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Wayne's Words: Minimum wage debate

An increase in the minimum wage paid to workers always sparks debate among those who see it as the demise of small business and the loss of profit for big corporations. Generally, the debate centers on those who depend on ...

Think Big Illinois celebrates signing of minimum wage increase

Think Big Illinois Executive Director Quentin Fulks released the following statement after Governor JB Pritzker signed SB1, which increases Illinois’ minimum wage, into law: “More than 40% of our workers just received a well-deserved and long-overdue raise, which is why ...

National Commentary: It’s time to stop marginalizing some students in public higher education

Students across the country are putting final touches on their applications for some of our country’s most prestigious public institutions. Higher education officials and policymakers alike need to ensure that these universities are not underserving Black students. Unfortunately, there’s a ...

Joliet natural gas customers paying more for others’ benefit

Nicor natural gas customers in Joliet and the surrounding area are subsidizing utility expansion elsewhere in Illinois, and paying higher rates as a result. What’s more, they will be paying these higher rates for decades – all without understanding the ...

COMMENTARY: Black boys need rites of passage programs in 2019 across the country

2019 is important to African American Men because the opportunities are boundless and amazing. If you can conceive it, you can achieve it. The only barriers holding Black men back are preparation, knowledge and education. The challenge for Black men ...

American Politics’ Great Divide

One of the more striking political developments of the last few years has been the partisan sorting of American voters. It used to be that both the Republican and Democratic parties covered some ideological ground. Now, it’s so habitual for ...

COMMENTARY: Our planet is melting. Who cares?

The Right Reverend William Barber has revived Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign. He has reminded us that the triple evils of an age were racism, militarism, and poverty. But he has advanced the struggle for social and ...

Wayne's Words: Life goes on

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday coincided with the Chinese New Year known in many Asian countries, including China, as Tet. In Vietnam the new year is officially named Tet Nguyen Dan. Tet is considered one ...

State of the Union Sweepstakes: Trump Loses, Abrams Wins

Every year, with full pomp and circumstance, the President of the United States has the opportunity to define and interpret the State of the Union (SOTU). But this is a President primarily known for lying, not for giving accurate, challenging ...

The NAACP issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s State of the Union Address:

President Trump’s address tonight was political theater at its best. In an attempt to reset the nation and Congress after two years of bitter partisanship and deeply personal attacks, that Trump himself initiated, it is evident that his address tonight ...

Statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Trump’s State of the Union address

“Illinois agriculture is heavily dependent on trade. More than 30 percent of our members’ income comes from overseas sales of soybeans, pork and other agricultural products. Right now we are paying the price for retaliatory tariffs imposed on imported goods ...

For Black Children, attending school is an act of racial Justice

As a seemingly twisted way to ring in 2019, the Trump administration has sent a loud and clear message that it’s okay for educators and school leaders to keep Black children out of school buildings and exclude them from opportunities ...

Thanking Joliet shoebox packers

Dear Editor, I am writing to thank Joliet residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

What great legislators have in common

Each of the great politicians and legislators I’ve known over the course of my career in Congress was very different. They were masters of the rules, or unassailably knowledgeable about a given issue, or supremely watchable orators. But they also ...

Wayne’s Words: Thinking Baseball

Now that the year’s first snowstorm has past and we’re in the first real cold snap of the winter, it’s time to start thinking summer. One of the best preoccupations of summer is baseball. Joliet is a baseball city but ...

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