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29&30 Sep
The Weekend
none This Week in West Chicago
24  7pm» City Public Affairs Com
27  9:30am» Adult Learn to Draw Class
       7pm» City Finance Com
       7pm» Knit Night
       7pm» Notice regarding senior parent night
Rosy Paleteria & Ice Cream Shop - Maureen Navadomskis
"The kids & I tried the new ice cream shop in downtown West Chicago, today. It's called 'Rosy Paleteria & Ice Cream Shop' and it was AWESOME! The ice cream & the ices/sorbets & the paletas (popsicles) are all *handmade* & so, so, so delicious!  It opened a few weeks ago & is a couple stores down from Gallery 200. They're planning to stay open all winter long, so it'll be easy to decide on a local ice cream shop in the winter."

IDOT sets October meetings to discuss future plans
none"The informal meetings, which will include the opportunity to speak with IDOT representatives and look at exhibits featuring the agency's plans, are 3-6 p.m. on these dates:

  • Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4070 E. Main Street in St. Charles for Kane and DuPage counties"
none 5 Biggest Lies About America's Public Schools -- Debunked - AlterNet
"Because it’s an election year, the presidential candidates have been busy pretending there are many substantial distinctions between them on education policy (actually, the differences are arguably minimal)... Since pundits and politicians often engage in education rhetoric that obscures what’s really going on, here are five corrections to some of the more egregious claims you may have recently heard."
none Hundreds to Show Support for Demands of Striking Walmart Warehouse Workers - Buzz Flash
"The rally will begin at 2 pm in a public park on Deer Run Rd. behind the Walmart warehouse located at 26453 Centerpoint Dr. in Elwood. The crowd will march to the shipping entrance of the massive warehouse and a group of clergy and community leaders plan to block the road preventing goods from coming in or leaving the warehouse.  They are prepared to take arrest in support of the strikers demands.
none Ten Things Christians Need to Remember This Election - United Methodist Insigtht
none"1. People in both political parties go to church. God is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. No political party has a monopoly on the will of God and there are good, Christian people who affiliate with both parties."
none How Someone Could Become President With Only 22 Percent Of The Popular Vote - UpWorthy
"Does your vote really count? Thanks to a wacky and outdated system called the Electoral College, that depends on which state you live in. Watch to find out if your state is one of the lucky ones and why our current electoral system doesn't really do as much for small states as you might think."
Commiserating with the monied masses - Washington Post
none"But when such an appeal is attempted by a man who has painstakingly crafted for himself a public image combining Scrooge McDuck and Thurston Howell III, there is bound to be a certain amount of awkwardness and inconsistency."
What your beer says about your vote - On Point Radio
[I really don't know what to think about this, but know more personal research is in order. - Bob]
27 Sep

