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31 Mar

 
Response to “Something is Not Working So Well” - Joseph V. Jedlovec, Jr
"Township roads throughout the Midwest suffered over these last two years as have the Tollways, State roads, County roads and City streets. Winfield Township roads, overall, are in really good condition. However, Winfield Township can only patch and re-pave the 43 miles of roads under the Township’s jurisdiction."
Preserving Your Winfield Township Roads?
"Below are pictures of  Joe Jedlovec’s pavement that we pay for & drive on.   This very  poor and failed pavement (Ethel St.) was patched over 2 years ago and the original surface is well over 10 years old.  Believe it or not, but this street and similar streets in this neighborhood, per the Township Road District website, are not scheduled for resurfacing this coming season. "
"Social Art Groups" Take Flight in West Chicago
"They are fulfilling a niche for the creative by bringing like-minded people together to share artistry and camaraderie. Two such groups, the Underground Art club and Knit Night, have found West Chicago’s Gallery 200 a great venue for their regular gatherings."
Get informed, then get out to vote
"A few years ago, a tax increase referendum in Benjamin Elementary District 25 in West Chicago passed by a dozen or so votes. A mere 19 votes swung the Barrington mayoral election in 2001. It's quite common for a local election to be won by fewer than 100 votes."
Foster Announces Nearly $54 Million to be Invested in 14th District Public Schools
"Said Foster, “Based on newly released data, the Recovery Act will provide an estimated $54 million for elementary and secondary education to schools in my district. The fact that long-term investments are included in the package will be important in restoring confidence in the economy.” "
Islamic laws of finance a cushion in hard times - The Sacramento Bee
"Shariah prohibits usury, which often took advantage of a desperate person who needed to feed or protect his family, Azeez said. "There's an element of exploitation here."  The bottom line for many Muslims is, "if I don't have the money to buy something, that means I can't afford it," said Deya Dean Elghassein, who's Palestinian American."
Unions protest Joe the Plumber in Pittsburgh. - Think Progress
"As the union members noted, Wurzelbacher never had a plumbing license. Many of the people in that profession are members of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (UA), which supports the Employee Free Choice Act."
World's unions call for urgent action ahead of G20 summit... Xinhua News Agency
"The package calls for action in five areas, including coordinated international recovery and sustainable growth plan to create jobs, ensure public investment and tackle world poverty; help for insolvent banks and new financial regulations; combating the risk of wage deflation and reverse decades of increasing inequality; far-reaching action on climate change; and a new system of global economic governance. "
Genius! Federal Pension Guarantor Switched From Bonds To Risky Stocks Last Year - TPM Muckraker
"In the highly competitive race for the title of "Stupidest Recent Financial Decision Made By A Government Official", this one's got to be a strong contender...."

 

30 Mar

 
Stiffer Domestic Violence Penalties Passes House
“The seriousness of these crimes should not go unnoticed nor should offenders who do this multiple times be let off the hook to repeat again,” Ramey said. “I encourage members of the Senate to pass this bill and improve the penalties against domestic violence offenders.”
Funding of Repair of Township Roads
"During the late nineties, I tracked the financial trends, applied them to the budget and determined that in time the Winfield Township Road District revenue sources were not going to be sufficient to offset the inflating paving costs. At that time I examined the budget more closely and began to trim back spending and made significant budgetary cuts in hopes to offset the rising costs.  Now in 2009, my prediction has been proven to be correct..."

West Chicago Public Access Playback -Mar 30- Apr 05

Tues 6:00 PM COD Images
  6:30 PM COD Inside Studio 180
  7:00 PM Un Dia En La Biblioteca
  7:30 PM Club Aztecas Marathon
Train mitigation an issue in Wayne election
""Currently, the most obvious threat is the CN acquisition," incumbent Howard Levine said. "The board should continue to provide the village with solutions to mitigate the potential effects of the merger.""
Foster Announces More Than $10 Million in Grants for the 14th District
"Today, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) was joined by Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay to announce that counties and cities in the 14th District of Illinois will receive $10,033,100 from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.  These grants were made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, H.R. 1, which Foster voted for."
Foster Announces $211,200 Grant for Northern Illinois University
"“As a former Fermilab physicist, I understand the importance of basic scientific research,” said Foster.  “This funding will allow Northern Illinois University to continue making progress in fundamental biology – and will further promote NIU as a key hub of scientific research.”"
In times like these, more people are going to church for help - USA Today
"Pastors say they're giving out benevolent funds in record numbers, increasing ministries to the unemployed and the financially fearful, even reaching into their own pockets more to help.  Nearly two in three pastors (62%) report more people from outside their church asking for help, and nearly a third (31%) see more such requests from church members, according to a survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors."
GM, Chrysler rocked by hardline from Washington... Financial Post
""We are left to look back and say that Wagoner's appointment as both chairman and CEO in 2003 was little more than an act to ensure the dynasty of GM boardroom arrogance and failure continued," said Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist at brokerage BGC Partners."
Spanish Court Weighs Inquiry on Torture for 6 Bush-Era Officials - NY Times
"The 98-page complaint, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, is based on the Geneva Conventions and the 1984 Convention Against Torture, which is binding on 145 countries, including Spain and the United States. Countries that are party to the torture convention have the authority to investigate torture cases, especially when a citizen has been abused."
"Mac or PC" Rap Music Video - A Bay Bay Spoof

 

28&29 Mar

 
Something Is NOT Working So Well
"WE as tax payers do not want to see four more years of this. We do not want to see another referendum on the ballot for a property tax rate increase for road use only to have it voted down in a landslide. We want responsive, accountable people serving all of our community."
Reminder Earth Hour is Tonight - 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.!
"The restaurant [Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli ] also has about two-dozen classic games suitable for persons of all ages to play while eating. The games range from matching games and Candy Land to Trivia and Chess and all are “Earth Friendly” as they are powered by imagination—no plugs, no batteries and no remotes." - Merle
Even if it doesn't look like a tax hike, we say 'no' to District 33
"The district has done an excellent job of providing information about this ballot question, even being honest about taxes decreasing if voters don't approve the proposal.  But we can't in this economy support locking in the current bond and interest tax rate for several more years..."
14th District lands another $10 mil in stimulus funding
"Congressman Bill Foster announced the money will come via the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. That means communities receiving the money must put it toward energy efficiency, conservation or renewable energy efforts. Examples of eligible projects include conducting energy efficiency building audits, installing or retrofitting street lighting or traffic signals with energy efficient bulbs and creating energy efficient transportation programs such as bus rapid transit."
When the lights go down in the city, the planet wins
"Indeed, the specific environmental impacts of Earth Hour will be measured by many participants in different ways. For instance, last year ComEd reported a 7 percent drop in power usage throughout northern Illinois during Earth Hour compared to the same hour the preceding week. That's the equivalent of saving about 72,000 gallons of gasoline."
Dist.34 to cut jobs, programs to balance budget
"Two teaching assistants are being laid off along with a crossing guard. In addition, half a teaching position is being eliminated, a move accomplished by reducing the teaching duties of a certified teaching assistant.  "For a small district I know it doesn't sound like much, but it is," said Superintendent Diane Cody. Winfield had nearly 50 full- and part-time staff and enrollment of 360."
Grand Ol' Ale: Republicans brewing own beer
""I don't even drink beer," Republican Penny Falcon of Aurora said with a laugh.  Ironic, considering the idea, after all, was her own. An alternative to wine-tasting, beer-making just seemed like more of an attention grabber -- and a way to please several palates, she said."
Rare D-Day-type of craft coming to Cantigny
"Cantigny's vessel is the same type used to deliver 1st Infantry soldiers onto the beach at Normandy on D-Day in 1944. In World War II, there were 22,000 LCVPs, but only about 12 are still remaining in the world, Cantigny officials said."
Republican Road To Remedial Math
Limerick by Madeleine Begun Kane

"The purported Republican budget
Has no numbers, so how can we judge it?
There’s no dollars or sense
In this PR offense.
It appears they decided to fudge it."

WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 27 Mar 09
  • ABSTINENCE: POPE BENEDICT XVI SAYS IT WORKS FOR HIM.
  • PLAN B: A FEDERAL JUDGE GIVES THE FDA A PUSH.
  • CTBT: THE CORPSE OF THE TEST BAN TREATY JUST TWITCHED.
  • COLD FUSION: TWENTY YEARS LATER, IT’S STILL COLD.
The Grand Inquisitor of Wisconsin - Talk to Action
"The threat to the Church is not secularism. It is the small-mindedness of Bishop Morlino and his ilk that has caused growing numbers of Americans to see religion, particularly Catholicism as the enemy rather than the friend of freedom.  By stifling dissent and discussion they marginalize rather than fortify the faithful; drive people away from rather than lead people towards God; and sew distrust of the Catholic Church by both members and non-members."
Anti-union intimidation on the rise - Institute for Southern Studies
"Studies by economists such as Cornell University's Kate Bronfenbrenner indicate that employers routinely try to intimidate workers--and frequently violate the law--in the run-up to NLRB union elections. Bronfenbrenner's research found high levels of corporate interference and intimidation."
The Quiet Coup - The Atlantic
"Typically, these countries are in a desperate economic situation for one simple reason—the powerful elites within them overreached in good times and took too many risks. Emerging-market governments and their private-sector allies commonly form a tight-knit—and, most of the time, genteel—oligarchy, running the country rather like a profit-seeking company in which they are the controlling shareholders."

