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30 Sept  
Around and About in West Chicago - 29 Sept 2010
  • 21st annual Tales Tombstones Tell
  • Candidates’ Forum
  • District 33 Referendum
  • Unsolicited Newspapers and Periodicals

Dine Out Night - FB -Maureen Navadomskis
"If you're planning on pizza for dinner tonight - or if you think it's a good idea now that I mentioned it... Please consider ordering carry-out from Gianorio's in Winfield. If you mention 'Indian Knoll PTO Dine Out Night', IK's PTO gets 15% of your total! This includes frozen pizzas, dessert & soda, so order for your freezer, too!... Their phone # is 630-665-6000."

Reminder: Republican Candidates Forum
  • Location: St. Andrew’s Golf and Country Club Date:
  • Thursday, September 30, 2010
  • Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm EDT

West Chicago
High School
Reading Together 2010
"This year's theme centers around an American West theme. The entire family is encouraged to participate in the book discussions and special programs at all three libraries. Participants may attend book discussions and programs at any of the three libraries. All programs are free and open to all community residents. To register, contact the host library: Warrenville, 630/393-1171, West Chicago 630/231-1552, Winfield 630/653-7599."
Open Audition and Call for Theater Volunteers
"Anyone interested in learning more about the venture is invited to attend one of two informational meetings and open auditions being held at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court (map) on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. and Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m."
Rail groups finding more ways to stress safety
"Metra officials said safety and environmental upgrades are especially key right now, as customer feedback tells them Chicago-area residents want more mass transit than highway lanes.  "That's a real shift in consumer expectation," said Carole Doris, chairman of Metra's STAR Line implementation.  Other changes coming to protect pedestrians and motorists include new signage along the Union Pacific West Line, which runs from downtown Chicago through DuPage County towns ..."
DuPage PSAs target texting while driving
"All three PSAs are set in the DuPage County morgue in Wheaton, Each opens with an actor portraying a morgue worker who unzips a recently-arrived body bag, only to find a man or woman inside furiously texting away on his or her wireless telephone."
Candidate Forum at Community High School
"The Forum begins at 6:30 PM with a meet and greet with candidates and at 7:00 for State Representative candidates Randy Ramey, Greg Brownfield, Mike Fortner, and Maria Owens and at 8:00 PM with State Senatorial candidates John Millner and Corinne Pierog.  It will be held in the Auditorium at Community High School District 94, located at 326 Joliet Street, West Chicago, IL."
FutureGen revision will need state OK and maybe rate hike
" In another likely controversial provision, Ameren said it needs to "address the issue of long-term liability with respect to a CO2 pipeline and sequestration, to be supplied by participants other than Ameren and its partners."  Righter and state Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, predicted problems with that provision."
McDonald's denies report of dropping health care
"The paper says that last week a top McDonald's official told regulators its insurance plan won't meet a requirement for next year that it spend at least 80 percent to 85 percent of its premium revenue on medical care."
State workers' health care savings rely on dental, drug changes
" The program, called “preferred drug step therapy,” is estimated to save the state $11 million, according to the agreement. Workers needing prescription drugs would, in some instances, have to try the cheaper generic or preferred drugs before the state would pay for more expensive, brand-name medication... If a doctor shows evidence to Medco that the more expensive drug will work better, a patient can continue using that drug.
Quinn, Brady trade barbs about economy at debate
"“We’ve got to have a governor who understands that you need commonsense, not nonsense, when it comes to the budget,” said Quinn, deriding a proposal by Brady to make a 10 percent spending cut across state departments, including education, human services and corrections."
Rep. Foster Votes to Combat Chinese Currency Manipulation
"“As a former businessman who started a manufacturing company that now employs hundreds of employees in the Midwest, I know personally how hard it is to compete with international companies that play by a different set of rules,” said Foster.  “This legislation will give the U.S. Department of Commerce additional tools to help ensure that American companies are not put at an unfair disadvantage.”"
Rep. Foster Introduces Bill To Improve THOMAS - Sunlight Foundation
"In the last year, one in five adult Internet users downloaded or read legislation, according to Pew’s 2010 “Government Online” report. And yet THOMAS, the official public portal to congressional information, has a dated web interface that often obscures its rich contents.  Although there are ongoing efforts to improve THOMAS, its limitations have spurred the private and non-profit sectors to create alternative legislative data interfaces, like GovTrack.us and OpenCongress.org. Unfortunately, their innovative designs are needlessly limited by unreliable access to information."
Edgar Endorses Brady for Governor
"“If I am fortunate enough to be elected Governor, I will follow the example set by Governor Edgar,” Brady said.  “He prioritized and cut state spending, curbed programs that were not producing the needed results, and returned fiscal discipline to Illinois government.”"
Would Kirk Block Everything In The Lame Duck Session?
"According to Kirk, serving as the 42nd GOP vote "is a game-changer." And most of the bills Kirk says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wants to bring up in the late fall -- card check, a national value added tax -- are nowhere near the top of the Democrat's agenda. (They are, not coincidentally, issues that conservative activists and donors don't like one bit.)"
The Age of School Reform Has Begun
"It is now commonly accepted that parents should have a say in where their children go to school and this choice will push traditional public schools to improve.  It is now commonly accepted that we have to address the incentives in the school system to recruit, retain, and motivate the best educators…"
The Rise of the New Power Co-Op Movement - Huffington Post
"Electric co-ops were created as one of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs in order to promote rural development... Today, America's 930 electric cooperatives are the sole source of electricity for 42 million people in 47 states -- nearly 12 percent of the nation's population. They control $100 billion in assets and $31 billion in member equity."
Court Lets Stem-Cell Funds Flow for Now - Wall Street Journal
" The one-page order by a three-judge panel of the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the administration met the legal standard for a stay of the injunction, but didn't discuss the case in detail.  The White House welcomed the order, which extends a temporary action by the appeals court on Sept. 9.
"Feds Radiating Americans"? Mobile X-Ray Vans Hit US Streets - TruthOut
"Backscatter X-ray is already part of an ongoing national debate about its use in so-called full body scanners being deployed in many US airports... Security experts say expanding the X-ray technology for use on American streets is a powerful counterterror strategy. They also point out the images do not not offer the kind of detail that would be embarrasing to anyone. Moreover, law enforcement already has broad search-and-seizure powers on public highways, where a search warrant is often not needed for officers to instigate a physical search."
J.P. Morgan Chase to freeze foreclosures over flawed paperwork - Washington Post
"A growing number of homeowners - even those who missed their mortgage payments - are now scrambling to challenge the proceedings, weighing down an already overburdened court system.  J.P. Morgan had declined to address the matter until Wednesday. But in a sworn deposition, one of the bank's employees, Beth Ann Cottrell, admitted that she and her team signed off on about 18,000 foreclosures a month without checking whether they were justified. "
 

29 Sept

 
Business Highlights - 28 Sept 2010
  • Tango Argentina Club
  • Harvest at Sonny Acres
  • Here and There
  • UPCOMING EVENTS

West Chicago
High School
Market Day
"Our next sale will be Thursday October 7th at 5:00 p.m. in Commons. You must place your order by Monday, October 4th at 11:00pm CST. Pick up time is 5:00-5:45 p.m."
Fundraiser Honoring Representative Mike Fortner
  • $60 per person
  • $250 Fresh Sponsor
  • $500 Sharp Sponsor
  • $1000 Refined Sponsor
State hopes shocking ads will help deter texting while driving
"White says it's up to police in Illinois to enforce the texting ban and a related law prohibiting drivers from using cell phones in school or construction zones unless the phone is in hands-free mode.  "It's really a law enforcement issue," White said. "We want law enforcement to be vigilant in the issuing of tickets and getting after individuals who violate the spirit of the law.""
DuPage district remap draws forest preserve worries
"Forest preserve leaders want to completely divest themselves of the county board over concerns that the county board could go to nine representative districts after the 2010 census figures are released. That would require the forest preserve commission to follow suit, which would cost taxpayers more than $150,000 in additional salaries for the three new elected officials... But county board member and redistricting committee member Jim Zay had concerns about the forest preserve and county having two different sets of legislative districts if the forest preserve is allowed to separate, which he said could confuse voters.
DuPage County employees lauded for fitness
"The initiative began with baseline blood work early this year, for which some 2,200 staff members signed up. Personal trainer and fitness instructor Julie Fulton, hired last December as the county’s first wellness coordinator with a 50-week contract paying $48,000, also included educational seminars, a health fair and the establishment of an employee-based advisory committee in her first year on the job."
Oktoberfest at the First United Methodist Church of West Chicago
"The United Methodist and Congregational Men will be hosting an Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church located at 643 E. Washington Street in West Chicago. Outdoor games will start at 4:00 p.m., food being served at 6:00 p.m. followed by a bonfire and music at 7:30 p.m."
Quinn, Brady lash out at each other at Chicago forum
"Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bill Brady clashed today over education, taxes, government corruption and their divergent ways to pull Illinois out of a financial hole in a no-holds-barred debate."
Ameren, feds sign agreement on FutureGen
""If there was any remaining question as to whether FutureGen is really coming to Illinois, today we have that answer," said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, FutureGen's leading advocate. "Soon we will announce a process to evaluate the more than two dozen Illinois communities that have expressed an interest in hosting he sequestration, research and training facilities for FutureGen 2.0.""
Bank work meant big tax break for Giannoulias
"Giannoulias told the Chicago Tribune that he ended day-to-day work in late 2005 to campaign for state treasurer. He says his work the next year was merely closing out his responsibilities.  Giannoulias says he wasn’t making loan decisions at the time, so he played no role in the bank doing business with Democratic insider Tony Rezko."
Rep. Foster Introduces Small Business Fairness Act
“I strongly believe that you cannot truly represent someone unless you listen to them, which is why I make it a priority to listen to small businesses and families throughout the 14th District,” said Foster.  “The idea for this legislation came from a network of small businesses headquartered in St. Charles, and I am proud to take action so that they are not left at a competitive disadvantage.”
Whose America Is That? - AFL-CIO
"It’s 48 pages of fancy, historic-looking display type and photographs. Lots of photographs. In fact, it shows off photos of 384 white people by our count. One Asian American. A musician who might be Asian. One young man in military camo who may be Latino. And if you look very, very closely, five African Americans. A total of eight people of color.  What America are they pledging to?  It doesn’t look like the America I know."
Obama Discusses His Faith: 'I'm a Christian By Choice' - Politics Daily
""And it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead -- being my brothers' and sisters' keeper, treating others as they would treat me," Obama said, adding that his public service is "part of that effort to express my Christian faith."  Obama said that as president he's "also somebody who deeply believes that part of the bedrock strength of this country is that it embraces people of many faiths and of no faith." He said while the country "is still predominantly Christian... we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and... their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own.""
"Topless Mountains Are Obscene" - Mother Jones
"On Monday, approximately 2,000 Appalachians and supporters marched from the Environmental Protection Agency to the White House, demanding an end to the practice.  The group also stopped at a branch of PNC Bank, which has come under fire for providing loans to the coal companies that engage in this destructive type of mining. More than 100 activists were later arrested at the White House for occupying the sidewalk outside in an act of civil disobedience"
Plundering the middle class - My Budget 360
"New data shows that the median household income is $50,221 in 2009 which is down from $52,029 in 2008.  This drop of 3.6 percent comes at a time when many U.S. households are struggling to make payments on mortgages and more importantly, find jobs.  The only group that grew their household income was for those making $180,000 or more (top 5 percent).  This growing inequality gap demonstrates that this recession is actually widening the chasm between the working and upper-classes of our society."

 

 

28 Sept

 

West Chicago
High School
P.A.W.S. FOR RECOGNITION September 2010
"Each Division is asked to nominate students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Learning, Living, or Leadership. The recipients of the PAWS awards this month are a testament to the importance of hard work, perseverance, and community."
Candidate Forum
"The government program at Community High School, with the assistance of an Illinois Learning Service Grant and the generous support of the League of Woman Voters of Wheaton, is hoping to increase voter registration and awareness for the upcoming election. Registrars will be on hand to register any resident of Illinois to vote. To register to vote, please bring two forms of ID to verify residence and age... The night of the forum is the last day to register to vote for the November election."

Voter Registration Reminder - FB -Our Kids Our Community
"For those who have not registered to vote in the November election, the final day to register is Monday, October 4th. All D33 schools and the District Office have personnel available to help you register."

 

Fortner Receives Friend of Agriculture Award - FaceBook
"Last Wednesday I attended the DuPage County Farm Bureau dinner to receive the Friend of Agriculture award. I was honored to also be given an award for Outstanding Legislator of the Year. This was in part due to my work on a law to protect small beekeepers from expensive regulation and let them sell honey at farmers markets."

DuPage chair candidates seek funding accountability
""I would stop the allocation of human and financial resources to this entity," said Democratic candidate Carole Cheney. "In its place, I would create a small business office within the county that would be subject to public disclosure laws."  Republican candidate Dan Cronin wasn't as harsh."
St. Charles alderman faced indecency complaint in 2008
"St. Charles Alderman David Richards was the subject of a public indecency complaint in May 2008 - two years before he was arrested on allegations he exposed himself in West Chicago, according to police records obtained by the Daily Herald.  Richards was questioned but not charged May 21, 2008, after a motorist called St. Charles police to report a driver exposing himself in traffic."
No change in ride costs next year, Metra says
"Metra leaders promised no fare increases in 2011 as they delved into next year's budget forecast Monday.  But to stay in the black, officials project it will be necessary to transfer about $25 million in capital dollars to the operating budget, which will be earmarked for maintenance."
Wildcats volleyball takes winning streak in stride
"West Chicago may be the quietest Top 10 team in the Chicago area, and with good reason.  Four years removed from an 0-35 season, modesty appears to be the order of the day for the No. 4 Wildcats, who last week won their 17th consecutive match to start the season."
Whitney: Hike income tax, solve deficit, improve government
" The Green Party candidate for governor told The Associated Press on Monday that Illinois has been moving toward smaller government and that it has led to dangerously overcrowded prisons, less care for the mentally ill, higher college tuitions and furlough days for state employees.  “You know, for all the people that have been saying for years ’small government, small government, small government,’ hey, you’re getting it,” Whitney said. “It’s getting smaller right now. How do you like it?”"
Number Of The Day: 100,000
"The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which administers the grants, says the problem is one of demand. In 2010, there are more students who qualify for MAP grants, which range from $500 to $5,000 and are distributed to students with a mean household income of just $23,000. More than 70 percent of those denied listed a community college as their school of choice. (The population of working poor families in Illinois, in other words, is blowing up.)"
AFT’s ‘Not Waiting for Superman’ Site Tells the Whole Story - AFL-CIO
"On the website you’ll learn about the great public schools across the country where AFT members work. The site shows many of the productive labor-management efforts that have turned the collective bargaining process into a powerful tool to improve schools. And it points out the work of local unions across the nation, supported by the AFT Innovation Fund, to take the lead in improving teaching and learning."
U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
"On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Atheists and agnostics average 20.9 correct answers. Jews and Mormons do about as well, averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers, respectively. Protestants as a whole average 16 correct answers; Catholics as a whole, 14.7."
Surprise! Blue collar jobs are coming back - CNN Money
"The unemployment rate for manufacturing workers has also shown much greater improvement than for workers overall, dropping to 9.5% in August from 13% in December. That compares to a far more modest improvement to 9.6% from 10% for the overall labor force.  "There was an idea out there that all the manufacturing jobs lost during the recession were gone and never coming back. That's not true," said Heidi Shierholz, labor economist for the Economic Policy Institute, a labor-supported think tank. "Once people started buying stuff again, some of them had to come back.""
How to Lose over a million jobs - Economic Policy Institute
"Th e Boehner plan calls on Congress to cut non-security related spending back to 2008 levels. Th is would require a spending reduction in this category of $105 billion in 2011.4 Maintaining Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Aff airs, and Department of Homeland Security at the funding levels requested in the president’s budget would exempt $673 billion from these cuts. Thus, to achieve the overall reductions, non-security funding would have to be cut to $356 billion—an across the board cut of 22.7% relative to the president’s budget request and 6.9% lower than 2010 levels, adjusted for inflation."
There were no posts on the pols' websites this morning and no significant articles discovered by the bots... a day of silence.  I think I like it. - Bob
 

27 Sept

 
This Week in West Chicago
  • Wine and Cheese Fundraiser for Maria Owens - FaceBook
    "Join Maria Owens for a night of wine and cheese for fundraising!  $50 per single, $75 per couple *For more information or RSVP, contact Jen Laesch (630.809.6595) or (jjlaesch@gmail.com)"
  • Coffee with Candidates for State Rep Maria Owens and Greg Brownfield - FaceBook
    • Tuesday, October 5 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    • Dunkin Donuts
    • 330 S Neltnor Rd, West Chicago, IL
  • Candidate Forum - Donna May, FB
    "Community High School and the League of Women Voters would like to invite you to the upcoming candidates forum. State Representative Candidates for the 55 & 95 Districts will start at 6:30pm and State Senate Candidates will start at 8pm.  Please come and support the candidates; and become an informe...d voter before the general election on November 2."
CableCom Programming Schedule Channel 17 West Chicago, Illinois
"Here's all the excitement you need for the next week!"

