Zion-Benton News


Stories from the August 18, 2016 Issue

$25,000 reward for apprehension and conviction of murderer

Cancer Treatment Centers of America  has pledged $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder of Shannon Vincel, 46, of Springfield, Mo. 

She was in Zion for cancer treatment and had been sitting outside of the Guest Quarters at 27th Street and Gabriel Avenue when a black man wearing dark clothing came up to her and then hit her in the head with an unknown object.  She later died at Condell Medical Center.

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force, along with the Zion Police Department, is investigating this homicide. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Zion Police Department at 847-872-8000 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662- 2222.

Liquor stores don’t want gas stations to sell alcohol

By Ginny Skweres
Zion-Benton News staff 

At the Aug. 11 Beach Park village board meeting, liquor store owners made known their opinions about sharing the sale of alcohol with gas stations. Gas stations recently lost the opportunity to sell a full line of alcohol with a license similar to that of liquor stores. The official change is Sept. 1, after which time they will be able to sell only wine and beer.

The gas station owners said they already have felt the impact of the loss of profit and are working with village staff to come to some sort of compromise.

However, liquor store owners also have concerns. Lee Bledsoe, owner of Al's Tap said the mini-marts and gas stations first wanted to sell beer and wine which eventually became a less expensive Class C liquor license that could sell alcohol when they pumped gas.
Some stations stayed open for 24 hours and could therefore sell alcohol 24 hours a day, which liquor stores were not allowed to do.

“We finally eliminated that and now they want it changed. One hundred percent of my business is alcohol and the last six years have hit me real hard,” Bledsoe said. “I waited to put in my input. We waited long enough.”

John Coroneos, owner of Cardinal Liquors agreed with Bledsoe's comments. “Most communities just allow beer and wine, and not all liquor,” he said. “It's hurt him and it's hurt me. Alcohol seems minuscule to their overall business. Liquor is 95 percent of our business.” More...

Zion OKs agreement
with BP, WH

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

Believing that they can be more successful working together, Zion, Beach Park and Winthrop Harbor have been looking at marketing the three communities as one region to attract new retail business.

Tuesday night, the Zion City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement that will allow that plan to move forward. Winthrop Harbor approved the agreement on Aug. 2 and Beach Park on Aug. 11.

The council also approved a resolution to contract with Retail Strategies, which will compile demographics and site information and market the region to retailers. Finance Director David Knabel said retailers often tell Zion it’s too small, that they need at least 50,000 people. Marketing as a region will benefit all three communities.

Knabel said Retail Strategies knows what retailers are looking for and which ones are a good fit for the available sites in this area. He said this company stood out because it will work on behalf of the communities and will align with each community’s comprehensive plan. He said the company normally only works with single communities but is excited about this innovative approach. More...

Photo of the Week

What did you get?

Beach Park Little Miss contestants Delia Alaniz (left) and Madeline Baartz look over the gifts given to them by their families at the 2016 pageant held Aug. 13. Turn to page A 10 to see who was crowned Little, Junior and Miss Beach Park.


CTCA at Midwestern expands

Dr. Chris Stephenson, patient Samantha Stephenson (no relation) about to cut the celebratory ribbon and Midwestern Regional Medical Center President and CEO Scott Jones.


The College of Lake County
has received a five-year grant of
$1,987,200 from the U.S. Department
of Education to continue funding the
successful Educational Talent Search


Take the Challenge: Travel entire Des Plaines River Trail.  “We want it to
be an adventure; an accomplishment people can talk about with their family and friends," said Maine, who recently took
the Challenge herself by bike.