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31 May
Thursday
 
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Around and About in West Chicago - 31 May 2012

  • Summer Reading program “Eat-Move-Read”
  • Second Annual Summer Reading Trophy Challenge
  • Touch-A-Truck
  • Wayne Township Recycling and Reuse Event
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“HUGE SALE”

  • noneSaturday June 30, 2012  9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Trinity Lutheran School Building  
  • George & Sherman Streets, West Chicago, IL 60185
  • (church phone 630-231-1175)

Everything Must Go!·      Art Centers·      Books & Puzzles·      Cots ·      Portable Sink·      Loft·      Sand Tables·      Shelving Units·      Tables & Chairs·      Teacher Desks & Materials·      Toys……Many Preschool Items

  • WordMasters Challenge
    none"A team of students representing West Chicago Middle School recently won highest honors in the WordMasters Challenge - a national language arts competition entered by over 220,000 students annually, which consists of three separate meets held at intervals during the school year."
  • 2012 College Scholarship Raffle Winner
    "Lucy Fuentes of West Chicago won the scholarship. Lucy is an alumnus of D33 and is currently attending Loyola University in Chicago. This year 243 tickets were sold – the $1,215 scholarship reflects the gross receipts of $2,430 being split between the winner and the Foundation..."
  • 3rd Quarter Honor Roll
    "The following students made Honor Roll at West Chicago Middle School for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.
    Students are credited in two areas. The area of Achievement means the student's grades are average "B" or above. Students are also graded in the area of effort..."
  • Market Day
    none"Stock up for the summer by checking out Market Day’s fantastic summer sale items.  Please help support our student organizations by placing orders with Market Day.  June’s Market Day profits will benefit the Drama Club."
  • Wildcat Booster Club Info
    "The Wildcat Booster Club is a volunteer organization supporting athletics and activities, in order to encourage school and community spirit. The Wildcat Boosters are able to make a difference at Community High School thru donations, Spirit Wear and Concession sales, and have purchased or provided funds numerous requests..."
  • PAWS Recipients for the month of April
    "Congratulations to the P.A.W.S. Award Winners. They have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their classroom, school, or community. These students are recognized for their leadership and good works."
  • Truckloads of Fun at Reed-Keppler Park
    none"Children and adults of all ages will have truckloads of fun during Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. at Reed-Keppler Park, 129 W. National St., West Chicago, Illinois."
  • Summer Reading, June 4-July 28
    none"Summer reading will be “sooo delicious” at the West Chicago Public Library District as patrons are invited to bring an appetite for reading, food and fun to the Library to “Eat~Move~Read.”"
  • Rise in eBook Reading
    " The West Chicago Public Library District has noticed a significant increase recently in the number of eBooks “borrowed” from the Library. A new report from the Pew Internet and Family Life Project, a 3-year grant funded research project supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, confirms this rise in e-reading. According to Pew’s research..."
  • Needle Felting @ the Library in West Chicago
    "Just in time for Mother’s Day, patrons of the West Chicago Public Library District learned a new craft technique last Saturday called “Needle Felting.”  Natasha Lehrer of Ester’s Place Fiber Arts Studio in Big Rock, Illinois, patiently led the group through the process using a rainbow of colored sheep’s wool.  Among the beautiful creations that resulted were flowers and birds just perfect for springtime gift giving."
  • The West Chicago Public Library District Hosts Mother & Daughter Diva Tea
    "The West Chicago Public Library District hosted its 10th annual Mother & Daughter Tea in honor of Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 12, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and aunts, along with girls ages 5-12, joined the fun this year by coming dressed in their most glamorous attire as the program room was transformed into a Hollywood tearoom. "
none Smallmouth bass to help map success of DuPage River restoration
none"The bass, which began life seven years ago in the Illinois Department of Natural Resource’s Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery, are expected to fan out from Warrenville Grove near Warrenville and West DuPage Woods near West Chicago to pretty much have the run, or swim, of the entire DuPage River and its tributaries."
What police staffing costs us in the suburbs
none"Suburban police departments are spending anywhere from $1,500 to $75 per resident to cover the salaries of full-time sworn officers. Police officials and municipal leaders say many variables go into determining a police department's staffing levels, but these once sacrosanct line items are now under increased scrutiny."
DuPage County pushes agencies to reform ethics, managerial policies
none"Unless independent agencies in DuPage County willingly make changes to become more accountable, transparent and efficient, they soon could find reforms imposed upon them by the county."
none Coroner: Wayne police officer died of self-inflicted gunshot wound
"A neighbor said Ruff was the mother of two young girls whom she home-schooled.  he and her husband, a DuPage County deputy, “both seemed like mild-mannered people..."
The West Chicago Public Library District Prepares for Summer Reading, June 4-July 28
none"Summer reading will be “sooo delicious” at the West Chicago Public Library District as patrons are invited to bring an appetite for reading, food and fun to the Library to “Eat~Move~Read.” As a partner in the Illinois Library Association’s iRead program, the Library will be featuring a series of programs and events for all ages around the topic of healthy eating and lifestyle choices."
West Chicago Announces 2012 Historic Preservation Award
none Pension overhaul on track in Springfield
"The proposal's main difference is that it removes a Madigan-backed plan to gradually shift state costs for suburban and Downstate teacher pensions to the school districts.  he proposal now goes to the House, but even reluctant Democrats went along in an 8-1 committee vote. It would have to go to the Senate for approval before it could go to the governor."
Illinois House lifts campaign limits when SuperPACs are involved
none"State limits on campaign donations to candidates would be lifted if wealthy superPACs get involved in legislative or statewide political races under a measure the Illinois House approved today.  Under the legislation, which now goes to the Senate, donation restrictions would be lifted if a superPAC spends $100,000 or more on a local race and $250,000 or more on a statewide race."
none Legislation advances to reduce unionization in executive branch
none"Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has pushed for the legislation because he fears without it, 99 percent of the state workforce, including some of the top decision-makers in government, will have union protection.  In addition to deputy directors and legislative liaisons, those with Rutan-exempt jobs, term appointees and at-will appointees could be affected, said Robb Craddock, a labor relations official with Central Management Services."
Quinn gets bill to relax some campaign limits
none"The bill's supporters said it is a necessary response to recent federal court decisions on campaign finance reform.  “Anyone who thinks we’re blowing a hole in the wall in regards to campaign finance reform is misinformed,” said Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park. “The hole was blown in the wall by the Supreme Court. We’re trying to rebuild the wall.”"
none DuPage chairman lays out plan for reforming appointed boards
none"“The recent assessments served as a discovery process to determine the health and future viability of the organizations,” Cronin said in a press release. “What we found is that while the concept of independence has value, it can also foster a climate of inefficiency and unaccountability. Now that we have a better understanding of these agencies, it is imperative that we work together to make them more accountable, more transparent and more efficient.”"
none 'Buy American' bill heads to governor
"none“I believe that all levels of government should put the people first — from the federal government in Washington to local school boards,” Noland said in a statement. “One of the easiest ways we can show our support for our communities is to buy American-made products, especially local products.”"
4-traders AMETEK, INC. : New Ultra Autocollimator from Taylor Hobson is Ideal Device
"Taylor Hobson, a global leader in ultra-precision measurement instrumentation, plans to unveil the latest addition to its line of industry-leading autocollimators at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at Chicago's McCormick Place, September 10-15, 2012."
PerishableNews Solutions To The Toughest Gardening Challenges Are In Your Hands
none"With the unofficial start of summer just around the corner, gardeners across the country will spend Memorial Day weekend digging in and planting summer staples ranging from vegetable gardens to flower containers. As gardeners dust off their trowels and shake out their gloves, Burpee Home Gardens® is helping gardeners succeed by bringing technology into the garden."
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WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 30 May 2012

  • NATURAL LAW: CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS SUE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.
  • SPACE X: SPACE TRANSPORT COMPANY DELIVERED NO ONE TO THE ISS.
  • EXTREMES: "TO THE LAST BREATH" BY FRANCIS SLAKEY.
 
none House votes to outsource workers' compensation administration - State Journal Register
"The House unanimously passed legislation Wednesday that requires the state Department of Central Management Services to outsource management of state workers’ compensation claims to private companies.  House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, told the House Executive Committee that Senate Bill 2958 was in response to a scathing audit by Auditor General William Holland of the workers’ compensation system."
none Oklahoma Rape Victim Turned Away From Hospital - Care2
none"In this case the doctor involved refused to conduct any exam, nor would he dispense any emergency contraception. The hospital issued a statement grounding those decisions in the need to coordinate through the SANE program. It could also be that this doctor had a moral objection to treating rape victims and dispensing emergency contraception, and thanks to abusive expanses of the conscience-clause by the right, simply refused to deal with her. Either way it’s a lose-lose for rape victims who now face the prospect of looking for treatment after an assault only to be turned away because of a lack of resources or because of  religious objections."
none Republicans Put Oil Money Above Troops' Lives - VoteVets.Org
none"I thought of that this week when I read that Republicans in Congress are introducing a load of measures that would noneprohibit the military from using renewable sources of energy in the field -- something the military is doing in an attempt to save lives.  Fuel convoys in Afghanistan are a frequent target of the Taliban and insurgents. According to Brigadier General Steven Anderson (Ret., U.S. Army), who was the senior logistician in Iraq, there are casualties in one out of every 24 fuel convoys in Afghanistan, and 47 fuel convoy drivers were killed there in 2010. Overall, convoys resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 Americans, as he said in this VoteVets ad in 2010."
29 May
Tuesday
 
