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Village Hall
2020 Chestnut Road
Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 798-3000

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Customer Service
Village Hall 1st Floor
(708) 798-3000  

Water Billing

(708) 206-3365

Vehicle Stickers

(708) 798-3000  

Animal Tags/Garage Sale Permits

(708) 798-3000

Business Licensing

(708) 206-3855

Solicitor Licensing

(708) 206-3363
Economic Development
Village Hall 2nd Floor
(708) 798-3387

Building Department

Village Hall 2nd Floor

(708) 206-3385

Building Permits

(708) 206-3385

Code Enforcement/Property Maintenance

(708) 206-3857

Contractor Licensing

(708) 206-3856

Zoning Variances

(708) 206-3386  

Manager's Office

Village Hall 2nd Floor

(708) 206-3377 
Events (708) 206-3393
Communications\Public Relations

(708) 206-3380 
Police Department
17950 Dixie Hwy. Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 206-3420
Fire Department
17950 Dixie Hwy. Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 206-3400
Public Works
17755 S. Ashland Ave. Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 206-3470

Village People

Hofeld, Rich

  • Departments:Board of Trustees
  • Title:Village President
  • Phone:(708) 206-3377
  • Fax:(708) 206-3496
  • Email:

Rich Hofeld and his family have lived in Homewood since 1970. He has served as your Village President since 1997, during which time he has spearheaded exciting business and other development projects throughout the Village, creating a climate of economic growth. He was twice named “Municipal Leader of the Year” by the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau (in 2004 and 2014), and has served as the 2011-2012 President of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA).

Over these years, Homewood has seen Best Buy, Dress Barn, T.J. Maxx, Grape & Grain, Starbucks, Office Max, Copper Still, Home Depot, Target, Petco, Kohls, Big Lots, Lane Bryant, Famous Footwear, and Ross come into town. Menards has expanded and a Super Walmart has opened. Coming Soon: Old Navy, Five Below, Freddie's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, and Chick-fil-A.

New restaurants abound, including Portillo's, La Voute, Chipotle, Blueberry Hill, Grady's Grille, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Cottage on Dixie, Twisted Q Barbeque, Burrito Express, Coldstone, Asian Harbor, Eat Rice, Panda Express, Culvers, Chili’s, Potbelly, Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, Redbird Cafe, and Be Free Juice Bar & More. The Kirschner Vision Center and Suzie’s Hallmark have replaced two eyesore gas stations. Eight new tax-producing businesses are now in the Prairie Lakes Business Park. CN has established their U.S. headquarters in Homewood and recently constructed a state-of-the-art training center here. When many auto dealerships were closing, he successfully led negotiations that allowed Chevrolet of Homewood to remain open and a viable dealership. The construction of the La Banque, a boutique hotel on the site of a former bank and the adjacent "green space" Martin Avenue Square breathe new life into our downtown. New TIF Districts were created to renovate two deteriorating business areas; Southgate and 183rd and Harwood. Over the past 20 years, the existing TIF areas have returned over 50 million dollars in surplus funds to local taxing bodies, indicating responsible management and leadership in this crucial area. Rich has successfully lobbied for, and Homewood has received, more than two million dollars in State of Illinois grants for infrastructure improvements. He has overseen a decrease in the Village tax rate for residents and businesses. The Village's outstanding debt is near zero.

His leadership has brought about the preservation and rehabilitation of the Village Hall, as well as the construction of the Linden/Gladville storm sewer system and the Merchants Park retention basin to bring flood relief to the Central Homewood and Downey Manor areas. The Storm Water Resource Committee was formed to address local flooding concerns and has implemented solutions. The Seniors Advisory Committee was formed and taxi subsidies, to meet the transportation needs of seniors, and the Senior Identification bracelet program were instituted at his urging. Also, the Heritage Committee was formed to instill additional community pride, and the Veterans Committee was established to acknowledge the contributions of current and former service men and women. The Tree Committee has been involved in Village-wide reforestation and "Green Thumb" activities and the Rail Committee has developed our Rail Park and Rail Watching Platform with funds obtained through Rich’s efforts.

Rich has fostered the establishment of annual family-oriented community events, which include our Farmers' Market, Chocolate Fest, Go Green Days, Downtown Homewood Artisan Street Fair, Railfest, Hobo Night, Drivin' the Dixie, Summer Block Party, Fall Fest (with its famous annual chili cook-off contest), Holiday Lights in Homewood, Beautification Awards Ceremony and New Years Eve DAY celebration.

Rich established office hours on Saturday mornings at the Village Hall, where he is readily accessible to all residents and business persons. He has promoted open communications through the televising of Board meetings, hosting “Here’s Homewood” and by his active participation in community events, particularly neighborhood block parties.

He has served as a member of Homewood’s Civil Service Commission, Plan Commission, a Village Trustee, and is the Ex-officio Board Liaison to the Ethics Commission. He currently serves as the Liquor Commissioner and is a member of the Board of Local Improvements. His community activities include having served as Cub Scout leader, Homewood coordinator for the American Cancer Society, a member of the local United Way Board and a member of the B’ nai B’rith Board. He is also a member of the Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve, American Legion, Jewish War Veterans, AARP, and he belongs to the Nature Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation.

Throughout his tenure as Village President, Rich has donated his Village salary to religious and community organizations serving Homewood.

Board Liaison to:

  • Stormwater Committee
  • Economic Development Committee
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