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Can Congress Make Democratic Governance Work?

This is a time of great testing for Congress. As it considers responses to the nation’s health and economic crises, it faces close scrutiny by ordinary Americans, financial markets, and businesses large and small across the country. The pressure to ...

Wayne's Words: Northpoint vote delayed

The news is almost completely dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are very few positives that can be highlighted regarding the crisis, but perhaps those objecting to development of the Northpoint intermodal project can take some solace from Mondays announcement. ...

COMMENTARY: Fear and Loss in a Time Of Plague

For far too long as a country, we have lived in denial regarding the ever-present threat of pandemics. Trump was not alone in that self-deception. Scientists have warned us that these dangers existed and, in the context of environmental catastrophe, ...

What Congress represents

In one of the US Capitol hallways that House members pass through regularly to get to the chambers, there’s an inscription of a comment by Alexander Hamilton. It comes from his 1788 remarks to the New York convention on ratifying ...

AMTRAK comment on COVID-19

Your safety is our top priority The safety of our customers and employees is Amtrak's top priority. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking action based on guidance from public health experts. In order to maintain a ...

Silver Cross and Amita Health Saint Joseph update on COVID-19

Dear Editor As your community hospitals, our No. 1 priority at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet is to keep our patients and families, healthcare workers, and staff safe. As you ...

Letter: Erosion of privilege

As a member of a marginalized black minority with more than 400 years of experience, I believe erosion of white privilege elected Donald Trump. Outsourcing of high-paying jobs put a crimp on white wealth causing subsequent dissatisfaction with government. The ...

Wayne's Words: Voting begins

Tuesday, March 17 is primary election day in Illinois. Early voting began this last Monday. Voters in Will County should have received a sample ballot for both the Democratic and the Republican Primary races. You have to pick one or ...

Keep Canadian drugs out of U.S. medicine cabinets

The Trump administration recently proposed two rules that would allow states, pharmacies, and drug wholesalers to import non-FDA approved medicines from Canada. No administration, Republican or Democrat, has ever allowed Canadian drug importation – and for good reason. First, experts ...

Dear Will County Residents and Municipal Officials:

During the last 15 years as Will County Executive, I have worked to ensure that Will County balances fiscal responsibility to taxpayers with responsible economic growth. I hope that my successor makes this a priority as well. Being home to ...

A party of fear

The Republican Party is held captive by fear that hinders their judgement. A bully uses fear to rob you of your freedoms. I know because blacks experienced fear of getting beaten, arrested or lynched by white bullies in my youth. ...

Big insurance must help end surprise medical billing

NNPA Newswire - It is a serious financial problem that far too many African-Americans - from impoverished individuals to working-class families - face these days in the bewilderingly complicated health-care market: Getting hit with an unexpected bill after a hospital ...

What to value about America

Sometimes, you just need to step back. The political conversations I hear these days are strikingly negative, dominated by what’s amiss in Washington, by the deep divisions in the country, by President Trump’s actions and the aftermath of his impeachment, ...

OP-ED: Commemorating our past, starts with cementing our present-day legacy

We find ourselves at the beginning of a new Black History Month (BHM) in a distinctive decade during one of the most polarizing times of our lives. Our collective journey to this moment has undoubtedly been challenging. Still, we've been ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet council split on hiring city manager

Curious. That’s another word for peculiar. Odd, strange and unusual are also words that are derivative meanings of “curious.” What am I talking about? Leadership at City Hall. The City of Joliet continues its administration without a fulltime, permanent City ...

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