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31 Jan
none Around and About in West Chicago - 31 Jan 2013
  • America in Bloom
  • Scripps Spelling Bee
  • “Baby Shower for Haiti”
  • Municipal Aggregation Hearings
  • We Grow Dreams Greenhouse - Eighth Annual Bowlathon
  • West Chicago teachers will strike on Monday, February 4, 2013 if no agreement is reached
    none"“We are disappointed and disheartened that our professional negotiations have come down to this,” said Mary Catherine Kosmach, chief negotiator for the association.  “But for months we have had to deal with a school board that is intractable – one that refuses to compromise fairly and then threatens to impose its final offer on us.  We are left with little choice.”"
  • Teachers WebSite
    "Our goal is to maintain working conditions that will attract and retain high quality teachers in District #33.
    We have never asked for or expected big raises. All we seek is fairness."
District 33 Notified of Strike Date by ETAWC
none"District 33 has already reduced reading specialists, teachers in the gifted program, librarians, and other programs which benefit our students. We anticipate additional program reductions next year. We are doing what is necessary now in order to mitigate the negative impact on our District’s educational programs."
Valentine Bowl and Charity Auction - FB, Susan Dieterle Stibal
none"Teams of 6 Players OR Individual Bowlers welcome! Get your group together now and reserve a lane!
Fundraiser for District 33's Foundation for Educational Excellence
8:00 pm - Silent Auction & Appetizers
9:30 pm - Bowling Begins
$25 PER PERSON: includes 3 games of bowling, shoes & appetizers
SIGN UP: at your local D33 School, D33 Offices or go to" Here.

Elect Dennis Clark - Winfield Township Highway Commissioner
"Today, Dennis P. Clark launches his facebook page as a Candidate for Winfield Township Highway Commissioner."

Kline Creek Farm Guest Survey - FB, Maureen Navadomskis
none"Help Kline Creek Farm shape their future - If you've got a few minutes, click the survey link here & answer some questions for them."

none District's tab for weekend in Chicago: $13,756
none""This is a slap in the face to taxpayers," she said. "This sounds more like a vacation than a working conference. In no scenario is 'Twilight' an effective use of taxpayer dollars." ... "They went the route that was geared toward the convenience of the individual instead of what was best for taxpayers," she said. "They could have looked at alternatives. There are certainly cheaper self-parking options available.""
Important info for candidates
none"The Daily Herald candidate questionnaires have gone out via email. If you're running in the April 9 election and didn't receive one — or if you're having trouble with the email — please contact us as soon as possible at or at (847) 427-4442. The deadline for candidates to submit completed questionnaires is noon on Monday, Feb. 4."
Local groups herald senators' bipartisan immigration proposal
none"Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren, of Winfield, said he is looking forward to studying the proposal, along with other proposals, in the months ahead.  Republican Sen. Mark Kirk said he is "encouraged" by the bipartisan effort and planned on conducting a thorough review of the legislation.  As that happens, local Republicans expressed hopes that some form of immigration reform could help the party as a whole."
none West Chicago teachers set strike date
none"Negotiations have been ongoing for 16 months. Issues that remain unsettled include class size, teacher appraisal, salary, health insurance, and retirement provisions for employees, officials have said. The school board declared an impasse last month. "
none State delays borrowing $500 million after credit rating downgrade
none"A spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn's budget office said the decision was made after conversations with potential bidders led officials "to believe the market is unsettled because of recent actions and comments made by the bond rating agencies."  It's unclear when the state would go back to the market or if the delay would impact the building schedule of a statewide public works program."
none Illinoisans see changes in income tax law
" A $50 increase in standard deductions, a doubling of tax credits for low-income taxpayers, debit-card refunds and electronic filing for civil unions are among the changes in Illinois tax laws this year.  The Illinois Department of Revenue estimated on the first day for filing Wednesday that 5.9 million individual tax returns will be processed this year, about the same as in 2012."

How America's Outrageous Income Inequality Is Literally Killing Us - AlterNet
"If you chose to be born white, your chances of dying of Parkinson’s disease would be twice as likely as if you chose to be black. Your chances of dying from cirrhosis of the liver or Alzheimer’s disease would be 25 percent higher. As a white person, you’d also be two and a half times more likely to commit suicide... To be sure, opting to be black would reduce your chances of dying from diseases caused by risk factors that rise with age. But it would also severely reduce your chances of living to even your first birthday, let alone growing old enough to retire."

none Gay marriage foes suffer from fundraising shortfall - Reuters
none", the advocacy group defending a California gay marriage ban now under review by the high court, showed a $2 million deficit in its legal fund at the end of 2011 - the third year in a row that expenses exceeded donations, federal tax records show.  The 2012 accounts are not yet available. says it has since covered the 2011 shortfall. However, it is still $700,000 short in fundraising for its Supreme Court costs, according to a attorney, Andrew Pugno."
29 Jan
none Dist 94 Board of Education Meeting Agenda February 1, 2013
none"That the Board of Education hold a Closed Session at [Time] for the purpose of discussing a Superintendent Candidate and to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees."
Elementary District 33 NewsBites
  • nonePress Releases/D33 Dispatch
  • Valentine Bowl
  • Spelling Bee Results
  • Parent Coffee w/Department for Learning
  • Charting the MS Voyage
  • Updates on Teacher Negotiations,
Two West Chicago Librarians Selected to Participate in “ILEAD USA”
none"Barbara Alvarez, Adult Services Librarian, and Dominique Roman, Youth Services Librarian at the West Chicago Public Library District have been selected to take part in ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover), a prestigious year-long program designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program."
  • Prep for the February 9th ACT
    none"Whether you’ve been prepping for a while and just want an extra edge, or you haven’t cracked open an ACT book yet, Kaplan Test Prep’s online Cram Sessions™ for the ACT will review all of the important tools you’ll need on test day. You’ll learn/receive:
    • 10 of Kaplan’s top score-raising strategies
    •  Tips for time management during the test
    •  A recommended study plan every day until Test Day"
  • Cram Session for ACT Math - $19.99 - Sunday, February 3rd - 12:30 p.m. CT
    Cram Session for ACT Science - $19.99 - Sunday, February 3rd - 3:00 p.m. CT
    • "Space is limited! Visit to register today!
    • ACT Practice Test at Winfield Library
    • Saturday, February 2 - 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

    Take a free practice test before you take the ACT this spring! Presented by Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions, this test simulates actual ACT test conditions. Be on time and bring an approved calculator, #2 pencils and your own healthy snack if you choose. Test results will be returned to students individually. Registration required; limit 24. Grades 9-12. This event will be held at Winfield Library, but you don’t have to be from Winfield to attend. Registration is required. You may register using the online calendar of events at or call 630.653.7599.

