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Is Dr. King's dream being denied or deferred?

Once again, the only federal holiday honoring a person of color will be celebrated across the nation. The 38-year span of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life continues to be remembered and revered. Since his tragic death, time has shown ...

Fixing the system is up to all of us

You no doubt remember the old line attributed to Ben Franklin when he was asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had created: “A republic, if you can keep it!” Well, I’ve noticed an interesting thing in recent years: ...

COMMENTARY: Golden Globe Awards Blackout — Travesty or Testament?

Many cultural critics and pundits were in an uproar over the shutout of black talent at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards held Jan. 5. The Golden Globes are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press, which is a non-profit organization ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet projects move into 2020

The end of the year is often the time to reflect on the passing year’s memorable happenings. In keeping with that tradition, here’s my attempt to remind you of a few topics covered by Wayne’s Words columns in 2019. A ...

COMMENTARY: Looking to 2020 — Put your Vote to WORK!

If you work for a living but are somewhat up in the air about who to vote for in 2020 or for that matter, if you should even bother getting to that crowded polling place, I’d like to ask that ...

2019 PHS-CC PTSO Needy Family Drive Thank You

In 2019, the Plainfield community continued to support the PHS-CC Needy Family Drive and we feel incredibly blessed. This was our 27th year and our goal consistently remains to make the holiday season a little merrier for families of Plainfield ...

County Board commissioner statement on proposed gas tax

Will County roadways sustain more damage than other municipalities in the United States because we have the world’s largest inland port, CenterPoint in our back yard. The massive warehouses draw elevated levels of truck traffic and pollution to our neighborhoods. ...

Marvin Miller gets to the baseball hall of fame…but no Curt Flood

When it was announced on December 8th that the late Marvin Miller, the first executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), had finally been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame I let out a yell of ...

Wayne's Words: Disagreements abound over city budget

To budget or not to budget was the question at Tuesday’s Joliet City Council meeting. Since the decision was not made this week, the Council will meet again next Thursday. The budget vote requires at least five votes to pass. ...

In praise of competence

Not long ago, I was in a meeting to talk about a public policy issue. It was a little complex, and as we considered the various angles I began to think about what it would take to translate talk into ...

COMMENTARY: Pots and kettles – Republican hypocrisy and double-talk

When you elect a clown, expect a circus, and this month's impeachment hearings have been precisely that. Yelling, shouting, and disrespectful accusing seem more the rule than the exception. The increased volume of Mr. Trump's tweets echoes his fear and ...

Senate drug plan brings death and taxes

The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act would stall future drug development and deprive Americans of lifesaving cures -- all without reducing patients' out-of-pocket costs. The bill would alter Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug benefit for seniors and people ...

Letter: Black market Marijuana, no laughing matter

Contrary to what Big Marijuana wants us to believe, state lawmakers were warned that legal weed would flood Illinois with black market activity. California is now the perfect example. California is considered the largest cannabis market in the world. Their ...

Questionable cost for Joliet water

Joliet’s pursuit of a new water source has become a complicated saga of miscommunication and questionable cost comparison information. Last week the DuPage Water Commission sent a letter to Mayor Bob O’Dekirk questioning how cost estimates to become a DWC ...

Something we can all agree on: A fair tax

The battle is on over a fair tax in Illinois. But that’s just the thing. Why is this a battle at all? When Gov. Pritzker laid out his proposal for a graduated income tax last March, he quite plainly made ...

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