Clean up in DuPage Forest Preserve, Great Western Trail or at the Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Earth Day Service at Indiana Dunes Sponsored by the Student Conservation Association, West Beach, County Line Road, Portage, IN 46368, Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT) http://members.thesca.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=30386.0&dlv_id=60594

Great Western Trail Earth Day Clean Up
https://www.facebook.com/events/1168876529803788/

9AM Saturday April 30th
Swift Road and the Great Western Trail
Lombard, IL
The DuPage Greens along with Occupy Naperville and the Friends of the Great Western Trail will once again come together to assist in the annual volunteer trail clean-up. We’d love it if you joined us!
We will be cleaning the busy- and as a result, dirty- section of the Great Western Trail (GWT) immediately east of Swift Rd. to the bridge over I-355 in Lombard.
Parking: There is adjacent parking available on the Southeast corner of Swift Road and the Great Western Trail.
We welcome other trail users, supporters and neighbors to join us. The event will be from 9 AM to Noon, rain or shine.
If you want to join us, please indicate by accepting this Facebook invite or contact Steve Alesch at [email protected] or 630-779-8295.
Be careful out there so you can enjoy the trails year around. Here are some basic suggestions to help make the cleanup safer.

  1. We suggest that you wear gloves, long sleeve shirts and long pants to protect you from thorny bushes and/or broken glass along the trails.
  2. Bring trash bags and a wagon or cart to haul the filled trash bags out to the trail crossing.
  3. Please do not leave the filled bags along the trails.
  4. If you want to recycle bottles and cans you’ll have to separate them and take them to your home or local recycling bin. The local authorities and waste pickup companies do not accommodate recycling along the trails. Unless you see a recycling container do not assume it will be recycled.
  5. Be careful and if you see something too big or hazardous to pick up please advise us of the approximate location like north side of trail 1/4 mile east of the closest cross street by sending an email to [email protected] With that information we can get the appropriate authorities with the appropriate equipment to safely remove the items dumped along the trails.

More information about the Great Western Trails and this year’s cleanup may be found at www.friendsofthegreatwesterntrails.com

Memes of the Week of December 26, 2015

Memes for the Week of December 19, 2015

COD Corruption News links

DP*College of DuPage chairwoman quits “College of DuPage

Chairwoman Katharine Hamilton abruptly resigned Sunday, following seven tumultuous months at the helm of the school’s board of trustees. In a letter emailed to Interim President Joseph Collins and trustees Sunday evening and obtained by the Tribune, Hamilton cited “personal reasons” for her decision to quit. She declined to elaborate on those reasons when contacted by the Tribune. “It is with sadness . . . that for personal reasons I am resigning from this board effective immediately,” she wrote in her resignation, addressed to the college’s students and faculty and district residents. “I have enjoyed working together with my fellow trustees to build upon the strengths of COD and address its future needs. I will miss the collaboration and energetic debate that marks the COD board as one that is so caring and committed to all of its stakeholders.” Hamilton’s resignation compounds the ongoing dysfunction at the state’s largest community college, which is under federal and state investigation. The school’s accrediting agency also is considering sanctions against the institution after finding problems with its spending practices and leadership. Hamilton, 53, also has been named in lawsuits filed by former President Robert Breuder and two other ousted administrators in recent months. All three claim she led a public effort to fire them in order to bolster her own political agenda. Hamilton’s resignation comes as the college recently began a search for its next president. The school’s presidential search committee is scheduled to hold two community forums Monday to seek the public’s input on the high-profile position. Under state law, the remaining trustees — who are now split 3-to-3 — have 60 days to select Hamilton’s replacement. If a majority of board members cannot agree on a candidate by that time, the Illinois Community College Board will appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next election in spring 2017. …

