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Father's Day

It's time to once again celebrate Father's day in America. I like Father's day. It's always interesting to see if my children or anyone remembers. Maybe I will get a text, an email or even a telephone call. Father's day ...

Wayne's Words: Take me out to the Ballgame?

The City of Joliet baseball stadium is now in it’s 16th season and has been continuously occupied since opening day in 2002. The first occupants were the Joliet Jackhammers. The initial season saw over 180,000 fans attend the games played. ...

Foster Statement on North Korea Summit

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the summit between President Trump and Kim Jung-un in Singapore: "We all agree a nuclear North Korea is a threat to our national security. We have to be very careful and ...

School choice not the right choice for all students

When the best educators in America traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of events celebrating innovation in the classroom and to share best practices in K-12 education, they let officials at the Department of Education and the White House ...

Wayne's Words: Time to wean off gaming

The summer of 2018 officially began with the Memorial Day weekend and is on the books. Proper complaints against the weather can now begin with “it’s too hot” in place of “it’s too cold.” Just as the summer is beginning ...

OP-ED: It takes A Village: Closing the STEAM gap requires early education

We’re all familiar with the popular proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As a 21st century society, this still holds true, literally and figuratively. For non-millennials, who grew up in a vastly different era, there is a ...

ERA: What are they afraid of?

A few weeks ago the Illinois State Senate voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Now it is up to the Illinois House of Representatives. It has passed out of committee and we are now waiting for the seventy-one votes ...

Protecting our community during National Foster Care Month

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, our community was under a full-fledged attack. Crack was in our streets, it was in our schools, it was in our parks, it was in our playgrounds, and for some, it was in ...

Letter to the editor: Lessons learned from the April 2017 murder of 17-month old Sema'j Crosby motivated recent General Assembly action to protect children.

The Illinois Senate on May 17 passed House Bill 4885, which make children under five in families receiving Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) Intact Family Services automatically eligible for the state's childcare program. HB 4885 also makes these ...

Shorewood’s solution to speeding

The official arrival of summer occurs in about ten days but the temperatures have been warm enough lately to jumpstart the summer season for many.

Wayne's Words: JPD Battle Buddy’s help vets

The Memorial Day holiday is less than four weeks away. The day is traditionally set aside to remember those who gave their life in military service to our country. Most communities will remember the fallen with parades, commemorative services and ...

OPINION: Spiritually Speaking: Paul Hit the Bullseye

I remember reviewing the letters of Paul in Bible study. In doing so, I was constantly reminded that one cannot look at Paul without really seeing Jesus’ amazing handiwork.

We’re all in this together

Our republic is under stress. So much so, in fact, that if you’re not worried about its future, you probably haven’t been paying attention.

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 ...

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