators have walked along the banks of the river, flown overhead, and so far it did not appear that any wildlife has been harmed."
Bangladesh: Muslim Pilgrims Beat Bible Student - Compass Direct
"Rajen Murmo, 20, a student at Believers’ Church Bible College, was distributing the 32-page books among Muslims near the school along with 25 other students in Uttara town in northern Dhaka, just a few kilometers from the banks of a river in Tongi, where the government claimed 4 million Muslim pilgrims had gathered."
US IT unions lash out at offshoring to India... ITExaminer.com
"Alliance for IBM, a union of technology workers at Big Blue, has been voicing its displeasure over the company's 2,800 job cuts, announced recently. The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers is running a similar campaign. The national coordinator of the Alliance, Lee Conrad, said, "The Alliance is strongly urging IBM not to go forward with a new round of job cuts and to stop the off-shoring of US workers’ jobs."  IBM India has a huge strength of more than 70,000 professionals, likely to increase it further."

Jury Nullification : Peers Refuse to Convict Disabled Vet in Pot Bust - The Rag Blog
"The 59-year-old was arrested after officers from a state "drug task force" found 25 pounds of pot and 50 pounds of growing plants in his home in 2007. The Vietnam veteran walks with a cane, has bad knees and feet and says he uses marijuana to relieve body pain, as well as to help cope with post traumatic stress."

What the centrists have wrought - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com
"Now the centrists have shaved off $86 billion in spending — much of it among the most effective and most needed parts of the plan. In particular, aid to state governments, which are in desperate straits, is both fast — because it prevents spending cuts rather than having to start up new projects — and effective, because it would in fact be spent; plus state and local governments are cutting back on essentials, so the social value of this spending would be high. But in the name of mighty centrism, $40 billion of that aid has been cut out."

 

07&08 Feb

 
Challenges aplenty to candidates in DuPage County
"Three of the eight Winfield village trustee candidates face objections. Two Democratic candidates for Wayne Township trustee seats are being challenged in a race that also features Republican incumbents running as independents."
Gov. Quinn to address DuPage Democrats
"The unprecedented showing of state officers reflects Democrats' expansion in DuPage during the last election cycle, leaders of the county party said.  "It's been remarkable -- we have four of the state's constitutional officers here," said DuPage Democrats Chairman Bob Peickert"
A Modern Day Circuit Rider Returns to West Chicago
" Rich Rubietta, a modern day Circuit Rider for the Northern Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church, returns to The First United Methodist and Congregational Church on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.  He will lead the service and introduce creative ways to use music in worship."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 06 Feb 09 Washington, DC
  • IRAN: SATELLITE DOESN’T HAVE THE IMPACT OF SPUTNIK.
  • OPENNESS: OBAMA WILL NAME A CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER.
  • WARPED SCIENCE: "FRONTIERS OF PROPULSION SCIENCE."
  • FISH STORY: JAPANSE TRAWLERS ENCOUNTER "PEAK FISH."
  • ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: COVERED BY HEALTH CARE REFORM?
Legal questions remain as Obama overhauls faith-based effort - Pew Forum
""The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another -- or even religious groups over secular groups," Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, where he announced the new office.  "It will simply be to work on behalf of those organizations that want to work on behalf of our communities, and to do so without blurring the line that our founders wisely drew between church and state.""
Communications Workers of America authorizes strike of 20,000 AT&T workers, could happen soon... Engadget
"It's been a little under the radar, but AT&T Mobility's been in contract talks with the Communications Workers of America on behalf of some 20,000 unionized workers, and things haven't been going so well -- in fact, the CWA just voted to authorize a strike if upcoming negotiations don't improve. The union's current contract actually expires tonight at midnight, but the strike won't take place until the union's executive board approves and the CWA president sets a date."

 

06 Feb

 

