reporter worth welcome sign

Worth puts moratorium on learning centers in business districts

Spread the love

By Joe Boyle

The Worth Village Board has implemented a moratorium on additional learning centers from operating in the village’s business districts.

The board is voicing concerns originally brought up by the Real Estate Development Board (REBD) during their meeting regarding the recent proliferation of learning centers for students ranging in age from preschool to age 15 in business districts of the village along 111th Street and Harlem Avenue.

“We are not against the learning centers,” said Trustee Brad Urban during the Worth Village Board meeting on March 5.

“The REBD has concerns and right now we do have more learning centers in the business districts. It has become a concern,” Urban added.

Board members sought advice from Village Attorney Greg Jones on the matter and he said a moratorium could be set up to restrict any more schools from being set up in the business districts until a solution can be found.

Urban said that they would consider further feedback from the REBD on the matter. The REBD will hold their next meeting in April.

The concerns of the REBD — and members of the Worth Village Board — is due to the fact that the learning centers do not bringing in sales tax in locations that are in business districts. Jones suggested changing some of the zoning that would prevent too many schools from operating in business districts.

The current ordinance is very broad, according to Jones, and needs to be revised.

“Right now we have five schools in the business district and that limits our sales tax,” Urban said.

The board unanimously approved the moratorium on additional learning centers in the business districts. After the REBD discusses the matter next month, the village board will weigh all their options and make a final decision after six months.

Clubhouse remodeling

The board approved a contract with General Contractors, Inc., of Palos Hills, for remodeling portions of the Water’s Edge Golf Course Clubhouse. The cost of the remodeling will not exceed $18,500.

Trustee Laura Packwood, who is the chair for the golf committee, was delighted to hear the news. The project will begin soon and will take about three weeks to complete, according to Trustee Rich Dziedzic.

The board also approved an ordinance amending the village code to modify the number of available liquor licenses for Worth.

A resolution was approved for the Worth Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) for the lining of sewers. The application fee for the project is $400,000.

Mayor Mary Werner said that the Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991will host a St. Patrick’s Day Sandwich Weekend. Guests can purchase made to order reuben and corned beef sandwiches from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, at the post, 11001 S. Depot St.

Guests can dine in for $8 and carry-outs are $9. Along with the sandwiches, everyone will receive chips and a pickle.

Art for the Season Arts and Crafts Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Stagg High School, 8015 W. 111th St., Palos Hills.

The spring craft show is sponsored by the Stagg High School Music Boosters. The entry fee is $3 (kids under age 12 can attend free). For applications, visit www.aastaggmusicboosters.org or call 708-974-7520.

The Worth Scout Troop 668 and Pack 3668 will present the 67th Annual “All-You-Can-Eat” Pancake and Breakfast and Bake Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 11007 S. 76th Ave. Proceeds go to Scout Troop 668 and Pack 3668.

A Spring Arts, Crafts and Vendor Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the gymnasium and cafeteria at Shepard High School, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights. Entrance is in the rear of the building at door 12.

Over 150 crafters and vendors will be participating. Concessions are offered all day and parking is free. Admission is $2 per person.

The Marrs-Meyer American Legion Auxiliary will hold their annual “New to You” rummage sale. Donations of items in good condition will include toys, games, kitchenware, small furniture, electronics (no tube TVs), small appliances, tools, home decor, holiday decor, books, DVDs, videos, and clean, undamaged clothing.

Donations will be accepted from noon until closing time Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, at the post. The rummage sale will be held Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26.

Packwood did mention that the fish fry being held at Water’s Edge Golf Course Clubhouse has been doing well on Friday nights.

“They have been killing it,” Packwood said.

Local News

Eighteenth Ward Ald. Derrick Curtis raises his right hand as he points south towards Evergreen Park to remind the audience that Pete’s has another store just a mile away. Looking on are Pete’s Fresh Market executives Stephanie and Vanessa Dremonas, as well as Emmanuel Bey (left), credited by Curtis for being a catalyst who linked him with the Dremonas family. --Greater Southwest News-Herald Photo by Steve Neuhaus

‘Curtis got it done’

Spread the love

Spread the love. Pete’s Fresh Market opens at 87/Kedzie .  By Tim Hadac A grand opening that wasn’t supposed to happen…happened in Ashburn this month. For 18th Ward Ald. Derrick G. Curtis, architect of the development, it was a time of joy and nervous energy. “I didn’t get any sleep last night,” he told several…

Screenshot 2024-05-26 at 12.51.07 PM

Champion athlete wants you to show your muscle

Spread the love

Spread the love. SW Side man could be named Mr. Health & Fitness .  By Tim Hadac A man whose life is all about helping others is looking for a vote of confidence to help him do more. Fitness advocate Bill Truesdale is currently in the running to win a national contest to be named…

Rich Miller

A strange, blustery day in Springfield

Spread the love

Spread the love. By Rich Miller . I’m not sure I’ve seen a stranger roll call than last week’s House vote on Senate Bill 2978. The data privacy bill is an initiative of Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, and he was on the House floor during the debate. The far-right ginned up social media…

Ray Hanania

Investigate Ozinga in sex-text scandal

Spread the love

Spread the love. By Ray Hanania . Vicious text messages and robocalls were flying targeting state Sen. Michael Hastings (D-19th) in the year leading up to Hastings re-election bid on Nov. 8, 2022. . The messages were sexually explicit and sought to disparage Hastings, who was also in a contentious divorce with his wife. He…

GSWNH_OLSLincolnTomb_052424

Learning history is fun, honest

Spread the love

Spread the love Seventh and eighth graders from Our Lady of the Snows School clamor to rub the nose of a bust of President Abraham Lincoln during a field trip to Springfield earlier this month. Rubbing the nose of the famous bust of Honest Abe–a part of the tomb of the nation’s 16th President–is said…

