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31 Mar & 01 April
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This Week in West Chicago


TRS director: Retirees might have to take pension cut
none"Buck Consultants evaluated TRS’s future using three different assumptions:

  •  That TRS receives $2.4 billion a year, as it did in the current fiscal year, and  that amount increases by 3 percent a year annually. This was the rosiest scenario, with insolvency coming in 2049.
  •  That TRS receives $2.4 billion a year and that amount remains flat. The consultants determined the system would be insolvent in 2037.
  •  That TRS receives $1.44 billion a year, a 40 percent decrease from the current fiscal year, annually from now on. It determined the system would be insolvent in 2029."
none Eleven DuPage County students named Golden Apple Scholars
none"Golden Apple has selected a record 135 Illinois high school students whom it will groom to be the top teachers of the future. Eleven of them are from DuPage County.  Golden Apple will shower the students with $23,000 in financial aid over the next four years to attend an Illinois university, but perhaps more important, it will provide related guidance, mentoring and training ... Elsa Cadwallader of West Chicago, West Chicago Community High School ... Kathy Rodriguez of Carol Stream, West Chicago Community High School ... Cassandra Thill of West Chicago, West Chicago Community High School"
none Tollway plugs in electric car charging stations
none"So far, fast-charging machines have been put in place at four Tollway Oasis stations, with another three to come. The machines will allow drivers to charge the battery of an electric car in under 30 minutes.  The devices are part of a larger program to set up 280 charging stations across Chicago and the suburbs."
The West Chicago Public Library District Partners in "Leer es Poder"
none"The West Chicago Public Library District is proud to continue its partnership with College of DuPage and West Chicago School District 33 in offering the LEER ES PODER family literacy program to parents and preschool children in our community."
none Lawmakers: Work at St. Charles youth center violates state law
"The state Department of Juvenile Justice contends the work at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles was scheduled before Quinn announced he wanted to close other detention centers.  But e-mails obtained by a workers’ union, which is fighting the closings, indicate the construction was sped up so the facility could accommodate 132 residents from a Joliet juvenile center set for closure ..."
RTA slams Congressional approval of short-term transit funding
none"Prior to the passage, the RTA said if Congress failed to act, the RTA would have lost $1.2 million per day in capital funding.  That’s the cost of a new CTA rail car, and the cost of two new CTA buses or Pace buses, the RTA said. It’s also half the cost of a new small-to-medium Metra bridge, the agency said."
none Feds, 5 states to push for Great Lakes wind farms
none"The Obama administration and five states have reached an agreement to speed up approval of offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes, which have been delayed by cost concerns and public opposition.  Under the deal ... state and federal agencies will craft a blueprint for speeding regulatory review of proposed wind farms without sacrificing environmental and safety standards."
none Etch A Sketch launches ad campaign
none"The Ohio Art Co. said the "Shake it Up, America" ads will appear on social media including Facebook and Twitter. They poke fun at politics in general, while maintaining that the drawing toy, first marketed in 1960, is politically neutral.  "Etch A Sketch is a lot like politics, there's a lot of gray area," reads one ad.  "We have a left knob and a right knob for each political party," reads another. "(But remember, when both work together, we can do loop de loops.)""
none House OKs property tax freeze for homes affected by natural disasters
none"Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said House Bill 4242 was drafted in response to homeowners in his district who saw their property taxes rise when they began to rebuild their homes after the homes were damaged by storms and tornadoes earlier this month.  “You have these little old couples that are living with their other families that just want to go back home, and they can’t afford to rebuild,” Phelps said."
Legislators move to add Powerball to online lottery offerings
none"With online lottery sales less than a week old in Illinois, the state Senate voted Thursday to expand those sales to include Powerball.  By a 36-20 vote, the Senate added Powerball to the Lotto and Mega Millions games for which people can buy tickets over the Internet.  The bill now goes to the House."
Quinn officials halting juvenile prison remodeling
none"The Department of Juvenile Justice believes it wouldn't be illegal to begin the $4 million upgrade of the Illinois Youth Center at St. Charles, even though it includes readying the facility for higher-risk offenders who are scheduled to be transferred from a detention facility in Joliet that's slated to close."
none This Creepy App Isn’t Just Stalking Women Without Their Knowledge, It’s A Wake-Up Call About Facebook Privacy [Update] - Cult of Mac
"In answer to the first question, I replied that as sleazy as this app seemed, Girls Around Me wasn’t actually doing anything wrong. Sure, on the surface, it looks like a hook-up app like Grindr for potential stalkers and date rapists, but all that Girls Around Me is really doing is using public APIs from Google Maps, Facebook and Foursquare and mashing them all up together, so you could see who had checked-in at locations in your area, and learn more about them. Moreover, the girls (and men!) shown in Girls Around Me all had the power to opt out of this information being visible to strangers, but whether out of ignorance, apathy or laziness, they had all neglected to do so. This was all public information. Nothing Girls Around Me does violates any of Apple’s policies."
none U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Much Lower Than Most Other Developed Nations - TruthOut
"... while the U.S. has a high statutory corporate tax rate (meaning the rate on paper), U.S. corporations actually pay incredibly low taxes due to the ever-proliferating loopholes, credits, and deductions in the tax code and the use of overseas tax havens.   U.S. corporate taxes that were actually paid (the effective rate) fell to a 40 year low of 12.1 percent in fiscal year 2011 ..."
none Republicans retreat on gay marriage - Politico
none"It’s been one of the swiftest shifts in ideology and strategy for Republicans, as they’ve come nearly full circle on same-sex politics. What was once a front-and-center issue for rank-and-file Republicans — the subject of many hotly worded House and Senate floor speeches — is virtually a dead issue, as Republicans in Congress don’t care to have gay marriage litigated in the Capitol.  Even more than that, Republican leadership has evolved, too. It has quietly worked behind the scenes to kill amendments that reaffirm opposition to same-sex unions, several sources told POLITICO."
none Team Romney Calls For All Transcripts Of Obama's Meetings With World Leaders, Dems Hit Backk - TPM
"For example, does Governor Romney think we should release all the notes and transcripts of the President's conversations with our allies, such as the Israelis and Europeans, tipping our hand to Tehran about every last element of our strategy to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon?"
29 Mar
none Around and About in West Chicago - 29 Mar 2012
  • Road Construction Season
  • Worship Services and Easter Activities
  • Old-fashioned Egg Roll
  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt
none DuPage forest district lowers fees for professional photographers
none"Under the new system, photographers shooting still portraits such as wedding or yearbook photos will pay $45 a day if they are residents, or $65 if they live outside DuPage. In addition, DuPage resident photographers who plan to shoot in preserves regularly can buy a $150 annual permit for portrait sessions."
Ruscitti making bid for DuPage GOP chair
none"Ramey — defeated in a 23rd Senate primary by state Sen. Carol Pankau, of Itasca — says he's unsure whether he'll be running for re-election to the party post himself because of a possible government position he was not yet ready to unveil specifics on. Sources say he is being considered for an appointment by Gov. Pat Quinn.  “It's possible I'm not going to run due to some opportunities that have been offered to me that may preclude me from being the chairman,” Ramey said."
none COD faculty labor agreement ongoing, making campus ‘tense’
none"Negotiations for the agreement, which expired in August, have been going on for more than a year. Since February, full-time faculty members have been packing the board room when the COD board of trustees meets and running newspaper ads calling the college’s current contract offers “very disrespectful to us as individuals and as a profession.”"
Gamer's Haven
none"Teens in Grades 7-12 are invited to come to the Library for our after school gaming group. We will play video games, board games and trading card games."
none Hoodie march for slain Florida teen set Saturday in Naperville
none"“Racism is still going on in 2012,” said Ingram. “It didn’t have to do with his clothes, with his hoodie, it had to do with him being a black male in a gated community.”  Ingram and her fellow organizers are asking those who participate in Saturday’s march to don hoodies and bring signs to carry.  The march in downtown Naperville will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. Protesters will meet in the parking lot of Centennial Beach, 500 West Jackson Ave. The final route is being determined."
none State Senate OKs online dating safeguards
none"The legislation, which passed 42-9, also would require dating services that say they conduct background checks to use government databases, including criminal court records and sex offender registries. In addition, the sites also would have to say whether they allow someone with a criminal record to sign up.  Furthermore, the legislation would require sites to post safety tips, including warnings that background checks aren't foolproof and suggestions to leave their addresses off the sites."
  • Bill would eliminate inactive commissions
    none"House Bill 3816, which was sent to the Senate on a 106-8 vote, would dissolve any board or commission if it has not met once in the last two years... “Preferably, I’d like to go much further. I’d like to get rid of a lot of the boards and commissions,” Franks said. “We have some boards and commissions where executive directors are making six figures and they have not met. That is an affront on the taxpayers of the state of Illinois.”"
  • Illinois House votes to reduce DNR mandates
    none"“They have seen the budget of the Department of Natural Resources go from $100 million to $49 million to $45 million this year while having more mandates placed on it and half the number of people still doing the decades of work to the best of their abilities,” Mautino said.  Eliminating these areas, Mautino said, will allow the cash-strapped DNR to focus on its core areas.  Mautino said he is working with 38 to 50 different groups, like hunters and fishermen associations, on fee increases, which will be introduced in a later bill."
  • Bill at Statehouse seeks uniform rule on campaign signs
    "“You’re comfortable with state government instructing a church that you’re going to allow political signs on your property?” Righter said.  Link’s response: “On that one day, they are renting to the state, county, federal, whoever, to operate as a polling place, so they are no longer a private entity. They are a subsidiary of the state where they are renting to us for that one particular day.”"
none Harkin’s Rebuild America Act Builds Economy for 99% - AFL-CIO
"Harkin’s legislation would:
  • Invest in infrastructure and manufacturing;
  • Provide the education and skills necessary for a 21st century workforce;
  • Empower workers;
  • Bolster retirement security;
  • Strengthen families; and
  • Pay for the bill by creating a fairer tax structure."
none Suit alleges financial fraud at TBN ministry - LA Times
none"The lawsuit alleges that Paul Crouch Sr. obtained a $50-million Global Express luxury jet for his personal use through a "sham loan," and that TBN funds paid for a $100,000 motor home for dogs owned by his wife, Janice Crouch, a network director.  The suit also alleges that TBN bought residences across the country for its directors under the pretext that they were "guest homes" or "church parsonages.""
none Craigslist Founder Jumps Into Voting Rights Fight - TPM
none"“What I learned in high school civics class is that an attack on voting rights is virtually the same as an attack on the country,” Newmark said in a statement. “So I asked people smarter than me to help me do what George Washington would have wanted me to do, collect and release the information you’re getting from us today.” ... The infograph is embedded below, larger version here."
The Truth About the US Postal Service - Common Dreams
none"Since 1971, the postal service has not taken a dime from taxpayers. All of its operations — including the remarkable convenience of 32,000 local post offices — are paid for by peddling stamps and other products."
27 March

