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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February 18, 2018

Turn Around Agenda

This past week has been a rollercoaster of emotion, bookended by our marking of Abraham Lincoln’s 209th birthday on Monday the 12th and our remembrance of Lincoln and founding father George Washington on President’s Day, Monday the 19th. Between them, we had Valentine’s Day on Wednesday celebrating love and friendship, followed all to soon by the tragic attack on a …

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February 18, 2018

Seem Familiar?

Ring-ring. From a somewhat distant-sounding voice, having just mispronounced your name: “Hello, are you aware of issue/candidate X? I’m asking for, I mean conducting a poll about, it/her/him, and I just need a few moments of your time.” And then at the end of the “survey” you’re asked for a donation. Or, Subject: Keychain design (you haven’t chosen yet!) Message: Help Candidate Y choose the slogan …

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January 27, 2018

Bolingbrook United: 2018 Response to the State of the Village

Bolingbrook mayor Roger Claar delivered his State of the Village report on January 18, 2018. On January 19, 2018, Bolingbrook United responded, I share excerpts of that response for those of you who have asked about or are interested in how I feel about the “state of our village.” The full response can be viewed here, as we had posted …

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January 15, 2018

The Dream Continues

This Monday we remember the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring his tireless work toward greater equality and opportunity for all, regardless of race or economic situation – a fight that ultimately cost him his life. In addition to the national celebration of his birth that is marked on the third Monday of each January, many local …

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