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Senate drug plan brings death and taxes

The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act would stall future drug development and deprive Americans of lifesaving cures -- all without reducing patients' out-of-pocket costs. The bill would alter Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug benefit for seniors and people ...

Letter: Black market Marijuana, no laughing matter

Contrary to what Big Marijuana wants us to believe, state lawmakers were warned that legal weed would flood Illinois with black market activity. California is now the perfect example. California is considered the largest cannabis market in the world. Their ...

Questionable cost for Joliet water

Joliet’s pursuit of a new water source has become a complicated saga of miscommunication and questionable cost comparison information. Last week the DuPage Water Commission sent a letter to Mayor Bob O’Dekirk questioning how cost estimates to become a DWC ...

Something we can all agree on: A fair tax

The battle is on over a fair tax in Illinois. But that’s just the thing. Why is this a battle at all? When Gov. Pritzker laid out his proposal for a graduated income tax last March, he quite plainly made ...

A Holiday Strategy

The holidays can be glad, sad or bad. Take your pick and choose a direction I choose glad. Who wants to be sad and who needs bad? I don't want either one and neither do you. There is enough in ...

Wayne's Words: Only one choice for city water source

Approximately 18 Months have elapsed since the City of Joliet engaged in a study to determine a sustainable, high quality and cost-effective water supply for the City. The Environmental and Refuse Commission has been charged with the task. There are ...

America Recycles Day

Will County Executive Walsh remind residents of importance of responsible recycling Since 1997, America Recycles Day has increased awareness of both recycling and buying recycled products. This year's America Recycles Day is Friday, November 15 and Will County is joining ...

OP-ED: What’s at stake in Byron Allen’s Supreme Court Showdown with Comcast

The U.S. Supreme Court heard on Wednesday arguments in a suit between Comcast and Byron Allen, a prominent African American programming executive. What began as a fairly routine television carriage dispute has turned into risky gambit that may give the ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet Ethics Crisis

Ethics in city government. Apparently, it’s a crisis in Joliet that none of the high price talent employed at City Hall can resolve without assistance from a third-party expert. Part-time Interim City Manager Steve Jones proposed a contract this week ...

We make progress when citizens tackle the small stuff

One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can’t accomplish things alone. Whether you’re trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or to change US policy on greenhouse gas ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why is Kinzinger covering up for Trump?

Dear Editor, Kinzinger voted against the impeachment inquiry. Am I the only one in IL-16 who thinks this is wrong? I believe no one is above the law, not even Trump. I’ve written to Kinzinger repeatedly asking him to hold ...

COMMENTARY: Deadly and dangerous — Healthcare in America

Laughter is the Best Medicine, says the Reader's Digest version of America. But, not when it’s the only medicine, responds the America that far too many have known and continue to know. Not when the United States alone is one ...

Wayne’s Words: Sports and Infrastructure

Early Fall is the time of the year when all of the major professional sports are being played simultaneously. Professional and college football dominate the airways, but basketball, hockey, and soccer are also being played and of course baseball is ...

Commentary: Is There More to Teaching and learning Than Testing?

Teaching is a multi-faceted calling for many and an occupation for some, but how can teaching and learning effectiveness be measured without testing? There must be some way—or ways—to measure what and whether students are learning, and teachers are teaching. ...

Poll of likely voters shows rising student debt: Weakened borrower protections

When likely voters across the country were recently asked their opinions about student loan borrowing, 82% agreed that the still-growing $1.5 trillion debt is a national crisis. Even when partisan affiliations were included, the solid concern for this unsustainable financial ...

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