The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down.
Thumbs up: To the 10th Judicial Circuit in central Illinois for moving forward with plans to allow cameras in its courtrooms. The circuit includes Peoria, Putnam, Marshall, Stark and Tazewell counties. The initiative is part of a pilot program allowing cameras in Illinois courtroom established by former Illinois Supreme Court Chief Judge Thomas Kilbride. His successor, Rita Garman, has said she enthusiastically backs the effort. We can only wish that judges in McHenry County would enthusiastically back the effort. Instead, our circuit sits on the sidelines while other circuits bring better transparency and access to public court proceedings.
Thumbs down: To unlicensed spa employees who continually get charged with prostitution in undercover sting operations in Crystal Lake and elsewhere. Their actions unfairly tarnish the reputations of licensed professional massage therapists who do important work helping clients recover from various ailments and pain. The professionals deserve respect and don’t deserve to be lumped into the same category as these employees who commit illegal acts.
Thumbs up: To Cary-Grove senior football player Matt Hughes, who will receive the $3,000 Chicago Bears Community Champion Award scholarship for his community service, academic and athletic performances. Hughes has a 3.9 GPA and spent a week in Nicaragua helping a group build a well for needy families, among other community service endeavors.