Elementary School District 33 "News Bites"

  • noneSpring Break
  • The Rest of the Story
  • Currier School
  • Save the Date for Fitness
Change of Date for April Market Day Orders 
none"We have changed the April pickup date to Thursday, April 12th.   Order sheets will be due to school by Monday, April 9th and online orders will also be due by 11 p.m. on April 9th ...  April’s Market Day profits will benefit the Spanish Club.  Click on the following website to access Market Day to place your order: Our School is listed as Community High School Activities - Account #6816."
Fundraiser for Softball Team
  • noneWhen: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
  • Where: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Address: 28241 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL 
Details: All friends, family and supporters are invited to participate and gather at Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch, dinner or a snack.  20% of purchases accompanied by the certificate below will be donated to the West Chicago Community High School Softball Program. You must bring the certificate with you and present it at time of purchase.  Click here for Certificate:
  • National Library Week, April 8-14
    none"First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  The West Chicago Public Library District will be celebrating this year with daily raffles to win booklights, reading timers, water bottles, fleece throws, and more goodies for snuggling up with a good book."
  • The West Chicago Public Library District Partners with COD and District 33 in “Leer es Poder”
    none"noneAs a partner in this family literacy program, the Library has many responsibilities. In addition to serving on the Advisory Council for the project, they serve as a provider of Parent and Child Together (PACT) activities, with time scheduled with Youth Services librarians every other week. These sessions include activities designed to encourage and facilitate learning together, as well as offering the parents opportunities to learn life skills that support their children."
Two West Chicago Businesses Found to be in Possession of Synthetic Cannabis
none"The search warrants were the culmination of several weeks of undercover purchases of synthetic cannabis at the two aforementioned gas stations. Both businesses were checked and were found to be in possession of synthetic cannabis, commonly sold under name brands such as K2, Spice, Wild Greens, Pink Panther, Hindu Magic and Kush."
My Pet Rocks Contest
none"Among the categories of judging in the My Pet Rocks Contest are: largest dog, smallest dog, dog with the biggest ears, cutest dog, longest tail, shortest tail, dog with the most spots, most unusual, best dressed, and best person/pet look-alike. Several West Chicago pet care businesses have enthusiastically volunteered to serve as judges."
none Suburban gun shop burglaries raise security issue
Dang Wabbit"There are roughly 750 gun shops in the Chicago area, and about 2,500 firearms dealers statewide.  Yet there are no state or federal regulations on gun shop security other than the Federal Firearms License. Dealers who apply for a license undergo background checks. If everything checks out and they are cleared, dealers must comply with local city ordinances. At present, that is the extent of regulation, Ahern said ... Proposed legislation that would require gun shops to have alarm systems and video surveillance of all the doors and windows has been referred to the Illinois House Rules Committee."
none Girls soccer: Thomas, Witt should ease Underwood’s return to Wheaton Academy
nonenone"After three years as head men’s soccer coach at Sterling College in Kansas, Dave Underwood is back at Wheaton Academy.  He returns to a program that won the Class 2A title in 2009 and finished third and fourth the past two seasons. Underwood led the Warriors to their first title in Class A in 2004."
none House passes admission fees for Illinois state parks
none"Proponents of the measure, sponsored by Rep. JoAnn Osmond, R-Antioch, said the money is needed for upkeep at parks, where funds, personnel and care have been cut back heavily in recent years.  "I know it's very difficult for the members of this assembly to vote for a fee, but please keep in mind that this is a user fee, and the people that pay this fee will be the people that love nature, love to go to the parks," Osmond said."
none Illinois Products Expo sets attendance record
none"The exposition featured products from 77 Illinois companies.  Participating companies reported $130,000 in sales. That's up 13 percent from the previous high of $115,000."
none Illinois House OKs entrance fee for state parks
none"DNR officials have told lawmakers that budget and staff cutbacks over the last decade have left the department woefully short of money to keep up the parks. DNR’s budget has been cut by $58 million over the last decade and its staff reduced by more than 1,000 positions.  Osmond said the fees could raise $8 million to $9 million a year. The money would be used for park maintenance."
none "Green jobs are a hoax"? Nope--and now we have proof. - Daily Kos
"We hear it from the GOP all the time:  "Green jobs are a hoax". "Regulations mandating conversion to renewable energy sources costs jobs".  Like many things we hear from the GOP, these claims appear to have only a marginal connection to reality.  And now we have some proof.  Today, the US Labor Department released a report which claims that 3.1 million Americans are employed in "green jobs"."
none English church votes down pact to unite Anglicans
none"But the pact, which tried to bring liberal and conservative wings of the Communion together, ended up facing opposition from both sides.  Liberal Anglicans fear the covenant will impose centralising control on the Communion's family of autonomous churches, while conservatives and evangelicals complain it does not go far enough to discipline churches that step out of line."
Jimmy Carter Leaves Church Over Treatment of Women - Politics Daily
none"The truth is that male religious leaders have had -- and still have -- an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world."
Church holds mock kidnapping on youth group - Associated Press
none"The pastor of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Middletown said the church is "so saddened" that the girl was traumatized at the Wednesday evening youth meeting.  But the pastor, John Lanza, said Friday there have been emails of support from other students at the church, about 10 miles southeast of Harrisburg, because the intent was to prepare them for what they might encounter as missionaries. He didn't disclose the names of those involved but said the mock kidnappers included an off-duty police officer and a retired Army captain."
none Do Americans Really Hate Health Care Reform? - TPM
"Two weeks ago a Bloomberg poll asked the multiple choice version: 37 percent of Americans said repeal health care reform, 46 percent we should see how it works, and 11 percent said to leave it alone. A Pew survey went even further, with 38 percent of Americans saying repeal the law, 20 percent saying to leave it alone, and 33 percent saying the law should actually be expanded. Kaiser tracking polls on the issue have shown the same thing for more than a year, dividing responses into four categories, with the largest plurality being “expand the law,” which has hovered in the high twenty and low thirty percent range."
Ryan Promises To Close Tax Loopholes, But Won’t Say Which - TPM
"The Congressional Budget Office has not yet scored the plan, which envisions two tax rates of 10 percent and 25 percent, while abolishing the Alternative Minimum Tax. That’s likely to cause a huge drop in federal revenues. Estimates suggest that the federal budget has over $1 trillion dollars of annual tax expenditures, in the form of exclusions, deductions and credits.  Ryan made a similar pledge to take on these tax loopholes last year, but that hasn’t yet materialized. It’s an arduous task, in part because many beneficiaries of the deductions and subsidies are powerful political players like oil companies, and will fight to keep them. Some of the credits, such as the tax exclusion on employer-provided health insurance, benefit the middle class and enjoy strong support in Congress."
24&25 March

