Judge tosses Lee's bid for recount in Village Board election

(Police reports follow this story)
Soojae Lee
A bid by Soojae Lee for a recount in a close race for Village Trustee in the April 2019 election has been tossed out by Circuit Court Judge Patrick Stanton.  Stanton’s order, issued Thursday, ensures that incumbent David Weidenfeld will maintain his seat on the Board.

David Weidenfeld
Lee challenged the results because lost by two votes. In addition to seeking a recount, Lee also sought to be declared the winner. Stanton’s cited the fact that Lee and Weidenfeld “…were not seeking a specific seat, but rather were contesting an at large election in which three seats were awarded to the top three vote getters, it is impossible to recount the votes cast for Weidenfeld and Lee in a vacuum. Indeed, to, as Lee requested, declare him the winner of the third spot, the court must tally the votes for first and second. During a recount, Lee and Weidenfeld may gain votes at the expense of the other candidates.”
  Weidenfeld’s term runs until May 2023. (The Daily Herald)

Police Reports
Resident scammed out more than $150,000
A woman who was told there was a warrant for her arrest by the federal government, was scammed out of $150,000. The woman told Buffalo Grove police that she was instructed to make transfers to avoid being arrested. She made transfers of $50,000, $75,000 and $25,000. The woman also purchased $4,000 in target gift cards and $750 in Nordstrom gift cards and gave the numbers to the caller who said he was an agent.
Ad leads to scam -- A man told police he responded to an to be a Walmart secret shopper that required, in addition to paperwork, received a check for $2,890. He then completed the task by purchasing $2,400 of Walmart gift cars. The man later found that $2,890 had been withdrawn from his account because the check was fraudulent. The bank is refusing to reimbursement for the $2,400.
Great Caesar’s ghost, where’s the truck? – A Buffalo Grove trucking firm worked with the Buffalo Grove Police Department and Metropolis Police Department to have one of its trucks returned. The incident began when a driver for the BG firm was contracted to make a run to Mississippi. En-route, the driver had an accident in Kentucky. The firm had the truck relocated to Metropolis, which is near Paducah, Ky. Once the driver and truck were in Metropolis, the firm fired the driver. The driver, however, would not turn over possession of the truck until he got a bus ticket to his home in Philadelphia. The firm denied the request. Unhappy, the driver started driving the now repaired truck. A GPS in the truck indicated it was heading north on I-24. The firm, and Buffalo Grove Police, informed the driver that he would receive a ticket back to Philadelphia, at which time the driver returned the truck to Metropolis where another driver picked it up.
Resident faces felony drug charges -- The Buffalo Grove Police Department recovered small amounts of illegal narcotics and a large sum of money after serving a search warrant on Thursday, Feb. 13.
Henry Hashemi, 18, of Buffalo Grove was charged with two Class 4 felonies for the manufacturing and delivering of cannabis, as well as possessing a fraudulent Illinois driver’s license.
In addition, he received a Class 2 felony charge for the possession of instruments and materials used in the production of cannabis products.
Stupid is, as stupid does – Buffalo Grove police issued two tickets for DUI, one for driving on a revoked license, and one for driving without a license.
Community News
Village OK’s TIF district feasibility study
            The Village Board Monday night approved a feasibility study for a tax increment finance (TIF) district. The focus is the Lake-Cook Corridor from, according to the Daily Herald, Old Checker Drive on the north, McHenry Road (Route 83) on the east, Lake-Cook Road on the south and Arlington Heights Road on the west.
Farmers Market volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed for the 2020 Buffalo Grove Farmers Market season.
The market is open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays from, June 14 through Oct. 11, with the exception of Sunday, Sept. 6 due to Buffalo Grove Days.
The next planning meeting is 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. For more information about the Farmers Market, click here or call Peggy Starczowski at 847-459-2530.
Cops list Super Bowl traffic enforcement results
The Buffalo Grove Police Department has announced it issued eight seat-belt citations during the recent Super Bowl enforcement campaign. Officers conducted a total of 16 hours of enforcement and made 18 traffic stops during the campaign. No arrests were made for driving under the influence.
The Super Bowl weekend, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” enforcement effort ran from Friday, Jan. 31, through the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 3.
Road construction newsletter planned
An e-newsletter with information about road construction will be available this spring. Information about village projects that are part of its Infrastructure Modernization Program will be included.
Residents can sign up now to stay up-to-date on traffic impacts and overall progress of the different projects by clicking here. To view a map of planned 2020 road projects, and for more information, click here
Weiland Road public hearing set
A public hearing on the Weiland Road improvement project is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. Updates and general information about the project will be available.
Construction is occurring in two separate sections at the same time. The two project sections are from Deerfield Parkway to Aptakisic Road and Lake Cook Road to Deerfield Parkway.
Construction work from Lake-Cook to Deerfield Parkway began last year. Advanced utility work has begun north of Deerfield Parkway in preparation for the start of construction of the north project this spring. Both projects will continue throughout the year.
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
Wheeling High School Spokesman
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