Around and About in West Chicago - 27 Sep 2012

  • City-wide Recycling Digital
  • Photography WorkshopEvent
  • Two Projects from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Grand Opening for Educare of West DuPage
none Request for Mediation
none"The Board of Education for West Chicago Elementary School District 33 and the Elementary Teachers Association of West Chicago (ETAWC) have called for the assistance of a federal mediator in an effort to help resolve stalled contract negotiations.   The call for mediation assistance comes after almost 12 months of negotiations between the parties."
West Chicago Middle School 8th Grade Soccer Team Wins 1st Place in Invitationall
none"On Saturday, September 22, the West Chicago Middle School 8th grade soccer team won the Timothy Christian Invitational Soccer Tournament. The team played three other schools to win the title."
Market Day
none"The next Market Day pick up will be Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 5:00 pm. You must place your order by: Monday, October 1st at 11:00pm CST. Pick up time is 5:00-5:45 pm in Commons."
Wildcats are going to Washington D.C.!
none"The trip will be June 16-21, 2013 and we will be working with the Close Up Foundation, a non-profit who has been leading D.C. programs for over 40 years. This is not a tour, but a program to learn more about our nation’s history and government and students have the option for college credit."
International Walk to School Day
none"Norton Creek Elementary School in West Chicago, Illinois will be participating in the International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. The event is expected to include 5,000 schools from all 50 states of the U.S. that will be joining children and adults in 40 countries around the world."
Stories of Local Civil War Veterans
none"For the past 22 years, the West Chicago City Museum has been showcasing the rich history of its community on the first Friday evening in October. The 23rd annual Tales Tombstones Tell program will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 in Oakwood Cemetery, at York Street and Oakwood Avenue."
none Recchia hopes to bring excitement back to W. Chicago
none"“I just really want to get the community and student body to get excited about West Chicago basketball again,” Recchia said. “I think what’s been started by the previous coach, Kevin Baldus, is something to really build on, and I want to take it to the next level. And hopefully we can do that.”"
New 11th Congressional ad uses bogus quote
none"I, as a scientist, will take a scientific approach to not just safety for air traffic control, but throughout our society. There are ways you can — there’s nothing in life you can’t improve by throwing money at it and so I would take (a) scientific approach to the way the federal dollars are spent in a way that improve human life and human safety in the most cost effective way. There are very good publications that regularly review all the different programs that the federal government spends money on. Some are very cost-effective, some are frankly wastes of money that are just done for political reasons."
COD faculty upset with administration over landscaping spending
"“The destruction of the college’s natural habitats in favor of expensive and high maintenance ornamental landscaping is at odds with our educational mission to promote sustainability,” the resolution states. “This destruction is wasteful of resources, energy, water and taxpayers’ money.”"
Why suburban water rates are skyrocketing
none"Homeowners in these suburbs are paying an average of 85 cents more for 1,000 gallons of water than they did last year, or about $6 more a month. And there are more rate hikes on the horizon.  These are suburbs that buy Lake Michigan water from Chicago, which instituted a rate hike that will amount to a 90 percent wholesale water rate increase by 2015."
none DuPage confirms 4th West Nile death of the year
none"Citing privacy laws, the DuPage County Health department refused to release any details on the latest death, which happened several weeks ago, public information officer Mike Hass said."
none Judge tosses Occupy Chicago park arrests
none"In a 37-page ruling issued today, Associate Judge Thomas Donnelly ruled the October 2011 arrests were unconstitutional because the city routinely chooses not to enforce the curfew for events the city supports, such as the 2008 Election Night rally for President Barack Obama. The judge noted that no arrests were made at that event, even though it went well past curfew.  With the ruling, the arrests of 92 Occupy protesters on charges related to violating the curfew were thrown out."
none Super PAC to spend half-million on Biggert ads
none"A pro-gay rights Republican super PAC reportedly plans to spend $500,000 on ads in support of Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert of Hinsdale... About $437,000 will be spent on cable TV ads and $70,000 on web ads, Crain’s reported.  Singer founded a $19 billion hedge fund called Elliott Management."
none CSO board approves new labor contract
none"The contract, effective retroactively to Sept. 17, increases weekly base pay for the musicians and includes a restructured health benefits package. Changes in work rules and scheduling provisions will allow expanded support of initiatives such as Citizen Musicians, along with greater flexibility for the Symphony Center season, special projects, tours and summer concert activities."
none Unelectable Atheists: U.S. States That Prohibit Godless Americans From Holding Public Office - American Humanist
none"Whatever the reason, public distrust isn’t the only means by which atheists are discouraged for running from office. In fact, running for a spot in state legislatures as an atheist is outright illegal in some states. Obviously, these laws are trumped by the “No Religious Test Clause” of the United States Constitution ..."
none Dysfunction in DC: Disabled veterans held hostage to election year stunt - Houston Chronicle
none"The unnamed Republican — whose identity is known only by a small group of Republican leaders — took advantage of Senate rules that allow any senator, for any reason (or no reason) to slow down legislation. The result of the pre-election tactic is that 3.9 million disabled veterans and their family members will not receive a modest benefits increase to reflect inflation. Disabled veterans were slated to receive the same annual cost-of-living increase provided to Social Security recipients, which is based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index."
Shocker Stat: Life Expectancy Decreases by 4 Years Among Poor Whites in U.S. - AlterNet
none"Experts say that declines in life expectancy in developed countries are exceedingly rare, and that in the U.S., decreases on this scale "have not been seen in the U.S. since the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918." Even during the Great Depression, which wrought economic devastation and severe psychic trauma for millions of Americans, average life expectancy was on the increase.  What are the reasons for the disturbing drop in life expectancy among poor white folks, and in particular for the unusually large magnitude of the decline?"
25 Sep
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 - 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Elect Dennis Clark - Forest Preserve Commissioner
none"Volunteered at the Morton Arboretum last week to help with the Honey Bee Weekend and the Tallgrass Prairie Restoration was good to see many friends."
none DuPage board returns power to chairman
none"Curran said a significant reason the rules were changed two years ago was because the board was dealing with the unknown of having a new chairman. “The board needed time to evaluate what role the chairman would be able to play in this county structure,” he said.  By going back to the way things used to be, Cronin said it will encourage more participation between himself and board members. For example, his committee appointments will be made with the “advice and consent” of the board."
Courtroom cameras approved for DuPage
none"The court entered orders Monday allowing cameras in the 1st Judicial Circuit and the 18th Judicial Circuit. The DuPage County court system will be the first in the Chicago area to allow cameras and other recording devices in its trial courts. Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride announced the pilot program in April."
none DuPage County to allow cameras in court
none"Chief Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride said that it was important to have the Chicago media market participate in the test program. A representative for the high court said judges would have discretion in individual cases on allowing cameras."
none Michigan cuts Chinook stocking in Lake Michigan
none""This reduction is essential in helping to maintain the balance between predator and prey fish populations in Lake Michigan," Jim Dexter, chief of the DNR's Fisheries Division, said in a statement. "These reductions are necessary to maintain the lake's diverse fishery."  Naturalists say overstocking of predator fish threatens the population of other lake species and upsets the ecological balance."
none Illinois eyes expansion of Medicaid rolls under federal health care law
none"The ACA would, for the first time, make Medicaid available to adults in Illinois who don’t have minor children in their homes if their household incomes don’t exceed 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or less than $15,415 a year for an individual and $31,800 for a family of four."
AFSCME: Contract talks at standstill
none"Contract talks between Illinois state government and its largest employee union are at a “virtual standstill” over concessions demanded by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration, the union said in an email to members."
none Illinois Republican Party focuses on keeping congressional seats
none"“We’re totally focused . . . on our congressional races,” Brady told me by phone Friday, referring to the congressional seats held by Bob Dold, Adam Kinzinger, Bobby Schilling and Joe Walsh, and Fox Valley incumbent Congressmen Randy Hultgren and Judy Biggert.  According to Brady, 85 percent of the state GOP’s effort is targeted to those races."
none Housing agency mandates five-day work week
none" ... pitched the plan to require everyone to come to work Monday through Friday and put in 37.5 hours over the five days. The agency had been allowing employees to work four nine-hour days weekly, with their supervisors’ approval. Most, Darzinskis said, have chosen that over coming in Monday through Friday... The problem with most of the staff being gone either Monday or Friday, she said, is that the only days when full productivity can be counted on are Tuesday through Thursday."
Grand jury possible in Tylenol killings - 30 years later
none"“The task force was charged with looking at all aspects of the long dormant investigation, including the re-interview of witnesses, computerizing all documents and exhibits, and subjecting physical evidence to new and previously unavailable forensic examinations,” FBI spokesman Ross Rice said in a statement. “To date, hundreds of interviews have been conducted and several thousand pieces of potential evidence re-examined.”"
none Secret Walmart-warehouse Document Revealed - Warehouse Workers United
none"A worker found a company checklist with Walmart’s logo on it that shows a lot of equipment is broken and even dangerous. The document is dated Aug. 8, but workers report that problems noted in the document still have not been fixed."
Poll Shows Barack Obama Leads Mitt Romney Among NASCAR Fans- Jalopnik
none "Polling amongst NASCAR fans isn't looking good for Mitt Romney, who is behind Barack Obama by seven percentage points — 41% to 48%.  The poll, conducted by polling pollsters Zogby, showed that NASCAR's loyal fan base are actually in Barack Obama's corner, so to speak."
none Abortion access in a post-Roe world - Washington Post
none"The expectation is that, in a post-Roe world, the more liberal states, like New York and California, would continue to offer legal access — just as they did prior to the Roe decision. Most of the south and large swaths of the Midwest, however, would likely ban the procedure.  Women in those states would likely still seek abortion services in states where they were accessible."
none The one tax graph you really need to know - Washington Post
none"That’s really what the American tax system looks like: Not 47 percent paying nothing, but everybody paying something, and most Americans paying between 25 percent and 30 percent of their income — which is, by the way, a lot more the 13.9 percent Mitt Romney paid in 2011*."
Republicans Struggle To Find Examples Of Voter Fraud - ThinkProgress
none"Republican election officials have been unable to find even scant evidence of voter fraud. In voter purges in Colorado and Florida, targeting mostly Democrat and independent registered voters, officials uncovered that less than one-tenth of 1 percent of voters are potentially unqualified to vote. These findings drastically downgrade Republican fears of voter fraud from the tens of thousands of noncitizens officials originally estimated."
Scientists: ’93 percent’ of Fox News climate change coverage is ‘staggeringly misleading’ - Raw Story
none“It is entirely appropriate to disagree with specific actions or policies aimed at addressing climate change while accepting the clearly established findings of climate science. And while it is appropriate to question new science as it emerges, it is misleading to reject or sow doubt about established science—in this case, the overwhelming body of evidence that human-caused climate change is occurring.”
22&23 Sep
none This Week in West Chicago
24  7pm» City Public Affairs Com
27  9:30am» Adult Learn to Draw Class
       7pm» City Finance Com
       7pm» Knit Night
       7pm» Notice regarding senior parent nigh
  • Open House at West Chicago Middle School
    none"Come see the progress of the expansion project and take a tour of the building.Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012Time: 4:00 – 6:00pmPlace: West Chicago Middle School, 238 E. Hazel St., West Chicago, IL 60185
    Please Note: The main entrance is now located on the west side of the building off of Joliet Street."
  • Pinwheels for Peace
    "In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 21, 2012 the students and staff at Indian Knoll Elementary School of West Chicago plan to take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace in front of the school."
WeGo Drama Fundraiser
Join us for a "fun-raiser" night!
  When: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
  Time: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  Where: Hawthorne's Backyard, 1200 West Hawthorne Lane, West Chicago
West Chicago Public Library District Takes Part in International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day
none"Pnoneirates young and old descended on the West Chicago Public Library District on September 19 to learn the art of “pirate parley” to mark International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day."
Jane Hodgkinson Addresses West Chicago Rotary
Rotary Logo"Jane Hodgkinson, Assistant Governor of Rotary International District 6440, brought her incredible story of service to the weekly meeting of the West Chicago Rotary at Pal Joey’s on September 19."