 

27 Mar

 
Breaking from FaceBook at 10AM
" I just passed passed HB 3909 out of the House, 107 to 0. This bill will enhance penalties on domestic battery and aggravated domestic battery."
[Thank you, Randy... for doing the people's business and for keeping us in the loop. - Bob]
Man charged for school computer porn
"Officials at St. Charles East High School found nude images of the girl, described as a former girlfriend of Rybak, during a routine check of computers used by students in the school's learning resource center.  A School District spokesman said Rybak was not a student in January when the images were found."
SC study: Route 64 traffic best as can be
"Early test runs showed that coming in from the east during the afternoon rush, drivers went an average of 22.5 mph and had an average of 8.33 stops.  Tinkering with the light times raised the average speed to 27.4 mph with an average two stops. Delcan estimates the gas cost alone will save people driving through St. Charles more than $1.1 million a year."
Steans on the Budget
"Last week Governor Quinn proposed a budget to address the state's $11.6 billion budget deficit.  The state's total proposed budget is $53.1 billion, with a little over $28 billion in general revenue funds (GRF).  It is GRF funds, rather than federal funds or state funds collected for specific purposes, that provide spending flexibility and are thus the focus of where adjustments must be made to fill our deficit."
ROSKAM: Dim prospects for debt - NY times
"The long-term math is much worse, as the federal government's impending entitlement obligations will far outstrip the losses of any subprime lender. Medicare faces 75-year obligations of $36 trillion, according to the trustees' latest report. Add in Social Security, and the total rises to $56 trillion. That amounts to $746 billion - more than the size of the original TARP bill - per year, every year, for three generations."
[So which is Rep. Roskam wanting to reduce, Medicare or Social Security? - Bob]
Roskam's Deficit Nonsense - Progress Illinois
"In 2001, budget experts projected a $710 billion surplus for 2009. When President Bush left office, the nation was running a $546 billion deficit. That's a $1.3 trillion deterioration in the nation’s finances, 42 percent of which can be directly tied to the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts (which Roskam wants to make permanent) and 40 percent to defense and security increases."
Gay Marriage, Set Back in One State, Gains in a 2nd - NY Times
" Only hours after the measure had failed by one vote, a handful of legislators reconsidered, allowing it to clear the Democratic-controlled House by 186 to 179.  The vote followed by a day an announcement by Gov. Jim Douglas of neighboring Vermont that he would veto a bill legalizing same-sex marriage if it reached his desk."
U.S. workers on jobless benefits hit record - Reuters
"The number of workers collecting state unemployment benefits rose to a record 5.56 million earlier this month, while new claims rose to 652,000 in the week ended March 21, the Labor Department said on Thursday."
WEBB, SPECTER INTRODUCE BILL TO OVERHAUL AMERICA'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM - TPM
"Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to create a blue-ribbon commission charged with conducting an 18-month, top-to-bottom review of the nation's entire criminal justice system and offering concrete recommendations for reform. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee, is the principal Republican cosponsor."

 

26 Mar

 
Funding of Township Roads
"The taxpayers of Winfield Township deserve a highway commissioner who will make those difficult decisions. I have made those tough decisions and continue to scrutinize the budget and pledge to continue to seek alternate revenue sources."
Law Closes Loophole for Adult Entertainment Business
"Citing an outdated state law which hampered West Chicago’s efforts to regulate a local adult entertainment establishment, State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) sponsored and passed legislation which now gives West Chicago the ability to annex and enforce local regulation of this establishment."
Dr. Ed Leman Talks About Referendum
In this short video posted by the newspaper, Superintendent Ed Leman gives a brief overview of why District 33 is seeking to build an addition on the middle school.  Passage of the $49 Million loan would NOT raise your tax bill, but voting "No" could lower tax bills and impact the quality of students' education.
College of DuPage needs more transparency
"Unflattering headlines abound about lawsuits; unexplained changes in top leadership; hardball efforts to remove candidates from the ballot, followed by candidates sitting in judgment of other candidates. And in the election of four trustees ... suggestions of outside influences abound, from national party influences to political committees funded by COD vendors to the teachers union pouring support into some candidates' campaigns."
Police News - City of West Chicago
"This is the time to clean and help protect your home from burglars. There are some simple steps you can take to make your home less appealing to burglars."
Undercurrents of anger in COD board race
"Angry accusations. Power grabs. Sexual harassment charges. The controversies swirling around the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn make this campaign more like an episode of "The Hills" than a typical ho-hum community college election. Maybe that's why 13 candidates are taking a shot at being on the board."
Foster Announces $211,200 Grant for Northern Illinois University
“As a former Fermilab physicist, I understand the importance of basic scientific research,” said Foster.  “This funding will allow Northern Illinois University to continue making progress in fundamental biology – and will further promote NIU as a key hub of scientific research.”
Foster Releases American Recovery and Reinvestment Guidebook
"Today, the office of Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) released a guidebook for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The document will assist municipalities, non-profits and citizens in determining their eligibility for grants made available through the Recovery Act."
Illinois
Senate
Republicans

 

Meeting with Governor, Illinois’ major employers a good start
"“We thought it was important to bring business leaders to the table to discuss what their needs are as we move forward. I think we all have a clearer idea of what we can do to improve the state’s business climate,” Radogno said."
School-Voucher Movement Loses Ground - Wall Street Journal
"Vouchers -- which give students public money to pay private-school tuition -- have grown since a 2002 Supreme Court decision upheld their use in religious schools. About 61,700 students use them in the current school year, up 9% from last year, according to the Alliance for School Choice, a voucher advocate."
Exports recovery may limit job losses... Business World
""SEIPI people are saying exports would recover by the third and fourth quarter because the inventory depletion abroad has already bottomed out," he said, referring to industry association Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc.  "So the job bleeding will have stopped by then or at least minimised," he told reporters."
A dream team should investigate the meltdown - LA Times
"They showed, in sum, that they have no understanding of the roots or remedies for the financial crisis, and -- more to the point -- no great desire to understand. They left me convinced that if we are to have a productive investigation of the financial meltdown, it must be taken away from posturing lawmakers."

 

25 Mar

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 25 March 2009
  • Earth Hour Saturday, March 28, 2009
  • Water Edge Bible Church
  • We Grow Dreams Fourth annual Bowl-A-Thon
  • Yard Waste Collection

West Chicago
High School
CHS Seeks Nominees for Hall of Honor
"Nomination letters for the Hall of Honor should be sent to Dr. Moses Cheng, Principal of Community High School District 94, 326 Joliet Street, West Chicago, IL 60185. The deadline for nominations is April 24, 2009."
Last Known Compuserve email address now exitinct
"The West Chicago Chamber of Commerce & Industry will no longer be using this email address (wchicagochamber@cs.com). Please send future emails to:  INFO@WESTCHICAGOCHAMBER.COM"
Candidates at odds over economic plans
"However, Reyes got the biggest round of applause of the night from the crowd of more than 100 people when he said village leaders need to stop talking about the downtown and act.  "It's time to do something," he said after Tuesday's event, which was hosted by the Winfield Junior Woman's Club. "You've got to give developers a reason to come here.""
Big ash tree removal set in St. Charles
"There are 289 ash trees in Harvest Hills and a 290 ash trees in Renaux Manor, and not all are infected. City staff wants to keep it that way. That means chopping down all the infected trees the city has immediate access to - those planted on the parkway between homes and the street."
DuPage
United
College of DuPage Governance
"These comments were made at a College of DuPage Trustee candidate forum on March 22. DuPage United is a non-partisan "Organization of Organizations." Individuals participate through organizations to which they belong."
Why should I care about what is happening at the College of DuPage?
"All is not well at COD. There are strained relationships between the Board of Trustees and the administration, employees, faculty, and students. There is a general lack of trust in the Board, mostly attributed to actions by some Trustees that are perceived to be inappropriate extensions of their authority. Even the Board of Trustees has acknowledged the widespread negative feelings by hiring a crisis-management public relations firm at a cost of $15,000 per month. "
In Quiverfull Movement, Birth Control Is Shunned - Morning Edition, NPR
"They speak about, 'If everyone starts having eight children or 12 children, imagine in three generations what we'll be able to do,' " Joyce says. " 'We'll be able to take over both halls of Congress, we'll be able to reclaim sinful cities like San Francisco for the faithful, and we'll be able to wage very effective massive boycotts against companies that are going against God's will.' "
FedEx says Boeing orders hinge on Congress... Reuters
"FedEx Corp will cancel an order to buy 15 Boeing Co jets, as well as an option for a further 15 planes, if Congress passes legislation that makes it easier for FedEx workers to organize under labor unions."
[Anyplace but on Wall Street this would be called extortion and result in a hard take down. - Bob]
Who owns Colorado's rainwater? - LA Times
"Frank Jaeger of the Parker Water and Sanitation District, on the arid foothills south of Denver, sees water harvesting as an insidious attempt to take water from entities that have paid dearly for the resource.  "Every drop of water that comes down keeps the ground wet and helps the flow of the river," Jaeger said. He scoffs at arguments that harvesters like Holstrom only take a few drops from rivers. "Everything always starts with one little bite at a time.""
 

