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The Daily Herald Editorial Board

Prevailing protest:

Mount Prospect leaders acknowledge their vote against a state-mandated ordinance had no practical effect, but the protest was worth noting. Requiring towns to abide by arbitrarily imposed "prevailing wages" for every type of public work squelches competition and limits local officials' ability to manage taxpayer resources.

Terrible timing:

While it's fine for Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts to explain his case on Wrigley Field, we question his decision to wait until after midnight to deliver his video message. Decisions made in the middle of the night (leveling Meigs Field, sports franchises leaving town) put more focus on the timing's motive than the message.

Not a slam dunk:

It's a relief Naperville finally has OK'd a plan for the long-closed gas station at the high-profile corner of Hillside Road and Washington Street. An earlier proposal was downsized significantly, and the site will be home to a Dunkin' Donuts. The property clearly was suitable for commercial development, but it's not far from residences.

Getting the message?

It's looking more and more like legislators won't be able to extend the 5 percent income tax. Good for those who are standing up for credible government. Now, let's see everyone get real and creative in prioritizing and meeting legitimate spending needs.

The man behind the wheels:

Tip of the cap to Wayne Mikes of Mikes Bike Shop in Palatine. His employees have restored and donated thousands of bicycles to needy adults and children to help get them to work and school, and sometimes just to play. Said Mikes: "The primary goal was to provide transportation, but I still love to bring enjoyment to children." Big and small, of course.

Good start against heroin deaths:

Kane County is hoping to equip local police with the heroin overdose antidote Narcan. DuPage already has this program in place. Having the ability to save lives in a crisis moment is important, but so is the follow-up to ensure users don't continue.

Got talent?

There's less than a week left to register for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent, a summerlong talent competition. Check out all the details at

Weber, Hall:

Condolences to the families of a couple of longtime Lake County public servants who died this week. Thomas Weber, 65, served on the Wauconda Unit District 118 school board since 1995. Former Lake County Judge David M. Hall, 61, spent more than 20 years on the bench, including as chief judge, before retiring in 2012.

A racing milestone:

Congrats to thoroughbred trainer Wayne Catalano, who collected the 2,500th victory of his career last Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse. It was a special moment with his son-in-law riding the winner and Arlington officials presenting Catalano with a Tiffany bowl. Nicely done.

Solemn reflection:

This weekend, while it is always important and admirable to pay respects to our veterans whenever and wherever possible, keep in mind the reason for Memorial Day: the remembrance of our men and women who died while serving our country. A thankful prayer and a moment of silence to all.

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