Editorial: Time to engage

By on November 10, 2011

It has long been said that the time for citizens to impact their government is on election day, when they get to go to the polls and cast their vote, choosing who will represent them and their interests for the upcoming term.

However, there are more opportunities for the public to get involved in their government. One such opportunity is to take advantage of the opportunities to provide feedback when it is solicited.

There is such an opportunity in the next couple of weeks in Kane County, when its Quality of Kane campaign hosts a pair of open houses to solicit citizen input on the variety of studies and long-term plans the county has been working on for the past several years.

The Quality of Kane campaign, according to the campaign website www.countyofkane.org, “reflects our continuous mission to maintain and enhance an exceptional Kane County with healthy people, healthy living and healthy communities.”

The campaign covers a variety of studies and long-term plans that deal with three broad topics: Community Health and Reinvestment, Transportation, and Land Use.

We urge local citizens to get active and take part in helping shape our communities. Here are the dates, locations and times of the upcoming open houses:
• Thursday, Nov. 10, Batavia Public Library, noon to 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 15, The Centre of Elgin, noon to 7 p.m.