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30 Sept

Randy Ramey Fall Fundraiser
  • Tuesday, October 20th
  • 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
  • St. Andrews Golf Club, 3N441 RT 59, West Chicago
    (1 mile north of RT 64 on the east side of RT 59)
Last call to apply! Deadline is October 2, 2009!
"The Board of Education is reorganizing the Citizen's Advisory Council and is looking for members. This important committee will meet once a month throughout the 2009-2010 school year to learn about the school district, engage in 2-way communication with the community about what they have learned, provide input, devise solutions, and make recommendations to the Board of Education."

West Chicago
High School
"Based on guidelines that were set last year, each Division is asked to nominate two students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Learning, Leadership, or Living. The recipients of the PAWS awards this month are a testament to the importance of hard work, perseverance, and community.  The winners for the month of September are ... "
Free dinner from East Side Chipotle
"Stop by the St. Charles Chipotle and show your St. Charles East High School student, staff or faculty ID Monday, October 5th 3:00pm - 6:00pm and we'll hook you up with a FREE BURRITO, BOWL, ORDER OF TACOS or SALAD. (Sorry, no fax or online orders)  RTE. 64 BETWEEN 38TH AVE. & KAUTZ"
1st Annual Oktoberfest - FaceBook
"West Chicago's First Annual Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday October 3rd. This event is being held by SantoMaria's, Fontana Blu and El Coco Loco with the help of West Chicago's Chamber of Commerce and The City of West Chicago. We have put this event together to bring the community together and support one of West Chicago's own We Grow Dreams."
Support drying up for early learning center
"Funded entirely by philanthropists and supported by West Chicago Elementary District 33, Educare of West DuPage would provide classes for 150 youngsters from birth until age 5.  Neighbors on Geneva Road to the east and in the High Lake neighborhood to the west and south say the project would excessively tax the area's aquifer, increase traffic on Indian Knoll and exacerbate flooding.  The plan came about after the Woodridge-based Gustafson Family Foundation concluded that a year-round early learning center would significantly benefit young, at-risk children."
Sudoku is good for you, cancer patients learn
"Cancer patient Ann Preuss of West Chicago listened to Johari's presentation and told the others why she likes the game.  "When I was in chemo and taking treatments, Sudoku seemed like the one thing that could make me focus," she said. "It helped me a lot in that way.""
Reading Together 2009 Kicks Off at Cantigny
"Following a presentation of colors by Warrenville Boy Scout Troop 30, Library Board members, patrons and guests listened attentively as Ben Weseloh, Adult Services Manager from West Chicago Public Library District, Sandy Whitmer, Library Director from Warrenville Public Library, and Nucia Choate, Head of Youth Services from Winfield Public Library, outlined this year's program which, in addition to book discussions focusing on titles based on a World War II theme, includes a presentation by award-winning children's book author Candace Fleming at West Chicago Public Library,..."
Swine flu school closings could cost billions
"But in the month since classes began, many schools have closed. As of Monday, there had been at least 187 school dismissals across the country affecting at least 79,678 students, the Education Department said.  The report issued today by Brookings’ Center on Social and Economic Dynamics estimated that the cost of closing all schools in the U.S. for four weeks would be between $10 billion to $47 billion. Brookings called that a conservative estimate."
More than 3,000 Muslims in Illinois prisons, statistics say
"The Department of Corrections nt does not keep statistics on the number of inmates who convert to a religion while incarcerated. However, Smith said the department takes precautions to ensure that, when an inmate wants to convert to a religion, the person is being sincere.  "The person has to meet with the chaplain and the chaplain would have to determine the person has a sincere belief in the faith," Smith said."
Chicagoist Today in Duh: Illinois Republican Party Tries to Have it Both Ways
"That group backs moderate GOP candidates (Kirk's status therein has been a bit of a problem for him as he tries to energize a less moderate Republican base statewide), and has accepted some $90,000 in contributions from SEIU's PAC since 2001.  Nevertheless, Kirk is adamant about taking a hard-line against SEIU and ACORN. In a press conference this week with U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam of Wheaton and Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, Kirk said that SEIU's involvement with ACORN is a threat to “the integrity of the census.”"
Will Obama White House Intervene in Illinois Primary between Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes?
"But with a 39% approval and a 35% “no opinion”, Quinn—who inherited his job after the Illinois legislature ceremoniously booted Rod Blagojevich from office —must have landed on some political health “watch list” in the White House."
Church of God in Christ Endorses Health Reform Bill - Charisma
"The nation's largest Pentecostal denomination announced its support for President Obama's health reform plan and called on the faith community to "set a moral example" by supporting the president's efforts to address the issue... He also said his organization opposes abortion coverage in the proposed health plan. "In accord with our commitment to Christian teaching, we wholeheartedly affirm the president's position that medical costs related to the abortion of fetuses shall not be covered by health care plans funded by this initiative," Blake stated."
Health insurance companies are breaking out the scare tactics to go with their outright lies to fight health care reform. - AFL-CIO
"Humana and several other health insurance companies recently sent letters to seniors with Medicare Advantage policies, claiming that health care reform legislation would cause “millions of seniors and disabled individuals” to lose their benefits. Says Tony Fransetta, president of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans:  "What Humana is doing is unconscionable. Although payments to Humana under Medicare Advantage have increased drastically in the last several years, benefits and services for seniors have not."
Newsmax Columnist: Military Coup May Be Needed 'To Resolve The Obama Problem' - TPM
"Military intervention is what Obama's exponentially accelerating agenda for "fundamental change" toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama's radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible."

29 Sept

Ramey Supports MAP Grant Initiative
"State Representative Randy Ramey (R, Carol Stream) added his name to a growing list of legislators in support of legislation aimed at shoring up a gap in the state’s Illinois Student Assistance Commission Monetary Award Program left partially unfunded in the wake of the Democrats’ tumultuous budget negotiations."
[Rather than the "Party of NO" this shows some legislators proposing concrete, specific solutions to real problems... a thumbs up to the problem solvers... may they re-inhabit the legislature. - Bob]
A Library Event - John Hugunin
"Again this year, the West Chicago Sister Cities’ group is sponsoring an open house at the: West Chicago Library - 118 W Washington - 1st floor – Program Room.  Be sure to mark your calendar: October 14 (Wednesday) 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  The program will include a brief movie about Taufkirchen (our sister city in Upper Bavaria). New books and DVD’s will be on display which we have donated to the library. Also look for Lebkuchen from Suzette’s creperie in Wheaton as well as other German desserts.  Bring your friends and learn about this magnificent Bavarian town.
Educare: Education, Childcare for Low Income Families - ABC News
"Did you see this? Good Morning American did a story on Educare on September 4! Debbie Foreman told me that Sandy showed it to her staff. This would be a GREAT thing for the community – and the County Board – to see!" - Bob
Tales Tombstones Tell Marks its 20th Year
"Grave markers have long fascinated those with a penchant for history and a curiosity about the lives they commemorate. Oakwood Cemetery at Oakwood and York Avenue in West Chicago, Illinois is filled with monuments that if given the ability to speak, would tell inspiring stories of bravery, fortitude, and adventure."
Hultgren joins Republican bid for 14th Congressional District
"Hultgren's candidacy had been rumored for weeks, but the Winfield Township resident made it official with some choice words for his fellow Republicans.  "I am a proud Republican, but I am not proud of all that took place in Congress under Republican leadership," Hultgren said."
State senator joins GOP hopefuls in 14th District
"On Monday, Sen. Randy Hultgren, R-Wheaton, described himself as a reformer who wants to help create jobs and opposes the "government takeover" of the healthcare system.  "What people are really looking for is someone who is going to represent them," Hultgren told dozens of supporters gathered at Peck Farm Park in Geneva for his announcement."
West Chicago Hosts Opening Stage of Fall Fling Stage Race
"More than 200 riders gathered at the Pella Window Factory on Fabyan Parkway Sept. 26 for the opening stage of the ABD Cycle Club's 2009 Fall Fling Bicycle Stage Race.  Amateur and professional riders from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Iowa competed for top honors and an early lead in the overall rankings."
1,500 sign up for UI homecoming's iHelp program
"The 99th annual homecoming celebration at the University of Illinois will start with a campus cleanup and other work done by 1,500 volunteers.  The project, called iHelp, runs Friday through Sunday, and others are welcome to chip in with their own good deeds along with the 1,500 who met Monday's sign- up deadline, its organizer said."
AARP: Insurance charges based on age discriminatory
"Old people get sick more than young people, and in most states that adds up to them paying a lot more for their health insurance premiums.  President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats want to restrict that practice as part of a top-to-bottom reshaping of the nation’s health care system, a change that will help them politically with aging Americans skeptical about the government’s plans."
White to announce for re-election today
"Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is scheduled to announce his candidacy for re-election in a three-city flyaround today, including a stop at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St. in Springfield at 1:30 p.m.  White also will make announcements in Chicago at 9:30 a.m. and in Marion at 4:30 p.m.  White, 75, a Democrat, was first elected secretary of state in 1998."
Health-care questions legitimate, Durbin says
"“Can you really trust the government, or will they make it worse?” he said, reflecting the questions some of his constituents have asked him during debate in Washington, D.C., about health-insurance reform.  “That is a legitimate question,” Durbin, D-Ill., said during a “listening session” on health-care reform proposals attended by about 60 people at Springfield’s Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. “We have to make sure we do make it better.”"
Foster announces $1.25M for City of DeKalb
"“This stimulus funding invests in vital infrastructure needs, and will allow the City of DeKalb to make necessary safety improvements and replace old buses, allowing the transportation system to best serve area residents,” said Foster."
Kirk, Roskam Join The Glenn Beck Brigade
"Before going after ACORN, Kirk should have thoroughly researched his own voting record as well. From Abdon Pallasch's Friday Sun-Times article: "Kirk himself voted in 2005 to approve a $140,000 earmark for ACORN’s New York office to fight teen delinquency, SEIU's political director Jerry Morrison said.""
[If one of my Republican friends will please provide me with a credible link to a single case where an Acorn registered voter was convicted of voting illegally, I will post the link with a thank you. - Bob]
Chicago Slaughter 2010 Tryout Date Announced
"Tryouts will be held at Finish Strong Sportsplex on Saturday, November 14th from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM, with registration from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Finish Strong is a state-of-the-art, indoor sports facility located at 551 W. Roosevelt Rd., in West Chicago, Illinois. "
A new push to define 'person,' and to outlaw abortion in the process - Los Angeles Times
"Abortion foes, tired of a profusion of laws that limit but do not abolish abortion, are trying to answer the question in a way that they hope could put an end to legalized abortion.  Across the country, they have revived efforts to amend state constitutions to declare that personhood -- and all rights accorded human beings -- begins at conception."
Global Unions: G-20 Made Progress, But Not Enough - AFL-CIO
"Trade unionists around the world will continue to pressure their governments to stimulate the global economy to put people back to work. Guy Ryder, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), said that while he is glad the G-20 agreed to put jobs at the heart of their economic recovery agenda, big questions remain in some key areas."
The War on Language - TruthDig
"The infantile slogans that are used to make sense of the world express, whether in tea party rallies or in Gaza street demonstrations, a very real alienation, yearning and rage. These clichés, hollow to the literate, are electric with power to those for whom these words are the only currency in which they can express anguish and despair. And as the economy worsens, as war in the Middle East and elsewhere continues, as our corporate state strips us of power and reduces us to serfs, expect this rage, and the demented language used to give it voice, to grow."