24 Mar

 
Nagel, Saake, Molinaro, Maguire for West Chicago District 94
"Gary Saake, who narrowly lost his first attempt to win a seat on the board in 2007, has since stepped in as treasurer for the district... Both Tony Molinaro, a former Benjamin Elementary District 25 board member, and West Chicago Elementary District 33 board member Katrine Maguire bring excellent understanding of the issues and the job. We particularly like Maguire's ability to balance priorities, being realistic about finances, spending and quality education."
Fermi, Argonne score $48 million in federal funding
"Fermilab will receive $34.9 million of the total. About $25 million will pay for construction and infrastructure improvements. The remaining $9.9 million will fund the purchase of high-tech components for the NOvA neutrino project. That project is investigating the nature of particles that come from the sun and other celestial bodies that are so small they pass through the Earth without leaving a trace."
Fermi to get $34.9 million in fed recovery cash
"The new funding was announced Monday by Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Bill Foster, and it comes from the recently signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which funneled $1.2 billion to the U.S. Department of Energy."
DuPage to receive funds for foreclosures
"There's $5.2 million coming to DuPage County to be used to purchase foreclosed or abandoned homes and resell them. On Wednesday, the county will accept a check from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be used as part of HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program."
Wildcats claw way to top honors
"Promoting Awareness of Wildcat Success is a recognition program at Community High School that honors individuals in each division for their personal contribution to the classroom, school or community."
[Don't get all excited.  This does not mean we have a local paper.  They just posted yesterday's press release done by the high school. - Bob]
The Gospel Taught Through Drama
"On Sunday, March 15, 2009, Andrew Woods portrayed Pontius Pilate as he first talks to himself and then to the congregation regarding the problems created by the demands to crucify and innocent man, Jesus Christ.  Additional dramas will be enacted on the following Sundays:  March 22, Sunday April 5, and April 12, 2009."
Critics: Thousands evicted from Angola church land - Associated Press
"More than 2,000 families have been evicted since Angolan authorities began returning land to the church that had been seized by the former Marxist state, according to Muluka Miti, a researcher for Amnesty International. The London-based human rights group said people were detained and arrested arbitrarily, and subjected to torture in some cases."
How to spread the stimulus... Boston Globe
"The construction industry has been especially hard hit in the economic downturn. And minority workers, who have fought with only limited success to break into the trade unions, are afraid that unionized workers will squeeze them out of the new opportunity."
Memo to the media: Where's W? - Media Matters
"The media's erasure of the Bush administration and its policies in their coverage of the economy has been so pervasive that they have given round-the-clock attention to the AIG bonus scandal for days on end with virtually no mention of the fact that it was the Bush administration that last fall approved billions of dollars in aid to AIG without requiring the company to nullify its bonus contracts."

 

 

23 Mar

 

West Chicago
High School
P.A.W.S. FOR RECOGNITION
"These students and their parents have been invited to attend a breakfast ceremony in their honor on Tuesday, March 24th 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 small gift."
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Mar 23- Mar 29

Thur

6:00 PM

COD Images

 

6:30 PM

COD Inside Studio 180

 

7:00 PM

Yesterday Today

 

7:30 PM

Winter Band Concert '01

 

8:30 PM

March Madess Orchestra Festival

Spring Break

"West Chicago's City Museum
a Great Destination for
Spring Break! "

Only 6 of 13 attend forum for College of DuPage candidates
"The ones who did show - Jeffrey Handel, Sandy Kim, Matthew Nelson, Kim Savage, Nancy Svoboda and Tom Wendorf - spent the afternoon pledging to guide the college through the turbule nt economic environment, and to keep the public informed every step of the way."
Fermi, Argonne score $48 million in federal funding
"Richard Durbin and Congressman Bill Foster are touting $48 million in funding for two Illinois lab projects.  The Illinois Democrats say the money for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Argonne National Laboratory is in the stimulus bill signed by President Barack Obama. The projects are a part of $1.2 billion in overall funding for energy projects announced Monday."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"... to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of:
Foster, Durbin Secure $48 Million in DOE Funding for Fermilab and Argonne
"Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Science has awarded a total of $48 million in funding to Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory to protect jobs and support critical research. "
AIG Chief Says Company Had Little Choice on Handing out Bonuses - CQ
"Asked if Treasury Secretary Timothy J. Geithner should resign, Pence and Rep. Peter J. Roskam, R-Ill., who sits on the Ways and Means Committee, criticized him, but wouldn’t say if he should leave."
[I have still not gotten an answer from the Roskam folks about if he voted for letting AIG execs keep their bonuses. - Bob]
Condemned by pope, witchcraft a reality in Africa - National Catholic Reporter
"For many in the Western world, “witchcraft” may seem a benign form of New Age spirituality; the chaplain’s handbook for the U.S. military recognizes “Wicca,” a modern form of witchcraft, as a legitimate religious practice.  Across Africa, however, things look very different. The working assumption is that magical powers are real, but they’re demonic – a conviction that can have devastating consequences."
US agency switches to Chinese-made condoms - The Guardian., uk
"At a time when the federal government is spending billions of stimulus dollars to stem the tide of US layoffs, should that same government put even more Americans out of work by buying cheaper foreign products?  In this case, Chinese condoms."
Existing home sales spike 5% - CNN Money
""February wasn't too shabby for the existing-home market," said Mike Larson, real estate analyst at Weiss Research. "The catch? The increase in sales activity is coming at the expense of pricing."  The national median existing-home price was $165,400 in February, down 15.5% from last year, when the median price was $195,800."
Trade Barriers Rise as Slump Tightens Grip - NY Times
"Russia has raised tariffs on used cars. China has tightened import standards on food, banning Irish pork, among other things. India has banned Chinese toys. Argentina has tightened licensing requirements on auto parts, textiles and leather goods. And a dozen countries, from the United States to Australia, are subsidizing embattled automakers or car dealers."

 

21&22 Mar

 
A big issue in Wayne is keeping lot sizes at a 4-acre minimum
"Not all of Wayne consists of 4-acre lots. To the east of the Kane-DuPage line, residential lots tend to be 2 acres or more. Four-acre lots are the norm west of the county line. There are some 1-acre lots along Army Trail Road in the village's downtown area."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 20 Mar 09
  • ENLIGHTENMENT: SPRING ARRIVES FOR AMERICAN SCIENCE.
  • RECOVERY ACT: THE BIGGEST BASIC RESEARCH INCREASE IN HISTORY.
  • CANADA: ELECTION DID NOT GO WELL ABOVE THE 49TH PARALLEL.
  • TURKEY: ISLAMIZATION OF TURKISH SOCIETY.
  • DISASTER: DID STRING THEORISTS MAKE A FINANCIAL BLACK HOLE?
Leaked memos: Gay rights group make new charges over LDS Prop 8 role - Salt Lake Tribune
"In new charges filed Thursday with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the Los Angeles-based Californians Against Hate accuses the church of creating the National Organization for Marriage in California as early as summer 2007 as a front group for its agenda, while failing to report the costs as required by California law."
Starbucks, Costco and Whole Foods team up on labor bill... CNBC via MSN Money
"Starbucks, Costco and Whole Foods, which invited other corporations, unions and public interest groups to join them, proposed instead that unions be given more access to meet with workers, stricter penalties for labor violations and a guaranteed right to request secret ballots in all circumstances."
A time for silence - Canada.com
"Its me-first market philosophy has tumbled us all into global economic disaster. Its reds-under-the-bed paranoia and jingoistic militarism have led to pointless war, to untold thousands of needless deaths, to massive levels of destruction and suffering, to the creation of millions of new America-haters around the globe -- and therefore to new terrorist threats."
[Rough words from our international best friend and biggest trading partner. - Bob]
 

20 Mar

 
Timothy Allen Matejka
"Timothy Allen Matejka, age 40, of West Chicago, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2009. He was born on April 24, 1968 in Winfield to Wayne and Susan Matejka."
Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night
"Junior Statesman of America, a student organization at Community High School, is sponsoring a Candidate Night on Wednesday, March 25th for all candidates seeking election in Districts 25, 33, 34 and 94."

West Chicago
High School

 

Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night
[A copy of the same text as above was sent to D94's email subscribers. - Bob]
Board Briefs 03 Mar 2009
"The Board amended the 2008-09 school budget to reflect a change recommended by the Auditors and to accommodate some debt service spending and revenue prompted by refinancing the District’s bonded indebtedness last year."
Building Bond Referendum - Connie Demer
"Trim the fat, all of us had to with our budgets. Oh, I forgot the State is funding some of your projects, that would be me the taxpayer again. As for the grants and all the programs you started with that money, what do you do when the money runs out."
Ramey Sponsors eVerify Improvement (HB1146)
"Provides that until such time as any Employment Verification System is able to automatically verify the work authorization status of 99% of employees, the Illinois Department of Labor shall post on its website a link to a federal government website that provides an employer information about the federal e-verify program ..."
COD, Habitat partner on new subdivision
"The three have entered into a partnership that will make possible the construction of new houses in the Pioneer Prairie neighborhood in West Chicago. Eleven limited-income families will be able to purchase the houses at affordable rates, according to Habitat for Humanity officials."
Wheaton Christian breaks ground on new grammar school
"Hundreds of students wearing plastic yellow hard hats cheered as they watched the ceremonial moving of dirt for the new school building. Joining the celebration in a dusty cornfield were parents, school officials, local dignitaries, and past and present board members."
Artist Cheryl Mahowald Brings a "Textural and Visual Feast" to West Chicago's Gallery 200
[Previously posted as press release on 17 Mar.]
Economy Puts Focus On Family Planning - NPR
"These clinics generally serve young women between the ages of 18 and 24. But now, older clients — and many without insurance — are coming in. Some are looking for help supporting the children they have. Others are afraid of raising a child they say they can't afford."
Boom-years borrowing hits churches - Yahoo News
"Foreclosures and delinquencies for congregations are rising, according to companies that specialize in church mortgages. With credit scarce, church construction sites have gone quiet, holding shells of sanctuaries that were meant to be completed months ago.  Congregants have less money to give, and pastors who stretched to buy property in the boom are struggling to hold onto their churches."
French Take to Streets to Protest Economy... VOA News
"For a second time this year, hundreds of thousands of workers took to France's streets in a nationwide protest against the government's response to the economic crisis.  The strike, which has affected French schools, post offices, banks and transportation systems is part of mushrooming protests around Europe as fears mount of more hard times to come."
Feds were involved in ACORN raid in Nevada, officials say  - Raw Story
"“The manual governing how federal prosecutors are supposed to act with respect to election crimes says you should do everything in your power to conduct your investigation so that the investigation does not become an issue in the election,” Levitt told Raw Story in a recent interview. “The raid is certainly not that.”"

