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2019 PHS-CC PTSO Needy Family Drive Thank You

In 2019, the Plainfield community continued to support the PHS-CC Needy Family Drive and we feel incredibly blessed. This was our 27th year and our goal consistently remains to make the holiday season a little merrier for families of Plainfield ...

County Board commissioner statement on proposed gas tax

Will County roadways sustain more damage than other municipalities in the United States because we have the world’s largest inland port, CenterPoint in our back yard. The massive warehouses draw elevated levels of truck traffic and pollution to our neighborhoods. ...

Marvin Miller gets to the baseball hall of fame…but no Curt Flood

When it was announced on December 8th that the late Marvin Miller, the first executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), had finally been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame I let out a yell of ...

Wayne's Words: Disagreements abound over city budget

To budget or not to budget was the question at Tuesday’s Joliet City Council meeting. Since the decision was not made this week, the Council will meet again next Thursday. The budget vote requires at least five votes to pass. ...

In praise of competence

Not long ago, I was in a meeting to talk about a public policy issue. It was a little complex, and as we considered the various angles I began to think about what it would take to translate talk into ...

COMMENTARY: Pots and kettles – Republican hypocrisy and double-talk

When you elect a clown, expect a circus, and this month's impeachment hearings have been precisely that. Yelling, shouting, and disrespectful accusing seem more the rule than the exception. The increased volume of Mr. Trump's tweets echoes his fear and ...

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 ...