29 Nov
Thursday


From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121130/AUTO0101/211300425#ixzz2DkJGIZ1P

none Around and About in West Chicago - 22 Nov 2012
  • Wonderful and Wearable Show and Sale
  • Annual Tree of Memory
  • “Keep the Wreath Red”
  • City Clerk Nancy Smith - Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
none Reminder for Market Day Orders
none"The holidays are quickly approaching and now is the time to stock up on your favorite Market Day items. December’s Market Day profits will benefit Dance Production.The next Market Day pick up will be Thursday, December 6th  at 5:00 pm. You must place your order by:  Monday, December 3rd  at 11:00 pm CST.  Pick up time is 5:00-5:45 pm in Commons ... Click on the following website to access Market Day to place your order:  http://www.marketday.com/.  Our School is listed as Community High School Activities  - Account #6816."
  • All-State District Music Festival!
    none"Community High School is proud to announce that four music students have successfully completed auditions for the All-State District Music Festival for 2012. Josh Brown, Josh Delamater, Gilary Valenzuela, and Natalie Farrell participated in the prestigious Illinois Music Educators Association District Festival on Saturday, November 17th at Hampshire High School in Hampshire, IL"
  • Wildcat Chronicle Editors Win National Scholastic Journalism Awards
    "Two editors from the award-winning Community High School newspaper, the Wildcat Chronicle, received Excellent ratings in write-off competitions at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association’s fall conference in San Antonio, Texas,"
  • Barnes & Noble Performance and Bookfair
    "WeGo Drama at Community High School presents a special evening of performances at Barnes & Noble at Geneva Commons Shopping Mall. The evening is filled with exciting activities as Barnes and Noble partners with Wego Drama to support their 2012-13 season."
Twenty-eight Foot Eastern White Pine
none"Through the generosity of a local resident and a West Chicago business owner, downtown West Chicago will be adorned with a holiday centerpiece of massive proportion. "
Frosty Fest Essay Contest Winners
none"The annual tradition of sparking civic engagement through a holiday essay writing contest which is an element of the City of West Chicago's Frosty Fest event scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2012, has yielded a bumper crop of excellent essays"
LuAnn Bombard, Retires After 26 Year
none"Recognized as a dedicated steward of the community’s history and culture, Director of Museum and Cultural Services for West Chicago, Illinois, LuAnn Bombard, retires after 26 years. "
Wayne Township Offices - FB, Pamela Fenner
none"Wayne Township Residents: Next Tuesday night (DECEMBER 4TH), the Wayne Township Republicans will be selecting who will be on the ballot next Spring to run for the Wayne Township offices. The old cliche, "SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE" is the most appropriate way to describe this process."
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  • DuPage board says goodbye to 8 members
    none"As one of three Democrats on the Republican-dominated board, Enger said his experience made him realize what elected officials can do if they work together. “You have restored my faith to keep on voting,” Enger said to his former colleagues."
  • DuPage County cuts spending, holds line on property taxes
    "The DuPage County Board on Tuesday adopted a $432.6 million spending plan for the coming fiscal year that reduces the county’s overall spending by roughly $7.3 million compared to this year. As a result, the county’s property tax levy will remain flat for the fifth straight year."
none Illinois driver's licenses for illegal immigrants measure advances
none"Under the program, undocumented immigrants would be eligible for the special, three-year licenses to drive a vehicle. It would be a different in color from a regular driving license. It also cannot be used for identification purposes, such as for boarding a plane, buying a gun or voting."
DuPage judge bars cameras from trial of 16-year-old
none"Judge Daniel Guerin said minors in adult court have “certain protections” and that barring cameras would help ensure Krogman gets a fair trial.  Wednesday's decision comes a week after cameras were allowed into a DuPage County courtroom for the first time."
none Senate passes DNR funding bill; plate fees would go up $2
none"DNR expects the license plate fee to raise $18 million to $20 million a year. New fees for off-road recreation on state land and commercial fishing-related fees are expected to push the money raised by the new law to between $30 million and $35 million a year."
none 'Boobies Rock!' T-shirt company cashes in on cancer
"As part of the settlement, Shryock and The Se7ven Group paid $25,000 to an organization called the Young Survival Coalition — a donation Boobies Rock touts, saying in an Oct. 31, 2011, blog post: “We are extremely excited to announce that we have just sent a $25,000 donation to the Young Survival Coalition!!”  The donation “did actually happen. But was it voluntary?” says Jenna Glazer, development director for the Young Survival Coalition. “This kind of thing is what makes it difficult for legitimate non-profits to raise money.”"
none No-raise resolution passes Illinois House - State Journal Register
none"“This resolution is directed to the participants in the current collective bargaining between the Quinn administration and various unions that represent state workers,” said House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago. “It will express the will of the House that the bargaining will result in zero pay increases for all of the unions.”"
27 Nov
Tuesday
 
none BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 11-28-12
"After 37 plus years as a mainstay business on Main Street, Dominick’s Cucina & Pizzeria is closing its doors. The last day is Sunday, December 2, 2012. Per the message on Facebook: Owners Jim and Gina said, “During the past few years, we have sadly been feeling the strain of the declining economy. We have continued to maintain our product and its quality to ensure we delivered the food you have come to know and love. Sadly, over the past six months we have come to the decision we can no longer keep our doors open. ”"
none Enforcement of Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities
none"The Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, has announced an initiative targeting able-bodied drivers who choose to park illegally in parking reserved for disabled drivers"
CHS Foundation Sing-a-Long on Dec 8th
nonenone"It's INTERACTIVE! A goodie bag of props and our special movie "guides", will help you and your friends SING-A-LONG with the classic movie, Holiday Inn. "
none DuPage Animal Control needs foster families
none"DuPage County Animal Care and Control is in need of volunteers to foster animals, especially kittens who are too young to be spayed or neutered. Neutering is essential before the kittens can be placed for permanent adoption."
none State review warns about CTA retirement plan
none"The funded portion of the CTA employees retirement plan has dropped below the required minimum level and the program’s investment assumptions are “optimistic’’ when measured against likely returns, according to a state review released Tuesday.  The funded ratio of the retirement plan declined from 70.1 percent on Jan. 1, 2011 to 59.2 percent on Jan. 1 this year, the review conducted by Illinois Auditor General William Holland’s office found."
Supreme Court rejects plea to ban taping of police in Illinois
none"By passing on the issue, the justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that found that the state's anti-eavesdropping law violates free-speech rights when used against people who audiotape police officers.  A temporary injunction issued after that June ruling effectively bars Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez from prosecuting anyone under the current statute."
Concealed carry foes want Illinois to maintain status quo
Dang Wabbit"Coalition members cited pressure from the National Rifle Association and gun-rights activists across Illinois for their growing concern. They worry state lawmakers could attempt to push through a law during the legislative veto session that starts this week."
none Physics slam: Fermilab scientists explain, entertain
none"It’s like a poetry slam — if poetry could explain the Higgs boson.  And it packed the house at Fermilab this month, where the 850-seat Ramsey Auditorium sold out, and another 200 or so physics fans had to settle for overflow seating in a second auditorium."
Protest supports equal rights for workers
none"When it came to finding the best deals on Friday, Mary Shesgreen wasn’t interested in door busters or bargains. Instead, Shesgreen, and other members of Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice stood outside a Walmart store in Aurora with protest signs in hand."
none No Depression: Pharmaceutical-Labor Alliance Flourishes - AFL-CIO
"“I certainly admit going in with an attitude of let’s-see-what-this-is-about,” Johnson & Johnson Vice President Donald Bohn says about cooperating with labor unions. “It turns out we have a lot more in common than you might think.”  And that’s why, about four years ago, Johnson & Johnson joined the Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association (PILMA), a growing coalition of pharmaceutical industry giants and the major building trades unions. Its goal is to foster good jobs in the domestic pharmaceutical industry while increasing access to affordable medicines."
none From Man Who Insulted Muhammad, No Regret - NY Times
"Fuming for two months in a jail cell here, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has had plenty of time to reconsider the wisdom of making “Innocence of Muslims,” his crude YouTube movie trailer depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a bloodthirsty, philandering thug."
24&25 Nov
Weekend
 