This Week in West Chicago

Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: April 2 – 8
none Three charged in West Chicago synthetic pot bust
none"Officers made the arrests after executing search warrants Thursday at Shell gas stations on the 100 block of North Avenue and 1300 block of South Neltnor Boulevard, according to a news release.  Police said both businesses had synthetic cannabis, commonly sold under name brands such as K2, Wild Greens, Pink Panther and Kush. The searches capped a weeks-long undercover probe in which police said they bought the substances at both businesses."
Could suburban ‘lame ducks' play key role in reforms?
nonetom Johnsonnone"Among Tuesday's fallen is Rep. Randy Ramey, a Carol Stream Republican who lost a bid for the Illinois Senate.He disputed the idea that lawmakers will change their minds just because they don't face election.“I won't flip-flop,” Ramey said. “You won't see me voting for crazy things that I never would have voted for before.” ... Also not running this year are state Sens. Susan Garrett, a Lake Forest Democrat; Tom Johnson, a West Chicago Republican; Jeff Schoenberg, an Evanston Democrat; and John Millner, a Carol Stream Republican."
none West Chicago Wins 1st Place in State LifeSmarts Competition
none"West Chicago Community High School finished in first place in the 16th annual Illinois LifeSmarts competition. Members of the team included: Matthew Wenz (Captain), Alison Miller, Betsy Speer, Davis Steinbrecher, Grant Hostika, and Steven Karnoscak.  The competition was held at Community High School District 94 in West Chicago. West Chicago Community High School will now represent Illinois at the National LifeSmartsCompetition April 21-24 in Philadelphia, PA."
none Quinn's proposed $2.7 billion Medicaid cut might be biggest in nation
none"Gov. Pat Quinn said in his budget proposal that he wants to reduce Medicaid spending by $2.7 billion next year. A working group of state lawmakers is meeting to find ways to make the cuts. Options include beefing up determination of eligibility so that people who don’t qualify are removed, eliminating or paring back services that aren’t required by federal regulations and reducing rates paid to doctors and hospitals that treat Medicaid patients."
Chicago Magazine A Foodie Road Trip on Route 64
"We started on the shore of Lake Michigan, at North Avenue Beach in Chicago, and headed west through the city and into the suburbs. But our adventure truly began at Olde North Pancake House in West Chicago, decorated in a style best described as early-American Midwestern Grandma."
none War On Women: Extended Cut - You Tube
"Judging from comments made recently by prominent Republicans, the GOP has got a serious problem with women. Until they get over their issues, women have got a serious problem with the GOP."
22 Mar

Around and About in West Chicago - 22 Mar 2012

  • Illinois High School Association Sectional
  • Spring Clothing Event
  • Spring Spaghetti Luncheon
  • West Chicago Public Library District “Food for Fines”
Thankyou - Alan Murphy
"Thank You to all of the voters that went out of their way to vote for me!!!
I know that I will do my best to meet or exceed your expectations. Once again a big THANK YOU!!!!"
Thankyou - Randy Ramey
I would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked on my campaign. Your efforts deserved a victory! Thank you to all who believed in me and voted. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Some Election Results  ... Partial at 10PM
Sen 23 R Carole Pankau 7235 57.45%
  Randy Ramey 5358 42.55%
Sen 23 D Greg Brownfield 263 29.06%
  Thomas E. Cullerton 376 41.55%
  Kevin Allen 266 29.39%
Sen 25 R Dave Richmond 664 25.09%
  Richard C. Slocum 333 12.58%
  Jim Oberweis 1650 62.33%
Sen 25 D Corinne M. Pierog 27 50.00%
  Steven L. Hunter 27 50.00%
Rep 42 R Laura M. Pollastrini 2921 20.07%
  Chris Hage  4545 31.23%
  Jeanne M. Ives 5172 35.54%
  Dave Carlin 1916 13.16%
Ctybd 6 R Kevin R. Wiley 4649 16.48%
  Tom Sutton 3926 13.92%
  Robert L. Larsen 8345  29.58%
  James F. Zay 7266 25.76%
  David J. Sabathne 4025  14.27%
Ctybd 6 D Dirk Enger  334 25.91%
  Terrell Barnes 251 19.47%
  Dave Barry 323 25.06%
  Lauren Nowak 381 29.56%
Fpdist 6 R Art Pierscionek 1566 13.70%
  Al Murphy 4777 41.79%
  Kory R Andrew Atkinson 1633 14.29%
  Pete Connolly 3455 30.22%
  Yes 1947  46.58%
  No  2233 53.42%
none Murphy takes DuPage forest Dist. 6 opening
Al Murphy"Murphy will face Democrat Shannon Burns in November, who ran unopposed in Tuesday's primary. The winner's term will either be 2 or 4 years. The length will be determined by lottery after the November election, in which all seats are open."
DuPage Dist. 6 Democratic incumbent wins
none"With all 110 precincts reporting, unofficial results show District 6 incumbent Dirk Enger with 2,661 votes. Newcomers Lauren “Laurie” Nowak and Dave Barry received 3,324 and 2,481 votes, respectively. The fourth Democrat in the primary race, Terrell Barnes, received 1,977 votes."
Oberweis: Illinois needs business-friendly attitude
none"Oberweis is the chairman of Oberweis Dairy and founder of Oberweis Securities.  He developed something of a reputation as a perennial candidate, but has never won a public office. In 2002, he lost in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat. He again lost in the primary in 2004 for a U.S. Senate seat. In 2006, he lost the primary for governor. In 2008, he lost the special and regular elections for the 14th Congressional District seat."
DuPage District 6 incumbents victorious
none"With all 110 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Robert Larsen with 10,033 votes and fellow board member James Zay with 8,651 votes in the GOP primary. Challenger Kevin Wiley, an Army lieutenant colonel from West Chicago, secured the third nomination with 5,784 votes.  Two other Republican candidates sought the GOP nomination for three District 6 seats. Tom Sutton and David Sabathne received 4,817 and 4,648 votes, respectively."
none West Chicago voters say no to community center
none"With all 26 precincts reporting, about 53 percent of voters said no to a request to borrow money to build a proposed community center, according to unofficial vote totals... “The board will look at the results and evaluate next steps after reflecting on the vote,” Major said. “It’s not like we we significantly defeated. We’ll figure out the next direction the next couple of weeks and go from there.”"
none Illinois House OKs ending legislative scholarships
none"The program has received much criticism in the wake of revelations that some legislators award waivers to family members, political allies’ children and students outside their districts. It also costs state universities millions of dollars a year.  Gov. Pat Quinn urged the Senate to abolish the program and use the money for deserving students in financial need."
  Illinois Senate to talk Medicaid options today
none"Senate President John Cullerton is calling the full Senate together today to discuss Medicaid and hear how other states are reining in costs.  The Chicago Democrat is calling the unusual meeting because it’s crucial for Democrats and Republicans to learn about Medicaid together and to cooperate on solutions.  An expert from the National Conference of State Legislatures will address the senators."
none House kills audio recording bill
"“Citizens are unfortunately being charged under this current law for doing nothing more than what we already do every day, which is to take out our cell phone, open up the camera, and start recording," said the sponsor of House Bill 3944, Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook,  The bill failed on a 45-59 vote. As a result, Illinois remains a “two-party consent” state when it comes to wiretapping. This means that everyone in a conversation must give their consent if they are to be recorded."
Illinois House votes to end legislative scholarship program
"The Illinois House voted Wednesday to abolish the controversial legislative scholarship program, and Senate Republicans are ratcheting up the pressure for the measure to be approved in that chamber.  The House has voted to get rid of the scholarships before, so the real battleground will be in the Senate where senators historically have preferred to try to mend the program instead of end it."
Primary losses add to lame-duck ranks in IL | Illinois Statehouse News
none"Twenty-two incumbents — a mix of Republicans and Democrats — said they won’t seek re-election this fall. Another seven incumbents, mostly Republicans, lost their primary race Tuesday.  “It depends why someone is a lame duck. Sometimes people believe that being a lame duck is temporary. But by and large, these are good opportunities to move things” through the legislative process, said Kent Redfield, a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield."
Government Jobs Buoyed Bush’s Economy And Sunk Obama’s - TPM
"To date, government cutbacks have led to 590,000 public-sector jobs losses under Obama. That falloff is finally slowing, but it hasn’t reversed, and locked in austerity measures suggest it won’t any time soon. At this point in Bush’s first term, by contrast, he’d benefited from 716,000 public-sector jobs gains. And over his first full term he benefited from 900,000 gains, almost fully offsetting private-sector jobs losses. "
none Crackdown in Iran Hits Official Churches - Compass Direct News
none"“I now have 12 names of Christians arrested in Isfahan,” said the Iranian Christian, who requested anonymity. “Isfahan is a very Islamic city. We have two or three church buildings there. The government is very sensitive in Isfahan, which is the only city apart from Tehran with official church buildings. Now the government is focusing on the church buildings to scare the people so they don’t go.”"
none Romney econ adviser posts deport-seniors joke on blog - Politico
none"“Budget Cuts: The Immigration Department will start deporting seniors (instead of illegals) in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs. Older people are easier to catch and less likely to remember how to get home.”"
The Dallas Fed Is Calling For The Immediate Breakup Of Large Banks - Business Insider
none"However, Dodd–Frank does not eradi- cate TBTF. Indeed, it is our view at the Dallas Fed that it may actually perpetuate an already dangerous trend of increasing banking industry concentration. ... In addition to remaining a lingering threat to financial stability, these megabanks signifi- cantly hamper the Federal Reserve’s ability to properly conduct monetary policy."
20 March
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Widespread Election Irregularities in DuPage County - FB, DuPage County Green Party
none"They are being told, after voting on paper ballots, that the paper ballots don’t fit in the optical scanner device, so the votes can’t be counted by the optical scanner in the presence of the voter.  The ballots are then being manually placed inside the optical scanner machine by election officials without the votes being counted in the presence of the voter."
none"Tomorrow is election day. I hope you will be voting and exercising your rights.   I want to thank you for taking the time to review the information that has been delivered to your home. I hope it has shown you that I have the ideas and the work ethic to get our State back on track. I also hope that you have been able to dismiss my opponents campaign of personal attacks and misinformation. It has been a long 6 months for us but I believe the hard work that has been put in will put us over the top!  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the numbers provided above. I humbly ask for your vote tomorrow. The polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00pm."
Reminder to Vote - FB, David J. Sabathne DuPage
none"Thank you to all that have supported me the last few months as I made my way through the campaign trail. The final step is for veryone to get out and vote. I would certainly be honored to have your vote and the chance to serve you on the DuPage County Board."
David J. Sabathne"
The time has FINALLY come... FB, Melissa Birch
none"The polls open at 6am tomorrow morning and we want to remind you to VOTE. Remind all your friends and neighbors. We have the support, we just need to make it to the polls. Every vote counts!  We will be at Hawthorne's Backyard Grill tomorrow night from 6 pm until ? to watch the numbers. If you are free please stop by.  Finally, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your help and support. Each of you have played a part in this process and we cannot thank you enough!"
annual State of the City Address
none"In fact, as a result of thoughtful planning, the 2012 Annual Budget total of $51,203,000 is a decrease of 12.05% from the 2011 Budget, as amended. Furthermore, the approved budget includes no service reductions as well as no tax, rate or fee increases; also of note, the property tax levy remained unchanged from 2011. "
none DuPage County’s key primary races
none"Pankau and Ramey both live in the new 23rd Senate District, which includes all or parts of Addison, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Itasca, Lombard, Oakbrook Terrace, Roselle, Villa Park, Wayne, West Chicago and Wood Dale.  The resulting campaign has been contentious, with Ramey claiming that Pankau has been ineffective as a state lawmaker, while Pankau ran television ads about Ramey’s DUI conviction last year."
  • Forest preserves spring into action to open early
    none"In DuPage County, instead of overseeing wintertime activities — because there are none — workers there have been stepping up trail maintenance and other cosmetic projects that would normally wait until April or May. The DuPage County Forest Preserve District traditionally opens parking lots and washrooms on March 1, and this year was no different, officials there said."
  • Summerlike weather brings bee fans to Kline Creek Farm
    "Longtime Kline Creek Farm volunteer Lawrence DuBose explained to groups of children how bees produce honey. He also stressed how vital bees are to the lives of animals and human beings, as they pollinate the plants that provide food to both."
none Illinois Election Day mishap: Big ballots cause problem in DuPage, Aurora
none"Jane Gasperin of the Illinois State Board of Elections says all votes will be counted, but tallying may go slower than usual in affected counties.  She says ballots from two vendors are causing problems in 24 counties. But not all precincts in those counties are affected. Some ballots are fine, even in the affected precincts."
none Illinois awards $478K in grants to help veterans
none"The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it would award $478,000 to ten organizations for the third quarter of the fiscal year.  The proceeds come from the Veterans' Cash scratch-off lottery ticket that Gov. Pat Quinn pushed for in 2006."
Ballots too big in at least 24 Illinois counties, including here
none"Jane Gasperin of the Illinois State Board of Elections says all votes will be counted, but tallying may go slower than usual in affected counties.  She says ballots from two vendors are causing problems in 24 counties. But not all precincts in those counties are affected. Some ballots are fine, even in the affected precincts."
none Quinn's facility closure plan to cost at least 2,300 jobs
none"For example, closing the “supermax” prison in Tamms would mean 295 state employee layoffs — and a ripple effect of 43 jobs lost in the community, such as grocery store clerks or car mechanics. The economic impact would be more than $32 million, the report says.   Quinn’s aides said Monday that Illinois must make painful cuts if it’s ever going to get the state budget under control."
Online lottery sales in Illinois set to start Sunday
none"State Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones said Monday that online sales will hopefully attract thousands of new players. Statistic show that 600,000 to one million people support the idea of a lottery, but do not play. The state wants to get those people to buy lottery tickets."
none The Truth About The Minimum Wage That Will Make You Gasp -
"This is astounding. And it makes you wonder: what does it take to get ahead in this country? ... In no state can a minimum wage worker afforda two-bedroom unit at Fair Market Rent, working a standard 40 hour week."
none Rick Santorum under fire over ranting rightwing pastor - The Telagraph
none"“Listen to me. If you don’t love America, and you don’t like the way we do things, I’ve got one thing to say, get out!,” he said. “We don’t worship Buddha, we don’t worship Mohammed, we don’t worship Allah. We worship God. We worship God’s son Jesus Christ.” ... Republican contender Mr Santorum was shown clapping approvingly in the background as the rightwing pastor delivered the ranting fire and brimstone address."
none The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Illinois’s Demographic Changes and Immigration Politics - Center for American Progress
none"In 2010 Illinois had the fifth-largest Hispanic population in the country and the 10th-largest Hispanic share as a percent of the total population.  In light of the state’s primary tomorrow, here are some facts about how the state’s growing communities of color are changing Illinois’s economy and electorate."
The Rich Evade Taxes and We End Up Paying Their Share - Buzz Flash
none"Then I went back a few years to the 1970s when soon-to-be-in-power Republicans became convinced that lowering taxes on the rich would generate more revenue. It didn't work. Federal revenues are currently at their lowest level in 60 years. The average federal tax rate has gone way down for the richest 1%. Yet, remarkably it's gone UP for everyone in the 40th to 95th percentiles of taxpayers, which includes most of the rest of us. "
1718 Mar