  • Yard Signs Available - FB, Pineda for Mayor
    none"Yard Signs are available! Please send us a message if you would like one. Thank you for your support!"
  • Open House -  FB, Pineda for Mayor
    What a turnout! Thank you for the wonderful support on Saturday! We had a great event with terrific feedback. At several points we had standing room only. Hope to see everyone at our fundraiser on February 26th (details to follow). Let's keep the momentum going!
  • Rep. Foster Calls For Quick Action on Comprehensive Immigration Reform - Bill Foster
    none"This issue has been pushed aside for too long – it’s time for Congress to take quick action and pass a comprehensive package that includes providing law enforcement authorities the tools they need to secure our borders, a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country, and a more secure and efficient system for legal immigration."
  • Rep. Foster Marks 4th Anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
    "“I’m proud to have voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and join those taking important steps to help close the wage gap, because equal work deserves equal pay,” said Foster. “But there’s still work to be done, and that’s why I am a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act and will continue to support measures to close the gap until women are getting the fair pay and respect they deserve.”"
none Editorial: Sincere budget work needed in Senate
none"We know the "no budget/no pay" provision is not the answer. Randy Hultgren and the 284 of his congressional colleagues who supported the House debt-ceiling bill with that provision as an amendment know it is not the answer. Nor does it have a prayer of passage... And were it not for the fact that the House critics have a valid point, the gesture would be little more than another silly pretense in the sideshow that congressional politics has become."
Suburban delegation reacts to immigration reform proposal
none"This issue has been pushed aside for too long ... Voters sent a clear message last November that it's time to end the partisan political posturing and start working across the aisle. I'm encouraged to see that a group of senators received that message and am hopeful that my colleagues in the House will follow suit."
none West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission Extends Deadline For
"The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission is extending the deadline for submissions for the Community Art Banner Project of 2013 to February 15, 2013. The Commission seeks accomplished and emerging artists to submit digital files of original art for consideration for the Project.
Business Grant Available for New Investment in Downtown West Chicago
"According to West Chicago Director of Community Development, John D. Said AICP, the City hopes to lure retail and restaurant businesses through the financial assistance the new program provides for interior improvements; while the existing Façade Grant Program offsets the costs of exterior improvements."
none Illinois illegal immigrant driver's licenses available in 10 months
nonenone"Called temporary visitor driver's licenses, the permits will vary from traditional licenses several ways. Most noticeably, they will be visually different, with a blue background as opposed to red one.  The cards will be marked "not valid for identification" and cannot be used for things like boarding airplanes, voting or purchasing a gun. The licenses will only be valid for three years instead of four years, like traditional licenses. After three years, the individual would have to go through the process again."
none November losses leave every Republican a leader in Senate
none"Every Republican state senator will make additional money this year for holding leadership and committee posts, a reflection of their reduced numbers in the chamber... Although the majority Democrats have cut the number of standing committees from 25 to 21, some Republicans will have to do double duty, holding both a leadership post and a top committee post or serving as Republican spokesman on two different committees."
none Foreclosures up, but situation is improving
"One in 34 homes in DuPage County had foreclosure paperwork filed against them in 2012, according to statistics compiled by RealtyTrac. That’s about 2.9 percent, up from 1.9 percent of homes in 2011... Though the numbers look bad, experts say the 2012 figures don’t really represent another downturn for the housing markets. Instead, the dismal 2012 numbers reflect paperwork delays that have slowed the foreclosure process. "
none Study: Nearly half are overqualified for their jobs - USA Today
"Vedder, whose study is based on 2010 Labor Department data, says the problem is the stock of college graduates in the workforce (41.7 million) in 2010 was larger than the number of jobs requiring a college degree (28.6 million).  That, he says, helps explain why 15% of taxi drivers in 2010 had bachelor's degrees vs. 1% in 1970. Among retail sales clerks, 25% had a bachelor's degree in 2010. Less than 5% did in 1970."
The Real Reason for the Decline of American Unions - Bloomberg
"It’s conventional wisdom that the post-industrial workforce doesn’t want to be unionized. But survey data show that workers’ desire to join unions has been growing since the 1980s, and a majority of nonunion workers would now vote for union representation if given the opportunity. So if workers want unions, why is unionization falling?"
none Mayan calendar aside, end times theology has meaning for many Americans - Deseret News
"A survey by Public Religion Research Institute showed 36 percent believe that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in the biblically prophesied end times. That's down from 44 percent when PRRI asked the same question in March 2011.  “It's hardly a fringe belief. It’s nearly four in 10 Americans who are embracing this,” Daniel Cox, research director at PRRI, told Religion News Service, which was a partner in the poll of more than 1,000 people in early December."
none Americans Back Obama's Proposals to Address Gun Violence - Gallop
Dang Wabbit"Given the chance to vote "for" or "against" each of nine key proposals included in President Barack Obama's plan to reduce gun violence, Americans back all nine. Americans are most likely to be in favor of requiring background checks for all gun sales (91%), increasing funding for mental health programs aimed at youth (82%), increasing funding for programs to train law enforcement and schools in responding to active armed attacks (79%), and increasing criminal penalties for people who buy guns for others -- so-called straw purchasers (75%)."
26&27 Jan
none This Week in West Chicago
Open House in Support of Ruben Pineda for Mayor - By Pineda for Mayor
none"[When] Saturday
[Time] 3:00pm until 6:00pm
[Where] Fox Community Center, 306 Main St, West Chicago
[Description] Please join your City Council members, Friends, and Neighbors at an Open House in support of Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda in his Candidacy for Mayor, City of West Chicago.  Light refreshments will be served."
none Ronald McDonald House coming to Winfield
"Dubbed "Ronald McDonald House near Cadence Health — CDH Campus," the facility will provide low-cost or free housing for families who travel great distances to get treatment for seriously ill or injured children at CDH, Delnor Hospital in Geneva and a cancer treatment campus in Warrenville. "We're ecstatic," said Mike Vivoda, president and CEO of Cadence Health. "It is a phenomenal service that's going to be afforded to patients and their families that have extended stays or need a respite.""
none Winfield wants to impose sales tax
"Each quarter-percent increase would generate about $80,000 in new funds annually, officials said. That's a far cry from what the village was hoping for in the last election when residents were asked to approve a property tax increase that would have doubled their tax rate and brought in roughly $900,000. Voters said no, leaving village officials back at the drawing board.  "We need new revenues and there's just no other way about it," said Trustee James Hughes. "There's only so many years you can continue to cut the budget before there's nothing left.""
none Coyotes break window in attack on dogs
none"Roger Nelson told WGN-TV he had taken the three dogs, two younger dogs and a 5-year-old Beagle, Snoopy, outside, and two had returned inside when Snoopy ran up onto a wooden deck and into the home, pursued by four coyotes. The coyotes then proceeded to claw at the glass door, breaking windows in their efforts to continue the attack."
Illinois credit rating sinks to worst in nation
none"But Rutherford estimated the state will pay $95 million more in interest than if Illinois had a AAA rating, which is much higher.  Even before the downgrade was revealed, Quinn said in Chicago the “pressure is higher than ever” to solve the pension problem because “credit rating agencies are screaming at the top of their voice” for final action."
none Fraud concerns linger over new Illinois license law
none"Illinois will not require applicants to be fingerprinted, for fear that would discourage immigrants from applying.  "How many people would apply for this document knowing that fingerprints will be going to (federal authorities)? Probably not all that many," said Fred Tsao, policy director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a driving-force behind the measure."
none Why California Is a Pro-Union State (Sort Of) - AFL-CIO
"Ask Los Angeles Times reporter Alana Semuels why union membership in California rose by 100,000 in 2012, and she’ll give you a simple answer:  “Latino workers.”  To explain the contrast between the trend in California and the United States as a whole—where union membership dropped last year by 400,000—Semuels turned to some credible sources, including Steve Smith of the state labor federation who cited “an appetite among these low-wage workers to try to get a collective voice to give themselves opportunity and a middle-class lifestyle.”"
none Catholics Raise Issue of Guns Amid Call to End Abortion - New York Times
"They called in particular on Catholic lawmakers, naming the House speaker, John A. Boehner, and Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, both Republicans, as well as Senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, both Democrats, who they said have “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association, to stand up to the gun lobby. They urged support for legislation limiting the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, like those used in the massacre last month at a school in Newtown, Conn. "
none False beliefs persist, even after instant online corrections - e! Science News
""The problem with trying to correct false information is that some people want to believe it, and simply telling them it is false won't convince them."  For example, the rumor that President Obama was not born in the United States was widely believed during the past election season, even though it was thoroughly debunked."
24 Jan
none Around and About in West Chicago - 23 Jan 2013
  • Scripps Spelling Bee
  • “Great Movies Made from Amazing Books”
  • Special Olympics of Illinois Basketball Tournament
  • Exhibition from the Department of Visual Arts at Blackburn College in Carlinville
  • Social Skills Group for Youths
  • Big Screen Movies Come to the West Chicago Public Library District
    "The movies, offered on Thursday evenings at 6 pm, include some terrific family-friendly films.   On January 24, we will feature “The Hunger Games” (PG-13) based on the novel by Suzanne Collins; February 7 will feature “The Wizard of Oz (G) based on the novel of L. Frank Baum; and, February 21 features “The Lord of the Rings” (PG-13) based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien."
  • Celebrating Black History Month @ the Library
    none"Displays and programs at the West Chicago Public Library will help mark February as Black History Month. The Library will feature a concert with professional storyteller Oba William King on Wednesday evening, February 6 at 7 pm as part of the celebration."
Meeting Regarding Student Trip to Washington, D.C.
none"We have room for more students on the Washington D.C. trip this June!  Our final parent meeting will be held this Thursday, January 24th, at 6:30 p.m. in room 197.  Come learn how students will be able to go behind the scenes at the Supreme Court, meet our Representatives, and tour DC with students from around the country.  This trip is an educational program, not simply a sightseeing tour, and students have the opportunity to earn college credit. If you would like more information, please contact Lisa Willuweit at, or 630-876-6450.  The meeting will last about 20 minutes with plenty of time to see the Dance Production show at 7:00 p.m.!"

Open House in Support of Ruben Pineda for Mayor - Pineda for Mayor
none"Please join your City Council members, Friends, and Neighbors at an Open House in support of Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda in his Candidacy for Mayor, City of West Chicago
     Saturday, January 26th, 2013
     3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
     The Wayne and Helen Fox Community Center, 306 Main Street, West Chicago
Light refreshments will be served."

