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09 Oct  
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Roskam should quit his health plan - Scott Johnson, Wheaton
"As a close friend of "You Lie!" Joe Wilson, (the two sat next to one another during the president's recent address), it's clear to anyone who watches, that Roskam will not support any proposal that is put forth by the Democratically controlled House of Representatives.  If Roskam is serious about saving us from the evils of "government-run health care" as he calls it, then he should do the following: First, he should refuse the health plan offered to himself and his family as a member of Congress, (the plan for house members is government run) and he should also introduce bills to repeal Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Affairs, all of which are examples of "government-run health care"."
Teen's death linked to swine flu
"The death of a 14-year-old Naperville North High School student was related to the H1N1 swine flu virus, DuPage County health officials said this afternoon.  It is the first swine flu-related fatality in the county, according to Health Department spokesman David Hass.  However, the cause of the girl's death Thursday morning still has not been determined by the DuPage County coroner's office."
State admits nursing home ills
"In the first meeting of Gov. Pat Quinn's Nursing Home Safety Task Force, the state officials discussed strengthening current safeguards but also suggested they were open to sweeping reforms, including whether to create a new class of facilities that would exclusively house high-risk psychiatric patients."
Court OKs storing guns in car consoles
"Illinois law lets people carry guns in their cars if they are unloaded and enclosed in a case or other container. The question was whether a compartment for items like CDs and sunglasses meets the legal definition of a “case” for carrying guns.  In issuing its ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned a 2003 appellate court decision that said a glove compartment is not a “case” under the law."
Rep. Foster Votes to Allow Service Members to Take Advantage of Homebuyer Tax Credits and Benefits
"Continuing his efforts help military service members and their families, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) voted in favor of the Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009, which would extend the deadline for utilizing the first-time homebuyer tax credit of $8,000 for qualifying service members that was included in the stimulus."
House Republicans Block Unemployment Benefits - Progress Illinois
"Democratic leaders will bring the vote to the floor again Thursday, this time requiring only a majority for passage... UPDATE: The bill came up for a vote again in the House today and this time passed with a veto-proof majority. The six GOP members listed above -- Kirk, Manzullo, Roskam, Shimkus, Biggert, and Weller -- all voted against the measure ... again."
Illinois’ fiscal concerns continue to mount
"Hynes blamed the massive deficit on a decline in state revenues, which is a usual occurrence during a recession. However, he noted that the decrease in revenues is aggravated by the state’s lapse-period spending—which means Illinois is still paying last year’s bills.  Senate Republicans say that years of fiscal irresponsibility and spending beyond our means have led Illinois to this point. "
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 09 Oct 09
Church of England moves to heal row over women bishops - Reuters
"Along with homosexual bishops and same-sex marriages, the ordination of women is among the most divisive issues facing the Anglican Communion, which has 77 million members worldwide.  While Anglicans in the United States, Canada and Australia already have women bishops, conservatives in many other parts of the Communion still strongly oppose them."
Trumka to UMWA: Keep Fighting - AFL-CIO
"AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka traveled to West Virginia yesterday to celebrate a new term for Mine Workers (UMWA) President Cecil Roberts and Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane and to recognize the contributions of the union where he got his start.  rumka talked about the crippling effects of the economic crisis and the need for a strong, energetic union movement to turn it around not just for individual workers and their families, but for the whole country."
State Scorecard 2009  - The Commonwealth Fund
"This interactive U.S. map draws from The Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard, 2009. Use the map to view state-specific rankings and results compared to benchmarks, and to view the number of lives and dollars each state could save by achieving benchmark levels of performance."
It's Not the Prosecutors' Committee, it's the Judiciary Committee - Daily Kos
"Even as recently as 10 days ago, I hoped to be able to support a reauthorization bill introduced by Sen. Leahy that, while narrower than the JUSTICE Act that Senator Durbin and I have championed, did contain several important and necessary protections for the privacy of innocent Americans."
GOP Allegedly Caters to Underage Students With Free Booze - Buzz Flash
"Brewer also held a press conference calling for an investigation into the weekend, specifically calling out Republican members involved in law enforcement such as Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and two Republican candidates vying for his job, which will be vacated in Cox's run for governor.  "It's hypocritical for the Republican Party -- the alleged party of family values -- to tolerate, condone, even encourage this type of illegal activity," Brewer said during the presser."
A historian's account of Democrats and Bush-era war crimes - Salon
"There are many reasons why the reaction to things such as what I describe in today's post from progressive groups (as distinct from the very vocal civil liberties groups) has been so muted and acquiescent -- e.g., a tribal refusal to criticize one's own, a gut belief that someone as good and just as Barack Obama couldn't possibly really be continuing Bush/Cheney policies and complicitly helping to suppress their war crimes, the anger that one provokes from one's own "allies" with such criticism, etc. -- but the organized co-option process which Hayes and Hamsher document, accompanied by the fear of losing access and funding, is a very significant factor."

