Thumbs-up: To a chance for a comeback. Owners of the building at 323-333 E. Lincoln Highway said this week that they plan to put the four-floor, 30,000-square-foot building in downtown DeKalb up for sale. This could open the way for a new use for the building’s ground floor, which used to house McCabe’s Lounge and still includes well-maintained awnings that advertise the long-shuttered business. McCabe’s lost its liquor license in 1999 and hasn’t been open to the public since. A new owner will face many challenges with the more than 100-year-old building, but downtown could use another space that is open and actively in use. Many people have fond memories of visiting McCabe’s when it was open; the building’s owners have worked to be good stewards and maintain the structure. We hope the numbers will add up to allow someone with a new vision for the building to succeed.
Thumbs-up: To a new business in downtown Sycamore. Sterling-based UOI Boutique announced this week that it will move into a space at 307 W. State St. formerly occupied by the short-lived Crafted store. John Brady, owner of Urban Outlet Inc., said company President Meg Wheeler happened upon the space while visiting Sycamore, and the company decided it was perfect for a second location. We’re sure that UOI will find Sycamore a welcoming and profitable second location. Good luck.
Thumbs-up: To a local ninja warrior. Daniel Martin, 12, is a student at Sycamore Middle School who will appear on TV later this year as a competitor on NBC Universal’s “American Ninja Warrior Junior.” The show, a spin-off from NBC’s popular “American Ninja Warrior,” features child contestants and has the same announcers as the adult show. The show debuts at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 on the Universal Kids cable network. Daniel and his sister, Susana, both are fans of “American Ninja Warrior” and started training at local gyms and on obstacles they set up in their basement. Based on an audition video, Daniel was selected to go to Los Angeles during the summer to participate in a taping of the show. Congratulations to him for working hard and earning an exciting experience as a reward.
Thumbs-down: To lost children. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services said its case managers could not locate 1,488 immigrant children who had been placed in the homes of sponsors across the country from April to June. The children, unaccompanied minors, often are placed with family sponsors while their immigration status is determined. Federal officials said the sponsors now are vetted beforehand. The unlocated children represent 13 percent of those who were moved out of shelters and foster homes during the period. The concern is that these children are susceptible to human trafficking – being forced to become sex workers or unpaid laborers. Sadly, many people are trafficked through the Chicago area every year. It is unclear whether any of the children who could not be located had been separated from their parents when they crossed the border – an HHS spokesperson did not answer questions about that. Regardless, human trafficking is an abomination, and government must do all it can to protect children from falling victim to modern-day slavery.