Upcoming Junior Testing Opportunity
"All juniors received information about the PSAT/NMSQT during the week of September 27th. Please review this information with your student in order to determine whether or not they should sign up to take the PSAT/NMSQT"

Campaign Heating Up

[It's hard to argue you want jobs in Indiana rather than India if you are VP of a company using federal money to buy bad mortgages for corps it has set up in the Cayman Islands to avoid US income taxes.  Scrubbing a website and Whining "LIE" is a poor substitute for facts that show the charge false. - Bob].

DuPage chair candidates seek funding accountability
""I would stop the allocation of human and financial resources to this entity," said Democratic candidate Carole Cheney. "In its place, I would create a small business office within the county that would be subject to public disclosure laws.""
[Ms. Cheney added on Face Book, "I have called for greater transparency from Choose DuPage for a year now. I think we have a right to know what our tax dollars are being used for. Don't you agree?" - Bob]
State treasurer candidates lay out priorities
"Democrat Robin Kelly, Libertarian James Pauly, Republican state Sen. Dan Rutherford and the Green Party's Scott Summers are the hopefuls in the Nov. 2 election to take the job held by outgoing Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias... Pauly, a quality assurance analyst from Chicago, contends it's essential to "try and bring down the state's debt level. The state is near bankrupt," he said.  Kelly, a Matteson resident who is the chief of staff to Giannoulias, said her top issue is growing the economy. She proposes passing legislation to boost investment in startup technology companies and to offer affordable loans to small businesses that promise to create jobs. Another idea is to partner with small businesses to promote development such as grocery stores in low-income, urban areas."
GOP candidates, backers make pitches at rally
"Randy Hultgren, candidate in the 14th Congressional District, declared Saturday “Foster-Pelosi Day” in honor of his opponent.  “Bill Foster has voted with Nancy Pelosi 92.5 percent of the time,” Hultgren said.  Hultgren, who represents the 48th District in the Illinois Senate, said his opponent’s TV advertisements represent “desperation.”"
Election might put end to 'Caucus-race'
"These agencies — facing an 80 percent increase in demand while being fiscally decimated by a 50 percent decline in charitable contributions and a state that can’t pay its bills — demanded to know what the candidates were going to do about it.  Although state Sens. John Millner, R-Carol Stream, and Mike Noland, D-Elgin, state Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin, and 14th Congressional District foes Randy Hultgren of Wheaton and incumbent Bill Foster, D-Batavia, chose not to attend, the event turned out to be something more than just a Caucus-race."
[I almost re-titled this, "Dinocrats and Republidons Have No Solutions to Modern Problems. - Bob]
Civil War Symposium & Reenactment at Cantigny
"The First Division Museum and Cantigny Park are the places to be for Civil War history buffs, educators and curious onlookers the weekend of October 2-3.  More than 100 attendees, primarily history teachers, are expected at the 13th Annual Civil War Symposium on Saturday, October 2, from 9 am to 5 pm."
Governor candidate Whitney defends big government
"The Green candidate wants to raise the income tax rate by two points, to 5 percent. He would use some of the new money to lower property taxes.  He's also calling for a new tax on financial transactions and fees on pollution.  Whitney says those changes plus cuts in government waste would eliminate the state's $13 billion deficit."
Work starts on Chrysler assembly plant expansion
"Workers have begun work on the more than 500,000-square-foot expansion to the Chrysler Group LLC assembly plant in Belvidere.  Chrysler has not said publicly what the total cost of the project will be or given a timeline of when it will be finished. In July, the company pulled a building permit for $4 million for site work and another in August for $1.5 million for the foundation and addition."
Questions continue to swirl around FutureGen project
"At the suggestion of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Tenaska Energy, which has proposed a low-emission coal-fired power plant in Taylorville, is considering carbon disposal via the FutureGen pipeline. But company officials won’t commit to FutureGen, saying it is just one option to deal with carbon emissions from the Tenaska plant."
Foster Links to Article About Obama Tax Cuts
"Bill Foster is pleased that the President signed the small business legislation into law today - these tax cuts and increased access to credit will help small businesses create jobs!"
Obama: Small business bill is 'good news' - The Oval: Tracking the Obama presidency
Rich Whitney on “Miller in the Morning” – WJPF 1340 AM (Carterville, IL)
"Rich Whitney was interviewed on “Bob Miller in the Morning” (WJPF 1340 AM, Carterville, Illinois) this past Wednesday. Click here to listen to the interview."
Moody's Lower Outlook Shows Quinn 'Recovery' Claim Flat Wrong
"But, a new Moody’s/ MSNBC report released this week shows Illinois is one of only eight states still in recession as of July.  Illinois has lost jobs two months in a row -- over 26,000 jobs.  That is more lost jobs during that time than 47 other states in the nation.  According to the report, none of our neighboring states remain in recession."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R) Illinois Senate endorsements - chicagotribune.com
"I am humbled to announce that I have received the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune!" - Face Book
Alexi Giannoulias talks about the importance of 2010 Elections
"With many Democrats demoralized by an anemic economy and a vibrant rightwing, with progressives (again) taking off the mid-term elections -- those who self-identify as progressives are a third less likely to vote in non-presidential years -- Illinois Democrats are doing everything they can to get moderates, liberals and progressives to the polls in 2010."
Gubernatorial Debates Offer Illinoisans A Closer Look At The Candidates
"On Thursday, the Chicago Tribune's editorial board will host a session with all five candidates: Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, the GOP's state Sen. Bill Brady, Rich Whitney of the Green Party, Libertarian Lex Green, and Independent Scott Lee Cohen. That debate will be available for viewing on the Tribune's website. "
Trumka: Working-Class Anger Fueled by Right’s ‘Deeply Dishonest’ Message - AFL-CIO
"Trumka said it is vital to channel working-class anger away from Fox News and Tea Party extremists who are delivering "a cynical, deeply dishonest and incoherent message—that big government is somehow to blame for the current crisis that the budget deficit will eat our children, and that illegal immigrants took all the good jobs."
America's True History of Religious Tolerance - Smithsonian
"From the earliest arrival of Europeans on America’s shores, religion has often been a cudgel, used to discriminate, suppress and even kill the foreign, the “heretic” and the “unbeliever”—including the “heathen” natives already here. Moreover, while it is true that the vast majority of early-generation Americans were Christian, the pitched battles between various Protestant sects and, more explosively, between Protestants and Catholics, present an unavoidable contradiction to the widely held notion that America is a “Christian nation.”"

How Billionaires Could Race to Our Rescue - TooMuchOnline.com
"A 15 percent “wealth tax” on all personal assets over $1 billion would this year raise $145.5 billion, more than enough to cover the entire $140 billion budget shortfall America’s 50 states are facing in the current fiscal year... Former Bush White House political chief Karl Rove is now pouring millions of dollars into attack ads against tax-the-rich candidates on this November’s ballot. American Crossroads, the group that Rove has directing this operation, is grabbing most all its funding — 91 percent, in the mostly recent Federal Election Commission filing period — from billionaires."

 

24 Sept

 
WEGO MS 2010 - Face Book
"Great Video from our very own WEST CHICAGO MIDDLE SCHOOL! Thank you Middle School Social Studies Teacher Sal Tamayo!" - Susan Stibal

West Chicago
High School
JUNIOR PARENT NIGHT
"On Wednesday, October 6th the Counseling department will be presenting a two hour program on post high school planning. This program is designed for parents and their students. We will start at 6:30 PM in the auditorium - please park in the south lot and come in through entrance H."
Tales Tombstones Tell
"The historical program will be held on Friday, October 1, 2010 at Oakwood Cemetery located at York Street and Oakwood Avenue."

Winning Artist in West Chicago's Street Banner Competition Announced
"The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission extends congratulations to Kathryn Lentz the 2010 street art banner “People’s Choice” winner. Kathryn is a local artist who has spent 33 years working with animals and volunteering her time to animal rescue efforts."

Fall CERT Course Starts Tuesday!
"... the West Chicago Citizen Corps is offering another Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course. The seven week course will meet every Tuesday evening starting September 28, 2010, from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. There is no fee for the course."

West Chicago Youth Offer Help to Senior Residents
"Kevin Holguin, the new youth program coordinator, has announced this year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 13, 2010. Those wishing to request assistance should contact him at (630) 918-0299 or by email to kholguin@westchicago.org."

 

Man indicted in West Chicago shooting
"A reputed gang member is accused of opening fire on several men in West Chicago, then letting his buddy take the fall for his crime.  Christopher Einecker was indicted Thursday on charges related to the July 9 shooting on the 100 block of Grandlake Boulevard in which two men suffered nonfatal injuries."
Dist. 94 appoints new board member
"A chief financial officer with two children in high school has been named to the Community High School District 94 board of education.  Kevin Kotche, of West Chicago, is a longtime volunteer who has served on the board of the Community High School Education Foundation."
Put on your walking shoes for women's wellness
"Delnor Hospital's 10th annual Walk for Women's Wellness has more than 600 walkers preregistered. The walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, with festivities before the walk including informational displays including several physician mini education booths, free osteoporosis heel scans, blood pressure checks and complimentary seated massages."
State judicial board files official complaint against Judge Popejoy
"The state board found that Popejoy's conduct brought his judicial office "into disrepute," and referred the matter to the independent Illinois Courts Commission to determine appropriate discipline, which may range from reprimand to censure to even removal from office.  In his guilty plea, Popejoy said he panicked after the June 29 accident. He pleaded guilty in early August to reckless driving, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail."
Foster ad attacks Hultgren, his employer over federal funding
"He accused Hultgren of hypocrisy, of “railing against the bailouts and all of the emergency interventions that were necessary to help our economy recover from the damage that firms like his caused,” all the while using that federal money and profiting from it."
Controversial UIC professor denied emeritus status
"The vote, at a U. of I. board meeting in Urbana, was unanimous ... Ayers, the Vietnam War-era radical, had been an education faculty member at UIC since 1987. He retired effective Aug. 31 and then sought the emeritus faculty status, a largely honorific title that includes some benefits such as library privileges."
Kirk slammed for 'no' vote on small business bill
"Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias today said U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk went back on promises to help small businesses when he joined fellow Republicans this week in voting against a bill to provide tax breaks and promote lending.  "Voters are sick and tired of politicians who say one thing to small business owners in Illinois and then go back home to D.C .and cast their vote to protect corporate profits" Giannoulias told reporters in a conference call."
U of I at Chicago gets $12M to study young adult smoking
"The grant totaling more than $12 million comes from the National Cancer Institute. It will fund a project building on previous UIC research about why some kids smoke and quit while others get hooked. Genetic markers for tobacco dependence also will be explored."
Bidder: Lottery contract pick violates law
"Camelot said the selection process contained a number of breaches of state law and bidding procedures, including “failure of the bidding process to create a competitive environment, the bidding process being unevenly skewed towards the existing vendors of the lottery and unequal access to information by bidders.”  "
Rep. Foster Statement on Monthly Unemployment Numbers for the 14th District of Illinois
“While unemployment is still unacceptably high and we obviously have a lot of work left to do before our economy fully recovers, today’s drop in unemployment numbers in the 14th District is encouraging.  These numbers provide evidence that improving business conditions and four straight quarters of economic growth have begun to translate into job creation and a move toward a lower unemployment rate for our district.”
Rep. Foster Votes to Cut Taxes and Help Small Businesses Grow and Create Jobs
“As a former small businessman who created hundreds of jobs in the Midwest, I know that a small business’ access to credit is the key to their ability to grow and expand,” said Foster.  “This legislation not only expands lending to small businesses, it also offers tax cuts that will spur investment, growth, new starts and job creation.”

Carole Cheney - Face Book
""I would favor a slight decrease in the budget as everyone is getting less money in. We have issues with the state not providing the monies expected," she said. "I think the county needs to tighten its belt the same way people at home are tightening their belts.... I think we need to increase service and decrease spending by using the health department as a model for other departments.""

Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R) National Federation of Independent Businesses Names Senator John Millner a Guardian of Small Business - FaceBook
"“I am honored that the NFIB has recognized me as a Guardian of Small Business. To put our friends and neighbors back to work, we have to demand accountability in government and give the private sector the opportunity to create jobs. “"
Brady Launches New TV Ad‏ Called "The Truth"
I feel obligated to post this link, but the graphic where the Trib is cited as saying that ""(Brady) paid" what he owed " looks like major league editing ... so  I did a Google search and found Chicago Now explaining:
"In 2008, Brady's family businesses' income (closely aligned with the housing construction and sales sector of the economy) and his Senate salary netted out to a loss, so no federal or state income tax liability was incurred or paid by the Brady family. In 2009, apparently a loss carryforward and a provision in the federal economic stimulus program raising the income threshold for small businesses paying income taxes translated into no federal income tax liability for the Brady family, even though their income was almost $120,000."
This does not make the Quinn commercial fair, but unlike the Brady commercial, it is not a flagrant LIE. - Bob
Kentucky Retirees Mobilize to Make Sure Election Night’s Not Fright Night
"Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican U.S. Senate candidate and Tea Party poster boy, “scares the you-know-what out of Roy H. Streeter, an IUE-CWA retiree. Rightfully so, too.  Paul, who wants to phase out and privatize Social Security and Medicare said yesterday that seniors need to pay more for whatever form Medicare would be left after he sliced the heart out of it if elected to Senate BTW, Paul’s campaign admits he received half his income from Medicare and Medicaid payments."
The Terror of H-A-L-A-K-H-A-H - TPM
"Numerous American cities now have one or more Muslim 'religious courts' in operation where believers go to adjudicate family law disputes, real estate transactions and various other matters according to Sharia Law by binding arbitration. These religious court verdicts can then be enforced by civilian American courts... Finally, one jurisdiction in New York has been settled entirely by devout Muslims; no candidates run for office except those approved by the local imam; road signs in the town are all printed in both English and Arabic; and various local practices have been brought into line with Sharia."
Downhill With the G.O.P. - NY Times, Paul Krugman
"Howard Gleckman of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has done the math. As he points out, the only way to balance the budget by 2020, while simultaneously (a) making the Bush tax cuts permanent and (b) protecting all the programs Republicans say they won’t cut, is to completely abolish the rest of the federal government: “No more national parks, no more Small Business Administration loans, no more export subsidies, no more N.I.H. No more Medicaid (one-third of its budget pays for long-term care for our parents and others with disabilities). No more child health or child nutrition programs. No more highway construction. No more homeland security. Oh, and no more Congress.”"
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"to fly the flags at half-staff on behalf of: Staff Sergeant Joshua D. Powell, United States Army - Hometown: Pleasant Plains, Illinois"
 