 

19 Mar

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 19 March 2009
  • Early voting
  • five vacancies on the West Chicago Public Library District Board of Trustees
  • Digital Photography-Part 2
  • Junior Statesman, a student organization at Community High School
APRIL 2009 PRESS RELEASE
  • Books for Lunch
  • Historic Route 66
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Container Gardening
  • MONEY SMART WEEK
    • Pay Yourself First Monday
    • To Your Credit Wednesday,
Better Roads Through Better Government * Tim Wyman
"What actually starts the whole process of potholes and flat tires (and front end suspension damage) is poor pavement materials, poor management of the inspection and testing, poor pavement patching and repair specifications and poor supervision of the workmanship of the patching and resurfacing or overlay process."
Noble Fool to present Wartime 'Cinderella'
"'Cinderella' cast ...
West Chicago: Sara Monteleone, Elena Tubridy"
Communities, Non-Profits and Taxpayers Could Face Problem Accessing Recovery Funds
"Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-14) and Congressman Steve Driehaus (OH-01), both members of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to Chairman Edolphus Towns and Ranking Member Darrell Issa to request a hearing to ensure that constituents can continue to access the federal grant Web site as they attempt to obtain federal funding.
AIG Chief Says Company Had Little Choice on Handing out Bonuses
"Asked if Treasury Secretary Timothy J. Geithner should resign, Pence and Rep. Peter J. Roskam, R-Ill., who sits on the Ways and Means Committee, criticized him, but wouldn’t say if he should leave."
[Will Rep Roskam honor his "NO TAX" pledge or vote to tax the bonuses to return them to the tax payer? - Bob]
Novel approach: Undercover at Liberty - Lynchburg News and Advance
"As they passed out fliers, a film crew from “Girls Gone Wild” began taping the debauchery.  “The girls would lift up their shirts, and we’d tell them about Jesus. It was very uncomfortable,” Roose said during a phone interview.  The task was trying for the most seasoned evangelists. For Roose, a liberal, “God-ambiguous” sophomore who had transferred to Liberty for a semester from Brown University, it was a nightmare."
Union seeks to capitalize on anger at banks... Philadelphia Inquirer
"Griffin says SEIU is trying to organize bank workers and lists reasons that would be bad for bank owners, citing the experience of the small group of U.S. banks with union contracts:  "Salary and benefit expenses are about 7 percent to 8.5 percent higher" at unionized banks."
Limbaugh joined by other conservatives standing up for AIG against "mob rule" - Media Matters
"In the wake of Rush Limbaugh's defense of American International Group (AIG) on his March 16 and March 17 broadcasts, several conservative media figures -- including Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck and Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin -- have joined him in condemning criticism of the company's employee retention bonuses."
[Will Republican reps and Senators be able to withstand this push from their leadership? - Bob]
 

18 Mar

 
Gary Saake Endorsed by the West Chicago High School Teachers' Association
'm pleased to announce, and honored to accept, the endorsement of the West Chicago High School Teachers' Association for the April 7th, 2009 School Board election. I look forward to working with the Association for the betterment of education at CHS for all students.

West Chicago
High School
Market Day Order and Pickup Dates
"FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Announces Changes to Market Day order and pickup days/dates in April."
2009 Citywide Collection Event
"West Chicago’s citywide collection event will take place May 4-8, 2009. Residents of single-family or two-family homes need only affix a total of eight (8) refuse stickers to their pile of ACCEPTABLE items placed at the curb on their regularly scheduled collection day."
Consultant sees no need for school consolidation
""We found that - for the first time in the 38 studies that I've done - the districts would actually be better off to stay exactly the way they are," said William H. Phillips, an associate professor at the University of Illinois-Springfield and a leading authority on the topic of school consolidation."
Use stimulus for people, not particles - Patricia Grabowicz, Wheeling
"The best way I see that Fermilab can use any stimulus package money is to send it to a special education school like Kirk School in Palatine, part of NSSEO, that has found its federal funding cut year after year after year. There the particles are not hypothetical and are called Tim, Ryan, Adam, Greg, and Steven to name a few. I'm sorry, but in the economic times we find ourselves in, Fermilab is one of the last places to need any stimulus funding. That money would fund the entire North Suburban Special Education Organization for six years, hypothetically speaking."
BOYS BASKETBALL: Gimre steps down at West Chicago
"Gimre’s teams won regional titles in 2003 and 2005. The former was the No. 3 seed, went 18-11 and made the finals of the Class AA Elgin sectional before losing 78-68 to Batavia. That team also featured Nick Michael, who went on to play at Elmhurst College."
[Kevin's math students have been big time winners for years.  Luckily, the little guy has decades left in the classroom. - Bob]
Illinois
Senate
Republicans
TAXPAYER ALERT
"Media outlets in the last couple days have reported that Quinn will propose an increase in the state income tax. Although he would also raise the personal exemption, a household making more than $56,000/year would see their income taxes go up. Also, at a time when Illinois' unemployment rate is 7.9%, Governor Quinn is proposing an increase in the income taxes on Illinois employers."
DUPAGE
DEM PARTY
Illinois AAUP Protests Proposed Policy Changes at College of DuPage - News Blog
"The proposed policy changes have been the subject of intense debate at the college since last fall, when faculty members learned that the planned revisions included language mirroring the “academic bill of rights” advocated by the conservative activist David Horowitz."

[Considerable additional information on this is available at Friends For Education 502. - Bob]

Iraqi Christian refugees flock to Germany - International Herald Tribune
"The group of nearly 120 refugees will arrive Thursday, a day before the sixth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, on a chartered plane from Syria. And many more are expected.  The resettlement is part of a program sponsored by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. It is expected to help 10,000 Iraqi Christians relocate to Germany, Sweden and elsewhere in Europe."
Drawing up the Drawbridges: Europe Falls Out of Love with Labor Migration... Spiegel Online
"Globalization has turned 200 million people into migrant workers in the last few decades. One fifth of them are Europeans, less than one tenth are Africans and 3 percent are from Latin America. Now the trend is reversing itself, a shift that generally affects those who came from Europe's poorest regions and from emerging and developing nations. Officials at the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO) fear that 30 million people around the globe could lose their livelihoods by the end of the year."
Just Say No Yes to Earmarks - TPM Photo Feature
"Among Sen. McConnell's 53 earmarks in the omnibus bill totaling $75.5 million are $1.6 million for forage animal production research laboratory in Lexington, KY and $1.08 million for an animal waste management lab."
[Perhaps what should be studied is that less than polite word often used to describe used oats... oats that have passed thru the bull. - Bob]

 

17 Mar

 
School Consolidation Study - Supt Ed Leman
"...  the consolidation study consultant has done 39
such studies across Illinois and this is the first time he recommended no
reorganization."
City Honors Retiring School Officials
". Community High School District 94 Superintendent Lee Rieck and School Board President Tony Reyes received proclamations from Mayor Mike Kwasman and the City Council for their exemplary leadership."
Artist Cheryl Mahowald - "Unbound: a mixed media exhibit of paper and artist books"
"The Warrenville artist, who is a teacher at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton and the Fine Line in St. Charles, is also the co-founder of the Book and Paper Arts Guild in the western suburbs"
Winfield president candidates oppose vehicle sticker plan
"Reyes says he opposes any plan that increases property taxes.  "Going back to the voters for more money is never an option," he said, adding that the village should first try to find extra road money within its budget and draft a capital spending plan.  Reyes also said the village could get more tax dollars by enticing more businesses to move to town."

[No teaser is provided because one item has appeared previously and the other is mostly about Elmhurst. - Bob]

Foster meets with AIG CEO; Asks for taxpayer money to be refunded
“Three separate times in our meeting, I asked Mr. Liddy to void the bonuses – especially to those that helped put AIG in financial distress.  We discussed the legal difficulties in this course of action, and I told him that if he was unwilling or unable to take action, that Congress is very likely to. "
Foster Introduces Bill to Reduce Cost of College Textbooks
"In an economic climate where families are struggling to afford the rising costs of higher education, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) has introduced legislation designed to increase the accessibility of high quality educational materials, reducing the amount of money students must spend on traditional textbooks."
Rep. Foster Announces $1 Billion in Grants Available for COPS Funding
"“The COPS program provides 14th District communities with the opportunity to apply for competitive grants to hire more police officers and improve public safety at the same time,” Rep. Foster said. “By taking the opportunity to create new jobs and keep the public safe we are making the 14th District a better place to run a business and raise a family.”"
Lawmakers prepare for budget address
"Also being floated is an increase in the corporate income tax, raiding the Illinois’ teachers’ retirement fund, raiding the state’s road and special purpose funds, increasing the state’s taxes on gasoline and cigarettes, and increasing license plate sticker registration fees."
Congregational Tolerance - Duke Divinity Call & Response Blog)
"Congregations display less tolerance towards public supporters of abortion rights, cohabiting couples, and homosexuals than they do towards moderate drinkers, but even on these hot-button issues congregations express more tolerance and inclusivity than some might expect to see. Publicly supporting abortion rights presents no obstacle to membership in congregations attended by two-thirds of churchgoers, and it presents no obstacle to lay leadership in congregations attended by 41 percent."
Mexico slaps tariffs on U.S. goods in truck feud... ESPN Radio
"It was not immediately clear which exports would be hit.  But a spokesman for the Mexican economy ministry said the new tariffs would not affect rice, corn, beans or wheat, which are the main U.S. farm products exported to Mexico and make up much of the average Mexican's diet.  "It won't be any of these products because Mexicans are sensitive to them," the spokesman told Reuters."
An Overview on the National Labor Relations Act... ArticleBliss.com
"Labor laws were intended to balance the bargaining power between employees and employers. It gives employees the right to unionize. It also allows employees and employers to participate in certain activities for the fulfillment of their demands..."
Economic Data Offers a Balm as Fed Meets - NY Times
"Construction of new homes rose by an unexpected 22.2 percent in February from a month earlier, the Commerce Department reported, largely because of an increase in condominium construction. Housing starts over all rose to an annual pace of 583,000, and construction starts for single-family homes rose slightly from January."

