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Letter: Plainfield band director thanks community for donations

Thank you to everyone who donated and helped raise about $1,800 to support the Del Real family, who lost 18 of their 30 horses in a recent fire.

Wayne's Words: Different times, different players, same results

By Wayne Horne – whorne@thetimesweekly.com History is, sometimes, a good indication of what may occur in the future if circumstances in the present are similar or remain substantially unchanged. For instance, about 30 years ago a rock concert was held ...

In Our Own Backyard: We Have a Budget!

In Our Own Backyard is a Times 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 ...

How the State of Illinois can avoid junk bond status!

No state in our nation's history has ever had their General Obligation bonds rated as "Junk bonds." Enacting a budget was the first step in preventing a financial meltdown, but more work remains to be done. The credit rating agencies ...

Trump’s proposed budget cuts threaten Civil Rights Federal agencies scale back Civil Rights protections

Decades of vigilant struggles, sacrifices and civil rights legislation enacted in the 1960s won federal promises to ensure that discrimination is illegal and would not be tolerated. Unfettered access to housing, voting rights, fair credit, public accommodations and more were ...

Wayne’s Words: What happens locally with a new state budget?

By Wayne Horne – whorne@thetimesweekly.com What do you do when you can’t afford to pay your expenses? The State of Illinois is in that position. No one is happy about it. It’s already too late to cut past expenses. The ...

Letter: We have been here before

While Illinois families were celebrating Independence Day, Springfield lawmakers dug deeper into their wallets rather than address decades of irresponsible spending and mismanagement. The massive income tax increase that they approved is unfair to the citizens they are supposedly serving. ...

Trump administration aims for national legislation to bring about voter suppression

While the president’s Twitter attacks on Mika Brzezinski – the accomplished journalist and co-host of “Morning Joe” – are indeed unseemly, sexist and inexcusable, they are also a distraction from a profound threat to our democracy that is not getting ...

Wayne's Words: Celebrating the 4th of July

The Fourth of July this year could be considered a four-day weekend for some, since it falls on a Tuesday. Most people won’t get the Monday before the holiday off, but it probably won’t be the most productive day of ...

In Our Own Backyard: Clean Water is a Human Right

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 ...

Make America dangerous

whorne@thetimesweekly.com Gun violence is an everyday topic of news these days. That’s especially true if you live in certain areas of Chicago. Terrorism is another topic that’s hard to avoid in today’s world. Seems like the terrorism tool of choice ...

The Cuban Divide

The United States embargo against the Cuba government is a commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed in March of 1958. In 1960 the U.S. placed an additional embargo on exports to Cuba except for food and medicine after Cuba nationalized ...

Wayne's Words: Still no keys for Evergreen Terrace apartments

The City of Joliet is still in a holding pattern regarding the Evergreen Terrace apartment complex on North Broadway Street. The City has still not received the keys to the set of buildings that make up the subsidized housing units. ...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Austin, Ill., the community where I live, in the heart of the congressional district I represent, includes the zip code with the largest number of releases from the Illinois Department of Corrections; 90 percent of the individuals released are African ...

Bill Maher, the N-word and how he betrayed Black intellectuals

When considering the implications of Bill Maher’s latest antics, it is important to level set. Maher has, over the years, become the trusted media host for Black left-wing intellectuals. His roster of guests includes a Who’s Who of the Black ...