Zion-Benton News

Stories from the October 1, 2015 Issue


Z-BTHS Board approves balanced budget

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

Saying it’s very rewarding to bring a balanced budget to the board, Business Manager Audrey Liddle presented a conservative budget for Fiscal Year 2016 to the Z-BTHS Board of Education Sept. 24. The budget includes $43,400,291 in revenue and $43,287,861 in expenses--a gain of $112,431. Liddle said she limited revenue to what the district is expected to receive vs. what the state owes the district.

She added this was accomplished with the board having approved an abatement of $870,000--money that will not be collected from taxpayers.. More...

Chiwaukee Prairie Illinois Beach Lake Plain earns international designation

By Mona Shannon

Zion-Benton News staff 

Lake plain designated ‘Wetland of international importance’

Last Friday North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor hosted over 120 conservation partners from Illinois and Wisconsin to mark the momentous designation of the Chiwaukee Prairie Illinois Beach Lake Plain as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty for protection of exemplary wetland systems around the world.

“Here in northeastern Illinois, Lake Michigan’s coastal wetlands have long been recognized as special places for nature and people,” said Brent Paxton, Lake County Board Commissioner of District 4. “It is with great pride and gratitude, to all people—past and present—who have contributed, that I announce designation of the Chiwaukee Prairie Illinois Beach Lake Plain as a Ramsar “Wetlands of International Importance.” More...

Photo of the Week


Talent on display at Barton Senior Residences

Erladine Kanavos with the painting she did of her friend on the beach. This was one of many works of art on display in the annual Barton Art Show on September 20.


Wadsworth celebrates fall

The Wadsworth Queens raised money for Alzheimer's cure.


Sixth grade students participated in a mock archaeology dig and even dusted off "relics" with paintbrushes. Students took notes on their finds and then inferred a story about the people that lived in the mock site time. Finally, students made a newspaper article detailing what they found. Pictured are James Webb, Jordyn Grubbs and Jesus Chavez hard at work.


Junior Gaby Diaz in her win Sept. 23. The Zee Bee team won every position for a shut out 7-0 against North Chicago. The team is currently 3-6 on the season.