Patch Flash: Deal Paves Way for Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Farms

Chicagoland news to talk about: Man hit by Metra train in Morton Grove.

The Obama administration and five states, including Illinois, have reached an agreement to speed up approval of offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes, which have been delayed by cost concerns and public opposition. Under the deal, state and federal agencies will craft a blueprint for speeding regulatory review of proposed wind farms without sacrificing environmental and safety standards. Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania signed the agreement. llinois Gov. Pat Quinn said developing offshore wind energy would "promote economic development and create jobs, while reducing our dependence on foreign energy sources."

A bill that would strengthen current anti-bullying protections in Illinois has passed out the Illinois General Assembly. Bill HB 5290, introduced by lesbian state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, is headed to the Illinois Senate. The bill is not directly related to LGBT issues. Rather, it adds to the current code to create a model bullying prevention policies for schools for 2013. The current school code does contain LGBT anti-bullying protections.

 In Illinois, legislators can personally award scholarships to state universities – sometimes to friends, donors and political allies. For a century, each Illinois legislator has had the power to hand out a few scholarships every year without regard to students' needs or qualifications. In recent years, a state lawmaker helped a political backer's four children with $94,000 worth of tuition waivers. Another gave a scholarship to the son of a Chicago alderman. Now, after the failure of repeated efforts to end the $13.5 million-a-year program, opponents are making a new push to eliminate the waivers as Illinois officials try again to clean up the state's image after two consecutive governors wound up in prison.

At issue is the clash between the Catholic Church’s stance on contraception and one of the guidelines of the act championed by President Obama: a provision that would require health insurance providers to cover contraception and sterilization procedures at no cost to the patient. The provision does not exempt employers with a religious affiliation who hire people with diverse religious backgrounds — like the hundreds of schools and hospitals run by the Catholic Church nationwide.

, according to Metra spokesperson Tom Miller. Miller had few details and did not know the victim's identity, but Commander Paul Yaras of the Morton Grove Police Department said the victim was a male, and was walking on the tracks south of the station. 


In addition to its 30th year anniversary in February, The Book Stall at Chestnut Court has another reason to celebrate. According to Publishers Weekly, The Book Stall is also experiencing high sales this year due to changes in the bookstore market.

