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West Chicago Middle School being renamed

Pols & Community Leaders

I don't know how many people in the community are aware of the move to rename the Middle School. It was just recently announced to the staff that this would be happening. Support for the idea is low amongst the staff due to the amount that will be spent on changing over everything to the new name, in the wake of continued cuts in other areas to balance the budget. The official ceremony is slated for October.

    I am neither for or against renaming the school to Leman Middle School, I just think the community should be consulted and it should not come at the cost of laying off reading aides during tight times. I understand the desire to honor Dr. Leman given his unfortunate medical condition, but I believe even he would be against unnecessarily spending money right now on something that can always be done later during times of surpluses. Thank you.

Miguel Hernandez

ROSALINDA DELGADO for 2nd Ward Alderman

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     I am West Chicago!  Born and raised here, I represent every majority population in the City: American, Female, Hispanic, Bi-lingual and Educated. I have a B.A. in Psychology from Governor’s State University and I am currently a graduate student for their M.A. in Clinical Psychology program. Like many other residents, I intend to make West Chicago my life-time home. I am energetic, compassionate, and involved.

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Ramey Record

Hello Friends,

I hope you all had a safe and happy New Years celebration. With all of the bad news during last year, 2012 can only get better.

We begin our spring session on January 31st and will continue on through the end of May. If you have any thoughts on the legislation being introduced please feel free to send me a note or call my office. I had many e-mails on various issues last year and will continue to inform you all on what is happening in Springfield. If you have ideas on legislation now is the time to get it to me.

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Time to Stop the Confusion about No-Bid Contracts

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     Responding to public criticism for their use of no bid contracts, Forest Preserve Board President Pierotti, Attorney Mork, and Commissioners have repeatedly stated that the Illinois Professional Services Act prohibits them from seeking bids when hiring engineers, architects, and attorneys. According to the current Board, all taxpayer dollars spent on these services must - by state law – be in the form of no-bid contracts.

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Ongoing Teacher Contract Negotiations

Pols & Community Leaders

     As some of you may know, Community High School is negotiating a new teachers’ contract and has been since last February. The inability of both sides to reach an agreement is beginning to weigh on the education of our students. Staff morale is at an all time low. Attached is a letter written by a parent of a Community H.S. student. The letter conveys the frustration many are feeling as the absence of an agreement moves on into its tenth month.
Please contact your board of education members and encourage them to bring this situation to a close. Please ask your friends and neighbors living within the D94 school district to do the same.

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Pols & Community Leaders

     Dennis Clark, of Winfield, has been appointed to a three year term on the Illinois State
Nature Preserve Commission (INPC). The mission of the INPC is to assist private and
public landowners in protecting high quality natural areas and habitats of endangered
and threatened species in perpetuity. The Commission promotes the preservation of
these significant lands and provides leadership in their stewardship, management and


Business owner Gary Saake announces candidacy for State Representative

Pols & Community Leaders

     Gary Saake, a small business owner and School Board member from Winfield, entered the Republican primary for Illinois State Representative from the 42nd district during a news conference held at Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce in West Chicago. Saake was joined at the news conference by his wife Anna as well as DuPage County Treasurer Gwen Henry and West Chicago Mayor Mike Kwasman, who formally endorsed his candidacy.

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Ramey Record

     State Representative Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) announced today that he would seek the Republican nomination for the 23rd State Senate District. The 23rd District includes: Addison, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Itasca, Lombard, Medinah, Roselle, Villa Park, West Chicago and Wood Dale.


DuPage County Republican Central Committee

Ramey Record

     At last evening's DuPage County Republican Central Committee meeting, Randy Ramey was unanimously elected by his fellow Central Committee members to lead the DuPage Republican Party. Upon being elected Chairman Ramey expressed that he is , “grateful for the support of my colleagues and I look forward to working together to build an even stronger DuPage County Republican Party."


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Governor Signs Ramey Bill to Curb Recidivism Rate

Ramey Record

     Governor Quinn signed House Bill 3360 into law today. The measure, sponsored by State Representative Randy Ramey (R-West Chicago), requires the Department of Employment Security, in cooperation with the Department of Corrections, to provide increased employment opportunities for prisoners who have fulfilled their sentences and are ready to reenter society.

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