none This Week in West Chicago
26  7pm» City Public Affairs Com
27  4pm» Tween Scene
       7pm» Blue Moon Café: A Coffeehouse for Teens
       10pm» Café con Leche ~ Bilingual Parent Café
29  7pm» Knit Night
30  7:30pm» "Mr. Beasley’s Christmas Party"
01  4pm» Frosty Fest
02  1pm» NaNoWriMo Wrap-up Party
Public Hearing Notice for the Demolition of the Wiant House!!! - WiantHouse.org
"The Public Hearing before the City of West Chicago Historical Preservation Commission will be held on December 4th, 2012 at 7:00 PM, at West Chicago City Hall, 475 Main Street, West Chicago, IL to consider:
The the City of West Chicago's appeal of  the Denial of Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) #12-20 for demolition of the Wiant house located at 151 W Washington Street, West Chicago, IL.
The West Chicago Historical Preservation Commission unanimously denied the City's application for a COA for demolition of the Wiant House as described in their "Finding of Fact", dated September 10, 2012 ..."
Happy Thanksgiving - Thank You For Your Support! - Shining Light, NFP
none"From securing a facility in West Chicago to conducting our first round of self-esteem support groups and financial literacy courses - we couldn't have done any of it without your generous support."
West Chicago Welcomes the Holiday Season with Frosty Fest
none"Dnoneowntown West Chicago will be transformed into a winter wonderland on Saturday, December 1, 2012 when the City of West Chicago, along with its community partners and volunteers, present Frosty Fest from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m."
none Local property tax levies up $3.5 billion since '05
"A Daily Herald analysis of Illinois Department of Revenue reports from 2010 and 2005 shows that 300 suburban school districts in six counties plus Chicago Public Schools accounted for most of the property tax increase. The school districts levied $2.2 billion more in 2010 than they received in 2005, with Cook County's 152 school districts responsible for more than $1 billion of the increase."
none Illinois Tollway now tweeting traffic crashes, delays
none"The tollway will send as many as three Tweets per incident, which will include information about the type of incident, the location by nearest crossroad and milepost and the subsequent impact on traffic, such as lane closures.The final Tweet will announce the clearing of of the incident from the roadway."
none Indiana gaming revenues continue to fall
none"“There is an all-out assault on the system that Indiana has implemented, which was to take other people’s money. They’re out to get it back,” Long said, referring to neighboring states.  Ten of Indiana’s 13 casinos are in counties adjacent to other states. Most of the gamblers going to northwest Indiana’s five casinos come from Illinois or Michigan, The Times reported, but several tribal casinos have opened in southern Michigan near the Indiana border, and Illinois has proposed casinos for Chicago and its south suburbs."
none WHAT'S NEW   Robert L. Park Friday, 22 Nov 2012
  • THE AFFAIRE: WASHINGTON’S TOP SPIN DOCTORS ARE CONFERRING.
  • THE GIFTS: ROMNEY SAYS HE HAS FIGURED OUT HOW OBAMA WON.
  • THE SECESSION: NOTHING IS CERTAIN BUT DEATH AND TEXAS.
  • THE CLASS WAR: PLEASE! DON'T THROW ME IN THE BRIAR PATCH.
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none Nativity Scene ceremony set for rotunda on Tuesday - State Journal Register
none"The Springfield Nativity Scene Committee will have a ceremony marking placement of the crèche and manger scene in the Statehouse rotunda from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday.  The depiction of the birth of Jesus Christ has been placed in the Rotunda since 2008. Such displays are allowed as long as they are privately funded and temporary in nature."
none The Worst Of Black Friday - TPM
Dang Wabbit"The dispute allegedly began when one man began cutting in line and ultimately punched another man. The man he punched allegedly pulled a gun on him — though reports vary on whether he pointed the gun at his assailant or at the ground. A witness said the assailant hid behind a refrigerator before fleeing the store. The man was not arrested because he had a concealed handgun license."
22 Nov
Thursday
noneHappy Thanksgiving... none
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Around and About in West Chicago - 22 Nov 2012

  • Adopt-A-Family Program
  • 2012 Wildcat Turkey Classic
  • Upstate Eight
  • Frosty Fest
  • Elgin, Jolliet & Eastern Railway caboose
none "Holiday Inn" Sing a Long - Barb Laimins
none"Thanksgiving is over and now to get in the Holiday Spirit - have you ordered your tickets for "Holiday Inn" Sing a Long?  Call Jan Bedard at 630-327-3868 for more information or order tickets online at:
http://d94.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=joemdqj8
none Local property tax levies up $3.5 billion since '05
"The state's 1,500-plus townships levied more than $650 million in property taxes in 2010, up from $540 million in 2005. Other taxing districts like libraries, parks, fire protection districts, forest preserves, water and sewer agencies and mosquito abatement districts account for 2,220 of the state's units of government. Those agencies combined to levy almost $2.8 billion in 2010, up from $2.3 billion levied in 2005."
West Chicago Middle School announces ‘Outstanding Student of the Quarter’ nominees
none"Nominations are based on the following criteria:
•  demonstrates positive character
•  scholastic achievement/growth
•  community/school action and interaction
•  leadership within the middle school."
DuPage County takes new step to crack down on DUI
none"In an effort to crack down on drivers suspected of DUI, DuPage County authorities announced Tuesday a new tool — quicker blood draws — to help crack down on drunken motorists."
none Quinn announces clemency decisions
none"“This action marks another step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at eliminating a backlog of more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration,” Quinn said in a press release."
none DuPage County adds weapon to arsenal in fight against drunk drivers
none"DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced a new plan Tuesday that will have phlebotomists on call 24/7 to drive to a police station within an hour to draw the blood of any suspected drunk driver who passes on a Breathalyzer test and demands a blood test."
none DuPage County forest district,  CN railroad agree to land use plan
none"Known as the Munger Connection by the railroad, CN will use it for staging of material and equipment as the railroad works to improve tracks on its own property. Additional area is provided for compensatory storage and wetland creation... Upon completion, CN will not only restore the site, but will perform wetland mitigation and habitat improvements."
none German churches, union both claim victory in strike case - Reuters
nonenone"The two churches, with a combined total of about 1.3 million staff in schools, hospitals and social services, are effectively the largest employer in Germany after the public sector.  The German constitution guarantees them freedom to manage their internal affairs, which they have used to bar strikes in their ranks and favour mediation of wage disputes, a method they say is more compatible with Christian teaching."
none 'Jesus Of Nazareth:" Pope's Final Book On Jesus Claims No Animals In Manger; Virgin Birth Was Historical Truth - Huffington Post
none"The star of Bethlehem, he notes, has been convincingly identified with a major planetary conjunction that took place in the years 7-6 B.C.  Benedict also recalls that, according to the Gospels, there are no animals in the Bethlehem stable to warm the newborn Jesus. But, he adds, no Nativity scene would be complete without them."
20 Nov
Tuesday
 
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Elementary Dist 33 newsBites

