The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs down: To snow ... on May 16. As if this past winter wasn’t brutal enough, McHenry County residents awoke Friday morning to even more snowfall. And we’re not just talking a wintry mix of rain and sleet. Nickle-size flakes were falling for a long enough period of time to cover much of the grass outside the Northwest Herald’s office off Route 31 in Crystal Lake. Temperatures dipped to the low 30s, with the high barely reaching 50. In short, we’ve had enough. Forget spring. We want summer. And we want summer temperatures to last at least through November. After putting up with the past six months, we think we deserve it.
Thumbs up: To the Class of 2014 graduating from high schools across the area and colleges around the country this spring. You were fortunate to grow up and attend school in great communities that helped nurture you for these moments. The future is bright, and it’s up to you to take the next steps in adulthood to ensure success. We wish you nothing but the best on that journey.
Thumbs up: To the Hampshire and Woodstock North baseball teams for their work heading into Saturday’s “Strike Out Cancer” game. The teams will raise money for cancer survivors by raffling off the colored wood bats used in the game, donated by the Hoosier Bat Company and color-coded to designate the different varieties of cancer.
Thumbs down: To the McHenry County Board for scrambling before Tuesday’s County Board meeting to assemble a resolution that would implore the General Assembly to allow the state’s “temporary” income tax increase to sunset as promised. A resolution is worth as much as the piece of paper it’s printed on. The county has eight lawmakers who represent it in Springfield. All of them have indicated they are against making the tax increase permanent. Even if some were on the fence, a resolution from the County Board isn’t going to change anyone’s mind. Besides, aren’t we already using taxpayer dollars to pay a lobbyist who can handle this?
Thumbs up: To School District 300, which announced Wednesday that it will spend about $960,000 less than anticipated on a new administration building. Board members approved the final bids, and the combined projects of the administration building and Oak Ridge School renovation will come in nearly $2 million less than officials originally expected to spend on the building moves. Now, the state needs to release long overdue capital construction grants that would pay for these projects.