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Groundwater quality for the future

Dear Editor The members of the Will County Environmental Network voted unanimously at their May meeting to urge all municipalities to join the effort currently getting underway to study the impacts of groundwater quality and availability in the coming years. ...

An open letter to Moms on Mother’s Day: What is in a Mother’s Day?

The US version of Mother’s Day was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis and at the time, it was the only holiday that honored women. When it became overly commercialized, she denounced it and spent the rest of her life ...

Wayne's Words: Why Property Tax increased?

Last week’s arrival in the mail of the property tax bill probably delighted no one when it was discovered most, if not all, taxing bodies showed an increased amount due. Most homeowners have their property taxes escrowed as part of ...

Treasurer Frerichs statement on U.S. Senate vote that hurts Employers, Workers Saving for Retirement

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs released the following statement after the U.S. Senate’s vote to pass House Joint Resolution 66. The passage of the resolution weakens protections for employers who choose to offer Illinois’ Secure Choice retirement savings plan to ...

As we approach the end the school year, another important part of public schooling has just started.

As we approach the end the school year, another important part of public schooling has just started. The District 202 Board of Education on May 1, 2017 seated two new members, along with re-seating two incumbent Board members who were ...

Foster Statement on Passage of American Health Care Act

I was proud to cast my vote against the American Health Care Act. This is the 65th time Republicans have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but now we know what their replacement looks like. It would be an ...

Wayne's Words: Hot Dog!

The calendar says it’s the beginning of May and that means all of the summer activities we all look forward to are set to begin. The beginning of April felt that way, but the weather isn’t cooperating at the moment. ...

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just made life harder for student borrowers

This year’s swearing-in of a new Congress and President signaled a surge of new ideas and approaches to government. However, no elected or appointed official should ever depart from or diminish the primary role of government: service to the American ...

How to close $2B of the 2018 budget shortfall

Anyone following the Illinois budget impasse knows that our pile of unpaid bills is growing; up to $12.9 Billion and counting. This creates added pressure on the state because those bills will eventually have to be paid. In the meantime, ...

Wayne's Words: Voter tallies are all in

According to final totals from “Vote by Mail” and “Provisional” ballots counted By the Will County Clerk’s office last Tuesday results have not changed from election night. The election results from two weeks ago are not official until April 28. ...

Wayne's Words: Campaign promises

Campaign promises are easily made when a candidate seeks a political office and often times those promises are forgotten after the election results are in. Usually they are forgotten because they are verbal in nature and the candidate who gets ...

WE BELIEVE

A beautiful uplifting song we sing on Sunday in our church is “We Believe” – that there is and should be only one foundation. Today, there is a broken and fractured generation. We have an abundant of hope that this ...

Wayne's Words: Why such low voter turnout?

When you read this week’s column, election results are known and probably analyzed as to why the small number of voters who turned out, chose candidates who won. Usually, incumbents are returned to the office they ran for and most ...

Sponsors of Hate Today Must Be Held Accountable

Over the next several days, across the United States, people will pause in solemn remembrance of the 49th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968. Back then, I ...

NAACP statement on president Trumps executive order to repeal the Clean Power Plan

The NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to repeal the Clean Power Plan. “The decision by President Donald Trump to rollback the hard fought progress made on clean air ...