  • Campaign Kick Off - FB, Karina Villa
    • 23 Jan 5:30pm
    • 900 E Roosevelt Rd * West Chicago, IL 60185
  • Endorsement - Mary Randle
    "Just got back from picking up campaign materials for my friend Karina Villa who is running for District 33 Board of Education. She is wonderful: intelligent, committed and visionary. And she is a wonderful social worker. If you would like a yard sign for Karina, please let me know. It was so good to see her and her mother Emma Maria Villa again tonight. Feels good to get back in touch with old friends in West Chicago."
  • Thank You
    "Thank you to all who made it last night to pick up signs, say hello, sign up to volunteer and make financial contributions to the campaign! Campaign headquarters will soon have hours of operation. Stay tuned for times and days. Xo!"
none DuPage Airport to collect fewer property taxes
""At a time when most units of government are scrambling to find additional dollars to shore up their budgets, the DuPage Airport Authority has continued its commitment to the taxpayers to reduce their tax burden," Goodwin said.  Twenty years ago, the airport levied $20 million in property taxes. Last year, its levy was permanently lowered from $6.4 million to $5.9 million."
none Summit generates ideas to make Illinois schools safer
none"Quinn cited existing efforts in communities across the state that could be adopted by other towns. In the suburban Chicago community of Berwyn, the governor said, teachers and school staffers receive training regarding violence in the classroom.  "If there are any problems of violence such as bullying, hazing going on, we have to address those. We cannot look the other way," he said.  Quinn also said he will be looking into whether adequate mental health services are available to educators and students to prevent violence."
none Political disputes threaten housing recovery
Kruse House"none Statewide sales of 104,480 homes in 2012 were up nearly 23 percent from 2011. The median price of $139,000 statewide in 2012 was up less than a percentage point.  “People have to have confidence that Congress will do what Congress was elected to do,” said Geoffrey Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Application Laboratory at U of I."
none Former DuPage County Board member calls for gun hearings
Dang Wabbit"Appearing before the full board Tuesday for a second time since his re-election bid fell short in November, the Winfield Democrat asked that the members consider hosting public forums to gauge, from residents on both sides of the controversial issue, public sentiment about efforts to curtail the sale of certain firearms."
none Even if It Enrages Your Boss, Social Net Speech Is Protected - NY Times
" But in a series of recent rulings and advisories, labor regulators have declared many such blanket restrictions illegal. The National Labor Relations Board says workers have a right to discuss work conditions freely and without fear of retribution, whether the discussion takes place at the office or on Facebook.  In addition to ordering the reinstatement of various workers fired for their posts on social networks, the agency has pushed companies nationwide, including giants like General Motors, Target and Costco, to rewrite their social media rules."
none Union Membership Declines Again In 2012 - TPM
"As the Atlantic noted earlier last year, the overall numbers put union membership rates at their lowest point since the early 20th century.  Labor officials and experts blame a variety of factors on the shift — the collapse of manufacturing, improved business tactics against organizing, tougher global competition."
  • NBC/WSJ poll: Majority, for first time, want abortion to be legal - NBC News
    none"That’s the first time since this poll question was first asked in 2003 that a majority maintained that abortion should be legal. Previously (with just one exception in 2008), majorities said abortion should be illegal.  In addition, a whopping 70 percent of Americans oppose the Roe v. Wade decision being overturned, including 57 percent who feel strongly about this."
  • Catholic hospital chain beats malpractice suit by saying fetuses aren’t people - Raw Story
    "Defending attorney Jason Langley argued in a brief he filed on behalf of the hospital chain that the court “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two unborn fetuses.”"
none Stephen Colbert assesses the GOP’s electoral vote gambit (video) - The Fix
none"“It’s a win-win,” Colbert said in his regular segment, “The Word.”
“Except for the guy who won,” said the text on screen as Colbert spoke.
Colbert concluded: “I say do it Republicans. … You must listen to these voters, and then make sure that they cannot be heard on Election Day.”"
22 Jan
(started early)

New Assistant Paster Installation - FB, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, West Chicago
none"So, it looks like it will really be happening! Please mark Feb. 10th, 2:30 p.m. in your calendars. Trinity will be installing Fred Gaede as Assistant Pastor, SMP and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be an installation service followed by a reception at 4:30 at the Courtyard in Warrenville. Please join us as we welcome Fred into the ministry and celebrate what God is doing at Trinity."

Curl Up with a Good Book this Winter
  •  noneHope: a tragedy by Shalom Auslander
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them by Meg Jay, PhD
West Chicago Park District E-News and Updates
  • noneZumbatomic
  • Daddy and Daughter Sweetheart Dance
  • Love of Chocolate
  • KidVENTURE Day Off School Trips
  • Community Garage Sale on Saturday May 11th
  • Free Baseball/ Softball Clinics
  • D33 Students Remain Competitive in Annual Math Competition
    none"The students in District 33's Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) math cluster competed in all three contests this year. At the completion of the three contests, two 4th grade teams finished in the top ten; two fifth grade teams finished in the top ten and ALL sixth grade teams finished in the top ten."
  • District 33 Spelling Bee Begins
    "The Spelling Bee semi-finals for West Chicago Elementary School District 33 will be starting Tuesday, January 22, 2013. (See the schedule below) The top two spellers from the District Final Bee will be invited to participate in the DuPage Regional Bee held at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton on Wednesday Feb 20, 2013, with an opportunity to continue on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington D.C."
  • Coffee with District 33 Board of Education
    "Members of the District 33Board of Education will be available to meet with parents and community members on Tuesday, January 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, January 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room at West Chicago Middle School, 238 E. Hazel St., West Chicago."
District 33 - newsBites
D94 Special Board meetings January 23, 24 & 25, 2013

D94 Regular Boad Meeting Agenda January 22, 2013

Help Wanted
"Community High School District 94 is in immediate need of a Program Assistant to assist students with a variety of special needs in regular and special education classrooms."


