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30 June & 01 July
WeekEnd
 
none Next Week in West Chicagto
02  2:30pm» Summer Blood Drive
       7pm» City Council Meeting
03  7pm» District 94 School Board
05  7pm» City Infrastructure Com
       7pm» District 33 School Board
       7pm» Knit Night

West Chicago Gets hit by severe weather - FB,

Great Duck Pluck Fundraiser!! - FB, Rosemarie Gray Nolazco
none"The Great Duck Pluck Fundraiser! All proceeds benefit the West Chicago Community Theatre's production of HONK!. Funds will be used for production costs, props, set design and costumes. Each duck costs $5.00. All ducks will then float down the water slides at Turtle Splash Water Park at 7pm on Sunday, July 15. Three ducks will be "plucked" and the 1st prize is $500.00 cash, 2nd prize is $250.00 cash and 3rd prize is $100 cash. Please message me if you would like to purchase a duck or two!!!"
none DuPage Sheriff's son given access to drivers license records
none"The “less than full access” that the now 19-year-old Patrick Zaruba continues to have allows him to view — but not input data to — the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System, which contains information about every licensed driver in Illinois."
none 206,000 ComEd customers lose power
"The line of storms produced wind gusts of 90 mph in Winfield in DuPage County about 12:25 p.m., knocking down trees and damage roofs. The storm produced 80 mph winds in Elmhurst, and 61 mph winds at O'Hare International Airport, 75 mph winds in West Chicago, as well as 1.5-inch hail in Wheaton. For details, check the Chicago Weather Center blog."
St. Charles may cancel fireworks show
"The fireworks are set off on Boy Scout Island, which is an area that juts out from the land along the Fox River, near a boat launch. Because the area is so close to the park, other landscaping, a golf course neighborhoods and the downtown, Young said officials are worried about fire safety."
Chicago Park District says it is 'ill-suited' to care for Viking ship
"The district argued in a petition filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court that for financial and functional reasons, the century-old replica would be better off in the hands of non-profit Friends of The Viking Ship Inc."
[Older residents of WC may remember the years this boat spent stored on the West Side. - Bob]
Congress approves deadline for Asian carp report
none"Congress has approved a measure requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to quicken development of a strategy for keeping the Great Lakes free of Asian carp... If signed by President Barack Obama, the measure will set an 18-month deadline for the Army corps to finish its Asian carp plan."
Quinn signs bill cutting lawmakers' pay
none"Gov. Pat Quinn today signed a measure into law that requires lawmakers to take furlough days and skip cost of living raises in the budget year that begins Sunday... It’s estimated the moves will save taxpayers about $900,000 at a time when the state is struggling under billions of dollars in debt."
none Tamms state prison for sale to federal government
"In a letter dated Friday and obtained by The Associated Press, Quinn tells the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons that the 14-year-old supermax lockup would be a “valuable addition” to the U.S. correctional system.   “Tamms is located in a rural area without major growth around the perimeter of the facility, which adds to the secured environment, but it enjoys access to the Interstate system located only a few miles away,” Quinn wrote to federal prisons director Charles Samuels."
none Freeport Jobs To Be Outsourced At Bain Capital Company, Employees Want Romney To Step In - Progress Illinois
none"In response to more than 170 impending layoffs at Sensata Technologies, a Bain Capital-owned plant slated to be outsourced, a collection of community, religious, and labor leaders have promised to ban together and fight back to save the Freeport jobs.  “When I found out that my job was going to be shipped overseas to China ... at first I was angry, now just five or six months away from unemployment, I’m scared,” said Cheryl Randecker, a Sensata employee who has worked at the plant for 33 years. “As a single mother, I don’t just worry about myself, I actually worry about my daughter.""
Will Obamacare Kill Jobs? A New Study Says No - Forbes
"The nonpartisan Urban Institute decided to find out. It did so by looking at what has happened in Massachusetts, whose health reform law, passed in 2006, is broadly similar. It found no evidence whatever that health care reform, and mandated coverage, killed jobs:"
none Small fire at Kane County religious center investigated - Tribune
"Local authorities are working with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate the fire because of the fire occurring at a religious institution, Gengler said.  The center is run by followers of Hindu spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known to followers as Amma, meaning mother in several Indian languages."
none Unpopular Mandate - The New Yorker
none"But, whatever the motives of individual politicians, the end result was the same: a policy that once enjoyed broad support within the Republican Party suddenly faced unified opposition—opposition that was echoed, refined, and popularized by other institutions affiliated with the Party."
Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record - Roll Call
none"The May 24 letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member on the panel, quotes from and describes in detail a secret wiretap application that has become a point of debate in the GOP’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking probe.  The wiretap applications are under court seal, and releasing such information to the public would ordinarily be illegal."
28 June
Thursday
 
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Around and About in West Chicago - 28 June 2012

  • Coffee with the Mayor
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School
  • circa 1889 building at 145-147 West Washington Street
  • street resurfacingEducare of West DuPage
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  • Great Summer Reads for Kids
    none"Looking for ways to keep your child reading this summer? Here are some fun summer reading suggestions for independent readers from Dominique Roman, Youth Services Librarian at the West Chicago Public Library District."
  • Great Summer Reads for Kids
    "Parents and guardians considering preschool or summer day camp for their children are invited to the West Chicago Public Library District on Thursday night, April 19, from 6:00-7:00 pm for a preschool/day camp open house."
Sean McComb 2012 Special Olympics Softball Throw State Champion
none"Two of those people were John Parker, Coach and Special Education Teacher at West Chicago High School and Sean McComb, a sophomore at the high school. Sean traveled to Normal with his family to participate in the Softball Throw. "
Heat Wave Safety Information and Mosquito Spraying Details
none"Due to the increased presence of West Nile virus in the mosquito population in the area during this dry spell, the West Chicago Mosquito Abatement District (MAD) will perform the first District-wide truck spraying on Tuesday, June 26th between dusk and approximately 2:00 AM."
none Man stabbed while picnicking at West Chicago park
none"A man was hospitalized with a hole in his lung after he was stabbed during an early evening robbery attempt while picnicking at Pioneer Park in West Chicago, prosecutors said Tuesday.  Alejandro DeLaCruz, 17, and Irbin Rocha, 18, are accused of carrying out the attack with a third man about 7:30 p.m. Sunday."
Forestry officials say wildfires unlikely here
none"“Out West, they have much larger open tracts of land and natural areas than we do and those give fire the opportunity to spread to more rapidly,” he said. “Here, we have lots of roads and subdivisions that form fire barriers without much natural flammable material.”  Occasionally, small fires may pop up, but when they do, they usually are extinguished quickly."
none Two hurt when school bus, car collide in West Chicago
none"West Chicago Fire Chief Robert Hodge said the four students and one driver on the school bus were not hurt. The bus is owned by a private contractor used by West Chicago Elementary School District 33, he said.  Two people had to be extricated from the car and were taken to Central DuPage Hospital."
West Chicago City Council approves purchase of police cars
nonenone"The minutes show the city will pay up to $81,525 for three Chevrolet Caprice police pursuit vehicles from Miles Chevrolet through the Illinois State Joint Purchasing Contract... Another item approved under this vote included a resolution authorizing Michael Guttman, the city's administrator, to execute an agreement between DuPage County and the city for participation in a community development block grant, known as CDBG funding. The maximum amount is $191,865 for the Old Heidelberg Collector Street Area Improvement Project."
none AFSCME, state extend contract, call for mediator
none"Neither the state nor union has discussed details of the talks, but they are taking place against a backdrop of the state’s ongoing financial problems.   A year ago, Gov. Pat Quinn canceled scheduled pay raises for 30,000 unionized state workers because he said state lawmakers did not provide money in the budget to pay for them."
Illinois not ready for Obama health-care reform deadline
none"Rep. Frank Mautino told The Associated Press this week that Illinois won't meet be able to meet a Nov. 16 deadline for the online insurance marketplace and must consider a new option -- a federal-state partnership -- to get ready for its first year if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the law."
none 4th Circuit: Required Posting By Pregnancy Centers Is Unconstitutional Compelled Speech - Religion Clause
none"the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday struck down a Baltimore ordinance that requires "limited-service pregnancy centers" to post signs announcing that that they do not provide or make referrals for abortion or birth control services. The majority agreed with plaintiff, a Catholic  pregnancy center, that the law compels it to speak to clients and potential clients in a manner that it would not otherwise do. The majority found that the city has not shown a compelling interest for infringing on the Center's non-commercial speech rights in this manner... The evidence relied on by the City Council revealed that limited-service pregnancy centers were using questionable tactics to delay women from accessing abortions. Such tactics included counseling women to undergo pregnancy tests and sonograms that were scheduled weeks after their initial pregnancy center visit, and misinforming women about abortion services, including when abortions could be lawfully obtained. Such delays placed the health of women who decided to have abortions at risk...."
none 10 Things You Get Now That Obamacare Survived - Mother Jones
"Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime coverage limits on your insurance. Never again will you face the risk of getting really sick and then, a few months in, having your insurer tell you, "Sorry, you've 'run out' of coverage." Almost everyone I've met knows someone who had insurance but got really, really sick (or had a kid get really sick) and ran into a lifetime cap."