  • noneConferences,Days Off
  • Thank You
  • Emergency Closing Info
  • D33 Dispatch
  • Press Releases
  • Middle School Transition Activities for 6th and 7th
  • Holiday Cheer Open House
    none"The West Chicago Public Library District will host its annual Holiday Cheer open house on Saturday, December 1, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The community is invited to join Library staff for hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies starting at 2:00."
  • Library Patrons Meet LEGO® Charity Challenge
    "The West Chicago Public Library District wishes to thank all its patrons who recently responded to the LEGO Charity Challenge, placing us in the top 200 libraries eligible to receive a donation of LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks."
  • Library Teens Host Multicultural Dinner
    none"“The multicultural dinner is held for two reasons,” said Amanda Ghobrial, Young Adult Librarian in charge of the group.  “One is to allow teens of the YA Council and Library trustees, Friends, and managers to get to know each other better.  The other is to say ‘thank you’ for all the opportunities the group gets throughout the year."
District 94 Board Meedting Meeting Agenda November 27, 2012
none"Conference Affiliation – (Roll Call) On Wednesday, November 14th, Community High School District 94 was notified by the Upstate Eight Conference that Community High School was unanimously accepted into their conference beginning with the 2013- 2014 school year. RECOMMENDED MOTION: That the Board of Education accept the Upstate Eight Conference’s invitation to become a member of the Upstate Eight Conference effective July 1, 2013."
WEST CHICAGO Turkey Classic Tournament - FB, Tim Kenney
Monday 11-19-2012 Results:
   Geneva 44, Marmion 42
   West Chicago 57, Addison Trail 52
    Lake Zurich 59, Chicago-King 47
  • Toys for Tots
    none"Snoneponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, this program attempts to send a message of hope to children in the community who are less fortunate, a message that will help them become more responsible and productive as they grow up. This message of hope comes in the form of a new toy at Christmas time."
  • Mr. Beasley's Christmas Party
    none"In time for the holiday season, Gallery Theater, with performances at Gallery 200/STUDIO in downtown West Chicago, presents Mr. Beasley’s Christmas Party, a charming adaptation of an early 20th Century Booth Tarkington story that will delight and entertain the entire family..."
  • Gingerbread House Contest
    none"The City of West Chicago, in partnership with the West Chicago Public Library District and community volunteers, is sponsoring a Gingerbread House Contest in conjunction with this year’s Frosty Fest activities."
  • Holiday Light Recycling
    none"To make recycling easier, the City of West Chicago will offer free holiday light recycling beginning November 23, 2012. Strands of incandescent and LED holiday lights, and household extension cords in any condition, may be dropped off at the locations listed below during normal business hours."
  • Two New Communication Tools
    "Two upgrades in communication channels between the City of West Chicago and its residents, businesses and visitors have recently launched."
none DuPage alternative sentencing program spared budget ax
none"But on Tuesday morning, Zaruba told county board members he is willing to continue SWAP as long as he only has to reduce his sworn staff by two. He then would eliminate six civilian staff positions to reduce the department’s authorized head count to 530.  “I am asking for flexibility in implementing those reductions,” Zaruba said to members of the county board’s judicial and public safety committee."
  • DuPage forest preserve contractor denies charges in contract-rigging scandal
    none"The first of three men charged in a contract-rigging scandal at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District pleaded not guilty Monday, and his attorney said he plans to fight the charges.  Arif Mahmood, 37, of Glendale Heights, was indicted earlier this month on 37 felony counts, including conspiracy, theft and accepting kickbacks. He was arraigned before DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell."
  • Former officials plead not guilty to kickback scheme at DuPage forest preserve
    none"Two former administrators accused in a $150,000 kickback scheme at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District formally pleaded not guilty Tuesday.  Mark McDonald, 52, of Wheaton, and David Tepper, 49, of River Forest, were arraigned on 140 counts each of theft, conspiracy, accepting kickbacks and official misconduct, among other charges."
Candidate filing opens for February primaries
none"The filing period for most candidates in the April 9 election runs from Dec. 17 to Dec. 24. Election officials agree that the number of candidates expected to emerge during that week will be enormous.  With more than 7,000 units of local government in Illinois, Tenuto said, “that creates a lot of races.”"
none Illinois tollway to deliver traffic info via Twitter
none"The tollway is warning, however, that Tollway Trip Tweets are an informational service that should be used by customers only when they are not operating a vehicle, and that it is against the law to email, text or tweet while driving in Illinois."
none State awards new health insurance contracts
none"Awarding the contracts essentially resolves a controversy that erupted in 2011 when the state rebid health insurance contracts and did not select Health Alliance or Humana, two longtime providers of state health insurance to thousands of employees and retirees."
Reaction to Illinois governor's pension site varies
none"Featuring a cartoon snake named "Squeezy" and photos of adorable children, Gov. Pat Quinn's new online campaign to get Illinoisans excited about pension reform quickly inspired mock Web pages and criticism from unions, lawmakers and the Twitterverse."
none Tea Party movement evaporates in Will County
"Also in 2010, hundreds attended the Tea Party’s “Crunch Time” event at the Homer Megaplex featuring Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell... But in recent years, the movement’s popularity plummeted, he acknowledged, and the group’s membership was painted as racist “wingnuts.”"
none AARP Members Oppose Cuts to Medicare/Medicaid - AFL-CIO
none"A powerful ally has joined in the fight to protect Medicare and Medicaid benefits. AARP President A. Barry Rand wrote a strongly worded letter to President Obama and Congress, stating that the organization's membership overwhelmingly opposes benefit cuts to Medicare or Medicaid as part of any deal to lower the deficit by the end of the year"
none Advocates: State could OK gay marriage - SJR
"Emboldened by recent victories at the polls and what they see as rapidly shifting attitudes in favor of gay rights, supporters say Illinois is ready to become the next state to allow same-sex marriage — though they acknowledge it won't be easy."
none Our Story in 1 Minute - Melody Sheep
17&18 Nov
The WeekEnd
 
none This Week in West Chicago
19  4pm» Gamers’ Haven
       7pm» City Council Meeting
20  4pm» Tween Advisory Council Meeting
       6pm» Young Adult Advisory Council Meeting
       7pm» District 94 School Board
22  7pm» City Finance Com
       7pm» Knit Night
24  10am» Daddy & Me
Save the Wiant House.Org
noneKruse House"The house was acquired by the City of West Chicago through foreclosure in 2011, and stands (in the Turner Historic District) on the site  of the City's Downtown Redevelopment Project which failed to pass in the 2012 referendum. Several other buildings on this site from the same time period, though not considered historically significant due to modifications over the years, have been similarly acquired by the City, and subsequently demolished."
Outstanding Students of the 1st Quarter 2012
none"Each grading period teachers at West Chicago Middle School nominate students to receive the “Outstanding Student of the Quarter” award. Each team of teachers is encouraged to nominate up to four students per quarter. Exploratory and PE teachers are also invited to select students from their classes to receive awards."
West Chicago After Prom fundraising event - West Chicago After Prom
none"Anonell students, families and friends are invited To participate in an event on Wednesday November 21st 2012.  Everyone is invited to gather at Buffalo Wild Wings (140 S Gary Ave, Bloomingdale.)  For lunch, dinner or a snack. On this day, 10% of all food purchases accompanied by the certificate in the link below will be donated to West Chicago After Prom."
Oakwood Cemetery Commemorative Ornament Available
none"Don't forget to stop by the City Museum or City Hall to purchase the 2012 commemorative ornament featuring Oakwood Cemetery. This colorful ornament is available for $8. With the purchase of the ornament, you receive a brochure highlighting all the ornaments in the series."
new ornament - Becky Hall
none"The new ornament is on sale at the West Chicago City Museum – this year’s is of the old gate that used to frame the entrance to the Oakwood Cemetery.
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  • Winfield advisory vote doesn’t end police debate
    none"Winfield residents last week overwhelmingly supported an advisory ballot question calling on the village to keep its police department.  But a day after the vote, some Winfield officials already were meeting with the DuPage County sheriff’s office to discuss a proposal to have the sheriff take over police protection in the village."
  • Plan to disband Winfield Police Department dropped
    "Winfield Trustee Tim Allen said he was notified Wednesday by the sheriff’s office that it’s not interested in participating in the outsourcing proposal, which village officials were considering to raise money to fix the town’s deteriorating streets."
none Advocacy group urges feds to block DCFS program cuts
"The 17-page complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cites Tribune reporting of DCFS' clogged hotline, staggering worker caseloads, troubling child-abuse deaths and overdue investigations.  The newspaper also found that state cuts to the struggling agency's budget meant 1,500 fewer families would be eligible to participate in DCFS' intact family services program. That would represent a 33 percent reduction in the number of families offered the service, which critics argue will result in higher foster care rolls."
Fiscal cliff could cost Illinois more than $1 billion
none"But it's possible the backlog could grow even larger if the fiscal cliff is reached, according to revenue officials, who say the state could lose $1 billion. That's because federal tax increases that would automatically go into effect would send a ripple through the state's economy, leaving less money for people to spend and resulting in less tax revenue for the state.  Such a loss could be detrimental to the state's already shaky financial situation, and the $1 billion estimate does not even include federal budget cuts that could mean less money from Washington for a variety of state agencies."
none Inspector: Hiring law broken at state agency
none"Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza's report found 10 abuses of hiring rules involving four current and past employees, as well as the agency itself, finding that no one at DCEO "is conducting even a cursory review of the qualifications of appointees to determine whether they meet the minimum requirements.""
Appeals court ruling keeps prisons open — for now
none"Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close prisons remains in limbo after a state appeals court this week denied his administration's request to dissolve a temporary restraining order and injunction that prevent him from carrying out the closures. The governor's office said it would immediately appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court."
   
none Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends -Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
"Only in the later part of the 1990s did this picture improve modestly, as persistent low unemployment, an increase in the minimum wage, and rapid productivity growth fueled real wage gains at the bottom and middle of the income scale.  Yet those few years of more broadly shared growth were insufficient to counteract the decades-long pattern of growing inequality"
none Woman admits stealing money from DuPage group home residents - Chicago Tribune
"The controversial ads unveiled on the back of 10 CTA buses Wednesday read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.” They conclude with the words, “Support Copts. Defeat Jihad,” referring to friction between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Egypt."
none 500,000 Votes Uncounted in AZ, Many Hispanics Directed to Cast Provisional Ballots in Phoenix - Brad Blog
none"... here at The BRAD BLOG we've yet to have time to cover what's going on in Arizona --- most acutely in Maricopa County (Phoenix) --- where some half a million ballots remain untallied a week after the election when many Hispanic voters who thought they were registered to vote, were directed to cast a provisional ballot instead...for some reason."
15 Nov
Thursday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 15 Nov 2012
  • Brief Synopsis of City Council Meeting
  • Search for a Superintendent
  • “Adopt-A-Sailor” Program
  • Annual Christmas Sale & Luncheon
  • Puente del Pueblo, Bridge of the People
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  • Superintendent Search Survey
    none"The Board of Education of Community High School District 94 invites you to complete a survey to assist with our current Superintendent Search. This survey will be open from November 14 to November 23, 2012.  The survey is open to Parents, Community Members, Students and Staff. All are encouraged to participate in the survey."
  • Reminder: Invitation to Focus Group and Survey
    "As you may be aware, the Board of Education of Community High School has engaged the search firm of BWP and Associates to assist in our search for a Superintendent to replace Mr. Lalo Ponce, who will be retiring at the end of June, 2013."
Craft Sale - FB, Melissa Garcia
none"My church is having a craft sale tomorrow from 9am- 2pm. I will be there selling some genuine alpaca scarves, ponchos, and other handicrafts made in Bolivia. All the proceeds will benefit the Amanecer Foundation, where I worked for 2 years with at-risk street kids.
  Trinity Lutheran Church
  331 George Street, West Chicago
  (Corner of Sherman and George)"
  • Athletic Conference Update
    none"On Wednesday, November 14th, Community High School District 94 was notified by the Upstate Eight that we were unanimously accepted into their conference beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. The Board of Education of District 94 will formally act upon the Upstate Eight’s invitation to join them at the November 27th school board meeting."
  • Wildcat Booster Club -- Help Wanted
    "The Spirit Wear Committee of The Wildcat Booster Club is looking for volunteers to work any shifts between the hours of 2pm-8pm on Saturday, November 24th during the Holiday Boutique that will be held at the High School during the Basketball Tournament.  Even if you only have an hour to spare, we can use your help!   Please send your name, times you can work and contact information to Vicki Berzynski at vberzynski@simplexgrinnell.com ."
Library Celebrates Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos
none"Thnoneis special celebration, honoring the deceased, included sugar skull decorating, bracelet making, face painting, and stories about this special holiday. Cortez Bakery of West Chicago was also on hand to demonstrate the making of the pan de muerto (“bread of dead”), bringing samples for all to try."
Leaf-raking Success: Thank you to all volunteers!
none"This past Saturday, over 30 yards were raked by hard-working volunteers for grateful senior citizens in the community unable to tackle the job themselves. The effort was amazing, and a brief slide-show of pictures showing volunteers in action may be found here."
Reminders for Safety of Small Pets
none"Coyote sightings in West Chicago have caused concern among some members of the community prompting the City of West Chicago to provide an information source intended to educate the public."
none Election causes major shifts in DuPage forest district
none"Pierotti said the district does not plan to renew its contract with public affairs firm Reverse Spin. Commissioners voted to sign a one-year, $40,000 contract with the firm last year, saying it would supplement the public affairs staff.  Some residents spoke against the contract because the firm is co-owned by Dan Curry, a former political consultant for Republicans, including former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan and former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald.
Editorial: Commitment key to education reform
none"That — as a state and nation that have regularly bounced from one education reform to another over the past three decades know only too well — is easier said than done. But there could be reason for hope this time, if the state, its teachers and its families are willing to stick to some specific commitments."
none DuPage Forest District to see leadership changes
none"With a decision looming about hiring a new executive director and terminating a contract with an outside political consulting firm, the DuPage County Forest Preserve District has some upcoming leadership changes on the horizon.  Now, after this month's elections, it can add significant board turnover to that list. On Nov. 6, three new commissioners won election, giving the board its biggest turnover since it separated from the DuPage County Board in 2002."
none Durbin re-elected Senate assistant majority leader
none"U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Springfield was reelected as the Senate's assistant majority eader today and will remain the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate."
Cullerton rejects business group's position on pensions
none"Cullerton said Republicans have blocked Democrats' plan to reduce pension benefits and shift some costs to local schools and measures the Civic Committee has supported are unconstitutional."
none State warns used car buyers of vehicles damaged by Sandy
"White is requiring applicants for those titles to submit a Hurricane Disclosure Statement to obtain a clean Illinois title. The statement must be signed by the registered owner of the vehicle and the insurance agent at the time of the storm. Any applicant unable or unwilling to supply the form will receive an Illinois Flood title only.  Reports indicate that as many as 250,000 vehicles may be affected by the hurricane’s flood waters, the release said."
Patch.com Small Pet Safety Advised After Coyote Sighting
none"Coyote sightings have prompted officials in neighboring West Chicago to start a public education campaign to alleviate concerns among some residents of the city and give them the information they need to better protect their small pets."
none At rally, seniors plead, ‘Don’t cut Social Security’ - Fox Valley Labor News
"In conjunction with the AFL-CIO, concerned retirees and union members rallied at Aurora’s Illinois Social Security Administration Nov. 8 to protest the cutting of Social Security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid and to end the George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the richest 2 percent — at a cost of $ 1 trillion over 10 years."
none Christianity struggling to return to eastern Turkey - DW
"The controversy comes as Christians had started returning to the area, helping to rejuvenate the region including the main town of Midyat. The overwhelming majority fled to Europe and the US during the 1980s and 1990s at the height of the conflict between the state and Kurdish rebel group PKK."
none Occupy debt-relief campaign buys $100,000 worth of debt - Raw Story
none"“We are buying debt that is being sold on the secondary market for pennies on the dollar,” Gokey said in a conference call. “We are doing it in exactly the same way that [debt collectors] do it, with one big difference: we are abolishing the debt as we buy it.”"
Karl Rove Loses Election After Being Checkmated By Cyber Sleuths - Occupy For Accountability
none"According to various sources, however, ORCA totally failed on Election Day: PIN numbers and passwords did not work, reset tools failed, customer support was ineffective and unavailable, Comcast shut down access for fear of a DDOS attack, and the system crashed and had trouble re-booting. “At one point during Election Day, the system had malfunctioned so badly that desperate volunteers wondered if the program had been hacked.”"
13 Nov
Tuesday
 
