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Wayne's Words: Life goes on

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday coincided with the Chinese New Year known in many Asian countries, including China, as Tet. In Vietnam the new year is officially named Tet Nguyen Dan. Tet is considered one ...

State of the Union Sweepstakes: Trump Loses, Abrams Wins

Every year, with full pomp and circumstance, the President of the United States has the opportunity to define and interpret the State of the Union (SOTU). But this is a President primarily known for lying, not for giving accurate, challenging ...

The NAACP issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s State of the Union Address:

President Trump’s address tonight was political theater at its best. In an attempt to reset the nation and Congress after two years of bitter partisanship and deeply personal attacks, that Trump himself initiated, it is evident that his address tonight ...

Statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Trump’s State of the Union address

“Illinois agriculture is heavily dependent on trade. More than 30 percent of our members’ income comes from overseas sales of soybeans, pork and other agricultural products. Right now we are paying the price for retaliatory tariffs imposed on imported goods ...

For Black Children, attending school is an act of racial Justice

As a seemingly twisted way to ring in 2019, the Trump administration has sent a loud and clear message that it’s okay for educators and school leaders to keep Black children out of school buildings and exclude them from opportunities ...

Thanking Joliet shoebox packers

Dear Editor, I am writing to thank Joliet residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

What great legislators have in common

Each of the great politicians and legislators I’ve known over the course of my career in Congress was very different. They were masters of the rules, or unassailably knowledgeable about a given issue, or supremely watchable orators. But they also ...

Wayne’s Words: Thinking Baseball

Now that the year’s first snowstorm has past and we’re in the first real cold snap of the winter, it’s time to start thinking summer. One of the best preoccupations of summer is baseball. Joliet is a baseball city but ...

Practicing politics at a high level

Over a lifetime in politics, I’ve met a lot of interesting, impressive politicians. But those I truly admired were men and women who were adept at the arts both of politics and legislating — a rarer combination of talents than ...

MLK: CIVIL & RIGHT

As we again have the privilege of giving honor to the sacrifice made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. it would be interesting to examine one of the dynamics of his world-changing efforts. In the midst of a ‘downpour’ of ...

Wayne’s Words: The price of Water

The City of Joliet has embarked on the mission of finding a sustainable water source that will last 50 years or more and capable of remaining free of contamination for the duration of sustainability. Oh, and it must be affordable. ...

Racially divisive fear mongering from President

President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday night was more of the same racially divisive, fear mongering we have come to expect from him. The president confirmed on live television that he still does not understand the immigration issue and is campaigning ...

A more diverse Congress, a more perfect union?

The 116th Congress, sworn in on January 3, is the most diverse our nation has ever seen. There are more women – 102 – than ever before. More members of the Congressional Black Caucus – 55 – than ever before. ...

Foster Statement on the 116th Congress

"I am excited to get to work in the 116th Congress with the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. The American people deserve a Congress that puts their priorities ahead of special interests, invests in scientific research and ...

2018 PHS-CC PTSO Needy Family Drive Thank You

The Plainfield community has always generously supported the PHS-CC PTSO Needy Family Drive and 2018 proved to be no different. This was our 26th year for this project and our goal consistently remains to make the holiday season a little ...