“The accreditation agency particularly assailed Hamilton’s leadership and suggested she was “micromanaging” the college with frequent phone calls to Collins. Hamilton denied the allegations, saying the school needed strong and involved leadership amid turmoil. “I cared about COD before I was elected, cared deeply during my time on the board, and will continue to follow its progress and wish the very best for its future,” Hamilton wrote in her resignation letter. Glenn Hansen, president of the faculty union, said he was surprised and disappointed by Hamilton’s resignation. A lot has happened since she became chair. We were taking the steps to move forward,” said Hansen, who spoke with Hamilton after her announcement. “It was a really rough road, but we were defintely making progress.” State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said she did not know the personal reasons behind Hamilton’s decision but said “it is an immense challenge for anybody to fight back against such an ingrained, corrupt system.” “Kathy Hamilton had the most difficult elected position in the entire county of DuPage, which is reforming an institution that has been corrupt for years and is managed by many people with many different interests at stake,” said Ives, who is on the college’s presidential search committee. “You have to overcome so much inertia in the state of Illinois for any reform to move forward, and it is exhausting.” Former Trustee Kim Savage, who has been critical of Hamilton’s leadership style, said she was surprised by the resignation but believes some good could come of it. “I hope that this will create the opportunity for the remaining board members to come together to set the college back on the right path,” Savage said. “The political agenda that was based on manufactured crises has been very damaging to the college. I urge the trustees to return their priority to serving the students and the citizens of the district.” (They were clearly not manufactured. They were created by former and some current trustees like Savage who still refuse to accept any blame for the Breuder/Trustee mess.)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/cod/ct-college-of-dupage-katharine-hamiltonquits-20151213-story.html

Hamilton: ‘My intent was always to get along’ on COD board “Kathy Hamilton says she thought about stepping down as chairwoman of the College of DuPage board for several weeks before making her resignation official Sunday night — a decision she called heartbreaking. In an interview Monday with the Daily Herald at her Hinsdale home, Hamilton said she discussed the decision with her family over the past few weeks before crafting her 10-sentence letter Friday that cited personal reasons for resigning after seven months as chairwoman. She submitted the letter on Sunday. “There are certain things more important than others,” Hamilton said, while declining to discuss specifics. Hamilton said she and her family — her husband, a son in college and a daughter in high school — are not moving out of the county. For now, she said, she’s going back to being a full-time mom. Indeed, she was coming back from the grocery store Monday before agreeing to sit down for an hourlong interview in her living room. “I think being a mother is the most important job there is,” Hamilton said. She didn’t close the door to returning to the political arena or seeking office again, and she says she will maintain an interest in the college. She was the highest vote-getter in any COD board election when she was elected to a 6-year term in April 2013. “I am brokenhearted to be leaving,” she said. “I loved COD. I loved the faculty and students and administrators. “There are certain things more important than others,” Hamilton said, while declining to discuss specifics. Hamilton said she and her family — her husband, a son in college and a daughter in high school — are not moving out of the county. For now, she said, she’s going back to being a full-time mom. Indeed, she was coming back from the grocery store Monday before agreeing to sit down for an hourlong interview in her living room. “I think being a mother is the most important job there is,” Hamilton said. She didn’t close the door to returning to the political arena or seeking office again, and she says she will maintain an interest in the college. She was the highest vote-getter in any COD board election when she was elected to a 6-year term in April 2013. “I am brokenhearted to be leaving,” she said. “I loved COD. I loved the faculty and students and administrators.” …”

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151214/news/151219457/

Will COD vice chairwoman unite divided board? “After the abrupt resignation of Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton, College of DuPage trustees now must find a new board member both factions of the evenly, and contentiously, divided board can agree on. Hamilton, who led a 4-3 majority on the seven-member panel since late April, unexpectedly resigned Sunday, submitting a letter citing unspecified “personal reasons” for her decision to quit. On Monday, COD officials said Vice Chairwoman Deanne Mazzochi will assume the duties of the board chairwoman. “Kathy Hamilton was a passionate advocate for COD reform and delivering a 21st -century education for the benefit of students and taxpayers alike,” Mazzochi said in a statement. “We are saddened that Kathy Hamilton will not continue in her role at College of DuPage, and we wish her well.” Mazzochi, a 43-year-old patent attorney from Elmhurst, was the top vote-getter during the April election where she and two running mates — Frank Napolitano and Charles Bernstein — won seats on the board. In recent weeks, she’s had a visible role representing the college. Last week, she attended a Glen Ellyn village board meeting to express the school’s desire to work more collaboratively with the village. Mazzochi also appears willing to extend an olive branch to the other side of the board. COD board members contacted Monday said they were caught off guard by Hamilton’s resignation. But Mazzochi said the remaining members of the panel “will continue to address the many challenges that lie ahead for COD.” The first of those challenges will be finding Hamilton’s replacement. Mazzochi and the five other board members now have 60 days to appoint a new trustee to serve until the next consolidated election in April 2017, officials said. If the six members are unable to agree on a replacement, the Illinois Community College Board will appoint Hamilton’s replacement. …”

