April 28&29
The WeekEnd
none This Week in West Chicago
23  7pm» City Public Affairs Com
26  7pm» City Finance Com
       7pm» Knit Night
27  9am» RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon
none Faith drives waste disposal businessman’s life
none"His son said Van Der Molen’s life revolved around being a Christian and business owner. With his brothers, he built Van Der Molen Disposal until selling it in 1972. He remained an executive under the new ownership, BFI Waste Systems, even after the sale,"
COD dinner widens rift between faculty, administrators
none"“This evening was not planned to discuss business but to build relationships that will be important after negotiations are completed,” Hansen said in a statement.  COD spokesman Joe Moore said the union is resorting to “grade-school childlike tactics” to get sympathy in the media."
none Educators pack Naperville Central to learn about teacher pension funding woes
"“We know, and you know certainly that every year out of every paycheck our members have always paid their 9.4 percent, it comes like clockwork, we rely on it and depend on it,” he said to the educators gathered at the Naperville meeting Thursday. “Your school district always pays .58 percent every year. That part of the equation is a given, you have kept your part of the deal.”"
Report triggers shakeup of DuPage election panel
none"Terrill recently served as the interim executive director of the DuPage Housing Authority. Cronin appointed her to the position in 2011 following three federal audits identifying financial mismanagement at the agency... Ludwig has spent much of his professional career working for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in addition to the State of Illinois. He is currently the assistant vice president of Union Labor Life Insurance."
[See also Consultant calls for tighter controls over DuPage elections spending . - Bob]
none DuPage looking to added protection for preserves
none"In October, the board directed staff to recommend high-quality areas at Des Plaines Riverway, Meacham Grove, Pratt’s Wayne Woods, Swift Prairie and West Chicago Prairie forest preserves to the state for nature preserve status.  A press release issued by the district noted that ordinances already dictate the preservation of rich, natural habitats, but said the added status would provide an extra layer of protection for future generations."
Collectors just can't duck attractions at Pheasant Run show
none"Attendees could bid on 700 items — including a mallard decoy expected to sell for more than $150,000 — at the National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show this week at Pheasant Run Resort here."
none Statehouse legislation regulating 'fracking' advances
none"The Illinois Senate unanimously signed off on a measure Thursday that would regulate technology used to reach previously inaccessible natural gas reserves deep underground, a method that worries some environmentalists because of possible pollution from mixtures of water, sand and chemicals.   The Senate’s 54-0 passage of the bill addressing hydraulic fracturing — commonly called fracking — comes amid reports that energy companies are in a push to explore possible drilling sites in southern Illinois."
Illinois police against preschool spending cuts
none"“Either spend the money up front or we are going to spend it later on incarceration, building prisons,” said Rock Island Police Chief Scott Harris.   He and others pointed to a study that concluded that the $55 million the state saved by cutting Illinois-funded preschool programs — and knocking more than 17,000 children out of preschool — will ultimately result in cost taxpayers $200 million in increased criminal, social service and educational costs."
none 'A lot of angst' among teachers over pensions
none"When he started his career, Burton said, he could have made more money at factory work, but one of the attractions of a career in education was always the promise of a guaranteed pension.  That promise, however, has turned into more of a gamble for many educators, and they say they don't think the odds are in their favor."
none May Day's Radical History: What Occupy is Fighting for This May 1st  - TruthOut
none"Today, few if any Americans celebrate Loyalty Day or Law Day—although both are on the books—but the origins of May Day are largely forgotten. Like International Women's Day (March 8), which also originated in the U.S., International Workers' Day became a holiday the rest of the world celebrates while Americans look on in confusion, if they notice at all."
none Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem. - Washington Post
none"In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.  The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition."
PRICELESS: Colbert Rips David Koch to His Face at TIME Magazine Gala - Daily Kos
none"I was particularly excited to meet David Koch earlier tonight because I have a Super PAC, Colbert Super PAC, and I am -- thank you, thank you -- and I am happy to announce Mr. Koch has pledged $5 million to my Super PAC.  And the great thing is, thanks to federal election law, there's no way for you to ever know whether that's a joke.  By the way, if David Koch likes his waiter tonight, he will be your next congressman."
Health Spending Is Flattening Out - Truth Out
none"That means thousands of consumers with an incentive to think twice about heading to the doctor. One study by the RAND Corporation found that health spending among people who shifted into a high-deductible plan dropped 14 percent — though the study also found that enrollees cut back on some care that tended to save money in the long run, like vaccinations."
April 26
none Around and About in West Chicago - 26 Apr 2012
  • Remembering Mayor Kwasman
  • Wiggly Field Doggy Bash
  • Arbor Day activities
  • Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church Shepherd Pie Lunch
  • DuPage Veterans Foundation
none Bilingual Storytime for Families
  • Wegner Elementary School Exceeds Fundraising Goals for SCHOOLWALK for Diabetes
    none"On Friday, April 13, 2012, Wegner Elementary School participated in their second annual American Diabetes Association SCHOOLWALK for Diabetes. The school goals for this year were to walk a total of 690 miles (1 mile per student) and to raise $3, 450 ($5 per student). "
  • Photos of Wegner School SCHOOLWALK for Diabetes
    "On Friday, April 13, 2012, Wegner Elementary School participated in their second annual American Diabetes Association SCHOOLWALK for Diabetes. The students and staff walked a total of 1, 010.75 miles and raised $5,798.06 to be donated to the American Diabetes Association in support of camps for children living with diabetes."
none Kane County profiting from housing DuPage juvenile offenders
none"Kane County officials Wednesday released its first report showing it housed between 10 and 13 DuPage juveniles on an average day in January and February. The bill for those two months totaled $72,820, or $110 per juvenile per day. That compares to the $357 per juvenile per day it would have cost DuPage County to house the youths."
Two DuPage election commissioners replaced
none"The two new members are Cathy Ficker Terrill, an Elmhurst Republican, and West Chicago Democrat Art Ludwig.  “The DuPage Election Commission's stress test raised a number of alarming issues that require immediate attention,” Cronin said of a report by the consulting firm of Crowe Horwath LLC."
Delnor cancer center expansion close to city approval
"Under the $19.95 million plan, the Raymond Scott Cancer Care Center at Delnor, which is about 9,000 square feet, will be enlarged 30,000 square feet. It will receive a second radiology room. It will get areas for brachytherapy (implantation of radioactive seeds) and infusion treatments, practices now done at the main hospital or in other offices."
none 80 and Over Open House
none"Everyone in the West Chicago community is invited to honor distinguished residents over the age of 80 on Sunday, May 6, 2-4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 123 Main St. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required for those individuals 80 and over. RSVP by calling the Park District office at 630.231.9474."
After critical report, DuPage Election Commission gets 2 new members
"Two of the board’s three trustees had been serving after their terms expired, and Cronin opted to replace them with new faces as he pledged to improve the agency. Cronin recently initiated a study of the management of all agencies whose board members are appointed by the County Board chairman."
none Whooping cough shot required for grades 6, 9
none"Because pertussis is highly contagious, the infection spreads rapidly through school environments. It is easily transmitted through coughing and sneezing and may cause illness that persists for weeks to months, health officials said."
Chicago Now A New Bike Path in DuPage County?
none"So why was I excited to explore this spur to nowhere?  For starters, it eliminates the on street bike route along Prince Crossing and the busy intersection with North Avenue for those traveling to and from the GWT and Prairie Path.  Safe new routes are always exciting for cyclists.  Second, it brings the interconnection of the vast acreage of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County that much closer to reality."
none Speaker Madigan says cigarette tax hike could have trouble passingg
"The veteran Southwest Side Democrat said he would “support an increase in the cigarette tax, especially for the Medicaid program.” But the speaker said House Republicans “to date” have opposed the higher tax on smokes, and he made a prediction: “I don’t think it’ll pass.”"
[See also: Quinn defends proposal to raise cigarette taxes for health care . - Bob]
Review: DuPage Election Commission needs to improve disclosure, ethics and procurement, make meetings more accessible
none"The bipartisan DuPage Election Commission needs to improve its disclosure, ethics and procurement practices — and make its meetings more accessible, according to a review conducted by an accounting firm.  The findings were released Tuesday by the firm Crowe Horwath. The review was the latest in a series the firm is conducting of boards and commissions to which the DuPage County Board chairman appoints members."

