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Sears’ exit from Orland Park mall won’t leave a vacancy

Sears’ exit from Orland Park mall won’t leave a vacancy

Shoppers at Sears on Dec. 21. 2017 in West Dundee. Sears will close its store at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park sometime between early March and early April. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)

Mike Nolan
Daily Southtown

Sears’ announcement that it will shutter its store at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park doesn’t mean the anchor space will become a vacant eyesore, according to the company that owns the property.

The store, which has been an anchor since the mall opened in 1976, is scheduled to close sometime between early March and early April, according to Sears Holdings. Liquidation sales at Orland Park and dozens of other stores slated to close could start as soon as Friday, according to the company.

While the mall itself is owned and operated by Simon Property Group, Seritage Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust, controls the nearly 200,000-square-foot spot where Sears is located.

Last October, Seritage announced plans to develop a 10-screen 45,000-square-foot AMC Theatre along with retailers and restaurant tenants on the upper level of the Sears space, with their main entrances facing out toward the parking lot, with Sears consolidating store operations in the lower level.

With Sears’ announcement it is closing the Orland location, redevelopment will be expanded to include both upper and lower levels, but plans for the lower level are yet to be finalized, a representative for Seritage said Friday.

Sears closing 103 more stores, including Orland Square
In October, according to the village, Seritage presented plans to Orland Park officials for redevelopment of the 90,580 square foot upper level of the store as well as Sears’ 21,000-square-foot auto repair center.

“Sears going dark will cost us approximately $890,000 in sales and property tax revenue annually, but Seritage’s plans will offset that, generating over $1.5 million in annual revenue to the village,” Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to work with them on their redevelopment plans for the remaining property.”

Edward Lampert, Sears’ chairman and chief executive, spun off Seritage from Sears in 2015, buying prime Sears and Kmart properties and leasing the stores back to the retailer.

At the end of last September, Seritage’s portfolio included interests in 258 retail properties totaling more than 40 million square feet of space. When reporting third-quarter results last November, the company said that since its inception, it had completed or had begun 70 redevelopments of vacant retail space at properties in its portfolio, which includes mall-based and freestanding spaces.

Some shoppers interviewed Friday after the announcement of the closing were not surprised by the news, saying they knew the chain has been having trouble.

“I know they’ve closed a lot of stores. Still, it’s too bad,” Sheila Lynch, of Orland Park, said.

Like so many consumers, Theresa Nichols, of Oak Forest, said she finds herself buying more items online, including from Sears, although not as often as she used to.

“I like the Lands’ End (clothing) for my kids,” she said of the brand carried at Sears.

Once the Orland Square location closes, that will leave two Sears stores in the south and southwest suburbs — Chicago Ridge and Joliet — although the retailer has outlet stores in Bridgeview and Tinley Park.

A Sears department store at Matteson’s Lincoln Mall closed in 2012, while the retailer shuttered its store at River Oaks Center in Calumet City in 2013.

Although no local Kmart stores are on the current list, Sears Holdings has been closing stores locally in recent years, including Oak Lawn and Tinley Park. Locally, Kmart has two stores, in Bridgeview and Steger.

At the end of its fiscal third quarter, which ended Oct. 28, Sears Holdings operated 594 Sears outlets and 510 Kmarts in the U.S., almost 400 fewer stores compared with the same period in 2016.


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Not guilty and you still must pay the storing and towing charge

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March 3, 2015 the Will County judicial Committee met. Legislation was brought forward for a $300 Administration Fee charged to individuals when their car is towed. Presently there is no Administrative fee, but there is a towing fee and a storage fee that must be paid by the individual regardless of the verdict in court. Therefore the Judge can find you not guilty and you still must pay the storing and towing charge. With this new legislation, the administrative fee can be returned to you if the Judge orders it, but the towing and storage charges are the individuals expense even when found not guilty. Nothing is changed accept adding an administrative fee.

As a member of the Judicial committee I spoke firmly against what I consider unethical, immoral, and just plain not fair. With a not guilty finding the Judge should be able to refund the towing fee, the storage fee, and the administrative fee. Just because cities charge these fees to people found not guilty does not make it right. It should be the Judge’s decision if the fees should be returned. Will County would then have to pay the towing and storage charges, and not collect the Administrative fee.

