Zion-Benton News

Stories from the November 26, 2015 Issue

CTCA inpatient tower opens

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

Midwestern Regional Medical Center has grown again. It’s nearly an annual event at the hospital, which is home to Cancer Treatment Centers of America. This time it’s a new $84 million inpatient tower, which was dedicated Nov. 18. The addition creates an imposing and beautiful new facade for the hospital.

“It is built on the hopes and dreams of the patients.” said CEO Scott Jones. “You inspired it. We built it.”

Jones said patients were involved from the very start. Several shared their perspective on the need for the expansion in order to help the hospital get approval for the project from the state. Patients also had a say in the details.

“CTCA is truly inspired by patients for patients. So much good can come when hope, love, encouragement play an important role in cancer treatment,” said Jones. More...

Z-BTHS board told EAV rising

By Mona Shannon

Zion-Benton News staff 

Z-BTHS Business Manager Audrey Liddle presented the board of education an estimated tax levy with an increase of 4 percent on Nov. 19 for its approval. State law requires taxing bodies to file a tax levy now although they will not have the final EAV numbers until April.

This amount is not the actual levy, that will be determined next spring. Liddle said taxing bodies set the levy high to ensure they get all that is allowed. The district will only get what is allowed but if the levy is set too low, it would miss out on funds. She expects the increase when the final levy is set next April to be about 1 percent.

Liddle said there is some good news: the equalized assessed valuation in the district increased slightly. She said the EAV for residential housing increased 3 percent but the commercial EAV declined resulting in an overall increase of 1 1/2 percent. “It is small but it is going in the right direction,” she said. She said the Lake County and Zion assessors anticipate the EAV to continue to rise next year.

The board approved the levy with Tom Handyside voting no. More...

Photo of the Week

I’m thankful for....

Mikayla, age 7 (left) of Beach Park and Jayda, age 8 of Kenosha, fill in leaves with words telling of things for which they are thankful during craft time at Trinity Christian Center on Sunday. These leaves were pasted onto a tree on a
take-home page. Their items included God, having life, friends, shelter, food and clothing, a car and house and for one of the girls, dad finding a job after being out of work.


Veteran Remembers

Pete Balman, in 1952, was age 21 and living in Chicago when he was drafted into the Army.

Turkey Bowl

Pinsters Youth League announces
winners of the recent Turkey Bowl
games. To win each bowler competed
to achieve the most pins over their average.


Shanae Cunningham ( sitting in the chair) listens as A’Nisty Callahan points out qualities in the artwork.


Zee-Bees played intra-squad game to kick off the season.