The Homer Glen Village Board will think about hiring its personal handwriting analyst within the wake of allegations somebody signed Mayor George Yukich’s initials on a state liquor license software for Homer Fest final month.
The board will even look into creating an ordinance to require all paperwork the mayor indicators to be witnessed by both the village supervisor or deputy clerk, Trustee Jennifer Consolino mentioned.
Village officers have been fielding a number of cellphone calls from residents involved in regards to the allegations regarding the liquor license application, and village officers are taking a look at methods to guard the residents, Consolino mentioned.
“We’re not letting it go,” she mentioned.
Neither possibility has been introduced forth earlier than the village board, however they’re potentialities. A Will County sheriff’s office investigation is ongoing.
Yukich mentioned that simply over per week earlier than Homer Fest, he was reviewing all of the paperwork when he seen the state liquor license software already had been signed within the field designated for the native liquor commissioner’s occasion approval. Yukich mentioned he didn’t signal the doc and advised others the signature wasn’t his.
A brand new liquor license was obtained and the pageant occurred as deliberate.
Lt. Jeff Taylor advised the Village Board Wednesday detectives are “nonetheless vigorously pursuing it.”
“It’s a precedence for them,” he mentioned. “I can not remark as a result of it’s open however I can guarantee you they’re doing every little thing potential to get a decision to this.”
Some residents Wednesday requested in regards to the standing of the investigation.
“It’s a really disturbing factor,” Homer Township Supervisor Steve Balich mentioned. “What number of instances prior to now was the signature cast and on what paperwork? We don’t know as a result of we don’t know who did it. What number of instances sooner or later will the signature be cast? We don’t know as a result of we don’t know who did it. I’m going to be right here each month till that’s uncovered.”
Yukich agreed that if it occurred as soon as it may occur once more.
“I’m doing every little thing that I presumably can to ensure this by no means occurs once more,” Yukich mentioned. “It shouldn’t have occurred within the first place, however it did. Who did it? I don’t know.”
Yukich mentioned resolving the case is a precedence for him and he could be superb with the board hiring a handwriting analyst or initiating any safeguards.
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The Village Board additionally voted to terminate the contract to construct a cul-de-sac street deliberate to enhance visitors stream and add extra parking within the 103-acre Heritage Park.
Parking continues to be a precedence because the park is extensively widespread with tennis, pickleball, soccer and different actions, together with main particular occasions, Trustee Rose Reynders mentioned. Nonetheless, officers lately discovered a $750,000 state grant they procured couldn’t be used to assist fund the challenge, she mentioned.
Reynders, who co-chairs the parks and recreation committee, mentioned the village can apply for a brand new grant and search for different methods to broaden parking. The village must search new bids for the challenge as properly, she mentioned.
The grant funds are nonetheless out there and may very well be used for an additional challenge, mentioned Matt Libs, a village spokesman.
The prior Homer Glen Village Board last year approved the practically $1.2 million building challenge that may enhance entry to the sledding hill whereas including greater than 150 new parking areas.
The parks committee and village board earlier this 12 months affirmed their dedication to the challenge. The village couldn’t start building of the challenge due to delays in getting data from the state concerning the grant.
Michelle Mullins is a contract reporter for the Day by day Southtown.