23 Sept

 
Quinn: No authority to pick up errant parolee
"Quinn said Corrections Department parole officials could not apprehend Darrell Bracey because a warrant had not been issued for his arrest.  Internal documents obtained by The Associated Press, however, indicate that even after officials were told a warrant had been issued, they waited another 10 days to go looking for Bracey. That was after they learned he was a suspect in an alleged criminal sexual assault and had been charged with another battery."
Green Fair coming Saturday to Cantigy Park
""There will be a lot of teaching, a lot of hands-on things and a lot of things to buy," McKeen added. "We are really excited about all the different kinds of vendors that we have coming."  The fair is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at 1S151 Winfield Road."
Learn ways to go green at Old House New House Home Show
"Look no further than the Old House New House Home Show, coming this weekend to the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles.  The show will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25-26. Admission is $7 for adults. Seniors 62 and older are free and children younger than 18 are also free."
Buyouts save UI $1.4 million a month; some faculty left for better-paying jobs
" Four hundred twenty UI employees took advantage of voluntary separation offers. One hundred fifteen of them were tenured faculty and 17 were non-tenured faculty, according to UI President Michael Hogan.  Another 25 left to go to peer institutions. Their UI salaries averaged $106,000 per year and the average offer was $168,428 from the other institution. Hogan said the UI wanted to keep them but that there were difficulties matching the offers."
University of Illinois leader says troubles hurt ranking
"University of Illinois President Michael Hogan says the school’s image has been badly damaged by last year’s admissions scandal as well as the state’s financial crisis.  Hogan told trustees today that oversee the university’s three campuses that the damage was evident in the Urbana-Champaign campus’ drop in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings. The flagship campus fell from 39th to 47th in the recently released national rankings."
Website shows candidate positions on campaign reform issues
"Voters who want to know Illinois candidates’ stances on government reform issues can go to a website that outlines their views on 20 yes-or-no questions brought up by CHANGE Illinois, a coalition of dozens of reform groups and individual advocates.  Cindi Canary, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Political Reform, said not all of the issues discussed in the survey are supported by all of the groups in the coalition. The website is an effort to educate voters about the variety of reform issues under discussion, she said."
Rich Whitney on the Cover of Gay Chicago Magazine
“In this race, I’m the only candidate telling you what I’m going to do to fix the state’s budget,” Whitney says. “The basic plan is there. The parameters are there. Under my plan, we know the math will work.”
Will The Bush Tax Cuts Live On?
"Kirk wants to see the tax relief extended to all Americans, even though it would blow a major hole in the national deficit. Giannoulias sides with Obama. This week, the Democrat even unveiled a new website --700billionreasons.com -- that lets users pick how they would spend the $700 billion that would land in the laps of the nation's wealthiest 2 percent over the next decade if Kirk gets his way."
Senate Republicans Fail to End Majority Rule in Union Elections - AFL-CIO
"Earlier this year the National Mediation Board (NMB) issued a rule that says air and rail union elections must be decided by a majority of votes cast. In June, a federal court upheld it. A resolution (S. J. Res. 30) to overturn the new rule failed 43-56.  Previously under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), which covers rail and airline workers, each worker who did not cast a vote in a representation election was automatically counted as a “No” vote."
AA original manuscript reveals profound debate over religion - Washington Post
"The group's decision to use "higher power" and "God of your understanding" instead of "God" or "Jesus Christ" and to adopt a more inclusive tone was enormously important in making the deeply spiritual text accessible to the non-religious and non-Christian, AA historians and treatment experts say.  The editors softened Step 7 of AA's renowned 12 Steps for example, by deleting a phrase that evoked church worship. "Humbly, on our knees, asked Him to remove our shortcomings - holding nothing back," became "Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.""
Stephen Colbert To Testify Before Congress On Immigration - Hufington Post
"According to a UFW press release, since the effort launched, "more than three million people have visited the campaign web site, www.takeourjobs.org. Of those visitors, 8,600 have expressed an interest in seeking employment as farm workers. Despite the numbers, only seven people have taken the UFW up on its offer to take a job in agriculture."
Tax Cuts on Colorado Ballot Stir Alarm - NY Times
"The measures — which would lower property, income and sales taxes; limit government borrowing; and reduce vehicle registration fees — are widely seen as too extreme by Democrats and Republicans alike. With the November election approaching, they present a test case for a conflict that is playing out, perhaps in less drastic fashion, throughout the country: voters showing a strong inclination to diverge from the recommendations of their elected officials."
 

22 Sept

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 22 Sept 2010
  • West Chicago High School
    • Homecoming 2010
    • Voter Registration
    • Autumn Flame
  • Fire Safety Open House

West Chicago
High School
Wildcat Boosters - Ultra Foods
"Wildcat Boosters is participating in the Ultra Foods 5% Back to Schools Program.  Please save your receipts from September 1st through December 31st.  A receipt collection box is located in Commons.  Receipts will also be accepted at the remaining home football games at the concession stand.  The Ultra Foods locations in our area are:
  • 501 S. County farm Rd., Wheaton (Corner of County Farm & Roosevelt)
  • 7580 Barrington Road, Hanover Park (Just North of Irving Park rd.)
Fermilab's new accelerator work enters next phase
"Two above-ground buildings are being constructed next to the New Muon building, which is being converted into the Superconducting Radio-Frequency (SRF) accelerator test facility. Work is nearly complete on a tunnel extension off one end of New Muon that will help house a linear accelerator."
Illinois man arrested after standoff, threats to Obama
"Police say he was wearing a belt that had protruding wires attached to a curling iron he claimed was a triggering device. Authorities say blocks on his belt that were made to look like explosives turned out to be Play-Doh.  The FBI officials say the man was arrested on suspicion of threats to the president and to law enforcement."
Higher vehicle fees eases Illinois budget burden
"The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that the higher fees Illinoisans paid over the last year have generated about $192 million to pay for new roads and bridges.  The cost of renewing an Illinois driver’s license increased by $20 in October 2009, and licenses plate stickers also went up $20."
National attention to focus on Illinois Senate race, Kirk thinks
" Kirk dismissed calls by Giannoulias for him to denounce a yet-unreleased television ad by a group called American Crossroads, which is associated with former Bush political adviser Karl Rove.  “I’m not surprised that Karl Rove, the architect of the same policies that drove our economy to the brink of collapse, is now bringing special interest money to bail out Mark Kirk,” Giannoulias said, according to Fox News Chicago."
Roskam Testifies At Medicare Fraud Hearing
"“In America today, when the national debt is large enough to hold back an economic recovery, we should be eliminating every wasted penny in every corner of the budget. Medicare fraud, which is up to $60 billion annually is not merely a tidy pile in the corner of the budget, but a stinking mess in the middle of the room. Luckily, there’s a solution that the private sector has used successfully for years: predictive modeling technology that recognizes atypical behavior and stops fraudulent payments before they happen."
[It should be noted that Medicare fraud is not a mom-n-pop business... it is mostly billing fraud by health insurance companies and corps like the one run by Republican gubernatorial candidate for Florida governor, Rick Scott, which was fined $1.4 Billion. - Bob]
Study: Teachers Working So Hard That Merit Pay Doesn’t Work - AFL-CIO
"A new study released today knocks down one of the falsehoods spread by the anti-public school crowd. The study found that offering teachers annual bonuses of up to $15,000 had no effect on student test scores. The reason: Teachers already were working so hard that the extra money was not an incentive."
[I never wanted to work with the best faculty "money could buy" ... although I didn't take vows of chastity or poverty either. - Bob]
The Myth Of A 'Christian Nation' - Huffington Post
"While the Founding Fathers, with their diverse Christian backgrounds, had every opportunity to make the fledgling United States into a "Christian nation," the factual record reveals they consciously refused to do so.  And it was not, as some opine, a mistake or an oversight."
Privatize Social Security? Hell Yeah! - Club For Growth
"Most Republicans are running away from the Social Security issue. They've probably been told by establishment handlers to never defend "privatization" or personal accounts.  Baloney.  Fiscal conservative candidates should embrace it. While Americans in retirement or approaching retirement would stay in the current system, younger workers should have the option to invest a portion of their money in financial assets other than U.S. Treasuries."
Apartheid in our schools - Boston Globe
"Mocking any rhetoric about democracy and equal opportunity, the new study says children of color “continue to attend very different schools than white children.’’ That is a polite way of saying we are reverting to what the Kerner Commission Report on urban unrest found: “two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.’’  In Chicago, the average black student goes to a public school that is 74 percent black while the average white student goes to a school that is 6 percent black."
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
" to fly the flags at half-staff on behalf of: Deputy Chief Mark Johnson, Hinsdale Fire Department"
 

21 Sept

Tax Cuts on Colorado Ballot Stir Alarm - NY Times
  • Maria at the Painters' Union Rally - Maria Owens on FB
    This is a photo gallery with the caption, "Maria had a wonderful time with local Democratic supporters at the Painters' Union Rally!"
  • Milton Township Canvass for Maria
    "Join Maria and volunteers in a door to door event this Saturday (Sept. 25) to get out the vote! Meet at Potbelly's in Wheaton's Town Square at 11 a.m. . ..We need your help to tell people that a vote for Maria is a vote for a more responsive and reform minded voice in the Illinois House!"
Representative Randy Ramey Is Having A SMOKER!!!
"There will be appetizers, drinks and cigars!
Special Guest Appearances!!
I flick my ash at smoke-free Illinois!!!"
QUESTIONS?
Trademark Floral Portraits at Gallery 200
  • Floral Portraits" Opening Reception
  • Gallery 200, 200 Main Street, West Chicago
  • Friday, October 8, 2010   6:00 - 9:00 p.m."
New Community Theater Company
"A new theater company is being formed by the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission. Anyone interested in learning more about the venture is invited to attend informational meetings and open auditions at the Rockwell Building, 108 Sherman Street, on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. and Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m."
Salon & Spa - Grand Opening
"Learn more about a new West Chicago business as the community celebrates its grand opening. Kerelli Salon & Spa is a full service facility which offers haircuts, hair color services, skin treatments, nail services and more. Kerelli Salon & Spa will also carry a line of Aveda products. All are invited to attend!"
Acquisition of 535 Shingle Oak Drive
"KTR Capital Partners (KTR), a real estate private equity fund manager and operating company specializing in the industrial property sector announced on September 7, 2010 that an affiliate has closed on the acquisition of 535 Shingle Oak Drive, West Chicago."
St. Charles alderman wants statements to police thrown out
"David Richards, 59, of the 1100 block of Millburn Court, filed a motion Tuesday in DuPage County Court arguing that West Chicago police violated his rights in a July 21 interview in which he admitted to briefly exposing himself on westbound Route 64.  Defense attorney Kenneth Johnson said police failed to read Miranda warnings to Richards, despite having taken him into official custody."
Setback for DuPage County Muslim center
"MECCA seeks to build a 61,000-square-foot facility on a 4.7-acre site on 91st Street west of Illinois Route 83 that Hamadeh said could accommodate up to 600 persons on maximum usage days.  Plans call for a two-story brick structure with central mosque, plus separate wings for a school building and recreational facility. A dome would rise 69 feet, while a minaret tower would be 78 feet tall.  The organization currently uses an storefront in a shopping center on Plainfield Road east of Illinois Route 83."
Mayor: Work on new Fox River bridge could begin this year
"Although the bridge project has come under fire from groups in St. Charles township and the village of Wayne, DeWitte characterized them as a vocal minority.  "School District 303 alone will realize hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel savings with their buses no longer having to come through downtown St. Charles in order to get across the river," said DeWitte."
Agency offers food pack for weather emergencies
" The food packs are pre-packaged and contain dry staples, with enough food for five meals, including items such as soups, cereals, nuts, cheese, juices, fruits, crackers, condiments and dried milk.  "We usually tell people these food packs are for something like a snowy day when they can't get out,' said Les Woodrum, CRIS director of operations. "We like to get them to people before bad weather gets here, though.""
Illinois treasurer candidates spar over campaigning time
"The Democratic candidate for Illinois treasurer says her Republican opponent spends too much time campaigning and not enough time doing his job as a state senator.  Sen. Dan Rutherford missed 473 votes in the last session, the second-highest absence rate of any state senator.  Only Sen. Bill Brady, who's running for governor, has missed more votes."
Quinn, AFSCME reach no-layoff deal
" Under the agreement, the state won’t cut jobs or close institutions until June 2012 if the union approves at least $50 million in cost-cutting measures, said Anders Lindall, Illinois spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  The savings, from steps such as furlough days, reduced overtime and changes in health insurance, could reach $100 million, he said."
Durbin: Health overhaul will be noticeable
"“To think … over 400,000 young people in our state between the ages of 19 and 25 now could stay on their parents’ dependent coverage plan, this is going to give them some peace of mind,” Durbin said during a press conference. “Parents who have children with pre-existing conditions can finally breathe a sigh of relief. You cannot appreciate the desperation you feel when you think you may be canceled at the last second or not even get coverage because of a pre-existing condition.”"
Kirk advocates early end to federal TARP
" Kirk’s Democratic opponent, state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, characterized Kirk's statement as a change in position.  "It's hard to tell which Congressman Kirk we should believe – the one who enthusiastically supported TARP, voted six times to protect taxpayer-financed CEO bonuses, and voted against cracking down on Wall Street, or the one who now says the program should be shuttered," said Giannoulias spokesman Scott Burnham in a statement... The TARP program used taxpayer money to bolster financial institutions in an effort to stop the 2008 financial crisis. Congress and then-President George W. Bush approved it in 2008. The government spent $700 billion on TARP, but the latest CBO report estimated that the program will cost taxpayers only $66 billion."
National attention to focus on Illinois Senate race, Kirk thinks
"“I’m not surprised that Karl Rove, the architect of the same policies that drove our economy to the brink of collapse, is now bringing special interest money to bail out Mark Kirk,” Giannoulias said, according to Fox News Chicago... If he wins, Kirk would be the 42nd Republican senator in the current Congress.  Kirk said his vote could be used to block Democratic initiatives in a lame-duck session of Congress following the election."
I-Newswire Synergy Builders, Inc Announces its Participation in the Old House New House Home Show
"Synergy Builders, Inc has recently announced its participation in The Old House New House® Home Show in St Charles from September 25th to September 26th 2010 at the Pheasant Run Resort. The Old House New House® Home Show is the largest, most innovative and longest running home show in the Chicago area. Alongside Synergy Builders 300 additional vendors will be featuring the latest in: remodeling, landscaping, and unique products for your home."
Brady on Quinn Deal With AFSCME
"The Quinn Administration should not agree to anything that limits Illinois’ flexibility to manage this catastrophe."
PIRG: High-Speed Rail Good For The Economy, Planet
"In a new report "Connecting the Midwest," Illinois PIRG tries to quantify those benefits. According to the public interest group, building a Midwestern network of high-speed trains will create 57,000 permanent and 15,200 temporary jobs. Enhanced rail will help travelers avoid carbon-intensive air (1.3 million plane trips by 2020) and automobile (5.1 million trips per year) trips, reducing emissions equal to 34,000 cars annually. And when the network is completed, almost 70 percent of jobs in the state will be located within 15 miles of a rail station.
Cuts and Necessary Cuts
"In the chart below, Mercatus Center Research Fellow Matt Mitchell compares the actual decline in states’ spending from 2009 to 2010 (in blue) and the sustained cuts in state and local spending necessary to close the gap between spending and revenues over the next 50 years, known as the 50-year fiscal gap (in red), illustrating the drastic contrast between states’ needed budget cuts and the cuts they have so far been willing to make."
Medical Marijuana Growers Join Teamsters Union - Sacramento Bee
"The Teamsters added nearly 40 new members earlier this month by organizing the country's first group of unionized marijuana growers. Such an arrangement is likely only possible in California, which has the nation's loosest medical marijuana laws.  But it's still unclear how the Teamsters will safeguard the rights of members who do work that's considered a federal crime."
Lawsuit Over Gay Marriage Speech Dismissed - NBC
"Lopez, a self-described Christian, claimed a professor stopped him mid-speech, deeming his words sexual harassment under the Los Angeles Community College District's code of conduct.  He sued the district in February 2009 in Los Angeles federal court, claiming the code was so broad that it limited his right to free speech."
GOP: Bechtel, PricewaterhouseCoopers And Other 'Small Businesses' Will See Tax Hike (CHARTS) - TPM
"According to President Obama and the Democrats, 97 percent of small businesses will see their tax rates remain the same. Republican counter that the remaining three percent of small businesses -- about 750,000 of them -- constitute half of all small-business income. There's only one way both of those statements can be true: Many of those 750,000 small businesses aren't small at all. Some, like Bechtel Corporation, are positively enormous."
 

20 Sept

 
Plaque given to the Czajka Family by WC Public Library - FB photo gallery
"To the Family of Theresa Czajka - Our Friend
For her caring spirit, vision commitment and service toward improving the lives of families of West Chicago through her service in the Friends of the West Chicago Public Library District and as a member of the Board of Library Trustees."
  • Channel 17 Programs 9/20-9/26
    "This week we have new editions of Paper Crafting Trends(Wed & Fri 7pm) and IRM-TV(Wed & Fri 7:30pm). For everyone that wants to relive the event, we have the Mexican Independence Day Celebration 2010 om Mon & Wed at 8pm."
  • Comment From John Kruser - FaceBook
    "Big news!!! Channel 17 can now be found on the AT&T U-verse system. Catch us on Channel 99 by searching for West Chicago Public Access TV Channel 17. This is big news for those of us that keep the channel up and running.  We still enjoy being a part of Comcast Cable TV as Channel 17 in West Chicago and thank them for all they continue ...to do to keep us on the air in their system."
Democratic Women of DuPage County - FB, Donna M. May
"Please support you local candidates for the November election. Scott Harper, Maria Owens, Cathy Sewell and Lisa Madigan are all candidates endorsed by the DWDC. I have listed their upcoming events on our website. Check them out and go help your candidates get elected by showing your support!"
We're all Working to Protect our Forests! - Eric Bergman
"Please take a minute (it's just one minute long) to watch our video, then help us win by sharing this message or our video with everyone you know. Even if people you know don't live in DuPage County, IL, someone they know might. Also every view and comment to the video will help promote our work. With your help we can get enough attention to shift the vote"

Our Kids Our Community.- FB

  • Volunteer Training Session
    "Don't forget the Volunteer Training Session which will be held tomorrow evening (September 21) at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria. Bring as many friends as you can to help with this important endeavor."

