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New Lenox police declined to file charges Thursday, Feb. 15, after a nearly two-month investigation into alleged inappropriate content on a cellphone used by the Rev. Richard J. McGrath, former president of Providence Catholic High School.
Bill Jones
An open space for a dance floor rests between rounded booths, where on any given weekend a group of Brazilian dancers, Frank Sinatra impersonator or comedian might be performing.
Jacquelyn Schlabach
The day begins at 8 a.m. for a 7:05 p.m. game start. Much has to be accomplished in the roughly 15 hours of his work shift.
Brittany Kapa
The Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C community was informed recently of the resignation of Superintendent Kara Coglianese. Coglianese tendered her resignation to the school board on Feb. 1, and her last day will be on June 30.
Thomas Czaja
Mother, grandmother, wife, animal lover, student of natural holistic health, cook and gardener.
Erin Redmond

The Lockport-Homer Youth Theater production company will “open its doors” this fall, kicking off its inaugural season with a musical production of “Seussical Jr.” that will be performed at the Lockport Township High School theater.  

Homer School District 33C Board President Angela Adolf is the director of the theater company and has been producing musicals for more than 18 years.  

The youth program is a subsidiary of the DuPage Conservatory of Fine Arts that is based out of Hinsdale. 

Lauren Finkler

Jillian Hersted and her family were familiar with the Creamery and enjoyed its products for years, so when they heard that the business was for sale, they decided to make a move to keep its doors open.


The first Creamery was opened in Frankfort in 1981, and the store grew to become a chain with six other locations — Homer Glen, Manhattan, Manteno, Mokena, New Lenox and Orland Hills — according to the Creamery’s website. It primarily sells ice cream, along with some sandwiches and other food items.

Amanda Jarzynski

A big-name franchise has circled Homer Glen as the place to open up its first stand-alone store in the Midwest.

Circle K, an international convenience store chain, debuted at 14310 Will-Cook Road on Dec. 8 and had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 14, with Mayor Jim Daley and other Village officials in attendance.

The franchise took over in the same spot as the old 7-Eleven, which closed in September, according to Homer Glen Economic Development Director Janie Patch.

Thomas Czaja

With an inhale, an exhale, and a steady alternation of running shoes swiftly pounding the ground, Homer Glen resident Leslie Campins finds her pace — and her peace of mind.

“I never stop running. It’s my hobby. It’s my therapy. It’s what gets me through the day,” Campins said.

Meredith Dobes

In her private bedroom on Wednesday, Feb. 4, Viola Van Dam is looking quite comfortable. 

Just two days earlier, Van Dam traversed unknown territory as she became the first resident of Victorian Village’s Health & Wellness Center Small House — a Homer Glen facility that is the first of its kind in the state of Illinois — but it’s quickly become home sweet home for Van Dam and several other new residents.

Thomas Czaja

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