08 Oct

DuPage County briefs - West Chicago eyes gambling
"West Chicago will seek public comment on video gambling at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at city hall, 475 Main St. The state's Video Gaming Act legalizes the restricted use of video gambling terminals at designated restaurants and fraternal organizations that have a liquor license - unless the municipality bans them."
Layoffs, budget cuts don't surprise DuPage health department
"Director Maureen McHugh said the staff and funding cuts were the culmination of a four-year project to streamline services in the department. The fact that most county departments are dealing with budget crunches brought on by the lagging economy was just fortuitous, she said.
State officials meet on nursing home ills
"Gov. Pat Quinn's Nursing Home Safety Task Force met for the first time in response to a Tribune series last week that detailed instances when elderly and disabled nursing home residents were allegedly assaulted, raped and even murdered by mentally ill." criminals who also lived in the facilities.
GOP Senate hopeful Hughes puts $250k of own cash into race
"Republican U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Hughes says he has raised $380,000 in the five weeks since announcing his bid, with about two-thirds from his own pocket.  Hughes' campaign says $250,000 came from Hughes, a Hinsdale real estate developer, and another $130,000 from supporters."
Deal on campaign cash reform elusive
"A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan said this morning that lawmakers plan to advance a revised campaign finance reform bill next week. The move comes after weeks of negotiations with legislative leaders and reform groups following Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of an earlier measure in late August."
[It is only fair to point out that the gov's veto was because the measure was not strict enough and was applauded by state Republicans. - Bob]
State's finances murky 3 months into fiscal year
"COGFA was first out, reporting that base revenues in the first quarter were $340 million less than the same period a year ago. The numbers would have been worse if not for an increase of $259 million in federal money. Take the federal increase out of the picture ,and revenues are down $629 million, a figure COGFA referred to as “much more alarming.”"
Madigan calls for crackdown on nursing homes
"An Associated Press analysis found Illinois ranks highest in the nation in the number of mentally ill adults under age 65 living in nursing homes. The Chicago Tribune recently examined how violent convicted felons living in nursing homes put frail elderly at risk.  Both news organizations cited instances of assaults — including murder — of nursing home residents by residents with mental illness and histories of violence."
Pastor Who Wants Guns In Church Steps Down - WLKY Louisville
""We want to fortify religious institutions, whatever they are -- synagogues, churches, schools, religious schools," Pagano said. "The armed citizen is the first line of defense.""
[What kind of tank would Jesus drive to Wednesday night Bible Study? - Bob]
AT&T Workers, Flight Attendants and Writers Win Union Victories
"More than 300 workers at AT&T Mobility have chosen a voice with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in the past five weeks, providing more proof that workers want the Employee Free Choice Act.  If enacted, the bill would give workers the option of choosing whether to join a union through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) process or via majority sign-up or “card-check.” AT&T workers used the majority verification process to join CWA. "

REPORT: ‘We Will Overthrow The Government’ — Calls For Violence Repeatedly Stoked By Conservative Voices - Think Progress
"The Southern Policy Law Center has documented a steady rise in militia activity, and today reported on a new ominous YouTube video warning President Obama: “If you stay…‘We, The People’ will systematically dismantle you, destroy you and reclaim what is rightfully ours.”"
[To reasonable people who don't take the lunatic far right fringe  seriously, please keep in mind that they take themselves seriously. - Bob]


07 Oct

Around and About in West Chicago - 01 Oct 2009
  • Fall Festival at Sonny Acres
  • Faith Community Church 35th anniversary
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church's 125th Anniversary
  • Lions International Peace Poster Contest
  • Gordon Spoor Brand, 82, died October 1, 2009

West Chicago
Historical Society


Those Were the Days Radio Players
"The West Chicago Historical Society presents “Those Were the Days Radio Players” at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at the Fox Community Center, 306 Main Street. The vintage radio shows provide an evening of entertainment for all ages, recalling an era when radio provided comedy, drama, news and more nationwide. Refreshments are served at this free program."
WC Police Bowl for Special Olympics
"The West Chicago and Winfield Police Departments present a “Night of Bowling” at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in Bowling Green Sports Center, 30W150 W. Roosevelt Road. The charge of $20 per person includes three games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and pop. There are also raffle opportunities. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Illinois, a not-for-profit organization that provides an opportunity for special needs individuals to become physically fit, confident and respected members of the community through year-round training. To register as participants or a team, e-mail officer Fred Cadena at by Monday, Oct. 12."

