Sunday, April 1, 2012
Profits, pari-mutuel tax revenue from OTB not as high as originally anticipated.
After winning the last off-track betting license from Stickney-based Hawthorne Race Course, approval from the Illinois Racing Board and heated debate in Yorkville City Council, Ultimate Sports Bar owner Steve Koulis was elated to open an OTB parlor in his bar in December 2010. The excitement was short lived, though. After about a year of operation, Ultimate Sports Bar is no longer home to the OTB parlor. Ward 3 Alderman Marty Munns said the reason the OTB didn’t last long came down to simple dollars and cents. “They didn’t make enough profit," Munns said. "That’s how business works. The ones that make a profit stay and the one’s that don’t, leave. Munns also echoed his statements from the original debate supporting the OTB there. “I …
Monday, March 12, 2012
The signature shaving event raised more than $8,000 for childhood cancer research.
Matt Lopez has had his head shaved six times to raise money for St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research. But on Sunday, Lopez, of Aurora, did a lot more: He hosted an event at Ultimate Sports Bar in which more than 40 people had their heads shaved for the cause. He estimated they collected $2,000 or $3,000 above the $7,687 the event raised online. "We're getting a great turnout," Lopez said Sunday. "I didn't know what to expect because it's my first year and a small town." Rosati's Pizza Pub will host a similar event starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. Mayor Gary Golinski and State's Attorney Eric Weis have committed to shaving their heads. Click here for more information on that event.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
More than 30 people have committed to shave their heads Sunday to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds research for childhood cancers.