28 Sept

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Sept 28- Oct 4
Fermilab exhibit blends art, science
""My still lifes are intended to be presented in the manner of a science demonstration or imaginary physics experiment. Chalk markings on blackboards are juxtaposed with real objects to create tensions between the physical world and the imaginary constructs that we use to define it. To accomplish the illusory effect of the chalk, I point a view camera toward the horizon point of two right-angled chalkboards. Markings are drawn into the three-dimensional field (in forced perspective) such that, from the fixed point of view of the camera, they appear to have depth, or to be floating in space, or on the surface plane of the photograph.""
Congress overhauls federal student lending
"Roskam's concern is that it could end a local grant program at the Midwestern University. The health care graduate school in Downers Grove is in Roskam's suburban district... Supporters, however, say there may still be a role for such nonprofit organizations in the lending process to be determined by the Department of Education based on service to borrowers."
Indian community prepares to rescue Hindu statues
"A Naperville man prominent in the Indian-American community is leading an effort to recover two Hindu statues that are submerged in the DuPage River and place them on permanent display. During a Labor Day weekend canoe trip, Mark Coleman of St. Charles discovered two large white marble statues in the river near Naperville/Plainfield Road."
Suburban manhunt: Police still trying to figure out where Maday went after overpowering investigators
"More than a week since his daylong bid to avoid a lengthy prison sentence came to an end after his capture Sept. 18 in West Chicago, authorities are still trying to piece together how he eluded them in those early hours.  Specifically, they continue to grapple with how the career felon apparently made his way to Hanover Park so soon after dumping the SUV, Arlington Heights Police Capt. Nick Pecora said."
Judge blocks Quinn's planned layoffs
"A spokeswoman for Quinn said the state plans to appeal the ruling "on the basis that our plan is responsible and legally sound," but said it would not move forward with plans to lay off 419 prison workers this week.  "Illinois is experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis and budget reductions must be made, including cuts to the state's administrative and personnel costs," spokeswoman Ashley Cross said in a statement."
Judge blocks layoffs; gov's office will appeal
"Lambert issued a preliminary injunction this morning shielding more than 500 workers who were supposed to be laid off starting Wednesday. Lambert ordered the two sides to work out their differences in arbitration or through some other kind of agreement.  Cross said the administration denies the complaint from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 union that the layoffs jeopardize public safety and that the union contract was violated by the layoffs."
Fingerprinting bolsters background screenings
"“Implementation of the National Child Protection Act in Illinois will provide greater access for individuals in screening perspective employees and volunteers who seek to work for private organizations,” said Illinois State Police Director Jonathon Monken.  “Consequently, a greater level of protection will be afforded to the most vulnerable members of our society and prove to be an invaluable tool in protecting them.”"
Christian Convert Couple Wins Right to Asylum in U.K. - ASSIST News Service
""This represents a critical victory in the ongoing challenge to protect those who take great risk in proclaiming their Christian faith," said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ECLJ and ACLJ.  "At a time when so many Christian converts face real persecution-including the threat of death-it's encouraging that this couple can now stay in the U.K. We're delighted we were able to provide assistance in this very important case," he said."
A Little ‘Buy American’ Goes a Long Way - AFL_CIO
"Instead of using foreign inputs, which are less stimulative for job creation, domestic steel is being used to create 30-foot I-beams to support the bridge deck. Steel rebar is also used in the project. The local engineer also reports that the Buy America requirements are not burdensome and are not an impediment to the project. The project came in under budget with $600,000 allotted, but only $430,000 needed to complete the project. The bridge construction is moving quickly and is expected to be completed shortly."
Abandoning Middle America - IBEW
"Verizon wants to shed wireline and broadband systems in rural parts of Illinois, Washington, California, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas and Oregon. They are areas of low population density where the company believes it will be too expensive to install its next-generation, high-speed fiber optic lines. Verizon stands to make $8.6 billion from the deal, but, thanks to a loophole in the law, won’t pay a dime in taxes."
As Seen On TV! Birthermercial Asks, Where Was Obama Really Born? - TPM highlights
"For a $30 contribution, viewers also get a fax sent in their name to the 50 state attorneys general and Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that President Obama produce his real birth certificate."
[I would hate to think that this was a scam to rip off well meaning although misguided conservatives. - Bob]
Maddow: 'The Truth About the Lies About ACORN' - Brad Blog
"Her report follows on a new study, "Manipulating the Public Agenda: Why ACORN Was in the News, and What the News Got Wrong," just out from Occidental College and the University of Northern Iowa, detailing, as she describes it, "the embarrassing extent to which the media has gotten the ACORN story really really wrong.""

25 Sept

"Wayne S. Atkinson of Winfield Wayne S. Atkinson, 83, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. Arrangements are being made by Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, Wheaton, 630-668-0016."

West Chicago
High School
"On Saturday, October 3rd Pamela Kuhl Davis will be honored as the first recipient of the CHS Justice Award for Distinguished Alumni Achievement. Ms. Davis, a 1967 Community High School graduate, will be recognized at the Autumn Flame event sponsored by the CHS Education Foundation."
Cops: Maday manhunt wasn't expensive
"Almost all of that money went toward overtime pay for police officers who had to come in early or stay late.  Most departments were able to respond with officers already on duty, although most had to shuffle some officers around to free up others. They also were able to share resources with regional agencies and neighboring departments."
Wayne man charged in fatal DUI gets OK to travel out of state
"Judge Timothy Sheldon agreed Sept. 18 to remove electronic home monitoring from the terms of bond for Onofrio Lorusso, 18. He is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when he lost control of a Ford Explorer on Royal Fox Drive in St. Charles and hit two trees June 14, killing passenger Cameron Godee, 17, of West Chicago and injuring two other passengers."
New job could pay White $300,000
"Hardy said the details of White's new contract are still being finalized and will require board approval.  White earns $450,000 annually as president and has not received a raise since he was hired in 2005. He was scheduled to receive a $475,000 retention bonus Feb. 1, but agreed to forgo that when he resigned effective Dec. 31. He also gave up the final 18 months of his contract, which trustees had extended last November."
UI team wins grant to do energy audits
"The team plans to train UI students to perform free energy audits of rental properties so landlords will know how to make them more efficient, she said. The students would also distribute efficient power strips and light bulbs.  The proposal was put together by the Office for Technical Consulting Resources, a student-run consulting firm at the UI."
Alleged would-be bomber described as humble, polite
"People who worshiped at the same Decatur mosque as Michael C. Finton were surprised to learn that the 29-year-old had been arrested for allegedly participating in an elaborate plot staged by the FBI to blow up the federal building in downtown Springfield. He showed no signs of extremism or potential violence, a mosque official said."
Tax credit expiration concerns local real estate agents
"The federal tax break, scheduled to expire Dec. 1, is credited in the real-estate industry with stabilizing one of the worst housing markets in decades. But critics say the program cost twice what was expected and in many cases paid buyers who would have purchased a home anyway."
GOP tries to tie Giannoulias to Blagojevich
"The GOP suggested the endorsement reflected badly on Giannoulias and pressed him to explain why he would accept it... Republicans, out to try to take the Senate seat from Democrats, don’t miss an opportunity to point out a Democrat’s ties to Blagojevich."
[I wonder if Republicans feel the same way about endorsements/contributions from AIG, City Bank, Enron, Tom Delay, Abramoff, Haliburton, Black Water... Perhaps things would be better with a simple law:  If you can't vote you can't buy politicians. - Bob]
Foster Announces $86,500 in Stimulus Funds for Lower Fox Watershed in Kendall County
"“By restoring and protecting the Lower Fox River, which feeds into the Upper Mississippi River System, an important natural resource and part of our national economy, we ensure that surrounding communities are protected from the damage that occurs when the river floods,” said Foster."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 25 Sep 09
Orlando-based evangelist says Bill Maher movie ruined his life - Orlando Sentinel
"He has sued. He has been sued. His speaking engagements are down. He can't pay the rent on his family's five-bedroom home in the Rio Pinar community, court records show.  "All of these things that have happened have hurt the ministry," Cummings said. "I'm struggling to try to keep my family together." ... Last year, he told the Los Angeles Times how he got people to talk to him: "It was simple: We never, ever used my name. We never told anybody it was me who was going to do the interviews. We even had a fake title for the film.""
Union leaders from around the world say job creation must top the agenda at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh. - AFL-CIO
"AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said today the world’s major economies need continued short-term stimulus, more progressive tax systems and serious public investment in job creation and regulation of the financial system—coordinated internationally—to prevent the wealthy few from benefiting at the expense of workers. We need to create new norms for responsible business conduct and make sure the economy is benefiting workers, Trumka said."
So Off Message - TPM
""Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan -- something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get -- that would compete with private health insurance plans?"
     Favor 65%
     Oppose 26%"
How ACORN Took Over the Illinois Republican Party - AfterDowningStreet
"While 50 ACORN members were in the Illinois Republican Party headquarters, the phone rang, and an ACORN member answered it "ACORN, Can I help you?"
On the other end, they said, "What, ACORN? Wait a minute, this is the Republican Party in D.C. calling the Republican Party in Illinois."
The ACORN member said, "ACORN has taken over the Republican Party in Illinois. Can I help you?"
The response: "Oh my God.""
 Angry TownHall Press Release

24 Sept

Around and About in West Chicago - 24 Sept 2009
  • West Chicago High School Homecoming
  • Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Walk
  • Homecoming at Wheaton Academy
  • West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Citizens’ Advisory Council

West Chicago
High School
PSAT testing information for juniors
"On Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. Community High School will be offering the PSAT/NMSQT to our juniors. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical-thinking skills that are important for success in college, including critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills."
Changes to freight plan annoy EJ&E neighbors
"CREATE recently announced it intended to modify the plan by dropping a new route designed to get CN trains through the region faster. The change comes after CN confirmed it won't need that improvement because it is moving trains onto the EJ&E, which runs in a semicircle from Waukegan to Gary, Ind., avoiding Chicago.  Towns along the EJ&E fought the railroad merger saying it would cause noise, traffic and safety problems."
Budget pinch may be to blame for Robert Maday's escape, Dick Devine says
"Former Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine said Monday that budgetary concerns may be partially to blame for last week's dramatic escape of a prisoner from two investigators."
UI president quits; meeting on interim leader planned
"University of Illinois trustees will convene a special meeting in the next few weeks to choose an interim president – possibly former UI President Stanley Ikenberry – to take over when B. Joseph White steps down in December."
Route 66 show not slowed by economy
"Organizers expect roughly 80,000 car enthusiasts from across the country to attend the event, which kicks off Friday and ends Sunday. The tourism bureau estimates the weekend event will inject $1.5 million to $2 million into the local economy." ... “Street festivals such as this allow us to show off our historic sites alongside hundreds of historic automobiles, as we turn downtown Springfield into a Mecca for classic cars of the Route 66 era.”
Planned Parenthood to offer abortion pills
"Springfield is the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the United States with a Planned Parenthood health center where elective abortions aren’t available in the community, he said.  Medication abortions allow women during the first trimester of their pregnancies to complete abortions in the privacy of their homes. A woman first takes a drug called mifepristone at a clinic or doctor’s office, and a second, misoprostol, later at home."

Medicare Premium Fairness Act - FaceBook
"Bill Foster voted for the Medicare Premium Fairness Act, which protects Medicare beneficiaries from increases in their 2010 Medicare Part B Premiums. The bill passed by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 406-18!

Foster Votes to Protect Seniors From Increases in Medicare Premiums
"“I voted for the Medicare Premium Fairness Act because it makes sure that no senior will face a decrease in their Social Security check due to Medicare Part B premium increases,” said Foster. “I am proud to stand up for every senior in my district to ensure that they are treated fairly in tough times.”"


Reform Chairman urges lawmakers to reject “status quo”
"Collins added, “…the current system lacks transparency. It lacks public participation. And if you look at it from a results standpoint…I think the results lack the confidence of the people that districts are drawn in a fair manner.”"
Lutheran bishop warns about withholding donations  - Journal Sentinel
"The presiding bishop of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination warned Wednesday that withholding financial support to protest a recent gay clergy vote would be "devastating" to the church... The ELCA churchwide assembly voted last month to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy, dropping a requirement that gay clergy remain celibate."
OK to disinherit kids who marry outside faith
"The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a Jewish husband and wife were within their rights to disinherit any grandchildren who married outside the faith.  Chicago dentist Max Feinberg and his wife Erla had set up their estate to disinherit any grandchildren who married someone who wasn't Jewish."
Paper companies say China, Indonesia not playing fair - Journal Sentinel
"Unfair foreign competition could have made a difference in the closing of a paper mill in Kimberly last year and continues to impinge on domestic makers of certain coated printing papers, the chairman of NewPage Corp. said Wednesday.  That's why NewPage, two other North American papermakers and the United Steelworkers of America have filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions against competitors from China and Indonesia."
Unemployment Benefits Extension Moves to Senate
"The U.S. Senate is expected to act by the end of this week on a bill approved by the House yesterday that will provide an added 13 weeks of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for jobless workers in high unemployment states who have exhausted their benefits without finding new work.  H.R. 3548, introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), passed 331-83, with 66 Republicans and 17 Democrats opposing the measure, which will extend benefits in states where unemployment is more than 8.5 percent."
Something terrible is happening! - Move On - Funny or Die
"Will anyone stand up for the "real" health care victims: the super-rich health insurance executives!?! Thankfully, Will Ferrell and friends are - check it out: Watch the video »"
Eye Opener: Census Worker Found Hanged - Washington Post
"A part-time Census Bureau field worker was found hanged in Kentucky Sept. 12 with the word "fed" scrawled across his chest, according to a law enforcement source. Bill Sparkman, 51, who was white, was found at the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky..."

23 Sept

Just for the Health of It!
This is a community health and wellness Expo sponsored by Rep Ramey, Hanover Twshp, and the Victory Center of Bartlett.  The event includes a LifesSource blood drive from 9:30AM to 2:30PM.  You may register for it at and enter the sponsor code 447C.
Lawmakers stake out positions on health care
""The government-run public option will cost trillions, explode the deficit and limit quality of care. Bad policy with a huge price tag isn't something I'll support," U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, said."
[After marching in partisan lockstep with the Bu$hie's $5 Trillion in deficit spending, this guy owes us an apology before he talks like a born-again-virgin. - Bob]
Pay vs. Performance: Is the money right for your superintendent?
"Since 1998, a state law has required that multi-year superintendent contracts be “performance based” and set goals. The idea was that salary and compensation should be closely tied to improvements in the district.  While many school boards use the goals to chart a clear course for the district’s chief administrator, at least several set only broad or vague objectives — in some cases one or two sentences that amount to little more than a job description."
Ex-U. of I. president may return as interim chief
"Former University of Illinois president Stanley Ikenberry told the Tribune today that two university board members have approached him about serving as interim president.  The questions come as the current president, B. Joseph White, is expected to announce his resignation today after a months-long admissions scandal."
UI President White to resign
"Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, say President B. Joseph White's resignation is imminent. White has been at the center of the controversy over reports that the university admitted politically connected students over more qualified applicants."
Hynes clarifies his graduated tax plan
"The majority escape higher taxes because of the way Hynes is structuring his graduated tax plan. The tax increases he is proposing — ranging from .5 percent to 4.5 percent — apply only to income above the $200,000 threshold. Even millionaires would pay the current 3 percent rate on the first $200,000 of their income. Over that, however, the rates increase to the maximum 7.5 percent proposed by Hynes."
Court hearing today on state layoffs
"The national economy is showing signs of life, but the worst is still ahead for some state workers facing imminent layoffs because of state budget woes. The union that represents many of the 2,600 workers who face layoffs is in court today to try to stop that from happening."
Park Forest
Chicago Area Men Arrested in Child Pornography Sting
"JOSE CARLOS GARCIA, age 22, of 1419 Muirfield in Schererville, Indiana and NEAL MASCHKE, age 40, of 0 North 248 Easton Avenue in West Chicago, were arrested in Skokie, Illinois on Saturday evening, without incident, by Special Agents assigned to the Chicago FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force (IITF)."
Republican lawmakers address state budget problems
"State Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago, said the state needs to do a better job of attracting businesses to locate in Illinois through incentives.  “We don’t do that very well in Illinois,” Fortner said."
[So giving more money to large businesses is the cure for Illinois' budget woes... that's kinda counter-intuitive. - Bob]

Unemployment Extension - Facebook
"Bill Foster voted to extend unemployment insurance benefits last night, bringing relief to unemployed constituents seeking work in our recovering economy."

