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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 ...

Rep. Batinick responds to heightened COVID-19 mitigations announcement

The Governor JB Pritzker announced on Tuesday that heightened COVID-19 mitigations will take effect in IL Region 7 (Will and Kankakee Counties) this Friday. In response to the Governor’s announcement, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has issued the following statement:

Joliet 2020 budget could have big losses

The Joliet city budget for fiscal year 2021 has had very little, if any, public mention by City Council Members. The reason may be the realization that the 2020 budget could miss its expected bottom-line result by as much as ...

COMMENTARY: A [White] House in Pandemic cannot stand

The virus is “coming from inside the White House,” blared the latest headline from The Atlantic, one of a multitude of news organizations to cover the surreal events surrounding President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis and subsequent behavior. “Asking whether the ...

What’s at stake with Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: Health Care and Civil Rights

Republicans’ rush to fill the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat before the election is a terrible threat to Black people’s civil rights and the health of our communities. In her 27 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ...

Let’s Be Clear About Democracy

I’ve been in and around politics for a long time, and not once, ever, have I encountered a candidate who said he or she might not accept the results of an election. Until now. Certainly, in close-fought races candidates might ...

Wayne’s Words: Is Joliet where city managers come to retire?

Sometimes I enjoy looking back on past issues to see what was going on a few years ago. The news cycle changes so fast that we sometimes forget the recent past. For instance, it was just about three years ago ...

We have a responsibility to VOTE

Americans have two important responsibilities to fulfill this autumn. They are to complete the Census by September 30 and vote before or on November 3. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars ...

OP-ED: The United States Postal Service delivers much more than mail

America’s Postal service has been an essential institution that has connected every one of us as Americans even before we were a nation independent of Great Britain. The most American of traditions Benjamin Franklin was appointed our first Postmaster General ...

An open letter to my community

Dear Raza I am so proud of you. Specifically the young men. Every September during Hispanic Heritage month we wait and we know the announcement of Joliet's Mexican Independence Day parade will be announced. We celebrate the culture, the traditions, ...

COMMENTARY: Justice Ginsburg’s death could prove fatal to American democracy

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – affectionately known as The Notorious R.B.G. (after the famous moniker of the late hip-hop star, The Notorious B.I.G.) – held on as long as she could while fiercely battling metastatic pancreatic cancer. At 87, the popular ...

Joliet city financials and the Vietnam War Commemoration

Every year about this time the Joliet City Council is subjected to one of the more boring responsibilities of municipal government. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR, is the affirmation that the City’s financial records are in order. The ...

COMMENTARY: “Losers”???!!!

Anyone who has followed the career of Donald Trump can only be but so surprised by the allegations that he has demeaned military veterans and fallen fighting men and women. The allegations, which included the identification of fallen soldiers as ...

Black voters are top targets of Voter Suppression ‘Information Warfare’

Black voters have a powerful role to play in this year’s elections. That’s why we are being targeted by disinformation campaigns that are meant to discourage and suppress our turnout. We can’t let them succeed.

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