none Daily Herald 5th among country’s top growing newspapers
"The Daily Herald was the first in the Chicago and suburban market in September 2011 to reserve some online content exclusively for subscribers, who also receive access to special events and other benefits."
New housing chief named in DuPage
"Impressed with her work in an interim role, the DuPage Housing Authority board has named Deb Darzinskis the agency's executive director... She will be paid an annual salary of $115,000, officials said... Despite having no previous experience overseeing a housing authority, Darzinskis showed she has strong organizational and management skills, board members said."
none Former Illinois Gov. Ryan set to leave jail on Jan. 30: report
none"The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago affirmed the conviction and sentence last year, finding that Ryan failed to provide honest services to the people of Illinois who elected him, and that he violated this duty by giving state benefits to his friends. Ryan, 78, has been jailed at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, as inmate No. 16627-424, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons."
none New nurse requirement to add to school districts' woes
none"For years, schools have hired less-expensive registered nurses to cut costs, but beginning July 1, the Illinois State Board of Education will require that certified school nurses, or CSNs, make any educational recommendations related to a student’s special-education needs."
  • Hospitals say bickering over bucks for medical-licensing unit may harm patients
    " A funding shortfall for the medical unit at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation prompted the Quinn administration to reduce the 26-member unit to eight employees.  The unit, which also investigates suspected misconduct by doctors, is supported solely by physician licensing fees. Doctors pay what amounts to a $100 licensing fee, which hasn’t changed since 1987."
  • Ambulance services suffer as state delays payments
    "Ambulance services can’t discriminate when it comes to relieving patients’ suffering. But the state’s ongoing backlog of bills is inflicting financial pain on ambulance providers if those patients are covered by Illinois’ Medicaid program or the group health-insurance program for state employees, retirees and dependents."
Cost of teacher early retirement to increase if program continues
"A TRS member who retires at 60 receives full pension benefits. If he or she retires between the ages of 55 and 60, those benefits are reduced, unless the teacher chooses to participate in the early retirement option.  If someone elects to participate in the option, both the teacher and the teacher’s employer must make a one-time contribution to cover the cost. In addition, all active TRS members contribute to the cost of the early retirement option.  Teachers pay 9.4 percent of their salaries toward their pensions. Of that, 0.4 percent goes toward the early retirement option. The money is refunded without interest if a member retires without taking early retirement."
none How Computer-Hacking Laws Make You a Criminal - Live Science
none""The issue is 'authorization,'" Graham said. "Back in 1986, everyone had to be explicitly authorized to use a computer with an assigned username and password.  "But today, with the Web, we access computers with reckless abandon without knowing whether we are authorized or not," he added. "When you click on a URL, you are technically in violation of the law as it was designed."  Swartz was facing more prison time than he would have if he'd committed a serious physical crime, such as assault, burglary, grand theft larceny or involuntary manslaughter."
“Cyberazzi” – Data Mining Companies Investigated for Invasion of Privacy - CorpWatch
"Last January the Federal Bureau of Investigation posted a request for an application that would allow it to “provide an automated search and scrape capability of social networks including Facebook and Twitter … and (i)mmediately translate foreign language tweets into English.”  And about ten days ago the Transportation Security Administration asked data broker companies to propose applications “to generate an assessment of the risk to the aviation transportation system that may be posed by a specific individual” using “specific sources of current, accurate, and complete non-governmental data.”"
none Charlotte City Workers Win Voluntary Checkoff - AFL-CIO
"Public-sector workers in Charlotte, N.C., can now have their union dues deducted from their paychecks like other causes they support, with voluntary payroll deductions. Last week, the Charlotte City Council voted 6-5 to allow the checkoff. The North Carolina State AFL-CIO points out that denying workers dues checkoff is a favorite tactic for right-wing politicians to undermine labor unions' ability to organize."
none Why I want all our children to read the King James Bible - Guardian
"In The God Delusion I have a section called "Religious education as a part of literary culture" in which I list 129 biblical phrases which any cultivated English speaker will instantly recognise and many use without knowing their provenance: the salt of the earth; go the extra mile; I wash my hands of it; filthy lucre; through a glass darkly; wolf in sheep's clothing; hide your light under a bushel; no peace for the wicked; how are the mighty fallen."
  • Virginia GOP Pulls ‘Dirty Trick’ On Inauguration Day  - TPM
    none"The state Senate is split 20-20 between Republicans and Democrats. On Monday, while state Sen. Henry Marsh (D) — a 79-year-old civil rights veteran — was reportedly in Washington to attend President Obama’s second inaugural, GOP senators forced through a mid-term redistricting plan that Democrats say will make it easier for Republicans to gain a majority... “On motion of Senator Stosch, the Senate adjourned in memory or [sic] General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson at 4:10 p.m. to convene Tuesday, January 22, 2013,” read the official minutes of the legislative day."
  • Joe Scarborough: Republicans Cheated Themselves to House Majority–Implies Party In Decline -
    "It is ironic that the party that wraps itself in the constitution and freedom would at all cost attempt to change the rules of the game. This change would diminish the rights of the majority in order to allow the few with views disparate to real American values, the power to rule."
Murderous 'monster' acquires an arsenal - Star Tribune
Dang Wabbit"Just two days earlier, Olson had scanned the day's shift reports and froze when he tripped over Oberender's name. A scan of a Facebook page then showed firearms spread out like a child's trophies on a bed inside the home, along with notes about the Newtown, Conn., gunman who shot 20 children to death... Even though Oberender killed his mother with a firearm, even though he was committed to the state hospital in St. Peter as mentally ill and dangerous more than a decade ago, he was able to obtain a permit to purchase firearms last May. That piece of paper gave Oberender, now 32, the ability to walk into any licensed Minnesota retailer and buy any assault weapon or pistol on the rack."
19&20 Jan
none This Week in West Chicago
Support West Chicago District 33 Teachers - FB, Colette M. Merrion
none"Like this page if you support the Teacher's of District 33 in West Chicago! They're facing challenges with regards to their contract and could use the support of the community. Show them that you care by sharing the page and sharing a positive message!"
none West Chicago teen beginning long road back from brain injuries
none"It was Aug. 18 and Alex was getting ready for his freshman football team's season opener. He had just finished helping his sister, Raquel, pack for college. And now he was riding his bike, just blocks from home, when he was struck by a van. The accident left him with severe brain injuries. He would spend the next six weeks in a coma."
DuPage to help towns dispose of sewer debris
none"To prevent flooding, municipalities regularly use vacuum tanker trucks to clear dead leaves, silt, dirt and other material from storm drains. Because water is used in the process, the waste that's collected ends up being a mixture of water and solids.  "It's just a mess to deal with," said Nicholas Kottmeyer, superintendent of the county's public works department. "You can't take it to a landfill like that because it's too wet. Landfills won't accept it.""
none Illiana Expressway clears federal hurdle
none"The Federal Highway Administration on Friday gave its stamp of approval for the approximate path of the long-proposed superhighway connecting Interstate 55 near Wilmington with I-65 near Cedar Lake, Ind."
Flap over kindergartners' Pledge of Allegiance not criminal: state's attorney
none"“The individual in question in this case certainly showed a gross lack of judgment through his actions in Mill Creek Elementary School on Jan. 9,” McMahon stated in the release. “He compounded the situation by emailing a note about the incident to other school parents and by making additional statements about the incident via social media.”  McMahon added: “The investigation revealed that the learning environment was never unlawfully disrupted, nor was the safety of the students, teachers or anyone else ever at risk.”  Geneva School District 304 has since banned the parent from coming to school property, McMahon said, adding “that would seem to be the most appropriate response to this incident.”"
none Businesses express support for state workers
none"While Gov. Pat Quinn and state government’s largest state employee union remain deadlocked in contract talks, union members have been asking Springfield businesses to show support in their storefront windows. The bright red signs that read “We Support State Employees” and “State Employees Serve Our Community” are scattered across Springfield and downtown."
none Big Majority Backs Pathway to Citizenship for Immigrants - AFL-CIO
"A new poll shows that the vast majority of Americans support common sense immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for current undocumented immigrants. The bipartisan poll found that 73 percent favored immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for aspiring citizens and that requires immigrants to pay taxes, holds employers accountable for hiring legal workers and prevents them from exploiting immigrant labor and improves border security."
none A Home-Schooling Pioneer Looks to the Future - New York Times
none"Today it is clear that Mrs. Pride, who would later have a ninth child, was ahead of her time. Not only has skepticism of birth control increased in the evangelical community, but home schooling has become more widely accepted, by Christians and secularists alike. In 2007, according to the most recent count by the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency, 1.5 million children in the United States were home-schooled. And Mrs. Pride has solidified her reputation as a hero to conservative Christians, a scourge of feminists, and a tribune to all home schooling families."

4 Pinocchios for a slashing NRA ad on security at Sidwell Friends School - Washington Post
hypo-crat"Sidwell Friends, by the way, has two distinct campuses, a lower school in Bethesda and a middle and upper schools in Washington. So given shift rotations and three different schools, it appears that the 11 “armed guards” is really just one or two unarmed guards per school at a time."


Accidental Shooting - You Tube
"You have to hate it when you are the firearms instructor and you shoot yourself in the leg. As an instructor I have to say that bragging gets ya nowhere and might get ya shot in the leg."
17 Jan
none Around and About in West Chicago - 17 Jan 2012
  • Healthy Aging Seniors Program
  • West Chicago Garden Club
  • West Chicago Recycling Program of Holiday Lights
  • Winter Wonderland Party
  • ProActive Kids
D33 Board of Education Committed to Continued Discussions with Union
none"Dr. Chris Scheck, Board of Education President, states, "We are disappointed that Union membership has rejected our settlement offer which went well beyond our official last, best offer. At this point, the Board has no idea how to settle this contract. The money they are seeking just isn't there.""
West Chicago Sister Cities February Meeting
"West Chicago Sister Cities meetings are informal, in a "Stammtisch" setting, with good food and conversation. The featured speaker will be Nora Wessels, Foreign Language teacher at Community High School District 94. Ms. Wessels will share her interest in learning German and becoming a German teacher, her experiences in Germany, and her goals for the Community High School District 94 German program."
West Chicago Sister Cities February Meeting
Junior and Senior– English 1101 deadline is December 19th extended to January 22nd!!!!!!
none"Did you realize that your child can earn college credit while still in high school? We offer a number of courses that do just that! Right now we are taking registration for English 1101, a very common requirement at college/universities! We also have several CHS courses that will also gain COD credit – you can see them on the second page of the English 1101 document. Even if you aren’t interested in English 1101 make sure you take a look at other courses offered. We would encourage every student to earn at least some college credit while in high school and with the partnership of CHS and COD it is possible!!!! If you have any questions make sure to contact your child’s counselor."
West Suburban Bank Community Banking means we're "All In" - FB, Teresa Blacklidge Zieche
"Patience Tannenbaum started as a teller at West Suburban Bank 15 years ago. Today, she's Branch Manager of the Bartlett and South Elgin Branch locations. Add to that a banking unit she also manages in the Clare Oaks Retirement Center."
none DuPage road projects get financial boost from state
none"The state, for example, is planning to build an overpass at Route 38 and Kautz Road in West Chicago. When that nearly $26 million project is completed in 2014, vehicles on Route 38 will be able to pass over the Union Pacific tracks.  The project will put a T-intersection with signals on the new bridge. In addition, Route 38 will be widened and realigned from east of Kirk to east of Technology Boulevard, providing two lanes in each direction."
What would teacher pension shift do to your taxes?
none"While not exact, one way to determine the potential toll on taxpayers is to take the state's pension payment on behalf of each school district and add it to the total property taxes collected by that school district last year... The owner of a $250,000 house in West Chicago Elementary District 33 and Community High School District 94 would see an increase of roughly $240, according to the analysis."
1 in 5 in suburbs in or near poverty
none"Even a "near poverty" income isn't enough to scrape by in the suburbs. It takes between $56,000 and $65,000 for a single-parent household with two children to cover housing, food, a car, health care and a few miscellaneous expenses like a phone, the report found... Jobs are a big issue in the suburbs, Terpstra said. Most available jobs are low-paying, part-time, service industry jobs. Even full-time jobs might not come with guaranteed hours or family-supporting benefits such as health insurance, she said."
Editorial: RTA’s tax questions merit broader study
none"Can billions of dollars worth of jet fuel for planes at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago really be bought and sold out of an office at the Sycamore Village Hall? Or, for another airline, out of a Sycamore storefront operated by a part-time employee with little or no equipment?"
none Preckwinkle wants county gun reporting law
Dang Wabbit"On Wednesday, Preckwinkle introduced an ordinance to the County Board that would allow for a fine of at least $1,000 for anyone who doesn't report to the county sheriff within 48 hours that their gun is no longer in their possession for any reason. The proposal is designed to make it tougher for so-called straw purchasers to resell guns to "gangbangers and ne'er-do-wells," she said."
none Assets of state pension systems sag
none"Auditors said TRS’s net assets dropped by $954 million in the 2012 fiscal year, the largest decrease of any of the pension systems. TRS made just 0.76 percent on its investments last fiscal year. The year before, however, TRS made 23.6 percent on its investments.  “As the economy goes, as the markets go, that has a lot to do with the amount of money that we have on hand for our members’ retirements,” Urbanek said."
Illinois Democrats: Limit guns in state, Chicago
noneDang Wabbit"Legislation already has been filed in the state Senate that would restrict semiautomatic assault rifles and rapid ammunition feeders, despite failed attempts at such measures in the final days of the last General Assembly session earlier this month."
none WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013




