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Next Week in West Chicago

West Chicago Wins - Tim Kenney
"West Chicago 4, WW South 2: Mary Connolly (8-4) struck out six and drove in two runs in the win for West Chicago (10-6, 3-0 DuPage Valley)"
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District 33 News Bites

  • WeGo Run 2011
  • West Chicago Middle School Presents...... Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr!
  • Daily Herald Weather Sketcher
  • "Name that Fruit" Contest
  • Educare - Ground Breaking Ceremony
  • 6th Grade Students Tour West Chicago Middle School
  • District Alumni in the News
Tom Johnson Senate Week in Review: April 25 – 299
none"A new report released by the Pew Center on the States confirms Illinois once again boasts the country’s most under-funded pension systems, while State Sen. Tom Johnson (R-West Chicago) said that a hearing on a recent decision to change the insurance providers offered to state employees and retirees became contentious."
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District 94 Board of Education Meeting Agenda May 3, 2011

  • CANVASS OF VOTES
  • ELECTION OF PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, and SECRETARY
    APPOINT IASB GOVERNING BOARD RPRESENTATIVE and SASED
  • REPRESENTATIVE
none DuPage tax bills arriving soon
none"“People will be concerned because their property values went down and their taxes may have gone up,” Henry said Thursday. “But tax bills aren’t going to go down unless the taxing bodies ask for less money. That’s why I always tell people when they call that they need to watch what the taxing bodies are doing.”"
COD gives Glen Ellyn an ultimatum
none"The College of DuPage may pursue de-annexation from Glen Ellyn, according to college President Robert Brueder, if the village board doesn’t approve the same version of an intergovernmental agreement approved Thursday by the college board."
none Sheriff’s office warns of popular home repair scheme
none"Usually these types of scams occur when an individual shows up at nonesomeone’s home without contacting them beforehand. They may pose as utility repairmen or home inspectors and offer a free inspection where they point out improvements that need to be made.  While one of the perpetrators is keeping the resident busy either outside or inside the home, their companion will enter an unoccupied area of the house and steal cash or jewelry."
none Quinn releases 2010 tax returns
none"Quinn's returns show the governor paid a combined $43,709 in state and federal income taxes last year. He paid another $3,600 in property taxes on his Northwest Side home. Quinn donated more than $17,000 to charity.  The governor was paid a little more than $157,000 for running the state, which is about $20,000 less than what Quinn should be paid under Illinois law."
none Gov. Pat Quinn: OK borrowing or lose local tax revenue
none"Legislative leaders are considering a proposal that would authorize Quinn to shift money from other state accounts if he is not granted permission to borrow the money. The plan also includes a proposal disclosed Friday to suspend local income tax payments to cities and counties through December. That's about $100 million a month from February through the end of the year. The last payment was made in January.  A Quinn aide said the plan is partially intended to fire up local mayors and county boards to tell lawmakers to back the governor on borrowing."
none Durbin calls for quick decision on levee breach
none"After touring the flood-threatened Cairo area on Friday, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called on courts to act quickly in a dispute between the state of Missouri and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is considering breaching a levee on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River to save Cairo.  “It is a troubling and dangerous situation,” Durbin told reporters at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport."
Cities: Quinn's plan to hold up tax money would hurt
none"The plan also includes a proposal, disclosed Friday by the Chicago Tribune, to suspend local income tax payments to cities and counties through December. That’s about $100 million a month from February through the end of the year. The last payment was made in January... Senate Republicans have proposed their own cut of $300 million in tax revenue-sharing with local governments."
Caterpillar profits up 400 percent
none"Caterpillar Inc. profits were up more than 400 percent in the first three months of this year compared to last, the company reported Friday.  The numbers also appeared to show up in worldwide employment, as the heavy-equipment manufacturer reported a work force of more than 105,000 at the end of March, a 10.6 percent increase from the same time a year ago."
[I hope we all recall that a month ago Caterpillar was talking about leaving Illinois because of high taxes ... can you say "Bluff!" - Bob]
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WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 29 Apr 2011

  1. ANTISCIENCE: THE ALPHA MAGNETIC SPECTROMETER.
  2. MONARCHY: IS THERE NO CURE FOR THIS AFFLICTION?
  3. NUCLEAR POWER: IN SPITE OF FUKUSHIMA WE STILL NEED IT.
none McDonald’s Hires 62,000 in U.S. Event, 24% More Than Planned - Bloomberg
"McDonald’s and its franchisees hired 62,000 people in the U.S. after receiving more than one million applications, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in an e-mailed statement. Previously, it said it planned to hire 50,000."
[A million Americans seeking minimum wage employment without benefits... let's rethink those jobs Americans won't do. - Bob]
A National Manufacturing Strategy Key to Job Growth - AFL-CIO
none"Over the past decade, the United States has lost nearly 6 million manufacturing jobs and 57,000 factories. Along with good, family-sustaining jobs, we are losing valuable technical know-how that could create future prosperity, says a new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)."
none Study links willingness to cheat, viewpoint on God - LA Times
"In line with many previous studies, it found no difference between the ethical behavior of believers and nonbelievers. But those who believed in a loving, compassionate God were more likely to cheat than those who believed in an angry, punitive God."
none Rosario Dawson Hits GOP Plan, Says ‘Immigrants Pay More Taxes Than Exxon!’ - Think Progress
"DAWSON: I will just say immigrants pay more taxes than Exxon!
As we have reported here at ThinkProgress, undocumented immigrants alone paid over $11 billion in taxes into the economy. Tax dodging companies like GE, Bank of America, Boeing, and ExxonMobil routinely pay little to no income taxes at all."
29 May
Friday
 
none West Chicago HS Presents Aida
"WeGo Drama at Community High School proudly presents Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang. Aida weaves the tale of the life of a Nubian princess who becomes a slave to Amneris, the daughter of the pharaoh of Egypt. A love triangle erupts set against a backdrop of loyalty, betrayal, and forbidden love."
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Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: May 9 – 15

