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The butterflies gradually began to kick in for Dan Donegan for the first time in years.

Sitting on a couch in the dressing room at the House of Blues in Chicago on Aug. 21, the guitarist of the band Disturbed would shortly take the stage with his group. With the band having been on hiatus for four years before that night, Donegan, a Homer Glen resident, knew their first show back would be something special.

Amanda Jarzynski
A third-grader from Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C died Sept. 6, according to a letter sent to parents Sept. 7 by Superintendent Kara Coglianese. The student, who was a third-grader at Shilling School, reportedly died at home “suddenly” and was not named by the district.
Bill Jones

An autopsy performed by the Will County Coroner’s Office Sunday, June 1, determined that a 23-year-old Lockport resident died due to “thermal injury” following a motor vehicle incident in which his car left the roadway, struck a fixed object and caught fire.

The deceased is identified as Andrew Mazza. Mazza was declared dead at 8:55 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office. The incident occurred on Bell Road, just north of Martingale Lane.

Michael Gilbert

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
A little over a year ago, Luis Mendoza Jr. and his father, Luis Mendoza Sr., opened Frontera Sur Mexican Restaurant in Homer Glen.
Jacquelyn Schlabach
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