The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To the more than 360 Illinois firefighters who came out to show support to the family and fellow firefighters of Woodstock’s own Michael Wurtz. Cancer took the 47-year-old Wurtz far too soon, but it’s an uplifting example to see firefighters show so much respect and support for one of their fallen brothers. Firefighters’ duties continue despite the difficult day, and thumbs up to firefighters from several area departments who covered Woodstock’s district, battling a house fire that broke out the afternoon of Wurtz’s services.
Thumbs down: To the recent rash of fires that have displaced residents. This week, fires in Wonder Lake and Woodstock displaced 11 people. Thankfully, nobody was killed in the fires, but a dog did perish in the Wonder Lake fire. These fires came on the heels of a fire in the Riverside Hotel in McHenry. The three-story, 40-unit apartment building was declared uninhabitable after a fire started in the bedroom of one of the apartments. More than 30 residents were displaced.
Thumbs up: To Gov. Pat Quinn for approving a $664,000 capital investment for a construction project for a new fueling facility and aircraft parking area at the Lake in the Hills Airport. The project is meant to improve safety at the airport because the current fuel farm is too close to the runway for FAA standards. It is part of Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! campaign.
Thumbs down: To potholes. They’re huge. And they’re everywhere. Every year around this time, motorists need to contend with potholes. But because of the particularly harsh winter we’ve been having, they seem to be much worse. Some McHenry County roads are more like obstacle courses, with motorists having to weave left and right to avoid damage to their vehicles. In addition to being a nuisance, the size and number of potholes likely will put a strain on the budgets of local governments, which will be tasked to repair them.