West Chicago
High School
RELATING TO YOUR TEEN: STAYING CONNECTED AS WE GROW APART
  • "Date/Time: Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 7 p.m.
  • In English: Weyrauch Auditorium
  • En Espanol: Learning Resource Center
  • Presented by Dr. David Norton & Sylvia Sanchez"
Third Annual West Chicago Wildcat Classic
"The Community High School District 94 Education Foundation is hosting its Third Annual West Chicago Wildcat Classic 3-on-3 Open Basketball Tournament at Community High School, 326 Joliet Street in West Chicago on March 14, 2009."
Resources needed for childhood programs
"But with about 550 children in West Chicago Elementary District 33's programs for 5-year-olds and younger - and just one community-based clinical social worker - it's getting harder to help all of the students who need it, according to Lewe-Brady, director of WeGo Together for Kids."
Suit: Dist. 303 could have saved drill team member
"As Lauren Laman lay lifeless on the cafeteria floor, one of her drill team coaches at St. Charles North High School performed CPR while two others obtained a defibrillator.  But the potentially lifesaving device was never used and - by the time paramedics arrived - the 18-year-old had no pulse, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Kane County Circuit Court."
Public needs this information now
"Here's the problem: Far too many of our municipalities, schools, libraries, parks, fire and township boards are refusing to release blatantly public information about the people who are running to represent us."
[This is ludicrous.  Candidates asking for your vote should be incensed that this information is not freely and immediately distributed. - Bob]
More tickets available for DuPage Democrats' gala
"Every constitutional officer in the state – Gov. Pat Quinn, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Secretary o State Jesse White, Comptroller Dan Hynes and Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias – intends to speak at the event... Amy Dixon-Kolar will perform "Rosa Sat," which has gotten nearly 150,000 views on the Internet, will perform the song at the gala with an a capella back-up."
Target employee charged with ripping off store
"Cheryl Mizak, 52, of the 4 N 100 block of Kenwood Avenue in West Chicago, was charged with felony theft after managers alleged that she had double-scanned coupons for a cousin and given the cousin more change than she was entitled to. The thefts amounted to $2,300, authorities said."
What's going on
"The opening reception for the June Taylor Retrospective will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Gallery 200, 200 Main St. The exhibit will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through February. Call 630-293-9550."
Community briefing
"The largest of 12 city parks, Manville Oaks was on unincorporated land on West Chicago's south side, along the west side of Joliet Street and north of Wilson Street.  "The Park District does not have any immediate plans for development on the site," West Chicago City Administrator Michael Guttman said Monday. "It's just an example of intergovernmental cooperation.""
Faith-Based Program Gets Wider Focus  - Wall Street Journal
"The office will be given four specific missions, including an administration effort to reduce teen pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion. The goals, Mr. DuBois said, will include ensuring access to health care and support for adoption.  The office also will also be asked to encourage interfaith dialogue "at home and, more pressingly, abroad," he said. He said the president he won't necessarily single out any particular part of the world, but clearly outreach to Muslim nations will be part of the mix."
Wanted: Personal Economic Trainers. Apply at Capitol. - Washington Post
"Spending is stimulus, no matter what it's for and who does it. The best spending is that which creates jobs and economic activity now, has big payoffs later and disappears from future budgets. "

 

05 Feb

 

West Chicago
High School
Wildcat Preschool Coming in February
"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."
Cabin fever be gone: Triblocal’s guide to warm, mid-winter family fun in February - Kline Creek Farm
"Activities include making sausage and butter, canning garden produce, making hay, harvesting and preparing for social occasions such as weddings, funerals and holidays. Most of the activities associated with the farm’s programs are free or require a nominal charge."
Now Accepting FY10 Appropriations Requests
"As we begin the Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations process, I encourage you to evaluate your budget priorities and submit an appropriations request to my office. In my continuing effort to make our government more transparent, my office will publicly disclose all appropriations requests I submit, and will provide an explanation of the purpose and value of each earmark."
COD RACE: URGENT HELP NEEDED TODAY!
"There is an orchestrated attempt to frustrate the electoral process and keep qualified and publicly-minded candidates off of the ballot for the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. Your help is needed to mount a grassroots effort to ensure fairness in the electoral process and that voters are not disenfranchised by the outrageous manipulations of individuals who are trying to stifle civic participation and transparency in board actions."
2009 Presidents' Day Gala
"Governor Pat Quinn, State Senate President John Cullerton, Secretary of State Jesse White, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, and State Comptroller Dan Hynes will be gathering at Sunday, February 8 at 6:00 PM at the Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois."
In Depth: Nanotechnology vs. Religion
"According to the study, more than 70 percent of those polled in the United States did not think nanotechnology was morally acceptable. They also did not approve of nanotechnology being used “under any circumstance” or only approved of it “under very special circumstances.”  Of the 30 percent who found nanotechnology morally acceptable, 90 percent of them approved of nanotechnology “as long as the usual levels of government regulations are in place” or “if it is more tightly regulated.”"
Sharing work, saving jobs... Times Union
"A swimming pool manufacturer here has found a way to avoid laying off employees by taking advantage of a little-known state program that allows workers to share jobs while collecting unemployment benefits for the days they don't work.  New York is one of 17 states offering the Shared Work Program, under which employers can reduce hours for a group of workers so they all can stay on the job. The workers receive partial unemployment insurance benefits for the days they're idle."
Ky. halts FEMA meals that may use tainted peanuts - AP
"The Federal Emergency Management Agency says some emergency meal kits for storm victims in Kentucky and Arkansas may include packets of peanut butter that are part of a national recall over possible salmonella contamination."
[Let me get this straight... a winter storm,  a week without power, and now FEMA emergency rations may have salmanella... Good Job, Brownie. - Bob]
NJ Township Can't Declare Inflatable Rat A Pest - CBS News
"In a case that pitted an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union local against a central Jersey town, the high court ruled unanimously that the rodent is protected speech under the First Amendment.  "The township's elimination of an entire medium of expression without a readily available alternative renders the ordinance overbroad," Justice John E. Wallace Jr. wrote for the court."
 

