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30 April


West Chicago
High School
"Sgt. Zepeda and members from the West Chicago Police Department will be talking to parents about Gang Awareness and how parents can learn the early signs of gang and drug involvement."
St. Charles schools to host suicide summits
"With six student suicides in the past seven years, St. Charles Unit District 303 is turning to the community for help in forming a new approach to reaching out to troubled students."
DuPage County superintendents to discuss swine flu
"The DuPage Regional Office of Education is hosting the meeting with administrators from the county’s 42 school districts as well as officials with the DuPage County Health Department.  While no reports of illness have surfaced in DuPage County schools, administrators want to ensure they are on the same page in the event of an outbreak, said Regional Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti."
3 Chicago-area schools close down over swine flu fears
"School administrators said they were tracking student sniffles and coughs, monitoring attendance and scrubbing doorknobs and desks. From Elmhurst to West Chicago, school nurses contacted students who were absent to ask about their symptoms and recent travel."
Concerned with Growing Debt, Foster Votes Against Democratic Budget
"However, I cannot support the budget because I remain concerned that this bill needs to do more than to begin reducing the deficit – it also needs to lay the path towards paying down the debt.  There is a danger in increasing the debt passed down to our children, and we need to balance the spending contained in the recovery package with tough economic measures."
Foster Votes for Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights
"“This bipartisan bill protects our families from unfair credit card practices like retroactive interest hikes on existing balances and due-date gimmicks,” said Foster.  “I am proud to stand with President Obama and the National Federation of Independent Business on this critical issue in these harsh economic times with unemployment at or above 10% in Kane and Kendall Counties.”"
[Rep Roskam had nothing on his website on his position on this bill opposed by the elite Wall Street Bankers. - Bob]
Atheists target UK schools - The Daily Telegraph
"The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (AHS) plans to launch a recruitment drive this summer.  Backed by professors Richard Dawkins and AC Grayling, the initiative aims to establish a network of atheist societies in schools to counter the role of Christianity."
Union wants gov't to let customs agents wear masks... Charlotte Observer
" A labor union wants the federal government to let border officers wear masks and other protective gear while checking travelers who might have been exposed to swine flu.  Customs and Border Protection officers carry masks in their pockets and put them on only when they encounter someone with swine flu symptoms."
Tapping your cell phone - You Tube
"13 Investigates explains how your cell phone can be secretly hijacked and used against you - and how to protect yourself. "

29 April


West Chicago
High School
Board Briefs - 28 April 2009
"Elected President is John Jensen – a veteran Board member with six years of service. Kathe Doremus, with two years of Board service, was selected as Vice President. Newly-seated Board member Dirk Gunderson was elected to the position of Secretary. Gary Saake, who has served as the District’s Treasurer for the last two years, will continue in that capacity."
Spring Spectacular - Sponsored by WDSRA
"Spring wouldn’t be complete without a night of dancing with your friends! Good music, great friends, dancing, socializing and snacks make this night complete! Come ready to move and groove in your favorite outfit!"
STCE Crash Simulation Postponed
"Due to the forecast of rain we will need to postpone our crash simulation scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday). We will try to reschedule this event for a day in May.  We needed to make this early call the schedules of the fire and policemen. The forecast calls for rain all day with flooding.  Sorry for the inconvenience."
Swine Flu Information/Precautions
"There is growing concern about Swine Flu because of confirmed cases elsewhere in the United States and in Mexico... Closer to our homes in District 303, the situation is being closely watched by the Kane County Health Department, DuPage County Health Department, District 303 Administration and our school nursing staff.
Premiere: "War/No More Trouble"  - Playing for Change
"This is the fourth Song Around The World video released from the CD/DVD Playing For Change: Songs Around The World and the follow up to the classics "Stand By Me," "One Love" and "Don't Worry." This unforgetable track was performed by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it traveled the globe. "
West Chicago man charged with beating son to death
"Investigators say Gustavo Torres-Medel, 25, of 237 W. Brown St., beat his 3 1/2-month-old son about the head early Monday, April 27 morning after the child began crying and would not drink from his bottle. Torres-Medel allegedly grabbed the infant under his arms, squeezed and shook him and threw him into a child carrier, investigators said."
Child beaten: West Chicago man held without bail in beating death
"Torres-Medel became enraged and frustrated and then slapped him numerous times across the face and grabbed him by the torso and shook him, he told police."
Radioactive cleanup of DuPage River likely delayed
"A $500 million effort to remove radioactive material along a waterway in western DuPage County will likely be delayed after the company responsible for the cleanup filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, local and federal officials said."
West Chicago (Suburb) IL practice for sale
"16 year chiropractic/physical therapy practice collecting $1,373,200.00. Dr take home before taxes $662,523.00. 424 new patients. 10,956 total visits. Beautifully equipped – exceptionally staffed. All systems and procedures are in place – ready made for easy transition."
Pastors push pot for patients - Chicago Tribune
""Medical marijuana is an issue of mercy and compassion,” said the Rev. Bill Pyatt of the First United Methodist Church of Carthage. “It is the job of religious leaders to give voice to those who cannot speak up for themselves. We pray that the Illinois legislature will have the compassion to stop this war on patients.”"
Clear Channel Cutting 590 Radio Jobs -
"Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, said Tuesday it is cutting 590 jobs, including some on-air personalities, in its second round of mass layoffs this year amid pressure from the recession and evaporating advertising budgets.  Clear Channel's parent company, CC Media Holdings Inc., also said it will suspend its 401(k) match for all employees for the rest of the year, starting Friday."
Chrysler makes progress in Fiat talks-memo -
"The U.S. Treasury Department has reached an agreement with Chrysler's largest creditors to cancel $6.9 billion of debt in exchange for $2 billion in cash, Nardelli confirmed in a memo to staff obtained by Reuters."
Fox News: 100 days of "opposition" to Obama - Media Matters
Fox News has gone to tremendous lengths mainstreaming the sometimes violent, revolutionary doomsday rhetoric of the far right, which used to be confined to the extremist fringe. Appealing directly to the feelings of anger and anti-Obama paranoia in its own audience, Fox hosts have become louder and meaner than anything whispered in the shadows of previous presidencies."


28 April


District Provides Swine Flu Information
"District 33 wants you to be aware of the existence of swine flu, and help reduce the spread of this virus by taking proper precautions. Attached to this email you will find information provided by the DuPage County Health Department about the steps you can take to prevent contracting swine flu."

West Chicago
High School
West Chicago Wins Illinois Personal Finance Challenge!
"Community High School in West Chicago earned First Place in the first Illinois Personal Finance Challenge State Finals, a program of Econ Illinois. The event, held April 21st at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, involved nearly 80 high school students competing for the Championship title."
West Chicago man charged with killing 3-month-old son
"Prosecutors said Torres-Medel fatally beat his 3-month-old son, Gustavo Jr., early Monday while baby-sitting him alone on the 200 block of West Brown Street. They said Torres-Medel grew incensed when the fussy baby refused his bottle and kept crying."
COD trustee files more complaints with election board
"As for the $800 contribution Wessel made to Kim's campaign, Atkinson claims that was improper because her campaign committee originally filed paperwork saying that it wouldn't participate in the election. "She said she wasn't participating and then she did," he said.  State election officials said it will take at least several weeks to investigate all the complaints."
Bracing for swine flu
" Will the new version of swine flu get to Illinois and the Chicago suburbs? It's less a matter of "if" than a question of "when," says John Cicero, executive director of the Will County Health Department.  But just how much we should let that worry us, and what we should do about it, are bigger questions, say local health care experts."
More complaints filed in COD election
""If she wanted to make a contribution after filing a non-participation report, what she needed to do was file another report, saying she changed her mind," said Atkinson, adding that the purpose of the law is to provide the public with information about who's running for what, and where their funds are coming from."
Corruption-busting prosecutor will stay
""We are fortunate Patrick Fitzgerald has agreed to continue his service as U.S. attorney in the Northern District," Durbin said in a letter to Illinois congressmen.  The announcement came as no surprise, with Durbin saying last November he would recommend another term if Fitzgerald wanted it."
Foster Accepting SAFETEA-LU Applications
"Rep. Bill Foster is now accepting applications for SAFETEA-LU priority projects.  Applications must be received by Foster's office by May 1, 2009.  To download an application, please click the link on the right of the page."
Reform Commission Releases 100-Day Report
"The Illinois Reform Commission issued its 100-Day report on Tuesday, which highlighted a variety of ethics reform proposals in six fundamental areas: Government Structure, Campaign Finance, Procurement, Enforcement; Transparency, Inspiring Better Government "
After 10 Years and 2,000 Deaths, China Still Presses Its Crusade Against Falun Gong - NY Times
"The drive against the spiritual group has eliminated its leadership, decimated the ranks of faithful and convinced many Chinese that the group is an “evil cult,” as the government contends. But 10 years on, the war on Falun Gong remains unfinished."
First step in GM, Chrysler bankruptcy would be negotiating concessions with workers, dealers, suppliers... Cleveland Live
"If negotiations between the United Auto Workers and the companies broke down, the automakers could ask the court to void their contracts. In some cases, companies have gone into restructuring specifically to break labor unions, said Cleveland State University law professor Thomas Buckley."
How ’07 ABC Interview Tilted a Torture Debate  - NY Times
"During the heated debate in 2007 over the use of waterboarding and other techniques, Mr. Kiriakou’s comments quickly ricocheted around the media. But lost in much of the coverage was the fact that Mr. Kiriakou had no firsthand knowledge of the waterboarding: He was not actually in the secret prison in Thailand where Mr. Zubaydah had been interrogated but in the C.I.A. headquarters in Northern Virginia."
Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate - NY Time
"But a document filed in a federal lawsuit demonstrates that even as the coalition worked to sway opinion, its own scientific and technical experts were advising that the science backing the role of greenhouse gases in global warming could not be refuted.  “The scientific basis for the Greenhouse Effect and the potential impact of human emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 on climate is well established and cannot be denied,” the experts wrote in an internal report compiled for the coalition in 1995."