none DuPage museum rallies to save Illinois Cavalry’s Civil War flag
none"The event starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in Adams Park, at the northeast corner of Main and Wesley streets. Illinois State Military Museum Director Mark Whitlock will speak and Civil War re-enactors will portray the 8th Cavalry unit, which was the only cavalry unit from northern Illinois to enter the war."
  • DuPage County worker benefits on table
    none"DuPage’s health insurance costs, for example, are projected to jump by more than 50 percent by 2015, according to Backfield. At the same time, the county’s contributions to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund are expected to rise by nearly 50 percent.  Meanwhile, DuPage’s revenue is expected to increase by 1.9 percent or less annually during that time period."
  • DuPage delves into health, benefit costs
W. Chicago chiropractor gets 6 years for fraud
none"A West Chicago man who owned and operated a chiropractic practice in Maywood was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty last year to health care fraud.  Darwin Minnis, 56, has been in federal custody since his guilty plea. Federal prosecutors said Minnis was part of an organized effort involving several other defendants who defrauded the government out of roughly $1.4 million in false workers’ compensation claims."
none Illinois budget woes mean long waits for tax refunds
"The state owes money to roughly 36,000 businesses that overpaid their income taxes, going back to 2008. The backlog totals about $850 million, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Wednesday.  Gov. Pat Quinn proposed borrowing money to pay the refunds, along with other overdue bills, but legislators have shown little interest in that idea. The budget proposals being considered by Democratic lawmakers would do little to chip away at the backlog."
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Hot Time
in the Old Town
Chicago Fire Watch Party Roundup:
"A Section 8 fan has alerted us to a new watch party at the Cairo Bar & Oasis Cafe at 2009 Franciscan Way in West Chicago, IL.  I have been told this is going to be an every game deal.  You can see the flier attached to this post.  It sounds like it should be a great time and it's good to see more watch parties sprouting up.  Keep them coming to HotTimeInOldTown at gmail.com."
none Bill would bar museum freebies for out-of-staters
"The Illinois House passed a measure Thursday by a vote of 107-0, with one lawmaker voting present. It would bar non-Illinoisans from taking advantage of the 52 free days that museums and aquariums are required under state law to offer each year.  The measure could bring in $11 million for Chicago's cultural institutions."
State encourages moms to breast-feed
"It's called the Illinois Breast-feeding Blueprint. To implement it, the state agency is joining forces with the University of Illinois at Chicago's public health school and the nonprofit group Health Connect One.  The groups note that every year in Illinois, nearly one in four mothers never breast-feed their babies."
Quinn's pressure tactic: Withhold cities' money
"The proposal, outlined in the memo and quietly distributed to top legislators, represents a pressure tactic by the Democratic governor. He hopes mayors from Zion to Cairo will squeeze their town's lawmakers to help get him the loan he wants.  But the General Assembly's leadership has been highly skeptical of Quinn's other recent plans for big borrowing."
Asian carp possibly hardier than once thought
none"New evidence indicates silver carp, one of the most common Asian carp in Illinois, can eat cladophora, an algae species prevalent in the Great Lakes. Previous studies had concluded that for Asian carp to survive, they need plankton, which are scarce in the southern end of Lake Michigan.  "It is worrisome," said Leon Carl, regional executive for the Midwest Area U.S. Geological Survey, during a quarterly meeting on the invasive species. "If they can switch to cladophora, then we got a problem because cladophora in the Great Lakes is extremely abundant.""
none Payments to unfairly fired state workers to total $442,000
"Taxpayers are paying $442,000 to 16 plaintiffs who sued the state, saying they were unfairly fired from the Illinois Department of Transportation in 2004, according to newly released settlement agreements.  But those lump-sum payments might be less than what the plaintiffs will realize in pension benefits and raises that also are part of the agreements."
Judge blocks Quinn from slashing regional superintendents' pay
none"Under the emergency budget act approved by lawmakers last year, Quinn has authority to withhold appropriations in a contingency fund. In August, Quinn asked then-Comptroller Dan Hynes to hold back $837,200 of the $9.1 million appropriated for the salaries of regional superintendents and assistant regional superintendents."
none Lawmakers Find Republican Budget Draws Big Heat Back Home - AFL-CIO
"As this video compilation, courtesy of Think Progress, shows, it’s been damn tough to defend. Jeff Spross writes the budget crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan “has laid the Republicans’ values out in the open for all to see.”"
none Shiloh Baptist Church receives threats after comments from Sean Hannity - Washington Post
none"Shiloh Baptist Church in the District said it has received threatening phone calls and e-mails after an Easter visit from President Obama and a conservative television commentator’s subsequent playing of a videotape in which the pastor said that those espousing racial prejudice do so “under the protective cover of talk radio.”"
none Louisiana Republican: Ban Abortion, Sterilize Poor Women and Pay the Wealthy to Procreate - Care2
none"In previous attempts to manipulate, penalize and reward women's reproductive choices, Labruzzo has also suggested Louisiana law should pay poor women to be sterilized and well-to-do women to crank out more financially secure kids into the American gene-pool."
27 May
Wednesday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 27 Apr 2011
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony for Educare of West DuPage
  • Wellness Walk Day
  • Annual 80 and Over Party
  • “Swing Back in Time to the 60s”
  • Interact Club Blood Drive
none District 33 Board of Education Hosts Town Hall Meeting
"The topics will include: the District Budget, Student Achievement, West Chicago Middle School Expansion Project, Educare and Preschool, the Strategic Planning Process for District 33 AND Introduction of the new Board of Education Members."
none West Chicago HS SkillsUSA Members Qualify for Nationals
"The Community High School SkillsUSA chapter attended the Illinois SkillsUSA State Competition in Springfield, IL on April 14-16, 2011. Sixteen students attended and competed in a variety of events including: Preschool Teaching Assistant, Commercial Sewing, Job Skill Demo, Essay, Prepared Speech, and Related Technical Math."
none "Nature's Bouquet" Exhibit at Gallery 200
"Gallery 200 member artist Deborah Juzwiak, along with friends Hester Bury and Susan Ericson, present “Nature’s Bouquet”, a photography exhibit exploring the many wonders found in the outdoors. Their combined works will be on display throughout May as the Featured Artist Exhibit at Gallery 200, 200 Main Street, in downtown West Chicago."
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Part of Prairie Path, DuPage River to close for thorium cleanup
none"The work will require closing a stretch of the Illinois Prairie Path — from Warrenville Road to Ferry Road — for the season. In addition, the river will be closed to canoeists from the put-in point at Mack Road to the McDowell Grove Forest Preserve dam... The Kress Creek/West Branch DuPage River site is one of four Superfund sites in the West Chicago area. The thorium came from an old gas light-manufacturing plant that operated from the 1930s until it closed in 1973.
ThomasNet
Industrial
News Room
PCB Bonding Material is suited for RF applications.
"American Standard Circuits, Inc. (ASC) announced today an addition to the Electrasil family of products. Electrasil materials are thermally and electrically conductive interface solutions for PCBs... The material bonds printed circuit boards (PCBs) to heat sinks, specifically for RF applications."
none West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Promotes Wellness for Students and Community
none"On the dreary morning of April 19, 2011, over 50 students, parents and staff of Gary Elementary School in West Chicago met at several different locations to participate in the 1st Walk to School Day. This day was developed to encourage students and parents to start walking to school on a regular basis."
Criminal charges expected in connection with troubled DuPage Housing Authority
none"Cathy Ficker Terrill, the authority’s interim director, told the DuPage County Board the charges would come against a “particular person,” whom she did not identify. She said the authority is working with the FBI, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the county state’s attorney’s office."
none Ex-Gov. Jim Thompson to take on AG in gun info fight
"Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's legal battle with the state police over the release of the names of gun owners has taken an interesting turn with her appointing a former governor to fight her own office.  Former Gov. Jim Thompson says Madigan named him a special assistant attorney general. He'll be arguing that Madigan's office was wrong in determining the names of owners of Firearm Owner Identification cards must be made public, as requested by The Associated Press."
none 31 states short of pension funds; Illinois farthest behind
"Many experts recommend states save at least 80 percent of the money they'll eventually need to pay the pensions promised to government employees. Twenty-two states failed to previously meet that threshold and nine more fell short in fiscal 2009, according to the Pew Center on the States.  Illinois had the largest shortfall, with only 51 percent. New York was in the best shape at 101 percent."
none Obama Backs Workers, Slams Attacks on Rights - AFL-CIO
"President Obama “strongly disapproves” of the assaults in Ohio, Wisconsin, and elsewhere on workers’ right to bargain for middle-class jobs. In an interview with Cleveland’s WKYC-TV yesterday, Obama said state lawmakers should not use their states’ financial difficulties to undermine workers’ rights. 
"Let’s make sure we’ve got shared sacrifice and that we make sure that the burden just doesn’t fall on one set of folks. Let’s certainly not blame public employees for a financial crisis that they had nothing to do with. And let’s not use this as an excuse to erode their bargaining rights. So, whether it’s Wisconsin or what we’re seeing in Ohio I strongly disapprove.""
none Ministries allow Christians to share health-care costs - Washington Post
"Health-care sharing ministries aren’t for everyone. In general, members must be practicing Christians — attested to by their pastor in some cases —and abstain from tobacco and illegal drug use. They must agree not to have sex outside marriage — and typically cannot seek help for any medical expenses that arise from such sexual activity. Rules vary about when or if the ministries cover preexisting medical conditions."
none Obama revealed: A moderate Republican - NY Times
"If you put aside the emergency measures required by the financial crisis, three major policy ideas have dominated American politics in recent years: a plan that uses an individual mandate and tax subsidies to achieve near-universal health care; a cap-and-trade plan that attempts to raise the prices of environmental pollutants to better account for their costs; and bringing tax rates up from their Bush-era lows as part of a bid to reduce the deficit. In each case, the position that Obama and the Democrats have staked out is the very position that moderate Republicans have staked out before."
Lobbyist Fires Warning Shot Over Donation Disclosure Plan - NY Times
"The order could, for instance, force a military contractor or an energy company seeking federal work to report money it gave to the Chamber of Commerce or another advocacy group to help finance political ads and expenditures.  After tens of millions of dollars in anonymous political spending flooded the 2010 elections following a landmark Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, Democrats tried to pass a bill known as the Disclose Act to require greater reporting of political spending, only to see it blocked by Senate Republicans. 
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BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 4-27-11

  • Dynamic Physical Therapy
  • Tastee-Freez
  • Aspen Marketing Services
  • Delnor Health System and Central DuPage Health
  • UPCOMING EVENTS
none WeGo Together for Kids - Family Night
"Please join us for a evening filled with food, games and entertainment provided by the...... "JUMP ROPE WARRIOR "  Due to the popularity of this event seating is limited, so please call Sue Cox at 630.293.6000 ext. 231 to register."
District 33 News Bites
  • $10,000.00 College Scholarship Raffle
  • Wegner School Walks for Diabetes Awareness
  • Family Art Day at Turner School
  • Soldiers Grateful for Student Letters
  • Daily Herald Weather Sketcher
  • WeGo Together for Kids - Family Night
  • Gary School Walking School Bus

WeGo Run - Volunteers and Runners Wanted!

none Student-of-the Month for March 2011
"The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Ben Vanderlei, of West Chicago, for being chosen Student of the Month for March."
none Police Keep Roadways Safer Through IDOT Funded Grant
none"The West Chicago Police Department announced that Campaign #4 of the Illinois Department of Transportation funded grant was successful in educating the motoring public on child restraint, seatbelt, speeding, and alcohol related violations. The Campaign ran from March 11-20, 2011 and resulted in 103 citations being issued; 15 for seatbelt and child restraint violations, and 2 violations for driving under the influence."
none Local airport execs hope to see profitability climb
none"Similarly, DuPage Airport in West Chicago handled almost 90,000 operations in 2010 compared to 88,000 in 2009 and close to 98,000 in 2008.  “We’re starting to see things come back, but we’re cautious,” said Dennis Rouleau, manager of Chicago Executive Airport. “We’re crossing our fingers and crossing our toes.”"
none Hultgren talks debt in Oswego
none"Hultgren, a Winfield Republican, is a supporter of the Ryan plan, a Republican-led budget proposal that would limit discretionary spending and restructure Medicare and Medicaid. The Fox Valley’s new congressman pitched a budget reduction strategy that relies on spending cuts over tax increases."
[That's an awfully nice way to say "end Medicare as we know it." - Bob]
none DuPage officials differ on scrutiny of Office of Emergency Management
none"O’Shea, who chairs the county’s Emergency Telephone System Board, has been critical of the OEM in recent months. He has noted repeatedly that the organization has yet to draw up an operating manual and has pressed to have Sheriff John Zaruba’s office take on oversight of the agency, but the idea has not drawn broad support."
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none Chicago's at top as gas prices jump again
none"The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices puts the average price for a gallon of regular at $3.88, as of April 22. Chicago had the highest average price for gas at $4.27, with Tucson, Ariz., the nation's lowest average at $3.54."
[With near record supplies and miles traveled down, and record profits, this defies the law of supply and demand ... so why do we still give oil corps tax breaks? - Bob]
Connectus.net Franciscan Court Provides a Healthy Environment for Your Loved Ones
"Franciscan Court is owned by Zack and Rene Caulkins, RN, BSN who takes personal interest in providing exceptional services to every guest. They have been providing quality healthcare services for over 20 years. This beautiful facility is located is West Chicago, IL and the nearest hospital from Franciscan Court is located at just 4 miles away. Since its foundation in the year 2005, this independent living facility is serving their guests with excellent amenities and special services."
none Byron Generating Station Unit 1 back to full operation
"In addition to refueling the reactor, workers performed extensive inspections, testing and maintenance on a wide range of components and equipment. Byron Unit 2 operated at 100 percent power during the Unit 1 outage."
none Bill would impose harsh penalties for falsifying court documents
none"Last June, Hall dismissed a traffic ticket against the daughter of fellow Associate Judge Christopher Perrin. The ticket was issued by a Leland Grove police officer who said Perrin’s daughter had failed to obey a road-closed sign.  Hall falsely wrote in court documents that prosecutors had asked for the dismissal. The charge was reinstated when the allegations were discovered, and Perrin’s daughter pleaded guilty..."
Nuclear plant in Clinton running out of space for spent fuel
none"Parent company Exelon Corp. plans to break ground by early 2012 for an above-ground storage facility that would provide sufficient space for spent-fuel storage to carry the plant, which is 60 miles northeast of Springfield, through its licensed operating life of 2026."
none Koch Brothers Tell Employees Whom to Vote For - AFL-CIO
"The right-wing extremist billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch are not satisfied with spending millions on Capitol Hill to mold, gut or kill more than 100 prospective bills or regulations or funding blatantly anti-worker front groups. Now they want to control how the more than 50,000 people who work in their companies think and vote."
none Atheist student tells his side - Daily Herald
"According to Joaquin, the conversations between the Atheist students and other students and school staff were mostly civil. One staff member, who Joaquin describes as a devout Christian, even brought up the argument from design... But during seventh period lunch, Joaquin recalls, such subtle arguments became scarce."
none Study: Most Americans Want Wealth Distribution Similar to Sweden - AlterNet
none"...92 percent of Americans would choose to live in a society with far less income disparity than the US, choosing Sweden's model over that of the US.  What's more, the study's authors say that this applies to people of all income levels and all political leanings: The poor and the rich, Democrats and Republicans are all equally likely to choose the Swedish model."
REPORT: The 46 Year-Long Republican War On Medicare - Think Progress
none"It should truly come as no surprise that the GOP has always set its sights on Medicare. After all, it is a single-payer health care system has little involvement from the private insurance industry that is both incredibly efficient and remarkably popular among the general public. It completely violates the conservative mantra that the market should be the arbiter of all things."
23&24 May
WeekEnd
 
