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Homer Glen

The Village of Homer Glen is located just 11 miles southwest of Chicago in Will County, Illinois. The Village was incorporated in 2001, and soon afterward volunteers crafted the Village's first mission statement:

"The Village of Homer Glen is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing our community's quality of life through responsible residential and economic development while utilizing sound fiscal management. We will strive to maintain open space, preserve our unique rural character, and safeguard our natural resources. The Village encourages community involvement in order to maintain and cultivate a balance of family, agriculture, business, environment, and cultural diversity for present and future generations."

At 22 square miles, Homer Glen is Will County's third largest municipality. The current estimated population is 22,269, with continuing steady growth. The recent NIPC 2030 forecast projects a population of 40,588, which is a 54% increase. Housing construction continues to boom as carefully reviewed subdivisions are approved.

The Village is bisected by three major creeks that are home to a multitude of wildlife such as beavers, coyotes, deer, and woodchucks. The gently rolling terrain is dotted with prairie grasses, stands of trees, and cultivated fields. Two 18-hole golf courses help the Village attain its rolling vista. A sizeable number of residents have horses on their property.

Almost two square miles of the Village is owned by the Will County Forest Preserve. Included is Messenger Woods and Spring Creek. Spring Creek is the Forest Preserve's only equestrian preserve offers horse riders a 3.2-mile trail that winds through wooded areas and prairie. The trail can also be used by hikers and cross-country skiers. The trail takes visitors past Spring Creek, which abounds with much wildlife, while Messenger Woods is one of Will County's oldest and most unusual forest preserves. Visitors to the preserve can enjoy one of the few remaining forests in northeastern Illinois that have not been altered by grazing, cutting, farming, or development.

The Village has recently completed its first Comprehensive Plan, which includes plans for a Town Center. This blueprint will ensure that future growth, development and improvements are compatible with the character of the community such as abundant open space, preservation of environmentally sensitive corridors, supporting tracts of agricultural land, and estate lifestyles in the western portion of the Village; and blending commerce and residential lifestyles in the eastern portion of the Village.

Homer Glen has an extensive network of resident volunteers who give their time, effort and money to the Village. With no municipal tax to tap into, these volunteers are an integral part of maintaining additional services to the community.