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Southwest Suburbs: Birthplace of Chicago Video

Host and writer Geoffrey Baer travels by train, tugboat and 1958 Edsel as he takes viewers on a journey through the Southwest Suburbs.

It’s a part of Chicago that’s full of surprises. It’s home to a 28-square-mile forest with a rock canyon. It’s home to major league soccer and minor league baseball. It’s also home to a bustling industrial canal where mariners navigate a Panama Canal-sized lock past a hundred-year-old hydroelectric dam. This modern waterway follows the path of a 19th century canal that first connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi. That earlier canal transformed Chicago from an isolated trading post on the edge of the American frontier into the fastest-growing city in the history of the world.

 

Chicago Residential Construction is Booming

This year is shaping up to be a hugely positive one for residential construction in Chicagoland, according to the latest numbers from Dodge Data & Analytics.

The year-to-date spending jump is among the strongest in the nation.

Here is a chart breaking down Dodge Data’s numbers in more detail:

Metro Area Residential Construction Spending, Feb. 2016 (in millions) YOY Change YTD 2016 Construction Spending YTD Change
Atlanta $648 61% $1,143 43%
Chicago $195 13% $606 94%
Boston $385 -21% $870 17%
Dallas $920 22% $1,682 6%
Houston $751 -35% $1,396 -26%
Los Angeles $435 -23% $739 -10%
Miami $588 13% $1,085 18%
New York $1,468 -23% $3,476 14%

Will County a Bright Spot Amid Dismal Census Figures

Susan DeMar Lafferty Reporter  Daily Southtown

Mokena townhomes
New townhomes are under construction near 187th and Wolf Road in Mokena, part of the Old Mill Pond development, which also includes Fox’s Restaurant and retail shops. (Susan DeMar Lafferty / Daily Southtown)

It was a new job that brought the Renaud family from Pennsylvania to Will County last year.

Kelly Renaud said they looked all around the area before settling in Frankfort. They wanted to be near her husband’s Tinley Park office and they liked the small town atmosphere.

“We almost moved to California. I’m glad we came here. I really like it here,” Renaud said.

Jobs are one of the main reasons folks are moving to Will County, according to local officials.

Good schools, affordable homes, relatively low taxes, great municipalities, safety and quality of life also are reasons they cited for Will County’s population increase of 1,642 in the one year period from July 2014 to July 2015.

Homer Glen Approves Extension for Planned Upscale Shopping Venue

Homer Glen OKs extension for planned upscale shopping venue
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A rendering of Waterfall Place, a planned 75,000-square-foot entertainment complex to be built at 12500 W. 159th St. in Homer Glen. (Legacy Development Group, HANDOUT)
By Michelle Mullins
Daily Southtown

An upscale dining and shopping venue is expected to be built in Homer Glen as the Illinois Department of Transportation finishes its 159th Street widening project in a couple of years, officials said.

The Homer Glen Village Board on Wednesday extended for another year its approval of the final development plan for Waterfall Place, a proposed 75,000-square-foot entertainment complex with shopping, boutiques, office space, fine dining, a spa and a gaming arcade to be built at 12500 W. 159th St.

Plans were approved in 2010 but the project stalled both because of the economy and the widening of 159th Street being in limbo.

Legacy Development Group for each of the past three years has requested and received from the Homer Glen Village Board a one-year extension to keep the project alive.

Developer Boris Predovich said Wednesday he hopes to time the construction of Waterfall Place with the end of IDOT’s widening of 159th Street from two lanes to four lanes, a project expected to take about two years after construction begins.

“We have a very active interest in moving forward,” Predovich said. “We have to be respectful to IDOT.”

Years in the making, the widening project is moving forward. Contracts were awarded last year for preliminary work such as tree removal and erosion and sediment control.

Waterfall Place is geared for families and is expected to draw regional interest, Predovich said.

Trustees also agreed to a request by A Touch of Green to move its monument sign but keep its electronic messaging board.