This Week in West Chicago

Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: March 26 – April 1

Elementary Dist 33 NewsBites:none

  •  St. Patrick's Day
  • Chorus Concert
  • Day off
  • Spring Break
  • Articles and Photo Galleries
  • The Rest of the Story....

Resource Fair for Students and Adults with Disabilities
"Community High School District 94 to host:

  • noneWhat: Resource Fair for Students and Adults with Disabilities
  • When: Thursday, March 22, 2012
  • Where: Community High School, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • COD to get fire protection from Lisle-Woodridge
    none"After the DuPage County Board approved a separate agreement earlier this week that transfers jurisdictional control of the 273-acre campus from Glen Ellyn to the county, COD had the option of switching fire service providers from the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company if it so chose."
  • COD faculty, administration remain at loggerheads on contract
    "“Others on campus — including the president and over a dozen new administrators added over the last three years — have not been asked to sacrifice with equivalently severe cuts,” the advertisement said.  Faculty Association Vice President Bob Hazard said Thursday only some of those concessions had been previously divulged to the media. Those were the “cherries” of the agreement — not the “pits.”"
All DuPage forest preserve seats are up Tuesday
Al Murphy"Murphy takes a stronger stance on pensions, saying his goal in his first year in office would be to eliminate the benefit. He also wants to eliminate health insurance benefits for commissioners and reduce their salaries by 20 percent."
none Wegner School Celebrates “Everyday Heroes”
none"On Tuesday, March 13, families were invited to attend the Wegner School Family Reading Night. This year’s theme was “Everyday Heroes”. The idea behind this theme was to introduce children to various “Everyday Heroes” right in the community and learn about their jobs. The heroes included a local West Chicago Police Officer, a nurse, an employee from Willowbrook Nature Center, and representatives from World Relief Foundation."
none DuPage Board denies request for special permit for mosque dome, minaret
"The board had previously denied MECCA’s original request for a 79-foot minaret and 71-foot dome for the building. Following that decision, changes in the zoning code were adopted to provide uniform guidelines for construction of all public places of assembly located in the county’s residential areas. The code sets a 36-foot height limit for buildings... But Joseph Abel, land use and zoning consultant for MECCA, argued that the mosque’s new requested height limits for a minaret of 46 feet and a dome of 50 feet represented only a “slight increase” over the 36-foot limit."
Fox Valley's early voter turnout down over past primaries
none"DuPage County saw one of the biggest drops in early voter turnout in the region.  “In 2008, we had a little over 15,000 for the primary, and in the 2010 primary a little over 10,000,” said Joe Sobecki, assistant executive director for the DuPage Election Commission. “This year is a little below that.”"
Hastert making the rounds for Romney
none"Hastert worked with Newt Gingrich as his deputy whip, when Gingrich was speaker of the House. He called Gingrich a friend, but said that there was a disconnect there.  “You’ll find that the people who worked with Gingrich at that time don’t really trust him,” Hastert said. “There’s always a doubt there of where this guy is going to go.”"
none DuPage Water Commission is deemed on 'right track'
none"Five years ago, the commission’s board approved a $40 million rebate to its charter customers and cut its rates by 20 cents per 1,000 gallons, on the basis of staff reports that overstated the cash the agency had available. The discovery later that its $69 million reserve fund had been misspent unbeknownst to the board triggered an agency overhaul that brought the departure of top staff and the mandatory resignation of the entire board."
none Vast majority of FOIA requests coming from the public
none"Attorney General Lisa Madigan reported that of the 2,561 requests her public access counselor received in 2011 for review of a public body’s response to a FOIA request, 2,000 came from the public while 171 came from the press and 390 were submitted by others."
none AFSCME brings protest to Executive Mansion - State Journal Register
none"“The governor is certainly going to hear about it,” said Kent Beauchamp, a regional director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “He’s going to know there are people out there who are opposed to his cuts, particularly when he has to do it in order to pay for the huge tax breaks he gave to the largest corporations in this state.”  Lawmakers last fall approved tax cuts for Sears and CME group after both companies threatened to move their operations out of Illinois."
none Obama administration says San Diego cross should stay - Los Angeles Times
none"The government should not be required "to tear down a cross that has stood without incident for 58 years as a highly venerated memorial to the nation's fallen service members," Solicitor Gen. Donald B. Verrilli Jr. said in a new appeal to the high court."
none For Romney and Santorum, a Battle of Chicago Versus Illinois - FiveThirty Eight, NYT
none"If turnout in the Republican primary were proportional to the population in Illinois, Mitt Romney would almost certainly win the state — and probably by a double-digit margin.  But it won’t be. The Chicago area is so Democratic that the rest of the state is on an even keel with it in the context of a Republican primary."
If You Took the Greed Out of Wall Street, All You’d Have Left Is Pavement: Why Greg Smith’s Critique is Way Too Narrow - Robert Reich
none"That’s why we have regulations. After millions of investors lost everything in 1929, the federal government stepped into the breach ... But starting in the 1970s and 1980s, Wall Street made sure these and the regulations issued under them were steadily watered down – which contributed to the junk-bond and insider trading scandals of the 1980s, the dot-com scams of the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Wall-Street enablers of Enron and other corporate looters, and the wild excesses that led to the crash of 2008."
15 Mar
none Around and About in West Chicago - 14 Mar 2012
  • General Primary Election Tuesday, March 20, 2012
  • District 94 Winter Band Concert
  • Post Prom Committee St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser, “Bunco Bash,”
  • Free-Proctored ACT Practice Test

