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31 July  

Around and About in West Chicago - 29 July 2009

  • Reflective House Numbers

  • Fifth Anniversary Celebration of Santo Maria’s Italiano Ristorante

  • Senior Circle of Wellness Fair

  • United Methodist and First Congregational Church Annual Rummage Sale

First United Methodist Church ANNUAL CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE
  • First United Methodist & Congregational Church, 643 E. Washington St., West Chicago
    (East of 59 & Geneva Rd)
  • Friday, August 7th from 6-9 pm
  • Saturday, August 8th from 9 am – 1 pm
  • (on Saturday from 12-1 pm – fill a paper bag for $1)
Veteran Initiatives Signed Into Law
"Several bills that will benefit veterans and their care after their years of service have been signed into law, said co-sponsor of the initiatives, State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream)."
Foster Votes to Extend Successful Cash for Clunkers Initiative
"“The positive consequences of this bill are threefold; it stimulates the economy by putting money directly into the pockets of middle-class families, it provides a boost to the struggling auto industry, and by taking old, energy inefficient cars off the road, it improves our environment and reduces our dependence on imported oil.”"
Illionois
Senate
Republicans
Senate Committee on Redistricting
"This week, the Senate Committee on Redistricting convened its first hearing in Chicago to receive testimony from witnesses on Illinois' redistricting process, and the state's history of gerrymandering legislative and congressional districts. Committee members heard testimony from a panel of experts who provided background on the Census process and a historical perspective of redistricting in Illinois."
Why Sunday Schools Are Closing - The Wall Street Journal
"The decline in Sunday schools appears to be gradual but steady. A study by the Barna Group indicated that in 2004 churches were 6% less likely to provide Sunday school for children ages 2 to 5 as in 1997. For middle-school kids, the decline was to 86% providing Sunday school in 2004 from 93% in 1997. Similarly, there was a six-percentage-point drop in Sunday schools offered for high school kids -- to 80% from 86%. All in all, about 20,000 fewer churches were maintaining Sunday-school classes. And the future does not look bright: Only 15% of ministers regarded Sunday school as a leading concern. The younger the pastor, the study showed, the less emphasis he placed on Sunday school."
Canadian Union: Americans Are Being Told Lies About "Canadian-Style" Government Administered Health Care - Workers Independent News
"Canada’s National Union Of Public And General Workers wants Americans to know that lies are being spread about what a public option healthcare reform plan in the U.S. would do. Union spokesman Mike Luff says one lie repeated often in TV ads in the U.S.is that the government would suddenly take over health care decisions in a public option plan. The ads call that a “Canadian-style” system."
Dobbs Ratings Reportedly Take A Nose Dive Since Eruption Of Birther Controversy
"But, that said, Mr. Dobbs' ratings over the past two weeks, during the height of the "birthers" controversy, are also down significantly compared to his overall numbers during the second quarter of 2009 when he averaged 769,000 total viewers and 222,000 in the 25-54 demo.  In summary, if Mr. Dobbs' affinity for "birthers" is a ratings ploy, it's a pretty ineffective one."
To all the birthers: No, Obama's grandmother didn't say he was born in Kenya - Current
"What Liddy was referring to is actually an affidavit filed by a street preacher named Ron McRae, who conducted an interview with Sarah Obama, the second wife of President Obama's grandfather, through a translator. (Sarah Obama is not the president's biological grandmother, but he calls her "Granny Sarah.")  In that interview, Sarah Obama does in fact say at one point that she was there for her grandson's birth. But that was a mistake, a confusion in translation. As soon as a jubilant McRae began to press her for further details about her grandson being born in Kenya, the family realized the mistake and corrected him. And corrected him. And corrected him."
 

30 July

 
The Fifth Annual Family Golf Outing at Coyote Crossing Miniature Golf - REP RANDY RAMEY
  • Saturday, August 1, 2009 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • McCaslin Park, 27w650 North Ave. On Route 64 (North Ave.) at St.Charles Rd., West Chicago
  • $25 per Family (up to 6 people)
  • Includes Scooby's Hot Dogs, drinks, dessert & Cody Coyote!
  • Bring the kids and enjoy some quality time with the family!!
  • There are NO tee times, so it's first come, first putt!!!
  • Feel free to invite your friends!!!!
Consulate General of Mexico to provide services in West Chicago
"The Consulate General of Mexico will be providing services to residents living in the area of West Chicago from August 5th to 8th at the Community College of DuPage at 930 E. Roosevelt Road."
WOMEN’S COMMUNITY HEALTH TALK FOCUSES ON UTERINE HEALTH AND FIBROID TREATMENT OPTIONS
"The causes and treatments for uterine fibroids will be the focus of a free women’s community health seminar on Wednesday, August 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Chicago (1S260 Joliet Street)."
Villa Park and the chocolate factory
"For decades, the Ovaltine factory remained a vital part of everyday life in Villa Park.  Rob Braunshausen, 52, of West Chicago remembers timing his walks to grade school by the sound of the factory's morning whistle.  Braunshausen said that if the wind blew just right, he could also smell the cocoa from the factory."
Foster Votes to Support Troops, Strengthen Military
“Our military families and troops deserve the very best for their service, and this bill truly provides the support and training necessary for a strong military,” said Foster.  “By investing in our brave men and women in uniform, we honor those who serve while strengthening our national security.”
Right wing Christian group launches ad campaign opposing health care for ‘the least of these’ - Examiner
"The ad attempts to instill fear in patients, particularly the elderly, falsely asserting that they will face denial of vital treatments and that Obama’s real goal is to deny care to 'our greatest generation' and deny life to 'our future generation.'"
Economic Report: 70 Percent Of U.S. Working Women Have No Or Inadequate Health Insurance - Workers Independent News
"Seven out of 10 working age women have either no health care coverage or inadequate coverage. That works out to 64 million women who have experienced problems paying medical bills or have limited access to health care because of cost. Those are findings in a report issued by the Commonwealth Fund which found that women tend to have lower average incomes then men, but they also have higher out-of-pocket costs."
Public Health Insurance Won't Cost Us; It Will Save Us A Lot, Including Money - Cut the Crap
"Our health care delivery system makes money by providing the best health care available, and curing people. The health insurance system, however, works at cross purposes with the delivery system, because they make money by not paying for good outcomes. The only way for them to increase profits is to not pay for health care.  "
Euthenasia Counseling - Snopes
"One of the common claims made about the health care reform bill currently before Congress (H.R. 3200, entitled "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009") is that it mandates "everyone who is on Social Security" be given counseling about euthanasia every five years, purportedly with the aim of encouraging seniors to end their lives in order to ease the financial demands on the Medicare system. This claim is erroneous, a mistaken interpretation of a complicated section of lengthy legislative bill.  What the referenced portion of the bill (Section 1233) actually describes is a provision that would allow patients (if they so choose) to consult with doctors about the range of end-of-life care options available to them, and to have the cost of such a consultation (no more than one every five years, unless the patient's medical status changes significantly) covered by Medicare:"
Dick Durbin: President Obama needs to step up during recess - Politico
"“Congress is gone and scattered to the winds with personal family and constituent service. And the White House is still there, generating a message and activity. So I think the president will have a chance to tell the American people a little bit more about why this process is so important.”"
 

