home rule

Home rule question will be decided Tuesday

The Homewood home rule vote is Tuesday.

During the past five months, the issue has generated copious amounts of information and vigorous — sometimes contentious debate.

The village has published information about what home rule is and how village officials plan to use the authority if voters approve it.

Opponents host forum to make case against home rule

The Vote No Home Rule Committee, a group of residents campaigning in opposition to granting home rule authority to the village, held a forum Sunday, March 4, to present the case against the proposal. 

Sample ballots show voters choices in March 20 primary election

The Cook County Clerk's Office has released sample ballots for the March 20 primary election. The H-F Chronicle is publishing these to give voters lists of the candidates.

NIU professor: Home rule decision hinges on benefits, trust

Michael Peddle started his home rule presentation on Feb. 25 by declaring that he intentionally had violated his usual policy and had not done his homework on the specifics of the issue before Homewood voters March 20.

"I want to be able to speak to you on home rule as a concept, the pros and cons," he said. "I have no idea whether I would vote for or against home rule in Homewood."

‘Vote No’ home rule forum March 4

The Vote No Home Rule Homewood committee is organizing a 2 p.m. March 4 forum on home rule at St. Paul Community Church, 18200 Dixie Highway in Homewood.
Organizers say speakers will outline the negative impact of home rule. Addressing the audience will be Thomas Joseph, government affairs director for Mainstreet Organization of Realtors, and Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America.

Flossmoor resident supports Homewood home rule


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Dynamic. Visionary. Proactive. Futuristic. Thriving. Growing. Innovative. Forward thinking. Risk-taking. Fluid. Creative. Open-minded. Accessible. Business-friendly. Trusted. Warm. Welcoming. 
These are a few words I think best describe Homewood.

My family has lived in Flossmoor for almost 50 years. My husband grew up in Homewood. We moved back to Flossmoor from Chicago almost 10 years ago. 

Home rule forum Feb. 25 hosted by League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters Homewood-Flossmoor area is hosting an informational meeting from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, addressing the Village of Homewood’s home rule proposal.

Homewood voters will consider the question in the March 20 election whether to approve home rule authority for the village. For more information about the issue, visit www.hfchronicle.com/tag/home-rule.

Potential sales tax for schools, library, parks approved in Homewood

The Homewood Village Board, at its Jan. 23 meeting, approved a 0.25 percent sales tax should the home rule referendum be approved by voters in March. 
The tax bump aims to help other taxing bodies in the village with limited abilities to increase revenue. 

Municipal attorney will address Homewood’s Feb. 1 home rule meeting

A municipal law specialist will be the guest speaker at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 when the village of Homewood hosts an information meeting about home rule at the Marie Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood.

Homewood voters will be asked to consider approving home rule status for the village in the March 20 election. 

Groups form to campaign for and against home rule referendum

It comes down to trust.
Residents will vote in a March 20 referendum to decide whether or not Homewood should become a home rule community with additional powers, including the ability to increase taxes and fees and institute new ones and take on more debt than it currently can as a non-home rule community.


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