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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 ...

First Responders - Our local Heroes

A person only has to watch the nightly news or read the newspaper to see an increase in crime and disrespect of law enforcement. In my neighborhood between Ingalls and Ruby there have been multiple shootings and two murders related ...

Wayne's Words: Brighter days ahead

It seems somewhat ironic that Mayor Bob O’Dekirk’s State of the City address took place at Harrah’s casino this year. It was a positive address touting several past and soon to come commercial successes that will enhance Joliet’s tax base. ...

Civil Rights Will Suffer under AG Sessions

Donald Trump’s first three weeks in office have left Americans reeling from what Republican speechwriter Peggy Noonan called his “cloud of crazy.” His cabinet nominees seem intentionally perverse: an education secretary who has no clue about public schools; an energy ...

Letter: Joliet meeting to address immigration/President Trump’s executive order

Letter writer Angel Guzman encourages residents to attend a special city council meeting to address issues on immigration raised by recent Presidential executive orders.

Wayne's Words: Sometimes more than Thanks is required

Putting lights on the Joliet’s flag pavilions has been a point of discussion for several years. A commitment to do that was given at a candidate’s forum during the last mayoral election in 2015. I was advised by the mayor ...

Barbara Reynold’s Coretta Scott King Memoir Is a Must Read

Every day that he holds the presidency, Donald Trump does something outrageous. He blusters, he just plain lies, and he bullies. He pushes his decisions, his executive orders, down the throats of a Congress that he dominates. Why not let ...