27 April


West Chicago
High School
Swine Flu Update
"We wanted to assure you that Community High School District 94 has a plan in place that coincides with the recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should an outbreak occur locally. It is important to remember that there have been no cases of swine flu reported in Illinois."
West Chicago Public Access Playback - April 27- May 3


6:00 PM

COD Images


6:30 PM

COD Inside Studio 180


7:00 PM

Spring Concerts


9:00 PM

Mannenchor Dorfen

Upcoming Artist in Residency Program
"For a second consecutive year, the West Chicago City Museum, in collaboration with artINcorporators, will bring a compelling Artist in Residency Program to downtown West Chicago. This year the program will feature the internationally exhibited New York-based artist, Jorge Rojas, who will work with the West Chicago community to create and influence a unique multimedia art project, My space: West Chicago."
No salary increase for state legislators
"That's why we are sure that all the House Republicans and anyone else who votes against these salary increases will decline them if their efforts fail.  If not, then this was just a political ploy that means nothing in the end. And for future raises, we think the procedure should change. Automatic increases should be abolished. There has to be a better way."
Don't forget what COD board did - Richard Jarman, Glen Ellyn
"Thus did they take one final opportunity to thumb their noses at the community that had voiced its disapproval of this board by its emphatic defeat of the two incumbents who bothered to run.  Now the work of the new board will be hamstrung even before it is able to begin its work to repair the damage wreaked by the old one."
In Mexico, returned American students struggle to assimilate
"Just as American teachers struggle to integrate foreign students into their classrooms, Mexican teachers are finding it a challenge to incorporate students who might share the same last names and heritage but are American in their mentality and experiences."
["Multilingual Chicago Speaks" seems to have recycled back to Chicago via Baltimore. - Bob]
Foster Introduces Bill to Allow Military Retirees to Provide for their Special Needs Children
"“Right now, military retirees cannot designate their survivor annuities in a blind trust fund for their special needs children,” said Foster.  “My bill simply gives our military retirees the same legal tools that other government workers have to protect their special needs children.”"
Foster Accepting Congressional Page Applications
"He will nominate one High School Junior to the second session of the summer program in Washington, DC, which runs from July 5 through August 1.  Pages assist Members of Congress with their legislative duties, deliver correspondence and small packages within the congressional complex, answer phones in the Member cloakrooms and prepare the House Floor for sessions. "
No Word From I.R.S. on Protest by Pastors - Associated Press
"The goal of a Sept. 28 event called Pulpit Freedom Sunday was to start a legal fight and ultimately overturn regulations that prevent places of worship from supporting or opposing candidates for office. But a conservative legal group that organized the effort says the agency has yet to notify the churches of any investigation."
Chrysler gets labor deals in fight for survival - Macon Telegraph
"The smallest of the three major U.S.-based automakers cleared two major hurdles on Sunday in its quest for survival, agreeing on a concession agreement with negotiators for the United Auto Workers and winning ratification of its cost-cutting deal with the Canadian Auto Workers."
GOP Know-Nothings Fought Pandemic Preparedness - The Nation
"When House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey, the Wisconsin Democrat who has long championed investment in pandemic preparation, included roughly $900 million for that purpose in this year's emergency stimulus bill, he was ridiculed by conservative operatives and congressional Republicans."
In Attempt To Placate The Right Wing, Collins and Specter Endorsed Pandemic Flu Funding Cut - Think Progress
"Rep. David Obey (D-WI) included the pandemic preparation funding in the package because he believed "that a pandemic hitting in the midst of an economic downturn could turn a recession into something far worse." ... in attempting to oppose and discredit the economic recovery package, conservatives in the media and Republicans in congress aligned themselves around a strategy that amounted to "snickering at stuff that they think sounds funny." Unfortunately, this "snickering" at funding priorities had very real impacts."

25&26 April

Government sets up Swine Flu Website
[With the sensationalism and lack of accuracy of the main stream media, this is a great idea. - Bob]
Wheaton church program helps families in West Chicago thrive
"Wheaton Bible Church in West Chicago founded the ministry last fall with an anonymous donation of $100,000. Church members started by talking with community leaders to assess local needs. The result is Puente del Pueblo, which opened in October."
Foundation gives $40,000 to St. Charles schools
"The latest giving brings the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation's fundraising total to nearly $1 million since its inception in 1992.  This year, there were 17 grants altogether."
St. Vincent de Paul thrift store strives to provide in hard economic times
"Shoppers can come into the West Chicago thrift store and purchase donated goods at relatively low prices. After overhead costs are covered, Thomas said, the proceeds of those sales go to catholic churches in DuPage County and are available for the needy."
Library district to fill vacant seats
"The slate for West Chicago Library District board of trustees was empty during the April municipal election because no candidate filed with the DuPage County Election Commission before the February election deadline.  The current board will appoint trustees to fill the vacant slots during the Monday, April 27 board meeting according to Melody Coleman, administrative librarian for the district."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 24 Apr 09
Presbyterians vote against gay clergy - Washington Times
"But the margin of defeat -- the final tally has yet to be determined -- is already guaranteed to be much closer than in previous years. That is encouraging for gay clergy supporters and concerning to opponents, with both sides expecting the issue to be revisited in the future."
Baptisms dip again in S. Baptist churches - Washington Times
"The continued decline in the number of followers reflects a trend in other mainline Protestant churches. Non-denominational churches are gaining and the ranks of those unaffiliated with a church are growing."
Ford may be able to dodge U.S. bailout... Daily News-Sun
"Better-than-expected earnings from Ford raised hopes Friday that the automaker's restructuring and new products may be enough to spare it from a federal bailout, while General Motors received more government help and Chrysler raced to avoid bankruptcy."
Keith Olbermann Offers Sean Hannity $1000 For Every Second He Can Endure Waterboarding - Crooks and Liars
"You'll do it for charity? For the troops families? I'll take you up on that Sean. For every second you last, $1000. Live or on tape provided other networks cameras are there. $1000 a second Sean because this is no game. This is serious stuff. Put your money where your mouth is, and your nose. And I'll double it when you admit you feared for your life. When you admit the horrible truth. Waterboarding, a symbol of the last administration, is torture."
Ex-CIA Official: Agency Brass Lied to Congress About Interrogations - The Public Record
""A CIA employee of two decades, McCarthy became convinced that 'CIA people had lied' in that briefing, as one of her friends said later, not only because the agency had conducted abusive interrogations but also because its policies authorized treatment that she considered cruel, inhumane or degrading," the Washington Post reported."



24 April


West Chicago
High School
Diana and Adriana Perez - PeaceBuilders of the Month for March 2009
"Diana and Adrian Perez are currently Juniors at Community High School. These twin sisters each received the PeaceBuilder Award for helping students, showing kindness to staff, and supporting local organizations. Both of these young ladies are to be commended for their constant desire and devotion to improving the sense of community here at We-Go."
Pioneer School Community Problem Solving Team Qualifies for International Competition
"A team of fourth and fifth grade students from Pioneer School in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 placed 1st in the Future Problem Solving state competition held this spring for their project, "Hug in a Bag"."
District 33 Foundation Announces Scholarship Raffle Winner
"Diana Gunderson of West Chicago won the scholarship. Only 201 tickets were sold this year - the $2,010.00 scholarship reflects the gross receipts of $4,020.00 being split between the winner and the Foundation according to the prize rules. Harvey Dollars, also of West Chicago, won the second prize of a $500.00 savings bond donated by DuPage National Bank"
Bison baby boom at Fermi
"Two new bison recently joined the herd at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and at least 10 more are expected to make entrances into the world soon.  And the public is encouraged to visit the newborns."
Community Calendar for week of April 23
Women’s classes “Women Who Wonder Why,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services office, 27W031 North Ave., West Chicago. Discussion of concerns and issues important to women. $25 per session. Pre-class consultation, $13. Register at (630) 231-7166.
Statewide, legislative ethics committees come together to discuss contract reforms
"Members of the Illinois Reform Commission organized by Governor Quinn came before the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Government Reform early this week to present their ideas for procurement reform.  The Illinois Reform Commission has been traveling throughout the state, gathering information and testimony from expert witnesses on ways to strengthen Illinois’ ethics and transparency laws."
Amendment Gives Religious Organizations Exemption To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling - Hartford Courant
"Lawmakers endorsed an amendment that allows religious organizations, associations and societies to effectively opt out of the requirements of the law. That means that a group such as the Knights of Columbus would not be required to rent out its function halls for same-sex wedding receptions. Nor would a Catholic priest be obligated to preside over such a union."
Outside View: Chrysler and capitalism - UPI
"If Chrysler went through Chapter 7 liquidation, its bank lenders could walk away with as much as 65 percent of what they are owed because Chrysler has some of the most efficient manufacturing facilities in North America, even if it lacks decent vehicle designs to make in them, and the Jeep trademark is worth a great deal stamped on vehicles and other items, like toys and T-shirts."
Aid for Students, Not Banks  - Higher Ed
"The president’s plan will save taxpayers $94 billion over 10 years by ending pointless subsidies to loan companies and using government funds to lend directly to students. Because loan repayment is guaranteed by the federal government, private lenders assume very little risk under the FFELP and yet are rewarded handsomely -- a subsidy that makes little economic sense"


23 April

Around and About in West Chicago - 23 April 2009
  • Adopt-A-Park Day
  • Tutor Training Workshops
  • St. Mary’s A.N.G.E.L.S presents “Shall We Dine? Shall We Dance?,”
  • Random Act of Kindness Challenge

West Chicago
High School
Student-of-the Month for March 2009
"The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Ryan Crawford for being chosen Student of the Month for March."
Interpreting Test Scores Parent Workshop
"Community High School is offering an “Interpreting Test Scores” Workshop on Tuesday, May 12th at 7 p.m. in Commons (Use Entrance H)."
Judge says murder suspect eligible for life in prison
"DuPage Circuit Judge Peter J. Dockery found Justice eligible Wednesday for up to a life prison term, rather than 20 to 60 years, because the crime was exceptionally brutal, heinous and cruel.  "This murder was premeditated, unprovoked, senseless ..." the judge said. "This was grossly ruthless and devoid of mercy. The evidence shows it was vicious and deliberate.""
Thousands in Kane, DuPage to receive one-time $250 check
"Congressman Bill Foster's office reported this week that $24.39 million in additional retirement and disability payments is headed to district residents this May.  People who receive Social Security, Railroad Retirement, Veterans' Disability or Supplementary Security Income benefits will receive the check."
DuPage board member's fundraiser raises some eyebrows
""It's a bit ironic that DuPage County Republicans are now welcoming the same Cook County people they criticized us DuPage Democrats for dealing with," said DuPage Democratic Party Chairman Bob Peickert.  The invitation to the fundraiser at Addison's La Hacienda names nine different union heads as the event's hosts. It refers to Puchalski as a board member and chairman of the transportation committee."
Group promotes cycling to Metra train stations
"A 1995 study of personal transportation showed that about 40 percent of all trips were less than two miles, or about 10 minutes by bicycle, according to  Every year, about 238 million gallons of gas are saved by bicyclists who ride instead of drive, according to the League of American Bicyclists, the national version of the group for which Thompson works."
Sandwich man eligible for life in jail
A 31-year-old man from Sandwich could spend life in prison for the murder of a St. Charles mother of four. On Wednesday, a judge found that the murder of 41-year-old Karen Hassan was exceptionally brutal or heinous, a condition that makes Bradley Justice eligible for a life sentence.
Elmbrook Schools Sued over Graduations at Elmbrook Church - 620WTMJ
"For nine years, the Elmbrook School District has had high school graduations at Elmbrook Church.  Now, an advocacy group is trying to stop them from holding the Brookfield Central and Brookfield East graduations there this year."
10 Most Important Obama Faith Moments - Slideshow, US News and World Report
  • Speaking to Muslim World From Turkey
  • Announcing Plans to Give Notre Dame's Commencement Address
  • Lifting Restrictions on Federally-Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Analyst sees bankrupt Chrysler ahead - Boston Globe
"Chrysler, propped up by $4 billion in federal loans, must erase most debt, get a new US labor agreement, and finish the Fiat alliance this month to qualify for as much as $6 billion in additional loans. Without the money, Chrysler officials have said, they probably will seek bankruptcy protection ... Chrysler still must reach an agreement with the United Auto Workers union to reduce US labor costs and pare its contributions to a retiree healthcare fund.
Top bailed-out firms have money for lobbying - Associated Press
"Failed insurance giant American International Group Inc. and banks Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. each reported spending more than $1 million to influence the government as they lived off federal money this year. AIG has gotten some $70 billion from the bailout fund -- including a fresh $30 billion infusion the government reported on Tuesday..."