Shining Light's News & Upcoming Events

  • "Viva Mexico!" Was A Success
  • Donations Needed
  • Sept 24th: First Annual Golf Outing
  • Self-Esteem Support Group
Sister Cities Presents Oktoberfest-style Community Dinner
"An Oktoberfest-style community dinner, planned for Saturday, September 29, 2012, is being organized by West Chicago Sister Cities. The event will be held at the American Legion Post located at 123 Main Street in downtown West Chicago. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a cash bar with dinner being served at 7:00 p.m."
Champion of Free Enterprise - Mike Fortner
none"State Rep. Mike Fortner has been awarded the Champion of Free Enterprise by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for his defense of free enterprise and the furtherance of economic opportunities for Illinois. Mike was also recently named the Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business, sweeping both major pro-business legislative awards for the 97th General Assembly."
tootsie roll drive - Kathe Elliott-Doremus
"Support West Chicago Wildcats Special Olympics tomorrow between 10:00 and 6:00 - tootsie roll drive at the West Chicago Jewel - everyone needs a little sugar in their lives!"
none DuPage Water Commission still waiting on Chicago
none"If they don’t commissioners will consider using the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the financial data.  Commissioners say the report released by the city does not include any of the information the city agreed to provide to its suburban water customers."
none Illinois sees more people living in poverty
none"The trend of increasing financial woes, dating back to the recession that began in late 2007, also includes a shrinking paycheck for those who are employed as people who were laid off from white-collar jobs take lower-paying work where they can get it. Last year the median household income in Chicago was $43,628 — $4,000 less than in 2009 and part of a steady decline over the past three years, the census figures show.  "The low-paying sectors are growing," while higher-paying industries continue to shed jobs... "

How your lawmakers voted

none TRS lowers investment expectations; state payments to increase
"“Reducing the rate of return is a prudent move that balances reality with the needs of TRS members,” TRS executive director Dick Ingram said in a statement.  A survey by the National Association of State Retirement Administrators released a survey last summer that showed few public retirement systems expect to earn an 8.5 percent return on investments. TRS has used that rate since 1997."
State Supreme Court hears abortion notification case
none"The law, adopted in 1995, requires doctors of girls 17 and younger to notify a parent 48 hours before an abortion. A girl may bypass her parents by going to a judge.  Opponents of the dormant decree want permission to duke it out in a trial, which an appellate court agreed to last year. The state appealed that decision to the high court, with the Illinois solicitor general saying there's no need for a trial because of numerous other court rulings on the matter and because opponents haven't shown they have a right to one."
none 'Dirty' carwash work detailed: Low pay, long hours  - Tribune
"Titled "Clean Cars, Dirty Work," the report, funded partially by United Steelworkers, found that a majority of Chicago carwash employees, who are mostly men and Latino, earn less than the state's hourly minimum wage of $8.25 and work more than 40 hours every week."
none Illinois cannot make pharmacists give 'morning after' pill: court - Tribune
none"In 2005, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich mandated that all pharmacists and pharmacies sell "Plan B," the brand name for a drug designed to prevent pregnancy following unprotected sex or a known or suspected contraceptive failure if taken within 72 hours... The Illinois appellate court agreed that the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act protects pharmacists' decision not to dispense the contraceptives due to their beliefs."
Mitt Romney paid for son's surrogate 'abortion contract', right to kill fetus - Examiner
"In the event the child is determined to be physiologically, genetically or chromosomally abnormal, the decision to abort or not to abort is to be made by the intended parents. In such a case the surrogate agrees to abort, or not to abort, in accordance with the intended parents' decision."
none Is Romney Trying to Conceal a Massive Tax Fraud Scheme? - CounterPunch
"That year alone, some nearly 30,000 people, many of them no doubt prominent in society, politics and business, and customers of the finest accounting firms, reportedly voluntarily came forward to the IRS to admit that they had hidden some of the estimated $100 billion in income that crooked rich Americans have for years been secreting away in banks overseas. Under the terms of the program, they were able to just report their fraud, pay the taxes, penalties and interest on the money and then walk away scott free, with no charges and with their returns kept confidential by the agency."
20 Sep
none Around and About in West Chicago - 20 Sep 2012
  • General Election - November 6, 2012
  • “WeGo Superheroes”
  • ProActive Kids
  • Shining Light Golf Outing
  • "Crochet, Your Way"
none Stipends for county officials cost state $3.4 million
none“There may have been a good reason for the state to pay the stipend years ago when government salaries were low, or in counties where the jobs are part-time,” said Andy Shaw, president of the Better Government Association. “But public officials in big counties around Chicago are very well compensated by county taxpayers and don’t need or deserve a bonus from the state, especially when the bonuses are also used to boost pensions, which adds millions of additional dollars in pension obligations.”
DuPage consumers seeing lower electricity rates
none"In Elmhurst, the new supplier allows consumers to get their electricity at a rate of 4.83 cents per kilowatt hour for its contract, while Hinsdale chose Nordic Energy Services LLC as its alternative provider at a rate of 4.63 cents per kilowatt hour. The ComEd effective rate is about 8.50 cents per kilowatt hour, according to the Village of Hinsdale's website."
none Mentally ill create 'crisis' for law enforcement, officials say
"When the Jacksonville Developmental Center finally closes its doors, police there are worried that the 130 or so remaining residents will simply be released into the community because there is nowhere else for them to go."
none Salmonella outbreak linked to Batavia restaurant
"The Kane County Health Department has confirmed it is conducting a food-borne illness investigation at Aliano’s Ristorante, a downtown Batavia Italian restaurant that opened a year ago."
Cubs finalize deal to move Class A Peoria team to Kane County
"A month after it was first reported in the Sun-Times, the Cubs officially announced Wednesday an agreement to switch their Midwest League affiliate from Peoria to the Kane County Cougars-putting a key Class A affiliate just a suburban commute from Wrigley Field."
none DuPage West Nile cases now at 19 for the year
none"DuPage County health officials say there are now 19 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in the county, including two fatal infections, with victims ranging in age fromtheor 20s through their 70s."
none Obama leads among small business owners - DailyKos Labor
"Nearly half of small business owners (47 percent) plan to vote for a second term for the president, compared to 39 percent who plan to vote for Mitt Romney, according to a new poll conducted by the George Washington University School of Political Management and Even more importantly, perhaps, the president is perceived as more supportive of small companies by the most coveted group of voters — independents."
none Chick-Fil-A Agrees To Cease Funding To Anti-Gay Organizations, Chicago LGBT Group Claims - Huffington Post
“I think the most substantive part of this outcome is that Chick-fil-A has ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights. It has taken months of discussion, both with our organization and with the Alderman, for Chick-fil-A to come forward with these concessions and we feel this is a strong step forward for Chick-fil-A and the LGBT community, although it is only a step.”
none RNC Anti-Obama Video Offers Master Class In Out-Of-Context Editing - TPM
hypo-crat"The new video, “Redistribution II,” focuses on the party’s recent message that the president believes “redistributing wealth creates prosperity.”  Obama’s first appearance in the video is an egregiously chopped-up portion of the president’s weekly address from March 31, 2012."
18 Sept
"Saturday, September 29 at 6:00pm at American Legion
none League of Women Voters wants to register voters
none"The League of Women Voters of Central Kane County has launched an extensive campaign to register new voters before the November 6 election. The deadline to register to vote in Illinois is Oct. 9.  “This election is about everyone standing up for the things that matter most to us and our families. That means registering and voting,” LWV President Sarah Collins said."
COD commissions sculpture of chaparral mascot
none"The college is hiring an Omaha-based sculptor to create an 8-foot bronze depiction of a chaparral to be installed next year in front of the Berg Instructional Center. COD officials say the chaparral creates a unifying spirit on campus and helps in the school’s marketing efforts... The chaparral sculpture will cost the college $54,000 — 51 percent of which is being funded through student activity fees, and the remainder through the college’s construction budget."
none Justice Scalia says Chicago appeals court judge lied
none"Scalia, 76, the longest-serving justice and a leading conservative on the court, said Judge Richard Posner, of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, lied in a review in August of a book co-authored by Scalia.  In the review, Posner accused Scalia of deviating from his own strict, text-based approach to interpreting law when he struck down a District of Columbia handgun ban in 2008 by considering the legislative history behind the law."
Republicans: Quinn too slow booting Medicaid cheats
none"House Republican leader Tom Cross said the Quinn administration should start scrubbing the Medicaid program by Oct. 1 as the state seeks to save an estimated $350 million a year.  The administration said it needed to hire a company to help with the job and hopes to start the anti-fraud program Jan. 1."
none Fermilab-made camera captures 8 billion-year-old light
none"The Dark Energy Camera was constructed at Fermilab in Batavia and mounted on the Victor M. Blanco telescope at the National Science Foundation’s Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. With this device, roughly the size of a phone booth, astronomers and physicists will probe the mystery of dark energy, the force they believe is causing the universe to expand faster and faster."
none Chicago teachers end strike, classes resume Wednesday - Tribune
none""We said we couldn't solve all the problems. . .and it was time to suspend the strike," CTU President Karen Lewis said at a news conference after the vote.  “The issue is, we cannot get a perfect contract. There’s no such thing as a contract that will make all of us” happy, Lewis said.  But “do we stay on strike forever until every little thing we want can be gotten?” she said."
none 7 Things Christians Need to Remember About Politics - Relevent Magazine
"Not only are believers excused for their political indiscretions, but they are often applauded for committing them. Slander is explained away as righteous anger; winning arguments are esteemed higher than truthful ones (whether or not the “facts” align); and those who stir up dissension are given the pulpit."
none Mitt Romney will probably get 95 electoral votes from ‘moocher’ states. Obama will probably get 5. - Washington Post
"Actually, yes. The Tax Foundation put out this helpful map of the states with the highest and lowest percentage of people who don’t file income tax returns. The biggest non-filing states are — except Florida and New Mexico — solid red states:"
Who are Romney's 47% that don't pay tax? - Guardian
"Of the 18.1% paying no income or payroll taxes, more than half (10.3% of all households) were elderly, so retired people who may well have paid income and payroll taxes, as well as others, during their working lives. Of the remainder, 6.9% of all households did not pay income or payroll taxes, essentially because they were poor, leaving 1% of "others" who did not pay either of these two types of taxes. Presumably, within the "others" category would fall the likes of six of the 400 US tax filers in 2009 with the highest adjusted gross income (at least $77m), who, according to Internal Revenue Service studies, paid no US income tax, and the 19,551 US households with income above $200,000 who owed no US or foreign income tax."
15&16 Sept
none This Week in West Chicago
17  7pm» City Council Meeting
18  7pm» District 94 School Board
20  9:30am» Adult Learn to Draw Class
       7pm» District 33 School Board
       7pm» Knit Night
22  9am» Coffee with the Superintende

