Updated: July 15, 2013 3:20PM
At the end of the legislative session, lawmakers quickly and quietly passed Senate Bill 20, giving governance of the South Suburban Airport to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
This legislation runs contrary to the established positions of the Will County Board. Furthermore, it was moved forward without the opportunity for a comprehensive review and discussion of its merits.
Nevertheless, I believe it is vitally important for Will County to remain fully engaged in the development process to ensure that it is transparent, responsible and respectful of our county’s residents.
If managed effectively, the airport can be an economic engine for Will County and the whole state. However, if the process is mismanaged, those of us who call this county home will suffer the most.
Therefore, the county board is moving forward with a full and thorough analysis of the bill and will schedule public meetings to reveal our findings and make recommendations. We are hopeful that the governor, IDOT and our elected officials will listen and strongly consider our concerns.
Herbert Brooks Jr. (D-Joliet)
Speaker, Will County Board
Just roll with the music
It’s unfortunate that the first time that the Electric Daisy Carnival came to the Chicago area at the Chicagoland Speedway it is being bashed by many people, most of whom are well beyond the age of those who enjoy this type of music.
I did not attend the event, but I could hear the music and it didn’t bother me. I think I speak for all of the teenagers and people in their early 20s in saying that having this music festival for three nights a year, on a holiday weekend, is not a major problem.
Even though the music is loud, people just need to learn to deal with it. And hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
I hope that the Electric Daisy Carnival comes back for many more years because I always hear young people complaining that there is nothing to do in Joliet, New Lenox, etc. This event gave us at least a few days to go out and have a fun time.
Fly a new flag
It is great to see more U.S. flags flown on and above businesses, buildings and homes. On the other hand, it is sad to see so many that are worn and torn from age or neglect.
The only thing old about “Old Glory” should be its name. When it is no longer in a condition to be proudly displayed, it should be disposed of respectfully.
June 14 is Flag Day. What would be a more fitting way to celebrate the 236th birthday of the Stars and Stripes than by displaying a new “Star Spangled Banner?”
For information on how to dispose of your worn-out flags, please contact your local Veterans of Foreign Wars or American Legion post.