The Committee argued that the administrative fee may be too high putting a burden on people. I felt like they thought the towing and storage fees were just an acceptable part of the process. One member said it is just like getting a lawyer; the court doesn’t reimburse that cost. I explained that you can represent yourself at no cost, and there would be no fees if your car was not towed unjustly in the first place.

Steve Balich (815) 557-7196
Will County Board District 7

Why another Illinois tax increase

Lawmakers and special-interest groups across Illinois are trying to dupe Illinoisans into paying higher income taxes. They’re trying to convince Illinoisans that a progressive income tax hike is only a tax hike on the rich. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Need proof? Look at both progressive tax proposals on the table in Illinois.
Under current Illinois law, the individual income tax rate will be 3.75 percent in 2015. Under the progressive tax-hike plan from state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Champaign, a higher 4 percent rate kicks in on any income of more than $18,000. That income tax rate targets hardworking Illinoisans.
Jakobsson’s progressive tax rates also attack the middle class. Her 5 percent tax rate applies to income earned after $36,000. When an Illinoisan earns more than $58,000, Jakobsson’s tax rates jump to 6 percent, and again to 7 percent on income earned after $95,000 – nearly double the rate Illinoisans will pay in 2015.

Source: Email correspondence with state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson
Another progressive tax plan, developed by the union-funded Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, increases the tax rate for anyone who earns more than $5,000.

Source: IEANEA

It’s no surprise that Jakobsson’s progressive tax-hike proposal targets the middle class – it’s how progressive income taxes work. That’s where a lot of the money is.
Just look at where the top progressive tax rates – the rates that are supposed to “make the rich pay their fair share” – start in other states.

Source: Tax Foundation Facts & Figures 2013

So don’t be fooled when lawmakers say a progressive income tax is only a tax on the rich. The proposed rates in Illinois make it clear that lawmakers are gearing up to raise tax rates on Illinois’ working- and middle-class residents.
– See more at: http://illinoispolicy.org/progressive-tax-hike-would-hurt-middle-class-illinoisans/?utm_source=Illinois+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=67da57680b-0220_unraveling&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0f5a22f52c-67da57680b-11508273#sthash.KzSRjUFz.dpuf

2014 IL. Governors Forum hosted by Will County Tea Party Alliance


By MaryAnn Ahern
| Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 | Updated 11:36 PM CST

The Republican candidates for governor square off in their first debate, but the frontrunner was missing. MaryAnn Ahern reports.
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Tuesday was the first of several forums planned in advance of the GOP primary for Illinois gov-ernor.
Three of the candidates, state Sen. Bill Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Kirk Dillard attended the Will County Tea Party forum in Plainfield, but the front-runner — Bruce Rauner — was a no-show.
An empty chair was placed on stage for Rauner, who asked that a surrogate read an opening statement for him, a request that was denied.
The questions ranged from jobs to education.
Brady said he plans to abolish the State Board of Education if he’s elected governor.
Rutherford was asked about his views on same sex marriage.
“I think we need to be very sensitive about this kind of a discussion. Is it perfect to be in a world that has a man and a woman bearing their natural-born child? Sure it is. But it isn’t a perfect world we live in,” Rutherford said.
Dillard was asked about Rauner’s claim that union bosses control politicians.
“I’ve taken money from the Operating Engineers, that’s a private union, and they’re concerned, and they support me because they believe I’m the best candidate,” Dillard said.
Earlier this week, Rauner said all of the attention he’s receiving and questions about using clout to get his daughter into Walter Payton Prep stem from his high poll numbers.
“I’m an independent guy, I can’t be bought, bribed or intimidated,” Rauner said.
Rauner initially said he would only attend five public forums, but has now changed his mind and will also attend an extra one later this week.
After the forum, a straw poll was taken that included Rauner’s name. The results will be an-nounced Wednesday morning.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/GOP-Gubernatorial-Candidates-Square-Off-240225161.html#ixzz2qRrbAbgh


Ficarello Candidate for Will County Sheriff “CLEAR PATH PROGRAM” FOR INMATE WORKERS
November 5, 2013 Editor No Comments

