Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Message from Senator Durbin

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April 30, 2014
Mr. Daniel Stafford
40 N. Tower Road #9N
Oak Brook, IL 60523-1120
Dear Mr. Stafford:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the need to increase the federal minimum wage. I appreciate hearing from you.
I am a cosponsor of legislation (S. 460) that would increase the federal minimum wage. The current wage is $7.25 an hour. This legislation would gradually increase it to $10.10 an hour, after which there would be automatic annual increases tied to changes in the cost of living. S. 460 would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage. That would be the first time in 20 years the tipped wage has been raised.
S. 460 has been referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
Thank you again for sharing your views on this important issue with me. Please feel free to keep in touch.
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator

The Ivory Cage and the Ghosts of Academe: Labor and Struggle in the Edu-Factory

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With Unlimited Financial Campaign Contributions, One Robber Baron Can Control a State

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Can unrestricted campaign contributions by millionaires and billionaires buy a state legislature? Just look at what one man has politically purchased in Missouri.

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GOP Blocks $10.10 Minimum Wage Hike in Senate

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Supreme Court Backs EPA Crackdown on Cross-State Coal Pollution

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Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Criminalizing Pregnant Women

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Lethal Injections: A History of Bungled Executions

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Report: Nukes Were Almost Used 13 Times Since 1962 - and the Risk of Nuclear Accidents Is Rising

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The Ivory Cage and the Ghosts of Academe: Labor and Struggle in the Edu-Factory

Max Haiven, Truthout: Recognition of the deteriorating state of academic labor in universities on both sides of the Atlantic is at an all-time high, thanks to the tireless work of precarious university employees and their representative organizations.

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Phony Justice in a Phony War

L. Michael Hager, Truthout: FBI interrogation of a member of the defense team for one of the accused at Guantanamo is another blow to the integrity of a military commission process that owes its existence to an illegitimate "war."

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Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling and the Reality of Racism

Chris Williams, Truthout: It would be easy to attack the offensive comments made by Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling over the past few days, but their comments reflect a dominant train of thought among those with systemic institutional power. The reality of racism is stronger than ever.

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Narrative Medicine Isn't the Same Old Story

Hannah K. Gold, Truthout: Narrative medicine - with its focus on the individual patient as a person with specific pains, pasts and agency - has become increasingly popular as a pedagogical tool and theory of medical practice as well as a possible avenue towards a more compassionate and effective health care system.

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Bundy's Friends Have Become the Kochs' Useful Idiots

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The ironic thing about the militia members at Cliven Bundy's ranch is that the only people who benefit from their fight against "big government" are the same people who are already destroying our country - the billionaires and the oligarchs.

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Koch Brothers, Major Corporations Sponsor Pension Reform Seminar for Judges

Chris Young, Center for Public Integrity: As state courts across the nation prepare to referee numerous public pension reform disputes, a gaggle of interested parties, from major corporations to the Koch brothers, will next week sponsor an expenses-paid conference on public pension reform for judges who may decide the cases' fates.

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Sweden Championed Gender Equality to Raise Birth Rates - and It Worked

Ashley Lauren Samsa, Care2: In industrialized countries, especially the United States and countries in Europe, the birth rate has been consistently declining. Sweden has successfully turned this around by focusing on gender equality.

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Senate to Obama: Drone, Baby, Drone

Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: Five years of Obama drone strikes, at least 2,500 people in their graves, but still no sign of promised transparency around the program.

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"As Consumers, We Are Guinea Pigs": Vermont Set to Become First State to Require GMO Food Labeling

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Vermont is poised to become the first state to require the labeling of genetically modified organisms in food products, with the governor saying he will sign the pro-GMO-labeling bill as early as this week.

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Crain's Detroit Business Editor Channels Slave Imagery, Says Detroit Needs "Permanent Overseer"

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Six Reasons Why Obama's Clemency Program Doesn't Change Mass Incarceration One Bit

Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report: The Obama administration is talking up the possibility of using presidential clemency powers to release hundreds of prisoners. But the releases will not represent any significant or permanent change to the nation's universal policy of mass incarceration.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Obama Delays Decision on Keystone Pipeline, and More

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Supreme Court is crippling democracy

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The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down its ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, and it's Citizens United all over again.

Our friends at Public Citizen are organizing the effort to undo this selling of government to the highest bidder.