none How to contact your legislator
none"Here is how you can contact your state senator and representative in the 87th Illinois General Assembly. If you are not sure which House and Senate district you are in, you can find out by plugging your address into this Web page: www.elections.illinois.gov/DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddress.aspx."
none Kirk's ex-wife files FEC complaint questioning campaign payments
none"Soon after Mark Kirk's ex-wife announced she would no longer support his 2010 run for the U.S. Senate, he brought her onto his campaign team, then quietly paid her after his victory.  But Kimberly Vertolli, a lawyer who received $40,000 from the campaign, again is at odds with her ex-husband, filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Kirk and his then-girlfriend may have broken campaign finance law."
none Illinois pension reform clears first hurdle
"The package hinges on giving current employees and retirees a choice: they can accept retirement plans with smaller cost-of-living increases and get a guarantee of health insurance, or keep higher pension bumps but get no health insurance.  The bill also would gradually shift teacher pension costs over several years to school districts. Critics say that could result in property tax increases, especially in the suburbs. House Republican Leader Tom Cross said he opposes this provision, but would support the pension reforms if it were removed."
Illinois House panel votes to cut education funding by 4 percent
none"The key cuts to elementary and high schools amount to about $259.6 million for the upcoming school year, a 3.85 percent drop to an overall level of nearly $6.5 billion for public education."
Canada pledges $17.5M in fight against Asian carp
none""We are committed to working with our American counterparts to continue to protect the Great Lakes basin," Ashfield said. "Together, these measures will go a long way toward our ultimate goal of stopping Asian carp from entering and becoming established in the Great Lakes."  The Obama administration has spent more than $100 million on efforts to shield the lakes from silver and bighead carp, which were imported from Asia decades ago to clean fish farming ponds and sewage lagoons in the southern U.S."
none House votes to add Powerball to Lottery's online game lineup
none"The Illinois House voted 62-47 Monday to add Powerball to the state's collection of online lottery games.  Illinois residents already can play Lotto and Mega Millions online."
Statehouse nearing the finish line
none"If they succeed, it could mean a cool reception for some legislators when they get back home. The financial packages include cuts to health care, education and most other state services. Lawmakers would have to increase cigarette taxes and cut union benefits. Taking money away from local governments might be part of the final deal, too.   It all amounts to a big election-year risk. But doing nothing might be an even bigger political problem, and it could let the state’s financial condition slide from horrible to flat-out disastrous."
none 3 Years After Taxpayer Bailout, Bank of America Ships Jobs Overseas - MotherJones
none"America's second-largest bank is relocating its business-support operations to the Philippines, according to a high-ranking Filipino government official recently quoted in the Filipino press. The move, which includes a portion of the bank's customer service unit, comes less than three years after Bank of America received a $45 billion federal bailout."
none Scholarship Funds, Meant for Needy, Benefit Private Schools - NY Times
none"“A very small percentage of that money will be set aside for a needs-based scholarship fund,” Wyatt Bozeman, an administrator at the school near Atlanta, said during an informational session. “The rest of the money will be channeled to the family that raised it.”  A handout circulated at the meeting instructed families to donate, qualify for a tax credit and then apply for a scholarship for their own children, many of whom were already attending the school."
none Irish Mathematicians Solve The Guinness Sinking Bubble Problem - Techmology Reviewe
"Over the last ten years or so, physicists have begun to pick this problem apart. Most recently they've shown that it is not the bubbles that sink but the liquid, which circulates in a way that is downwards near the glass walls and upwards in the interior.  As long as the downward flow of the liquid is faster than the upward motion of the bubbles, they will appear to sink."
26 May
WeekEnd
 
none This Week in West Chicago
28  7pm» City Public Affairs Com
31  7pm» Knit Night
none Kline Creek Farm event reminds community of the origins of Memorial
none"In noneMemorial Day Remembered,” visitors can see a ceremony reminiscent of those held during the 1890s. Costumed interpreters will present songs and speeches beginning at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 28, at Kline Creek Farm Forest Preserve. Admission is free."
COD, faculty reach tentative contract deal
none"Hnoneansen said as a result of discussions Thursday and Friday, the administration’s bargaining team agreed to “improvements” on their “best and final offer.”  “This is the way negotiations usually go: you negotiate, you keep plugging away at it, then there’s usually some trigger that brings both sides to the table that makes them get it done,” Hansen said."
none Illinois House approves $1-a-pack cigarette tax increase
none"The Illinois House today approved a $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike to generate money for health care coverage for the poor.  The 60-52 vote by the House, which has in the past rejected cigarette tax hike proposals, came a day after lawmakers approved $1.6 billion in cuts in taxpayer-subsidized Medicaid services to the poor."
Agency: Ancient burial mounds looted, driven over
none"The culprits were probably searching for "grave goods" that Native Americans buried with their dead, although it's unclear if any artifacts or human remains were taken, the agency said. More damage was done to the site recently when an all-terrain vehicle or truck was driven on one of the mounds, where "No Trespassing" signs are posted and ATVs are prohibited, the agency said."
When it came to pensions, state officials looked out for No. 1
none"Jones' good fortune comes courtesy of legislation he sponsored in 1989. Under that law, members of the General Assembly who worked long enough to hit their limit on pension benefits — a generous 85 percent of their final salary after just 20 years — would get an extra reward.  or every additional year they stayed on, 3 percent of their initial pension would be added to their retirement checks. For Jones, working an extra 16 years netted him a $41,000 pension boost in 2009; he drew $126,004 last year."
none Illinois House OKs higher cigarette tax
none"Illinois’ cigarette tax would rise from 98 cents now to $1.98 per pack. Taxes on other tobacco products, like cigars and pipe tobacco, are also doubled under the bill.  People who use commercial machines to roll their own cigarettes will also pay the $1.98 a pack.  Together, the increases are expected to bring in $350 million a year.  Paired with federal matching funds, the plan would produce $700 million to be applied to Medicaid programs."
Senate votes to ban pension double-dipping by local officials
none"The bill’s chief sponsor, Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said he believes state law was already clear about pensions for people who serve both as a county board member and another locally elected position. However, a legal opinion from a state’s attorney made the already “tangled web” even more complicated, he said."
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none Maine churches raising money to fight gay marriage - Associated Press
none"Protect Marriage Maine has been in contact with about 800 churches across the state and expects 150 to 200 to participate in the Father's Day collections, Conley said. They include Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, Nazarene, Church of God, Wesleyan, Evangelical Free, Advent Christian and other denominations.  While many churches are joining the campaign against the referendum, others of various denominations are working to support the ballot measure."
none Republicans Can’t Extinguish the Firestorm Created by Their War On Women - PoliticusUSA
none"Human beings, at least some human beings, have always felt the need to keep one group or another under their domination either out of fear or religious authority. Today, even though women have made great strides to claim equality they have fought gallantly for, they face a concerted effort by conservatives and their onward Christian soldiers to assign them subservient roles in society, and it is being perpetrated by Republicans in the states, Congress, and their presumptive presidential candidate, Willard Romney."
24 May
Thursday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 24 May 2012
  • Annual Community Memorial Day Ceremony
  • Opening Night Party for Turtle Splash Water Park
  • “Rockin’ Oldies Tribute Show & Dance
  • “Passport to Adventure program
none Softball Team Advances to Regional Championship
none"Congratulations to the softball team and coach Wallner as they advance to the Regional Championship against Downers Grove North on Saturday!  A great team effort pushed across 3 runs in the top of the 7th to put the game away for the Wildcats!  Regional Championship game:  Geneva High School, 11:00 am Saturday May 26th.  West Chicago vs Downers North!!  Good luck girls!  If you can't make the game, follow us on chsd94 twitter.  Updates will keep you current with scores and developments with West Chicago athletic events. http://twitter.com/#!/chsd94"
none Big weekend for seat belt enforcement, but at what cost??
none"While police say they are saving lives with the annual crackdown, it comes at a cost — up to $129 spent on each seat belt violation that yields up to $25 in fines for the municipality, according to an analysis of Illinois Department of Transportation records."
DuPage County Board delays funding vote for conservation group
none"Right now, the money SCARCE receives through DuPage’s economic development and planning fund is a significant portion of the group’s $325,000 annual budget. The group will continue to get $63,000 through the county’s stormwater fund, in addition to revenue it receives through private donations."
DuPage County may have new use for shuttered youth home
nonenone"Joseph Academy — which has locations in Des Plaines, Melrose Park and Hometown — is in talks with DuPage about opening a new school in the former DuPage County Juvenile Detention Center. The Wheaton facility was closed at the end of January when DuPage started sending its youth detainees to Kane County."
DuPage Airport: Report of golf course losses misleading
none"But the consultants recommended that the authority develop a multiyear operating plan to address spending deficits at Prairie Landing Golf Club.  This week, airport officials confirmed that the 18-hole golf course lost about $456,000 last year. However, they said that number doesn’t tell the whole story."
none Health care cuts gain steam in Illinois House
none"One advocacy group particularly objected to the elimination of a senior pharmacy assistance program called Illinois Cares Rx, which provides discount drug coverage for 180,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities across Illinois... McNary warned that shutting down the drug discount program is a "big mistake" because it will hurt senior citizens on fixed income and may end up causing more people to go into the Medicaid program. "
Illinois House approves major gambling expansion
none"Shunting aside Gov. Pat Quinn’s concerns, the Illinois House today approved a major expansion of gambling in Illinois that would put a casino in Chicago and four other cities, add positions at riverboats and allow slot machines at racetracks. e 69-47 vote, with two lawmakers voting present, signaled that Lang was within striking distance of gathering enough lawmakers to reach the necessary 71 needed for an override of a Quinn veto if he stands by his opposition to putting slot machines at racetracks."
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in DuPage
none"Mosquitoes that tested positive were collected May 17 in Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Westmont, Lisle and Woodridge
Patch.com Man, 35, Sentenced to 18 Years for Sexually Assaulting Girl
"Rogelio Montenegro, 35, pleaded guilty to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony, in front of Judge Blanche Fawell Tuesday, according to a press release.  According to the release, Montenegro sexually assualted the girl in his home several times between July 1, 2011 and Nov. 15. The assaults came to light, however, when the girl confided in a school counselor."
none Quinn says he can't support gambling expansion bill
none"Lang estimated that once the new casinos are open, the legislation would increase state revenues by $300 million to $1 billion a year. The governor’s office believes the take from expanded gambling would be much less.  The legislation also would raise $1.1 billion in one-time license and gaming position fees, according to Lang. That money could be used to pay off $8 billion-plus in overdue state bills."
Democrats push through their state budget through Senate
none"“I don’t think we want to be in a position of waiting for the House to pass a budget,” Steans said.  “We are going to move budget to the House and continue negotiations.”  The House is working on its own spending plan based on a resolution it adopted setting spending limits in areas like human services, education and public safety."
Illinois Senate rejects anti-bullying legislation
none"The bill would have required anti-bullying policies to include a definition of bullying and a statement saying it was against the law. The policies would have spelled out how allegations could be submitted anonymously and how they would be investigated. Policies also would have been required to describe what could happen to students who bully others, such as counseling or community service."
none Map the Meal Gap - Feeding America
none"Feeding America first published the Map the Meal Gap project in early 2011, with the generous support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and The Nielsen Company, to learn more about the face of hunger at the local level. In August, 2011, with the support of the ConAgra Foods Foundation, child food insecurity data was added to the project."
none Underground gay group emerges, shaking evangelical Christian college - MSNBC
none"The emergence of the group, whose members remain anonymous, has shaken this 104-year-old Christian college in Southern California. Like many schools rooted in evangelical Christianity, Biola has a code of standards that includes prohibitions on sex outside of marriage and same-sex relationships"
none Study Finds Fox News Viewers Least Informed Of All Viewers - Huffington Post
none"The pollsters found that people were usually able to answer 1.8 out of 4 questions on foreign news, and 1.6 of 5 questions on domestic news, and that people who don't watch any news were able to get 1.22 of the questions on domestic policy right.  As the study explained, though, people who watched only Fox News fared worse:
"The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly -- a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all."
22 May
Tuesday
 