none Employers’ ‘Expendable’ Contingent Workers Need New Workplace Safety Protection - AFL-CIO
"As more and more employers duck paying workers decent wages, health care and training costs by hiring contingent/temporary workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) must step up its protection efforts for those workers, a new report urges. Martha McLuskey, one of the authors of the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) report, At the Company’s Mercy: Protecting Contingent Workers from Unsafe Working Conditions, says:"Increasingly, employers are treating them as expendable, accepting high injury rates because the company is largely insulated from the economic consequences.""
none Union Rescue Mission gets a helping hand from Hollywood - LA Times
"One of the newest hot spots for filming in the San Fernando Valley is a 71-acre former retirement community featuring lodge-style residences and medical buildings, surrounded by oaks, redwoods and pines, on the edge of the Angeles National Forest — owned and operated by the Union Rescue Mission... In the last six months, the center has been featured in such productions as the CBS crime drama "Criminal Minds," Comedy Central's "Workaholics" and the Steve Carell and Jim Carrey comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,""
none Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theory – Debunction Junction - Americans Agaist the Tea Party
none"My hope is that you look at this in a rational, logical manner and take the Sandy
Hook Elementary Shooting for what it was: A senseless act a violence committed by a mentally disturbed person. It’s not a conspiracy, it’s not a government cover-up, and it’s not an excuse for our politicians to start invoking Martial Law or to come and try to disarm all Americans. It is a tragedy, and treating it as anything else diminishes the magnitude of the event, and tarnishes the memory of the teachers and children who were murdered. Let’s stop giving these crackpots any attention, and focus on trying to make things better for our children, and all children."
Jimmy Kimmel’s Gun Lobby Ad Proves, Without Question, That ‘Everybody’s Guns Are Going To Be Taken Away’ - Mediaite
Dang Wabbit"Summing up the situation, Kimmel said, “people flip out when they think their guns might be taken away, and some lobbyists will try to whip them into a frenzy with ads like this one.” He then premiered a new ad from a gun lobby group called “Americans Against Context” that played directly into the fears of America’s most passionate Second Amendment advocates."
15 Jan
none KARINA VILLA West Chicago District 33 Board of Education Candidate - You Tube, Karina Villa
none DuPage museum puts machines in children's hands
"The exhibit gives children a chance to create objects by using real factory tools and machines. In the process, children learn about four key manufacturing processes — cutting, molding, deforming and assembly."
none 380 pot tickets issued in Chicago
Marijuana Leaf"The City Council passed the law decriminalizing marijuana possession June 27, and it went into effect Aug. 4. Possessing small amounts of pot carries a fine of $250 to $500 for the first offense. A second violation within 30 days comes with a $500 fine. Once a ticket is issued, it heads to the Administrative Hearings Department, a quasi-judicial body that settles parking matters, red-light camera tickets and tickets for using a cellphone while driving."
Seized guns on display weren't from 2013
Dang Wabbit"Reporters attending the news conference at the Gresham Police District station, 7808 S Halsted St., noticed the inventory tags, and McCarthy was asked about them. He said the guns weren’t the actual ones seized in 2013, but were “representative” of them.  “Well, you know what the point is? These are representative of what we’re recovering today,” McCarthy said. “The problem is that many of the guns we’re recovering today are arrest evidence, and we can’t display them. So what we’ll do is substitute one for the other. OK?”"
Illinois health director: No shortage of flu vaccine here
"Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck says there's no statewide shortage of vaccine. He spoke Monday in Chicago with Gov. Pat Quinn. Both men called on Illinois residents to get vaccinated against the flu, which is widespread and early this year.  Statewide, nearly 370 people have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with flu-related problems and 27 have died."
none Number of Working Poor Climbs, So Does Income Inequality - AFL-CIO
"Both federal and state policymakers stress the need to strengthen the middle class, but cutting programs and benefits that serve low-income working parents and their children would undermine that goal. Furthermore, reducing public investments could worsen inequality, hinder economic mobility and increase the prospects of transmitting poverty from one generation to the next."
none Burma’s Chin Christians face persecution in Buddhist Na Ta La schools - The Star
"The Na Ta La schools, which function outside the mainstream education system, are run by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the military-dominated Ministry of Border Affairs. All pupils must study Buddhist scriptures, along with regular school subjects.  Because fees for mainstream schools are expensive, many struggling Chin families seek out the Na Ta La residential schools, which, apart from providing almost free food and education, guarantee government jobs for the students once they graduate."
none Priebus: Republicans in blue states ‘ought to be’ rigging Electoral College - Raw Story
none"On Sunday, the Journal Sentinel reported that Priebus had called on states that traditionally vote for Democratic presidential candidates — but are controlled by Republican legislatures — to devise a scheme to split electoral votes instead of awarding them to a single candidate... The Nation‘s John Nichols pointed out that an aggressive plan awarding electoral votes by districts — which are already heavily gerrymandered by Republicans in states like Wisconsin — would have turned President Barack Obama’s 322-206 Electoral College win into a 280-258 win for Romney."
This man helped save six children, is now getting harassed for it - Salon
"What did Rosen do to deserve this? One month ago, he found six little children and a bus driver at the end of the driveway of his home in Newtown, Connecticut. “We can’t go back to school,” one little boy told Rosen. “Our teacher is dead.” He brought them inside and gave them food and juice and toys. He called their parents. He sat with them and listened to their shocked accounts of what had happened just down the street inside Sandy Hook Elementary, close enough that Rosen heard the gunshots."
12&13 Jan
none This Week in West Chicago
none West Chicago Dist. 33 sets deadline in contract talks
none"The West Chicago District 33 school board announced Thursday night it intends to implement its last contract offer to the teachers union if the two sides cannot come to agreement before the board's Feb. 21 meeting... Teachers said they agree with the stance of their union, which is seeking to contribute the same amount toward health insurance premiums — 30 percent — as do district administrators who choose certain plans... According to an administrator salary and benefits fact sheet for 2012-13, the board covers administrators' contributions to the Teachers' Retirement System, saving them 9.4 percent of their salary, while Kosmach said teachers must pay the 9.4 percent from their paychecks."
none Illinois credit rating takes hit after no action on pensions
none"Fitch Ratings delivered its designation due to the “ongoing inability of the state to address its large and growing unfunded pension liability,” specifically noting the outgoing legislature shut down Tuesday without taking action on pension reform... The move could make it more expensive for the state to borrow money."
Tollway OKs nearly $124.5 million in I-90 contracts
none"When complete in 2016, I-90 will be widened to eight lanes from the Kennedy Expressway to Randall Road and six lanes from Randall Road to I-39, officials said.  The total estimated cost is $2.2 billion. To date, the tollway has approved more than $377 million in contracts with 29 construction and engineering firms, the agency said."
none Chicago gun rules could extend to all Cook County
Dang Wabbit" The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that a new Chicago ordinance would also double the jail time to six months for violators.  For the first time, similar reporting requirements would be expanded to all of Cook County under companion legislation that's been drawn up."
none Rating agency sours on Illinois' financial outlook
none"“The Rating Watch Negative will be resolved after an assessment of the extent to which the state takes action within the next six months that limits the impact of pension payments on the budget while bolstering pension funded levels,” the company said. “Failure to achieve meaningful results would lead to a downgrade of the rating.”"
none Eric Bolling: Schools ‘pushing the liberal agenda’ by teaching algebra - Raw Story
none"“But even worse is the way some textbooks are pushing the liberal agenda,” the Fox News host explained, pointing to an algebra worksheet that Scholastic says gives students “[i]nsight into the distributive property as it applies to multiplication.”  “Distribute the wealth!” Bolling exclaimed, reading the worksheet. “Distribute the wealth with the lovely rich girl with a big ole bag of money, handing some money out.”"
The Hitler gun control lie - Salon
Dang Wabbit"As it turns out, the Weimar Republic, the German government that immediately preceded Hitler’s, actually had tougher gun laws than the Nazi regime. After its defeat in World War I, and agreeing to the harsh surrender terms laid out in the Treaty of Versailles, the German legislature in 1919 passed a law that effectively banned all private firearm possession, leading the government to confiscate guns already in circulation... “The 1938 revisions completely deregulated the acquisition and transfer of rifles and shotguns, as well as ammunition,”"