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151214/news/151219483/

Former Speaker of the House Lee Daniels to Chair COD Presidential Search Committee “… Daniels currently serves as a trustee of Kite Realty Group Trust and a director of Inland Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. He also serves as the Chairman for Haymarket Center in Chicago. Daniels previously served on Elmhurst

Memorial Healthcare Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation Board as well as Boards of Directors of Suburban Bank of Elmhurst and Elmhurst Federal Savings and Loan Association. Daniels serves as a Distinguished Fellow in the Political Science Department and Senior Advisor to the President at Elmhurst College. Daniels, already a member of the College’s 18-member Presidential Search Committee, said he is delighted to serve in this new role. “Our mission is to bring three of the absolute top candidates to the attention of the Board of Trustees, which will decide who the next president will be,” Daniels said. “I am honored to be part of this process and the rich tradition of College of DuPage, which I have watched over the years develop into one of the leading community colleges in the country.” The search for a new College of DuPage president officially began Thursday, Nov. 19, when the Board of Trustees chose Hay & Company of Chicago to help the College fill the positions of President, Chief Financial Officer, Controller and Vice President for Development/Executive Director of the COD Foundation. Members of the College and community will be involved extensively in the search process. The Presidential Search Committee includes a wide range of volunteers affiliated with business, legal, financial, government and education communities in District 502, as well as a non-voting student representative, members of the COD faculty, administration, and managerial and classified staff members. …”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/bolingbrook-plainfield/community/chi-ugc-article-former-speaker-of-the-house-lee-daniels-to-ch-2015-12-14-story.html

COD faculty weigh in on search for next president “College of DuPage faculty members gave most of the input on the ideal candidate for the school’s next president during forums hosted by a search committee Monday night, with few speakers addressing Sunday’s stunning resignation of board Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton. The college scheduled the forums to gather public feedback before a now 17-member committee led by former Illinois House Speaker Lee Daniels begins to sift through applications and pick finalists for the position. Board Vice Chairwoman Deanne Mazzochi, who will handle the duties of the chairwoman, said she wants to have a discussion with other trustees about filling Hamilton’s spot on the search committee. Its members were tentatively expected to choose three to five finalists in February, and then the board would make the final decision on the hiring in March. Daniels said the committee will discuss the final timeline with trustees but favors finishing its work by early May. “To me, it’s more important to get it right than to necessarily do at a particular pace,” Mazzochi said after attending the first of two forums Monday. She declined to comment on whether any candidates have stepped forward. Daniels said he isn’t aware of any and that applications also are being screened by consultant Robert Dickeson. Former WFLD-TV Channel 32 reporter Anne Kavanagh moderated the forums and tried to set the tone early, urging speakers to focus on the “future, not the past.” Many of the more than two dozen speakers did just that, with only a few directly referencing former President Robert Breuder, fired by trustees in October, and a “no confidence” vote in his leadership by full-time faculty September 2014. Faculty members said a new president should have both teaching and administrative experience and a vision for improving student retention and graduation rates. …”