TwoKidDad April 04, 2012 at 03:36 PM
HM - then eliminate all of the subsidies, lets go with a level playing field. But no, that just got voted down by Republican controlled House. They voted to protect subsidies to oil. So if oil gets subsidies, so should wind. What are the costs to maintain a wind turbine? Heck of lot less than an oil or coal power plant. The constant stream of energy will be combated when we finally adopt a smart grid and the technology that already exist with fluid metal batteries goes commercial.
McCloud April 04, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I would suggest we subsidize a class for people who fall prey to green solutions, Smelling the green, all of a sudden there are plenty of folks singing it's praises, who can blame them?
Sully April 04, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I profit not one bit from "green". I'd simply like to see my kids and grand kids live in an environment that is not marked by super storms, unbreathable air, and undrinkable water. Or at least not to have to pay private corporations for water and clean air.
Donna M. April 05, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Sully, someone who has his head in the sand (or darker place) only hears the voices in his head. Homer said it best in his Tuesday, April 3, 2012 post: It is good to see the right wing ignorance is alive and well.
McCloud April 05, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Its always about the kids. Us right wingers like dirty air, chopped up birds, undrinkable water, and corporations. Its what our kids deserve. It all fits into a simple narrative, and confirms PT Barnum's quote. As the election heats up, President Jim Jones will have more mush to fill your head.
McCloud April 05, 2012 at 12:38 PM
What is this new phenomenon? A tornado? It must be another right wing conspiracy.
Lennie Jarratt April 06, 2012 at 04:03 PM
http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/even-more-wind-power-fail-21000-wind-turbine-saves-nevada-city-4-in-energy-costs/ "One example is the city of Reno, which paid $21,000 to have a wind turbine installed. It’s saved them a whopping $4 in energy costs. In total, the city has paid $416,000 for all of it’s wind turbines, only to see a net savings of $2,800." By the way, the primary was only for Republicans and Democrats. Independents and other parties can start getting forms to gather signatures now.
TwoKidDad April 06, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Lennie Jarratt - They were dumb not to require actual wind meter readings prior to installation. There are kits that cost about $300 that you can use to test windspeeds. And you need to test over a period of time before you make the investment this large. This situation would be like putting an oil rig up in downtown Cary, without knowing if there is oil there or not. Don't base your estimated speeds based on a chart for the entire area.
Brad Faxton April 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Oh Len - sorry you got 3rd place.
McCloudsUncle April 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Brad you sound like you have alot to overcompensate for. Losing in the arena of debate probably doesn't help your condition.
Brad Faxton April 06, 2012 at 07:09 PM
*gasp* It has recently come to my attention that the underlying reasons and causes for McCloudsUncle's possession-obsessed missives must be defined, examined, and resolved, or they'll never cease. I would like to start by discussing McCloudsUncle's metanarratives, mainly because they scare me. The thing I'm the most frightened about is that McCloudsUncle is known for requiring religious services around the world to begin with "McCloudsUncle is great; McCloudsUncle is good; we thank McCloudsUncle for our daily food". This is not only a grotesque betrayal of the principles that McCloudsUncle himself claims to uphold but a clear demonstration of how if you think that this is humorous or exaggerated, you're wrong. His barbarism-prone jeremiads are meticulously designed to keep the population unaware, uneducated, dumbed down, and focused on stupefying activities like video games. The intention is to prevent people from noticing that McCloudsUncle has been tossing quaint concepts like decency, fairness, and rational debate out the window. The take-away message of this letter is that McCloudsUncle is leading us down the road of terrorism. We should hold these words to our bosom, use them as a shield against McCloudsUncle's inequities, and wield them unilaterally against those who would increase alienation and delinquency among our young people.
Mikein algonquin April 06, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Why do we need a windfarm in Lake Michigan? Put it in Springfield. All the hot air from our politicians should be able to supply power to the entire state.
McCloud April 07, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Lots of weird in your response, obviously your vocabulary on display shows you were book learned. The sorry part of that is real smarts comes from thinking, not necessarily knowledge and use of the language. Not sure where the religion came into the discussion, maybe I’ll just leave that alone. Then you moved into terrorism, probably from an emotional response from my comment. My comment was not meant to hurt, it was a response from your mean comment to the other guy who ran for office and it looks like he lost. Bottom line here with this article, I’ve already said what is necessary, without doing much in the way of research. After some time spent, here is a list of our wasted money used to inform people who decide not to think. The following companies have declared bankruptcy after receiving great sums of our hard earned money in the name of green. Solyndra, Abound Solar, Energy Conversion Devices, BrightSource, LSP Energy, Evergreen Solar, Ener1, SunPower, Beacon Power, ECOtality, A123, Uni-Solar, Azure Dynamics, and now Solar Trust. Most of the executives were Obama supporters and escaped with their riches, who could blame them? , I would advise you or anyone to think how this “new” technology of wind and solar has been around for at least 50 years, and ask, why has it not made any impact on our source of energy.
Sully April 07, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Linwood! Nice to have you back! That's an interesting strategy you have- lose the primary on purpose so you can run as an independent. I hope you didn't lose a lot of contributors money doing that. That wouldn't make them too happy, would it? Are you aware of how much money Fox lost when it first started broadcasting its propaganda? A lot. New ventures tend to do that. It takes time to see positive results. Do you propose we wait until we're on our last oil supplies before we start finding alternate energy sources? That doesn't sound like a viable plan to me. Not very forward thinking. Then again, that seems to be a common theme among the right wingers. How sad to have no vision.
