Thumbs-up: To all who participated in this week’s elections, including candidates, judges, voters and government officials. This year’s municipal elections went smoothly and saw several new leaders elected. In DeKalb, Hinckley, Kirkland, Sycamore and Waterman, there will be new mayors, and there will be various other new public officials taking office around DeKalb County. The decisions they make have the potential to have the most noticeable effects on our communities in the years to come.
Thumbs-down: To only 23 percent turnout in the elections. Local government makes decisions about education of children in the community, on which roads will be repaired and when, how trash is collected and all manner of other local concerns. And yet, people vote for local representatives in lower numbers than most any election. We hope that those elected this week will do well during their terms in office, but if they don’t, the people who didn’t bother to vote on or before Tuesday will have no room to complain.
Thumbs-up: To documenting the Penguin Project. For years, we’ve been writing stories about plays staged by Children’s Community Theatre’s Penguin Project, which provides children and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in live musical theater by teaming them with nondisabled peers. Northern Illinois University associate professor of communication Randy Casperson and a group of NIU students have created a documentary about a 2013 show by the group, which will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb. Tickets are available at the door. The film shows how the play becomes a part of the actors’ lives and the relationships that develop between young people as the show goes along.
Thumbs-up: To the return of baseball season. It’s a sure sign of spring when the Cubs and White Sox are back in action. The season is young, and so is the spring, but after the Cubs’ World Series title last year and the Sox’s commitment to rebuilding their team, the 2017 season will no doubt be full of action and surprises – like whatever it was that caused the baseball to stick to the chest protector of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the game Thursday against the Cubs.