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Our View: Thumbs-down to lack of information about fugitive

Public could have used the information about fugitive

Thumbs-up: To a longtime Genoa business reopening. Owners of the Corner Grill had to shut down for almost two weeks recently while they renovated their building, making repairs to the floor and ceiling in the space at 137 W. Main St. County officials confirmed that the building was not closed for code violations, but owner Ali Ahmed said that the repairs had to be made after other solutions didn't work. Now Corner Grill has an improved ceiling and floor, and customers are returning.

Thumbs-up: To the engaged citizens still working to improve DeKalb's Annie Glidden North neighborhood. A task force that helped to create a revitalization plan for the neighborhood dissolved earlier this year after the city adopted the revitalization plan they helped create. But some who worked to create the plan have signaled they also want to stay involved in making it a reality. They have formed the citizen-led Annie Glidden North Revitalization Action Group to stay involved in helping achieve the revitalization goals, including keeping the neighborhood safe and walkable, helping residents in the area to thrive, and reintegrating the neighborhood into the community. “Everyone wants to stay engaged and be helpful in the future, and I think it’s a very good start,” Dan Kenney, a former task force member, said. The plan stands a much better chance of becoming reality if those who helped write it stay involved.

Thumbs-down: To a low-key lookout for an armed and dangerous suspect. Mark A. Sypien, 51, was wanted for the murder of 76-year-old John Moore in Danville, California, on Sunday. Police there knew the make and model of the vehicle Sypien was driving, they had his photo and his vehicle's Illinois license plate number. Local police say they knew it was possible that Sypien could be headed this way, and although they told some people who might be in danger, they decided not to alert the general public. Police said they didn't have any concrete information Sypien might head here and didn't want to tip Sypien off they were looking for him. We can't help but wonder whether Sypien might have been apprehended sooner if information had been broadcast more widely. As it was, he made it all the way back to St. Charles, where he shot himself Wednesday. We're grateful no one else was injured, and although police did appear to be paying attention to places Sypien might visit, public awareness might have led to a tip about his whereabouts before the situation became deadly.

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