Thumbs up: To the organizers of Ladies Night Out. The annual event started almost a decade ago to raise money for cancer research, and once again, brought plenty of pink to downtown Sycamore on Thursday. It featured local businesses, a pink firetruck, firefighters clad in pink and, of course, cancer survivors. This year’s proceeds will benefit Kishwaukee Community Hospital, The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital and the local American Cancer Society chapter. If you weren’t able to make it out Thursday but want to donate, you can send cash or checks payable to “Ladies Night Out” to D&D Jewelers, 303 W. State St., Sycamore, IL 60178; or NB&T, 230 W. State St., Sycamore, IL 60178.
Thumbs up: To the Feed’Em Soup Community Project and other organizations sponsoring a local screening of the documentary “A Place at the Table.” The film follows three people who are struggling with hunger and food insecurity. It also features appearances by actor Jeff Bridges, economist/writer Raj Patel and chef Tom Colicchio. It’s an important issue that touches DeKalb County and that several local organizations strive to address. We’re glad local residents took the time to bring another perspective on the complex issue to town.
Thumbs down: To pension posturing. Gov. Pat Quinn announced this week that he would call the state Legislature into special session on June 19 to again try to address the issue of the state’s almost $100 billion unfunded pension liability. It might sound good, but it will be a waste of time and money without any progress on the issue. Quinn tried to call a meeting Tuesday with his fellow Chicago Democrats, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, but Madigan didn’t show up. There is supposed to be another meeting next week, at which we hope to see more progress and less posturing.
Thumbs up: To giving kids wings. Each year, local pilots volunteer to take children between the ages of 8 and 17 into the sky in small, private planes. The Young Eagle experience lets kids get up close and personal with the planes – going through a preflight checklist, watching the pilot in the cockpit and learning about everything that goes into a safe flight. The event, which is free, introduces kids to the world of aviation, and sets some on the path to a future hobby or career.
Thumbs up: To Stage Coach Players and its production of “Shrek the Musical.” Stage Coach is the first theater in Illinois to take on the off-Broadway production based on the popular Dreamworks film. The elaborate costumes, upbeat music and quirky one-liners make the production unique. And the message of the show – that it’s OK to be different – can’t be said enough. The show runs this weekend and next. Check it out.