Pulse: Channahon mayor says village targets criminals, not guns
July 7, 2013 8:46PM
Channahon Mayor Joe Cook
Updated: August 9, 2013 6:06AM
While some cities and villages are waiting and wondering what will happen with the state’s concealed-carry law, Channahon Mayor Joe Cook said he’s pretty sure his municipality would never consider a ban on assault weapons.
“It’s a ridiculous notion,” Cook said. “In Channahon, we have the lowest crime rates in the state of Illinois if not the country. We tend to target criminals here instead of tools and guns.”
Cook also has another, more personal reason to worry.
“I’m not about to ban my duck-hunting shotgun,” he said.
An “Early Days” feature in a recent Herald-News hit home with Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt.
According to the item, in March 1963 the Will County Board’s Planning Committee decided to cut the size of the new courthouse from 160,000 square feet to 120,000 square feet to save money. That courthouse opened in the late 1960s and now is overcrowded and cramped.
County board members are talking about building a 400,000-square-foot courthouse this time.
Will they cut the size again to save money again? Only time will tell.
Check it out
Joliet City Manager Thomas Thanas said he wants everyone to get a good look at the details of the tax-incentive package for a proposed new hotel and conference center before the city council votes. So the city will post the formal document on its website ahead of the July 15 and 16 council meetings.
That web address is www.cityofjoliet.info.
New and improved
That tax-incentive package right now is a $2.4 million deal. But it could get pricier depending on how the city deals with objections raised by Heroes West Sports Grill owner Joe Pecora.
Pecora is concerned that hotel developer Guru Hospitality Group could use the tax break to build a sports-themed restaurant and bar virtually next door to Heroes.
Council members last week suggested that Thanas work out protections for Heroes West but emphasized they want to keep incentives in place for the new hotel, which could be an interesting balancing act.
Councilman John Gerl admitted that he wants “to have my cake and eat it, too.”
“Somebody is not going to go through the fingerprint process, a background investigation and sit through two days, 16 hours of training and all of the rest of the hoops you have to jump through in order to get a permit and then run around the neighborhood shooting people in drive-bys.” — Don Moran, Will County Board member and president of the Illinois Rifle Association, speaking out against restrictions on the state’s new concealed-carry law.
Cindy Wojdyla Cain
and Bob Okon
contributed to Pulse.