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The constitution is a shield for civil and human rights

It’s shaping up to be a hot summer everywhere—and for reasons having nothing to do with the weather. In a few weeks, the Senate will decide whether a D.C. Circuit Court judge named Brett Kavanaugh should be the nation’s next ...

District 202 Community

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time. Although I am starting my 33rd year in education, I never get tired of all the "new" - new faces, new ideas, new challenges, new opportunities. The 2018-19 ...

Wayne's Words: Not about the loudest voices

Monday’s meeting of the Joliet City Council hosted another presentation from Holsten Development regarding the former Evergreen Terrace public housing complex, now known as Riverwalk Homes. The discussion that followed the presentation seemed to run in circles at times. In ...

As Trump distorts NFL Players’ messages let’s instead join together

As teams gear up for the NFL season, President Trump is reviving his destructive and diversionary attacks aimed at turning fans against players. The league office stepped in it, by unilaterally declaring that players who do not wish to stand ...

Amazon Must Stop Selling Hate

Amazon claims to be a company that values inclusion and diversity, but a recent report reveals that this façade masks a darker side, as the company profits from selling hateful based products. Progressive lawmakers in Georgia, where earlier this year ...

Wayne's Words: Plainfield in truck uproar

Good planning, we are taught, is essential for an endeavor to succeed. Of course, what is not always considered is whose success we are talking about. Success or failure in the private sector is often overlooked beyond the financial news ...

OP-ED: This is why migrant parents travel with Children

There has been a strange response by many conservatives to the separation of migrant children from their parents. Whether we are discussing undocumented migrants or those requesting asylum, there has been right pushback to the larger chorus of condemnation of ...

How to get involved

Back in 1883, Teddy Roosevelt wrote an essay on what it takes to be a true American citizen. He did not mince words. “The people who say that they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying that ...

Trump Administration targets Affirmative Action to stimulate midterm turnout

It was Steven Bannon – at the time, President Trump’s top political advisor – who said, “If the subject is race, we win.” So, the Justice and Education departments have launched an attack on affirmative action just in time to ...

Wayne's Words: Turning challenges into positives

The City of Joliet faces some major challenges over the next few years. For instance, needed infrastructure improvements to accommodate the increased truck traffic from the largest inland port in the country, re-inventing downtown Joliet, developing the old Collins street ...

Where is the Outrage?

Because our Immigration Policy is outrageously poor, it has caused inhumane problems at our borders. Congress has refused to try to resolve the problem for decades. Also, as we now see, other countries that are experiencing border problems are enforcing ...

Hud’s new legislation would restore revoked protections and rules

When Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many housing and civil rights advocates wondered how a world-renowned neurosurgeon would direct the future of housing in America. By his own admission, he ...

What the pledge means

You know the Pledge of Allegiance, probably by heart. You may recite it only occasionally, or get the chance several times a week. Sometimes, I’m guessing, you say it mechanically, and other times filled with deep meaning. I hope it’s ...

Wayne's Words: Female firefighters and 4th of July facts

After 165 years the Joliet Fire Department has hired its first female Firefighter. If you believe a new wave of diversity is occurring don’t hold your breath. According to the website DATAUSA female firefighters account for less than five percent ...

NAACP on the civil rights front lines: Trump’s war against Civil Rights

Recently, the NAACP, alongside members of the Congressional Black Caucus, gathered on the steps of Capitol Hill to demand a halt of the Trump administration’s continued attempts to force Thomas Farr—a known racist with ties to the late segregationist Senator ...

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