The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, and state. Sen. Dan Duffy, R-Lake Barrington, for demanding an investigation on whether it is warranted to close Oakwood Hills Village Hall based on allegations of threats, of which the village says it has no documentation. We appreciate that tempers are high over a proposal to build a $450 million power plant in Oakwood Hills, but simply shutting out the public in the face of criticism is never the answer.
Thumbs up: To Crystal Lake for allowing residents to provide input online to help shape the city’s transportation master plan. At a time when the Northwest Herald editorial board is asking other municipalities for more transparency, Crystal Lake is actually reaching out to the public for guidance on a master plan. Residents should get involved at crystallake.metroquest.com and voice their opinion. The survey is open until Sept. 30.
Thumbs down: To Trappers Transport of Manitoba, Canada, which caused an environmental hazard July 25 when one of the company’s trucks caught fire along Interstate 90 near Huntley. Chemicals carried by the truck ended up in Wildflower Lake in the middle of Sun City Huntley, contaminating the recreational body of water as well as a nearby creek and killing nearly 3,000 fish. We hope the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is able to ensure the hazard is contained and cleaned up quickly.
Thumbs up: To Woodstock’s Chris Schauer, who despite his own health concerns spent his life working to help conditions for others with his Basketball in the Park, which raised more than $30,000 for charity. Schauer died Sunday at age 38. Schauer had been a manager at his alma mater, Woodstock High, and for the men’s and women’s teams at McHenry County College.
Thumbs down: To mosquitoes in McHenry testing positive for West Nile virus. The batch collected Aug. 6 was the first in McHenry County to test positive in 2014. Although the hype and number of human West Nile cases have decreased in recent years, we all should take steps to minimize our exposure to infected mosquitoes. Visit www.mcdh.info for information to protect yourself.