Briefly: Bellwood Man Murdered May 11 | Pace Bus Changes | Property Taxes to Increase | Broadview Library Suit Drags On

Broadview Library

A rendering of the proposed Broadview Public Library addition. | Photo courtesy of Broadview Public Library via Cook County Chronicle 

Tuesday, May 13, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

According to a June 12 Cook County Chronicle report:

“A multi-year dispute between the Broadview Public Library and the Village of Broadview took a detour May 31, when a Cook County Chancery Court judge dismissed the library’s request for sanctions against the village without prejudice, giving the library leave to re-plead.

“While law firms for both sides are supposedly negotiating a settlement, the library also asked the court to consider extra sanctions for the village, which it claims “has advanced bogus legal positions and filed frivolous pleadings to unnecessarily delay the resolution of this dispute.”

To read the full Chronicle report, click here.

Man murdered in Bellwood on May 11 

Frank Pate.pngOne man was murdered on the 1100 block of Linden Ave. in Bellwood on May 11, according to news reports.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that Pate was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:44 p.m. According to medical examiner records, a head autopsy was conducted on Pate. His death was ruled a homicide.

After Pate’s murder, someone started a GoFundMe account on behalf of Brittany Valentine, who was described as Pate’s girlfriend in the campaign summary.

“Frank was an exceptional father and a great man to Brit, he was the breadwinner of their household, the love of her life and soulmate,” the summary notes. “He was a true family man. Brit is a great mother, she has a heart of gold and it hurts us deeply to see her go through this heartbreaking tragedy.”

According to the person who created the GoFundMe, Pate was killed on the day of the couple was supposed to celebrate their daughter’s first birthday.

Multiple attempts to contact Bellwood Police for comment were unsuccessful. No arrests in connection to Pate’s murder have been reported.

Pace Bus 317 to make ‘Posted Stops Only’

Pace bus.png

The Regional Transportation Authority announced last week that Pace Route 317 Westchester will operate under a Posted Stops Only policy, beginning June 11.

“Buses on this route will stop to pick up and drop off passengers only at bus stop signs with the Pace logo and route number,” the statement reads. “This change is taking place for several reasons:

  • To improve passenger and motorist safety
  • To provide better information for riders
  • To improve the route’s on-time performance

“A handout listing all the designated bus stop locations for Route 317 will be
available on board buses, online at PaceBus.com and by calling Pace Customer Relations at (847) 364-7223, option 3. Please sign up for e-mail and text alerts about Route 317 by visiting PaceBus.com.”

Property tax hike coming for suburban taxpayers

The Chicago Sun-Times reported on June 13 that, “Homeowners in north suburban Cook County will see their property taxes go up 6.5 percent, an average of $432. Their south suburban counterparts will see a 3.9 percent increase, about $192 on average, according to the Clerk’s Office.”

To read the full Sun-Times report, click here. To read a report on the coming tax hike in Crain’s Chicago Business, click here. To read the Chicago Tribune’s 3-part investigative report on the Cook County Assessor’s pattern of property valuation, click here.  To read Cook County Clerk David Orr’s 2016 tax report, released on June 13, click here.

Marshelle Sanders contributed to this local news briefing. 

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