Hotel/Motel Tax Increase Considered:
The Naperville City Council is considering increasing the hotel and motel use tax rate to 5.5 percent from 4.4 percent and clarifying the municipal code to include online rental companies such as Airbnb and VRBO. Council held a first reading of the amendment at their latest meeting. Councilwoman Patti Gustin said one benefit of the change would be increased knowledge of the number of online rental businesses operating in the city in addition to increased income.
Old Nichols Library Partial Tear Down:
Part of the old Nichols Library could be demolished, if the Naperville Historic Preservation Commission approves a proposal by the current owners. On January 25th the commission will hear the request to knock down just the newer section of the building, which includes the reading room added in 1939 and the south wing built in 1962. As the building has been designated a local landmark, any changes made that would be visible from the street are subject to the approval of the commission.
An annual favorite has chugged back into town. The Enchanted Railroad is up and running again at Morton Arboretum. Viewing of the model railroad is free with admission, but you have to secure a time ticket when you arrive, and those can “sell out,” so scoop one up as soon as you get there. The exhibit runs through February 19.
Central Now 10-0:
It was a great night for girls basketball as Naperville Central traveled to Neuqua Valley yesterday for some hoops. Senior Mia Lakstigala and the Redhawks looked to stay undefeated in the DVC, sitting at 9-0 on the season while Neuqua Valley looked to continue their winning ways after a victory last weekend. Both teams came out with full power in the first quarter, throwing a lot of balls away and getting quite a few turn overs but it would ultimately be Central, with Lakstigala, Lucy Schmid, and Gaby Melby, who would continuously connect over the Wildcats for the victory. Central stays undefeated, and are now 10-0 in the books.
Reason to Cheer!:
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