Click here to add your name to the petition for a constitutional amendment to overturn McCutcheon along with Citizens United.

Our only hope of overturning Citizens United and now McCutcheon is if millions of Americans band together in saying "Enough!" to plutocracy.

In a nutshell, the Supreme Court just permitted individuals — those who can afford to do so, at any rate — to dole out up to $5.9 million per election cycle to political candidates and parties. Until now, the limit was $123,000.

Of course you'll have an equal right to spend $5.9 million on your preferred politicians, if you have that kind of spare change lying around!

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Citizens United allowed Big Business to spend literally as much as it wants — predominantly in undisclosed contributions filtered through the likes of Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — distorting our elections. And it allowed billionaires like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson to funnel unlimited sums through super PACs and other "dark money" conduits.

Now McCutcheon removes meaningful restraints on direct giving to candidates.

The First Amendment was never intended to provide a giant megaphone for the wealthiest to use to shout down the rest of us.

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Time is Running Out to Register for the Fishing Derby!

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Are you faster than a speeding Sunfish, or more powerful than an angry Bass? Can you reel in multiple fish with a single line? Then this super event is for you. All heroes will have two and a half hours to catch as many fish as they can. Prizes are then awarded in a variety of categories like heaviest fish caught, smallest fish caught, most fish caught, and best dressed costumed hero in all age categories. All super fishermen are required to register before the deadline, as registration will not take place at the event. This event is held whether rain or shine, but if weather is severe call (630) 629- 0886 for more information. No fishing will be allowed May 8-9.
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Saturday, May 10
9:00-12:00pm (Check-in begins at 8:45am)
$12/Adults (16 years & up);
$8/Child (7-15 years);
$6/Child (6 years & under)
IL State Fishing License are required for 16 & up to participate in this event
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Gym Time FunIf your child needs to burn off some energy before summer starts, bring them into the park district. We will play games and run around in the gym. If the weather is nice, we will also go outside. Please wear gym shoes.
3-5 years
Tuesday & Thursday, May 20 & May 22
$12/resident; $15/non-resident
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Thursday, May 15

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School's Out CelebrationSchool's out for summer! Let's celebrate by having a party at the park district. We will make a summer craft, play some games outside, and celebrate with some ice cream.
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Tuesday, May 27
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Preschool Room
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VolleyballHave you ever wanted to play volleyball in the sand? Well now here's your chance! Participants will be learning how to bump, set, spike, and serve the ball all while having fun in the sand! We will spend the last part of each class playing a scrimmage game against friends. This program is designed for fun with an emphasis on safety. Teams will be made each week.
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Thursdays, May 15-29 (3 weeks)
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Announcing: United For Bikes

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Celebrate the power of bicycles to change lives.

This National Bike Month, we're teaming up with international bike non-profit World Bicycle Relief to celebrate the power of bicycling to change lives, no matter where you live.

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Plane Crash Kills Four At South Dakota Wind Farm

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Report: Plane Crash Kills Four At South Dakota Wind Farm
on 29 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
On April 27, a small airplane crashed on the site of NextEra Energy's South Dakota Wind Energy Center, killing all four passengers on board. According to an Associated Press report, the single-engine Piper aircraft crashed 10 miles south of Highmore, S.D., killing the pilot and three passengers. The plane was [read more]
Vegas-Bound AWEA Releases Modest First Quarter Numbers: Is PTC Extension In The Cards?
on 29 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
As it readies for the annual WINDPOWER 2014 Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas next week, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that 214 MW of installed capacity was energized during the first quarter of 2014. While modest by 2010 and 2011 standards, AWEA reports that the 133 turbines [read more]
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Maine Students Set To Compete In Blade Design Challenge
on 29 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Maine high school students are readying themselves for the sixth annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge on May 2. Developed by Maine Composites Alliance, in partnership with the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative, the contest partners high school teams with Maine-based advanced composites manufacturers to research, design and manufacture model [read more]
Gearbox Express Adds Wind Industry Veteran
on 29 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Mukwonago, Wis.-based services provider Gearbox Express has named James Snelson as director of engineering. Previously, Snelson was turbine engineering manager at Dallas-based Infigen Energy and operations engineer at GL Garrad Hassan America. He has more than 12 years of experience in the design and analysis of rotating equipment in both [read more]


