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Practicing politics at a high level

Over a lifetime in politics, I’ve met a lot of interesting, impressive politicians. But those I truly admired were men and women who were adept at the arts both of politics and legislating — a rarer combination of talents than ...

MLK: CIVIL & RIGHT

As we again have the privilege of giving honor to the sacrifice made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. it would be interesting to examine one of the dynamics of his world-changing efforts. In the midst of a ‘downpour’ of ...

Wayne’s Words: The price of Water

The City of Joliet has embarked on the mission of finding a sustainable water source that will last 50 years or more and capable of remaining free of contamination for the duration of sustainability. Oh, and it must be affordable. ...

Racially divisive fear mongering from President

President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday night was more of the same racially divisive, fear mongering we have come to expect from him. The president confirmed on live television that he still does not understand the immigration issue and is campaigning ...

A more diverse Congress, a more perfect union?

The 116th Congress, sworn in on January 3, is the most diverse our nation has ever seen. There are more women – 102 – than ever before. More members of the Congressional Black Caucus – 55 – than ever before. ...

Foster Statement on the 116th Congress

"I am excited to get to work in the 116th Congress with the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. The American people deserve a Congress that puts their priorities ahead of special interests, invests in scientific research and ...

2018 PHS-CC PTSO Needy Family Drive Thank You

The Plainfield community has always generously supported the PHS-CC PTSO Needy Family Drive and 2018 proved to be no different. This was our 26th year for this project and our goal consistently remains to make the holiday season a little ...

What a changing climate means for government

Looking back at 2018’s weather-related news, it seems clear that this was the year climate change became unavoidable. I don’t mean that the fires in California, coastal flooding in the Carolinas, and drought throughout the West were new evidence of ...

Wayne's Words: Story of the year

The big story for 2019 could be Joliet’s quest for a sustainable source of drinking water for the region. The City’s Environmental Commission is scheduled to submit recommendations to the City Council regarding the most viable alternatives for future water ...

“Opportunity Zones” The new executive order

After almost two years, President Trump has laid out a policy with an executive order to spend money and investments in the “distressed communities across the country.” Last week (12-12-18), at an executive order signing at the White House, with ...

The political landscape ahead

In the days following George H. W. Bush’s death, it was impossible to ignore the mood that settled over much of the country: a yearning for the civility, dignity and inclusiveness that the former president represented. It was a form ...

COMMENTARY: White churches have a moral responsibility to stand up

In 2019, we will commemorate 400 years since the first 20 slaves were transported by ship from Africa by white slave traders and landed in Jamestown, Va. Now four centuries later, race remains a central dividing line. Today, for example, ...

Why We Need Christmas

Merchants around the world depend on the Christmas season each year for twenty to fifty percent of their yearly sales. The travel industry from airlines to gasoline stations see a nice bump during the holidays. People are going to buy ...

Wayne's Words: Who’s really paying attention?

The workings of government are a common focus of most media outlets. This column, while not exclusive to any particular focus, is often looking at local government doings. Oftentimes the attention I put forth is from an outsider’s point of ...

Among my biggest disappointments in politics

The other day, a friend asked what surprised me most about politics. This may seem strange, but I’d never really thought about the question. My response was off-the-cuff but heartfelt. The biggest surprise is also among my biggest disappointments with ...

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