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29 June
Wednesday
 
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Around and About in West Chicago - 29 June 2011

  • Rate Increase for Universal Stickers and Garbage Pick Up Services
  • Train Safety Awareness Week
  • Youth Programs Annual Report
  • WeGo Together for Kids
  • Wayne Township Annual Recycling Event
  • Lions Club Installation of Officers
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Charles Deutsch Remembered - FB, Mike Buenrostro Sr.
none"I had the honor to drive the fire truck we used as a hearse to take Charlie Deutsch to his final resting spot. Thankyou for showing me how to bait my hook for fishing when I was a kid. You will be missed Charlie!"
Fireworks Safety from the West Chicago Police Department
none"With the Independence Day holiday quickly approaching, the West Chicago
Police Department would like to remind everyone of the state and local
laws regarding fireworks, as well as offer a few safety tips."
noneBusiness highlights
This month's column is "not ready until July 6 because of holiday and Railroad Days."
none State legislators stipends cost taxpayers $1.7 million
none"Marengo Democratic State Rep. Jack Franks said it's not the committees that are the biggest problem, but the 35 party leadership posts.  “Some of them aren't really earned,” he said. “Especially the leadership jobs. Those are political positions and shouldn't get stipends.”"
none Former DuPage tech park is open for (more) business
none"David Bird, the authority’s executive director, said his board also extended its development and leasing agreement with CenterPoint through 2017, which ensures continued receipt of $150,000 annually from the Oak Brook development company. He also said the airport board, which is appointed by and operates under supervision of the County Board, has found ways to abate $1 million in expenses over the past two years."
none Mosquito abatement districts draw fire
none"In a state strapped for cash and billions of dollars in debt, and with local government budgets as tight as ever, lawmakers have ratcheted up efforts to wipe out some of Illinois’ nearly 8,500 taxing units, the most in the country.  Mosquito districts often top the “not needed” checklist in Illinois, and their funding is being squeezed across the country."
none Quinn signs workers' comp reforms into law
none"The changes include slashing medical rates to health care providers, setting new standards for determining a worker's disability and putting in place safeguards aimed at preventing abuses.  The legislation is the result of tense negotiations between Quinn's office, business groups, unions, doctors and trial lawyers. The new law is not universally loved, but negotiators say that proves all interest groups were asked for sacrifices."
George Ryan, released from prison, at wife's side when she died
none"Former Gov. George Ryan was with his ailing wife Lura Lynn as she was taken off a respirator and died at a Kankakee hospital Monday... Lura Lynn Ryan -- who stood faithfully by her husband through his decades in politics, a lengthy trial and subsequent imprisonment -- died just before 11 p.m. Monday after being hospitalized for apparent complications from chemotherapy. She was 76."
none There is now a muskrat trapping season in Illinois
"The law permits muskrats to be taken by trap during an open season to be set every year by the state director of natural resources.  It's illegal to trap muskrat or mink with a leghold trap or a body-gripping trap unless the body-gripping trap is submerged under water when set."
none Businesses continue to wait on state tax refunds
"The oldest of the overdue refunds goes back to April or May of 2009, she said. The average amount of the refunds owed is $104,000. Hofer said refunds under $5,000 have been paid.  “There is not enough money in the income tax refund fund,” Hofer said in explaining the delays."
Lawmakers move to cut off Blagojevich's pension
"It is less clear whether Blagojevich has a legal argument for receiving his pension from four years as a state legislator. If his House service were to be separated from his governorship for pension purposes, he would not be eligible for that annuity until age 62.  Former Gov. George Ryan lost a similar case before the Illinois Supreme Court in 2010. He argued that he should receive a pension for his years in the Illinois House and as lieutenant governor. None of the crimes of which he was convicted were during his time in the two offices."
none Two Sets of Books Hid Upper Big Branch Safety Problems - AFL-CIO
"The mine’s production log noted issues such as accumulations of coal dust, ventilation problems, equipment malfunctions and other issues, but no mention of those problems was included in the official set of records Massey was required to provide to MSHA inspectors, said Kevin Stricklin, MSHA’s head of coal mine safety at a public briefing this morning."
none Jesus or Ayn Rand – can conservatives claim both? - CNN
"The American Values Network, a group of political activists and pastors, sparked a debate when it recently released a video challenging some conservative and Republican leaders’ professed admiration for Rand,  an atheist who saw selfishness as a virtue and celebrated unfettered capitalism.  Eric Sapp,  AVN’s executive director, said the Republican Party cannot portray itself as a defender of Christian values and then defend the worldview of "the patron saint of selfishness" who scorned religion and compassion."
Rep. Todd Akin (Sort of) Apologizes for Saying That Liberals Hate God - The Atlantic
"AKIN: Well, I think NBC has a long record of being very liberal, and at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and the belief that government should replace God."
none Biggest Tax Avoiders Win Most Gaming $1 Trillion U.S. Tax Break - Bloomberg
none"Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) has cut its income taxes by $7 billion since 2005 by booking roughly half its worldwide profits at a subsidiary at the foot of the Swiss Alps that employs about 100 people.  Now Cisco, the largest maker of networking equipment, wants to save even more -- by asking Congress to waive most federal taxes due when multinationals bring such offshore earnings home... The benefits from Cisco’s foreign profits lopped 19.3 percentage points off its total tax rate last year. Bloomberg calculated Cisco’s $7 billion tax savings since 2005 by applying each year’s foreign tax benefit to pretax earnings as disclosed in U.S. filings. Results were combined for all years after the company restructured its overseas operations for tax reasons in 2004."
27 June
Monday
 
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Quinn signs back seat safety belt measure into law
nonenone"Back seat passengers will now be required to wear seat belts in Illinois under a measure Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law today.  The move strengthens the state's current seat belt laws, which require passengers in the front seat and anyone under the age of 19 to wear safety belts. Police will be able to stop vehicles if they notice a passenger isn't strapped in. Fines start at $25."

none Belvidere to begin test production of new Dodge car
"Chrysler now is managed by Italy’s Fiat SpA. Fiat is trying to meet several benchmarks laid out by the U.S. and Canadian governments so that it can become the majority owner of the company. The last benchmark is to assemble at a U.S. plant a vehicle capable of getting 40 mpg."
none Advocates hope compromise leads to passage of concealed carry
Dang Wabbit"Mitchell agrees that the gun lobby won’t like his bill because the same rights wouldn’t apply to every Illinoisan, and the possibility exists that gun owners carrying concealed weapons could run afoul of another jurisdiction’s law if they cross county lines with a concealed firearm."
none White House Advanced Manufacturing Plan Good Start, More Needed - AFL-CIO
none"In another effort to create quality jobs and help revitalize American manufacturing, the White House last week announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a joint program of universities, private industry and government.  The program will invest $500 million in federal funds over the next several years to jumpstart existing innovative technology/next-generation programs and proposals being conducted with federal support."
none 200 Methodist clergy in Illinois defy church on same-sex unions - Chicago Breaking News
nonenone"Elders, deacons and pastors took their stand after civil unions in Illinois became legal this month. But they said their determination to support same-sex unions has been fueled further by a church trial last week in which a jury found a Wisconsin pastor guilty of performing a holy union for a lesbian couple, suspending her for 20 days."
none Agency Outlines Role - Wall Street Journal
none""In recent years…companies providing consumer-financial services have grown significantly and they have not been subject to the same oversight" as banks, said Elizabeth Warren, a special adviser to President Barack Obama who is helping set up the agency. "Consumers deserve the peace of mind that financial companies, banks and nonbanks, are following the rules.""
25&26 June
WeekEnd
 
  RIP, Sydney.
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Next Week in West Chicago

none Kane, DuPage counties considering juvenile detention agreement
none"Kane County's $11.5 million juvenile detention facility was constructed with 80 beds but long-term capacity of 160. Kane County already contracts with Kendall, DeKalb and McHenry counties to house their juvenile detainees in Kane's facility. Officials don't believe any expansion would be required even with the additional DuPage juveniles."
Quinn signs Congressional map; GOP plans lawsuit
nonenone"That blueprint — stretching and skewing suburban boundaries lines to protect Democrats’ traditional Chicago base — could reduce Republican representation by as many as five seats, political experts say."
none Students fight back to reinstate COD newspaper adviser
none"In a letter to administrators, student editors wrote that Stablein’s removal from the Courier comes a semester after the paper reported on administration’s shortcomings. However, Breuder denied this had any impact on the decision to remove Stablein."
none Illinois residents get $8.4M in disaster grants
"The grants help pay for temporary rental assistance, home repairs and other needs not covered by insurance or other programs. The Illinois disbursement was announced Friday by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration."
none Quinn OKs new congressional districts; GOP vows to sue
none"The lines draw five GOP congressmen - including four first-term members, who are traditionally vulnerable in their first tries at re-election - into districts where they must run against other incumbents in 2012 if they want to stay on Capitol Hill."
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WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 24 Jun 2011

  • LEFT BEHIND: WAIT, WAIT!  YOU FORGOT SOMETHING.
  • STS-135: THE FINAL MISSION OF A PUBLIC RELATIONS PROGRAM.
  • CURIOSITY: THE OTHER NASA IS HEADED BACK TO MARS.
  • OCEANS: NEXT WEEK WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE FINAL SEWER.
none 8 Signs Your Governor Has a Koch Problem - AFL-CIO
"The addiction of governors across the country to the Koch brothers’ agenda seems to be growing stronger every day. Here are some warning signs your governor might have a Koch problem:"
none Amish sexter busted for buggy sex invite to girl - Washington Post
none"The Amish also consider most technology “tempting elements from an ‘outside world,’” but they do use cellphones, and the numbers of Amish on social networking sites like Facebook are increasing."
Judge stops Ind. cuts to Planned Parenthood funds - Chicago Breaking News
none"A recent federal Medicaid bulletin said states may not exclude qualified health care providers merely because they also provide abortions. Pratt noted in her ruling that the federal government had threatened to withhold some or all of Indiana's Medicaid funds because of the new law, which could total more than $5 billion annually and affect nearly 1 million residents."
none Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow justice by the neck - WisconsinWatch
none"They say an argument that occurred before the court’s release of a decision upholding a bill to curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees culminated in a physical altercation in the presence of other justices. Bradley purportedly asked Prosser to leave her office, whereupon Prosser grabbed Bradley by the neck with both hands."

