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How to close $2B of the 2018 budget shortfall

Anyone following the Illinois budget impasse knows that our pile of unpaid bills is growing; up to $12.9 Billion and counting. This creates added pressure on the state because those bills will eventually have to be paid. In the meantime, ...

Wayne's Words: Voter tallies are all in

According to final totals from “Vote by Mail” and “Provisional” ballots counted By the Will County Clerk’s office last Tuesday results have not changed from election night. The election results from two weeks ago are not official until April 28. ...

Wayne's Words: Campaign promises

Campaign promises are easily made when a candidate seeks a political office and often times those promises are forgotten after the election results are in. Usually they are forgotten because they are verbal in nature and the candidate who gets ...

WE BELIEVE

A beautiful uplifting song we sing on Sunday in our church is “We Believe” – that there is and should be only one foundation. Today, there is a broken and fractured generation. We have an abundant of hope that this ...

Wayne's Words: Why such low voter turnout?

When you read this week’s column, election results are known and probably analyzed as to why the small number of voters who turned out, chose candidates who won. Usually, incumbents are returned to the office they ran for and most ...

Sponsors of Hate Today Must Be Held Accountable

Over the next several days, across the United States, people will pause in solemn remembrance of the 49th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968. Back then, I ...

NAACP statement on president Trumps executive order to repeal the Clean Power Plan

The NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to repeal the Clean Power Plan. “The decision by President Donald Trump to rollback the hard fought progress made on clean air ...

Wayne's Words: Is it political Theatre

A little over two weeks ago, Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, was granted emergency powers to close a business for up to seven days. As previously reported the term “emergency” was not defined. The stated reason for the action was police ...

Go Vote!

Two years ago in the City of Joliet voter turnout was less than 20% in our municipal election that determined the 5 Council races and the Mayor. Think about that please…in the 3rd largest city in Illinois less than 20% ...

Foster statement on executive Order to roll back environmental regulations

I strongly condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to undo federal regulations that protect our environment. This order shows a fundamental ignorance of climate science and its importance to our country’s future. The vast majority of scientists believe that climate change ...

Wayne's Words: Not My Fault

We live in the age of “it’s not my fault.” There has always s been the question of “who’s at fault?” since time began. It just seems more prevalent today. When it is our own fault, we need to take ...

Mass deportation would cost U.S. economy billions, experts say

Immigration and labor experts say that mass deportation would cost the federal government nearly $900 billion in lost revenue over 10 years and would immediately reduce the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 1.4 percent. That GDP shortfall would grow ...

Andy Shallal

Andy Shallal, a first-generation Iraqi-American and the owner of Busboys and Poets, said that, as an immigrant, he had to speak up for immigrant rights in the current political climate in the U.S.

Wayne's Words: Universal Healthcare: Somewhere between is the answer

If you believe in miracles, then perhaps the newly proposed (Trumpcare) also American Health Care Act is your cup of tea. Currently being called the AHCA, it is having a difficult time finding its legs. The AHCA (I prefer the ...

Will federal lawmakers turn back the clock on fair housing?

When future generations read the history of the nation’s first Black President, I believe there will be greater acknowledgement of his administration’s significant accomplishments. For now, however, an undeniable strategic war is underway to dismantle the very progress President Obama ...

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