The Northwest Herald editorial board offers this week's thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To the hundreds of walkers, runners and organizers of Sunday's McHenry County Human Race in McHenry. The race will raise thousands for area charities of the participants' choosing. More than 50 organizations have signed up this year for the 5K that has raised $222,000 in its first three years, benefiting more than 60 local organizations. The event always has been a great idea, but it takes a lot of work and much participation to successfully pull it off.
Thumbs up: To Jarrett Payton. The sports talk radio host has been consistent in his anti-bullying message to area children. He was back in Crystal Lake on Tuesday for the second time in the past two months, this time to speak to West Elementary kids. At a time when bullying is a big problem in schools, Payton has been there to stand up for those that feel its effects.
Thumbs down: To patronage hiring in government. It's everywhere despite the U.S. Supreme Court long ago ruling the practice illegal. The latest allegation of patronage hiring has been leveled against (gasp!) Gov. Pat Quinn. A complaint filed in federal court by attorney Michael Shakman alleges improper hiring in the Illinois Department of Transportation. The lawsuit cited a 2013 Better Government Association probe alleging that jobs may have filled based on “clout instead of competence.”
Thumbs up: To the Woodstock District 200 school board for providing its board book, including a resolution to leave the Big Northern Conference, before its Tuesday meeting. The board voted to pass the resolution, which will pave the way for Woodstock and Woodstock North to be charter members of the Kishwaukee River Conference, set to begin play in the fall of 2016.