Best Jokes About 2012 GOP Candidates - About.com

[For those seeking fairness, see: Funny Coverage of Top Republicans & Democrats. - Bob]

24 June
Friday
 
none Ramey Preserves Capital Jobs, Reduced Spending
"State Representative Randy Ramey (R-West Chicago) held strong to his claims that the budget be left balanced while pushing to approve the capital projects that will preserve 52,000 Illinois jobs.  By not giving in to the Senate Democrat's demands for more spending, Representative Ramey helped maintain a balanced budget while keeping road builders working during the important construction season."
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Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: July 4 – 10 - Daily Herald

none Fermilab the site of rare butterfly release
none"The butterflies released Thursday will get a drink of water, have a little snack and “then start doing mating dances and chasing each other around,” Olivares says.  The hope is the Baltimore Checkerspots will establish themselves at Fermilab, which features the only two plants (Turtlehead and Mullein Foxglove) where the species lays its eggs."
Thanks, from Boy Scout Troop 21
Boy Scouts"With the help of donations from supporters such as you, we can now buy 12 tents, which will last us many more years. Thank you, and the West Chicago community at large, for such generous support of our efforts."
none Editorial: Lawmakers squeeze pensions for felons
none"“The financial burden placed on taxpayers from political scandals and public corruption is tremendous, something Illinois residents know all too well,” U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-14th District, of Winfield said in a recent news release. “Currently, more than $800,000 per year is paid out to convicted felons for their congressional pensions, including the congressional pension of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.”"
[This is so ludicrous ... .000067% of the budget deficity, 1/4 cent per citizen. - Bob]
none Rare butterflies getting new life at Fermilab
"Sudden changes in the wind, combined with the drizzly, cool weather of recent days, created a micro-climate that delayed the experiment at least partially.  A majority of the butterflies didn’t flutter out of their mesh cage Thursday afternoon.  “We tried taking one out by shaking if off of my finger, but rather than flying to the vegetation and perching, it dropped to the ground — not a good sign,” Taron said."
KMOX.com Illinois Lawmakers Face Pay Cut
tom Johnson"Sen. Tom Johnson (R-West Chicago) says continued pay cuts could make it less attractive to run for office – and besides, how can the legislature boast about cutting its own pay when it cannot keep a firmer grip on state spending? "
none Illinois lawmakers vote to cut own pay
none"One opponent, Sen. Tom Johnson, R-West Chicago, suggested the move is little more than a public relations stunt.  “This is somewhat pandering to an electorate, to say we are self-righteous enough to cut when we haven’t been able to cut the overall budget,”  Johnson said."
none Quinn signs Democrat-drawn congressional remap
none"More than just reflecting population shifts, the map lines also reflect the political power of controlling the cartography.  The map pits some incumbent Republicans against others, stretches boundaries to allow incumbent Chicago Democrats to reach out into the GOP-leaning suburbs or gives GOP congressmen vast swatches of new unfamiliar territory."
Quinn says he'll use veto power to carve budget to his liking
none""There will be some changes, and we want to make sure we put education and public health, job creation, public safety, those are core priorities and we're going to do the best we can for those, human services and health care," Quinn said."
Latino vote projected to hit record in 2012
none"The NALEO projection of 433,000 ballots to be cast by Latinos in Illinois would represent a 37.8 percent increase from the last presidential election, potentially the largest four-year increase among the states.  Those ballots would bring the Latino share of the vote in Illinois up to 7.6 percent, the group said, though that’s still below the anticipated national level of 8.7 percent of the country’s voters."
none ALEC’s Economic Rankings Based on Corporate Wish List - AFL-CIO
none"To ALEC and their CEO friends, a state with a low minimum wage, one in where there are fewer jobs, or one in which millionaires don’t pay their fair share in taxes is considered “richer” than one which pursues policies that actually ensure the economic security of the middle class. After seven straight months of job losses in the state and local government sector, with teachers, firefighters, and policeman losing their jobs every single day, the criteria used by ALEC to assess states’ economic health are not only wrong—they are irresponsible."
More Than 700,000 Ohioans Sign S.B. 5 Repeal Petitions - AFL-CIO
none"The coalition We Are Ohio announced the astounding results of the statewide effort at a press conference today on the steps of the state Capitol in Columbus. Volunteers collected three times the 231,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot and did so two weeks before the deadline."
none Michele Bachmann's Holy War - Rolling Stone
none"Bachmann is a religious zealot whose brain is a raging electrical storm of divine visions and paranoid delusions. She believes that the Chinese are plotting to replace the dollar bill, that light bulbs are killing our dogs and cats, and that God personally chose her to become both an IRS attorney who would spend years hounding taxpayers and a raging anti-tax Tea Party crusader against big government."
none CHART OF THE DAY: If Congress Does Nothing, The Deficit Will Disappear - TPM
"... the forecast also presents another opportunity to remind people that the medium-term budget outlook is perfectly fine if Congress adheres to the law as it's currently written. That means no repealing the health care law, for one, but more significantly it means allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, and (unfathomably) allowing Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors to fall to the levels prescribed by the formula Congress wrote almost 15 years ago. In other words, no more "doc fixes.""
Boeing, Which Has Paid No Taxes In Three Years, Has An ‘Extremely High’ Tax Rate - Think Progress
none"As Citizens for Tax Justice found, Boeing has made $9 billion in profits over three years, while not paying any corporate income taxes. In fact, the company received tax benefits of $178 million over that period. But Boeing’s lack of a tax bill didn’t stop Ryan from pushing to give it another tax break, and it hasn’t stopped the company itself from lobbying for a corporate tax cut."
Profiteers, lobbyists do not have power to block Elizabeth Warren appointment - Coffee Party
"... he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper..."
22 June
Wednesday
 
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Around and About in West Chicago - 22 June 2011

  • Moms In School
  • Rules of the Road refresher program
  • Lieutenant Mike Hamlin
  • Regulation of the hours of lawn equipment usagea
  • New City Hall
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  • Murphy Announces Forest Preserve Run
    "His goals are to reduce the salaries of the part time commissioners. He would like to reconstruct the Board of Commissioners by eliminating the office of presidents as an elected office. Al would like to streamline the functioning of the Board of Commissioners and reduce the debt that has not been touched for several years."
  • Al Murphy - Text of Announcement as Candidate for Forest Preserve Board
    none"There is a problem of great concern on the horizon. As many of you
    are aware, real estate values the last 2-3 years have been going down dramatically, in the 20-30 percent range. Fairly soon all units of  government that rely on the real estate taxes for revenue will start to see a decline."
none West Chicago alderman eyes forest preserve seatt
none"Murphy suggested cutting each commissioner’s annual salary of more than $50,000 by $11,000 and eliminating cellphone and laptop perks. He said commissioners should get paid according to their meeting attendance, and those who miss a session would be docked accordingly.  In addition, Murphy suggested eliminating the office of the forest preserve president..."
Reciprocal Act sweetens pension pot for former state legislators
none"In the case of Doederlein, a former teacher, it boosts her pension by more than $27,000 a year above what she'd get from both her legislative and teacher pensions if the law didn't exist.  It acts like Miracle Gro for pensions."
Storm cleanup continues in the suburbs
"Funnel clouds were spotted in Grayslake, Naperville, and Sugar Grove during the height of the storms at about 8:30 p.m. Officials in Yorkville said a tornado actually touched down at about 8 p.m., though the National Weather Service did not say whether that was an actual touchdown or not."
DuPage may close youth detention center
none"“DuPage County has always been a leader in all sorts of areas,” said Anderson, the presiding judge of the domestic relations divisions. “Closing this facility is not leadership. Closing this facility is a mistake.  “It will not be good for our children,” he said. “It will not be good for our families. And ultimately, it won’t be good for our community.”"
none Covino Named York Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction
none"Mr. Covino has spent nine years as an English teacher, four years as an administrator and six years as a consultant, reader and editor for the College Board. He also served as a member of the committee rewriting Language Arts standards for the Illinois/Common Core Standards. He is currently the Director of Student Activities and the Division Head for Language Arts for West Chicago Community High School District 94, a position he’s held since 2006."
West Chicago Boy Scout Awarded Eagle Rank
Boy Scouts"Shortly before graduating West Chicago Community High School this year, Cameron enlisted in the Army. Upon enlistment, Cameron was elevated to the rank of PFC (E-3), this is in recognition of his achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He plans to take the summer off before reporting for Basic Training in Mid-October."
none Illinois Senate won't vote on limiting state worker unionizing
none"But labor officials argued the bill unfairly striped workers of their union representation and said it would impact not only management but lower-level workers as well. They compared Quinn’s efforts to limit union membership to those of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, which Quinn called “completely unfair.”"
Illinois gets bonus for food stamp program
none"The U.S. Agriculture Department says the Illinois Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program has a 98.3 percent accuracy rate. That's fourth in the nation. The program also has the third-most improved rate.  There were 862,243 Illinois families in the program in May. The average monthly benefit is $288 a month."
none Anti-Worker Conservatives Go Nuts-O Over Simple Rule Change - AFL-CIO
"Filing petitions and other material electronically (gasp!) is among the proposed NLRB rule changes. Can’t have that–might move the nation’s 60+ year-old labor laws closer to the 21st century, something the  Chamber and far-right members of Congress like Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) clearly oppose."
[ See also New NLRB Rules ‘Modest Step to Election Fairness’ - Bob]
none Christian network sued in child-sex case - Chicago Breaking News
"Walker, now 25, alleges that Tommy Shelton sexually abused him when he worked as a production assistant at 3ABN in 2001. Walker’s lawyer, Jeff Herman, of Miami, said Shelton commuted to 3ABN from his home in Kentucky for the purpose of abusing Walker, which Herman believes makes the civil suit a federal case."
none Democrats Explicitly Call Out GOP For Sabotaging The Economic Recovery - TPM
none"In a Cnoneapitol press conference Wednesday, the Senate's top Democrats argued that Republicans don't want to pass measures like a temporary payroll tax holiday for employers because they'll improve President Obama's re-election chances.  "Our Republican colleagues in the House and Senate are driven by putting one man out of work: President Obama," said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)."
20 June
Monday
 
