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Our view: Thumbs up to Special Olympian

Published: Saturday, July 12, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Northwest Herald offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:

Thumbs up: To Crystal Lake’s Jeff Kampert, who took home three top-10 finishes at the Special Olympics USA Games. That included a silver medal in the 100-meter run. The competition ran from June 14-21. He was fourth in the 200 meters and eighth in the running long jump. Kampert worked with Charter Fitness trainer Jeff Gardiner in his training since December.

Thumbs down: To our elected officials in Springfield, for making the rest of us feel so gloomy about our state. Recent surveys indicate that more people want to leave Illinois than anywhere in the U.S. And who can blame them? With high unemployment, billions of dollars of debt, corruption in every layer of state government, the worst funded public pension systems in the nation, exceedingly high taxes, and tax hikes likely coming, Illinois is a mess.

Thumbs up: To the organizers and everyone involved with the Gavers Barndance as they prepare for next Saturday’s big event in Woodstock. In addition to being a fun event and great summer tradition, the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation has raised more than $5 million for cancer research over the 15-year history of the event. For more information, visit to www.gavers.org.

Thumbs down: To continued gang violence in Chicago last weekend that left 14 dead and dozens injured in 46 shooting incidents, eight of which involved police. This has become the new normal in some Chicago neighborhoods each summer. And as much as we’d like simple solutions – more police presence, stricter gun laws, etc. – the answers are far more complex.

Thumbs up: To Lake in the Hills airport for working toward several upgrades. The village is in the process of building a new fuel farm, which will make the current process simpler and more efficient. Once that is built, the village will be able to move forward with a taxiway extension and ultimately overhauling the runway, which will make for safer landings for pilots dealing with a crosswind or bad weather. It’s a large investment, but it’s worth it for the airport.

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