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Lockport, IL

New McDonald's Coming to Lockport?

I agree. If i understand correctly, the new one will be marketed to drivers on I-355  (May 16, 2011 | post #8)

Lockport, IL

New McDonald's Coming to Lockport?

Source: Lockport Legend Plan and Zoning Commission hears request from McDonald’s by Jon DePaolis May 12, 2011 The Plan and Zoning Commission heard a request from the owner of the McDonald’s going in off of Adelmann Road and 159th St. on Wednesday, May 10. The applicant, Gene Stanford — a McDonald’s franchisee who also owns the other Lockport McDonald’s off of Ninth St. — requested a special use ordinance to amend the final landscape plan that was submitted on his behalf by the McDonald’s corporate team for the second site. The Lockport Zoning Code classifies a reduction in the amount of landscaping as a major change to a planned development’s final plan, said Community Development Center Director Kimberly Jones. “The franchisee owner of the store is requesting to eliminate the eight-foot pedestrian sidewalk, pedestrian lighting and landscaping within the open space area just west of their parking lot,” Jones said. “Instead, they would like to have a less intensive landscaped area, with an 80-foot high flagpole for an American flag. The owners of the store have expressed concerns over the liability of the sidewalk area, the additional cost of the construction and maintenance of the site of which the area that does not directly benefit the customers.” The applicant had also added a patio area to the front of the store akin to the Ninth St. location. City staff requested that additional bushes be added, but suggested to pass the special use ordinance. Stanford said that the Ninth St. location recently did a $1.3 million renovation on the site, and also redid the landscaping there in order create a more appealing long-term viable space for Lockport and for its customers. “As a business, we service over 15,000 customers a week,” Stanford said. “We employ between 80-100 people in the existing area and we do roughly $3.6 million in net sales a year.” Stanford said that the new location will cost approximately $2 million out of pocket. “The new site, while we are excited to expand into Lockport and we’re hoping to be a catalyst for continued growth east, I know that some of that development has been stalled,” he said. “It is a risky situation for us going into business [there].” He also reminded the commission that he is a small business owner, not a corporate business owner. “So, whenever we bring to the table the concern of financial burden, it’s not just the financial burden of the landscaping it is the potential financial disaster that would occur with us going into that site prematurely,” he said. “We’re looking to shed over $1 million of business from our existing site to the new site, and pick up another $1.2 million of business.” Stanford said he wants the new McDonald’s to be a flagship off of I-355. “We’re looking to employ another 80-100 personnel, depending on the season, and we’re hoping for another 10-12,000 customers per week, pulling from Homer, Lockport and any traffic on I-355,” he said. The flagpole that Stanford wants to add will be a 30-foot garrison flag, which is flown at military installations. Stanford said he is a former member of the military. ... Plan and Zoning Commission chairman Bill Moloney said that he supported the revised plan. “Overall, I understand your corporate spared no expense in this initial plan, and you’re trying to get this a little more realistic,” Moloney said. The motion passed 6-0 and will go before City Council at the May 18 meeting. McDonald’s is looking to break ground in late June or early July and to open in October.  (May 14, 2011 | post #1)

Lockport, IL

Quality Journalism

I agree. Maybe this is why I was so disappointed. The Homerian (now the Homer Horizon) was originally started by former GOP Attorney General (and Gubernatorial Candidate) Jim Ryan as the publisher. So, I was expecting the bar to be pretty high. The first editor, Jennie Korb, did a pretty good job of balanced reporting (in my opinion). Since her departure, the editors have demonstrated little to no balance.  (Apr 18, 2011 | post #13)

Lockport, IL

Quality Journalism

And I don't see much better coverage from the Homer Horizon/Lockport Legend. Someone sends them a press release and they cover it like news.  (Apr 18, 2011 | post #4)

Lockport, IL

Quality Journalism

When I was a journalist, there used to be an axiom that read, "If you mother says she loves you, check it out." That was to imply that every story potentially has two sides to it, and not to just report based on a single source. What I don't understand is why our local axioms with our local journalists. Recently, Tony Graf of the Joliet Herald-News covered Lockport Mayor Dev Trivedi's announcement. It was more of a PR piece that journalism "Lockport mayor cites Route 7 corridor, Lockport H.S. work as successes (http://heraldnews .suntimes.com/news /4849178-418/lockp ort-mayor-cites-ro ute-7-corridor-loc kport-h.s.-work-as -successes). Where was a recap of what the mayor promised a year ago, and a comparison to the results? Where was the opposing viewpoint? The same holds true from the writers at the Homer Horizon or Lockport Legend, cover issues around Homer Glen and Lockport. Maybe these reporters believe they will lose access to elected officials if they "dare question" the intentions and results. But the Fourth Estate is supposed to provide a level of checks-and-balance s to ensure accountability. Just my 2 cents.  (Apr 17, 2011 | post #1)

