Zion-Benton News

Stories from the August 28, 2014 Issue


Teens prepare for the real world of work

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

Each year Zion Township offers teens ages 14 and 15 the opportunity to work during the summer. The program’s goal is to provide young teens from low-income families with a real life work experience, a sense of community, character education, knowledge of the application and hiring process, and how to manage money.

As they prepare to enter the workforce, these youth have already started to establish networks, to gain work experience and to develop quality work ethics by participating in this program.

The Summer Work Program was in jeopardy when earlier this year the Township was faced with severe budget cuts. The summer work program was greatly reduced but a strategic partnership with the Zion Park District and Jennifer Everett from the Job Center of Lake County helped keep the program on board.

The Job Center paid the stipend for all the teens and the park district paid the salary for one supervisor whose crew worked on park district property.

This year’s program concluded recently and it was another resounding success. Thirty-four youngsters were hired and thirty-two successfully completed the program and received a Certificate of Completion award. As well as completing the application and making it through the hiring and drug testing, the teens had to show up on time for work every day. More...

CTCA opens new office addition

By Sandy Dickson

Zion-Benton News staff 

On Aug. 21, Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of the addition to its office building on Sheridan Road with tours of the new facility.

For the last several years, Zionites knew it as Kessler's clock shop on the corner of 26th Street and Sheridan Road. But since it was connected to the old Zion Bank building, which CTCA made into its operations center, it was a natural progression to expand a bit north to encompass the old clock shop. (No problem for owner John Kessler, who relocated his shop to Kenosha.)

CTCA went to work to modify the building and turn it into a beautiful three story extension of the operations building which now has close to 280 employees, but saved room for expansion.

In the new facility are the billing teams for the five different CTCA hospitals as well as financial hardship and specialty teams that can discuss in private any concerns the patient might want to address. Sometimes a patient can even signed up online for various areas of financial aid of which they were unaware. Among the many departments are also a research area, information services and several conference rooms. More...

Photo of the Week

Charlotte Ellasyn Otto from the Ojibwe Nation in Wisconsin dances with her dad Micah at the Potawatomi Trails Powwow held last weekend in the Shiloh Park oak grove.


Teens real life work experience

Each year Zion Township offers teens ages
14 and 15 the opportunity to work during the summer. Justin Wood, center, was selected Employee of the Year. At left is his supervisor MacArthur White and
at right Township Supervisor Cheri Neal.


Tuesday was the first day of school for Z-BTHS freshmen. As the freshmen arrive by bus, student leaders greet them and Nick Echevaria holds a sign of welcome. The first day of school for all students was Wednesday.


The bowlers with the largest number of pins bowled over their average are recognized as “Bowlers of the Year.” For the Jr/ Maj division: Kara Strathman with 95 pins over average. Prep division: Savanah Rodriguez with 76 pins over average. Bantam division: Drake Teser with 59 pins over average. Great job bowlers. The Youth Bowling League meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. The new season is starting soon.