Saturday, January 30, 2010

Belvidere, Genoa to face off again for Amtrak route

Belvidere route is back in play. Quinn and Secretary of Transportation Gary Hannig said they’ll leave it to local leaders to achieve consensus on the best route to Rockford out of Chicago.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere, Genoa to face off again for Amtrak route - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Quinn announces $45M for passenger rail for Quad Cities

Projected to launch in early 2012,…Under the planned service, two daily trips will bring passengers to and from Chicago in three hours and 20 minutes….one leg of a planned passenger train service that would connect to Iowa City and west on to Omaha, Neb.

Click on the following for more detailsQuinn announces $45M for passenger rail - Quad Cities Online

Passenger Rail Headed to Rockford

Quinn says, "this will be a trip that you can go from Rockford to Chicago in about two hours and 15 minutes."

route will run from Chicago to Dubuque, with a stop in Rockford and possibly Belvidere.

Click on the following:  Passenger Rail Headed to Rockford

Metra fares going up starting Monday

 

one-way ticket from the Elgin to Chicago will increase to $6 from the present $5.65.

weekend fares to Chicago will increase to $7

No fare increases will apply to the 10-ride or monthly pass tickets.

 

Click on the following for more details:  Metra fares going up starting Monday :: The Courier News :: Local News

Recent Mailing regarding Judge Race

I like you just received this mailing and wanted to know more. Hursh vote no 2

The following is the Rockford Register Star’s coverage of this case.  Click on the following:  Janesville man convicted in Boone murder trial - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

hursh vote no 3

I was unable to locate the August 18, 2008 Rockford Register Star.  The Boone County Journal for -08-29-08 also has the story.   However a complete  copy of either paper is not available on line.

It appears that charges against Mr. Mackovich may have been lowered to manslaughter and that Mr. Mackovich is now on parole.  See Google Search below:

 
GOOGLE SEARCH:  http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=steven+mackovich+%2B+jim+hursh&start=10&sa=N
The Boone County

the conviction of Steven Mackovich from first-degree murder to voluntary manslaughter in the ... Boone County State's Attorney James Hursh, Boone County ...
boonecountyjournal.com/news/2008/Boone-County-News-08-29-08.pdf

UPDATE   UPDATE   UPDATE

I have been unable to obtain the Register Star ‘s story of which the anti-Hursh post card spoke however this length story by the Boone County Journal of August 29, 2008 was obtained.  Perhaps this can provide some clarification regarding this complicated case.

Click on the photocopies to enlarge:

Machovich 1 & 3

Machovich 2

Machovich 1 & 3

Machovich 4 & 6

Machovich 4 & 6

DeKalb Mayor refuses to release names of all ten applicants for the vacant alderman seat

Northern Star filed a Freedom of Information request for the names of the 10 applicants, and, in a letter addressed to the Northern Star, DeKalb City Clerk Steve Kapitan said “City Attorney Norma Guess asserts that this request [for the 10 names] be denied because it constitutes a clear unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

NorthernStar Newspaper | Article

Harper professor recounts meeting Salinger

In 1978 Herriges and his girlfriend, both Chicago Public School English teachers, took a road trip specifically to meet Salinger, whom Herriges credits with changing him from a rebellious teen to an avid reader and aspiring author

J.D. Salinger

A lot of people have taught J.D. Salinger's books, and almost everyone with a high school education has read "Catcher in the Rye."

Click on the following for the complete story:  Daily Herald | Harper professor recounts meeting Salinger

What's in a cigarette? FDA to study ingredients

In June, tobacco companies must tell the FDA their formulas for the first time, just as drugmakers have for decades. Manufacturers also will have to turn over any studies they've done on the effects of the ingredients.

Click on the following for more details:  Business & Technology | What's in a cigarette? FDA to study ingredients | Seattle Times Newspaper

Washington Legislature votes ban on BPA in kids' containers

Washington will become the third state to ban bisphenol A, known as BPA, in some products. Connecticut and Minnesota have outlawed some BPA products, and several other states are expected to debate similar measures soon.

[includes] ban on the chemical bisphenol A in baby bottles, sippy cups and other food containers if they are to be used by children 3 or younger.

The Food and Drug Administration earlier this month for the first time said it was expressing "some concern" about BPA's effects and would spend $30 million doing more research.

Click on the following for more details:  Local News | Senate votes ban on BPA in kids' containers | Seattle Times Newspaper