29 July

 
Critics say DuPage election board ethics proposal doesn't go far enough
""These amendments fall short of the real ethics reform desperately needed at the election commission and needs to be subject to citizen input and serious reconstruction," said Amy Tauchman, executive director of the Democratic Party of DuPage."
Aurora man to run for Senate
"These beliefs are strongly Republican, and Enriquez said he did not consider running as an independent. But, he said, the "Republican Party has abandoned me." He said the two-party system has proved damaging, with elected officials more concerned about topping one another than creating good laws, and thinks the Republican Party has neglected the cultural diversity that could help it connect with voters."
SC School Board courts super for second term
"Two scandal-free years later, Schlomann is in the last 12 months of his contract. With negotiations starting in the midst of the nation's worst financial crisis since the Depression, the School Board and superintendent are looking back to see what it will take to keep Schlomann around."
Elginite Vargas considering congressional GOP primary
"Vargas spent a year and half traveling back and forth to the Middle East with the Defense Department as part of the effort to rebuild Iraq's economy. For his efforts, he received the Secretary of Defense's Global War on Terrorism Civilian Medal.  "I'm probably one of the only young candidates in the area that can speak about creating jobs. I've actually done it," Vargas said."
Father said he never considered medical care for daughter - Jounal Sentinel
"Prosecutors say Madeline was too weak to speak, eat, drink or walk and that Neumann had a legal duty to take her to a doctor.  In the tape interview hours after Madeline died, Neumann said her death did not shake his faith and he would not say whether he would do anything differently if any of his other three children became seriously ill."
Executive Pay Reform Legislation Moves In The House - Worker's Independent News
"A bill making its way through the House won’t cap pay of executives, but it will require businesses to form a compensation committee that includes independent directors. The legislation made it rhough the House Financial Services Committee on a 40 to 28 vote and is expected to find itself in front of the full House by the end of the week."
Why You Can't Trust Your Health Insurer - Slate
"Otto Raddatz, a restaurant owner in Illinois, was rescinded in 2004 by Fortis Insurance Co. after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Fortis said this was because Raddatz had failed to disclose that a CT scan four years earlier had revealed that he had an aneurism and gall stones. Raddatz replied—and his doctor confirmed—that he had never been told about these conditions (the doctor said they were "very minor" and didn't require treatment), but Fortis nonetheless refused a payout until the state attorney general intervened. The delay in treatment eliminated Raddatz's chances of recovery, and he died."
 

28 July

 
National Night Out ... Kid's Photo Contest ... and Secret Garden
Due to problems with Serendipity, the blogging software I use for SoapBox, Cable Com's weekly schedulae and items from the city on National Night Out, Kid's Photo Contest, and Secret Garden will be delayed until late Wednesday when the tech has promised to re-install that program.  The above link takes you to simple HTML copies of the text.  Sorry. - Bob
Tri-Cities briefs - Deadline extended
"Children in first through eighth grade have until Sunday to submit a photo entry reflecting the theme "My Favorite Things" for West Chicago's Galley 200's "Picture This" kids photo contest. An entry form must accompany submissions. Photos will be displayed at the Gallery during August; a reception and award ceremony will be Aug. 7. Call (630) 293-9550 or visit westchicago.org."
The Secret Garden at the Kruse House Will Inspire and Delight
"Simple pleasures return to downtown West Chicago on Sunday, August 2, 2009 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. with the open house at the Kruse House Museum and gardens. The event, called The Secret Garden at the Kruse House, provides a rare opportunity to view the historic landscape of the four-square home at 527 Main Street that dates back to 1917, and currently houses an exhibit titled As Time Goes By, which celebrates old time pieces, clocks and watches."
Kirk Votes Against High-Speed Rail Funding - Chicagoist
"What's curious, then, is Kirk's vote, along with Congressman Peter Roskam, to try and strip $4 billion in federal funding set aside for a national high-speed rail network from a larger transportation and housing bill."
Faith and Community Groups Organize to Promote Health-Care Reform - Washington Post
"In recent weeks, hundreds of clergy members and lay leaders have descended on the offices of members of Congress, urging lawmakers to enact health-care legislation this year. With face-to-face lobbying, sermons, prayer and advertising on Christian radio stations, the coalitions are pressing the idea that health care for everyone is a fundamental moral issue."
Want an abortion? Get a note from a dude. - Feminist.com
"File this under paternalism-gone-amok: An Ohio bill would force women to get men's permission before obtaining an abortion... "   Adams told the newspaper that, in cases when the mother does not know the identity of the father, the abortion would be prohibited."  You know, because if you're a slutty whorebag, you should be punished with a pregnancy you don't want. No, seriously. Adams said, "[T]here is merit to chastity, and to young men and women waiting until marriage."
  • Lead Birther Bill Sponsor Votes To Recognize Hawaii As Obama's Birthplace - TPM
    "The House resolution to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hawaiian statehood -- which included language recognizing the state as President Obama's birthplace, in a none-too-subtle jab at the Birthers -- passed this evening by a 378-0 vote."
  • 'The Wacko Wing' - The Progress Report
    "Asked if he believed Obama was a citizen, Campbell responded, "as far as I know, yes." Matthews retorted, "as far as you know? I'm showing you his birth certificate!" Matthews is correct that many conservative lawmakers are comfortable "feeding the wacko wing." Just today, Politico reported that Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) said birthers "have a point." "I don't discourage it," said Inhofe."
  • Born in the U.S.A. - FactCheck.org - August 21, 2008
    "We beg to differ. FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as "supporting documents" to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said."
 

27 July

Facing tide of red ink, state cuts services to the most vulnerable
"Forced to deal with the painful effects of a recession that siphoned billions from state coffers, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is left to play Solomon as he decides what groups get slices of a budget pie that is not as big as it was a year ago. Lawmakers estimate private social service agencies will get about 86 percent of what they secured in the last budget, but advocates warn that figure is an average, not a guarantee of funding at that level for every agency."
Researchers Create Cells That They Say May Be Equivalent to Embryonic Stem Cells - Washington Post
"Chinese scientists have bred mice from cells that might offer an alternative to human embryonic stem cells, producing the most definitive evidence yet that the technique could help sidestep many of the explosive ethical issues engulfing the controversial field but raising alarm that the advance could lead to human cloning and designer babies."
Violence Escalating Against Anti-Coal Activists  - Change.org
"Coal is the dirtiest fuel around, which is why movements are springing up across the country to end our reliance on this supremely destructive fossil fuel. The epicenter of this movement is Appalachia, which once produced two-thirds of America's coal.  These activists are often being met with hostility and even violence by the coal miners and their families, tens of thousands of whom still rely on King Coal to put bread on the table. "
Revealed: the secret evidence of global warming Bush tried to hide - Guardian, UK
"Graphic images that reveal the devastating impact of global warming in the Arctic have been released by the US military. The photographs, taken by spy satellites over the past decade, confirm that in recent years vast areas in high latitudes have lost their ice cover in summer months."
 

24 July

World War II bomber on display at DuPage Airport's Community Days
""It changes their perspective of what it was like to be a fighter pilot back in those days," said Jim Harley, a ride coordinator with the Collings Foundation, the group responsible for bringing the planes to West Chicago.  Several teams of DuPage and Lake County police officers also spent Saturday competing in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull, with proceeds from the contest benefitting Special Olympics Illinois."
DuPage County briefs - High-flying barbecue set:
"The Lima Lima Flight Team and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana are sponsoring a "Flying High BBQ" from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the DuPage Airport, 2700 International Drive, West Chicago."
School funding cuts affect local districts differently
"District 303 Superintendent Don Schlomann said the district may have to delay buying new textbooks. The district relies heavily on the state's textbook loan program, but now it will have about $100,000 less for books.  Overall, the district will probably lose about $500,000. That may mean cuts in teacher training."
Suburban lawmakers play key, opposing roles in health care battle
"U.S. Rep. Bill Foster may well fit into Bean's wait-and-see category. The Batavia Democrat, who is expected to face a tough re-election battle in the West Suburban 14th District, supports government-run insurance "in theory," said a spokeswoman.  But Foster "wants to evaluate how it is actually going to be set up" before committing, said Shannon O'Brien."
Cesario homes stand test of time
"To keep in shape, Cesario swims, runs and bicycles through three to five triathlons a year. His West Chicago home gives him easy access to the western suburbs' network of bicycle trails."
Spread the Word to Kids: Enter Gallery 200's Photo Contest
"West Chicago, Illinois: July 23, 2009 - For the second consecutive year, West Chicago's Gallery 200 is pleased to sponsor the "Picture This" Kids photo contest. Students currently in first through eighth grades are invited to submit one photo entry reflecting this year's theme, "My Favorite Things"."
Foster Announces NIU Grant
"Today, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) announced that Northern Illinois University will receive an International Research and Studies Program Grant worth $157,372 from the U.S. Department of Education for a one year period starting in August.  It is anticipated that this grant will be renewed for a total of 3 years."
Roskam's Energy Efficiency Follies - Progress Illinois
"As he often does, Roskam painted a scary picture, but omitted a few important details. Most importantly, buildings sta exist today will not be required to meet the new federal standards. That will only apply to new construction projects. The bill also mandates that households could receive $3,000 in financial support to upgrade the efficiency of their residences by at least 20 percent. Even the builders’ lobbies agree that adding upgrades to satisfy most building codes only cost $2,000 per home. That means the expenses required to upgrade would be all but mitigated anyway."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 24 July 09
  • NEWSCASTERS: JON STEWART DONS THE MANTLE OF CRONKITE.
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE: WHY THE USSR LOST THE SPACE RACE.
  • VAN ALLEN BELTS: THE FIRST IMPORTANT DISCOVERY IN SPACE.
  • PHYSICS OLYMPIAD: ONE MORE GLASS CEILING IS SHATTERED.

