Decline in property values still a problem as District 161 prepares tax levy

In the next two years, Flossmoor District 161 expects a pair of significant financial “bumps” that both increase the total property value of the school community and provide relief to local taxpayers. Frances LaBella, the district’s assistant superintendent for business, told school board members Monday that this year’s retirement of a tax increment financing (TIF) district in Flossmoor will result in $3,585,878 being returned to the tax rolls. That amount will boost the district’s tax base in late 2016.

Metra shutdown averted when Congress passes transportation bill

A possible shutdown of Metra and other railroad operations nationwide was averted today after Congress approved a bill that would extend the deadline on implementation of the Positive Train Control system, according to an email notice posted Wednesday from Don Orseno, Metra CEO.

PTC is a computerized system that prevents certain types of train-to-train collisions, helps avoid derailments and other accidents caused by excessive speed and increases safety for workers, Orseno said.

Flossmoor moms, coffee-blended brew help fund education in Uganda

Michelle Nelson and Janna Henry received their introductory beer-making lesson last month from Flossmoor Station brewmaster Eymard Freire. They helped mix the regular beer ingredients, along with coffee beans from Uganda, in an effort to raise funds for educational programs in that East African nation.

Homewood baseball bats could be in the hands of pros soon as trustees award incentive to new company

Famous baseball bat maker Louisville Slugger might not be looking over its shoulder — yet — but there's a new baseball bat company gearing up to start production, and its owner will call Homewood home. The Homewood Board of Trustees approved $100,000 in village Business Incentive Program funding Tuesday to help Homewood Bat Company with building acquisition costs.

Yin Ding shares Chinese language, culture with first classes at H-F High

Yin Ding is helping bridge the cultural divide of East and West as the new Chinese language teacher at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. District 233 agreed to expand its language offerings beyond the traditional French and Spanish classes after hearing requests from parents and students. Ding is teaching 93 students in four sections, including students from James Hart Junior High in Homewood and Parker Junior High in Flossmoor who were invited to be part of the first class.

Homewood Holiday Lights festival to feature shimmering lights, holiday shopping and a frosting of poetry

"Holiday Lights in Homewood" from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, will offer the community an opportunity to celebrate the season with an evening of lights, shopping, family activities and a poetic window display.

Homewood trustees to consider business incentives for baseball bat company

Homewood trustees will consider a measure Tuesday that would provide incentives for a new baseball bat manufacturer to establish a shop in town. Homewood Bat Company has applied for $100,000 from the village's Business Incentive Program.

Clubhouse at Dolphin Lake gets rave reviews

Hundreds of people gave their applause and offered rave reviews at an open house Sunday for the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District’s work in developing the new Clubhouse at Dolphin Lake.

H-F’s Viking Broadcasting celebrates 50 years of WHFH Radio and TV successes

Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s Viking Broadcasting Company is celebrating the 50th anniversary of WHFH radio and the many successes of the thousands of students who spent time in front of a microphone or TV camera. Alums of the program met Saturday night to celebrate its success.

Writer Eileen Ladin-Panzer is guest speaker at NCJW Nov. 4 program

Eileen Ladin-Panzer, will discuss her book, “A Life Less Lived” at the Nov. 4 program hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women. The 6:30 p.m. event is at Temple Anshe Sholom in Olympia Fields. 

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