Homer Glen, Illinois
|Incorporated||April 17, 2001|
|• Mayor||Christina Neitzke-Troike|
|• Total||22.16 sq mi (57.41 km2)|
|• Land||22.13 sq mi (57.30 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|• Density||1,109.29/sq mi (428.29/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|Area code(s)||708/464, 815/779|
Homer Glen is a village, located 32 miles (51 km) southwest of downtown Chicago, in Will County, Illinois, United States, with a small portion in Cook County. Per the 2020 census, the population was 24,543. The village was incorporated on April 17, 2001. The area that is now Homer Glen was formerly known as "Goodings Grove".
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 Road, which runs North-South, 143rd Street, and 159th Street, which both run East-West.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Race / Ethnicity||Pop 2010||Pop 2020||% 2010||% 2020|
|White alone (NH)||22,215||21,750||91.72%||88.62%|
|Black or African American alone (NH)||134||198||0.55%||0.81%|
|Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH)||14||12||0.06%||0.05%|
|Asian alone (NH)||422||406||1.74%||1.65%|
|Pacific Islander alone (NH)||4||1||0.02%||0.00%|
|Some Other Race alone (NH)||25||31||0.10%||0.13%|
|Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH)||217||575||0.90%||2.34%|
|Hispanic or Latino (any race)||1,189||1,570||4.91%||6.40%|
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.
- 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%.
Homer Glen has a significant Polish and Lithuanian population. There are many Polish delis, grocery stores, and other businesses throughout the Homer Glen and the nearby areas. There is also a population of Serbians living in the Homer Glen area.
The current mayor is Christina Neitzke-Troike.
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.
Homer Glen has many parks and athletic clubs, including the Homer Athletic Club, Homer Stallions Football and Lacrosse, Homer Heat Baseball, Illinois Crush 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.
Homer Glen is the location of Annunciation of the Mother of God Ruthenian Greek 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.
Homer Glen is also home to the St. John Serbian Orthodox 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 was primarily covered by The Homer Horizon newspaper which had a circulation of approximately 13,400 homes and businesses in Homer Glen and neighboring Lockport. The Homer Horizon was focused solely on the coverage of Homer Township and was a publication of 22nd Century Media, which was based in Orland Park.
- Earnest, Andrea (April 27, 2023). "New Homer Glen Mayor, Trustees Sworn In Wednesday". Homer Glen-Lockport, IL Patch.
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- "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Homer Glen village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
- Bureau, U.S. Census. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- "Places of Worship". Archived from the original on April 3, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
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