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Home rule on the ballot in Homewood, with limitations in place

The village board passed a resolution Tuesday to add a home rule referendum to the March 20 ballot while simultaneously passing ordinances aimed at limiting its power, should voters approve it.

Home rule allows a municipality the power to “regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals and welfare; to license; to tax; and to incur debt,” per the Illinois Constitution. Proponents say it directs more power to local government. Critics say it leads to more debt and higher taxes.

Towns with fewer than 25,000 residents need to approve home rule in an election.

Village Manager Jim . . .

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