May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day. Frankly, it’s an interesting turn of phrase. Memorial Day commemorates those who have died in service of our country. It is sometimes confused or conflated with Veterans’ Day, which is the 11th of November when we remember all those who have served in the US armed forces. I have veterans in my family, and they deserve our …

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May 28, 2018

How I Will Honor our Nation’s Hero’s Today.

  I am  saddened that the Senate passed a bill that would open the door to privatization of the country’s largest health care system.  My family is full of brave veterans.  My father, sister, brother and daughter have all served in times of war and peace. I know the work of the VA first hand, not only as a family …

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May 6, 2018

Begging at Beggar’s?

Is it really a good idea to host a fundraiser at a place named Beggar’s? Just kidding. Of course it’s a good idea; they’ve got good pizza (among other edible options), and we’re sure to have a great time as I kick off my campaign for re-election to serve as the 4th District’s representative on the Will County Board, a …

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April 29, 2018

Kicking the (Garbage) Can Down the Road

Running our government can be a messy business (or affair, really; government is *not* a business). Regardless, the process has sometimes been compared to making sausage – and nobody wants to watch that. Afterwards, of course, there is always a lot of cleanup, which requires garbage cans. More on that later.   Let me back up for a moment and …

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April 22, 2018

The Taxman Cometh – Later

Today is April 15th, which means it’s tax day. As established by President Truman’s reforms and enacted during President Eisenhower’s first term in 1954, federal income taxes – and consequently, most states’ income taxes, including our very own here in Illinois – are to be filled on April 15th (whether submitted online, by a preparer, or postmarked by midnight – …

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April 22, 2018

Earth Day 2018 Top Ten List

Today, April 22, 2018, is Earth Day, a day to engage in activities, whether they are in our neighborhoods, in our personal lives and choices, or even virtually as a global community, that promote the well-being of our planet – and by extension, all who inhabit it. As a commissioner for the Forest Preserve District of Will County, and as …

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April 7, 2018

Oscar’s Revenge, or Can’t You Smell That Smell?

Whether you “love trash” or can’t stand “that smell,” thoughts in this area are turning to garbage. Let me explain. As March turns to February – I mean April (but have you looked at the weather lately?) – yard waste collection begins anew for the gardening and yard care season in our fair hamlet of Bolingbrook. We are at a …

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March 4, 2018

Mrs. Traynere Goes to Springfield, or Will you take a bullet?

Part of the work that county board members must undertake is attending other bodies’ meetings on behalf of county residents. I undertook just such a trip this week, traveling to Springfield to meet with and hear from legislators and their staffers as a participant in a Will County Government League meeting. Here’s how my day went: I decided to take …

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February 27, 2018

Modern Teen Life

Navigating our way through the world today takes a lot of work, and while much of it is rewarding, it can oftentimes be frustrating. The demands of difficult work situations, strained personal and interpersonal relationships, geopolitical upheaval, and an uncertain future sometimes lead to feelings of hopelessness and desperation. And that’s for those of us who are adults, who more …

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