Illinois' troubled workers' comp system hit in audit
none"Holland’s report found overworked claims adjustors carrying caseloads several times larger than is practical and negotiating settlements with workers’ lawyers, a job the attorney general should do. They sometimes approved temporary disability payments while a case was under way, even though the worker hadn’t asked for it.    Files on some claims paid were missing medical evidence for the injury. Arbitrators deciding contested cases had no guidelines for deciding compensation and issued wildly inconsistent awards for the same injuries. Some had conflicts of interest in the cases they presided over."

Plastic bag limits OKed by Illinois House committee
"Senate Bill 3442 would require plastic bag manufacturers to register with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency by paying a $500 annual fee. After 2014, retailers could use plastic bags only from these registered manufacturers. By 2015, the bags would have to be made of 30 percent recycled materials."

Quinn to employees: Don't rush to retire
none"Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday his proposal to change the retirement age for all state workers to 67 would be phased in to avoid massive retirements of state workers, university employees and teachers.  “We don’t want a rush to the door of current employees,” Quinn told The State Journal-Register editorial board."
none Union pickets Caterpillar plant in Joliet - Beacon News
none"A seven-year contract between Peoria-based Caterpillar and members of Local 851 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers will expire at midnight Monday.  Tuesday’s informational picketing by union members is an effort to preserve their wages and benefits at a time when Caterpillar is earning record profits, said union steward Ted Hobson."
[See also Caterpillar profit jumps 29 percent . - Bob]
none Abortion investigation: Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to report clinics and doctors to police - Telegraph
none"The Daily Telegraph discovered that women were being granted illegal abortions by doctors based on the sex of their unborn baby.  Doctors at British clinics have been secretly filmed agreeing to terminate foetuses purely because they are either male or female. Clinicians admitted they were prepared to falsify paperwork to arrange the abortions even though it is illegal to conduct such “sex-selection” procedures."
none 5 Ridiculous Gun Myths Everyone Believes - Cracked.com
Dang Wabbit"Even in gun-crazy America, most of us aren't shooting things as part of our day-to-day routine. So most Americans actually know very little about guns. Hollywood writers realized this a long time ago and, being writers, used it as an excuse to never do any fact-checking ever again."
What The Fight Over Student Loans Is Really About - TPM
none"It’s an issue Republicans fear will fire up the youth vote — a key Democratic constituency — and in an effort to keep that bloc from flocking back to President Obama in November they’re attempting to bigfoot Democrats on their own issue.  But the Republicans’ strategy threatens to tear at existing divisions within the party, and exposes them once again to political repercussions over their unwillingness to finance any popular policies by raising taxes on wealthy people."
24 April
none Mother & Daughter Diva Tea
none"Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and aunts, along with girls ages 5-12, are invited to join the fun this year by coming dressed in their most glamorous attire as the program room is transformed into a Hollywood tearoom. There’ll be delectable treats to nosh as guests are entertained by the music of a harp, followed by games for the girls and lots of photo opportunities for all."
"The regular semi-monthly meeting of the District 94 Board of Education scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2012, has been cancelled. The next regular semi-monthly meeting will be held May 15, 2012."
Opportunities in the community!
  • DuPage County Hosts Scholarship Informational April 19
  • Princeton Review Test Fest!
  • More information from Counseling - Maura R. Bridges, Director of Support Services

    • none"CAREER NEW – April edition
      Attached you will find another informative addition of the Career News.  It has some great tidbits and summer opportunities.  A huge thank you to Susan Rylowicz, parent volunteer, for her efforts in putting this together!
      I have attached the flyer, again - to sign up for a Test Fest event, students must call 800-2Review (800-273-8439) or visit PrincetonReview.com/TestFest to register."
    Dance Policy Information - Pete Martino, Assistant Principal,
    "The following is a friendly reminder given to all West Chicago Community High School students as they look forward to having an extraordinary Prom Night with their friends and fellow students.  Prom is a culminating event that should be celebratory and enjoyed by all.  The Dance Policy stated below will be communicated to students all week via student announcements.  Please take a moment to review the policy and discuss the many ways your son or daughter can have a safe and enjoyable prom night.  If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact me at 630.876.6330."
    Attention all students attending prom:
     Community High School will not allow grinding, juking, or sexually explicit dancing to occur at our dances.  Please adhere to this dance policy or you may be asked to leave the dance floor or potentially leave the dance in its entirety.  Thanks for your help and cooperation in making prom a fun event for all!"
    Off-Duty Police Officer Shooting Incident
    none"DuPage County State’s Attorney, Robert Berlin, announced that after a thorough investigation by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and the States Attorney’s Office he will not be pursuing criminal charges against the West Chicago Police Officer involved in an off-duty shooting incident which took place on February 18, 2012 after midnight."
    Book of Remembrance Available
    none"An online Book of Remembrance is available for those wishing to share memories and messages of condolence on the passing of Mayor Mike Kwasman. "
    none Report: DuPage election commission needs improvement
    none"In a report obtained by the Daily Herald and scheduled for release this morning, Crowe Horwath LLP concludes that the DuPage County Election Commission must make improvements to its credit card, ethics and procurement policies “to provide safeguards over county assets.” For example, the consultants found the commission failed to follow its own guidelines in 12 of 13 contracts it awarded."
    What does $68 million buy? DuPage Forest says 473 acres and counting
    none"The deal “will protect the Klein Road fen, which sits below the land,” he said. “Whenever it rains in that area, it feeds the fen, so it will be good not to have some development destroying that.”  Fens are some of the rarest of wetland communities, and many fens in northern Illinois were drained and ultimately lost to development,"
    DuPage housing feud escalates
    none"Authority officials are calling for action to be taken against The Stough Group for not informing them about an on-site property manager being accused in August of exposing himself to a 61-year-old female tenant at the Rose Glen apartment complex in Roselle. Then in December, the 27-year-old worker was charged with aggravated battery after a confrontation with an elderly man at a property Stough Group manages in Bellwood."
    [Doesn't it make you wonder who campaign war chests these guys contributed to? - Bob]
    11th Congressional District cash race neck-and-neck
    none"Pre-primary and first quarter federal financial reports show Foster outraised Biggert for the fourth consecutive reporting period, but only by about $49,000. Biggert still has the overall larger war chest heading into the ramp up for the November general election. Biggert has raised nearly $1.3 million and has $1.22 million cash on hand. Foster has raised $1.23 million and has just under $1 million cash on hand."
    none First photo of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk since stroke is released
    none"Sen. Kirk remains fully engaged in all aspects of his rehabilitation program. He is mentally sharp, and meets with his staff nearly every day to discuss policy issues and global current events. Sen. Kirk is working very hard in daily therapy sessions to increase his strength and mobility, and has walked more than 10 miles in total since his arrival at RIC. In addition he is climbing stairs and getting in and out of vehicles. We are quite pleased with his ongoing recovery."
    none Illinois needs to charge park fees
    none"Since 2002, IDNR’s funding from the state’s General Revenue Funds (from broad taxes, not fees on users of IDNR’s services) has been cut 52%, from $107 million in 2002 to $51 million in 2011.  There are 615 fewer people at IDNR, from a headcount of 1,986 in 2002 down to 1,371 in the year 2011.  No GRF and greatly reduced bond-funded capital since FY04 means a $700 million backlog of deferred maintenance at state parks."
    Photo shows an alert Sen. Mark Kirk months after stroke
    none"In this Thursday, April 19, 2012 photo provided Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. talks with staff members in his room at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the first public image of Kirk since he suffered a stroke in January 2012. Doctors have said the 52-year-old should make a full mental recovery, although they expect the stroke will limit movement on his left side."
    none Illinois backlog of bills tops $5.5 billion
    none"The state of Illinois owed vendors, hospitals, local government, schools and others nearly $5.6 billion at the end of March, according to the state comptroller, but one Springfield nonprofit says it’s more worried about potential Medicaid cuts than what the state owes."
    Report: State fails to inspect day cares
    none"About 55 percent of facilities have not been visited by Illinois Department of Children and Family Services inspectors during their current three-year license period, and there is a backlog of background checks on employees, according to a story published in Sunday editions of the Chicago Tribune."
    [Just what we need ... tragedies caused by preventable factors that could and should have been discovered ... if funding for regulation had not been cut. - Bob]
    Ball Horticultural and Floral Plant Growers Launch New Mirel-based SoilWrap Biodegradable Plant Container
    none"Metabolix, Inc. MBLX 0.00% , a bioscience company focused on developing clean, sustainable solutions for plastics, chemicals and energy, Ball Horticultural Company and Floral Plant Growers LLC (FPG), today announced that the Mirel(R)-based biodegradable SoilWrap(R) plant containers are now available at Home Depot and Shopko stores located across the Midwest and Northwest."

