Naperville Now 11-28-17

Armed Robberies

Naperville Police responded to two separate armed robberies last night. Around 9 p.m. a man armed with a handgun approached two people at the Chase Bank ATM on the 1200 block of Hobson Drive. He then entered their car and demanded money. And at about 10 p.m. a different man armed with a handgun demanded money from a pizza delivery driver in the 3300 block of South Route 59. Both men fled on foot from the incidents.

City Budget Cuts

And at last night’s city budget workshop, the Naperville City Council proposed more than $1.4 million in budget and service reductions for the 2018 fiscal year. Cuts include eliminating one emergency telecom supervisor position and the Christmas tree collection program and reducing overtime pay. Council decided not to cut a proposed $160,000 from the library. Staff estimates that with these spending reductions, the tax rate could remain at the 2017 rate of 70 cents. These proposed changes will go to City Council on December 5 for approval, and the tax levy will be considered on December 9.

District 204 Boundaries

At last night’s District 204 meeting, the board discussed proposed boundary changes at the elementary school level. The focus is to ease overcrowding at three schools: Brookdale, Brooks, and Peterson. Those schools are currently over capacity and set to see enrollment rise even higher next year unless something is done. The changes are minor and will only affect 215 current students. The board reaction to the proposal was mixed. Some support these changes, but others want to see district-wide boundary changes with a focus on stability since there have been two similar changes in the last four years. The board is looking for feedback at the Engage 204 meeting at Still Middle School on December 7.

Hoops for Healing

Naperville North and Proviso East boys basketball met up in the championship of the Hoops for Healing tournament over the weekend. Both teams entered the game with identical 3 and 0 records. It was a back and forth matchup all game long as neither team was able to take a sizable lead. Tommy Welch led the way early for the Huskies. The Pirates took a lead in the second half, but North senior Chris Johnson took the game over late, scoring 19 points and pulling down 14 rebounds to lead his team to a 59-50 win to seal the tournament title for the second consecutive season. Johnson took home tournament MVP honors.

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