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  • Summer Reading, June 4-July 28
    none"Summer reading will be “sooo delicious” at the West Chicago Public Library District as patrons are invited to bring an appetite for reading, food and fun to the Library to “Eat~Move~Read.” As a partner in the Illinois Library Association’s iRead program, the Library will be featuring a series of programs and events for all ages around the topic of healthy eating and lifestyle choices."
  • Needle Felting @ the Library in West Chicago
    "Just in time for Mother’s Day, patrons of the West Chicago Public Library District learned a new craft technique last Saturday called “Needle Felting.”  Natasha Lehrer of Ester’s Place Fiber Arts Studio in Big Rock, Illinois, patiently led the group through the process using a rainbow of colored sheep’s wool.  Among the beautiful creations that resulted were flowers and birds just perfect for springtime gift giving."
  • The West Chicago Public Library District Hosts Mother & Daughter Diva Tea
    "The West Chicago Public Library District hosted its 10th annual Mother & Daughter Tea in honor of Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 12, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and aunts, along with girls ages 5-12, joined the fun this year by coming dressed in their most glamorous attire as the program room was transformed into a Hollywood tearoom."

West Chicago Elementary School District 33 -  "News Bites"

  • noneVideo of West Chicago Middle School
  • Chorus Concert, Retiring Staff
  • Dual Language Open House
  • Band
  • Orchestra Registration
Booster Buzz - Senior Lunch
none"A new tradition at West Chicago Community High School began last year. The Boosters organizes a luncheon for the graduating seniors."
Honors Night Date - Correction - Moses Cheng, Principal
none|"The correct date and time for this year’s Honors Night is Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. in Weyrauch Auditorium.  You may have received a letter from us regarding Honors Night with last year’s information in it and thus the wrong date.  We apologize for the confusion and look forward to seeing you on the 31st!  If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to call us at 630.876.6300."
  • Get to Know West Chicago’s Acting Mayor
    none"Third Ward Alderman Ruben Pineda was appointed Acting Mayor at the May 7, 2012 City Council meeting following the unexpected passing of Mayor Mike Kwasman. According to the Illinois Municipal Code, the City Council is empowered and required to elect one of its members to the position of Acting Mayor."
  • Memorial Day Observance"
    • noneMonday, May 28, 2012
    • 10:00 a.m.
    • Sailors and Soldiers Monument
    • Oakwood Cemetery - Oakwood Avenue and York Street
Memorial Day Weekend Roadside Safety Checks
none"A roadside safety check will be conducted by the West Chicago Police Department and the DuPage County Sheriff's Department during the Memorial Day weekend. This roadside safety check is part of a statewide enforcement effort over the holiday weekend to make our communities safer."
none College of DuPage's revised expansion plan meets opposition
none"COD's plan has changed significantly since it was unveiled two weeks ago. The college has agreed to remove four buildings that were heavily criticized by neighbors. Three of the buildings — ranging from 69,000 to 153,000 square feet — taken out of the plan were targeted for the western, southern and eastern borders of the campus. Residents opposed the three-story structures because of their proximity to neighboring houses."
[See also College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn back in court. - Bob]
none House votes to end scholarship perk, Quinn expected to sign bill
none"Rep. Monique Davis, D-Chicago, warned that doing away with the scholarships will hurt high school students who might not be able to afford college.  "What more can we take from them?" Davis said. "Will your heart really let you take a scholarship from a kid who's trying to get a degree in the state of Illinois?"  The Tribune and other news outlets have long documented questionable awards under the scholarship program, which allowed legislators to hand out tuition waivers to state universities."
none State bill targets agenda details from meetings
"Introduced by Glen Ellyn Republican Rep. Sandra Pihos and cosponsored by Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, House Bill 4687 would require posted meeting agendas to include enough information “to give the public reasonable notice of the items that will be considered or will be the subject of final action at the meeting,” the bill’s synopsis reads on the state website."
Part-time DuPage County forest board reduces pay 6 percent ... to $53,500
none"Commissioners recently culminated months of discussion about cutting their $56,912 salaries to equal the pay for DuPage County Board members — $50,079 — but instead approved the smaller, 6 percent reduction.  The required 1,000-hour annual commitment translates to $53.50 per hour and about 19 hours a week."
DuPage eyes emergency funds for environmental group
none"The DuPage County Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday evening on allocating $58,500 to keep the environmental advocacy group School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education funded through Nov.30, the end of the county’s budget year. Currently the county’s support is due to dry up June 30. The money will come through a transfer from the general fund if the board approves the plan."
none Senate Democrats' budget calls for closing JDC
none"However, the Senate budget is unlikely to be the final version of the state budget. The House is developing its own budget, which would spend less than the Senate plan.  Both proposals are also contingent on lawmakers closing a $2.4 billion gap in the state’s Medicaid budget. A plan to deal with that surfaced Monday, but it relies on lawmakers approving a $1 per pack increase in the state cigarette tax."
State legislators approve own furlough days
"If Gov. Pat Quinn signs House Bill 3188, legislators will have to forfeit one paid day each month between July 1, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013... The bill would also prohibit cost-of-living pay adjustments for lawmakers and executive elected officers."
none Robert Reich Explains How Mitt Romney Got Obscenely Rich - Move On
noneThis quick, easy, and short video explains private equity behavior and shows how it is different from the productive capitalism that most of us ag
none Faculty leave Baptist school, Shorter University, over “lifestyle” statement - Religion News Service
"An online campaign called “Save Our Shorter” says that the lifestyle pledge, adopted in the fall of 2011 along with a statement of faith, has led to dozens of resignations. University president Donald Dowless on Friday (May 18) confirmed that 36 faculty have resigned and at least 25 cited disagreement with either the personal lifestyle statement or the faith statement."
none Citing recently released video, House Oversight Committee calls on Walker to "clarify" testimony - Dane101
none"Three members of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are asking for clarification from Gov. Scott Walker regarding testimony he gave before that body last year regarding his move to strip public workers of most collective bargaining rights.  The request comes in light of a recently released videotape that shows Walker telling major campaign donor Diane Hendricks he planned to use a "divide and conquer" strategy to deal with public employee unions and as the first step toward turning Wisconsin into a right-to-work state."
[$25 Million in Walker advertising doesn't mention this.  Citizens United IS a giant conspiracy. - Bob]
19 May
The WeekEnd
By the Numbers - Bloomberg
none This Week in West Chicago
21  7pm» City Council Meeting
24  7pm» City Finance Com
       7pm» Knit Night
none Pets share spotlight at W. Chicago’s Blooming Fest
nonenone"“We’ve noticed an increase of people bringing their dogs to the event,” said Krista Coltrin, marketing assistant for the city. “It’s a pet-friendly community here, and it’s a welcoming environment. We have a variety of pet vendors that cater to pet owners.”"
DuPage sheriff must borrow radios for NATO summit
none"Sheriff's officials on Thursday were praising the fact that deputies will have access to DuPage's interoperable emergency radio network, thanks to other agencies lending spare radios... But Sheriff John Zaruba didn't sign a required intergovernmental agreement with the ETSB until just recently, O'Shea said.  “The sheriff has had his (agreement) for 16 months and just signed it two weeks ago,” O'Shea said."
DuPage Airport set to accommodate traffic at NATO Conference
none"“With our 24-hour FAA air control tower and on-site U.S. customs service, as well as our state-of-the-art security, DuPage Airport is ideally suited to relocate traffic that is impacted by the NATO conference,” said DuPage Executive Director David Bird. “We have a one stop shop concierge service and 24 hour emergency response capability with personnel from the West Chicago Fire Protection District trained in aircraft responses.”"
DuPage forest preserve director resigns
none“If there were successes here, they belong to the president, commission and employees,” he said. “Any failures were mine.”  Some of those successes, he said, included maintaining the district’s Triple A bond rating, continuing its long-range financial plan, creating an education department and acquiring open space.  “I’m very proud that our forest preserves are clean, safe and well cared for,” he said."
Winfield trustee censured, escorted from meeting
none
"“This board can eject me from here,” he said. “They can censure me. But the bottom line, I’m OK with that. Because I have basically made my point. I have let the people know what we’re doing in the darkness.”  After the vote, Spande was escorted out of village hall by Police Chief Stacy Reever as supporters shook his hand. He was outside chatting with several residents when the censure vote came."
none Wheaton Academy student organizes basketball skills camp to aid four classmates
none"Since the start of the WA chapter of the foundation came after the school’s budget was approved, it was not able to fund four sophomore WA students who qualified for the foundation’s weeklong leadership camp in Colorado.  Ruggles, who attended the Colorado camp when he was at South, said it was a “life changing” experience and wants to try to raise $6,000 so that Nathan Houlihan, Nathan Lopez, Marissa Gagliano and Betsy Jones can attend."
none COD, Glen Ellyn battling again
none"An agreement reached last month would allow the college to remain incorporated in Glen Ellyn, but operate under DuPage County codes and ordinances.  But in the college’s application for conditional use permits to the county, Glen Ellyn officials have expressed their concerns over what are essentially the same issues as before, among them issues with lighting, building permits, drainage, water detention and parking."
none Part-time DuPage County forest board reduces pay 6 percent ... to $53,500
none"Commissioners recently culminated months of discussion about cutting their $56,912 salaries to equal the pay for DuPage County Board members — $50,079 — but instead approved the smaller, 6 percent reduction.  The required 1,000-hour annual commitment translates to $53.50 per hour and about 19 hours a week."
none State Senate Dems set budget goal higher than House's
none"Illinois Senate Democrats on Friday outlined a budget plan that spends less than Gov. Pat Quinn wanted, but more than the House declared earlier that it is prepared to spend next year.  The Senate plan would keep education spending at the same level as this year, but does assume the state will have to close facilities and cut jobs next year. Democrats declined to offer specifics of those reductions."
Topinka endorses cigarette tax hike, with conditions
none"Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka joined the call for higher cigarette taxes Thursday, but she has a few conditions.   Topinka said she would support the increase only if it’s accompanied by gambling expansion, including a Chicago casino and slot machines at racetracks."
[I see no real connection between cigarette taxes and gambling.  Somebody must have paid for something. - Bob]
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WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 18 May 2012