none DuPage County Health Department warns of West Nile
"Summer isn’t the only season to have recently gotten underway. Mosquito season has arrived as well — which means the risk for West Nile Virus will soon peak. The DuPage County Health Department recently released some helpful tidbits from area experts regarding WVN and mosquitoes to help keep residents safe."
none “Celebrating the Fourth” at Kline Creek Farm
none"Experience one of the country’s first holidays the oldnone-fashioned way during “Celebrating the Fourth” at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago on July 2 and 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch, and spend a summer afternoon on the farm enjoying a free community celebration honoring our nation’s independence."
none Kirk unveils plan to ease transit privatization
none""Our roads, rail, transit and airports are facing unprecedented funding shortfalls,” he said.  “We should not further burden working families with higher gas taxes.  Instead, we should look to our own economic history to find a solution.”"
[Maybe Chicago's sale of their parking meters, changing the cost from $.25 to $5.00 should be considered a tax also. - Bob]
Study: Wrongful convictions cost taxpayers $214M
none""While the BGA/CWC study revealed that almost all of the wrongful convictions were caused by multiple factors, the cause most commonly alleged was government error and misconduct by police, prosecutors, and forensic officials," the groups said in a report published on the BGA website."
none Illinois schools below good vaccination levels
none"For example, the number of schools below the level for polio rose from 27 in 2003 to 122 last year. The number of schools below the level for measles vaccinations grew from 31 schools to 124 during the same time period.  "Despite high overall ... compliance levels, outbreaks can still occur when clusters of unvaccinated children congregate together in school and community settings," said Karen McMahon, the vaccination section chief for IDPH."
none AG Madigan: Workers' comp bill doesn't go far enough
"But she tells the Belleville News-Democrat it would be a "gross overstatement" to say the state has reformed the workers' compensation system.  She says the standard for proving that taxpayer money should pay for an injury is still too low."
none Pat Quinn tries again to exclude some from unions - Rockford Register Star
none"Nearly 2,000 state employees could be ejected from unions representing them and another 1,700 would be prevented from joining collective bargaining units under a bill that could be called in the Illinois Senate next week.  Tensions between Gov. Pat Quinn and his traditional labor allies have flared up over the legislation. The administration said it needs fewer employees in unions so it can effectively manage state government, but union officials say the bill is an attack on unions."
none Some Methodist clergy defy gay marriage ban - Assoc Press
"While trials of pastors who conduct same-gender ceremonies have only occurred once every several years, the threat is indeed real: The Rev. Amy DeLong of Osceola in western Wisconsin faces a three-day trial starting Tuesday on two charges: violating a church prohibition on the ordination of "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" and marrying a lesbian couple."
none Justices Have Been Forced to Resign for Doing What Clarence Thomas Has Done - TruthOut
none"It is difficult to distinguish Fortas’ scandal from Thomas’. Like Fortas, Thomas accepted several very valuable gifts from parties who are frequently interested in the outcome of federal court cases. One of Thomas’ benefactors has even filed briefs in his Court since giving Thomas a $15,000 gift, and Thomas has not recused himself from each of these cases."
Nominees at Standstill as G.O.P. Flexes Its Musclee - NY Times
none"A group of 44 Republican senators say they will not confirm a commerce secretary, or any other trade official, until the conclusion of free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. They have also vowed to block any nominee to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, instead demanding that Democrats agree to eliminate the position and curtail the agency’s powers."
18&19 June
WeekEnd
 
none Next Week in West Chicago
20  1:30pm» Children’s Farm Chores
       2:30pm» Children’s Farm Chores
       3:30pm» Children’s Farm Chores
       6pm» Underground Art Club
       7pm» City Council Meeting
21  7pm» District 94 School Board
       8pm» Volunteer Native-Plant-Nursery Workday
22  4pm» West Chicago Printing 100th Birthday
23  1:30pm» Blacksmithing Demonstrations
       1:30pm» Children’s Farm Chores
       2:30pm» Children’s Farm Chores
       3:30pm» Children’s Farm Chores
       6:30pm» “An evening with Beethoven” presented by the Avalon Quartet
       7pm» City Finance Com
       7pm» Knit Night
25  6pm» Sister Cities' 2nd Annual Mayfest Fundraising Dinner

District 94 Board Meeting Agenda June 21, 2011

  • nonePrevailing Wage
  • Transportation Contract
  • Chiller Maintenance Agreement
  • Ten-Year Life Safety Study
  • Food Service Contract
Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: June 27 – July 3 - Daily Herald
none Fermilab might be cutting 100 workers
none"Employees have until July 7 to apply and will be notified July 21 or 22 if they have been accepted.  Employees in all departments are eligible.  Applications will be evaluated and eligibility will be determined, in part, by the laboratory’s staffing needs, so even if 100 people apply not all 100 people may be accepted, Oddone said.  And if Fermilab doesn’t meet its goal of 100, it might lay people off, he said."
DuPage judge won’t seal doctor’s sex case
none"A DuPage County judge refused Friday to seal the 2005 conviction of a former Carol Stream doctor who pleaded guilty to fondling a female patient.  Angelo Consiglio, 54, argued Illinois law at the time of the offense allowed for his misdemeanor battery conviction to be sealed from the public, though the law since has been limited to rule out that possibility."
none Foster donates money from ex-Rep Weiner to food pantry
none"Foster, a Batavia Democrat who served from 2008 to 2010 as Congressman in 14th District, has donated $1,000 he received in 2008 from Weiner to the Northern Illinois Food Bank."
Fermilab seeks 5 percent staff reduction
none"“The laboratory has faced tight budgets for several years, and this situation is likely to continue as the federal government confronts large budget deficits,” said Director Pier Oddone. “We have significantly reduced spending for materials and supplies but a substantial gap still remains in the funds for salaries, wages and benefits.”"
none Quinn listens to gambling expansion pitch
none"“There were lots of question and discussions, and I think that’s the only way to evaluate any law, especially a law like this one which has very widespread consequences for our state,” Quinn said. “It was more a review of what the bill entails. It’s very complicated, it’s a bill that’s bigger than the Chicago phone book in terms of pages… it has a lot of twists and turns.”"
none Court again delays enforcement of abortion notification law
none"The law requires doctors to notify the guardians of a girl 17 or younger 48 hours before she has an abortion. Opponents claim the law violates the privacy, equal protection and gender equality clauses of the Illinois constitution.   The law, originally passed in 1995, has never been enforced because of various court actions."
Illinois ethanol industry prepared for possible subsidy loss
none"What Marquis, and other ethanol supporters, would like to see is legislation to provide floating support for ethanol, based on the price of oil, while making it easier for consumers to use alternative energy.  "I'd like to replace the blender's credit with infrastructure investment, such as blender pumps," he said.  Blender pumps, which allow a motorist to "dial up" any percentage of gas and ethanol, would provide the best value for people with flex-fuel vehicles, said Marquis."
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WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 17 Jun 2011

  • LOW-EARTH ORBIT: IT'S TIME TO DO A REALITY CHECK.
  • ETHANOL:  AN INEFFICIENT USE OF SOLAR ENERGY.
  • SIC ITUR AD ASTRA: I KEEP A LIST OF THOSE WHO SHOULD BE ON THE TRIP.
none Perry’s Texas Has Highest Percentage Of Minimum Wage Jobs In The Nation - ThinkProgress
"Between 2008 and 2010, jobs actually grew at a faster pace in Massachusetts than they did in Texas, and “Texas has done worse than the rest of the country since the peak of national unemployment in October 2009.” But as it turns out, Texas is leading the nation in one employment metric — the number and percentage of minimum wage jobs:"
none Could this be the church to calm our secularist outrage? - The Guardian
"It's a particularly remarkable feature of modern British life: the way that in certain circles even the mention of the most modest form of theistic belief is enough to bring down great torrents of hostility. Often the explanation is traceable to the liberal-left's justified concerns about the blurred relationship between religion and state."
none The ‘most consistently misinformed media viewers’ - Political Animal
none"The quantifiable evidence is overwhelming. Eight years ago, just six months into the war in Iraq, the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland found that those who relied on the Republican network were “three times more likely than the next nearest network to hold all three misperceptions ... A 2008 Pew study ranked Fox News last in the number of ‘high knowledge’ viewers and a 2007 Pew poll ranked Fox viewers as the least knowledgeable about national and international affairs.”"
US orders news blackout over crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant: report - The Nation
none"Russian atomic scientists in this FAAE report, however, say that this OPPD statement is an “outright falsehood” as all nuclear plants in the world operate under the guidelines of the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) which clearly states the “events” occurring at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant do, indeed, put it in the “Level 4” emergency category of an “accident with local consequences” thus making this one of the worst nuclear accidents in US history."
17 June
Friday
 