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  • District 94 Gives School Board Members Heartfelt Thanks
    none"November 15, 2012, has been designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois, and Community High School District 94 is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools."
  • Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program
    none"The principal, Dr. Moses Cheng, of Community High School District 94 announced today that Timothy J Linhardt of Winfield and Samuel A Rylowicz of Winfield have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program."
Timber Lake Fire Victims: Help and Support Update
none"A devastating fire at the Timber Lake Apartments in West Chicago on Sunday, November 4, left twenty-four households without their possessions or a place to live. Wheaton Bible Church and Iglesia del Pueblo are helping to resettle all twenty-four households in one- and two-bedroom apartments as quickly as possible."
Trap-Neuter-Return Program Effective for Feral and Stray Cats
none"Homeowners facing the problem of unwanted or abandoned cats wandering the neighborhood in search of food and shelter may receive help from the not-for-profit group, Feral Fixers."
Local Music Night Features Three Talented Singers/Musicians
none"Local Music Night at Gallery 200/STUDIO, scheduled for Friday, November 16, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. features three talented singers/musicians; Adam James Sorensen, Rita Ruby and Roger Kotecki."
none Election causes major shifts in DuPage forest district
none"“Her heart [Shannon Burns] and soul is in the best interest of the forest preserve and the quality of life in DuPage County,” Pierotti said. “This election season got ugly sometimes, but she distanced herself from the negative rhetoric. And when she had suggestions for improvement, they were not without merit.”"
Why 1 in 4 chose to vote before Election Day
none"Despite the growing popularity of early voting, studies have shown that it has not increased actual voter turnout, Streb and Lewis said.  Streb said that no matter how convenient, you can’t make a person vote, and some people are either apathetic or disenchanted with the entire process."
none Next few weeks could determine future of FutureGen
none"Big decisions are coming in the next few weeks for FutureGen 2.0, including a federal determination on whether to continue the $1.65 billion project. Much hinges on a ruling from the state on a plan that would require utilities to buy electricity to be produced by a converted coal-fired power plant on the Illinois River at Meredosia."
none CEO Hands Out Raises, Not Pink Slips, After Obama Win
none"“It was not a political ploy,” he told CNBC. “I never said I was going to fire anyone if President Obama was re-elected. What I said was that iF his policies caused the company to cease making money, to cease expanding, I’ll most likely have to lay off people down the road. Time will tell.”"
none Uganda to officially pass ‘Kill The Gays’ bill - Gay Star News
none"‘Aggravated homosexuality’ is defined as gay acts committed by parents or authority figures, HIV-positive people, pedophiles and repeat offenders. If convicted, they will face the death penalty.  The ‘offense of homosexuality’ includes same-sex sexual acts or being in a gay relationship, and will be prosecuted by life imprisonment."
none Teacher accused of turning student into lesbian - SunSentinel
none"The parents told investigators they were upset that Hibbs had not told them about their daughter's orientation. They accused her of possibly contributing to their daughter being gay and believed Hibbs had told the girl to not come home."
10&11 Nov
WeekEnd
 
none This Week in West Chicago
12  4pm» Gamers’ Haven
       7pm» Between the Lines
       7pm» City Development Com
13  5pm» Arts & Crafts Crew
14  10am» Homeschool Connections
       4pm» Artastic Adventures
15  6pm» Anime and Manga Group
       7pm» District 33 School Board
       7pm» Knit Night
16  10am» Pattycake Place
       7pm» Local Music Night
17  10am» ESL Conversation Group
       1pm» NaNoWriMo Mid-way Party
District 94 Board Meeting Agenda November 13, 2012
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District 33 NewsBites

  • noneConferences
  • D33 Dispatch
  • Board Members Day
  • Free Flu Vaccine
Leaf Raking for Seniors - FB, Jesse Felix
  • "Just completed leaf raking for seniors with the guys. As usual, our parkie side came out and we did not rake....we blow. Some yards completed in less than 20 minutes as the our friends the boy scouts helped bag what we blew. Great team effort as 35 yards were completed before 10:30am.
  • "I should give credit to Tony Quarto who organized the raking event. Great job Tony O!!!"
none West Chicago man charged with molesting neighbor girls
"Jose Guerrero, 47, was being held in the DuPage County jail Wednesday on $750,000 bail. He faces charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child.  Authorities said Guerrero used candy to repeatedly lure two neighbor  girls, ages 7 and 8, into his home over the summer. He is accused of molesting both children and taking nude photos of them."
DuPage Election Commission, public relations firm part ways
none"The parting came as the bipartisan panel that oversees the election agency was poised to decide whether Reverse Spin should receive a one-year, $36,000 professional services contract. Reverse Spin was being paid $3,000 a month by the commission but didn’t have a contract."
Only 11 votes separate 2 DuPage board candidates
none"“I am currently reviewing all my options with my attorney,” the Democrat wrote in an email on Wednesday.  Grasso says he can’t blame her because unofficial results show him with 33,286 votes and Bryant with 33,275 votes.  The next closest county board race was in District 2, where Sean Noonan of Elmhurst defeated fellow Republican Elaine Zannis of Oak Brook by 90 votes, according to unofficial results."
[Remember this the next time someone tells you that voting doesn't matter. - Bob]
GOP tries to regroup after suburbs go for Obama again
none"“We didnone put out a strong effort getting information out to people, but it's tough,” said state Rep. Randy Ramey of Carol Stream, who also serves as chairman of the Wayne Township GOP in DuPage County.  While his suburban victories weren't as commanding as they were in 2008, Obama still managed to carry Cook County and four of the collar counties. McHenry County voters were the only ones in the suburbs to rebuff the president, voting for Republican challenger Mitt Romney overwhelmingly."
none 10 Illinois counties say they want concealed carry
Dang Wabbit"Measures supporting concealed carry were on the ballot Tuesday in at least 10 mostly rural counties — Adams, Bond, Henry, McDonough, Mercer, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stephenson and Warren — and passed overwhelmingly in every one.  The votes were non-binding because local law cannot override state law. But advocates say they hope to build pressure on lawmakers to support concealed carry."
none Gov. Quinn wants pension reform by Jan. 9
none"Democrats won larger majorities in the Legislature in Tuesday's election, giving them veto-proof majorities in both the House and the Senate. That could reduce the governor's role in negotiations, but Quinn said he's not concerned about that."
   
   
none Union: Geneva teachers set to strike Monday - Chicago Tribune
none"The far west suburban district has been planning for a strike since teachers filed their intent to strike notice two weeks ago. School buildings will remain open if there is a strike with non-union staff and substitute teachers, but students will not be required to attend. Activities will include journaling, gym time, crafts and other “age appropriate activities,” according to the district’s website, where more information was available."
AFSCME planning demonstrations to boost pace of contract talks - SJ-R
none"The demonstrations are intended to show the administration that AFSCME members will not accept the kinds of contract concessions being demanded by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration."
none Christian Conservatives Failed to Sway Voters - NY T
imes
none"It is not as though they did not put up a fight; they went all out as never before: The Rev. Billy Graham dropped any pretense of nonpartisanship and all but endorsed Mitt Romney for president. Roman Catholic bishops denounced President Obama’s policies as a threat to life, religious liberty and the traditional nuclear family. Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition distributed more voter guides in churches and contacted more homes by mail and phone than ever before."
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  • Food Stamp Usage Across the Country - NY Times
    hypo-crat"The number of food stamp recipients has climbed by about 10 million over the past two years, resulting in a program that now feeds 1 in 8 Americans and nearly 1 in 4 children."
  • Republican-Heavy Counties Eat Up Most Food-Stamp Growth - Bloomberg
    none"Seventy percent of counties with the fastest-growth in food-stamp aid during the last four years voted for the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data compiled by Bloomberg."
Denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country too. - NY Magazine
"Yet today most Americans do see themselves as entitled to their own facts, with one of our two major political parties setting a powerful example. For all the hand-wringing about Washington’s chronic dysfunction and lack of bipartisanship, it may be the wholesale denial of reality by the opposition and its fellow travelers that is the biggest obstacle to our country moving forward under a much-empowered Barack Obama in his second term. If truth can’t command a mandate, no one can."
08 Nov
Thur
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 08 Nov 2012
  • Community Veterans Day Service
  • Resource Fair for students and adults with special needs
  • Women’s Ministry of Water’s Edge Bible Church - Annual Christmas Tea
  • Honor Flight Chicago - George Tugana and former Alderman Gene Wind
none District 94 Support Staff Negotiations Update
none"The Community High School District 94 Board of Education remains in negotiations with the West Chicago High School Support Staff Association (the Association)... In response to the Association’s request for federal mediation, the parties’ next session will include a mediator. The next discussions are scheduled for late November."
District 33 Give School Board Members Heartfelt Thanks
none"Thursday, November 15, 2012, has been designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois, and West Chicago Elementary School District 33 is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools."
Invitation to Focus Group
none"As you may be aware, the Board of Education of Community High School has engaged the search firm of BWP and Associates to assist in our search for a Superintendent to replace Mr. Lalo Ponce, who will be retiring at the end of June, 2013."
Adopt-A-Sailor Program
none"WeGo Drama at Community High School, in conjunction with their performances of the military drama, A Few Good Men, is running an Adopt-A-Sailor program. Theater students were inspired to pay it forward to the U.S. Armed Forces after working on the play and receiving a generous donation of military uniforms from Great Lakes Naval Base’s Thrift Shop."
Who Let the Cats Out? Meowin’ at Midnight
none"Everyone is invited to come on down and help kick off the basketball season, with Community High School’s version of the popular Midnight Madness on Wednesday evening, November 14th, beginning at 7:00pm in Bishop Gym."