Here Is Why Our Elites Are Not Fixing The Economy - Campaign for America's Future
"Here is the reason that our leaders are cutting back on the things our country does for We, the People, and are not working very hard to do anything about the high unemployment and economic troubles most of us are feeling:

26 May
Tuesday
 
none BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 6-27-12
"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 is usually the last Wednesday of the month. Businesses with “highlights” to share can email me at merleburl@earthlink.net."
none DuPage hardest hit by foreclosures
none"Foreclosure filings rose dramatically in May throughout the region — especially for DuPage County, with a massive 159 percent hike — compared to a year ago, according to data released Thursday by RealtyTrac Inc.  The Irvine, Calif.-based online research firm also showed foreclosures up about 54 percent in Illinois, placing the state at No. 5 nationwide for the most foreclosures. Illinois previously often rated No. 9 or 10 nationwide."
none Alyce Bartlett, 1928-2012
none"She previously was a columnist for the Daily Herald and the West Chicago Press. Her work also appeared in the Winfield Glimpses and the Wheaton Daily Journal, two papers that have since folded. She also worked as an ad setter for the Naperville Sun and wrote a column for the Winfield Chamber of Commerce's newsletter."
none The Secret to a Successful Retirement: Don't Retire
none"A recent study by Boston College's Center for Retirement Research concludes that those approaching retirement ought to work as long as they can to postpone filing for Social Security, save money, take on a reverse mortgage in retirement if there is substantial equity, and pick conservative investments and stick with them."
none New Illinois law cuts school superintendents
none"Senate Bill 2706 raises the minimum population requirement for a regional office of education from 43,000 people to 61,000.  Education service regions smaller than that will be eliminated.  Reducing the number of regional superintendents is expected to save about $1.5 million in salaries."
Special grants helped state Democrats pass budget
nonenone"A close look at the state budget shows a handful of grants that take money away from general services and divert it to specific groups: $400,000 for a neighborhood development group on Chicago’s south side, $1.1 million to bus children to religious schools, $750,000 for a commission on Latino families. The list goes on.   Information on how the money will be used is hard to come by. The budget itself doesn’t provide details, the groups getting the money aren’t saying much, and the money is not officially linked to any specific legislator."
none ’Vettes crowd Pheasant Run for one last show
none"This is the 40th year for the event, and the final year that it will be held at Pheasant Run. The show began in Bloomington, and moved to Pheasant Run 10 years ago to accommodate the large number of drivers. Next year the show will be back in central Illinois, this time along the University of Illinois campus."
none Fermilab's bison herd has a baby boom
none"Fermilab’s first director, Robert Wilson, established the bison herd in 1969 as a symbol of the history of the Midwestern prairie and the laboratory’s pioneering research at the frontiers of particle physics.  Today, the bison remain a major attraction for families and wildlife enthusiasts. With the new additions, the herd numbers 25."
none Obamacare unpopular, unless it's not called Obamacare - Daily Kos
none"Seventy eight percent of Republicans support “banning insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions; 86 percent of Republicans favor “banning insurance companies from cancelling policies because a person becomes ill.” Those are backed by 82 percent of independents and 87 percent of independents."
Charts: The Supreme Court's Rightward Shift - Mother Jones
none"The Roberts court's conservative makeup doesn't always translate into conservative rulings, however. In 2010, slightly more than half of its decisions were conservative according to the Supreme Court Database. (See here for more details on how it defines liberal and conservative.) In fact, when all nine justices are in agreement, their rulings have been right down the middle. However, when the vote splits, the court's rulings veer back to the right."
23&24 May
WeekEnd
 
none This Week in West Chicago
25  7pm» City Public Affairs Com
28  10:30am» Strawberry Shortcake Tea
       7pm» City Finance Com
       7pm» Knit Night
30  6pm» War of 1812 Veterans Celebrated
none Smokers brace for cigarette tax increase today
none"The tax on a pack of cigarettes will jump from 98 cents to $1.98, a move lawmakers and health advocates say will generate desperately needed revenue for the state while cutting smoking rates... The group estimates the increase will prevent 72,700 Illinois kids from becoming smokers and cause 53,400 adults to quit smoking while raising $350 million per year in new revenue."
none West Chicago runners complete Run for Rwanda 5K
none"Three runners from West Chicago completed the Run for Rwanda 5K on June 16 in Downers Grove.  Meredith  Bult, 12, completed the race in 28:32, Hannah Corner, 17, crossed the finish line in 31:08, and Pam Bult, 42, took 35:55."
none Bald eagles making comeback in Chicago area
none"“It's a symbol of success that we have (bald) eagles nesting on the Fox River. Who would have thought?” said Compton... Another active nest is on private property at Mooseheart Child City & School near Batavia, where a pair of bald eagles fledged two eaglets in both 2009 and 2010."
Quinn signs new prisoner early-release law
none"Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday signed a measure into law that revives good time credit for non-violent offenders who complete drug treatment, job training or rehabilitation programs while behind bars.  The move comes more than two years after Quinn suspended similar early release programs after it was discovered that thousands of inmates had been released from prison after serving only a few weeks in prison."
   
   
none Pension Giant Dumps $73 Million Caterpillar Stock Over Israel Ties - Common Dreams
none"Pension fund giant TIAA-CREF has removed Caterpillar, Inc. from its Social Choice Funds portfolio. As of May 1, 2012, financial data posted on TIAA-CREF’s website valued Social Choice Funds shares in Caterpillar at $72,943,861. Today it is zero... Since 2010, We Divest has been urging TIAA-CREF to drop Caterpillar and other companies profiting from and facilitating Israel’s 45-year-old military occupation and colonization of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip."
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Christian Broadcaster TBN Accused of Covering Up Sexual Assault - Courthouse News Service
"The granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network founder Paul Crouch Sr. claims in court that she was drugged and raped by an employee of the Christian broadcaster, and that the Christian TV network hushed it up to avoid bad publicity."
none The REAL Reason Conservatives Always Win - Cognitive Policy Works
none"The astute observer will already note the profound irony here — a political group whose ideology elevates the individual over the group (Conservatives) has managed to cultivate more group cohesion than the political group whose ideology blends community well-being with that of the individual"
21 JUne
Thursday
 
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Around and About in West Chicago - 21 June 2012