none CHS Students Help Younger Students Say “No” to Bullying
"Both beginning and 2nd year ESL students at Community High School in West Chicago studied bullying and ways to stop it. The students then worked in teams to write and illustrate 6 different, original coloring books with an anti-bullying/tolerance message."
none DuPage United takes aim at forest district spending
none"Atassi said the organization takes issue with the part-time members being paid about $55,000 and health benefits. He also took issue with the $107,000 salary, benefits and monthly car allowance paid to District President D. “Dewey” Pierotti Jr.  “The forest preserve district budget for 2011 shows over $700,000 for the commissioners,” Atassi said. “The district does not seem to be stretched for cash like other government units.”"
none 50 Health Kits Assembled
none"Sufficient supplies and cash were donated to create 50 Health Kits that are valued at a minimum of $12 each. Fifty kits are equal to a $600 donation. The kits will be delivered in July to the Midwest Distribution Center of the United Methodist Committee on Relief located in Chatham, IL. UMCOR will ship these kits to help people recover from natural disasters in the United States and around the world."
none DuPage Airport lands praise, but third-airport idea still circling
none"Although governmental entities haven’t yet settled the question of who would exercise control over an airport in Peotone, backers of the proposal are working to find additional land owners interested in selling property for the facility, she said. Proceedings also are moving ahead on the Illinois Department of Transportation’s acquisition of 59 properties needed to establish the planned 5,385-acre inaugural footprint. IDOT is currently in court with the owners of four parcels, at least one of whom is expected to challenge the state agency’s right to take the land through eminent domain."
Birds in Sandwich, LaSalle test positive for West Nile
none"The birds, collected June 8 in LaSalle and Sandwich, both tested positive for the virus, according to a release from the Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday. Officials reported Tuesday that a the first mosquito to test positive for West Nile was collected downstate in Tazewell County.  “With the temperature heating up, we could see more West Nile virus circulating,” said Dr. Damon T. Arnold, the state’s public health director, said in the release."
none Senate Dems will go along with construction deal
none"That means lawmakers will return to Springfield on Wednesday to keep millions of dollars worth of school, road and sewer projects going.  "The fact is that the capital (construction) bill is going to move forward and people will continue to work and build bridges and school," said Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge, who serves as an appropriations chairman."
West Nile virus found in birds in Illinois
none"“With the temperature heating up, we could see more West Nile virus circulating. In hotter weather we typically see more West Nile virus activity,” Damon Arnold, the state public health director, said. “Although most cases of West Nile virus are mild, the virus can cause serious, life-altering and even fatal disease."
none Senate drops budget demands, construction projects to continue
"Democrats held a conference call among themselves Thursday afternoon to decide if they wanted to continue pressing their spending demands and risk having hundreds of road and building projects shut down.  In the end, they decided it was better to keep the projects going, along with the 52,000 jobs they provide."
Illinois judge to OK disabilities lawsuit settlement
"The agreement settles claims that the state violates the civil rights of individuals with developmental disabilities by segregating them unnecessarily in large institutions. It says that Illinois cannot divert money from large private facilities to pay for community services and that residents happily living in the institutions can remain where they are. Residents staying in institutions also could choose to move to smaller homes and get support services."
none The Truth About The Economy In 2 Minutes - MoveOn
none"Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said he could explain the problems with the economy in less than 2 minutes, 15 seconds—and he did it (with illustrations to boot). It’s great! Check it out."
none Epistemology and the End of the World - NY Times
"But many Christians—including many of the best Biblical scholars—do not believe that the Bible predicts a historical rapture.  Even those who accept the traditional doctrine of a Second Coming of Christ, preceding the end of the world, often reject the idea of a taking up of the saved into heaven, followed by a period of dreadful tribulations on Earth for those who are left behind.  Among believers themselves, a historical rapture is at best a highly controversial interpretation, not an objectively established certainty."
none "Merchants of Doubt": How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues From Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming - TruthOut
none"Why didn’t Santer’s accusers bother to find out the facts? Why did they continue to repeat charges long after they had been shown to be unfounded? The answer, of course, is that they were not interested in finding facts. They were interested in fighting them."
Danish warship sails into Greenpeace Arctic oil protest - Guardian
none"There were conflicting reports over whether the commandos had landed on the rig, with Greenpeace believing they had, a senior police source saying he could not confirm whether commandos were on the helicopter flights taking place between the Danish ship and the rig, and the navy denying commandos had landed.  Fears that an Arctic spill would be difficult if not impossible to clean up were confirmed in an email exchange between the British Foreign Office and the energyy secretary, Chris Huhne, that was obtained by Greenpeace under freedom of information legislation. Officials briefed Huhne, saying: "It is difficult to get assistance in case of pollution problems in such areas, and near impossible to make good damage caused.""
15 Junee
Wednesday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 15 June 2011
  • West Chicago City Clerk Nancy Smith
  • Movie Night at the Parks
  • Pioneer Park Splash Pad
  • West Chicago Elementary School Summer Lunch Program
  • Teen Parent Connection
none Towns pay big for retirees’ unused sick days
"“I think that most everybody is seeing that there will be a lot of things on the table that weren’t discussed previously,” he said. “I think everyone realizes the rules of the game have changed for all public employees.”"
DuPage approves ‘Fitzpatrick Finger’ map
none"The county board voted 13-4 Tuesday to approve a map proposed by District 2 representative Brien Sheahan that extends a portion of District 4 east into Lombard. District 6 representatives Dirk Enger and Bob Larsen, District 1 representative Rita Gonzalez and District 2 representative Pat O’Shea voted against it."
none DuPage Airport lands praise, but third-airport idea still circling
nonenone"According to Dan Goodwin, chairman of the DuPage Airport Authority board, the facility’s operations now bring $100 million in new revenue to the county annually... State Sen. John Millner, R-Carol Stream, introduced LaHood with additional kudos for the airport and its efficient crew.  “When these jets land, people come out. Everything is run like clockwork,” he said."
none Local ice cream shop and cool treats guide
"La Michoacana Ice Cream
560 Main St., West Chicago
630-231-0332"  
none Number of homeless in Illinois falls 7 percent
none"The report found that the Illinois homeless population was 15,487 in 2007, falling to a low of 14,055 in 2009 before increasing to 14,395 in 2010. That's a difference of 1,092 fewer homeless residents since 2007 in Illinois.  Homelessness fell 53 percent in Michigan. It increased by 127 percent in Louisiana and 99 percent in Mississippi."
none Illinois State Police reject claim of bias in vehicle searches
none"But the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois said state police ducked the basic question of why troopers are more likely to seek permission to search the cars of black and Hispanic drivers than of white drivers, even though searches of white drivers more often reveal contraband.  Black and Hispanic drivers were about three times more likely than whites to undergo a "consent search" in 2009, according to an ACLU analysis of the most recent data for state police traffic stops. In 2006, Hispanics were nearly four times more likely."
Quinn signs law making it easier to fire teachers
none"“We didn’t do it the way some other states, even in our region have sought to do, where they exclude people or demonize groups of people,” said Quinn, who is a Democrat.  Under Illinois’ new law, mediators would be brought in earlier during contract negotiations between teachers unions and school districts in the event of an impasse, and teachers couldn’t strike until both sides’ last, best offers were made public.  Layoffs will now be based on ability and credentials instead of seniority, and it will be easier for districts to fire tenured teachers."
none Here’s the Real Deal Behind the NLRB and Boeing - AFL-CIO
none"Here’s what happened: In 2008, after a five-year run of $13 billion in net profits for Boeing Co., the workers exercised their legally-protected right to strike over outsourcing, job security, pay and benefits. In retaliation, Boeing executives decided to move production of the 787 Dreamliner to South Carolina. In the press, Boeing executives made it clear that the reason they were moving was to avoid workers exercising their voice as they did in Washington. Though Boeing is free to use the South Carolina plant for any other work they have, moving the 787 Dreamliner production in retaliation against the Washington state workers is a violation of the law."
none Comfort or conflict: Earlier Down syndrome test - Assoc Press
none"Since the new blood test could deliver an answer so early - before a pregnancy is showing or the baby is kicking - it might make getting an abortion easier, several observers said. Women haven't bonded so much, and "they wouldn't have to explain to as many people," said Christie Brooks, who moderates an online support group for women who've gotten abortions for medical reasons."
none Three Most Common Mistakes Made By So-Called Fact Checkers When Assessing GOP’s Medicare Plan - TPM
"But at a deeper level the misguided fact-checking -- almost always the result of insufficient expertise on Medicare specifically, and health insurance more broadly -- threatens to skew the public policy debate in ways that obscure the truth and complicates the effort to provide the public with a clear assessment of the GOP's plan on the merits."
House Democrats Cry Foul Over Rejected Mailings - Roll Call
none"Similarly, nonethe commission asked Rep. Ed Perlmutter to strike the words “eliminate” and “dismantle” in favor of the word “change” in a flier about the Medicare proposal. The commission also asked the Colorado Democrat to remove references to Ryan, replace “voucher” with “premium support system” and change “privatize” to “revise government program with support from private insurance companies.”"
13 June
Monday
 
none West Chicago - Then and Now - FB, Marguerite Czajka
People interested in the history of West Chicago really should stop by this page and consider contributing pictures.  Look thru your old pictures, scanners, and digital cameras.  I'm sure people would enjoy it. - Bob
none Success in Latest Roadway Safety Campaign
none"The Campaign ran from May 13, 2011 - May 30, 2011 and resulted in 209 citations being issued; 32 for seatbelt and child restraint violations, and 2 violations for driving under the influence."
West Chicago's Noise Ordinance
none"Warmer weather means more cars driving with the windows open, more backyard parties, more construction projects; and all of this means more noise. The West Chicago Police Department would like to remind everyone of some state laws and local ordinances regarding excessive noise:"
none Restored B17 bomber crashes in Oswego
"A restored B17 Flying Fortress has been using Aurora Airport as a base for the past week, offering paid flights to the public over the weekend through the Liberty Foundation, a not-for-profit organization.  Ray Fowler, Liberty Foundation chief pilot, said there was an in-flight fire. He said officials have not yet determined what triggered the blaze and are just starting to gather information."
[This is not the same plane that visited DuPage in 2007... see video. - Bob]
none Eaglets recovering - but could use some help
none"Fearful of predators, Keller and volunteers built a 5- by 5-foot fabricated nest made of stainless steel conduit and predator-safe vinyl cloth. The nest was hoisted 65 feet into the tree and secured with braided steel cable.  After a couple of days, Keller checked on the pair and was immediately concerned when she found they had dramatically lost weight and one in particular was in a weakened condition, unable to stand on its claws. The eaglets were taken to the Barrington-based wildlife center, where they were rehydrated and hand-fed small amounts of food to help them recover."
none WWII bomber crashes near Aurora, all 7 aboard said to be OK
none"The plane, a B-17 known as a "Flying Fortress," took off from the airport at 9:30 a.m. and went down about three or four miles from Aurora about 20 minutes later, according to Elizabeth Isham Cory, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration. "The plane is burning. We believe the seven people on board escaped without injury.""
  • Quinn to sign education overhaul package
    none"When cash-strapped districts cut staff, they now must consider a teacher's specialty, performance and ability with years of service playing the role of tie breaker.  The legislation also opens the door to a longer school day and extended school year in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended the signing to again voice his support for the measure."
  • Quinn: Federal assistance approved for 21 counties
    "Gov. Pat Quinn says 21 southern Illinois counties are eligible for federal disaster assistance following flooding earlier this year.  State and local governments can seek reimbursements for 75 percent of their eligible expenses related to flooding and storms that hit southern Illinois in April and May."
none WWII B-17 bomber crashes outside Chicago
none"The vintage plane took off from Aurora Municipal Airport this morning and crashed about 20 minutes later in Oswego, Cory said.  The pilot reported a fire shortly after taking off, Sugar Grove fire Chief Marty Kunkle said.  "He attempted to make a return to the airport, but couldn't make it so he put it down in a cornfield," Kunkel said."
none State Supreme Court moves to more electronic documents
none"The Illinois Supreme Court has formed a committee to develop electronic ways to make the state court system more user-friendly and efficient.  Recommended by Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride and approved by the entire Supreme Court, the committee will be known as the Illinois Supreme Court Special E-Business Committee."
Report: New Menard prison workers’ comp cases pile up
none"Some claims involve alleged assaults by prisoners, but almost half allege repetitive strain injuries similar to previous cases under investigation, the News-Democrat reported.  Five of the new cases involve repetitive foot strain workers say is caused by walking or standing on the prison’s concrete and cement floors, the newspaper said."
none N.H.’s O’Brien Still Planning ‘Right to Work’ Sneak Attack
none"New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien (R) couldn’t pull off a sneak attack or round up enough votes to override Gov. John Lynch’s (D) veto of a so-called right work bill this week, so he adjourned the House until June 22. But with no legal limit setting a veto override deadline, O’Brien can bring up the measure anytime this year, without notice."
none Perry puts faith on display but offers little for collection plate Houston Belief
none"Gov. Rick Perry has never been shy about putting his faith on display, from speeches at prayer breakfasts to his 2005 signing of abortion restrictions into law at a church school's gym to inviting the nation's governors to a prayer meeting at Reliant Stadium that some are calling "Prayer-a-palooza."  But when it comes time to giving, the governor doesn't come close to the biblical guidance of tithing.  From 2000, when Perry became governor, through 2009, he earned a total of $2.68 million, according to his tax records. Of that amount, he gave about half a percent to churches and religious organizations, or $14,243."
none $6.6 Bil in Cash Was Lost or Stolen by Bush Officials, Contractors or Their Counterparts in Iraq
none"But despite years of audits and investigations, U.S. Defense officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion in cash ... For the first time, federal auditors are suggesting that some or all of the cash may have been stolen, not just mislaid in an accounting error."
Miracle schools, vouchers and all that educational flim-flam - Nieman WatchDog
none"Ask questions of charter schools about skimming, excluding, winnowing out low-scoring students. Ask about the proportion of special ed students, and watch for numbers of spec-ed that do not include the most severely disabled. Many charters take children with the mildest disabilities while leaving the most challenging spec-ed to the regular public schools. Ask about the proportion of Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners (LEP/ELL) students."
11&12 June
WeekEnd
 
none Next Week in West Chicago
13  6pm» Underground Art Club
       7pm» City Development Com
16  7pm» District 33 School Board
       7pm» Knit Night
17  7pm» Local Music Night
18  12:30pm» “How to Take Better Vacation Photos”
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School District 33 - "News Bites"