West Chicago
High School
PeaceBuilder of the Month for September
"Karena received the PeaceBuilder Award for her upbeat attitude and ability to take on leadership roles, and to help struggling group members. She is to be commended for her service and desire to improve the atmosphere here at We-Go."
ACT PREP COURSE - for Juniors
"This e-mail serves to tell you about an exciting partnership between Community High School and PrepMe, the leading provider of online test preparation services for the ACT. We want to offer our students a program that will strengthen their core Math, Reading and Writing skills and boost their test scores."
Public Discussion on Video Gaming - Day of the Week Correction - Rosemary Mackey
"Please note the original press release contained an error regarding the day of the week for the public discussion...The correct day and date of the public discussion is Wednesday, October 28, 2009.  I apologize for my mistake, and appreciate you correcting this in your publications to ensure maximum turn-out for this important discussion..."
Mud pervades fall color - Ironwood Daily Globe
"Trail conditions are in "pretty good shape" for the four-day event, which begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, said Iron County ATV Association President Scott Santini.  Fall colors are nearing their peak, according to Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Jessica Bolich."
[Except for a 30% chance of snow on Sat, it should be classic northwoods cool fall weather.  You can still call Haven North at (715) 561-5626 or 1-888-40-HAVEN - Bob]
DuPage County briefs - Theft from Turner School
"West Chicago Elementary District 33 is asking residents to be on the lookout for a large welcome mat that was taken during the weekend of Sept. 25-27 from Turner School,..."
[This was covered with Mat Taken from Turner School on Oct 2nd.  Before 6PM on that day, the mat was returned. - Bob]
Boys and Girls Club says 'thanks' to Congressman
"The members of the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin had an extra lesson to learn recently. Members learned about the U.S. Congress and who their Congressman is. Then on Sept. 18, they got to meet Congressman Bill Foster in person.  The club had invited the congressman to visit so the staff, board and the members could thank him in person for supporting stimulus funding that the club will receive this year."
Carol Stream easing fire code to benefit smokers
"Smokers in Carol Stream might be in for a more comfortable fall and winter at village bars and restaurants.  Responding to a request from an establishment owner, the village board tentatively has agreed to allow smoking in temporary outdoor tents - despite objections from fire protection district officials."
[This is the most ludicrous attempt to ensure health and SAFETY since Madison's city council approved smoking cigars, but not cigarettes, in the city's upscale cigar bars. - Bob]
Delnor Hospital reverses senior exercise fee plan
""We had a couple of seniors raise concern about not being able to afford it," especially during the current difficult economic time, said Deborah Danner, senior marketing and public relations specialist for the Geneva hospital. "We wanted to be able to respond to that."  So the community health and outreach program staff, which runs Senior Vitality, decided to hold off on charging the fee."
Rep. Roskam, here's my view on reform
"4. We need people in the Republican Party to quit making up lies such as death panels, free health care for illegals, telling the elderly that the government may tell them to die because they are running out of money.
5. We need responsible, adult leadership that is looking out for the working people in this country and can offer real ideas to the debate rather than the same, tired old garbage of tax cuts and the market will fix itself."
[I don't understand the complaint.  He not only doesn't answer my calls, he de-friended me on FaceBook. - Bob]
Red light enforcement smart - Jose Padilla, West Chicago
"The red light photo enforcement is a smart thing when it comes to avoiding accidents. But is it really avoiding them or causing them? I think a $100 ticket is ridiculous."
Volunteer's $1.5 million bequest surprises VA hospital
"Several years ago, Mr. Wright told Robinson he wanted to leave his money to the hospital, but Robinson never dreamed it would amount to something like this.  "I told him to spend it, to go see a Cardinal game or the Bears, but he was set in his ways and didn't need much to make him happy," Robinson said."
Waves of new fund cuts imperil U.S. nursing homes
"A Medicare rate adjustment that cuts an estimated $16 billion in nursing home funding over the next 10 years was enacted at week’s end by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — on top of state-level cuts or flat-funding that already had the industry reeling."
State Capitol Q&A: New coalition forming to push tax increase
"“Many, many more organizations than ever before have come to the realization that the common interest – a responsible level of revenues for the state budget – dominates and should drive coordinated activity. With a responsible budget, all of the groups can do better (than deep cuts, unmet needs, layoffs, closures),” said John Bouman, president of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, who is serving as a leader of the new group."

Roger G. Kotecki - FaceBook
"Fran Scalafini, Marilyn Menconi and Lydia DuBuono from the Bloomingdale Township Republican Organization are hosting a fundraiser to benefit my reelection campaign with music provided by the Grasslands Trio. It will be held on Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 ...PM. Please feel free to contact me for more information if you are interested. If you'd just like to make a contribution you can do that by mailing your check payable to Citizens for Kotecki to P.O. Box 631, Warrenville, IL 60555."

