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Wayne' s Words: More investigations on Joliet Mayor

The City of Joliet is the third largest city in the State of Illinois so it should not be surprising that a lot of attention comes to the city from outside its boundaries. It has been a little over two ...

The Haitian Dilemma

This is a painful commentary. Humanity demands that we all be treated with fairness. This country has boasted the guarantee to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Those who live in a world without such assurances hear what we ...

COMMENTARY: The New Multiracial America

The multiracial population, which was 9 million in 2010 and grew to 33.8 million by 2020, reflects two things. First, the rate of racial intermarriage has increased, leading to an increase of mixed-race children. Equally importantly, the number of people ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet Police Department makes it to the National Stage

It was about two months ago that Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk stated at a City Council meeting there was a “war on police.” Sometimes, I guess, it just depends on your perspective. That was not one of the implications contained ...

A Red Flag on the West Coast

In just a few days, California will wrap up its recall election targeting Governor Gavin Newsom, a scheme orchestrated by a Far Right still seething over the Big Lie. At first glance that may seem like a problem that only ...

Commentary: What life seems to be

Life is short. The best we can do is the best we can do. If we are doing our best, then what more can we expect from others and ourselves? Most people are doing the best they can with the ...

OP-ED: To Labor Day and Labor Days ahead

This is a time of tremendous evolution in our industries. We are on the cusp of a complete transition in mobility. A transition to clean energy and clean vehicles. At the UAW, we have been heavily involved in the national ...

Wayne’s Words: Gov. Pritzker’s Local Journalism Task Force and the blame game

About four months ago, U.S. News and World Reports released its Overall Best Countries Rankings. The United States moved up this year from seventh to sixth. In 2016, when Donald Trump became President, the U.S. was ranked fourth. By 2017 ...

Lessons from 9/11 that Congress Could Learn

Most Americans alive 20 years ago remember where they were on September 11, 2001. They remember the airplane hijackings, the attacks, and the collapse of the Twin Towers. They remember the nearly 3,000who perished. As our nation refocuses on that ...

OP-ED: Your company’s Pro-BLM PR statements better match the receipts

An analysis by the consulting firm Creative Investment Research finds that while 232 American companies pledged $55 billion last summer, out of their collective $746 billion in 2019 net income, only a measly $250 million has actually been spent. Not ...

Wayne’s Words: Does Joliet really need a new parking study?

The ability of any organization to succeed requires planning. Another requirement is, of course, money. Generally speaking, government organizations have those two requirements built in. For instance, a municipality has a planning department and tax dollars to accomplish its goals. ...

OP-ED: Black-owned businesses look to the FDA to protect them

A year ago, in a quick fix reaction to the pandemic, the FDA released emergency guidance that lowered the standards for germ-fighting products like hand sanitizer in order to get more on the market. This led to an ongoing wave ...

OP-ED: The Movement for Justice Will Not Be Deterred

The so-called “conservative” justices on the Supreme Court are rewriting the laws passed by Congress to serve their own partisan purposes. Now the excuse is to limit voter fraud, even though there is no evidence of such fraud other than ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet Video Gaming: What’s this all about?

Gambling is an established fact in Illinois. One would be led to believe that it is an innovation unknown to Joliet City Hall. Recently, a few gas station owners in Joliet have decided to take advantage of the profit involved ...

Letter: INCLUDING YOU, INC. look forward to getting back to serving our communities with more enthusiasm then ever in 2021

INCLUDING YOU, INC. look forward to getting back to serving our communities with more enthusiasm then ever in 2021 by fulfilling our mission and purpose. With help from our businesses and communities we will achieve our goals of giving back ...

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