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Oped: The Redistricting Conspiracy and “Us"

As we move closer to publishing the proposed new electoral districts here and around the country, based upon the 2020 ten-year census we see an attempt at history repeating itself in the area of voter suppression at all levels. The ...

Editorial: Legislation making virtual meetings of public bodies acceptable for any reason should be defeated

Every city council or school board has issues large and small that impact the lives of the people it serves. Should residents be allowed to have chickens within city limits? Should the city-owned hospital be sold? What programs should the ...

Wayne's Words: Where is the vaccine mandate for Joliet police?

Column updated 10/22/21 Have you been vaccinated for COVID-19? That question has become a flashpoint for many to determine who is a patriot and who is exercising their freedom to say “you can’t tell me what to do.” Approximately 57 ...

Legislation making virtual meetings of public bodies acceptable for any reason should be defeated

Every city council or school board has issues large and small that impact the lives of the people it serves. Should residents be allowed to have chickens within city limits? Should the city-owned hospital be sold? What programs should the ...

Freedom to Enjoy Life’s Passions

Steady cash flow comes from steady work. If you want money you have to do something that produces money. Much of what we want to do in life does not always produce cash. We may experience fun, enjoyment, fulfillment and ...

Wayne’s Words: Baseball season ends: Joliet City Council “Out of order”

Major League Baseball teams ended the regular season this last Sunday. If you are a Cubs fan the season wasn’t what is always hoped for, the play-offs, and it’s “wait ‘til next year,” again. The White Sox fans have more ...

Why I’m Optimistic about the future

One of the great privileges of teaching and working on a university campus is the chance to be in regular touch with young people. Even better, I sometimes get asked to give talks elsewhere and to meet with young people ...

What does it mean to be an American?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be an American, to have a shared stake in this country and its fortunes. In some ways, I suppose the question is unanswerable: We are a vast, diverse country, ...

Wayne' s Words: More investigations on Joliet Mayor

The City of Joliet is the third largest city in the State of Illinois so it should not be surprising that a lot of attention comes to the city from outside its boundaries. It has been a little over two ...

The Haitian Dilemma

This is a painful commentary. Humanity demands that we all be treated with fairness. This country has boasted the guarantee to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Those who live in a world without such assurances hear what we ...

COMMENTARY: The New Multiracial America

The multiracial population, which was 9 million in 2010 and grew to 33.8 million by 2020, reflects two things. First, the rate of racial intermarriage has increased, leading to an increase of mixed-race children. Equally importantly, the number of people ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet Police Department makes it to the National Stage

It was about two months ago that Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk stated at a City Council meeting there was a “war on police.” Sometimes, I guess, it just depends on your perspective. That was not one of the implications contained ...

A Red Flag on the West Coast

In just a few days, California will wrap up its recall election targeting Governor Gavin Newsom, a scheme orchestrated by a Far Right still seething over the Big Lie. At first glance that may seem like a problem that only ...

Commentary: What life seems to be

Life is short. The best we can do is the best we can do. If we are doing our best, then what more can we expect from others and ourselves? Most people are doing the best they can with the ...

OP-ED: To Labor Day and Labor Days ahead

This is a time of tremendous evolution in our industries. We are on the cusp of a complete transition in mobility. A transition to clean energy and clean vehicles. At the UAW, we have been heavily involved in the national ...

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