Toxic weed alert! Wild parsnip sighted in H-F area

Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is a highly toxic weed that is spreading rapidly through Illinois and has now been spotted in Homewood. Local gardener Kate Duff offers advice about identifying and safely removing the plant.

Report on long-range Flossmoor street program to debut Wednesday

Flossmoor officials Wednesday will outline plans for a multi-year street maintenance program in the village.

Results of a pavement management report (PMR) will be presented at the rescheduled village board meeting, along with preliminary proposals on how to best operate a long-range street program. Flossmoor is likely to look for alternative funding sources so that village streets can be maintained in good condition for years to come.

Testing water, bus transportation are topics at District 161 session

Updates on various projects being tackled this summer in Flossmoor School District 161 were discussed at a special board of education meeting June 26. Also, two recently graduated eighth graders from Parker Junior High were honored by the board.

Page 2: 2 long awaited infrastructure projects make progress

News about the train station, the Dixie Highway Viaduct, a young Flossmoor trumpeter who makes a television appearance, state representatives available to talk with constituents in Homewood, progress on the Homewood Police Department entrance, a benefit 5K run sponsored by St. Andrew Church, county beverage tax implementation delayed, old friends make new friends at Hot Fun in the Summertime, Homewood officials take a turn making White Castle 'burgers and a new TALK program has artists pitching their ideas to potential sponsors.

H-F parades, festival precede area fireworks displays

Homewood-Flossmoor residents have a number of options for celebrating Independence day, from local parades and the annual Family Fun Fest to area fireworks displays.

Scenes from Homewood spring events

Miss any of Homewood's spring events? Here's a glimpse of area residents enjoying a celebration of trains, big machines at the Homewood Public Works open house, a Homewood Science Center PopUp Science event studying motion using homemade rollercoasters and an art-and-music filled 10th anniversary Art & Garden Street Fair.

Homewood trustees honor Dave Lotz for 33 years in public works

Dave Lotz is moving on after 33 years as a mechanic for the village of Homewood. The village board honored Lotz at its June 27 meeting with a proclamation. His retirement was official June 30.

Governor’s plan for tax freeze sounds good, but is it good for us?

Viewpoint:

The commentary below represents the ideas, obserations and opinions of the author.


Homeowners get “sticker shock” every time they get their property tax bills, so Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to freeze property taxes sounds like a great idea, right?

Here’s a warning: Be careful what you wish for. That great idea could force our schools, villages, libraries and park district to reduce programs or see red ink

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