Elementary District 33 NewsBites:

  • noneOrchestra, Band
  • Articles/Photo Galleries
  • Parents Invited to MS PTO
  • Book Sale
Library Friends Hold Used Book Sale
none"The Friends of the West Chicago Public Library District Annual Book Sale was held Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, and book lovers young and old did indeed show up early to take advantage of the bargains. A complete set of Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln went early from the vintage book section. According to Bob Little, President of the Friends Board, cookbooks and books on photography and military topics were also popular."
  • noneParent/Teacher conference March 22th
    "Community High School's Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 between 5:00pm and 8:30pm. During those times our teachers, counselors, nurses, and social workers will be available to meet with you personally to discuss your child's progress or other matters of concern."
  • Three Golden Apple Scholars at CHS
    "Three students from Community High School have been selected as Golden Apple Scholars!  Out of a pool of 1,300 students across the state of Ilinois, only 135 were selected to receive the scholarship. Three students from one high school is a major distinction! "
  • Student-of-the Month for February 2012
    "The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Elsa Cadwallader of West Chicago for being selected Student of the Month for February.
  • You are invited to an evening for junior parents
    "Wednesday, April 4th
    7 p.m. - starting in the Commons"
  • March Madness Monday
    "Wildcat Boosters will be selling Spirit Wear on late start Monday March 12th. In Commons 8:30am - 10am ... Come out and support the students of Community High School… "
West Chicago Lacrosse Club Home Opener
nonenone"Don't miss the fastest game on TWO FEET!
This Friday March 16 - 6:00 pm in the Stadium
Come and enjoy the AWESOME WEATHER as we cheer on:  West Chicago vs Marmion Academy ... GO WILDCATS!"
nonenone"The West Chicago Mosquito Abatement District has recently provided the City of West Chicago with its 2012 Mosquito Season Update."
none Report: Job not finished for DuPage water group
none"Crowe Horwath LLP has provided a list of recommendations that include continued monitoring of the commission's finances, updating its ethics policy and increasing transparency and accountability.  The agency also must wean itself off a quarter-cent sales tax that's mandated by the state for elimination by 2016."
none Republicans are slugging it out in suburban Senate and House primaries
none"In DuPage County, longtime Sen. Carole Pankau, of Itasca, is locked in a contentious race with Rep. Randy Ramey, of Carol Stream, the stepson of former Senate President James “Pate” Philip. Meanwhile, dairy owner Jim Oberweis is running for state Senate following failed bids for governor, Congress and U.S. Senate."
New fees approved in D303 include all-day kindergarten savings
none"In next year’s fee structure, all-day kindergarten for students who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will continue to cost $2,250, plus a $50 registration fee. However, students who qualify for reduced lunch will pay $1,170, compared to last year’s $1,350 fee. The fee for free lunch students drops from $675 a year to $450. The $50 registration fee remains constant for all who enroll in all-day kindergarten."
Salisbury Post Head of Wheaton Academy speaks at North Hills
none"North Hills Christian School recently hosted approximately 30 heads of schools and board members from regional Christian schools who came to hear from guest speaker Dr. Gene Frost.  In addition to serving as head of school at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, Ill., Frost is a respected speaker and author."
none Police seek leads in Illinois bald eagle shootings
none"According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation, the first shooting was reported Feb. 5. A mature bald eagle was found injured in Louisville near the Little Wabash River. An x-ray found the eagle was shot. The bird is recovering at a wildlife rehabilitation center.  The second shooting was reported Feb. 24 in southern Richland County. A dead bald eagle was found and an x-ray showed it was shot."
none State gets low interest rate on bond sale
"Illinois got one of its lowest interest rates ever on a bond sale just after Standard and Poor’s warned that the state’s credit rating could be lowered if lawmakers didn’t address the state’s financial problems.  Officials said Illinois received a 4.19 percent interest rate on a $575 million bond issue that will pay for public works construction projects around the state."
none Council Says 30 Years of Policies for the 1% Caused Crisis, Outlines Steps to Fix Economy - AFL-CIO
none"The council says President Obama has shown he understands the problem.
He has said clearly that 'we are not going back to an economy that’s all about outsourcing and bad debt and phony profits,' we cannot return to a 'bubble and bust' economy propped up by 'fleeting bubbles and rampant speculation.'""
none Catholic Bishops: Birth Control Is 'Ubiquitous And Inexpensive'  - Hufington Post
none"The bishops' statement is somewhat misleading. The new federal rule does not cover any drug that causes an abortion. It does cover emergency contraception, which prevents pregnancy.  Birth control is also not "ubiquitous and inexpensive" for all woman."
none Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem
"Polyurethane is a big part of our mounting waste problem and this is a new possible solution for managing it. The fungi can survive on polyurethane alone and is uniquely able to do so in an oxygen-free environment. The Yale University team has published its findings in the article ‘Biodegradation of Polyester Polyurethane by Endophytic Fungi’ for the Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal."
13 Mar
none Post Prom Fundraiser
none"Bulls tickets, White Sox tickets, Cubs tickets, and a special reserved parking spot for 1 lucky student for the entire 2012-13 school year are just a few of the items you could win in the silent auction at the Bunco Fundraiser on Friday, March 16, 2012, from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. in the CHS Learning Resource Center."


  • noneMarch 14, 2012
  • 7:30 AM
none DuPage judge candidates spar over their recordss
none"In the Republican race for a 6-year circuit judgeship are veteran county board member Patrick O’Shea, Circuit Judge Bob Gibson, and Associate Judge Brian McKillip. Whoever wins the March 20 primary will square off in November with Democrat Alice Wilson, a Bolingbrook attorney."
[Further info is at - Bob]
none Park district seeks tax hike for community center
none"Major said the new building would serve as a central location for services and programs for the district that serves about 33,000 residents. The new building plans, which can be viewed on a website and have been featured at informational meetings this year, include group fitness studios, three indoor basketball courts, an indoor turf court, dance studios, a stage, a child-care room, a three-lane running track and space reserved for birthday parties and senior activities."
Teen Dies After Being Struck By Car in West Chicago
"A 16-year-old girl died after being struck by a car in West Chicago Friday, according to police and media reports.  The girl was hit near the intersection of Route 59 and Pine Street in West Chicago, a press release said. The West Chicago police department and fire protection district responded to the incident at about 9:11 p.m."
none New upgrades at Illinois nuclear plant that lost power
none"Operators at a northern Illinois nuclear plant are replacing electrical insulators similar to ones that failed in January and caused one the reactors to lose power and shut down.  Exelon Nuclear is calling the new work at the Byron Generating Station “a proactive step.”  The Jan. 30 outage started when an electrical insulator failed and fell off the metal structure it was attached to at a switchyard."
none Delegates set for GOP presidential hopefuls in Illinois primary
none"A Chicago Tribune poll released Monday shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney out in front, with former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania running second. Romney’s support is centered around Chicagoland, while Santorum’s base is built around downstate, according to the poll. In the survey of 600 Republicans registered in Illinois, 35 percent said they favored Romney, while 31 percent gave a nod to Santorum. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points."
none Lawmaking process at Statehouse can be peculiar
none"House Agriculture and Conservation Committee has dealt with more than a few bills that don’t seem to have anything to do with farming.  The committee has passed bills giving Illinoisans the power to carry concealed firearms, approved bills requiring physicians performing abortions to offer ultrasounds to pregnant women before they get an abortion, and passed a bill allowing fees at state parks." DuPage Airport Authority Recipient of the 2012 ACC Excellence in Procurement Award
none"Airport Director David Bird accepted the award on behalf of the Authority at a luncheon during the ACC/AAAE Planning, Design & Construction Symposium in Denver, Colorado. This award, now in its fourth year, recognizes procurement programs and practices that are worthy of serving as a model for other airports and public agencies to follow."

