District 153 adopts 2020 budget for Homewood schools

Despite an increase in state funding, Homewood School District 153 school board approved a $23.7 million budget for 2020 that carries a deficit. At its meeting Monday, Sept. 16, John Gibson, chief schools business official, outlined the district’s budget that shows $23,773,000 in revenues, but $24,514,000 in operating expenses leaving the district with a $741,000 deficit.

Funding announced for Homewood train station

Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller’s office announced on Monday infrastructure funding to improve Homewood train station.

Juvenile suffers stab wound Monday in Homewood

A juvenile was transported to an area hospital Monday afternoon after suffering a stab wound during a fight in the 18500 block of Poplar Avenue in Homewood, according to police.

Children’s musical presented by H-F Theater students Sept. 26, 27 and 28

“The Last Stop on Market Street,” a children’s musical, will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Mall Auditorium of Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

Local author's Christmas novel turns into TV movie

Rikk DunlapEvery holiday season, Rikk Dunlap would walk by a makeshift Christmas tree lot. He loved it so much, that he wrote a novel about it. And the folks at the Hallmark Channel loved the story so much that it’s been made into a Christmas special movie airing Nov. 16. [Note: The date has changed from when this story first appeared. Nov. 16 is correct.]

Dr. Gottlieb reflects on 34 years as child psychologist

“When I grew up …”
Dr. David Gottlieb can tell you the changes he’s seen in the world of kids and teenagers the past 34 years of his practice as a child psychologist in Homewood. He will be closing his practice in December.

Police confirm robbery at Chase Bank in Homewood

Homewood police officers responded to a report of a robbery at Chase Bank at the corner of 183rd Street and Dixie Highway around 12:06 p.m. 

H-F artists will display work at Park Forest Art Fair Sept. 21-22

The Park Forest Art Fair, sponsored by Tall Grass Arts Association will celebrate its 64th year during the Sept. 21 and 22 event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in downtown Park Forest.



Speaker system coming to Downtown Homewood

The Homewood Village Board approved the purchase of a wireless speaker system for the downtown area at its Sept. 10 meeting.

The system will be used for public events and festivals and to share public announcements. It will allow the amplification of live music and speaking at festivals and other functions.

Excess water: The drainage dilemma

Water is a friend that can very easily become a foe.

Homewood and Flossmoor have no large bodies of water to cause the kind of dramatic flooding that makes the evening news. Instead, the area has chronic problems with stormwater drainage that nevertheless are a serious matter for local property owners.


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