    BOB PARKS-WHATS NEW - April 2012

    none Walker Turns Wisconsin Into Job Loss Leader - AFL-CIO
    none"So much for Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) stewardship of the Wisconsin economy and his promise that eliminating collective bargaining rights for public employees and massive budget cuts would turn the Badger State into a job growth miracle. A report today from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that Wisconsin is the only state in the nation to suffer “statistically significant” job loss during the 12 months from March 2011 to March 2012."
    none Faith groups offer help to returning service members - State Journal Register
    "When a local Illinois National Guard servicewoman came home from a tour of duty to find her husband had cleaned out their house, a church in Sherman stepped in to help her with temporary housing and food and utility assistance.  Other area congregations, said Maj. Steve Foster, a support chaplain at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, have helped out in ways ranging from grief counseling for family members of servicemen killed in action to assisting with job hunting and resume writing."
    none Hundreds of Economists Agree Marijuana Legalization Could Save U.S Taxpayers $13.7 Billion Per Year - Nation of Change
    Marijuana Leaf"In an open letter written to the President, Congress, State Governors, and State Legislators, more than 550 economists, including several nobel laureates, draw attention to a report authored by Professor Jeffrey A. Miron that highlights the potential economic benefits of marijuana decriminalization. Entitled The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition, the report states that legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana would do wonders to reduce inflated budgets and generate new revenue streams."
    Amid Voter ID Debate, Virginia Reports No In-Person Voter Fraud In 2008 - TPM
    none"The newspaper reports that a majority of the cases that they reviewed that resulted in arrests in central Virginia “involved felons who either illegally registered to vote or who illegally voted in the general election, or both.” Virginia bans felons from voting unless their rights are restored by the Governor.  None of the cases, the newspaper said, “appeared to involve someone who misrepresented his or her identity at the polls to vote.”"
    21&22 April
    none This Week In West Chicago
    22  1pm» Memorial Service for Mayor Mike Kwasman
    23  7pm» City Public Affairs Com
    26  7pm» City Finance Com
           7pm» Knit Night
    27  9am» RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon
    none Family, friends pay tribute to W. Chicago mayor
    none"Other speakers talked about Kwasman’s passionate commitment to local veterans and his devotion to the city’s young people, particularly those with special needs. The traits mentioned most often, though, were Kwasman’s political acumen and deep love for West Chicago.  “His eyes would explode with passion, excitement and exuberance” when he talked about his city, Rick Markee, Kwasman’s brother-in-law, told the audience."
    Tired Wheaton Academy holds off West Chicago
    none"West Chicago made sure it wasn’t easy, putting a lot of pressure on the Wheaton Academy goal, especially in the second half. The Wildcats didn’t have much to show for that pressure, though, and Mascari was part of the reason why. She cleared a couple of West Chicago shots out of the goalmouth on a harrowing series in the second half."
    COD faculty, leaders accuse each other of misinformation
    none"“You have made statements in the media that we are greedy, we don’t understand the economy, don’t do enough to earn our paychecks, and could be replaced without any effort in order to save more money,” Faculty Association President Glenn Hansen told COD President Robert Breuder and board members. “When the content of the Web page is a biased view of the negotiations, it is propaganda.  “We don’t need this on our COD homepage or anywhere else on the COD site.”"
    none No charges against West Chicago cop in Fermi Lab shooting of teen
    none"An off-duty West Chicago police officer who shot a Cicero teen on the grounds of Fermi Lab following an alleged hit-and-run accident will not face criminal charges after DuPage County authorities determined the officer had reason to believe his life was in danger."
    COD teachers rally as contract talks continue
    none"More than a dozen professors, including Glenn Hansen, president of the association, spoke to the board, making their case for a contract that reels in some of the proposals college officials have made public like cutting teacher pay for  the summer classes they teach.  “I think I must now ask you what you think values are and what do you value?” Hansen said to the board."
    • Quinn: 'I was put on earth' to fix state pension mess
      none"“I didn’t create the problem,” Quinn said at a Chicago news conference. “But I’m here to solve it. I know that I was put on earth to get this done.”  To help shore up the vastly underfunded system, Quinn called for a 3 percent increase in employee contributions and reducing the rate of cost-of-living increases. The governor also wants to raise the retirement age to 67."
    • Quinn wants deep cuts, $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike for Medicaid
      "Quinn proposed $1.35 billion in program cuts and reductions, which range from eliminating a discount prescription program from seniors to limiting eligibility that would remove thousands of patients from the insurance rolls. He also wants to slash rates for hospitals and other health care providers, which he says will save $675 million."
    none Hultgren, Biggert talk trains at Transportation Center
    none""Still, it may be tough to tell whether even Wednesday’s extension nonewill make it through both houses of Congress. The short-term extension, the tenth of its kind, includes a provision for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that could stall the bill in the Senate."
    [Don't you wish they would honestly say, "We attached a poison pill so we won't spend any money." - Bob]
    No charges against cop in shooting near Fermilab
    none"State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said his office investigated the incident, which involved a hit-and-run accident, car chase, and the eventual wounding of 17-year-old Morton High School student Juan Carlos Ruiz.  Berlin said the investigation determined the West Chicago police officer was justified in using deadly force in the Feb. 18 incident."
    Quinn: Raise retirement age to 67 to help fix Illinois pension crisis
    none"Picking a fight with labor unions, Gov. Pat Quinn Friday unveiled a “bold step” to make the state’s grossly underfunded pensions whole in three decades by raising the retirement age, increasing employee contributions and threatening to withhold retiree health care for anyone who balks.  Quinn, legislative leaders civic groups and even the unions agree something’s got to give with the ballooning pension deficit exceeding $80 billion."
    State forces local districts to pay for end-of-career raises to educators
    none"A report of penalties paid to the Teachers Retirement System, the pension fund for the state’s 362,000 teachers, showed that several districts across the area including Naperville School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204 have paid penalties in recent years, stemming from large raises awarded to teachers in the years prior to retirement."
    Fermilab open house set for Sunday
    none"The free Open House, scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m., offers family-oriented hands-on activities, science shows and Q&A sessions with scientists.  Highlights will include hourly cryogenics shows by Jerry Zimmerman as “Mr. Freeze” and hands-on exhibits designed and built by area high school physics students."
    none Restaurant Workers Demand Equal Pay, Appealing to Restaurant Lobbyists and Congresss - Campus Progress
    none"“Women are disproportionately affected by the low tipped minimum wage,” said MomsRising CEO and executive director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. “The vast majority of restaurant servers are women and, in many cases, those women are moms and the primary breadwinners in the families. The irony is that these same moms who earn their living serving food often don’t earn enough to put food on the table, make rent, and cover utilities.”"
    none Religious Premeds Plan to Have Faithful Bedside Manner - US News and World Report
    none"Doctors need to be cautious about bringing up religion in a hospital room, just as one does at the dinner table, Siddiqi says. But, he adds, connecting with patients on a variety of levels—including faith—can help physicians see their patients as people rather than as algorithms and can better appreciate the larger context of their ailments."
    none Conservative Nonprofit Acts as a Stealth Business Lobbyist - NY Times
    none"Beyond creating model bills, ALEC keeps careful track of state legislation, as well as national issues, and tries to mobilize its lawmaker members to take action. Aides on ALEC task forces keep detailed, color-coded spreadsheets on “good bills” and “problematic bills” in all 50 states, and they regularly send e-mails to alert legislators about ones that ALEC opposes or supports.
    Did Fox News Fabricate An Obama Quote? - TPM
    none"Fueling that characterization was Steve Doocy of Fox News, who while interviewing Romney on live TV Thursday, quoted Obama as saying, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”  But Obama never prefaced his statement with the words “unlike some people,” as evident in the video of the speech (9:22 minute mark). The words do not appear in the official transcript either.  Regardless, the unspoken words were imputed to Obama in a Washington Post article, a New York Post editorial and conservative blogs [See follow up article, Washington Post Corrects Article With Fabricated Obama Quote, also at TPM. - Bob]
    19 Aprill