16 Mar

 
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Mar 16- Mar 22

Mon

7:00 PM

City Council (LIVE)

Tues

6:00 PM

Heartland International Tattoo

Wed

6:00 PM

City Council (3/16/09)

 

7:00 PM

Yesterday Today

 

7:30 PM

WCCHS Winter Band '02

 

8:30 PM

WCCHS Winter Concert '00

Randy Ramey REMINDER
"Fundraiser tonight in St.Charles at McNally's Irish Pub from 5:30 to 7:30"
St. Charles East flags dominate at state drill team finals
"The St. Charles East Saints were the only school from Chicago's north and west suburbs to win a state title at the event, where most of the teams from southern Illinois dominated."
Child Witch Syndrome And Killing of Harmless Children - This Day, Nigeria
"These signs portrayed her children as witches because when a calamity befalls a family, especially in this way and in this part of the country, then there must be witches among the children. All Mayen wanted was a confirmation of her mindset, and in no other place than the church whose pastors claimed to have "cleansed the child 'witches' and 'wizards' of their evil powers for pecuniary reward."
Jim Hightower: Americans Are Rearing for a Fight with Corporate Power... AlterNet.org
"These realities not only explain why today's workers need unions, but also why there is such a widespread yearning for them. A 2006 poll of the general public by the Pew Research Center found that 68% of us believe labor unions are necessary to protect working families. In that same year, a survey of workers by pollster Peter Hart indicated that as many as 60 million Americans would join a union tomorrow--if they could."
McConnell Bumbles When Asked For GOP Alternative To Obama’s Budget: We’re ‘Getting Down In The Weeds’ - Think Progress
"As the New York Times has pointed out, by not offering a full counterproposal, Republicans have made a decision “that will spare them from outlining potentially painful decisions required to bring federal books more in line with their call to hold down spending, cut taxes and reduce the deficit.” What they are instead offering is “a steady stream of complaints.”"

 

14&15 Mar

 
  1. Happy Pi Day!
  2. Reminder... Early Voting Starts Tomorrow.
Dedicated to Preserving Your Winfield Township Roads
"He is a Vietnam Veteran and is active in several community organizations. His expertise on road construction and maintenance has earned him awards and recognition from many groups. Joe is also very active in county-wide and state-wide Highway Commissioners"
Most local lawmakers say raising state taxes is not an option
""None whatsoever," state Rep. Randy Ramey, a Carol Stream Republican, said of tax increases. "I came here as a conservative. I'm not going to vote for any tax increases to pay for their (Democrats') extravagant spending.""
Happy Pi Day in the suburbs
"The decimal places go on forever, making it "irrational," and it can't be expressed by any algebraic equation, making it "transcendental."  No apparent pattern emerges in the succession of digits - a predestined code found in nature yet unfathomable."
Young West Chicago actors take the stage for "Cinderella" at Pheasant Run Resort
"Cinderella cast members include from ... West Chicago: Sara Monteleone, Elena Tubridy, ..."
Roskam, Right On Cue, Smears Pelosi - Progress Illinois
"Well, this week, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch revived the smear with the release of a series of emails detailing Pelosi’s use of military planes. And right on cue, GOP Rep. Peter Roskam showed up on the local airwaves to help spread the misinformation."
DuPage
GOP
Winfield Township Republican Candidates
"WINFIELD TOWNSHIP offers a hands-on government you can rely on.  VOTE REPUBLICAN TUESDAY, April 7th "
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 13 Mar 09
  • THE HIGGS: LOOK AT IT THIS WAY, NOW WE KNOW WHERE IT ISN’T.

  • SCIENCE ADVICE:  THE "HOLD" ON SCIENCE NOMINATIONS.

  • STEM CELLS: GORGIA SENATE PROHIBITS STEM CELL RESEARCH.

  • THE PRICE OF PORK: OBAMA SIGNS AN UNFORTUNATE SPENDING BILL.

  • LIE DETECTOR:  ALL WE NEED NOW ARE LIARS THAT STINK.

Fruit of the Spirit is a Powerful New Health Product for the Christian Market Christian News Wire
"Following 5 years of intense research and development, a new health product designed for the Christian market unveiled at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville on February 7. Fruit of the Spirit's Healing Fruits are native to the Galilean (Mediterranean) region and Energizing Minerals from the Dead Sea."

Frank Rich: The Culture Warriors Get Laid Off - NYTimes
"... the General Social Survey, had an even more startling finding in its preliminary 2008 data released this month: Twice as many Americans have a “great deal” of confidence in the scientific community as do in organized religion. How the almighty has fallen: organized religion is in a dead heat with banks and financial institutions on the confidence scale."

NEW REPORT: Greater Unionization Could Pump $49 billion into the U.S. Economy... American Progress Action Fund
"The report shows that unlike in the past, when workers were compensated for 100 percent of their productivity gains, today’s workers are not reaping the benefits they deserve from their increased productivity. Increasing union coverage rates, which would be achieved by the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, could likely reverse these trends, as more Americans would benefit from the union wage premium and receive higher wages."
workers still waiting 9 years after secret ballot election - The Examiner
"“If ever there was a case that demonstrated how utterly bankrupt the current system is, the Jacksonville Wal-Mart case is it. It was not enough that a group of people in one of the least worker-friendly states in America had the courage to take on the least worker-friendly company in the world. It was not enough that they had to take their case before the National Labor Relations Board and the United States Court of Appeals. Even after clearing every hurdle Wal-Mart could throw in their path, these workers are still faced with a company across the table that has little legal incentive to deal with them fairly.”"

 

13 Mar

 

West Chicago
High School
Student-of-the Month for February
"The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Anna Lane for being chosen Student of the Month for February."
Tagged
State Representative Randy Ramey was tagged on Facebook while talking with committee members from the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS.  When he was a teen, I used to tell my son, "My spies are everywhere."  Wouldn't it be nice if all public officials believed that also?

Two Local Pols have new Websites:

  • Joe Jedlovec, longtime Winfield official and Republican candidate for Winfield Township Highway Commissioner has a new website.
  • Gary Saake, currently District 94's Treasurer is running for the District 94 School Board and also has a new website.
St. Charles to lose 500 trees to beetle
"Deutsch told the city Tree Commission this week that in the next month workers will remove and replace 290 of the city's ash trees in Renaux Manor subdivision, south of Route 64 off Peck Road, and 197 in Harvest Hills subdivision, off Peck Road south of Campton Hills Road... "It is cheaper to remove and replace small trees than it is to treat them," said Deutsch."
Illinois celebrates Pluto Day, sort of
"The Senate's resolution says:  "Be it resolved, by the Senate of the 96th General Assembly of the State of Illinois, that as Pluto passes overhead through Illinois' night skies, that it be re-established with full planetary status ...""
Sudan says it has located kidnapped aid workers - Reuters
"The Sudanese government has located three international aid workers from the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres taken in Darfur and is in contact with the kidnappers, a foreign ministry official said on Friday.  "We know where they are ... We have established a link with them and we are discussing their terms," Mutrif Siddig, undersecretary at the foreign ministry, told Reuters."
US Import Prices Edge Lower; Reflecting Global Recession... Nasdaq
"Import prices were lower on a 12-month basis even excluding oil and other fuels, suggesting that steep drops in oil and commodity prices at the end of last year are no longer the primary source of U.S. disinflation, but rather the worldwide nature of the economic downturn."
Sarah Palin: More Earmark Hypocrisy - MotherJones
"In other words, earmarks rule in Alaska. And Palin, who last year tried to ride an anti-earmarks campaign into the vice presidency, is apparently willing to exploit the earmarks process, make her own requests, accept all the money that comes, and put that crusade of hers on hold."
I'm Mad as Hell! - TPM
"By this stage in the interview, Cramer is a whipped puppy, and Stewart has long since dispensed with any comedic effect, morphing into a basic cable Howard Beale:"

 

12 Mar

 
Katrine Maguire Running for West Chicago HS Board
"My key issue in running for the District 94 Board is to maintain a financial stable district during this time of recession. I want to see that we have enough money to provide a quality education for students in a a clean and pleasant surrounding."
Russell Radkiewicz Running in Third Ward
"I have acted on many of your concerns in the last four (4) years. However, I need your vote and support on April 7th to continue making the City of West Chicago a great place to live and work. I thank you for your support and I am always available to receive your input and concerns."
Tim Wyman Running for Twshp Road Commissioner
"My qualification, my education, Professional Engineering and Project  management experience and leadership skills, my drive to work diligently for the taxpayers and residents of Winfield Township make me the best candidate for this job and it is a full time, on call 24 / 7 job.  Also, the people and tax payers of Winfield Township need to be represented by a multi-party system.  As it stands now, we are governed and have been for a very long time, by only one party. We do not need “Cook County politics” in our own back yard.   "
What does investing in Green Jobs mean for the Middle Class?
  •  21st century jobs with good wages
  • Lower electricity and home heating bills
  • A growing, greener, cleaner economy
FIRST “INAUGURGAL AMENDMENT” PASSES HOUSE
"Roskam’s amendment which passed the House today, will require all programs authorized under H.R.1262, The Water Quality Investment Act of 2009, be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget’s Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R) State Sen. John Millner discusses distracted driving (Video)
"Sen. Millner talks about new distracted-driving legislation he's introducing this session in the Illinois State Senate."
Storm piles ice high at Point a week before spring - Ironwood Globe
"Tuesday night's storm produced five inches of snow in the Ironwood area and heavy north winds that piled ice high along Lake Superior at Little Girl's Point."
[Picture of Ice mounds/mountains - Bob]
Atheists' group, church battling with bus signs - Wisconsin State Journal
"The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is spending $2,100 on six signs appearing for up to two months inside 50 buses. Each sign has a quotation questioning religion or giving reasons for not believing... In response to the ads, Pilgrims Covenant Church in Monroe said this week it purchased space on the outside of 11 Metro Transit buses for an ad quoting Psalm 14, verse 1: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.""
Give workers a fair shake... Chattanooga Times Free Press
"In the interim, many employers may use a number of tactics to intimidate employees against forming a union, including lengthy “education” campaigns and wrongful terminations. If union advocates manage to hold on and win a union organizing vote, employers may then may refuse to negotiate in good faith toward an initial contract, stretching out static pay and more intimidation for months, and even years, until union advocates give up."
Canadian Lawyers Seek To Ban (Or Prosecute) Bush For His Role In Authorizing Torture -  Think Progress
"But instead of greeting Bush with open arms and (potentially) wads of cash, activists and human rights lawyers in Canada are hoping their government will greet him with handcuffs — or at the very least — bar him entry in to the country. In fact, Vancouver Lawyer Gail Davidson said the government has an obligation under the law to ban Bush from entering Canada because of his role in supporting torture:"
Police report: Skoien with two prostitutes - Chicago Sun Times
"The allegation is in a domestic battery report from Skoien, 55, against his 36-year-old, 5-foot-4-inch, 110-pound wife. He said she beat him with her fists and an electric guitar.  But Skoien said the police report inaccurately stated that he had prostitutes in his home. Skoien said he and a friend were talking in the playroom when his wife came down and began beating him."
"Pardon my amusement but I have a hard time envisioning the little Republican wife going all "Peter Townsend" on the poor mope. - Bob]
 

