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Wayne’s Words: Vote totals don’t reveal real picture

It’s been just a little over two weeks since the coronavirus pandemic was declared a national emergency by President Trump and the Illinois Primary squeaked by with a dismal voter turnout for a Presidential Primary. Turn-out this year was just ...

IL schools remain closed

Illinois Governor Pritzker issued an executive order mandating all Illinois schools to remain closed through April 30, 2020. I hope this extended closure will keep you and your family safe and healthy. I know this closure has been a sudden ...

OP-ED: COVID-19 and Black People

Dr. Oliver Brooks, President of the National Medical Association It is oft stated in the Black community: “when the country gets a cold, we get pneumonia.” The genesis of this saying is unclear, but the inference is not, nor is ...

The heroes among us

From healthcare workers on the front lines to those operating trains and buses to those at grocery stores ensuring shelves remained stocked, there are many everyday heroes among us providing a vital public service in this trying time. We would ...

Can Congress Make Democratic Governance Work?

This is a time of great testing for Congress. As it considers responses to the nation’s health and economic crises, it faces close scrutiny by ordinary Americans, financial markets, and businesses large and small across the country. The pressure to ...

Wayne's Words: Northpoint vote delayed

The news is almost completely dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are very few positives that can be highlighted regarding the crisis, but perhaps those objecting to development of the Northpoint intermodal project can take some solace from Mondays announcement. ...

COMMENTARY: Fear and Loss in a Time Of Plague

For far too long as a country, we have lived in denial regarding the ever-present threat of pandemics. Trump was not alone in that self-deception. Scientists have warned us that these dangers existed and, in the context of environmental catastrophe, ...

What Congress represents

In one of the US Capitol hallways that House members pass through regularly to get to the chambers, there’s an inscription of a comment by Alexander Hamilton. It comes from his 1788 remarks to the New York convention on ratifying ...

AMTRAK comment on COVID-19

Your safety is our top priority The safety of our customers and employees is Amtrak's top priority. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking action based on guidance from public health experts. In order to maintain a ...

Silver Cross and Amita Health Saint Joseph update on COVID-19

Dear Editor As your community hospitals, our No. 1 priority at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet is to keep our patients and families, healthcare workers, and staff safe. As you ...

Letter: Erosion of privilege

As a member of a marginalized black minority with more than 400 years of experience, I believe erosion of white privilege elected Donald Trump. Outsourcing of high-paying jobs put a crimp on white wealth causing subsequent dissatisfaction with government. The ...

Wayne's Words: Voting begins

Tuesday, March 17 is primary election day in Illinois. Early voting began this last Monday. Voters in Will County should have received a sample ballot for both the Democratic and the Republican Primary races. You have to pick one or ...

Keep Canadian drugs out of U.S. medicine cabinets

The Trump administration recently proposed two rules that would allow states, pharmacies, and drug wholesalers to import non-FDA approved medicines from Canada. No administration, Republican or Democrat, has ever allowed Canadian drug importation – and for good reason. First, experts ...

Dear Will County Residents and Municipal Officials:

During the last 15 years as Will County Executive, I have worked to ensure that Will County balances fiscal responsibility to taxpayers with responsible economic growth. I hope that my successor makes this a priority as well. Being home to ...

A party of fear

The Republican Party is held captive by fear that hinders their judgement. A bully uses fear to rob you of your freedoms. I know because blacks experienced fear of getting beaten, arrested or lynched by white bullies in my youth. ...

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