Friday, March 15, 2013
As might be expected, some readers agreed with the President, some didn't. Find out what they had to say, and enjoy an interesting bonus story as well!
During a visit to Argonne National Laboratory on Friday, President Barack Obama said federal budgets cuts would have harmful effects on scientific research and economic development in the United States. (Read the full story here.) Obama visited Argonne, located just outside of Lemont, to tour its state-of-the-art research facilities and promote his proposed Energy Security Trust, which would set aside $2 billion over 10 years to research alternatives for oil and gasoline. We reached out to Patch readers in DuPage County to see what they thought of the President's visit and the speech. Readers gave a mix of positive and negative feedback, and one in Lemont related a particularly interesting encounter with POTUS' security detail. Here's a …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The focus of the trip is to “focus on American energy,” officials said.
President Barack Obama will return to his home state March 15, to visit Argonne National Laboratory, near Lemont, and discuss his energy policies, the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune are reporting. An official told the Tribune that the trip is intended to “focus on American energy,” and may or may not also include comments on the impact on facilities like Argonne of funding cuts caused by the current sequester. The Sun-Times notes that this is the President’s first trip to the Chicago area since speaking at Hyde Park Academy on Feb. 15; the First Lady visited McCormick Place on Feb. 28 to promote her physical-fitness campaign “Let’s Move.” Argonne National Laboratory is also a Patch Local Voices contributor (and here). Read more at …
Monday, January 21, 2013
How to watch President Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration online and on television.
Festivities for President Barack Obama's second inauguration will take place Monday. The second inauguration ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m. CST, followed by the inaugural parade, commander-in-chief's ball and the inaugural ball. Inauguration festivities will be broadcast by several networks, including NBC, ABC, CW, PBS and CNN. Mashable also put together a round-up of nine ways to watch Obama's inauguration online.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Narrow margin separates candidates in mock election at River Valley School.
Who says your vote doesn’t count? Gov. Mitt Romney squeaked past President Obama by two votes in a mock election at River Valley School Tuesday. Students cast their votes in a mock Presidential election in which third-graders chose Barack Obama 51 to 49 percent, while fourth-grade voters picked Mitt Romney by approximately the same percentage. But when actual votes by both grades were combined, the totals broke down to 49.8 percent for Obama and 50.2 percent for Romney, giving the win to the former governor of Massachusetts. Like their adult counterparts, the young voters stood in line, checked in with a fellow student who served as an election judge, then sat in a voting booth and made their choices electronically. One third-grade student…
Friday, October 5, 2012
National figures show lowest unemployment rate in nearly four years.
The nation's unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, its lowest level in nearly four years, according to figures released Friday. High unemployment, and previous promises by President Barack Obama to keep the rate below 8 percent if the stimulus passed, have been repeated often on the campaign trail. The next employment report is due just days before the voters go to the polls Nov. 6, so these September figures may be the last jobs report with any impact on the election. SO HERE'S THE QUESTION: Do you think this unemployment report will help President Obama secure re-election? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. According to the Illinois Department of Economic Security, the unemployment rate in the 11 out of 12 …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Mitt Romney's foot-in-mouth disease causes him to lose respect.
As parents, we are challenged to be role models for our children. If that weren't tough enough, we must also help guide our kids to selecting others as role models. For example, we teach kids to respect people in positions of authority: teachers, principals, police officers, mayors, senators, and presidents. Yes, presidents. It's hard to believe this time of year that our leaders vying for the highest public office act the way they do. With that in mind, Mitt Romney made a statement recently that is causing me to break my own rule of not writing about politics. If he were to win the election, I could not imagine how I could point to him and say to my children, "There is a man we must honor and respect." “There are 47 percent of the people …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
The holiday is observed each year in honor of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Each year, the President of the United States encourages Americans to observe Patriot Day in honor of those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Here's a rundown of the holiday's history and how you can observe it here in Lemont: A bill to to make Sept. 11 a discretionary day of remembrance was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 25, 2001. The joint resolution, which recognizes Sept. 11 as "Patriot Day" was signed into law Dec. 18 by President George W. Bush. On April 21, 2009, Congress requested that Sept. 11 be recognized annually as "National Day of Service and Remembrance." On Sept. 11, the President orders that all American flags be flown at halff-staff at individual homes, businesses, U.S. …