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This Week in West Chicago

Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: May 2 – 8

none DuPage water rates ready to climb
none"In order to replace the sales tax, officials estimate the water commission would need to increase its rate by about $1 per 1,000 gallons. To reach that point gradually over multiple years, the commission would need to boost the rate by 10 percent or more each year. That doesn’t include the possibility of Chicago increasing the rate it charges the water commission."
[West Chicago's decision to pump its own water keeps looking better. - Bob]
DuPage Islamic groups look for ways to ease mosque concerns
"Attendees discussed their experiences with local zoning requirements and opposition from neighbors — most prominently in DuPage County — and made plans to organize an official zoning committee to facilitate future discussions.  “The goal is to get us all to talk,” said Faiyaz Hussain, volunteer zoning committee chairman for the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. “What we need is the path of least resistance with the most goodwill that can be generated.”"
Daily Herald web site garners state award
"Congratulations, Jake. Did they make you write the article about the award... "In addition to the web site’s honor, Senior Writer Jake Griffin received a second-place award in the public service journalism category for his coverage of the DuPage Water Commission’s financial miscues.""
none Quinn grants 85 clemency petitions
none"Gov. Pat Quinn granted 85 clemency petitions on Good Friday, pardoning or expunging criminal records on a number of felony and misdemeanor crimes, including some that were committed more than 50 years ago... The earliest offense dates to 1960, the latest was committed in 2004. Most of those who received pardons were initially sentenced to probation or paid small fines.
none TRS report: Newer teachers will fund their own pensions
none"While the state won’t catch up on the debt it has incurred for existing teachers’ pensions for at least three decades, by 2036, it will basically stop having to pay for pensions for teachers hired after Jan. 1.  An actuary’s report for the state Teachers’ Retirement System projects that as more teachers come into the system under the second tier of benefits approved by the General Assembly in 2009, the new teachers will pay a big chunk of the debt owed by the state."
Illinois lawmakers consider softening cemetery law
none"Tough cemetery regulations imposed last year after the Burr Oak scandal have proved burdensome for many Illinois cemeteries, leading lawmakers to consider rolling them back.   The Illinois Senate has passed legislation revoking key parts of the cemetery law, including the requirement for a centralized state database of gravesites. It also would allow nearly all cemetery managers to avoid getting a license."
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What's New Robert L. Park

  •  GOOD FRIDAY: MARKING THE DEATH OF TENNESSEE SENATE BILL 893.
  • MARTIN REES: THE TEMPLETON PRIZE CONTINUES TO EVOLVE.
  • CELL PHONES: FCC CHAIRMAN SAYS THEY POSE NO HEALTH RISKS.
none US Chamber lashes out at lawsuit to try to force Boeing to move some 787s from SC plant
none"The labor board said Boeing executives told unionized employees the company would move or had moved production work away from the Puget Sound area partly "to retaliate for past strikes and chill future strike activity."  The labor board's acting general counsel Lafe Solomon said that violates the National Labor Relations Act.""
Builders of New Homes Seeing No Sign of Recovery - NY Times
none"Builders and analysts say a long-term shift in behavior seems to be under way. Instead of wanting the biggest and the newest, even if it requires a long commute, buyers now demand something smaller, cheaper and, thanks to $4-a-gallon gas, as close to their jobs as possible."
none On Tax Day, Remember the Tax Dodgers - Common Dreams
"When we hear our governors and lawmakers lament that “we’re broke,” consider this fact: If corporations and households with $1 million income paid at the same levels they did in 1961, the Treasury would collect an additional $716 billion a year – or $7 trillion over a decade.  Our budgetary stress is the result of declining revenue, thanks to the economic downturn and decades of tax cuts "
The dumb and dumber debt ceiling fight - Salon
none"Since just about everyone agrees that defaulting on bond payments would precipitate a major international economic crisis, possibly kicking of another recession, and end the dollar's preeminent status as the world's preferred reserve currency, Toomey believes that Geithner should simply choose to pay those debts first and stiff other creditors, like, for example, Americans getting unemployment benefits or Social Security checks."
[Hmmm... pay the bonds owned by the Chinese Communists, but short Ganny's Social Security check... I think not. - Bob]
   
22 May
Friday
 
none Foundation Announces $10,000 Scholarship Raffle
"The Foundation for Educational Excellence for West Chicago Elementary School District 33 will be ending its $10,000 college scholarship raffle on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, so purchase your tickets now. Tickets are $20.00 each and only 1,000 tickets will be sold."
none CHANGE IN SECOND SEMESTER FINAL EXAM/END OF SCHOOL YEAR DATES
"Due to the 2 emergency snow days utilized in February 2011, the new date for the end of the school year is June 3. June 3, 2011 will be the last day for student attendance."
Foreign Language Honor Society Inductees
"The Community High School District 94 World Languages Division is proud to induct students into the French, German, and Spanish language honor societies."
P.A.W.S. FOR RECOGNITION - April 2011
"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."
Summer Swim Lessons at CHS
"Registration for summer Swim Lessons at Community High School in West Chicago will open on May 4th. Lessons will begin on June 13th and will be assigned on a first come/first served basis. We will offer morning and evening sessions."
none DuPage names housing board nominees
none"“I believe this new board will continue the task of cleaning up the mess at the Housing Authority,” Cronin said in a statement. “Massive financial and administrative problems exist at the DHA and it will take a great deal of time to resolve these issues,”"
Madigan: Pabst drink is ‘binge-in-a-can’
"“A product like this only serves to glamorize alcohol abuse and promote binge drinking, threatening the safety of those consuming it,” Madigan said.  She said the drink is being promoted to minors with a marketing campaign featuring Snoop Dogg, brightly colored cans and fruit flavors such as strawberry lemonade and raspberry watermelon."
none College of DuPage holds Latino Student Visit Day
none"The event will be held from 9 to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the school's Student Resource Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. Area Latino high school juniors and seniors are invited to attend the free open house that will feature speaker Robert Renteria."
none Jobless rate drops in Fox Valley, state
"The March unemployment rate dropped in the Fox Valley and in every Illinois metropolitan area for a record seventh consecutive month.  A report released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows that the jobless rate in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville region, which covers the Fox Valley, fell to 8.7 percent last month. That compares with an unemployment rate of 11.1 percent in the area a year earlier."
none DuPage officials differ on scrutiny  of Office of Emergency Management
none"O’Shea, who chairs the county’s Emergency Telephone System Board, has been critical of the OEM in recent months. He has noted repeatedly that the organization has yet to draw up an operating manual and has pressed to have Sheriff John Zaruba’s office take on oversight of the agency, but the idea has not drawn broad support.  Zaruba declined to take on the audit responsibilities as well, saying, “We’re probably not the right organization to do that.” But he acknowledged a wide-view evaluation might not be a bad idea."
none Officials break ground for early-childhood facility in West Chicago
"Of the 13 such learning centers in operation across the U.S., Educare of West DuPage is the first to be located in a suburban area.  “With the spread of poverty, there is an absence of opportunity and a sense of hope and possibility,” said Kennel. “We can’t change the opportunities for children unless we go to serve them wherever they are.”"
$10,000 College Scholarship Raffle
none"The West Chicago Foudation for Educational Excellence is proud to sponsor this drawing to award a $10,000.00 college scholarship. Proceeds will be used for enrichment programs and other projects which enhance the quality of education in District 33 and provide students with extended learning opportunities."
Prescription Burn at Winfield Mounds (picture gallery)
"The Forest Preserve of Dupage County announced a controlled burn session at Winfield Mounds today. I arrived just in time to witness and capture most of what happened." - Sonnet Schulz
DuPage officials ask for map that retains the status quo
none"Bob Pickert, chairman of the Democratic Party of DuPage County, asked for the opposite of what Cronin specified. He said the map should be drawn to reflect changes he noticed in the 2010 census –a greater influx of Cook County residents moving to DuPage and more minorities.  He said 30 percent of the county is currently made up of African Americans and Hispanics. A new map should reflect that “changing constituency,” he said."
none Lt. Gov. Simon calls for better disclosure forms
none"Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon today called on state lawmakers to strengthen the statement of economic interests that government officials fill out each year, saying they're vague, confusing and do little to give the public insight on possible conflicts of interest... Simon said the questions on Illinois' disclosure forms are worded in such a way that the majority of those who fill  out the eight-question form can simply respond that the questions don't apply to them."
none Unemployment rate drops more than 1 percent locally
"Local unemployment of 7.6 percent in March was down more than a full percentage point from a year earlier, thanks primarily to the start of the construction season and continued hiring in the health-care industry.  Hiring also picked up in business services and retail trade, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday."
none Global Union Movement Calls for End to Repression in Bahrain - AFL-CIO
"The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) reports that thousands of workers have been dismissed for taking part in trade union activities in support of the peaceful calls for greater democracy and reform. More than 750 union members and half of the leaders of the General Federation of Bahraini Trade Unions (GFBTU) also have been dismissed from their jobs."
none How Easter stubbornly resists commercialism - Slate
"Sending out hundreds of Easter cards this year? Attending way too many Easter parties? Doing some last-minute shopping for gifts to place under your Easter tree? Getting tired of those endless Easter-themed specials on television?  I didn't think so."
none The Psychology of the 'Birther' Myth - NY Times
none"The New York Times and other mainstream media are not considered authoritative sources to most birthers, especially compared with many low-level conservative political operatives, or their like-minded social networks.  If you were a birther, would you trust your neighbor who spends his evenings on the Internet and watching Fox News, or the Times? All of us have heard of forged official documents, from under-aged college students’ faked id’s to illegal aliens’ stolen social security numbers. Why not Obama’s birth certificate?"
Sen. Kyl Erases His False Statement On Planned Parenthood From Congressional Record - TPM
none"During the recent budget debate, Kyl made that false claim about Planned Parenthood on the Senate floor, thus entering it into the Congressional record. But after taking a lot of flak for that act of huge hyperbole, Kyl had it stricken from the official text... Soon after Kyl delivered his false claim, critics pointed out that abortions actually make up only about 3% of Planned Parenthood's services. Kyl's office then issued a clarification, saying his claim was not intended to be a factual statement."
20 May
Wednesday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 20 Apr 2011
  • Schedule of Activities and Worship Services
  • Community Theatre Production of “Willy Wonka”
  • Hall of Honor
  • WeGo Together for Kids Family Night
  • West Chicago Elementary School Third Annual Wellness Walk Day
none Millner, Mussman talk about state budget problems
none"The audience clapped with approval as Millner and Democrat Mussman both discussed cutbacks and reforms that will affect schools, social service programs and more as Illinois leaders try to rein in a $15 billion budget deficit... But job creation and economic growth took center stage at the forum, where one resident admitted she is on unemployment and is concerned about extension of benefits, and others said they are unable to find viable jobs near home."
DuPage may pay for cost-saving ideas from within
none"As part of the proposed program, employees who suggest an idea that saves DuPage money over an extended period of time would receive an award and be inducted into a “Innovator Hall of Fame.” They also would receive a bonus based on the savings their idea generates."
none West Chicago Public Library District Celebrates National Children's Book Week
none"Join us in the celebration when Holly Nagel presents fun for the whole family with Silly Stories in honor of National Children’s Book Week, May 2-8. Holly will amaze and delight her audience with a retelling of traditional folk tales and Latin folk tales incorporating balloons, gourds and paper into her stories."
West Chicago to Pick an Official City Flower
none Chicago area home sales up slightly
"In the nine-county Chicago area, March home sales rose 41.3 percent from February to 5,324 single-family homes and condominiums, and the median price of $158,000 was a 3.6 percent improvement from February."
Quinn uses veto power on political appointee bill
none"Currently, many serve until they are replaced, an issue that has troubled legislative leaders. So they sent Quinn a bill that would have kicked holdovers out of office 30 days after it became law.  The governor wants to change the effective date so he has more time to fill expired slots."
none U.S. Senator Mark Kirk joins Naval Academy board
none"Kirk will be involved in education and fiscal issues. He also will have a say in selecting the Academy's superintendent, which is a Navy admiral with similar responsibilities to a college president."
none With Eye on 2012, Republicans Trying to Block Votes - AFL-CIO
none"One popular tactic being used to block votes is to require voters to present their birth certificate before registering to vote and show a DMV-issued photo identification at the polls. In its Progress Report, the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP) estimates voter ID bills would depress Latino turnout by as much as 10 percent. The bills also would cost taxpayers millions of dollars."
none Poll: Majority supports gay marriage - Politico
none"Of those surveyed for a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesdayy, 51 percent said they think marriages between lesbian and gay couples should be recognized as legal and come with the same rights as heterosexual unions, while 47 percent said the marriages should not be recognized."
none Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops
"The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations ... ACLU learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680. The ACLU found the charge outrageous.
Home value chart updated 1890-2011 - BoingBoing
"In 2006, just as the Housing market was peaking, the NYT ran this graphic of the 100-year Case Shiller chart. It showed how radically overvalued Housing had become. Two years later, TBP reader Steve Barry updated that graphic, including the projected Home Price mean reversion."
18 April
Monday
 
