Zion-Benton News


Stories from the January 19, 2017 Issue

BP wants to light up Sheridan Road


By Ginny Skweres
Zion-Benton News staff 

Following the death of another pedestrian on Sheridan Road in Beach Park, the village board is upset with the situation and lack of response from the Illinois Department of Transportation about issuing a permit for a crosswalk. The village has reached out to local politicians and Springfield to help get a response.

"It's a challenge. You can't have crosswalks at every intersection, but we certainly can improve it,” said Trustee Don Jensen. The village would like to install a signalized crosswalk and a walkway along the sides of the road, but needs a permit from IDOT.

Trustees complained that people use the center lane as a bike path or walkway. They are asking for increased patrolling of the road by the sheriff's office. However, places where people could walk are often covered with snow in the winter.

Village Administrator Jon Kindseth said the village is contracting with ComEd to add streetlights along Sheridan Road. There are only about nine streetlights along that long stretch now, but the village plans on adding a dozen, Kindseth said. All of the new lights, plus existing lights, will have higher wattage bulbs than are now being used. Com Ed will be the one to get the permits.

"We don't know if that's going to pan out. Is that right?" Trustee Regina Miller asked.


Two different views from Zion citizens

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

Citizens comments at the Zion City Council meeting Tuesday brought two diverse views of how the city relates to its residents and particularly minorities.

Tracey Johnson had several complaints about how city employees interact with residents beginning with himself. He said he was fined $100 a month for wood he stores on his property and uses to heat his home. He said he was not treated respectfully. “I have been doing this for 12 years; the wood is public knowledge,” he said. He said the directors of the Building and Public Works Departments drive past his home regularly and never voiced concern.

Johnson asked when the city’s elected and appointed officials last received diversity and sensitivity training. Mayor Hill said he did not know.

Johnson also raised an incident where a woman was hit by a car and was talking to Clyde McLemore, whom she knew, when he said a police officer pushed McLemore out of the way. Mayor Hill said there is videotape of the incident and it does not show anyone being pushed. He said he and Johnson could view the tape together.


Photo of the Week

Wendy Enright of Zion is the first to try the ‘Eggs Ben-addiction,’ one of the nine new menu items at Callie’s at the Inn at Market Square Hotel. It’s eggs served with pancakes that have twisted bacon that has been cooked in brown sugar inside. The hotel strives to serve food that is unique. Admittedly, Enright had a tough time deciding between that and the other eight tasty new menu items that were introduced Wednesday.

Valentines for ill children wanted

Delaney McCarthy, 9, a third-grader at Westfield School in Winthrop Harbor, is collecting Valentines for children at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as an extension of Cory’s Project, in honor of Cory Batz. The children are being treated for hematology, oncology or transplant surgery.

Ann’s Hallmark store closing

Cierra Moore, an employee at Ann’s Hallmark, rearranges shelves as the merchandise dwindles.


Elmwood Panthers and Mrs. Garnett receive a donation of warm hats and gloves from their partner church, Christian Faith Fellowship of Zion.


The bowlers with the largest improvement between their starting average for the month and their final average for the month are recognized as “Bowler of the Month.” December’s Bowlers of the Month are: Jr/Major division: Micklo Torres with 53 pins over average. Prep division: Garrett Martin with 93 pins over average. Bantam division: Joshua Cudworth with 38 pins over average. Great job bowlers.