Author: Chris Weber

Healing-Centered Illinois Task Force celebrates launch at Governors State

On Jan. 30, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton officially launched the Healing-Centered Illinois Task Force (HCITF), marking a significant step towards addressing trauma and promoting healing within communities across Illinois.  The launch event at Governors State University preceded the task force’s first official meeting. Initiated through a 2020 bill in the[Read More…]

D161 board debates closing schools for elections

After a lengthy discussion at the Jan. 22 meeting, District 161 school board members voted to close schools during the March 19 primary election and decided that students would learn online instead. The meeting started with an audience comment from Rob Calhoon, the district’s orchestra director. “I believe shifting from[Read More…]

Spotlight brings epitaphs and fairy tales to life at two performances

The Spotlight Performance Academy plans to enchant audiences with two captivating productions in late January: “Spoon River Anthology — A Folk Musical” and “The Big Bad Musical.” First on the calendar is “Spoon River Anthology — A Folk Musical,” directed by retired Simeon High School drama teacher, Richard Piniewski. This[Read More…]

SD161 awards faculty and celebrates administrator’s achievements

District 161 recognized the exemplary service of Ronald Wright with the #AboveAndBeyond award during a Dec. 18 school board meeting. Wright, a sixth-grade math teacher at Parker Junior High, was nominated by one of his fellow teachers, Patricia Green. Director of Human Resources Haley Marti shared part of the nomination[Read More…]

District 233 approves 2023 levy and abatement

The District 233 school board voted unanimously to approve the 2023 tax levy at a meeting on Dec. 19. The levy is expected to raise $45.84 million in property taxes for Homewood-Flossmoor High School. The board also gave their full approval for a resolution to abate $1,995,000 in property taxes.[Read More…]

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