  • BOMBS: AN "OPEN-MIC BOMB" IS DETONATED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR.
  • FIRE RETARDANTS: CHICAGO TRIBUNE EXPOSES INDUSTRY SCAM.
  • HELIUM CRISIS: THE WORLD IS RUNNING OUT OF HELIUM.
none Amid ‘Sabotage’ Investigation, Honeywell Lays Off Plant’s Entire Union Workforce - In These Times
"But unlike a lockout—a tactic companies sometimes resort to when contract negotiations have stalled—laid-off union members cannot picket the worksite location. If the union did so, a company can claim that the union is engaged in an “illegal strike” and the union would then be subject to heavy fines. Lech says the union is looking into all legal options and being very careful."
none Nearly half of online users use Internet for religion - Orlando Sentinel
none"Among online Americans, Internet use for religious purposes is particularly common among the young.  Fifty-seven percent of online adults under age 35 use the Internet for religion, compared to 48% who are 35 to 49 years old, 36% who are 50 to 64, and 31% who are 65 or older."
none Guest commentary: Medical students embrace Medicare for all
"Most Americans, including 59 percent of physicians, want access to an improved Medicare. I'm pleased to report that our physicians-in-training are strong supporters of this truly universal, comprehensive and affordable alternative.  Why? Even before they graduate, today's medical students learn how our Byzantine, antiquated system of patchwork private insurance undermines medical care. They recognize an imperative to correct social injustice, for both moral and pragmatic reasons."
Want to end partisan politics? Here’s what won’t work — and what will. - Washington Post
nonenone"We’ve all heard the laments — we’ve made some of them ourselves — that Washington is broken, that our political system can’t grapple with the nation’s big, long-term problems. So what can be done about it? Unfortunately, the cures that get tossed around are often misguided, sometimes even worse than the disease. Here are five much-praised solutions we should avoid, followed by four that have a chance to make a meaningful difference."
17 May
Thursday
Obama's Accomplishments! With Citations! - PTC Blog
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Around and About in West Chicago - 17 May 2012

  • Coffee with the Mayor
  • Benjamin Middle School Relay Recess
  • District 94 Jazz Concert “Spring Fling,”
  • “Rockin’ Oldies Tribute Show & Dance,”
none What will volunteers pull out of the DuPage River this year?
none"Last year's countywide sweep, conducted under the auspices of the DuPage Conservation Foundation, encompassed nearly 40 miles of shoreline along the East and West branches of the DuPage River and Salt Creek. This year, 630 volunteers are expected to participate in the cleanup, Sue George, coordinator and Naperville community liaison, said."
Turn in a DuPage County heroin dealer: get $1,000 cash
none"To make a report, people should call their local police department and mention the ISCC’s Heroin Reward program. The identity of the person reporting the information will be protected, Elsner said.  While heroin is a problem across the Chicago area, this new program is being done on a trial basis in DuPage County only."
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none Fermi: Tritium levels in water not an issue
none"Mieland and Fermilab Communication Director Katie Yurkewicz gave a presentation to the Kane County Energy and Environmental Committee Wednesday. Tritium is a form of radiation that cannot penetrate the skin, Yurkewicz said. It does not accumulate in the body when ingested. Drinking water with high levels of tritium over many years can pose a cancer risk, though it would take higher levels than what was found at Fermilab, she said."
Online map will spotlight DuPage food pantries
none"Under development by the county’s Geographic Information Systems staff, the feature provides a county map with each pantry’s location identified by an icon resembling a grocery bag. When the user clicks on the map, details will pop up that include aerial photographs of the site, the closest major intersections, phone and email contact information, and any restrictions potential clients may need to know about."
none Democratic legislators seek way around super PACs
none"llinois' first-ever campaign donation limitation law placed a ceiling of $10,000 on individual donations; $20,000 on corporate, labor or political party donations; and $50,000 from a PAC or a candidate's campaign bankroll. The law also prohibited groups from having more than one political action committee.  Personal PAC successfully argued that the law prevented it from forming an independent-expenditure PAC, which cannot consult or work with a political candidate. Such PACs also are allowed to accept unlimited donations."
Lawmakers pass stricter supervision bill for extreme speeders
none"The legislation, now headed to the governor's desk, would prevent judges from granting a special probation known as court supervision to those caught driving more than 25 mph over the limit on a nonrural road or more than 30 mph on a highway. Currently, drivers caught driving more than 40 mph over the speed limit are not eligible for supervision."
none Lisa Madigan sues IHSA over access for disabled athletes
"The suit was filed on behalf of 16-year-old Mary Kate Callahan of LaGrange. Her school, Fenwick High School in in suburban Oak Park, lets her compete in local swimming meets but she can't win points for her team, and IHSA championships don't include the separate category she seeks for disabled swimmers.  "We work just as hard and want to represent our high schools at the highest level of competition just like all athletes," Mary Kate said. "The IHSA is preventing us from doing so.""
none Illinois House OKs money for child-care program
none"Quinn's budget spokeswoman, Kelly Kraft, said the governor had no choice when he diverted funds from the Child Care Assistance Program to the state’s welfare program, known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The funding shift left childcare providers scrambling to money to pay their bills."
Higher minimum wage to be subject for negotiations
none"Illinois’ minimum wage would climb to more than $10 an hour by 2015 and then be indexed to inflation under a bill sent to the state Senate Wednesday... The Illinois minimum wagee is $8.25 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour."
   
none The Inequality Speech That TED Won't Show You - National Journal
none"That's why I can say with confidence that rich people don't create jobs, nor do businesses, large or small. What does lead to more employment is a "circle of life" like feedback loop between customers and businesses. And only consumers can set in motion this virtuous cycle of increasing demand and hiring. In this sense, an ordinary middle-class consumer is far more of a job creator than a capitalist like me."
none Christianity’s anti-gay stance backfires - Salon
none"Short-term victories like passing more bans on gay marriage, sometimes repeatedly in single states, might feel good for homophobic Christians, but in the long run, it’s their religion that will pay the ultimate price; available evidence shows that anti-gay activism is souring young people on Christianity."
none Senate Republicans Stumble On Student Loans - TPM
none"Budget measures by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) went down 41-58 and 42-57, respectively. Both let Stafford loan rates double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent, which President Obama and Democrats have been pushing to prevent."
[They talk one way but vote for bills that do the opposite. - Bob]
Surveillance Drone Spotted Over Elgin - Chicagoist
"Amateur video posted on YouTube over the weekend seems to suggest that unmanned surveillance drones might be flying over Chicago's skies for the NATO summit this weekend. The video, filmed in north suburban Elgin, shows what looks like a drone similar to the MQ-1 Predator..."
15 May
Tuesday
 
none Coffee with Coach Bicker
  • noneMeet Varsity Football Head CoachBill Bicker
  • Saturday, May 19th
  • 8:00 am
  • West Chicago Community High School Faculty Cafeteria

Elementary School District 33 "News Bites"

