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Our View: Thumbs Up: Applauding open courts

Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Thumbs up: To the DeKalb City Council for deciding to table the 1,273-home Irongate housing proposal. The subdivision by developer ShoDeen Construction would sit on about 458 acres north of DeKalb High School, but a possible annexation agreement for the property was tabled this week until May, which would be after officials elected April 9 are seated. There are several pros and cons to adding that much new housing to DeKalb’s market and the elected officials who are going to have to deal with the consequences of annexing the property should be the ones to decide if the annexation occurs.

Thumbs down: To the Illinois Supreme Court’s continued delay in deciding whether it will hear the challenge to the approval for Waste Management’s planned expansion of the Cortland landfill. This month they were supposed to make a decision, but the case didn’t merit a decision from them and the next shot the justices will have to make a decision is in May. Those on either side of the issue deserve some clarity sooner rather than later so that we can move on.

Thumbs up: To Associate Judge John McAdams’ decision Wednesday to deny defense attorneys’ request to bar cameras from a DeKalb County courtroom during the legal proceedings involving five members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity who are facing felony hazing charges. McAdams said he would place limits on the number of cameras that would be allowed in the courtroom, but that media coverage was “important for maintaining public trust in the judicial system.” We agree wholeheartedly.

Thumbs up: To the Bulls for ending the Miami Heat’s winning streak at 27 with a 101-97 win against LeBron James & Co. Wednesday at the United Center. Derrick Rose might not return this season. Miami might go on to win another title. But at least for one night, the Bulls were better. The Bulls stopping the Heat short of the record books gave Illinois basketball fans something to cheer for (we have no teams left in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament) and should be enough to keep the Bulls-Heat rivalry simmering until Rose returns and the team can contend for a championship once more.

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