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THUMBS UP! To Polar Plunge participants and supporters. The event – Decatur's is one of 23 in Illinois – is a major fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois. This year, 364 plungers raised $85,000. That includes the Frozen Trojans of Maroa-Forsyth High School, a team of over 90 people. Their effort raising more than $13,000 this year earned them awards at the event.

THUMBS DOWN! To the idea of halving Illinois license plates. Proposed legislation that would do away with a requirement that Illinois cars display a front license plate. The proposal is opposed by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, the Illinois Tollway Authority and the secretary of state's office. That's a heavyweight group opposing a proposal that probably should have stayed behind closed doors. The savings would be $800,000. But the decision would be financially felt on the state's tollway system, where an absence of a front license could jeopardize as many as 3 million transactions annually, at a loss of more than $6 million.

THUMBS UP! To University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer. Zimmer spoke out against a proposed executive order by President Donald Trump that would address free speech on college campuses across the country. The University of Chicago walks it like they talk it. In 2016, the university wrote a letter to incoming freshmen telling them that academic freedom to the institution meant that the campus would not support "trigger warnings" or cancel invited speakers because their speech might be considered controversial. Any attempt to stifle or regulate speech is a dangerous precedent.

THUMBS DOWN! To Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO, in an apparent attempt to avoid antitrust hearings, said the company will start to emphasize new privacy-shielding messaging services. Is there anything Zuckerberg has said or done in the last three years to make you feel as though he's doing anything more than tap-dancing in public and hoping his troubles vanish? Us either. Zuckerberg did nothing to address ad targeting and information collection about individuals, or anything to do with Instagram. Call us still skeptical. You should be as well.

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