  • Help Your School Win the Reading Trophy!
  • Read Under the Trees - Summer 2011
  • Cupcake Winners
  • 13th Annual District 33 Track Meet
  • New Student Registration
none West Chicago dad found guilty of murdering son
none"Torres-Medel showed no outward sign of emotion as he learned of the ruling. He could be ordered to serve up to 100 years in prison when he’s sentenced in July.  Creswell said the evidence she reviewed proves Torres-Medel “furiously beat his own little boy” while he was baby-sitting the infant on the morning of April 27, 2009."
DuPage forest preserve goes high tech
none"At the end of the month the district will launch new BrowseAloud software on its website, dupageforest.org. The free plug-in will offer text-to-speech technology for people with visual impairments, learning disabilities or literacy difficulties."
none Dad guilty in beating death of infant son
none"Gustavo Torres-Medel, 27, was found guilty by DuPage County Judge Kathryn Creswell after a three-day bench trial.  Prosecutors said that on the morning of April 27, 2009, Torres-Medel beat his 3-1/2-month-old son, Gustavo Jr., on the head and body when the infant began crying and would not drink from his bottle. Torres-Medel grabbed the boy under his arms, squeezed him and shook him and then threw him into a child carrier, prosecutors said."
none DOT Secretary LaHood Visits DuPage Airport, Meets with Local Leaders
none"“The DuPage Airport is an important economic engine for this community and this region, and we at the Department of Transportation will be full partners in ensuring its continued success,” said Secretary LaHood. “Regional airports serve more than half of America’s commercial flights each day, and they play a vital role in our economic competitiveness and growth.”"
Father convicted of beating infant son to death
none"Gustavo Torres-Medel, 27, of the 200 block of Brown Street faces up to 100 years in prison at a July sentencing by DuPage Judge Kathryn Creswell, who convicted the defendant after a week-long bench trial."
none Gambling expansion may be shrunk to avoid veto
none"The gambit faces two significant challenges. It's unclear how much lawmakers would have to cut out to pass muster with the governor. And the gambling deal had so many pieces to satisfy so many interest groups, removing one could send the whole thing toppling down."
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WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 10 Jun 2011

  •  ET TU TARA?  "PIERCING THE FOG AROUND CELLPHONES AND CANCER."
  • WHAT NEXT?  SHOULD WN DROP THE CELL PHONE/CANCER ISSUE?
  • NUCLEAR POWER: JAPAN UNDERSTATED RADIATION LEVELS.
  •  PERIODIC TABLE: ELEMENTS 114 AND 116 HAVE BEEN ADDED.
none Report: Walmart Tries to Hide Right-Wing Donations - In These Times
none"After it was revealed that in 2008 Walmart officials held meetings telling managers that voting for Barack Obama would mean “inviting unions in,” the company apparently launched a media initiative to show it was donating as much or more to Democrats in the 2010 elections... In all, according to Walmart Watch, in 2010 $3.5 million in Walmart and Walton dollars went to Republicans and only $1.5 million to Democrats."
none Dow Chemical Greenwashing Exposed - The Future We Create
"Lappé stressed that toxic chemicals are one of the biggest global threats to water and people, and that Dow itself is one of the biggest sources of such threats.  The PR company swiftly rejected the video, but asked Lappé to record a new video. She didn't. Instead, Lappé is launching her rejected video today on a YouTube channel that invites videos from the public about the future they'd like to create."
REPORT: Senate Confirmed A Smaller Percentage Of Obama’s Judges Than Any Other President In History - Think Progress
none"Throughout President Obama’s first two years in office, Senate Republicans waged war on his judiciary nominees — allowing only a handful of them to be confirmed. The GOP’s obstructionism grew so bad that conservative Chief Justice John Roberts scolded the Senate for its dismal confirmation record. A new report by the Alliance for Justice shows that the GOP’s obstructionism was truly historic — the worst obstructionism any new president faced at any point in American history:..."
10 June
Friday
 
none Call for Artists, Parade Applicants, Food Vendors and Mexican Handcrafts
"Currently the focus is on attracting artists, parade applicants, food vendors and Mexican handcrafts. Booth space is available at minimal cost, with no charge for not-for-profit organizations."
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DuPage County All-Area Teams

  • Boys volleyball - Honorable Mention: Leo Bartyzel, West Chicago
  • Baseball - Honorable mention: Dane Sauer (sr., SS, West Chicago)
  • Girls soccer  - Meagan Radloff, West Chicago
    none"The West Chicago girls soccer program came to life this spring and this senior forward had a lot to do with it. The team finished 10-10-3 and was competitive throughout the difficult DuPage Valley Conference schedule, hanging with Class 3A runner-up Naperville North. Radloff became the first all-state player in school history and scored a school-record 25 goals. “I think she came into the season very focused on what she wanted to do on a personal level but as a team member first,” Wildcats coach Cesar Gomez said. “That was the big difference with Meagan. She put the team first and personal accolades second.”"
  • Girls softball -Mary Connolly, West Chicago
    "West ChicagoNo player meant more to her program the last four years. Connolly carried the Wildcats to a third DuPage Valley Conference and regional titles in her four years. The DePaul recruit went 18-8 with a 1.15 ERA and struck out 224. Connolly is the third pitcher in the county with 1,000-plus total strikeouts. Connolly hit .383 with 7 doubles, 5 homers, 31 runs and 15 RBI with 34 walks. “She may be the best opposing player we have ever played against during the regular season in my 28 years,” Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum said."
West Chicago man shot to death in Aurora
"A 25-year-old West Chicago man was killed in an apparent drive-by shooting early Wednesday morning on Aurora’s near east side, police said.  Police said the victim, Luis E. Salinas, of the 1200 block of Kings Cross Drive, was sitting in the rear seat of a car parked facing south in the 0-99 block of Rose Street... Police have not ruled out street gang involvement as a motive."
Fate of West Chicago man in hands of judge
"Prosecutor Alex McGimpsey said Gustavo Jr. was “a perfectly healthy child” when he was left in the care of his father on the morning of April 27, 2009. Hours later, the infant was dead with numerous injuries, including bruising on his chest and face.  McGimpsey said the injuries show Torres-Medel beat the child in “a horrible fit of rage,” sparked by the father becoming “desperate” because Gustavo Jr. kept crying."
none No arrests, motive in murder
none"Luis Salinas’ brother, Gustavo Salinas, said that Luis came to West Chicago from Mexico about eight years ago. He had been working for a roofing company for about nine months. Luis was single and had no children.  He grew up as the middle child in a family of four brothers and three sisters, his brother said.  Gustavo said Luis was very friendly and outgoing. The family said he was visiting friends in Aurora when he was killed."
Glen Ellyn wants oversight on inspections for COD work
none"The village is proposing to waive its review and permit fees for present construction, but intends to hold the line on the inspections and hold the college to its village codes.  The statement also makes clear the village is opposed to the college’s plan to de-annex and will not aid the attempt in any way.  The village will continue to provide water and sewer service until any de-annexation is complete, at which time the college might be charged rates appropriate for unincorporated areas."
none Call for Artists, Parade Applicants, Food Vendors and Handcrafts for Mexican Independence Day Celebration
Winfield
Post
IHSA Playoffs Update for Local Teams
"During the 2011 IHSA spring season, several of our local teams fared very well. Wheaton North and St. Francis had baseball teams advance to the playoffs. West Chicago and St. Francis sent softball teams to the playoffs as well. St. Francis sent their girls soccer team to the playoffs in a historic season."
Petanimm PetCollarShop.Com For Healthy Training Puppy Treats & Toys
none"This online company is based in West Chicago, Il, and they offer the highest quality dog treats, collars, toys, carriers, leashes and sweaters. The best treat to use when training your pup is a small kibble treat, about the size of a pea for a large dog and half that size for a small dog. You should avoid getting the big dog biscuits on the market today as they are just too big for training purposes."
Legal
News Line
AGs, FTC team up against immigration services companies
none"Lawsuits were filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan against Martha Fernandez of West Chicago and Corrianne Chairez of Chicago, as well as against Calvin Meziere of Huntley, Illinois. The servicers allegedly accepted over $30,000 from consumers and used a variety of deceptive and misleading tactics to convince consumers that the government was considering their requests for a permanent residency, work permit, or U.S. citizenship."
none For many adoptees, door will soon open to the past
"The law passed in Illinois last year could give some adoptees the names of their birth parents for the first time. Birth parents can remain anonymous and have their names redacted from any released birth certificate by filling out a form by Nov. 1."
Man finds $17,000--and turns it in
none"Hogan couldn’t remember anyone finding anything approaching the amount of money Adams found.  “He did the right thing, and he has a clear conscience,” Hogan said. “That’s refreshing.”"
[I couldn't resist posting this... it made me smile. - Bob]
Quinn to meet with lawmakers on construction plan
none"Quinn said lawmakers left Springfield without sending him a bill that would give him permission to spend construction dollars, but House leaders argue Quinn has such authority without the measure."
none Report: Illinois saved by diverting delinquents
none"Redeploy Illinois began in 2005 and provides financial assistance to counties that agree to reducing by 25 percent the number of juveniles committed to state facilities from those counties. The state fund is used to provide counseling and other direct services to young people."
none LaHood pledges 160-mph trains in Illinois in five years
none"U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said in Springfield Thursday that, within five years, passenger trains will make the trip between Chicago and St. Louis in a little more than two hours and travel 160 mph.  That’s much faster than specified in current plans for high-speed rail, which are being funded with nearly $2 billion in federal grants."
Thousands miss out on Illinois college savings offer
none"Participants in the Bright Start savings program were told last week that deposits of up to $250 would be matched dollar for dollar. The offer was limited to the first 2,500 people. But the Bright Start website didn’t display up-to-date information on how many people had signed up. It showed the matching money was still available even after all 2,500 slots had been filled. "
Illinois
StateHouse
News
Quinn moves school bus funding to back of the line
none"“After the buses are in the garage and the students are home for the summer, how’s a school district supposed to make a cut?” asked state Rep. Roger Eddy, R-Hutsonville, and Hutsonville School District superintendent. “Those expenses have been incurred. There is no way that we can do that. This is the most ridiculous proposal I’ve ever heard.” ... Quinn’s office plans to pay the districts the $52 million by December for expenses incurred during the fourth quarter, which ends June 30."
none IATSE Members’ 10-Year Struggle Shows Need for Labor Law Reform - AFL-CIO
"Here’s a classic example of the need for national labor law reform. For 10 years, the members of the Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 500 have been trying to bargain a contract with the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla... In March, Local 500 filed its second unfair labor practices charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), alleging that management of the privately owned center illegally imposed its final offer on Jan. 17, after two years of negotiations failed to produce an agreement."
none Do churches have the right to discriminate? - Salon
none"In the State of Illinois, a real battle is underway between Catholic Charities and the state's human rights laws. Specifically, Catholic Charities has suspended its publicly funded adoption and foster care services because they anticipate state sanctions if they were to continue refusing to serve LGBT families.
none Spending Cut Could Harm More Than 200,000 Low-Income Women And Children - The Washington Current
none""The proposal is particularly striking given Republican insistence late last year on extending all of President Bush’s tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest households as well as Republican efforts of recent weeks to preserve lucrative tax breaks for oil companies at a time of huge company profits," the analysis says. "The appropriations bill reduces WIC funding from $6.73 billion this year to $6.05 billion in 2012 — a cut of more than $650 million below the fiscal year 2011 level..."
Moar Center-Right Country Watch - The American Prospect
none"Meanwhile, Americans overwhelmingly opposed all the things Republicans want to do, from cutting infrastructure spending to raising the Social Security retirement age to cutting aid to the poor, with the exception of taxing employer provided health care plans. For all the conventional wisdom about the U.S. being a center right country, public opinion seems to be mostly on the Democrats' side when it comes to the specifics, which makes one wonder why they so consistently seem to be negotiating with a weak hand--or at least why they feel so compelled to adopt Republican frames on policy matters. "
08 June
Wednesday
 
