Des Plaines to RedSpeed: Pass

Des Plaines holds off on traffic cams.

“I’m uncomfortable trying to generate revenue from this type of ordinance where the lion’s share is going to the vendor at the expense of taxpayers.”

Read it all here.

Don’t forget to read the comments.


RLC: Schaumburg Pulls Plug on $1 Million Camera

Shoppers going elsewhere to avoid ticket trap?

Hat tip to dgombudsman on this story that broke late last night.  Read the rest of this entry »

Reality Starts Sinking In

Sobering thoughts from 99, deafening silence from 58.

I’ve written in the past how 99 seems to have more on the budget ball than 58.  Kudos to 99 Super Mark McDonald for a cold and bold laying out of the facts, and possible ways to blunt the impact of recessionary budgets.

So where is 58 on this very important problem?  Should we blame this inept inactivity on Scott O’Connell, too? Read the rest of this entry »

Unequalled Excellence

South Speech Team wins unprecedented sixth straight State Championship; North comes in Fifth

Since 1985 DGS’ Speech team has won or placed second in state except for 1986, 1989 and 2000.  That’s 21 out of the last 24 years they either won, or almost won.  They own six of the seven highest scores ever recorded in state competition.  Through three dedicated coaches (John Hires, Diane Hires, and now Jan Heiteen) they have been superb with a constantly changing roster.  If a sports team had won or was runner up at state with a record like that, imagine the hysteria.  And these students did it not with brute athletic ability, but with brute skill and brute brilliance.

This year, even the Village Council finally woke up to the fact there are competitive non-sports teams fielded by our schools that are strong, and worthy of notice.

From 99’s website:

The District 99 South High School Speech Team captured an unprecedented sixth consecutive State Speech Championship Feb. 21. Also, the North High Speech Team placed Fifth in the state finals.

Declared the “winningest” team in state history with far and away more wins than any other team, South students also placed in the following individual events: Adam Kase won Second Place in Extemporaneous Speaking, Jenni McCarthy with Third Place finishes in both Dramatic Interpretation and Poetry Reading, Chelsey Rice-Davis with Second Place finishes in Impromptu Speaking and Original Oratory, and Tess Moody with a Third Place finish in Special Occasion Speaking and a Fourth Place finish in Prose Reading.

In addition to the team championship, South High won Third Place in the Performance-in-the-Round competition. Congratulations also go to Head Coach Jan Heiteen.

North finished Fifth in the state contest, one of their best seasons in recent history.

I started in on this last year and I’ll say it again-

How about a proclamation, council?! How many years does Heiteen and her team have to rock it like no other team in the history of the IHSA before a tip of the hat!?!

X Chords

mastheadOldest son checks in:

We are proud to announce that we received 1st Place at the ICCA quarterfinal round held at Missouri State University! This advances us to the Midwest Semifinals which will be held Saturday, March 14th at Northwestern University. Additionally, Kellen was awarded Best Arrangement for “Viva La Vida” and Ed was awarded Best Vocal Percussion while Brian recieved Best Soloist both for “Anna Molly”!

We had a great time and had the privilege of watching many talented groups. Also, thanks to all those who attended the concert–it was exciting performing for such a great crowd!

The University of Illinois a capella group The Xtension Chords (known as the X Chords) will compete Saturday march 14th in the midwest ICCA semi finals at Northwestern University. My son Brian is in the group, as is Phil and Paula Vettel’s son Ed. Brian went to DGS, Ed went to DGN; both sides of town are represented by this very talented, funny group. The X Chords are not supported by the U of I, they are mostly not music majors; they just like to sing, are good at it, and enjoy it.

Credit our schools here in DG for instilling a love of fine arts in more than just Ed and Brian.

I Can’t Resist

The American Recovery and-Reinvestment Act of 2009.

hr1At 407 pages, shorter than a Tom Clancy novel, but has just as many twists and turns.  Happy reading…

Bus Rider

Commuter Shuttle Ridership 2008

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Click on graph for larger version

Data is from monthly Village Statistical Reports.

2,009 riders took 6,003 rides in 2008, averaging 167 shuttle commuters per month.  In 2007 Council voted 5-2 to give the commuter shuttle four years to prove itself worth keeping, and in 2011 the four years runs out, and council will have the opportunity to vote again whether or not to continue the service.

In the meantime, the business community has started forwarding the idea of “reverse commuting”-getting workers from the train station to their jobs-via the shuttles as a potential benefit to attracting businesses to Downers Grove, in particular the large office complexes at Finley and Butterfield, and at 31st and Highland.

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