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Homer Glen mayor alleges his signature was forged on liquor license application

Homer Glen Mayor George Yukich has alleged someone forged his signature on a liquor license application for Homer Fest, and village officials want a full investigation.

The village council called an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss whether the festival, scheduled for Thursday to next Sunday, would go ahead as planned as officials rushed earlier to secure a new liquor license .

“Mayor, you have brought a charge of committing a criminal act,” said Cary Horvath, Legislative Councilor for the Village Council. “The council called this meeting to determine whether or not the festival would go ahead. When they called the meeting, this council did not have a new license issued by the State of Illinois.

A liquor license has since been reissued by the Illinois Liquor Control Board, and trustees on Friday approved the festival’s continuation.

Yukich said he noticed the liquor license had already been signed earlier in the week while going through the festival documents.

“It wasn’t my signature,” he said.

Yukich said he was checking the plans for the festival and whether there was enough security around the beer tent. He said he wanted to fence off the area and did not believe there was a security plan in place, based on how many officers would be working.

The new liquor license doesn’t require the fence the mayor wanted.

Administrator Dan Fialko said if anyone thought there was a problem with the state liquor license, they would have spoken about it.

“There are a lot of people seeing the mayor’s signature all the time,” Fialko said. “To me, it’s a crime to tamper with someone’s name, and I want to get to the bottom of it.”

When the mayor said it wasn’t his signature, the council realized he didn’t have a liquor license for the festival, Fialko said.

Fialko, who is the chairman of the festival committee, said Yukich did not come to see him during the planning process until he accused it was not his signature.

The council asked the Will County Sheriff’s Department and the state liquor commission to investigate.

Trustee Jennifer Consolino said she takes infringement allegations very seriously.

“It’s not about fencing, it’s about forgery,” Consolino said. “I feel like the mayor and other people in this village have been actively campaigning to sabotage the members of this council. It hurts every single person in this community. It doesn’t hurt the council members of administration. I think it’s appalling.

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Consolino said she wants answers and fully supports a proper investigation.

“If someone faked it, I want to know if it’s fake and I also want to know who did it, or if it’s a false accusation,” she said. . “Anyway, I want someone to be prosecuted for this.”

Homer Township Supervisor Steve Balich also said he supports an investigation.

“I don’t want to sit down and say we’re going to sweep it under the table,” Balich said.

Administrator Nicole La Ha said the situation was daunting in the face of what is supposed to be a special event.

“It’s so sad,” La Ha said. “It directly affects our residents and it is simply untrue.”

Michelle Mullins is a freelance journalist for the Daily Southtown.