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Homer Glen Ranked in the Top 50 Safest Cities/Villages in Illinois

The Village of Homer Glen ranked 21 out of the top 50 safest cities/villages in Illinois by SafeWise. To determine the 50 safest cities/villages in Illinois, SafeWise used the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics along with their own independent research to create the list of the 50 safest communities.

Cities and Villages with a population over 5,000 were evaluated using the following statistics:

Violent Crimes per 1,000 (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, robbery); and

Property Crimes per 1,000 (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft).

After reviewing the report Homer Glen Mayor Jim Daley also recognized two nearby Will County communities, Channahon and Frankfort for ranking in the same top 50 safest communities to live in Illinois. “Homer Glen is a wonderful community in which to safely live, raise children and do business,” stated Mayor Daley. “I want to thank my fellow residents for helping the Village organization and Sheriff Department maintain our very safe community.” concluded Mayor Daley.

The Villages Prospective Purchase of the Woodbine Golf Course, Restaurant, Club-House and Banquet Facility

Comments by Mayor Jim Daley

At a Special meeting on Monday, December 23rd, the Village Board members voted unanimously to support the purchase of the Woodbine Golf Course and existing Clubhouse buildings, located on 151st Street. I appreciate the Village Board’s support of this important acquisition. The Village Board has been discussing this acquisition for quite some time. Because the purchase involved land acquisition, those discussions have occurred in private, as allowed by law. It is important to know that the Village did not rush into this purchase decision. However, we are trying to complete the purchase before the end of the calendar year, hence the special board meeting on December 23rd.

For $3.3 million dollars, the Village of Homer Glen is seeking to purchase the over 100 acres of land, the club house/banquet facility and other building facilities that currently encompass the Woodbine Golf Course. The money utilized for this purchase comes from a mixture of money that was saved by the Village over the years and some bond proceeds. The opportunity for this acquisition comes as the Ludwig family, the long-time owners of Woodbine Golf Course, are seeking to retire. The goal is for the Village to secure the property and for the Ludwig Family to operate the golf course and clubhouse during the 2014 calendar year. Then, the Ludwig’s will retire at the end of 2014 and the golf course and banquet facility will close.

The Village’s next goal is to turn the existing golf course land into an outstanding community park with new ball fields, trails and multiple other recreational uses, centrally located in Homer Glen.

In addition, the existing club house and banquet facility will be remodeled into Homer Glen’s next Village Hall to serve our ever expanding community. This action will create a community center with the Village Hall, Library and Highway Department all located in close proximity to one another.

My hope is that a portion of the remodeled Village Hall facility will also be able to serve as Homer Glen’s first dedicated senior center with regular programming and activities, sponsored by the Village, to the benefit of our great senior citizens.

I truly believe this purchase is in the absolute best interests of the Homer Glen community. As everyone knows, I have been a long time advocate of securing the centrally located buildings and land that currently make up the Woodbine Golf Course. I believe the community needs our first, true community park, centrally located, with enough land to provide activities for kids of all ages.

I appreciate the Ludwig Family’s long time commitment to the Homer Glen community and am grateful that they have embraced the Village’s goals and vision for this important community center. As I mentioned at the start of my remarks, I sincerely appreciate the Village Board’s support of this important acquisition. As always, the Village is happy to address your questions at 708.301.0632.

Respectfully,
Jim Daley
Mayor

Permit Required for Leaf Burning

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The Village of Homer Glen Board of Trustees recently passed Ordinance 13-055, requiring residents to obtain a Leaf Burning permit before any open burning of leaves on residential property. Applications are available on this website or at the Village Hall. The permit must be obtained after filing an application with the Village and picked up at Village Hall. The permit is good for six (6) months from issuance. There is no fee for the permit.

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Nicor Gas Promotes Assistance Programs for Heating Bills

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Nicor Gas is promoting energy assistance programs to help customers during the winter months.  There are a number of different non-profit, federal, state and local agencies that offer programs to assist qualified individuals.

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Emerald Ash Borer Found In Homer Glen

Emerald Ash Borer

The Village of Homer Glen has an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).  The infestation will affect thousands of Ash trees on both public (parkways) and privately owned property within the Village over the next several years.  If you think your tree is infected, please contact the Village and schedule an inspection with our Certified Arborist.

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Shop Homer Glen and Save Sales Tax Dollars!

Shop Homer Glen - Invest Wisely

There are so many outstanding reasons to do your shopping locally, right here in Homer Glen. In addition to keeping sales tax dollars here in our community to support local government operations, shopping in the Village helps to support ever important local employment. In addition to these two important reasons, shopping locally will save you money!

The Village of Homer Glen has one of the lowest municipal sales tax rates in the area. Joliet, Orland Park, Bolingbrook, New Lenox, and Romeoville all have higher municipal sales tax rates than the Village of Homer Glen.

Click here for a list of additional reasons to shop locally in the Village of Homer Glen....

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Business Incentive Loan Programs

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The Village of Homer Glen has established the Business Incentive Façade Improvement Loan Program and the Business Incentive Non-Conforming Sign Replacement Loan Program. Both programs are available to existing Homer Glen businesses. The programs offer zero percent (0%) bridge loans to pay for business façade improvements and sign replacements.

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Northern Will County Water Agency

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The Villages of Homer Glen, Lemont, Romeoville, Woodridge and Bolingbrook would like to announce the formation of the Northern Will County Water Agency. The goal of the Agency is to stabilize and control water rate increases and to explore the feasibility of acquiring the Lake Michigan water transmission line which runs from Bedford Park to the southwest suburbs.

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