Category: Political

Conversation, action, the start to solving suicide

By Joel Frieders –  My name is Joel Frieders. I am a husband to one, a father to three, a son to two, a brother to one, and I am a second-term alderman for the United City of Yorkville, the county seat of Kendall County. July 28, 2017, I lost...

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Will County seeks election judges for new precincts in Aurora

The Will County Clerk’s Office is actively recruiting election judges for new precincts in Aurora, particularly Republican Party judges. “The number of Republican and Democratic election judges at each polling place is determined by the average party turnout in the three most recent Illinois governor’s races. It’s imperative to have...

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Will County will assist in Aurora election process

The residents of Aurora voted to dissolve the Aurora Election Commission March 20. It means Aurora residents who live in Will County have a new Election Authority. “We are going to make this transition as seamless as possible,” said Will County clerk Nancy Schultz Voots. “All Aurora residents who were...

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John Whitehead

Political television programming: Captive audience, a farce

“Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours….When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their...

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Charles Coddintgon

Discussion of economic stirrings in U.S. evolves to agenda

The United States of America used to be the home of the brave and the land of the free. Not anymore. Now, it is the home of the rich and fatuous and the land of unfettered greed. With the Donald Trump administration in place, capitalism once again has run rampant....

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First Call

West Aurora Concerned Group, July 18

The West Aurora Concerned Citizens Neighborhood Group will meet Wednesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the 5th Ward Meeting Room, 1921 W. Galena Boulevard, West Aurora Plaza. Guest speaker will be Jim Jarvis, vice president of programming and sales for Aurora Civic Authority, which includes the Paramount Theatre, Copley...

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Coffee and Conversation forums this month

State senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) will be host to a series of Coffee and Conversations around the 21st District this month. Connelly invites all constituents to attend one of the events. A Coffee and Conversation is an informal forum where constituents can talk to Connelly about topics important to them,...

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Will County seeks November election judges

Will County clerk, Nancy Schultz Voots, is beginning preparation for the November 6 General Election by actively recruiting election judges. “Election judges play an important role in the voting process,” Voots stated. “As hands-on participants in democracy, they ensure our elections are administered fairly and in accordance with the law....

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Will County candidates’ deadline June 25

Candidates running for new party and independent Will County offices and County Board districts, as well as Sanitary District trustees, can file their petitions. The last day to file petitions is at 5 p.m. June 25. The County Clerk’s Office will have notaries available at 8:30 a.m. in the Will...

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Suggestions: Steps to create new U.S. foreign policy

How not to conduct foreign policy: Just follow the example of Donald J. Trump in all aspects of dealing with other sovereign nations, as follows: • Step one. Change the direction of your policy statements every day, based upon the opinion of the last person you speak to before retiring...

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Sugar Grove Chamber has scholarships

Sugar Grove Chamber has scholarships The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry is offering and accepting applications for 2018 scholarships for graduating high school seniors. The scholarships are awarded, by committee selection, from received applications by individuals residing in the Sugar Grove community. The scholarship applications, with requirements, are...

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On Robert Kennedy 50 years later

June 5 will mark a half-century since Robert Kennedy’s assassination, in the midst of his presidential campaign and a tumultuous 1968 that claimed the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. just two months earlier. University of Illinois communication professor John Murphy has written about both Robert Kennedy...

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Just a thought on possible Nobel Peace Prize for president

A Nobel Peace Prize for Donald J. Trump? Already, Republicans in Congress are cobbling together the required application to be presented to the Nobel Prize Committee. They cite the upcoming talks between Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Un-jong, which may result in the long-awaited end to the Korean War...

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Montgomery Police Officer Kelli Smith receives a Life-Saving Award

Montgomery Police Officer Kelli Smith receives a Life-Saving Award from Montgomery Police Chief Phillip J. Smith at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. Officer Smith, who has been with the Montgomery Police Department for approximately a year-and-a-half, responded to a call of an infant in medical distress in the 2400...

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Reader’s Voice: Rising up to protect the whole

April 30, 2018 Dear editor; I was pleased to find I am in the company of great thinkers, such as Nietzsche, who need to get away to contemplate or write because of a mind full of thoughts. A lot of times I think about our government and our participation as...

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True New Populism, start of new American Revolution

From the vault, September 12, 2000 (revised): Election season is upon us once again, and this time around a new wind is blowing. It is the wind of populism, not the fake populism Donald Trump peddled two years ago to gain the votes of the disaffected, whom he quickly betrayed...

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Kane County Clerk’s lottery for party ballot placement

A lottery for party ballot placement in the November 6 general election was held Monday, at the Kane County Clerk’s Office in Geneva. Robert J. Sandner, Kane County chief deputy compliance coordinator, right, closes his eyes and selects one of two pieces of paper with Democratic on one paper and...

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Constant melodrama in U.S. government hides danger, A to Z

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly-contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting, and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing. Played...

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State bill adds burden for threats

In an effort to crack down on individuals threatening violence against schools on social media, State senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) sponsored Senate Bill 563, which passed the Senate unanimously Thursday, April 26. Under SB 563, individuals who threaten a school through social media would be required to reimburse police departments...

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On living in an age of war profiteers, monsters, loss

Let us not mince words. We are living in an age of war profiteers. We are living in an age of scoundrels, liars, brutes, and thugs. Many of them work for the U.S. government. We are living in an age of monsters. Ask Donald Trump. He knows all about monsters....

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