04 Feb

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 04 February 2008
  • Catholic Schools Celebrate Service
  • Investing During a Recession—A Global Perspective
  • Bowl for the Cure
  • Firehouse Chili Fest

West Chicago
High School
STATE AND NATIONAL READING, MATHEMATICS, AND SCIENCE ASSESSMENT
"The mathematics assessment is based on number properties and operations, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability, and algebra. The science assessment focuses on knowledge of facts; an ability to integrate facts into larger constructs; and the capacity to use the tools, procedures, and reasoning processes of science to develop an increased understanding of the natural world."
West Chicago cops investigating harassment
"He was driving a green, dirty, "beat-up," older model, two-door car, police said ... Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Chicago Police Department at (630) 293-2222."
DuPage board may vote next week on strip club booze ban
""I have a feeling as soon as we pass it, legal action will be taken," Zay said.  Zay said enforcement provisions still have to be worked out, but tickets will be issued to patrons and the club's owner if violations occur. Fines start at $1,000."
Roskam overstated cost-per-job
"To justify his opposition to the stimulus package being debated in Congress, Roskam asserts "the cost would be $235,000 per job created." He knows, or should know, that this is false.  In The New York Times, Jan. 26, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman called a similar assertion bogus because "it involves taking the cost of a plan that will extend over several years, creating millions of jobs each year, and dividing it by the jobs created in just one of those years.""
DuPage seeks ban on adult drinks at adult businesses
"Board member Jim Zay, who spearheaded the initiative, said the ordinance would ensure public safety while not infringing on an individual's rights to visit an adult establishment, according to a release from the county. Specifically, the ordinance curtails the previous practice of allowing patrons to bring in their own alcoholic beverages."
Quiet zones in effect along EJ&E
"Quiet zones require train engineers to lay off their horns unless they deem it necessary for safety purposes. The Federal Railroad Administration oversees quiet zones and deals with complaints related to them."
Bond market woes cramp many institutions' construction plans
"Some work continues on the $159 million project in the DuPage National Technology Park, thanks to $13.3 million in federal grants and a $15 million bridge loan from JPMorgan Chase. But the delay in financing because of November's poor bond sale contributed to a temporary work stoppage at the center, affiliated with Northern Illinois University."
Foster Votes to Provide 11 Million Children with Health Care Coverage
“While I believe that every American deserves at least a basic level of health care, I think that we can all agree that taking care of our children first is the right thing to do,” said Foster. “After campaigning on SCHIP, I am incredibly proud to have been a part of this bill’s success, as this solution will truly make a difference in the lives of children in Illinois.”
Foster Supports Campus Safety
“However, this horrific event and others like it remind us that we must always be vigilant about improving campus safety. The bill that passed the House today ensures that colleges and universities will have the best information available to prevent and respond to campus emergencies.”
Diverse group to advise faith-based office - Associated Press
"According to the religious leader, the advisory group is a mix of leaders from the religious and secular world who have experience in social services. The group will convene at least twice a year."
Judge tells MeadWestvaco paper mill unions to hold new election... Roanoke Times
"But the text of the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Eric Fine suggests that in September 2007 MeadWestvaco's "interests were clearly aligned with the CPU which was not seeking some of the contract provisions sought by the USW, which the employer found objectionable.""
ABC's Gibson falsely claimed "CBO says only 25 percent" of recovery bill "would get to people within a year" - Media Matters
"In fact, in its analysis of the version of the bill introduced in the Senate, the CBO -- which releases its calculations based on the federal government's accounting period, in which a "fiscal year" begins on October 1 -- estimated that, including both increased spending and decreased revenue from tax relief, 26 percent of the bill would be spent before the end of September 2009, less than eight months from now, and 78 percent would be spent by the end of fiscal year 2010."
Calvin and Hobbes on the mentality of the modern CEO
[This dates back to the 1990's but really explains what's happening now. - Bob]

