Naperville Now 01-07-19

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Affordable Housing Report

The Illinois Housing Development Authority named Naperville as one of 46 Illinois towns with insufficient affordable housing. According to the report, only 7.5 percent of Naperville’s housing units qualify as affordable, up from 6.3 percent when the city was named in the housing authority’s 2013 report. The city will have until June 2020 to submit a plan to the state to raise the percentage of affordable housing to the recommended 10 percent.


Hemp Defined in City Ordinance

The Naperville Liquor Commission proposed adding a definition of hemp to the city code at its latest meeting. The commission voted unanimously to recommend the change, in the hopes of clarifying that, while cannabis is illegal to possess, hemp is not. The change comes in the wake of at least one business looking to sell CBD or cannabidiol products in Naperville. The products would be required to contain a concentration of no more than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. The ordinance change will now go before Naperville City Council.


Municipal Band Seeks Bake Sponsors

Though the weather may be cold and wet, the Naperville Municipal Band is already thinking ahead to summer. They’re now seeking bake sale sponsors for their summer concert series in Central Park. Any nonprofit organization that serves Naperville can apply and the winning applications will be chosen via a lottery.


Benet Hosts Basketball Showcase

Benet Academy played host to the Chicagoland Invitational Girls Basketball Showcase on Saturday. Some of the top teams in the state and around the country competed in front of fans, family and college scouts. The Redwings had a tough matchup with Detroit Edison, the defending state champions from the state of Michigan who are ranked by several publications as a top ten team in the country. Benet hung tough all game long, taking a lead after the opening quarter and trailing by a single point late in the third. Despite 15 points from Kendall Holmes and 13 from Brooke Schramek, the Redwings fell short by a score of 52-43. Benet is now 18-4 on the season.