District 94 Board Meeting Agenda September 18, 2012

  • noneDriver Education Waiver
  • Establishment of an Ad-Hoc Transparency Committee
  • Report and Possible Action on Pending Litigation
Schedule of Events
none2012 Homecoming Week
September 15 - September 22, 2012

"News Bites" Sept 10 through Sept 14

  • noneSafety in School Zones
  • Community Open House at West Chicago Middle School
  • Curriculum Nights Still to Come
  • African American and Latino Parent Summit
Houston J. Pineda Memorial Scholarship Fund - Melissa Birch
"Nothing to do tonight? Got $15? Enjoy dinner at Hawthorne's Backyard, entertainment (rumor has it there will be karaoke), buy some raffle tickets -- all to benefit a good cause: Houston J. Pineda Memorial Scholarship Fund. Starts at 4pm!"
none Delnor, Central DuPage get new leaders
"Cadence Health has picked Delnor Hospital’s new president from within Cadence’s ranks.  And the former chief executive officer of Berwyn-based Vanguard MacNeal Health System is now Central DuPage Hospital’s president.  Robert Friedberg and Brian Lemon will both also serve as executive vice presidents of Cadence Health..."
Design flaw makes hazardous materials rail cars dangerous
none"But under their proposal to regulators, the 30,000 to 45,000 existing ethanol tankers would remain unchanged, including many cars that have only recently begun their decades-long service lives... The industry’s proposal “ignores the safety risks posed by the current fleet,” the NTSB said, adding that those cars “can almost always be expected to breach in derailments that involve pileups or multiple car-to-car impacts.”"
none Study finds no high-risk pathways for Asian carp
none"But the Corps and other federal, state and local agencies are examining other locations that also could serve as back doors for invaders. In 2010, they identified 36 places where a surface water connection across the basin divide could form, particularly during flooding. The list was pared to 18 sites that posed the greatest risk."
RTA seeking to borrow $2.5 billion for projects
none"The money would go toward an estimated $30 billion worth of work needed over the next 10 years to bring the CTA, Metra and Pace systems into a "state of good repair," officials said.  The bond program will need approval from the General Assembly, probably in 2013."
Illinois Senate president: No vote on pension reform until January
"The North Side Democrat said that there simply aren’t enough votes to pass changes now, despite repeated calls by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for lawmakers to take immediate action.Cullerton said the hope is that legislators will be more willing to pass an overhaul after the Nov. 6 election, when it’ll be clear who will stay in office and who will go. The bar to approve legislation gets lower in January, when only a majority of the House and Senate is required."
University of Illinois trustees approve $5.4B budget
none"The budget is up 7.6 percent, or about $383 million. But that figure includes about $227 million in employee health care and pension payments.  Excluding those payments the budget it up 3.7 percent.  University officials say the budget includes $612 million in state appropriations, which is down $42.5 million or 6 percent."
none Quinn unhappy pensions may wait until next year
none"Officials want to reduce retirement benefits for public employees to limit growth in the state’s annual pension contribution. This year it’s $5 billion. Quinn and the legislative leaders seem to agree on the broad outlines of a new plan, but they disagree over whether downstate and suburban Chicago school districts should start paying the employer’s share of staff pension costs."
Enrollment down at Illinois colleges
"The sharpest drops were at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston — 6.8 percent — and at Southern Illinois’ campus in Carbondale and Northern Illinois, both off by almost 5 percent."
none Low Jobs Numbers for Obama, but Lower for His Predecessor - NY Times
none"The pace of creation of jobs in the private sector during the current administration is now greater than the pace in either of President George W. Bush’s terms in office... The number of government jobs has declined more rapidly, and is still falling as squeezed state and local governments continue to make budget cuts. Over the last 12 months, private sector jobs grew 1.8 percent. Government payrolls fell 0.8 percent."
none Financially troubled cities in Spain consider taxing church properties Washington Post
"Rubio, a city council member in Alcala, is leading an effort to impose a tax on all church property used for no n-religious purposes. The financial impact on the Catholic Church could be devastating. As one of the largest landowners in Spain — with holdings that include schools, homes, parks, sports fields and restaurants — the church could owe up to 3 billion euros in taxes each year."
none Republican Leader Finally Admits That Federal Spending Cuts Kill Jobs - Think Progress
hypo-crat"It’s an article of faith amongst Republicans that government can’t create jobs, and that cutting government spending will lead to job growth... But with the consequences of that debt ceiling deal due to hit in January — at which point the so-called “sequester” will cut into both military and non-defense discretionary spending — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is seemingly having a change of heart. On Thursday he tweeted that the sequester would hurt federal spending in key areas, and thus kill jobs:"
  Police Alert: Child Abduction Attempt 
"The Winfield Police Department received a report that on 09/11/2012 at approximately 1630 to 1700 hours (or 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.) a subject attempted to lure a 9-year old boy into his vehicle by offering candy, telling the boy he wanted to talk to him and then followed the boy for a short time.  The subject is described as male, white, age unknown, black mustache, black goatee, orange hat covering his head, long sleeve black jacket and having a black star tattoo on his right forearm.  The subject's vehicle was described as black, boxy shaped GM vehicle similar to a Cadillac, older with lots of dents on it, tires all scratched up and the rear window smashed with a baseball sized hole in it.  On 9/13/12, a subject and vehicle were seen in the same vicinity from the incident on 09/11/2012, which closely matched the original witness description, with the exception that the subject was not wearing a hat.  Included is a sketch based upon information provided by the witnesses on 09/13/2012.  If anyone has information as to the identity of the subject, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or contact Winfield Police Detective Pennington at 630-933-7160."
13 Septt