  • noneAll City Track Meet
  • D33 Art Show
  • We Go Run Results
  • Parent Alert
  • Half Da
  • Triblocal Articles
Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: May 21 – 27
none Lawsuit filed in death of DuPage jail inmate
none"The lawsuit filed Thursday says Colburn “incurred conscious pain and suffering” but does not say how he died. His official death certificate lists the manner and cause of death as “pending investigation.”"
none West Chicago Blooming Fest Packs a Feast for the Senses
Quinn gets bill that would raise insurance costs for retirees
none"The measure, which passed the House one day earlier, went to the governor on a 31-20 vote, with one lawmaker voting present.  Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D-Evanston, said the escalating costs of retiree insurance could hit $1 billion in the budget year that starts July 1 if nothing is done to rein in costs."
none Cash reward offered to help  stop DuPage heroin pushers
"The Illinois State Crime Commission has taken what it calls an “unprecedented move” of offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone supplying heroin to a juvenile in DuPage County."
none Quinn: Reform plans a rescue operation
none"With barely two weeks left in the legislative session, the Democratic governor has gone on the offensive and turned to unlikely allies in the business community to pressure lawmakers to pass his proposals. On the other side, unions and advocates for the poor say the reforms will hurt the most vulnerable."
New Tenaska plan faces same opponents
none"The Taylorville Energy Center has been on the drawing board for years.  During most of that time, it was to be a $3.5 billion plant that converted coal to synthetic natural gas. That gas would then be burned to produce electricity.  Carbon dioxide from the plant would be stored underground.  Proponents of the plant touted the jobs it would create, both from construction and operation of the plant, but also from the coal it would use, particularly high-sulfur Illinois coal."
Elgin
Courier News
The circle of life in Elgin PD shown in retirements, promotion
none"Officer Katy Potts has her Sergeant badge pinned on by her husband, Officer Waylon Potts, of the West Chicago Police Department, during a ceremony at the Elgin Law Enforcement Facility in Elgin, Ill., on Friday, May 11, 2012."
readMedia Mother's Day half way around the world for Galesburg unit
none"Holidays spent apart from your family and loved ones can be difficult. Mothers spending Mother's Day away from their children is particularly tough for some Soldiers deployed with the Illinois Army National Guard's 444th Chemical Company based in Galesburg, Ill.  "My mom has made an impact by being there for me through every downfall and she has taught me to be strong," said Sgt. Ashley Lasiowski of West Chicago, Ill."
none House Republicans Threaten Nuclear Worker Safety
"Some of the most hazardous job sites for workers in the nation are the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) nuclear weapons facilities. But House Republicans are pushing extreme proposals in the Defense Authorization bill to deregulate worker safety and allow employers self–regulation and self-oversight—even at the most hazardous facilities."
none After Obama’s Decision on Marriage, Call to Pastors - New York Times
"In the end, Mr. Coates, who supports civil marriages for gay men and lesbians, said that most of the pastors, regardless of their views on this issue, agreed to “work aggressively” on behalf of the president’s campaign. But not everyone. “Gay marriage is contrary to their understanding of Scripture,” Mr. Coates said. “There are people who are really wrestling with this.”"
none Who Really Caused The Deficit? - TPM
none"Under Obama’s watch the national debt has risen from roughly $10 trillion to $15 trillion, a record high. But to what extent are his decisions while in office to blame? The answer: very little. The vast bulk of the debt is the result of policies enacted during the Bush administration coupled with automatic increases in federal spending and decreases in tax revenue triggered by the economic downturn."
Did Scott Walker Lie Under Oath to Congress?  - The Nation
none"It was in that context that Congressman Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, pressed Walker on the matter of political intentions.
“Have you ever had a conversation with respect to your actions in Wisconsin and using them to punish members of the opposition party and their [union] donor base?
“No,” replied Walker.
“Never had such a conversation?” Connolly pressed.
“No,” said Walker.
12&13 May
WeekEnd
 
none This Week in West Chicago
14  7pm» City Development Com
15  7pm» District 94 School Board
17  7pm» District 33 School Board
       7pm» Knit Night
Register Online - Operation Welcome You Home Wounded Warrior 5k Run - FB, Sharon Garcia
none"Operation Welcome You Home (OWYH) is sponsoring a 5k race to support the Wounded Warriors Project. Over 32,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have been injured in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9-11-2001. OWYH wants to make sure these honorable and dedicated young men and women are not forgotten by those they swore to protect... the citizens of the United States of America.  Join us on May 26th and help us show our wounded warriors that they are not forgotten."
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  • COD faculty expected to reject contract
    none"“In a straw poll of 80 percent of our faculty, 92 percent said ‘No way,’” Glenn Hansen, president of the College of DuPage Faculty Association, said.  Also on Friday, union representatives met with lawyers to see if there’s a legal way to force the college back to the negotiating table.
  • COD board votes to impose contract on faculty
    "The college’s board of trustees voted 4-3 to impose a contract on the school’s 295 full-time faculty members even though the union membership didn’t approve the deal.  The three-year agreement would cut summer pay and require professors who teach lab classes to spend more time in the classroom.."
  • Neighbors question COD’s plans for campus
    "“These are snapshots of where buildings could go,” Florey said. “There’s no current plan that’s been approved to put buildings there. To provide funding for those, very likely, the college would have to go back out to the voters for another referendum approval three, four, five, 10, 15, 20 years down the road. We just don’t know.”"
none College of DuPage board OKs contract without faculty support
none"The community college board’s wrestling match with the faculty union came to a head Thursday as trustees approved a contract that never gained approval of faculty negotiators, an unusual move, union officials said. Teachers have been working under an expired contract since August."
 Illinois Senate approves mandatory recess bill
none"The bill also seeks to block teachers from holding children out of recess as punishment, according to sponsoring Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood.  Lightford said her original bill asked for a statewide 30-minute requirement, but it was reduced to 20 minutes through negotiations."
none Quinn will sign bill to end free health insurance for state retirees
none"“This legislation will help ensure that our retirees continue to have access to quality health care while also lowering the cost to taxpayers,” Quinn said in the statement.  The bill ends the premium-free health insurance benefit available to state and university retirees, lawmakers, judges and some retired teachers.""
none Striking Caterpillar workers rally at Joliet plant
none"Just a week before Caterpillar workers in Joliet went on strike the company reported record quarterly profits.  At the same time that the company is prospering, management has proposed a final offer that the Machinists union sees as another round of concessions that follows the model of past contracts in which workers took wage freezes and accepted lower pay rates for new employees during lean years."
none State Supreme Court rules 'personhood' initiative petition void - Tulsa World
none"The state's high court found the measure was contrary to a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a case which unsuccessfully challenged the fundamental principles of Roe v. Wade, a 1973 decision legalizing abortion.  "The United States Supreme Court has spoken on this issue. The measure is clearly unconstitutional. ... The states are duty bound to follow its interpretation of the law.""
none Top GOP Pollster to GOP: Reverse On Gay Issues- Daily Beast
none"The last paragraph is, to my mind, the most remarkable. It's noneadvising Republican candidates to emphasize the conservative nature of gay marriage, to say how it encourages personal responsibility, commitment, stability and family values."
Food Stamp Myth-Busting - TruthOut
"Conservatives continue to attack food stamps, but SNAP is working. A report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that "The food stamp program...reduced the poverty rate by nearly 8 percent" in one year, 2009, alone.  Would those who would cut or end the program send the 46 million food recipients to the streets to fend in trash barrels, as happened before the New Deal?"
10 May
Thursday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 10 May 2012
  • Stamp Out Hunger Food drive
  • Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast
  • 14th annual West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Track Meet
  • Wheaton Academy Spring Art Show
none District 33 Schools Awarded the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant
none"West Chicago Middle School and Turner Elementary School in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 have been selected by the Illinois State Board of Education to participate in a fully funded Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program (FFVP) for the 2012-2013 school year."
Opportunities to share from the Counseling office
  • noneBusiness of Getting into College – May 19th
  • Standardized test practice opportunities at Winfield Library
    • PSAT Practice Test
    • ACT 10-Question Challenge
    • ACT Practice Test
  • Juniors trying to take the June 9th ACT - we are adding spots
    "It has come to our attention that students are attempting to get into the June 9th ACT test but spots are full in all area schools. We will be adding an additional 50 spots at Community High School as of 3:30 today.  We wanted to make you aware so that, if you are interested, you can attempt to get one of these spots. They will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis so you will want to sign up quickly.  Please be aware that, because ACT is in the late registration window, there will be an additional late charge of $21.  Please go to www.actstudent.org to register before May 18th. "
    WeGo Drama Presents: "Titanic - The Musical"
    none"Performance Dates: Thursday May 10, Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12, 2012
    Time: 7:30 p.m."
    none Dist. 303 bringing special needs students back to traditional classes
    none"More than 1,800 students in District 303 use some level of special education services. That’s about 13 percent of all the students in the district. A good portion of those students spend their school days outside the district’s classrooms. That represented a cost of about $3.3 million for the district’s taxpayers during the district’s 2010-11 fiscal year."
    COD contract talks may be coming to head
    none"“We want to continue negotiating. They’re the ones who stopped. We’re demanding they come back to the table and negotiate,” Hansen said Wednesday.  COD President Robert Breuder long had targeted May 10 — the date of the board’s monthly meeting in May, and one day before commencement — to bring a contract before the board."
    Report: DuPage should aid fire district mergers
    none"Of the districts that were examined, Lisle-Woodridge, Warrenville and West Chicago are the only ones that have fire stations, equipment and personnel for fire protection and emergency medical services. All three districts are financially stable, the consultants said."
    DuPage Airport still hopes to stop relying on taxes
    none"While calling it a “worthy” and “important” goal, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said Wednesday now isn’t the right time to remove the West Chicago airport from the tax rolls.  “There is value in keeping a lifeline of sorts for the (DuPage) Airport Authority because it is a very important resource in the community that provides for significant economic development,” he said. “It’s a draw to the business community.”"
    DuPage Judge Popejoy suspended 60 days for hit and run
    none"Nearly two years after fleeing the scene of a traffic accident, DuPage County Judge Kenneth Popejoy has been suspended for 60 days without pay... Along the way, Popejoy showed a “willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons and property” by disobeying multiple stop signs, according to the courts commission ruling."
    none Alderman chosen to lead West Chicago
    none"Longtime Ald. Ruben Pineda on Monday was named acting mayor of West Chicago, becoming the first person of Hispanic descent to lead the west suburb.  Pineda, an alderman since 1998, succeeds Michael Kwasman, who died last month after suffering a heart attack."
    DuPage County Board rejects plans for Islamic center
    "The DuPage County Board on Tuesday soundly rejected plans by an Islamic group to use a house near West Chicago as a prayer center.  The Islamic Center of Western Suburbs had hoped for a conditional zoning use allowing the group to use the house on Army Trail Road near West Chicago as a gathering place for up to 30 of its members at any given time."
    Wheaton Academy raises funds for Haitian orphans
    none"The Warriors will be raising funds during their game Thursday, when the team will shine awareness on the plight of orphans in Haiti.  "We had special jerseys made for the game," Underwood said. "Each jersey the girls wear has the name of one of our 20 Haitian orphans that we sponsor at Wheaton Academy."
    Consultant: DuPage County fire departments should merge to save taxpayer money
    "Crowe Horwath heaped praise on the airport authority for cutting costs and reducing property taxes as a funding source. The firm did, however, recommend that the authority revisit its capital plan based on the current economic environment and develop a plan to address deficits at the airport-owned Prairie Landing Golf Club, which was to be a revenue-generating buffer parcel for the airport but ran a $445,000 deficit last year."
    none Lawsuit urged after DuPage spurns Bartlett-area mosque
    "The case bears assorted similarities to the Irshad Learning Center request, which also was rejected by the board in January 2010 after the development committee recommended approval but the zoning panel declined to support it. That application also sought a permit for an Islamic worship facility, on the site of a vacant home along 75th Street just east of Naperville that backs up to a residential area.  The Irshad matter is now in federal court, and the ICWS case could be headed there as well."
    none Audit of College Illinois finds violations, potential conflicts of interest
    "The underfunded College Illinois savings program was plagued by weak financial controls and conflicts of interest between top administrators and companies hired to invest millions from the pre-paid tuition fund, according to a report issued Wednesday from the state Auditor General’s Office."
    Retired state employees could pay for health coverage
    none"“The prescription on the table is huge,” Madigan said. “This is one small part of it. …If we can’t do this, what in the world are we going to be able to do?”  Under the legislation, retired state workers, judges, lawmakers and university employees would have premiums for their group health insurance program set each year by the Quinn administration. The bill went to the Senate on a 74-43 vote."
    none Court ruling raises more questions about state eavesdropping law
    "Questions about Illinois’ law against audio recording of police remain after a federal appeals court this week declared it unconstitutional.  Specifically up in the air is whether the ruling applies to everyone in the state.  Meanwhile, critics of the state’s eavesdropping statute are still pushing for legislation to allow civilians to make audio recordings of police while they do their jobs in public."
    nwitimes.com Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, May 10th
    "Mark calendars next Thursday for Post Mother’s Day Zombie-fest: WBEZ (91.5 FM Chicago) Filmspotting hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen are throwing a drive-in event, double-feature starting with Zombieland followed by Shaun of the Dead, at the Cascade Drive-In at 1100 E. North Avenue in West Chicago ..."
    none Saturday, Help Letter Carriers ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ - AFL-CIO
    none"This Saturday, you can “Stamp Out Hunger” by joining with the Letter Carriers (NALC) in their 20th annual food drive—the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Last year Letter Carriers collected more than 70 million pounds of food."
    none Bill would ban therapy to 'convert' gay youths - San Francisco Chronicle
    none"SB1172 by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), would make it illegal for therapists and psychologists to provide so-called sexual orientation change therapy - also known as conversion or reorientation therapy - to minors and require them to obtain written consent from adults who wish to undergo the counseling.  The bill cites a 2009 American Psychological Association report, which concluded this type of mental health therapy is "unlikely to be successful and involves some risk of harm," including depression, thoughts of suicide and anxiety."
    none Romney Apologizes For ‘Hijinks’ But Won’t Acknowledge Specific Attack - TPM
    "Five classmates described to the Washington Post on record an incident in which Romney, then a high school senior, teased and ultimately assaulted a student, John Lauber. According to their account, Romney mocked the student’s long blond hair, recalling that he once said, “He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” before joining classmates in chasing him, pinning him to the ground and cutting his hair as Lauber screamed for help."
    Food Stamp Use at Military Commissaries Up Sharply - Military.com
    none"There is little information about who is using the food stamps, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by the Department of Agriculture, because DeCA and the Defense Department do not keep data on individuals who purchase items at commissaries. But Joyce Raezer, the executive director of the National Military Family Association, suspects that the majority of food stamp users are veterans who separated before retirement and members of the National Guard or reserve forces."
    08  May
    Tuesday
     