[Dr. Park was on the Daily Show last week to talk about robotic v. manned space exploration.  When will Colbert show up in town to talk about "The Fighting Fermi"?- Bob]

Philippine rebels rule out talks despite truce - Associated Press
"After a year of sporadic clashes in the southern Philippines, Arroyo ordered Thursday a suspension in military operations against the 11,000-member Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Her aides hope that will restore trust and allow some 300,000 villagers displaced by the conflict to return home.  The rebels have been fighting for Muslim self-rule in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation for decades. Talks broke down last year when the government accused them of attacking Christian villages after the Supreme Court threw out a preliminary autonomy deal as unconstitutional."
Are you on Facebook? This will be of interest to you.
"ALERT: Facebook has agreed to let third party advertisers use your posted pictures without your permission. Click on "Settings" up at the top where you see the "Logout" link. Select "Privacy". Then select "News Feed and Wall". Next, select the tab that reads "Facebook Ads". In the drop down box, select "No One". Then save your changes. Do it now. Help your friends...cut and paste this into your status"
 

23 July

 
WWII planes come to West Chicago
"Three World War II aircraft will be at the DuPage Airport in West Chicago this weekend, open to walk-through tours and - for those who want a more authentic experience - flights.  The B-24 Liberator and the B-17 Flying Fortress will be available for $425 flights; the P-51 Mustang comes at a heftier cost: $2,200 for a half-hour flight and $3,200 for an hour."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Cronin announces County Board candidacy
"State Sen. Dan Cronin, R-Elmhurst, has announced his candidacy for the DuPage County Board Chairman in the February 2010 election... Sen. John Millner, R-Carol Stream, will introduce Cronin. Attendees will include Reps. Bob Biggins, Darlene Senger and Sandra Pihos, County Clerk Gary King and others."
Foster Votes to Cap Spending and Institute PAYGO Rules
"The PAYGO bill, which Foster cosponsored, passed by a bipartisan vote of 265-166.  This bill forces Congress to pay for all new policies that reduce revenues or expand spending with savings elsewhere in the budget based on a five and ten year time frame."
Foster Announces Rural Economic Development Grant for Rock Falls
“I am pleased that the Commerce Department is investing in the economic development of the western part of the 14th District,” said Foster.  “By bringing the private and public sectors together, we can better find a way out of this economic downturn, and we can create jobs that will benefit area families and our local economy.”
Church suspends sharing of chalice at communion to stop spread of swine flu - Times Online
"Not even during the Black Death were churches asked to take the precaution.  The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to bishops asking them to spread the order to clergy at each of the 16,000 parish churches throughout England. "
Talk Radio Rules Blue Dog States - Buzz Flash
"Lies from Sean Hannity such as, "If you don't have private insurance the year that this bill is passed, you can't get that later on from your employer." Lies from Rush Limbaugh that the bill would "outlaw individual private coverage." Lies provided in talking points from the Republican National Committee such as "Democrats are proposing a government controlled health insurance system, which will control care, treatments, medicines, and even what doctors a patient may see.""
 

22 July

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 22 July 2009
  • The Secret Garden at the Kruse House
  • Community Days weekend at DuPage Airport
  • An evening of music and theater at St. Michael’s United Church of Christ
  • West Chicago Park District’s Movie in the Park
  • Identity Theft Summit
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!
Show Dates: Thurs 7/30 7:30pm
Fri 7/31 7:30pm
Sat, 8/1 2:30pm
Ticket Prices: $7 for students w/student ID & Seniors (over 60)
$10 for adults
Location: West Chicago Community High School Auditorium

All of the kids and adults involved have put a lot of work into this show, this summer. It promises to be a great inaugural performance for the new WeGo Theater group!  Visit www.we-goparks.org for tickets!


West Chicago
High School
Museum's Summer Day Camp
"Children explored architecture with Museum Curator Sally DeFauw, learning about local West Chicago landmarks including the City Museum building which was the original Turner Town Hall, built in 1884. Campers also identified building components after learning about Sears homes, the catalog order homes popular in the early 1900’s."
Representative Randy Ramey's Fifth Annual Family Golf Outing - FaceBook
"Hello everyone! I wanted to let you know about my 5th Annual Family Golf outing on Saturday August 1st at Coyote Crossing Miniature Golf on North Avenue just west of County Farm Road. Hope to see you there!"
Foster Announces Rural Economic Development Grant for Rock Falls
“I am pleased that the Commerce Department is investing in the economic development of the western part of the 14th District,” said Foster.  “By bringing the private and public sectors together, we can better find a way out of this economic downturn, and we can create jobs that will benefit area families and our local economy.”"
'We want to act,' says Obama's Great Lakes coordinator - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Politicians and bureaucrats have been promising to restore the Great Lakes for more than a decade, but President Barack Obama's newly appointed Great Lakes coordinator says it's time to stop talking about it.  "This region doesn't have the stomach for much more planning," Cameron Davis said Tuesday night before a public hearing on Great Lakes restoration. "We want to act.""
Christian Right, Bush and Abstinence Education to Blame for Rising Teen Pregnancy - The Political Carnival
"...According to the CDC, birth rates among teenagers aged 15 or older had been in decline since 1991 but are up sharply in more than half of American states since 2005. The study also revealed that the number of teenage females with syphilis has risen by nearly half after a significant decrease while a two-decade fall in the gonorrhea infection rate is being reversed. The number of Aids cases in adolescent boys has nearly doubled."
Health Insurance Industry Spins Data in Fight Against Public Plan - Washington Post
"The poll Ignagni was citing actually undercuts her position: By 72 to 20 percent, Americans favor the creation of a public plan, the June survey by the New York Times and CBS News found. People also said that they thought government would do a better job than private insurers of holding down health-care costs and providing coverage.  In addition, data from a Kaiser Family Foundation poll last year, compiled at the request of The Washington Post, suggest that the people who like their health plans the most are the people who use them the least. "

 

 

22 July

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 22 July 2009
  • The Secret Garden at the Kruse House
  • Community Days weekend at DuPage Airport
  • An evening of music and theater at St. Michael’s United Church of Christ
  • West Chicago Park District’s Movie in the Park
  • Identity Theft Summit
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!
Show Dates: Thurs 7/30 7:30pm
Fri 7/31 7:30pm
Sat, 8/1 2:30pm
Ticket Prices: $7 for students w/student ID & Seniors (over 60)
$10 for adults
Location: West Chicago Community High School Auditorium

All of the kids and adults involved have put a lot of work into this show, this summer. It promises to be a great inaugural performance for the new WeGo Theater group!  Visit www.we-goparks.org for tickets!


West Chicago
High School
Museum's Summer Day Camp
"Children explored architecture with Museum Curator Sally DeFauw, learning about local West Chicago landmarks including the City Museum building which was the original Turner Town Hall, built in 1884. Campers also identified building components after learning about Sears homes, the catalog order homes popular in the early 1900’s."
Representative Randy Ramey's Fifth Annual Family Golf Outing - FaceBook
"Hello everyone! I wanted to let you know about my 5th Annual Family Golf outing on Saturday August 1st at Coyote Crossing Miniature Golf on North Avenue just west of County Farm Road. Hope to see you there!"
Foster Announces Rural Economic Development Grant for Rock Falls
“I am pleased that the Commerce Department is investing in the economic development of the western part of the 14th District,” said Foster.  “By bringing the private and public sectors together, we can better find a way out of this economic downturn, and we can create jobs that will benefit area families and our local economy.”"
'We want to act,' says Obama's Great Lakes coordinator - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Politicians and bureaucrats have been promising to restore the Great Lakes for more than a decade, but President Barack Obama's newly appointed Great Lakes coordinator says it's time to stop talking about it.  "This region doesn't have the stomach for much more planning," Cameron Davis said Tuesday night before a public hearing on Great Lakes restoration. "We want to act.""
Christian Right, Bush and Abstinence Education to Blame for Rising Teen Pregnancy - The Political Carnival
"...According to the CDC, birth rates among teenagers aged 15 or older had been in decline since 1991 but are up sharply in more than half of American states since 2005. The study also revealed that the number of teenage females with syphilis has risen by nearly half after a significant decrease while a two-decade fall in the gonorrhea infection rate is being reversed. The number of Aids cases in adolescent boys has nearly doubled."
Health Insurance Industry Spins Data in Fight Against Public Plan - Washington Post
"The poll Ignagni was citing actually undercuts her position: By 72 to 20 percent, Americans favor the creation of a public plan, the June survey by the New York Times and CBS News found. People also said that they thought government would do a better job than private insurers of holding down health-care costs and providing coverage.  In addition, data from a Kaiser Family Foundation poll last year, compiled at the request of The Washington Post, suggest that the people who like their health plans the most are the people who use them the least. "

