Budget approval, new attorney highlight village news

New counsel – The village of Buffalo Grove makes a change in attorney after 30 years.  The Daily Herald report is found at New village attorney. 

Art for the ages – 87-year-old Audrey Miller doesn’t let age slow down her artistic desire. Her story is told by Pioneer Press’ Karen Ann Cullotta here

Village Notes

Village Board OKs 2019 budget

The Village Board adopted the 2019 annual budget at its Dec. 3 meeting. The budget supports all Village programs and services beginning on January 1 through December 31, 2019. Comprehensive summaries of revenues, expenditures and service priorities are found in sections one and four of the budget. View the entire budget online here.

Final branch collection is Monday

The Buffalo Grove Public Works Department is finishing its first 'lap' of branch collection following the recent snow storm. Staff will begin the second and final round of collection on Monday. Any resident who still has branches that need to be picked up, should have them stacked along the curb with the cut ends facing the road before 7 a.m. on Monday. No bagged yard waste materials will be collected at that time. This final pass is expected be completed prior to the end of next week. Contact the Public Works Department with any questions, Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at 847-459-2545.

Yard waste pick-up ends Dec. 14

The Village reminds residents that the last day for landscape waste pick up is Friday, December 14, 2018. Landscape waste should be contained in 32-gallon special yard waste paper bags. Also acceptable are 32-gallon rigid, unlined waste containers marked with an 'X'. The container must be at least 12 inches in diameter so it can be seen from the truck. For more information, click here, or contact the Village of Buffalo Grove at 847-459-2500.

Beware of Telephone Scams

Buffalo Grove Police continue to receive reports of phone calls made to residents by unknown persons falsely claiming to work for government agencies and requesting payments. Residents are advised that agencies including the IRS, FBI, Social Security Administration and the Police Department will not accept the following forms of payment: Bitcoin, Green Dot cards, Amazon gift cards, iTunes gift cards or Google Play gift cards.

Police say Scammers use a number of tactics to trick residents into making payments. Residents are advised to verify the caller through internet searches to ensure they are legitimate. If the caller is persistent, or if there are any doubts or questions, hang up and contact a trusted individual or the police 847-459-2560.

Dec. 16 is the deadline for BGPD’s Toys for Tots drive

The Buffalo Grove Police Department has once again partnered with the United States Marine Corps and has begun its annual collection for the 'Toys for Tots' program. New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Boulevard until Sunday, December 16. The USMC will pick up the toys and distribute them to needy children, through community and religious groups, and social service agencies. Call the Buffalo Grove Police at 847-459-2560 or click here for more information on this yearly giving program.

School News

Simplifying StevensonEighth grade students and parents can attend a program, Simplifying Stevenson, led by Stevenson's Principal, Troy Gobble at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Successful food drive -- The Wright Way Club Daniel Wright Junior High Schools collected five boxes full of canned fruits and vegetables as well as an assortment of other items requested by the Vernon Township Food Pantry.

Extra Day in D-103:  With the recent day off of school as a result of inclement weather, the last day of school for D103 children has been extended to Friday, May 31, 2019. This day will be an early dismissal day. (Sprague 11:15 a.m., Half Day 12:00 p.m., Daniel Wright 11:30 a.m.). The district will not require Sprague students to make up the day they missed school on Tuesday, Nov. 27, due to a power outage.

Sounds of Sprague: Tickets are now available for the Sounds of Sprague sponsored by the D103 Music Boosters. The concert is set for 2–4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Sprague School. The boosters will be selling holiday gift cards at the concert and on their website.

From the Police Reports

** Police were summoned to Woodman’s Market in response to a shoplifting complaint. Police said a 45-year-old Chicago man admitted to stealing a pair of sun glasses. The man, who received a no trespass warning and an adjudication ticket for theft, vowed to make restitution for the glasses.

** Police responded to  a complaint of suspicious individuals in the 2400 block of Waterbury Lane. The caller told police that a man of unknown race was ringing the front door bel while a second manwas reportedly in the back yard.  The man ringing the bell reportedly had a “dark hooded sweatshirt” covering his face.

** A resident in 600 block of Silver Rock police called police to complain about his daughter’s ex-boyfriend who was throwing snowballs at the house. Police gave the resident’s daughter the name and number of the police department’s social worker.

Several vehicles sustained damage because of ice falling off powerlines that are above the parking lot at the Buffalo Grove Metra station.

Student Voices

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