Thumbs-up: To the local officials who were elected this week, those who showed up to vote and the election day workers who made certain that the process worked smoothly. McHenry County is never the quickest to get all of its votes tallied, but the process did seem to progress without hitches. A total of 21.6 percent of registered voters in McHenry County cast ballots in the 2018 primary election. Now, it’s time for those candidates who won to prepare for the general election. See you in November.
Thumbs-down: To Nick Provenzano being elected a Republican precinct committeeman. In October, Provenzano was questioned by police after they found him shirtless in an SUV with a 17-year-old boy he had met on Grindr, a popular gay dating app. Heavily redacted police reports show the two had a consensual sexual encounter in the vehicle on a public street. No charges were filed in connection with the incident, but Provenzano was fired Monday from his job in U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren’s office after the details became public. Then in Tuesday’s election, Provenzano was elected as a precinct committeeman in Nunda Township. He ran unopposed in the race. He should resign from the position and step out of local politics. We expect more from elected officials.
Thumbs-up: To Loyola men’s basketball for its first Elite Eight appearance since the Ramblers won the national championship in 1963. Jacobs graduate Cameron Krutwig has been a big part of Loyola’s success, and the freshman once again was in Thursday’s Sweet Sixteen win over Nevada. The state of Illinois hasn’t had much success in the tournament over the past decade, and it’s great to see a local grad helping to make college basketball relevant in Illinois again.
Thumbs-up: To the former Dominick’s property in Lake in the Hills being sold. We’re excited to see the auction went on as planned and wasn’t postponed again. Now the key will be seeing how quickly the buildings fill up. Aldi has been pegged as a possibility to fill part of the vacant space. Whatever goes in there, we hope it happens fast and is a business that will generate a good amount of sales tax for the village.