    Memorial Service Announced for West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman
    none"Details of the memorial service for West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman have been announced.A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 1:00 p.m., followed by Words of Remembrance at 4:00 p.m. at the following location:

    • West Chicago Community High School
      326 Joliet Street
      West Chicago, IL

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organization:

    • DuPage Veterans Foundation Honor Flight Chicago
      P.O. Box 299
      Wheaton, Illinois 60187

    For questions about the memorial, contact DuPage Cremations, Ltd. and Memorial Chapel in West Chicago at (630) 293-5200."

    none Around and About in West Chicago - 19 Apr 2012
    none Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: April 30 – May 6
    Lessons of Literacy and Anti-Bullying with an Original Movie
    none"Students from Vietnam, Iraq and Mexico in their second year of English as a Second Language at Community High School in West Chicago studied bullying in their ESL class.  The students then worked in teams to write and illustrate three different, original coloring books and make word games to help the first graders learn about bullying.  Each book featured language and characters appropriate for students in first grade.  The books illustrated elementary bullying situations and how students could resolve the problems.  The students wrote scripts based on their books and filmed and edited one of the scripts as a springboard for their presentation at Gary School."
    Titanic: the Musical
    none"The show is directed by Mark Begovich, assistance by Maggie Haas, Vocal Direction by Brandon Fantozzi, Orchestra Direction by Allison Zabelin, Scenic Design and Technical Direction by Chris Jensen, and Lights and Sound by Jim Anderson. The Production Stage Manager is Sarah Quealy.   Performances are May 10th, 11th and 12th at 7:30 p.m. at Community High School, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.  Tickets are available on-line at www.wegotheatre.com or at the door."
    Foreign Language Honor Society Inductees
    "On Tuesday, April 10th, Community High School students from Carol Stream, Winfield, and West Chicago were inducted into the French, German, and Spanish National Honor Societies. Membership in these Honor Societies represents outstanding achievement in at least two years of study of a foreign language, academic excellence in all other classes, and the intent to continue the study of a foreign language."

    Legislative Update the D33 Board of Education Wants You to Know

    • noneState of Illinois Overview

    West Chicago Middle School Newsletter - April 2012

    • ISAT Testing
    • Graduation Requirements
    • MAP Testing
    • Student Pick Up Information
    • Registration for 2012-2013
    El Día de los niños (Children’s Day)
    none"In April, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will celebrate the 16th anniversary of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/BookDay), also known as Día. On Saturday, April 28, the West Chicago Public Library District will join hundreds of libraries from across the country in this multicultural celebration."
    Citizen Corps Recruiting for CERT Course
    none"The course will be conducted at the Fire Protection District Headquarters, located at 200 Fremont Street. To enroll, residents should call Sergeant Chris Woodill at (630) 293-2222 or email at cwoodill@westchicago.org."
    none Peickert wins third term at helm of DuPage Democrats
    none"“There are no losers. We won unity in this organization because I am going to work closely with Kim as I know she will with me,” Peickert said. “I want to thank Kim for running. She made us all think about what we want for this organization over the next two years."
    DuPage GOP elects first female leader
    none"Ruscitti, of Bloomingdale, is the DuPage County Superintendent of Education. Her two-year term as DuPage GOP chairman is an unpaid position.  She replaced state Rep. Randy Ramey, who last month announced that he wasn't going to try to keep the party chairman post because of a possible government appointment."
    DuPage County scrutinizes sanitary districts
    none"An ongoing analysis of taxing bodies in DuPage County has found problems — some of them significant — with two sanitary districts serving residents in Lombard and Villa Park."
    New coaches find opportunity at Metea Valley, West Chicago, York
    none"Bicker started at the elementary level in West Chicago in 2001, moving into administration in Addison, Yorkville and Kaneland, where he’s the principal of Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn.  Rexilius would have been a proud man Tuesday when the 35-year-old Bicker was cleared by Community High School District 94 as West Chicago’s head varsity football coach."
    none Good Reads for Adults from West Chicago Public Library District
    none"Looking for something good to read this spring? Adult Services Librarian, Marissa Krueger, has the following suggestions for you.“Trespasser" by Paul DoironGame warden Mike Bowditch is back in Doiron’s sequel to “The Poacher’s Son."
    Park District receives grant for tree restoration
    none"A majority of the tree replacement will concentrate in Easton Park located in West Chicago on the south side of Geneva Road with other parks following including Reed-Keppler, Pioneer Park, and other parks within the district’s boundaries.  “Replacing the trees that have been lost is a necessity,” Felix said. “I am grateful and pleased to have received the funding to begin revitalizing those areas in our parks that have been affected by this pest.”"
    none Report says DuPage boards need to be more open, adopt county's ethics policies
    none"All 24 public boards and commissions that serve under the DuPage County Board’s oversight should adopt the county’s ethics and credit card use policies.   The boards should also put up websites to inform the public of board meetings and ongoing operations."
    (press release)
    RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon to Visit Gary Elementary on April 27
    "The RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon will visit Gary Elementary School, 130 E. Forest Ave., West Chicago, Ill., on April 27 when the balloon crew will present an interactive educational program developed and sponsored by the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network.  In the audience will be the 650 students at Gary Elementary, who will learn about various aspects of ballooning, including its history and the scientific principles involved."
    none DuPage Housing Authority getting its house in order, report finds
    none"The DuPage Housing Authority is on a path to getting its financial house in order after mismanaging more than $10 million in federal funding, but the troubled agency needs to continue working with the federal government to resolve audit issues and seek recovery of previous overpayments."
    none Two-paycheck couples, working because they must - Washington Post
    "“In 2010, among families with children,” the study notes, “nearly half (44.8 percent) were headed by two working parents and another one in four (26.1 percent) were headed by a single parent. As a result, fewer than one in three (28.7 percent) children now have a stay-at-home parent, compared to more than half (52.6 percent) in 1975, only a generation ago.”  And these changes are driven more by economics than by any of the mommy-war issues that provide so much fodder for television and radio brawls."
    none Christian Right, Targeting Gay Kiss, Is At It Again - BuzzFlash
    none""WARNING! The April 2012 catalog from Urban Outfitters has begun arriving in home mailboxes the last couple of days. On page two of this catalog is a picture of two women kissing in a face holding embrace! The ad and catalog are clearly geared toward teenagers.  "Before your child has a chance to read the newest Urban Outfitters catalog call to unsubscribe from their mailing list at 1-800-282-2200, and then throw it away."
    Complaint filed with IRS over homily by Peoria bishop - Tribune
    "“Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care,” Jenky said. “In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama — with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda — now seems intent on following a similar path.”"
    none House Republicans Pass Destructive Ryan Budget For Second Time - Addicting Info
    none"I seem to recall that when Democrats were thinking of doing the same thing to pass the Affordable Care Act, Republicans criticized the move as “unconstitutional.” This was just two years ago. Now all of a sudden, this “unconstitutional” procedure is perfectly acceptable to Republicans because they are the ones doing it. They are huge hypocrites."
    Progressive business groups call for end to corporate tax loopholes - Daily Kos
    none"Taxes are not just numbers on a spreadsheet. They provide revenues that pay for roads, bridges, public safety, public transportation, and other infrastructure [projects] and services that my business and customers count on," Rotella said. "There's nothing sensible about allowing big corporations big tax breaks while we cut the public services that are so important to a healthy economy and a harmonious society."
    17 April
    none Mayor Mike Kwasman Passed Away
    none"West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman, who suffered a serious heart attack on Saturday, April 14, 2012, has died. He was surrounded by his wife Crystal and other family members.  “This is a tremendous loss to the citizens of West Chicago and to all who knew Mayor Kwasman,” said 3rd Ward Alderman and Deputy Mayor Ruben Pineda. “He was not only a great leader, but also a great friend.”  Pineda’s sentiments were echoed by City Administrator Michael Guttman. “His record of public service and his countless contributions as Mayor of the city he loved will serve as a legacy to future generations. We will carry-on his vision into the future, but first we mourn his loss.”
    Arrangements have not been finalized but will be subsequently released."

