Homer Glen, Illinois

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Homer Glen is a village, located 25 miles (40 km) southwest of downtown Chicago, in Homer Township, Will County, Illinois. The village was incorporated on April 17, 2001.[1] Homer Glen is the safest place to live in Illinois[2] and it was also named the 3rd International Dark Sky Community in the world. Homer Glen is only the fourth community in the world and the first municipality in the State of Illinois to be awarded this honorable designation. The Village of Homer Glen received this award because of its “exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of quality lighting codes, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies."[3]

Homer Glen is an upscale suburban gem offering a unique blend of open space, beautiful residential developments and vibrant commercial corridors with significant commercial growth potential. Homer Glen’s gently rolling terrain is dotted with prairie grasses, stands of trees and cultivated fields. Homer Glen: Community and Nature...in Harmony.[4]

Geography[edit]

Homer Glen is located at 41°37′22″N 87°56′29″W (41.6228,-87.9416).

The boundaries of the village of Homer Glen are one half-mile block south of 131st Street to the north (along the Cook County border); 183rd Street to the south; Will-Cook Road to the east; and Gougar Road to the west. The village shares its boundaries with the village of Lemont (in Lemont Township, Cook County) to the north, the village of Orland Park (in Orland Township, Cook County) to the east, the village of New Lenox (in New Lenox Township, Will County) to the south and the city of Lockport (in Lockport Township, Will County) to the west. The three major roads in Homer Glen are Bell, which runs north and south, 143rd street and 159th, which runs East-West.

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 22.21 square miles (57.5 km2), of which 22.17 square miles (57.4 km2) (or 99.82%) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 0.18%) is water.[5]

Residential development within the Village ranges from subdivisions with lots of one-third acre in size to subdivisions with lots larger than an acre. Large lot rural estates and small family farms also exist within the northwestern and southeastern portions of the Village. Lovely, scenic and wooded lots abound in the community.

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2010 census,[6] there were 24,220 residents. The racial composition of the city was:

Homer Glen has a Hispanic or Latino population of 4.9%.

Government[edit]

The current village president of Homer Glen is Jim Daley. There are six trustees: George Yukich, Marcia De Vivo, Mike Costa, Margaret Sabo, Sharon Sweas and Ted Kagianas. The village clerk is Gale Skrobuton.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

There are two grade school districts and one high-school district serving the village. Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C serves most of the community, and Will County School District 92 serves the rest. Lockport Township High School, District 205, is the public high school serving the village. Lockport High School district ranks in the top nine percent of all high schools in the nation, according to the Washington Post. LTHS is the only Will County school to be included on the list, which ranks schools for effectively preparing students for college.

Recreation[edit]

Homer Glen has many parks and athletic clubs, including the Homer Athletic Club, Homer Stallions Football and Lacrosse, Homer Heat Baseball, Lockport Homer Swim Club, and Homer Hawks soccer. The Village finished construction of its first trail system, the Homer Glen Heroes Trail, in late 2011. The trail is dedicated to local heroes and individuals that have made a positive impact on the community. The first event to take place on the Trail was the Mike Hike 5k, which honored local resident PFC Michael C. Olivieri, who lost his life while serving in Iraq in June 2011.[citation needed]

Religion[edit]

Homer Glen is the site of the Sri Ramakrishna Universal Temple, a branch of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago.[7]

Homer Glen is also the location of Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church. This church has been awarded for its "green" initiatives, specifically its 10 acres (40,000 m2) of landscaping that focuses on native plant life and water retention / management. Annunciation is notably one of the few new parishes of the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh.

Homer Glen is home to St. Bernard's Parish and Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish, both Roman Catholic churches. It is also home to 15 other churches of the Christian faith.[citation needed]

Other churches in Homer Glen are Cross of Glory Lutheran Church and Eagle Rock Community Church.[citation needed]

Media[edit]

Homer Glen is part of the Chicago metropolitan area media market for television, radio, and newspaper coverage. The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, and also the Joliet Herald are widely available. The news of Homer Glen itself is primarily covered by The Homer Horizon newspaper which has a circulation of approximately 13,400 homes and businesses in Homer Glen and neighboring Lockport.[8] The Homer Horizon is focused solely on the coverage of Homer Township and is a publication of 22nd Century Media, which is based in Orland Park.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Village of Homer Glen". Official website. Village of Homer Glen. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Real estate blog ranks safest suburbs". 
  3. ^ "Homer Glen". 
  4. ^ "Homer Glen". 
  5. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places - Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Places of Worship". Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Homer Horizon at 22ndcenturymedia.com

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/sns-ap-il--illinoisgovernor-rally,0,4866258.story

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