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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.

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 ...

In Our Own Backyard: Vegetables against violence

What do you do when you’re totally stressed out? Many of us – far too many – use food to soothe ourselves. A relationship break-up? Time for Rocky Road ice cream. Financial pressure? Triple burgers and cheese fries make everything ...

Letter—Plainfield School superintendent urges action on school funding bill

As you are aware, the Illinois General Assembly recently passed a long-overdue budget for the State. The new budget requires public education funding be distributed through a formula based on evidence and research. Normal ly, this would not be a ...

Wayne's Words: Anniversary of Medicare

By Wayne Horne – whorne@thetimesweekly.com Healthcare is a major topic in Washington and around the country. This week marks the 51st anniversary of Medicare. Approximately 19 million people ages 65 and over became eligible to enroll in Medicare in 1966. ...

In Our Own Backyard: The Future is Female

Project Drawdown -- a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists – are assembling and presenting the best available information on climate solutions, and ways to protect our planet over the next ...

Letter: Joliet Noon Lion’s Club is on the move

The Joliet Noon Lions Club is one of over 43,000 Lions Clubs worldwide. The Lions’ motto, “We Serve,” describes what we do. Lions International recently celebrated its 100th Birthday and the Joliet Noon Club was chartered as one of the ...

In Our Youth Own Backyard: Changing the World

In Our Own Backyard is a weekly column covering environmental justice, climate change and food justice, and how these issues impact our families every day. If you think food deserts, contaminated soil and toxic water pipes don’t really affect you ...

Spiritually Speaking: Do you love you?

The road to spiritual salvation is sometimes so obvious, so apparent that we just miss it. Like most of Jesus’ message, it doesn’t seem possible that by simply changing ones’ outlook, the Kingdom of Heaven is yours. “Teacher, which is ...

In Our Own Backyard: Stop Eating Meat!

Well, I’m kidding a little. We Americans love meat – roasted, grilled, fried, baked or simmered all day in our greens. We don’t consider a meal complete without a big hunk of beef, pork or chicken taking up half the ...

To fight the HIV epidemic, we need the Black church

Black Churches are more than places of worship. They are the vibrant hearts of the African-American community that bring the Gospel into our lives, inspire faith, grace, love and mercy and foster a deep commitment to service. For centuries, Black ...

Letter: Plainfield band director thanks community for donations

Thank you to everyone who donated and helped raise about $1,800 to support the Del Real family, who lost 18 of their 30 horses in a recent fire.

Wayne's Words: Different times, different players, same results

By Wayne Horne – whorne@thetimesweekly.com History is, sometimes, a good indication of what may occur in the future if circumstances in the present are similar or remain substantially unchanged. For instance, about 30 years ago a rock concert was held ...

In Our Own Backyard: We Have a Budget!

In Our Own Backyard is a Times Weekly column covering environmental justice, climate change and food justice, and how these issues impact our families every day. If you think food deserts, contaminated soil and toxic water pipes don’t really affect ...

How the State of Illinois can avoid junk bond status!

No state in our nation's history has ever had their General Obligation bonds rated as "Junk bonds." Enacting a budget was the first step in preventing a financial meltdown, but more work remains to be done. The credit rating agencies ...

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