Around and About in West Chicago - 13 Sep 2012

  • Leaving the DVC
  • 202nd Anniversary of Mexican Independence Day
  • Ninth Annual Concert in the Park fundraiser
  • Talk Like a Pirate Day
none Educare of West DuPage to Celebrate Grand Opening
none"State and local leaders will celebrate the grand opening of Educare of West DuPage at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 21. The new $10 million, state-of-the-art school provides high-quality early childhood education aimed at narrowing the achievement gap for low-income children in West Chicago."
Open House and PowerSchool Parent Portal Assistance
none"Community High School District 94 will be hosting our Open House on Thursday, September 20th beginning at 7:00 p.m. During this time you will be able to meet your son’s/daughter’s teachers, find out about curricular expectations for each course, and walk through an abbreviated bell-schedule."
West Chicago Park District appoints Park Board Commissioner
none"On Tuesday, Sept. 11 the West Chicago Park District appointed Anthony Zaputil, of West Chicago, as park board commissioner.  Zaputil replaces Bill Spelman who resigned in early August."
10 Golf Outing Participants Needed to Avoid Cancelation
none"I'm contacting you today with an urgent appeal. We need to add 10 additional players to our September 24th golf outing to avoid cancelation. The funds raised from this event will go directly to support the critical educational and outreach services we provide to members of the West Chicago community.  If you or someone you know can participate, please sign up today on our website, or contact me directly via email."

Shining Light's Upcoming Events

  • Money Management 101 Course
  • Sept 16th: Mexican Independence Day
  • Self-Esteem Support Group
  • Sept 24th: First Annual Golf Outing
Uwe Gsedl Wins the 2012 Peoples Choice Award
none"The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission wishes to extend congratulations to Uwe Gsedl, the 2012 street art banner People’s Choice Award winner. His winning banner is titled Summer Joy. The photograph used for this banner was captured on June 1, 2011 after the middle school graduation of his daughter Ella"
none Township assessors get $3,000 bonus for doing job right
"Suburban assessors qualify for the bonus if township properties are assessed at a third of their actual value — something required by state statute — and sales of properties during the year don’t vary more than 15 percent from the assessed values."
DuPage sheriff could face staff cuts
none "DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin on Tuesday publicly unveiled a proposed $431.8 million county budget for the 2013 fiscal year. Cronin said he spoke a day earlier to Zaruba about the plan, which includes slashing the sheriff’s department’s annual spending from roughly $40.7 million to about $39.2 million."
none Mike Helfgot's football blog | Lake Park makes sense to take West Chicago's place in DVC
none"West Chicago could not compete with the likes of the Naperville and Wheaton schools and Glenbard North.  Glenbard East and West Aurora also struggle in conference play, but they are not expected to take similar action.  "I don't anticipate a ripple effect," Wheaton North AD Matt Fisher said. "West Chicago was up front with us every step of the way, (saying) 'This is what we're doing,' and no one else chimed in.""
Cheer squad debuts to roaring approval
"There were plenty of approving roars at the general pep assembly at West Chicago Community High School to mark the first full day of school.  But the loudest applause by far went to six special needs students who officials say are usually on the outside looking in when it comes to extra-curricular activities."
none DuPage joins Sierra Club's greenhouse gases iniative
nonenone"DuPage officials this week became the first in Illinois to sign on to the Sierra Club’s statewide Cool Counties initiative. Supported by the local chapter as well as the DuPage Environmental Commission, the move codifies the county’s willingness to actively support the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
none State budget crisis threatening to make deeper cut in aid for children
"The symposium coincides with the release of a Voices for Illinois Children report on the condition of the state’s children, called “Illinois Kids Count 2012.” It breaks down many of its findings by county and even by school district. The report is available at"
none Geneva, West Chicago, forge a new agreement
none"Aldermen acting as the Committee of the Whole voted to recommend approval of an agreement that will give Geneva a development advantage of 60 acres available for annexation. The City Council will take final action. West Chicago officials are taking similar actions, officials said..."
none Proposed DuPage County budget reduces spending by over $8M
none"Cronin said that some $6 million in budget savings are the result of the “repurposing” of funds after the board directed county staff to pursue greater competitive bidding in projects. Another $1.6 million or so will come from savings produced from significant changes to employee benefits that the board made in 2011."
Nonprofit group takes command of Viking
none"Friends of the Viking Ship has cared for the ship since 2007, the same year a statewide preservation group declared it one of the 10 most endangered historic sites in Illinois. The nonprofit hosts public tours at the ship's current location in Good Templar Park in Geneva and raises money for restoration projects."
[Some folks will remember the ship's time in West Chicago. - Bob]
IHSA allowing disabled athletes to compete in some state meets
nonenone"With a federal discrimination lawsuit still pending, Illinois High School Association officials voted Monday to allow disabled athletes to participate at some state competitions this fall, according to the organization's website.  The group's board of directors agreed to let disabled athletes qualify for some state meets and plans to add three events for those with physical and visual disabilities — girls swimming and diving as well as cross country for boys and girls."
none Scientist warns of heavier storms, more algae in Great Lakes
"An increasingly warm climate is worsening the problem of harmful Great Lakes algae blooms by boosting the intensity of spring rains that wash phosphorus into the waters, a scientist said Wednesday during a conference for advocates and policymakers.  The trend is likely to continue over the coming century, heightening the urgency to control runoff of dissolved phosphorus that promotes excessive algae growth, said Don Scavia, director of the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute."
none House Approves Sweeping, Warrantless Electronic Spy Powers - Wired
none"The bill generally requires the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court to rubber-stamp terror-related electronic surveillance requests that ensnare Americans’ communications.  The government does not have to identify the target or facility to be monitored. It can begin surveillance a week before making the request, and the surveillance can continue during the appeals process if, in a rare case, the secret FISA court rejects the surveillance application. The court’s rulings are not public."
none Polls Show Chicago’s Parents Back Teachers - AFL-CIO
none"While nenonewspaper editorial boards, right-wing pundits and school privateers are criticizing Chicago’s 29,000 public school teachers and educational professionals who were forced out on strike, Chicagoans—especially parents—are backing the teachers.   The latest poll shows the teachers with 55 percent approval from "voting Chicago households" and 66 percent support from parents of public school students."
none Finally a Limit Is Reached: Ninth Circuit Rules McCormack Can't Be Prosecuted For Her Abortion - Daily Kos
none"The specific issue before the Ninth Circuit was whether the state can impose criminal liability on pregnant women for failing to abide by the state's abortion statutes, namely obtaining an "unlawful abortion" by buying medications online to terminate her pregnancy."
none Romney Asked VP Shortlisters for Ten Years of Tax Returns - Daily Beast
hypo-crat"As part of its vetting, the Romney campaign required at least some of the candidates on the short list—including the eventual winner of the GOP veepstakes, Ryan—to submit fully 10 years of tax returns, according to a knowledgeable source.  The requirement was consistent with the past practices of both Republican and Democratic campaigns.  Indeed, in 2008, Mitt Romney turned over 23 years of taxes to John Mccain’s campaign when he was under consideration to be the Arizona senator’s running mate."
11 Sept
none Conference Affiliation Change
none"After carefully considering public comments and discussion,
the Board voted 4-3 in favor of having administration submit a request
for admission to the Metro Suburban Conference. A process will be
followed to transition the school from the DuPage Valley Conference to
the Metro Suburban Conference upon acceptance by the MSC.  The high
school will remain in the DVC until a transition timeline is
Mark Twain’s Is He Dead?
none"WeGo Drama at Community High School continues their 2012-13 Season with David Ives’ adaptation of Mark Twain’s “lost” play, Is He Dead?. The play centers around Jean-Francois Millet, a destitute French painter in 1840’s France who, with the help of his friends, stages his own death with the intent on inflating the price of his paintings."
PSAT Registration
PSAT/NMSQT registration will take place from September 11, 2012 – September 21, 2012.  No registrations will be admitted after this date. In order to register, students must see Mrs. Goti in the Counseling Office.  At this time, students must turn in the attached registration form and full payment.  Payment must be made at the time of registration.  Acceptable forms of payment are: cash or check (made out to WCCHS).  It is at this time that students will receive the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT Official Student Guide."
West Chicago Park District’s Halloween Parade
none"Fanonemilies will have a spooktacular time celebrating the Halloween holiday on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. during the Park District’s annual Halloween Parade. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind the West Chicago Public Library.
Battle of the Mole
nonenone"Just in time to spice up the celebration of the 202nd anniversary of Mexican Independence Day, the West Chicago Public Library District hosts its first annual “Battle of the Mole” from 1-3 pm on Saturday, September 15."

