Fatal Stabbing in Naperville | Bond Set for Man Accused of Home Burglary | New Hotel Coming

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Fatal Stabbing in Naperville:

A 54-year-old man was found stabbed to death Tuesday night in Naperville. Naperville police report they responded to a disturbance call from the 700 block of Inland Circle at approximately 8:45 p.m. Upon their arrival, they discovered the deceased man, the victim of an apparent knife wound. Police have a person of interest in custody, and say they do not believe this was a random act.

Bond Set for Man Accused of Home Burglary:

Bond has been set at $250,000 for a 36-year-old Waukegan man charged with breaking into a Naperville home. Julius Martin faces a residential burglary charge for a break-in on Cortez Court, which took place sometime between 8:30 p.m. September 2 and 7:00 a.m. September 3. More than $1,100 in cash, a wallet, and other items were stolen. A press release from the DuPage County States Attorney says Martin has been identified by authorities as a possible suspect in several other burglaries in the Chicagoland area. His next court appearance is November 4.

New Hotel Coming:

A new hotel is coming to Naperville. Naperville City Council voted Tuesday night to approve plans for a Tru by Hilton, to be built on Diehl Road just off of Route 59. Infrastructure work on the four-story, 121-room hotel is slated to begin this fall, with construction starting in the spring. This will be the 20th hotel in Naperville.

Marijuana Sales Referendum To Be Discussed:

On October 15, council is expected to discuss on which ballot to put the referendum on sales of recreational marijuana. Though the group voted last month to opt out of recreational pot sales, they also proposed putting the question to voters, leaving the door open to change their minds depending on public input. The referendum will be placed on either the March 17, 2020 primary ballot or November 3, 2020 general election ballot. Wording for the referendum will also be discussed at their October 15 meeting.

River Square Renovation Denied:

River Square won’t be getting a facelift any time soon. At last night’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, the group denied the petitioner Mid-America Asset Management’s request to paint the 59,000 square-foot building at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Washington Street. The petitioner said they currently have four vacancies and want to update the exterior to draw in new tenants. Their plan to paint the red brick exterior to light grey, remove awnings and update signing and lighting would cost over $700,000. The commission unanimously voted against the proposal, citing concerns with maintenance of the paint, the inconsistency of its design with the rest of downtown, and how it counters the city’s design standards, which state that paint should not be applied to a masonry surface that was not previously painted.