  • "To all college students who still reside in D33, we ask your support of this referendum. The more students we reach, the more the chance this will pass. We will host a pizza party during the holidays to thank all of you for your support, although you should vote no matter the incentive. It is not only a right, but it... is also a responsibility as a citizen. Your voice matters."


West Chicago
High School
Board Of Education Meeting Agenda September 21, 2010
Voter Registration at CHS Homecoming Football Game - Sept 24th
"Community High School, with assistance from the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and an Illinois Serve and Learn Grant, is holding a voter registration drive at the Homecoming Game on Friday, September 24th beginning at 6 p.m.  If you are 18, a citizen of the US, and a resident of your precinct for at least 30 days before the election, you can register to vote! Bring two forms of ID to verify residence and age and come to the table located inside the stadium at the home gate in order to register. Please contact Lisa Willuweit at 630-876-6450 or lwilluweit@d94.org with any questions."
New Community Relations Specialist
"After many weeks of searching and considering how we will organize the Community Relations Office in District 33, we are very pleased to introduce Mrs. Gina Steinbrecher as our new Community Relations Specialist."
Communication change in District 33
"FORMERLY, District 33 email was received through this format username@wegoed33.k12.il.us. Beginning Monday, September 20, the NEW email will be username@wego33.org."
District 33 Referendum
"The question asks voters' permission to sell bonds for the purpose of expanding West Chicago Middle School. The reason for this project is to provide addional classroom space across the District by moving 6th graders to the middle school and to provide 6th graders with middle level educational opportunities. The project can be paid for without raising the tax rate or tax dollars."
Artist in Residence - Thelma Uranga
"Uranga started a community of knitters in Pilsen and Little Village that has been offering a creative gathering for fellow knitters, as well as working with Chicago's youth on projects to brighten up their communities. Uranga kicked-off her project, "Promise Quilt" in West Chicago during the downtown Mexican Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, September 12, 2010."
Independence: a new exhibit at City Museum
""Independence", a new exhibit, opened at the City Museum on Sunday, September 12, 2010. The exhibit features the work of multiple artists' on the theme of independance."
Tales Tombstones Tell
"Tours begin at 6:30 pm and start off thereafter every 10 minutes, with the last tour starting at 7:45 pm. Tours last about 45 minutes, and no reservations are necessary. The program is based on historical fact and does not contain ghost stories. It is family-friendly and includes historic music and song and an evening stroll, with lanterns and luminaria lighting the paths through West Chicago's oldest cemetery."
5 ways to fix Illinois' transportation mess
"Here's how the study, "Building Our Economy - Transportation for a New Illinois," aims to fix this."
  1. "Rethink the power structure of the Chicago Transit Authority, Pace, Metra and their oversight board - the Regional Transportation Authority."
  2. "Transfer authority over township roads to county governments.
  3. "Double the state motor fuel tax from its current rate of 19 cents per gallon and keep adjusting it for inflation."
  4. "Build and reconstruct highways through the use of tolls."
Ash borer battle heats up in DuPage
"Arborists and others involved with managing trees in the public domain are closely watching the spread of the metallic-green beetle, which has killed 25 million ash trees since first being confirmed in the Midwest eight years ago.  The pest is a tough match against their best efforts, said Juliann Heminghous, the emerald ash borer outreach coordinator for Illinois Department of Agriculture."
Funds would help DuPage center for children
"County Board members agreed to put in a request for a $500,000 allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds to add to what is being set aside toward construction of a new home for the Children's Advocacy Center and DuPage Family Center.  The two facilities now operate in locations seen as less than ideal."
Quinn, Foster, Giannoulias on campaign bus to Aurora
""We fight for working families who don't want a handout or a bailout, they just want a job," he [Giannoulias] said.  Foster said that the average household net worth has rebounded since the federal stimulus bill was signed Feb. 17.  "That's why we have to continue to do the job," he said."
Study: Could ferries relieve truck traffic in Chicago?
"The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute is funding a study to see whether using ferries is feasible. It has given a $20,000 grant to a Purdue University North Central industrial engineering professor... Brady says the study will look at whether ferrying trucks between Michigan and Wisconsin would relieve traffic congestion in the Chicago area."
Rebates offered for energy-efficient appliances
"Gov. Pat Quinn is encouraging Illinois residents to take advantage of a rebate program for energy-efficient appliances.  Under the program, shoppers can get a 15 percent instant rebate Friday when they buy Energy Star appliances, including dishwashers and refrigerators.  The rebates will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., or until funds run out."
Mark Kirk calls for halting financial bailout he backed
"Senate candidate Mark Kirk wants to halt the financial bailout, which he originally supported.  The Republican is scheduled to deliver a speech on government spending today in Springfield. Aides say he'll propose canceling any unspent money from the $700 billion fund known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program."
Durbin: Health overhaul will be noticeable
"“To think … over 400,000 young people in our state between the ages of 19 and 25 now could stay on their parents’ dependent coverage plan, this is going to give them some peace of mind,” Durbin said during a press conference. “Parents who have children with pre-existing conditions can finally breathe a sigh of relief. You cannot appreciate the desperation you feel when you think you may be canceled at the last second or not even get coverage because of a pre-existing condition.”  The bill also bans lifetime limits on benefits and rescissions, ensuring 7.5 million Illinois residents with private insurance don’t lose their coverage."
Another New Poll Has Brady in Lead in Race for Illinois Governor
"A strong anti-tax platform and resume is leading Brady’s campaign, although he’s received a fair amount of criticism about being vague on how to balance the state’s budget. But Brady has improved noticeably in recent weeks and seems to hitting a winning stride.  While Quinn has openly discussed a number of tax increase scenarios and preached fiscal responsibility, published reports exposed some sizable raises to his top staff. The public’s strong negative reaction knocked Quinn off balance, and he doesn’t seem to be able to regain it. But Quinn is a true fighter who surprised people during a vicious primary. He’s not going to just fade away."
Poverty Gains in U.S., Whitney Calls on Illinois Programs to Stay in Force
"Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney called on Illinois anti-poverty programs to stay in place to provide essential assistance to low-income people in the state. Whitney explained that “fighting poverty and assisting people without access to health care, food or even basic subsistence income is an essential function of state government.”"
Honesty In The Budget Debate
"For months, we've been criticizing both campaigns for failing to provide a comprehensive plan to get the state back on track financially. Brady is the worst offender, telling supporters that he will "balance the state's budget in the first year" while refusing the identify how he will do so until after the elections. (Newsflash: If he keeps all of his campaign promises, he can't.) Gov. Quinn has been a bit better, at least advocating in favor of a small income tax increase. Still, that plan won't raise enough money to cover next year's operating gap, especially if he insists on incorporating a mandated property tax swap into the proposal."
DREAM Act Would Boost Military Recruitment - AFL-CIO
"The DREAM Act, a proposed amendment to the defense authorization bill (S. 3454) due to come before the Senate on Tuesday, would open the door to military service and higher education for young people whose parents brought them to this country as children without proper documentation. If they finish high school, show good moral character and serve at least two years in the military or earn a college degree, the bill would allow them to earn U.S. citizenship."
Jim Wallis on the story behind Pastor Terry Jones's change of heart - Washington Post
"Although the media focused on the role that political and military officials, including President Obama and Gen. David Petraeus, played in getting Jones to back down from his plan for a Koran bonfire, the faith community also had a key part. Religious leaders from many traditions condemned Jones's threats, while behind the scenes, a number of us reached out to stop Jones and support Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam behind the proposed Islamic community center in New York.
Vegas Hotel: The Tea Party Convention Is Canceled - TPM
"Danish and her allies have already scared Phillips and the convention off once before, they say, and they said its possible the grassroots opposition to the convention in Nevada may have shut down the convention entirely this time. Sharron Angle, tea party megastar and Nevada's Republican nominee for Senate, was listed as the keynote speaker when the Vegas convention was first announced. After pressure from Danish and other concerned tea partiers on the ground in Nevada, they say, Angle -- presumably the biggest draw at the event -- was reconsidering her speaking slot."
"Yellow Dirt": Radioactive reservation - Salon
"The next boom, unsurprisingly, was in cancer rates (previously so low among the Navajo that they were thought to be miraculously immune to the disease), and in a birth defect, christened "Navajo neuropathy," that caused children's fingers to fuse together and curl into claws. Still, it took decades for the cause to be fully recognized and even longer for it to be addressed; it wasn't until 2008 and under the lashing of Rep. Henry Waxman, that the federal government made serious efforts to clean up the mine sites, purify water supplies and relocate families living in houses built from radioactive materials."
 

17 Sept

Plan Ahead... Frank Zappa Day in Sept 19th.
 AUTUMN FLAME 2010
"The Community High School District #94 Education Foundation invites you to join us for the 2010 Autumn Flame at 7 p.m., Saturday, September 25th at St. Andrews Country Club in West Chicago. At this event we will honor the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Thomas Marziani, Class of 1943, and Michael Lach, Class of 1986."
West Chicago Welcomes New Businesses
  • New Businesses
  • Marketplace Milestones
  • Downtown Trick or Treat
National Preparedness Month
"... West Chicago Citizen Corps is offering another Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course.  The seven week course will meet every Tuesday evening starting September 28, 2010, from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. There is no fee for the course."
Guidelines for Child Safety Seats
"The week of September 19-25, 2010 is Child Passenger Safety Week. The West Chicago Police Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would like to strongly encourage all parents/caregivers to make sure that the child safety seats they are using are being used properly and are correctly installed in their vehicle."
Ready, Set, Go...to West Chicago!
"The Athletes By Design (ABD) Cycling Club, based in Winfield, has found a “home away from home” in West Chicago. The Club has been holding practice bike trials since early this spring in West Chicago on the grounds of the DuPage Technology Park in preparation for the annual Fall Fling Stage Race."
College of DuPage takes sign spat with Glen Ellyn to state
"The move comes as both sides work under an interim agreement that allowed the school to complete a $2 million project to install about 4,000 interior and exterior signs. That deal, crafted by Judge Hollis L. Webster after a mediation session last month expires Oct. 12. It gave both sides 60 days to hammer out an agreement to address future construction projects. Also, the school agreed to a six-month public comment period on the signs."
  • Will they ask, 'Is it constitutional?' - Joan Solms, Aurora
    "If the GOP wants to rebuild the U.S. Senate with a bunch of Arlen Specter liberal types, then Mark Kirk is their man. Their numbers have already increased with the election of Scott Brown of Massachusetts.  If you would like the government takeover of parental rights to continue, then either Senate candidate - Kirk or Alexi Giannoulias - will maintain the status quo."
  • Kirk is not a true fiscal conservative - Stuart Kronish, Highland Park
    "His votes for the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, both of which were unfunded, have, according to the Citizens for Tax Justice, helped add $2,484.9 trillion to the federal deficit since they were enacted into law.  Kirk now wants to make these tax cuts permanent."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Old-time politics seen in Tea Party rally
"But those on the program stressed that the evening was not about officials or personalities -- only two local politicians showed up, state Sen. John Millner and state Sen. Randy Hultgren, who is running to become the congressman from the 14th District -- but about what the man in the street can do to pursue conservative ideals."
[Hmmm... so are the rest of the Republican candidates hiding, willing to accept the Tea Party votes they will receive but unwilling to either state their support and/or let these voters know that they disagree?  Rep Fortner, your website was last revised on July 3rd of 2008 ... more than 2 years ago.  Is it time to tell us where you stand?- Bob]
Metra OKs rules to protect whistle-blowers, prohibit nepotism
"In addition to beefing up its oversight powers, the board also adopted protections for employees who blow the whistle on illegal activities and to ban nepotism in hiring and promotions.  "I think it will go a long way in preventing the culture that caused the kinds of abuses that occurred previously," said Chairwoman Carole Doris."
SIU board approves unpaid closure days plan
"Campus leaders will be allowed to institute unpaid, money-saving closure days at cash-strapped Southern Illinois University under a plan approved by the SIU's governing board.  The Board of Trustees signed off on the idea Thursday during its meeting in Edwardsville."
Illinois' Unemployment Rate Dipped In August
"Illinois' unemployment rate improved slightly in August, dropping from 10.3 percent to 10.1 percent. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says it's the eighth consecutive month in which unemployment has declined or remained steady."
Illionois
Senate
Republicans
Illinois selects nation’s first private manager for state lottery
"Privatization of the lottery’s management and marketing was pursued by some lawmakers, who think that new management and a fresh perspective will help boost revenues and tap into new markets. Currently, lottery sales are driven by older, less affluent players. When pursuing the lottery contract, Northstar laid out plans to attract younger, wealthier players through innovative marketing strategies, increasing the number of retail outlets in more prosperous communities, introducing new games and, potentially, through online ticket sales."
Sell the Executive Mansion?
"It’s time for Illinois legislators to start making some tough decisions about what is really necessary in order to accomplish the mission of our state government. The mission being, of course, to serve the people of Illinois.  Illinois can no longer afford an official governor’s residence that we don’t need.  It has been many years since a governor has actually used the building as a residence, and it would be much less expensive to let him stay in a hotel for the few nights he is actually here."
Activists Launch Week of Action for DREAM Act - AFL-CIO
"If enacted, the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, would allow undocumented students who have lived in the United States for at least five years and have graduated from high school or received a graduate equivalency diploma (GED) to legalize their immigration status by pursuing a college education or serving in the U.S. military."
School Daze: Christian colleges not spared from recession’s impact - Associated Baptist Press
"God makes rain fall on the just and the unjust, Jesus said. Similarly, recession makes market prices fall, affecting endowments of Christian and secular colleges and universities alike.  United States and Canadian schools suffered an average 23 percent drop in the market value of their endowments from the 2008 to 2009 fiscal years, according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. While some schools report recent improvement, recovery has been slow."
O'Donnell In 2007: Scientists Have Created Mice With Human Brains! - TPM
"As Little Green Footballs has spotted, O'Donnell appeared in 2007 on The O'Reilly Factor, to speak out against such research in response to the cloning of some monkeys. Then came her warning on human-mouse hybrids.  "They are -- they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they're already into this experiment."
After Delaware, G.O.P. Senate Takeover Appears Much Less Likely - FiveThirtyEight
"Republicans, who are modest favorites to take over the House from Democrats, still have a chance to do the same in the United States Senate. But their odds have dropped significantly: from a 26 percent chance last week to 15 percent today, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecasting model.  The main reason for the decline is the outcome of Tuesday’s Republican primary in Delaware, in which the insurgent candidate, Christine O’Donnell, defeated Michael N. Castle. Two recent polls, including one completed after the primary, show her trailing her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, by margins of 11 percent and 16 percent."
 

16 Sept

 
Becky Jo Koltz  - Face Book
"Great News! We passed our state licensing review! HomeCare Services of DuPage is now a licensend non-medical in-home caregiving agency!"
[You can find out more about this service at http://www.homecaredupage.com/ . - Bob]
Reminder: 11th Annual HUNT BRUNCH
  • Sponsored by: Wayne Township Republican Organization
  • Special Guest - Dan Proft
  • Sunday, September 19th  11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Dunham Woods Riding Club, 33W 333 Army Trail Road in Wayne, Illinois
  • $70 Adult - $35 Child (Adult ticket required for those 12 years and older)
WDSRA adds autism awareness
"Western DuPage Special Recreation Association will add a new focus on autism to its disability awareness program. WDSRA offers disability awareness to organizations such as schools, community groups, businesses and service clubs."
West Chicago Celebrates Rich Cultural Diversity during Mexican Independence Day Event
[This is a photo gallery of 6 pictures from the parade/festival. - Bob]
Gov. Quinn picks private company to manage lottery
" Northstar Lottery Group — a partnership between lottery giants GTECH, which holds the state contract for lottery machines, and Scientific Games, which provides Illinois’ instant tickets — promised to generate $4.8 billion in net income over the first five years of the contract.  That is $1.1 billion more than the state projected it could generate on its own, said state Revenue Director Brian A. Hamer, who made the recommendation to Quinn."
Rating agencies skeptical of Illinois' resolve on debt
  • "Standard and Poor’s. Put Illinois on a “negative watch” at the end of 2009"
  • "Moody’s. Downgraded state’s bonds in June."
  • "Fitch. Also downgraded the state’s bond rating in June."
Working America, AFL-CIO Launch Woman-to-Woman Postcard GOTV Drive - AFL-CIO
"This week at AFL-CIO, more than 70 women from nearly a dozen unions, Working America and other union groups got together for a pizza lunch and postcard writing session and hand wrote and addressed some 2,500 postcards urging women like Megan in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, to:  “vote with me for people who will hold corporations accountable and bring back our good jobs.”"
Update: Concord man charged in plot to bomb abortion clinic - Greensboro News-Record
"Justin Carl Moose, 26, who the FBI alleges referred to himself as the “Christian counterpart to (Osama) bin Laden” in a taped undercover meeting with a federal informant, was arrested on Tuesday, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of N.C.  Moose is charged with providing information related to the manufacture of an explosive, destruction device or weapon of mass destruction to the informant, who he believed was plotting to bomb an abortion clinic."
GOP senator says he will hold up food safety bill - AP
"Currently, the FDA does not have the authority to order a recall and must negotiate recalls with the affected producers. The agency rarely inspects many food facilities and farms, visiting some every decade or so and others not at all.  Supporters are scrambling to get the bill on the legislative calendar as Congress' remaining work days are dwindling this year. Many were hoping that the recent recall of a half-billion eggs from two Iowa farms that sickened at least 1,500 people would give the bill momentum. The farms had never been inspected by the FDA, but the agency found rodents, seeping manure and even maggots when inspectors visited after the recall."
 

