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Businesses receive liquor, gaming license approval

Two establishments designated as A2

MINOOKA — Two new businesses to Minooka received approval for liquor licenses which will allow them to also have video gaming licenses.

The Minooka board of trustees, at its March meeting, voted to approve A2 liquor licenses for Java Jills, 841 S. Ridge Road, and for Stella’s, 2035 S. Ridge Road.

Java Jills is a coffee shop and Stella’s is a café and “gathering place;” both businesses will have video gaming.

In order to have video gaming, an establishment is required by state law to have a liquor license, said Minooka Village Administrator Dan Duffy.

“Without a liquor license, they wouldn’t be able to have state regulated gaming,” Duffy said.

An A2 liquor license allows limited liquor for on-premise use in restaurants.

Village Trustee Terry Houchens voted against both ordinances, saying the businesses will essentially be video gaming parlors.

“I hope I am wrong about the way they turn out,” Houchens said. “It’s nothing personal, I just feel uncomfortable in this situation.”

Trustee Barry Thompson made the motion to approve the liquor ordinances contingent upon both businesses’ background checks coming out clear.

Schiebel honored by board

Minooka Village President Pat Brennan presented former Planning and Zoning board member Glen Schiebel with a plaque honoring 23 years of service to the village.

Schiebel served on the village’s original Planning Commission from 1984 to 1993. He then became chairman of the Planning and Zoning board and served from 1998 to 2011.

“We recognize and appreciate your dedication,” Brennan said.

Schiebel said he served the village through six mayors, beginning with Ray Offerman.

“It was a pleasure to work with a lot of good citizens of Minooka, a lot of changes have come,” Schiebel said. “It was a lot of fun.”

In other business, the board:

• Approved the official zoning map for the village with no changes from last year.

• Hired Ottosen-Britz, Kelly, Cooper & Dinolof, LTD as legal counsel for employment and collective bargaining issues, replacing

• Approved the 2014 Motor Fuel Tax funds of $420,000 for street maintenance for 2014.

• Approved the final plat Unit 2 for Minooka Industrial Park, LLC. The motion was tabled in February due to permits from the IDNR and Corp of Engineers that hadn’t cleared. All permits have now come through, according to Duffy.

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