Welcome Back to District 33

  • noneCurriculum Nights
  • Open House at WCMS
  • Coffee Talk
  • and more
Mosquito Spray Scheduled For Evening of Wednesday, September 12, 2012
none"The City has been notified that the sixth mosquito-spraying this year will take place on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (weather permitting), from approximately 7:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m, because of the continued elevated risk of West Nile virus in DuPage County. For more information on safeguarding your family from mosquito-born illness, visit and read the section What Can Residents Do? from the 2012 Mosquito Update that was issued in March 2012 by the West Chicago Mosquito Abatement District."

Remembering 9/11: A West Chicago Observance
none"Last year, to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, a committee was formed to create a fitting observance of the historic day that transformed the world as we knew it, September 11, 2001.  Highlights of the event have been captured in a video that is now available online. Please visit and click the link to the video under Current News."

none DuPage official: Chicago report on water rate ‘shaky at best’
none"Zay recently received the city’s first report and says he hopes what he received was just an oversight.  “What they call a report is a 15-page dog-and-pony show with some pretty pictures. But it’s not at all what we asked for,” Zay said. “We gave them more than a half-year to produce documents they should have already had, for their own files, and this is what they come up with?” ... Chicago’s 2012 budget includes rate hikes of 25 percent this year and 15 percent in each of the following three years to cover the cost of water and sewer infrastructure upgrades."
[West Chicago residents are reminded that when we opted for our own water treatment plant, we avoided the Chicago control and Chicago rate hikes. - Bob]
Cantigny becomes Revolutionary War battlefield
none"Visitors to Cantigny on Saturday and Sunday were treated to battle re-enactments, artillery demonstrations and live music from the time. Many of the re-enactors also camped on the Cantigny grounds over the weekend, living the way soldiers and their families would have in the late 18th century. Visitors were free to walk through the camp."
Suburban Life Publications Geneva seeking to annex land from West Chicago
"Under the current boundary agreement, the land is identified as developable property to be annexed to West Chicago.  Geneva officials said potential developers are not interested in advancing development from Geneva’s side into West Chicago because their site would be under the jurisdiction of two municipalities." DUI, Drugs and Battery: Police Blotter
none"Police charged Patrick Nelson, 21, of West Chicago with a warrant for battery. He was arrested at the West Chicago Police Department around 4 a.m., booked at the Wheaton Police Department and taken to DuPage County Jail."
none Amtrak passenger numbers surge in Illinois
none"The Chicagnoneo to St. Louis route saw the biggest jump, an increase of almost 11 percent. Chicago-to-Milwaukee had the smallest increase -- just 2.5 percent... Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin issued a statement Monday calling the growth good news for the people and businesses along the train routes. He also says high demand is a positive sign for plans to create a new route from Chicago to the Quad Cities."
none Foreign buyers scout Illinois cornfields
"Buyers came from China, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.  When it came to Illinois corn, their question was, “How great is the drought damage and how high the price?” Mackey said."
State prisons mum on who gets tours
none"The policy raises more questions about the administration's transparency and management as the Corrections agency carries out Quinn's budget-cutting plan to shutter two major state lockups despite severe overcrowding. The union representing prison employees objects to the proposal, saying it could lead to dangerous conditions for guards and inmates."
none Will Amazon’s New Kindle Fires Burn Apple Or Google (Or Both)? - TPM
"The sheer variety in sizes, prices and hardware specifications of Amazon’s four new Kindle Fire tablets — Kindle Fire ($159), Kindle Fire HD 7-inch ($199), Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch ($299), and Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch with 4G ($499) — suggest that Amazon is aiming for both the low and high-end of the market as opposed to concentrating solely on the low-end, as it did with its original, $199 Kindle Fire, unveiled in late September 2011."
none National Police Union Refuses to Endorse Romney, First Such Refusal in 98 Years - Daily Kos
none"The Republican Party's rabid attack on collective bargaining rights in 2011, particularly in Ohio and Wisconsin, is taking a political toll in 2012. Turns out that many traditionally Republican voters believe that their fire departments should be able to negotiate for adequate safety equipment or that the police officers who risk their lives on the streets should have a seat at the bargaining table."
none How We Became Obsessed With Cults - Wall Street Journal
"According to the mythology of the time, such groups found converts by deploying secret psychological techniques that instilled instant obedience. Once immured in cult compounds, recruits were further brainwashed in ways that destroyed their individuality. Breaking with their families, converts were programmed to perform whatever nefarious deeds the cult might demand."
none When Paul Ryan voted against the 9/11 heroes - Daily Kos
hypo-crat"You also might remember that Paul Ryan was among those Republicans voting against providing coverage to the 9/11 heroes. He voted against it in July 2010. He voted against it in September 2010. He didn't vote against final passage in December 2010 because he's already skipped town for the holiday break. But when Congress reconvened in January, he gave a floor statement saying that he would have voted against it, again."
Missteps and Surprises Turn Battle for the Senate Into a Guessing Game - NY Times
"The New York Times has updated its assessment of the Senate races. Indiana, where the Republican nominee, State Treasurer Richard E. Mourdock, is competing against Representative Joe Donnelly, has turned from a safe Republican seat to one that leans Republican. Connecticut has moved from a safe Democratic seat to one that leans Democratic, and Wisconsin, which was a tossup, now leans Republican."
08&09 Sept
The WeekEnd
none This Week In West Chicago
10  7pm» City Development Com
13  9:30am» Adult Learn to Draw Class
       7pm» Knit Night
14  7:30pm» “A Night of Scenes” with Gallery Theater
       9:30pm» Bowling for the Legion
15  7:30pm» “A Night of Scenes” with Gallery Theater
none US, Canada sign Great Lakes water quality pact
"The updated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement binds both nations to continue a cleanup and restoration initiative begun when the freshwater seas were a symbol of ecological decay. Many of their beaches were littered with foul algae blooms and dead fish. The Cuyahoga River, which flows into Lake Erie in Cleveland, was so choked with oil and chemicals that flames erupted on its surface in 1969."
none Tips on how to prepare for a disaster
"In honor of National Preparedness Month, the Winnebago County Disaster Team offers four tips for preparing for a disaster."
none Amtrak speed tests to start this month
none"The first test runs of 110-mph passenger trains in Illinois are scheduled to begin by the end of this month. But speed is only one piece of the test. Transportation regulators and Amtrak also will monitor an automated system of crossing gates and lights intended to accommodate trains, motorists and pedestrians."
Illinois to decide on essential health benefits
"“It’s important for consumers to make sure the basic plan is as comprehensive as possible,” said Jim Duffett, executive director of the Champaign-based Campaign for Better Health Care.  Public comments on the benchmark health benefits plan — required for every state as part of the federal Affordable Care Act — will be accepted Wednesday through Sept. 19 by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration."
none No Minimum Wage for the Mariana Islands? - TruthOut
"Like this item in the official GOP platform pointed out by Brad Plumer of The Washington Post:  "No minimum wage for the Mariana Islands. “The Pacific territories should have flexibility to determine the minimum wage, which has seriously restricted progress in the private sector.”"
none Clergy call for statewide gun registration - Tribune
Dang Wabbit"The citywide petition drive, starting this weekend and continuing until the state legislature reconvenes in November, seeks to send a message to elected officials that the owners of assault weapons should have to register the devices, said the Rev. Ira J. Acree, who helped organize the movement."
How To Tell If Your Religious Liberty Is Being Repressed - Crooks and Liars
"I'm a religious person with a lifelong passion for civil rights, so this is of great interest to me. So much so, that I believe we all need to determine whether our religious liberties are indeed at risk. So, as a public service, I've come up with this little quiz."
none Rand Paul Agrees With Paul Krugman On Republican Spending Hypocrisy - TPM
"PAUL:  And that's an inconsistency.  That's an inconsistency.
KRUGMAN:  It's pretty major.
PAUL:  And it's wrong.  They are accepting Keynes with regard to military spending... "
06 Sept

