Homewood celebrates summer with Giant Block Party Aug. 17

Homewood loves a good block party. The tradition creates opportunities to meet up with neighbors, make new friends and enjoy summertime fun. The village of Homewood wants to make sure everybody gets a chance for block party fun by hosting Homewood's Giant Block Party, one for the whole community on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Capturing Kids Hearts, STEAM labs to expand in Flossmoor schools

Flossmoor School District 161 is preparing for a number of changes as the 2019-20 school year approaches, including expanding key programs, launching a learning management system and bringing a handful of new administrators on board.

Back to School 2019

Welcome to the Chronicle's 2019 Back to School special section. Inside you'll find 

  • a story about school bus safety and a unique approach to the public service announcement on the subject.
  • information about how school food services deal with students' food allergies. 
  • a look at the challenges school nurses face in addressing a variety of student needs.
  • enhancements to technology for teachers at H-F High School.
  • a project by a youth philanthropic organization to make sure all students have access to school supplies.
  • an inspiring story about a student who is going from Prairie State College to Stanford University.

Thornton police alert public to wanted restauranteur

Thornton police issued an alert Monday on social media asking the public to report any public sightings of the owner of Shelly's Pancake House and Mangia Tutto restaurants in Thornton. Police said the owner, Carmen Leato, has been operating under the false identity of "Raul Castanada." Leato is listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry as a violent predatory child sex offender.

H-F senior Maya Harrell named Bank of America Student Leader

Maya Harrell, a senior at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, was selected a 2019 Bank of America Student Leader. The program is helping 283 students nationally who are passionate about improving the community  and building leadership skills through a paid summer internship and attending a networking program.

Water source shift causes hope, concern


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In recent years, water rates have been an issue for Homewood residents. The village gets its water from Harvey, but Harvey gets that Lake Michigan water from Chicago, and Chicago made a series of significant rate hikes over the past decade or so. Trusteed have expressed concern that the shift could have implications for water quality and safety.


Homewood asks residents to email officials for train station funding

Homewood officials are asking residents for help to ensure funding for the village’s train station renovation, which they say is being challenged by Chicago. The village is asking residents to email a letter to CMAP officials urging them to keep the original funding methodology. Get a copy of the letter here.

Social studies gets an update in District 153

Students in Homewood schools know about 9/11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the 2016 presidential election thanks to their teachers, not to their outdated classroom textbooks. To rectify that, the District 153 school board agreed to purchase a new series of social studies books and online materials and additional computer devices for $213,845.

Hidden Gem bike ride a treat, but watch out for those craters


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Riding the Hidden Gem Half Marathon on July 13 was a great way to see Flossmoor's charming neighborhoods, but the condition of some streets did not live up to the rest.

H-F High groundbreaking sets stage for arts additions

More than 100 students and residents gathered Thursday, Aug. 1, for a celebration and groundbreaking for the new fine arts additions at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.


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