Flossmoor updates harassment policy to meet new state guidelines

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the Flossmoor Village Board approved a new policy defining and prohibiting harassment among village employees.
 
The Illinois General Assembly recently passed an ordinance requiring all municipalities to either adopt a harassment policy if they lack one, or update their existing policy to meet new standards.
 

Homewood eighth grader takes TV role in stride

Homewood has a 13-year-old television star.
The reality of that sinks in for Lyric Ross, an eighth grader at James Hart School, when people recognize her on the street as the character Deja on the NBC-TV hit show “This Is Us.”

Homewood man, wounded in Amtrak shooting, faces assailant

Michael Case is getting better.

The Homewood resident and Amtrak conductor was shot in the abdomen by a passenger in May at a Naperville train station.

Edward Klein of West Allis, Wisconsin, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count each of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

He was found mentally unfit to stand trial.

New frozen custard shop coming to Homewood in 2018

Halsted Street's food options will make a swap next year, exchanging spicy for sweet. Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld announced at the Dec. 12 board of trustees meeting that Freddie's Frozen Custard will be replacing Taco Bell at 17601 Halsted St.

H-F passes 2017 levy with one ‘no’ vote

District 233 board member Annette Bannon cast a “no” vote on each of the five resolutions dealing with the 2017 tax levy for Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
 
At its board meeting Tuesday, members voted 6-1 to approve  the board approved the measures setting the levy and complying with state regulations. The taxes will be collected in 2018.
 

D233 board extends contracts for three top administrators

The District 233 school board extended the contracts of three top administrators at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

With the extensions, Principal Jerry Lee Anderson, who is completing her first year at H-F; Associate Principal Lawrence Cook, working in the South Building; and Jennifer Rudan, assistant principal at the North Building will be under contract July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2021.

The contract extensions got unanimous support at the board’s Dec. 19 meeting.

H-F’s chess team moving on to sectional competition

The challenging game of chess has attracted a strong following at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. The H-F team is tied for first place and is anxious to show it can win it all at the last conference match to be played Jan. 9.

I Spy game, popular mugs bring people to new Miracle on Martin event

If the sale of Holiday Lights keepsake mugs is a barometer of success, the first Miracle on Martin event in Homewood on Saturday was a winner. The mugs went fast as familes gathered in downtown Homewood for the village's second festival of the season.

Homewood schools set tax levy at $14.4 million

Homewood School District 153 approved its 2017 tax levy of $14.4 million at the Dec. 11 board of education meeting.
 
The district expects to collect an additional $400,000 over last year’s receipts.  It is holding the increase within the required tax cap limitations. The amount stays within the 2.1 percent Consumer Price Index limit and allows for some new property that will be on the tax rolls, said John Gibson, the chief school finance officer.

Families enjoy cookies, carols and VR at Winterfest

After a thunderous countdown, Santa Claus connected the electricity and the evergreen tree in front of Park Place at Flossmoor Park blazed with light.

It was the conclusion of Winterfest on Dec. 9 and was the first time the big tree in the park was used as the community Christmas tree. In years past, a smaller tree near the library was illuminated, according to village officials.

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