10 Jan
none Around and About in West Chicago - 11 Jan 2012
  • Negotiating at West Chicago Elementary School District 33
  • Thorium Action Group/Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation Scholarship
  • College of DuPage Free Citizenship and English Classes
  • Kwasman Classic
none Community High School Semester 1 Study Night
none"On the evening of Monday, January 14, teachers will be on hand to assist students as they study for their first semester exams. Students are welcome to come to the LRC to get assistance or to study in a quiet environment.  The Study Night, sponsored by the West Chicago High School Teachers’ Association, will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the LRC."
District 33 Board of Education Provides Settlement Offer – Union Rejects
none"The Board provided the Union with a settlement offer which included substantial modifications to its healthcare and retirement proposals. The Board proposed delaying implementation of healthcare changes and eliminating the healthcare cap."


Jewelry-making Classes
none"West Chicago’s Gallery 200, a grassroots artist co-op located at 200 Main Street in the community’s historic downtown district, will be offering a unique opportunity for a series of Girls’ Night Out events that combine individual creativity, lively conversation and the option of continuing the evening of fun at a downtown restaurant."
Open House in Support of Ruben Pineda for Mayor - FB, Melissa Birch
none" Saturday, January 26, 2013
[Time]  3:00pm until 6:00pm
[Where]  Fox Community Center, 306 Main St, West Chicago
[Description]  Please join your City Council members, Friends, and Neighbors at an Open House in support of Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda in his Candidacy for Mayor, City of West Chicago."
none Editorial: To our departing lawmakers, thank you
nonetom Johnsonnone"Our departing suburban contingent has done a lot of good for the suburbs, from Sen. John Millner's sponsorship of a new law aimed at preventing school violence after a teacher was stabbed in Elgin ...Also leaving are ... Sen. Tom Johnson, a West Chicago Republican ... Rep. Randy Ramey, a Carol Stream Republican ... As they contemplate a future that includes a lot fewer trips down I-55, we offer our thanks and wish them well."
Suburban Life Media West Chicago teachers' union rejects settlement offer
none"At a meeting Wednesday, the Elementary Teachers' Association of West Chicago (ETAWC) rejected the District 33 Board of Education's settlement offer that included changes to its healthcare and retirement proposals, according to a district news release.  The offer would have delayed implementation of healthcare changes and eliminated the healthcare cap."
none 15 traffic cameras now available on Illinois Tollway system
none""Our goal in posting these images online is to give our customers another valuable source of information to help them manage their travel decisions," Lafleur said in a news release.  According to the agency, the camera feeds are accessible by selecting the "View Traffic Cameras" link on the tollway's homepage,"
Illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill sent to governor
none"The 65-46 vote came after a lengthy debate in which backers and foes laid out their cases.  Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst, cited numerous concerns about public safety. Opponents questioned why fingerprinting isn't part of the legislation. Republican Rep. Randy Ramey of DuPage County said too many issues are left unanswered."
Pledge of Allegiance complaint sends deputy to Geneva school
"Geneva District 304 officials released a statement late Thursday morning explaining a parent used “language that is not typically heard in a school setting” in the library in front of a kindergarten class. School officials called police to “minimize the disruption,” according to the release."
none Gun fee idea nets lukewarm response from DuPage board
Dang Wabbit"Winfield resident Dirk Enger asked that his former colleagues investigate the possibility of implementing a $10 filing fee for weapons ownership and creating an online map that would display the addresses of permit owners and the type of weapons kept at the residence. Visitors to the county website now can find information about such things as area food pantries and bike paths, Enger reasoned, and they should have access to details about nearby weapons as well."
none 'Fix the Debt' Is a Front Group for CEOs Who Don't Want to Pay Their Taxes - AFL-CIO
none"Erskine B. Bowles, a co-founder of Fix the Debt, was paid $345,000 in stock and cash in 2011 as a board member at Morgan Stanley, while Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire and a co-chairman of Fix the Debt, is a paid adviser to Goldman Sachs. Both companies have engaged in lobbying on international tax rules."
none The spiritual but not religious likely to face mental health issues, drug use, study says - CNN Belief Blog
"The study, published in the January edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry, says spiritual but not religious people, as opposed to people who are religious, agnostic or atheist, were more likely to develop a "mental disorder," "be dependent on drugs" and "have abnormal eating attitudes,” like bulimia and anorexia."
none Newtown conspiracy theory: FAU professor insists on cover up - Examiner
Dang Wabbit"A Newtown conspiracy theory exists according to Florida Atlantic University (FAU) professor, James Tracy. In his belief, there are possibly contrived elements of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings by Adam Lanza, brought on by law enforcement and media sources. Additionally, Professor Tracy believes the Newtown conspiracy involves Obama's agenda on gun control."
[Is this guy looking for book salesm to avoid gun laws, or a consulting position at Faux News? - Bob]
The Decline and Fall of the Tea Party - The Atlantic
"The Tea Party is the only faction in the Republican Party that is at all concerned about civil liberties, as evidenced by Senator Rand Paul's lonely efforts to safeguard the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. And while I think Tea Partiers made a fetish out of intransigence at the expense of compromise that would've delivered at least some policies sought by their constituents, it isn't as if the post-Tea Party GOP isn't every bit as bad on that metric. The establishment assimilated the movement's pathologies but not its refreshing, anti-insider populism."
08 Jan
  • BOE Meeting Agenda January 10, 2013
    That the Board of Education hold a Closed Session at [Time] for the purpose of meeting with Consultants of BWP and Associates to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees."
  • Similar notices have been posted for January 12, 2013 and January 14, 2013
  • Education Officers Electoral Board of Community High School District 94 Board Meeting 1/11/13
    "Notice of Meeting Under the Open Meetings Act
    Please take notice that Education Officers Electoral Board of Community High School District 94, DuPage County, Illinois, shall meet on Friday, January 11, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at 326 Joliet Street, West Chicago, Illinois, for the purpose of hearing and ruling upon certain objections to candidate nominating petitions submitted for the office of member of the Board of Education to be elected at the April 9, 2013, Consolidated Election."
none Suburban elections see rise in Muslim candidates
"Hashmi is among several Muslim candidates running for elected office in the suburbs this spring who have caught the eye of the group Project Mobilize. The Summit, Ill.-based budding nonprofit says it aims to educate, develop and promote the advancement of politically marginalized communities, especially Muslim-Americans."
none Blame flies as pension plan stalls
none"Some Democrats refused to commit to voting for the plan when they didn't know how many Republicans also were willing to stick out their necks. Others stood against any pension changes. Some who were willing to entertain a new approach criticized the proposal as too harsh on public employees and retirees. Still others contended the proposal violates a state constitutional prohibition on diminishing or impairing public employee pensions, as union officials have maintained."
[Stealing from the Teachers' Retirement fund should be a crime. - Bob]
none State's 4-prescription policy pinching some Medicaid recipients
none"Processing delays have been reduced over the past two months, but Medicaid patients across Illinois continue to go without important medicines because of a budget-cutting law put in place in July, according to patients, doctors and other advocates.  As a result, some low-income patients are seeking care in hospital emergency rooms — expensive care that the state’s Medicaid program must pay for, a Chicago doctor said."
Quinn wants pension reform deal by Wednesday
none"A House committee Monday approved a sweeping reform plan that covers all the pension systems except judges. It requires higher contributions from employees, freezes cost of living adjustments to retirement benefits and restricts future COLAs to the first $25,000 of retirement benefits."
none DuPage leaders talk pension with Quinn; solution near, he says
none"While the eventual approach will probably entail a variety of elements — curtailing cost of living increases, asking workers to contribute more, and having school systems increase their funding portion most likely among them — the primary concern is making sure the pension system is sustainable over the long term, Senger said. Questions also remain about the risk of a solution being deemed unconstitutional."
Area crisis services fear loss of federal dollars
"Throughout Illinois, the act funds $657,273 toward shelters via the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.  “This amount does not take into account all of the money that Illinois receives from VAWA, just how much is going directly to shelters from the Authority,” said Brandon Jones, director of policy at the Illinois Coalition for Domestic Violence."
Upgrades designed to help  injured birds in DuPage County County
none"Injured wild birds recuperating at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn are enjoying a new amenity this winter: improved water sources provided for by an $800 grant funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources from contributions to the Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund."


