In any normal election year, we’d compare the two presidential candidates side by side on the issues. But this is not a normal election year. A comparison like that would be an empty exercise in a race where one candidate — our choice, Hillary Clinton — has a record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas, and the other, Donald Trump, discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway. (We will explain in a subsequent editorial why we believe Mr. Trump to be the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.)
But this endorsement would also be an empty exercise if it merely affirmed the choice of Clinton supporters. We’re aiming instead to persuade those of you who are hesitating to vote for Mrs. Clinton — because you are reluctant to vote for a Democrat, or for another Clinton, or for a candidate who might appear, on the surface, not to offer change from an establishment that seems indifferent and a political system that seems broken.
Running down the other guy won’t suffice to make that argument. The best case for Hillary Clinton cannot be, and is not, that she isn’t Donald Trump.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
Tags: Hillary Clinton, 2016 Elections, Endorsements
The Will County Drug Court has been awarded a $300,000 federal grant to expand services to combat the county’s growing heroin epidemic.
The grant, which provides $100,000 annually for the next three years, was awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2016 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program, according to the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The Drug Court will use the funding to hire an additional case manager and to expand counseling, treatment and therapy services for criminal defendants who are in the program. The federal grant will also enable the Will County Drug Court to increase its capacity by roughly 50 percent and bring an additional 35 to 40 defendants into the program. The Drug Court currently has the capacity to handle roughly 75 non-violent defendants who are attempting to kick their addictions to illegal narcotics and avoid felony criminal convictions. Over the past 16 years, the Drug Court has graduated more than 350 non-violent offenders whose criminal charges were dismissed after they completed the intensive program.
Categories: Local Issues, Larry Walsh, Jim Glasgow
Tags: Larry Walsh, Jim Glasgow, County Executive
When Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth stands in front of crowds – despite the fact that doing so is painful – she does so on two titanium legs, her feet encased in ladylike flats.
When she sits in her wheelchair, you can see that one prosthetic’s socket has a camouflage print, and the other an American flag.
Duckworth could probably use her congressional health insurance to pay for the most state-of-the-art cosmetic prostheses for the two legs she lost in combat during the Iraq war. But like the men and women who preceded her, surrounded her and succeeded her in recuperating from combat-related injuries at the Walter Reed military hospital in Washington DC, she uses the frequently criticized and sometimes woefully inadequate veterans’ healthcare system.
Categories: National Issues
Tags: US Senate, Tammy Duckworth, 2016 Elections
Sunday, September 25th, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monee Township Democratic Campaign Headquarters
40 Towncenter University Park Illinois 60484
Tags: Bob Howard, Monee, Hillary Clinton, Laurie Summers, 2016 Elections, Eastern Will County
Saturday, September 24, 2016
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Parking lot of the American Legion Post 1080
2625 Ingalls Avenue, Joliet, IL 60435
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