Have you had encounters with panhandlers recently in Homewood or Flossmoor?

We're looking for reports from anyone who has encountered panhandlers in Homewood in recent weeks. We're curious whether there have been more lately, whether the requests from panhandlers are polite or aggressive and what approaches they use to invite donations. Your stories will help inform a story about the subject in The Chronicle.

Mandarin Chinese added to H-F High School curriculum

Students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School will have an opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese next year.

The school board agreed at its Nov. 18 meeting to add the new language to its curriculum, and to establish a new culinary course in it Family and Consumer Science curriculum.

Homewood Stories: A gallery

Homewood Stories began in January, 2014, founded by local dentist Karen O'Donnell. The photos in this gallery are from the August, September and October shows. The tellers include pros and inexperienced tellers. Featured here are Ruth B., Karen Genelly, Don Hall, O'Donnell, Gary Doherty, O'Donnell again, Patrick Monahan, Gwen Hilary, Enoch Williamson, Paul Teodo, Chris Forte, Kucha Brownlee and the star of every show, according to O'Donnell, the audience.

McAtee accepts Millennium principal’s post

District 153 looked within its administrative staff for the next principal of Homewood’s Millennium School naming Dave McAtee to the position as of July 1, 2015.

Millennium Principal Shirley Watkins will be retiring from the district at the end of the school year.

“We have such a great school,” McAtee said. “I’m excited to be taking on this role.”

Flossmoor to replace problem-ridden ambulance

Flossmoor is saying goodbye to a troublesome ambulance and kicking the tires on a new emergency vehicle for the village fire department.

The Village Board Monday approved the purchase of a 2015 Osage ambulance for $265,426. The new ambulance, built on a Dodge chassis, will replace a Wheeled Coach unit purchased in 2005.

Cherylyn Pesina receives Morin Award

From left, Millennium School
Principal Watkins, District 153
Board of Education President
Shelly Marks, Cherylyn Pesina 
and District 153 Superintendent
Dale Mitchell. Pesina was honored

Further delay likely in Homewood casino bid, no action seen at state veto session

Casino dreamin' (site boundary
image from the Village of Homewood
casino project documents, casino
chips image © Dana Bartekoske
Heinemann, Dreamstime

Stock Photos)

Patriot Park Little Free Library vandalized again

The Little Free Library in Homewood's Patriot Park was vandalized for the second time in a little more than than a month, according to Homewood Library Director Amy Crump.

Helping the hungry

(Photo by Marilyn Thomas/
The Chronicle)

H-F on par in latest school assessment


While the 2014 School Report Card shows Homewood-Flossmoor High School on par with schools across the state, the state-mandated data doesn’t tell the full story of what goes on at H-F, says Jodi Bryant, Director of Human Resources and Public Relations. 

Faculty and administrators typically use numerous indicators over four years for a more complete picture of the abilities of H-F students.

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