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Wayne's Words: The City of Champions

The subject of sports, particularly youth sports, is deeply imbedded in the City of Joliet and its environs. The slogan “City of Champions” is part of the city’s moniker. Joliet has developed many successful athletes throughout its history. High school ...

In Our Own Backyard: The Coffee Connection

If the tidal wave of hurricanes, tropical storms and tornadoes hasn’t changed your perspective about climate change, here’s something closer to home: a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says it has measured the impact ...

Wayne's Words: City Budget

One of the easiest complaints to make about government is that it spends too much money. “My taxes are too high” is the refrain heard from almost everyone. Belt tightening at all levels is what’s needed according to most people. ...

In Our Own Backyard: A Tidal Wave of Disasters

Only days after the brutal destruction wreaked on Texas by Hurricane Harvey, another catastrophic storm is striking the Caribbean, apparently bound for the Florida coast. Hurricane Irma, now bearing down on the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and Florida, has intensified to ...

Corinthian College is closed, but former students still suffer

A scheme designed to evade an important Department of Education rule could soon lead to an estimated 41,000 former Corinthian College students and loan borrowers receiving more than $183 million in student loan relief. Aequitas Capital Management, a former financial ...

The plan for Fairmont community

TTW Staff Report After years of neglect and deterioration, the Fairmont community – an unincorporated area of Will County between Lockport and Joliet with roughly 2500 mostly minority residents – is finally in the spotlight. Unlike a city or village, ...

In Our Own Backyard: Marie Newman challenging Lupinski for US House of Representatives

Marie Newman, a Democrat running for the U.S. House of Representatives from IL-3, says she’s “Done with Dan” Lupinski, and she thinks the voters are, too. U.S. Representative Lupinski, a socially conservative Democrat, has a voting record that sometimes mirrors ...

In Our Own Backyard: The Magic and Myth of a Solar Eclipse

On August 31, 1932, newspapers all along the eastern seaboard reported on the rare and exciting occurrence—a total eclipse of the sun. From Maine to New York to Boston, Americans stopped what they were doing to witness the spectacle. Scientists ...

A $14 billion drain on America’s working poor: overdraft fees

A banking fee that averages $35 per transaction collectively costs America’s consumers nearly $14 billion each year. A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) focuses on overdraft fees and provides a profile of those hit hardest. These ...

A new school year begins

As the 2017-2018 school year begins and I start my 32nd year in education, an old saying comes to mind: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Of course, there is always the excitement of starting a ...

Wayne's Words: TIF: What happened to Small Business Development downtown?

According to all published reports, the City of Joliet government is committed to redeveloping the City Center, more commonly known as “downtown Joliet.” The idea of the downtown revitalization has been talked about, written about, planned for and studied ever ...

In Our Own Backyard: The Myth of Both Sides

Heather Heyer is dead. Last Saturday in Charlottesville, VA, she was mowed down in cold blood, in broad daylight, on camera, by a white supremacist. I never met Heather. I don’t know if she liked yoga or hockey. I don’t ...

Letter—Rock museum a fantastic addition to Joliet’s downtown

Letter writer Rachel Ventura supports the idea of a Rock n' Roll museum in Joliet's downtown.

Nine Presidents

One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial ...

The deepening corporate diversity recruitment

While “Diversity” is not a new term for the business world, it appears to be experiencing a resurgence of sorts lately. Every major corporation seems to be looking for employees from underrepresented groups—some, because they think these diverse perspectives will ...

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