15 Sept

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 15 Sept 2010
  • General Elections
  • Homecoming 2010
  • Seventh Annual Concert in the Park
  • First United Methodist Church 175th Anniversary
John Johnson - September 14, 2010
"John H. Johnson, age 98, of St. Charles, former long time resident of West Chicago, passed away September 14, 2010 at Brighton Gardens in St. Charles. He was born on April 22, 1912, in Bartlett, IL to John and Mary Johnson. John was a farmer for many years in Bartlett and Glen Ellyn. He then worked in the water department for the city of West Chicago for over 30 years finally retiring in 1992."
ComEd's Back to School Program Benefits West Chicago Youth
"A community outreach program that benefited the youth of the City of West Chicago’s Neighborhood Resource Centers generated lots of smiles and excitement for the start of the new school year."
Fall Classes Begin at Gallery 200/STUDIO
"West Chicago’s Gallery 200, a grassroots artist co-op located at 200 Main Street in the community’s historic downtown district, will be offering a unique opportunity to explore individual creativity through several beginner classes geared for aspiring artists aged 8 to 88+. The classes will be held at Gallery 200/Studio, which is on the lower level of the Gallery, accessed through the back door at 203 Turner Court."
[Sept classes are already listed on calendar and Oct classes will be on calendar shortly.  Readers are reminded they can send info to include events on the calendar (which is always in the top banner menu, anytime. - Bob]
Central DuPage nursing program draws top honors
"Central DuPage earned Magnet designation, the highest honor given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only 372 other hospitals - about 6 percent of the total in the U.S. - have earned the distinction."
  • Schillerstrom lays out final DuPage Co. budget plan
    "The balanced budget proposal is $5.4 million below last year's spending plan and calls for no property tax increase or program funding cuts. Most of that reduction comes from eliminating 38 vacant full-time positions. Those savings will be utilized to help fund the new capital improvement debt."
  • DuPage board makes changes to chairman's powers
    "The new rules do not allow the incoming chairman to hire or appoint without authorization from the county board. The changes also impact how county legislative districts are drawn... Tuesday's swift board action comes one week after Cronin spoke out against a $70 million capital improvement borrowing plan that will cost taxpayers $125 million during a 30-year span. Members also suspect Cronin was behind recent Americans for Prosperity robocalls urging voters to contact the board in opposition of the borrowing plan."

Fermilab looking for ways to stay useful
"So Fermilab is gearing up to pull the plug and turn its focus to other experiments, those involving neutrinos and muons. These experiments, Oddone says, are the way forward for the premier physics lab in the country.  But that means losing the chance to find the Higgs, popularly dubbed the "God particle." And that's a chance a group of senior physicists from around the world believe Fermilab should not pass up."

DuPage Co. board hears budget pitch
"Despite a second consecutive budget providing no salary increases for county employees — and the elimination of 38 full-time staff positions — the financial plan anticipates increased personnel outlays of $4.1 million, largely resulting from added health insurance and pension costs.  The head count will involve all departments, Schillerstrom said, so the cutbacks won't be noticeable."
Illinois gets $1.2M to conduct mad-cow inspections
"The money will be used to ensure cattle feed produced and used in Illinois does not contain ingredients that could transmit the cow brain-wasting disease.  Illinois was one of several states to receive funding."
Private group takes over state park near Peoria
"The park just west of Peoria has been managed by the state since 2008. In that time the 2,000-acre park has received little state funding. The state provided more than $800,000 in 2008 but none in 2009 or, so far, in 2010. And no state money would be available next year."
City, state report better sales tax figures
"Illinois sales tax collections of $1.078 billion for July and August — the first two months of the state fiscal year — are up only one-tenth of 1 percent. Personal income tax collections of $1.288 billion are up 3.1 percent, and corporate tax collections of $68 million are up 10.3 percent, according to commission figures."
Rep. Foster Announces Small Business Disaster Loans for Rain Damaged Areas Now Available
"“Many small businesses and farms suffered damage as a result of the severe storms that hit our area earlier this year, and I am pleased that the Secretary of Agriculture and the SBA have taken action to help them,” said Foster.  “The continuing recovery of our local economy needs these small businesses and farms to be successful, and the loans announced today will help them recover from setbacks caused by unexpected disasters.”"
Roskam op-ed: Labeling China as a currency manipulator invites trade retaliation
"Few dispute that China’s currency is undervalued. The most important question is what response will put America in a more competitive position? ... Besides currency manipulation, the Chinese government in recent years has enacted indigenous innovation requirements that hurt our ability to compete in China, failed to protect intellectual property rights for U.S. companies, created an unpredictable regulatory maze for foreign companies trying to invest and sell in China, and continued to subsidize Chinese industry at the expense of foreign competition. Slapping the Chinese with a label and penalties will absolutely lead to more protectionist practices."
[He seems to recognize the problem but suggests no action.  I would vote for somebody brave enough to stand against NAFTA, CAFTA etc.  - Bob]
Entitlements Rise as Americans Paying Taxes Decrease
"45% of American households do not pay federal income taxes.
44% of households receive government benefits.
These numbers simply don't add up; even considering their fuzziness and raw unsustainability, we have seen upward trends in both."
Time to stand up to China on trade - Washington Post
"The genesis of the deal was the revelation last year that in providing subsidies to a Texas wind farm (the kind of subsidies that don't violate WTO rules), the U.S. Department of Energy was providing funds for a project that would employ 30 American workers -- using wind turbines built in China by several thousand Chinese workers. The deal exposed the illogic of a national energy policy that ignores the question of where the technology is built."
Acceptance Seen of Gay Couples With Children - NY Times
"A majority of Americans now say their definition of family includes same-sex couples with children, as well as married gay and lesbian couples.  At the same time, most Americans do not consider unmarried cohabiting couples, either heterosexual or same-sex, to be a family — unless they have children."

Massive fish kill reported in Louisiana - Yahoo News
"Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser sounded the alarm bells Monday, distributing the photos here to the local media. Nungesser said that no testing is currently planned to determine how the kill may relate to the BP oil disaster, but he pleaded with officials from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to investigate."

 

14 Sept

 
Mexican Independence Day 2010 - Uwe Gsedl  - Face Book Photo Gallery
 
Driver charged after Schaumburg man killed in West Chicago wreck
"The force of the crash at 2:29 a.m. caused the Explorer to flip over, said Cmdr. Chris Shackelford of the West Chicago Police Department.  Weidner was taken from the scene to Central DuPage Hospital, where he later died, Skackelford said.  All six people in the Explorer fled the scene of the crash before the arrival of rescue units, Shackelford said. They were later found at a house on the 0N400 block of Prince Crossing Road in West Chicago."
DuPage board given three choices for new water chief
"Part of a new law specifically aimed at the water commission requires the county board to approve the commission's choices for general manager. But the commission is going a step further by having the county board make the pick from the three names."
DuPage board looks to limit chairman's powers
"A 45-page memo obtained by the Daily Herald outlines the proposed changes that seemingly emasculate the position. If passed, the new rules would not allow the chairman to hire or appoint anyone without authorization from the county board first.  Board members are expected to propose the new rules at today's meeting."
Four DuPage County residents contract West Nile virus
" The DuPage County Health Department has reported four human West Nile virus cases for 2010.
   - an Elmhurst man in his 70s.
   - three females, one in her 60s from Lombard, one in her 80s from Oak Brook, and one in her 50s from Carol Stream."
Romeoville spill causing a pain at the pump
"Gas prices locally have risen 15 cents a gallon since Thursday, when an oil leak at Romeoville cut the flow in a critical pipeline that feeds area refineries... Experts said prices were responding to the pipeline shutdown and to positive indicators about the global economy. The thinking is that demand for oil will increase in a recovery."
Carpentersville man charged in fatal hit-and-run
"Huerta-Perez and the others fled after the car overturned, but West Chicago police were able to apprehend him after a witness provided information, Fisher said.  Huerta-Perez is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, "but we have his blood-alcohol analysis being worked on and we expect charges to be upgraded to aggravated drunk driving resulting in a death, which increases the penalty to a maximum of 14 years in prison," Fisher said during a bond hearing."
  • State EPA wants legal action against owner of leaking pipe
    "The Illinois EPA has asked the state attorney general's office to pursue legal action against the company responsible for the ruptured pipeline in Romeoville that has leaked an estimated 250,000 gallons of oil since late last week.  Enbridge Energy Partners was deemed at fault for a pipeline spill near Kalamazoo, Mich. in July and has incurred numerous fines for leaks in Illinois and around the country as it builds a vast network of pipelines to ship oil between Canada and the Gulf Coast."
  • Company closes 3rd pipeline for possible leak
    "It's the third pipeline Enbridge has shut down since July. Enbridge also owns a pipeline that leaked here last week and one from Indiana to Ontario that spilled oil into a southern Michigan waterway in July."
Illinois SAT scores down
"The bad news is that Illinois' average writing score was still down despite the success on the essay portion of that test.  The College Board says Illinois' average writing score slid to 577, from 583 in 2009. The state's average reading score dipped from 588 to 585, and the average math score dropped from 604 to 600. The top score for each test is 800 points."
Illinois misses government's breast-feeding target
"The Healthy People 2010 goal was for 75 percent of mothers to breast-feed their newborns. Half the states have met that goal. But Illinois's rate is only 70 percent.  Another goal was for 50 percent to continue breast-feeding at six months; Illinois' rate is 36 percent. Also, only 16 percent of Illinois women breast-feed babies at 12 months; the goal is 25 percent."
Cohen glad to say he lacks answers for Illinois
" On key issues, the former Democrat sounds like a Republican.  Cohen flatly ruled out raising income or sales taxes to help fill a $13 billion hole in the state budget.  The key to rescuing the budget, Cohen said, is creating jobs that would then generate tax revenue. He proposed eliminating $2 billion in special-purpose funds and using the money to help businesses move to Illinois or expand in the state."
Pantagraph: Brady Is Wrong On Gas Tax
"Transit advocates think Illinois needs to increase substantially its state gasoline tax to finance needed infrastructure projects. GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady, on the other hand, wants to roll back the sales tax applied to gasoline purchases, draining Illinois' coffers of roughly $610 million per year. The Pantagraph editorial board isn't picking up what Brady's putting down:"
Rep. Foster Helps to Create 300 Jobs, Grow Local Economy
"“With this funding, NIU will be able to bring broadband service to underserved areas, creating hundreds of jobs and spurring economic development in our area,” said Foster.  “While the short-term impact will be significant, there is no doubt that this will generate enormous benefits for our region in the long-term.  Throughout the country, high quality broadband infrastructure has been the catalyst for industrial growth.”"
Brady/Plummer Kick Off “Border Community Task Force” in Rockford
"“What are our neighbors to the North, South, East and West doing differently,” asked Plummer.  “We are located in the center of the country, with an array of transportation networks, and the third largest metropolis in the U.S.  We have vast amounts of resources, spectacular higher education institutions and the hardest workers in America."
Wis. Harley workers approve contract to freeze pay - AP
"Union president Mike Masik said the close vote reveals how grudgingly his workers approved the deal.  "It shows people are really getting sick of being threatened," said Masik, the president of the Local 2-209 chapter of the United Steel Workers.  Although the contract runs for seven years starting in April 2012, it doesn't guarantee the company will stay in Wisconsin that whole time, Masik said. It only says the company will stop searching for alternate sites, he said."
Australian lawyer who smoked pages of the Bible and Koran expects to lose job - Telegraph
"In a 12-minute clip entitled "Bible or Koran - which burns best?", Mr Stewart holds up the Christian and Muslim holy books before tearing out pages and smoking them.  At one point he lights what looks like a joint rolled from a page from the Bible, leans back after inhaling heavily and says "Holy"."
Disgraced Party Chair Apologizes for GOP Racism - TPM
""In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the Nation's school children, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served. Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our Party today. My children and I look forward to the President's speech.""
 

13 Sept

 
Fatal Traffic Accident on Illinois Route 59 and Lester Avenue
"At approximately 2:29 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2010, members of the DuPage County Sheriff’s office, along with the West Chicago Police Department, responded to the intersection of Illinois Route 59 and Lester Avenue for a call of a two-car accident. Officers discovered a 2001 Ford Escort and 2003 Ford Explorer on the parkway of the northeast corner of the intersection. The Escort came to rest upright, while the Explorer came to rest on its roof."

West Chicago
High School
Welcome to the 2010-2011 School Year! - Wildcat Booster Club
"Please join us ..... Monday, September 13th 7:00pm Community High School District 94, West Chicago, IL - Room 197"
Your Input Is Needed
"We would like your valuable input on 2 proposals to address potential overcrowding issues for our May 2011 graduation ceremony. The first proposal is to reduce the number of tickets given to families from 4 tickets to 3 tickets. The second is to consider moving our graduation ceremony to an off-site venue such as the College of DuPage."
Voter Registration at CHS Parent Open House
"Community High School, with assistance from the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and an Illinois Serve and Learn Grant, are holding a voter registration drive during Parent Open House, starting at 6:30."
Homecoming 2010 Parade
"The Community High School Homecoming Parade will depart from the south side of the school building at 12:45pm on Friday September 24th.  This is a different time than the one printed in a recent mailing from the District.  The time has changed in order to accommodate the 12:00pm Half Day release of students.  If you have questions, please contact the Student Activities Director Chris Covino at ccovino@d94.org or 630-876-6363."
Celebrating Mexico in the suburbs
"A parade complete with horses, official vehicles and a Mexican-American soldier kicked off a daylong celebration of Mexican Independence Day.  Mayor Mike Kwasman said the celebration reminds him of the history of the U.S. as much as it does the independence of Mexico.  "The United States of America was built by people from different lands and who spoke different languages," Kwasman said, as an interpreter repeated the words in Spanish. "We are proud of our ethnic diversity.""
Conard pilots West Chicago turnaround
"Three years ago, West Chicago lost all 35 of its matches.  That's a distant memory for the Wildcats.  The No. 9 Wildcats have made a big turnaround, capturing their 10th straight victory Thursday with a workmanlike 25-16, 25-12 win over Glenbard East in DuPage Valley Conference play."
Where in the world is Kline Creek Farm?
""Winfield feels that the farm is our heritage," said Birutis. "Many families that have been here for generations believe Kline Creek Farm is part of Winfield and should remain in Winfield."  West Chicago, meanwhile, believes "this is small in the bigger picture of things. Kline Creek is part of our history, and we're not about to change history," said Mayor Mike Kwasman.  Kline Creek Farm encompasses roughly 200 acres that lie within the larger Timber Ridge Forest Preserve. That land, contiguous with the West DuPage Woods and Winfield Mounds forest preserves, represents several square miles of the township that are not part of either West Chicago or Winfield."
Local Voices, West Zone, Sep. 08 - Race and racism - Eric Harkins
"I believe it is because of attitudes like that of Coates' that we are not ready. How intellectually dishonest of him to characterize the NAACP and the tea party as opposite sides of the same coin. Since when is the view of a smaller government living within its means considered racist? Is this simply because the person who wants to spend like there is no tomorrow happens to be black? "
Dist. 200 to allow teachers to show Obama speech
"This all came after an uproar from Obama opponents who said the speech could encourage children to adopt values they don't hold...  “Last year there was some question about the materials involved. After it was over everyone said, ‘Oh I think that was fine’,” Rammer said. “The second time around is always easier.""
Illinois SAT scores drop in all subjects
"Illinois posted the highest average score in the country on the essay portion of the SAT college admissions test in writing, tied with Connecticut, Michigan and Minnesota, according to results released this morning by the College Board.  The news comes just months after state education officials canceled Illinois' own writing test for elementary and junior high students because of budget shortfalls, prompting concerns that writing instruction will taper off as youngsters head toward the critical high school years. Illinois still will give the 11th grade state writing test this school year."
Giuliani stumps for Brady, Kirk at Illinois events
" Giuliani will appear at a fundraiser for Bill Brady, candidate for governor, in Brady's hometown of Bloomington this morning.  Then he'll head to Chicago to talk about gangs and law enforcement with U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk."
Rich Whitney to Appear on Channel 7’s News Views this Sunday Morning
"Quotable Whitney Sound Bites:
  • “Gambling is a hidden tax on the poor, ignorant and desperate.”
  • “Gambling is not such a bargain after all the social costs are factored in.”
  • “We would have a healthier economy if we roll back gambling in Illinois.”
  • “If we fix our broken tax system, we can fix the budget and pension crises.”
FiveThirtyEight Predicts Losses For Halvorson, Foster
"The results weren't pretty for Democrats; the model gives Republicans a roughly 66 percent chance of retaking the lower chamber. In Illinois, freshmen Democrats Bill Foster and Debbie Halvorson are both favored to lose. Democrat Dan Seals does, however, have a slight advantage in the race for the 10th Congressional District open seat. Read the full results here."
China, Japan, America - NY Times, Paul Krugman
"Consider a related issue: the clearly illegal subsidies China provides to its clean-energy industry. These subsidies should have led to a formal complaint from American businesses; in fact, the only organization willing to file a complaint was the steelworkers union. Why? As The Times reported, “multinational companies and trade associations in the clean energy business, as in many other industries, have been wary of filing trade cases, fearing Chinese officials’ reputation for retaliating against joint ventures in their country and potentially denying market access to any company that takes sides against China.”"
Nine Years Later, 9/11 Heroes Need Help
"More than 13,000 World Trade Center responders are sick and receiving treatment. Nearly 53,000 responders are enrolled in medical monitoring. Some 71,000 are enrolled in the World Trade Center health registry indicating that they were exposed to the toxins."
Man posts bomb instructions on Facebook, is charged in plot - Charlotte Observer)
"Justin Carl Moose, 26, is a self-described "extremist, radical" and the "Christian counterpart of Osama bin Laden," according to an affidavit filed by FBI agents. Agents arrested Moose, who lives in a northwest Concord neighborhood, on Tuesday.  His arrest followed an investigation that began after Planned Parenthood alerted the FBI to a Facebook page registered to Moose, which the group said was advocating extreme violence against abortion providers."
High-earning wives 'are more likely to end up divorced' - London Mail
"The American researchers studied the marriages and income of more than 2,500 women who married for the first time between 1979 and 2002.  They found that those women who consistently made more money than their husbands were up to 38 per cent more likely to divorce than others.  Jay Teachman, of Western Washington University, said there could be several reasons behind the statistic.  For instance, financial independence makes it easier for women to find a way out of an unhappy marriage.  Dented egos - of both sexes - may also play a role."
 

