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America Recycles Day

Will County Executive Walsh remind residents of importance of responsible recycling Since 1997, America Recycles Day has increased awareness of both recycling and buying recycled products. This year's America Recycles Day is Friday, November 15 and Will County is joining ...

OP-ED: What’s at stake in Byron Allen’s Supreme Court Showdown with Comcast

The U.S. Supreme Court heard on Wednesday arguments in a suit between Comcast and Byron Allen, a prominent African American programming executive. What began as a fairly routine television carriage dispute has turned into risky gambit that may give the ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet Ethics Crisis

Ethics in city government. Apparently, it’s a crisis in Joliet that none of the high price talent employed at City Hall can resolve without assistance from a third-party expert. Part-time Interim City Manager Steve Jones proposed a contract this week ...

We make progress when citizens tackle the small stuff

One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can’t accomplish things alone. Whether you’re trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or to change US policy on greenhouse gas ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why is Kinzinger covering up for Trump?

Dear Editor, Kinzinger voted against the impeachment inquiry. Am I the only one in IL-16 who thinks this is wrong? I believe no one is above the law, not even Trump. I’ve written to Kinzinger repeatedly asking him to hold ...

COMMENTARY: Deadly and dangerous — Healthcare in America

Laughter is the Best Medicine, says the Reader's Digest version of America. But, not when it’s the only medicine, responds the America that far too many have known and continue to know. Not when the United States alone is one ...

Wayne’s Words: Sports and Infrastructure

Early Fall is the time of the year when all of the major professional sports are being played simultaneously. Professional and college football dominate the airways, but basketball, hockey, and soccer are also being played and of course baseball is ...

Commentary: Is There More to Teaching and learning Than Testing?

Teaching is a multi-faceted calling for many and an occupation for some, but how can teaching and learning effectiveness be measured without testing? There must be some way—or ways—to measure what and whether students are learning, and teachers are teaching. ...

Poll of likely voters shows rising student debt: Weakened borrower protections

When likely voters across the country were recently asked their opinions about student loan borrowing, 82% agreed that the still-growing $1.5 trillion debt is a national crisis. Even when partisan affiliations were included, the solid concern for this unsustainable financial ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet’s budget, overtime and property taxes

The City of Joliet fiscal year runs from January 1 to December 31. Every year the city manager submits a recommended budget to the City Council for approval. Of course, each department is expected to live within that budget barring ...

Breast Cancer Awareness: Fannie Lou Hamer died of untreated breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the proliferation of pink ribbons is about to start. Predatory capitalists will make breast cancer their cause, producing pink t-shirts, pocketbooks, everything. It's a mixed blessing, this awareness, because too many will make ...

Expecting the best for this school year

District 202 community In the middle of the pretty good start of another school year, we shouldn’t have to talk about this. In fact, in a different kind of world we wouldn’t have to talk about it at all. But ...

Wayne's Words: Who’s taking care of the cemetery?

The Joliet Environmental and Refuse Commission are charged with the advisory responsibility to study and investigate air and water pollution problems and possible solutions. In conjunction with investigations and studies, the Commission shall recommend to the City Council, ordinances to ...

The Joy of Politics

You’re probably chuckling already. Seriously? The joy of politics? That was pretty much the reaction I got the other day when, in the middle of a conversation about how confrontational, adversarial, and downright unpleasant politics has become of late, I ...

Why would HUD gut its own disparate impact rule?

Whatever happened to the American Dream of owning a home and giving your children a better life than you experienced as a child? Is this ‘dream’ being deferred or denied? In 2019, these questions are as timely as they are ...

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