Energy Saving Program for Local Businesses
none"The City of West Chicago would like to share information about the Clean Air Counts Energy Saving Program with its small business community. The following was provided by Program Manager Craig Schuttenberg: "

Electrical Service Warning - FB, Pamela Fenner
"Can everyone please share this. With the electrical referendum passing, residents and small businesses should beware of power companies soliciting people to sign on. For aggregation you WILL NOT have to sign anything. Please don't let door-to-door sales or phone sales make you believe you have to sign on with them. Do not share your account# with any of them. If you have any questions please call the Village"
none DuPage's youngest board member promises 'new voice'
none"Chnoneaplin and Nowak already plan to follow Michelassi's example by opting out of the county's pension program.  Nowak said she also believes DuPage board members should justify their $50,000-a-year salary and benefits. She said she plans to document how she spends her time as a board member and post that information online.  “I would like to let people know what I'm doing and keep them in the loop as much as possible,” Nowak said. “I want to show that I am involved.”"
West Chicago man charged with molesting neighbor girls
none"Authorities said Guerrero used candy to repeatedly lure two neighbor girls, ages 7 and 8, into his home over the summer. He is accused of molesting both children and taking nude photos of them. Prosecutors said the photos were found on a camera recovered from a boiler room at Guerrero’s apartment building on the 300 block of Clayton Street."
Democrats take all three targeted House seats; GOP eyes governor’s race
none"The suburbs, which saw booming growth over the last decade, were the prime meat in the proverbial fattened calf — filleted to produce congressional districts that would help assure a Democratic majority in the state’s delegation over the next 10 years.  “The map is what it is,” Brady said. “We can’t complain about the map.”"
none West Chicago OKs tax increase for recreation center
none""We're very appreciative and happy for the support of the community for this project," Major said Wednesday. He added that the park district currently owns no indoor space, and that this approved venture offers a "new era" for the park district.  According to unofficial results, 51.3 percent of voters said "yes" to the borrowing plan, with 48.7 percent voting against it out of a total of 10,080 votes cast."
none New Democrats may be on edge from the start
none""I know there are wonderful people on both sides of the aisle who want to get to work," said Duckworth, who will represent the northwest suburban 8th District. "I'm going to find those people, and I'm going to say, 'Hey, let's get together, let's do this because it's about this nation, and it's so much bigger than any one of us.'""
Illinois pension benefit amendment likely fails
"With about 90 percent of the vote reported on Wednesday morning the proposed amendment had support from 56 percent of Illinoisans who voted on the measure. But that fell short of the two criteria needed for passage.  The measure needed a favorable vote from either three-fifths of those voting on the measure, or 50 percent of the total number of votes cast in Tuesday's election."
Patch.com

Aggravated Assault, Underage Drinking, Theft: Police Blotter

  • none"Police charged Isidro Argueta-Vega, 31, of West Chicago with driving without a license. "
  • "Police issued a local ordinance citation of retail theft to Eraclio Villa, 18, of West Chicago. Villa, charged with stealing clothes in the 400 block of County Farm Road around 6:30 p.m., was released on the scene. "
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none Best time for flu shot: Now, health officials say
"“We need to stay ahead of the curve,” said Carol Finley, the Springfield-based assistant chief of the immunization section at the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Influenza vaccine takes take about two weeks to produce antibodies that protect against influenza, an upper-respiratory infection different from stomach flu."
none Churches force Malawi to change tune on anti-gay law - Reuters
none"Homosexuality is illegal in 36 African nations, and Malawi's anti-gay laws have caused friction with Western donors, whose assistance is crucial to propping up the economy of the impoverished southern African nation.  Justice ministry sources told Reuters pressure from the Malawi Council of Churches, a group of 24 influential Protestant churches, and the Law Society had forced the U-turn."
none Veterans Food Drive - Illinois Veterans Foundation
"Thousands of Veterans live close by us and struggle everyday to provide food for themselves or their family every day - along with teaming up with many supporters and sponsors we will be reaching out to feed as many of Illinois Veterans in need as possible,
Poll: Democratic Demographics Faced Significantly Longer Voting Lines - TPM
none"A Hart Research study sponsored by the AFL-CIO found wait times were disproportionately longer for Democrats and Democratic-leaning demographics by huge magins in 2012. For example, 16 percent of Obama voters reporter lines longer than 30 minutes, versus just 9 percent of Romney voters."
   
 
DuPage County Election Results
(Caution, these are DuPage ONLY and do NOT include votes in other counties.  For example, Hultgren won based on Kane Conty votes. - Bob)
 
WEST CHICAGO PARK PROP BONDS  
  Yes 5170 51.29%  
  No 4910 48.71%  
WEST CHICAGO PROP ELECTRICITY  
  Yes 3787 55.24%  
  No 3069 44.76%  
Pres-Vice Pres  
  Barack Obama D 197411 49.57%
  Mitt Romney R 193333 48.54%
  Gary Johnson L 4450 1.12%
  Jill Stein G 1979 0.50%
Con 06 Dist Rep
Leslie Coolidge D 70118 40.98%
  Peter J. Roskam R 100982 59.02%
Con 08 Dist Rep
  Tammy Duckworth D 46438 52.38%
  Joe Walsh R 42223 47.62%
Con 11 Dist Rep
  Bill Foster D 46574 51.69%
  Judy Biggert R 43288 48.04%
Con 14 Dist Rep
  Dennis Anderson D 3468 50.14%
  Randy M. Hultgren R 3449 49.86%
Sen 23
  Thomas E. Cullerton D 39025 51.33%
  Carole Pankau R 37008 48.67%
Sen 25
  Corinne M. Pierog D 6220 46.88%
  Jim Oberweis R 7047 53.12%
Ctybd 6
  Lauren Nowak D 26032 17.40%
  Dirk Enger D 23232 15.53%
  Dave Barry D 20278 13.56%
  Robert L. Larsen R 27804 18.59%
  James F. Zay R 27708 18.52%
  Kevin R. Wiley R 24541 16.40%
Fpdist 6
  Shannon M. Burns D 28714 50.52%
  Al Murphy R 28118 49.48%
   
06 Nov
Tuesday
ELECTION DAY ... REMEMBER TO VOTE!!!!
none JOINT CRISIS COMMITTEE FORMED
none"Cononemmunity High School District 94’s Support Staff Association and Teachers’ Association have formed a Joint Crisis Committee to work together in addressing issues in current and upcoming contract negotiations. The members of these associations believe reaching reasonable and affordable agreements on the issues in question is key to maintaining and improving the quality of education offered by the school."