Grace Church trial took financial toll on both parties in lawsuit - Colorado Springs Gazette
"A few weeks ago, St. George’s Anglican Church — a congregation that started as a breakaway group from the Episcopal church — asked its members for a one-time family donation of $1,500 each to defray about $750,000 in legal costs, as well as tens of thousands in fees that were assessed as part of a settlement. ... The legal expenses and a decline in the stock market resulted in a colossal loss in the diocese’s investment income, dropping from $4.9 million in January 2006 to $750,000 in August, records show. It will take years to recover the funds, said Chuck Thompson, assistant treasurer for the diocese."
We’re Sick of Insurance Company Abuses - AFL-CIO
"We’re sick of insurance companies telling doctors what they can and can’t do. That has to stop. We’re sick of our family members and neighbors getting denied coverage because they once got sick. That has to stop. We’re sick of insurance company policies that reward denying claims. That has to stop. And we’re sick of their using our premium money to work against the health care reform we need."
Something terrible is happening! - Move On - Funny or Die
"Will anyone stand up for the "real" health care victims: the super-rich health insurance executives!?! Thankfully, Will Ferrell and friends are - check it out: Watch the video »"
GOP Rushes To Defend Insurance Companies From Dem Attack - Huffington Post
"The free-speech argument, however, is complicated by the government-subsidy. Medicare Advantage is a GOP-created program that gives private plans an average of 14 percent more tax dollars than the government pays for coverage of patients under traditional Medicare.  Democratic health-care proposals would cut payments to those plans by about $123 billion over 10 years... Communication between the private Medicare Advantage providers and beneficiaries is strictly regulated because the private companies are using public dollars."

22 Sept

West Chicago man nabbed in child-porn sting
"The 40-year-old Maschke was caught Friday at an alleged child-pornography swap meet involving a cooperating witness and FBI undercover agents at a Skokie hotel, where according to the FBI complaint, he brought portable computer drives containing images and video of child pornography and identified himself as a clerk in the circuit court clerk's office of DuPage County."
DuPage Democrats setting 2010 slate in hopes of loosening GOP hold
"Party leaders have begun slating candidates for the open seats on the county board, forest preserve, and General Assembly that are up in 2010. Most races won't require a Democratic primary, but some could feature more than one candidate heading into the February primary."
Attorney: Maday's 'not looking to hurt anybody'
"For now, Maday's only court appearance is for federal sentencing Oct. 30 on his plea agreement on the bank robberies he committed in the northwest suburbs late last year. Additional charges stemming from last week's escape may or may not be filed before then."
Four charged in child-porn probe
"Neal Maschke, 40, of the 200 block of Easton Avenue in West Chicago, was charged with felony possession of child pornography. He was arrested in a Skokie hotel along with Jose Garcia, 22, of Schererville, Ind., as part of an FBI investigation into a group who called themselves "Boy Lovers," the FBI said."
Feelin' lucky, driver?
"Richton Park Police Chief Vito Mannino said he found that officers were neglecting to record stops when they didn't issue tickets, leading the data to show that 99.8 percent of those pulled over were ticketed. The percentage is actually lower, he says. The situation has since been corrected.  Mannino speculated that other towns, swamped by paperwork required by the state, might also be making the same mistake, resulting in misleading data."
Sebelius joins in on Foster's second tele-town hall phone conference
"Foster told callers he would sign national health care legislation only if it covers those with pre-existing conditions, cuts medical and health insurance costs for families and small businesses, and is affordable and paid for through legislation without passing debt on to future generations.  When a caller from Algonquin asked whether Democrats are “serious about tort reform in the bill,” Foster laid out three issues he finds important in regard to tort reform. These included legislation that caps the amount of money a jury can award for non-economic damages, defensive medicine on the part of doctors and lowering the rate of medical accidents."
Journal Sentinel signs deal to print suburban Chicago newspapers
"Journal Sentinel Inc. has signed a three-year agreement to print 39 weekly newspapers that serve northeastern Illinois communities.  Those Pioneer Press Publications are owned by Chicago-based Sun Times Media Group. The publications will be printed at Journal Sentinel's Burnham St. production facility in Milwaukee."
Hynes wants graduated income tax
"In a meeting with the editorial board of The State Journal-Register, Hynes, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, said he expects lawmakers to act in the next few weeks on other components of his plan, like imposing a “luxury services” tax on items like tanning parlors and dating services."
Rep. Foster Votes to Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits
“By extending unemployment benefits, individuals and families will have the support they need as they try to find a job in this difficult economy,” said Foster. “In addition, extending these benefits means that the money will be injected directly into our local economy, as families can use this money to purchase the things they need from area businesses.”
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"... to fly the flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff on behalf of: Private First Class Matthew M. Martinek, United States Army - Hometown: DeKalb, Illinois"
Christian nurse under fire over wearing cross to meet hospital officials - Telegraph
"“For about 30 years I have worked in the NHS and nursed patients day and night and on no occasion has my cross caused me or anyone else, any injury – and to my knowledge, no patient has ever complained about me wearing it.  “I feel that I’m being bullied and victimised because of my faith.”"
Rallies Set Across Nation to Protest Big Insurance - AFL-CIO
"Here’s the way we in labor see things—America is in a big fight over health care. The American people are on one side. Big Insurance is on the other side. Only one of us will win. We know if the insurance companies win, we all lose."
Census Data Show Recession-Driven Changes - New York Times
"A smaller share of Americans married, drove to work alone, owned their own home or moved to a new residence last year than the year before.  More lived in overcrowded housing. Property values declined. And fewer immigrants arrived, which meant that for the first time since the beginning of the decade, the total number of foreign-born people in the country did not grow.  Those were among the findings released Monday in the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey, a wealth of data comparing the nation’s profile in 2008 with that of 2007."
[I remind my Republican friends that this study involves only the last year of the Bu$h administration. - Bob]

21 Sept

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Sept 21- Sept 27

West Chicago
High School
"Community High School District 94 is very pleased to announce that a competitive sports program is being established for District 94 special education students with developmental delays and /or disabilities. This program is being coordinated with Special Olympics Illinois, which is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive, and respected members of society through sports training and competition."
Manhunt ends in arrest
"A West Chicago police officer initially pulled Maday over into the parking lot of a Taco Bell on Route 59 near West Chicago's downtown, said West Chicago Deputy Chief Bruce Malkin."
West Chicago native pens crime novel
"Car rides from their Indiana home to West Chicago and back again didn’t find Mary Dieter and Tim McClure listening to the radio or playing 20 Questions so much as plotting murder and intrigue.   The trips to Dieter’s mother’s house afforded the couple plenty of uninterrupted time to discuss the plot of their thriller “McNaughton Rule.”"
More federal charges on Maday not 'imminent'
"The statement said no additional federal charges are "imminent as law enforcement authorities continue their investigation."  Authorities say that after escaping from two Cook County state's attorney's investigators Thursday, Maday went on to carjack two women and rob a Bloomingdale bank, before being arrested Friday in West Chicago."
WGN Fugitive Maday arrested after crash in west suburbs
"Dozens of passersby applauded as police pulled Robert Maday out of a stolen gray Volkswagen Jetta he had just crashed while being chased by police in West Chicago today -- ending a two-day hunt for the armed fugitive."
House moves toward extending jobless benefits
"A bill offered by Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., and expected to pass easily would provide 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits for more than 300,000 jobless people who live in states with unemployment rates of at least 8.5 percent and who are scheduled to run out of benefits by the end of September."
Winters drops out of lieutenant gov race
"Winters said he believed he had a chance in the February primary because, until last week, no suburban Republicans were in the race.  The situation changed when Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, entered the race, Winters said: “My experience in the House will allow me to push for job creation and fair tax policies.”
Winters endorsed Murphy for lieutenant governor."
Some hospital workers reluctant to get flu shots
"But health-care employers in Springfield and nationwide are frustrated by what they call stubborn and illogical attitudes of some workers who have no medical or religious reasons for turning down free flu shots, but shun them anyway."
Rep. Foster Tours the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
“I am pleased that the stimulus funding will help some of the club’s employees keep their jobs so that the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin can continue to be a pillar of our community.”
Foster  Town Hall - Facebook
"Bill Foster is holding my second telephone town hall tonight - this time with a special guest, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius!"
Rep. Foster Announces $845,411 Grant for DuPage Airport
"“To maximize public safety, it is imperative that our airports be maintained and improved on a regular basis,” said Foster. “This funding will allow DuPage Airport to enhance runway safety, improving overall airport safety.”"


Bloomingdale Democrats Protest Roskam on Health Care
"The Bloomingdale Township Democratic Organization today announced plans to stage a "Honk For Health care" demonstration on Saturday September 26 at noon outside the offices of Congressman Peter Roskam at 150 S Bloomingdale Road in Bloomingdale. The group's aim is to demonstrate the publics desire for affordable health care for everyone and highlight the congressman's opposition to reform."
Huckabee wins Values Voters' straw poll - Washington Times
"Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Saturday won a 2012 presidential-preference straw poll of social and religious conservative activists from 49 states gathered in Washington, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said at an afternoon press briefing at the Omni Shoreham Hotel."
Workers Paying More for Health Coverage; Docs Back Public Option and Other Health Care News
"The average family health insurance premium has jumped by 131 percent during the past decade while wages have increased by just 38 percent and inflation by 28 percent, finds the Kaiser Family Foundation’s (KKF’s) annual health benefits survey released this week.  Today, the annual premium for employer-provided health insurance is $13,375, with the employer paying $9,860 and workers footing $3,515 of the premium costs.  As a result, many employers say they plan to cut back health care benefits even more than they already have with higher co-pays and deductibles for workers."
Health Insurance Companies Say C-Sections Are A Pre-Existing Condition Because Having A Child Is A Choice - Feminist Peace Network
"On the one hand you’ve got the faux family values folks telling us that we are baby killers if we exercise the right to end a pregnancy and we also have the insurance companies  sticking us with the risk of going bankrupt if we have a c-section.  Some choice."
Canadian Health Care, Even With Queues, Bests U.S. - Bloomberg
"The allegations are wrong by almost every measure, according to research by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other independent studies published during the past five years. While delays do occur for non-emergency procedures, data indicate that Canada’s system of universal health coverage provides care as good as in the U.S., at a cost 47 percent less for each person."



18 Sept

  Fugitive escapee caught at corner of James and Rt. 59.
[I was just informed by my daughter of multiple police departments at scene and incident was confirmed on WCPT 820 FM and 92.5 FM - Bob]

West Chicago
High School
12:08 PM - West Chicago HS -  Precautionary Measures Being Taken
"Community High School is currently taking precautionary safety measures in light of information received from the police department about an escaped convict spotted in the southwest DuPage county area.  We are NOT in a soft lockdown.  As part of our safety measures, no one will be allowed to exit the building and all entrances will be locked with security personnel stationed at the entrances.  We are working in full cooperation with the West Chicago Police Department to ensure the safety of all students and staff.  Classes will continue to run on the normal schedule and all classes will need to be held inside the building."
01:12 PM - Precautionary Safety Measures Lifted
"With the capture of the escaped convict by local law enforcement officials, the safety precautionary measures at Community High School have been lifted.  If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to call at 630.876.6300."
Thank you.  Dr. Moses Cheng, Principal
Flu Shots to be Offered at High School Sept 24th
"Walgreens of West Chicago will be offering seasonal (not H1N1) flu shots at the high school this Thursday, September 24th, for students during lunches and for parents from 5-9 p.m. Students over the age of 14 are eligible to receive this vaccine with parental consent. Please use the links below to print out the consent form, which must be signed by parents and returned to the Health Office at the school anytime between now and end of the day next Wednesday."
Community High School Homecoming Week Activities
"Community High School in West Chicago will be celebrating Homecoming with a full schedule of events beginning Saturday, September 26th through Saturday, October 3rd."
Board Briefs - Thursday, September 17, 2009
"The regular meeting of the Board of Education was held on Thursday, September 17, 2009, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Board Members in attendance: Julie Pearson, Brenda Vishanoff, Karla Bruce, Dave Barclay, Sue Stibal, Deborah Ramsey, Chris Scheck "

WCHS Town Hall - Gary Saake - Facebook
"My thanks to Congressman Roskam, Senator Millner, Senator Hultgren, State Rep Ramey, and CB Member Enger for participating in the Community High School Legislative Roundtable today. It was a terrific experience for the kids to hear from you first-han...d about the issues being discussed in Washington, Springfield, Main Street USA, and the halls and classrooms of CHS."

