Zion-Benton News

Stories from the July 2, 2015 Issue


New fiscal year, no state budget

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

The new fiscal year arrived July 1 with no budget for the state of Illinois. Gov. Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly failed to reach an agreement leaving questions about what services may continue and for how long.

Rauner refused to sign the General Assembly’s budget which is short $ 4 billion in revenue. The Governor wants a balanced budget while Democrats believe continuing to provide services to residents takes precedent.

Upon vetoing the budget, Gov. Rauner said, “A balanced budget is not just good practice, it is a constitutional requirement.”

Rauner did approve funding for some crucial spending. Among them, was funding for public schools and the teacher’s retirement system in fiscal year 2016. He also gave limited approval to House Bill 4166, vetoing some items in the bill which re-appropriates funds for previously approved road construction and other capital projects.

Rauner’s personnel agency says the Governor can continue to pay state employees based on a 2007 court ruling based on a complex federal rule that allowed the state to make the full payroll during a budget standoff that year. More...

Zion to revisit video gaming

By Mona Shannon

Zion-Benton News staff 

The Zion Liquor Control Commission met last week and approved a Class F retail liquor license for Violet Banquet Hall, Inc. which is planned for 2847 Sheridan Road.

The Commission also heard a presentation from Shone Davis who would like to open two cafes in the city and is requesting a liquor license for beer and wine only. He would like to have video gaming at the cafes but to get a video gaming license in Illinois requires alcohol be served. He said the cafes would be nothing like a bar and many patrons do not even drink. The cafes would serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will seat 30 to 40 people at each location. He said he is willing to impose a three-drink per day limit.

Davis said people who visit video gaming establishments don’t want to go to bars which are noisy and may have rowdy patrons. He said they just want to relax and play some games.

The locations for the cafes would be 3242 Sheridan Road, near Family Video and at Route 173 and Green Bay Road in the strip mall behind Anna’s gas station and car wash. More...

Photo of the Week

Firing up for the 4th

Al Lopez fires up the grill in preparation for the upcoming 4th of July cookout and celebration. Zion and many other local communities will be holding family celebrations Saturday. Have a safe and happy holiday!


Chief Ron Levin laid to rest

A full firefighter’s funeral complete with honor guard and crossed ladders was
held for retired Winthrop Harbor Fire Chief and Zion Fire Captain Ron Levin on


Zion District 6 completed their two weeks of enrichment for second through eighth graders and ended with an open house on
June 26. Pictured: Nohemi Dellacruz listens as her daughter Lizbeth explains the projects.


Ashleigh Miller, of Zion, an Art Education major and member of the University
of Wisconsin-Whitewater bowling team, garnered Academic All-National Tenpin Coaches Association honorable mention, the organization announced earlier this week.