Zion-Benton News


Stories from the October 20, 2016 Issue

Warren receives Amador award

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

Charles Warren of the Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton has received one of the highest honors Kiwanis International bestows on its members, the Dr. Luis V. Amador Medallion Award. The award was presented to Warren at the club’s recent Installation Dinner.

The medal is named in honor and memory of Dr. Luis V. Amador, the medical director of the Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation and professor of clinical surgery at Northwestern Medical School in Chicago. The award combines Kiwanis’ admiration for Dr. Amador with admiration for many other individuals who, through service, inspire all.

The Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton nominated Warren for the award, noting that, “From the time he joined our club in 1982, Warren began full participation in the club’s Peanut Days fund raiser, establishing his business as the focal point for activities and main distribution point.” Warren also organizes kitchen duties for the club’s annual Pancake Breakfast fund raiser, participates in the Mother’s Day Flower delivery, and is the point-person for collecting toys for local children.

Warren has served as club president twice and currently serves as the club’s program chairman. He has held this position for many years, scheduling guest speakers, who add value to the club’s weekly meetings.

Warren said he is very humbled to receive the award. “This is a prestigious honor to receive from our club and our division. We have a lot of other great members who deserve this award.”  More...

Winthrop Harbor adopts new Comprehensive Plan

By Meridith Jumisko
Zion-Benton News staff 

At Tuesday’s regular village board meeting in Winthrop Harbor, the board adopted a new Village Comprehensive Plan. The initial version was adopted in 1977; the last one in 1995. Work began on this plan in October 2014, with assistance from Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP); a grant covered the cost.

“The Comprehensive Plan is a planning document intended to address issues related to land use, economic development, housing, natural resources, transportation, community facilities and image and identity,” Pat DiPersio, the village’s Community Development Director explains.

“The first step was to assess the conditions that existed in the village in each of these areas. Next we asked the community for a vision of what was needed/wanted for the community. Finally a series of recommendations were presented that if implemented would help to create the intended vision. Pretty straight forward; here’s what we have, here’s what we would like to have and here’s how you make it happen.”

DiPersio shares some of the key points found throughout the plan. The village needs to “grow while retaining rural character as a means to meet the needs of residents, but also as a way to diversify the tax burden to not so heavily depend on residential property taxes to pay for village services.”

The village also needs to “capitalize on existing amenities, most notably our extensive, high quality natural assets like the lakefront, Forest Preserve, but also our own parks.” The village needs to “create a viable economic development strategy that acknowledges the need for an industry - any industry - to support growth and leverages existing assets to create that industry. The conditions that exist suggest the opportunity available for the village is in tourism.”


Photo of the Week

Gone fishing!

Fall trout season opened last weekend in Illinois. Robert Gonzalez of Waukegan is one of many fishermen who cast their lines at Sand Pond in Zion early Sunday morning.

NorthPointe Resources

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OLH’s Math Team (pictured left to right) Olivia Andersen, Alex Leva, Toni Leva, Kyleigh Pankiewicz, Joanna Habacon and Meghan Myint


Twirling at NBA game
The Razzles Dazzles performed a pre-game show at the basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday, Oct. 15. The Razzle Dazzles are coached by Laura Spaeth and Dawn Cmiel.

Football Poll