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A $14 billion drain on America’s working poor: overdraft fees

A banking fee that averages $35 per transaction collectively costs America’s consumers nearly $14 billion each year. A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) focuses on overdraft fees and provides a profile of those hit hardest. These ...

A new school year begins

As the 2017-2018 school year begins and I start my 32nd year in education, an old saying comes to mind: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Of course, there is always the excitement of starting a ...

Wayne's Words: TIF: What happened to Small Business Development downtown?

According to all published reports, the City of Joliet government is committed to redeveloping the City Center, more commonly known as “downtown Joliet.” The idea of the downtown revitalization has been talked about, written about, planned for and studied ever ...

In Our Own Backyard: The Myth of Both Sides

Heather Heyer is dead. Last Saturday in Charlottesville, VA, she was mowed down in cold blood, in broad daylight, on camera, by a white supremacist. I never met Heather. I don’t know if she liked yoga or hockey. I don’t ...

Letter—Rock museum a fantastic addition to Joliet’s downtown

Letter writer Rachel Ventura supports the idea of a Rock n' Roll museum in Joliet's downtown.

Nine Presidents

One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial ...

The deepening corporate diversity recruitment

While “Diversity” is not a new term for the business world, it appears to be experiencing a resurgence of sorts lately. Every major corporation seems to be looking for employees from underrepresented groups—some, because they think these diverse perspectives will ...

In Our Own Backyard: Vegetables against violence

What do you do when you’re totally stressed out? Many of us – far too many – use food to soothe ourselves. A relationship break-up? Time for Rocky Road ice cream. Financial pressure? Triple burgers and cheese fries make everything ...

Letter—Plainfield School superintendent urges action on school funding bill

As you are aware, the Illinois General Assembly recently passed a long-overdue budget for the State. The new budget requires public education funding be distributed through a formula based on evidence and research. Normal ly, this would not be a ...

Wayne's Words: Anniversary of Medicare

By Wayne Horne – whorne@thetimesweekly.com Healthcare is a major topic in Washington and around the country. This week marks the 51st anniversary of Medicare. Approximately 19 million people ages 65 and over became eligible to enroll in Medicare in 1966. ...

In Our Own Backyard: The Future is Female

Project Drawdown -- a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists – are assembling and presenting the best available information on climate solutions, and ways to protect our planet over the next ...

Letter: Joliet Noon Lion’s Club is on the move

The Joliet Noon Lions Club is one of over 43,000 Lions Clubs worldwide. The Lions’ motto, “We Serve,” describes what we do. Lions International recently celebrated its 100th Birthday and the Joliet Noon Club was chartered as one of the ...

In Our Youth Own Backyard: Changing the World

In Our Own Backyard is a weekly column covering environmental justice, climate change and food justice, and how these issues impact our families every day. If you think food deserts, contaminated soil and toxic water pipes don’t really affect you ...

Spiritually Speaking: Do you love you?

The road to spiritual salvation is sometimes so obvious, so apparent that we just miss it. Like most of Jesus’ message, it doesn’t seem possible that by simply changing ones’ outlook, the Kingdom of Heaven is yours. “Teacher, which is ...

In Our Own Backyard: Stop Eating Meat!

Well, I’m kidding a little. We Americans love meat – roasted, grilled, fried, baked or simmered all day in our greens. We don’t consider a meal complete without a big hunk of beef, pork or chicken taking up half the ...