“CLEAR PATH PROGRAM” FOR INMATE WORKERS To keep the incarceration rate below national average for non-violent misdemeanant offenders and traffic offenders, an alternative type of sentencing is needed in Will County. This alternative category of sentencing will present the court system with a program that would allow judges to order manual labor of sentenced inmates, […]

To keep the incarceration rate below national average for non-violent misdemeanant offenders and traffic offenders, an alternative type of sentencing is needed in Will County. This alternative category of sentencing will present the court system with a program that would allow judges to order manual labor of sentenced inmates, in lieu of extended jail time. The alternative sentencing will not only help the taxpayer by reducing inmate housing costs due to the sentence time being exchanged for manual labor, but also provide these low risk offenders an opportunity to learn life skills and repay the community.
The placement in this type of alternative sentencing must meet certain eligibility and the individual must agree to the terms and rules of the program. The sentenced inmate must be physically capable and able to work in all weather.
The sentenced inmate must also pay a one-time insurance fee and processing fee prior to participation in this program. The processing fee will be utilized to provide special clothing for both the job being performed and exposure to the elements/climate.
These sentenced individuals will work only in approved work settings for governmental institutions, or non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. They will be supervised by sworn officers, and will operate five days a week. A civilian coordinator will provide management of the various job assignments throughout the community. Failure to meet the terms of the program or a break in the rules will result in spending the rest of their sentence in a general population setting with the full sentencing reinstated.
Inmates in this program who have not completed high school or attained a G.E.D. will be encouraged to participate in the G.E.D. program offered by the Support Services Division of the Will County Adult Detention Facility.
This program will provide a “Clear Path” for inmates to learn the responsibility of hard work, serving their sentence and providing a positive experience by giving something back to the community, and encouraged enrollment in the Sheriff’s G.E.D. program. Also contact with various charitable organizations could provide help for these individuals once they have completed their sentencing.
The “Clear Path Program” will be evaluated after one year to analyze the cost, benefits and savings resulting from the program.
A future contingency of this plan would allow individuals sentenced to probation/supervision, including hours of community service, to also participate in a plan of a similar environment.

June 5th 2013 Fundraiser

Steve Balich County Board District 7 Judicial, Legislative, Building Code Update, Forest Preserve, Forest Preserve Finance

Wednesday June 5th 7pm – 10pm
Woodbine Country Club
14240 West 151st Street
Homer Glen, Il 60491
Music by Joe Bozen Includes Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres

Honored Speakers
Keynote Speaker: Joe Walsh Former Congressman & Radio Host
Christine Radogno State Senate Minority Leader
Jim Durkin State Representative
Master of Ceremony: Dan Proft WLS Radio Host

Hosted by County Board Members
Jim Moustis District 2 Mike Fricilone District 7 Lee Ann Goodson District 5 Judy Ogalla District 1
Tom Weigel District 12 Ragan Freitag District 6 David Izzo Districr 2 Margo Mc Dermed District 12
Chuck Maher District 11 Liz Collins District 13 Don Gould District 6 Suzanne Hart District 11

Join the Host Committee in Sponsoring Steve Balich
Gold Sponsor $1,000 ________ Silver Sponsor$500_________ Bronze Sponsor $250________
Donations $40.00
Checks can be mailed to: Elect Balich 12259 Derby Lane, Orland Park, IL. 60467
(815) 557- 7196 A copy of our Report is or will be filed with the State Board of Elections Sbalich@Comcast.net

” Cool Cities” Founder agaisnt Coal

Mayor Michael McGinn, Home Page, Coal Train Impacts: New coalition of regional leaders formed to oppose coal exports, http://mayormcginn.seattle.gov/new-coalition-of-regional-leaders-formed-to-oppose-coal-exports/

Mayor Michael McGinn, Home Page, 40 elected leaders have joined Leadership Alliance Against Coal, http://mayormcginn.seattle.gov/40-elected-leaders-have-joined-leadership-alliance-against coal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=40-elected-leaders-have-joined-leadership-alliance-against-coal Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn

