THUMBS UP! To mural painters past, present and future. Murals have exploded in Decatur since the start of the Decatur Mural Project in 2012. Private businesses have also taken initiatives for work done on their sites. Fantastic public art is one of the things that elevates a city's quality of life. We thank those sharing their buildings and those sharing their art. Watching the works in progress is delightful.
THUMBS UP! And welcome to Millikin University's new and returning students. “Welcome Week” is designed to ease the transition for newcomers. It features games to encourage fellowship and information about the school and the community.
THUMBS DOWN! To the Madigoons. An outside investigation into sexual harassment and bullying within Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's office and his Democratic caucus found that people across the Capitol repeatedly have been subjected to sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior. Madigan has taken steps to address sexual harassment, and has acknowledged more needs to be done. Yet, as columnist Rich Miller wrote earlier this month, “Time and time and time again, Madigan has sworn that he has seen the light and has promised to change the culture of his vast organization. We're still waiting."
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THUMBS UP! To the Rock Springs Conservation Area. Operators of the site are acknowledging those with mobility issues can have difficulty accessing a pair of ponds. So efforts are being made to improve that. The efforts are not just designed to help with access for the physically handicapped. They're an acknowledgment of an aging population that needs help as well.
THUMBS UP! To the Macon County Circuit Clerk's office and its IT team. The county website was attacked by hackers last weekend. People coming to the site found an image of a Guy Fawkes mask, an Iranian flag, and some text. The page was restored by 10 a.m. Monday, and citizens were reassured personal information is not stored on the site. Government websites in Crook County, Oregon, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee were targeted in similar fashions. The attack reminds us of the importance of top-notch technical work and the importance of being alert.