 

 

21 July

 
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
"With the presentation of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a community theater takes center stage after a long hiatus in West Chicago. Strangely enough, it is a mother and daughter who initiated the concept, but 33 years apart. The musical comedy, presented by WeGo Community Theatre and the West Chicago Park District, is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31, and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the Weyrauch Auditorium at Community High School, 326 Joliet Street."
Regional Planning Initiative, Go To 2040
"CMAP is launching "Invent the Future," a series of interactive activities that will make it easy for residents in the seven-county region to contribute their ideas for the future of the economy, transportation, housing, land use, open space, the environment and other quality-of-life factors. Throughout the summer, CMAP will ask residents how they think the future region should look."

West Chicago
High School
Voting Delegate at SkillsUSA Conference
"Mayuri Parmar, (Carol Stream) served as a State Officer and voting Delegate to the 45th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri from June 23 to 26."
New Dist. 94 boss looks forward to work
"The longtime educator has decades of experience as a teacher, principal and administrator. He worked first in Dallas, then for 16 years in Elgin Area School District U-46, most recently as assistant superintendent for administrative operations.  "There are very few things I have not had to deal with, and that will be very helpful as we move forward," he said."
Prayer dispute settled: Walmart rehires fired Muslim worker - Star Tribune
"The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Monday that Walmart agreed to the accommodation after CAIR-MN intervened on behalf of employee Abdi Abdi, who was fired from his job in February as a stocker and loader at the Woodbury store.  CAIR-MN says that Abdi, a four-year employee with Walmart, was let go for violating a new supervisor's ban on prayer during work breaks. A previous supervisor had allowed him to perform his daily prayers, the organization said."
Industry Cash Flowed To Drafters of Reform - Washington Post
"As his committee has taken center stage in the battle over health-care reform, Chairman Baucus (D-Mont.) has emerged as a leading recipient of Senate campaign contributions from the hospitals, insurers and other medical interest groups hoping to shape the legislation to their advantage. Health-related companies and their employees gave Baucus's political committees nearly $1.5 million in 2007 and 2008, when he began holding hearings and making preparations for this year's reform debate."
Gun Crazy in the Senate - NY Times
"For Alaska to permit residents who have committed repeated violent misdemeanors or who have committed misdemeanor sex offenses against minors to carry a concealed weapon is terrible public policy. For the Senate to extend that permit to 47 other states would be the height of irresponsibility, as well as a breathtaking violation of legitimate states’ rights."
[Somehow, I don't think having Chester the Molester hanging near the elementary school packing heat is the bearing of arms the founders envisioned. - Bob]
 

20 July

 
West Chicago Public Access Playback - July 20- July 26
"You'll notice that the Railroad Days Parade for 2009 is featured on Monday (after the City Council meeting), Wednesday and Friday.
    Thanks,
    John Kruser"
Smith Obituary
"Audrey Helen Smith, age 74, of Elgin, formerly of West Chicago, passed away Friday, July 17, 2009. She was born in West Chicago on September 18, 1934 to Paul and Verna Wegener."
Bartlett latest to find emerald ash borer
"he latest evidence that the emerald ash borer has bored its way into most corners of the suburbs has been found in Bartlett.  The village confirmed its first sighting of the green, tree-killing pest on Newcastle Lane, prompting additional checks of ash trees that turned up two more that were infested."
Investigation clears COD faculty assn.
""The Board, through its legal counsel, has conducted an extensive review of the issues raised by Mr. Atkinson and has concluded that the College has acted in a manner consistent with the (Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics) Act," the release stated.  Faculty association leaders and officials from the association's Friends for Education political action committee denied any wrongdoing all along."
Teen passenger in fatal SC crash also drunk
"Cameron Godee, 18, of the 2800 block of Mansfield Court, West Chicago, was killed when the Ford Explorer he was riding in hit two trees in the 3100 block of Royal Fox Drive, police said. Firefighters had to use extrication tools to remove Godee from the car.  The driver of that car -- Onofrio Lorusso, 18, of the 4N800 block of Honey Hill Circle, Wayne -- has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated drunken driving."
Second Annual Golf For A Cure
"Over one hundred golfers turned out for Golf for a Cure on July 17th at St. Andrews G. & C.C. in West Chicago. Golfers enjoyed scramble golf with an on-course cook-out, followed by cocktails & hors d'oeuvres and both silent & live auctions."
Ex-Speaker's Son Collects $87,000 For Illinois Campaign - CQ Politics
"Other notable donors included Dan Mattoon, a prominent GOP lobbyist who is a close friend of the elder Hastert; Jim Oberweis, a dairy executive who lost two 2008 elections as the Republican nominee in Illinois' 14th; and David Thompson, a former aide to the elder Hastert who is now a senior vice president at the Capitol Hill Consulting Group."
  Gerrymandering Hearing Delayed...Again - Illionois Senate Republicans
"Due to the legislative special session, the July 15 hearing was rescheduled for one week later, July 22. But, it now appears the hearing will be delayed again. The latest information is that the hearing could occur on July 29. However, no formal announcement of the hearing date or time has been made."
Kirk announces Republican bid for Obama's Senate seat - Clout Street (Tribune)
"“In recent years, Illinois fell into misrule, first by a corrupt Republican and then an even more corrupt Democrat,” Kirk said, citing imprisoned former GOP Gov. George Ryan and ousted former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is facing trial on federal corruption charges.  “These tragedies were followed by the appointment of Roland Burris to represent the 12 million citizens of Illinois in the United States Senate,” he said. “But the coming election offers an opportunity to correct our course and set a very high standard for our state and her citizens.”"
Pared-Down Episcopal Church Is Looking to Grow Through ‘Inclusivity’ - NY Times
"Whether Episcopalians really can regenerate a church based on youth and “inclusivity” remains to be seen.  So far, they have paid a price for their actions. Four bishops, the majority of their dioceses and numerous parishes around the country jumped ship in the last few years to form a new, theologically conservative entity called the Anglican Church in North America."
Randall Terry warns of "potential violence" if health care reform passes - Examiner
"Nevertheless, the sheer horror and frustration of such an evil policy will lead some people to absolutely refuse to pay their taxes. And I believe -- if my reading of history from America and around the world is correct -- that there are others who will be tempted to acts of violence."
Housing complex owners vote to ban smoking - EauClaire Leader-Telegram
"Members of the Fairfax Parkside Homeowners Association on Wednesday voted to outlaw smoking inside residences that are part of the 34-unit development. The ban also prohibits smoking in shared spaces, such as porches and garages, but does allow it in yards and on patios... "This doesn't restrict a smoker from living here," Hanvelt said of the smoking prohibition. "It just means that there are restrictions on where they can smoke.""
 

