Cops probe vehicle break-ins

The village saw a rash of thefts from parked vehicles during the past week as police responded to report four vehicles were broken into on Nov. 8. In all four cases, the vehicles were left unlocked.
·         A resident on Wakefield Court reported his vehicle was entered while parked in his driveway.  A backpack containing his son’s schoolbooks and some loose change was missing. The backpack was recovered.
·         A resident on east Fox Hill Drive reported that her vehicle was entered while parked. She reported that a backpack was missing and purse were missing.  Both items were recovered, but a wallet and credit cards were missing from the purse.
·         Another resident on east Fox Hill Drive reported that his car was entered while it was parked.  Items reported missing included a manila envelope and a loaf of bread, both of which were recovered. Police reports did not say what kind of bread was taken, but they were not loafing on the job.
·         A resident on Dunhill Drive reported that his car was entered while parked.  Nothing was reported missing, but contents were strewn around the car.

If you run out of Ethyl, get Mabel --  Police were summoned to the Speedway gas station at 201 N. Milwaukee Ave. by an employee who said a customer was upset because she picked the wrong grade of gasoline.

Tracing his roots – The manager at the Walgreens at 15 N. Buffalo Grove Rd, reported a man stole nearly $1,500 worth of DNA testing kits.  Reports say seven “23andMe” Ancestry kits, valued at $699, and four 23andMe Full Health and Ancestry kits, valued at $799 were stolen. Police were not able to locate the man or his relatives.

Burglary reported – Residents in the 0-100 block of Chevy Chase Drive reported their home had been burglarized.  Police reports say that the door leading from the garage into the home was open when the residents returned home. The door is generally left unlocked. The resident also told police that the front door is warped and may not have latched properly. Items reported missing include jewelry, cash and several ‘high end’ beer steins.

Stupid is, as stupid does – Buffalo Grove Police issued three tickets to drivers for driving a suspended on revoked or suspended license, two for driving without insurance, one for driving without a license, one for possession of drug paraphernalia and one for illegal transporting of alcohol.

Excuse of the week
At the corner of happy and expecting? The manager of the Walgreens at 1225 W. Dundee contacted police after a woman left the store with a pregnancy test without paying for it. Police reports say a woman, identified by the license plates on her car, took the test off the shelf and went to the restroom. After a period of time, the manager had a female employee check the restroom where she found the used pregnancy test. Police contacted the woman who told them that, according to police reports, she was “in a hurry and forgot to pay.” She told police she was going to go to the store and pay for the item. It could take nine months.

Community News
Budget focus of meeting
The Village Board will hold a special meeting at 7:30 Monday night to address the preliminary village budget. The meeting will be held in the Jeffrey Braiman Council Chambers at Village Hall,  50 Raupp Blvd. The budget can be accessed at this link.

First ‘workshop’ on comprehensive plan held
About 50 people attended the first in a series of public meetings about development of a comprehensive plan for the village. Representatives from RATIO Architects, the consulting firm hired by the village to the tune of more than $200,000, presented various aspects of information gathering for the plan.
            As done in similar programs about planning for various areas around the village, such as the Lake-Cook corridor, the Prairie View Metra train station area, residents were asked for input on visioning, assets, the Dundee Road corridor and the Milwaukee Avenue corridor.  RATIO has also developed an online system for residents to not only provide input, but also be kept abreast of the plan’s development.
          Residents can go to to begin the process.  A dedicated website, has also been developed as an information portal about progress on the comprehensive plan.
            A draft comprehensive plan is scheduled to be completed by the summer or fall of 2020 with the final plan targeted for completion in the Spring of 2021.
            Residents were told that the plan will be geared to generate ideas for the village for 20 years. The current comprehensive plan, RATIO said, was developed in 2009 and needs to be updated.

New tax could be pain-in-the-gas
Motorists who fill up in Buffalo Grove will be paying a couple of cents more a gallon starting Jan. 1. That’s because the village approved a two-cent-a-gallon gas tax at its Nov. 4 meeting. The revenue raised from the higher tax is scheduled to help fund road repairs.

Red wreaths have special meaning
Holiday wreaths lit up with red bulbs at Buffalo Grove fire stations are meant to serve as safety reminders this holiday season. The Fire Department's annual 'Keep the Wreath Red' campaign will run from Nov.18 through Dec. 31, and showcases red bulbs that remain constantly lit. Bulbs are changed to white only if a fire occurs in the Village is caused by holiday decorations.

Lake County holds line on tax levy for 2020
The Lake County Board unanimously approved a $573.2 million balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Under the budget, Lake County's tax levy will be flat, which means that there will be no increase in the dollar amount between the FY2020 property tax levy and the FY2019 property tax levy. As a result, homeowners will see a slight reduction next year in the Lake County government portion of their property tax bill. This is the first time in at least 20 years that the County has had a flat tax levy.

Vernon Township freezes taxes for third year
The Vernon Township Board has approved a tax levy freeze and a 10% reduction in the Highway Department levy, effective fiscal year 2020; both moves are integral parts of an ongoing trend to streamline operations. This is the third year in a row that the overall tax burden has been reduced by the Township.

Business news
Angus cited for sustainability
Buffalo Grove -based Angus Chemicals was awarded the Gold Recognition Level in sustainability performance by EcoVadis. This is the second straight year ANGUS achieved the Gold Recognition Level, ranking the Company in the 98th percentile of all companies assessed by EcoVadis for sustainability performance and excellence.

Company introduces new estimating system
Buffalo Grove-based Wendes Systems, Inc. has released its new 64-bit WenPipe Estimating Software.
The 64-bit operating system for HVAC Piping, Plumbing and Mechanical Estimating provides an enhanced user interface, screen takeoff, greater speed, accuracy and memory storage," said Joseph Damelio, president, and spokesperson for Wendes Systems, Inc., a company that has been recognized by Capterra for achieving a 5-star rating with client response across North America.

Student Voices
Here are links to the student newspapers at Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools.
Buffalo Grove High School Charger
Stevenson High School Statesman

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