    FaceBook Comments"

    • Sandra Cox Woodward - "Rest in Peace Mr. Mayor. You had a profound impact on everyone you touched. May your vision live on and be an inspiration to us all."
    • Mary Randle - "We will miss you, Mayor Mike. West Chicago will never forget you."
    • Ray Soto - "R.I.P. Mayor Mike Kwasman....you will truly be missed!"
    • Randy Ramey - "Please say your prayers for the Kwasman family. The Mayor was a great man and a great friend. He served his community well."
    • Becca Lemon - "RIP Mayor Kwazman! You were a great man. I will always remember you!"
    • Kathy Smith - "RIP mayor Mike I will miss you greatLy"
    • Lolly Frederick - "West Chicago has lost a great leader today, Rest In Peace Mike. Our prayers are with his family as they cope with their loss. Mike will always be in your hearts."
    • Alice Stout  - "We are very sorry to hear that he died. We were praying for him."
    • John Kruser - "We'll miss you Mike! Even though many tears will be shed, the memories of your wit, wisdom and love of your family will outnumber them. Your hope for the children and the community was contagious and with just a few words you could put any situation into perspective. I have never respected anyone more. Rest in Peace and may God comfort your family."

    Mayor Mike Kwasman on Life Support in Hospital
    Family Requests Privacy at This Difficult Time
    "Mayor Mike Kwasman, who suffered a serious heart attack on Saturday, April 14, 2012, has been unconscious since arriving at the hospital and remains in critical condition on life-support in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. He has been surrounded by his wife Crystal and other family members who have been by his side during this very difficult ordeal. 
         Mayor Kwasman has dedicated over twenty years of public service to West Chicago, the last five as its Mayor. During this tenuous period, City officials will continue to aggressively pursue his vision and goals for the City. 
         Mayor Kwasman has always fought for the City he loves so much and for all of its residents. He is currently in the fight of his life. The outpouring of concern by members of the community and beyond has been overwhelming, and while greatly appreciated, the family requests that they be left undistracted to focus on his care. Further details will be announced as they become available."
    • West Chicago mourns death of Mayor Mike Kwasman
      none"West Chicago residents are remembering Mayor Mike Kwasman as a dedicated leader who fought to improve their city and its image.  Kwasman died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack Saturday while eating with friends at Pal Joey’s restaurant, officials said.Kwasman, 65, was with his wife Crystal and other family members at the Central DuPage Hospital Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in Winfield."
    • West Chicago mayor in 'fight of his life'
      "The 65-year-old mayor was out for lunch eating pizza with friends at Pal Joey’s Restaurant in West Chicago when he suffered the heart attack, said Alderman Alan Murphy.  Kwasman suffered what was described as a serious heart attack and has been unconscious since arriving at the hospital, according to Mackey’s statement."
    • West Chicago mayor recovering from heart attack
      "In the meantime, officials say they are likely to go ahead as planned with the city council’s regular meeting scheduled for Monday night. .  “I haven’t heard anything to the contrary,” First Ward Alderman Lori Chassee said Sunday."
    DuPage housing group fights to recoup millions
    none"“The federal government pointed out a lot of problems that the DHA was having,” said Joseph Kincaid, the attorney representing Rose Glen and Myers Commons. “A lot of this is their (the authority’s) attempt to cast blame upon these two senior facilities.”  DuPage Housing Authority officials say stopping the payments is one way they could recover some of the more than $10 million in federal money that the agency misspent or failed to account for."
    none Dole 'Seven Lettuces' bagged salad recalled by company
    none"Cases of bagged salad distributed by Dole Fresh Vegetables have been recalled because a New York state test of some of the salad found salmonella contamination, the company has announced.  Dole Seven Lettuces salad with an April 11, 2012, expiration date, UPC code 71430 01057 and Product Codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B is being recalled."
    New Park District club reads and reviews the latest books
    none"Join the group on Thursday, May 24 when then discuss the book "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. For information call 630.231.9474 or www.we-goparks.org. "
    Park District sets backyard barbecue for July's social hour event
    none"Enjoy a roasted hot dog lunch with all the condiments during the West Chicago Park District's Weenie Roast. Active adults are invited to gather on Thursday, July 12, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Reed-Keppler Park, 129 W. National St., for lunch and a whole lot of fun. Please bring a summer dish to pass and a complete place setting. Free! For information call 630.231.9474 or www.we-goparks.org. "
    none DuPage County Dems have contest for new chairman
    none"Savage announced her interest in the position at the Downers Grove organization’s meeting Wednesday and called Peickert the following morning to let him know she is in the running.  “I have no problem with that,” he said. “I think it is healthy for people to know what their options are, and to learn about the accomplishments of the organization.”"
    none West Chicago mayor dies following heart attack
    "He is survived by his wife, Crystal,  who was at his side along with other family members, according to the city.  Funeral arrangements have not yet been determined."
    none Panel says Illinois school mergers not needed
    none"A state commission studying education spending has concluded that Illinois schools could save hundreds of millions of dollars by sharing information and resources but that forcing small districts to consolidate would be a costly mistake.  Simply letting each district see how others are cutting costs and then study whether to adopt the same approach could save $1 billion, the Classrooms First Commission claims."
    none Electric vehicles, Zipcar to bolster state fleet
    "The state will use $445,500 in federal economic stimulus funds to buy 15 Mitsubishi electrics at $29,700 each.  Heineman said the state also has started a partnership with Zipcar Inc., an international car-sharing service, to reduce reliance on state-owned vehicles. There are four Zipcar stations in Springfield for use by state employees — two at the Amtrak station and two at the Statehouse, Heineman said."
    none The Senate Can and Should Save the Postal Service | The Nation
    none"At the behest of the Republican-controlled Congress of the Bush-Cheney era, the USPS has been forced since 2006 to pre-fund future retiree health benefits. As the American Postal Workers Union notes, “This mandate is the primary cause of the agency’s financial crisis. No other government agency or private company bears this burden, which costs the USPS approximately $5.5 billion annually.”"
    none Christians Debate: Was Jesus For Small Government? - NPR
    "Schneck says Catholicism sees everyone as part of a mystical body, serving one another. True, the New Testament does not specifically speak to the government's role. "But charities and individuals and churches can't do it all," Schneck says. "When charities are already stretched to their limit, Catholic social teaching expects the state to step up and to fill that gap.""
    Voter ID Bills Bad News For Women Voters - Care2
    none"According to the Brennan Center for Justice approximately ten percent of voting-age Americans don’t have ID with both current name and address on it– requirements in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania under new photo voter ID laws. A significant portion of those without that idea are women whose last names change with marriages and whose address my change due to separations, divorces or because they are leaving an abusive domestic relationship."
    [Also see 916 Anti-Women Bills Introduced By The GOP Since March 2011 - Addicting Info - Bob]
    Special Report: Tax time pushes some Americans to take a hike - Reuters
    none"For those wishing to legally escape the filing requirements, the only way is to formally renounce their U.S. citizenship. Last year, IRS records show that at least 1,788 people did, and that's likely an underestimate. The IRS publishes in the Federal Register the names of those who give up their citizenship, and some who renounced say they haven't seen their name on the list yet.  The State Department said records it keeps differ from those published by the IRS. They indicate that renunciations have remained steady, at about 1,100 each year, said an official."
    14&15 April
    Job Growth - Debt - Policies - Charity States - Unemployment - Confidence
    none This Week in West Chicago
    16  7pm» City Council Meeting
    17  7pm» District 94 School Board
    19  7pm» District 33 School Board
           7pm» Knit Night
    Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: April 23 – 29 - Trib Local
    • West Chicago Mayor Suffers Heart Attack - Undergoing Treatment
      none"West  Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman suffered a heart attack earlier today and is undergoing treatment at Central DuPage Hospital. No further details have been released."
    • Mayor Ill - FB, Mary Randle
      none"We need prayers for Mayor Mike Kwasman. He is on life support in the hospital. He is a wonderful man and a great mayor."