none Ramey Passes Measure to Improve Personal Privacy
"State Representative Randy Ramey (R-West Chicago) passed a measure today aimed at clarifying current state statute pertaining to personal privacy. House Bill 2259 would amend the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act to authorize closed meetings and correspondence when it pertains to an individual's personal information."
none Aspen Marketing Services Expands National Headquarters
"Aspen Marketing Services, the largest privately held marketing agency in the U.S., today launched the expansion of its national headquarters located in West Chicago, Illinois."
none West Chicago Historical Society to Host Civil War Themed Spring Tea Fundraiser
none"On Sunday, May 15th at 1:00 p.m., the Historical Society is hosting a Spring Tea Fundraiser at the West Chicago Community Center, 306 Main Street, West Chicago, IL 60185. Please join us as we commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War with a tea luncheon."
none Photo ID plan focuses attention on Link card use
"Cost-cutting legislators want Illinois to join a national push to fight fraud by adding identification photos to Illinois food-stamp cards, an idea that opponents say amplifies a negative stigma about food stamps and targets the poor instead of addressing the real problem."
Illinois House moves to ban trans fat in foods
"Illinois is poised to become the second state in the country (after California) to ban artery-clogging artificial trans fats. The Illinois House last week approved a bill to eliminate artificial trans fats from restaurant and bakery food and food sold in school vending machines by January 2013."
Tea party supporters protest taxes at Capitol
none"The secretary of state's office estimated that 300-400 tea partiers were in attendance."
[The Tea Party's big draw, Sarah Palin, was talking to 5K - 6K in Madison, WI, but about half were anti-Walker protesters according to Madison's ABC News affiliate. - Bob]
none Play Ball! - AFL-CIO
"Rawlings has been making baseball gloves since 1887. Despite diversifying overseas, Rawlings’ pro model and custom gloves are still made in Washington, Mo... You can’t have a ball game without a bat, so get a good grip on a Louisville Slugger. The wooden bats are crafted by members of the United Steelworkers (USW) at the company’s home in Louisville, Ky."
none Days of protest after Christian governor named in southern Egypt - Reuters
"Residents say Ayoub was too weak in enforcing laws to quell rising tension between Muslims and Christians, fearing his background might imply sectarian allegiance. “The protesters don’t want any governor to favour one religious group over the other,” Ragab said.  Other protesters said they objected to Qena being a province always governed by Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 80 million people. Its Christian population lives mainly in the south."
none Special Report: Honduran Teachers Get Shock Treatmentt - Real News
"Honduras' teachers are, in the eyes of many, the most organized sector of the anti-coup resistance movement. Over recent months they have had their pensions stolen, their wages cut, their labor rights suspended, and a new education law passed which they believe is the beginning of the privatization process. In response, the teachers and the National People's Resistance Front have occupied institutions, roads and highways across the country, to which the regime has responded with brute force."
16&17 April
WeekEnd
 
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Next Week in West Chicago

We Go Run - Maureen Navadomskis
"Sunday, May 1 at 8:00am at Community High School (Memorial Stadium), West Chicago, Illinois  Race Day Registration/Packet Pick-up: 6:30-8:40 AM Race Start Time: 5K/10K: 8:00 AM 1 Mile: 9:15 AM Kids Dash: 9:30 AM Awards Ceremony: 9:45 AM in the stadium COURSE: • Start/Finish: 1M/5&10K Ann & Wood."

Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: April 25 - May 1

none Educare of West DuPage to break ground April 21
"City, school and philanthropic leaders will break ground Thursday, April 21, on Educare of West DuPage. The new $10 million, state-of-the-art school will provide high-quality early childhood education aimed at narrowing the achievement gap for low-income children in West Chicago."
"News Bites"
  • $10,000.00 College Scholarship Raffle
  • Enchanted Giving Tree Magical Stars for Educare
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • HONK! Jr. the Musical performed at Wegner School
  • District Alumni in the News
  • Race Day Volunteers Needed for WeGo Run
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Board of Education Meeting Agenda April 19, 2011

  • Mini-Bus Contract
  • Amended 2011-12 School Calendar
  • Revised 2011-12 Fee Schedule
Community Forum - April 27th
"On Wednesday, April 27th, at 7:00 p.m., Community High School District 94 will host a Community Forum with District residents. The Agenda will include the District’s Strategic Plan, its financial picture and the School’s Curriculum Renewal Plan."
CHS Seeks Nominees for Hall of Honor
"The Board of Education of Community High School District 94 has established a Hall of Honor to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the school, community or society."
PeaceBuilder-of-the-Month for March, 2011
"Benny Rojas, of West Chicago, a Freshman at Community High School District 94, has been recognized as the March PeaceBuilder-of-the-month."
none When Do I Call 9-1-1 & How Do I File a Police Report
  • What phone number do I call when I need a police officer?
  • How do I make a report when the office is closed?
none West Chicago students shut out of post-prom party
none"All 400 tickets to the midnight cruise on the Odyssey at Navy Pier sold out, leaving some students disappointed and parents irate.  “It’s not fair,” said Carol Swinney, whose son Cameron, 18, is a senior. “My son has looked forward to this for four years.’  School officials now are working with the cruise line to see if it’s possible to expand the capacity for the event."
DuPage prosecutor: Renew debate on death penalty
"“This is not a study,” Berlin said. “This is an actual case, and it proves the point that the death penalty does deter murders.” ... Berlin said he was “frustrated” when investigators discovered Smirnov had read up on the law in Illinois and learned Gov. Pat Quinn abolished death penalty last month."
none House votes to limit late-career pension boosts
"Ralph Volpe, the park district's outgoing executive director, landed $270,999 in bonuses in 2008, boosting his compensation that year to $435,203.  Volpe, who retired at 57, collected a pension last year of $166,332. His pension likely would be about $110,000 had he received more typical annual salary hikes of 4 percent instead of the huge increase and bonus in 2008."
Ill. drug abusers could have immunity under bill
"Jones says many drug abusers die because they avoid medical help for fear of being arrested for drug possession.  The bill only offers immunity for limited possession of a controlled substance. Exceeding various amounts of a drug would qualify as drug trafficking and negate immunity."
none Still no agreement on how to pay off state's back debts
"The unpaid vouchers affect both private businesses and nonprofits that provide services to the state.  “We continue to have a significant amount of delay in having our bills paid by the state of Illinois,” said Mark Schmidt, a spokesman for The Hope Institute in Springfield, which works with children with developmental and other disabilities. “It puts a burden on the organization awaiting payment to manage its resources in a way it might not otherwise if bills were being paid in a timely manner.”"
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WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park