Africa bishops speak of Obama in religious terms - Associated Press
"He acknowledged that Obama has earned the wrath of many conservative American bishops because of his support for abortion rights... "We are definitely aware of it," Palmer-Buckle said. "But we feel it our duty to meet him and find out what are the things that unite us more than divide us."
Join today’s National Call-in Day for Health Care Reform. - AFT-CIO
"Tell your senators the bill must control costs, include a strong public option, not tax benefits, make employers pay their fair share and hold insurance companies accountable. Don’t wait. Call now. Click here."

Fox News's Shep Smith: 'Every Vote Against The Public Option Is A Vote For The Insurance Companies' - TPM
"The likelihood of a bill without a strong public option "has been an enormous win for the insurance industry," Smith said. "But I wonder what happens to the American people when we come out with legislation which requires everyone to have insurance ... but does not give a public option. Therefore, millions more people will have to buy insurance from the very corporations that are overcharging us. ... It seems like we, the people, are the ones getting the shaft here.""


06 Oct

Anthony J. Avolio - Merle Burleigh
"Anthony J. Avolio Died Sept. 27. He was a former alderman in West Chicago-late 60s, early 70s during Dick Truitt's tenure as mayor. His obituary in Chicago Tribune."
Anthony J. Avolio
"... Long-time member of I.B.E.W., Local 701. Former alderman in West Chicago and Democratic committeeman. Family and friends will gather Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. at Ascension Church, 808 S. East Ave., Oak Park ..."

West Chicago
High School
We-Go Care Packages for the Military
"Do you have a friend or loved one in the military serving our Country overseas? If so, students at Community High School District 94 in West Chicago would like to provide them with a WeGo Care Package to honor them this holiday season.  Please forward names and FPO/APO addresses to: Mary Ellen Daneels at or fax the information to 630/293-8119. "
Still Waiting ...
Although my challenge to Republicans still has not resulted in a single link to an ACORN registered voter being convicted of voting illegally, in Some Criticize SEIU for Its ACORN Connections Peter Roskam is cited as stating "There's simply no place for a group so closely connected to ACORN to be part of something of such national importance as the U.S. Census,"  44,00 will die this year for lack of health insurance, but our Republican rep is too busy smearing an organization that has not resulted in a true voter fraud.... how sad.
DuPage groups organize for census outreach
"The key strategy behind the movement is to reach out to immigrants who are typically undercounted in the census, said DuPage Counts spokeswoman Ginger Wheeler.  The impetus for the campaign is to ensure federal funding of social service programs aren't reduced by an undercount of the area."
Jim Ryan might be back for governor bid
"In 2002, Ryan beat Blagojevich in the counties of Lake, McHenry, Kane and DuPage with a combined 61 percent of the vote.  At the same time, the current, evolving primary field is packed with suburban politicians. Among them: state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom of Naperville, conservative commentator Dan Proft of Wheaton and businessman Adam Andrzejewski of Hinsdale."
Townships add to bureaucracy - David Hamilton, Professor emeritus, Roosevelt University
"A case in point: An agreement was just recently reached that allowed the village of Carol Stream to supply water to a middle school located in unincorporated Wayne Township. The township government had blocked the construction of a water system to provide municipal water for four years."
H1N1 vaccine shipments on way to Fox Valley
" Fox Valley health providers that ordered the nasal spray version of the H1N1 vaccine are expecting to receive the first shipment later this week.  "Although providers will be getting the vaccine, that doesn't mean it will be available to the public immediately," said Kelly Jakubek, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public Health."
GOP will debut its Big Tent Brew Wednesday night
"The beer, which GOP leaders said is brewed with qualities that embody Republican values, is smooth and well-rounded, sweet but not fruity, according to those who have already tasted Big Tent."
Did the Chicago suburbs miss an opportunity or dodge a bullet?
"“There are 16,000 rentable rooms in DuPage County, and having those filled, or 90 percent full or 80 percent full for an extended period of time would have generated a lot of tax revenue,” said John Quigley, president and CEO of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry."
Comptroller: State faces $3B in unpaid bills
"Illinois had a record $3 billion in unpaid bills at the end of September and vendors were waiting a record amount of time to be paid, Comptroller Dan Hynes said today.  Hynes also took a shot at Gov. Pat Quinn saying the state needs a comprehensive plan to get out of its financial problems and that one hasn't been offered by the administration."
Conservapedia Launches Effort to Translate the Bible Into Conservativespeak - U.S. News & World Report
"There's a verse in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus enters a synagogue on the Sabbath and finds a man with a withered hand. "And they watched him," according to the King James version of the Bible, referring to those in the temple, "whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him."  But a new—and still evolving—conservative translation of the Bible prefers a more populist, Glenn Beckish take: "The intellectuals watched Jesus to see if he might catch and accuse him of healing on the Sabbath."
Union-Busting Hotel Ordered to Rehire Fired Workers, Return to Bargaining
"Last week in Hawaii, a federal judge ordered the Pacific Beach Hotel to rehire at least seven workers fired during contract negotiations. The illegal firings were part of 15 findings of unfair labor practices by the hotel. Hotel management’s behavior here is another sign that we need to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, to restore the freedom to bargain to all workers."
Apple Leaves U.S. Chamber Over Its Climate Position - Washington Post
"In a letter to the Chamber's president, Apple Vice President Catherine Novelli wrote, "Apple supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and it is frustrating to find the Chamber at odds with us in this effort." As a result, Novelli said, "we have decided to resign our membership effective immediately."  The Chamber of Commerce, which says it represents more than 3 million businesses, has been one of the strongest critics of legislation aimed at reducing U.S. emissions."
National Lawyers Guild and Other Human Rights Groups Issue Open Letter to Eric Holder - Buzz Flash
"Seventeen human rights and civil rights organizations and 45 prominent lawyers and civic leaders have sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder last week urging him to appoint a special independent prosecutor to investigate and prosecute Bush officials and lawyers involved in setting illegal interrogation policies.  Holder had expanded the mandate of Justice Department lawyer John Durham to include a preliminary investigation but limited Durham's focus to a handful of interrogators who exceeded the limits set by the "torture memos.""
Canada ranks fourth in quality of life  - The Globe and Mail
"Norway was followed by Australia and Iceland on the overall list, which drew on statistics dating from 2007, before Iceland was hit hard by the global economic crisis. Afghanistan and Sierra Leone rounded out the bottom of the ranking. The United States was in 13th place."
[Will the far right Republican partisans applaud this like they did the failed American Olympic bid? - Bob]