17 July

 
First United Methodist Church

Rummage Sale Donation Days
"Got Rummage?  The First United Methodist and Congregational Women will be accepting donations of household items and clothing for the Annual Rummage Sale to be held in August.  Donations may be delivered on Sunday 7/19 and Sunday 7/26 from 11;30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Donations can also be delivered Monday, August 3rd through Thursday, August 6th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at 643 E. Washington St., West Chicago, just east of the shopping center.  Please no electronics or large furniture.  Call 630-231-3344 to arrange an afternoon or evening donation delivery.  All proceeds will be used to support local, national and world relief efforts.  http://www.firstumcucc.org"

Police Recruitment Underway
"Applications are available beginning July 19, 2009 at:
West Chicago Police Department (325 Spencer Street) or on the City website (click here)
Please Return the Completed Application,
NO LATER THAN 4:30 P.M. ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2009..."
  • Pace solution to budget woes ruffles feathers on RTA board
    "RTA directors today voted down giving $8 million in funds to help plug a hole in the Pace paratransit budget.  Declining sales tax revenues and ridership increases have put Pace into the red when it comes to serving disabled riders. Pace is responsible for providing services for disabled people in Chicago and the suburbs."
  • Pace warns RTA funding balk will hurt riders
    ""Rest assured we will not have money to operate in October," he said, adding disabled riders in Chicago and the suburbs are the ones who will suffer.  "These people have enough on their plates. We do not want them to have to worry about getting around in the fall," he said.  The "no" votes resulted from pressure by the CTA and Metra, whose leaders are loathe to lose any money, several officials explained."
Anti-abortion advocates to gather in Aurora
"Anti-abortion activists will hold graphic pictures of unborn and aborted babies, while handing out pamphlets to people passing by. The group will start the day at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora, near Eola Road and East New York Street, where they will stand outside from 9 to 10:30 a.m."
City notes: Rockin' for the Troops
"Operation Support Our Troops — Illinois' fourth annual summer benefit concert will take place Saturday at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. The park opens at noon, and the concert features actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band. Tickets are advanced sales only, cost $25 and can be purchased online at www.osotil.org or at all Naperville, Bolingbrook, Wheaton and West Chicago Jewel-Osco food stores. Visit www.osotil.org/rockin2009.html."
Potter' under the stars
"The Cascade Drive-in, in West Chicago, about an hour's commute from downtown -- has the new Potter film for at least the next two (possibly three) weeks. It runs on a double bill with "Transformers 2," and if you're looking to eventize, this is the way to do it cheaply"
WeGo Summer Theater/West Chicago Park District presents You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
"WeGo Summer Theater is performing their first annual summer theater production, bringing you three nights of the hilarious and upbeat revival version of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. The show will take place at Community High School, located at 326 Joliet Street in West Chicago, 60185.  Show dates are Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 1 at 2:30pm."
Congress on Your Corner - Facebook
"Congress on Your Corner is a one-on-one town hall meeting that allows constituents to bring their concerns to Rep. Foster in an informal way without making an appointment.
  • DATE TOWN TIME ADDRESS
  • July 18 Campton Hills 9:30 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Farmer’s Market, 40W115 Campton Crossing Drive
  • July 18 Plano 12:30 P.M.-1:30 P.M. Plano Library, 15 W. North Street"
Democrats Block Roskam’s Medicare Fraud Prevention Amendment
"The amendment would have required creating a system of real-time data review, like the credit card industry employs, to prevent fraud and abuse at the point of sale, before money is paid out... The Democrats’ bill includes higher penalties for those guilty of healthcare fraud..."
[Somehow, another level of Washington bureaucrats rather than just perp-walking the jerks didn't sound like that good an idea to me. - Bob]
What's New Robert L. Park Friday, July 17, 2009
  • WATER: IS H2O A FORMULA FOR ROCKET FUEL?
  • LUNACY: A PLAN IS NOT A PLAN UNTIL IT HAS A BUDGET.
  • MARS: ASTRONAUTS REMAIN STUCK IN 1969.
  • SURGEON GENERAL: OBAMA CHOOSES REGINA BENJAMIN.
'Green News Report' - July 16, 2009
"End of the 'free ride' for mining companies?; Swine flu surges again.... PLUS: Sarah Palin was for 'Cap-and-Trade' before she was against it... All that and more in today's Green News Report!"
Should Religious Conservatives Fear the Hate Crimes Bill? - US News and World Report
"But conservative Christian groups, who've led the charge against expanding the federal hate crimes law since the mid-1990s, are stepping up warnings that the bill threatens religious liberties, including the freedom of clergy to condemn homosexuality... As religious conservatives mount a last-ditch effort to derail the bill, however, legal experts say the legislation narrowly focuses on violent acts and that pastors' speech remains protected by the First Amendment."
Face-Lift Company Settles "Fake Reviews" Suit, In Which Employees Were Instructed to Post Satisfied-Customer Cyber-Reviews - Daily'Dog
"False reviews have become more of a problem as more people rely on sites like Yelp, Amazon or Epinions to rate and learn about products and services. Some review sites have grown so powerful that consumer reviews can make or break a new business."
Letter from AMA to Chairman Rangel Supporting House Health Care Reform Bill - TPM
""On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, I am writing to express our appreciation and support for H.R. 3200, the 'America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,'" wrote AMA Vice President Michael Maves in a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel."
 

16 July

 
Rail Road Days 2009
Many Thanks are extended to Marilyn Coletti and Sharon Lemon who provided pictures of the carnival, the music, and the parade.  Click on the thumbnail to the right to see the larger image.
West Chicago teen's death ruled a homicide
"A 17-year-old West Chicago youth killed while riding as passenger in a DUI crash last month also was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, authorities said Wednesday.  Cameron J. Godee, a recent graduate of St. Charles East High School, died about 4:30 a.m. June 14 when a 2005 Ford Explorer that carried three other teens went off the road and hit a mailbox and two trees on the 3100 block of Royal Fox Drive in St. Charles."
West Chicago banker gets probation for stealing from elderly customer
"A former West Chicago State Bank employee must serve two years' probation and 30 days in a work-release program for stealing from an elderly man's account, including after his death."
Foster Announces $190K Grant to NIU Library Program
“By digitizing data, NIU libraries are able to preserve information for generations to come,” said Foster.  “In addition to preserving important data, the grant will also allow for the dissemination of this data, allowing for scholarly collaboration throughout the world.”
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Specialist Chester W. Hosford, United States Army - Hometown: Ottawa, Illinois"
From Amish fiction to vampire lit, Christian fiction branches out in ways both tame and edgy - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The Christian book business, optimistic that a little literary escapism might be an antidote for readers in hard times, is turning to bonnets, buggies and bloodsuckers.  Even as Christian publishing suffers during the recession — one study found net sales for Christian retailers were down almost 11 percent in 2008 — several publishing houses are adding or expanding their fiction lines with both the tame (Amish heroines) and boundary-pushing (Christian vampire lit)."
Judge will decide whether to drop union's suit over 35-hour workweek  - Journal Sentinel
"A decision on County Executive Scott Walker's order to cut the hours of nearly 2,000 workers inched forward Wednesday when a judge said he would decide whether to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the union representing the workers.  Reserve Judge Dennis Flynn of Racine ruled June 26 that Walker had the right to impose the 35-hour workweek as part of an emergency fix of a looming budget deficit. District Council 48 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees had sought an injunction prohibiting the reduced hours."
Fox Continues Promoting Birther Lawsuit While Ignoring Red Flags Indicating It’s A Hoax - News Hounds
"In other words, two months after formally declaring he didn’t think Obama is a legal president, Cook volunteered to serve in Afghanistan under Obama. Two months later, he filed another lawsuit, even though a lawsuit was not necessary, to revoke his deployment because Obama is not a legal president, a view Cook had all along."
15 July  
Around and About in West Chicago - 15 July 2009
  • Foundation Day
  • Pumpkins for a Cure
  • Laura and Rick Hall at St. Michael’s United Church of Christ
  • PRIDE award for the year 2008
  • Troop 21 Eagle Scout Awards
AnnaPalooza - Santo Jr.
"Annapalooza, an event to raise money for Neuroblastoma research, from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Community Fellowship Church, 28W240 North Avenue. It is a fun time for families to enjoy food, carnival games, inflatables, tournaments and bands, and at the same time contributing to a good cause. Bands playing are Bruce Swift and Friends at 3 p.m., Heavier Things at 4:30 p.m., The Preamble at 6 p.m. and Reilly at 7:30 p.m. Hosting the event is Anna’s Hope, a 501 c3 not-for-profit charity. For further information, visit the web site www.annashope.com."
West Chicago Public Access Playback - July 13- July 19
Sorry that this is not appearing till the week is almost half over.  Hopefully some of you will still find it useful. - Bob
West Chicago banker gets probation for stealing from customer, 84
"A former West Chicago State Bank employee must serve two years' probation and 30 days in a work-release program for stealing from an elderly man's account, including after his death.  Guadalupe Mendez, 32, of Montgomery, received the punishment Wednesday after she pleaded guilty during an earlier court hearing to felony misappropriation of financial institution property. She faced probation or three to seven years in prison."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"... to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Lieutenant Derwin Williams, United States Army - Hometown: Glenwood, Illinois"
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"...  to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Specialist Christopher M. Talbert, United States Army - Hometown: Galesburg, Illinois"
Illionois
Senate
Republicans
General Assembly passes last-minute budget
"The budget compromise does not offer a permanent solution to the state’s fiscal problems, but legislators said that it was the only plan that could be agreed upon without increasing taxes in today’s terrible economy.  The Governor will be forced to cut the 12-month budget, and can make the cuts at his discretion."
First major capital construction bill in ten years signed by Governor
"The approximately $30 billion program reflects a bipartisan effort between the four legislative caucuses and will finance improvements to schools, roads and municipal infrastructure – and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process. "
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 10 Jul 09
  • NIH: FRANCIS COLLINS IS NOMINATED TO HEAD HEALTH AGENCY
  • JUSTIFICATION: WHAT DO SCIENTISTS OF FAITH BELIEVE?
  • L’AQUILA ACCORD: WHAT WE HAVE IS A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE
  • FOOD FIGHT: FOREIGN INVESTORS ARE BUYING UP LAND IN AFRICA
Episcopal Vote Reopens a Door to Gay Bishops - NY Times
"By voting to affirm that “any ordained ministry” is open to gay men and lesbians, the Episcopal Church effectively ended what many regarded as a moratorium on ordaining gay bishops, which the church passed at its last convention three years ago.  The moratorium was adopted in what proved to be a largely unsuccessful effort to calm conservatives in the Anglican Communion, which has torn itself apart in the last six years since the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire elected the communion’s first and only openly gay bishop, Bishop V. Gene Robinson."
Grassley Admits That ‘Empathy Standard’ He Finds ‘Troubling’ In Sotomayor Didn’t Apply To Alito - Think Progress
" NPR: By your standard that would be disqualifying. He should have said instead my family, my background counts for nothing.
GRASSLEY: That’s absolutely right. […]
NPR: But you didn’t vote against Justice Alito’s confirmation.
GRASSLEY: No I didn’t."
Man Charged $23 Quadrillion For Smokes - CBS News
"The bank corrected the error the next day.  Bank of America tells WMUR-TV only the card issuer, Visa, could answer questions. Visa, in turn, referred questions to the bank."

