Wayne's Words: Joliet Renaissance underway

Many expectations come from all of us with the passing of winter into spring. Warm weather, baseball, and the construction season are but a few of those expectations.

Fair Housing Act: A Milestone on the Journey to Equality

A half-century ago, the Fair Housing Act was enacted to prohibit discrimination in housing based on race, color, creed and national origin. The law also supported NAREB's efforts toincrease Black homeownership which we believe serves to increase wealth and other ...

Wayne's Words: Privatization not the answer for VA

One of the best ways to express patriotism in the U.S.A. is to show how much veterans are appreciated.

Fair Housing’s unfinished 50-year journey

Although golden anniversaries are often considered milestone moments accompanied by festive celebrations, two such observances in April 2018 are bittersweet memories for much of Black America. One took the life of an unparalleled preacher, orator, author, activist and Nobel Peace ...

Black consumers, businesses must lead American energy policy talks

Due to shifting demographics in the U.S., it’s increasingly important for Blacks to take the lead in shaping America’s energy policies.

Wayne's Words: Joliet’s other haunted house

A haunted house will open in part of the former Collins Street prison this fall but some residents are forgetting the other haunted house that the city owns.

OPINION: President Trump’s FY 2019 budget hurts low-Income communities

If you want to know how a president feels about your community, then all you need to do is look at his or her budget, because it reflects their values—both what they value and what they don’t.

Opinion: This is why I hate Black Republicans

I stopped attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), because it reminded me of “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons”; Blacks were noticeably missing from both cartoons.

Opinion: ‘Black Panther’ showcases the power of STEM applications

As I sat in the theater mesmerized by Marvel’s record-breaking “Black Panther,” there were so many moments and messages that filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride.

Wayne's Words: Gun violence is more than guns

Just five years ago, in December of 2012, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred. According to reports at the time, the incident was the deadliest mass shooting at either a high school or grade school in U.S. history and ...

OPINION: Raising Emotionally Competent Children

All parents should feel empowered to teach their children social and emotional development.

Letter: Does anyone care?

In a letter to the editor, Mark Turk asks what it will take to stop the senseless killing in schools.

Letter: Weakening Americans with Disabilities act

Letter writer Pam Heavens, of Joliet, writes about the weakening of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the impact those actions will have as a result.

Trump’s parade plan a waste of money

Now “45” wants a parade. He wants it in November, probably before the mid-term elections. Some see it as move to mobilize his base and stroke his own ego; others actually believe that he wants to celebrate and honor members ...

Wayne's Words: Fire Department changes

This week’s Joliet City Council meeting sparked what could be identified as a ‘balance of resource and need’ debate. In the name of efficiency, the city is considering the use of one piece of fire-fighting apparatus that would replace two ...