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.
- COVID-19 Presentation from Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 Briefing: Unemployment, Loans & Grants, Tax Benefits.
- Governor’s Executive Order 2020-22 - Suspends the date of each township’s annual meeting for calendar year 2020 through the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations. Suspends the provision that no license of a funeral director shall be renewed more than twice and suspends the requirement that the transportation of deceased human remains must be under the immediate direct supervision of a licensee. Under the Child Care Act of 1969, the definition of “child” is suspended to ensure those who are 18 years or older can remain in their placement. In the Health Care Worker Background Check Act, suspends the time period for designated students, applicants, and employees to have their fingerprints collected electronically.
- Homewood Disposal requests households with COVID-19 symptoms to not recycle - In an effort to reduce potential exposure to personnel, if you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, or is exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19, please bag your recyclables and place them in your trash/refuse cart. Please continue this practice until symptoms subside. If there are no signs of COVID-19 in your household, please continue to place your loose recyclables in your recycle cart. Letter from Homewood Disposal.
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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: April’s Adjudication is cancelled. The next adjudication hearing is schedule for May 20.
- Village Meetings: Village Hall will be open for the Village Board meeting on April 8, 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.