  • WAYS Summer Camp
  • First Aid and CPR Certification
  • large sale of pre-school items
  • cemetery walk
  • 19th annual Fine Arts Fiesta
19 June
Tuesday
 
none Summer Blood Drive
none"As a special 'thank you' for donating blood for others less fortunate, all blood donors will receive a certificate good for $11 in retail purchases at any Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store location, compliments of Heartland Blood Centers. Please call Rosemary Mackey at the City of West Chicago, (630) 293-2200 ext. 139 to schedule your appointment for a blood donation that could save up to three lives. Walk-ins are also welcome."
Elementary School District 33's Emergency Management Plan
none"Readiness and emergency management for schools has become a critical necessity for educational institutions across the country. As tragic incidents continue to make headlines each year, the need for a comprehensive plan that addresses the unique specifications of buildings, and delivers protocols to ensure speed and efficiency in the movement of people during a crisis, becomes more relevant."
Vacation Watch Program Available
none"The City of West Chicago offers a Vacation Watch Program which provides a daily check of a residence when the owners are away on vacation, not less than 7 days and not more than 30 days."
Launch of New Restaurant
none"City of West Chicago officials are delighted at the new dining concept finding its way to their city. “We are excited that Ricardo has chosen West Chicago as the location for his new business,” said Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda. “His decision resonates with our long-held belief that West Chicago has tremendous market potential for quality restaurants, based on our own demographics and those of our surrounding neighbors..."
Brilliance in Business Awards Nomination Period
none"“We all like to be recognized for our hard work,” said Juan Chavez of Jel Sert, a 2010 winner in the Green Initiatives category. “The award validated the extra efforts put in by many at Jel Sert. I am sure that it increased the sense of pride that many employees, who live in West Chicago, feel about working at Jel Sert.”"
none DuPage forest passes $42 million budget
none"To keep the budget balanced, district staff and elected officials have taken several steps to cut costs in recent years, including freezing annual staff raises. Commissioners also recently cut their own pay from roughly $57,000 to $53,500.  The new budget, however, includes a 2 percent salary raise for full and part-time staff."
COD OKs 3-year faculty contract
none"But there still doesn’t appear to be flowers and rainbows on COD’s campus.  Hansen said Monday faculty members would have voted down the latest agreement by wide margins had he and members of their negotiating team not shown that “this is all there is without a strike” — an action the faculty had long rejected."
none Quinn not optimistic about hitting deadline for pension reform
none"While Quinn said he's still pushing for a resolution by month's end, he admitted that a huge hurdle remains as Democrats and Republicans are split over a plan that would shift some retirement costs from the state to local school districts. Lawmakers left Springfield at the end of May without passing a major pension overhaul, prompting Quinn to set his own deadline."
Report: More Asian carp DNA being found above barrier
none"The paper Website reported today that the Army Corps of Engineers took 2,378 water samples above the electric barrier in 2011 and had 34 positive samples. This year, however, it has already landed 17 positive samples from just 114 water samples, according to the paper."
none NLRB Website Outlines Rights of Nonunion Workers to Act Together - AFL-CIO
none"Even if workers are not in a union, they have the right to act together to improve their working conditions and for other mutual aid and protection. A new website by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) explains those rights and tells workers how to contact the nearest NLRB office if they have questions or believe their rights have been violated."
none The Loch Ness Monster Is Real; The KKK Is Good: The Shocking Content of Publicly Paid for Christian School Textbooks - Alternet
none"Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis. No transitional fossils have been or ever will be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen fashioned them all."
none What does past climate change tell us about global warming? - Weather Underground
"Rising greenhouse gas levels are an external forcing, which has caused climate changes many times in Earth's history. They're causing an energy imbalance and the planet is building up heat. From Earth's history, we know that positive feedbacks will amplify the greenhouse warming. So past climate change doesn't tell us that humans can't influence climate; on the contrary, it tells us that climate is highly sensitive to the greenhouse warming we're now causing."
16&17 June
WeekEnd
 
none This Week in West Chicago
18  7pm» City Council Meeting
19  7pm» District 94 School Board
20  2pm» Amazing Matt Wilhelm!
21  7pm» District 33 School Board
       7pm» Knit Night
District 94 Board Meeting Agenda June 19, 2012
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none Community journalist was passionate about Winfield, West Chicago
"“She was a character,” said local columnist Merle Burleih who occasionally crossed paths with Bartlett during their days at the Winfield and West Chicago Press publications. “She always had an interest that went a little deeper than a regular meeting story. She took that initiative to get to know her subjects, and they appreciated that.”"
Runway extension begins at DuPage Airport
none"“The purpose of this project is to give us additional flexibility and added safety by allowing us to use our extended secondary runway as a backup when maintenance is being performed on the primary runway,” Bird said Thursday. “It’s much safer to be able to close that primary runway altogether and just shift everything to this new one when we’re performing maintenance.”"
DuPage forest district seeks fresh look at its operation
none"In addition, longtime public affairs director Bill Weidner retired in May and has not been replaced. Two other high-ranking officials, attorney Bob Mork and Finance Director Carole Hoffman, died this spring.  In addition, the six-member forest preserve commission is poised for significant changes this fall with three incumbents — Carl Schultz, Mike Formento and Roger Kotecki — preparing to step down after the November election."
none Hultgren: Inaction on federal budget frustrating
none"“I have nothing against big corporations, but I don’t think they should get special deals. Corporate cronyism isn’t right,” Hultgren said ... “Businesses tell me they won’t want to take on more employees until they know what Washington is going to do,” he said."
New ethics policy for DuPage Election Commission
none"The new policy will mirror the DuPage County policy, which essentially involves a three-step process.  First, notice has to be made to the Election Commission that a Commissioner or employee is a prospective employee of such a firm.  Next, the Ethics Commission is required to investigate the situation to determine if a problem of conflict of interests exists.  Third, it will come back before the Commission for approval."
Generous no more, Illinois slices Medicaid spending by $1.6 billion
none"More than 25,000 Illinois working parents will be thrown off the Medicaid program, making Illinois “very consistent with what you’ve seen in other states. In Illinois, it’s being all done all at once, in a way that may scare people,” said Matt Salo of the National Association of Medicaid Directors.  The five bills that Quinn signed Thursday totaled $2.7 billion in cuts and taxes designed to repair a long-term deficit in the state’s Medicaid program."
none Local crops thirsting for rain
"“That might not break the developing drought … but it is some precipitation to help the dry conditions that we have been seeing,” he said. “It is still pretty far out so a lot can change, but there is a decent shot of some rain next week.”"
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WHAT’S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 13 Jun 2012

  • VACCINATION: THERE IS NO INOCULATION AGAINST INCOMPETENCE.
  • ERADICATION: FIRST WE MUST CURE THE WORLD OF ITS SUPERSTITIONS.
  • NUSTAR: NASA'S NUCLEAR SPECTROSCOPIC TELESCOPE ARRAY.
  • ACHENBLOG: THE RAY BRADBURY SPACE TELESCOPE?
none Did Scott Walker Write the Obit of the U.S. Middle Class? - HuffingtonPost
none"The civil-rights, feminist, anti-war, and environmental movements -- and others that came later --operated more or less on their own. They had particularly tense relations with the labor movement, which many of the new organizations saw as a bulwark of the status quo. On the left, solidarity was not forever."
In North Carolina, Working America Stands Up for the Unemployed - AFL-CIO
"In the midst of a terrible jobs crisis, there are those in North Carolina who seek to cut assistance for those who have lost their jobs. That’s just plain wrong.  Currently, North Carolina’s Chamber of Commerce seeks to restrict unemployment benefits by reducing the maximum weekly income from $506 to $350. In addition to the monetary cut, the time allowed to receive benefits could be reduced from 26 weeks to 20 weeks. The restriction of unemployment benefits will devastate hundreds of thousands of families who are actively looking for work."
none Egypt Christians rally behind rival of Islamists - AP
"Shafiq's candidacy has dismayed many Egyptians who believe the Mubarak-era veteran will preserve the old regime's authoritarianism. But even if some Christians share those reservations, they view his opponent in the race as far worse: Mohammed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt's Christian minority fears will turn the country into an Islamic state."
none Americans Support Cutting The Deficit, But Not Cutting Specific Programs - Thinki Progress
"Nearly 70 percent of Americans now say that cutting the deficit is an important goal for 2012, with 84 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats, and 64 percent of Independents rating it as their top priority. There’s a major problem, though: when asked about specific programs, wide majorities almost always favor either increasing spending or maintaining the current level, according to the Pew Research Center."
14 June
Thursday
Happy Flag Day!
none Around and About in West Chicago - 14 June 2012
  • Honor Flight
  • “Things That Fly”
  • Park District 40th Birthday Bash
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 and its Ladies Auxiliary Installation Dinner
  •  Early Head Start Program
none DuPage conservation group gets new funding life
none"But on Tuesday, the county board unanimously voted to approve a new $195,000 contract with the group to provide environmental education services. It’ll be funded by transferring money from the county’s general fund, preserving SCARCE’s county funding through at least Nov. 30, 2013.  The board also voted to renew another contract with SCARCE for water quality education services for $70,000 — a $9,500 increase. That agreement runs through May 31, 2013."
none ICE announces 44 arrests in Chicago-area operation
none"ICE said those arrested were “convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators” rounded up in Chicago and the western suburbs, including West Chicago, Cicero, Aurora, Elgin, Joliet, Downers Grove and Carpentersville."
none DuPage: No extension for mosque construction
"County zoning coordinator Paul Hoss said crews have been driving stakes into the property in preparation for the project to start, but it’s uncertain they will be able to officially begin construction by building the wood forms used as molds for the poured concrete footings before June 22."
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none Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest
none"The study sorts through various reported sightings and affixes a number to those it could confirm, which is significant because no government agency tracks the number of large cats across the country. Wildlife officials have for years said it's unclear how many of the animals may be in the Midwest, where they are not federally protected and, in some states, can be hunted. "
Illinois justices: Improve access to court system
none"One of those hurdles is the complexity of legal documents, which can keep people from representing themselves in court even on routine matters. Another is the difficulty of reaching downstate courthouses for people who are poor or disabled.  The court also wants to promote legal self-help centers and assist people in finding affordable legal representation."
   
