Opinion

Thumbs-up, thumbs-down: Praise for injunction on land purchase

Thumbs-up: To McHenry County Judge Thomas Meyer, who granted a preliminary injunction after a hearing Wednesday that effectively halted efforts by the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District to purchase about 14 acres of Kane County farmland for more than $950,000. This board has been opposed to the land grab as an effort to prevent consolidation and as being against the best interests of taxpayers. McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally considered the decision a victory. “The county pushed for the injunction after this independent taxing district took extraordinary steps to prevent a proposed consolidation aimed at reducing expenses and increasing government efficiency,” he said in a news release.

Thumbs-up: To Crystal Lake-based Curran Contracting Co. for throwing Army Reserve Capt. Josh Flury a surprise welcome back to work Wednesday. Crystal Lake-based Boy Scout Troop 165 planted flags along the drive leading up to the office building, and members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12014 waited for Flury’s pickup truck to pull into the parking lot. Flury, who has served tours in Afghanistan and Kuwait, definitely deserved the celebration. His co-workers had sent him care packages, including cards and an iPad so he could communicate with his daughter while he was serving. We are grateful to him for his service, and to the co-workers and community members who honored him.

Thumbs-up: To Alden-Hebron football coach John Lalor, who is doing everything in his power to keep the rural high school’s football program alive. With low participation numbers, Alden-Hebron is making the switch to eight-man football this fall – one of five programs in Illinois to do so. Entering his 15th season as head coach, Lalor’s dedication to Alden-Hebron should be commended as he leads the program into a new era.

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