Homewood police quadruple beard-based fundraising goal

Homewood Police Department officers have raised more than $25,000 for Cancer Support Center while growing beards during a No Shave November fundraiser. 

For the fundraiser, police officers could “buy in” for a $50 donation, giving them the privilege of growing a beard and asking them to raise money for Cancer Support Center. Since Homewood police officers are normally not allowed to wear beards at work—though they can have mustaches—the fundraiser’s theme gave them extra incentive.

Homewood plans to sell land for CN expansion

Homewood trustees will consider a measure Tuesday to sell a 2.63 acre parcel of land on the east side of Ashland Avenue to Waterloo Railway Company.

The company, a subsidiary of Canadian National Railway, plans to use the land to expand CN's adjacent Regional Operations Center. The land is on the western edge of the Izaak Walton Nature Preserve.

In other business, the board will consider:

Not much snow but winds cause power outages, disrupt train traffic

This story was updated at 11:04 a.m.

The Homewood-Flossmoor area did not get a large amount of snow overnight, but rain, snow and gusty winds caused problems nevertheless.

Homewood celebrates the season with two events, more art and artisans

Homewood's holiday celebration will offer a pair of opportunities for the community to come together and celebrate the season.

Holiday Lights festivities will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and Miracle on Martin Avenue will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Santa parade, holiday hunt highlight Flossmoor Winterfest Dec. 8

Amid all that making lists and checking them twice, Santa is making an early holiday stop at Flossmoor’s annual Winterfest celebration on Dec. 8. The man in the red suit will be on hand for photos at Winterfest and will then lead a parade from the Flossmoor Public Library to Flossmoor Park for the village’s tree lighting ceremony.

Snow expected early Monday as first storm of the season rolls in

The Homewood-Flossmoor area is included in a winter storm warning that is in effect until 9 a.m. Monday but is not expected to bear the brunt of the first big snow storm of the season.

Areas to the north will not be so lucky, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Donations will benefit local organizations on #GivingTuesday

Local non-profit organizations are taking part in #GivingTuesday, a global day of sharing, on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Founded in New York City in 2012, #GivingTuesday offers people the chance to help others by supporting causes important to them. It is estimated that over the past five years $300 million has been raised online to benefit organizations large and small.
In the Homewood-Flossmoor area, several organizations will be participating.

Flossmoor plan commission to hold Dec. 20 hearing on truck parking

Flossmoor residents are another step closer to being able to move their pickup trucks from their garages to their driveways as a decades-old ban is set to go before the village’s plan commission.
The Flossmoor village board Monday unanimously voted to put the zoning ordinance amendment up for a public hearing during the Dec. 20 plan commission meeting. The board will make the final decision after receiving the commission’s recommendation.

‘Take whatever you want. I just want to live.'


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I’ve been doing something that makes reporters antsy: I’ve been sitting on a story.

A few weeks ago, I interviewed the Homewood man who was attacked and carjacked outside his house on Oct. 16. He graciously welcomed me into his home for an interview just a week later. Sitting on the couch with his dog, he described in detail what happened to him.

The message after decades of state tests? We’re commendable


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Your friend is hosting a dinner party and you’ve just finished coffee and the dessert course.

Suddenly he stands up, pulls a sheaf of papers from a folder and begins speaking.

“Now we’re in for a real treat,” he says. “Wait until you see the scores in little Jimmy’s school report card.”

In a minute, he’s talking about how many students placed in the top quarter in language arts and math. You glance at your watch.


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