Schools adapt to increased prevalence of food allergies

An estimated 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children under 18, according to the Food Allergy Research & Education organization (FARE). That equates to about one in 13 kids or roughly two in each classroom. 


Kelly addresses census importance, concerns at community briefing

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly says the stakes are high as the 2020 national census nears, and that all south suburban residents should make sure they are counted next year. A low turnout, Kelly said at a recent forum, could reduce the number of the Illinois Congressional delegation in Washington.

Village denies liquor license for Flossmoor BP gas station

The Flossmoor Village Board on Monday denied a request for the Flossmoor BP gas station to obtain a different liquor license so that it could pursue video gambling machines. The BP gas station at 3950 Vollmer Road has a license to sell packaged beer and wine, but owner Gayatri Patel requested a license to sell beer and wine that would be consumable on the premises; this type of liquor license is required for a business to apply for a video gambling license. 

Box cars for bus safety

A group of students from Homewood School District 153 recently helped the Village of Homewood and Homewood School District 153 produce a public safety video on school bus safety. The video by local documentary filmmaker Anne Colton is still in production but is expected to be finished sometime this month. 


Homewood celebrates summer with Giant Block Party Aug. 17

Homewood loves a good block party. The tradition creates opportunities to meet up with neighbors, make new friends and enjoy summertime fun. The village of Homewood wants to make sure everybody gets a chance for block party fun by hosting Homewood's Giant Block Party, one for the whole community on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Capturing Kids Hearts, STEAM labs to expand in Flossmoor schools

Flossmoor School District 161 is preparing for a number of changes as the 2019-20 school year approaches, including expanding key programs, launching a learning management system and bringing a handful of new administrators on board.

Back to School 2019

Welcome to the Chronicle's 2019 Back to School special section. Inside you'll find 

  • a story about school bus safety and a unique approach to the public service announcement on the subject.
  • information about how school food services deal with students' food allergies. 
  • a look at the challenges school nurses face in addressing a variety of student needs.
  • enhancements to technology for teachers at H-F High School.
  • a project by a youth philanthropic organization to make sure all students have access to school supplies.
  • an inspiring story about a student who is going from Prairie State College to Stanford University.

Thornton police alert public to wanted restauranteur

Thornton police issued an alert Monday on social media asking the public to report any public sightings of the owner of Shelly's Pancake House and Mangia Tutto restaurants in Thornton. Police said the owner, Carmen Leato, has been operating under the false identity of "Raul Castanada." Leato is listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry as a violent predatory child sex offender.

H-F senior Maya Harrell named Bank of America Student Leader

Maya Harrell, a senior at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, was selected a 2019 Bank of America Student Leader. The program is helping 283 students nationally who are passionate about improving the community  and building leadership skills through a paid summer internship and attending a networking program.

Water source shift causes hope, concern


The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.

In recent years, water rates have been an issue for Homewood residents. The village gets its water from Harvey, but Harvey gets that Lake Michigan water from Chicago, and Chicago made a series of significant rate hikes over the past decade or so. Trusteed have expressed concern that the shift could have implications for water quality and safety.



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