Thumbs up: To improving the learning environment at Kishwaukee College. College officials this week marked the official opening of the campus’ “science wing,” a $13 million addition that adds 11 classrooms, 10 science labs, faculty offices and a student art gallery. The community college is an important asset for adults looking to resume their education and for recent high school grads continuing their education and possibly looking to avoid some of the costs of a four-year university. The new science labs feature updated equipment, more windows and will allow the college to offer more diverse courses.
Thumbs up: To local teams in the IHSA’s football playoffs. This season, teams from DeKalb, Sycamore, Genoa-Kingston and Kaneland high schools all reached the playoffs. Although not all of the teams can win the title, reaching the postseason in the only high school sport that doesn’t automatically allow all teams in is an accomplishment.
Thumbs down: To broken promises. Despite President Barack Obama’s assurances that if you liked your insurance plan, federal health reforms would allow you to keep it, many of the 14 million people who buy insurance independently received cancellation notices this week because their plans do not conform to the standards set by the new health care law, which mandates coverage of more services. Administration officials say those whose policies are canceled will be able to find better plans at a lower cost. We suppose that’s if the federal website, www.healthcare.gov, ever works properly.
Thumbs up: To staying in business. A trio of longtime patrons of The House Cafe announced this week that they had purchased the business from owner Jan Pascolini, who decided several months ago not to renew the cafe’s lease when it ended at the end of October. The business will be closed for a few weeks while the new owners make the transition and get paperwork in order, but it is expected to reopen soon and with few changes. More important than the changes they do or do not make is that a successful business will continue to bring people and revenue to the community, and downtown DeKalb will not add another empty storefront to its inventory.
Thumbs up: To a great weekend of high school theater. DeKalb High School is staging “Alice in Wonderland,” Sycamore High School is presenting “Little Shop of Horrors” and Genoa-Kingston High School is performing “Life Cycles.” It’s great to see art and talent thriving in the community. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, how about taking in a show?