  • NUCLEAR RADIATION: BEYOND THE LINEAR-NO-THRESHOLD MODEL.
  • MICROWAVE RADIATION: DO CELL PHONES CAUSE BRAIN CANCER?
  • GAS PROBLEM? REPUBLICANS FAIL TO BLOCK EPA AUTHORITY.
none Labor crowd surrounds Palin's Tea Party rally - CBS News
"Hundreds of pro-union labor supporters are surrounding smaller groups of conservative Tea Party members attending a rally featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin... The Capitol police estimate about 6,500 people were on the Capitol grounds and vicinity by about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, reports CBS Affiliate WISC."
Young Activists, Senators Urge Obama to Stop Targeting DREAM Act-Eligible Youth - AFL-CIO
"The DREAM Act is a bill that would provide undocumented young people a pathway to legal residency through higher education or service in the military. Such young people are brought to the United States at a young age and often know no other home outside the United States. Because of our nation’s broken immigration system, these young Americans often have no way to adjust their status. In December 2010, Republicans shattered the hopes and dreams of young immigrants by blocking the DREAM Act vote in the Senate."
none Parent upset over atheist group at Larkin High - Daily Herald
"“Kids could come up to the table and ask them questions,” Tuin said. “Students didn’t have to go up to them and talk. It wasn’t like a group came in to do a presentation.”  But one parent said the school went too far.  “They were here to talk about atheism,” said Shavon Stanback of Elgin. “That’s totally unacceptable to me.”"
none Michigan's Governor Exercises "Emergency Powers" to Break Union Contracts - Crooks and Liars
"Benton Harbor, Michigan's city government was shut down yesterday by the state Emergency Financial Manager. Elected officials in that city are now limited to calling a meeting, adjourning a meeting, and approving minutes of a meeting. Beyond that, they can do nothing."
15 Apr
Friday
 
none West Chicago edges Wheaton North
none"Hunter Serrato went 3-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored for the Wildcats (6-6, 1-1), who scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth in their DuPage Valley Conference win. Joe Loftus (1-1) scattered 3 hits over 6 innings to earn the win."
Durbin: Argonne, Fermilab will avoid big cuts
nonenone"Durbin said the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science would receive about $4.9 billion in funding next year. This will allow Argonne National Laboratory near Lemont and Batavia-based Fermilab to continue research and avoid staffing cuts that had been feared after a GOP-backed bill passed the House and was considered in the Senate in February."
GOP unveil jobs plan
none"The 30-point plan hinges on reforming the workers’ compensation system ... The Republican plan also calls for more tax credits for companies and eliminating some regulations. The plan, for example, calls for eliminating most air permits required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency."
none Trinity Lutheran Church to host Spanish Language Easter Vigil
none"Beginning at 5:30 on Saturday April 23, Trinity Lutheran Church in West Chicago will host an Easter Vigil in Spanish. Led by Vicar Fred Gaede, this service will consist of prayers and scripture readings celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Walk West Chicago
none"Over the summer and all year long, there will be a variety of walking activities for you to "Walk West Chicago." Whether it's Mom's (or Dad's) Monday March, Walkin' Talkin' and Four Leggin' It, or Traveling Tuesdays and Thursdays there's a walk made for you."
CHS Seeks Nominees for Hall of Honor
none"Nomination letters for the Hall of Honor should be sent to Dr. Moses Cheng, Principal of Community High School District 94, 326 Joliet Street, West Chicago, IL 60185. The deadline for nominations is April 25, 2011."
none Hultgren's first bill: No budget, then no pay for congressmen
none"Hultgren said he was embarrassed that Congress narrowly avoided a situation where if the government had shut down, members of Congress would have been paid, but soldiers wouldn’t. A hastily passed bill assured soldiers would have been paid, but left the larger issue."
none Senate votes to eliminate the 'R' word from state laws
"“I have a sister who is intellectually disabled, and I’ve kind of grown up with it. After a number of years, it becomes incredibly offensive to hear that word used in a derogatory manner.”  The word “retarded” doesn’t accurately describe the spectrum of intellectual disabilities, and its use desensitizes society, Lavelle said."
Illinois Senate rejects GOP version of workers' comp reform
"McCarter’s legislation, Senate Bill 1349, would have reduced the medical fee schedule for workers’ compensation procedures by 30 percent, given employers the right to choose an employee’s doctors and course of treatment for the first 60 days, adopted American Medical Association guidelines for determining impairment and required that the workplace be the primary cause of the injury – a principle known as causation."
none U. of C. nurses authorize strike - Chicago Breaking News
"Contract negotiations have been under way since August between the union and one of the city's premier hospitals, which is located on Chicago's South Side.  Rodolfo says nurses want to send a strong message that they're serious about fighting for better staffing levels and an end to rotating shifts."
none Most Catholic women in U.S. use birth control - Reuters
none"She said most sexually active women who do not want to become pregnant practice contraception, and most use highly effective methods like sterilization, the pill, or the intrauterine device (IUD).  "This is true for Evangelicals and Mainline Protestants, and it is true for Catholics, despite the Catholic hierarchy's strenuous opposition to contraception," Jones said."
none Pain of British Fiscal Cuts Could Inform U.S. Debate - NY Times
"But in Britain, one year into its own controversial austerity program to plug a gaping fiscal hole, the future is now. And for the moment, the early returns are less than promising.  Retail sales plunged 3.5 percent in March, the sharpest monthly downturn in Britain in 15 years. And a new report by the Center for Economic and Business Research, an independent research group based here, forecasts that real household income will fall by 2 percent this year. That would make Britain’s income squeeze the worst for two consecutive years since the 1930s."
13 April
Wednesday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 13 Apr 2011
  • Schedule of Worship Services and Easter Activities
  • Steve Gottlieb - director in the West Chicago Emergency Services Disaster Agency
  • “TAR CREEK”
  • Short Game First Aid Clinic
  • West Chicago Lions Club Member Charlie Wenk
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The DuPage County Green Party Moves into its New Office in a Couple Weeks - FB, DuPage County Green Party
none"An historic moment occurred in DuPage County last night   We signed a lease for our first office space in the history of the DuPage County Green Party!..."
none West Chicago edges Wheaton North
none"Hunter Serrato went 3-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored for the Wildcats (6-6, 1-1), who scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth in their DuPage Valley Conference win. Joe Loftus (1-1) scattered 3 hits over 6 innings to earn the win. Ryan Kent scored twice and drove in a run for Wheaton North (5-3, 1-1).
DuPage ready to assist dental patients in need
none"McHugh said expanding coverage and reorganizing was inevitable for both organizations.  “When they (the clinic) started (in 1995), there was very little poverty,” she said. “It’s been growing at such a rapid rate since 2005, you can see where they will have to refocus their mission. Even in our own dental services, our numbers have increased 100 percent in the last three years.”"
none Drivers cut back as fuel prices reach critical mark
"Delki Macias of Aurora said that it’s now costing her $80 or more to fill up her minivan. She counts on the van to cart her eight kids to school and herself to work in West Chicago.  “I need it for everything,” she said, filling up at Minuteman gas station at North Avenue and Broadway in Aurora."
none Judge OKs IDOT condemnation of gentlemen's clubb
none"Despite the ruling, the Diamonds Gentlemen's Club, which features nude dancers but no alcohol, won't shut down immediately.  Department of Transportation attorney Richard Redmond says an order giving owners 90 days to vacate the club has been sent. However, a court hearing to determine the final price for the parcel also is needed."
none University of Illinois to appeal privacy ruling
none"Many of the roughly 1,200 FOIA requests filed to the university since 2009 also fall under FERPA, which could mean also having to release test scores, residency applications and other personal information in those cases, university officials argued."
DuPage Water Commission OKs new treasurer
nonenone"However, Lullo probably is best known for her role as treasurer of DuPage United, a community group that was heavily critical of the water commission during the financial fiasco that began in late 2009, when its former financial administrator inadvertently spent down almost all of its reserves."
none Bill to study Link card photos provokes debate in House
"During the debate, Rose said the federal government estimates 10.5 percent of welfare spending is consumed by fraud, which he says translates to $750 million annually in Illinois. He also cited stories from police officers, grocery store workers and constituents about Link card recipients trading money on the cards for drugs."
More small police departments turning to unionization
"“Some of the small towns have more turnover on the boards and turnover in the mayor’s positions, and (officers) want to make sure that they have a voice pertaining to their working condition,” Schaive said. “It was not a money issue, it was a voice-in-the-workplace issue. It was having input on the conditions that affect them as working men and women and their families.”"
Leaders agree changes needed in workers' comp
"“I believe that workers' comp overhaul is the single most important piece of legislation we can pass this session to prove that we’re serious about improving the business climate,” Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said.  But Cullerton said getting legislators to agree on changes will prove difficult. Powerful interest groups, such as trial lawyers, doctors, organized labor and the business community, are on different sides of the issue."
State tax take climbs
"For the fiscal year that began July 1, personal income-tax collections of $7.8 billion are up 16.1 percent from the same period in the previous fiscal year. Corporate tax collections of $1.379 billion were up 30.6 percent, and sales tax collections of $5 billion were up 8.9 percent.  Muschinske said changes in tax collections month-to-month are common because of the timing of tax collections. However, he said, it appears employers have completed the withholding-table adjustments for the new Illinois rates."
none Thousands Protest Michigan Budget that Cuts Biz Taxes, Raises Tax on Poor, Seniors - AFL-CIO
"Thousands of Michigan workers, students, seniors and others are heading for the state capitol in Lansing today for a massive rally against Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) proposed budget that cuts $900 million from education, taxes pensions, raises taxes for low-income families and slashes vital services–all while, cutting business taxes by $1.7 billion."
none Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signs bills restricting abortion - Reuters
none"The other law, which Brownback signed earlier but announced Tuesday, would ban abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy unless the mother is at risk of death or substantial injury.  The ban, similar to one passed in Nebraska, is based on the contested view that a fetus can feel pain at about 20 weeks.  Fifteen other states are reviewing this type of "fetal pain" restriction, according to pro-choice advocates. Critics say the bills do not make adequate exceptions for a woman's health or for cases where a fetus has serious problems."
none "In the coming months, when you watch Republican congressional stooges play out the desperate comedy of solving America's deficit problems by making fewer photocopies of proposed bills, or by taking an ax to budgetary shrubberies like NPR or the SEC, remember Christy Mack and her fancy new carriage house. There is no belt-tightening on the other side of the tracks. Just a free lunch that never ends."
[This is the best explanation of the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF announced on November 25, 2008 by the Bu$h administration but often blamed on O'Bama) that I have ever read. - Bob]
11 April
Monday
 
none Dist 33 - Board Briefs for April 7, 2011
none"Dr. Vicky Zanillo, Assistant Superintendent for Learning, presented research on  kindergarten schedule options, and reported that most research now indicates that it is very beneficial for students, especially at-risk students, to attend a full day kindergarten program, but that professional development is a very important component in making the program a success."

Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: April 18 – 24

none Foreclosed homeowners find help in DuPage courtroom
"“It’s just pure evil,” Gibson said. “You’ve got people out there whose business model is, ‘I’m going to target through bogus ads people who don’t speak English very well and are getting foreclosed upon and losing their homes, and I’m going to steal the money they do have.’ Now, we’re getting fewer of those. People are starting to get educated.”"
Township leaders' benefits
"The effect on taxpayers is different from place to place.  In Naperville Township, nonelected employees were forced to begin contributing to their health care costs the same year trustees approved free health care coverage for themselves and other elected leaders.  Some Maine Township trustees receive health care benefits worth nearly five times their annual $5,172 salaries."
[During a call to Winfield Twshp Supervisor Dona L. Smith, she stated, "We pay for full time elected officials the same as we pay for full time employees."  I could not get thru to the Wayne Twsp Supervisor. - Bob]
When suburban day care centers say they can’t handle children with disabilities
"Pfister said she gets calls from parents all the time who have a special-needs child that’s been kicked out of a day care facility. In her experience, it’s because most facilities either don’t really want to have special needs children in their facility, or they don’t know how to care for them.  “Typically, they tell a parent they can’t accommodate a child because they can’t keep the child or other children safe,” Pfister said."
none Special pension deal a windfall for some county officials
none"In all, about 750 people in 62 Illinois counties were able to join the most lucrative version of the pension plan for county elected officials. More than 500 have since retired — 17 getting an initial pension of more than $100,000. Five of them were from DuPage County.  Maio arguably got the best deal of them all.  The brash Republican — a onetime Harley-riding private investigator known for lining up votes — contributed just 11 percent of the total cost of his pension. That's the lowest contribution rate of any of the five and far lower than the typical government retiree."
none Freshman hazing a tradition in Illinois General Assembly
"“Am I required to perform mouth-to-mouth on that dead skunk?” Lang demanded... Rep. Norine Hammond, for instance, popped up with legislation letting people collect roadkill — for food or for fur — under some circumstances. Her new colleagues hit Hammond with every conceivable question about how the law would work, including Lang’s about what to do if a critter isn’t quite dead."
Outside attorneys costly to the state in personnel disputes
"“We attempted to bring the case into our office, but throughout that period, IDOT continued to insist repeatedly that it wanted to work with outside trial counsel,” said Natalie Bauer, spokeswoman for Attorney General Lisa Madigan. “We continue to be deeply troubled that the misconduct of the Blagojevich administration has resulted in millions in attorney fees.”"
none Rally Kicks Off Repeal S.B.5 Campaign in Ohio - AFL-CIO
"Today’s crowd was the largest since a series of rallies drew thousands last month when the state legislature was considering S.B. 5. Last week a coalition of union, community, civil rights, student and other activists began gathering signatures to put a referendum on the ballot this fall to overturn the law. (Click here to see a slide show from Progress Ohio of  today’s rally.)"
none China Detains Worshipers Over Praying in Public - NY Times
"The police detained more than 100 members of an underground Protestant church on Sunday after the congregation tried to pray in a public plaza in the north of the capital.  The raid on the church, which sought to pray outside after it was evicted from its building under government pressure, was part of a broad crackdown on dissent over the last seven weeks. The campaign has led to the jailing of scores of rights lawyers, writers and activists, as well as the repression of unauthorized worship."
none Conservative Economists Criticize 'Off The Deep End' Republican Budget - TPM
""It's kind of a pitiful commentary on our state of fiscal malgovernance when you consider the two leaders that we have that are trying to face down this issue," Stockman said. "One of them is so ready to compromise that he folds faster than a lawnchair (that's Obama). And the other is ready to sob at the drop of a hat.""
09&10 April
Weekend
 
none Next Week in West Chicago
none District 33 News Bites
  • District 33 Website Tips
  • Band and Orchestra Used Instrument Drive
  • Board of Education Election Results
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Daily Herald Weather Sketcher
  • District Alumni in the News
none Wildcat Booster Informational Meeting
none"
Monday, April 117:00 pm in Room 197
The Boosters are hosting an informational meeting this Monday - and they're serving refreshments!  Come and learn about the Boosters and about upcoming events and opportunities that will make a difference at Community High School.  See you on Monday!""
none Lauzen again pushes plan for voters to pick their GOP leaders
none"Lauzen argues that because Illinois state government is controlled by Democrats at nearly every level, Republicans need to try something different. Letting primary voters choose party officials, he says, will help mobilize Republicans.  “How we’re doing it now isn’t working,” Lauzen said. “Turn it back over to the people.”"
Hultgren: “Cautiously optimistic” deal will be made
none"Hultgren, of Winfield, declined to disclose the specifics of what was said in that meeting, noting “what's said there is meant to be kept there.” Still, he noted that “there's no agreement, but progress has been made.”"
none Hultgren hopes to avoid shut down, but sticks to spending cuts
none"Local officials said that day-to-day service in their community would not be affected by a short shut down... Hultgren said the most immediate effect would be on military families, who may not receive pay if the government shuts down. In his office, Hultgren said he’s gotten calls from both people who support and oppose a shut down."
none Future of DuPage's only adult club threatened
none"A judge is expected to rule Monday if the state can seize land near West Chicago now occupied by Diamonds Gentlemen's Club.  The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking the land to build a right-turn lane from northbound Powis Road onto eastbound North Avenue."
none Illinois restarts loan program to boost economy
"Treasurer Dan Rutherford says the loan program has been thoroughly vetted through private sector reviews. Rutherford temporarily suspended the program when he took office in January.  People applying for the loans receive a reduced interest rate from the state and a moderate rate from the adjoining lender.  Rutherford says reinstituting the program will lead to job growth and economic stimulation."
Durbin: GOP to blame if government shuts down
none"Durbin, the No. 2 ranking lawmaker in the Senate, contended an agreement had been reached on spending cuts and that the “component parts” had been spelled out last night. But he accused Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio of insisting on eliminating funding for the Title X program that provides family planning and preventive health services to low income and uninsured women and men."
none House passes bill to bar release of gun permit info
"The proposal would exempt the names of 1.3 million holders of Firearm Owner Identification cards from the state’s Freedom of Information Act.  The measure, House Bill 3500, must still pass the Senate and be signed by Gov. Pat Quinn to be enacted into law."
none Ill. unions mark week of MLK's death with rallies - Assoc Press
"The rallies are part of a national union movement to mark the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  King was in Memphis, Tenn., supporting a black municipal sanitation workers strike on April 4, 1968, when he was shot to death on a hotel balcony."
none Anti-witchcraft bill gets cabinet nod - Hindustan Times, India
"As per the amended draft bill, the complainant will have to prove evil practice and harm, physical or financial, and help investigating agencies in making a strong case. A police officer of the rank of inspector and above will be authorised to investigate the complaints. Even a third party can lodge a complaint."
none New engine sends shock waves through auto industry - MSNBC
"However, researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids. Their so-called Wave Disk Generator could greatly improve the efficiency of gas-electric hybrid automobiles and potentially decrease auto emissions up to 90 percent when compared with conventional combustion engines."
08 April
Friday
 
none Wildcat Boosters Seeking Donations for Seniors' Farewell Lunch
none"This year marks a new tradition for seniors at Community High School. With the change in the graduation ceremony to College of DuPage, seniors will now be offered a farewell lunch rather than a breakfast."

Autumn Flame 2011 -- Save the Date

  • Event: Autumn Flame 2011
  • Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011
  • Time: "Sit and Set" Viewing Begins at 6:30 p.m.; Dancing 'til Midnight
  • Location: St. Andrews Country Club, Route 59 in West Chicago
  • Honoring: Distinguished Alumni  (nomination forms available online at www.d94.org
  • Auction: "Sit and Set" Art Auction -- for things you sit upon or set things on
  • Live and Silent Auction, Cash Bar, Dancing until midnight!
  • Click Link here for Flyer and more Information
none Rez Free Open House - Resurection Church
"Resurrection Anglican Church - “Rez” - has moved and will be hosting a free Open House Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 12-2PM. The new location is 100 Wycliffe Drive, West Chicago, IL 60185, off of Joliet Street and just south of Roosevelt Road."
none none"House Republican Leader Tom Cross has announced his appointment of yours truly as the Republican Spokesperson on the Special House Committee on Redistricting. I have invested a great deal of time analyzing the redistricting process and the best practices towards creating a fair and equitable map. As the minority party on this committee, it is my goal to insure the fairness of the process."
none Vivoda Appointed President of CDHH
"Vivoda has a broad-based background in both inpatient and outpatient hospital operations as well as physician group management. He was the lead executive responsible for creating CDH’s new $35 million comprehensive cancer center and for achieving a six-fold increase in CDH’s laboratory business over the last five years."
CHS Students Qualify for FBLA National Competition
"The Community High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the Illinois FBLA State Leadership Conference in Decatur, IL on March 25-26."
none State plans $11.5B for road work through 2017
"The new statewide highway improvement program is smaller than the last six-year plan, which totaled $12.8 billion. The funding is dependent on Gov. Pat Quinn's stalled bond program for construction. But the state's $31 billion public works program is tied up in court over a deal that legalized video poker and raised taxes on liquor and other products.  Assuming the matter is resolved, the fiscal 2012-17 highway construction program released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Transportation will channel more than $5 billion of the state's total road budget to the Chicago region."
State Senate OKs Quinn appointment
none"Cosgrove sought to focus on his longtime support for human rights. Pressed on his campaign tactics, Cosgrove said Illinois politics is a "rough and tumble world."  A heated exchange broke out when Sen. Tony Munoz, D-Chicago, the chairman of the Executive Appointments Committee, tried to cut off Duffy's questions. The two walked to the back of the ornate hearing room, standing toe-to-toe as Cosgrove sat at the table."
House panel OKs tighter care worker rules
"Health care workers convicted of sex crimes or forcible felonies would lose their licenses under legislation a House committee approved today.  The measure, inspired by Tribune disclosures, would require health care workers charged with specific offenses to notify all patients in writing about the criminal allegations."
none State dropping Health Alliance, Humana from employee insurance plan
"That means that 115,000 state employees, their dependents and retirees enrolled in those plans will have to select another insurance plan during open enrollment in May.  The state will award contracts to administer insurance to two plans operated through BlueCross BlueShield: BCBS HMO Illinois and BCBS Blue Advantage. HMO Illinois already has nearly 70,000 state members, mostly in the Chicago area."
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WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park