    Board of Education Meeting Agenda April 17, 2012

    • noneApproval of Financials
    • Appointment of Auditor
    • Capital Project – Life Safety
    • Sidewalk Construction Project
    • Student Fees
    none West Chicago mayor has heart attack
    none"West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman suffered a heart attack early Saturday and is undergoing treatment at Central DuPage Hospital... Kwasman has been instrumental in guiding economic policy that has seen a growth in needed retail development."
    Suburban counties fare well in state health rankings
    none"Suburban counties fared well in the rankings, as compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Kendall, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Lake counties all ranked among the top 10 healthiest areas to live in Illinois."
    none Food safety: Spicy tuna roll product linked to sickness
    none"A California fish processor has voluntarily recalled 58,828 pounds of a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product because of its association with a “multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly,” according to a Food and Drug Administration announcement Friday evening."
    none State moves up West Nile testing date by two weeks
    none"Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches; dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds; as well as sick horses and humans with West Nile-like symptoms, the release said.  People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing."
    none Right-Wing Religion's War on America - AlterNet
    "In the modern era, the court devised a test whereby government could restrict religious liberty if it could demonstrate a “compelling state interest” and that it had employed the “least restrictive means” to meets its goals.  That standard was tightened even further in 1990, when the Supreme Court handed down a decision in a case known as Employment Division v. Smith. The decision, written by arch-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, held that government has no obligation to exempt religious entities from “neutral” laws that are “generally applicable.”"
    none Tell us more about Romney’s ‘private’ views - Washington Post
    "Does it mean Romney said things that he doesn’t really believe? What are we supposed to make of a candidate who takes certain public positions to court one group of voters — and then tries to reassure an entirely different group of voters by leaking the fact that he doesn’t really believe what he said to win votes from the first group? How many other “private” positions does Romney hold that we don’t know about?"
    12 April
    none Around and About in West Chicago - 12 Apr 2012
    Virtual-Strategy Magazine Sims Recycling Solutions to Attempt to Break a World Record at West ChicagoEarth Day Electronics Recycling Event
    none"Through the simple act of dropping off broken or old devices, the residents of West Chicago can do their part to protect and preserve the environment and they can participate in an exciting attempt to break a Guinness World Record,” stated Steve Skurnac, President, Sims Recycling Solutions, Americas. “While the goal of this one-day event is to collect a record-breaking number of electronic devices, the broader objective of this campaign is to raise awareness about the ongoing importance of properly recycling e-waste. By recycling end-of-life electronics, we all have the ability to contribute to a sustainable future and the health of the planet.”"
    none Yes, that fireball you saw last night was a meteor
    none"Officials from the National Weather Service said they have received calls about the meteor, but could not confirm the actual sighting. However, officials said conditions were cool and clear and that a meteor could be visible if one streaked by."
    none Meteor dazzles stargazers: ‘This thing just split the sky’
    none"“This thing just split the sky,” said Joyce, an astronomer at Triton College. “The intense green color is what startled us.”  Within minutes of the sighting Wednesday night, hundreds of people from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa were lighting up online bulletin boards with rave reviews of the shooting star."
    none Prairie Path cleanup seeks volunteers
    none"The Illinois Prairie Path Spring Cleanup is looking for volunteers to clean up segments of the 62-mile path.  The cleanup day is set for April 28. Volunteers are needed to help on branches of the Prairie Path in Aurora, Naperville, Geneva, West Chicago and Elgin.   The cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. April 28, rain or shine.  Information on volunteering is available at www.ipp.org/springcleanup."
    none Can suburban mayors serve on county board?
    none"That led Harmon to introduce a bill on Feb. 7 that would make it legal across the state to serve as a mayor and county commissioner, even if the agencies have basic contractual agreements such as those involving 911 dispatching or sewer services. Under the state’s Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act, a county commissioner isn’t supposed to serve on a community’s governing board if the county government and the community have a contractual relationship."
    All a-Twitter
    none"News releases issued by the city automatically go on its website and are posted internally, added to the message board on the city TV station and are placed on local media websites. Tweets and status updates enrich the communication channel selection.  “If there are issues of immediate concern, sending out messages through a press release isn’t going to be as efficient as using social media,” Lalvani said."
    none Quinn pledges $10 million for Chicago River cleanup
    none"The taxpayer-funded contribution from the state’s capital fund will cover about half the design costs for equipment that would kill disease-causing bacteria in treated sewage pumped into the North Shore Channel and Little Calumet River. Depending on the time of year, between 60 percent and 100 percent of the water in the channels comes from massive plants that treat human and industrial waste water for Chicago and the Cook County suburbs."
    Madigan offers higher bar for pension increases
    "The Democratic leader from Chicago introduced a state constitutional amendment that would ask voters this fall to require the Legislature to approve pension benefit increases by a three-fifths vote instead of a simple majority.  The stricter voting requirement also would apply to city halls, school districts and their retirement boards."
    none Corn planting on record pace in Illinois
    none"“The weather we had in March was a record as far as warm temperatures,” NASS director Brad Schwab said Tuesday.  The 17 percent of corn planted this week compares to 3 percent at this point last year and the five-year average of 1 percent. The 1 percent of soybeans planted this week matches last year and the five-year average."
    none Arizona: Model State for Voter Suppression - AFL-CIO
    none"Voter suppression is one of many issues the Arizona Working Families coalition are calling attention to at a press conference Thursday morning at the state capitol, where they will announce the release of a new report on ALEC's influence at the Arizona legislature. The report is a collaboration of People for the American Way and Common Cause. You can read last year's report here."
    none Teen Pregnancies Highest In States With Abstinence-Only Policies - Think Progress
    none"This is the lowest national rate for teen birthss since the Centers for Disease Control began tracking it in 1940, and CDC officials attributed the decline to pregnancy prevention efforts. Other reports show that teenagers are having less sex and using contraception more often. Studies have backed this up. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle found that teenagers who received some type of comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant. And in 2007, a federal report showed that abstinence-only programs had “no impacts on rates of sexual abstinence.”"
    none CNBC Anchor Whiffs On Obama Budget In White House Interview - TPM
    none"Separately, for the last two years Republicans in Congress have for political reasons converted the White House budget into legislative language and put it to a vote. Democrats have opposed it unanimously for both political and substantive reasons, but not, as Bartiromo said, because it was “reckless.”"
    10 April
    none Ending culture of political corruption begins in schools
    none"A recent report released by scholars at the University of Illinois at Chicago noted there were 1,828 public corruption convictions by the federal courts in Illinois since 1976, making it the most corrupt state in the union after Louisiana and the District of Columbia.  Despite political and ethical reforms, not much has changed."
    Why we get two extra days to file tax returns
    none"While Illinois does not recognize Emancipation Day as a holiday, it does recognize that Internal Revenue Service workers get the day off. So, the state’s Department of Revenue changed its income tax filing deadline as well.  “We match when the IRS accepts tax returns to make it easier on everyone,” said state revenue department spokeswoman Sue Hofer."
    St. Charles Route 64 work to start next week
    none"The 5.2-mile length of the project will impact traffic from 7th Avenue in St. Charles at the western boundary to Route 59 on the eastern limits of the project. The work includes bridge reconstruction, but state officials said the Route 64 bridge over the railroad tracks at Powis Road will be open to traffic during the construction. There will be significant construction at that intersection since a portion of the project includes the demolition of the old Diamonds Gentlemen’s Club building."
    none D303, counseling center present ‘mean girl’ documentary on bullying
    none"District 303 and the Centennial Counseling Center will present “Finding Kind,” a documentary about bullying among girls, at 1 p.m. April 22 at the Arcada Theater, 105 E. Main St.  “Bullying is an issue in all schools, and in all districts,” said John Knewitz, assistant superintendent for student services. “It’s something you have to keep in front of the public, and the students and the staff continuously have to have conversations about it.”"
    none Some drop cell phones, Facebook for personal interaction
    none"“I am already exhausted anyway being a single mom, so when I come to work it's nice to just stop everything and work,” Osterholt said. “Lately, I have been getting so many texts. I feel rude or like I am blowing someone off by not answering them — people get very offended.”"
    Critics of Tamms’ closure question safety
    none"It’s no surprise what turns up in a review of the men locked up in Illinois’ notorious Tamms prison: These are not nice people.  Nearly two-thirds of them are murderers serving life sentences or terms of more than 50 years, according to an Associated Press analysis. Many hurt a lot of people in prison before being banished to Tamms, a “supermax” prison for the most dangerous of inmates, records show."
    none Influential Union Split on Wisconsin Recall Candidates: Should They Compromise to Avoid "Walker-Lite"? - Alternet
    none"“While Barrett was positioning himself as Walker-lite to the right-wing radio audience, Kathleen Falk was in court suing the state Senate for violating the state’s open meetings law,” says Mike Amato, the chairman of TAA’s Political Education Committee. Amato’s committee voted unanimously to recommend that the membership get behind Falk in February, but the rest of the union hasn’t accepted the advice. It voted in March to remove the endorsement conditions, but still did not endorse Falk."
    none Arizona bill declares women pregnant two weeks before conception - RT
    none"Under Arizona’s H.B. 2036, the state would recognize the start of the unborn child’s life to be the first day of its mother’s last menstrual period. The legislation is being proposed so that lawmakers can outlaw abortions on fetuses past the age of 20-weeks, but the verbiage its authors use to construct a time cycle for the baby would mean that the start of the child's life could very well occur up to two weeks before the mother and father even ponder procreating."
    none Fossil-fuel subsidies: Helping the richest get richer - LA Times
    none"Most of the men and women in Congress who vote each year to continue subsidies have taken campaign donations from big energy companies. In essence, they've been given small gifts by outfits to whom they then return large presents, using public money, not their own. Oil Change International estimates that fossil-fuel companies get $59 back for every dollar they spend on donations and lobbying. It's no different from sending a college financial aid officer a $100 bill in the expectation that he'll give your daughter a scholarship. That's bribery. "
    26 Major Corporations Paid No Corporate Income Tax For The Last Four Years, Despite Making Billions In Profits - Think Progress
    none"Today, CTJ updated that report to reflect the 2011 tax bill of those 30 companies, and 26 of them have still managed to pay absolutely nothing over that four year period ... In total, 2008-11 federal income taxes for the 30 companies remained negative, despite $205 billion in pretax U.S. profits. Overall, they enjoyed an average effective federal income tax rate of –3.1 percent over the four years."
    Identify This Car Part And Help Catch A Killer - Jalopnik
    none[This call for help has nothing to do with WC, but I hope I'm planting this is the back of some peoples' heads to be recalled if ever needed.  30 minutes and they have a vehicle IDby mobilizing a mess of geeks... I love it. - Bob]
    07&08 April
    none This Week in West Chicago
    09  7pm» City Development Com
    10  7pm» Annual Town Meetings of Illinois Townships
    12  7pm» Knit Night
    Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: April 16 – 22

