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Joliet city financials and the Vietnam War Commemoration

Every year about this time the Joliet City Council is subjected to one of the more boring responsibilities of municipal government. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR, is the affirmation that the City’s financial records are in order. The ...

COMMENTARY: “Losers”???!!!

Anyone who has followed the career of Donald Trump can only be but so surprised by the allegations that he has demeaned military veterans and fallen fighting men and women. The allegations, which included the identification of fallen soldiers as ...

Black voters are top targets of Voter Suppression ‘Information Warfare’

Black voters have a powerful role to play in this year’s elections. That’s why we are being targeted by disinformation campaigns that are meant to discourage and suppress our turnout. We can’t let them succeed.

Wayne's Words: Why are Joliet officials still talking about the future water source?

“What’s past is prologue”. Have you ever heard or read that phrase before? I have seen the expression used many times and have often relied on its usage over the years. The basic origin of the phrase is actually from ...

State of Illinois: We Demand a Seat At the Table!

The Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce is fighting mad. Despite there being 144,000 Black-owned businesses in Illinois that represent extremely diverse industries and generate millions in taxable revenue for the state, Black businesses continue to be overlooked and undervalued ...

Spiritually Speaking…It's Not a Secret I Just Gotta Love You

Okay, so what’s the point? I mean salvation and born again and new life and love thy neighbor, all of these principles, what do they actually mean? When all is said and done, particularly now when the world makes so ...

We’re all in this together

We are a nation adrift. Even before the pandemic and George Floyd’s death, the US was piling on problems with little sense that we had either the leadership or the political will to address them. This country has the strength ...

African Americans must step forward early (and often) for the coming COVID-19 vaccine

As African Americans, we’ve all heard the stories for most of our lives. And sadly, they’re all true. Our innate mistrust of the medical establishment is hardly ill-founded. There’s the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiments of course, in which some 600 ...

Wayne's Words: How the world sees U.S. as we drop in nearly every category

Political partisans are in their realm for the next couple of weeks with the start of this week’s Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention starting next week. Both conventions are being conducted remotely due to restrictions imposed by ...

Lt. Governor on 100th anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton comment on 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment: "This milestone leads me to a spirit of reflection. Before there were strong, inclusive organizations that support women's issues, before the MeToo Movement, there were ...

Black Bar Association of Will County Condemns Racism and Mourns the Loss of Black Lives

The Black Bar Association (“BBA”) decries the undeniable pattern and system of the unjustified use of force against Black people by law enforcement officers across the nation. We further condemn and wholeheartedly reject the affront to the constitutional right to ...

Legislating curb appeal

Axioms are statements that, according to definition, are “regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true.” When referring to commercial/industrial development, for example, infrastructure follows development and is seldom the other way around. Will County has experienced that in the ...

The faith we place in our elections

I’ve lost track of the times over the years I’ve heard a politician say, This is the most important election of my lifetime. In fact, I’ve said it myself. And I’m sure we all believed it at the time. But ...

Illinois State Medical Society supports Universal use of masks in public

I was proud to stand with Governor Pritzker to demonstrate the Illinois State Medical Society's support for widespread public mask use. It is incredibly important that Illinoisans take mask use seriously. Our state can't bring any semblance of normal back ...

Foster Statement on U.S. Postal Service delays

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to widespread delivery delays at the United States Postal Service (USPS): "The growing delays affecting USPS customers are unacceptable and a direct result of deliberate actions by the Trump administration ...

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