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Entries in Sims Bowl (3)


City Council Meeting: 03/05/10

Tonight's meeting began following and hour and a half executive session.  A majority of the Council (myself NOT included) is still interested in learning more about the Sims Bowl property.  We will see what comes of it, but I still believe this is the wrong time to assume debt and/or spend TIF funds to "land bank." 

The Mayor proclaimed April "Alcohol Awareness Month," the City's lobbyist reported on activity in Springfield, and a condo development at 1398 Prairie was granted an extension on their variation. 

On second reading, the Council discussed an ordinance that would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in local gas stations.  Mayor Moylan broke a 4-4 tie to introduce alcohol to gas station retail outlets.  I voted "no" on the measure.   


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."

Read the complete story.
Published: 3/17/2010 12:01 AM


City Council Meeting: 03/01/10

Tomorrow's Council Meeting will cover the finalization of the Casino's zoning ordinance and the fate of the Sim's Bowl property.  A synopsis and audio link will follow.  View the complete council agenda.