   
none Wal-Mart Sends Fake ‘Reporter’ From Elite Lobbying Firm To Spy On Warehouse Workers - Republic Report
none"At first, the spy identified herself as “Zoe Mitchell,” a USC student “interested in terrible and illegal conditions inside warehouses that move goods for Walmart.” She told warehouse workers that she was a reporter looking into their plight.  But then WWU discovered her true identity. Zoe is actually Stephanie — Stephanie Harnett of Mercury Public Affairs, a giant public relations  and lobbying firm that brags of specializing in “Latino Communications“:"
none House GOP Blocking Abortion Access for Raped Soldiers - Mother Jones
none"But if an Army medic serving in Afghanistan is raped and becomes pregnant, she can't use her military health plan to pay for an abortion. If she does decide to get an abortion, she will have to pay for it with her own money. And if she can't prove she was raped—which is difficult before an investigation is completed—she may have to look for services off base, which can be dangerous or impossible in many parts of the world."
Once-approved Willowbrook mosque now in peril - Daily Herald
"Daniel said there’s been a lot of off-site work taking place since the project was approved, such as civil engineering, right of way evaluation and architectural design. MECCA also waited to submit its building plans to the county until after the county adopted a set of zoning law changes last October that could have allowed the installation of a 60-foot minaret.  Still, the board denied that request, in deference to neighbors who opposed the height of the minaret."
none Senate Smokes GOP Bill To Cut Food Stamps - TPM
none"The Snoneenate on Wednesday defeated a Republican-offered measure to drastically cut food stamps. The amendment to the farm bill, offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), was shot down 65-33 in the Democratic-led chamber. It would have slashed $322 billion by placing a cap on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program spending and handing control to states."
12 June
Tuesday
 
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  • Get Moving @ the West Chicago Public Library District this Summer!
    none"Stop by on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 and you’ll find kids out on the lawn enjoying a variety of outdoor games with the enthusiastic Youth Services staff. Swing on by again in the evening at 6:00 and you’ll find adults and teens enjoying some rousing games of badminton, shuffle board, or bean bags or any number of other time-honored outdoor favorites."
  • Cooking Around the World at the West Chicago Public Library District
    "Patrons of the West Chicago Public Library District have been enjoying the food and fun this spring as Chef Daniel Herskovic has been on hand to demonstrate regional cooking techniques emphasizing fresh ingredients and authentic flavors."
none Food giveaway fills a need with the hungry
none"The cars were lined up well before 10:30 a.m. Saturday in a parking lot across from West Chicago Community High School. People without vehicles stood in line... As much as 80,000 pounds of food is given out at each event with a total of 500 boxes. The “rescued” food is supplied by grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and food distributors who can no longer sell it on store shelves. Some of the food is expired, but it’s all edible and good to eat, said Woody Stiltner, the founder of Hands of Hope of Illinois."
none New Illinois law beefs up street gangs prosecution
none"The new law is modeled after the federal racketeering law known as RICO, which was originally designed to target mobsters but in recent years has been used repeatedly by the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago to target the top leadership of street gangs.  Now the state version will allow county prosecutors to take similar action against a street gang as a whole, instead of individual members."
Quinn revisits prisoner releases
none"Republicans say it's a Democratic attempt to provide Quinn with political cover, arguing the governor already has the power to launch an early-release program because his administration runs the Illinois Department of Corrections. If lawmakers set up the guidelines, Quinn could blame them if a freed inmate went on a crime spree, Republicans said."
none Obama administration reassures Durbin: No detainees will go to Thompson Prison
none"Speaking after a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting where he asked Holder to again reassure him that the administration would not try to move the detainees to Thomson, should it open as a federal prison, Durbin said he hoped Holder's testimony -- under oath -- would satisfy Republicans who question Holder's sincerity on the issue, even though in an April 4 letter to Durbin and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Highland Park, Holder promised the administration would comply with the law that forbids the detainees being sent to the mainland."
none Asian carp processing plant to be built in Grafton
none"Local investors are planning a plant in southwestern Illinois to process Asian carp, an invasive species that poses a threat to stocks of native fish in particular in the Great Lakes ...  Mayor Tom Thompson said the development by the local investment group, American Heartland Fish Products, could mean about 35 jobs and a market for area fishermen."
Lawyer registration fees going up to aid services for poor
none"The new rules also provide that retired judges who wish to remain active on the state roll of attorneys are no longer exempt from attorney registration fees.  The annual registration fee will increase from $289 to $342 — a jump of 18.3 percent — with the entire $53 increase going to the Lawyers Trust Fund that contributes to agencies that provide legal services to the poor in non-criminal cases. The increase is effective immediately."
none Illinoisans could get more options for recycling plastic bags
none"A bill passed in the final minutes of a frantic legislative session last week would require plastic bag and film collection sites to be located within 10 miles of 80 percent of citizens by 2015. It would also require bag manufacturers to register with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and increase the rate of recycled plastic bags and film by 10 percent between 2014 and 2015."
Fermilab says goodbye to Lederman
none"“These are the thousands of people who watch the detectors that witness the protons that kill antiprotons that fly in the magnets that make the collider that Leon built,” read Vladimir Shiltsev, addressing Leon Lederman and a crowd of current and former Fermilab staff who on Friday said goodbye to Lederman. The lab’s Nobel-prize winning director emeritus is retiring to Driggs, Idaho. "
none DuPage posts budget survey
none"“It is extremely important for residents to let us know what programs and services should be made a financial priority, such as roads, stormwater detention and social services,” Fichtner said in a press release.  The county also plans to host several budget hearings during the fall to give detailed information about the budget to those interested in learning more.  The web survey will be available through July at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DupageFY13BudgetSurvey."
COD zoning plan gets first OK
none"Trustee Thomas Laz agreed, saying the College was essentially saying that their reasoning that they wanted to do certain things like to do some things, “because it’s a good thing and a good idea” wasn’t reason enough to give the College cart blanche authority to undertake future projects.  “We have no authority to grant approval for concepts,” he said of the College’s vague plans for future buildings."
none This Is The Solution To All Unintended Acceleration Issuess - Jalopnik
none"The answer is an emergency cutoff switch. Now, it's not one exactly like in racing cars, but the fundamental idea is the same. The switch needs to be big, obvious, and easy to activate. I'm thinking a nice big, red mushroom-type button that can be easily smacked with a panicked, flailing hand. It should be to the left of the driver (right on right-hand-drive cars), to keep smartass passengers from whacking it just for fun, like I probably would."
none U.S. Net Worth Drops, Republicans in Congress Make Matters Worse - AFL-CIO
none"... the Federal Reserve figures showing individuals’ net worth dropped from $126,400 in 2008 to $77,300 in 2010 doesn’t come as a surprise to most Americans. They’ve been struggling to find jobs in an economy where there still are more than three job seekers for ever one available.  Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are holding hostage the America Dream."
none

