Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Using the Freedom of Information Act


The Rockford Register Star just printed this wonderful chart on using the Freedom of Information Act outlining  how citizens can access Illinois public records.

Click on  the photocopies  to enlarge.


FOIA Procedures 1 of 2

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U.S. Calls Radiation ‘Extremely High’ and Urges Deeper Caution in Japan -

The chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave a significantly bleaker appraisal of threat posed by the Japanese nuclear crisis than the Japanese government, saying on Wednesday that the damage at one crippled reactor was much more serious than Japanese officials had acknowledged and advising to Americans to evacuate a wider area around the plant than ordered by the Japanese government.

Pentagon said Wednesday that American military forces in Japan were not allowed within 50 miles of the plant and that some flight crews who might take part in relief missions were being given potassium iodide to protect against the effects of radiation

Emperor Akihito made his first ever televised appearance on Wednesday to tell the nation he was “deeply worried” about the nuclear crisis.

U.S. Calls Radiation ‘Extremely High’ and Urges Deeper Caution in Japan -

New power line almost ready at Japan nuke plant | Seattle Times Newspaper


A nearly completed new power line could restore cooling systems in Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant, its operator said Thursday, raising some hope of easing the crisis that has threatened a meltdown and already spawned dangerous radiation surges.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Naoki Tsunoda said the new power line to the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is almost finished and that officials plan to try it "as soon as possible," but he could not say exactly when.

The new line would revive electric-powered pumps, allowing the company to maintain a steady water supply to troubled reactors and spent fuel storage ponds, keeping them cool. The company is also trying to repair its existing disabled power line.

Nation & World | New power line almost ready at Japan nuke plant | Seattle Times Newspaper

Are WI unions seeking help from Canadian Labour?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Bank of Montreal buying Scott Walker backing M&I bank

With $1 billion of pension funds invested in M&I bank, Wisconsin unions have initiated a "Move your Money" campaign against the bank, one of biggest financial supporters of union-busting governor Scott Walker. Not a good time to buy a union busting bank. And, if the Bank of Montreal completes its purchase of the bank, will the Canadian bank continue M&I's support of right-wing US politicians?

A senior union researcher estimates that unions have at least $1 billion invested in M&I Bank, mostly through pension funds. Discussions are going on at the highest levels of the labor movement about how exactly to leverage this financial clout in the political debate in Wisconsin. Since the Bank of Montreal is in process of purchasing M&I Bank, US unions have reached out to the Canadian Labour Congress to urge their involvement in a disinvestment campaign

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Take Action | Keep on eye on Marshall & Ilsley Bank


This website is getting a lot of attention up in Wisconsin.

Pending government approval, M&I Bank was purchased by Bank of Montreal in December 2010.  Bank of Montreal owns Harris Bank (Chicago) which purchased the bankrupt AMCORE Bank of Rockford in 2010.

The following is what this website requests:

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After working families gave Marshall and Ilsley Bank (M&I) a $1.7 billion bailout in 2008, their executives did an about face and funded Governor Scott Walker's attack on our right to collectively bargain. (visit for more information)

In fact, their financial help combined was more than what the Koch Brothers contributed.

And while Governor Walker was demanding austerity from working people, M&I CEO Mark Furlong got an $18 million golden parachute.

Even after the bank was having diffulty paying back its TARP loan.

Is this the thanks we get for bailing out M&I Bank?

Tell M&I CEO Mark Furlong and his board to come clean and stop backing the politicians who took away our rights.

Click here for information on your nearest branch.

You can also call 414-765-7801 to tell them you have had enough.

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Although a personal choice many have asked us where to put their money. We recommend you deposit it in Amalgamated Bank as they're the only bank funding organizing workers. Also be sure to notify the local press and us that you've closed your account and for what amount.

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To promote economic justice for Wisconsin's working individuals, families, and the underprivileged, through the application of financial pressure on influenial supporters of Governor Walker.

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