10 Sept

 
Ice Cream Social Postponed - FB - Becky Hall
" Newsflash: The Kruse House Ice Cream social has been postponed until tomorrow, Sunday, from noon to 3. The Kruse House is on Main street, right next to the "new" condo building. Great food, a fun silent auction, and their major fundraiser of the year."

Hultgren apologizes for illegal campaign contributions
"Federal Election Commission reports, and a complaint that followed, show Hultgren made two donations to his congressional campaign using money from his state campaign coffers. That is illegal under federal election law... This isn't the first blowout over campaign contributions in the race. Just last month, the Hultgren camp found itself apologizing for hammering Foster about a $1,000 donation from Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters, who has been accused of using political clout to funnel bailout money to a bank connected to her family. That accusation turned out to be untrue."

Mexican community to celebrate heritage in West Chicago
"The city of West Chicago does not hide its pride in its diversity. With a large Hispanic population, it's only natural that the city's newsletter is translated into Spanish.  Hispanic-centered shops dot the downtown business district.  And Sunday, the community's second Mexican Independence Day Parade will open a daylong celebration that will include live music, a craft fair and children's activities. The parade starts downtown at noon and the celebration is expected to last till 9 p.m."
DuPage zoning board delays prayer center vote
"A key vote in Islamic Center of Western Suburbs' effort to convert a house near West Chicago into a prayer center will have to wait at least a month.  On Thursday night, DuPage County's Zoning Board of Appeals postponed its recommendation on the Muslim group's proposal until after a traffic study is completed.  Islamic Center leaders are seeking permission from the county to use the house at 28W774 Army Trail Road as a religious institution."
[I could understand describing it as near Wayne.  It has a Bartlett mailing address. However, somebody at the Wheaton paper wants to link it to WC... Go figure. - Bob]
St. Charles North receives Blue Ribbon recognition
"St. Charles North, one of 19 Illinois winners, was nominated based on it being in the top 10 percent in Illinois on standardized achievement tests in reading and mathematics, regardless of its demographics.  St. Charles North has raised its average ACT score nearly 9 percent in the last five years, and more students are taking Advanced Placement classes, Superintendent Donald Schlomann said."
DuPage water panel projects rate hikes
"During their meeting Thursday night, commissioners looked at two financial models stretching into 2025, both without the benefit of the countywide quarter-percent sales tax the commission relies on now to balance its books.  One model projected a 25 percent increase in the water rate charged to municipalities, in addition to any increases from the city of Chicago that might be passed through."
Thomas Calbi Gets His Fourth Hole In One!!!
"On September 4th, South Barrington resident, Thomas Calbi got his fourth Hole In One on Course #2, Hole #2 at St. Andrews G. & C.C. in West Chicago. Thomas was competing in the Stars & Stripes junior tournament, presented by Junior Classic Golf, when he got his ace. He was introduced to the game by his dad when he was 6 years old. Not only is this his fourth ace, but it is his second this season, all at the ripe old age of 11. Thomas used a 7 iron to carry the 128 yard distance to the cup."
Ryan cites Supreme Court ruling, wife's health in freedom bid
"Documents filed by Webb indicated that Lura Lynn Ryan suffers from pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease, as well as hypertension, high cholesterol levels, arterial sclerosis, low thyroid function, severe osteoporosis and other ailments -- "conditions that make treatment of the pulmonary fibrosis difficult," the defense said.  George Ryan has his own health ailments -- Crohn's disease, hypertension and heart disease, according to the defense filing."
Quinn backs off idea of sweeping road funds
" Quinn’s budget spokeswoman, Kelly Kraft, said Thursday that while the idea of sweeping money from either the road or motor fuel tax fund was considered, it has now been cast aside.  “Of course we looked at all the funds,” Kraft said. “There was so much controversy with the road fund. That is not happening now. Analysts are going through and examining every single fund.”"
Gaming Out The Brady Budget Plan
"Let's also give Brady the most extreme benefit of the doubt imaginable. If the General Assembly approves his tax plan and regulatory changes, thus magically drawing 700,000 new jobs to the state overnight, we can expect $3 billion in new revenue. The Medicaid "changes" will save $1 billion. And the spending cuts will save another $2.5 billion. That's $6.5 billion in total savings.  From that number, we must subtract $600 million in lost estate tax and gas tax revenue. That means the most revenue Brady's loose budget proposal could generate in one year is around $6 billion, which is at least $4 billion short of what's needed."
Taxpayer-funded Lobbying
"The paper reports 31 lobbyists represent the counties, and the counties hold at least 69 memberships to taxpayer-funded lobbying associations. The 10 most populous counties in Illinois alone spent $6.2 million dollars between 2005 and 2010 on lobbying.  Few citizens know tax dollars are spent to hire lobbyists."
Rep. Foster Commends St. Charles North High School for Achieving National Blue Ribbon Recognition
"“I want to extend my congratulations to St. Charles North High School, and I particularly want to thank the teachers and faculty members for fostering such a wonderful learning environment in their classrooms each and every day,” said Foster."
USW Files Complaint Against China’s Renewable Energy Subsidies - AFL-CIO
"The 5,800-page petition, filed with the U.S. Trade Representative, identifies five major areas where China’s protectionist and predatory practices helped develop their green energy sector at the expense of production and job creation here in the United States. The actions violate the terms China agreed to when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, the petition says. Under federal trade law, the Obama administration has 45 days from the date of filing to determine whether to accept the petition for further action."
The media and Terry Jones - Politico
""We get videos every day of somebody who shoots the Quran, burns the Quran," he said. "We normally don't do anything about it, because we don't want to give them more attention than they deserve."  But given what the group perceives to be increased prejudice against American Muslims, especially as the bitter fight over the Islamic center in lower Manhattan has played out all summer, it made an exception to its policy when it learned of Terry Jones and his Dove World Outreach Center's plan to burn a copy of the Quran on September 11th."
The Wealthy Public-Sector Worker: A Myth Debunked - TruthOUt
"... state and local employees are paid more, on average, than private-sector workers - about 13 percent more. But Mr. Schmitt's data also shows that this is actually a false comparison: state and local workers are somewhat older than private-sector workers, and they are actually much better educated (about 23.5 percent have advanced college degrees, as opposed to 8.9 percent in the private sector). About half of all state and local workers are teachers and academic administrators - which means that they're college-educated, at minimum.  Think about it: How many ambitious young people say, "My goal in life is to become a high school teacher - that would put me on easy street"?"
 

09 Sept

 
11th Annual HUNT BRUNCH
  • Sunday, September 19th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Dunham Woods Riding Club, 33W 333 Army Trail Road in Wayne, Illinois
  • $70 Adult â—$35 Child , Adult ticket required for those 12 years and older
  • RSVP by September 10th ... Mail the response form below or telephone Joan Mruk at (630) 293-0713
4 years for priest who abused St. Charles boy
"Flores attempted suicide in January by leaping from the balcony of a Joliet church after his relationship with a 13-year-old boy from St. Mary's Church in West Chicago came under investigation.  Prosecutor Deb Bree said the victim's mother contacted police after her live-in boyfriend caught Flores and the boy in a "suspicious position" at her home in St. Charles in November 2009."
Priest pleads guilty in sex abuse case
"Flores, who prosecutors said was often called "papa" by the victim, was also the boy's godfather.  In May, Flores pleaded not guilty to 16 criminal counts, alleging he sexually assaulted the boy and attempted to abuse his older brother. The incidents began while he was a seminarian at St. Mary's Church in West Chicago."
Navistar going to Lisle; deal means 3,000 jobs
""To have 3,000 jobs here in District 5 is a great thing," said John Zediker, who represents Naperville on the County Board and worked for the Navistar move through the regional development organization Choose DuPage. "Everybody stepped up when we needed them to.""
DuPage Housing Authority accepting applications
""The list we have generally is reduced about 1 percent per month, based on placements, people being terminated for violating the rules, nursing home placement or people that are deceased," Hocker said... Hocker said she expects anywhere from 25,000 to as many as 100,000 applications to be filed within the two week span."
Stargazing event to be held at Cantigny Park
"The park in Wheaton is holding "Stargazing" from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Particpants will have a chance to view planets and stars through telescopes set up on the Cantigny Parade Field as well as learn how to identify constellations without a telescope, according to a news release from the park."
Navistar moves distribution center to Joliet
"The deal was sweetened Tuesday when the Joliet City Council unanimously approved a 50 percent tax break for the company, which plans to move into an existing warehouse in the Cherry Hill Business Park at 2700 Haven Ave. The distribution center is currently in West Chicago... The three-year tax break would save the company $45,662 a year. Two other taxing bodies – Union School District and Joliet Township High School District – have also agreed to the tax break."
State-funded appliance rebates return for 1 day
"For the second time this year, Illinois will offer residents 15 percent rebates on energy-efficient appliances, up to $250 per appliance. The rebates will be only for one day--Sept. 24--and last only as long as $3 million in leftover federal stimulus money holds out."
George Ryan's attorneys want his convictions reduced
"Today's hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago involving former Gov. George Ryan is only expected to schedule arguments on a motion filed by Ryan's attorneys. The motion seeks to have parts of his 2006 conviction dismissed.  The 76-year-old Ryan is serving a more than six-year sentence.  Ryan is due for release in 2013, but his lawyers want Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer to throw out convictions that were based on a disputed anti-fraud laws."
Burris has sharp words for Kirk
"“Well, I certainly have a problem with the young man … a military man who could not tell the truth,” Burris said.  “I don’t see how the voters of Illinois could put a person of that caliber in the United States Senate. We are certainly trying to get the message out that the Democratic nominee will be the person who can get brought up to speed … He’s (Kirk) embellished his whole record. That, to me, is a character flaw.”"
dBusinessNews Carrier and Sandstedt Debuts New Web Strategy to Showcase Full Breadth of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Products -
"ThomasNet Web Solutions helps industrial companies leverage Internet technologies to succeed in today's online environment by improving the performance of their websites. At the core of each Web Solution is the Navigator Platform, Thomas Industrial Network’s proprietary technology designed to provide industrial buyers with all the tools and functionality they need to make intelligent buying decisions online."
Rich Whitney Interview with WSIU
"Jennifer Fuller of WSIU Radio talks with Green Party candidate Rich Whitney of Carbondale at the DuQuoin State Fair. Fuller asks Whitney how he would manage the state’s $13 billion budget deficit, create jobs, and grow the Illinois economy.  Watch the full interview here."
Rep Ramey Has Signed Illinois Honest Taxation Pledge
"I, _____, representative/senator of the ___ district of the State of Illinois, pledge to oppose and vote against all tax hikes through the start of the 97th Session of the General Assembly in 2011."
[Notice that other local legislators, Fortner, Milner, and Hultgren are, at this time, missing from this list. - Bob]
68 Percent of Voters Frown on ‘Phasing Out’ Social Security - AFL-CIO
"Attention, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Joe Miller in Alaska, Sharron Angle in Nevada and all you other Republican congressional candidates flopping around on the far right banks of the mainstream! Phasing out, privatizing or otherwise eliminating Social Security does not sit well with the vast majority of the voting public.  The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that 68 percent of voters are “uncomfortable” with candidates who espouse such notions. Uncomfortable is putting it nicely. It’s downright painful to listen to U.S. Senate wannabes and other Republican hopefuls “babble into the vapors” about phasing out Social Security (turnabout’s fair play, Alan Simpson!)."
Kentucky Baptists plan alternative to Quran-burning ceremony - Associated Baptist Press
"Other sponsors include various local Christian and non-Christian faith groups. The service will include a display of sacred texts from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, the Baha'i faith and other religions. The gathering will also include non-sectarian music and readings from the sacred texts by representatives of the world's major religions on topics related to peace, cooperation and mutual understanding."
Fox Calls for Repeal of the 20th Century — 13 Achievements Conservatives Would Roll Back - AlterNet
"Since President Obama’s election, Fox personalities have expressed opposition to or called for the repeal of virtually every progressive achievement of the 20th century, including Social Security, Medicare, the Americans with Disabilities Act, portions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the 16th and 17th Amendments to the Constitution."

 

 

08 Sept

 
Around and About in West Chicago - 08 Sept 2010
  • Fine Arts School at Faith Community Church Family-Friendly Concert
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Free Movie
  • Fire Protection District Annual Memorial Service
  • West Chicago Historical Society Ice Cream Social and Silent Auction
  • Operation Phoenix Rising

 

Becky Koltz Announces HomeCare Services of DuPage
"We founded HomeCare Services of DuPage to provide compassionate caregiving services for senior citizens who wish to stay in their homes, family members needing respite from caregiving duties, new or expectant mothers needing an extra pair of hands, individuals recovering from illness, surgery or injury, or any person desiring additional help at home."