West Chicago Plans Downtown Rehab Project
"The city has posted a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the former residence, sometimes referred to as the Joel Wiant House, 151 W. Washington St., on its website. Proposals, which are due no later than Monday, March 4, 2013, should be sent to the city of West Chicago, Department of Community Development, 475 Main St., West Chicago, IL 60185."

Tentative Ruling Allows Walmart to Be Named as Defendant in Wage Theft Class Action - The Nation
"Rubin noted that Walmart could file a motion to dismiss on the grounds that it is not a “joint employer” of the workers, but said that based on today’s tentative ruling, and last month’s appeals court decision rejecting a similar motion from Schneider, “we have very little concern that Walmart could succeed.”"

none Attention Pro-Life Evangelicals: You're Being Used - Daily Kos
none"I do not doubt that many good-hearted pro-life Christians exist. These individuals believe that life starts at conception, and they are as bothered by a 16-week fetus dying as they are a three-year old baby dying. Agree or disagree with these individuals, you must admit that many of them have not-nefarious motives. Unfortunately those people have been hoodwinked into believing that their elected officials believe the same thing. In reality, a huge contingent of the Republican cadre is far more pro-birth than they are anti-abortion."
none The Hoax of Entitlement Reform - Nation of Change
"The underlying problem is the soaring costs of health care — as evidenced by soaring premiums, co-payments, and deductibles that all of us are bearing — combined with the aging of the boomer generation... Cutting or limiting Medicare and Medicaid costs, as entitlement reformers want to do, won’t reform any of this. It would just result in less care."
The Secret History of Guns - The Atlantic Magazine
Dang Wabbit"The lower courts consistently point to one paragraph in particular from the Heller decision. Nothing in the opinion, Scalia wrote, should "be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.""
UPDATED: Fox Deceptively Crops 2008 Obama Speech To Falsely Suggest Assault Weapons Hypocrisy  - Media Matters
none"After airing a clip of Obama telling a campaign audience that he believes in the Second Amendment and won't confiscate firearms, Hemmer said that those were comments Obama made when he "was trying to get elected":...But Hemmer cropped the video of Obama's speech to remove his statement during the same event that he also supported the passage of "some common-sense gun laws.""
05&06 Jan
The Weekend
none This Week in West Chicago
Status of Board of Education and District 33 Teacher’s Union (ETAWC) Negotiations
none"Dr. Chris Scheck, President of the Board of Education, stated “From the Board’s perspective, little or no progress was made in resolving major financial differences between the teams. None the less we will continue to work toward a positive resolution.”"
Reminder for Market Day Orders
none"The first Market Day of 2013 is quickly approaching. January’s Market Day profits will benefit the Olas Club. The first 2013 Market Day pick up will be Thursday, January 10th at 5:00 pm. You must place your order by: Monday, January 7th at 11:00 pm CST. Pick up time is 5:00-5:45 pm in Commons."
West Chicago Public Library District Prepared in the Event of a Teacher’s Strike
none"In the event of a teacher’s strike in West Chicago School District #33, the West Chicago Public Library District remains committed to serving the needs of the patrons of our district in concert with our Mission and Vision statements... In addition to our regularly scheduled children’s programs and activities as outlined in our “Get Connected” winter newsletter, look for special “Kid Zone” activities on our web site at"
West Chicago Park District E-News and Updates
none"In the event of a District 33 Teacher's Strike the West Chicago Park District has taken preparedness steps to offer affordable childcare to a limited amount of children. Please check our web site at for complete details."
West Chicago Seeks Developer\"
none"The City of West Chicago, Illinois is seeking a qualified developer to rehabilitate a historic structure located within the West Washington Street Redevelopment Project area, for retail, restaurant, office, commercial or cultural uses. The former residence, sometimes referred to as the Joel Wiant House, is located at 151 West Washington Street."
Call for Banner Artists
none"The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission invites accomplished and emerging artists, with a connection to the City of West Chicago, (either through residence, work or school), or currently living in the Chicago-land area to submit digital files of original art for consideration for the Community Banner Project Competition."
Hultgren Voted Against Aid to Aid for Sandy Victims
noneAlthough apparently not a formal.Tea Party Caucus member, Randy Hultgren was one of the 67 votes against $9.7 Billion in Hurricane Sandy Relief.  This can be confirmed at Inside Congress. - Bob
none Why shifting pension costs to schools is so controversial
none"Those are the costs that would be pushed to school districts if the legislature approved a cost-shift proposal, leading to staunch opposition from suburban and downstate lawmakers of both parties who say schools would have to raise taxes or cut programs or staff.  The amounts range from as much as $14.4 million for Elgin Area School District U-46 and $12.5 million for Indian Prairie Unit District 204 in Naperville and Aurora to less than $200,000 in school districts like Winfield Elementary District 34, Rosemont Elementary District 78 and Antioch's Grass Lake Elementary District 36."
none Quinn, Republicans hope for pension breakthrough Saturday
none"The governor declared that Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has temporarily dropped his push to shift the retirement costs of suburban and downstate teachers away from the state and onto local school districts. Republicans have opposed that provision, saying it would lead to property tax increases outside of Chicago."
Gay marriage, assault weapons ban votes delayed in Illinois Senate
none"The Illinois Senate left the State Capitol later today without voting on measures to legalize gay marriage and outlaw assault weapons, leaving the fate of those controversial issues in doubt.  A committee advanced the same-sex marriage bill late this afternoon, but the sponsor acknowledged she did not have enough votes to win approval on the Senate floor."
none Senator, AFSCME to discuss dispute over who can join unions
none" The bill outlines job positions that would not qualify for union membership. Bayer estimated about 1,900 people now in union bargaining units would lose that representation, and 1,600 more would be prohibited from joining unions.  State workers flocked to AFSCME and other unions during the administration of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who froze the wages of non-union workers. Cullerton estimated 97 percent of the state workforce belongs to a union."
Smoke-free culture catching on in Illinois, officials say
none"Since the law was enacted, downward trends in the prevalence of smoking and smoking-related deaths in Illinois have continued and even accelerated, he said.  For example, the share of Illinois adults who smoke dropped from 23.6 percent in 2003 to 21.3 percent in 2008, according to figures from the Department of Public Health. By 2010, it had dropped to 16.9 percent." West Chicago Public Library offers 'Kid Zone' activities in event of Dist. 33 strike
nonenone"In addition to the regularly scheduled children’s programs and activities as outlined in the “Get Connected” winter newsletter, look for special “Kid Zone” activities at"
none The Financial War Against the Economy at Large - TruthOut
none"Workers have become so deeply indebted on their home mortgages, credit cards and other bank debt that they fear to strike or even to complain about working conditions. Losing work means missing payments on their monthly bills, enabling banks to jack up interest rates to levels that used to be deemed usurious. So debt peonage and unemployment loom on top of the wage slavery that was the main focus of class warfare a century ago. And to cap matters, credit-card bank lobbyists have rewritten the bankruptcy laws to curtail debtor rights, and the referees appointed to adjudicate disputes brought by debtors and consumers are subject to veto from the banks and businesses that are mainly responsible for inflicting injury."
none 6 Biggest Religious Right Threats to America - Alternet
"The New York Times reported recently that the office of governor and the majorities in both legislative houses will be controlled by one party in 37 states this year, the most in 60 years. Twenty-four states will have GOP control of the legislature and the governor’s office.  The Times noted that this is a marked change from just two years ago, when 30 states were split. The report speculated that more bills will be passed and fewer of those proposals will be moderate as a result of single-party control."
none Judge Demands 'Shredded Vagina' As Proof of Rape - Reader Supported News
"I'm not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something: If someone doesn't want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case. That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn't necessarily willing, she didn't put up a fight. And to treat this case like the rape cases that we all hear about is an insult to victims of rape. I think it's an insult. I think it trivializes a rape."
California judge rules assault wasn’t rape because woman wasn’t married - Raw Story
"A California appeals court has overturned the rape conviction of a man charged with raping a sleeping woman, basing the decision on an 1872 law that does not protect unmarried women the same protections as those who are married.... The court argued, however, that the case should be retried and that the archaic law should be examined and possibly overturned. Willhite called Morales’ actions in the case “despicable,” but that the state’s law left the three judge panel with no choice."
03 Jan
Thursday and
Bob's Birthday
none Around and About in West Chicago - 02 Jan 2012
  • Consolidated Election Candidate Information
  • ETWAC Strike Notice
  • Library District Winter Reading Program
  • Free General Equivalency Development Class
  • Spare Wheels
  • Central DuPage Hospital
  • local businesses contribute
none West DuPage communities look ahead to 2013
"Wheaton will see new stores and downtown development in the new year, while golfers in Glen Ellyn will enjoy a renovated clubhouse and driving range at the Village Links course. In West Chicago, elementary school teachers have filed a strike notice as negotiations continue between their union and school board."
[There is no need for them to burn us in this way. - Bob]
none Interfaith clergy coalition opposes gay marriage bill
none"A coalition of Roman Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, Missouri Synod Lutherans and conservative Anglicans has written to Illinois lawmakers, urging them to reject any legislation that would extend marriage to same-sex couples.  In the letter the bishops and ministers from about 1,700 congregations and ministries across Illinois say the attempt to alter the state’s definition of marriage threatens the fundamental institution of marriage that society counts on as the ideal environment for raising children and teaching adult men and women to depend on each other."
none Illinois Senate committee approves bans on guns, clips
Dang Wabbit" One measure would ban the sale of semiautomatic handguns and rifles. People who currently own such weapons could keep them, but would have to register them.  The second proposal would limit ammunition magazines to 10 or fewer rounds. Sen. Dan Kotowski, the bill's sponsor, says he wants to concentrate on the high-capacity magazines because they make assault weapons more lethal."
none Quinn: Pension crisis is Illinois' 'fiscal cliff'
" Quinn says he wants lawmakers to send him a bill by Jan. 9, when the current session ends and new members take office. He says Illinois can't move forward without pension reform."
none Illinois' 2013 laws cover fins, funds, Facebook
Dang Wabbit"And a tightening of gun permit restrictions will take effect that was passed long before this month’s school attack in Newtown, Conn., but that in part addresses mental health concerns raised by the massacre.  Among other things, the law that takes effect today requires notifying the Illinois State Police, which issues Firearm Owners Identification cards, anytime a local court determines that a person has a “mental disability” that might make him or her unsuitable for gun ownership."
Teachers oppose pension plan
none"About 150 current and retired teachers’ message at East Aurora High School was loud and clear: “If you take anything away tonight: we don’t have a pension problem. We have a revenue problem,” said Maria Owens, a retired teacher and a representative with the Illinois Education Association."
none It's end of the line for 'Elgin' as part of railroad names
none"As of Tuesday, for the first time in more than a century, not a single railroad will have the name “Elgin” in its name... CN announced Monday that as of Jan. 1, this EJ&E subsidiary will become part of CN’s Wisconsin Central Railway subsidiary."
Harsh winter would be tough on area coyotes
none"A virus that killed hundreds of white-tailed deer in parts of northeastern Illinois means coyotes here are heading into winter fat and happy.  But the die-off last fall that left numerous carcasses for coyotes to eat means there will be fewer deer around this winter for the hungry critters to scavenge."


