Thumbs-up: To new peer mentoring programs at McHenry County College. The Focus program is open to students who want to establish or improve their GPA, or those who may need additional encouragement. The Excel program provides students an opportunity to develop leadership skills by mentoring other students and preparing them for life after community college. Candice Johnson, coordinator of multicultural affairs at MCC, said the pairing of program participants will allow them to learn from one another, noting students who take advantage of such resources tend to do better in school. After a successful first semester, we wish them luck in expanding the program.
Thumbs-down: To the Illinois budgeting fiasco that kept news that funding had been slashed for domestic violence agencies from those agencies for more than five months. The omission of the $9 million deficit caused cuts and layoffs among the 62 programs that provide for victims of domestic abuse.
Thumbs-up: To the village of Huntley for buying the former Catty Corp. property as a part of the village’s effort to revitalize its downtown area. Huntley does not have a plan for future use of the property, but the three-acre property has plenty of potential, and can go a long way in helping Huntley improve its downtown area, which has been taking shape nicely.
Thumbs-up: To Community Health Partnership of Illinois, who are celebrating the opening next week of a new dental clinic at its Harvard Area Community Health Center, which serves more than 2,500 clients annually.