It's a good time to be a Cub fan in the South Suburbs

It's not so lonely being a southern Cubs fan in these days. The team is down 3-0 in its battle with the New York Mets in the National League Championship series, but the young team's victories in a wild-card playoff game and in the division series have local fans excited. [Update at 4 p.m. Thursday with a fan reaction to the Cubs' defeat.]

As state withholds Motor Fuel Tax, village’s street repair fund could run dry

Flossmoor’s yearly road resurfacing program is complete and the village is preparing to buy road salt to make winter driving less treacherous. But, as the state budget impasse continues, revenues that fund those expenditures will soon be nearly depleted.

Junior Friends share creativity with library volunteers

The Homewood Library’s Junior Friends of the Library gathered Friday, Oct. 16, to decorate bags that were filled with treats for the many volunteers who work the Saturday book sales from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library.

School board members say state actions could do additional harm to District 153

Three major actions now before the Illinois legislature could do additional serious harm to Homewood schools, according to administrators and school board members, and the only way out of the financial consequences will be through local decisions.

Shelly Marks, president of the school board, said the decisions before legislators are a proposal to freeze property taxes, a change in the state aid funding formula and moving pension obligations on to local districts.

Four outstanding students selected for Dockweiler Award

Four Homewood District 153 students were presented the Tom Dockweiler Award at Monday’s school board meeting in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the 2014-15 school year.

Local entrepreneur sweetens the world

Homewood Flossmoor High School graduate Jordyn Gaines baked her first cake her junior year in foods class. Since then, the young entrepreneur has taken her talent for baking and turned it into a thriving business.

Homewood school board considering enrollment shifts, dissolving Millennium School

The Homewood District 153 school board is considering shifting fifth graders to Churchill School as a cost-cutting move. Parents were notified of the proposal Friday as administrators and school board members look at ways to save money in light of decreasing state support. Shifting students could save as much as $600,000 per year.

Small business center director Priscilla Cordero named ‘state star’

Priscilla Cordero, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Governors State University, has been named Illinois’ “State Star” by the SBDC national organization. Cordero, of Homewood, was selected for her exemplary performance, significant contribution to her SBDC program and commitment to helping small businesses grow.

Walmart project moves forward

The Walmart project was on the Homewood Board of Trustees agenda Tuesday, but the two measures approved were routine compared to its previous appearance. The board approved a resolution supporting Walmart's Class 8 property tax incentives and amendments to requirements for the site plan.

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