  1. EASY RIDER: THREATENED SHUTDOWN HAD LITTLE TO DO WITH THE BUDGET.
  2. noneTHE BUMP: DON'T GET ALL WORKED UP UNTIL WE HAVE INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION.
  3. HELP ME DOCTOR!  MY BRAIN IS ACTIVATED AND I DON'T EVEN OWN A CELL PHONE..
none Bipartisan Bill Calls for National Manufacturing Strategy - AFL-CIO
none"During the past decade, 5.5 million American manufacturing jobs have disappeared, mostly due to bad trade and tax policies that encourage U.S. companies to move jobs overseas. Further fueling job loss has been the global economic crisis and lack of a comprehensive national manufacturing strategy.  Yesterday, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) introduced legislation requiring the development of such a strategy."
none Arkansas court strikes down ‘gay-adoption law’ - Assoc Press
none"The law effectively banned gay and lesbian couples from adopting or fostering children because they can’t legally marry in Arkansas. It also extended to unmarried heterosexual couples who live together.  Supporters of the law lashed out at the high court’s decision Thursday, saying that it puts adults’ rights ahead of the welfare of children."
The Religious Right's Anti-Union Crusade - Mother Jones
none"This strain of private-property-centric Christianity has deep roots within America's fundamentalist movement. For an excellent rundown of that history, check out Peter Montgomery's recent article in Religion Dispatches, "Jesus Hates Taxes." Among other things, Montgomery highlights an early Christian Coalition manual that interprets a New Testament passage in support of slavery to conclude that "Christians have a responsibility to submit to the authority of their employers, since they are designated as part of God's plan for the exercise of authority on the earth by man.""
06 April
Wednesday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 06 Apr 2011
  • Winfield Township trustee
  • Family & Consumer Science Night
  • National Volunteer Week
  • Annual Town Meetings of Illinois Townships
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CONSOLIDATED ELECTION UNOFFICIAL RESULTS  
City of West Chicago    
  West Chicago Wd 1 James Beifuss 156
  West Chicago Wd 2 James B Smith 129
  West Chicago Wd 3 Ruben Pineda 83
  West Chicago Wd 4 Al Murphy 311
  West Chicago Wd 5 Kurt Meissner 180
  West Chicago Wd 6 Rebecca Stout 56
  West Chicago Wd 7 Graig Neville 106
    Matt Fuesting 236
  PROP STAFF DUTIES Yes 1043
    No 417
  PROP REAL ESTATE TAX Yes 426
    No 1022
Grade School 33 Gilbert R. Wagner 911
  John Haffner 949
    Anne Belgio 865
     Jose Blanco 719
    Dave Barclay 1140
High School 94 Ruben O Campos 2795
    Kevin Kotche 2765
    Katherine M Doremus 2791
Grade School 25 John P Conlon 736
    Greggory Lemkau 694
    Tamara Mastroianni 717
Unit School 303 Kathleen T. Hewell 169
    Nicholas P. Manheim 156
    Judith McConnell 166
West Chicago Pk Com Diana Gunderson 1413
    KerryLynn Hunter 1267
    William Spelman 1288
West Chicago Lib Trt Robert Wetegrove 987
    Mary K Peterson 1184
    Nancy Conradt 1059
    John Babis 969
West Chicago Lib Trt X2Y Elinor Parsons 1071  
    Marcia T. Rubenstein 1026
    Richard J. Bloom 1023
none Thank you - Kathe Elliott-Doremus
"To the 2791 people who gave me a vote of confidence for an uncontested Board seat in an off-election - THANK YOU. I promise to be a good steward of your tax dollars, and more importantly--your children. The students at our high school are the hope and promise of the future - and this Board will cherish that for all of you."
none CHS Students Qualify for FBLA National Competition
none"The Community High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the Illinois FBLA State Leadership Conference in Decatur, IL on March 25-26. Nineteen students competed in a variety of events including Accounting, Computer Applications, Desktop Publishing, and Marketing."
Band and Orchestra Musical Instrument Drive
"... to benefit the students of West Chicago School Districts 94 and 33
Saturday, April 9th -- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Community High School Commons
Click here for more details."
After-Prom "All Night Long" Event on Odyssey Cruise Ship
none"For almost twenty years, the school has partnered with the CHS After Prom Committee to offer “All Night Long”, a post-prom party experience filled with entertainment, food, and activities. This chaperoned lock-in event will be held immediately following prom on the Odyssey Cruise Ship at Navy Pier. Every junior and senior CHS student is eligible to attend the All Night Long whether or not they attend prom."
none Special Observance for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
"The committee will work in conjunction with all the taxing bodies of the City of West Chicago. This observance is not intended to replace or interfere with the West Chicago Fire Protection District’s annual commemorative service; rather it is hoped to provide an additional dimension for all residents of West Chicago. The committee will include service organizations, churches and others."
none West Chicago treasurer eliminated
none"City officials said eliminating the treasurer’s office — a move supported by current Treasurer Don Earley — will save some $4,500 a year in salary expenses, reduce operating costs and improve efficiency. The change takes effect in 2013, when Earley’s term expires."
Islamic group revises DuPage prayer center plans
"A Muslim group seeking to use a house near West Chicago as a religious institution has revised its plans in an effort to persuade DuPage County to support the proposal.  Islamic Center of Western Suburbs is no longer seeking an exception to the county’s front and side yard setback rules as part of its request to use the house at 28W774 Army Trail Road as a prayer center."
none VFW Blood Drive
none"The West Chicago VFW Post 6791 Blood Drive will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 0800 – 1400 with LifeSource, Chicagoland’s Blood Center."
Cantigny Gardens Seeks Musicians
none"“This is all about enhancing the summer garden experience for our guests,” said Laura Evans, Cantigny Park director of visitor services. “We think the music will make a good thing even better and attract more people to the park, maybe for a picnic dinner or just a stroll.”"
West Chicago Mayor Directs Committee to Create a Special Observance for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
Your Story Synergy Builders Announces The Expansion Of Their Showroom To Display Over 4000sq Feet Of Selections
"Synergy Builders, a well-known home remodeling company in Illinois, has announced the expansion of its showroom space located in West Chicago, IL. The display area of the showroom has now increased to over 4000 sq. feet. The showroom has undergone new improvements along with addition of kitchen display area for displaying kitchen remodeling selections."
none Illinois House members vote to cut own pay
"Illinois lawmakers are among the best-paid in the country, with a base salary of $67,836. Most also make more than that by serving in leadership positions or as committee chairs. Those stipends range from $10,327 (for committee posts) to $27,477 (for Senate president, House speaker and House and Senate minority leaders).  Officially, being a member of the Illinois General Assembly is a part-time job, and many legislators have outside jobs."
none Republican ‘Path to Prosperity’ Just Another Dead End - AFL-CIO
none"This budget is impressive in its ability to not only inflict maximum harm on the economy, but to concentrate that harm on those most in need. This will not only cost the economy hundreds of thousands (and perhaps millions) of jobs over the next five years, it will also destroy the social safety net and undermine policies that support the middle class."
none Decision: Wal-Mart Can Fire Employee Who Said Gays Are Going to Hell - 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
"In her statement, Amy reported that Matthews was "screaming over her" that God does not accept gays, they should not "be on earth," and they will "go to hell" because they are not "right in the head." Five other employees confirmed that Matthews had said that gays are sinners and are going to hell.  Wal-Mart fired Matthews after concluding that she had engaged in serious harassment in violation of Wal-Mart's Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy."
none Bristol Palin earns $262K for teen pregnancy work - AP
"Tax documents show unwed mother Bristol Palin earned more than $262,000 for her role in helping raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention in 2009."
[But Think Progress adds "... the group disbursed only $35,000 in grants to actual teen pregnancy health and counseling clinics: $25,000 to the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center and $10,000 to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy." - Bob]
04 April
Monday
 
none VOTE YES, WEST CHICAGO TRANSFER TAX -John C. Smith Jr
none"However, informed local realtors support this $10 Transfer Tax. The Transfer Tax will allow the City of West Chicago to enforce the collection of all delinquent city violation fees and... water bills before a property closes. These delinquent fees are most often owed by institutional property owners."
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April E-Newsletter

  • noneTwo Bills Pass House
  • Disappointed in Governor's Budget Negotiations
  • Please Visit TaxedToTheMax.org
  • Clovers For Soldiers
none Dual Language Program Open House
"West Chicago Elementary School District 33 will be hosting the Dual Language Program Open House at Gary Elementary School, 130 E. Forest Ave, on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm."
Band and Orchestra Instrument Drive
"The departments will be collecting donations of used instruments to benefit the students of the school districts. Documentation for tax purposes will be provided for each donation."
Kindergarten Registration for the 2011-2012 School Year
"Kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2011 and live within the boundaries of West Chicago Elementary School District 33, will take place during the month of April at each neighborhood elementary school. "
none Family Food Night Fundraiser
Bring in attached flyer when you have Lunch or Dinner at VTG on Weds., April 6, 2011.  20 percent of your bill will be donated back to the Football Program at Community High School District 94 in West Chicago.
Click here to open and print attached flyer
Reminder for Market Day Orders
"Welcome back from Spring Break!!  Please help support our student organizations by placing orders with Market Day.  April’s Market Day profits will benefit the International Club. The next Market Day pick up will be Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm. You must place your order by:  Monday, April 11th at 11:00pm CST.  Pick up time is 5:00-5:45 pm in Commons... Click on the following website to access Market Day to place your order:  http://www.marketday.com/.  Our School is listed as Community High School Activities  - Account #6816."
none DuPage expects low turnout despite crowded ballot
none"Voters on Tuesday will pick decision-makers for municipalities, parks, libraries and schools throughout DuPage County.  Those elected officials will have input into almost all aspects of local government, from property tax bills to elementary school class sizes, from flood-control policies to park district programs."
Reserves cushion funding ups, downs
none"Nearby, the state says St. Charles Unit District 303 also keeps more than 25 percent in reserves. But it, too, defines reserves a little differently.  Brad Cauffman, assistant superintendent for business services, said the district’s reserves look high because it has a self-funded insurance plan that had about a $5 million fund balance and it also has $23 million in borrowed money set aside in its working cash fund designated for cash flow so that it doesn’t have to borrow money on an annual basis."
none Early voters turn out despite 'quiet' campaigns
none"Early voting, Cunningham said, makes it easier for busy voters, especially commuters, to get to the polls makes elections less expensive, and means races get decided more quickly come election night. Officials will begin counting early voting ballots almost exactly at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when election judges are still bringing ballots in from the polling place."
Caterpillar isn't leaving Illinois, but many speculate on its future
"But the CEO of Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. says he was just sending a message in a letter he wrote to Gov. Pat Quinn complaining about the state’s business climate. It was never intended as a threat to move the Fortune 500 manufacturer out of Illinois, Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman said last week."
none Overhauled laws on open records face backlash
"But many government leaders and their lobbyists say it is more than one complaint, and that the laws designed to make access easier also have taken a toll on privacy and cost taxpayers in staff time, copying expenses and legal bills.  Among the proposed changes before the Legislature are exemptions to make secret such things as birth dates of public employees, the identities of park program participants, the performance evaluations of some government contractors and any record that might identify applicants for public jobs."
none Wis. union battle prompts perpetual political war - Chicago Breaking News
"Activists are gathering signatures to trigger recall elections of 16 state senators — eight Republicans and eight Democrats. Analysts and political professionals in both parties agree that the Republicans are more threatened. Democrats could even retake the Senate if they oust three Republicans without losing any of their own seats."
none Afghans Protest Koran Burning for Third Day - NY Times
"That brought to 24 the number of people killed in Afghanistan since Friday, when a mob overran United Nations offices in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing seven United Nations international staff members.  That was followed by two days of disturbances in Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan, with businesses closed and young men rampaging through the streets, flying Taliban flags and chanting anti-American slogans."
none US to pull out warplanes, missiles from Libya mission - TPM
none"In keeping with the handover, US sorties aimed at striking targets in Libya had also been scaled back in recent days.  American pilots flew only 10 out of 74 strike sorties in the past 24 hours up to 0800GMT Friday, the US defense official said.  US naval ships were also being gradually withdrawn from the seas off Libya and Tomahawk cruise missile attacks from American submarines had receded after an onslaught in the opening days of the operation. No Tomahawk missiles had been launched in the past 24 hours, the official said."
02&03 April
Weekend
 
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Next Week in West Chicago

Vote Tuesday, April 5th - Don't forget the Library Trustees! Mary Peterson

April 5, 2011, CONSOLIDATED GENERAL ELECTION - PROPOSITIONS

West Chicago

  • Proposition: Shall the City of West Chicago eliminate the office of City Treasurer and assign the duties and responsibilities of that office to City staff to perform?
  • Proposition: Shall the City of West Chicago impose a real estate transfer tax at the rate of Ten Dollars ($10.00) per transfer to be paid by the seller of the real estate transferred, with the revenue of the proposed transfer tax to be used for the General Fund to offset the administrative costs of debt collection and to assist in the collection of outstanding fines, delinquent fees, and judgments due the City?

