The Knowledge Exchange: 23 Years of cultivating lifelong learners

Something remarkable has been happening for the past 23 years in the South Suburbs. The Knowledge Exchange (TKE), often referred to as a “hidden gem,” starts its 24th year of learning when its fall session opens Sept. 16 at Governors State University (GSU).

Flossmoor making bid for more retail development near Meijer

Flossmoor’s Meijer superstore is sparking interest in further commercial development in the village’s southwest corner. The village is taking steps to bring in developers who will add more retail along Vollmer Road and Crawford Avenue.

Police looking for witnesses after Flossmoor shooting victim dies

Police are searching for the killer of 20-year-old Flossmoor man who was shot a block from his home Tuesday night.

Damarcus Roberts died at about 10 a.m. Wednesday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Flossmoor Deputy Police Chief Tod Kamleiter said.

The case is being considered a homicide and will be investigated by the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, Kamleiter said. The Illinois State Police processed the crime scene, he said.

Homewood woman seeks action on dangerous intersection

On Friday, Aug. 19, a motorcyclist was injured in a traffic accident near 183rd Street and Gottschalk Avenue.

It was the most recent accident at or near the intersection that has been the scene of a number of injury accidents in recent years, and it prompted a Homewood woman to ask village officials to take action.

Two outstanding H-F stars featured in The Fantasticks

Megan Murray starred in three musicals at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. David Boettcher was her teacher and theater director. Now they’re teaming up for the Artists Walk Theatre presentation of “The Fantasticks,” the longest running musical on Broadway.

Flossmoor shooting victim appears to have been targeted: police

A Flossmoor man was hospitalized Tuesday after being shot in the back near his house.

According to a Flossmoor ECOP posting, the 20-year-old man was discovered inside his house in the 3900 block of 189th Street. The incident was reported at about 10:50 p.m. on Aug. 23.

Rep. Davis on school funding: 'It’s better when everybody wins’

Rep. Will Davis (D-Homewood) is one of 25 appointees serving on a bipartisan commission tasked to present the Illinois Legislature with a new education funding formula.

Davis told the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle that doesn’t necessarily mean moving from the current system that uses property taxes to primarily fund schools. Rather, the commission will look at new ways of measuring critical needs and how best to fund them.

New U.S. citizen remembers ‘one of proudest moments’ in his life

A Homewood resident moved more than 2,000 miles away from his home in Trinidad to start a new life and seize opportunity. Nearly 10 years later, Keith Finlay was granted Unites States citizenship but said it wasn’t an easy journey.

Ford Heights man faces multiple charges after hit and run crash Friday in Homewood

A Ford Heights man faces a number of traffic charges after striking a motorcyclist and leaving the scene Friday evening, according to Homewood police.

Jeremiah Johnson, 18, allegedly was trying to evade Chicago Heights police officers. Shortly after 6:30 p.m. the 2007 silver Ford Crown Victoria he was driving struck a motorcycle in the 1900 block of 183rd Street.

Parker Junior High School principal placed on administrative leave

Parker Junior High School Principal David Kennedy was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday, the second day of the 2016-17 academic year. Flossmoor School District 161 Superintendent Craig Doster announced the action in an email to Parker parents on Tuesday morning.

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