05 Oct

Gordon Spoor Brand
"Gordon Spoor Brand, 82, died Thursday, October 1st at the VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Missouri after a 2-year battle with congestive heart failure."
[A contributor of about a dozen posts to WegoNews, Gordon was the "institutional memory" on the Planning Commission back when I was a rookie.  He had an encyclopedic memory of the rail roads and the greatest maps of downtown I have ever seen.  West Chicago is a better place for his having been here. - Bob]
West Chicago Public Access Playback - Oct 5- Oct 11
"Channel 17 is proud to be featuring a movie titled 'Prairie Rose' this week. It will be shown at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday. The movie has won an independent video festival award and was produced by Channel 17 contributing producer Rebecca Tolluch."
Dancing with West Chicago
"Listen and dance to the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw & others played by The John Burnett Swing Orchestra with Dance Instruction and Performance by The Galaxie Dancers."
Still Waiting - Bob
Back on 29 Sept, I challenged my Republican friends thusly"
    "[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]"

As of tomorrow it is a full week, 3500 readers, and nobody has found one yet.  Could it be that ACORN has nothing to do with election fraud? - Bob
US Rep. Roskam in Honduras
"Roskam, as part of a contingent headed by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, met with interim President [Read: dictator] Roberto Micheletti. But President Barack Obama's administration is seeking to isolate Micheletti and other architects of the military coup that ousted the nation's president for allegedly trying to defy term limits.  The U.S. and European Union, among many nations around the world, have condemned the ouster of Honduras President Manuel Zelaya and suspended aid to the Central American country."
[Note:  Roskam is meeting with the head of the military junta that expelled the duly elected president of Honduras. - Bob]
US Rep. Roskam's Honduras stance reinforced
"The country has also been under a strict curfew since a coup ousted President Manuel Zelaya, chasing him out of the country and drawing condemnation from most of the international community, including the U.S. and European Union."
N. Aurora sailor honored with Purple Heart
"In this small room with an intimate crowd, Foster pinned a Purple Heart over the sailor's own heart.  "It's my honor," Foster said, to give you "the nation's most distinguished and oldest" military honor.  "Thank you for your service," Foster told Ripley, who served two tours in Iraq.  The men shook hands as Ripley's wife, Lisa, and their two young children looked on."
Modular homes: Businessman wants to reframe buyers' thinking on construction
"Lupa, a real estate agent here and in California, has been erecting modular homes in California for a dozen years ... He has also acquired a lot on the city's West Side and land for three modular homes along state Route 59 in West Chicago. Contractors, he acknowledges, see him as an unwanted competitor, particularly in a market where home construction is stymied."
Sheriff’s “TNT” Stings West Chicago Man for Cocaine
"Sheriff John E. Zaruba announced the arrest of a West Chicago man by members of his Office’s multi-jurisdictional Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT) after a month long undercover drug investigation.  On September 30th around 4:30 p.m. team members arrested Erick Garcia (dob 08/22/82), who lives in the 1600 block of Orchard Ct. West Chicago, and charged him with one count of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 ft of a school, one count of Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance within 1000 ft of a school and two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon."

