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DP not buying Sim's Bowl after all

By Madhu Krishnamurthy | Daily Herald Staff

In a surprising reversal, the Des Plaines city council Monday night voted not to authorize bonds for the purchase of Sim's Bowl and Lounge in downtown.

The vote Monday was 7-1 against authorizing $895,000 in bonds. Aldermen Patti Haugeberg (1st Ward), John Robinson (2nd), Matt Bogusz (3rd), James Brookman (5th), Mark Walsten (6th), Dan Wilson (7th), and Rosemary Argus (8th) cast "no" votes, while 4th Ward Alderwoman Jean Higgason voted to issue bonds.

On Jan. 19, the council approved buying the iconic bowling alley at 1555 Ellinwood St., for $862,500 from Midwest Bank to spur redevelopment. The vote then was 5-3 in favor of the purchase.

Haugeberg, Robinson, Brookman and Walsten changed their votes.

"In this case, the folks who changed their minds did so because it was the right thing for the city and there's nothing wrong with that," said Bogusz, who urged his ward residents to come out in force Monday night to oppose Sim's purchase.

"I think a roomful at city hall always helps," said Bogusz, who has been trying to coax fellow aldermen to change their votes. "It's a team effort. And the residents are the ones who were truly persuasive. And they are sick and tired of getting burned, because councils come and go, but the taxpayers are stuck with the bill."

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Published: 3/17/2010 12:01 AM

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