    Elementary District 33 - NewsBites

    • noneCollege Scholarship Raffle
    • Kindergarten Registration for 2012-2013
    • Save the Date for Fitness
    • WeGo Run
    Easter Egg Hunt - FB, Julie Andrews LaScala
    "Cutest and silliest Easter Egg Hunt ever!! Great job We-Go American Legion Post 300!"
    none DuPage townships to pay more for extra cop patrols
    "The increase was proposed after county officials learned the townships weren’t meeting a requirement to pay 80 percent of the six extra deputies’ salaries and benefits. The four townships combined were contributing about $403,700 of the program’s roughly $635,600 annual cost. Supporters say the increases are needed to close the $104,000 gap to reach the 80 percent level."
    Showdown between COD and its faculty
    "“It is an education business, but it should not be run like a for-profit education business, which many of these lesser institutions are,” Hansen said. “There are financial concerns and we're well aware of that. But our philosophy has been we're more of a custom craftsman shop as opposed to a production-like factory.”"
    COD bargaining teams meet with negotiator
    "“I want a fair contract and to say it will be done when they really haven’t moved on their offers since November makes me think (Breuder’s) got something up his sleeve,” Hansen said. “My (bargaining) team tells me the (administration’s) answers to everything has been, ‘No, no, no and no.’”  Both sides are expected to meet with the mediator again later this month, Hansen said."
    none Headaches coming down road  for Rt. 64 drivers in St. Charles
    none"Delays and headaches may be in store over the next year and a half for drivers along busy Main Street (Route 64) on this city’s east side and part of West Chicago as the Illinois Department of Transportation launches a project to reconstruct, widen and resurface that five-mile stretch from Seventh Avenue to Route 59."
    DuPage running leaner with grant funds down
    none"Designed to benefit low- to moderate-income families, the money is spent on infrastructure and accessibility upgrades and community service programs; affordable housing initiatives; and neighborhood rehabilitation... U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Hinsdale, and other members of the House Committee on Financial Services urged substantial cuts in CDBG funds, noting, “the combination of generous funding and lax oversight has led to wasteful spending, often on frivolous pork barrel projects.”"
    none State's economy grew slightly in March
    none"A University of Illinois index of corporate, individual and sales tax collections, meanwhile, showed the state’s economy grew slightly in March for the first time in three years. The reading of 101.1 last month was up from 99.2 in February.  Any reading above 100 on the index is a sign of growth. The last time the index topped 100 was in September 2008."
    Legislation would toughen rules for copper sales statewide
    "Rep. Michael Unes, R-East Peoria, is sponsoring legislation that would prohibit scrap-metal operators in Illinois from paying cash for copper worth more than $100 — including tubing or wiring, evaporator coils or condensers. Payment would have to be made by check or money order."
    WebWire Radioactive Removal Project Gets Underway in Illinois
    "Private companies are also play an essential role in helping to protect people and the environment from potential radiological hazards.  One company that has been on the forefront of offering radiological analytical services to regulating bodies, industry and the general public is EMSL Analytical, Inc."
    none Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law  - Huffington Post
    none"The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.  In November, the state Senate approved SB 202, which rolled back this provision. On February, the Assembly did the same. Both were party-line votes in Republican-controlled chambers."
    none Anti-Choice Medical Malpractice Shields Threaten to Permanently Alter Medical Care for Women - RH Reality Check
    none"In both Kansas and Arizona measures are advancing that exempt doctors from medical malpractice suits should they withhold medical information in order to prevent a woman from having an abortion. These bills also shield doctors from malpractice claims if a woman suffers an injury from a pregnancy as a result of information withheld from her to prevent an abortion. Georgia just snuck a liability shield into their 20-week abortion ban. We can expect more to follow."
    none The ‘Voter Fraud’ Fraud - The Nation
    none"Number two: Indiana’s voter ID law, passed in 2008 and the model for the nine states that have adopted similar laws since the 2010 election, did nothing to prevent the alleged signature fraud, nor did it stop Indiana’s Republican Secretary of State, Charlie White, from committing felony voter fraud in the 2010 election. (White was sentenced to a year of home detention on felony fraud convictions.)"
    A History Of Republicans Slamming Judges - TPM
    none"This is a rich new twist for the GOP, which has made decades of sport out of attacking an out-of-control judiciary for legislating from the bench. You literally only have to look back to this GOP presidential primary to find examples of Republicans questioning the courts’ legitimacy and even threatening to neuter them using powers reserved for the other two branches of government."
    05 April  
    none Around and About in West Chicago - 04 Apr 2012
    • Schedule of Worship Services and Easter Activities
    • Mock Wedding
    • National Library Week
    • Annual Town Meetings of Illinois Townships
    none Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: April 16 – 22
    none Regional superintendents’ suggestion wouldn’t close suburban officeses
    none"DuPage Regional Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti said the nine eliminated regional offices would come in less populated areas downstate. Suburban offices, she said, wouldn’t likely be targeted for closure under the proposal."
    none Teachers and pension cuts
    "Maybe TRS' declaration that it may be unable to make payouts as planned will jolt the Legislature from its evident strategy of delaying any action until after the Nov. 6 election. The TRS board isn't suggesting any specific remedy to the lawmakers who write pension policy. It has though, strongly encouraged Illinois pols to calibrate future payments into the pension system according to its actuarial obligations, rather than according to what's politically useful in any given year. For too long, Ingram told us Tuesday, "Political science has trumped actuarial science." He's right."
    Woman gets community service sentence for pepper-spraying Metra conductor
    none"According to police, Moore had just exited a train around 8:40 a.m. when the conductor asked to see her ticket.  But instead of producing a ticket, Moore reportedly pulled a canister of dog repellant from her purse and sprayed the conductor in the face and eyes, authorities said."
    none State Supreme Court revives challenge to Cook Co. assault weapon ban
    Dang Wabbit"The Illinois appeals court reviewed the case in light of the new federal ruling but still found the Cook County ban was constitutional. But the Illinois Supreme Court says the issue needs a closer look.  The key question is whether high-capacity, fast-firing weapons should be considered ordinary guns that get full Second Amendment protection or treated like machine guns and other special weapons that can be restricted."
    State jobs site links unemployed with companies hiring
    "The program, Illinois JobLink, is similar to privately run websites that help match applicants with specific job postings. However, Illinois JobLink is free and does not charge people to search for jobs or employers to advertise openings.  Anyone can upload a resume, and those who get unemployment benefits from the state are required to enroll in the job search program, according to Jay Rowell, director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security."
    none School districts seek recipe for 'pink slime' decisions
    "The USDA announced March 15 that it will give schools with the choice to order products either with or without lean finely textured beef “due to customer demand.”...  This year, the department is contracted to buy 111.5 million pounds of ground beef for the National School Lunch Program. About 7 million pounds of that is from Beef Products Inc., the main producer of lean finely textured beef."
    none Broadband internet widely available in Illinois; not all use it
    "Even where broadband is available in rural areas, speeds of 200 to 700 kilobits per second remain common, said Clark.  “This is the speed you see in really low-level DSL,” said Clark. “You can’t do much of anything with it.”  Clark said results of the survey should be completed in June and will be used to map the next phase of broadband expansion in the state."
    Teacher groups challenge TRS director on benefits
    "Montgomery and Bachman particularly challenged Ingram’s statement that Illinois officials might have to consider cutting the 3 percent annual cost-of-living benefit increase received by already retired teachers.  Sixty percent of teachers receive pensions of $50,000 or less from TRS, Bachmann said, and most retired teachers do not receive Social Security checks."
    Crain's Donnelley leads list of 700-plus local layoffs
    "Seven Illinois companies have told the state their plans to cut more than 700 employees by the end of the year, with most of the layoffs taking place before June ...York, Pa.-based plastics manufacturer Graham Packaging Co. will cut 81 jobs when it shutters its West Chicago location."
    none American Rights at Work Launches Union-Made Guide - AFL-CIO
    "Our friends at American Rights at Work (ARAW) have just launched a new feature to help consumers find union-made products. The Union Shop: A Guide to What’s Union-Made (click here) breaks products into sections from Apparel to Home Improvements, Sweets and Snacks and many more to help buyers use their purchasing power to support good U.S. jobs.  A recent ARAW survey found that most Americans are eager to support workers by buying union-made products, but 82 percent said they had trouble finding products that make the cut."
    none Republicans retreat on gay marriage - Politico
    "Just a few years ago, House Republicans were trying to etch their opposition of gay marriage into the Constitution.  Now? They’re almost silent.  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."
    none Poll: 65 Percent of Americans Favor U.S. Healthcare Overhaul - ThinkProgress Health
    none"Forty-four percent of Americans are supportive of President Obama’s health care reform law, and 21 percent reportedly only oppose it because they think the reforms do not go far enough, according to a new poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos. When combined, the numbers reveal that a whopping 65 percent of Americans are in favor of an overhaul of the U.S. health care system."
    Mitt Romney Doubles Down On Medicare Distortions - TPM
    none"The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), created by the Affordable Care Act, would consist of 15 Senate-confirmed experts with the authority to cut Medicare payments to providers if costs exceed a certain level ... That’s in stark contrast to the Republican plan, backed by Romney, which would begin phasing out Medicare and replacing it with a market exchange where seniors shop between subsidized private insurance plans and a public option."
    Gas Price Experts: Wall Street 'Casinos' Raise Pain At The Pump - Huffington Post
    none""They've got hundreds of millions of dollars that they are using in lobbying on the Hill" or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Greenberger told HuffPost after the session. "Now they are bringing all these lawsuits; they are stopping the action that has already been asked for by Congress to stop the speculation.""
    03 April
    "This monthly column covers information on new businesses, change of business locations, awards received by businesses, new offerings of products and/or services and recognition of employees receiving awards and promotions. The publishing date usually is the last Wednesday of each month.
    Businesses with “highlights” to share or interested in becoming a sponsor of the column can email me at merleburl@earthlink.net."