China Publishes Plan To Uphold Religious Freedom and Aid Religious Groups - Religion Clause

  • "China upholds the principle of freedom of religious belief stipulated in the Constitution and strictly implements the Regulations on Religious Affairs to guarantee citizens' freedom of religious belief.
  • Protecting citizens from being forced to believe in or not to believe in any religion, and from discrimination due to religious belief.
  • Protecting normal religious activities according to law."
none Joe Walsh Endorses Tammy Duckworth (The OTHER Joe Walsh) - Huffington Post
none""I'm the real Joe Walsh and I'm proud to back a real American success story - Tammy Duckworth,” said Walsh in a release issued by Duckworth's campaign. “Tammy's story, her service to our nation and her continued commitment to working families (like the one I come from!) have convinced me that she's the right choice for Congress."  Walsh, the rocker, previously filed suit against the controversial congressman over his use of the Walsh/James Gang hit "Walk Away" in his campaign."
Romney Confirms He Will Deny Insurance To Millions With Pre-Existing Conditions If Obamacare Is Struck Down - Think Progress
none"During a speech at Con-Air Industries in Orlando, Florida, the former Massachusetts governor said that Americans who have not been “continuously insured” would not be protected from discrimination if they suffer from pre-existing conditions:"
Think Government Job Losses Don't Hurt Us? Think Again - Media Matters
none"Wall Street Journal reporter Justin Lahart stated that, all things equal, "if there were as many people working in government as there were in December 2008, the unemployment rate in April would have been 7.1%, not 8.1%.""

14&15 June
The WeekEnd
 
none This WeekEnd in West Chicago
11  1:30pm» Children’s Farm Chores
       7pm» City Development Com
13  4pm» Sweet Treats: Art Is So Delicious!
14  10am» Food Art
       1:20pm» Blacksmithing Demonstrations
       7pm» Knit Night
15  10:30pm» Pattycake Place
none DuPage zoning panel rebuffs COD plans
none"A DuPage County zoning panel refused to consider College of DuPage’s long-term campus expansion plans Thursday, recommending that college officials bring back specifics when the structures are ready to be built.  The 7-0 recommendation from the zoning board of appeals to the county board says all future structures — including a proposed water tower, well, treatment facility and three buildings — should go through the county’s approval process project by project."
Bill Foster, Judy Biggert don't see eye-to-eye on pay discrimination
none"Five local women joined Democrat Bill Foster in Romeoville for a round-table discussion on fair pay for women. The gathering comes on the heels of a GOP roadblock of an equal pay bill in the Senate on Tuesday. It's the second time in two years a partisan vote killed debate on the legislation ... At some point, the five women, all of whom support Foster, said they don't understand how his opponent, Republican Judy Biggert, can be a woman and not support the legislation."
none Concealed carry advocates continue efforts in legislature, courts
Dang Wabbit"Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said lawmakers want to hear what the Firearm Public Awareness Task Force will say about the impact concealed carry might have on public safety. The House created the task force after Phelps’ legislation, House Bill 1488, was defeated.  The task force’s deadline is Dec. 31, but Phelps said he is ready to call the bill for a vote if the legislature holds a special session to consider pension legislation or the fall the veto session."
Tax hike prompting a run on cigarettes, outlets say
none
none Some Walmart workers want better wages, affordable benefitss - USA Today
none"Sparks belongs to a loosely knit association of Walmart employees called the Organization United for Respect at Walmart — OUR Walmart, for short. They are prodding the nonegiant retailer to provide better wages, affordable benefits and reasonably reliable schedules for store employees nationwide... OUR Walmart is not a labor union and lacks the right to bargain with the company on workers' behalf. The group receives financial and technical support from the nation's largest retail workers union — the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), which has tried to organize Walmart workers in the past."
none Theological society backs Vatican-criticized nun - National Catholic Reporter
"Farely’s positions on masturbation, homosexual acts, homosexual unions, the indissolubility of marriage and the problem of divorce and remarriage "contradicts" or "is opposed to" or "does not conform to" church teaching, the Vatican notification said."
none Five "Stand Your Ground" Cases You Should Know About  - TruthOUt
Dang Wabbit"But as a recent Tampa Bay Times investigation indicates, the Martin incident is far from the only example of the law’s reach in Florida. The paper identified nearly 200 instances
12 June
Tuesday
 
none
  • Get Moving @ the West Chicago Public Library District this Summer!
    none"Stop by on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 and you’ll find kids out on the lawn enjoying a variety of outdoor games with the enthusiastic Youth Services staff. Swing on by again in the evening at 6:00 and you’ll find adults and teens enjoying some rousing games of badminton, shuffle board, or bean bags or any number of other time-honored outdoor favorites."
  • Cooking Around the World at the West Chicago Public Library District
    "Patrons of the West Chicago Public Library District have been enjoying the food and fun this spring as Chef Daniel Herskovic has been on hand to demonstrate regional cooking techniques emphasizing fresh ingredients and authentic flavors."
none Food giveaway fills a need with the hungry
none"The cars were lined up well before 10:30 a.m. Saturday in a parking lot across from West Chicago Community High School. People without vehicles stood in line... As much as 80,000 pounds of food is given out at each event with a total of 500 boxes. The “rescued” food is supplied by grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and food distributors who can no longer sell it on store shelves. Some of the food is expired, but it’s all edible and good to eat, said Woody Stiltner, the founder of Hands of Hope of Illinois."
none New Illinois law beefs up street gangs prosecution
none"The new law is modeled after the federal racketeering law known as RICO, which was originally designed to target mobsters but in recent years has been used repeatedly by the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago to target the top leadership of street gangs.  Now the state version will allow county prosecutors to take similar action against a street gang as a whole, instead of individual members."
Quinn revisits prisoner releases
none"Republicans say it's a Democratic attempt to provide Quinn with political cover, arguing the governor already has the power to launch an early-release program because his administration runs the Illinois Department of Corrections. If lawmakers set up the guidelines, Quinn could blame them if a freed inmate went on a crime spree, Republicans said."
none Obama administration reassures Durbin: No detainees will go to Thompson Prison
none"Speaking after a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting where he asked Holder to again reassure him that the administration would not try to move the detainees to Thomson, should it open as a federal prison, Durbin said he hoped Holder's testimony -- under oath -- would satisfy Republicans who question Holder's sincerity on the issue, even though in an April 4 letter to Durbin and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Highland Park, Holder promised the administration would comply with the law that forbids the detainees being sent to the mainland."
none Asian carp processing plant to be built in Grafton
none"Local investors are planning a plant in southwestern Illinois to process Asian carp, an invasive species that poses a threat to stocks of native fish in particular in the Great Lakes ...  Mayor Tom Thompson said the development by the local investment group, American Heartland Fish Products, could mean about 35 jobs and a market for area fishermen."
Lawyer registration fees going up to aid services for poor
none"The new rules also provide that retired judges who wish to remain active on the state roll of attorneys are no longer exempt from attorney registration fees.  The annual registration fee will increase from $289 to $342 — a jump of 18.3 percent — with the entire $53 increase going to the Lawyers Trust Fund that contributes to agencies that provide legal services to the poor in non-criminal cases. The increase is effective immediately."
none Illinoisans could get more options for recycling plastic bags
none"A bill passed in the final minutes of a frantic legislative session last week would require plastic bag and film collection sites to be located within 10 miles of 80 percent of citizens by 2015. It would also require bag manufacturers to register with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and increase the rate of recycled plastic bags and film by 10 percent between 2014 and 2015."
Fermilab says goodbye to Lederman
none"“These are the thousands of people who watch the detectors that witness the protons that kill antiprotons that fly in the magnets that make the collider that Leon built,” read Vladimir Shiltsev, addressing Leon Lederman and a crowd of current and former Fermilab staff who on Friday said goodbye to Lederman. The lab’s Nobel-prize winning director emeritus is retiring to Driggs, Idaho. "
none DuPage posts budget survey
none"“It is extremely important for residents to let us know what programs and services should be made a financial priority, such as roads, stormwater detention and social services,” Fichtner said in a press release.  The county also plans to host several budget hearings during the fall to give detailed information about the budget to those interested in learning more.  The web survey will be available through July at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DupageFY13BudgetSurvey."
COD zoning plan gets first OK
none"Trustee Thomas Laz agreed, saying the College was essentially saying that their reasoning that they wanted to do certain things like to do some things, “because it’s a good thing and a good idea” wasn’t reason enough to give the College cart blanche authority to undertake future projects.  “We have no authority to grant approval for concepts,” he said of the College’s vague plans for future buildings."
none This Is The Solution To All Unintended Acceleration Issuess - Jalopnik
none"The answer is an emergency cutoff switch. Now, it's not one exactly like in racing cars, but the fundamental idea is the same. The switch needs to be big, obvious, and easy to activate. I'm thinking a nice big, red mushroom-type button that can be easily smacked with a panicked, flailing hand. It should be to the left of the driver (right on right-hand-drive cars), to keep smartass passengers from whacking it just for fun, like I probably would."
none U.S. Net Worth Drops, Republicans in Congress Make Matters Worse - AFL-CIO
none"... the Federal Reserve figures showing individuals’ net worth dropped from $126,400 in 2008 to $77,300 in 2010 doesn’t come as a surprise to most Americans. They’ve been struggling to find jobs in an economy where there still are more than three job seekers for ever one available.  Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are holding hostage the America Dream."
none

