Zion-Benton News


Stories from the June 23, 2016 Issue

Zion man charged with attempted murder of police officer

By Ginny Skweres
Zion-Benton News staff 

Waukegan officers who were answering a domestic violence call were interrupted when they heard gun shots ring out near the 3000 block of Arthur Court on June 17. They called three more officers, began to investigate and detained two men.

A voice yelled out an obscenity at the officers and four or five shots were fired at them. They took cover but did not return gunfire and there were no injuries. More officers from the Gang and Criminal Investigative Division arrived and helped with the investigation. Two more men were arrested, and a total of three men were charged.

Olvan Quezada, 18, of the 2900 block of 30th Street, Zion was charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm in the direction of a peace officer, defacing a firearm, and possession of a weapon by a street gang member. 

In addition to Quezada, Johnathan Cardona, 24, of the 3000 block of Arthur Court, Waukegan, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and defacing a firearm. William Servin, 19 years old, of the 1200 Block of Victoria Street, North Chicago was charged with No FOID and defacing a firearm. All three are believed to have gang affiliation. A fourth man was released without charges. More...

Zion must consolidate 9-1-1 call center with another community

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

It’s not a choice. The state has mandated that 9-1-1 call centers that serve fewer than 25,000 people must consolidate with another PSAP (Public Service Answering Point) and a plan must be submitted by July 1, 2016 and implemented by July 1, 2017, said Zion Fire Chief John Lewis at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Lewis said Zion falls about 500 short of 25,000 and must consolidate. He said in actuality, Zion Fire and Police serve more than 25,000 people due to the patients and visitors coming to CTCA at Midwestern. However, the state uses only the latest census data.

Lewis said Zion has a number of options, and has had talks with Gurnee and Winthrop Harbor. Beach Park is not an option as it’s 9-1-1 calls are handled by the county. He said at the present time it appears Gurnee will be the best option.

Lewis said there is an option to submit a Waiver for Consolidation but Zion does not meet any of the three criteria to do so. However, the short time line does not allow for the departments to fully evaluate all the options. He asked the city council to permit him to submit a request for a waiver for a six-month extension. Lewis said it would be 90 days before the state would look at and rule on the request for a waiver. More...

Photo of the Week

Best in Show

Stan Ptasiemski won Best in Show and 1st in Class AA for his ‘29 Model A Ford at the Nostalgia Days Car Show on Saturday. About 450 vehicles were entered in the show.


Rotary Award

Eighth grade Central Middle School students Aiyana Loonsfoot and Thomas Valencia receive Rotary Service Awards from Nann Blaine Hilyard of the Rotary Club of Illinois Beach Sunrise.


Perfect attendance for two years, Audrey Jahn and Cobra Shebenik.


A wealth of former and current Kenosha
Kingfi sh talent was selected in the recent
2016 Major League Baseball Draft, which
commenced on June 9 in Secaucus N.J.
In all, 11 former and current players were
taken within the fi rst 25 rounds.