The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To the United Way of McHenry County and those in the community who have donated to its annual campaign. The United Way performs a vital service to the community by raising money for necessary programs that its 26 partner agencies provide. With the state of Illinois’ dreadful financial situation, many of these programs would be in jeopardy. If you have not yet donated but would like to, visit uwmchenry.org.
Thumbs up: To members of the Huntley Fire Protection District, who raised $7,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during a recent “fill-the-boot” campaign. The group of 40 firefighters collected money in Huntley and Lake in the Hills, raising more money than the $2,500 the group took in the year before.
Thumbs down: To a recent auditor’s report that showed Illinois’ Medicaid program overpaid $12.3 million for medical care for 2,850 people who were dead. One person who died in 1989 had payments of nearly $30,000 to providers for 816 dental, lab and hospital services from 2005 through 2013, state Auditor General William Holland’s report said. State auditors and the state’s Medicaid agency blame a failure to check Medicaid files against state death records in a system that assigns patients into managed care plans. Whatever the excuse, it’s more waste and incompetence in state government.
Thumbs up: To Crystal Lake resident Brent Kampert, who is headed to the 2014 Special Olympics USA games after 16 years as a Special Olympics athlete. Kampert will compete in four events, including the 100- and 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 4x100-meter relay. The games begin June 14 in New Jersey, and we wish Kampert the best of luck.