City Museum Tomorrow is Craft Saturday at the City Museum!
"One Saturday a month, from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the West Chicago City Museum will hold free craft activities for children to learn about local history and the world around them while creating a treasure to take home."
Suburban Life Publications Community calendar for week of Sept. 18
"St. Mary’s Catholic School Class of 1969 Saturday, Oct. 10, St. Mary’s Parish of West Chicago, 140 N. Oakwood Ave., West Chicago. Looking for lost classmates. Call Jo Noonan, (630) 231-0013 Ext. 230, or Rita Konop Bergeron, (630) 406-9689."
Bicycle Racing Comes to West Chicago
"The Athletes By Design Cycling Club, based in Winfield, is hosting two stages of their 7th annual Fall Fling Stage Race in West Chicago, including "Kids' Races" on Sunday, October 4th for children aged 12 and under. Registration is just $3 per child and helmets are required. All children will receive a ribbon after their race."
  • Fugitive Maday arrested after police chase, crash
    "Armed escapee Robert Maday was arrested around noon today after getting into an accident on Illinois Highway 59 near West Chicago while being chased by police, investigators said.  The arrest came hours after Maday hijacked a car from a woman in Hoffman Estates, then robbed a bank -- the same one he hit a year ago --  in Bloomingdale."
  • Fugitive once vowed he wouldn't go back to jail
    "In a 2006 comment board posting apparently written by Robert Maday, the fugitive prisoner said he would do anything to stay out of prison -- "crawling if I have to.""
Medal of Honor recipients coming to Cantigny
"The distinguished combat veterans have been in Chicago this week attending the Medal of Honor Society's annual convention. On Saturday, the last day of the convention, they will spend several hours at Cantigny Park and participate in a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. to honor National POW/MIA Recognition Day."
Police beat
"Sandra Rodriguez, 30, of the 700 block of Forest Street in West Chicago, was charged Sept. 6 with retail theft, according to a police report. Store security at Walmart, 150 Smith Road, observed Rodriguez place several hair care, hygienic items and clothing into her purse and exit the store without paying for them. The value of the stolen items was about $57."
BREAKING NEWS: Robert Maday caught after bank robbery
"Bloomingdale Police have confirmed that fugitive Robert Maday was caught in West Chicago this afternoon after robbing a bank in Bloomingdale this morning."
Swine flu widespread in Illinois, officials say
"State public health officials say the H1N1 flu virus is now widespread in Illinois, and people should assume it's in their community.  "It will take every individual to help limit the spread of flu, whether it's the new H1N1 or the seasonal flu," Dr. Damon Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, said Thursday."
Report: Health premiums skyrocketed over last decade
"The cost of family coverage through employer-based health plans rose five times faster than Illinois workers' earnings between 2000 and 2009, according to the national health care consumer organization, Families USA.  The organization has been comparing premium costs and worker earnings on a state-by-state basis, using U.S. Census and Department of Health and Human Services data.
Rockford airport to offer Branson flights in winter
"The service is being offered by FlyBranson Travel LLC, a company affiliated with the privately owned Branson Airport. Passengers will be able to book air-only trips or complete packages including lodging, shows and entertainment options."
Corrections chief: Decision on early release very soon
"Early release is one option being considered in an overall examination of the Department of Corrections, which Randle took over about three months ago when Gov. Pat Quinn chose him to replace Roger Walker... As with the rest of state government, budget problems are having an impact at the Department of Corrections. More than 400 layoffs are scheduled for the end of this month."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 18 Sep 09
Groups Seek to End Legal Hiring Bias by Religious Charities - Washington Post
"The groups, which include a who's who of religious denominations and civil rights advocates, want the president to fulfill a campaign pledge last year in which Obama said that he would curtail federal funding to religious organizations that proselytize and that hire only people who are members of the same faith."
Working together, unions around the world can provide a strong counterbalance to the power of multinational corporations
"Resolution 9, “A Labor Movement Agenda for a Stronger, Cleaner and More Just Global Economy,” lays out principles to bring together unions across national borders, to counterbalance the power of multinational corporations, encourage international cooperation to recover from the financial crisis and protect the lives and rights of workers around the world."
Insurance Company Must Pay $10 Million For Revoking Policy Of Teen With HIV - Huffington Post
"The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered an insurance company to pay $10 million for wrongly revoking the insurance policy of a 17-year-old college student after he tested positive for HIV. The court called the 2002 decision by the insurance company "reprehensible."  That appears to be the most an insurance company has ever been ordered to pay in a case involving the practice known as rescission, in which insurance companies retroactively cancel coverage for policyholders based on alleged misstatements - sometimes right after diagnoses of life-threatening diseases."
Real Tyranny  - Mother Jones
"Members of the panel, all appointees of Republican presidents, characterized Ashcroft's detention policy as "repugnant to the Constitution, and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history."... the panel considered such preemptive detentions "an engine of political tyranny.""
The Illiteracy of Teabaggers and 9/12 Protesters - Buzz Flash
"We have seen a number of signs from teabaggers and 9/12 protests. Their creators took considerable time and effort to make those signs. But they didn't always spellcheck them. We received a nice collection of these misspelled signs. Enjoy!!"



17 Sept

Fall Hydrant Flushing
"The flushing will take place weekdays between 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Signs will be posted in the area prior to hydrant flushing."
Classes at Gallery 200
"A complete schedule with all details, plus online registration, may be found at, or by calling (630) 293-9550. Gallery 200 is a cultural initiative supported by the City of West Chicago and the Cultural Arts Commission."
Tri-Cities briefs - Volunteers sought for shelter:
"With Public Action to Deliver Shelter set to open a location next month in West Chicago, organizers are asking anyone interested in volunteering to attend an orientation meeting at 7:30 tonight at First United Methodist Church, 643 E. Washington St., West Chicago. Call (630) 840-2448."
Third Annual artXposium in Downtown West Chicago This Weekend
"In addition to the West Chicago City Museum, artXposium events and exhibitions will take place in Gallery 200, Main Street storefronts, the 19th century CB&Q Depot, and the West Chicago Public Library. The exhibition opens at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2009, and features a guided tour at 2:00 p.m."
DuPage County Board Members organize Health Care Forum
"DuPage County Board Members Dirk Enger, Rita Gonzalez and Anthony Michelassi sponsored the event, held at the auditorium in the DuPage County Complex in Wheaton. The invited speakers were well-informed and articulate experts, wholly unlike the spin doctors ubiquitous these days on electronic media. About 200 members of the public attended."
Illinois getting swine flu vaccine within 4 weeks
"Health officials said in a statewide teleconference call that 1.5 million doses in the first shipment will go to 2,783 health provider sites outside Chicago. Slightly less than 500,000 doses will go to 1,045 sites in Chicago."
Libertarians say voters should pick UI board
"Citing newspaper reports and the findings of the Illinois Admissions Review Commission about abuses in student admissions at the UI, the Libertarian Party said it "strongly feels that the results of the investigation and the tarnishing of the U of I's reputation is a result of the compromising of integrity by certain elected officials and their associates which, once again, leaves a black mark on Illinois."
State police crime-lab backlog falls
"“I’m pleased to say that from a report standpoint, as far as backlogs, we are down almost 25 percent from where we were when the report came out in March,” Monken said. “It’s been a combination of efforts from a lot of folks to reduce that backlog. … There’s been changes in shifts, and we’re also becoming more efficient with the equipment we have.”
Quinn to restore funding for probation services
"Quinn said the General Assembly earlier this year funded the Illinois Supreme Court’s budget for operational expenses and grants at only 56 percent of the court’s request.  That court reimburses the state’s 65 probation departments up to 65 percent of the salaries of probation officers."
Durbin, Burris explain votes on ACORN funding
"Burris also issued a statement.  “I am deeply troubled by the serious allegations against ACORN,” Burris said. “We’ve all heard the reports, and they are cause for grave concern. As with any private contractor, we need to exercise strict oversight to ensure that such practices are immediately stopped.  “However, I believe it would be a mistake to pass judgment based on a few isolated incidents. ACORN is a community-based organization that employs thousands of Americans, and they do a lot of good work. Those responsible for these incidents should be held accountable, but a few bad apples don’t spoil the whole bunch.”"
Foster Announces $600,000 for Elgin Community College
"“At a time when the unemployment rate hovers at or above 10 percent in areas throughout the 14th District, area workers and families are struggling to make ends meet,” Foster said. “The funding that has been awarded to Elgin Community College will directly benefit more than 200 area residents, helping them to obtain the job training needed to secure good paying jobs, and advance their careers to the next level.”"
Foster Votes to Spur American Innovation, Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil
"Foster cosponsored this legislation.  “As a businessman and scientist, I am a strong supporter of research and development of advanced vehicle technologies, which will help American automakers innovate while increasing their ability to compete with foreign automakers,” said Foster.  “Not only is this R & D beneficial to the future of American automakers, but it will also help to create good paying American jobs and will reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.”"
Teen Birth Rates Higher in States Where Religion Is Widespread - US News and World Report
"In the study, researchers compared U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data on teen birth rates with data from the Pew Forum's U.S. Religious Landscapes Survey. A state's level of religious belief was determined by averaging the percentage of respondents who agreed with the eight most conservative opinions in the survey, such as "Scripture should be taken literally, word for word.""
Memorial Service Held for Slain Anti-Abortion Protester - NY Times
"The police said the man charged in the killing, Harlan J. Drake, a local truck driver, had been bothered by Mr. Pouillon’s graphic opposition, displayed as children came to school. Mr. Drake is also charged in the murder of a local businessman who was killed the same day over a separate grudge, according to the authorities, who said that a third victim might have been killed if the police had not intervened."
"Today’s affiliation marks a huge step forward in the push for unaffiliated unions to rejoin the AFL-CIO. In the coming months, Trumka will continue to lead conversations on reaffilation to strengthen the labor movement and fight for an economy that works for all."
"On 9.12.2009, we went to Washington DC to document the Tea Party protests against, well, a lot of things, including health insurance reform, the IRS, abortion, global warming, and our "socialist/communist/fascist/Nazi/Muslim " president, Barack Obama. Some of them called for a return to McCarthyism, while others called for Glenn Beck to run for office--indeed, it seemed the only thing that everyone agreed on was Fox News."
Poll: One in Three New Jersey Conservatives Thinks Obama Might Be the Anti-Christ - Washington Independent
"Public Policy Polling’s habit of asking revealing, bizarre questions continues with a survey of New Jersey voters that find ... Eighteen percent of “conservative” voters think Obama is the Anti-Christ. Seventeen percent are not sure."

16 Sept

Around and About in West Chicago - 16 Sept 2009
  • West Chicago PADS homeless shelter opens Thursday
  • Latin Family Day Concert- Houston J. Pineda Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • West Chicago Park District and West Chicago Elementary School District 33 present Family Game Night Seventh
  • Annual St. Mary’s School Golf Outing
"Faith Community Church, 910 Main St., West Chicago will host its 35th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 10. Charter members, who no longer reside in the area, have been invited and the public is welcome, as well."
Lions International Peace Poster Contest - Lions Club
"The West Chicago Lions Club announces participation in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. The contest is open to all children who will be 11, 12 or 13 years of age on November 15, 2009. By entering the contest, West Chicago students will join hundreds of thousands of children from around the world in sharing their visions of world peace."
  Mickey L. Saegesser, 67 - Muncie Star Press - Muncie,IN
"Survivors include his wife, Sharon; two sons, Marc (wife, Vivian) Saegesser of West Chicago, Illinois ..."

