The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To the members of the local baseball community and Cary for their efforts to help former Cary-Grove athlete and minor-league baseball player Rick Carone in his battle with pancreatic cancer. The Cary Junior Trojans football team is hosting a Rick Carone Day, area baseball and softball coaches are offering lessons in a Coaches for Carone event, and there is an upcoming Cary for Carone night with all proceeds going to help Carone with medical expenses.
Thumbs down: To Fox Valley Systems in Cary for not safely operating its paint plan. The company was cited Thursday for 26 safety violations in connection with the March 6 explosion that left three workers with serious injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s report found multiple violations of Fox Valley Systems safety management standards for facilities that work with highly hazardous chemicals. Companies have a responsibility to keep their employees safe, and Fox Valley Systems failed to uphold that duty.
Thumbs up: To 14th Congressional District Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, for his role in helping preserve tens of thousands of images of documents related to President Abraham Lincoln. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is getting a $24,000 grant from Amazon Web Services to securely store 35 terabytes of master image files. Library officials credited Hultgren with alerting them to the Amazon grant.
Thumbs down: To the state of Illinois for paying $670,000 for three sets of ornate custom doors as part of a $50 million renovation to the Illinois Capitol building. While the sum isn’t much in the overall state budget, it’s infuriating that taxpayers are spending anything to make fancier digs for a legislative body that still hasn’t solved the state’s $100 billion pension crisis. Instead of spending a few hundred thousand on copper and walnut, maybe they should have spent a few hundred changing the locks.