Thumbs-up: To the expansion of Sage Products in Cary. We applaud Sage’s decision to expand and add jobs here. The first phase of the expansion will add about 50 jobs, while the second phase – which would add an additional 610,000 square feet of warehouse, manufacturing, office and parking space by 2021 – is expected to add about 300 jobs, village officials have said. Michigan-based Stryker Corp. bought Sage Products, one of the county’s largest employers, in February 2016 for about $2.78 billion. Sage Products has earned a reputation for its philanthropy and for taking care of its employees. We hope to see the company continue to grow and be successful in McHenry County.
Thumbs-down: To United Airlines and the Chicago aviation police for their handling of a passenger on an overbooked flight who’d paid for his ticket and was forcibly removed to accommodate United employees who the company wanted on that flight. No one deserves that kind of treatment, and in the modern era where nearly everyone is equipped with video capabilities on their phones, the court of public opinion will be as harsh as it is quick. Police officers should not have been pawns in resolving a poor business decision that United should have been left with to resolve on its own.
Thumbs-up: To McHenry County College celebrating 50 years of providing educational opportunities for area residents. The college was established April 1, 1967, and has events planned throughout the year to celebrate. “As a current student who’s going to be here next year, I hope MCC will be an institution that not only continues to advocate for the success of the college from a financial aspect but also advocates for student and faculty success,” MCC student Amber Steiger said. Hundreds of people, including students, alumni, former and current teachers, faculty and community members, attended the Golden Homecoming on Tuesday. The event gave attendees shared information from the college’s history as well as its future plans.
Thumbs-down: To whoever damaged the new sign at the Lake in the Hills American Legion Post 1231, which was ripped from the ground last week. Legion representatives said they believe a driver struck the sign sometime between April 3 and 4. The Legion is out about $3,000 because of the damage. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Lake in the Hills police.
Note to readers: This editorial was changed to correctly identify the Chicago aviation police as the agency whose officers removed the man from the United Airlines flight at O'Hare Airport.