The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To the McHenry Outdoor Theater opening last weekend. After a failed fundraising campaign, the theater was saved at the last minute by Honda’s Project Drive-in campaign and added a digital projector. The technology upgrade was a critical one, and will allow the theater to stay current with the times. It’s a local favorite, and we’re glad to see it remain in business.
Thumbs down: To a scam using missed jury service as a means to defraud McHenry County residents. There have been two alleged victims who’ve said they received phone calls informing them an arrest warrant was issued for failure to appear for jury duty. The caller tells the victim he or she needs to post $500 for the bond on the warrant and that the matter should be taken care of as soon as possible to avoid jail time. The caller instructs the victim that the bond must be posted using an e-pay card. Any person receiving such a telephone call is encouraged to report it to police.
Thumbs up: To Woodstock police and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office for their investigation and prosecution that led to a 36-year prison sentence for convicted rapist Charles Oliver, who preyed on women who responded to Craigslist ads and were met with threats and intimidation. It was a difficult case for many reasons but an appropriate resolution and took a dangerous predator off the streets.
Thumbs down: To the Illinois Department of Transportation, which admittedly filled at least dozens of positions through patronage rather than a legitimate hiring process. A Chicago attorney has alleged in a lawsuit that hundreds of IDOT jobs were filled through patronage, but Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider won’t reopen the hiring process, saying it could lead to costly lawsuits. No surprises here. It’s business as usual in Illinois.