WAYNE TOWNSHIP

  • Proposition: Shall Wayne Township be authorized to contract, administer or license a refuse collection, disposal and recycling program on behalf of the residents of the unincorporated areas of the Township pursuant to Section 85-13(f) and Article 210 of the Township Code?

District 94 Board of Education Meeting Agenda April 5, 2011

  • Miscellaneous Salary Adjustments
  • Replacement Air Handler/Natatorium System
Mike Fortner - Meet and Greet Event!
none"Have a question or comment that you would like to ask Mike? Or would you like the chance to get to know Mike on a more personal level? Here is your chance!"
none Commercial Advertising Left on Private Property
"The residents who choose to take advantage of the protection offered by these ordinances are required to display signs on their properties warning solicitors not to enter their property, leave any leaflets, or deliver any unsubscribed-to periodicals."
none Spring into I-90 roadwork
"The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority will resurface 27 miles of I-90 from Genoa Road to Route 20 near the Belvidere oasis and from the Elgin toll plaza to Barrington Road... One of the I-PASS lanes at the Route 59 and Beverly Road toll plazas also will be closed during the early stages of construction."
none April Fools' Day Parody News: Animal Obesity on the Rise
"“The iconic image of a chipmunk with its cheeks bulging with food may seem cute, but when that same chipmunk also has a double chin and high blood pressure, it’s a sad snapshot of the growing epidemic in the wild,” says Dr. Jest. The District’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, which treats thousands of injured animals each year, has documented the trend."
none Kirk: Provide arms to Libyan rebels
none"The Illinois Republican says furnishing weapons will help end the Libyan war and limit costs for the United States and its allies.  Kirk told reporters Friday that conflicts should be rough and violent if that's what it takes to achieve a quick victory."
none Rolling back state smoking ban would be a first in U.S.
"While some states have strengthened their smoke-free laws since their passing, none have gone back to repeal sections of such a law or to carve out exemptions, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, a national anti-smoking lobbying group."
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WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park

  • APRIL FOOLS: A DAY LIKE ALL DAYS; TRUTH MUST BE SEPARATED FROM FRAUD.
  • FUKUSHIMA: HYDROGEN EXPLOSION IN THE REACTOR #4 SPENT-FUEL POOL.
  • GROWTH: 2011 CENSUS PUTS THE POPULATION OF INDIA AT 1.21 BILLION.
none Time for Faith Community to Take Stand for Workers - AFL-CIO
"Hawking, the minister of social justice at the Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park, Ill., says the rich have a moral obligation to pay their share of taxes and not expect the middle class to take the entire burden.  Hawking, who also is executive director of Arise Chicago, an affiliate of Interfaith Worker Justice, says people of faith ought to echo the wisdom and strategies of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who believed that the civil rights movement and the union movement have much in common."
none Church uses theater to address gay rights - Tribune
none""I think the church needs to address social justice issues and put themselves out there, and I think the arts are a wonderful way to do that," said Miller, 65, who since he has retired only now feels comfortable coming out publicly as a gay man, something he couldn't do in the pulpit because of Methodist law."
none Sites hit in massive web attack - BBC
"The hi-tech criminals used a well-known attack vector that exploits security loopholes on other sites to insert a link to their website.  Those visiting the criminals' webpage were told that their machines were infected with many different viruses.  Swift action by security researchers has managed to get the sites offering the sham software shut down."
01 April
Friday
none Around and About in West Chicago - 23 Mar 2011
  • World War II Girls Baseball Living History League
  • April 5, 2011 Consolidated Election
  • Understanding the Home Buying Process
  • Annual Town Meetings of Illinois Townships
  • District 33 Budget Gap of Approximately $2 million
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Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: April 11 - 17 - Trib Local

none Delnor, CDH boards approve merger
none"Luke McGuinness, CDH’s president and chief executive officer, is the CEO of the new system, reporting to a 20-person board of directors (10 from each hospital). Delnor CEO Thomas L. Wright will continue as president of Delnor Hospital, and be executive vice president of the health system."
Legislation could give county boards more oversight
none"Sen. Susan Garrett, a Lake Forest Democrat, is carrying the legislation and said it's important for county officials who aren't elected to be accountable to county board members who are.  Sen. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican, also is pushing the plan and said it stems partly from problems in DuPage County, where the housing authority recently was stung by a federal audit. The audit report revealed the agency either misspent or failed to account for more than $10 million. Auditors put part of the blame on the DuPage Housing Authority board."
none Illinois bill would require Open Meetings training
"Officials on boards and commissions across the state would have to prove they understand the Open Meetings Act under legislation approved Wednesday by the Illinois House.  The measure, HB1670, would require people who serve a public body to pass an Open Meetings Act training course. That would affect school board, parks district and township board officials, among others.  It passed 67-48 and now goes to the Senate."
Delnor, Central DuPage hospitals complete merger
none"“Today, we have created a new health system with greater scale to provide patients with even higher quality care, access to a greater number of specialists, a broader range of clinical capabilities and a more integrated approach to health care,” said C. William Pollard, chairman of the Central DuPage board."
none Thousands of DuPage residents vote early
none"More than 7,000 residents in DuPage County have already cast their ballots, with early voting set to end Thursday... “We have seen what is becoming the common last two-day spike in participation here,” said Doreen Nelson, assistant executive director of the commission."
School officials say reserves are at responsible levels
none"At the same time, state records show many districts are holding millions of dollars in reserves, with Winfield District 34 stashing enough money to cover almost 70 percent of its annual budget at the end of the fiscal year, records obtained by the Tribune show. Read the Chicago Tribune’s story Schools stockpile large amounts of money in fund balances."
Drugs arrests, damaged Mercedes, and more
"A 48-year-old woman from the 27W300 block of Geneva Road, West Chicago, was cited at 7:10 p.m. March 18 for driving with a suspended license, driving without registration and driving without insurance at Greenwood Street and Roosevelt Road."
none Senate approves change to senior property break
"The legislation, sponsored by Sen. John Mulroe, D-Chicago, would allow homeowners 65 and older once again to automatically get the senior exemption every year. The current requirement to annually request the break was slipped into a broader tax relief package last year that was passed and signed into law."
Illinois House starts political remap process
"Redistricting is the every-decade process of redrawing political boundaries, ostensibly to reflect the results of population shifts in the federal Census. But it also is a politically charged process in which political parties seek to gain or expand their number, incumbents seek to gain stronger districts and opposing parties find their members in weaker districts."
none High-speed rail work in Illinois starts Saturday
"Amtrak says 96 miles of tracks and a quarter-million railroad ties are being installed starting Saturday in central Illinois for future high-speed rail service... The improved track is to allow Amtrak trains to travel up to 110 miles an hour, up from the current maximum of 79 miles per hour."
none Feds reviewing possible state agency workers' comp abuse
"The subpoenas call for records from 10 state offices, significantly ramping up an investigation of compensation for work-related injuries that began in January with state insurance regulators.  The Belleville News-Democrat reported in December on nearly $10 million in awards for work-related injuries paid out to more than half the staff at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, prompting a state fraud investigation."
House takes first steps toward enacting challenging budget plan
"Cross and House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, have vowed that the House will produce a budget based on its revenue estimates and not the higher numbers used by the Senate and governor. That will mean significant cuts to some programs. Under the House outline, education would be cut $200 million. Quinn’s budget plan called for education spending to increase."
House kills industrial hemp bill
none"Fibers from hemp, a sister of the marijuana plant, can be used in noneclothing, paper, cosmetics and ethanol.  "This is part of the new green movement across the nation," Dunkin said. "This will put Illinois ahead of most states."... “I would suggest a resolution asking the federal government to move it from Schedule One to Schedule Two so we could do more things, make the kind of distinctions between the plants (hemp and cannabis),” said Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago."
none Missouri next to cut jobless benefits - StateLine
"Now, a group of four conservative state senators in Missouri is leading a revolt against federal unemployment money, making the state the first in the nation to opt out of a stimulus program that offers extended benefits to the jobless. Through a series of filibusters, the Republican legislators have stymied a vote on legislation that would extend the benefits. About 10,000 residents will lose their unemployment checks starting next week.  The AP notes that the filibusters represent "a stunning setback for a bill that had passed the Republican-led House 123-14 two months ago and had the support of GOP Senate leaders and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.""
none United Nations Workers Killed by Afghan Mob - NY Times
"Mr. Ahmadzai, the police spokesman, said the demonstrators were angry about the burning of the Koran at the church of Pastor Terry Jones on Mar. 20. Mr. Jones had caused an international uproar by threatening to burn the Koran last year on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and demonstrations at the time led to deaths throughout Afghanistan, but on a small scale. Mr. Jones subsequently had publicly promised not to burn a Koran, but then presided over a mock trial and the burning of the Koran at his small fringe church in Gainesville, Fla."
none Why Did the Federal Reserve Provide Billions of Dollars in Loans to Gaddhafi?  - TPM
"In a March 31st statement, Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont-I) questioned why the Federal Reserve provided more than $26 billion in credit to an Arab intermediary for the Central Bank of Libya.   The total includes at least $3.2 billion in loans that the Fed was forced to make public today in addition to earlier revelations under a Sanders provision in the Wall Street reform law."
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