To Jeffrey Thorsen – a Republican candidate for McHenry County Treasurer who lost his bid against Glenda Miller Tuesday night. Even though it was election night, Thorsen still fulfilled his duties on the Crystal Lake City Council and handled the loss with grace, pledging his support to Miller, whom he said ran a “classy campaign.” Thorsen did the same and, in a particularly acrimonious primary with many cringeworthy moments, it’s refreshing to see candidates who act with poise and dignity.
Thumbs down: To voter participation in McHenry County. Only 16.97 percent of the 204,440 voters registered in McHenry County voted in Tuesday’s primary election. Decisions are made by those who show up, and voters in McHenry County turned in a deplorable effort to get out to the polls. We hope citizens wake up in November and exercise their right to vote.
Thumbs up: To the more than 80 professionals who took the time to go to Martin Elementary School this week to read to students while taking part in Reading Week (and to the countless others who participated at other area schools.) At Martin, that included the help of several Huntley High School basketball players, who went to the school to read on Monday. The school also played a video message from Ohio State guard Sam Thompson (Whitney Young grad) on the same day that Thompson’s team was upset in the NCAA tournament by Dayton.
Thumbs down: To our federal government, for its horrific record in regards to freedom of the press. The freedom-of-information advocacy group Reporters Without Borders ranked the U.S. 46th internationally in regard to press freedoms, a drop of 13 positions from 2012. Reporters Without Borders cited the secret seizure of Associated Press phone records, the potential jail time facing a New York Times national security reporter for refusing to disclose a source, and the multiple journalists facing prison for reporting about leaked documents from Edward Snowden as reasons for the drop.