Gamesa To Upgrade Wind Turbines For GDF Subsidiary
on 29 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Gamesa is upgrading 19 wind turbines in the south of France for GDF SUEZ subsidiary La Compagnie du Vent.  As part of the contract, Gamesa will implement algorithm improvement software and install the Gamesa Premium Availability program in 14 wind turbines. The turbine manufacturer will also reinforce the frame on [read more]
Senvion To Supply 27 Wind Turbines At France-Based Wind Farms
on 29 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Turbine manufacturer Senvion says it will install and maintain 27 wind turbines at four France-based wind farms being developed by European supplier ENERTRAG. According to Senvion, the company's MM100 2 MW wind turbines with a hub height of 100 meters will power three of the wind farms. By capturing wind [read more]


Vestas Begins Construction At First Utility-Scale Project In Jordan
on 29 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Vestas reports that construction is underway at Al Tafilah, Jordan's first utility-scale wind farm.  According to Vestas, civil work has begun at the 117 MW project, adding that 38 wind turbines will be delivered over the coming months. The first turbines will begin to produce electricity during the first quarter [read more]
Siemens, GE In Race For Alstom
on 28 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Less than a week after media reports surfaced claiming that GE was pursuing Alstom, fellow behemoth Siemens has joined the fray to acquire the France-based industrial provider. On April 28, Siemens said a delegation would meet with French President Francois Hollande and other high-ranking French political leaders. The day before, [read more]


Project Construction Resumes As Warm Weather (Finally) Returns To Michigan
on 28 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Consumers Energy says warmer weather will allow it to resume construction of the 105 MW Cross Winds Energy Park, located in Tuscola County, Mich. The wind farm will include 62 wind turbines, with a capacity of 105 MW when it begins operating later this year. Wind turbine components are scheduled [read more]
Gamesa Signs Supply Contract In India
on 28 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Gamesa says it has signed an agreement for the supply of 100 MW to Indian wind power developer and operator Greenko. This order falls under the umbrella of the 300 MW framework agreement reached in 2013, under which orders for 250 MW for installation at various wind complexes have already [read more]


Nordex Receives Research Loan From EIB
on 28 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide Nordex SE with a loan of EUR 100 million for the turbine manufacturer's research and development program. In an effort to achieve grid parity, Nordex says it will work with European Union (EU) suppliers and research entities to develop efficient technical solutions to [read more]
NaiKun Nets $700,000 Private Placement
on 28 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
NaiKun Wind Energy Group says it received a much-needed financial boost from Joseph Houssian, a director at the company. According to NaiKun, the C$700,000 capital infusion will be used for "general corporate purposes and working capital" for the further development of the 396 MW Haida Energy Field Project, an offshore [read more]
GE Unit Surpasses $10 Billion In Renewable Energy Investments
on 25 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
GE Energy Financial Services says it has exceeded $10 billion in renewable energy investment commitments worldwide. The investments include $8 billion in more than 12 GW of wind farms and $1.7 billion in 1 GW of solar power installations, with the balance in other renewables. According to the U.S.-based company, [read more]
Goldwind To Supply 215 MW Wind Farm In Panama
on 25 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Goldwind USA has received an order from InterEnergy Holdings to supply turbines for the 215 MW Penonome wind project, located in the province of Cocle, Panama. The order is for 86 units of 2.5 MW permanent-magnet direct-drive turbines and represents Goldwind's largest international sale. In addition to supplying the wind [read more]
Vestas Receives Turbine Order For 33 MW Danish Wind Farm
on 25 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Long-time Vestas customer European Energy has placed a 33 MW turbine order for the Ulvemosen project, to be financed in collaboration with Danish pension fund Sampension. Located in Varde, Denmark, the Ulvemosen project will feature 10 of Vestas' V117-3.3 MW wind turbines, and the deal includes a 15-year Active Output [read more]
Exelon Extends Turbine Service Contract With Suzlon
on 25 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Exelon has extended its agreements with Suzlon Wind Energy Corp.'s service group to continue servicing 231 Suzlon S88 and S64 wind turbine generators adding up to 408.5 MW. "Exelon is one of Suzlon Groups largest and long-standing customers and sets very high standards for wind turbine operations, maintenance and safety, [read more]

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