 

03 Feb

 
West Chicago Police Alert
"A female juvenile West Chicago Community High School student reported that as she was walking westbound on Brown Street near Bishop Street she noticed a green car driving eastbound on Brown Street. The car stopped and the driver, sole occupant of the car, rolled down his window and asked the female if she wanted a ride to school. The female declined the offer and the green car continued driving eastbound on Brown Street."
ANNUAL CHILI FEST
"Light up your taste buds with West Chicago’s annual chili fest. While the venue has changed, the chili festivities haven’t. So, come join us from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 21st at the American Legion Post #300 located at 123 N. Main Street in West Chicago. Cost is $6.00 for seniors/children and $8.00 for adults."

West Chicago
High School
Teacher Selected as an ACTE National Fellow
"Patti Kozlowski, teacher at Community High School in West Chicago, was selected as one of only eight in the nation to be on the first team of the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) National Fellows. This group will be trained to work with legislatures at the local, State and National levels."
West Chicago school board president clarifies consolidation
"Reyes said some have misunderstood his position, which was to give residents living within the four districts the chance to vote on whether they support consolidation or not.  "I am not advocating for any district to become one unit," he said. "I am advocating for the people to have the right to vote on it.""
DuPage board may vote next week on strip club booze ban
"For years, patrons of Diamonds Gentlemen's Club near West Chicago have been allowed to bring booze with them inside the venue that features fully nude dancers. County law prohibits the sale of alcohol at establishments featuring nudity.  Because of the loophole, the club doesn't have to train employees on alcohol service, carry special alcohol-service insurance or hold a liquor license. Board member James Zay proposed the legislation after hearing concerns from local law enforcement."
DuPage County briefs - New Dist. 4 administrator
"Jane Cannata will serve as director of special education for Addison School District 4 beginning July 1... She currently serves as director of special education for Community High School District 94 in West Chicago."
Ex-Speaker Hastert: Americans can't stomach long-term conflicts
"When you really analyze it, if you want to stimulate economic growth, you have to have people investing, creating capital and creating jobs. Basically, a big part of that (stimulus package) went for extending unemployment. It's a nice thing to do, but when you extend unemployment, you take the incentive away from people to go out and get a job. So it almost has a counter negative effect."
[Perhaps he should have said, "Let them eat cake." - Bob]
Additional trains will roll on EJ&E next month
"Canadian National Railway officials on Monday began notifying areas along its newly acquired tracks that four to six additional trains are expected to begin rolling through beginning March 4. It is the first step in what CN officials are calling a three-year process to shift their trains from the clogged Chicago rail system and onto the suburban Elgin, Joliet and Eastern rail line."
Geneva hears plans for Metra third rail
""Just putting in a third rail does not benefit the people of Geneva," one man said.  Railroad officials were unable to make many promises of how the rail will be built, because engineering has not been done.  Metra officials will return for more public hearings after the project is further planned."
Do Obama's nods to non-believers signal turning tide for U.S. atheists? - The Canadian Press
"Three years after a high-profile University of Minnesota study found that atheists outranked Muslims and new immigrants as the most distrusted and despised minority in America, it seems little has changed in a country where 92 per cent say they believe in God."
GM offers buyouts to all hourly workers... CNN Money
"The GM (GM, Fortune 500) offer, which takes effect Friday, is less lucrative than the deal proposed by Chrysler, or even offers that GM has made to its hourly staff in the past. The automaker will give most of its 62,000 U.S. hourly workers $20,000, as well as a voucher good towards the purchase of a GM car worth $25,000."
Taking Stock Of The Daschle Charges - TPM Muckraker
"Perhaps more important, Daschle's coziness with corporate interests, many of whom will have key business before Congress and the Obama administration, could complicate the larger task of reducing the influence of the private sector in Washington."