Around and About in West Chicago - 06 Sep 2012

  • Community Eligibility Option program provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Community-wide Garage Sale
  • Fundraiser for Al Murphy, candidate for Forest Preserve Dist 6 Commissioner
  • 11th Anniversary of September 11, 2001
none Superintendent Plans to Retire
none"After a 40-year career spanning public school districts in Illinois and Texas,  Community High School District 94 Superintendent Lalo Ponce has decided to retire. In his fourth year at District 94, Ponce submitted a letter to the Board of Education indicating his intent to retire on June 30, 2013."

none"That the Board of Education authorizes its Administration to apply for admission of the School District into the Metro Suburban Conference and, upon acceptance into the Metro Suburban Conference, withdraw the School District from the DuPage Valley Conference and authorize the School District’s Administration to take all actions reasonable and necessary to effectuate such withdrawal, including but not limited to the submission of a notice of withdrawal from the DuPage Valley Conference."
Park District seeks volunteers for Day of Servicee
none"Families, friends, youth and community service groups are invited to join the West Chicago Park District on Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to noon at Easton Park, 840 E. Washington St., in West Chicago for a Day of Service."
Park District’s Halloween Parade
none"Families will have a spooktacular time celebrating the Halloween holiday on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. during the Park District’s annual Halloween Parade. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind the West Chicago Public Library."
After the Storm Video Now Available on City of West Chicago's Website
none"In response to those persons that contacted City Hall in the days and weeks following the storm, a video of brief narratives combined with photographs has been created to document the storm's destruction and the resourcefulness of the community in the aftermath."
Window to West Chicago Newsletter
"The September/October edition of Window to West Chicago is now available on the City's website."
none DuPage forest preserve employees charged in fraud scheme
none"In the first scheme, while acting as co-owners of Integrated Design Solutions, McDonald and Tepper billed the forest preserve district for more than $90,000 worth of equipment and services that were never delivered from July 2005 through November 2011, according to the state’s attorney’s office.  The men involved Mahmood in their second scheme, according to prosecutors."
A dozen human West Nile cases reported in DuPage
none"The most recent cases were in Hinsdale and Westmont, officials said, though the victims’ ages were not provided.  Countywide, those that have been affected by West Nile have been in their 20s to 70s, and are located in Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Villa Park and Westmont."
none Employment picture improving slowly in western suburbs
none"Statewide, Illinois' unemployment rate started doing better after January 2010.  Since then, those in the professional and business services industries are finding jobs coming back at a better clip than others. Meanwhile, governments have been shedding jobs, some 35,000 statewide."
[The graph shows West Chicago at 7.3%. - Bob]
2 ex-DuPage forest employees charged in $150,000 theft schemes
none"Charges of official misconduct, theft, taking kickbacks and unlawful participation have been filed against Mark McDonald, 53, the former director of information technology at the district, and David Tepper, 49, the former information technology manager at the district."
none Tollway to take ticket violators to court
none"As many as 50 lawsuits will be filed in various court jurisdictions Friday, tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said. The first round of lawsuits will be aimed primarily against fleet and commercial businesses who she said are the worst scofflaws. Lafleur would not name any today.  The tollway will also pursue legal action against individuals, she said."
none Illinois Tollway is going after chronic toll booth violators
none"Collection agencies have sent the worst violators five notices, called them four times and been given opportunities to settle up. The violators may have had their drivers license or vehicle plants suspended during the collection process, which can take nine to 24 months, the tollway said."
none Illinois to allow trapping of river otters
none"The river otter became rare in the state by the early 1900s due to habitat loss and unregulated harvest. It is likely that fewer than 100 otters remained in Illinois before 1990.  Since their reintroduction in Illinois from 1994 to 1997, however, otters have thrived, with populations growing so quickly that they occasionally become nuisances, cleaning out fishing ponds near rivers and streams."
none Elizabeth Warren: ‘The Game Is Rigged’ Against Working People - TPM
"“I’m here tonight to talk about hard-working people: people who get up early, stay up late, cook dinner and help out with homework,” Warren said, according to prepared remarks. “People who can be counted on to help their kids, their parents, their neighbors and the lady down the street whose car broke down; people who work their hearts out but are up against a hard truth — the game is rigged against them.”"
none Black church leaders try to inspire congregants to vote for Obama - Washington Post
none"“We can’t tell people who to vote for, but we can certainly point out the differences,” said the Rev. Lin Hill, associate minister of the 2,500-member Bethany Baptist Church, which hosted the gathering on Saturday. “Our president has declared Jesus Christ to be his Lord and savior, while his opponent denies the deity of Christ.”"
none Disillusioned Obama Supporter In Romney Ad Is Actually GOP Staffer - TPM
hypo-crat"Inclan began her current RNC post in January 2012, and has worked in Republican politics since well before Obama’s 2008 election. She did Hispanic outreach for Rick Scott’s 2010 Florida gubernatorial race worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) and as national executive director of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly."
04 Sept
WCPT reports an accident at IL64 and Powis.  Be careful out there. - Bob


  • Hiring Our Heroes—Sugar Grove” job fair
  • Pal Joey’s second restaurant
  • sparkling, clean windows of downtown businesses
none Market Day
nonenone"Our first sale will be Thursday September 6th at 5:00 p.m. in Commons.   You must place your order by:  Monday, September 3rd at 11:00pm CST.  Pick up time is 5:00-5:45 p.m."
Coffee with the Superintendent
none"Community High School District 94 is serving “Coffee with the Superintendent”. Residents are invited to join Mr. Lalo Ponce for coffee and casual conversation Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m."