22 April


Happy Earth Day!!

West Chicago
High School
Upcoming Adult Education Classes
  • FREE English as a Second Language Classes
  • Informe de Prensa Sobre Clases de ESL, Ciudadanía y GED
Norris Center Survey
"The Norris Center is in the process of developing a strategic plan.  The plan is to provide direction for the organization for the next three to five years.  The Norris Center would like to have broad input from the public and have developed a Cultural Arts Survey to collect the important views of the people in the Tri-cities area.  Please tell us your views!  The survey should take 10-15 minutes...  Click here for Norris Cultural Arts Survey"


  • Grilling and Barbeque Cooking
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Jim Guter Trio
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R) State Senator John Millner on unemployment
This is a short, minute and a half "You Tube" video, of the Senator talking about the high unemployment in Illinois.  Senator Millner represents West Chicago north of Hawthorne Lane.
Court hears woman's St. Charles slaying
"For the first time, DuPage County prosecutors made public Tuesday the heart-wrenching, 90-second audio recording of the Nov. 2, 2006, attack on the pizza delivery driver near West Chicago.  Prosecutors played the recording in court as they try to convince DuPage Circuit Judge Peter J. Dockery the slaying was exceptionally brutal and heinous. If so, Bradley M. Justice, 31, of Sandwich, faces a possible life prison sentence rather than a maximum of 60 years. Dockery might rule today."
Hastert reminisces on political career at AU
"... in his speaker days, Hastert could bring out hundreds of demonstrators -- but she was determined.  "Ninety percent of the things (Hastert) said were not representative of the people of this country," she said. "We want universal health care and Medicare for all."  But the lack of politics on display Tuesday drove home that Hastert's decades in politics are behind him."
Pizza delivery murder: Woman's dying words played in court
"The dying words of a St. Charles woman being beaten to death with a hammer were heard publicly for the first time Tuesday through a 90-second recorded telephone message.  Karen Hassan, 41, who arrived at a vacant firewood lot near West Chicago about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 2006, is heard asking, "What are you doing?""
Roskam Seeks Input on Health Reform - FaceBook
"Peter Roskam is at the Ways & Means Full Committee Hearing. Today's agenda: Health Reform in the 21st Century. What are your thoughts for strategies to reform the health insurance market to ensure greater accessibility and affordability?"
Pakistan: Two Christians Acquitted of 'Blasphemy' - Compass Direct
"James Masih, 67, and Buta Masih, 72, were accused of burning pages from the Quran in October 2006 and were also tried under an anti-terrorism law because their actions were deemed to have created fear and panic. In a case that drew crowds of Islamic fanatics, they were convicted on Nov. 25, 2006 of blaspheming Islam’s sacred book.  The pair has claimed from the start that the blasphemy charges were fabricated due to a dispute over a plot of land that a Muslim neighbor wanted James Masih to sell."
Unionized Quebec Wal-Mart workers get 1st contract - The Horn
"Some 200 workers at the store received their union accreditation in January 2005, but called on an arbitrator when contract negotiations with the retail giant stalled.  The new agreement includes a $0.30 per hour wage increase on a yearly basis, for the next two years, for current employees."
CREW to Congress: Revise and strengthen HR 1387, the Electronic Message Preservation Act - Citizens for Reponsibility and Ethics in Washington
"The Bush administration proved that without strong, comprehensive record keeping laws, records that rightfully belong to the American people may be permanently lost, preventing us from fully understanding our nation’s past."


21 April

Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R) John Millner Posts at FaceBook
"Met a lot of good people today. First at 7:30am at the Oak Brook Chamber where I got to meet and speak to an interesting group of people, then back to the Bloomingdale office where I met some interesting constituents, then late afternoon I was given the honor to speak to about 300 teachers, administrators, board members and union leaders in Schaumburg. Then drove down to Springfield to talk about the capitol plan."
Arbor Day
"This Friday will be Arbor Day in CT, DC, DE, IA, ID, , IN, KS, MA, MN, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, TX, UT, VA, WI and, of course, Illinois. Our Morton family heritage makes us keenly interested in your happy and successful Arbor Day celebrations.  I know all you Tree City USA communities have exciting plans. We are always interested in creative ideas for special celebrations so please share your successes after Arbor Day."
Promise Keepers evangelical group welcomes women for first time; conference starts in July - Minneapolis Star-Tribune
""It's time for Promise Keepers men to step up and honor women," Raleigh Washington, the group's president, said Monday. "We're going to heal the gender divide that exists in America."
In a shift, Obama doesn't plan to reopen NAFTA talks - Kansas City Star
"“The president has said we will look at all of our options, but I think they can be addressed without having to reopen the agreement,” said Ronald Kirk, the United States trade representative."
Boehm: It's Only Fair Congress Set Record Straight on Ethanol and Food... USAgNet
""These results of the CBO report came as no surprise to Farm Bureau," said American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Bob Stallman. "With so many fingers in the till between the farmer and consumer, there are numerous factors responsible for higher food prices, including labor expenses, energy costs, financial speculation, increased demand, weather production losses and the weak U.S. dollar.""
Crimes suspected in 20 bailout cases -- for starters - LA Times
"The disclosures reinforce fears that the hastily designed and rapidly changing bailout program run by the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve is going to carry a heavy price of fraud against taxpayers -- even as questions grow about its ability to stabilize the nation's financial system."

New Ways to Speak Out - Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
"Visitors to our website can now enter their address and be directed to a form that will send an e-mail to their legislator.  We launch the feature with a letter on a topic near and dear to our hearts -- campaign finance reform -- and plan to add new letters in the weeks ahead.  Customize the letter all you want; speak your mind.  Your concerns will be delivered directly to your legislators!"


20 April

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Apr 20- Apr 26
Wed 6:00 PM City Council (4/20/09)
  7:00 PM Mexican Heritage Days
  8:00 PM Spring Concerts
District 33 Foundation Announces $10,000 Scholarship Raffle
"The Foundation for Educational Excellence for West Chicago Elementary School District 33 continues ticket sales for its $10,000 college scholarship raffle. Tickets are $20.00 each and just 1,000 tickets will be sold through April 22, 2009. A second place prize of a $500 savings bond has been donated by DuPage National Bank."
Fertilizer & Weed Control April 25 & 26 Application Notice
"The following schools will receive a fertilizer and weed control application on any of the following dates: April 25 & 26, 2009: Administration Building, Thompson Middle School, Richmond, Haines Middle School.  Hours of application will be Dawn till Dusk  Inclement weather dates: May 2 & 3"
City of West Chicago Receives Commendation for Water Fluoridation
"The City of West Chicago’s Water Department has received a commendation from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for achieving the highest standard of compliance with the Illinois Fluoridation Act for the year 2008."
West Chicago crash: 3 people hurt in Illinois 59 collision
"Three people were hurt Sunday in a West Chicago crash, police said. About 1:30 a.m., a southbound car on Illinois Highway 59 swerved into the northbound lane near Glen Street and hit a pickup truck, police said."
West Chicago School District 33 Schools WeGo Together for Kids & CDH present their inaugural wellness walk “WeCan Walk Every Day”
"All students walked one mile during their PE class on Friday, April 17. Community leaders, CDH employees and Board of Education members walked along side students at all locations. The route comprised a virtual walking course across the US. Students will be encouraged to log more miles with their families throughout the weekend."
Congressional Art Competition Entry Deadline Pushed Back
"Rep. Bill Foster's office will continue to accept Congressional Art Competition entries until Friday, April 24, 2009... The office of Rep. Foster will choose one winning entry, which will be sent to Washington, D.C. to be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.
Sarah Palin: I Had to 'Walk the Walk' -
""There, just for a fleeting moment, I thought, I knew, nobody knows me here. Nobody would ever know. I thought, wow, it is easy. It could be easy to think maybe of trying to change the circumstances. No one would know. No one would ever know.""
[Hmmm... you mean she practiced "choice"? - Bob]
Eco-friendly jobs prove elusive... SignOn San Diego
"That's the rub of the emerging green economy: Its potential is widely praised, yet real-life opportunities for job seekers have been elusive. There are questions about how many new positions are really being created, and there's no unified timeline for the industry's growth."
Many taxpayers don't condone cheating - Accounting Web
"The vast majority of Americans, 81 percent, say that their personal integrity has a "great deal of influence" on whether they report and pay their taxes honestly – far more than their fear of an audit (36 percent) or information reporting to the IRS by third parties (40 percent)."



18&19 Apr

Former trustees split on COD's settlement offer
"Meanwhile, Herron and Mack's attorney Shawn Collins said taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill for McKinnon. When a DuPage County judge tossed McKinnon's suit in February he was also ordered to pay the women's legal fees accrued fighting his suit.  "We believe Mr. McKinnon ought to pay the fees he incurred because of his personal lawsuit," Herron said. "The college doesn't have to pay this, and I have no understanding why they'd want to.""
Thanks for your votes in District 94 - Gary Saake
"I cannot begin to explain how humbling it is to have even one person go to the polls and cast what our democracy holds most dear, a vote, for you. I'd also like offer my heartfelt thanks to the many individuals that helped with my campaign."
[It only took the Herald 10 days to get around to this.  I received and posted it on April 8th, the day after the election.  I wonder how many more they are sitting on because they haven't had the space. - Bob]
Sun-Times Media Group: More layoffs reported
""We are in a difficult fight for the future of our company, and our newspaper publications are clearly at stake," ... The parent of the Chicago Sun-Times filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 31. Its suburban newspapers include the Daily Southtown, Post-Tribune, Naperville Sun and Pioneer Press."
"“The Sixth District has a rich and diverse immigrant community,” said Roskam. “For families desiring to immigrate here legally, the process can be complicated and frustrating, but the outcome is well worth the effort. My office stands ready and willing to help.”"