West Chicago
High School
"The evening’s festivities include a lavish buffet, carving stations, cash bar, live music, fabulous silent and live auction items. At this community-wide event we will present the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award to Pamela Kuhl Davis, Class of ’67, President & CEO of Edward Hospital."
10th Anniversary of Partnership with Taufkirchen, (Vils) Germany
"The West Chicago Sister Cities organization meets monthly to plan programs and events that fulfill the group’s objectives of peace, friendship, mutual respect, understanding and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. New members are welcome. For more information, visit, or call Don Smith at (630) 293-9250."
Third Annual artXposium
"On September 19, 2009,the West Chicago City Museum, located at 132 Main Street will open its doors to the third annual artXposium, a multimedia art experience, in collaboration with People Made Visible, Inc. Local, national and international artists will come together to display a variety of art work ..."
Police beat
"Joseph Anthony Caruso, 26, of the 0S500 block of West Chicago, was charged Sept. 5 with criminal trespass and obstructing a peace officer, according to a police report ... The police report indicates Caruso was "obviously intoxicated." Caruso could not stand up, had heavily slurred speech and police could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Caruso. Caruso was asked to leave because he was causing a disturbance in the bar. Employees then escorted Caruso off the property five times, but Caruso returned each time."
DuPage health care forum draws smaller crowd
"The event lacked the fireworks of other health care forums around the country in recent months, but some opponents of President Barack Obama's reform efforts challenged Enger as to why the panel featured no voices of opposition. Enger said he invited DuPage congressional leaders to explain problems with health care reform, but none took him up on his offer. A table with five nameplates of congressional leaders sat empty on the stage for the duration of the event."
DuPage County brief - Volunteers sought for shelter:
"With Public Action to Deliver Shelter set to open a location next month in West Chicago, organizers are asking anyone interested in volunteering to attend an orientation meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at First United Methodist Church, 643 E. Washington St., West Chicago. For details, call (630) 840-2448."
DuPage County brief - Libraries hold joint read:
"The public libraries of Warrenville, West Chicago and Winfield have teamed up for the second annual Reading Together, a celebration of reading that begins Sept. 26. This year's featured books - "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" for adults, "My Chocolate Year" for youth and "Boxes for Katje" for young children - center around a World War II theme.
Roskam should stop the misinformation
"Congressman Roskam, why are you not speaking out against the mobs, the ones who are threatening and attacking the people who are, like yourself, elected representatives, trying to do what they were elected to do?"
Schillerstrom budget would cut spending 6.2 percent
"Although no across-the-board pay increases are shown in the budget, Chief Financial Officer Fred Backfield said contractual obligations for step increases will still be honored. Long-range projections still envision an average 2 percent annual raise for all employees over the next five years, he said.  Federal stimulus funds figure significantly in the spending map, with two bonding mechanisms that can be used for areas identified as "recovery zones" in public and privately held arenas."
Ex-Blagojevich spokeswoman enters U.S. Senate race
"Cheryle Robinson Jackson, the former head of the Chicago Urban League and a former spokeswoman for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich, formally entered the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate today and vowed to promote economic development initiatives to overcome the recession."
House panel puts off probe of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
"The U.S. House ethics committee announced today it is not looking into whether Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) sought to win a Senate seat by offering to raise money for ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich."
Reps hope all aboard for Belvidere option
"Either way, the route would continue through Rockford to Freeport, Galena and Dubuque, Iowa. It could start as early as November 2011... Steve Ernst, executive director of the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning, believes if his group can’t convince Genoa officials to support the Belvidere route, IDOT will likely go with the Genoa route based on the Amtrak study. That would make it harder to also bring the aforementioned commuter rail service because there would be no state investment on the Belvidere line."
State cemetery panel calls for tougher oversight
"A state-appointed task force criticized Illinois’ regulatory setup for cemeteries as a confusing hodgepodge of often toothless rules Tuesday and called for tougher, more thoughtful oversight of the graveyard industry."
Foster Votes Present on Wilson Privileged Resolution
"Today, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) voted present on H. Res. 744, a privileged resolution expressing disapproval of Rep. Joe Wilson’s behavior during the joint session of Congress on September 9. He issued the following statement:
“My present vote is a reflection of my belief that Congress has better things to do at this time.”"
[Rep Roskam has nothing posted explaining his vote, leaving me suspicious that he was just following orders from the national Republican Party leadership. I can't believe he approves of drunk-in-a-comedy-club behavior. - Bob]
The Time Is Now for Health Care Reform, Safe Workplaces - AFL-CIO
"With a vote on health care reform coming soon to Congress, delegates to the AFL-CIO Convention today passed two strong resolutions to provide quality affordable health care and another to ensure safe and healthy workplaces.  They also took immediate action on the floor to mobilize against the insurance industry that is profiting by denying health care to patients who need it and raising premiums."

The Health Insurance Racket - Brave New Films
"Welcome to the American health insurance industry. Instead of helping policyholders attain the health security they need for their families, big insurance companies get rich by denying coverage to patients. Now theyre sending lobbyists to Washington, DC to twist the arms of lawmakers to oppose reform of the status quo. Why? Because the status quo pays."


15 Sept

Rededication of West Chicago's Gallery 200
"Plus, the community and all friends of the arts are invited to a special event re-dedicating Gallery 200’s ongoing partnership between West Chicago’s art community and City government, and the successful conclusion of its recent makeover, on Thursday, October 8, 2009 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m."
DuPage Co. expects less revenue, no raises
"Schillerstrom calls his $450 million proposal a "maintenance budget" that neither adds or subtracts anything major from county services... Some capital improvement projects were also included in the budget proposal and Schillerstrom suggested the county borrow $69.1 million through a federal program that offers debt assistance."
200 immigrants become U.S. citizens at Cantigny
"Roughly 46,000 immigrants in the Chicago area became residents in the past year. They must first hold permanent resident status for five years, three years if they are married to a citizen.  Before the ceremony the prospective citizens also had to demonstrate English language proficiency and an understanding of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship."
Hynes, Quinn to speak at fall dinner for Democrats
"Both major Democratic candidates for governor – Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Dan Hynes – are expected to speak at the Champaign County Democratic Party's fall dinner next month."
Faculty/student senate OKs resolution on UI leaders
"The Urbana faculty/student senate voted Monday to support an "orderly transition" removing University of Illinois President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman from office, in a resolution that blamed them for a scandal in admissions."
Airport gets funds for widening taxiway
"The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.5 million grant to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport to widen a taxiway.  The project will widen Taxiway Golf to provide a 75-foot-wide taxiway parallel and connecting to the airport’s primary runway. The wider taxiway will let larger aircraft reach the north side of the airport and improve taxi route options for all aircraft using the primary runway."
Is Schakowsky Betraying Obama Because of a Conflict of Interest?
"Now we pretty much believe Obama to be a centrist Democrat which means he is sometimes progressive and sometimes not at all. A big part of Obama's relationship with Jan is that she is a window on the strong progressive side of politics for Obama. Obama depends on straight progressive talk from Jan. He very much needs Jan to be a strong progressive. If she pulls progressive punches then she will throw off Obama's political calculations."
State church group pushes health care reform  - Journal Sentinel
"The Wisconsin Council of Churches is urging all people of faith to lobby their Congressmen on Tuesday in support of health care reform, part of a nationwide call-in by advocates for universal, affordable coverage.  "We've always believed that health care reform is fundamentally a moral issue," said Scott Anderson, executive director of the council, which represents about 2,000 Christian congregations."
A.F.L.-C.I.O. to Push for Overhaul With Public Option - NY Times
"The labor federation — representing nearly 10 million workers and one of the most powerful lobbying forces in the nation — is scheduled to approve the resolution the same day that Mr. Obama speaks at the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s convention in Pittsburgh.  The resolution states, “For more than 100 years, America’s unions have called for universal coverage built on a social insurance model.”"
Physician Views on the Public Health Insurance Option and Medicare Expansions - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
"A RWJF survey summarized in the September 14, 2009 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine shows that 62.9 percent of physicians nationwide support proposals to expand health care coverage that include both public and private insurance options ... A majority of physicians (58%) also support expanding Medicare eligibility to those between the ages of 55 and 64."
Beck loses 50 percent of his advertising dollars. - Think Progress
" launched their campaign at the end of that week and since then, 62 advertisers have distanced themselves from Beck. Data collected for the week ending September 6, 2009 shows Beck’s estimated ad revenue at $492,000, equal to a loss of $568,000."

14 Sept

Erich and Ellen married!
"Our bride and groom were Erich [Musick] and Ellen. These love birds met while attending a church retreat some time ago... Erich lives near Milwaukee, WI so Ellen will be uprooting herself and relocating to be with her new husband now. I am so thrilled that I got to share such an important day in your lives."
[Great wedding pictures of Eric's wedding last weekend.  Eric grew up on Freemont St. and  is a grad of WCHS '03 and MSOE '07.   - Bob]
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Sept 14- Sept 20
  • Books for Lunch - Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Hallowe’en Haunting - Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Universe in Images - Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Historic and Scenic Illinois - Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Reading Together
"The Public Libraries of Warrenville, West Chicago and Winfield have teamed up again for the second annual Reading Together, a celebration of reading, beginning Saturday, Sept. 26."

West Chicago
High School
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)“Town Hall Meeting” Scheduled at Community High School in West Chicago
"Community High School students in West Chicago, Illinois will have their own “Town Hall Meeting” with their State and Federal Legislators on Friday, September 18th in the 1st Wildcat Legislative Roundtable."
"The West Chicago City Museum, in collaboration with People Made Visible, Inc., welcomes the third artist-in-residence, Berit Nørgaard of Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of their continuing international artist-in-residency program."
News & Observer
Raleigh, NC
Rep. Joe Wilson, gentleman lawmaker or lout?
"Rep. Peter Roskam, an Illinois Republican, sat next to Wilson at Obama's address. In a widely published photo of Wilson yelling, Roskam is seen leaning into the aisle, physically distancing himself from the South Carolinian."
[It surprises me that Roskam has enough guts to buck the radical right wing in this fashion.  Will the local Tea Baggers make him pay for this? - Bob]
DuPage County briefs: Flu shots in West Chicago
"Walgreens of West Chicago will offer seasonal flu shots from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24 at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet St. The shot is free for those with Medicare Part B; $3 for anyone on Medicaid and older than 19; and $24.99 for those without insurance. To schedule an appointment, call the Walgreens' pharmacy at (630) 293-8951."
Hopefuls line up in 14th District race
"Hastert's son, Ethan, announced his run for the seat in June, and three more Republicans have followed suit: Mark Vargas of Elgin, Jeff Danklefsen of Geneva and, most recently, former Aurora alderman Bill Cross.  And then there is State Sen. Chris Lauzen, R-Aurora, who lost a heated primary to Jim Oberweis for this congressional seat last year."
Quinn getting backing of one of state's largest unions
"Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is getting the backing of one of the state's largest and most politically active unions today when the Service Employees International Union's Illinois Council endorses him, union officials say."
Senate resolution no longer mentions Herman, White
"The Urbana faculty/student senate will vote on a much less controversial resolution tonight, after the senate members met with the new chair of the Board of Trustees Friday.  The body was to vote on a resolution calling for “an orderly transition” removing President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman, when it meets at the Levis Faculty Center at 3:10 p.m."
Chrysler delays return of Belvidere 2nd shift
"Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it will not restart the second shift at its Belvidere assembly plant until mid-November. In an e-mail, the company cited “continued stresses on the automotive supplier base” for the delay."
Chicago Urban League president to run for Senate
"Cheryle Robinson Jackson, president of the Chicago Urban League, will formally announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday in Chicago."
Most Interesting Leader 2 - YouTube
"Bob Schillerstrom is an experienced suburban leader and lifelong Illinois resident, leading a county that is larger than six states with fiscal integrity, low property taxes, and an emphasis on results. Bob has a record of success as Chairman of DuPage County and is prepared to take on the challenges facing Illinois with strong leadership and responsible solutions."
Union card-check bill would hurt workers, small business  - Chicago Sun-Times
"Under the bill, the secret ballot process for choosing to organize is taken away in favor of a card-check process, and a binding arbitration clause demands that a government arbitrator be brought in to settle any contract negotiation that lasts longer than 120 days... Know that there is no compromise that is acceptable on this bill."
[After an election, a first contract in 120 days or arbitration in which both parties get to present their best case, makes more sense than 25,000 industry violations per year and corp stalling for decades.  - Bob]
Domestic violence victims have a "pre-existing condition"? - SEIU
"Words cannot describe the sheer inhumanity of this claim. It serves as yet further proof that our insurance system is broken, destroyed by the profit-mongering of the very companies who's sole purpose should be to provide Americans with access to care when they need it most."
Republic Windows CEO charged in plot to loot the company - Chicago Tribune
"After Republic Windows and Doors abruptly shuttered its North Side plant last winter, some of the 200 union workers who lost their jobs peacefully refused to leave for several days, demanding wages they'd earned and becoming a national symbol of the economic crisis.  On Thursday Cook County prosecutors made a startling allegation: The sudden plant closing was all part of a monthslong plot by the head of Republic Windows to loot the business, steal key manufacturing equipment and set up a new operation in Iowa."
ABC News Was Misquoted on Crowd Size - ABC
"Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, the group that organized the event, said on stage at the rally that ABC News was reporting that 1 million to 1.5 million people were in attendance... At no time did ABC News, or its affiliates, report a number anywhere near as large. reported an approximate figure of 60,000 to 70,000 protesters, attributed to the Washington, D.C., fire department. In its reports, ABC News Radio described the crowd as "tens of thousands.""
EIA: Clean air, clean water, clean energy jobs bill would make America more energy independent, cutting U.S. foreign oil bill $650 billion through 2030, saving $5,600 per household - Climate Progress
"Overall oil imports would decline by 590,000 barrels per day by the year 2020 under ACES, according to EIA . This is roughly equivalent to the total amount of oil we imported from Iraq in 2008 (620,000 barrels per day). Over the next twenty years, America would save $650 billion on foreign oil (cumulatively through 2030). This is in constant 2007 dollars, and is calculated by applying EIA’s forecast of oil prices to EIA’s projected savings in oil imports."

11 Sept


Are words necessary?

