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Our View: More access for third-party candidates

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

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

Thumbs down: To news that Green Party candidates for statewide office won’t be included on the November ballot in Illinois, but particularly to the archaic rules that make it extremely difficult for independent or minority party candidates to appear on any ballots. It’s time to level the playing field a bit for these candidates since few believe the two-party system has left us in political utopia.

Thumbs up: To all of the coaches, athletes, administrators and community members that have taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The large number of people involved nationally has helped ALS charities break fundraising records locally and nationally, and McHenry County has had plenty of people play their part.

Thumbs down: To the infighting on the Holiday Hills Village Board that has led to some trustees asking for their own lawyer. The suspension and ultimate resignation of the small village’s part-time police chief has been a hot-button issue, with Village President Dan Drury changing the locks at the village offices the day after then-Chief Larry Mason resigned. These trust issues need to be quickly worked out.

Thumbs up: To the imminent opening of the Algonquin Western Bypass. The transportation project has been years in the making and finally is scheduled to open to motorists next week. Although there are skeptics, the bypass should help traffic congestion in downtown Algonquin. When including all of the necessary land acquisition and other prep work, the project is estimated to have cost $88 million.

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