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Wayne's Words: Joliet’s budget, overtime and property taxes

The City of Joliet fiscal year runs from January 1 to December 31. Every year the city manager submits a recommended budget to the City Council for approval. Of course, each department is expected to live within that budget barring ...

Breast Cancer Awareness: Fannie Lou Hamer died of untreated breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the proliferation of pink ribbons is about to start. Predatory capitalists will make breast cancer their cause, producing pink t-shirts, pocketbooks, everything. It's a mixed blessing, this awareness, because too many will make ...

Expecting the best for this school year

District 202 community In the middle of the pretty good start of another school year, we shouldn’t have to talk about this. In fact, in a different kind of world we wouldn’t have to talk about it at all. But ...

Wayne's Words: Who’s taking care of the cemetery?

The Joliet Environmental and Refuse Commission are charged with the advisory responsibility to study and investigate air and water pollution problems and possible solutions. In conjunction with investigations and studies, the Commission shall recommend to the City Council, ordinances to ...

The Joy of Politics

You’re probably chuckling already. Seriously? The joy of politics? That was pretty much the reaction I got the other day when, in the middle of a conversation about how confrontational, adversarial, and downright unpleasant politics has become of late, I ...

Why would HUD gut its own disparate impact rule?

Whatever happened to the American Dream of owning a home and giving your children a better life than you experienced as a child? Is this ‘dream’ being deferred or denied? In 2019, these questions are as timely as they are ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet’s Selling of Water

Transparency and communication are two elements most of us expect from our governments from the national level right on down to the local levels. That’s a big expectation. Oftentimes, it’s not government officials that transmit the transparency and communication. So, ...

COMMENTARY: DeVos hands For-Profit Colleges $11.1 Billion over 10 years

Most consumers would likely agree that consumers should get what they pay for. If a product or service fails to deliver its promises, refunds are in order. That kind of thinking guided the Obama Administration’s decision to address false promises ...

Time for lawmakers, governor to declare statewide ‘Jesse White Day’

Note to readers: The accompanying editorial was written by the editorial board of Shaw Media and distributed to Illinois newspapers by the Illinois Press Association. In 1998, Jesse White was elected to lead an Illinois Secretary of State’s office that ...

OP-ED: Ending fair housing rule removes opportunities for all

Like most people, I care about my community, its opportunities, as well as its future. But as a man of faith, I believe I am additionally called to give voice and support to lift every life. From counseling congregants on ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet City Manager Merry-Go-Round

Unless you always pay attention to city government regularly you might find recent deliberations regarding Joliet’s City Manager position somewhat troubling. Watching the Joliet City Council debate the issue has been a real head spinner the last few months. According ...

CUB statement on Gov. Pritzker signing Heat ACT

We thank Gov. J.B. Pritzker for signing into law the strongest consumer protections in the history of Illinois’ energy markets. This is one of the toughest consumer protection laws in the nation, and it is a major victory for Illinois ...

Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 years of the African Diaspora experience

History commonly and most often points to late August in the year 1619 when some “20 and odd Negroes” originating from Angola arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet Public Library seeks over $10 Million

A few weeks back I questioned whether our Joliet government was a sugar-daddy based on the many requests it receives from organizations needing revenue beyond their means. One that was mentioned was the Joliet Public Library. The Library Board has ...

Democracy won’t die if we don’t let it

Democracy’s premise is that ordinary citizens can make solid decisions on complex issues. But this basic principle and the structure of laws and practices erected over the centuries to safeguard it are being questioned as rarely before. It’s not just ...

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