The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs down: To the recent agreement that lets former McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Zane Seipler off the hook for more than $240,000 in legal fees and changes his most recent employment status from a termination to a resignation. In exchange, Seipler has dropped his lengthy legal battle with the department. We understand why the sheriff’s office agreed to the terms, but we still don’t like it. Seipler has made one outrageous claim after another against Sheriff Keith Nygren through various court filings, costing taxpayers more than $100,000 in legal fees. He also posted to a blog the disciplinary records of other deputies and lied about doing so in court. Seems to us he doesn’t deserve such a break.
Thumbs up: To voters having a choice come November for McHenry County sheriff. It’s always better for democracy when elections are contested. Thumbs up to independent candidate Jim Harrison for gathering more than 9,000 signatures under laws rigged to protect party candidates, and thumbs up to GOP candidate Bill Prim for deciding not to challenge Harrison’s signatures, which other candidates often do. Let the voters decide.
Thumbs up: To everybody who supported Pioneer Center for Human Services at its Moonlight & Music fundraising gala last month. The event raised more than $170,000, which was a record-breaking amount for this event.