 

 

14 July

 
Getting muddy at W. Chi. volleyball tourney
"Five adjacent courts soaked with water - with sandbags delineating the lines - served as the playing field. Players either got doused by a fire hose to wipe off the excess mud or lined up to get underneath a makeshift shower made by a sprinkler attached to a wooden beam."
West Chicago crowds roll into Railroad Days
"Carnival games, festival food and live music, including a performance by Davy Jones, formerly of The Monkees, entertained the crowds at Railroad Days, which took place July 9 through July 12 at Reed- Keppler Park."
Foster Commends Batavia, Kendall County for Earning National Accolades
"Today, Rep. Foster commended two communities in the 14th District for being named by Money Magazine as top places to live and create jobs.  The magazine ranked the city of Batavia 56th on the list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States and ranked Kendall County as the third largest county for job growth from 2000-2008."
  • Feingold on Cheney's Secret CIA Program: Failure to Notify Congress a Violation of Law
    "The failure to notify the congressional intelligence committees of the program prior to last month was a violation of the National Security Act and individuals who ordered that Congress be kept in the dark should be held accountable."
  • More Democrats call for investigating the CIA - Politico
    "The executive branch of government should not create programs like these programs and keep Congress in the dark," Durbin said on ABC’s “This Week”. "To have a massive program that was concealed from the leaders in Congress is not only inappropriate, it could be illegal.""
 

13 July

 
Due to an extended weekend in areas without dependable access to high speed internet, WegoNews was not updated on Monday, July 13th.  The weather in the UP was great.  I enjoyed visiting with relatives and old friends. 
 

10 July

 
Slow going for RailRoad Days visitor
This hard core Monkees fan was spotted on Hawthorne Lane between Arbor and Ingleton, headed for Reed Keppler Park hoping to arrive in time for the 9 PM show by Davy Jones on Friday, with only a short break to lay some eggs in a south facing sandy hill.  My wife, Sharon, grabbed the pic of the 2 foot snapper with her phone camera. - Bob
Quinn Budget Meeting Provides Little to No Progress
"Despite a few hours behind closed door with the Gov. Pat Quinn to discuss possible solutions to the continued budget impasse, State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) called the meeting an enormous waste of time as Quinn refused to answer questions and pushed an income tax increase that fell on deaf ears."
Summit helps police combat identity theft
"Boback's eye-opening demonstration was part of a summit for law enforcement officials on identity theft.  Officials from more than 30 police departments attended the daylong event, which was hosted by the West Chicago Police Department and co-sponsored by the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and LifeLock."
Illionois
Senate
Republicans
Quinn vetoes budget measure, proposes substantial cuts
"Lawmakers are scheduled to return on July 14 to consider the governor’s veto of House Bill 2145 and SB 1197 – a funding measure for social service programs that was also vetoed. It is unknown whether legislators will choose to override the governor’s veto in order to keep state government operating and prevent the deep cuts proposed by Quinn."
Nonprofit must pay property tax, judge rules - Journal Sentinel
"Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael O. Bohren determined that ProHealth Care could be taxed on its headquarters because the corporation supports many for-profit ventures and because it does not pass a litmus test as a "benevolent" organization.  The leader of a statewide coalition of 170 nonprofit groups said the case appears to represent the latest example of government tax collectors turning to nonprofit entities to replenish depleted tax coffers."
Ensign's Weirdest Moment - TPM
"... (Because the comedy never stops, remember that Gov. Sanford too is a member of the C Street group/Family.) In one of the more surreal episodes in this whole drama, while folks from 'The Family', including Sen. Coburn (R-OK), were trying to get Ensign to end his relationship with the girlfriend and write her and her husband a big check."
 

09 July

 
More mud, different Monkee highlight W. Chicago Railroad Days
""I think having the event follow the Fourth of July weekend works out really well for us," he [Dave Sabathne] said. "We've got a free fireworks show that you don't have to fight through big crowds to see, so this is a good alternative."  Organizers have also added free shuttles that run continuously from the Metra stop near city hall downtown to and from the park."
Festivals around town - West Chicago Railroad Days:
"A celebration of the city's transportation hub history features live music, carnival rides, sporting events, food and drink vendors and activities for children. 5 p.m. Thu.-Fri.; 4 p.m. Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun.; free. Reed-Keppler Park, 100 W. National St., West Chicago;773-868-3010."
Green Sundays at the First United Methodist and Congregational Church
"Sunday worship begins at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist and Congregational Church located at 643 E. Washington St. in West Chicago.  A bike rack is located at the east entrance.  Leave your car at home and enjoy the beauty of pedal power!  For more information on the Green Disciples, visit the website at http://www.firstumcucc.org and read the "Joyful Noise".
Library's summer reading club invites kids to "Camp Read-a-Lot"
"Children with Library cards may join the "Camp Read-a-Lot" book club, open to children from birth through grade 6, and receive prizes through August 1 for the reading they're doing in the summer.  Open storytimes are offered on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am for ages birth to 3, and at 10:00 am for multi-ages and families."
Pharmacists can't refuse Plan B pill, appeals court says - Los Angeles Times
"That order prevented state officials from penalizing pharmacists who refused to dispense Plan B as long as they referred consumers to a nearby pharmacy where it was available.  On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the injunction, saying the district court was wrong in issuing it based on an erroneous finding that the rules violated the free exercise of religion clause of the U.S. Constitution."
Sean Hannity Caught Selectively Editing Obama Speeches, Again - Huffington Post
"... Fox's Sean Hannity takes the recordings made by those cameras and starts splicing and resplicing up a storm, in order to make it seem that Obama said a bunch of things that he didn't say. And then, armed with his cut-up, bowdlerized junk, Hannity plays his audience for fools."
[First section calls out Hannity for lying by editing ... and then rips MSNBC and CNN. - Bob]
 

08 July

 