Justices refuse to revive libel claim against Tribune
"The court today turned down an appeal from former DuPage County prosecutor Thomas Knight. He argued that the paper defamed him in a front-page story in 1999 concerning allegations that Knight and several law enforcement officers framed a man for the rape and murder of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico."

High Court: Illinois doesn't have to offer 'Choose Life' plates
"It had gathered more than 25,000 signatures from persons who wanted a "Choose Life" plate, but the state refused to issue the specialty plate. State officials said Illinois did not want to appear to be taking a position on the abortion issue."
No flu shots from Vermilion County Health Dept.
"Steve Laker, the department's administrator, said he was informed late last week that his department would receive only 600 vaccine doses and more won't be available because manufacturers are ramping up to meet delivery dates for the H1N1 swine flu vaccine."
County's supply of flu shots OK for now
"Sue Fuller, Winnebago County Health Department community relations manager, said Friday that the department has administered about 3,000 seasonal flu shots through the first seven of 71 flu and pneumonia clinics it will hold. She said the department received 8,000 vaccine doses in its initial order and expects shipments in each of the next two weeks."
State police gets grant to help reduce DNA analysis backlog
"“By expediting the processing of evidence, we can help to ensure every case receives more timely attention in order to solve cases and remove criminals from our streets,” State Police Director Jonathon Monken said in announcing the grant.  The money will provide for overtime pay for employees and the purchase of analytical supplies."
Roskam on Delegation to Honduras Today
"“I look forward to meeting with Honduran government officials about their continued efforts to ensure a free, fair, and uncompromised election this November,” said Congressman Peter Roskam."
[Strange statement about a group that just expelled their legally elected president, flying him out of the country in his pajamas. - Bob]
Court refuses to get involved in church dispute - Associated Press
"California courts have ruled that, while St. James had the right to split off from the larger church, the congregation could not take parish property with it, even though the parish has held the deed to the church for decades.  The Episcopal Church has argued that its rules bar anyone from walking away with denomination property, which often includes large endowments and land worth millions of dollars."
Red Cross Workers Fight for Safe Blood, Fair Contract
"Around the country, several bargaining units are in the same situation. They say the Red Cross is seeking to replace nurses with unlicensed supervisors, force employees to work unrealistic schedules, make workers bear the increased costs of an inferior health care plan and turn blood collection into an assembly line process."

Congressman Alan Grayson Says Don't Get Sick - Brave New Films
"Show Alan Grayson that we've got his back! "

Domestic violence as pre-existing condition? 8 states still allow it - McClatchy
"Eight states and the District of Columbia don't have laws that specifically bar insurance companies from using domestic violence as a pre-existing condition to deny health coverage, according to a study from the National Women's Law Center."



02 Oct

Merle Burleigh informs me that tomorrow's October Fest has been cancelled.
50 Year Commemorative Welcome Mat Taken from Turner School
"Residents are asked to be on the lookout for a large welcome mat that was taken from Turner School, 750 Ingalton Avenue, West Chicago, sometime during the weekend of September 25 – 27. "

[I have been informed that the mat has been returned. - Bob]