[You are invited to read more and comment about Roskam and Immigration at the WegoNews - Discussion Group. - Bob]



Schakowsky: We Need "All Hands On Deck" To Push Green Agenda
"That effort is only made more difficult by Republican members of Congress such as John Shimkus and Peter Roskam who are working to distort the facts about this plan to curb carbon emissions."
[Recall April 9th item about $false $3100 price tag on Cap and Trade at Regaining Fiscal Responsibility. - Bob]
Top G.O.P. Consultant Endorses Gay Marriage - NY Times
"“There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex marriage,” Mr. Schmidt plans to say, according to speech excerpts obtained by CNN. “I believe conservatives, more than liberals, insist that rights come with responsibilities. No other exercise of one’s liberty comes with greater responsibilities than marriage.’”"
Secure Enough to Sin, Baghdad Revisits Old Ways - NY Times
"A young woman who said she was 28 but looked 18 sat smoking, and downing soft drinks while her “date” drank Scotch. A university student, she would give her name only as Baida, but she was frank about her nighttime profession. Had something happened to force her into this? “No,” she said. “I go out with men so I can get money.” To support her family? She seemed stunned by the question."
US drawing up national broadband plan - Space Mart
"Median US broadband speeds are less than 5.0 megabits per second (Mbps) -- capable of moving five million bits of data per second -- according to the ITIF, far slower than those of Japan (63 Mbps) and South Korea (49 Mbps)...  Australia earlier this week announced plans to build a 30-billion-dollar government-controlled national broadband network offering speeds of up to 100 Mbps to 90 percent of homes and businesses and 12 Mbps to the rest."


17 Apr

Kalchbrenner Family Opening Reception
"Artist and Gallery member Joanne Kalchbrenner introduces the talents of her niece Cecily Herby, nephew Evan Kalchbrenner and in-laws Barb and Joe Gugliotta in an eclectic exhibit that spans various media including photography, painted glass, origami, woodworking, jewelry and quilting."
Man admits to killing mom delivering pizzas in W. Chicago
"Bradley M. Justice admitted Thursday murdering a St. Charles single mom as she delivered pizzas near West Chicago in a brutal crime captured on audiotape."
D303 forms round-table to address problem of student suicides
"Six students in St. Charles Unit District 303 committed suicide since 2002, enough to sound a warning alarm to district staff that they are not reaching troubled students as well as they need to."
COD extends Breuder's contract three more years
""If he is truly doing a good job, he deserves it, but it's only been three months and you can't make an evaluation after just three months," she said. "The current board did not approve this in the best interest of the community.""
COD offers to settle women's lawsuits
"The College of DuPage has offered to cover almost all of the legal fees accrued by three former female trustees who accuse the outgoing board chairman of sexual harassment."
Man cops to 2006 murder in West Chicago
"Bradley Justice, 31, of Sandwich had been charged with the death of Karen Hassan, a 41-year-old pizza delivery driver who was robbed and killed. Justice pleaded guilty to one count of first degree murder."
Parents urge more action on suicides
"There have been six suicides of St. Charles School District students in the last seven years. Since 2005, four St. Charles East High students have committed suicide, according to school officials."
Schillerstrom plans to run for governor
"County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom and State's Attorney Joe Birkett have all but said they're running for the seat, joining two other GOP contenders: state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and former Illinois Chamber of Commerce Director Doug Whitley."
Man admits to West Chicago pizza delivery murder
"A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the 2006 beating death of a pizza delivery woman that was captured on a cell phone recording."
Pizza delivery killing: Sandwich resident pleads guilty to brutal attack near West Chicago
"Assistant DuPage County State's Atty. Robert Berlin said he will ask Judge Peter Dockery to rule that Hassan's slaying was exceptionally brutal and heinous, which under state statutes allows a sentencing judge to extend a possible prison sentence to 100 years or natural life."


Harris Brings Financial Literacy for Money Smart Week
"Additionally, Harris has partnered with DuPage County and the DuPage Community Foundation to offer two Money Smart Kid Scholarships of $1,000 for DuPage County Residents.  Money Smart Week workshops will be held in ... West Chicago ..."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
" to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, United States Army - Hometown: Davenport, Iowa, in the Quad Cities region of Iowa and Illinois"
Capitol Connection
  • Illinois' shuttered historic sites to reopen
  • Medicaid providers to receive payment
  • Legal watchdog group highlights "hidden tax"
New guidelines proposed for stem cell research  - Journal Sentinel
"Embryos made for the purpose of scientific research would not be eligible for NIH-funded research. Nor would embryos created by removing the nucleus from an egg and inserting into it the nucleus of a more developed cell, the technique used to clone Dolly the sheep."
Wal-Mart will keep fighting 'card-check' labor union proposal... Asbury Park Press
"The measure probably won’t go anywhere in Congress after key members in both parties said they would oppose it, said Ray Bracy, senior vice president of Wal-Mart’s U.S. government relations. Still, the Employee Free Choice Act remains a top priority for organized labor in Congress.  “It’s an all-hands-on-deck approach,” Bracy said this week in an interview in Washington. “We have not declared victory.”"
10 Republican Lies for Tax Day - Perspectives
"And while three-quarters of Americans support President Obama's proposal to roll back the Bush tax cuts for those earning over $250,000 to their Clinton-era levels, it turns out that affluent voters, too, chose Barack Obama over John McCain."
Pretty Exciting - TPM
"High-speed rail won't solve all of our transportation problems or free us from our dependence on oil, foreign or domestic, but it's an important element in a broader revitalization of America's infrastructure."
[Map of High Speed Rail Connections - Bob]
Did Milton Bradley have the stupidest first home plate appearance ever? - Chicago Sun Times
"Milton Bradley pulled his gimpy groin off the bench for a pinch-hitting appearance in the Cubs/Cardinals tilt Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field... acted out and got tossed for his efforts, but what was the hurry?"
  • Sen. Burris to hold Chicago fundraiser - Los Angeles Times
    "Burris campaign officials on Thursday released a report showing that the senator raised $845 from January through March, and had $111,032 in debts incurred from travel expenses and from defending himself in ongoing ethics and perjury probes."


16 Apr

free electronic recycling event
"They will be accepting personal computers, monitors, printers, scanners, hard drives, servers, cables, keyboards and mice. Televisions, white goods, such as appliances, and loose batteries will not be accepted."
JAARS KODIAK Tour in West Chicago
"The KODIAK tour will be stopping in West Chicago Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the DuPage Airport, 2700 International Drive, West Chicago, IL 60185. Guests will have the opportunity to watch the KODIAK in flight and rides will also be available for $25 per person."
Protesters across the suburbs say 'No' to taxes
"At the start of his populist, political career, Pat Quinn motivated angry taxpayers in 1978 to send tea bags to lawmakers and the governor to protest government pay hikes.  On Wednesday, the Democratic governor faced the wrath of the tea bag protest himself as hundreds turned out across the state..."
West Chicago police seek bakery robber
"Police described the robber as a Hispanic, about 24 years old, with black hair worn in a spiky style. He stands about 5 feet 7 inches with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a blue, square stud earring in his left ear, a white "Corona" T-shirt and black pants."
DuPage Co.'s Schillerstrom set for run for governor
"A source close to the campaign said the Naperville Republican has personally decided to make a bid and has no intention of turning back.  "He is committed and moving forward," the source said.  Schillerstrom would enter a GOP primary that now includes state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and former Illinois Chamber of Commerce Director Doug Whitley."
Thanks to voters of Winfield Township
"The Republican candidates for Winfield Township - Supervisor Dona Smith, Highway Commissioner Joseph Jedlovec, Assessor Mark Malay, Clerk Clifford Brown and Trustees Fred Dusza, Fran Kammes, Jerry Ruzicka and Mary Ann Manna - thank you for your vote of confidence and your continuing support."
Here's the bigger story on COD election
"The entire community was ready for the change in the College of DuPage board of trustees. The obvious lack of good leadership drew many out to vote to change the board."
EJ&E report: Blocked crossings not from CN trains
"In the report filed this week, CN officials said that 50 times between Feb. 1 and March 31, crossings in several communities were blocked by stopped EJ&E freight cars... All the blockages were created by safety, mechanical and transportation problems and not increased freight traffic, as CN didn't begin running its trains on the EJ&E line until March 11, the report stated."
Tea'd off about taxes
"They waved American flags, raised signs painted in red, white and blue, and shouted a message in unison meant for their elected officials: "Stop spending, and start listening."  At least that was the main message chanted by a crowd of nearly 200 people in Oswego who gathered for a taxpayer "tea party" along the Washington Street pedestrian bridge over the Fox River."
West Chicago family tells respite story in Springfield
"The Sevilla Family from West Chicago receives respite services for their daughter Genevieve who has developmental disabilities. Genevieve and her mother, Christine, will be one of many Illinois families in attendance to share their story with legislators."
Wheaton Academy Student on Chicago Tribune All-State Academic Team
"Senior Julia Larson has been selected as a winner of the 2009 Chicago Tribune All-State Academic Team scholarship. She is one of 10 winners across the state."
Foster Accepting SAFETEA-LU Applications
"Rep. Bill Foster is now accepting applications for SAFETEA-LU priority projects.  Applications must be received by Foster's office by May 1, 2009. "
"I would like to thank all of your for your support and hard work in the College of DuPage election and your local township races. Winning three seats on the C.O.D. board was a signficant accomplishment  ... It is anticipated that the outgoing board will pass some unsavory items at its regular meeting on Thursday, April 16, including the 10 policies that were put on hold and changes to President Breuder's contract."
[Meeting tonight : 6:00 p.m. in "SRC 2052. 5:45 arrival if you would like to make a public comment. Call 630-699-5071 if you need further instructions)"].
'Is Christianity the one true religion?' - Baptist Press
"A 2008 Pew Forum survey found that 65 percent of Americans believe many religions lead to eternal life -- and that 52 percent of American Christians believe salvation can be found in at least some non-Christian religions."
Make concessions, Canadian auto union told... Red Orbit
"Clement said in a discussion with Fiat Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, the Italian said Fiat would drop its partnership with Chrysler if its labor costs in Canada and the United States weren't pared back.  Clement said if the Fiat deal isn't struck Chrysler will receive no federal loans."
‘Grassroots’ Chicago tea party organized with the help of the right-wing Heartland Institute. - Think Progress
"O’HARA: I work at a free-market think tank, the Heartland Institute here in Chicago. In my spare time, on weekends and nights, leading up to the Feburary 27 tea parties, my good friend J. P. Freire…at the American Spectator invited me and asked me if I could help get some momentum behind a tea party in front of the White House. I did and we had over 300 people show up. … Ever since then you’ve had thousands come out. "
Enter Ron Paul - TPM
"Man, this is just getting better and better. Ron Paul is now suggesting what he, I guess, thinks is a libertarian solution to the growing piracy problem. Have Congress get into the idea of issuing "letters of marque and reprisal," which as Paul notes is actually a power expressly granted in the US constitution."


