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Arlington Heights Daily Herald (Newspaper) - June 24, 2003, Arlington Heights, Illinois Gurnee mayor says symphony might return by Bob Susnjara i Kuly Herald staff writer Gurnee a appetite for the arts May result in return appearances by the Waukegan symphony orchestra. About 300 spectators attended the Waukegan symphony a performance at the Viking Park band Shell in Gurnee last thursday. Mayor Donald Rudny said he considered last weeks event a Success. He said he would like the symphony to play indoor events in Gurnee in the Winter and perhaps Early next year provided enough Money can be raised. A a we re definitely going to pursue doing this again a Rudny said monday. Quot we got a Little Money for last weeks free concert was raised by lawyers for the symphony an informal group. Most of the attorneys who raised the necessary $5,000, led by Gurnee resident Bryan Winter work at the Lake county courthouse in Waukegan. Rudny said other fund raising sources must be tapped for future symphony events in Gurnee. He said Gurnee might even try to Snag the Milwaukee symphony orchestra for a performance but the Waukegan group will be the main focus. Winter said the City of Waukegan and the Park District there contribute to symphony operations. He said the same governmental support should occur in Gurnee if the Village has a Chance to share Waukegan s symphony. Quot maybe this is a program that $2,500 might be appropriate for the Village to put in its budget at one Point a Winter said. At one time the Waukegan symphony orchestra was regional in nature playing in Lake county villages such As Vernon Hills and Antioch. The Gurnee concert was a throwback to those Days. Roughly 60 semiprofessional musicians participated in the Mundelein bleacher fixers oks two big stores by Bob Susnjara i Tail Herald staff Antei Mundelein trustees monday night approved bringing 120 unincorporated acres into the Village for a project featuring two National retailers. Developers plan to launch construction in August for a super target and Home depot at the Northwest Corner of routes 60 and 83. Both retailers will open in late 2004. Plans which surfaced nearly a year ago Call for the super target to cover about 175,000 Square feet As part of the Mundelein Crossings development. A super target not Only has the retailers typical offerings such As clothes and electronics but also a food Market. As part of a proposed annexation agreement with Mundelein Northbrook based mid Northern equities will get a $6 million rebate Over a number of years on a portion of the sales tax Revenue generated by the project. Costs for Public improvements such As roads were cited by mid Northern As a reason the $6 million sales tax rebate is needed. Mundelein officials justified the rebate in the agreement stating the villages tax base would be enhanced and Job opportunities created with the development. Village officials also cited How Mundelein Crossings would strengthen the commercial sector. Trustee de Sullivan backed the $6 million rebate when a resident questioned officials about Why its necessary. Quot the Money is meant to pay extraordinary expenses that Are of site and Are Public improvements Quot Sullivan said. William Shiner president of mid Northern equities said his consultants estimate 1,160 jobs will be created at Mundelein Crossings. There could be 265 full time positions and 895 part timers. Moreover Shiner pointed to How its estimated that Mundelein a Village coffer is expected to be fattened by an additional $1.3 million in sales taxes after super target and Home depot open. He said the Cash flow should jump to $1.7 million when All of Mundelein Crossings is completed. Shiner complimented Mundelein staff members for their work on the Deal. A to get Here tonight a Shiner said at monday nights Mundelein Village Board meeting a it does no to happen in a Day or a mid Northern Isnit new to Mundelein having built the Dominick a finer foods shopping Center at route 176 and Midlothian Road. Paci. Valade daily replacing bleacher boards at Warren township High schools football Field monday in Gurnee Are 2003 graduates Walt Ziebell front of Park City and Tony Pfohl of Gurnee. The two worked with Nate Brill a 2000 Warren graduate to replace 150 bleacher boards purchased at Cost from a graduate working at a local business. University Center asks for Grant Extension by . Waller i tally Herald staff writer a letter asking for a one year Extension to $1.5 million in Grant funds for the University Center of Lake county was mailed monday. As the Grants fiscal agent Russ Peterson executive vice president for educational affairs at the College of Lake county sent the letter to the . Department of education and a copy to . Republican rep. Mark Kirk of Highland Park. Peterson said the Hope is the . Department of education will approve the Extension but Given budget concerns at the Federal level it is not certain. When the Grant was applied for by the College of Lake county the idea of building a place for a consortium of Public and private universities near the Community College in Grayslake was just getting Oft the ground. To be distributed Over two years the for the improvement of Post secondary education title Iii Grant was Money designated for design and construction of the University Center building. The clock started ticking for the Grant on oct. I 2000, and architectural Money has been spent to design the Center. One one year Extension has been Given by the department of education and a second one would mean the $1.5 million would need to be used by oct. I 2004. However Grant construction Money cannot be used until the Illinois capital development Board gives permission for construction to begin. And the states release of $24.7 million for construction of the Center has been bogged Down As the state struggles to balance its own budget. Meanwhile the new project timeline is to Start construction oct. I on the Grayslake site with completion by Jan. 31, 2005. Witness still refuses to testify in murder Case by Charles Kreshan dads Herald staff writer Justin Houghtaling refused again monday to testify against murder suspect Kenneth Smith but this time a Mchenry county judge made sure it did not matter. Judge Sharon Prather in a decision sure to top Smiths list of Appeal issues if a jury convicts him ruled that