    Information and reminders from the Counseling office

    • noneILLINOIS COLLEGE EXPOSITION – April 10th at St. Charles North
    • REMINDER for Junior parents – PSAE prep night April 4th
    none Radioactive cleanup starts at McDowell Grove near Napervillee
    none"“The soil found its way through erosion and stormwater into Kress Creek, then eroded into the river. Through sediment transport, it became deposited in the river banks and flood plains,” Oldenburg said.  In addition, the West Chicago plant produced uranium at the federal government’s behest during World War II as part of the storied Manhattan Project that created the world’s first nuclear weapons. Some of that uranium runoff was discovered in nearby homes."
    Some suburbs take second look at video gambling
    none"Winfield already has made that decision.  The small DuPage County town joined Kane County several weeks ago in lifting its initial ban.  With limited options for new revenue, trustees say the village can’t afford to pass up the opportunity to make an estimated $45,000 annually from video gambling machines at restaurants and bars."
    none Parents invited to teen summit
    none"St. Charles District 303 parents are invited to “Parenting Teens – The New Frontier” next week.  From 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 3, the district and TriCity Family Services will offer information about raising an adolescent child. The program is at the Administration Building, 201 S. Seventh St."
    none Illinois comptroller launches data website
    none"Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka unveiled what her office calls "The Ledger" today. She says it's a user-friendly site that sets a new standard for transparency.  Topinka says much of the information on the new site was already available online. But it hasn't been pulled together in one place or hasn't been complete."
    none Pat Quinn 'not excited' about proposed detention center
    none"Crete officials would hire a private company to build and manage the facility with up to 700 beds. But many Crete residents and immigrant rights advocates have fought against it saying many immigrants awaiting deportation pose no safety risk ... Quinn stopped short of saying he opposes the proposal, but that he's monitoring developments."
    Illinois bill aims to make online dating safer
    none"It would require Internet dating services operating in Illinois to post disclaimers saying whether they conduct background checks on their members.  The measure is sponsored by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, a Democrat from Schaumburg."
    [I don't think there is a state legislator that I want to date. - Bob]
    none AFSCME ads don't tell whole story about Quinn cuts
    "Quinn is changing the way people with major developmental disabilities get care from the state. Instead of housing them in institutions, he wants Illinois to join most other states in emphasizing community care — group homes, their own apartments, with their parents and so forth. So he definitely is moving people “out of the place they call home,” but he’s not leaving them to fend for themselves."
    none Fired for a Short Skirt? The Realities of Anti-Worker Laws in Wisconsin and Ohio - AlterNet
    "“One of the things people we represent now see is the value of their collective bargaining agreements,” Marty Beil of AFSCME Council 24 told AlterNet. “Workers come in and they take for granted all the protections and benefits and processes. Now that there's no collective bargaining agreement and management can do what they want with you, folks are getting a better understanding of the value of their union.”"
    none Justices Approve Strip-Searches for Any Offense - NY Times
    none"Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, joined by the court’s conservative wing, wrote that courts are in no position to second-guess the judgments of correctional officials who must consider not only the possibility of smuggled weapons and drugs but also public health and information about gang affiliations.  About 13 million people are admitted each year to the nation’s jails, Justice Kennedy wrote."
    Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all - The Independent
    nonenone""Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi's lies used to justify the Iraq war."
    31 May & 01 April
    The WeekEnd

    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?"


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