The McHenry County Health Department inspects restaurants.
I’m told that the minimum passing grade is 70% and some restaurants are satisfied with ratings that barely pass.
But, as a consumer, you wouldn’t know about that.
The information is available through a Freedom of Information request, which I once made.
The data I received was such a mish-mash that I did nothing with it.
Imagine my surprise when I saw a restaurant ranking on a Waffle House just south of the Illinois line in northern Kentucky.
Kentucky, you know, that state most Illinoisians probably look down upon.
The Waffle House had achieved an “A” rating.
There was a comparison of the most recent rating with the one before.
The score for the one before was 100%.
That had slipped to 91%, but still high enough for an “A” grade.
Here is the question of the day:
Why doesn’t the McHenry County Health Department follow a similar policy of public disclosure?
I remember hearing a story on NPR about some ladies tea establishment on the East Coast. After its score dropped significantly, lots of ladies did not continue going for tea.
The next quarterly inspection, the tea room’s score increased significantly.