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Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: June 20 – 26

Freedom Bash 2011 | Hanover Township | Illinois - FB, Randy Ramey
none"Operation Support Our Troops! Take look at the link and attend if you can."
West Chicago Sister Cities' 2nd Annual Mayfest Fundraising Dinner - FB, Melissa Birch
none"Join West Chicago Sister Cities for a Mayfest dinner to be held at the VFW Post 6791, 431 N. Neltnor Blvd (Rte 59). Doors open at 6:00 pm with a cash bar and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $18 at the door; children 12 and under are just $7.50 each; children under 2 are free."
none Around and About in West Chicago - 08 June 2011
  • 100th anniversary of High Lake
  • United Methodist and Congregational Women “State Fair” Theme Dinner
  • Movie Night at the Park
  • Friends of West Chicago Parks Foundation Golf Outing
none Metra train strikes semi in West Chicago
none"Reile said no passengers on the train were injured. The driver of the semitrailer was also uninjured, according to the DuPage County sheriff’s office... Reile said it was likely that the train was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck the truck, as the point where the impact occurred was almost directly between the two stations."
Part-time county board pensions go big-time
none"While he voted against the legislation that gives him his $41,347 pension for serving on the part-time board, and while he still thinks it's an “awful” program, he's keeping the cash.  “No, county board members don't deserve those kinds of pensions,” said Schroeder, of Naperville. “And I don't deserve it. But I'm not going to turn it down.”"
DuPage’s Smart911 could provide extra help in emergency
"Since April, roughly 6,000 people have logged on to Smart911.com to create a household profile. Municipalities — including Bloomingdale, West Chicago, Wheaton and Villa Park — are encouraging more residents to sign up.  It’s up to you what information you want responders to have, such as a photo of your child in case he or she goes missing, details about a family member with autism or hearing loss, or the number of pets in the house."
Dist. 303 grade level center lawsuit fast-tracked
none"The district has already agreed to a lease contract for new computers at the grade level centers. That lease is part of a $1.2 million technology upgrade that will feature new iPad 2 computers. The district just received a $407,000 grant from the state to help defray costs. If the grade level centers plan is undone, the grant money would go back to the state and the district would be stuck with the full cost."
none Kirk backs stem cell research legislation
none"A Chicago-based scientist says he’s grateful to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk for siding with legislation that backs stem cell research.  Kirk on Monday called for congressional action to codify an executive order on the research issued by President Barack Obama in 2009."
none Catholic Charities sues state over adoption and foster care practices
none“The charities ask the court to declare that they are legally justified to continue their current practices of working only with married couples and single, noncohabiting individuals,” said the statement announcing the lawsuit. “Civil union couples are free to choose among dozens of other organizations for these services.”
none 5th Grade Science Fair at Indian Knoll School
none"On Thursday, June 2, Mrs. Lemkau’s fifth grade class at Indian Knoll School, welcomed students and teachers to their classroom for a Science Fair. The 5th graders had been working on their projects since mid- April."
none Prosecutor: No charges to be filed in senators' scuffle
none"During the debate, McCarter mentioned that Jacobs' father, Denny, a former state senator, is a lobbyist for Com Ed.  McCarter was admonished by the presiding officer that invoking personalities is not allowed during debate on bills.  After the bill was approved, Jacobs went to McCarter's Senate desk and confronted him.  McCarter said he was punched in the chest by Jacobs.  Jacobs said he poked McCarter with his finger."
Winfield Post
IHSA Playoffs Update for Local Teams
none"The West Chicago Wildcat softball team finished the season in first place in the DuPage Valley Conference, posting an 11-3 record. Much of this success can be attributed to star pitcher Mary Connolly, however the team as a whole was excellent. "
none N.H. Small Biz Tweets Against ‘Right to Work’ - AFL-CIO
"But the so-called right to work bill vetoed last month by Gov. John Lynch (D) and now awaiting an override vote in the House would: "drive down wages, erode health care and weaken out state’s middle class.  We’re calling on our leaders to stop state government from interfering with small businesses. It’s time to put petty politics aside and stand together to create jobs with benefits for working families in out communities."
none High School Student Stands Up Against Prayer at Public School and Is Ostracized, Demeaned and Threatened - AlterNet
none"Damon Fowler, an atheist student at Bastrop High School in Louisiana, was about to graduate. His public school was planning to have a prayer as part of the graduation ceremony: as they traditionally did, as so many public schools around the country do every year. But Fowler -- knowing that government-sponsored prayer in the public schools is unconstitutional and legally forbidden -- contacted the school superintendent to let him know that he opposed the prayer, and would be contacting the ACLU if it happened."
none ‘IT’S IMPOSSIBLE’ GOP Economists Slam Pawlenty Plan - TPM
none""It's impossible" Robert Reischauer, former CBO director under Presidents Bush Sr. and Clinton and current president of the Urban Institute, told TPM. "You get growth because of investment, an increased labor force, a rise in human capital, and innovation. Add all those components together and they don't sum up to 5% given what the labor force is going to be and the investment possibilities are.""
Koch-Backed AFP Admits To Posting Fake Eviction Notices On Detroit Homes 'To Startle People' - TPM
none"Bearing the words "Eviction Notice" in large type, the bogus notices told homeowners their properties could be taken by the Michigan Department of Transportation to make way for the New International Trade Crossing bridge project. The NITC is the subject of debate in Lansing, and Americans for Prosperity is lobbying heavily against it."
06 June
Monday
 
none 5th Annual Golf Outing - FB, Mike Fortner
none"Thank you for all the Birthday wishes! My wish for my birthday is that we have the BEST turn out for my Representative Mike Fortner's 5th Annual Golf Outing!! I have high hopes, especially since I am dusting off my clubs and golfing this year!! Thank you all for your ongoing support, it truly means the world to me!"
none College of DuPage: Dispute between community college and village of Glen Ellyn could lead to de-annexationn
none"The college has authorized its attorneys to start the process of separating from Glen Ellyn, the latest move in a battle that centers on the extent to which the school is subject to village regulations."
Wheaton Academy's Burke tackles tough task in season debut
none"Well-equipped for a challenge after spending the past five months doing missionary work in Rwanda, Wheaton Academy senior Lindsey Burke was given the unenviable task in her season debut of marking the high-scoring Tejada."
none College of DuPage: Dispute between community college and village of Glen Ellyn could lead to de-annexation
none"The college has authorized its attorneys to start the process of separating from Glen Ellyn, the latest move in a battle that centers on the extent to which the school is subject to village regulations."
Peoria and Joliet Catholic Charities no longer licensing new foster families after civil unions made law in Illinois
none"Catholic Charities of Peoria and Joliet have informed the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services that they will no longer license families who applied to become foster care or adoptive parents because the state’s civil unions law went into effect Tuesday."
none Energy secretary at Fermilab: Science is key to the future
none"“There are a lot of opportunities in science,” Chu said. “It is an opportunity for a good job, you work with honorable people, and if a student wants to get a job the prospect for a decent living is good.”  Chu, a co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics, said he believes clean energy, bio fuels and research are keys to the future. Demand for oil will continue, so the electric vehicle is a potential solution to the worldwide dependence on oil, he said."
none Supreme Court upholds special elections ruling
"The Supreme Court today turned down appeals from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and former Sen. Roland Burris and let stand a legal ruling that requires the state to hold a special election whenever a U.S. Senate seat becomes vacant."
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn might part ways
none"COD and Glen Ellyn recently spent months attempting to hammer out an intergovernmental agreement spelling out the village's authority. The agreement has yet to win full approval, and now the two parties may wind up in court over the de-annexation proposal."
none Mark Kirk to tour Chicago stem cell research lab
nonenone"Kirk has supported government funding of stem cell research. The Illinois Republican has described himself as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate."
Illinois Legislature sees big accomplishments in 5 months
none"They tackled the state’s woeful budget. Rejecting Gov. Pat Quinn’s push to increase spending, legislators did something that seems simple but rarely happens in Springfield: They figured out how much money was available and then spent only that much.  Hoping to bring in some new money, they approved a huge expansion of gambling: five new casinos, including one for Rockford, growth at existing casinos, and slot machines at racetracks."
none State legislators' work may not yet be done
none"“I can’t tell you when we are going to come back. You have the schedule for the veto session. It may be before that, though.”  Cullerton later said he was referring to a bill reauthorizing capital projects that wasn't approved before the General Assembly adjourned. Others have speculated lawmakers could be forced back if the state Supreme Court rules that the funding mechanism for the state's $31 billion capital program passed in 2009 is unconstitutional. A decision is expected soon."
Battle over state pension funding to continue
"“We must clearly define the difference between the unfunded liability caused by skipped pension payments and the ‘normal cost’ of pension benefits,” said IFT spokesman Dave Comerford. “We wouldn’t be having this discussion if the state had made the required payments.”"
none 50 Things Every American Should Know About The Collapse Of The Economy - Economic Collapse
none"Over the past several decades, some very alarming long-term economic trends have developed that are absolutely destroying the economy.  If dramatic changes are not made soon, a complete and total economic collapse will be unavoidable."
none Court Lifts Ban On Texas Graduation Prayer - NPR
"U.S. District Judge Fred Biery's original ruling prohibited students from praying at the graduation. Biery instead suggested that students modify their remarks to be "statements of their own beliefs," allow them to make the sign of the cross, wear a yarmulke or hijab, or kneel to face Mecca."
none
How Fraudulent is the GOP Budget Plan? It Wouldn't Even Make a Dent in the Deficit
How Fraudulent is the GOP Budget Plan? It Wouldn't Even Make a Dent in the Deficit
How Fraudulent is the GOP Budget Plan? It Wouldn't Even Make a Dent in the Deficit
How Fraudulent is the GOP Budget Plan? It Wouldn't Even Make a Dent in the Deficit
How Fraudulent is the GOP Budget Plan? It Wouldn't Even Make a Dent in the Deficit - TruthOut
none"
That's right, Rep Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, says his plan would reduce the deficit by $160 billion per year over the next decade, but it actually trims just $15 billion per year over that period – which is next to nothing in the context of budgets that run well over $3 trillion. To put that figure in perspective, it represents less than half of the spending cuts proposed by Barack Obama for next year; the average savings would have reduced this year's deficit by just one measly percent.
That's right, Rep Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, says his plan would reduce the deficit by $160 billion per year over the next decade, but it actually trims just $15 billion per year over that period – which is next to nothing in the context of budgets that run well over $3 trillion. To put that figure in perspective, it represents less than half of the spending cuts proposed by Barack Obama for next year; the average savings would have reduced this year's deficit by just one measly percent."
04&05 June
Weekend
 