West Chicago
High School
"The Wildcat Booster Club invites you to our first meeting of the new school year.  Mr. Lalo Ponce, our new District 94 Superintendent, will be our guest.
     When: Monday, September 14 at 7:00 pm
     Where: Room 197
This is your opportunity to meet the Superintendent and get to know other D94 parents. Please come!"
Young Hearts for Life EKG Screening
"Parents: we’re still in need of volunteers for our EKG screening this Thursday and Friday (9.17 and 9.18). See info below.  We’re still accepting enrollment of students for the EKG screening.  Thanks for your help!  Volunteers needed for the free student heart screenings on September 17 & 18.  Click here for information.  Student enrollment for the free heart screening can be done online.  Click here to go to the enrollment website.  Young Hearts Information sheet.  Click here."
Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic Offered at West Chicago Community High School
"Walgreens of West Chicago will be offering seasonal flu shots at West Chicago Community High School on Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m."
Hundreds of re-enactors to set up camp at Cantigny this weekend
"More than 250 American Revolutionary War re-enactors from six states will converge this weekend on Cantigny Park for a series of mock battles inspired by the birth of our nation.  They will be joined on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13, by 150 women and children who will be dressed in period costumes and breathe life into an 18th century encampment at the park near Wheaton."
Comcast competition
"Comcast is asking fifth through eighth-grade students to write an essay answering the following question: What does living a healthy lifestyle mean to you?  The question is part of the Comcast Kids for the Cure Essay Competition. The deadline is midnight Wednesday and the essay must be 500 to 750 words long."
"Hundreds of re-enactors from the Northwest Territory Alliance will get together for the annual Revolutionary War Reenactment. Battles between redcoats and patriots will take place twice per day. Visitors may walk through the camps and experience soldier life in the late-1700s."
See “What’s in Your Dinner Pail?” at Kline Creek Farm
"Visit the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago for “What’s in Your Dinner Pail?” on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Find out how a small, well-packed 1890s metal bucket did the job of today’s insulted lunch bags, juice boxes and plastic wrap. Reservations are not required for this free program."
Village of Carol Stream, Wayne Township sign agreement on water main project
"The $2.8 million project, which the village is funding with a $1.9 million refund from the DuPage Water Commission in addition to $900,000 of its own money, has long been a source of controversy. The village and some Benjamin School District 25 parents and school officials have expressed frustration at what they deemed Spitz’s lack of cooperation and unwillingness to sign previous intergovernmental agreements."
UI trustees endorse admissions reforms
"Gov. Pat Quinn and the newly reconstituted University of Illinois Board of Trustees endorsed UI admissions reforms Thursday but took no action on replacing university administrators.  However, some trustees said that decision will likely be made by the board's Nov. 12 meeting."
1,000 marchers expected Saturday
"Boarded-up homes and businesses lining a long-neglected west-side thoroughfare will serve as the backdrop Saturday for what organizers are calling a march for jobs, education, affordable health care and housing, and justice.  Upward of 1,000 people, including union laborers, ministers and other members of the community, are expected to take part in the march that will be led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and leaders of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition."
Audio: What does your representative think of health care reform? - Chicago Public Radio - FaceBook
"So how did our local representatives react to the speech? And what do they need to see from Health Care reform? Here is the local round-up, sans those who declined or didn’t call back."


WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 11 Sep 09
Faith-Based Double Standards - The Wall Street Journal
"This scant media attention is all the more incredible given that, as Americans United for Separation of Church and State has noted, Mr. Obama has left "the entire architecture of the Bush Faith-Based Initiative intact—every rule, every regulation, every executive order." More controversially, the office has become a major hub of political outreach"
More Poverty, Lower Wages, Shrinking Health Care. The USA Today - AFL-CIO
"In 2008, median earnings for workers who worked full-time, year-round were $41,030, down 2 percent (in inflation adjusted terms) from 2007, when earnings were $41,869. This is the largest drop in real earnings for full-time, year-round workers since 1981. EPI reports the number of full-time, year-round workers in 2008 fell by an incredible 4.2 percent over 2007 employment, representing a loss of 4.6 million full-time, year-round workers."
Shimkus The 2nd Grader - Progress Illinois
"Yesterday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jamie Riley wrote in response: "Wilson offered an apology to President Barack Obama today. Now it’s Shimkus’ turn to apologize."  Sounds right to us.  It's fine to disagree with the president. But at least have the decency to hear him out in full."

10 Sept

Key to health care is tort reform - Dan Milinko
"The key issue here is tort reform. An AMA report in 2003 estimates that emergency physicians pay $100,000 annually for malpractice insurance while specialists such as neurologists and OBGYNs pay anywhere in the neighborhood of $200,000 to $300,000. As long as there is incentive for a litigious society to file frivolous lawsuits, these massive costs will be passed down to the consumer."
"Somehow the less than 1% in lawsuits seems less important to me than the double digit yearly increases which actually feed insurance corporation profits. - Bob]
County budget hearing set in Naperville
""Although DuPage County government collects and spends less than 3 percent of the average residential property tax bill, it is an important unit of government that funds many functions including the state's attorney's office, sheriff's department and transportation projects," Fichtner said in a press release. "We look forward to hearing what our residents think should be the priorities of this budget."
Rally today to support single-payer system
" Advocates of a single payer healthcare system will gather on a downtown St. Charles bridge today to raise awareness about the system's benefits.  The "vigil demonstration," as participants call it, will begin around 5 p.m. on the Route 64 bridge at First Street. "
  • Disciple Bible Study - Change Your Life!
    "Disciple One is designed to take a group of 12 person through the entire Bible in about 36 weeks.  It is an excellent survey study for people of all abilities."
  • USO Canteen Show Auditions
    "The Chancel Choir is sponsoring a USO Canteen Show as a fundraiser for the music ministry of the First United Methodist and Congregational Church.  The theme is "A Journey through the 40's".  We welcome the entire entertainment community of West Chicago, Warrenville and Winfield to audition to be a part of this great show."
$10 million bail for Republic Windows CEO
"Shooting a dazed look at his attorney, Richard Gillman was led away in a pinstriped suit and white-collared shirt today after a judge ordered him held on $10 million bail for allegedly looting Republic Windows and Doors --- scene of a successful worker sit-in last year.  The bail -- 20 times higher than prosecutors had sought -- drew an immediate and furious reaction from Gillman's attorney, Edward Genson."
Audit: Illinois overcharges for long-term care
"The report says the state’s Healthcare and Family Services and Human Services departments are automatically applying increases in Social Security benefits to care; federal law allows patients to give the money to spouses still living at home.  The program includes at least 57,000 residents at 750 nursing homes."
Grand jury declines to indict for CWLP noose incidents
"After hearing more than five hours of testimony from about 10 witnesses, a Sangamon County grand jury declined to indict Kevin Conway and Greg Selinger in connection with the first incident, which was reported to police July 26.  The 16-person grand jury then declined to indict Bradley C. Barber, who was arrested by Springfield police at CWLP’s Groth Street facility on Aug. 6 for allegedly hanging a noose off a forklift.  It remains unclear whether any of the three will face disciplinary action by the city. City officials did not respond Wednesday to requests for comment."
Sounds of Silence - Christianity Today
"Meanwhile, the government has shown support for the politically connected New Methodist Church by approving a crusade at a 20,000-seat national sports stadium for the newly created rival denomination, according to The Australian.  Observers say the government's restrictive attitude toward the Methodist Church stems from concerns that the ethnic Fijian-dominated church could destabilize the current regime and its efforts to remove employment and electoral protections for indigenous Fijians from island law and life."
Employee Free Choice Act Backers Out by the Hundreds of Thousands This Summer - AFL-CIO
"In a letter to the Baton Rouge Advocate, Michael Day, a member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA) in Louisiana, writes that in the face of more than 25,000 acts of discrimination against employees trying to form a union every year, Congress must pass the Employee Free Choice Act:..."
Take our Facebook quiz and find out: What do quizzes really reveal about you? - ACLU
"Even if your Facebook profile is "private," when you take a quiz, an unknown quiz developer could be accessing almost everything in your profile: your religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pictures, and groups. Facebook quizzes also have access to most of the info on your friends' profiles. This means that if your friend takes a quiz, they could be giving away your personal information too."
"You LIe!"
For persons offended by Joe Wilson's interruption of President Obama's Congressional Address last night, you can donate money to his opponent's campaign by clicking

09 Sept

September E-Newsletter
  • "Just for the Health of It,”
  • Gov. Quinn Vetoes "Reform" Measure
  • Safe Driving in Illinois
  • Fox Valley Composite Squadron Open House
Around and About in West Chicago - 09 Sept 2009
  • Mexican Independence Day
  • West Chicago Park District’s Spooky Trail
  • Fox Valley Composite Squadron
  • West Chicago Historical Society Ice Cream Social
  • Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council Day of Service
Settlement reached in Carol Stream water rights fight
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)"Attempts to draft something both sides could approve repeatedly ended in failure. Then last month, state Sen. John Milner and state Rep. Randy Ramey, both Carol Stream Republicans, oversaw a meeting between Spitz and Carol Stream Village Manager Joe Breinig. The tentative deal reached during that meeting became the basis for the 5-page document Spitz signed Friday and Carol Stream's board approved Tuesday."
Cops: Knife-wielding teen arrested at St. Charles North football game
"The incident was reported after Leighty and several friends argued with a group of students sitting in the stands. Police said an officer at the game saw Leighty pull out the knife and point it at the students while "shouting in an aggressive and taunting manner." The blade on the knife was a little more than 3 inches.  Leighty, who has no prior criminal history, was charged with a Class 4 felony because the incident took place within 1,000 feet of a school, police said. If convicted of the charge, he faces one to three years in prison or probation."
"DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom received his seasonal flu shot Tuesday. Aside from getting a flu shot, DuPage residents should follow good health habits like covering their cough and washing their hands often, which can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu."
Quinn says he'll wait till next year to push income tax hike
""Well, it's hard to get that given the timing. You need three-fifths of both houses to vote for an income tax increase," Quinn said when asked if a tax hike is off the table until January.  "After the first of the year, that'll go down to a simple majority, so it'll probably be revisited then. Right now, we have to do things front and center in the month of September and October, and I think we will. I think the leaders understand the people of Illinois want outcomes that are good for the public interest, and that's what I'm all about.""
UI releases resolution to solve Category I
"A resolution to be considered by University of Illinois trustees Thursday directs administrators to eliminate the Category I system, special-interest admissions and any process that gives preferential treatment to applicants."
Text of UI admissions resolution
Chrysler shift could go until Christmas
"An auto analyst believes that the second shift that Chrysler Group LLC is taking applications online for should last until about Christmas. A production schedule for Chrysler’s Belvidere plant sent to the Rockford Register Star by a Chrysler employee, though, shows that the company has five weeks of two-shift production on the schedule."
Durbin invites Springfield physician to attend Obama speech
"Dr. Janet Albers, past president of the Sangamon County Medical Society and chair of its community health committee, is working with a team of people to develop a program called CATCH — which stands for coordinated access to community health."
Judge won't reduce bond in church fraud trials - Miami Herald
"Prosecutors say Reeves and his three sons - Chip, 44; Chris, 40; and Josh, 32 - set up a company called Alanar Inc. and used it to dupe church members into a Ponzi scheme that played on their faith. They are accused of urging the members to purchase bonds to support church construction projects and using the money to buy themselves planes and sports cars.  They are accused of duping about 11,000 people into buying bonds worth $120 million, diverting money from new investments to pay off previous investors and pocketing about $6 million."
Worker “Prisoners Of AT&T” Sent Home For Wearing Protest T-Shirts - Workers Independent News
"As a result of the stalled negotiations, some workers represented by Communications Workers of America Local 1298 wore t-shirts that read “Prisoner of AT$T” where the ampersand is replaced by a dollar sign. The company refused to let workers who would be dealing with customers directly to wear the shirts on the job and according to the company offered the workers the option of changing shirts or going home for the day."
A Threat to Fair Elections  - New York Times
"If corporations are allowed to spend from their own treasuries on elections — rather than through political action committees, which take contributions from company employees — it would usher in an unprecedented age of special-interest politics.  Corporations would have an enormous say in who wins federal elections. They would be able to use this influence to obtain subsidies, stimulus money and tax loopholes and to undo protections for investors, workers and consumers." Your Local Fire
Department Now Doubles as Health Care Provider - AFT-CIO
"Says Fire Fighters (IAFF) President Harold Schaitbeger:
The EMS transport and emergency care systems are being used for health issues that are more appropriate for a family doctor—and it’s not free. It’s paid for by the insured in the form of higher premiums and by taxpayers as taxes are raised to cover the extra cost."

