Home rule proposal in Homewood discussed by District 161 board

Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education members made no decision on whether to endorse a proposal for home rule status in the Village of Homewood.

At the board’s Nov. 13 meeting there was no indication of what action, if any, the board will take on a possible home rule referendum. Homewood trustees are expected to approve a March referendum on home rule at their Dec. 12 meeting. 
 

ComEd grant accelerates street light replacement in Homewood

The last of the LED lights in Homewood are expected to be installed by the end of the year thanks to a grant from Commonwealth Edison that provided funds to purchase new bulbs.
 

Medical offices will open in Flossmoor following $3 million renovation

A renovated medical offices building is expected to open on Governors Highway in Flossmoor within the next few months. Healthcare Providers Group LLC, located in Chicago, is converting the building, at 19831 Governors Highway, into a medical complex that will have approximately 15 examination and procedure rooms along with multiple offices and ancillary facilities such as a lab and reception areas.

Homewood taking steps to address home rule concerns

Homewood officials this week distributed an informational packet in an attempt to address the concerns some residents have voiced about home rule.
 
The village is exploring the possibility of placing a home rule referendum on the March 20, 2018, consolidated election ballot. 
 
A home rule municipality has more direct control of its own laws and regulations. 

District 153 assessments show students meeting, exceeding standards

Students in Homewood District 153 schools  generally are meeting or exceeding expectations, according to an analysis of testing data.
 
Midwest Analytics and Education LLC presented a report to the District 153 school board in October. In its summary, the company reported:
  • Students typically score at or above national averages
  • Grade level averages increase each year, with generally higher growth in lower grade levels

History buff takes second graders 500 years back for glimpse of Native American way of life

Willow School students recently took a trip back 500 years to learn how Native Americans lived, courtesy of historian Louis P. Aiello.

Home rule could help District 153 schools meet its budget shortfall

Homewood District 153 anticipates a $760,000 windfall to its budget if Homewood residents support the home rule initiative.
 
The village board is proposing to raise the sales tax by 0.25 percent and give the additional revenue to the other taxing bodies in Homewood — School Districts 153, 161 and 233, the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District and the Homewood Public Library.
 

Homewood Chevy again donating car to family in need

For the third straight year, Chevrolet of Homewood will donate a car to a lucky family on Christmas Eve. Steve Phillipos, president of the dealership, believes in the holiday spirit of giving and he has set up a plan to ensure that a needy family will receive a new automobile to hopefully ease their burden.

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