    none Obituaries - Eugene Rennels
    none"Gene served in the US Navy and the US Army during the Korean War. He was very active in his community and church. Gene attended St. Andrew Lutheran Church since 1961 serving on the Church council, member of the choir, Sunday school teacher and superintendent, lector and assisting minister and was Congregational Vice-President... Gene was a member of the Board of Education District 33 for 7 years, Alderman of the Second Ward in West Chicago, City Treasurer for 2 years and longest serving Mayor of West Chicago for 12 years."
      Tribute to Gene Rennels...
    A previous video post of Vetrans' Day 2009 shows Gene as a gifted and edrudite public speaker.  This is how I will remember Gene, cogtently speaking about something he cares about. - Bob

    West Chicago Elementary School District 33 "News Bites" 

    • noneWe Go Run - This Sunday
    • Orchestra Concert
    • Band Concert
    Sixth Grade Students at Wegner School Place 1st in State Wide Math Competition
    "The students in District 33's Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) math cluster competed in all three contests this year. At the completion of the three contests, the 6th grade team at Wegner School came in first place out of 57 teams throughout Illinois."
    • CHS Celebrates Mom and Anna’s Hope
      none"The National Honor Society at Community High School in West Chicago will be hosting a pancake breakfast to celebrate Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 12th from 8 to 11 a.m. at the high school cafeteria near entrance H. “WeGoing to Take Mom to Breakfast” invites moms and children under five to eat for free, kids ages 6-13 will eat for $2.00, 13 and over for $3.00. Included in the price is a cake walk, pictures with Mom, crafts, face painting and games. All proceeds will benefit Anna’s Hope"
    • Flower and Plant Sale by Transition Program and Horticulture Club
      "On May 19, 2012, students from the Transition Program and Horticulture Club will be working together at a booth at Blooming Fest in West Chicago.  Students will be selling the flowers and plants that they have been cultivating all school year. Prices will range from $3 to $12."
    • CHSD94TV’s “Be True to Your City” LipDub Goes Viral
      "On Monday, April 23, 2012, students enrolled in Community High School’s Broadcast Production program filmed the school’s first-ever LipDub, “Be True to Your City.” The film was truly a massive undertaking, involving and featuring all 2400-some staff and students of Community High School in a scripted lip-sync performance."
    Traffic Safety Campaign Continues
    none"The campaign ran from March 12 - 20, 2012 and resulted in 105 citations being issued, 20 of which were for Seat Belt and Child Safety seat violations and 1 DUI arrest ... Campaign #4 will begin on May 11, 2012 and run through May 28, 2012. There will also be a roadside safety check during this campaign on Friday, May 25, 2012."
    none West Chicago names first Hispanic mayor
    none"Pineda, a sitting alderman, becomes the first mayor of Hispanic descent in the 140-year history of West Chicago, where now just more than half the city’s residents are Hispanic. Fourteen years ago, Pineda became the city’s first Hispanic alderman when then-Mayor Steven Lakics appointed him to an open spot on the city council.  “I’m proud of this community. I always have been,” Pineda said in an interview after his unanimous appointment by the city council."
    1,000 support Honor Flight at new DuPage fundraiser
    none"Honor Flight Chicago provides all-expenses paid day trips to Washington, D.C., allowing World War II veterans in their 80s and 90s, like Cesareo and Angelo, to experience the memorial built in honor of those who served and died in the war.  The group has a waiting list of about 1,000 veterans, but the list shouldn’t discourage anyone from seeking a flight of their own, President Duane Werth said."
    none Alderman named West Chicago’s acting mayor; first Hispanic to hold seat
    none"The City Council unanimously approved Pineda, who has represented Ward 3. He will fill the remainder of the mayoral term that ends in spring 2013... Pineda is the first person to sit in the mayor’s chair who is of Hispanic origin. West Chicago, which has a population of 27,086, is 51.1 percent Hispanic or Latino, according to the2010 Census."
    none DNR hopes to create 'sustainable' funding support for outdoors programs
    "“We want to connect users with programs to user fees,” Miller said. “The business model for DNR is that for hunting, fishing and camping you help pay your way. Everything else is free on GRF (general tax revenue).  “People who are going to be doing things on our property are going to help pay for their upkeep.”"
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    WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Sunday, 6 May 2012

    • ALBERT WHO?  DEAD PHYSICIST DISPELS MOBILE-PHONE MYTH.
    • ASTEROID PROSPECTING: WHAT'S HOLDING UP A SPACE-AGE GOLD RUSH.
     