 

02 Feb

 

West Chicago
High School

West Chicago-Wildcat Classic
3rd Annual
3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Community High School, West Chicago, IL

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Feb 2- Feb 8
 

Tues

6:00 PM

COD Images

 

6:30 PM

COD Career Paths

 

7:00 PM

West Chicago Little Railroad Town

 

7:30 PM

The Great Northern Railroad

 

8:30 PM

Old Turner Junction

CN-EJ&E merger completed during the weekend
"In a statement Sunday, CN's CEO E. Hunter Harrison says the acquisition will drive new efficiencies and the deal is important to the Chicago area's economy. The $300 million bid by Montreal-based company was heavily scrutinized, with many wondering if the U.S. Surface Transportation Board would accept the deal despite heavy political pressure not to."
CN completes purchase of EJ&E rail line
"But The Regional Answer to Canadian National, or TRAC, a coalition of suburban communities which has consistently fought the acquisition, said Sunday the purchase is not final, because of a complaint it has filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals.  "Obviously, Aurora and other communities are continuing their litigation," said Ryan McLaughlin, a spokesman for TRAC. "There is going to be a court process on this.""
Honoring Commander William "Bill" Hudson
"to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff to honor the life and legacy of: Commander William "Bill" Hudson, American Legion Department of Illinois"
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 30 Jan 09
  • CTBT: THE MOST IMPORTANT TREATY ON EARTH.
  • ACUPUNCTURE: IF YOU DON’T REALLY HURT IT MIGHT HELP.
  • BEYOND BUSH: THE FIRST TRIAL OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS.
  • MINNESOTA ELECTION: SENATE SEAT IS STILL AT STAKE.
Dangerous Masquerade - Ms. Magazine
"Bills currently on hold in the U.S. House and Senate would prevent CPCs from using deceptive advertising. But the most important piece of action, says Smith of SIECUS, will be ending the “gravy train” of federal money that has been funneled into CPCs under the Bush administration."
$3 Million for Super Bowl Ad. $3 for Workers Who Paid For It - AFL-CIO Now
"Saying the workers live in modern-day slavery, he explained that rubber tappers work 14 hours a day and must tap 750 rubber trees and accumulate 150 pounds of latex daily—all for little more than $3 a day and a monthly 100-pound bag of subsidized rice if quotas are met."
Adding It Up - TPM
"The pretty simple fact here is that the Republicans are not willing or able to criticize any of the substantial amounts of spending in this bill. They're focus on a few tiny parts of it. And too few people are pointing out that these amount to maybe one or two percent of the program total."
 

31 Jan & 01 Feb

 

West Chicago
High School
MARKET DAY
"FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) would like to remind you that Community High School is a sponsor of Market Day. Market Day is a major fundraiser for many organizations in the school with many clubs/organizations receiving the profit from the monthly sales."
District 303 Friday News and Notes
"The Next Regular Meeting of the District 303 Board of Education is Mon., Feb. 9 This meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the District 303 Administration Building located at 201 S. 7th St."
DuPage County library district filings for April 7 election
"WEST CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY
(Four 4-year terms):
No candidates filed."
[This is so sad. - Bob]
St. Charles Dist. 303 board OKs bond referendum
"After four hours of discussion Thursday night, and much back and forth regarding the country's current economic woes, the St. Charles Community Unit School District 303's board of education voted unanimously to ask residents whether borrow $114 million in construction bonds."
The music didn't really die
"Tuesday will be mourned as the 50th anniversary of the day the music died.  That, at least, is the moniker hung on the day by those commemorating the 50th year since Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson Jr., aka the Big Bopper, were killed in a plane crash outside Mason City, Iowa."

[I post this item only because this afternoon we are celebrating the Hurley, WI connection to this (Area has connection to 'the day the music died' or Doomed) at Nora's Red Carpet Lounge. Holly may have died in Iowa but the fatal shot was the cold of Wisconsin's north woods... 50 years ago today.  I will be putting the final nail in Rock's coffin with a Hendrix number played on a banjo. - Bob]

Local guide to all things Buddy Holly
Progressive Faith Groups Now Trying to Shift Debate - Washington Post
"While the progressive groups are emphasizing social justice, many also are urging Obama to help reduce abortions. The fight over the issue has always been complex and is likely to become even more so. While many liberal groups say they want abortions reduced, other antiabortion groups remain adamant about seeking a prohibition."
Angela Davis: Prisons perpetuate oppression of minorities -  Union Leader
"Around the world, the same thing is happening as people who were once unashamedly beat down continue to live below others both socially and economically. While blacks and other minorities are over-represented in American prisons, in Australia, it is aborigines, she said."
House GOP’s Stimulus Plan Would Actually Raise Taxes For Many Americans - The Plum Line
"However, we confirmed with the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation that 26 million people would still be forced to pay the AMT this year under the GOP bill. Essentially, their tax bill would give with one hand and take away with the other, leaving 26 million families without the tax cut they promised in their bill."
The 200 Million Dollar Question - Huffington Post
"There is a $200 million figure that appears in the stimulus package for contraception: it refers to the projected cost savings to the states in five years. Good thing the package didn't include mention of the $700 million it was projected to save states in ten years. One could only imagine the outrage then."

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