Thumbs up: To an attempt to force Illinois lawmakers’ hand on the pension issue. On Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn used his veto power to prevent legislators from receiving paychecks – along with himself – until they take action on pension reform.
A Tuesday deadline that Quinn set for lawmakers to pass legislation to address the state’s roughly $100 billion in unfunded pension liability came and went with no action, and Quinn complained that a bipartisan legislative committee formed to deal with the issue met without any sense of urgency. Whatever additional pressure can be exerted on legislators to reach some consensus on this issue is welcome.
Thumbs up: To the cooking workshop held this week at Sycamore High School to help students with visual impairments learn how to shop for food and cook.
The workshop was organized by Diane Tyrrell, a teacher for the Northwestern Illinois Association, a special education co-op serving local school districts. Fifteen area high school students and student volunteers participated in the workshop. What a great way for students to be more independent and learn to live on their own.
Thumbs up: To the work-study program at Custom Aluminum. The Genoa industry has its own “university-style” program to teach different aspects of manufacturing. Six employees and three Genoa-Kingston High School students recently completed the program, and the students are going on with plans to study and enter into the manufacturing field.
Offering employees a way to continue their education and increase their expertise, and introducing teens to the manufacturing field are both important components in building up the manufacturing side of our national economy. In addition, Custom Aluminum paid for two full-ride manufacturing scholarships to Kishwaukee College and donated $5,000 to Genoa-Kingston School District 424 to build its technology program.
Thumbs up: To the Ellwood House Museum tour this week that highlighted servants’ roles and allowed children to try some of the tasks involved. What a creative way to teach children about life in the early 1900s and to give them a fresh look at a local landmark.
Thumbs up: To cooperation among local police agencies. DeKalb police and DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies helped Cook County authorities Wednesday find a Calumet Park man charged with murder in Cook County.
Randy V. Doby was found within hours, and DeKalb police arrested him in an apartment parking lot without incident. The case didn’t start in DeKalb County, but we’re thankful our local police worked quickly to ensure it had a safe ending here.