District 33 NewsBites

  • noneNo School
  • D33 Dispatch
  • Press Releases
All Requested Items Received for D33 Familie - Victims of Fire
none"Puente del Pueblo, the Wheaton Bible Church ministry at the Timber Lake apartments, has informed District 33 and the community, that enough essentials have been provided for every family right now from the amazing outpouring of donations."
Pioneer School Students Celebrate GIS Day
none"Innone the United States, the geography education community celebrates Geography Awareness Week in the third week of November. Established by presidential proclamation in 1987, Geography Awareness Week is an opportunity to build awareness of the importance of geography education for our modern world."
CHS Students Cast Votes in Mock Election
none"Over 600 Community High School students voluntarily voted in a mock election held at the school on Wednesday, October 3rd . Sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the DuPage Election Commission, the mock election gave students the opportunity to vote for President, Vice President, 14th District U.S. Representative, and the ballot question of whether or not a person could hold more than one elected office at a time."
Students Grade Presidential Candidates during Debates
none"Community High School students were among the two hundred students who attended a Debate Watching Party at Wheaton North High School earlier this month. While watching the first Presidential debate, Wildcat students graded the candidates on their responses to the issues and their overall debate presentation."
Tickets Now on Sale for CHS Foundation’s December 8th Holiday Event
none"Tickets are now on sale for the Community High School Education Foundation’s Holiday Sing-A-Long fun and fundraising event.  The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 8th, at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 Illinois 59, West Chicago, IL."
PeaceBuilder of October 2012
none"Katie Krone is currently a senior at Community High School. Katie received the PeaceBuilder Award for assisting others, her great attitude towards school, and her desire to improve the atmosphere around her. She is to be recognized and commended for her work here at WeGo."
Union Pacific Railroad Cancels Closure of Washnington Street Track
none"The Union Pacific Railroad has canceled the maintenance work that would have closed Washington Street at the railroad tracks this weekend, November 9 - 13, 2012, due to extenuating circumstances."
Roadway Safety Campaign in West Chicago
none"The West Chicago Police Department announced that Campaign #5 of the Illinois Department of Transportation funded grant was successful in educating the motoring public on child restraint, seatbelt, speeding, and alcohol related violations."
Help Victims of Timber Lake Fire
none"A fire yesterday morning at the site of the Wheaton Bible Church's (WBC) Puente del Pueblo initiative, Timber Lake Apartments, severely damaged a whole building forcing the evacuation of twenty-three families."
Local Connection to the War of 1812
none"The public is invited to attend the West Chicago Historical Society's Annual Meeting, on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wayne and Helen Fox Community Center, located at 306 Main Street in downtown West Chicago. "
Reminder - FB, Al Murphy
Al Murphynone"Today is Election Day! Vote Al Murphy Today!!! Thank you again for all of your support o ver the past year."
none Early voting might mean short lines at the polls today
none"Among their other tips to help today go smoothly: Go to the polls before about 4 p.m., when it’s less crowded. And check where your polling place is, even if you think you know it already. Voters who cast ballots only in presidential years might be surprised to find the location has changed."

Need to find your polling place? Report a problem?

  • noneFind your polling place: DuPage County
  • problem voting or see evidence of fraud: DuPage: 630-407-5600
Wheaton Academy earns fourth place at state
none"Wheaton Academy turned a difficult start of the season into a berth in this weekend’s Class 2A finals.  The Warriors fell behind 2-0 Saturday, scored a late goal to cut the deficit in half, but were unable to tally the equalizer over the final 15 minutes. They finished their historic season with a 2-1 loss and a fourth-place trophy."
none Chicago woman's presidential ballot: Lincoln or Douglas?
none"Edwards, 25, did a double-take when she looked at the optical scan ballot handed her by an election judge and the choices for president were Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, not Barack Obama and Mitt Romney."
none Illinois moves ahead on health insurance exchange
none"By 2014, each state must have a working exchange where people and small businesses can comparison shop online for commercial health plans based on quality and cost. The concept has been described as Travelocity for health insurance, and it’s intended to make buying insurance simpler and more affordable."
none Man Missing Nearly 6 Years, Clear Channel Donates 14 Billboards As Reminder
""“I just asked for a billboard and I honestly didn’t think they would do it because it was a huge request. And John’s case is getting pretty old,” McNeil said. “But I thought it couldn’t hurt to ask.”And Clear Channel Outdoor advertising is donating not one but 14 digital billboards.“Which just blows my mind,” she said."
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WHAT'S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 1 Nov 2012

  • THE ROMNEY TAPE: AM I TOO OLD TO ENLIST IN THE CLASS WAR?
  • THE REPUBLICAN STRATEGY: EVERYONE AGREES IT WORKS – SO FAR.
  • SCIENCE ADVICE: NEAL LANE COMMENTS ON THE KEY TO GROWTH.
 
none Election Protection Alert: Election Board Finds True the Vote in Ohio Not So True - AFL-CIO
none"Today, when you get to your polling place, if you are challenged or you have problems, ask a poll worker first. If he or she can't help you, ask to speak with a chief election official. And if that fails, call the AFL-CIO’s voter protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) and our rapid response legal team will go into action to address and solve the problems."
none Press Release: Religion-driven IT Will Generate More Than $40 Billion In Software And Service Opportunities By 2017 - Gartner
none"“Religion-based banking, equity trading, mutual funds, financial services and so forth (including Islamic banking, takaful insurance and the Dharma Global Index) require new applications, products and heavy software customization, thus creating a role for religion domain experts. The number of people visiting religious places (such as temples and shrines during hajj and other religious pilgrimages/tours) is growing and hence increasing the need for religious bodies to attain automation through IT to provide safe, secure and faster religious services,” said Mr. Raina."
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03&04 Nov
The WeekEnd
 
none WegoNews Endorses O'Bama
noneMy Republican friends will no longer believe a word Dems and Independents tell them.  So, based on the words of fellow Republicans at the above link, I urge all of you to vote for Barrack O'Bama and those who will compromise with him. - Bob
This Week in West Chicago
05  7pm» City Council Meeting
06  7pm» District 94 School Board
07  7pm» Thomas Jefferson, in Person
08  7pm» Knit Night
10  9:30am» Watercolor Class (Painting with Water)
"From WeGo to the Real World" FBLA/Chamber Event - FB, Ruben Pineda none"Mary Randle Oh, my! I miss these events... So glad to see the Chamber still involved with the high school."
none"Most of us probably already know who we're going to vote for in the Presidential election on Tuesday. But, there are so many other issues and races being decided that day, too.
If you're wondering what to do with that extra hour you've got today, here's a link to the DuPage County Election Commission, where you can download a sample ballot for your polling place & see what other decisions you'll be asked to weigh in on when voting on Nov 6."
Reminder - FB, Al Murphy
Al Murphy"Today is the last day to early vote!"
none West Chicago apartment fire leaves residents homeless
none"Effornonets to secure clothing and furniture donations are already under way for residents, most of whom do not have renter’s insurance, Mueller added.  He had high praise for the responsiveness of the fire department and other city officials, including acting Mayor Ruben Pineda and Police Chief Laz Perez who came to the scene immediately on what should have been their days off."
Circuit Clerk candidates differ over management styles
none"The Carol Stream Democrat faces off Tuesday against incumbent Republican Chris Kachiroubas of Elmhurst, who contends he is already saving the public $400,000 a year and denies being overrun with managers."
none Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk participates in Willis Tower stair climb
none"Wearing a brace on his left leg, Kirk climbed the stairs while holding onto the railing. His progress was monitored by a physical therapist, but the therapist said Kirk did not need any assistance.  The 53-year-old has been releasing videos on his progress, including footage of his working with therapists and climbing stairs. He continues to undergo rehabilitation."
none Millions awarded for U of I research center
"A research center that will be based at the University of Illinois has been awarded $30 million over the next five years.  It’s called the SONIC center and will focus on building complicated systems out of next-generation circuit technology."
none Illinois not all Obama territory
none"Other recent tallies by the polling firm, an independent subsidiary of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, show that President Barack Obama’s coattails may not extend into every contested congressional district in the state."
none Coyote sightings on the rise in Aurora
none"If a coyote is spotted during the daytime, people should be cautious because the animal may have become used to humans and thus more likely to attack. People approached by a coyote should yell, wave their arms, or throw something at the animal – but should never run away.  Young children should not be left unattended in areas where coyotes may live. And family pets such as dogs and cats – especially small pets – not be left unwatched while outside."
none DuPage nets $1.5 million federal mental health grant
none"Maureen McHugh, director of the DuPage County Health Department, called the four-year, $1.5 million grant “huge” in its ability to help the public health agencies assist people with low incomes in a new way. The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration money will be used to support the integrated care needed to improve the physical health of people with serious mental health challenges and addictions."
DuPage preserves to get annual 'prescription burns'
none"It said the prescription burns cannot be scheduled in advance because of safety concerns with the weather and other factors. On the morning of a controlled burn, however, the district posts signs and notifies local fire protection agencies.  Crews remain on-site throughout the process, which takes place only during daylight."
none Did Hidden Strength In The Labor Market Buoy Obama? - TPM
none"For instance: President Obama faced some brutal headlines when the August jobs report estimated that the economy created only 96,000 jobs that month. In September, that number was revised up to 142,000. Today, it was re-revised up to 192,000. Turns out the labor market in the summer was quite strong, even though BLS’ initial survey suggested otherwise."
none Beck Acts as a Bridge Between Romney and Evangelical Christians - New York Times
"“Romney has staked out issues that are aligned with evangelicals,” said Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the conservative nonprofit American Family Association. But, he added, Mr. Romney’s faith may ultimately present a problem in the voting booth. “It’s still an issue for some evangelicals and may influence their voting decision on Nov. 6,” he said. “There are a number of evangelicals who will not vote for someone who doesn’t adhere to orthodox Christianity.”"
none The 5 Most Racist Ads Of 2012 ThinkProgress
none"Economic issues dominated the 2012 election season, with candidates from both parties vying to convince voters that they are more qualified to create jobs and help the economy recover. But unfortunately, some campaigns and third-party groups strayed from policy issues and relied on racism to win over voters. Below are the top 5 racist ads of the 2012: "
Chart: Almost Every Obama Conspiracy Theory Ever - Mother Jones
none"Ever since the first-black-president-to-be appeared on the national political stage, a cottage industry of conservative conspiracy theorists has churned out bizarro, paranoid, and just plain racist effluvia—some of which has trickled into the political mainstream. Below, we've charted some of the Obama-baiters best (i.e. worst) work."
01 Nov
Thursday
 
