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The Daily Chronicle editorial board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To Northern Illinois University for a moving memorial Tuesday for those killed
in the Feb. 14, 2008, shooting. It’s a day that must annually be remembered, and NIU has done an
outstanding job of making sure to respectfully honor Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Julianna Gehant, Ryanne Mace and Daniel Parmenter while making sure the tragedy does not define
the university. As NIU President John Peters said, the “cherished five” lost that day must always be remembered. The memorial event Tuesday did that with the laying of wreaths at each marker in the Forward, Together Forward Memorial outside Cole Hall, which honors Gayle, Catalina, Julianna,
Ryanne and Daniel. This community will never forget them but will continue to move forward, together.
Thumbs down: To Illinois House Bill 3137, which looks to make exempt from the state’s
Freedom of Information Act the names of applicants for public employment and applications for public employment. The city of DeKalb wishes this was in place in 2010 when it fought the Daily Chronicle over releasing the names of individuals who applied to be appointed to the city council.
How anyone can reason that names of people seeking employment paid for by the taxpayers should be kept secret is a head-scratcher. This bill is just the latest in a long line of attempts by lawmakers in Springfield to chip away at the state’s FOIA.
Thumbs up: To being made in America.
Manufacturing makes up only 9 percent of U.S. jobs, but the manufacturing sector added 13 per-cent of new jobs created last year; it was responsible for one-fifth of the new jobs created last month alone. Struggling U.S. factories took a big hit during the recession, but they’re coming back strong with good-paying jobs and spurring job growth in related industries such as shipping and warehousing.
Thumbs up: To a new ordinance in Chicago that allows the city to collect money it is owed in unpaid parking tickets or red-light citations from resident’s state income tax refunds. Chicago stands to gain as much as $20 million in unpaid debt in one year alone. Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the ordinance, saying “deadbeats” shouldn’t get away with ignoring what they owe the city. This idea is a creative way to bring in revenue for the city and maybe something cities around here should take a look at.