15 Apr


St. Mary's Easter Vigil
St.Mary's Catholic church held an Easter Vigil in the auditorium of West Chicago High School on April 11, 2009.  New members were welcomed into the Church with the sacrements of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist.  Pictures were provided by Phil Weibler.

Wheaton Academy Student on Chicago Tribune All-State Academic Team
"Senior Julia Larson has been selected as a winner of the 2009 Chicago Tribune All-State Academic Team scholarship. She is one of 10 winners across the state.  The selection was based on GPA, ACT or SAT score, a creative essay written by the student, and other factors."
West Chicago Police Investigate Robbery
"At approximately 9:41 PM officers were dispatched to a bakery in the 500 block of Main Street. The victim reported that a male entered the store and asked a series of questions about the baked goods. During the course of the conversation the offender struck the victim in the head with an empty bottle."
Summer Employment for Students in Conservation!

Friends of the Forest Preserves
Chicago Conservation Community Crew
Internship ... June 29 - August 13, 2009  ... $1,925 Stipend

CN trains already slowing traffic
"The report concluded that traffic was stopped because of the added trains 50 times for more than 10 minutes.  CN said most blockages were between midnight and 5 a.m. when traffic congestion was at a minimum. Communities affected by the blockages included West Chicago, Barrington, Naperville, Plainfield, and Park Forest. A few of the blockages, which lasted more than an hour, were during peak commuter times. "
Losing your religion? You’re not alone. - Badger Herald
"The results of the recent American Religious Identification Survey revealed the number of people claiming no religion in Wisconsin is up to 15 percent, up from 6 percent in 1990 and consistent with the rest of the country."
Bankruptcy wouldn't be catastrophic: Mark Zandi -  Windsor Star
""I think bankruptcy, or some resolution to this saga, will actually do more to help sales," Mr. Zandi said.""There is an inherent view that one of the strengths of the U.S. economy is the willingness to let companies and households that make mistakes to go through the bankruptcy process, that that is ultimately therapeutic.""
You Are Being Lied to About Pirates - Information Clearing House
"The words of one pirate from that lost age - a young British man called William Scott - should echo into this new age of piracy. Just before he was hanged in Charleston, South Carolina, he said: "What I did was to keep me from perishing. I was forced to go a-pirating to live.""
Limbaugh's Dirty Little Secret of Radio "Success"
"So, a local talk station got Rush's show for zilch. In exchange, Premiere took for itself much of the local station's available advertising time (roughly 15 minutes an hour) and packed the show with national ads it had already pre-sold."


14 Apr


Around and About in West Chicago - 14 April 2009

  • F-84
  • Electronics-recycling
  • Burlington Route Historical
  • Augustino’s Rock & Roll Deli's Earth Day
  • Adopt-A-Park Day

[Condolences on the death of her father to Krista, who posts Merle's column at the City website. - Bob]

West Chicago
High School
1st Place Win for CHS Economic Challenge Team!
"Community High School secured 1st Place at the State Finals of the Illinois Economics Challenge on March 20th and now moves on to the Central Regional Economics Challenge in Texas."
“In The Morning” Debuted on Easter Sunday in West Chicago
"The Easter musical/drama, “In The Morning” written by Judy Hahs; was performed by members of the Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist and Congregational Church at the start of the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, April 12, 2009. "
New 2 You Resale shop opens in West Chicago
Shenanigans: Twittering about birthdays, taxes  - Politico
"Frustrated, Mackenzie took to Twitter. And her friends did, too. And suddenly, Peter Roskam had about “20-25” people send messages to @PeterRoskam, Mackenzie said, tweeting things like Peter Roskam “is too busy running for sen to handle constituent services.”"
'Spirituality for Kids' class draws fire - LA Times
"The spirituality program was created in 2001 by Karen Berg, who leads the Los Angeles kabbalah center with her husband, Rabbi Philip Berg. Kabbalah is an ancient form of Jewish mysticism, but critics of the Berg center say it departs from many traditional practices."
State man's fight against energy giant shows gap  - Capital Times
"What is clear, and what Nanstad has found out the hard way, is that corporations have a decided advantage when an employee claims retaliation in Wisconsin. While state workers enjoy a broad whistleblower protection statute, those employed by private companies have a mishmash of statutory and common law provisions that are often difficult to apply, and which make attorneys hesitant to take private-sector cases."
Homeland Security Warns of Rise in Right-Wing Extremism - Faux News
""Right-wing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning," the assessment reads."
[I don't understand this.  Where does Faux News get off warning of the travesty that its own talking heads are feeding to us? - Bob]


13 Apr

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Apr 13- Apr 19


6:00 PM

City Council (4/6/09)


7:00 PM

Spring Concerts


6:00 PM

Bulletin Board

Fertilizer & Weed Control Application Notice
Wredling and East High School will receive a fertilizer and weed control application on any of the following dates: April 18 & 19, 2009 ... Hours of application will be Dawn till Dusk.  (Inclement weather dates: April 25 & 26)
Contact: Susan Hilliard, Facilities Management/Reservations
Wildcats first loss of season comes with questionable call
"The Vikings handed the Wildcats their first loss of the season with a final score of 4 to 2 bringing the Wildcats record to 3-1-1.  Dan McCarthy, Wildcats head coach was pleased with his team’s effort despite the loss.  “We just have to continue to build,” McCarthy said. “We showed pretty good control.”"
Foster announces $600,000 for 14th District Counties
“At a time when many families are facing economic hardship, support services like those provided by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program are vital,” said Foster.  “I am pleased that the Recovery Act will help families in DeKalb, DuPage, Lee, Kane, Kendall and Whiteside Counties get back on their feet so that together, we can get our economy back on track.”
Bill Berkowitz: Why do Sarah Palin's bizarre religious beliefs continue to get a pass from the mainstream media? - Buzz Flash
"The Palin "stories connected [her] to a religious movement that relatively few Americans know even exists, which looks acts and holds theological beliefs, even a basic outlook on life, that is very different from what secular and liberal America might think or envision as coming from the 'religious right,'" Wilson pointed out."


11&12 Apr

Mexican immigrants: U.S.-born students struggle after returning to school in homeland
"With their job prospects bleak and worried about bad influences on the street, Maldonado's parents sent the 15-year-old back from West Chicago to this central Mexican town last fall. Almost immediately, he was fighting with classmates who mocked his accented Spanish. He could barely read or write in the language, so his homework was impossible."
Corporate theft charges: Ex-receptionist pleads not guilty to stealing $232,000 from West Chicago company
"Derrickson, a receptionist at Liquid Container of West Chicago, stole at least seven checks payable to the company in 2008, said DuPage County State's Atty. Joseph Birkett."
Blackwell Campground To Open For Family Fun
"The 60-site campground will be open Friday and Saturday nights through Sept. 27. The campground will be open additional nights during holiday weekends, including May 24 for Memorial Day, June 28 – July 2 for Independence Day and Sept. 6 for Labor Day."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 10 Apr 09
A Resilient Christianity - Washington Post
"There has been a long, steady growth in the proportion of Americans whom pollster Andrew Kohut calls "the seculars," those disconnected from religious institutions who may or may not describe themselves as atheists. Yet the United States still runs well behind Western Europe in moving in this secular direction."
Machinists leader blasts Florida Rep. Connie Mack for anti-labor remarks - Examiner
""Rep. Mack's comments display the kind of knee-jerk partisan demagoguery that we've come to expect from Fox News commentators or Rush Limbaugh," said Buffenbarger. "The UAW deserves credit for standing up for its members, who have been unfairly scapegoated for years by people like Rep. Mack.""
More fuzzy math? How GOP estimates carbon tax impact - McClatchy
"Republicans' main attack is a claim that climate legislation will cost U.S. households $3,100 a year. They got the number by doing some additional math based on a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study, and they're sticking with it, even though John Reilly, an MIT economist and the author of the study, told them that they misinterpreted his work and that their number is wrong."
Glenn Beck and the rise of Fox News' militia media - Media Matters
"FYI, weeks before his deadline shooting spree, Poplawski uploaded a video clip of Beck ominously referencing the FEMA camps on Fox News... But look at the very next two lines of his monologue: "There are enemies both foreign and domestic in America tonight. Call it fear mongering or call it the truth."


10 Apr

Thank You to Winfield Township voters and taxpayers
" Thank you to all who supported and voted for me in my candidacy for Winfield Township Highway Commissioner.  Should you have any Township roadway issues, concerns or problems that are not being addressed to your satisfaction, contact me and I will see what I can do to help.  Attend Township meetings, and don't be afraid to voice your issues, concerns and problems. Don't give up on getting your problems solved to your satisfaction.  Congratulations to my opponent, Joe Jedlovec.  My hope is that my campaign made us all better for it, that all Township taxpayers will be served in fair manner no matter who they are and that all new schedule work and promises are kept."
Tim Wyman, P.E.
Illegal Aliens Complain About Water Quality
"Most people of the Wisconsin North woods understand that water in a former mining community will have a high iron content.  Unfortunately, undocumented alien residents at Haven North, the housing on the banks of Lake Michelle,  have complained about the hard water."
District 94 tabs U-46 administrator as new superintendent  - Revisited
This item was posted on April 3rd, but is reposted because the old board plans to finalize this hire BEFORE the new board that has to work with him is seated and because there have been some comments added to the article like:
  • "The only winners here are the people of U-46, who no longer have to endure his back-stabbing backroom deals and attacks on the livelihoods of classroom teachers."
  • "just too bad that he didn't succeed in U-46 - students were just numbers to Ponce here - how sad for the young people in West Chicago"
  • "Why isn't U-46 offering Mr. Ponce another position in their District? Could it be that we are happy to have him go?"

West Chicago citizens who want to learn more are urged to attend the next District 94 Board meeting at 7:00 P.M. on April 14, 2009 in the ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE ROOM. 

