Thumbs up to Madison Keys however Saturday's women's final of the U.S. Open turns out.

The Rock Island native again made Quad-Cities proud this week. She walked into the grand slam in Queens, New York, seeded No. 15, made easy work of her early competition and, on Thursday, played a near flawless match in the semifinal to oust CoCo Vandeweghe with relative ease. Keys never faced a break point in the semifinal and committed just nine unforced errors.

She heads into Saturday's final match against unseeded Sloan Stevens. They're among the four all-American field made the semifinals on the women's side of the Open.

Last year, Keys made the medal round in the Olympics. Following some wrist injuries, she's breaking out in 2017. Win or lose, she's worth a watch.

We will be. 

Thumbs down to just how bad things are in Illinois.

It was a hollow victory, of sorts, when Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday that he would borrow $6 billion to start paying off the state's debts.

Only now that the budget standoff is over and schools are funded, Illinoisans can take full stock of just how low the state sunk in the past two years.

It's good Illinois is finally making good by creditors. But the fact that it ever came to this is an embarrassment. 

Thumbs up to Scott County Administrator Mahesh Sharma for drafting common sense regulations for the good of the taxpayer.

Every year, Scott County doles out dozens of grants to various organizations offering services and doing good work. The county has, traditionally, relied on Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce to grade the various services and what's needed.

It's not an unreasonable approach, but, still, the county's interests are in some cases different from the chamber's. To that end, Sharma has proposed drafting a pact with the chamber that clearly spells out a grading system for applications and defines the county's agenda.

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