Homewood

Amtrak conductor thankful for Homewood's 'massive love' after being shot

In May 2017 Amtrak conductor Michael Case was shot at a Naperville train station. A Homewood resident, Case was shot in the abdomen and has endured a months-long rehabilitation. He wrote to the H-F Chronicle to express his gratitude for the neighbors who are helping him recover.

McDonald’s comforting hand helps ease life’s troubles and concerns

Sally and Mike McDonald are just really great people. Sally lives a few houses down from her elderly parents. She daily brings them breakfast, lunches and dinners. Mike is a retired Homewood police officer and now works as a detective at Union Station.

With the recent crime and violence in Homewood, I have to admit, I’ve wondered if we should move, especially as I have a 4-year-old son with special needs. After talking with Mike, all of my feelings of loyalty and love for Homewood make sense again.

House projects lead to partnership

I could not be more thankful for my neighbors, Dave and Yoka Ward. In 2011, I moved into a 1932 Sears kit home in the Old Homewood neighborhood. I was a newly divorced, single mom with a 7-year-old son, ready to begin a new life. 

Though beautifully maintained, the house was filled with quirks and lacked landscaping of any kind. I was determined to make this our “happily ever after” but lacked the tools and skills to embark on home improvement.

Visiting the neighbor's yard for parties, piñatas and puppies

Editor's note: Of all the factors that go into making a great community—businesses, schools, infrastructure and events—one of the most important doesn't show up in the numbers, and that's the neighbors we cherish. As Thanksgiving nears, we asked H-F residents to tell us stories about the neighbors who support them in ways large and small. These are two of the stories our neighbors shared with us.

‘A fine idea’: Neighbors work together to solve a concrete problem

Editor's note: Of all the factors that go into making a great community—businesses, schools, infrastructure and events—one of the most important doesn't show up in the numbers, and that's the neighbors we cherish. As Thanksgiving nears, we asked H-F residents to tell us stories about the neighbors who support them in ways large and small. This is one of the stories our neighbors shared with us.
 

In 2017, Jeremy Smith and Rachel Meadows-Smith moved to a house in Homewood that was perfect for them, except it didn’t have a garage. 

No problem; Jeremy’s dad said he would help them build a garage, extending their long, narrow driveway to meet it behind the house. They enthusiastically planned for the project, which the family would complete themselves. 

Illinois School Report Cards: See how H-F schools rate

The Illinois State Board of Education has released its annual Illinois Report Card, a rundown of how each school and school district in the state is performing.

 

Compiled from information ISBE collects from every Illinois public school, the Report Card offers demographics and statistics about school districts and individual schools, comparing them to statewide data.

Metra meeting offers explanation on possible schedule changes

Officials from Metra offered feedback Tuesday on proposed changes to the Electric Line schedule during a public forum at Flossmoor Village Hall.


In May, Metra announced proposed service changes “to better reflect ridership demands and anticipated development in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.” The Electric Line runs between University Park and the Van Buren Street station in Chicago, through the stations in both Homewood and Flossmoor.
 

Opening day getting closer, Rabid Brewing owner says


Rabid Brewing was granted an extension to its financial incentive agreement with the Homewood village board at the June 13 meeting.

Homewood police hire village native, H-F graduate

It just became a little more difficult for criminals to outrun the Homewood police. 


Ephraim Dorsey, who ran middle distance for track teams at Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Eastern Illinois University, took the oath to become an officer at the June 13 village board meeting. 

Garden walk June 25 to benefit two local charities

The seventh annual Southland Community Garden Walk, sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section, will take place from 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.

Six gardens will be featured in Flossmoor, Homewood and Olympia Fields.

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