Zion-Benton News

Stories from the August 21, 2014 Issue


City OKs TIF incentive for It’s All Good

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

Before getting down to business, Tuesday, Mayor Lane Harrison addressed concerns about his absence from the last three city council meetings. Harrison noted he has devoted over 30 years to civic service and cares deeply about local businesses and residents but he also has a family, some of whom live on the other side of the country. He said a family emergency necessitated his being out of town most of the summer.

Economic incentive
The city council approved an economic incentive package for It's All Good Coffee and Espresso, 2780 Sheridan Road, which wants to add a drive through in order to remain competitive. It’s All Good had requested a TIF (tax increment financing) grant and economic development loan. The council discussed the request and came to a consensus to move ahead with it at the Aug. 5 city council meeting.

Finance Director David Knabel presented the council with the economic incentive agreement in the amount of $111,000, which had been approved by the TIF board. The agreement includes a clawback provision, where a portion of the loan is forgiven annually. Knabel said the TIF board prefers a 10-year clawback, the maximum time allowed by state, but said it was OK with the five-year term the city council wanted. More...

Data breach affects Vista physician practices

By Mona Shannon

Zion-Benton News staff 

Vista Health System is one of several impacted by a cyber attack on Community Health Systems, Inc. of Tennessee. It is believed the attack occurred in April and June of this year.

John Griffin, director of Marketing & Public Relations, said the data breach did not affect any patients-not inpatients or outpatients-- at Vista’s hospitals. He said those impacted are patients who were seen over the past five years at physician practices and clinics that are directly affiliated with Vista Health System.

Griffin said the transferred information did not include any medical or clinical information or credit/debit card information, but it did include names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and Social Security numbers.

Griffin said all patients who are affected by the data breach will be notified by letter within the next few days and will also be offered free identity theft protection. “We take very seriously the security and confidentiality of private patient information and we sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience to patients.” More...

Photo of the Week

Benjamin Theel doesn’t seem too sure about his ride on the Merry-Go-Round at Beach Park Fest last weekend.


Local officials ‘chill out’ for ALS

Zion Township Supervisor Cheri Neal joined the ranks of people taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and money for ALS.

Youngsters raise money

Nine-year-old Jaelyn McKnight, of Winthrop Harbor, told her
grandmother that she wanted
to have a lemonade stand and
raise money for cancer.


Z-BTHS athletes served as caddies for the Coalition’s fund-raiser golf outing.