COVID-19 Updates and Resources
The Village of Homer Glen will continue to provide regular updates to our residents and local businesses, as information becomes available. Village staff is in constant communication with its partner agencies and first responders to make sure necessary information is disseminated. This site will be the primary local source for information. Please follow us on Facebook and our website to stay informed of local happenings and programs that may be able to assist our community during this difficult time. Resources and helpful links are listed below.
- Office of the Governor Media Release March 31, 2020 - Governor Pritzker announced that he will sign an extension of the Stay At Home order and the suspension of on-site learning in schools through April.
- For organizations and individuals who have with Sales Tax Exemption (E) numbers pending renewal, tTo allow time to process outstanding renewal applications, the Board of Appeals at IDOR has issued an order extending the E-number expiration date by 90 days for impacted organizations and individuals.
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released Recommended Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Grocery Stores.
- The Governor’s Office and state agency partners have suspended or amended policies to ensure the health and safety and financial support for early childhood care and education providers.
Click here for FULL LIST of Updates.
Village Board Launches COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Assistance Program
Partnering to Keep the Lights On
At the March 25 meeting, Mayor Yukich and the Village Board of Trustees proactively approved COVID-19 financial assistance for small businesses to Keep the Lights On. The program provides financial assistance to eligible independently-owned businesses in Homer Glen. Up to a $10,000 line of credit is available with loans offered at zero percent (0%) interest. Click on the link below for the program details and application form. Eligible businesses can apply now.
Village Hall is Closed - At the direction of Governor Pritzker (Executive Order #2020-10) the Village Hall will be closed until April 7. This means Village Hall will not be staffed. All police administration and non-emergency calls should be directed to the Will County Sheriff’s Department at (708) 301-9274. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. The Will County Sheriff’s Department personnel will continue to respond to service calls and patrol the Village of Homer Glen, as they do currently under our existing contract.
Essential employees will continue to monitor our Village Facilities and Parks. Department email boxes will be checked periodically and will be responded to as personnel is available based upon priority. Please note that Village Hall phones will not be answered. Department email boxes are as follows:
- All police administration and non-emergency matters for the Will County Sheriff’s Department should be directed to 708-301-9274.
- For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
- Adjudication Court: The next Adjudication is scheduled for April 15.
- Village Meetings: Village Hall will be open for the Village Board meeting on March 25, 2020. Due to concerns about large gatherings and social distancing requirements, multiple Trustees will be attending remotely. Individuals should not attend if they are sick or have been around anyone who has been sick. All attendees will be required to wash their hands prior to entering the board room and adhere to social distancing requirements. The meeting will be recorded and available on this website on Thursday morning, and we encourage residents to watch the meeting.
- The public agenda packet is posted on this website. The proposed FY21 Village budget will also be posted on the Village website for public review. The Village’s current fiscal year budget expires April 30, 2020.
- Special Events: Following direction from Governor Pritzker and recommendation from the CDC, the Village has cancelled its Biking in Homer to Celebrate Earth Day event, Stargazing and the State of the Village.
Building Permits & Inspections
Applications for building permits can still be submitted by email, fax or regular mail. The Village’s permits are available on the Permit Applications page. At this time, the Village will not require payment of the permit fees at time of application. These fees will now be able to be paid at time of permit issuance. Village staff will still be conducting essential inspections. Nonessential inspections, that require entering our residents’ homes will not be conducted at this time. The determination of essential versus nonessential will be decided by the Village’s Chief Building Official. The processes for issuing building permits and requesting inspections will continue with no changes. Next week, the Village will have installed a drop box by the Village Building Department entrance that will allow residents/contractors to drop off large-format plans and permit applications. All possible efforts will be taken to not disrupt construction in the Village, while still protecting the public and Village staff.
No Door-to-Door Solicitations - There are no solicitation permits issued at this time.
Utilities and Services
- AT&T - Offers added relief for customers.
- Comcast - New policies for the next 60 days including free WiFi hotspots for everyone, no disconnects or late fees, and more.
- ComEd - Imposing a moratorium on the service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1.
- Homewood Disposal - No changes to service.
- Illinois American Water - In addition to suspending shut-offs, ILAW is suspending late fees until further notice.
- Nicor Gas - Nicor has suspended service disconnections for non-payment through May 1.
Please DINE LOCAL! Thank you to all of our local restaurants that have decided to remain open for the public, offering drive-thru, curb-side pick-up, and/or delivery. In an effort to promote our local businesses, the Village attempted to contact all of our local restaurants to compile a list of those that will still remain open. We will update this list as additional information is received.
The latest news. programs, and resources for businesses can be found on the Business Resource page.
Residents can find information and resources for child care, taxes, support services, and volunteer opportunities related to the COVID-19 epidemic on the Resident Resources page.
Links to Government websites with credible information and resources related to the Coronavirus can be found on the Coronavirus Government Resources page.
Answers to frequently asked questions are provided by various agencies on the Frequently Asked Questions page.