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L Park   Wednesday, 13 March 2012

none UIC researchers find startling statistics at O’Hare - The Fox Valley Labor News
none"The report, entitled “Tough Times in the Terminals: Broken Laws and Substandard Working Conditions in Chicago’s Airports,” details a widespread pattern of wage theft, mistreatment, and racial discrimination plaguing airport workers, forcing many to rely upon food stamps and welfare to survive."
Citing Shared Values, AFL-CIO Unions Vote to Endorse Obama for Second Term - AFL-CIO
none"President Obama honors the values of hard work, of mutual respect and of solving problems together—not every person for himself or herself. He believes that together we will get through the most challenging economic crisis in memory and restore opportunity for all. Each of the Republican presidential candidates, on the other hand, has pledged to uphold the special privileges of Wall Street and the 1%—privileges that have produced historic economic inequality and drowned out the voices of working people in America."
none The ‘biblical view’ that’s younger than the Happy Meal - Slacktivist
"That year, Christianity Today — edited by Harold Lindsell, champion of “inerrancy” and author of The Battle for the Bible — published a special issue devoted to the topics of contraception and abortion. That issue included many articles that today would get their authors, editors — probably even their readers — fired from almost any evangelical institution. For example, one article by a professor from Dallas Theological Seminary criticized the Roman Catholic position on abortion as unbiblical."
none Nine Missing Romney Endorsement Quotes - The New Yorker
"But what do you do when the glowing reviews about your Presidential candidate are mixed together with caveats and some not-so-nice criticism?  This seems to be a particular problem for the difficult-to-love Mitt Romney. He is winning more endorsements than his opponents, but the endorsers have not been shy about expressing their reservations."
141 Companies Drop Advertising From Rush Limbaugh - Think Progress
"ThinkProgress has obtained an internal memo from Premiere Radio Networks listing 96 national companies that have “specifically asked” their advertisments not be played during the Rush Limbaugh Show. Premiere is the distributor of Limbaugh’s program. The advertisers have also requested to be excluded from other right-wing hosts including Michael Savage, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. According to the memo, the listed companies’ advertisements should be excluded from these programs because they have been “deemed to be offensive.”"
10&11 Mar

This Week in West Chicago

none Car strikes, kills woman in West Chicago
none"The woman, whose identity has not been released pending notification of family, was hit at 9:11 p.m. at Route 59 and Pine Street near downtown West Chicago, police said... The man driving the car that hit the woman “returned to the scene after realizing the damage to his car was possibly the result of a collision with a person,” according to a West Chicago police news release."
DuPage gearing up for election
none"Then there’s the extensive testing that’s done to make sure the machines are working properly. The tests, which takes up to six hours per machine to finish, include an electronic logic and accuracy test. DuPage also has testers manually cast votes on every machine."
Pankau, Ramey will fight until the end
none"And though both candidates say the state’s retirement systems need to be changed, they differ on exactly how.  Ramey has opposed a plan from House Republican Leader Tom Cross that would, among other things, make teachers and state workers pay more to keep their pension plans or decide to take a less lucrative one. He says teachers should have a seat at the bargaining table because it’s not their fault the state’s pension system is in trouble.  Pankau would favor Cross’ plan, saying teachers have already had a chance to weigh in."
none Pedestrian struck, killed by car in West Chicago
none"The DuPage County Coroner’s office confirmed the death but would not confirm the victims’ gender or age or identify the victim pending notification of family."
For the Illinois Senate
none"Also on the ballot is Sugar Grove attorney Richard Slocum, a 16-year member of the West Aurora school board. Richmond, who was director of constituent services for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, is endorsed. In the Democratic primary we’ll go with Corinne Pierog of St. Charles, a consultant and school board member..."
Endorsements for Illinois Senate
none"There is a Democratic primary. Legal aid attorney Greg Brownfield, of Bartlett, won our endorsement against Ramey in a 2010 race for the House. Brownfield is bright and open-minded, but marketing manager Kevin Allen, of Addison, is light years ahead in his grasp of issues. Allen is a longtime Democratic field worker whose clear-eyed analysis of the state's fiscal and ethical challenges puts many incumbents to shame. Allen is endorsed."
none Report: Great Lakes ice down 71 percent since 1973
"The study doesn't include the current winter, but satellite photos show that only about 5 percent of the Great Lakes surface froze over this winter. That's a steep drop from years such as 1979, when there was as much as 94 percent ice coverage. On average, about 40 percent of the surfaces freeze over.  The results are consistent with other studies that have found higher surface water temperatures on Lake Superior in recent years."
Doctor: Kirk continues to improve, meeting with staff
none"Doctors have said the 52-year-old Republican should make a full mental recovery, though they expect him to have limited movement on his left side.  Immediately after the stroke, Kirk had emergency surgery that included the temporary removal of part of his skull to allow for swelling.  Kirk began his rehabilitation in mid-February with exercise that included walking on a treadmill."
none Illinois senators vote to cut their salaries again
none"This would be the fourth straight year lawmakers have taken a pay cut. The money saved is minuscule compared to the billions of dollars’ worth of red ink in the state budget, but lawmakers consider it an important symbol that they’re sharing the pain."
none New Poultry Inspection Rule Risks Public Health - AFL-CIO
"The rule, proposed by the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, would increase the maximum line speed from the current 91 chickens per minute to 175 per minute. It also would reduce from three to two the number of federal food safety inspectors per line."
After Limbaugh Scolding, Romney Flip-Flops on Minimum Wage Increase - AFL-CIO
none"Surprising as it may sound, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney earlier this year said something that all of us in the progressive world—and in most worlds—agree with: It's time to raise the minimum wage and protect its value by indexing it against inflation. But after the conservative extremists who pull the strings in the Republican Party pilloried him for such notion, Romney performed a classic candidate flip-flop."
none Is America on the Verge of Theocracy? 4 Fundamentalist Ideologies Threatening U.S. Liberty - AlterNet
"But the much-exalted religious fundamentalism touted by fanatics such as Santorum and many of his Tea Party followers does more than promote a disdain for critical thought and reinforce retrograde forms of homophobia and patriarchy. It also inspires a wave of criticism and censorship against all but the most sanitized facets of popular culture."
none Ignorance Is Strength - NY Times
"Another result is that cash-strapped educational institutions have been cutting back in areas that are expensive to teach — which also happen to be precisely the areas the economy needs. For example, public colleges in a number of states, including Florida and Texas, have eliminated entire departments in engineering and computer science. "
08 Marr

Around and About in West Chicago - 08 Mar 2012

  • WeGo Sole Steppers
  • WeGo Drama presents Studio 94
  • District 94 Music Boosters Pancake Breakfast
  • Local Government Week

School District 33 "News Bites"

