Thumbs up: To the Midwest Women Riders for hosting a fundraiser for Safe Passage, a domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy organization, this week. The motorcycle group’s founder and director, Ellen Rains of Sycamore, had a friend who needed the agency’s services, so she decided to support the group that had supported her friend. She brought dozens of bikers to Cabana Charley’s in Sycamore on Thursday evening, but the proceeds from the evening will help women and their families for weeks. To donate to Safe Passage, call 815-756-5228 or visit the website at www.safepassagedv.org/donate.aspx.
Thumbs down: To Illinois lawmakers who pursued court action to reinstate their paychecks, which Gov. Pat Quinn eliminated apparently in reaction to the lack of action on pension reform. The bipartisan pension committee members say they are weeks away from presenting a plan to fix the mess that is the state’s $100 billion unfunded pension liability, but this issue has dogged state government for far too long. Instead of fighting over their paychecks, they should work harder to resolve the pension issue that is holding back the taxpayers who work to pay those salaries.
Thumbs up: To continued efforts to build a vibrant community attractive to longtime DeKalb residents and Northern Illinois University students alike. DeKalb Mayor John Rey and Northern Illinois President Douglas Baker affirmed their dedication toward working together at Thursday’s State of the City event hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to seeing how their plans unfold.
Thumbs up: To Love INC’s new mobile clothing closet. Since May, the organization has given away about 1,200 pieces of clothing in an effort to bring clothes to the people who need them most. The mobile clothing closet stops at Feed’em Soup in DeKalb every week and at North Avenue Baptist Church in Sycamore every other week. People can pick out the clothes they need. Love INC hopes to bring the mobile closet to other areas in the future.
Thumbs up: To a project that has put 3.5 million DeKalb County land-record images online. Now residents can search land records – checking for such things as liens and title holders – from anywhere, 24 hours a day, instead of visiting the clerk and recorder’s office. It is estimated the new tool will save taxpayers about $30,000 a year by reducing the amount of time staff in the recorder’s office spend looking up records. A project that saves taxpayers time and money is a good use of resources.