A Touch of Green, 12720 W. 159th St., is being forced to move its sign because of the widening of 159th Street. The company wanted to update its sign but still retain its electronic message board, but electronic signs are prohibited under the village’s sign ordinance.

Since the company had its sign before the village incorporated, the electronic message board was grandfathered in, but some trustees said that the business should comply with the sign ordinance since it is now changing its sign.

Other trustees said they were sympathetic to the business’s plight, noting that IDOT’s construction is forcing the sign relocation.

The board voted 4-3 to allow A Touch of Green to retain the electronic message board. Trustees Margaret Sabo, George Yukich and Sharon Sweas voted against it.

Michelle Mullins is a freelance reporter.

Orland Park – Holiday Light Recycling

Temperatures are supposed to increase this weekend, making it a good time to put up those holiday lights. When you’re testing out last year’s lights or lights you may already have and they don’t work – please recycle them.

Recycle your lights, from November 4 to February 16, at various locations throughout Orland Park, including the Franklin Loebe Center, Sportsplex and more. See below for details.

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P.A.W.S Tinley Fundraiser

As an animal lover, rescue / shelter / animal welfare supporter and volunteer, I strongly encourage you to please help animals in need. On Sept. 27, from 6 to 10PM, at Jenny’s Steakhouse, 10160 W. 191st St., Mokena, P.A.W.S. will host is second annual Bark and Brew event to raise money to help offset the rising cost of medical care for the animals at the shelter (8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, IL 60487)

The ticket price is $30 and includes beer samplings from 10 area craft breweries, pizza, pasta, entertainment and raffles. The cost is $15 for nondrinkers. The breweries that will be featured are Arrowhead, 350, Badenbrau, Banging Gavel, Brickstone, Granite City, Hailstorm, Imperial Oak, Lagunitas, Pecatonica and Rock Bottom.

PAWS Tinley fundraising event

Tickets for the event can be purchased through John Greenan at (708) 228-6026 or by sending send payment to P.O. Box 542, Tinley Park, IL 60477 Attn: Bark and Brew.

If you can’t attend the event, please consider helping animals in other ways by donating money, providing items on shelter’s needed list, or volunteering with/at the shelter or fostering animals. Please support your local and national shelters, helping deserving animals in need: TLC Animal Shelter, P.A.W.S. Tinley, Will County Humane Society, South Suburban Humane Society, West Suburban Humane Society, Animal Welfare League, CASA Chicago alliance and so many more. These animals don’t deserve to be in the position they’ve been in. They deserve a caring, loving home. Adopting a pet is a win-win situation.

PAWS is celebrating its 40th year as a no-kill, humane shelter, providing an invaluable service to animals and our community. To learn more about PAWS, visit www.pawstinleypark.org.

 

 

Will County Job and Population Growth

Will County, Illinois is fairing very well – experiencing great job growth and population growth.

* Will County is 1st in population growth of all Illinois Counties
* Will County is 1st in new home construction in Illinois
* Will County is the 10th fastest growing county in the USA
* Will County is 36th Nationally in New Job Creation

*source: www.willcountyillinois.com

Here is an excerpt from Chicago Agent Magazine’s article on New Construction, Job Growth and Population Growth…

Will County new job growth

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Area News

Lockport

Congratulations again to Lockport Township High School. Once again, LTHS ranks in the Top 9 Percent of all high schools in the nation, according to the Washington Post. LTHS is the only Will County school to be included on the list, which ranks schools for effectively preparing students for college.

Orland Park

Congrats to the newly opened Q Restaurant. This Asian fusion restaurant and martini bar is located at 159th and Wolf Rd. (behind the Starbucks, in front of Berkots).

Homer Glen

If you can provide a loving home to an animal in need, please visit the TLC Animal Shelter. There are so many pets who would love a forever home. Please make adoption your first option.

New Lenox

The Country in the Commons 2013, featuring the Eli Young Band and others performing in the pavilion was a hit.