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Jobs Report Shows What ‘African Americans Have to Lose’ Under Trump

The latest report from the U.S. Labor Department has provided still another answer to the infamous question of “What the hell do [African Americans] have to lose?” That question, of course, was posed by Donald Trump during his successful run ...

Wayne’s Words: Joliet Water

The City of Joliet Environmental Commission (the water commission) continues to trudge on towards a decision regarding the future source of drinking water for Joliet residents and perhaps other residents beyond its borders. In fact, that is one of the ...

Accountability makes good government

As various House committees gear up for a season of investigations and hearings on President Trump and his administration, a lot of people are worried that progress on the nation’s challenges will grind to a halt. I would argue just ...

The Republican Party and C-PAC’s continued infatuation with minstrel shows

Having just concluded the nation’s month-long celebration of Black History, the Republican Party and the conservative movement had one of the most disastrous months in my lifetime. I have warned anyone who will listen that race will be the most ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet VOTE April 2

The Consolidated Election is almost upon us. On April 2 voters in Will County will choose people to represent them on school boards, park districts and municipal boards, in most cases, for the next four years. It seems as if ...

COMMENTARY: The tax surprise

The mainstream news has been covering an interesting story. People who were expecting significant tax refunds are, in very large numbers, either getting a minimal refund, no refund or having to pay the IRS. This, after Donald Trump—promised a massive ...

COMMENTARY: Standing on the Right Side of History

One of the best skits that ever appeared on comedian Dave Chappelle’s hit television show, the Chappelle Show, was one called “When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong. ”Each skit would highlight the outcome of what would happen to individuals who ...

In politics, you need priorities

It’s been many decades now, but I still remember a piece of advice I got not long after entering Congress. It came in passing from a prominent journalist as we were talking about the bewildering array of issues Congress faced. ...

Wayne's Words: Minimum wage debate

An increase in the minimum wage paid to workers always sparks debate among those who see it as the demise of small business and the loss of profit for big corporations. Generally, the debate centers on those who depend on ...

Think Big Illinois celebrates signing of minimum wage increase

Think Big Illinois Executive Director Quentin Fulks released the following statement after Governor JB Pritzker signed SB1, which increases Illinois’ minimum wage, into law: “More than 40% of our workers just received a well-deserved and long-overdue raise, which is why ...

National Commentary: It’s time to stop marginalizing some students in public higher education

Students across the country are putting final touches on their applications for some of our country’s most prestigious public institutions. Higher education officials and policymakers alike need to ensure that these universities are not underserving Black students. Unfortunately, there’s a ...

Joliet natural gas customers paying more for others’ benefit

Nicor natural gas customers in Joliet and the surrounding area are subsidizing utility expansion elsewhere in Illinois, and paying higher rates as a result. What’s more, they will be paying these higher rates for decades – all without understanding the ...

COMMENTARY: Black boys need rites of passage programs in 2019 across the country

2019 is important to African American Men because the opportunities are boundless and amazing. If you can conceive it, you can achieve it. The only barriers holding Black men back are preparation, knowledge and education. The challenge for Black men ...

American Politics’ Great Divide

One of the more striking political developments of the last few years has been the partisan sorting of American voters. It used to be that both the Republican and Democratic parties covered some ideological ground. Now, it’s so habitual for ...

COMMENTARY: Our planet is melting. Who cares?

The Right Reverend William Barber has revived Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign. He has reminded us that the triple evils of an age were racism, militarism, and poverty. But he has advanced the struggle for social and ...

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