West Chicago
High School
Wildcat Preschool is Coming
"Community High School District 94 in West Chicago would like to invite your eager-to-learn preschoolers to the Wildcat Preschool. The program operates under the supervision of Brittney Bauer but is run by students enrolled in the Child Development Classes. The students apply what they have learned about the various stages of child development in a preschool classroom setting. The preschoolers learn their primary skills while enjoying social interaction."
Mum's the word on Delnor, Central DuPage merger
"The potential merger was reported by Crain's Chicago Business Saturday.  "Hospitals across the country are exploring strategic alliances to meet the growing challenges in the health care environment. Delnor continues to explore a variety of options that could benefit the communities it serves. No decision has been made," Brian Griffin, Delnor's public relations and marketing director, said in a prepared statement."
[You can read Tom Cross's (CEO of Delnor) by clicking HERE. - Bob]
DuPage approves $70 million borrowing package
"Meanwhile, detractors of the plan complain the final $125 million bill to be paid off during the next 30 years is too steep a price to pay when the county's economic future is uncertain.  The board split 10-7 on the vote that provides funding for flood control, convalescent center kitchen upgrades and four road projects... "I can't help but think there's a lot of mismanagement going on here," said West Chicago resident Sharon Reitinger. "The county board listened today, but they didn't hear.""
St. Charles alderman denies exposure charge
"According to police, the complaining witness is a truck driver who called 911 and reported the 5th Ward alderman's license plate number after noticing another driver touching himself on westbound Route 64 in West Chicago.  In a subsequent police interview, Richards admitted to briefly exposing himself while making an "adjustment," but he denied touching himself otherwise, according to a police report."
Referendums will fill local ballots
  • "A pension reform question ... would ask voters if the Illinois General Assembly and governor should "take immediate steps to implement meaningful public safety pension reform ... now that the General Assembly and Governor have reformed the pension systems for all other public employees?""
  • "College of DuPage: Shall the college issue $168 million in bonds to build, renovate and equip community college buildings?"
DuPage board OKs $70 million in bonds
"Zediker said the low-interest federal loan can be repaid through a sustained reduction in county staffing that entails not filling about 30 currently vacant positions, and allowing another dozen jobs opened through attrition to remain unfilled. He estimated the plan would make some $150 million available for payments during the 30-year bond issue.  Fred Backfield, the county's chief financial officer, said the downsized head count will be built into each budget.  "Any (new hiring) in the future will be from that base," he said."
More West Nile mosquitoes found in Kane
"Mosquitoes collected in traps in Carpentersville, Montgomery and at Fermilab near Batavia have tested positive for the West Nile virus, bringing the total number of positive batches to 13 this year, the Kane County Health Department announced Tuesday."
We Grow Dreams Fall Festival Weekend
"We Grow Dreams Fall Festival Weekend will feature multiple community events - a 4K Walk & Garden Market in Naperville and a Fall Open House in West Chicago, Illinois."
Gov. Quinn says Navistar will keep headquarters in Illinois, plans to expand
"The truck and diesel engine manufacturer plans to move its headquarters from Warrenville to Lisle. Quinn's office says Navistar will also relocate its parts distribution center from West Chicago to Joliet."
Local Family Calls West Chicago Home for Many Generations
"Sue and Al Dieters are accustomed to people dropping by their home on East Washington Street as they pass on foot or in the car, to comment on how quaint the one bedroom bungalow is from the street view. Recently, the home also caught the attention of a national magazine, The Country Sampler, which featured it in a four page spread in their September issue – proof once again that West Chicago is a haven of hidden treasures."
DuPage Board OK's bond sale for capital projects
"The proposal that county board members approved on Tuesday was pared back by $3.4 million from Schillerstrom's original plan, which was to be paid back over 30 years and cost nearly $125 million when the debt is finally retired.  In an earlier 12-5 vote on Tuesday, the board signed off on an amendment by County Board member John Zediker, R-Naperville, to strip five projects from the original list of 22 and to shift resources away from several other programs toward two flood mitigation projects."
Priest who tried to commit suicide gets 4 years for sex assault
"A Bolivian priest who leaped from a church balcony in a suicide attempt was sentenced to four years in prison today for sexually assaulting a boy from the West Chicago parish where he was a deacon.  Alejandro Flores, 36, pleaded guilty in Kane County court to one count of criminal sexual assault for assaulting the boy, whose family lives in St. Charles. The priest had befriended the boy's family while assigned to St. Mary's Catholic Church in West Chicago."
U.S. names Asian carp czar
"On a conference call today with Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and other congressional leaders, President Obama's Council on Environmental Quality announced the selection of John Goss to lead the near $80 million, multi-pronged federal attack against Asian carp.  "This is a serious challenge, a serious threat," Durbin said. "When it comes to the Asian carp threat, we are not in denial. We are not in a go-slow mode. We are in a full attack, full-speed ahead mode. We want to stop this carp from advancing.""
Giannoulias: U.S. should leave Afghanistan quickly
""I don't think anyone is happy with it," he said of the American presence in Afghanistan. "We need to as quickly as possible, do what we need to do and get out of there. Our focus needs to be on eradicating al-Qaida safe havens and making sure that there is stability in Pakistan.""
Eureka College to celebrate Ronald Reagan's 100th
"Reagan would have turned 100 on Feb. 6; he died in 2004.  In addition to the speaker series, the Eureka's chorale will participate in the premiere of the "Reagan in Illinois" musical composition and a new Ronald Reagan Visiting Scholars program is planned.  Reagan graduated from Eureka College in 1932 and served 18 years on its Board of Trustees."
  • Rep. Foster Visits Feld Motor Sports in Aurora
    "“I greatly enjoyed visiting the headquarters of Feld Motor Sports, which employs more than a hundred people in our area,” said Foster.  “It was fascinating to learn about this unique and innovative company, and to hear about the successes of the company as our economy continues to recover.”"
  • Feld Motor Sports Visit - FB Photo Gallery
    "Toured the headquarters of Feld Motor Sports and visited with employees."
Brady Accepts Fraternal Order of Police Endorsement
"“I recognize that law enforcement is at the intersection of confronting new and evolving challenges of domestic terrorism, street violence, and the growth of emerging drug trade such as meth,” he said.  “I am committed to ensuring that you have the best information and intelligence available in real time to do your job.  And the best training, resources and equipment to do your job as well.”"
Explosion Rocks Honeywell Uranium Facility Run by Scab Workers - TruthOUt
"The Metropolis uranium facility is the only one in the United States that can convert U308 into the extremely deadly UF6... Concerns have been raised by local community members and union officials that replacement workers at the Honeywell facility cannot safely operate the plant since they have no site-specific experience in this type of conversion facility... The Nuclear Regulatory Commission delayed reopening the plant for several days after questions were raised about the unusually high levels of uranium that were appearing in the urine tests of several nuclear workers.  The following day, a hydrogen explosion rocked the plant."
Terry Jones Accused of 'Spiritual Abuse' at Cologne Church - Der Spiegel
"Later he began to increasingly target Islam in his sermons. A congregation member reported that some members were afraid to attend services because they expected to be attacked by Muslims. "Terry Jones has a talent for finding topical social issues and seizing on them for his own cause," says Schäfer.  By the end of 2007, the community had had enough. Members confronted him and tried to change the direction of the church. But Terry Jones refused to make changes, they say. In the end, Jones, his wife and their fellow preachers were expelled from the church and he moved back to the US. "The community imploded," says Schäfer. It only has some 80 active members today."
Protests Against Pastor Who Plans to Burn Koran - NY Times
"Clergy members, academics and elected officials in Gainesville have planned nearly a dozen events to counter the plan, starting on Wednesday with an interfaith prayer service. On Saturday, hundreds of local residents and visitors are expected to rally against Mr. Jones, an evangelical pastor, with signs containing messages like “Peace among religions leads to peace among nations.”"
Strikes in France, London Foreshadow More Protests - Common Dreams
"French protesters are angry about the government's plan to do away with the near-sacred promise of retirement at 60, forcing people to work until 62 because they are living longer. The goal is to bring the money-draining pension system back into the black by 2018."
 

07 Sept

 

SEPTEMBER E-NEWSLETTER

  • Rod Blagojevich
  • Victim's Rights
  • DuPage Water Commission
  • Senior Fair - September 18

West Chicago
High School
Correction: West Chicago Celebrates Mexican Independence Day
"Please note the correction in attendance at the 1:30 p.m. opening ceremony to include Father Baluff from St. Mary's Catholic Church and not Bishop Ramirez as originally stated."
New interchange design eyed at I-88 and Route 59 - but it might not work
"The interchange handles about 50,000 cars daily, state and local transportation officials said. During rush hours, it can take motorists a half-hour to access I-88 from less than a half mile away because of congestion.  The diverging diamond design along with additional lanes would significantly reduce congestion, said Bill Novack, a Naperville city engineer. "We ran a simulation on it with that design and it showed a 35 percent decrease in congestion," he said."
Students to give creative touch to downtown foxes
"Are you a student artist in St. Charles Unit District 303? Have you dreamed about having your art displayed for the public?  If so, join in helping the Downtown St. Charles merchants decorate fox statues as part of a special seven-week promotion, "The Fox Hunt," starting Oct. 15 to Dec. 4."
DuPage to decide on $70M bond issue
"The board will meet in its chamber for a special session at 11:30 a.m. to consider Chairman Bob Schillerstrom's proposal for borrowing funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Recovery Zone program, scheduled to run through the end of the year, is offering low-interest loans for public projects. Schillerstrom asserts the time is right for the work, some of which has been needed for a while."
Fines for speeding to increase
"The standard fine for speeding up to 20 mph over the limit in Illinois will increase to $120 from $75. Those who go 20 to 29 mph over the speed limit will see their fine increase from $95 to $140.  And drivers zipping along more than 30 mph over the posted speed limit will pay $160, a $55 increase.  Most fines on traffic violations haven't increased in Illinois since 1992."
Trouble for women who planted flowers in forest preserve
"About 15 years ago, the women began clearing out vines and weeds, collecting trash and planting species native to the woods near their condo buildings. But they stopped this year after a neighbor reported them and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County warned they could be fined for encroachment."
Poll: Illinois voters lack confidence in state
"llinois voters don't have a lot of confidence in state government, and their outlook about the federal government isn't much better.  That's according to a new Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll.  The poll found that more than 6 in 10 of those surveyed lack confidence in Illinois' government. And 55 percent of voters say they don't have much or any confidence that the federal government will make the right decisions."
Experts to testify in 5-state Asian carp lawsuit
"In two days of hearings starting today, scientists will discuss environmental DNA testing that found genetic material from carp in Illinois waterways near Lake Michigan.  Biologists fear if the ravenous fish get into the Great Lakes they'll decimate a $7 billion-a-year fishing industry."
VFW commander reaching out to younger veterans
" “My job is to help veterans. We are trying to reach out to the young people coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and let them know how much they are appreciated.”  It’s not unusual, Fleming said, for veterans to avoid talking with family or friends about what they experienced during war. But remaining “bottled up” isn’t good, he said, adding that whether it’s 2010 or previous decades, combat veterans share similar experiences."
Rep. Foster Attends Grand Opening of Multifilm's Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
"“As a scientist and businessman, I am pleased to see this innovative company setting the bar for energy efficiency for other manufacturers by embracing geothermal heat management,” said Foster.  “This technology will lower their operating costs and minimize their environmental impact, helping Multifilm to better compete in the global marketplace.”"
Durbin And Giannoulias On Debt, Stimulus, And Timing
"According to a write-up of the address by Crain's columnist Greg Hinz, Giannoulias said that cutting the national debt "should be our No. 1 fiscal priority when we arise out of the current recession."  Note the timing contained in that statement. As New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently argued, it's not that government debt isn't a concern. Rather, Congress and the president should wait to prioritize the issue. A premature move toward fiscal austerity, before GDP rises and unemployment drops, could send the economy tumbling."
Fox Spends Labor Day Attacking Working People
"Here are a few ugly examples of Fox from our friends at Media Matters for America:
  • Tucker Carlson attacks autoworkers.
  • Glenn Beck assails an 80-year-old labor activist because she spoke at a high school.
  • Stuart Varney criticizes a union-backed Securities and Exchange Commission rule that would allow more shareholders of public companies to use proxy votes to nominate board members."
Afghans Protest FL Church's Koran-Burning Plans: 'Death To America' - TPM Muckraker
"Hundreds of Afghans demonstrated outside the U.S. Embassy in Kabul today against a Florida church's plan to burn Korans on Sept. 11, shouting "Death to America" and "Long live Islam."  The AP reports that members of parliament and religious leaders spoke at the rally, where protesters called for the death of President Obama and burned Rev. Terry Jones in effigy.  Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., has announced that he will burn copes of the Koran, Islam's holy book, on Sept. 11, prompting protests around the world."
The United States of Inequality - Slate
"But according to the Central Intelligence Agency (whose patriotism I hesitate to question), income distribution in the United States is more unequal than in Guyana, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and roughly on par with Uruguay, Argentina, and Ecuador. Income inequality is actually declining in Latin America even as it continues to increase in the United States. Economically speaking, the richest nation on earth is starting to resemble a banana republic."
 

06 Sept

 

To Celebrate Labor Day, I am participating in a nationwide strike, a work slowdown of the self-employed against their arrogant and despotic bosses. - Bob

This Week in West Chicago
CableCom Programming Schedule Channel 17
"Here's this week's program schedule. Please note that the City Council meeting is on Tuesday, because of the Labor Day holiday."
Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)Town hall meetings scheduled
"State Sen. John Millner, a Carol Stream Republican, will host "Inside Springfield" town hall meetings on the legislative process and how to influence it at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Schaumburg Township Offices, One Illinois Blvd., Hoffman Estates, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Hanover Township Offices, 240 S. Rte. 59, Bartlett."
Second group opposes Red Gate Bridge; St. Charles mayor stands firm
"But DeWitte has said repeatedly that studies show the only long-term answer to the area's traffic backups is multiple river crossings. On Friday, he said he also has the survey results that bolster his claim of "overwhelming support."  St. Charles commissioned a community survey in April 2009 with 2,243 participants from St. Charles, Wayne and the surrounding unincorporated area of about 70,000 people. In that survey, 65 percent of people said they support the Red Gate Bridge."
Quinn names acting prisons chief
" Taylor, whose background is largely in finance, knows the Corrections Department “like the back of her hand” and understands financial issues that might affect it, the governor said.  “I told her to follow her conscience and do a good job,” Quinn said."
Labor Day: Recommit to Full Employment - AFL-CIO
"Labor Day and Labor Sunday are times for the religious community and the labor movement to not only celebrate working people and their contributions to society. It also is a time to remember the struggles that workers endured to achieve the many benefits we now enjoy but take for granted. Benefits such as the eight-hour day, workers’ compensation, overtime pay, pensions, health and safety laws, Social Security, Medicare, vacation days, unemployment compensation, family medical leave, restrictions on child labor, a minimum wage and the freedom to form unions for collective bargaining. These benefits helped to humanize the workplace and to provide a safety net for millions."
Now for sale: Empty churches
"What happens to old churches when they lose their congregations?  The question is likely to come up a lot starting next month when the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announces a new strategic plan -- read "reorganization" -- that, if it's anything like those unveiled in other cities, will result in multiple parish mergers that create empty church buildings."
Nevada Man Sues Over Health Care, Calls 'Socialistic' Law 'Involuntary Servitude' - TPM
"What does slavery and the quartering of soldiers have to do with health care reform, you ask? According Hansen, the health care law constitutes "Peonage - the coercing an individual to work off a debt by threat of legal sanction." He says that is against the 13th amendment, which banned slavery and indentured servitude"
 

03 Sept

 
  Business Highlights - 01 Sept 2010
  • Royal Polish Nail Salon
  • Health Claim Assistance, Inc.
  • NorthStar Credit Union branch

