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Wayne's Words: Who’s In Charge?

The City of Joliet has a long political history, dating back to 1852 when C. C. Van Horn served two years as Joliet’s first mayor. Since 1852 Joliet has had 38 mayors. Most of them served only one two-year term. ...

July 4th and the American Spirit

The fourth of July is here and all Americans hopefully will embrace the day without fear, total liberation and the American spirit. Nik and Lijana Wallenda on Sunday night, June 23 in crazy, outlandish, courage, extreme athleticism and faith loudly ...

COMMENTARY: A Tale of Two Graduations

I love graduations! I thoroughly enjoy the sense of achievement and possibility that permeates the air. Graduations signify an ending, but the term "commencement" is used to signify beginnings since they are not only an opportunity to mark completion, but ...

How long can the federal debt keep rising?

A few months ago, the federal debt we have accumulated over the past decades crossed the $22 trillion mark. That’s a record. And it’s surely not going to be the last. According to Congressional Budget Office estimates, annual federal deficits ...

Why Juneteenth?

WHY CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH? I like holidays and celebrations as much as the next person, but I do not understand the growing popularity of Juneteenth. I understand trying to find something about slavery to celebrate and/or romanticize. As an African American, ...

Wayne's Words: Strong Mayor vs. City Council Manager

According to my research, Joliet adopted the current Council-Manager form of government about 60 years ago, in 1959. Under this form, the power of the council is purely legislative except that it is empowered to approve all expenses and liabilities ...

COMMENTARY: U.S. Attempt to Erase Harriet Tubman

With uniquely American hypocrisy, the Trump Treasury Department has pushed back the 2016 plan to put escaped slave and Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Tubman would be the first African-American woman featured on U.S. currency. The ...

Trump's anti-socialist rhetoric doesn't match HHS's price-control plans

President Donald Trump recently promised that America "will never be a socialist country." Let's hope! But some of his top officials at the Department of Health and Human Services apparently didn't get the memo. They’re forging ahead with a plan ...

This Father's Day

What can we as father's do with our remaining years? We can't turn back the clock. Any and all missed opportunities cannot be reclaimed. Some father's live with regrets while others know they did the best they could. I don't ...

Compromise is the essence of our Democracy

You may not be ready for next year’s elections, but in political time, they’re coming up fast. Even politicians who aren’t running for president are crafting their stump speeches. Which means that at some point you’re almost certain to hear ...

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 ...