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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 ...

Speak Out to Protect Your Health

For six years, Republicans have repeated the same phrase in every conversation about healthcare: “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now that Republicans control all levers of government, they are preparing legislation to strip 30 million Americans of ...

Wayne's Words: Who Knew?

Who knew? The United States fell from number 4 to number 7 in the world ranking of Best Countries. That’s according to a U.S. News and World Reports survey conducted after the presidential election last November. The survey asked 21,000 ...

Republican Health Care Plan

"After seven years of calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act with a promise to replace it with their own plan that would provide better care at lower costs, Republicans have finally revealed their health care plan. It ...

Call to Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) led a letter to President Trump with 59 of his colleagues urging the preservation of the Iran Nuclear Deal. "The Iran Nuclear Deal has made the world a safer place by scaling back Iran's nuclear program," ...

Foster statement on revised Muslim and refugee Ban

"Once again, the Trump administration has unleashed another poorly thought out and misguided executive action. This new ban on individuals from six predominantly Muslim countries targets individuals simply because of their country of origin and religion.

Wayne's Words: What Legislative Update?

Governments at all levels want voters to believe they are working hard for the best interests of their constituents.

President Trump’s military budget will make us poorer and less secure

I watched President Trump’s address to Congress tonight with several families at the homeless shelter where they live in San Francisco. He didn’t address their plight, their poverty, their hopes and dreams for their children. Instead he talked about repealing ...

AFSCME threatens strike against Illinois Taxpayers

Governor Rauner has signed labor agreements with 20 unions. But offered similar, common-sense proposals like overtime eligibility after 40 hours instead of 37.5, AFSCME now wants its members to strike against our State’s hardworking taxpayers. Here’s how we negotiated with ...

Wayne's Words: How to choose a candidate

The local election season is less than six weeks away. Even if you haven’t received any candidate mailings in the last couple of weeks, it’s getting hard to miss the ‘vote for me’ signs that are popping up in yards ...

School is not just about test scores

It’s been said many times before, but I will say it again: school is not just about test scores. Children learn what they live, and they live what they learn. Along with science, math, English, social studies, etc., District 202 ...

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