West Chicago
High School
Upcoming Counseling Parent Nights
  • SENIOR PARENT NIGHT
  • FRESHMAN PARENT NIGHT
  • JUNIOR PARENT NIGHT
  • College Of DuPage COLLEGE FAIR
  • JUNIOR PARENT NIGHT
Mexican Independence Day
"This year, to accommodate the expanded entertainment schedule, an additional stage has been added. The main stage will be located on Galena Street, with a second stage on Main Street at Washington Street. Among the performers will be Sonido Imperio Azteca, Alerta Musikal de West Chicago, Impacto del Norte, Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, and Fuzion Musical. The second stage will offer Mariachi, Los Venados and the Kids’ Soccer Camp."
John Gallagher -  August 31, 2010
"He was united in marriage on February 3, 1968 to Diane Duvall. John was an accountant and business manager for many years and had a passion for sports. He coached basketball and girls softball for West Chicago High School as well as youth baseball, football, and basketball. John enjoyed many years on the Ambro Dukes softball team with his sons. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Knights of Columbus Fr. Gaffney Council 1555 and American Legion Post 300 of West Chicago."
Candidates talk about solutions to state deficit
""It gets kind of redundant after a while," said state Rep. Darlene Senger, of Naperville. "We have representatives who have solutions to the state budget problems, but we're not given the opportunities to bring those solutions forward."  But challengers questioned the legitimacy of the incumbents' solutions.  "Put those out there and let people see what you're suggesting," said Greg Brownfield, a Democrat from Bartlett challenging incumbent state Rep. Randy Ramey, who was not in attendance. "You can't just hide behind your minority status and say, 'Gee, we can't get our bills to the floor.'" ... West Chicago Republican state Rep. Mike Fortner was also there along with his Democratic challenger Maria Owens, who is a Winfield resident."
DuPage County $70 mil capital plan up for vote
"The 30-year borrowing plan will ultimately cost taxpayers $125 million, but would provide funding for a number of initiatives including flood control programs, new technology and road improvements.  The county board will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to hash out any remaining concerns about the proposal before a scheduled vote."
Foster has empathy for working class  - Peter Culver, Elgin
"No bad idea seemed to be off limits when Hastert and the Republican majority party attempted to privatize Social Security. This scheme pushed by our former president and the Republican Party would take away the only safety net for working folks and change it into a huge resource of assets for investment managers to place more bets.  There is a strong reason to believe that Republican candidate Randy Hultgren will support the same types of misguided policies."
Cheap fun: Plenty of music, festivals on tap over the long weekend - Old-fashioned fun
"Explore a re-created old-fashioned fair at Kline Creek Farm's Country Fair. See artifacts and oddities in the Tent of Wonders, and watch the Amazing Flea Circus. Gun spinner Garret Popek presents his wild west moves. Guests can play old-fashioned games, ride on a hayrack and more.  Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, and Sunday, Sept. 5, at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Free admission. (630) 933-7200 or dupageforest.org."
Fab Lab offers tech to turn ideas into reality
"The Fab Lab can be used to make prototypes out of recycled materials and create custom objects that can be mass produced. MIT students demonstrated how a circuit board, custom-fit prosthetic feet, wind turbines, custom furniture that fits perfectly together without nails or glue, and a blood test can all be made using the technology... U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, who helped arrange the Fab Lab's visit, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and Waubonsee President Christine Sobek introduced the lab in an opening program Thursday morning."
Senate poll: Giannoulias, Kirk neck and neck
"The softness in support opens the door for third-party candidates to play a spoiler role in the close contest. LeAlan Jones, the Green Party candidate, had 6 percent and Libertarian Party candidate Mike Labno had 3 percent in the survey. The poll has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.  Many Republican-leaning voters are undecided about the previously little-known Kirk, whose ability to push his credentials has been hampered by revelations that he embellished his military record. Kirk, who has not been warmly embraced by conservatives, could lose much-needed support if Labno can raise his name recognition among disaffected voters."
Carp barrier work will shut canal for 5 days
"Maintenance on the underwater barriers near southwest suburban Romeoville will be performed to limit the spread of the electrical current in the water, according to a release from the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.  The Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, a popular water corridor for recreational boaters and cargo vessels, will be closed to all traffic while work crews are on site."
Illinois' summer among hottest, wettest on record
"State Climatologist Jim Angel reports that the statewide average temperature for June through August was 76.4 degrees, 2.7 degrees above normal. That made it the seventh warmest summer on record according to records that date back to 1895. Meteorologists count June through August as what's known as meteorological summer."
Kirk calls for new controls on federal spending
" The Illinois Republican also said he would back a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget and a “super-majority” vote before Congress could approve excess spending.  The congressman’s focus on fiscal discipline comes as Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias calls attention to Kirk’s support for deficit spending under President George W. Bush. Kirk voted for Bush-era budgets that steadily increased the annual deficit, which reached nearly $459 billion by the fall of 2008 and hit $1.2 trillion before President Barack Obama took office."
Durbin supports Tenaska project
" Brushing aside cost concerns, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin on Thursday endorsed a controversial power plant proposed for Taylorville and suggested that the low-emissions plant could get rid of carbon via a government-funded sequestration project known as FutureGen 2.0.  Durbin, D-Ill., said he has asked officials of Tenaska, which hopes to develop the Taylorville Energy Center, whether they had considered secreting carbon deep beneath the earth’s surface via FutureGen, a federally funded project now slated to pipe carbon dioxide generated by a Meredosia power plant into the earth."
Quinn, Brady on Illinois' minimum wage
" The question is what, if anything, Brady would do to change that if he's elected governor.  His statements have been confusing.  In June, he said he supported "equaling, adopting the federal minimum wage" — a position that implied he would cut the state rate. He and his staff quickly said that wasn't what he meant.  They said Brady meant that Illinois should freeze its minimum wage until the federal level climbed to $8.25 and there was no longer a mismatch."
[There is no doubt that Brady wants the Illinois minimum to be as low as Alabama and Mississippi can make theirs. Illinois should be better than that. - Bob]
Why True Conservatives Should Vote for Me
"First, his [bRADY'S] math his wrong. A 10 percent cut in the operating budget won’t close the currently $9.3 billion budget deficit (the latest figure after Governor Quinn’s devastating cuts imposed in July). You would need a nearly 40 percent cut in spending to manage that. Second, the spending cuts already enacted by the General Assembly and the additional cuts imposed by Quinn have already had a devastating impact on our public schools, colleges and universities and basic services for people with disabilities, the elderly and children in need. The far more drastic cuts proposed by Brady would be result in more of the same. It would be catastrophic, not only to education, social services and public safety but to employment, resulting in the loss of over 120,000 jobs.'
The Battle For The Statehouse
"Still, 2010 is not a typical election year. Illinois Statehouse News identifies 15 races this cycle as competitive, nine for open seats and six in districts that lean Republican, but which Democrats won over the past decade. The GOP would need to win 11 House races to take back control of the lower chamber. Read about some of the pick up opportunities here."

AFL-CIO president to Sarah Palin: Change or be linked with McCarthyism - Christian Science Monitor
"Mr. Trumka’s comments about his strained relations with Ms. Palin came at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters, where he was asked how his previous critical words about the 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee squared with his call for union members to save their anger for “corporate lapdogs” and Senate Republicans... He continued, “If she doesn’t change her ways, then Palinism will be equated with other forms of McCarthyism that fomented division among the populace and acts of hatred among the populace.”"

Sex-Assault Case Offers Glimpse of an Amish Community - NY Times
"Social roles are clearly defined here, and transgressions are swiftly punished, either with the back of a hand, or in more serious matters, with excommunication and ritual shunning.  “We tried to work with it ourselves,” said Joseph Wagler, the bishop for a neighboring church. “We punished him, and he owned up to it. We put him away from the church, as a community.”"
Judge: 'Birther' Docs Are Irrelevant To Army Doctor's Refusal To Deploy - TPM Muckraker
"She also said that according to military law, the personal beliefs or convictions of a soldier are not enough for the soldier to deem an order illegal. She said the soldier must have "no rational doubt" that such an order is illegal in order to ignore it, CNN reported. Lind also said that military court was not the proper forum for determining the eligibility of the president.  A recent poll found that 27 percent of Americans and 41 percent of Republicans doubt that the president is an American citizen.
02 Sept  
Around and About in West Chicago - 01 Sept 2010
  • West Chicago Park District Senior Citizen Social Gathering
  • West Chicago Sister Cities Movie Night
  • West Chicago Park District is holding an ILCHIP
  • West Chicago Historical Society Ice Cream Social
  • Operation Phoenix Rising

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ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM OFFERS FREE GED CLASSES
"The evening Adult Education program of Community High School District 94 in West Chicago will conduct free classes which will prepare students for the General Equivalency Development Exam (GED)."
Flu Shots at Community High School
"Walgreens of West Chicago will be offering flu shots (a combination of both the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines) at West Chicago Community High School on Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. during the High School Open House."
West Chicago Police Department Receives Traffic Safety Grant for Year-long Traffic Enforcement Efforts
"The West Chicago Police Department announced today they will be joining hundreds of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across Illinois in the STEP Grant program. It has received a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation for the sum of $77,400."
Women's Wisdom Exhibit
"An exhibit including mono-prints, paper quilts, assemblages, canvas weavings and other mixed media works will be on display throughout September at Gallery 200, 200 Main Street, West Chicago. A collection of art by women from all walks of life, “Women’s Wisdom Artworks 2010” highlights the art program of the People’s Resource Center in Wheaton, Illinois."
Photos on display at Fermilab Art Gallery
"This convergence of art and science occurs daily in the Fermilab Art Gallery. It is a space for art exhibitions, chamber music concerts and where the top quark and big bang are debated over coffee. It is also a quiet space for contemplation and beauty.  Bach describes the exhibit showing "flying machines built between 1919 and yesterday.""
Expanded Idea Garden Opens at Cantigny Park
"“We wanted to make the garden a more hands-on experience that allows your senses to take flight,” said Liz Omura, Idea Garden curator/horticulture education and volunteer coordinator.  “Our formal gardens are fabulous but they are hard to replicate at home.  The Idea Garden is a place where adults can learn how to use different plants and design concepts in their own gardens and where children can learn about horticulture in a fun and interactive way.”"
Allstate survey says Chicago dangerous for drivers
"Out of 200 U.S. cities, Chicago ranked 167, Allstate said today. The company's data show that the average driver in Chicago will experience an auto collision every 7.6 years. This is a marginal improvement over the 7.3 figure in the 2009 survey, but still puts Chicago behind other cities such as New York (159) and San Diego (103)."
Durbin: FutureGen will be built in Illinois
""Let me tell you, nothing's easy and nothing is fast, as we've learned the hard way with FutureGen. But I feel good about it," he said. "I've been working on this a long, long time. I've taken some praise and a lot of lumps. At the end of the day I think we're going to get this research into our state and we're going to lead the nation.""
State corrections chief stepping down
" A report last month said the Department of Corrections failed to consider possible dangers to the public when it tried to save money by granting early release to prisoners, some of whom were violent.  Quinn has heaped most of the blame on Randle, and Randle has said Quinn ordered that violent offenders not be part of the program."
Rep. Foster Announces $250,000 in Grants to Prevent Youth Drug Use in Bureau County and DeKalb
"“Preventing and reducing substance abuse leads to safer and healthier communities that we can all enjoy,” said Foster.  “This renewed funding will help the Bureau County Health Department and the Ben Gordon Center to save young lives and mobilize our communities to come together for a common goal.”"
Durbin And Giannoulias On Debt, Stimulus, And Timing
"Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic candidate for Illinois' U.S. Senate seat, gave a speech in Chicago today focusing on fiscal policy and the federal budget. According to a write-up of the address by Crain's columnist Greg Hinz, Giannoulias said that cutting the national debt "should be our No. 1 fiscal priority when we arise out of the current recession.""
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Civic Federation: Higher interest costs will harm IL taxpayers
"“Due to Springfield’s failure to stabilize Illinois’ finances, Illinois residents will pay nearly 21 percent more for one year of borrowing than they would have if the State had maintained its credit ratings,” said Civic Federation President Laurence Msall. “This report demonstrates that our State’s inability to come to terms with the continuing fiscal crisis has a large and measurable cost which is in addition to the obvious toll the crisis has taken on service providers.”"
[I wish there were a couple specific proposals that the Republicans could convince some Democratic legislatures were a good idea... or even someone trying to do so.  Instead it is alwas, THEY are to blame. - Bob]
Join a Labor Day Tweet-a-Thon - AFL-CIO
"To showcase the strength, solidarity, diversity of our unions, we’re asking celebrities—along with anyone else who wants to show their union pride—to join us by sending a tweet with the hash tag #unionmember during Labor Day weekend. It’s a great opportunity to have well-known public figures frame unions in a positive light through a fun and influential medium"
Illinois Supreme Court Won't Hear Abortion Notification Appeal - Chicago Public Radio
"Earlier this year, a Cook County judge decided the law requiring parental notifications was constitutional, but he delayed enforcing the law until the appeal process played out. The anti-abortion group Thomas More Society wanted the Illinois Supreme Court to interfere, but to no avail."
How Conservatives and the GOP Destroyed the "Traditional Family" They Claim to Treasure - AlterNet
"“If you want to talk about building a society that is family-friendly,” Schmitt said, “you need to have universal health insurance. You need to have some reform in the ways we deal with paid time off, including paid sick days, paid vacation time and paid parental leave.”  Clearly, economic stress -- not cultural liberalism -- is placing a heavy burden on family life in the United States. And unless present economic trends are reversed, the U.S. will continue to be a harsh place to raise a family."
 

01 Sept

 
  • Historical House Tour Fundraiser to Support Local Candidates - FB
    "Come and tour an 1894 Historical House on the National Registry of Historical Homes while sampling premium wine & cheese, hot and cold hors d-oeuvres and fresh fruit. The George Baker House is at 1 S 500 Taylor Rd. in Glen Ellyn (one block from Route 53 and about halfway between Roosevelt Road and Butterfield Road. Cost is $25 per pers...on in advance and $30 at the door with all proceeds going to local candidates and their campaign. Please RSVP to Jen Laesch at 630.809.6595 or jjlaesch@gmail.com."
     
  • A Parade Walk - FB
    "Come and walk with Maria Owens, Candidate for State Rep in 95th District. Show your support why we need to send an educator to Springfield. Sunday, September 12th; Line-up: 12 Noon; Step Off: 1:15 pm. The parade will begin on Sunnyside Ave at Forest St and move west to Winfield Road. It turns north on Winfield Road and continues to Be...echer Avenue, where it turns left (or west). It goes for one more block west and disperses at Beecher and Park Street. Please contact Jen Laesch 630-809-6595 or jjlaesch@gmail.com to volunteer."
Carol Stream woman state's first West Nile case
"Her condition is unknown. She first reported symptoms in early August, DuPage County Health Department officials said Tuesday.  State officials said 25 counties have reported positive tests results for mosquitoes carrying the disease dating back to May. Mosquitoes carrying the disease become more active in warmer and dryer conditions."
Furlough flap hides the real issue
"Quinn's on again, off again furlough program would have saved Illinois citizens $18 million. Pension benefits cost Illinois and its pension systems about $10 billion a year. This week, the pension funds began selling off assets to pay benefits.  We've had years of our state leaders shuffling the budget deck to wring savings out of schools, social services, health programs and more.  It's time to quit ignoring the route to real savings."
George Ryan asks judge to void charges, let him out of prison
"The U.S. Supreme Court in June invalidated part of the so-called honest services law that was the basis for those charges when it threw out the conviction of former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling. The court said the law was unconstitutionally vague."
[There is little honor in arguing that a public official should not be required to render "honest services."  Is it good or bad that this one might get out before the next governor goes into the slammer? - Bob]
FutureGen Alliance offers conditional support for new plan
"But the alliance – a group of international coal producers and users – did not endorse the $1.2 billion project that now calls for burning coal at an old Ameren power plant in Meredosia, Ill., piping the carbon dioxide emissions within 100 miles of the power plant and burying them at an undetermined sequestration site."
Ex-Gov. Ryan appeals parts of conviction
" In a federal court filing in Chicago, Ryan attorneys cited the ruling that put limits on so-called honest services provisions. Such laws bar public officials from denying taxpayers honest services... During ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's recent corruption trial, defense attorneys also cited the honest-services ruling in a motion for a mistrial. The presiding judge rejected it."
Roskam Marks Transition of U.S. Mission in Iraq
"“As our nation prepares to transition from a combat role in Iraq to a supporting and stabilizing role, we must recognize the extraordinary dedication and sacrifice of America’s military men and women who have made this progress possible,” said Roskam."
Commerce Flubs Currency Decision, Now It’s Up to Congress - AFL-CIO
"The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) estimates that China’s currency manipulation and the trade deficit it creates cost 2.4 million U.S. jobs between 2001 and 2008. Congress is expected to vote as early as next week on two bills, H.R. 2378 in the House and S. 3134 in the Senate, that would give the government broader powers to act against China’s currency manipulation. The House Ways and Means Committee also has scheduled a major hearing on China’s currency on Sept. 15."
Pakistan relief organisations 'discriminating against Christian flood victims' - Telegraph
" Christians and members of other minority religions are being treated as second-class citizens, said Father Mario Rodrigues, the Lahore-based director of Catholic Mission... Aid is being delivered by "government officials sympathetic to Islamic fundamentalism or by Muslim relief organisations", Fides claimed in its report, citing other unnamed aid workers.
Executive Excess 2010: CEO Pay and the Great Recession - Institute for Policy Studies
"In 2009, the CEOs who slashed their payrolls the deepest took home 42 percent more compensation than the year’s chief executive pay average for S&P 500 companies. Most careful analysts of the high-finance meltdown that ushered in the Great Recession have concluded that excessive executive compensation played a prime causal role. Outrageously high rewards gave executives an incentive to behave outrageously, to take the sorts of reckless risks that would eventually endanger our entire economy."
Sarah Palin the Sound and the Fury - Vanity Fair
"She manages to be at once a closed book and a constant noisemaker. Her press spokesperson, Pam Pryor, barely speaks to the press, and Palin shrewdly cultivates a real and rhetorical antagonism toward what she calls “the lamestream media.” The Palin machine is supported by organizations that do much of their business under the cover of pseudonyms and shell companies"
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
"are to fly the flags at half-staff on behalf of: Lance Corporal Robert J. Newton, United States Marine Corps - Hometown: Creve Coeur, Illinois"

 

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