Tom Houlihan's blog

A mountain sojourn, and thoughts on that Flossmoor truck law

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Tom Houlihan's November column: "There we were, surrounded by high, snowcapped mountains and cool western glades brimming with wildlife. So why was I thinking fondly of Flossmoor’s pickup truck ordinance?"

A Mardi Gras reminder: stormy weather can never be ignored

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Hurricanes have ravaged the Carribean this fall, but bad weather can affect us, too, as the unusual Feb. 28 hailstorm reminds us.

A grandson arrives and the world begins again, with singing

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In his latest column, Tom Houlihan provides the soundtrack for his young grandson's early days and muses on what it means to be a new grandpa.

Munchkins get look at scary wizard, school funding apocalypse

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A compromise was reached on the state budget, but school funding remains a question mark, it's fate bound up with a bill Gov. Bruce Rauner has threatened to veto. Local schools will open, but the question mark remains.

Sorrow turns to joy when singing neighbor comes home

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Truth be told, I felt terrible about the vacant real estate just behind our house.

  Tom Houlihan

Making our stand when decency, honesty are lacking

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These are serious times.

Try as we may, it is impossible to ignore the news as it filters into our small corner of the world.

  Tom Houlihan

Love living in Homewood and Flossmoor? Then vote.

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Maintaining highly livable communities requires constant attention, and a lot of work. If you read the Chronicle's Voter Guide, you'll see an impressive group of people who are stepping forward to help with that work.

Munchkins get ready for local election ― so should we

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Local elections are about a month away. Once again we will be asked to choose elected officials who will make decisions in our villages, schools and park district. We care deeply about the future, and making sure we prepare our children for whatever challenges lie ahead. And, presumably, one of the best ways to do that is to make sure that the right people are in charge of those local governments that have the biggest effect on our day-to-day lives.

But will we all show up at the polls to help select our leaders?

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