Did immigration group affect Elgin city council race?
"It depends on whom you ask, but most agree it was more cause than mere coincidence.  "We are thrilled. I know we had an influence in it because you don't knock off two incumbents easily," said David White, AFLA [Association for Legal Americans] co-founder. "This is a start. It certainly breathes some life into organizations like ours because at least I know we have a chance."
Illinois’ credit rating takes a dive - Capitol Connection
"Illinois’ credit rating took a blow this week, with Moody’s Investor Service downgrading Illinois’ credit rating and Fitch Ratings putting the state on “negative watch.” Fitch Ratings had downgraded Illinois in December from AA to AA-, so the agency’s recent action sets the stage for another prospective downgrade. This makes a trifecta—Standard & Poor’s downgraded the state in March."
[It really hurts that these services used to recommend what are now called toxic assets. - Bob]
Firms Scammed Black Churches Out of Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars, Suit Says
"D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles, in a 16-page affidavit, alleges that agents for the companies offered the churches free computer kiosks to enhance their outreach. What the churches actually received was inexpensive computer equipment that often did not work. The kiosks, located in church foyers, were to serve as electronic bulletin boards for announcements and community activities and would pay for themselves through paid advertisements."
Americas Top 10 Public Works Projects... American Heritage
"A founder of the Whig Party, Clay championed his “American System,” which aimed to tie the nation together with canals and roads. He believed that such “internal improvements,” financed by high tariffs, would advance economic growth."
Making Banking Boring - NY Times
"Part of the problem is that boring banking would mean poorer bankers, and the financial industry still has a lot of friends in high places. But it’s also a matter of ideology: Despite everything that has happened, most people in positions of power still associate fancy finance with economic progress."


09 Apr

Around and About in West Chicago - 08 April 2009
"The following is a schedule of activities and worship services planned by local churches for Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2009; Good Friday, April 10, 2009; Holy Saturday, April 11, 2009, and Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009.
[Think of the hours it must have taken to collect this list.  We should all be thanking Merle for the hard work she does ... she's the closest thing we have to a local paper. - Bob]
West Chicago Cub Scout Pack 532 - Recycled City Event
"On Saturday, April 18, West Chicago Cub Scout Pack 532 will be hosting a ‘Recycled City’ event at Reed Keppler Park. We will send out flyers to the local elementary schools, inviting local children to join us as we see what we can build out of cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, coffee cans, scrap wood, fabric, bubble wrap, duct tape, markers and whatever other recyclables we can collect."

West Chicago
High School
PeaceBuilder of the Month for February
"Tristi Brown-Stacker is currently a Junior at Community High School. Tristi received the PeaceBuilder Award for assisting others, her great attitude towards school, and for her ability to take on leadership roles. Tristi’s various teachers have all noted her desire to help others."
Thank you - Don Early
"I wish to take this time to thank all the residents of West Chicago who took the time out to cast their ballots in Tuesday's election. Local government is the closest thing to our residents in terms of representation and availability. If any resident wants to talk to a local official it is usually a phone call away. I know my home and the office numbers are on my business card. Again thank you for exercising your right as a citizen of this geat country.
[As a long time public servant, Mr. Early deserves our thanks also. - Bob]
To all of West Chicago ,
"Thank all of the citizens of West Chicago for their support on Tuesday
It is more then an honor to serve as your Mayor for the next 4 years, it is a privilege that humbles me and we together can prove to all DuPage County why we feel so strongly about our hometown and again be a leader to all the other communities why we still have what we refer to as West Chicago spirit. God Bless each and everyone of you."
Comcast Upgraded Your Speed
  • Performance = download at 15 Mbps
  • Performance Plus = download at 20 Mbps
  • Blast = 4 Mpbs

[Check your speed at Computer Speed. - Bob]

Wayne incumbents re-elected
"Three Wayne village trustees interpreted their re-election over four challengers as a sign voters believe they're moving the community in the right direction, they said Wednesday."
Was there a failure to communicate in St. Charles District 303?
""The whole process is what I would consider incompetent consensus-building," Litteral said. "Their whole premise was new buildings make better students. That's just willful ignorance of what the people were asking for. We told them to improve academics and create smaller class sizes. Then they marched all that aside in lieu of just building stuff."
DuPage voters mostly stay home; big turnouts in Bensenville, Winfield
"By the way, if you wonder if your vote counts, consider this: East Dundee has a new president who - barring a recount - won by four votes. An advisory referendum in Bensenville won by one vote. One.  Several races were determined by fewer than a dozen, some by less than five votes. Turnout may have been dismal, but those votes sure counted."
Experts say voter fatigue kept many away
"Why do most voters stay home for local elections? The difference is timing and media coverage, according to Matthew Streb, associate professor of political science at Northern Illinois University.  "People are paying attention to politics in November, not in April," Streb said. "A lot of it goes back to media coverage of elections. You cannot escape coverage of a presidential election, but you could easily miss coverage of local races.""
Paratransit glitch at Pace leaves disabled man fuming
"Each time he called for paratransit service, Mitch Betlej was told the same thing: Pace does not serve his West Chicago senior apartment complex.  Each time he hung up the phone, the 63-year-old would fume.  From his window, he could see Pace picking up other residents in his building."
Regaining Fiscal Responsibility
"The House Majority leadership is currently devising a Cap and Tax plan (also known as Cap and Trade) to regulate emissions. It is conservatively predicted to cost at least $646 billion. What does this mean for us? According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the amount a family spends on energy could increase by as much as $3,100 per year. We simply can't afford it in this economy."

[April 1, MIT professor John Reilly wrote a letter to House Republican Leader John Boehner (OH) stating "The press release claims our report estimates an average cost per family of a carbon cap and trade program that would meet targets now being discussed in Congress to be over $3,000, but that is nearly 10 times the correct estimate which is approximately $340."  A week later Rep Roskam is still trying to sell us this boldfaced LIE.  If I knew this, why didn't Rep Roskam or one of his aids? - Bob]

Obama's Faith-Based Office Gets Down to Work - Time magazine
"But perhaps the loudest message the White House sent about religion this week took place without the President in attendance. Over the course of two days, the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships gathered more than 60 religious leaders (and a handful of secular non-profits) at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for the first in what director Joshua Dubois says will be a series of briefings. The White House also released the complete list of members of the advisory council of religious and secular leaders who will provide Obama with advice and feedback."
US Import Prices Tumble Ex-Oil, Signaling Disinflation -
"However, the increase was well below expectations and prices excluding oil fell for an eighth-straight month including declines in consumer and capital goods, an indication that the global economic recession continues to take pressure off U.S. inflation."
Texas GOP State Rep. Asks Asians To Adopt Names "Easier For Americans To Deal With" - TPM
""Can't you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers," said Brown, "if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that's easier for Americans to deal with?"  Um, the difficulty as it was explained here is that many Asian-Americans do just exactly that -- and that's the problem when it comes to Voter ID."


08 Apr

Thank you Winfield Township Voters,
     "The Republican candidates for Winfield Township Supervisor Dona Smith, Highway Commissioner Joseph Jedlovec, Assessor Mark Malay, Clerk Clifford Brown, and the four Trustees Fred Dusza, Fran Kammes, Jerry Ruzicka, and Mary Ann Manna thank you for your vote of confidence and your continuing support. 
     We are grateful for your vote and will continue with the fiscally responsible level of government that we have provided in the past.  Please know that our doors are always open to any questions.  Thank you again."
Winfield Township Elected Officials
Tony Molinaro Thanks Voters
"I'd like to offer thanks to my supporters and to all who voted in this election. You showed that you care about the continuing success of West Chicago Community High School. And congratulations to the other new members of the District 94 Board of Education. I look forward to working together and helping to build a very bright future for our students and for our community."
Thank you District 94 Voters! - Gary Saake
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the voters for electing me to the District 94 Board of Education. I cannot begin to explain how humbling it is to have even one person go to the polls and cast what our democracy holds most dear, a vote, for you."
Thank you to Voters
"Thanks to all who participated in democracy on April 7! The District 33 Board of Education and administration placed a bond sale question before the voters and sought direction from the community on the timing of a project to expand West Chicago Middle School and include 6th graders in middle level programming. The Board of Education has received the community's input and will act accordingly. There will be follow-up with a sample of voters to ensure a clear understanding of reasons behind the votes. Please feel free to contact the Board of Education or D-33 administration if you have questions or input."
Ed Leman, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools

West Chicago
High School
"On Thursday, April 9, Mary Beth Tinker—who in 1965 ignited controversy at her high school in Des Moines, Iowa, leading to a ground-breaking Supreme Court decision on free speech in schools—will share her remarkable story with three Chicagoland schools: Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, Community High School in West Chicago and Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein."
Foreign Language Honor Society Inductees
"The Community High School District 94 World Languages Division is proud to induct 80 students into the respective French, German, and Spanish National Language Honor Societies and to congratulate two senior German students — Anna Treudt and Tim Loftus — on being awarded university scholarships to continue their study of German."
West Chicago Press AWOL in Election Coverage
It is 1:45 PM and the West Chicago Press website has exactly zero/none/nada local articles about yesterday's election.  "Thank goodness we can count on their highly trained, enthusiastic reporters to get us the inside scoop in a timely fashion" said Tom reportedly. - Bob
West Chicago incumbents win squeakers
"With all precincts reporting, unofficial results show Ward 2 Councilman Ron Monroe with 95 votes to 86 for Roy Volkert. Volkert had been trying to return to the council after a nearly four-year hiatus. He represented the city's second ward from 1998 to 2005.  An even closer race played out in Ward 3, where Russell Radkiewicz was re-elected over Alton Hallett by just two votes, 80-77, according to unofficial totals."
Tax hike rejected in District 33
"Voting to save money on tax bills instead of taking on new debt, West Chicago Elementary District 33 voters rejected a request to borrow $49 million to build an addition to the junior high school."
St. Charles voters unkind to tax hike requests
"Schlomann said he still believes in the summit process and results, but understands that process began before the economy took a nosedive.  "It's clear to me that our community is not immune to the effects of the economy," Schlomann said. "We just had the best poll that we could have. We didn't pare the request down enough.""
Both incumbents lose in College of DuPage
"The race was one of the most heated of the election cycle when it began with an outgoing trustee challenging the candidacies of three of the four challengers who were endorsed by a college faculty organization. The challenges failed.  The faculty supported Savage, Svoboda and Kim. But their other choice, Tom Wendorf, was edged out by O'Donnell, who had far more support in the Cook County portion of the community college district."
Chicago man charged with attempting to bribe license examiner
"An alleged $200 bribe offer to a state driver's license examiner in West Chicago led to the indictment Thursday of a Chicago man who had failed a driving test and needed to receive a commercial driver's license."
Foster Submits FY2010 Appropriations Requests
"In an effort to increase transparency and accountability, Rep. Bill Foster has released his list of requests for federal funding for the 14th District... To view the complete list of requests, please click here."
[Hmmm... telling us up front about the pork... Will Roskam be as open and transparent or just issue Republican talking points against earmarks? - Bob]
Gov. Quinn and Rep. Foster Announce Legislation to Create National Military Family Relief Fund
"Governor Pat Quinn and Rep. Bill Foster today announced their support of a bill that will create the National Military Family Relief Fund and provide greater aid to military families in all branches of the armed services. Rep. Foster recently introduced the bill, H.R. 1175, in the House of Representatives."
Osteens: Obama doing great job, loves the Lord -
" Joel Osteen: Well, I think he's doing a great job. I'm impressed with his skill, his calmness, his just strength under pressure. These are tough times for him. 
King: And you, Victoria?
Victoria Osteen: I've been really impressed. In fact, I've been impressed [with] the first lady. She stepped up, and she's done a remarkable job."
French workers release 4 managers in factory - Boston Globe
"Hostage-taking has become a popular negotiating tactic among frustrated French workers in recent weeks.  In the past month, employees at French plants belonging to Sony, Caterpillar, 3M and German auto-parts maker Continental have held bosses in response to proposed job cuts and plant closures."
The 'Defense Spending Cuts' Meme Grows - TPM
"But while there is some evidence that there is early opposition within the Pentagon to some specific cuts, Gates has, once again, proposed a budget whose bottom line is higher than last year's.  That's not stopping Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee from piling on, though."


