Proposed Homewood-East Hazel Crest casino subject of Monday hearing

Local residents will have a chance to weigh in on a casino proposal in Homewood and East Hazel Crest at a pair of public meetings that will take place next Monday.

Flossmoor school board eyes possible 2019 tax levy

Members of the Board of Directors for Flossmoor School District 161 began discussion on the 2019 tax levy that will go toward funding the 2020-21 school year. During a Sept. 23 meeting, District 161 Finance Director Frances LaBella overviewed this year’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), which determines the amount of new tax dollars that can be accessed outside of new property.

Homewood launches video, podcast marketing series

Homewood has just launched another creative marketing campaign aimed at city dwellers considering a move to the suburbs. The “Home Sweet Homewood” podcast and “And Now for Something Completely Homewood” video series are the next step in the village’s marketing strategy aimed at young families and millennials considering a move from the city to the suburbs.
 

H-F Special Olympics ambassadors helping prepare next volunteers

In October, Homewood-Flossmoor High School will be represented at the Special Olympics North America Unified Champions Schools meeting in Washington, D.C., by H-F junior Donzell Marshall and Maggie McNellis, a 2019 graduate now attending Eastern Illinois University.
 

Homewood approved ordinance to amend enterprise zone

Homewood approved an intergovernmental agreement to apply for changes to the boundaries of the Cal Sag enterprise zone at its Sept. 24 village board meeting. Enterprise zones are intended to encourage private investment in economically depressed areas. Businesses located inside those areas and meeting certain criteria can be exempt from some taxes.
 

Flossmoor adopts 3-cent per gallon gas tax

Flossmoor has adopted a 3-cent per gallon tax on gasoline that will go toward funding the village’s annual street maintenance projects. A law that went into effect July 1 under Gov. J.B. Pritzker's "Rebuild Illinois" program allowed non-home rule towns in Cook County to impose a local motor fuel tax of up to 3 cents per gallon. 

 

Storms flood streets, strand vehicles in H-F Friday night

A series of thunderstorms pounding the area Friday night turned downtown Flossmoor into a temporary lake, stranding vehicles and damaging several businesses. According to the National Weather Service, the storms dumped 2.65 inches of rain in the three hours from 6:55 to 9:55 p.m., and that was only the most intense period of precipitation.

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