Homewood again suspends its tax collection on restaurants, bars

November 27, 2020 - 17:08
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The Homewood village board approved a second round of relief for local bars and restaurants affected by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive order restricting on-site eating. 

The village will not ask businesses to pay the “places for eating tax” for November, December or January. Homewood approved a similar measure in the spring, not asking restaurants to pay the tax for March, April or May.

The move was approved 6-0 at the Nov. 24 board meeting.

Small Business Saturday more important than ever this year

November 26, 2020 - 20:57
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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, gets more attention in the media as a peak shopping day, but the day after — Small Business Saturday — might be a more important day, according to local businesspeople. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal on small businesses that often don't have the resources to weather sharp economic downturns. Small businesses are key not only to the community's economic health but to the nation's. 

A boost for the butterflies: Flossmoor endorses Mayor’s Monarch Pledge

November 25, 2020 - 22:24
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Flossmoor is joining a national movement to help the monarch butterfly population, which has been declining over the past 20 years. The Village Board voted 5-0 Monday, Nov. 16, to endorse the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, an initiative from the National Wildlife Federation and recommended by Flossmoor’s Green Commission.

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