China Publishes Plan To Uphold Religious Freedom and Aid Religious Groups - Religion Clause

  • "China upholds the principle of freedom of religious belief stipulated in the Constitution and strictly implements the Regulations on Religious Affairs to guarantee citizens' freedom of religious belief.
  • Protecting citizens from being forced to believe in or not to believe in any religion, and from discrimination due to religious belief.
  • Protecting normal religious activities according to law."
none Joe Walsh Endorses Tammy Duckworth (The OTHER Joe Walsh) - Huffington Post
none""I'm the real Joe Walsh and I'm proud to back a real American success story - Tammy Duckworth,” said Walsh in a release issued by Duckworth's campaign. “Tammy's story, her service to our nation and her continued commitment to working families (like the one I come from!) have convinced me that she's the right choice for Congress."  Walsh, the rocker, previously filed suit against the controversial congressman over his use of the Walsh/James Gang hit "Walk Away" in his campaign."
Romney Confirms He Will Deny Insurance To Millions With Pre-Existing Conditions If Obamacare Is Struck Down - Think Progress
none"During a speech at Con-Air Industries in Orlando, Florida, the former Massachusetts governor said that Americans who have not been “continuously insured” would not be protected from discrimination if they suffer from pre-existing conditions:"
Think Government Job Losses Don't Hurt Us? Think Again - Media Matters
none"Wall Street Journal reporter Justin Lahart stated that, all things equal, "if there were as many people working in government as there were in December 2008, the unemployment rate in April would have been 7.1%, not 8.1%.""
09&10 June
The WeekEnd
 
none This WeekEnd in West Chicago
11  1:30pm» Children’s Farm Chores
       7pm» City Development Com
13  4pm» Sweet Treats: Art Is So Delicious!
14  10am» Food Art
       1:20pm» Blacksmithing Demonstrations
       7pm» Knit Night
15  10:30pm» Pattycake Place
none DuPage zoning panel rebuffs COD plans
none"A DuPage County zoning panel refused to consider College of DuPage’s long-term campus expansion plans Thursday, recommending that college officials bring back specifics when the structures are ready to be built.  The 7-0 recommendation from the zoning board of appeals to the county board says all future structures — including a proposed water tower, well, treatment facility and three buildings — should go through the county’s approval process project by project."
Bill Foster, Judy Biggert don't see eye-to-eye on pay discrimination
none"Five local women joined Democrat Bill Foster in Romeoville for a round-table discussion on fair pay for women. The gathering comes on the heels of a GOP roadblock of an equal pay bill in the Senate on Tuesday. It's the second time in two years a partisan vote killed debate on the legislation ... At some point, the five women, all of whom support Foster, said they don't understand how his opponent, Republican Judy Biggert, can be a woman and not support the legislation."
none Concealed carry advocates continue efforts in legislature, courts
Dang Wabbit"Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said lawmakers want to hear what the Firearm Public Awareness Task Force will say about the impact concealed carry might have on public safety. The House created the task force after Phelps’ legislation, House Bill 1488, was defeated.  The task force’s deadline is Dec. 31, but Phelps said he is ready to call the bill for a vote if the legislature holds a special session to consider pension legislation or the fall the veto session."
Tax hike prompting a run on cigarettes, outlets say
none"“It’s not Warren Buffett buying 10 million cigarettes,” Fleischli. “It’s a guy that usually buys one carton. Now he wants to buy two or three, trying to save $18 or $20."
none Some Walmart workers want better wages, affordable benefits - USA Today
none"Sparks belongs to a loosely knit association of Walmart employees called the Organization United for Respect at Walmart — OUR Walmart, for short. They are prodding the nonegiant retailer to provide better wages, affordable benefits and reasonably reliable schedules for store employees nationwide... OUR Walmart is not a labor union and lacks the right to bargain with the company on workers' behalf. The group receives financial and technical support from the nation's largest retail workers union — the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), which has tried to organize Walmart workers in the past."
none Theological society backs Vatican-criticized nun - National Catholic Reporter
"Farely’s positions on masturbation, homosexual acts, homosexual unions, the indissolubility of marriage and the problem of divorce and remarriage "contradicts" or "is opposed to" or "does not conform to" church teaching, the Vatican notification said."
none Five "Stand Your Ground" Cases You Should Know About  - TruthOUt
Dang Wabbit"But as a recent Tampa Bay Times investigation indicates, the Martin incident is far from the only example of the law’s reach in Florida. The paper identified nearly 200 instances since 2005 where the state’s Stand Your Ground law has played a factor in prosecutors’ decisions, jury acquittals or a judge’s call to throw out the charges."
07 June
Thursday
 