Around and About in West Chicago - 07 July 2009

  • West Chicago’s 36th annual Railroad Days
  • St. Andrew Golf & Country Club and Pumpkins for a Cure
  • Support our Local Businesses
  • DuPage County Crime Stoppers
Dillard to announce run for governor
"The 53-year-old Republican appeared in ads during last year's presidential campaign praising Democrat Barack Obama's bipartisanship when they served together in the Illinois Senate.  Dillard also served as chief of staff to former Gov. Jim Edgar, and he's been in the Illinois Senate since 1993."
New honey building for forest preserve's old farm
""Honey refining hasn't changed much in the last 100 years, so the equipment we use is pretty much the same with maybe the exception of some stainless steel pieces."  McClow said honey has generally been unregulated because the enzymes bees put in honey keep it from spoiling.  "So it's a very safe product to process," he said.
Big safety issues roll into Wayne on CN rails
"The Canadian National freight train quickly rumbles south on the tracks it now owns, a portion of which run through Wayne. The train's short appearance late on a Thursday morning contrasts with police reports that show at least six instances since Feb. 23 where Canadian National officials were called because either a train or malfunctioning gates stalled traffic for anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour and 19 minutes. Before CN, such a problem would occur once or twice a year."
Foster Votes to Support Small Businesses
"As a person who started my own business from scratch, I recognize the challenges that small businesses face,” said Foster.  “I am proud to support legislation that will enhance small business research and innovation, creating opportunities that will allow businesses right here in the 14th District to grow and create jobs."
Foster Announces More Than $7 Million in HUD Grants
“This Recovery funding will help those who have been hardest hit by the economic downturn, helping them provide housing for their families.”
Economy closes one relief group, forces cuts at World Vision - Religion News Service
"International Aid needed to collect about $1.5 million in the past two months to balance its $70 million budget, but only gathered between $150,000 and $200,000, according to CEO Gordon Loux.  "Since we have insufficient funds, the board felt it was prudent to cease operations," Loux said."

Paul Krugman: HELP Is on the Way - NYTimes
"There are a number of ways to look at this number, but maybe the best is to point out that it’s less than 4 percent of the $33 trillion the U.S. government predicts we’ll spend on health care over the next decade. And that in turn means that much of the expense can be offset with straightforward cost-saving measures, like ending Medicare overpayments to private health insurers and reining in spending on medical procedures with no demonstrated health benefits."

Max Baucus And Democratic Senators Going For The Green. Corporate Money, That Is! - HillBilly Report
"Now why would Senator Max Baucus keep single-payer advocates out of negotiations? Does receiving  $1,500 a day, every day, from January 2003 through 2008 from groups and individuals associated with drug companies, insurers, hospitals, medical supply firms, health service companies and other health professionals answer that question for you? It does for me."
[I hope that the 40 Republicans in the Senate that will vote their party line take no joy in their support from the Dino-crats. - Bob]
 

07 July

Top riders to compete at horse trials in Wayne
"Watch some of the top riders in the nation competing at the Maui Jim Horse Trials Thursday to Sunday, July 9 to 12, at the Lamplight Equestrian Center and Pratt Wayne Equestrian Area in Wayne."
D303 to tweet anti-suicide info to students
"When the school district's Suicide Prevention Summit wrapped up last month, one of the main problems it identified was that services were available, but students were unaware of them. One suggestion was to use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, although no specific plans for using them were outlined."
Foster Tours YouthBuild Site in Aurora
"“YouthBuild provides an excellent service to our community, and I was glad that I was able to see the site firsthand,” said Foster.  “The YouthBuild program is unique in that it serves a dual purpose – it helps at-risk kids earn their GED or high school diploma, and these kids also help to provide housing to area families in need.”"
Foster Holds Health Care Roundtable
“While health care legislation has yet to be drafted, there are many different competing ideas as to how best to reform health care, and as a scientist and businessman, I want to gather the facts to determine what solutions make the most sense,”
Hurley's 2009 4th of July Fireworks
The video of the fireworks was shot from my balcony at Haven North.  The sponsors, firemen, police, and other volunteers are to be congratulated on the best fireworks show they have ever put on.  I decided to run much of the text of the Declaration of Independence over the top of it basically because I thought it might be good for everybody to read that about once per year.  It is, after all, what the holiday is all about. - Bob
PS: clicking on the little version takes you too larger video at You Tube.
Religious groups' radio ads back health overhaul - Assoc Press
"In the ads, the religious leaders discuss the moral reasons for making health care more affordable. They are being sponsored by national and local groups including Faith in Public Life, Faithful America, the PICO National Network and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good."
Fired Workers Demand Justice from Taco Bell
"For starters, on the morning of March 24, Taco Bell workers were fired with no notice or opportunity to respond. Taco Bell management made claims of worker status issues as the basis for the firings while using Social Security Administration (SSA) “no match” letters to make its case... Even before the firings occurred, workers pointed out in a May 14 meeting with local clergy, they suffered discriminatory treatment compared to non-Latino coworkers, including: harder work assignments, fewer training opportunities, fewer breaks, lower wages, and rules against speaking Spanish to customers. Prior to being fired, workers were forced to train their replacements.
Same Old Tricks - TPM
"The NRSC has responded to criticism of this latest misleading video and in its defense says it could have used a much worse image of Franken, one of him in diapers. But that photo, as we reported yesterday, has already been repeatedly shown to be doctored and not a real image of Franken. So, yes, they could have used another fake to make their bogus point."
 

06 July

General Assembly Scholarship Winners
"“My scholarship committee did a great job of reviewing all of the applications and selected some of the brightest and hardest working students in my district. I am extremely proud of these student’s accomplishments and I wish them continued success in their academic careers,” Fortner said.
West Chicago Public Access Playback - July 6- July 12

Thur

6:00 PM

COD Images

 

6:30 PM

COD Inside Studio 180

 

7:00 PM

Outspoken

 

7:30 PM

Railroad Days '99

Come visit the Viking ship and hear of its journey to Chicago
"Did you know that the Viking ship from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition is housed at Good Templar Park in Geneva?"
[Did you know that for years it was housed in West Chicago? - Bob]
Whatever happened to the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad?
"The Aurora, Elgin and Chicago Railroad offered its first run from Aurora to Chicago in August 1902. A year later, it added the Wheaton to the Elgin leg. By 1909, the railway had another leg that served West Chicago, Geneva and St. Charles. Somewhere along the way, the company reversed the order of its name to be the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railroad, or, as it was known to passengers, the CA&E."
July Featured Artist Series Highlights Soft Pastel Artist Judith Laczo
"Hungarian born artist Judith Laczo has developed her interest in art across 3 continents. A life-long passion for art drew her to visit many art museums throughout Europe. She left Budapest in 1971 with her husband, who was employed as an engineer, and spent 6 years in South America."
Zaruba to run for 4th term as DuPage County sheriff
"DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba announced Thursday he will seek re-election next year but he faces a challenge in the Republican primary.  Michael Quiroz, a former deputy sheriff, entered the race June 22. He and Zaruba will be on the Feb. 2 primary ballot."
President's pastor - The Post and Courier
"Cash has been in the news recently after Time magazine reported that the Obamas had chosen Evergreen Chapel at Camp David as their primary place of worship.... But after the Time story appeared, the White House put out a statement saying Obama "and his family continue to look for a church home. They have enjoyed worshipping at Camp David and several other congregations over the months, and will choose a church at the time that is best for their family.""
Congress's $1.2 Million a Day Drug Habit—and Pharma's Phony "Gift" to Health Care Reform -Common Dream
"By making voluntary "concessions," the industry positions itself to combat any real change that might affect its profit margins. And with drug spending estimated to total $3.3 trillion over the next decade, $80 billion in discounts is a small price for Big Pharma to pay to preserve its stranglehold on the American health care system. So is $1.2 million a day to preserve its friends in high places in the United States Congress."
04 July Happy Birthday
  IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton
Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton
 
Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean
Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark
Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton
 