13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn

Fight to save ShotSpotter is still alive

Spread the love

Spread the love. By Tim Hadac Editor Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound (708)-496-0265 . As you have read several times in the Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound, the people of Clearing and Garfield Ridge are clear in their support of keeping ShotSpotter technology deployed in Chicago, to help police fight crime. So I won’t go over old…

GSWNH_ColdPlanerSpitsAsphalt_052424

63rd Street getting a facelift

Spread the love

Spread the love. Quinn hails federally funded resurfacing project  . By Tim Hadac The old joke about there being not four seasons, but just two in Chicago each year—winter and construction—was apparent late last week as heavy equipment arrived in Clearing. As 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn and other city officials gathered for an outdoor…

23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares

Tabares blasts Foxx over ‘no seizure’ idea

Spread the love

Spread the love. Brands State’s Attorney as ‘pro-criminal’ .  By Tim Hadac Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares this week blasted outgoing Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx over a possible change in how crimes are—or are not–prosecuted.Foxx recently said she is considering a plan to decline to prosecute weapons and drug crimes detected by routine…

GSWNH_OLSPrincipal_052424

School can get messy

Spread the love

Spread the love Second grader Weronika Kozielec squirts ketchup on the head of Our Lady of the Snows School Principal Christina Avis at a recent gathering in the parking lot of the school, 4810 S. Leamington. But the condiment was not all that was dumped on the principal. Students, faculty and staff laughed and cheered…

Funeral2

Obituaries May 23, 2024

Spread the love

Spread the loveTEOFILO ARRIETA Teofilo Arrieta, age 93, passed away March 26, 2024. Visitation was held April 5 at Szykowny Funeral Home Ltd., 4901 South Archer Avenue, Chicago. Funeral Mass was held April 6 at Our Lady of the Snows Parish, 4810 S. Leamington Ave, Chicago. Final resting place Queen of Heaven, 1400 S. Wolf…

Neighbors

Lawmakers move to pause – then further regulate – carbon dioxide pipeline development

Lawmakers move to pause – then further regulate – carbon dioxide pipeline development

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – After state regulators rebuffed several proposed carbon transport projects over the past year, lawmakers have moved to formally ban new projects until the federal government sets forth new safety rules. The technology is used to take carbon dioxide – a powerful greenhouse gas – and move…

Senate Democrats send $53.1B spending plan to House

Senate Democrats send $53.1B spending plan to House

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Two days after the General Assembly was scheduled to adjourn its spring session, Democrats in the Illinois Senate advanced a $53.1 billion budget to the House Sunday night, where leaders expect it to pass without changes. The fiscal year 2025 spending plan, which came together over a stretch…

Prairie Band Potawatomi land deal clears Senate, will head back to House

Prairie Band Potawatomi land deal clears Senate, will head back to House

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is a step closer to acquiring a 1,500-acre state park in DeKalb County, much of which was once part of a reservation that was illegally seized from the tribe in the mid-19 th century. As the Senate worked through its last…

Budget negotiations will extend into next week as House leaves Springfield

Budget negotiations will extend into next week as House leaves Springfield

By JERRY NOWICKI & HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the General Assembly will go at least three more days past their self-imposed adjournment deadline after failing to pass a budget bill Saturday, although the spending and revenue framework were made public for the first time. “The House and Senate are…

Maternal health, abortion protection measures advance as session nears end

Maternal health, abortion protection measures advance as session nears end

By ALEX ABBEDUTO Capitol News Illinois abbeduto@capitolnewsillinois.com In the final days of their spring legislative session, Democrats in the General Assembly advanced measures aimed at expanding and protecting aspects of maternal and women’s health care. If signed into law, the measures would expand insurance coverage of pregnancy and postpartum services, maintain abortion as a viable…

Health insurance changes targeting ‘utilization management,’ more will head to governor

Health insurance changes targeting ‘utilization management,’ more will head to governor

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A package of health insurance reform measures that Gov. JB Pritzker called for at the beginning of the legislative session will soon be headed to his desk for his signature. The Illinois House gave final approval Saturday to a pair of bills that limit the ability…

Capitol Briefs: Republicans sue over law banning legislative candidate slating

Capitol Briefs: Republicans sue over law banning legislative candidate slating

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com One week after Gov. JB Pritzker signed an elections-related measure that his fellow Democrats quickly muscled through the General Assembly, Republicans sued over the new law, alleging the majority party is blocking ballot access to would-be legislative candidates. The law , passed early this month as the legislature’s…

Illinois Supreme Court considers expectation of privacy in hospitals

Illinois Supreme Court considers expectation of privacy in hospitals

By DILPREET RAJU  & ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – While Cortez Turner was in a hospital room being treated for a gunshot wound to his leg in 2016, police took his clothes. Now, the Illinois Supreme Court is weighing whether that action violated Turner’s expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment. The…

Capitol Briefs: Measure targets ‘legacy’ admission at public universities

Capitol Briefs: Measure targets ‘legacy’ admission at public universities

By DILPREET RAJU, COLE LONGCOR & ALEX ABBEDUTO Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com Illinois lawmakers missed a self-imposed Friday deadline for passing a budget, but they had approved more than 250 bills this week as of Friday afternoon. Amid the flurry of legislation was a measure prohibiting state universities from admitting students based on familial and…

Illinois could be 19th state to phase out subminimum wage for disabled workers

Illinois could be 19th state to phase out subminimum wage for disabled workers

By ALEX ABBEDUTO Capitol News Illinois abbeduto@capitolnewsillinois.com After years of negotiations and continued opposition from service providers, Illinois appears poised to prohibit employers from using a federal exemption that allows them to pay individuals with disabilities less than the minimum wage. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 established minimum wage law, but created…