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Wayne's Words: Did you Vote?

The Consolidated election results will not be official until April 23 when all of the ballots not counted on election night are audited and certified. The outcomes for Joliet’s City Council newly-elected members will be recognized at the May 6 ...

Easter - Think about it

Easter is an exciting day for Christians around the world. Churches around the globe look forward to celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Clergy persons look forward to a one-day larger attendance. Church choirs and music programs try to shine brighter ...

So who really got a tax cut this year

Tax Day is here. What’s in your return? According to a new poll, only 17 percent of Americans say they’re paying less in taxes this year, despite the GOP’s promises that the huge tax cuts they passed were for the ...

OP-ED: Offshore exploration promises jobs, affordable energy

Strong U.S. natural gas and oil production is revitalizing communities in state after state. It’s well-known that increased energy production has cut costs for families – at the pump and in-home utility bills. But leading the world in production has ...

COMMENTARY: The fight for equal pay, gender parity heats up

Despite the United States touting itself as the bastion of freedom and equality, women in this country – despite comprising 50.8 percent of the population – have always found themselves in the position of having to fight for salary and ...

How politics have changed

I became active in politics in the late 1950s, got elected to Congress in 1964, and have remained engaged in one way or another every year since then. I’ve had a ringside seat for a long time. So I suppose ...

Joliet politics and city overtime

If you Google the definition of politics it states “Politics is the way that people living in groups make decisions.... In everyday life, the term "politics" refers to the way that countries are governed, and to the ways that governments ...

COMMENTARY: Toward a Living Wage

It is unfathomable that the federal minimum wage has not been increased in more than a decade, since 2007. That the wage, at $7.25 per hour, has remained flat through recession and recovery, through extremely high unemployment rates and much ...

Threats to Medicare continue in 2019

Medicare faces numerous threats in 2019. It's time for lawmakers and healthcare to attack these challenges head-on. One threat stem from the Trump administration, which has suggested weakening the so-called protected classes provision in Medicare "Part D." Medicare's Part D ...

Political and policy skills are merging

Here’s a surprise: the skills that can be used to win in politics are increasingly the skills needed to produce good policy. I know. You look at the policy stalemates in Washington and wonder how this could be. The people ...

Jobs Report Shows What ‘African Americans Have to Lose’ Under Trump

The latest report from the U.S. Labor Department has provided still another answer to the infamous question of “What the hell do [African Americans] have to lose?” That question, of course, was posed by Donald Trump during his successful run ...

Wayne’s Words: Joliet Water

The City of Joliet Environmental Commission (the water commission) continues to trudge on towards a decision regarding the future source of drinking water for Joliet residents and perhaps other residents beyond its borders. In fact, that is one of the ...

Accountability makes good government

As various House committees gear up for a season of investigations and hearings on President Trump and his administration, a lot of people are worried that progress on the nation’s challenges will grind to a halt. I would argue just ...

The Republican Party and C-PAC’s continued infatuation with minstrel shows

Having just concluded the nation’s month-long celebration of Black History, the Republican Party and the conservative movement had one of the most disastrous months in my lifetime. I have warned anyone who will listen that race will be the most ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet VOTE April 2

The Consolidated Election is almost upon us. On April 2 voters in Will County will choose people to represent them on school boards, park districts and municipal boards, in most cases, for the next four years. It seems as if ...

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