Zion-Benton News


Stories from the April 28, 2016 Issue

District 6 hires new

By Ginny Skweres
Zion-Benton News staff 

At its meeting Monday night, the Zion District 6 School Board hired two new principals that were recommended by Superintendent Roberts, after a closed session. The new hires are Dr. Christopher Murphy and Nicholas Heckel, both of whom are coming from Round Lake School District 116. They were there when Roberts was on staff there.

Calls to Board President Craig Bennett for more information were not returned.

School specialists eliminated
After announcing some successful events sponsored by the PTO at Elmwood School, PTO president Robyn Ondo told the Zion District 6 School Board that she was disappointed that three school specialist positions were being eliminated at Monday’s board meeting.
She said the specialists helped to bridge a gap between English and non-English speaking students. Ondo said having someone there made it possible to address things.

The three specialists who worked at all elementary school in the district re-enforce the Community School model which brings other community resources into the schools.
The goal of that model is to make schools the center of the community which in turn would improve learning, strengthen families and create healthier communities. More...

State Senate bill allows for consolidation or dissolution of Illinois townships

By Mona Shannon

Zion-Benton News staff 

Last week, the Illinois Senate, in an effort to create more efficiency in local government, passed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Melinda Bush that would allow for the consolidation of township government with the approval of local voters.

“We’ve heard calls for township consolidation for many years,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “It’s important that as we pursue that, we preserve local control. This measure is an important compromise and I urge my colleagues in the House and the governor to make it the law.”

Senate Bill 388 would, among other things:
allow a township to merge with one or more adjacent townships.

allow a township to be dissolved and absorbed by two townships with which it shares a boundary.

allow a township which shares the same geographical area with a municipality to be dissolved by resolution and its duties adopted by the municipality.  More...

Photo of the Week

April flowers

Four-year-old Olivia Solis of Beach Park enjoys the 80 degree temperature and spring flowers earlier this week.


Zukley’s honored at CTCA tree unveiling

Cancer Treatment Centers of America
at Midwestern Regional Medical Center
honored long-time volunteers Ray and
Irene Zukley in a special ceremony April
25 for the many blessings they have been
not only to the hospital, but to Zion and
all whose lives they touch.


The Sassy Squad team members, Mia, Maia, Mackenzie, Keith, Jennesa, and Isabella took fi rst place for Beach Park Middle School in the Destination Imagination’s state finals.


Zion-Benton Township High School District #126 is proud to announce that Krystal Walker has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Illinois Central College, a Division II Junior College with a strong tradition in women’s hoops.