08 Sept


West Chicago
High School
Administrators at CHS District 94 Drive the Extra Mile
"Several high school students in District 94 informed administration they would not be returning to school this fall. Administrators did not accept their pass on returning to school and instead, parents were called and told that administrators would stop by the first week of school to pick the students up and drive them to school for the first day of classes."
Do corporate jets actually put money into the local economy?
"In the most recent report from 2006, DuPage Airport was responsible for $375 million in annual economic activity in the county, said Executive Director David Bird. That amount will slip if corporate flights dwindle, he warned.  "The majority of the impact was being driven by the growth in the corporate aviation component of our business," Bird said."
Labor Day 2009: Reflecting on the loss of labor
"Labor Day became a holiday more than 100 years ago. Originally a day of union picnics and demonstrations, it has evolved over the years to become a tribute to the American worker and to observe the contributions working men and women have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country."
Cities get ready for FOIA changes
"Bakk pointed out a particular problem with St. Charles Township, which charged $50 for the time it would take to compile the records -- current law allows only for charges to reproduce documents -- and then provided incomplete materials, the report shows.  "Uploading this information to Web sites would save all seeking information time and energy, and demonstrate the willingness of government officials to be open and transparent," Bakk said."
[I post this to point out I have never had a FOIA problem with our local taxing bodies.  They've always tried to get me what I asked for and are thanked for that. - Bob]
"The scholarship, administered by the Department of Community Services, is a federally funded program through the State of Illinois. Scholarships can be used for formal education or occupational training. Special consideration will be given to students interested in high technology fields or other occupations."
Declining dumping-fee revenue dooms recycling effort
"David Walters, manager of the waste-reduction section of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, said there's definitely been a decrease in the amount of waste taken to landfills in the last two years, and that can be attributed to the downturn in the economy. He said people are buying less and throwing away less, and home and other types of construction have decreased, which also reduces the waste stream."
Schock sponsors bill to help veterans open businesses
"The idea behind Schock’s plan is that veterans who want to open a franchise would get up to $12,500 in a tax rebate off any fee required to open the business. In return, the parent company would also get up to $12,500 in a similar plan if they offer a discount."
State in prioritizing mode on road projects
"Officials in Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration are getting the ball rolling on the multibillion-dollar capital plan, which is expected to bring $400 million in road, building and other construction work to the area in the next six years.  “This is a massive capital program involving ... hundreds of individual projects,” said Elizabeth Austin, spokeswoman for the governor’s office of management and budget. “We are in the process of reviewing this bill and the projects in it, creating priority lists, creating responsible spending plans.”"
Quinn rarely uses state-issued cell phone
"The state cell phone logged three minutes of use in May, zero minutes in April and 29 minutes in February, Quinn’s first month as governor after lawmakers ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office, according to state phone bills... When the Democratic governor uses his private phone for official calls, he doesn’t have to disclose his activities under the Freedom of Information Act like he does with a state phone."
Foster Announces Grant Worth $148,232 to Help Aurora Fight Crime
“The law enforcement agents that protect our communities work hard every day to keep our streets safe, and it is important that we provide them with the resources they need to do their jobs,” said Foster.   “I am pleased that this funding will allow law enforcement officials in Kane County and Aurora to purchase the tools they need to fight crime and protect our families.”
Poll: US. Senate: Giannoulias, Hoffman or Jackson?
  • Roland Burris
  • Alexi Giannoulias
  • David Hoffman
  • Cheryle Jackson
  • Stan Jagla
Texas schools scrambling over Bible literacy law - Associated Press
"To ensure religious neutrality legislators mandated teacher training, state-approved materials and curriculum standards considered adequate by the attorney general. However, lawmakers did not specify what that training would include or provide funding.  The state Board of Education provided little additional guidance. It said the curriculum for independent studies classes in English and social studies already covered the biblical material. Texas Education Agency officials said they did not request funding because materials and training were already covered for those two courses."
Health care reform 'too important an issue' to fail, labor leaders insist  - Chicago Sun Times
""I just think this is too important of an issue," said Michael Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO. "There will be health care reform."  With the average family health insurance premium costing $12,000 a year and expected to double by 2016, inaction isn't an option, union representatives contend."
 Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers - AFL-CIO
"The large majority of our respondents (86 percent) worked enough consecutive hours to be
legally entitled to at least one meal break during the previous week. Of these workers, more than two-thirds (69 percent) received no break at all, had their break shortened, were interrupted by their employer, or worked during the break—all of which constitute a violation of meal break law."
Laura Bush defends Obama school speech - CNN Political Ticker
"I think that there is a place for the President of the United States to talk to school children and encourage school children, and I think there are a lot of people that should do the same,"
Appeals court rules against Ashcroft in 9/11 case - Yahoo News
"A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled Friday that the claims of a former University of Idaho student plausibly suggest Ashcroft purposely used the material witness statute to detain suspects whom he wished to investigate and detain preventively.  "We find this to be repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history," Judge Milan D. Smith Jr. wrote."
Obama's Big Question - TPM
"President Obama is going to speak to Congress on Wednesday about Health Care Reform. He should start with this chart and simply ask, "Will everyone who thinks this system is working please stand up?""
[To see the large version of the graphs, click here. - Bob]



07 Sept

Pullman StrikeHaymarket Massacre, Battle of Virden, Battle of Homestead
Happy Labor Day

West Chicago Public Access Playback - Sept 7- Sept 13

  • Wed    6:00 PM    City Council (9/8/09)

  •             7:00 PM    Grill Dog

  •             7:30 PM    Outspoken

  •             8:00 PM    Lights, Camera, Dance

Kruse House Ice Cream Social this Saturday - Becky Hall
"The air is cooler at night, the kids are back in school, so that means it is time for the annual Kruse House Ice Cream Social!  What a deal: $3.50 gets you vanilla ice cream with your choice from an astounding variety of homemade pies and cakes. See your friends and neighbors and help the West Chicago Historical Society with their main fundraiser of the year!  Park at City Hall, not at the grocery store."
West Chicago woman's photo captures eerie image of skyline
"After spending a long weekend at Chicago's Air and Water Show, Kathleen Iannacco Kraft and her husband, Art, were looking forward to an easy voyage north to return their boat.  Instead, the couple ran into fog so thick they could barely see anything around them."
West Chicago runner honored at Fall Festival
"Ryan will add a new honor to her list Sept. 19 when she receives the Extra Miler Award at the eighth annual DuPage Convalescent Center’s Fall Festival 5K Run/Family Walk. She holds the festival’s 5K women’s record at 17 minutes and 54 seconds.  “We recognize an outstanding person every year and usually it is a runner,” said Kathy Moses, vice president of the DuPage Convalescent Center Foundation fundraising board. “Her record is just outstanding.”"
Illinois marks National Preparedness Month
"The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has turned to the Internet to help residents mark National Preparedness Month.The state agency has launched a Ready Illinois Facebook page and will post daily preparedness tips throughout September. And video clips on preparedness topics will be posted on Facebook and YouTube.
Possible good news coming on heating bills this winter
"But he said the company's cost for natural gas this month was 54.46 cents per therm, compared with $1.33 per therm in September 2008. That's a 59 percent drop.  Remember, however, that the cost of natural gas – which varies from month to month – is only one component of a consumer's gas bill. Consumers also pay a delivery charge, as well as state and local taxes."
Springfield Mile a tradition for Iowa friends
"Despite the constants of gearhead camaraderie, other aspects of racing — particularly for those who attend the Springfield Mile — have changed, Johnson said. For one, more women attend the event than they used to when Johnson first started going about 40 years ago.  The other thing that has changed is an increased number of spectators who simply “like to drink beer and see the action,” he added."
Quinn appoints two to labor relations board
"Just in time for Labor Day, Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed two new members to the Illinois Labor Relations Board.  Jacalyn Zimmerman will serve as chair of the seven-member board once her term starts in mid-October. Anne McElroy will serve as acting chairperson starting immediately."
Calvin College professors call for discussion about memo warning against homosexual advocacy - The Grand Rapids Press
"Maag said most professors didn't hear about this action until they received the memo.  "The way this was handled feels strange, and there is fear that we'd be heading down a slippery slope when the next issue comes about," she said.  The college in 2008 affirmed its commitment to the Christian Reformed Church's position on homosexuality: that the practice is sinful, but a person's orientation is not.
Fewer workers on this Labor Day - Workers Independent News
"If the numbers include part-timers who would like full time jobs and those who have given up looking the number is estimated to be as high as 16.8 percent. Still, even as those numbers climb the numbers of jobs being slashed each month continues to slow."
A Back to School Message from NASCAR - You Tube
"As school gets started across the country, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya share a motivational message for America's students."
Email: "I Am Honored To Do This" (ACLU) - Media Matters
" has actually posted an entire article on this exact email.  It says "The claim that the American Civil Liberties Union sued to have crosses removed from military cemeteries is a false one that first circulated six years ago."  And goes on, rightly, to point out that "if the author of this message is really a committed Christian, he or she might profit from a review of the biblical Commandment against bearing false witness. This message violates it repeatedly.""

04 Sept


West Chicago
High School
Community High School Market Day
"Please help support our student organizations by placing orders with Market Day. Each month a different student club or organization will benefit from the proceeds of your orders. This month FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) will be receiving the profit.  Our first sale will be Thursday Sept. 10th at 5:00 Commons. You must place your order by: Monday, Sept.7th at 11:00pm CST. Pick up time is 5:00-5::45 p.m."

Board briefs

  • " The Committee of the Whole meeting of the Board of Education was held on Thursday, September 3, 2009, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

  • Board Members in attendance: Mrs. Julie Pearson, Mrs. Brenda Vishanoff, Mrs. Karla Bruce, Mrs. Sue Stibal, Mrs. Deborah Ramsey, Dr. Chris Scheck "

DuPage volunteer's 'beeswax' nets state honor
"What goes on inside 15 hives at Kline Creek Farm near West Chicago is, in fact, Lawrence DuBose's beeswax.  It's been that way for the past 26 years when he first approached DuPage County Forest Preserve officials about the necessity of the beehives for the district's living-history farm."
State gets grant to combat violence against women
"Illinois will receive a federal grant of nearly $4.4 million to combat violence against women.  U.S. Rep. Bill Foster announced the grant Thursday from the Department of Justice through the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program."
DuPage schools taking own approaches to president's speech
"Ed Leman, superintendent of West Chicago Elementary District 33, said he is flabbergasted at the uproar the speech has caused.  "I truly am really struggling to understand the concerns," he said. "We elected the man to be our president and he wants to give what I'm pretty sure is a pep talk to students. ... I don't see why there would be an objection."  He has instructed principals to give students a chance to see the address and the district will record it for those who miss it. Parents in District 33 still will be able to keep their children away from the presentation."
Probation in St. Charles East nude photo case
"Rybak was arrested in March after a three-month investigation that started when, during a routine check of computers in East's learning resource center, school officials found nude pictures and video of a 16-year-old girl previously described as Rybak's girlfriend."
WHAT'S GOING ON: country fair in West Chicago
  • "What: Get the picnic basket ready, hitch up the horses, straighten your bonnet and attend a country fair.
  • When/Where: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Kline Creek Farm, 1 N 600 County Farm Rd., West Chicago.
  • How much: Free. Call 630-876-5900."
Quinn names four alums as new U. of I. trustees
"As expected, Quinn also refused the resignation of Edward McMillan, the Greenville Republican who he named to the board earlier this year. McMillan was not involved in the admissions abuses that rocked the Urbana-Champaign campus."
Governor names new trustees for University of Illinois
"The appointments fill the remaining vacancies on the board as it prepares for its Sept. 10 meeting in Urbana.  “Each new member brings integrity, professionalism and experience to this very important Board,” said Quinn in a statement. “They will work diligently and tirelessly on behalf of our great university.”"
Extended hours to end at Lincoln Home site
"The Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 426 S. Seventh St., will return to its regular hours of operation, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, beginning Tuesday.  The site has had extended hours this summer because of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 04 Sep 09
Backers of climate bill spend more on ads - USA Today
"Also spending heavily: the American Values Network, a religious advocacy group that has pumped about $400,000 into an advertising and e-mail blitz in support of the bill in 14 states, including ads on Christian, country and talk radio.  Executive Director Eric Sapp said he hopes to spend another $400,000 this fall, much of it aimed at senators from manufacturing states that "will come under the most pressure" to oppose the bill."
Young Workers In Free Fall: 1/3 Under 35 Live With Parents - Huffington Post
"On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO released the results of a disturbing new Peter Hart survey, "Young Workers: A Lost Decade" that found that about a third of workers under 35 live at home with their parents, and they're far less likely to have health care or job security than they were ten years ago. Even then, in a 1999 survey, when they faced economic insecurity, they still had reasons to be hopeful.  Those days are long gone. A quarter of young workers say they don't earn enough to even pay their monthly bills, a 14% rise from the last survey."
The Secret’s Over and Out: Bush Chemical Exposure Rule Killed - AFL-CIO
"The secret rule could have led to increased exposure of workers to dangerous chemicals and toxins by changing the way worker exposure is measured. The rule was pushed by Bush political appointees over the objections of career health and safety professionals and kept secret until media reports in July 2008 revealed the plan. "
California's Real Death Panels: Insurers Deny 21% of Claims - California Nurses Association
""With all the dishonest claims made by some politicians about alleged 'death panels' in proposed national legislation, the reality for patients today is a daily, cold-hearted rejection of desperately needed medical care by the nation's biggest and wealthiest insurance companies simply because they don't want to pay for it," said Deborah Burger, RN, CNA/NNOC co-president."
AP again botched net cost of health care plan - Media Matters
"Accounting for bill's savings and revenue increases, CBO found House bill would increase the federal budget deficit by $239 billion. In its July 17 cost estimate of the House tri-committee bill as introduced, CBO explained that its "estimate reflects a projected 10-year cost of the bill's insurance coverage provisions of $1,042 billion, partly offset by net spending changes that CBO estimates would save $219 billion over the same period, and by revenue provisions that [the Joint Committee on Taxation] estimates would increase federal revenues by about $583 billion over those 10 years." CBO thus concluded the legislation "would result in a net increase in the federal budget deficit of $239 billion over the 2010-2019 period." Contrary to the AP's suggestion, CBO has not released a cost estimate of "Obama's proposals." The House bill is the only complete health care reform bill CBO has scored."
Governor Quinn Appoints Five University of Illinois Alumni to Board of Trustees

