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Our view: Transportation improvements could be a plus

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens as Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Co. Elon Musk, speaks at a news conference Thursday in Chicago. The Boring Co. has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport in mere minutes.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens as Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Co. Elon Musk, speaks at a news conference Thursday in Chicago. The Boring Co. has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport in mere minutes.

Thumbs-up: To a plan for new high-speed transportation. On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and entrepreneur Elon Musk announced plans for a high-speed transit system that will take people from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to downtown in 12 minutes. The trip typically takes 40 to 45 minutes on the CTA’s blue line. We’re interested in advancements that will help us move around faster. It’s interesting to imagine a day when downtown Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis or beyond could be even more quickly and easily accessible from McHenry County. It also could give the region a leg up when it comes to recruiting businesses such as Amazon’s HQ2.

Thumbs-down: To Lakewood Village President Paul Serwatka for his antics that turned a recent Village Board meeting into an out-of-control charade. Serwatka should have known better than to think he had the authority to simply unload a pair of trustees he wasn’t happy with. And, when he didn’t get away with it, he announced he planned to walk away from the elected post this summer, before his elected term was even close to complete in May 2021.

Thumbs-up: To County Board Chairman Jack Franks for putting continued pressure on both schools and Algonquin Township to do whatever they can to save tax money. There simply are too many taxing entities out there collecting too much money from taxpayers. It’s time to give residents relief from the increasing costs of owning a home in McHenry County.

Thumbs-down: To Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser for filing a lawsuit Thursday naming the supervisor and all but one trustee after a meeting where township officials challenged his power and tried to control his budget-busting legal spending. Gasser’s lawyer, Robert Hanlon, alleges in the lawsuit that township officials “unlawfully restricted and interfered” with Gasser’s “constitutionally protected interests as an elected official to run a unit of local government.” The ongoing lawsuits in Algonquin Township only hurt the taxpayers.

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