Cog Hill and St. Andrews in Illinois celebrate 50th Eskimo Open
none""This is an event that golfers look forward to every year," said Frank Jemsek, owner of Cog Hill. "Over the years, it has been played in near blizzard conditions and some years it has been sunny and 55 degrees. It is always a lot of fun especially when there is snow on the ground. The golfers get very creative with their attire and how to play in these conditions.""
Patent Application Titled "Fiber Optic Adapter Cassette and Panel ...
none""Improvements are needed in the methods and devices for managing networks and telecommunication systems, generally to better accommodate repair, maintenance, and/or upgrade procedures associated with connections of the networks and systems. Improvements are also needed with regards to organizing the networks and telecommunication systems, generally to better accommodate cable routing flow of such networks and systems.""
none U.S. Economy Added 215,000 Private-Sector Jobs in December, According to ADP National Employment Report - ADP
none“During the final month of 2012, U.S. private sector employment ended the year on a positive note as 215,000 jobs were added – the ADP National Employment Report’s largest monthly gain since February 2012. During the past year, the private sector added a total of more than 1.7 million jobs.”
none Years of tension yield to thaw between gays, Mormons - Religious News Service
none"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has acknowledged that homosexuality is neither a choice nor a sin. It has supported anti-discrimination ordinances in Utah communities, stayed away from the 2012 battles against same-sex marriage in four states, and launched a website to soften the rhetoric about homosexuality and allow gay Mormons to tell their stories."
none Veterans die awaiting pension benefits - San Francisco Chronicle
none"The VA's inability to pay benefits to veterans before they die is increasingly common, according to data obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The data reveal that tens of thousands of veterans are being approved for disability benefits and pensions only after it is too late for the money to help them."
Tom DeLay Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison  - Huffington Post
none"Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, once considered among nonethe nation's most powerful and feared lawmakers, was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for a scheme to influence elections that already cost him his job, leadership post and millions of dollars in legal fees.  The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay, a Houston-area Republican, on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for using a political action committee to illegally send corporate donations to Texas House candidates in 2002."
01 Jan
New Years Day
none Open House in Support of Ruben Pineda for Mayor - Ruben Pineda
none" [When] ... Saturday, January 26, 2013
[Time] ... 3:00pm until 6:00pm
[Where] ... Fox Community Center, 306 Main St, West Chicago
[Description] ... Please join your City Council members, Friends, and Neighbors at an Open House in support of Ruben Pineda Candidate for Mayor, City of West Chicago"
none Some illegal immigrants fear applying for licenses
none"For many of Illinois' estimated 250,000 undocumented residents of driving age, volunteering an address, photograph and birth certificate to a state database seems like a risk, possibly more than driving without a license. "They will have my record, maybe one day they (authorities) will just stop me," said 19-year-old Faviola Villagomez, who was brought illegally to the U.S. from Mexico as a child. The Chicago college student said she'd be hesitant to apply because it could make her and her six siblings — none of whom are citizens — more easily identifiable for deportation."
none Ballot battles take shape in West DuPage
none"In West Chicago, three men will challenge Ruben Pineda to become mayor. Pineda, formerly an alderman, took the helm in May after the death of then-Mayor Michael Kwasman.  His challengers are Wayne Woodward, Robert Wagner and Alderman Nicholas Dzierzanowski, said city clerk Nancy Smith."
none Tribune Co. emerges from bankruptcy
"Tribune Co. owns 23 television stations, including WGN-Ch. 9, WGN America, eight daily newspapers and other media assets, all of which the reorganization plan valued at $4.5 billion after cash distributions and new financing. Eventually, all the assets are expected to be sold, according to the new owners. They take the reins of a company that saw its worth essentially cut in half since 2007, when Chicago billionaire Sam Zell took it private in an $8.2 billion leveraged buyout."
none Trumka Statement on the Senate 'Fiscal Cliff' Agreement - AFL-CIO
none"The agreement passed by the Senate last night is a breakthrough in beginning to restore tax fairness and achieves some key goals of working families.  It does not cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits. It raises more than $700 billion over 10 years, including interest savings, by ending the Bush income tax cuts for families making more than $450,000 a year. And in recognition of the continuing jobs crisis, it extends unemployment benefits for a year.  A strong message from voters and a relentless echo from grassroots activists over the last six weeks helped get us this far."
none Catholic Priest Seriously Wounded in Zanzibar, Tanzania - Morning Star News
"Two assailants on a motorcycle shot the Rev. Ambrose Mkenda through his cheeks and in the shoulder before 8 p.m. as he arrived home in Tomondo, about four miles from Zanzibar city, capital of the semi-autonomous island in the Indian Ocean about 25 kilometers (16 miles) off the coast of Tanzania."


none America in 2012, as Told in Charts - NY Times
"To supplement the torrent of rhetoric, I offer charts to help provide facts and context for the debate around these important issues. Below are nine of my favorites from the past year."
Researcher: Long lines at polls caused 49,000 not to vote - Orlando Sentinel
none"About 30,000 of those discouraged voters — most of them in Orange and Osceola counties — likely would have backed Democratic President Barack Obama, according to Theodore Allen, an associate professor of industrial engineering at OSU.  About 19,000 voters would have likely backed Republican Mitt Romney, Allen said.  This suggests that Obama's margin over Romney in Florida could have been roughly 11,000 votes higher than it was, based just on Central Florida results. Obama carried the state by 74,309 votes out of more than 8.4 million cast."
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