none

Around and About in West Chicago - 06 June 2012

  • Illinois High School Lacrosse All-Star Game
  • West Chicago Park District hosts the 40th Birthday Bash
  • High School District 94 offers a variety of summer sports camps
  • Garden Clubs of Illinois District II Horticultural Award
none Artists Share Inspiration for 2012 Banner Art
none"There's still time to stroll down Main Street in West Chicago to view some great works of public art. Winning banners from the 2012 Art Banner Contest sponsored by the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission will be on display through the summer and offer a creative take on the theme,America - Who We Are."
none End of school means days of hunger for some local kids
none"The food bank and the pantries it partners with will try to fill that gap by administering the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. The program provides breakfasts, lunches and healthy snacks to children from low-income families. That effort is in addition to the food bank’s efforts to feed about 30,000 children each week through 600 feeding programs in the area."
How Illinois teachers got $900 million more in benefits
none"Simply compounding a 3 percent increase to the current average teacher pension of $46,452 over a 25-year period produces an additional $114,238 over that span, compared to the same 3 percent increase if it had not been compounded. In year 25, the teacher's compounded pension would be $94,427. Not compounded, the pension would amount to $79,897."
DuPage reviews school plan for former youth home
none"DuPage County officials appear receptive to the idea of transforming part of a former youth home into a new school for young people with severe behavioral, emotional and learning disorders."
none  State pension talks stalled
none"Without action, the $83 billion unfunded pension liability will continue to grow, which could lead to the state's credit rating being further downgraded. That would make it more expensive to pay for things such as building schools, roads and bridges. Indeed, Standard & Poor's warned Wednesday that failing to put pension changes in place was "negative from a credit standpoint.""
Suspect held after powdery substance found in letter at DuPage courthouse
none"About 7:30 a.m. today, a mail room clerk opened the letter and found a white substance inside. Deputies shut down the mail room and alerted the Wheaton Fire Department, which responded, along with the FBI and a county hazardous materials team."
none Top lawmakers to meet again on pensions
none"After a meeting with the four legislative leaders in Chicago Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn said lawmakers must approve a comprehensive pension package.  “We can’t have partial solutions,” Quinn said. “That won’t get the job done.”"
State parks face wave of retirements
"The drain of DNR employees could become worse by year’s end.  Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, has worked closely with DNR for months to develop a long-term funding plan for the agency.  He said he understands that as many as 336 employees will be eligible to retire by the end of 2012, nearly one-third of the department’s workforce.  At one time, about 2,400 people worked at DNR.  Not all of those workers are expected to retire, but if most of them do, Mautino said, the department could be responsible for $3 million to $5 million in payments for unused vacation time and other retirement costs."
none Panel OKs SCARCE agreement
none"The tentative contract for School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education, endorsed Tuesday by the environmental committee, would keep its activities going for 17 months, through fiscal 2013. It approaches SCARCE as a consultant providing environmental education services and allocates up to $195,000 to pay for teacher training, seminars, presentations and awards furnished by the Glen Ellyn agency under a cost-share agreement."
Private alternative school eyes shuttered DuPage youth home
none"The county-run home for youth offenders was at the center of a firestorm last fall after County Board Chairman Dan Cronin pitched a plan to outsource the well-regarded facility to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center, saving DuPage some $800,000 annually. After hearing hours of testimony, most of it from people opposing the closure, the board passed the measure with an unusually close 10-8 vote."
none Another NFL Lockout Already? - AFL-CIO
"A little more than year after locking out players, the National Football League (NFL) is now locking out its referees and is recruiting replacement officials. In a statement, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) says the lockout, and possible use of replacement refs, threatens player safety."
none Abortion Qualms on Morning-After Pill May Be Unfounded - NY Times
none"Based on the belief that a fertilized egg is a person, some religious groups and conservative politicians say disrupting a fertilized egg’s ability to attach to the uterus is abortion, “the moral equivalent of homicide,” ... But an examination by The New York Times has found that the federally approved labels and medical Web sites do not reflect what the science shows."
NKY evangelist's trial exposes lavish lifestyle - WLWT
none"An Internet evangelist based in northern Kentucky who preaches that the end of the world is near lived a lavish lifestyle off donations from his followers from around the world and didn't pay taxes on much of the money, federal prosecutors said Monday in opening statements at the minister's trial."
none For-Profit College Reform: How Democratic Power Lobbyists Helped Water It Down - TruthOut
none"However, the Democrats, some who were intimately close to the Obama administration and the president himself, also participated in this Republican type of rejection of rules that were designed to prevent this lucrative industry from defrauding and misleading desperate students and veterans who were trying to enhance their ability to find jobs in this poor economy as well as to protect the federal student loan program from abuse."
Silent Running: The Burgeoning Wisconsin Scandal That Major Media Ignored - National Memo
none"Yet the national media have largely ignored the fascinating details of that probe – which has already resulted in indictments, convictions, and cooperation agreements implicating more than a dozen Walker aides and donors – have been largely ignored by the national media."
05 June
Tuesday
 
none BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 6-6-12
  • Food Pantry Week, St Andrews Golf & Country Club
  • We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center,- new webpage
  • Local Businesses Contribute
  • UPCOMING EVENTS
none

Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: June 11 – 17 - Daily Herald

Parking for Saturday, June 9th - ACT exam
none"
All students taking the ACT on Saturday, June 9th should be advised that parking may be limited due to the large number of students registered as examinees at our testing center.  For this reason, carpooling or having someone drop you off at Entrance A is HIGHLY encouraged.  If you plan to drive, please park in any lot adjacent to the building, including the pool parking lot, both staff lots, the circle drive and the west lot..  You can also park at Kerr-McGee and on the streets (where it is legally posted) surrounding the school.  Entrance A will be the only entrance open on the morning of the exam.  Testing will begin at 8:00 a.m."

DuPage Airport Receives a National Award for Excellence in Procurement
none"According to the ACC, "The DuPage Airport Authority has an open, documented procurement process that is readily available to the public. They also have a unique approach to forming their selection committees, including involving another airport representative. This is a critical component of an effective procurement system," said award selection committee chair Tom Butcher."
none Suspicious fire damages construction equipment in West Chicago
nonenone"“Circumstances of the fire are highly unusual,” Keefe said. “The cause of the fire is under investigation by the DuPage County Arson Task Force and the West Chicago Fire Department.”  He said the alarm was raised by someone from a neighboring business who heard an explosion and saw smoke billowing from the yard."
DuPage forest preserve won't give up probe papers
none"“An investigating criminal agency has asked the forest preserve district to assert the Freedom of Information Act exemption for criminal investigations,” said Jim Knippen, the district's attorney. “The forest preserve district has decided to honor that request pending any court order to the contrary.”"
Study: DuPage Airport boost to area economy
none"The authority, which is supported by about $6.1 million in property taxes annually, commissioned the study to determine the economic impact of the airport. Gruen Gruen and Assocs. was paid $22,000 to do the analysis.  The firm concluded that the airport and its related activities — including the Prairie Landing Golf Club and the DuPage Business Center — are responsible for 963 jobs and this year are expected to generate about $1.3 million in tax revenue for various local governmental entities."
none Fire in construction yard damages 8 vehicles
nonenone"Eight pieces of excavation equipment were heavily damaged by fire this morning in a construction yard along North Avenue in West Chicago, officials said.  Most of the earth scrapers were burning by the time firefighters arrived around 4 a.m., according to West Chicago Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Keefe. “At least six of them were fully involved,” he said."
Will Quinn sign gaming bill? 'I wouldn't hold your breath'
none"The Democratic governor said Monday that he has looked at the bill that would create five new casinos. He says it is “full of loopholes” when it comes to gambling that wouldn't be good for Illinois. Quinn didn't elaborate."
Rick Blomquist Gets His First Hole In One!
none"On May 27th, West Chicago resident, Rick Blomquist got his first Hole In One on course #2, hole #2 at St. Andrews G. & C.C. in West Chicago."
none Tax-break transparency bill sent to Gov. Quinn
nonenone"Before lawmakers left Springfield last week, they approved the bill sponsored by Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, a longtime critic of the tax breaks, requiring the immediate public release of the amount and details of any tax breaks issued under the Economic Development for a Growing Economy, or EDGE, program."
Seniors fear loss of state prescription drug help
"Bonita Turley gets emotional when she thinks about the $100 in additional medical expenses she could have to pay each month.  The Buffalo resident is among a chorus of seniors and advocates who hope Gov. Pat Quinn decides not to sign a budget-cutting bill that would eliminate Illinois Cares Rx, a statewide prescription-assistance program for low-income senior citizens and people with disabilities."
Winners, losers in $2.7B package of Medicaid cuts, reforms
none"Among the winners are doctors, who dodged a Medicaid payment cut; investor-owned hospitals, which got a new tax break; and Cook County’s health system, which gained a clear path to federal matching money in an early Medicaid expansion tied to President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul.  Losers include Medicaid recipients who lost services, cigarette smokers whose tax-per-pack doubled and nursing homes with comparatively healthy residents that now face steep payment cuts."
none DuPage chairman lays out plan for reforming boards
none"The reform initiative calls on agencies to increase their accountability by aligning their procurement and ethics policies with the county’s; imposing a ban on the use of credit cards; and providing the county with salary and benefit policies to disclose general compensation practices and ensure compensation meets current market standards."
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn back in court
none"“The attorneys understand the parameters of the agreement,” COD Attorney Ken Florey said after the session.  Florey recognized that village officials had a right to attend DuPage County zoning hearings, but stressed that Webster’s instructions were that any code violations that occurred before the agreement was signed were not to be held against the college."
none Pension-reform package collapses in Illinois House
none"“The governor’s office asked me this afternoon not to call the bill, and I’ve agreed to do that. It doesn’t do us any good to fight. We have a problem. We need to take a break,” Cross told colleagues in the House.  “We need to let emotions settle down. We need to be able to find some common ground on some issues, and I’m certainly willing to do that,” Cross said."
FireFighting News.com Highly Unusual Fire In Construction Storage Yard Damages 10 Vehicles
none""It was an unusual fire," said Keefe.  He said there were 48 firefighters on the scene, as well as 12 paramedics and six command officers responded from West Chicago and neighboring towns. No injuries were reported.  The yard is just west of DuPage County Airport and is operated by A.A. Conte. No one from the company was available for comment."
none Wind Tower Trade Case Belies Bigger Stakes - AFL-CIO
none"The Commerce Department investigation, instigated by a case that was filed by the Wind Tower Trade Coalition, found that Chinese producers and exporters of large-scale towers were receiving state subsidies. As a result, Commerce has applied tariffs of 13.74 percent on CS Wind and 26 percent on Titan Group companies. All other Chinese tower producers and exporters received preliminary tariffs of nearly 20 percent. The final review by Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission will come in August."
none Cardinal George exposed in 'Vatileaks' scandal - Breaking News
none"... relaying a plea from George to Benedict’s Secretary of State. George asks that the Vatican official step in and block the Rome-based Community of Sant'Egidio from giving an award to Roman Catholic governor Quinn, Allen said.  Sant'Egidio, a Catholic movement that promotes peace, fights poverty and helps run George’s titular parish in Rome, St. Bartholomew, apparently planned to honor Quinn for abolishing the death penalty in Illinois."
Tax Exempt Cheats: The Mormon Church Egregiously Breaks the Law to Fund Mitt Romney - Politicus
none"Four years ago, one of the richest religious organizations in the country broke their agreement with the Internal Revenue Service, and they deserve nothing less than revocation of their 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization, and the IRS is bound to collect taxes that were lost retroactively by virtue of Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Furthermore, the Department of Justice must investigate and prescribe a comprehensive audit to determine the amount of back taxes owed the United States by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; the Mormons."
none STUDY: In Presidential Campaign, Romney And Allies Running Far More Negative Ads Than Obama - Think Progress
none"While it may be easy to dismiss negative attack ads as a pox on both houses during presidential elections, a new memo written by Kantar Media’s Elizabeth Wilder shows that Republicans are once again far out-spending Democrats on negative ads."
Report: Sen. Kirk’s Bills Helped Ex-Girlfriend’s Clients - TPM
none"Kirk, 52, and Kimberly Vertolli, 39, divorced in 2009 after nearly eight years of marriage. McCracken, 54, worked on Kirk’s first House race, and later served as a top aide in Washington, and Elk confirmed to the Tribune that Kirk and McCracken “were involved” after the then-Congressman’s separation from Vertolli in 2008. Kirk and McCracken lived together in Illinois and Washington, D.C., from June 2011 until January, and apparently remain friends.  According to the Tribune, “Kirk supported bills directing the Treasury Department to mint and sell collectible coins, with a surcharge for three nonprofit groups,” all of which had hired Arcadian Partners, the PR firm led by McCracken."
02&03 June
WeekEnd
By the Numbers - Bloomberg
none This Week in West CVhicago
04  7pm» City Council Meeting
05  7pm» District 94 School Board
07  7pm» City Infrastructure Com
       7pm» District 33 School Board
       7pm» Knit Night
08  3pm» Survival Challenge