West Chicago
High School
"All Night Long" After-Prom Committee Meeting
"The first “All Night Long” committee meeting is on Wednesday, October 7, in the Commons from 7:30-8:30pm. “All Night Long” is a group of CHS parent volunteers who work with administration and staff to provide a safe, substance-free, alternative after-prom party for our Wildcat students."
Reminder for Market Day Orders
  • "Please help support our student organizations by placing orders with Market Day. October’s Market Day profits will benefit the Dance Production Group.  The next Market Day pick up will be Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm. You must place your order by: Monday, October 5th at 11:00pm CST. Pick up time is 5:00-5:45 pm in Commons.
  • Click on the following website to access Market Day to place your order: Our School is listed as Community High School Activities - Account #6816.
  • Thank you for your continued support of Market Day and West Chicago High School student clubs and organizations.
DuPage County briefs - West Chicago eyes gambling:
"West Chicago residents can comment on video gambling when the city's public affairs committee meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at city hall, 475 Main St."
West Chicago man nabbed in cocaine bust
"A 27-year-old West Chicago man is charged with dealing cocaine after a monthlong investigation by the DuPage County sheriff's office.  Erick Garcia was arrested Wednesday after a search of his home on the 1600 block of Orchard Court. Deputies found 115 grams of cocaine and two handguns in the search, sheriff's officials said."
Great pumpkins? Well, good enough after summer's cool, wet weather
"Tom Feltes, co-owner of Sonny Acres Farms in West Chicago, said this year's pumpkins are as plentiful as usual but weigh about five to 10 pounds lighter than normal. But Sonny Acres' owners were reluctant to raise the price this year and decided against it, meaning their pumpkins are again selling for 39 cents a pound."
Myogyoji Buddhist Templel open house
"A Buddhist temple open house will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Myogyoji Buddhist Temple, 1S100 Route 59, West Chicago. For details, call (630) 293 5235."
Five-week Fall Color Festival begins at Morton Arboretum
""The trees are the stars of the show," Special Events Manager Marilyn Baysek said. "It's all about the progression of the fall color. That's why we do it for five weeks. Any number of our trees do different things."  To compliment the trees, a number of activities are planned throughout the month, including a 5K run that steps off at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4."
U.S. Rep. Roskam in Honduras
"Those who ran Zelaya out of the country have promised elections for a replacement. Part of the Republican fact-finding trip is to learn about efforts for the elections and also meet with members of the nation's Supreme Court.
  • [It is important to note that he will be meeting with reps from the military hunta that staged the coup earlier this year. - Bob]
  • Jim DeMint's Coup? - TPM
    "In other words, Jim DeMint is acting on behalf of, in cahoots with, and against the foreign policy of the United States of America in encouraging post-coup Honduran government officials defy the United States. He is encouraging a political leadership which has no legitimacy and which not recognized by other democracies in the region ..."
On tap
"A discussion of the history of five decades that pivoted around Abraham Lincoln's presidency. 6 p.m. Thursday. Free. Registration required. McCormick Museum Gold Theatre, Cantigny Park, 1 S. 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Call 630-260-8162."
West Chicago teen who held three people hostage gets probation
"Joshua Mannella, 19, could have faced a maximum 15-year prison sentence on the charge of attempted aggravated kidnapping, but Kane County Circuit Judge T. Jordan Gallagher said he took Mannella's age, 16 at the time of the crime, into account."
Sculpture unveiled at site of NIU shootings
"The piece by artist Bruce Niemi is called "Remembered" and was unveiled Thursday at the DeKalb campus. Niemi's design was chosen after a university search and is in addition to a memorial garden outside the building.  Niemi says one of the main things he hoped to accomplish was "to help out the parents.""
Illinois to get shipments of swine flu vaccine
"Federal health officials Wednesday allocated about 57,000 doses to Illinois. Chicago gets a separate shipment of about 16,000 doses.  Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Kelly Jakubek said it will take about two weeks for the vaccine to be available. More doses will be available in the coming weeks."
CWLP scheduling suspensions in noose incidents
"Three City Water, Light and Power employees involved in two noose incidents can take their 60-day unpaid suspensions in five-day increments.  CWLP spokesman Amber Sabin said the city is setting the schedule for when the employees take their unpaid time."

Bill Foster - FaceBook
"Bill Foster is looking forward to presenting a constituent from North Aurora with a Purple Heart tomorrow."

Fossils Shed New Light on Human Past - Wall Street Journal
"The creatures were still evolving the ability to walk upright, with a big toe better suited for grasping branches than stepping smartly along, an analysis of their anatomy shows. They made their home in the woods, not on the open savannah grasslands long considered the main arena of human development. Yet their upright posture, distinctive pelvis and other toes suggest they walked easily enough. Most important, they showed no sign they walked on their knuckles, as contemporary chimps and apes do."
  • Few Jobs for Young Workers Part of a Long-Term Trend
    "If you’re under age 25 and looking for a job, you’re going to have a much tougher time than your older brother or sister did in 1999. Then, 60 percent of 16-24-year-olds had a job. Today, just 48 percent do, the lowest rate of young worker employment since World War II."
  • Bad Climate Change Bill Could Cost 4 Million U.S. Jobs
    "A new report says the legislation should include a system of rebates and allowances to help U.S. companies make the transition to lower carbon emissions and a tariff system, or border adjustments, to penalize countries that fail to regulate greenhouse gases in the production of goods."
  • Detroit: Too broke to bury their dead - CNN
    "Inside the Wayne County morgue in midtown Detroit, 67 bodies are piled up, unclaimed, in the freezing temperatures. Neither the families nor the county can afford to bury the corpses. So they stack up inside the freezer."

    01 Oct


    Wish Sharon a Happy Birthday.  She is 39 again.

    Around and About in West Chicago - 01 Oct 2009
    • Oktoberfest Saturday, October 3, 2009
    • West Chicago Park District’s 26th annual Spooky Trail
    • West Chicago Youth, formerly WeGo Youth
    • National Fire Prevention Month
    • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, celebrates its 125th Anniversary
    Fall colors start to blanket northern counties - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    "If you like to chase the gold, red and yellow fall leaf colors, you might want to gas up the car for a road trip this weekend or plan one soon.  Six northern Wisconsin counties - Price, Taylor, Sawyer, Iron, Florence, Portage and Langade - are already at 50% of their peak, according to volunteers who report their observations to the Travel Wisconsin Web site."
    [The video to the right was taken in or near Hurley, WI.  It is not too late to call Haven North ((715) 561-5626 or 1-888-40-HAVEN) and make reservations.  ATV riders may want to wait till next weekend's rally. - Bob]
    Educare of West DuPage Update
    "West Chicago Elementary School District 33 has been granted a continuance to allow Educare to further work out details about well and septic systems with DuPage County staff. Therefore, the application for Conditional Use of the District-owned property next to Indian Knoll School will NOT go before the DuPage County Board Development Committee on October 6."