  • ISATs
  • We Go Run
  • Spelling Bee
  • Foundation - Raffle Basket and Red Pin Bowl Winners 
  • Library Book Sale
Library ACT Test Prep
nonenone"Colleges use ACT results in admission decisions, course placement, academic advising and, with aiding agencies, evaluate applications for scholarships, loans and other financial assistance. “We are so pleased to be able to offer the students of the West Chicago Public Library District this opportunity to be successful,” says Administrative Librarian Melody E. Coleman."
The West Chicago Public Library District “Food for Fines” Program
none"The West Chicago Public Library District “Food for Fines” amnesty period begins Monday, March 26 and ends Saturday, April 7, 2012. During this period, the Library will accept donations of non-perishable canned or boxed food in payment of overdue fines."
BUNCO Nite & Silent Auction Fundraiser - FB, Susan Dieterle Stibal
"NOT JUST FOR LADIES! Everyone can let the GOOD TIMES ROLL with 3 games of BUNCO, desserts, soda/coffee, and a great selection of SILENT AUCTION ITEMS!"
"Did you guys see that West Chicago made it onto Tosh.0? The "Guy Gets Excited Over Train" video is filmed in WC... "
none"Beginning at 7 p.m. CareerVision, a local agency that specializes in career exploration, will present “Backward Planning - How to Choose a Motivating College Major”.  Following the CareerVision presentation, CHS counselors Susan Cisek and Gavin Engel will share information that was presented to our sophomore students during their English classes."
The Human Race - DuPage County - FB, Educare of West DuPage
"Educare of West DuPage will be a SPONSORED participant in the DuPage Human Race 5k run/walk fundraiser. For more information please go to website: ... It all happens on April 21, 2012, the final day of National Volunteer Week."
none Illinois Election Information Unbiased, Non-Partisan - eVoter
[You should really poke around this site a bit.  It has everything from profiles to endorsements to laws and polling places.  For example, I went to Sample Ballots and looked up what will be on our ballot this cycle. - Bob]
none West Chicago parks' finances called into question - Daily Herald
none"Following up on tips from residents of the district, the Daily Herald found relatives of commissioners and full-time staff members working part-time jobs at the district, a commissioner's relative getting business from the district, commissioners spending hundreds of dollars on weekend conferences out of state or in Chicago, and the district's executive director living rent-free at a house owned by taxpayers."
DuPage panel split on mosque minaret or dome
"“I am going to support MECCA because I believe it's the right thing to do,” said Rita Gonzalez, who voted with fellow board members Grant Eckhoff and Tony Michelassi. “I have not been given any testimony as to how this is injurious to the neighborhood.” ... “It's not necessary for the operation,” Hamadeh said. “But it is a very important symbol for our religious institution to be present — just like a steeple is for a church.”"
Township study gives high marks to townships
none"“Township government was clearly developed for an 18th century rural society in which transportation was slow and difficult,” Hamilton wrote in his report. “If townships were not already in existence, they would not be invented or necessary.”  Township officials like Lake Villa Township Supervisor Dan Venturi said townships often provide services other forms of government can’t or don’t want to, like senior transportation and social services."
none Report claims townships do more with less
none"“If you wiped townships off the face of the Earth, there are services that wouldn’t be provided to citizens that are now,” Stanfa said. “You get a great bang for your buck with the township government.”Critics of big government say those services can be provided by municipalities, counties and the state."
none State park entrance fees backed
none"Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris McCloud said the department will see a budget deficit of about $22 million in fiscal year 2013. Nearly $750 million in repairs and maintenance are needed at the parks, officials have said.  Gurnee resident Jim Solum spends a great deal of time watching birds at state and county parks but says he is hesitant about supporting fees.  "We pay for the parks with our taxes. It would be like paying to go the library," he said and suggested the money for repairs come from fees charged to campers."
State Senate panel approves new tax on strip clubs
none"The legislation would impose an admission tax of $5 per person at strip clubs that serve alcohol or let customers bring their own. The tax money would go to sexual assault prevention programs.  The Public Health Committee approved it 8-0 Tuesday."
McHenry County whooping cough cases top 300
"What started in August with a small group of infected students at far northwest suburban Cary-Grove High School has now ballooned to more than 300 cases in 19 communities across the county. That includes the hospitalization of two 2-month-old infants who have since recovered."
none Pat Robertson Says Marijuana Use Should be Legall - NY Times
none"“I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Mr. Robertson said in an interview on Wednesday. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded.” ... Mr. Robertson has now apparently fully embraced the idea of legalizing marijuana, arguing that it is a way to bring down soaring rates of incarceration and reduce the social and financial costs."
none Former Congressman Denied Right To Vote In Tennesse - Think Progress
none"A former congressman said he and his wife were denied the right to vote last night in their Tennessee hometown after poll workers said he had been removed from the voting rolls. Lincoln Davis, a Democrat who served two terms, leaving office in 2011 ... In Ohio yesterday, an 86-year-old World War II veteran was denied the right to vote after his ID was rejected at the polls." Removes Offensive Attacks On Sandra Fluke From Transcript Archives - Think Progress
none"The Atlantic Wire points out that his website has scrubbed a few offensive comments. While the “slut” comments still show up in other rants by Limbaugh, his site has removed his sex tapes comment from March 1. “The pages were clearly working a few days ago — several sites linked to them,” Elspeth Reeve reports. “The pages don’t show up on the February 29 and March 1 archives, either, though links to them still exist on other transcripts related to the controversy.”"
[To all those who have claimed that Rush has no shame, you are now proven wrong. - Bob]
06 Mar
none Resource Fair for Special Ed Students and Adults - FB, Kathe Elliott-Doremus
Thursday, March 22 at 5:30p
"Transition Program at WCCHS is hosting a Resource Fair for students and adults with special needs - in a time when resources are limited, knowledge is power for our special needs population - find out what resources are available at this fair - please share with anyone you know who may benefit from these services!"

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale - Marguerite Czajka

  • none"Friday at 9:00am until Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 4:00pm
  • Join us for the Friends of the West Chicago Public Library District annual book sale providing gently used books at great prices."

A summary of Daily Herald primary endorsements

  • Illinois Supreme Court - Mary Jane Theis
  • Congress
    District 8, Democrat -- Tammy Duckworth
    District 9, Democrat -- Jan Schakowsky
  • State Senate
    District 28, Republican -- Gayle Smolinski
  • County Board - District 6,
    Democrat -- Terrell Barnes, Dirk Enger, Lauren Nowak
    Republican -- Robert Larsen, David Sabathne, James Zay
  • Forest Preserve - District 6,
    Republican -- Pete Connolly
none COD considers tobacco-free campus policy
none"Under a proposal to make school tobacco free, smokers could still use tobacco products in their vehicles on campus grounds, but nowhere else at the school’s facilities, said college spokesman Joe Moore.  A proposed policy is expected to be considered by the school’s board of trustees at its March 15 meeting, Moore said, though the board is not likely to vote on it that night."
none It's official: This Illinois winter one of the warmest on record
"This winter in Illinois also had few days with below zero temperatures. The coldest readings were -6 at Elizabeth and Galena in the northwest.  Precipitation was close to normal, but much of it fell as rain.  Snowfall totals were as much as 75 percent less than normal in northern Illinois and 25 to 50 percent less than normal in central and southern Illinois."
none University employees defend tuition break for their children
none"During the 2011 budget year, he said, waivers used by children of university employees were worth $8.16 million. A total of 2,234 students took advantage of them. That made the average waiver worth $3,652.  For Granderson, a single mother who earns about $40,000 a year, the waiver makes a big difference.  “The reason I took this job is the benefits package,” she said. “It certainly isn’t for the pay. Every penny I have goes to (household) expenses.”"
One-party consent focus of debate over Illinois eavesdropping law
none"Law enforcement groups, however, do want one-party consent, which they say would make it easier for police to conduct certain investigations.  Illinois is one of 11 states that, in most cases, requires that all participants to a conversation to agree before the conversation can be recorded. If someone declines, the recording has to stop or the recorder risks a felony conviction."
none CWA/AT&T Mobility Pact Brings Jobs Back to U.S.; Other Talks Continue - AFL-CIO
"A tentative agreement that will bring 2,000 jobs back from overseas and other outsourced facilities has been reached between the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and ATT&T Mobility. The four-year pact covers more than 9,000 workers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas."
none Pat Robertson Says People could have Stopped Deadly Tornadoes through Prayer - Right Wing Watch
"Robertson continued that the tornadoes may not have happened if people had prayed for divine intervention, “If enough people were praying He would’ve intervened, you could pray, Jesus stilled the storm, you can still storms.” He also told people who live in areas prone to natural disasters that it’s “their fault, not God’s.”"
Rick Santorum’s Journey From ‘Nominal Catholic’ to Clarion of Faith - NY Times
"Central to Mr. Santorum’s spiritual life is his wife, whom he calls “the rock which I stand upon.” Before marrying, the couple decided to recommit themselves to their Catholic faith — a turnabout for Karen Santorum, who had been romantically involved with a well-known abortion provider in Pittsburgh and had openly supported abortion rights, according to several people who knew her then."
none Santorum: Single Moms Are "Breeding More Criminals" - Mother Jones
none"Santorum framed welfare reform as a public safety issue. "What we have is moms raising children in single-parent households simply breeding more criminals," he said."... It wasn't just single moms that came under assault from Santorum. He told his audience in Clairton that the welfare program's ballooning costs were also due to "aliens," "drug addicts," and children "who have learning disabilities" as well. Santorum went on to suggest that cases of attention deficit disorder were being faked to bilk the government."
03&04 Mar
The WeekEnd

