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Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Hosts Mayor's Luncheon


Mayor Michael Bruno, Mayor John Hucker, Mayor Al Hill, Village Administrator Moses Amity

The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce held their annual Mayor's Luncheon at the Shepard's Crook Golf Resort in Winthrop Harbor in April. The event featured community reports from each Mayor in the region or a representative of the Mayor's Office. A sumptuous buffet was provided by the Roadhouse 41 Restaurant of Wadsworth where their burgers have been voted Number 1 in the region.

Mayor Bruno said the City of Winthrop Harbor was doing well despite revenue shortfalls. There were two new businesses that had opened lately, Deck of Flavors – an ice cream parlor, and Harbor Fitness 24/7.

Moses Amity representing Glenn Ryback, the Mayor of Wadsworth, said that the Shanty Restaurant is undergoing expansion, however they were currently operating and that the full restaurant would be opening up next month. He called the Shanty Restaurant a regional destination. He also cited the exceptional growth of Captain Porky's Restaurant, saying that they needed additional seating and would be expanding as well.

Amity shared that an environment project, Wetlands Bank, done by the Army Corp of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service and the Illinois EPA would begin work soon across from the restaurants just off of Wadsworth Road.

As far as new businesses, In Wadsworth Crossing, Century Kitchens and Bath will be moving from Antioch to Wadsworth.

Amity also shared that the Village would be redoing basketball, tennis courts and playgrounds.

John Hucker, Mayor of Beach Park, said that the Village of Beach Park had just passed a balanced budget. He reported that they had recently received recognition for their installation of solar panels for homeowners and business owners. Hucker said that they would be paving and repairing roads in the new budget. And finally he cited that the Speedway in Beach Park was now open and that a new Dollar General store is slated to open this summer.

Mayor Al Hill announced that Ray Roberts, a long-term employee of the City, would be appointed as the Director of Public Works.

Mayor Hill said that there were two lawsuits that the city was involved in regarding police officers. He said that they had decided to stand by their guns and stand by the police officers and fight the charges and the civil law suits. One of them involved a $5 million-dollar settlement request. Hill said that both of them were won by the City of Zion with unanimous jury decisions.

Buffet provided by the award winning Roadhouse 41 Restaurant in Wadsworth.

City of Zion is applying for an enterprise zone for 2019. It is a state designation that would allow the city to extend tax incentives to businesses. It would exempt on retailer's taxes paid on building materials. There are other tax exemptions that businesses will be eligible to take advantage.

Several businesses have opened in the City of Zion, Hoikimo Asian Fusion Restaurant, Gray's Animal Hospital, Tawanda's Nail Salon, H&L Pallets, National Distribution of Ice Cream, and O'Reilly Auto Parts, Murphy's Oil Gas Station, Good Barber Salon, Fresenius Dialysis Center, and a landscaping company.

Solar Farm development is under consideration. Electricity from the project would be put into the grid and would create a savings to every home on electricity.

Mayor Hill also said that the City has created a new Tiff district to stimulate business growth, Tiff #6.

- Elroy Reed Reporting


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