11 Mar

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 11 March 2009
"There are five vacancies on the West Chicago Public Library District Board of Trustees. No nominating petitions were filed for the April 7, 2009 election. There are four positions open for four-year terms and one position for a two-year term."
District 33 Applies for Illinois State Board of Education Grant
"District 33 is applying for a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant offered by the Illinois State Board of Education for West Chicago Middle School. The grant application process requires notification to parents and community members prior to submitting the grant. This Key Communicator message fulfills the notification requirement."

West Chicago
High School
West Chicago Wins 1st Place in State LifeSmarts Competition
"Community High School District 94 in West Chicago finished in 1st Place in the 13th annual Illinois LifeSmarts competition. Members of the team included: Sam Wais - Captain (Winfield); Stuart Sankovitch (West Chicago); Bill Heinze (West Chicago); Ryan Stirrup (West Chicago), and John Kinsella (West Chicago)."
It’s not too late to join the party!
"Come to the St. Patrick’s Day Bash at St.Andrews Golf Club this Saturday, March 14th, from 7:00-11:00 pm. There’s still time to get your tickets at the pre-admission price of $25 per person. That price includes appetizers, desserts, soda, coffee, live music from This End Up, and an Arthur Murray “dancing with the stars” demo!"
Look into facts of global warming - Dan Milinko, West Chicago
"The American Physical Society has also made a statement recently that indicates 50,000 physicists have come to their senses. Their spokesman reported that the consensus rejects the climate change models endorsed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I implore everyone to look into the fact-based science that exists, not the junk that is politically funded and motivated."
[Please see Wiki - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Rumor Debunked: Physicists Did Not Flip-Flop on Global Warming . - Bob]
COUNTY CONTINUES COMMITMENT TO TRAC
"The DuPage County Board approved funding on Tuesday which will continue the County’s commitment to TRAC (The Real Answer to the Canadian National), a consortium of local governments who have opposed the sale of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway (EJ&E) to the Canadian National (CN)."
Foster Takes the Lead on Honoring President Reagan
"The Commission will plan and carry out activities to honor Ronald Reagan on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, and will also provide assistance to federal, state, and local governmental agencies and civic groups to carry out such activities. "
'Sex-y' sermons cause stir in rural Alabama - AP
"It's another thing when a small-town congregation puts up billboards with the phrase "Great sex: God's way" on rural highways to promote a sermon series. You can't even legally buy beer in Cullman County, and a preacher is talking about S-E-X on Sunday morning?"
Wal-Mart downgraded by Citigroup over unionization prospects... MarketWatch
"In that case, Wal-Mart might have to shoulder higher wages for more seasoned employees and increase employee benefits significantly. In addition, its flexibility in the job functions of its workforce could be decreased, while relationships between store-level managers and store associates could be impaired, the analyst said. Wal-Mart could also see its competitiveness reduced if it's forced to raise prices to help offset higher labor costs, she wrote in a research note."
Maine Skiers Warned About Late-night Owl Attacks - CBS News
""I've got my headlamp on, and all of a sudden, I felt a whack in the back of my head and this stinging, and I understood what everybody was talking about," said Allen, said he who screamed and waved his poles. His thick winter hat protected him from scratches."
Florida lawmakers consider ban on bestiality
"Rich's legislation would target only those who derived or helped others derive ''sexual gratification'' from an animal, specifying that conventional dog-judging contests and animal-husbandry practices are permissible.  That last provision tripped up Miami Democratic Sen. Larcenia Bullard.  ''People are taking these animals as their husbands? What's husbandry?'' she asked."
[I'm sure that my Dem friends would prefer that she got a hippo-crat for this but I don't know if she formerly supported "husbandry." - Bob]

 

10 Mar

 

West Chicago
High School
Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night
"Junior Statesman of America, a student organization at Community High School, is sponsoring a Candidate Night on Wednesday, March 25th for all candidates seeking election in Districts 25, 33, 34 and 94. The event will be held at Community High School, 326 Joliet Street, West Chicago."
Attention IL-6 high school students - Don't miss your chance to have your artwork hung in the nation's Capitol
  • "Event: Congressional Art Contest
  • What: Exhibit
  • Host: Congressman Peter Roskam
  • Start Time: Thursday, March 12 at 5:00am
    End Time: Monday, April 27 at 5:00pm
  • Where: Congressman Roskam's District Office"
Al (Spence) Hallett - seeking a seat on the city council from the Third Ward
"In 1976, Al and Cindy purchased their current home on Sherman Street in West Chicago. They have one son, Scott, who has been diagnosed with Autism. Scott currently lives with them under their legal guardianship. As a result of Scott’s needs, Cindy and Al helped to found a therapeutic horse back riding program known as Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities (FTEA) in Winfield."
Area students shine at annual Mock Trials
"Competition results were: Timothy Christian, 215; Wheaton Academy, 205 ... and the Outstanding Attorney Award was presented to Ashley Pivaronas from Wheaton Academy."
Rep. Foster Announces $600,000 Grant for Aurora and Kane County Police
“Keeping our law enforcement officers on the streets and well-equipped will help keep our local economy strong, and is essential to keeping our communities safe and business friendly,”
Foster Helps Lead Bipartisan Team to Honor 14th District Native President Ronald Reagan
“Whatever your political philosophy, there is no doubt that Ronald Reagan has left an indelible imprint on the fabric of America. The Great Communicator had an emotional connection with the American people that was sustained through good times and bad.”
Christian outreach moves into the inner city - Christian Science Monitor
"Young Nadeje and her tutor, Leah Beidler, are sitting around the kitchen table as they do every Monday night. Usually, the fifth-grader from this inner-city Boston neighborhood and the college graduate from Vermont do homework.  But tonight they’re buying iTunes, in a warmly lit room painted robin’s-egg blue, with a framed collage of smiling neighborhood kids hanging overhead. You’d never guess this cozy apartment was once a decaying crack house where the walls were black with nicotine stains."
Southern Oligarchy and the Labor Unions - Populist
"Why weren’t these same senators protesting the high salaries in the financial sector when the Congress approved the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street? Why pick on blue-collar workers at the Big Three who last year agreed to huge concessions expected to save the companies an estimated $4 billion a year by 2010? These concessions have already helped lower union wages to non-union levels at some auto plants."
Hoffa Commends Sponsors of Employee Free Choice... Business Journal of Milwaukee
"The bill would give workers the choice of forming a union through majority sign-up or a National Labor Relations Board election. It would make it easier for workers to form a union.  "In these dire economic times, I can't think of a better way to restore stability to middle-class families than to strengthen unions," Hoffa said. "History shows that the economy does well when unions are strong.""
Jon Stewart Rips Into Jim Cramer Again - MSNBC
"Jon Stewart, whose pointed takedown of the network CNBC last week has already become legendary, returned to the subject Monday in response to host Jim Cramer's complaint that he was taken out of context during the segment."

 

09 Mar

 
March E-Newsletter
  • Rolland Burris
  • New Recovery Illinois Website
  • March 9 Autism Forum
  • Working to Protect Dog Parks
  • General Assembly Scholarships Offered

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Mar 09- Mar 15

Wed

6:00 PM

City Council (3/2/09)

 

7:30 PM

Building For 21st Century Learners

 

8:00 PM

WCMS Winter Band '01

 

9:00 PM

WCCHS Winter Bnand '99

Nature Hills Nursery Announces Inaugural Green America Awards
"
A total of $5,000 in plant materials will be awarded to local groups working to improve their communities with plantings of trees, bushes, shrubs, perennials, and vegetables....
Deadline: April 1, 2009  ... Posted: February 26, 2009"
Show Vehicles Rev Up West Chicago’s Blooming Fest
"Show vehicle enthusiasts from motorcycles to cars and trucks are invited to participate in West Chicago’s neighborly spring event, Blooming Fest, on Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m."
Suburban appetite for pork knows no party boundaries
"Roskam's list includes $209,000 for the DuPage County Forest Preserve to help switch its vehicle fleet to run on alternative fuels. The money will be used to add ethanol and biodiesel pumps at the county's alternative fueling station, spokesman Bill Wiedner said."
[If one of my Republican friends would provide me with a Roskam statement defending Al Gore or attacking Global Warming, I would gladly replace the "Hippo-crat" with an elephant. - Bob]
DuPage County in 60 seconds - Dual-language learning
"A Dual Language information meeting and open house will be held at 6 p.m. March 17 at Gary School, 130 E. Forest Ave., West Chicago."
DuPage Habitat for Humanity, ComEd, and College of DuPage Partner to Help Consumers Go Green, Save Green
"In June, DuPage Habitat for Humanity will break ground on Pioneer Prairie, a three-acre residential subdivision of 11 detached, single-family homes. The neighborhood is located at the intersection of Sherman and Pomeroy streets in West Chicago. In addition to the new homes, the development will provide many benefits to local residents and the surrounding community, including new infrastructure, increased home values, and enhanced aesthetic appeal thanks to new sidewalks, parkway trees, streetscapes, and an expanded, revitalized Pioneer Park."
Foster Statement on Unemployment Numbers
“This statistic is yet another indication that, after nearly a decade of economic mismanagement, we desperately need to retool our economic policies in order to get our economy back on track."
'What's with President Barack Obama's Rush to Kill?' -- Asks Day Gardner, National Black Pro-Life Union
"He has also been working relentlessly to force physicians to either kill "unwanted children" or refer their patients to other baby killers.  His latest effort is to ensure that even more children are killed by removing the ban from embryonic stem cell experiments."
UAW approves changes to union contract with Ford... MarketWatch
"According to the UAW, 59% of production workers and 58% of skilled-trades workers across the U.S. voted to ratify the agreement. Ford shares bucked a broader market downturn to register a 2.9% gain to $1.75. Under the terms of the deal announced last month, Ford will be able to use equity to fund up to 50% of its payments to the VEBA instead of cash."
18 deaths in February were possible suicides - Army Times
"Last month’s numbers are higher than the previous February, when 11 soldiers’ deaths were confirmed as suicides.  This February’s number represents a slight drop from as many as 24 suicides in January. Of the January deaths, 12 have been confirmed as suicides and 12 are suspected.  The January total was the highest monthly toll for the Army in nearly 30 years."

