License issue shuts brewery

Prairie Krafts Brewing Company was closed Feb. 11 by police at the request of the village as the company’s liquor license had expired. Management said efforts to renew  the license were in process. A village official confirmed late Thursday that “All liquor license holders must have the appropriate licenses with the State of Illinois in order to operate. The State of Illinois notified [the village] that Prairie Kraft’s Brewers License has expired.  Prairie Krafts [has] indicated they are working on the renewal of their State license.”  The official said that without it they cannot be open.

A resident on Woodstone Drive reported suspicious phone activity to police.  The resident said she received a call from a man with a heavy accent offering $700 refund for computer repairs, which she said she paid in December. Reports say the caller requested the resident’s credit card number so they money could be refunded. The caller called again saying he inadvertently processed a  $7,000 refund and she needed to send $4,000 cash back by Federal Express.  When the woman told the caller she did not want to send cash, he asked for payment in Best Buy gift cards. That’s she realized she was being scammed. She checked her bank accounts and found $58,000 had been taken from the account. She called police who contacted the caller who refused to give police his name or name of the person he was working for. Despite being told not to call the resident again, the caller did and when the responding officer told him he was a BG Police officer, the caller hung up. A short time later another person called from the same number and said all money was refunded and back in the account.  The man identified himself as “John William from Win Tech Solution”.  The resident checked her account and found that all of the money was returned. She told police she originally gave the caller remote access to her computer.  Police advised her to have her computer checked by a reputable firm or get rid of the computer.

A resident on Devonshire told police an unknown offender had accessed his PNC bank account at made 400 withdrawals totaling $18,206.  Funds went to an unknown PayPal account.

Police are investigating a burglary in the 400 block of Arbor Gate.  Police say a person watching the house while residents were out of town, noticed a light left on and upon further investigation saw that the front door was forced open. Police reports say safes were found among items that were strewn around and were forced open.  Among the reported items missing was a pearl necklace and other assorted jewelry.

Police responded to the Walgreen Drug Store, 15 N. Buffalo Grove Road to investigate the theft of $270 worth of Gillette razor blades. Police reports say the manager approached a man who was near the razor blade display where a hostile verbal exchange took place. Surveillance video showed the subject arriving an leaving the store with a female companion who may have served as a lookout.

A resident on the 1100 block of Larraway Drive told police he purchased a $1,400 computer services contract from “Zajes Technology LLC”.  After realizing he had been scammed, the resident called contacted his bank and issued a stop payment. Two $700 scanned checks were presented to the resident’s bank but were not posted.  The man told police he was upset with his bank for charging him a $35 fee.

A 3½ month investigation resulted in four charges filed against a Morton Grove woman in connection to forgery involving a Buffalo Grove resident for whom she was a care taker.  Reports say the woman, Lirije Lilly Lukovic was charged with one count of financial exploitation of an elderly person, two counts of aggravated ID Theft, and one count of Forgery.  Reports say Lukovic, who worked for Inspired Care Home Health, used the resident’s credit card, bank card and checking account for transactions totaling more than $5,900 from June 2018 through October 2018.

Around Town

Village Board meets Tuesday – The regular meeting of the Village Board is 7:30 on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The meeting is a day later because of the President’s Day holiday on Monday. The agenda is at Feb. 19 agenda

Candidates state their case – The nine residents running for three spots on the Village Board told the Journal-Topics why they’re running.  Trustee candidate information.

And they’ll debate the issues – The trustee candidates along with Beverly Sussman and Mike Terson how are running for Village Board President, will participate in debates sponsored by the Journal-Topics. Information is at Debate info.

Farmers Market committee seeks vendors -- The Buffalo Grove Farmers Market is seeking vendor applications for the 2019 season, which runs from June 16 through Oct. 13. Products offered for sale must be agricultural products, food items or food services. Liquor items by those with Village of Buffalo Grove Class G6 licenses, granted by the Village of Buffalo Grove, are also acceptable. Craft items are not eligible. To apply, prospective vendors should email with 'Application' in the subject line.

Prairie View development focus of open house -- The Village of Buffalo Grove is hosting an open house about the Prairie View Metra Station Area on Feb. 20 at The Arboretum Club, 401 Half Day Road in Buffalo Grove; those interested in attending can drop in anytime between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. This plan will ultimately guide future development and infrastructure, while taking into consideration the opportunities and challenges of unincorporated, commercial and residential areas around the Metra station in the northern part of Buffalo Grove. During the open house, a draft vision will be presented for the Prairie View Metra Station Area. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft vision. Refreshments will be served, and families are welcome to attend.
            For more information about this project and to sign up for its mailing list, go to

Lake-Cook Road utility work begins --  Utility relocation has begun along Lake Cook Road, and the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has approved permits for lane closures from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. This work will move daily as needed and is being completed in advance of the upcoming Lake Cook Road widening and rehabilitation project - expected to start later this year. For more information go to

Senior expo seeks vendors -- The Buffalo Grove Park District, in partnership with the Village of Buffalo Grove will host a senior expo, "A Rainbow of Opportunities" from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at the Arboretum Club, 401 Half Day Rd. This event provides a dynamic, one-stop shop for seniors to interact with vendors and service providers. The Park District is accepting applications from vendors who would like to participate in the expo. For questions, contact Terri Ebner at 847-850-2117 or via email at

Village comprehensive plan moves forward – The Daily Herald reports that “Buffalo Grove is moving forward with the creation of the village's first new comprehensive plan in a decade, minus a proposed in-house community engagement program that received mixed reviews from village trustees. Instead, officials will seek to hire a consulting firm that will make public involvement and education part of its overall work on the plan. A community engagement committee also is forming, consisting of village staff, board members and at least one resident volunteer.  The full story is at comprehensive plan.

Handyman program helping seniors – An area program gives seniors access to in-home repair services at reasonable costs. Housing partnership

Northwest Suburban Chabad Jewish Women's Circle plans art and wine event -- The Jewish Women's Circle is sponsoring an evening of painting, wine, fun, food at 7:30 on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Rivellino School of Art 350 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Participants will paint a Martina Shapiro piece selected by local  artist, Sal Goldenstein.  The price for this event will be $35 at the door. For information or to reserve a spot, email

School News

Study shows area school districts do well in math. Three districts serving the village are among the top five. Math performance

Willow Grove PTO seeks fund raiser donations --  The Willow Grove PTO will host its annual Pizza Bingo Silent Auction on March 14. Residents who own or work for a local business, are asked to  consider donating an item or service to the event. All businesses that donate will be highlighted in the silent auction and exposed to over 300 families. Contact Debra Regan on Facebook for more information.

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