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Washington officials, Feds tracking credible Inauguration Day threats

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging law enforcement to vigilantly work to sniff out potential violent plots by insurrectionists and other nefarious actors. The mayor joined others who expressed growing concern over whether some would attempt to disrupt President-elect Joe ...

A new year and a fresh start

The beginning of every new year usually carries the desire for a fresh start on positive behaviors and the discarding of old habits. That probably won’t happen quite that way this new year of 2021. Oh, there will be the ...

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

In past years, the season to be jolly would be in full swing and families would be looking forward to gatherings during this week’s three-day holiday weekend. The greetings of Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas are still being used interchangeably, ...

My Christmas Spirit

Years ago, our church group was out Christmas caroling. We weren't far from the church and our leader led us out to the back of Mr. Castle's house to sing to he and his wife. His wife came to the ...

It is time to show our resilience

If you pay attention to global affairs, you know that increasing numbers of people believe US leadership in the world is coming to an end and the West more broadly is being eclipsed. I think these predictions are exaggerated, but ...

Hope is here!

This week Edward-Elmhurst will begin vaccinating our health care workers against the coronavirus. Together, we will fight back against the pandemic that has wreaked havoc on all our lives. We’ve studied the data. Purchased ultra-cold freezers. Educated the staff. Established ...

Joliet Council works together for common goal?

Peace prevailed at Monday’s Special Joliet City Council Meeting. This last Monday the Joliet City Council received the annual proposed budget presentation for the upcoming year. There was no bickering, no outraged concern and no disagreement among the Council members ...

National: OP-ED: All Eyes on Georgia

These days, like the old Ray Charles song says, I’ve got Georgia on My Mind. We should all be thinking of Georgia because come January 5, the state is positioned to make a tremendous change for the better — a ...

The Pandemic lays bare our information problems

When the history of this era is written, special attention should be reserved for the prominent US politicians who dismissed or misrepresented the COVID-19 pandemic for political purposes. The coronavirus has wreaked untold suffering and damage to this country through ...

Time is running out: 3 key items to consider before the Dec. 7 Medicare Enrollment deadline

In a year filled with unforeseen challenges and important decisions, people with Medicare have through Monday, Dec. 7 to select their Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan coverage for 2021. To ensure you have the right Medicare plan for you ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet council is business as usual

Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season. The Thanksgiving Day holiday is the most American of our holidays but the annual tradition of gathering friends and family for a feast may take a hit this year for many of ...

Biden-Harris Administration tasked with dismantling America’s history of hate

A lot of past cruelties can underscore America’s history of hate. Today, one could capture that hate through the lens of at least some of the more than 74 million people casting a vote for President Donald Trump. Often described ...

Doctor’s Prescription: Stay safe this holiday season

Sometimes doctors have to deliver bad news to their patients. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, the physicians of Illinois implore you to reconsider your holiday plans this year. Large gatherings of family and friends inside a home or restaurant are not ...

Election takeaways

Every year right after an election, I’d find a small pile of requests waiting for me from journalists. They wanted some sort of comment on what it all meant. “What are the voters telling us?” they’d ask. It’s human nature ...

Wayne’s Words: Honor our Veterans everyday

This past Wednesday was Veterans Day. In past years there were many public celebrations in and around the Joliet and Will County area honoring veterans and their military service. That didn’t happen this year but you can always thank a ...