07 Apr

April E-Newsletter
"Among the key components of Gov. Quinn's budget plan would be to raise the $78 license-plate sticker fee to $98, increasing the cigarette tax up by an additional $1-a-pack over 2 years, raising the income tax by 50% (from 3 to 4.5%), boosting the corporate tax rate to the maximum allowed under the state Constitution, skipping $5.7 billion in state pension payments over the next 3 years and cutting nearly $1.3 billion in state spending."
Vote today!
"I wanted to write a quick note to encourage all of you to vote today! We have municipal and township elections today. You should vote at your normal polling location. Polls are open until 7pm tonight.  I don't know everyone on all of the ballots but here are some of the people I know in the different townships that I would encourage you to vote for..."
Rep. Foster Announces Recovery Funds Save, Create Jobs at Aunt Martha’s in Aurora
" “I am proud that the Recovery is working quickly to save and create jobs at Aunt Martha’s, because we need this organization to continue its great work in providing health care to the working families in our community,” Rep. Foster said. “With Recovery funds, Aunt Martha’s will be able to avoid lay-offs, hire new personnel, and expand services when the 14th District and our country need it most.”"
Not voting? You better get in line
""It would always be great if we had 100 percent, but I don't think that is going to happen," Fechner said. "Although it would be nice to be proven wrong."  Linda Mitchell, director of elections in Kane County, is aiming a little lower. She thinks turnout will stay between 20 and 25 percent. And Kendall County Clerk Debbie Gillette believes the numbers will remain consistent at 20 percent."
Feds have keen eye on Kane County election
"This all stems from a complaint filed in September 2007 by the U.S. attorney general, alleging Kane County was not following federal law to provide ballots and assistance to Spanish-speaking voters. Kane County falls under a special provision of election law, since it has a high percentage of Hispanic residents -- 24 percent, as of the 2000 census -- and a similarly high percentage of limited English-speaking voters."
Vermont legalizes gay marriage with veto override - Assoc Press
"The Legislature voted Tuesday to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. Under Vermont law, two-thirds of each chamber had to vote for override.  The vote came nine years after Vermont adopted its first-in-the-nation civil unions law."
Card Check Legislation Divisive, Senator Says  - The Morning News
""Business have never proposed a compromise on this except for something so far-fetched it should have been reported in the funny papers," he said.  If Lincoln and other senators want "a compromise, call the AFL-CIO national leadership and try to broker one," Hughes said. "They are elected to represent us too. We're just like the chamber."  "Step up to the plate," he said."
Extremism in the News - ADL
"Poplawski bought into the SHTF/TEOTWAKI conspiracy theories hook, line and sinker, even posting a link to Stormfront of a YouTube video featuring talk show host Glenn Beck talking about FEMA camps with Congressman Ron Paul.  When the city of Pittsburgh got a Homeland Security grant to add surveillance cameras to protect downtown bridges, Poplawski told Stormfronters that it was "ramping up the police state." "

06 Apr

Gary Saake for District 94 Board of Education
"My priorities include implementing greater accountability for results, establishing long-term fiscal responsibility, fostering better communication, improving parental involvement, raising standards and expectations for all students, and working more effectively with the three elementary school districts."
Ramey Supports Capital Bill Funding, Putting People to Work
"At a time when unemployment in Illinois is at 8.6 percent, State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) voted in favor of funding a capital plan that will not only fix crumbling infrastructure throughout the state but will put thousands of people to work."

West Chicago
High School
"Sgt. Zepeda and members from the West Chicago Police Department will be talking to parents about Gang Awareness and how parents can learn the early signs of gang and drug involvement."
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Apr 6- Apr 12


6:00 PM

COD Career Paths


6:30 PM

COD Images


7:00 PM

Yesterday Today Marathon

The races that are roiling DuPage County
  • "The current COD board has come under attack from faculty and student groups for a series of initiatives some believe don't provide enough collaboration and cooperation between all the college's stakeholders... A faculty association political action committee heavily financed by teacher union donations is backing challengers Sandy Kim, Kim Savage, Nancy Svoboda and Tom Wendorf."
  • "What happens if it fails: District [El Dist 33] taxpayers will see a larger decrease in the district's tax rate, but not for a couple years, Leman said. The reduction will amount to about 25 cents per $100 of equalized assessed value, he [Supt. Leman] said."
Publisher of Winfield Register asks two candidates to withdraw from race
"“[Zegel] wanted me to consider dropping out of the race if Rudy [Czech] was going to drop out and endorse Deb Birutis to make sure Tony Reyes did not win,” Oakley said."
Controversy Continues on Eve of College of DuPage Election
"The complaint states that the signatures on the petitions bare no similarity to the voters' signatures on file with the DuPage County Election Commission.  Several signatures on the petitions appear to be in the exact same handwriting, as if signed by one person."
"“It is an honor to accept this award,” said Roskam.  “Our small businesses will be the engine of growth in economic recovery.  It is important that Congress creates an environment where small business can thrive.”"
[The US Chamber represents the multinationals, who are not friends of Main Street. I guess he needs the money. - Bob]
Colorado-based ministry gave $20K for ad against Hawaii same-sex union legislation - The Honolulu Advertiser
"The ads, combined with appeals by evangelical and Catholic churches, helped bring thousands of red-clad demonstrators to the Capitol for a rally the Sunday before the Senate Judiciary and Government Operations Committee held a hearing on the bill in late February.  The large number of demonstrators at the rally, and the hundreds more who packed the state Capitol auditorium for the hearing, gave many senators pause. The committee deadlocked on the bill and an attempt to recall it from committee and bring it to the Senate floor failed last month."
Farm Workers’ Rights, 70 Years Overdue  - NY Times
"That inequality is a perverse holdover from the Jim Crow era. Segregationist Southern Democrats in Congress could not abide giving African-Americans, who then made up most of the farm and domestic labor force, an equal footing in the workplace with whites. President Roosevelt’s compromise simply wrote workers in those industries out of the New Deal."
The silence surrounding Sri Lanka - Boston Globe
"What we are witnessing - or, rather, what is happening in Sri Lanka and is being so effectively hidden from public scrutiny - is a brazen, openly racist war. The impunity with which the Sri Lankan government is able to commit these crimes unveils the deeply ingrained racist prejudice that is precisely what led to the marginalization and alienation of the Tamils of Sri Lanka in the first place. That racism has a long history, involving social ostracization, economic blockades, pogroms, and torture. The brutal nature of the decades-long civil war, which started as a peaceful, nonviolent protest, has its roots here."


04&05 Apr

Thank you fellow Winfield Township residents
"I have learned a lot about myself, but more importantly so very much about the people and issues in my neighborhood, surrounding precincts and of my many fellow Township residents. I want to thank you for your time, your ear, for voicing your issues and concerns..."
Campaign Based on Facts and Accomplishments
"My office receives many calls with regard to Township services. Before answering the call I will investigate the situation and then explain to the resident options for possible solutions to their concerns. Mr. Wyman is not aware of the policies that have been established and in some rare instances the resident may not agree with that policy or chooses not to follow the guidelines."
Friends for
Support open, accountable leadership at the College of Dupage
"During this economic downturn, it is particularly important to offer the educational opportunities residents need. Join us by voting for Svodoba, Savage, Wendorf and Kim, candidates committed to open, accountable leadership. Restore confidence in the board."

Recommended Further Reading:

The Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time - Museum of Hoaxes
"As judged by notoriety, creativity, and number of people duped Click here for a list of some of this year's hoaxes."
[I had NO CATEGORY that made this coverage local to WC, but couldn't resist... this is just too good a use of bandwidth. - Bob]
Will St. Charles school referendum pass voter test?
"That is being disputed by a group called Citizens for Fiscal and Academic Responsibility. Brian Litteral, one of the residents in the group, said the new buildings do nothing to improve education in the district.  "The primary issue is the referendum doesn't do anything for the students. Shiny new schools does not reduce class size or give them better test scores," Litteral said."
Politicians, doctors conflicted over medical marijuana
"Sen. Chris Lauzen, R-Aurora, is against the legislation, but still conflicted about it.  "The older I get, the more people I know who are suffering from cancer," he said. "You just think, anything they can get to relieve the pain. If pain never touches you, it is easy to say this is right or wrong. On the other hand, wait until it happens to you, or wait 'til it happens to someone you love." "
College of DuPage election seriously complex
"In its simplest context, the College of DuPage Board of Trustees election boils down to 13 candidates seeking four positions.  But most who spend a fair amount of time at the nation's third largest community college know it is anything but a simple place. Lately, the Glen Ellyn institution of 28,000 students may be bordering on the downright byzantine."
Easter Musical/Drama Written by Winfield Resident
""In the Morning" will be performed by members of the Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist and Congregational Church as the start of the Easter Worship Service on Sunday, April 12, 2009.  Judy Hahs, a resident of Winfield, wrote the lyrics and the music.  The music was arranged by Ron Benner, the Chancel Choir Director."
[Readers are reminded that Ron Benner was a long time director of the West Chicago HS choral program. - Bob]
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 3 Apr 09
Bill Lets Moms-To-Be Kill To Save Baby - KOCO, Oklahoma City
"Oklahoma already has a law allowing a person to use force to protect himself or another person from someone else. The new bill includes an unborn child as "another" person. Oklahoma has also had a law covering the murder of unborn babies since 2005." '
Personhood' bill defeated in North Dakota Senate - Yahoo News
"Senators voted 29-16 Friday to reject legislation that sought to define as a human being "any organism with the genome of homo sapiens." The "personhood" status would include a developing embryo from the moment of conception, whether inside or outside the womb.  A handful of states are considering similar proposals, and the measure generated an intense lobbying campaign from abortion opponents and people who favor abortion rights."
Shut Out: How the Cost of Higher Education Is Dividing Our Country(2)...
"Over the past 30 years, the average cost of college tuition, fees, and room and board has increased nearly 100%, from $7,857 in 1977-1978 to $15,665 in 2007-2008 (in constant 2006-2007 dollars). Median household income, on the other hand, has risen a mere 18% over that same period, from about $42,500 to just over $50,000. College costs, in other words, have gone up at more than five times the rate of incomes."
Norm Coleman Won't Say Whether He's Been Interviewed By FBI - AlterNet
"As Norm Coleman struggles in what appears to be a losing battle to reclaim his Senate seat, and as faint rumors spread that he could replace Michael Steele as RNC Chair, a cloud of ethics scandal continues to gather over his head.  On Thursday, the former Minnesota Senator refused to say whether or not the FBI had contacted him over allegations that he and his wife had accepted (and failed to report) $75,000 in payments from a longtime benefactor."


