20

Jan

2014

Dillard wants to cut state gas tax, borrow for road repairs

Author: Editor

Republican governor hopeful Kirk Dillard on Monday rolled out a plan to reduce the state gas tax and borrow money to repair roads and bridges, but the candidate was unable to offer much in the way of specifics and contradicted himself on exactly what he was proposing.

The idea, which emerged after follow-up with Dillard’s campaign staff, is to reduce the state sales tax on gasoline from 5 percent to slightly more than 2 percent and use what money is left to back borrowing of up to $1 billion.

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6

Jan

2014

Airport, Illiana Expressway top county’s agenda

Author: Editor

Will County Board Speaker Herbert Brooks Jr., D-Joliet, thinks a south suburban airport will create much-needed jobs as well as make air travel more convenient to those living in the area.

“I can’t wait to buy my first ticket,” Brooks said.

The proposed construction of the south suburban airport near Peotone is one of the top issues in the 2014 state legislative agenda the Will County Board recently approved. Brooks said the board “as a whole” supports the construction of the south suburban airport.

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20

Dec

2013

Will County launches jobs program for veterans

Author: Editor

A three-year pilot program to put Will County veterans to work was kicked off recently with the first of three $50,000 checks from Waste Management to the county.

The Lee Addleman/Will County Veterans’ Employment Advocacy Project will help vets land jobs through employer-based internships and will be administered by the county’s Workforce Services Division. Addleman was a Vietnam veteran and longtime official of Waste Management.

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31

Aug

2013

Labor, Then and Now

Author: Editor

On Thursday, the day after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, thousands of fast-food workers in 60 cities walked off their jobs, the latest in an escalating series of walkouts by low-wage workers demanding higher pay and the right to organize without retaliation.

The parallels, though inexact, are compelling. A half-century ago, the marchers called on Congress to increase the minimum wage from $1.15 an hour to $2 “so that men may live in dignity,” in the words of Bayard Rustin, one of the chief organizers of the march. Today, the fast-food workers also seek a raise, from the $9 an hour that most of them make to $15.00 an hour. That’s not much different from what the marchers wanted in 1963; adjusted for inflation, $2 then is $13.39 an hour today.

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