Thumbs-down: To yet another delay in Corey Butler’s criminal case. Butler, pastor of Jesus is the Way Christian Center in Sycamore, was charged in 2015 with possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography after police raided his DeKalb home in April 2015. Years later, he has yet to face trial. On Wednesday, the case in DeKalb County Court was delayed yet again after Butler told the judge he was going to change attorneys for a second time. The court was supposed to have a hearing on Butler’s fitness to stand trial, but that was delayed with the announcement he was changing lawyers. Butler has been free since he posted $1,000 bail shortly after his arrest. These are serious charges, and they must be tested soon. Butler has until Dec. 11 to appear with a new lawyer. We agree with Judge Robbin Stuckert, who said in court this week, “we need some resolution.”
Thumbs-up: To a grant for the Egyptian Theatre. This week, officials at the Egyptian announced they had received a $75,000 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The funds will help to pay for the ongoing $5.5 million expansion of the 90-year-old theater at 135 N. Second St. in downtown DeKalb. The city of DeKalb also has contributed $2.1 million in tax-increment financing funds. When complete, the theater will have more adequate restrooms and air conditioning in the theater space, which will allow for year-round programming. The Egyptian is a unique and valuable showplace, deserving of broad support.
Thumbs-up: To the return of “Spider.” Sycamore Alderman Rick “Spider” Kramer, who is battling cancer, attended his first City Council meeting since July on Monday. Kramer, who spent 43 years as a volunteer firefighter and owns Spider Tattooz in Sycamore, reported that chemotherapy treatment has been effective, but also limited his ability to move around at times. Community benefits and fundraisers for Kramer, including one organized by Cortland firefighters, have been successful, and we wish Kramer a successful recovery as well.
Thumbs-up: To another year of progress in DeKalb County. At the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp.’s “State of the County” event Thursday, attendees learned about the many projects that have been completed around the county in the past year. There are many projects afoot around the area, in part due to its designated enterprise zone and the quality workforce. DCEDC is working to attract more employers through targeting key industries and marketing and branding the area to employers, and facilitating agreements. We are waiting for word on a possible food processing operation that is hoped for in DeKalb’s ChicagoWest Business Center that could bring 1,000 jobs to the area. That would be a great capstone to an already productive year.