Zion-Benton News

Stories from the July 30, 2015 Issue


Village Board OKs occupancy permit; Beach Park daycare center reopens

By Ginny Skweres
Zion-Benton News staff 

Lee's Family Daycare, 38833 N. Sheridan Road, which was damaged last week when a car was driven into the building, was scheduled to reopen last Monday. The village re-authorized its occupancy permit, with the exception of room that was impacted, Mayor John Hucker said.

The damaged room will need approval by the Department of Children and Family Services as well as the village.

"My heart goes out to the families involved and hope the children are all OK," Trustee Linda Sittig said.

Juanita Shenault, director, said that while the children had been afraid when the crash occurred, they are all fine now. None of the parents pulled their children from the day care.

Water main extensions
In order to complete the water main extensions in the Special Service Areas 9-12, the board agreed that the village will pay $120,000 for the public benefit portion of the project. The Special Service Areas are in the Maplewood Manor, Green Bay Terrace subdivision and along 29th Street, including part the Lone Oak subdivision. More...

State budget impasse cuts deep into NorthPointe

By Mona Shannon

Zion-Benton News staff 

As the stalemate between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly continues, NorthPointe Resources, which serves people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or mental illness in northern Illinois, is facing dire consequences.

NorthPointe, where 86 percent of the organization's revenue comes from state funding, has implemented several cost saving and cash flow measures over the past few months in preparation of the impasse and is reviewing additional measures that will have a deeper impact to its services.

“The reality is we are not in the position to wait any longer for the impasse to end. Springfield's actions are having a dire impact on people and services. It is important that our governor and legislators understand they must find a solution and pass an adequate, responsible, and fully funded budget. It is inconceivable that they are willing to allow our most vulnerable citizens to be collateral damage," said Dina Donohue-Chase, CEO, NorthPointe Resources. More...

Photo of the Week

The taste of summer

Keith Loyd, Nick Markoutsis, Jaden Grana and Grace Loyd enjoy toasting marshmallows over an open fire. While recent days have been hot, many evenings have cooled so an outdoor fire is the perfect place to make a nighttime treat.


Twelve locals take the plunge from sky

A group of 11 from Zion’s Trinity Christian Center took a plunge at Skydive Midwest in Sturtevant, Wis., airfield on Sunday July 26. Pastor Tim Eddy is in the far right front with Terry Kuss, Trinity organizer. (One of the 12 pictured here did not skydive.).

New Hope Recovery Center

The New Hope Recovery Center of Lake County opened in Zion last February
and is reaching out to people who have to deal with substance abuse or mental
illness. This is a drop-in center, open seven days a week and offers support in a safe place.


The Razzle Dazzles competed last
week in the National Baton Twirling
Association Championships held
at the University of Notre Dame in
South Bend, Ind. The Junior Parade Corps captured first place in their division with
their routine to the song Wings. In addition to receiving fi rst place, they a received the top score in all captions on the scoresheet. They competed against five other corps from throughout the U.S.