16

Feb

2018

Tollway willing, able to take over I-80, official says

Author: Editor

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA) is ready, willing and financially able to take over Interstate 80 — if there is the political will to make it happen, a tollway official told the Will County board Thursday morning.

Tollway Chairman Bob Schillerstrom was invited to the meeting to discuss needed improvements to the interstate, where congestion and truck traffic have created safety issues. County officials indicated they are willing to partner with the tollway to move this concept forward.

The timing is right since the tollway is completing its $14 billion Move Illinois initiative to rebuild the entire system, and is seeking projects to include in a new program by 2021, Schillerstrom said.

 

Comments (0) Number of views (57) Article rating: No rating
Read more

Categories: Local Issues, State Issues

Tags:

2

Feb

2018

Once the party of law and order, Republicans are now challenging it

Author: Editor

Republican leaders’ open defiance last week of the FBI over the release of a hotly disputed memo revealed how the GOP, which has long positioned itself as the party of law and order, has become an adversary of federal law enforcement as the party continues its quest to protect President Trump from the Russia investigation.

 The FBI, the Justice Department and other agencies are now under concerted assault by Republicans, facing allegations of corruption and conspiracy that have quickly moved from the fringes of the right into the mainstream of the GOP.

Comments (0) Number of views (121) Article rating: No rating

12

Jan

2018

I-80 Safety Must Be Addressed Now: Town Hall Crowd

Author: Editor

The threat of freezing rain did not stop more than 150 people from traveling to the University of St. Francis campus on Thursday night for a first-ever town hall discussion to address the dangerous I-80 corridor from New Lenox, through Joliet, to Shorewood and Minooka. Sadly, just last week came another fatality when Angela Dominguez of Bradley was killed near the Minooka interchange in a crash involving a 2017 Freightliner box truck. She was only 27.

Several politicians attended the Moser Performing Arts Center forum including Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Senator Pat McGuire and Representative Natalie Manley among many others. "Attending the I-80 information meeting at St. Francis, hosted by WJOL and RUSH. This stretch from New Lenox thru Minooka needs to be dealt with," New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann posted on Facebook. "The number of fatalities and serious crashes, along with crumbling bridges and infrastructure, are among the worst in the State and haven't been addressed for decades."

Comments (1) Number of views (194) Article rating: No rating

14

Feb

2015

A War on Workers in Illinois

Author: Editor

As one of his first official acts, the new Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, issued an executive order this week that would weaken state unions by barring them from assessing fees on some of the workers they represent in collective bargaining. Worse, the damage from the order could reach far beyond Illinois.

At issue are so called “fair share” fees. In a unionized workplace, a union must extend collectively bargained pay raises and other benefits to nonmembers. The nonmembers — about 15 percent of unionized state employees in Illinois — do not have to pay union dues or contribute to the union’s political activities. Instead, under the law in Illinois and in many other states, they must pay the union a fair-share fee, which is less than full dues, to cover the cost of collective bargaining undertaken on their behalf.

Comments (0) Number of views (1252) Article rating: No rating

6

Feb

2015

The dangers of Illinois as a 'right to work' state

Author: Editor

Gov. Rauner has asked state and local lawmakers to consider adopting union-free business zones. So let’s imagine Illinois as a “right to work” state.

First a clarification. The phrase “right to work” is a misnomer that has little to do with the right of a person to seek and accept gainful employment. Anti-union proponents use “right to work” to refer to an option under federal labor law that allows workers employed by a unionized employer to receive the full benefits of a labor contract without paying for any of the cost to gain those benefits. In fact, no employee anywhere in the country has to join a union and no employer has to sign a labor agreement.

Comments (0) Number of views (1071) Article rating: No rating
1 2
P.O. Box 4242 | Joliet, IL 60434 | Voicemail - 331-998-3624
This communication is not the offical website of any candidate or candidate's committee listed within.
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Will County Democrats Email Newsletter
For Email Newsletters you can trust