none Around and About in West Chicago - 01 Nov 2012
  • Chamber of Commerce/Future Business Leaders of America Annual Breakfast
  • Ninth Annual Prayer Breakfast
  • Annual Fall Pancake Breakfast
  • Annual Thanksgiving Feast
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  • Conference Affiliation - Moses Cheng, Principal
    none"On Tuesday, October 31st, Community High School District 94 received a letter from the Metro Suburban Conference indicating that they have rescinded their acceptance of us into their conference. This is an unfortunate and unanticipated outcome.  We appreciate the consideration that was given to Community High School by the Metro Suburban.  The exploratory actions that have been taken thus far by Community High School were made with the long term best interests of the students and community in mind, and we will continue to focus our efforts towards achieving that goal. Sincerely, 
  • A Few Good Men
    "WeGo Drama at Community High School continues their 2012-13 Season with Aaron Sorkin’s military drama, A Few Good Men. The play tells the story of the court martial of two enlisted Marines accused of the murder of a fellow soldier. The Naval lawyers trusted with the case uncover a high-level conspiracy behind the crime, and struggle with how to “handle the truth” in the case."
  • Don't forget to make your appointment for parent-teacher conferences!
    "Community High School's Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, November 7th 5:00pm-8:00pm and Friday, November 8th 8:00am-11:00am    During those times our teachers, counselors, nurses, and social workers will be available to meet with you personally to discuss your child's progress or other matters of concern. The appointments are ten minutes long with a two minute passing period between appointments.."
  • Tana Tatnall of Literacy DuPage Addresses West Chicago Rotary
    none"In her introduction of Ms. Tatnall, Ms. Coleman, who also serves on the Literacy DuPage Board of Directors, emphasized that Literacy DuPage was seeking the Club’s assistance in recruiting much-needed volunteers for their program."
  • Haunted Forest @ the Library
    "The werewolves howled and the witch cackled as close to 500 visitors toured the Haunted Forest at the West Chicago Public Library District on Saturday, October 27. Scheduled to coincide with the Park District’s Halloween Parade and the City’s Downtown Trick-or-Treating events, little ones anxiously awaited the “spook-tacular” event hosted annually by the Library’s Youth Services Department."
Tickets Now On Sale For CHS Foundation’s Dec. 8 Holiday Event
none"Tickets are now on sale for the Community High School Education Foundation’s holiday sing-along fun and fundraising event."
Gary Elementary School Hosts Veterans Day “Wax Museum”, Luncheon and Assembly
none"Thnonee students, staff and members of the PTO at Gary Elementary School, 130 E. Forest Avenue, West Chicago, Illinois, invite veterans to attend a day of special activities in their honor as part of a Veterans Day celebration on Monday, November 12, 2012."
Union Pacific Railroad Closes Washington Street , West Chicago at Tracks For Maintenance November 9 - 13, 2012
none"Pnonelease be advised that on Friday, November 9, 2012 thru Tuesday, November 13, 2012 the Union Pacific (UP) Railroad will close Washington Street at the railroad tracks to perform track maintenance. Access across the track will not be allowed. A local detour for cars will be set up using Wood Street, Church Street, and Clara Street. Trucks will have to detour using Illinois Route 38, Illinois Route 59, and Main Street. Appropriate signage will be posted."
Negotiations at D33 - FB, Maureen Navadomskis
"WeGo 33 Parents - Did you know that our teachers have been working without a contract all year. They are meeting at the district office at 3:15p on Monday. If you can, let's all get out there & help get a conversation started so that we can put the negotiations behind us & concentrate on the kids.""
AARP Illinois - John Kruser
"Let's get local - where do the candidates stand on Utility issues in Illinois? Check out our voter guides here: http://vote.aarp.org/"
none 6 of 30 DuPage districts passing No Child Left Behind standards
none"The trend proves true in DuPage County, where these districts made adequate yearly progress on tests taken this spring: Benjamin Elementary District 25 in the Carol Stream and West Chicago area ... and Winfield Elementary District 34."
Metro Suburban rescinds invitation to West Chicago
none"“We’re not happy, and we don’t want it to look like we’re not letting them in and because of that we’re forcing them to look at the Upstate Eight,” Treiber said. “After expressing all along how happy they were to be joining the Metro Suburban, now they say they’ve found a better opportunity. If you want to look for a better opportunity, we’re going to let you.”"
Taxpayers to cover big OT costs for Dec. 24 election filing snafu
none"April elections are supposed to take place on the first Tuesday of that month, unless it conflicts with Passover. And that’s what happened this year, requiring state election officials to move the election back a week. While the state’s election law makes allowances for Passover, it does not do the same for Christmas Eve. It’s not a state holiday, though many local governments treat it as such."
none Exhibit shows children how things are made
"Lisle-based Navistar International is the local sponsor of "How People Make Things," which opened last week at the Naperville museum. Caterpillar, Inc. provided partial funding... "This specific exhibit concentrates on teaching our earliest learners the importance of STEM education. That's science, technology, engineering and math.""
none Greg Palast: Mitt Romney's Bailout Bonanza - TruthOut
none"Mitt Romney’s opposition to the auto bailout has haunted him on the campaign trail, especially in Rust Belt states like Ohio. There, in September, the Obama campaign launched television ads blasting Romney’s November 2008 New York Times op-ed, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” But Romney has done a good job of concealing, until now, the fact that he and his wife, Ann, personally gained at least $15.3 million from the bailout—and a few of Romney’s most important Wall Street donors made more than $4 billion. Their gains, and the Romneys’, were astronomical—more than 3,000 percent on their investment."
none California Judge Leaves Door Open For Outing Of Dark Money Donors - TPM
none"As Judge Chang’s ruling detailed, the watchdog has argued that it wants to verify whether the group solicited funds and received contributions over $1,000, which would qualify it as a committee under California law, and require it to file a “supplemental pre-election statement” no later than 12 days before election day. Furthermore, the commission wants to know if ARL “earmarked” the contribution specifically for the SBAC. If so, ARL would have had to inform the SBAC, which would then be required to disclose the donor or donors before election day."
Late Super PAC Ad Buy Urges African Americans In Ohio To Vote Republican Because Lincoln Freed The Slaves - TPM
none"The Empower Citizens Network ad uses some old Republican rhetoric to try and earn African American support for the GOP. “Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act while Democrats opposed it,” the narrator says at one point in the Empower Citizens Network ad."
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