Home rule supporters in Homewood decried the “outside influences” they say affected the referendum proposal after village residents rejected it in the March 20 election. Groups lobbying residents to vote against the measure disagree. The referendum failed with about seven in 10 voters casting ballots against home rule. A similar margin was against home rule during a 2004 referendum, as well. Steve Buchtel, the chair for Homewood Citizens for Home Rule, specifically called out the Illinois Realtors on election night. “We felt that volunteer hours would beat realtor dollars in this race,” Buchtel said. “All we had . . .
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