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    State and Federal Legislators Talk with West Chicago Students
    "On Friday, September 18th, five legislators representing parts of West Chicago, Carol Stream, Warrenville, Wheaton, and Winfield, came to Community High School in DuPage County and spoke with American Government students at the first ever “Wildcat Legislative Roundtable.”"
    Church Choir Sponsors USO Canteen Show
    "The Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist and First Congregational Church is sponsoring a USO Canteen Show “A journey Through the 40’s” on Saturday October 24, 2009, located at 525 N. Neltnor Blvd (Rt. 59) in West Chicago. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church and the canteen (food and drink) will follow in Fellowship Hall. The audience is encouraged to add to the event by wearing 1940’s style clothing."
    Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)

    John Millner Seeks Community Input - FaceBook
    "Do you live in the 28th State Senate District in Illinois? Then please take my legislative survey online here:"


    Video Gaming in West Chicago
    "The City of West Chicago is seeking public comment on the issue of video gaming in West Chicago at the Public Affairs Committee on Thursday, October 28, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in City Hall, 475 Main Street."
    Penny pancakes to help W. Chicago man
    "Colonial Café in St. Charles will sell pancakes for a penny Thursday, Oct. 1 and encourage patrons to donate to help Joe Leo meet needs for life as a quadriplegic, according to Scott Parker, general manager.  Parker and his wife have been nearly lifelong friends with the West Chicago resident and his wife Jan. He was injured in a skiing accident in March that has left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. The Leos have moved out of their home in West Chicago and into their daughter's house in Warrenville where there is more room to accommodate Joe's needs, Parker said."
    Airport, West Chicago sign firefighter pact
    "As part of an intergovernmental agreement between the DuPage Airport Authority and West Chicago Fire Protection District, at least one experienced firefighter will continue to be stationed at the airport in West Chicago.  The agreement ensures the airport will always have someone on-site to operate its aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle. The nearly $800,000 vehicle only needs one occupant to fight fires."
    West Chicago teen who held three people hostage gets probation
    "A West Chicago man who held three people at gunpoint in 2006 at a St. Charles Township home after they tried to buy marijuana from him with counterfeit money was sentenced Wednesday to four years of probation.  Joshua Mannella, 19, could have faced a maximum 15-year prison sentence on the charge of attempted aggravated kidnapping, but Kane County Circuit Judge T. Jordan Gallagher said he took Mannella's age, 16 at the time of the crime, into account."
    Trustees set to pick interim UI president
    "On Saturday, trustees are likely to not only accept White's resignation, which is effective at the end of the year, but they could also appoint an interim president, name the members of a search committee for a permanent president and hire a firm to help with the search."
    Illinois doctors press for tax on sugary beverages
    "Pediatric chiefs of nine hospitals in Illinois have joined forces to urge a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.  In a guest editorial sent to news media in Illinois, the doctors say a one-cent-per-ounce tax nationwide could generate $14 billion dollars yearly.  That money could go toward programs to boost the number of pediatricians, and increase access to underserved families."
    White starts campaign for fourth term in office
    "“We’ve accomplished quite a bit,” White said in Springfield. “But yet and still, we want to make sure that our roads remain safe. … There’s a lot more to be done. We’re doing more with less.”  White said he believes another term would be his last."
    Ky. church ordains sex offender as minister- Associated Press
    "A tiny Louisville church's newest minister is a gifted music leader and popular among its three dozen members.  Mark Hourigan is also a sex offender. Almost a decade ago, long before he joined the flock at the City of Refuge Worship Center, he was convicted of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in central Kentucky. Hourigan served a five-year sentence and the 41-year-old was placed on Kentucky's sex offender registry for the rest of his life."
    A Senate vote on health care reform may come in as little as two weeks and union members across the country are joining a new letter and phone blitz
    "It’s critical working families speak up and provide a loud counter voice to the health insurance industry’s money and influence. Congress needs to hear from people who can tell their lawmakers about their personal struggles with a broken health care system and why we need real health care reform."
    Fossil fuel subsidies and climate change - PRI
    ""On an annual basis, globally, there are at least $250 billion dollars in global fossil fuel subsides, and some people will think that number is closer to $400 billion."  Kretzman says most of the subsidies go into keeping the prices low for consumers, especially for those in developing nations. However, there are also subsidies for the production side. He says a recent study shows $70 billion dollars going to the fossil fuel industry on an annual basis -- much higher than the amount of subsidies for renewables:"

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