Local Officials want Mountable Medians on 159th

April 26, 2013

For more information, contact:
Will County Board Member Steve Balich


HOMER GLEN – A group of Will County officials who are worried about the size and length of the medians proposed for 159th Street went to Springfield on April 19 to speak with Secretary of Transportation Ann Schneider.
Will County Board members Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone, Homer Glen Trustees George Yukich and Mike Costa, and Homer Township Supervisor Pam Meyers made the trip with State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). They were accompanied by Bob Schmidt, the owner of Homer Glen’s Wheel Go Camping and a representative of the Business Area Group of 159th, a merchants association.
They are concerned about the state’s plans to improve a seven-mile stretch of 159th Street between Interstate 355 and Will-Cook Road. The Illinois Department of Transportation’s project includes medians that cannot be crossed by vehicles.
“The raised medians are a safety hazard according to our emergency management authorities and fire districts. If they are installed, fire trucks will not be able to make U-turns on 159th Street, and emergency response time will be increased,” Balich said. “Local business owners also are concerned about how the medians will affect their livelihoods. The barriers will make it difficult for customers to access their businesses, and they might take their money and spend it in Orland Park instead.”
Omer Osman, the state’s Director of the Division of Highways and IDOT’s Chief Engineer, also attended the 40-minute meeting. At the conclusion, Schneider said she would direct IDOT to take a second look at the situation. She also told the group that she would contact them in two weeks.
“I would like to thank Senator Radogno and Representative Durkin for standing with our community,” Balich said.

June 5, 2013 Fundraiser for Steve Balich

Fundraiser for Steve Balich

Will Bounty Board Committees: Judicial, Legislative, Building Code Update, Forest Preserve, Forest Preserve Finance

Date: Wednesday, June 5th from 7pm-10pm
Woodbine Country Club 14240 West 151st Homer Glen, Il 60491

Gold Sponsor: $1000 Silver Sponsor: $500 Bronze Sponsor: $250

Donations of $40 Includes Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres. Music by DJ Joe Bozen
Checks can be mailed to: Elect Balich 12259 Derby Lane Orland Park, Il 60467 or pay at the door

Speakers Will Include:
Keynote Speaker: Joe Walsh
Jim Durkin-State Rep 82nd District
Christine Radogno- State Senate Minority Leader
Master of Ceremony Dan Proft- WLS Radio Host

Join Host Committee of County Board Members:
Jim Moustis District 2
Mike Fricilone District 7
Lee Ann Goodson District 5
Judy Ogalla District 1
Tom Weigel District 12
Ragan Freitag District 6
David Izzo Districr 2
Margo Mc Dermed District 12
Chuck Maher District 11
Liz Collins District 13
Don Gould District 6
Suzanne Hart District 11

Any questions can be answered by emailing Sbalich@comcast.net
Or calling (815)-557-7196
A copy of the report will be filed with the State Board of Elections.

Nanny State gone wild

When it comes to the proposed improvements to 159th Street in Homer Glen, who knows best?
Is it John Portman, the chief engineer from the Illinois Department of Transportation? Or is it the people of Homer Glen?
Portman doesn’t even live in Homer Glen. But he wants to force residents to accept his vision of this important roadway. He sees 159th Street as a way to move traffic quickly from Interstate 355 to the shopping areas in Orland Park. But he’s forgetting about Homer Glen
Shouldn’t some of that traffic stop at businesses in the village? We need sales tax dollars too.
Portman wants a 12 inch high median that cars can’t cross to extend from Gouger to Will Cook Road. The plan calls for breaks to make U-Turns every 1/8 to 1/4 mile along the stretch.
But it’s going to be awfully hard to visit the businesses on 159th Street in Homer Glen if there is a huge median dividing the road and preventing drivers from stopping to shop. Will drivers do a U-Turn to shop or just keep going till they get to a convenient location?
IDOT talks about safety but that’s all they do. When asked to include a mountable median that allows an entrance for business from either side of the street instead, they said their job is to move traffic as quickly and safely as possible. They don’t care about the people of Homer Glen because they don’t live here and aren’t elected officials.
When discussing the cost of maintaining the medians, Portman says the state will maintain the concrete if local government doesn’t add any beautifying elements, meaning landscaping. IDOT is shifting the cost of maintenance to local government.
Local governments must tell the state that we do not want the raised median. If the medians are installed, we will not beautify them. Let the bankrupt state of Illinois maintain them.
Once again, it seems that government of the people, by the people and for the people is losing ground. And this time, it’s losing to non-elected officials who dictate law through rules and regulations. It’s the Nanny State gone wild.

Steve Balich