Lockport, IL

IDOT could hurt Business in Homer Glen

While I appreciate Steve Balich's desire to help stimulate business for Homer Township. But I think he is missing some key points. The developers for this property came to the 33-C Board a few months ago in the hope that our district would support their petition in front of IDOT to get the raised medians requirements removed. The issue for 33-C is that the driveway for the new development is exactly opposite the entrance driveway to Goodings Grove Elementary. And thus, removing the raised barriers might make traffic issues even more difficult during school hours or during after-hour events. Again, just another consideration that needed to be mentioned (in my opinion).  (Apr 7, 2011 | post #5)

Lockport, IL

Lockport Mayor Announces He Will Push for a 7th LTHS Refe...

http://abclocal.go .com/wls/story?sec tion=news/local &id=8057433  (Apr 6, 2011 | post #1)

Lockport, IL

HTRO had a good night

If the outcome is not changed by early voting, absentee voting or servicemen submissions, the Homer Township Republican Organization had a good night (in terms of candidates they endorsed): Jim Daley (Village Manager-mayor Homer Glen) -- WON Tedd Kagianas (Homer Glen Trustee) -- WON George Porter (Homer Glen Trustee) -- WON Marcia DeVivo (Homer Glen Trustee) -- WON Tom Polke (Dist.205) -- LOST Cindy Polke (Dist. 33C) -- WON Samantha Neitzke (Dist 205) -- WON Dan Troike (Dist 33C) -- LOST Brad Baber (Joliet Jr. College) -- LOST Kelly Turner (Lockport Alderman Ward 2) -- WON Justin Fentress (Lockport Alderman Ward 3) -- WON Dave Oxley (Lockport Alderman Ward 1) -- LOST  (Apr 5, 2011 | post #1)

Lockport, IL

Robocalls for LTHS Board?

Said I'm Samantha. I'm running for 205 and could use your support. Election Day is April 5 and I hope you will come out and support my candidacy.  (Apr 4, 2011 | post #4)

Lockport, IL

Robocalls for LTHS Board?

I just received an automated "robocall " from Samantha Neitzke for LTHS 205 Board. First time I remember getting such a call for a local office. Anyone else?  (Apr 4, 2011 | post #1)

Lockport, IL

Who will you vote for District 205

I have to ask since you only used last names whether you were referencing current member Jeff Rutter or candidate Tim Rutter?  (Apr 1, 2011 | post #67)

Lockport, IL

Incompatibility of Offices Between LTHS 205 & Feeder Dist...

It's up to each Board. The last time it happened for 33-C, the Board accepted nominations and then decided among themselves which applicant.  (Apr 1, 2011 | post #17)

Lockport, IL

Incompatibility of Offices Between LTHS 205 & Feeder Dist...

I just learned that the Illinois Attorney General's office has reviewed this issue, and will be generating a formal, written opinion -- the offices of the feeder school districts boards and the high school board is incompatible, and candidates will not be able to hold both offices. While the ruling probably won't be available for the April 5th election, it should be available for the swearing in. If Tom Polke, Tim Rutter or Charles Travis are elected on April 5th, and sworn into a seat on the LTHS 205 Board, their offices on 33-C / Fairmont School Boards will be vacated. That will mean the feeder boards will need to appoint replacement(s) on the elementary school board.  (Mar 31, 2011 | post #14)

Lockport, IL

Poll: First Ward Alderman

When the Karen Springs V proposal to change from light commercial to more residential came before the Lockport council, the schools went to Pete with our concerns. He claimed on two occasions he was with us, but then voted against the schools at the Board meeting. From my interactions with him, I do not think he supports the needs of the schools. And worse, is not a man of his word. If I lived in the 1st Ward, I'd support anyone but him. But I'm not.  (Mar 30, 2011 | post #29)

Lockport, IL

Lemont Citgo Refinery

When the Karen Springs V proposal to change from light commercial to more residential came before the Lockport council, the schools went to Pete with our concerns. He claimed on two occasions he was with us, but then voted against the schools at the Board meeting. From my interactions with him, I do not think he supports the needs if the schools. And worse, is not a man of his word. If I lived in the 1st Ward, I'd support anyone but him. But I'm not.  (Mar 30, 2011 | post #26)