West Chicago HS Board of Education Meeting Agenda - September 4, 2012

  • Technology Center of DuPage – Allocations
  • Establishment of an Ad-Hoc Transparency Committee
  • September Is National Library Card Sign-Up Month
    none"As students head back to school this month, we encourage parents to visit the West Chicago Public Library District and make sure their children and teens sign-up for the month important school supply of all – a library card."
  • Library Helps Prepare Kids to Go Back to School
    "The West Chicago Public Library District was buzzing with activity this month as Youth Services staff helped get kids ready to go back to school. Two special programs this month, “Camp Fun-to-Read” and “Welcome to Kindergarten” were specifically designed to reinforce the skills needed for that all-important first day"
Back to School Safety
none"Schools throughout the country are already, or are about to be, back in session and the West Chicago Police Department would like to offer a few "Back to School" safety tips and reminders that are important all year long."
Local Groups Plan a Viva Mexico Celebration
none"Two local groups in the community have joined forces to produce a Viva Mexico celebration in West Chicago. Shining Light, a 501 C-3 non-profit organization which provides educational and outreach services to individuals in need, has partnered with Cortez Bakery in downtown West Chicago to coordinate an event that will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 111 & 123 Fremont Street in the bakery’s private parking lot."
Learn Emergency Preparedness Skills
"September is National Preparedness Month and the City of West Chicago would like residents to know that the West Chicago Citizen Corps is offering another Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course."
Artists from the Book and Paper Arts Guild
none"Their exhibit, on display at Gallery 200, 200 Main Street, West Chicago from September 6 - 30, 2012, demonstrates the versatility of the medium combined with the creativity of the members in a series of collaborative and personal works titled "This is Paper!""
none Demand grows for DuPage county urgent care dental clinic
none"In the several months since, reforms of the state’s Medicaid program have taken effect, including dramatic cuts to adult dental coverage. And DuPage health officials have seen increased demand for dental services."
none Parade marchers direct ire toward Gov. Quinn
none"Dozens of marchers in the Springfield parade, sponsored by the Springfield and Central Illinois Trades and Labor Council, held signs reading: “Gov Quinn keep your word,” “Gov Quinn stop targeting state workers” or “Collective bargaining is the American Way.”  Fliers also were handed out reading, “On Labor Day — tell Gov. Pat Quinn to respect Illinois workers, preserve Illinois jobs and honor union contracts.”"
Ban on gaming donations a tough sell
nonenone "Many question if Quinn truly was motivated by the ethics and oversight concerns, or if he simply would never support the plan to establish five new casinos and slot machines at racetracks. Some of the plan’s supporters question if aiming a contributions ban at one industry would be fair or constitutional. And Quinn could anticipate stiff resistance among lawmakers to doing away with such a fat source of cash."
Suburban Life Publications Alex Novak of West Chicago still in ICU as his plans to start high school at ...
"Alex had just helped his parents load their car to move his older sister, Raquel, to college when he went for a bicycle ride around their neighborhood, Larry said. After riding down the Novaks’ street, he was struck by a van about 3:45 p.m. at Donald Avenue and Prince Crossing Road near West Chicago."

WHAT’S NEW   Robert L Park   Monday, 27 Aug 2012

none Hug A Thug Booth Big Hit in Charlotte - AFL-CIO
"Compliments of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO, the Hug A Thug booth featured teachers, firefighters, nurses—just about everyone who’s a union member and/or thug, depending upon your political perspective. The union movement's "hug a union thug" campaign poked fun at conservative attempts to scapegoat union members."
none GOP Senate Candidate Supports Life Sentences For Rape Victims Who Obtain Abortions - ThinkProgress
none"Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND), the candidate for Senate from North Dakota, once voted for a bill that would have made any woman who obtained an abortion guilty of a homicide crime — even if it were in the case of rape or incest. Indeed, the bill Berg supported does not even contain an explicit exception if an abortion is necessary to save the woman’s life."
none Explaining Socialism To A Republican - Addicting Info
"To a Democratic Socialist, sharing the wealth means pooling tax money together to design social programs that benefit ALL citizens of that country, city, state, etc.  The fire and police departments are both excellent examples of Democratic Socialism in America.  Rather than leaving each individual responsible for protecting their own home from fire, everyone pools their money together, through taxes, to maintain a fire and police department. It’s operated under a non-profit status, and yes, your tax dollars pay for putting out other people’s fires."
“More jobs were created in the private sector last year alone than in all eight years of George W. Bush” - Class Warfare
"But he has yet to explain how he’s going to cut taxes by $5 trillion, extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich, increase defense spending by 25% and not balance the budget on the backs of the middle class.  Every independent analysis of Romney’s budget shows his plan will cut taxes on the rich and raise taxes on the middle class by about $2,000.  We have shared analysis on an independent study by the Brookings Institute co-chaired by a former Bush administration official HERE:"
01&02 Sept
The Weekend
none This Week in West Chicago
03  7pm» City Council Meeting
04  6:30pm» Self-Esteem Support Group
       7pm» District 94 School Board
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none DuPage County likely next for courtroom cameras
none"“We’re in the process of addressing some possible logistical concerns that we feel need to be studied to ensure that both sides — the prosecution and defense alike — will continue to receive a fair trial in DuPage County,” state’s attorney spokesman Paul Darrah said. “Our office is in full support of transparency in government.”"
[See also Lawyers weigh in on cameras in the courtroom. - Bob]
Kline Creek Farm hosts 1890s version of a country fair
none"Vnoneisitors on Sunday were greeted by a stilt-wearing Uncle Sam and whimsical musical notes from a hand-cranked instrument called a “Kalliorgel.” Once on the fair’s grounds, some visitors visited Professor Phineas Fairhead, a traveling phrenologist. (Phrenology was the 19th-century practice of determining a person’s character by measuring his or her head.) Many of those with children made their way to Professor Marvel’s Amazing Flea Circus."
none Doctors warn ragweed allergy season could be bad this year
"The hot, dry summer has been horrible for corn, but it hasn't bothered the ragweed crop -- so grab an extra box of facial tissues, allergy sufferers.  This might not be news for those sensitive to ragweed pollen, and the itchy and watery eyes and nose, sneezing and nasal congestion you've been suffering through will likely continue -- and get worse -- in the weeks to come."
Arbitrator tells Quinn: Illinois prisons stay open amid talks
none"Two major Illinois prisons that Gov. Pat Quinn wanted shuttered by Friday will stay open at least another month after an arbitrator ordered the administration to properly negotiate with state workers over the impact of the closures.  Arbitrator Steven Bierig found that the state departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice violated the contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and ordered the two sides to reach an agreement on ground rules for the shut downs."
none Arbitrator: Quinn, Corrections violated union contract
none"“The fact that I have determined that the parties must conclude negotiations prior to a facility closure does not mean that the union can act unreasonably in attempting to extend negotiations so as to avoid the closure,” Bierig wrote in his ruling.  Quinn says the state cannot afford to continue operating the supermaximum-security Tamms prison, the women’s penitentiary at Dwight, several halfway houses and juvenile detention centers in Murphysboro and Joliet. Lawmakers disagreed,"
Illinois tops among states for number of governments
none"Illinois has 6,968 local governments, according to preliminary data released Thursday. That’s 2,000 more than Pennsylvania, which is No. 2 on the list.  Since the Census Bureau last counted in 2007, 26 units of government in Illinois have gone by the wayside, a decline of less than one-half of 1 percent."
none Driver guilty in DUI crash in St. Charles that injured Geneva woman
none"A jury convicted Donald Rericka Jr., 49, of Helen Avenue in West Chicago, of one count of aggravated drunken driving, the Kane County state’s attorney’s office said Thursday.  According to prosecutors, at about 2 a.m. Jan. 31, 2010, Rericka was driving a Chevy 1500 pickup truck south on Route 31 in St. Charles. He made a left turn to go east on Route 64, but lost control of the truck, drove over the sidewalk, then hit a tree and a pedestrian."
none DuPage County reports 10 cases of West Nile
none"Those affected by WNV are in their 20s to 70s, and are located in Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville and Villa Park.  One of those 10 cases resulted in a fatality related to WNV infection.  The Health Department reminds residents that the presence of WNV is widespread in the DuPage County environment so the risk of WNV is elevated and may remain so until the arrival of cooler temperatures."
none Barbara J. Easterling: We Must Educate Younger People About Unions - AFL-CIO
"While some politicians mock unions as a cheap way to score political points, we all know the truth—collective bargaining is a backbone of the American middle class. We have a lot to be proud of—so let’s get out there and spread the word!"
none Americans Increasingly Super-Sizing Their Churchess none"In fact, a new study of 12 representative megachurches spread across the country finds that the size of these churches is a major part of their appeal. Members report that the experience of worshipingg with thousands is intoxicating, the researchers find."
none RNC Delegate Offended By Presence of ‘Mexican’ At Disney’s Epcot Center - Think Progress
"Harris complained to staff that he was “highly offended” that a “person from Mexico” was working in the American pavilion when other nations’ pavilions were staffed by people from each respective country:"
If You Wondered Why The GOP Hates Barack Obama So Much, Here's Your Answer - Move On
"We are not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term." - LindEy Grahm (R- SC)
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