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The Pandemic lays bare our information problems

When the history of this era is written, special attention should be reserved for the prominent US politicians who dismissed or misrepresented the COVID-19 pandemic for political purposes. The coronavirus has wreaked untold suffering and damage to this country through ...

Time is running out: 3 key items to consider before the Dec. 7 Medicare Enrollment deadline

In a year filled with unforeseen challenges and important decisions, people with Medicare have through Monday, Dec. 7 to select their Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan coverage for 2021. To ensure you have the right Medicare plan for you ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet council is business as usual

Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season. The Thanksgiving Day holiday is the most American of our holidays but the annual tradition of gathering friends and family for a feast may take a hit this year for many of ...

Biden-Harris Administration tasked with dismantling America’s history of hate

A lot of past cruelties can underscore America’s history of hate. Today, one could capture that hate through the lens of at least some of the more than 74 million people casting a vote for President Donald Trump. Often described ...

Doctor’s Prescription: Stay safe this holiday season

Sometimes doctors have to deliver bad news to their patients. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, the physicians of Illinois implore you to reconsider your holiday plans this year. Large gatherings of family and friends inside a home or restaurant are not ...

Election takeaways

Every year right after an election, I’d find a small pile of requests waiting for me from journalists. They wanted some sort of comment on what it all meant. “What are the voters telling us?” they’d ask. It’s human nature ...

Wayne’s Words: Honor our Veterans everyday

This past Wednesday was Veterans Day. In past years there were many public celebrations in and around the Joliet and Will County area honoring veterans and their military service. That didn’t happen this year but you can always thank a ...

Fix Election Day Pain

2020 will be remembered for more than we what to remember including the painful November 3, election. Our country was already suffering from the Pandemic and all its spin-off problems. Unemployment, business closings, demise of the travel industry, struggling houses ...

Ways to keeping your Holiday spirits bright- Pandemic or No Pandemic

The annual stress of the holiday season could be even more intense than usual this year. Thanks to COVID-19, families may need to reconsider those Thanksgiving trips to grandmother's house – or at least social distance around the turkey. Nervous ...

A 40-year-old law continues to produce new jobs today

This fall, tens of millions of Americans will get vaccinated against influenza -- but they won't all experience a prick in the arm. Instead, many will take FluMist, the painless nasal flu vaccine. FluMist is just one of many breakthrough ...

What helps Voters decide?

Like any American who cares about this country, I have a deep interest in the results of this election. But as a politician (I think one never really retires from that job), I take a professional interest, as well. Not ...

Testimony: Lack of diversity among teacher’s harms Illinois students

Teachers in Illinois have increasingly come to look like just one demographic, and it’s ultimately bad for all students in general and students of color in particular, according to just one line of testimony at a joint meeting of the ...

Wayne's Words: Looking ahead to April 2021 local elections

This time next week the presidential election will be over, but at this moment it is obviously unknown who will be sitting in the White House on January 20,2021. Speculating on the outcome from this vantage point seems unnecessary and ...

National COMMENTARY November 3: So much at stake in this election

Vote! I cannot say it any simpler or say it enough. Vote to restore government for the people, by the people; vote to preserve our threatened middle class; vote for America’s workers by voting for an America that works; vote ...

OP-ED: My plan to Lift Every Voice in Black America

There is injustice in America. There is discrimination. There is a legacy of racism and inequality that lives still in our institutions, our laws, and in too many people’s hearts that makes it harder for Black people to succeed. These ...

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