none

Next Week in West Chicago

none June E-Newsletter
  • Boundaries Changing for Your Elected Leaders
  • Illinois Fails to Reform Workers' Comp
  • First Balanced Budget Since Republican Governor
none

BOE Meeting Agenda June 7, 2011

  • Committee’s recommendation to induct Sherry Bowne and Dan Johnson to the Hall of Honor
  • Resolution Designating Interest Earnings for Fiscal Year 2011-2012
  • four-year cycle of equipment with $200,000 annual commitment
  • three-year agreement with Quest Food Service
  • three 14-passenger mini-buses
  • three (3) school monitors and one (1) lead supervisor to help with security
  • P.A.W.S. FOR RECOGNITION - May 2011
    none"In January of 2009, Community High School began a new program designed to recognize students who were contributing to their classrooms, school, and community in extraordinary ways."
  • Student-of-the Month for May 2011
    "The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Joseph Wais, of Winfield, for being selected Student of the Month for May."
  • Co-PeaceBuilders-of-the-Month for May 2011
  • "Kelley Kozlowski and Katelyn Foehner, both of Carol Stream and Freshmen at Community High School District 94, has been recognized as co-PeaceBuilders-of-the-month for May... Both of these young ladies are to be commended for their constant desire and devotion to improving the sense of community here at We-Go."
none COD Regional Center Open House
none""The College of DuPage West Chicago Regional Center is hosting a free open house/information session on obtaining the Computer Service Technician Certificate(Comp TIA A Plus,) June 16, 2011 at 7:00p.m."
none Images: West Chicago High School Graduation
none"Images from the West Chicago High School graduation on Friday, June 3rd.
Dan White | Staff Photographer"
none DuPage Health Department: Conditions are right for mosquitoes
none"But the mosquitoes breeding in the cool, wet conditions are not the same as the Culex mosquito, or the type that carry West Nile Virus, Hass said.  “If weather conditions become hot and dry, we end up with stagnant water which aids the production of the Culex mosquito,” Hass said. “Hot, dry conditions are when Culex proliferate.”"
none Quinn signs new state legislative map
none"It was the first time in the four decades since the state’s constitution was rewritten that one party controlled the legislature and the governor’s office, making Republicans irrelevant in the redistricting process."
none UI study will explore costs, benefits of a 220-mph rail line
none"Lunch at Gino's East, then a quick run along Lake Michigan after work before your 40-minute commute home to Champaign.  Sound unrealistic? A high-speed rail line could someday make Champaign-Urbana a "suburb" of Chicago, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday, announcing a new partnership with the University of Illinois to study the feasibility of a 220-mph train between the two communities."
none Judge again rules that police misconduct files are public records
none"In a written order issued Friday, Kelley said the records will be sealed pending review by an appellate court. He also wrote that the city has indicated it will appeal, so he will reserve ruling on the plaintiff’s request for legal fees and civil penalties.  Under revisions to the law that took effect last year, public bodies that lose FOIA cases must pay plaintiffs’ legal expenses, and public bodies can also be required to pay penalties as high as $5,000."
none

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 3 Jun 2011

  • WHO’S ON FIRST?  WITH APOLOGIES TO BUD ABBOT AND LOU COSTELLO.
  •  CELL PHONES: THE CREDIBILITY OF SCIENCE IS BASED ON OPENNESS.
  • BAD DIAGNOSIS: THE HIGH COST OF IGNORANCE.
none WI State Rep Facing Recall Now Tied to Effort to Plant Fake Dems in the Election - AFL-CIO
none"Seems Wisconsin State Representative Dan Kapanke–who this week declared his fear of workers in his district because they likely will vote to recall him–has a campaign manager who took part in a meeting discussing whether to plant “fake” Democratic candidates in the state’s recall elections."
none Opinion: History, Not Progeny Will Define Billy Graham's Legacy - The Daily Beast
"He has preached the Gospel to more than 215 million people in live audiences in 185 countries—more than anyone in history—and countless millions more by television, radio, and the Internet. He was a churchman who defined and gave credibility to the Evangelical movement and had a seminal influence or involvement in founding more than 30 ministry organizations."
none Palin Doubles Down On Paul Revere History Lesson: ‘I Didn’t Mess Up' - Think Progress
Vogue Cover"If Palin knows her American history, this latest bit of jujitsu shows no evidence of it... Furthermore — again due to the need for secrecy and stealth — Revere used no bells or warning shots, and delivered his message in face-to-face contacts throughout the night. (Palin seems to simply forget her creative inclusion of the bells and warning shots in her initial recounting.) "
04&05 June
Weekend
 
none

Next Week in West Chicago

none June E-Newsletter
  • Boundaries Changing for Your Elected Leaders
  • Illinois Fails to Reform Workers' Comp
  • First Balanced Budget Since Republican Governor
none

BOE Meeting Agenda June 7, 2011

  • Committee’s recommendation to induct Sherry Bowne and Dan Johnson to the Hall of Honor
  • Resolution Designating Interest Earnings for Fiscal Year 2011-2012
  • four-year cycle of equipment with $200,000 annual commitment
  • three-year agreement with Quest Food Service
  • three 14-passenger mini-buses
  • three (3) school monitors and one (1) lead supervisor to help with security
  • P.A.W.S. FOR RECOGNITION - May 2011
    none"In January of 2009, Community High School began a new program designed to recognize students who were contributing to their classrooms, school, and community in extraordinary ways."
  • Student-of-the Month for May 2011
    "The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Joseph Wais, of Winfield, for being selected Student of the Month for May."
  • Co-PeaceBuilders-of-the-Month for May 2011
  • "Kelley Kozlowski and Katelyn Foehner, both of Carol Stream and Freshmen at Community High School District 94, has been recognized as co-PeaceBuilders-of-the-month for May... Both of these young ladies are to be commended for their constant desire and devotion to improving the sense of community here at We-Go."
none COD Regional Center Open House
none""The College of DuPage West Chicago Regional Center is hosting a free open house/information session on obtaining the Computer Service Technician Certificate(Comp TIA A Plus,) June 16, 2011 at 7:00p.m."
none Images: West Chicago High School Graduation
none"Images from the West Chicago High School graduation on Friday, June 3rd.
Dan White | Staff Photographer"
none DuPage Health Department: Conditions are right for mosquitoes
none"But the mosquitoes breeding in the cool, wet conditions are not the same as the Culex mosquito, or the type that carry West Nile Virus, Hass said.  “If weather conditions become hot and dry, we end up with stagnant water which aids the production of the Culex mosquito,” Hass said. “Hot, dry conditions are when Culex proliferate.”"
none Quinn signs new state legislative map
none"It was the first time in the four decades since the state’s constitution was rewritten that one party controlled the legislature and the governor’s office, making Republicans irrelevant in the redistricting process."
none UI study will explore costs, benefits of a 220-mph rail line
none"Lunch at Gino's East, then a quick run along Lake Michigan after work before your 40-minute commute home to Champaign.  Sound unrealistic? A high-speed rail line could someday make Champaign-Urbana a "suburb" of Chicago, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday, announcing a new partnership with the University of Illinois to study the feasibility of a 220-mph train between the two communities."
none Judge again rules that police misconduct files are public records
none"In a written order issued Friday, Kelley said the records will be sealed pending review by an appellate court. He also wrote that the city has indicated it will appeal, so he will reserve ruling on the plaintiff’s request for legal fees and civil penalties.  Under revisions to the law that took effect last year, public bodies that lose FOIA cases must pay plaintiffs’ legal expenses, and public bodies can also be required to pay penalties as high as $5,000."
none

