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The decision is final. Woodbine Golf Course will cease operation on Dec. 31, 2014, due to a recent decision that restored the Village board’s initial agreement, which was unanimously approved at a special meeting held Dec. 23, 2013. The motion to remove the agenda item was raised by Trustee George Yukich and seconded by Trustee Michael Costa during a Wednesday, Sept. 10 regular meeting. The item passed 6-0, nixing consideration of a 2015 management agreement with Woodbine — a topic that has divided the board in recent months.
Lauren Finkler

This spring, the race for mayor in Homer Glen will be between Jim Daley and George Yukich.

Daley, the incumbent and mayor since 2007, will be opposed by Yukich, who is currently a trustee on the Village board.

Candidate questionnaires were sent to both men, who were given equal opportunity to fill them out for publication.

Election Day is Tuesday, April 7.


Thomas Czaja

Homer Glen resident Alexandria Balich has 56 reasons to smile. For one, she finished her education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry on May 10. 

The remaining 55 reasons are in Guatemala, where the 26-year-old recently completed her final rotation tending to the teeth of 55 preschool and kindergarten students at Susanna Wesley School in Camanchaj. 

The trip was organized through Project Salud y Paz, which has worked with UIC for the past three years.

Lauren Finkler
A father and daughter were injured during a home explosion the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 15, in Homer Glen, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office. The source of a natural gas leak that began that afternoon was found by Nicor Gas crews after working overnight following the home explosion, according to Nicor.
Thomas Czaja

The Zalga family has had their hands full for about a month now. On Friday, April 18, the world welcomed Kole Patrick, Ruby Annmarie and Ethan Joseph Zalga. 

“I was in shock,” Kevin Zalga recalls of hearing his wife, Carrie, was pregnant with triplets. “We just got back from vacation. Just told my parents that we were about to get the ultrasound. I probably didn’t say a word for five minutes.”

Michael Ranieri

Bright-eyed tots and elder, game faced egg hunters up to age of 10 ventured to Cross of Glory Lutheran Church Saturday, April 12, for the Homer Glen church’s Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt.

A thousand eggs were splayed across the lawn for each of the three age groups, with the 0-3 age group up first. 

Plenty of first-time participants studied the strange, pastel objects laying before them, with knowing moms, dads and siblings offering helping hands in gathering the eggs.

Lauren Finkler

A local woman ended up experiencing an unexpected landing when flying home to Chicago from San Diego on the night of Aug. 31, when fellow passengers became unruly on her flight.

Joyce Bibeau, a resident of Homer Glen for 22 years, was coming back from visiting family on the Southwest Flight 1522 that was en route to Midway International Airport in Chicago when she noticed the plane was suddenly beginning to descend in the middle of the flight.

Thomas Czaja

While most parents worry about their children picking up germs and getting sick, for Stacy and Matt Creed of Lockport, it is a central focus of their lives. 

The Creeds’ 5-year-old daughter Dylan has an immune system which is compromised by an unidentified disorder and has already spent more time in the hospital than most adults. The cost of this illness has been draining on the family, which is why friends and relatives threw a benefit for Dylan Saturday, Sept. 27, at Mullets Sports Bar and Restaurant in Homer Glen.

Thomas Czaja

Two-and-a-half weeks into the job, Dr. Kara Coglianese — the new superintendent for Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C — had already begun to make a new home for herself.

“I feel extremely privileged to work here,” Coglianese said. “This has been a really great district.”

She spoke with the clarity and ease of someone who knows what they are doing – which makes sense, given that Coglianese has had a lifelong passion for education.

Meredith Dobes
Though blue jeans were not a strict requirement, many in attendance came wearing their finest or favorite pair of denim. On Saturday, May 13, the Goodings Grove School Parent Teacher Organization hosted its Blue Jeans Ball fundraiser at Zachary’s Red Barn at Konow’s Corn Maze.
Erin Redmond