Hofeld rescued after falling through nature preserve ice

Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld is recovering Monday after falling through some ice rescuing his dog Sunday.

According to a village statement, Hofeld and and his wife were walking with their dogs in a nature preserve when one walked onto an iced-over lake. He went after the dog and attempted to rescue it and both fell through the ice.

According to published reports, the incident took place at Homewood’s Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, which has a lake and several ponds. 

Home rule ordinances top the Homewood trustees agenda Tuesday

Trustees will consider five ordinances that, if adopted, would: 
  • Place the question before voters in the March 20 consolidated election whether to grant the village home rule authority

A wet but wonderful wedding

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  Eric Crump
The Chronicle does not (yet) have a milestones section, but if we did, we would have published the following announcement: Flannery Crump, daughter of Amy and Eric Crump of Homewood, and Brett Luminais, son of Jill and Mike Luminais of Geneva, were married on Oct. 14, 2017. The ceremony was held in the muddy back yard of the bride's parents. 

Homewood schools take long view with five-year plan

Homewood District 153 is preparing a path to the future through a new five-year strategic plan.
The process began this school year with more than 400 responses to a survey, answered primarily by parents. 
 
  • 85 percent believed children in the district are receiving a good education for their tax dollars
  • Mandated classes in math, English and science were considered most important. with fine arts and foreign language in second place

Marian High School choir performs Christmas concert

  Nolan Way, a senior from Homewood, takes part
  in "A Christmas Journey," the annual Christmas choir
  concert at Marian Catholic High School. The various
  choirs sang traditional Christmas songs as well as
  carols in Spanish for the Dec. 5 program.  

Flossmoor residents to consider tax increase on March ballot

At its Dec. 4 meeting, the Flossmoor village board unanimously approved a measure to place on the March ballot a referendum to introduce a 1 percent village sales tax.

If approved by voters, the measure would bring the total sales tax in Flossmoor to 10 percent. It currently stands at 9 percent, with portions allotted to the state of Illinois, Cook County and the Regional Transportation Authority special tax.

H-F students start work on newest sculpture

Reflected light, original music and a high-tech control system will be features of the newest student sculpture on the Homewood-Flossmoor High School campus. Plans for “Solar Wind,” which would be the 13th student sculpture at H-F, were presented to the District 233 school board on Nov. 21

Homewood’s all-metal Lustron homes part of history

Do you know what a Lustron home is? Chances are that most people have never heard the name, nor do they realize there are four of these unique houses located in the village of Homewood.

Watching history unfold when TV news was essential viewing

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It's one thing to know about history, but it's another (better) thing to talk so someone who watched it unfold. Tom Houlihan relates his interview with veteran newsman Russ Bensley of Flossmoor, whose long career in TV news gave him a unique look at the big events of the 20th century.

Park district adjusting budget to fund new Splash Pad

Millennium Park will get a new Splash Pad in the spring, but it will cost more than what was budgeted. The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District is expected to approve a budget amendment at its Dec. 19 board meeting for another $100,000 to be added to the $200,000 already allocated for the project. 

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