Homer Glen, Illinois
Homer Glen is a village, located 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Chicago, in Homer Township, Will County, Illinois. The village was incorporated on April 17, 2001. The town was named the 3rd International Dark Sky Community in the world.
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.
- 95.5% White (91.7% non-Hispanic whites);
- 0.6% Black or African American;
- 1.0% from some other race;
- 1.7% Asian
- 1.1% from two or more races.
Homer Glen has a Hispanic or Latino population of 4.9%.
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.
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 consistently ranks in the top 5% of the nation in standardized testing and most recently made Newsweek Magazine's list of America's Best High Schools 2010.
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) providing recreation to the town. The Village recently finished construction of the Homer Glen Heroes Trail in the Fall of 2011. This is the first trail system to be constructed in Homer Glen. 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 new Heroes Trail was the Mike Hike 5k, which was in honor of local resident PFC Michael C. Olivieri who lost his life while serving in Iraq in June 2011.
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.
Other churches in Homer Glen are Cross of Glory Lutheran Church and Eagle Rock Community Church.
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. 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.
- "About the Village of Homer Glen". Official website. Village of Homer Glen. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
- "Down with Light Pollution: Illinois Town Prizes Its Dark Side". Retrieved 2012-05-30.
- "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places - Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "Places of Worship". Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- Homer Horizon at 22ndcenturymedia.com
- Homer Glen official website
- Homer Glen EMA
- Homer Township Public Library website
- Lockport Township High School website
- Will County website