03 Sept

Educare - we don't want it in Highlake! - Sara Sweeney
"It make absolutely no sense that this school is being built so far out of the way of WHERE IT'S REALLY NEEDED. We don't need all the extra traffic it will bring into our quiet neighborhood, and we definitely don't need the environmental problems it will most certainly bring..."
District 33 Responds
Contacted for comment, Supt. Ed Leman cited a hydrological study that indicated "If the wells ran 24/7 there would be a draw down of the nearest neighbor wells of two to four feet."  This and other facts will be available at the district website in the minutes which will be approved by the board this evening. - Bob
"“Every year more than $400 billion in state and federal funds is awarded to communities based on census data - data which lives with the community for a full ten years until the next census is taken. Therefore, an accurate count is vital to our community and residents’ well-being from a fiscal standpoint,” explained Mayor Kwasman. “"
Job scams growing in sour economy
""Be careful of the guy who promises the world and delivers nothing," said West Chicago resident Edward Bockman, an unemployed information technology manager who paid Benchmark Professional Careers $5,000 to find him a job... Bockman, whose money woes forced him to file for bankruptcy, has adopted a new philosophy when job hunting: "If it costs you money, it's probably not worth it."
Aurora may tap Lake Michigan as an alternative water source
"Currently not subject to the tax, Aurora is considered an "excluded unit" of the water commission, along with other similar towns like Schaumburg, Hanover Park, Burr Ridge, Streamwood, Bartlett, Bolingbrook and West Chicago, all of which are at least partly in DuPage and do not pay the tax because they either buy Lake Michigan water from other sources or have other safe water sources. Of the remaining DuPage towns, Warrenville is subject to the tax but is not a commission customer, while tiny Wayne also pays the tax but does not have a community water system."
H1N1 virus spreading on UI campus
"Swine flu has begun spreading on the University of Illinois campus, with more than 100 cases counted to date.  "We believe we've had about 107," Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of UI McKinley Health Center, said late Wednesday afternoon. "I'm convinced, at this point, that cases are now campus-acquired."  The first batch of students diagnosed at McKinley early last week with the H1N1 flu virus likely brought it with them from home, and some of those students have already recovered and returned to class, he said."
Ruling in 'Plan B' suit encourages pro-life pharmacists
"They believe that so-called “morning-after pills,” most commonly sold under the name-brand Plan B, can result in what they consider to be abortions, even though Plan B is different from RU-486, the abortion pill.  The injunction allows the men to decline to fill prescriptions for Plan B and refuse to stock the medicine — contrary to conduct required by the state rule — without fear of reprisal from the state while the case continues in court."
Drugs in drinking water focus of new publicity campaign
"*Gov. Pat Quinn recently signed into law a measure that bars health care facilities from dumping unused medicines into public wastewater systems. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, imposes a $500 fine on offenders.  *Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Doug Scott can be heard on radio public service announcements alerting people about the proper disposal of medications."
Foster to Hold Additional Telephone Town Hall
"Representative Bill Foster held his first telephone town hall on health care last night, and will hold another one in the coming weeks.  To sign up for Foster's next telephone town hall on health care, please call one of his offices."
Foster fields calls from constituents - The Chronicle
"Foster said doctors getting sued for malpractice was actually 1 percent of health care costs.  “As a scientist, I’m a big fan of numbers,” Foster said. “Each year, 100,000 people die from preventable medical errors. Programs that can drop the rate of medical errors ... drive down the rates.”  One option to address malpractice lawsuits could be a panel of doctors who would review the cases and rule out nuisance or frivolous suits, Foster said.  “Patients who have been hurt by medical errors have the right to recover damage that has been done to them,” Foster said."
Foster: Public insurance must be fair- Fox Valley Villages Sun
""A public option must be on a level playing field, which means no hidden subsidies," he said.  Foster added that a public, government-sponsored option for health care actually could end up providing competition in some states, which effectively have only one insurance company.  "It is an important part of cost-savings," he said."
Former Regent assistant dean, wife guilty of child sex abuse -
"Court records show the McPhersons manipulated the teens into submitting to fondling, kissing and other sex acts. They cited Bible verses that they said justified the abuse and, afterward, would pray together for God's forgiveness.  On Wednesday, the McPhersons admitted in separate hearings in Virginia Beach Circuit Court to committing the crimes. "
Workers strike after health care yanked - Chicago Sun-Times
"Workers found out their insurance was dropped after they noticed no health care insurance premium deductions were taken out of their paychecks, Berg said.  The union has been in discussions with the company, but has been unable to resolve the matter, which prompted the unfair labor practices strike, he said."
The Public Option is Popular, Moral and Inexpensive, Therefore it Must Die - Huffington Post
"What I'm about to write is old news, but with the apparent prevalence of breaking news stories on cable news about bears wandering into suburban swimming pools, I suppose it's easy for people to forget. Nevertheless, here it is. You may recall that the CBO scored the Kennedy HELP bill as costing around $1 trillion over ten years. But that was an early version of the bill without a public option included. What did the bill cost with the public option inserted into the mix?  $400 billion less."
GOPers Decrying "Socialized Medicine" Go To Govt. Hospital For Surgeries - Huffington Post
"Senator Kit Bond (R-Mo.), meanwhile, has warned of the rationing of care, expensive costs, and reduced quality that would come under a government-run health care plan. In April 2003, however, he traveled to Bethesda Naval Hospital to undergo hip replacement surgery in an attempt to alleviate degenerative arthritis in his left hip."

02 Sep

Around and About in West Chicago - 01 Sept 2009
  • F-84 jet at Leon Richardt Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791
  • “Journey Through the 40s”
  • Spooky Trail
  • free adult education courses

Rep Ramey Announces Fundraiser
"Representative Randy Ramey Is Having A SMOKER!!! October 3rd, 2009 2:00PM to 5:00PM Hoss’ Smokehouse 1077 W. Army Trail Rd., Bartlett, IL (southeast corner of RT 59 and Army Trail Rd.) There will be appetizers, drinks and cigars! $100 for the Event Sponsorships Available"

West Chicago
High School
Market Day
Please help support our student organizations by placing orders with Market Day.  Each month a different student club or organization will benefit from the proceeds of  your orders.  This month FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) will be receiving the profit.  Our first sale will be Thursday Sept. 9th at 5:00 Commons.   You must place your order by: Monday, Sept.7th at 11:00pm CST.  Pick up time is 5:00-5::45 p.m.  Click on the following website to access Market Day to place your order:  Our School is listed as Community High School Activities  - Account #6816."
Political battle lines drawn on health care
"In answer to a Wheaton resident's question on whether her employer would stop providing private insurance and move to a government option if available, Roskam said that would likely happen.  "The cost pressure and temptation will be unbelievable to say, 'Hey look, I can dump this," he warned."
[Is this guy saying that the problem with public (Medicare-like) health care is that it would cost too little?  He must be covered by a government plan already. - Bob]
Carol Stream, township near lake water pact
"If completed, the $2.8 million project would supply lake water to the unincorporated area near West Chicago where Benjamin is located. The school uses a private well but there are concerns about water quality and the lack of area fire hydrants."
Programs aim to help in hard economic times
"The county program created to help residents pay their heating bills, which begins this month, processed 25 percent more requests for help last year than it had the year before, when more residents were working.  And now there are still more people out of work: Between May 2008 and July 2009, the county's jobless rate jumped from 5 percent to more than 9 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security."
Tollway suspends lane closures this weekend
The Illinois Tollway is suspending temporary lane closures for construction projects over the Labor Day weekend from noon Friday until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Hynes Enters Race For Governor, Unveils Tax Plan
"Hynes says a cornerstone of his approach will be a comprehensive overhaul of Illinois' income tax structure. He says that would include a new progressive income tax that he contends will spare more than 90 percent of Illinoisans any tax increase."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)

New bills signed to help law enforcement, assist food banks
"Two bills sponsored by State Senator John Millner (R-Carol Stream) have been signed into law by the Governor."

Senate Week in Review: New FOIA laws signed
"Sen. Millner explained that the state’s FOIA laws have been criticized for lacking the teeth to force government to comply with FOIA requests. The new law will enact strict rules, reduce the time deadline for government entities to respond to FOIA requests, drastically scale back possible FOIA exemptions, and penalize governments with fines if they are found to have intentionally violated the law."
I predict that somewhere in America today, a partisan Republican who thinks his/her waitress at a local retaurant needs to "grow up and buy health insurance" will consider buying health insurance for his/her poodle.
Festival Italiano, September 5
"The 11th Annual "Festival Italiano" will be held Saturday, September 5, along Silver Street in downtown Hurley. Sponsored by the Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce, the event includes a flea market and arts and crafts show from 11am-5pm, live music throughout the day and evening, food, games and fun for the whole family!"
Pumpkin Run ATV Rally, October 8-11
"Iron County boasts the most extensive ATV trail system in the state of Wisconsin. Every thousands of ATV Riders come to Hurley for the Annual ATV Rally. The Hurley and Mercer Chambers are working together to organize the popular and rapidly growing Pumpkin Run ATV rally in the fall in Iron County! The Pumpkin Run has been a big success and organizers plan to reserve Columbus Weekend every year for the annual rally."
Fragment from world's oldest Bible found hidden in Egyptian monastery - The Independent
"Nikolas Sarris spotted a previously unseen section of the Codex Sinaiticus, which dates from about AD350, as he was trawling through photographs of manuscripts in the library of St Catherine's Monastery in Egypt.  The Codex, handwritten in Greek on animal skin, is the earliest known version of the Bible. Leaves from the priceless tome are divided between four institutions, including St Catherine's Monastery and the British Library..."
AFL-CIO: Young Workers In U.S. Much Worse Off Than Ten Years Ago - Workers Independent News
“We found that young workers are significantly less likely to have health care and economic security than they were yen years ago. We owe them better. The country owes them better. And unless we change it their economic standards are gonna define a very new norm, a norm of lower job and living standards in this country.”
How Health Insurance Premiums Are Eating Up Middle-Class Incomes--and How National Reform Can Help - The Commonwealth Fund
"The rapid rise in health insurance premiums has severely strained U.S. families and employers in recent years. This analysis of federal data finds that if premiums for employer-sponsored insurance grow in each state at the projected national rate of increase, then the average premium for family coverage would rise from $12,298 (the 2008 average) to $23,842 by 2020—a 94 percent increase."
[So Republicans stalling and preventing health insurance reform are supporting the doubling of costs.  This is their best idea since Bu$h wanted you to sink your Social Security funds into Enron.  Thanks a lot!  How about "Medicare for All" instead. - Bob]
Ridge: Don't Believe Everything You Read -- Especially On My Book Jacket - TPM
"In The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege, Ridge wrote that although Rumsfeld and Ashcroft wanted to raise the alert level, "There was absolutely no support for that position within our department. None. I wondered, 'Is this about security or politics?'""

01 Sept

Educare center
"Perhaps it would behoove the Educare planners along with
District #33 and DuPage County to investigate running a sewage/water
pipe from where the line ends west of Prince Crossing Road. This
project will most like be a disaster for those of us living in the area
surrounding the proposed facility."
Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration
"Clowns and piñatas will entertain the youngest festival-goers, and an appearance by West Chicago residents Victor López and Jesmar Rangel, who have been playing soccer for over 7 years, will amaze the crowd with soccer ball tricks. Known as W.C. Freestylers, López and Rangel not only perform tricks, but also encourage the public to participate, for which they are rewarded with a souvenir."
Roadside Safety Check
"A Roadside Safety Check will be conducted by the West Chicago Police Department and the DuPage County Sheriff's Department during the month of September 2009."
DuPage groups' health forum stays true to form
""The health insurance companies provide no direct service as it relates to health care," Gaudette said. "They are retailers of health care. We want wholesale health care. We want to get them out of the way. If we can't get them out of the way, we want to reduce their size to the amount where they are actually serving people.""
Geneva teen charged in West Chicago shooting
"Two teens were charged with gun crimes after a West Chicago shooting early Sunday morning.  Dante Farfan, 17, 2100 block of Pepper Valley Road, Geneva, and Irvin Naranjo, 18, 700 block of Main Street, West Chicago, were charged with attempted aggravated battery with a firearm after the 1 a.m. shooting at the 100 block of Main Street in West Chicago, West Chicago police said."
Culture Takes Center Stage at West Chicago's Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration
"A schedule of performances following the parade includes Ballet Folklórico Quetzalcoatl, a nationally recognized Mexican folk dance troupe which has been delighting audiences in Illinois for the past 25 years. Mariachis and DJ Jolt are also on the entertainment lineup, and will perform at a stage erected on Galena Street."
FutureGen has agreement with Department of Energy
"The coal and power companies planning to build the experimental FutureGen power plant in Coles County have reached an agreement with the Department of Energy to continue developing the project.  The agreement calls for efforts to cut costs and double the number of partner firms to help share those expenses."
Nicor program to help disconnected customers
"The Reconnect Assistance program is available through Sept. 18 by calling 877-444-2947. Customers who pay 50 percent of their outstanding balance and agree to installment payments over the next 12 months will be reconnected.  Nicor Gas developed the program in response to the increased number of disconnections in the past two years."
"“Employers are not going to invest in a state where they are mired in regulation, threatened with constant tax increases, and forced to deal with the instability of a dysfunctional state government,” he said. “Our state takes a hostile approach to the business community – and we all are paying the price.”"
Best-selling Bible translation to be revised, evangelicals to debate gender-inclusive language  - Associated Press
""We want to reach English speakers across the globe with a Bible that is accurate, accessible and that speaks to its readers in a language they can understand," said Keith Danby, global president and CEO of Biblica, a Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Christian ministry that holds the NIV copyright.  But past attempts to remake the NIV for contemporary audiences in different editions have been plagued by controversies about gender language that have pitted theological conservatives against each other."
AFL-CIO, Dems push new Wall Street tax - The Hill
"The AFL-CIO, one of the Democratic Party’s most powerful allies, would like to assess a small tax — about a tenth of a percent — on every stock transaction.  Small and medium-sized investors would hardly notice such a tax, but major trading firms, such as Goldman, which reported $3.44 billion in profits during the second quarter of 2009, may see this as a significant threat to their profits."
Extremely Important 58%
Quite Important 19%
Not that Important 7%
Not at all Important 15%
Not Sure 1%

SurveyUSA Health Care Data Gathered Using NBC News Wall Street Journal Questions: - Survey USA
"In any health care proposal, how important do you feel it is to give people a choice of both a public plan administered by the federal government and a private plan for their health insurance--extremely important, quite important, not that important, or not at all important?"

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