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Dear Will County Residents and Municipal Officials:

During the last 15 years as Will County Executive, I have worked to ensure that Will County balances fiscal responsibility to taxpayers with responsible economic growth. I hope that my successor makes this a priority as well. Being home to ...

A party of fear

The Republican Party is held captive by fear that hinders their judgement. A bully uses fear to rob you of your freedoms. I know because blacks experienced fear of getting beaten, arrested or lynched by white bullies in my youth. ...

Big insurance must help end surprise medical billing

NNPA Newswire - It is a serious financial problem that far too many African-Americans - from impoverished individuals to working-class families - face these days in the bewilderingly complicated health-care market: Getting hit with an unexpected bill after a hospital ...

What to value about America

Sometimes, you just need to step back. The political conversations I hear these days are strikingly negative, dominated by what’s amiss in Washington, by the deep divisions in the country, by President Trump’s actions and the aftermath of his impeachment, ...

OP-ED: Commemorating our past, starts with cementing our present-day legacy

We find ourselves at the beginning of a new Black History Month (BHM) in a distinctive decade during one of the most polarizing times of our lives. Our collective journey to this moment has undoubtedly been challenging. Still, we've been ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet council split on hiring city manager

Curious. That’s another word for peculiar. Odd, strange and unusual are also words that are derivative meanings of “curious.” What am I talking about? Leadership at City Hall. The City of Joliet continues its administration without a fulltime, permanent City ...

Letter: We are all his enemies

President Trump and the Republican Party have divided the nation by creating scenarios to pit one group against another. They have pitted whites against blacks and Latinos; native born against immigrants, white-supremacist against Jews, public against the media, and middle-class ...

Without civility, our system doesn’t work

When he was just a young teenage schoolboy, George Washington sat down and copied out 110 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior.” Many of these had to do with simple manners. “Cleanse not your teeth with the tablecloth, napkin, fork ...

Wayne’s Words: Joliet City leadership questionable

No decision has been made about Joliet’s next permanent City Manager as was implied at a recent Special City Council meeting. City management leadership in Joliet will have to wait at least another couple of weeks. Officially the current part-time ...

Black History Month Commentary: Will A Woman Be President In 2020?

In a most unusual endorsement, the New York Times has endorsed both Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Amy Klobuchar (MN) for the Democratic nomination for President. Apparently, the Editorial Board of the Times disagrees with Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), who ...

Black America's Housing Crisis:

No matter who you are, or where you live, there's a central concern that links consumers all over the country: the ever-rising cost of living. For many consumers, the combined costs of housing, transportation, food, and utilities leave room for ...

Oped: Hidden Tax Increases on Airline Tickets Won’t Fly

NNPA NEWSWIRE - Why is it that poor people are always asked to pay more in America? Last year, I warned about the possibility that Congress might try to impose a new tax on air travelers. Well, it's 2020 - ...

OP-ED: Kobe - preparing for shocking death

The world was shocked January 26, 2020 by the sudden death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others. A helicopter that spiraled through a California sky and crashed took the life of one of the world's greatest basketball ...

Leadership Matters

At the time of the American Revolution, the future United States was a small, colonial backwater on the world stage. There were an estimated 2-3 million people living here. Yet it somehow produced an array of talented, creative thinkers and ...

Wayne's Words: Unsustainable demands on water remain in some communities

The first order of business for the City Council meeting this week was a proclamation recognizing the work of the Environmental Commission. The Proclamation stated in part the Commission “exceeded expectations and provided for a thorough, unbiased and transparent study ...