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Homer Glen resident Elizabeth Vernon says she’ll always try something at least once.

It’s just one reason why the 19-year-old agreed to compete in the 2015 Miss Illinois USA pageant Aug. 30 in Skokie, much to the surprise of her family and friends. 

“At first they kind of laughed because I was always the kid that was goofing off and just being like a comedian,” she said. “I was always a tomboy, I never wore dresses until like high school. Everyone is like, ‘What the heck are you doing? You’re crazy.’”

Meredith Dobes

An unidentified male died Saturday, May 31, after he was involved in a fiery crash in Homer Glen, according to a statement released by the Will County Coroners Office.
Authorities said the man, whose name is being withheld pending positive identification, was driving on Bell Road, just north of Martingale Lane in Homer Glen when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a fixed object causing the vehicle to catch fire.
The man was pronounced dead at 8:55 p.m. on May 31, according to the Will County Coroners Office.
An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday, June 1.

Michael Gilbert
A 56-year-old man and 54-year-old woman in Homer Glen were killed in an apparent murder-suicide while their children were home, according to a preliminary report from the Will County Sheriff’s Office.
Thomas Czaja

A fire that consumed both mulch and logs the evening of Monday, May 18, at Homer Tree Service in Lockport created traffic concerns, but no injuries were reported, and the blaze did not spread to any nearby structures, according to Northwest Homer Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Todd Fonfara.

The district got a call around 7 p.m. from a truck driver passing by Homer Tree Service, 16464 143rd St. in Lockport, about a fire at the business, Fonfara said. When crews arrived, the fire had spread from a mulch pile to a log pile, according to Fonfara.

Danielle Tabor
Lauren Skiniotes grew up in a dance studio. She began before she entered elementary school, and it soon became a mainstay in her life throughout her childhood, studying at The Dance Studio Ltd. — first in New Lenox, then Homer Glen — under owner Marianne Kyler. But as Skiniotes was finishing her senior year in college last year, Kyler called her. She wanted to retire, and she asked Skiniotes to take the reins.
Thomas Czaja
Early in his playing career, Connor Ryan found himself on the B squad, unsure whether or not he’d ever make it as a baseball player. But on June 13, the Homer Glen native’s dreams were affirmed when he took his first step into the big leagues.
Erin Redmond
Orland Park native Ashley Jurjovec lived every day of her life to the fullest, according to the people who knew her best. Today, her memory lives on through her family and friends, as they work to raise funds and awareness for the rare heart condition that led to Ashley’s death — sudden and without symptoms — at the age of 31 on May 10, 2016.
Erin Redmond
A teen and young adult were killed when their vehicles collided in a head-on crash the evening of Saturday, Dec. 23, in Homer Glen, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.
Thomas Czaja

A bat trapped July 6 by a Homer Glen man near the garage of his home in the 13000 block of West Little Creek Drive tested positive for rabies, according to a press release issued July 8 by the Will County Health Department. A second bat from the same garage was also discovered July 9 that tested positive for rabies.

The latest cases are reportedly the fourth and fifth rabid bats discovered in Will County so far this year.

Danielle Tabor

Write-in candidates earned the majority of Homer Glen's votes, with all 16 precincts reporting, in Homer Glen's Consolidated Primary Election Tuesday, Feb. 24, according to unofficial results from the Will County Clerk's Office. However, which write-ins exactly received those votes will remain unclear until tomorrow, Feb. 25, pending official counts.

Lauren Finkler

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