    none New Tool: Monthly Latino Employment Report - AFL-CIO
    none"Passing along a great tool—the Monthly Latino Employment Report from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) offers a snapshot of the latest Latino employment statistics."
    none Myspace Settles With FTC For Misleading Users About Privacy - TPM
    "“Despite the promises contained in its privacy policy, the FTC charged, Myspace provided advertisers with the Friend ID of users who were viewing particular pages on the site. Advertisers could use the Friend ID to locate a user’s Myspace profile to obtain personal information publicly available on the profile and, in most instances, the user’s full name. Advertisers also could combine the user’s real name and other personal information with additional information to link broader web-browsing activity to a specific individual.”"
    none Forces mobilize over proposed Florida amendment - Orlando Sentinel
    "The focus of their attention is proposed Amendment 8, which would rewrite the "religious freedom" section of the state Constitution. It would remove the longstanding ban on taxpayer funding of churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions and replace it with completely opposite language prohibiting state or local governments from withholding money based on religious belief."
    none Romney’s Auto Rescue Claims Don’t Hold Up -TPM
    "The trouble is that the people who helped craft the actual auto bailout — and not just on the Democratic side — have said Romney’s often confusing public position would likely have resulted in destruction of the industry.  “I’ve read, I think, everything Romney’s had to say on this subject, and the level of flip-flopping and dissembling is truly mind-boggling,” Steve Rattner, the “auto czar” who advised the White House on the auto rescue, told TPM. “He’s been on every side of the auto rescue at different times and said different things, so it’s hard to know what he honestly thinks.”"
    05&06 May
    Weekend
    Obama's Accomplishments! With Citations! - PTC Blog
    none This Week In West Chicago
    07  7pm» City Council Meeting
    09  7pm» Annual Community Forum
    10  7pm» Bilingual Storytime for Families
           7pm» Knit Night
    12  10am» WEGO Lacrosse Club Car Wash
           1pm» Mother & Daughter Diva Tea
    Honor Flight Fundraiser - Melissa Birch
    [This links to a photo albumn of pics from the Honor Flight Fundraiser. - Bob]
    none West Chicago preparing to appoint acting mayor
    none"Pineda, who has been an alderman for 14 years, was chosen by Kwasman to be deputy mayor to fill in for him in any absence. Following Kwasman’s death, the city council will consider formally appointing Pineda as acting mayor at Monday’s meeting.  Pineda, 52, who works for a fire protection services company, will serve the remaining time on Kwasman’s term, which expires next year. Pineda could decide to run for mayor in April, though he says it’s too early to say whether he will."
    DuPage election head's business ties may be scrutinized again
    none"Cronin said Thursday he's planning to ask the revamped DuPage Board of Election Commissioners to address issues raised in a report critical of the agency. He said that should include taking another look at the financial ties Executive Director Robert Saar once had to Robis Elections Inc., a Wheaton-based company that does work for the commission."
    none Illinois voters will decide pension question this fall
    none"The proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution goes directly to the November ballot following the Senate’s 51-2 vote. The House previously approved the measure..."
    none Hultgren talks transportation with Aurora business leaders
    none"The Senate brought up a two-year, $109 billion transportation bill earlier this year, but House leaders refused to bring it up for a vote.  The last four-year transportation bill expired in 2009. Hultgren said the nation is operating on a ninth short-term extension, slated to expire on June 30."
    COD presents faculty with 'final' contract offer
    none"As part of continuing contract negotiations, College of DuPage presented full-time faculty members with what it called its “best and final” offer on Friday... Moreover, Hansen said the college wanted to reserve the right to change member’s benefits based solely on financial reasons, but without negotiations.  Hansen downplayed the possibility of a faculty walkout, saying that teachers would continue to work without a contract."
    none Sen. Mark Kirk now home - three months after stroke
    none"Though he will be spending nights at the homes of “various relatives,” his staff said, he will be reporting by day to the RIC to continue his rehab. A lift has been installed on the stairs at Kirk’s home at Ft. Sheridan in Highland Park."
    • Senate votes to abolish scandal-plagued scholarship program
      none"Gov. Pat Quinn has also spoken out against the scholarships, and a spokeswoman said he thinks the Senate’s bill is “the right thing for taxpayers who deserve better than the status quo.”  The passage in the full Senate come after Illinois’ top Senate Democrat dropped his resistance Wednesday to abolishing the scholarship program and advanced a measure that would kill the waivers this fall."
    • Legislators give voters a say on pensions
      "The pension measure was the only constitutional amendment ratified Thursday, which was a deadline to get constitutional amendments on the fall ballot.  Another proposed constitutional change that appeared to have overwhelming support — an amendment giving victims of violent crimes new legal rights — fizzled out Thursday, just days after versions of it passed overwhelmingly in both the state House and Senate."
    none Asian carp barrier had power outage
    "U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. David Camp, both of Michigan, told The Associated Press about the outage prior to an official announcement. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the barrier network, confirmed the report.  The outage happened about 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Stabenow and Camp said. Two of three barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal were operating at the time and both failed. Backup generators were activated, but a power surge prevented them from immediately working."
     Audit: Illinois FOID card system for buying guns and ammo is broken
    "But the report found problems for those on either side of the gun issue. The audit showed faulty reporting allowed ineligible people to get or keep a FOID card, which pro- and anti-gun control advocates both decry. The audit also cited lengthy delays in processing card requests, with 85 percent of calls to get a status update going unanswered, which upsets gun rights supporters."
    [Flaws don't surporise me.  For years my name was incorrectly spelled.  Does it scare you that IL issued a card to Robert Demon? - Bob]
    none Illinois Lottery glitch led to duplicate tickets
    "Lang says some machines weren't clearing numbers out of their memories from the previous ticket issued. So, old numbers were making their way onto the next ticket.  Customers can get reimbursed with new quick-pick tickets.  While some were left feeling like they got one losing ticket for the price of two, others were twice as lucky."
    none CHART: Economy Has Recovered All Private Sector Jobs Lost Since Obama Took Office - Think Progress
    none"As of April, there are now more private sector jobs in the United States than there were in January 2009, when President Obama took office. You read that right. We have now replaced all of the private sector jobs lost while Obama has been president. And that was no mean feat, given that over the course of 2009, the private sector shed about 4.2 million jobs."
    10 Things Conservatives Don’t Want You To Know About Ronald Reagan - Think Progress
    "This image of Reagan as a conservative superhero is myth, created to unite the various factions of the right behind a common leader. In reality, Reagan was no conservative ideologue or flawless commander-in-chief. Reagan regularly strayed from conservative dogma — he raised taxes eleven times as president while tripling the deficit — and he often ended up on the wrong side of history, like when he vetoed an Anti-Apartheid bill."
    03 May
    Thursday
     
    none RIP: former mayor Gene Rennels - FB
    • Karen Sargent Koning - FB
      Here's a salute and a shout out to one of the most wonderful Friends anyone could have, Gene Rennels :) Thanks for touching all of our lives. Peace to your family.
    • RIP Big Daddy!!! You were one cool cat!!! Enjoy your eternal reward in that great big city hall in the sky!!!
      Love'The Arturi Family
    • ♥ you - our loss, Heavens gain...until we meet again.
    • Thinking of the Rennels family in their time of loss... I will miss my adopted grandfather Gene Rennels but I know he is in a better place listening to the actual voice of God that he so amazingly shared with us through out the years. Lots of love to Todd Rennels, Mike Rennels, Scott Rennels and the rest of the wonderful Rennels family.
    • Oh Gene ... so sorry ... so many fun memories from my Sr. year at Bob W's business ... what great wit and humor, a friends friend, treated this 18 year old (then) with respect ... You are a wonderful example of what it means to be one of the "Good guys ..." Thanks for your friendship. Although it has been 32 years, your influence never left me. God speed my friend, God speed.
    Wife of Former Elmhurst Police Chief Loses Her Battle With Cancer - Patch.com
    none"News sources are reporting that Debbie Millner, wife of Sen. John Millner (R-Carol Stream), has died.  Mrs. Millner passed away on Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer, according to the Illinois Review."
    Suspicious Activity - Possible Attempted Child Abduction Location: Area of Pleasant Hill School - Village of Winfield 
    none"On Wednesday, May 02,2012 at approximately 8:55 a.m., Winfield Police responded to Pleasant Hill , 1N 220 Pleasant Hill Road, Winfield, reference a suspicious activity/possible child abduction report that just occurred.  The Winfield Police learned that the 9 year old female victim was walking to school and while crossing the street, a male subject, while seated in his vehicle, asked about the victim "Hey, do you want a ride to school". The victim began walking faster, towards a neighboring residence and the subject repeated the question. The victim then ran to the and reported the incident.  The Winfield Police conducted a though search of the area and determined that the vehicle and driver had already left to neighborhood, prior to police response.  The suspect is described as a male, dark skinned white or Hispanic possibly, dark "slicked back" shorter hair and no distinguishing features or accent.  The vehicle is described as mid-sized sedan, blue-steeled in color, with no identifiable features, and unknown plate number. It was later discovered that the suspect vehicle had immediately left the area north-bound Pleasant Hill Road.  The public is asked to report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity or additional information to the Winfield Police Department at 630-933-7160." 
    For additional information, contact the West Chicago Police Department at (630) 293-222."
    none BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 5-2-12
    "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."
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    Around and About in West Chicago - 02 May 2012

