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AG releases first report of Disability Rights Bureau enforcement efforts

Attorney General Kwame Raoul late last week released the first annual Disability Rights Bureau Investigation and Technical Assistance Activity report for fiscal year 2019-2020. The report is being released as the nation celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Elwood Post Office could be renamed in honor of Larry Walsh Sr.

Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) last Friday introduced a bill to designate the U.S. Post Office facility located at 303 E. Mississippi Ave. in Elwood, Illinois, as the Lawrence M. “Larry” Walsh Sr. Post Office Building.

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Will County reported Coronavirus cases increase by 118

Statewide reported cases jump by more than 5,000 since Thursday

The number of reported Coronavirus cases in Will County increased by 118 from Friday to a total of 8,592 on Sunday, and reported deaths from the virus increased by one to 339 during the same time period, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Obama's contribution to rapid vaccine development highlighted in hearing

At a hearing on Friday of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) highlighted the work done and investments made during the Obama administration that are directly responsible for the successes of current vaccines in development. Specifically, Foster pointed to President Obama's decision to invest in mRNA vaccine research, which is one platform being used to develop potential vaccines in record time.

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Slammer win 5-0 as Aufderheide shines in starting debut

In the second game of the Sunday doubleheader, the red hot Joliet Slammers squared off against the NERDS Herd. The Slammers came into this game riding a seven game win streak. The Herd came into the night after losing to the Tully Monsters 6-1 last night. They struggled with offense with only four hits and one run in that game, and their offensive struggles showed on Sunday night.

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Residential eviction ban, extended unemployment ends

Grants aimed at extending aid for renters, homeowners to become available in August

The Coronavirus pandemic has hit the economy hard including communities throughout Illinois and Will County. Thousands have lost their jobs and have found themselves unable to keep up with monthly rent or mortgage payments. It's a bitter pill to swallow and for many a double whammy on this Friday July 31 as Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s residential eviction ban ends as does extended unemployment benefits.

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Basta becomes Bolingbrook’s acting mayor

The gavel has been passed in Bolingbrook, and the village now has a new acting mayor. Village Trustee Mary Alexander-Basta became Bolingbrook’s new acting mayor by a unanimous vote of the village board during a special meeting held Thursday.

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Wine of the Week-Wines of Maremma Tuscany II: Casa Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2015 $39.99

Maremma is an idyllic hideaway tucked away in the medieval villages that lie in the undulating hills and lush, secluded valleys of southern Tuscany near the Mediterranean coast. Separated by thick chestnut forests sprawling olive groves and copious vineyards that stretch to the sea, it enveloped in its own world, immersed in history and culture.

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Double-Duty Chicken with Olives & Artichokes

Mediterranean Recipes

Servings: 4 / Total Time: 4 hrs Double-Duty Chicken with Olives & Artichokes Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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Greek Salmon

Mediterranean Recipes

SERVINGS: 4 / TOTAL TIME: 50 MINS By LENA ABRAHAM / Photo Credit: PARKER FEIERBACH

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean Recipes

SERVINGS: 6 / TOTAL TIME: 25 MINS By MAKINZE GORE /Photo credit: PARKER FEIERBACH

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Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Recipes

Servings: 8 / Total Time: 30 mins Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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Another Will County high school district goes remote for the fall

Joliet Township High School District 204 is the latest to opt for full remote learning in the fall due to concerns over rising Coronavirus cases. “At Joliet Township High School, above all, the safety of our students and staff will always come first.  The last week, and this weekend, were extremely difficult for me as I watched the number of COVID-19 cases consistently rise in our region,” Dr. Karla Guseman wrote in a letter to district parents.

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IHSA releases plans for 2020-21 school year

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for a special meeting on Wednesday, where the Board announced its intended plans for the 2020-21 school year. The plan has been sent to the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) for final approval.

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Joliet artist inspires call to action

Most often change comes about slowly. It takes effort - sweat equity as they say. “God will move mountains, but I better bring a shovel,” is another quote that comes to mind. Think back to the ‘60s and the civil rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t just give one speech and everything miraculously changed over night. It takes time and work. The recent passing of Congressman John Lewis, one who stood with King when he made his “I have a Dream” speech in Washington and who was the youngest Black American to speak to the crowd from the podium that day in late August of 1963, is another stark reminder of how change comes slowly and takes work.

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New road project funding could be impacted by economy

Drivers in Will County should get used to seeing more construction signs when traveling on area roadways. The Illinois Department of Transportation announced a $21.3 billion five-year highway improvement plan that includes money allocated for new I-55 interchanges impacting Romeoville and Plainfield residents. IDOT's construction plan include a new I-55 interchange on Airport-Lockport Road and a full interchange on Route 126. Currently, drivers can only access northbound I-55 from Route 126. Once constructed, the full interchange would allow drivers to travel southbound on the interstate. Both interchanges are projected to cost more than $180 million.

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Shea deals in shutout win over Herd

Thetimesweekly.com On a beautiful Tuesday night at DuPage Medical Group Field, the NERDS Herd and Chicago Deep Dish faced off. The Deep Dish (1-6) were looking to break a six-game losing streak, and as some would say were due for a win. Tonight, they caught that break. In the bottom of the 2nd, the Deep Dish displayed a new aggressiveness at the plate. Nonnie Williams sent a screaming line drive into centerfield for a single. Erik Ostberg followed with a big fly over the right-center wall onto Power Alley. The Deep Dish led 2-0 after the 2nd inning, but kept it going in the next inning.

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All of us need to help revitalize our democracy

Amid all the troubles occupying our attention, one of the more worrisome is also one of the least visible. It is the loss of public faith in the effectiveness of our representative democracy. While most state and local governments—and certain federal agencies—have maintained public support during the pandemic, concern over our system as a whole is palpable: that it has trouble responding to the country’s needs, is resistant to reform as society evolves, and continues to perpetuate inequality, social immobility, and basic unfairness when it comes to creating more opportunity, liberty, and justice for all.

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District 202 students start school year with remote learning

Thank you. Rather than my regular column, this is a short, but sincere letter to thank all our families, staff and community for the support, patience and understanding you have already given, and for what you will give in the coming weeks and months as we start the new school year. As you know, District 202 will start the year with Remote Learning.

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Attorney general wants CDC to control COVID data

Raoul, 21 Attorneys Generals argue new reporting structure inhibits access to data

Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Tuesday joined a coalition of attorneys general urging the federal government to immediately withdraw its new reporting structure that prohibits hospitals from reporting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and instead creates a system controlled solely by the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services.

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