This Week in West Chicago

Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: March 12 – 18

Dist 94 Board Meeting Agenda - March 6, 2012
none March E-Newsletter
"Our main priority needs to be to cut spending in all areas and start paying off the accumulating debt that's been draining our budget for decades."
none Dems say they can defeat Hultgren in 14th Congressional
none"Two Democrats have signed up for the significant task of unseating Hultgren: retired researcher Dennis Anderson of Gurnee and computer consultant Jon Farnick of Woodstock.  Both men admit they have an uphill battle against an incumbent with more campaign money and more name recognition than they have combined."
[See also: Don't reward mudslingers by electing them. - Bob]
none DuPage newsletter ripped as promoting incumbents
none"“It’s clearly unethical to use taxpayer funds for campaign materials,” Van Der Molen said when he addressed the board at its meeting Tuesday night.  He noted that all of those running for the board in the March 20 primary are responsible for their own campaign expenses, and said the newsletter content gives an unfair advantage to those already in office. Thirteen of the 18 representatives, including 10 Republicans and all three board Democrats, are campaigning for re-election this year, and all of them face opponents."
Fermilab director: Budget cuts could have 'significant consequences'
none"While that increase may keep pace with the rate of inflation, it does not keep up with the costs of doing the sort of fundamental science done at Fermilab. Because of the department’s other priorities, like the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program, green technology and advanced manufacturing, Fermilab’s funding will actually be cut from $395 million down to $365 million, an 8 percent decrease."
Quinn lifts hold on Illinois hospital tax rulings
none"Quinn put those decisions on hold in September, hoping to create breathing room during talks on legislation that could define what hospitals must do to earn tax exemptions.  Those negotiations failed to reach a compromise by Quinn’s March 1 deadline. A spokeswoman says the governor lifted the hold Thursday."
Judge declares state eavesdropping law unconstitutional
"“The Illinois Eavesdropping Statute potentially punishes as a felony a wide array of wholly innocent conduct,” he read. “A parent making an audio recording of their child’s soccer game, but in doing so happens to record nearby conversations, would be in violation of the eavesdropping statute.”  Prosecutors now may appeal the judge’s ruling directly to the state’s Supreme Court."
none Fundraiser for Honor Flight Chicago May 5th at DuPage Airport
none"The DuPage Veterans Foundation invites the public to join in honoring WWII veterans at its first annual fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at DuPage Airport, 2700 International Drive, West Chicago."
Chicago’s water rate hike causes ripples through suburbs
none"From Oak Park to Homewood, more than 100 communities depend on Chicago’s control of the Lake Michigan spigot, and some say they feel trapped because the cost to tap other sources is too great."
[Does West Chicago's decision to run its own wells seem smarter and smarter as time goes by? - Bob]
none Judge rules eavesdropping law unconstitutional
none"The law makes it a felony offense to make audio recordings of police officers without their consent even when they’re performing their public duties.   Judge Stanley Sacks, who is assigned to the Criminal Courts Building, found the eavesdropping law unconstitutional because it potentially criminalizes “wholly innocent conduct.”"
Illinois House says Quinn revenue projections too optimistic
none"For a state that owes more than $8 billion in old bills, the change is hardly earth-shattering. But when accompanied with vows to spend less next year than in the current budget, the move sends a signal that the House, at least, is not going to give Quinn everything he wants. The final figure on the more important decision of how much lawmakers actually want to spend in the next budget has yet to be set."
none Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say - Telegraph
none"Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, he added: “This “debate” has been an example of “witch ethics” - a group of people know who the witch is and seek to burn her. It is one of the most dangerous human tendencies we have. It leads to lynching and genocide. Rather than argue and engage, there is a drive is to silence and, in the extreme, kill, based on their own moral certainty. That is not the sort of society we should live in.”  He said the journal would consider publishing an article positing that, if there was no moral difference between abortion and killing newborns, then abortion too should be illegal."
none Hackers Elect Futurama’s Bender to the Washington DC School Board - PC World
nonenone"One Bender Bending Rodríguez was elected to the 2010 school board in Washington DC. A team of hackers from the University of Michigan got Bender elected as a write-in candidate who stole every vote from the real candidates. Bender, of course, is a cartoon character from the TV series Futurama.  This was not some nefarious attack from a group of rogue hackers: The DC school board actually dared hackers to crack its new Web-based absentee voting system four days ahead of the real election. University of Michigan professor Alexander Halderman, along with two graduate students, did the deed within a few hours."
Romney Urged Obama To Embrace Individual Mandate In 2009 - TPM
none"In a USA Today op-ed that has since been removed but remains available on, Romney urged Obama to look to his Massachusetts health care plan that contained the same policy, and touted it as effective.  “First, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance,” Romney wrote. “Using tax penalties, as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages ‘free riders’ to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others.”"
01 Mar

Around and About in West Chicago - 01 Mar 2012

  • West Chicago Lions Club 37th Annual Spring Pancake Breakfast
  • West Chicago Park District Rules of the Road Class
  • Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services Intergenerational Event
  • West Chicago Library host their annual book sale
none Andy Glowaty to Receive ISTE Making IT Happen Award
none"Andy Glowaty has been selected to receive the prestigious International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Making IT Happen Award."
Free Marketing Opportunity
none"The City of West Chicago is proud to announce the arrival of our neighborly spring event ~ Blooming Fest! Organizers are gearing up for another blockbuster event including the annual West Chicago Garden Club plant sale, Craft Sale, City Museum and Park District activities, local entertainment and great food. Building upon last year's success, the Local Music Night stage and My Pet Rocks! Contest are added attractions."
City Launches Mobile Website
"The launch of a mobile website in West Chicago marks a significant upgrade to the City’s current communication efforts. It joins the mix of multiple channels which the City uses to engage a community with diverse communication preferences..."

West Chicago, cop sued over Fermilab shooting
none"The lawsuit, which also names the city of West Chicago as a defendant, contends the officer “took his actions while acting under the color of law and in the course and scope of his employment.” It accuses the unidentified officer of excessive force in the Feb. 18 shooting that critically injured 17-year-old Juan Carlos Ruiz of Cicero."

[See Also:

Glen Ellyn approves deal with COD
none"The Glen Ellyn village board voted unanimously this week to approve a five-year agreement with COD that would keep the college incorporated within the village’s boundaries, while the county would have regulatory control over the college, which includes enforcement of county ordinances and building codes."
14th District hopefuls differ on top priorities
none"“I am concerned in times like that, when things are so difficult and we’re hurting, that we don’t eat away at programs,” said Anderson, a retired public health researcher, whose top priority is fighting poverty. “I am concerned about eroding environmental protections. That’s been an agenda item on the Republican side.”"
St. Charles parents talk what they want in elementary schools
none"About 230 people broke into small groups to discuss what concerned them most about the elementary-school experience, what classroom tools and experiences they expect elementary students to have related to the use of technology in their instruction, and the possibility of offering school-choice options to elementary students.  Table after table reported they wanted foreign-language instruction offered to students at all 12 elementary schools. And some wanted the same access to technology for all elementary students. At Richmond, students were issued tablet computers this year.""
none Excessive force lawsuit filed following Fermilab shooting
none"According to the suit, Ruiz and his friends, who ranged in age from 17 to their middle 20s, were driving in West Chicago – Dvoark said they were coming home from a party -- when their green Honda was sideswiped by a black Jeep being driven by the officer on Illinois Route 59.  The officer, who authorities said was not on duty, then chased the partygoers to the Fermilab grounds. It was there, according to the DuPage County Sheriff’s police, the officer exited his vehicle and shot at the car."
Chicago-area gas tax hike proposed to fund mass transit investment
none"The legislation seeks to index the state motor fuel tax to inflation, with annual adjustments, to ensure a dedicated transit funding source, officials said.  The state gas tax, 19 cents per gallon, was last increased in 1990."
Quinn says sales tax windfall could pay for schools
none"Asked about the situation Tuesday, Quinn said he believed the money could be found within the already strapped budget  because sales tax revenues are up. From July through December, Illinois brought in $4.312 billion in sales tax revenue — $239.1 million more than the same period the year before and $139.8 million more than initially projected, according to the Department of Revenue."
none Suit claims West Chicago cop  shot at car, wounded passenger
none"The group was lost while looking for a party — celebrating Duran’s birthday — near Route 59 when they either sideswiped a black Jeep or the black Jeep sideswiped their vehicle.  Diaz said she thought she sideswiped the Jeep, while some of her passengers thought it might be the other way around."
none Sparks fly over mayoral residency in Supreme Court candidate forum
none"Former City of Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman boxed the candidates in by asking them if a justice whose wife has a financial interest in a case should recuse himself.  They all said yes.  “In light of your answer to the hypothetical, should Justice Burke have recused herself in the Rahm Emanuel residency case?” Her husband, Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), was backing a rival mayoral candidate."
Fermilab director: Budget cuts could have 'significant consequences'
none"While that increase may keep pace with the rate of inflation, it does not keep up with the costs of doing the sort of fundamental science done at Fermilab. Because of the department’s other priorities, like the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program, green technology and advanced manufacturing, Fermilab’s funding will actually be cut from $395 million down to $365 million, an 8 percent decrease."
none The Dreadful Candy Caper: Hershey's Outrageous Labor Violations - Common Dreams
"According to that NYT story, many of these employees were student workers here in the U.S. on an “international cultural exchange program,” ... For one thing, what sort of “international cultural exchange program” involves the participants doing manual labor in a factory?  What is so “culturally beneficial” about heaving cases of Kit-Kat candy bars on the graveyard shift at a Hershey plant?  And if it’s an “exchange” program, does this mean it’s a two-way street?  Are an equal number of Americans traveling to foreign countries to do this kind of work?  Are American students volunteering to spend summer vacations working in Ukrainian salt mines?  If so, it’s the first we’ve heard of it."
none A Global Evangelical Elite - The American Interest
"The exclusively Christian supernaturalism is impressive: 94% believe that miracles take place today, 93% believe in divine healing, 93% have had a born-again experience, 61% have received direct revelation from God. No understanding here of the Gospel in terms of psychotherapy or political liberation!"
none Four Phonies Update - NYTimes
none"So it remains true that all of the proposals, except maybe Ron Paul’s (which contains huge and probably impossible spending cuts) would lead to higher deficits than Obama, based on a common assessment."
Obama team fires back at Koch brotherss - Washington Post
none"You argue that Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots organization of everyday citizens,” Messina wrote in the letter, an early copy which was obtained by The Fix. “But its emphasis on rolling hack environmental protections and blocking a clean energy economy appears to be nothing more than an effort to promote the corporate interests of your employers and others who lavishly, and secretly, fund its operations.”


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