Author: Marilyn Thomas

District 153 looks at program cuts if Nov. 8 referendum fails

Homewood District 153 Superintendent Scott McAlister said “it breaks my heart” to outline cuts that would affect classroom teachers, staff and programs, but the reality is the state requires a balanced budget. Board members said the situation hit home when McAlister unveiled the proposal at the Oct. 11 board meeting.[Read More…]

NCJW in the South Suburbs

Creating a legacy, making a difference. That’s the most succinct way to describe the work the past 100 years by members of the National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section. Times have changed since the section was founded in Chicago Heights in 1921. Members of the Ladies Aid Society[Read More…]

District 233 gives approval to $63.8 million budget

The District 233 school board approved the $63.8 million budget for fiscal year 2023 at its Sept. 20 board meeting. The budget will cover expenses at Homewood-Flossmoor High School this year. Lawrence Cook, chief school business official, reported the overall revenues will show a slight increase of 2.72% or approximately[Read More…]

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at


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