jurors deciding the Case would hear Houghtaling testify against Smith a if not in person then through transcripts from previous testimony against another co defendant last year. That testimony which helped convict accused getaway Driver Kenneth Smith Jennifer Mcmullan identified Smith As the person who shot Wauconda and Mchenry restaurant owner Raul Briseno during the botched robbery. Smith 27, of Park City is on trial for first degree murder and attempted armed robbery in the March 6, 2001, shooting. Briseno 35, was gunned Down in a parking lot As he chased two robbers out of his Burrito express restaurant in Mchenry. Houghtaling 21, formerly of round i be Beach admitted to being one of those robbers in a november 2001 plea bargain. Under the deals terms he received the minimum 20-year sentence for first degree murder in Exchange for a Promise to testify against Smith. But on Friday and again monday Houghtaling refused to testify and instead repeatedly answered questions by stating he was exercising his fifth amendment right against self incrimination. Because of his refusal to cooperate As he promised Mchenry county prosecutors say they will ask a court to revoke Houghtaling a plea bargain and set his Case for trial. Prosecutors also used the refusal to seek and receive a ruling from Prather declaring Houghtaling unavailable which allows them to introduce his prior testimony implicating Smith to Smiths jury. Defense attorneys vehemently protested the ruling saying that Reading Houghtaling a previous statements without allowing any Cross examination violates Smiths constitutional right to confront witnesses against him. A there has been no Cross examination in regard to his motivation for testifying against Kenneth Smith a defense lawyer Camille Goodwin said monday. Hastert puts weight behind Western Access to of Hare by Robert Mccoppin hath her Ahi staff writer the speaker of the House put his considerable political clout monday behind funding for the Western Access to of Hare International Airport a new commuter rail line and a new expressway in Kane and Kendall counties. Speaker Dennis Hastert named the Metra Star train line commuter proposal and the Prairie Parkway in Kane and Kendall counties along with the of Hare Road As his top priorities for Federal funding. Hastens support for the project is crucial to getting Federal funding but not a guarantee the projects will get done. Hastert and rep. William Lipinski of Chicago the ranking Democrat on the House transportation committee have a Dennis Hastert Good track record of getting funding for three Metra rail expansions and two cat rebuilding projects Worth hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years. Because the Price tag of the three proposed projects could total More than $2 billion and Federal funding often covers less than two thirds of the Cost its Likely that state and local governments would have to come up with millions of dollars More to get the work done. The projects Are competing with 5,300 funding requests from members of Congress in the next six year transportation Law due to pass this fall. At of Hare a Western Entrance would help people from Western suburbs Access the Airport More efficiently Hastert said. He also praised the Star line which would connect suburbs on the Northwest tollway 1-90 from of Hare to Hoffman estates then South to Joliet. Hastert has Long been a supporter of the Prairie Parkway or outer Belt a proposed expressway that would run through Western Kane and Kendall counties from 1-88 to 1-80. Eventually he said he sees it connecting the Indiana Border to the Elgin area. Last year the Illinois department of transportation identified a corridor for the 33-mile expressway. But the plan is disputed. The Kane county Board opposed the route because it went through the county a Western Side which should be kept where Federal transit Money would go House speaker Dennis Hastert emphasized three transportation projects for the upcoming Federal funding Bill 1. Western Access for of Hare 2. Metra Star line commuter rail service from of Hare to Hoffman estates and Joliet 3. Prairie Parkway a Router Belt Quot expressway through Kane and Kendall counties daily Herald tire shop manages approval by Jason King hath Herald staff write a tires plus store finally won approval from round Lake Beach trustees monday night. The tire store was approved by a 5-1 vote by the Village Board. Trustee Michelle Daye voted against the business. Developers believe the business will annually tally around $800,000 in sales and employ around 20 full time workers. Chuck Smith an attorney for business owner Branko Kotevski said the new store will be a positive addition to the villages Rollins Road retail corridor. A this is the culmination of two years of work by or. Kotevski a Smith said. A a he a spent a lot of time and Effort and Money to bring a very Quality Auto repair shop to the in april the Village Board by a 3-2 vote turned Down a request for a special use permit needed for the 9,000-Square-foot store to operate on almost 2 acres near the intersection of Orchard Lane and acre court. Trustees Gina Miosi Michelle Daye and sue Butler voted against the plan citing concerns about traffic parking and whether the business was the Best use of the property. Trustees Jerry Mattingly and Tom Smith voted in favor of the project in april. Larry mount who was not at the meeting for the vote said he was in favor of the project. Had his vote resulted in a 3-3 tie mayor Rich Hill said he would have voted in favor of the plan then. Because the plan was revised with the addition of a 1,400-Square-foot retail space on the East Side of the building Kotevski was Able to reintroduce his proposal. The Board approved the plan with the stipulation that a Fence be constructed around a detention Pond on the property. Kotevski said he Hopes to open the business in april. Corrections and clarifications to Correct a Story in saturday editions Roosevelt University will offer a certificate in instructional design at the University Center of Lake county. 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Nonetheless the project is Likely to get funding with the speakers support said Mccoy who is stepping Down As Board chairman next year. Read columnist Burt Constable Pue Lay thursday Satui Day Dally Herald

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