Long-time steward of Izaak Walton Preserve, Robert Ahlf dies at 77

In an effort to avoid conflicts with state pension rules, the District 233 school board voted 4-3 to give Homewood-Flossmoor High School Superintendent Von Mansfield his 2018-19 merit pay when he retires.

The arrangement was given the green light by the board’s attorney. Mansfield notified the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) of his intention to retire. He has not officially set a date. Paying him the $17,000 now would mean paying penalties because his salary would have exceeded TRS caps on earnings. The district paid a steep penalty when former Superintendent Laura Murray . . .

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Summer events

Saturday, July 2

  • Roots + Fire Water grand opening, 11 a.m. at 1941 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Monday, July 4

  • Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department kids parade, starting at 10 a.m. at Parker Junior High, ending in downtown Flossmoor.
  • Homewood 4th of July parade, staring at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot, 17951 Dixie Highway, south to Ridge Road, then east to Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, where there will be a community picnic.

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