 

 

07&8 Mar

 
Book Fair and Family Reading Night
On Wednesday, March 4th, St.Mary's Parish School had its book fair and family reading night.  Guests included Mayor Kwasman, Cmdr. Kroning from the West Chicago Police, and Lt. Westrom from the Fire Dept.
Jennifer Lee Wins IHSA 3-point Basketball Contest
"At Illinois State University's Redbird Arena Saturday, four girls competed for the Queen of the Hill award for the best three-point shooter in high school in Illinois. Each girl is a champion in her school's division. Lee won the 3A division Friday afternoon."

Tom Wendorg
Tom Wendorf Candidate for Trustee 6 Year Term College of DuPage
"I am a first time candidate for office and am running for Trustee of College of DuPage.  As I am an unknown in political and press circles, I have prepared a brief bio and some position statements based on the candidate questionnaire sent me by the Daily Herald.  I am also including a photograph of myself.  I appeared at the Elmhurst and Wheaton League of Women Voters Candidate Forum in the last 2 weeks,  and those statements are available on line.  My website also contains statements of issues and actions for the public reference."
More trains to hit EJ&E next week
"A pair of CN trains will make an inaugural run through enemy territory Tuesday on the EJ&E Railway.  The Canadian National Railway announced Friday it would start putting more trains on the "J" next week."
Dist. 303 residents bombarded with pros, cons of April referendum
"St. Charles Unit District 303's $114 million referendum is either the right-sized improvement during a tough economic time, or a waste of money that does little to improve education other than having nice buildings.  Those are the competing messages voters must sift through during the next several weeks before they cast a ballot in April."
Conference highlights diverse range of homeschooling
"Although homeschooling is largely associated with religious conservatives, it's a growing field, with almost as many reasons for parents to teach their own children as there are homeschooling families.  The InHome Conference promotes "Illinois nonsectarian homeschooling options for a meaningful education," and Amish or Mennonite men with jawline beards, Muslim women with their heads covered and dads in polo shirts and khaki pants all blend into a crowd of all races and classes."
West Chicago City 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"
West Chicago School District 33 Announces Kindergarten Registration for 2009-2010
"Kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2009 and live within the boundaries of West Chicago Elementary School District 33, will take place during the month of April at each neighborhood elementary school."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 6 Mar 09
  1. KEPLER: THE SEARCH IS ON FOR EARTH-2.
  2. THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE: IS THE UNIVERSE DESIGNED FOR LIFE?
  3. STEM CELLS: RESTRICTIONS ON FEDERAL FUNDING ARE LIFTED.
  4. RESEARCH STIMULUS: AN INCREASE IN SHOVAL-READY SCIENCE.
  5. "CONSCIENCE" RULE: OBAMA VOIDS ANTIABORTION POLICY.
Mercy Corps says millions left at risk in Darfur - The Oregonian
"About 2.5 million people there have been living on international aid channeled largely through relief organizations and the United Nations. They are no longer able to farm or work, and the exodus of aid agencies will leave many without food, potable water and health care, Keny-Guyer says."
1930s Unemployment vs. Today: It's About People, Not Percentages - Seeking Alpha
"The number of people affected at the peak of the depression was 13.5 million unemployed vs today's official number of 11.6 million. Eleven million six hundred thousand human beings unemployed is within a dangerously short distance of the worst number the Great Depression ever printed ..."
The media's tax fraud - Media Matters
"When is a tax cut for 98 percent of taxpayers portrayed as a tax increase? When some of the small handful of people whose taxes will go up happen to control the nation's news media.  Last week, President Obama unveiled a budget outline that extends the Bush tax cuts for all but the top two percent of taxpayers and makes permanent a tax credit of up to $800 for low- and middle-income workers that was included in the recent stimulus package, among other tax cuts."

 

06 Mar

 
Stewart's CNBC takedown - Attytood
I break with my normal policy of putting strictly local items at the top because this is just good stuff on possibly the most important news item of the last several years... a true "Must Read."  The original Daily Show segment is at the bottom. - Bob
DUAL LANGUAGE OPEN HOUSE MARCH 17
"A Dual Language information meeting and Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at 6:00 PM at Gary School, 130 E. Forest Avenue, West Chicago. Following a presentation on Dual Language, parents of children participating in the program as well as Dual Language teachers and program directors will be on hand to answer questions."
Food Drive Aims to Help Neighbors in Need
"When the going gets tough, West Chicagoans get going. A special food drive has been coordinated by the not-for-profit group 4 the People to assist those in need. The local organization contacted various West Chicago government entities to participate in a once weekly collection of non-perishable food supplies for three area food pantries that serve the community."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
Bid to Oust Senator Fails in Illinois - NY Times
"... Illinois Republicans pressed for his removal, drawing up plans to hold an election before his term expires in January 2011. But Democrats were leery.  On Thursday, a State Senate committee rejected the plan 3 to 2 along party lines. Political experts say efforts to unseat Mr. Burris now seem highly unlikely to succeed."
Rep. Foster Votes to Keep Families in Their Homes
“I have seen firsthand the impact of the housing crisis on the families of the 14th District.  In towns across the district, foreclosure rates are on the rise, and we must act now so that responsible families who have played by the rules can stay in their homes,”
Roskam's Cap-And-Trade Crusade - Progress Illinois
"Cap-and-trade is something that is going to have an impact on every American and every product that they use or every service that they use. We had a witness—ironically, it was a Democratic witness that was before the Ways and Means Committee last week, Dr. Hansen I believe—who says, “Let’s not call this cap-and-trade, call it what it is: tax-and-trade.” It is a broad tax that is going to run into a lot of opposition I think in the House of Representatives."
Illinois
Senate
Republicans
Voters denied opportunity to vote in special election
""Citizens have lost confidence in the traditional appointment process based on the conduct of former Governor Rod Blagojevich," Deputy Senate Republican Leader Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said. "The only way to rebuild their faith is to allow the voters to make the decision on who represents us in the nation's Capitol.""
DUPAGE
DEM PARTY
IT IS TIME FOR MORE CHANGE
"As a 22 year resident of Unincorporated Winfield Township, I have witnessed first hand the quantity and quality of work that is performed by the Township Road Department and the use of the Road Department’s budget - and I have issues.  As a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois, 18 years as a Civil Engineer by trade, I believe I have the knowledge and expertise to challenge the present Highway Commissioner and the qualifications to carry out the duties of the Township Highway Commissioner."
Festival of Peace Begins Today in Surat - The Times of India
"Pastor Sanjeev Christian of Festival of Peace Committee said, "The festival is organised for establishing peace in the world and its people. Special prayers
will be offered for terrorism, wars and the natural disasters, which are posing great danger to the mankind."  Reverend Cecil David said, "This is first time the city is going to witness such a festival. We are expecting participation of thousands of people.""
Piecemeal Layoffs Avoid Warning Laws... New York Times
"I.B.M. is one such company. It reported surprisingly strong quarterly profits in January, and in an e-mail message to employees, Samuel J. Palmisano, the chief executive, said that while other companies were cutting back, his would not. “Most importantly, we will invest in our people,” he wrote.  But the next day, more than 1,400 employees in I.B.M.’s sales and distribution division in the United States and Canada were told their jobs would be eliminated in a month."
CNBC won't talk after Jon Stewart rips network in wake of Santelli cancellation - Chicago Tribune
"Stewart then turned to CNBC itself, airing a selection of clips from personalities like Jim Cramer giving opinions and predictions about the economy that in retrospect looked spectacularly ill-informed.  "If I had only followed CNBC's advice, I'd have a million dollars today," Stewart said, "provided I'd started with $100 million.""
The 14 Characteristics of Fascism - Free Inquiry magazine
[With the ranting about "socialism" echoing thru Hate Radio, I thought this list is something we all should be familiar with. - Bob]
Fiore has three recent items on the bank meltdown ...
Unopened claims letters hidden at VA offices - Army Times
"Unprocessed and unopened mail was just one problem in VA claims processing mentioned by Belinda Finn, VA’s assistant inspector general for auditing, in testimony before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.  Auditors also found that the dates recorded for receiving claims, which in many cases determine the effective date for benefits payments, are wrong in many cases because of intentional and unintentional errors, Finn said."

