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posted: 9/9/2017 1:00 AM

The Soapbox: Wondering about the Bears, accountability in Kane County, a good deed in Wauconda and more.

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  • Chicago Bears inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (44) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler (6) in the Bears pre-season home game Aug. 31.

    Chicago Bears inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (44) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler (6) in the Bears pre-season home game Aug. 31.
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Just wondering

Are we generally more productive on the weekends when the Bears are struggling or when they are winning games? Or does it depend on your office pool?


Maybe our state could take a cue from the Kane County Board Spend more money than you're given, and you'll lose that amount in the next budget. Described as a hardline-but-practical approach, it faces possible legal hurdles. But we like the effort to impose accountability.

An important first step

As nationwide concerns over racial bias trickle into classrooms, it's nice to see a parent diversity group in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 and an Indian-American outreach board in Aurora working together to discuss the role of schools in ensuring the safety and cultural integration of students.

Good deeds

Here's a story that brightened our day A team of Wauconda firefighters had to rush out of Island Foods in Island Lake to answer a call before paying for groceries, so cashier Charity Faurie covered their $50 tab. The firefighters repaid her generosity with a donation to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Urban cowboys

Wauconda police also had a busy morning after a runaway white horse trotted merrily through town and onto Route 12 during rush hour. Alix Keelan, a veterinary tech and rider, and Nick Willis stepped in and corraled the horse, harnessed him with a sweatshirt and no doubt prevented harm to the animal and other drivers. Thanks for the happy ending!

Induction time

The Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the Northwest suburbs, will add five inductees to its Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 5, at The Centre of Elgin. Congrats go out to Jennifer Haley, Dave Huxtable, Jessie Henderson, Bob Pleticha and Bethany Goldsmith.

Some Illini cheer

While Illini sports fans haven't had a lot to celebrate, the first inductees to the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 30 deserve a cheer Nick Anderson, Dee Brown, Tonja Buford-Bailey, Dick Butkus, Jerry Colangelo, Perdita Felicien, Abie Grossfeld, Mannie Jackson, Karol Kahrs, Nancy Thies Marshall, Renee Heiken Slone, Mary Eggers Tendler, and Craig Virgin will attend.

More Illini cheer

Family members for other Hall of Fame inductees will accept awards for these honorees Lou Boudreau, Dike Eddleman, Harry Gill, Harold "Red" Grange, George Halas, George Huff, Herb McKenley, Allie Morrison, Harold Osborn, Andy Phillip, Steve Stricker, Craig Tiley, Deron Williams, Claude "Buddy" Young and Bob Zuppke. Congrats to all.

A run to remember

Libertyville resident Patrick Scheibler's plan to run a 5K this weekend, a few months after part of his left leg was amputated, is in itself a story of courage and perseverance. That he's using his run to collect donations for a charity that delivers crutches to less fortunate kids around the world makes it a story worthy of thanks. Good luck, Patrick.

Always rebuilding

While everyone knows about the rebuilding efforts by the Cubs and the White Sox, two suburban baseball clubs teams that must rebuild every year made the playoffs again. Congrats to the Schaumburg Boomers for their record-setting season, and to the Class A Kane County Cougars, who made their 16th playoff appearance in 27 years.

Hurricane Irma

Saying prayers of support for those who've already suffered through the horrific power of Hurricane Irma. And prayers for good judgment and safety for those who live in its path.

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