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Wayne's Words: Who owns Route 66 Stadium? Home of Slammers baseball

Last week’s announcement regarding the naming rights for Joliet Route 66 Stadium may be somewhat premature. To be clear, there are no indications that such an agreement is not in the works, but the City of Joliet has not yet ...

Think big Illinois applauds passage of Fair Tax Amendment

Think Big Illinois Executive Director Quentin Fulks released the following statement after the House passed the fair tax amendment, putting it on the ballot for Illinois voters in November 2020: “This is a great day for Illinois voters, who will ...

Illinois Chamber statement on graduated income tax legislation

Illinois Chamber of Commerce statement on the House passage of graduated income tax amendment legislation "The graduated income tax is a very bad idea, proposed at the wrong time," said Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch. "It ...

COMMENTARY: To Commemorate Brown, Support Our Teachers

Sixty-five years ago, the Supreme Court ruled, in the Brown v. Board of Education case, that the Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) doctrine of "separate but equal" was unconstitutional. That ruling ended legal segregation in public facilities, but it did not ...

OP-ED: Prevent Long Hot Summer of Violence in America

Across the nation and throughout the world, millions of people are still morning the tragic and senseless killing of our Brother Nipsy Hustle. We are again reminded of the terrible sickness of violence in communities across the United States. We ...

To commemorate Brown, support our teachers

Sixty-five years ago, the Supreme Court ruled, in the Brown v. Board of Education case, that the Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) doctrine of "separate but equal" was unconstitutional. That ruling ended legal segregation in public facilities, but it did not ...

Wayne's Words: Memorial Day: Remembering

Memorial Day is the federal holiday in the United States for remembering those people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and was traditionally observed on May 30. This year Memorial ...

Another case of Alzheimer’s

When I looked at my email in-box this afternoon, I encountered one of those messages that I dread: yet another person I know has been institutionalized as a result of Alzheimer’s. The sadness conveyed by this person’s partner was clear ...

Commemorating 400 years of the African Diaspora experience

History commonly points to late August in the year 1619 when some “20 and odd Negroes” originating from Angola arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what is now The ...

How strong is our economy?

The April unemployment rate, at 3.6 percent, is at its lowest rate since December 1969. Payroll employment increased by more than 250,000, outperforming expectations and reversing the disappointing job creation numbers of last month. First quarter growth was reported at ...

Oppose marijuana legislation

On May 4, legislation was unveiled in Illinois that would create a sanctioned marijuana industry in Illinois. I was deeply concerned when I read the text – I could hardly believe that the bill sponsors would, in the name of ...

Joliet needs solutions not more tax incentives

Joliet has some unique challenges currently facing its future. The rapid residential growth of the early 2000’s has mostly halted and the concentration of the last several years is on economic growth. Seems Joliet can’t build enough warehouse space to ...

What would make congress better?

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to a group of students and decided to start with a point-blank question: Is Congress doing a good job? There were perhaps 100 people in the room, and not a single one ...

Is there more to teaching and learning than testing?

Teaching is a multi-faceted calling for many and an occupation for some, but how can teaching and learning effectiveness be measured without testing? There must be some way—or ways—to measure what and whether students are learning, and teachers are teaching. ...

The Mueller report and the question of US foreign policy

If there had been any question about Russian interference in the 2016 election, that is now a settled matter in light of the Mueller Report. Whether that interference had a demonstrable impact on the election results will be debated for ...