Donna M. April 07, 2012 at 02:08 PM
When there's a huge solar energy spill, it's call "a beautiful day"!
Lennie Jarratt April 07, 2012 at 03:04 PM
"Moderates and conservatives were adept at guessing how liberals would answer questions. Liberals, especially those who described themselves as “very liberal,” were least able to put themselves in the minds of their adversaries and guess how conservatives would answer. 1) We found no support for the hypothesis that liberals would be most accurate; liberals were the least accurate about conservatives and about liberals. The largest inaccuracies were in liberals’ underestimations of conservatives’ Harm and Fairness concerns, and liberals further exaggerated the political differences by overestimating their own such concerns. 2) We found some support for the hypothesis that moderates would be most accurate, which they were in the case of the binding foundations. The research showed that, by a significant margin, liberals were less accurate in their depiction of conservatives than the converse. " http://www.redstate.com/bs/2012/03/28/liberals-conservatives-values-and-how-we-perceive-each-other/
McCloud April 07, 2012 at 08:50 PM
We, ignorant of ourselves, beg often our own harms, which the wise powers deny us for our good; so find we profit, by losing of our prayers.
Brad Faxton April 07, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Congratulations to McCloud for saying that immoralism is absolutely essential to the well-being of society. That indubitably wins the prize for being the most ignominious and pharisaical thing I've ever heard. Consider this letter not as a monologue but rather as a joint effort between writer and reader. Together we shall put him on notice for his attempts to play fast and loose with the truth. Together we shall provide information and inspiration to as many people as possible. And together we shall take personal action and point out that the emperor has no clothes on. He has, at times, called me "pot-valiant" or "improvident". Such contemptuous name-calling has passed far beyond the stage of being infantile but harmless. It has the capacity to sentence more and more people to poverty, prison, and early death. A great many decent people are just as distressed as I am about McCloud's publications. Do give that some thought.
McCloud April 07, 2012 at 10:18 PM
You sound like a young man who knows he lost this debate a long time ago. Let me punctuate the facts and suggest you google each one followed by the words bankrupt and amaze your friends by tabulating the wasted Obama money. This is my last post for this article, I have told you why and supported with facts, sans the Bohemian nonsense.
McCloud April 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Solyndra, Abound Solar, Energy Conversion Devices, BrightSource, LSP Energy, Evergreen Solar, Ener1, SunPower, Beacon Power, ECOtality, A123, Uni-Solar, Azure Dynamics, and now Solar Trust
Sully April 07, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Lennie? Is your post supposed to mean anything?
Brad Faxton April 08, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Ezekiel 25:17. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of the evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and goodwill, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper, and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee!"
Matt Shedor April 08, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I'm all for seeking alternative energy sources, but the Obama administration has wasted billions of our tax dollars funding these losers. Let the free market rule the day...private investors do a little bit better than Obama/Chu in picking winners.
J'Moke April 08, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Nope! Ugly and inefficient, and will not put a dent into our actual energy needs! Bird populations will get caught up in the blades. STOP THIS MADNESS PLEASE! "liberalism is a mental disorder"
J'Moke April 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Nope! Ugly and inefficient, and will not put a dent into our actual energy needs! Bird populations will get caught up in the blades. STOP THIS MADNESS PLEASE! "liberalism is a mental disorder"
Dr.Kas - Tips for Financial Health April 08, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Wind energy has been in the lives of humans long before the modern age and will stay long after …. Let us take a moment and learn what wind energy has to offer (http://www.economywatch.com/renewable-energy/history-and-future-of-wind-energy.html) and understand the many ways it already benefits us. School districts across the country are entering wind energy partnerships (http://www.nativeenergy.com/wray-school-distric-wind-turbine.html) in an effort to fund education to make a positive difference in our collective future (http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy04osti/35512.pdf). It is never too late to learn something new, regardless of our present points of view :-)
LMJ April 08, 2012 at 11:12 PM
If you are going to quote Scripture, do that. Don't rewrite it. Ezekiel 25:15-17 15 “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘Because the Philistines acted in vengeance and took revenge with malice in their hearts, and with ancient hostility sought to destroy Judah, 16 therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to stretch out my hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off the Kerethites and destroy those remaining along the coast. 17 I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I take vengeance on them.’”
Brad Faxton April 09, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Lisa - don't mess with Marcel Wallace............
Sully April 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Here Lennie - if you can post a random link, I suppose I can too. http://www.alternet.org/media/154875/the_science_of_fox_news%3A_why_its_viewers_are_the_most_misinformed/?page=entire
Michael April 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Lennie Jarratt gets his superior grasp of the liberal intellect through his work at Veggie Tales, and as a Correctional Officer. Due to these startling qualifications, he now seeks political office in Illinois. Lennie 'The Tugboat' Jarratt (lmao). His other major interests include WI politics...


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