03 Apr

Who Does the Work at the Township?
"We have a limited staff, performing multiple job assignments, trying to keep expenses to a minimum and we make every effort to do the best we can. I am proud of my employees’ job performances and their willingness to put their best foot forward to serve the people of Winfield Township."
"As I walk door to door campaigning for the office (full time, on call 24/7 job) of Winfield Township Highway Commissioner, I hear from many of the people that I get a chance to talk with that live in the Unincorporated Township neighborhoods, that they have valid Township roadway issues, concerns and problems that are not being addressed or taken care of to their satisfaction."

West Chicago
High School
District 94 Names New Superintendent
"Mr. Lalo Ponce has accepted the offer to become our new Superintendent on July 1, 2009 pending the finalization of his contract agreement to serve the District. “Mr. Ponce is currently Assistant Superintendent at School District U-46 and is highly qualified and prepared to lead our school district,” said Tony Reyes, President of the Board of Education."
Shop and Share
"This Shop and Share event takes place on this coming Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6, 7 and 8.   This coupon can be used at any Jewel in the area and we as a music department receive a portion of the proceeds from this sale.  I have attached a copy of the form to be used.  Just take this form and present it when you check out at Jewel on these days.  We had some great success with this last time and are looking forward to a great turnout again.  The money raised will go towards scholarships to be given to some of our music students.  Thanks as always for your continued support!"
Steve Govertsen, Director of Instrumental Music
West Chicago Community High School, (630)876-6490.
First United Methodist Church Religious Notes for Holy Week
"St. Andrew Lutheran Church will join with the First United Methodist and Congregational Church in worship for Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. by sharing and tasting a symbolic Seder meal. The service will be held at the First Congregational Church located at 525 N. Neltnor Blvd. (Rt. 59) in West Chicago."
District 94 tabs U-46 administrator as new superintendent
""I was offered the position (with District 94), and I have accepted," Ponce said.  Ponce said he applied for the District 94 post because the district has a lot to offer its students and community.  "West Chicago is a great community," he said. "There's a lot going on there. It's a high school district. That appeals to me. So I believe it's a great fit.""
WWII landing craft finds new home
"The Higgins boat, which is one of the few remaining vessels of its type, may have been used to deliver soldiers to the beaches of Normandy during the Allied invasion of Europe nearly 65 years ago. However, officials with Cantigny's First Division Museum still are trying to piece together the background of the craft, which was built in 1943."
'No' to District 303 referendum
"The question on the ballot is not what the community nor the school board wanted. The question on the ballot is the question the board felt had the best chance to pass. If the referendum passes, it would seem certain the district will be back with at least one, possibly two, questions that, if passed, would have to raise the tax rate to address the remaining schools in the district."
New road for Prairie Parkway funds?
""There is a near consensus in the area, the first priority for money being spent on roads is probably not in that (Prairie Parkway) corridor but rather beefing up the existing north-south corridors and so on," Foster said this week at a transportation gathering in Washington, D.C."
District 303 referendum vote Tuesday
""Both fortunately, and unfortunately, there is no better time than right now to go forward with a referendum," Schlomann said. "It is fortunate from the standpoint that because of the needs of our facilities and the needs of our kids, it is the right time to go forward. But the unfortunate part is that it is a bad economy, but we will get better prices than we've seen in the past five to 10 years.""
Senate approves construction, medical payment program
"The Illinois Senate approved on Thursday, a multi-billion dollar program that will allow the state to immediately finance a statewide road, bridge and mass transit repair program, as well as significantly reduce the state's backlog of unpaid bills to medical providers."
[If the Republican national budget were passed, would this be cancelled? - Bob]
New Berlin Moves Graduation Over Lawsuit Threat
"New Berlin's Superintendent says the decision to move graduation is a direct result of the suit.  Superintendent Paul Kritzer says the district can't afford the litigation it would take to fight the group.  In a letter to the organization, Kritzer says, "The Board believes monies spent on litigation, however successful, is money not spent on children.""
Washington state court backs FedEx contractor model... Portland Tribune
"A class action suit against the company's FedEx Ground unit involving 320 workers in the state sought damages for nonpayment of overtime and the reimbursement of uniform expenses.  FedEx Ground has long battled critics, including the Teamsters labor union, who claim the company's 15,000 workers are employees rather than entrepreneurs."
April Fools: Ann Coulter falls for fake Obama NASCAR story - Media Matters
"Coulter wrote, "If Obama can tell GM and Chrysler that their participation in NASCAR is an 'unnecessary expenditure,' isn't having public schools force students to follow Muslim rituals, recite Islamic prayers and plan 'jihads' also an 'unnecessary expenditure'?" Car and Driver originally posted an April 1 story online -- since removed -- with the headline, "Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR,"..."


02 Apr

Daily Herald Choosing NOT to Endorse D-33's referendum
"What was left out is that District 33's tax rate has already dropped and will likely continue to drop - even if the referendum passes...Another point left out was the advantage of doing a construction project in this economy."
From FaceBook....
Gary Saake wants to remind everyone that today is the last day for Early Voting. Locations and other details at
Service agencies tackle funding woes
"Heads of nonprofits, government agencies and small businesses gathered at Metropolitan Family Services for the first of three round-table discussions sponsored by Choose DuPage, the county's public/private development corporation. In groups of eight, they shared struggles their agencies are experiencing as donations and government funding dries up."
New "Kids Trout Fishing Day" For Spring Trout Opener
"Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville received about 2,600 fish, Deep Quarry Lake at West Branch Forest Preserve in Bartlett about 2,200 fish and Grove Lake at Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve in Wood Dale about 550 fish. To allow the trout to acclimate, the three lakes will be closed to all fishing now through opening day."
On divisive issue of gay clergy, two churches weigh softer stance - Christian Science Monitor
"The church council of the largest Lutheran body in the US, the 5-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), decided this week to send such a recommendation to its national assembly. The proposal would take effect if supported by majority vote at the assembly's biennial meeting in August."
American Airlines union goes viral against execs - Lexington Herald Leader
"Unions at American Airlines have picketed, worn buttons and rented billboards to protest what they consider unseemly management bonuses. Now they're using an interactive Web site game to skewer their CEO.  The Transport Workers Union, which represents mechanics, bag handlers and other ground workers at American, said Thursday it is launching a new campaign to protest stock-based compensation for several hundred management employees later this month."
Health Critic Brings a Past and a Wallet - NY Times
"Once lauded for building Columbia/HCA into the largest health care company in the world, Mr. Scott was ousted by his own board of directors in 1997 amid the nation’s biggest health care fraud scandal. The company’s guilty plea and payment of $1.7 billion to settle charges including the overbilling of state and federal health programs was taken as a repudiation of Mr. Scott’s relentless bottom-line approach."



01 Apr

West Chicago Press Office Re-Opens
"West Chicago, IL - In a surprise move, Press Republican Newspapers has announced that it will open its old office on Arbor Street, return to 1980 staffing and format, and cover all meetings of taxing bodies and local sports events.  A high level company executive, off the record stated, "Why not?  What we are doing now isn't working."
[Happy April Fools Day! - Bob]

Around and About in West Chicago - 01 April 2009

  • Consolidated Election on Tuesday, April 7, 2009
  • Schedule of Easter Activities
  • Fire Protection District CPR classes
  • American Legion Post 300 Easter Egg Hunt
Millions in local tax dollars going to pay lobbyists
"47 entities taxing the West and Northwest suburbs spent nearly $2.5 million last year on outside lobbyists to influence state policy and spending, a watchdog agency says.  Citing a report his group released Tuesday, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Deputy Director David Morrison says suburban residents need to know more about what governments are doing with their money and why they are hiring lobbyists. "
Helping the community: Volunteer opportunities in the western suburbs
"A St. Baldrick's Foundation Shave-A-Thon fundraiser recently raised more than $25,000 to help fund childhood cancer research. Police officers from Aurora, Batavia, West Chicago and the Kane County Sheriff's Department participated. To donate, visit"
Trib Local has yesterday's press release about Gallery 200 and last week's Around and About...
Rep. Foster Announces Middle-Class Tax Cut Goes Into Effect Today
"“The Recovery Act was designed to cut taxes and make targeted investments to spur our economy and create jobs,” said Foster.  “My constituents are feeling the effects of the current economic downturn, and the Making Work Pay tax credit is a provision that can help them immediately, as it puts money directly into the pockets of middle-class taxpayers.”"
Rep. Foster Announces Rural Housing Funding
"“The Recovery Act’s Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program will provide more than $260 million to help families in rural areas become homeowners,” said Foster.  “I am pleased that the Recovery Act is providing an opportunity that will both spur our economy and help Illinoisans responsibly pursue the goal of homeownership in rural America.”"
Facing Tough Washington Climate, Abortion Foes Move Debate Online - Wall Street Journal
""When you're out of political power, you start thinking about new ways to do things," said Brian Burch, president of "How do we continue to be relevant?"  His answer: Create provocative online content and rely on the power of viral networking to spread it widely."
Shareholder agreement reached with McDonald's on pesticide-use reduction... AgProfessional
"This agreement led to the withdrawal of a shareholder resolution filed by the Bard College Endowment, Newground Social Investment, and the AFL-CIO Reserve Fund. This was the first shareholder resolution focused on environmental and worker health issues ever to be filed by a college or university endowment. "
Judge Must Release Woman Sentenced to Jail for Being Poor, ACLU Says in Court Papers
"In December 2008, Ms. Nowlin’s 16-year-old son was sentenced to the Bay Pines Center and Ms. Nowlin was ordered to pay $104 per month for his lodging. At the time of this order, Ms. Nowlin was homeless and working part-time with a friend after being laid off from her job. She told the court that she was unable to pay the ordered amount, however the judge found her in contempt for failing to pay. In addition, Ms. Nowlin’s requests for a court appointed attorney were denied."
David Letterman's Ad For The New GOP
"David Letterman wants to help the ailing GOP and last night he did so by producing a new television ad for them called "The Party of Yes." It details their positive stance on issues and tells voters that they will be ready to lead in 2028. "

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