Letters to the editor for the Dec. 19 TribLocal print edition from Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Elmhurst, Oak Park, La Grange, Lisle and Plainfield.
I have been an official die-hard Cubs fan since 1932. I will always be a great fan of the Cubs. One does not give up being a Cubs fan if you truly believe in them.
So they have not won a World Series. But they have given us great baseball throughout the years.
Some people are not true friends and never were.
I hope traitors are reading this. Go, Cubs, go!
— Lillian Haugland, Glen Ellyn
Raising our unconscionably low minimum wage to at least $15 an hour is not only moral, it is good for our country's economy. To refute Republican propaganda, consumers are the job creators, not the 1 percent super-rich elite.
An unreasonably low minimum wage weakens the middle class, which lowers demand for goods and services, which in turn weakens the economy.
Everyone is better off when everyone is better off.
— Lanlan Hoo, Wheaton
When I first began running for office, I was often asked how we could create jobs for those looking for work in our communities. Creating jobs and cultivating a more robust economy in Illinois has been a key focus for me. I am always willing to discuss ways to get Illinois back on track and back to work.
During my first term as state representative, I have had the opportunity to tour many of the manufacturing facilities that are located in District 46, including: Earth Friendly Products, which makes environmentally friendly cleaning products; Blackhawk Molding, which manufactures the familiar plastic caps that seal milk jugs; and AIM Inc., which makes machines that are used to manufacture wire products.
While touring these facilities, employers often explain to me that they have jobs that they are trying to fill but just don't have properly trained candidates to hire.
The manufacturing jobs are out there; many folks just aren't aware of them or aren't aware of the requisite training programs to get a career started in the field. Raising awareness for these jobs and their respective training programs is just one way that we can help get those in our community back to work.
A career in manufacturing should be treated as if it is one of the trades; education and training are essential.
The College of DuPage offers programs in manufacturing technology that give adults the requisite skills to begin a lucrative career in manufacturing.
There are also opportunities for young people to jump-start a career in manufacturing. The Technology Center of DuPage partners with multiple DuPage high schools to offer the Computer Integrated Manufacturing program. This program offers students a way to acquire practical experience that can be applied to various roles in the manufacturing field.