Thumbs-up: To five years of Camp Power. The camp, which is funded through grants and community donations, is free for children of families in DeKalb’s University Village neighborhood. It wrapped up this week, with about 80 children participating in activities on the camp’s last day. Almost all residents of the housing complex receive housing assistance, and the camp organizers say they conduct the activities there because
transportation is too challenging for many
of the families. This kind of outreach to
lower-income children is important, and plans to extend it to children in other neighborhoods, if successful, also would be a positive for the community.
Thumbs-up: To Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Urlacher is the fourth Bears linebacker to reach the Hall, following legends Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Bill George. In 13 seasons with the Bears, from 2000 through 2012,
No. 54 became the face of the Bears, known for his nose for the football and his ability to lay punishing hits on opponents when he sniffed it out. He never quite got the team over the Super Bowl hump – although they came close in 2006, losing Super Bowl XLI to the Colts – but his contributions to keeping alive the “Monsters of the Midway” mystique of the Bears defense are undeniable.
Thumbs-down: To the hardship faced by the Canaday family of DeKalb. A year after the loss of Mark Canaday, a former assistant housing director at Northern Illinois University, to esophageal cancer, his son Christopher is waiting for a new heart. Christopher Canaday is 17 and will be a senior at DeKalb High School, but has been hospitalized the past four months at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood as he waits for a matching heart donor to surface. We know this story has touched many of our readers, and us, as well. We hope Christopher and his family will stay strong as they battle through a difficult period.
Thumbs-down: To allegations of lascivious behavior by another state official. This week, Rep. Nick Sauer, a Republican from Lake Barrington, resigned amid allegations he had created a fake Instagram account (sometimes called a “finsta”) and uploaded nude photos of an ex-girlfriend. Sauer resigned this week in the face of the allegations, and could face criminal charges under Illinois’ “revenge porn” law if there’s truth to them.