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This is a Testing Time for All of Us

A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the US preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and massive unemployment, “its competitors are moving to fill the vacuum, and quickly.” Russia, China, ...

OP-ED: Past due time for healthcare system to protect Black Americans

Today, Americans are facing unprecedented times. We are in the midst of a global pandemic, our country has fallen into an economic recession, and hundreds of thousands are protesting police brutality and racial injustice. But there is another epidemic in ...

Wayne's Words: Lake Michigan water a long way off for Joliet

Joliet’ Finance Committee last week received an update on funding the city’s Alternative Water Source Program, specifically the funding mechanisms available to pay for the transition of Joliet’s drinking water source from the current deep aquifers to Lake Michigan water. ...

OP-ED: We can’t let this moment pass

The last few months have made the truths of being Black in America clear to all. We have watched as a pandemic killed Black people at the rate of almost two and half times that of other Americans. Not from ...

How an infectious disease physician will spend the summer of 2020

We're starting the summer in Illinois on a positive note: the numbers of COVID-19 cases are decreasing in our state. That's great news: it means that 10 weeks of separation has resulted in countless lives saved, but it does not ...

We all have to make this work

These are uncertain, divided times for our nation. Unemployment is at mind-boggling levels, a virus we still don’t fully understand is stifling the course of ordinary life, many businesses are struggling nationwide protests continue against systemic and deep-seated racism, and ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet and the role of leadership

The role of leadership in Joliet seems to be very muddled in the minds of many of its citizens. It is no wonder. The City Manager is leased from a third party, the Mayor wants to play policeman and the ...

OP-ED: The stuff of Dreams: More than 50 years later and still so much to be done

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King Jr. The citizens of this country are in the ...

Gaming spigot remains turned off

Gaming revenue losses are one of the many casualties of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Illinois Gaming Board reports, in 2019 Illinois generated more than $821 million in revenue from casinos and video gaming. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has closed casinos ...

COMMENTARY: NFL comments on George Floyd and gets roasted on Kaepernick

NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 32, hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 season. He was blackballed by the NFL after silently protesting police brutality by silently taking a knee on the sidelines during the national anthem at the start ...

JTHS Anti-Racism statement – Hate has no home at JTHS

Within the first few words of the JTHS Mission Statement you will find our school district described as both “diverse” and “unified.” While the first word comes easily to us with the natural make up of our student body, we ...

Dear Residents of Bolingbrook

My condolence goes out to the family of George Floyd and the community of Minneapolis. It’s been reported that Mr. Floyd “moved to Minnesota for a fresh start — an opportunity to better himself and to be a better father”. ...

Exceptional? Only if we get to work

Like most Americans, I have always considered the United States an exceptional country. We possess a political system built on checks and balances, an ideal of giving voice to ordinary people across a diverse land, and a Constitution that favors ...

COMMENTARY: Old, Sick and Incarcerated

Older people don't commit violent crimes (although they commit financial crimes and perjury). Releasing those over 65 who were convicted of drug crimes and other nonviolent crimes saves money and has little social cost. But incarceration is an economic driver ...

Wayne's Words: Memorial Day is the first holiday in the new normal

The pandemic caused by COVID-19 continues to alter the way we conduct our lives. The first three-day holiday since the shelter-in-place began back in March will be the Memorial Day weekend that starts on Saturday the 23rd and ends with ...