Thumbs-up: To state lawmakers for recognizing the family of fallen McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner on Thursday in Springfield. Local state Reps. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills; Steven Reick, R-Woodstock; Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee; and Tom Weber, R-Lake Villa, joined in sponsoring a House resolution honoring Keltner while the family met with many in the state, including Speaker Mike Madigan and Gov. J.B. Pritzker. McSweeney read Becki Keltner’s heartfelt letter on the House floor, as well. It was a special moment for a family who has been through a lot.
Thumbs-down: To a Monday attack that left two Sleepy Hollow teenagers seriously injured. Fabian J. Torres was charged Thursday with a number of felonies, including attempted murder, in connection with a Monday incident where police said he broke into a home on his block, sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman and stabbed the woman and her brother before threatening other neighbors while trying to escape the area. Thankfully, the teenagers are expected to make a full recovery, the Kane County state’s attorney said.
Thumbs-up: To 2010 Crystal Lake Central graduate Connor Sadzeck, who is getting his chance to lock down a late-inning role in an MLB bullpen. Sadzeck spent nearly six seasons in the minor leagues before being called up by the Texas Rangers in September. The Rangers, however, designated him for assignment this spring. The Seattle Mariners swung a trade for Sadzeck on April 2, and the 27-year-old righty recorded his first major league save Thursday.
Thumbs-down: To the death of another local business. HobbyTown USA in Lake in the Hills recently announced that it would close its doors April 30. The store is locally owned by Huntley resident Betty Conley and managed by her two sons, Shawn and Tom Conley. “I’m devastated. It’s all I’ve done for the last 15 years,” Shawn Conley said. “People are losing their hobbies and their gathering point. Everyone seems upset. ... I’m going to miss the people. They’re like family.” We are strong advocates for local businesses and are sad to be losing another.
Thumbs-up: To the defeat of House Bill 2485 on removing the requirement on public school districts to publish an annual statement of affairs in a newspaper. The bill was a bad idea for transparency, and it was positive to see it sent back to the Rules Committee, where it died. State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, was removed as chief co-sponsor of the bill this week.