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  • noneSummer Contact Info
  • Band/Orchestra Camps
  • Read Under the Trees
  • noneD94 Board Meeting Agenda June 5, 2012
  • Student of the Month for May 2012
    "The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Brandon Danial of West Chicago for being selected Student of the Month for May."
World as Seen through the Eyes of Heide Reimann Morris
none"The exhibit will focus primarily on soft pastels, although Morris works in a variety of mediums, including clay, watercolor and fiber arts.  According to Morris, working with pastels allows her to use her drawing skills yet the medium acts more like paint.  In several of the pieces, she has also used watercolor as an underpainting."
none Images: West Chicago’s Community High School Graduation - pics
none"Community High School in West Chicago held its commencement on Friday, June 1st, at The College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. There were 458 students in the 2012 graduating class. "
Judge: Glen Ellyn must limit criticism of COD
none"Afterward, the attorneys said outside court that Glen Ellyn officials still can attend meetings to provide information and opinion on COD's expansion plans, but they can't make past violations of village ordinances germane to the discussion.  COD President Robert Breuder said the past bad blood between the two sides could “jaundice” the county's view."
none Quinn implores legislators on pension reform
none"The Democratic governor also left himself wiggle room on the major gambling expansion legislators once again plopped in his lap, refusing to say whether he would sign or veto the latest version after blocking last year's efforts to give Mayor Rahm Emanuel a Chicago casino and allow them in four other cities."
Kirk co-sponsored bills helping ex-girlfriend's clients
none"U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was a leading sponsor of congressional legislation that has meant $5.3 million for two clients of his onetime girlfriend, and he is backing another bill that could bring millions of dollars to a third group she represented."
Major road in St. Charles closed due to gas leak
none"About 12:25 p.m. construction workers on the east side of Route 31, at Red Gate Road, hit a 4-inch gas main, said police spokesman Paul McCurtain.  Nicor workers were expected to repair the main throughout the afternoon and evening, requiring both sides of Route 31 between Crane and Silver Glen roads to be closed, McCurtain said."
Couples report issues getting civil union benefits
none"The report says more than eight out of 10 couples reported difficulty in filing joint taxes and that financial advisers were “ill-equipped” to prepare taxes for civil union couples.  More than half of those who responded had trouble getting health insurance for civil union partners. Others reported issues with visiting civil union partners in the hospital."
none Secretary of State to lay off 90 statewide
none"Layoff notices are going out to 90 employees in Secretary of State Jesse White’s office because of cuts contained in the newly passed state budget.  White spokesman David Druker said the layoff notices were mailed Thursday and Friday.  The layoffs will take effect July 1, the start of the state’s new budget year.  In addition to layoffs, the office will not fill 160 vacancies."
none Social Security Proposals Spell Hardship for Older Workers - AFLCIO
"A new study from the Economic Policy Institute finds that hardships for older workers due to proposed Social Security cuts would be significant—and that the “just work longer to make up the difference” argument doesn’t hold up... Some argue that raising the age even higher will be fine because most workers can offset benefit cuts by working longer.  But health problems, caregiving responsibilities, lack of suitable work and unemployment all play a role in making it difficult or impossible for many entering their would-be golden years to keep working."
none Survey: Nearly half of Americans subscribe to creationist view of human origins - CNN
""Despite the many changes that have taken place in American society and culture over the past 30 years, including new discoveries in biological and social science, there has been virtually no sustained change in Americans' views of the origin of the human species since 1982," wrote Gallup's Frank Newport. "All in all, there is no evidence in this trend of a substantial movement toward a secular viewpoint on human origins.""
none All 67 Florida Election Supervisors Suspend Governor Rick Scott’s Voter Purge - Think Progress
none"Florida elections supervisors said Friday they will discontinue a state-directed effort to remove names from county voter rolls because they believe the state data is flawed and because the U.S. Department of Justice has said the process violates federal voting laws..."
Federal Spending Received Per Dollar of Taxes Paid by State - MTC Tax Foundation
none[This map shows which states pay more in Fed taxes than they collect in benefits and which are the Charity/Welfare states.  It is interesting to note how many states that support lower taxes are also the winners of Federal charity. - Bob]
Greg Palast on No Child Left a Dime and the Voucher Scam - Seniors for a Democratic Society
none"So who benefits from this “free” private school program? According to No Child Left expert Scott Young, 76% of the money handed out for Arizona’s voucher program has gone to children already in private schools. In other words, the $1,000 check from the state turned into a $1,000 subsidy for wealthy parents, a $1,000 discount on private schools for the privileged. How astonishing: A program touted as a benefit for working-class kids that turns into a subsidy for rich ones. You’re shocked."

 

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