    • Conservative Investing for Beginners
    • Wheaton Academy Spring Choral Concert
    • Kruse House Museum Summer Tour Season
    • We-Go Run
    none DuPage business leaders told they can influence recovery
    none"As a result, traditional economic cycles — such as lower interest rates driving people to buy homes — are no longer automatic. Swonk outlined a number of changes, from government deficits to high unemployment and a gap in workforce education, that have had an impact on the cycles.  But amid the negatives, she noted, as business leaders, they can help institute change.  “The outcome is inevitable, but there are places along the road that we can intervene and get onto a better path, and our future will not be doomed,” Swonk said."
    DuPage funding for conservation group in doubt
    none"Representatives with Schools and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education, or SCARCE, say they fear the county won't renew an agreement that pays the group $155,750 a year to do a variety of programs, including hosting large recycling events and helping businesses and public entities become more eco-friendly."
    none The West Chicago Public Library District Responds to Rise in eBook Reading
    none"According to Pew’s research, 1 in 5 Americans have read an eBook in the last year. In fact, four times the number of people report reading eBooks on a typical day now compared with only two years ago. And the number of people that own e-reader devices or tablets nearly doubled between mid-December 2011 and January 2012. "
    Local Music Night at Blooming Fest
    none"Gaining in popularity, Local Music Night is making an encore appearance during Blooming Fest on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from noon – 5:00 p.m. Performers will include Cassandra Vohs-Demann, West Park, TriTone Sax Trio, Ellus Bellus, The Wacky Keys and Into the Real. The stage will be located in front of Gallery 200, 200 Main Street, West Chicago."
    People Made Visible Collaborates With Community Partners
    none"People Made Visible (PMV), in collaboration with the West Chicago City Museum and the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission, is happy to announce its Spring International Visiting Artists. Artists Heidi Hove and Jens Axel Beck will arrive from Denmark on Sunday, May 6, 2012 and remain in West Chicago through the end of May."
    Mother/Daughter Tea
    none"Fancy that! In honor of Mother's Day, mother, daughters, grandmothers and aunts are invited to come dressed in their most glamorous. Step into our Hollywood tearoom and nosh on delectable treats. Don't miss this marvelous, time-treasured event especially for girls ages 5-12 w/adults."
    none State welfare data shows drop in child abuse cases
    "The analysis, released Tuesday by the Child Care Association of Illinois, shows there were 29,802 cases of confirmed child abuse or neglect in Illinois in fiscal year 2008, and by annualizing the first seven months of fiscal year 2012 data, there will be 21,720 confirmed cases, which constitutes a 27 percent decrease, a release from the Child Care Association of Illinois said."
    Counties improve air quality
    "In a report issued by the Lung Association last month, DuPage County improved its particle pollution grade from a C to a B and its ozone grades from a B to an A, as compared to scores from the 2011 report. This qualified DuPage County for the Lung Association’s list of cleanest in the nation for particle pollution."
    Virtual-Strategy Magazine Sims Recycling Solutions to Attempt to Break a World Record at West Chicago
    "The event will be held on April 21, 2012, at the Sims Recycling Solutions facility located at 1750 Harvester Road, West Chicago, IL 60185 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This site will be one of five involved in an attempt to break an official Guinness World Record for the most consumer electronics collected within 24 hours - multiple locations."
    ReadMedia (press release) Students Give Animals a Second Chance
    nonenonenone"Lakeview students Brittany Davis of Mattoon, IL; Rachel Howe of West Chicago, IL; and Katie Kropschot of Twain Harte, CA , decided to pursue this effort with Genesis Animal Rescue to raise awareness in the community about how they can help homeless animals."
    none Illinois House panel targets retiree health care
    "Joined in a rare bipartisan push by House Republican Leader Tom Cross, Madigan has proposed eliminating the full health insurance premium the state now covers for most retired employees who worked 20 years.  Currently, after eight years in state government, 40 percent of the premium is paid. That increases 5 percent a year until there's no premium at all."
    none Senate moving toward eliminating legislative scholarships
    none"Numerous news reports have highlighted how some lawmakers have given the scholarships – actually, tuition waivers -- to political insiders and their relatives."
    Quinn pitches Medicaid, pension plans; says 'I don't plan to sleep'
    none"“The administration’s recognition of the need to substantively reform the pension system is credit positive for the state of Illinois … which has struggled to address its pension challenges for decades,” Moody’s wrote.  Quinn has proposed raising the retirement age for many state employees to 67 and increasing their pension contributions by 3 percentage points. His plan also calls for pension cost-of-living increases to be reduced -- from 3 percent annually to the lesser of 3 percent or half of the consumer price index."
    none Walmart to pay more than $4.8 million in back wages for overtime wage theft - Daily Kos
    none"Walmart has agreed to pay more than $4.8 million in back pay and damages to more than 4,500 current and former vision center managers and asset protection coordinators. The workers had been treated by Walmart as exempt from overtime requirements but were found by the Department of Labor to be nonexempt and therefore due overtime pay. Walmart will also pay nearly $464,000 in penalties.  In 2007, when the Department of Labor told Walmart the workers should receive overtime pay, Walmart reclassified them and claims to have paid them properly since."
    none Billy Graham backs NC anti-gay marriage amendment - Associated Press
    none""At 93, I never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage," Billy Graham's statement said. "The Bible is clear — God's definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment" Tuesday."
    none Ann Romney “knows what it’s like to struggle”. You can tell by her $990 tee shirt. - Political Carnival
    none"First, the Mrs. Willard who owns the nearly-$1000 tee is the same one who knocked her multi-million dollar brains out to prove to voters how she “knows what it’s like to struggle” just like us:  But see, Ann, many of us struggle to buy one lousy $9.90 shirt at Cheap Tees R Us AND cope with health issues."
    Deposition Reveals Payout For Undercover ACORN Video - Channel 10 News San Diego
    none"Vera filed suit, claiming O'Keefe had violated state privacy laws, and in a March deposition, there were some revealing statements from O'Keefe.  "He [Breitbart] said he would like to find a way for me to get paid to publish the videos," testified O'Keefe.  O'Keefe gave details about the payout. He testified that before the San Diego undercover taping, Breitbart first saw undercover ACORN videos from the East Coast and wanted to see more.  "Now we have evidence for the first time, Breitbart agreed in advance to participate in the violation of California law," said Gene Iredale, Vera's attorney.  O'Keefe said he was eventually paid $65,000 by Breitbart to blog about the video."
    01 May
    Tuesday
     
    none Library Receives “Going Green” Award
    none"The West Chicago Public Library District is the proud recipient of a “Going Green” award from Fitzgerald Lighting & Maintenance Company. The award, signifying that, “Together we can help reduce energy consumption one watt at a time,” was presented in recognition of the Library’s lighting retrofit from T12 to T8 throughout the building, resulting in an overall reduction in energy consumption of 40%."

    West Chicago Elementary School District 33 - NewsBites:

    • noneWe Go Run
    • Week of the Young Child
    • Win Money for College
    • MS Update
    • Triblocal Articles
    Outstanding Students of the 3rd Quarter 2012
    "Each grading period teachers at West Chicago Middle School nominate students to receive the “Outstanding Student of the Quarter” award. Each team of teachers is encouraged to nominate up to four students per quarter. Exploratory and PE teachers are also invited to select students from their classes to receive awards."
    Annual Community Forum
    none"On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Community High School District 94 will host a Community Forum to share information with all stakeholders. The Agenda will include the District’s Curriculum Renewal Plan, its financial picture and the District’s Strategic Plan, Mr. Gordon Cole, Business Manager, Dr. Moses Cheng, Principal, Dr. Kim Chambers, Assistant Superintendent and Lalo Ponce, Superintendent will present information related to the topics."
    Reminder for May Market Day Orders
    none"Your Market Day pick up is quickly approaching!! There are only 2 nonemore pickups. Start stocking up now for summer!!!! May’s Market Day profits will benefit the Creative Writing Club. The next Market Day pick up will be Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm.  You must place your order by: Monday, April 30th   at 11:00pm CST. Pick up time is 5:00-5:45 pm in Commons...  Click on the following website to access Market Day to place your order: http://www.marketday.com/. Our School is listed as Community High School Activities - 
    Account #6816."

    Summer Classes (Evening)

    • FREE SUMMER ESL CLASSES
    • FREE SUMMER GED CLASSES
    • FREE SUMMER CITIZENSHIP PREPARATION CLASSES
    • Honor Flight Chicago Fundraiser
      none"A fundraiser sponsored by the DuPage
      Veterans Foundation on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at DuPage Airport
      in West Chicago, Illinois, will provide an opportunity for the public to support
      veterans of The Greatest Generation and experience aviation history at its
      best."
    • Neil Simon's Chapter Two
      none"Performances are May 11, 12, or 13, 2012. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. There will be two performances on Sunday; one at 3:00 p.m. and one at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8.00. Reservations can be made by emailing gallerytheater@gmail.com."
    • Two International Artists to West Chicago
      none"People Made Visible (PMV), in collaboration with the West Chicago City Museum and the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission, is happy to announce its Spring International Visiting Artists. Artists Heidi Hove and Jens Axel Beck will arrive from Denmark on Sunday, May 6, 2012 and remain in West Chicago through the end of May."
    • The Social Language of Horses in Watercolor
      "Gallery 200 member artist Kristine Plum enjoys melding the philosophy and technique of two very distinct master teachers into a style of watercolor which is all her own. The Des Plaines resident is the featured artist for the month of May at West Chicago's Gallery 200, located at 200 Main Street."
    none Five DuPage holdings nominated as nature preserves
    none"Collectively, the preserves are home to endangered, threatened and rare species, such as the blue-spotted salamander, Blanding’s turtle or the federally threatened eastern prairie fringed orchid.  Areas being considered for Illinois Nature Preserve status are a buffer on the southeast side of West Chicago Prairie ... The state already has approved the preserves’ status, with a dedication scheduled for May 8. But if the public and commission oppose the idea, it could be postponed until September, Neidy said."
    DuPage election panel head resigns
    none"Carney resigned over the weekend after Cronin and 11 county board members sought his removal following last week’s release of a report that revealed the commission’s poor procurement and ethics practices."
    DuPage property tax bills in the mail, up 2.5 percent
    none"County Treasurer Gwen Henry said the higher tax bills comes despite the total assessed value of property in DuPage dropping for the second straight year. In 2011, the value of land dropped by 6.6 percent ... “They are always hoping that a drop in assessed value will mean a decrease in taxes,” Henry said on Monday. “But the average tax rate increased 9.13 percent.""
    none Illinois to spend less on highways and arterial streets
    none"Spending on highways and arterial streets maintained by the state will decline about 20 percent overall in Illinois in the next six years under an austerity transportation plan released Monday."
    DuPage election commission chairman resigns
    none"J.P. “Rick” Carney of Wheaton, who had served on the election board’s three-person board of commissioners since 2005, submitted his resignation Friday, the same day that DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and 11 County Board members sent Carney a letter urging him to step aside."
    West Chicago Middle School: Outstanding Students of the 3rd Quarter 2012
    none Caterpillar workers reject latest contract proposal
    none"At that time, the union said the company was proposing pay cuts by as much as $8 an hour while more than doubling what workers pay for health insurance. The company also had proposed erasing daily overtime unless a worker puts in a 40-hour week. The company wanted contract changes that would allow for more part-time workers. An incentive pay plan also would be eliminated, the union said."
    none Air permit approved for Taylorville Energy Center
    none"Supporters, including labor unions, consumer and environmental groups and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan argue the plant actually would create jobs by encouraging clean-energy uses for Illinois coal."
    none D.C. Hotel Workers Win Groundbreaking Contracts - AFL-CIO
    "As of today, Local 25 members at 17 area hotels have successfully won their first long-term—5.5 years—contract, health care security for the entire contact, a 27 percent wage increase and a 50 percent increase in pension contributions over the life of the contract."
    none State Supreme Court rules 'personhood' initiative petition void - Tulsa World
    "The state's high court found the measure was contrary to a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a case which unsuccessfully challenged the fundamental principles of Roe v. Wade, a 1973 decision legalizing abortion.  "The United States Supreme Court has spoken on this issue. The measure is clearly unconstitutional. ... The states are duty bound to follow its interpretation of the law.""
    none EXPOSED: Fox News, BP, And Goldman Sachs Don't Want You To Know About This - Upworthy
    "Idea: Let's put a guy who wants to get a prominent job at an oil company in charge of regulating the oil industry. What could go wrong?  These diagrams show the revolving door between government and corporations. Scary, right?""|
    [The charts at this link are worth studying. - Bob]
    Eight “Scathing” Passages From The News Corp. Report - TPM
    none"“The willingness of News International to sanction huge settlements and damaging,wide-ranging admissions to settle civil claims over phone-hacking before they reach trial reinforces the conclusion of our 2010 Report that the organisation has, above all, wished to buy silence in this affair and to pay to make this problem go away.”"

     

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