Rex Robinson

Rex Robinson is a staff writer for The Times Weekly. He can be reached at rex@thetimesweekly.com or at (708) 254-1539.

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Filling out 2020 Census crucial to families and community

Households across the country are receiving important U.S. Census Bureau reminders with important detailed information about how to respond to the 2020 Census. The plan is to include everyone you expect to live in your home on April 1. Heads of households can respond online in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more, according to the census bureau’s website 2020census.gov. People can respond online, by phone or by mail. Accurate census numbers are essential in determining many important things that impact all citizens, which of course includes all residents of Will County. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.

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Joliet group plans to keep fighting despite judge’s ruling

An initiative to change the make up of Joliet's City Council and its districts will not be on the November ballot following a judge's ruling this week.

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Local pastor responds to mass shootings with art

Multiple deaths, grieving families and frightened communities are too often the results of gun violence, and when these national tragedies strike, they spread over the airwaves like a cancer. How people respond to this violence is important. The healing begins only when people respond with something other than violence. Pastor Lonnie Posley Sr., of Joliet, chooses to respond with art. An artist who has been honing skills for only the past six or seven years, Posley creates works of art in response to mass shootings around the country and then visits those places and donates the paintings to the communities suffering in the aftermath. For his latest project, he created a-piece titled “Broken But Not Bent” in response to the five Dallas Texas police officer that were killed after being gunned down by a sniper. “Art is a great way to bring about healing to the families and all those involved in these tragedies. What’s from the heart reaches the heart,” Posley said recently while sitting among some of his works at New Cannanland Church on Clinton Street in Joliet, where he is also the Senior Pastor. He and his brother traveled to Dallas on Aug. 16 to hand deliver the painting to the police chief and other city officials. The piece now hangs in the office of the Dallas police chief, Posley said.

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Judge delays validation decision for Joliet group’s ballot question

A Will County circuit court judge has delayed a decision until later this month on the validity of a ballot question that seeks to eliminate Joliet's at-large council seats.

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Stopping it before it starts

Children focus of local drug and alcohol prevention coalitions

More than 2,000 community leaders and substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from around the world, including one from Will County, convened late last month at the Las Vegas Mirage Resort for the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America’s15th annual mid-year Training Institute. Cherry Powell, prevention coordinator with Chestnut Health Systems in Joliet, was among those on hand at the national conference, one of two held annually, to seek information to strengthen local programs aimed at preventing children from using drugs and alcohol. Powell is the prevention coordinator for the Will County Substance Abuse Coalition as well as the Lockport Homer Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention.

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Joliet group’s referendum question could be ruled invalid

A ballot referendum to change Joliet's city council to 8 districts may be at risk of being thrown off the November ballot and is now awaiting a decision by the Will County Circuit Court.

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Fifth annual Back 2 School Blast this Saturday in Joliet

The annual event includes free food, school supplies and other fun stuff for the whole family.

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Local officials see bridge to better economic times

Project expected to bring reduced traffic, jobs and more to Will County

State and county officials announced this week a plan to build a new Houbolt Road bridge linking Interstate 80 and the intermodal facilities in Will County. The plan is expected to not only create jobs but also help alleviate traffic congestion near the intermodal site.

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Tech upgrades major achievement for McGuire

Joliet resident passes on running for sixth Will County Circuit Clerk term

Pam McGuire remembers vividly walking into her office after being sworn in as the new Will County Circuit Court Clerk in 1996 and looking for a computer.

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Retail jobs dominate area employment offerings

Experts encourage workers to pursue management opportunities

New fast-food restaurants, retail stores and strip mall developments are popping up all over Will County, a good sign that the economy is slowly rebuilding after five long recessionary years.

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