03 July

 
July E-Newsletter
  • Budget Impasse
  • Victim Impact Statement Bill Passes
  • Improvements Coming to Beaver Pond
  • HERO Award
Award Winning Artist Debuts Work at Gallery 200
"For her debut as keynote exhibitor, Hungarian-born artist Judith Laczo has an impressive body of work to her credit. Exquisite oil and soft pastel renderings of her world travels will underscore the magnitude of this artist’s talent and clearly define her as an up-and-comer to the art scene."
Birkett to make second bid for state's attorney general
"Madigan is expected to declare in two to four weeks whether she'll run for U.S. Senate, governor or to retain her current seat. Birkett, meanwhile, said the attorney general position is his best fit, regardless of whom he faces on Election Day.  So far, no one else has officially declared for the post. It's Birkett's third attempt at statewide office and his second for attorney general."
Zaruba seeks fourth term as DuPage sheriff
""Since being appointed in 1997, I have focused my efforts on finding innovative, efficient ways to protect the people I serve," Zaruba said in a statement issued Thursday, "and I want to continue to do just that."  No Democrat has emerged to challenge Zaruba, but a former deputy has announced plans to run against him in the February GOP primary."
State election board could penalize 2 COD trustees
"The state election board may fine two College of DuPage trustees for filing faulty campaign paperwork.  Former trustee Kory Atkinson submitted the complaints several weeks ago against current board Chairman Kathy Wessel and recently elected trustee Sandy Kim."
[As I read this article, the headline is hyped. - Bob]
Zaruba to run for 4th term as DuPage County sheriff
"DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba announced Thursday he will seek re-election next year but he faces a challenge in the Republican primary.  Michael Quiroz, a former deputy sheriff, entered the race June 22. He and Zaruba will be on the Feb. 2 primary ballot. Both men grew up in Villa Park, attended Willowbrook High School and worked in the corrections and patrol divisions."
Youngstown
Vindicator -
Youngstown,OH
Looking for a better way of redrawing political borders
"The redistricting contest, which had the cooperation of the office of Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, showed that it is possible to design a new state map that places a priority on compactness, communities of interest, competitiveness and representational fairness. The three winners in that contest were Tim Clarke, an attorney from Avon; Stuart Wright of Columbus and Mike Fortner of West Chicago, Ill., a Republican state representative and former mayor of West Chicago. They took on the challenge of drawing better maps as an intellectual challenge and a commitment to better government."
Illionois
Senate
Repubs
Budget impasse continues into new fiscal year
"The Governor’s veto was not unexpected – he addressed a joint session of the General Assembly on June 30, and pledged to veto the budget, saying he would keep lawmakers in Springfield until a budget more to his liking is passed."
Fortner Honored as Legislator of the Year
[dated "Jul 03, 2008 - 04:58 PM" this is the last update at Representative Fortner's website ... a full year of inactivity. However, during this time he has issued press releases about once per month. - Bob]
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 3 Jul 09
  • THE THAW: WARMING DEBATE HEATS UP -- AS THE ARCTIC MELTS.
  • THE ENERGY BILL: A STEP TOWARD COOLING THE GREENHOUSE,
  • THE MYTH: SWEDEN’S ECONOMY GROWS AS CO2 EMISSION DROPS.
  • THE WIND: CHINA IS BECOMING A GREEN-ENERGY SUPERPOWER.
  • THE BOTTOM: CNN CAN’T TELL UP FROM DOWN.
New Anglicans split on women - The Washington Times
"The new province is a mishmash of former Episcopalians, ranging from almost-crossing-the-Tiber Anglo-Catholics to low-church charismatics, and it's a mystery as to how they're all going to get along. Many are against ordaining women. Others are just as adamant that females be given access to the diaconate, priesthood and the episcopate. The Episcopal Church approved female priests in 1976 and elected its first female bishop in 1988.  The ACNA's new canon laws state women can be deacons and priests, but not bishops."
Fired Workers Demand Justice from Taco Bell
"Even before the firings occurred, workers pointed out in a May 14 meeting with local clergy, they suffered discriminatory treatment compared to non-Latino coworkers, including: harder work assignments, fewer training opportunities, fewer breaks, lower wages, and rules against speaking Spanish to customers. Prior to being fired, workers were forced to train their replacements."

 

Michael Jackson's Thriller is NOT the Top Albumn Ever - RIAA
Level   Title   Artist
29   EAGLES/THEIR
GREATEST HITS  1971 - 1975
  EAGLES
28   THRILLER   JACKSON, MICHAEL
Mark Sanford: The Movie - TPM
"We were discussing in the office yesterday who should play Mark Sanford in the movie. Kevin Costner? Mark Harmon? But that was before we saw Andy Cobb play the role. He's a dead ringer for Sanford."

 

 

02 July

 
I’m Running for Attorney General : Joe Birkett for Illinois - FaceBook
"I invite you to watch the brief video below in which I explain my decision. I will continue to aggressively engage with you online to build a statewide organization that provides each and every citizen a voice in Illinois government, once and for all."
announcement video
DuPage County briefs - No board vote necessary:
"The proposed "work force housing zoning amendments" were rejected by the board's development committee after residents in targeted zoning districts complained the proposal would lower their property values. The state's attorney's office determined the committee's vote was enough to kill the proposal and it is unnecessary for the full board to vote it down, county officials said."
Geneva Republican wants to replace Foster in 14th
"Jeff Danklefsen, 41, described himself as "just a regular guy" who is tired of frivolous government spending and bailouts. He faces at least one opponent in the primary: Ethan Hastert, the son of former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert."
"Music and Games of the 1890s" at Kline Creek Farm
"Visit Kline Creek Farm, a living-history farm in West Chicago, June 9 – 13, 16 – 20 and 23 – 27 for “Music and Games of the 1890s” house tours to discover the entertainments families enjoyed over 100 years ago. These free tours begin on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are not required."

Birkett running for Illinois attorney general
"Though he had considered running for governor, the 54-year-old Birkett said he decided instead to seek to become attorney general, a position he said he believes is the best fit for him.  "Ultimately, I know who I am -- I'm a prosecutor," said Birkett, who has served as state's attorney since 1996 and has been a prosecutor for nearly 30 years. "It's a role that drew me to public service. It's a role I want to continue as attorney general.""

India Court Rules Gay Sex Legal, Rejects Colonial Law - Bloomberg
"An Indian court ruled gay sex between consenting adults was not a crime, ordering that the rights of citizens were violated by parts of a 150-year-old colonial-era law that made it illegal.  “We declare that section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, in so far as it criminalizes consensual acts of others in private,” runs counter to basic human rights guaranteed by articles of the Indian constitution, Chief Justice A.P. Shah of the Delhi High Court said in a ruling."
Area health care panel addresses insurance, reimbursement concerns... Online La Crosse Tribune
"The story said Medicare paid an average of $5,812 for each beneficiary in La Crosse in 2006, while the average was $16,351 in Miami.  Franciscan Skemp Healthcare chief executive Dr. Robert Nesse told more than 100 people in the La Crosse Public Library basement auditorium Wednesday there was no evidence Miami residents got better health care for three times the cost as La Crosse."
Ill. Woman Fined $25 For Potty Planters In Yard - CBS News
"The planters in her front yard brought Tina Asmus national publicity last month. This week, they brought her a $25 fine. Asmus said Tuesday she will go to court to fight to keep her lawn ornaments, which are made from two old toilets and a bathroom sink."
 

01 July

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 01 July 2009
  • DuPage Habitat for Humanity’s Pioneer Prairie Development
  • 16th annual Fine Arts Fiesta
  • Waste Pick Up Charges
  • Dr. Lee Rieck
  • Reverend John Baluff
Channel 17 Announces Parade Broadcast Hosts
"When West Chicago's annual Railroad Days Parade kicks off July 12 at 1PM, CableCom, Channel 17 will be there to videotape the festivities again this year. The parade is recorded live-to-tape using remote recording facilities provided by Comcast and will be shown about a week later on the public access cable channel."
DuPage forest preserve budget unchanged
"The cost of running the DuPage County Forest Preserve District will drop slightly this year.  Officials say that's partially because of a February fire that gutted the Oak Meadows Golf Course clubhouse in Addison and resulted in the elimination of two full-time jobs and one part-time post."
Enough with the addicts - Nancy Klintworth
"Reality check!!!  We do not need to glamorize their lives anymore -- they are not heroes, they are not worthy of praise, and I have had enough."
Volunteer: John Nachtrieb - Mobility aids find new life in Sri Lanka
"How he does it: Collects the used equipment from the congregation and community residents and repairs minor damages and cleans them. Then he drops them off with a friend in West Chicago who's a member of the Chicago Buddhist Vihara, a Buddhist Temple. The friend then arranges the shipments to Sri Lanka."
State's Attorney, police plan 'no refusal' DUI effort during holiday weekend
"On the evenings of Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, additional patrol officers will be specifically assigned to search for erratic drivers who could be intoxicated. In addition, a streamlined process will be in place for law-enforcement to obtain a search warrant for a blood sample if a drunken driving defendant refuses to submit to a lawfully requested test to determine the alcohol concentration of their blood, breath, urine or other bodily substance."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Spc. Casey L. Hills, United States Army - Hometown: Salem, Illinois"
Durbin Announces $37 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Community Health Centers in Illinois

Senator Burris Salutes Energy Efficiency and Sustainability ... - eNews Park Forest

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