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Wayne’s Words: Give thanks, set aside tribalism

Today is Thanksgiving. There will be gatherings and celebrations enjoyed with family and food. It is the most American of all the holidays we observe. It’s not a day for exchanging gifts. It’s not a celebration of the start of a new year or the birthdays of presidents. It’s not a day of commemorations or historical events. As important as all of those types of holidays are, Thanksgiving is specifically for giving thanks for whatever blessings we have or hope to have. It’s also a day to share with family and friends and give silence to our differences whether they be political, religious, work related, or even family disputes.

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Wayne’s Words: Joliet water rates will increase no matter what happens

The City of Joliet remains on schedule to bring Lake Michigan water to its residents. It has been approximately two years since the decision to provide Lake Michigan water to the area was voted on by Joliet’s City Council. The timeline for the plan development is three to five years of planning and three to five years of construction. Joliet wants to become a water supplier for surrounding communities by forming a Regional Water Commission. Joliet is attempting to form the commission with Channahon, Crest Hill, Homer Glen, Minooka, Rockdale and Shorewood. Romeoville is also considering joining with Joliet’s water commission. Romeoville and Homer Glen are currently members of the Northern Will County Water Agency that also includes Bolingbrook, Lemont and Woodridge. The NWCWA is basically a paper organization.