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 3 Jun 2011

  • WHO’S ON FIRST?  WITH APOLOGIES TO BUD ABBOT AND LOU COSTELLO.
  •  CELL PHONES: THE CREDIBILITY OF SCIENCE IS BASED ON OPENNESS.
  • BAD DIAGNOSIS: THE HIGH COST OF IGNORANCE.
none WI State Rep Facing Recall Now Tied to Effort to Plant Fake Dems in the Election - AFL-CIO
none"Seems Wisconsin State Representative Dan Kapanke–who this week declared his fear of workers in his district because they likely will vote to recall him–has a campaign manager who took part in a meeting discussing whether to plant “fake” Democratic candidates in the state’s recall elections."
none Opinion: History, Not Progeny Will Define Billy Graham's Legacy - The Daily Beast
"He has preached the Gospel to more than 215 million people in live audiences in 185 countries—more than anyone in history—and countless millions more by television, radio, and the Internet. He was a churchman who defined and gave credibility to the Evangelical movement and had a seminal influence or involvement in founding more than 30 ministry organizations."
none Palin Doubles Down On Paul Revere History Lesson: ‘I Didn’t Mess Up' - Think Progress
Vogue Cover"If Palin knows her American history, this latest bit of jujitsu shows no evidence of it... Furthermore — again due to the need for secrecy and stealth — Revere used no bells or warning shots, and delivered his message in face-to-face contacts throughout the night. (Palin seems to simply forget her creative inclusion of the bells and warning shots in her initial recounting.) "
03 June
Friday
 
none DuPage coalition moves forward in obesity fight
none"The coalition focused its first efforts on five DuPage County communities with YMCAs — Lombard, Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove and Elmhurst.  “We went where the Ys are physically set,” Marchetti said. ”Now we are looking at lower socioeconomic communities.”  The next five towns on FORWARD’s list are Addison, Aurora, West Chicago, Villa Park and Woodridge."
DuPage Academic Team honorable mentions
noneCaitlin Kiel
"School: West Chicago Community High School
Hometown: West Chicago
Parents: Mary and Brian Kiel
Sponsor: Jane Knecht"
noneJoshua Lee
"School: Wheaton Academy
Hometown: West Chicago
Parents: Mark and Penny Lee
Sponsor: Quinn Cruz, Spanish teacher"
none Illinois high school girls soccer: 2A state preview on Wheaton Academy’s Crystal Thomas
none"For the third consecutive year, Crystal Thomas will be on the field when it happens.  That’s no coincidence.  The junior forward enters Friday’s Class 2A state semifinal against Troy Triad with 23 goals and 13 assists this year, raising her career totals to 59 goals and 50 assists."
none Breast-feeding protest in downtown DeKalb
none"About 40 moms, some dads, and a horde of babies and toddlers cluttered a downtown DeKalb sidewalk in a "nurse-in" to protest a merchant who they say asked a breast-feeding mother to stop feeding her child in his shop."
none State budget hits hardest at schools, human services
"Education spending, instead of going up as Quinn wanted, is to decline $171 million, or 2.4 percent.  Early childhood education would lose $17 million. Mentoring for teachers and administrators would be eliminated entirely. Special education for orphans would take an $18 million cut.  The state’s main contribution to schools, general state aid, would drop more than $152 million, or 3.3 percent."
Quinn: Gambling expansion plan 'excessive'
none"“I think any person with common sense looking at that bill would say noneit’s excessive,” Quinn said.  “Illinois is not for the gamblers, it’s for the people.”  Senate Bill 744 authorizes five new casinos in Illinois, including one in Chicago, allows the state’s already existing casinos to expand their operations and authorizes slot machines at horse racing tracks, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and at airports in Chicago."
none Wisconsinites Set Up ‘Walkerville’ Tent City - AFL-CIO
none"Union activists say that after locking down the Capitol to the people of Wisconsin, Republican state lawmakers are planning to pass their radical budget in the dead of the night with no citizen participation. As the Madison-based South Central Federation of Labor puts it: "Without witness they are gutting our schools, crippling our communities and eliminating programs for the poor and elderly.""
none Archeologists Find 300-Year-Old Church - WJXT Jacksonville
"For hundreds of years, people have wondered where the fabled church of La Leche once stood. In fact, they even built a church -- Mission of Nombre De Dios and La Leche -- in its honor. It turns out the replacement church was only yards away from the original one."
01 June
Wednesday
 
none

Around and About in West Chicago - 01 June 2011

  • Annual Community Memorial Day Ceremony
  • Touch-A-Truck
  • 25th annual Law Enforcement Torch for Special Olympics Run
  • West Chicago Parks Foundation Annual Golf Outing
none BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 6-1-11
  • West Chicago Printing Company
  • Jacobsen’s Flowers & Gifts
  • Bulk Molding Compounds Inc
  • Ball Horticultural Company
  • UPCOMING EVENTS
none Wall Photo - FB, Mike Kwasman
Picture of Mayor Kwasman with former mayor Gene Rennels and County Board Member Dirk Enger at Memorial Day Ceremony.
none West Chicgo HS Celebrates “Generous” End to School Year
none"The WeGo 2 Africa project is in its sixth year at the high school. Funds raised through the program have been used to build three elementary schools in Angola as well as send medical, school and recreational supplies to children attending the schools. CHS works with the non-profit organization Rise International in these endeavors."
April Student-of-the-Month
none"The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Danielle Keller, of West Chicago, for being chosen Student-of-the-Month for April."
none Smart911 Launches in DuPage County
none"The service, which is free to citizens, enhances response and supports improved incident outcomes, by prov iding responders with critical additional information. It also supports citizen demand for the ability to easily provide and manage special needs data. Participants can register cellular and smart phones as well as land line telephones."
"Touch a Truck" Gives a Close-up View of City's Big Trucks
none"Get up close to some of the different types of vehicles and equipment used in West Chicago as the West Chicago Police Department and the West Chicago Park District present 'Touch a Truck" day on Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Reed-Keppler Park."
West Chicago Printing Company - 100-year Anniversary
"West Chicago Printing Company, a family owned and operated full service print shop in Chicago's far western suburbs, marks an historic 100-year anniversary this month."
none West Chicago food pantry needs more room
none"Clients have to wait outdoors in all kinds of weather at a West Chicago food pantry because there is no lobby.  That’s one reason St. Mary’s Catholic Church is aiming to add on to the small parish building that houses the pantry... Adding a waiting area, offices for the food pantry’s intake coordinator and the nurse, and space for a walk-in freezer would cost roughly $80,000, Balluff said."
COD ousts student newspaper adviser
none"Vikaas Shanker, who was the paper’s editor-in-chief this year, said he thinks the move is in response to stories that were critical of school officials. That includes editorials that questioned cuts to the college’s athletic programs and an endorsement of two candidates for the board of trustees who were favored by faculty."
[The students have more info at Change.org. - Bob]
Foster explains decision to run in 11th
none"Foster said he decided to run in the 11th rather than taking another shot at the 14th because he believes the base of the old 14th District is now in the 11th. At least, it’s the part of the base that Foster believes identifies with him the most. In particular, Foster believes his scientific roots will appeal to residents in business corridor that spans through Naperville, Lisle and Downers Grove and the portions of the 11th that touch Fermilab and contains part of Argonne National Laboratory."
none Foster is first candidate for new 11th Congressional District
none"“There are important things left to accomplish, and important accomplishments that must be defended,” Foster said in a release. “Our fragile economic recovery must be sustained, and the long-term fiscal problems that we face must be solved without breaking promises to our seniors or dismantling Medicare.”"
Storm topples Mooseheart eagles' nest
none"For the better part of Tuesday afternoon, sporadic rain interrupted their work to secure the manmade nest and put some of the original nesting material inside. The wildlife rehabbers will be monitoring how receptive the family is to their new home.  The rehabbers, a climber from The Care of Trees of West Chicago and Mooseheart security engineered the framework for a 5-by-5-foot, sturdier nest designed to withstand the worst of Mother Nature. The nest is made of stainless steel conduit and predator-safe vinyl cloth."
none Budget would cut $171 million from public schools
none""They signed a budget last year and they owe us $3.2 million today," said Superintendent Ed Leman of West Chicago School District 33. "Even if the governor signs what was given to him, that still doesn't mean the money will flow as we expect."  Because of state funding delays and uncertain payments, the far west suburban district limited its preschool program for disadvantaged children to 80 students this year, down from 380 youngsters in 2009. They plan to eliminate it entirely next year."
none Influential NFL owners meet secretly near Chicago
none"Pnoneatriots owner Robert Kraft was spotted Wednesday boarding his private jet at DuPage Airport, a little less than 24 hours after arriving, sources told the Tribune. Also present during a full-day stakeout was the jet belonging to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, an unmistakable Gulfstream model with a star on each side of the tail."
GlobeSt.com CenterPoint Struggles To Gain Park Interest
none"Caldeira said the property has had some hiccups - designed for technology users, the park is not ideal for distribution, as it's about six miles from the main Interstate 88 corridor - and the economy meltdown and subsequent lending cut-off shut down a lot of potential deals. However, he tells GlobeSt.com that the partnership has made changes, such as renaming the center from DuPage National Technology Park, and allowing leasing instead of just development."
MyFox Chicago 2nd Lawsuit Filed over Michaels Debit Card PIN Thefts, Fraud
"Brandi F. Ramundo, of West Chicago, filed a similar lawsuit in May, claiming $1,300 was withdrawn from her bank account at ATMs in California about three weeks after she shopped at a Michaels store in Bloomingdale."
Illinois
Statehouse
News
Illinois House give OK to congressional redistricting map
none"State Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago, said the public did not have time to review the new congressional map because it was revised two hours before lawmakers voted. However, there is no constitutional requirement that lawmakers show the map to the public. The earlier version of the map was posted online."
none In wake of remap plan, ex-lawmaker to run again
none“I am running to return to Congress because there are important things left to accomplish and important accomplishments that must be defended,” he said in an e-mail Tuesday. “Our fragile economic recovery must be sustained, and the long-term fiscal problems that we face must be solved without breaking promises to our seniors or dismantling Medicare.”
Comcast to offer cheaper Internet to CPS students
none"Home internet that would normally cost $48.95 per month will be available to qualifying families for $9.95 per month under the Internet Essentials program, Emanuel said. And families will also be able to purchase computers for $150, he said."
Ill. Medicaid begins enrolling some in private plans
"For years, the state Medicaid program has offered HMOs as a form of managed care for poor Illinois residents, largely children and parents of those children. But that managed care program has less than 200,000 of the state's more than 2 million Medicaid recipients.  Health plans and observers have long believed the low participation rate is largely because it is voluntary and available in limited areas of the state."
none Illinois House passes new congressional map
"The proposed map lumps at least four freshman Republicans and one veteran into districts where they would have to run against other incumbents for the next election. They would be forced to compete in primaries, contend in Democrat-friendly districts or find another district to run in to try to keep a seat in Congress. The map includes two open districts where it appears no current member of Congress lives.  Lawmakers are rushing to approve the congressional map before Tuesday's scheduled end of the legislative session. If lawmakers go into overtime, Republicans will get a say in the map because new rules kick in and more than a simple majority will be needed to pass it."
none

Maybe What We need is a legislature that spends less time posturing and more time working early in the Session - Bob

none Poll: Conservatives And Republicans Oppose Ryan Budget - TPM
"Among conservatives, 54% are opposed. Among current seniors -- who would not be affected by the changes in the Ryan Medicare plan -- a full 74% are opposed, even after they're told that Ryan's plan affects Americans 55 years of age and younger.  Even Republicans break against Ryan's plan, though only slightly. Fifty percent oppose the plan, while 48% support it."
Cyber Combat: Act of War - Wall Street Journal
none"For instance, if computer sabotage shut down as much commerce as would a naval blockade, it could be considered an act of war that justifies retaliation, Mr. Lewis said. Gauges would include "death, damage, destruction or a high level of disruption" he said.  Culpability, military planners argue in internal Pentagon debates, depends on the degree to which the attack, or the weapons themselves, can be linked to a foreign government. That's a tricky prospect at the best of times."

 

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