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151215/news/151219368/

Breuder attorney: Hamilton’s ‘political charade is over’ “… “In her wake and through ill-advised decisions, in her short time at COD, Hamilton used her political office to instigate malicious and unfounded attacks against Dr. Breuder designed to destroy his reputation,” attorney Martin A. Dolan said in the statement. “Her poor decisions were fueled by a misguided political ambition resulting in arrogant abuses of power,” it read. “Unfortunately for the taxpayers of DuPage County, her resignation was not soon enough, the damages she and her personally funded ‘Clean Slate’ cohorts have caused will be long lasting and costly.” The statement was reminiscent of the allegations in a federal lawsuit filed in October by Breuder, alleging that Hamilton and her supporters ran a “malicious and wrongful scheme” to sully Breuder’s reputation while firing him contrary to his contractual and constitutional rights. Breuder’s lawsuit, one of three filed in federal court by fired COD employees, seeks $2 million in damages, and seeks damages individually from Hamilton and members of the Clean Slate party she put together. Those trustees — Deanne Mazzochi, Frank Napolitano and Charles Bernstein — were elected in April amid a furor over a $763,000 severance package given to hasten Breuder’s departure from the college amid complaints of reckless spending on food and drink and perks under Breuder’s watch. …”

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151214/news/151219470/

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Occupy Naperville ☮

Memes for the Week of December 12, 2015

Memes for the Week of December 5th 2015

Memes for the week of November 28, 2015

Meme for the week of November 22, 2015

Memes of the week November 12, 2015

TPP News Links

TAA, TPA, TPP and the US Gov.’s Houses of Spinning ‘Facts’ and Secrets

WH Blog: The Path Forward on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (Obama giving 90 days of review with only 60 required.)

Today, the Obama Administration released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as negotiated by the United States and 11 partner countries across the Asia-Pacific region. It’s a historic agreement, and releasing it to the public is an important milestone; but it is also just one step in an extensive process of consultation and consideration provided for by the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) — bipartisan legislation that Congress passed and President Obama signed into law this year. The agreement boosts Made-in-America exports, supports higher-paying American jobs, and levels the playing field so that Americans can compete and win in the global economy. And in addition to advancing our economic interests, TPP reflects our values — promoting fairer competition, a cleaner environment, and stronger protections for workers across nearly 40 percent of the global economy. In order to help make sure Americans and Congress can fully evaluate what’s in TPP for themselves, we released the text today alongside an array of resources designed to increase the public’s understanding of what’s in the deal. So far, the Obama administration has made the following TPP materials public:

On top of this, we’ll be responding directly to the American people and their representatives in Congress — through travel, real-time conversations online, conference calls, and briefings for Congress, stakeholders, and the press. So we hope you’ll follow @USTradeRep and the Director of the White House Business Council @Diana44 on Twitter, and check out USTR.gov/TPP as well as WhiteHouse.gov/Trade.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/11/05/path-forward-trans-pacific-partnership

The Full Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) “Source: The full text was published on the website of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) The text of the Agreement was released by TPP Parties on 5 November 2015 and can be accessed by chapter below. The text will continue to undergo legal review and will be translated into French and Spanish language versions prior to signature.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-full-text-of-the-trans-pacific-partnership-tpp/5486887

Battle begins over details of Obama’s Pacific trade deal

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/economy/article43280127.html#emlnl=Evening_Newsletter

Trans-Pacific Partnership Fears Confirmed with Release of Trade Deal Text: Release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership text confirms concerns about environmental risks, runaway corporate power, and weakened democracy by teleSur

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43334.htm

‘Worse Than We Thought’: TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare: ‘President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,’ says Friends of the Earth

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/11/05/worse-we-thought-tpp-total-corporate-power-grab-nightmare

Mass European Protest against TTIP corporate Takeover: EU Commission Sanctions “Revolution Against Law”: Britain Ignores UN on TTIP

http://www.globalresearch.ca/mass-european-protest-against-ttip-corporate-takeover-eu-commission-sanctions-revolution-against-law/5486736

BREAKING: The TPP was just released. This is our last chance to stop it. Take action now to stop the TPP. Watch this short video about the dirtiest deal we’ve ever seen.

https://www.fightthetpp.org/

Commission Sanctions “Revolution Against Law”: Britain Ignores UN on TTIP

http://www.globalresearch.ca/mass-european-protest-against-ttip-corporate-takeover-eu-commission-sanctions-revolution-against-law/5486736

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