Thumbs-up: To a new transit option for Kishwaukee College students. Starting in the fall semester, the Voluntary Action Center will offer a new bus service that will pick students up from various locations around Sycamore and take them to the college. The Sycamore-Kish bus route will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and a pass will cost $150 for the semester. Not all students can afford their own vehicles, and providing transit options tailored to community college students could make Kish more accessible. We’ll see how popular the service proves to be, but suspect if it’s sustainable, it will continue.
Thumbs-up: To a new home for the Family Service Agency. FSA, a nonprofit agency that provides support, advocacy and mentoring for children as well as services for senior citizens, will move to the former Associated Bank building at 1325 Sycamore Road. Leaders of FSA announced the planned building acquisition at the Kickoff for FSA event Tuesday at Northern Illinois University’s Barsema Alumni Center. FSA officials expect to close on the sale in July and perform needed renovations. The 14,000-square-foot building will provide more space, allowing FSA to expand programs it offers and give them a more up-to-date home base. The agency does important work for people in need, and we hope they’ll do even more in their new home.
Thumbs-down: To a continued lack of details on local arrests. Federal authorities have yet to release much information about a series of enforcement actions in our area recently, which a Congressman said led to more than 150 arrests of people on misdemeanor charges, including eight people from a Cortland ironworking shop. Locally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were reported to have visited businesses in St. Charles and in Cortland, among other locations. U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat, this week sent a letter to ICE’s Chicago office, asking for details about the enforcement actions. Perhaps Foster will be more effective at getting answers than inquiries from reporters have been. We hope so. Enforcing the law is good, but it should not be done secretively.
Thumbs-up: To raising money for breast cancer awareness and detection. The Genoa Community Women’s Club recently held its 10th annual Bunco for Breast Cancer fundraising event, and was able to donate about $2,900 to three breast cancer-related programs: Swedish American Foundation’s F.A.M.E. program, which provides free mammograms to women who can’t afford them; OSF St. Anthony Foundation – Cancer Center to provide literature and education to patients’ families; and KishHealth Northwestern Foundation: Hospice Care. Cheers to club members for raising cash for good causes while having a good time.