Homewood officials this week distributed an informational packet in an attempt to address the concerns some residents have voiced about home rule. The village is exploring the possibility of placing a home rule referendum on the March 20, 2018, consolidated election ballot. A home rule municipality has more direct control of its own laws and regulations. Broadly, the Illinois Constitution gives home rule governments the power “to license, to tax, and to incur debt.”Any city with a population of 25,000 or more is a home rule community. Smaller towns need to pass a local . . .