 

05 Mar

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 05 March 2009
"At the Monday, March 2, 2009 meeting, the City Council, with a 7-6 vote, passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a certain memorandum of agreement with the Grand Trunk Corporation... At the end of the discussion and vote, the general consensus was, “The trains are coming to town,” beginning Wednesday, March 4, 2009, but how many and when was up in the air and not on the rails."
Referendum Will Expand Middle School
"As we stated above, if the referendum does not pass, once the bonds from Currier and Wegner Schools are totally paid off, the bond and interest rate will eventually drop to zero, so residents will not be paying these amounts, but they will continue to pay property tax to D-33."
Museum Hosts Traveling Exhibit
"The West Chicago City Museum, located in downtown West Chicago at 132 Main Street, will host a traveling exhibit from Changing Worlds, a Chicago-based educational arts nonprofit, Monday, March 2, 2009 through Saturday, March 14, 2009."
Suburban officials seek changes after CN fight
"CN did announce it had reached a deal with West Chicago, a town that will see a significant increase in train traffic. CN has agreed to help create quiet zones, build safety fencing, train emergency responders and work on noise mitigation in the city."
[Considerably better coverage of this is available at Merle's column this week. - Bob]
Earthtimes
London,UK
CN reaches mitigation agreement for EJ&E acquisition with with West Chicago, Illinois
"CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) announced today an agreement with the City of West Chicago, Ill., addressing the municipality's concerns with CN's acquisition of the principal lines of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Company (EJ&E). CN completed its EJ&E acquisition on Jan. 31, 2009."
Dead Sea scrolls headed for public museum - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"An exhibit of the legendary Dead Sea scrolls will appear at the Milwaukee Public Museum in late 2009 or early 2010, museum officials confirmed Thursday. The scrolls date to about the middle of the first century B.C.  Museum spokeswoman Mary Bridges said that the museum is in the process of determining exactly what artifacts will appear in the exhibit and would not give the exhibit a name or say where the artifacts will come from."
A 2nd State Lets Doctors Lend Help in Suicide - NY Times
"Washington’s law is essentially identical to the one in Oregon, the only other state that allows doctors to prescribe lethal medications. It is the first in the country since the Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that states had a right to adopt such measures."
Ford debt offer could put off "day of reckoning"... Globe Investor
""Every company out there is doing some version of this, so it's not surprising," said Jeff Given, a portfolio manager at John Hancock in Boston, where he manages fixed-income assets, including Ford bonds. "If you can put off the day of reckoning longer, that makes sense."  "This puts them in a stronger financial position going forward, allows them to convert the debt to equity and helps recapitalize the entity," Given said."
In past 2 years, 87 million in U.S. went uninsured - Reuters
"A third of Americans under age 65 -- 86.7 million people -- went without health insurance at some point during the past two years, according to a report released Wednesday.  The report from the advocacy group Families USA showed that the lack of access to health insurance in the United States is more widespread than government statistics suggest."

 

04 Mar

 
Merle's Column will be Posted Tomorrow.
I had a run-in with Bambi and a few of his homies on the way from Hurley, WI to WC ... Persons wishing to pay their respects will find him east of Rockford on the side of the expressway.  Three got away clean and I suspect a fourth is limping.  I don't feel like finishing this update tonight.  Sorry.  - Bob
New trains coming? Not today, says CN
"The company is not ready to start diverting trains from its clogged Chicago tracks just yet, Waldron said. Some CN trains are moving along those lines, but none have been diverted from Chicago, he said.  Waldron emphasized that CN anticipates a three-year changeover, slowly moving more and more trains from Chicago to the suburbs."
Anglican diocese to defy ban, perform same-sex blessings - The National Post
"The Diocese of Ottawa has said it will perform same-sex blessings, becoming the first Canadian Anglican diocese to make such a move since a ban was imposed on the practice by the international church.
Obama: Bush government tried to undermine unions... KNAU
""We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests," Obama said in prepared remarks for a video address to the executive board of the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor federation, meeting in Miami."
Bush's executive tyranny - LA Times
"In the course of such operations, according to the Office of Legal Counsel, the military was free to ignore 4th Amendment prohibitions on illegal search and seizure and to engage in warrantless wiretapping. 1st Amendment protections of free speech also could be suspended at the chief executive's directive, according to these opinions, and the president has the power to abrogate any international treaty at will."
 

03 Mar

 

West Chicago
High School
Reminder:
SOPHOMORE PARENT NIGHT 2009
March 11th, 2009 at 7 pm.in Weyrach Auditorium
Survey from the “Center for Prevention Research and Development”
PARENTS. On Wednesday, March 4th, all students at CHS will be taking a short survey from the Center for Prevention Research and Development on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.  The survey is part of an intergovernmental agreement that CHS has with Breaking Free as part of a social norms campaign.  The survey will be given in advisories. The survey is voluntary and the answers are anonymous.  Results will be used as part of an ongoing assessment of the campaign.  If you DO NOT wish your child to take this survey, please contact Jon Nichols at (630) 897-1003 to get a form to opt out.  Thank you. Any questions, please contact Assistant Principal Gail Aronoff at 630-876-6310
A perfect idea for Obama: Sustainable and Free Stimulus
"Unfortunately, for the past month Speaker Pelosi has chosen to waste time trying to convince the American people of the stimulative impact of programs to save the habitat of a San Francisco Bay area salt marsh mouse, instead of easily saving thousands of jobs right here in Illinois with one simple vote in the House of Representatives."
[The "salt marsh mouse" item has been thoroughly shown to be a lie... see CNN's Dobbs and Pilgrim, Fox's Hannity also get caught in GOP's mouse trap - Bob]
Suburban lawmakers see hope in Obama's speech - Daily Herald
"While he faced "boos," grunts and groans at times from the GOP side of the House chamber, Republican U.S. representatives Mark Kirk of Highland Park, Peter Roskam of Wheaton, Don Manzullo of the Rockford area and Judy Biggert of Hinsdale said they were encouraged by elements of the new president's ambitious agenda. "
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"... fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of:
Sergeant Schuyler B. Patch, United States Army - Hometown: Kewanee, Illinois"
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"... to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Sergeant Scott B. Stream, United States Army - Hometown: Mattoon, Illinois"
Christians’ plea to parties - The Hindu
"Reaffirming the community’s commitment to secularism and democracy, the memorandum urges political parties to use the election as an opportunity to halt the trend of religious, caste and gender intolerance."
Labor leader discusses union, Democratic party at Illinois StateU-Wire.com
"Matejka said President Obama has already pledged his support for the Employee Free Choice Act, which will make it easier for employees to join, create or assist in labor organizations.  "What a lot of businesses do is when they hear about unions trying to organize, they find out who the ring-leaders are and they fire those people," he said."
Office of Legal Counsel Memoranda  - Department of Justice
"Due to public interest in this matter, the Department of Justice is releasing these documents in an inaccessible format. Accessible versions will be posted as soon as possible. If you have a disability and the format of any material on the site interferes with your ability to access some information, please email the Department of Justice webmaster at webmaster@usdoj.gov."
 

02 Mar

 
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Mar 02- Mar 08

Fri

6:00 PM

City Council (3/2/09)

 

7:00 PM

Building For 21st Century Learners

 

7:30 PM

WCCHS Winter Band '03

 

8:30 PM

WCCHS Winter Choir '01

CN should stick to the deal
"Unfortunately, its move last week calls into question how good a partner CN wants to be. The fact that they could start moving more freight trains onto those tracks as early as Wednesday and the affected communities don't yet know at what times they will move also makes us wonder about CN's role as a partner."
Lambs Arrive At Kline Creek Farm
"Two ewes each delivered a set of twins early on the morning of February 20. Each set of twins contains one ram and one ewe. “Twins are pretty common in the sheep world,” according to Keith McClow, Facility Supervisor at Kline Creek Farm. “Generally about half of all lambs born are either twins or triplets.”"
"Stories in Stitches" in West Chicago
"Also stitching a patriotic theme is the quilt, “God Bless America,” on loan from John Klingberg, and created by his grandmother, Kathryn Beardsley; his mother, Esther Beardsley Klingberg; and his aunt, Bernice Beardsley Springer."
Foster Votes to Block Congressional Pay Raise
"Today, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) released the following statement after voting to block a Congressional pay raise.  The provision was included in the rule for the Omnibus Appropriations Act (H. Res. 184).  Foster is also a co-sponsor of legislation to stop the automatic pay raise Members of Congress were set to receive in 2010.  "
Sen. Roland Burris Launches Reelection Site - Buzz Flash
"The site has got all the important stuff taken care of -- you can contribute to the campaign, sign up to volunteer, join an e-mail list and "tell a friend." However, for a man as eager as Burris is to tell the world about all the great stuff he's done, we were somewhat surprised to see the "Accomplishments" page totally blank."
BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO ESTABLISH PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT FOR RENEWABLE BIOGAS
"“While gas prices have declined since the highs of last summer, it is important this Congress and nation not lose sight of the great need to become independent of foreign sources of energy,” said Roskam.  “Incentivizing biogas production is a perfect example of sustainable policies which will help diversify our sources of domestic energy while promoting a cleaner environment.”"
FBI spies chill speech and faith, Muslims say - Los Angeles Times
"... last week, it became the most publicized mosque in California with disclosures that the FBI sent an informant there to spy and collect evidence of jihadist rhetoric and other allegedly extremist acts by an Orange County man who attended prayers there."
Labor Lobby Enjoys a Return to Prominence... CQ Politics
"Long a powerful constituency within the Democratic Party, union leaders relish the prospect of playing an influential role in Congress and the Obama administration.  Wilson’s union, which spent more than $1 million on federal lobbying last year, is placing particular emphasis on a measure to make it easier for unions to recruit new members. Health care and immigration are also high on labor’s agenda."
CIA Destroyed Nearly 100 Interrogation Tapes
"The letter, dated March 2 to Judge Alvin Hellerstein, says the CIA is now gathering more details for the lawsuit, including a list of the destroyed records, any secondary accounts that describe the destroyed contents, and the identities of those who may have viewed or possessed the recordings before they were destroyed.  But the lawyers also note that some of that information may be classified, such as the names of CIA personnel that viewed the tapes."

 

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:"

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